December 9, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

City Maintains Ownership of Astor Street at Coal Dock

The 11th Circuit Court of Mackinac County, on December 5, decided ownership of parcels adjacent to the Coal Dock, placing three parties in possession of the associated riparian rights, and bringing the city a step closer to control of the dock as a m More...

Winter Festival Is Feb. 3 - 4

The two-day Mackinac Island Winter Festival, starting with a bonfire at noon Saturday, February 3, at Great Turtle Park, will start with snow golf, snow bowling, an egg hunt, broom hockey, snowshoe and ski events, ice fishing and sledding, a snowmobi More...

News

Master Plan Is Focused on Preserving Year-around Community

Over the past several months, the Mackinac Island Master Plan Steering Committee has developed drafts of new existing and future land-use maps that more clearly differentiate the primary types of properties, illustrate the Island’s relatively-s More...

Work at Shepler Dock To Continue Until Spring

A crane and two barges are moored at the Shepler dock December 2, ready for more work on a dock expansion and a new hotel. More...

Election Filing Deadline Is January 23

Candidates will vie for two seats on the Mackinac Island City Council during the upcoming election Tuesday, May 8, 2018, as Dennis Bradley and Jason St. Onge terms are up for re election. City council terms are three years.  More...

Obituaries

Peggy Futterer

Peggy Kathryn Futterer, 83, died peacefully Sunday, November 19, 2017, at her home at Green Acres, in Manistee, with her family by her side.  She was born September 23, 1934, to Manual Joseph and Emily Pearl (nee Mashue) Smith in Midland.  More...

Delbert ‘Del’ LaPine

Delbert Lawrence “Del” LaPine, 68, of Beaver Grove, passed away Tuesday evening, October 17, 2017, at his home, in the care of his family.  He was born January 4, 1949, to John and NaDeanne (nee Luckett) LaPine on Mackinac Island.&nb More...

Mona Carley

Mona Lea Carley of Sault Ste. Marie passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault. Ste. Marie. She was 79.  She was born June 19, 1938, to Lawrence and Marie (nee Guilmette) Forrest in Sault Ste. More...

Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Mackinac is starting to look a lot like Christmas. Folks are patiently waiting for Jack Frost to wave his magic wand and turn the Island into a winter wonderland. More...

Nature Notes

Beavers, Woodpeckers, Deer Inhabit Island in Winter

Here we are in the middle of the holiday season. Pumpkins and cornstalks are giving way to Christmas lights and garland. In the natural world, things also are changing. The winds are really beginning to blow. More...

HORSE TALES

A travel into the French regions of Normandy and Brittany this fall found me in the midst of the heritage of French horses and two important “haras,” or stud farms. To my amazement, I learned that France has eight national farms. More...

Wildfires Unlikely in Island Forest

The Humidity, Organic Material Help Protect It, Says Dykehouse

The untrimmed forest that covers much of Mackinac Island has built-in protections from the kind of wildfire that in the last two years has devastated the warmer, drier woodlands of the Pacific Northwest. More...

Mussers Eye Historic Ann Arbor Estate as Winter Home - Free Access

By Gary Heinlein Dan and Marlee Musser III are in the process of buying Inglis House, a historic Ann Arbor mansion owned by the University of Michigan since the 1950s, to use as a wintertime home for their family. More...

Huron To Return to Service

Star Line anticipates the Huron, its winter ferry undergoing repairs at Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, will be back in port late Saturday, December 9.  More...

People

Working To Keep the Island Clean: 30 Years a Dray Driver for Roberts

Lacal Roberts has been a dishwasher, street sweeper, luggage hauler, holiday sleigh driver, and a fixture on Mackinac Island since landing his first job here fresh from Saginaw High School in 1980.  More...

Foreman Sid DeHaan Retires From City

Sid DeHaan, for many years a fixture on the Island where he served on the Veterans Committee and as commander of American Legion Post 299, has retired from the city foreman position he had held since 2011.  More...

Fundraiser To Honor Joe Plaza at His Corner

A memorial tribute to Joe Plaza, former Arrowhead Carriages owner, is underway. More...

Sports

Lady Lakers Growing and Improving on the Basketball Court

The Mackinac Island Lakers girls basketball team and Coach Mary Patay are hoping that another season of experience will translate into more wins for the squad. More...

Mackinac Island Lakers Boys Basketball Squad Shoots for Success

With the departure of two seniors and the arrival of three seventh grade players, the Mackinac Island Lakers boys basketball team is younger and less experienced squad than any previous season under fourth-year head Coach Justin Gallagher.  More...

Young Students Cheer on Athletes

At right: The Mackinac Island Public School cheerleading squad features children from kindergarten to seventh grade: (front, from left) Jenavieve Fisher, Anna Kaminen, Jadyn Rickley; (middle) Jordan More...

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