2005-05-27 / Columnists

News About People On Mackinac Island

By Jeannette DoudBy Jeannette Doud These beautiful mornings enrich our lives. This week we celebrate Memorial Day, where the Stars and Stripes will be floating in soft breezes of the Straits of Mackinac. We pray that all our soldiers will soon be coming home. This year we’re most deeply grateful that our Sgt. Ben Horn has returned home after serving in the U.S. Army in Germany and Iraq. We continue to pray for the safe return of Sunshine Woodard, daughter of Greg and Peggy, with the Army National Guard, who is stationed in Iraq. We look forward to seeing her on Mackinac in July. Ring out the freedom bell, that soon again, there will be peace all over the world. Mackinac has given proud soldiers to many wars whom we salute today.

Debra (left) and Sandra Orr celebrate the opening of their new restaurant, Seabiscuit Cafe, at an open house Friday, May 20.  (Photo by Becki Barnwell)Debra (left) and Sandra Orr celebrate the opening of their new restaurant, Seabiscuit Cafe, at an open house Friday, May 20. (Photo by Becki Barnwell) Our Veterans Park, where Old Glory flies proudly, commemorates all who have served their country with dignity and honor. There will be a service Monday, May 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in the City Park. Please come and join in honoring our veterans.

The trees are budding all over the Island this gorgeous, warm, sunny day. Mackinac Island Carriage Tours is bringing visitors on the scenic drive. They will enjoy seeing the woods filled with trilliums. It’s Wednesday morning, May 25, and thousands of red and yellow tulips at the east entrance of Grand Hotel are in full bloom, creating a magnificent scene. There is beauty everywhere. At the east end of the Island, at Mission Point Resort, the tulips are in full bloom in a variety of colors. What a beautiful sight. The early morning sunrises are treasured glories as seen to the east. Taking a walk up through the Island, one will be awestruck by blankets of white trilliums that cover the wooded area. As the season progresses, we find an abundance of growth and natural beauty that comes with the summer sun.

There are so many school groups enjoying trips to the Island. Many can be seen riding on horses from Cindy’s Riding Stable. Kim and Rob Mossing of Flint brought 67 fourth graders, along with 33 chaperones, to enjoy a day of fun on Mackinac Friday, May 20. Rob was stationed on the Island for two summers with the Michigan State Police. It was great seeing him back on Mackinac and his group had a great time.

Please wish Jamie Bynoe a happy 35th birthday May 30. Jamie is a big Green Bay Packers fan and he hopes that they will be in the Super Bowl this year.

At the Lasting Impressions gift shop on Market Street, one is attracted to the well-groomed front yard of Gwen and Ron O’Neil. On the one side is a very attractive display of a wood wagon filled with red geraniums, typical for Mackinac.

We send birthday greetings May 30 to Janis Early, who is visiting her family in Phoenix, Arizona. Hope you’re feeling much better.

Going by the new medical center, one will find our Island doctor, Don Weersing, very busy constructing a new landscaping project which will be very beautiful when completed. It’s on the hillside toward Metivier Inn and will be filled with shrubs and vines.

Mary Barber of Mackinaw City is working as a dispatcher for the Mackinac Island Police Department and her son, Justin, is employed at Doud Mercantile.

A very happy birthday May 30 to a special lady in St. Ignace, Sally North. Bushy sends you birthday greetings.

We send our deepest sympathy to Dave Latva and his family on the recent death of his beloved father, Ted. Island friends send you all the best.

Power boats arrived over the past weekend at the Mackinac Island marina. It was beautiful weather, so folks took advantage of the spring conditions.

Happy birthday to Hannah Bradley June 1. Have a great day.

We give a warm welcome to Paul and Priscilla Ryder of Petoskey, the new managers of Metivier Inn. Paul is a retired 4th grade teacher at Sheridan School and Priscilla worked in Dr. DeGroot’s office.

Mike and Linda Konicki and Dennis and Diane Dombroski of Cheboygan visited Mackinac on Sunday and attended the party for Margaret Doud.

Happy anniversary to Ron and Mary Dufina June 3. Enjoy your day.

Ann and Tim Timmons entertained at a small cocktail party Thursday, May 19, to welcome Dr. Vince and Molly Carroll back to Mackinac. The Reverend Carroll officiated at his first wedding of the 2005 season on Friday, May 20, at Little Stone Church.

Mike and Cammie Cavanaugh of Okemos attended Margaret Doud’s party Sunday, May 22.

Officer Cory Kaminen of the Mackinac Island Police Department will celebrate his birthday June 6. Have a good day, Cory.

Melinda Porter spent last Friday night on Mackinac with her parents, Smi and Mickey Horn. So nice to have Melinda back on the Island.

Main Street Inn and Suites held an open house Monday, May 23. It was a wonderful opportunity to view their new rooms. It was a very nice event.

Joyce and David Dodge are back on Mackinac after spending the winter in Naples, Florida. Nice to see you again.

Mark Chambers and Susan Bennett, along with the four seniors from Mackinac Island Public School, Blisse Beardsley, Emma Chambers, Jamie Andress, and Richard Chaffee, enjoyed a wonderful week in San Diego, California. They were all bubbling with excitement telling about their adventures. Graduation will be held Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Public School.

Ann and Bill Taylor with daughter, Tammy, and granddaughter, Jacquelyn, of Delta, Ohio, spent the weekend at the Windermere Hotel. The Taylors celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary May 19. We look forward to seeing you in October. Congratulations from all your Island friends.

Peggy and Judy Bynoe went to Houghton to attend Katilyn McKay’s dance recital. Katilyn is Judy’s granddaughter. Everyone had a great time.

Chet Miller, piano player at Grand Hotel’s Jockey Club, will be celebrating his birthday May 28. Everyone enjoys his beautiful music.

David and Susan Bankard of New Orleans have opened their lovely cottage on the West Bluff, where they’re enjoying Mackinac for another season.

Gene Hagenbaugh will celebrate his birthday June 3. I hope Mel will make you some special treats.

Tony and Loretta Spata left Sunday for California to visit Loretta’s very ill sister. We send special greetings to the Spatas on this difficult journey.

Dennis Brodeur arrived back on Mackinac from his winter home in Naples, Florida. It was so good to see Dennis at Margaret Doud’s party Sunday, May 22. We had a great visit. Dennis and I were school friends at the Thomas W. Ferry School. We’re looking forward to his 85th birthday December 8. Dennis will enjoy his new home along with his daughter, Leanne and family, which is located on the east shore of the Island with a magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Island.

The Michigan Knights of Columbus are convening at Grand Hotel Wednesday, May 25, through Friday, May 27. It will be a large convention.

Congratulations to Charles and Kathleen Hegarty of Canton on the recent birth of their baby girl, Brigid Anne, Monday, April 4. She was born on her grandparents’ 41st wedding anniversary. Proud grandparents are Jane Hegarty and the late Judge Michael Hegarty of Brighton. Brigid Anne will make her first trip to Mackinac this summer.

The MIRD 2006 calendar may be purchased in many shops. You will find many beautiful photographs of Mackinac in all seasons.

Attorney Pat Shannon of Mackinac and his lovely wife, Mary Anne, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary May 24. They’re the parents of two sons, Tom and Jim. Pat and Mary Anne met on Mackinac, another Island romance. We wish them many years of good health and happiness.

Welcome home to Robin Trankina, who will be spending the summer on the Island with her father, Len. Very nice to have Robin back on Mackinac.

Gloria Mondelle of New Jersey came to join the Bynoe family for the wedding of Patty Bynoe and Brian Schoenborn Saturday, May 14. Gloria will be on the Island for the summer working at Betty’s Gifts and The Birches gift shops.

Sherry Rayha and Bud Bourisaw of Cheboygan attended the surprise party for Margaret Doud Sunday, May 22.

Mariann and Keith Hahn of Big Rapids are here helping Bev and Bob Benjamin open their shops for the season. It’s so nice to have you back on Mackinac.

Josh Carley, son of Mike and Deb, is a dock porter for the Chippewa Hotel. Josh attends Saginaw Valley State University, where he will be a sophomore.

Karen Hodgman and her daughter, Mary Deb of Kalkaska, attended the party for Margaret Doud Sunday, May 22.

Adele Lypsinmaa is back from her home in Hancock and once again employed at the Mustang Lounge, where she has been a dedicated friend and employee since 1969.

The George Goodmans of Ann Arbor are enjoying their condominium at the Mission. It’s great having you back on Mackinac.

The Zoo-to-Mackinac riders arrived on Mackinac Saturday night, May 21, having rode their bicycles up from Harbor Springs. They livened up the Island.

The McIntires’ very fine Carriage House dining room opened for the season Friday, May 20.

Welcome home to Bev and Bob Benjamin, another light in the neighborhood. They recently visited their daughter, Jane Young and family, in Petoskey. The Youngs will soon be home on Mackinac for the season when school gets out for the summer.

It was great to see so many St. Ignace friends join Margaret Doud at her party held at the Community Hall Sunday, May 22.

Congratulations to Debra and Sandra Orr on the opening of their new Seabiscuit Cafe on Main Street. They were joined by their cousin, Marilyn Riley, and friend from Naples, Florida, who are helping in the decorating. Best wishes for a successful summer.

Everyone on Mackinac sends best wishes for Father Mike Rhoades of St. Ignace. We’re thinking of you and praying for you.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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