2005-07-30 / Columnists



The hot, humid days continue on Mackinac, as well as many other cities throughout the country.

Rain in early morning or late in the evening would be most welcome. To keep the gardens fresh and green, it’s necessary to water twice daily and more. As a lifelong resident, I can never, ever remember the intense heat and humidity that we’re experiencing.

Water troughs are placed along the way for the horses as they travel on their way and many times are hosed down. Drivers, too, are being very careful by walking them rather than trotting. Everyone looks forward to the cooler days and nights.

On Monday, July 25, the white sails could be seen to the east beyond Mission Point as the happy sailors enjoyed their favorite sport. The town was lively at night, as many will celebrate their victory. The weather, other than being too warm, was a beautiful Mackinac day as crowds of happy wives and families waited patiently at the finish line.

We have some very happy news to report. Eric St. Onge, son of Deana and Glenn and brother of Jason, who is an attorney with the firm of Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, DeNardis and Valituti, has recently been promoted to one of the principals of the firm. A note from Ronald E. Wagner, managing principal, reads as follows: “Since our founding over 35 years ago, we have been able to achieve our goals of quality and cost-effective representation through the development of highly capable and knowledgeable attorneys. Each of the individuals recognized through promotion meets our demanding expectations of an attorney at his or her respective level.” One of these attorneys is Eric St. Onge. Congratulations and best wishes to him for his great achievement. Everyone here on Mackinac is extremely proud of you and wish you continued success for years to come. He and his wife, Jill, and young son, Brevin, live in St. Louis.

Another bundle of joy has arrived. Preston and Janet Allers of St. Ignace are the proud parents of their new baby girl, Haley Nicole, who was born Monday, July 18, at 8:01 a.m. at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 18 inches in length. Grandparents are George and Pam Blum of Ashville, Ohio, Judy and Rich Dixon of Cheboygan, and Captain Paul and Betsy Allers of Mackinaw City. Haley is joined at home by her brother, Nicholas. Congratulations and best wishes to Janet and Preston from Island friends. Captain Paul describes his new little granddaughter by saying that she has lots of black hair and is very pretty.

Jody and Mark Chambers hosted a family dinner party in honor of their daughter Emma’s 18th birthday at Woods Restaurant at Stonecliffe. Sixteen members of Jody and Mark’s family enjoyed a fabulous get-together.

Sara Sutherland of Orlando, Florida, enjoyed a visit of three weeks with her parents, Irene and Larry Rickley, Sr. and brother Larry, Jr. with his wife, Kathleen, and son Anthony. Anthony had been visiting his aunt in Florida.

Over the past three weeks, Dr. Vince and Molly Carroll have welcomed guests to the Little Stone parsonage, including Molly’s sister, Kathleen, who is an art teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. Traveling from Detroit, Art and Lynn Bryant spent a week with the Carrolls. Art was a graduate of the class of 1965 at the United States Naval Academy. Sunday, July 10, Adam Felligi, guest pianist from Budapest, joined the Carrolls for breakfast before performing at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This past week, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Reynolds enjoyed the Island. Andy serves in the State Department and were neighbors of the Carrolls when Vince served at the Pentagon.

Tim and Teresa Permoda of Wayland visited Island friends this past week. Tim was stationed on the Island for the past two summers with the Michigan State Police. Tim and Teresa are very happy new grandparents. Ellaina Rose Hudson was born June 28 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Congratulations to the Hudsons from Island friends and to Teresa and Tim. So nice to see you folks again.

Spending a vacation on her favorite Island and at Grand Hotel is Mrs. Aileen Koehler of Solana Beach, California. Saturday afternoon, on the porch of Grand Hotel, Mrs. Koehler hosted a delightful cocktail party for all of her many Island friends. Mrs. Koehler and her late husband, Dr. Larry Koehler, spent many happy summers at their beautiful West Bluff cottage, which is now owned by the John and Penny Barr family of Chicago and New York. Mrs. Koehler has many memories on Mackinac as she was the niece of Miss Alicia Poole, longtime owner of the popular Iroquois Hotel. Best wishes from Island friends.

Jim and Maggie Horn and family of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, enjoyed visiting relatives recently, even though it was for a very short time. They will return in October for the wedding of Vanessa Smith and Ken Hardy, Jr., They enjoyed a family gettogether in Afton with Jim’s parents, Linda and Ed Horn.

Miss Hannah Bradley, daughter of the Dennis Bradley, Jrs. of Saranac, New York, is visiting her grandparents, Jackie and Dennis Bradley, Sr.

The Mackinac Island Medical Center continues to be the busiest place in town with many bicycle patients, those falling from horseback riding, and ill folks in general. Plans are in the making for a new ambulance to be delivered in the near future, thanks to the wonderful folks who gave funds so generously. Donations can be made and will be graciously accepted through the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

July is the month for many birthdays and we wish each and everyone the happiest ever. Happy birthday to Brett Horn July 22, Matt Myers July 23, Mary Plunkett July 24, Ellen Putnam July 25, Jill Sawatzki July 28, Will St. Onge July 29, and Roxanne Pettit and Robert Calvin St. Onge July 30. Warmest and best wishes to you all.

Guests of Dr. and Mrs. Fran Straus at their cottage in Hubbard’s Annex are their daughter, Dr. Ellen Straus, from Chicago, Illinois, and their son, Frank, from Springfield, Illinois.

Brother Jim Boynton and Glen St. Onge entertained with their music at the Mustang this past Friday night.

Happy to see Alice Myron and her daughter, Sue, of Port Huron enjoying their East Bluff cottage with its wonderful view of the Straits. Warmest wishes to Alice from Island friends.

On Tuesday morning, July 26, we received a small amount of rain during the night. Early that morning the firemen responded to a campfire on one of the paths in the woods, which was promptly extinguished.

Fire Chief Dennis Bradley had issued a no burn order that has been obeyed very well.

Monday, July 25, I received sad news from the family of Reta Sanders of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Reta was a very kind, caring lady who spent many years on the Island with the Moral Re-armament group. She loved life and all that it had to offer. Her very personal friend was the late Agnes Shine. Reta passed away Thursday, July 7. She was born in 1914. Reta’s enthusiasm for life was everlasting. Island friends send their deepest sympathy.

Another special friend, Captain Paul Allers, will be celebrating his birthday July 30. His gift this year is a beautiful new granddaughter, Haley Nicole, who was born to Janet and Preston Allers July 18. Have a wonderful day, Paul, which you richly deserve.

Another good friend, Max Clifton of Muncie, Indiana, will be celebrating his birthday July 29 and we wish him the best ever.

Dillion Szabo and John Andress celebrated their second birthdays Saturday, July 23. A family cookout was held at the Szabo residence in Harrisonville.

Friday, July 22, Jack Ryerse visited Mackinac and treated all the First National Bank employees to breakfast at Jessie’s Chuckwagon. Good to have you back on the Island, Jack.

Jennie Shanku and Jason St. Onge attended a bridal party in Detroit over the weekend.

Over the past weekend in St. Ignace, the LaPine and Horn families held a family reunion. People came from far and near to join in the fun, especially Lyle Horn and his daughter and son from Denver, Colorado. Everyone had a great time.

Happy birthday to Sandy Roe July 27. Have a great day.

Apink and blue shower honoring Nicole Hahn was enjoyed Sunday, July 24, at the Lake View Hotel conference room. Hostesses were Davina, Cathleen, Cathy, Becky and Jennie. Nicole received many useful and beautiful gifts.

Trillium Heights annual bike art “near” the park. What is it? As a follow-up to their successful “grinder art near the park,” this year the residents of Trillium Heights are sponsoring a neighborhood bike art near the park.

A neighborhood picnic will follow a bike parade and the judging of contestants. Rain or shine, it will be held Sunday, August 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All art lovers are invited and urged to attend and to decorate one or more bicycles. No professional assistance allowed. To enter, call Patrick Shannon at 847-8139 by Saturday, August 6. All proceeds raised will be donated to Great Turtle Park.

Enjoy and hope for cooler weather.

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