2005-09-03 / Columnists

News About People On Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud


This past Saturday, August 27, the weather played havoc with business. Constant heavy rain fell from morning until late in the day, when the black clouds turned to sunshine. Many brides had great plans, but unfortunately they were forced to go on. The downtown was filled with many visitors who stopped in the shops to wait for the rain to disappear. The gardens, lawns, and streets received a good sprinkling.

Sunday, August 28, was a very special, warm sunny day. A very large wedding took place at Mission Point Resort, ending at Grand Hotel. The bride and groom were happy to be able to celebrate their outdoor activities.

Sunday morning, the Island was alerted that a very bad fire had erupted in our neighboring community of Mackinaw City. On Windermere Point, one could see heavy smoke billowing across the Straits as the nasty fire continued to destroy the pizza business, which housed a very valuable museum of the Mackinac Bridge. Keeping alert on the fire on our scanner radio, we were very proud and pleased that our dedicated Mackinac Island firemen had volunteered their service and were on the scene, fighting along with departments from Cheboygan, Carp Lake, and St. Ignace. Fortunately, the fire was contained and other buildings saved. Responding from the Mackinac Island Fire Department were Chief Dennis Bradley, Sgt. Jason St. Onge, firefighters James Bazinaw, Glen St. Onge, Chris Szabo, Armin Porter, and Ben Mosley.

Sad news to report that Jesse Leach, a young resident of the Pickford area, was killed Sunday morning, August 28, as he drove his four-wheeler out from his yard and ran into the side of a passing SUV. He leaves his wife, Susan, and two children, Stephanie, 13, and Kevin, 16. Julye McGreevy’s sister is Jesse’s wife. Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends. Jesse was well known on Mackinac, where he worked numerous summers with the Goughs at Jack’s Livery Stable. He was very young, only 43 years old.

The television newscast, Monday, August 29, covers Hurricane Katrina, which is doing horrible damage to Louisiana and surrounding states. New Orleans is being devastated with much damage and destruction. We’re thinking of and praying for the victims of this horrible storm.

A new little camper, two-year-old John Andress, son of Bill and Terry, is having fun in the Gaylord area with the Mosley and Kolatski families.

Robert Chambers, son of Mark and Jody, is celebrating his 15th birthday September 1 and we wish him a very happy one. Robert is an avid athlete who is looking forward to playing soccer with his buddies on the Mackinac Island Public School team.

An annual back-to-school barbeque will be held Tuesday, September 6, at noon in the school yard. Great food, fun, and entertainment.

The Last Impressions Gift Shop on Market Street has some very beautiful dinner plates, Dahlias in Full Bloom. Folks passing by are stopping at Gwen and Ron O’Neil’s shop, just to snap a picture or two.

Guests of the Windermere have been Agnes and Frank Wood of De Pere, Wisconsin. Frank, is a successful businessman and a native of St. Ignace. We all enjoyed a great visit over dinner at the Carriage House Sunday evening, August 28.

Happy wedding anniversary September 3 to Carolyn and Buzz Waggoner, owners of La Galerie on Market Street. Enjoy a wonderful day.

Dee and Dick Czapek will be celebrating their wedding anniversary September 6 and we send warmest greetings from Island residents. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Susan Corrigan Deluci, with her husband and little daughter, Lily Virginia, of Naperville, Illinois, enjoyed a vacation at their cottage on Lakeshore Drive.

Mary Wellington and her sister recently visited their brother, John, who is employed with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Mary makes her home in Sault Ste. Marie.

Dr. and Mrs. Louis Putz were recently visited by his brother and wife, Dr. Gerard and Sharon Putz, of Rochester. Gerard is the founder and president of the Science Olympiad. Louis and Marilynn were extremely grateful for all the help Gerard and Sharon gave, as carpeting was installed in the Baby Grand cottage during their stay. They said they enjoyed their visit, but needed to go home for a rest.

Louis’ sister and husband, Mary Jeannette and Robert McCrickard of Pinckney, will be arriving in early September for a visit. Son, Brad, who enjoyed working at Goodfellows, leaves many Island friends to return to Western Michigan University. Son, Jeff, continues as night manager at Grand Hotel. Marilynn, by the way, recently filled in for pianist John Kissane at the Epicurean Restaurant at Mission Point while he attended his sister’s wedding near Lansing.

Amy and Don Hannah of St. Louis have enjoyed their annual vacation at the Iroquois Hotel, always stopping by for their favorite snacks at Windermere Doghouse.

Saturday, August 27, Deana, Becky, and Kathy Andress entertained at Ste. Anne’s Hall at a delightful bridal shower honoring Jennie Shanku, who will be married to Jason St. Onge Saturday, October 8, at Ste. Anne’s. She was the recipient of many beautiful gifts. Special guests were Jennie’s mother, Carol Shanku, and friend, Rose Capace, of Dearborn.

Two of the most popular auction items at the recent party at Grand Hotel benefiting the Mackinac Island Medical Center were the lasagna dinner for 12 people at the cottage of Kay Berke, and the Italian dinner for 10 at Fort Mackinac’s Sergeants Quarters.

Eileen, Dan, and their three-year-old son, Daniel Kruske, of Northville, vacationed with Barbara and Brian Hellis over the weekend, returning home on Monday.

Sale signs are beginning to appear in many of the shops. Folks will no doubt be doing a bit of Christmas shopping.

Bishop James Kelsey of the Episcopal Diocese of Marquette held services at Trinity Church Sunday morning.

Services were held Friday morning, August 26, for the late Mary Cadotte Andress of Mackinac and St. Ignace. High Mass was celebrated by Father Rey Garcia. Family and friends joined in paying every respect to their wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. A luncheon followed in Ste. Anne’s Hall. Cremation took place later. Deepest sympathy to the family from everyone on Mackinac.

I remember Mary for the many years she and her mother, the late Cecelia Cadotte, worked for the Douds at the Windermere. They were dedicated to their work, always ready to help in any way they could. They were from one of the old-time families on the Island, the Cadottes and Andresses. May she rest in peace.

Miss Peggy Bynoe, graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, is now a music teacher in that city. Best wishes and lots of luck to you, Peggy.

Marvin Lee May of Ann Arbor was home to help his mother, Christy, celebrate her birthday August 29. Christy, Marvin, and Marvin Lee celebrated with dinner at the Jockey Club.

The Randy McKay family of Chassell spent the weekend with Katie’s mother, Judy Bynoe and family.

Happy birthday to Jim Kolatski Sr. September 1.

The Dr. Jeff Chambers family have returned to their home in Plymouth, Minnesota, after enjoying a Mackinac vacation at the Chambers homestead on Cadotte Avenue.

Two lovely ladies employed at the Le Galerie shop will be celebrating their birthdays in September. Happy birthday to Helen Powell of Mackinaw City September 4 and to Karen Huisman of St. Ignace September 5. Enjoy a great day.

Many of our Island students will be leaving for college or have already left – Josh Carley to Saginaw Valley State University, Roxanne Pettit and Jill Kamphuis to Grand Valley State University, Blisse Beardsley, Lindsay Allen, and Sarah Porter to the University of Michigan, Emma Chambers to Ferris State University, Eli Urman to Alma College, Jennifer Wightman and Sarah Wessel to Bay Mills College, Richard Chambers to Northern Michigan University, Carolyn May to Oakland University, and Heather May to Central Michigan University.

What a pleasant surprise to receive a visit from dear friends, Gordie Roberts and his wife, Marne, from Vancouver, who spent an enjoyable week with Alice and Trish Martin at their Bogan Lane Inn. They’re both accomplished musicians, playing the piano and flute, which was very special at the 9 a.m. mass at Ste. Anne’s Sunday morning. Great to see them again.

The beautiful Manoogian yacht, the Lady Jane, is moored at the Arbib dock.

The medical center is very busy caring for the injured and the sick. The big auction party was very successful, with proceeds going to the medical center. Great prizes and fun were enjoyed by all.

The golf tournament held Thursday, August 25, was wonderful, perfect weather and great golfing, ending with dinner at Woods Restaurant. Many folks came from St. Ignace, Petoskey, Cheboygan, Sault Ste. Marie, and downstate. Proceeds help to fund the Moses Dialysis Center and the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Happy birthday to Megan Weber and Brad Horn September 4, Burton Gough September 5, and Debbie Bradley September 7.

I was pleasantly surprised Monday evening to have a visit from Mary Lou Kleven and her son, Sean, from Wichita, Kansas. It was wonderful seeing her, if only for a brief time. Mary Lou stopped in Marquette to see her sisters, in St. Ignace to see brother Robert McGreevy, in Petoskey to see William, and on to Manistee to visit her mother, Mary Kate McGreevy, and her brother, Charlie Francis and family. On Mackinac she went to see her good friend, Helga Doud and Melanie Hagenbaugh, and brother Edward. Good to see you, Mary Lou.

Happy birthday to our good friend, Carmen Golden, September 7.

Bill and Cindy Gough are so excited about the birth of their new granddaughter, Madison Francis, daughter of Jerimah and Trisha Gough. Madison was born at Northern Michigan Hospital Sunday, July 31, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces. The family lives in Pickford, where her other grandmother, Tina Perry, resides. Congratulations from Island friends.

Amy Marsili and James Melody of Champaign, Illinois, were united in marriage Friday, August 19, at the Little Stone Church. The rain stopped just in time for the 1 p.m. ceremony and the sun appeared as Amy and Jim rode in their carriage around the Island. Amy has loved the Island since she first came here as a little girl 20 years ago and she visits every summer with her family. Jim fell in love with the Island as soon as Amy introduced him to it and proposed to her here. Amy and Jim were surrounded by family as they celebrated their union with folks coming all the way from California. Reverend Carroll celebrated a beautiful ceremony with faith-filled and inspiring words for all.

A very happy birthday to Loretta Spata September 7. Have a fun day with your family.

The U.S Naval Jazz Band will perform on Windermere Point Sunday, September 4, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The veterans will hold a memorial service in the city park, Monday, September 5, at 6 p.m.

Congratulations to Heather and Clyde Ogle on the birth of their son, Aidian Jay, Monday, August 22, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Proud grandparents are Barb and John Fisher of Mackinac. Aidian is joined at home by his big brother, Colton. Best wishes from Island friends.

Enjoy Labor Day weekend.

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