2006-07-15 / Columnists



Everywhere one looks, they find nature's beauty.

On the evening of Monday, July 10, a full moon danced in the heavenly sky, casting its beam on the Straits of Mackinac, creating a picturesque sight for everyone to see, especially the visitors who walk the boardwalk. The flower gardens are at their peak, producing healthy blossoms in colorful shades - daisies, poppies, the wildflowers along the shore and in the wooded areas, the hollyhocks and cosmos. Let us never forget the sunrises and sunsets, bringing joy to all who see. The geraniums in many porch boxes all over the Island are very festive and colorful.

A very happy birthday July 10 to Mary Rogers of St. Ignace and Mackinac. Debbie and Mike Carley gave their parents a wonderful surprise and took them to the museums at Whitefish Point. The weather was perfect and the scenery was breathtaking.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation and the Mackinac Island Arts Council announce the summer concert series, in which performances are held Sundays at Ste. Anne's Church at 2 p.m. Heather May gave her recital Sunday, July 2, on her flute, which was beautiful. Sunday, July 16, Melissa Straus and Tess Miller are the featured musicians. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Posing at the annual Wawashkamo Golf Links membership party July 2 are the board of directors, from left, Vice President for Links, Buildings, and Grounds Steve Rilenge, Jim Reitman, Treasurer Ronald Dufina, Secretary Lorna Straus, Mark "Lou" Bunker, Brian Dunnigan, Vice President for Club House Operations Randy Stuck, and President Larry Berke. Missing is Syndee Borst. Posing at the annual Wawashkamo Golf Links membership party July 2 are the board of directors, from left, Vice President for Links, Buildings, and Grounds Steve Rilenge, Jim Reitman, Treasurer Ronald Dufina, Secretary Lorna Straus, Mark "Lou" Bunker, Brian Dunnigan, Vice President for Club House Operations Randy Stuck, and President Larry Berke. Missing is Syndee Borst. Monday, July 17, everyone will watch the arrival of the Port Huron to Mackinac yacht race. The sailors will liven up the town. The following week we will welcome the Chicago to Mackinac yachts. Hopefully, the weather will be picture perfect, with winds bringing them quickly across the finish line.

Brian Dunnigan celebrated his birthday Tuesday, July 11. He joined Candi, Claire, and James for the weekend.

Crowds seem to arrive each day via the different ferry lines. They can be seen enjoying a relaxing vacation, riding their bicycles, taking a horseback ride, or a tour in the surrey with the fringe on top.

Wednesday, July 5, Jack and Paige Parel of Augusta, Georgia, with their children, Scott, his wife, Mary, and children Kayla and Cory, and their other son, Rob, from Macon, Georgia, with his wife, Katie, and their children, Anna Katherine and Ashley, arrived on Mackinac as guests of the Windermere Hotel. Jack was raised on Mackinac and he always enjoys returning for a visit with family and friends. Jack's family had a great time playing golf and enjoying the beautiful Mackinac weather. Scott is a professional golfer and Rob is a surgeon. It was wonderful seeing Jack and his family on the Island.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Judge John Fitzgerald of Grand Ledge and Mackinac, who passed away Friday, July 7. Island friends mourn his passing.

Vera Yerkes of Rogers City was the guest of her daughter, Sherry, and friend, Bud Bourisaw. She enjoyed seeing all the boat traffic and visitors from the front porch of the Windermere.

Hopefully, we shall see and welcome longtime guests of the Windermere, Mary Jane and Bob Neuman of Royal Oak. Room A2 will be awaiting your arrival. Best wishes from your Island friends.

We send prayers and good wishes to Dick Bagbey. Dick would enjoy hearing from his many friends.

Willie Barnwell, son of Mary Jane and the late Roman, is enjoying Camp Bil-O-Wood in Blind River, Ontario. He will be there until the end of July. I'm sure Willie will have a great time.

Welcome home to Mackinac, Erica and Bill Chambers, who have been away at college in Wisconsin. Bill is helping out at the taxi booth.

Olivia Chambers returned home Sunday from a three-day stay at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Olivia was first treated at the Mackinac Island Medical Center by Dr. Richard Hodgman and staff. We continue to be thankful for our wonderful medical center, staff, and EMT's.

Charlotte Schmitt of Bur Ridge, Illinois, and her sisterin law, Maggie Sweeney of Grosse Pointe, are spending time on their favorite Island. Nice to see you again.

A very happy birthday Monday, July 10, to a special lady, Jay Vechio, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who is the mother of Loretta Spata and the grandmother of Dr. Fred, Dennis, Tony, Joe, and Paul. Loretta and Tony and the family spent the Fourth of July in Traverse City.

We're missing Carmen Golden on Mackinac this summer, where she greeted customers at the Scrimshander Shop. We sincerely hope that you're feeling better, Carmen. Best wishes from Island friends.

We send best wishes to Kitty Bourisaw Schadel, who is recovering from knee surgery. We miss you and hope to see you on Mackinac sometime this fall.

Family and friends joined together at the Little Stone Church Monday, July 3, for the beautiful memorial service depicting the life of Meryl Eriksson, a resident of the Island, who passed away last winter in Minnesota. The Reverend Vincent Carroll presided over the service and baptized Meryl's three-monthold great-granddaughter, Cameron Rae, daughter of the Carl Erikssons, during the memorial. Meryl would have been so proud. Godparents were Carol and Fred Entwistle of Afton, Minnesota. Meryl was laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Vern, in the Island Cemetery. Vern and Meryl were very generous members of our community. Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends.

Just a few words about a very dear friend, the late Margaret Kappa, a consultant at Grand Hotel for many years, who passed away in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in May. Margaret loved and admired her Island friends and joined in many community activities. You would meet her every Sunday morning going to 11 a.m. mass at Ste. Anne's, followed by lunch at the Yankee Rebel. Every Tuesday night she would join her friends for bingo at the Community Hall. She always came prepared, bringing along her tablecloth, which she laid on the table before spreading out all the goodies.

Two years ago at the St. Patrick's party, I had the honor of phoning her to tell her that she was the big winner of $5,000. When she didn't respond, I thought she was in shock. Surprised and elated, it was the first time that she had ever won anything. Following her retirement from Grand Hotel, she returned each summer with her dear friend, Jo Helen Schneider, from Laurel, Mississippi. She was a wonderful lady and we all have great memories.

Our good friend, Ed Stacks, of Sault Ste. Marie, had a very soft spot in his heart for Mackinac, where in the early days he often visited his family members at Fort Mackinac. He worked as a young man for the late Jerry Pelton, who had a downtown bike shop. In later years, Ed would come to the Christmas Bazaar bearing many items for the auction. He loved the sea and was a lifetime member of the United States Navy. He was very proud of his service to his country. Mr. Stacks passed away Thursday, July 6, at the age of 93. We shall always remember him for his love of Mackinac and his generosity.

Welcome back to Mackinac to our good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Motillo. They're enjoying their cottage next door to Ste. Anne's Rectory.

Jennifer and Lucas Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, with cousins and Lucas's friend, are enjoying a week at their cottage on Bourisaw Lane. Nice to have you back on Mackinac.

Jim Sink of Tustin, California, spent two nights at the Windermere Hotel. Jim spent several years on Mackinac when his father, Stan Sink, was commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Station on the Island. He attended the Thomas W. Ferry School and has many friends on Mackinac.

We send greetings to Chris Bloswick of St. Ignace. Hope this finds you feeling much better.

Betty and Barry BeDour are in Ann Arbor, where Barry is receiving treatment at the University of Michigan Hospital.

Dick and Dee Czapek of Grand Rapids are visiting Dee's sister, Candy Smith and family. Great to have you back on Mackinac.

Annette Gillespie recently returned from a two-week tour to Ireland. She had a wonderful time.

Former Governor of Michigan, John Engler, with his lovely wife, Michelle, and triplet daughters, visited the Island over the weekend. Nice to see them at Ste. Anne's.

Alice Myron and daughter, Sue, are enjoying their East Bluff cottage, which has a wonderful view of the Island and the Straits of Mackinac.

Mary Patricia Donnelly and Michael Jackson of Houston, Texas, were united in marriage Sunday, July 2, at Ste. Anne's Church on Mackinac.

Mary Patricia's roots are very deep on Mackinac, as she is the daughter of a native Islander, the late John Donnelly and his wife, Barbara, of Beaumont, Texas. John's late parents were Anna and Henry Donnelly, lifelong residents of the Island.

Mary Patricia was a very beautiful bride, who was escorted down the aisle by her two brothers, Michael and John. A reception followed at the McCarty residence on Mahoney Avenue. Island cousins are Kathleen Hoppenrath and Cecelia Donnelly Flanagan. Congratulations to Mary and Michael from Island friends and family.

This weekend in St. Ignace, the Horn and LaPine reunion will be held. It will be a wonderful time enjoyed by all.

Enjoy the wonderful summer weather.

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