2006-08-19 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

It's Tuesday, August 15, another beautiful summer day on Mackinac. Sadly, we're getting closer and closer to Labor Day, and our pleasant weather will soon change as we welcome in the month of September. It has passed so quickly. Schools will be opening soon, but the Mackinac Island Public School will not open until the day after Labor Day. We love summer and all that it has to offer.

Mark your calendar for the big medical center auction to be held Sunday, August 27, at Grand Hotel. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Please take time to walk leisurely around town and view the beautiful flower gardens on the Island. They're breathtaking and a magnificent sight. Stop by and see Dwight LaPine and Jeff Shaffer's flower garden on French Lane, Metivier Inn, Iroquois Hotel, Windermere Hotel, Grand Hotel, and so many homes along the way. You will find beauty everywhere.

On Windermere Point, it makes us feel so good to see so many visitors enjoying the panoramic view of the Straits while seated under the yellow umbrellas. Let it be a memorial to the late Patrick and Catherine Doud for their foresight in preserving and keeping a very special part of the waterfront open to the public. Patrick Doud built many of the beautiful cottages on the West and East Bluff.

Reinette Murray was surprised on her 50th birthday with a celebration in her honor at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club Saturday, August 12. She and her husband, Jerry, pose with their sons, Shaun and Jerry Jr., who hosted the party. Reinette Murray was surprised on her 50th birthday with a celebration in her honor at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club Saturday, August 12. She and her husband, Jerry, pose with their sons, Shaun and Jerry Jr., who hosted the party. Happy wedding anniversary August 20 to Bob and Molly Green. Enjoy your day.

We're sending warmest and best wishes to Marsha Kleber, who continues to recover from major surgery at her home in Woodbluff. We miss seeing you at the Windermere Doghouse.

Happy birthday to Andrew Doud August 23. Have a great day.

Congratulations to the Howard Cadottes of St. Ignace, who recently adopted a beautiful little baby daughter, Mary Jane Elizabeth. Proud grandparents are Otto and Helen Hyslop of St. Ignace and Patricia LaPine of Mackinac Island. The Cadotte family name has been known on the Island for years, and the street leading from Market Street up through Harrisonville is Cadotte Avenue.

This photograph of the 1,000-foot freighter Edgar B. Speer (left) escorting the 858-foot Roger Blough through the Straits of Mackinac supplements a photograph in last week's Town Crier. The Blough lost its rudder in the St. Marys River and was being towed by the Speer to Gary, Indiana, to unload taconite pellets, then back up to Sturgeon Bay for repairs. Mackinac Island can be seen in the background. (Photograph courtesy of Great Lakes Air) This photograph of the 1,000-foot freighter Edgar B. Speer (left) escorting the 858-foot Roger Blough through the Straits of Mackinac supplements a photograph in last week's Town Crier. The Blough lost its rudder in the St. Marys River and was being towed by the Speer to Gary, Indiana, to unload taconite pellets, then back up to Sturgeon Bay for repairs. Mackinac Island can be seen in the background. (Photograph courtesy of Great Lakes Air) Lorma Kolatski will be celebrating her birthday August 24. Hope your day is special.

Just a note to bird watchers. The Black Crown Night Heron has returned to the tree behind the Windermere Hotel. It's truly amazing how they return to the same tree each year around this time.

Alan and Jean Friend and daughter from St. Johns are visiting the Island. Jean and Helen Wolfgang are sisters. Alan is bringing up his photography club. Jill Sawatzki and Jean work together in the winter at Williams and Sonoma in Lansing.

Barbara and Brian Hellis of Northville and Mackinac are touring England and Ireland for three weeks.

Happy birthday to Mikey Gallagher August 25. Have a great day.

Mark and Robert Chambers and Jean LaBorde are sailing on Mark's boat named the Windermere. They departed on Sunday and spent the first night in Hessel. Agreat time, and weather is being enjoyed by all.

Happy anniversary to Pete and Cindy Komblevitz August 26. Enjoy your day.

The freighter Edward L. Ryerson continues to use the Round Island Passage as she carries her cargo of iron ore to the steel mill in Gary, Indiana. Following an absence of eight years, it is indeed wonderful to see this great ship plying the waters of the Straits of Mackinac.

Sara Sutherland of Orlando, Florida, is visiting the Larry Rickley Sr. and Larry Rickley Jr. families for the month of August. Sara is always thrilled to see her nephew, Anthony, and her new niece, Makayla Madison. It's always nice to have Sara back home on Mackinac.

Happy birthday to Larry Rickley Jr. August 16.

Saturday, August 12, Reinette Murray was honored at a surprise 50th birthday party at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club given by her sons, Shaun and Jerry Jr. Reinette is a registered nurse and helps at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Island friends send special birthday greetings to Reinette.

The Guns and Hoses Softball Game held Sunday evening, August 13, was enjoyed by all who attended. Mike and Deb Carley prepared wonderful whitefish sandwiches, Chief Dennis Bradley grilled hot dogs, Brenda Bunker and Kathleen Rickley sold refreshments, Jennifer Bloswick and Kelly Bean were in charge of raffles, and Smi and Cub Horn ran the chipping contest, which was won by Luke Shellhorne. Then there was the game, which was very spirited. In the 7th inning, with the Hoses in the lead, Jamie Bynoe of the Mackinac Island Fire Department made a special hit, which drove in the winning run. Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Fire Department on their win. All proceeds benefit the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund.

Those very nice folks, Bruce and Diana Rochowiak, who operate the popular J.L. Beanery

behind the Bay View Bed and Breakfast, will be celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary August 23. Island friends send special wishes.

Richard and Doris LaPine will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 27. Hope your day is very special.

A very special Island lady, Mary Kate McGreevy, has a birthday August 27, and everyone here on Mackinac sends their love and best wishes. She now lives in Manistee. Mary Kate is the daughter of the late Constance McIntyre Duey and Clifford Duey of West Bend, Indiana. Her magnificent voice could be heard at Ste. Anne's for many years, along with playing the organ for all the masses and weddings. Mary Kate has nine children.

Wednesday afternoon, August 16, the group called "Switchback" held an Irish concert on Windermere Point. Everyone enjoyed wonderful music on a beautiful Mackinac day.

Happy birthday to Ed McGreevy August 26. Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday evening, August 16, Dr. Don Weersing and staff from the Mackinac Island Medical Center, EMT's, Mackinac Island Police Department, and Mackinac Island Fire Department, all acting as a team, were on hand to assist at a very bad bicycle accident on the Fort Hill. We do appreciate the wonderful medical facility and staff.

While returning home from the mainland Saturday, August 12, the glorious red flame of the setting sun illuminated the entire cabin of the ferry, a magnificent sight for visitors to see.

Susan Corrigan Dulico, with husband, Jeff, and beautiful daughter, Lillian Virginia, of the Chicago area, enjoyed a week's vacation at the Corrigan cottage on Lakeshore Drive. The lovely home has recently been renovated by local contractor Matt Meyers.

Last week, while riding bicycles with her cousin, Raymond Groseclose, on Leslie Avenue, Virginia Riordan was very surprised to see two large owls fly by them and perch on a high tree.

Gwen O'Neil of Mackinac is a respiratory therapist at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

Dr. Mark Mercer and family of St. Ignace were recent guests at the Windermere Hotel. They attended the Upper Peninsula Dental Conference.

Brother Jim Boynton, S.J., who has been at Ste. Anne's for the summer, returned to Detroit Wednesday, August 9, where he is Director of Vocations at the University of Detroit. Brother Jim will visit the Island during the winter months.

Cheryl Shoman and family from Columbus, Ohio, have been guests at the Windermere Hotel for the past week. Cheryl is the niece of the late Helen Wagner, longtime summer visitor.

Dr. Chris LaTocha of Mackinaw City is doing very well after his recent illness. He attended the Upper Peninsula Dental Conference at Grand Hotel.

Josh Terrian, grandson of Stella Mae Kwolek, visited the Island recently carrying the news that his grandmother is in her home in Detroit. We send her greetings from Mackinac.

Guests of Bud Bourisaw and Sherry Rayha are his sister, Kitty Schadel of Arcadia, New York, and his nephew, Rick Schadel and family.

George Wellington Sr. was kicked in the knee last week by a horse and has been off work. Hopefully, this will find George much improved.

Have you seen the beautiful hollyhocks blooming all over town? They're so colorful, healthy, and so typical of Mackinac.

Guests of Nancy and Larry Keogh at their "Crosstrees" East Bluff cottage are their daughterin law, Kendra, and grandson, Matthew James.

Enjoy your week.

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