2006-09-09 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

folks were seen riding saddle horses from Cindy's Riding Stable or the many who chose to take a scenic carriage ride. The weather was perfect for the threeday holiday, making Main Street a very busy place. Many Islanders and tourists walked the Mackinac Bridge Monday morning.

The beautiful balmy days of the Labor Day weekend brought many visitors to the Island, where they enjoyed the jazz concerts in the Tea Garden at Grand Hotel and also from the palatial veranda with its magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac. Many chose to ride their bicycles around the shore where the wildflowers were at their peak. Other The beautiful balmy days of the Labor Day weekend brought many visitors to the Island, where they enjoyed the jazz concerts in the Tea Garden at Grand Hotel and also from the palatial veranda with its magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac. Many chose to ride their bicycles around the shore where the wildflowers were at their peak. Other Happy birthday September 10 to our good friend, Jerry Fenlon. We miss seeing you on Mackinac.

Donnie and Gracie Francis have just returned from a sevenday fishing trip. The road trip

took them through northern Wisconsin to International Falls, Minnesota, then north to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, just short of 800 miles. It is a beautiful area. They caught lots of walleye and Gracie caught a 27.5-inch walleye for a Master Anglers award badge and certificate. This is their fourth trip to the lodge and they look forward to returning next year. Happy anniversary to Donnie and Gracie September 8.

Former Detroit Tigers great Bill Freehan (sitting) prepares an autograph for Jerry Johnson of Harvey. Both of them participated in this year's annual Mackinac Island Medical Center Golf Tournament at Grand Hotel's Jewel Golf Course Thursday, August 24. In the background, U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak chats with Linette Hiller (middle), wife of Detroit Tigers great John Hiller, and Mr. Freehan's wife, Pat. (Photographs courtesy of Dr. John Stephenson) Former Detroit Tigers great Bill Freehan (sitting) prepares an autograph for Jerry Johnson of Harvey. Both of them participated in this year's annual Mackinac Island Medical Center Golf Tournament at Grand Hotel's Jewel Golf Course Thursday, August 24. In the background, U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak chats with Linette Hiller (middle), wife of Detroit Tigers great John Hiller, and Mr. Freehan's wife, Pat. (Photographs courtesy of Dr. John Stephenson) Happy 6th birthday to Nicholas Davis September 12. I'm sure that Grandma and Grandpa Bunker will have lots of surprises for you.

It's Wednesday, September 6, another beautiful autumn day. En route to Petoskey, you could see signs of fall with trees changing colors to orange, yellow, and deep red. Many gardens were laden with fresh vegetables, colorful chrysanthemums, and cornstalks waiting for the pumpkins.

Happy birthday to Blake Ruddle September 14. Have a good day.

Lee and Pam Finkel entertained at Woods Sunday, September 3, on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary and Lee's 55th birthday. Many friends stopped by to congratulate them.

Our mariner friends, Captains John Wellington, Paul Allers, and Jim Ryerse are all on another expedition. The freighter John Sherwin was being towed by the tug Ohio from Duluth, Minnesota, to South Chicago, where she will be used to store grain. The proud old freighter passed through Round Island Passage for many years loaded with iron ore. We were hoping to be on Windermere Point Monday, September 4, at approximately 11:30 p.m. to wave to the grand old ship. Sadly, the trip was delayed, and they didn't pass by until 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. The three captains were kept very busy piloting the John Sherwin on her last voyage. Two other crew members were also aboard. Just another sad story in Great Lakes history.

Veronica Gough will celebrate her birthday September 16. Enjoy your day.

I'm sorry that I forgot to mention three more students from Mackinac Island that have left for college. Melissa Bunker is attending Grand Rapids Community College, Emily St. Onge is attending Northern Michigan University, and Miranda McMahon is attending Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Have a great year.

Happy birthday to Tammy Frazier September 16. Happy anniversary to Tony and Tammy September 20. Enjoy your day.

Warmest and best wishes to Mrs. Larry (Linda) Belonga of St. Ignace, who is recuperating at her home in St. Ignace following serious back surgery in Traverse City. Island friends send special greetings. Hope you're feeling better everyday.

Our good neighbor, Bud Bourisaw, remains critically ill at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. With him is his sister, Kitty Schadel, from her home in Arcade, New York, special friend Sherry Rayha of Cheboygan, and Adrienne Coyne of St. Ignace. Margaret and Jeannette Doud joined them Wednesday, September 6. We're praying for Bud's recovery.

The red geraniums in the gardens and window boxes all over the Island are very colorful and beautiful as are the impatiens and marigolds. They're all a great sight for our visitors to see.

The Greg Breuckmans of Detroit were recent guests at Bogan Lane Inn. Greg's roots are on Mackinac as his family were longtime owners of Metivier Inn. Greg retired from Ford Motor Company.

Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Dan and Virginia McIntyre Riordan of Mackinac and Marietta, Georgia, September 17. Have a wonderful celebration.

Barry BeDour will celebrate his birthday September 17. Island friends send you special greetings.

Barbara and Brian Hellis have returned from a three-week vacation, where they visited relatives in England and toured Ireland.

A very special thank you to Cathy Andress for organizing the recent blood drive, which was held at the Community Hall. More than 50 pints of blood were collected. This is a wonderful event and it certainly shows the true Mackinac spirit.

Judge Tom North will meet and greet friends at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club Sunday, September 17, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Marge Eastman Ferry, a relative of Thomas White Ferry (founder of the Thomas W. Ferry

School on Mackinac Island), was seen visiting the Stuart House Museum Tuesday, September 5. She and her husband spoke at length with Dale Rounds Gensman and was delighted with Dale's replica of the old Ferry School, also known as the Indian Dormitory.

The Dirty Dozen Jazz Band from New Orleans lead a parade of guests from Grand Hotel Saturday, September 3, to The Gate House at 11 p.m. It was very impressive as they came down Cadotte Avenue playing "When the Saints Come Marching In." It was a very festive time.

Tuesday, September 5, a barbecue lunch was served at the Mackinac Island Public School to kick off the year. Many members of the community attended and gave a warm welcome to Roger Schrock, the new superintendent, and his wife, Linda. The students enjoyed a kite ascension, a concert by John Kosene, and lots of fun and games. We wish everyone a great year.

Wes and Mary Maurer attended the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Concerts at Grand Hotel over the weekend. They also enjoyed the Labor Day party hosted by Vic and Rena Callewaert.

Avery special couple, Marsha and Chuck Kleber, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, September 8, at their lovely home in Woodbluff. They were married in Chicago September 8, 1956. All four of their children will be arriving Thursday, September 7, for the weekend to help their parents celebrate their anniversary: Kendra from Royal Oak, Jordan from Lisbon, Portugal, Drexel from San Antonio, Texas, and Karith from Clearwater, Florida. Jordan just returned to his home in Lisbon, Portugal, Sunday, September 3, from leading a building team for Habitat for Humanity to Mozambique for a two-week building project. Congratulations and best wishes from your many friends on Mackinac.

Cecelia Flanagan, mother of Kay Hoppenrath, is a patient at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace. We send best wishes to Cecelia.

Debra Orr is very happy to be entertaining her friends from college. At this time we wish to send our best to Debra's, Sandra's, and Marsha's Aunt Lou Riley of Naples, Florida, who is an inspiration to each and everyone of us. Sadly, we did not see her on Mackinac this summer, but are sending her much love from all her friends on Mackinac. Aunt Lou is a sister to the late Dr. Rex Orr.

Anna Mary and Gary Cusack were guests of Anna Mary's mother, Helga Doud, over the holiday weekend. Lynelle Doud and sons, Franc and James, visited Franc Doud Sr. and other family members over the weekend.

Saturday, September 9, is the big road race around the Island sponsored by the St. Ignace Kiwanis.

Mike Carley planted a beautiful fall garden at the Chambers' home on Cadotte Avenue, which is so colorful with bright orange and yellow marigolds.

The mountain ash trees this fall are laden with clusters of bright red berries which, according to the Farmer's Almanac, means a harsh cold winter. We have one special tree in the front yard at the Windermere and three on Windermere Point.

We send our deepest sympathy to the Montcalm family of St. Ignace on the tragic death of Jim. Many years ago, as a young lad, Jim worked for my late mother, Ella Chambers, at the Arch Rock Curio Shop. He always greeted us warmly at the Secretary of State office.

Greetings to our good friends, Larry and Gary LaPine of Mackinac, who are patients at the long term care facility in St. Ignace. Both are doing well, and they always enjoy seeing their friends from the Island. When Larry visited the Island this sum- mer, he was excited to go to the Windermere Doghouse, where he got his favorite hot dog. Special thanks to Marian King of St. Ignace, who visits Gary and Larry.

Maybelle France of Sault Ste. Marie was very interested in the article about her cousin, Joseph Henry Chapman, which was in last week's issue of the Town Crier. Maybelle's mother was Lucy Chapman France, who would have been Joe's first cousin. Mary Rogers and her brother, Bob, of St. Ignace are also related to Joe. Thank you, Maybelle, for your call and great visit, which I enjoyed very much.

Jane and Glen Young with children, Graham and Laurel, enjoyed the holiday at their Island home. They're now back in Petoskey, where Glen and Jane are teachers.

Dr. Jeff Chambers and family returned to Minnesota after having spent the summer on Mackinac. The Brad Chambers family has returned to Petoskey for the school year.

Monday, September 11, Patriots Day, a memorial service will be held at the Statue of Liberty at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Several years ago, Cynthia and Dennis Cawthorne hosted Egor Malakhov, a young student from near the Ural Mountains in Russia, who worked at Grand Hotel for the summer. Egor returned to Russia, worked as a police detective, got his law degree, and began a small practice in the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Tuesday night, September 5, he telephoned the Cawthornes from deep in Russia to tell them, among other things, that he had read the online edition of the Town Crier and saw Cynthia's name in this column. It is such a small world.

Vic and Rena Callewaert hosted a delightful Labor Day party at the Island House Hotel Monday evening, September 5. Family and friends enjoyed a wonderful buffet. The highlight of the evening was the

celebration of Mary Callewaert's birthday, which is September 5. A delicious chocolate cake was served to all the guests. It was a very relaxing evening after a busy summer.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gensman of the Detroit area are enjoying seeing the Island in all of its fall splendor. They're here for a month, staying at the Tom Pfeiffelmann home.

Enjoy fall on Mackinac, the season of autumn when the maples show their brilliant colors, the jack-o-lanterns appear in gardens and on doorsteps, the fruit and vegetables will be harvested, the full moon will shine down on the Straits of Mackinac, and the Mackinac Bridge will sparkle in the distance. Enjoy September on the Island.

Have a great week.

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