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Recollections of President Ford on Mackinac

Editor's Note: Grand Hotel decorator Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper and Company in New York, published the following recollections of President Gerald Ford in his column in the Palm Beach Daily News January 5. More...

Posters To Commemorate Mackinac Bridge Milestone

Four commemorative posters are being sold by the Michigan Department of Transportation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge. More...

Helga Doud Marks 100th Birthday

Saturday, December 9, the historic Community Hall on Market Street was decorated with white poinsettias, candles, and special balloons for the 100th birthday party honoring Helga Doud. More...

Vincent Davis

Marion Bunker and Jay Davis of Mackinac Island announce the birth of a son, Vincent Scott Davis, born at 5:06 p.m. December 7, 2006, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. He weighed 6 pounds, 3.5 ounces at birth and was 17.5 inches in length. More...

Jazz Singer John Boutte Will Perform in Detroit

Jazz singer John Boutte, who has appeared for many years at Grand Hotel's Labor Day Jazz Festival, will be performing in the new Jazz Cafe at the Music Hall in Detroit from February 27 through March 2. More...

Nicole Hahn, Joseph Gugin

Nicole Hahn and Joseph Gugin were married at Community Hall on Mackinac Island December 31, 2006. Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud officiated the ceremony. Witnesses for the wedding were Sheryl Gough of Mackinac Island, Terry Gillespie of St. More...

Island Photograph Book Earns Award

A book celebrating the career of noted Mackinac Island photographer William Gardiner received a Quest for Excellence Award from the Michigan Museum Association at its 2006 conference. Entitled "Picturesque Mackinac: The Photographs of William H. More...

Feb. 12 Is Election Filing Deadline for City, School

Two seats are open on both the Mackinac Island City Council and Board of Education for the May 8 election on Mackinac Island. Deadline for candidate filing for either board is 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 13. More...

Mary's Bistro Request Raises Question for Planners: Is it a Deck, or a Dock?

A proposed permanent awning for Mary's Bistro on Mackinac Island, approved by the Planning Commission in December, now has board members questioning their decision and the process they used to make it. More...

Bunker Family Gathers

Pictured at a Bunker family gathering at the home of Gregg and Sara (nee Bunker) Sutherland in Orlando, Florida, are (front row, from left) Irene Bunker Rickley of Mackinac Island, Rudy Bunker of Orlando, Cheryl Bunker of Clayton, Georgia; ( More...

Wage Hike Pushes Up Horse Operation Prices

Park Commission OKs Rate Increases

Owners of two horse operations on Mackinac Island say the new state minimum wage hike has forced them to seek rate increases to keep their companies operating. More...

Beating the Cold

Cold Islanders, Visitors Enjoy 31st Annual Winter Festival Despite Cold Temperatures

Residents and visitors overcame temperatures nearing zero degrees to enjoy the annual two-day Winter Festival on Mackinac Island Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4. More...

Options Considered for Bunker Lot Split Request

Mayor Margaret Doud, at a regular Mackinac Island City Council meeting Wednesday, January 31, asked city attorney Tom Evashevski and zoning officer Dennis Dombroski to discuss with Elaine and Isaac Bunker possible options they have to expand housing More...

School Support Staff Gets 7 Percent Raise

Archery May Soon Be Offered in District

Archery may soon be an extracurricular activity offered at Mackinac Island Public School, as Island resident Robin Dorman, a 4-H coordinator, was given permission by the Mackinac Island Board of Education to seek funding to purchase archery equipmen More...

Foundation Taking Spring Grant Applications

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation has a record $131,000 available for nonprofit organizations, the largest funding support the foundation has been able to offer local groups. More...

Lake Sweet Named Albion Fellow

Lake Sweet of Mackinac Island was named a new Albion College fellow at the completion of the fall semester. To attain the honor, students must maintain a 3.7 grade point average for three consecutive semesters. More...

Sites Marketed as Package Deal

The Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau in Mackinaw City has developed package pricing to promote six area attractions, it announced February 1. More...

For the Record...

Mary G. Dufina of Florida caught two errors in the Town Crier December edition. In a story about the closing of Doud Mercantile, pharmacist Robert Bailey was incorrectly identified with a professional title of doctor. His grandfather, Col. More...

Edison Sault Customers Favored in Legal Opinion

Island Case Next Goes to PSC

An administrative law judge says that Edison Sault Electric Company should return $2,124,000 to its 23,000 EUP customers, and her decision will be taken into consideration by the Public Service Commission (PSC) when it makes the final ruling on the More...

Chili Champ To Seek Repeat Success at This Year's Contest

Annual Island Chili Cook-off Set for Feb. 17

Hot and cold are the two main elements for fun in the 14th annual Mackinac Island Chili Cook-off and Postcard Poker Ski and Walk Rally Saturday, February 17. More...

Snowmobile Speed Limit Set for 25 mph on Island's State Roads

An experimental snowmobile speed limit of 25 miles per hour has been established for designated state roads on Mackinac Island. More...

Births

Kendall, Jake, Isabella Bloxham

Susan and Dave Sanderson of Mackinac Island are new triplegrandparents with the birth of triplets celebrated December 21, 2006, by their daughter and her husband, Neena and Chris Bloxham of Savannah, Georgia. More...

Shannon Chambers

William and Erica Chambers of Mackinac Island and Gaithersburg, Maryland, announce the arrival of their first child, Shannon Grace Chambers. More...

Weddings

Gila Grossman, Robert Delaney

Longtime Mustang Lounge employee Gila Grossman of Mackinac Island became the bride of Robert Delaney of Florida Friday, December 29, at a 4 p.m. ceremony at the Mustang. More...

Fire Department Shirts Donated

Delbert Bunker, owner of Tips Shirts in Star Line's Treasure Island complex in St. Ignace, donated 32 denim long-sleeve shirts to firefighters on Mackinac Island. More...

Parks Student Program Gets Grant

Mackinac State Historic Parks received a $500 grant to support the agency's Education Outreach program, which sends reenactors and naturalists to Michigan classrooms to promote history, ecology, and park programs. More...

Tree Removal, Airspace Identification Work Continues at Island Airport

Progress continues to be made to bring the Mackinac Island Airport's landing and approaches into compliance with federal safety regulations. More...

Arctic Blast Hits Straits Area

Island Ferry Makes Final Run of Season Feb. 3

Arctic air marched into the region over the weekend, bringing strong northwest winds, below zero double-digit wind chill factors, and single digit temperatures, although little snowfall. More...

Hotel Moves Forward, Marina Consideration Request on Hold

Ira Green has asked the Mackinac Island Planning Commission to wait until February to consider a variance for a marina near the Island's east breakwall, while he secures permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). More...

Funds Grounded for New Park Freight Boat

A $250,000 federal appropriation for a new freight boat for Mackinac Island State Park died with other earmarked appropriations for 2007, when Congress failed to take action in December. More...

Mackinac Island Winter Festival

Sylvia Perault Named Snow Queen for 31st Winter Festival

Winter Festival winners: Poker Run - Kim Kolatski Snow Turtle Sculpturemaking - 1st ($100): Dennis and Jackie Bradley; 2nd ($50): Irene Rickley Baking Contest - Kathi Wightman's raspberry thumbprint cookies $50 Bond, First National Bank More...

80 Enjoy Island Art Reception

More than 80 people attended a reception at the Mackinac Island Library for local artists Pam Finkel (left) and Marta Olson Saturday, December 30. They pose with Mrs. More...

Jim Marks Named Island School Resource Officer

Students at Northville Schools knew Jim Marks as "Old School," some even called him "Gramps." To him, that meant they knew him and trusted him, even when he was in his police uniform, and it is that rapport he hopes to create with students on Mackin More...

Council Meeting Changed to March 26

Mackinac Island City Council's March 28 meeting has been rescheduled for March 26 to allow Mayor Margaret Doud and Alderman Armand "Smi" Horn to attend a Mackinac Island State Park Commission meeting and Friends of Mackinac gathering in Lansing. More...

Students Enjoy Fun in the Snow

Fifth-grader Paul Wandrie (left) and fourth-grader Mackenzie Bean, along with other students from Mackinac Island Public School, work their way up a snowy hill. More...

MACKINAC ISLAND POLICE REPORTS

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department from January 1 to January 30: A woman called police for information about whether a man from Mackinac Island was in the area Thursday, January 4, as she explained she has a restraining order a More...

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