2007-02-10 / Columnists



Winter has come with a blast to our Island nestled in the Straits of Mackinac, where strong north winds forced huge floes of heavy ice, blocking the waters between Mackinac and St. Ignace. Falling temperatures continue to keep the air frigid. In 30 minutes or less, one can experience frostbite. We're not alone, as it is the first time in 11 years that the Chicago River is covered with ice. Keep safe and


Little Makayla Rickley will

celebrate her first birthday Sunday, February 11, surrounded by family and friends. Her older brother, Anthony, will help her blow out her candles.

Sadness reached the Island, when news spread of the death of Nan Rudolph Sunday, February 4. Nan was a longtime resident of Mackinac, where she and her late husband, Hugh, spent many years in their Lakeshore Drive residence, along with their daughter, Penny. A complete obituary will follow later. Burial will be on Mackinac in the spring. Memorials may be made to the Mackinac Island Public Library or the St. Ignace Public Library. Friends may write Penny at the following address: Mrs. John Adams, 24574 Park Granada, Calabasas, CA 91302. Deepest sympathy from Island friends.

There are many ways residents and workers on Mackinac Island can get around during the winter, as Terry Gillespie of St. Ignace displays. He is hitching a ride in a snowmobile cutter with Shooter, a black Labrador. There are many ways residents and workers on Mackinac Island can get around during the winter, as Terry Gillespie of St. Ignace displays. He is hitching a ride in a snowmobile cutter with Shooter, a black Labrador. Happy birthday to Claire Dunnigan February 11. Have a great day.

In spite of the cold temperatures, winter sports are at their peak for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, where the trails are great and the scenery indescribable, and the boughs of the evergreens are laden in ermine white snow that glistens in the sunlight. Let us not forget the blazing red of the rising sun, which brings beautiful sunlight, making the Island even more magnificent.

Maggie Chambers will celebrate her birthday February 10. I'm sure Clara will help her blow out her candles.

Happy wedding anniversary to Cub and Kitty Horn February 14. Enjoy your day.

Many Super Bowl parties were hosted in many homes Sunday evening, February 4, and at the Mustang and Irish Pub. Happy fans screamed with delight as their favorite team scored. It was a fun evening.

Congratulations to Rachael Ann Koster and Michael Dean Young Jr., who have chosen Mackinac for their wedding July 14. Michael "Skip" spent many happy summers working as a porter for Arnold Transit Company. His parents, Mike and Wendy, have a beautiful cottage on the West Bluff.

In the summer, little Emily Ryan Warp will visit with her parents, Melissa and Chris, at the family West Bluff cottage of her very proud grandparents, Mary and Harold "Skip" Warp Jr. We look forward to seeing her on Mackinac. We have many fond memories of Skip's late parents, who spent many wonderful summers on Mackinac.

Happy birthday February 12 to Jack Parel at his home in Augustus, Georgia. Best wishes from Island friends.

Patty and Bruce LaPine hosted a Super Bowl party, which was loads of fun, at their home in Harrisonville Sunday evening. Snowmobiling home after the party late Sunday evening, riders saw snowflakes gently falling like diamonds from the sky. High above, the most beautiful moon was shining down across the Little Jewel golf course, creating a fabulous winter night on Mackinac.

Happy birthday to Lisa Dziobak February 12. I'm sure Brook will help her blow her candles out.

The Mark Chambers family was very pleased with the Super Bowl game Sunday evening, February 4. They were so happy that the Indianapolis Colts won the game. As I mentioned in another column, Jody's father, Dick Johnson, taught Coach Tony Dungy when he was a student in Jackson. Robert Chambers was very proud of his grandfather's student. Emma Chambers and a friend, Maran Montgomery, students at Lansing Community College, enjoyed the weekend on Mackinac.

Happy birthday to Karlena Mosley February 13, and Shaylee Mosley February 14. Have a great day.

We send special birthday greetings to Doris LaPine, who now lives in Mackinaw City, February 14. Have a wonderful day.

A call to our Indianapolis friends, Nancy and Tom Cripe, and to Nancy's parents, Carol and Max Clifton of Muncie, Indiana, confirmed how excited they were over the Colts' big win. Another good friend, who was wearing blue and had her house decorated with blue balloons, was Rosie Charnes. She was just thrilled.

David Bradley, son of Dennis and Jackie, will celebrate his birthday February 14. Have a great day.

Everyone worked hard on the Winter Carnival. It was a great event with a bonfire, refreshments, games, and a spirited game of broom hockey at Turtle Park Saturday afternoon, February 3. It was great fun. A wonderful brunch was served Sunday, February 4, at the Mackinac Island Public School. The folks enjoyed a bake sale, silent auction, cake walk, bingo, snowmobile poker, and voting for the pictures for the new calendar. It was a great winter gathering. At 12:30 p.m. the 2006 Volunteer of the Year plaque was presented to Sylvia Perault. Sylvia is a dedicated community member who is always there to help with all of the different fundraisers. Congratulations, Sylvia, from all your Island friends.

Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus of Chicago, Illinois, arrived on Mackinac Thursday, February 1, just in time to enjoy the Winter Carnival festivities. They were joined by the Michael Straus family from Lansing. Happy birthday, Lorna, February 15, and to Dr. Christopher Straus February 16. Enjoy your day.

Roxanne Pettit and Sam Kamphuis, students at Grand Valley State University, visited family and friends over the weekend.

Lois Lenaghan, wife of Chief Bill Lenaghan, underwent knee replacement surgery Tuesday, February 6, and is recovering well. Friends may send her a card at the following address: Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, 1 William Carls Dr., Commerce Township, MI 48382. Island friends send best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Our good friend, Garfield Slowly, waiter at Grand Hotel's Jockey Club, remains very ill in Jamaica. His recovery from his tragic car accident is very difficult and slow. Afund to help the family with medical expenses has been established at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. Island friends send best wishes to Garfield.

Bob Newman of Royal Oak, a longtime guest of the Windermere Hotel, passed away recently. He loved playing golf, eating breakfast at Jessie's Chuckwagon, playing bingo Tuesday nights at the Community Hall, and relaxing on the Windermere front porch. We will all miss his friendly smile. Friends may write Mary Jane at: 2807 Ardmore, Royal Oak, MI 48073. Deepest sympathy from Island friends.

While watching the basketball game between Ohio State and Michigan State Saturday afternoon, February 3, Robert Chambers pointed out one of Ohio State's star players as Matt Terwilliger, grandson of Harriet and Bill Terwilliger, former East Bluff cottagers. It was an exciting game, and Ohio State beat Michigan State 63- 54. It's a small world.

Kate Koboski of Petoskey and Jeanne Hayes of Colorado are visiting their grandmother, Helga Doud. They all enjoyed the Winter Carnival. Happy birthday to Kate February 10. Have a wonderful day.

Last week, as the mighty Huron was coming into the Arnold pier for the last trip of the day, the glorious late sun was shining down on the harbor, Fort Mackinac, and the east end of the Island, with the steeple of Ste. Anne's standing stalwart in the radiant blue sky. It was a very picturesque sight. The Huron made its last trip Saturday, February 3. Great Lakes Air is now providing transportation to the Island with five round trips a day.

Best wishes to Bob Gillespie at his home in Arcadia, Florida, where he continues to recuperate from recent heart surgery.

Greetings to our good friend, Dennis Brodeur, at his home in Naples, Florida. Thankfully, you're in a warm climate, while the temperature on Mackinac is very, very cold. Keep safe and warm.

We send special greetings to Mrs. Marie Forrest of Sault Ste. Marie, grandmother of Mike and Debbie Carley, who enjoys the Island column each week.

George Wellington, who drives the winter taxi for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, is a very faithful employee. Regardless of the weather, George is always on hand to serve his customers.

During the coldest winter in many years, the dray drivers and their teams of horses, with frost on their whiskers, continue to serve all their customers each day.

Grand Hotel opens for the 2007 season Thursday, May 3. The Millennium Wing of Grand Hotel and The Gate House will receive guests Friday, April 20.

Best wishes to Alice Myron at her home in Port Huron, and to Marian Petersen in Harbor Springs. Island friends send greetings.

It was great to see the Howard Burdettes of Owosso enjoying their lovely cottage in Hubbard's Annex, and Mary Rossio of Wood Bluff experiencing winter on Mackinac.

We send special greetings to Barry BeDour, who is a patient at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Friends who wish to send him a card, please send it to his address on Mackinac Island and it will be forwarded to Ann Arbor.

To the Manoogians of the West Bluff, I just want you to know how much our beagle, Bushy, enjoys his daily walks, climbing the new stairs from the shore road to Pontiac Trail, where he chases a rabbit or two. Best wishes for a healthy, happy winter.

The new Judd Puttkammer cottage, being built in Hubbard's Annex, is looking very nice. The cottage is under construction by Mike Gamble and his crew.

Candy Smith visited her sister, Jane Simmons and family in St. Ignace. Her brother-in-law, Grant, is a patient at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care.

Joan Slater and Mary Wojack are vacationing for two weeks on the Island of Maui in Hawaii, where they're visiting family members. Happy birthday to Joan February 17. Have fun in the sun.

Greetings to all of the Island residents who are patients at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care in St. Ignace: Larry and Gary LaPine, Cecelia Flanagan, Bette Emmons, Letha Brodeur, and Marian Welcher.

Many crews are busy throughout the winter working on large projects at Mapleview, La Chance Cottage, Vic Callewaert's new shop, the Carriage House kitchen, and many projects at Grand Hotel and Chippewa Hotel.

Dr. Chris LaTocha of Mackinaw City is receiving medical treatment at the University of Chicago Hospital. Island friends send best wishes.

Michelle Dean, manager of Harbour View, spent the weekend with Patti Ann Moskwa and friends, and will be celebrating her birthday February 9.

Mellie Hagenbaugh, owner of Alford's Drug Store, is enjoying her lovely home on Lakeshore Drive.

Judy and Jamie Bynoe, Mary and Ron Dufina, and Ed Chambers of Mackinac attended Lillian Rose Schoenborn's first birthday party Saturday, February 3, at the Schoenborn residence in St. Ignace. The McKay family from Chassell also attended the celebration.

The Jaunting Cart shop on Market Street is undergoing major renovations.

Janey Hart is spending the winter at Lakewood Cottage, enjoying the peace and tranquility of Mackinac, where she is writing her book.

Mike and Deb Carley spent Tuesday of this past week with Deb's parents, Cal and Mary Rogers in St. Ignace.

Our feathered friends are hungry and need nourishment from the extreme cold. Many ducks, mourning doves, and many other birds are fed daily at our home, and also at the homes of Helga Doud, Judy Bynoe, Kay Hoppenrath, the Dehrings, Ed and Nona Chambers, the Moskwas, Candy Smith, the taxi barns, and many other feeders on the Island.

The white swans, which appear often where there's a patch of water, found a friend in Father Rey Garcia at Ste. Anne's Rectory, who sees that they receive food each day.

The historic Round Island Lighthouse keeps us company, casting its beam on the Straits of Mackinac, a wonderful sight, especially in the long winter nights. Many people worked hard to help preserve this maritime treasure.

Vic Callewaert of Ryba's Fudge is attending the Chicago Auto Show. His son, Todd, and David Levy attended the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Greetings to Aileen Koehler of California, who sent us a note in which she hoped to see all of her Island friends when she visits Mackinac in August.

Kevin Leveille keeps his camera ready just in case he can catch a glimpse of the little otter family that makes their home in the waters off Windermere Point. Now that the ice has formed, they come out and play with each other, sliding all around. It's quite a sight.

What was a field of ice off the boardwalk, is now clear blue water. The winds and currents cause the ice conditions to change rapidly.

Greetings to Janis and Dr. Robert Holle at their winter home in Sun Lakes, Arizona. We missed seeing you at Helga Doud's 100th birthday party, a very fabulous occasion for a great lady. Helga is fine, and enjoys her Lakeshore home each day. Keep well, warm, and happy.

A note received today from a former Island resident, Paul Michalke, at his home in Sterling, asked for prayers for his uncle, Vernon, who recently suffered a heart attack and is hospitalized. Vernon was born in the Michalke home on Market Street, son of Ann and Paul Michalke Sr. He and his wife, who live in the Detroit area, are the parents of a large family. Vernon is 85 years old. Several years ago, he stopped by to see me and we had a wonderful visit. Island friends send prayers and best wishes for his recovery. Special greetings to Paul, Joann, and Frank. Hope to see you on Mackinac next summer. Keep warm and healthy.

Enjoy your winter!

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