2007-05-19 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

Mother's Day weekend was an unusually busy one, as many visitors took advantage of the perfect weather to see our beautiful Island in springtime. Riding bicycles was fun, as others browsed in the shops, purchased Mackinac fudge, or took carriage rides. All and all, it was a perfect day to bring mothers to visit Mackinac.

The Grand Buffet at Grand Hotel on Mother's Day brought many folks, who have made it an annual event each year. The tables of delicious foods of many different varieties welcomed guests to the spacious dining room. At the east entrance to the hotel, folks were awestruck at the scenery which was before them, thousands of tulips in various colors, burst into full bloom. It truly is a magnificent sight.

Welcome home to their cottage on Cadotte Avenue, Reverend Vincent and Molly Carroll. Rev. Carroll is the rector at Little Stone Church. He and Molly spend the winter in Sarasota, Florida.

The grounds of the church have been undergoing extensive landscaping, which will make the historic little church even more beautiful. For years and years, Little Stone Church has welcomed hundreds of parishioners and many brides. Soon, the sound of the bell will be heard, inviting all to the Sunday service. We who live here during the long winter months enjoy seeing the lights shining through the historic stained-glass windows on a snowy evening.

Liz Burt, who teaches mathematics and science in grades four through seven, was presented with a school bell as the Outstanding Person in Education by the Michigan Education Association Thursday, May 3. She was selected by fellow teachers on Mackinac Island and presented with the award at the association's awards banquet at Christopher Columbus Hall in Sault Ste. Marie. Liz Burt, who teaches mathematics and science in grades four through seven, was presented with a school bell as the Outstanding Person in Education by the Michigan Education Association Thursday, May 3. She was selected by fellow teachers on Mackinac Island and presented with the award at the association's awards banquet at Christopher Columbus Hall in Sault Ste. Marie. Happy birthday to Joe Maciejewski May 24. Enjoy your day.

Parishioners of Ste. Anne's are delighted over the recent news of their much loved pastor, Father Rey Garcia, who is recuperating at the Jesuit Retreat House in Clarkston after his recent surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Father Rey is doing very well and making a remarkable recovery. Please continue to remember him in your prayers and with cards.

Grand Hotel is one of 13 hotels in the state receiving AAA Michigan's Four Diamond award. The distinction is given based on more than 1,000 criteria, including decor, ambiance, amenities, cleanliness, and service. This is the 13th consecutive year the hotel has received the award, which was presented March 26 to hotel President R. Daniel Musser III (center) and Ken Hayward, vice president of sales and marketing (left), by Ron Garbinski, AAA Living editor-in-chief. (Photograph by Bob Brodbeck of AAA) Grand Hotel is one of 13 hotels in the state receiving AAA Michigan's Four Diamond award. The distinction is given based on more than 1,000 criteria, including decor, ambiance, amenities, cleanliness, and service. This is the 13th consecutive year the hotel has received the award, which was presented March 26 to hotel President R. Daniel Musser III (center) and Ken Hayward, vice president of sales and marketing (left), by Ron Garbinski, AAA Living editor-in-chief. (Photograph by Bob Brodbeck of AAA) Jim Horn of St. Ignace and Kim Kolatski of Mackinac will be celebrating their birthdays May 26. Have a great day.

Ann and Tim Timmons arrived Tuesday, May 15, from their winter home in Florida. They're enjoying their cottage on Cadotte Avenue before moving to their home on Lakeshore Drive.

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Father Norm Dixon of Detroit celebrated mass in memory of the late Letha Brodeur. Family and friends joined together in saying a final goodbye.

A very special lady, Camille Falcone, mother of Camille Bobinsky, will celebrate her 94th birthday May 27. When the weather is nice, she walks from her home in Harrisonville to Ste. Anne's Church. Island friends wish her special birthday greetings.

Ann Bronfman of New York has been enjoying her Lakewood Cottage on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac. Here she is joined by Janey and Mike Hart.

Summer cottagers of the West Bluff, Wendy and Mike Young of Frankenmuth, have opened their home for the summer. We give them a warm welcome.

The board of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation met Saturday, May 12, in the conference room at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Happy birthday May 27 to Brian Horn of St. Ignace and Jim Pettit of Mackinac. Enjoy your day.

Greetings to my good friend, Charlotte Schmitt of Bur Ridge, Illinois. She and her daughter, Muffy Ernster, recently returned from Iowa, where their beautiful hackney pony won the best in the country for the fourth time. Congratulations from Island friends.

Congressman Bart Stupak and his wife, Laurie, were recent visitors to Mackinac.

Nice to have Jill Sawatzki back on her favorite Island, where she is employed at the Island Book Store.

Grand Hotel hosted more than 2,000 women at the Win- Some Women Retreat this past week. The ladies enjoy the Island and make this an annual event, spring and fall.

We caught a glimpse of the beautiful wedding carriage Saturday, May 12, harnessed to two prancing hackneys, driven by a driver with a top hat. It's a great attraction for the tourists.

Charles and Bea Hudson of Indianapolis, Indiana, with nephew Skip and Kaybeth Harrell of Bloomington, Indiana, opened Cable Cottage over the weekend. The late Mary Cable would be so pleased and happy to know that her family was enjoying the cottage. Mary and Jim Cable were former owners of the Lake View Hotel.

Happy birthday May 29 to Keith Leverton and Clark Bloswick. Have a great day.

Kitty Hannabas, who arrived this past week, is enjoying her East Bluff cottage.

Happy 3rd wedding anniversary to Patty and Brian Schoenborn May 14.

Mark Chambers and little daughter, Clara, visited Grandpa Dick Johnson Sunday and Monday in Clarklake. They brought Emma home for the summer.

Carol and Doug Rearick of Brighton are in their lovely cottage on Lakeshore Drive, where they always have a beautiful flower garden.

La Chance Cottage, now owned by Mike and Jane Bacon, will open the end of May after undergoing extensive renovations.

The Windermere Hotel opened Friday, May 11. Longtime guests Dr. Nate and Becky Splett of Bloomer, Wisconsin, spent opening weekend at the hotel.

Marvin, Christy, Carolyn, Heather, and Marvin Lee May have opened their lovely home on the corner of Cadotte Avenue and Market Street and are busy getting their May's candy stores open for the season.

Mary K. McIntire came from to Petoskey to attend the Community Foundation meeting Saturday, May 12. John and Judy Lore came up from Bay City and stayed at Grand

Hotel.

Welcome home to our good

friend, Dennis Brodeur, who spent the winter months in Naples, Florida. He now greets his many friends and customers at his Mustang Lounge.

The new Mackinac Living magazine for 2007 has arrived. The photography is very beautiful, plus there is a very nice article about Helga Doud's 100th birthday December 13, written by her friend, Jane Winston.

Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska was the physician in residence at the Mackinac Island Medical Center over the weekend. He was joined by his wife, Karen, and daughter, Mary Deb and family.

Kay Hoppenrath spent Mother's Day with her mother, Cecelia Flanagan, at Mackinac Straits Hospital's Long Term Care facility in St. Ignace. Cecelia was born on Mackinac, and will celebrate her 100th birthday July 4.

Randy and Michelle Stuck and family are enjoying their West Bluff cottage with its magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.

Grand Hotel's famous Jockey Club opened for the season Thursday, May 17.

Jamie Bynoe will celebrate his 35th birthday May 30. Enjoy your day.

Above the entrance to Doud's Market, customers will see a very attractive stainedglass handmade sign designed and made by Andrew's aunt, Anna Mary Doud Cusack. It says, "Doud's Since 1884" and shows a replica of the early Doud delivery wagon. It's a wonderful addition to Doud's Market.

Returning to Mackinac from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, is Jordan Groseclose, grandson of Eileen McIntyre Groseclose. Jordan is employed with Star Line for his second season. He brought along a cousin, who is employed by Nancy May at Island Bicycle Rental.

A very happy birthday to Armin Porter May 17. Hope you had a great day.

Sgt. Mike Powell and his family and Merlin Doran and his family spent Saturday on Mackinac.

We bid goodbye to Dave Pulve, who left the Island last week to relocate to the Detroit area near his family. Dave worked for many years at Doud's, and Island friends wish him all the best.

Keith and Maryann Hahn of Big Rapids are helping Bob and Bev Benjamin open the Benjamin shops for the summer season. Keith is an avid boat watcher and loves to watch all the different vessels pass through the Straits of Mackinac.

Happy birthday May 30 to Sally North of St. Ignace, and Janis Early of Mackinac. Have a wonderful day.

Brother Jim Boynton, SJ of Detroit will spend Memorial Day weekend on Mackinac at Ste. Anne's.

The wooded areas of our beautiful Island are blanketed with trilliums that are spectacular, a joy for everyone to see. Walking around the Little Jewel golf course, daffodils and narcissus are everywhere. It's just beautiful. Down by Grand Hotel's pool, the tulips are just waiting to burst into bloom.

Happy Springtime!!

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