2007-08-18 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

Today is Tuesday, August 14, and the heavenly blue sky and radiant sun is shining down on our beautiful Island, making it more picturesque than ever. On the Straits of Mackinac, one sees the white waves and the ripple of the lakes. Suddenly, a 1,000-foot ore carrier passes by, carrying a load of taconite from Two Harbors, Minnesota, to the steel mills in Gary, Indiana. Recently, the huge tug and barge, Presque Isle, was heavily loaded with cargo, pushing its way through Round Island Passage, where the waves were gently pushing against the bow. Many folks come to Windermere Point with their cameras clicking away, catching a glimpse of something not often seen in big cities. Passing by this day, as I was on our porch, many visitors stopped by to say how much they were enjoying the natural beauty of Mackinac with its charm and beautiful flowers of so many varieties.

We are all very saddened on the Island when word reached of the recent death of beloved West Bluff cottager Aileen Koehler, who passed away in Solanas Beach, California. Mrs. Koehler had many ties to Mackinac, as she was a member of the Poole family, who owned and operated the Iroquois Hotel. Her late father was the first superintendent of the Mackinac Island State Park. She and her late husband, Dr. Larry Koehler, owned the beautiful Edgewood Cottage with its magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac. Mrs. Koehler's aunt, Alicia Poole, was a Mackinac historian and she always shared her great knowledge with the guests at the Iroquois, which she managed for many years. She was a staunch member of the Little Stone Church for many years. She also was very interested in the restoration of the Wawashkamo Golf Course. A great lady, she will be missed by her many Island friends. Following the death of Dr. Koehler, she returned each summer to Grand Hotel, where she entertained her host of friends. The Koehlers chose to return to their much loved Island, where they will lie in the peace and serenity at the Island Cemetery, beneath the towering pine trees they loved so much.

Prior to the meeting of the Mackinac Bridge Authority on Mackinac Island Friday, July 27, Island Mayor Margaret Doud (center) presented the authority with a resolution from the City Council recognizing the 50th anniversary of the bridge and noting its benefits to area communities. Authority board members accepting the resolution are (from left) Dan Musser, Patrick Gleason, Murray Wikol, Chairman Bill Gnodtke, Bob Struck, and Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle. Missing from photograph are authority Vice Chair Barbara Brown and Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney. Prior to the meeting of the Mackinac Bridge Authority on Mackinac Island Friday, July 27, Island Mayor Margaret Doud (center) presented the authority with a resolution from the City Council recognizing the 50th anniversary of the bridge and noting its benefits to area communities. Authority board members accepting the resolution are (from left) Dan Musser, Patrick Gleason, Murray Wikol, Chairman Bill Gnodtke, Bob Struck, and Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle. Missing from photograph are authority Vice Chair Barbara Brown and Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney. Mickie Gallagher will celebrate his birthday August 25 at a special gathering of family and friends at Grand Hotel's Cupola Bar. Mickie would like to say a special thank you to Dan Musser III for arranging this special event.

Larry and Nancy Keogh will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 19. Enjoy your day.

Alice and Trish Martin entertained family and friends Monday, August 13, at an open house celebrating 30 years as operating as a bed and breakfast (Bogan Lane Inn), Trish's 50th birthday, and the house being 150 years old. It was a delightful event, with a special table of delicious food. A wonderful cake and mint punch was enjoyed by all. Members of Trish and Alice's family joined them on this special occasion. Congratulations to the Martin family. Bogan Lane Inn is open year-around, and winter guests are welcomed by a glowing fire in the fireplace.

Mackinac Island was well represented, again, in mainland golf. Dan Dickens and Ron Steensma were champions in their flight at Boyne's Annual Member Guest Tournament in Harbor Springs Wednesday, August 1, through Saturday, August 4. Congratulations!

Happy birthday to Geraldine Wellington and Marsha Orr August 19. Enjoy your day.

Congratulations to Joe and Rosie Brodeur of Chelsea on the birth of their son, Joseph, Tuesday, August 14. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces at birth. Joe is a Michigan State Police trooper stationed in Ypsilanti. Little Joe is joined at home by two big sisters. Proud grandparents are Tony and Loretta Spata and the late Fred Brodeur. Proud great-grandfather is Dennis Brodeur of Mackinac and great-grandmother is Jay Vecchio of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Island friends send best wishes.

Molly and Bob Green will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 20. Have a wonderful day.

Happy birthday to Lulabelle D'Arce August 21, and to her son, Bob Green Jr., August 17. Have a great day.

Monday, August 13, Lauren Jane Reville was born at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital in Cheboygan weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 18 inches in length. She is the daughter of Dolores (St. Onge) and Pat Reville. She is joined at home by her big sister, Katherine Elizabeth. Proud grandparents are Elizabeth St. Onge of St. Ignace and the late Francis St. Onge and Jon and the late Kathy Reville. Congratulations to the family from Island friends.

Happy birthday to Andrew Doud August 23. Take a day off and celebrate.

Charlie Lilliquist of St. Ignace and Gus Nelson of Louisiana visited Mackinac Monday, August 13. They were out boating and enjoying the beautiful August weather.

The Jim Horn family from Minnesota are enjoying a week's vacation visiting Jim's parents, Ed and Linda Horn in Afton. They were on the Island Wednesday visiting family and friends.

Happy birthday to Lorma Kolatski August 24. Have a wonderful day.

Aspecial thank you to Cathy Andress for organizing the blood drive that was held Wednesday, August 15, at the Community Hall. It was very successful.

The St. Ignace Steel Drum Band will perform on Windermere Point Tuesday, August 21. Come and enjoy the music.

Tim Horn was returning from Bois Blanc a few days ago, and he noticed three Black Crown Herons and two young ones on the east break wall. These are the same birds that are in the maple tree behind the Windermere Hotel. It is very fascinating to watch these birds.

We were all treated to a marvelous concert Sunday, August 12, with pianist John Kissane of Mission Point Resort, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. John is a year-around resident, who often plays at Ste. Anne's Sunday masses. These concerts have been held throughout the summer months throughout the summer months at Ste. Anne's, where everyone enjoyed the beautiful music. One more will be held this coming Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m., the last of the season. Special thanks to Jennifer Bloswick, director of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, for organizing the concerts. They've been enjoyed by many.

Lois and Bill Lenaghan went to Shanty Creek Saturday, August 11, to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They were surprised to find their seven daughters and one son and their families there to join in the celebration. It was a wonderful gathering, and a great time was enjoyed by all.

Mark your calendar for the Mackinac Island Medical Center auction Sunday, August 26, at Grand Hotel. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Islanders recently visited with their good friend Rennie Girard, who is retired from his sales job with Gordon Food Service. It was wonderful to see him enjoying his retirement.

Guests of Barbara and Brian Hellis at their cottage on Market Street were their friends, Kathy and Roger Glynn of Detroit.

Jordon Groseclose of Asheboro, North Carolina, spent his second summer employed at the Star Line dock. He departed this past week for college in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is studying engineering. He is the son of Raymond and Terry and the grandson of Eileen McIntyre Groseclose of Randleman, North Carolina. While on Mackinac, he stayed with his aunt and uncle, Virginia and Dan Riordan.

Happily, Linda Price, who was recently injured in an accident, is home recuperating at the Gough house on Cadotte Avenue.We had the pleasure of visiting with her on the front porch. She is doing well and getting stronger each day. Best wishes from Island friends.

Sherry Rayha, who is spending the summer at the Bourisaw cottage on Bourisaw Lane, was visited over the weekend by her family, Dr. Jay, Debbie, and Cassie Kline and friend from Traverse City.

Dwight LaPine's colorful flower garden on French Lane continues to attract many visitors each day. Seen painting the garden recently was Island artist Pat Pulte. I can't wait to see the final drawing.

Dr. Richard and Karen Hodgman of Kalkaska are at the Mackinac Island Medical Center this week, where Dr. Hodgman is the doctor in residence.

The yellow lilies in bloom, on the way up to the Mackinac Island Medical Center, are in full bloom, growing in the wooden terrace built by Dr. Don Weersing.

The grandchildren of the late Glen Allen are enjoying the Allen cottage on the East Bluff.

A very attractive new fence enhances the front of the U.S. Post Office on Market Street.

For many years, our good friend, Dr. Del Andrews of Petoskey, flew his plane up each week to give dental care to Island residents. He is now retired, but he travels three days a week to the prison at Kinross to provide care for the inmates. In a recent issue of the Petoskey News Review, there was an article about the return from Iraq of Mark Andrews, son of Dr. Del and Jane Andrews. There was a picture of Mark greeting his mother and father after spending two years in Iraq. At the Methodist Church, Mark was greeted by family and friends waving the American flag. What a joyous reunion for the Andrews family.

Huge shasta daisies and lavender sage greet the many guests who visit the Mackinac Island Yacht Club.

Sunday, August 12, the Mackinac Island Fire Department and the Mackinac Island Police Department played in a softball game benefiting the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. More than $1,300 was raised by this event. It was a beautiful Mackinac evening, and everyone enjoyed grilled hot dogs and brats prepared by Fire Chief Dennis Bradley. The fire department won the game, but all the participants played their hearts out. Jamie Bynoe played for the out. Jamie Bynoe played for the fire department and got a two base hit in the 7th inning, which helped them with their victory. The true spirit of the Island could be felt throughout the evening.

Jennifer and Lucas Karhoff enjoyed a wonderful vacation at their cottage on Bourisaw Lane, leaving Thursday for their home in Findlay, Ohio.

The John Shuflets visited their Mission Point Resort this past week.

Father Don Libby, of Empire, near Traverse City, was a guest at his family party at Bogan Lane Inn.

Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Lentini of Cheboygan were guests of their daughter, Val and Phil Porter and family, at their home at Fort Mackinac.

Mickey and Smi Horn entertained their daughter, Melinda Porter and family, at a dinner at The Gate House Wednesday, August 15. They were celebrating Melinda's birthday. Melinda's sister, Patricia (Squeak) of St. Ignace, joined the family celebration.

Have a good week!

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