2008-05-31 / Columnists



Bright, blue sunny skies greeted the many folks who came to enjoy Mackinac over the holiday weekend. Main Street appeared very busy, with much bicycle traffic. Ste. Anne's was filled to capacity Sunday, May 25, for both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses. Father Rey Garcia, S.J. was the celebrant. Peggy Bynoe and Carolyn May provided the music for the church services, and in observance of Memorial Day, everyone sang "America the Beautiful."

Monday, May 26, under cloudy, gray skies, the American Legion Post 299 held an impressive service at the Veterans Memorial in the City Park. The ceremony honored all the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, especially the men and women from Mackinac. Master of Ceremonies was Armand "Smi" Horn, who introduced Mary McGuire Slevin, who sang the National Anthem. Dr. Robert Spitzer gave the opening prayer from the Jewish congregation. Mayor Margaret Doud spoke about the sacrifices of the veterans, and reminded everyone that freedom is not free. Post Commander Paul Wandrie spoke about how many Island families sent many men and women to serve their country. Susie and Levi LaPine were honored this year, with their two daughters, Patsy LaPine and Mickey Horn, placing a wreath at the memorial. A flag depicting the first American Legion Post on Mackinac Island was dedicated in memory of Private 1st Class John St. Onge, who was in the Korean War. Lorna Straus, a board member of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, was pleased that a grant from the foundation helped to pay for the flag. The closing prayer was offered by Reverend Vincent Carroll, retired Captain of the United States Navy, and pastor at Little Stone Church. At the closing of the ceremony, a bugler from Fort Mackinac played "Taps." At noon, the American flag was raised to full staff by American Legion Post Commander Paul Wandrie and Gracie Francis. It was a very fitting tribute.

Happy third anniversary to Kathleen and Larry Rickley May 28. Have a wonderful day.

James R. Barber, 52, of Rose City and formerly of Mackinac Island, passed away Friday morning, May 23. He is survived by his son, Justin Barber of Mackinaw City; his mother, Maudie Barber of Rose City, and two sisters, Julie Steinhauser of Rose City and Janet Moorhouse of Tawas City. Jim was employed at Mission Point Resort for about 10 years. Words of condolence may be sent to: Justin Barber, 210 W. Etherington Street, Apt. 11, Mackinaw City, MI 49701.

Happy anniversary to Ron and Mary Dufina June 3. Enjoy your day.

Happy birthday to Gene Hagenbaugh and Kristi Graham June 3. Have a great day.

Graduation was held at the Mackinac Island Public School Friday, May 23. It was an impressive ceremony, with the Reverend Vincent Carroll, pastor of the Little Stone Church, as guest speaker. Kyle Sweet gave the valedictorian address. Those being graduated were: Woody Beardsley, Sara Cowell, Kyle Sweet, Caleb Straight, Karlena Mosley, and Riley Chaffee. A reception followed the ceremony.

While walking along Cadotte Avenue Saturday, May 24, I met two ladies who recognized me as a correspondent for the Town Crier. The ladies, Janice and Carol Baczkowski, were from Grosse Pointe Farms and Warren. They were spending the Memorial Day weekend at Grand Hotel.

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

Sunday, May 25, a delightful bridal shower was held for Erin Bagbey at the Butterfly Conservatory at Surrey Hills. Erin received many beautiful gifts, and everyone enjoyed a fun evening.

Sunday evening, May 25, we experienced a thunder and lightning storm. John Chambers visited family graves in the cemetery Monday, May 26, and discovered a huge pine tree had been struck by lightning and had fallen, and wood splinters were scattered all over. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Kathy and Tom Lewand of Birmingham entertained 18 grandchildren and family members over the holiday weekend. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Happy birthday to Cory Kaminen and Sarah Wessel June 6. Enjoy your day.

Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus enjoyed the holiday weekend on Mackinac. They were joined by Dr. Chris Straus and the Michael Straus family. They celebrated little Michael Straus's first birthday Monday, May 26. His big sister, Ariana, helped him blow his candles out.

The Brian Dunnigan family of Grass Lake spent the holiday weekend at their Easterly Cottage. Congratulations to James Dunnigan, who will be graduated from Grass Lake High School Sunday, June 1. The family will return to Mackinac in about two weeks.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Dorothy Wellington Larsen of Saginaw, who passed away Thursday, May 22. A complete obituary appears in this week's issue of the Town Crier.

Happy birthday to Betty BeDour of Mackinac and Rosie Charnes of Indianapolis, Indiana, June 7. Have a wonderful day.

Helen and Richard Wolfgang have returned to their favorite Island, and have opened the Wolfgang Studio for the season. We give them a warm welcome.

Sunday, May 25, Buck and Alice Sharrow invited me on a delightful horse and buggy ride, beginning at the front of Grand Hotel, where yellow, deep pink, and coral tulips are in full bloom, welcoming the many guests to the hotel. The homes on the West Bluff have recently been painted, and the lawns were like green velvet, with a magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac. Through Hubbard's Annex to Trillium Heights, the wooded areas are so beautiful, as the myrtle, yellow daisies, trilliums, and yellow lady slippers are a sight to see. Mackinac is very special with its natural beauty. Stopping by at Surrey Hills, it was fun to see the big horses enjoying fresh water, from buckets held by pretty young girls. The East Bluff homes were all dressed up for the summer season, and the view from the verandas was spectacular. It was truly a wonderful ride.

Wednesday, May 28, Mackinac and Grand Hotel will host the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce Convention. We give them a warm welcome to our beautiful Island.

Mission Point Resort is a showplace, with hundreds of blooming tulips and spring flowers throughout their grounds. It's a joy to see.

Kitty Bourisaw Schadel of Arcade, New York, with her daughter, Mary Beth, and a friend, visited their cottage on Bourisaw Lane over the weekend. They had a nice visit with Sherry Rayha.

Larry and Nancy Keogh are settled in their cottage on the East Bluff. It's nice to see them back on Mackinac.

David and Linn Sheppard are enjoying their cottage at British Landing and preparing for the season.

The annual police bicycle auction will be Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m., behind the Stuart House. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The annual Manoogian Art Show will be Sunday, June 1, at 6 p.m. at Grand Hotel.

Gracie and Don Francis are comfortably settled in their cottage at the Mission. They spent the winter in Punta Gorda, Florida. Happy birthday to Donnie June 12.

Nice to see Pat and Vivian McTique enjoying Mackinac once again. They have a lovely condominium at the Mission, with a wonderful view of the Straits of Mackinac.

The Carriage House Restaurant at the Iroquois Hotel is open for the season.

Best wishes to Carrie Kaminen, who celebrated her 40th birthday May 26. She and her husband, Cory, and little Jack enjoyed birthday cake and ice cream with the Benjamins.

Chad and Larry Belonga, Dan Wightman, and D.J. Goudreau, all avid Detroit Red Wings fans, attended the playoff game in Detroit Saturday evening, May 24. The Red Wings won 4-0. Everyone had a great time.

DARE graduation was held at the Mackinac Island Public School Wednesday morning, May 28. Fourteen sixth and seventh grade students participated in the program, taught by Trooper Fred Strich of the Michigan State Police Post in St. Ignace. Guest speaker was Chief of Police Jim Marks. Students who read essays were Hailey Bean, Dillon Deloof, and Halee Tokarz. It was a nice ceremony, followed by refreshments. Congratulations to all of the students.

Enjoy the beautiful wildflowers!

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