2008-07-26 / Columnists



It's Monday, July 21, when a bit of sunshine is trying to break through the black clouds. Soon we will be seeing white sails beyond the Mackinac Bridge, as the happy sailors who are sailing their boats in the 100th Chicago to Mackinac Race will be nearing the finish line. Awaiting their arrival will be wives and friends, who will be cheering as they sail by the Old Round Island Lighthouse, when the cannon will sound, officially marking the end of the race. Windermere Point has been lined with many people, all awaiting their special boat. The big yellow and white tent proudly stands, where the sailors report in to members of the race committee. At 3 p.m., The Pub Runners from Gaylord entertained the happy crowd with Irish songs. It's a very special occasion on our beautiful Island as we share it with everyone. Marinas in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace will also host many of the sailboats.

Sunday afternoon, July 20, the Chicago Yacht Club hosted a cocktail party on the veranda of Grand Hotel for all the wives and friends of the sailors.

We give a warm welcome to Dottie Sharer of the West Bluff, who is enjoying meeting her many friends and playing a game of bridge. Her lovely cottage has a wonderful view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.

Nice to see Dave Rowe back on Mackinac, a place he thoroughly enjoys. Dave loves sailing, and he lives on his boat in the marina, along with his faithful companion, a beautiful golden retriever.

Mark Chambers, with son, Robert, and brother-in-law, Jean LaBorde of Crivitz, Wisconsin, sailed Mark's boat Windermere to the Les Cheneaux Islands, where they spent two days touring the islands. Nancy Chambers LaBorde spent a happy couple of days with her Island family.

Welcome to Jack and Sharon Shaffer of Gwinn, who visited their son, Jeff, and Dwight LaPine over the weekend. Avid fans of Mackinac, they hiked around the Island Sunday, July 20, taking it slow and easy, stopping along the way to admire Mother Nature's wildflowers. It's always nice to see the Shaffers, who often help Jeff and Dwight in their London Square shop on Market Street.

Sunday, July 27, the American Legion Post 299 members will again be cleaning headstones at the Mackinac Island cemeteries. Anyone wishing to assist is welcome. If possible, please bring a pail, scrub brush, and some bleach.

Saturday, July 19, Paul, Mandy, and Paul Martin Wandrie, Jr., Ben Horn, and Sara Porter attended the memorial service for Paul's parents, Otto and Bette Wandrie in Detroit. Their remains were brought to the Fireman's Plot at Mount Elliot Cemetery in the Detroit Fire Department's Squad 2. Otto had served in Squad 2 for many years. Friends and family attended the service. The Mackinac Island memorial will be Tuesday, September 16, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne's Church.

Ellen Putnam will celebrate her birthday July 25. Have a wonderful day.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Grumm of Spring Lake spent their honeymoon at the Windermere Hotel 60 years ago. Thursday, July 17, they celebrated their 60th anniversary by returning to the Windermere with their family for this very special occasion. They had a wonderful time and plan to return next year.

Little Jack Kaminen will celebrate his birthday July 26. Enjoy your day.

Brian Dunnigan spent the weekend with his family on Mackinac. When he returned to Grass Lake Sunday, July 20, his daughter, Claire, returned with him for a week of band camp.

Tom and Phyllis Corrigan of Chicago and other family members are enjoying time at their lovely home on Lakeshore Drive. They had a wonderful view of the yachts in the Chicago-to-Mackinac race.

Happy birthday to Jill Sawatzki July 28. Have a great day.

There will be an open house at Ste. Anne's Rectory Sunday, July 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Donations will be received for the restoration of the historic stained-glass windows at Ste. Anne's Church.

Happy birthday July 29 to our good friend, Max Clifton of Muncie, Indiana. Enjoy your day.

Karl Andress and family of Grayling are visiting his uncle, Donald Andress, and other members of his family.

I was pleased this past week to receive a visit from Father Ted Brodeur, who was visiting his family on Mackinac. Father Brodeur was pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie for more than 25 years. He is now pastor at Bay Mills, which he enjoys very much. Sadly, he was on his way to Detroit to visit his very ill brother.

Kay Hoppenrath and Melly Hagenbaugh attended the funeral of Kay's cousin, Miriam Welcher, Monday, July 21. Miriam passed away Wednesday, July 16, at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care Facility in St. Ignace. Deepest sympathy to Jack Welcher and all the family from Island friends.

The Ed Krugers of Cheboygan were guests of Sherry Rayha over the weekend at the Bourisaw Cottage.

Happy birthday to Will St. Onge July 29. Have a great day.

The late Jane Manikoff was laid to rest Monday, July 21, in the family plot at the Mackinac Island Cemetery. Jane and her late husband, V. John, were Island summer residents at their British Landing cottage for many years. Mackinac was a place very dear to their hearts. Following the burial, a luncheon was held at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club. Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends.

Captain Paul Allers of Mackinaw City visited Mackinac Monday, July 21. He is recovering from recent knee surgery. Happy birthday to Captain Paul July 30.

Barbara and Brian Hellis left Mackinac Monday, July 21, for their home in Northville, where they will spend two weeks with their families.

Happy anniversary July 30 to Richard and Jackie Bolander. Have a wonderful day.

Family and friends gathered at the Mustang Lounge Monday, July 21, to help Brenda Bunker celebrate her 50th birthday. Everyone had a great time.

Happy birthday July 31 to Roxanne Pettit and Robert St. Onge. Enjoy your day.

Bill McDonough of Beaver Island flew into the Mackinac Island airport Tuesday, July 22, to attend a gathering for Senator Jason Allen. Bill also visited Andrew Doud and toured Doud's Market.

The Cadotte family of St. Ignace and Mackinac has suffered another death. Nicholas "Bing" Cadotte of Caro passed away this past week. Deepest sympathy from Island friends.

Today is Tuesday, July 22, a perfectly beautiful summer day on our Island, and a very busy one, too. More than 329 sailboats were tied up at the marina and Arnold Dock. It was truly a sight to see. The remaining yachts went to St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. The last sailboat, The Pickle Boat, finished the Chicago to Mackinac Race Wednesday, July 23, about noon.

Ken Thompson visited his wife, Laurie Lynn, for 10 days. They own and operate the Lilac House Bed and Breakfast. Ken is stationed with the United States Navy in Hawaii. Nice to see you back on Mackinac.

As the festivities of the 100th race to Mackinac came to a close, a magnificent display of fireworks were shot off, right next to the Old Round Island Lighthouse, the symbol for the Chicago Race. It was a wonderful clear, calm July evening, and the fireworks brought closure to a spectacular race. People lined the waterfront, cheering and enjoying the beauty of their surroundings. It was a perfect way to end the 100th race to Mackinac.

Everyone is invited to join the Mackinac Seven Art Show open house at the Mackinac Island Public Library Friday, August 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

There are two young men from Romania, Justin and Dan, who work for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. They both drive the hourly carriages. They are very pleased to work on the Island and to explain the culture and history to the many visitors. They are both medical students. Dan is in his third year and Justin is in his sixth year. We give them a warm welcome.

Wednesday afternoon, July 23, the first Sail Around the Island was held following the Chicago-to-Mackinac race. The race started at 1:30 p.m., with 28 yachts participating. The first yacht finished the race in 52 minutes. The classic entry was Emory Barnwell's sailboat, which he built on Mackinac last winter. He was the last to finish the race, but he was so proud of his boat. Jason St. Onge sailed aboard The Program, owned and skippered by Warren Nevins of the Chicago Yacht Club. They took first place in their class and overall first to finish in corrected time. Everyone gathered on Windermere Point for refreshments and awards. It truly was a great event.

Enjoy your week!

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