2008-08-09 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

The balmy days of summer continue to be as beautiful as ever, bringing radiant blue skies and warm sunshine.

This week, I have met many visitors who are going to or coming from Grand Hotel. Many stop by to admire the bright red geraniums at our home in the flower boxes; they are large and a deep red. It has been a great summer for healthy plants. At Dwight Lapine's garden on French Lane, the flowers are truly awesome. People stop each day just to admire or take pictures. There are flowers of many varieties, all in full bloom, and the hollyhocks are just beautiful.

Happy belated birthday to Jennifer Bunker August 4. Hope your day was special.

I am very proud of my nephew, Adam Chambers of St. Ignace, who worked for the Mackinac Island Service Company this summer. Adam is the son of Jane and John Chambers.

On Friday, August 8, Nancy Marks will celebrate her birthday. Have a wonderful day.

Dr. Al Sibinic, the Island veterinarian, can be seen driving one of his horses harnessed to a bright red wagon. It is a very typical Mackinac scene.

I had the pleasure of meeting two lovely ladies from Vero Beach, Florida, Janet Stingel's mother and sister, who were on their way to Sunday service at Little Stone Church. They were enjoying a visit with Jay, Janet, and their family.

Patsy and John Brainard, of Wabash, Indiana, have enjoyed visiting Mackinac Island each year since 1998, when they celebrated their 25th anniversary on the Island. This year, the retired couple brought their 11-year-old son, Dyson, Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20. The trio rode bicycles around the Island, visited Fort Mackinac, took a Carriage Tours ride, and visited the Haunted Theater. "We went there twice, since Dyson loved it so much," said Mrs. Brainard about the theater. "We're crazy about Mackinac Island. We'd live there if we could." (Photograph courtesy of Patsy Brainard) Patsy and John Brainard, of Wabash, Indiana, have enjoyed visiting Mackinac Island each year since 1998, when they celebrated their 25th anniversary on the Island. This year, the retired couple brought their 11-year-old son, Dyson, Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20. The trio rode bicycles around the Island, visited Fort Mackinac, took a Carriage Tours ride, and visited the Haunted Theater. "We went there twice, since Dyson loved it so much," said Mrs. Brainard about the theater. "We're crazy about Mackinac Island. We'd live there if we could." (Photograph courtesy of Patsy Brainard) A pancake breakfast will be held at Ste. Anne's Hall Sunday, August 10, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast will feature pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, muffins, and more. A free-will donation will be accepted for the maintenance of the church.

Happy birthday to our good friend, Marilyn McCready of Cheboygan, August 6. Hope you had a great day.

Jane Simmons of St. Ignace visited her sister, Candy Smith and family during the Vintage Base Ball Game at Fort Mackinac. Jane had a great time, and was thrilled to meet Congressman Bart Stupak, and retired Detroit Tigers player John Hiller.

Happy birthday to Nancy Keogh August 6. Hope your day was wonderful.

Billy Smith, Kirk's Smith son from Minneapolis, visited Mackinac recently. His mother, Emily, and Stefan were with him and they all had a great time.

On August 17, little Violet Waters will celebrate her first birthday. She is the daughter of Michigan State Trooper Matt and Sara Waters of Bridgeman. Matt is stationed on Mackinac for the summer and the family are really enjoying the Island.

Little Patrick Culliton is a guest of his grandparents, Barbara and Brian Hellis. Patrick's mother, Kathleen, will join him on Mackinac for the weekend.

Tuesday, August 5, I had the pleasure of meeting Flo and Pat O'Brien of Des Plaines, Illinois, who are avid subscribers and readers of the Mackinac Island Town Crier. They are yearly visitors to the Island, which they admire and enjoy so very much.

Warmest and best wishes to Judy Bynoe, who had hip replacement surgery Tuesday, August 5, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. Her daughter, Peggy was with her for the surgery. A very happy birthday to Peggy August 8.

Little Mary Jane Elizabeth Cadotte celebrated her second birthday August 6. She's the daughter of Howard and Connie Cadotte of St. Ignace. Proud grandparents are Otto and Helen Hyslop, the late John Cadotte, and Patricia Lapine.

On August 24, the annual Medical Center Auction will be held in the Woodfill Center at Grand Hotel. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Medical Center. Raffle tickets are on sale at the Medical Center or from Vic Callawaert.

Lt. Commander Ken Thompson of the U.S. Navy never fails to visit me each time he is on Mackinac. We had a wonderful chat and he looks forward to returning to Mackinac in October.

Happy birthday to Dave Pulve on August 7. Hope you had a great day.

Peggy Bynoe will perform a pianist concert at Ste. Anne's Sunday, August 10, at 2 p.m. Carolyn May will be the featured vocalist at the event. Everyone is invited to attend.

Makayla and her father, Ron, of Charlevoix visited Ron's parents, Alice and Buck Sharrow, over the weekend. Makalya, who is three years old, loves to sit with Grandpa and help him drive the beautiful team of horses who belong to Mike and Wendy Young. She loves to visit Mackinac.

On August 9, Candi Dunnigan and Laurie Gough will celebrate their birthdays. Have a wonderful day.

Brother Jim Boynton, S.J. is enjoying his time at Ste. Anne's, where he helps Fr. Rey Garcia, S.J. with many summer activities.

Karen and Gary Lennard are entertaining members of their family at their lovely home in Stonebrooke. Karen's father, Sharon J. Hudson Jr., arrived Monday with her brother, Joe, and his wife, Barb. Karen and Gary's daughter, Shannon, and granddaughter, Megan, arrived July 31, and will be on Mackinac until August 13. Everyone is having a great time.

Attorney Dan and Dorothy Hesslin of Manistee visited the Windermere last weekend. They enjoy sitting on the porch watching all of the lake traffic and taking walks in the woods. We look forward to seeing them again the end of August. Their daughter lives in California and she sent them a wonderful article featured in the Sunday Travel Section of the Los Angeles Times about Mackinac Island, including a beautiful picture of Grand Hotel's wonderful porch, a scene traveling toward Ste. Anne's Church, and a picture of the Old Round Island Lighthouse from Windermere porch. Great publicity for Mackinac.

Happy birthday to Ed Horn August 10. Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, August 7, was one of the busiest days of the season. It was bright and beautiful and the ferries were very crowded coming to visit our Island.

On Friday evening at 7 p.m., Erin Danielle Bagbey and Michael Anthony Beck will be married at the Surrey Hills Gazebo. The reception will follow at the Mackinac Island Community Hall. Best wishes to Erin and Mike from Island friends.

On August 11, Kathi Wightman, Edson Pfeiffelman, Mar Pulte of Mackinac, and Becki Splett of Bloomer, Wisconsin, will celebrate their birthdays. Enjoy your day.

The Island marina has been filled with big sailboats and power cruisers. On August 6, a large, beautiful white cabin cruiser was anchored in the harbor. Everyone is enjoying the new improvements to the marina.

Happy 50th anniversary to Bob and Annette Gillespie August 15. Happy birthday to Bob August 12. Best wishes from Island friends.

An article was published in last week's Mackinac Island Town Crier about Tom Della- Moretta of St. Ignace, who wondered about the letter he found written by "Effie" to an aunt in Canada, which he came upon in the drawer of an old table. The Tom Corrigans of Glenview, Illinois, and Mackinac, relatives of the Bogans, helped him solve the mystery. The story immediately warmed my heart about Effie (Mrs. John R. Bogan) of Mackinac, one of the Island's loveliest special ladies. As the article stated, we often heard how the McIntosh family came to Mackinac and her father worked on the construction of Grand Hotel. Lois was the Bogans' youngest daughter and we were inseparable, always being welcomed by her mother, Effie, to play in a playhouse behind their home, which was on the lot next to the Mackinac Island Public School. We also had fun running in the Burrough Lot with all our friends from Mahoney Avenue, the LaChanes, Holdens, Bette and Sonny O'Brien, the late Annie Krzeminski, the Fishers, and my late brother, Patrick W. Chambers, who would always let the air out of Lois' bicycle tires. We all went daily to Pond's Stand on Cadotte Avenue to purchase penny candy. Mrs. Effie Bogan always welcomed the whole neighborhood to her house, where we watched her hook wool rugs. Mr. Bogan managed the lovely old hotel, the "Mackinac House," which was on the lot; it is now the City Park. The Bogan family were very prominent members of our community, many born in the house, which is Bogan Lane Inn today. Dr. James Bogan was Mackinac's yeararound doctor for many years. Their home was Chateau Beaumont, which is now the Inn on Mackinac. Mr. Peter Bogan owned and operated the drug store where the Irish Pub is today and Mr. William Bogan became superintendent of schools of the City of Chicago for many years. Great memories of a wonderful Island family.

On Wednesday night about 10:30 p.m., looking toward the Mackinac Bridge, we saw a magnificent sight. The bridge was lighted in all its glory and right between the two towers was the moon colored orange. It truly was an awesome scene, which was enjoyed by many visitors taking a stroll on the boardwalk.

Enjoy your week!

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