2009-02-14 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

At right: The dance team consisting of kindergarten students to third grade students from Mackinac Island Public School performed during the Lakers junior varsity basketball game Friday evening, February 6. The team is instructed by Jo Cooley of Mackinaw City. The team includes (front, from left) Ava Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, Ella Cowell; (back row) Cheyla Shunk, Hannah Styburski, Sadie Johnson, and Macade Ferguson. At right: The dance team consisting of kindergarten students to third grade students from Mackinac Island Public School performed during the Lakers junior varsity basketball game Friday evening, February 6. The team is instructed by Jo Cooley of Mackinaw City. The team includes (front, from left) Ava Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, Ella Cowell; (back row) Cheyla Shunk, Hannah Styburski, Sadie Johnson, and Macade Ferguson. Warmest and best wishes to all the readers of the winter edition of the Mackinac Island Town Crier for 2009. We hope you sit back and enjoy the news about your friends and favorite Island, which is as lovely and beautiful as ever.

Heavy snow blanketed Mackinac in January, creating a magnificent area of well-groomed cross-country ski trails, skating, an ice bridge to the mainland, and great snowmobiling. It has been a wonderful winter for sports. Sadly, today, Tuesday, February 10, we're experiencing a thaw. We're losing a lot of snow, and the prediction is for heavy rain. Looking out our back door, we can see green grass in Doug and Carol Rearick's backyard. We hope that winter will return for a few more weeks. The groundhog indicated that we would have six more weeks of winter.

A concert featuring John Kissane will be Saturday, February 14, at Ste. Anne's Church. Refreshments will follow in the church hall. Come and enjoy a special evening.

The District Spelling Bee was held in the St. Ignace Middle School cafeteria Thursday, February 5. Representing Mackinac Island were: Molly Tokarz and Rhiannon Jones for the fifth grade, Kyra Kolatski and Kyle Shunk for the sixth grade, Paul Wandrie and Amelia Roe for the seventh grade, and Leo Horn and Hailey Bean for the eighth grade. Hailey Bean was the runner-up for the eighth grade district representation. The Regional Spelling Bee will be Tuesday, February 24, at 3:45 p.m. at the Rudyard Public School. Congratulations to all of the students for doing an excellent job, and good luck to Hailey Tuesday, February 24.

Happy birthday to Joan Slater February 17, Leanne Brodeur February 18, and Norman Kolatski and Kent Weber February 19. Enjoy your day.

The annual Mark Gallagher Dinner will be Thursday, February 19, at Community Hall. Come and support this worthy cause. Mark was a fine young man, and a scholarship in his memory was established at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Twenty-four top middle school spellers from Engadine, Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, and Gros Cap schools gathered for a district spelling bee at St. Ignace Thursday, February 5, and eight winners from that competition will advance to a regional spelling bee in Rudyard February 24. The eight top spellers in grades five through eight are (front row, from left) Lucas Gustafson of St. Ignace, grade five runner up; Ben Freier of St. Ignace, grade 5 winner; Margo Brown of St. Ignace, grade six winner; Samantha Bennett of Engadine, grade six runner up; (back) Hailey Bean of Mackinac Island, grade eight runner up; Molly Paquin of St. Ignace, grade eight winner; Jacob Sjogren of St. Ignace, grade seven winner, and Savannah Seccia of Gros Cap, grade seven runner up. Twenty-four top middle school spellers from Engadine, Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, and Gros Cap schools gathered for a district spelling bee at St. Ignace Thursday, February 5, and eight winners from that competition will advance to a regional spelling bee in Rudyard February 24. The eight top spellers in grades five through eight are (front row, from left) Lucas Gustafson of St. Ignace, grade five runner up; Ben Freier of St. Ignace, grade 5 winner; Margo Brown of St. Ignace, grade six winner; Samantha Bennett of Engadine, grade six runner up; (back) Hailey Bean of Mackinac Island, grade eight runner up; Molly Paquin of St. Ignace, grade eight winner; Jacob Sjogren of St. Ignace, grade seven winner, and Savannah Seccia of Gros Cap, grade seven runner up. Marsha and Chuck Kleber entertained family members during the Winter Festival weekend February 7 and February 8. Joining the Klebers were their daughter, Kendra, from Royal Oak, and her friend, Katie Oppenheim from Ann Arbor, and daughter Kari Martin from Clearwater, Florida, with her daughter, Lyrik Martin. From Port St. Lucie, Florida, came the Klebers' niece, Katie Pereny, and her son, Trey. They all enjoyed a trip across the ice bridge, attending the Lakers basketball games, Winter Festival events, and many winter sports, while making new friends. Everyone had a great time.

At left: Showing their school spirit, and school colors of blue and white, are students (from left) Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, Marie Bunker, Shelbie Mosley, Shayleen Mosley, Michi Mullings, Maggie Chambers, and (in front) Onaca Bennett. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) At left: Showing their school spirit, and school colors of blue and white, are students (from left) Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, Marie Bunker, Shelbie Mosley, Shayleen Mosley, Michi Mullings, Maggie Chambers, and (in front) Onaca Bennett. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) Happy anniversary to Elaine and Ike Bunker February 22. Have a wonderful day.

Ann and Bill Taylor and their granddaughter, Jacqulyn, of Delta, Ohio, guests of the Windermere, snowmobiled over to Mackinac Saturday morning, February 7, and enjoyed exploring Mackinac in its winter glory. They spent the night at Pontiac Lodge, and we had an early celebration of Ann's birthday February 26. They returned to the mainland Sunday morning, February 8. While here, they brought the January/February 2009 issue of a magazine called Michigan Snowmobile News. The article entitled "March Madness 2008" featured a picture of the main street of Mackinac Island, and information about Michigan trails and the fun people have with this winter sport.

Mackinac Island Lakers' basketball opponents, maybe? No, these are the Island school's teachers, who dressed up as injured patients during Lakers' Spirit Week before the girls and boys basketball games with Beaver Island Friday, February 6, and Saturday, February 7. Pictured are (from left) Susan Bennett, Kathleen Peterson, Seth Baker, Mary Patay, and Richard Waite. Mackinac Island Lakers' basketball opponents, maybe? No, these are the Island school's teachers, who dressed up as injured patients during Lakers' Spirit Week before the girls and boys basketball games with Beaver Island Friday, February 6, and Saturday, February 7. Pictured are (from left) Susan Bennett, Kathleen Peterson, Seth Baker, Mary Patay, and Richard Waite. Nancy Ellison will celebrate her birthday February 22. Have a great day.

We send deepest sympathy to Bill and Jean Allen on the recent death of Bill's son, Jamie, who was killed while walking his bicycle.

Friday evening, February 6, Mackinac Island Public School celebrated homecoming. The Lakers boys basketball team defeated the Beaver Island Islanders. At halftime, Paul Fisher was crowned king, and Holly Leedke was crowned queen. A homecoming dance followed the festivities. Saturday, February 7, the weather did not cooperate for travel, so the Beaver Island Islanders could not leave Mackinac Island until early Sunday morning, February 8.

At left: It wasn't Halloween at Mackinac Island Public School, rather, it was Spirit Week Monday, February 2, through Friday, February 6, when students entertained themselves with games and theme days. Pictured here in costume are (from left) Marie Bunker, Holly Leedke, Shelbie Mosley, Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, and (in back) Thomas Rilenge. Homecoming was celebrated at the Lakers girls and boys basketball games against Beaver Island Friday evening. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) At left: It wasn't Halloween at Mackinac Island Public School, rather, it was Spirit Week Monday, February 2, through Friday, February 6, when students entertained themselves with games and theme days. Pictured here in costume are (from left) Marie Bunker, Holly Leedke, Shelbie Mosley, Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, and (in back) Thomas Rilenge. Homecoming was celebrated at the Lakers girls and boys basketball games against Beaver Island Friday evening. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) Special greetings to our good friends, Ken Hardy Sr. and Louie Leveille of St. Ignace, who will celebrate their birthdays February 25. Have a great day.

Seen enjoying homecoming activities were the Adam Fisher family of Saginaw, the Jared Urman family of Petoskey, and Eli Urman of Petoskey.

Peggy Bynoe of Grand Rapids surprised her family by joining them Friday, February 6, for Lily Schoenborn's birthday celebration.

The Senior Meals on Snowmobile program is going very well. They serve between 25 and 30 meals every Tuesday and Thursday, under the direction of Kathy Andress. Any monetary donations for this worthwhile program would be greatly appreciated. They may be mailed to Nancy Marks at Ste. Anne's Church.

January 22 was a memorable day for Pat Rossio and her four houseguests at her home at Woodbluff. During a snowmobile ride around the Island, Pat's sister, Martha Meister, was left on the road when the cutter sleigh in which she was riding broke from a snowmobile driven by her friend, Roger Newland of Grants Pass, Oregon. She was found later, pulling the sleigh back to the house.

Pat's brother and wife, Chuck and Eleine Miller from Livonia, received their first ice bridge ride when the plane wasn't flying, paying several snowmobilers to take them to the Island from St. Ignace.

We received word that our good friend, Garfield Slowly, former waiter at The Jockey Club, is making good, steady progress in recovery from his terrible accident. It continues to be a very long road, and any donations to the Garfield Slowly Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation would be greatly appreciated by his family and friends.

Happy birthday to Luanne Mosley February 26. Have a great day.

People came from far and near to participate in the Winter Carnival activities. Even with mild weather Saturday, February 7, a great gathering of children and adults enjoyed hot dogs, sledding, broom hockey, and many other games. Saturday evening, a sock hop was held at Johnson Hall at Mission Point Resort, where the little ones, including Clara Chambers, Makayla Rickley, Brooke Dziobak, and many others danced the night away.

Sunday morning, the famous brunch was enjoyed by all, and it was so good to see Larry Parel greeting everyone. It was a very difficult job voting on so many beautiful photographs for the calendar. A new event was a parade of decorated snowmobiles. The first prize was won by Jackie Bradley, with her snowmobile depicting a yellow school bus and a sign entitled "Jackie's School Bus." Second prize went to Jamie Bynoe, for his snowmobile decorated in the Detroit Red Wings theme, and the third prize went to Marion Bunker, for her snowmobile decorated like Mickey Mouse. There were many interesting snow sculptures, especially Sponge Bob Square Pants, a giant turtle, and an eightfoot bear. It was great fun.

Summer cottagers enjoying the Winter Carnival festivities were Penny and John Barr with friends, the Michael Straus family, Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus, the Jim Reitman family, Dr. Mike and Jane Bacon, the Russ Sagers, and the Bob O'Keefes.

Every Saturday night at Ste. Anne's Hall, Jody Chambers has teen night for all the teenagers of the Island. The evening consists of good food, games, movies, and lots of fun.

Congratulations to Amelia Roe of Mackinac Island for being chosen to serve on the Mackinac Island Honors Scout Guard at Fort Mackinac for the 2009 season. She will join Troop 147 from Grand Rapids and be on duty from July 25 through August 1. This is a special honor for Amelia and we are very proud of her.

Very special birthday greetings to Larry Parel February 28. Have a wonderful day.

We have more wildlife sightings. Tim Horn saw another robin, and Bill Andress saw a great horned owl by the Mackinac Island Yacht Club. There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac.

Don't forget the St. Patrick's dinner Saturday, March 14, at Community Hall. Tickets are available from Nancy Marks or Trish Bunker. Come and join in the fun.

Dale Gallagher Sr. is recuperating very nicely after his recent knee surgery in Detroit. Keep up the good work.

Congratulations to Amelia Musser on the terrific win at the Westminster Dog Show in New York Monday night, February 9. Her beautiful black Scottish terrier named Sadie won the top prize in the terrier group, and qualified to compete for the top prize, best in show. Sadie was born at Amelia's Roundtown Mercedes of Mary Scot Kennels in Laingsburg. Sadie did not win the top prize of the show, but many friends on Mackinac were so excited to see a dog in the top seven with links to Mackinac. It was wonderful publicity for the Island, and a great honor for the Musser family.

We've had two medical miracles this winter on Mackinac, Larry Parel and Snapper Bazinaw. We are very proud of the excellent staff at the Mackinac Island Medical Center, resident physician Dr. Karen Miljour, Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska, the EMTs, the Mackinac Island Police Department, and all other personnel who helped in their recovery. Larry is doing very well, and Snapper was transfered from Munson Medical Center in Traverse City to Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace Wednesday, February 11, for cardiac rehabilitation. The doctors at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey and Munson Medical Center truly credit the Mackinac Island Medical Center with their recovery. We are proud and thankful to have such a fine facility and staff part of our community.

Larry Rickley Jr. and Larry Rickley Sr. continue to catch fish at the end of the boardwalk. They shared with us some delicious trout. It was wonderful.

As we still see a lot of winter all around us, we forget that spring is right around the corner. Grand Hotel opens for the season Thursday, April 30, with the International Rotary Convention.

The Chambers family, at their lovely Gatehouse in Stonecliffe, entertained many of Maggie's friends Tuesday, February 10, to help her celebrate her 16th birthday. Her four-year-old sister, Clara, also joined in the festivities.

We send best wishes to Jim Kolatski Jr., who is recuperating from recent surgery in Cheboygan.

Island friends extend deepest sympathy to Dr. Karen Miljour on the recent death of her grandmother in Dayton, Ohio.

Richard and Jackie Bolander left Mackinac Monday, February 9, for a 21-day Caribbean cruise. Have fun in the sun.

Deepest sympathy to Barbara Fisher and family on the death of her brother-in-law in Iowa. Barb, along with her son, Adam, and grandson, Cullen, traveled to Iowa for the service Monday, February 9.

Don't forget the chili cook-off Saturday, February 14, at the Village Inn. There will be lots of good food.

Greetings to my good friends, Frank and Aileen Allen in Denver, Colorado.

Sunday evening, February 8, the setting sun descended behind the Mackinac Bridge, casting colored beams across the ice, just as the full moon ascended into the winter sky, illuminating the Straits of Mackinac. It was truly a magnificent sight.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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