2009-06-13 / Columnists



It's lilac time on Mackinac. The festivities began Friday afternoon, June 5, with Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra playing on Windermere Point. Suddenly, Mother Nature did not cooperate and the rain started to fall, so the coronation of the 2009 Lilac Queen was moved to the front porch of the Windermere Hotel. The Reverend Vincent Carroll of Little Stone Church opened the ceremony with a blessing. Mayor Margaret Doud welcomed the crowd to the 60th Annual Lilac Festival, and paid tribute to Stella King, who founded the original Lilac Day. Mary Slevin introduced the 2009 Lilac Princess Hannah Styburski, the Lilac Court, Danielle Wightman, Shelbie Mosley, Shayleen Mosley, and Arial Leeper. The 2009 Lilac Queen is Michi Mullings, a recent graduate of Mackinac Island Public School. The Princess and Queen were crowned by Mayor Doud. Father Rey Garcia of Ste. Anne's Church closed the ceremony. Many activities are planned during the week, concluding with the Grand Parade Sunday, June 14, at 5 p.m.

We extend deepest sympathy to Loretta Spata on the recent death of her brother, Matthew Vecchio, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Island friends are thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Happy birthday June 16 to Chief Jim Marks of the Mackinac Island Police Department. Have a great day.

Sarah Dehring has arrived on Mackinac to spend the summer with her parents, Jack and Dorothy.

We just received word of the death of the oldest resident on Mackinac, Bertha Green. She died early Wednesday morning, June 10, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. We extend deepest sympathy to her family.

We send best wishes to Georgiana Gustafson of St. Ignace, who recently fractured her hip. She is a patient at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.

Special birthday greetings to Gary and Larry LaPine June 17. They both reside at Mackinac Straits Hospital long term care facility in St. Ignace. Larry worked for many years at the Windermere Hotel, and Gary was employed by Mackinac State Historic Parks.

The Jamie Bynoe Hockey Tournament was held Tuesday evening, June 9, on Market Street. It was a very spirited time, with lots of great fun. It was exciting to see Captain Mike North playing his heart out. Jamie Bynoe, captain for the Detroit Red Wings, defeated the Pittsburgh Penquins, with captain Mike North, by a score of 10-9. A great time was enjoyed by all.

Candi Dunnigan of Grass Lake spent the weekend visiting her son, James, on Mackinac. They are settled in their Easterly Cottage, on the east side of the Island.

Friends and family came from far and near to a reception honoring the late Rena Callewaert Sunday, June 7, at the Island House Hotel. It was a wonderful celebration of her life.

Little Clara Chambers will celebrate her birthday June 18, and her big brother, Richard, will celebrate his birthday June 19. Have a wonderful day.

It's great to see Larry and Nancy Keogh of Lake Forest, Illinois, enjoying their Crosstrees Cottage on the East Bluff.

Happy anniversary to Dan and Kathi Wightman June 18. Have a wonderful day.

Kelly Bean and Mark "Beau" Bielinski attended the graduation of Beau's niece in Wisconsin Saturday, June 6.

Jamie and Dan Dickens are enjoying a few days at their condominium in Leslie Court. It's nice to see you back on Mackinac.

The annual Manoogian Art Show, hosted by the Musser family, was held at Grand Hotel Sunday evening, June 7. The show is of aerial photography "Above Mackinac" by Robert Cameron, father of Jane Manoogian. The pictures are just beautiful and very picturesque. Another dimension of the show was many handcrafted models of various ships, such as the S.S. South American and the Carl D. Bradley. It is absolutely fascinating to any boat watchers. We missed seeing Richard and Jane Manoogian at the reception because Jane is still recuperating from a fractured knee. Island friends send best wishes and hope to see her soon on Mackinac.

We send get well wishes to little Katie Burt, daughter of Alan and Liz, who is a patient at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey, suffering from mononucleosis and an eye infection. Island friends send special greetings.

Alice Myron of Port Huron is settled in her cottage on the East Bluff. It's great to have you back on Mackinac.

Happy birthday to Bruce Zimmerman and Miranda McMahon June 18. Enjoy your day.

We send special get well greetings to Judge Beth Gibson, who remains a patient at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette. Island friends send best wishes.

Happy anniversary June 15 to Dr. Richard and Karen Hodgman of Kalkaska. Have a wonderful day.

Joyce and David Dodge of Naples, Florida, have arrived back on Mackinac and are residing at Helga Doud's apartment.

Happy belated first birthday to little Ottilia Jean Styburski May 23.

Bart and Nina Huthwaite of Punta Gorda, Florida, are settled into their beautiful cottage in Woodbluff.

Erica Chambers and her two beautiful daughters, Shannon Grace and Charlotte Jane, are visiting Grandpa Jim Chambers and family. Her husband, Bill, is in training with the Federal Bureau of Investigations for six weeks.

Dennis Bradley, Jr. will celebrate his 40th birthday June 20. Special greetings from Island friends.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of James Richard "Dickie" Bazinaw, who passed away Monday, June 8. A complete obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

Randy and Michelle Stuck, Larry and Kay Berke, the John Daveys, and David and Ann Levy are all enjoying their cottages on Mackinac.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Theresa Cadotte Howell, who passed away Saturday, June 6, at her home in Simmons Settlement. Theresa was born and grew up on Mackinac, one of seven girls and one boy, children of the late Cecelia and Frank Cadotte. A complete obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

The beautiful hanging baskets arrived Thursday, June 11, for the season. They are so colorful and fresh, and add so much to make Mackinac even more beautiful. Any contributions for the baskets may be mailed to: Kathi Wightman, Flower Basket Fund, Mackinac Island, MI 49757.

Mike Corrigan spent the weekend at his cottage on Mahoney Avenue.

There is bingo every Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Community Hall, sponsored by the Mackinac Island Lions Club.

There will be a free employee dinner Thursday, June 18, at Ste. Anne's Hall.

The 1,000-foot American Spirit, with Captain Bobby Gallagher of St. Ignace and Alpena, recently blew me a healthy salute as she was westbound through the Round Island Passage. All the captains aboard the Arnold, Star Line, and Shepler ferries returned a salute. It was really heartwarming to be able to hear such a greeting.

We enjoyed a recent visit from our good friend, Don Kromer, of Mullett Lake and Rogers City, along with his two nieces. Don is very happy in Rogers City, where he resides at the rehabilitation center. He loves Mackinac, and is thrilled when he is able to visit his friends on the Island.

Historic City Hall on Market Street is receiving a fresh coat of paint. Flying proudly above is Old Glory for everyone to see. City employees are in the process of planting beautiful flowers in the City Park, in front of the Mackinac Island Police Department, Community Hall, and Veterans Memorial.

Many shops on Main and Market streets have special lilac window displays. All different shades of lavender depict the various varieties of lilacs on the Island. There are many interesting lilac items sold in many shops around town.

The Cloghaun and Metivier Inn are decorated with lilac lights for the festival. It is so festive and attractive.

We give a warm welcome to Mark and Molly Revers of Detroit, who are renting Mary K. McIntire's home for the month of June. They are frequent visitors to Mackinac and really enjoy the solitude of the Island.

Enjoy the Lilac Parade Sunday, June 14!

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