2010-05-15 / Columnists



What’s new on Mackinac? A snowstorm Saturday, May 8. Looking across Cadotte Avenue, it reminded me of a snowy and blustery winter day. But the calendar did not match. Everyone was bundled up as they walked to Grand Hotel, took a carriage ride, or biked around the Island. We were just making up for all of the beautiful spring days we had in April.

The spring flowers are just beautiful all over Mackinac. At Mission Point Resort, the daffodils and tulips are a spectacular sight in a variety of colors. The tulips in front of Grand Hotel are magnificent, and in the grove by the pool and around the Little Jewel golf course, tulips, daffodils, and narcissus are breathtaking. Beautiful pink tulips grace the front of historic City Hall, and the tulip bed by Andrew McGreey’s house on Market Street is ablaze with amazing colors. The woods are filled with white trilliums, lilies of the valley, ladyslippers, and other wildflowers.

The Town Crier is everywhere, as these Mackinac Island cottagers can testify. Pictured at the Pompei train station are (back, from left) Brian and Claire Dunnigan; (front) Candi Dunnigan, Mary K. McIntire, and Penny and John Barr. The group was on a horseback riding excursion in Italy. The Town Crier is everywhere, as these Mackinac Island cottagers can testify. Pictured at the Pompei train station are (back, from left) Brian and Claire Dunnigan; (front) Candi Dunnigan, Mary K. McIntire, and Penny and John Barr. The group was on a horseback riding excursion in Italy. My constant companion is the little seven-year-old beagle, “Bushy Doud,” a gift from former State Senator Walt and Sally North of St. Ignace. Bushy was adopted from the shelter in Sault Ste. Marie.

Lt. Commander Ken Thompson, aircraft maintenance officer for “Windjammers” of VR-51, flying C-20G aircraft, based at Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland, spent 10 days on Mackinac helping his wife, Lorianne, open the Lilac House bed and breakfast for the season. While on the Island, Ken had a wonderful visit with his good friend, Dennis Brodeur. Ken departed Mackinac Thursday, May 6, en route to Hawaii and Japan. He will return to the Island in July. It’s always great to see Ken.

It’s nice to see Nicki Griffith back on Mackinac enjoying her lovely home in Hubbard’s Annex.

Happy second birthday to little Lakelynn Bunker May 19. Have a great day.

Robert and Annette Gillespie have returned to Mackinac from their winter home in Arcadia, Florida. It’s nice to see them back on the Island.

Returning to the Windermere Hotel for his 25th season is Glen Woulfe of Sarasota, Florida.

The Mackinac Island Police Department will hold the annual bicycle auction Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m. Bicycles may be viewed one hour prior to the auction.

A very happy anniversary to Louie and Pat Leveille May 18. Best wishes from Island friends.

Sunday, May 9, at the 9 a.m. Mass at Ste. Anne’s Church with Father Rey Garcia S.J. officiating, McKenna Rose McKay, daughter of Randy and Katie McKay of Chassell, made her first Holy Communion. Beautiful arrangements of fresh flowers adorned the altars, a gift from her grandmother, Judy Bynoe. Peggy Bynoe, aunt to McKenna, and Heather May provided music for the special occasion. Following the services at Ste. Anne’s, the McKay family, Bynoe family, and Ron and Mary Dufina enjoyed the Mother’s Day brunch at Grand Hotel.

Happy birthday to Adam Fisher May 15. Have a great day.

The Michael Straus family enjoyed Mother’s Day weekend at their home in the Annex and visiting with Michael’s parents, Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus. Happy birthday to little Michael Straus May 26.

John and Mary Davey of Bloomfield Hills have been enjoying their lovely home on the East Bluff.

Candi Dunnigan attended the planning commission meeting Tuesday, May 11. Congratulations to her daughter, Claire, who will be graduated from Grass Lake High School Sunday, June 6. Claire will attend Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts in September.

Congressman Bart and Laurie Stupak enjoyed Mother’s Day weekend at Grand Hotel.

Friday, May 7, the sixth grade class from Webster School in Livonia toured Mackinac. One of the members of the class was David Culliton, grandson of Brian and Barbara Hellis and the late David McIntyre. David’s dad, Brian, was one of the chaperones. They also visited Mackinaw City and Sault Ste. Marie. It was a very cold day Friday, but everyone was having a great time.

Mellie Hagenbaugh, Franc Doud, and Jennifer Karhoff will celebrate their birthdays May 16. Enjoy your day.

Dick Ruilson, who is employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, has returned for the season. Dick lives in Pelkie during the winter months.

It was good to see Fritz George, golf pro for Wawashkamo Golf Club, on the Island for a few days. He is preparing the course for an early opening. We send best wishes to his wife, Lindsey. They hope to return to Mackinac soon.

Keith and Sheila Leverton have returned to Mackinac for the season. They’re both employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Keith is the former dockporter for the Iroquois Hotel.

Happy birthday May 21 to Corporal Andy Dziobak. I’m sure Brooke will help him blow the candles out.

Members of the Dankowski, Chapman, St. Onge American Legion Post 299 will conduct a Memorial Day service Monday, May 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in the city park. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A very happy birthday May 17 to Armin Porter. Have a great day.

Congratulations to Sue Chambers, the first Lilac Queen, who officially opened Fort Mackinac Tuesday, May 4.

Deana and Glenn St. Onge enjoyed Mother’s Day weekend visiting their son, Jason. Glenn helped out at St. Onge Latex and Groove for a few days, and Deana enjoyed Mother’s Day brunch with Jason at Grand Hotel.

Sam and Barbara Kovalak enjoyed a few days at their lovely home in the Mission.

Mackinac Island Public School students will have their prom Saturday, May 22, at Mission Point Resort. Students from Beaver Island and Grand Marais will join Mackinac Island for all the festivities. The 2010 awards ceremony will be Tuesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Public School.

Meg Brown will celebrate her birthday May 23. Enjoy your day.

A very happy birthday to Beth St. Onge May 17. Beth is employed at Windermere Hotel and makes wonderful desserts.

Veterinarian Dr. Al Sibinic has returned to Mackinac after spending the winter in Arizona. It’s nice to see him back on the Island.

Nathan St. Onge and his friend from Traverse City visited his mother, Anne, father, John, sister, Emily, and little Jane Elizabeth over Mother’s Day weekend.

Jennifer Putnam, along with little Owen Richard, visited Ellen Putnam, Sarah Wessel, and the George Wellington family over the weekend. Owen Richard entertains everyone.

There will be a memorial service for Clayton St. Onge Wednesday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church with Father Rey Garcia S.J. officiating. A luncheon will follow at Community Hall.

Brian and Barbara Hellis have returned to their comfortable home on Market Street. Happy birthday to Brian May 29.

Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska will be the doctor in residence over the weekend. Dr. Karen Miljour left Thursday, May 13, for a 10-day trip to Sweden. Enjoy your vacation.

Bill and Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, will arrive on Mackinac Sunday, May 16, for a week’s vacation at the Windermere Hotel. Happy anniversary to Bill and Ann May 19.

The Michigan Knights of Columbus Convention will convene at Grand Hotel Thursday, May 27, and Friday, May 28.

As the days warm and we have nice spring breezes off the Straits of Mackinac, Ben Nye will be displaying his many colorful kites off Windermere Point. They are so attractive and inviting as visitors arrive on the ferries.

Grand Hotel has a new team of hackney horses. Ben Mosley has been exercising them and they’re just beautiful as they prance down the street.

The Zoo de Mackinac bike riders will arrive on Mackinac Saturday, May 22. We give them a warm welcome.

I’ve had the honor and privilege of spending my entire life on Mackinac, a place very dear to my heart. All four seasons are so special, beginning with spring and the beauty of flowers everywhere. During the summer, we welcome tourists who come from all over the world to view our historic Island and take a step back in time. They enjoy riding in “the surrey with the fringe on top.” In the fall, the trees are ablaze in brilliant colors, and pumpkins adorn many doorsteps. In winter, Mackinac is transformed into a winter wonderland. It’s the time of gathering with relatives and friends to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Mackinac is a very special place to live and visit.

Enjoy the beautiful spring flowers on Mackinac!

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