2010-05-22 / Columnists



The most beautiful day of the spring season was Tuesday, May 18, as temperatures were in the high 70s with radiant sunshine, blue skies, and calm winds. Many visitors were enjoying the perfect weather for bike riding, a ride in the surrey with the fringe on top, or a walk in the woods filled with wildflowers. Alice and Albert “Buck” Sharrow invited me and my friend, Ann Taylor, from Delta, Ohio, to go for a carriage ride. It was absolutely magnificent, with the scent of lilies of the valley permeating the air, and trilliums and blue forget-me-nots covering the woods. The view from Fort Holmes, the highest point on the Island, was breathtaking looking out over the Straits of Mackinac. It truly was a wonderful ride.

Happy birthday May 23 to Kay Hoppenrath, clinic coordinator at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Have a wonderful day.

It’s nice to see John and Lois Findley visiting Mackinac for a few weeks and preparing Small Point Bed and Breakfast for the season.

Tim Horn reports seeing a black crown night heron in a tree down by the dock. We’ve not seen any in the trees by the Windermere Hotel yet this season.

Happy birthday to Jerry Crawford May 20 and his little sister, Madeline, May 24. Hope you both have a great day.

Jim and Nancy Marks returned to Mackinac Saturday, May 15, after spending a week at their home in Roscommon. Nancy returned to her position at Ste. Anne’s Church Monday, May 17, after recuperating from knee replacement surgery.

Bob and Bev Benjamin with their daughter, Jane, and son, Tom, returned to the Island Friday, May 14, after spending the winter in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It’s nice to see another light in the neighborhood.

Brian Dunnigan of Grass Lake brought his son, James, to Mackinac Friday, May 14. James, who is a junior at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, will be employed at Stonecliffe for the summer season.

Happy birthday to Joe Maciejewski May 24. Enjoy your day.

Wally Peck of Manistique returned to Mackinac Friday, May 14, and will be employed at the Chippewa Hotel. It’s nice to see him back on the Island.

A very happy 97th birthday May 27 to Camille Bobinsky’s mother, Camille Falcone. Have a wonderful day.

Very special greetings to Marti Carey of the Cloghaun, who visited Mackinac over the weekend. Marti has a special friend on Mackinac, her Springer Spaniel dog named Maggie, who was so glad to see her. Jim Bond also spent the weekend at the Cloghaun. Everyone enjoyed a great weekend.

Dr. Richard Hodgman and wife, Karen, with their daughter, Mary Deb and family, enjoyed a great weekend on the Island. Dr. Hodgman was the doctor in residence at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Happy birthday May 26 to Jim Horn, Kim Kolatski, and Eileen McIntyre Hruska. Enjoy your day.

Emma Chambers returned to Mackinac Monday, May 17, after spending two weeks in El Salvador on an educational trip with Ferris State University. Emma will be working at the Windermere Hotel and the Windermere Doghouse for the season.

We send get well wishes to Bob Green, who has not been feeling his best. Island friends send greetings.

Anna Mary and Gary Cusack with daughter, Marge Coolman and family of Petoskey, spent the weekend at their home on Lakeshore Drive.

Happy birthday to Brian Horn and Jim Pettit May 27. Enjoy your day.

Mark your calendar for the productions of the play, “Annie Jr.,” which will be held Monday, May 24, Wednesday, May 26, and Tuesday, June 1.

Ann and Tim Timmons arrived on Mackinac Wednesday, May 19, and are comfortably settled in their lovely cottage on Cadotte Avenue. It’s nice to have them back on the Island.

A very happy birthday to little Kaylee Rose Cowell May 28. Have a wonderful day.

The Reverend Vince and Molly Carroll have arrived for the season. The first service will be Sunday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Little Stone Church.

Bob and Susie Raisch enjoyed the weekend at their lovely Star Cottage in Hubbard’s Annex.

George and Judith Goodman of Arizona have returned to Mackinac and are enjoying their condominium in the Mission. It’s nice to see them back on the Island.

Happy anniversary to Larry and Kathleen Rickley May 28. Have a wonderful day.

Sandra Orr has arrived on the Island from Naples, Florida, where she and Debra spent the winter.

Jamie Bynoe will celebrate his 40th birthday May 30. All of his friends wish him a wonderful day. Tom and Kathy Lewand enjoyed the weekend at their cottage on the East Bluff. It was nice to see them on Mackinac.

Dr. Don and Karen Weersing of Grand Haven visited friends on Mackinac over the weekend.

Happy 22nd wedding anniversary May 21 to Steve and Julie Rilenge. Enjoy your day.

The Carriage House Dining Room at the Iroquois Hotel will open for the season Friday, May 21.

Happy birthday May 29 to Keith Leverton and Clark Bloswick. Have a great day.

Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Hunger of Bay City arrived Sunday, May 16, for his second year of duty on Mackinac. His family will join him after school gets out for the summer.

Virginia and Dan Riordan of Marietta, Georgia, will return to Mackinac Friday, May 21. They will be employed at the Windermere Hotel.

Sally North and Janis Early will celebrate their birthdays May 30. Enjoy your day.

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

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