2010-08-28 / Columnists



Thursday, August 19, parts of Mackinac County experienced some severe thunderstorms with strong winds and hail. The Island was fortunate and only had some rain. The weekend cleared and the weather was very nice. There were many weddings, with brides riding by in the wedding carriages with their veils flying in the breeze. Many families were enjoying vacations before the opening of school, riding bicycles or horses, and flying kites on Windermere Point. It is still summertime on Mackinac.

Happy birthday to our good friend, Helen Powell, September 4. Have a wonderful day.

The Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction will be Sunday, August 29, at Grand Hotel. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles, and great food. Come and join in the fun.

Steve Doyle of Chicago, grandson of Bill and Catherine Doyle, was the houseguest of Audrey Gallery over the weekend. It was nice to see him on Mackinac.

Local children sell hand-painted turtles they made during Arts and Nature in the Park Tuesday, August 17. Proceeds from the sale benefit the program. Pictured in back are Nicholas Davis and Leanne Brodeur, and in front, from left, McKenna McKay, Ashley Ryherson, Lily Schoenborn, and Vincent Davis. Local children sell hand-painted turtles they made during Arts and Nature in the Park Tuesday, August 17. Proceeds from the sale benefit the program. Pictured in back are Nicholas Davis and Leanne Brodeur, and in front, from left, McKenna McKay, Ashley Ryherson, Lily Schoenborn, and Vincent Davis. A happy belated birthday to Lake Sweet August 24. Island friends send best wishes.

Sunday evening, August 22, more than 170 people enjoyed a superb concert by Glenn Allen and Janine DiVita at Grand Hotel. The duo performed a Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, which featured highlights in character from the musicals “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “The Sound of Music,” and “South Pacific.” It was truly a magical time. Proceeds from the event benefited the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Mary Callewaert, Burton Gough, and Karen Huisman will celebrate their birthdays September 5. Have a great day.

Happy birthday to Megan Weber and Brad Horn September 4. Have a great day.

The annual Guns and Hoses softball game was held Sunday, August 22, at Great Turtle Park. It was a beautiful evening and a great crowd attended this event. Everyone enjoyed hot dogs, chips, and soda pop, and also bidding on silent auction items and winning prizes with lucky firemen hats. It was a great way to remember Mark Gallagher, a fine young man. More than $1,155 was raised for the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Police Department, who won the friendly rivalry this year over the Mackinac Island Fire Department. It was great to see City Manager Eric Dodson and his wife, Kelli, of St. Ignace enjoying the game.

Albert “Buck” and Alice Sharrow will celebrate their wedding anniversary September 5. Enjoy your day.

Amber Shumake, daughter of Kathy Green Bates and granddaughter of Wilma and Jerry Green, spent the summer visiting John and Barb Fisher and family. Amber is the oldest of six children, with three brothers and two sisters, and lives in Parkland, Florida. She attends Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Amber was employed at Island Scrimshanders this summer and was a tremendous help at Ste. Anne’s Church. We look forward to her return next summer. Her little cousin, Aidan Ogle, really misses her.

Happy birthday to Gary Lennard August 31. Have a great day.

Peggy Bynoe left Mackinac Tuesday, August 24, to resume her teaching position in Grand Rapids. Have a good school year, Peggy.

Happy belated birthday to Aidan Ogle, who celebrated his fifth birthday August 22. Hope you had lots of fun on your special day.

Larry Rickley, Sr., Larry Rickley, Jr., and Clark Bloswick spent Friday, August 20, fishing for perch in Hessel. They were very successful, bringing home a lot of fish. They traveled from Mackinac to Hessel in the Rickley boat.

Happy birthday to Robert Jeffrey Chambers September 1. Have a great day.

Buzz and Carolyn Waggoner will celebrate their wedding anniversary September 3. Enjoy your day.

Frank and Agnes Wood of Denmark, Wisconsin, and Patrick and Mary Wood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, enjoyed four days on Mackinac visiting friends.

The Tony Corrigan family enjoyed several days at the Corrigan cottage on Mahoney Avenue.

Happy birthday to Lee Finkel September 3. Have a great day.

Tim Hickey of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, was the guest of Gene and Mellie Hagenbaugh for several days. Tim was employed at Alford’s Drug Store for many years.

Candi and Claire Dunnigan will leave Mackinac Tuesday, August 31, for Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where Claire will begin her freshman year.

Danielle Wightman, Tyler Finkel, Arial Leeper, and Kyle Sweet have returned to Michigan State University for the fall semester, Woody Beardsley to Michigan Technological University for his junior year, Eric Cowell and Emma Chambers to Ferris State University, and Robert Chambers and Darcy Brodeur-Bunker will resume their studies at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Shelbie Mosley is attending Findlay University in Findlay, Ohio, Holly Leedke is at Central Michigan University, and Thomas Rilenge will attend Trine University in Indiana. Good luck to all of the students.

Happy birthday to Alice Martin September 3. Have a wonderful day.

There will be a barbecue at the Mackinac Island Public School Tuesday, September 7, at noon. Everyone is invited to attend and wish the students and teachers a good school year.

Everyone is looking forward to the Jazz Festival at Grand Hotel Friday, September 3, through Sunday, September 5. The group “The Manhatten Transfer” will be featured Sunday. It should be a great weekend. Come and join in the fun.

Happy belated birthday to Claire Herhold August 23. Claire has worked on the Island for four years as a costumed historic house interpreter for Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Dwayne Miron and Laura Holmes were united in marriage Saturday, August 21, at Windermere Point. Mayor Margaret Doud officiated at the ceremony. Dwayne and Laura are employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Congratulations from Island friends.

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island volleyball team, who won a tournament Tuesday, August 24, in Atlanta. They beat three other teams.

The Mackinac Island soccer team will play its first game Friday, August 27, against Concord Academy and again Saturday morning, August 28. The Mackinac Island volleyball team will play a game Monday, August 30, at 4:30 p.m. at the school. Come and support the teams.

The annual antique show will be Friday, September 10, through Sunday, September 12, at Grand Hotel. The gala preview party will be Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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