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Mackinac Island Master Plan Focuses on Preservation, Maintenance

Mackinac Island’s master plan, being updated for the first time in 12 years and just undergoing a public review, reflects a community in “maintenance mode,” says consultant Fran Brink, one where residents would like to maintain what More...

Mackinac Island To Be Featured in its Own Pure Michigan Ad

The newly formed Mackinac Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has teamed up with Travel Michigan to launch a million dollar Pure Michigan advertising program that focuses on one destination, Mackinac Island. More...

Gallagher Dinner is Feb. 17

The 10th annual Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund Dinner will be Thursday, February 17, at Community Hall on Mackinac Island from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. More...

Not 1, But 2 Historic Districts Proposed

Historic preservation consultants will propose two historic districts in the downtown area of Mackinac Island, following a detailed study of historic structures. More...

Father Williams Cancer Free, Returns to Island

Father Jim Williams, now cancer free, is back full-time as a priest serving Ste. Anne’s parish on Mackinac Island.  The 68-year-old priest retired four years ago and has been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. More...

Winter Festival Turtle Buttons Sold by Students

Students prepare for the Mackinac Island Winter Festival by selling the popular turtle button for the community winter celebration, Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6. More...

Sale Pending For Main St. Location

The former Edward’s Gifts building on Mackinac Island is being purchased by Ira Green from Al Arbib, with a closing expected in April. The building is on the corner of Main and Astor streets.  More...

Horse Traffic, Oncoming Snowmobiles Among Challenges for Plows

Maneuvering down narrow streets and around blind corners, making tight turns that seem impossible, weaving past parked snowmobiles, and respecting the dray horses are the minute-byminute challenges faced by Mackinac Island snowplow drivers Robert McG More...

Harnessing Bacteria Could Reduce Mackinac Island’s Electricity Bill

Bacteria naturally found in some of the darkest swamps and lakes may help Mackinac Island reduce the cost to keep the lights on.  It’s a process called anaerobic digestion. More...

Bicycle Tours Banned in State Park

Meeting in Lansing Wednesday, December 15, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission banned guided bicycle tours from the state park on Mackinac Island.  The commission said it will not allow organized bicycle tours in the park because they coul More...

Dr. Jennifer Shockley Takes Over as Mackinac Island Physician

Dr. Jennifer Shockley is the new physician at the Mackinac Island Medical Center, replacing Dr. Karen Miljour, who moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Dr. More...

Master Plan Heads Back to Committee for Final Review After Public Weighs In

The Mackinac Island Master Plan will require more work in response to information received at a public hearing Tuesday, February 8, to include information about wind turbines and future development on nearby Round Island, and information about schola More...

‘Ghost Hunters’ Crew Films on Mackinac Island

The crew from “Ghost Hunters” filmed at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island this month, seeking answers to reports about the hotel’s fabled ghost, Harvey.  The show’s lead investigator, Jason Hawes, arrived on the Isl More...

Longtime Mackinac Island Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Chief Bradley: ‘Taking Care of the Guys Who Make the Town Safer’

In the summer of 1976, Dennis Bradley joined the Mackinac Island Fire Department after a challenge from his father to understand teamwork and the mechanics of firefighting. More...

A Look at History

Quiet Sentinels To Island’s History

Mackinac Island had some windstorms during the first half of this winter. On New Year’s Day, I was walking on the quiet half of Huron Road, and saw a big old clump of cedar trees that had been thrown over. More...

Mackinac Island Celebrates 35th Annual Winter Festival

Enjoying the 35th annual Winter Festival on Mackinac Island, children climb on the turtle sculpture at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 5. More...

City Forces Late Ferry Boats, Ice-to-ice Service by All 3 Lines

The City of Mackinac Island will require the three ferry companies serving the community to operate until ice forces them to quit, and to devise their schedules around the same basic framework, which includes a late evening boat and early morning boa More...

Frank Kelley Resigns MISPC Chair; Dennis Cawthorne Takes Seat

Frank Kelley has resigned his chairmanship of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and Dennis O. Cawthorne has returned to the leadership role, which he last held in 2007. Mr. More...

Eight Top Island Spellers Compete at St. Ignace Bee

Eight Mackinac Island Public School students took the top slots in the school’s spelling bee Wednesday, January 19, and headed to St. More...

New Children’s Book Features Adventures of Mackinac Island Bear

More than 60 years ago, a black bear named Cubbie lived on Mackinac Island, and now the tales of his adventures are in- cluded in a children’s book, “Cub- bie the Mackinac Island Bear.”  More...

Airport Runway Rebuild Slated For September

Rebuilding the runway at the Mackinac Island Airport is a safety-driven project with construction expected to begin this fall, the least disruptive time of the year for flight traffic. More...

Jennifer Bloswick New GM at Grand Hotel

Jennifer Bloswick of Mackinac Island has been promoted to general manager of Grand Hotel, and Ken Hayward of the hotel’s Okemos office steps into the role of executive vice president. More...

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