2011-04-09 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

Spring arrived on Mackinac when the mighty Huron glided into the harbor Wednesday, March 30. She had to go to the north of the Island, owing to the very heavy ice. The St. Ignace harbor was jammed with ice and the Huron had to make several passes trying to loosen it up. Mayor Margaret Doud, a passenger on the trip from Mackinac Island to St. Ignace, was greeted by Mayor Paul Grondin of St. Ignace. This is truly the start of the 2011 season.

The Huron had to continue to go to the north of the Island all last week, owing to the heavy ice in Round Island Passage. Sunday, April 3, the ice shifted and now the Straits of Mackinac is passable. There continues to be a lot of freighter traffic and Saturday, April 2, the 1,000-foot USS Edgar B. Speer went eastbound. The increased traffic in the Round Island Passage helps to break up the ice. The temperatures are cool in the evenings, but getting milder during the day.


The six members of the 2011 graduating class on Mackinac Island are holding a raffle to raise money for their senior trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in May. Two artists donated artwork for the raffle, including senior class member Maggie Chambers (left), who holds her painting of a seagull with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. Becky Green (not pictured) contributed her painting of a view of the harbor from Fort Mackinac. The painting captures the scene as portrayed in a 1909 postcard. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. All proceeds go toward the class trip. The paintings can be viewed at the school. The winning tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. To purchase tickets, call the Mackinac Island Public School at 847-3376. Seniors pictured are (from left) Miss Chambers, Tyler Joseph, Marie Bunker, Andrew Chambers, Ashley Gough, and Morgan Brodeur-Bunker. The six members of the 2011 graduating class on Mackinac Island are holding a raffle to raise money for their senior trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in May. Two artists donated artwork for the raffle, including senior class member Maggie Chambers (left), who holds her painting of a seagull with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. Becky Green (not pictured) contributed her painting of a view of the harbor from Fort Mackinac. The painting captures the scene as portrayed in a 1909 postcard. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. All proceeds go toward the class trip. The paintings can be viewed at the school. The winning tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. To purchase tickets, call the Mackinac Island Public School at 847-3376. Seniors pictured are (from left) Miss Chambers, Tyler Joseph, Marie Bunker, Andrew Chambers, Ashley Gough, and Morgan Brodeur-Bunker. Cadotte Avenue has come alive with increased traffic and lots of people. Grand Hotel is bustling with activity as they prepare for their soft opening Friday, April 22, and official opening Friday, May 6. Dan Musser III and John Hulett have been on Mackinac, and Dan Musser, chairman of Grand Hotel, arrived Wednesday, April 6. Many Jamaican workers are busy preparing the hotel for opening. Tuesday morning, April 5, two huge lifts arrived, so painting can start on the front of the hotel. We give everyone a warm welcome and hope that it will be a great season.


At the end of the day, Cub Horn, a Mackinac Island city employee, carefully lowers the flag that flies over the courthouse Wednesday, March 16. The flag had gotten wrapped up in high winds. The Market Street courthouse was constructed in 1839 and served as the county seat until 1882, when operations were transferred to St. Ignace, and it is noted as contributing to the Island’s National Historic Landmark designation. Today the building houses the police department and the second floor serves as a courtroom in the summer. At the end of the day, Cub Horn, a Mackinac Island city employee, carefully lowers the flag that flies over the courthouse Wednesday, March 16. The flag had gotten wrapped up in high winds. The Market Street courthouse was constructed in 1839 and served as the county seat until 1882, when operations were transferred to St. Ignace, and it is noted as contributing to the Island’s National Historic Landmark designation. Today the building houses the police department and the second floor serves as a courtroom in the summer. We received word Thursday, March 31, that Leo Krzeminski, 93, of Canton and Mackinac Island, died at his home Wednesday, March 30, surrounded by his loving family. “Uncle Leo,” as everyone on Mackinac called him, was a great man who had a pleasing personality, a great sense of humor, and a wonderful smile. He was married to Annie Marshall of Mackinac, the love of his life, and five beautiful daughters were born to that union. Leo and Ty Horn were brothers-in-law and great friends, spending many happy moments on Doud’s corner watching the activities. He worked for many summers at Doud’s Market as the happy butcher, where he greeted his many customers. In the spring of the year, he would always bring me a beautiful bouquet of peonies out of his Mackinac garden. Leo loved life, especially a party, where he would dance the night away. A celebration of Leo’s life will be held when the golden daffodils, tulips, and spring flowers are in full bloom on Mackinac. He will be laid to rest next to his beloved Annie in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery.


Above: After more than 65 years, Delbert Bunker and Eileen McIntyre got a chance to reminisce about their days growing up on Mackinac Island and as students at the Thomas W. Ferry School. Mr. Bunker, while on a trip with his wife, Ruth, visited with Mrs. McIntyre at her North Carolina home in February. The two former schoolmates had not seen each other since 1945. “We moved away from the Island when I was 14 and that was probably the last time I saw her,” he said. “It was just extra nice. I really enjoyed it.” Mr. Bunker remains active on the Island through his contributions to the Chapman, St. Onge, Dankowski American Legion Post 299, including the donation of a veterans plaque that will be placed at the Protestant cemetery this spring. Mrs. Bunker said her husband, now 81 years old, loves to visit with and hear from old friends. For those interested in contacting Mr. Bunker, he can be reached at 275 Snow Hill Road, Geneva, Florida 32732- 9320. 
(Bunker family photograph) Above: After more than 65 years, Delbert Bunker and Eileen McIntyre got a chance to reminisce about their days growing up on Mackinac Island and as students at the Thomas W. Ferry School. Mr. Bunker, while on a trip with his wife, Ruth, visited with Mrs. McIntyre at her North Carolina home in February. The two former schoolmates had not seen each other since 1945. “We moved away from the Island when I was 14 and that was probably the last time I saw her,” he said. “It was just extra nice. I really enjoyed it.” Mr. Bunker remains active on the Island through his contributions to the Chapman, St. Onge, Dankowski American Legion Post 299, including the donation of a veterans plaque that will be placed at the Protestant cemetery this spring. Mrs. Bunker said her husband, now 81 years old, loves to visit with and hear from old friends. For those interested in contacting Mr. Bunker, he can be reached at 275 Snow Hill Road, Geneva, Florida 32732- 9320. (Bunker family photograph) Everyone on Mackinac was saddened to hear of the death of Hoagie Kleinhenz, 59, of Harbor Springs, husband of Brooke Gillespie Kleinhenz and father of Sydney and Logan. Brooke is the daughter of Annette and Robert Gillespie of Mackinac Island. A celebration of Hoagie’s life was held Friday, April 1, in Harbor Springs. Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends.

John Pinter of Dearborn, who spent many summers at his condominium on Mackinac Island, passed away Sunday, March 20, in Dearborn at the age of 84. Many residents will recall Mr. Pinter and his activities in the community, including his volunteer service as a docent at the Governor’s Mansion. Mr. Pinter is survived by his wife, Dolores, of Dearborn.

Word was received on Mackinac Wednesday, April 6, that our good neighbor, Ann Bronfman, died Tuesday evening, April 5. Ann loved her “Lakewood” home on the Island and spent many happy times there. She would often stop by and enjoy a Polish dog at the Windermere Doghouse. She loved Mackinac, and was very generous in the community. A complete obituary will be published in The St. Ignace News and Mackinac Island Town Crier.

A word of sincere gratitude to Great Lakes Air, Paul Fullerton, Sheryl Schairer, Pete Freier, Matt Barnadyn, Joe Pann, and Clark Smith, and also to Dennis Bradley and all of the other employees who gave Mackinac Island excellent airplane service this winter. Enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

A very happy birthday to Peggy Cowell, Jamie Andress, Heather Chambers, and Jack Welcher, all celebrating April 8. Have a great day.

I made an error in my column, which appeared in the March 31 issue of The St. Ignace News. Diane Sprengel did not win the Lilac Poster contest, it was Kevin Barton of Harbor Springs. Posters may be purchased at the Island Bookstore or at the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. Congratulations to Kevin on winning the contest.

We send best wishes to Gloria St. Onge Borland, who has not been feeling her best. Special greetings from Island friends.

Best wishes to Ruby Bloswick of St. Ignace, who will celebrate her 92nd birthday April 14. Enjoy your day. Please remember her with a card at the following address: 55 E. Spring Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781.

Tim Horn, Dominic Redman, and Ken Hardy, Jr. had a wonderful time visiting Dr. Norm Schultz in Key Largo, Florida. The fishing was great and so was the sunshine.

Joe Porcaro, father of Jay Porcaro of Weber’s Floral, has not been feeling his best. He would love to hear from his many Mackinac friends at the following address: 1137 Marquette Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Joe is the man who has always watered the hanging baskets.

Happy anniversary to Chief Jim and Nancy Marks April 12. Have a wonderful day.

Monday, March 28, at game night, 14 people helped Ed Pfeiffelman celebrate his 76th birthday. Delicious birthday cake and cupcakes were enjoyed by all.

Dale Roe, Harrison Myers, and Larry Rickley, Sr. will celebrate their birthdays April 9. Enjoy your day.

Laura Eisler and her daughter, Lake Sweet, along with other family members, enjoyed spring break in South Carolina.

We send greetings to Patty Pendergast, who is recovering from hip replacement surgery. Island friends wish her a speedy recovery.

Trish Martin and Candi Dunnigan left Thursday, March 31, to visit Claire Dunnigan at Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts.

Happy birthday to Smi Horn April 15 and to his wife, Mickey, April 18. Happy anniversary to Smi and Mickey April 17. Enjoy your celebrations.

Paul, Mandy, and Paul Martin Wandrie spent spring break visiting family and friends in the Detroit area.

It truly is a small world. Marion Bunker and Jay Davis visited Jay’s family in Illinois. They went into Chicago on the train, which thrilled Vincent and Nicholas, to visit a museum. In the museum, who did they meet, but Jim, Sandy, and Amelia Roe. Everyone had a great time visiting the windy city.

We wish a very happy birthday to Caroline LaPine April 10. Have a wonderful day.

Anne St. Onge left Mackinac Wednesday, March 30, to spend a week with her father and other family members in the Detroit area.

Ron Dufina joined Dave Sanderson and other friends Wednesday, March 30, for a weekend of golf at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Happy birthday to Tom Bunker and Cynthia Cawthorne April 11 and Mike Carley April 13. Enjoy your day.

Mary and Wes Maurer, in East Lansing interviewing reporters for the Town Crier last week, were happy to run into Jill Sawatzki at a store.

The Class of 2011 is raffling two paintings, one of a seagull with the Mackinac Bridge in the background, painted by Maggie Chambers, a member of the Class of 2011, and the other, a view from Fort Mackinac looking down on the harbor, portrayed in a 1909 postcard, painted by Becky Gallagher Green. Tickets are available from members of the senior class for $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will be Wednesday, April 13, at 4 p.m. For more information, call the Mackinac Island Public School at (906) 847-3376.

Happy birthday to Ron Dufina April 17 and Duane Drost and James Dunnigan April 18. Enjoy your day.

Linda Hepker and her family enjoyed visiting Chicago over spring break.

Bill Porter will celebrate his birthday April 14. Have a great day.

Steve and Patti Ann Moskwa returned to Mackinac Saturday, April 2, after vacationing in Mexico. Horn’s Gaslight Bar will open Wednesday, April 20.

Happy birthday to two sisters, Dot Gillespie and Sue Chambers, April 16. Have a great day.

Richard and Pat Cebelak of Grand Rapids spent Sunday, April 3, on Mackinac. Patt brought two boxes of gifts for the Christmas Bazaar. She will be returning to work on Mackinac in May.

We have an update on the freighter Kaye Baker, which was damaged on Lake Superior in the ice. She left the Fraser Shipyard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Thursday, March 31, and headed to Duluth, Minnesota, for a load of ore. There is still a lot of floating heavy ice.

Richard LaPine, Camille Bobinsky, Ellie Chambers, and John Chambers of St. Ignace will celebrate their birthdays April 20. Enjoy your day.

We give a warm welcome back to Mary Marquis at the Mackinac Island Police Department, and to Chris McCready and Tony Frazier at Arnold Transit Company.

The schedule for Holy Week at Ste. Anne’s Church is as follows: Holy Thursday Mass, Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and Adoration until 11 p.m.;

Good Friday Mass, Friday, April 22, at noon, and Easter Sunday Mass, Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. All the children are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt in the Tea Garden at Grand Hotel, or in case of rain, in the hotel.

Pete and Marta Olson spent a few days at their home in the Mission on Mackinac.

Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, a frequent visitor to Mackinac Island, retired March 1 after 42 years as an executive with AT&T. She and her husband, Bill, have made many friends on the Island, and we look forward to seeing them on Mackinac in mid-May.

Donnie Francis has been very ill at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida. He was in the hospital but was able to return home for two days, but Monday, April 4, Donnie had to return to the hospital. He would enjoy receiving cards from his friends on Mackinac at the following address: 5601 Duncan Road, #58, Punta Gorda, FL 33982.

We give a warm welcome to Stanley Green, who has returned to his Island home after spending the winter in Arizona.

Happy spring!

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