2011-05-14 / Columnists

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud
847-6298

Grand Hotel officially opened Friday, May 6, for the season.

Mother’s Day weekend was absolutely beautiful, with bright sunshine and lots of people. People enjoyed coming to the Island for the famous Grand Hotel buffet, shopping, riding bicycles, or taking a ride in a surrey with the fringe on top. Saturday, May 7, was like a July day, with several weddings, proms, and many visitors taking advantage of the nice weather, sitting in Marquette Park on the grass, which is like green velvet. You could hear the sounds of cannons in the distance as Fort Mackinac opened for another season Thursday, May 5, and folks enjoyed lunch under the yellow umbrellas at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room, with its magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac. In the grove by the pool at Grand Hotel, spring flowers are blooming, including daffodils, purple violets, and many other varieties. At the end of the boardwalk, a crowd gathered to watch the sun descend behind the Mackinac Bridge. It was a breathtaking sight, with multicolored sunbeams dancing off the water and freighters passing through the Round Island Passage.


Mackinac Island 4-H Cloverbuds present a $185 donation of supplies to the Mackinac County Animal Shelter in St. Ignace Saturday, April 9. The funds were raised by the students from a can and bottle drive. Mackinac Island students pictured are (from left) Leon Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, and Ava Sehoyan, with shelter manager Ginger Valentine, and county animal control officer Lorie Thompson. Leon and Ava Sehoyan adopted a cat from the shelter, named Bella. (Photographs courtesy of Allison Sehoyan) Mackinac Island 4-H Cloverbuds present a $185 donation of supplies to the Mackinac County Animal Shelter in St. Ignace Saturday, April 9. The funds were raised by the students from a can and bottle drive. Mackinac Island students pictured are (from left) Leon Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, and Ava Sehoyan, with shelter manager Ginger Valentine, and county animal control officer Lorie Thompson. Leon and Ava Sehoyan adopted a cat from the shelter, named Bella. (Photographs courtesy of Allison Sehoyan) Lt. Commander Ken Thompson of the U.S. Navy and his wife, Lorianne, arrived Tuesday, May 3, to open their Lilac House for the 2011 season. Ken is stationed in Maryland and visits Mackinac frequently.

We wish Dr. Jennifer Shockley a very happy birthday May 15. Have a wonderful day. I’m sure Declan, Brendan, and Colin will help you blow your candles out.


Above: Maggie Chambers (not in order), Tyler Joseph, Paul Wandrie, Justin Acosta-Arellano, Collin Armstrong, and Hailey Armstrong were among those who helped make the evening magical when the Mackinac Island high school music class presented a delightful recital Wednesday, April 27, under the direction of teacher Heather May. Above: Maggie Chambers (not in order), Tyler Joseph, Paul Wandrie, Justin Acosta-Arellano, Collin Armstrong, and Hailey Armstrong were among those who helped make the evening magical when the Mackinac Island high school music class presented a delightful recital Wednesday, April 27, under the direction of teacher Heather May. It’s good to see Ada Mae Chambers back at the Shepler dock greeting the visitors.

Thursday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. during a meeting of the Mackinac Island Fire Department, Fire Chief Dennis Bradley officially retired after 34 years of service, 24 years as chief. In the change of command, Mike Bradley is the new fire chief; Jason St. Onge, assistant chief; Sam Barnwell, second assistant chief/administrator; Armin Porter, lieutenant; Larry Rickley, second lieutenant; Dan Wightman, captain; Ed McGreevy, engineer, and Ben Mosley, sergeant. We wish Dennis all the best on his retirement, and congratulate the new officers of the Mackinac Island Fire Department.


Mackinac Island 4-H Cloverbuds are students in first through third grade. Their service project this year raised funds to buy supplies for the Mackinac County Animal Shelter. The group meets every other week from January through April under the leadership of Allison Sehoyan and Lisa Dziobak. Students pictured are (front row, from left) Mabel Styburski, Wyatt Morse (hidden), Tristan Greenlee, Clara Chambers, Ava Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, Harrison Myers; (back) Alex Schockling, John Andress, Hannah Styburski, Dominic Morse (hidden), Makenna Horricks, Ella Cowell, Megan Horricks, and Leon Sehoyan. Mackinac Island 4-H Cloverbuds are students in first through third grade. Their service project this year raised funds to buy supplies for the Mackinac County Animal Shelter. The group meets every other week from January through April under the leadership of Allison Sehoyan and Lisa Dziobak. Students pictured are (front row, from left) Mabel Styburski, Wyatt Morse (hidden), Tristan Greenlee, Clara Chambers, Ava Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, Harrison Myers; (back) Alex Schockling, John Andress, Hannah Styburski, Dominic Morse (hidden), Makenna Horricks, Ella Cowell, Megan Horricks, and Leon Sehoyan. We give a warm welcome to veterinarian Dr. Al Sibinic, who has returned to Mackinac for another season.


Retiring Mackinac Island Fire Department Fire Chief Dennis Bradley (left) pins the badge on the Island’s new fire chief, his brother, Mike Bradley, Thursday, May 5. Mayor Margaret Doud will officially appoint Mike Bradley to the post this month. Retiring Mackinac Island Fire Department Fire Chief Dennis Bradley (left) pins the badge on the Island’s new fire chief, his brother, Mike Bradley, Thursday, May 5. Mayor Margaret Doud will officially appoint Mike Bradley to the post this month. Mark your calendar for a weekend of great entertainment. At Mission Point Theater, Saturday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m., and Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m., the play, “Dear Edwina,” will be performed by students in kindergarten through seventh grade, under the direction of Karen Allen. It should be a wonderful production. Come and support our students at the Mackinac Island Public School.

Happy birthday to little Lakelynn Bunker May 19. Enjoy your birthday.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for Leo Krzeminski Saturday, May 21, at noon at Ste. Anne’s Church, A luncheon will follow in the Community Hall.


About to get doused with buckets of water are the Mackinac Island Fire Department’s youngest incoming member, Josh Carley (left), and retiring Fire Chief Dennis Bradley. Manning the water buckets atop the truck are firefighters Jason St. Onge (left) and Sam Barnwell. Chief Bradley attended his last fire department meeting Thursday, May 5. (Photographs courtesy of Kelly Bean) About to get doused with buckets of water are the Mackinac Island Fire Department’s youngest incoming member, Josh Carley (left), and retiring Fire Chief Dennis Bradley. Manning the water buckets atop the truck are firefighters Jason St. Onge (left) and Sam Barnwell. Chief Bradley attended his last fire department meeting Thursday, May 5. (Photographs courtesy of Kelly Bean) Happy birthday to Dennis Bradley, Sr., Cub Horn, and Carrie Wellington May 12. Have a great day.

Robert and Annette Gillespie have returned to their Mackinac home after spending the winter in Arcadia, Florida.

The awards ceremony at the Mackinac Island Public School will be Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. Pam Finkel will host the students’ art exhibit at the school Wednesday at 5 p.m.

We wish Louie and Pat Leveille of St. Ignace a very happy anniversary May 18. Enjoy your day.

Happy belated birthday to Urvana Morse May 7. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus have returned to Mackinac from their home in Chicago. They are comfortably settled into their beautiful Pon- tiac Lookout cottage with its magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac.

Jill Sawatzki has returned to her position at the Island Bookstore after spending the winter in Lansing.

Happy birthday to Cindy Gough May 13. Enjoy your day.

Kay Hoppenrath spent several days visiting Jack and Juanita Welcher at their home in Rudyard. They enjoyed visiting Whitefish Point and other interesting sights.

Fritz George, golf pro at Wawashkamo Golf Course, has returned to Mackinac from his home in Florida.

Mimi Cunningham and Will Barnwell will celebrate their birthdays May 14. Have a great day.

The Vernon Haan family of Geneva, Wisconsin, are busy getting Haan’s 1830 Inn ready for the 2011 season. They’ve visited Mackinac for 37 years.

Happy birthday to Adam Fisher May 15 and Mellie Hagenbaugh, Franc Doud, and Jennifer Karhoff May 16. Have a wonderful day.

Dick Ruilson of Pelkie has returned to his position with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Dick is a familiar figure around town and we’re happy that he’s back on the Island.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge visited their son, Jason, last weekend. Jason has taken his mother to Grand Hotel’s Mother’s Day buffet for the last 22 years.

Happy birthday May 18 to our good friend, Don Olmstead of St. Ignace. Have a good day.

Happy birthday to Armin Porter May 17. Have a great day.

An article, with four of Nancy May’s photographs, about the yacht races was written by Marcia Dunnigan and Kathy Petersen and published in the San Francisco Chronicle April 29. Since then, more than 75 other papers have picked up the article. Congratulations to Marcia, Kathy, and Nancy. It is great publicity for Mackinac.

Stephanie and Anna McGreevy joined Andy on Mackinac for Mother’s Day weekend.

Jay and Janet Stingel spent several days at their lovely cottage. They will return to Mackinac in late May.

Glen Woulfe of Bradenton, Florida, arrived Saturday, May 7, to resume his dock porter position at the Windermere Hotel.

Phil and Val Porter have moved back to Mackinac from their home in Cheboygan. Phil is the director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Jane Young and Tom Benjamin enjoyed the weekend on Mackinac preparing the Benjamin of Mackinac shop for the 2011 season.

The Mackinac Island Police Department bicycle auction will be Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m. behind the Stuart House. There will be many good deals.

It’s good to see Mac and Brenda Armstrong back on Mackinac. They’ve returned from their home in Southampton, Ontario, and are employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

Betty BeDour is back at the Mackinac Island Medical Center after spending the winter in Harrison.

We send special greetings to our good friend, Marilyn Mc- Cready in Cheboygan. We hope to see you on Mackinac this summer.

Skip and Kay Beth Harrell and friends of Bloomington, Indiana, spent a few days preparing the Cable Cottage for the 2011 season.

Len Trankina is now a resident of Consulate Health Care in Jacksonville, Florida, and would enjoy hearing from old friends on Mackinac Island. He is the former director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and managed a number of hotels, including Mission Point Resort, Island House, Lilac Tree, and Stonecliffe. His address is Consulate Health Care, 4101 Southpoint Drive E, Jacksonville, FL 32216-0996. He can be reached by calling (904) 296-6800 and asking for room 601D.

Enjoy the beautiful spring flowers!

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