2011-05-21 / Columnists



It was a busy weekend, with lots of people enjoying the spring flowers, which popped up overnight with the warmer weather. The hillside at Mission Point Resort is covered with daffodils and is just beautiful. The grove by the pool at Grand Hotel and the Little Jewel Golf Course is filled with daffodils, narcissius, purple violets, and other spring flowers. Mackinac truly has blossomed in the last two weeks. The woods are filled with trilliums and other wildflowers. Soon the lady’s-slippers will be blooming. The lawns are like green velvet from the rain and cool nights. The tulips in front of Grand Hotel are growing every day and will burst into bloom in about a week. They are always a gorgeous sight. Monday, May 16, was a beautiful day and evening. The sunset, with reds and golds shimmering on the Straits of Mackinac, was magnificent as the sun descended behind the Mackinac Bridge. To the east, a full moon was rising, shining down on the Round Island Passage. It was truly a breathtaking sight.

New Mackinac Island City Council member Anneke Myers (left) takes the oath of office administered by Clerk Karen Lennard Friday, May 13. Mrs. Myers is the first woman to sit on the council in six years. The last woman to hold a council seat was Ellen Putnam, who chose not to run for reelection in 2005, after serving 12 years. Mrs. Myers took her seat on the council Wednesday, May 18. New Mackinac Island City Council member Anneke Myers (left) takes the oath of office administered by Clerk Karen Lennard Friday, May 13. Mrs. Myers is the first woman to sit on the council in six years. The last woman to hold a council seat was Ellen Putnam, who chose not to run for reelection in 2005, after serving 12 years. Mrs. Myers took her seat on the council Wednesday, May 18. Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m., family and friends gathered at Ste. Anne’s Church for a funeral Mass, with Father Jim Williams officiating, honoring the late Bessie Honora Chambers. Bessie was the daughter of the late John and Bessie Chambers and she was born December 9, 1919, in Fargo, North Dakota. She died December 24, 2010, at the home of her nephew and his wife, Barton and Susan Chambers, in Pensacola, Florida. Bessie was my first cousin and she spent a lot of time in her early years enjoying the freedom and beauty of Mackinac. She entered religious life in 1941 and spent many years teaching in Chicago. In 1979 she re-entered civilian life and taught for several years at Cambridge University in Boston, Massachusetts. With the spring flowers blooming, Bessie was laid to rest near her parents in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery. Her family traveled from Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Chicago, and Missouri to attend the service.

We extend deepest sympathy to Rose Visnaw Miftaraj and family on the recent death of her son, William “Will” Visnaw. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island with Father Jim Williams officiating. Burial followed at Ste. Anne’s Cemetery.

Candi Dunnigan of Grass Lake brought her daughter, Claire, to Mackinac Saturday, May 14. Claire is a student at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. James Dunnigan will return to the Island Memorial Day weekend after spending two months studying in Greece.

Jean and Nancy Chambers LaBorde of Crivitz, Wisconsin, attended the memorial service for Bessie Chambers Sunday, May 15.

Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room, a bridal shower honoring Pollyanna Smith was given by Donna Pietrantonio and Karen Lennard. Everyone enjoyed a delicious luncheon, with lots of laughter and fun games. Pollyanna received many lovely gifts. She and Dominic Redman will be married Saturday, October 8, at Ste. Anne’s Church.

Happy birthday May 23 to Kay Hoppenrath, clinic coordinator at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Enjoy your day. A group of ladies gathered at the Yankee Rebel Tuesday, May 17, to honor Kay for reaching a milestone birthday. She wore a fancy hat and was presented with flowers.

Keith and Sheila Leverton have returned to Mackinac for another season. They are both employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Happy birthday to Keith May 29.

Mark your calendar for the student play, “Dear Edwina,” which will be performed at the 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. It should be very entertaining.

Happy birthday to Carrie Kaminen May 24. I’m sure that Jack and Anna will help you blow your candles out.

George and Judith Goodman are comfortably settled in their lovely condominium at the Mission. They spent the winter in Arizona.

Jody, Clara, and Emma Chambers attended a wedding in Ann Arbor last weekend.

Happy birthday to Andy Dziobak May 21. I’m sure Brooke will help you blow your candles out.

The Chippewa Hotel, Windermere Hotel, Pink Pony, Metivier Inn, and Hart’s Haven are all open for the 2011 season.

The Win-Some Women held their annual spring retreat at Grand Hotel Tuesday, May 17, through Thursday, May 19.

Happy birthday to Meg Brown May 22.

Wally Peck of Manistique has arrived back on Mackinac for the summer season. Wally is employed at the Chippewa Hotel.

Congratulations to Tony Brodeur and Jason Klonowski, new owners of Patrick Sinclair’s Irish Pub. It opened for business Sunday, May 15.

Reverend Vince and Molly Carroll returned to Mackinac Saturday, May 14, from their winter home in Sarasota, Florida. Rev. Carroll is the minister at Little Stone Church. The first service of the season will be Sunday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m.

We wish Camille Falcone a very happy 98th birthday May 27. She is the mother of Camille Bobinsky. Have a wonderful day.

In the travel section of the May 8 edition of the Grand Rapids Press, there was a great article written by Mary Quinley. It showed wonderful colored photographs of Mackinac and a very nice write-up about the Island. It was great publicity.

Joe Maciejewski will celebrate his birthday May 24. Enjoy your day. Joe is a patient at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, so please remember him with a card.

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

Bob and Bev Benjamin have returned to Mackinac after spending the winter in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It is so nice to have another light on in the neighborhood.

Over the weekend at Grand Hotel, 479 people enjoyed the last dinner on the Titanic. It was an 11-course meal and all the folks were dressed in period costume for the event. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful time.

It’s great to see Alice Bennett and Karin Huisman back at the LaGalerie gift shop.

Ted and Brenda Horton arrived on Mackinac Monday, May 16, from their winter home in Georgia. It’s nice to see you back on the Island.

Happy birthday to Kim Kolatski and Eileen McIntyre Hruska May 26, Brian Horn May 27, and Kaylee Rose Cowell May 28. Have a great day.

Carol Rearick spent several days on the Island. She attended the Mackinac Island Community Foundation meeting Saturday, May 14.

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

This weekend, Mackinac Island will host the riders of the Zoo-de-Mackinac. Let us hope they will have good weather.

The Carriage House Restaurant at the Iroquois Hotel opened Thursday, May 19, for the season.

Trooper Mike Peterson and his family from Monroe have arrived on Mackinac for the summer. Mike is starting his second tour of police duty on the Island.

Tom and Kathy Lewand enjoyed last weekend at their lovely cottage on the East Bluff. Kathy attended the Mackinac Island Community Foundation meeting Saturday, May 14, and in the evening hosted a potluck dinner at her home for the board members.

We enjoyed a delightful dinner at Debra and Sandra Orr’s new home Thursday evening, May 12. The sisters have wonderful memories of their parents, Dr. Rex and Betty Orr, that they are incorporating into the decor of their home.

Many students are home for the summer, including Robert Chambers, Darcy Brodeur- Bunker, Jason and Roxanne Pettit, Thomas Rilenge, Arial Leeper, Danielle Wightman, Kyle Sweet, Tyler and Jane Finkel, Tymon Horn, Woody Beardsley, and Shelbie Mosley. Enjoy your time off from school.

Randy and Michelle Stuck enjoyed last weekend at their lovely cottage on the West Bluff.

Bill and Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, were guests of the Windermere Hotel for several days. Happy anniversary to Bill and Ann May 19.

Glen Young and his daughter, Laura, of Petoskey entertained the student council of Petoskey High School at an overnight stay at their Mackinac home. They enjoyed a carriage ride, a tour of Fort Mackinac, Grand Hotel, and other interesting sights. A great time was enjoyed by all.

Happy birthday May 20 to Jerry Crawford and his little sister, Madeline, May 24. Enjoy your day.

Gary and Anna Mary Cusack and the Jack Koboski family enjoyed the weekend at their home on Lakeshore Drive on Mackinac.

The Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299 will have a Memorial Day service Monday, May 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in the city park. After the service, stop by the Veterans Rooms at the Stuart House Museum on Market Street. They are very interesting and very well done. Post 299 is still looking for more photographs and memorabilia of Mackinac veterans.

Happy birthday to Jim Pettit May 27. Enjoy your day.

It’s great to see the kites, in an array of colors, flying off Windermere Point once again. It’s fascinating to watch them dance in the sky.

The Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299 has several programs planned for the summer season. The schedule for headstone cleaning is May 30, June 26, July 31, and August 28. Please meet at the Ste. Anne’s Cemetery outbuilding at 4 p.m. if you would like to help. This is a great project. They are collecting Tabs for Tots, tabs from soda pop and beer cans. This will help purchase medical equipment for children. The veterans collect old cell phones, along with printer and laser jet cartridges. These are sold, and all proceeds are placed in a scholarship fund. American flags that are old and tattered are accepted by the veterans to be destroyed properly. You may also purchase new American flags from the veterans. They are polyester and are available in two sizes. For more information, call Paul Wandrie at (906) 847-3516.

Enjoy the wonderful spring flowers!

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