2011-12-10 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

May this wonderful time of the year

Bring joy and happiness to your heart!

Friday, December 2, in the cool, crisp evening with the moon shining down and the lighted wreaths sparkling in the darkness, folks gathered around the magnificent city Christmas tree donated by Rosie Charnes, in anticipation of the annual tree lighting. Children arrived from a hayride, and Trish Martin led the singing of Christmas carols. It was a wonderful gathering and soon the moment arrived when the name for the lucky little child would be drawn out of a Christmas stocking. As “O Christmas Tree” was being sung, little Kennedy Taylor, daughter of Josh Taylor and Crystal Weiger, was taken by the hand of Mayor Margaret Doud to flip the magic switch. Suddenly, the tree was illuminated. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was sung as folks left to attend the early bird sale at the firehall and Mackinac Island Public Library. Crowds had a great time finding special treasures, such as clothing, furniture, books, and toys, as they sipped hot chocolate and ate cookies. They were assisted by Santa’s elves, Kelly Bean and Beau Bielinski, Jackie and Doris Bradley, Carrie Kaminen, Lynda Hepker, Liz Burt, and Barb Humphrey. Mike Ruddle, Alena Butler, Dan Wightman, Mark Chambers, Emory Barnwell, Sam Barnwell, and Bruce LaPine all helped in making the city tree so beautiful.


Lynda Hepker (back), 4-H leader, with Alex Schockling (front, left) and Gabriel Hepker at the Carriage Tours barns selling Christmas trees. Lynda Hepker (back), 4-H leader, with Alex Schockling (front, left) and Gabriel Hepker at the Carriage Tours barns selling Christmas trees. Sunday, December 4, Mackinac received word about a tragic plane crash, which took the lives of East Bluff resident Tom Phillips and pilot Joe Pann, who worked for Great Lakes Air and had made many flights into Mackinac. Our hearts go out to the families and we extend deepest sympathy. At the Christmas Bazaar Sunday, December 4, Fr. Jim Williams asked for a moment of silence and offered a prayer. The Phillips family owns the former Terwilliger cottage on the East Bluff. Tom, who had a great love for Mackinac, was coming to the Island to get the cottage ready for the family, who planned to spend Christmas on Mackinac. He was going to be the reader for the Christmas service at Ste. Anne’s Church Christmas Eve. May both men rest in peace.


The king and queen of the Evergreen Living Center Christmas party are Larry LaPine and Catherine Anderman. Their crowns come with seasonal lapels and a round of applause from their fellow residents Friday, December 2. Mr. LaPine, now a resident of the center at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, is formerly a Mackinac Island resident. The king and queen of the Evergreen Living Center Christmas party are Larry LaPine and Catherine Anderman. Their crowns come with seasonal lapels and a round of applause from their fellow residents Friday, December 2. Mr. LaPine, now a resident of the center at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, is formerly a Mackinac Island resident. Tom Phillips loved Mackinac because he felt it was a very special community. When the emergency call came that a plane was missing Saturday evening, December 3, at 10 p.m., the Mackinac Island Police Department, Mackinac Island Fire Department, EMTs, Department of Public Works, Mackinac Island State Park, Kelly Bean, and volunteers searched the Island until noon Sunday, December 4, when the wreckage was found in St. Ignace. These dedicated people showed the true spirit of Mackinac.


Mackinac Island summer residents Alvin and Vickie Johnson, Tony and Loretta Spata, Phil and Valerie Porter, and Lisa and Pete Pellerito enjoy a great time on a trip to Scotland. Golf, hiking, and horseback riding were among the activities they enjoyed. (Photograph courtesy of Lisa Brock) Mackinac Island summer residents Alvin and Vickie Johnson, Tony and Loretta Spata, Phil and Valerie Porter, and Lisa and Pete Pellerito enjoy a great time on a trip to Scotland. Golf, hiking, and horseback riding were among the activities they enjoyed. (Photograph courtesy of Lisa Brock) We have more sad news to report. Saturday, December 3, Steve Vanderboegh and his wife, Bobbie, who own the former Ivey-Abitz home in Stonebrook, were traveling on I-75 near Gaylord. Steve stopped to help some motorists who had spun out on black ice. He was helping the lady and man into his car, when a tractor-trailer lost control, hitting


Four-year-old Madison Gamble is excited and just so tickled Santa is on Mackinac Island she can’t smile big enough. Two-year-old Steven Lohff, however, is not happy to see St. Nick. He inches his way closer and closer to his father, Bob Lohff, before the tears start to fall. Four-year-old Madison Gamble is excited and just so tickled Santa is on Mackinac Island she can’t smile big enough. Two-year-old Steven Lohff, however, is not happy to see St. Nick. He inches his way closer and closer to his father, Bob Lohff, before the tears start to fall. Steve and killing him instantly. His wife received a broken wrist and cuts. It was a very sad weekend on Mackinac. We extend deepest sympathy to the family.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Geoff Lynch, manager of the Goodfellows Restaurant, who died Monday, November 28. A memorial service will be held on Mackinac in the spring.

Even without snow, the lighted Christmas trees and wreaths invited folks into the historic Mackinac Island Community Hall last weekend. The feeling of Christmas was in the air as the doors opened for the annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3. Folks came from far and near. At 1 p.m. sirens could be heard in the distance as Santa arrived on the new ladder #2 truck. He came into the hall and wished everyone a Merry Christmas. Santa then went over to the firehall, where he heard the wishes of the little children, who were so excited. Santa told them all to be good and left for the North Pole, and he will return Christmas Eve. Leanne Brodeur assisted Santa.


Misty Martinchek of Alanson watches her son, Mason, who enjoys a bowl of ice cream from the popular sundae bar offered at the bazaar. The two are making their first visit to the bazaar and the nine-year-old said the ice cream is good. His plan is to skip lunch. Misty Martinchek of Alanson watches her son, Mason, who enjoys a bowl of ice cream from the popular sundae bar offered at the bazaar. The two are making their first visit to the bazaar and the nine-year-old said the ice cream is good. His plan is to skip lunch. In the community hall, raffle tickets for the Yamaha snowmobile, 50 gallons of gas, and many other items were available from Sylvia Perault, Patty Satterlee, Heather Chambers, and her sister, Leslie. On the silent auction table there were many items to bid on. Folks had fun competing. They were assisted by Betty BeDour, Marie Steensma, Carol Rearick, Lauren Walsh and her husband, Vick Radake, and Margaret Horn. Delicious chocolate malts and sundaes with assorted toppings were available from Rev. Ken and Lori Straight, Lance Greenlee, and Deb Styburski at the sundae booth. The bake sale table was filled with goodies ranging from Caroline LaPine’s pumpkin pie, to Mary Christine Andress’s banana bread. There were many mouthwatering treats. Kathi Wightman, Janis Early, Cordie Puttkammer, and Kathy Wightman from St. Ignace helped many customers. At the white elephant table, gifts ranged from jewelry, Mackinac shirts, and Christmas decorations to glassware. Shoppers were assisted by Jackie Bradley, Patty LaPine, Gwen O’Neil, and Nancy Marks. The plant and handmade booth was filled with fresh Christmas arrangements made by Nancy May, handpainted ornaments and balsam pillows by Trish Martin, fresh wreaths and garland, and handmade knitted items. Trish Martin, Sue Sisson, Joan Slater, and Ginnie Smoot helped the many customers. The live auction was great with spirited bidding. Mellie Hagenbaugh, Kay Hoppenrath, Jim Marks, and Cordie Puttkammen assisted our famous auctioneer Mike Carley, who does a terrific job selling all the items. Santa’s elves helping Mike were Bruce LaPine and Buck Sharrow.


Ten-month-old Kylee Meehan of Dafter found a new way to enjoy the Christmas Bazaar, napping on the table. Her ability to sleep through the noise was appreciated by those who stopped by to talk with the infant’s parents, Melissa Bunker and Joe Meehan. Kylee’s mother is a former Mackinac Island resident. Ten-month-old Kylee Meehan of Dafter found a new way to enjoy the Christmas Bazaar, napping on the table. Her ability to sleep through the noise was appreciated by those who stopped by to talk with the infant’s parents, Melissa Bunker and Joe Meehan. Kylee’s mother is a former Mackinac Island resident. 
Ready to answer questions or offer advice on items on the silent auction table are volunteers Marie Steensma (from left), Betty BeDour, and Carol Rearick. Ready to answer questions or offer advice on items on the silent auction table are volunteers Marie Steensma (from left), Betty BeDour, and Carol Rearick. The smells from the kitchen permeated the hall as folks enjoyed Deb’s famous nachos, pasties, a complete prime rib dinner, Lori Myers’ desserts, and a delightful salad bar. Helping in the kitchen were Deb Carley, Irene Rickley, Mona Carley, Shane Moore, Dan Seeley, Brenda Bunker, Sue Chambers, Lannie Castagne, Lisa Laitinen, and Mike Carley’s sister, Deb Carroll, from Sault Ste. Marie. Dishwashers were Glenn St. Onge, Ben Horn, Ed Chambers, Paul Wandrie, Robin Dorman, Ron O’Neil, Jim Wynn, Clark Bloswick, Fr. Jim Williams, and Mike Carley.


Preparing food for hungry Christmas Bazaar attendees are (from left) Dan Seeley, Brenda Bunker, Deb Carley, and Mona Carley. Preparing food for hungry Christmas Bazaar attendees are (from left) Dan Seeley, Brenda Bunker, Deb Carley, and Mona Carley. At 3 p.m. Monday, December 5, the big moment arrived for the drawing of the raffles. One thrilled young man was Leo Horn, son of Tim and Margaret Horn, who won the snowmobile. His aunt, Candy Smith, bought him the winning ticket. The winners were as follows: Dominic Redman: lighted Snoopy; Dominic Redman: Frosty; Joan Slater: chocolates; Margaret Doud: balsam stocking; Angie Bunker: bushel of groceries; Jacob Chambers: 50 gallons of gas; Caroline LaPine: 50/50; Bob Gale: $1,000; Marlee Musser: $500; Jim Smith: $500; Barb and Brian Hellis: $500; Mike Straus: $500; Ron Cowell: $500; Mike Hart: $100, and Leo Horn: Yamaha snowmobile.


With the summer season over and winter about to set in, residents say the Christmas Bazaar is a good place to greet friends like John Hulett, managing director of Grand Hotel, and Vic Callewaert, owner of several businesses, including Island House With the summer season over and winter about to set in, residents say the Christmas Bazaar is a good place to greet friends like John Hulett, managing director of Grand Hotel, and Vic Callewaert, owner of several businesses, including Island House The spirit of Christmas was shown as people joined together to make the Christmas Bazaar so successful. Everyone who attended, worked, and donated is appreciated, and especially our neighbors in the Straits area for their contributions. More than $48,000 was brought in and the community cooperation was great. Gwen Bagbey set up and decorated the hall. Helping during the event were Chief Mike Bradley and all the firemen, Chief Jim Marks and the Mackinac Island Police Department, Bruce Zimmerman and all employees of the Department of Public Works, Dennis Dombroski, Grand Hotel and Island House Hotel which offered the use of extra tables, Doud’s Market, and all city employees.


Tucked snugly into Santa’s arms at the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3, are tiny one-monthold bundles of joy. The little girls were born just two days apart. Pictured are (from left) Julie Fisher of Mackinac Island with her daughter, Jenavieve, and Nicole Bowes of St. Ignace with her daughter, Quinn. Tucked snugly into Santa’s arms at the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3, are tiny one-monthold bundles of joy. The little girls were born just two days apart. Pictured are (from left) Julie Fisher of Mackinac Island with her daughter, Jenavieve, and Nicole Bowes of St. Ignace with her daughter, Quinn. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air!


Peggy and Dennis O’Keefe of LaSalle, Illinois, drove up for the Christmas Bazaar. Peggy and Dennis O’Keefe of LaSalle, Illinois, drove up for the Christmas Bazaar. John Hulett of Grand Hotel had a wonderful time Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4, bidding on the live auction. He left Mackinac Monday, December 5, loaded down with goodies. John always enjoys the Christmas Bazaar.

As the weather gets colder, please remember our feathered friends with lots of treats. They are wonderful to watch during the long, cold winter.

There is nothing so beautiful as a child’s dream of Santa Claus.

So many Detroit Red Wings fans on the Island will be interested to know we have a Mackinac connection. Steve Harper and his wife from Detroit are frequent visitors every summer. They’ve rented the Wallon cottage at Fort Mackinac, the Allen cottage on the East Bluff, and always stay at Grand Hotel for jazz weekend. Their grandson, Chris Connor, is now playing for the Red Wings. Chris has visited Mackinac many times, and even went with his grandparents to the Lions Club Tuesday night bingo. It is indeed a small world. Good luck to Chris and to the Red Wings.


Auctioneer Mike Carley. Auctioneer Mike Carley. For all of our boat watchers, some interesting news. The Coast Guard cutter Alder arrived in Chicago Saturday, December 3, with a load of Christmas trees after departing Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday, November 29. The traditional Christmas ship brought more than 700 trees from northern Michigan to be distributed to deserving families in the Chicago area. The Mackinaw, which normally handles Christmas ship duties, is en route to a Wisconsin shipyard for repairs on a leaking bow-thruster.


“I love Mackinac,” said Joanne Kope of Euclid, Ohio, who has her eye on a geranium patterned pillow offered by resident Nancy Marks. “I love Mackinac,” said Joanne Kope of Euclid, Ohio, who has her eye on a geranium patterned pillow offered by resident Nancy Marks. May your gift this Christmas be found in those you love!

Congratulations to Grand Hotel and the Musser family on the opening of Cawthorne’s Village Inn Thursday, December 1. The new dĂ©cor is pleasing and the restaurant is very nicely decorated for the holiday season. There was a nice crowd enjoying the new menu opening night. It was great to see Ken Haywood and his wife, Dan and Marlee Musser, John Hulett, and Marie Steensma enjoying the festivities.

It’s a busy winter with construction projects on Mackinac. There is the new Mackinac Island Carriage Tours stable, a new home at the Mission, and the project at the McNally lot.


Mayor Margaret Doud welcomes Santa to the Island and the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3. Santa’s next stop is the Fire Hall, where he will greet a waiting line of children ready to give them their Christmas lists. Mayor Margaret Doud welcomes Santa to the Island and the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3. Santa’s next stop is the Fire Hall, where he will greet a waiting line of children ready to give them their Christmas lists. There will always be a Christmas

Wherever our path may lead,

As long as hearts reach out

To help someone in need.

The Mackinac Island Bible Church held its annual Christmas Tea Tuesday, December 6, in Johnson Hall at Mission Point Resort. Delicious food and beautiful Christmas music was enjoyed by all.

Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus have just returned from a six-week cruise of Asia, getting on a cruise ship in Hong Kong, and getting off in California. They will return to Mackinac right after Christmas.


Carol Schuon (left) of Tecumseh visits Mackinac Island four times a year, but this is her first visit to the bazaar and tree lighting ceremonies. She is enjoying the entire experience, she said, even if the weather is rain and not snow. She purchases fresh baked goods from resident Kathi Wightman. Carol Schuon (left) of Tecumseh visits Mackinac Island four times a year, but this is her first visit to the bazaar and tree lighting ceremonies. She is enjoying the entire experience, she said, even if the weather is rain and not snow. She purchases fresh baked goods from resident Kathi Wightman. The annual Christmas play at the Mackinac Island Public School will be Wednesday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment and talent.

Happy birthday to Jeannie Mc- Greevy, Jennifer Wightman, and Brevin St. Onge December 12, Nancy Pfeiffelman December 13, and Rick Linn and Kennedy Lynn Taylor December 14. Hope you all have a great day.

At this special time of the year, when we go into First National Bank, we always think about our dear friend, the late Jack Ryerse, who loved Christmas. He would wave his magic wand and the bank would become a Christmas fairyland. We will always remember him arriving each morning with his Santa hat on. Great memories.


Auction spotters Bruce LaPine (foreground) and Buck Sharrow with an Apple iPad that sold for more than $500 Sunday. Auction spotters Bruce LaPine (foreground) and Buck Sharrow with an Apple iPad that sold for more than $500 Sunday. Oh, let them ring those Christmas bells

Let every mortal heart rejoice.

Friends may remember Fr. Rey Garcia with Christmas greetings at the following address: Manresa Jesuit Community, 1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield, MI 48304. He just returned from a wonderful trip to Rome, Assisi, and other religious sights. We wish Fr. Rey a very happy birthday December 10.

Margaret McIntire, Marti McIntire, and Cindy Schaud spent a week in New York enjoying the Christmas sights.

We send special greetings to Jackie Bolander, who continues to recuperate from recent knee replacement surgery at her home in Sault Ste. Marie. Island friends send best wishes.


Christmas Bazaar accountants (from left) Cordie Puttkammer, Mellie Hagenbaugh, and Kay Hoppenrath, with Margaret Doud seated with the dog rug, at the auction Sunday. Christmas Bazaar accountants (from left) Cordie Puttkammer, Mellie Hagenbaugh, and Kay Hoppenrath, with Margaret Doud seated with the dog rug, at the auction Sunday. Happy birthday to Richard Bolander December 27. Have a great day.

Especially on Christmas week, temptation is so great to peek.

We wish Andrew and Nicole Doud a happy first wedding anniversary December 18. Have a wonderful day.

The National Dog Show was televised from Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24. They spoke about the Mussers’ dog, “Sadie,” who won the Westminister Dog Show. They commented that Sadie has retired and speculated that her puppies might be running around Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

We send best wishes to Chad Belonga of St. Ignace, who received a new kidney Friday, December 2, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. We miss seeing you on Mackinac. The latest report is that Chad and his wife, Sam, are doing very well. Sam is home from the hospital, and Chad should be home Thursday, December 8. Good luck from Island friends.

December is a sparkling, tinseled month that’s full of joy and cheer.

Happy belated birthday to Larry Berke December 4.

John and Beth Chambers have a new addition to their family, a darling basset hound named Helen. She and their other dog, Daisy, get along just fine.

Tim and Sherry Plutchak of Stephenson enjoyed the weekend at their beautiful home at Forest Ridge. They had fun at the Christmas Bazaar.

In the joy of giving, Christmas in the air

Faith and hope and love are living!

People seen enjoying the Christmas Bazaar from St. Ignace were Tom North, Angie Bunker, Jane Simmons, Jen Glashaw, Dave and Pat Ramsay, Rob Winkelman, Wes and Mary Maurer, Karen Gould, Patty Satterlee, Mary Wojcik, Roger Horn, Bob Andress, Rob and Kathy Jerstrom, Rosemary Kompsi, Jerry and Reinette Murray, Susan Massaway, and Dave Latva.

It’s been reported that about two dozen cruise ships are expected to ply the Great Lakes in 2012. That is great news for Mackinac.

Richard and Pat Cebelak of Grand Rapids had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar. It was great to see you on Mackinac.

Sing a song of Christmas

Of mistletoe and pine!

It was great to see Carol Rearick on Mackinac. Carol attended the Mackinac Island Community Foundation meeting, and helped in the silent auction booth at the Christmas Bazaar.

Randy and Michelle Stuck spent the weekend on Mackinac. Randy attended the Mackinac Island Community Foundation meeting, and Michelle had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar.

Scott Parel, son of Jack Parel and Paige Parel of Augusta, Georgia, played in the Qualification School at the Jack Nichols Golf Course at Sherwood Oakes in California. It was televised on the Golf Channel Sunday, December 4, Monday, December 5, and Tuesday, December 6, and he played 108 holes in two days. Scott has played in two U.S. Opens. His uncle, Larry Parel, is very proud of him. Scott won $25,000 in the tournament.

Sing a song of Christmas

Of happiness and peace!

Chuck and Marsha Kleber entertained their friends, Bob and Gloria Tweady, over the weekend. They had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar.

Please remember Karen Mc- Cabe with Christmas greetings at the following address: Independence Village, Room 308, 965 Hager Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770. She would love to hear from her many friends on Mackinac.

Joe Stakoe had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar.

Sid DeHaan and his wife enjoyed the weekend on Mackinac attending the Christmas Bazaar. Sid works for the City of Mackinac in maintenance in the summer.

Jason St. Onge, Tom Chambers, Paul BeDour, and Mary McGuire, in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Band, entertained folks Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, at the Mustang Lounge. A great time was enjoyed by all.

Happy birthday to Mandy Wandrie and Herbie St. Onge December 15, Jane Finkel December 16, and Lydia Porter December 17. Enjoy your day.

There will be a Christmas concert

Sunday, December 18, at 7 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church. Local talent will spread the holiday spirit. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

We send special Christmas greetings to Dick Ruilson in Pelkie, and Mac and Brenda Armstrong in Ontario. We look forward to seeing you in the spring.

We wish a very happy first birthday to little Shadyn Rickley December 20. Have a wonderful day.

John and Rogene Huibregtse of Oostberg, Wisconsin, had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar. Rogene always sends beautiful items for the handmade booth.

Happy anniversary to Jack and Karen Barnwell December 19. Have a wonderful day.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge visited their son, Jason, over the weekend and attended the bazaar festivities. Glenn was a great help as a dishwasher.

There is no season as dear as Christmas!

We wish a very happy birthday to Sara Chambers December 20, her mother, Ada Mae Chambers, December 21, and father, Bud Chambers, December 27. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Ann and Jacqulyn Taylor of Delta, Ohio, were guests of Cottage Inn over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Bazaar.

We wish a very happy birthday to Lance Greenlee December 20 and Dee Czapek and Judy Bynoe December 22. Hope you all have a great day.

Albert “Buck” and Alice Sharrow of Charlevoix always enjoy attending the Christmas Bazaar. They come bearing items for the auction, and Buck is a great help during the live auction.

Dennis and Peggy O’Keefe, guests of the Windermere Hotel, traveled from their home in LaSalle, Illinois, to attend the Christmas Bazaar. They were guests at Bogan Lane Inn.

Happy birthday to Andrew McGreevy, Jason St. Onge, and Tim Leeper December 24, Hannah Chambers and Jerry Horn December 25, and Anthony Rickley December 26. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Congratulations to Emma Chambers, who will be graduated from from Ferris State University Sunday, December 18. Emma will receive a degree in elementary education.

Tucker Bunker traveled from his home in Georgia and joined Larry Rickley, Sr. and Larry Rickley, Jr. at their hunting camp on Bois Blanc. He was lucky, and shot a 7-point buck.

Happy seventh birthday to Declan Shockley December 8. Hope you had a great day. Declan is the son of Dr. Jennifer and Mike Shockley.

The Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299 will have a Christmas party for all the children Sunday, December 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Community Hall. Santa will make a visit with surprises for everyone. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Best wishes to Larry and Irene Rickley, who will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary December 16. Have a wonderful day.

Trish Martin received word that Bill Terwilliger, former East Bluff cottager, is in failing health. He would appreciate hearing from his many Mackinac friends at the following address: 187 River Road, Columbus, NC 28722.

Happy birthday to Lornie Porter December 27. She will be surrounded by her family for a special celebration.

We send special Christmas greetings to Larry and Gary LaPine at the Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace.

Dale Peterson and his wife had a great time enjoying the festivities at the Christmas Bazaar.

Bonnie Foltz was the houseguest of Paula Starkweather over the Christmas Bazaar weekend.

Two very special couples will celebrate their wedding anniversaries December 28, Dennis and Jackie Bradley and Captain Paul and Betsy Allers. Have a wonderful day.

Peter Marabell and Fran Barger attended the Christmas Bazaar. It was great to see them back on Mackinac.

Melissa Bunker and Joe Meehan with little daughter, Kylee, and Joe’s mother, Suesan, had a great time enjoying all the festivities at the Christmas Bazaar, and celebrating Joe’s birthday December 3. Joe sails on the Wilfred Sykes during the shipping season.

Christmas time is green and red, candy canes and gingerbread.

Dominic and Polly Redman entertained Dominic’s parents, Karla and Dave Redman, and his grandmother, Carole Palumbo, over the Christmas Bazaar weekend. They enjoyed meeting friends and participating in all the festivities.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation had a meeting Friday, December 2, at 1 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Two of my favorite people, Mike and Deb Carley, will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary December 31. Hope your day is special.

Ron and Gwen O’Neil of Naples, Florida, traveled to Mackinac and they were a great help at the Christmas Bazaar. Ron is Patty LaPine’s brother, who lived on the Island for several years.

Frequent Mackinac Island visitors and Grand Hotel guests Bill and Cam Liebold of Farmington

Hills have named their new dog Mackinac as “a tribute to our favorite place in the world.” Mackinac, a rescue dog, is a black and tan, 14-pound Shih Tzu and poodle mix.

Ron Cowell of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and his family visited his mother, Peggy Cowell, over the weekend. They had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar. Peggy will join Ron and his family in Green Bay for the Christmas holiday.

Kathy and Jim Smith of Cheboygan left Mackinac Monday, December 5, after having fun at the Christmas Bazaar.

Skip and Cindi Kutsop of Mountainside, New Jersey, spent the weekend at their condominium in the Mission and enjoyed attending the Christmas Bazaar.

Happy birthday to Jim Chambers, Sr., Mary Patay, and little Dakota Horn December 29. Hope you all have a great day.

Danielle Wightman and a friend, Kevin Leach, enjoyed the weekend on Mackinac. They had fun at the Christmas Bazaar.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa’s on his way!

Vic Callewaert had a great time visiting with friends at the Christmas Bazaar.

Dennis and Cynthia Cawthorne were like Santa’s elves when they left the Christmas Bazaar with many treasures.

Anna Mary and Gary Cusack of Petoskey spent several days at their home on Lakeshore Drive and attended the Christmas Bazaar festivities.

Happy birthday to Dr. Carol Erickson December 31. Have a wonderful day.

Rev. Guy Thoren, former pastor at Ste. Anne’s Church, is very ill in Florida. He would love to hear from his many friends on Mackinac at the following address: 7100 Ulmerton Road, #388, Largo, FL 33771.

Students who will be home for the holidays are Arial Leeper, Danielle Wightman, and Kyle Sweet from Michigan State University, Fuller Cowell from Ferris State University, Robert Chambers from Northern Michigan University, Jane Finkel and Tymon Horn from Albion College, Maggie Chambers from Alma College, Woody Beardsley from Michigan Technological University, Shelbie Mosley from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, and Morgan Brodeur- Bunker, Marie Bunker, and Eric Cowell from Central Michigan. Hope you all enjoy your vacation.

There is nothing quite like Christmas to set your heart aglow!

Matt and Anneke Myers and Jack and Karen Barnwell are visiting Carl and Mary Doolen in Chicago for several days.

At this special time of the year, let us remember all the men and women who are serving in the military. Please pray for their safe return to their families.

This year we don’t have any snow, so we will take a carriage ride to experience Christmas on Mackinac. As we travel down Main Street, with the wreaths hanging from the lampposts, tied with bright red bows, we see the beautiful manger scene at the head of the Arnold dock. Looking down on the main pier, the buildings are outlined with Christmas lights, the Huron has a decorated Christmas tree on its bow, and at the end of the dock, the Christmas star shines brightly, guiding the ships as they pass by. The Chippewa Hotel, Doud’s Market, Horn’s Bar, Yankee Rebel, Mustang Lounge, Murdick’s Fudge, Joann’s Fudge, Lilac Tree Hotel, Main Street Inn, Cawthorne’s Village Inn, Iroquois Hotel, and the Windermere Hotel are all bedecked for the season. Trotting around the shore, it can be seen that Margaret McIntire’s home, Ron and Mary Dufina’s home, and the Bynoe home are showing the holiday spirit. Turning up Market Street, Chambers corner is a Christmas wonderland with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, lighted garland, and decorations, where Dr. Al Sibinic has his office in the summer. Lights glow from the home of Jeff Shaffer and Dwight LaPine, a lighted tree at the Mackinac Island Medical Center, Metivier Inn and Hart’s Haven are decorated for the season, as well as First National Bank. The city park has a lighted tree at the veterans memorial in honor of all the soldiers. Kay Hoppenrath’s house, Cottage Inn, and Market Street Inn are all ready for a joyous holiday. As we turn on to Fort Hill and look up at Fort Mackinac, we see a beautiful lighted Christmas tree standing stately as a beacon to all the sailors who pass through the Round Island passage. Heading towards the Mission, many homes sparkle with holiday lights. At Ste. Anne’s Church, lighted garland drapes the front porch. The historic bells will peal Saturday, December 24, for the 8 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass with special Christmas music with Fr. Jim Williams officiating. Going up Mission Hill, we see a 1,000- foot freighter passing through the Straits of Mackinac decorated for the holiday season, with the red and green lights of the Mackinac Bridge reflecting in the still waters. It is a beautiful sight. As we enter Harrisonville, it’s so magical. The children are laughing and playing, awaiting Santa’s return on Christmas Eve. British Landing, Stonebrook, Stonecliffe, Trillium Heights, and the Annex are bedecked for this special season. Coming down Cadotte Avenue, the Little Stone Church’s windows sparkle in the sunlight, reminding everyone that Christmas is a special time of the year. As we trot along, we pass Ray Card on the dray, who is wearing his Santa hat. It’s Christmas time on Mackinac.

Merry Christmas to all the readers of The St. Ignace News and Mackinac Island Town Crier.

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