2012-07-28 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

It was a busy week with all the festivities for the Chicago Yacht Race.

Sunday, July 22, ladies from Mackinac Island were entertained by Veuve Clicquot from noon to 2 p.m. on the porch of the Governor’s residence. What a magnificent view. Later in the afternoon, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. a Grand Porch Party in celebration of the 104th Chicago Yacht Race to Mackinac was held on Grand Hotel’s porch for all the families of the sailors and members of the Chicago Yacht Club. It was a beautiful Mackinac Island evening and everyone had a great time. The first boat in the 104th Chicago to Mackinac Race crossed the finish line at midnight. Monday, July 23, after a slow start, a southwest wind started to blow. About 340 boats finished between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. From the Mackinac Bridge to the Round Island Lighthouse, all you could see were sailboats with beautiful colored spinnakers racing to the finish line. It was a magnificent sight. The harbor, with more than 300 boats rafted off, was an amazing sight. All the sailors said it was a great race and they all enjoyed the gatherings on Mackinac Island.


Sylvia Pompura, of Huntington Beach, California, was treated to a surprise party to celebrate her birthday at Grand Hotel Sunday, July 15. Arranged by her daughter, Mary Jo (left), friends gathered for cocktails and dinner at the Pontiac Room during the hotel’s 125th anniversary weekend. Mrs. Pompura, who was be 90 years old July 26, is a longtime subscriber to the Town Crier and she and Mary Jo are regular guests at the hotel during the Labor Day Jazz Festival. (Photograph by Janet Shaw) Sylvia Pompura, of Huntington Beach, California, was treated to a surprise party to celebrate her birthday at Grand Hotel Sunday, July 15. Arranged by her daughter, Mary Jo (left), friends gathered for cocktails and dinner at the Pontiac Room during the hotel’s 125th anniversary weekend. Mrs. Pompura, who was be 90 years old July 26, is a longtime subscriber to the Town Crier and she and Mary Jo are regular guests at the hotel during the Labor Day Jazz Festival. (Photograph by Janet Shaw) Paint the Finish was a new activity this year on Windermere Point. Monday, July 23, from noon to 4 p.m. children gathered to make sailboats or paint a picture of the finish line. It was great fun and all the children really enjoyed participating in the yacht race. This event was sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council, Mackinac Island Community Foundation, and the Chicago Yacht Club.


Larry LaPine, formerly of Mackinac Island and a resident of Evergreen Living Center, visits with a pet goat during a carnival that was held at the long-term care facility in St. Ignace Wednesday, July 11. (Photograph courtesy of Evergreen Living Center) Larry LaPine, formerly of Mackinac Island and a resident of Evergreen Living Center, visits with a pet goat during a carnival that was held at the long-term care facility in St. Ignace Wednesday, July 11. (Photograph courtesy of Evergreen Living Center) We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Jim Doud, who died this past week in California. Jim grew up in St. Ignace, the son of the late Captain James and Velma Doud. His brother, Mike, of St. Ignace flew to California for the funeral.

We wish a very happy birthday to Drew Cope July 27, Will St. Onge July 29, Captain Paul Allers July 30, and Roxanne Pettit and Robert Calvin St. Onge July 31. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

There will be a blood drive Wednesday, August 1, at the Mackinac Island Community Hall. Come and give the gift of life.


The Sirocco 2 and the K III race past the Mackinac Bridge on their way to the finish line during the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race Monday, July 23. Robert Klairmont of Lake Forest, Illinois, owns the Sirocco 2 with a crew of Ron D’Aversa from St. Charles, Illinois; Gary Kline of Downers Grove, Illinois; Steve Purze of Chicago; Quentin Bruhn of Wilmette, Illinois; Marc Abrahamson of Highland Park, Illinois; Dave Pruess of Chicago; Tod Patton and Heidi Patton of Northbrook, Illinois. She raced in the J 120 section. Irv Kerbel of Lincolnwood, Illinois, owns K III and crew included Clint Najera of La Mesa, California; Michael Larison of Lebanon, Ohio; Cary Kerbel, Stephanie Woodson, and Corey Simpson, all of Chicago, and Chris Teer of Cary, Illinois. The Sirocco 2 and the K III race past the Mackinac Bridge on their way to the finish line during the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race Monday, July 23. Robert Klairmont of Lake Forest, Illinois, owns the Sirocco 2 with a crew of Ron D’Aversa from St. Charles, Illinois; Gary Kline of Downers Grove, Illinois; Steve Purze of Chicago; Quentin Bruhn of Wilmette, Illinois; Marc Abrahamson of Highland Park, Illinois; Dave Pruess of Chicago; Tod Patton and Heidi Patton of Northbrook, Illinois. She raced in the J 120 section. Irv Kerbel of Lincolnwood, Illinois, owns K III and crew included Clint Najera of La Mesa, California; Michael Larison of Lebanon, Ohio; Cary Kerbel, Stephanie Woodson, and Corey Simpson, all of Chicago, and Chris Teer of Cary, Illinois. Carleton Varney, decorator for Grand Hotel, enjoyed all the festivities for the 125th anniversary on Mackinac.

We wish a very happy birthday to Elaine Murray July 28. Enjoy your day.

Saturday, July 28, at 9 p.m. at Grand Hotel, Glenn Allen, featuring Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra, will give a benefit concert for the Founders’ Scholarship Fund for the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of music with ‘A Sinatra Songbook.’

We wish a very happy birthday to Sandy Roe July 27. Have a great day.

Judy Bynoe and her family gathered at the Chippewa Hotel Thursday, July 19, to celebrate Patty Bynoe Schoenborn’s birthday. A birthday cake was enjoyed by all the guests.

John Kissane and Robin Dorman will be featured in a concert Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church. It an afternoon of beautiful music.

The sailboat race from Mackinac to Manitoulin Island was Thursday, July 19. A very strong southeast wind was blowing and the boats were all bucking the wind when the USS Roger Blough appeared. It was an amazing sight. All of the sailors had a great race and a wonderful time.

Mark your calendar for the 11th annual Guns and Hoses baseball game at Great Turtle Park Sunday, August 12, at 6 p.m.

Riann and Stu Galvis baptized their son, Phoenix Charles Galvis, at Little Stone Church Friday, July 20. The Reverend Vince Carroll performed the baptism. Phoenix is the grandson of Martha and Gary Cousino, who reside on Mackinac Island.

The Chapman-St. Onge-Dan- kowski American Legion Post 299 has done a terrific job cleaning headstones in the Mackinac Island cemeteries. They cleaned 151 stones in the Catholic cemetery during May and June. Sunday, July 29, they will meet at 4 p.m. at the storage building in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery. Headstone cleaning will start in the Protestant cemetery. Any donations to this great project would be greatly appreciated.

We wish a very happy birthday to M. J. Barnwell and Josh Carley August 2, Margaret McIntire and Louann Kolatski August 5, Nancy Keogh and Marilyn McCready August 6, Dave Pulve August 7, and Peggy Bynoe, Nancy Marks, and Mary G. Dufina August 8. Hope you all enjoy your day.

My good friend, Jeff Davenport of St. Ignace, celebrated the fifth birthday of his faithful companion, King, July 25.

Stop by the Stuart House and relive the history of the American Fur Company and visit the room dedicated to the veterans of Mackinac.

Jammin’ for the Arts will be Thursday, August 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Manoogian Foundation House.

Rosie Charnes entertained her friends from Indianapolis, Indiana, over the weekend. Her late husband, Duke, called the ladies “The Mackinac Mamas.”

Andrew Doud flew to Dallas, Texas, Saturday, July 21, to be with his mother, Charlotte, who is very ill.

Lt. Commander Ken Thompson visited his wife, Loriann, at their Lilac House Bed and Breakfast for two weeks. Ken is stationed in Florida with the United States Navy. He has had an outstanding career in the Navy, visiting 52 countries, seven continents, and Antarctica twice. He always loves to come back to Mackinac Islamd and be with his many friends.

Saturday, July 21, family and friends attended Miracles on Mackinac, a special event to benefit Gracie Irish’s fund for pediatric leukemia research at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, with special guests, Dr. Valerie Castle, chairman of the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics, and Charles Woodson, Super Bowl champion and Heisman Trophy winner. Folks first enjoyed an afternoon on the porch of Grand Hotel with Charles Woodson, featuring 24 wines by Charles. In the evening at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment, and a silent auction were enjoyed by all. Everyone had a great time for a special cause.

Friday, August 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a reception at the Mackinac Island Public Library for the Mackinac 7 Artists. Their paintings will be on display in the library for the month of August.

We send best wishes to Fr. Norbert Landreville of St. Ignace, who has not been feeling his best.

The annual Mackinac Island Medical Center auction will be Sunday, August 26, at Grand Hotel. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Best wishes to Robert “Porky” and Caroline LaPine, who will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary August 8. Enjoy your day.

Kevin Leveille’s sister, Julie, and her husband, Owen, of Mississippi visited Mackinac Monday, July 23. They were joined by Julie’s parents, Louie and Pat Leveille of St. Ignace. They enjoyed watching the finish of the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race.

It was great to see Preston Allers of St. Ignace as captain of the Arnold Line catamaran Tuesday evening, July 24. He works three nights a week. Preston’s father is Captain Paul Allers.

The Mark Gallagher Golf Tournament will be Saturday, August 11, at 1 p.m. at Wawash- kamo Golf Club. All proceeds go to the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Enjoy your week!

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