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New Executive Chef, Housekeeper, Sales Manager at Island House

A new executive chef, sales director, and executive housekeeper will be working at the Island House Hotel when it opens Friday, May 3, the hotel’s president, Todd Callewaert, has announced.  More...

After 59 Years, Dale Gallagher Receives Honorable Discharge

After 59 years of waiting, Dale Gallagher received his honorable discharge certificate from the United States Army February 20. His service to the United States Army ended in 1954.  More...

For the Record

In a February 8 article, “Sandersons Find Photograph of Former Family Cottage,” it should be noted that the old photograph had been found in a safe in Cygnet, Ohio, belonging to Carla Sanderson’s great-grandmother, Helena Hughes. More...

New Agreement Seeks To Protect View of Dock Above 16 Feet

A new option for the city to purchased development rights across the front of the Arnold Dock, in exchange for 100 new rental bicycle licenses or $2 million, has been approved by both the city council and developers Ira Green and Melanie Libby, but i More...

Mary Callewaert, William Deary Appointed to Park Commission

Mary Callewaert, of Mackinac Island and Grosse Pointe, and William Deary, of Jackson, were appointed to the Mackinac Island State Park Commission by Governor Rick Snyder Friday, March 8. They will replace commissioners Dennis O. More...

Commission Approves Silver Birches Construction Application

The Mackinac Island Planning Commission approved Liz Ware’s plans to renovate a cottage on the Silver Birches property at its Tuesday, April 9, meeting. Ms. More...

Island Students Perform at March Pops Concert

High school students in teacher Heather May’s music class have been learning to play instruments and read music all year, and their efforts culminated in the annual March Pops Concert Thursday, More...

District Could Affect Property Values

Concerning Mackinac Island’s new historic districts, “Only time will tell what the ultimate affect will be on [property] value,” says city assessor Joe Stakoe. Mr. More...

Reading Focus Is on Manners, Practiced at Village Inn

Island elementary students were treated to a night of fun and manners Thursday, March 21, as part of the March Reading Month celebration. Each year, March has a new theme and this year’s focus was manners.  More...

Fire Turn-Out Gear Is Granted

The Mackinac Island Fire Department will receive a $52,250 federal grant to buy 22 new sets of personal protective equipment for all firefighters capable of interior firefighting. More...

Student-Led After-School Program Brings Stories to Life

Onaca Bennett, a senior at Mackinac Island High School, was inspired to create an afterschool program for younger students while working in the school library, deciding her school needed a program to get elementary students more involved in reading. More...

Bad Weather Conditions the Cause of 2011 Plane Crash That Killed Two

Adverse weather conditions caused the airplane crash north of St. Ignace that claimed two lives December 3, 2011, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report, released Thursday, March 7. More...

Recreation Plan, Ferry Contracts Come Before Council

Renovations to existing recreational resources and plans for community pool access are just two things Mackinac Island residents can expect to see in the next five years, according to the new City of Mackinac Island Master Recreation Plan unveiled by More...

Historic Island Sloop Bernida Finds Berth at Michigan Maritime Museum

The historic R-sloop Bernida has found a new berth at the Michigan Maritime Museum of South Haven. More...

City of St. Ignace To Lease Dock 3 to Arnold Transit

The City of St. Ignace will sign a one-year lease for Dock 3 with Arnold Transit for 2013. Arnold has been the sole renter since the city started leasing the site in 1988, and the most recent five-year lease expired December 31. More...

St. Ignace Announces April 16 Job Fair, Customer Workshop

A job fair and customer service workshop will be Tuesday, April 16, at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace. It is free and open to all employers and employees.  More...

Mackinac Island Students Named to Albion College Dean’s List

Several local students were named to the Albion College dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. Students named must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above. The honorees:  More...

Public Library Lines Up Three Authors for Summer Series

Mackinac Island Public Library will host its Summer Author Series with P. J. Parrish June 28, Corinne Smith July 26, and D.E. Johnson August 23. All sessions are on Fridays at 4 p.m. in the library.  More...

Coordinated Efforts Get Sailor Off Boat and Home to Mother’s Funeral

Members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department were among those who assisted tugboat Michigan crewmember Erik Selke to leave his vessel and travel home to Rogers City Thursday, February 28, after losing his mother Wednesday, February 27, to cancer. More...

City Remembers Armin Porter; Finkel Named to HDC

City alderman Armin Porter was honored with a moment of silence to begin the Mackinac Island City Council meeting Wednesday, April 3. Mr. Porter had served the city until his passing Sunday, March 31. He had one year left in his term. More...

Win-Some Women Registration Opens for 3 May Retreats at Grand Hotel

Win-Some Women will host retreats at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in May.  Three back-to-back retreats are offered, each with an option of a two-night stay. More...

May 7 Election Sees Contested Races for Mayor, City Council

Tuesday, May 7, is Election Day, and voters on Mackinac Island will have plenty of candidates to choose from for mayor and aldermen. More...

Mackinac Island Public School Students Celebrate Pi Day

Students in grades 6 through 12 at Mackinac Island Public School celebrated a mathematical constant Thursday, March 14. More...

‘Seasons of Mackinac’ 2015 Calendar Winners

The 2015 “Seasons of Mackinac” photograph contest calendar winners have been announced. Entries were judged at the 2013 Winter Carnival. More...

Arnold Transit, Shepler’s Submit Five-year Winter Ferry Service Bids

Arnold Transit Company and Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry have both submitted bids for the five-year winter ferry service contract with the City of Mackinac Island, while Star Line declined to submit a proposal because its freight vessel, Anna More...

Winter Is Time for Renovations at State Historic Parks

Guests to the Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center can expect new bathrooms and updated interpretive walls when the facility opens Tuesday, May 7. More...

Onaca Bennett Sees State Poetry Out Loud Finals for 4th Year

For the fourth year in a row, senior Onaca Bennett represented Mackinac Island Public School in the Poetry Out Loud statewide competition. More...

Artist Noel Skiba Wins Lilac Festival Poster Competition

Noel Skiba’s painting of Mission Church will be featured on the 2013 Lilac Festival poster, having taken first place in competition held by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. Mission Church is the poster theme this year, and Ms. More...

Gene Hagenbaugh Honored

Volunteer of the Year

Years of organizing softball, tee-ball, and volleyball games for Mackinac Island children and adults have earned a Volunteer of the Year award for Gene Hagenbaugh. The honor was a “big surprise,” Mr. More...

Spring Trail to Arch Rock Will Be Safe Climb by Late Summer

Spring Trail, which leads from Lakeshore Drive to Arch Rock, will be closed to visitors for the 2013 season as construction continues on the new stairway network. More...

$27,000 Still Needed for Statue of Liberty Restoration Project

Mackinac Island’s replica Statue of Liberty, now undergoing a complete restoration in Detroit, will be back on the Island this summer and placed on a new pedestal in the park overlooking Mackinac Island’s marina and harbor. More...

Island To Host Geocachers Event

The annual “Spring Fling” geocaching event will be Saturday, April 27, on Mackinac Island. Geocachers will gather at Grand Hotel at 10 a.m. for refreshments and information. The program is hosted by the Le Page family of Warren. More...

Light It Blue Autism Awareness Campaign Comes to Mackinac

At dusk the Mackinac Bridge will be lit with blue lights for the entire month of April for this year’s “Light it Blue Michigan” campaign. More...

Foundation’s Youth Donate to Cash-Strapped Grand Marais School

Detroit Pistons Chip In to Their Effort

It goes almost without saying that life on Mackinac Island is pretty good. More...

Shaeyon Klemann Returns From Operation Enduring Freedom

Army Specialist Shaeyon Klemann has returned to the United States from deployment at a forward operating base to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom.  Mrs. More...

Historic District Commission Review Process Is Outlined

As the Mackinac Island Historic District Commission (HDC) starts to review applications for work in the new downtown historic districts, the commission is defining its operating guidelines. More...

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