2013-07-12 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

The weekend weather for the Fourth of July was picture perfect, with blue skies and warm temperatures. People came from far and near to celebrate our nation’s birthday on Mackinac Island. They enjoyed games, especially the grease pole, where the children squealed with delight when they reached the top and were rewarded with a $5 bill. Bob Benser, Jr. was in charge of the pole and had a great time with the kids. The Mackinac Island Fire Department joined in the festivities by bringing Engine No. 2 to Windermere Point. The children could squirt the hose and sit in the truck. Ben Nye from Great Turtle Toys flew a great patriotic kite display. Recreation director Mary Patay organized face painting, watermelon roll, and other activities, which pleased all the little ones. At Fort Mackinac, a delightful family picnic was held with games for the children. At approximately

8:30 p.m. members of Chapman-St. Onge-Dankowski American Legion Post 299 led the parade through Main Street, with members of the Mackinac Island Police Department, Michigan State Police, EMTs, and Mackinac Island Fire Department carrying a very large American flag. Engine No. 2 followed slowly behind and was parked by the Mackinac Island Public School during the fireworks. As folks gathered on Windermere Point, along the boardwalk, and by the school, a barge anchored off Round Island Lighthouse. Promptly at 10:30 p.m., the fireworks started. It was a great show illuminating the Straits of Mackinac and thrilling the crowd. It was a great way to end the holiday.


Members of the winning boat Yahoo (from left) Mike Hegarty, Sarah Gidley, skipper Mike Gidley, all of Farmington Hills, and Kim Field of Royal Oak pose for a photograph after the 2013 Pink Pony 4th of July Sailboat Race in front of the Mackinac Island Yacht Club, Friday, July 5. The corrected winning time was 1:58:17 for Mike Gidley’s Yahoo, 2:10:35 for Clyde Hart’s Night Baseball (St. Ignace), 2:20:49 for Joe Vallee’s Blue Skye (Rogers City), 2:24:00 for Greg Steimel’s Mahdi (Lansing), and 2:25:02 for David Rowe’s Wild Honey (Mackinac Island). (Photograph courtesy of David Rowe) Members of the winning boat Yahoo (from left) Mike Hegarty, Sarah Gidley, skipper Mike Gidley, all of Farmington Hills, and Kim Field of Royal Oak pose for a photograph after the 2013 Pink Pony 4th of July Sailboat Race in front of the Mackinac Island Yacht Club, Friday, July 5. The corrected winning time was 1:58:17 for Mike Gidley’s Yahoo, 2:10:35 for Clyde Hart’s Night Baseball (St. Ignace), 2:20:49 for Joe Vallee’s Blue Skye (Rogers City), 2:24:00 for Greg Steimel’s Mahdi (Lansing), and 2:25:02 for David Rowe’s Wild Honey (Mackinac Island). (Photograph courtesy of David Rowe) It’s great to see the beautiful cruise ship Yorktown docked at Mackinac Island. She certainly adds to the beauty of our harbor.

This week we are preparing for the arrival of the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race. The boats will leave Chicago Saturday, July 13, and arrive at Mackinac Island late Sunday, July 14, or Monday, July 15, depending on the wind. A trailer and tent will be set up on Windermere Point, which is the finish line. We hope they have good weather for their trip on Lake Michigan.

Bart and Nina Huthwaite entertained family members over the Fourth of July holiday.

Skip and Mary Warp are enjoying their lovely cottage on the West Bluff.

Mike and Wendy Young entertained the Skip Young family, including the twins, Mike III and Emma. They had a great time going for a carriage ride with Buck.


At right: Ryan Lane, 11 months old, shows Fourth of July spirit by waving two miniature American flags during the St. Ignace Ruby Goudreau Memorial Parade Thursday, July 4. Ryan is the son of Ben and Cayla Lane of St. Ignace, and he is the grandson of Pastor Mike and Leeanne Lane, Keith and Angie Kinney of St. Ignace, and Lorne Cowell of Mackinac Island. (Photograph courtesy of Tara McMillan) At right: Ryan Lane, 11 months old, shows Fourth of July spirit by waving two miniature American flags during the St. Ignace Ruby Goudreau Memorial Parade Thursday, July 4. Ryan is the son of Ben and Cayla Lane of St. Ignace, and he is the grandson of Pastor Mike and Leeanne Lane, Keith and Angie Kinney of St. Ignace, and Lorne Cowell of Mackinac Island. (Photograph courtesy of Tara McMillan)

Jack Welcher spent the Fourth of July with his cousin, Kay Hoppenrath.

Mike Hegarty and family had a great time attending all the Fourth of July activities.

Happy belated birthday to Bernadine Bazinau July 9 and Dwight LaPine July 10. Hope your day was special.

Mark your calendar for the Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction Sunday, August 25, at Grand Hotel. Any donations would be appreciated and may be dropped off at the medical center.

The Mackinac Island Medical Center was extremely busy over the holiday weekend. Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska was the doctor in residence over the weekend.

Monday, July 8, at Ste. Anne’s Church, a memorial Mass was celebrated for Father Rey Garcia. A large crowd gathered for the service, with Fr. Jim Williams, Fr. Ted Brodeur, Fr. Pawel Mecwel, Fr. Joel Almendras, and Deacon Tom McClelland participating. Peggy Bynoe, Carolyn May, and Phil Porter sang all of Fr. Rey’s favorite songs. Brother Jim Boynton eulogized Fr. Rey as a man who touched many lives, especially on Mackinac Island, with his kindness and acts of charity. Fr. Rey loved flowers, and when he was on the Island, he had beautiful gardens at the rectory. May Fr. Rey rest in peace.

Congratulations to Missy Porter and Jack Arthur Perault on the birth of their daughter, Lennon Marie, who was born Friday, July 5, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Little Lennon weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces at birth and measured 19.5 inches in length. Island friends send best wishes.


Winner of the 45th annual Mackinac Stone Skipping Tournament, Maxwell “Batman” Steiner of Las Vegas, Nevada, poses with tournament judge Mel Lenhardt (left) at Windermere Point, Thursday, July 4. Mr. Steiner won the competition with 29 skips, many of which were underneath the Star Line Ferry dock. The tournament win was a first for Mr. Steiner. Other competitors at the event were current Guinness World Record rock skipping holder Russ “Rockbottom” Byar and former world record holders, John “Skippy” Kolar and Glenn “Hard- Luck” Loy. Mackinac Island’s own Todd “Mussells” Callewaert also participated. The event was hosted by Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club. Winner of the 45th annual Mackinac Stone Skipping Tournament, Maxwell “Batman” Steiner of Las Vegas, Nevada, poses with tournament judge Mel Lenhardt (left) at Windermere Point, Thursday, July 4. Mr. Steiner won the competition with 29 skips, many of which were underneath the Star Line Ferry dock. The tournament win was a first for Mr. Steiner. Other competitors at the event were current Guinness World Record rock skipping holder Russ “Rockbottom” Byar and former world record holders, John “Skippy” Kolar and Glenn “Hard- Luck” Loy. Mackinac Island’s own Todd “Mussells” Callewaert also participated. The event was hosted by Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club.

Happy birthday to Ken Sawatzki (Jill Sawatzki’s father) and Jim Murray July 15, Frank Bloswick, Jr. and Eric St. Onge July 17, Nona Tacey Chambers July 18, and Patti Schoenborn and Anna McGreevy July 19. Hope you all enjoy your day.

It was great to see Pat and Becki Ronan of Gaylord, who recently visited the Island. Becki was employed at the Chuckwagon, and Pat worked on the sprinkler systems. They have many Mackinac Island friends.

Tim Leveille and his family of Minnesota are visiting his parents, Louie and Pat Leveille, and his brother, Kevin, of St. Ignace for several days. They enjoyed a bicycle ride around Mackinac Island Tuesday, July 9, and Addie had a great time walking Bushy.

Michigan State Police Trooper Joe Brodeur and his family spent the Fourth of July visiting family and friends here.

Melissa Meehan, along with little Kylee and Ally, visited family members and attended the Fourth of July festivities. Melissa’s husband, Joe, sails on the Wilfred Sykes.


Judge Peter Noonan counts skips for Carter DeRosia of Chelsea during the amateur portion of the 45th annual Mackinac Stone Skipping Tournament at Windermere Point, Thursday, July 4. The amateur tournament took began at 10 a.m. and was open to all ages and levels of experience. Younger children were also invited to participate in the gerplunking tournament, where judges determine winners based on the quality of sound when stones are dropped in the lake. Judge Peter Noonan counts skips for Carter DeRosia of Chelsea during the amateur portion of the 45th annual Mackinac Stone Skipping Tournament at Windermere Point, Thursday, July 4. The amateur tournament took began at 10 a.m. and was open to all ages and levels of experience. Younger children were also invited to participate in the gerplunking tournament, where judges determine winners based on the quality of sound when stones are dropped in the lake.

Richard Chambers and his friend, Liz, along with Liz’s mother, joined the Mark Chambers family for the Fourth of July festivities.

Tom Lounsbury and his family recently spent a week on Mackinac Island visiting his sister, Rosemary, and friends.

Best wishes to Peyton and Betty Hutchinson, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 8. Hope your day was special.

Bob Benser, Sr. entertained his whole family over the Fourth of July holiday. They had a great time with all the festivities on Windermere Point.

Phil and Val Porter had fun over the Fourth of July with four of their children, Lily, Suzanne, Katie, and Will, and other family members visiting them. Joe Porter attended the Barr wedding in Connecticut Saturday, July 6.

Lee LaPine and his family from Steamboat, Colorado, are visiting his parents, Bruce and Patti LaPine. Little Jane Margaret had a great time enjoying the Fourth of July festivities.

The annual LaPine/Horn family reunion was held Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, in St. Ignace. It was a beautiful weekend and a great time was enjoyed by all.

Happy birthday to Brenda Bun- ker, Pam St. Onge, and Paul Wandrie Sr., all celebrating July 21. Hope you all have a great day.


Madison Gamble of Mackinac Island was among children who enjoyed a visit with Santa Claus Wednesday, July 10, at the Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive Christmas in July fundraiser at Gateway Lanes in St. Ignace. Madison Gamble of Mackinac Island was among children who enjoyed a visit with Santa Claus Wednesday, July 10, at the Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive Christmas in July fundraiser at Gateway Lanes in St. Ignace.

Brian, Candi, and Claire Dunnigan, Debra and Sandra Orr, Mary K. McIntire, Rev. Vince Carroll, and Wes and Mary Maurer attended the Barr wedding in Connecticut Saturday, July 6.

Jim and Michelle Reitman entertained family members over the holiday weekend.

Members of Wawashkamo Golf Club held their opening party Saturday, July 6. It was a beautiful evening and a great time was enjoyed by all.

We wish fair winds to all the sailors participating in the Chicago to Mackinac Race!

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