2013-08-09 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

The weather has been unseasonably cool, but folks continue to visit our beautiful Island. The flowers are absolutely outstanding, especially the black-eyed Susans at Mission Point Resort. The hydrangeas in every shade are absolutely huge.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Joan Gallagher, who passed away Saturday, July 27. Joan, the daughter of the late Elmer and Alberta Gallagher, grew up on Mackinac Island and attended the Thomas W. Ferry School. May she rest in peace.

Great news! Mike Bradley is back on Mackinac Island and settled in his home. He is recovering well after major surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Friends may remember Mike with a card as he continues his recovery.

We send get-well wishes to Ruby Bloswick of St. Ignace, who recently suffered a bad fall. She is a patient at Mackinac Straits Health System. Friends may remember her with a card.


Mary Dufina of Mackinac Island poses with cousins Dylan Socolovitch (left) and Edward Buhr Monday, July 22, near the corner of Hoban and Main streets. Mrs. Dufina and her husband, Ron Dufina, sponsor Dylan during the Cheboygan County Youth Livestock Program, for which young participants must raise animals to show for auction at the Cheboygan County Fair. “It teaches us responsibility, working with animals, and showmanship,” commented Dylan, who has raised a steer for this year’s auction. Each animal is evaluated, explained Mrs. Dufina, “The judges are tough, but they’re really good to the kids,” offering advice for improved performance in years to come. Some Island businesses also sponsor participants in the program, Mrs. Dufina added. Mary Dufina of Mackinac Island poses with cousins Dylan Socolovitch (left) and Edward Buhr Monday, July 22, near the corner of Hoban and Main streets. Mrs. Dufina and her husband, Ron Dufina, sponsor Dylan during the Cheboygan County Youth Livestock Program, for which young participants must raise animals to show for auction at the Cheboygan County Fair. “It teaches us responsibility, working with animals, and showmanship,” commented Dylan, who has raised a steer for this year’s auction. Each animal is evaluated, explained Mrs. Dufina, “The judges are tough, but they’re really good to the kids,” offering advice for improved performance in years to come. Some Island businesses also sponsor participants in the program, Mrs. Dufina added. Jane Winston, niece of the late Mary Cable, departed Mackinac Island Tuesday, August 6, for her winter home in Georgia.


LiLian Modd prepares to tee off during the second day of Sporties for Shorties. The four-day sports camp was a parentparticipant class, held at the Mackinac Island Public School, that aimed to teach three to five year olds the basic skills of sports like soccer, T-ball, track and field, and football through interactive games. The camp was led by Haslett Recreation Department director Mike Devlin. The camp was organized through the Mackinac Island Recreation Department. LiLian Modd prepares to tee off during the second day of Sporties for Shorties. The four-day sports camp was a parentparticipant class, held at the Mackinac Island Public School, that aimed to teach three to five year olds the basic skills of sports like soccer, T-ball, track and field, and football through interactive games. The camp was led by Haslett Recreation Department director Mike Devlin. The camp was organized through the Mackinac Island Recreation Department. Best wishes to Frank and Joan Nephew, who will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary August 14. Enjoy your day.

A nice reception was held at the Mackinac Island Public Library Friday, August 2, honoring the Mackinac Seven artists. Their artwork will be on display for the month of August, so stop by and view all the beautiful artwork.

Best wishes to Ann and Tim Timmons, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 15. Have a wonderful day.


Jessica Durbin (from left), Travis Rocheleau, both of San Antonio, Texas, Mackinac Island artist Noel Skiba, and Pat Boone from San Antonio, enjoyed a block party hosted by some Mackinac Island businesses Wednesday, July 31. Jessica Durbin (from left), Travis Rocheleau, both of San Antonio, Texas, Mackinac Island artist Noel Skiba, and Pat Boone from San Antonio, enjoyed a block party hosted by some Mackinac Island businesses Wednesday, July 31. I am happy to report that Dr. Fran Straus is making a very good recovery from his recent illness. He thoroughly enjoys being on Mackinac Island and the wonderful view from his Pontiac Lookout cottage.

Karen and Gary Lennard attended the 91st birthday gathering for Karen’s father, Sharon Hudson, in Ohio.

The Mark Gallagher Golf Tournament will be Saturday, August 10, at Wawashkamo surse. All proceeds go to the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Paul Wandrie, post commander, and the Chapman-St. Onge-Dankowski American Legion Post 299 hosted the national commander of the American Legion from Indiana, the Michigan commander, and several other dignitaries Monday, August 5. They toured Mackinac Island, especially enjoying the Veterans Memorial. They thoroughly enjoyed Mackinac Island and were impressed with the work of the members of the American Legion.


Molly Sommers, manager of JL Beanery, next to the free food and refreshments table at a block party Wednesday, July 31. The businesses hosting the party included the JL Beanery, Mackinac Wheels, Sail Mackinac, Bay View, Crystal Earth, Noel Skiba’s art studio and gallery, Mackinac Marine Supply, and Ugly Anne. Musician Myk Rise performed. “We’re just trying to get folks to this side of town and most of us are new owners,” Ms. Sommers said. Molly Sommers, manager of JL Beanery, next to the free food and refreshments table at a block party Wednesday, July 31. The businesses hosting the party included the JL Beanery, Mackinac Wheels, Sail Mackinac, Bay View, Crystal Earth, Noel Skiba’s art studio and gallery, Mackinac Marine Supply, and Ugly Anne. Musician Myk Rise performed. “We’re just trying to get folks to this side of town and most of us are new owners,” Ms. Sommers said. The Jim Bogan family and the Carl Doolen family are enjoying their cottages at British Landing.

Best wishes to Jack and Dorothy Dehring, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 17. Enjoy your day.


Phil Pomber (from left), Dave Berger, and Leah Iseler attend a block party hosted by businesses to increase foot traffic Wednesday, July 31. The trio enjoyed hotdogs, brats, music, sunlight, and the lively atmosphere. The businesses offered special discounts and musician Myk Rise performed at the gathering. Phil Pomber (from left), Dave Berger, and Leah Iseler attend a block party hosted by businesses to increase foot traffic Wednesday, July 31. The trio enjoyed hotdogs, brats, music, sunlight, and the lively atmosphere. The businesses offered special discounts and musician Myk Rise performed at the gathering. Congratulations to Todd Callewaert, who made a hole in one at Wawashkamo Golf Course Thursday, August 1.

Best wishes to Annette and Bob Gillespie, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 15. Have a great day.

Jamie and Dan Dickens are enjoying their condominium in Lesley Court.

Mark your calendar for the Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction Sunday, August 25, at Grand Hotel. Donations may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Mark your calendar for the Jammin’ for the Arts Tuesday, August 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at “The Pines” Cottage on the West Bluff.

Best wishes to Mary Dufina, who celebrated her birthday August 8. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Happy birthday to Candi Dunnigan and Laurie Gough August 9, Ed Horn August 10, Kathi Wightman, Mar Pulte, and Edson Pfeiffelman August 11, and Bob Gillespie August 12. Hope you all have a great day.

The annual Guns and Hoses softball game will be Sunday, August 18, at Great Turtle Park. Come and join in the fun.

Bill and Erica Chambers, along with their two daughters, Charlotte and Shannon, of Virginia, are visiting family and friends on Mackinac Island.

Gloria Mondelli of New Jersey is vacationing on Mackinac Island and is staying at the Sugar Shack on French Lane. It’s nice to see you back on Mackinac, Gloria.

Kent Weber, who spent many years on Mackinac Island, recently moved to Florida. He would like to hear from his friends at the following address: 155 London Fog Way, Sanford, FL 32771.

Mark your calendar for the annual blood drive Thursday, August 22, at Community Hall.

Becki Splett, along with her mother and nephew of Bloomer, Wisconsin, spent three days at the Windermere Hotel. Happy birthday to Becki August 11. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Anneke and Matt Myers are entertaining Anneke’s family, including her mother, Grace Armour, her sister, Marion, and her two daughters, and her brother, Art Armour, and his family. Her brother, David, and his family were not able to attend. They had a great gathering with lots of great food, especially Grace’s cinnamon bread, many laughs, and loads of fun.

Patrick Culliton, grandson of Brian and Barbara Hellis, is visiting Mackinac Island for several days.

Nancy Chambers LaBorde and her husband, Jean, of Crivitz, Wisconsin, visited family members this past weekend.

The tall ship Barquentine Peacemaker visited the Island Sunday, August 4. She was built in 1989, in Brazil, by an Italian family of shipbuilders. She is a beautiful ship and a very impressive sight in the harbor.

Jay and Janet Stingel and Dan and Jamie Dickens will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 4 aboard a Holland American cruise ship for a sail around the world. They will return to the Florida port in April.

Happy birthday to Jordan James Fisher August 13, Melinda Porter and Pollyanna Redman August 15, Almeda Bodwin and Larry Rickley, Jr. August 16, and Austin Ruddle and Stella Graham August 18. Hope you all enjoy your day.

We extend deepest sympathy to Gary Lennard on the recent death of his brother.

Best wishes to George and Judith Goodman, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary August 11. Hope your day is very special.

The Festival of the Horse began Thursday, August 8, and will continue through Sunday, August 11, to showcase the horses and horse culture of Mackinac Island. There will be many special events. A calendar of activities is published in this issue.

Enjoy your week!

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