2014-05-17 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

Spring really wants to come to Mackinac Island, but it has been a very slow start. We do have a few flowers blooming, including purple violets by the tennis courts at Grand Hotel, crocuses, and daffodils. We need some warm rain and sunshine to make Mackinac Island burst into spring glory.

There has been a lot of freighter traffic through the Round Island Passage. There were two great salutes, one from the Roger Blough and one from the James Barker. It’s nice to hear those salutes.

Mother’s Day weekend turned out to be nice and folks enjoyed the wonderful brunch at Grand Hotel, shopping for delicious Mackinac fudge, biking, or taking a ride in a carriage with the fringe on top.

We extend deepest sympathy to Judge Beth Gibson on the recent death of her father, Dr. Robert Gibson, who died Tuesday, May 6, in Newberry. Island friends send best wishes to the family at this difficult time.


The 2014 boys and girls track team members include (front, from left) Gabriel Hepker, Hailey Armstrong, Kyra Kolatski, Molly Tokarz, Adrienne Rilenge, Mary Schockling, Aaron Riggs; (back) Chris Riggs, Kyle Shunk, Talon Greenlee, Christian Styburski, Will Barnwell, Gabriel Kromer, and Head Coach Justin Gallagher. Missing from photograph is Cheyla Shunk. The 2014 boys and girls track team members include (front, from left) Gabriel Hepker, Hailey Armstrong, Kyra Kolatski, Molly Tokarz, Adrienne Rilenge, Mary Schockling, Aaron Riggs; (back) Chris Riggs, Kyle Shunk, Talon Greenlee, Christian Styburski, Will Barnwell, Gabriel Kromer, and Head Coach Justin Gallagher. Missing from photograph is Cheyla Shunk. We give a warm welcome to the Michigan Knights of Columbus, who will convene on Mackinac Island Thursday, May 22, and Friday, May 23.

The annual bicycle auction will be held Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. behind the Stuart House. There will be many good bargains.

Everyone is invited to the Mackinac Island Public School Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. for the elementary music program “Bugz,” followed by the Anchor Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Come and support our students.


The 2014 boys and girls golf team members include (front, from left) Grace Yakuber, Peyton Waaso; (back) boys coach Dave Waaso, Nick Davis, Colton Fisher, Jeremey Hepker, and girls coach Mary Patay. Missing from photograph is Tyler Pereny. The 2014 boys and girls golf team members include (front, from left) Grace Yakuber, Peyton Waaso; (back) boys coach Dave Waaso, Nick Davis, Colton Fisher, Jeremey Hepker, and girls coach Mary Patay. Missing from photograph is Tyler Pereny. Amelia Musser arrived this week on Mackinac Island to spend the summer at her lovely “Corner Cottage.”

The Carriage House Dining Room opened for the 2014 season Thursday, May 15.

Mass will be Saturday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church.

We give a warm welcome to Ada Mae Chambers of St. Ignace, who is back at the head of Shepler’s Dock. It’s nice to have you back on Mackinac Island, Ada.

Dick Ruilson, of Pelkie, has returned to his job with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours for the 2014 season. It’s nice to see you back on Mackinac Island, Dick.


Little Traverse Conservancy environmental educator Sarah Mayhew rolls over a log in the woods near Mackinac Island Public School during a nature walk with middle school students Tuesday, May 6. During the program, students made observations about the natural world and Ms. Mayhew answered ecological questions. Here, the group looks to discover what is hiding under a decaying log. Gathered around Ms. Mayhew are students (back, from left) Grace Yakuber, Sky Demps, Cheyla Shunk, Hannah Styburski, Christian Ross; (middle, crouching) Gabriel Hepker, Alex Schockling;(front) Aaron Riggs (pointing), Nick Davis, and Gabriel Kromer. Little Traverse Conservancy environmental educator Sarah Mayhew rolls over a log in the woods near Mackinac Island Public School during a nature walk with middle school students Tuesday, May 6. During the program, students made observations about the natural world and Ms. Mayhew answered ecological questions. Here, the group looks to discover what is hiding under a decaying log. Gathered around Ms. Mayhew are students (back, from left) Grace Yakuber, Sky Demps, Cheyla Shunk, Hannah Styburski, Christian Ross; (middle, crouching) Gabriel Hepker, Alex Schockling;(front) Aaron Riggs (pointing), Nick Davis, and Gabriel Kromer. Family members and friends gathered at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Tuesday, May 6, to celebrate the second birthday of Carlie Doud, daughter of Tony Doud and Christy Lucas. Carlie’s grandmother, Jessie Doud, joined in the celebration.

Best wishes to Steve and Julie Rilenge, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 21. Have a great day.


On a warm and sunny spring day Tuesday, May 6, Mackinac Island middle schoolers gather around Sarah Mayhew, an environmental educator with Little Traverse Conservancy, as she overturns logs in search of critters in the woods near the school. Ms. Myhew led several nature walks throughout the day as part of a free program offered to local schools in the conservancy’s service area in northern Lower Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Here, students (clockwise) Hannah Styburski, Nick Davis, Alex Schockling, Gabriel Kromer, Christian Ross, Sky Demps, Cheyla Shunk, Aaron Riggs (not visible), and Gabriel Hepker watch and record observations. Science teacher Rick Waite is seen to the left. On a warm and sunny spring day Tuesday, May 6, Mackinac Island middle schoolers gather around Sarah Mayhew, an environmental educator with Little Traverse Conservancy, as she overturns logs in search of critters in the woods near the school. Ms. Myhew led several nature walks throughout the day as part of a free program offered to local schools in the conservancy’s service area in northern Lower Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Here, students (clockwise) Hannah Styburski, Nick Davis, Alex Schockling, Gabriel Kromer, Christian Ross, Sky Demps, Cheyla Shunk, Aaron Riggs (not visible), and Gabriel Hepker watch and record observations. Science teacher Rick Waite is seen to the left. Lt. Commander Ken Thompson and his wife, Lorianne, of Florida are busy opening their Lilac House bed and breakfast. Ken grew up on Mackinac Island and has many friends here. It’s always a pleasure to see him back on Mackinac Island.


“You guys are so lucky to live in a place like this,” said Little Traverse Conservancy environmental educator Sarah Mayhew during a nature walk with middle school students Tuesday, May 6. At the end of the informative session, Ms. Mayhew gave students time to quietly reflect on their surroundings, including sights and sounds like waves, birds, and passing freighters. Here, students (from left) Nick Davis, Cheyla Shunk, Hannah Styburski, and Alex Schockling spend time writing and drawing on the beach. The Mackinac Bridge is visible in the distance. “You guys are so lucky to live in a place like this,” said Little Traverse Conservancy environmental educator Sarah Mayhew during a nature walk with middle school students Tuesday, May 6. At the end of the informative session, Ms. Mayhew gave students time to quietly reflect on their surroundings, including sights and sounds like waves, birds, and passing freighters. Here, students (from left) Nick Davis, Cheyla Shunk, Hannah Styburski, and Alex Schockling spend time writing and drawing on the beach. The Mackinac Bridge is visible in the distance. It’s nice to see Tom Bushman greeting everyone on the Star Line dock.

Albert “Buck” Sharrow brought Mike Young’s horses, Willie, Charlie, Prince, and Lady, to Mackinac Island this past weekend. His wife, Alice, joined him for the weekend.

Danielle Wightman and Arial Leeper were both honored Saturday, May 10, at a reception at the Community Hall to congratulate them on their recent graduation from Michigan State University. Everyone enjoyed great food and lots of memories. Tom North, Dave North, and Jennifer Powell were among the guests who attended the reception.

Happy birthday to Andy Dziobak May 21, Meg Brown May 22, Kay Hoppenrath and Ottila Styburski May 23, and Carrie Kaminen and Joe Maciejewski May 24. Hope you all have a great day.

Catherine McGreevy has returned to her home on Market Street. It’s nice to have another light on in the neighborhood.

Dr. Mike and Jane Bacon enjoyed spending this past weekend on Mackinac Island. They were busy preparing to open Metivier Inn for the 2014 season.

Graduation will be Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Mackinac Island Public School.

It’s nice to see Karen Huisman and Alice Bennett back at the La Galerie shop.

The Michael Straus family enjoyed Mother’s Day weekend on Mackinac Island with Lorna Straus. Michael attended the Mackinac Island Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, May 14.

Dr. Don Libby of Traverse City visited his aunt, Alice Martin, and cousin, Trish Martin, this past weekend.

Best wishes to Bill and Ann Taylor, of Delta, Ohio, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 19. Enjoy your day.

Kate and Jack Koboski spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island. Jack is working at the front desk at the Windermere Hotel, and Kate is employed at Marlee’s Art Gallery on the weekends at Grand Hotel.

The Tom Benjamin and Glen Young families spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island preparing for the 2014 season.

Best wishes to Karen and Gary Lennard, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 24. Enjoy your day.

Joe Plaza has arrived on Mackinac Island for the 2014 season.

Happy birthday to Dr. Jennifer Shockley May 18. Have a great day.

Frank and Alice Bloswick have returned to Mackinac Island from their winter home in Florida.

Mona Carley has returned to Mackinac Island, where she is employed in the kitchen at the Lennox. It’s nice to see you back on the Island, Mona.

Wally Peck, of Manistique, has returned to his job at the Chippewa Hotel.

Deana St. Onge joined her son, Jason, for their annual Mother’s Day celebration, brunch at Grand Hotel. They celebrated 25 years of this tradition. They enjoyed a great time and wonderful food.

There will be a memorial service for Larry Parel at Ste. Anne’s Church Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Community Hall.

Enjoy your week.

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