2014-05-24 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

Let us pay respect to all fallen soldiers this Memorial Day and honor them for their sacrifice to our country.

We’ve had some nice spring days and the flowers are starting to bloom all over Mackinac Island. In front of Grand Hotel, the yellow daffodils are in full bloom, and by the tennis courts, an array of spring flowers is blooming. There have been some beautiful sunrises and sunsets, with beams shining down on the Straits of Mackinac. The weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend should be perfect.

The weather this past weekend was just right for the Zoo-De- Mackinac bicycle race Saturday, May 17. More than 4,000 people participated in this event and everyone had a great time.

We give a warm welcome to all those who will attend the Detroit Chamber of Commerce Conference Tuesday, May 27, through Thursday, May 29.


Students from Sycamore Elementary in Dorr, part of the Hopkins Public School District, crowd around the upper gun platform at Fort Mackinac after watching a cannon firing demonstration Tuesday, May 6. Forty-nine fifth graders and 55 adults came on the trip. The students enjoyed spending time in northern Michigan, including visiting Grand Hotel for lunch, Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, and Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling. This second-annual field trip to Mackinac Island fits nicely into the school’s curriculum, according to fifth grade teachers Sarah McClish and Lisa Zapolnik, because of its prominence as a fur-trading outpost and role in the War of 1812. In the distance is Round Island and downtown Mackinac Island is visible to the right. Students from Sycamore Elementary in Dorr, part of the Hopkins Public School District, crowd around the upper gun platform at Fort Mackinac after watching a cannon firing demonstration Tuesday, May 6. Forty-nine fifth graders and 55 adults came on the trip. The students enjoyed spending time in northern Michigan, including visiting Grand Hotel for lunch, Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, and Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling. This second-annual field trip to Mackinac Island fits nicely into the school’s curriculum, according to fifth grade teachers Sarah McClish and Lisa Zapolnik, because of its prominence as a fur-trading outpost and role in the War of 1812. In the distance is Round Island and downtown Mackinac Island is visible to the right.

Happy belated birthday to Lakelyn Bunker, who celebrated her sixth birthday May 18. She enjoyed a great adventure ]in Traverse City, which was a lot of fun.

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

We extend a warm welcome to Reverend Fred and Mary Zobel, the new pastor at Little Stone Church. The first church service of the 2014 season was Sunday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Lois and John Findley of West Lafayette, Indiana, are busy pre- paring their Small Point Bed and Breakfast for the 2014 season.


Mackinac Island summer employees check out a 21-speed bicycle for sale at the annual bicycle auction Sunday, May 18. This year, 18 bicycles were auctioned off, raising $1,300 for the city. Most of the bikes the police collected were damaged in the snow this winter. Mike Carley, the auctioneer at the event, said this was an unusual year because of how few bikes there were. City of Mackinac Island Police urged people to license their bikes so the vehicles won’t be impounded or repossessed. Bike licenses are available at the police station on Market Street for $3.50. Mackinac Island summer employees check out a 21-speed bicycle for sale at the annual bicycle auction Sunday, May 18. This year, 18 bicycles were auctioned off, raising $1,300 for the city. Most of the bikes the police collected were damaged in the snow this winter. Mike Carley, the auctioneer at the event, said this was an unusual year because of how few bikes there were. City of Mackinac Island Police urged people to license their bikes so the vehicles won’t be impounded or repossessed. Bike licenses are available at the police station on Market Street for $3.50.

Bob and Bev Benjamin have returned to Mackinac Island after spending the winter at their home in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It’s nice to have another light on in the neighborhood.

There will be a memorial service for Larry Parel Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church.

Camille Falcone will celebrate her 101st birthday May 27. Best wishes from Mackinac Island friends. Mrs. Falcone is the mother of Camille Bobinsky.

Approximately $1,300 was raised at the city’s annual bicycle auction Sunday, May 18.

Brian and Barbara Hellis have arrived from their winter home in Northville and are settled in their comfortable home on Market Street.

Claire Dunnigan, daughter of Brian and Candi Dunnigan, walked with her class in the 177th graduation at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Sunday, May 18. Her parents and brother James attended the ceremony.

Best wishes to Kathleen and Larry Rickley, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 28. Enjoy your day.


Students from Mackinac Island Public School and Grand Marais School gather for a group photograph on the steps of Grand Hotel porch before the Northern Lights League Prom at Grand Hotel Friday, May 16. Owing to the high school’s small size, all schools in the Northern Lights League and all students from grades eight through 12 are invited. Several students arrived late because of the regional track meet also taking place Friday afternoon. The sports league also includes Beaver Island, Hannahville, Munising Baptist, Maplewood Baptist Academy, and Paradise schools. Students from Mackinac Island Public School and Grand Marais School gather for a group photograph on the steps of Grand Hotel porch before the Northern Lights League Prom at Grand Hotel Friday, May 16. Owing to the high school’s small size, all schools in the Northern Lights League and all students from grades eight through 12 are invited. Several students arrived late because of the regional track meet also taking place Friday afternoon. The sports league also includes Beaver Island, Hannahville, Munising Baptist, Maplewood Baptist Academy, and Paradise schools.

Peggy Bynoe and her fiancé, Jeff Naber, will join Peggy’s family for the Memorial Day weekend.

We give a warm welcome to Dave Cripps of Canada, who has returned to his job at Mackinac Island Carriage Tours for the 2014 season.

Adele Lypsinmaa of Hancock has returned to her position at the Mustang Lounge for the 2014 season.

A memorial service for Dr. Francis Straus will be Friday, June 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Little Stone Church. A reception will follow.

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

Happy birthday to Jerry Crawford May 20, his sister, Madeline, May 24, little Michael Straus, Kim Kolatski

, and Eileen McIntyre Hruska May 26, Jim Pettit and Brian Horn May 27, Kaylee Rose Cowell May 28, Clark Blos- wick, Keith Leverton, Quentin Goudreau, and Brian Hellis 


Mackinac Island sophomore Peyton Waaso poses with her date, Michael Bailey from De- Tour High School, on the Grand Hotel porch before the school prom Friday, May 16. Mackinac Island sophomore Peyton Waaso poses with her date, Michael Bailey from De- Tour High School, on the Grand Hotel porch before the school prom Friday, May 16.

May 29, and Janis Early, Sally North, and Jamie Bynoe May 30. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Skip and Kay Beth Harrell of Bloomington, Indiana, spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island opening the Cable Cottage for the 2014 season.

A Memorial Day service will be held Monday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. by the Veterans Memorial in the city park. Members of the Chapman-St. Onge

-Dan- kowski American Legion Post 299 will conduct the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday weekend.


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