2014-05-31 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

It was a beautiful Memorial Day weekend on Mackinac Island, with lots of people enjoying the sunshine. They rode bicycles, took a ride in a carriage, walked in the woods filled with Mackinac wildflowers, and enjoyed some Mackinac fudge. Many weddings were held on the Island over the weekend and the brides were very happy with the wonderful weather. The woods are filled with trilliums, hepaticas (May flowers), and marsh mari- golds. Patti Ann Moskwa reports seeing a great variety of birds at her feeders. It’s a beautiful time on Mackinac Island. The sunrises and sunsets this past weekend were breathtaking, with their beams shining down on the calm Straits of Mackinac.

A Memorial Day service was held Monday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in the City Park. Armand “Smi” Horn was master of ceremonies. Trish Martin led the large crowd in the national anthem, and Meadow Greenlee led the Pledge of Allegiance. The opening prayer was offered by Father Ted Brodeur of Ste. Anne’s Church. The observance was in honor of those who were killed in the line of duty. Mayor Margaret


Dr. Jennifer Shockley is leaving the Mackinac Island Medical Center. She has been the doctor on Mackinac Island for three years, and is moving back to Elk Rapids. She celebrated her time on the Island with her family and many friends Tuesday, May 27, at the Island House. Mayor Margaret Doud and former U.S. Representative Bart Stupak joined to share their memories of Dr. Shockley’s time on Mackinac Island with the group. Dr. Shockley said she’s enjoyed her time on the Island, but is looking forward to a new start with her family. Dr. Jennifer Shockley is leaving the Mackinac Island Medical Center. She has been the doctor on Mackinac Island for three years, and is moving back to Elk Rapids. She celebrated her time on the Island with her family and many friends Tuesday, May 27, at the Island House. Mayor Margaret Doud and former U.S. Representative Bart Stupak joined to share their memories of Dr. Shockley’s time on Mackinac Island with the group. Dr. Shockley said she’s enjoyed her time on the Island, but is looking forward to a new start with her family. Doud also spoke about the men and women who served their country from Mackinac Island. We especially remembered Larry Parel, a Mackinac Island veteran, who was buried Saturday, May 24.

American Legion Post Commander Paul Wandrie talked about the research on the Civil War Veterans and the Statue of Liberty project, which should be completed July 4.

Mary Ella Dufina was recognized as a mother of three sons who served their country from Mackinac Island, Louis, Francis, and Emerson. Mrs. Dufina’s grandson, Dennis Dufina, helped place flowers at the memorial in her honor.

The closing prayer was offered by Reverend Ken Straight of the Mackinac Island Bible Church. The soldiers from Fort Mackinac played “Taps” and members of the Chapman-St. Onge-Dankow- ski American Legion Post 299 raised the flag to full staff.

Graduation was Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at Mackinac Island Public School. Six students, Hailey Armstrong, Colton Fisher, Adrienne Rilenge, Amelia Roe, Mary Schockling, and Halee Tokarz received their diplomas from Jack Armstrong. Adrienne Rilenge was the valedictorian, and Fr. Jim Williams, former pastor at Ste. Anne’s, was the guest speaker. He encouraged the students to follow their dreams, work hard, and remain focused on their goals in life. Dan Seeley provided the music for the ceremony. All six of the graduates are going to college.

Family and friends packed Ste. Anne’s Church Saturday, May 24, to pay farewell to Larry Parel. Fr. Ted Brodeur, Deacon Tom McClelland, Fr. Jim Williams, and Brother Jim Boynton officiated at the service. Many eulogies were offered about Larry and his life on Mackinac Island. Members of the Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299 conducted a military service at the grave. A luncheon followed at the Mackinac Island Community Hall.

A musical play, “Bugz,” directed by Heather May, was performed Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. All of the students did a great job, and the large crowd in attendance thoroughly enjoyed a great performance.

Tuesday, May 27, members of the Mackinac Island Medical Board, staff at the Mackinac Island Medical Center and Mackinac Straits Health System, and other guests gathered at the Is- land House Hotel to wish Dr. Jennifer Shockley goodbye. Dr. Shockley has served the Mackinac Island community for the past three years and will leave Friday, May 30, for Elk Rapids, where she will begin a new practice. The entire Mackinac Island community wishes Dr. Shockley good luck on her new adventure. We hope that she will return often for visits.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation community celebration will be Tuesday, June 3, at 5 p.m. at Great Turtle Park. Everyone is invited to join in the fun.

Richard and Jane Manoogian are enjoying their beautiful cottage on the West Bluff. It’s nice to see you back on Mackinac Island.

Ruby Bloswick, who passed away Christmas Day, December 25, 2013, will be laid to rest Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Cemetery. Ruby was the oldest Mackinac Island resident at the time of her death. She and her husband, John, had four sons, John, Frank, Clark, and Christopher, on Mackinac Island.

We extend deepest sympathy to Tony Spata on the recent death of his beloved mother, Betty, in Lansing. Mackinac Island friends send best wishes.

The Jack Barnwell family has arrived back on Mackinac Island.

Happy belated birthday greetings to Clark Bunker May 26. Hope your day was special.

It’s nice to see Ann and Tim Timmons back on Mackinac Island. We now have another light on in the neighborhood.

Marta and Pete Olson enjoyed spending Memorial Day weekend on Mackinac Island at their cottage in the Mission.

Jason St. Onge and Marielle Calcaterra enjoyed the holiday weekend in New York City. They visited the new 9/11 Museum.

Reverend Ron and Kay Smith of Austin, Texas, are enjoying their lovely cottage on the East Bluff.

There will be a book sale at the Mackinac Island Public Library Friday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have used books that you would like to donate to the sale, please drop them off at the library.

Dennis and Cynthia Cawthorne enjoyed spending Memorial Day weekend at their home at British Landing.

Brother Jim Boynton, S.J. spent this past weekend assisting Fr. Ted Brodeur at Ste. Anne’s Church. He will return Thursday, June 12, for the summer.

The P.J. Pulte family is back on Mackinac Island from their home in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Louis and Marilynn Putz have arrived for the 2014 season at their lovely “Baby Grand” cottage on the East Bluff.

Congratulations to Paul Wandrie, Jr., son of Paul and Mandy Wandrie, who was graduated Thursday, May 22, from DeTour Arts and Technology Academy. Best wishes from Island friends.

It was great to see Cindy Gough, W.T. Gough, and Teddy Gough and his family at Colton Fisher’s high school graduation Friday evening, May 23.

David and Ann Levy are enjoying their beautiful cottage on the East Bluff.

Candi and Brian Dunnigan opened their Easterly Cottage for the 2014 season this past weekend.

Kay and Larry Berke have returned to Mackinac Island for the summer season.

Happy birthday to Gene Hagenbaugh and Kristi Graham June 3, Ike Bunker, Sr. June 5, Sarah Wessel and Cory Kaminen June 6, and Betty BeDour and Rosie Charnes June 7. Hope you all have a great day.

Wendy and Mike Young spent Friday, May 23, at their beautiful cottage on the West Bluff.

Nancy Marstiller is back on Mackinac Island greeting the guests at the Seabiscuit Restaurant.

Students home for the summer are Anthony Rickley, Marie Bun- ker, Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, and Leo Horn. Enjoy your vacation.

Maggie Chambers, a junior at Alma College, is working in an internship with the Make-AWish Foundation in Chicago this summer. We will miss her at the Windermere Doghouse.

Congratulations to Tymon Horn and Jane Finkel, who were graduated Saturday, May 10, from Albion College. Tymon will enter Michigan State University Medical School in June, and Jane will work on Mackinac Island this summer and tour the country, releasing her new album this fall. Best wishes to Tymon and Jane, who are both 2010 graduates of Mackinac Island Public School.

Stop by the Stuart House and experience a lot of history of Mackinac Island. Sylvia Perault does a great job and is very informative about Mackinac Island history.

Adam and LeAndra Fisher, along with their two children, Cullen and Charlotte, attended Colton Fisher’s high school graduation Friday, May 23. It was nice to see you back on Mackinac Island.

Tom and Annie Lockwood enjoyed spending this past weekend at their lovely cottage in Woodbluff.

The Jim Murray family spent this past weekend at their cottage at British Landing.

Woody Beardsley attended graduation at Mackinac Island Public School Friday, May 23.

Alex Winkel, son of Marti Mc- Intire and grandson of Margaret McIntire, spent a few days on Mackinac Island visiting friends and family.

Robin and Kelly Dorman spent Memorial Day weekend visiting Greenfield Village.

Best wishes to Ron and Mary Dufina, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary June 3. Enjoy your day.

Jack Welcher, of Rudyard, visited Mackinac Island Friday, May 23, to treat his cousin, Kay Hoppenrath, to lunch in celebration of her birthday.

Dr. Chris Straus and the Mike Straus family joined Lorna Straus for the Memorial Day weekend.

Desiree Nordstrand is working at The Gate House this summer.

The Wallace Mugg family enjoyed the holiday weekend at the Windermere Hotel. They’ve been coming to Mackinac Island for the past 32 years.

Tom Corrigan of Glenview, Illinois, has returned to Mackinac Island for the 2014 season. He will be leaving to go on a tour of Ireland in two weeks.

Nicki Griffith is enjoying her beautiful home in Hubbard’s Annex. It’s nice to see you back on Mackinac Island.

The Dean Shuler family enjoyed spending this past weekend at their cottage in Hubbard’s Annex.

Jay and Janet Stingel have returned to their Brigadoon Cottage for the season.

The Mike Corrigan family enjoyed spending Memorial Day weekend at their cottage on Mahoney Avenue.

Congratulations to John Wesley Bloswick, who was the valedictorian of his 2014 graduating class at Northern Michigan Christian Academy in Burt Lake Thursday, May 29. He is the son of Annette Bloswick Thompson and the late Christopher Bloswick and grandson of the late John and Ruby Bloswick.

Randy and Michelle Stuck are enjoying their beautiful cottage on the West Bluff.

David and Lin Sheppard have returned to Mackinac Island and are settled in their cottage at British Landing.

Enjoy your week!

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