2014-06-14 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

The lilacs are going to be perfect for the Lilac Festival parade Sunday, June 15. The lilacs, in a wide variety of colors, are so fragrant. The flowers around Mackinac Island are just outstanding, including the rock garden at the Cloghaun, the tulips at Mission Point Resort, the woods filled with lady’s slippers and forgetme nots, and the flowering crab tree at Marvin May’s house. The beautiful baskets hanging from the lampposts make Mackinac Island look so fresh.

Many brides were united in marriage Saturday, June 7, and they rode through town in special carriages with the drivers in black top hats. Folks enjoyed a wonderful weekend on Mackinac Island. It’s lilac time.

More than 800 runners gathered at Windermere Point Saturday, June 7, for the annual Lilac Festival 10k. The paved road race started at 9:30 a.m. It was a beautiful morning to run through downtown, up Mission Hill, out by the cemeteries, down British Landing Road, and around M-185 to Mackinac Island Public School. The runners had a great time.


Mackinac Island Public School senior Will Barnwell (center) and former teacher’s aide Amy Pavlov (right) sell T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and past sports uniforms to raise money for the school’s sports boosters. The fundraiser took place during the Lilac Festival 10K race Saturday, June 7. In all, they raised $246 to help with school athletic costs. Pictured, Will sells runner Gaby Bowditch a blue Lakers track uniform. Mackinac Island Public School senior Will Barnwell (center) and former teacher’s aide Amy Pavlov (right) sell T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and past sports uniforms to raise money for the school’s sports boosters. The fundraiser took place during the Lilac Festival 10K race Saturday, June 7. In all, they raised $246 to help with school athletic costs. Pictured, Will sells runner Gaby Bowditch a blue Lakers track uniform. The 65th Lilac Festival officially started Saturday, June 7, with the crowning of the 2014 Lilac Queen. It was a perfect Mackinac Island evening as the students of Mackinac Island Public School assembled for the ceremony. Tim Hygh of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau welcomed the crowd. The 2014 Lilac Queen is Hailey Armstrong, daughter of Jack and Terrie Armstrong. She was crowned by 2013 Lilac Queen Dana Roguska. Madison Gamble, the 2014 Lilac Princess, was crowned by Mayor Doud. She is the daughter of Trish Bunker and Mike Gamble. Members of the queen’s court were Kyra Kolatski, Mary Schockling, Peyton Waaso, and Molly Tokarz. All the girls looked lovely and they carried bouquets of roses and a variety of colorful flowers. They will ride in the parade Sunday, June 15, which starts at 4 p.m.

Virginia and Dan Riordan, along with their faithful companion, Kobie, arrived from their winter home in Marietta, Georgia, and are settled into their home on Market Street. Virginia and Dan both work at the Windermere Hotel during the summer months.

Joe Abbey of Traverse City has been visiting the McIntire family on Mackinac Island.

Tuesday, June 10, members of the Chapman-St. Onge-Dankow- ski American Legion Post 299 placed Lady Liberty back on her new base, assisted by members of the Mackinac Island fire and police departments. There will be a rededication ceremony in July.

Saturday, June 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there was a delightful art reception at the Mackinac Island Public Library entitled “Birds of a Feather.” The paintings of Bill Murcko and photography by Betty Murcko are absolutely outstanding, so stop by and view the display.

A hockey tournament was held Monday, June 9, at Windermere Point. Jamie Bynoe was captain of the LaBatt’s Red Wings, and Kirk Lipnitz was captain of the St. Ignace Rangers. A large crowd gathered to watch a spirited game, which the Red Wings won, 11-9. Mark “Beau” Bielinski retired at the end of the game, but he will help with coaching.

Happy birthday to former Mac- kinac Island Chief of Police Jim Marks, who will celebrate his birthday June 16. Have a great day.

Congratulations to Father Ted Brodeur, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination Wednesday, June 4. Island friends send best wishes.

Historic tours of Ste. Anne’s Church will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1 p.m. The tours will be conducted by Rich Lind.

It truly is a small world. Lucas Karhoff, of Findlay, Ohio and Mackinac Island, is a student at the Maritime Academy in Traverse City. Last week he was touring the Great Lakes on the ship State of Michigan, which docked at the Navy Pier in Chicago. After he got off the ship and was walking around, he saw a young lady who looked like Maggie Chambers, so he called his mother, who told him that Maggie was in Chicago this summer. Lucas then called Maggie, and she and her brother, Richard, had lunch with him. Just another Mackinac Island connection.

Anna Mary and Gary Cusack entertained family members at a birthday celebration for their daughter, Amy Jameson, Friday, June 6, at Millie’s on the Main. A great time was enjoyed by all. Amy returned to her home in Colorado Saturday, June 7.

Happy birthday to Gary and Larry LaPine, who will celebrate their birthdays June 17. They both reside at Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace. Gary was employed by Mackinac State Historic Parks, and Larry worked at the Windermere Hotel. Hope you both have a great day.

Best wishes to Harvey and Susan Bentley of St. Ignace, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary June 18. Enjoy your day.

Former Congressman Bart and Laurie Stupak spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island. He did very well in the Lilac Road Race Saturday, June 7.

Pat Pulte entertained friends after the Lilac Road Race Saturday, June 7. Happy belated birthday to Pat, who celebrated his birthday June 9.

Candi Dunnigan attended a Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, June 10. She will return next week and will spend the remainder of the summer on Mackinac Island.

Best wishes to Gene and Mellie Hagenbaugh, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary June 21. Have a wonderful day.

Nick Haan has arrived for the 2014 season at his Haan’s 1830 Inn. It’s nice to see you back on Mackinac Island.

Brother Jim Boynton, S.J. arrived Thursday, June 12, to assist at Ste. Anne’s for the summer months. The first employee dinner will be at Ste. Anne’s Thursday, June 19, at 5 p.m.

Happy birthday to Leo Horn June 16, Miranda McMahon June 18, Will Porter and Mona Carley June 19, Tymon Horn June 20, Robert McGreevy June 21, and Tom Pfeiffelmann June 23.

Mark your calendar for the Trinity Church fundraiser Sunday, June 22, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Many handmade items will be available.

Best wishes to Dennis and Peggy O’Keefe of LaSalle, Illinois, who celebrated their wedding anniversary June 3. We hope you had a wonderful day. We look forward to seeing you both on Mackinac Island.

Nancy and Jean LaBorde spent Wednesday, June 4, visiting family and friends on Mackinac Island. Nancy and Jean live in Crivitz, Wisconsin.

Enjoy all the Lilac festivities!

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