2016-07-23 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

The 92nd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race was an extremely fast race, with the Areté finishing first Sunday, July 17, at 11:14 a.m. On Sunday night, we experienced a severe storm and the boats had a wild ride. By late Monday afternoon, July 18, all 214 boats had finished the race and were tied up at the marina or in between the Arnold Dock and the Coal Dock. It was an amazing sight, with sails drying on the grass and colored flags blowing in the breeze. The view was spectacular, with the full moon shining down on the harbor.

Tuesday, July 19, on a beautiful Mackinac Island day, friends and family came from far and near to celebrate the life of Robert “Porky” LaPine at Ste. Anne’s Church with Father Jim Williams, Father Edward Baah Baafi, and Brother Jim Boynton officiating. During the recessional from the church, over the scanner it was announced, “Last call, last call, for Chief Robert LaPine for 42 years of dedicated service to the Mackinac Island Fire Department.” It was very moving. Porky was remembered as a man of many talents. He was a wonderful carpenter and would help anybody in need. He served 42 years as a member of the Mackinac Island Fire Department, and several years as chief. He was a caretaker of many cottages over the years. Porky was born and grew up on Mackinac Island, the son of Levi and Susan (nee Andress) LaPine. He is survived by his wife, Caroline, whom he married August 6, 1949, almost 67 years ago. Porky loved his family, including five daughters, one son, 34 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, and 33 great-great-grandchildren. He was always the life of a party and he loved to dance. He will be greatly missed on the Island because he always greeted everyone with a smile or a good joke. May he always rest in peace on the shores of Mackinac Island. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.


Participants in the Great Turtle Park Soccer Camps sponsored by the Mackinac Island Recreation Department include (back row) Coach Callum Wallace; (middle row, from left) Vincent Davis, Madison Gamble, Owen Morse, Keegan McManus, Kiera McManus, (front row) Jenavieve Fisher, Logan McManus, Brady Hardy, and Jordan Fisher. Participants in the Great Turtle Park Soccer Camps sponsored by the Mackinac Island Recreation Department include (back row) Coach Callum Wallace; (middle row, from left) Vincent Davis, Madison Gamble, Owen Morse, Keegan McManus, Kiera McManus, (front row) Jenavieve Fisher, Logan McManus, Brady Hardy, and Jordan Fisher. 
Coach Callum Wallace teaches Brady Hardy how to keep control of a soccer ball during a weeklong training camp Wednesday, July 20, at Great Turtle Park. The camp was offered from 9 a.m. to noon every day at Great Turtle Park for children ages four through 10 and taught them the basic skills of keeping control of the ball, how to keep up a good dribble, and how to properly maneuver with the ball. In the background, other participants Logan McManus and Madison Gamble practice their own ball handling skills. Coach Callum Wallace teaches Brady Hardy how to keep control of a soccer ball during a weeklong training camp Wednesday, July 20, at Great Turtle Park. The camp was offered from 9 a.m. to noon every day at Great Turtle Park for children ages four through 10 and taught them the basic skills of keeping control of the ball, how to keep up a good dribble, and how to properly maneuver with the ball. In the background, other participants Logan McManus and Madison Gamble practice their own ball handling skills. We send deepest sympathy to the family of Gordon Graham, Sr. who died Wednesday, July 13. He was a veteran of World War II and rode in the Lilac Festival parade in June with members of American Legion Post 299. He was a great friend of many people on Mackinac and would always attend the Memorial Day service in the City Park and other functions of the American Legion. His son, Gordon, works for Straits Building Center in St. Ignace and visits the Island every week.

Saturday, July 23, 324 sail boats will set sail in the Chicago Race to Mackinac. It is the longest freshwater sailing race in the world, 333 miles. There will be 3,000 sailors participating in the race from 15 different states, as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. The race is sponsored by Veuve Clicquot. Good luck to all the sailors.

Mary Lou Francis Pruitt and her sister, Theresa, recently spent time on Mackinac Island. On their way here, they stopped and had a nice visit with Jean and Nancy (nee Chambers) LaBorde in Crivitz, Wisconsin.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Jase Shellhorne, who celebrated his second birthday July 21. Jase is the son of Luke and Jennifer (nee Putnam) Shellhorne.

Congratulations to Scott Parel, son of Jack Parel, who qualified for the Senior British Open. Good luck from Island friends.

Best wishes to Police Chief Brett and Nicole Riccinto, who celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary July 20. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Family and friends gathered at Mary Dufina’s home Sunday, July 17, for a surprise 50th birthday celebration for Patty Schoenborn. Everyone enjoyed great food and lots of laughs.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Zaira Jaffar, who celebrated her second birthday July 18. Zaira is the granddaughter of Dick and Vicki Riel of Mackinac Island.

Captain Patrick Jones and his family recently visited Father Jim Williams and other friends on Mackinac Island. Patrick spent many years on Mackinac, when his father, Larry, was Chief of Police. Patrick is stationed in Virginia with the United States Marines.

Best wishes to Jack and Sharon Shaffer of Gwinn, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary July 25. Have a great day.

Dominic Redman visited his wife, Pollyanna, and other family members last week.

Mark your calendar for the Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction Sunday, August 28. Any donations would be appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Raffle tickets are being sold by Vic Callewaert and Trish Bunker. Tickets may also be purchased at First National Bank.

Best wishes to Richard and Jackie Bolander, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary July 30. Enjoy your day.

Mark Chambers and Dr. Steve Humphrey left Wednesday, July 20, to ride 500 miles across Iowa. Good luck and be safe.

Ted and Brenda Horton arrived from their home in Florida to spend several weeks on Mackinac Island.

Mark Sawatzki of Virginia visited his sister, Jill Sawatzki, on Mackinac Island last week. Mark and his wife were married at Stonecliffe 32 years ago in October.

Best wishes to Skip and Cindi Kutsop, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary July 29. Enjoy your day.

Pete and Marta Olson are enjoying their cottage on Mackinac Island.

Tony and Julie Young of Frankenmuth spent this past weekend at the lovely Young cottage on the West Bluff.

It was nice to see Bob and Krista Brown of St. Ignace Thursday, July 14, at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club.

Mike Riordan and his son, Jack, arrived on Mackinac Island Sunday, July 17. Jack came to visit his grandparents, Virginia and Dan Riordan, for a few days. Mike returned Thursday, July 21, to take Jack back to Georgia.

Happy birthday to Captain Jack Wellington July 25. Have a great day.

We send special greetings to our friends, Dan and Dorothy Hesslin of Manistee. They’ve visited Mackinac for many years, especially during lilac time, but this year were unable to make the trip. The Windermere crew sends greetings.

Jeff Davenport’s faithful companion “King” will mark his ninth birthday July 25.

Brian and Barbara Hellis traveled to Detroit for a week. They returned to Mackinac Friday, July 22.

Sydney Kleinhenz has been visiting her grandparents, Bob and Annette Gillespie, on Mackinac Island.

Happy birthday to Mary Plunkett July 24, Ellen Putnam July 25, Jack Kaminen and Kay Berke July 26, Drew Cope and Rich Lind July 27, Jill Sawatzki July 28, Will St. Onge July 29, Captain Paul Allers July 30, and Roxanne Pettit, Calvin Rogers, Tim Plutchak, and Jack Barnwell July 31. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

It’s nice to see Rosie Charnes and her son, Bob, of Indianapolis, Indiana, back enjoying their home in Harrisonville.

We send get-well wishes to Father Ted Brodeur, who is a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Island friends send best wishes.

It was good to see Marilyn Mc- Cready at Porky LaPine’s visitation Monday, July 18. Marilyn lived for many years on Mackinac Island, when her husband, Rollie, was superintendent of maintenance at Mackinac State Historic Parks. She and her daughter, Chris, now live in Cheboygan.

Suzanne Munger, Mary Barber, and Mary’s son, Justin, attended the visitation for Porky LaPine Monday, July 18.

We wish the Chicago to Mackinac sailors fair winds.

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