2017-02-10 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

The ice has been floating in and out of the Straits of Mackinac. The Huron had to go to the north of the Island on many trips. Monday, February 6, the ice moved out and the Huron can travel the regular way to and from St. Ignace. Shepler’s freight boat, the Sacre Bleu, started running again Monday, February 6. When there was a lot of ice in Round Island Passage Friday, February 3, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay escorted the Algoma Transport through the Straits.

The groundhog did see his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. The good news is the days are getting longer.

January was a very gray month on Mackinac Island, with not much sunshine. The sun appeared Sunday, February 5, and we had a beautiful sunset. It looked like a huge ball descending behind the Mackinac Bridge, reflecting off the floating ice in the Straits of Mackinac. It was an amazing sight.


Twenty-eight Island children attended the American Legion Post 514’s annual Christmas party at Community Hall, which started at noon Sunday, December 18. They enjoyed hot dogs, chips, cookies, and ice cream. Santa arrived in the fire department’s squad car at 1 p.m. and gifts provided by the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians were distributed. (Photograph by Post Commander Sid DeHaan) Twenty-eight Island children attended the American Legion Post 514’s annual Christmas party at Community Hall, which started at noon Sunday, December 18. They enjoyed hot dogs, chips, cookies, and ice cream. Santa arrived in the fire department’s squad car at 1 p.m. and gifts provided by the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians were distributed. (Photograph by Post Commander Sid DeHaan) It was a great weekend for the Mackinac Island Winter Festival. We had just enough snow, blue skies, and sunshine Saturday, February 4, as the children screamed with delight at Great Turtle Park as they slid down the hill. They played broomball and many other fun games. Rodney Myers was the chef and the brats and hot dogs were very tasty. Sunday, February 5, a delightful brunch was served at Mackinac Island Pub- lic School and folks enjoyed a silent auction, bingo, and many children’s activities. It was a fun weekend. We appreciate the Mackinac Island Recreation Department and all the workers who made this past weekend so enjoyable.


At left: Anne Murray of British Landing was recognized at the 2017 Michigan Special Olympics Winter Games for more than 30 years of volunteering. Mrs. Murray began coaching a variety of sports in 1982 while attending Central Michigan University, where the headquarters of Michigan Special Olympics is located. To date, she has coached seven sports, has been the head figure skating judge for 20 years, and was the director of figure skating for five years. She plans to volunteer for Special Olympics for many years to come. The State Winter Games were held January 31 to February 3 in Traverse City. Presenting her with the award are Special Olympics ice skating committee members Karin Straub and James Hornak. (Murray family photograph) At left: Anne Murray of British Landing was recognized at the 2017 Michigan Special Olympics Winter Games for more than 30 years of volunteering. Mrs. Murray began coaching a variety of sports in 1982 while attending Central Michigan University, where the headquarters of Michigan Special Olympics is located. To date, she has coached seven sports, has been the head figure skating judge for 20 years, and was the director of figure skating for five years. She plans to volunteer for Special Olympics for many years to come. The State Winter Games were held January 31 to February 3 in Traverse City. Presenting her with the award are Special Olympics ice skating committee members Karin Straub and James Hornak. (Murray family photograph) Best wishes to Glenn and Deana St. Onge, who celebrated their wedding anniversary February 7. Hope your day was very special.

At the brunch Sunday, February 5, the Mackinac Island Recreation Department gave out their annual Volunteer of the Year award for 2016. This year, James Kevin Bynoe was honored for the Bynoe Hockey Tournament and the many other things he does in the community. Jamie is always there to help anyone in need. He is a member of the Mackinac Island Fire Department. He assists with the Mackinac Island Lakers basketball program, catches the lines for the Huron every morning, has a paper route, works at the Mustang Lounge, and has many more jobs. He is very busy. Jamie is a true Green Bay Packers and Detroit Red Wings fan. He is a great member of the Mackinac Island community. Congratulations from Island friends.

We appreciate Kirk Lipnitz for attending the award ceremony for Jamie Bynoe. Kirk has been very helpful to Jamie in organizing the Bynoe Hockey Tournament.

Congratulations to Cassandra Frazier and Lucas Crandle on their engagement. Cassandra is the daughter of Tony and Tammy Frazier of Mackinac Island, and Lucas is the son of Dr. Jeff and Laura Crandle of Spring Lake. They were both graduated from Grand Valley State University. Cassandra is employed by ECS in Grand Rapids and works as a scribe for hospital emergency rooms. Lucas is employed by Gentex Corporation in Grand Rapids. Best wishes from Island friends.

We send get-well wishes to Jackie Bolander, who fell and fractured her leg while on a cruise in the Caribbean recently. Friends may remember her with a card at the following address: Sunrise Health, South Rehab, 4399 Knob Hill Road, Sunrise, FL 33351.

Best wishes to Cub and Kitty Horn, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary February 14. Enjoy your day.

Mark your calendar for the St. Patrick’s Day dinner Saturday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Hall. Tickets are still available by calling Leanne Brodeur at (906) 847- 3507.

Happy 95th birthday to Dr. Joe Solomon, who served Mackinac as the Island doctor for 17 years. He now lives in Kingsport, Tennessee. Friends may remember him with a card at the following address: 111 Countryshire Court, Kingsport, TN 37663.

We send get-well wishes to Chuck Yob, chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, who suffered a serious fall during the presidential inauguration Friday, January 20, in Washington, D.C. He is now a patient at Spectrum Health Butterworth at 1000 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

The scholarship dinner will be held Wednesday, February 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Hall featuring a complete chicken dinner.

Best wishes to Ike and Elaine Bunker, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary February 22. Enjoy your day.

Mary Dufina departed Mackinac Island Tuesday, January 31, to visit family in Florida for two months. Enjoy the sunshine.

The third game of the Bynoe Street Hockey was played Wednesday, February 1. The Mackinac Red Wings defeated the St. Ignace Storms by a score of 8-1. Police Chief Brett Riccinto was named Most Valuable Player. The Red Wings have won all three games. The games are very spirited.

Lorna Straus returned to Mackinac Island Saturday, February 4, after spending a few days in Chicago and Lansing. Michael Straus, along with his two children, Ariana and Orion, enjoyed spending this past weekend on Mackinac attending the Winter Festival.

Best wishes to St. Ignace residents Louie Leveille and Ken Hardy, who will celebrate their birthdays February 25. Hope you both have a great day.

Dr. Mary Alban of the Mackinac Straits Veterinary Clinic in St. Ignace will be on Mackinac Island Thursday morning, February 23, in the laundry room at the Windermere Hotel. Call (906) 643-9750 to schedule an appointment. Payment by cash or credit card is required at the time of the visit.

Clark Bloswick has been seeing some fascinating birds this winter. It’s fun to see his photographs. Tuesday, February 7, the crew on the Huron spotted a beautiful bald eagle sitting on some icebergs, probably enjoying a nice fish dinner. Wednesday, February 8, Clark saw a beautiful woodpecker out by the cemeteries. There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac Island.

Congratulations to Peyton Waaso, who is a freshman at Michigan State University. Peyton made the dean’s list and is studying to be a physician assistant. Peyton was graduated from Mackinac Island Public School in 2016.

The beaver lodge continues to survive the strong southeast winds. The beavers do come out to make repairs and gather food. They are fascinating to watch.

Brian Bailey and his family attended the Winter Festival on Mackinac Island this past weekend.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation will meet Friday, February 10, at 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 4, was a beautiful winter evening on Mackinac Island, with a light snow falling. The Twilight Ski Trek was held and a great group enjoyed a wonderful night of skiing. Hot chocolate and a bonfire were enjoyed at Greany Grove. The skating rink was open at Fort Mackinac and many people had fun skating under the stars. Everyone had a great time. We appreciate Sue Topham and Myron Johnson for all their help in organizing the events.

Melissa (nee Bunker) Meehan, along with her two young daughters, Kylee and Ally, had a great time visiting family and friends during the Winter Festival this past weekend.

We send get-well wishes to Sandy Roe, who has not been feeling her best. Island friends wish her all the best.

Happy birthday to Mary Beth Daniels February 9, Maggie Chambers and Kate Koboski February 10, Claire Dunnigan and Makayla Rickley February 11, Jack Parel, Kirk Lipnitz, Dennis Dufina, Liz Dziobak, and Karlena Mosley February 13, Doris Lapine, Shaylee Mosley, David Bradley, Bill McDonough, and John Hulett February 14, Lorna Straus and Jim Ball February 15, Dr. Christopher Straus and Heather May February 16, Joan Slater February 17, Leanne Brodeur February 18, Norman Kolatski February 19, Lisa Barnwell, Nancy Ellison, and Sheri Gough February 22, Louann Mosley February 26, and Dale Gough February 27. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Morgan Brodeur-Bunker surprised her parents, Leanne Brodeur and Mark Bunker, and arrived on Mackinac Island for the Winter Festival. Everyone had a great time.

The Meals on Snowmobiles program is going very well. It is a great program. Any donations may be made in care of Leanne Brodeur, Ste. Anne’s Church, Mackinac Island, MI 49757.

Mark your calendar for the chili cook-off Saturday, February 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at Cawthorne’s Village Inn. Come and taste some great chili.

The junior class at Mackinac Island Public School will be selling carnations for Valentine’s Day. The flowers cost $2 each or $20 for a dozen. Call (906) 847-3376 to place your order.

Many Super Bowl parties were held and enjoyed around Mackinac Island Sunday, February 5. It was a very spirited game, so everyone had a great time.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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