2017-04-08 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

March went out like a lamb, and Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, were just beautiful with calm winds, blue skies, and warm temperatures. People were riding around the Island, walking in the woods, and enjoying spring on Mackinac Island. The Island is beginning to burst into bloom as many workers have arrived at Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort, and Island House Hotel. Everyone is hurrying to be ready for the soft opening of Grand Hotel Friday, April 28, and the official opening Thursday, May 4.

Many bald eagles have been seen, and also some very large owls. The eagles like to fish in the Straits of Mackinac. Traffic continues to be heavy in the Round Island Passage with Burns Harbor, James R. Barker, Roger Blough, and many other freighters passing by. Seeing them and the U.S. Coast Guard setting buoys is a sure sign of spring. Warmer days are right around the corner.


At right: This photograph, taken in June 1995, shows longtime Arnold Transit Company employees Captain Paul Allers (from left), Captain Louie Bunker (also an engineer), senior engineer Roger Horn, and Captain Ray Wilkins. The four men are all retired from Arnold Transit Company. (Photograph courtesy of Angie Bunker) At right: This photograph, taken in June 1995, shows longtime Arnold Transit Company employees Captain Paul Allers (from left), Captain Louie Bunker (also an engineer), senior engineer Roger Horn, and Captain Ray Wilkins. The four men are all retired from Arnold Transit Company. (Photograph courtesy of Angie Bunker) Mission Point Resort and Island House Hotel, as well as many other hotels, are busy getting ready for the 2017 season.

Mackinac was saddened Sunday, April 2, to hear about the passing of Francis Herbert “Herbie” St. Onge, 61, of St. Ignace, who died at Hospice House in Cheboygan Sunday. Herbie was born on Mackinac Island to Robert and the late Elizabeth “Pecky” St. Onge. He was the twin brother to Amanda “Mandy” Wandrie. Herbie was graduated from Mackinac Island Public School. He was employed by St. Onge Latex and Groove. My late mother, Jeannette Doud, loved Herbie. She was always thrilled when he was on the job painting the Winder- mere Hotel. Herbie was a good friend, and he had a great personality. He will be missed on Mackinac. May he rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.


A barbecue cookout was held in Geneva, Florida, Saturday, January 28, at the home of Delbert Bunker, with many Mackinac Island residents in attendance. They include (back, from left) Bill Crystler, Jim Leonard, Larry Nichols, Dave Ramsay, Bob Elmer; (front) Carl Bunker, Delbert Bunker, Ruthie Nichols, Jack Welcher, Frank Bloswick, and Pat Ramsay. Mr. Bunker has held his barbecue annually for several years. The Bunkers, Mr. Welcher, and Mr. Bloswick were all born here, while Mr. Crystler, Mr. Leonard, and Mr. Elmer all previously worked for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. A barbecue cookout was held in Geneva, Florida, Saturday, January 28, at the home of Delbert Bunker, with many Mackinac Island residents in attendance. They include (back, from left) Bill Crystler, Jim Leonard, Larry Nichols, Dave Ramsay, Bob Elmer; (front) Carl Bunker, Delbert Bunker, Ruthie Nichols, Jack Welcher, Frank Bloswick, and Pat Ramsay. Mr. Bunker has held his barbecue annually for several years. The Bunkers, Mr. Welcher, and Mr. Bloswick were all born here, while Mr. Crystler, Mr. Leonard, and Mr. Elmer all previously worked for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. We send get-well wishes to Lorna Straus, who is a patient at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago. Best wishes from Island friends. Friends may remember Lorna with a card at the following address: Lorna Straus, c/o Christopher Straus, 5642 Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.


The old Union Terminal Piers waiting room and ticket office is much friendlier and more comfortable with the removal of the ticket cages by Star Line this winter. New paint contributes to the brightness, and two heaters keep the room warm. The former business offices in the back will become a Star Line store selling company clothing and snacks. Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau will return to its front store behind the red storage lockers, and Bob and Mary Ann Gale’s Butterfly House and Insect World will be promoted in the former muffin shop (left, below). Old bicycles and photographs will complete the interior. Above, Adrienne Heeke (right) has been managing the office this winter. She was assisted in rejuvenating the waiting room by (from left) Dave Malow, Robert Ball, Denny Barrette, and Dan Aldrich. Just adding a new coat of paint shaved 50 years from the age of the old waiting room, Ms. Heeke said. The old Union Terminal Piers waiting room and ticket office is much friendlier and more comfortable with the removal of the ticket cages by Star Line this winter. New paint contributes to the brightness, and two heaters keep the room warm. The former business offices in the back will become a Star Line store selling company clothing and snacks. Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau will return to its front store behind the red storage lockers, and Bob and Mary Ann Gale’s Butterfly House and Insect World will be promoted in the former muffin shop (left, below). Old bicycles and photographs will complete the interior. Above, Adrienne Heeke (right) has been managing the office this winter. She was assisted in rejuvenating the waiting room by (from left) Dave Malow, Robert Ball, Denny Barrette, and Dan Aldrich. Just adding a new coat of paint shaved 50 years from the age of the old waiting room, Ms. Heeke said. We send deepest sympathy to the family of Allan King, 69, who died Sunday, April 2, at his home on Mackinac Island. Allan enjoyed a lifetime career in the culinary field. He had spent the last 21 years working at the French Outpost, and now The Gate House, for Grand Hotel. He loved Mackinac and the changing seasons. It was on the Island that he met his life partner of 21 years, Patty Prendergast. These were very happy years for Allan. May he rest in peace. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mackinac Animal Aid Association, P.O. Box 71, St. Ignace, MI 49781. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

The Easter week mass schedule at Ste. Anne’s Church is as follows: Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday) at 10:30 a.m.; Thursday,

April 13 (Holy Thursday) at 5 p.m., with a potluck to follow and adoration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) at noon, and Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday) at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Seabiscuit Cafe opened for the 2017 season Saturday, April 1. Congratulations to the Callewaert family, who are the new owners.

Best wishes to Mike Olson, who celebrated his birthday March 30. Mike is the director of the Department of Public Works on Mackinac Island. The city crew celebrated with a delicious luncheon at City Hall.

Cawthorne’s Village Inn will offer an Easter brunch Sunday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt at noon, with the Easter Bunny making an appearance.

Best wishes to Caroline LaPine, who will celebrate her 93rd birthday April 10. Have a wonderful day.

Tony Doud and Christy Lucas, and their daughter, Charli Doud, entertained Tony’s sister, Lisa, and her son, Anthony, this past weekend. Anthony celebrated his 11th birthday at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Friday, March 31.

We have some Mackinac Island Public School news. We extend a warm welcome to the new school superintendent, Bob Lohff, and his family. The spring concert is Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., and awards night is Wednesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. Graduation is Friday, May 26, at 7 p.m. Members of the senior class, Angel Bean, Talon Greenlee, Christopher Riggs, and Christian Styburski, along with their advisors, Rick Waite and Amber Brimmer, traveled to San Francisco, California, and saw many sites. They visited former Mackinac Island Public School teacher Taylor Springsdorf, who served as their tour guide. They attended an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 26, and then returned to Mackinac Island Tuesday, March 28. Everyone had a great time.

Best wishes to Brian and Candi Dunnigan, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary April 22. Have a great day.

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will sponsor a brunch Sunday, April 9, at noon at the Community Hall. This is a very nice event, so come and support our young students.

Happy birthday to Tom Bunker April 11, Mike Carley April 13, Smi Horn April 15, Sue Chambers and Dot Gillespie April 16, James Dunnigan April 18, John Chambers, Richard LaPine, Camille Bobinsky, Ellie Chambers April 20, Suzanne Munger, Liz Burt, and Annie Linn April 21, and Tim Horn, Amelia Roe, and Nancy May April 22. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Best wishes to Jim and Sandy Roe, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary April 24. Enjoy your day.

Bob Benser organized a group of 18 men to travel to Augusta, Georgia, to watch the practice round of the 2017 Masters Tournament. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Nancy May reports that she stopped by the beaver lodge recently and saw four beavers swimming and working on the lodge. They are fascinating to watch.

Brother Jim Boynton and Nathan Krawetzke will be on Mackinac Island to give a retreat to middle and high school students Friday, April 21, through Sunday, April 23. Students from Beaver Island and St. Ignace will join the students from Mackinac Island. This is a great weekend for the students. Mission Point Resort is assisting with housing, and Tim Leeper will provide the food.

We send get-well wishes to Annette “Toots” Gillespie, who has not been feeling her best. Friends may remember her with a card at the following address: 5601 Duncan Road, Lot #201, Punta Gorda, FL 39982.

Family and friends gathered at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Sunday, April 2, to surprise Trish Martin with a birthday celebration. It was a great luncheon with many laughs and fun.

Andy, Lisa, and Brooke Dziobak traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, for spring break. They had a great time.

The Larry Rickley, Jr. family had a wonderful time at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. While there they enjoyed a nice visit with Frank and Alice Bloswick in Port Charlotte. It was a fun vacation.

Robert Chambers arrived back on Mackinac Island Wednesday, March 29, after spending the winter in Colorado. He is recovering from a dislocated shoulder resulting from a skiing accident, but he is doing fine.

We appreciate Star Line and their crew, as well as Paul Fullerton of Great Lakes Air and his staff, for providing great transportation to everyone this winter.

Best wishes to Alex and Kaitlynn Bazinau, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary March 29. Hope you had a wonderful day.

It’s nice to have Richard and Jackie Bolander back on Mackinac Island. Jackie is still recovering after falling and fracturing her leg this winter, but she is making a good and steady recovery.

We appreciate Larry Rickley, Jr., Robert McGreevy, Sid De- Haan, and Mike Ruddle for keeping our streets and sidewalks plowed this winter. They did a great job.

Dick and Vicki Riel left Mackinac Island this week to travel to California to visit their daughter and family. They will be gone about a month.

Jennifer Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island.

Todd and Mary Callewaert spent this past weekend on Mackinac for the opening of the Seabiscuit Cafe.

Dennis and Jackie Bradley traveled to Lansing and Grand Rapids this past weekend. They visited Kelly Bean in Lansing, and then traveled to Grand Rapids to visit their daughter Doris and her family.

Ken and Vanessa Hardy, with their two sons, Brady and Henry, Dominic and Polly Redman, Trish Bunker and her daughter, Madison Gamble, and Melissa (nee Bunker) Meehan, with her two daughters, Kylee and Ally, all had a great time in Grayling this past weekend. Everyone had a wonderful time swimming and playing with all the cousins.

The John Jones family of Kalamazoo spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island.

Happy Easter to everyone!

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