2017-05-20 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

This past weekend was beautiful on Mackinac Island with blue skies, light wind, and lots of sunshine. People came from far and near to celebrate Mother’s Day on Mackinac. They enjoyed biking, hiking, walking in the woods filled with wildflowers, especially trilliums, and enjoying the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the Straits of Mackinac. Many folks enjoyed the breakfast brunch at the Chippewa Hotel and the buffet luncheon at Grand Hotel. Many took home some Mackinac fudge for a sweet treat. It was a special weekend.

The spring flowers are absolutely beautiful, especially the hillside at Mission Point Resort covered with daffodils. In the grove by the pool at Grand Hotel and the Jewel Golf Course, tulips, daffodils, and many other flowers are in full bloom. They are so bright and colorful.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of George Alward, who passed away Thursday, May 11, at the Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie. George was related to the Hoban family and he spent many summers working on Mackinac Island. May he rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.


Fifty-five students from Mackinac Island Public School participated in a spring cleanup day with the assistance of parents, teachers, the Island recreation department, and the state park. Their efforts filled two drays with litter from around the school and the park, Thursday, May 4. The event originally had been scheduled as a celebration of Earth Day Saturday, April 22, but the date was changed owing to inclement weather. Participants were: (front, from left) Mason Riccinto, Ottilia Styburski, Megan Cotton; (middle) Shanalee McDowell, Lakelyn Bunker, Dax Signer, Isaiah Polzin, Anna Kaminen (partially hidden), Jaydn Rickley, Kaylee Cowell, Stella Riccinto; (back) Park Ranger Justin Wright, Brady Hardy, Rashard Tucker, and Jordan Fisher (partially hidden). (Photograph courtesy of Mackinac State Historic Parks) Fifty-five students from Mackinac Island Public School participated in a spring cleanup day with the assistance of parents, teachers, the Island recreation department, and the state park. Their efforts filled two drays with litter from around the school and the park, Thursday, May 4. The event originally had been scheduled as a celebration of Earth Day Saturday, April 22, but the date was changed owing to inclement weather. Participants were: (front, from left) Mason Riccinto, Ottilia Styburski, Megan Cotton; (middle) Shanalee McDowell, Lakelyn Bunker, Dax Signer, Isaiah Polzin, Anna Kaminen (partially hidden), Jaydn Rickley, Kaylee Cowell, Stella Riccinto; (back) Park Ranger Justin Wright, Brady Hardy, Rashard Tucker, and Jordan Fisher (partially hidden). (Photograph courtesy of Mackinac State Historic Parks) It’s nice to see Keith and Sheila Leverton back on Mackinac. They are both employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

The Michael Straus family joined Mike’s mother, Lorna, for Mother’s Day weekend and enjoyed brunch at Grand Hotel.

Congratulations to Diana Dupre, who was recently graduated from Stetson University in Florida. She is the daughter of Jeff and Christi Dupre and has spent many summers on Mackinac Island.

A memorial mass for Father Ted Brodeur will be Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church with Fr. Frank Ricca, Fr. John Essel, and Fr. Jim Williams officiating. Burial will be in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery.

We send best wishes to Dale Gallagher, who suffered a fall Friday, May 12. He is recovering at his daughter’s home in St. Ignace.

Best wishes to Larry and Kathleen Rickley, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 28. Enjoy your day.

Congratulations to Leo Horn, who was graduated Friday, May 5, from Albion College. Leo is a 2013 graduate of Mackinac Island Public School.

A memorial service for Kitty Hannabass will be Saturday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in the Protestant Cemetery.

Best wishes to Gary and Karen Lennard, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 24. Enjoy your day.

Riley McKay traveled from Houghton to join his grandmother, Judy Bynoe and family for Mother’s Day.

A bicycle auction will be held Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the courtyard behind the Stuart House.

Congratulations to Ellie Chambers, daughter of Brad and Nancy Chambers, who was graduated Friday, May 12, from Miami of Ohio University.

Alex McCready has not been feeling his best. Island friends may remember him with a card at the following address: 304 Central Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

Best wishes to Camille Falcone, who will celebrate her 104th birthday May 27. She is the mother of Camille Bobinsky. Island friends send best wishes.

Tony and Tammy Frazier traveled to Grand Rapids this past weekend to join their daughter, Cassie, for Mother’s Day.

Alex Winkel and his family joined his mother, Marti McIntire, and his grandmother, Margaret McIntire, for Mother’s Day.

Larry and Kay Berke are comfortably settled in their lovely cottage for the summer.

Doug and Carol Rearick spent Mother’s Day weekend on Mackinac Island.

We give a warm welcome to Reverend Dan and Beth Hans, the new minister and his wife for Little Stone Church. They traveled from Kentucky to be on Mackinac for the 2017 season.

Will Barnwell celebrated his 21st birthday May 14. Will is a student at Northern Michigan University. He will attend Camp Bil-O-Wood in Blind River, Ontario, this summer.

Happy birthday to Meg Brown May 22, Kay Hoppenrath and Ottilia Styburski May 23, Carrie Kaminen May 24, Kim Kolatski and Eileen McIntyre Hruska May 26, and Jim Pettit May 27. Hope you all have a great day.

Tom Corrigan has arrived on Mackinac Island and is enjoying his home on Lakeshore Drive.

We send best wishes to Helen Wolfgang, who is recovering from recent hip surgery. She is a patient at the rehabilitation facility at the Charlevoix Hospital.

The John Daveys are busy opening their cottage on the East Bluff.

Bart and Laurie Stupak were surprised by a visit from their son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Christina, and their young son Nate from California for Mother’s Day weekend at Grand Hotel.

Suzanne Munger has not been feeling her best. She would love to hear from her many friends on Mackinac at the following address: 446 Brooklin Way, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Mike Corrigan has been preparing his cottage on Mahoney Avenue for the summer. His family will be here for Memorial Day weekend.

Many proms have been held on Mackinac Island. Last weekend the Cheboygan prom was held at Grand Hotel. It’s nice to see the students all dressed up.

Sam and Barb Kovalak are settled into their lovely home overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.

The Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is open and Carolyn May has been very busy.

There will be a Memorial Day service Monday, May 29, at 11:30 a.m. by the Veterans Memorial in the City Park.

Alice Sharrow joined her husband, Albert “Buck,” for Mother’s Day. They enjoyed brunch at Grand Hotel with Richard and Mary Doud.

Enjoy your week.

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