2017-09-09 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

The weather was very mixed over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The mornings were cool and overcast with some rain, but by noon, the weather cleared and both Saturday and Sunday were very nice afternoons. Many people visited the Island over the weekend and enjoyed biking, hiking, horseback riding, and taking a ride in a surrey with the fringe on top. It was the last weekend before school officially opened, so many families visited the Island and walked the Mackinac Bridge on Monday morning. In the evening, the corn moon illuminated the Straits of Mackinac and folks stood in amazement at the beautiful sight. There is a tinge of fall in the air and the parade of horses leaving Mackinac has started. That is the official start of the month of September.

The Mackinac Island Fire Department will host a Kids Day at Great Turtle Park Sunday, September 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come and join in the fun.


West Bluff cottagers Skip and Mary Warp flew seven-yearold grandchildren Rylan Powers, Ashley Linn, and Ashley’s other grandfather, Jim Linn, to Nebraska for a good view of the August 21 solar eclipse. They stayed at Pioneer Village, which Skip’s father founded, in Minden, then drove 30 miles north to Hazard, the line of greatest totality in that area, for a 2.5-minute view of the eclipse. Photographer James Hojnacki captured the image and let the Warps share it with Town Crier readers. The reddish prominences off the edge of the eclipse are the result of solar flares. (Photograph by James Hojnacki) West Bluff cottagers Skip and Mary Warp flew seven-yearold grandchildren Rylan Powers, Ashley Linn, and Ashley’s other grandfather, Jim Linn, to Nebraska for a good view of the August 21 solar eclipse. They stayed at Pioneer Village, which Skip’s father founded, in Minden, then drove 30 miles north to Hazard, the line of greatest totality in that area, for a 2.5-minute view of the eclipse. Photographer James Hojnacki captured the image and let the Warps share it with Town Crier readers. The reddish prominences off the edge of the eclipse are the result of solar flares. (Photograph by James Hojnacki) Grand Hotel’s annual Labor Day weekend Jazz Festival was well attended. The weather was very nice for the festivities in the Tea Garden and everyone had a great time.

A graveside service for the late Eileen McIntyre Groseclose will be Saturday, September 16, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Cemetery on Mackinac Island. Eileen, who was born and grew up on Mackinac, was the daughter of the late Raymond and Florence McIntyre. Virginia Riordan is her sister. She passed away May 26, 2017, in Asheboro, North Carolina.


Hip hop singer and television actor Ice-T and actress wife Coco Austin enjoy a ride in Grand Hotel’s special carriage. He was visiting Grand Hotel with the Cannonball 2017 Rally, a touring car run from Detroit to Salt Lake City, via Mackinac Island. Hip hop singer and television actor Ice-T and actress wife Coco Austin enjoy a ride in Grand Hotel’s special carriage. He was visiting Grand Hotel with the Cannonball 2017 Rally, a touring car run from Detroit to Salt Lake City, via Mackinac Island. Phil and Val Porter entertained several family members over the holiday weekend.

Happy anniversary to Donnie and Gracie Francis September 9, Travis and Paige Vartanian, Andy and Lisa Dziobak, and Marvin and Christy May September 10, and Brett and Katie Mallory September 17. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Brian and Candi Dunnigan left Mackinac Wednesday for their home in Jackson. Candi will return a few times before the end of September.


At left: Buck and Alice Sharrow attended the first day of school picnic to help welcome students back to class Tuesday, September 5, which happened to be their 53rd wedding anniversary. The couple was married at Ste. Anne Catholic Church. They are summer residents of Mackinac Island and spend the fall and winter in Charlevoix, where Mr. Sharrow was reared. At left: Buck and Alice Sharrow attended the first day of school picnic to help welcome students back to class Tuesday, September 5, which happened to be their 53rd wedding anniversary. The couple was married at Ste. Anne Catholic Church. They are summer residents of Mackinac Island and spend the fall and winter in Charlevoix, where Mr. Sharrow was reared. The Mackinac Arts Council held a fundraiser Monday, September 4, called Paint and Putt at the Greens of Mackinac at Mission Point Resort. Everyone had a great time with good food and lots of laughs.

Tom and Kathy Lewand enjoyed Labor Day weekend on Mackinac Island.

Nancy May had a great time touring Alaska. She took some amazing photos. The scenery was outstanding. Nancy visited the beaver lodge when she returned home and reports that the beavers are doing very well. They are preparing the lodge for winter.


The Mackinac Island Yacht Club held its annual Change of Watch ceremony Sunday, September 3. Here, past commodore David Rowe (from left) shakes hands with new Secretary Gerald Kramer. The rest of the 2017-2018 officers are Treasurer Roy Boudreau, Rear Commodore Peter George, Vice Commodore Kay Berke, and Commodore Michael Gidley. Former Commodore Warren Levins (right) received recognition for his years of service to the yacht club. (Photograph by Jeffrey Dupre) The Mackinac Island Yacht Club held its annual Change of Watch ceremony Sunday, September 3. Here, past commodore David Rowe (from left) shakes hands with new Secretary Gerald Kramer. The rest of the 2017-2018 officers are Treasurer Roy Boudreau, Rear Commodore Peter George, Vice Commodore Kay Berke, and Commodore Michael Gidley. Former Commodore Warren Levins (right) received recognition for his years of service to the yacht club. (Photograph by Jeffrey Dupre) Best wishes to Dan Musser III, who will celebrate his birthday September 16. I’m sure you will have lots of help blowing your candles out.

Marie Welcher Garrettson visited her cousin, Kay Hoppenrath, for several days at Kay’s new home in Trillium Heights.

David, Jennifer, and Lucas Karhoff spent Labor Day weekend on Mackinac. They entertained friends from Findlay, Ohio, and enjoyed dinner at Woods Restaurant. On Monday, they left for a two-week trip to Canada, where they will visit Baniff and Lake Louise. Lucas will go back to the Mesabi Miner when he returns.


Mackinac Island Yacht Club Commodore Michael Gidley (left) recognizes former Commodore Warren Levins for his years of service to the yacht club with a plaque during the annual Change of Watch ceremony Sunday, September 3. (Photograph by Jeffrey Dupre) Mackinac Island Yacht Club Commodore Michael Gidley (left) recognizes former Commodore Warren Levins for his years of service to the yacht club with a plaque during the annual Change of Watch ceremony Sunday, September 3. (Photograph by Jeffrey Dupre) Best wishes to Thomas “Tucker” Bunker, who will celebrate his 85th birthday September 29. He lives in Clayton, Georgia, but visits Mackinac Island, where he was born, every chance he gets.

Mike and Mary Cope recently enjoyed a night at Grand Hotel to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. Hope you had a wonderful time.

Larry, Kathleen, Makayla, and Jadyn Rickley traveled to Montana to visit Kathleen’s family. While there, they experienced terrific wildfires. Larry, who is assistant fire chief on Mackinac, joined the firefighters in Montana and fought the Sartin Draw fire for 16 hours. The fire threatened Kathleen’s family ranch. The wildfire has burned more than 40,000 acres. We appreciate Larry for doing a great job.


Following an annual tradition, the congregation at Little Stone Church donated $10,000 to Mackinac Island Public School to support the preschool program and kindergarten. Parishioners from the church gathered at the first day of school assembly to make the donation, and pictured are (front, from left) Sue Sisson, Superintendent Bob Lohff, Beth Hans, Kay Berke; (back) Neal Liddicoat, Larry Berke, and Reverend Dan Hans. The congregation donated the offerings from the Memorial Day and Labor Day services and the proceeds received from the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar. “We’re glad to do that,” Rev. Hans told the Town Crier. “It is a great way for the church to be connected to the community.” Following an annual tradition, the congregation at Little Stone Church donated $10,000 to Mackinac Island Public School to support the preschool program and kindergarten. Parishioners from the church gathered at the first day of school assembly to make the donation, and pictured are (front, from left) Sue Sisson, Superintendent Bob Lohff, Beth Hans, Kay Berke; (back) Neal Liddicoat, Larry Berke, and Reverend Dan Hans. The congregation donated the offerings from the Memorial Day and Labor Day services and the proceeds received from the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar. “We’re glad to do that,” Rev. Hans told the Town Crier. “It is a great way for the church to be connected to the community.” Happy birthday to Brady Hardy September 11, Nicholas Davis September 12, George Goodman September 13, Blake Ruddle September 14, Cathy Andress September 15, Veronica Gough and Tammy Frazier September 16, and Mike Doud September

18. Hope you all have a great day.

A Patriot Day service will be held Monday, September 11, at 6 p.m. in front of the Mackinac Island Police Department.

Cassie Frazier and her fiancé, Lucas Crandle, joined her parents, Tony and Tammy Frazier, for the holiday weekend. Tammy prepared a turkey dinner and family and friends had a great feast and a fun time.

Best wishes to Barb Fisher, who celebrated her birthday September 5. Hope your day was special.

The Mackinac Island community gathered Tuesday, September 5, at the Mackinac Island Public School to enjoy a cookout and to wish the new superintendent, Bob Lohff, teachers, and students a great year. It was a beautiful day with a breeze blowing off the lake, and the students were having a wonderful time playing on the slides and swings.

Ste. Anne’s Mass schedule will change after Sunday, September 10. There will no longer be an 8:30 a.m. mass on Sundays after September 10. The 5:30 p.m. masses on Saturday and the 10:30 a.m. masses on Sunday will continue through October.

Best wishes to Dan and Virginia Riordan, who will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary September 17. Hope you have a wonderful day and take Abby on a special walk.

We give a warm welcome to the Michigan Republicans Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23.

Enjoy your week!

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