2017-10-07 / Columnists



We’ve enjoyed some very beautiful fall days with blue skies and lots of sunshine. The sunrises and sunsets have been absolutely breathtaking, with an array of colors dancing off the Straits of Mackinac. Mackinac is looking very festive with cornstalks, pumpkins, and brightly colored mums. It’s great to see the Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast all decorated for Halloween with orange lights, lighted pumpkins, and smiling ghosts. Many stores have fall sale signs, so it’s a great time to do some Christmas shopping. The trees are starting to turn, but are slower to do so this year because of the warm weather. Flowers all over the Island are still just beautiful, especially the black-eyed Susans at Mission Point Resort, Metivier Inn, the Veterans Memorial, and many other gardens. It has been a great fall on Mackinac.

Congratulations to Scott and Sarah (nee Wessel) Proper on the birth of their daughter, Isabella Marie, Thursday, September 28, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. Little Isabella weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces at birth. Proud grandmother is Ellen Putnam. Best wishes from Island friends.

Friends on Mackinac Island send congratulations to Lieutenant Joe Brodeur, a member of the Michigan State Police for 21 years, who recently was promoted to post commander at the Metro North Post. Joe spent his summers growing up on Mackinac and worked as a seasonal officer for the Mackinac Island Police Department. He is the son of Tony and Loretta Spata and the late Fred Brodeur. Best wishes from Island friends.

Mary Hulett and Charles Adams were united in marriage Saturday, September 30, at 5 p.m. at the Grand Hotel Tea Garden. It was an absolutely beautiful Mackinac day as the bride arrived on the arm of her father, John Hulett. A reception followed the ceremony on the front porch of Grand Hotel and there was a dinner in the Cottage Restaurant. Mary, the daughter of John Hulett and Sarah Schlusler, had friends and family travel from California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Michigan to join in all the festivities. Congratulations to Mary and Charles from Island friends.

Mark your calendar for “Project Connect,” an event that will connect agencies from Mackinac County to our Island residents. The Mackinac Island Medical Center will be testing glucose and blood pressures. More than 12 agencies will be there, including Health Access Coalition, who will help residents sign up for health care (Medicaid, Medicare, and Marketplace). This event will be held Wednesday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Hall.

Congratulations to Amelia Roe and Nick Walker, who were united in marriage Sunday, September 24, at the Pine Cottage on the West Bluff. It was a beautiful day as family and friends gathered for this very special occasion. Amelia is the daughter of Jim and Sandy Roe, and her little daughter, Aaliyah June, was the “Bell of the Party.” Everyone had a great time.

The Mark Chambers family flew to Colorado Friday, September 29, for a family wedding.

We send get-well wishes to Armand “Smi” Horn, who is a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Island friends send best wishes.

It’s nice seeing the beautiful cruise ships visiting Mackinac. This past week, the Victory was docked at the Arnold dock and the German cruise ship Hamburg was anchored off Mission Point. Hamburg had many visitors from Germany aboard.

A Bynoe street hockey game was played Thursday, September 28, on Windermere Point. It was a spirited game between the St. Ignace Storms, with captain Kirk Lipnitz, and the Mackinac Red Wings, with captain Jamie Bynoe. The Wings won the game, 5-3, and Brett Riccinto was named Most Valuable Player. A great time was enjoyed by all.

Little Nicholas Robert Naber, son of Jeff and Peggy (nee Bynoe) Naber, received the Holy Sacrament of Baptism Saturday, September 30, at Ste. Anne’s Church, with Father Jim Williams officiating. Proud godparents are Patty Schoenborn and Riley McKay. Following the service, family and friends gathered at the Yankee Rebel for a luncheon to celebrate the very special occasion.

Joe Abbey spent several days on Mackinac Island visiting Margaret McIntire and her family.

Congratulations to Dorene Ingalls, St. Ignace girls’ varsity basketball coach, who was honored as a “Michigan Treasure” during the 2017 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony September 15. Island friends send best wishes.

Sue and Alice Myron have departed Mackinac for their winter home in Port Huron. Have a good winter.

There will be a volleyball tournament at the Mackinac Island Public School Saturday, October 7. This is the 15th year that the tournament has been held and nine teams will participate. The Northern Lights League volleyball tournament will be held in Sault Ste. Marie Saturday, October 21.

We send best wishes to Ed Pfeiffelman, who has not been feeling his best.

Happy belated anniversary to Ryan and Andrea Green, Brad and Sheryl Conkey, and Dan and Pauline Mitchell October 3, Chris and Heather West October 4, and George and Judith Goodman October 5. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Happy anniversary to Bruce and Patty LaPine, Brad and Nancy Chambers, and Karl and Sandy Ellis October 6, Dominic and Polly Redman October 8, Dan and Marlee Musser October 9, Mike and Denise Beaudoin October 11, Ken and Vanessa Hardy October 14, John and Marie Hulett October 15, and Bob and Susie Raisch October 16. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Grand Hotel will close for the 2017 season Monday, October 30. We wish the Musser family and staff a restful and relaxing winter.

Muffin Ernster has left Mackinac for her winter home in Birmingham. Have a good winter.

The Christmas Bazaar is fast approaching and will be Saturday, December 2, Sunday, December 3, and Monday, December 4. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. The snowmobile will be on display at Doud’s Market this week.

The Lenox kitchen will close Saturday, October 7, so we bid goodbye to Mona Carley. We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Bazaar, Mona.

Dan and Diane Shea departed Mackinac Wednesday, October 4, for their winter home in Atlanta, Georgia. Safe travels and have a good winter.

Members of the Michigan Knights of Columbus traveled to Mackinac last week to plan their convention for May 2018.

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team for clinching first place in the Northern Lights League regular season by defeating Munising Baptist 4-1. The Northern Lights League soccer tournament will be played on Beaver Island Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14. Go Lakers!

The Poorman’s Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Public School. Come and join in the fun.

Larry and Kay Berke closed their cottage and have returned to their winter home in De Kalb, Illinois.

It was nice to see Kay Francis Barnes on Mackinac this past week. Kay was born and grew up on the Island. She lives in a cottage on Lake Superior in the summer and Punta Gorda, Florida, in the winter.

Happy birthday to Dominic Morse, Debra Orr, and Laura Eiseler October 7, Virginia Riordan October 10, Ashley Gough and Frank Bloswick Sr. October 12, Alex Gillespie and Mackenzie Bean October 13, Mike Bradley and Paul Fisher October 14, Levi Porter and Charlie Lilliquist October 15, Megan McNulty October 19, Kathleen Rickley October 21, Danielle Wightman and Mason McLean October 23, Irene Rickley, Sara Bunker, Joe Stakoe, and Annette Gillespie October 25, Shanrod Nichols and Jenavieve Fisher October 28, Anna Mary Cusack October 29, and Calvin Rogers, Jr. October 31. Hope you all have a great day.

Rick Linn enjoyed camping at Tahquamenon Falls recently.

Mike and Wendy Young spent Friday, September 29, on Mackinac Island.

Reverend Dan and Beth Hans of Little Stone Church will depart Mackinac Sunday, October 8. They will be moving to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We look forward to seeing them back on Mackinac on Mother’s Day weekend.

Emory Barnwell was featured recently in Michigan Blue magazine in an article entitled “Mackinac Island Boat Builder.” Emory is very talented and creative. Congratulations, Emory, on a great job.

Alumni from Albion College and Michigan Technological University spent this past weekend at Grand Hotel.

Bob Rooney of Richland was a recent guest at the Windermere Hotel. Bob always enjoys coming back to Mackinac because he worked on the Island for several summers.

Gloria Mondelli departed Mackinac Monday, October 2, after spending nearly two months on the Island at the Bourisaw home. Gloria worked for several summers for the Bynoe family.

Charlie Francis spent last weekend visiting his brother, Andrew McGreevy and family. He had a great time playing golf with Andrew, Clark Bloswick, and Will McGreevy.

Enjoy fall on Mackinac!

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Keith and Gail Sweet spent

Keith and Gail Sweet spent several days on the Island in August. Keith was born on French Lane in 1939. Keith drove tour carriage in 1958 and honeymooned on the Island in 1964. The Sweets have returned from their home in California many times over the years.
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