2018-04-07 / Opinions

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

March certainly went out like a lion, with snow, wind, and cold temperatures. With Easter on April 1, all the snow was like an April Fool’s Day joke. Still, it didn’t slow the children down who attended the Easter egg hunt at Fort Mackinac. There was a great gathering and they all had a wonderful time finding more than 2,000 eggs. The Easter Bunny even had a ride on a snowmobile. It was a fun event. We appreciate Jason St. Onge and St. Onge Latex and Groove and all of his helpers. Everyone is looking forward to 2019.

Spring has not sprung here yet. We are still getting snow, wind, and cold temperatures. Steve Moskwa reports seeing robins in his yard, however, and Trish Martin has snowdrops popping up in her yard. There is still a lot of ice in the Straits of Mackinac.

Sunday, April 1, the Huron had to go to the north of the Island. We’ve had many freighters passing by, and it was great to see the Roger Blough with a new coat of paint. Tuesday, April 3, the Edwin H. Gott and the James R. Barker were anchored off Mackinac because of weather and a winter storm warning.


A group of friends from Mackinac Island enjoy a Viking River Cruise on the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, in early December. Relaxing on the first evening of the trip in Budapest are (from left) Betty BeDour, Marie Hulett, Mary Jane Barnwell, Tim Plutchak, Sherri Plutchak, Lisa Simon, Carole Erbel, Katie Pereny, Nancy Marstiller, and Chuck Pereny. (Photograph provided by Katie Pereny) A group of friends from Mackinac Island enjoy a Viking River Cruise on the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, in early December. Relaxing on the first evening of the trip in Budapest are (from left) Betty BeDour, Marie Hulett, Mary Jane Barnwell, Tim Plutchak, Sherri Plutchak, Lisa Simon, Carole Erbel, Katie Pereny, Nancy Marstiller, and Chuck Pereny. (Photograph provided by Katie Pereny) Friday, March 30, the blue moon was absolutely beautiful shining down on the Round Island Passage as a 1,000-foot freighter glided slowly by. Old Man Winter is still roaring on Mackinac Island.


Tyler Pereny, a 2016 graduate of Mackinac Island Public School, is spending a semester abroad studying in Norway. He is pictured in Roros, Norway, which is south of Trondheim. He attends classes at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology through a semester abroad program at Michigan Technological University. (Pereny family photograph) Tyler Pereny, a 2016 graduate of Mackinac Island Public School, is spending a semester abroad studying in Norway. He is pictured in Roros, Norway, which is south of Trondheim. He attends classes at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology through a semester abroad program at Michigan Technological University. (Pereny family photograph) Many Grand Hotel employees have arrived to prepare the hotel for its soft opening Thursday, April 26, and its official opening Thursday, May 3. It’s fun to watch how Grand Hotel blossoms for another season. Chef Hans Burtscher and Heather Cusack are settled in for the 2018 season. All of the employees from Jamaica look very cold.

Sunday, April 1, Father John Christian officiated at the Easter Mass at Ste. Anne’s at 10:30 a.m. The altars were banked with Easter lilies, spring plants, and lighted candles. John Kissane, Mason McLean, and Trish Martin provided beautiful music for the service.

We extend deepest sympathy to Laura Eiseler and her family on the recent death of her beloved mother, Mary, who died in Lansing. A memorial celebration of her life was held Tuesday, April 3. May she rest in peace.

Matt and Anneke Myers traveled to Grand Rapids to join in the celebration of Grace Armour’s birthday March 31 and Easter. Anneke attended the funeral for Laura Eiseler’s mother in Lansing.

Mark your calendar for “Our Town” Friday, April 20, and Saturday April 21, at Mission Point Theatre. This is a live production, directed by Lisa Olson, and it should be a great show. Come and join in the fun.

We send special belated Easter greetings to Larry and Gary LaPine, who are residents at Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace.

The Seabiscuit Café reopened Thursday, April 5, for the season.

Deb and Mike Carley joined Mary Rogers for the Easter holiday in St. Ignace.

Ed and Nancy Pfeiffelman traveled to St. Ignace Sunday, April 1, to join Tom and Linda Pfeiffelmann for Easter brunch.

The Youth Advisory Council brunch will be held Sunday, April 8, at noon at the Community Hall. Come and support our young people.

Marta and Pete Olson spent spring break on Mackinac Island and had a great time kayaking among the icebergs.

Best wishes to Caroline LaPine, who will celebrate her 94th birthday April 10. Have a wonderful day.

Best wishes to Brian and Candi Dunnigan, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary April 22. Enjoy your special day.

News from Mackinac Island Public School: There will be a special concert by Joshua Davis Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the school. Graduation will be Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge enjoyed spending Easter with Jason, Marielle, and Mia St. Onge. Glenn and Mia had fun tapping maple trees and boiling sap.

Catherine McGreevy returned to Mackinac Thursday, March 29, after spending the winter in Petoskey. It’s nice to have another light in the neighborhood.

Best wishes to Aneta Jansen, who celebrated her birthday April 2. Aneta and her husband, Charlie, manage the Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast during the summer. Hope your day was very special.

Mary Dufina has returned from Florida. She visited her brother and family and had a great time.

Jim and Frances Ball returned to the Island this past week from a two-week Caribbean cruise. They really enjoyed the warm sunshine.

Tony and Loretta Spata spent Monday, April 2, on Mackinac visiting Tony Brodeur and family. They returned to their home in Traverse City the next day.

Bob Gale has been busy preparing his businesses for the 2018 season.

Happy birthday to Heather Chambers and Jack Welcher April 8, Dale Roe, Harrison Myers, and Larry Rickley, Sr. April 9, Tom Bunker and Cynthia Cawthorne April 11, Mike Carley April 13, Smi Horn April 15, Sue Chambers April 16, James Dunnigan April 18, John Chambers, Richard LaPine, Ellie Chambers, and Camille Bobinsky April 20, Suzanne Munger, Annie Linn, and Liz Burt April 21, Tim Horn, Amelia Roe, and Nancy May April 22, Paul Brown and Mila Horn April 23, JoAnne Kompsi-Tamlyn, and Jim Gillespie April 24, Susie Raisch and Chris Mc- Cready April 26, Blisse Beardsley April 27, Gwen Bagbey, Mike Straus, and Frank Massaway April 28, and Stephanie McGreevy and Jerry Toney April 29. Hope you all have a great day.

Robert Chambers traveled to Grand Marais Thursday, March 29, to check on his house that he owns there.

Many beautiful owls have been seen around the Island. Several bald eagles have been spotted on the ice eating fish. The beavers seem to be doing well after a very hard winter.

Jill Sawatzki arrived Monday, April 2, to house-sit for Leanne Brodeur. Leanne and Lou Bunker departed Mackinac Island Tuesday, April 3, for a Florida vacation. Have fun in the sun.

Melissa (nee Bunker) Meehan, along with her two young daughters, Kylee and Ally, joined her family on Mackinac Island for Easter Sunday. The girls had a great time at the Easter egg hunt.

Richard and Mary Doud left the Island Friday, March 29. They traveled to Saginaw to spend Easter with their son Mike and family. They will return to Mackinac in early May.

It’s Wednesday, April 4, and Mackinac Island is covered in snow. It looks like a day in January.

Think spring!

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