2018-05-12 / Columnists



Grand Hotel opened for the 2018 season Friday, May 4. It’s exciting to watch the beautiful hotel come alive after a long winter. The porch is now lined with 2,500 geraniums, the red carpet is rolled out, and many guests have arrived. The tulips will be in full bloom by Memorial Day weekend. On Mother’s Day, everyone is invited to the wonderful Grand buffet. Another season has started on Mackinac Island.

The flags over Fort Mackinac and City Hall flew at half-staff Saturday, May 5, in honor of Mike Bradley, who passed away Saturday at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey after a long illness with cancer. He truly fought the good fight and was an example to many people. He never complained, and he continued his life, one day at a time. His brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Jackie Bradley, were his true guardian angels. Mike served as former fire chief for the Mackinac Island Fire Department, and at the time of his death was the safety officer with the department. Mike retired from Mackinac Island Public School after many years serving as janitor. While working at the school, Mike captured the hearts of many of the students, especially the late Olivia Chambers. He would greet her each morning when she arrived at school and she absolutely loved Mike and would give him a big smile. Mike lived where the former Power House was located and he was reared there by his late parents, Elmer “Bud” and Joan Bradley. In the summertime, he grew a great garden, especially pumpkins that in the fall, he shared with the children. Mike touched many people on the Island with his big heart and willingness to help his neighbor. He was a very special part of the Mackinac Island community and his presence will be deeply missed. May Mike always rest in peace on the shores of Mackinac. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

At left: Mackinac Island junior Gabriel Hepker (front) leads a group of runners during the boys 1600- meter run, during the Kiwanis Track and Field Invitational in St. Ignace Friday, May 4. Close behind him are (middle, from left) Wyatt Galarowic of DeTour and Travis Green of Pickford. Pickford won the boys event by 50 points. At left: Mackinac Island junior Gabriel Hepker (front) leads a group of runners during the boys 1600- meter run, during the Kiwanis Track and Field Invitational in St. Ignace Friday, May 4. Close behind him are (middle, from left) Wyatt Galarowic of DeTour and Travis Green of Pickford. Pickford won the boys event by 50 points. The weather has been very nice. The tulips at Grand Hotel are starting to grow and hopefully will be ready for Memorial Day weekend. Clark Bloswick reports the hepaticas (“May flowers”) are starting to bloom in the woods. They are so fragrant in colors of white, deep purple, and pink. On the calm Straits of Mackinac, it’s fun to see the merganser ducks gliding along. It’s starting to feel like spring.

There has been a lot of boat traffic lately. It’s nice to see the Wilfred Sykes sailing by again. I really appreciated the wonderful salute.

Fort Mackinac opened for the 2018 season Thursday, May 3. The sounds of cannon can be heard as folks enjoy lunch under the yellow umbrellas at Fort Mackinac Tea Room. The view from Fort Mackinac is breathtaking looking out over Round Island Passage.

On Friday, May 4, Dan Wightman retired after 35 years with Edison Sault Electric and Cloverland Electric Cooperative. Dan was dedicated to serving the Mackinac Island community in all kinds of weather. His main goal was to keep the lights on. Dan would go above and beyond to accommodate his many customers. He also served for more than 30 years with the Mackinac Island Fire Department. He is now working on the Mackinac Marine Rescue boat, which is a great addition to the Island community. The boat is a tremendous help to the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Best wishes to Dan on his retirement and the next journey in his life. Enjoy!

A Memorial Day service will be held Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Albert “Buck” Sharrow is back on Mackinac Island for the 2018 season. Buck will be bringing Mike Young’s horses back very soon.

We are happy to welcome Dr. Norm Schultz and his wife back to Mackinac Island. Dr. Schultz could not come last summer because he was in Africa serving with the military. He will be covering at the Mackinac Island Medical Center this summer.

Congratulations to Clark Bloswick, who recently received a letter from the Department of Natural Resources naming him a Master Angler for 2018. Clark loves to fish, and he catches some nice ones.

On Sunday, May 6, on a perfect Mackinac day, Emma Chambers and Dan Motz were married at 4 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church with Father Jim Williams officiating. John Kissane played beautiful music as Emma, a radiant bride, was escorted down the aisle by her father, Mark Chambers. Family and friends came from far and near to celebrate this very special occasion with the happy couple. A dinner reception followed at the Chippewa Hotel, and the highlight of the evening was Clara Chambers, sister of the bride, playing the guitar and singing a special song for Emma and Dan. Congratulations from Island friends for many years of good health and happiness.

Folks attending the Chambers- Motz wedding were Nancy Gruca, Jean and Nancy (nee Chambers) LaBorde, Lake Sweet and John Wininger, Kathy and Jerry Wachter, Pat Chambers, and Kristin Giering and family.

The Mustang Lounge treated the Mackinac Island Public School staff to dinner Monday, April 30. Everyone enjoyed a nice evening.

It’s great to see Sarah (nee Wessel) Proper back at Doud’s Market. Sarah’s husband, Scott, sails on the Wilfred Sykes.

We appreciate Jason St. Onge of St. Onge Latex and Groove for painting the dormers at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Congratulations to Michi Mullings, daughter of Pearl and Chad Hoeksema, who recently was graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Michi was graduated from Mackinac Island Public School, and she was crowned the 2009 Lilac Queen. Michi will be working at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in the cardiology department.

George and Judith Goodman arrived on Mackinac Thursday, May 3, from their winter home in Arizona.

Best wishes to Steve and Julie Rilenge, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 21. Enjoy your day.

It’s nice to see Betty BeDour back on Mackinac working at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Donnie and Gracie Francis arrived Friday, May 4, from their winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida. They are happy to be back on Mackinac.

Best wishes to Louie and Pat Leveille of St. Ignace, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 19. Have a great day.

Veterinarian Dr. Shaker Hites and his wife have arrived for the month of May. It’s nice to see them back.

Frank and Alice Bloswick have returned to the Island from their winter home in Port Charlotte, Florida.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Paul Meneguzzo, 84, who passed away Monday, April 30, in Sault Ste. Marie. Paul served with the Michigan State Police for 32 years. During that time he was stationed on Mackinac Island, where he met his wife, Lisa, who was a beautician at Marilyn Wilkins’ beauty shop. They were married at Little Stone Church in 1970, and celebrated 48 years together. Paul is survived by his wife, Lisa, and a daughter Michelle and her family. He will be laid to rest on Mackinac Island at a later date.

The Zoo-de-Mackinac bike race will be held Saturday, May 19, and the Michigan Knights of Columbus convention will be held Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25.

Best wishes to Bill and Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 19. Have a wonderful day.

Phil and Val Porter moved back to Mackinac Island Monday, May 7, for the 2018 season.

On Friday, May 4, a birthday party was held at Great Turtle Park to honor Charli Doud. Family and friends joined in the fun, including her grandmother, Jessie Doud. Everyone had a great time.

Marvin and Christy May have returned to Mackinac from their winter home in Petoskey. It’s great to have another light in the neighborhood.

Jack and Kate Koboski of Petoskey spent this past weekend on Mackinac Island. Kate works at Grand Hotel on the weekends, and Jack works at the Windermere Hotel. Congratulations to their daughter, Tilly, who was graduated from North Central Michigan College Thursday, May 3. She will continue her education at Lake Superior State University in the fall.

Students from Mackinac Island Public School picked up trash on the Island Monday, April 30. The theme was “Cleaning the Earth.” They did a great job.

Finley Quinn Vartanian was the guest of honor Saturday, May 5, at Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor at Grand Hotel. Finley was celebrating her third birthday and her friends joined her for the party. Everyone had a great time.

The church schedule for Mackinac Island is as follows: Little Stone Church, 10:30 a.m., first service is Sunday, May 13; Trinity Episcopal Church, 10:30 a.m.; Mackinac Island Bible Church, 10:30 a.m., and Ste. Anne’ Church, 10:30 a.m. Mass; 5:30 p.m. Mass starts Saturday, May 19, and 8:30 a.m. Mass starts Sunday, May 27.

The Michigan EMS Expo Conference was held Thursday, May 3, through Saturday, May 5, at Mission Point Resort. Many EMTs from the area attended the conference and received credit for continuing education.

Vic Callewaert has returned to Mackinac Island for the 2018 season.

Friday, May 11, we say goodbye to Bradley McCallum, manager at Mission Point Resort, who has accepted a new position in Whitefish, Montana. Bradley served as chairman of the Historic District Commission, and was very active with the Mackinac Island Arts Council. Island friends wish him well on his new journey.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Urvana Morse and Max Brodeur May 7 and Michigan State Police Trooper Shelley (nee Bagbey) Izzard May 8. Hope you all had a special day.

Bruce LaPine received a double lung transplant Tuesday, May 8, at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. The surgery went very well and Island friends wish him a speedy recovery.

A Mackinac Island Community Foundation meeting was held Thursday, May 10.

Thursday, May 3, Mackinac Island Public School presented “Where the Wild Things Are,” a story and pictures by Maurice Sendak. Max Brodeur played the character of Max, and Charli Doud played the mother. Some students were “wild things,” and others played the ukulele or the piano. It was a great production of a fun story. All the students did a wonderful job. We appreciate Heather May, music teacher at Mackinac Island Public School, and all the staff at the school. We also appreciate Julie Greenlee for special treats after the concert, the Mackinac Island Arts Council, and the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Happy birthday to Will Barnwell and Mimi Cunningham May 14, Adam Fisher May 15, Melly Hagenbaugh, Franc Doud, and Jennifer Griffin May 16, Beth St. Onge May 17, Lakelyn Bunker May 18, and Andy Dziobak May 21. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Saturday, May 5, the Mackinac Island Community Hall was transformed into a magical place in Italy. It was the scene of the Northern Lights Prom with students from Grand Marais, Beaver Island, and Mackinac Island attending. The hall was beautifully decorated and wonderful food was served. All the students had a great time. We appreciate Lynda Hepker of Mackinac Island and Leslie Carlson of Grand Marais for all their work making the prom so special. What great memories!

Congratulations to Jennifer Schrader, who was named Employee of the Year at Mackinac Is- land Public School. Jennifer teaches pre-kindergarten and first grade, and she also coaches varsity volleyball.

Max Brodeur celebrated his birthday Thursday, May 10, with friends at the Mackinac Island Community Hall. Everyone had a great time.

Grand Hotel’s The Jockey Club will open for the season Thursday, May 17, and Sushi Grand and Woods Restaurant will both open Friday, May 25.

Dick Ruilson of Pelkie has arrived for the summer. Dick is employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. It’s good to see him back.

It’s nice to see Joyce Paldino and her faithful companion, Charlie, back for the season. Joyce is the receptionist at the office of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

Ken and Lorianne Thompson have arrived from their home in Florida. They are busy preparing their Lilac House bed and breakfast for the 2018 season.

Graduation at Mackinac Island Public School will be held Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy your week!

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