2018-05-19 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

Mother’s Day was a perfect Mackinac day, with warm temperatures, blue skies, and calm winds. Folks came from far and near to enjoy the weekend on Mackinac Island. With the warmer weather, the flowers are starting to bloom. The hillsides in front of Grand Hotel and Mission Point Resort are absolutely beautiful with yellow daffodils. The grove by Grand Hotel’s pool has many spring flowers blooming, especially the little blue violets. Soon the woods will be filled with trilliums and lady’s-slippers. Looking down from the Fort Mackinac Tea Room, Marquette Park looks like a carpet of green velvet. It’s springtime on Mackinac.

Folks this past weekend had fun riding bicycles, horseback riding, riding in a surrey with the fringe on top, or hiking in the woods filled with wildflowers. The sunrises and sunsets have been just beautiful. Saturday, May 12, the whole sky was illuminated as the sun set behind the Mackinac Bridge. There were deep shades of red and gold as it slowly descended. People stood along the boardwalk in amazement. Looking out on the Straits of Mackinac, beautiful white swans glided quietly by. It was a lovely spring evening on the Island.


Former Mackinac Island Fire Chief Michael “Iggy” Bradley, who passed away Saturday, May 5, was recognized by ferry salutes and a fire department processional through downtown Saturday, May 12, as his ashes were carefully delivered to his home on Lake Shore Boulevard. Firefighters and a crowd of friends greeted Mr. Bradley’s family upon their return to town. Draped in black fabric bunting, Engine 1 led the processional through downtown, followed by the firefighters on foot, Ladder 2, and Squad 1. Former Mackinac Island Fire Chief Michael “Iggy” Bradley, who passed away Saturday, May 5, was recognized by ferry salutes and a fire department processional through downtown Saturday, May 12, as his ashes were carefully delivered to his home on Lake Shore Boulevard. Firefighters and a crowd of friends greeted Mr. Bradley’s family upon their return to town. Draped in black fabric bunting, Engine 1 led the processional through downtown, followed by the firefighters on foot, Ladder 2, and Squad 1. Saturday, May 12, upon the arrival of the 7:30 a.m. Star Line boat from St. Ignace, Captain Dan Wightman, Mike Bradley’s best friend, carried Mike’s ashes to the waiting Engine No. 1. As the honor guard of Mackinac Island firemen proceeded up the dock, two Star Line ferries and two Shepler’s ferries gave a farewell salute. It was nice to see so many retired members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department, including George Wellington, Clark Bloswick, Robert McGreevy, Dan Wightman, David LaPine, Paul Wandrie, Donnie Francis, Armand “Smi” Horn, and Glenn St. Onge pay their last respects to Mike. As the procession started, Dan Wightman drove the fire truck with the retired members. The active members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department marched behind, followed by family members. Many folks lined the street as the fire trucks passed by. Mike was a great Green Bay Packers fan, so a Packers flag was flying high off one of the trucks. All the firemen brought Mike home to the former Power House, where he grew up. Family and friends gathered there and members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department stood watch until 9 p.m. It was a great way to honor a man who was a very dedicated member of the Mackinac Island community. May he rest in peace. An obituary was published in last week’s edition of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

The Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge was held Saturday, May 12. More than 400 people participated and had a great time. The runners and walkers, starting at 9 a.m., followed a route from Fort Mackinac up to Fort Holmes and back to the Scout Barracks at Fort Mackinac. It was a perfect day for a race. This is a nice new event for Mackinac.

A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Benjamin will be held Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island. A luncheon will follow at the Mackinac Island Community Center. Mr. Benjamin passed away December 29, 2017, in Petoskey, at the age of 94. An obituary was published in the February 10, 2018 to April 6, 2018 issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

Jennifer and David Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, spent Mother’s Day weekend on Mackinac. Their son, Lucas, is sailing on the 1,000-foot James R. Barker.

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

Tony and Tammy Frazier traveled to Grand Rapids this past weekend to visit their daughter, Cassandra. Tammy attended a bridal shower for Cassandra while there.

Congratulations to Michaela Cope, daughter of Michael and Mary (nee St. Onge) Cope of St. Ignace, who was graduated Friday, April 27, from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies and a minor in criminal justice. Michaela is employed as an assistant program coordinator with Consolidated Resource Imaging, an aerospace engineering firm in Grand Rapids. She was graduated from LaSalle High School in 2012. She is the granddaughter of the late Stanley and Ruth Cope of St. Ignace and Elizabeth and the late Francis St. Onge of Mackinac Island. She has two older brothers, Jordan and Drew.

Tom Corrigan traveled from his home in Chicago this past week and spent several days on Mackinac Island.

Bruce LaPine continues to make a remarkable recovery after receiving a double lung transplant this past week. He is a patient at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. Please remember him with a card at the following address: Bruce LaPine, c/o Patty LaPine, 555 Bellevue, Twin Lake, MI 49457. Best wishes from Island friends.

Anna Mary Cusack, along with her daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Jack Koboski, enjoyed Mother’s Day weekend on Mackinac.

It’s nice to see Pat Pulte back on the Island. Pat spends the winter in Ann Arbor.

Bart and Laurie Stupak ran in the Fort2Fort race Saturday, May 12. They enjoyed Mother’s Day weekend at Grand Hotel.

TripAdvisor has named Mackinac Island the #1 hottest destination for summer 2018.

Sara Bunker Sutherland traveled from Orlando, Florida, to surprise her mother, Irene Rickley, for Mother’s Day. She had a great time.

Doug and Carol Rearick spent a few days on Mackinac at their home on Lakeshore Drive.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge joined Jason, Marielle, and Mia St. Onge for Mother’s Day. Jason always takes everyone to the buffet at Grand Hotel.

Keith and Sheila Leverton have arrived on the Island for the 2018 season. They are both employed by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

Jill Sawatzki is back serving many customers at the Island Bookstore. Jill spent the winter in Lansing.

Happy birthday to Jerry Crawford May 20, Meg Brown May 22, Kay Hoppenrath and Ottilia Styburski May 23, Madeline Crawford and Carrie Kaminen May 24, and Kim Kolatski and Eileen McIntyre Hruska May 26. Hope you all have a great day.

We welcome The Reverend Dan and Beth Hans back to Mackinac. The first service for the 2018 season at Little Stone Church was Sunday, May 13.

Best wishes to Gary and Karen Lennard, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary May 24. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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

The Michael Straus family joined Lorna Straus for Mother’s Day weekend. They all enjoyed the Grand Hotel buffet.

Skip and Kay Beth Harrell of Bloomington, Indiana, and friends were here this past weekend opening Cable Cottage. It’s great to have another light in the neighborhood.

Charlie Hegarty brought his school group to Mackinac Island recently. He enjoyed the weekend at his cottage on the East Bluff.

Wawashkamo, Woods, and The Jewel golf courses are all open for the season.

Gary and Martha Cousino are enjoying their home on Mackinac.

Happy belated birthday to Ron Steensma May 14. Hope you had a great day.

Chuck Olson, who is the golf pro at Wawashkamo Golf Club, has arrived for the 2018 season.

Enjoy the beautiful spring flowers on Mackinac!

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