2018-10-06 / Columnists



There is definitely a tinge of fall in the air. The temperature is cool and crisp, and some trees are starting to show their autumn splendor. As the “harvest moon” illuminated the Straits of Mackinac, the beautiful cruise ship Hamburg could be seen anchored off Mission Point Resort. It was an amazing sight. The Wilfred Sykes has been giving great salutes as it passes through the Round Island Passage. Fall decorations are popping up all over town, with cornstalks at the Chippewa Hotel, colored mums and sunflowers, pumpkins, and Halloween decorations. Mackinac is looking very festive. Many folks are visiting the Island and enjoying great sales in the shops, fall colors, biking, hiking, and some pumpkin Mackinac fudge. It’s a great time to visit Mackinac.

A sure sign of fall is the parade of horses leaving Mackinac Island. They are going to farms south of Sault Ste. Marie for a long winter rest.

New Mackinac Island commodore Kay Berke and Bob Ransom (left) present outgoing commodore Mike Gidley a plaque of appreciation Sunday, September 2. (Photograph by Jeff Dupre) New Mackinac Island commodore Kay Berke and Bob Ransom (left) present outgoing commodore Mike Gidley a plaque of appreciation Sunday, September 2. (Photograph by Jeff Dupre) The flag over City Hall flew at half-staff in honor of the late Mary G. Duffina, who passed away Wednesday, September 26, at her home in Inverness, Florida. Mary was born on Mackinac Island and attended the Thomas W. Ferry School. She reared her family on the Island. Mary loved Mackinac and its rich history. She will be brought back home in the spring, where she will be laid to rest in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery. May she rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

Chuck Olson, who is the golf pro at Wawashkamo Golf Club, recorded a hole in one Saturday, September 22. He was golfing with his son, along with Andrew Doud and Ron Steensma. Congratulations from Island friends.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Nancy Hardy, who passed away Tuesday, September 25, in Cheboygan. Nancy is the mother of Corporal Ken Hardy and the grandmother of Brady and Henry. She is also survived by her husband, Ken, her son and his family, James and Jackie, and her daughter and her family, Roxanne and Clark Smith. Nancy enjoyed coming to the Island and visiting the grandchildren. She retired as an English teacher at LaSalle High School. May she rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

Congratulations to Fuller Cowell and Brita Olson, who were married Friday, September 28, at Fort Mackinac. It was a beautiful evening for the 5:30 p.m. ceremony and the sun was shining on the happy couple. People came from far and near to help Fuller and Brita celebrate the happy occasion. A reception followed at Mission Point Resort.

Happy anniversary to George and Judith Goodman October 5, Dan and Marlee Musser October 9, Mike and Denise Beaudoin October 11, Loren and Cathy Cowell October 12, Ken and Vanessa Hardy October 14, John and Marie Hulett October 15, and Bob and Susie Raisch October 16. Hope you all enjoy your special day.

Mark your calendar for the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 1, Sunday, December 2, and Monday, December 3. Raffle tickets are available for the snowmobile raffle. It’s a great event to kick off the holiday season. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Congratulations to Alex Mc- Cready of Sault Ste. Marie, who was crowned homecoming king at Sault Area High School Friday, September 28.

Mackinac Island Medical Center’s winter hours starting Monday, November 5, are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The medical center will be closed on Wednesday.

Mary Christine (nee Andress) Siders passed away Sunday, September 30, in St. Ignace. Mary was born and grew up on Mackinac Island and she attended the Thomas W. Ferry School. She worked on the Island for many years. She will be laid to rest in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery Saturday, October 27. Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

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

The last 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass at Ste. Anne’s Church will be Saturday, October 13. Sunday Mass will be at 10:30 a.m.

Kevin Leveille and his brother Tim, along with two friends, spent a week on Isle Royale. It was a great experience, but the last day they had very high winds and the boat could not come to pick them up. They had to spend an extra night, so they were very glad to finally get home.

Happy birthday to Ashley Gough and Frank Bloswick Sr. October 12, Alex Gillespie October 13, Paul Fisher October 14, Levi Porter and Charlie Lilliquist October 15, Megan Winkel Mc- Nulty October 19, Kathleen Rickley October 21, Danielle Wightman and Mason McLean October 23, Irene Rickley, Sara Bunker Sutherland, 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.

Jeff and Peggy Naber, along with their young son, Nicholas, enjoyed this past weekend on Mackinac visiting family and friends.

Family and friends gathered at the Windermere Hotel Saturday, September 22, to celebrate John and Sandy Korzek’s 50th wedding anniversary. Michael Bird and his wife traveled from Colorado to join in the festivities. Congratulations to John and Sandy from Island friends. Everyone had a great time.

We appreciate the Wawashkamo Golf Club, who hosted a golf tournament Thursday, October 4, to benefit the Meals on Snowmobile program. It was a great success and lots of fun.

Dan and Diane Shea recently departed Mackinac for their winter home in Atlanta, Georgia.

We send special get-well wishes to Bob Benser Sr., who is a patient at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Best wishes from Island friends.

John and Lois Findley are visiting their son Brian and family at Small Point Bed and Breakfast. It’s nice to have them back on the Island.

Robert and Annette Gillespie will leave Mackinac Thursday, October 18, for their winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida. Have fun in the sun.

Armand “Smi” Horn is a patient at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace. He would enjoy hearing from his many friends on the Island.

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team, who is 11-1 by defeating Beaver Island this past weekend. The Lady Lakers volleyball team was also victorious over Beaver Island. Go Lakers!

Brian and Barbara Hellis left Mackinac this past week for their winter home in Northville. Have a good winter.

Tucker Bunker of Georgia recently visited family and friends on Mackinac. He enjoyed lunch at Grand Hotel Saturday, September 29, with his good friend, Tom Pfeiffelmann.

The Carriage House dining room at the Iroquois Hotel will close for the season Sunday, October 14.

Mike Olson, Rick Linn, Anne St. Onge, Christine Rollins, and Stephanie Fortino traveled to Madeline Island, Wisconsin, Sunday, September 30, to attend the “Island Summit.” Last year it was held on Beaver Island. It’s a great conference.

Sushi Grand will close for the season Saturday, October 6. Woods Restaurant will close Sunday, October 7, and The Jockey Club will close Monday, October 8. Grand Hotel will close Monday, October 29. We wish everyone a restful and relaxing winter.

Helen Wolfgang recently visited her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Brad Chambers.

Cassandra Crandle of Grand Rapids visited her parents, Tony and Tammy Frazier, this past weekend.

Richard and Mary Doud visited friends in Houghton this past weekend.

Dr. Dean and Shannon Schueller enjoyed their cottage in the Annex this past weekend.

It was nice to see Kathy Bodwin at the soccer game Friday, September 28.

Enjoy the fall colors!

Return to top

Since I have only recently

Since I have only recently discovered my heritage takes me to the Island, I am keenly interested in reading this publication to learn about relatives residing there. I am somehow probably related to Mary Christine Andress Siders, who recently passed away (my sincere condolences to the family). My maternal grandmother was an Andress. I am interested in learning about my ancestors, who apparently occupied the Island since the 1800's.
Click here for digital edition
2018-10-06 digital edition