2018-12-08 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

It’s Christmas time on Mackinac, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. We are hoping that Jack Frost comes and waves his magic wand so that we will get some Christmas snow. The Christmas spirit is here with decorations all over the Island, including the Huron with a lighted tree on her bow and lights on the railings. The beautiful swans have returned and glide around the harbor so gracefully. It’s a magical season on Mackinac.

As the moon lighted the Straits of Mackinac on a cool, crisp evening, folks gathered Friday, November 30, around the city Christmas tree on Main Street. With a light dusting of snow on the ground, the spirit of the season was in the air. On each lamppost hung a beautiful, fresh, lighted wreath with a big red bow. The manger scene glowed in the winter darkness. Many Christmas carols were sung under the direction of Trish Martin, and as everyone was singing “O Christmas Tree,” Jordan Fisher, along with Mayor Margaret Doud, flipped the switch and the tree burst into an amazing sight. All the folks were wished a Merry Christmas before moving on to a pig roast behind the Stuart House. Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, and cookies were served. It was a fun event and enjoyed by many. We appreciate Mike Ruddle and Adam Chambers for preparing the tree and wreaths. We also appreciate Dennis Dombroski for bringing the Christmas tree from his farm in Cheboygan, and Mike Olson, Dennis Bradley, Dan Goehler, Rick Peterson, Robert Chambers, Deb Carley, Jackie Bradley, Lisa Olson, Brenda Bunker, Gila Grossman, and Karen Oakley for helping with the pig roast. We also appreciate the Christmas carolers. The music was great.


Sporting a Christmas Grinch shirt, Andy Dziobak enjoys lunch in the Community Hall, flanked by frequent Island visitors Madelyn LePage of Warren (left) and Marilyn Broner of Columbus, Michigan, who traveled about 300 miles to attend the Christmas Bazaar. Sporting a Christmas Grinch shirt, Andy Dziobak enjoys lunch in the Community Hall, flanked by frequent Island visitors Madelyn LePage of Warren (left) and Marilyn Broner of Columbus, Michigan, who traveled about 300 miles to attend the Christmas Bazaar. The beauty of the season fills us with delight!


Leanne Brodeur holds her birch bark painting of the Mackinac Island beaver she donated to the Christmas Bazaar live auction. Leanne Brodeur holds her birch bark painting of the Mackinac Island beaver she donated to the Christmas Bazaar live auction. With anticipation and excitement, folks entered the historic John Jacob Astor Warehouse (Community Hall) Saturday, December 1, for the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar. The porch was draped with garland and lighted trees guided the way. Opening the doors, everyone could see that Gwen Bagbey had transformed the hall into a festive Christmas scene. Before the bazaar started, there was a moment of silence in remembrance of Armand “Smi” Horn, who always enjoyed the bazaar. May he rest in peace. As folks went shopping for the perfect Christmas present, they first stopped by the raffle table, where Heather Chambers, Wilma Green, Stacy Ansell, and Sara Chambers helped many eager customers. Everyone enjoyed great malts, hot fudge sundaes, and other tasty treats from the sundae booth. The Santa elves in this booth were Ken and Lori Straight and the John Hubel family. The bake sale offered delicious cookies, bread, party mix, and many other baked goods. Joan Barch, Luann Calandrino, Jill Sawatzki, Pam French, and Julie Fisher assisted the customers.


Tony Spata displays one of two life rings signed by the crew of the Wilfred Sykes freighter donated to the live auction by crewmember Scott Proper. Tony Spata displays one of two life rings signed by the crew of the Wilfred Sykes freighter donated to the live auction by crewmember Scott Proper. The White Elephant Booth had a wide variety of items for Christmas shopping. This year personalized Christmas stockings and Christmas Bazaar shopping bags were featured. There were Christmas decorations and interesting items. Assisting the customers were Jackie Bradley, Laurie Williams, Aubrey Cole, Dr. Gregory Hessler, and Kate Dupre. The smell of fresh balsam filled the air in the plant booth with wreaths, garland, hand-painted ornaments by Trish Martin, and many other beautiful items. Trish was assisted by Joan Slater, Mary Dufina, Sue Sisson, Rogene Huibregtse, and Leanne Brodeur.


Michael Maltby (right) gets control of the ball for the St. Ignace Storms as teammate Molly Krell follows in close pursuit during the annual street hockey game. Michael Maltby (right) gets control of the ball for the St. Ignace Storms as teammate Molly Krell follows in close pursuit during the annual street hockey game. The live auction was very spirited with items ranging from autographed life rings from the Wilfred Sykes, a Mackinac Bridge tower tour, dinners, snowmobile caboose, and so many more. Kay Hoppenrath, Mellie Hagenbaugh, and Loretta Spata assisted our famous auctioneer, Mike Carley, who kept the crowd entertained. Lorna Straus was in charge of the auction paddles. Helping Mike were Sid DeHaan, Gene Hagenbaugh, Tony Spata, Rick Peterson, and Tony Frazier.


Bob and Katie Lohff await Santa outside the Fire Hall with their children (from left) 11-month-old William, Steven, and Molly. (Photograph by David Latva) Bob and Katie Lohff await Santa outside the Fire Hall with their children (from left) 11-month-old William, Steven, and Molly. (Photograph by David Latva) The aromas from the kitchen filled the air. The menu ranged from Deb’s famous nachos to a complete prime rib dinner with salad bar and Lori Meyer’s desserts. Assisting Deb Carley in the kitchen were John Cadotte, Shane Moore, Mike Iles, Gila Grossman, Brenda Bunker, Sue Chambers, Karen Oakley, Lannie Castagne, Deb Carroll, Betty Daniels, Jennifer Roy, Gene Hagenbaugh, and Lisa Laitinen. Dishwashers were Ben Horn, Roy Bessell, Sid DeHaan, and Clark Bloswick.

The silent auction had wonderful bargains and the bidding became spirited. Amy Goehler, Sheri Gough, Kathleen Rickley, and Mary Predl helped the many buyers.

Also at the silent auction booth, decorated trees were featured. Amy Goehler, Lisa Olson, and Margo Hessler did an excellent job and everyone was excited to see all the trees decorated with great creativity.


All bundled up against the cold, young Adalynn Coleman waits with her parents, Dusty and Chelsea Coleman, for Santa Claus to appear. All bundled up against the cold, young Adalynn Coleman waits with her parents, Dusty and Chelsea Coleman, for Santa Claus to appear. At 1 p.m. sirens could be heard as the fire engine arrived with the jolly old elf, Santa Claus, riding on top. He carried a large bag on his back as he entered the hall and wished everyone a very Merry Christmas. He then hurried on his way to hear all the requests from the good boys and girls. As he departed for the Mackinac Island Airport, where his team of reindeer were waiting, he reminded everyone to be good and said he would be back on Christmas Eve.

The raffles were drawn Monday, December 3, at 2:30 p.m. as follows:

Sundae Booth: stuffed owl, Trish Martin; plant booth: basket of goodies, Lily Schoenborn; 50/50: Irene Rickley; kitchen raffle: snowmobile caboose, Anneke Myers; 50 gallons of gas, Lorna Straus; $1,000: John Gault; $500: Anneke Myers; $500: Mackinac Island Recreation Department; $500: Lisa Barnwell; $500: Steve Grimm; $500: Michelle Bottrall; $100: Matt Galinski, and the 2018 Ski-Doo snowmobile: Patti Ann Moskwa.


Children celebrate Santa’s arrival. Children celebrate Santa’s arrival. We appreciate everyone who donated, worked, or attended the Christmas Bazaar and also our friends from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. We appreciate Gwen Bagbey for setting up the hall, Dennis Dombroski, Mike Olson, and the Department of Public Works crew, the Mackinac Island Police Department, Sid DeHaan and members of American Legion Post 299, Grand Hotel for tables, Mackinac Island Lions Club, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Mackinac Island Service Company, Tammy Frazier for typing the auction lists and soliciting salads, Carrie Kaminen for sending out letters, Doud’s Market and to everyone who donated to help defray the cost of the snowmobile, wreaths, garland and prime rib, Mission Point Resort for the great teardown crew, Star Line, Shepler’s, and Arnold Freight, Lori Myers, Cub McLean, Stanley Gugin, Mike Carley, and Joan Slater and all the girls at First National Bank. We are truly grateful for the tremendous generosity. The bazaar grossed more than $60,000 and will be divided among Ste. Anne’s Church, Little Stone Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Mackinac Island Bible Church, and the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Mackinac is a great community and this event is a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the Christmas Bazaar committee members.


Nurses Amy Goehler (left) and Mary Predl, who just recently moved to the Island full-time to work at the medical center, volunteer at the silent auction table. The display of miniature Christmas trees behind them were decorated by local businesses and individuals and were auctioned during the Festival of Trees. Nurses Amy Goehler (left) and Mary Predl, who just recently moved to the Island full-time to work at the medical center, volunteer at the silent auction table. The display of miniature Christmas trees behind them were decorated by local businesses and individuals and were auctioned during the Festival of Trees. Monday, December 3, at the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, some students from Mackinac Island Public School sold gift tags and Christmas cards they made as an educational project to learn life skills.


Greeted by cheers and joyous waves from children and adults alike, Santa Claus arrives on Mackinac Island Saturday, December 1. Greeted by cheers and joyous waves from children and adults alike, Santa Claus arrives on Mackinac Island Saturday, December 1. Caroline LaPine, 94, has spent many years making items for the Christmas Bazaar. She had a booth filled with dolls, trains, snowmen, baby blankets, and many other items. She is retired now, but she spent three days at the bazaar and enjoyed every moment. She visited with friends, did some bidding on the auction, and found some Christmas gifts at the booths. This truly is the Christmas spirit!


Childhood friends Crystal Stewart of South Euclid, Ohio, (left) and Hallie Wiese of Howell display their finds from the handmade table at the Christmas Bazaar. The pair, who had traveled to the Island for a skiing trip, were disappointed to discover nearly all the snow here had melted, but the holiday spirit helped to brighten their trip. Childhood friends Crystal Stewart of South Euclid, Ohio, (left) and Hallie Wiese of Howell display their finds from the handmade table at the Christmas Bazaar. The pair, who had traveled to the Island for a skiing trip, were disappointed to discover nearly all the snow here had melted, but the holiday spirit helped to brighten their trip. Members of Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski American Legion Post 299 will sponsor a Christmas party for all the Island children Sunday, December 16, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Community Hall.

The play that the Mackinac Island Community Theater held Saturday, December 1, under the direction of Lisa Olson, with the support of the Mackinac Arts Council and Mackinac Island Community Foundation, was a great success. More than 200 people attended the “Behind the Pageant” at Mission Point Theater. It was great to see the children and adults working together to make the play successful. What a wonderful addition to the Christmas Bazaar weekend. We appreciate the Mackinac Island Community Theater for donating $500 to the Christmas Bazaar.


Dennis Bradley bastes the pig that was roasted for the community dinner Friday, November 30, following the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The pig was donated by Doud’s Market. Dennis Bradley bastes the pig that was roasted for the community dinner Friday, November 30, following the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The pig was donated by Doud’s Market. Many folks were here for the Christmas Bazaar from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City and other places, including Betty BeDour and her friend, Duane, Carol Rearick, Brad Conkey and his sons, John and Marie Hulett, Tim and Sherri Plutchak, Sharon Hahn, Michigan State Police Trooper Shelley Izzard and her son, and many visitors who had fun at the Christmas Bazaar and seeing Mackinac in the winter.

We send special Christmas greetings to Albert “Buck” and Alice Sharrow in Charlevoix. We missed you at the Christmas Bazaar.


Angie Bunker of St. Ignace, whose son, Mark, lives on the Island, and Kim Hagen of St. Ignace peruse the items for sale in the Christmas Bazaar live auction. Angie Bunker of St. Ignace, whose son, Mark, lives on the Island, and Kim Hagen of St. Ignace peruse the items for sale in the Christmas Bazaar live auction. It was nice to see Patty LaPine on Mackinac helping Murdick’s with fudge orders. It’s great that Bruce is doing well. We look forward to having you back on Mackinac in the spring.

Elliot Cohen, 94, passed away Wednesday, November 21. Elliot and his late wife, Rita Sue, owned Hedgecliffe for many years. They loved Mackinac Island and spent many happy summers on the Island. May he rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

Wishes for a holiday season that is bright and beautiful!

Brian Hellis, 87, beloved hus band of Barbara McIntyre Hellis for 18 years, passed away Thursday, November 22, in Northville. Brian and Barbara spent many happy summers on Mackinac Island. He enjoyed dinners at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club, attending services at Little Stone Church, and going to town on his scooter to get the newspaper. This summer, Brian was very happy when a new addition came into their family, a three-month-old golden doodle puppy named Tommy. Tommy was great company for Brian. Brian had many friends on Mackinac. A memorial service will be held in June at Little Stone Church. Memorial contributions may be directed to Little Stone Church or Camp Kesum. An obituary appears in this issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier. May he rest in peace. Those wishing to offer their sympathy and condolences to Barbara may do so at the following address: 16948 Lochmoor Circle East, Northville, MI 48168.


Kay Hoppenrath pauses during her volunteer shift at the Christmas Bazaar to enjoy a crowded Community Hall. Kay Hoppenrath pauses during her volunteer shift at the Christmas Bazaar to enjoy a crowded Community Hall. The Mass schedule at Ste. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island is as follows: Sunday, December 9, Sunday, December 16, and Sunday, December 23, at 12:30 p.m.; Christmas Eve service Monday, December 24, at 6 p.m., and New Year’s Day service Tuesday, January 1, at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday, November 30, at the age of 94, came here in 1992 for a conference at Grand Hotel and to lead the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, the only sitting president to walk the bridge. Here, he chats with Walter and Sally North of St. Ignace. Mr. North was executive secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority at the time and would later serve eight years in the Michigan Senate. (Photograph courtesy of Jim North) President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday, November 30, at the age of 94, came here in 1992 for a conference at Grand Hotel and to lead the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, the only sitting president to walk the bridge. Here, he chats with Walter and Sally North of St. Ignace. Mr. North was executive secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority at the time and would later serve eight years in the Michigan Senate. (Photograph courtesy of Jim North) We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Jim Marks, who passed away Wednesday, December 5. Jim was employed as chief of police for several years on Mackinac and he had many friends on the Island. May he rest in peace.


MaryAnn and Bob Gale enjoy the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar. (Photograph by David Latva) MaryAnn and Bob Gale enjoy the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar. (Photograph by David Latva) In the Classic Chicago magazine, an article entitled “My Favorite Afternoon Teas” by Bob Glaze described afternoon teas around the world, and one was at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Grand Hotel is the most elegant place in the United States, and opened in 1887. It became a summer destination for vacationers from Chicago, Detroit, and other Midwest cities. Grand Hotel has tea from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parlor every afternoon with live music. This has been a tradition for more than 100 years. What great Mackinac publicity!

Best wishes to Larry, Sr. and Irene Rickley, who will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary December 16. Enjoy your day.


Above: The Mackinac Island Town Crier went along on a trip to France in late October. Enjoying their chateau (built in 1734) in Isle-sur- Marne in the Champagne Ardenne region are (from left) Wes and Mary Maurer and Bill and Patty Peek from St. Ignace, Walter and Lisa Hart from Philadelphia, Candi and Brian Dunnigan from Mackinac Island, and Betsy and Clyde Hart from St. Ignace. The group toured museums in Paris, cathedrals at Reims and Troyes, a Champagne vineyard, and World War I battlefields and memorials from the Verdun and the Meuse-Argonne campaigns. Above: The Mackinac Island Town Crier went along on a trip to France in late October. Enjoying their chateau (built in 1734) in Isle-sur- Marne in the Champagne Ardenne region are (from left) Wes and Mary Maurer and Bill and Patty Peek from St. Ignace, Walter and Lisa Hart from Philadelphia, Candi and Brian Dunnigan from Mackinac Island, and Betsy and Clyde Hart from St. Ignace. The group toured museums in Paris, cathedrals at Reims and Troyes, a Champagne vineyard, and World War I battlefields and memorials from the Verdun and the Meuse-Argonne campaigns. In honor of Brian Leigh Dunnigan’s upcoming retirement after 22 years of service as William L. Clements Library map curator and associate director, a Brian Leigh Dunnigan Fellowship in the history of cartography has been created. During his tenure, Brian oversaw the fellowship program and mentored many fellows during their stay in Ann Arbor. The new fellowship supports research using the Clements Library Cartographic collection. Congratulations and best wishes to Brian from Island friends.


Some members of the Grand Summer Camp, a group from around the country who gather each fall at Grand Hotel’s Jazz Festival, got together this fall at “Tastes and Tunes” fundraiser for the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, co-chaired by Summer Camp member Donna Szymanski Ritter. Among the musicians performing was Dave Bennett of Waterford, a popular entertainer several years at the Jazz Festival. Posing at the event (from left) are Donna Szymanski Ritter of Rochester Hills, Mike Cannon of Harrison Township, Diane Dandron of Saint Clair, Dave Bennett, Suzanne Thomas of West Bloomfield, Susan Heholt of Rochester Hills, Marianne Heholt of Rochester Hills, Deborah Reynolds McKissack of Dallas, Texas, Bobbie Scarborough Cannon of Harrison Township, Harry May of Rochester Hills, Maggie Myers of Livonia, Kelly McKissack of Dallas, Robin May of Rochester Hills, and Luigi Iafano of Livonia. (Photograph provided by Deborah Reynolds McKissack) Some members of the Grand Summer Camp, a group from around the country who gather each fall at Grand Hotel’s Jazz Festival, got together this fall at “Tastes and Tunes” fundraiser for the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, co-chaired by Summer Camp member Donna Szymanski Ritter. Among the musicians performing was Dave Bennett of Waterford, a popular entertainer several years at the Jazz Festival. Posing at the event (from left) are Donna Szymanski Ritter of Rochester Hills, Mike Cannon of Harrison Township, Diane Dandron of Saint Clair, Dave Bennett, Suzanne Thomas of West Bloomfield, Susan Heholt of Rochester Hills, Marianne Heholt of Rochester Hills, Deborah Reynolds McKissack of Dallas, Texas, Bobbie Scarborough Cannon of Harrison Township, Harry May of Rochester Hills, Maggie Myers of Livonia, Kelly McKissack of Dallas, Robin May of Rochester Hills, and Luigi Iafano of Livonia. (Photograph provided by Deborah Reynolds McKissack) Friends may remember Bev Benjamin with a card during the holiday season. Her address is 965 Hager Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770.

Lorna Straus toured national parks out west in November with her sons, Frank and Chris. She returned to Mackinac Island November 26.

Ed and Nancy Pfeiffelman departed Mackinac December 5 for Colorado, where they will join their son, Edson, for the winter.

Best wishes to Jack and Karen Barnwell, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 19. Have a great day.

At Christmas time these wishes come especially for you, to wish you a season filled with smiles and special moments!

Wally Peck worked many years on Mackinac Island. He came to the Island this summer to attend the funeral of Frank Nephew. Wally has many friends on the Island, who may remember him with a card during the holidays at the following address: 400 East Lakeshore Drive, Manistique, MI 49854.

Dave and Karla Redman visited their daughter-in-law, Pollyanna Redman, over Christmas Bazaar weekend. They had a great time visiting family and friends.

The late Leo and Annie Krzeminski’s granddaughter, Jenny, and their great-grandson, Dakota, visited their Island family this past weekend and attended the Christmas Bazaar.

Bernie Nguyen, a former Mack inac Island Town Crier intern, and now an attorney in Maryland, was on “Jeopardy” Monday, December 3. There is always a Mackinac connection.

The Mackinac Red Wings played a hockey game against the St. Ignace Storms Saturday, December 1. Ron France served as captain of the Red Wings team because Jamie Bynoe was out of town. The Wings defeated the Storms 6-5. These games are always a lot of fun.

Mark, Robert, and Richard Chambers and Jamie Bynoe traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, December 2. They stayed with Nancy Chambers LaBorde and her husband, Jean, in Crivitz, Wisconsin. Everyone had a great time.

The United States Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw of Cheboygan delivered 1,200 Christmas trees to Chicago families in need the first week in December. The Christmas tree ship dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, when Chicago would get the majority of their Christmas trees from the Upper Peninsula. The tradition commemorates the sinking of the Christmas ship, Rouse Simmons, in 1912. The Mackinaw brings joy to many during the holiday season.

Happy birthday to Bob Raisch December 8, Jase Mosley December 9, Jeannie McGreevy, Jennifer Wightman, and Brevin St. Onge December 12, Louis Michael Doud and Nancy Pfeiffelman December 13, Rick Linn and Kennedy Taylor December 14, Mandy Wandrie December 15, Jane Finkel Spencer December 16, Lydia Porter December 17, Sara Chambers, Lance Greenlee, and Jadyn Rickley December 20, Ada Mae Chambers December 21, Dee Czapek, Judy Bynoe, and Paul BeDour December 22, Andrew McGreevy, Jason St. Onge, and Tim Leeper December 24, Hannah Chambers and Jerry Horn December 25, David Karhoff and Anthony Rickley December 26, Richard Bolander December 27, Jim Chambers, Mary Patay, and Dakota Horn December 29, and Carol Entwistle December 31. Hope you all have a great day.

There will be a Christmas concert with John Kissane and other musicians Sunday, December 16, at 7 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church. It is a wonderful evening of beautiful Christmas music and a great way to celebrate the season. Refreshments will follow in Ste. Anne’s Hall.

Celebrate the season!

Congratulations to the Callewaert family and Ryba’s Fudge Shops, who were honored by Comerica Bank on Thanksgiving Day during the Detroit Lions football game at halftime. There is always a Mackinac connection!

Former Fire Chief Dennis Bradley and his wife, Jackie, will be entertaining their entire family over the Christmas holiday. They will be celebrating Dennis and Jackie’s 50th wedding anniversary December 28. Congratulations from Island friends.

We send special Christmas greetings to Gary and Larry La- Pine and Mary Rogers, who are residents at Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace.

Best wishes to Mike and Deb Carley, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 31. Enjoy your day.

Christmas greetings and heartfelt wishes for peace and joy to you!

Best wishes to Captain Paul and Betsy Allers, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 28. Have a great day.

Mary McGuire’s father has been working hard to get one of the late Donald “Duck” Andress’s walking sticks placed in the Detroit Institute of Art. They have received word that the walking stick will be on permanent display at the DIA. This is a wonderful tribute to Donald.

Best wishes to Andrew and Nicole Doud, who will celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary December 18. Have a wonderful day.

We remember all the soldiers during this holiday season who are serving our country. We pray for their safe return to their families.

Saturday, December 15, at noon at the Post Cemetery, there will be a ceremony to put wreaths on all the veterans’ graves. This was a very impressive service last year and it has been expanded to put a wreath on all the veterans’ gravesites in the Island cemeteries this year. Please plan to attend.

Best wishes to Tim and Erin Leveille, who celebrated their wedding anniversary December 6. Best wishes from Island friends.

Heather Kalmbach visited her mother, Melissa Croghan, in September with her children, Calla Rose and Rafael, and the newest addition to the family, Luca Robert Garofalo, born March 5 in Amman, Jordan. Heather and her husband, Thomas Garofalo, live in Tunisia, where she works for the U.S. Department of State and he for the International Rescue Committee, both covering Libya.

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Lego robotics team, Lake-NAtors, who won the teamwork trophy at Lake Superior State University Saturday, December 1. This is a great event for the students.

David and Jennifer Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar.

Jill Sawatzki of Lansing joined everyone for a fun weekend at the Christmas Bazaar.

The annual Christmas program at Mackinac Island Public School will be held Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of great entertainment.

First National Bank is coming alive with the Christmas spirit. Lighted wreaths and garland decorate the outside of the bank and as you enter the lobby, it’s like a winter wonderland. The late Jack Ryerse, who was employed as the bank manager for many years, would be so happy because he loved to decorate for Christmas. He would always wear a red Santa hat and remember his many friends with sweet treats. Jack’s memory certainly lives on at this time of the year.

Wishing you holidays that are carefree and fun!

The Meals on Snowmobiles program will start in January. This is a tremendous service to many people on Mackinac. Chef John Cadotte does a great job. If you would like to sign up for the meals, call Leanne Brodeur at Ste. Anne’s Church at (906) 847-3507.

Please remember to feed our feathered friends throughout the frigid days of winter. They bring joy to many people.

Mark your calendar for the Twilight Turtle Trek, which will be held Saturday, January 5, Saturday, February 2, and Saturday, March 2. It starts and ends at Greaney Grove. Hot chocolate will be served. This is a great winter event.

We send special Christmas greetings to Rosie Charnes, Pat and Richard Cebelak, Mary Jane Neuman, and Suzanne Munger. Hope you all enjoy the holidays.

Murdick’s and Joann’s Fudge shops are busy getting fudge orders out to folks from far and near. It’s great to go downtown and smell the sweet aroma.

Friday, November 30, the Mackinac Island Lakers boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Beaver Island for the Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament. Teams that participated were from Mackinac Island, Beaver Island, Put-In-Bay, and Washington Island. The tournament will be held on Mackinac Island in 2019.

Students home for the holidays are Kyra Kolatski, Anthony Rickley, Meadow Greenlee, and Tyler Pereny. Hope you all enjoy your Christmas break from college.

The Mackinac Island Community Theater group will perform on “Bye Bye Birdie” in April at the Mission Point Theater. It will be a fun evening.

We send Christmas greetings to Dick Ruilson, who lives in Pelkie in the winter. Have a good winter.

Students and staff at Mackinac Island Public School will begin their Christmas break after school Friday, December 21. Classes resume Wednesday, January 2.

Laura Eiseler traveled to Australia to visit her son, Kyle. On her return, she stopped in Bali, where she was joined by Carole Erbel, who was celebrating her 60th birthday. Everyone had a great time.

The Mackinac Island Fort 2 Fort Five Mile Challenge will be held Saturday, May 11. Those wishing to participate should register early at runmackinac.com as the race is limited to 1,000 participants. This is a fun event.

Grand Hotel’s Woods Restaurant was named 2018 Best Historic Restaurant by the Historic Hotels of America. Congratulations from Island friends.

Fort Mackinac will reopen Thursday, May 2, for the 2019 season.

The question often asked by visitors in the summertime is, “What do you do on the Island during the winter?” The answer is simple: We get together with our neighbors after a busy summer. There is craft night, bingo, game night, euchre, potluck dinners, movie night, sports games at the school to attend, and many other activities.

We are going to take a sleigh ride together after dark, so we can see all the Christmas lights shimmering in the night. Here we go: Starting at Doud’s corner, we see the store, all decorated for the season. Chippewa Hotel is very festive as well as Horn’s Bar, Yankee Rebel, Tourism Bureau, Little Luxuries, Ryba Fudge, Lilac Tree Hotel, Loon Feather, Mackinac Outfitter, Iroquois, and Windermere Hotel. They are ready for the Christmas season. Continuing on Market Street, the Market Street Inn, Cottage Inn, all the city buildings, Metivier Inn, First National Bank, Mackinac Island Medical Center, Hart’s Haven, and many other homes are showing signs of the season. Turning the corner on Cadotte Avenue, there is Christmas land at Chambers Corner. There is a beautiful nativity scene with glittering angels, Santa going down the chimney, Frosty dancing around, a decorated horse, and a herd of reindeer in the pasture. Sue does an amazing job, which is certainly enjoyed by many people. Continuing up Cadotte Avenue, we continue to see the beauty of the season. Looking toward the Mackinac Bridge, we see it all dressed in red and green lights. Arriving in Harrisonville, the spirit of the season is seen everywhere. There are characters from “Frozen” dancing in the breeze, Santa checking his list, Frosty leading a parade down the street, and Rudolph waiting to lead Santa’s sleigh. It is a winter wonderland. Traveling through the woods, Stonecliffe, Woodbluff, Trillium Heights, Stonebrooke, British Landing, Annex, and East Bluff are ready for Santa’s arrival. Coming down Mission Hill, Mission Point Resort reflects the holiday season. Bells at Ste. Anne’s will ring in the Christmas message of “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.” Looking out towards Round Island Passage, a freighter bedecked for the season glides by, and Fort Mackinac stands stalwart with a lighted tree. It is truly a magical time of the year on Mackinac Island.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a very peaceful New Year!

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I was a little late reading

I was a little late reading my much loved Town Crier this year. However I have really enjoyed a "trip home" in a delightful read. Margaret's column is wonderful. She has outdone herself with the detailed tale of the real life of Mackinac off season. I could feel the excitement of the Bazaar. The cooperation of the town came to life in the column. Jeannette would love it! Dan and I both admired every bit of town in it's decorated splendor as seen from a horse drawn sleigh! Thank you for a very entertaining journal. Virginia
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