2019-02-09 / Columnists



The weather, the weather!! Last week we had freezing temperatures and lots of snow. This week we’ve had freezing rain and fog. The groundhog did not see his shadow, so he is predicting an early spring. During the cold weather and snow, the Island was just beautiful with snow hanging from the trees. It looked like a winter wonderland. Now we have extremely slippery conditions with lots of rain. Tuesday, February 5, the temperature dropped to 15 degrees above zero. It’s cold and slippery. The skies are clear, so the plane is flying. Every day is different on Mackinac.

A Twilight Turtle Trek was held Saturday, February 2, starting at Greany Grove. It was a perfect Mackinac Island evening and a large crowd enjoyed cross-country skiing. Mackinac State Historic Parks built a wonderful skating rink in front of the Boy Scouts barracks, and Saturday evening the rink was filled with adults and kids having a great time. There was music and hot chocolate. This is a tremendous addition to the winter activities on the Island. We appreciate Sue Topham, Myron Johnson, and Justin Wright for doing such a great job.

Morning sun highlights a powder snow at the Margaret McIntire home on the boardwalk in February. (Photograph by Matt Myers) Morning sun highlights a powder snow at the Margaret McIntire home on the boardwalk in February. (Photograph by Matt Myers) The Winter Festival was a great success. Saturday, February 2, was a beautiful day and games for the kids were held at Great Turtle Park. Chef Rodney Myers cooked hot dogs and brats, which were enjoyed by all. A delicious brunch was served Sunday, February 3, by an excellent crew. Folks enjoyed bidding on items at the silent auction, voted on photographs for the calendar, bought baked goods at the bake sale, and enjoyed many other activities. It was a fun event, and we appreciate everyone who worked hard at the festival.

Congratulations to Lisa Dziobak, who received the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award Sunday, February 3, at the Winter Festival brunch. Lisa has been a resident of Mackinac Island for 26 years, and she married Corporal Andy Dziobak 18 years ago. They have one daughter, Brooke, who is a sophomore at Mackinac Island Public School. Lisa is a very active and dedicated member of our community. She is very helpful with school functions, the Winter Festival, and teen night, and is always there to lend a helping hand. Best wishes from Island friends.

Mackinac Island spellers participated in the January 30 spelling bee virtually. Advancing to the next round in Pickford are (from left) seventh grader Derby Kromer, eighth grader Ethan Cotton, and eighth grader Jack Kaminen. (Mackinac Island Public School photograph) Mackinac Island spellers participated in the January 30 spelling bee virtually. Advancing to the next round in Pickford are (from left) seventh grader Derby Kromer, eighth grader Ethan Cotton, and eighth grader Jack Kaminen. (Mackinac Island Public School photograph) We send best wishes to Barbara Hellis, who had knee-replacement surgery Monday, February 4. Friends may remember her with a card at the following address: 16948 Lochmoor Circle East, Northville, MI 48168.

There will be a Valentine’s Day concert Saturday, February 16, at 7 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church. John Kissane and other musicians will perform. Refreshments will be served in Ste. Anne’s Hall following the concert.

Congratulations to Derby Kromer, Ethan Cotton, and Jack Kaminen, who advanced to the Regional Spelling Bee at Pickford Wednesday, February 20. Good luck to the boys.

We send get-well wishes to Kitty Horn, who has not been feeling her best.

Best wishes to St. Ignace residents Louie Leveille and Ken Hardy, who will celebrate their birthdays February 25. Hope you both have a great day.

We send best wishes to Susan Bennett, who has not been feeling her best.

Kevin Leveille was the first 2019 guest at Windermere Hotel. It is very quiet and peaceful at the hotel this time of the year.

Happy birthday to Maggie Chambers and Kate Koboski February 10, Claire Dunnigan and Makayla Rickley February 11, Jack Parel, Kirk Lipnitz, Dennis Dufina, and Lisa Dziobak February 12, Karlena Mosley February 13, Shayleen (nee Mosley) Polzin, Doris LaPine, David Bradley, and John Hulett February 14, Lorna Straus and Jim Ball February 15, Dr. Chris Straus and Heather May February 16, Joan Slater February 17, Leanne Brodeur February 18, Norman Kolatski February 19, Lisa Barnwell, Nancy Ellison, and Sheri Gough February 22, Louann Mosley and Ann Taylor February 26, and Dale Gough February 27. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

The Teen Night program, which is held every Saturday night at Ste. Anne’s Hall, is going very well. Last week, when the Beaver Island teams were here, 38 students attended the program.

The junior class at Mackinac Island Public School will sell carnations for Valentine’s Day. The flowers are $2 each, or $20 for one dozen.

Best wishes to Cub and Kitty Horn, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary February 14. Enjoy your day.

The Meals on Snowmobiles program is going very well. Chef John Cadotte and his crew are doing a great job. Meals are delivered every Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like to receive a meal, call (906) 847-3507.

Dr. Joe Solomon, who was the Island doctor for more than 17 years, will celebrate his 97th birthday February 21. Friends may remember him with a card at the following address: 111 Countryshire Court, Kingsport, TN 37663.

Best wishes to Ike and Elaine Bunker, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary February 22. Have a wonderful day with all your children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren.

We send best wishes to Jerry Horn, who is a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Island friends wish you all the best.

Mark your calendar for the St. Patrick’s Day dinner Saturday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Hall. It’s a fun event and tickets are still available from Leanne Brodeur by calling (906) 847-3507.

Mike Straus and his daughter, Ariana, joined his mother and Ariana’s grandmother, Lorna Straus, on Mackinac for the Winter Festival this past weekend.

Congratulations to the Lady Lakers, who defeated the Grand Marais Polar Bears this past weekend. Sophomore Ella Cowell scored 39 points in the game, setting a new school record. Go Lakers!

Lisa Barnwell recently returned from a vacation in Florida.

Joan Barch and Annie Lockwood left for Mexico this week and will be gone about two weeks. Enjoy your trip.

Dr. Richard Hodgman was the doctor in residence this past weekend. Dr. Hodgman enjoys coming to Mackinac.

Rick Linn, Wendy Dawson, and Annie and Robin Dorman enjoyed a week in Mexico. They had a great time.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Police Chief Lawrence Horn February 6.

Folks are enjoying trivia on Friday nights, euchre on Sundays, bingo on Tuesdays, game night on Thursdays, movie night at Trinity Episcopal Church, basketball games at school, and many other activities. There is always something to do on Mackinac.

Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Powers visited Mackinac Saturday, February 2, to care for the horses and other animals. If you need to make an appointment with him, call (231) 881- 4408.

Jane and Brian Spencer, who live in California, visited Jane’s father, Lee Finkel, this past weekend.

Marie Bunker and Kate Dupre are vacationing in Mexico. Have fun and safe travels. Marie also enjoyed a great trip to Montana to visit friends.

Eric Cowell is representing the City of Mackinac Island in Washington, D.C. at the National Rural Water Association’s Great American Water Taste Test. Mackinac Island won the Michigan Rural Water Association Award for best tasting water earlier this year. Mackinac will be competing against all the other states. Congratulations and good luck.

The Mackinac Island Lakers will host Hannahville this weekend for their final home games. It will also be Parents Night. Go Lakers!

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation met Thursday, February 7.

Brian Bloswick is visiting his folks, Frank and Alice Bloswick, in Cape Coral, Florida. Have fun in the sun.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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