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Students Reenact 1814 Island Battle

Kindergarten through third grade students portray American, Native American, and British soldiers during a reenactment of an 1814 battle on Mackinac Island. Pictured are (from left) Nicholas Davis as Native American leader L’Espagnol, Sadie Johnson as a British soldier, teacher Laura Eiseler, and Emily Modd as Yellow Dog, who killed Major Andrew Holmes in the historic battle. Story, page 5 […]

Island Restaurants Make Move to Smoke-free Dining



Three Curtis restaurants and one Mackinac Island restaurant have become smoke-free establishments in recent weeks, ahead of proposed legislation that would ban smoking in all workplaces throughout the state, including restaurants and bars, because of heightened concerns of the dangers of secondhand smoke to workers and the public. The bill passed the Senate May 8, and is now under consideration […]

Ferry Lines Add $3 Fuel Surcharge



As fuel prices continue to climb, Mackinac Island’s ferry lines, Arnold Transit, Star Line, and Shepler’s, have all added a $3 fuel surcharge to their ticket prices to cope with the rising costs of diesel. The price of a round-trip ticket without the surcharge was $22 for adults and $11 for children. Fuel prices rose far more than the ferry […]

Kite Fliers Clean Up Mackinac Island Beach



The beach at Windermere Point is a bit cleaner now that Ben Nye and the staff of Great Turtle Toys battled rain and wind to pick up litter Wednesday, May 21. The group found a lot of plastic and lost socks. The store uses the property, owned by Jeannette and Margaret Doud, to fly its kites. Pictured (from left) are […]

Island To Observe Memorial Day



Interpreter soldiers from Fort Mackinac and members of Mackinac Island’s American Legion Post 299 will pay tribute to the Mackinac Island soldiers who lost their lives in service to their country Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. Fort historical interpreters, dressed in uniforms of the U.S. Army 23rd Regiment of Infantry that served Fort Mackinac in the 1880s, will march from […]

Church Services



Trinity Episcopal Church and The Little Stone Church will hold Memorial Day services Sunday, May 25, to reflect on past community members and to remember those who died in the service of their country. A special Memorial Sunday service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 25. Worshipers will be given a list of about 150 […]

Island Recreation Events Announced for This Summer



A wildflower tour of Mackinac Island led by local botanist Trish Martin Tuesday, May 27, will begin a summer schedule of activities planned by the Mackinac Island Recreation Department. The tour will begin at Bogan Lane Inn at 1 p.m. Bogan Lane is east of Marquette Park and the Island House. The tour is free and no reservations are necessary. […]

American Legion Post Will Clean Vets’ Headstones



Cleaning headstones of war veterans and compiling a list of local veterans who served in the American Civil War are two projects members of the Mackinac Island American Legion Post 299 are conducting this summer. The post is asking the public for help in volunteering and raising funds for these projects. Starting Sunday, May 25, American Legion members will begin […]

Nationally-known Storyteller Delights Students With Tales



Storyteller Betty Manion experienced her first time telling stories on an island when she visited Mackinac Island Public Schools Friday, May 9. Ms. Manion shared her engaging tales with grades kindergarten through seven. Her visit, hosted by the Mackinac Island Arts Council, was part of this year’s Music in the Schools Program. “This is my first time going to a […]

Island To Receive Enhanced 9-1-1 Services by Late July



Mackinac Island should have enhanced 9-1-1 service by late July, following verification of about 1,000 addresses and telephone numbers. “We’re really close,” said Bryce Tracy, the Mackinac County 9-1-1 coordinator who is working with AT&T on the project. Mackinac Island joined the Mackinac County Enhanced 9-1-1 emergency telephone service in 2002, but has not been able to take advantage of […]