Mackinac Island Artists Featured in Petoskey Exhibit

Crooked Tree Show Seeks To Tell Story of Island’s Art Culture

Creating an art exhibition means taking the experiences and inspirations behind the works of art and presenting them to an audience. For a new exhibit at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, curator Gail DeMeyere sees it as an opportunity to tell the story of the artistic talent that is richly engrained in Mackinac Island. Ms. DeMeyere has been […]

Legislation Would Strip City Power To Franchise; Cut Fee

Control Would Be in Hands of MPSC

Two new bills introduced to the Michigan Senate Tuesday, May 29, may strip the city of Mackinac Island’s power to charge a ferry franchise fee and, instead, put the responsibility in the hands of the Michigan Public Service Commission. “This seems to be another chapter in the ongoing battle between the city and between the various boat lines,” said Dennis […]

Fort Mackinac Upgrades Proposed, And Changes for Michilimackinac

While the Fort Mackinac cannon fired outside, a wisp of smoke and the caustic smell of gunpowder drifting in through an open window, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission voted unanimously to adopt a new five-year plan for the future of the park’s historical resources. The plan, adopted at its meeting Friday, May 25, extends through 2017 and outlines the […]

Lilac Festival Begins June 8

The lilacs are now in bloom on Mackinac Island, and this spring, monarchs and other butterflies are plentiful, Trish Martin reports in her Nature Notes column in this issue. The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrates these signature flowers. The festival will begin next week, Friday, June 8, and continue through Sunday, June 17. (Photograph by Candi Dunnigan)

Conference Aims To Aid Communities In Planning Healthy Choices

Encouraging healthy lifestyles, everything to eating right to getting plenty of exercise, requires planning and community engagement. That was a strong message offered by many of the presentations at the Healthy Communities Conference Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, at Mission Point Resort. Hosted by the Sault Tribe’s Strategic Alliance for Health and the Center for Disease Control Healthy […]

Michigan Politics

A Look At Michigan Congressional Races

With one possible exception, the hottest action in this year’s Michigan’s congressional campaigns will be far downstate, where some incumbents face stiff primary competition in part because of redistricting and also because of rise of the right in the GOP. The exception is in the sprawling, 31-county, northernmost 1st District, where freshman Representative Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) faces a rematch […]

Reader Appreciates Online Version


To the Editor: I am a recent subscriber to the Mackinac Island Town Crier. I would like to thank you for making it available in a mobile friendly version online. It is a pleasure to read. Brian Westphal Ypsilanti Editor’s Note: The online edition is identical to the print edition. It is available at www.mackinacisland

Economic Development Effort Pitched by County Commissioners

Mackinac Island City Council

Taxable values are rising on Mackinac Island, and could provide $12,941.88 in additional tax revenue without changing the current millage of 8.0472, the Mackinac Island City Council learned Wednesday, May 30. While it took no action this week, the council has 10 days to set its millage for the current year and will ponder the option of lowering it. At […]

City Makes Committee Appointments

City committee and commission appointments were made and approved at the Mackinac Island City Council meeting Wednesday, May 30, an annual process. City Council Committees Public Safety: Armin Porter, Dan Wightman, Sam Barnwell. Ordinances and Licenses: Jason St. Onge, Anneke Myers, Armin Porter. Finance, Claims, Taxes and Insurance: Anneke Myers, Armin Porter, Jason St. Onge. Transportation: Armin Porter, Frank Bloswick, […]

MISPC Approves Licenses

Meeting Friday, May 25, at Fort Mackinac, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission approved 50 new rental bicycle licenses for Island House and 19 for Mackinac Wheels, allowing those rental bikes to be operated in the Mackinac Island State Park. . to be used within the park bounds. Commissioners approved sub-leases for Alice Myron’s East Bluff cottager for the months […]