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Island Faces Another Sewer Moratorium as Capacity Dwindles

Historic Districts Back on Table

Two issues smoldering for some time on Mackinac Island will see some light next Wednesday, December 19, when the city council entertains a new moratorium for sewer hook-ups and moves closer to a vote on two downtown historic districts. To address the sewer problem, Mayor Margaret Doud has appointed an emergency committee of all members of the city council and […]

Michigan Politics

Snyder Reversal Sparks Big Controversy

Before Governor Rick Snyder’s abrupt flip-flop last week on legislation to make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in the nation, he said it was too divisive an issue for it to be “on my agenda.” Now that it is high-profile on his agenda, just how divisive it is has became quickly apparent in a state that is a cradle of […]

Support Formation Of Historic Districts

To the Editor: I strongly urge the Mackinac Island City Council to support the creation of two new historic districts in the City of Mackinac Island downtown area. As I mentioned in my letter to the city dated June 26, 2012, I believe that Mackinac has a unique quality in its combination of natural beauty and historic significance that we […]

Readers Praise Mackinac Island Town Crier

To the Editor: I’ve enjoyed your paper since 1976, when my daughter was employed at Grand Hotel for that summer season. You can’t imagine what joy your publication has given me through the years, and how I look forward to receiving it. Jeannette Doud is wonderful! Thank you for providing us with such an entertaining and informative newspaper. Rosemary Monaghan […]

New Hotels Proposed at Arnold Dock, And on Market Street

Two new hotel proposals were tabled by the Mackinac Island Planning Commission Tuesday, December 11, to permit more study of the proposals by commissioners. A 30-room, threestory hotel on Main Street at the head of the Arnold Dock, with archways to permit traffic to and from the dock, is proposed by Ira Green, and an 18-room, threestory bed and breakfast […]

For the Record

The article “Public Works Must Find Revenue To Support Solid Waste Operations,” published in the Town Crier October 6, incorrectly stated that selling recycled materials amounted to $8,063 in revenue on Mackinac Island. The actual amount raised in recycled materials for 2012 is $76,340.74. An article published October 6 announcing the new board members of Mackinac Associates incorrectly identifies Mary […]


Sunday, December 9, was a very windy and overcast day. At approximately 3 p.m., snow started to fall and by Monday morning, December 10, about five inches covered the ground, making Mackinac Island a winter wonderland. You could hear the sound of snowmobiles as students and workers jumped aboard and headed to work or school. It’s wonderful to have snow […]

Benoni Lachance, Who Died in 1919, Gets Corrected Headstone

When Benoni Lachance died in 1919, the Civil War veteran was carried to his grave at the Catholic Cemetery by his six sons, and he was laid to rest with a proper tribute from his comrades in the Pratt Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was a charter member and former commander. But the headstone […]

Island Student Onaca Bennett Shares Experience in Japan

Onaca Bennett, a senior at Mackinac Island Public School, traveled more than 8,000 miles during her summer break, from June to August, to participate in the Labo International Exchange program. She received funds through scholarships from the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Onaca has studied Japanese for two years through online classes, and hopes that the experience of traveling to Japan might […]