May 17, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Island Visitors See Business Changes for This Summer

Perhaps the most noticeable change this summer on Mackinac Island is the Marina, which is undergoing a $5 million renovation. More...

Bookstore To Celebrate 'Sleeping Bear' Book Anniversary July 1

The Island Bookstore will host a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the illustrated book "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" at Mackinaw City Tuesday, July 1, at 11 a.m. and at the Island store at 2 p.m. the same day. More...

Council Denies Motor Permit, Among 30

More than 30 temporary motor vehicle permits were approved and one denied by the Mackinac Island City Council Wednesday, May 7, with almost all going toward road patch work. More...

Planners Vow To Protect Island's Unique Charm

City Mulls Franchise Ordinance

Regulating franchised businesses on Mackinac Island will be the aim of a new ordinance soon to be introduced by the city's Ordinance Committee, addressing concerns that franchise operations could dilute the Island's charm as a small, More...

Geocaching Generates Large Turnout on Island

More than 100 people participated in the second annual Spring Fling Geocaching event on Mackinac Island April 25 through April 27. More...

Musser Family Recognized at St. Ignace Building Dedication

More than 50 people attended the dedication of the Marlee Brown Musser Resource Center on Ferry Lane Saturday, May 3. The building houses the Hope Chest Resale Shop and the faithbased St. More...

To Draw Tourists This Summer, Straits Area Looks Outside State

Forecast Calls for 2% Fewer Travelers, 4% Higher Costs

Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Canada, lend us your tourists. That is the promotional strategy many tourist-oriented businesses in the Straits area have in place to bolster Michigan's dreary economy. More...

Clean Environment Is Students' Goal

Kindergarten student Todd Massaway (left) and third grade student Christian Styburski paint one of the many plastic trash buckets at Mackinac Island Public School to make other students aware of their responsibility of More...

School Award Ceremony To Be Tues.

Mackinac Island Public School will recognize students for their academic and athletic accomplishments Tuesday, May 20, at the annual "Anchor Awards" ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the large gymnasium. More...

Grand Hotel Earns AAA Four Diamond Award

Ken Hayward, vice president of sales and marketing for Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel, receives the 2008 AAA Four Diamond Award during AAA Michigan's annual awards ceremony April 14 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel More...

Porter Joins Honor Society

Katherine Porter of Cheboygan was selected for membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society at Alma College. More...

Island Services To Honor Country's Guards

Interpreter soldiers from Fort Mackinac and members of Mackinac Island's American Legion Post 299 will honor the memory of Mackinac Island soldiers Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. Fort historical interpreters, dressed in uniforms of the U.S. More...

Calendar Winners Announced

Winners of the 26th annual photograph contest for the Mackinac Island Recreational Development (MIRD) 2010 Seasons of Mackinac calendar have been announced. More...

Coloring Book Contest Beckons Artists

The Mackinac Island Arts Council has extended the contest deadline for artists interested in submitting drawings for a new Island-themed coloring book. Entries must be received by July 31 and should include a short biography of the artist. More...

State Park Summer Events on Island, Mackinaw City Announced

Event dates have been announced for the upcoming year at Mackinac State Historic Parks at sites on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City. The Michilimackinac Pageant will be May 24 through May 26 at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City. More...

Wawashkamo Group Enjoys Florida Golf Outing

The third annual Wawa Wackers mixed golf tournament for 44 Mackinac Island Wawashkamo Golf Club members was held on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida, February 19 through 21. More...

Mackinac Island Students Take Part in Day of Exercise

Mackinac Island Public School students brave the rain and cold on a nationally sponsored walk to highlight the importance of youth fitness Wednesday, May 7. More...

State Park Will Celebrate 50th Year June 15

Parks will be celebrating its 50th year of operation Sunday, June 15, the same date that Mackinac Island's Fort Mackinac opened as a museum in 1958. Music, cake, and featured speakers are being planned for those who attend the celebration. More...

George Goodman Is Named Starr Commonwealth Trustee Emeritus

George D. Goodman of Mackinac Island and formerly of Ann Arbor has become a Starr Commonwealth Trustee Emeritus. Mr. More...

City Planners Contemplate Use of Artificial Trim on Island Buildings

A new artificial wood trim called Azek will be allowed to replace rotting wood trim around the exterior of Mackinac Island Public School. City planners are now mulling over the idea of allowing such material on historic buildings, as well. More...

Obituaries

Veronica Massaway

Veronica Massaway of Simmons Road in St. Ignace Township was a former Mackinac Island resident who worked at the Lakeview Hotel and Island House on Mackinac Island, and at Kewadin Casino in St. Ignace. More...

Letters

How Can State Government Dictate Island Harbor's Appearance?

To the Editor: On entering Mackinac Island Harbor for the first time this year, what stood out was a blazing blue modern metal roof at the yacht docks. Apparently a new storage building. More...

Land Near Island's Airport Was Already Zoned Residential

To the Editor: The April 12 edition of the Town Crier referred to the recent acquisition of property near the Mackinac Island airport in the article, "Park Commission Acquires Unbuildable Lots Near Airport. More...

Island Businesses Find New Ways To Fill Summer Employment Gap

John Hulett has been busy traveling this winter, although not for a vacation. Rather, the general manager for Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was searching for employees to fill the 610-person employee roster for the fast-approaching tourism season. More...

Jane Finkel Is Lilac Queen

Makenna Horricks Named Princess

Jane Finkel, a sophomore at Mackinac Island Public School, was voted by her high school peers as this year's Lilac Queen for the 57th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival and Parade. More...

Voters OK Hospital Transfer; Recount Set for Island Race

A solid victory was clinched by the Mackinac Straits Hospital Authority in the May 6 election, with 1,006 voters approving transfer to a private corporation. Voter approval now clears the way for a new hospital to be built in St. Ignace. More...

Planners Approve Private Dock, Continue Artificial Material Debate

Construction of a private dock at Bay View of Mackinac was approved by the Mackinac Island Planning Commission at its meeting Tuesday, May 13. More...

Deadline for Vehicle Permits in Spring Discussed by City

Each spring, Mackinac Island City Council faces an onslaught of motor vehicle permit requests from construction crews scrambling to complete projects before the hustle and bustle of the Island's tourism season begins. More...

Island Friesians Showcased at Competition

Seven Mackinac Island Friesian horses went to the 2007 World Friesian Extravaganza and Competition, held October 24 to 27 at Springfield, Ohio. More...

Ledtke Takes Mission Trip

Kathryn Ledtke, an East Bluff cottager and registered nurse, with local children of the small Nicaraguan village of Potosi, where she and 22 other missionaries aided residents with health care and repairs to their More...

Flowerpots for Mom

Second grade students Nicholas Davis and Sadie Johnson show off the painted flower pots they made for their mothers for Mother's Day, a project K-3 students at Mackinac Island Public School enjoyed. More...

Lake Sweet Earns Albion Degree

Lake Sweet of Mackinac Island was graduated magna cum laude from Albion College Saturday, May 10, earning a degree in psychology. Ms. More...

Board of Education Meets at 6:30 p.m.

The Mackinac Island Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. for its next two meetings, Thursday, May 22, and Thursday, June 26. The 6:30 p.m. meeting time is an hour earlier than usual for the spring. The board usually meets at 6 p.m. More...

Elevator Adjustments Needed

New state requirements for elevators in municipal facilities are forcing Mackinac Island's three municipal buildings with elevators to make adjustments that may cost up to $3,000. More...

Island Named in 'Best of Best'

Mackinac Island earned top finishes in three categories in Oakland Press' "Best of the Best" reader survey, conducted from mid-February to April 1. More...

Lilac Queen Sets off Fort Mackinac's Season With a 'Boom'

Setting off a 1,500-pound cannon that creates a boom so boisterous it disrupts the serenity of an entire island may not seem like an act of royalty, unless you are the reigning Mackinac Island lilac queen. More...

Making the Grade

Island's Preschoolers Finish 1st Step in Educational Career

The marching steps of 12 little pairs of feet could be faintly heard as preschoolers entered the library of Mackinac Island Public School to attend their graduation ceremony, where proud parents, family members, and school staff waited Thursday mor More...

Guests Enjoy Mission Point Opener

The entrance doors were held open for guests attending the 2008 annual opening party at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island Wednesday, April 30. More...

Regatta Is Planned for July 23

A special Round the Island sailing race to celebrate the 100th Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac will be July 23 and is open to all racers and area sailors. More...

Marine Kyle Chesner Visits Island Relatives

Marine Kyle Chesner, son of Bonita and Chuck Chesner, surprised his cousin, student Dillion Deloof, with a visit to Mackinac Island Public School Thursday, May 8, after returning from Iraq. Mr. More...

Mackinac Island Science Teacher Resigns

Jeff Ferguson, a high school science teacher for Mackinac Island Public School since 2005, resigned for "personal reasons," it was announced at a school board meeting Thursday, April 24. Mr. More...

Annual Races Planned on Mackinac Island in May, June

Two competitive road races have been approved by Mackinac Island City Council, a Detroit Regional Chamber race May 29, and a Michigan Hospital Association race, to be June 26. More...

Article

Mrs. Phyl (Kempher) Cameron Johnson sends greetings to all of her former students and Island friends. Mrs. Cameron Johnson taught at Mackinac's Thomas Ferry School in the 1950s, and has been a frequent visitor to the Island. More...

New Incentive Package Draws Movie Industry Interest to Straits Area

About 100 movie producers have already inquired about making films in Michigan this year, following the development of a package of tax breaks that makes the state the most financially friendly place in the country to produce films, commercials, an More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Obama Will Have Fences to Mend in Michigan

If, as expected, Senator Barack Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee, he could have explaining to do in Michigan on a few fronts, including snubbing its primary and bashing its auto industry. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Beautiful spring days have arrived on Mackinac, making everyone happy that the snow and cold temperatures have finally passed. Buds on the trees are showing signs of opening. More...

A Look at History

Cass Cliff Commemorates Forgotten Hero of Early Michigan

Many visitors to Mackinac Island's East Bluff see a dignified, super-sized historical marker commemorating a man named "Lewis Cass." The marker, which is almost as large as a small highway billboard, lists Lewis Cass's many offices and honors, and More...

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