July 12, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Special Land Use Allowed for Employee Housing

Debra and Sandra Orr, owners of a home on Cadotte Avenue, were granted a special land use to convert their R-3 (multiple family) home to an employee boarding house during a Mackinac Island Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, July 8. More...

Local Businesses Named Among Michigan's Best

Several Straits of Mackinac area businesses were recognized among Michigan's Best in The Detroit News annual survey. More...

Island Receives Mention on TV

Mackinac Island was named the "best historical getaway" during Good Morning America's June 28 televised segment on vehicle-free vacations. More...

Island Welcomes Pat Rogers as New Harbormaster

This season, in addition to its updated facilities, the Mackinac Island Marina has welcomed a new harbormaster. Pat Rogers has taken over the position previously held by Charlie Maltby, who has transferred to Straits State Park in St. Ignace. More...

Children's Poet Laureate To Visit Mackinac Island July 13

The next installment of the summer fine arts program at Little Stone Church will hold special appeal for children as well as adults, as Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky presents some of his poetry and talks about his work Sunday, July 13, at More...

'Art in the Park' Inspires Nature-based Creations

While most artists use paint, charcoal, or clay, a whitefish was the medium of choice for young artists at the Tuesday, June 24, session of "Arts and Nature in the Park." The second session of the summer-long series was taught by Mackinac Island P More...

Three Island Students Are Awarded Scholarships

Three graduating seniors from Mackinac Island Public School were awarded scholarships from Little Stone Church during church services Sunday, July 6. More...

Police Receive Praise, Letters of Thanks To Be Written

In addition to a lengthy discussion on the new sign ordinance (covered elsewhere in this issue), the Mackinac Island City Council approved eight motor vehicle permits and received a letter of commendation for the fire department at its meeting Wedn More...

More Than 800 Youths Gather for Religious Retreat, Community Service

There's nothing like a few hundred volunteers to help spruce up a community. More...

Pink Flamingos Help Raise Money For American Cancer Society

Plastic flamingos have invaded the yards of several Island residents in the past few weeks. The pink lawn ornaments are raising money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, to take place at LaSalle High School in St. More...

Avalon String Quartet Next in Summer Concert Series Line-up

The internationally acclaimed Avalon String Quartet will be the next group to take the stage as part of this summer's Cool Sunday Afternoons concert series, hosted by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. The concert begins at 2 p.m. More...

Fallen Scouts Honored on Island

Boy Scout Troop 114 of Big Rapids, serving on Mackinac Island for the week, remember the four Boy Scouts who lost their lives in a tornado that ripped through a Little Sioux scout ranch in Des Moines, Iowa, June 12, by raising the American flag to ha More...

Couple Returns to Island for Golden Anniversary

Bruce F. More...

'Wawa Wackers' June 25 Mixed Scramble Results

Wawashkamo Golf Club hosted its second mixed event of the season Wednesday, June 25. The scramble attracted 48 players. Taking first place with a score of 31 was the team of David Sheppard, Cub Horn, and Sandra Orr. More...

Columnists

Sewer Sludge and Detroit's Political Muck

Michigan Politics

"The whole thing is not good for Michigan." - Governor Jennifer Granholm on Detroit's scandals and other woes Not since the late 1950s, when its cash crisis and payless paydays for state workers prompted "Michigan on the Rocks" stories, has More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

What a glorious Fourth of July! It was enjoyed by everyone who visited our Island over the holiday weekend. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Dock Has Sheltered Boats for 80 Years

A Look at History

It should not be a surprise to anyone that our Mackinac Island Yacht Dock, located underneath the sheltering walls of Fort Mackinac, has a long and interesting history. More...

Sign Restrictions Hamper Trade, Businesses Say

City Reconsiders Rules

Frustration over the city's recently amended sign ordinance was expressed by business owners at Mackinac Island's City Council meeting Wednesday, July 2, and discussion continued at the committee level Wednesday, July 9, as owners are arguing that More...

Winner Records 25 Stone Skips for Top Contest Spot

Stoneskippers of both amateur and professional rank, including the current Guinness Book world record holder, tried their hand at setting new records Friday, July 4, during this year's Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Contest. More...

For the Record...

Brent Heerspink took the photographs of the Mackinac Horsemen's Association 10-year celebration that appeared in last week's issue of the Town Crier. More...

Police Reports

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department, July 2 to July 8: Two passengers sustained minor injuries when a rented driveyourself carriage flipped over at the intersection of Cadotte Avenue and Annex Road at 12:16 p.m. Thursday, July 3. More...

Island To Host Bayview Racers

About 250 boats and 2,000 sailors are expected to arrive on Mackinac Island this week with Bayview Yacht Club's 84th annual race to Mackinac Island. The race departs Port Huron Saturday, July 12, starting at 11:30 a.m. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, July 9, Buzz Waggoner placed first, Ann Timmons placed second, Barbara Toms placed third, and Elaine Hansen placed fourth. More...

Fire Tactics Course Will Be Offered in the Fall

Firefighters from the Straits area and Eastern Upper Peninsula region are being offered a fire ground tactic course at Grand Hotel Sunday, October 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Island School Has Changed Accounting Firm

As of July 1, Mackinac Island Public School will change its payroll services from the accounting firm of Rehmann and Robson to a system provided by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (ISD). More...

Entertainment Guide July 11-July 20

Grand Hotel Daily Entertainment at the following venues: Lunch Buffet - Piano 12-2 p.m. Afternoon tea - Classical Harp 3:30- 5 p.m. Cupola Bar - Piano Bar 5:30-7:30 and 8:30-11 p.m. Jockey Club - Piano Bar 6-10 p.m. More...

Island To Face Mackinaw City in Vintage Base Ball Rematch

On July 26, 1886, the Mackinac Island Never Sweats faced off against the neighboring Mackinaw City Boys in a gentlemanly game of base ball. The Never Sweats came away the victors, scoring 23 aces (the old name for runs) to trump Mackinaw City's 14. More...

Birth

Marianna Lee Kaminen

Carrie and Corey Kaminen of Mackinac Island announce the birth of their daughter, Marianna Lee Kaminen, born at 12:28 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2008, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. More...

Wawashkamo Golf Club Opens Season With Celebration

Wawashkamo Golf Club's board of directors poses at the opening party Saturday, July 5. More...

Children Celebrate Fourth With Games at Windermere Point

At far left, Island summer resident Jeri-Lynn Bailey helps her daughter, Nora, 3, cross the finish line during a July 4 sack race at Windermere Point. More...

Commercial Fishing Artifacts Sought

The St. Ignace Special Events Committee is looking for commercial fishing memorabilia for an exhibit during the Fish Feast and Bridge Celebration Saturday, July 26. More...

Biblical Scholar Sheds Light on Saint Paul

The writings and teachings of Saint Paul are a mystery to many, even to those who have studied them closely. More...

Girl Scouts Honor Flag July 4

Girl Scout Jasmine Davis (center) of Oak Park leads the folding of the large garrison flag at Fort Mackinac Friday, July 4. More...

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