July 19, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

State Park To Celebrate Renovation of Island Airport Terminal July 25

A celebration of the renovation of Mackinac Island's airport terminal building will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the airport Friday, July 25. More...

Public Service Attendants Greet Island Guests

For the last six summers, the Mackinac Island Police Department has employed students to assist visitors and minimize congestion on the downtown streets. Once known as "traffic officers," they are now called public service attendants. More...

Council Approves Licenses, July 22 Fireworks Show

The Mackinac Island Fire Department received a resolution of commendation and thanks from Mackinaw City for its help in extinguishing a June 23 fire that burned five businesses. More...

107-year-old Island Letter Discovered in St. Ignace Table

More than a century ago on Mackinac Island, a summer shop girl named Effie wrote a letter when her employer at Fenton's Bazaar stepped out of the store. The letter was never sent. More...

School Board Meeting, Public Hearings Will Be July 24

The Mackinac Island Public School Board of Education's summer organizational meeting will be Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. in the school library. More...

Artist Maeve Croghan Finds the Emotions of 'Flora of Mackinac'

Island artist Maeve Croghan has been inspired by the beauty of Mackinac Island since childhood, and her current exhibition at the Mackinac Island Public Library, entitled "The Flora of Mackinac," reflects that inspiration through oil paintings of t More...

Bayview Yacht Racers Fill Island Harbor

Wind, rough seas, and multiple sail changes characterized the 84th running of the Bayview Mackinac Race, which saw a new speed record set, the loss of a chief competitor, and one air rescue of a racer who had fallen overboard. More...

Local Photographer Benjamin Has Kept 'Eye' on Races Since 1950

As colorful sails from the more than 400 yachts in the race to Mackinac appear on the Lake Michigan horizon, Bob Benjamin will be ready and steady with his camera, as he has been for every race since 1950. Mr. More...

'Island Goat' Celebrates 61st Chicaco-Mackinac Race

Many people have fond memories of riding a bicycle as they grew up, but John Nedeau wasn't one of them. Any place you could bike, you could walk, his father reasoned, and as a result, Mr. Nedeau grew up with memories on a boat, instead. More...

How many will compete, and how will local harbors fit them all in?

The Race to Mackinac began in 1898 with five yachts competing. It was not held again until 1904 and was put on hold again from 1917 to 1920, owing to World War I. More...

Sailors Savor Challenges, Competition Along Race Course

Points in Race Where Boats Draw Near Competitors, See Mackinac Bridge Are Favorites

There are 333 miles between the Chicago Harbor and Mackinac Island's marina. Although racers have crossed the finish line at the Round Island Lighthouse for 100 years, no two journeys up Lake Michigan are ever alike. More...

American Legion Has New Flag

A new flag representing Mackinac Island's American Legion Post 299 was purchased this year through a donation from one local veteran and a foundation grant. Adelbert "Delbert" Bunker, a native of Mackinac Island and a retired U.S. More...

Community Foundation Names Robin Dorman Executive Director

Robin Dorman has been hired as Mackinac Island Community Foundation's new executive director, replacing Jennifer Bloswick, who is now the human resources director at Grand Hotel. Mr. More...

Festival Concludes With Organ Recital

The Little Stone Church's annual summer arts festival will conclude Sunday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Rachelle and Frank Deresti of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Ms. More...

Obituaries

Memorial

Jane Manikoff

A graveside service for Jane Manikoff will be held at the Packard plot in the Mackinac Island (Protestant) Cemetery Monday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. More...

Police Reports

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department from July 8 to July 15: Police contacted the Coast Guard to assist in a diesel fuel spill 15 feet off the Lake Huron shoreline between Leslie Court and the Mackinac Island Marina at 12:30 a.m. More...

Police Department Will Use New Ticket for Ordinance Violations

The Mackinac Island Police Department soon will be issuing a new type of ticket for ordinance violations and other civil infractions. More...

Mackinac Bridge Hikes Commuter Card Deposit

The minimum deposit required to open a commuter account at the Mackinac Bridge was increased twofold, from $40 to $80, Saturday, July 12, and the one-time fee to process the account rose from $5 to $10. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, July 16, Kay Berke placed first, Howard Burdett placed second, Jan Stingel placed third, and Nicki Krzykowski placed fourth. More...

Island Police Department Creates Strong Bonds With Community

The Mackinac Island Police Department thrives on teamwork. The members work well together and can combine professionalism with a sense of humor and fun, said Mary Marquis, the senior public safety service officer. More...

Kalamazoo String Quartet Performs Sunday

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation's summer concert series continues Sunday, July 20, with the Kalamazoo String Quartet. The group is the second string quartet to perform in the summer series. More...

Recreation Celebration Is Held on Mackinac Island

Island kids and visiting children alike gathered at Great Turtle Park on Sunday, July 6, for the Mackinac Island City Recreation Department's first Recreation Celebration. More...

Entertainment Guide July 18-July 27

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...

Kienitz, Ivey Lead Town Crier Internship Team

Representing the 49th year of the academic internship program at Mackinac Island Town Crier this year are Diane Ivey and Caitlyn Kienitz, both students from Michigan State University (MSU). More...

Chicago Yacht Race - Remembering the Old Days

This year's Chicato-to-Mackinac Island yacht classic marks a historic milestone. More than 430 yachts will participate in this summer's race. The docking facilities at the Island, St. More...

Doldrums, Thundersqualls Among Sailors' Worries

Most crews will complete this year's Chicago-to-Mackinac race in 40 to 60 hours. That's more than two days on the lake, with only a few hours to sleep, just sandwiches to eat, and the adrenaline of competition to keep them going. More...

100% of Fleet To Be Tracked in This Year's Race

For the first time in the Chicago-to-Mackinac race history, every participating boat will be outfitted with a position transponder before setting sail. More...

Fun Facts About Annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

• The number of boats registered in this year's race tops the previous record of number of participants, 335 set in 1998; as of July 8, 439 boats were registered. More...

Handicap System Allows All Yachts To Compete for 'First to Finish'

In the traditional definition of a "race," the first to finish wins, however, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is a unique competition, where the boating equivalent of "family sedans" compete against "Formula One cars. More...

Rock Art Seen Along Island's M-185

Many artistic, impromptu rock sculptures can be found along the shoreline of Mackinac Island's state highway, M- 185, like this one near the Dwight Wood Spring. The top rock, with a wooden cross, resembles a boat. More...

Columnists

Will Great Lakes Water Protection Policies Include Groundwater?

Michigan Politics

There is concern in some circles that the Great Lakes Compact, the anti-diversion pact sent to Congress last week after Michigan was the last state to approve it, might fail on Capitol Hill because thirsty states have more clout than the lakes stat More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

What a glorious morning, Wednesday, July 16, for our visitors to enjoy. The sky is a heavenly blue, shining down on our beautiful Mackinac, where the flower gardens are at their peak in an array of vivid colors and the lawns of velvet green. More...

Looking Back

90 Years Ago The St. More...

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