August 30, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Marsalis, Brubeck Headline Grand Hotel's Jazz Weekend

Grand Hotel's annual Labor Day Weekend Jazz Concert will begin Friday, August 29, and continue through Monday, September 1. The weekend will feature headliners Branford Marsalis and Dave Brubeck. Mr. More...

POLICE REPORTS

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department, between August 20 and August 26: An employee of a food cafe reported a $10 counterfeit bill to police Thursday, August 21. The woman gave the bill to Island police, who then sent it to the U.S. More...

Honor Guard Scouts Have Long History in Fort Mackinac's Operation

Visitors to Mackinac Island see Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts every day, checking tickets in front of the downtown historic buildings and raising and lowering the flags. The program that brings them here has a long history. More...

ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE

August 31 - September 6

Grand Hotel Daily entertainment at the following venues: Lunch buffet - piano, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Afternoon tea - classical harp, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cupola bar - piano, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. More...

Secretary of State Office Will Close

The Secretary of State office in St. Ignace will close for renovations from Tuesday, September 2, through Friday, September 5. The office will reopen Monday, September 8, at 9 a.m. Office hours will remain unchanged. More...

Daisy Days Raises $700 for Scholarship

A total of $700 was raised to support the Stella King Scholarship Fund for qualified graduates of Mackinac Island Public School during this year's Daisy Days fundraiser at the Post Office Wednesday, August 20. More...

Community Calendar

August 29-September 1 •Grand Hotel's Labor Day Jazz Weekend August 30 •Annual Labor Day Formal Ride, 9 a.m. August 31 •Labor Day Regatta •Summer Concert Series: Heather May, 2 p.m., Ste. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, August 27, Audrey Gallery placed first, Annette Gillespie placed second, and Lois Largo placed third. More...

Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels Headline Island Music Festival

Event Draws Varied Performers, Shows Promise for Growth

The 38th Annual Mackinac Island Music Festival lineup surpassed the previous four in grandeur and length, say organizers, and holds promise for continued growth and exciting music in the years ahead. More...

Smithsonian Associates Enjoy Tour of Historic Parks

David and Grace Armour hosted 22 Smithsonian Associates on Mackinac Island August 21 to 24, giving them a behind-the-scenes look at Mackinac State Historic Parks operations and samples of Mackinac Island life with a cottage tour and viewing of a More...

Obituaries

Louis St. Andrew

Louis Matthew St. Andrew, infant son of Stephen St. Andrew and Kelly LaJoice of St. Ignace, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids after spending seven months in the hospital. More...

David Andress

David J. Andress, 72, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008, at his residence. More...

Columnists

Women Make Inroads on Judicial Benches

Michigan Politics

Women The seal of the Michigan Supreme Court and other judicial bodies features a robed woman with a blindfold holding the scales of justice. But getting women elected to actually judge from on the bench has been a slow process. More...

Mackinac Island Has Long History With Battling Flies

Nature Notes

Recently, at a party, someone came up to me and said, "You've got to write about flies." Now this might be considered unusual party small talk, but for me it seems to be par for the course. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Following the heavy rainfall of last week, never have I seen the Island so clean and very beautiful. Crossing from St. Ignace, we could see that Mackinac stood proud and green. The tall trees took on a fresh look of green. More...

75 Students To Celebrate First Day of School With Picnic

Seventy-five students will start school on Mackinac Island at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, September 2. At noon, the annual Back-toschool Picnic will be held on the playground. More...

Island Takes New Steps To Curb Flies

In the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August, Mackinac Island's fly population increases dramatically, and on an island where horses are a primary source of transportation, flies can quickly become a problem. More...

Winners Discover Golden Tickets in Boxes of Fudge

Winners of the Golden Ticket sweepstakes were selected during the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival, held August 21 through 23. More...

More Than 50,000 Expected To Walk Mackinac Bridge Monday

This year marks the 50th time walkers will cross the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day, and although the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) is expecting fewer walkers Monday, September 1, than the 57,000 who made the five-mile journey over the Straits last More...

City Upholds Ban on Segway Scooters

Mackinac Island's ban on electric Segway transporters was enforced Thursday, August 21, when two guests at Grand Hotel brought one of the devices with them for their stay from August 19 to 22. More...

Bynoe Hockey Tournament Planned

The inaugural Jamie Bynoe Summer Street Hockey Tournament will be Sunday, September 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Market Street near the Stuart House museum. Anyone can play and there is no admission fee, said tournament coordinator Chris West. More...

Island School Loses Budgeted Funds From Saving Paradise'

Reallocation Will Save Burt Twp. School

School administrators Seth Hoopingarner and Penny Barney have been battling to keep the doors open at Burt Township School in Grand Marais for two years, and now, owing to a reallocation in the state aid Section 22d funding, known as the Saving Par More...

Lakers Open 2008 Soccer Season September 5

Coming off a 14-0 regular season last year, Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team will look to new Head Coach Mary Patay to continue the team's dominance in the Northern Lights League, beginning with a pair of home games against Whittemore-Prescott F More...

Islamic Democracy Program Planned

Zuhdi Jasser, the head of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, will speak on Mackinac Island Friday, August 29, at the Trinity Church rectory on Fort Street at 8:15 p.m. More...

Concert Series To Conclude With Heather May

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation's summer concert series will conclude Sunday, August 31, with flutist Heather May and pianist Angela Beidenbender. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at Ste. Anne's Church and is free to the public. More...

700+ Antique Tractors, 100 Big Rigs Heading to St. Ignace September 12 - 14

More than 700 antique tractors, nearly 100 customized semis and panel trucks, and restored kids pedal cars will be center stage the weekend of September 12 to September 14 during the fall truck show in St. Ignace. More...

Obama Rally Held on Island

Enjoying a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Monday, August 25, at The Gate House are (from left) Susan Lenfestey, Jim Williams, Amelia Musser, and Marlee Brown Musser. More...

Sports

Sept. 4 Is Golf Tourney Deadline

The 14th annual Mustang Open 18-hole golf tournament will be held in Gaylord Monday, September 15, with a championship format, and Tuesday, September 16, which will be a four-man scramble. The event is at Marsh Ridge Golf Course on Old U.S. More...

Hoses Rally in Last Inning To Push Winning Streak to 6 Games

Charity Softball Game Raises $900 for Scholarship Fund

For the "Guns" of Mackinac Island Police Department, the sweet taste of victory will have to wait yet another year, as the softball team lost a heartbreaker, its sixth in a row, to its rival, the Hoses of the Fire Department. More...

Golf Tourney Will Aid Ste. Anne's Event Is September 4

Wawashkamo Golf Club is hosting a nine-hole golf tournament to raise money for the operation of Ste. Anne's Catholic Church on Mackinac Island Thursday, September 4. The tournament begins at 1:30 p.m and registration is $75 per person. More...

Letters

Private Horses, Signs Not a Problem

To the Editor: My sister and I have been staying on the Island each fall for the past 18 years. We have never felt private riding horses were more of a congestion problem on Main Street any more than the buggies and carriages. More...

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