September 13, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Jasser Speaks of Reform in Muslim Faith

Political Islamism, American Understanding of Quran Are Topics of Lecture at Mackinac

Islamic terrorists interpret Muslim teachings differently than most practicing Muslims, and tensions in the Middle East may be exacerbated because religion there is more closely tied to government than in the United States, Zuhdi Jasser told a smal More...

POLICE REPORTS

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department, between August 27 and September 2: A woman called police after discovering a man passed out at her apartment at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, August 27. More...

City Seeks Ordinance To Protect Historic Buildings, Modeled on State's

Mackinac Island may soon have a new ordinance that will assist the city in protecting its historic structures and landmarks that are threatened by redevelopment. More...

Tourism Bureau's Newest Festival To Celebrate Changing Seasons

Mackinac Island's Festival of the Falling Leaves Moon, known as Binaakwe-giizis in Ojibwa, celebrates fall. More...

Schedule of Events

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Most Accidents on Island Streets Can Be Prevented With Better Awareness

Daily during the summer, Mackinac Island sees more than 4,000 bicycles on the road, more than 500 horses pulling drays and carriages, and many visitors on foot. More...

Artist Mark Arminski's Posters Evoke Mysticism of Mackinac Island

The mysticism of Mackinac Island is the theme represented by rock music poster designer Mark Arminski in a series of posters, commissioned for the past three Music Festivals, featuring a turtle with two musical clefs for a shell set on a backdrop o More...

Island Offers Children's Activities

As a family vacation destination, Mackinac Island offers many activities for children, including horseback riding, bicycling, and swimming. Many of the Island's attractions are educational as well as entertaining. More...

Armstrongs Enjoy 48 Years of Visits

Janice Armstrong of Birmingham has been coming to Mackinac Island with her family since 1960. More...

Party Is Planned for October 31

A children's Halloween party will be hosted Friday, October 31, by the City Recreation Department. Time and location have yet to be determined. Call Leanne Brodeur at 847-3853 for more information. More...

45 Units Collected at Blood Drive

Minette Lefkiades of the American Red Cross prepares to draw a unit of blood from volunteer Pete McCreary during Mackinac Island's fifth annual blood drive at Community Hall Wednesday, August 27. Mr. More...

Prelutsky Writes Mackinac Poem, Advising 'Make Up Your Mind'

When Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky visited Mackinac Island this summer, he asked his hosts, John and Penny Barr, why Mackinac is pronounced differently than it is spelled. Mr. Barr suggested he write a poem about the anomaly. More...

Haveman Recognized for Hospital Efforts at Luncheon

Former Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman (second from right) was recognized for his help in obtaining funding and support for the new Mackinac Straits Hospital at a Grand Hotel luncheon Friday, August 15. More...

Legion, Volunteers Finish Summer Headstone Cleaning

Volunteers for the last time this summer cleaned headstones at the city's two cemeteries Sunday, August 31. The project will continue next May. More...

Lakers Volleyball Serve Up Positive Start To Season

The Lakers lost the first two matches at Brimley Tuesday, August 26, (20-25 and 18-25) before defeating the Bays 25- 18, 25-18, and 15-9. No individual statistics were available at press time. More...

Street Hockey Game Held Among Island Residents and Workers

Several Island residents gathered on Market Street for the first Jamie Bynoe Street Hockey Game, named after the hockey enthusiast who came up with the idea for the event, Sunday, September 7. More...

Mackinac Associates Plans To Expand Membership With Younger Audience

Mackinac Associates plans to expand its membership, which will include drawing in younger people, develop new programs, and continue its support of Mackinac State Historic Parks in a new five-year plan adopted this summer. More...

St. Ignace Marketing Workshop Planned September 15

An Experiential Retailing and Marketing Workshop is designed to benefit all retail business owners Monday, September 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Ignace Public Library. The cost is $40 per person. More...

Sports

Visnaw Duo Wins Gallagher Golf Open

$5,000 Raised for Memorial Scholarship

The father-son team of Joe Visnaw and Jo Jo Visnaw beat out 37 other teams to win the sixth annual Mark Gallagher Open, a golf tournament at Wawashkamo Golf Club, Saturday, August 30. More...

20 Couples Take Part in Packard Golf Tourney; Sheppards Take 1st

David and Lin Sheppard were the winners of this year's Packard Golf Tournament Wednesday, September 3, capping off Wawashkamo Golf Course's member mixed events for the season. The tournament has been held every year since 1971. More...

Steensma, Sutherland, Bunker Top Wawashkamo Tournament Players

Thirty-four people participated in the annual Wawashkamo Golf Club member mixed golf tournament Wednesday, August 20. The group enjoyed a steak cook-out at the clubhouse afterward. More...

Hotel Project Spurs Temporary Preservation Ordinance

Just having begun preliminary steps in reinforcing Mackinac Island's National Historic Landmark status, the city faces its first dilemma as developer Ira Green wants to build a new three-story hotel and bicycle rental business downtown on the wate More...

'Lucky' Takes Xeno Award

Marta Olson (left) accepts the Xeno Award of Merit from Candi Dunnigan (right), who created it in memory of her horse to honor a person or horse who exemplifies the values of service and devotion in Mackinac's equestrian programs. More...

County To Switch 911 Dispatch Center

Mackinac County is preparing to switch its emergency dispatch system from the Michigan State Police-operated Negaunee Regional Dispatch Center to the Chippewa County system in Sault Ste. Marie sometime after mid-September. More...

Resurfacing Work Planned on Bridge

Resurfacing work on the Mackinac Bridge causeway south of the toll plaza will begin Monday, September 15, and is expected to be completed by Friday, October 10. Two-way traffic will be maintained on the bridge during the road work. More...

Horn Family Enjoys Lighthouse Tour

Mariah Horn treated her children, Savannah and Joseph, to a rare trip to the top of Round Island Lighthouse during a July 12 open house hosted by Boy Scout Troop 323 from Freeland. More...

Wawashkamo Fundraiser Earns Money for Golf Course Upkeep

Wawashkamo Golf Club held its second annual fundraiser Sunday, July 13, at The Inn at Stonecliffe and raised more than $20,000 from two auctions. Money from the auctions. More...

200 Bike Helmets Distributed

The Island's health fair, dubbed "Health: A Fair," took place Saturday, September 6, at City Hall. At the event, people heard speakers on several topics, including smoking cessation and nutrition. More...

1,500 Take Part in Island Race

More than 1,500 walkers and runners stopped traffic on Main Street as they set out on the 38th annual Mackinac Island Eight Mile Run and Walk Saturday, September 6. More...

'Bats of the World' Visit Island

Bats of various species were presented when the Mackinac Island Public Library hosted a program with Dawn Vezina of the Organization for Bat Conservation August 6. Ms. More...

Burkhardt Shares Talks With New Yorker Editor

Barbara Burkhardt discussed her book, "William Maxwell: A Literary Life," at the Mackinac Island Public Library Friday, August 8, the final lecture in the library's author series this summer. More...

Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, September 10, Nancy Keogh placed first, Ann Timmons placed second, and Kay Berke placed third. More...

Seventh Annual British Landing Mudwalk Tops Expectations

Editor's Note: After Labor Day, a reminder of Mackinac summer fun is reflected in this piece submitted by British Landing resident, poet, filmmaker, and professor James Bogan. More...

School Launches New Dance Program

Wednesday, September 3, marked the first lesson in a series of hip-hop and modern dance classes offered at Mackinac Island Public School. More...

All Students To Be Tested in Key Subject Areas, State Says

The class of 2011 will be the first to receive their diplomas after a new set of state-wide academic standards is enacted, including a final proficiency examination in each of four key subjects, according to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate More...

Carleton Varney Addresses Guests at Island Show

Grand Hotel decorator Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper and Company of New York, addresses guests at the Carleton Varney Antique and Design Fall Festival Saturday, September 6. More...

Dog Obedience, Agility Class Will Be Held at Windermere Point

Denise Erickson, animal control officer for Luce County, will be conducting an obedience and agility class for dogs from noon to 2 p.m. at Mackinac Island's Windermere Point Sunday, September 14. All dogs are welcome. More...

Fort Mackinac Welcomes Reenactors Sept. 13-14

Reectors from the 16th Michigan Company B of the Civil War and the 1822 Stanton Guard 3rd U.S. Infantry will encamp at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14. More...

Long Term Care Residents Visit Mackinac Island

Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care residents from St. Ignace spent a day on Mackinac Island Thursday, August 14. After a picnic lunch, the group enjoyed a carriage tour, stopping for fudge before heading back to St. Ignace. More...

Author Mike Fornes Shares Mackinac Bridge Stories

Author Mike Fornes started his Friday, July 25 lecture about the Mackinac Bridge at the Mackinac Island Public Library by asking the crowd where they were from, and if they had ever crossed the Mackinac Bridge. More...

Cooneys Mark 40th Anniversary

Jeri and Larry Cooney of Auburn, Indiana, spent a week in September on Mackinac Island as part of their 40th wedding anniversary celebration. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Guv Hopefuls Make Splashes at Conventions

A Michigan sub-plot on occasion at national presidential nominating conventions is that they provide opportunity for gubernatorial hopefuls to showcase themselves before delegates who are political activists in every district of the state. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

The Stuart House announces Dale Gensman is hosting an open house Sunday, September 14, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Any donations will be appreciated. More...

Nature Notes

Questions Raised About Bees, Squirrels, and Snakes

One sign that we're coming to the end of summer is the abundance of asters and goldenrods along roadsides, open fields, and in the woods. Many people dislike goldenrod, because they falsely believe that it causes their hay fever. More...

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