February 14, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Weather Slows Travel on Straits Ice Bridge

Temperatures nearing 50 degrees slowed traffic on the ice bridge between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, although the warm weather and rapidly melting snow did not stop all sleds Tuesday, February 10. More...

'A Little of Everything' Will Be the Job for North, as New Manager of Ferry Fleet

Shortly before 5 p.m. December 17, the transition of leadership roles at Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry became official. Sitting in his wood paneled office in the Star Line building on State Street in St. More...

Incidents Increase for Island Police

Complaints and arrests on Mackinac Island were up in 2008, compared to 2007, according to a report by Police Chief Jim Marks, from 1,196 in 2007 to 1,492. More...

Shanty Is Rare Sight Near Shore

Michael Gamble, 17, a senior at Mackinac Island Public School, stands next to an ice fishing shanty he made during wood shop class this year. More...

Mark Gallagher Dinner Will Be Next Thursday

The 8th annual Mark Gallagher Dinner will be held at the Mackinac Island Community Center Thursday, February 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to raise money for the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. More...

Marines Enjoy Mackinac Island's Famous Treat Overseas

Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island supported troops in Iraq this winter by providing 20 pounds for Lance Corporal Joel Cropsey's Marine Corps unit. Mr. More...

Islander Larry Parel Now Back to Health Following Rare Medical Crisis

He's being called the "Miracle Man of Mackinac." Suffering a heart attack, a seizure, and a stroke, all at once, Larry Parel lay unconscious on the bathroom floor with a bleeding head and his body burning against a baseboard heater for almost thre More...

New Promotional Video Finished

A new video promoting Mackinac State Historic Parks will be released in the spring. More...

Nancy Ellison Honored for 40 Years of Service at Chippewa Hotel

Nancy Ellison of St. Ignace was honored in October by Chippewa Hotel Waterfront for serving 40 years with the Mackinac Island company. Mrs. Ellison is the hotel's executive housekeeper. More...

Painting Workshop Set for June

A painting workshop focusing on draft horses will be held at the Mackinac Island Community Hall from June 15 to June 19. It is for intermediate to advanced painters and will cost $450. More...

Thaw Fails To Dampen Spirit of Winter Festival

Island Community Gathers for Celebration

Fog and warmer temperatures did not dampen the mood for Mackinac Island community members for the 33rd annual Winter Festival Saturday, February 7, and Sunday, February 8. More...

Ste. Anne's To Seek Bids for Window Restoration

At least six of the 20 stained glass windows at Ste. Anne's Church on Mackinac Island may undergo restoration by fall. Bids for the work are expected to be collected beginning this spring. More...

Island State Park Commission Approves Annex Road Repair Project

As soon as funding is secured by the City of Mackinac Island, a repaving and widening project for part of Annex Road will begin, now that the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, at its meeting in East Lansing Wednesday, January 14, supported the More...

Committee Will Suggest Clearer Language for Land Use, Structures

While working to clarify language about structures and land use on Mackinac Island that don't conform to current standards, an ordinance committee and the city attorney are grappling with whether to allow damaged buildings to be restored to their p More...

Mackinac Island Among Top Destinations in North America

Mackinac Island is among the top destinations in North America recommended by travel agents at 11 Japanese agencies based in the United States. More...

Fire Protection Agreement Is Renewed for 5 years

A five-year fire protection agreement between the City of Mackinac Island and the Mackinac Island State Park Commission was approved by the Mackinac Island City Council at its January 28 meeting. More...

Novel Highlights Island, Ice Bridge

The ice bridge between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace is the setting for Kathryn Meyer Griffith's new romantic murder mystery novel, "The Ice Bridge," which was released in paperback in December. More...

Obituaries

Helga Doud

Helga Doud of Mackinac Island passed away Friday, December 26, 2008, at Hiland Cottage, Hospice of Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey, following a short illness. She was 102. Mrs. More...

James Sheehan

James F. Sheehan, 81, of Wildomar, California, passed away peacefully at his home of 39 years Thursday, January 22, 2009. He was born April 7, 1927, in Mount Pleasant to Frank and Mary Bell Sheehan. Mr. More...

LeRoy Futterer

Dr. LeRoy A. Futterer of Manistee, the physician on Mackinac Island in the mid- 1950s, succumbed to cancer in Traverse City late Sunday night, December 7, 2008. He was 81. More...

Letters

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Visitors Enjoy the Town Crier

To the Editor: I want to thank you for sending us a copy of the December 13, 2008, to February 13, 2009, issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier. More...

70 New Globes To Light Mackinac Island Streets

Seventy new light globes will replace old downtown streetlights on Mackinac Island, and incandescent lights will be used instead of compact florescent or light emitting diode (LED) lights, which were being evaluated. More...

Underwater Cave Discovered Near Island

Underwater researchers looking for signs of early civilization at the Straits of Mackinac have found something significant: a submerged limestone cave that they think would have once been a likely gathering spot for people. More...

ZBA Grants Variance; Council To Probe Cable Provider Change

Craig and Paula Starkweather received lot coverage variances from Mackinac Island's Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, February 11, after convincing the board that the oddly-shaped lot on Spring Street restricted their ability to remodel their home More...

Skiing Is Great This Year; Trails Kept Up by Volunteer Groomers

Dave Johnson rides a snowmobile over the 20 miles of ski trails on Mackinac Island. He cruises at a snail's pace, just five miles per hour, and he pulls a trail groomer that leaves ski tracks in the snow. Mr. More...

Annual Chili Cook-off, Poker Rally Is Saturday

The 16th annual Mackinac Island Memento Chili Cook-off and Postcard Poker Rally will be Saturday, February 14. The day begins with a crosscountry ski and walk memento postcard poker rally that starts at 9 a.m. More...

Island School Board To Request Rate of 7.4 Mills for 'Cushion'

Collected Rate Likely To Remain at Current 7.1 Mills, Say School Board Members

Mackinac Island voters, in the May 5 general election, will be asked to renew a fiveyear, non-homestead millage of 7.4 mills for the operation of Mackinac Island Public School. More...

Council, School Board Incumbents To Face Challengers

Two incumbents on both the Mackinac Island City Council and the Board of Education will face challengers for their seats in the Tuesday, May 5, election. More...

New School Improvement Committee To Seek Public Suggestions

A new pipeline of communication and information sharing has been reopened with the reorganization of the school's Improvement Committee. More...

Former Island Police Chief Bill Lenaghan Leaves Township Post

Bill Lenaghan, former police chief on Mackinac Island, has resigned from his post as director of Public Safety at Leoni Township, near Jackson, leaving the job Saturday, January 17. More...

Vicki Riel Invested Into Order of Malta

Vicki Bankard Riel of South Bend, Indiana, was invested into the Order of Malta with 100 others at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City last November 14. More...

Summer Employers Still Seek Long-term Staffing Solution

"...the need to provide the best deal and best value that we can is even more important. But we can't do that if we don't have workers." - Joe Lieghio, Mackinaw City

A federally mandated cap for allowing a limited number of H2B visa workers into the country each year has already been filled, shutting out northern Michigan seasonal summer tourism businesses, but local employers say a worker transfer program has More...

Work of Mackinac Island's Don Andress To Be Displayed at Smithsonian

A special walking stick crafted by Don Andress was accepted by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., Saturday, January 31. With a small band of friends and relatives in tow, Mr. More...

Gap Opens in Secondary Ice Trail to Mainland

A large gap opened Sunday, February 8, across the beeline, an ice trail that veers from the ice bridge and runs to the boardwalk near the school. Christmas trees and yellow tape now ward off unsuspecting travelers. More...

Island Holding Its Own in Face of National Land Value Decline

Mackinac Island property values may be weathering the declining market better than its mainland neighbors. More...

Plans Are Underway for Indian Dormitory Art Center

Demolition of the interior of the historic Indian Dormitory in Marquette Park on Mackinac Island is underway and engineering to redesign the building as an art center have begun. More...

Volunteers Host Children's Christmas Party

A children's Christmas party was hosted by residents and businesses December 14, attended by 41 children and their parents, all members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. A luncheon preceded Santa's arrival at Community Hall. More...

Festival of Horse Is Newest Island Event for 2009

A new event that will combine already established events celebrating Mackinac Island's horse culture was announced by Mackinac Horsemen's Association this winter. The Festival of the Horse will be held this summer from July 23 to July 25. More...

Mackinac Island Fire Department Reports 49 Runs in 2008; 2 Major Fires

Of the 49 dispatched runs the Mackinac Island Fire De- partment made during 2008, 29 of them were deemed false alarms. There were two major fires and two ice rescue missions. More...

Sports

Lakers Boys Sweep Islanders; Girls Swept By Beaver Island

The Mackinac Island Lakers boys basketball team swept Beaver Island, defeating the Islanders 72-53 in a Northern Lights League match-up Friday, February 6, and downed the visitors 69-51 in a non-league contest Saturday, February 7. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Granholm Bold in Annual Message

The days when our government could be all things to all people are behind us. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Warmest and best wishes to all the readers of the winter edition of the Mackinac Island Town Crier for 2009. We hope you sit back and enjoy the news about your friends and favorite Island, which is as lovely and beautiful as ever. More...

Horses Respond Well to Grains Like Oats, Corn, and Barley

A long, cold winter, and this February groundhogs in both Pennsylvania and Michigan saw their shadows, meaning six more weeks of winter. More...

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