April 11, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Birds Must Be Diverted, Fuel Tanks Put in at St. Ignace Airport

The City of St. Ignace is searching for a way to divert wastewater effluent away from the end of Mackinac County Airport's only runway. More...

School Board, City Council Incumbents To Face Challengers May 5

There is one challenger for the two vacant seats on Mackinac Island's City Council, and one for two vacant seats on the Board of Education for the May 5 election. Council incumbents Michael Hart and Frank Bloswick Jr. More...

For the Record...

An article entitled "Volunteers Host Children's Christmas Party" published in the Mackinac Island Town Crier February 14 incorrectly stated the party was attended by 41 children and their parents, all members of the Sault Ste. More...

Oldest Mackinac Island Bicycle Business Dissolved After 70 Years

Mackinac Island's oldest bicycle rental company is closing after 70 years of operation. More...

Schrock Gets Favorable Rating

School Superintendent Roger Schrock received a favorable rating by the seven-member board of education this spring. Evaluations were collected at a board meeting Thursday, March 19. More...

Sled Accident Claims Life of Mackinac Island Man

A snowmobile accident claimed the life of Clyde Ogle, 32, of Mackinac Island Friday, April 3. Police continue to investigate the accident, which took place on the corner of Cadotte Avenue and Annex Road. Mr. More...

Students Prepare To Present Play

Play director Karen Allen is preparing for another school play, the classic Grimm's fairytale "Hansel and Gretel," to be performed by elementary students from Mackinac Island Public School at Mission Point Resort theater at the end of May. More...

Island Firemen Are Put on City Payroll

The city's 25 volunteer and auxiliary firefighters will be switched from contracted laborers to bona fide city employees as required by the Internal Revenue Code. More...

Sign of Spring: Ferry Service Resumes to Mackinac Island

Schedule Announced

Arnold Transit Company resumed ferry service between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island for the first time since January, making the first trip of the season with the Huron Tuesday, March 31. The Huron's last run was January 4. More...

Island Bike Shop May Include Shoreline Boardwalk in Future

By this summer, the lot between Island Bike Shop and Orr Kids Bicycles on Mackinac Island will contain six covered bicycle storage bays. More...

Park Commission To Meet May 22

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission will meet in Mackinaw City at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to be at Audie's Restaurant at 314 North Nicolet Street. More...

Win-some Women Spring Retreat Planned May 12-15

Ordained minister and world-renowned vocal artist Reverend Wintley Phipps, and Sue Thomas, who has spent her life overcoming the challenges of adapting to the hearing world, will be the featured guests for the annual Win- Some Women spring retreat More...

4-H Youth To Sell Buttons

Fifth grade student Molly Tokarz (right) and sixth grade student Dana Roguska of Mackinac Island Public School, both 4-H Club members, stamp logos in place, making buttons that will be sold this summer as a fundraiser for the Mackinac Horsemen's Asso More...

City Sees Increased Revenue of $6.650 From Bicycle Licenses

Commercial bicycle rental operators on Mackinac Island will pay $5 more for each license in 2009 following a city fee increase from $20 to $25. More...

Mackinac State Historic Park Receives Award

Mackinac State Historic Parks has received the first Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries' Teamwork Award for its revitalization of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park near Mackinaw City. The award was announced in December. More...

More Veterans To Get Health Care

More military veterans will qualify for health care from Veterans Affairs, as income guidelines have been raised. The maximum income levels to qualify for health care from Veterans Affairs has been increased by 10%, starting July 1. More...

Obituaries

Eamon 'Doc' Moloney

Eamon "Doc" Larkin Moloney, 64, was known among his friends for his strong pride in his Irish ancestry and his promotion of Irish history, culture, and politics. He died of lung cancer Thursday, February 19, 2009. More...

Clyde Ogle

Clyde J. Ogle, 32, of Mackinac Island, died Friday, April 3, 2009, in a snowmobile accident on the Island. He was born April 17, 1976, in Yucca Valley, California. He has lived on the Island since 2001, working as a chef at Horn's Gaslight Bar. More...

Thomas Kolatski

Thomas James Kolatski Jr., 50, of Mackinac Island, died Thursday morning, February 12, 2009, at the home of his family in Cheboygan. He was born March 26, 1958, on Mackinac Island to Thomas James and Lorma (nee Cowell) Kolatski Sr. More...

Looking Back

Looking Back

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace News Thursday, April 10, 1919 Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Metevier left Wednesday for Petoskey, where the former will take treatment for rheumatism. Mr. and Mrs. George T. More...

Letters

Island Is a Special Place

To the Editor: Enclosed is my check for the Town Crier. I think I have been subscribing for more than 20 years. Love it. Keep up the good work. Mackinac Island is a "special place." Ruth Gooch Eaton Rapids More...

Snowmobile Visitor Enjoys Island's Beauty, People

To the Editor: I had a wonderful chance to snowmobile over to the Island the first weekend in February. It was beautiful. The people were great. I bought the Mackinac Island Town Crier. More...

Enjoys Keeping Up With News

To the Editor: Please renew my subscription for the 2009 year. Thanks so much. Enjoy reading about everything going on, as well as seeing what friends and family are doing. Dorothy "Dot" Early Sambiagio Petersburg More...

Flag Preservation Among Island Legion Post Projects

American Legion Post 299 was officially recognized with a permanent charter in December and is now known as the Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski Post, named after three Mackinac Island war veterans who were killed in action. More...

Council Tightens City Budget This Year

Mackinac Island City Council managed to scrape together another $80,000 in its 2009-10 budget during a budget workshop Friday, March 27, and made efforts to reduce its general fund millage from 6.95 mills to 6.57 mills, which will be determined in More...

Kelley, Karem Are Reappointed to Island State Park Commission

Mackinac Island State Park Commissioners Karen Karam of Ray and Frank Kelley of Lansing have been reappointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to new six-year terms on the commission. Ms. More...

City Prepares for Tourism Season

The City of Mackinac Island is preparing city streets and public structures for the upcoming summer tourism season. More...

Bike Rental Businesses Get New Licenses in Transfer

Island Bicycle Rental was given permission by Mackinac Island City Council to transfer 200 rental bicycle licenses at a special meeting Wednesday morning, December 31. More...

Someday, Our Ship Will Come...

Two new cruise ships will ply the Great Lakes this summer. More...

School Board Offers Teacher Buy Out; Is Questioned on Evaluation Process

Public concerns about an ongoing pattern of conflict between teachers and administration were aired at a Mackinac Island school board meeting Thursday, March 19. More...

Island Man Dies on Straits Ice

The body of 38-year-old Mackinac Island resident George Wellington Jr. was found on the ice on Lake Huron near the shoreline of St. Ignace Sunday morning, February 22. Mr. More...

Woman Hurt in Snowmobile Crash

A 37-year-old Spring Lake woman suffered head injuries during a one-person snowmobile accident on the corner of Cupid's Pathway and Sixth Street on Mackinac Island at approximately 10 p.m. Friday, April 3. More...

Council, Ferries To Discuss Prices

Concerned that rising ferry boat ticket prices could hinder tourist traffic to Mackinac Island this summer, the city council said it wants to meet with the three ferry companies within the next two weeks to discuss the matter. More...

Summer Concert Series Announced

Six performances are scheduled this summer for the Summer Concert Series hosted by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. All are free and will be held at Ste. Anne's Catholic Church on Sundays at 2 p.m. More...

Winds, Ice Mar Huron's First Day Back on the Job

On the first day of ferry service Tuesday, March 31, the MV Huron's steering mechanism broke, forcing Arnold Transit to cancel the final trip of the day and passengers on both sides scrambling for a way to their destinations. More...

Raffle Will Benefit Class of 2009

Two paintings are being raffled to raise money for Mackinac Island Public School's Class of 2009 senior trip to Orlando, Florida, in May. More...

Franchises, Fast Food Style Service Discouraged, but Current Ones Exempt

A Mackinac Island city committee and its attorney dealt with a list of new proposals and suggested amendments to several ordinances, involving business chains and franchises, nudity, and minors in possession, in preparation of the 2009 summer touri More...

Stuart House Museum To Offer Opening for Rotary Convention

Volunteers will open the doors of the Stuart House Museum early this year for a special weekend, when about 600 Rotarians, family, and friends will visit Mackinac Island, attending their convention at Grand Hotel. More...

Algosar First Through Soo Locks

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie opened Wednesday, March 25, marking the beginning of the Great Lakes shipping season. The 450-foot Canadian tanker M.T. Algosar was the first ship to clear the Poe Lock at 5:15 p.m. More...

Robert Sweetgall Will Lead Community Walk April 24

Fitness author Robert Sweetgall will lead a community walk and mini-seminar Friday, April 24, on Mackinac Island. The walk will be from 5 p.m. More...

Mill Creek Expansion Claims Teamwork Honors

Mackinac State Historic Parks staff members were recognized by the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries December 11, receiving the first-time Teamwork Award for redesigning and expanding Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park last summer. More...

Sports

Lakers Athletes Earn Post-season Honors

Three Mackinac Island Lakers boys from the Northern Lights League championship team and three girls from the conference runner up team received postseason honors. More...

Columnists

Jockeying in Gubernatorial Horse Race

In recent decades, Democrats have had the largest number of serious contenders for open gubernatorial seats. The reverse shapes up for 2010. In 1982, when Republican William G. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Many bright, cheerful thoughts are being sent your way. Have a colorful springtime and a special Easter day! The start of the 2009 season for the mighty Huron Tuesday, March 31, was truly an adventure. More...

Sightings of Ducks, Geese, and Flowers Are Signs of Spring

So spring is coming to Mackinac - well, at least sort of. It surely seems to be trying to get here. The weather has been what you might call changeable, with sunshine, snow, wind, sunshine, snow, wind, and not much rain. More...

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