May 16, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

More Changes Coming to Island City Ordinances

Putting two ordinances under the microscope of the Ordinance Committee and questioning of a third ordinance amendment by an Island business owner brought a halt to an expected recommendation that City Council adopt the regulations Wednesday, May 6. More...

Man To Serve Prison Term for Island Fire

Japhett Gallagher, 23, of Stanton, was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison and was ordered to pay $40,514 in restitution for a conviction of arson to Mackinac Island property over $10,000 by 11th Circuit Court in St. More...

Looking to the West: U.P. Has Strong Advantages in Drawing Travelers

Population Centers Are Closer Than Many Realize, Nemacheck Says

The Upper Peninsula has several robust advantages in drawing tourists, and they are often overlooked in statewide travel forecasts, says Tom Nemacheck. More...

Incumbents Retain Seats in May 5 Election

There were no surprises on Mackinac Island following the Tuesday, May 5, election, with both city and school board incumbents retaining their seats. Voter turnout was at 42.6%, more than double the Mackinac County average of 15.8%. More...

City of Mackinac Island Focuses on Stricter Enforcement of Leash Law

City police are enforcing the Island's leash law and will focus on the downtown area following an incident in April when two people were bitten while trying to separate two fighting dogs. One animal was on a leash and the other was not. More...

Engine Failure Results in Star Line Picking Up Passengers at Arnold Dock

Owing to engine failure to its only operating catamaran at the time, Arnold Transit Company was assisted by Star Line with transporting people and luggage to Mackinac Island from Mackinaw City Thursday, April 30, and part of Friday morning, May 1. More...

At City Request, Companies Cut Ferry Prices $1 From Last Year's Rate

The price of an adult roundtrip boat ticket to Mackinac Island dropped one dollar Friday, May 1, to $24, after all three boat lines agreed to reduce their fare at the urging of Mackinac Island City Council. More...

'Super Mac' Sailing Race Will Feed Into Bayview Mackinac Event This Year

A 490-nautical mile sailing race called the "Super Mac" is scheduled for July. The start of the race will coincide with the sailing of the 101st Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island July 18. More...

For the Record...

In the article, "Flag Preservation Among Island Post Projects" in the April 11 issue, the military unit flag that the Mackinac Island American Legion Post 299 is helping raise funds to preserve is the 7th Michigan Calvary, not the 7th Michigan Infa More...

Construction Work Is in Full Swing at New Hospital in St. Ignace

Before 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, trucks begin lining up at the construction site of the new hospital in St. Ignace. More...

Little Luxuries Owner's Five-year Plan To Own Business Hits Fast Track

Nicole Smith's five-year plan to own her own business hit the fast track this spring as she opened the doors to her new gift store, Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, Friday, May 1. More...

Shepler Serves on Two Travel Industry Boards

Chris Shepler of St. Ignace was appointed to two travel industry leadership boards, the American Bus Association 2010 Marketplace Advisory Committee (MAC) February 3 and the 2009 National Tour Association Leadership Team January 30. More...

Tamlyn's Comic Caters to B-Monster Flick Fans

Local artist Chris Tamlyn has helped create a new comic anthology, "Attack of the Monstrology," on which he served as a contributor and chief editor. More...

Obituaries

Joseph Gugin

Joseph Todd Gugin, 33, of Mackinac Island, died at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey Saturday, April 25, 2009. He was born in Petoskey to Sandra and Stanley Gugin September 26, 1975. More...

Frederick 'Fritz' Bennetts

Frederick "Fritz" Bennetts, 90, of Lansing, formerly of East Lansing, was an Upper Peninsula native who enjoyed spending time on Mackinac Island and worked in education and public relations. Mr. Bennetts died April 12, 2009. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Shuffling of History Repeats

Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, a lowkey, can-do officeholder now as she was as 1990s Kent County clerk, is one of the Big Four statewide politicians in Lansing. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Mother's Day on Mackinac was a beautiful day, with bright sunshine and a heavenly blue sky. More...

A Look at History

Pontiac's Lookout Reflects Shifts in Reputation of Indian Chief

Today, on Mackinac Island, we speak English, but this did not happen without a fight. In 1763, the Ottawa nation of Indians fought back against the British Army, which had invaded the country later known as Michigan Territory. More...

Island Freight Services To Move to Renovated Coal Dock

Makes Room for Cruise Ships, But Customs Rules Must Be Cleared First

Work on Mackinac Island's Coal Dock, more than a century old, is underway to replace lumber planking with concrete so freight operations can be moved to that dock. More...

Workers Prepare for Season on Main Street

Painter lifts form a pathway for drays and bicycle riders on Main Street on Mackinac Island Wednesday, April 22. More...

POLICE REPORTS

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department, between May 5 and May 12:

A Main Street business was issued its second citation in two years for violating the city's fire protection ordinance for hanging sales products on its front door Thursday, May 7. More...

Veterans Officer To Visit Island

Rick Stewart, veterans service officer for the American Legion, will visit Mackinac Island Tuesday, May 26, with office hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Legion Post. There is no charge for Mr. More...

Island School Seniors Earn Scholarships; Board Seeks OK for Vinyl Siding

Building, Grounds Committee Report Mackinac Island Public School will repair the roof on the storage building and wants to replace wood with vinyl siding, Building and Grounds Committee chair Larry Rickley told the school board at its Thursday, Ap More...

Early May Stuart House Museum Opening Raises $200 in Donations

Volunteers raised $200 for the Stuart House Museum during a special weekend opening when approximately 600 Rotarians visited the Island. The museum is owned by the city and operations are financed by donations. More...

Port Huron to Mackinac Race Now Sails Under Pure Michigan Name

The annual yacht race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island will be officially named Pure Michigan Bayview to Mackinac Race 2009 this year. More...

Cyclists To Arrive on Island Saturday

The 20th annual Zoo-de-Mackinac Bike Bash, a 51-mile scenic bicycle tour from Boyne Highlands to Mackinac Island, is set for Saturday, May 16. More...

Don Andress Recognized by City Council

Don "Duck" Andress recently received recognition from the U.S. Congress, the State of Michigan, and Mackinac Island City Council for his handcrafting of Native American walking sticks. Mr. More...

Lipnitz Is New Owner of Island Hardware

Mackinac Island's only hardware store opened with a new name and owner April 1, when Kirk Lipnitz of St. Ignace began leasing the building space and fuel facilities. More...

In-ground Map of Lakes, Canoe Exhibit Are New Features at Colonial Michilimackinac

Children will be able to step onto a 36-foot diameter inground map of the Great Lakes and trace the long-ago route of the region's fur traders at a new $42,000 outdoor addition designed to entice families to Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw Ci More...

Detroit's Classic Sanders Candy Makes First Appearance on Island

For the first time since its 1875 inception in Detroit, a Sanders Candy store will be open on Mackinac Island. Amy and Chris Modd will own and manage the store, in partnership with Ira Green and Geoff and Keith Lynch. More...

Fort Mackinac Welcomes Visitors for the Season

The heavy wooden doors at Fort Mackinac swung open Tuesday, May 5, to welcome visitors for the first time this season. More...

Ste. Anne's Group Makes Mission Trip to Honduras

A group of 40 people, including more than a dozen residents of Mackinac Island and St. More...

Sports

Mackinac Island Lakers Enjoying Strong Season in Golf and Track

Gamble, Bunker Earn Medalist Honors At EUPC Golf Match

Mackinac Island Lakers Michael Gamble and Marie Bunker carded low medalist honors during the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference golf match at Grand Hotel's Jewel Golf Course Monday, May 4. More...

More Sports, Less Strife Suggested for School

Community Polled

Building a stage and sound system, providing after-school tutoring, offering more healthy lunch options, providing a wider variety of sports, and additional art, music, and drama opportunities, and reducing the tensions between staff and administra More...

Lakers Sports Action

The Lakers' Michael Gamble was the boys low medalist during the first EUPC golf match after carding a 35 Monday, May 4, at the Jewel Golf Course. More...

Looking Back

Looking Back

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise Thursday, May 15, 1919 The fine weather of the past week has caused a general activity among [Mackinac] Island folks and they are all busy preparing for an unusually busy season. More...

Letters

Celebrating Andress' Achievement

To the Editor: I am writing to celebrate the Smithsonian Institution's acceptance of Donald Andress' walking stick as an outstanding example of Native American art. More...

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