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10 To Earn Diplomas Friday

Inside...Profiles on Mackinac Island Graduates, p. 4

Ten Mackinac Island high school seniors will take the first steps down the aisle that will lead them to their future at commencement exercises at the school gymnasium Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. More...

Ordinance Changes Tabled a Second Time; Seasonal Officers Get Badges

For a second time, the Mackinac Island City Council tabled three ordinance amendments, this time to allow City Attorney Tom Evashevski and Clerk Karen Lennard time to review the ordinance amendment numbering system. More...

Veterans Officer Will Be on Island

Rick Stewart, veterans service officer for the American Legion, will visit Mackinac Island Wednesday, May 27, offering assistance with military disability claims, Agent Orange issues, headstones and grave markers concerns, or any other questions in More...

Leedke Puts New Marketing Plan in Place at Mission Point Resort

Aggressively preparing for this year's tourist season, which has travel experts differing in its potential, Doug Leedke of Mission Point Resort has put in place a new marketing plan that already is showing results. More...

Island Memorial Day Services Announced

Memorial Day observances are planned at Fort Mackinac and Veterans Memorial Park on Mackinac Island Monday, May 25. Fort Mackinac interpreters will meet outside of the fort's North Sally Port at 8:30 a.m. Dressed as the U.S. More...

Planners Set Public Hearings on Formula Businesses, Building

Protecting the city from unfinished construction and from formula businesses, the Mackinac Island Planning Commission is seeking amendments to two city ordinances and is holding two public hearings to gather community input, a plan it decided upon More...

Grand Hotel Earns 'Green' Certification

"...we want to do our part. We're in a unique position in the state to be a leader in the resort community, and we need to set an example." - Chris Wakeman, Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel was named a Green Lodging Facility by the state of Michigan April 28. The hotel's efforts to become environmentally friendly earned it a "partner" certification by the Green Lodging of Michigan Program. More...

1,000 Expected on Island for Policy Conference Beginning May 27

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the Detroit Regional Chamber's 29th Mackinac Policy Conference from Wednesday, May 27, through Saturday, May 30, at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. More...

POLICE REPORTS

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department, from May 13 to May 19: A white Jack Russell Terrier was reported running through the streets near Arnold Dock last week. More...

Emory Barnwell's Work With Yacht Bernida 'Right on Schedule'

On a windy, rainy Mackinac Island day, inside his boat shed, Roman "Emory" Barnwell's work goes on to restore Bernida, a wood-hulled sailboat that won the Bay View Yacht Club's Mackinac Island yacht race in 1925 and 1927. More...

Anne Cottage Featured in Magazine

Built in 1899, Anne Cottage on Mackinac Island is featured in the June issue of Traverse magazine. The cottage, which offers a view of the harbor from its sweeping front porch, is on Main Street across from the marina. More...

American Legion Seeks Veterans Memorabilia, Photographs

Photographs and memorabilia are needed for the veterans room exhibit at the Stuart House Museum on Market Street on Mackinac Island. Planned by American Legion Post 299, the room will pay tribute to the Island's military veterans. More...

Seniors Take Part in Job Shadow Day

Trying to decide what career path to take is tough, especially for high school students. To help, Mackinac Island Public School has a Job Shadow Day, in which students can "shadow" a professional at work and learn about a specific job. More...

Sports

Chambers Sets School Record; Lakers Golfers Earn Low Medalist Honors

Robert Chambers shattered the Mackinac Island Public School's 200-meter dash record with a time of 23.83 during the Division III track and field regionals in Pickford Friday, May 15. More...

Looking Back

Looking Back

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise Thursday, May 22, 1919 The Wickman studio is again open for business, Mr. Wickman having returned from Boca Grande, Florida, Saturday. More...

City Seeks Funding for $10.3 Million Sewer Project

The city is seeking eligibility for funding for a two-phase project that includes repairs and maintenance planned for Mackinac Island's wastewater treatment facility. More...

Spring Storm Takes Out Marina Pylons

Six outer pylons at the Mackinac Island Marina were destroyed when an early spring windstorm drove large ice chunks into the wooden pylons. One steel pylon was bent. More...

Annual Appointments Assigned at May 13 City Hall Meeting

The following city appointments were made at the annual appointment meeting Wednesday, May 13, by Mayor Margaret Doud: Public Safety, Armand "Smi" Horn, Jason St. Onge, Armin Porter. More...

Mackinac Island School's Class of 2009 Shares Future Plans

Ten students will be graduated from Mackinac Island Public School Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. commencement exercises at the school. Here, they share their school memories and future plans. More...

Head Start Enrollment To Be June 12

Recruitment for fall 2009 enrollment of the Community Action Head Start Program will take place Friday, June 12, at the school, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents are asked to bring income verification, birth certificate, and immunization records. More...

New Preservation Society Seeks Restoration of Round Island Lighthouse

A new preservation society has been created for Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island. More...

New CEO Pfeiffelmann Has Seen 31 Years With Ferry Company

For 31 years, Tom Pfeiffelmann has been at the helm of Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry, and for almost as many years, rumors have circulated about the impending sale of one or more of the three boat lines that serve the Island. More...

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Begins June 5

For 60 years, Mackinac Island has celebrated the beginning of spring by taking the time to smell the lilacs. More...

Jerry and Jim Return to Island

Belgians Jerry (left) and Jim return to the Island for their 10th summer Monday, May 18, having wintered on a farm north of Cedarville. More...

Major Renovations Continue on Island's Indian Dormitory

Archeology Dig Finds Remnants of the Past

Masonry work, archeological research, and plumbing and electrical upgrades are underway as the historic Indian Dormitory building is converted to an art museum, scheduled to be finished next summer. More...

Island Students Recognized for Academic and Athletic Achievement

Students of Mackinac Island Public School were honored for their academic and athletic achievements Tuesday night, May 19, at the school's annual "Anchor Awards." "This is a fun time of year," mathematics teacher Susan Bennett said at the ceremony More...

Lilac Queen Candidates Announced

Choosing each year's Lilac Queen is a tradition at Mackinac Island Public School. This year, nominees are Michi Mullings, Shelbie Mosley, Shay Mosley, Arial Leeper, and Danielle Wightman. More...

Michilimackinac Pageant Is This Weekend

Hundreds of Mackinaw City residents and visiting historical reenactors will portray Native Americans and French and British soldiers when they present the traditional Memorial Day pageant depicting the taking of Fort Michilimackinac by Native Amer More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

When a Pen Makes a Point

The institution of political cartooning is a power to reckon with, as Michigan governors learned throughout 172 years of statehood. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Last weekend, Mackinac was busy with activities, as 2,500 people, who participated in the Zoo-de-Mack, arrived on the Island. There was entertainment in all the bars, and most hotels were filled. More...

Nature Notes

Limestone, Weather Offer Challenges for Island Gardeners

John R. Whiting wrote, "The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman. More...

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