June 6, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Committee Seeks Consensus on Millage

The finance committee was unable to reach a consensus on a 2009 millage rate at its meeting Monday, June 1. More...

Cause Undetermined in Deaths of Two Seasonal Island Workers

Foul play or suicide are not suspected in the deaths of two seasonal workers on Mackinac Island last week, and police are awaiting autopsy results to help determine the cause. More...

Wightman, Dunnigan Fill Planning Commission Seats

Sidewalk Repair, Turtle Park Restroom Upgrades Find Approval With City Council

The Mackinac Island City Council approved Mayor Margaret Doud's appointments to fill two vacancies in the Planning Commission at their June 3 meeting in Community Hall. Appointed were councilman Dan Wightman and Candi Dunnigan. More...

Island ZBA Gives Nod to Apartment at Big Store

The construction of an apartment approved by the city in 1988, but never finished by its owner, received Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) support Wednesday, May 3, following a public hearing. More...

Knights of Columbus Conference Brings 1,100 People to Mackinac Island

Balloons filled the sky over Grand Hotel Friday afternoon, May 22, as men dressed in capes and feathered hats stood in the formation of a rosary in Grand Hotel's Tea Garden. More...

Allen Is Recognized for Twenty-one Years of Work in the Community

School teacher Karen Allen has received the 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Mackinac Island Recreation Department. Mayor Margaret Doud presented Mrs. More...

Friends Have Fun on Island Visit

Making use of every minute on Mackinac Island, Jaydin Bellant (left) and McKenzie Wright climb the anchor in front of the Island House one last time before heading to the boat docks Friday, May 15. More...

Neyer Creates Winning Poster

The winning design for the 2009 Lilac Festival Poster competition was created by Diane Neyer, of Mackinac Island and Traverse City. Mrs. Neyer is a self-taught artist and an avid gardener. More...

Callewaert Reception Is Sunday

A reception to celebrate the life of Rena Callewaert will be hosted by her family Sunday, June 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Island House. Mrs. More...

Obituaries

Bridgette Powers

Bridgette Collen Powers, 25, of Greenville, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, on Mackinac Island. She was born in Greenville January 20, 1984, to Dennis and Lory Thomas Powers. She attended St. More...

Blake Slentz

Blake Slentz, 26, of Greenville died Thursday, May 28, 2009, on Mackinac Island. He was born in Greenville October 29, 1982, to Barry and Carmalene Slentz of Greenville and was a 2001 graduate of Greenville High School. Mr. More...

Lucinda 'Cindy' Ratcliffe-Frez

Lucinda "Cindy" Ruth Ratcliffe-Frez, 55, of Mackinac Island, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at home, surrounded by family after an illness of brain cancer. More...

Looking Back

Looking Back

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise Thursday, June 5, 1919 T.L. More...

Letters

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Leash Law Article Reminder of 'Lesson Learned'

To the Editor: The recent Mackinac Island Town Crier article (May 16 to May 22) regarding the Island dog leash law served as a reminder to me of a lesson learned. More...

Dieleman Recalls 1st Lilac Parade

Playing with the children of then-Governor G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams, exploring the Island, riding his bicycle, and just having fun like little boys do in the summer are the childhood memories of Jim Dieleman of Grand Rapids. More...

Underwater Research Team To Return to Straits

Underwater researchers will return to St. Ignace July 11 to explore a submerged waterfall and nearby cave, seeking evidence of the region's early human inhabitants. More...

Shop Owners Will Compete in Festival Window Contest

Shops along Main and Market streets will once again compete for the best Lilac Festival window display representing this year's theme, "American Circus: 1793- 1940." Ballots are available at the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and everyone may vot More...

Island Students Sample Careers

Thirty-six Mackinac Island students got a taste of jobs as part of a job shadow program Wednesday, May 20. Students in the eighth through twelfth grades were placed in occupations in St. Ignace, Cheboygan, Petoskey, Sault Ste. More...

Anna Joyce Andress Named Lilac Queen 50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago, in 1959, Anna Joyce Andress served as the Island's Lilac Queen. She was born July 15, 1940, on Mackinac Island to Robert and Gladys Andress. More...

Sponsors Sought for Island Employee Dinners

Ste. Anne's Church Hosts First Meal

The first Island Employee Dinner of the season at Ste. Anne's Church drew about 150 people Thursday, May 21, said event coordinator Nancy Marks. More...

60th Annual Lilac Festival Schedule June 5-14

Friday, June 5 4:30 p.m. - Pre-coronation concert at Windermere Point with Alex Graham Quartet 5:30 p.m. - Coronation of Lilac Festival Queen at Windermere Point 9 p.m. More...

Now Tranquil, Island's Harbor Will Receive 350 Boats in July

Early morning Tuesday, June 2, this sailboat is touched by the rising sun near Mackinac Island. More...

Beacon Shines Again Over Straits From McGulpin Pt. Lighthouse

Interest in History Draws 1,000 People to 140-year-old Lighthouse

Each night for about 100 years, the Lake Michigan bluff just west of Mackinaw City has been in darkness. More...

Children's Artwork on Display at Library Through Lilac Festival

The walls of the Mackinac Island Public Library are filled with color, as students at the Island school shows off their artwork there. More...

Island Artists Celebrate 30 Years June 5-6

Scrimshaw artist Gary Kiracofe will demonstrate his craft Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, at his shop, Scrimshanders, in the lobby of Chippewa Hotel. Demonstrations will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. More...

Air Force 'Shades of Blue' Jazz Ensemble Entertains Windermere Point Crowd

Jazz filled the air at Windermere Point during the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble concert Sunday, May 24. More...

Sports

Gamble Defends Golf Title; Fisher 5th

Chambers, Nash Compete for Lakers at Upper Peninsula Track Finals

Michael Gamble of Mackinac Island defended his Division 3 Upper Peninsula state individual golf championship and Lakers teammate Paul Fisher tied for fifth during the golf finals at the Terrace Bluff Golf and Country Club in Gladstone Thursday, May More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Expect More Granholm/DC Talk

It's likely that Governor Jennifer Granholm, late in the year and a half left in her final term, will yet again be in the Short List Tango -- the ritual of Washington worthies citing those who might be in line for a presidential appointment. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

We are anxiously awaiting the blooming of the lilacs, which have been delayed because of the cool weather. More...

Stables Can Go Green by Reducing, Recycling, and Reusing

Stables and stable owners can help themselves, as well as Mackinac Island, by taking a page from the "going green" guidelines. One of the most prominent private stables already has, and that is Grand Hotel. More...

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