June 13, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Straits Region Works To Draw Filmmakers

"Our office is always happy to work with anyone that wants to come here and shoot." - Mary McGuire Slevin,Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Northern Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula are struggling to ready themselves to be attractive filming locations for movie and television production companies as a part of the state film office's "film friendly" initiatives. More...

Spirit of the North Offers Free Samples of Yoga Classes During Festival

Spirit of the North Yoga Studio opened its doors Thursday, June 4, just in time for the Lilac Festival. More...

Burgers on the Grill Again, as New Owners Reopen Chuckwagon

Reurink and Keith Take Over for Hart

Jessie Hart hung up her apron at Jessie's Chuckwagon last October, but two friends, Sharon Reurink and Don Keith, have taken over the operation this summer and plan to rename the diner The Chuckwagon. Sharon Reurink met Ms. More...

Pavlov and Woodcox Promoted to Fort's Lead Interpreters

Fort Mackinac historic interpreters Amy Pavlov and Geoff Woodcox have been promoted to lead interpreters this season. Interpreter work seasons begin in May or June and lasts until August or October, when the fort closes for visitors. More...

New Displays at Stuart House Focus on 'Everyday Person's' History

The historic Stuart House Museum is evolving into a center of grassroots community history, with displays to be added to the 1817 building this summer. More...

Grammy Winning Pianist Darryl Dybka Joins Iroquois Hotel

Music Producer Has Varied Background

Upon first meeting Darryl Dybka, one might not suspect he is a Grammy award-winning music producer who has toured in numerous countries and been recorded on several CDs. More...

Students Want To Return to Island

Three classmates, Kalina Vitanovski (from left), Alyssa Saraceno, and Aneesa Patwary, say they did not have enough time to do everything on this visit, and now want to return to the Island with their families. More...

Trinity Promotes Knitting Outreach

Trinity Episcopal Church is initiating a community outreach program for those who would like to learn more about knitting or crocheting for worthwhile causes and to have a quiet time and place to work in a group setting on individual projects. More...

Boots and Spurs Ring Out on Market Street at Lilac Festival

The clopping sound heard on Market Street last Saturday evening did not come from horses. The West Michigan Bootscooters visited Mackinac Island for a Lilac Festival country line dancing show. More...

Island Inspires Illinois Painter

Artist Daniel Purdy has been traveling to Mackinac Island for 10 years with his wife, Nancy, from their home in Crest Hill, Illinois. More...

Youth Raise Funds for Island Trip

On a trip with their fourth grade history class, 10-year-old Caleel Van Voorhees (left) and nine-year-old Katie Knox (right) show off their new hats while relaxing for a moment on Mission Point's golf course Monday, June 1. More...

Police Reports

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department for May 27 to June 9: A call reporting a drunk and disorderly person on Third Street near Cadotte Avenue came in on Thursday, May 28, at 4:52 p.m. More...

Library Book Sale Better Than Last Year

A steady stream of browsers at the Mackinac Island Public Library book sale Saturday, June 6, made the sale a success, said librarian Anne St. Onge. More...

Obituaries

Theresa Howell

Theresa M. Howell, 77, of Simmons Settlement died Saturday evening, June 6, 2009 at her home following a lingering illness. She was born on Mackinac Island July 6, 1931, to Frank and Cecelia (nee Perault) Cadotte. She married Joseph F. More...

Roberta 'Bertha' Green

The Island's oldest resident, Roberta "Bertha" Cecilia Green, 93, of Harrisonville, died early morning Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. She was born June 2, 1916. More...

James Bazinaw

James Richard "Dickie" Bazinaw, 63, of St. Ignace, formerly of Mackinac Island, died at his home early Monday morning, June 8, 2009. He was born on Mackinac Island March 10, 1946, to James and Helen (nee St. Onge) Bazinaw. More...

Looking Back

Looking Back

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise Thursday, June 12, 1919 Everything is in readiness for the rush of summer business. Quite a number of cottagers have already arrived and the hotels will soon be opened. Sergeant and Mrs. More...

Letters

Clean Up After Pets, As Well as Keeping Them Leashed

To the Editor: As a resident on Mackinac Island, I am very aware of the leash law being enforced. Of course, this became very critical after a dog fight that injured a couple of people. More...

Veterans Officer Program Cut

To the Editor: On May 27, the American Legion service officer was set to visit Mackinac Island at the invitation of the Chapman-St. Onge- Dankowski Post 299. More...

Enjoys Receiving Island News

To the Editor: Thanks for the reminder card to renew my subscription. I would surely miss that wonderful little paper. Being a retired reporter, I love knowing what is going on up on the Island. Wishing you all a great summer season. More...

Island Historic Buildings Open

A Canadian trapper named Alexis St. Martin was accidentally shot in the stomach while trading furs on Mackinac Island 187 years ago last Saturday. More...

Curator Shares Advice for Mackinac Lilacs

"Here on the Island, the mentality is 'old.' So they cut the new growth and keep the [old] stems. That's what I'm trying to break them of." - Jeff Young, lilac curator

The lilacs on Mackinac Island are old, and some of them are really old. While most of them are around 60 years old, there are a few lilacs closing in on 200 years. More...

New Island Group Welcomes All Knitters

One corner of JL Beanery Coffeehouse is set aside for knitting and crocheting every Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., when several summer workers gather to share their favorite pastime and meet new faces. More...

Carriage Driver Injured in Rollover

Carriage driver Ray Miller suffered minor injuries when he was run over by his own rig after his horse was spooked by a dog Wednesday, June 3, at 3:20 p.m. Mr. More...

Drug Overdose Blamed in Deaths

Autopsies on Blake Slentz and Bridgette Powers conclude the two died from a multi-drug overdose involving methadone, a prescription painkiller, and oxycodone, more commonly known as Oxycontin. More...

Twins Make First Island Visit

Twins Asher (left) and Micaiah Ernsberger smile and wave in the bright sunshine during their first trip to Mackinac Island while taking a break on Market Street with their mother, Heather. More...

60th Annual Lilac Festival Schedule

Friday, June 12 11 a.m. - Harbor History Cruise on Mackinac Breeze ($18 adults, $15 children 5- 12) 11 a.m. - Inez Ross "Persuaded: A Great Lakes Story" author signing, Island Book Store 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Students Head West in 'Pioneer' Project

Brooke'lyn Holder, a second grade student at Mackinac Island Public School, was having a typical day at school Wednesday, April 29, until she learned two of her family's oxen were killed by lightning during the night. More...

Swim Lessons To Begin June 23

Swimming lessons will be offered at Grand Hotel every Tuesday and Thursday beginning June 23 and will continue until August 20. Lifeguard and swim instructor Andrew MacNeill will lead the lessons. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, June 10, Ann Timmons placed first, Leo Sherwood placed second, and Nicki Krzykowski placed third. More...

Robert Cameron's Aerial Photography Is Subject of Exhibit

Those who attended the opening reception for the Manoogian Art Exhibit at Grand Hotel last weekend were surprised to see two exhibits. More...

Student Actors Shine in Island School's 'Hansel and Gretel'

Mission Point Theater was filled this spring with music, colorful sets, and gingerbread men with the Mackinac Island Public School's production of "Hansel and Gretel." All students in grades four through seven participated, and teacher Karen Allen More...

Former County Courthouse Gets Fresh Paint

Peeling paint is scraped away by city crews Wednesday, June 3, at the courthouse and police building on Market Street in preparation for painting. The building was last painted in 2002. More...

Mackinac Bridge Repavement Is Nearly Complete

Repaving work on the Mackinac Bridge is nearly complete and three lanes are open to traffic, the Mackinac Bridge Authority reported Friday, June 5. More...

Growing Lilacs Is Focus of Festival Program

The idea to teach children as well as adults how to grow lilacs came to Jan Young when she attended the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with her husband, lilac curator Jeff Young. She now teaches the "Learning To Grow" program at Ste. More...

Sports

Island Residents Enjoy Spring Hockey Tournament

The first Spring Classic Hockey Tournament, organized by Mackinac Island resident Jamie Bynoe Tuesday, June 9, was a hit. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Michigan Lawmen Now Seek To Marshal Votes

Attorneys general and other law folks have had considerable success getting elected governor in Michigan. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

It's lilac time on Mackinac. The festivities began Friday afternoon, June 5, with Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra playing on Windermere Point. More...

Nature Notes

Residents and Visitors Report a Variety of Bird Encounters

One of the great things about Mackinac Island is you never know who or what you will run into, maybe a famous person, an old friend, a blustery wind, a brilliant blue sky, or an unusual encounter with an animal or bird. More...

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