July 11, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Weigandt Is Hired To Teach Grades K-1

Millecent Weigandt was hired Tuesday, July 7, to teach kindergarten and first grade at Mackinac Island Public School, selected from more than 80 applicants for the job. More...

Stone Skipping Draws International Competitors to Mackinac Island

Byar Takes It With 28 Skips

Launching carefully selected stones along the water's surface off Windermere Point was a challenge that drew competitors from around the country Saturday, July 4, for the annual stone skipping competition. More...

Rev. Carroll's New Book Combines Perspective of Midwest and World Travel

Vincent Carroll's newest book, "An Iowa Mother... An American Son," illustrates that poetry is a part of his past in more ways than one. More...

Pride of Michigan Arrives at Straits

Exploration will begin this month of the underwater water- fall off Mackinac Island and nearby cave when the 80-foot training and research vessel The Pride of Michigan arrives in St. Ignace Saturday, July 11. It will be docked at the St. More...

Berke, Lacy Plunk-off To Determine Gerplunking Tie

The first "Plunk-off" was held this year when Kirby Berke of Denver, Colorado, and Colin Lacy of Shelbyville, Kentucky, tied during Gerplunking competition run in conjunction with the Stone Skipping Tournament Saturday, July 4, at Windermere Point. More...

Island Resident and Columnist Shares Anthology

A Town Crier columnist for 10 years, Island summer resident Candice Dunnigan has written about many things related to horses on the Island, and now she has collected her favorite columns into a book, published just last week. More...

Library's Fine Art Exhibit of Draft and Carriage Horses Draws Local Interest

An art exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures of horses will be at the Mackinac Island Public Library through the month of July. More...

Shop Owner's Log Details 40 Years of Sales Trends

"The day trippers are the big shoppers. We get a certain amount of business from people who stay on the Island but we really count on the day trippers, and the weather affects their turnout the most." - Judy Bynoe

Birches gift shop owner Judy Bynoe owns a log of each day's events in her Mackinac Island shop that dates to the 1960s. More...

Island Community Turns Out for All-American Fourth of July

On the Web site: Video coverage of Fourth of July events is available at www.mackinac islandtowncrier.com. Click on the "videos" bar at the left side of the home page. Videos and photo albums may be viewed here free of charge. More...

Mary Duffina's Book Features Historic Mackinac Island Personalities

For more than 40 years, former Island resident Mary Duffina worked on her book, "Historic Personalities of the Mackinac Region," which she completed in May. More...

POLICE REPORTS

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department for the week of Wednesday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 7: A dog tied to a horse hitch post in front of a Main Street business was taken to the Mackinac Island Police Department after a complaint More...

Stone Stacks Pop Up Along M-185

View From the Shoreline

Ben and Katie Diamond take a break from their bicycle ride around the Island to build a stone stack near mile marker 2 on M-185 Tuesday, June 23. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, July 8, Ann Timmons placed first, Lois Largo placed second, and Jean Allen placed third. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Seaway Opens Gates to Calamity

In Greek mythology, what became known as Pandora's Box was a large container that, when opened, unleashed many unintended ills upon mankind. In "Pandora's Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

What a great Fourth of July on Mackinac! The weather was picture-perfect, sunny, and a very comfortable temperature. More...

Hay Rides Offers Slow, Leisure Pace of Mackinac Island

When is the last time you've been on a hay ride? Have you ever been on one on Mackinac Island? It is now July, and the evenings here are long and soft. More...

Deliveries Are Concern on French Lane

A request to amend an ordinance to allow carriages to drive through the northern portion of French Lane was denied following discussion at a meeting of the Streets and Public Safety committees Wednesday, July 1, More...

Man Visits School He Built 50 Years Ago on Island

By Kerri Jo Molitor The man to thank for the Mackinac Island Public School visited Tuesday, June 30, to look around and see old friends. More...

Uncovering the Past, Archaeologists Continue Dig at Colonial Michilimackinac

"You have this place that has this regional significance, that has this very cosmopolitan community, and through the archaeology, it's a chance to give the people who either couldn't read or write and didn't leave records, or the people whose records have

The archaeological dig at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City has been underway for 50 years and information learned at the site has aided historians at other contemporary forts constructed about 300 years ago in Michigan, Canada, along the M More...

$5,000 Donated for Horse

A $5,000 donation was given by the Mackinac Island Book Club to the Mackinac Horsemen's Association (MHA) Monday, July 6. More...

Little Stone Church To Host Arts Festival July 12

The Little Stone Church will be filled with a special kind of poetry and music Sunday, July 12, during the fourth annual Fine Arts Festival, with classical music and poetry by candlelight. More...

Round Island Lighthouse Open House Is Saturday

Free Tours Offered

An open house at the Round Island Lighthouse will be Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include free tours of the lighthouse conducted by the Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323. Visitors can catch a boat anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Mackinac Island Flag Design Is Modified

The Mackinac Island flag has been modified. Changes were made owing to responses from the city council and community to the original flag design, said Ben Nye, owner of Flagship and Great Turtle Toys stores. More...

City Heads Back To Court Over Annex Lot Project

The City of Mackinac Island will go before 11th Circuit Court Judge William Carmody Tuesday, July 14, seeking a contempt of court ruling against Sue and Len Webster, who the city says have failed to restore their Hubbard's Annex lot to its original More...

Wedding

Elizabeth Gale, Carel van Apeldoorn

Elizabeth Gale and Carel van Apeldoorn of Guangzhou, People's Republic of China, were united in marriage Friday, July 3, 2009, at Ste. Anne's Church on Mackinac Island with Father Norbert Landreville officiating. More...

Illinois Teacher Brings Painting Class to Island

Diane Rath from Lake Bluff, Illinois, paints a garden on French Lane, making sure to include the Mickey Mouse cutouts in the white fence. Ms. More...

Filming Brought Reeve, Seymour to Mackinac Island 30 Years Ago

For six weeks 30 years ago, the cast and crew of 70 from Universal Studios were filming the enduring classic movie, "Somewhere in Time," on Mackinac Island. Cameras began rolling just after Memorial Day in 1979, and filming was completed July 16. More...

Kalamazoo Quartet To Perform July 19

The Kalamazoo String Quartet will perform at Ste. Anne's Church Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. as part of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation's summer concert series called Summertime Notes. All of the concerts in the series are free of charge. More...

For the Record...

An article published in the June 27 Town Crier entitled, "Early Island Publications Are Among Treasures in Library's Rosa Webb Room" said that Richard Bolander is a volunteer at the Mackinac Island Public Library. Mr. More...

Yacht Race to Mackinac Island Will Boost Michigan's Economy

$59.5 Million in Spending Anticipated

If the weather cooperates, the Port Huron-to Mackinac Island yacht race this month will boost the state's economy by approximately $59.5 million in residual tourism spending. More...

Two Ordinances Sent to Council for Consideration

Two ordinances will make their way to the Mackinac Island City Council for a first reading, after months of discussion and modifications by the Ordinance Committee. Council is expected to act on them in one week. More...

Looking Back

Looking Back

90 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace Enterprise Thursday, July 10, 1919 Miss Delia Donnelly is attending the summer term at the Marquette Normal school. Mrs. Seymour Wilson of Detroit is occupying the P.A. Hamilton cottage located on the East Bluff. More...

Letters

Suggestion To Promote Bicycle Safety

To the Editor: I am 84 years old and have enjoyed countless visits to my favorite place, Mackinac Island. More...

Looks Forward to Weekly Town Crier

To the Editor: As a Mackinac Island "want-to-be," this is as close as I will ever be in receiving the Town Crier. I look forward each week as I read the happenings on the Island; it is like being there. More...

Interns Report for Summer

To the Editor: Good work, Jane and Kerri Jo! I wish you well this summer in your reporting work. We will be missing the Island for the first time in many years this summer. Have fun for us. More...

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