July 18, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

German Documentary To Feature Astor

Crew Shoots Film on Mackinac Island

Pioneers turned millionaires is the idea behind a five-part documentary series filmed by German film company Gebrueder Beetz, and one of those pioneers, John Jacob Astor, led them to film on Mackinac Island Friday, July 10. Mr. More...

Wisconsin Woman Is 20 Millionth Visitor

Heather Weber of Janesville, Wisconsin, became the 20 millionth visitor to Mackinac State Historic Parks. Mrs. Weber and her son, Devin Primus, 10, walked through the gate at Fort Mackinac just before 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, July 14. More...

Historic Parks Now Under Natural Resources Department

For now, visitors will see no difference when they enter any of the five Mackinac State Historic Parks and numerous historic buildings in the Straits region, even though the agency that operates them has been moved to a different department in stat More...

Sam Kovalak of Mackinac Wins Round the Island Race

Club's Second Race Set for July 22

Mackinac Island Yacht Club's annual Round the Island Race was a success Sunday, July 5 , says yacht club commodore David Rowe. The day was sunny, the air temperature was perfect, and the winds were 15 to 20 knots. Mr. More...

Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, July 15, Marcia Dunnigan placed first, Jean Allen placed second, and Nancy Keogh placed third. More...

Riders 'Find Their Centers' at Horse Clinic on Mackinac Island

"Riding's all about your base of support. You've got to have a good, solid, centered base on the horse...If the reins are too long, if their heels are not down, or their weight's not in the right place, things start to unravel very quickly." - Chrystine

Proper rider balance and position were stressed at a clinic to improve the performance of horses and riders at Great Turtle Park Monday, July 13, offered through the Mackinac Horsemen's Association. More...

Bible School Students Give Care Packages to Downtown Workers

"What's going on here is just so much bigger. Their hearts are just so full." - Gretchen Colman

The children of Mackinac Island's vacation Bible school took to the streets Thursday, July 9, to deliver care packages to people downtown. More...

Wawashkamo Reports July 8 Results

Forty-two players participated in the Wawashkamo's Member Mixed Tournament Wednesday, July 8. The event was followed by a cookout. The first place team consisted of Doug Rearick, Jay Stingel, Michelle Stuck, and Loretta Spata with a score of 30. More...

Old Images of Island and Straits Area Prompt Dunnigan Research

The dedication in Brian Dunnigan's recent book "A Picturesque Situation: Mackinac Before Photography 1615-1860," contains two quotes. More...

Two New Homes Under Construction Near Downtown District

Progress continues on the construction of the new home of Island business owners and sisters Debra Orr and Sandra Orr. The Cadotte Avenue house is next to Little Stone Church and across the street from The Gate House restaurant. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Michigan Citizen Group Claims Victory in Bottled Water Debate

Small groups of committed citizens can make big impacts. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

It's Tuesday, July 14, a gorgeous, beautiful day on Mackinac, with warm temperatures and lots of blue sky for everyone to enjoy. More...

Equine Art Show Combines the Enjoyment of Horses and the Island

Many people love horses, are enthralled with Mackinac Island, and enjoy art. This month at the Mackinac Island Public Library, an equine art show continues that combines all three subjects. More...

Yacht Racing Season Begins With Chicago-Mackinac

3,000 Sailors Heading for Straits Saturday

New sailing challenges, yacht club competitions, and a race addition highlight the 101st sailing of the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac that begins this Saturday, July 18. More...

Zoning, Sign, and Blight Changes Get OK

Changes to the city's zoning, sign and display of merchandise, blight, and handbill ordinances were approved by the Mackinac Island City Council Wednesday, July 15, More...

MacMan To Set Sail July 23

By Kerri Jo Molitor

The Mackinac to Manitoulin International Yacht Race, now dubbed MacMan, will be part of a week of Mackinac Island sailing events that include the Round the Island Race. The MacMan race starts Thursday, July 23, from Mackinac Island. More...

Mackinac Bridge Commuters Granted 36-hour Window for Crossings

Discount Applies If Return Trip Is Within Time Frame, Authority Says

Beginning January 1, 2010, motorists crossing the Mackinac Bridge who are enrolled in the commuter card program will be required to make a return trip within 36 hours to receive a discount off the regular fare. More...

Hospital To Treat Motorists To Free Bridge Crossings

Motorists crossing the Mackinac Bridge over the weekend of August 28 through August 30 may be treated to free fares, courtesy of the Straits Healthcare Foundation, which supports Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace. More...

Biddle House

Even Small Hands Find Chores

Six-year-old Meagan Warren stuffs spices for head interpreter Amy Pavlov (left) Wednesday, July 8. More...

Redesigned Mackinaw City Marina To Open Saturday

Shipboard Concert To Be Among Activities

Straits State Harbor will be open for public tours Saturday, July 18, at 4 p.m. An official dedication will take place two hours later. The marina, at 409 South Huron Street in Mackinaw City, has 130 slips and 174 feet of broadside dockage. More...

Families Enjoy A Day at the Park

There was much fun to be had in Great Turtle Park Sunday, July 5 at Day at the Park. The event featured an inflatable slide, bouncing cage, and racing obstacle course, as well as a dunk tank and activities provided by the group Cirque Amongus. More...

Divers Discover 'Drowned Forest' That Will Aid in Mackinac Island Research

Divers have discovered an ancient forest on the Lake Huron floor in Thunder Bay and are in the process of securing permits to take a sample from one of the moss-covered tree stumps there. More...

Couple Visits Site of Favorite Movie

"Somewhere in Time" is a favorite movie of Barbara and Clark Morris of Morgantown, West Virginia, and visiting Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island was their choice for a vacation this year. More...

Stable Turns to Horsefly Net for Ecologically Friendly Relief

An idea that's hundreds of years old is revived for the comfort of horses

Placing open-weave netting on the backs of horses to help keep biting flies away is a practice that began hundreds of years ago, and this year the custom has been revived by Grand Hotel to aid in reducing the need for expensive chemicals. More...

Poetry Book Signing Is July 19

Author Marion Dianne Werra-Baburchak will be signing her new poetry book, "Reflections on Water," at Grand Hotel Sunday, July 19, and at The Island Bookstore Monday, July 20. More...

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