August 15, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Wind Turbines Debated

From 100-foot-tall wind turbines to compact residential units, electric generation and its impact on the Mackinac Island landscape is being discussed by the City of Mackinac Island.   More...

Mackinac Island Celebrates Its Fudge Fame With Festival

The time has come for Mackinac Island to celebrate its most famous treat. The fifth annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival begins Friday, August 21. More...

Commission: Clarify Purpose on Ban of Formula Business

City planning commissioners meeting Tuesday, August 11, sent a new ordinance banning franchises and other “formula businesses” to the city council with a recommendation that Council better clarify its purpose. More...

Jammin’ for the Arts Raises $8,000

The 2009 Jammin' for the Arts fundraiser for the Mackinac Arts Council raised $8,000 Tuesday, August 11, at The Pines cottage on the West Bluff. More...

Chambers Corral on Hold, Awaiting Hearing

A decision to grant a special land use for a commercial corral behind the Market Street home of James Chambers was tabled by the Planning Commission Tuesday, August 11, until the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) holds a public hearing to discuss a zoni More...

Niedzwieckis Mark 25th Anniversary

Chris and Dan Niedzwiecki of Grand Rapids are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary Monday, August 17, on Mackinac Island, where they will be spending four days at the Pontiac Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. More...

Ladies Enjoy Mackinac Birthday Visit

At left: Margaret McIntire (right) of Mackinac Island and her friend, Janis Holle of St. Ignace, enjoy beautiful weather and a walk to Grand Hotel Wednesday morning, August 5. The ladies are celebrating Mrs. More...

Standale Bicyclists Enjoy Island’s Cycling Opportunities

Below the West Bluff, members of the Standale Reformed Church prepare to head out on the eight-mile ride around the Island on M-185 Wednesday, August 5. For 21 years, church members have taken an annual cycling trip north. More...

Jazz Weekend Performers Have Michigan Roots

Michigan ties highlight this year’s performers at Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend. More...

Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, August 12, Buzz Waggoner placed first, Susan Bankard placed second, Wendy Young placed third, and Lois Largo placed fourth. More...

Residents and Visitors Enjoy Volleyball Camp

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Opinions

Thanks for the Connection

To the Editor: It is such a happy day when the Town Crier arrives in my mailbox. Thanks for such a great publication that keeps me connected to the magical island of Mackinac. Kim Beach Cincinnati, Ohio More...

Enjoys Island News

To the Editor: Please renew my subscription for the Town Crier. I apologize I’m so late in sending this. We have just returned from a trip to Africa, visiting our daughter. Thank you so much for this wonderful publication. More...

How’s Business This Year?

Summer’s Weather Cools Down Island Commerce

The summer season started slowly for Mackinac Island businesses and the unusually cool weather is having the most substantial effect on business, but the economy is coming in a close second, owners say.   More...

Sunken Barge Found on Lake Floor

Covered in zebra mussels, a wooden barge with a clam bucket scoop that sank between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace in a storm more than 50 years ago was found again last week by scientists aboard Pride of Michigan. More...

Police Reports

A Marquette man was arrested for possession of marijuana and glass marijuana pipes Thursday, July 16, at the Mackinac Island police station. He was found to be wanted on a fugitive warrant in Marquette. More...

Blacksmiths Gather for 25th Annual Convention

Blacksmiths from all over the state met on Mackinac Island last weekend to help improve the Island's historic landmarks, and they did it 19th century-style. More...

Super Yacht Linda Lou Draws Admiring Glances in Island Harbor

The three-year-old super yacht Linda Lou pierced through Lake Huron waves, dominating the harbor landscape, even towering over the freight warehouses as she completed her first trip to Mackinac Island by mooring at the Arnold dock Thursday evenin More...

City Council Accepts $800 Bid for Island Police Vehicle

The new ordinance to ban franchises and similar "formula" businesses from Mackinac Island was introduced at the city council meeting Wednesday, August 12, and will be voted on at the next meeting August 26.   More...

Early Morning Ice Cream Delivery

Before tourists hop off ferry boats and fill sidewalks along Main Street, candy maker John Coveyou and Amy Modd of Sanders Candy unpack a skid of fresh ice cream Friday morning, July 31. More...

Friends Meet Over a Pint

Freda Holley of Indian River, a technician with the American Red Cross, prepares to draw blood from Island resident Steve Zacharias. “Freda and I are old friends who meet every year over a pint of blood,” said Mr. More...

New Awning Gets Debut on Dock

Sharla and Steve Evans stand under a new awning at the Union Terminal Piers’ bicycle rental booth on the Arnold Dock Friday, July 24. The Middleville couple are renting bicycles from Tammy Gady, who staffs the booth. More...

Leeper Raises More Than $5,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Through the sale of his art and other items, Island resident Tim Leeper raised more than $5,000 at his fundraiser for breast cancer awareness at Community Hall Thursday, July 30.   More...

American, Auernhammer To Wed on Island

Varsiann May Amerian and Steven Frank Auernhammer of Venice, California, are to be married on Mackinac Island Saturday, August 15, 2009. More...

Safe, Warm ‘Peanut’ Visits Island Sites

“Peanut” made her first trip to Mackinac Island Saturday, July 18, with her owners, Karen and Duane Sager of Jasper. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Cash for Clunkers and Candidates

Today’s focus is on cash for clunkers and cash for candidates. More...

Maintaining Your Health on Mackinac

New Approaches To Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common autoimmune disease in the world and is estimated to affect one in 100 people during the course of their lifetime. More...

Nature Notes

Island Has Both Indian Pipe and Poison Ivy

This week I want you to look for two plants that grow on the Island, and for two different reasons. I’ve written about both of them before. More...

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