September 5, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Schrock To Leave School, Serve as Consultant

Roger Schrock’s last day as Mackinac Island school superintendent will be Saturday, September 12, the school board decided at a special meeting Monday, August 31, following a 40-minute executive session. More...

Michigan Musicians To Headline Grand Hotel’s Jazz Weekend

Renowned jazz musicians from Michigan will be featured at Grand Hotel’s popular Labor Day Jazz Weekend from Friday, September 4, through Monday, September 7. More...

Friends of Wolfgang Students Enjoy Watercolor Exhibit

Molly Carroll points out a detail of her painting to summer resident Michelle Stuck during watercolor exhibit Sunday, August 23, at Paintings by Wolfgang. More...

Ghastly Mackinac Tour Is Saturday

A new event, “Ghastly Mackinac: Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem,” will take place at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 5.   More...

John Lore To Lead Alliance

John and Judy Lore, frequent Island visitors, have moved out of retirement and back from Arizona to Bay City, where Mr. Lore became president and CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance August 1.   Mr. More...

Frank and Joan Nephew Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

Through 60 years of marriage, Frank and Joan Nephew have experienced a lot of life, and Mackinac Island has been a part of that life for 43 of those years.   More...

Lush Summer Displays Show Work of Grand Groundskeepers

To the average home gardener, the numbers are impressive: 18,000 tulip bulbs, 5,000 geraniums, and 2,500 flats containing 150 varieties of annual flowers. Along with the extensive summer blooms is a landscaped 18 holes of golf with ponds. More...

Lamps and Helmets May Help To Reduce Accidents

One of the most popular means of transportation on Mackinac Island, bicycles are involved in many of the accidents here. Helmets and bicycle lamps, however, are not a common sight on the streets of Mackinac. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, September 2, Barbara Toms placed first, Jean Allen placed second, and Mike Coss placed third. More...

Island School Year Will Begin With Picnic Tues.

Staff Preparing To Welcome Students

The 2009-10 school year will begin Tuesday, September 8, with a half day of classes followed by a community picnic and performances by local entertainers. More...

Obituaries

Bette Emmons

Bette J. O’Brien Emmons, 87, of St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, died Tuesday evening, August 25, 2009, at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care in St. Ignace, where she was a resident for several years.   More...

Daniel Chambers

Daniel Robert Chambers, 57, of Muskegon died at his home, surrounded by his family, Monday, August 3, 2009, after a six-year fight against early onset Lewy body dementia.   He grew up in Dearborn and spent his summers on Mackinac Island. More...

Jack Ryerse

Jack Ryerse, 90, of St. Ignace, was a World War II veteran who later enjoyed a career as a businessman in St. Ignace and a bank manager on Mackinac Island. He was a strong promoter of local youth sports. Mr. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

State Reflections on ‘Liberal Lion’ Kennedy

Senator Ted Kennedy failed in his 1980 bid to become president. More...

Maintaining Your Health on Mackinac

Anesthesia, Little Known But Largely Welcome

If you’ve had surgery, you certainly know the value of anxiety and pain control, prior to, during, and after the procedure. More...

Horse Tails Come in a Variety of Lengths, Styles, Sizes

"Bet my money on a bobbedtail mare; somebody bet on the gray." - Stephen Foster

Horse tails, like manes, come in all different lengths, styles, and sizes. Actually, a tail can be a defining feature when it comes to identifying horse breeds. You can realize the fine points even here. More...

WWII Plane Coming Saturday

One, possibly two World War II airplanes will fly over the Mackinac Bridge Saturday, September 5. The flight over the bridge by a 1944 Douglas C-47 Skytrain is estimated to be seen at approximately 10:15 a.m. More...

Appeal to Families Is Key at Straits Historic Sites

Building on their appeal to children and young families, planners at historic sites in the Straits area have learned, is an important tool to generate repeat business. More...

POLICE REPORTS

Reports from the Mackinac Island Police Department for the week of Tuesday, August 18, through Tuesday, August 25:   More...

Straits Area, Walkers Preparing for Mackinac Bridge Walk

About 40,000 people are expected to arrive at the lawn behind the Mackinac Bridge Authority headquarters in St. Ignace Monday morning, September 7, for the 52nd Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk.   More...

350 To Run Across Bridge With Governor

A record-setting 350 runners and four wheelers, using special sport wheelchairs, will pave the way for walkers for the seventh year in a row this Labor Day, as part of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports' Mackinac Bridge R More...

Chicago Mystery Writer Caps Library Series

“Writing the book you want to read is not the same thing as writing the book that you would want to have written.” – Sean Chercover, author

The room fell silent as author Sean Chercover read the prologue to his new fiction murder mystery book, “Trigger City.” His words captivated more than 30 people attending the last author series program this season at the Mackinac Island More...

Colorado Cyclist Visits Mackinac Island on Trip Across Country

Jeff Sambur of Fort Collins, Colorado, hopped on his bicycle in San Diego, California, in May and started peddling; 12 weeks later he was crossing the Straits of Mackinac via Mackinac Island.   Mr. More...

Clean-up Efforts Attempt To Revive Old Image for Alley

An alley that years ago served as the center for grocery deliveries downtown and a play area for neighborhood children has become the target of a concentrated volunteer clean-up because it has fallen into use as an unofficial garbage dump.   More...

North, Skutt Pull Off Water-ski Feat Behind Island Ferry

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Mike North and Craig Skutt rode behind a ferry boat to Mackinac Island Monday, August 31, Mr. North on water skis and Mr. Skutt in a tube. The feat, the first of its kind, raised about $800 for Friends of the Animals in Mackinac County and the St. More...

‘Friesian Force’ Rides Through Town

Eight Friesian horses were ridden through town Monday evening, August 24, by the Friesian Force, who identify themselves as cottage owners who are proud of these horses. More...

Sports

Young Golfers Compete

Wawashkamo's Junior Golf Program came to a close Monday, August 17, when the children competed in a champion tournament. Twenty-one children participated in lessons and golf games throughout the nine weeks of the program.   More...

Wawashkamo Reports Mixed Tournament Results

Forty-four players participated in the Member Mixed Tournament at Wawashkamo Golf Course Wednesday, August 19. The event was followed by a steak cookout.   More...

Jewel at Mackinac Golf Tournament Benefits Island Medical Center

The eighth annual Jewel at Mackinac Scramble Golf Tournament to benefit the Mackinac Island Medical Center and Moses Renal Dialysis Clinic was a success as more than 130 golfers participated in the 18-hole competition Thursday, August 27.   More...

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Looking Back

Looking Back

This early 1920s photograph looking up French Lane and Cadotte Avenue to Grand Hotel, was taken from the radio tower on Windermere Point. More...

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