September 12, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Disease Soon To Reach Bats Here

Populations Hibernating in Western U.P. Caves Expected To Feel Impact

In 2006, when researchers in New York state found piles of dead bats in four caves near Albany, they didn't know exactly what they were dealing with, and, for the most part, scientists still don't.   More...

Dr. Ben Henry, Translator of Ancient Scroll, Visits Mackinac Island

Poring over the corrupted and burnt text on an ancient papyrus scroll for the last five years, Ben Henry has completed the nearly impossible task of rebuilding the original Greek work, and then he translated it into English. More...

Friends Host Send-off Luncheon for Susan Bankard

Island Couple Will Take Up World Travel

At left: A farewell luncheon for Susan Bankard, sponsored by Rita Sue Cohen, was held at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club Friday, August 28. Mrs. More...

Murray Family Reunion Celebrates 170 Years on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island was overrun with Murrays for the Murray family reunion. The event had 192 family members attending and took place at the old Henry Murray residence across from Ste. More...

Peace Knitters Put It Together for Charity

A group of ladies who call themselves Mackinac Island Peace Knitters have been meeting at Trinity Church Parish Hall every Monday afternoon to knit for charities.   More...

Planning Commission Tables Chambers’ Corral

Without a letter from the owners of Chambers Riding Stables, the Mackinac Island Planning Commission said it would not consider a special land use request. More...

Birth

Stella Graham

Stella Sophia Graham was born to Krisi and Alex Graham of Mackinac Island at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 18.5 inches long. She has a sister, Penelope. More...

Island Community Puts Focus on Fun for First Day of School

A senior at Mackinac Island Public School, Shelbie Mosley, 17, had an open hour and offered to help prepare food for the community picnic that takes place each year on the first day of school. More...

Auction Brings $200 for Stuart House

Stuart House volunteers hosted a fundraising auction of items including antique tools Wednesday, September 2. The auction raised about $200, said Candy Smith of the museum. More...

Grand Hotel Hosts Services for Rosh Hashanah

Services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will take place at Grand Hotel starting Friday, September 18. More...

Island Knitting Retreat Planned

A Mackinac Island Knitting Retreat will be offered Monday, September 21, and Tuesday, September 22, at the Hotel Iroquois, Becki Barnwell reports. A knitting instructor from Ada will present three classes and knitters may sign up for one or all. More...

Obituaries

Bette Emmons

Bette O’Brien Emmons and I grew up together on Mahoney Avenue along with other playmates, Lois Bogan, Annie Krzeminski, and my brother, Patrick Chambers. We enjoyed a great childhood, playing in the Burrough Lot, helping the late Mrs. E.O. More...

Opinions

Readers Enjoy School News

To the Editor: My friend and I visit the Island yearly and like following the news from there, especially school-related stories. She is the secretary at our small-town school and I am a retired learning disability instructional assistant. More...

Magical Memories of Mackinac Island Are Threatened

To the Editor: After reading the August 29 to September 4 Town Crier letters to the editor, I felt a need to write to you myself in support of the letters from James P. More...

Restricting Advertising Hurts Business

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Island Seeks Alternative To Demolishing Cottage

"I think we are losing the charm of this Island, and the charm is what is bringing the people here...If we have a cookie-cutter main street, we might just as well pack it up. We are all done." – Mayor Margaret Doud

The proposed demolition of McNally Cottage and the construction of a three-story hotel and retail complex in its place meets zoning requirements, although it may not meet all architectural review standards, say Mackinac Island planning commissioners, More...

Demolition Plan Prompts City Action

News of the planned demolition of McNally Cottage and a request from what one business owner regards as a restrictive sign ordinance were issues that drew action from the Mackinac Island City Council at its Wednesday, September 9, meeting. More...

World War II Era Plane Proves Popular for Island Tours

The entire 3,500 feet of Mackinac Island's runway was needed for the 1944 Douglas C- 47 Skytrain that landed on Mackinac Island Saturday, September 5. More...

Riders Make Final Tour Together as 2009 Season Fades

Sixteen riders participated in the traditional Farewell Ride Saturday, September 5, when Mackinac's horse owners take a formal ride from the East Bluff to West, and parade in front of Grand Hotel. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, September 9, Nicki Krzykowski placed first, Jean Allen placed second, and Bev Crosthwaite placed third. More...

Schiller Becomes Yacht Club Commodore

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Commodore David Rowe turned the top responsibility over to new Commodore Steve Schiller during the annual change of watch ceremony Sunday, September 6.   More...

Giant Kites Offer Colorful Greeting to Mackinac Island Visitors

On most days, a sky of multi-colored kites greets visitors to Mackinac Island. They dance high above Windermere Point and attract attention to an older form of recreation. More...

16th Michigan Company To Arrive at Fort Mackinac

A little-known page in Fort Mackinacs history will be revealed from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, when a group of 16th Michigan Company reenactors depicting the Stanton Guard and the 3rd U.S. More...

$1,200 Raised; Schaffer Wins Quilt

About $1,200 was raised to benefit the Mackinac Community Stable when an embroidered horse quilt and four matching pillows were raffled Sunday, August 30. More...

Island School Welcomes Three New Teachers

Seventy-five students, seven fewer than last year, filled the hallway for the first day of classes at Mackinac Island Public School Tuesday morning, September 8, and met three new teachers, Millecent Weigandt, Bob Lohff, and Stephanie McManus. More...

Bike and Buggy Bridge Season Ends, League Donates to Community

The Mackinac Island Bike and Buggy Bridge League ended its 36th season Tuesday morning, August 25. More...

Park Sites To Close for Season

Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, all in Mackinaw City, will close for the 2009 season Sunday, October 11. More...

Sports

Bunker Takes First Place in Packard Golf Tourney

Lou and Brenda Bunker won the 38th annual Packard Golf Tournament Wednesday, September 2, ending this season’s Wawashkamo Golf Course’s member mixed events for the season. More...

Runners, Walkers Take Part In Eight Mile Road Race Saturday

More than 1,700 people are expected to take part in the 39th Annual Mackinac Island Eight Mile Road Race Saturday, September 12, at Mission Point Resort. The run begins at 9:30 a.m. and walkers will follow.   More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Cox Seeks Disclosure, Leads by Example

Michigan, still leading the nation in the jobless rate, is not only an economic basket case. It also, according to Attorney General (AG) Mike Cox, leads in hiding financial information about public officials under a bushel.   More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Lilacs are blooming on Mackinac in September! There is a bush in Marquette Park, near the Indian Dormitory, that has flowers of light lavender in bloom, out of season. It is truly the talk of Mackinac.   More...

Meet Jim Cryderman, Mackinac Island Blacksmith

Jim Cryderman has worked on Mackinac Island as a blacksmith for 39 years. That's a long time shoeing horses, regardless if you live on the Island or not. More...

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