October 10, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Island, 3 Boat Companies Begin Franchise Talks

Broad authority over the three boat companies that serve Mackinac Island is a power that the city has exercised in a limited manner, says attorney Mike Cavanaugh. That could end this year. More...

Blaze Takes Owner on Evening Ride Around Island

Blaze, a haflinger pony and year-around resident, takes an evening ride around the Island on M-185 with owner Jody Barna Monday evening, August 24. Ms. More...

Surprise Found Inside Tree

Grand Hotel historian Bob Tagatz points to the intricate cement work separated by felt pads discovered inside a Norway maple. More...

Island Public School Offers Job To Former Mackinaw City Supintendent

Concerns raised about school board meetings

Michael Bootz of Mackinaw City was offered the interim superintendent position at Mackinac Island Public School through January 1. More...

Win-Some Women Offers Fall Retreat

Mackinac Island Women Can Attend Sessions Free of Charge

Mackinac Island women are invited to attend free of charge all speaker and music sessions offered during two fall Win-Some Women retreats at Grand Hotel. More...

Establishing District Is the Way To Protect Buildings, Experts Say

Mackinac Island faces the possible loss of its third historic structure since 2006, and city leaders are troubled over the latest move to demolish a 119-year-old house and the potential impact it could have on the Island's National Historic Landmark More...

Names Sought for Volunteer Award

Nominations for Mackinac Island's Recreation Volunteer of the Year are being accepted until Tuesday, November 24, and may be turned in at Community Hall. The winner is expected to be announced in December. More...

Armours Mark 50th Wedding Anniversary

The full Armour family gathered in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Sunday, August 30, to celebrate the August 29 50th anniversary of David and Grace Armour. Relatives from Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, and Georgia came for the party. More...

Annual Christmas Bazaar Will Be December 5-7

The annual Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, December 5, to Monday, December 7, at Community Hall on Market Street. The event features auctions and raffles to raise money to benefit the Mackinac Island Medical Center, Ste. More...

Bunker Joins Mackinac Island Community Foundation

Brenda Bunker was appointed to serve on the Mackinac Island Community Foundation board of trustees during the board's annual meeting Friday, September 11. She replaces Kim Kolatski, who resigned after 10 years on the board. Mrs. More...

‘Dirty Jobs’ Crew Returns to Mackinac Island To Film New Episode

“Work is under siege in this country. The attitude of what it means to labor, literally, has just been so redefined we're all so confused. We're upside down. We're trying to create jobs that people don't aspire to...” – Mike Rowe, ‘Dirty Jobs’

Mike Rowe and the crew from the cable program, "Dirty Jobs," returned to Mackinac Island last week for the second visit in two years. They were filming scenes for the final show of the season that will include Mackinac Island venues. More...

Wind Turbines Prohibited on Mackinac Island State Park Land

Wind turbines will not dot the Mackinac Island landscape, at least not from state park land, say Mackinac Island State Park commissioners, who are hoping their action to prohibit the turbines will spur city leaders to adopt their own regulation bann More...

Eight-year-old Berke Receives Certificate of Merit

Kirby Berke, an eight-yearold in the third grade at Walnut Hills Elementary School in Centennial, Colorado, earned an award for taking quick action in calling 9-1-1 to save his father’s life during an insulin reaction. Young Mr. More...

Park Commission Operating on Interim Budget

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission, like other state agencies, has been assigned a 30-day interim budget while Governor Jennifer Granholm, a Democratic House, and a Republican Senate argue about a 2009-2010 state budget, which was due October More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, September 16, Susan Bankard placed first, Howard Burdett placed second, and Elaine Hansen placed third. More...

Obituaries

Charlotte Schmitt

Charlotte Bruckner Sweeney Schmitt, 94, a summer resident of Mackinac Island, died peacefully Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at King-Bruwaert House, in Burr Ridge, Illinois. More...

James Peterson

James R. Peterson died peacefully Thursday, September 3, 2009, surrounded by friends at his home in Seattle, Washington.   More...

City Sets Oct. 14 Special Meeting for Historic Ordinance

By adopting a Historic District ordinance, Mackinac Island would have the option of creating local historic districts. Without the ordinance, the city loses the choice, something property owners in Hubbard's Annex do not want to happen. More...

Rowe, ‘Dirty Jobs’ Crew Return to Island

Twins Marilyn (center) and Carolyn Maedel kept Mike Rowe and the "Dirty Jobs" crew laughing Wednesday, September 16, even before the start of a filmed interview with them near the pool at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. More...

City Postpones Ordinance Adoption, Begins Wind Turbine Talks

The Mackinac Island City Council postponed adoption of a Historic District ordinance at its meeting Wednesday, October 7, but will continue discussion of it during a special council meeting Wednesday, October 14, at 5 p.m., Mayor Margaret Doud announ More...

2009 Jazz Festival

Guitarist Earl Klugh and his wife and manager, Denise, pose with her mother, Ann Waichunas (right) and on left, her father and stepmother, Ken and Tomy Waichunas. More...

Superintendent Bootz Wants To Bring Firm, Fair Policies To School

Michael Bootz, the newly hired interim superintendent at Mackinac Island Public School, will hold the post for about 12 weeks. That is his agreement with the school board. More...

Yacht Club Lease To Be Studied by Mackinac Island State Park Commission

Land lease renewals, transfers, and use permits were approved by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission during its Friday, September 25, meeting.   More...

Grant Applications Due November 1

Applications are due November 1 for grants being offered by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. Grants will be awarded in early December.   A grant writing workshop will be Thursday, October 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. More...

Island Updates To Be in St. Ignace News

The next issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier will be published December 12. Mackinac Island news will be published weekly in The St. Ignace News in the interim. More...

City Council Reviews Proposed Historic Ordinance September 30

City Leaders Take Step Toward Protection

Within a week, Mackinac Island will have an ordinance in place to protect its historic buildings from demolition, said Mayor Margaret Doud during a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission. More...

Father Marquette Honored During Statue Centennial Celebration

For the last 100 years, generations of Mackinac Island residents and visitors have looked up to the towering bronze image of 17th-century explorer and Jesuit missionary Father Jacques Marquette. More...

Births

Brady Hardy     Ken and Vanessa Hardy of Mackinac Island announce the birth of a son, Brady William Hardy, born Friday, September 11, 2009. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces at birth and measured 20.5 inches in length.   More...

Wedding Planning Event Is Oct. 9-10

Destination Dream Wedding Weekend will take place Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, on Mackinac Island for those planning a wedding on the Island. Registration is Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. More...

‘A Job Well Done’ Found on Mackinac Island

Editor's Note: Peggy Rowe of Baltimore, Maryland, wrote the following piece after visiting Mackinac Island in August. She is happy to share it with our readers.     More...

MSHP Explores Commercial Bicycle Fees for Use in Park

Nine owners of 12 commercial bicycle rental businesses on Mackinac Island likely will face a new fee when they open their doors in the spring. The fee would be levied by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission for use of state park land. More...

Experts Offer Advice for Swine Flu Immunization, Seasonal Flu Shots

With two strains of flu circulating this year, experts are advising everyone to be immunized for both. More...

Photos of William Ferry Students Needed for Exhibit

Wood carver Dale Gensman is building a miniature Thomas W. Ferry School to be placed in the Stuart House Museum next year. He also is working on an exhibit that will feature Island nurse Stella King. More...

Hubbard’s Annex District, New Benches, Museum Revenue Come Before Council

Establishing a Historic District Commission on Mackinac Island, an ongoing study for a historic district at Hubbard's Annex, new benches made for the city, and a report on museum revenue were issues to come before the Mackinac Island City Council Wed More...

Sports

Wawashkamo Golf Club Results

This year's Wawashkamo Golf Club champions are Lou Bunker and Lin Sheppard.   For the third straight year, Lou Bunker was the low gross champion with scores of 78 and 78. The men's tournament was August 29 and 30. More...

Lakers Soccer Builds Squad With 17 Players for 2009

The Mackinac Island soccer team, coached by Mary Patay, will have 17 players on the squad.   More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Duck Duty, Dock Pay for Lawmakers

Fifty years ago, partisan stalemate on the budget by Lansing lawmakers resulted in payless paydays for state employees and a black eye for the state. The national press noted a mock "Michigan on the Rocks" cocktail. More...

Nature Notes

Changes in Color, Weather Are Indicators That Fall Has Arrived

It seems that fall has come to Mackinac. After a beautiful September, with the best weather of the summer, Friday, October 2, we had our first fall storm, and it was a whopper. More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

All over Mackinac, the signs of fall can be seen. There are pumpkins, cornstalks, Halloween decorations, and colored leaves decorating many businesses on Main Street. The weather has felt like Halloween, cold, raw, windy, and wet. More...

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