December 12, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

DPW Eligible for $10.3 Million in Grants, Loans

Money Comes Through for Wastewater Plant

Mackinac Island is eligible for more than $10.3 million in loans and grants to repair its wastewater treatment facility. More...

Timeline: Mackinac Island Meetings and Actions at a Glance

The following timeline shows the progress of several issues facing Mackinac Island.   • Master Plan Committee   More...

City OKs Increase in Insurance Costs; McNally Cottage Future Debated in Letters

The city averted a 17.5% increase in health insurance premiums by adjustsing deductibles and now will budget for approximately a 3.7% rate hike. More...

Stuart House Donations Up

Donations made to the Stuart House Museum were up $2,010 from last year. Revenue for the year was $18,482, compared to $16,472 in 2008. Entrance to the cityowned museum is free, but donations are welcome. More...

City Wins Lawsuit, Does Not Act on Moratorium Appeal

A lower-court ruling that a foundation for a new house be filled and covered has been upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals, ending a 10-year battle by the City of Mackinac Island to get the owners either to complete the house or put the lot back More...

Main Street Water Line Break Repaired

Chad Belonga (left) and Jason Soblaskey of Belonga Excavating of St. Ignace work to fill the hole created during repairs to a water service line break on Market Street on Mackinac Island Wednesday, December 2. More...

Mackinac Island School Faculty and Staff

High school faculty and staff are (front row, from left) special education teacher Stephanie McManus, school secretary Barb Fisher, mathematics teacher Susan Bennett; (back) social studies teacher Seth Baker, science teacher Rick Waites, physical More...

Mackinac Island’s Fifth Grade Class

Fifth grade students with teacher Liz Burt are (from left) Talon Greenlee, Emily Modd, Christopher Riggs, and Christian Styburski.   More...

New Weather Equipment Coming to Mackinac Island Airport

A new weather reporting system will be installed next summer at the Mackinac Island Airport, one of a number of improvements planned for the facility that include pavement and crack repair, repainting line markings, and additional tree removal from More...

Mackinac Island City Council Discusses Future of East Bluff Steps

An easement for the concrete steps at the end of Church Street has been offered to the city by Rowe Terrace Condominium Association, which doesn't want the liability that comes with having a publicly used stairway on its property. More...

Weather Halts Huron Wed.

Boat service from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island was canceled Wednesday, December 9, when what meteorologists called a "monster storm" targeted the Straits region after crossing the Great Plains Tuesday.   More...

Park Commission To Meet Dec. 16

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission will meet Wednesday, December 16, at 1:30 p.m. in room 103 in the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing.   More...

Ninth Grade Class at Mackinac Island

Ninth grade: (front row, from left) Domenica Giummo, Hailey Bean, Zhan'e Nash, Dillon Deloof, Onaca Bennett; (back) Shannon Blanton, Rebecca Blanton, Collin Armstrong, Leo Horn, and Diana Dupre. More...

Art Contest To Award $5,000 Prize

Artists can enter art for the grand opening poster of the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. The artist of the winning entry will be paid $5,000 for all rights to the piece, including copyrights. More...

Birth

Nolan Crowley

Wendy Crowley of Mackinac Island announces the birth of her son, Nolan Wilson Crowley, born Thursday, November 5, 2009, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. He weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces at birth and measured 21.5 inches in length. More...

Beardsley Earns Degrees at U of M

Blisse Beardsley of Mackinac Island received a degree in both statistics and sociology from the University of Michigan last spring. More...

Obituaries

Robert Cameron

Aerial photographer Robert Cameron died Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at his home in Pacific Heights, California, at the age of 98.   The father of Mackinac Island West Bluff cottager Jane Manoogian, Mr. More...

Opinions

‘Progress’ Must Be Stopped

To the Editor: We are in agreement with Mr. Potulsky's letter [Letters, October 10, 2009]. We, too, have always come to the Island once a year, sometimes twice a year. The first time I came was in 1967. We stayed at the lovely McNally Cottage. More...

Mackinac Island’s Historical Magic Is Slowly Fading

To the Editor: After receiving the latest issue of the Town Crier, I am, to put it mildly, quite distressed. I spent my entire childhood, and a number of my adult years, living in Michigan. More...

Island Changes Are Shocking

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School Narrows Superintendent Search to Two

Two superintendent candidates will be interviewed over the telephone by the Mackinac Island Board of Education, following the withdrawal of one of the three finalists. More...

Art Will Portray Story of Island

Museum To Open Next Summer

Oil on canvas, glass plate negatives, and birch bark boxes decorated with porcupine quills will tell the story of the beauty of Mackinac Island as captured by artists for more than 200 years. More...

Hubbard’s Annex Plans Move Forward

A unique Mackinac Island summer cottage community, Hubbard's Annex, is on the way to earning protected status as residents seek to have the area designated a local historic district. More...

Island Developer Gets Relocation/Demolition Permit for McNally Cottage

A permit has been issued to relocate or demolish McNally Cottage on Mackinac Island. Notification was presented to the Mackinac Island City Council during its Wednesday, November 4, meeting. Council reviewed the document without comment.   More...

Meet the Mackinac Island Senior Class

Twelfth grade students at Mackinac Island Public School are (front row, from left) Paul Fisher, Tymon Horn; (back) Jane Finkel, Holly Leedke, Shelbie Mosley, Thomas Rilenge, and Jeff Roguska.   More...

Introducing Grades One and Three

Students in first grade this year are (from left) Brooke Dziobak, Ava Sehoyan, John Andress, Albert Mosley, teacher Millicent Weigandt, Leon Sehoyan, Dominic Morse, and Ella Cowell. More...

Community Foundation Gives $13,252 in Grants

Community projects will receive $13,252 in financial support through grants from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. The Board of Trustees approved the fall grants during its meeting Friday, December 4. More...

City Offered Trade for Condo

The city has received an offer to swap its Rowe Condominium unit for a house in Harrisonville and, although hesitant to agree to the exchange, city leaders say they need more time to consider the trade and will have city attorney Tom Evashevski revi More...

MIYC Donates $3,300 to Island Community

The 300-member Mackinac Island Yacht Club donated $3,300 to Island organizations this year. In August, the club donated $300 raised from a yard sale to Mackinac Associates, the presentation to Glen Young, president of Mackinac Associates, August 28. More...

Island Preschool, Kindergarten Classes

At left: Three-year-old and four-year-old preschool students with their teachers are (front row, from left) Jacob Hunt, Jack Kaminen, Poppy Stamy, David Nicewander, parent helper Wendy Nicewander; (mi More...

Introducing Grades Two, Four, Six, and Eight

Fourth grade: (front) Grace Roguska; (middle) Nicholas Davis, Cheyla Shunk, teacher Liz Burt. More...

Introducing Seventh and Eleventh Grades

Seventh grade: (from left) Meadow Greenlee, Mackenzie Bean, Kyra Kolatski, Dana Roguska, Kyle Shunk, teacher Karen Allen, Jeremy Hepker, and Jacob Chambers. More...

President Obama Nominates Former Intern for U.S. Attorney Position

Former Town Crier reporter Barbara McQuade has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. Attorney for Detroit. She is now an assistant U. S. attorney in the office.   Ms. More...

Meet This Year’s 10th Grade Class

Tenth grade students at Mackinac Island Public School are (from left) Michael Pryce, Anthony Rickley, Joe Rogers, Caleb Kolatski, Austin Ruddle, Austin Jaruzel, and Travis McLean. More...

Human Remains Discovered During Trench Work

Human skeletal remains were uncovered just west of the Indian Dormitory on Mackinac Island Wednesday, November 4, during trenching work to add a new water line to the building. More...

Engaged

Barnwell, Wilson

Lisa Wilson and Sam Barnwell of Mackinac Island announce their engagement to be married. More...

Davenport Descendants Visit Island

Eleven direct descendants and their families of Ambrose and Susan Davenport of Mackinac Island visited the Davenport home Monday, October 12, on the Island. The Davenport house was one of the older two-story log cabins built in Michigan. More...

Sports

Lakers Girls, Boys Sweep NLL Season Openers Against Rockets

The Mackinac Island Lakers girls and boys basketball team swept the Paradise Rockets in the Northern Lights League home weekend series season opener Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Agriculure Chief Touts a Growing Industry

Michigan’s economic grief is underscored by slumping sales and jobs in the auto industry, which is replete with turnover of auto chief executives.   More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

It’s Christmas time on Mackinac, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. More...

Maintaining Your Health on Mackinac

Caffeine Is the Most Commonly Consumed Stimulant Drug

Caffeine is a stimulant. It is methylxanthine, a substance that, when ingested, rapidly traverses the blood-brain barrier to diminish neuro-chemical transmission at brain receptor sites for adenosine. This transmission normally induces sleepiness. More...

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