February 13, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Waaso Sees Advantages of Small Island District

New School Superintendent on the Job

Each morning David Waaso can be found in the single hallway that runs the length of Mackinac Island Public School. He welcomes students arriving for class and visits with parents. More...

New Consultant Will Take Over Mackinac Island Master Plan

A new planning consultant will take over Mackinac Island's stalled master plan update. Meeting Wednesday, February 10, the Mackinac Island City Council hired Wade Trim of Gaylord to finish the project that the city began in 2005. More...

Ferry Traveled Halted Jan. 8 This Year

Ferry service between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island was halted Friday, January 8.   More...

Porter Receives Museum Award, Will Chair Bicentennial Project

Phil Porter, director of Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP), was selected to chair the Michigan Bicentennial Commission for the Commemoration of the War of 1812 Thursday, February 4, and was presented the "Presidents Award for Distinguished Servic More...

Park Bans Stickers, Hopes City Will, Too

Operations in Mackinaw City get most of the credit for an overall increase in tourist attendance at Mackinac State Historic Parks this year, with the number of visitors there increasing between 3% and 6%, even as attendance fell 3.53% at Fort Mackin More...

MICF Taking Grant Applications

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation is accepting spring grant applications. The deadline to file a request is Thursday, April 15. Grant recipients will be announced in June.   A grant workshop is planned for Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. More...

Attorney Negotiating With Boat Lines, Meeting Set for February 17

The three Mackinac Island ferry companies are meeting with the City of Mackinac Island to iron out a one-year franchise and set in motion tighter city regulation over the way ferry service to the Island is operated. More...

Mackinac Island Police Cracking Down on Speeding Snowmobiles

Evening speed patrols have increased on Mackinac Island following a wave of complaints that snowmobiles are traveling too fast on city streets and in neighborhoods. More...

People

Waggoners Celebrate 20th Anniversary on Island

Dana and Cathy (nee Beach) Waggoner of Springfield, Ohio, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with friends on Mackinac Island September 18 and 19. They were married at Little Stone Church September 16, 1989. More...

Mark Gallagher Dinner Is Feb. 18

The ninth annual Mark Gallagher Dinner will be at Mackinac Island Community Hall Thursday, February 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. More...

Pfeiffelmann, Bennett

Alice and Clayton Bennett of St. Ignace announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda Bennett, to Tom Pfeiffelmann, of Mackinac Island and St. Ignace.   Both Mr. Pfeiffelmann and Ms. Bennett are employed by Star Line Ferry in St. Ignace. More...

Opinions

Progress Impressive on Island

To the Editor: I have visited, lived on, and worked on Mackinac Island since 1965, about 45 years. No one loves Mackinac Island more than I. I even lived in the LaSalle in the 1960s, which was destroyed by a horrible fire in the 1980s. More...

Islanders Have John R. Gough To Thank for Highway

To the Editor: Recently an article in The St. Ignace News 50 years ago back in time, noted that John R. Gough, mayor incumbent, and Robert Hughey, whose council term will expire, will run for mayor.   More...

Guests Share McNally Cottage Memories

To the Editor: We were the lucky ones. We stayed at McNally Cottage for 20 years when we visited Mackinac Island, usually one week at Lilac Festival and one week at the Jazz Festival. More...

City Scrutinizes Ferry Service, Names Goals

The City of Mackinac Island is concerned that the three ferry companies serving the Island may be running inefficiently and is debating whether just one or two lines could better serve the needs of its residents. More...

Mackinac Island Turns Up on Mars

Two large rocks discovered in a sea of sand dunes on the planet Mars have been named Mackinac Island and Marquette Island. More...

‘Dirty Jobs’ Features Island.

Episodes of the television show "Dirty Jobs" with Mike Rowe will be shown on the Discovery Channel this month featuring Upper Peninsula sites. Filmed in September and airing Tuesday, February 23, are scenes of Mr. More...

Armstrong, Bloswick Seek School Board Seats

Wightman, Horn, Barnwell Race for Council

Two newcomers will vie for one seat on the Mackinac Island school board and two City Council incumbents will face a challenger in the Tuesday, May 4, election. Margaret Doud will run unopposed for her 35th term as Island mayor. More...

Island Businesses Likely To See Rate Hike in Park Permits This Year

Yacht Club Land Lease Has Expired

Proposals to raise permit fees for businesses using the state park and adding a license fee for rental bicycles was tabled until March, and a lease agreement between the park commission and the Mackinac Island Yacht Club has stalled, commissioners w More...

Horsemen say Winter Work on Mackinac ‘Takes a Special Horse’

The 12 horses working on Mackinac Island this winter are strong, calm, and good-natured. More...

Snowmobile Accident Claims Lives of Two Sisters on Island

A Mackinac Island woman and her sister were killed Sunday evening, February 7, when the snowmobile they were riding broke through a wooden fence and fell off the West Bluff on Mackinac Island.   More...

Park Commission To Meet March 26

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission will meet Friday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing. More...

Book Captures Hadden History

Several years before she died in 2000, Frances Roots Hadden of Mackinac Island and St. More...

City Moves To Regulate Wind Turbines, Lewd Businesses

Public Hearing Set for Business Ordinance

Wind turbines and lewd businesses do not belong on Mackinac Island, say city officials who have adopted ordinances to regulate them. More...

Island City Council Addresses DPW Millage

A one-mill tax levy for solid waste is under review by the Mackinac Island City Council, which, at its meeting Wednesday, January 27, directed a letter be sent to the Board of Public Works asking how it might be planning to spend the money this year More...

Obituaries

Karen Schwarck

Karen Irene Schwarck, 59, of Mackinac Island died Sunday, February 7, 2010, in a snowmobile accident on the Island.   She is the daughter of Eric and Irene Rayner and was born April 24, 1950. More...

Edye Rayner Bonno

Edye Rayner Bonno, 57, of Canton, died Sunday, February 7, 2010, in a snowmobile accident on Mackinac Island.   She is the daughter of Eric and Irene Rayner and was born February 15, 1952 in Livonia. More...

Doug McDonnell

Doug McDonnell passed away December 10th 2009 at the age of 60. Doug’s childhood fascination with horses first brought him to Mackinac Island the summer following his high school graduation. More...

Sports

Island’s Lakers Gear Toward Tournaments

The Mackinac Island Lakers girls and boys basketball teams have two Northern Lights League (NLL) weekend series on their schedule before the league tourney and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state tournaments that will close o More...

Columnists

GOP Governor Candidates Head North, as Dems Regroup

Michigan Politics

In the primary races for nominations to replace termlimited Governor Jennifer Gran holm, the media theater has dimmed on Democrats while they sort out who will run and get critical endorsements now that labor-backed Lieutenant Governor John Cherry h More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

We’ve had several beautiful sunny days with magnificent sunrises and sunsets shining down on the Straits of Mackinac. Snow is needed, as we have barely enough to ride a snowmobile, and the sidewalks, boardwalk, and roads are bare. More...

Winter Island Sightings Include Gulls, Owls, Martens, Otters

Nature Notes

Here we are in “the bleak midwinter,” as the old hymn goes. And the winter has been bleak, with the boats quitting the second week of January, no ice bridge on the horizon, and little in the way of snow. More...

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