2010-06-12 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY JEANNETTE DOUD

After a good rain Saturday evening, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, the lawns all over the Island look like green velvet carpets. With the beautiful hanging baskets gracing Main and Market streets, the lilacs in full bloom, the gardens all over the Island starting to burst into a wide variety of colors, and new plants in front of Grand Hotel, Mackinac looks so fresh and inviting. Stop by the side of Little Stone Church and look at the different variety of lilac trees blooming. It is so beautiful and lacy-looking. The Jewel golf course is in wonderful shape, and the fragrance of the flowering sweet rock flowers is wonderful. The view from #7 hole is just breathtaking. It’s great watching the changing seasons on Mackinac.

We extend deepest sympathy to Margaret McIntire on the recent death of her sister, Patricia Hamilton, in Wisconsin. Pat was a frequent visitor to Mackinac and loved visiting her family on the Island.

Three times each year, Shelby Kottemann and her mother, Bonnie, drive about 900 miles to visit Mackinac Island from their home in Lincoln, Illinois. Their first trip of the season brought them to the Island Thursday, May 13. The two women were featured in the Town Crier three years ago when Miss Kottemann was a high school sophomore. Now she is making plans to attend Illinois Wesleyan University in the fall to major in elementary education and writing. Three times each year, Shelby Kottemann and her mother, Bonnie, drive about 900 miles to visit Mackinac Island from their home in Lincoln, Illinois. Their first trip of the season brought them to the Island Thursday, May 13. The two women were featured in the Town Crier three years ago when Miss Kottemann was a high school sophomore. Now she is making plans to attend Illinois Wesleyan University in the fall to major in elementary education and writing. Saturday, June 5, at 4 p.m. in the gazebo at the Island House, Kevin Philipsen, son of Fleming and Marcia Philipsen, and Lynsey Fraser, daughter of Rick and Karen Fraser, were united in marriage by Mayor Margaret Doud. It was a picture-perfect Mackinac day with the lilacs in full bloom, beautiful blue sky, and lots of sunshine. The bride, who is the granddaughter of Barbara and the late Hilt Fraser of Sarnia, Ontario, was radiant as she approached the gazebo on the arm of her father. Friends and family came from far and near to join the happy couple on their special day. Following the ceremony, the bridal party toured the Island in the wedding carriages and returned to the Island House for the reception.

Dr. Christopher Ledtke and his sister, Ashley Ledtke, on a mission trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Dr. Ledtke was one of the physician leaders. Dr. Christopher Ledtke and his sister, Ashley Ledtke, on a mission trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Dr. Ledtke was one of the physician leaders. Lynsey’s late grandfather, Hilt Fraser, along with Jason and Glenn St. Onge, made the CD called “Hilt and the Boys.” Friday evening, June 4, there was a reunion of Rick Fraser, Jason St. Onge, and Glenn St. Onge singing in the Mustang. A grand time was enjoyed by all. Lynsey’s uncle, Kerrie Fraser, a referee for the National Hockey League, also attended the wedding.

Bob and Lorraine O’Keefe are comfortably settled in their cottage in Woodbluff, where they will spend the summer. They enjoy walking their three boxer dogs, who are part of the family.

At right: Kathryn Ledtke, a registered nurse, traveled with her son and daughter on the mission trip. (Ledtke family photographs)  At right: Kathryn Ledtke, a registered nurse, traveled with her son and daughter on the mission trip. (Ledtke family photographs) Congratulations to Lilac Queen Marie Bunker and Lilac Princess Mabel Styburski. They will be crowned on Windermere Point Friday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. Many lilac festivities will be enjoyed by all during the week, from concerts to the Taste of Mackinac.

A report has come in from the Ledtke family about a medical mission trip. Christopher Ledtke, the son of Steven and Kathryn Ledtke of Fort Gratiot, was honored recently at the Cleveland Clinic, as he has completed his internal medicine residency progam and has been asked to continue at the Cleveland Clinic for a two-year infectious disease fellowship. Dr. Ledtke has also just returned from a medical mission trip to serve the garbage dump community at San Pedro Sula in Honduras. He was one of the physician leaders there and traveled with his mother, Kathryn Ledtke, a registered nurse, and his sister, Ashley Ledtke, an elementary school teacher. The team was oranized by International Samaritan, an organization with a goal to foster economic independence for people who dwell at garbage dumps in Honduras, by providing housing, child care, and education. The team was able to treat about 1,000 people, most suffering from malnutrition and the effects of ingesting contaminated food or water, Mrs. Ledtke reports.

Happy belated second birthday May 23 to little Ottila Jean Styburski.

The beautiful hanging baskets, provided by Barnwell Landscaping, have arrived and add much color and beauty to our Island. They are so fresh and brighten up Main and Market streets. If anyone would like to make a donation to the flower basket fund, please mail it to: Kathi Wightman, Mackinac Island, MI 49757.

Chief Jim and Nancy Marks spent last weekend in Roscommon. Happy birthday to Chief Jim June 16.

Vicki Bankard Riel and her family spent Memorial Day weekend at the Windermere Hotel. They’ve purchased property on Mackinac and hope to build a home here soon. Vicki always enjoys watching the freighters go by, planting flowers at the cemetery, and walking the woods filled with wildflowers.

We wish a very happy anniversary June 15 to Dr. Richard and Karen Hodgman of Kalkaska. The entire Hodgman family will enjoy a three-week vacation in Hawaii the end of June. Have fun in the sun.

Happy birthday to Bruce Zimmerman and Miranda McMahon June 18. Have a great day.

Frank and Agnes Wood of Denmark, Wisconsin, entertained family and friends at Grand Hotel during the week of June 7. It’s always nice to see the Wood family back on the Island.

A very happy anniversary to Dan and Kathi Wightman June 18. Have a wonderful day.

We extend a warm welcome to Michigan State Police Trooper Mike Peterson and his family from Monroe. Trooper Peterson will be on the Mackinac detail this summer.

Steve and Patti Ann Moskwa will celebrate their wedding anniversary June 16. Have a great day.

David and Joyce Dodge of Naples, Florida, are comfortably settled into their apartment on Lakeshore Drive. It’s nice to see them back on the Island.

Buck and Alice Sharrow’s granddaughter, Mikayla, and Clara Chambers had a wonderful time Tuesday, June 1, at the last performance of “Annie Jr.” They were thrilled and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the play.

Two very special people, Gary and Larry LaPine, will celebrate their birthday June 17. Gary worked for many years for Mackinac State Historic Parks, and Larry for the Windermere Hotel. Have a wonderful day.

We’ve had some interesting wildlife sightings lately. There was mama duck and 10 little ducklings swimming off Windermere Point, and another mama duck and four little ones by the pond at the Jewel golf course. We had a small otter visit the Windermere yard Thursday, June 3, and Friday, June 4, a very large otter was also seen in the side yard of the hotel. Mother Nature is fascinating to watch.

Mona Carley, mother of Mike Carley, will celebrate her birthday June 19. Have a wonderful day.

Congratulations to Brevin and Heather Cawthorne on the birth of their second son, Tyler Jaxon, born Thursday, June 3. Tyler weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces at birth. He is joined at home by his big brother, Kaden. Proud grandparents are Dennis and Cynthia Cawthorne.

Happy 30th wedding anniversary to Gene and Mellie Hagenbaugh June 21. Have a wonderful day.

There will be an open house Thursday, June 24, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. of the Mackinac Island Police Department, Mackinac Island Fire Department, city offices, and the Stuart House prior to the Mackinac Island Community Foundation celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Happy birthday to Leo Horn June 16, and his brother, Tymon Horn, June 20. Have a great day.

The Mike Corrigan family enjoyed Memorial Day weekend at their cottage on Mahoney Avenue.

A very happy birthday to Clara Chambers June 18, and to her big brother, Richard, June 19. Enjoy your day.

Glenn and Deana St.Onge visited their son, Jason, last weekend and attended the wedding of Lynsey Fraser and Kevin Philipsen Saturday, June 5.

Enjoy all the lilac festivities!

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