June 26, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Island Will Collect New 2% Room Tax

Mackinac Island hotels will soon be collecting a 2% room tax that will fund marketing efforts to bring more people to the Straits of Mackinac. More...

Associates Tour Roush Cottage

Rosalie and Bill Roush and their son, Jacob, entertained Mackinac Associates members at their Annex cottage Saturday, June 19. More...

Scottville Clown Band Brings Smiles, Music to Lilac Festival Crowds

The ever popular and highly entertaining Scottville Clown Band was a hit at the Lilac Festival again this year. More...

Pipe Bands Perform at Park

At right: The Glen Erin Pipe Band from Lansing performs during the Agnes Shine Scottish Tattoo concert in Marquette Park Sunday, June 20, as part of the Lilac Festival. More...

No School Employees Take State’s Retirement Incentive

Mackinac Island Public School will not benefit from a school retirement reform signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm Wednesday, May 19. More...

Glenn Allen To Perform Broadway Pops at Grand

Mackinac Island summer resident and Broadway singer Glenn Seven Allen and co-star Janine DiVita will perform popular Broadway hits from Rogers and Hammerstein at the Grand Hotel Theatre August 22. The 8 p.m. More...

Earthquake Felt on Mackinac Island

An earthquake that struck Canada could be felt on Mackinac Island Wednesday, June 23, around 1:45 p.m., but no damage was reported. More...

Mayor To Choose Seven People To Oversee Proposed Historic District

Hubbard’s Annex Poised To Be First

Seven people will be selected by Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud to serve on the Island's first Historic District Commission to oversee exterior construction projects proposed in any local historic district that the Island may establish. More...

Favorite Musical Characters Parade Down Main Street

Crowds gathered along Main Street Sunday, June 20, to see some of America's favorite Broadway musicals take center stage in the Lilac Festival Grand Parade. More...

Raise Approved, License Fees Instated at Joint Finance and Public Safety Meeting

Two Island paramedics will receive a pay raise, a new police officer will start in July, and fees will be instated for replacement of commercial bicycle licenses. More...

People

Scenes From the 2010 Lilac Parade

Horn's Bar and Yankee Rebel Tavern won Best Musical Group for their float of “Mamma Mia.” The girls danced and sung ABBA songs on the float while it traveled down the parade route, includi More...

Friends Greet Friends as Community Turns Out To Enjoy Parade

Lilac Parade announcer Bart Huthwaite with his wife, Nina (left), and a friend, Jane Manoogian. More...

Opinions

Tighten Your Laws To Protect the Future of Mackinac

To the Editor: Years ago, it was my great pleasure to visit Mackinac Island for the first time. It was August of 1978.A friend and I set out for a camping trip to the Upper Peninsula. On our way home we stopped to see the Island. More...

Columnists

Birds Could Bring Gulf Misery Here

Michigan Politics

“Gulf oil spill threatens Great Lakes migratory birds”   --Great Lakes Echo, Michigan State University   (MSU) Knight Center for   Environmental Journalism   As the crow flies, it's more than 1,500 miles from More...

More Than 60 Entries Are Judged During Lilac Festival Parade

I am certain I ended up being an actual judge for the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, at the Lilac Day Parade on Mackinac, because I just had that "look." Right?  More...

Nuttal Is First Botanist To Document Plants on Mackinac Island

Nature Notes

While walking and riding through the woods in the last week or so, I noted two wildflowers blooming that were first identified here 200 years ago, thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) and twinflower (Linnaea borealis).   More...

Arnold Transit Sold to Petoskey Attorney James Wynn

Arnold Transit Company and all other properties of Union Terminal Piers, including a ski hill, have been purchased by James Wynn of Petoskey and several financial backers. The sale, for an undisclosed amount of money, was finalized Monday, June 21. More...

Statement by Paul Brown, former president of Union Terminal Piers

“The Brown family has sold its ownership of Union Terminal Piers, Inc. and its solely owned subsidiary, Arnold Transit Company.   More...

St. Ignace Show To Bring Antiques, Custom Cars This Weekend

Down Memory Lane Parade Is Friday Night, Downtown Display Is Saturday

The 35th Annual St. Ignace Car Show comes to St. Ignace Thursday, June 24, with “Cruisin' St. Ignace 2010” kicking off the weekend's lineup from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The show's festivities will run through Saturday, June 26. More...

Ground Broken for Long Term Care Unit

Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace broke ground on construction for its 44-bed, 29,900-square-foot long term care facility behind the new hospital on North State Street Wednesday, June 9. More...

Sheldon Smith Receives Prestigious Award From Screen Actors Guild

Sheldon Smith, former chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and a frequent visitor to the Island, received the prestigious Howard Keel Award for his tireless contributions to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) at a special ceremony at the More...

Island School Board Calls for Meticulous Care in Spending This Year

Paying careful attention to spending is going to be increasingly important for the Mackinac Island school in the coming year, said school board members, who adopted a budget of $1,603,323 with estimated revenue of $1,309,018. More...

Dogs and Ponies Show Off at Epona and Barkus Parade

By Allison Knopp   The Epona and Barkus Parade began Saturday, June 19, bringing dogs, puppies, ponies, and their human companions to parade down the boardwalk dressed as their favorite musical characters. More...

Lilac Vases Commemorate 2010 Festival

Above: Customer Donald Goeckel checks out the official 2010 Lilac Festival vase with Patty Prendergast, manager of Weber's Floral and Gift of Mackinac. Dr. More...

Mackinac Island Battles Flies With Army of Wasps

An arsenal of 280,000 wasps, almost microscopic in size, are deployed each week on Mackinac Island. Their mission is to eliminate the rapidly reproducing biting flies and house flies. Dr. More...

Summer Riding Clinics To Be Offered for Adults

Mackinac Horsemen’s Association will offer a Beginner Adult Horseback Riding Clinic again this year. Lisa Eckhardt of Mackinac Island and Snohomish, Washington, will offer her knowledge and experience to help those who are new to horses. More...

La Galerie, Ryba’s Fudge Win Window Theme Contest

La Galerie on Market Street won Best Themed Window for the Broadway Theme Window Decoration Contest during the 61st Annual Lilac Festival. More...

Magician Entertains Crowds at Library

Magician Gordon Russ kept the crowd in fits of giggles while simultaneously amazing them with his acts of illusion at his Tuesday, June 22, show. More...

Obituaries

Paul Rearick

Paul R. Rearick, 85, was active in the community and government of Durand, serving three times as the town’s mayor. Mr. More...

Sports

Kickball Tournament Raises Money for Great Turtle Park

Mackinac Wheels won the Clyde Ogle Memorial Extreme kickball tournament Tuesday, June 15, beating five other teams for the honor. More...

Grand Hotel Announces Summer Tennis Programs

Summer tennis programs at Grand Hotel are underway and will continue through August 27. Programs are run by United States Professional Tennis Association Tennis Professional Jerry Murray, who is in his fourth season at the hotel.   More...

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