2011-07-16 / People



We’ve had some very nice sunny days with warm temperatures. The humidity was high Sunday, July 10, and Monday, July 11, and it didn’t feel like Mackinac weather. A cold front moved through Monday evening, July 11, and the temperature was much more comfortable. Mackinac is preparing for the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race. Sailors will leave Chicago Saturday, July 16, and sail up Lake Michigan to Mackinac. With the right winds, they could arrive late Sunday, July 17, or early Monday morning, July 18. Let us hope that the sailors have good weather and a safe trip.

Saturday, July 9, family and friends gathered at Community Hall to celebrate the retirement of Larry Rickley Sr., who was employed by Mackinac State Historic Parks for 40 years. Larry, who is a master carpenter, and his son, Larry Rickley, Jr., built the new airport terminal, the Richard and Jane Manoogian Museum, the stairway from the shore road up to the West Bluff, and many other projects. Larry enjoyed seeing so many of the State Park former and current employees. A delicious lunch was served and everyone enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends. Larry loves to hunt at his hunting camp on Bois Blanc Island and fish with his son, Larry. I’ve enjoyed many of the fresh fish that they catch. Larry lives in his comfortable home in Harrisonville with his wife, Irene Bunker Rickley. His son and daughter-in-law, Kathleen, also reside in Harrisonville. The apple of Larry’s eye are his three grandchildren, Anthony, Makayla, and Jadyn. Daughter, Sara Bunker Sutherland, is visiting the family for seven weeks from her home in Orlando, Florida. We wish Larry many years of good health and happiness.

Some of the members of the Wawashkamo Golf Club board of directors pose during the membership opening party Saturday, July 2. From left, Brian Dunnigan, Lorna Straus, Russel Sager, Rusty Preston, Carol Rearick, Steve Rilenge, Jim Reitman, and Gary Cousino. Some of the members of the Wawashkamo Golf Club board of directors pose during the membership opening party Saturday, July 2. From left, Brian Dunnigan, Lorna Straus, Russel Sager, Rusty Preston, Carol Rearick, Steve Rilenge, Jim Reitman, and Gary Cousino. Save the date for the Save the Stained Glass Windows at Ste. Anne’s dinner at the Carriage House Wednesday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the restoration fund. Call the Iroquois Hotel at (906) 847- 3321 to make reservations.

The annual Mark Gallagher Golf Tournament will be Saturday, August 13, at Wawashkamo Golf Club. There will be great prizes and good food. Please call Paula or Mikie Gallagher at (906) 847-3527 to reserve a place in the tournament. Mark was a wonderful young man who wanted to become a police officer. Sadly, he died at a young age of cancer. His memory will live on through the Mark Gallagher Scholarship at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, which the tournament benefits.

Happy belated birthday to Mike Iles July 11. Hope your day was special.

A fundraiser was held Saturday, July 9, at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club to benefit the Gracie Irish Fund at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Little Gracie, the daughter of Amy and Ryan Irish and granddaughter of Bob and Gigi Benser, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four. People came from far and near to support this worthy cause.

The Veterans Memorial in the city park is absolutely beautiful. Many flowers in a variety of colors adorn the memorial. It’s a magnificent tribute to the men and women who served their country from Mackinac Island.

Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus left Mackinac Monday, July 11, for a five-day Straus reunion in southern Illinois. They will return to the Island Monday, July 18.

The captain of the MV James Baker visited Mackinac Island over the Fourth of July weekend. He was a guest of Nancy May.

Maggie Chambers, Jane Fin- kel, and Kate Dupre attended Bliss Fest last weekend.

Dwight LaPine celebrated his birthday July 10. Happy birthday from Island friends.

Pete and Cindy Komblevitz visited Mackinac over the Fourth of July weekend. They now live in Lowell.

All the members of the Bradley family and friends surprised Doris Bradley at Great Turtle Park Sunday, July 3, in honor of her 40th birthday. A great time was enjoyed by all.

John and Penny Barr are enjoying their lovely cottage on the West Bluff. It’s nice to see them back on the Island.

Johnny Ray Gallagher drives the wedding carriage for Gough’s. You see him passing by with many happy couples celebrating their wedding on Mackinac. Happy birthday to Johnny Ray July 14. Hope you had a great day.

There was an open house Friday, July 8, for the new Evergreen Living Center located behind Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace. The facility is absolutely beautiful. It’s very bright and cheerful, and each of the 48 residents will have a private room. Everyone who worked on this project can be very proud. It’s a tremendous addition to the Straits area.

Happy birthday to Patti Schoenborn and Anna Mc- Greevy July 19. Hope you both enjoy your day.

The Tom Corrigan family from Chicago enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday at their lovely cottage on Lakeshore Drive.

Happy birthday July 21 to Brenda Bunker, Paul Wandrie Sr., and Pam St. Onge. Hope you all have a great day.

It’s nice to see Catherine Gilbert back on Mackinac. Catherine lives in Mackinaw City in the summer and works for Star Line.

We had an unusual visitor at the Windermere Hotel. Mama duck and six little ducklings waddled through the front yard and went out the gate by my house, crossed the street, and headed for the water. They certainly stopped traffic.

Gary and Anna Mary Cusick and the Jack Koboski family, all of Petoskey, are enjoying their home on Lakeshore Drive. Their daughters, Jeannie and Kelly, are visiting the family from their homes in Colorado.

It was great to see Marilyn and Chris McCready at Larry Rickley’s retirement party Saturday, July 9. Marilyn’s grandson, Carl McCready, Jr., who is the principal at Sault Area High School, is captain on the Mackinaw City Arnold Line catamaran.

Caroline McGreevy of Cleveland, Ohio, spent the Fourth of July holiday visiting Catherine McGreevy and other family members. Mass was offered for the late John McGreevy Sunday, July 3, at 9 a.m.

Happy birthday to Brett Horn July 22 and Emma Chambers and Matt Myers July 23. Hope you all have a great day.

The tree roses are just gorgeous all over town, especially the yellow rose bush on French Lane. It is just beautiful and reminds me of the late Stella King. It’s always a joy to see that tree in bloom each year.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 9, at Wawash- kamo Golf Club for the late John Manikoff. John was an accomplished artist and musician. Unfortunately, he died at a young age, so his memory will live on through his music and artwork. Deepest sympathy to the Manikoff family from Island friends.

Family and friends gathered at the end of the boardwalk Friday, July 8, to celebrate Marsha Orr’s 60th birthday. Marsha lives in Australia, so she was thrilled to see all her friends on Mackinac. Everyone enjoyed an old-fashioned picnic with hot dogs and roasted marshmallows.

Happy birthday to Kristi Gough July 19 and to her cousin, Josh Lee, July 21. Hope you both enjoy your day.

Tony and Tammy Frazier attended the retirement party for Larry Rickley Sr. Saturday, July 9.

We give a warm welcome to the Chicago Yacht Club!

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