April 12, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

‘Little Bob’ Hughey Passes Away at Age 86

Mackinac Island Entrepreneur, Former Mayor

Robert “Little Bob” Hughey, 86, of Goetzville, formerly of Mackinac Island and St. More...

For the Record

In the story “Tom Pfeiffelmann Lives To Tell The Tale Of His Neardeath Encounter,” the Town Crier (February 11 to April 13) reported that the doctor who operated on Mr. Pfeiffelmann, Dr. Andris Kazmers, is a cardiologist. More...

City Heading Into Uncharted Waters With Transportation Authority

The City of Mackinac Island is studying the feasibility of setting up a transportation authority, and council members have before them two versions, one that would be empowered to raise taxes and one that would not. More...

Peter Dewey Brings His Restaurant Experience To Goodfellows Job

When it comes to the restaurant business, Peter Dewey knows what works. With more than 40 years of experience in various restaurants, including 20 years at the Village Inn, Mr. Dewey now joins Goodfellows as the general manager. More...

Mackinac Island Featured In Pure Michigan Campaign

Images of Mackinac Island, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, and other Michigan locations will be featured in new in-state advertisements that will partner Pure Michigan and Coca Cola. More...

More Bones Found, Then Reburied, While Digging on Island

More bones have been discovered on Main Street on Mackinac Island, this time uncovered when construction workers were digging to lay a water line under Frank Shama’s Gifts. The bones were unearthed Wednesday, March 28. More...

Pizzeria Raising Funds for Student Trip

The Island Slice Pizzeria on Main Street will hold a community fundraiser Wednesday, May 9, to help Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City students travel to Washington, D.C. More...

Ferry Offers Free Rides May 12, 13

Star Line will offer a free trip to Mackinac Island Saturday, May 12, from St. More...

Wastewater Project Began April 2

Construction for the Mackinac Island wastewater treatment plant began Monday, April 2. The project includes replacing some of the oldest parts of the plant and building two new operation buildings. More...

Onaca Bennett Makes It To Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

Mackinac Island junior Onaca Bennett, after winning first place at the Mackinac Island Poetry Out Loud competition January 5, competed in the state Poetry Out Loud competition at Saginaw Valley State University Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10 More...

Mackinac Island Students Celebrate Month Full of Reading

Ninjas, superheroes, and fairies played together on the Mackinac Island School playground. Greek gods, cowgirls, and dinosaurs ate lunch together in the cafeteria. More...

After Storm, Cleanup Of Downed Branches Begins

Two truck crews have been picking up the branches and broken trees left from a late winter storm March 2 and 3. More...

Scenic Photos Declared Winners for Island Calendar Contest

The Mackinac Island Recreational Development has selected the winning photos for the 2014 Seasons of Mackinac calendar. More...

Planning Commission Defines Acceptable Fencing Styles, Materials

After 17 months of study, discussion, and rewording, the Mackinac Island Planning Com- mission defined and provided guidelines in the zoning ordinance on allowable fencing, outlining its appearance and construction, among other considerations. More...

Obituaries

Joseph ‘Snapper’ Bazinaw

Joseph “Snapper” Bazinaw, 78, of Mackinac Island, died early Monday morning, March 5, 2012, at Mackinac Straits Health System following a lingering illness.  More...

Stanley Dickinson

Stanley Reeve Dickinson, a former insurance agent from Petoskey with close ties to a number of business owners on Mackinac Island, passed away at the age of 82 Sunday, March 25, 2012.  He was born in Detroit and served in the Korean War. More...

Joyce Chambers

Joyce Harris Chambers, 88, of Crivitz, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012, in Peshtigo at Rennes West Health Center.  She was born July 17, 1923, in Crivitz, to John and Stella (nee Hill) Harris, the youngest of eight children.&n More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Detroit Gets Northern Helping Hands

On occasion during Detroit’s decades of decline, politicians and others from northern Michigan have extending helping hands.  More...

A Look at History

Michigan’s Glenn Seaborg, the Nobel Prize, and the Smoke Detector

Many of us who live in or visit northern Michigan are surprised to find that one of our country’s most eminent scientists was born in the Upper Peninsula. More...

HORSE TA ES

Honolulu Tomboy Victorious for First U.S. Equestrian Gold Medal

Mackinac is stirring, and spring has arrived, but many of us are still in slumber. Horses, barns, and stables are just beginning to waken. Cottages and hotels are not really ready yet. More...

Forecast Looks Good for U.P. Tourism, Spending

The forecast is favorable for tourism this summer. Travel to the Upper Peninsula is expected to increase 5.2% this year and travel spending could rise 6%. More...

City Uneasy About Adding Bikes

Businesses Request More Licenses, But Will That Increase Congestion?

With 144 new bicycle rental licenses requested this year, the Mackinac Island City Council tabled action for two weeks, unable to decide at its Wednesday, April 4, meeting, whether authorizing new licenses will increase downtown congestion and trigge More...

Transportation Brings 2 Cities To Table

Questions Remain, But Mackinaw City Asks To Be Part of Discussion

While a number of questions are left unanswered when it comes to the proposed Mackinac Island transportation authority, representatives from the Village of Mackinaw City are hoping to be a part of the discussion, and met with the City of Mackinac Isl More...

Franchise Fees Will Help Balance City’s Budget

The City of Mackinac Island will use $45,074 in leftover 2011 ferry franchise revenue and $504,926 from this year’s anticipated collection to balance the city budget, the city council decided Wednesday, March 28. More...

Hospital Reaching To Raise Match Funds for Manoogian Challenge

Mackinac Straits Health System has been granted an additional six weeks to raise matching funds to qualify for a gift of $200,000 from Richard and Jane Manoogian of Mackinac Island. More...

Meeting Is April 16 on Authority

The discussion of the proposed creation of a transportation authority will be the focus of a special meeting of the City of Mackinac Island Monday, April 16, at 3 p.m. at Community Hall. More...

Leanne Brodeur Ends 11-year Career Promoting Recreation

After 11 years promoting and planning recreation and activities on Mackinac Island, Leanne Brodeur will step down from directing the city’s recreation department. She has resigned to spend more time caring for her father, Dennis Brodeur.  More...

No City Offices Contested on May 8 Ballot

All city offices are up for election, along with two city council seats for the May 8 election, although none of the offices are being contested.  The deadline to apply for absentee ballots is Saturday, May 5.  Mackinac Island has 749 regis More...

City May Ban Outdoor Carpet Downtown

Although the Ordinance Committee has considered banning the use of outdoor carpeting throughout the entire city, the city may ultimately decide to ban its use only downtown. More...

Bunker Named To Dean’s List

Marie Bunker was named to the dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. Ms. More...

Rates To Go Up for Some Carriages; Ferry Line Catches Up on Dock Fees

Marvin Replaces Williams on Park Commission

The rates for livery and sightseeing carriages on Mackinac Island will increase this season for the first time in about five years. More...

Easter Celebrations Include Downtown Wiffle Ball Antics

With some white chalk and cardboard to block the gutters, Astor Street became one of the smallest known baseball diamonds in existence, hosting an afternoon game of wiffle ball for friends and workers at Mustang Lounge.  This is the fourth year More...

Mackinac Island Geocaching Event Will Be Held On April 28

Geocaching enthusiasts from all over the Midwest are expected to gather on Mackinac Island when the Le Page family, of Warren, will host the annual “Spring Fling” geocaching event on the Island Saturday, April 28.  More...

Jackie Bradley Is Mackinac Island Volunteer Of The Year

Giving Time For Others Is ‘Just What You’re Supposed To Do’

When the Mackinac Island Recreation Department named Jackie Bradley the 2011 Volunteer of the Year, she was genuinely surprised.  Volunteering for everything from the Christmas Bazaar and rummage sale to helping out a neighbor in need, it’ More...

Mackinac Island Public School Honor Roll

First Semester  8th Grade: Molly Tokarz, Peyton Waaso*.  9th Grade: Meadow Greenlee, Jeremy Hepker, Kyra Kolatski.  10th Grade: Adrienne Rilenge*, Amelia Roe, Paul Wandrie.  More...

Commissioners Hold Mock Historic Hearing To Experience Process

For three hours, the Mackinac Island Planning Commission and the Historic District Committee stepped away from the Island. There was no East Bluff, no British Landing, and no Hubbard’s Annex. More...

Win-Some Women Spring Retreat Registration Underway on Island

Win-Some Women’s registration is open for the spring retreats at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. There will be three retreats in May, and all registrations must be made by mail. More...

Building and Grounds Committee Discusses Summer Project Schedule

As the days get warmer, the to-do lists get longer, and the tourist season sneaks closer. More...

Sports

Mackinac Island Track, Golf Teams Set To Open Season

The Mackinac Island Track Team members include (front, from left) Shannon Blanton, Jeremy Hepker, Paul Wandrie, Will Barnwell, Kyra Kolatski; (back) Zhan’e Nash, Mackenzie Bean, Coach Marie Sch More...

Bob Lohff Leaves Island for Colorado

School athletic director Bob Lohff announced Thursday, April 12, he will leave for a new job in Colorado.  More...

Opinions

The Wrong People Are Getting the Money

To the Editor:  More...

Enjoys Mackinac Island Stories

To the Editor:  Enclosed is my check for my favorite newspaper, the Town Crier, which I’ve been receiving for 28 years.  I enjoy Jeannette Doud’s “News About People On Mackinac Island” so much. More...

Keeps Up With Friends On Island

To the Editor:  I’m happy to renew my subscription to the Town Crier for another year.  I love reading about all that goes on throughout the year. Also, I can keep up on family and friends, especially Kathy Andress and Gwen Bagbey. More...

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