May 12, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

Students Perform ‘School House Rock’ Live

Mackinac Island Public School students will perform selected songs from “Schoolhouse Rock! Live” based on the popular educational animated series from the 1970s. More...

For the Record

The article published in the Mackinac Island Town Crier April 14, “Peter Dewey Brings His Restaurant Experience To Goodfellows Job,” states that the Village Inn was sold to Grand Hotel and that breakfast was discontinued. More...

Committee Allows Run-in Sheds So Small Property Owners Can Keep Horses

To allow more people to provide shelter for horses, while not requiring a large plot of land to build a full barn, a definition for a small stable with three sides, known as a run-in shelter, will be added to a proposed barn and stable amendment to t More...

Buzz Teaches Island Students About The Life of a Working Dog

Commonly considered man’s best friend, when it comes to locating lost or hidden items, man turns to his dog for help. More...

Mackinac Island Grants 1,399 Bicycle Licenses

The following is a list of businesses on Mackinac Island that were granted bicycle rental licenses at the city council meeting Wednesday, April 18. A total of 1,399 bicycle rental licenses are issued, an increase of 69 from last year. More...

Hillegonds To Replace Lewand on MEDC Board

Paul Hillegonds of Plymouth has been appointed to replace Thomas Lewand of Detroit and Mackinac Island on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee. Governor Rick Snyder announced appointments to the committee April 19.   More...

New Art Gallery Will Feature Original Island-inspired Work

Mackinac’s Little Gallery on Market Street will feature Mackinac Island-inspired art in varying media, including sculpture, watercolor, oil, and pastel when it opens Saturday, May 12.  More...

From Fort Vantage Point, Fog Shrouds Downtown Mackinac Island

Jacob Sim (from left), Niall Farley, and Adam Franti stand at their post at Fort Mackinac Thursday, May 3, as the rest of Mackinac Island is shrouded in an early morning fog. More...

New Power Cot Will Go a Long Way To Support Ambulance Crew Efforts

EMTs Can Focus on Care, They Say, Not Lifting

A new power medical cot, purchased by the City of Mackinac Island for use with the ambulance service, arrived at the ambulance garage Thursday, April 26. More...

Waite Earns Tenure at School

The Mackinac Island School Board of Education presented annual scholarships and granted tenure to science teacher Rick Waite Thursday, April 19, after he completed his probationary employment of four years.  More...

‘Lifelong Love’ Of History Will Serve Marvin In New Role

William Marvin of Mackinaw City says he has been interested in the history of the Straits area since he was a teenager coming north to hunt with his father before the Mackinac Bridge was built. Now, Mr. More...

City To Offer Larger Bricks for Veterans Memorial

Owing to their popularity, more eight-inch-square bricks will be available for Veterans Memorial Park on Market Street across from the post office.  More...

Bike Auction Is Sunday, May 20

The annual Mackinac Island Bicycle Auction, hosted by the City of Mackinac Island, is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.  Bicycles will be on display for inspection around noon behind the Stuart House, where the auction will take place. More...

Mike Hart Honored for Service on Island City Council

Michael Hart was recognized Wednesday, May 2, for his 12 years of service on the Mackinac Island City Council. More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Benishek Opens Campaign Headquarters In Traverse City

President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are already exchanging barbs as if the postprimary general election campaign has started.  Obama, unusual for an incumbent in the primary season, has in remarks and those of V More...

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Happy Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13.  More...

A Look at History

Titanic   Mackinac Island Was Once Dock for Boats Like Titanic   More...

City To Study Ferry System

Accounting Firm Hired   More...

Authority Could Work, Dunn Says

Allowing private ferryboat franchises to operate while receiving additional funds through a transportation authority could benefit all communities and the ferry companies, according to Jim Dunn, an attorney specializing in transportation issues. Mr. More...

Encouraging Preservation Should Be Priority, Commissioners Say

Horse Sheds, Storage Unit, Upstairs Apartments Come To Commission

Run-in sheds for horses should be allowed on residential properties, the Mackinac Island Planning Commission said at its meeting Tuesday, May 8, and a commercial storage unit should be allowed in Harrisonville. More...

Incumbent Candidates All Secure New Office Terms

One hundred twenty-two votes were cast in the City of Mackinac Island election Tuesday, May 8, representing only 16.1% of registered voters. All candidates were elected, facing no challengers, and no write-in votes were cast.  More...

Management, Employees Must Work Together on Customer Service

Trainer, Businesses Offer Their Tips

It’s August. A family, tired from a day of driving, comes in sight of the counter. The children are fussing and the parents have read last year’s brochures – and are upset about this year’s prices. More...

Temporary Vehicle Permits Approved By City

The following is a list of temporary motor vehicle permits and temporary trailer permits granted by the City of Mackinac Island Wednesday, May 2. Dates of permits and special conditions are in parentheses.  More...

Spring Brings Out Bicycles - and Safety Risks

Warmer weather means more traffic on the streets of Mackinac Island, and more traffic means a higher chance of bicycle accidents.  The Mackinac Island Police Department receives reports of about 20 to 30 injuries caused by bicycle accidents each More...

Will Horses Coming To Island Be Asked To Meet New Health, Safety Rules?

Businesses, Horse Enthusiasts Share Ideas With City

The Ordinance Committee heard potential horse health and public safety hazards Wednesday, May 2, and horse enthusiasts and businesses shared ideas on how the city could prevent disease from spreading from visiting horses to those that work on Mackina More...

Island Students Will Host Prom This Saturday

Mackinac Island Public School students will spend “an evening in Paris” for their prom Saturday, May 12. The dance will be at Community Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.  More...

Straits Area Employment Picture Is Encouraging This Season

Employment is looking good for this tourist season, said Jim Clapperton of the St. Ignace Michigan Works office.  More...

Facade Nearly Finished as Work Continues on New Downtown Hotel

The construction of the Bicycle Street Inn on Main Street continues, and developer Ira Green believes the front façade should be completed in a little over a week.  More...

Students Find ‘Close Up’ View of Nation’s Capital A Great Experience

Students from Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City spent a week in Washington D.C., learning about current politics and government structure in the U.S. More...

Grand Hotel, DIA Partner In Art Project

The Detroit Institute of the Arts wants to work with Grand Hotel on a new program called “DIA Inside Out” that would place framed reproductions from the museum at outside locations. More...

Used Children’s Books Donated To Afghanistan

The Mackinac Island Public Library and Trinity Episcopal Church donated used children’s books to the Afghan Child Project, a nonprofit volunteer organization that assists in bringing medical care and education to women and children in Afghanist More...

Great Lakes Cruises Bring Visitors From Across The Country

Cruise ships may bring to mind behemoth floating resorts sailing through tropical seas, but the Great Lakes Cruise Company offers a unique experience that bring seasoned travelers to sail on the freshwater lakes surrounding Michigan.  More...

4-H Riding Lessons Will Begin May 16

Riding lessons through the 4-H clubs and the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center will begin Wednesday, May 16. Lessons are available for children between the ages of 5 and 18.  More...

Sports

Jewel Golf Course Hosts EUP Conference Match

Cedarville Girls, Boys Take  First at EUPC Golf Match  The Cedarville girls and boys captured first place at the Eastern Upper Peninsula golf match held at the Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island Thursday, May 3.  More...

Armstrong Sets 800-meter Run School Record

Sophomore Hailey Armstrong set a new Mackinac Island Lakers track record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:46 during a meet at Engadine High School Tuesday, May 1. More...

Lakers Middle School Basketball Team

Heading to one of the first basketball games of the season are Aaron Riggs (left), Alex Schockling, Todd Massaway, Chris Riggs, Gabriel Hepker, Nicholas Davis, and Coach Garren Earvin. More...

Letters

Historic Districts Must Be Approved To Preserve Heritage

To the Editor:  More...

Recent News Is More Painful Than Pleasurable

To the Editor:  After subscribing to your paper for many years, we have decided to not renew this year. The development plans and recent victories of [developers] are taking the Island in a direction we dislike intensely. More...

Other Sites May Also Contain Human Remains

To the Editor:  After learning what lay beneath my grandfather’s house in the last issue of the Town Crier (February 11- April 13), I wholeheartedly agree with Cecil Pavlat’s request to make an unfortunate situation turn into the bes More...

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