August 4, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

Poetry Series At Grand Hotel Has Time Change

The Grand Hotel Poetry Series commences the second half of the season Wednesday, August 8, with a discussion of the poetry of William Carlos Williams. The one-hour class begins at 10:45 a.m. More...

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, August 1, Barbara Toms placed first, Kay Berke placed second, and Ann Timmons placed third.   More...

Three Candidates On August 7 Primary Ballot for 107th House Seat

Three candidates for state representative in the 107th House District will be on the ballot for the Primary election in Mackinac County Tuesday, August 7. They are incumbent Republican Frank Foster, Democrat Suzanne Shumway, and Democrat Jim Miller. More...

Suzanne Shumway

Suzanne Shumway of Petoskey is a Democratic candidate for 107th District State Representative and will face Jim Martin of Sault Ste. Marie in the Tuesday, August 7, Primary election. More...

Shannon Has Good Chance To Win Election, But Will He Be Seated as Judge?

Patrick Shannon of Sault Ste. Marie and Mackinac Island has mounted a campaign to become the next Chippewa County Probate Court Judge, but winning the election won’t be enough to seat him on the bench. More...

Annual Horse Show Is Sunday

The 42nd annual Mackinac Island Horse Show will be Sunday, August 5, at the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center, hosted by the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association. The show starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.  More...

Magician Performs Art of Illusion For Local Children

Dozens of children came to the Mackinac Island Public Library with their parents, teachers, and friends to see magician Gordon Russ perform tricks and illusions using metal hoops, handkerchiefs, balloons, and puppets during his Comedy Magic Show July More...

Blue Jacket Captures First Place in MacMan Sailing Challenge

Blue Jacket, a 35-foot yacht, took first place in the overall MacMan Challenge Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20, with a combined corrected time of 29 hours, 57 minutes, and 17 seconds. More...

Local Family’s ‘Gracie’s Fund’ Aids in Children’s Cancer Research

Seven years ago, when she was four years old, Gracie Irish was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  “It was the worst news we could have heard,” said her mother, Amy Irish.  More...

Mackinac Island Celebrates Life and Works of Emily Dickinson

“This Island is better now than it was hours before,” Reverend Vince Carroll said, addressing the people gathered in the sanctuary of Mission Church. “Thank you all for the poetry wafting up toward the sky...”  More...

Hunter Pace To Begin At Great Turtle Park Saturday, August 4

A Hunter Pace will be held at Turtle Park Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m. The event traces its roots from the sport of foxhunting, where teams of two or three riders follow a course over various terrains. More...

Fire Department Sends Safety Letters

The Mackinac Island Fire Department is mailing sponsor request letters explaining a new fire safety program, asking for financial support to help cover the cost of the materials used by the department.  More...

Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse Planned Next Week

Full Slate of Entertaining and Educational Activities Is Planned for Three-day Festival

The fourth annual Festival of the Horse begins Thursday, August 9, kicking off a three-day celebration of the animal that Mackinac Island residents, business people, and visitors rely on every day. More...

Gallagher Golf Outing To Benefit Scholarship Fund

The annual golf outing created in memory of Mark Gallagher will take place at Wawashkamo Golf Course Saturday, August 11, at 1 p.m. Mr. More...

Dale Gensman Completes Sign Restoration

The last of seven historic signs from Mackinac Island have returned, after five years of restoration work completed by Dale Gensman. The sign was returned to Mackinac Island in May.  More...

Families Find Peace When Mackinac Island Headstones Are Finished

Completing a number of headstones in the Mackinac Island cemeteries have been a challenge owing to the amount of equipment needed. More...

Mackinac Island Students To Attend Sports Camps

Seven students from Mackinac Island Public School are attending sports camps at colleges across the state to improve their athleticism and knowledge about their practiced sport. More...

Mackinac Island Resident Melissa Croghan Releases First Novel

Melissa Croghan published her first book, “The Tracking Heart,” this summer, after 22 years in the making. She describes the book as a suspenseful novel filled with mystery and a classic love story. More...

Della-Moretta’s Mackinac Bridge Ring Reflects Local Architecture

“See the towers, almost home,” is the engraving that characterizes Yvonne Della- Moretta’s recent creation. Her family’s connection to the Mackinac Bridge inspired this St. More...

Opinions

Standards Would Keep Outside Commercialism at Bay

To The Editor:  I would like to commend and thank the longtime business owners of Mackinac Island for maintaining their businesses in a historic manner, and for all they do for the visitors and residents.  More...

Wightman Contributed Good Work

To the Editor:  On behalf of myself and his many friends, I would like to publicly recognize Dan Wightman for his good work on the city council.  More...

Enjoyed Annual Trip To Mackinac Island

To the Editor:  Still coming down from our annual trip to Mackinac. I’m so glad to have a subscription to the Town Crier to provide my “Mackinac fix” through those long winter months. More...

Ideas Exchanged on Historic Districts Include Tax, Growth

With survey cards sent to property owners in the two proposed historic districts, the members of the Historic District Study Committee continue to discuss what recommendation it will give to the Mackinac Island City Council later this month. More...

Mackinac Island Airport Project Celebrated With Rededication

Four years of planning and 16 months of work were commemorated Friday, July 27, as city, state, and contractor representatives gathered on the tarmac to rededicate the only airport operated by a state park in Michigan. More...

Equestrian Symposium Open To Public August 11 at Grand Hotel

The Mackinac Island Equestrian Symposium will bring together industry leaders, legislators, and horse enthusiasts to discuss how northern Michigan, and the state as a whole, can become an equestrian tourism destination. More...

Retired Educators Betty and Peyton Hutchison Seek ‘Quiet’ of Mackinac Island

Betty and Peyton Hutchison, originally of Detroit, embody experiences and accomplishments boasted by few others. More...

Frank Foster

Incumbent Frank Foster of Pellston is the lone Republican candidate on the August 7 primary ballot for the 107th District of the Michigan House of Representatives. Mr. Foster was first elected to the office in 2010. More...

Jim Martin

Jim Martin of Sault Ste. Marie is running on the Democratic ticket for State Representative in the 107th District against fellow Democrat Suzanne Shumway of Petoskey in the Tuesday, August 7, Primary election. More...

Properties Should Be Required To Have Key Boxes, Committee Says

The City of Mackinac Island will soon require large properties to purchase and install a lock box system for keys to allow quick access to buildings in the event of an emergency in the off-season. More...

Jammin’ For Arts Is August 9

Mackinac Island Jammin’ For The Arts will be Thursday, August 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Manoogian Foundation house on the West Bluff. The 9th annual event will support the Mackinac Arts Council programs and general operations.  More...

Father Brodeur Returns To Mackinac Island’s Ste. Anne’s Church

With family roots on Mackinac Island, Father Ted Brodeur is looking forward to serving this summer at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church as its associate pastor, begining Saturday, July 28. Fr. More...

Boat Builders Experience Crossing To Island in Voyageur Canoe

From the boat launch at Dock #3 in St. Ignace, Cedar Campus recreation manager Jim Schlosser and nine of his staff members at the recreation department slid into the water with a homemade voyageur canoe Monday, July 16. More...

Street Hockey Planned August 10

A street hockey game will be played Friday, August 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Windermere Point. This game is part of the Jamie Bynoe Hockey Tournament, with four games played throughout the year. More...

Bradley McCallum To Lead Mission Point As New Hotel Manager

“Doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way” will be the goal of managers at Mission Point Resort. More...

Junior Event Added To Hunter Pace

A new event for very young and novice riders will be Saturday, August 4, at 2 p.m. in Great Turtle Park. The Mackinac Junior Pace is a timed walk through the trails in and around Great Turtle Park.  More...

Legion Commander Fang Wong Visits Island

Mackinac Island American Legion Post Commander Paul Wandrie (left) with Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud and American Legion National Commander Fang Wong at the Mackinac Island Veterans’ Mem More...

DuMonds Mark Golden Anniversary

Leroy Frank and Marilyn Ruth DuMond of Traverse City celebrated their golden anniversary Saturday, June 23, 2012, on Mackinac Island, the place where they fell in love.  Leroy DuMond and Marilyn Movalson were married June 23, 1962, at Trinity Lu More...

New Book To Chronicle History of Mackinac Island Stables

Brodeur Asks Horse Enthusiasts For Help Finding Old Documents

A new book is chronicling the history of stables on Mackinac Island, and Leanne Brodeur of Mackinac Island is looking for help from horse enthusiasts and property owners to find documents and old photographs that will show the stables of the Island o More...

Hamilton Visits Island for Book Signing

Steve Hamilton, a Detroitborn mystery writer, stopped at the Island Bookstore Wednesday, July 4, to announce the release of his new book from the Alex McKnight detective series, “Die A Stranger.” The series is set in the Upper Peninsula, More...

Festival of the Horse To Offer Pony Rides Every Day at Equestrian Center

Mackinac Island’s fourth annual Festival of the Horse will be Thursday, August 9, through Sunday, August 12.  Several educational presentations and entertaining performances will be sponsored by the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association. More...

Bunker Earns Spring Honors at CMU

Marie Bunker, of Mackinac Island, a freshman at Central Michigan University, was named on the spring honors list. She earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to be on the list.   More...

Putnam Features Mackinac Island in New Book ‘A Wedding Transpires’

Author Cara Putnam found a unique charm to Mackinac Island during her visit here 10 years ago and decided that it would make a good location for her latest book, “A Wedding Transpires.”  More...

Columnists

Michigan Politics

Code Red Alert On Political Pollution

Some Michigan cities last week had code red smog alerts for unhealthy air pollution. More...

Nature Notes

Red-eyed Vireo Sings A Long Song For Mackinac Island Ears To Hear

Last week I wrote about birds that I had heard, and sometimes seen, throughout the course of a single day. I identified and described 10 birds in that column. More...

Horse Tales

Horse-powered Ferries: Discussion Keys Waterway Transportation

“Ownership of a ferry concession could be a liability or an asset, depending on the nature of the waterway, the amount of traffic, and, of course, the business acumen of the owner.”  When Horses Walked on Water, 1998, The Smithsonian More...

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