2017-07-14 / Columnists



The weather has been beautiful this week, especially with a Buck Moon shining down on the Straits of Mackinac. It truly was an awesome sight. The evening of Saturday, July 8, the tall ship Inland Seas sailed by the 1,000-foot Edgar B. Speer. There is always something interesting passing through the Round Island Passage. After a brief rain shower Sunday, July 9, a vibrant rainbow appeared and illuminated the sky. Flowers all over the Island are just at their peak and the Mackinac hollyhocks will be great this year. The flowers in front of Metivier Inn are just beautiful. It’s July on Mackinac.

As the church bells tolled at Little Stone Church on a beautiful Mackinac day, Saturday, July 8, family and friends gathered at Ste. Anne’s Church at 11 a.m. for the memorial service honoring the late Anna May Timmons. The Reverend Dan Hans, pastor at Little Stone Church, and Father Jim Williams, retired pastor of Ste. Anne Church, officiated. Beautiful music was provided by Karen Beacom and Casey Robards of Little Stone Church. Fr. Jim eulogized Anna as a person who gave hope to many people. Anna loved life and lived every minute to the fullest. A lunch followed at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club. As people were leaving Ste. Anne’s, the boat owned by Star Line named Anna May gave a farewell salute. Anna was a great member of the Mackinac community and she certainly will be missed. May she rest in peace.

Friday, July 7, the City of Mackinac Island celebrated 200 years of government on Mackinac, from 1817 with the Boroughs of Michilimackinac to 2017 with the City of Mackinac Island. A special council meeting was held in the old Mackinac County courthouse that was also used as the old city hall and folks came from far and near to attend the celebration. The meeting opened with soldiers from Fort Mackinac in period uniforms presenting the colors with an 1817 flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Connie Litzner of St. Ignace, Mackinaw City Village President Robert Heilman, and Mackinac County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jim Hill and Commissioner Calvin McPhee were introduced. Chairman Hill presented a plaque to the city from Mackinac County. Mayor Margaret Doud unveiled a plaque that will be displayed on the front of the courthouse in commemoration of the bicentennial. Brian Dunnigan, historian and curator at Clements Library in Ann Arbor, explained the history of 200 years of government on Mackinac. Phil Porter, director of Mackinac State Historic Parks, read a resolution from the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and reflected on 200 years of the working relationship between the city and state. Mayor Doud ended the meeting by reading a resolution from the city in honor of the bicentennial celebration. The colors were retired and everyone went to the Community Hall for refreshments. It was a great way to keep history alive on Mackinac. Mary Dufina and Joe Stakoe attended as former members of the city council.

The Chicago-to-Mackinac yacht race will leave Chicago Saturday, July 15, bound for the finish line at Windermere Point on Mackinac Island. It is the 109th Race to Mackinac, with more than 300 boats entered from 40 states and nine countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom. It is one of the world’s longest-running freshwater distance races and stretches 333 miles. When the race started in 1898, there were five boats. We look forward to their arrival at Mackinac.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Tom Chambers July 8. We enjoy all your great pictures.

We appreciate the Mackinac Island Fire Department, Mackinac Island Police Department, emergency medical technicians, and staff at the Mackinac Island Medical Center who keep extremely busy. We appreciate your service.

Richard and Mary Doud entertained their grandson and family from Florida. Little Kaitlyn celebrated her third birthday and her cousins, Tommy and Louie Doud, joined in the festivities. Everyone had a great time.

Mark your calendar for the total eclipse of the sun Monday, August 21.

It’s nice to see Charlie Hegarty and family enjoying their cottage on East Bluff.

Dr. Helen Straus and Dr. Chris Straus joined their mother, Lorna, brother, Mike, and family over the Fourth of July holiday. Everyone had a great time.

Friday, July 7, there was a reception in honor of Marlee Brown Musser at the Mackinac Island Public Library. Marlee’s paintings are on display for the month of July, so stop by and view her beautiful work. It was a great gathering with wonderful treats.

We send special get-well wishes to Dennis Gilmore, who works on the Star Line Dock. He and his wife also manage Hart’s Haven. Dennis has not been feeling his best and is a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. We hope to see you back on Mackinac soon, Dennis.

Bob and Lorraine O’Keefe are comfortably settled in their lovely cottage in Woodbluff.

Family and friends gathered Sunday, July 2, to celebrate Marti McIntire’s birthday at the Carriage House dining room. Her daughter, Megan, and family joined in the festivities.

Skip Young and his family spent the Fourth of July holiday on Mackinac Island.

Cassie Frazier and her friend, Luke, spent this past weekend on Mackinac visiting family and friends.

Bob Benser, Sr. entertained his family, Heidi, Amy, Leslie, and Bob, during all the Fourth of July festivities.

Jack Welcher and his wife, Caroline, along with daughter Gail and her husband spent Wednesday, July 5, on Mackinac visiting Kay Hoppenrath and friends.

Brevin St. Onge, son of Eric St. Onge, is spending three weeks with his uncle and family, Jason, Marielle, and Mia St. Onge. He is working at the tennis courts and pool at Grand Hotel.

Family and friends gathered at the Carriage House dining room Sunday, June 9, for a luncheon to celebrate Ann Hart’s 70th birthday. Happy birthday, Ann, from your friends on Mackinac.

Happy belated birthday to Dwight LaPine July 10 and Kelly Bean Bielinski July 13. Hope you both had a wonderful day.

Happy birthday to Jim Murray July 15, Frank Bloswick Jr. and Eric St. Onge July 17, Nona Tacey July 18, Patty Bynoe and Anna McGreevy July 19, Pam St. Onge, Brenda Bunker, Mark Bunker, Karen Barnwell, Paul Wandrie, Sr., and Jase Shellhorne July 21, Brett Horn July 22, and Emma Chambers and Matt Myers July 23. Hope you all have a great day.

Claire Dunnigan joined her family on Mackinac Island to celebrate her father Brian’s birthday Tuesday, July 11. A family dinner was enjoyed by all at The Jockey Club. Happy birthday to Brian from Island friends.

Fair winds to the Chicago sailors!

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