2017-12-09 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

Mackinac is starting to look a lot like Christmas. Folks are patiently waiting for Jack Frost to wave his magic wand and turn the Island into a winter wonderland. The temperatures have been mild for this time of year, but we’ve had a lot of wind. The sunrises and sunsets have been absolutely outstanding. The rays illuminate the sky reflecting down on the Straits of Mackinac. The variety of colors almost form a rainbow effect. People stand in amazement at the beauty. The super moon, December 3 and December 4, was spectacular and it lighted the whole Round Island Passage. Many freighters are passing, bedecked for the holiday season. Construction continues on the new bed and breakfast on Market Street, the new Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau visitor center, the Shepler’s dock expansion, and at other businesses that are preparing their property for the 2018 season. There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac.


At right: Visiting Santa are (from left) Nova, Ella, Tracy, and Olivia Cowell. At right: Visiting Santa are (from left) Nova, Ella, Tracy, and Olivia Cowell. With no snow on the ground but a lot of Christmas spirit in the air, folks gathered around the beautiful city Christmas tree at the head of the dock Friday, December 1. The tree was donated by Dennis Dombroski and his family. On each lamppost hung a lighted wreath with a bright red bow and the manger scene glowed in the dark winter sky. Trish Martin led the singing of Christmas carols as everyone waited for the special moment when the switch would be flipped. As “O Christmas Tree” was being sung, Derby Kromer, a sixth-grade student at Mackinac Island Public School, with the help of Mayor Margaret Doud, flipped the switch and illuminated the tree. It was absolutely an amazing sight. A new event was added this year: a pig roast behind the Stuart House following the tree lighting. Everyone enjoyed a tasty meal donated by Doud’s Market. Doud’s employees did a great job. The boutique rummage sale in the fire hall was the place to start your Christmas shopping. There were many bargains and lots of happy shoppers. We appreciate all the elves at the fire hall, including Lisa Olson, Margo Hessler, Jackie Bradley, Doris and Alyssa Willemsen, Doris’s friends Zoe and Annette, Paula Starkweather, Liz Burt and her mother, Chris, Carrie Kaminen, Lori Straight, and Polly Redman.


Fourth grader Anna Kaminen greeted a jolly Santa during the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 2. Fourth grader Anna Kaminen greeted a jolly Santa during the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 2. It was a great way to kick off all the festivities for the 2017 Christmas Bazaar. We appreciate Mike Ruddle, Ronnie France, and Dan Wightman for preparing the tree. It is certainly appreciated.

The snowflakes glisten as they fall and soon the snow will cover all!


Arriving on his traditional Mackinac Island fire truck, Santa Claus arrives at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 2, to visit with local children. Arriving on his traditional Mackinac Island fire truck, Santa Claus arrives at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 2, to visit with local children. The historic John Jacob Astor Warehouse (Community Hall) was decorated for the season with garland and lighted wreaths. Folks came from far and near for the Christmas Bazaar. As the doors opened, everyone could see how Gwen Bagbey had waved her magic wand and decorated the hall. This year, we remember a very special lady, Mona Carley, who worked in the kitchen for 20 years, and passed away November 16. She always loved the bazaar and she certainly will be missed. May she rest in peace. Selling raffle tickets were Heather Chambers, Wilma Green, Leslie Sturgeon, Laurie Gough, and Shelly McLean. At the silent auction booth were Amy Goehler, Sheri Gough, and Kathleen Rickley. Lots of great items were bid. On Sunday, December 3, the Festival of Trees, a new event this year, was put in the silent auction booth. There were 41 trees decorated by individuals or businesses. The decorations were just great and very unique. The first-place winner was Urvana Morse. In second place was Anne St. Onge, and Kim Kolatski took third place. The delicious malts, shakes, and sundaes were made by Ken and Lori Straight, assisted by Peter, Sean, Barbara Jean, Melissa, and Rachel Hubel. The sweet treats at the bake sale booth were very tempting. Joan Barch, Julie Fisher, and many other elves did a great job selling pies, cupcakes, cookies, bread, and other baked goods. The white elephant booth had many unique Christmas presents for sale. The friendly clerks, Rosemary Lounsbury, Alana Smith, Jackie Bradley, and Laurie Williams, helped with the many customers. Hand-painted ornaments, knitted sweaters by Sue Sisson, and a variety of other handmade items, including balsam pillows, fresh wreaths, garlands, and plants, were in the handmade booth. Those assisting folks were Trish Martin, Sue Sisson, Mary Dufina, Joan Slater, Rogene Huibregtse, and Leanne Brodeur. At the live auction, there were many great items, including a trip on Mackinac’s flagship, the Wilfred Sykes, a snowmobile caboose, dinners, and a handmade model of the Wilfred Sykes by Tom Chambers. Kay Hoppenrath, Mellie Hagenbaugh, Carrie Kaminen, and Lorna Straus assisted the customers. Our famous auctioneer, Mike Carley, put the crowd in the holiday spirit and did a great job selling items, including Detroit Red Wings tickets and dinner at Grand Hotel. Spotters for the auctions were Rick Peterson, Tony Frazier, Sid De- Haan, Jack Welcher, Mike Olson, and Gene Hagenbaugh. People came from far and near to enjoy Deb Carley’s famous nachos, a complete prime rib dinner, and Lori Myers’ carrot or chocolate cake. The elves in the kitchen included Deb Carley, Gila Grossman, Shane Moore, John Cadotte, Mike Iles, Sue Chambers, Karen Oakley, Brenda Bunker, Stephanie McGreevy, Lannie Castagne, Deb Carroll, and Lisa Laitinen. Members of American Legion Post 299 were dishwashers, including Sid De- Haan, Ed Chambers, Roy Bissell, Ben Horn, Dave Long, and Clark Bloswick. Gene Hagenbaugh helped to clear tables. The sounds of sirens could be heard in the distance as Engine 1, driven by Fire Chief Jason St. Onge, arrived with the Jolly Old Elf all dressed in red. Santa came into the hall and wished everyone a very Merry Christmas and then went over to the fire hall, where all the excited little girls and boys were waiting. They sat on his lap and told him what they wanted him to bring them. He checked his list and hurried on his way to the airport, where his sleigh and reindeer were waiting. Santa flew back to the North Pole and will return Christmas Eve.


Caroline LaPine (left) with Bernadine Bazinau Bloswick at Mackinac Island Community Hall. The Christmas Bazaar is an annual event whose proceeds are split between the Island churches and the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Caroline LaPine (left) with Bernadine Bazinau Bloswick at Mackinac Island Community Hall. The Christmas Bazaar is an annual event whose proceeds are split between the Island churches and the Mackinac Island Medical Center. 
At right: Friends and families, visitors and locals help make a successful Christmas Bazaar. From left, Paula Boucher, Marti Carey, and Elaine DeHaan look through handmade knitted items. At right: Friends and families, visitors and locals help make a successful Christmas Bazaar. From left, Paula Boucher, Marti Carey, and Elaine DeHaan look through handmade knitted items. 
Ally Meehan of Dafter gets a lift from Mackinac Island fifth grader Madison Gamble as she waves to Santa arriving on his fire truck. Ally Meehan of Dafter gets a lift from Mackinac Island fifth grader Madison Gamble as she waves to Santa arriving on his fire truck. On Monday, December 4, the raffles were drawn and the winners are as follows: Bake sale/basket of goodies: Pam French; plant booth/basket of goodies: Gwen Bagbey; sundae booth/reindeer: Dominic Redman; white elephant/stuffed horse: Amy Goehler; kitchen raffle: James P. Chambers; 50 gallons of gas: Elaine Bunker; 50/50: Candy Smith; $1,000: Andy Dziobak; $500: Paul BeDour; $500: Mike Gamble; $500: John Gault; $500: Trish Martin; $500: Lorna Straus; $100: Greg Bradley, and Ski-Doo snowmobile: Kevin Decker.


Christmas Bazaar auction spotter Sid DeHaan displays a handmade balsam pillow stuffed with balsam Saturday, December 2. Mr. DeHaan, Tony Frazier, and Jack Welcher assisted auctioneer Mike Carley. Christmas Bazaar auction spotter Sid DeHaan displays a handmade balsam pillow stuffed with balsam Saturday, December 2. Mr. DeHaan, Tony Frazier, and Jack Welcher assisted auctioneer Mike Carley. 
Fourth grader Ottilia Styburski with Santa Claus. Fourth grader Ottilia Styburski with Santa Claus. We appreciate Gwen Bagbey for setting up the hall and decorating; Dennis Dombroski and Tammy Frazier for typing the auction list and calling for salads; Carrie Kaminen for typing the auction list on Sunday; Mike Olson and the Department of Public Works; Fire Chief Jason St. Onge and the Mackinac Island Fire Department; the Mackinac Island Police Department; Sid DeHaan and the members of American Legion Post 299; the Mackinac Island Lions Club; Grand Hotel; Mission Point Resort; Mackinac Island Carriage Tours; Mackinac Island Service Company; Star Line, Shepler’s, and Arnold Freight; Mike Ruddle and Ron France; Kevin Leveille, Jamie Bynoe, Doud’s Market, Lori Myers, Ray Card, Cub McLean, Stanley Gugin, Mike Carley, and Joan Slater for soliciting items in St. Ignace; First National Bank employees; Brenda, Kathleen, Kaitlynn, and Karen, who helped with the money; Mackinac State Historic Parks for the tent; and to everyone who so generously donated to help defray the cost of the snowmobile, prime rib, wreaths, and garland. The Christmas Bazaar grossed $65,000, which will be divided between the Mackinac Island Medical Center, Mackinac Island Bible Church, Ste. Anne’s, Trinity Church, and Little Stone Church. The whole community works on this event and the support and generosity is greatly appreciated. It’s a wonderful way to start the holiday season. The committee wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.


Nancy and Ray Kriss of Mackinac Island at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 2. Nancy and Ray Kriss of Mackinac Island at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 2. 
The Mackinac Island Christmas tree was lit on a warm evening Friday, December 1. Trish Martin led those gathered in traditional Christmas songs as they waited for the sun to set. The Mackinac Island Christmas tree was lit on a warm evening Friday, December 1. Trish Martin led those gathered in traditional Christmas songs as they waited for the sun to set. The Christmas Bazaar is very special to the Mackinac Island community. It was great to see Caroline LaPine, who is 93 years old, attend each day. On Sunday, she was joined by Alice Martin, who is 94 years old, and they enjoyed all the activities of the bazaar. Caroline, for many years, had a booth and she made beauti- ful handmade Christmas items, including dolls, Santas, and afghans. What great memories!

When Santa was making his way to visit with the children at the Christmas Bazaar, he stopped by Grand Hotel and enjoyed the view from one of the top balconies. It was a great picture, available only on Mackinac in the winter.


Megan Cotton, a fourth grader at Mackinac Island Public School, visited with Santa at the fire hall to share her Christmas wishes. Megan Cotton, a fourth grader at Mackinac Island Public School, visited with Santa at the fire hall to share her Christmas wishes. It was fun having the Lucky Bean Coffeehouse open Christmas Bazaar weekend.

Dominic and Polly Redman entertained Dominic’s parents, Dave and Karla Redman, with their grandson, Raymond, and their granddaughter, Scarlett. They come to the Christmas Bazaar every year and have a great time.

Kurt Plaunt and his grandson, of Plaunt Transportation, the ferry service to Bois Bland Island, had a great time Saturday visiting with many friends at the Christmas Bazaar.

Tony and Loretta Spata traveled from their winter home in Traverse City to join in the Christmas festivities on Mackinac Island.

The Civil Air Patrol will be on Mackinac to place wreaths on veteran’s graves at the Post Cemetery Saturday, December 16, at noon. This is in conjunction with Wreaths Across America. American Legion Post 299 will participate and everyone is invited to attend.


Sixth grader Derby Kromer (left) and Mayor Margaret Doud (third from left) are interviewed by TV 9&10 News at the tree lighting. Reporter Sarah Grimmer holds the microphone while Stephanie Adkins operates the camera. Sixth grader Derby Kromer (left) and Mayor Margaret Doud (third from left) are interviewed by TV 9&10 News at the tree lighting. Reporter Sarah Grimmer holds the microphone while Stephanie Adkins operates the camera. Mackinac Island Public School will begin Christmas break Friday, December 22. School will resume Wednesday, January 3. Have a wonderful and safe vacation.

The Mackinac Island Lakers basketball teams will play Tuesday, December 12. The girls will play at 1 p.m. and the boys will play at 2:30 p.m. Go, Lakers!

Many folks on Mackinac are very excited to have the Community Theatre group back. They will perform “Our Town” this spring. It should be a lot of fun.


Taking a break from their lunch are Larry Rickley and children, Jadyn (left) and Makayla, at Community Hall during the opening day of festivities of the Christmas Bazaar. Taking a break from their lunch are Larry Rickley and children, Jadyn (left) and Makayla, at Community Hall during the opening day of festivities of the Christmas Bazaar. Michigan State Police Trooper Shelley (nee Bagbey) Izzard and her son had fun this past weekend at all the holiday festivities. Trooper Izzard has spent the last two summers on Mackinac Island with the Michigan State Police detail.

Jack and Caroline Welcher of Gaylord were guests of Kay Hoppenrath during the Christmas Bazaar. Jack was born and grew up on Mackinac.

The Lilac Tree Hotel was open and folks came from Texas to get married. Many people visited the Island over the weekend.

It was great to see George and Almeda Bodwin, along with their daughter, Martha, at the Christmas Bazaar Monday, December 4.

It was great to see many folks from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City enjoying the bazaar, including Tom and Linda Pfeiffelmann, Clayton and Alice Bennett, Wes and Mary Maurer, Jerry Fetty and the crew of the Ottawa, Angie Bunker, Roger Horn, Mary Marquis and her son, Justin Barber, Rod Nelson, Karen Cheeseman, and Mike Grisdale.


From left, Mary Dufina, Trish Martin, and Rogene Huibregtse sell wreaths at the Christmas Bazaar. From left, Mary Dufina, Trish Martin, and Rogene Huibregtse sell wreaths at the Christmas Bazaar. Anna Mary Cusack and her daughter, Kate Koboski, enjoyed the festivities at the Christmas Bazaar.

Rosemary Lounsbury will leave Friday, December 8, for her winter home in Englewood, Florida. Enjoy the sunshine!

It was nice to see Tymon Horn and Fuller Cowell at the Christmas Bazaar.

Marta and Pete Olson had a great time visiting with friends and enjoying the kickoff of the Christmas season this past weekend.

Robert Chambers will depart Mackinac Saturday, December 9, for a month-long tour of South Africa. Have fun and save travels.


Alexander Gallagher, son of Justin and Chelsea Gallagher, was all smiles during his first visit with Santa. Alexander Gallagher, son of Justin and Chelsea Gallagher, was all smiles during his first visit with Santa. The Mackinac Island Bible Church had a lovely Christmas Tea Thursday, December 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Johnson Hall at Mission Point Resort. Wonderful hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and drinks were enjoyed by all.

The mighty Huron has been in the shipyard at the Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Weather permitting, she is due to come back Saturday, December

9. The catamaran ran until Friday, December 1, and now the Ottawa is on the run. She has a lighted Christmas tree in the bow.

Smarter Travel recently named Grand Hotel one of the 12 best all-inclusive resorts in America. A true American gem! Steeped in history and home to the world’s longest porch, it is truly an idyllic all-inclusive resort getaway. Congratulations to the Musser family.


Enjoying the tree lighting are Joan Barch with her daughter, Julie Fisher (right), grandchildren Jordan and Jenavieve, and their dogs, Bella and Chloe. Enjoying the tree lighting are Joan Barch with her daughter, Julie Fisher (right), grandchildren Jordan and Jenavieve, and their dogs, Bella and Chloe. Best wishes to Andrew and Nicole Doud, who will celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary December 18. Have a great day.

In the December 2017 issue of the Traverse magazine, there was a beautiful picture of the Mackinac Island Christmas tree and horses on Main Street on the cover. What wonderful publicity for the Island.

Santa Claus will be at the Community Hall Sunday, December 10, to hear all the wishes of the good little boys and girls. The children’s party will be from noon to 2 p.m.

Mary Jane Barnwell, Nancy Marstiller, Lisa Simon, Carole Erbel, Betty BeDour, and Marie Hulett recently enjoyed a wonderful Vikings river cruise. The ladies all had a great time.


At left: Ninety-six-year-old Marines veteran Milton Tracy St. Onge (right) is a decorated U.S. Marines Corps combat veteran of World War II. He served in the Pacific Theatre as a member of Company G, Second Battalion, 22nd Marines, First Provisional Brigade, participating in several offensives on the Marshall Islands before being wounded during the assault of Guam. He was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest award for valor in the armed forces, and received a Purple Heart. He inspired fellow Marine Delbert Bunker to help establish the Veterans Memorial on Mackinac Island. The two Mackinac Island natives got together recently at Mr. St. Onge’s home in Florida. At left: Ninety-six-year-old Marines veteran Milton Tracy St. Onge (right) is a decorated U.S. Marines Corps combat veteran of World War II. He served in the Pacific Theatre as a member of Company G, Second Battalion, 22nd Marines, First Provisional Brigade, participating in several offensives on the Marshall Islands before being wounded during the assault of Guam. He was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest award for valor in the armed forces, and received a Purple Heart. He inspired fellow Marine Delbert Bunker to help establish the Veterans Memorial on Mackinac Island. The two Mackinac Island natives got together recently at Mr. St. Onge’s home in Florida. Mark your calendar for the 2018 Twilight Turtle Trek, which will be held January 6, February 3, and March 3. This event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:30 p.m. and begins and ends at Greany Grove with a bonfire. Folks may cross-country ski, walk, or snowshoe. The event is a lot of fun. The ice rink at Fort Mackinac will open January 23.


At left: Some of the Grand Hotel Summer Camp group, which attends the jazz weekend each fall, got together for the Zombie Crawl in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, over Halloween. A pumpkin carving contest was won by Mike and Bobbie Cannon from Harrison Township. Pictured are (from left) the Cannons, David Hettinger from Mountain Home, Arkansas, Maggie Myers and Luigi Iafano from Livonia, Deborah and Kelly McKissack from Dallas, Texas, Sharon Hettinger from Mountain Home, Elizabeth Anger from Maryville, Tennessee, Barbara and Mike Hoefer from Fort Worth, Texas, and Rick Anger from Maryville. At left: Some of the Grand Hotel Summer Camp group, which attends the jazz weekend each fall, got together for the Zombie Crawl in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, over Halloween. A pumpkin carving contest was won by Mike and Bobbie Cannon from Harrison Township. Pictured are (from left) the Cannons, David Hettinger from Mountain Home, Arkansas, Maggie Myers and Luigi Iafano from Livonia, Deborah and Kelly McKissack from Dallas, Texas, Sharon Hettinger from Mountain Home, Elizabeth Anger from Maryville, Tennessee, Barbara and Mike Hoefer from Fort Worth, Texas, and Rick Anger from Maryville. The Mackinac Red Wings, with captain Jamie Bynoe, and the St. Ignace Storms, with captain Kirk Lipnitz, played a spirited game Saturday, December 2, on Main Street. The game ended in a tie 5- 5. Everyone had a great time.

We send get-well wishes to Mike Gamble, Smi Horn, and Bruce LaPine, who have not been feeling their best.

We are happy to report that Judy Bynoe returned to Mackinac Island Friday, December 1. She is glad to be back home.

Melissa (nee Bunker) Meehan, along with her two young daughters, Kylee and Ally, had a great time seeing Santa and visiting family and friends.

Congratulations to Carl Mc- Cready, who was named “Pharmacist of the Year” by the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce. Carl spent many years on Mackinac, when his father, Rollie, was superintendent of maintenance at Mackinac State Historic Parks. His parents, Rollie and Marilyn, lived on the Island and Carl attended Mackinac Island Public School and I was his teacher for one semester. Mackinac friends are very proud of him.

We wish Jennifer and Kirby King all the best on their new journey in life. They have moved to Traverse City, near Jennifer’s family.

Sam and Barbara Kovalak attended the Christmas Bazaar.

Heather Bazinaw joined her grandmother, Caroline LaPine, and other members of her family for all the Christmas Bazaar festivities.

Game night (Mexican Train) started Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Hall. It’s lots of fun so come and join in.

Murdick’s and Joann’s Fudge are both busy preparing fudge to be sent for Christmas presents. It’s great to smell the aroma of the fresh fudge on a cool, crisp Mackinac day.

The Brian Bailey family will be traveling to Wales for the Christmas holiday. It will be a family gathering of Jeri-Lynn’s family. Have a wonderful time.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa’s on his way!

First National Bank is aglow with Christmas lights. This season always reminds us of our good friend, Jack Ryerse, who was the bank manager for many years. He loved to decorate for Christmas and truly had the Christmas spirit. He always wore a Santa hat and delivered candy to all his friends. What wonderful memories.

The Christmas play at Mackinac Island Public School will be held Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening.

We send special Christmas greetings to Mary Jane Neuman, Rosie Charnes, Richard and Pat Cebelak, and Suzanne Munger.

Best wishes to Larry Sr. and Irene Rickley, who will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary December 16. Enjoy your special day.

We send season’s greetings to Dick Ruilson at his home in Pelkie. Have a good winter.

As the days get cold, please remember our feathered friends. There are many beautiful birds and they enjoy good treats.

Nancy May recently returned from a two-week vacation in California.

Wishing you all the peace and joy that this time of the year brings!

Best wishes to Jack and Karen Barnwell, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 19. Have a great day.

Richard and Mary Doud traveled from Celebration, Florida, to attend the Christmas Bazaar. They are checking on the work at their Lakewood Cottage after the fire this past July. It was great to have them back on Mackinac.

Best wishes to Captain Paul and Betsy Allers and Dennis and Jackie Bradley, who will celebrate their wedding anniversaries December 28. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Lorna Straus arrived back on Mackinac Saturday, November 25, after spending time with her family in Chicago and doing some sightseeing in North Carolina.

A Christmas concert featuring John Kissane and other musicians will be held Sunday, December 17, at 7 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church. Refreshments will be served in Ste. Anne’s Hall following the concert.

Meals on Snowmobiles will start Tuesday, January 9, with Chef John Cadotte and his helpers. If you would like a meal, call 847-3507 and talk to Leanne Brodeur. This is a great community program.

We send special holiday greetings to Bob and Bev Benjamin, who are residents of Independence Village in Petoskey. Please remember them with a card at the following address: 965 Hager Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770.

Dominic and Polly Redman recently spent a week in Florida visiting friends.

Sid DeHaan retired after seven years of service as foreman for the City of Mackinac Island. We thank him for his service and wish him well on his retirement.

Dr. Mike and Jane Bacon and Ken and Diane Neyer, the John Gaults, and many other folks attended the Christmas Bazaar.

Best wishes to Mike and Deb Carley, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 31. Have a great day.

We send special Christmas greetings to Larry and Gary LaPine, who are residents at Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace.

Happy birthday to Ryan Green December 6, Vincent Davis December 7, Jase Mosley December 9, Bob Raisch December 8, Jeannie McGreevy, Jennifer Wightman, and Brevin St. Onge December 12, Nancy Pfeiffelman and Louis Doud December 13, Rick Linn and Kennedy Taylor December 14, Mandy Wandrie December 15, Jane Finkel December 16, Lydia Porter December 17, Sara Chambers, Lance Greenlee, and Jadyn Rickley December 20, Ada Chambers December

21, Dee Czapek, Judy Bynoe, and Paul BeDour December 22, Andrew McGreevy, Jason St. Onge, and Tim Leeper December 24, Jerry Horn and Hannah Chambers December 25, Anthony Rickley and David Karhoff December 26, Richard Bolander December 27, Jim Chambers, Mary Patay, and Dakota Horn December 29, and Dr. Carl Erickson December 31. Hope you all have a great day.

It has been a very hard fall on the beaver. We’ve had a lot of wind and it did a tremendous amount of damage to the beaver lodge. Folks brought branches and lots of apples and they have rebuilt most of the lodge. They are fascinating to watch. Nancy May, Larry Rickley, Sr., and Larry Rickley, Jr. are very good to them. Nancy keeps everyone informed about their well-being.

May the beauty of the season be reflected in your spirit!

Margaret McIntire and her daughter, Becki Barnwell, are spending the winter in Naples, Florida. Enjoy the sunshine.

David and Jennifer Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, had a great time at the Christmas Bazaar.

We send special Christmas greetings to Wally Peck of Manistique. Wally spent many years on Mackinac, most recently at the Chippewa Hotel. Wally would love to hear from his many friends on Mackinac at the following address: 400 East Lakeshore Drive, Manistique, MI 49854.

Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, and her friends, Joann Sullivan and her sister from Wolverine Lake, enjoyed two nights at the Cottage Inn and had fun at the Christmas Bazaar.

John Hulett did a lot of Christmas shopping at the bazaar. He looked like Santa Claus getting on the boat.

Will Barnwell enjoyed Thanksgiving on Mackinac Island. He is a student at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

As the white lights sparkle in the winter night, Ste. Anne’s Church prepares for the Christmas holiday. Christmas Eve Mass will be Sunday, December 24, at 8 p.m.; Christmas Day Mass will be Monday, December 25, at 11 a.m., and New Year’s Day Mass will be Monday, January 1, at 11 a.m.

On Thanksgiving morning, at 9:30 a.m., 43 people gathered for the Turkey Trot by Doud’s Market. The weather was overcast, drizzly, and windy, but everyone had a great time. They ran or walked from Doud’s Market to Devil’s Kitchen and back to the Mustang Lounge. James Kevin Bynoe led the group and received a trophy. Several dogs also participated in the Turkey Trot. It was a great way to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast.

Brian Bailey’s family enjoyed spending their first Thanksgiving on Mackinac Island.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge, along with Eric St. Onge and his family, joined Jason, Marielle, and Mia St. Onge for Thanksgiv- ing.

On Thanksgiving Day both the Edwin H. Gott and the Mesabi Miner passed through Round Island Passage. I’m sure everyone on both freighters enjoyed a wonderful feast.

We wish Pat Leveille of St. Ignace a very happy belated birthday December 6. She was very excited when her husband, Louie, gave her a new 2018 car for her birthday.

Tuesday, December 5, Mackinac had winds of 45 miles per hour and more. The Ottawa made the first trip and cancelled the rest of the trips. She made the 5 p.m. trip. The Mackinac Bridge was partially closed and many freighters had gone to shelter. Many trees came down on the Island, and snow is expected this week. We appreciate the Mackinac Island Fire Department and the Mackinac State Historic Parks crew for helping with tree removal. We had snow on the ground Wednesday, December 6. It’s winter on Mackinac.

May the beauty of the season be reflected in your spirit!

As we prepare for the holiday season, let us take a sleigh ride with jingle bells on the horses. As we trot along, the Chippewa Hotel, Doud’s Market, Horn’s Bar, Mustang Lounge, Yankee Rebel, Seabiscuit, Lilac Tree Hotel, Loon Feather, Outfitter, Iroquois Hotel, and Windermere Hotel are decorated for Christmas. Coming down Market Street, Market Street Inn, Cottage Inn, all the city buildings, First National Bank, Metivier Inn, Hart’s Haven, Mackinac Island Medical Center, and many homes along the way are showing signs of the season. On the corner of Market Street and Cadotte Avenue, at the home of Dr. Bill and Sue Chambers, Sue and her Santa elves have created Christmas wonderland with Frosty, a decorated horse and sleigh, Santa going down the chimney, and many other exciting things to see. It truly is a wonderful display. Continuing up the hill, we look out towards the Mackinac Bridge, all dressed in green and red for the season. The reflection on the Straits of Mackinac is breathtaking. Looking towards Fort Mackinac, a lighted tree stands stalwart over Mackinac. Harrisonville is a Christmas wonderland. Rudolph, with his nose so bright, is leading Santa’s sleigh around the neighborhood. Frosty is dancing around, and the Christmas Star is lighting the way. Traveling through the woods, Stonecliffe, Woodbluff, Trillium Heights, Stonebrook, and British Landing are ready for the season. The Annex and East Bluff are waiting for the arrival of the jolly gentleman in the bright red suit. On top of Mission Hill, looking out at the Round Island Passage, a freighter decorated for the season glides quietly by. Only on Mackinac could you see this special sight. The holiday lights in the Mission dance in the crisp winter air, and the bells at Ste. Anne’s remind us of this holy season. Christmas is magical on Mackinac.

May your holidays be merry and bright, and 2018 filled with peace and joy!

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