2018-02-10 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

We received about eight inches of snow Saturday, February 3, and Mackinac Island looked like a winter wonderland. It’s great for skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. The temperatures remain very cold, and Clark Bloswick has been enjoying some ice fishing. The Straits of Mackinac is filled with ice, but the Canadian freighters are still passing by. The groundhog saw his shadow, so Mackinac will have six more weeks of winter.

The sunrises and sunsets have been just beautiful with the beams dancing off the ice-covered Round Island Passage. The colors range from yellow to orange as they reflect off the ice floes. At night, walking on the boardwalk looking out toward the Mackinac Bridge, it’s a wonderful sight to see the lights from the bridge reflecting off the Straits of Mackinac. Mackinac Island has a lot of beautiful scenery.

Congratulations to Captain Justin and Emily Davenport on the birth of their son, Wyatt James, born Monday, January 29, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Little Wyatt weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces at birth and measured 22 inches in length. Proud grandparents on Mackinac are Anne St. Onge and John St. Onge. He was welcomed home by his big sister, Jane. Best wishes from Island friends.


The school spelling bee winners at Mackinac Island Public School are (front, from left), seventh grader Jack Kaminen, sixth grader Derby Kromer, fifth grader Mason McLean, fifth grader James Hartley; (back) eighth grader Mabel Styburski, eighth grader Harry Myers, seventh grader Ethan Cotton, and sixth grader Makayla Rickley. The spellers advanced to the District Spelling Bee, which was held Wednesday, January 31, in St. Ignace, but they could not attend because poor weather grounded airplanes for most of the day. (Mackinac Island Public Schools photograph) The school spelling bee winners at Mackinac Island Public School are (front, from left), seventh grader Jack Kaminen, sixth grader Derby Kromer, fifth grader Mason McLean, fifth grader James Hartley; (back) eighth grader Mabel Styburski, eighth grader Harry Myers, seventh grader Ethan Cotton, and sixth grader Makayla Rickley. The spellers advanced to the District Spelling Bee, which was held Wednesday, January 31, in St. Ignace, but they could not attend because poor weather grounded airplanes for most of the day. (Mackinac Island Public Schools photograph) There will be a Valentine’s Day concert at Ste. Anne’s Church Sunday, February 11, at 7 p.m. featuring John Kissane. Refreshments will be served following the concert in Ste. Anne’s Hall.


To make pushing a stroller on the Island easier during the winter, mother Paige Vartanian attaches small, plastic skis to the wheels of her double-wide stroller. The skis are called “Polar Stroller” and are sold by a Canadian company. She is pictured Wednesday, January 17, while going out for a walk with her daughters Finley and Lennon, who are tucked snugly inside the stroller, and dog Goa (not pictured). To make pushing a stroller on the Island easier during the winter, mother Paige Vartanian attaches small, plastic skis to the wheels of her double-wide stroller. The skis are called “Polar Stroller” and are sold by a Canadian company. She is pictured Wednesday, January 17, while going out for a walk with her daughters Finley and Lennon, who are tucked snugly inside the stroller, and dog Goa (not pictured). Folks gathered at Mackinac Island Public School Sunday, February 4, to enjoy a great brunch, silent auction, vote on photographs for the 2019 calendar, and enjoy some winter games. During the brunch, the Volunteer of the Year award was announced. This year the award went to Leanne Brodeur, who is a founding member of Mackinac Island Recreational Development (MIRD) and works on 4- H, Meals on Snowmobiles, Teen Night, and many other activities in the community. Leanne also designs the Winter Festival button every year. Congratulations to Leanne from the Mackinac Island community. It was a great Winter Festival weekend on the Island for the children and the adults.


After kindergartener Max Brodeur (from left), first grader Jadyn Rickley, and kindergartener Jenavieve Fisher learn about the work of American painter Georgia O’Keffee, who is known for bold flowers and landscapes, during art class with teacher Heather May Friday, January 26, they draw their own flowers and are ready to fill them in with watercolor paints. After kindergartener Max Brodeur (from left), first grader Jadyn Rickley, and kindergartener Jenavieve Fisher learn about the work of American painter Georgia O’Keffee, who is known for bold flowers and landscapes, during art class with teacher Heather May Friday, January 26, they draw their own flowers and are ready to fill them in with watercolor paints. The junior class at Mackinac Island Public School will be selling carnations for Valentine’s Day. The flowers are $2 each or $20 for one dozen.

Trinity Lutheran Church will have a movie night Wednesday, February 14. A potluck meal will start at 6 p.m., and the movie, “The Descendants,” will begin at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a fun evening.

The Meals on Snowmobiles program serves more than 30 people every Tuesday and Thursday. Chef John Cadotte and his helpers do a great job. Any dona- tions may be sent to Leanne Brodeur at Ste. Anne’s Church.

The next time you’re shopping, check out the new Pepperidge Farm cookies called “Mackinac Oatmeal Milk Chocolate.” What great publicity for the Island.

Best wishes to Cub and Kitty Horn, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary February 14. Enjoy your day.

Mark your calendar for the St. Patrick’s Day dinner Saturday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Hall. Raffle tickets are still available by calling (906) 847-3507.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Karen Oakley’s birthday Saturday, February 3. Best wishes from Island friends.

Best wishes to Dr. Joe Solomon, who will celebrate his 96th birthday February 21. He served Mackinac as the Island doctor for 17 years. Friends may remember him with a card at the following address: 111 Countryshire Court, Kingsport, TN 37663.

Best wishes to Ike and Elaine Bunker, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary February 22. Have a wonderful day.

Mary Dufina departed Mackinac Island Tuesday, January 30, for Florida, where she will join her family and friends for two months. Enjoy the sunshine.

Lorna Straus spent the weekend of January 26 in Chicago visiting family and friends. She arrived back on Mackinac Island Wednesday, January 31. Michael Straus joined his mother for Winter Festival weekend on the Island.

Happy birthday to St. Ignace residents Louie Leveille and Ken Hardy, who will both celebrate their birthdays February 25. Hope you both have a great day.

Preston Allers enjoyed the Winter Festival on Mackinac this past weekend. He visited Urvana Morse while he was here.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation held a meeting Friday, February 2.

A Jamie Bynoe Hockey Tournament game was played Wednesday, January 31. The St. Ignace Storms defeated the Mackinac Wings 7-2. Josh Carley was named Most Valuable Player.

Happy birthday to Claire Dunnigan and Makayla Rickley February 11, Jack Parel, Kirk Lipnitz, Dennis Dufina, and Lisa Dziobak February 12, Karlena Mosley February 13, Doris LaPine, David Bradley, Shayleen (nee Mosley) Polzin, John Hulett, and Bill McDonough February 14, Lorna Straus and Jim Ball February 15, Dr. Christopher Straus and Heather May February 16, Joan Slater February 17, Leanne Brodeur February 18, Norman Kolatski February 19, Lisa Barnwell, Nancy Ellison, and Sheri Gough February 22, Luanne Mosley and Ann Taylor February 26, and Dale Gough February 27. Hope you all have a great day.

The Ash Wednesday schedule Wednesday, February 14, at Ste. Anne’s Church will be as follows: Ashes only will be distributed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with Mass at noon.

We send best wishes to Wilma Green, who has not been feeling her best.

Members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department held a banquet honoring their wives and girlfriends Saturday, February 3. The fire hall was decorated very nicely for the occasion. The Mustang Lounge catered the event with appetizers and a delicious dinner. Paul BeDour provided great music and a wonderful time was enjoyed by all who attended. We appreciate the Mackinac Island Fire Department for their service and dedication to the community.

A Twilight Turtle Trek crosscountry ski was held Saturday evening, February 4, starting at Greany Grove. It was a beautiful evening with the snow softly falling, which was wonderful for skiing. The young folks enjoyed skating on the ice rink. This is a great addition to winter activities on the Island. We appreciate Sue Topham and Myron Johnson for all their work.

John Cadotte saw a beautiful owl out by British Landing. Cardinals are being seen at many feeders, and there are many ducks around to be fed. They all need special treats in the cold weather.

Melanie Hagenbaugh is a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Best wishes from Island friends.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Very nice write up.

Very nice write up.
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