2018-06-09 / Columnists

NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE ON MACKINAC ISLAND

BY MARGARET DOUD

As we begin celebrating the 70th Lilac Festival, the lilacs are starting to burst into bloom. There will be shades of light lavender, white, and deep purple. The aroma from the lilacs will fill the air.

The Lilac Road Race will be held Saturday, June 9, starting at 9:30 a.m. The annual used book sale will be held Saturday at the Mackinac Island Public Library from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the coronation of the 2018 Lilac Queen will be at 5 p.m. at Windermere Point. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun and enjoy the beautiful lilacs.

It’s fun to see many beautiful yachts at the Mackinac Island Marina. The cruise ship Victory I arrived Thursday, May 31, and the passengers enjoyed seeing the beauty of the Island. The weather remains cool, but we have had some bright, sunny days.

Family and friends gathered for the memorial service for the late Robert “Bob” Benjamin Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Little Stone Church. The Reverend Dr. Dan Hans officiated and beautiful music was provided by Karen Beacom. Bob was born on Mackinac January 14, 1923, and was married to Beverly for 64 years. His grandmother was one of the founders of Little Stone Church. Bob was eulogized by his two sons, Mike and Tom, and his son-in-law, Glen Young. One of Bob’s favorite moments was sitting on his front porch watching the freighters and people pass his home on Lakeshore Drive. He loved photography and art and had a fine collection. Bob certainly will be missed on Mackinac. Deepest sympathy to the family.


At left: Mackinac Marine Rescue took part in a Saturday, May 19, open house at Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, docking its 31-foot rescue boat at the station so visitors could tour the vessel and find out about the work it does. From left are Allen Burt, Stephanie Mc- Greevy, and Sam Barnwell. The Mackinac Islandbased rescue crew trains with the Coast Guard station crew about once a week. At left: Mackinac Marine Rescue took part in a Saturday, May 19, open house at Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, docking its 31-foot rescue boat at the station so visitors could tour the vessel and find out about the work it does. From left are Allen Burt, Stephanie Mc- Greevy, and Sam Barnwell. The Mackinac Islandbased rescue crew trains with the Coast Guard station crew about once a week. “Tacos for Toby” will take place Sunday, June 10, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money for the Metro- Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Organized by Mackinac Island native Sarah Dehring in honor of her mother, Dorothy “Toby” (nee Gillespie) Dehring, the event will include a leisurely bike ride around Mackinac Island and a taco bar at the Mustang Lounge. Participation is $30 per person and includes a Team Toby T-shirt and wristband. Dorothy Dehring passed away January 4, 2017. Come and support a great cause.

It’s nice to see Clayton “Tim” Timmons back on Mackinac. He attended the memorial service for his good friend, Bob Benjamin, Saturday, June 2.

Best wishes to Charles and Nina Gulliver of Eaton Rapids, who will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary Monday, June 11. They were both employed at Grand Hotel for 10 years, from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. Mr. Gulliver was employed as superintendent of services, while Mrs. Gulliver worked as a switchboard operator at the hotel. We hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends on this special occasion.

We send get-well wishes to Jennifer King, who recently had surgery on her ankle. She has two very good nurses, MurphE and StuE. Beagles are the best!

Best wishes to Dan and Kathi Wightman of Mackinac and Harvey and Susan Bentley of St. Ignace, who will celebrate their wedding anniversaries June 18. Have a great day.

The last day of school was Thursday, June 7. We wish all the students a great and safe summer.

Fred and Carol Entwistle of Afton, Minnesota, are enjoying their condominium on Mackinac. It’s nice to see them on the Island.

Best wishes to Steve and Patti Ann Moskwa, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary June 16. Enjoy your day.

Congratulations to Dan Musser IV, who will be graduated from high school Saturday, June 9.

Brian and Barbara Hellis arrived on Mackinac Sunday, June 3, and are settled in their home on Market Street. Happy belated birthday to Barbara June 4.

Bart and Laurie Stupak attended the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce convention on Mackinac.

Best wishes to Dr. Louis and Marilynn Putz, who celebrated their wedding anniversary June 4. Hope your day was very special.

Boy Scout Troop 124 from Escanaba was on Mackinac Island this past week, where they served as the Governor’s Honor Guard. Jack Kaminen, a Boy Scout from Mackinac, spent the week with them at Fort Mackinac. Scout Leader Ray Card and members of Mackinac Island Boy Scout Troop 3124 joined Troop 124 for duties and dinner Monday, June 4. This is a great experience for the boys from Mackinac.

It was nice to see Fred and Fran Holt on Mackinac. They attended the memorial service for the late Bob Benjamin Saturday, June 2.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Reggie Gough June 2 and River Barnwell June 3.

The hanging baskets have arrived for the 2018 season. They always brighten up our Island. Any donations for the hanging baskets would be appreciated and may be sent or dropped off to Tammy Frazier at City Hall.

Thursday, May 31, all traffic was stopped on Main Street as Patti Ann Moskwa ushered a mother duck and her seven ducklings across the street. She guided them down to the dock and into the water. There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac.

Congratulations to Captain John Wellington, who recently received the Maritime Achievement Award from the Great Lakes Captains Association. His good friend, Captain Paul Allers, attended the ceremony on the Museum Ship Valley Camp in Sault Ste. Marie.

Best wishes to Dennis and Peggy O’Keefe, who celebrated their wedding anniversary June 3. Hope to see you on Mackinac soon.

We send get-well wishes to little Mia St. Onge, who suffered a bad fall at her home Sunday, June 3, and injured her arm. She now has a very attractive pink cast on her arm.

Buzz and Carolyn Waggoner, former owners of the La Galerie gift shop, spent this past weekend on Mackinac. They attended the memorial service for the late Bob Benjamin.

Grace Armour visited her daughter and son-in-law, Anneke and Matt Myers, on Mackinac this past weekend. She attended the memorial service for the late Bob Benjamin.

Clara Chambers and Gabe Kromer traveled to Kingsford Saturday, June 2, to compete in the U.P. Finals. Clara was ranked third in the long jump in the Upper Peninsula. Congratulations on a great season. Go Lakers!

Best wishes to Ike Bunker, Sr., who celebrated his 80th birthday June 5. I’m sure all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren had a wonderful time helping him blow his candles out.

Sandra and Debra Orr have arrived from their winter home in Naples, Florida. They are comfortably settled in their home on Cadotte Avenue.

Happy birthday to George Wellington and Donnie Francis June 11, Mark Chambers June 13, Leo Horn June 16, and Larry and Gary LaPine June 17. Hope you all have a great day.

A reception was hosted by Richard and Jane Manoogian and Amelia Musser at Grand Hotel Sunday, June 3. The “Art of our Loved Ones,” from the Richard and Jane Manoogian Collection, was on display and enjoyed by all who attended this event.

James Dunnigan has arrived on Mackinac for the 2018 season. He will be working for Mackinac State Historic Parks and the Lucky Bean Coffeehouse.

“Titanic at the Grand” was held this past weekend at Grand Hotel. It’s fun to see so many people dressed in period clothing.

The Huron has been taken back to Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for more repairs. She will be ready for the fall and winter service.

Enjoy Lilac Festival on Mackinac!

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