2005-04-20 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud 847-3301

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud847-3301

Make every day special. Spring is just around the corner. Beauty is everywhere you look. Enjoy the budding of the colors that we find in our trees and landscape. The sky is a crystal blue, the sunshine radiant, and bright new colorful birds arrive daily at our feeders, singing their joyful songs. Our snow has melted away, the heavy ice fields have disappeared from the Straits, and the tiny heads of the tulips, daffodils, and crocuses are peaking above the earth.

Hello and best wishes to our good friend, Jack Ryerse of St. Ignace. Hope to see you soon on Mackinac and that you're feeling better each day. We missed your greetings in St. Ignace the first trip of the Huron. Take it easy, Jack.

Jim Brown Sr. is having a birthday April 28 and his brother, Paul, will celebrate his birthday April 23. We wish them both a very happy one.

Elizabeth Chambers competed at the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court competition in Madison, Wisconsin, representing DePaul University College of Law. Elizabeth and her teammate placed in the "final four" of 32 competing teams from law schools throughout the United States. Their competition ended Sunday, April 10, after they argued their case before judges of the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the Wisconsin Capital Building. Despite losing in the semifinals, Elizabeth is to be congratulated for a very successful competition. She received second place "Best Oralist" out of 64 individual competitors and the team finish for this competition was the best ever for DePaul University.

Elizabeth will be graduated from law school in May and will return to the Island with her husband, John Chambers, for the summer while preparing for the Michigan bar exam.

She is the daughter of James and Frances Ball of Mackinac Island and is a 1997 graduate of Mackinac Island Public School.

Congratulations and best wishes to Elizabeth from Island friends.

Great, exciting news. Summer cottager Joan C. Barch became a grandmother twice within a few minutes, when twin girls were born to Maggie and Jon Craig Barch at the University of Iowa Hospital. Lenora Jean Barch was born Thursday, April 7, at 10:49 and shortly after, at 10:54 Fiona Henny Barch followed her sister into the world. Dad and mother say that they're perfect in every way. Lenora weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces and Fiona weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces. Congratulations to the proud and happy parents, and to Grandma Joan. The young Barch family live in Iowa City. We just know that Grandma Barch will be showing her little twins at the Barch wedding in August on Mackinac.

This is a very busy time for Smi and Mickey Horn. Happy birthday to Smi April 15 and Mickey April 18. Theyalso celebrated their wedding anniversary April 17 and we wish them a very pleasant one with continued years of good health and happiness.

An interview with Captain John Wellington of Sault Ste. Marie appeared in the January/March issue of the Seaway Review. Captain Wellington is shown standing on the top deck of his tug and is known as the Great Lakes "Go To" guy in the Sault, the man seamen turn to for information about the Soo Locks or St. Marys River. John is president of Wellington Marine and is a tug boat captain, marine surveyor, salvage master, Soo Harbor Master, Lake Carriers Association advisor, trouble shooter for owners and agents, and many other positions, said the Seaway Review.

Captain John has many friends on the Island. He was born and reared on Mackinac, one of seven children of the late Helen and Charles P. Wellington. His brother, George, is a year-around resident. Best wishes to John.

A very happy belated birthday on April 4 to a lovely lady and friend, Mrs. Joy La Fleur, mother of Betsy Allers, who makes her home in Trenton. Betsy drove down from her home in Mackinaw City to help her mom celebrate.

Toby and Elaine Murray from Vermont are arriving at their Island home Friday, May 20. They own and live in their condominium at Lesley Court with its wonderful view of the Straits.

A very happy birthday on April 16 to Sue Chambers and Dorothy Gillespie. Enjoy the best ever.

Stanley Green, who spent the winter in Arizona, where he resides each year, is now back on the Island for the summer months.

Little Wyatt Morse was 1 year old April 2 and we wish him a very happy birthday. Wyatt, the son of Urvana and Jim Morse, has an older brother, Domonick, at home.

An avid reader of The St. Ignace News and Mackinac Island Town Crier is Mrs. Bertha Dodson, mother of Mayor Bruce Dodson of St. Ignace. She will be celebrating her 96th birthday May 31 and we wish her a very happy, healthy one. Mrs. Dodson lives at the following address, where friends may send her a card: Box 267, Edmore, MI 48829.

Islanders may remember the Bergsma family of Pickford, who lived for many years at Fort Mackinac, when Dave was employed as the Governor's chauffeur. Their daughter, Lorma Jean Lombard, retired teacher living in Traverse City, recently sent me an interesting clipping, which we would like to share with our readers, which Lorma Jean has highlighted. A recent fire destroyed the Sam Building in Traverse City, which housed the Buckle Old Engine Show. Destroyed in the fire was the antique brock torpedo fire engine, said to have been the first fire engine on Mackinac Island. Sadly, the fire engine was not insured.

You're invited to Sharron Lasley's retirement party Thursday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Little Bear East Arena, at 275 Marquette Street in St. Ignace. Please try to attend. Sharron has been very kind to Mackinac Island and its residents.

Miss Patricia Anne Bynoe, daughter of Mrs. Judith Bynoe and the late Robert Bynoe, will become the bride of Brian Patrick Schoenborn Saturday, May 14, at Ste. Anne's. Congratulations to Patty and Brian on their engagement.

Dr. and Mrs. Yvan Silva will soon be paying a visit to their favorite Island and their summer cottage at Woodbluff. We often snowmobile by their home in wintertime, where it's nestled in the snow-covered Island forest, so picturesque and peaceful.

Just a word about the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets that we've enjoyed throughout the winter months, crimson skies to the east each waking day and crimson skies to the west each evening. What a breathtaking sight as the beams shone down on the ice-filled Straits.

Greetings to folks I met at the Jockey Club this winter from Bay City, Dale and Kelle Le Vasseur, readers of the Island paper.

Happy wedding anniversary on April 22 to Candi and Brian Dunnigan of Grass Lake and Mackinac. Enjoy your day.

To Marie Steensma and family on the recent death of your beloved mother, may it bring comfort to you to know that Island friends extend their deepest sympathy and share your sorrow.

Best wishes to Bob Green, who underwent hip replacement surgery this past week at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Take it slow and easy, Bob, and you will be feeling better soon. Greetings from your Island friends.

We're very pleased and happy to report that Lulubelle Bunker D'Arce is back in her comfortable Island home following her major surgery at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Everyone sends warmest and best wishes to you, Lulubelle. We know how sparkling clean you and your husband, Victor, keep our medical center. Happy wedding anniversary to Lulubelle and Victor April 16.

Happy 2nd birthday to little Harrison Myers, son of Lori and Rodney, April 9.

Gene and Melly Hagenbaugh have just returned from a fabulous trip to Greece as chaperones for a class of students from Lapeer, where Gene is a teacher. Mel is back home getting her Alford's Drug Store all set for a busy summer. Gene teaches until Friday, June 10, and then he will join the family. Their son, Jim, is a sophomore at Lake Superior State University, where he is studying criminal justice. He was employed in 2004 as a traffic control officer for the Mackinac Island Police Department.

Father Jim Williams and the parishioners are excited and very grateful for the new sound system which is being installed at Ste. Anne's the next two weeks. When completed, it will make our church even more beautiful. A most heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the wonderful folks who very graciously donated the funds to make this possible. It will be especially wonderful when concert pianist Peggy Bynoe and the other talented young artists give the summer concert for everyone to enjoy.

Patti Ann and Steve Moskwa recently returned from a two-week vacation in California and Mexico. Now they will be very busy opening their Horn's Gaslight Bar and Yankee Rebel Tavern. Their accountant, Mary Wojak, commutes each day from her home in St. Ignace.

As the Huron arrived at St. Ignace on her first trip of the season, it was wonderful to be greeted by Bruce and Patti LaPine after Bruce's long hospital stay in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and to find him looking so good and feeling his best. Patti and Bruce were to join a group of Islanders for their annual Caribbean trip, but Bruce was suddenly taken ill and was confined to the Broward Hospital for more than a month owing to his collapsed lung. There, he received excellent medical care and now they're back home with relatives and friends who welcome them warmly. Since Bruce was no longer able to fly, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Gwen O'Neil, drove their motor home all the way from Arizona to Florida to bring them safely back home. Gwen and Ron spent the winter in Arizona, where she was a respiratory therapist at the hospital. They're now busy getting their Lasting Impressions gift shop on Market Street open for the summer.

Hopefully, Vic Callewaert is recuperating each day from a very painful knee replacement at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Vic called and is doing fine.

A recent call received from Jeannie Cassibo Feller of St. Ignace and Mackinac tells us that she is a very proud new great-grandmother. Angelina Haley Johnson was born Wednesday, April 6, in Cheboygan to Jessica and Michael Johnson. Grandparents are Ken and Becky Cassibo. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy families. The Cassibo roots are on Mackinac as they were members of the large Cadreau family and many were born on the Island.

Lots of renovation and large building projects took place throughout the winter months. At the Chippewa, the entire lower portion on the sidewalk level has been rebuilt and many beautiful improvements have been made on the top floor on the water side. New roofs have been put on the Mighty Mac and Joann's Fudge Shop on Main Street.

Big major improvements have been made throughout the winter months at the Lakeview Hotel, where a crew has been very busy both inside and out. A large plastic storm porch has been clear across the front of the building, and everyone will be surprised when it comes down and shows the finished project.

The same is true of the former Bogan Building on Main Street, now owned by Debra and Sandra Orr, which has been under construction by Marshall Brothers of St. Ignace. When completed and open for the season, it will be known as "Seabiscuit."

We're very proud of Blisse Beardsley, a senior at Mackinac Island Public School, who has recently been awarded a scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she will begin classes in the fall. Blisse is the daughter of Tess Beardsley and the late Doug Beardsley. She will be employed for her fifth season at Joann's Fudge Shop. Blisse is a very lovely young lady and we wish her much success. Happy birthday to Blisse April 27.

The city crew arrived Monday, April 11, to get our little town in great shape for the coming season. They will clean and flush all the streets and sidewalks throughout town. Cub Horn is head of maintenance. The Veterans Memorial Park will undergo cleaning, as will the city park at the head of the dock.

On Main Street, paint brushes will be soon put into action, shutters will come down, and businesses will begin to prepare for an early spring opening.

Ken Hardy Jr. and Joe Gugin, both firemen at the Mackinac Island Fire Department, are attending a meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Debra and Sandra Orr have returned from Boston and are busy getting the French Outpost and other businesses ready for the season.

We're sending warmest and happy wishes to our good summer friends who are avid readers of The St. Ignace News and Mackinac Island Town Crier, Jo Helen and Paul Schneider of Laurel, Mississippi, and Margaret Kappa of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. We were worried about you when we saw the floods in Mississippi. Jo Helen, Paul, and Margaret spent many wonderful summers on Mackinac and we miss you.

The Iroquois Hotel opened Friday, April 1, and the McIntire family is busy getting everything ready for the season and especially their very popular Carriage House Dining Room.

Barry and Betty BeDour have returned from a vacation with friends in sunny Florida.

A pleasant call was received Saturday, April 9, from summer cottager Rita Sue Cohen at her home in Bloomfield Hills. She and Mr. Cohen are in good health and they enjoyed their annual visit to Florida. They're now thinking about their lovely home on Mackinac. Mr. Cohen will come in May and get the cottage open and ready. We give them a warm welcome. The Cohen's beautiful cottage has a panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.

It will be great to soon find another light in the neighborhood. Barbara and Jim Chambers have arrived at their comfortable home on Market Street. We welcome them.

We're pleased and happy to have our Island soldier back home safely. Staff Sgt. Ben Horn has served seven years and seven months in the United States Army, one year in Iraq, and the remainder in Germany. Ben is now employed by St. Onge Latex and Groove.

We hope to see our good neighbor, Stella Mae Kwolek, back in her comfortable home on French Lane. Because of health reasons, she was unable to be here on her favorite Island last summer.

Special good wishes to another good friend, Mrs. Lois Griffin of Findlay, Ohio. Hopefully, you, Jennifer, David, and Lucas will be here in May for the Bynoe/Schoenborn wedding. We miss you all.

Miss Margaret Rose "Peggy" Bynoe will be giving a senior piano recital Saturday, April 30, at the Art and Music Center at Kretschmer Recital Hall at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.

Patrick Sinclair's Irish Pub on Main Street has opened for the season.

Chuck Kleber describes his granddaughter's wedding in Portugal as extraordinary and memorable. He and his lovely wife, Marsha, attended the Saturday, March 26, wedding of their granddaughter, Austen Lee Kleber, to Vitor De Silva Mota, a native of Portugal, who teaches mathematics in a Lisbon middle school and in the Lisbon Bible Institute. Austen attends the New University of Lisbon. She is the daughter of Jordan and Deb Kleber, who moved from Seattle four years ago to the town of Braga, Portugal.

The wedding and reception was on a beautiful rural meeting center campus in the hills outside of Lisbon. They were like a festival. They featured beautiful solo and choir and instrumental Portuguese music and dancing. Portuguese food, exciting scenic beauty and birds and exhuberant 150 Portuguese guests were cheering and strolling and making friends with the 12 American guests from America.

April is the month of birthdays. Happy birthday to Larry Rickley Sr. April 9, Lindsay George April 12, Nicky Massaway April 16, Ron Dufina April 17, Duane Drost and James Dunnigan Jr. April 18, and John Chambers, Richard LaPine, Camille Bobinsky, and Ellie Chambers April 20. All you nice folks, enjoy a wonderful birthday and spring on Mackinac.

Miss Amelia Marie Roe, daughter of Sandy and Jim, will celebrate her birthday April 22. Happy day.

The invitation read, "Please join us for a tropical fun in the sun wedding shower" honoring Kathleen Green Sunday, April 10, at Ste. Anne's Church Hall. A party, and what a great party it was. The tropical scene was carried out in the hall, where family and friends joined Kathleen on this happy occasion. Hostesses were Irene Rickley, Alice Bloswick, Sara Sutherland, Nicki Hahn, and Tracy Mardock. Kathleen, whose home is in Montana, is engaged to Larry Rickley Jr. and the young couple will be joined in marriage at Mission Church Saturday, May 28. Games were played with the lucky winners happy with the nice prizes, including the "Bride Bingo." A delicious lunch was prepared and served together with a very special decorated cake. The tropical theme continued to be carried out as Kathleen and Larry will honeymoon in the Bahamas. Kathleen opened her many beautiful gifts. She is employed at First National Bank on the Island. Out-of-town guests attending were Veronica Rickley and Angie Bunker from St. Ignace, Kathy Smith from Cheboygan, and Sara Bunker Sutherland from Orlando, Florida. Jennifer Bloswick did the invitations and decorating.

Sara Bunker Sutherland was way down in Florida when she heard about the bridal shower for Kathleen Green, her future sister-in-law. Knowing Sara, she was not about to miss the fun up at her home on Mackinac. Unknown to her family on the Island, she booked a flight to Pellston and arrived last Wednesday, keeping the secret from everyone. Hiding out at her brother's, she really gave her parents and family members the surprise of their lives. What a happy surprise it was. Sara is a very successful realtor in Orlando, but gets lonesome for home. Great to see you, Sara, and we look forward to your arrival for the wedding.

It's Tuesday, April 12, and I just received a call from Ann Timmons from her home in Florida. She and Tim are looking forward to May 10, when they will arrive at their home on Mackinac. Another very welcome light in the neighborhood.

Our city treasurer, Dorothy Dehring, will be celebrating her birthday April 22. Have a fun day, Dorothy.

Welcome home to Rosemary and Joe Kompsi from their winter home in Englewood, Florida.

Happy birthday to Liz Burt, Annie Linn, and Suzanne Munger April 21, Wayne Drost, Jeff Davenport, and Tim Horn April 22, Mila Horn April 23, Joanna Kompsi and Jimmy Gillespie April 24, and Susie Raisch and Chris McCready April 26. May you all enjoy a wonderful day and a breath of spring.

Happy birthday to Lois Lenaghan April 22. Happy that you're feeling better. Have a wonderful day and celebrate. Lois is the wife of Chief of Police Bill Lenaghan.

Happy birthday to Jim Bradley of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Jim Green of St Ignace, April 10, Laurie Bradley April 18, and Anna Cowell April 20. All you nice folks have a great and wonderful day. Greetings from Island friends.

Jason St. Onge and his painting crew are giving the front of the beautiful Grand Hotel a new fresh look for its opening date Friday, May 6. The hillside at the Little Jewel, near the Jockey Club, is picturesque with blooming daffodils and narcissus and the little wild purple violets in the swamp area below the highest tee, giving one the true meaning of spring.

Our good friend, Leo Krzeminski, called from his the home of his daughter, Julie, in the Detroit area, just to say that he was doing fine with his treatments, but won't be able to return to his summer home until June 1. He has loads of caring relatives on the Island who will give tender loving care to Uncle Leo. Leo's late wife, Annie Marshall Krzeminski, and I were lifetime friends, growing up on Mahoney Avenue. Leo has already called his friend, Franc Doud, to keep his job for him at Doud Mercantile, where he greets the many customers with a warm and welcome smile.

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