January 18, 2007 RSS feed / News

Proactive Approach Is Key to Small Town Progress

Program Draws 100+ to St. Ignace, Shares Progressive Town Ideas

The motto on Cedarburg, Wisconsin's Web site is "preserving yesterday's heritage today." The town has a main street bordered on each side by limestone buildings, and it proudly declares the street has not changed much since the early 1900s. More...

After School With Zero

Mike Walczak of St. Ignace grabbed his skateboard and took his dog Zero for a walk after school Thursday, January 11. With temperatures forecasted to drop below freezing by the weekend, More...

Tribe Wins Award for Restoring Camp

The law division of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has earned a national Indigenous Earth Walker Award for its work to restore Camp Boedne Bay on Brevort Lake. Work at the camp began in 2004. More...

St. Ignace Race Registrations Filled

Organizers have announced that a navigation-based adventure race scheduled to begin in St. More...

Mt. Pleasant Workshop To Help Develop Watershed-based Plans

The Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and Tetra Tech, Inc. are sponsoring a "Watershed- Based Planning Workshop," Monday, February 12, at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Mount Pleasant. More...

Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club To Host Ride, Drive to Moran

Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club will take a cross-country tour from Cedarville to Moran Sunday, January 21. Depending on trail conditions, members will ride snowmobiles or drive in automobiles. More...

Savvy Forest Owners: Tax Burdens Can Be Reduced

It costs money to own land. For many, there are mortgage payments. For almost all, there are property taxes. For those that sell timber, there are taxes on that income. There are ways to reduce property taxes and income taxes from timber sales. More...

Island Hotel Project Moves Forward, Proposed Marina Stalled

Ira Green has asked the Mackinac Island Planning Commission to wait until February to consider a variance for a marina near the Island's east breakwall, while he secures permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). More...

Sault Class Offered for CPR Instructors

The Chippewa County American Red Cross is offering CPR instructor classes beginning Monday, January 22, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the community room of the Huntington Bank at Sault Ste. Marie. More...

Mackinaw City Youth Compete in TV Quiz Bowl

Teams from Mackinaw City High School and North Michigan Christian High School will compete on a public television quiz show, "Quiz Bowl," in a program to air Wednesday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. on CMU Public Television. More...

For the Record...

A list published January 11 in remembrance of all those who died in 2006 and whose obituaries were printed in The St. Ignace News inadvertently omitted the name of Father Michael Rhoades of St. More...

McDowell Announces Office Hours

State Representative Gary McDowell will host office hours for his constituents on the second Monday of every month in St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, and Petoskey. The next office hours will be held February 12. Mr. McDowell's schedule in St. More...

Cross Country Skiing Classes Offered for February, March

A beginning cross-country skiing class will be offered in February and March in Cedarville. The class will be offered in two, three-day sessions. The first session is Saturdays, at 10 a.m., February 10, February 17, and February 24. More...

L.C. Education Foundation Art Chair Auction Project Started

The Les Cheneaux Education Foundation's Art Chair project has started, and anyone who wants to decorate a chair can pick one up at the Les Cheneaux Elementary School office during regular school hours, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Snowmobile Poker Run in St. Ignace To Be Held Feb. 10

The St. Ignace Snowmobile Poker Run is scheduled for Saturday, February 10. Riders will collect playing cards from participating businesses along the snowmobile trail. Prizes will be awarded for the best poker hands. More...

Hands-onWinter Workshops Offered at Porcupine Mountains Park

A series of hands-on workshops will be offered this winter at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the western Upper Peninsula. More...

Lake Sweet Is Named Albion Fellow

Lake Sweet of Mackinac Island was named an Albion College fellow at the completion of the fall 2006 semester. To be made a fellow, students must maintain a 3.7 grade point average for three consecutive seminars. Ms. More...

Medical Scholarships Now Available

Scholarships are available for people entering the health care field, provided by the medical staff of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital. Applications are due by March 15 and are available from area high school counselors or the hospital. More...

Pickford Names December Students of the Month

Katelynn Walker, Matt Rose, Brittany Miller, and Krista Esslin were named December Students of the Month at Pickford High School. More...

Winter Games Set for Feb. 24

EUP Students To Play

Approximately 500 Eastern Upper Peninsula students will participate in the 41st annual Winter Games Saturday, February 24. More...

Fibromyalgia Group To Meet

The Sault Area Fibromyalgia Recovery Group will meet Sunday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at the medical library of War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. More...

Soup Dinner Will Benefit LaSalle Yearbook Project

People can vote for the best soup entered by area restaurants in a contest, while helping to raise funds for the LaSalle High School yearbook, Friday, January 26. The "Come and Vote for the Best Soup" dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. More...

Pickford Public Schools Election Deadline Feb. 13

The deadline to file as a candidate for a board seat in the upcoming Pickford Public Schools election is Tuesday, February 13, at 4 p.m. Candidates must file with the Chippewa County Clerk. The school election will be May 8. More...

Mackinac County Commissioners Consider Animal Shelter Management Issues

Ginger Valentine, manager of the Mackinac County animal shelter, has signed a new one-year employment contract with a 3.3 percent cost-of-living allowance. She will receive $8.78 per hour for a 40 hour week under the contract, signed December 28. More...

Drug Court Program Offers Help for Repeat Offenders

Could Reduce Jail Time in Exchange for Addiction Treatment

Offering repeat drug and alcohol offenders a chance to recover from their addictions, a new Drug Court program began January 1 in Mackinac and Luce counties. More...

Condo Project To Be Public Meeting Focus

Hearing Set forWed.

St. Ignace Planning Commission is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, to discuss Todd Hargraves' request for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) permit to build a 10-unit condominium complex on the St. More...

Water Department Budget Tops January 3 City Council Agenda

Fullerton Appointed To Fill Rec Board Seat

At a brief meeting Wednesday, January 3, City Manager Eric Dodson reported that the city's water budget has a deficit of $160,526, owing to a $280,000 bond payment due January 1. More...

Critical Need Announced for Blood

American Red Cross issued a critical appeal for blood donations in Michigan, particularly for all negative blood types, Tuesday, January 10. More...

'Skittling' Is Recent Drug Craze for Teens Says Prosecuting Atty.

A recent craze in youth drug abuse involves young people taking overdoses of Coricidin brand cold medicine, and other medicines containing dextromethorphan, which they call "skittles," "red devils," or "crazy eights," reported Chippewa County Prosec More...

Herbon To Display Clay Art at Smithsonian Show

St. Ignace clay artist John Herbon will be one of 120 artists who will display their art at the 25th annual Smithsonian Craft Show in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., April 19 to April 22. More...

Similar Traits Are Shared by Growing Towns

Gathering Places' Are Especially Important

Dave Ivan, a community and economic development specialist with Michigan State University Extension, concluded a study of successful small town activities with the research paper and program, "Can Small Towns Be Cool. More...

Mary's Bistro: Is it a Deck or a Dock?

Island Planning Commission Questioning Its Own Decisions Regarding Awning

A proposed permanent awning for Mary's Bistro on Mackinac Island, approved by the Planning Commission in December, now has board members questioning their decision and the process they used to make it. More...

RC Racing Takes Off at Little Bear East January 20

Radio controlled racing cars will hit the track at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace. Three Saturday events are planned including January 20, February 10, and February 24, which will include the bragging rights race. Doors open at 9 a.m. More...

92nd District Court

The following dispositions are from 92nd District Court in St. Ignace January 10, Judge Beth Gibson presiding. Arresting agencies are in parentheses. + Adam Sullivan, 30, of Escanaba, pleaded guilty to driving with license suspended. More...

Free Radon Test Kits Available

Free radon test kits are available from the Luce-Mackinac- Alger-Schoolcraft (LMAS) Health Department. More...

Injured Beagle Is 'Covered' Owing to Generous Donors

A news article about an injured beagle reported in last week's St. Ignace News prompted so many people to send money to pay for the animal's medical care that veterinarian Mary Alban has now called for people to stop sending checks to this cause. More...

Book Sale Feb. 3

The St. Ignace Public Library will host a used book sale Saturday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at the library at 110 West Spruce Street. More...

Norkiewicz Bags Bear, Turkey, Elk

Keith Norkiewicz of Warren, the grandson of Lorraine St. Onge Novitsky of St. Ignace, reported a successful 2006 hunting season, bagging a bear with a compound bow in Marquette and a 10-inch tom turkey in Macomb County. Mr. More...

Les Cheneaux Students Get Book Donation From Local Businesses

First grade students at Les Cheneaux Elementary in Cedarville received a set of "My Favorite Books," which were donated to the school by several area businesses. More...

Students May Submit Poster Entries

Students in fourth and fifth grades are invited to enter a poster contest to draw attention to the need for being prepared in the event of severe weather. The deadline to enter is February 1. More...

Captain, Ross, Named to Dean's List

Summers Captain and Dennis Ross, both of Rudyard, were among students named to the dean's list at Baker College of Owosso for the fall 2006 semester. They are full-time students who have earned grade point averages of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. More...

Laura Schaedig Makes Dean's List

Laura Schaedig, daughter of Karen and Randy Schaedig of Cedarville, has been named to the Dean's List at Hope College in Holland for the first semester of the 2006-2007 school year. More...

Reager Brothers, Dinosaurs Will Play at Cheboygan Opera House

The Cheboygan Opera House will host a concert by the Reager Brothers and The Dinosaurs Sunday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. All seats are non-reserved and cost $8 each. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 231-627-5841. More...

Middle School Talent Show Raises Science Funds

Zack Major celebrated his birthday Thursday, January 11, by organizing a St. Ignace Middle School talent show to help raise money for science laboratory coats. The sixth grade student's project netted $66. More...

Wilson To Speak at DeTour Library

Oral Family Histories Will Be Topic Jan. 24

Hessel author Moira Wilson will speak at the DeTour Library about the importance of family oral history Wednesday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. More...

Sportsmen's Banquet Planned Saturday

A sportsmen's banquet will be held at Glen Memorial Baptist Church in St. Ignace Saturday, January 20, at 5 p.m. Guest speaker Larry Finkbeiner will address how God may use hunting in one's life. More...

Sault Tribe Seeks Volunteers for Tax Preparation

Volunteers are needed to assist low income families and senior citizens with filing their income taxes. The Sault Ste. More...

Travelogue Series Starts January 21

A travelogue series will be presented at Cheboygan Opera House beginning Sunday, January 21, with "Western Canada, Far and Wild." Travelogues in the series will be presented at 2 p.m. More...


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