2007-04-05 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Helen Shoberg 484-2626 mink1@cedarville.net

We are all still exited about Cedarville's basketball win at the Breslin Center. The newspapers, state-wide, have all carried wonderful accounts of the game and we're all very proud of our school's many outstanding accomplishments.

This is spring break week for the Les Cheneaux Community Schools and the town is less populated for several days. It seems that half of the town has taken off for a warmer climate and everyone will return home with a nice summerlike tan.

It doesn't seem possible that Easter Sunday is almost here; the year is going so fast. It seems that spring has arrived in the Les Cheneaux Islands. The sight of a blooming crocus, daffodils poking their leaf spikes out of the ground, sandhill cranes returning, and robins busily looking for worms are good signs. The snow too, is practically gone and the ice has disappeared from Cedarville Bay. I have not seen a boat yet, but I'm sure it won't be long.

Bill McDonald won the $100 Lions Club raffle March 27.

Because this is the 20th anniversary of this column in The St. Ignace News, I'm going to repeat today some excerpts that were written here so long ago.

Twenty years ago, Con and I had just returned from several weeks in Destin, Florida. I wrote:

"While in Florida, we saw Barbara and George Murray, both looking tanned and healthy. The Murrays sent greetings to everyone. Driving home through North Carolina, we stopped for an overnight visit with Tom and Margherita Raymond in Tryon. The Raymonds recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with members of their family.

"Pat Lofdahl and Muriel Tassier entertained Bess McFee with a surprise birthday dinner at Anggio's last week. Bess is remembered by many as a former owner of the Bon Air.

"Speaking of birthdays, Mrs. Harold (Marion) Nelson was also entertained in Florida by Tim and Elaine Hossack in honor of her birthday.

"The Playground Fund, which is a project of the Les Cheneaux PTO, is making good progress, but funds are still needed before it can be started. Depending on the funding, they hope to have the equipment installed during the summer in time for summer play. If adequate funds are not available at that time, their next target date will be during the fall semester of the school year.

"March went out like a lion this year, and April Fool's Day lived up to its name, dumping approximately eight inches of wet snow in the Les Cheneaux area with winds gusting up to about 40 miles per hour. The Les Cheneaux school was closed because of bad weather April 2. Snow plows were out once more, jackets, boots, gloves, and snow shovels were the order of the day, reminding us once again that spring is unpredictable; this, after a warm spring rain that really destroyed the ice.

"Nichol Smith, daughter of Robert and Brenda Smith, celebrated her seventh birthday on March 31 with a party for 10 of her friends at her parents' home.

"Noreen Rudd recently returned from a trip to Hawaii, where she visited her brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindberg and sons, Noah and Jed. Chuck and Mary are at Pacific Asia Christian University in Kona, Hawaii. Chuck has recently had back surgery, but is making good progress and is continuing as director of transportation.

"Arriving home last week after a winter in Crawfordsville, Florida, were Mr. and Mrs. George Markey. The Markeys occupy the home of Ruth and Floyd Hoch, summer residents of Cedarville and proprietors of Waterlawn Harbor Resort

"In spite of the weather, the redwinged blackbirds are back."

Although the above happened 20 years ago, things seem to remain much the same as far as the spring season with its annual ice thaw, but it was a jolt for me to see how many good friends are no longer with us. As far as the weather is concerned, it's interesting to compare and see the similarities.

We were sorry to learn of the death of Lucille Johnson. Lucille had been ill for a long time. Our sympathy to Marshall and her family.

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