The golden days of Indian summer have made our Island even more beautiful, with the leaves on the trees changing to radiant colors of red, orange, and yellow. It's truly a sight to see. On the last buggy ride with Buck and Alice Sharrow and their prancing team, Lady and Prince, we saw Sugar Loaf and Point Lookout, and the colors were unbelievable. It was a beautiful autumn ride.
Wednesday, October 15, Buck transported Lady, Prince, Willie, and Charlie to their winter home in Frankenmuth, on Mike Young's farm. A photograph of Buck and his friends appeared in the October 23 issue of The St. Ignace News.
Sunday, October 19, we received the sad news of the death of Mary Kate McGreevy, longtime resident of Mackinac. She was the organist and vocalist at Ste. Anne's Church for 41 years, and was City Clerk and on the Mackinac Island School Board for several years. Services were held Saturday, October 25, at Ste. Anne's Catholic Church with Father Ted Brodeur and Father Rey Garcia officiating. Peggy Bynoe, Trish Martin, and Dan Seeley provided beautiful music and many of Mary Kate's favorite hymns for the service. Burial followed in Ste. Anne's Cemetery. Deepest sympathy
to the family from Island friends. The season officially ended Sunday, October 26, with the closing of Grand Hotel. This ended the year with the Somewhere-In-Time weekend, with all the participants dressed in period clothing. It was fascinating to watch the parade around town.
Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team on winning the Northern Lights District Championship Saturday, October 18. It was a beautiful fall day and the tournament was played on the Mark Gallagher Memorial Soccer Field. It was great that Mackinac could host this event.
Kennie Thompson and his wife closed their Lilac House Bed and Breakfast and have returned to their winter home in Hawaii, where Kennie is stationed in the United States Navy. We will miss you and look forward to seeing you in the spring.
Glenn and Deana St. Onge spent last weekend on Mackinac visiting their son, Jason, at his home in Stonecliffe Manor.
Buzz Waggoner closed his La Galerie shop on Market Street Sunday, October 19, and has returned to his winter home in Wyandotte.
Jay and Janet Stingel visited Mackinac the weekend of October 10 and 11. They were closing their cottage, Brigadoon, for the winter.
The Mackinac Island Yacht Club was put to bed for a long winter nap by a group of members who had a closing work bee.
The Class of 2009 hosted the Poorman's Ball Wednesday, October 22. A nice crowd gathered to support the senior class, and enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner prepared by Chef Tim Leeper. It was a delightful evening.
Jennifer and Lucas Karhoff of Findlay, Ohio, enjoyed Columbus Day weekend on Mackinac at their cottage on Bourisaw Lane.
Cindy Schad, reservation manager at the Iroquois Hotel, has returned to her winter home in Grand Rapids. We wish Cindy a happy birthday November 3.
Dick Ruilson has returned to his home in Pelkie, after spending the summer working for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. We wish him a good winter.
Happy birthday to Jennifer Bloswick and Vanessa Smith Hardy November 4. Enjoy your day.
Island friends express deepest sympathy to the family of Ed Hohman, longtime employee of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, who passed away Wednesday evening, October 22.
Congratulations to Wally Peck of Manistique, who worked at the Chippewa Hotel this summer. He was named Employee of the Month for September. Wally left the Island Monday, October 27, for his home in Manistique. Have a good winter.
Happy anniversary to Cal and Mary Rogers November 6. Have a wonderful day.
Mark your calendar for the annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 6, through Monday, December 8. Raffle tickets for the Yamaha snowmobile are available from Sylvia Perault, First National Bank, Doud's Market, and the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Any donations would be greatly appreciated for the auction and can be dropped off at the medical center.
Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus left Mackinac Thursday, October 23, for their Chicago home. Lorna will return in December for the Christmas Bazaar.
Glen Woulfe, Windermere Hotel dock porter, departed the Island Friday, October 24, for his winter home in Bradenton, Florida.
Happy birthday to Sarah Dehring November 8. Have a great day.
Bob and Annette Gillespie left Mackinac Friday, October 24, for their winter home in Arcadia, Florida. En route, they stopped to visit their son, Alex, in Middleton, Wisconsin. Annette and Alex celebrated their October birthdays.
Ken Hardy Jr. and Morgan Brodeur-Bunker will celebrate their birthdays November 9. Enjoy your day.
Sherry Rayha returned to her Cheboygan home Tuesday after spending the summer at the Bourisaw home on Bourisaw Lane.
The Mike Corrigan family of the Detroit area spent the weekend closing their home on Mahoney Avenue.
Kitty Bourisaw Schadel of Arcade, New York, is visiting her friend, Adrienne Coyne in St. Ignace. Adrienne continues to recuperate after breaking her hip.
Dick and Dee Czapek of Grand Rapids are visiting Candy Smith and family on Mackinac and the Jane Simmons family of St. Ignace. They attended the Poorman's Ball Wednesday evening. Nice to see them back on the Island.
Tim and Ann Timmons left the Island last week for their winter home in Palm City, Florida. We miss their light in the neighborhood.
Happy birthday to Dr. Mike Bacon November 11. Have a great day.
The last service of the season was held Sunday, October 26, at Little Stone Church, with members of Trinity Church as guests. The Reverend Vincent and Molly Carroll left Monday, October 27, for their winter home in Sarasota, Florida. We look forward to seeing them back on Mackinac next year.
Happy birthday to Nurse Ed Chambers and Becki Barnwell November 12. Enjoy your day.
John and Lois Findley closed Small Pointe Bed and Breakfast and have returned to their home in West Lafayette, Indiana. Have a good winter.
Island friends send deepest sympathy to Frankie Thrill of Grand Rapids, housemother at Reed House, on the recent death of her husband, Darryl.
Donnie and Gracie Francis were the guests last weekend of Pat and Vivien McTigue, at their beautiful home in Troy. They went muskie fishing in the Canadian waters of Lake St. Clair. Donnie caught a 50-inch, 34-pound muskie, and Gracie caught a 40- inch, 20-pound muskie. It was very exciting for them. The fall colors were at their peak.
Congratulations to Eric Cowell and Ginny Alexander on the birth of their daughter, Lily Ann, July 26, 2008. Lily weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth. Proud grandparents are Dick and Mary Alexander of Mackinaw City, James Cowell of Mackinac Island, and Kendra Katt of Houghton Lake. Greatgrandparents are Peggy Cowell of Mackinac Island, Norma Katt of Houghton Lake, Tom and Ginny Alexander of Mackinaw City, and Maxine Hock of Clearwater, Florida. Great-great-grandmother is Bertha Green of Mackinac Island.
Congratulations to Mike Beaudoin and Denise Romano, who were married Saturday, October 11, in St. Ignace. Island friends send best wishes.
An open house honoring Janice Green on her retirement after 30 years of service to Arnold Transit Company will be Wednesday, October 29, starting at noon at the Arnold Transit office. Stop by and wish Janice a happy retirement.
Congratulations to Shayleen Mosley and Harold Polzin on the birth of a son, Harold Isaiah, Friday, October 17, at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital in Cheboygan. Little Harold weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces at birth. Proud grandparents are Ben and Louann Mosley of Mackinac, Liz Hernandez, and Harold Polzin. Great-grandparents are Lorma and the late Jim Kolatski Sr., the late Ben Mosley, and Harold Polzin.
Nancy LaBorde of Crivitz, Wisconsin, attended the funeral of Mary Kate McGreevy Saturday, October 25. She also visited her Mackinac family.
Hope your night is filled with all the magical wonders of Halloween!