April 30, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

With Fuel Cheaper, Island Asks Ferries To Lower Prices

Now that the three local ferry lines have removed a $3 fuel surcharge on tickets this year, Mackinac Island City Council is inquiring whether ticket prices can be lowered for this season and have asked for a decision from the companies by Wednesda More...

Lighthouse Topped With New Lantern

A new lantern is lifted onto McGulpin Lighthouse west of Mackinaw City Thursday, April 23. A lantern has been missing from the tower for more than 100 years. More...

Village Demographics Studied To Guide Planning

Mackinaw City Planning Commission

The Mackinaw City Village Planning Commission reviewed and accepted a draft version of the village's overall demographics to be added to the village master plan, which is under revision. More...

News

Firearms Sales Surge, and Types of Buyers Have Shifted

What do an elderly Oklahoma homeowner, a Virginia Citizen Militia member, and a Texas airline pilot all have in common these days? More...

'Spring Cleaning' as Busy Season Approaches

Doing their best impression of the roostertail of water that the company's ferries are known for, Star Line Operational Manager Chris Barker (right), with co-workers Craig Skutt and Mariah Cole in tow, hoses off the company parking lot at the main do More...

Mackinac Island Community Calls for More Arts, Sports, Less Strife, in School

Building a stage and sound system, providing after-school tutoring, offering more healthy lunch options, providing a wider variety of sports, and additional art, music, and drama opportunities, and reducing the tensions between staff and administra More...

Obituaries

Edward Dodds

Edward W. Dodds, 38, of St. Ignace died Monday, April 20, 2009, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey, as a result of a vehicle accident. He was born August 5, 1970, in Royal Oak. Mr. More...

Russell Luepnitz Sr.

Russell G. Luepnitz Sr., 65, of West Bend, Wisconsin, passed away at home, surrounded by his family, Monday, April 20, 2009. He was born November 1, 1943, the son of Willard and Lillian (nee Page) Luepnitz in Pontiac. He grew up in Moran. More...

John 'Mr. M' Milkowski

John "Mr. M." Milkowski was a teacher at Cedarville High School for 34 years. He died in Phoenix, Arizona, Saturday, April 4, 2009, after a short illness. He was 67. He was born in Chicago December 21, 1941. More...

City Works on Windmill Law Update

Since September, the St. Ignace Planning Commission has been crafting a new wind energy facility ordinance to replace a seven year-old local law that regulates large wind turbines. More...

Cormorants, Fish Will Be Focus May 2

St. Ignace Workshop Set

This year's report on local cormorant control efforts will be among several topics presented at the Straits Area Regional Fishery Workshop Saturday, May 2, at Little Bear East Conference Center in St. Ignace. The workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. More...

No Local Swine Flu Cases Reported in World Outbreak

No local cases have been reported as American public health officials and those from around the world are investigating outbreaks of swine influenza, called swine flu. More...

Launching Biggest Ferries for Season Comes Down to a Matter of Inches

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Boat-lift operator Rudy Hennekes has little room for maneuvering and no room for error. More...

Tax Appeal Strains Portage Twp. Budget; County Steps In

Mackinac County will contribute about $9,000 to Portage Township to support an ongoing appeal of condominium assessments, which the township says is depleting its financial resources. More...

Social

Straits Shooters Association To Meet

The Mackinac Straits Shooters Association will meet Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse on Castle Rock Road in Moran. The meeting is open to the public. More...

Chamber Dinner Will Be May 13

The St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce dinner will be Wednesday, May 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at Little Bear East Conference Center. More...

Lions Club To Host Breakfast Sunday

St. Ignace Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast Sunday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mackinac Grille. The event is one of the club's fundraisers and the meal includes pancakes, sausage, and coffee. More...

Sports

Tom Schwalbach, Alice Nightingale Honored By U.P. Sports Hall of Fame

Tom Schwalbach, a summer resident of St. Ignace, and Alice Nightingale, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, were among nine candidates inducted into the 38th annual Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame at the Danforth Place in Escanaba Saturday, April 25. More...

Gay Pelon Inducted Into St. Ignace Women's Bowling Hall of Fame

Gay Pelon of St. Ignace was inducted into the St. Ignace Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame Monday, April 20. More...

LaSalle High To Host Kiwanis Track Invitational

LaSalle High School will host the annual St. Ignace Kiwanis Track Invitational Friday, May 1. The field events will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the running contests will start at 4 p.m. For more information contact the school at 643-8800. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Alternative Energy as Earth Day Photo Op

The way politicians marked Earth Day last week was a far cry from when the annual celebration was started 39 years ago. These days, building turbines gets more hype than planting trees. More...

St.Ignace

We're happy to know that Muriel Woods is doing well after a fall earlier this winter. She and her daughter, Bonnie Ledy, are enjoying a vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. More...

Les Cheneaux

A couple of sunny, warm days last weekend certainly were a welcome change from the winter-like weather we've been having in Les Cheneaux. A much-needed rain also helped the grass turn green. More...


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