2009-07-09 / Columns

St. Ignace

By Miriam Blair 643-7994

I was surprised to meet a person I hadn't seen in years, sharing memories of Gros Cap School in the late 1950s: Rodney Spencley, his wife, Deborah (nee Clement), and their three children, Andrew, Adam, and Nathan of Mountain View, California. The family was enjoying lunch at a local restaurant with relatives Dick Marshall and his son, Jason.

I had a short visit with Bev Matson of St. Ignace. She is still employed at Mackinac Straits Hospital and looks forward to her retirement next year.

Virginia Barber keeps busy doing small favors for others. Reading also occupies a lot of her time.

I ran into Mike Lehto last Friday. Mike and his wife, Barbara, are doing well and keeping busy.

Angela and David Litzner of St. Ignace traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their grandson, Elijah Litzner, who was born May 19, has been hospitalized ever since his birth, owing to serious health problems. Please keep Elijah in your prayers. His parents are Giles and Janelle Litzner.

The Women of the Moose reported they were happy to participate in the Down Memory Lane Parade Friday, June 26, and also the Fourth of July parade in St. Ignace.

At left: Dan McAvoy of Burton was among the thousands of visitors to St. Ignace for the 34th annual car show June 25 through June 28, and enjoyed the opportunity to pose downtown for a photograph with car show celebrity Linda Vaughn. A longtime annual visitor to the show, Mr. McAvoy calls St. Ignace "my second home town," and said he particularly enjoys reading the show reports in The St. Ignace News following the event. He has saved the last several years' worth of car show editions of the newspaper. "St. Ignace is a classy town, all the people are extremely nice, and we had a lot of fun for three days. We love the car show and just the great town of St. Ignace," Mr. McAvoy said of this year's show. At left: Dan McAvoy of Burton was among the thousands of visitors to St. Ignace for the 34th annual car show June 25 through June 28, and enjoyed the opportunity to pose downtown for a photograph with car show celebrity Linda Vaughn. A longtime annual visitor to the show, Mr. McAvoy calls St. Ignace "my second home town," and said he particularly enjoys reading the show reports in The St. Ignace News following the event. He has saved the last several years' worth of car show editions of the newspaper. "St. Ignace is a classy town, all the people are extremely nice, and we had a lot of fun for three days. We love the car show and just the great town of St. Ignace," Mr. McAvoy said of this year's show. Kelly Champion was spotted riding the school bus last Wednesday. She had just returned home from Rudyard, where she attended classes to be a bus aide.

St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in St. Ignace and Immaculate Conception Church in Moran has a new priest, Father Pawel Mecwel, who has been the parish priest of St. Joseph in Sault Ste. Marie since 1997. Fr. Mecwel arrived Wednesday, July 1, and his first mass was Thursday, July 2. Father Allen Mott has been reassigned to the St. Albert the Great parish in Houghton.

The St. Ignace Fire Department clowns are a crowd favorite during the Fourth of July parade and include (front, from left) Bill Fraser, Chad Belonga, Tom Colegrove; (back) Robert St. Louis, Coolidge Fraser (driving the car), Jason Soblaskey, and Willie LaLonde. The St. Ignace Fire Department clowns are a crowd favorite during the Fourth of July parade and include (front, from left) Bill Fraser, Chad Belonga, Tom Colegrove; (back) Robert St. Louis, Coolidge Fraser (driving the car), Jason Soblaskey, and Willie LaLonde. Willie Doud says he is happy to sail all over the Great Lakes six to seven months out of the year.

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