March came in like a lamb, extremely quiet. We received a little snow Friday, February 26, but with mild temperatures, it disappeared fast. Spring is definitely in the air, with beautiful sunrises and sunsets reflecting down on the Straits of Mackinac. The days are getting longer, and we will change to Daylight Saving Time Sunday, March 14. Judy Bynoe reports her tulips are about an inch high. We still have some winter days left, and we always have a storm around St. Patrick’s Day.
Family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Victor DeArce Wednesday, February 24, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Hall. Victor will be remembered for always being a gentleman, a devoted husband to his wife, Lula Belle, a dedicated employee, and for being helpful to everyone. He cherished the simple things in life: his snowmobile, scratching a lottery ticket, going for a walk with Lula Belle and enjoying the beauty of Mackinac, or visiting with friends at the post office or Doud’s. Victor had love to share and family and friends who cared. May he rest in peace.
Lula Belle DeArce was transported to Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey Wednesday, February 24. She remains hospitalized, where she is receiving treatment for a heart condition. Best wishes from Island friends.
Happy belated birthday to Sheri Gough February 22. Hope your day was special.
The St. Patrick’s dinner will be Saturday, March 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Hall. Prime rib or whitefish will be served. Come and join in the fun. Raffle tickets are still available from Kay Hoppenrath, Trish Bunker, and Nancy Marks.
Happy birthday March 8 to Nancy LaFerier, Bob Andress, and Dale Gallagher, Sr. Have a great day.
Kelly Bean and Beau Bielinski returned to Mackinac Wednesday, February 24, after spending a week in Florida visiting Kelly’s family. The weather was cool but sunny.
We send special greetings to Marti Carey, manager of the Cloghaun, who continues to make a good recovery from her recent illness. Please remember her with a card from Mackinac.
Gabe Cowell of Mackinac and Kevin Leveille and Mike North of St. Ignace will celebrate their birthdays March 9. Enjoy your day.
Monday, February 22, a healing service was celebrated at Trinity Church by Father Rey Garcia, Joan Slater, and Trish Martin. A nice gathering attended, followed by a delicious supper of homemade bread, soup, and sweet treats in the vicarage.
Dr. Karen Miljour, Betty BeDour, and Urvana Morse left Sunday, February 28, for a week in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Karen will attend a continuing education class.
Trish and Alice Martin left Mackinac Saturday, February 27, for Alma, where they joined in the birthday celebration for Jim Martin. Trish will also visit the Brian Dunnigan family in Grass Lake.
Happy birthday to Cassie Frazier and James “Bam” Bazinaw March 11. Have a great day.
Congratulations to the Lakers girls basketball team, who won the Northern Lights League Tournament in Hannahville Saturday, February 27. The boys and girls basketball teams will travel to Brimley Wednesday, March 3, where they will play Pickford in the districts. Go Lakers! Jim Fisher, Craig Bunker, Mary Patay, and Jamie Bynoe are coaching the teams.
Monday, March 1, Nancy Cowell Ellison underwent back surgery at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Please remember her with cards as she recuperates at the following address: N5010 S. Pine River Road, Hessel, MI 49745.
It’s a small world. The Lakers basketball teams stopped in Manistique for lunch at a restaurant, and who was in there but Wally Peck, Jr. Jamie Bynoe, assistant coach for the Lakers, had a nice visit with Wally. Wally will return to Mackinac in April for the 2010 season at the Chippewa Hotel.
Congratulations to Trish and Ben Robinson on the birth of their daughter, Kathleen Jane, born Sunday, February 14. She weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces at birth and measured 22 inches in length. She joined at her home in New Hampshire by her big brother, Jack. Proud grandparents are Dr. Mike and Jane Bacon.
A very happy birthday to Brooke Dziobak March 12. Have a wonderful day.
The Board of Review will be Monday, March 22, and Tuesday, March 23, at City Hall.
We will start to see freighter traffic through the Round Island Passage soon because the Soo Locks will open Thursday, March 25.
Karen Lennard was coming along the shore Sunday, February 28, when she saw four bald eagles sitting on an iceberg. She said it was an unbelievable sight. Otters continue to play each day, sliding on the ice and swimming in the Straits of Mackinac. They are fascinating to watch.
Joan Barch is the official census taker on Mackinac Island. She will pay everyone a visit in the coming weeks.
Dr. Tom McGovern of Fort Wayne, Indiana, along with his father and two sons, enjoyed the weekend at their home in Forest Bluff.
Dr. Fran and Lorna Straus departed Mackinac Tuesday, March 2, and returned to their home in Chicago. They’ve spent more than seven weeks at their lovely home on the West Bluff. They attended the Winter Festival, enjoyed riding their snowmobiles, and watched the sunrises and sunsets from their home with its magnificent view of the Straits of Mackinac.
Tim Leeper arrived in St. Augustine, Florida, Monday, March 1, his final destination after traveling 3,400 miles on his bicycle from California to Florida. A celebration was held in the Marriott Courtyard in St. Augustine. Congratulations to Tim on an amazing journey.
John Hulett of Grand Hotel spent Sunday night, February 28, on Mackinac.
Sherry Plutchak of Stephenson is enjoying her lovely home in Forest Bluff.
We send special greetings to all our friends at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care in St. Ignace, Geraldine Wellington, Gary and Larry LaPine, and Georgiana Gustafson.
Have a great week!