Delia Bickham, 99, a St. Ignace resident since 1987, was pleasantly surprised with not just one, but two, birthday parties on her December 17 birthday. A lovely luncheon was brought in by 12 friends, who came from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Rudyard, Pickford, Cedarville, and St. Ignace, to share good food and fellowship.
The second party was a potluck at 6 p.m. at the home of Keith and Donna Grogan. It was attended by more than 40 family members and friends. Delia’s home was in Hessel, until she moved to the Les Cheneaux Village Apartments in Cedarville for several years. Then she moved to St. Ignace so she could be closer to her daughter, Nancy Jane Bickham, who was a resident at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care facility, until her death in 2003. Attending the potluck dinner were three remaining children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 14 greatgreat grandchildren. Delia also has several stepgrandchildren. There was an abundance of food, with cake and ice cream to top it off. Delia received many cards and lovely gifts.
Jason and Jessica Kiefer are the parents of Kaleb Anthony, who was born Thursday, December 9, at South Haven Community Hospital. Kaleb, who has a sister, Alyssa, 9, and brother, Kayden, 3, was born a month early, weighing 6 pounds. He is doing fine. The family will be moving to the Upper Peninsula soon, as Storekeeper 2nd Class Jason Kiefer is transfering to the St. Ignace Coast Guard Station by January 2. Jason was formerly stationed at Sault Ste. Marie for four years, and has spent the last three years at St. Joseph. They are looking forward to moving back to the Upper Peninsula.
Bruce and Barbara Zimmerman and their sons, Stuart and Nathan, usually traveled to Grand Rapids during the holidays to visit Grandma Loretta Zimmerman, but she visited her daughter, Susan, in Denver, and her daughter, Connie, from Seattle joined them just before Christmas, so the Zimmerman family from St. Ignace decided to have a traditional Christmas at home. The boys went to the woods and cut their own tree and the family decorated it. They enjoyed their favorite dinner, making memories this year that won’t soon be forgotten.
Nathan Zimmerman, son of Barb and Bruce Zimmerman, along with 15 other people, including Kyle O’Boyle of Brevort, all Northern Michigan University students in the Northern Michigan Constructors Group, are headed to Savannah, Georgia, to work on a Habitat for Humanity house for five days, and they will then spend five more days in Florida.
Isabella Cason, daughter of Jeff and Leanne Cason of Cedarville, celebrated her 10th birthday Saturday, December 18, at Gateway Lanes in St. Ignace. Those attending the celebration were her aunt, Beth Amacher, and cousins, Shawn and Paige, from Moran, her great-grandmother, Margaret Robinson, her grandparents, Bucky and Theresa Robinson, and Josh and Sherry Robinson and Jonathon, all of St. Ignace. Also attending were her sister, Lilianna Cason, and friends from school, Deserray Pegg, Gordy Burger, Caroline Freel, Triston and Jarron Masuga, Morgan McLeod, Chase Fisher, and Rachel Rye.
Miriam Blair reports she had a pleasant visit with her niece Michelle (nee Smith), Woody Friend, and their three children, Unnabelle, Clayton, and their new baby, Ballard, while Miriam was on her way to Florida. The family was excited by a snowfall in which they built three snowmen in minutes. In Lake City, Florida, Miriam chatted with Bob Long, a 10-year resident there, who said he was born and grew up in Petoskey. Mr. Long recalled that as a young man of 18, before the Mackinac Bridge was built, he would board the Vacationland to St. Ignace, where he was employed on the Arnold Line freight boat.
Bill and Carol Brown have set up a Christmas village at the St. Ignace Public Library the last two years for everyone to enjoy.