November 17, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Rural Cuts Could Pinch U.P. Most

Here, Farm Bill Aids Rural Development Projects Like Sewer Systems, Businesses

The Upper Peninsula and northern lower Michigan could be the regions with the most to lose if federal funding to rural development programs provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is drastically cut or eliminated in a new farm More...

More To Pay Full Fare at Little Bear

The St. Ignace Recreation Advisory Committee adopted the new fitness center rates that have been in discussion for months at its meeting Wednesday, November 9. New rates will be effective Thursday, December 1.  More...

News

New Tobacco Products Are Hard To Distinguish From Mints But Carry Risks

Some look like breath mints, others like chocolate-covered toothpicks. Some look like dissolvable breath strips, while others look a lot like gum. They are actually new tobacco products, which give off no smoke. More...

Bridge May Be Lit Blue In April

The Mackinac Bridge may be lit in blue in April 2012 for Autism Awareness Month. The Mackinac Bridge Authority will hear the proposal and make a decision at its meeting Friday, December 9, in St. Ignace, said executive secretary Bob Sweeney. More...

Christmas Collection Underway

Donations will be accepted for Operation Christmas Child at several locations between Monday, November 14, and Monday, November 21. More...

Sports

Saints 12-0 After Regional Championship

St. Ignace To Face Fowler in Semifinals at Traverse City

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Engadine Eagles Fall To Rapid River Rockets in 8-Man Football Semifinals

The Engadine Eagles’ bid for a spot in the first 8-Man football state championship game was shattered by the Rapid River Rockets in a 40-0 contest Saturday, November 12, at Rapid River.  More...

Saints X-Country Runners Receive Year-end Awards

St. Ignace Saints cross country runners received individual awards from Coach Emily Fullerton at a ceremony for varsity and junior high runners and their families Sunday, November 6.  More...

Opinion

City Needs Better Marketing

To the Editor:  “Your Home Port” isn’t a brand!  I have spent my life in sales and marketing. I started my first company when I was 19 and if I didn’t successfully market my ideas, I didn’t eat. More...

They Call It Deer Camp

To the Editor:  In observance of that time-honored tradition of heading north to deer camp, I’m offering up this poem my pops wrote last year after coming home from Camp Bear Paw in the Upper Peninsula, south of Rudyard and north of Cedarv More...

With Needs Growing, City Weighs Priorities

The City of St. Ignace is operating at a nearly “bare bones” level, and faces the challenge of maintaining or replacing a fleet of police, fire department, and snow removal equipment that is almost worn out. More...

Library Millage Passes

All Incumbents Keep Their Seats

The library millage in St. Ignace passed by a margin of 124 votes, with 351 votes for it and 227 against, in the Tuesday, November 8, election. The millage will raise about $75,000 for the St. More...

WWII Service Recognized

World War II veteran Cliff Harrison (left) and American Legion Post Commander Stan Kennedy of Pickford Post 323 hold onto the handmade cards given to them by Pickford Elementary School students. More...

Social

John And Jean Thibault Celebrate 50 Years Together

John and Jean Thibault of St. Ignace, formerly of Chicago, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary November 4, 2011.  They were married November 4, 1961, at Immaculate Conception Church in Whiting, Indiana.   More...

Military Note

Private Eric Barthelemy

Army Private Eric “Michael” Barthelemy, a 2010 graduate of LaSalle High School, has completed basic combat training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia.  He is the son of Eric and Marilee Barthelemy of Brevort, the brother of Erin a More...

Martin And Beverly Vandergeest Celebrate 50 Years

Martin and Beverly Vandergeest of Cedarville and Long Key, Florida, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary November 25, 2011. They were married in 1961 at the Montague Methodist Church in Montague. More...

Obituaries

Elda McFarlane

Elda Rita McFarlane, 97, of St. Ignace passed away Monday, November 7, 2011, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.  She was born November 3, 1914, in St. Ignace to Charles and Clara (nee St. Onge) Pemble. More...

James Henley

James Alan Henley, 43, formerly of Stalwart, died Saturday, October 29, 2011, in Hawaii.  He was born August 13, 1968, in Royal Oak.  Mr. Henley moved to Stalwart in 1974, and was graduated from Pickford High School in 1986. More...

Jean Hamel

Jean A. Hamel, 91, of St. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Northern Michigan Welcomes Different Drummers

In early jockeying of presidential primary campaigns, northern Michigan has on occasion been friendly territory for contenders who were out of the mainstream.  Ross Perot, Jesse Jackson, and George Wallace—losers all, in the end—were More...

Les Cheneaux

The Veterans Day service at the school Friday, November 11, was very well attended. We are all indebted to those who have served, and to those who are serving our country today. More...

Les Cheneaux

The past week has been cool and wet both day and night. That doesn’t leave very good weather for people to be visiting the Islands.  Michele Kenny hosted a fun gettogether for many of her friends over the weekend.  More...


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