2011-11-17 / Columns

St. Ignace

By Miriam Blair
643-7994 • miriamblair@att.net

The St. Ignace Saints varsity football team played Crystal Falls-Forest Park Friday evening, November 11, and won 27-14. They will now play Fowler at the semifinals in Traverse City Saturday, November 19. Congratulations to the players and coaches. We are very proud of them.

It was nice to visit with Lee and Sonja Smith last weekend. We shared a few memories of growing up in the Gros Cap area.

Another familiar face I ran into was Millie LaDuke one day last week. She tells me her son, John, is recovering slowly but has made progress since last summer when he became very ill. We wish you well, John.

The city lanterns are glimmering with Christmas lights and garland as the holiday season is fast approaching. We are ready to welcome that first beautiful blanket of snow.

Happy birthday to Julie Moore, David Litzner, and Dorothy Saylor November 17, Hazel Friday November 19, Cheryl Matelski and Bernice Bickham November 20, Ken Gillmore, Mike Amacher, and Sally Herbon November 21, Edsel Blair and Betty Winters November 22, Lane Matson November 23, and Frank Stempki November 24. Wishing all of you a wonderful day.


A traditional Native American ghost feast pays tribute to departed members of the Deward, Sr. and Mabel (nee Moses) Rickley family, while welcoming friends and family for a feast and reunion Saturday, October 29, at the McCann Street tribal elders building. A ceremonial fire and drumming were offered in honor of parents and ancestors. Pictured here are drummers (from front left, clockwise) Raymond Shenoskey, Tony Grondin, Glen Joy, Jr., Glen Joy, Sr., Jeremy Joy, Leroy Shenoskey, and Travis Rickley. According to the ghost feast custom, the spirits of departed loved ones are nourished when a family shares food and tobacco with them through a ceremonial fire. (Photographs by Lorie Axtell) A traditional Native American ghost feast pays tribute to departed members of the Deward, Sr. and Mabel (nee Moses) Rickley family, while welcoming friends and family for a feast and reunion Saturday, October 29, at the McCann Street tribal elders building. A ceremonial fire and drumming were offered in honor of parents and ancestors. Pictured here are drummers (from front left, clockwise) Raymond Shenoskey, Tony Grondin, Glen Joy, Jr., Glen Joy, Sr., Jeremy Joy, Leroy Shenoskey, and Travis Rickley. According to the ghost feast custom, the spirits of departed loved ones are nourished when a family shares food and tobacco with them through a ceremonial fire. (Photographs by Lorie Axtell) The Women of the Moose are planning on Christmas caroling at Evergreen Living Center at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace. A date has not yet been set.


Leroy Shenoskey (from left), Jeremy Joy, and Raymond Shenoskey offer Native American drumming at the ghost feast. The tribal elders building on McCann Street was filled with family and friends paying their respects to departed members of the Rickley family. Among dozens of feast dishes prepared by the family, traditional fry bread was also served. Leroy Shenoskey (from left), Jeremy Joy, and Raymond Shenoskey offer Native American drumming at the ghost feast. The tribal elders building on McCann Street was filled with family and friends paying their respects to departed members of the Rickley family. Among dozens of feast dishes prepared by the family, traditional fry bread was also served. Charlie Prevo of East Jordan and his uncle, Gene Prevo, of Pontiac are hunting in their usual spots near St. Ignace. Good luck to them and all hunters.

The Red Hat Society ladies will meet for lunch Saturday, December 10, at 1 p.m. at Timmy Lee’s Pub in St. Ignace. They will also have a cookie exchange. All ladies who would like to join are welcome. It’s always a fun time.

Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Tabitha Blair, who celebrated her 15th birthday November 15, and my grandson, Trevor Blair, who will be 17 years old December 17. I wish you both much happiness on your birthdays with lots of great memories and good laughs.

The new Chief Wawatam Park is a special place and many walkers are enjoying the great fall weather. Picnic tables and benches, in memory of people in our area, have been donated by community residents and businesses through the Downtown Development Authority.

In closing, happy hunting and keep safety in mind.

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