2012-01-26 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud
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The weather, the weather! It cannot make up its mind what month we’re in. Last week we had great snow, with wonderful cross-country skiing and good snowmobiling. Folks were enjoying some winter weather and all the activities. Monday, January 23, we woke up to pouring rain, slippery conditions, and the loss of most of the snow. It certainly has been an unusual winter, with so many days above normal temperature. We are hopeful that Jack Frost will appear once again and make Mackinac a winter wonderland.

The sunrises and sunsets continue to be absolutely beautiful, with a variety of colors reflecting off the Straits of Mackinac.

Wednesday, January 18, at the State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder mentioned the 125th birthday of Grand Hotel and asked Dan Musser III to stand and be recognized. Congratulations to the Musser family on this historic anniversary of a great resort property.


Summer Mackinac Island residents Brenda and Ted Horton recently returned from a trip to visit their son, Blake Lewis, in Fort Collins, Colorado. While in Colorado, they spent three days enjoying the snow at Beaver Creek Resort near Vail. Pictured are (from left) Blake Lewis, Brenda Horton, and Ted Horton. (Horton family photograph) Summer Mackinac Island residents Brenda and Ted Horton recently returned from a trip to visit their son, Blake Lewis, in Fort Collins, Colorado. While in Colorado, they spent three days enjoying the snow at Beaver Creek Resort near Vail. Pictured are (from left) Blake Lewis, Brenda Horton, and Ted Horton. (Horton family photograph) Friday, January 20, on “Jeopardy,” a question was asked, “Which Great Lakes would you cross on a snowmobile to reach beautiful Mackinac Island?” It was wonderful publicity for the Island.

We send best wishes to Tom Pfeiffelmann, who underwent emergency surgery Wednesday, January 18. He is now home in St. Ignace recuperating well.

Happy birthday to Carrie Wellington

February 2. Have a great day.

Mark your calendar for the community potluck Sunday, January 29, at 12:30 p.m. at the Community Hall. Come and enjoy some great food.


Girl Scouts of Mackinac Island began their cookie sale Friday, January 20. Hailey Armstrong (from left), Amelia Roe, and Meadow Greenlee (far right) present Mayor Margaret Doud with one of this year’s new cookie flavors, lemonade. (Photograph courtesy of Terrie Armstrong) Girl Scouts of Mackinac Island began their cookie sale Friday, January 20. Hailey Armstrong (from left), Amelia Roe, and Meadow Greenlee (far right) present Mayor Margaret Doud with one of this year’s new cookie flavors, lemonade. (Photograph courtesy of Terrie Armstrong) The Mackinac Island Winter Festival will be Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5. It will be fun.

Logan Kleinhenz will celebrate her birthday February 1. Hope your day is special.

Nancy and Ray Kriss did not go on the cruise with Richard and Jackie Bolander. They are on Mackinac enjoying their cottage at Trillium Heights.

We wish a very happy first birthday to little Kylee Suesan Meehan January 18. Kylee is the daughter of Melissa Bunker and Joseph Meehan. They were on Mackinac over the weekend visiting relatives and friends.

Nicole and Andrew Doud will leave Thursday, January 26, to travel to New York to buy for Nicole’s Little Luxuries gift shop. Enjoy the “Big Apple.”

Karen McCabe will celebrate her birthday February 3. Please remember her with a card at the following address: Independence Village, Room 308, 965 Hager Road, Petoskey, MI 49770.

Alice and Trish Martin entertained their granddaughter and niece, Binnie and husband from Washington, D.C. last weekend. They had a great time seeing Mackinac in the wintertime.

Little Maverick Musser will cele- brate his birthday February 3. I’m sure Amelia, Quantros, and Tilly will help him blow his candles out.

Mellie and Jim Hagenbaugh traveled to Chicago for a gift show last weekend.

John Kissane will perform at a concert Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church. Refreshments will be served in the church hall following the concert. Please come and enjoy an evening filled with beautiful music.

Happy birthday to Lily Schoenborn February 5. Have a great day.

If you stop by the Mackinac Island Public Library Saturday, February 4, please wish Anne St. Onge a very happy birthday.

Lions Club Bingo is held every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Community Hall. Stop by, maybe you will be lucky.

Please remember to feed our feathered friends. It has been a different winter for them, very cold one day and warm the next. We have a large flock of ducks that enjoy eating at our back deck. Anna Mary Cusack reported three beautiful cardinals at her feeder. There are a lot of mourning doves and chickadees around, too. Monday, January 23, Mark Chambers reported that he and Dan Wightman saw three bald eagles by Frank and Carole Pompa’s property. On his way home Monday, January 23, a large brown owl flew right in front of him. There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac.

We send special greetings to Nancy Pfeiffelman, who spent several days at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City last week. Hope you’re feeling better, Nancy. The folks at game night miss you.

Candy Smith entertained a group of ladies at a delightful luncheon at her home in January.

The Mackinac Island Fire Department has been working very hard this winter on advanced training. The men, consisting of seven officers, 14 firefighters, and five auxiliary, are truly dedicated to increasing service and safety to the Island community. We thank them for their dedication.

The 18th annual Chili Cook-off will be Saturday, February 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at Cawthorne’s Village Inn. Come and taste some great chili.

Dr. Mike and Jane Bacon, along with their daughters, Trish and her family and Kathleen Bacon, spent last weekend on Mackinac.

Let it snow! Let it snow!

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