2015-01-08 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Helen Shoberg
484-2626 • hcshoberg@gmail.com

Cold weather arrived with the start of 2015. After the mild December we had, we now must bundle up and get used to the cold. Monday, January 5, in Cedarville we awakened to a winter day, with my thermometer reading three degrees below zero. The days are now getting longer, although it will take awhile before we notice it.

We were very sorry to learn of the recent passing of Joanne Walker. Joanne always had a smile on her face. She and her husband, John, purchased the historic Lakeside Hotel property on Coryell Island several years ago, and they’ve enjoyed many summers here together.

I will share some news from columns of 25 and 26 years ago, and I hope readers will enjoy reminiscing with me. The following is from the winter of 1988:

“Last week, with snowfall records being broken all around us, electrical lines down, and other weather-related catastrophes, Les Cheneaux once again seemed to be in the eye of the storm, so to speak, and missed all but the cold temperatures. The thermometer hovered around zero and slightly below, but we had blue skies and bright sunshine. Driving to the school for my daily three-mile walk around the gymnasium, the full moon was high and brilliant in the dawning sky… .mentioned by our local weatherman [was] a winter rainbow caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. In spite of the cold weather, there are some lovely things to see.”

“Home for the holidays were Jill and Julie Izzard, daughters of Dan and Sandra Izzard of Cedarville. Julie is a second-year student at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, while Jill is a senior at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Jill is starting her practice teaching at Munising Elementary School this semester, teaching third grade.”

“Enjoying a New Year’s Day feast at Pat and Lawrence Lofdahl’s home were Mr. and Mrs. David Lofdahl and children Grant, Aris, and Whitney from Holland, Michigan. Also present were Dana and Kim Lofdahl with children Brooke and Tyler from Stalwart; Mike, Bobbie, and daughter Hailey; Shelly Cordes and son Chad, and Harold and Marion Nelson, all from Cedarville.”

February 1990: “One of the very worst winter storms that I can recall took place Thursday, January 25. The temperatures were not too low, but the snow came down by the bushel, with an accompanying wind. Our windows were covered with the wet snow that blew against them and then stuck, and our house had the feeling of a cave. We could not see outdoors at all. School was dismissed at 1 p.m. so that all of the children could arrive home before some of the roads became impassable. Schools were also closed the next day. We chuckled when the school closings were flashed across the television screen that morning. They had Cedarville listed as “Layshin o.” That was the first time I had ever seen “Les Cheneaux” spelled like that, but I’m sure that there have been many queer spellings of that French name.”

We wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015. How time flies!

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