2015-09-17 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

The Stalwart Fair was a busy spot this past weekend. Attendance was good. The exhibits were of good quality and very interesting. The horse pulling was fun to watch, as always, and the bleachers were nearly full of folks, as well as those watching from cars and standing by the fence. The building that housed the animals was enjoyed by many people, especially the children.

The Les Cheneaux Culinary School closed its restaurant Sunday, September 6, for the summer. There will be special dinners held at later dates, so watch for the schedule. It was an awesome first year for the school, and a great experience for all the students and those who supported the school. Best wishes to those who will be attending the school this winter. We look forward to the opening of the restaurant next year.

The Les Cheneaux Culinary School celebrated its first-year graduation Saturday, September 12. It was a beautiful afternoon and the luncheon was fantastic. The decorations and flowers were beautiful. Mary Baker made the floral arrangements with fresh-cut flowers out of her gardens. Seven students earned their graduation diplomas: Carie Birkmeier, Sean Hammond, Katie Keller, Matthew Nelson, Morgan McLeod, Tina Nye, and David Scheffler. Approximately 70 friends and family members attended the ceremony. It was a rewarding and special day for the students. The event was held on the lawn of the Great Lakes Boat Building School overlooking Cedarville Bay. We appreciate everyone who made this a meaningful day for the graduates and his or her families and friends.

There is a new game being played on the new tennis courts called pickleball. I don’t know the rules of the game, but Michelle Sheckler and Andy James do. When the tennis courts were built, they also put lines on the court to enable playing this game.

The weather for the Arts and Crafts show Saturday, September 5, was beautiful and the event was well attended. People enjoyed watching Julie Porter use her potter’s wheel to create the pottery she and her husband, Brent, make in the old-fashioned way. All the items they offered for sale were made on the potter’s wheel. There were many types of arts and crafts. They were unique and many people went home with great purchases.

The towns of Cedarville and Hessel were busy over the Labor Day weekend. Many boats were out on Cedarville and Hessel Bays, enjoying the last few days of summer on the water.

Condolences to the family of Bonnie (nee McInnes) Bucht, who passed away Wednesday, September 2, at her home on Drummond Island. She was a lifelong resident of Drummond Island. She and her husband, Carl, ran the B&C Bakery, Restaurant, and Motel for many years. An obituary was published in the September 10 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Congratulations to the Cedarville Trojans girls crosscountry team. They captured the team titles in their first meet of the year. They had five out of the top 15 finishes. Emma Bohn came in second place, Leila Schlosser placed fourth, Caroline Freel placed fifth, Isabella Cason placed 10th, and Alyssa Cloud came in 15th place. Congratulations to each of you.

The winner of the Les Cheneaux Historical Museum’s quilt raffle was Mick Schaeffer. The winner of the kayak made at the Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum workshop was Leonard Smith of Belleville. Congratulations to both winners.

Please keep Ivan Nordquist, who has been a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey, in your thoughts and prayers. We wish Ivan a speedy recovery.

Carl Hanna is home from the hospital and is improving. Hope you are feeling better soon, Carl.

The new status of M-134 is now “Pure Michigan Byways.” M-134 is the first byway to receive the new designation. The new signs should be going up within the next month. This is a wonderful designation for M-134 to receive. Everyone in Les Cheneaux is happy about it.

Sam and Courtney Altmaier are the proud parents of a daughter, Alaina Joy, who was born this past week. Grandparents are Jay and Mary Altmaier and Bruce and Tammy Cruickshank.

The football team from Rapid River traveled to Cedarville last week to hand the Trojans their first football loss, by a score of 28- 14. The next football game will be Friday, September 18, when the Trojans will visit Onaway. Good luck to the green and white.

Happy 60th wedding anniversary to friends Dave and Mary Crockett, who have been here in Les Cheneaux for many years. They are a fine couple and they enjoy Les Cheneaux so much. Belated best wishes to you both.

Don and Lenore Lutz enjoyed the summer at their cottage in Hessel. They left last week for their winter home in Columbus, Ohio. Best wishes and we look forward to your return in 2016.

We are getting the rain that we needed earlier, now that the temperatures have also dropped. We hope this will keep the flowers alive longer. Many people said that this was a great summer for flowers to grow.

It is so quiet in town. It’s hard to believe how fast the summer went by. It’s beginning to look and feel like fall.

Congratulations and best wishes to John and Julia Kronemeyer of Pickford, who will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary October 4.

The Les Cheneaux Islands Association collected 20 bags of food and donated it to the Cedar Post. We appreciate everyone who donated.

If anyone finds a set of keys with a “monkey fist” key chain, please drop them off at the Cedarville Post Office.

My wishes are that the warmth of the sun will shine upon you always, and that every day will be a blessing.

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