2016-10-06 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Fall is here and the air is clear, the temperatures are cooling off, and the chrysanthemum plants are starting to appear. The Green Thumb greenhouse looks like fall with beautiful chrysanthemums and orange pumpkins. Perhaps some people will be putting up cornstalks for decoration. They always look like fall just the way the farmers cut them down.

Many folks have been taking their flowers and items from the cemeteries. They are cleaning them off for the winter, when the grounds are not cared for because of the snow.

Meredith Fountain and Ruth Cutler both celebrated their birthdays September 23. They’ve been friends since school days at Cedarville High School. Ruth now lives in Vermont with her mother. Meredith is still here enjoying life in Cedarville.

You can now see the trucks from the marina moving boats into the storage buildings for the winter. Many of the boats have been winterized first and then covered.

Best wishes to Dale and Jodi Gough, who celebrated their wedding anniversary September 24. They will soon be moving back to the area north of Cedarville and south of Pickford.

Phyllis DeLooff and her sister, Carol Ackerman, arrived Wednesday, September 21, to spend a few days. It’s the first time that Carol has been able to get out after her long stay in the hospital for cancer surgery. They are hoping that all will go well for her as they missed nearly the entire summer this year.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Clayton Meyers September 19, John Paquin, Keith Williams, and Matthew Nelson September 20, Gary Peterson and Eugene Vandergeest September 21, Holly Jaroche, Chelsea Bohn, Jennifer Thompson, Michael Freel, Tami Duncan, Jason Bowlby, and Justin Brown September 22, D.J. Lopes, Eli Giddings, Christal Engler, and Meredith Fountain September 23, Garrett Osborne and Leah Osborne September 24, Mitchell Fultz September 25, and Ruben Sherlund and Denise Bickham September 27.

The Cedarville Trojans varsity football team has won four games in a row. The Trojans played Pellston Friday night, September 23, and they won the game 60-0. Congratulations to all the players and coaches, and may your winning season continue. The new scoreboard at the football field must score in our favor. We appreciate everyone who donated toward the scoreboard.

The Albany Bar Trail Ride and pig roast took place Saturday, September 17. All the proceeds benefited the Hospice of the EUP. Karen Bennett, owner of the Albany Bar, organized the event and raised more than $3,000. We appreciate everyone who helped and donated to support this worthy cause. The Albany Bar is near DeTour on M-134.

The remodeling of the former Hudson’s Hardware Store in Cedarville is progressing and it is looking most attractive. How nice it is to have such a beautiful building. The opening date for the new business has not yet been set.

Hundreds of mallard ducks are stopping off for a few days here before flying south for the winter. Their quacks are deep and loud. It has been a treat to have them in Cedarville Bay for a few days.

Gourd artist Patrick Harrison, known as “The Lord of the Gourd,” will demonstrate his pumpkin carving techniques Friday, October 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville. The program is free and open to the public.

Great Lakes maritime historian, author, and lecturer Frederick Stonehouse will be at the Les Cheneaux Community Library Tuesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. to discuss his latest book “Haunted Lakes: Great Lakes Ghost Stories, Superstitions and Sea Serpents.” Mr. Stonehouse teaches Great Lakes maritime history at Northern Michigan University, and is the author of many books on the subject, including “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “Great Lakes Lighthouse Tales.” The program is free and open to the public.

Enjoy your days and evenings. They have been most enjoyable, with warm, sunny days and beautiful colored leaves.

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