2016-10-06 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

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

The following account was printed in the Les Cheneaux News column in 1991:

There have been many farewell get-togethers in Cedarville recently, but one nice thing about being a resort town is the migration of people. There are always friends returning in the spring and reunions are such fun.

Peg and Dave Ecker of Cincinnati, Ohio, who have a summer place on Big LaSalle Island, are here to enjoy some of the fall weather. Peggy said that this is their sixth trip to the Snows this year and they will probably return again before the snow falls.

The harvest moon has been shining brightly, making almost daylight of the night, with the brightest planet, Mars, shining so close to earth. A couple of clear nights last week gave a very good chance to see Mars.

Cornstalks with red ribbons have been placed in the flowerbeds in each town by the Les Cheneaux Advisory Committee. It makes one realize that Halloween will soon be here, with its ghosts, spooks, and goblins asking for treats.

Guests of Margaret Schlueter this past week were longtime friends Doris and Johnny Johnson, from the Lower Peninsula.

George and Blanche Markey have had a full house this past week. Andy and Carol Politis from Powell, Ohio, were among their guests, as well as Jake and Sherry Markey from De- Witt, with Jennifer, Dennis, and John, along with Amanda and Richard Markey from Kinross, and Kelly Markey and Robin Smith from Sacramento, California, were also here. An early Thanksgiving dinner with 20 in attendance was a great way to celebrate this reunion.

A very happy birthday to Nellie Hamel October 12. Nellie will celebrate 94 years on that date.

Speaking of birthdays, George McDonald celebrated his 86th birthday

Sunday, October 2. He received telephone congratulations from daughters Katy Rabe in Connecticut and Margaret Hawkins in Florida, and sons Ken in New Hampshire and Paul in Pennsylvania. He also received a birthday card from Nancy and Ronald Reagan. Joining him for dinner at Ang-Gio’s Restaurant in Cedarville were several out-of-town guests, plus Norma and Harold Nye of Hessel, Judy Old of Sault Ste. Marie, and Eileen Nye of Hessel.

The leaves have turned brown and are falling to the ground with each rainfall and puff of wind. Indian summer days are here and will probably last for a couple of weeks. According to weather reports, temperatures will be in the 60s, with sunshine, the lovely October weather that we keep telling our migrating friends about. It’s fun to drive along the highways and peek into the deep woods when all the leaves have gone. It’s a sight that is mysterious, and impossible during the summer months with dense foliage.

The morning of October 7 saw the roadsides bearded with the first heavy, white frost. It was a grim reminder that, although Indian summer is lovely, it won’t be long before Old Man Winter is not far behind.

As Betty Patrick, Jean Taylor, the Howard Williams, and I were having lunch in Sault Ste. Marie the other day, Isabelle Sims and her daughter, Carol Cousins, walked in. Carol and her husband, Richard, are here from their home in Indiana for a couple of weeks. While here, they are working on the old homestead on Meridian Road. They hope to restore it and spend more time here in future years.

The Les Cheneaux Lions Club recently enjoyed a ladies night at the Bethel Lutheran Hall, with 56 people present. District 10 Deputy Governor Don Meyers of Drummond Island inducted two new members into the club on this occasion: Dr. Blake Slater of Cedarville and Bud Lindberg of Hessel.

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