2016-10-27 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Some folks were seen enjoying a great time in Cedarville Bay Saturday afternoon October 15, in a good wind. They were not far from a flock of nearly 200 ducks that have been in the bay for several days now.

I had a nice conversation with Norine Rudd, who lives in Kalamazoo, and she says that she is getting along quite well and has a few new friends there. She is painting just a few small cards, but she is enjoying being much closer to her family so she can spend more time with them.

The U.S. Coast Guard has picked up the buoys once again as they went through the Les Cheneaux Islands. We appreciate that.

I hope you’ve noticed the absolutely beautiful gold-colored maple tree on the north side of Cedarville High School. That tree has been there since way back, when the Hill Top Restaurant was there, at least 50 years ago. It’s one of the most beautiful trees I’ve seen this fall. There are also some beautiful red and yellow trees along I- 75.


Lynn Nichols of Higgins Lake (from back), Sharon Hopkins of Johannesburg and Honorary State Regent DAR of Michigan, Liz Soderlund, and Tammy Cruickshank of Cedarville, all members of the Chief Shawano Chapter of the DAR, were on hand to greet the USS Detroit when she docked at the Riverfront in Detroit Friday, October 14. Lynn Nichols of Higgins Lake (from back), Sharon Hopkins of Johannesburg and Honorary State Regent DAR of Michigan, Liz Soderlund, and Tammy Cruickshank of Cedarville, all members of the Chief Shawano Chapter of the DAR, were on hand to greet the USS Detroit when she docked at the Riverfront in Detroit Friday, October 14. Paul “Spike” Gerwin, a longtime Les Cheneaux Islands summer resident, passed away Wednesday, October 12, in Naples, Florida. Spike and his family have become very popular and well known here. We send our sympathy to the family.

Roger Gough, who lives in Grandville but spends his summers here at Cedarville RV Park, has moved back home for the winter months. Cedarville RV Park is now closed for the fall and winter season.

Bob Buskirk and Mike Sweeney enjoyed fishing for perch in northern Ohio, along with a relative of Mike’s wife, Marilyn Sweeney, who runs a charter boat service in Ohio.


USS Detroit (LCS-7) pictured Friday, October 14, on the Detroit River. (Photographs courtesy Tammy Carr Cruickshank) USS Detroit (LCS-7) pictured Friday, October 14, on the Detroit River. (Photographs courtesy Tammy Carr Cruickshank) Elvina Firack has returned to her home in Cedarville. We hope she continues to feel better and stronger each and every day.

Downtown, across from the mainland and along the island by Ailes Point, many of the trees have turned yellow going east toward Government Bay. Several boaters have been enjoying the colors and the mild weather. People are still fishing in boats and catching a few perch and pike in both Cedarville Bay and in Hessel. The yellow and gold trees are really pretty downtown, too, as well as on Hill Island.

The Pickford Panthers boys football team traveled to Cedarville Friday, October 14, and played a great game, taking home a victory over the Cedarville Trojans.


Four veterans and former Hessel School students, (from left) George Andrews, Lynn Carr, Jim Huffman, and Bud Mathews, recently had lunch at Hessel School. Four veterans and former Hessel School students, (from left) George Andrews, Lynn Carr, Jim Huffman, and Bud Mathews, recently had lunch at Hessel School. It was nice to see folks putting nonperishable food items in the trailer at the Coldwell Banker office. We appreciate everyone who donated, John Griffin for all his help, and the Les Cheneaux Islands Association, who organized the food drive. All donations go to the Cedar Post Food Pantry.

We extend our sympathy to the family of Reverend Richard Jennings, who passed away Friday, October 7, in East Lansing. He spent summers at the family cottage with his wife, Lillian, and their family. Spending time on the water was a great enjoyment for them. An obituary was published in the October 20 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Our sincere condolences to the family of Corrinne Fountain, who passed away Saturday, October 15. She was a friendly and helpful lady. An obituary was published in the October 20 issue of The St. Ignace News.


Shelly Brinker of Grayling (center) was inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution – Chief Shawano Chapter, by Jacqueline Humphrey (left) and Tammy Cruickshank (right). Shelly Brinker of Grayling (center) was inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution – Chief Shawano Chapter, by Jacqueline Humphrey (left) and Tammy Cruickshank (right). Happy belated birthday to Jeri Griffin, James Huffman Olson, and John Kovach October 20. Happy birthday to Mark Merchberger October 27. I apologize to everyone whose birthdays I missed.

More than 100 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), dressed in red, white, and blue, and waving American flags, greeted the USS Detroit (LCS-7) as she docked at the Riverfront in Detroit Friday, October 14. The Chief Shawano Chapter of the NSDAR, serving Northern Lower Peninsula and Eastern Upper Peninsula, had four daughters present for this event: Sharon Hopkins, Honorary State Regent and Honorary Chapter Regent from Johannesburg; Tammy Carr Cruickshank, Chapter Regent from Cedarville; Lynn Nichols, Chapter Vice Regent from Houghton Lake, and Liz Soderlund of Cedarville. It was a great road trip down and back. The United States Navy will commission the USS Detroit Saturday, October 29, in Detroit. The Chief Shawano Chapter also inducted a new member, Shelly Brinker from Grayling.

Halloween trick or treat at Les Cheneaux Community Library will be Monday, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those attending will be given a free book, compliments of a generous donation by the Friends of Les Cheneaux Community Library. Children of all ages are welcome.

The Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive is now taking donations for the 2016 Christmas distribution. Those wishing to donate should contact Wendy Colegrove at (906) 643-7456. It’s such a good program and helps make a happy Christmas for the children.

I’m sure most everyone is enjoying this weather, with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Let’s enjoy every day, one day at a time. Enjoy a ride north on 3 Mile Road out of Hessel past the airport. It’s really beautiful.

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