2016-11-10 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

The temperature read 56 degrees Saturday, November 5, at 11:56 a.m. on the sign at First National Bank in Cedarville. The rest of the afternoon was just as beautiful as the sun continued to shine. Days like this are really appreciated.

Our sympathy to the family of Ronald Huffman, who passed away Friday, October 28. He spent most of his life working and living in Hessel. He was a fantastic morel mushroom picker, and he enjoyed playing music. I enjoyed his friendship through the years. Blessings and prayers for his wife, Dorothy, and family. An obituary was published in the November 3 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Donations are being collected for a memorial for the late Joe Forrester in recognition of all he has done for the students from the area schools. Joe was a great Christian example for everyone he met. He spent many hours standing on the street on Mackinac Island welcoming everyone. The plan is to erect a new and taller flagpole at the athletic field in his honor.

I received a call Saturday, November 5, from Phyllis DeLooff in regards to her sister, Carol Ackerman, who has been being treated for cancer for many months. It appears as though the treatments have produced much improvement. Carol is grateful and thankful for all the prayers and cards that she has received.

Please keep Judi Izzard in your thoughts and prayers as she recently had surgery in Ann Arbor.

Joanne Waybrant, Kristi Steffen, Michelle Sheckler, Beth Autore, and Darlene Bailey will be traveling to Las Vegas to participate in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon and 5K Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13. We wish each of you good luck. Be safe, and have a great time. We will be anxious to hear the results when you return.

Jon and Sharrie Steinbach have returned home after spending a few days with friends.

Dave Latva’s friends here in Cedarville and Hessel want to congratulate him on the recent award he received from Governor Rick Snyder, State Representative Lee Chatfield, and State Senator Wayne Schmidt. It was so thoughtful of them to recognize what a valuable person he has been to so many people through his reporting career at The St. Ignace News.

Happy birthday to the Barr twins, Scott and Rich, Bob Causley, Molly Grace Thompson, Judy MacLean, Jessica Boscarino, and Vanessa Johnson November 8, Verna Windsor November 9, Robert Bryan Fountain, Bob Bickham, Ethan Snyder, and Donald Thon November 11, Tanner Erin Merritt and Courtney Ackley November 12, Diane Cochran, Karen Couch, Martin Payment, and Barbara Preston November 13, Trenton Sherlund, Kate Smith, Lisa Strait, Jim Lockhart, Jr., and Tanya Dunback November 14, Eric Melkowski, Sarah Slater, Josephine Carr, Bill Ryan, and Chad David Cortes November 15, Brian Fisher, Hayden Binger, Frank Molino, and John Torsky November 16, and Gary Wellnitz, Emma Cox, Chris Matthews, and Marilyn Crawford November 16.

Happy anniversary to Marvin and Cathy Chappa November 14 and Mike and Rose Miller November 15.

Friday evening, October 28, was an evening we would not like to remember as the Engadine Eagles defeated the Cedarville Trojans in overtime in the playoff game. These two teams play really hard against each other. It certainly was a game of rivalry, with neither team wanting to give up. Even though the Trojans didn’t win, they gave their best efforts.

We lost a very special friend to Cedarville and Hessel, Vernetta Hansen, who passed away Friday, October 28, at Cedar Ridge Assisted Living in St. Ignace. She was such an active lady. She loved to bake and then deliver her baked goods to friends and businesses so they could enjoy them. She got so much enjoyment out of helping others. She learned to play piano and was so proud of that talent. Oftentimes Buffy, her loveable dog, would sit on the piano stool with her and sing along, as Vernetta called it. She and her husband, Waldron, were so close. Vernetta always called him “Wally.” She was thrilled when she played the piano at First Union Church one Sunday morning a few years ago. Waldron and Vernetta had two daughters, Faye and Marcey, and they were very proud of them, as well as their grandchildren. They all enjoyed being together as a family. A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m. at First Union Church. An obituary appears in this issue of The St. Ignace News.

Enjoy as many of the fall days as you can, as certainly the snow cannot be too far away.

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