2016-11-10 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

We’ve been having a gorgeous stretch of weather. The temperatures have been in the high 50s and 60s, really like days in late June. Many tourists came to visit Mackinac Island Saturday, November 5, and more on Sunday, November 6. Doud’s Market and the Mustang Lounge were very busy. It has been great for any outside work, so all the contractors are very busy. Sunday, November 6, was just beautiful, and the 1,000-foot James R. Barker went eastbound through the Straits of Mackinac. The sunsets and sunrises have been breathtaking. There will be a super moon Monday, November 14. It has been a very unusual November, and all the folks are really enjoying the weather.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Joe Plaza, who died Tuesday, November 8, in Wyandotte. Joe operated Arrowhead Carriages for many years on Mackinac Island. A complete obituary will be published in an upcoming issue of The St. Ignace News. May he rest in peace.

Jennifer and Kirby King drove to Traverse City to celebrate Jennifer’s birthday with her family. Everyone had a great time.

Lorna Straus will leave Mackinac

Island Wednesday, November 9, to visit family in Chicago and Lansing. She will return for the Christmas Bazaar the first weekend in December.

Wednesday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, “Community Connections” will be held at the Community Hall. This is sponsored by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Mackinac Straits Health System, our new Mackinac Island physician, Dr. Greg Hessler, and many other people will be there to assist people. Refreshments will be served.

We bid goodbye to Barb Humphrey, who spent many years on Mackinac. We wish her well on her new journey.

Captain Paul Allers visited all his friends on Mackinac Island Friday, November 4. Captain Paul has been sailing the Great Lakes for 65 years, and he was captain on the Huron for many years.

Mark Chambers joined Toby Murray Sunday, November 6, and traveled with Toby to his home in Vermont. Mark will fly from Vermont to Detroit Friday, November 18, to join Jody and Clara. They will fly to Denver, Colorado, to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Emma, Maggie, and other members of the family.

We send get-well wishes to Alyssa Willemsen, granddaughter of Dennis and Jackie Bradley, who had surgery Friday, November 4, for appendicitis. She is recuperating in Grand Rapids with her family.

Congratulations to Sandy Steensma, who recently received the Epic Award from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce for a woman-owned business of the year. Sandy’s business is Kennari Consulting. Island friends send best wishes.

Mert and Dennis Vartanian traveled to Marquette to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Congratulations from Island friends.

Bob Benser and his brother-inlaw, Ryan Irish, attended the parade for the World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs, in Chicago. It was very festive.

Congratulations to Blake and Kathy Ruddle on the birth of twin boys, who were born Monday, October 24, at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Gunner Thomas weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces at birth, and Jase Douglas weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Proud grandparents are Jill Horn and Chad Ruddle, and proud great-grandfather is Doug Horn.

Jackie Bradley spent this past weekend visiting her parents, George and Almeda Bodwin in Cheboygan.

Dr. Richard Hodgman was the doctor in residence on Mackinac Island this past weekend.

Happy belated birthday to Heather (nee Fisher) Ogle November 5 and Jodi Gough November 7. Hope you both had a wonderful day.

Happy birthday to Emily Davenport and Pam Finkel November 13, Tony Doud November 14, Erin Beck November 16, Fuller Cowell November 18, and Joe Brodeur November 19. Hope you all have a great day.

Mark your calendar for the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 3, Sunday, December 4, and Monday, December 5. Any donations to the live or silent auctions would be greatly appreciated. Handmade items for Trish Martin’s booth are needed, as well as baked goods for the bake sale. Snowmobile tickets are available at Doud’s Market and First National Bank. Tickets may also be purchased from Trish Bunker.

Carrie Kaminen recently spent a few days in Frankenmuth with friends.

Patti Ann and Steve Moskwa spent Sunday night, November 6, in Petoskey.

Caroline LaPine recently returned to Mackinac Island after visiting her daughter, Mildred, in North Carolina.

Many hunters are busy getting their hunting camps ready for the firearm deer season, which opens Tuesday, November 15.

The beaver lodge is a great attraction as many people go down to the shore and watch the beavers prepare their lodge for winter. They are very busy.

Mark and Jody Chambers recently spent two days at Boyne Mountain hiking and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Buck and Alice Sharrow spent several days on Mackinac Island closing up their apartment at the Mike Young residence. They left Friday, November 4, for their winter home in Charlevoix.

Jason, Marielle, and Mia St. Onge returned to Mackinac Island Sunday, November 6, after spending a week in Marco Island, Florida.

Sam and Barb Kovalak spent Monday, November 7, on Mackinac Island.

When you see a veteran this week, thank him or her for their service to our great country. Veterans Day is Friday, November 11.

Enjoy your week!

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