2016-11-17 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

We appreciate the Les Cheneaux Beautification Committee for putting up all the flags on both corners going north out of Cedarville and Hessel. They speak so well for our Les Cheneaux Islands.

The display at the Les Cheneaux Community Library belonging to Clark O’Brien, from the 1940s, includes many items, such as ration books, clothing, music, and papers that had been in storage since 1944. They are just fantastic. Be sure to stop by and see these wonderful items. They will be on display until the week of December 7, in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day.

We are still enjoying temperatures in the mid to high 50s in the daytime, with plenty of sunshine and cool nights. Many of us still have beautiful red geraniums and a few roses in our flowerbeds and boxes. It has been a most enjoyable fall season here in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, it was wonderful to watch a working barge chug by, leaving Cedarville Bay heading south into Government Bay, with its American flags flying high. What a wonderful start to the day.

Veterans Day was celebrated at Cedarville High School for the 19th year, with music from our fantastic bands under the direction of music director Alan Jacobus. The sounds of the horns, the beauty of the string instruments, all supported by the backup of the drums, was enjoyable and encouraging to everyone. Veterans Day is a day of celebration and thanksgiving for the remembrance of every member of our dedicated military family. Janet Haske, daughter of Butch and Barbara Haske, spoke at the service.

The Les Cheneaux Community Library hosted an open house on Veterans Day. It was nicely done and very much appreciated. We are so proud of our library. It is second to none. We appreciate our librarian, Jane French, and the Friends of the Les Cheneaux Community Library for all the programs they present.

It was sad to hear of the passing of Norman Garvey, who died Monday, October 24, in Sebastian, Florida. Norm was a good guy and he was a great salesman. He enjoyed talking with others. He was an active member of Islands Wildlife and enjoyed helping with the organization. Our sympathy to his wife, Margaret, and family. Norm enjoyed living on Lakeside Road, on the water east of Cedarville. An obituary was published in the November 10 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Our sympathy to the family of William Dykstra, Sr., who passed away Saturday, November 5, in Grand Rapids. Bill loved the Les Cheneaux Islands. He built a cottage on the east end of Cedarville on Grove Street several years ago. He was interested in beautiful and unusual antique boats and automobiles. He was an avid reader and enjoyed discussing boats and boating when company stopped by. He was really smart and enjoyed life so much here in the Snows for many years. Bill was a great friend of Pastor George Murray. He enjoyed the preaching and hearing the choir sing. He was a great neighbor and friend.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of Myrtle MacDonald, who passed away Thursday, November 3, in Mount Pleasant. She was such a quiet and sincere person. She enjoyed many friends in the years that she lived in Pickford. She will be remembered fondly by many people. An obituary was published in the November 10 issue of The St. Ignace News.

What a great surprise and thrill it was for Chris and Janice Soderman to see two adult black swans along with two cygnets Thursday, November

3, when they were boating in Peck Bay. The swans are very unusual in our area.

You can see several of the horses from Jack’s Livery Stable on Mackinac Island spending the winter north of Cedarville along M-129. The horses are owned by Dale Gough, who runs the livery stable, as did Dale’s father, the late Burton Gough. The Gough families have been longtime summer residents.

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? After that, it will only be a month until Christmas. The past few months have been enjoyable and have flown by so quickly. Enjoy every day!

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