2016-12-01 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

It was 59 degrees Friday, November 18, at 9 p.m. There were still a few folks enjoying boating. It sure has been a beautiful fall for contractors to get work done on the islands. The cold weather and snow arrived the weekend of November 19 and 20, with temperatures in the 30s and lots of blowing snow.

I was surprised to see three loons in front of my house on Cedarville Bay Sunday, November 20. It was chilly and foggy as they flew in and stayed close to the shore. I stood as close to the windows as I could and watched the loons enjoying themselves.

Emma Bohn shot a six-point buck Wednesday morning, November 16, while hunting with her grandfather, Tom Moore, in Cedarville. Emma was very excited, and so was her grandfather. Not only is she a successful athlete, she is now a successful hunter. The deer was Emma’s first buck. Her photograph was published in last week’s issue.

While driving around Cedarville, I noticed a new sign that reads “Les Cheneaux Distillers.” The business is not yet open, but it sure looks great from the outside.

Margie Denoyer, Sue Drenth, and Jane French will be leaving the end of the month, flying to Washington, D.C. to attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

The holiday flags are up on the poles. They look very festive. The flags belong to the Les Cheneaux Beautification Committee. We appreciate everyone who donates to the committee. We also appreciate both Cedarville Marine and Flotation

Docking Systems in Cedarville and Mertaugh Boat Works for putting up the flags and changing them at different times of the year. Without them, this unique project would not be possible.

It was sad to learn of the passing of Laurel (nee Goetz) Tigner, who died Tuesday, November 15, in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She loved spending as much time as she could in Les Cheneaux. Her parents were Bill and Hazel Goetz, who were teachers. Her father was also the superintendent for many years. Laurel had three sisters, Ruth, Raechel, and Karen. The entire family enjoyed being “Yoopers.” They’ve enjoyed the many friends that they have here in Cedarville and Hessel. An obituary was published in the November 24 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Congratulations to Jordan Bailey, of the Cedarville Trojans, who was selected for the All-State Football Team, and also to Wyatt Boik, who was selected from the Pickford Panthers football team. What great recognition and an honor this was for both young men. A friend of mine, Jason Smith of Frankenmuth, played on their football team Saturday, November 19, as they played Menominee at the Superior Dome in Marquette. Menominee won the game by just three points. It was a long trip from Frankenmuth to Marquette. The teams and fans were really excited, so the trip didn’t seem so long. They did get a taste of Upper Peninsula snow, as the trip home was snowy and there was ice on the roads.

Be sure to attend the Les Cheneaux Historical Museum’s annual Christmas open house and Christmas tree auction Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The door prize and auction concludes Sunday, December 4, from noon to 4 p.m. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Les Cheneaux Historical Society. The museum is beautifully decorated. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy seeing the beautiful decorations. The museum is at 105 South Meridian Street in Cedarville. The event is free and open to the public.

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