2016-12-08 / Columns

St. Ignace

By Miriam Blair
(630) 280-5700 • miriamblair@att.net

The weather has been great for outdoor activities, even though we still don’t have any snow.

John and Heidi Ogle and family from Grand Rapids visited John’s mother, Diane Ogle of Gros Cap. They also visited other family members and friends in the area.

Skip Jarman is recovering from back surgery at his home in St. Ignace. He says he is doing very well.

I recently received a phone call from Steve Corp, who resides in California. Steve, who grew up in the Gros Cap area, was graduated from LaSalle High School in 1959.

Happy belated birthday to Al Colegrove December 5.

Happy birthday to Brandon Horn December 8, Chelsea Brown December 10, Lewis and Mike Stempki December 12, and Ernie “Skip” Jarman December 15.

Get well wishes to Tammy Gillis, who is recovering from recent knee surgery. She volunteers at the St. Ignace Area Hope Chest.

Grammy Award winner Peter “Madcat” Ruth’s performance at the St. Ignace Public Library has been rescheduled for Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m. He performs blues, jazz, and American Roots music. The program was originally scheduled for Sunday, November 20, but was postponed. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Santa Claus visited with local children in St. Ignace Friday, December 2, when he came to town to light the Christmas tree. Siblings Leim Houser, 5, and Nevaeh Houser, 9, were among the many children who visited Santa during his stop. Both of the Housers asked for video games this year. Mr. Claus told The St. Ignace News that there is no clear favorite this year with children’s Christmas wishes. Leim and Nevaeh are the children of Cynthia Houser and Stephen Dillon. Santa Claus visited with local children in St. Ignace Friday, December 2, when he came to town to light the Christmas tree. Siblings Leim Houser, 5, and Nevaeh Houser, 9, were among the many children who visited Santa during his stop. Both of the Housers asked for video games this year. Mr. Claus told The St. Ignace News that there is no clear favorite this year with children’s Christmas wishes. Leim and Nevaeh are the children of Cynthia Houser and Stephen Dillon. A variety of St. Ignace Farmers Market vendors will participate in a Holiday Christmas Market Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Pavillion and Colonial House Inn in St. Ignace.


The holiday season arrived in St. Ignace Friday evening, December 2, with the annual Holiday Open House and tree lighting. Santa Claus flew in from the North Pole to help light up the city’s big Christmas tree downtown, then posed for this picture with (from left) St. Ignace Mayor Connie Litzner, Gary Engle of G-Man Entertainment, and K.C. Hobbies and Toys owner Casey Brake before heading over to Mr. Brake’s store to meet with local children. Mrs. Litzner presented Mr. Claus with a special key to the city that he can use to help deliver Christmas presents when he returns on Christmas Eve. The holiday season arrived in St. Ignace Friday evening, December 2, with the annual Holiday Open House and tree lighting. Santa Claus flew in from the North Pole to help light up the city’s big Christmas tree downtown, then posed for this picture with (from left) St. Ignace Mayor Connie Litzner, Gary Engle of G-Man Entertainment, and K.C. Hobbies and Toys owner Casey Brake before heading over to Mr. Brake’s store to meet with local children. Mrs. Litzner presented Mr. Claus with a special key to the city that he can use to help deliver Christmas presents when he returns on Christmas Eve. The St. Ignace VFW will host a children’s Christmas party Saturday, December 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the VFW Hall. Food and games will be offered, and Santa Claus will be there. Everyone is welcome.


Misty Gamble brought her daughter Ryleigh Gamble, 6, and her eight-month-old son Davyn Kinney to see Santa Claus in St. Ignace. Misty Gamble brought her daughter Ryleigh Gamble, 6, and her eight-month-old son Davyn Kinney to see Santa Claus in St. Ignace. A Christmas Fun Fair will be held Sunday, December 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kewadin Casino Event Center in St. Ignace. Free snacks, games, and a cakewalk will be offered, and Santa Claus will be there. All children are welcome. The Christmas party is sponsored by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and representatives Keith Massaway and Bridgett Sorenson.

Jenifer Strauss, author of “Story Be Told,” will be at the St. Ignace Public Library Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m. This will be an evening of holiday stories for all ages. The program is free and open to the public.

Thought for the day: You pass this way once; any good you can do, do it now.



Straits Area EMS emergency medical technician Josh Gouine offers a piece of candy to Christopher Lee, 3, of St. Ignace, during the downtown Holiday Open House. Christopher attended the event with his aunt and uncle. Straits Area EMS offered tours of one of its ambulances during the festivities. Straits Area EMS emergency medical technician Josh Gouine offers a piece of candy to Christopher Lee, 3, of St. Ignace, during the downtown Holiday Open House. Christopher attended the event with his aunt and uncle. Straits Area EMS offered tours of one of its ambulances during the festivities.

The holiday season brings together families from all over the world and St. Ignace’s Holiday Open House and Christmas tree lighting was no exception. Here St. Ignace resident Eliska Grogan (right) poses alongside the city’s Christmas tree moments after it was first illuminated with (from right) her newborn son Thomas, her 22-month old daughter Solla, and her mother Stana Nohejlova, the latter having come all the way from her home in Ostrava, Czech Republic, to visit the family and be a part of the festivities. The holiday season brings together families from all over the world and St. Ignace’s Holiday Open House and Christmas tree lighting was no exception. Here St. Ignace resident Eliska Grogan (right) poses alongside the city’s Christmas tree moments after it was first illuminated with (from right) her newborn son Thomas, her 22-month old daughter Solla, and her mother Stana Nohejlova, the latter having come all the way from her home in Ostrava, Czech Republic, to visit the family and be a part of the festivities.

The LaSalle High School Robotics Team held a bake sale at K.C. Hobbies and Toys in conjunction with the downtown Holiday Open House and tree lighting. Team members Sarah Doran (left) and Lily Colegrove run the sale with a table full of treats the team prepared. The bake sale also included a raffle with a drone and fireworks as the grand prize. The team has held several fundraisers this season to fund its operations. The LaSalle High School Robotics Team held a bake sale at K.C. Hobbies and Toys in conjunction with the downtown Holiday Open House and tree lighting. Team members Sarah Doran (left) and Lily Colegrove run the sale with a table full of treats the team prepared. The bake sale also included a raffle with a drone and fireworks as the grand prize. The team has held several fundraisers this season to fund its operations.

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