2016-12-15 / Columns

St. Ignace

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

Snowmobile the Mighty Mac is Saturday, December 17. Vintage snowmobiles will be crossing the Mackinac Bridge under their own power in this first-time event. The event is being held in conjunction with the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway and the St. Ignace Events Committee. Everyone is welcome to come out and see this wonderful snowmobile crossing.

Georgetta “Jo” (nee Stempki) and Ted Gunthorp of LaGrange, Indiana, enjoy traveling to St. Ignace to visit family and friends. They say they plan to return in the spring.

I recently heard from my friend, Ron Halberg. He says he is enjoying his retirement and likes not having a schedule.

Santa Claus will be at the Deer Ranch on US-2 in St. Ignace Saturday, December 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to visit Santa and tour the grounds. Hot chocolate and candy canes will be available. Those planning to attend should wear boots.


The Mackinac County Toy Drive received support from both the St. Ignace Police Department and the Sault Tribe Police this year through $175 in monetary donations, in addition to providing toys for the cause. Here (from left) tribal police Sgt. Dan Grondin, toy drive volunteer Donna LaLonde, and city police Sgt. Allen Mitchell pose with a number of toys donated to this year’s drive Thursday, December 8. The toys donated by the police department, and these donated at The St. Ignace News office by private individuals, were distributed to local families in need Saturday, December 10. The Mackinac County Toy Drive received support from both the St. Ignace Police Department and the Sault Tribe Police this year through $175 in monetary donations, in addition to providing toys for the cause. Here (from left) tribal police Sgt. Dan Grondin, toy drive volunteer Donna LaLonde, and city police Sgt. Allen Mitchell pose with a number of toys donated to this year’s drive Thursday, December 8. The toys donated by the police department, and these donated at The St. Ignace News office by private individuals, were distributed to local families in need Saturday, December 10. Feeding America West Michigan will distribute free food for those in need at LaSalle High School Wednesday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until food runs out. Students in the Youth Advisory Committee of the St. Ignace Area Community Foundation are hosting the mobile pantry. The pantry will contain fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and baked goods. The food is intended for anyone in need in St. Ignace and the surrounding area. Clients are asked to bring their own bags or boxes. The school is at W443 Portage Road in St. Ignace.


Marian King of St. Ignace holds the Mackinac Bridge Authority certificate she won in a drawing Monday night, December 5, when a winning name was drawn at a city council meeting. The drawing was part of the St. Anthony’s Park online fundraising campaign launched by the St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority, in which Mrs. King’s name was one of 31 names eligible to be drawn, an incentive for people donating $250 or more to the campaign. The certificate entitles Mrs. King to a Mackinac Bridge tower tour for two. (Photograph provided by Deb Evashevski) Marian King of St. Ignace holds the Mackinac Bridge Authority certificate she won in a drawing Monday night, December 5, when a winning name was drawn at a city council meeting. The drawing was part of the St. Anthony’s Park online fundraising campaign launched by the St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority, in which Mrs. King’s name was one of 31 names eligible to be drawn, an incentive for people donating $250 or more to the campaign. The certificate entitles Mrs. King to a Mackinac Bridge tower tour for two. (Photograph provided by Deb Evashevski) Storyteller Jenifer Strauss will present a holiday program of songs and stories Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m. at the St. Ignace Public Library.

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the St. Ignace United Methodist Church Tuesday, December 20, from noon to 5:45 p.m.

The St. Ignace Elementary Holiday Program is Tuesday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium. Students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will present the program.

Happy birthday to Denise Orr and Sandy Thorin December 13 and Ernest “Skip” Jarman December 15. My birthday is December 17.

Continued prayers and get-well wishes for Linda Wilkins, who has been a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey for the past few weeks. We hope you return home soon.

The St. Ignace Area Hope Chest will be open Tuesday, December 20, Wednesday, December 21, and Thursday, December 22. The store will be closed the following week. It will reopen for business Tuesday, January 3.

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