2016-12-22 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

Jack Frost turned Mackinac Island into a winter wonderland. Mackinac is beautiful with just less than 10 inches of fresh snow. All of the Christmas decorations sparkle in the fluffy snow. It will be a white Christmas. The temperatures have been very cold and the Straits of Mackinac have been steaming, but the beautiful white swans continue to glide slowly by. Many freighters pass by covered with ice. It’s a very cold job on the lakes at this time of the year. Enjoy the beauty of Mackinac Island at Christmas!

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Tom Alexander, 95, of Mackinaw City, who passed away Sunday, December 11, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. A celebration of his life was held Friday, December 16, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Mackinaw City. Tom was an electrician with his son, Dick, and worked for many years at Grand Hotel and other businesses on Mackinac Island. He was a true gentleman and a great friend. Everyone on the Island always enjoyed visiting with him on his many trips to Mackinac. May he rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of The St. Ignace News.

At this time of the year, we remember all the men and women serving in the military. We thank them for their service and wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best wishes to Bob and Bev Benjamin, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 27. Enjoy your day.

Cassandra Frazier will join her parents, Tony and Tammy Frazier, for the Christmas holiday.

Arial Leeper traveled from Virginia to join her father, Tim, for the holidays.

Services at Ste. Anne’s Church for the Christmas holiday will be as follows: Saturday, December 24, at 8 p.m., Sunday December 25, at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday, January 1, at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 14, students at Mackinac Island Public School in preschool through eighth grade held a Christmas winter concert under the direction of music teacher Heather May. The children did an excellent job, especially playing the different instruments. Everyone at the end joined in singing “Let It Snow.” It was a fun evening and a great way to celebrate the holidays.

Mike Iles will join his family in Kalamazoo for the Christmas holiday.

Robert Chambers arrived home Sunday, December 18, after spending six weeks touring Europe. He especially had a great time in Ireland.

Lake Sweet has joined her family on Mackinac Island for the Christmas holiday. Lake is working on her doctorate degree at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Jack Dehring III and family and his sister, Sarah, joined their parents, Jack and Dorothy Dehring, for Christmas.

The Mackinac Island Boys and Girl Scouts went Christmas caroling in Harrisonville Monday, December 19. Everyone really enjoyed the festive songs.

Best wishes to Steve and Mary Anna Harper, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary January 1. Have a great day.

Marvin and Christy May have left Mackinac Island and are settled into their winter home in Petoskey. Have a good winter.

Colton Fisher, who is a student at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, will join his family on Mackinac Island for Christmas.

John Gault enjoyed attending the Christmas Bazaar.

Twins Michael and Emma Young will celebrate their sixth birthday January 1. Happy birthday from Island friends.

Happy birthday to Louie Bunker, Sr. January 2, Alice Bloswick, Dean Gillespie, Sr., and Greg Main January 3, and Kirby King January 5. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Frank and Alice Bloswick left Mackinac Island for their winter home in Cape Coral, Florida. Enjoy the sunshine.

Mike and Lisa Olson will entertain Lisa’s parents for the Christmas holiday on Mackinac.

Happy birthday to Paul BeDour December 22. Have a great day.

Dr. Gregory and Margo Hessler will join their family in Frankfort for the Christmas holiday.

Friday, December 16, the Mackinac Island Lakers girls and boys basketball teams played against Ojibwe Charter School team from Brimley. Both games were very spirited and lots of fun. At halftime during the girls game and before the boys game, the Mackinac Island cheerleaders performed. They did an excellent job and it was very entertaining. The sports on Mackinac Island during the winter are great.

Joan Barch and her family traveled to Marquette Friday, December 16, to celebrate the 40th birthday of her son, Craig. Everyone had a great time.

Trish and Alice Martin will entertain eight members of their family for the Christmas holiday.

Brad and Nancy Chambers will celebrate Christmas on Mackinac with their three daughters, Hannah, Ellie, and Sydney. They will also celebrate Hannah’s birthday on Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 18, the children’s Christmas party was held at the Community Hall. The children enjoyed refreshments, presents from the Mackinac Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians, and a visit from the Jolly Old Elf from the North Pole. He arrived in the Mackinac Island Fire Department squad car and talked to all the good little girls and boys. Then he went back to the airport, where he had his sleigh and reindeer parked and flew back to the North Pole to prepare for his visit on Christmas Eve. We appreciate Gwen Bagbey, Deb Carley, Dennis and Jackie Bradley, and Sid DeHaan, commander of American Legion Post 299, and all the other members. It was a great event and lots of fun.

The Mackinac Island Bible Church hosted a ladies Christmas Tea Thursday, December 8, at Johnson Hall. Everyone enjoyed wonderful food and excellent music.

A beautiful Christmas concert was held at Ste. Anne’s Church Sunday evening, December 18. The decorations, including white icicle lights, ice blue lights, and big wreaths tied with red bows, adorned the entrance of the church. The altars were decorated with lighted trees and red poinsettias. John Kissane, Carolyn May, and Heather May performed at the concert and it truly was a magical evening. Steve Moskwa read “The Night Before Christmas.” More than 50 people attended this special event. Refreshments were served in the parish hall following the concert.

We wish all our readers from far

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