2016-12-29 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

Our beautiful winter wonderland has disappeared. We’ve had rain, freezing rain, and wind. The wind blew at speeds of more than 54 miles an hour Monday, December 26. We appreciate the members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department who had to go out and take care of some trees that blew down. It was wild. Folks are still using snowmobiles, but it’s not easy. We need snow! The Island looked just beautiful with the Christmas lights shining through the snow, before all the rain came. We now prepare for all the visitors who come to celebrate the New Year on Mackinac Island.

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, Ste. Anne’s Church was beautifully decorated outside to welcome all the people attending the Christmas Mass at 8 p.m., with Father Edward Baafi officiating. Father Edward was assisted by Colton Fisher and Aidan Ogle. The lighted trees were trimmed in gold and red poinsettias banked the altars. John Kissane and the choir provided beautiful music for the service as Mason McLean as Joseph and Jasmine Booker as Mary (granddaughter of the Bolanders) carried Baby Jesus to the manger. At the end of Mass, bells could be heard in the distance and the Jolly Old Elf paid a visit to all the children and wished everyone a very Merry Christmas. He hurried on his way to continue his Christmas Eve trip. Refreshments followed in the parish hall.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Lorne Cowell, who passed away Wednesday, December 21, at his home in St. Ignace. Lorne lived for many years on Mackinac Island. May he rest in peace. A complete obituary will be published in an upcoming issue of The St. Ignace News.

We send best wishes to Kevin Leveille, who had surgery Tuesday morning, December 27, at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Island friends send best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Kathleen Rickley’s mother traveled all the way from Montana to join the family for the holidays. She will return home Wednesday, January 18.

Happy 13th birthday to Ariana Straus December 26. Hope your day was special.

Best wishes to Frank and Bonnie St. Onge, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary January 9. Enjoy your day.

Tony Doud, Christy Lucas, and their daughter Charli Doud traveled to Las Vegas and Arizona for the holidays.

Tammy (nee Bazinau) Fagan passed away Saturday, December 24, in Cleveland, Ohio. Tammy was the daughter of the late Milton Bazinau and Tesa Peck. She was the granddaughter of Caroline and the late Robert LaPine of Mackinac Island. Caroline and Tammy’s sister, Bernadine Bazinau, traveled to Ohio to visit her. Tammy spent many years on Mackinac as a child. May she rest in peace. A complete obituary will be published in an upcoming issue of The St. Ignace News.

Best wishes to Kay Williams, who will celebrate her 97th birthday January 9. She is the mother of Father Jim Williams. Enjoy your day.

Dakota Horn joined his father, Brett Horn, and grandparents, Cub and Kitty Horn, for Christmas and his birthday. Everyone had a great time.

We wish a very happy first birthday December 31 to Olivia and Nova Cowell, twin daughters of Gabe and Tracy Cowell. I’m sure the girls will enjoy their birthday cake.

Cory, Carrie, Jack, and Anna Kaminen spent Christmas in St. Clair Shores. The highlight of the trip was dinner with Santa at Greenfield Village. They had a great trip.

Skip and Cindi Kutsop of Mountainside, New Jersey, enjoyed spending the Christmas holiday on Mackinac Island.

Joe and Melissa (nee Bunker) Meehan, along with their two young daughters, Kylee and Ally, visited Melissa’s family on Mackinac Island over the Christmas holiday.

Silver Birches looks very festive for the Christmas season, with many wreaths displayed on the windows.

The Meals on Snowmobiles program will start Tuesday, January 10. The meals will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to sign up for this great program, call (906) 847-3507.

Jane Finkel celebrated her 25th birthday at a restaurant in Grand Rapids with Marie Bunker, Kate Dupre, Adrienne Rilenge, and others. Adam Fisher, originally of Mackinac Island, was their waiter. It is a small world.

Helen Wolfgang joined the Brad Chambers family for Christmas on Mackinac Island. It was wonderful to see Brad and Nancy’s house all decorated for the holidays.

Kirby and Jennifer King celebrated Christmas with the Kings and Hollanders. Everyone had a great time.

Lorna Straus joined her family in Chicago for Christmas. She returned to Mackinac Island Monday, December 26, to celebrate the New Year. Frank Straus accompanied his mother from Chicago.

The EMTs had Christmas dinner at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Tuesday, December 20. Everyone had a great time.

Family members gathered at Mary Dufina’s home Thursday, December 22, to celebrate Judy Bynoe’s birthday. It was a festive gathering.

Happy birthday to Dan Wightman and Deana St. Onge January 6, Allen Burt January 9, Tami Erskine January 10, Jean Crawford January 11, and Hailey Bean January 12. Hope you all have a great day.

Doud’s Market hosted an employee party Tuesday, December 27, at Cawthorne’s Village Inn. Everyone had a great time.

Richard and Jackie Bolander entertained their daughters, Amy and Ellen and their families, for Christmas.

Morgan Brodeur-Bunker joined her parents, Leanne Brodeur and Louie Bunker, and her brother, Darcy, for Christmas. They enjoyed a nice celebration.

Catherine McGreevy has departed Mackinac Island and will spend the winter in Lansing. She will return to the Island in April.

The David Bradley family of Kentucky arrived on Mackinac Island Monday, December 26, to spend a few days with David’s parents, Dennis and Jackie Bradley.

Matt and Anneke Myers entertained Matt’s parents from Cross Village for Christmas.

We wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and safe New Year!

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