2017-01-05 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

The weather was very nice this past weekend and we received about four inches of snow Saturday, December 31. The snow made walking and snowmobiling much better. Folks came from far and near to celebrate New Year’s on Mackinac Island. They enjoyed cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and hayrides. It was very busy on Main Street. The Mustang Lounge and Cawthorne’s Village Inn had special dinner menus for New Year’s Eve. At midnight, thanks to Annie Linn and Bart Berkshire, manager at Lilac Tree Hotel, there was a Turtle Drop from the fourth floor balcony of the Lilac Tree Hotel. A large crowd gathered for the festivities and everyone had a fun time. It was a great way to bring in 2017.

Mark your calendar for the Twilight Turtle Trek Saturday, January 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting at Greany Grove and ending there with a bonfire. Folks may ski, snowshoe, or walk. It’s a fun event.

Pete and Marta Olson enjoyed celebrating New Year’s on Mackinac Island.

Clark Bloswick has a new project for the winter. He is keeping track of all the different birds on Mackinac. If you take any pictures of Mackinac Island birds, please share them with Clark.

Jason St. Onge invited Jamie Bynoe to the football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit Sunday, January 1. Jamie, who is an avid Packers fan, had a great time and was absolutely thrilled that the Packers won the game 31-24.

The memorial service for Kitty Hannabass will be Saturday, May 20, at Trinity Church on Mackinac Island. The time will be announced at a later date. Kitty passed away November 12, 2016.

Peggy (nee Bynoe) Naber of Grand Rapids joined her mother, Judy, and family for several days on Mackinac Island.

Matt and Anneke Myers entertained friends at a New Year’s Eve party at their home at British Landing. Everyone had a great time.

Maggie Chambers and Eric Obscherning arrived Wednesday, December 28, from Washington, D.C., to visit Mark and Jody Chambers and family for the New Year’s holiday.

Joe and Melissa (nee Bunker) Meehan, along with their two young daughters, Kylee and Ally, joined Melissa’s father, Clark Bunker, and the Bunker family for Christmas. Everyone had a nice time.

Jane Finkel and Brian Spencer spent New Year’s on Mackinac Is- land visiting relatives and friends.

Dr. Dianne Weidner and Dr. Don Goeckel and Barb and Sam Kovalak celebrated New Year’s on Mackinac Island.

John and Anne Gault enjoyed the weekend and had fun celebrating the New Year on the Island.

Ellen Putnam celebrated Christmas in St. Ignace with her daughters and their families, Jennifer and Luke Shellhorne with their two sons, Owen and Jase, and Sarah and Scott Proper. Sarah has moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the winter because her husband works on the freighters during the winter.

Best wishes to Bob Benjamin, who will celebrate his 94th birthday January 14. Mackinac Island friends send special birthday greetings.

Patti Ann and Steve Moskwa traveled to Illinois last week and came home with a new addition to their family, a four-month-old Sheltie puppy named “Little Rebel.” He is really cute.

The Meals on Snowmobiles program will start Tuesday, January 10. Meals are served every Tuesday and Thursday. This is a great program, and if you would like to sign up for it, call (906) 847-3507.

The Mackinac Island Lions Club bingo started Tuesday, January 3.

Jane Bacon and Ken Neyer spent Thursday, December 29, on Mackinac checking on Metivier Inn and Hart’s Haven.

Many members of the Obscherning family (daughter of Carl and Mary Doolen) from Chicago and Milwaukee traveled to Mackinac for a few days before New Year’s. They stayed at the Tom Corrigan home on Lakeshore Drive. Everyone had a great time.

Jennifer King’s parents, John and Cheryl Hollander of Traverse City, enjoyed celebrating New Year’s on Mackinac Island.

Dan and Amy Goehler, who live in Woodbluff, entertained their whole family on Mackinac over the Christmas holiday. Amy is employed at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Tom and Linda Pfeiffelmann joined Pfeiffelman relatives for a luncheon at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Thursday, December 29. Everyone enjoyed a lot of laughs, good food, and great company.

A hockey game was played Saturday, December 31, at 1 p.m. The Red Wings, with captain Jamie Bynoe, played the St. Ignace Storms, with captain Kirk Lipnitz. It was a very spirited game, with Jamie Bynoe making one goal and several assists. The Wings won the game 6-5. Jacob Chambers was named Most Valuable Player. Everyone had fun.

Mark your calendar for the Winter Carnival Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5. It will be a fun weekend with lots of events.

Trinity will have their first movie night Wednesday, January 4. A potluck will start at 6 p.m., followed by the showing of the movie, “Still Mine,” at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Woody Beardsley and Kyle Sweet enjoyed spending New Year’s on Mackinac Island.

The Soo Locks will close for the season Sunday, January 15, and reopen Saturday, March 25. There has been a lot of freighter traffic passing through the Round Island Passage in preparation of the closing. We do not have any ice yet and temperatures have been mild.

Students returning to classes after the holidays include Anthony Rickley at Grand Rapids Community College, Will Barnwell at Northern Michigan University, Meadow Greenlee at Alpena Community College, Tymon Horn and Peyton Waaso at Michigan State University, Leo Horn at Albion College, Colton Fisher at North Central Michigan College, Collin Armstrong, Kyra Kolatski, Onaca Bennett, and Jeremy Hepker at the University of Michigan, Hailey Armstrong at Ferris State University, Adrienne Rilenge at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and Tyler Pereny at Michigan Technological University. Have a good year!

Classes resumed Tuesday, January 3, at Mackinac Island Public School, following a Christmas break.

The Veterans Memorial had a lighted tree in it during the holidays. It reminds everyone to keep all our veterans in our thoughts and prayers, especially those in harm’s way.

Robert Chambers departed Mackinac Island Tuesday, January 3, for Breckenridge, Colorado, where he will work for the winter.

Enjoy your week!

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