2017-02-09 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

It was a surprise to see Bill Kilroy in Cedarville recently. He said it was pretty quiet out on Beaver Tail Point when he arrived. He enjoys spending time up here north of the Mackinac Bridge. It’s pretty quiet in Les Cheneaux, but it’s bright, sunny, and peaceful. It was a pleasure to see Bill, and we hope to see him again soon.

Our weather certainly has not been very enjoyable. We don’t usually get very many gray days, but we’ve had plenty of them lately. People were complaining because the sun has not been shining like it usually does and it has not been very warm. Our nights have been cold.

Folks here are excited and getting ready for Snowsfest Thursday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19. The theme is “Dr. Seuss in the Snows.” There are so many events to choose from. There is something for everyone in the family. The buttons are now on sale. Get your family and friends together and come enjoy Snowsfest. For more information, contact the Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce at (906) 484-3935.

The snowmobiling has picked up, as the snowmobile trails are much improved. There have been a few snowmobilers here enjoying the trails.

The Cedar Cove Assisted Living board members, including Ken Drenth, Sandy Sherlund, Neil Harrison, and myself, met with Ellie Barr, who is the administrator of Cedar Cove. The attendance there has been excellent, as usually most of the rooms are filled and those who stay there are enjoying the care they receive. It is now owned by Baruch Senior Ministries, who own several other adult foster homes in the Lower Peninsula.

I had a wonderful phone call Thursday, February 2, from Phyllis DeLooff and her sister, Carol Ackerman, who live in Ohio. Carol has been experiencing serious cancer in her throat for several months. After months of treatment and surgery, her doctor gave her good news Wednesday, February 1. She will still have several treatments, but she is very much improved. Being able to eat and swallow has been so difficult, but now she can eat some soft foods and she is able to talk a bit louder than she could for several months. Carol appreciates all of her friends here in Les Cheneaux. She and Phyllis love to spend summers here at their cottage in Hessel.

We extend deepest sympathy to Carol Duncan and her family on the passing of her stepdaughter, Rebecca Kramer, who passed away Wednesday, January 25, in Wichita, Kansas. She was the sister of Kurt Duncan, David Duncan, Patty Beauchamp, Anita Krackowski, and Tami Duncan. Many people in Cedarville recall Becky from when she lived in Cedarville several years ago. An obituary was published in the February 2 issue of The St. Ignace News.

The Les Cheneaux Music Boosters hosted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Friday, February 3. It was well attended. I’m not sure who made the spaghetti, but it sure was good. All the funds raised benefit the Cedarville bands.

Congratulations to the Cedarville High School Band and Band Director Alan Jacobus on their performance at the Michigan Music Conference Friday, January 20. It seems as though wherever they go people are excited that a small school band has such a wonderful music program. The students are very talented and benefit from the musical ability of Mr. Jacobus. In the words of Lawrence Welk, “Wonderful, wonderful.”

We send prayers for Alice Heuck Goldfarb. She has been spending summers here in Les Cheneaux for many years. It’s always good to see Alice and her husband, Joe, in church on Sunday. They are so friendly and enjoy spending their summers on LaSalle Island. The folks at Cedar Cove really enjoy them when they visit.

Friday, February 3, was a beautiful, sunshiny day. It was cold, but bright. It was about 18 degrees Fahrenheit outside.

The Les Cheneaux Community Library will host “KyRho’s Fire” Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. in front of the fireplace at the library featuring harpist Vanessa League. It promises to be an afternoon of beautiful music.

It was a busy weekend in the Eastern Upper Peninsula last week. The Mackinac Island Winter Carnival was going on, as was the I-500 snowmobile race in Sault Ste. Marie. There were 38 snowmobiles competing in the race.

A couple of deer have been seen running around downtown Cedarville recently.

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