2017-03-09 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

We received more than a foot of snow Wednesday, March 1, and the following days were cold and windy. Some days were miserable and lots of folks stayed home. Area schools canceled classes because of the snow. Temperatures were in the 15 to 20 degree range. By Friday, March 3, the sun had come out, but it was still very cold. I hope spring isn’t too far away.

Musicians Marty Feldhake and Benjamin Gulder will perform Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville. The concert is free of charge.

A Cedarville High School alumni basketball game will be played Saturday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at the John Duncan Memorial Gymnasium. The gymnasium will open at 5 p.m. for players to warm up. The game will be played to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2007 Class D Championship Team. Admission is $5 per person. There will be concessions and a 50/50 raffle. Those planning to participate should contact Cristi Smith at (906) 440-8147 or e-mail cristic@eupschools.org. The game is sponsored by the Cedarville High School Class of 2018.


At left: Seniors (from left) Maddie Kologe and Chase Massey and juniors Joshua Oblander and Julia Smith represented the senior and junior classes at Snowcoming at the basketball game in Cedarville Monday, February 27. The classes competed to earn points for participation and other categories, and the senior and junior classes tied in the competition this year, each choosing a king and queen. At left: Seniors (from left) Maddie Kologe and Chase Massey and juniors Joshua Oblander and Julia Smith represented the senior and junior classes at Snowcoming at the basketball game in Cedarville Monday, February 27. The classes competed to earn points for participation and other categories, and the senior and junior classes tied in the competition this year, each choosing a king and queen. It sure was great to be able to buy some big, beautiful, red raspberries at Cedarville Foods. It’s great to have fresh fruit in the winter.

Reports have been good the past several days about fishing in Muskie Bay and Hessel Bay. Everyone is urged to check on ice conditions before going out on the ice.

Gary Tassier has been donating his fantastic knowledge of woodworking at the high school and students are now making wood models. This is a fun project for the shop class to learn how to work with wood. We appreciate Gary for donating his time and talent.

It was good to see Lisa Dunn and Marianne Coyne Thursday, March 2. They were all dressed up and enjoying a delicious breakfast at Ang- Gio’s Restaurant.

We are glad that Stan and Linda Jack have arrived back in Cedarville and First Union Church. Linda says she misses the sunshine and beach, but she does enjoy the quaint and beautiful Beaver Tail Point.

Happy birthday to Michael Perkins, Gillian Bickham, Jim Nye, Eric Haske, Steve Hicks, Ross Sherlund, Susie Rutledge, Chad Williams, Jim Struble, Jim Sherlund, Deana Spencer, Steve and Tami Autore, Jim Eberts, Joshua Moeller, Janaan Meyers, Dale Reich, John Dubro Jr., Wade Autore, Teri Hicks, Pam Schebel, Bruce Gluper, and Kim Lofdahl.

Roger Heuck, a friend of mine, sent me a poem recently. It is entitled “Winter’s Glow in Les Che- neaux.”

“You can feel the glow of a winter’s night

Just like you can feel the warmth

Of a friend from afar.

And even though we don’t see you

As often as we’d like,

You still have a special place in our hearts and thoughts,

Which makes us happy.

So, as we anticipate our next hello,

Which cannot be too soon,

We wish you all our best…”

Roger’s great-grandfather, Hubert Heuck, first came to the area in 1881 to fish and get away from the unbearable heat of Cincinnati, Ohio, in August. Four generations of Heucks have reared their children in the summer in Les Cheneaux. Hubert and his youngest son, Roger, through their gregarious nature of sharing, helped populate the Cedarville area with friends from Cincinnati, Along Big LaSalle Island, where the Heucks built the first cottage in 1908, is a row of quaint summer homes built by those friends and relatives. This is now known as Cincinnati Row. What an interesting family.

The Soo Locks are scheduled to reopen Saturday, March 25. It will be great to see the big freighters coming back on the Great Lakes for the shipping season.

Have a safe, fun, and happy St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17.

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