2017-03-23 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

All ice shanties in Michigan must be removed from their location on the lake by midnight Friday, March 31.

Last Sunday I enjoyed a great phone conversation with Bing Stroh. He and his wife, Mary, have been traveling in warmer places, where they have done a lot of visiting. They lived here in the Les Cheneaux area for several years. We do miss not seeing them very often. They always enjoyed boating the years they were here.

The Cedarville-Pickford boys’ basketball teams played their last game in the Duncan gymnasium with John Duncan coaching the Cedarville Trojans. The gymnasium is named after Coach Duncan’s grandfather, John Duncan.

Comments received from Cedar Cove are as follows: Some of the residents were shown in a Valentine and they are Nellie Lindberg, Marie Goran, and her daughter, Jackie, Edna Newell, Dorothy Meyers Cough, and Charles Halsey. They had a sweet time. Several of the residents are enjoying exercise two days per week. They start with stretching. Everyone enjoys the exercise.

Ken Fisher, a resident of Cedar Cove, celebrated his birthday February 1. Hope he enjoyed a fun time. It’s always good to visit with Ken, as I have known him for many years.

I recently saw the Jaroche family out enjoying the evening together. The only one not there was Luke, who is busy working in the woods as it’s time to make maple syrup. Good luck, Luke.

After this Friday, the Great Lakes Boat Building School will be out for spring break.

Meredith Fountain returned home after visiting friends and relatives in the Lower Peninsula.

Good news from a friend, Matthew Perkins from Rudyard. He is the son of Jason and Karen Perkins. Matthew attended the state finals for swimming and he won fourth place in the backstroke and 11th place in the backstroke for his age division. He is the grandson of Marv and Raya Erfourth and Norm and Marcia Perkins.

Ang-Gio’s and the Snows held their first St. Patrick’s dinner and Albany Bar, known for its great St. Patrick’s Day celebration with music by Clyde Jenkins, had a wonderful celebration.

It was great to see Dr. Grover and his wife, Barbara, out for dinner a few nights ago.

It was so good to see my friend of many years, Audrey Fisher out shopping and enjoying the day with her daughter, Karen Schaedig.

Wednesday was the funeral for Cindy Gough. Cindy was born on Mackinac Island, where she loved horses and trails in the woods. She much enjoyed being the boss of Cindy’s Riding Stable. She could go horseback riding and be perfectly content and happy. She loved being in charge of the riding stable, and also she loved her family consisting of four tough and busy boys. Her sister, Vera Hicks, was close by her in Cedarville. There were often times I would see her at the post office in her red vehicle with horses painted on both sides. She was so much fun to talk to as she was always so happy.

The stars have certainly been shining brightly over Cedarville, how beautiful it is. We are so blessed to live here in the U.P.

Some people saw snow geese here, both on the athletic field and again down on the ice in eastern Cedarville. People were thrilled to see them so close. I don’t recall seeing them before, right here in front of our homes on Cedarville Bay.

Many friends called to remind me of the “Inside Grand Hotel” film that was shown on the public television station. It was beautiful.

Tom and Karen Moore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 18. Best wishes to them.

Mike Jellison celebrated his birthday the March 18. Happy birthday wishes to Mike.

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Drenth celebrated their anniversary March 20 and Todd Lysinger, Matt Duncan, Pat Smith, George Huff, Hunter Perkins, and Paul and Dawn Griffin celebrated their anniversary March 22.

Weather continues to be chilly with some warm sunshine, plus we did get approximately three to four inches of fresh white snow a couple of days ago.

Karl Pitko passed away a few days ago here in Cedarville. He was a very creative man. He loved to work with wood, he ran a sawmill for many years, and made thousands of wood shingles on his shingle mill. Our sympathy to his wife, Jackie, and their family and friends. An obituary for Mr. Pitko is published in this issue.

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