2017-06-08 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

More than 150 people attended a special breakfast Saturday, May 27, for Great Lakes Boat Building School graduates, their families, and invited guests. The meal was catered and served at the Les Cheneaux Distillery. After the breakfast, people went to the school for the graduation ceremony. There were 16 graduates this year, with 11 students completing their first year and five students from the two-year program. The boat school was well decorated for this occasion. Everyone enjoyed viewing the boats that are in the process of being completed and enjoyed going for a ride in the 12-passenger dieselpowered boat used by the Inland Water Route Historical Society in Alanson, which is used for historical, ecological tours. This 30-foot boat is a replica of a Truscott fan tail launch. This was a challenge for the students to build, and they did a fantastic job.

Pastor Wayne Foote of St. Ignace enjoyed attending the graduation ceremony and being among the first people to ride in the boat. We appreciate the employees and friends of the boat school for all that they’ve accomplished. We are proud of everyone and we sincerely appreciate all the donors who have made the school possible.

Cedarville High School graduated 23 seniors Saturday, May 27. The school band played a fantastic rendition from “Lion King” directed by Alan Jacobus. Graduation was exciting and fun for everyone. Fortunately, the rainstorm we had right before the ceremony stopped. Congratulations to all the graduates and best wishes to each of them for a successful and enjoyable future.

Pickford High School graduated 31 seniors the same day.

Peter Goehring of Hessel played the hammered dulcimer and bass trumpet at a concert Thursday, June 1, on the porch of Les Cheneaux Community Library. The weather was a bit cool, but many folks enjoyed the music. This was the first of several concerts that will be played by different musicians.

We sure are enjoying the wildflowers, and the many trilliums in the hardwoods north of Hessel are beautiful.

The morel mushrooms are not very plentiful, but even so, Pastor Jeff Meyers and I enjoyed some delicious creamy mushroom soup at the Les Cheneaux Culinary School recently.

Lillie Knauls will return to again sing patriotic and gospel music Tuesday, July 4, at First Union Church. She has performed with Bill Garther for many years and is a lovely singer. She visited Les Cheneaux and sang at First Union Church last summer. Her singing will be part of the Fourth of July celebration, so be sure to mark this on your calendar. It is not often we hear a world-renowned singer like Lillie. She was nominated for the “Dove Award” a few years ago.

Randy Dunn has returned to his home in Cedarville after being hospitalized in Grand Rapids.

Please keep Steve Autore and Dewey Lopes and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

The Les Cheneaux Distillery is open and has been very busy. The inside of the building is unique, attractive, and modern. It’s a beautiful building to have in downtown Cedarville. Congratulations to the new owners, Jay and Sue Bowlby and Jason and Kirsten Bohn of Cedarville.

The Memorial Day service held Monday, May 29, at Cedar Cemetery was much appreciated. The cemetery looked so nice as it is always well cared for by Clark Township.

There have been many fishing boats and fishermen in both Cedarville and Hessel as the pike fishing contest sponsored by Islands Wildlife will end this Sunday. There are cash prizes for both adults and children.

Welcome back to each of our summer friends and vacationers. Enjoy the summer.

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