2017-06-15 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Traffic has picked up both via automobiles and certainly via boats. There are many folks shopping in our stores and dining in our restaurants.

The large amounts of wildflowers and lilacs are plentiful and beautiful. The different colors of lilacs, with mostly purple and white, makes this the perfect time to visit the hardwoods and to enjoy the hardwood lilies and the trilliums. Many of us can recall when our own Norine Rudd would paint such beautiful trilliums. The blue forget-me-nots are also quite plentiful right now.

Roger Gough is enjoying his new home on 4 Mile Road

It’s good to see the Shell Gallery now open for the summer at the corner of M-134 and M-129 in Cedarville.

Ginny Haines of St. Ignace celebrated her 90th birthday May 22. Her daughter, Nancy Barron of Hessel, June Maurer, and Audrey (nee Fick) Hutchison, also of Hessel, as well as Connie Sweet and Hannah Lupan of St. Ignace, celebrated with her by dining at a local restaurant. After dinner, the group of women gathered at Ginny’s home for cake and ice cream. Ginny enjoyed her cards and gifts and also the love shared between her friends and daughter. The ladies had a great time.


Ginny Haines celebrated her 90th birthday May 22. (Photograph by Audrey Hutchison.) Ginny Haines celebrated her 90th birthday May 22. (Photograph by Audrey Hutchison.) Sharon Sherlund has her resale shop open on M-134 east of the car wash.

The students at Cedarville Elementary School enjoyed their last day of school on the athletic field a few days ago. Much work is being done at the athletic field to improve the drainage and other improvements are being made as well.

We will all remember the great year that Cedarville High School enjoyed in athletics this spring. The Trojans were successful in both boys and girls track and also golf.

We are sad to learn that Clark Township Supervisor Gary Reid has announced his intent to resign as of Friday, August 11. He was a great, hardworking supervisor who cared about Clark Township. We appreciate Gary for all of the hours he spent working for us. We will miss him.

The annual Islands Wildlife banquet and auction dinner is always a fine social event held every year on the second Saturday in June. This year it was held Saturday, June 10, at the Community Center in Cedarville. Approximately 150 folks attended and enjoyed the great food from Ang-Gio’s Restaurant.

There were fantastic items for door prizes with an auction and silent auction. We appreciate everyone who donated items to be sold to help raise funds for the Islands Wildlife Committee to benefit many projects here in Les Cheneaux. Betty Sodders, who lives in Raber, and is an author of many wildlife books and stories, was present. She has published more than 2,000 articles, many of them for Woods and Water magazine. She enjoys giving talks and lectures.

Joyce LaMay Lamoreaux was spotted vacationing here in Les Cheneaux. She was graduated from Cedarville High School in 1962, and she enjoyed spending several summers working at the BonAir.

The former Hessel Grocery in Hessel has not yet opened, but the new name of the business is Nibble Lungen.

Friday evening, June 2, was the first hatch of the mayflies. They are always here to make a mess on the buildings, cars, and other items; however, many fishermen do pick them to use them as bait for fishing.

Clayton Meyers and two of his friends recently enjoyed visiting with Clayton’s parents, Pastor Jeff and Becky Meyers, in Cedarville. Clayton’s friends had a great time boating through the islands. It was nice for them to leave the city and spend a few days in Les Cheneaux.

This summer will be the 2017 Ensign National Championship Regatta, Sunday, August 13, to Thursday, August 17, here in the islands.

The Hessel Flea Market at “The Marketplace” is now open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sunday, September 3. For more information, call Becky at (906) 484-3913.

Bev Johnson Crenshaw has returned to enjoy the summer. Bev is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnson from Pickford. She was graduated from Pickford High School. She still has many friends and relatives in both Pickford and Cedarville.

I understand that the former G.H. Hamel house and real estate office many years ago, and then a computer shop, then a bookstore, will be remodeled. I believe soft ice cream and perhaps other items will be sold.

Thursday, June 8, we had a large hatch of fish flies. They were everywhere on the streets, on the windows, and most any place they could land and the seagulls could catch them. Fishermen used to pick them off buildings and put them in brown bags and freeze them to use for bait to fish with. One person I can recall who always came down to Waterlawn Cottages to pick them off the cottages was Bob Hossack. He said they made fantastic bait, and we all recall that Bob was one of our area’s best fishermen.

It looks as though summer is finally here. Put on your hats and suntan lotion and enjoy.

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