2017-06-22 / Columns

St. Ignace

By Miriam Blair
(630) 280-5700 • miriamblair@att.net


Justin Sterk of Grand Rapids, formerly of Traverse City, is pictured with his grandparents, Harold and Jean Sterk of St. Ignace, after he was sworn in as a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan at a ceremony Monday, June 5. The ceremony was at Kent County 17th Circuit Court in Grand Rapids. Mr. Sterk was graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012, and also from Wayne State University Law School in 2016. He is employed as an associate at Bloom Sluggett, PC in Grand Rapids. He is the son of Jim and Kelley Sterk of Traverse City. (Sterk family photograph) Justin Sterk of Grand Rapids, formerly of Traverse City, is pictured with his grandparents, Harold and Jean Sterk of St. Ignace, after he was sworn in as a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan at a ceremony Monday, June 5. The ceremony was at Kent County 17th Circuit Court in Grand Rapids. Mr. Sterk was graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012, and also from Wayne State University Law School in 2016. He is employed as an associate at Bloom Sluggett, PC in Grand Rapids. He is the son of Jim and Kelley Sterk of Traverse City. (Sterk family photograph) This weekend brings the 42nd annual Car Show to downtown St. Ignace. All of our local businesses are ready to welcome the many visitors and local residents who will enjoy the show. Cruise night will be Thursday evening, the Down Memory Lane Parade will be Friday at 7 p.m. on State Street, and cars will be displayed downtown all day Saturday. Live bands will perform at several locations downtown Saturday, and a children’s play area will be offered at American Legion Park. Admission is free of charge for spectators.


At left: The Museum of Ojibwa Culture will soon be home to a Sculpture Park. Two sculptures were installed Wednesday, June 14. Several more are yet to be installed. The project will be completed before the St. Ignace Heritage Days Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16. A fisherman sculpture is seen here. Because of the wind, it is tethered down to allow it to set properly as the concrete dries. When completed, it will be surrounded by water and will not be tethered. All of the sculptures are the work of Jennifer DeVos of The Graphix Garage in Pickford. The designs were inspired by similar sculptures in British Columbia, Canada. At left: The Museum of Ojibwa Culture will soon be home to a Sculpture Park. Two sculptures were installed Wednesday, June 14. Several more are yet to be installed. The project will be completed before the St. Ignace Heritage Days Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16. A fisherman sculpture is seen here. Because of the wind, it is tethered down to allow it to set properly as the concrete dries. When completed, it will be surrounded by water and will not be tethered. All of the sculptures are the work of Jennifer DeVos of The Graphix Garage in Pickford. The designs were inspired by similar sculptures in British Columbia, Canada. This Saturday, June 24, there will be fireworks over Moran Bay in conjunction with the Car Show. After that, fireworks will be displayed every Saturday at dusk from July 8 through September 2.


Jennifer DeVos of the Graphix Garage Studio in Pickford kneels next to a medicine man sculpture that she designed for the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in downtown St. Ignace. Through various grants, the museum has contracted Ms. DeVos to create several sculptures that will be featured in the museum’s new sculpture park, which is slated to debut during St. Ignace Heritage Days Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16. This medicine man sculpture, along with a fisherman sculpture, was installed Wednesday, June 14. Jennifer DeVos of the Graphix Garage Studio in Pickford kneels next to a medicine man sculpture that she designed for the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in downtown St. Ignace. Through various grants, the museum has contracted Ms. DeVos to create several sculptures that will be featured in the museum’s new sculpture park, which is slated to debut during St. Ignace Heritage Days Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16. This medicine man sculpture, along with a fisherman sculpture, was installed Wednesday, June 14. The first week of July will see the beginning of more weekly activities downtown, including Movies by the Bay on Sunday nights at dusk at American Legion Park, Locals on the Bay concerts Wednesdays at the marina at 6 p.m., and Bayside Live! concerts Thursdays at the marina at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Genealogy classes are still offered Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the St. Ignace Public Library. Participants should bring their laptop computers.

The residents at Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace have been helping in the garden, and all the plants look so pretty.

I enjoyed a nice visit recently with Mike Lehto. He is doing well.

My friend, Hazel (nee Obeshaw) Friday, who lives in Prattville, Alabama, says that she and St. Ignace resident Arlene Black are planning to take another cruise together.

Happy belated birthday to Bill Robinson June 12, Jean Sterk June 14, Harold Sterk, who celebrated his 90th birthday June 15, and Sharron Lasley June 18. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Best wishes to Howard and Charlotte Everson, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary June 30. Hope you have a very happy and special day.

Happy birthday to Roger St. Louis June 22 and. Kim Grove June 25. Wishing you both a great day.

Roy, Jr. “Bud” and Betty Closs of Grand Haven recently visited their hometown of St. Ignace for a few days.

I recently enjoyed a nice visit with Leila (nee Wamsley) Barnes, who lives at Brevort Lake. We caught up on news and shared many laughs.

Moose Lodge 999 in St. Ignace offers a fish fry every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The VFW in St. Ignace also offers a fish fry every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is welcome.

Take care, and enjoy the summer!

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