2017-07-06 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

The weather has remained cool most days, with plenty of rain. It was not great weather for all of those who drove from Ohio to catch fish, which they’ve been doing for approximately 30 years. They have such fantastic memories, and they love the Snows and must come up every year.

We’ve enjoyed a couple of beautiful rainbows and sunsets.

Gospel singer Lillie Knauls, who has sung on Bill Gather programs for many years, sang at First Union Church in Cedarville Tuesday, July 4. She is well known for her famous “Oh, Happy Day” recording, plus many more.

There will be a fashion show and luncheon at Cedar Cove Assisted Living Thursday, July 13. Cost is $12 for adults. This annual fundraiser helps meet the needs of some of the residents at the assisted living facility. Call (906) 484-1001 to make arrangements soon, as seating is limited. Both men and women may be models. If you didn’t get a chance to buy a bracelet at the Fourth of July parade or at the pancake breakfast, bracelets may still be available at Cedar Cove Assisted Living.

A fundraiser was held at the Runway Bar to benefit Rylee Seabrook. Rylee’s mother is Laura Jeffreys. Jim McCord is his grandfather, and Mabel McCord is his great-grandmother. Rylee is 12 years old and is undergoing medical treatments.

Len and Jan Baran have returned from Florida. Len and Jan owned Hills Resort Cottages on Hill Island for many years and Len’s parents had the resort before they bought it. Their children were all graduated from Cedarville High School and all of them are enjoying life and have great jobs.

There was a great celebration on Mackinac Island Wednesday, June 28, for Rod Nelson, chief executive officer of Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace. Mr. Nelson retired Friday, June 30. More than 100 folks attended the get-together at Cawthorne’s Village Inn to thank Rod for all that he has done and accomplished for local health care. We enjoy a beautiful building, a well-staffed hospital, and a new long-term facility, at the county hospital in St. Ignace. It was great to see Steve and Tammie Autore among those at the gathering.

Ruth Cutler, who lives in Vermont, is doing well, according to her daughter, Chris.

Several people in Cedarville have enjoyed seeing a doe deer at different locations in and near town. She always has two young does with her.

Many people have watched the blue heron with a young one with her in the shallow water among the cattails. At one time, there were three.

We had rain nearly every day last week. A friend told me that in his rain gauge we received 2.5 inches of rain within 24 hours. Our water is much higher than last summer. We hope it doesn’t continue to rise much higher.

Phyllis DeLooff and her sister, Carol Ackerman from Ohio, left Friday, June 30, for a two-week venture to Alaska. They will be back in time to enjoy their cottage in Hessel for a few weeks.

It sure was great to see a longtime friend, Winnie (nee Visnaw) Brennan, recently. Winnie and her husband, Bill, are happy to be back at their lovely home on the shore of Lake Huron after spending the winter in Florida. Winnie was enjoying a nice visit with her good friend, Judy MacLean, when I saw her.

Darrell and Jean Sanderson are enjoying their beautiful cottage on south Cedarville Bay with great views of wildlife, boat traffic, and beautiful sunsets. They always are here to enjoy the St. Ignace Car Show and the Fourth of July in Cedarville. Jean spent many of her younger days here in Cedarville. Her parents are the late Ero and Betty Ann (nee Smith) Alenius.

The photograph of the vintage 1934 police car that was published in the June 29 issue of The St. Ignace News was beautiful and a great reminder of previous Michigan State Police cars. The car was on display at the Michigan State Police Open House held Friday, June 23, in St. Ignace.

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