2017-07-20 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

The wild roses are in bloom and are bright red in color. They are just beautiful. There are some close to downtown Hessel on the beach and some in Cedarville near Cedarville Marine. The flowers are beautiful where the Bon Air used to be and across the road where Cedar Inn used to be. It’s enjoyable to drive around this time of the year and see all the flowers, both the natural wildflowers and those that have been planted.

Members of the Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show committee are busy making plans for the show and sending out registration forms as well as forms to fill out for advertising in brochures and booklets. The show is the second weekend of August.

The Museum Ship Valley Camp celebrated its 100th birthday Friday, July 14. It is still a thrill to go and view this museum ship that is docked at East Water Street in Sault Ste. Marie. It is one of the biggest nautical attractions to visit.


This little deer was seen Saturday, July 8, grazing on an unoccupied lot at Island 8 at Les Cheneaux. This little deer was seen Saturday, July 8, grazing on an unoccupied lot at Island 8 at Les Cheneaux. An osprey was flying east of Cedarville recently and it flew down and picked up a small dog and flew away with it while the owner of the dog was close by. This was a horrible happening. I’ve never heard of anything like this happening in Les Cheneaux. It seems that we do have more large birds such as eagles, turkey vultures, and osprey than I’ve seen in previous years. Please be careful and protect your pets in every way possible. We do not want to hear of this happening in Les Cheneaux.

A friend who lives east of Cedarville by Prentiss Bay has been telling me about how good the fishing has been this summer. He has caught menominee, whitefish, herring, pike, and perch.

NibbleLungen, the former Hessel Grocery store, opened for business July 1. The attractive, remodeled building is close to the waterfront in Hessel.


At left: The Cedarville High School class of 1967 held their 50th class reunion Saturday, July 8, at the Runway Bar in Hessel. Pictured (in no particular order) are Bridgett (Rudd) Cadreau, Carol (Williams) Corrion, Art Dunn, Nancy (Schaedig) Hahn, Vickie (Easterbrook) Herold, John Hessel, Jeanne (St. Onge) Hilt, Karen (Winberg) Howard, Zona (McMillan) Moore, Joe Patrick, Dave Smith, Beverley (Sherlund) Tuori, Nadine (Simmons) Walker, John Weir, and Dave Windsor. (Photograph provided by Dave Smith) At left: The Cedarville High School class of 1967 held their 50th class reunion Saturday, July 8, at the Runway Bar in Hessel. Pictured (in no particular order) are Bridgett (Rudd) Cadreau, Carol (Williams) Corrion, Art Dunn, Nancy (Schaedig) Hahn, Vickie (Easterbrook) Herold, John Hessel, Jeanne (St. Onge) Hilt, Karen (Winberg) Howard, Zona (McMillan) Moore, Joe Patrick, Dave Smith, Beverley (Sherlund) Tuori, Nadine (Simmons) Walker, John Weir, and Dave Windsor. (Photograph provided by Dave Smith) The Cedarville High School Class of 1967 celebrated their 50th class reunion Saturday, July 8, at the Runway Bar, with 15 graduates out of a class of 29 attending. Everyone enjoyed a nice dinner put on by Staci Fountain. Music was provided by the “Vampires,” a group from the Class of 1967. Three original members of the Vampires played with help from their sons and also Clyde Jenkins. The alumni from 1967 were joined later in the evening by several former upper and lower classmen. Other events for the group included a luncheon, a float in the Fourth of July parade, and a tour of the school hosted by Randy Schaedig.

Plans are being made for the 16th Annual Islander Bar and Islands Wildlife Slammin’ Salmon Derby Saturday, August 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hessel Harbor. Contests for heaviest steelhead, heaviest salmon, and heaviest lake trout will be held, with $4,000 in prize money awarded. Registration is $100 per boat to enter contest. For registration information, call Pat Carr at (906) 484-2425 or the Islander Bar at (906) 484-3359.

Happy birthdays, some belated, to Blake Slater, Justin Baker, Joanna Shoberg Izzard, Jeffery Autore, Ken Landreville, Larry Smith, Lori Hicks, Dennis Hurban, Teddy Gough, Dorothy Currie, Leonard Baran, Jon Fisher, Janice LaRue, Lisa Burnside, Heather Miller, Sarah Torsky, A. Francis Malkowski, Jarrett St. Onge, Talor Behnke, Greg Bohn, and Mary Altmaier.

Islands Wildlife appreciates Mark Clymer for the great shot of the eagle high in a beautiful tree for the front page of the program for the 27th annual banquet. It’s a good picture, Mark.

In June, Micki and Tony Hagen drove a recreational vehicle out to Vermont with passengers Karen Olmstead, Margaret Olmstead, and Rachel Albert, to visit their sister, Ruth Cutler. The four girls are all sisters. One of the drivers was the daughter of Rachel Albert. Not only are they sisters, they’ve always been best friends. Their parents were Bill and Hazel Goetz, who were employed at Cedarville High School. Bill was the superintendent and Hazel was a teacher, so the girls spent many of their growing up years here in Les Cheneaux. A surprise for Ruth and her daughter, Chris, was some frozen whitefish. Ruth enjoys fresh whitefish from Lake Huron here in Les Cheneaux. The weather was warm, the scenery was beautiful, and everyone enjoyed a nice visit.

Judith Ortiz celebrated her birthday while vacationing here at Waterlawn Cottages. Her husband and family were here to celebrate with her. She loves to spend time with her family and to catch serveral fish and enjoy a fish fry before they leave. It was a pleasure to see them. We will have more information once Mrs. Ortiz writes her book about early days in Les Cheneaux.

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