2017-07-27 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

Sunday, July 16, the weather was beautiful for the Chicago to Mackinac race. The earliest finish in the 109-year history was Infinite Diversion in the Cruising Class Sunday morning, just as the 1,000-foot Stewart J. Cort was passing through the Round Island Passage. Arete was the first to finish on Sunday in the racing class. However, the sailboats were hit with a bad storm Sunday evening, winds as high as 50 miles per hour and 10-foot waves, with 97 boats dropping out of the race. The racers were very fortunate that no one was badly injured. More than 200 boats finished the race. Looking down from Fort Mackinac, the harbor was an awesome sight with all the boats rafted off and moored in the marina, at Star Line Dock #1, and the Coal Dock. Sailors were happy to reach dry land. They celebrated at the Chicago Yacht Club party Tuesday afternoon, July 18, in the Borough Lot. They danced, sang, and enjoyed the beautiful day.

The flowers are just beautiful all over the Island, especially the Mackinac hollyhocks. All the rain has made Marquette Park just like a green velvet carpet. Looking from Fort Mackinac towards Windermere Point, the kites dance in the breeze. They are so colorful and all the children are fascinated watching them. It’s July on Mackinac.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of John Walter LaPine, who died Monday, July 17, in Rock. John was born and grew up on Mackinac Island, the son of the late John and Nadine LaPine. John was a brother to Ada Chambers and Frank LaPine. He attended the Thomas W. Ferry School on the Island. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, July 13, at 4:45 p.m., the Mackinac Island Fire Department was dispatched to a working fire at the Lakewood Cottage on Lakeshore Drive owned by Richard and Mary Doud. It was a terrible fire with extensive damage to the interior of the beautiful cottage. Mackinac Island Fire Chief Jason St. Onge called in mutual aid from the St. Ignace Fire Department, as well as Mackinaw City and Inverness Township in Cheboygan County. They were a tremendous help and we appreciate their service. The whole community came together to offer their assistance. We appreciate the Mackinac Island Fire Department, emergency medical technicians, Mackinac Island Police Department, Cloverland Electric, Sid De- Haan, Dennis Dombroski, Tammy Frazier, and to everyone who donated food and helped to feed the firefighters. A special thank you to Shepler’s and Star Line for bringing over the firemen from the mainland. Mackinac is thankful that no one was badly injured. Richard and Mary will rebuild and make Lakewood Cottage beautiful again.

We send special greetings to Alex McCready, son of Carl Mc- Cready, Jr., who received a bone marrow transplant Friday, July 14, at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Carl is principal of Sault Area High School in Sault Ste. Marie and was a captain for Arnold Transit Company. Alex has spent many happy times on Mackinac. Friends may remember Alex with a card, which can be sent to the following address: Alex McCready, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 100 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Island friends send best wishes to Alex and the family.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Zaira Jaffar, who celebrated her third birthday July 18. Zaira is the granddaughter of Dick and Vicki Riel of Mackinac Island.

Captain Justin Davenport has his late uncle Jeff Davenport’s dog, King, who turned 10 years old July 25. King is doing great and he loves to ride on the boat with Justin.

Best wishes to Jack and Sharon Shaffer, who celebrated their wedding anniversary July 25. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Mark your calendar for the Mackinac Island Medical Center auction Sunday, August 27, at Grand Hotel. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Lorna Straus, along with Cordie and Charles Puttkammer, traveled to Germany recently to attend the Puttkammer reunion.

Happy belated anniversary wishes to Kevin and Laura Shaw July 18. Kevin makes many trips to Mackinac because he is employed by John Green Company. When he is on the Island, he volunteers with the Mackinac Island Fire Department.

Mary Alice Wellington visited her brother, George Wellington, and her niece, Carrie Wellington, recently. Mary Alice lives in Kalamazoo.

Anna Mary Cusack has been entertaining her daughter, Kelly, who lives in Colorado.

Kitty Bourisaw Schadel and her daughter, Cathy, returned to Chicago Sunday, July 16. They spent three weeks at their home on Bourisaw Lane. It was nice to have them back on Mackinac.

Richard and Mary Doud left Mackinac Tuesday, July 18, for Houghton, where Richard celebrated his 50th class reunion from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Richard Hodgman and family from Kalkaska are enjoying a vacation to London and Paris.

Jody Chambers’ sister, Linda, who lives in Colorado, is visiting family and friends on Mackinac Island.

Glen Woulfe, former dock porter at the Windermere Hotel, is on Mackinac Island visiting friends. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Jason and Marielle St. Onge traveled to Detroit Friday, July 14, to attend a Detroit Tigers game and also to attend a wedding. They had a great time.

Brian and Colleen Murray enjoyed the wonderful view from their beachfront watching the sailboats arrive from both the Chicago and Port Huron yacht races. They also celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary July 17.

Happy belated birthday to Anneke Myers July 24 and Ellen Putnam and Captain Jack Wellington July 25. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Happy birthday to Jack Kaminen and Kay Berke July 26, Drew Cope and Rich Lind July 27, Jill Sawatzki July 28, Will St. Onge July 29, Captain Paul Allers July 30, and Roxanne Pettit, Robert Calvin St. Onge, Tim Plutchak, and Jack Barnwell July 31. Hope you all have a great day.

It’s nice to see Ted Sweeney and his family enjoying their cottage in Hubbard’s Annex.

Best wishes to Richard and Jackie Bolander, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary July 30. Enjoy your day.

The Mackinac Arts Council offers music at Marquette Park every Thursday evening. Come and enjoy some great music.

It’s nice to see Ken Thompson on Mackinac Island. He always comes during the yacht races to help his wife, Lorianne, at their Lilac House bed and breakfast.

Best wishes to Skip and Cindi Kutsop, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary July 29. Enjoy your day.

There has been a sighting of a rare bird on Mackinac called “Lesser Yellowlegs” at Lone Lake. There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac.

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