2017-08-17 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

The training vessel, State of Michigan, from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, was docked in the harbor for a few days recently. The flowers all over Mackinac are just beautiful, especially in front of the Lenox and Metivier Inn. Hollyhocks, daisies, and sunflowers are just a few of the many flowers on the Island. August is a great time to visit.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of William “Bill” Allen, 94, who passed away Monday, August 7, at the Hiland Hospice House in Petoskey. Bill served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a decorated veteran. He and his wife, Jean, spent many happy summers on Mackinac Island and spent winters in Sarasota, Florida. Services were held Tuesday, August 15, at 11 a.m. at Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island with the Reverend Dan Hans officiating. May he rest in peace. An obituary appears in this issue of The St. Ignace News.

Sunday, August 6, Michael and Melissa Straus invited friends and neighbors to help them celebrate the 100th anniversary of their home, “Rockwood,” in Hubbard’s Annex. It was a wonderful celebration on an absolutely beautiful afternoon. Everyone enjoyed touring the home with unique features, which was built by Patrick Doud in 1917.

Family and friends gathered in Mackinaw City Sunday, July 30, to celebrate Captain Paul Allers’ 80th birthday. It was a great celebration with lots of stories and great memories. Island friends wish Captain Paul many more happy years.

Bart Stupak has written a book, “For All Americans.” He will be speaking about the book at the Mackinac Island Public Library Tuesday, August 22, at 4 p.m.

We send special greetings to Wally Peck, who worked for many years on Mackinac and most recently at the Chippewa Hotel. Wally, who lives in Manistique, received a kidney transplant this spring. He would love to hear from his many friends on Mackinac. His address is Harborview Towers, Manistique, MI 49854.

Larry and Donna Jones of Lansing were on Mackinac Island recently.

They visited their daughter and son-in-law, Erica and Bill Chambers, and their family, who were also there visiting Bill’s father, James Chambers.

Best wishes to Dick and Vicki Riel, who celebrated their wedding anniversary August 14, and also to Bill and Susanna Franks, who celebrated their wedding anniversary August 15. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Best wishes to Mike and Melissa Straus and Sid and Elaine DeHaan, who will celebrate their wedding anniversaries August 17, and also to Norman and Courtney Kolatski and Larry and Nancy Keogh, who will celebrate their anniversaries August 19. Hope you all enjoy your day.

We send special get-well wishes to Tom Marx, who has not been feeling his best. Take it slow and easy.

Andrew, Nicole, Louie, and Tommy Doud attended a family reunion of Nicole’s family recently. Everyone had a great time.

Brother Jim Boynton, Father John Essel, and Leanne Brodeur, along with several Island workers from Mexico, recently traveled to Tahquamenon Falls. Everyone had a wonderful time.

We are happy to report that Annette “Toots” Gillespie has returned to her home on Mackinac Island. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Best wishes to Margaret McIntire, who celebrated her 91st birthday Saturday, August 5, surrounded by family members. Everyone enjoyed a special dinner at the Carriage House dining room and delicious birthday cake baked by chef Lori Myers.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Rachel Geer August 8 and Stella Riccinto August 10. Hope you both had a special day.

The Mackinac Island Medical Center auction is Sunday, August 27, at Grand Hotel. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Vic Callewaert is selling raffle tickets for this event.

Dan and Marlee Musser entertained family and friends Tuesday, August 8, at a delightful pig roast. It was a beautiful Mackinac evening and everyone enjoyed wonderful food. Paul and Meg Brown and Grace Armour joined the festivities.

Mackinac Island ladies attended a porch party Wednesday, August 9, at Nina Huthwaite’s home in Woodbluff. Wonderful food and lots of laughs were enjoyed by all.

Happy belated birthday to Melinda Porter and Polly Redman August 15. Hope you both had a wonderful day.

Happy birthday to Almeda Bodwin August 16, Austin Ruddle August 18, and Marsha Orr August 19. Hope you all have a great day.

Congratulations to Pete Olson, who was the grand-prize winner in the writing division of the Mackinac Arts Council’s special event celebrating Henry David Thoreau’s 1861 visit to Mackinac Island and his 200th birthday. Pete’s essay was “Walking Among the Stars with Henry David Thoreau on Mackinac Island.”

Enjoy all the flowers on Mackinac!

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