2017-08-31 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

I’m sure that by now many of you have received a letter from the Friends of Les Cheneaux Harbor Facility in reference to the Cedarville Harbor Project, including a colored picture of part of the docks, boat launch ramps, and the beautiful harbor facility. It appears that the attractive harbor facility will not only be an attractive addition to downtown Cedarville, but long overdue and necessary to serve the residents and visitors of Clark Township. Its location is close to the fire department and the Ambulance Corps, plus folks who live on the Islands as well as those who visit Les Cheneaux. Please support this project and be proud of it. Time for raising the necessary funds is of the essence. Because of the support of necessary grants, along with the support of Clark Township, it is necessary that the Friends of the Project raise $190,000. Much of this $190,000 has been donated, but your help to finish must be raised within approximately 30 days. Any donations will be sincerely appreciated. Donations may be mailed to the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation as they are serving as the fiduciary agent for all donations. The address is P.O. Box 249, Cedarville, MI 49719.

We send our condolences to the families of Gerald Bennett, Michael Holland, and Donald Solomonson, who all recently passed away. Each of them will be remembered as outstanding men who were graduated from Cedarville High School and went on to enjoy positive lives and be a positive example. They loved Les Cheneaux. Obituaries for all three gentlemen were published in the August 24 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Condolences also to the family of Larry Kyle of Pickford, who passed away Monday, August 21, at Ball Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie. Larry worked for the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years, retiring in 1998. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends, both near and far. An obituary was published in the August 24 issue of The St. Ignace News.

I enjoyed seeing the beautiful pictures of Ensign Fleet 31 as they competed in the 2017 Ensign National Championship at the Les Cheneaux Islands last week. The crew of Instinct, skippered by Jonas Carpenter, dominated the racing by taking first place in three out of the eight total races. He and his crew, consisting of Jason Dunn, Don Marszalec, and Benz Faget, edged out four-time National Champion, Thomas LaBelle, skipper of Foxy Lady, and crews members Franklin LaBelle, Alix LaBelle, and Anna Scott. We appreciate Shannon Henige for taking the fantastic photographs.

Clayton Meyers was home from New York City enjoying a few days of boating and a special day with lunch at Grand Hotel. Clayton, who is a 2009 graduate of Cedarville High School and a 2013 graduate of Michigan State University, is the son of Pastor Jeff and Becky Meyers.

Dick and Ann Hocevar have enjoyed several boats in Les Cheneaux. They enjoy the new tennis courts that were donated by Gene Collins and they love boating, reading on the deck, and walking. We will miss them.

Ron and Diana Montgomery will soon leave for their winter home in the south. They’ve enjoyed spending time here and they had great success fishing. Both the bass and pike were hungry and were biting well.

I enjoyed a nice visit with Jeanne McCullough recently. She and her husband’s family have been enjoying Les Cheneaux for approximately 70 years. She enjoys watching the boats.

Howard and Julie Veneklasen arrived in Les Cheneaux Friday, August 25, aboard their beautiful wooden boat Music. They both love the islands. They owned a beautiful cottage on Coryell Islands for several years.

Steve Northuis returned to his lakefront cottage on Islington Pointe. His father, Robert Northuis, recently passed away in Holland, Michigan, where he had resided for most of his life. He was a hardworking man, who enjoyed spending time in Cedarville helping his son remodel his cottage. Robert and his wife, Pat, enjoyed Les Cheneaux.

Soon it will be fall, and many years, this season is warm and sunny here in Les Cheneaux and other areas nearby.

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