2017-08-31 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

Gardens all over town are very lush. The flowers by the Veterans Memorial are so bright and pretty and the variety of blooms in front of Metivier Inn is absolutely eyecatching. The sunrises and sunsets have been just gorgeous with the beams of light reflecting off the Round Island Passage. The tall ship Niagara visited Mackinac Island recently and the cruise ships continue to stop at the Island.

We extend deepest sympathy to Ray Card on the death of his beloved father, Richard, who passed away Tuesday, August 22. May he rest in peace.

Grand Hotel was named “Best Historic Hotel” by the readers of USA Today. Congratulations to the Musser family and staff at Grand Hotel.

The Civil War Memorial was dedicated Saturday, August 19, at Veterans Memorial Park. It was an impressive ceremony on a beautiful Mackinac day. Ben Horn served as master of ceremonies and members of American Legion Post 299 served as the color guard. The Reverend Dan Hans, pastor of Little Stone Church, offered the opening prayer and Trish Martin sang the national anthem. Mayor Margaret Doud was pleased that 29 men from Mackinac Island, who served their country with honor and dignity during the Civil War, would be remembered at the dedication. She also thanked Paul Wandrie for all his research on the men who served in the Civil War.

Phil Porter, director of Mackinac State Historic Parks, gave the history of some of the soldiers who served at Fort Mackinac during the Civil War. Paul Wandrie continues to research men who served from the Island during the Civil War. The formal dedication was led by members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Reverend Ken Straight of the Mackinac Island Bible Church gave the benediction. Several family members of the 29 men were in attendance, which was very special.

Refreshments were served at the Stuart House following the dedication. We appreciate Sid DeHaan, commander of American Legion Post 299, and other members for all their work on the dedication ceremony.

Daisy Day was held Wednesday, August 23, in memory of the late Stella King, who was Mackinac Island’s lay health nurse. All proceeds go to the Stella King Scholarship Fund.

Richard and Pat Cebelak of Grand Rapids were guests at the Windermere Hotel for two days and Grand Hotel for two days recently. Richard loves to watch the freighters go by and Pat does some Christmas shopping. Pat worked at Grand Hotel for several years and she is a big contributor to the Christmas Bazaar.

Happy belated birthday to Tim Letterman August 17. Hope your day was special.

Michael and LaVonnie Bird of Westminster, Colorado, were guests at the Windermere Hotel recently. They were visiting relatives and friends on Mackinac.

Jennifer Wightman recently surprised her mother, Kathi, by traveling to Mackinac Island for her birthday celebration.

Best wishes to Mary Wojcik and Joan Slater, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary August 20. Hope you had a special day.

Happy belated wedding anniversary to Mike and Mary Cope August 28 and David and Jennifer Karhoff August 29. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Happy anniversary to Buzz and Carolyn Waggoner September 3, Buck and Alice Sharrow September 5, and Dick and Dee Czapek September 6. Hope you all enjoy your day.

There will be a back-to-school picnic Tuesday, September 5, at noon on the grounds of the Mackinac Island Public School. Come and support the students as they start the new school year and meet the new superintendent, Bob Lohff.

Best wishes to Alice Martin, who will celebrate her 94th birthday September 3. Please remember her with a card.

Larry and Kathleen Rickley, along with their two daughters, Makayla and Jaydn, left Mackinac Island Saturday, August 19, for Montana, where they visited Kathleen’s family and attended a family wedding.

Happy belated birthday to Jackie Bolander August 27, Mary Lou Pruitt August 28, and Ian Mc- Greevy and Christy May August 29. Hope you all had a great day.

Happy birthday to Gary Lennard August 31, Robert Chambers September 1, Lee Finkel September 3, and Brad Horn September 4. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Little Nicholas Robert Naber enjoyed his first boat ride to Mackinac Island recently to visit his grandmother, Judy Bynoe, and other members of the family. He was joined by his parents, Jeff and Peggy Naber.

Gloria Modelli is enjoying a month on Mackinac Island at the Bourisaw cottage on Bourisaw Lane. Gloria worked for the Bynoe family for many years.

It was great to see Adele Lypsinmaa visiting the Island recently. Adele lives in Hancock and was on Mackinac just for the day.

Please remember Alex Mc- Cready with a card at the following address: 304 Central Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Alex is still a patient at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he recently received a bone marrow transplant. He would love to hear from his many friends on the Island.

Almeda Bodwin, who has not been feeling her best, is a patient at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Almeda had surgery Tuesday, August 22, and she will be in the hospital for a week. Please remember her with a card.

Will Barnwell has returned from Camp Bil-O-Wood in Canada. He will now return to Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Have a good school year, Will.

Best wishes to Charlie and Aneta Jansen, who celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary August 23. They are the innkeepers at Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast. Hope you had a great day.

Congratulations to the Lakers soccer team, who won their game Tuesday, August 22, by a score of 6-1. Go Lakers!

Mark your calendar for the Labor Day Jazz Weekend at Grand Hotel starting Friday, September 1, with Jason Marsalis. Mr. B, Dianne Reeves, and John Pizarelli, Jr. will perform Saturday, September 2, and Elder Robert Moore and Joey Alexander will perform Sunday, September 3. It’s a great lineup of entertainers, so come and enjoy some great music.

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