2017-09-07 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

There is a tinge of fall in the air, but the days remain sunny and very pleasant. The flowers at the entrance to the post office and in front of the police station are just beautiful. It has been a great year for flowers on Mackinac Island. The big cruise ships Pearl Mist and the Grande Mariner visited the Island recently. It’s nice to see these ships in the harbor.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Richard “Dick” Alexander of Mackinaw City, who passed away Friday, August 25, at University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor. Dick and his late father, Tom, worked for many years on Mackinac as electricians at Grand Hotel, Windermere Hotel, and many other businesses. He had many friends on Mackinac. May he rest in peace. An obituary was published in the August 31 issue of The St. Ignace News.

A graveside service for the late Eileen McIntyre Groseclose will be held Saturday, September 16, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Cemetery on Mackinac Island. Mrs. Groseclose passed away May 26, 2017, in Asheboro, North Carolina.

The Mackinac Straits Health System Golf Tournament was held Thursday, August 24, at the Jewel, Woods, and Wawashkamo golf courses. People came from far and near to enjoy a beautiful day of golf on Mackinac. It’s a great event, which benefits Mackinac Straits Health System and the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Best wishes to Harold and Shay Polzin and Carole Erbel and Frank Shumway, who celebrated their wedding anniversaries August 27. Hope your day was special.

Sunday, August 27, the Woodfill Center at Grand Hotel had a large crowd, especially our friends from St. Ignace, for the Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction. Everyone enjoyed good food, spirited bidding, and lots of laughs. We appreciate the Musser family and Grand Hotel, auctioneer David Levy, Bob Tagatz, who served as master of ceremonies, Vic Callewaert, the great ticket salesman, and to everyone who donated, attended, or worked. This is a wonderful event that supports the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Best wishes to Marvin May, who will celebrate his 91st birthday September 8. Have a wonderful day.

A Patriot Day service will be held Monday, September 11, at 6 p.m. in front of the Mackinac Island Police Department.

The fifth annual Grand Garden Show was held Monday, August 28, and Tuesday, August 29, at Grand Hotel, featuring P. Allen Smith, Laura LeBoutillier, and Jack Barnwell. Folks toured gardens on Mackinac Island and thoroughly enjoyed all the beautiful flowers on Mackinac.

Ste. Anne’s Mass schedule will change after Sunday, September 10. There will no longer be an 8:30 a.m. mass on Sundays after September 10. The 5:30 p.m. masses on Saturday and the 10:30 a.m. masses on Sunday will continue through October.

Bill and Ann Taylor of Delta, Ohio, were guests of the Windermere Hotel recently and attended the Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction Sunday, August 27.

Happy anniversary to Pete and Emily McCreary and Steve and Tess Zacharias September 6, Phil and Val Porter September 7, Chuck and Marsha Kleber and Burton and Allison Gough September 8, and Ed and Molly Mc- Greevy, Dr. Mike and Jane Bacon, and Beau Bielinski and Kelly Bean September 9. Hope you all enjoy your day.

People came from far and near to visit Bogan Lane Inn as it celebrated its 40th anniversary Saturday, August 26, and to wish Alice Martin a very happy 94th birthday. It was a wonderful celebration of family and friends.

The annual Horn’s Bar Labor Day Regatta was held Saturday, September 2, at 1 p.m. An awards ceremony followed the race at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club.

Kirk Lipnitz and his family recently enjoyed a vacation in Tennessee.

Best wishes to Dr. Gregory and Margo Hessler, who celebrated their wedding anniversary August 29. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Pat Cebelak and Nancy Kriss brought me copies of an advertisement in the The Grand Rapids Press and The Bay City Times. It was entitled “September on the Island,” with a great colored picture of the Windermere Hotel looking down Main Street. The advertisement was encouraging people to call and book rooms on Mackinac Island for the fall season.

Happy belated birthday to Adrienne Rilenge and Eric Cowell September 1, Tom Marx September 3, St. Ignace residents Jerry Fenlon, his twin sister, Judy Fenlon, and his daughter, Mandy Bowlby, who celebrated their birthdays September 4, and Burton Gough and Karen Huisman September 5. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Happy birthday wishes to Loretta Spata, Phyllis Dunham, Joan Barch, Deb Bradley, Frankie Till, and Jim Fisher September 7 and Ray Card September 9. Hope you all have a great day.

It was great seeing Chuck and Marsha Kleber at the Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction Sunday, August 27.

Nancy May has been enjoying a wonderful trip to Alaska. I’m sure she will have some great pictures.

Lee and Dori Smith of St. Johns visited their daughter and son-inlaw, Nicole and Andrew Doud, and their two sons, Louie and Tommy, recently.

Congratulations to the Mackinac Island Public School soccer team. They are 3-0 on the season. Go Lakers!

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