2017-09-14 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

On Thursday, September 7, the temperature was 64 degrees, and two beautiful white swans were swimming in Cedarville Bay. May the sunshine continue to be bright, everything go right, and nothing go wrong. May those you love give love back to you and may you enjoy the blessings and beauty always found here in Les Cheneaux.

Three deer, and sometimes four, are spending much time in downtown Cedarville. We must all drive with caution, as the deer are all over and are enjoying the flower gardens. The deer seem especially to like hollyhocks and daisies. I am fortunate they’ve visited Meredith Fountain’s beautiful gardens, but they’ve not yet walked out to the end of the point to try mine. We’ve had a pair of cranes visiting us, though. Most folks in the cottages enjoy them, even if they are noisy.

Funeral services for a special friend, Tilia Beukema, were held Tuesday, September 5, at First Union Church in Cedarville with Pastor Jeff Meyers officiating. Tilia passed away Saturday, August 26, at Cedar Cove Assisted Living in Cedarville.

It was a beautiful service for a loving, sincere, and thoughtful Christian lady. Many friends and family members attended from Grand Rapids, where Tilia and her husband were in business for many years before they moved north to enjoy the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands. Tilia was a sincere and active member of First Union Church, as well as participating in the arts programs. She was kind and thoughtful to everyone.

She spent her last months at Cedar Cove Assisted Living, where she was a blessing to all and much appreciated. A loving, bright lady, that was our Til. She loved her family very much and was always thrilled to talk with them. She never would forget birthdays and special occasions and she stayed in touch. She was excited when folks would visit her in her lovely home on Island No. 8. An obituary was published in the August 31 issue of The St. Ignace News.

It appears we may be enjoying a beautiful early fall. Some folks had headed back to their homes in the cities, regretting having to leave the Les Cheneaux Islands. The Islands are quieter, as are the beautiful lakes in Hessel and Cedarville. The stores are also quieter, as are the post offices. We will miss all our kind, thoughtful, giving, and friendly summer friends. We wish them safe travels.

The local football teams seem to be enjoying much success this year, as well as the volleyball teams.

It was not a perfect sky in Cedarville Park on Labor Day, but several artists were there to sell their lovely and unique handmade items. Many folks enjoyed the special music. Students are arriving to attend both the Les Cheneaux Culinary School in Hessel and the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville. We are blessed by them choosing Les Cheneaux as the place to further their education. Welcome to each of them and to their instructors.

I appreciate Laurel Jellison, who recently brought me some fantastic freshly canned peaches. I so much enjoyed them. They taste better canned than they do fresh. She and her husband, Mike, are kind and thoughtful people and we are fortunate to have them here in Cedarville. They enjoy the area and love paddling with many others in our bays.

We appreciate the Trojan Booster Club, especially Bill Kohlmann and his boys, for their efforts on obtaining the new flagpole at the Cedarville High School athletic and football fields. We also appreciate Cedarville Marine, who assisted in the efforts.

Have you paid your annual dues to the Booster Club yet? If not, please do, as the club helps with all of our athletic activities.

Bill and Pat Anshutz left Les Cheneaux a few days ago to return to their home in Ohio. They certainly are kind and helpful friends when they’re here.

Our own Bonnie Mikkelsen has been honored by the Great Lakes Boat Building School with a new established scholarship, which will be held by the Les Cheneaux Community

Foundation. Anyone is welcome to donate to this scholarship in honor of Bonnie. Donations may be sent to Les Cheneaux Community Foundation, P.O. Box 249, Cedarville, MI 49719. These donations are tax-deductible.

Please make a note that your donation is to be placed in the Bonnie Mikkelsen Endowed Scholarship Fund. Having the wooden boat school located in the Les Cheneaux Islands was envisioned and promoted by Bonnie and, because of her efforts, the school became a reality. It is also because of her efforts that the boat school celebrated their first 10 years of successful operation. Raise the flag for Bonnie.

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