2017-09-21 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund won the title of Miss America 2018 Sunday evening, September 17, and North Dakota is the same state that Cedarville resident Becky Meyers comes from. Becky is thrilled. As it happens, Becky, along with her husband, Jeff, and their son, Clayton, all celebrate their birthdays in September.

The past several nights, the moon has been seen setting in a big golden sky. It was absolutely beautiful. The night sky, sunrises, and sunsets are part of the beauty in Les Cheneaux. Many of the trees’ colors are just beginning to turn here in the Upper Peninsula.

Congratulations to Robert and Charlene Williams, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at an open house held Sunday, September 17, at Bruce Township Hall. They lived most of their lives here in Cedarville. Many folks will recognize Charlene as the fantastic cook at the senior dinners at the Community Center in Cedarville for many years. Hope you had a wonderful celebration.

The Stalwart Fair was very successful this year. Every day was different, exciting, and fun. Several local folks participated and helped. The horsemanship award went to Melvin Bennett of DeTour. Congratulations to him and his father, Ralph Bennett. Russell Sherlund was still able to ride his horse around the barrel to win the event.

Kitty Sims and Lois Tassier made many pies, and worked diligently as several hundred people were served, approximately 800, I heard. We appreciate everyone who made this delicious dinner possible.

We congratulate all of the 1,466 tractors that crossed the Mackinac Bridge Friday, September 8. I happened to be in St. Ignace that day. It was really interesting to watch and follow the John Deere, Farmall, Case, International Harvester, Ford, Oliver, Allis-Chalmers, New Holland, Minneapolis-Moline, and Massey Ferguson tractors. They enjoyed meeting at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace, where most of the tractors were on display. Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait served as the grand marshal. Three generations of the Strait family took part with International Harvester produced Farmall tractors. Sheriff Strait drove a 1936 F-20. His father, Roy Strait, was aboard a 1950 M Model, and his son, Jacob Strait, drove a 1965 504 example.

It was my first time to watch and appreciate all the tractors. It was fantastic. My grandparents and father both were involved in the use of tractors in their work.

When I was returning from St. Ignace a few days ago, I noticed approximately 25 people fishing out in Nunns Creek. I was told they were fishing for salmon. The fish were going upstream to return to where they were hatched.

At noon Friday, September 15, the temperature was 75 degrees and the chimes could be heard from the First Union Church, as they play every day at noon.

Cedar Cemetery is in beautiful shape. Tim Bright is the new sexton for all three of the cemeteries in Clark Township. Jeff Promo was the sexton for many years and we sure do appreciate all of the great work he did. Enjoy your retirement, Jeff.

Property taxes were to be paid at the Clark Township Hall at the treasurer’s office. From now on, property taxes must be paid at the Mackinac County Treasurer’s office at the courthouse in St. Ignace.

It’s interesting to watch beautiful boats in Lake Huron, and now you can also see them in their trailers to be stored for the winter.

It was enjoyable to see so many butterflies this summer, especially the monarchs, as we’ve not seen very many of those the last few years.

Condolences to the family and friends of Russell Fountain, who passed away Wednesday, September 6, in Sault Ste. Marie. He loved living and being active in his hometown of DeTour Village. An obituary was published in the September 14 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Paul and Robin Pendery of Cedarville ran in the Mackinac Island Eight-mile Road Race Saturday, September 9. They celebrated after the race with a fantastic evening and a great dinner at the Woods Restaurant, which is owned by Grand Hotel.

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