2017-09-21 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

The annual Mackinac Island Eightmile Road Race was held Saturday, September 9, with approximately 2,500 people participating. Some people jogged, some ran, and some walked, and everyone had a great time.

The flowers all over the Island are still outstanding, especially the blacked-eyed Susans, hydrangeas, and many other colorful plants. Some fall decorations are starting to appear in town as shops prepare for fall sales. The cruise ship Victory docked at Mackinac Island Saturday, September 9, and so did the luxury yacht Blue Moon. It was great to see them tied up in the harbor. The sunrises and sunsets have been breathtaking. People line the boardwalk in amazement at the beauty. It’s a wonderful time of the year to visit Mackinac.

The Mackinac Island Fire Department had a very busy day Sunday, September 10. In the morning, they had a memorial stair climb on the steps to Fort Holmes, commemorating the 110 steps at the World Trade Center. They raised more than $2,500 for Hurricane Relief in Texas and Florida. In the afternoon at Great Turtle Park, they entertained more than 60 children with a bouncy house, games, hot dogs, and other treats. All the children had a great time. At 6 p.m. at Great Turtle Park the annual Guns and Hoses softball game, in memory of the late Mark Gallagher, was played. It was a perfect evening and it was a very spirited game, with the Mackinac Island Fire Department winning 20-19 over the Mackinac Island Police Department in overtime. Everyone enjoyed hot dogs or brats prepared by chef Rodney Myers, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction bidding, and visiting with friends. It was a great event in honor of a very fine young man. All proceeds will go to the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund at the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

Saturday, September 16, on a perfect Mackinac Island day, Eileen McIntyre Groseclose was laid to rest in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery next to her husband, Dr. Jim Groseclose. Mums in a variety of colors lined the gravesite, as Father Jim Williams officiated. Eileen was born and grew up on Mackinac Island, where she attended the Thomas W. Ferry School. Her son, Raymond, and family from North Carolina, her daughter, Anna Mary, and family from Missouri, her sister, Virginia Riordan, her niece, Kathleen McIntyre, and Brian and Barbara Hellis, along with many other friends, gathered to pay their last respects. Eileen always wanted to come home to Mackinac, and now she can rest in peace on her favorite Island.

Saturday, September 9, on a beautiful Mackinac Island day, Thomas Willemsen and Kiara Garrison were united in marriage at Trinity Church. Thomas is the son of Tom and Doris (nee Bradley) Willemsen and the grandson of Dennis and Jackie Bradley. After a carriage ride around the Island, the happy couple joined family and friends at the Community Hall for a reception. Thomas and Kiara reside in Grand Rapids. Congratulations from Island friends.

On the lawn of the Finkel home in Woodbluff, Jane Finkel and Brian Spencer were united in marriage Saturday, September 9. Jane is the daughter of Lee Finkel and Pam Finkel. It was an absolutely perfect Mackinac Island day and friends and family came from far and near to join the happy couple on their special day. Jane and Brian met when they were students at Albion College. They will reside in Los Angeles, California. Best wishes from Island friends.

I am very proud of the residents of Mackinac Island, who have had a service for 16 years in memory of September 11, 2001. On September 11, at 6 p.m. in front of the Mackinac Island Police Department, American Legion Post 299 Post Commander Sid DeHaan opened the service. Trish Martin sang the national anthem, Ray Card and the Cub Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Joan Slater of Trinity Church offered the opening prayer. Mayor Margaret Doud thanked fire, police, EMTs, Mackinac Island Medical Center staff, Mackinac Island Public School staff, veterans who are dedicated to serving the Mackinac community. A veteran from Cheboygan, Jack Jackson, spoke about his service in the military. Sid DeHaan explained the importance of keeping the memory of 911 alive and commemorating it every year. Fire Chief Jason St. Onge spoke of his friends who died during 9/11 and Assistant Fire Chief Ben Mosley rang the fire bell in their honor. Trish Martin of Trinity Church gave the final blessings. It was a moving service and very well attended.

Thursday, September 14, on the beautiful porch at Grand Hotel, the Musser family received the Michigan Historical Commission’s Milliken/Adams/Kelley Award honoring the late R.D. Musser, Jr. Mr. Musser worked hard over the years to preserve the history of Grand Hotel and to make it more grand each year. Congratulations from Island friends.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Phil Kromer, head chef at the Island House Hotel. Hope your day was special.

Reverend Ron and Kay Smith departed Mackinac Sunday, September 10, for their winter home in Austin, Texas. We wish you both safe travels.

Maggie Chambers and her friend, Eric, traveled from Washington, D.C. for the wedding of Jane Finkel and Brian Spencer. Tymon Horn, who lives in Lansing, joined in the festivities. Maggie, Jane, and Tymon were all graduated from Mackinac Island Public School, so they had a great reunion.

Happy belated birthday to Sam Barnwell September 19.

Happy birthday to Mary K. McIntire September 20, Aaliyah June Roe September 22, Erik Ammerman, Colton Fisher, and Patti Ann Moskwa September 23, Sherry Rayha September 24, Frances Ball September 26, Vic Callewaert September 28, and Tim Timmons September 30. Hope you all have a great day.

Mark your calendar for the Christmas Bazaar, which will be held on Saturday, December 2, Sunday, December 3, and Monday, December 4. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. The snowmobile to be raffled will be displayed at Doud’s Market the first week of October. It’s a two-up machine with electric start.

Happy anniversary to Tony and Tammy Frazier September 20, Merlin and Shannon Doran September 21, Mike and Linda Wilkins September 22, and Dale and Jodi Gough September 24. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Kelly Bean and Beau Bielinski of Lansing attended the wedding of Thomas Willemsen and Kiara Garrison Saturday, September 9. Kelly and Beau celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary Sunday, September 10.

Tim Timmons, who has been on Mackinac Island because of Hurricane Irma, returned to his winter home in Palm City, Florida, Monday, September 18. It was nice to see him back on the Island.

Best wishes to Thomas “Tucker” Bunker, who will celebrate his 85th birthday September 29. He lives in Clayton, Georgia, but visits Mackinac Island, where he was born, every chance he gets.

Best wishes to Jason and Marielle St. Onge, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary September 27. Have a wonderful celebration.

Mac and Brenda Armstrong of Canada visited friends on Mackinac Sunday, September 10. Mac and Brenda worked on the Island for several years at Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

Glenn and Deana St. Onge departed Mackinac recently for their winter home in Remus. They were caretakers at the Hedgecliffe property this summer.

Kevin Leveille and his brother, Tim Leveille, along with a friend, are hiking 60 miles in the Porcupine Mountains. I’m sure they will have a fun time.

It was wonderful to see Rick and Karen Fraser from Sarnia, Ontario, along with their daughter and son-inlaw, Lynsey and Kevin Philipsen, and their two children having fun at the Guns and Hoses softball game. Rick is the son of the late Hilt and the late Barb Fraser, who were frequent visitors to Mackinac.

The Woods Restaurant will close for the season Sunday, October 8, and The Jockey Club will close Monday, October 9.

Congratulations to the Lakers soccer team. They are 7-0 on the season.

Enjoy the beautiful weather on Mackinac Island.

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