2017-10-05 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Friday, September 29, was a beautiful day. The sun was shining at 10 a.m., and it was 69 degrees. Cedarville Bay was calm and quiet. It was so unusual for us to have 80- degree weather in September. Most of the folks I have talked with are very glad that it’s cool again. Perhaps now our nights will get cold enough that our “Indian Summer” fall weather will encourage fall to happen and folks will be able to enjoy the beauty of fall in our Upper Peninsula. The leaves of the trees have not yet turned into their beautiful colors.

Joe Perrera drove to Les Cheneaux recently to spend a few days with his son, Joey, who is enrolled in his second year at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville. He enjoys the beauty of Les Cheneaux. He’s also a great cook and he prepared a delicious dinner of chargrilled steak and spiced fried potatoes. He is the superintendent at Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools in Whittemore. Come again soon, Joe. We need a good cook like you.

Steve Smith, who lives in Vassar, enjoyed a few days in Les Cheneaux. He also enjoyed dining with Luke and Lynelle Jaroche and myself on Mackinac Island while he was here.

The bright pink geraniums along the east side of the Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville are just beautiful.

Breakfast and lunch is now being served at NibbleLungen, the former Hessel Grocery store in downtown Hessel. The remodeling that was done both inside and out looks very nice. It’s a relaxing spot for a good lunch.

I’ve enjoyed seeing many apple trees that seem to be loaded with hundreds of apples. Some are a red color and others are light green. Both of them look beautiful hanging on the trees.

Many of the trees are loaded with pinecones, especially near the tops of the trees. Some folks say that according to the cones and also the Farmers’ Almanac, we will have a severe winter season. I’m not sure whether that is true.

Boat traffic has quieted down now that the weather has changed. There have been a few boats still camping on Government Island. This year the Shiphead Band held their gathering of many boats there to enjoy good music and have a good time. They’ve gone over to Liberty Beach for several years; however, the water was so high on the beach they switched to Government Island.

I heard that Dick Jackson, Joyce LaMay Lamoreaux, Joy Gagnon, and a couple of other former graduates of Cedarville High School were in town for a short visit. It’s always great to see former students back for a visit.

Dan Izzard and a high school friend, Gary St. Onge, enjoyed a short trip around the Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior recently.

Gordon Burger and Caroline Freel were crowned homecoming king and queen at festivities Friday evening, September 22, in Cedarville. The Cedarville Trojans were victorious against the Pellston Hornets, winning the game 54-6.

Congratulations to LeRoy Pieri, a member of the Les Cheneaux Lions Club, who was presented its “Lion of the Year” award at the club’s monthly dinner meeting Monday, September 11. LeRoy was a good choice for the award, as he has a great feeling about being of service and helping others.

It was also great to see in The St. Ignace News St. Ignace resident Wayne Foote being recognized by the St. Ignace Lions Club Monday, September 11. He was honored with a plaque as a Melvin Jones Fellow, one of the Lions’ highest awards.

There are places on West US-2 that are still making and selling pasties and they sure are good, just like they made them years ago.

Carol Ackerman has returned to spend a few days at the cottage in Hessel before it becomes time to close up for the winter. Carol and her sister, Phyllis DeLooff, will be returning to their winter home in Pickerington, Ohio, soon.

Tom Collins and his wife donated a couple of new grills to the Hessel Beach.

Cedarville hosted a cross-country meet Monday, September 18, at Cedar Campus in Cedarville. The St. Ignace girls came in first place, and the Cedarville girls came in second. For the boys, Brimley took the top spot, led by Austin Plotkin, who finished first, just 15 seconds ahead of Cedarville’s Thomas Bohn.

The flowers in front of the Wagner cottage on Pickford Street in Hessel have looked very nice all summer.

I enjoyed a nice visit with Bob and Audrey Fisher recently. They are a friendly couple and are enjoying the cute retirement home they built close to downtown Cedarville.

It certainly was good to see Kathy Duman a few days ago. Kathy is recovering and doing well after surgery.

Last week, when it was approximately 80 degrees for several days, folks enjoyed swimming and spending time on the beach in Hessel. I’m not sure I ever recall seeing that before this time of year.

The day is bright and the sky is blue. May you enjoy every day of your life, one day at a time.

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