2017-11-02 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

This week has been one of the most unusual weeks I can recall. Friday, October 27, began at approximately 40 degrees, then, as it has been the past few days, it was windy, cold, and a bit sunny for a while. Twenty-nine degrees was the coldest morning we had and the days have not been above about 60 to 65 degrees. Wednesday, October 25, was perhaps the worst day as the wind blew for most of the day. Some docks were badly damaged and some trees were also damaged. Some areas were without electricity for 24 hours. Some canoes were swept up on the shore and/or partially sunk with much water in them. The water rose several feet as the wind blew very strongly out of the east and the north. It was worrisome for many people in Les Cheneaux. As I drove to Sault Ste. Marie the next day, you could see much water in the fields and puddles all over the roadways.

Condolences to the family of former Cedarville resident Roy Smith, who passed away Sunday, October 15, in Sault Ste. Marie. He was graduated from Cedarville High School in 1942. He worked many years in Cedarville and the surrounding area selling and laying carpet in hundreds of homes and businesses. An obituary was published in the October 26 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Condolences to the family of Roy Rye of Pickford, who passed away Tuesday, October 17, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. He was a businessman most of his life. He also worked as a meat cutter for many years. An obituary was published in the October 26 issue of The St. Ignace News.

Condolences to the family of Theodore “Ted” Hriniak, who passed away Thursday, October 19, in Sault Ste. Marie. Ted was a hard worker and he enjoyed visiting with others and the time he spent on Mackinac Island, whether he was working or visiting. An obituary appears in this issue.

Condolences to the family of Joan Coovert, who passed away Saturday, October 21, in Greenville, Ohio. Joan was a summer resident of Cedarville for nearly 50 years, and she loved her cottage along the shores of Hill Island. She enjoyed the waterfront and also visiting and making friends in Les Cheneaux. Many people will recall Joan’s daughter, Connie Malcho, who passed away several years ago. She is survived by her granddaughter and her husband, Emily and Matt Duncan, and a greatgranddaughter, Ryeley Duncan. Joan loved Les Cheneaux, and she was always anxious to leave Ohio and arrive at her summer home in Cedarville. An obituary was published in the October 26 issue.

Congratulations to Cedarville Trojans cross country runner Thomas Bohn, who finished in second place in the U.P. Finals Saturday, October 21, in Munising. The Trojans cross country team finished in sixth place.

The evening of Monday, November 6, will be a special one for the Les Cheneaux Community Schools as the Cedarville High School Band will pair up with some visiting vocalists to perform a selection of wellknown show tunes from the Broadway musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein during its annual fall concert. The free concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the high school’s John Duncan Gymnasium. While the concert is free, there will be a basket for donations to help raise funds for the band’s performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall next June. Vocalists will include Cedarville resident Lisa Dunn, who has headed the local community theater program for years, Karen Hughes Beacom of Pickford, a choir teacher at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, and Pennsylvania singer Thomas Gunther. The Cedarville High School Band is comprised of 34 students, more than 30% of the school’s entire enrollment. The students really enjoy their band director, Alan Jacobus, who has been an outstanding music director for our band. He has taught great music appreciation to hundreds of students and he takes pride in not just being a teacher, but also a friend. Our community has been blessed by having him here.

It will be nice when a new furnace is installed at the Clark Township Community Center in Cedarville this fall. A new air conditioning system will be installed next spring.

Friday morning, October 27, at 9 a.m. it was cloudy and 40 degrees. Cedarville Bay was a little churned up with waves in the east and the south. Predictions were for the rain to continue. Our hopes are for more sunshine and warm weather; however, it’s now November 1, and Christmas is less than two months away.

The Cedarville Trojans football team defeated the Rudyard Bulldogs Friday evening, October 27, to move on past the first game in the Regionals by a score of 20-0. The Trojans will travel to Stephenson Friday, November 3, to play for the Regional championship. Good luck to all the players and coaches.

The Pickford Panthers defeated Atlanta Friday evening, October 27, by a score of 42-0. Pickford is the number one team in the state in their division for 8-player football. They will play Onekema Saturday afternoon, November 4, in Pickford for the regional championship. Good luck to all the players and coaches.

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