2017-11-09 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

Mackinac Island is certainly wrapping up for a long winter’s nap. It’s very quiet on the Island. Some employees are still leaving for the season. There are a lot of construction projects starting, including a new Tourism Bureau building, a new bed and breakfast on Market Street, and work on Shepler’s dock. We’ve had snow, but nothing that has lasted very long. The high winds damaged the beaver lodge, so everyone is hopeful that they will get their repairs done before bad weather arrives.

Our librarian, Anne St. Onge, had a visitor Saturday morning, November 4. She looked out the back window of the Mackinac Island Public Library, and there stood a very nice buck, who had apparently swam over from Round Island. After a short stay, he returned to Round Island. There is always something interesting to see on Mackinac Island.

The students at Mackinac Island Public School will honor all the veterans with a special program at the school Friday, November 10, at 10:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Christmas Bazaar is fast approaching and will be held 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. Tickets for the snowmobile raffle are available at Doud’s Market and First National Bank.

Family and friends came from far and near to attend the wedding of Bobby Joe Horn and Nicole Beaune. The wedding was held at the Old Mission Church Saturday, November 4, at 3 p.m. with Mayor Margaret Doud officiating. John Kissane provided beautiful music for the ceremony. Ron Steensma escorted the bride down the aisle to meet her waiting groom. Following the wedding, all the guests were invited to the Pink Pony at the Chippewa Hotel for a delightful reception and dinner. Bobby is the son of Calvin and Kitty Horn and he is employed at Mackinac State Historic Parks. Nicole is the daughter of Terry Beaune and the late Victor Beaune. She manages Island Slice Pizzeria on Mackinac. Best wishes from Island friends.

Bruce LaPine returned home Friday, November 3, after being hospitalized. He is recuperating well.

Tony and Tammy Frazier traveled to Illinois Friday, November 3, to have an early Thanksgiving with Tony’s family.

Lorna Straus departed Mackinac Island Wednesday, November 1, for Chicago. After spending a few days there, she will travel to North Carolina for two weeks. Lorna will return to Mackinac Island after Thanksgiving.

Mark Chambers and Toby Murray left Thursday, November 2, for Toby’s home in Vermont. Mark will return to Mackinac Island next week.

Happy belated first birthday wishes to Gunner Thomas and Jase Douglas Ruddle October 24.

Dr. Richard Hodgman was the doctor in residence this past weekend.

Rick Linn departed Mackinac Tuesday, November 7, for a 10- day trip to Ireland. Have a wonderful time in the “Fairy Isle.”

The Brian Findleys have closed their Small Point Bed and Breakfast for the 2017 season. Have a good winter.

John and Mary Davey closed their East Bluff cottage and have returned to their winter home in Birmingham.

Dan Dewey visited Mackinac Island during the Somewhere In Time weekend. Dan spent many summers on the Island and worked with the film people when the movie was made.

Carrie Kaminen left Tuesday, November 7, to spend several days in Frankenmuth with girlfriends.

Many folks from Mackinac are attending a gift show in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They are preparing for the 2018 season.

An impressive memorial service is always held at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on November 10 to remember the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and all the men who were lost.

Tom Getzmeyer, who drove dray for the Mackinac Island Service Company, has returned to his winter home in Onaway. Have a good winter.

Melissa (nee Bunker) Meehan and her two young daughters, Kylee and Ally, spent Saturday, November 4, on Mackinac Island visiting family and attending the wedding of Bobby Joe Horn and Nicole Beaune.

Tony and Loretta Spata entertained all five of their sons Saturday, November 4: Dr. Fred, Dennis and Trooper Joe Brodeur, Paul Spata, and Tony Brodeur, who lives on the Island. They enjoyed a great dinner prepared by their mother, Loretta.

Michelle Dean, who is the general manager of Harbour View Inn, has returned to her winter home in Grand Rapids.

Jennifer Karhoff returned to Findlay, Ohio, Tuesday, November 7, after spending several days on Mackinac Island. She was doing work on her rental properties.

On Veterans Day Saturday, November 11, please remember all of our veterans who served our country with honor and dignity.

Have a good week!

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