2017-11-23 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

In my column last week, it was stated that Sue Risher left Les Cheneaux about three years ago, when, in fact, it was three weeks ago.

This past week has been unpredictable as far as weather is concerned. It was mostly cold and windy with little sunshine. Wednesday, November 15, was opening day of firearm deer season. It was cold and it rained all day, from morning to night. It certainly was not a great day to go out and hunt.

I did see a nice size eight-point buck that was shot Thursday, November 16, at approximately noon. The hunter who shot the buck estimated that it probably weighed about 140 pounds, possibly more. It appears there are a large number of hunters here to hunt. The stores have been busy the past several days with hunters shopping. When I drove north across the Mackinac Bridge Wednesday, November 15, the toll taker told me the bridge had been very busy with hunters crossing into the Upper Peninsula.


At left: Cedarville resident Scout Hester will travel with Team USA in September 2018 to the World Sprint Triathlon Champioinships held in the Gold Coast of Africa. (Photograph provided by Sharrie Steinbach) At left: Cedarville resident Scout Hester will travel with Team USA in September 2018 to the World Sprint Triathlon Champioinships held in the Gold Coast of Africa. (Photograph provided by Sharrie Steinbach) Winnie and Bill Brennan are enjoying the Florida sunshine.

It was good to see Joe Patrick, originally of Cedarville, who has resided in Marquette for several years. Joe returns to Cedarville to visit his relatives and enjoy the hunting cabin his family has had here for many years.

It was good to see Norine Rudd and many of her family members, who were here for the graveside committal service for Lydia Rudd Sunday, November 12, at Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville. Lydia was a pioneer in Cedarville for the 106 years that she lived here, until she passed away Thursday, November 2, at Cedar Cove Assisted Living. The Rudd family, along with the Bickham family, enjoy being here. Norine enjoys painting her fantastic watercolor art. Both visitors and local folks have loved and enjoyed her artwork for many years at the art shop in downtown Cedarville. An obituary for Lydia was published in the November 9 issue of The St. Ignace News.

The Les Cheneaux Community Schools Drama Club presented a play called “Criminal Intentions” Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19, in the old gymnasium at Les Cheneaux Community Schools. The cast included Ethan Bigelow, Sam Cabello, Tyler Collins, Grace Dunn, Keegan Kassal, Selah Preston, and Chris Vagts. Lights were operated by Arlo and Eli Krino. The drama coach and teacher was Lisa Dunn, who has had years of drama and voice experience.

Shirley Jewell has been busy for many days decorating the library for Christmas. The Christmas tree decorations are beautiful and look professional because of Shirley’s years of experience.

We appreciate all the voters who supported the Les Cheneaux Community Schools millage, which passed 269 to 118 November 7. Many improvements that were necessary at the school should be done now that the millage has passed.

Pastor Scout Hester qualified in ninth place to represent Team USA at the national draft-legal sprint triathlon qualifying meet held September 16 in Florida. Scout will travel with Team USA in September 2018 to the World Sprint Triathlon Championships held in the Gold Coast of Africa. He will compete against 50- to 55- year-old men from around the world. The sprint triathlon consists of a 750-meter swim, a 12.4- mile bicycle race, and a five-kilometer run.

The weather forecast for the next several days doesn’t sound like it will be comfortable for hunting or many other outdoor activities.

Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating its 350th centennial anniversary. Many plans are being made to enjoy the celebration.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day.

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