Shot Rings Out To Open Fort Mackinac

Farmers Share Ideas for UP-wide Food Distribution

Regional Agriculture Program Growing

Selling farm vegetables to waiting customers even before they’re grown and planted was a suggestion that emerged when several local farmers voiced their concerns about agriculture issues in the Eastern Upper Peninsula during a public meeting at Pickford Community Library Wednesday, May 4. The meeting was held to gather input for a burgeoning agriculture program in the EUP. Launched by […]

St. Ignace Hotels Turn Down Hike in 2% Room Tax

Local Tourism Bureaus Mull Option

Visitors bureaus will now have the option to increase the amount of room tax that can be imposed on hotel and motel guests from 2% to 5% this season, granted by a new law passed by the state last fall. The windfall, which is now being mulled by local bureaus, could mean expanded marketing campaigns for St. Ignace and Cedarville […]

Museum Earns Preservation Award

A diversity of knowledge, talent, and skills came together to make the restoration of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture building in St. Ignace a success, says director Shirley Sorrels, who sought and received state recognition for the project. Friday, May 20, Mrs. Sorrels and Deb Evashevski, director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will accept the Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s […]

St. Ignace Voters Reject Millage

EUP, Mackinaw City May 3 Elections

Both proposed millages from the St. Ignace Area Schools were turned down at the ballot box Tuesday, May 3. The proposed millages were to allow the schools to purchase technology upgrades and new buses for the school district. County-wide, 17.88% of registered voters turned out to vote for the various elections. St. Ignace Area Schools The voters turned down the […]

8 To Lead Village Arts Committee

Eight community members were named to the new Arts Vision committee, committed to developing the arts in Mackinaw City, at the village council meeting Thursday, May 5. The council also discussed changing current sign ordinances to encourage removal of nonconforming signs, and an apparel store ordinance to protect customers. Village president Jeff Hingston named Joann Leal, Dick Moehl, Jo Cooley, […]

Emergency Management Office Says Communication and Cooperation Key in Disaster Situation

With recent reports of devastation caused by natural disasters across the world, communities in Mackinac County have asked their local fire and police departments “What if that level of disaster were to happen here?” Giving people accurate information is vital to keeping them safe, according to Mackinac County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kasper, and the county has tools in place […]

Coast Guard Guides Boaters Back To Marinas for Lack of Life Vests

The Ninth Coast Guard District is urging boaters to take proper safety precautions after Coast Guard boarding teams escorted seven boats back to marinas this weekend, when it was found that they did not have the sufficient number of life jackets onboard. Both Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, Coast Guard teams stopped vessels on Lakes Huron, Michigan, and […]

Benishek Plans Two Local Meetings

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek will meet with constituents Monday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at St. Ignace City Hall and Friday, May 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mary’s Bistro on Mackinac Island.

Is Springtime Coast Guard Presence Necessary at Les Cheneaux?

To the Editor: The Coast Guard was in the Hessel-Cedarville area last week installing aids to navigation. They did their customary fine job. The Coast Guard was also in the area last weekend. After observing them in Hessel pulling a boat over, I started to think about the scene I was witnessing. Here we have a fairly large boat with […]