Fish Feast Highlights Heritage

Town Celebrates Local Trade And Favorite Delicacy: Fresh Fish

Even before the official start of the fifth annual Fish Feast Saturday, July 23, the St. Ignace Marina was buzzing with activity. From 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the place to enjoy a good meal, live music, and games was out on the dock. While the main marina dock in St. Ignace was preparing for the afternoon festivities, a spiritual […]

Infrastructure Is Top Curtis Need

Alliance Project: Curtis, St. Ignace Communities Share Development Ideas

Marilyn Kapp challenged the billboards on US-2 advertising Curtis as a “unique waterfront village” at a meeting hosted by Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Thursday, July 21, in Curtis. She asked what is unique about Curtis. “You need to figure out who you are so you can tell people,” said Ms. Kapp, a project coordinator for Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA). […]

Lakes, Land May Fit in St. Ignace Plans



In the 1700s, the economic hub for this region, the place where every newcomer seeking his fortune in the New World wanted to be, was at the Straits of Mackinac, said Marilyn Kapp of Northern Lakes Economic Alliance. The economic driver then was the lucrative fur trade. Today, people in St. Ignace and across Mackinac County have opened a community […]

Lawson To Manage Village in Interim



A proposal to pay $1.45 million for new projects to reduce energy consumption was presented to the Mackinaw City Village Council at its meeting Thursday, July 21. The council also reached an agreement with Village Manager Jeff Lawson, who resigned from his post Friday, July 22, to continue working for the village part time. Dick Williams and Nelson Buikho, of […]

Yacht Race Sponsor Is Curtis Resident

Larry Bell Lends Company Name, Bell’s Beer, To Bayview Race

“It looks like a good year for barley,” said Larry Bell, a Michigan entrepreneur and Mackinac County property owner who has turned his beer-brewing hobby into Michigan’s oldest and largest brewery. It includes a farm in Sheperd, where some of the ingredients are grown. This year his company, Bell’s Brewery, is the title sponsor for the Port Huron to Mackinac […]

Voters Will Cast Ballots Tuesday

Garfield and Portage Townships

Three proposals will be on Garfield Township’s ballot Tuesday, August 2, and one will be on Portage Township’s ballot. Voters in these two townships will be the only Mackinac County voters to go to the polls this election day. Garfield Township voters will decide whether to renew a millage to provide operational funds for the fire and ambulance services in […]

New Members and Officers Begin New Roles at Moran Township School District



Two new members were sworn in and three officers were elected at the Gros Cap School board meeting Monday, July 18. New members Elaine MacDonald and Cathie Sposito began their duties as school board members. Nancy Dandona was elected president, Helen Graichen secretary, and Nicole Brown treasurer. All elections were unanimous. Mrs. Dandona and Mrs. Brown were appointed to the […]

State Senator Howard Walker Hosts St. Ignace Office Hours



State Senator Howard Walker will host office hours Thursday, August 25, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Ignace City Hall to provide constituents an opportunity to meet and discuss concerns with the senator or a member of his staff. All are welcome. He may be reached via email at SenHWalker@senate.michigan.g ov, or by phone, toll free at (866) […]

Michigan Politics

Hoekstra Now in U.S. Senate Mix

In 2010, retiring nine-term U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra of Holland failed to get support of party power brokers in his losing bid to be the GOP nominee for governor. But last week, some backed him in his about-face decision—and in fact encouraged it—to run against U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2012 after he earlier decided against running. “He becomes the […]

Ethanol Plant Will Bring Lots of Problems



To the Editor: As everyone in the world tries to tighten their financial belts, and Washington, D.C., tries to dig out of trillion-dollar holes, we receive news that a hazy, crazy project in Kinross just landed $59.5 million in free money. The Frontier Renewable Resources “project” had already landed at least $20 million in Michigan free money, and another $25 […]