36,000 Walk Mackinac Bridge This Year



About 36,000 people woke up early Monday, September 5, to enjoy a leisurely walk across the third longest suspension bridge in the world. For many, the 54th annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is another part of the summer tradition, but some experienced their first walk this year, including Governor Rick Snyder. His walk helped him promote a message of health and […]

Island Will See Sewer Upgrade

Plans Underway, Chair Resigns

Tom Lewand, chairman of the Mackinac Island Board of Public Works (BPW), has resigned, leaving the city in a quandary as it is about to embark on a $6.5 million sewer plant renovation. His resignation came Friday, August 26, following a joint meeting between the city council and the BPW, which highlighted the plan for the aging sewer treatment facility […]

Farm Fair Begins Its 106th Year

This Week At Stalwart

The Chippewa County Stalwart Agricultural Fair is a lot of fun, said former fair board president Lawrence Johnson, but it is also a celebration of good old-fashioned hard work and dedication. From the healthy glow of the animals on display to the time and creativity put into the crafts to the gentle control exhibited by the teamsters involved in the […]

International Travel Growing

New Faces of Michigan Tourism

Nakamura Satosha hadn’t seen Mackinac Island in 25 years, but for him, a return journey to the Island wasn’t always just a car ride and boat trip away. A resident of Japan, Mr. Satosha is staying in Michigan for an extended period on a business trip. He had recently heard good reviews of Mackinac Island and had dim memories of […]

90 Artists Display at Marina

Arts Dockside Memorializes Carole Hague

Huddled under a tent in the Saturday morning rain, Howard and Jeanne Hague of St. Ignace accepted a plaque in memory of their daughter, Carole. The 34th annual Arts Dockside, at the St. Ignace Marina Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, was dedicated this year to the memory of Ms. Hague, a longtime crafter at the festival who died […]

Idea Would Expand Dark Sky Park Along Whole Shoreline



Mackinaw City plans to continue improving biking and hiking in the village by updating the village Bike and Hike Plan through 2014. The council also heard an idea from the Little Traverse Conservancy to create a collection of Dark Sky parks along Lake Michigan shoreline. Tom Bailey of the conservancy, and Mary Stewart Adams, the county’s Dark Sky park program […]

Stupaks Honored By Hospital



Pickford Breakfast On the Farm Program Planned for September 17



A program called “Breakfast on the Farm” will be offered at Taylor Creek Farm in Pickford, also known as the Kronemeyer Dairy Farm, Saturday, September 17. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon. Breakfast on the Farm is a free family program that gives consumers and farm neighbors a […]

Erickson Center Fundraiser Is Sunday



The Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis will kick off “The Next Giant Step,” its campaign to raise funds to finish the lower level, Sunday, September 11, at 3 p.m. The program will include a slide presentation with a history of the organization and plans for the lower level. The public is welcome, said Melissa Ronquist, administrative assistant. Mrs. […]

Assault Victim Released From Hospital



The victim of an assault in the early morning hours of August 26 has been released from the hospital, according to St. Ignace Police Chief Mark Wilk. Mr. Wilk said that his officers had made contact with the victim, a 19-year old man from Wisconsin, and were informed that he was released from the hospital after about a week of […]