Four Earn State Accolades for Craftsmanship

Tassier, Wilson, Dutcher, Barr Honored

Third-generation wooden boat builder Gary Tassier of Cedarville has received a Heritage Award from Michigan State University Museum. The award is the state‚Äôs highest honor for promoting family, community, and cultural traditions, and Mr. Tassier will be recognized at the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing this August. Mr. Tassier will also be honored along with teacher Scott Barr […]

Golfers To Play Near Bridge



This weekend at St. Ignace, people will have a chance to golf on the ice near the Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula Ice Golf Scramble, which features activities Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5. The competition has been moved from downtown St. Ignace to the Mackinac Bridge area, giving golfers unparalleled scenery for their icy course. It is […]

Fees to Reflect Expenses

Mackinaw City Seeks To Regulate Ferries

Mackinaw City will base its franchise fees for Mackinac Island ferry companies on the costs that the village says it incurs because of ferry traffic on city streets and other structures, according to a subcommittee that is developing the policy. The subcommittee needs at least one more meeting to work on the policy before presenting it to the Village Council […]

Dutcher Earns Heritage Award



David Dutcher (pictured) will teach Marjorie Maracle to apply Iroquois beadwork to moccasins they will make. These antique versions show the style of beadwork they will use. See story on his Michigan Heritage Award, page 6.

Barr: Apprenticeship Program



Scott Barr with a scale model of a clinker rowboat Tuesday, February 23, in the industrial arts classroom at Les Cheneaux Community Schools in Cedarville. The model is being made using steam bending and other traditional boat building skills as part of his participation in the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Heritage Award Goes to Wilson



Paul Wilson with a red-hulled scale model of a 17-foot wood canvas canoe he built at his home in Hessel. See story on his Michigan Heritage Award, page 7.

Captain To Speak March 10

Life and Work Aboard A Great Lakes Freighter

Everyone in the Straits area recognizes Great Lakes freighters, massive cargo vessels sometimes more than 1,000 feet long that transport bulk cargos. Tim Alfson is the captain of one of them, the Edwin H. Gott, a 1,004-foot Great Lakes Fleet freighter, and he will speak in Mackinaw City next week about his industry, careers in the merchant marine, and his […]

National Wildlife Federation Threatens to Sue Pipeline Safety Administration



The National Wildlife Federation says it will sue the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) unless it meets its obligations to safeguard the oil pipeline under the Straits within 60 days. PHMSA is a federal agency that oversees oil pipeline safety. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) contends the agency had no authority to allow the transportation of oil through […]

Presidential Primary Election Is Tuesday in Michigan



The Michigan presidential primary will be Tuesday, March 8. Voters may cast ballots for a Democratic or a Republican candidate for president of the United States. At the polls, voters will request either a Democratic Party ballot or a Republican Party ballot. Voters who cast a ballot for either party in the primary are not obligated to vote for that […]

Contractors Sought to Analyze The Risks Associated With Line 5



Contractors interested in analyzing the risks associated with the Enbridge Line 5 petroleum pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac, and contractors interested in analyzing potential alternatives to Line 5, may submit proposals to the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board by Monday, April 11. All interested contractors may submit questions about the studies by Monday, March 7. The risk analysis will […]