2006-11-30

Indian Trails To Take Over U.P. Greyhound Bus Routes



Indian Trails Bus Company is taking over Greyhound Bus Company’s routes through the Upper Peninsula February 1 under a twoyear, $25 million agreement between Indian Trails and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The contract guarantees intercity bus service will continue uninterrupted once Greyhound’s contract expires January 31, and the $25 million for operations is funded through state and federal funds. […]

Forum Will Explore Town Planning Ideas

Set at St. Ignace Tues., January 9

Dave Ivan, an expert in community and economic development, will bring his program, “Can Small Towns Be Cool?” to Mackinac County Tuesday, January 9, at 1 p.m. The program will be at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace, presented by Michigan State University Extension. The program draws on the experiences and good ideas from 250 Midwest and East Coast […]

EUP Communities To Host Christmas Season Events



St. Ignace Holiday Parade Set for Friday AHome for the Holidays Parade is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, December 1, in St. Ignace, followed by the downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa Land at The Pavillion, and Christmas caroling. The parade begins across from City Hall, and proceeds down State Street to Dock 1. Weather permitting, the parade may continue to […]

Students Fill Food Pantry Shelves



For about 10 days in early November, St. Ignace students from kindergarten through the seventh grade collected food for the St. Ignace Food Pantry in a drive conducted by the fourth grades. Monday, November 20, the fourth graders carried boxes, cans, and bags to the pantry at 250 Ferry Lane, where volunteers will distribute it to people in need. “You […]

New Merit Test Includes Free ACT

State Replaces MEAP With New Examination

To make standardized testing more meaningful for Michigan high school students, the Michigan Department of Education has dispensed with the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) for juniors and replaced it with the Michigan Merit Exam. School administrators say the most significant impact on parents and students will be the Merit test’s use as a free college entrance exam, while the […]

Municipal Building Upgrades Proposed

St. Ignace Officials Also Plan Update for City Wastewater Treatment Plant

Improvements are slated for the St. Ignace municipal building and wastewater treatment plant, city officials say, although money for the projects has yet to be found. A $5.5 million renovation of the wastewater treatment facility is being planned, with work scheduled to begin in 2008, while at City Hall, officials say improvements to the heating system, window replacement, and new […]

Children Enjoy School Thanksgiving Tradition



Pickford kindergarten students (clockwise, from left) Abby Van Luven, Taylor Green, Trenton Huyck, and Drew Batho dig into their Thanksgiving dinnerWednesday, November 22, at the school’s multiple purpose room. The dinner is an annual tradition that the school hosts for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Some students dress as characters present at the first Thanksgiving meal, according to historical […]

Hospital Plans Lights of Love Ceremony



Mackinac Straits Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a Lights of Love ceremony at the Hospital Sunday, December 10, and a book sale fundraiser Wednesday, December 13, through Friday, December 15. The Lights of Love program allows people to donate $5 per light dedicated in honor or in memory of a loved one. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 1:30 […]

New Water Diversion Would Derail Proactive Lakes Charge



More than a dozen lake advocates have joined the Alliance for the Great Lakes in urging the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to reject a Lake Michigan diversion request until adoption of a critical interstate compact that would protect Great Lakes water. New Berlin, a Milwaukee suburb straddling the western boundary of the Great Lakes basin, seeks Wisconsin DNR approval […]

Body Found of Missing Hunter



A missing hunter, John Robert Felsk, 53, of Manton, was found dead Wednesday, November 22, in Brevort Township, following an extensive search. The cause of death remains under investigation, although deputies with the Mackinac County Sheriff ‘s Department did not note any suspicious circumstances. The K-9 unit from the Michigan State Police post in Sault Ste. Marie made the discovery […]