2009-08-13

Rusticator Wins Best of Show

Florida Man Walks Away With Four Awards at Annual Hessel Boat Show

One man, three boats, four awards, and for the second straight year, a John Allen boat has won the top award at the annual Les Cheneaux boat show. Mr. Allen, an antique boat collector from Naples, Florida, brought three boats to the 2009 Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show Saturday, August 8; Chief Mackinac, the 32-foot 1937 Consolidated launch […]

Thousands Enjoy Classic Boats



Brothers Rob and Jes Bickhart stand in their family’s 1922 Hackercraft Polly Ann, which won the Jim Bohn People’s Choice Award at the 32nd Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show Saturday, August 8, in Hessel. The rain finally stopped just past noon. Dark clouds lingered in the sky and steady winds kissed the Hessel harbor, filled with wood […]

Lost Sunken Barge Found on Lake Floor

Researchers Also Find Vent Hole in Cave

Covered in zebra mussels, a wooden barge with a clam bucket scoop that sank between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace in a storm more than 50 years ago was found again last week by scientists aboard Pride of Michigan. The barge was discovered by divers in 2000, and then lost again until now. The clamshell scoop on the barge was […]

Many Local Businesses Surprised by Strong Summer Sales

Some Say St. Ignace Fireworks Promotions Are Helping

Many business owners in the Straits of Mackinac area are pleasantly surprised by an upswing in sales this summer, despite the national recession. Most say poor weather has played as large a role as the economy in impacting this summer’s business. Numbers of motorists crossing the Mackinac Bridge have increased, compared to last summer. At the bridge, July numbers are […]

New Cross Tops Gros Cap Church



Season Sees Historic Low Temperatures

Where is summer weather?

The Upper Peninsula, the entire state of Michigan, and the Midwest in general have seen some of the lowest temperatures on record this summer. In fact, preliminary data from the National Weather Service puts July as the coldest on record for the nine-state Midwest region. Several Michigan cities set records for the lowest average temperature in July, including Grand Rapids, […]

Ironworkers Gather at Mackinaw City To Celebrate Skills



The ironworkers parade continued despite the downpour Saturday morning, August 8. Members of Detroit Local 25 and Local 340 performed rivet work while riding on a float in the parade. Pictured (from left) are Dave Hamilton, Bill Miller, Judd Converse, Bernie Gobeski, Bernie Noble, and Nate Santino. All are members of Local 25, except Mr. Noble, who is with Local […]

EUP Ethanol Plant Moving Forward as ‘Heavy Industrial’ Zoning Meets No Opposition

Public Hearing Draws Only One Comment

The cellulosic ethanol plant being proposed for Kinross Charter Township received the approval of the township’s planning commission Monday night, August 10, and the project will now go before the township board Monday, August 17. The unanimous recommendation approved Monday is to change the zoning for the operation from “forest recreation” to “heavy industrial.” It followed a hearing at which […]

Hearing Rescheduled for Bowen



A preliminary examination for Dustan Bowen, who was arraigned in 92nd District Court on a multiple count warrant, including three counts of homicide, in connection with a hit and run accident in Gould City, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 15. The examination was rescheduled from the original date of Monday, August 10, after Mackinac County Prosecuting Attorney Fred Feleppa […]

First Bayside Music Festival Will Feature Four Bands This Saturday



Live music will fill State Street in St. Ignace from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 15, for the first downtown music festival. The Bayside Music Festival will take place in the street and area surrounding the city marina’s parking lot, with State Street closed between Spring and Truckey streets. Four bands will be featured. Chasin’ Steel, a country […]