Tour, Park Projects Poised To Begin

Downtown St. Ignace

By Memorial Day weekend, residents and visitors will be able to take a location-specific tour of St. Ignace using their cellular telephones. The St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce is spearheading the project in partnership with the St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority (DDA). During its meeting Friday morning, March 11, the DDA approved paying for half of the program’s $4,000 cost. […]

Students Wow Crowd With Night of Jazz

Musicians and dancers from St. Ignace, Rudyard, and Harbor Springs schools treated an audience of 470 people to an evening of jazz and the music of steel drums, raising $9,885 for band technology and uniforms and filling the Kewadin Shores Casino banquet tent Saturday, March 12. The 7th annual Night of Jazz, Pop, and Steel featured dinner catered by the […]

Are Landscaping Mandates Needed?

Clark Township Weighs Its Options

With the common goal of making local businesses look attractive, officials in Clark Township are struggling to define what that means and whether it should be mandated by local government, or just encouraged. The Clark Township planning commission and township board couldn’t agree on the specifics of their landscaping ordinance Tuesday, March 8, after the two bodies conducted simultaneous meetings […]

Pure Michigan Funding Secured

The Pure Michigan advertising campaign will continue through September, as Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday, March 10, that would secure $10 million for the campaign, bringing the total to $25.4 million. The funding bill had passed in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate. The signed bill only provides for the 2011 fiscal year, but Governor Snyder’s budget […]

Families Gather for Cooking Program

As parents with busy lifestyles know, finding time to cook a wellrounded meal for children is not always easy. To help lighten that burden, parents and day care providers learned simple, healthy recipes that can be made in minutes at a “Cooking With Kids” seminar Friday, March 11, at St. Ignace Middle School. Low-fat turkey burgers zapped in the microwave, […]

Village Takes Fresh Look at Outdoor Business Ordinance

The Mackinaw City Planning Commission will take a long look at how the Open Air Business ordinance works and whether commissioners can find a way to accommodate all types of open air businesses. The commission decided Thursday, March 10, the best way to address the open air business ordinance is to designate specific zones for special business needs. The original […]

Lookiing Back

120 YEARS AGO The St. Ignace News Saturday, March 14, 1891 Capt. Thomas Green, a Bois Blanc island homesteader, was in town Monday. ••• The telephone line to Allenville and Ozark will be built as soon as the frost is out of the ground, so that the poles can be set. ••• During last Sunday’s wind storm, a table in […]

City and School Need To Address Real Problems

To the Editor: I would like to applaud the resourcefulness of Mayor Paul Grondin and City Manager Eric Dodson in bumming a ride to Lansing with the Sault Ste. Marie city officials. This illustrates how you can combine services and thus save money, or, at the least, get a free ride to Lansing if you are out of money. However, […]

Bravo to Jazz Night Performers

To the Editor: The Night of Jazz, Pop, and Steel was a showcase for the talented musicians and dancers who worked so hard to put together a sublime program. Anyone who did not attend missed out on an event that just sparkled. Kudos to the teachers, parents, and others who worked behind the scenes. The community steel band, the Rudyard […]

Michigan Politics

New Bait for Carp Fight

At a time of federal dithering on blocking the advance of Asian carp into Lake Michigan, a U.S.- Canadian agency has just added its important voice to spur “rapid response” efforts to make the Great Lakes a no-swim zone for this invasive threat. The International Joint Commission (IJC) last week issued its 15th Biennial Report with 32 recommendations for action […]