Hornet Takes Best in Show at Les Cheneaux

“When I was a kid in Saginaw, boating in a woody was like you died and went to heaven,” said Jay Stingel, owner of Hornet, a sharp, elegant, 28-foot Gar Wood runabout that took Best of Show in the 37th annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts Saturday, August 9. More than 6,000 people viewed […]

Ironworkers Celebrate Skills of the Trade

When ironworkers get together, bridges get built, skyscrapers rise, and, in Mackinaw City, skills, camaraderie, and good times are celebrated. That was the case last weekend as ironworkers from across the United States and Canada gathered for the 31st annual International Ironworkers Festival. In attendance were men who built the Mackinac Bridge and ironworkers from as far away as Tampa, […]

Hospital Millage Passes

Mackinac County voters passed all local propositions in the Tuesday, August 5, primary election and were in favor of State Proposal 1 to reform the personal property tax, 1,608 to 606 (73%). State-wide, the proposal passed with 69% of the vote. Proposal One eliminates the personal property tax paid by businesses. The state legislature voted to phase out the tax […]

1814 History Brought To Life

The sounds of cannons, muskets, and rifles rang out across the battlefield at Mackinac Island Monday, August 4, commemorating the bicentennial of the 1814 battle when Americans tried to recapture Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812. The battle reenactment drew about 1,500 spectators, organizers estimated, to the site of the original conflict at what is now Wawashkamo Golf Course, […]

St. Ignace Marks Its Heritage

St. Ignace is celebrating its roots with History Week 2014. Speakers, interpreters, demonstrations, and workshops will highlight elements of St. Ignace’s history Sunday, August 17, through Saturday, August 23. A centerpiece of the week will be a reenactment of Father Jacques Marquette’s arrival by canoe Friday, after a Procession of Nations. “St. Ignace just has such a rich history and […]

Voters Pass Tax Renewals on Both Sides of Mackinaw City

Voters on both the Cheboygan County and Emmet County sides of Mackinaw City voted to approve the four tax millages presented to them in the Tuesday, August 5, primary election. In Cheboygan County’s Mackinaw Township, voters were asked to cast ballots on both a 0.50-mill senior services millage proposal and a one-mill road millage. Both passed, with the senior services […]

Moran Township Voters Turn Out to Pass Recreation Millage

Voters in Moran Township approved their township’s recreation millage during the Tuesday, August 5, primary election by a vote of 147 to 92. The 0.25-mill will raise $25,500 during the first year and run through 2017. Voter turnout was higher than normal for a primary election, as 35% of eligible township residents cast ballots. Moran Township offers recreational activities through […]

Frank Foster to Hold St. Ignace Office Hours on Monday, August 18

On behalf of State Representative Frank Foster, legislative director Rob Winkelman will be available to meet with Mr. Foster’s constituents during office hours Monday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. Ignace Public Library at 110 West Spruce Street. No appointment is needed. Mr. Foster represents the 107th District. Constituents may also reach Mr. Foster’s Lansing […]

Ferry Lane Driving Offers a Thrill

To the Editor: Ferry Lane is by far the most exciting street in St. Ignace. People have to pretend they’re driving in an off-road rally, swerving from lane to lane and on and off the shoulder, to avoid all the potholes. So far, there have been no head-on accidents, so the pretenders are doing a lot of good “off road” […]

Trails Are Haphazard by Design

To the Editor: I get yet another chuckle in regards to the U.S. Forest Service’s attempt to lead the public to believe they are really concerned about improving trails for all-terrain vehicles and are soliciting public input on the ATV trail system, as stated in an article published in the August 7 issue of The St. Ignace News on page […]