2005-03-16 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud

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  • Tuesday, March 15! Oh what a beautiful morning it was. Even though the air is crisp, there is not a cloud in the sky. The American flag that flies daily in the front yard of the Mussers’ corner cottage is very still. It’s a great for boat watching and traveling the ice. It was very peaceful and quiet early in the day, not a sound was to be heard but the singing of the birds. Just a dusting of snow covers the rooftops.

    Monday was a busy day in the Straits as two big U.S. Coast Guard cutters were kept busy guiding ships through the Round Island Passage. The Hollyhock escorted the cement carrier, Alpena, eastbound, while the Mackinaw headed westbound for Green Bay, Wisconsin, where it will be breaking ice for the opening of the harbor. The Soo Locks will open Friday, March 25, at midnight, at which time a parade of freighters will begin the 2005 shipping season. The U.S. Steel, Cason J. Calloway, is due back after unloading its cargo in Chicago. What’s more fun than boat watching?

    We have some very sad news to report. Evelyn Chambers, mother of nurse Ed of Mackinac Island and Dan and Pat of Muskegon, passed away quietly Friday morning, March 11. In failing health, she came to spend the winter with Ed and Nona at their home in the Mission. Evelyn was also my sister-in-law, and I mourn her passing. A complete obituary will follow in next week’s edition of The St. Ignace News.

    The St. Patrick’s Day party held at the Community Hall Saturday, March 12, was a fun time for all who came to enjoy. Chef Tim Leeper’s prime rib or whitefish dinners were delicious. The hall was gaily decorated for the season. It was very festive. Many people won door prizes. It was thrilling, too, to have our neighbors from St. Ignace travel the ice bridge for the annual event. Linda and Larry Belonga, Al Colegrove, and Bob Andress joined the celebration. They enjoyed meeting and talking with family and friends.

    Special thanks to Kitty Horn, Trish Bunker, and Kay Hoppenrath for doing an excellent job selling tickets, to Chef Tim Leeper and the kitchen crew, and Larry Rickley Jr. and Larry Rickley Sr. for donating the fresh whitefish caught Saturday morning, which was excellent. Two high school seniors did a wonderful job serving the food, Emma Chambers and Blisse Beardsley. Thanks to everyone who helped with the setup and clean up.

    Lucky winners were: Trish Bunker, Irish bear; Lou Bunker, dinner for two at Mary’s Bistro; Patti Ann Moskwa, Irish dolls; Jason St. Onge, dinner for two at the Chippewa Hotel, and Susie Smith, Easter bunny. The 50/50 Raffle was won by Brenda Bunker and the Big Raffle winners were Margaret Kappa, a consultant at Grand Hotel for 20 years and enjoying retirement in West Virginia won the first prize of $5,000; Tammy Frazier of Mackinaw City won $2,000; Skip Young of Frankenmuth won $2,000, and Diane Sprengel of Washington, Michigan won $1,000. The party was a great success.

    A sign of spring! As the morning sun was pouring in our sunroom Tuesday, March 15, a huge pot of daffodils were in full bloom, reminding me that spring is just around the corner. Winter outside! Spring inside!

    A thrilling experience for one of the Jamaican friends at the Jockey Club was crossing the ice bridge. Steve Rilenge, resident of Stonecliffe, gave Headley a ride over the ice. It’s an experience he will treasure. The Jamaicans will have lots of pictures and great memories.

    Students home for the weekend that attended the St. Patrick’s Day party were Jennifer Wightman, Jennifer Putnam, Sara Wessel, and Josh Carley.

    Jody and Maggie Chambers drove Richard back to Northern Michigan University Sunday. He enjoyed a week of spring break on Mackinac.

    Friends, please continue to pray for Bruce LaPine, who remains very ill at Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He would enjoy hearing from his friends. His address is Broward General Medical Center, 1600 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. We missed Bruce and Patty at the St. Patrick’s Day party. They were always there to give a helping hand.

    Happy 10th birthday to Donald Makowski, son of Donna and Mark Makowski of Gaylord Wednesday, March 16. Best wishes to Donald, who has not been feeling his best. Donald is the grandson of Donald Francis of Mackinac Island.

    One-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Reville of Cheboygan underwent brain surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor this past week. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. She’s the only child of Dolores and Joe Reville and the granddaughter of Betty St. Onge of St. Ignace.

    They never fail to attend our St. Patrick’s Day Party, attorney Pat Shannon and his wife, MaryAnn. They were seen having a great time visiting with friends. They live in Sault Ste. Marie, but have a home in Trillium Heights, so they visit the Island often. Happy birthday to Pat Wednesday, March 16.

    Mona Carley, mother of Mike, is spending several weeks on the Island while Mike and Deb are vacationing in Florida and enjoying a Caribbean cruise. Nice to have Mona on Mackinac.

    Happy birthday to Trish Bunker Thursday, March 17. Enjoy your day and thanks again for doing an excellent job selling tickets.

    Greg Main returned from a month’s stay on St. John in the Virgin Islands. He was doing work for Tom and Kathy Lewand on their new home on St. John. Greg said that he had a wonderful time and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. He met Barbara and Brian Hellis in St. Thomas when they docked on their cruise. I’m sure they had a great time talking about Mackinac.

    Kendra Kleber of Royal Oak visited her parents, Chuck and Marsha, over the weekend. Kendra enjoyed attending the St. Patrick’s Day party and having dinner at the Jockey Club.

    Betty and Barry BeDour attended a family wedding in Ohio over the weekend.

    Nice to have Richard Bolander at the St. Patrick’s Day party. He and his wife, Jackie, live in Sault Ste. Marie during the winter months, but visit the Island often staying at their home on Church Street. Richard was a former superintendent of the Mackinac Island Public Schools.

    Sandra Orr has returned to the Island for the 2005 season. She and her sister, Debra, are preparing their many businesses for an early opening.

    Peggy Bynoe returned to Aquinas College Saturday after spending a week on Mackinac. She enjoyed her spring break visiting her family on the Island.

    Melly Hagenbaugh arrived home Monday along with her furry friends, Sadie and Cassie. She will be getting Alford’s Drug Store ready for the 2005 season.

    Happy birthday to Steve Moskwa Saturday, March 19. Steve and Patti Ann left Tuesday for Arizona and Mexico. Enjoy your vacation.

    Greetings to my dear friend, Jean Hansen Coyne of Garrett, Indiana. Jean and I were close friends growing up in the early days on Mackinac. We were always together having a great time. She’s the granddaughter of the late Ray Davis, owner of the former Davis building on Main Street and the beautiful home on Cadotte Avenue now owned by the Marvin May family.

    Vic and Todd Calleweart of Grosse Pointe visited their Island home this past week. Tuesday, March 22, Vic will undergo knee replacement surgery at Beaumont Hospital. Best wishes Vic for a speedy recovery.

    Brian and Barbara Hellis of Northville and Mackinac enjoyed a Caribbean cruise and en route home they stopped by Hilton Head, South Carolina, to visit Bob and Bev Benjamin.

    Peggy and Greg Woodward, managers of Market Street Inn, are visiting family members in Texas. Their daughter, Sunshine, is a member of the National Guard serving in Iraq.

    The Mackinac Island Board of Review will meet Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22.

    Happy birthday to Jean Laborde of Appleton, Wisconsin, Wednesday, March 23. Enjoy a wonderful day. Jean is the husband of my niece, Nancy Chambers LaBorde.

    Jackie and Dennis Bradley are visiting their son, David and his family in Lexington, Kentucky. Happy birthday to Jackie March 23.

    Ben Nye of Harbor Springs was on the Island recently bringing stock over to his shops, Great Turtle Toys.

    Happy birthday to David Lapine Thursday, March 17, to Patty Satterlee and Jane Simmons Sunday, March 20, and to Jonathan Horn Tuesday, March 22.

    A first for Grand Hotel, Tuesday, March 15, a small wedding was held at the hotel. There has been one other wedding and two engagements. Only on Mackinac.

    Jennie Shanku was away for the weekend in Dearborn attending a family gathering.

    Mackinac Associates held their annual get-together at the Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills Saturday night.

    We were pleasantly surprised to have a visit from Walt and Mike North of St. Ignace Tuesday, March 15. They snowmobiled over the ice bridge and had lunch at the Jockey Club.

    Greetings to our friend Jack Ryerse at his home in St. Ignace. We miss you, Jack.

    Skip Young of Frankenmuth enjoyed spending the weekend at Grand Hotel.

    Jill Kamphuis, daughter of Karen Weersing, enjoyed spring break from Grand Valley State University on Mackinac.

    Sad news is that Joe Brandonisio's mother passed away Monday, March 14. Joe and Diane can be reached at 961 Nampa Court, Troy, MI 48084. Condolences are sent from your Island friends.

    Best wishes to Letha Brodeur of Traverse City, who recently was hospitalized.

    Avid Island skier Mark Chambers skied Sunday with a group of skiers from Traverse City. One member, Kim Jaffee, spent many seasons on Mackinac. They enjoyed a wonderful time on the trails and skiing over from St. Ignace.

    Enjoy the bright sunny days of March spring is right around the corner.

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