2014-12-25 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Helen Shoberg
484-2626 • hcshoberg@gmail.com

Christmas Day, 2014! It is difficult to realize that another year has passed, and so quickly.

Cedarville and Hessel are all dressed up with lively Christmas decorations and what fun it is to drive around and see all of the decorated trees and other ornaments celebrating this holiday week. Carols are being sung, churches have special services, and families have gathered, many from faraway places, to celebrate together this special time of the year.

The excellent dinners for senior citizens and homebound people that are served every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are prepared by Charlene Williams of Cedarville and an efficient helper. This community dinner for seniors was given a gift from an unidentified donor this past month. Each time a senior offered to pay for his or her dinner, he or she was told that their dinner had been paid for. This went on for more than two weeks and those who have benefited from these dinners are very appreciative to this donor, and wish the donor a Merry Christmas and a blessed and happy new year.

Griffin Rodal enjoys the gingerbread houses at Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville. (Photograph courtesy of Jane French) Griffin Rodal enjoys the gingerbread houses at Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville. (Photograph courtesy of Jane French) Another very special seasonal occasion took place Sunday evening, December 21, at First Union Church, when the sanctuary choir presented a Christmas cantata entitled “Canticles in Candlelight,” composed by Joseph Martin and directed by Alan Jacobus. The program consisted of a prologue and processional, followed by the choir singing. The church was lovely during the last number, with the whole congregation holding a lighted candle. The choir was accompanied by a group of musicians, including Benjamin Gulder and Gabrielle Turgeon on violin, Maggie Twining on cello, Sarah Morrison and Maddie Kohlmann on flute, Jessica Kielzman on clarinet, Ashley Kasper on French horn, Katie Eberts on percussion, Elizabeth James on piano, Amy Kohlmann on hand bells, and Gerry VandeVusse as narrator.

Twenty-seven (1987) years ago, I wrote: “The St. Ignace radio station, WNKC-FM, recently sponsored the first annual Hunters Roundup contest. Hudson Hardware was their local representative. Linda Hudson said that two local residents had won prizes in this contest. A prize for the oldest hunter was awarded to Wendell Sims of Cedarville. Wendell is still hunting at 83 years of age, and he downed his buck this fall with a firearm. He was awarded the prize of a Browning Cobra Compound bow. Another winner, this one for the youngest hunter, was awarded to 14-year-old Mark Malkowski, who took his buck with a firearm. Mark is the son of Vernon Malkowski and Cindy (nee Hamel) Malkowski. Congratulations to both of these successful hunters.”

Twenty-six (1988) years ago, I wrote: “A holiday gathering that will make for a jolly Christmas for everyone concerned will take place for the Edward Sherlund family this year. Ed and Mary Sherlund have 11 children, and all of them, with their families, will be home for the holidays. Can you imagine 11 children and 18 grandchildren filling the house? Several of these young people have not been home for some time, including Pam and her husband, who have just returned from a tour of duty in Germany with the United States Army. Also arriving will be Andrea, now living in Dallas, Texas, Bill from Largo, Florida, and Steve and family, who now reside in Beloit, Wisconsin. The rest of the family, Sandy, Tom, Marcia, Jim, Larry, Mary, Denise, and Marty all live in the Hessel and Cedarville area with their families. Another Sherlund, a daughter of Bob and Laura, with the seasonal fitting name of Holly, has dressed the Cedarville Red Owl in all of its holiday attire. Holly, an expert at scissor-cutting, has made all of the lovely paper snowflakes adorning the windows of the store.”

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