2017-03-16 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

March weather is still acting like a lion. We’ve had more winter weather the first two weeks of March than we had during the entire month of January. The Straits of Mackinac is filled with heavy ice, and the temperatures at night have been very cold. The Huron has to travel to the north of the Island. Monday, March 20, is the official start of spring, but it doesn’t feel like spring. We’ve had some bright sunshine, so the sunrises and sunsets have been special, reflecting off the heavy ice. The Soo Locks will reopen Saturday, March 25. We hope all the ice will be gone so that the 1,000-foot freighters will have easy sailing through the Round Island Passage. Warmer weather is surely right around the corner.

We extend deepest sympathy to the family of Cynthia “Cindy” Jane Francis Gough, who died Thursday, March 9. Cindy is the daughter of the late James and Wilma Francis. She grew up on Mackinac Island and attended school on the Island. Cindy married Bill Gough December 20, 1969, and they had three sons, William, Teddy, and Jeremiah. Cindy had a wonderful personality and her true love in life was horses. She enjoyed raising them, riding, and caring for the horses. When Cindy was young, she worked several summers for my mother, Jeannette Doud, at the Arch Rock Curio Shop. She was crowned Mackinac Island Lilac Queen in 1965. Cindy had a very big heart and Mackinac was always part of it. An obituary appears in this issue of The St. Ignace News. May she rest in peace.

A St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be held Saturday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Prime rib and whitefish will be served with all the trimmings. There will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and door prizes. Tickets are still available for the big raffle. The dinner is for adults only.

Trish and Alice Martin left Mackinac Island Saturday, March 11, to visit family members in Alma and Grand Rapids.

We send get-well wishes to George Wellington, who was transported to McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey Saturday, March 11. Friends may remember George with a card.

Happy birthday to Jean Laborde and Lisa Barnwell March 22, Jackie Bradley March 23, Beau Bielinski and James Chambers, Jr. March 24, Ben Horn March 25, and Patty Prendergast, Jimmy Gillespie, Kirk Smith, and Michaela Cope March 26. Hope you all enjoy your day.

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will host a brunch Sunday, April 9, at noon at the Community Hall. This is always a very nice event, so come and support members of YAC.

The Pinewood Derby was held Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at the Mackinac Island Public School. Cub Scout Leader Ray Card was in charge of the program. The boys had a great time and the winners were as follows: Griffin Riccinto, first place; Mason Riccinto, second place, and Mason McLean, third place. Jordan Fisher had the most unique car. The top three winners will compete at district finals Thursday, April 6. We appreciate everyone who works with the boys.

We send best wishes to Kevin Leveille, who had surgery at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey Friday, March 10. He spent one night in the hospital and is now recuperating well in St. Ignace. Reggie misses you, Kevin, and he looks forward to your return to Mackinac.

The Mackinac Island Board of Review will meet Monday, March 27, and Tuesday, March 28, at City Hall.

The final game of the Bynoe Street Hockey will be held Friday, March 17. The Wings and the Storms are tied in the series, so it should be a very spirited game. Awards will be given out at the end of the tournament.

Some news from the Adam Fisher family in Grand Rapids: Charlotte just turned five years old March 6, and her brother, Cullen, will be 10 years old March 14. Cullen’s hockey team, the Hawks, (Squirt 1 in District 6 in Grand Rapids) won two tournaments over the last few weeks: one in Grand Rapids, where his uncle, Paul Fisher, attended the game, and one last weekend in Bay City.

Michael Straus attended the Mackinac Island Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, March 14.

The Mackinac Island Public School will be on spring break from Monday, March 27, through Sunday, April 2. Classes will resume Monday, April 3.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May your day sparkle with the luck of the Irish!

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