2018-02-01 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

We certainly have had a mixture of weather again this past week. One day we received approximately six inches of snow, and we usually get some wind, and then some great sunshine. We’ve had a few nights with beautiful sunsets. Tuesday evening, January 23, the sunset was so pretty, as it looked almost like a fire above the clouds. The red and yellow colors were awesome.

It was eight degrees Wednesday evening, January 24, at 10 p.m. One good thing about the cold weather is that the ice is really thick, approximately 20 inches, in some places.

Dick Carr was recently out fishing and happened to notice that the snow was all melted on the front side of the cottages in Woodland Park. I have asked other people and it seems as though this probably has never happened before at this time of year. Perhaps someone needed to mow the grass as the snow had melted. He had never seen this before, nor have I. Since that time, we have received some snow.

The Lions Club Cabin Fever Reliever is Saturday, March 3. Those wishing to donate may contact any Lions Club member. They’ve been calling for donations.

Bob Rogers spent a few nights at his cabin in the woods near De- Tour. He enjoys staying there and cutting in the woods. Jon and Sharrie Steinbach enjoy visiting with him when he’s here.

Pastor Jeff Meyers and I visited the new Pennington Home in Pickford, an adult foster care. The home was built after a large donation was made by Mary Jane Pennington in the name of her late brother, Charlie. There are six rooms, five of which are assisted living and one is for hospice, where the hospice service is free of charge. Services provided are three meals daily, snacks, medication, administration, and assistance with activities of daily living, socialization, and recreational activities. The lovely sunroom offers a fireplace and lots of windows for outdoor access. The home is close to M-129 and Pickford High School. They plan to have many volunteers helping. The open house, with ribbon cutting and dedication, was held Friday, January 19, with a large number of enthusiastic folks attending. Mary Jane Pennington was asked to cut the ribbon to open and dedicate the beautiful, new building. The rooms are very nice with spacious windows and wide hallways, with a beautiful kitchen and dining area. Pickford is very proud of their new facility, and they deserve to be. Lauren Bosbous, manager of the facility, gave us the tour and she was very helpful. Applications are now available by calling (906) 322- 2899.

Both the Cedarville Trojans boys and girls basketball teams are in first place in our conference. They have enthused many fans this year with their fantastic ability to play so well. Congratulations to them. Go Trojans!

Ice skating certainly seems to be popular this year. There are three skating rinks just east of downtown Cedarville. It has been many years since I’ve seen so many ice skaters.

There are still two or three Christmas trees at the end of the docks in Cedarville, and a few trees downtown.

Plans and work are underway for an exciting Snowsfest Thursday, February 15, through Sunday, February 18, in Hessel. Most activities will be held at the tent area in Hessel unless otherwise specified. A Snowsfest button will be required for admissin.

We send our sympathy to the family of Cecil “Pete” Thompson, who passed away Friday, January 19, in Cedarville. He was a thoughtful and kind man who spent most of his life working and helping others in his hometown of Pickford. He worked at Thompson garage, along with his brother, Morrell Thompson. He worked hard and long hours. He also drove school bus for Pickford Schools, where he enjoyed the youngsters. He and his wife, Mona, were always together spending time with their family and friends. I very much enjoyed them and they were fine friends. God bless Mona and their children. An obituary was published in the January 25 issue of The St. Ignace News.

The Les Cheneaux Community Library will participate in the “Show Me The Money Day” Friday, February 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace. The program, hosted by HOME of Mackinac County, is free and open to the public.

During Snowsfest, the Friends of Les Cheneaux Community Library will have a book sale at the library Friday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is accepting donated books for this sale until Sunday, February 11. There will be another sale in the summer, around the Fourth of July.

The news from our friends in “sunny Florida” is that it recently has turned warmer. They say it has not been a really warm Florida as they usually enjoy, but there is no snow yet.

I understand that Pickford resident Bob McHaney has been asked to drop the checkered flag to start this year’s I-500 snowmobile race in Sault Ste. Marie Saturday, February 3.

I greatly appreciate Ralph Bennett and Clayton Bennett, who came to my rescue Sunday, January 28.

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