2018-02-01 / Columns

Mackinac Island

By Margaret Doud

It has been another unpredictable week with of weather. We have very little snow and a lot of ice on the roads and sidewalks. The temperatures warmed up and then Sunday, January 28, temperatures started dropping again. There is wind-driven ice in the St. Ignace harbor, but the ice in the Round Island Passage changes every day.

Watch for the “blue moon” Wednesday, January 31. It should be amazing. Friday, February 2, is Groundhog Day, so it will be interesting to see if the groundhog will see his shadow. It may be it will be an early spring. The days are getting longer and it feels great. It has been an unusual winter. We hope February will give us more snow.

Clark Bloswick and Greg Main took some outstanding pictures of the sunset Sunday, January 28. Clark captured a “sun flare” with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. It was an amazing photograph. Greg’s picture had the sun reflecting off the ice in the Round Island Passage.

The Winter Festival will be this weekend. There will be activities at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 3, and the brunch, bake sale, voting on calendar photographs, silent auction, and other activities will be held Sunday, February 4. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Congratulations to Ed and Megan McNulty on the birth of their daughter, Parker Elizabeth, born Tuesday, January 16. Little Parker weighed 6.5 pounds at birth and measured 18.5 inches in length. Her big sister, Payton, welcomed her home. Proud grandmother is Marti McIntire and proud great-grandmother is Margaret McIntire. Best wishes from Island friends.

The next Twilight Turtle Trek is Saturday, February 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Greany Grove. The ice rink will also be open. Come and join in the fun.

Happy birthday to Sandra Orr February 6, Michelle Dean February 9, and Maggie Chambers and Kate Koboski February 10. Hope you all have a great day.

In the Thursday, January 18, issue of The Grand Rapids Press, there was a picture of Fort Michilimackinac and a horse and carriage on Market Street on Mackinac Island. What great advertising for the Straits area.

Dr. Richard Hodgman of Kalkaska was the doctor in residence this past weekend.

Best wishes to Glenn and Deana St. Onge, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary February 7. Enjoy your special day.

Dan Musser and John Hulett visited Mackinac this past weekend checking on winter projects at Grand Hotel.

The junior class at Mackinac Island Public School will be selling carnations for Valentine’s Day. The flowers are $2 each or $20 for one dozen.

Mark your calendar for the Valentine’s Day concert by John Kissane Sunday, February 11, at 7 p.m. at Ste. Anne’s Church. Refreshments will be served following the concert in Ste. Anne’s Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy an evening of beautiful music.

Jason St. Onge of St. Onge Latex and Groove entertained the Mackinac Island Lakers girls and boys basketball teams at a pizza luncheon Wednesday, January 24. Everyone had a great time.

Dr. Karen Miljour, our former Mackinac Island doctor, visited Urvana Morse and other Island friends this past weekend.

Steve Moskwa traveled to Minnesota last week to visit his father, who had surgery. Steve returned to Mackinac Thursday, January 25, and his father is recovering well.

Thomas Rilenge suffered a fall playing basketball Tuesday evening, January 23. He dislocated his kneecap and had surgery Friday, January 26, to repair it at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The Mackinac Red Wings and St. Ignace Storms played their second game in the nine-game Jamie Bynoe Hockey Tournament Wednesday, January 24. The Storms defeated the Wings 4-1, and Shane Moore was named the Most Valuable Player.

The Ash Wednesday schedule Wednesday, February 14, at Ste. Anne’s will be as follows: Ashes only will be distributed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with Mass at noon.

Mark your calendar for the annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner Saturday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Hall. Raffle tickets are still available by calling 847- 3507.

Clark Bloswick saw a beautiful barred owl Sunday, January 28. The wildlife on Mackinac Island has been interesting this winter.

Enjoy the Winter Festival!

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