MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Operators of a new Mackinac Island hotel are expected to soon begin accepting online room reservations. The 3-story, 36-room Bicycle Street Inn & Suites is slated to open in May in the historic downtown of the popular tourist destination. It replaces the demolished 120-year-old McNally Cottage bed and breakfast. Bicycle Street Inn & Suites is the island's first hotel development since the Main Street Inn and Suites was built about a decade ago. Bicycle Street Inn & Suites marketing manager Mark Alexander says Mackinac Island's popularity remains strong and that the island is "going to get a million visitors a year no matter what." The island, located in Lake Huron between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas, is dominated by the 125-year old, 385-room Grand Hotel.
(SANDUSKY) -- Sanilac County employees enjoyed the annual Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, December 12 at the Sanilac County MSU Extension Conference Room. The Prosecutor's Office hosted the event, which was catered by Main Street Café. All 70 staff members that participated, helped to donated over $300 and multiple boxes of non-perishable foods that were donated to the Department of Human Services, Help Inc., and Eva's Place Shelter for families in need in the community this holiday season.
(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Hospital Auxiliary's 4th Annual "Home for Christmas Walk" was attended by 144 guests who enjoyed the decorated homes of Shane and Sarah Kady, Diane Peplinski, and Robert and Theresa Dove's A Dove Nest Bed and Breakfast. Proceeds from the walk will be used to purchase a blanket warmer for Long-term Care residents at Marlette Regional Hospital. Several Marlette shops were open for business after hours to allow residents the chance to do a little holiday shopping. Marlette Historical Society members opened the Marlette Train Depot, all decked out for the season, serving warm beverages and pastries.
PICTURED: Three members of the Marlette Historical Society: Pat Boegner, Carleen Foster and Pat Izydorek and others volunteered time and energy to open the handsomely trimmed Marlette Train Depot for visitors on the Christmas Walk evening. The Society graciously served pastries and beverages and also sold tickets for two beautiful raffle items.
(WASHINGTON) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller released the following statement Thursday, December 13 to commemorate the 376th birthday of the National Guard:
"On December 13, 1636, the Massachusetts General Court established the first citizen militia in our nation which has grown to become the National Guard. For the last 376 years citizen soldiers have stood tall to secure our freedom in the American Revolution and to protect that freedom until this day. Throughout our history those who serve so bravely in the National Guard have stood tall for liberty. The 376 years of an unbroken line of service in defense of all us is testament to the character of these sons and daughters of liberty from across this great nation.
"We all must continue to stand up strong to support those who serve us. In the coming days Congress will consider the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. I was proud to help pass strong protections for the Air National Guard in the bill that passed the U.S. House of Representative and I am glad the U.S. Senate has followed our lead and has incorporated similar protections in their version of this important legislation. Now those working to reconcile differences in the two bills must not water down those important protections so that we can continue to support those who so bravely defend us all.
"I wish the National Guard a very happy 376th Birthday and thank all of those who continue to serve and sacrifice in defense of freedom."
(DECKERVILLE) -- Lifetime Deckerville area resident Rosamond Buhl is turning 100! Rosie was born on December 14, 1912. She worked side-by-side with her late husband Lloyd Buhl at the Deckerville Recorder for most of her life. Rosie also drove bus for the Sanilac County ISD, worked on the election board, served as the Deckerville Village Assessor, as a member of the Community Center Board, Women's Club and Autumnwood Auxiliary. Rosie has four children. William is a retired District and Circuit Court Judge from Van Buren County, Bob is Vice-President of Ep-Team Air Freight in Miami, Florida, Marcia is Executive Director of CMH counseling, a non-profit agency in Buffalo, New York, and Karl is a retired teacher from Deckerville Schools. Rosie is active in the community, attending the meal site at the Deckerville Community Center, plays cards twice a week and cheers on those Detroit Tigers! An open house style 100th birthday celebration for Rosie will be held Friday, December 14 at the D-Ville Diner from 1-3 p.m.
(AREA) -- The sights and sounds of Christmas are all around the Thumb and Blue Water Area. This Friday, December 14 visit the Cadillac House in Lexington where they are hosting a Handmade Holiday Bazaar featuring local artists and crafters from 4-8 p.m. There will be handmade jewelry, soaps, pottery, artwork, and household decor. Refreshments will be provided. Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 are the last days the Fort Gratiot Light Station and Lighthouse will be open for tours this year. The season will be wrapped up with Candlelight tours of the light station. Visitors are encouraged to take the rare opportunity to tour the lighthouse in the evening and take in the night time view from 5-8 p.m. The light station site will close at 5 p.m. on December 16th and remain closed until May 4, 2013.
(MARLETTE) -- Marlette will be hosting its annual Marlette Country Christmas celebration this Saturday, December 15. This year's event has been consolidated into a one day with a bazaar vendor sale, the tree lighting and a parade with Santa and his reindeer. The Christmas Bazaar will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Marlette VFW Hall. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The Marlette District Library is holding their book fair from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ronald McDonald will be making a guest appearance at the McDonald's restaurant from 11 a.m.- Noon and again during the parade. If you would like to help the Boy Scouts raise funds for their program, a bake sale will be located at CC's Cyber Cafe from 12-3 p.m. Also from Noon-3 p.m., the First United Methodist Church will be cooking up some competition as they have their annual chili cook-off, bake sale and auction with proceeds to benefit Heaven Sent. The tree lighting ceremony will kick-off the annual Christmas parade that will start at 1 p.m. Photos with Santa will follow at 1:30 p.m. at CC's Cyber Cafe. Santa's live reindeer will be downtown from 1:15 - 4 p.m. compliments of the Downtown Development Authority and Tri-County Equipment. Don't miss the horse-drawn carriage rides throughout town, children's activities, raffles, and the homemade sled race.
(AREA) -- The Department of Natural Resources reports that grants totaling $92,039 for urban forestry projects statewide will be awarded to 18 recipients in Alger, Antrim, Barry, Clinton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Ingham, Kent, Lapeer, Muskegon, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Wayne counties. Grants are awarded for tree planting, community tree inventories, management plans, and education and training projects which enhance and promote urban forestry in Michigan. In Lapeer County, the city of Lapeer will receive $2,000 for tree planting. The city of Port Huron in St. Clair County was awarded $250 for Arbor Day activities. The grants are federally funded through the USDA Forest Service's State and Private Forestry Program. Grant awards will be distributed in December for projects to be completed by September 1, 2013.
(LANSING) -- State Senator Mike Green, R-Mayville, greeted Governor Snyder as he signed the Senate Bill 570, legislation introduced by Green amending the Single State Construction Code. Now P.A. 264 of 2012, allows more flexibility in log home construction while still preserving the overall energy efficiency requirements.
(GRAND RAPIDS) -- Wrapping up its 93rd annual meeting last week in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Farm Bureau elected a new district director and reorganized its executive committee, changing the lineup atop the state's largest general farm organization. Kent County farmer Andy Hagenow is the organization's new Vice President. Hagenow raises beef cattle and feed crops near Rockford. President since 2000, Sanilac County Dairy Farmer Wayne H. Wood of Marlette retains his position atop the organization. The board's executive committee is rounded out by third member Carl Bednarski, a row crop farmer from Tuscola County, who was re-elected to a new, 2-year term.
PICTURED: Carl Bednarski-District 6 Director--Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola counties.