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A brief roundup of news and updates for HISCFA members.  Your comments are welcomed but if you have any questions it's best to email one of the board members for a more timely response.

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  • June 15, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Association Remembers John G. Cameron

    John Cameron became a HISCFA director sometime in the early 1970's and devoted over 30 years of service to the Association! He held nearly every position including Secretary, Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board. And he retired from the Association as one of our Honorary Lifetime Members. 

    John’s accomplishments are familiar to most of you whether you know it or not.

    One of his proudest moments and greatest accomplishments was getting natural gas on the Island. John worked on this project starting in the late 1980's until its completion in 1992. Island residents greatly benefitted—and still do today—from the availability of clean natural gas; it meant that they could finally dispose of propane and oil tanks.

    John G. Cameron, Honorary Lifetime Member

    John and his brother, Bill (former Board of Director, now deceased), also spent countless hours working to persuade the Road Commission to move their fence back and take down an unused shed. This enabled Harsen’s Island to have a Park & Ride conveniently located next to the ferry—another important community contribution. Leonard Dahle, a HISCFA Honorary Lifetime Director (now deceased) picked up and took this project to its completion.  

    Aside from these two pivotal initiatives, John and his brother also spent countless hours of work building, repairing, and improving the water station. Island residents who rely on the water station for drinking water have John and Bill to thank for their tireless work on yet another project intended to improve the quality of life for Islanders.

    There are many pillars of a community whose significant influence and contributions can leave a lasting impression; John G. Cameron is such an individual. He was a lover of Harsen’s Island and a lifelong resident. John and his wife, Helen, spent every summer on the Island, except those years he was enlisted in the U.S. Navy. They raised four sons in Birmingham and Harsen’s Island, MI. He “created” his first Island home in 1953 by moving his father-in-law’s boathouse to a plot of land, which in time became a permanent home. He also enjoyed putting together new inventions and hydroplanes with his friend Dick Chute.  

    On February 22, 2022, John Gray Cameron, Sr. passed away at his winter residence, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. As a community we want to remember and honor John for all that he did to make Harsen’s Island a great place to live! 

    “John Cameron was a fine human being, a lifelong island supporter and always helpful! Back in the 80’s I was having a new furnace installed, but also working and could not be home. John came and sat at my house all day while the furnace was being installed. This past October when my husband John Streit passed away, John and Judy came to the funeral home. He was an ever-loyal friend not to be forgotten!”

    - Nancy Streit, former HISCFA Director & Officer


    Note: Portions of this article were taken from the 2003 edition of The Delta News article “Honorary Members” written by Barbara Crown.


  • May 10, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Let's Help Feed Local Families!

    The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its annual national food drive on Saturday, May 14. NALC's food drive, which was first held in 1983, helps feed millions of Americans.

    The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

    Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 14. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food banks, pantries, shelters and churches.

    The Letter Carriers' food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Hunger affects 1 in 8 Americans, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.

    In the 30 years since it began, the food drive has collected about 1.82 billion pounds of food for struggling residents.

    All you need to do is place non-perishable food items in a bag and set it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, before your mail is delivered.  Your postal carrier will pick it up on Saturday and deliver it to food banks and pantries in our community.

    You can also drop off non-perishable food at the USPS Algonac branch: 801 Saint Clair River Dr., Phone: (810) 794-3821

    Thank you for your participation and thank you to all the postal carriers for their efforts for this important cause!

    Learn More on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger


  • May 06, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Watch for Turtles Crossing the Road!

    It's turtle time on the Island.  The image below has some great advice on how to handle a turtle should you encounter one in the road.

    1) If you see a turtle on the road:  Slow down, pull over to the side of the road, put on your emergency flashers.  And when it's safe, help them get across in the same direction they were going.

    2)  Use both of your hands to hold them at the sides near the end of their shells.  And lift them up to move them.  Always keep your hands away from their faces.

    3)  Never pick them up by their tail.  You can damage their vertebrae.

    Save a turtle!  Thanks for being conscious of wildlife and slowing down!



  • May 04, 2022 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Grab your Paddles, Pickleball has Begun!

    If you've never heard of the game, it's become quite popular worldwide. It's said that it's a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.  It's fast paced but easy on the body; it's easy to pick up and even easier to get hooked!  

    Interested in getting started?  There's a group of players that enjoy open play at Browne’s Field every day (weather permitting) at 9:00 am except Sundays. 

    The group started seven years ago on the Island with a handful of people and since then it's grown tremendously. It's a great social game and you'll get some good exercise while meeting your neighbors and making new friends. The group welcomes all levels of players and this year, starting at 10:00, they're excited to work with beginners and anyone that wants to learn the game (paddles are available!).

    HISCFA appreciates all that the group does to maintain the courts and support the sport.  The courts are open to all but we encourage you to join or renew your membership with the association since Browne's Field is owned and operated by the Harsen's Island St. Clair Flats Association (HISCFA). 

    Hope to see you on the courts! 

    For questions about the Harsens Island pickleball group please contact: Jeanne Burczycki at jkburz1@comcast.net

    Watch YouTube Video on Pickleball Basics


    The Browne's Field Pickleball Group in Action


  • April 23, 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    HISCFA Adopt-A-Highway Program

    For 14 years now, since February 2008, HISCFA has been sponsoring a 3-mile stretch of M-154 alongside the South Channel as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. This is a cost-free Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program—as part of a nationwide program—designed to help keep the state's highway roadsides clean and at

    tractive. Since 1990, Adopt-A-Highway local groups, like HISCFA, have collected over a million bags of trash in Michigan. Currently 2,800 groups are participating in the program and have adopted over 6,400 miles of Michigan highways!

    Every year MDOT determines two one-week periods where sponsor groups conduct their roadside cleanup. Safety vests and trash bags are provided to sponsor groups, and a pickup report gets submitted online to MDOT; within a week the trash bags along the sponsored roadside are picked up.

    A big thank you to the 16 volunteers that met this year at St. Mark Church on April 23. At the brief kick-off huddle, third mile stretches of M-154 were divvied up among participants. Then off they were with waders, boots, rakes, and one volunteer even had a graveling hook! It was a gorgeous 71-degree day with a light breeze and lots of sunshine—a good day for a roadside walk with a trash bag!

    You can see HISCFA’s official Adopt-a-Highway sign at the 90-degree bend of M-154 as you head towards Green Drive. M-154 has existed on Harsens Island since 1931. There are only two other Michigan trunkline highways that are located on islands: M-134 connects by ferry across the DeTour Passage to Drummond Island, and state highway M-185 that circles Mackinac Island.

    Even with the water levels down exposing more trash, and the program's “pause” for a couple years due to COVID, the task went quickly. After only two hours of collecting, the group had nearly 20 bags of trash and other large pieces of debris like pallets and metal fencing. It was a very gratifying, and fun day which was topped off with pizza (donated by Lucy Burby RE/MAX First) and beverages at Browne’s Field.

    In coordination with HISCFA’s Adopt-A-Highway event, a neighborhood group of volunteers in the Flats conducts a similar roadside cleanup.  Their stretch begins where HISCFA's ends and down towards the turnaround. 

    Between these two annual events and the many volunteers, our roadsides have a debris-free, fresh start heading into another summer season!


    Thank you for your participation!

  • April 09, 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    What is CPR?

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that can help save a person’s life if their breathing or heart stops.

    When a person’s heart stops beating, they are in cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the body, including the brain and lungs. Death can happen in minutes without treatment.  CPR uses chest compressions to mimic how the heart pumps. These compressions help keep blood flowing throughout the body.

    Cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked. A person having a heart attack is still talking and breathing. This person does not need CPR—but they do need to get to the hospital right away. Heart attack increases the risk for going into cardiac arrest.

    You Don’t Need Formal Training to Perform CPR

    You don’t need a special certification or formal training to perform CPR, but you do need education. If cardiac arrest happens to someone near you, don’t be afraid—just be prepared! Follow these steps if you see someone in cardiac arrest:

    1)  Call 9-1-1 right away. If another bystander is nearby, save time by asking that person to call 9-1-1 and look for an automated external defibrillator (AED) while you begin CPR. AEDs are portable machines that can electrically shock the heart and cause it to start beating again.  

    2)  Give CPR. Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 pushes a minute. Let the chest come back up to its normal position after each push. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends timing your pushes to the beat of the song “Stayin’ Alive.” This method of CPR is called “hands-only” and does not involve breathing into the person’s mouth.

    3)  Continue giving CPR until medical professionals arrive or until a person with formal CPR training can take over.

    source: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/cpr.htm#

    UPCOMING CLASS AT LIONS HALL
    There will be a CPR class held at the Lions Hall on April 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact Clay Township offices to learn more and reserve your spot.  Reservations are required.

    Watch the 60-second video from the American Heart Association on how to do Hands-Only CPR

    CPR Class at Lions Hall


  • April 01, 2022 2:00 AM | Anonymous

    Last fall Island resident, Melanie Most, assumed the role of owner/publisher of The Island Flyer, and has securely taken the reins of this beloved Island icon from long-time owner Theresa Kukawka.

    Below you’ll find some useful information regarding The Island Flyer and its deadlines and circulation.  This also acts as a tiny glimpse into a story that’s in the works for the 2022 edition of The Delta News—due out this August.

    If you’re not familiar with The Island Flyer, it’s a mini newspaper that the people of Harsen’s Island—along with visitors—look forward to, save, and depend on for community happenings, real estate listings, "happy" ads and family celebrations, plus business information.  On a regular weekend the press run averages 1,500 papers and rises to 2,200 for holiday weekends.   

    It’s a cost-free paper that can be picked up at select Island retailers and locations including Jane’s Sans Souci Market, The Reader’s Cove, The Waterfront Shoppe, The Island Grind, the Middle Channel Marina, and The Old Club.  It’s also available from volunteer paper carriers when you’re in line for the ferry on the mainland on Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings.

    The Island Flyer is printed for 15 weeks with the first 2022 issue out on Friday, May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend).  Then it wraps up the season with the Labor Day Holiday Edition on Friday, September 2.

    The deadline for all ads and articles is always the Sunday before at 5 p.m.  If you’re interested in submitting news, items of interest, or advertising, the email address is the same as before: harsensislandflyer@gmail.com

    Best wishes, Melanie!  We look forward to working with you this year!


    Click here for details on rates, ad sizes, and other information.


    Issue No. 16, Volume No. 38, September 4, 2020


  • March 15, 2022 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Applications are now being accepted!

    It's that time of year again when students are thinking about life after high school and parents are thinking of the new expenses that college may bring!  So, we're pleased to announce that applications for the Harsen's Island St. Clair Flats Association's Orlo McLane Scholarship are now being accepted!

    Please complete the application provided by Algonac High School and return it to Susan Bryson at the HISCFA address provided below. You do not need to attend Algonac High School to be considered.  This opportunity is open to any high school senior living on Harsen's Island.  

    In addition to HISCFA's scholarship, there are scholarship opportunities available from four other Island organizations:

    • Harsen's Island Lions
    • Lioness Club
    • Harsen's Island Garden Club
    • St. Paul's Church, The Walter Skula Memorial Matching Funds

    Our Island organizations have donated thousands of dollars over the years in support of our young people on the Island. We'd love to hear updates from any past graduates.  And if they're graduating from college or other programs, let us know and we'll be happy to announce it in the next issue of The Delta News

    Seniors, congratulations on your upcoming graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!

    Congratulations Christian!

    Christian NeumannLast year Christian Neumann earned the Association's 2021 scholarship. Christian graduated from Algonac High School on June 11, 2021.  He's the son of Jim and Laura Neumann of Algonac and Harsen's Island.  

    Christian graduated in the top 11 students of his class and was a member of the National Honor Society.  He was awarded HISCFA's Orlo McLane Scholarship for his outstanding academic performance.  Christian had plans to continue his education at the Central Michigan University.


    For the Harsen's Island St. Clair Flats (HISCFA) Scholarship:
    Send completed application to Susan at the address below.

    Harsen's Island St. Clair Flats Association
    Attn: Susan Bryson
    P.O. Box 17
    Harsen's Island, MI 48028
    Note: You do not need to attend Algonac High School to be considered.

    For any questions or guidance on scholarships:
    Algonac High School
    Emily C. Tenniswood
    College Adviser | MSUCAC
    Algonac Jr/Sr High School
    (810) 794-4911 ext. 1272

    Here's the application:
    Harsens Island Scholarship Application for Algonac High School

    Contacts for other scholarship opportunities:
    Email contact for the Garden Club Scholarship
    Email contact for the Lioness Lions Scholarship

  • March 02, 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    With warmer weather approaching and recent ferry closures, it's a good time to remind Islanders to enroll in the free Warning Information Notification System (WINS).

    This public service alert system includes over 150 categories of weather, emergency and non-emergency alerts—including ferry closures.

    WINS is a mass notification system operated by the St. Clair County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  Once you create an account, you'll receive alerts to your home phone, smartphone, text messages or email.  You can choose which types of alerts you want to receive and how you'd like to receive them.

    If you have any questions about the Warning Information Notification System, please contact the Office of St. Clair County Homeland Security and Emergency Management at (810) 989-6965. 

    Enroll in WINS for Free


    A Secondary Source for Ferry Closure Updates:
    The ferry management team will post timely updates on closures in the Harsen's Island Happenings Facebook Group.


  • February 01, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    If you have moved or changed any of your contact information, please reach out to me at MargM@hiscfa.org so I can update our roster that will be published in the 2022 edition of The Delta News.

    If you'd like to become a member of the Harsen's Island St. Clair Flats Association, please contact me as well.

    Thank you!

    Margaret Marchwinski
    HISCFA Secretary
    MargM@hiscfa.org




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