The old wives tale states that troubles come in groups of three. If that the case, then we should be having a reprieve for a while.
Sometime during the night of April 8th, or the early morning hours of the 9th, the almost finished log home of Bob and Joan (LaFreniere) Banville burned to the ground. Joe Timsak, on the early morning rounds checking the road conditions, saw smoke and at first thought Bob and Joan were burning brush. Checking it out he discovered that the home was completely gone, with only the chimney remaining as a silent sentinel. The Banvilles were planning on moving into their new home on the first of May and had been working on it the previous evening.
The new house was to become a bed and breakfast on the Paid Een Ogs Road. Bob and Joan had spent the past several years building the log home and decorating it. The State Fire Marshall will begin the investigation into the fire on Wednesday. While we sympathize with Bob and Joan on such a devastating loss, we have to be thankful that they weren't inside and that no one was hurt in the conflagration.
Bob and Joan, who were married this past year, lost all their wedding gifts and Joan has lost her wonderful Christmas ornaments that she's collected over the years. It might be nice if some of us send her new ones. We can start the Phoenix collection today and by December she and Bob will have enough to decorate whatever home they are in.
What a wonderful learning experience, visiting Williamsburg, Virginia. That's what Roger and Nancy Sommer thought when they took their two children, Brian and Julie there for Spring-break. A great experience turned into a nightmare for them when Roger suddenly became seriously ill and had to be hospitalized.
Suffering from diverticulosis, Roger will be a patient at the Augusta Medical Center in Staunton, Virginia for the next 3 or 4 days while the staff gets his fever and condition under control and then probably a week or two recovering at home.
Now while Roger is lying around being waited on by a multitude of doctors and nurses, Nancy has had to drive twelve hours with two kids all the way back to Michigan where she's depositing them with friends and then head back to Virginia to make sure that Roger isn't pinching the nurses (although at the moment he's not feeling well enough to do that.. he's a pretty sick fellow) and then get him back home to Eaton Rapids for a complete recovery. Feel better soon, Roger!
If you'd like to send Roger a get well card, please send it to their home address at 1165 Gale Road; Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.
After two days of thick fog, April 4th dawned bright and clear. An auspicious beginning for the first boat of the season although the passenger list was quite small being made up of only Joe Timsak and his children; Joey, Krystal and Bryan off to visit the mainland and leaving mom, Sheri, to work in the Boat Company office on this side of the pond.
According to the main office in Charlevoix, about 90% of their work force will be back again this year which makes things much easier since they won't have to train as many new people. This is the only planned trip prior to the scheduled runs which will begin on April 11th. There are new rates across the board this season along with the new schedule which are posted on the Beaver Island Boat Company website. Be sure to check them out.
Back to the first trip... Captain Kevin McDonough gave the first salute and slowly took the "Emerald Isle" out through the skim ice of the harbor into Lake Michigan. With the rising sun shining on her, this run marks the beginning of the season. All you snow-birds can now start packing up and heading home. The snow is melting and spring has arrived.
Just received a call from Beth Croswhite that Joddy had a spinal injury accident while they were on vacation in Mexico from a fall into a swimming pool. He was air-ambulanced to the Tucson Medical Center where he's been under-going a series of tests including MRI, CAT scans and x-rays. At the present time Beth is awaiting the results of all these tests. We'll keep you updated as to how Joddy's doing and you can help by adding your prayers for a swift recovery and send him cards. messages, flowers, etc to this address: Joddy Croswhite; Tucson Medical Center; 5301 East Grant Road; Tucson, AZ 85712 ; Room 827. At the present time he cannot receive telephone calls as he cannot move to answer the phone so please do not try calling him.
April 5th - 11:30 a.m. I have no update on Joddy's condition at this time. As soon as I hear from Beth I'll post it immediately.
11:47 a.m. Ok, guys... good news! Joddy does NOT need surgery, in fact he may even be released from the hospital today according to the floor nurse.
2:00 p.m. Just got off the phone with Beth. Joddy IS being released from the Tucson Medical Center and does not have to have surgery on his neck although he is in quite a bit of pain but thanks to meds has it somewhat under control. He will have to undergo therapy and Beth does not know where that will be... Michigan or Arizona. In the meantime, they will be staying with Joddy's brother. Address is: Kerry Croswhite; 204 East Vaughn; Tempe, AZ 85283. Lesson learned: Never, ever run or horseplay near a pool.. never jump into a pool unless you know how deep it is. Joddy - former life-guard - forgot what he'd repeatedly told his boys.
Ahhh, yes, the boys. Here's the rub. Beth and Joddy are in Arizona, the boys meanwhile are in Mexico with Judy Lanier. Problem: getting the boys out of Mexico since they entered that country with their parents. Beth, besides having to deal with Joddy's medical problems, has been communicating with both the Mexican and American consuls trying to give Judy guardian-ship and permission to bring the boys out of Mexico by Saturday. If worse come to worse, Beth will have to go back and get Styder and Sagan. Let's keep our fingers and toes crossed that the trials of the Croswhite vacation will soon be over and everyone back home on Beaver Island. I, for one, think that Beth should have to write a paper on "How I Spent my Spring Break".
April 8th - 12:45 pm Just talked to Beth. The hour drive from Tucson to Tempe wore Joddy out and he spent the following day in bed. He's doing much better although still has "tingling" on his left side. He has been changed from a hard collar to a soft one and needs a cane to steady himself. They are hoping to be on a flight to Chicago on Wednesday. If he's too tired, they will spend the night there before starting the slow drive back to Charlevoix. Expect them home for Easter.. good news! And the boys? They are leaving Mexico with Judy Lanier today and hopefully will be back on the island tomorrow. Beth's mother will be flying in from Green Bay, WI to stay with the boys until Beth and Joddy get home. Beth and Joddy are truly appreciative of all your cards, thoughts and prayers during this trying time.
What is Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disorder of the lungs and digestive system. It typically appears in early childhood and is more common among whites than other groups. It interferes with the proper functioning of the exocrine glands. Typical manifestations include difficulty in breathing (due to heavy mucus production), excessive salt loss during sweating, and incomplete digestion and absorption of food.
There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis at this time. Average life expectancy and quality of life are increasing steadily due early detection (testing of newborns is now mandatory in several states) and aggressive use of antibiotics, nutritional supplements, and exercise.
So what does this have to do with Beaver Island? Madonna McCafferty's daughter, Lynn and her husband, Stacey have two sons. Both boys have this disease. On May 19th, 2001 they are going to walk in the Great Strides Walkathon in Orland Park to help support the research being done to cure Cystic Fibrosis. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest and fastest growing fund-raiser nationwide. The money they raise for Great Strides will be quickly translated into exciting scientific advances. They are asking for our participation by donating to help catapult the research efforts to new heights. Money buys science and science buys life. If you can help them help Cameron and Trevor please do so, if not, please keep these special kids in your thoughts and prayers. Your donation is tax-deductible and can be made payable to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They ask that you mail your donation to their address which is: Lynn and Stacey Boyd; 18287 Walter Street; Lansing, Illinois 60438.
On the day of the walk they will present your donation. Your cancelled check will serve as your tax deduction receipt. On behalf of Stacey, Lynn, Brianna, Trevor and Cameron thank you for taking the time to read this and whatever you can do will stay in their hearts and help work towards a cure.
The wild turkeys are making their presence known with the males showing off to the ladies. We're also catching sights of the males dancing around and arguing over who's the "boss". Expect to see little ones before too long.
The barn at the "Stone House" on King's Highway finally collapsed this winter after the weight of the snow. For the past several years we've expected to see it go but not having much of the white stuff it kept standing longer than expected.
Not exactly connected to island news but... if you have fond remembrances of the the 60's and 70's perhaps they've been polished by time. You may have forgotten how really ugly some things were back then. Take a trip back in time to the wonderful days when you could decorate your entire home for under $1 Interior Decorating 101 Special thanks to Lileks for permission to link to their website.
Francis Fry, he of the summer home on the East Side Drive, will be on the program "Our Place" on April 12th at 9:30 am EST. That will be on HG-TV. Mr. Fry does primitive paintings and marvelous primitive furniture. It may be on at a different time in your area, so you may want to peruse your local television guide.. Check it out!
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