The beaches are empty, waves no longer reaching out to tickle the toes of cautious swimmers, the trees have slipped off their dresses of glorious colors and are now stretching long, thin fingers up to scratch the gray bellies of heavy snow clouds. The gift shops and summer restaurants are closed for the season. The ferry is finishing up its' runs loading with supplies for the long months ahead. We won't be seeing it again until April. Freezers and pantries are filled and woodpiles are stacked high. On most days you could shoot a cannonball down Main Street and hit nothing, not even a stray dog. Winter has come to Beaver Island.
So the questions are; Are we sad? Aren't we going to be bored? What in the world are we going to do until April? Well, the answers are; Nope, we're not sad at all. This is the time of year we get to be home for dinner with our families... everyone makes it to the table and we aren't eating in shifts as we did all season as jobs and meals were on opposite schedules. Bored? Heck no! There's always plenty to do around here. After all, the holidays are just around the corner and there's lots of whispering and hiding of goodies along with those wonderful smells wafting out of the island kitchens. What we are going to do until April is to reacquaint ourselves with our families and neighbors, plan "our" vacation - we seldom get away while the "fudgies" are invading us, go skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, read all those books we didn't have time for during the busy season.
For year 'round Islanders, winter is the best time to enjoy being just that... an Islander!
Roger John Pischner, 64, a lifetime resident of Charlevoix, died Dec. 6, 2000, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Charlevoix with the Rev. Thomas Neis officiating. Burial will follow in St. Marys Cemetery.
Roger was born June 19, 1936, in Cheboygan, Mich., the son of Emil and Dolores (Gillespie) Pischner. He attended Charlevoix Area High School, graduating in 1955.
In 1955, began working for D-M-E Co., where he worked until his retirement in 1997.
On Sept. 30, 1961, he married Constance Marie Oleksy.
He was a member of St. Marys Church, American Legion Leslie T. Shapton Post 226, Knights of Columbus Pierre de Charlevoix No. 7172, and Charlevoix Area Buffs (a model airplane club).
Roger will be remembered most for his sense of humor and ability to make others laugh.
Survivors include his wife, Connie, of Charlevoix; two sons, Francis (Pamela) of Naples, Fla., and Michael (Amy Jo) of Charlevoix; two daughters, Lisa (Steve) Kindt of Ossineke, Mich., and Amy (Chris) Putman of Charlevoix; 10 grandchildren, Natalee, Lacee, Krista, Nicole, Kelsey, Jonathon, Nathan, Kimberly, Kourtney and Austin; and one brother, Barry (Marylee) Pischner, of Beaver Island and Grand Rapids.
Roger was preceded in death by his sister, Joanne Pearl.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Playground Fund.
December 1st marked the beginning of the Beaver Island Volleyball/Basketball season. The first games were against Munising Baptist in the Upper Peninsula. The Girls Volleyball team, coached by Connie Boyle, took all matches on Friday evening and again on Saturday morning. Way to go, girls!!! They Basketball team, coached by Greg Cary, did equally as well winning their games both days too. Great job!!! Here's hoping that both teams keep up the good work.
Deborah Robert of Beaver Islalnd Community School is one of Michigan's 13 new National Board Certified Teachers. Deborah is believed to be the first northern Michigan teacher certified through this rigorous process. For more information about the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and for a complete press release about the certification see the website linked below. For more information about Deb Robert and the Beaver Island Community School's role in supporting her work, contact Kathleen McNamara
Beaver Island Community School
Beaver Island MI 49782
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