HARBOR ICE CAUTION

The Beaver Island harbor has unsafe ice.  The condition was created on Saturday evening by a fish tug.  It cut a swath in the ice from the mouth of the harbor to the yacht dock, then across the harbor from the yacht dock to Martin's dock.  This has created open water and unstable ice for winter users of the harbor.  Please use extreme caution if venturing out on the ice.

Mike Russell, Beaver Island Deputy Sheriff

JOB OPENING

SKILLED MAINTENANCE PERSON

FOR PEAINE AND ST. JAMES TOWNSHIPS:

THIS POSITION INVOLVES MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS, AND SMALL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FOR PUBLIC ISLAND FACILITIES IN ADDITION TO OPERATING THE TOWNSHIP’S ROCK CRUSHING EQUIPMENT.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A MOTIVATED PERSON WHO IS ABLE TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY 40 HOURS A WEEK AND COMPLETE WORK PROMPTLY AS ASSIGNED.

TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW CONTACT:

JOHN WORKS, JR 448-2594 OR DON VYSE 448-2834 BY JANUARY 15, 2001

Job Posting

MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEE

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOL

QUALIFICATION Demonstrated aptitude for successful completion of tasks assigned.

REPORTS TO Principal

JOB GOAL Provide a safe and well maintained school building

HOURS AND PAY 15 Hours per week, hourly wage negotiable, some benefits

Interested applicants should contact the school office (448-2744)

for more information and for an application.

Application Deadline is January 15, 2001.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Remove snow from sidewalks, fire exits and outside doorways.

2. Maintain 7 forced air furnaces and one boiler.

3. Complete routine maintenance on furnaces and boiler.

4. Monitor fuel supply: notifies Administrative Assistant when tanks fall below one-third full.

5. Report in writing to the Principal the need for major repairs or improvements.

6. Purchase supplies/labor upon approval of the Principal.

7. Take care of day to day maintenance items by performing work if qualified, or making other arrangements for quality work to be completed.

8. Maintain school vehicle.

9. Diagnose electrical problems and seek qualified help when needed.

10. Maintain reports and meet with inspectors.

11. Schedule with the Principal additional time to perform maintenance projects that cannot be completed during 15 hours per week

12. Check on building during school breaks

Ice Rink Becomes Reality

For generations the Island kids have done their ice skating on the harbor, Gull harbor and Font Lake but this year there will be another choice.  The new ice rink behind Peaine township hall will offer both kids and parents ease in planning a day, or a few hours, on the ice.  Parking... there's lots of room and not a long hike to the rink.  Because the Font Lake park has a pavilion and picnic tables, a family could bring snacks and hot chocolate to round out a family skating day.

The new rink is the result of some ingenious thinking on the part of two Beaver Island Community School students, Forrest Powers and Barry McDonough.  It seems that Ms. McNamara challenged them to come up with a cost feasible community ice rink as a project.  After hunting on the Internet, they found icerink.com and a kit that wasn't too pricey.  The boys then worked up a presentation which they introduced to both township boards.  The end result is that the new rink is funded by both townships with all the work being done by school kids and the volunteer fire department.

Kudos to Nathan McDonough, Joe McDonough, Matt Kuligowski, Barry McDonough, Forrest Powers, Joe Timsak, Joe Kiss, Hilary Palmer, Joanie Adams, Rachel McDonough and helpers.  And of course to the Beaver Island Fire Department for the use of their tanker truck which delivered over 16,000 gallons of water!!; especially to Tim McDonough, Darryl Butler, Steve Crandal, Mike Green (who let him help?) Bruce Cull and Jim Wojan for "prep" work.  Thanks also to Rich Gillespie from whose building water has been obtained over and above what the tanker brought in.

With this new winter "playground" skating on the harbor will become a pleasant memory to be taken out, fondly remembered and chuckled about.  For those of us who can remember... bonfires on the ice made from old tires (remember how our mom's hollered about how dirty our coats got?)... Emmett and Ernie Martin's inventiveness with ice boats (skate blades tied to the bottom) and those same Martin boys teaching us how to  race across the harbor holding those old cardboard bread boxes above the head which worked as a sail, speeding you from Finn's place to the marina as you experienced both excitement and sheer terror that you'd run into a piling.  Yeah, the new rink will probably be safer for all, but those memories of past skating days will be remembered fondly.

...and past winter scenes

Sorry about the quality of the above picture but the original is about the same

Phil Gregg is noted for NOT shoveling his sidewalk and poor Lillian has to wade through it every winter.  Notice you can just barely see the top of the fence and gate behind her.  By the way,  Phil still hates to clear the sidewalk, especially the porches.

Donegal Bay always offers up some unique snow sculptures like this one built right into the trees.

East Side Drive just after the turn at Mike Boyle's beach before the road was widened make this winter scene possible.  Back then the road was pretty much a one way trip during the winter months.

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