Guess Who?

This one is going to take some thinking about but here's a few hints:  (1) She'll be joining the 50's club on July 15th (2) is related to a couple of the last "Guess Who" victims (3) does NOT live on the island but her son does (4) is one of the sponsors for this website.  You'll have to go to the end of the News to discover if you're right.

A Couple of Changes

I get a lot of requests asking about old stories that were once on this page because visitors didn't know that they could be found in the "Archives".  As a result, I've changed the name from "Archives" to "Old News Stories".  Hopefully that will help some.  I'll be adding what can be found in the old stories for each week as soon as I can.

I've also added a link to a few free games for anyone who would like to try them out.  We'll see how it goes for a few weeks.  Mahjongg is a matching game using tiles, Hot Dice is similar to Yatzee and Klondike is another solitaire game.  Or follow the links to "games" to find crossword puzzles, word searches, and other games.

Museum Week 2001

It's almost here and the schedule is available online besides around town.  Pick out the events you'd like to attend and get your tickets.  You'll find the Museum Week schedule at

$200.00 REWARD

This reward is being offered to anyone having information leading to the conviction of the individual who is responsible for the recent crimes committed at Bud and Colleen Martin's home.  Please contact the Sheriff's Deputy with your information 448-2700.

Gearing Up to Let Go

It's that time of year, your child graduated and will be going off to college at the end of August or early September, but in the meantime, they get a tiny taste of college by going to orientation.

That's how I spent the first part of this week... taking my daughter to orientation.  First was adjusting to driving on the mainland in the summer - yikes!  The annual art show was going on the Charlevoix and the Cherry Festival in Traverse City and combined offered more traffic than I wanted to deal with, after all, heavy traffic on Beaver Island consists of meeting 4 or 5 cars.  Then there was driving to Mt. Pleasant (my student will be going to Central Michigan University).  "Only a two hour drive" I was told by my son and other.  Yeah, right... that's provided you know the roads and if there aren't any detours - I managed to find all the road construction places and some of the detours and I since I had no idea where these roads were, of course I got lost.  Now I'm lost and have a senior having fits that we'll be late and my youngest (who came along for the trip) whining in the back seat: "are we there yet" and "I'm bored".  Oh, the joys of motherhood and traveling on a 98 degree day in a car without air-conditioning lost on a road you've been sent to as part of a detour.  What fun!

We finally arrived and since it was just as orientation was to start, my student took off for her meetings and I was left to park the car and try to catch up with her.  I won't go into all the gory details, but eventually we managed to find her thanks to one of the student "mentors".

Central Michigan did a terrific job organizing their orientation.  Student mentors were dressed in shirts easily recognizable even for me.  All of the talks introducing family members and students to college life were well done and understandable.  Tours of the campus were available and the food was terrific.  I sure wish the food that my college had had been as good and varied.  Everyone was so friendly and helpful.  My hat's off to Central and the staff who put the whole thing together.

While my student was off attending her required freshman things, I managed to meet some terrific parents of other freshmen.  About seven of us met and hit it off so much so, we'd like to get together again - did someone say this was for the students?  I think that the group I was with had more fun than the students did.

It all turned out terrific.  My student had been a basket-case with the typical worries and fears that most incoming freshmen have: will they like me; will I like them; how will I know where I'm suppose to be; what will I do if...; the list was endless and the more she worried, the testier she got and the more lost on the highways of Michigan I got,  the testier I became.  If that drive had been another 3 hours longer we might have done each other in and left the 11 year old to drive and find her way home.

It's all over, we're home again, and we had a terrific time.  That spilled over into the trip back north.  For some reason the car didn't get lost and we actually made it back to Traverse City in the 2 hours my son had said it could be driven.  Absolutely amazing.  

Now all we have to do is get our student to compact all that stuff in her bedroom into a few boxes that will fit into the car so we can do it again at the end of August.  I wonder if I can handle another trip to the college of her choice?

Christmas Ornament

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The master ornament for 2001 is in, and it's beautiful.  Hand-blown and hand-painted on the inside, it shows the Whiskey Point (harbor) lighthouse.  It will take 10 to 12 weeks to have them made so we are taking advance orders.  Each ornament is $25 and shipping (Priority mail) and handling will be an added $4.00.  If you'd like to reserve one, please send a check or money order to:  Phyllis Moore, Beaver Island Virtual Tour, 26450 West Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Guess Who?

It's Marie Connaghan Szczpanski of Calumet City, IL.  Marie is the grand-daughter of Mary Bert McDonough, niece of Madonna McCafferty and cousin to Donna Kubic. She's going to be celebrating her 50th birthday on July 15th!!  Marie's son, Rory, works on the island for Island Forestry owned by Bob Graves.

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