Congratulations Neal




Neal Green, son of Beth Anne and Steve Lucas, graduated from Great Lakes Naval Academy on Thursday, May 24.  He will be studying submarine electronics at Groton, Ct.

Neal is the grandson of Russ and Joy Green of Beaver Island.

Congratulations Neal... by the way, will you be arriving by submarine the next time you come home?


Ruth C. Wanty 1915-2001

Submitted by Ken Taylor from the Ypsilanti newspaper online

The sun rose for Ruth Eleanor Carr Wanty on May 20, 1915 in Shellsburg, IA.  She was the baby of five and is survived by her older sister, Mary Stanton Brooks of Illinois; her nephews, William Carr of Indiana and Joseph Carr of Arizona who were like little Brothers; son, Harry O. Wanty of San Diego, CA; and daughter, Jeannine M. Leslie of Ypsilanti, MI.

Ruth C. Wanty graduated from Shellsburg High School, Class of 1934 in Shellsburg, LA, a small rural farming community. She received her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and Home Economics from Iowa State, IA and her masters of science degree from the University of Minnesota, MN. She met the love of her life, Olen Robert Wanty (who was finishing his degree in Engineering at MSU) while doing research and teaching at Michigan State University, MI. (later in life she returned to MSU for work toward her Doctorate). She then took a position in food research with Swift & Company in Chicago, IL.   Olen and Ruth Wanty were married on April 25,1943 and resided in Pittsfield Township, just south of An Arbor, MI. Mr. Wanty preceded her in death in 1976.  Mrs. Wanty taught at Saline High School, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, Lincoln High School, and from 1959-1980 was the Guidance Director for the Milan Area Schools, Milan, MI.

From 1954 forward, winters were spent in Ypsilanti, MI, however, summers were spent on Beaver Island, St. James, MI in Lake Michigan. The Wanty family owned and operated the King Strang Hotel, a summer resort for 21 years on Beaver Island.  Beaver Island was rich in Irish folklore and culture, providing a picturesque safe-haven for yachts, sail boats, and powerboats with its natural harbor, and the sunset was exquisite.

In recent years, Mrs. Wanty owned and operated the Waterfront Gallery and Island Antiques while in residence on Beaver Island. Mrs. Wanty had enjoyed extensive travel around- the-world.  From Greece to Bangkok, Thailand; Columbia, South America to Moscow, Russia; and from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia to Paris.  She loved adventure, the music and dance of all cultures, but especially people.   In June of 2000, the Saline High School, Saline, MI, Class of 1950 honored her at their 50th Class Reunion.  She was so overwhelmed and touched by this tribute. "Imagine, 50 years and they still remember me!"

The sunset for Ruth C. Wanty on Saturday, April 28, 2001 at her home in Ypsilanti, MI. She had a private grave side service on May Day, May 1, 2001 at Marble Park Cemetery in Milan, MI. Mrs. Wanty's favorite poem Crossing the Bar by Alfred Tennyson best expresses her thought on passing: 

Sunset and evening star and one clear for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep, too full for sound and foam,

When that which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell, and after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell, when I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of time and place the flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar.

Ruth C. Wanty was a Grand Lady.  She celebrated life right up to her passing with a sharp mind, her beautiful blue eyes focused on the future, and watching her magnolia blossoms, blooming in the spring.  The Wanty family and friends continue in celebration of her life.  Cheers to you, Ruth C. Wanty.

See You Around, Lynn

Everyone going to and from Beaver Island will recognize this handsome fellow... Lynn DeGrow, General Manager of the Beaver Island Boat Company.  His infectious smile has lit up the Charlevoix office for the past fourteen years.  On June 22nd, Lynn will be retiring from his post.  He can certainly look back with a sense of satisfaction of a job extremely well done.

When he first began with the Boat Company, Lynn worked out of that tiny building on the old dock in Charlevoix.  Through perseverance and a sense of humor he was able to keep things running smoothly and saw the company through it's transition on both ends of the run... a new dock and office both in Charlevoix and on Beaver Island.

Although he works an extremely busy schedule, Lynn always shows a smiling face and makes time to make each and every person feel that their business is important to him.  Tuesday morning he gave me a few minutes to question him about his years with the Boat Company.  I asked him what was the very best part of the job.  He responded, "the people... the employees and all the travelers... they have been the best part."  Questioned about the worst part, Lynn didn't have to spend much time in thought, he quickly came back with, "the 4th of July that the Beaver Islander broke down and we had to run the South Shore around the clock."  That episode was just one incidence where Lynn's abilities came for the forefront as he adjusted reservations, loading and unloading sometimes in the middle of the night.  I questioned him about how long he felt it would be before the Boat Company needed another large ship and he stated, "we've already started filling out applications for grants and such."

Interesting to note is the fact that all those fourteen years ago, Lynn started out the job with a full head of hair... all that pressure, scheduling and the mid-winter swimming experience (in the winter of 1998 he fell from the icy dock into the freezing water).  Now those active brain cells are energized by his shining solar panel.

Lynn and his wife plan to remain in the Charlevoix area.  He's looking forward to some boating and fishing and sitting back and taking some time for himself.  We're not saying good-bye to him because we expect to see that wonderful smile many more times on the island.  God bless you, Lynn, and as you are an honorary islander we expect you to  visit often.  Cead Mille Failte for a job well done!

Welcome Margo!

Beginning on June 23rd, Margo S. Marks will become the new General Manager for the Beaver Island Boat Company.  She was selected from a field of 117 applicants for the position.

Margo comes to the Boat Company with an extensive background in maritime knowledge, customer relations and managerial skills.  Her previous job was as the Harbormaster at Elk Rapids, Michigan.

A born and raised Michigander, Margo attended Michigan State University before transferring to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy where she received a  A.A.A. in Maritime Science.  She has a Great Lakes Mate and First Class Pilot License for ships of any gross toms.  Margo continued her education after the Academy by getting a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University.  

Margo and her husband, Todd (also a graduate of the Maritime Academy and a engineer on a freighter) have three children, Nathan (14), Jessica (9) and Travis (8).  

With her background she should have no trouble assimilating into the job.  We're all looking forward to many years of seeing her on the dock and in the office.  However, we are hoping that she won't acquire a solar panel as Lynn, her predecessor, did after several years.  Somehow it just isn't as attractive on a woman.  Welcome, Margo and may we enjoy many years together as you become an part of Island maritime life.

Otter? Otter Not?

Drive along Main Street and at the Museum corner, in front of Pinky Harmon's house are these three fellows peering into the window.  They have been referred to as Huey, Dewey, and Louie; Harpo, Chico, and Grocho; Curley, Moe and Larry... but whatever their names, they are cute.  Pinky's bronze sea otters are destined to become a permanent fixture in her yard.  They will be a part of a small pond and they are actually a fountain.   

We're all waiting to see if Pinky becomes the "Ray Denny" of the harbor area with multiple sculptures around the yard.  Personally, I thought a copy of Rodin's Thinker might look nice on the deck and the Little Mermaid could be placed out near Susie's jet ski mooring.  Perhaps a giant Calder might finish off the collection.  We'll have to stay tuned to see what appears next.

Due to the amount of photos this week, the News is going to be on more than one page

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