Beaver Island Fire Chief Tim McDonough is issued a fire warning for Beaver Island and all of the outer islands. This warning is in effect immediately and for the indefinite future. ANY BURNING MUST HAVE A PERMIT! If you have any questions or need to apply for a burning permit, please contact Chief McDonough.
Dear Beaver Island Customer;
This was definitely a summer of change on
Most recently the reconstruction of the downtown area has occupied a great deal of Rick’s time. With the massive project we have seen damage to the cables with which we provide your phone service. Rick has been diligently trying to repair these damages as the contractors report them or as soon as a customer tells us there is a problem.
It has been a challenging year for TDS TELECOM’s
TDS TELECOM -
Charlene L. Burnison, General Manager Sales & Service
Entered eternal life on August 22, 2001
at the age of 85
after 67 years of religious life
Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, August 25, 11:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer with Remembering
Friday, August 24, 7:00 p.m.
We commend Sister Mary to your prayers.
“I have called you by name, you are mine” was a favorite
Scriptural quotation of one whom her parents called Mary Philomena, and to
whom Mother Eveline Mackey later gave the name of Sister Mary Roch.
Disliking the phonetic connotations of the saint’s name, Mary dropped
it after some 40 years.
Mary Philomena Alvesteffer was born in 1915 on a little farm
In 1920 financial difficulties forced her parents to sell the
farm and move to Ludington. There
the children (six of them in time) could get a Catholic education at St.
Simon’s school. Life during the
depression years was hard, but economic and social challenges bound the family
together. Their entertainment was
reading books from the public library. When
old enough, Mary worked after school and during the summer to help pay book
bills. She loved to visit her
grandmother in Weare, especially when the visit coincided with that of her
aunt, Sister Frances Clare.
When Mary considered joining the Sisters of Mercy, her family
insisted that she wait until she was 16. At
that age she started a novena for “I do not know what.”
At the close, she received a letter from Sister Jerome Smithers that
led her to enter the Marywood aspirancy. She
received the habit in 1934. She
made her First Profession of Vows on
Sister Roch’s first assignment was to grades 3 and 4 at
For reasons of health, Sister Mary went to West Branch for
three years of home-making and healing outreach.
This second career was interrupted by a call to serve as administrator of
Aquinata Hall (1977-80). “I
learned a lot watching the fruit mellow and mature for the final harvest.”
She also spent many hours on a ladder repainting walls.
Then a dream was fulfilled when Sister Marie Eugene
Charbonneau invited Mary to share living and service on
After that Mary lived with three other Sisters in
Those who have lived with Sister Mary have found her presence
a joy. She was prayerful, generous,
kind, and had a great sense of humor and a special gift with the sick and dying.
Her hobbies and interests were cooking, herb gardens, needlework, and
reading with a preference for —what else?—biographies.
Sr. Mary is survived by her Sisters Frances Adams of
Some of the island "helpers" come from far off places...Jamie Cheng comes the longest distance since she is from Taiwan. Her name in her native language is Li-Hwa Cheng, which is quite difficult for most Americans to get their tongue around, therefore she uses the name Jamie while here.
Jamie is a student at Tamkang University and is studying French. She will be graduating next year so won't be returning to the island for a third year of employment. At the present time she returns home every three to six months for visits.
Jamie is probably a familiar face to many as last summer she was employed at the Shamrock and Beachcombers. This summer she worked at Daddy Franks and at Stoney Acre Grill. Asked what her favorite thing about spending the summer on the island was, she answered, "go out with friends to see the island, sunset, etc" and least favorite thing was "working for the whole day long".
How did someone from Taiwan end up on Beaver Island? I asked her and the response was, "I joined a program called "Work and Travel USA". The sponsor is Council exchange. The program gives international students a chance to work and travel in the USA and feel American life. I got a job from their website."
Jamie will be leaving the island Labor Day and heading to New York for a visit. We'll certainly miss her pretty face but hopefully she'll come back to the island again some day for a visit. Good luck Jamie, we wish you a wonderful future and are so glad to have met you.
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