Notice of Job Opening

Maintenance Employee

Beaver Island Community School

QUALIFICATION    Demonstrated aptitude for successful completion of tasks assigned

REPORTS TO    Principal

JOB GOAL    Provides safe well maintained school building

HOURS AND PAY    15 hours per week; hourly wage negotiable

Interested applicants should contact the school office (448-2744) for more information and for an application

Application Deadline is Friday, September 14, 2001


  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 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

Walker H. Hill

1912 - 2001

The Island has lost a long-time friend.  Walker H. Hill, of East Lansing and Beaver Island, passed away September 5, 2001 following a short illness.  Walker was born March 28, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois to Emory and Julia (Hawes) Hill, who instilled in their son an avid interest in education.  He grew up in Richmond, Virginia - explaining his propensity towards being a "southern gentleman".  He received both his under-graduate and PhD from the University of Wisconsin.  Walker spent four years with U.S.A.I.D. (United States Agency for International Development) in New Dehli, India and then more time under a Fulbright Scholarship in Calicut, India.  He was a member of the staff at Michigan State University.

He married Lola Amidon in 1938 and together they produced two daughters, Mary Emory and Ellen.  Lola preceded him in death in 1975.  On October 9, 1976, Walker married Grace Haney.  Grace brought three children with her into the family; Sally, Walter and Debbie.

Through the Lansing Power Squadron, Walker met Phil Gregg and the two of them entered into a partnership that lasted almost 30 years.  From 1960 until 1987 Walker and Phil owned and operated Beaver Haven Marina until they sold it to the Andersons who changed the name to Beaver Island Marine.  Walker loved summers on the island when he could completely relax - let his beard grow, wear scruffy clothes and his captain's hat that was all crushed in.  His daughter, Mary remembers as a child over-hearing two boaters, after gassing up at Beaver Haven talking: "That old coot over there says he's a college prof'?  You believe THAT?" and they walked away laughing.  Besides keeping busy with the marina, Walker and Lola also purchased the Rustic Villa Cabins and Grill.  The cabins still stand although the old grill is now a private home.

After retirement, one of Walker's favorite pastimes during summer island visits was sitting in his yard watching the softball games at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ballpark, although he never let on which island team he was rooting for.  Walker was well known for taking his time speaking and never rushing into a conversation.

Walker is survived by: his wife, Grace of East Lansing, Michigan; daughters Mary Emory (Mem) of northern California and Ellen of Berkley, California; step-children Sally Puterbaugh, Walter Haney and Debbie Batten.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.  Memorials may be made in Walker's memory to:

Beaver Island Natural Areas Program

Little Traverse Conservancy

Nature Conservancy for Beaver Island

3264 Powell Road

Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740

NOTE: The drawing of Walker H. Hill above was done by his daughter, Mary Emory Hill

Dennis John Madigan

1939 - 2001

Dennis John "Denny" Madigan died Tuesday, September 4, 2001, at his home on Beaver Island.

Denny was born on December 8, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Jessica Madigan.  He was raised in the Chicago area.  Denny served in the United States Army for two years as an M.P. in Germany.  He worked for the Chicago Police Department from 1960 until 1971.  Upon leaving the Chicago police force, he moved to Oswego, Illinois where he worked as a manufacturing representative until his retirement in 1998.

In 1994, Denny married Jacquelynn Deneau of Chicago aboard his boat the "Gun Runner."  They moved to Beaver Island following his retirement where they began their business "Dirty Denny's Dogs".   He was an excellent chef and story teller.  Denny loved people and knew how to have a good time, but he's probably most remembered for his collection and the wearing of outrageous hats.   He was a member of the American Veterans Post #46 on Beaver Island.

Survivors include his wife, Jacquelynn; one daughter, Eron Madigan; two sons, Kelly Madigan of Atlanta and Sean Madigan of Oswego, Illinois; two loving step-children; Michael (Rebecca) Nilles of Big Rock, Illinois and Melinda (Mike) Baker of Westover, Maryland; one granddaughter, Anneke Nilles.

Visitation will be held from 5 - 9 pm Thursday, September 6th, at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Prayers will be recited at 7 pm.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11:30 am Friday, September 7th at Holy Cross Church with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery. 

Winchesters Funeral Home of Charlevoix, Michigan handled all arrangements. 

Road Construction

New sidewalks and some curbing is now appearing as H & D continue with the road construction.  The area between the Print Shop Museum and the playground now has sidewalks on both sides of the road and curbing.  The hill next to the museum now has a sidewalk on the Daddy Frank's side.   Today seems to be a "digging" day as Main Street is blocked again from the ferry dock to the post office.

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Thirsty Deer

Taking a ride around Gull Harbor the other night we came across a whole herd of deer out for an evening stroll and a drink.  

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