This Island is for the Birds

Taking my daughter to school Thursday morning turned out to be a bird watching trip. She suggested a trip to the Point before dropping her off and didn't get much argument from me. On our way back around the harbor, just before the Marine Museum a large eagle flew just below the hill. By the time I'd stopped the car and readied my camera he'd moved off. My daughter suggested I drop her at school and make another circle of the harbor. I'm so glad she did. I found the object of my search sitting atop a tree in Hartle's front yard. The local gulls were making a racket and swooping around him. As he flew off he was followed by the pack of gulls and both the eagle and gull seemed to be swapping insults.


I arrived home all excited about getting the photos of the eagle when the phone rang and Amy Burris told me the Osprey at the microwave tower had returned as had the Sandhill Cranes. After downloading the eagle photos I headed out again. No luck on finding the cranes so I set off down the Sloptown Road in search of the Osprey. This bird was too big to miss as he/she circled the fields across from the tower. I set myself down on a rock and waited. After forty-five minutes I managed to capture him/her landing and taking off from the huge nest. It'll be exciting waiting for their off-spring to appear.

Town Meeting

For a while, due to thick fog, it seemed as though this particular meeting would have to be cancelled but at the last minute the fog lifted and Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee), representing Michigan's 1st District was held at the Saint James Township Hall with approximately 55 people in attendance.

Stupak opened with announcing that the Beaver Island Rural Health Center will soon be able to accept Veterans which will be a boon to the islands 90+ vets and save them the considerable costs of having to travel to Gaylord. What great news for our island veterans! Great news for northern Lake Michigan was that the Coast Guard vessel Acacia will be replaced and stationed in Charlevoix. While the replacement won't be as large, it will still have ice-breaking capabilities. This was such a mild winter that the ice wasn't a problem but that may not be the case next winter.

Stupak also made a few comments about the controversial immigration laws, the war in Iraq, along with the rising costs of oil and the cormorant problem before opening the floor to questions which included more on the double-crested cormorant, medical costs, youth in prison, health foods, and one that had a lot of folks picking up their jaws from the floor when the question was posed as to why the Republicans seem to be working and the Democrats are showing "no backbone", impeaching President Bush, spying, child pornography, Zebra mussels, will Stupak seek Senator Levin's seat when it opens (the response was a firm "No", term limits and alternative energy sources.

Both the NorthernIslander and Beacon were in attendance along with Frank Solle so expect to read full accounts of this town meeting in the next issues of both newspapers.

Shrinking Island

Now that spring break is grinding to an end, the island is settling lower in the water a more and more return along with the early snow birds who flew to warmer climates last fall. For the past week there has been very little movement around the island. It's a sign of spring. We'll be seeing old friends arrive .. this week Henry Hill made an appearance, the Taylor's are due back (watch out, Ken will be on the loose again), among others Skip McDonough, Nancy White and Bill Hirschey will be sighted. Spring's here and summer isn't all that far off.

Thadeus Edward Danaj 1928-2006

Thadeus Edward Danaj, 78, of Petoskey, died April 9, 2006.

He was born February 29, 1928, in Lark's Lake, the son of Paul and Agnes (Krzystowczyk) Danaj.

Ted served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy.

He married Bertha Elaine McDonough on June 29, 1952, and they made their home in Detroit, where he drove a truck delivering petroleum in the Detroit area.

The couple returned to Northern Michigan and have made their home in Petoskey since 2001.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey, and the American Legion Post No. 32 in Westland, Michigan

Ted is survived by his wife, Bertha, of Petoskey; sons, Lawrence (Becky) of Livonia, Timothy (Lorraine) of Alpharetta, Ga.; daughters, Pamela (Gary) Malo of Livonia, Susan (Bill) Wright of Lake Leelanau, Beth Marie (Tom) Burke of Petoskey; 20 grandchildren; brother, Stanley (Erika), of Lindenhurst, Ill.; sisters, Victoria Kosewic of Ironton and Stella Peglero of Florida.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Sophia Wojan, Virginia Winiarski, Helen Chwaleba, Mary Taylor and Alice Lewandowski; and brothers, Frank and Joseph.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Mass of the Resurrection will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Charlevoix.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.

Snowy Owl

Palm Sunday this fellow spent a good share - several hours - sitting on Claire Cull's house watching the world go by. He may have been waiting for dinner. He was scared off by owl watchers nor by those dropping mail off, or cars going past. Like a character from the Exorcist he's spin his head around keeping track of everything. It was relatively simple to walk up and snap his picture for posterity.

Holy Week Services

Services for the Beaver Island Christian Church will be:

April 13 - 7 p.m. - Maundy Thursday "The Promise", a musical dramatization of the life of Jesus

April 14 - 7 p.m. - Good Friday Service

April 16 - 10 a.m. - Easter Worship Celebration

April 16 - 12:00 - Easter Brunch - Everyone Welcome

Services for Holy Cross Catholic Church will be:

April 13 - 7 p.m. - Holy Thursday Service

April 14 - 12 noon - Stations of the Cross

April 14 - 12:30 p.m. - Liturgy

April 15 - 8 p.m. - Easter Vigil

Town Meeting

Congressional Representative Bart Stupak will be at the St. James Township Hall on Wednesday April 12th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for a town meeting. All are invited and welcome.


Congratulations to Amy L. Bair, daughter of Russ and Joy Green, who will be graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Wayne State University on May 6th. To receive Summa Cum Laude Amy had to be in the top 5% of her class. The expression Summa Cum Laude means with the greatest honor. It's our greatest honor to have Beaver Island so highly represented. Congratulations to Amy and her proud family.

Fellowship Center Groundbreaking

On Sunday, April 30th at 11:30 a.m. a long time dream of the Beaver Island Christian Church will become a reality as they celebrate the event with a groundbreaking. Everyone is cordially invited to join them for this very special event at the church.

Check Out the Library

The library has many, many titles that are found on the Best Seller Lists both fiction and non-fiction. Did you know that the Beaver Island District Library also has videos? DVD format is also available on a limited basis. Some of the newest movies are now at the library: Memoirs of a Geisha; King Kong (both the 1933 and the 2006 version); The Greatest Game Ever Played; The Chronicles of Narnia; Chicken Little; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Yours, Mine and Ours; Walk the Line; Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit along with several National Geographic videos. For those wet spring days when you can't be outdoors, how about a jig-saw puzzle that the whole family can work on together? You can listen to a recorded book, we have hundreds to choose from. Come on in and see all the new additions.