William "Bill" Potts

William A. Potts "Bill" Hammond William A. "Bill" Potts, age 84, of Hammond, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at his home. He is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Carl) Misiak of Hammond; two grandsons: Edward (Susan) Sawyer of Forest Park, IL and James (Jennifer) Sawyer of Michigan City, IN; two great-grandsons: Jonathan and Kyle. Preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 25, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. directly at All Saints Catholic Church, 570 Sibley, Hammond with Rev. Steve Kosinski, celebrant. Burial Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. Friends are invited to meet with the family at Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Avenue, Hessville on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Father Kosinski will hold a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Mr. Potts was a resident of the Calumet area for 75 years. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran serving with the 82nd Armored Division and was a driver for General George Patton. He was a member of the VFW and was a Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge #45. He was retired from IHB Railroad after 42 years as a locomotive engineer. He was a member of the AFLCIO as a laborer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill's family.

Everything isn't exactly popping up roses, but lots of fresh, green sprouts can be see as another season arrives. The ice is gone from the harbor, the ferry is back on schedule, birds can be seen pairing up, kids are beginning to think of summer jobs, and the summer residents are beginning to arrive back on the island. With these nice days we've been having more and more people can be seen bike riding, roller blading, golfing, hiking, etc. It won't be long before everyone is too busy with the main summer season.

Genie's Tumble

A favorite island resident is Genie Vreeland. Her quick wit and grin make her a beloved soul, not only on Lake Genesereth where she and her husband, Bucky, live but throughout the island. Genie took a bad fall the other day by the post office. As a result, she underwent surgery at Northern Michigan Hospital for a broken arm and a broken hip and has now been transferred to Boulder Park in Charlevoix. For those who would like to send her a card and let her know how much she's missed, her address is:

Genie Vreeland
Boulder Park Terrace Nursing and Reabilitation Center
14673 West Garfield Road
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Hopefully she'll be back on her feet quickly and back on the island soon. She'll be missing her bridge games and visiting with all her friends so hearing from everyone will help make the time pass more quickly.

Department of Human Services
Beaver Island In-Service Day

Representatives from the Michigan Department of Human Services (formerly Family Independence Agency) will be visiting Beaver Island April 29th 2005 to provide information and applications for Medicaid, Food Benefits and Day Care Assistance.

Where? Beaver Island Rural Health Center 37304 Kings Highway

When? Friday, April 29 th , 2005 10:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Bring Completed Application Verification of Income, Assets, Shelter Expenses

Other information may be requested at interview

DHS Workers Lana Oliver (348-1649) and Natalie Denemy (348-1621) will be on staff Our toll-free number is


Please feel free to call in advance for information or an application.

Michigan History Trivia...
An American Need for a Russian Weed

A sure sign that spring has arrived is the presence of much-hated dandelions. But during World War II, this often-maligned weed was “drafted” to make a contribution as America became the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

At the start of the war, America consumed 60 percent of the world's rubber, with 75 percent of this resource going to transportation-related products. At the time, America imported most of its rubber from Malaysia and the Dutch Indies.

When the Japanese conquered much of the Far East , they cut off this country's rubber supply. To make up for the loss of this strategic commodity, the United States turned to other natural sources of latex, including dandelions. Specifically, we turned to the Russians who had demonstrated that kok-saghyz (a cousin of our dandelion) could produce up to fifty pounds of rubber per acre.

In early 1942, Americans imported kok-saghyz seeds. They were planted for testing in a variety of soils and climates, with Michigan being assigned the second greatest acreage. ( Minnesota was first.) About fifty days after planting, the dandelions came into bloom. When the flower went to seed, the dandelions were harvested, dried and the latex extracted from their roots.

In late 1943 this latex was sent to the United States Rubber Company in Detroit where they manufactured seventeen heavy-duty tires that were judged “much better than was originally estimated.”

But there was a problem. The labor-intensive process of weeding the dandelions proved costly. More important, science had discovered a better way of producing rubber synthetically from petroleum. Given this turn of events, Congress refused to fund the Russian dandelion project beyond June 1944.

However, as you prepare to spray that next dandelion that has suddenly popped up in your yard, remember that Michigan's role as the Arsenal of Democracy included tanks, trucks, bombers—and a little-known Russian dandelion.

or more great stories on Michigan 's past, look to Michigan History magazine. For more information or a free trial issue, call (800) 366-3703 or visit www.michiganhistorymagazine.com .

Fire Chief Tim McDonough would like to remind folks that the fire danger is high. Please do NOT do any burning. If you saw the news over the past few days, you know that Roscommon county had a huge forest fire. We'd rather not have that happen here on Beaver Island.

Scholastic Book Fair April 25-27

Beaver Island Community School will host the Scholastic Book Fair April 25-27 at Holy Cross Hall. The Book Fair promotes reading among school children from Kindergarten through High school by offering a variety of books at low prices. This year's theme, Read A Great Tale, encourages readers to snuggle up with a pet or plush animal, grab a book and read!

The book fair will begin on Monday, April 25 at noon with an “open house”. During this time, community as well as classes from the school may come and browse the selection of books, make wish lists (individual, teacher or class), and decide what they wish to purchase. The open house will continue until 4 p.m. Purchases may be made during the open house as well.

Tuesday, April 26, the Book fair will open its doors from 3 to 5 p.m. and again in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be some family events planned for the evening. The entire family is encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, April 27, will wrap up the book fair with a final 1- 5 p.m. opening. Final purchases will be made during this time.

Besides providing children with quality reading material at low prices, the books purchased at the fair earn credit for the school towards books for the library. Even those without children are encouraged to attend. Wish list books (from individual students, teachers and classes) may be purchased by anyone and donated to the wisher!

Did You Know?

Submitted by the Beaver Island Rural Health Center

  1. Cardiovascular diseases rank as America 's No. 1 killer, claiming the lives of nearly 38 percent of more than 2.4 million Americans who die each year.
  2. 70.1 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. This includes diseases of the heart, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and hardening of the arteries.
  3. Nearly 107 million Americans age 20 or older have blood cholesterol of 200mg/dl or above, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  4. High cholesterol and has no warning signs but is dangerous. That's why having your cholesterol checked is important. All adults age 20 and over should have their cholesterol checked at least every 5 years and more often if other risk factors are present.
  5. Cardiovascular risk factors include:

Age – men 45 or older and women 55 or older are at higher risk for heart disease.

Family history of early heart disease, having a father or brother who had heart disease before age 55, or a mother or sister who had heart disease before age 65, puts you at higher risk.

Cigarette smoking
High blood pressure
Being overweight
High Cholesterol

Did you also know that Beaver Island Rural Health Center can now test your cholesterol with just a drop of blood and at less than ½ the cost of hospital testing? You will know your results in just 5 minutes along with your calculated 10 year risk of a cardiac event. That's right, thanks to your donations at the Fashion Tea last summer we have been able to purchase additional lab testing equipment and are expanding our office laboratory capabilities. Let us help you identify and modify you cardiovascular risk factors. It's never too early or too late to start. Call 448-2275 for an appointment today.

Tree Clearing

The property across from the Municipal Airport is being cleared making it much safer for planes landing and taking off from the airport. Sure looks alot different with all those trees gone.

"The Emperor's New Clothes"  5th and 6th Graders' Play April 22, 7:00PM , Holy Cross Hall

Citizen of the Year Banquet

Make your reservations now at Stoney Acres for the Citizen of the Year Banquet on April 23rd. Seating is limited so call right away! Come and discover who was selected for 2005.

Annual Sock Hop

Dig out those saddle shoes! Find that poodle skirt! Where'd you put that leather jacket? Practice those dance steps! The AMVETS Auxiliary Sock Hop is on April 30th. Are you ready? It's one of the best parties of the year. Step back to the 1950's and '60's and enjoy all those great songs. You'll have the time of your life.