Elwood W. "Van" VanAntwerp

Elwood W. VanAntwerp of Beaver Island died Saturday, April 17, 2004 at his home on the island. He was born May 29, 1916 in Tustin, Michigan to Elmer and Margaret (Glen) VanAntwerp. He married Myrtle Faber on April 6, 1943 in Grand Rapids. She preceded him in death on October 21, 1987. He married Betty Erwin Shawl on June 5, 1999 in Bellaire, Michigan.

Van graduated from Tustin High School. He worked in the CCC camps and then served his country during World War II. He was a master carpenter for fifty years. He was a member of the Carpenters Local No. 525 and had served as president in Traverse City. He was an active member of the Beaver Island Christian Church. He enjoyed traveling and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; children, Howard (Diana) VanAntwerp of Cadillac, Roy (Dawn) VanAntwerp of Traverse City, Jay (Cindy) VanAntwerp of Marshall, Virginia Porteous of Cadillac and Connie VanAntwerp of Traverse City; stepchildren, James (Cindy) Shawl of Florida, Nathan (Kathy) Shawl of Bay City, Jonathan (Debbie) shawl and Timothy (Tammy) Shawl, all of Bellaire, and Ruth Ann (Don) Nast of Florida; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Malcolm (Benita) of Iowa, Stanley (Margaret) of Hudsonville and Alan (Leah) of Tustin; and sisters, Lois Hodgson of Grand Rapids, Ruth (Ken) Cole of Vermontville and Irene (Nels) Nelson of Minnesota.

Services are 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac with Reverend Malcolm VanAntwerp officiating. Burial will be in Bankers Cemetery, Hoxeyville.

Visitation is 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Van's family.

National Volunteer Week

Michelle LaFreniere has been working on a Volunteer Recognition project with the 7th and 8th graders. Michelle states that although most of us here on the island are aware of this project but what we probably "don't know is that we have identified 32 LOCAL volunteer groups, and 299 volunteers, and a whole group of truly amazing 7th and 8th graders".

On Monday, April 19th, they actually did "paper the town" with signs that they had made (look for YOUR name) and then they drew names for some truly WOW prizes! Every morning they will draw more names until the prizes are gone. All the prizes were donated by local businesses. This weekend at the Citizen of the Year Dinner they will have two posters: one listing all the volunteer organizations and one listing all the winners. Kevin Gillespie, the handwriting "expert" will be making the signs for that event.

The winners for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were:

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION PRIZE DONATED BY:
Jan Hartle Lady AMVETS Year Subscription to the Beaver Beacon donated by the Beaver Beacon
Barb Kenwabikise Girl Scouts Coffee Mug donated by the Beaver Island Boat Company
Matthew Cull Holy Cross Catholic Church Ball Cap donated by the Beaver Island Boat Company
Schwartzfisher Family Sports Boosters/Softball Free Round of Golf donated by the Beaver Island Golf Course
Cary Family Sports Boosters/Softball

Gift Certificate to Nina's Restaurant donated by Ray and Nina Cole

Bill McDonough Holy Cross Church Drink Cup donated by the Beaver Island Marina
Angel Welke Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board Candle donated by Beaver Island Realty
Sarah Myers Boy Scouts Flag donated by the Beaver Island Transportation Authority
Joe Reed Charlevoix County Community Foundation Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Dorothy Willis Wildlife Club Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Howard Davis Beaver Island Christian Church $50 Savings Bond donated by Charlevoix State Bank
Jeff Powers Wildlife Club Breakfast at Dalwhinnies donated by Dalwhinnies
Danielle Cary Holy Cross Catholic Church Bag of Cookies donated by Deerwood
Laura Gillespie Sports Boosters Bag of Cookies donated by Deerwood
McDonough's Market Family Sports Boosters Bag of Cookies donated by Deerwood
Ray and Nina Cole Sports Boosters Bag of Cookies donated by Deerwood
Rachel McDonough Youth Consortium Car Wash donated by Eager Beaver Clean and Store
Debbie Bousquet Sports Boosters Car Wash donated by Eager Beaver Clean and Store
Connie Wojan Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board Car Wash donated by Eager Beaver Clean and Store
Tina Morgan Wildlife Club Candle donated by East Wind Spa
Lois Williams Wildlife Club Gift Certificate for Stoney Acres donated by Ed Wojan Realty
Ric Roane Preservation Association of Beaver Island Soap Dish donated by Emerald Isle Gallery
Phil Gregg AMVETS Half Day Kayaking Trip donated by Inland Seas - Ken Bruland
Jim Wojan Holy Cross Catholic Church Bird Feeder donated by Archipelago Builders
Vyse Family St. James Episcopal Mission Gift Certificate donated by Power's Ace Hardware
Yvonne Crandall Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary Drink Cup donated by Beaver Island Marina
Barb Schwartzfisher Beaver Island Community School Board Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Donna Stambaugh Beaver Island Fire Departement Auxiliary Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Jacque LaFreniere Wildlife Club Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Darrel Butler, Jr. Beaver Island Fire Department Large Coffee and Danish donated by Island Energies
Eula Thomas Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board Two Video Rentals donated by Island Energies
Jackie Howard Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary Sweatshirt or Fleece donated by Island Airways
Ruth Kelly Beaver Island Historical Society $10.00 Cash donated by Mark LaFreniere Painting
Ron Stith Beaver Island Historical Society T-Shirt donated by McDonough's Market
Jacque LaFreniere Holy Cross Catholic Church Lighthouse Ornament donated by beaverislandtour.com
Suzy Bonadeo Preservation Association of Beaver Island Gift Certificate
John McNeil St. James Episcopal Mission Gift Certificate donated by Stoney Acre Grill
Sue Welke Preservation Association of Beaver Island Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Pete LoDico Wildlife Club Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Alice Crown Beaver Island Historical Society Cooler Cup donated by Cary Concrete
Don Vyse Youth Consortium One Large Coffee and Danish donated by Island Energies
Maeve Green Holy Cross Catholic Church Lodge Mug donated by Laurain Lodge
Shirley Sowa Holy Cross Catholic Church Certificate for Gas donated by Martin Gas and Oil
Forrest Powers Wildlife Club Lamp donated by Montaage
Jayne Bailey Beaver Island Christian Church 1 Year Subscription donated by NorthernIslander
Leaha Cary Student Council Phone or Answering Machine donated by TDS Telecom
Nancy Tritsch Beaver Island Community School Board Gift Certificate for Gas donated by Sowa and Sons

Congratulations to today's winners and great job, well done by Michelle LaFreniere, Caitlin Boyle, Hannah Connor, Patrick Cull, Deven Cook, Maeve Green, Signe' Thomas, Eric Albin, Leaha Cary, Brittany Crandall, Kevin Gillespie, Samantha Kuligoski, Brenden Martin, Andrea Moore, Melissa Peters, Jeffery Smith and Daniel Runberg!

Basketball Court Campaign

Michelle LaFreniere and the 7th and 8th graders, besides working on the Volunteer Project, have undertaken a campaign to improve the outdoor basketball court in back of the Beaver Island Community School. The kids held a bake sale at McDonough's Market on Sunday and raised $89.28 which they will give to the school board at the April 19th meeting. They hope to get monies from the sinking fund for improvements such as patching and resurfacing the cement, putting up new indestructible picnic tables, a bench and a garbage can.

It is their hope to have all this work completed on or before Island Clean-Up Day on May 17th. Be sure and compliment this group (Michelle LaFreniere, Caitlin Boyle, Hannah Connor, Patrick Cull, Deven Cook, Maeve Green, Signe' Thomas, Eric Albin, Leaha Cary, Brittany Crandall, Kevin Gillespie, Samantha Kuligoski, Brenden Martin, Andrea Moore, Melissa Peters, Jeffery Smith and Daniel Runberg) if you get the chance. They TRULY deserve it!

Citizen of the Year

If you haven't done it yet, make your reservations for the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet to be held at Nina's Restaurant on

The Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet will be Saturday, April 24th at Nina's Restaurant. Seating must be limited to 100. For reservations, call Nina's at (231) 448-2396. Dinner choices are champagne chicken or prime rib, and includes hor d'oeuvres, salad and dessert. The price is $29.00. Nina's will pay the Chamber $5.00 for each meal to cover the costs of the awards and assist with marketing Beaver Island. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m., awards to follow.

How Observant Were YOU?

Last week was a hard one. I wonder how many of you found it... the pink star in the woods? You had to look carefully but it's still there so you take a look next time you drive past. Click on the picture above to "see" where it's located.

Frank Solle's "Hawk" Eyes

Sportswriter, photographer and all around nice guy Frank Solle managed - along with his trusty camera - to capture this Red-tailed Hawk. Awesome photos Frank!

Signs of Spring

Not all the signs of spring can be captured in photographs, some are the sounds and smells that smoothly slip into the season. Birds returning with their bright - and sometimes grating sounds, the smell of first mowed grass, the sounds of lingering dead leaves rustling, the islands' snow birds making their return via ferry or plane, seeing "new" vehicles on the road waving at them and then scratching your head wondering who the heck you just gave the island wave to. To those returning after spending the winter months in warmer places... welcome home!

Cavorting Critters

The other evening we took a short drive and came across these critters cavorting around on their way to the lake for an evening drink. No newborn fawns yet, but the grown-ups looked like they were in their second childhoods, or would that be fawnhoods?

How Observant Are YOU?

This weeks' observing photo is something everyone who has been on the island drives past. That's your only clue since it's an easy one. Keep your eyes open and if you see something that you think would make a good photo for this section, let me know. It must be something on the beaten path and easy to see. Check next week to see where this Ethyl pump is located and see if you were correct.