The Beaver Island community Choir


The Beaver Island Youth Choir


A Spring Concert


The Requiem

by Gabriel Fauré

and other choral works

Saturday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 p.m.

Beaver Island Christian Church

A freewill donation for the creation of a fund for community music will be collected at the door

Rural Arts and Culture Grant Update

We are grateful to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for the Rural Arts and Culture Grant that helps to fund all the arts programs this year.

A hard-working group of students have been working with Martha Guth for the last several weeks.  The Christian Church generously provided space for the classes.  The group will perform at the church on the evenings of April 26 and 27.

The April “house party “ was great fun once again.  Many new faces in attendance suggests that the word is getting around.  May 10th is the date for the next one, from 2 to 6 PM , at the home of John and Beth McCafferty.  John McCafferty and Joe Moore will keep the music going.  In June we revert back to our original time: Sunday evenings, from 4 to 8 PM .  To add to the confusion, June’s house party will be the third week in June, so as not to compete with graduation activities.  The date is June 15; the location is Mike Sowa’s home – the Bonner centennial farm.

The Student Art Show at Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey has come down.  Fourteen students had works on display from February 23 until April 5.  Thanks to Karey Johnson and others at Crooked Tree, for their help in getting our work across, and for setting up and taking down the artwork for us.  Students who participated in the show are: Colleen McDonough, Megan Heller, Melissa Bailey, Cameron LaVasseur, Maeve Green, Jenna Battle, Brenden Martin, Bailey McDonough, Rita Palmer, Saygan Croswhite, Eric Albin, Samantha Kuligowski, Meg Works and Marissa Crandall.  Works were chosen on merit, of course, but  a big consideration was also what we could mount for hanging with the materials we had on hand.   Many beautiful works were not included, simply because of space restrictions.  I am continually amazed and inspired by the good work all of the students are doing.

We are continuing to schedule enrichment classes, but still have gaps in our calendar.   Talking Threads Quilt Guild is hosting a hands-on informational session on April 30;  Cindy Ricksgers will teach Paper-making on May 7;  Tammy LaFreniere and Sarah Myers will  share their knowledge of special desserts on  June 4.  Martha Guth is offering two more Music Appreciation classes: May 28, and June 18.  I’ve had the pleasure of watching Martha work with students over the last several weeks; she has a broad knowledge of music history and the ability to get the very best out of her students.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from an outstanding talent.  Please watch for postings of other classes; future offerings include mosaic, collage and oil painting.  All are held at the Peaine Township Hall, on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 PM .  Most classes are free; some have a small materials fee.  Please be sure to call Cindy at 448-2960 to register.  We must have at least six participants to hold a class.  Also, if the class has to be cancelled for any reason (recently, an electrical outage), I will know to call to tell you, if you’re on my list. 

Thanks to all the people that have sent notes or stopped me with suggestions or ideas for projects.  The grant funding runs out in September.  With community support as we’ve seen so far, many programs can continue beyond that time.

Robert J. Hannon

Robert J. Hannon, 53, passed through heaven's gate on Tuesday, April 22nd, the result of a fast-moving bacterial infection called sepsis.

    A long time summer resident of Beaver Island, the majority of his year was spent as the heartbeat of John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois where he served as counselor, teacher and assistant principal.  He thrived in his job and involvement with the students of Hersey High - coordinating assemblies, coaching cheerleading, starting a table tennis club, homecoming, graduation and other events. His students and the staff, shocked and grieving, lowered the flag on the schools' lawn to half-mast and set up a makeshift memorial in the hallway.  The message on the marquee of the school, "In loving memory of Robert J. Hannon - Our Mr. Hersey".  What a wonderful tribute to a consummate teacher.

Robert Hannon was also an innovative teacher. He, along with fellow teacher, Anne Slattery, developed a marriage and family course in the 1970's that is still taught today and that received national attention.  The class attempted to give students a real-life view of adulthood - requiring them to plan their own wedding, find a place to live and to care for a simulated baby.  Together, Hannon and Slattery wrote the book Marriage and Family: A Complete Course/Including a Marriage Simulation in 1978.

Robert Hannon had his personal family, his Hersey School family, and his Beaver Island family, they were the center of his life...and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by three brothers, William, John and James; two sisters, Janet O'Callahan and Mary Beth Lyons, and many nieces and nephews and thousands who were lucky enough to know him.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thrusday at Ahlgrim and Sons Funeral Home, 330 West Golf Road, Schaumberg.  A funeral mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Streamwood.

Margaret Lucille (Kenwabikise) Way


Margaret Lucille (Kenwabikise) Way, 57, died at home on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003, surrounded by her family.
      She was born on Beaver Island on March 5, 1946, the daughter of Paul and Isabella (Wabanimkee) Kenwabikise.
      A member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Margaret's ghost suppers were legendary among tribal members and friends. She was also a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids. She enjoyed hunting and fishing.
      She is survived by her husband, Daniel Dwayne Way; her daughter, Brenda Lee (Brian) Romitti; sons, Albert Eugene Bolton III and Jack Demsey Bolton; stepson, Jeremiah James Way; grandchildren, Casey, Joshua, Niko, Jason, Sabrina, Kandyce, Paul and Jonathan; brothers and sisters, John Kenwabikise, Caroline (Orville) Ramey, Nancy (Denny) Harris, Pauline (George) Anthony, Sarah (Jack) Bray, Robert Kenwabikise, Leonard (Peggy) Kenwabikise, Joseph (Cheri) Kenwabikise, Aleta Doris Kenwabikise, Diane Kenwabikise, James (Barb) Kenwabikise; her uncle, Patrick (Virginia) Wabanimkee; her aunt, Dee (Fabian) Wabanimkee; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steven Kenwabikise; five nephews and one niece.
      She was greatly loved and will be truly missed. Margaret's grandchildren were her joy, and she loved all of her many nieces and nephews.
      Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids, with Evening Prayer at 7:30 p.m.
      Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Elk Rapids, with the Rev. Robert J. Zuchowski as celebrant. Burial will be in Milton Township Cemetery.
      Arrangements were handled by Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids. 

      Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret's family.  She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Snowbirds Returning

It's that time of year again, the boat has started and every return trip brings old friends back to the island, those who have spent the cold winter months in warmer climates.  From the end of December until the beginning of April we know every vehicle on the road by the noise they make, by the shape and direction of their headlight beams, by the vintage, color and make... then comes that first boat and you scratch your head and wonder, "who IS that driving that car?" or "Whoo hooo, ____ got a new car!".  By the end of April there are so many different cars and trucks that we have no idea who's driving what but we don't care, it's just nice to see some "new" old friends.  So, welcome home all you snowbirds, we'll have your vehicles memorized in a couple weeks.

 Notice To Voters

The members of the Board of Education wish to inform you that there will be an important school finance issue on the June 9, 2003 ballot.  The district will request the annual “Headlee” override that allows the district to levy the full 15.7908 mills (originally approved in 1993) for operational purposes.  This millage is levied on non-homestead property only and provides the essential school operating funds. The Board of Education will soon be providing voters with more information about this ballot request.  Also on the ballot will be board member election – both Linda McDonough and John Fiegen are running for reelection to the board.  Contact the school office for more information.

Boat Repairs

The little kiss that the Acacia gave the Emerald Isle is being repaired quickly by Tom Turner and Joe McDonough. Most likely within a few weeks there won't be a single smudge of lipstick to show that the two ever touched.  Over this past weekend work sped along as the dented part was cut away and replaced by new metal that will soon be painted and fixed so that it will blend in with the rest of the ship.  Way to go!  It's looking good! 

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Bill Welke Memorial

There will be a memorial service for Bill Welke on April 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Following the service a lunch will be held at Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Mary Minor Memorial

Mary Minor will be returning to the island on May 2nd, and visitation will be from 5 until 9 at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  The Rosary will be at 8:00 p.m. on the 2nd.  The funeral service will be on May 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to either the Beaver Island Hospice (c/o Lois Williams, Beaver Island, MI 49782) or to the Alzheimer's Association (Northwest Michigan Chapter, 1040 Walnut Street, Traverse City, MI 49686).

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