Scholastic Book Fair

Frank Solle took a wander through the Scholastic Book Fair at the Holy Cross Parish Hall this week and gathered some photos of both young and old who were browsing through the hundreds of books available. Face painting was a huge hit with the little ones. It looks as though even Clifford made an appearance - incognito since he had covered his red fur with dalmation coloring. He must be working under cover on one of his books.




Citizen of the Year

It was with much anticipation that folks gathered at Stoney Acre on Saturday evening for the annual Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year banquet. The person/persons named is always kept a top priority secret until after the dinner when, with fanfare, they are announced. This year the nominations were numerous: Alvin LaFreniere, Helen Pike, Barb and Bud Cruickshank, the Medical Center gals - Sue Solle, Connie Harris, Donna Kubic, Pam Nichoals, Betty Hudgins, Phil and Lil Gregg, Lauraine Dawson, Father Pat Cawley, Robert and Lisa Gillespie, Henry Hill, and Grace Matela.

The program portion of the evening was opened by Chamber of Commerce Director Steve West who kept things short and sweet. Steve started by pointing out that it wasn't snow we had found on the ground in the morning but down that had fallen from a goose heading north but he didn't have an explanation for the cold temperature. He pointed out the new directories and flyers that the Chamber has had printed and explained how many of each along with where they go... to visitor centers, tourists, etc. Steve quickly turned the rest of the program over to Chamber President Kathy Speck who told the audience about those nominated along with some quotes from the nominating letters. After keeping everyone on the edges of their seats the announcement was made and the 2005 Citizens of the Year are Phil and Lil Gregg.

Photo by Jeff Cashman
The guests of honor were rather overwhelmed by this designation having not expected to receive it. As Phil commented, "it lit up our hearts to be recognized with all these other folks." He went on to say that it was a good thing "we were nominated together since one isn't worth anything without the other." As the Citizens of the Year they received a beautiful plaque from the Chamber that included a lovely island sunset taken by Jeff Cashman. They also received an accommodation from Governor Granholm of Michigan. Quite a special night for a special couple who have been so involved in the island community since 1960 as: part of the original organizers of the Beaver Island Christian Church, Beaver Island Community School board member, Charlevoix/Beaver Island deputy, St. James Township clerk, business owners (Beaver Haven Marina), tour guides, youth club leaders, Boy Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, taxi drivers, Beaver Island Historical Society board members, Beaver Island Christian Church board members, island locksmith, island boat builder, the list goes on and on. They truly do represent the island as Citizens of the Year. Congratulations, Phil and Lil!

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