A Leap of Faith and Love

On Thursday evening, August 12th, a unique event occurred at the Township Airport when Maria Ann Caiafa and Joydeep Bose exchanged vows before Captain Mike Weede and about 50 friends.

Maria had had a busy day considering she had flown in from Mays Landing, New Jersey where she is an assistant Principal at Oakcrest High School to join Joy here on Beaver Island. Maria had never been to the island, she had never skydived either. Joy is a skydiver, pilot, instructor. They met when she decided to take flying lessons for a pilots license and he was her instructor. According to Maria, she decided that flirting with Joy was more fun than learning to fly.

The airport was decorated with helium balloons and champaign flowed copiously once the bride and groom had made their decent. The pilot was William Andrew Rowell, who works with Joy. Tandem jumping with Maria was Luther Kurtz, owner of Sky Dive Harbor Springs. Best man was Mike McDermott, groomsmen were Andrew and Luther. Bridesmaids were Amy Kurtz, Julie Strickland and Alison Warner. John Kurtz walked the bride down the "aisle" to meet her groom.

Following the short ceremony, the happy couple walked to the decorated airplane for the grand finale "you may kiss the bride" in freefall from 11,000 feet. . Upon landing they were served a cold glass of champaign.


Our very best wishes and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Bose! May you have many, many wonderful years of blue skies and calm weather.

Homecoming 2004

For the past few years Homecoming had become something that gave a lot of year 'round residents the shivers as the island seemed to have become the place to come to ignore the law and become as obnoxious as possible. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that this year Homecoming was pleasant albeit busy and with lots of visitors. There was something for everyone from ball games to lying on the beaches, the Homecoming dance, the August dinner, and catching up with old friends. What made the difference? We don't know if it was the rowdy ones not coming or the fact that over the traditional weekend the County and State police are very visible. Whatever it was, it sure was nice to be able to enjoy the entire weekend. Kudos to all those who worked so hard putting it together.

I didn't make it to the dance, however I understand that Mary Palmer did.... and didn't make it home again which resulted in Edward posting this sign in their front yard Sunday. I do wonder what price he put on her though.

I did attend the August Dinner but was so interested in filling my tummy that I didn't take any pictures. Elaine West of the NorthernIslander did and was generous enough to share them. (this is also why she is skinny and I'm not... I eat when offered the opportunity). Huge amounts of chickens were grilled, there was a mountain of mashed potatoes, a river of gravy, and enough desserts to feed an army. It was all wonderful! No one left hungry, or if they did it was their own fault.



Friday and Saturday the ball diamond was packed with folks watching the annual Bud McDonough Memorial Baseball Tournament. The road to the point became one lane as cars were parked along both sides. The Beaver Island Sports Boosters sold food to hungry fans and players behind the fences. At the top of the hill outside of the park John and Carol Runberg had another food stand keeping people from wasting away while cheering on their team. This year Gray Gables of Charlevoix took first place, Bergmann Marine of Charlevoix came in second and the Shamrock Bar/Restaurant were third. Congratulations to all the winners!



All weekend Ed Wojan could be seen selling tickets for the annual Basket of Joy. This year it was worth almost $2,000. That's a lot of liquor, beer and snacks! After the final ticket was sold and the winning one pulled, Brook Slater Phillips was the lucky winner. We're guessing that the entire LaFreniere crew may have offered to help deplete the basket so Brook and her husband wouldn't have to carry so much home.

2004 Blood Drive Results

The results of the Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive for 2004 were:
83 persons presented
68 productive units were collected
4 first time donors
9 persons deferred

That's pretty darn good for such a small community. A great job was done by all and special applause goes to Jerry and Marg Charbeneau, Connie Wojan and Jeanne Howell for all their work in organizing the operation and lining folks up.

Little Toot? Nope, It's the Huntington

Saturday afternoon we watched as the tug Huntington slowly made her way around the harbor and over to Bud Martin's dock. Owned by Ben and Sarah Fogg, this was the tug's second trip to Beaver Island this year having visited in July. A small child watching exclaimed to his parents, "Look! It's little Toot, just like in my story!"

The Huntington was built in 1950 by Ira S. Bushey and Sons in Brooklyn, New York, hull number 602. Weighing in at 250,000 pounds, it has a 1,200 horsepower engine and an 88-inch propeller. The original purpose of Fogg's ship was to help dock 1,000 foot freighters and barges, a job it was still doing when purchased. Within 1,000 square feet of living space there is a galley, four tiny staterooms, captain's quarters and a small head (bathroom in boat-speak) with a shower. Ben and Sarah plan on living aboard her after making some renovations. Home port is Douglas, Michigan near Saugatuck.

One of Ben's hobbies is flying an Ultra Light and on the stern of his tug, looking much like a gigantic dragonfly, was his flying machine. Family and friends were on hand to greet the boaters as they tied up.

Marina Music

Throughout the summer L. D. Ryan and friends have been providing boaters and anyone who wants to stop by Beaver Island Marine with music on Saturday evenings. If you can sing or play an instrument, stop by and join in. The crowd gathered there this past Saturday truly enjoyed not only the music, but the boats and the sunset.


For Marie

Every time I write something about how things were in the 60's, Marie Connaghan LaFreniere, always stops me and says how much she likes remembering those times. Well, Marie, now you can really bring back those old memories.

Remember bumper pool? Chocolate malts? Playing the juke box? Five songs for a quarter? Ashtrays made from empty tuna cans? Remember the Rustic Villa Grill? Of course you do! Thanks to Ellen Hill you can now see interior pictures of our favorite teen hangout. I was mentioning to Ellen that I wish we had pictures of the inside of the Grill when she jumped up and ran into her cottage and came running out with these pictures. She was generous enough to let me scan them. They are old and somewhat faded, but what wonderful thoughts of good times they invoke.


Now, do you remember the top songs of 1965? These will bring back some memories for you too.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
Help The Beatles
I Can't Help Myself The Four Tops
Downtown Petula Clark
1-2-3 Len Barry
A Lover's Concerto The Toys
Let's Hang On The Four Seasons
I Got You Babe Sonny and Cher
Come See About Me The Supremes
Stop! In The Name Of Love The Supremes
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling The Righteous Brothers
Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
Love Potion Number Nine The Searchers
I Hear A Symphony The Supremes
Help Me Rhonda The Beach Boys
I Feel Fine The Beatles
Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daugher Herman's Hermits
This Diamond Ring Gary Lewis & The Playboys
The Name Game Shirley Ellis
Hang On Sloopy The McCoys
Mr Tambourine Man The Byrds
Yesterday The Beatles
Get Off of My Cloud The Rolling Stones
Eight Days A Week The Beatles
Ticket To Ride The Beatles
I'm Henry The Eighth, I Am Herman's Hermits
Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire
I'm Telling You Now Freddie and The Dreamers
Mr Lonely Bobby Vinton
Cara, Mia Jay & The Americans
Taste of Honey - (Instrumental) Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Go Now The Moody Blues
Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers
Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
Game Of Love Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Goldfinger Shirley Bassey
The In Crowd - (Instrumental) The Ramsey Lewis Trio
What's New Pussycat Tom Jones
Back In My Arms Again The Supremes
My Girl The Temptations
Keep On Dancing The Gentrys
She's Not There The Zombies
I'm A Happy Man The Jive Five
California Girls The Beach Boys
You Were On My Mind The We Five
Rescue Me Fontella Bass
Goin' Out Of My Head Little Anthony
Can't You Hear My Heartbeat Herman's Hermits
Bye Bye Baby The Four Seasons
I'll Never Find Another You The Seekers
It's The Same Old Song The Four Tops
She's A Woman The Beatles
King Of The Road Roger Miller
Count Me In Gary Lewis & The Playboys
I Know A Place Petula Clark
Turn, Turn, Turn The Byrds
Save Your Heart For Me Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Darling, Take Me Back Lenny Welch
Yes I'm Ready Barbara Mason
The Mouse Soupy Sales
Silhouettes Herman's Hermits
Shotgun Jr Walker & The All Stars
My Love Forgive Me Robert Goulet
What The World Needs Now Is Love Jackie DeShannon
The Birds & The Bees Jewel Akens
I Got You James Brown
Catch Us If You Can The Dave Clark Five
Keep Searchin' Del Shannon
Tired Of Waiting For You The Kinks
Wonderful World Herman's Hermits
Time Is On My Side The Rolling Stones
Land of 1000 Dances Cannibal & The Headhunters
Nothing But Heartaches The Supremes
The Boy From New York City The Ad Libs
Tell Her No The Zombies
You Really Got Me The Kinks
You're The One The Vogues
Shake Sam Cooke
Crying In The Chapel Elvis Presley
For Your Love The Yardbirds
Red Roses For A Blue Lady - (Instrumental) Bert Kaempfert
Don't Think Twice The Wonder Who
Ringo Lorne Greene
Concrete and Clay Unit Four Plus Two
Everyone's Gone To The Moon Jonathan King
Let's Lock The Door Jay & The Americans
Over and Over The Dave Clark Five
I Can Never Go Home Anymore The Shangri-Las
Walking In The Rain The Ronettes
Hurt So Bad Little Anthony
I Do The Marvelows
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag James Brown
Ferry Cross The Mersey Gerry & The Pacemakers
Hold What You've Got Joe Tex
Nowhere To Run Martha & The Vandellas
Just A Little The Beau Brummels
Seventh Son Johnny Rivers
It's Not Unusual Tom Jones
I'm Into Something Good Herman's Hermits
We Can Work It Out The Beatles
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away The Silkie

I sure am glad I don't have to remember any further back :)