Master Plan

Both the St. James and Peaine Township Planning Commissions, working with a planning consultant, have developed a draft master plan for Beaver Island and they would like to know what you think. To download a copy of the Beaver Island Master Plan Draft, go to http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/govern6756381.asp .

Traveling Again

I will be off-island Sunday and hopefully return late Monday. As a result the news may not be updated until Tuesday.

Francis Ernest Martin 1947-2005

Francis E. “Ernie” Martin, 57, of Beaver Island, died Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Mass of the Resurrection will be 11:00AM, Saturday, August 20, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. The Reverend Patrick Cawley will officiate and burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Ernie was born October 6, 1947 on Beaver Island, the son of Charles I. and Marian (McGinnis) Martin. He graduated from Beaver Island School and then served in the US Army in Vietnam. Ernie was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Service Star for his service to his country.

On August 3, 1968, he married the former Jacquelyn L. Hallahan on Beaver Island. Jackie and Ernie made their home on Beaver Island where he worked as a commercial fisherman and a contractor. Ernie was a member of Holy Cross Parish, Amvets Post #46, Beaver Island Historical Society and the Order of the Purple Heart.

Ernie is survived by his wife Jackie of Beaver Island; son Ernie (Julie) Martin of Traverse City; daughter Mary Jane Martin of Beaver Island; grandchildren, Katelynn and Madelynn Martin of Traverse City; brothers, Emmett (Nancy) Martin of Fountain, Joseph “Bud” (Colleen) Martin of Beaver Island, Mike (Roxanne) Martin of Sparta; sisters, Marjorie (Robert) Armstrong of Beaver Island, Sally Delia of Hesperia, Mary Jane Martin of Gaylord. Brothers, James and Erwin preceded Ernie in death.

Ernie will be waked at his home on Beaver Island where friends may call until 11:00PM on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to: Michigan Huntington's Disease Society of America, Michigan Chapter, 601 N. Waverly Road, Lansing, MI 48917. Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is handling the arrangements.

Ernie

I grew up with Ernie, well, he grew and I just got older. This is the first loss of a classmate and gives one pause. All sorts of memories of him keep going through my head. In grade school the twins, Ernie and Emmett, taught me how to stop in front of the old power plant exhaust and warm up during those cold winter hikes to school. Ernie was always into nifty things. McDonough's used to get bread in huge cardboard boxes when they were at the "old" store, now the bank. The times that the harbor froze smooth the twins would grab a couple old bread boxes and skate all the way across the harbor to the south side and raise those boxes over their heads and let the wind blow them back, sometimes at fantastic speeds. That let into building an ice boat. They got a hold of old skates, built a wooden frame, attached the skates to the bottom and were all set. The bread boxes worked better. In high school I remember Ernie having an old car that the doors didn't close quite right so he fixed them up with latches which worked pretty well. He worked at the family business - commercial fishing - but when we were little the best place to be in the summer evenings was up at Charlie and Marion's playing hide and seek. There were always great places to hide with all those nets about. I remember a bunch of us riding around just before he went into the service and then later on all of us praying for him when he was wounded. His wedding to Jackie. The arrivial of little Ernie and then Mary Jane. He pride in being a Martin whose family was one of the earliest on the island. His pride in being Irish and of being an American. His pride in his family. Although he did have pride, Ernie was humble, funny, fun, and a wonderful person. It gives me pride to know that he was a part of my life. Come winter I'm going to imagine him teaching the angels how to hold their wings and sail across the clouds.

Get ready to enter the Bite of Beaver Island
Apple Pie Contest!

An apple pie contest will be held during the October 1st Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival. The contest is open to all ages. Prizes from Montaage and Whimsy will be awarded to the 1 st and 2 nd place winner. After prizes are awarded, John Fiegen will auction off the two winning pies, with the proceeds going to the baker's favorite island charity!

The rules are simple; Bring an entire pie to the Holy Cross Hall kitchen between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 1. Please have your name on the bottom of the pie tin. Judging will take place at 2:45 p.m. Winners will be announced and the auction held at 3:00 p.m.

Questions, please call Elaine West: 448-2377.

It's a

A daughter, Olga Lydia Burton, was born to Carol and Danny Burton of Beaver Island on July 29, 2005, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital. Olga weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Her siblings are Cameron, Nathan, Emily and Elsie. Grandparents are Delva and Janet Burton of Mecosta, and John and Carol Wiggers of Holton. Great-grandfather is Ed Griffin of Lakeview.

On the Downward Side of Summer

Homecoming is now just another memory of the summer of 2005 and it's been quite a summer. Temperatures and humidity broke records making even beach lovers complain, many of the island businesses have had more visitors than previous seasons, the island suffered through a 57 day drought, EMS has had a record number of runs, the library has been swamped, all in all it's been a very, very busy summer. Once Homecoming passes things begin to slowly go the other way as families start packing up and heading off to prepare for another school year, vacations are coming to an end, college kids are heading back for the fall semester/term, and by Labor Day the population will almost be under 1,000. It's been hectic, hot, fun, and busy but never boring. Many thanks certainly go to Deputy Jim Campbell and Justin Holzschu for law enforcement; to Sue Solle and Connie Harris at the Rural Health Center for all the "extra" hours put in due to after-hour emergencies; to EMS for the many emergency runs; to the United States Coast Guard for making several helicopter trips to pick up emergency medical patients; to the Beaver Island Fire Department for being on stand-by and ready to run at a moments notice; to the Beaver Island Boat Company; to Island Airways; and to all those who worked at the local motels, hotels, restaurants, bars, gift shops and other businesses who kept smiling and made the summer vacation memorable to visitors and residents alike.

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Results

The goal this year was 75 units. 78 people presented themselves to donate. Fifteen were first time donors while three were Double Red donors. All totaled there were sixty-three productive donors to this years' drive. Sixteen people were deferrals. Although they did not reach their goal, it was still a very busy day for the island team of volunteers headed by Jerry Charbeneau and Lars Larson along with their team of volunteers and the American Red Cross team. Perhaps next year the revival of the island to island challenge should be brought back. A few bites of fudge just might hit the spot!

30th Annual Beaver Island Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Tournament Results

August 12th and 13th marked the 30th annual Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Tournament. Teams competing were: Flight Deck, Island Galleries, Aarmour Seal, McDonough's Market, Swanson's K & D, Carlson's Home Improvements/Grey Gables and Bergmann Marine. Special thanks go to Tim McDonough for compiling the scores.

Game 1
Flight Deck
13
Island Galleries
5
Game 2
Aarmour Seal
1
McDonough's Market
2
Game 3
Swanson's K & D
5
Carlson's Home Improvements/Grey Gables
10
Game 4
Bergmann Marine
14
Flight Deck
14
Game 5
McDonough's Market
7
Carlson's Home Improvements/Grey Gables
4
Game 6
Aarmour Seal
10
Island Galleries
6
Game 7
Aarmour Seal
4
Swanson's K & D
16
Game 8
Carlson's Home Improvements/Grey Gables
15
Bergmann Marine
13
Game 9
Flight Deck
16
McDonough's Market
5
Game 10
Swanson's K & D
1
Carlson's Home Improvements/Grey Gables
8
Game 11
McDonough's Market
11
Carlson's Home Improvements/Grey Gables
8
Game 12
Flight Deck
13
McDonough's Market
4

The winner of the 2005 Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Tournament was the Flight Deck. from Charlevoix. The Flight Deck also carried home the Batting Champ, Jessie Simon with a .786 average and Home Run Champ, Bob Williams. Congratulations to the Flight Deck and to all the teams.

Thanks

Steve and Lisa Rose, paramedics from Battle Creek, Michigan, spent six weeks on the island offering assistance to the Beaver Island EMS. Their being here gave island paramedic Joe Moore some "down" time since most of the year he's on call around the clock. Lisa has a strong link to the island as her father was Omer McCann. While they were on the island the Rural Health Center was generous enough to allow them to stay at the Health Center condo. When the Health Center opted to sell the condo, Steve and Lisa leaped at the chance to buy it so we certainly hope to see more of them and their daughters, Abby and Erin.

While they were on the island they both had the experience of riding in the Coast Guard helicopter during a medical evacuation. Plenty of sight-seeing, relative visiting, and meeting new friends took place. Both Steve and Lisa teach at Kellogg Community College so offered insight to our EMS.

Thanks is a small word but it's heartfelt to the Rose family for giving up the majority of their summer to be on call and ready to respond to emergencies from water rescue to accidents. Not only for their medical abilities but for their sunny dispositions we certainly hope that the relationship between the Rose family and Beaver Island EMS is a long one.

Thanks so very much Steve, Lisa, Abby and Erin for lending your hands and hearts to the people of Beaver Island.

Donegal Bay Sunset

Most summers I manage to capture several Donegal Bay sunsets but as this season has kept be so busy I haven't had much free time to travel with my camera. I got away for a bit last evening and headed to Donegal about 8:30 in hopes of a spectacular one. Evidently lots of other folks had the same idea as the road was bumper to bumper parked cars and very few in the water swimming. While I don't have a fancy camera with all the bells and whistles, what I got wasn't too bad. An added benefit was a lovely sand castle that some ambitious builder left for all to enjoy.

  

Bridge Troll Missing

On Sunday, August 14th, the troll who lives under the bridge in Charlevoix went missing and the bridge over the Pine River would not open. According to sources who wish to remain anonymous he took a trip to the Traverse City Sam's Club to stock up on supplies. As a result of his being AWOL, the Emerald Isle was unable to leave Round Lake and head for Beaver Island. Repairmen from Lansing were called to make the necessary adjustments to the bridge so that boat traffic could enter Lake Michigan. This incident also effected the Beaver Island side as the Beaver Islander headed out with a load of 154 passengers and vehicles but didn't know if the bridge would be open by the time it arrived. According to passenger, Steve Rose, they passed the Emerald Isle about 40 minutes out from Charlevoix so they knew that the bridge had been repaired. According to Rose it stuck again for a few minutes but was quickly repaired. The bridge troll returned late in the afternoon with 234 cases of WD-40 to keep the bridge lubricated for the coming months. Next time you pass under the bridge see if you can catch a picture of that little guy at work.

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