The BIRHC Truck Raffle drawing will take place on Monday, September 5 th at 7 P.M. at the Shamrock. Only a few days are left to purchase a chance on our classy Chevy Colorado.

Tickets are available at McDonough's during store hours from Board members in the parking lot or inside from McDonough's staff. Call 448-2379 and have a ticket delivered to your home. Tickets will also be sold at the Shamrock from 5:30 P.M. until the drawing at 7 P.M.

Ticket sales are below last year at this time so your support for the Health Center is much appreciated. Our sincerest thanks to all who have purchased tickets already!!!

Disaster Averted

Photos by Frank Solle

On the evening of August 30th, one NorthFlight Incorporated fixed-wing air transport place encountered a deer just as they were landing at the Beaver Island township airport which did severe damage to their landing gear. Thanks to a great job by their pilot a disaster was averted. The skid mark left is about a quarter mile long according to photographer Frank Solle. They had been flying into the island to pick up a patient. Luckily, no one on board was injured and even luckier, the patient was taken to the Rural Health Center by Island EMS and was eventually able to spend the night with friends on the island. Repairs were being made to the plane today but at least some of the NorthFlight crew shipped off-island on the morning ferry. Kudos to the pilot for a job well done, it could have been so much worse.


The Endless Quest for Perfection

Story and photo by Frank Solle

Jim McElwain at the site of last summer's hole in one.

The thing about golfers is they're never satisfied. But then that's what keeps them on the course.

For summer resident Jim McElwain the quest to improve his game came in the form of a round of four-under-par 31 turned in earlier this season by visiting former PGA pro Larry Roy.

Last year, during a round that featured a hole-in-one on the par 3 fourth hole, McElwain carded a round of 32, what course manager John Works, Jr. felt at the time was the course record.

“After Larry shot his 31 I guess I held the amateur record,” McElwain said of his 32. “I knew I only had a few weeks left on the island this summer to try to top that score."

Last weekend McElwain did just that. Playing with friends John and Joyce Runberg, McElwain knocked down five birdies and four pars en route to a round of five-under-par 30.

“I rimmed out an eagle on the seventh hole,” McElwain said, “and missed another birdie on the ninth by an inch. You'd think I would be happy shooting a 30, but I could have had a 28.”

Ah, the happy life of a golfer.

David Broder's Annual Island Article

I've received loads of email asking why I haven't posted Mr. Broder's annual article on Beaver Island. I haven't done it because I've been waiting for permission from Mr. Broder or the Washington Post since it is their article and he's syndicated. Since I haven't heard back, I'll just tell you to check at www.washingtonpost.com. There you can click on the menu bar for Opinion > Columnists > Opinion Columnists > David Broder. You will have to sign in but there is no charge. Then scroll down to the article from August 25th. It's a dandy one on Beaver Island Homeland Security. Check it out.

In Memoriam – Rita Elms 1922 – 2005

Dorothy “Rita” Elms, 83, died at her home on Beaver Island on August 28, surrounded by her family. Her deep faith and the love of relatives and friends sustained her through the last several months of illness.

Rita was born on Beaver Island on August 30, 1922, to Nels and Sophia (Boyle) LaFreniere. She was the youngest of eight children in the family. After graduating from Beaver Island High School, Rita attended Davenport Business College in Grand Rapids.

She met the love of her life in Percy James “Buster” Elms, who was serving at the Coast Guard Station on Beaver Island. They were married on the Island on July 23, 1942 and their four children were born on Beaver Island.

The Elms family moved to Ludington, MI in 1951, where Rita worked in the business office of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Rita was a very active member at St. Simon's Catholic Church in Ludington and was a member of the church's altar society, the Little Flower Circle.

The couple returned to live on Beaver Island in 2003. Rita enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and her two surviving sisters, Helen Pike and Winifred (Lawrence) McDonough. She was also a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island.

Rita was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Theresa Elms. She is survived by her husband, James “Buster” Elms; sons Michael (June) Elms, Richard (Mary Kay) Elms, Thomas (Barbara) Elms; a daughter Nancy (Don) Tritsch; 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

The Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with Father Pat Cawley officiating. Internment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Island Rural Health Center, or Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, or Beaver Island Hospice. Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is in charge of arrangements.

Quick Trip Around the Island

It's been a very busy summer and as a result, we hadn't made a single trip around the island. Since it was way overdue we decided to grab a couple hours to ourselves and head south. This also afforded me a chance to try out my new camera which makes me very nervous with all its bells and switches. I just took a few shots to get the feel of it. This is a whole different kettle of fish than my old Olympus but eventually I'll probably get the hang of it - at least I hope so.

Of couse first we had to check out Gull Harbor, one of my favorite places. Someone has built stone cairns out in the water. The last time I'd seen this was on Monhegan Island in Maine where they were built near trail signs not in the water. Naturally Beaver Island cairns would be unique.

The next stop was the walking path at Martin's Bluff. The trail committee has built a very nice, well defined trail to the edge of the bluff and also places a wood fence there. It's a great view and we could see the ferry 'way out there.

Since there were several cars at Iron Ore we continued on and stopped at Miller's Marsh. Just a few water lilies were in view but the whole marsh was flat calm and we spent a few minutes just enjoying the quiet. Central Michigan University Biological Station has placed some trail guides there for those who wish to hike around this unique Beaver Island wetland. The guide contains a key to various areas of interest among which are a hand-dug early pioneer well and a beaver dam.

Perhaps in another couple of weeks I'll be able to work this new camera a little better. In the meantime I guess we'll all have to practice patience.

Emergency Responses are Up!
Emergency Transports are Normal !

Submitted by Joe Moore

From January 1, 2005 , to August 21, 2005 , BIEMS has reported the following information.

Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service (BIEMS) has had 57 emergency responses.

Thirty-three percent of those were taken to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) and care was transferred to the BIRHC staff. In other words, in one-third of the emergency responses of BIEMS, these patients received the needed emergency care right here on Beaver Island by the BIRHC providers, Sue Solle and Connie Harris, both Family Nurse Practitioners. Thank you BIRHC staff, and thank you BIRHC Board of Directors for providing us with excellent emergency care right here on Beaver Island .

The licensed air transport aircraft from Traverse City owned and operated by Northflight, Inc., has transported 26% of the emergency patients. The United States Coast Guard helicopter from Traverse City has transported 15% of the emergency patients. Our local air transport provider has transported 8% of the emergency patients. In 18% of the emergency responses, a patient did not need to be transported by EMS . They either didn't need emergency care or transported themselves.

Interestingly enough, a full fifty percent or one-half of the emergency responses did not require transport to the mainland for treatment. This doesn't mean that BIEMS has not been busy. With 41 emergency responses in the months of June, July, and August so far, our local EMS have been quite busy. This works out to be one emergency response every other day. Our BIEMS staff work right alongside the BIRHC staff during the emergencies even if they are resolved right here on Beaver Island at the BIRHC.

Our local EMS personnel have also been involved in search and rescue operation this year. On one occasion BIEMS personnel helped rescue four teenagers suffering from hypothermia from extended exposure to the cold water of Lake Michigan . On another occasion, BIEMS members located two lost individuals on Garden Island , brought them back to their camp, and turned them over to the camp staff. This rescue involved several EMS members and an all night search.

If these adventures were not enough, BIEMS successfully educated several high school students and adults in the community. These three adults were successful in passing the National Registry Exam for Emergency Medical Technicians: Sarah McCafferty, Donna Kubic , and Christy Albin. High School students who successfully passed the National Registry for First Responder Exam were Emily Gray, Christine McDonough, and John Albin. One adult also passed the First Responder exam, Adam Wirth.