Beaver Island News on the 'Net, August 6-12, 2007

Golf League Results on Page Three

75th Anniversary Homecoming Dance

This coming Saturday, August 11, 2007, at 8 p.m. the 75th Anniversary Homecoming Dance will take place at the Holy Cross Hall. Admission will be $10 at the door. A cash bar will be available. Transportation may be available, a shuttle service will be available for those that need a designated driver.

After 75 years with the Beaver Island Music, the floors still bounce up and down, and "flap like loon wings." The band playing traditional Beaver Island Music will be Edward Palmer, Danny Gillespie, Danny Johnsten, Rich Scripps, and Cindy Gillespie, with Hilary Palmer and Barry Pischner performing a few songs as well. Other guest musicians may also join in.

This year there almost wasn't any interest, but the next generation decided to try to keep this going. "We will need to find out if this will be able to continue and the attendance will be the real determining factor," a supporter stated. "All who are interested in seeing the tradition continue, please attend."

Raffle tickets are available for a painting being offered by the Altar Society. There will also be a 50-50 Raffle.

Please attend so that this won't be the LAST traditional Homecoming Dance!

School Election Results

Voters - 342

Yes Votes - 204

No Votes - 138

From K. McNamara, Principal BICS

On behalf of the (Beaver Island) board of education, thank you to everyone who got out to vote on this important community proposal. Thanks to the citizens group who worked hard to get information to voters. It is reaffirming to know that the community's commitment to education and to the future is strong. The school board will do everything it can to keep the community informed as the process continues. The board and the architects from BETA Design in Grand Rapids look forward to working with the public over the next few months to define just what type of facility takes shape. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!    

Connie Harris Takes Job Downstate

It is with great regret that the Beaver Island Rural Health Center announces that Nurse Practitioner Connie Harris has accepted another position and will be leaving Beaver Island at the end of her contract in September of this year. Since she arrived at the Health Center in August of 2004, Connie has worked tirelessly to provide the highest standard of care for all of her patients, always going the extra mile to ensure their physical and emotional wellbeing. Along with her partner, Nurse Practitioner and Medical Director Sue Solle, she has demonstrated outstanding initiative and creativity in finding ways to expand services available at the Health Center . These efforts have benefited the entire community and we expect them to continue after Connie's departure.

We are happy that she has this wonderful opportunity for advancing her career, furthering her education and being closer to family. We are grateful for all she has contributed to the recent successes at the Health Center . The BIRHC Board and Staff are planning a going away party for Connie and her husband John in September so that the entire community can say good-bye and express their appreciation for all she has done. Details will be announced soon. In the meantime, patients who have been seeing Connie on a regular basis will be contacted personally.

The Board will also immediately begin to look for a new health care provider with substantial nursing experience who meets the high standards we have come to expect from the BIRHC medical staff. Until the right person can be found, Nurse Practitioner Sue Solle, along with visiting relief care providers and our partners in Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services (BIEMS), will continue to provide continuous 24/7 access to local health care. Sue came to Beaver Island to make this her permanent home. We are very fortunate to be able to count on her long-term commitment to the Island and BIRHC, and are especially appreciative of her 20 years of nursing experience, including over 8 years as sole practitioner at a clinic in the Upper Peninsula and 9 months as sole practitioner on Beaver Island .

For further information, please contact Connie Wojan , President of the BIRHC Board of Directors.

Dr. Leonard J. Suidara, 94, Dies

"DOC" Born June 26, 1913 in Detroit, age 94, of Berkley and Beaver Island, died peacefully Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital having lived a remarkably full and healthy life. Husband of Alexandrine Siudara for 67 years, who predeceased him in 2005, brother of Helene Zaremba and the late Joseph and Arthur Siudara. Father of Dr. Jerome "Jerry" (Elizabeth), Leonard "Bud" (Susan), Timothy (Elizabeth), Thomas (Patricia), James (Cynthia), and Maribeth Siudara Gilliam. Grandfather of Missy, Patrick, Michael, Andy, Chris, Peter, Jaime Beth Priest, Mark, Andrea, Tyler, and Tiffany.

Great-grandfather of two. Doctor Siudara was the eldest son of immigrant parents and was raised on the family farm in Rochester. He was an achiever early on, earning 14 athletic letters at Rochester High School and was honored as the Michigan 4-H Health Champion in 1932. He earned a degree in pharmacy while working on the production line of an auto plant and his medical degree while tending bar in the evening. He met his wife Alex on an ice skating blind date on Belle Isle. They married in 1937. "Doc" did his internship at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and came to Berkley in 1948, building a home and opening a family medical practice. His practice included obstetrics and he delivered hundreds of "baby boomers". His record was 12 deliveries in a single week. He often made "house calls" for patients who were too ill to come to his office. He cared for the nuns and priests in the Shrine of the Little Flower parish and was the side-line "doc" for the Shrine High football team. He served as president of the Oakland County Osteopathic Physicians Society and was among the founders of the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital. "Doc" was a man for all seasons.

He taught his kids to be adventuresome and he led by good example. He was at home in a duck blind, fishing for walleyes on the St. Clair River, or hunting pheasants in a farmer's field. Doc, Alex and family enjoyed many Great Lakes yachting adventures on the "Alexandra" in the 50s and 60s. Doctor Siudara retired from his 30 years of medical practice in 1977 and he and Alex moved to Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.

Two years later he became the official island physician and served the residents year-round for the next seven years. It was not uncommon to see "Doc" making "house calls" on his snowmobile buring winter. He hung up his stethoscope for good in 1986 and returned to Berkley but continued to summer on Beaver Island for the next 18 years. He took up golf at age 80 and regularly played Beaver Island Golf Course. His bright blue eyes and his ever present bow tie were personal trademarks. His instructive euphuisms were many, a favorite being "Can't never did anything!".

Visitation will be Tuesday August 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI. There will be memorial comments at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass at the National Shrine of the Little Flower will be Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. Internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shrine of the Little Flower Church, Royal Oak, MI.

Did You Smell the Smoke?

On the evening of August 6, 2007, there was a heavy smell of smoke hanging over most of St. James Township. The smell was so strong that the Beaver Island Deputy Sheriff was receiving phone calls. Several firemen were out driving the roads looking for any source of the fire, and stopping once in a while to check to see if the smell got any stronger.

The communication, heard on scanner, included the fire chief, the deputy, and a few of the firemen. Paul Welke went up in his airplane to see if there was any evidence of fire here on Beaver Island. Apparently the smell of smoke was being driven down to the Island from the Upper Peninsula fires that have consumed at least 14,000 acres.

The drought felt all over northern Michigan including the UP and Beaver Island represents a very dangerous situation. Please, please be very careful.

Please do not burn anything.

What is the Red Monster?

There was a huge piece of equipment that came on the barge the other day. What was the red monster? See page 2.

Results for Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Tournament


Participating this year were thirteen teams with most teams having four members. With the tournament open to all, a total of 51 people participated including 11 ladies. More than half of the teams shot a score that was under par.

As the teams returned to the Pro Shop, everyone asked each other, "How'd you do?"

Winners for the specific individual awards included:

Winner of the Longest Drive for the men was Ryan Smith. Winner of the Longest Drive for the women was Marianne  Brown. Winner for closest to the pin on hole  #6 was Ron Wojan. Winner for closest to pin on hole #4 was Larry Roy.

The competition was tight with two teams tying with a score of four under par. This required a playoff hole on hole #1 and was won by a birdie on that hole.


There was a little drama on the playoff. The rules for the playoff were challenging and very fair. Every person was allowed to drive off the tee. Once the team determined which team member's drive was to be used, that team member was not allowed to continue to play the hole. When the remaining three players hit a second shot toward the green, the best shot chosen by the team eliminated that player from play. Which left two players to finish out the hole.

Driving off tee #1

"Just hit one out there."

Second shot

With the second shot just off the green for one team, and the second shot on the green for the other team, the tension was building, but Larry Roy had to be proud of his son's second shot which landed less than 3 feet from the hole.

Larry Roy marks Patrick Roy's second shot onto the green.

The group that was just off the green had two chances to chip the ball into the cup to tie the game because this putt was probably going to be made.

Joe William's chip shot was almost perfect, but it lay just short on the lip of the cup.

Ron Wojan's attempt hit the pin and bounce out, making this team's score a par 4.

Bill Detwiler's putt hung out on the lip of the cup.

Larry Roy looked over the putt, tapped the putt at the hole, and it dropped in the cup for a birdie.

The handshakes and the congratulations were given for a great win.

Dad's successful putt went in after Patrick's beautiful second shot onto the green. Both dad and son were proud.

The winners posed for a photo on the green at the hole which they birdied to win the match.

Everyone went back to eat a delicious picnic dinner served by Caroline Works.



Winning team: 

Patrick Roy
Larry Roy
Charlie Green
Bill Detwiler

2nd place:

Ron Wojan
Fred Rhem
Joe Williams
Bill Hirshey

3rd place:
Mike Sowa
Larry Kubic
John Robert


Buck Ridgeway, organizer of the event said:


"Thank you to all  those who came out to play.  Your support is  greatly appreciated. Thank you to John Works for preparing the  course and  setting up the greens.  Thank you to  Carolyn Works for preparing the  food. If anyone has any  suggestions to make next year 's Outing even better, please, let me know."


Next year's Outing will be on  Friday, August 1, 2008

 

75th Anniversary Homecoming Dance

This coming Saturday, August 11, 2007, at 8 p.m. the 75th Anniversary Homecoming Dance will take place at the Holy Cross Hall. Admission will be $10 at the door. A cash bar will be available. Transportation may be available, a shuttle service will be available for those that need a designated driver.

After 75 years with the Beaver Island Music, the floors still bounce up and down, and "flap like loon wings." The band playing traditional Beaver Island Music will be Edward Palmer, Danny Gillespie, Danny Johnsten, Rich Scripps, and Cindy Gillespie, with Hilary Palmer and Barry Pischner performing a few songs as well. Other guest musicians may also join in.

This year there almost wasn't any interest, but the next generation decided to try to keep this going. "We will need to find out if this will be able to continue and the attendance will be the real determining factor," a supporter stated. "All who are interested in seeing the tradition continue, please attend."

Raffle tickets are available for a painting being offered by the Altar Society. There will also be a 50-50 Raffle.

Please attend so that this won't be the LAST traditional Homecoming Dance!

School Election Results

Voters - 342

Yes Votes - 204

No Votes - 138

From K. McNamara, Principal BICS

On behalf of the (Beaver Island) board of education, thank you to everyone who got out to vote on this important community proposal. Thanks to the citizens group who worked hard to get information to voters. It is reaffirming to know that the community's commitment to education and to the future is strong. The school board will do everything it can to keep the community informed as the process continues. The board and the architects from BETA Design in Grand Rapids look forward to working with the public over the next few months to define just what type of facility takes shape. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!    

Connie Harris Takes Job Downstate

It is with great regret that the Beaver Island Rural Health Center announces that Nurse Practitioner Connie Harris has accepted another position and will be leaving Beaver Island at the end of her contract in September of this year. Since she arrived at the Health Center in August of 2004, Connie has worked tirelessly to provide the highest standard of care for all of her patients, always going the extra mile to ensure their physical and emotional wellbeing. Along with her partner, Nurse Practitioner and Medical Director Sue Solle, she has demonstrated outstanding initiative and creativity in finding ways to expand services available at the Health Center . These efforts have benefited the entire community and we expect them to continue after Connie's departure.

We are happy that she has this wonderful opportunity for advancing her career, furthering her education and being closer to family. We are grateful for all she has contributed to the recent successes at the Health Center . The BIRHC Board and Staff are planning a going away party for Connie and her husband John in September so that the entire community can say good-bye and express their appreciation for all she has done. Details will be announced soon. In the meantime, patients who have been seeing Connie on a regular basis will be contacted personally.

The Board will also immediately begin to look for a new health care provider with substantial nursing experience who meets the high standards we have come to expect from the BIRHC medical staff. Until the right person can be found, Nurse Practitioner Sue Solle, along with visiting relief care providers and our partners in Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services (BIEMS), will continue to provide continuous 24/7 access to local health care. Sue came to Beaver Island to make this her permanent home. We are very fortunate to be able to count on her long-term commitment to the Island and BIRHC, and are especially appreciative of her 20 years of nursing experience, including over 8 years as sole practitioner at a clinic in the Upper Peninsula and 9 months as sole practitioner on Beaver Island .

For further information, please contact Connie Wojan , President of the BIRHC Board of Directors.

Dr. Leonard J. Suidara, 94, Dies

"DOC" Born June 26, 1913 in Detroit, age 94, of Berkley and Beaver Island, died peacefully Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital having lived a remarkably full and healthy life. Husband of Alexandrine Siudara for 67 years, who predeceased him in 2005, brother of Helene Zaremba and the late Joseph and Arthur Siudara. Father of Dr. Jerome "Jerry" (Elizabeth), Leonard "Bud" (Susan), Timothy (Elizabeth), Thomas (Patricia), James (Cynthia), and Maribeth Siudara Gilliam. Grandfather of Missy, Patrick, Michael, Andy, Chris, Peter, Jaime Beth Priest, Mark, Andrea, Tyler, and Tiffany.

Great-grandfather of two. Doctor Siudara was the eldest son of immigrant parents and was raised on the family farm in Rochester. He was an achiever early on, earning 14 athletic letters at Rochester High School and was honored as the Michigan 4-H Health Champion in 1932. He earned a degree in pharmacy while working on the production line of an auto plant and his medical degree while tending bar in the evening. He met his wife Alex on an ice skating blind date on Belle Isle. They married in 1937. "Doc" did his internship at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and came to Berkley in 1948, building a home and opening a family medical practice. His practice included obstetrics and he delivered hundreds of "baby boomers". His record was 12 deliveries in a single week. He often made "house calls" for patients who were too ill to come to his office. He cared for the nuns and priests in the Shrine of the Little Flower parish and was the side-line "doc" for the Shrine High football team. He served as president of the Oakland County Osteopathic Physicians Society and was among the founders of the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital. "Doc" was a man for all seasons.

He taught his kids to be adventuresome and he led by good example. He was at home in a duck blind, fishing for walleyes on the St. Clair River, or hunting pheasants in a farmer's field. Doc, Alex and family enjoyed many Great Lakes yachting adventures on the "Alexandra" in the 50s and 60s. Doctor Siudara retired from his 30 years of medical practice in 1977 and he and Alex moved to Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.

Two years later he became the official island physician and served the residents year-round for the next seven years. It was not uncommon to see "Doc" making "house calls" on his snowmobile buring winter. He hung up his stethoscope for good in 1986 and returned to Berkley but continued to summer on Beaver Island for the next 18 years. He took up golf at age 80 and regularly played Beaver Island Golf Course. His bright blue eyes and his ever present bow tie were personal trademarks. His instructive euphuisms were many, a favorite being "Can't never did anything!".

Visitation will be Tuesday August 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI. There will be memorial comments at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass at the National Shrine of the Little Flower will be Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. Internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shrine of the Little Flower Church, Royal Oak, MI.

Did You Smell the Smoke?

On the evening of August 6, 2007, there was a heavy smell of smoke hanging over most of St. James Township. The smell was so strong that the Beaver Island Deputy Sheriff was receiving phone calls. Several firemen were out driving the roads looking for any source of the fire, and stopping once in a while to check to see if the smell got any stronger.

The communication, heard on scanner, included the fire chief, the deputy, and a few of the firemen. Paul Welke went up in his airplane to see if there was any evidence of fire here on Beaver Island. Apparently the smell of smoke was being driven down to the Island from the Upper Peninsula fires that have consumed at least 14,000 acres.

The drought felt all over northern Michigan including the UP and Beaver Island represents a very dangerous situation. Please, please be very careful.

Please do not burn anything.

What is the Red Monster?

There was a huge piece of equipment that came on the barge the other day. What was the red monster? See page 2.

Results for Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Tournament


Participating this year were thirteen teams with most teams having four members. With the tournament open to all, a total of 51 people participated including 11 ladies. More than half of the teams shot a score that was under par.

As the teams returned to the Pro Shop, everyone asked each other, "How'd you do?"

Winners for the specific individual awards included:

Winner of the Longest Drive for the men was Ryan Smith. Winner of the Longest Drive for the women was Marianne  Brown. Winner for closest to the pin on hole  #6 was Ron Wojan. Winner for closest to pin on hole #4 was Larry Roy.

The competition was tight with two teams tying with a score of four under par. This required a playoff hole on hole #1 and was won by a birdie on that hole.


There was a little drama on the playoff. The rules for the playoff were challenging and very fair. Every person was allowed to drive off the tee. Once the team determined which team member's drive was to be used, that team member was not allowed to continue to play the hole. When the remaining three players hit a second shot toward the green, the best shot chosen by the team eliminated that player from play. Which left two players to finish out the hole.

Driving off tee #1

"Just hit one out there."

Second shot

With the second shot just off the green for one team, and the second shot on the green for the other team, the tension was building, but Larry Roy had to be proud of his son's second shot which landed less than 3 feet from the hole.

Larry Roy marks Patrick Roy's second shot onto the green.

The group that was just off the green had two chances to chip the ball into the cup to tie the game because this putt was probably going to be made.

Joe William's chip shot was almost perfect, but it lay just short on the lip of the cup.

Ron Wojan's attempt hit the pin and bounce out, making this team's score a par 4.

Bill Detwiler's putt hung out on the lip of the cup.

Larry Roy looked over the putt, tapped the putt at the hole, and it dropped in the cup for a birdie.

The handshakes and the congratulations were given for a great win.

Dad's successful putt went in after Patrick's beautiful second shot onto the green. Both dad and son were proud.

The winners posed for a photo on the green at the hole which they birdied to win the match.

Everyone went back to eat a delicious picnic dinner served by Caroline Works.



Winning team: 

Patrick Roy
Larry Roy
Charlie Green
Bill Detwiler

2nd place:

Ron Wojan
Fred Rhem
Joe Williams
Bill Hirshey

3rd place:
Mike Sowa
Larry Kubic
John Robert


Buck Ridgeway, organizer of the event said:


"Thank you to all  those who came out to play.  Your support is  greatly appreciated. Thank you to John Works for preparing the  course and  setting up the greens.  Thank you to  Carolyn Works for preparing the  food. If anyone has any  suggestions to make next year 's Outing even better, please, let me know."


Next year's Outing will be on  Friday, August 1, 2008

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