BI News on the 'Net, Aug. 20-26, 2007, Page One

Benefit Scheduled

Sandra Irene Beaudoin, 65

The Beaudoin family wishes to announce the sudden death of beloved wife, mother and grandmother Sandra Irene Beaudoin, 65. Sandra passed away Aug. 19, 2007, while vacationing with her immediate family on Beaver Island.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the First Congregational Church in Charlevoix; a final viewing will precede the service at 1 p.m. The Rev. Stephen Davidson will officiate.

Sandra “Sandy” was born July 29, 1942, in Charlevoix, the daughter of Orva and Beatrice (Struthers) Richardson. She grew up in Charlevoix, graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1960, and attended Davenport University in Grand Rapids.

Shortly after, Sandra moved back to Charlevoix and married Joseph Burt Beaudoin on Dec. 27, 1962 — a union that flourished for 45 years. Sandra and Joseph then moved to San Diego, Calif., where Sandra worked for Woodward-Clyde-Sherrard & Associates Geological Survey Company and Joseph attended San Diego State University pursuant to receiving a BS in business administration. After seven years, Sandra and Joseph returned home to Charlevoix and raised their family.

Sandra's life was marked by unbounded love and family commitment. She was known locally as a selfless caregiver, spending countless hours visiting relatives and friends in hospitals and nursing homes. Sandra enjoyed literature, art and collecting antiques; she loved local history and was active in the Charlevoix Historical Society.

Sandra is survived by husband, Joseph Burt Beaudoin; son, Mark Lyle Burt Beaudoin (Laura), of Northville; and daughter, Marcie Rey Grace Sladics (Brian), of Charlevoix; four grandchildren, Haden Joseph and Marisa Ann Beaudoin, Reylin Grace and Laina Sandra Sladics; nephew, Bruce Daniel Beaudoin (Katie), Charlevoix, their children, Jacob Daniel and Abigail Kate Beaudoin; niece, Amy Lynn Beaudoin, Petoskey. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Richardson; and sister, Phyllis Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Charlevoix Historical Society or Lisa Dixon Scholarship Fund (c/o First Congregational Church).

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

To mix things up a bit, this week's Trivia Question includes identification of children from a photograph. Please identify them by front row first, then back row, and left to right. If there is a tie on the number correctly identified, then the first entry will win.

Now the editor has to be honest here. This picture showed up in a returned library book at the Beaver Island District Library. We were hoping that parents of these kids would email or call to identify their child. So far, we have three different lists of names, and it appears that we will have to go to the school and take a look at the composite pictures for these students and actually identify them based upon that. While we thought we knew who these kids were, our list has been torn apart by doubt, so we'll try to have a list for next week. Thank you to those who responded.

This Week's Question:

With the problem mentioned above, this week's question will have to be much, much easier to answer, or at least much more specific.

Who was the male teacher who shared a classroom with Mr. Moore? To make certain you have enough information, the classroom referred to here is the first classroom on the left as you walk into the building. To give you a time frame, Jamie Martin graduated that year.

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of September, October, and November for the person of your choice. Email your answer to

News from Beaver Island Community School


The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education is planning to host a recognition dinner on September 15 th to honor the commitment and accomplishments of three very deserving teachers and two long serving board members. Teacher Joe Moore retired after giving over 30 years of dedicated service to the school and racking up many firsts during those years. Teachers Jim Stambaugh and Donna Stambaugh, although officially retired 2 years ago, will each be recognized for their 20 years of outstanding service to the district. Also being recognized at the event will be long-time teacher Jacque LaFreniere who resigned from the school district three years ago after teaching for over 20 years. School board members John Fiegen and Linda McDonough will also be recognized for their contributions to the school.

The school board will host the dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge in a manner similar to the ‘citizen of the year' event. The event will begin at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 15 th . Family member, former students, parents of students, friends are invited to join in the celebration. Anyone with anecdotes, or important information or messages they think should be shared at the event should contact Kitty McNamara ( Please contact the school office by September 7 th if you plan to attend this event – your cost for the event will depend on what you order from the regular menu.


Joining the current teaching staff are 3 new teachers for the 2007-2008 School year:

Daniel Martell , a Northern Michigan University graduate has been teaching for 3 years in Rib Lake , Wisconsin . Dan grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has moved to Beaver Island with his wife Anna. Mr. Martell will teach science to students in grades 7-12 and will coach high school boys' basketball.

Matthew Ritchie , a Grand Valley State University Graduate, will be teaching Math to students in grades 7 – 12 and science to the 5 th and 6 th graders. Matt hails from Jackson , Michigan and is excited to part of a strong learning community.

Anna Martell will be teaching English Language Arts to all students in grades 7 – 12 and will also be teaching a high school French class. Anna graduated from Northern Michigan University and has moved to the island with her husband, Dan.


The Beaver Island Sports Boosters would like to thank the patrons of their hot dog sale at the recent Bud McDonough Memorial Softball tournament on the Island . The 2-day sale earned approximately $1,500.00 for the sports boosters who annually help offset the high cost of transporting athletes to league sporting contests on the mainland. A special thanks goes to one of the visiting softball teams, Mark White Painting K& D, for a donation of their golf outing winnings. A special thanks too for a generous donation collected by Tom Rankle at his own food vending station. The student athletes of Beaver Island are lucky to have such generous supporters.

Basket of Joy Raffle Very Successful

The Holy Cross Chuch has raffled tickets on the "Basket of Joy" for many years with Ed Wojan being in charge of the ticket sales for many years, at least 42 years. This year, Ed, besides selling tickets himself, called on his two daughters to help sell tickets during the Homecoming Weekend. Tickets are only sold on Saturday and Sunday.

Selling tickets at the ball field were Jennifer and Carrie.

Both Jennifer and Carrie were taking a short break from the job when this picture was taken.

This year's raffle had the best results ever with $5509 and another check that came in for $100, total $5609. At the drawing, Ed Wojan said, "We will probably use this for fuel oil, so we don't see our breath on Sunday mornings in the winter."

Thank you's go to Lynn Ann Cary and Skip McDonough who called and collected the items for the basket of joy that contained $2128 worth of merchandise. Thank you's also go to Connie Wojan and Kathy Speck who usually fold and help prepare the tickets. And, of course, to Dianne McDonough who prints, cuts, and collates the tickets.

Arnie Rich won the Basket of Joy.

Ed Wojan said, "The East-siders are probably going to have an extended cocktail party."

Follow-up on "Dudley"

The rescued duck left Beaver Island on a 7 p.m. flight on August, 17, 2007, with Jeff Powers, who is taking him downstate to a licensed and certified business A. R. K. Thanks to Jeff, Pam Moxham will not have to leave the Island and take the duck down at her own expense. Jeff was leaving the Island to go down state, and it just made sense for Dudley to take wing and hitch a ride with our local veterinarian. Good luck, Dudley in your rehabilitation center!

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