Although various places around the country had huge celebrations, Beaver Island parties were small this year perhaps because there were several along with private home gatherings.  The Fire Auxiliary had a DJ at the Hall, Jerry and Marie had Edward Palmer and Cindy Gillespie-Cushman providing tunes while the Shamrock entertained folks with music by Randy Osborn, Kevin White, Mark Prosser, Joe and Mike Moore.  When midnight struck at the Shamrock there sure wasn't much hollering.. a mighty quiet year and 2004 arrived without much fanfare.  Needless to say, those who did attend the parties had a great time.  The Shamrock one was rather bittersweet for our family as it's probably the last time for a while that Mike and Joe could play music together since Mike and his wife, Jessica, will be moving to Washington state this month where Jessica has a new job.  Scenes from the various gatherings illustrate how small they were, but in typical island fashion, those who were there enjoyed themselves.

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Dr. William "Bill" Hannon 1943-2003

Dr. William E. Hannon, age 60, of N2093 S. Tower Rd., Chilton, died on Sunday December 28, 2003, at his home surrounded by his family and friends, following a brief battle with cancer. He was born on January 16, 1943 in Chicago, son of the late John W. and Rose (McClory) Hannon. He married Janice N. Hogan of Peabody, MA on July 25, 1985 in Milwaukee. Dr. Hannon served in the US Navy and went on to receive his degree at Loyola Medical School, serving his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL. He served as a pathologist at several hospitals in the Rockport, MA area before moving to Chilton in 1984, when he began in career with the Calumet Medical Center. He also served as Medical Director of Laboratory Services, Deputy Medical Examiner for Calumet County, Treasurer of the Calumet County Chapter of the Wisconsin Medical Association, a member of the College of American Pathologists, and was a former President of the Calumet Medical Center Medical Staff. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Jericho where he served as treasurer. 

Bill loved sailing and spending summers at their home on Beaver Island, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Janice of Chilton; six children: Julie Ann (Philip) Abrams of Lexington, MA; Sharon (Scott) Trefry of Danvers, MA; Sheila J. Hannon of Elgin, IL; Christopher William, Colleen, and Noelle Hannon of Chilton; six grandchildren: Curtis, Brian, Jason William, Gina Rose Trefry and Samuel and Gino Abrams; two brothers: John W. Hannon of Indianapolis, IN; James (Nancy) Hannon of Lombard, IL; two sisters: Janet (Patrick) O’Callahan of Algonguin, IL and Mary Beth (Michael) Lyons of Wheaton, IL; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert J. Hannon. 

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday December 31, 2003 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jericho with the Rev. Gary New S.D.S. officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Beaver Island, MI. Visitation will be at the Wieting Family Funeral Home, 411 W. Main St. Chilton, from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday and again on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM when family prayers will be held. A Parish prayer service will be held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. A Memorial fund has been established in the name of Dr. William E. Hannon.

Beaver Island Breath-taking Sunrise

Kathy Brouard, who lives at Nomad on the south end of the island, and I were talking the other day and I mentioned that I was kicking myself for not taking a photo of the phenomenal sunrise that morning.  The reds were absolutely amazing.  Kathy said she'd captured it and was willing to share it with all of you.  Here's Nomad Sunrise by Kathy Brouard.  Thank you so very much for sharing, Kathy.


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