The Notable Gwen Marston

On February 4, 2005, the Library of Michigan announced the list of the 2005 Michigan Notable Books. This list features twenty books published in the previous calendar year that are about or set in Michigan or on the Great Lakes or written by a native or resident of Michigan. This list, formerly known as Read Michigan, is an annual selection of books representing the diverse history and culture of our state. The selections include both nonfiction and fiction. They have a wide appeal to the audience and cover a rage of topics and issues important to Michigan residents.

Beaver Island's own Gwen Marston has been named to the 2005 Michigan Library Association list as one of the most notable authors for her newest book Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker. This book containing over 100 photographs and ten quilt patterns, along with many others written by Marston, is on display at the Beaver Island District Library. Shown with them are three of her "little quilts".

Congratulations to Gwen on receiving this honor.

Catherine Jouzapaitis 1912 - 2005

Catherine "Bernadine" Jouzapaitis, age 92, of Beaver Island, MI, and member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, passed away February 15, 2005 in Winter Park, FL. She was born May 11, 1912 in Symrna, Michigan. Bernardine is survived by her daughter, Catherine Bauman, Winter Park, FL; grandchildren, Christina Cranford, Orlando, FL, Jason Bauman, Four Oaks, NC, Steve Jouzapaitis and Mark Jouzapaitis, both of Chicago, IL, John Joseph and Matthew Jouzapaitis, both of Naples, FL; great-grandchildren, Stephen Jouzapaitis, Lauren, Evan and Sara Jouzapaitis, all of Chicago, IL, Tabor and Madison Joseph, Naples, FL, Matthew and Sarah Cranford, Orlando, FL; brother-in-law, Arnold Joseph, Woodbine, MD. Bernardine was preceded in death by her brother, John F. McCauley; loving husband, Edward J. Jouzapaitis; sons, Robert Lee, Edward Barry and Charles R. Jouzapaitis. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11AM, Saturday, February 26, 2005 in the chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5300 Old Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park, FL. Refreshments afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or to www.hospiceofthecomforter.com . Family Funeral Care, 407-365-1600. Published in the Orlando Sentinel on 2/18/2005.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bernadine's family.

Valentine's Day

Everyone remembers those school Valentine's Day parties, spending the days before the holiday decorating boxes to set on the desk in hopes of having it filled with cards or maybe even those little candy hearts with special sayings on them. I was thinking about those days and how kids don't seem to do all that now. They don't make their own valentines with construction paper, white paper doilies, and school glue. They just head to the store and get Scooby Doo or Rainbow Brite pre-packaged cards, not near as much fun. It took a lot of thought to make those cards and decide what to write on them. With all the new inventions and things to make life "easier", sometimes it seems like the "old" ways were better. Wouldn't you just love to receive one of those hand-made valentines?

Engadine Volleyball Tournament

Submitted by Coach Connie Boyle

The girls played very well all day.  There were a lot of tough teams in the tournament, but we played hard and never gave up.  We had a rough start, as Christine turned or sprained her ankle in the first 3 minutes of the tournament and couldn't play after that.  Then, later in the day, Emma was rather ill to her stomach, but played on.

We lost to Engadine, 15-21, 12-21

Then we beat Grand Marais, 21-11, 21-11

Then we split with Pickford  19-21, 21-15

We were third in our pool and moved on to the bracket play where we met Bay-de-noc.  They had 2 very powerful serves -- one girl was incredibly big and VERY effective.  But, my girls didn't give up and even went up against her to try to block her -- and were successful a few times.  We were ahead of them for a while in the first game, but lost 17-21, 15-21. Brimley and Engadine were heading into the finals when we left to catch our plane. 

Stats for the Islanders in the tournament: Andrea Moore with 6 aces, plus 16 more good serves Emily Gray with 2 aces and 10 good serves, Danielle Cary 3 aces and 18 good serves, Leaha Cary with  9 aces and 23 good serves. Andrea Moore with 21 assists to Emma Adams -- Emma had 23 kills. Emma also had 18 good hits on top of the 23 kills. Danielle Cary had 8 kills, plus 23 good hits.

As usual, I'm very proud of my group.  I tell them we go to the tournament to have a fun day of playing really tough teams -- which they did!  And, it gave us some great experience before we go to Districts.  Most of the teams today play much faster and harder than the teams in our league, so we can use the experience.  We learned a lot and hopefully can put it to good use at Districts!

Dressing Deer

Frank Solle got this picture of a deer visiting their backyard Sunday evening along with a group of seven or eight that passed through for a snack of corn. Perhaps he was all dressed up for Valentine's Day with his necktie, kerchief, ascot, bandana? Whatever. Who dressed him/her up? When? and Why? Folks find fawns and try to raise them and then once they're done nursing they're released to a death sentence too many times. Unless the mother is dead somewhere nearby the fawn, please let the fawn stay right where it is. It's unusual for one hand-raised to survive all winter. This one was lucky, and luckier still that folks like the Solle's offer corn.

Winter Sun

While I was locked into working at the library all day Saturday, Frank Solle was out snapping pictures. Saturday was a beautiful, sunny winter day with fairly warm temperatures.

Coast Guard Station
Blue Ice
Tight's Hill
Gull Harbor ice

Losin' It on Beaver Island

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is offering a place to work off all those holiday pounds. Check last week's News on the 'Net in the Archives for the schedule. Those taking part number, depending on the night, from 23 to 8 or 9. Due to the cold and flu season, some folks haven't been able to experience the fun of walking and exercising with friends. If you're feeling the need to shed some unwated pounds, to tone up, or just to have some fun, check it out and come take part in Losin' It on Beaver Island.