February 24 brought us lots of fluffy snow and kept some on pins and needles wondering if they'd be able to get "off-island". The flurries clearned enough for Island Airways to get a few trips in. By 9:00 p.m. an interesting cloud/fogbank had drifted over the harbor so thick that even the beam from the lighthouse couldn't been seen from across the harbor.
The 25th, depending upon where you were on the island, dawned sunny or had a pea soup appearance. The harbor area definately had an unusual look as the fog or cloud moved in and out and from one side of the bay to the other. From Whiskey Point one could hear the ice creaking, shreaking, snapping, and doing all those strange sounds you hear when everything is silent. With the mixture of fog and snow all the trees and bushes were "frosted". The whole combination made the views of the Paradise Bay area pretty nifty.
The population of Beaver Island is shrinking. In fact, if we weren't enclosed by ice in Lake Michigan by Friday we might have to worry about floating away. Every day this week a few folks are heading to the mainland. By Friday we're pretty much going to feel like outcasts as islanders by the drove head to Grand Rapids for the annual Beaver Island Party. For reservations/directions, the Hilton may be contacted at (616) 957-0100. Mention that you're with the Beaver Island party for your discount rate of $65/night.
The annual party of the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids will be held at the Grand Rapids Hilton on Saturday, February 26th. It's hard to believe, but this will be the 39th year the Club has hosted this popular party that benefits the island. If you're in the area of Grand Rapids, plan on heading to this gathering. The door opens at 7:00 p.m. and you're sure to see lots of island friends and family not to mention having a grand time.
For those of us who can't attend, we'll be the ones trying to keep the old sod from floating away.
One group of community members have been spending the snowy evenings rehearsing their parts in the upcoming Beaver Island Community Players production of “Bull in a China Shop.” The comedy will be presented on Feb. 25 & 26, at 8:00 p.m. , at Holy Cross Hall. Tickets are available at the door, $8 for adults and $5 for students. Refreshments will be available.
The play is being directed by Jacque LaFreniere. Cast members include: Bob Bass, Beth Croswhite, Lisa Gillespie, Breena Green, John Fiegen, Abby Fogarty, Bill McDonough, Donna Stambaugh, Elaine West and Karen Whitecraft.
Darrell James Anthony, 45, of Beaver Island, died Saturday, February 19, 2005, on Beaver Island. He was born June 7, 1959, in South Haven, the son of Donald Anthony and Alvina Cornstalk. He attended Holy Childhood School in Harbor Springs, and L.C. Mohr High School in South Haven. Darrell worked as a commercial fisherman. He loved music, playing his guitar, and drawing cartoons. He especially loved a nice sunny day.
Darrell is survived by his son, Donald Amos Anthony, III, of Mancelona; mother, Alvina Cornstalk of Beaver Island; father, Donald (Vicki) Anthony of Saint Ignace; brother, Brian J. (Diane) Anthony of East Jordan; sisters, Donzell S. Anthony of Beaver Island, Teresa M. (Fabian “Sonny”) Wabanimkee of South Haven, and Daneen A. Anthony of East Jordan. His brother, Donald Amos Anthony, II, preceded him in death in 1977.
A funeral was held Monday, Feb. 21, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, The Reverend Francis Partridge officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Charlevoix.
Resting peacefully, Adrian went to be with our Lord on Friday, February 18, 2005 . Adrian was born September 9, 1923 in Kalamazoo , the son of Adrian T. and Cornelia VanderLinde, now deceased. As a young man, he spent a year at Kalamazoo College . He later won a national scholarship competition to attend the Academy of Aeronautics in New York. Adrian enlisted in the Air Force, graduating in December 1944 as a Second Lieutenant, and was stationed at Lowry Field, Denver, CO, as a B-52 Flight Engineer Instructor. Adrian was a committed Christian and community leader. Adrian was a successful businessman, serving as president of Kalamazoo Printing Machinery Company for his entire career. He was active in Milwood and Third Christian Reformed Churches, and the Beaver Island Christian Church. Adrian was an avid and accomplished photographer, with his work treasured by family and friends. Adrian continued to love airplanes and flying, earned a private pilot's license and later volunteered as a docent at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. Adrian was an avid music lover and enjoyed music with his entire family. Adrian dearly loved his family.
Preceding Adrian in glory are Thomas and Caroline VanderSlik, Alvin and Krina VanderSlik, and son-in-law, The Rev. Dewey VanDenBerg.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (VanderSlik) and together they recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on December 30. His children include Marlene (David) Bierenga of Kalamazoo; Nancy (Craig) Corey of Severance, CO; Julie VanDenBerg of Holland ; and Deborah (The Rev. Mickey) Blair of Port Huron . His beloved grandchildren include Brian and Teressa, Craig, Janelle, and Keith Bierenga and fiancé Brenda VanderHeide; Leigh Ann and Laura Corey; Linde and Joseph Dauner, Caleb, Betsy, Zachary and Jane VanDenBerg; Becky and Jerry Cohrs, and Jackie Blair. He is also survived by a brother, Gerald (Betty) VanderLinde of Chelsea; sister, Marian Clark of Kalamazoo ; brother-in-law, Julius (Cornelia) VanderSlik; sisters-in- law, Evelyn (Paul) Davis, Arlene Broekema, and many nieces and nephews.
A service remembering Adrian 's life and faith will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Third Christian Reformed Church, 2400 Winchell with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Baker and the Rev. Mickey Blair officiating. Private family interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery . Friends may call on the family 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St . Those wishing to make lasting gifts in Adrian 's memory are asked to remember Kalamazoo Christian School Endowment Fund or Rose Arbor Hospice. www.langelands.com . Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 2/20/2005.
Well, it was a glorious end to a great season. We won 25-23, 25-11, 25-15 on Friday to win 1st place in the league after an undefeated season! Very cool. We won Sat 25-19, 25-17, 25-16. So, the varsity had a 13-0 Season. Can't beat that! All the girls played both nights at Hannahville and had a great time. They capped off their volleyball fun with an extra activity -- they had asked if they could straighten my hair if we won and I agreed. So, I also came home with a new hairdo -- for a few days, anyway. Here are some highlights:
Danielle Cary: 5 aces, 27 good serves, 12 kills and 28 good hits (spikes)
Emily Gray: 6 good serves and 13 assists
Christine McDonough: had 2 aces and 11 good serves, 5 good hits
Samantha Kuligoski: had 1 ace, 3 good serves and a number of nice digs (saves)
Andrea Moore: had 7 aces, 4 good serves and 16 assists and one truly remarkable save from the bleachers over the net for the third hit. It was quite a remarkable save!
Leaha Cary: 3 aces, 10 good serves and 3 kills
Bailey Mcdonough: 2 good serves, 3 good hits and some nice digs
Emma Adams: 4 aces, 4 good serves, 17 kills, 11 good spikes
Melissa Peters: 2 good serves, a few good digs and assists
Krystle Timsak: 20 good serves, 4 good hits and her consistent 2 kills (she has gotten 2 kills each and every game -- pretty good for a "midget", as she calls herself!)
Brenna Green: had 3 good serves and 2 kills! (As Brenna put it, "our midget front row did pretty well!")
I was very proud of all the girls. They played well and showed good teamwork, as usual. As the stats show, the experienced players definitely got the job done. And, the younger girls all played very well and I pointed out to them all that it sure looks like we're going to have a great team again next year!
First, though, we're getting ready for Districts next Saturday. We'll watch Mackinaw City and Harbor Light Christian play first, then we'll play Alanson. The PLAN is for us to beat Alanson and go on the Finals. We know we'll have to be fast, accurate, and have great teamwork for the whole day. I have a lot of faith in "My Girls" (as proven by the fact that I let them straighten my hair! Although I will admit I was a bit worried when my hairstylist, Emily, said while working on the back of my hair, "Oh, oh, it's smoking....") I tell my group that going to Districts is a challenge worth working for, and that making it to the Finals is an awesome experience. And, if we work hard, play our best and play together, good things will happen. Any team can win on any given day, so even though Harbor Light Christian may be rated 5th in the State, anything is possible....and no one should ever underestimate our Lady Islanders!
I don't have any scores or reports on the boy's basketball at Hannahville but I do know that they won all games on Friday and Saturday. Way to go Islanders!