No Update Again

In the early hours of Monday morning (March 8) my dad, Phil Gregg, was flown off-island and is at the present time in ICU at the Charlevoix Area Hospital. I'm leaving on a 7 a.m. flight. This site will not be updated until I get home. Thanks.

Happy Birthday Jeff!

Happy Birthday to Beaver Island's computer genius, Jeff Cashman today, March 5th! Sure wish I had Jeff's kindergarten picture to go with this.

30 Years of Postal Service

On Tuesday Lil Gregg was surprised by an informal gathering to celebrate her thirty years with the postal service on Beaver Island. Postmaster Michelle Dreffs presented Lil with a certificate, a 30 year pin and with an engraved clock. Friends and family were there to enjoy her absolute surprise and to enjoy cake and coffee.

Lil began working under Postmaster Mary Minor as clerk on March 2, 1974. When Mary retired Lil became the Acting Postmaster until Pam Brazda was hired for the full-time job. Upon Pam's moving on to another office Lil's daughter, Ruthie, became the Acting Postmaster and Lil became clerk. Michelle Dreffs was hired a year later and Lil continued as clerk. Lil loves her job and enjoys all the people she meets. Over the years she's even covered the rural route delivery when needed. She's always on time for work as she lives right next door to the post office.

Congratulations on thirty years of outstanding service not only to the USPS but to the whole Beaver Island community.

Gracie Lounsberry is pleased to announce that she has a new baby sister. Ava Kathryn Lounsberry was born at 1:02 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2004, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ava weighed 7 pounds 11 1/2 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Very proud parents are Jeff and Kathy Lounsberry of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Proud grandparents are "Bapa" Harold and "Ama" Sally Lounsberry of Beaver Island and Sheryl Dunlap of West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Appreciation and Support of the BIRHC Board of Directors

The staff of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center wishes to express our appreciation and support of the current health center Board of Directors. It is due to their time, effort and dedication that not only we, but the entire community has this wonderful new facility.

It is our belief that despite the vocal disapproval of a few, the Board continues to work for the overall betterment of the health center and the community it serves. The staff wholeheartedly supports the decisions of the board in the past and are expremely confident in their leadership and decisions in the future. A heartfelt thank you to each and every board member for their enormous amount of volunteer hours set forth.

We hope the Board will continue working towards their goal to improving health care on the island. While they have made great strides to date, we know there are many difficult decisions yet to be made and we feel that they are in the best position to make them.

Many years ago there was a sign in the Beachcomber bar that read: "It is but a rare privilege to live on this island". We would like to add it's also a rare privilege to work in such a beautiful new building and we take seriously our responsibility of continuing the long tradition of provising quality health care to the residents of Beaver Island under your guidance.

The staff of BIRHC

P.S. Thank you Connie for the many, many boxes you hauled in your own vehicle from the Township building to the new facility.

Citizen of the Year

It's that time of year again. It's time to do a Citizen of the Year nomination or two. Two awards will be presented this year, one to an individual and one to an organization. Anyone may submit a nomination. Forms can be picked up at the office or downloaded from The deadline for nomination is Friday, April 2. The Chamber directors will select the two winners from the nominations received at a special meeting on April 5. The winners will be kept secret until announced at the banquet. Last year's winner was the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service. St. James Township Supervisor Don Vyse received the first award.

Make Your Reservations Today

The Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet will be Saturday, April 24th at Nina's Restaurant. Seating must be limited to 100. For reservations, call Nina's at (231) 448-2396. Dinner choices are champagne chicken or prime rib, and includes hor d'oeuvres, salad and dessert. The price is $29.00. Nina's will pay the Chamber $5.00 for each meal to cover the costs of the awards and assist with marketing Beaver Island. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m., awards to follow.