Cull claims Geo crown again

Story and Photographs by Frank Solle

The pressure builds for Hannah, Patrick, and Bryan

A crowd of 52 enthusiastic friends, family, and fellow students gathered at Holy Cross Hall Wednesday, January 12 to support and cheer on the contestants at the 3rd Annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the Beaver Island Community School.

Ten students in grades 5-8 faced off through a number of rounds of grueling questions posed by their seasoned proctor, Mr. John Fiegen. While the students were allowed two incorrect answers before stepping aside, their numbers were slowly whittled down.

The questions came in a random order - some more difficult than others - as the students displayed their wide range of geographic knowledge.

The final rounds tested the mettle of contestants and fans alike as two-time defending champion Patrick Cull battled two-time runner up Hannah Conner, both eighth-graders, for the right to advance to the final set of questions against seventh-grader Bryan Timsak.

In the end experience won out as Cull again defended his title. Timsak finished second while Conner placed third.

A written test is next for Cull with the results of that exam to determine if he advances to the state level of competition as he has the past two years. Patrick is the son of Bruce and Patti Cull.

Geography Bee winner Patrick Cull is flanked by Hannah Conner and Bryan Timsak

Bryan tunes in to a question from Mr. Fiegen The younger contestants listen to a question Bryan had a vocal and visible fan contingent

Beaver Island Community Players to present

“A Bull in a China Shop”

Under the direction of Jacque LaFreniere, the Beaver Island Community Players will present “A Bull in a China Shop” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 –26, at 8:00 p.m., at Holy Cross Hall.

This comedy-mystery involves the antics of a group of elderly ladies who are fascinated with their handsome next-door neighbor. The gals try to come up with a way to lure the fellow over for a visit. The only problem is how to capture the interest of this man, a homicide detective. The plan the ladies come up with makes for some bizarre twists and a lot of laughs.

Admission to the show is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.




A candidate who wishes to seek a position on the Beaver Island Community School Board of Education must file a nominating petition no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 . The candidate's petition must contain a minimum of 6 signatures; no more than 20 signatures can be filed to cover the minimum signature requirement. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed by the candidate in lieu of a petition. An Affidavit of Identity must be filed by the candidate with the petition or fee.

The regular school election will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 . Two positions on the Beaver Island Community School Board of Education will be filled at the election. Both positions are four year terms, ending June 30, 2009 .

Petitions and affidavit forms are available by contacting:

•  St. James Township Clerk , Jean Palmer at her residence - 26045 Back Highway , Beaver Island

Telephone – telephone 448-2915.

•  Beaver Island Community School , Alice Belfy

Telephone 448-2744.

Candidates have until 4:00 p.m. on February 8, 2005 , to file completed forms with St. James Township Clerk.

Regina "Kay" Kakac 1934 - 2005

Regina "Kay" Kakac 70, Indianapolis, died January 10, 2005 at Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Kakac was born on December 31, 1934 in Williamsburg, Iowa to the late S. Leroy and Lucille (Gillespie) Osborne. She graduated from Mount Saint Clare College in 1955 and had been a teacher in New Hall and Vinton, Iowa. She also taught for several years for the Indiana School for the Blind. Mrs. Kakac was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel. She enjoyed many summers in Beaver Island, Michigan with her loving family.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Jerald A. Kakac; children, Alan Kakac, Mary Stephens, John Kakac, and Jane Jacobson; brother, Samuel George Osborne; grandchildren, Jennifer Birker, Rebecca Kakac, Jesse Stephens, Eric Kakac, Luci Stephens, Courtney Kakac, Chelsea Kakac, Olivia Jacobson, John-Michael Kakac, Mark Jacobson. Friends and family will gather on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Leppert Life Story Funeral Home, Nora Chapel. Recitation of the rosary will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by an opportunity to share memories of Kay. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday in St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. You are invited to visit: where you may read Kay's Life Story, share a personal memory, arrange for flowers, or make a memorial contribution to the Beaver Island Medical Center.

It's A

Kelton Brody Hunter made his appearance at 11 a.m. on January 10th. Parents are Randi Delamater and Ryan Hunter of Charlevoix, Michigan. Kelton weighed in at 9 pounds 2 ounces and is 22 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mary Delamater of Charlevoix, Rick Delamater of Boynton Beach, Florida. Great-grands are Russ and Joy Green of Beaver Island, Joan and Larry Delamater of Six Lakes, Michigan and P. J. and Ed Boothby of New Braunfells, Texas. Congratulations to the entire family on their new addition.

Lester Connaghan

Sept 25, 1911 --- Jan 4, 2005

Lester D. Connaghan, born Daniel Lester, age 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes at the Evergreen Health Center , outside Billings , Montana .

Lester was the eldest of 14 children born to his Irish Catholic parents Hugh and Catherine “Katie” Malloy Connaghan of Beaver Island , Michigan . He was the son of a fisherman, whose grandparents, Hugh Connaghan (B.1834) and Bridget O'Donnell (B.1854) were from Arranmore Island , County Donegal , Ireland . Prior to his death, he was the oldest, living member of the Connaghan family that had their ancestral heritage from Arranmore Island . Lester followed in the family profession, being a commercial fisherman on Lake Michigan , until the Lamprey Eel lead to the demise of the Great Lakes fishing industry in the late 1940's. He then pursed a career as a tug boat pilot for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company until he retired in the early 1970's. He married Victoria Pociask on Nov 4, 1934 in Chicago , Vickie gave him two sons, but preceded him in death on Nov 23, 1978 .

Lester is survived by his sons, Robert Connaghan of Billings , MT., and Reverend Daniel Connaghan of Milford , CT. , his grandson, Todd and great grandsons Brice and Hunter Connaghan of Denver, CO., Lester was also survived by and his four remaining sisters Anna May Maxwell, Catherine Theresa Gatliff, Lila Lee Selfridge, and Jessica Marguerite Welsh and his long time friend of 25 years, Shirley Armstrong of Albuquerque, NM.

Cremation has taken place and funeral service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2005 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Beaver Island , Michigan . Pending written permission from the Michigan Diocese, services will be conducted by Reverend Daniel Connaghan. In celebration of his life a reception will be held at the parish hall following the burial service at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery .

Duking it out with the Ducks

Remember back in 2003, Phil Gregg's Battle of the Chipmunks? Prior to that was the Squirrel Wars pitting him against Mr. Squirrel aka Super Rocky. Two weeks ago the ducks discovered his cache of seeds during a blizzard. At first he was thrilled to watch them balance on the oak tree to get to the seed dish but that wore thin when entire large fowl population of the harbor area descended (ducks AND turkeys). Armed with plenty of "great ideas" he set out to thwart them so that his new buddies, the squirrels, could eat in peace. First it was a piece of metal bent over the exisiting squirrel bowl that would make it difficult - he said impossible - for the ducks and turkeys to get past. He was wrong, it took them about 5 minutes to figure it out. Then came the addition of a circular aluminum piece that "would be too smooth and slippery for them to stand on." Wrong again. These critters can stand on wet ice a bit of metal wasn't going to stop them. As of today he claims he's solved the problem by removing the bowl and placing his newest invention on the deck rail next to the oak. He fills the gallon glass jar with sunflower seeds once a day, the squirrels can climb through the holes in the outer box and enter the jar to get their treats but neither the ducks nor turkeys can bend their necks or beaks enough to get a taste. Sometimes a newcomer has a few minutes scratching their heads trying to figure out how to reach the seed that is so visible but it doesn't take long before they are filling their bellies. I can help wondering if he's going to get a small neon sign that says, "Squirrel Diner" next. In the meantime, the ducks sit on the ground and wonder how come they aren't getting any of the treats from the tree. It probably won't take any longer that it does the squirrels to figure out the feeder for Phil to feel sorry for the shivering ducks and come up with something special for them too.


Charlevoix County Services and Information Center

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Community Calendar

Check out the updated Community Calendar. Some dates have recently been changed for the Islanders Sports Schedule. Keep in mind that I'll be happy to post any events for your organization provided you get me the revelent information at least a week before the event.

Help the Tsunami Victims

Soup Cook-off

Sunday, January 16, 2005

4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Peaine Township Hall