Beaver Island News on the 'Net, January 14-20, 2008

Snowmobile Accident Kills Sarah Higdon Drew

Sarah Lynn Higdon entered the arms of her Savior on Monday January 14, 2008 . She was born to Deborah L. Higdon and Robert F. Johnson in Petoskey January 4, 1993 . Sarah was a Freshman at East Jordan High School , where she excelled academically and socially. She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

Sarah had an independent spirit; she had confidence and wisdom beyond her years. She was an avid reader, and especially liked the Aragon series. She played both soccer and softball. She enjoyed tubing and visiting Mackinac Island with her friends. Sarah loved all animals, but horses were her favorite. She spent countless hours caring for and riding her horses Lightning and Chevelle. Sarah enjoyed her job at the Grey Gables and liked the people she worked with.

Sarah loved her family and spending time with them. She was a daughter, and both a big and a little sister. She is survived by her parents, Debbie L. Higdon and Gary Drew of East Jordan , and Robert Johnson of Petoskey ; sisters, Samantha Lee Higdon, Savanah Lann Drew, and Sydney Avalon Drew; brother, Austin Gary Drew; maternal grandmother, Mary Joyce Higdon of East Jordan ; maternal grandfather, Danny Higdon of North Carolina and formerly of Beaver Island; paternal grandmother, Lorraine Patricia Johnson of Carp Lake ; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20 , at the Community Auditorium @ East Jordan High School . The Reverend James L. Jordan of the Lighthouse Missionary Church in East Jordan will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m. Sat urday, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix .

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sarah Higdon Memorial Scholarship, c/o Charlevoix County Community Foundation, P.O. 718, East Jordan , MI 49727 .

This information is from a Petoskey News Review article dated January 15, 2008:

A car-snowmobile traffic accident claimed the life of an East Jordan teenage girl Monday, Sarah Higdon Drew, 15. Sarah was operating a snowmobile and as she attempted to cross the road, she drove her snowmobile into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Sarah died at the scene from injuries she sustained in the crash. Sarah was a ninth-grade student at East Jordan High School and the daughter of Debbie and Gary Drew and Robert Johnson.

It is with great sadness that we post this information. This young lady had Island connections as a daughter of Debbie Higdon and granddaughter of Dan and Joyce Higdon.


Here are the addresses for those who might like to send cards or letters:

Debbie and Gary Drew

4640 Waterman Road

East Jordan , MI 49727


Joyce Higdon

9776 Graham Road

East Jordan , MI 49727


Dan Higdon

1766 Stackyard Road

Staley, North Carolina 27355


Sheila and Carl Salmon

3080 Black Road

Charlevoix , MI 49720


Connie and Tim Phillips

2881 Dobleseski Road

Elmira , MI 49730


Tuesday was Election Day

Tuesday was the scheduled day for the Primary Election in Michigan and Beaver Island, Michigan. You need to have a picture ID in order to vote. After you sign in and show your ID, you needed to choose either a Republican or a Democratic Party ballot. Then you go to your private area and mark the ballot. Polls were open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

More Snow

Snowfall on January 13, 2008, at 10 a.m. had accumulated to 11.5 centimeters or approximately 4.5 inches, and it is heavy wet snow and continues to come down. At 3:30 p.m., BI had received another 3.5 centimeters or another inch and one half of snow for a toal on January 13th of approximately six inches of snow, and it is still coming down.

After melting and condensing the volume of the snow into heavy, thick, difficult-to-shovel, snow-man-building, ice sculpture snow, the weather has turned colder and may just get frigid this coming weekend. On Tuesday, it appeared as if the snow had finally stopped coming down after a mix of snow and freezing rain on Monday.

Harbor Photo by Frank Solle

You can almost feel the cold when you look at the enlarged view of this harbor photo by clicking on it.

January Winter Beauty

Pictures taken of the snowstorm on the backroad, Donegal Bay,.....

Grace Hill Dies

Grace died peacefully in her sleep on January 10, 2008. Born Grace Waldron Kelly, January 17, 1914, Grace grew up in Somerville, MA where she also attended Tufts University, graduating in 1931. After several years working at Cold Spring Harbor, she married Walter Judson Haney. They moved to East Lansing where Dr. Haney was a professor of horticulture at Michigan State University (MSU), and raised three children. After Dr. Haney's death in 1963, Grace continued to work at MSU's University Academic Advising Office.

In 1976 she married Dr. Walker Hill, also an MSU professor. The couple enjoyed years of retirement, travel and service. Dr. Walker Hill died in 2001, at the Burcham Hills Retirement Center, where they had happily resided.

Grace Hill is survived by a sister, Ruth Chamberlin of Concord, NH; two daughters, Deborah (David) Batten of Haslett, Sarah Puterbaugh of Greenville; a son, Walter (Kristine) Haney of Westminster, MA; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two stepdaughters, MaryEmory Hill and Ellen Hill of Berkeley, CA. Because of her belief in the value of education Grace willed her body to MSU's Department of Anatomy.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. in the Ada Whitehouse room of Burcham Hills Retirement Center, 2700 Burcham Drive, East Lansing. The family invites you to join in a celebration of Grace's life. In lieu of flowers, those desiring to donate may make contributions to either the Burcham Hills Foundation, 2700 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823 or MSU's Lifelong Education Fund, in memory of Grace Haney Hill, in care of University Development Office, 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824.
Published in the Lansing State Journal - January 13, 2008

Returning Exchange Student

Hannah Connor spent the first semester of this school year in Germany. Read more here.

BICS Geo-Bee Winners

The Beaver Island Community School holds a geography competition every year for grades 5-8. More

BICS Building Project News

(click on picture for an enlarged view of the project elevation)

4:00 PM
Technology Planning Information (ppt)
Updated Floor Plans
Interior Finishes
Interior Storage and Casework
Updated Exterior Elevations
Site Plan Update
Meet the Project Manager - Tom Sloan of Traverse City
Parents, Students and Community Members are Welcome.

BICS Board Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on January 4, 2008.

TDS Updates DSL Deployment Timeline

TDS is moving forward to provide DSL Internet to Beaver Island.

Snowstorm for January 10, 2008

After the January thaw came 10 inches of snow.

Beaver Island District Library News, January 2008

District Library to become automated with special funding.

BICS Activities

Meeting with Building Project Architects, 4 p.m., January 14, 2008

School Board Meeting 7 p.m., January 14, 2008

First Semester Exams, January 17/18, 2008

Basketball at home versus Paradise, January 18/19, 2008

Middle and High School Intercession, January 21/22, 2008

Learner Support Ice Cream Social at 12:30 p.m. on January 23, 2008

Financial Aid Workshop for High School Seniors and Parents, 7:30 p.m., January 24, 2008

Junior Class Alfredo Dinner, January 27, 2008, 5-7 p.m. at Stoney Acre Grill, Free will donation.

Eighth Grade Soup Cook-off, January 31, 2008

Basketball at home versus Hannaville, February 1/2, 2008

Parent Recognition Ceremony between Boys and Girls Basketball games on February 1, 2008

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Presents Community Education Programs

Stress and Heart Disease: Understanding Your Control  

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:30 2:30 pm

Presented via the REMEC TeleHealth Network from Munson Community Health Center

No Fee

For more information, call 448-2275

Speaker: Beth Dole
Certified Exercise Specialist
Munson Medical Center , Cardiac Rehab

Stress is a cause and a response for heart disease, for both the patient and caretakers. This lecture will discuss ways we can learn to control and cope with stress. It will include:

How stress impacts health,...,,Stress: A risk factor for heart disease........Stress influences on exercise and daily activity

The relaxation response.........Stress reduction techniques.......Care giver guide for stress reduction

BIRHC Offers Exercise Opportunity

Beginning January 7th




5:00 PM TO 6:00 PM


Mother/Daughter (Aunt, Grandmother, friend) from

6:00 PM 7:00 PM ON MONDAYS 



At Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's

January 21st through Mid-February, welcome back to the Island for GUEST CHEF DEBORAH HARWOOD!

Sunday, February 3rd, SUPER BOWL PARTY, Complimentary Buffet and Happy Hour all day.

Thursday, February 7th, Bring in the Chinese New Year with a Chinese NY Dinner Special

Thursday, February 14th, Valentine's Day Specialty Dinner.

Saturday, March 1st is the IRISH CONCERT---Direct from Ireland "Moore and Broaders" @ 9 pm

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Who originally opened Stoney Acre Grill and how or why did it get that name?

Lots of good answers this week were received. The winner was Joyce Bartells with the first correct answer. The original owners of Stoney Acre Grill were Marge and Bill Wagner, who cleaned out the old hip-roof barn and turned it into a restaurant. The restaurant got its name from adopting the Wagners' farm name of Stoney Acres. After the Wagners ran the restaurant, Dave and Wanda Roop, Nancy and Roger Sommer, Gary and Sam and others have previously owned Stoney Acre Grill. Currently, the business is operated by Marilyn and Liam Racine with an attached pub named Donegal Danny's.

This Week's Question:

What former Beaver Island Community School student is currently seeking and studying for a Doctorate degree in French? (Hint: She did not graduate from BICS.)

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of February, March, and April for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to:

You Gotta Take a Picture of This

The Memorial Harriet Rafferty pine tree just covered with snow at the district library.

Icicles bending out to almost a 20 degree angle from vertical from the library roof.

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes December 2007