Beaver Island News on the 'Net, Jan. 28-Feb 3, 2008

Dale Burget Dies

Roy Dale Burget, 65, died Sunday, January 27, 2008 at his home following an extended illness. Dale was employed at Westinghouse/ABB and ABB TRES as a weldor for more than 25 years.  He was a member of First Baptist Church and BI Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Rosemary (Kern) Burget; a son, Brendan Burget (wife Nicole), Las Vegas, NV; a daughter Bethany Baker, Salt Lake City, UT; one granddaughter, Olivia Baker; two brothers, Warren Burget (wife-Connie), Lafayette, and Loren Burget, (wife-Nancy), Monticello; three sisters, Jean Fowler, Logansport, JoAnn Hall (husband-Ralph), Monticello, and Marilyn Myers, Kerrville, TX.

Dale and Rosemary first came to Beaver Island in 1965 when they rented one of Allen's cottages on Donegal Bay.  They continued to rent every summer until building a cottage on Donegal Bay. Dale's passions were his family, the island and sailing.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Muncie, IN with Reverend David Jones and Reverend Betsy Whaley officiating. Friends may call at the Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2008, or one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 309 E. Adams St., Muncie, IN 47305. Muncie Mission, 520 S. High St., Muncie, IN 47305 or to Beaver Island Christian Church, P.O. Box 21, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Online concolences may be directed to .

Dale and Rosemary

Fayne Kempker Dies at 96

Fayne Kempker, age 96, of Holland died on Friday, December 29, 2007 at the Inn at Freedom Village .

She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1977 and was a member of Calvary Reformed Church.

She is survived by her children:David and Mary Kempker of Zeeland, John Jr. and Ann Marie Kempker of Lowell ; 7 Grandchildren; 16 Great grandchildren; 3 Great great grandchildren; Sister in law: Alice Kempker of Holland

Private family services were held at a later date. Arrangements were by Lakeshore Memorial Services.

Rex Rowland Dies

Rex B. Rowland, age 77 of Cedar Springs, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, January 10, 2008. Rex was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was born October 3, 1930 in Cedar Springs, MI , the son of Charles and Ethel (Tortlette) Rowland. He started in business in Cedar Springs in 1950 and had been a partner with his brother Jack for 20 years. He presently owned Rowland Warehouse Distributors in Cedar Springs and the Public Warehouse in Greenville . He was a former city council member and commissioner. He was a lifelong sportsman and conservationist and a member of Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed many adventures on Beaver Island at their summer cottage with family and friends. He was a supporter of the Cedar Springs Schools and athletic events and the American Legion. Surviving are his wife Barbara (Colby); four children, Douglas (Sherry) Rowland of Sheridan, Laurie Rowland of Trufant, Jeffrey Rowland of Anderson, IN , Jim Rowland and Jodi DeRuiter of Cedar Springs ; four grandchildren, Robert (Annie) Harwood, Jr., Libby Rowland, Chad Rowland, Andrew Rowland; one great-grandson, Bobby Harwood. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Marcia; one brother, Jack; one sister, Donna.

Rex and Barbara

Anna Martell's Grandmother Dies

HANCOCK — Irene Toutant, 96, of Hancock went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, January 27, 2008. She was a resident of Portage Pointe at Portage Health in Hancock.

Irene was born on Quincy Hill on January 4, 1912, to the late Arthur and Mary (Croteau) Sullivan. She graduated from Hancock High School in 1932. On August 21, 1935, she married Eloie “Al” Toutant, and he preceded her in death on May 20, 1985.

Irene was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock. She also belonged to the St. Ann Society. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, cooking, flower gardening, and spending time at the camp with her family and friends. She made more than 500 baby bibs that were sent all over the world and given out locally to family and friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ray and Art Croteau; and by 2 sisters, Marian Wittila and Florence McConnell.

She is survived by her 5 sons, Paul (Mary) Toutant of Hancock, Phillip (Grace) Toutant of Hancock, Gerald (Janet) Toutant of Palmer, Robert (Barbara) Toutant of Marquette , and Thomas (Betty) Toutant of Hancock; 13 grandchildren, Gary (Dodie) Toutant of Hancock, Kay (Al) Beck of Ontonagon, Debbie (Mark) Maggie of Hancock, Heather (Jeff) Chrism in Germany , Chris Toutant of Hancock, Judy Toutant of Twin Lakes, Jodi Toutant of Hancock, Shawn Toutant of Hancock, Jim Toutant of Haure deGrace, Md., Greg (Heather) Toutant of Negaunee, Kristen Toutant of Marquette , Kara (Chris) Katona of Negaunee, and Anna (Dan) Martell of Beaver Island; 15 great-grandchildren, Jenni, Dan, Lisa, Faith, and Preston Toutant, Ryan, Shannon, Erin, Megan, and Tim Tucker, Owen and Jessica Koski, Brianna Maggio, and Maggie and Jake Chrism; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Karson Klinesmith and Lisa Toutant; and by numerous nieces, cousins and friends. She also leaves behind 2 special friends, Margie Ricchi and Dorothy Grandalis.

The Mass of Chrisitan Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Fr. Sebastion Ettolil, MCBS, to officiate. Spring burial will be in Hancock's Lakeside Cemetery.

Friends may call for an hour before services at the church. The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials may be given to the Church of the Resurrection or Portage Pointe Garden in the name of Irene Toutant.

Soup Cook-Off

The Soup Cook-Off will be at the Peaine Township Hall, Thursday, January 31 st from 5pm to 7pm.

This fundraiser benefits the 8 th grade class trip to Washington DC. There will be a free will donation requested at the door. If you want to make a soup, please drop it off at 4pm to 4:30 p.m.. Also, if you want to bring pie, cake, crackers, cookies, or bread, that is also acceptable. Come in with empty stomachs, come out full and happy.  The 8 th graders appreciate your donations for their trip to Washington DC , Thank you from The 8 th Graders of BICS Michael, Matt, Gus, Billy, Danny, Brogan, Desire, Olivia, Jamie, Kaylyn, Jenna, Brighid, and Ms.Brown.

Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporter

Welcome, John McNeil!

Cold Winter Starts

It seems to have taken most of the month of January to freeze the harbor, but we have had some cold days and nights for the last week that make us wonder about the intensity of the rest of the winter. Snow, we have. Ice, we have. Sometimes, we even have fog. This is kind of strange for the month of January. Cold and snow are normal, but fog is not. Here are some pictures taken from the dock of the old Coast Guard station at the point showing the harbor ice and looking back toward town.

Here a picture out the mouth of the harbor looking across toward the other side.

There is open water out here, but the harbor itself is getting pretty solid.


Here is a cold lighthouse picture.

And a picture from the same place that showed open water last week.

Now it's frozen all the way to the point.

UPDATE: On Monday, the temperature moved up the scale and the snow began to melt making a really nasty slushy-sliding mess. The snow is melting off the roof tops and making interesting icycles, and ice is building up at the eaves. It's 43 degrees outside at 4:30 p.m. and not supposed to get below freezing at all tonight. More melting temperatures are forecasted for tomorrow as well. The temperature is not supposed to drop below freezing until after 7 p.m. Tuesday when it will progress down into the teens and stay there for a day or so.

UPDATE: Tuesday morning, over one hundred and ten schools are closed in northern Michigan due to the icy conditions of the roads. Beaver Island Community School is not closed. There was melting all day with a misty rain developing about 4 p.m. Forecast is for a winter storm warning....Maybe no school on Wednesday....A former teacher could go outside and do a snow dance...possibly. By 6 p.m., it was very, very foggy and the rain was coming down. All of this is supposed to change to blizzard starting around 8 p.m.

UPDATE: Wednesday at noon. After snowing and blowing all night, the wind is still blowing, but there doesn't seem to be much snow coming down. As a matter of fact, the sun was trying to poke through just a little bit ago. The wind is blowing and gusting, and, with a temperature of 1 degree, you can bet the wind chill is at least 20 below zero. Be careful out there with pets outside as well as people. Frostbite is easy to get on unprotected skin in this kind of weather.

By the way, the snow dance worked, and the Beaver Island Community School is closed on Wednesday, January 30, 2008. This doesn't happen very often. More than 200 schools in northern Michigan are closed today due to snow, ice, and wind blown blizzard conditions.

UPDATE: Thursday at 4:30 p.m. School was back in session today. The temperature is 19 degrees outside officially, but the sun is shining and the snow is melting off the blacktop roadways and the cement walkways. This would be a good travel day for most of northern Michigan, but the weatherman has a nasty forecast for us tonight. We didn't get the 100% cloud cover forecast, so maybe the snow won't start tonight at 10 p.m. and continue throughout the day tomorrow like it's forecast. No matter what, it is supposed to be mostly cloudy all day on Friday.

Chamber of Commerce News

You Can Nominate the Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year nomination forms are now available on your Chamber web site. Here is a direct link to download a form as either a PDF or a Word DOC. /events/citizen_of_the_year .html Anyone can make a nomination. You don't even have to be a Chamber of Commerce member. The nomination criteria are printed on the form. You can return the form by mail or email. The award(s) banquet will be Saturday April 12 at Stoney Acres. Please plan to attend.

St. Patrick's Day Games set for March 15

The annual St Patrick's Day games will be held on Saturday March 15. Your Chamber of Commerce is running advertising in select northern Michigan newspapers and web sites about the games and a Beaver Island visit. The theme of the ads is, “You've Never Been to Beaver Island?”

Membership Renewal Information

If we had not received your Membership renewal form and check last week a printed invoice form was sent to you via snail mail. Please renew promptly so we can proceed with the 2008 print Directory. So far we have eight (8) brand new members for 2008 and the majority have renewed. Questions, deferred payment needed, contact Steve West at your Chamber office. (231) 448-2505

Directory Ad Space

Currently we have five (5) center section advertisers slated for our 2008 print Visitor Directory. Three (3) more slots are available. The ads include your business logo next to your web site listing as well. The press run is 6000 and the printed directory has several years of "shelf life." The annual cost is only $500 and it is not due until June 1st. Call if you have questions or would like to be mailed a copy of the current Visitor Directory.

Only Two July 19 Air Show Sponsorships remain

Only two $700 Air Show sponsorships are still available. Each sponsorship includes a ride ($425 value) in the Yankee Lady B-17 Bomber. One of the special guests at the show will be Mr. Elson Spangler. Lt. Spangler earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as a B-17 bombardier during WWII.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

"What business of today is located on the same spot as the Gretchen Kanser business named the "Wild Rose Cafe?"

The answer is, of course, The Beachcomber.

Lots of correct answers were received on this question. The first one to answer correctly was John McNeil. Others included Hilary Palmer, Jean Palmer, Mary Palmer, Laura Lee, Marie LaFreniere, Sally Lounsberry, James Heit, Carol LaFreniere, Joyce Bartells, Dale Burget, and Betty Scoggin.

This Week's Question:

This week's Trivia Question comes from Marie LaFreniere. Thank you, Marie, for a challenging trivia question. It follows nicely after the comparatively easy question from last week.

The Beachcomber sponsored a Girl's Softball Team in the early 70's. What was the name of the team?

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:

Where's This?

Phyllis had used this feature in the past, and maybe it can have a revival. This picture of the cold water was taken from my car on the road. Can you guess where this picture was taken from?

Unlikely Raider of Bird Feeder

While collecting thoughts and drinking coffee, the following picture was taken out through the window that was covered with plastic. It was so unusual that it needed to be shared

While this is not the best picture ever taken, it is certainly the first time that our bird feeders have been raided by ground feeders in the form of a turkey. There are usually wars against chipmunks and squirrels, and attempts are made to keep them out of the bird feeders. Even though we wanted to feed the birds, a turkey was not the kind of bird we had in mind.

At Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's

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

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

Celebrate with Deborah's scrumptious Specials!

Full menu available too.


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

Treat your Special Someone to Filet Mignon,

Lobster, Crabcakes, Shrimp and Sumptuous Desserts.

Or any favorite from our Full Menu.

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

A Student is a Student

by Joe Moore

Throughout the State of Michigan from Battle Creek to Charlevoix, Cadillac to Marquette, or Alpena to Paradise, the one constant point that continues to come up is that "A Student is a Student." It makes no difference whether the student is a first year freshman in a Respiratory Therapy program at Ferris State University, an M.D. from the Emergency Room in Battle Creek Health Systems, a student in a College Algebra class, or a paramedic student taking the National Registry Exam. All of these students in programs that I have taught or tested, have one thing in common. They want to continue to learn, to grow, and to become.

The goals may be different. The level of knowledge may be different, some with a level of knowledge above mine, but the desire to learn is the same. The method of learning takes many forms, and, unfortunately, may include failure. One student stands out in my mind. This student was well aware of her weaknesses. She had failed Algebra in high school. She had a learning disability and test taking anxiety. After failing twice at College Algebra, she did not give up, she tried to learn it a third time and was finally successful.

It really makes no difference whether the topic is Algebra or Cardiology. What really matters is the desire to learn. Without that desire to learn or a desire to be successful, the chances of success are like rolling the dice. You may be lucky once in a while, but the odds are against you. It takes time and effort to learn something as complicated and multifaceted as the skills needed by a paramedic. It takes a special person to continue when the odds are against them.

I encountered one such person on Saturday, January 26, 2008, at a National Registry Exam being given by UPEMS at the Charlevoix Fire Department. One lady was amazing in her desire to be successful, but she had three strikes against her already by failing three stations in her practical examination, but she had another thing going for her. She had people willing to give her a chance, and classmates willing to help her understand her faults. She had people willing to help her understand how to overcome these shortcomings. She also had a learning disability and test taking anxiety.

With the help of her fellow students, her testers, and the entire group of people present, she was convinced, finally, that the people around her in this testing situation actually cared about her and wanted her to pass. When you put the desire to learn and caring "teachers" together, wonderful things can happen. After realizing that her testers really wanted her to pass, this lady was able to pull herself together, think her way through the procedures in the proper order, and successfully pass all three of the stations that she had previously failed. She was not presented a gift of a passing score. She earned every point that led to a passing score. Why was she able to pass the second time through when she couldn't pass the first time?

There is no way to pass a Static and Dynamic Cardiology practical exam without having the knowledge of cardiology in the first place. There is no way to properly treat a cardiac patient without knowing the proper treatments and the proper order of providing that treatment. The knowledge was trapped in her brain, and all we needed to do was to open a small pathway for the knowledge to flow out. Like the hole in the dike, the opening became larger and the dammed up knowledge came out. This lady became a different person during the retesting scenarios, and she managed to pass all three stations.

BICS Activities

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

Eighth Grade Soup Cook-off, January 31, 2008 5:30-7 p.m.

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

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

Time to Get in Shape??




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People who wish to become a candidate for the May 6, 2008 Beaver Island Community School Board of Education election have until 4 p.m. on Feb. 13 to file their paperwork with the district filing official ( St. James Township clerk).

There are two seats to be filled at the May 6, 2008 annual school election. Incumbent board members Dawn Marsh and Nancy Tritsch are planning to file petitions to become candidates. Anyone else who is interested should contact the St. James Township Clerk or the school office for more information.

BICS Building Project Plans and Updates

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Peaine Township Board Minutes December 2007

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes