Beaver Island Community School
Elijah Thomas would like to announce that he's a big brother as of July 18th when Chandler made his arrival at the Charlevoix Area Hospital. Proud parents are Holly (Burris) and James Thomas. Chandler weighed in at seven pounds and six ounces. Great Grandma is Pat Burris of Beaver Island. Congratulations to Eli, Holly and James.
The Beaver Island Community school staff will look different this fall as long-time teacher Jacque LaFreniere sheds one role and takes on another. For the past couple of years, Jacque has been considering making a change in her life to be able to devote more time to her family and other personal interests.
Jacque has resigned her full-time teaching position and will be taking a part-time support staff position at the school as a school-to-work coordinator. In her new role, LaFreniere will develop, monitor and ensure state compliance in work-based and service-learning opportunities for students, assist students with career assessment, and monitor progress of students enrolled in on-line or other independent study courses.
Principal/Superintendent Kathleen McNamara sees the staff changeover as a win-win situation for district. Three board goals will be met with the changeover at no additional cost to the district:
At the July School Board meeting, the board of education expressed their appreciation to Jacque LaFreniere for her long-term dedication to the district – LaFreniere started with the district as a half-time teacher in the fall of 1979. The board recognized LaFreniere's contribution to the district, especially her work in developing the The GLOBE weather monitoring station, the Service Learning and Life-Skills program and the popular Little Traverse Nature Conservancy programs.
A search is beginning for a replacement teacher – the district is looking for a teacher with 3-5 years of experience and who has a Science major and Social Studies minor with an emphasis and experience in middle school education. Anyone interest in applying for the position can phone the school or email a letter of interest and resume to : firstname.lastname@example.org .
or more information contact Kathleen McNamara 231-448-2744.
It's an annual part of Museum Week that, next to the Reptile Show, all the kids look forward to.. the Pet Show. Paul Niehaus again was the MC for this event. Pets, over the years, have ranged from invisible to stuffed animals to mosquitoes and snakes besides the normal cats and dogs. This year was no exception with a variety of critters on hand. So that no furry or feathered or scale covered creature will be offended, each one receives a certificate for attending.
Saturday, July 17th, was a perfect Beaver Island summer day, and a perfect day for a wedding. The couple had known each other as children growing up here. Charles "Chucky" Dudley is the son of Vicky Connaghan and Elmer Dudley and the bride, Barbara, is the daughter of Lovisa (O'Donnell) and Elston Pischner. Both had gone their separate ways, married other folks and had lost touch over the years. Barbara had been widowed and decided she'd like to find old friends. Hunting the internet she discovered Chucky's phone number and gave him a call which started things moving towards what happened on Saturday.
The childhood friends were married at the Jewell Gillespie Memorial Park aka the playground, with a bevy of relatives and friends in attendance. Best men were Clifford Napont, Jerry LaFreniere, and Chucky's son, Devon. The bride's attendents were Lila Lee Jones and Rosalee Harrison. They were married by the Reverend Howard Davis of the Beaver Island Christian Church. The bride wore her mother's Rosary wrapped around her wrist. During the ceremony the couple shed their shoes and did a wade in the waters of Beaver Harbor, probably as they did as children. The bridal couple will make their home in Peculiar, Missouri. Congratulations to Chucky and Barb! May you have many, many wonderful years together.
You couldn't miss it if you were in/on the harbor this past weekend. Ryba Marine Construction's flagship, Kathy Lynn, arrived with a huge barge and tied up at Bud Martin's dock where a tremendous pile of logs were waiting. The logs were delivered from the Fox Lake area by Pinny's Logging of East Jordan. The barge was so large that it took almost three days to completely load it. Tug Kathy Lynn is 85' x 24' x 9'6" and is powered by a KTA 3067 M Cummings, 1500 HP and is equipped with the most modern electronics. Once the loading was completed she set off for Ironton, through Lake Charlevoix. More logs are waiting their trip so she'll be back. As the barge cleared the harbor, Bud Martin's tug the Shamrock began a fuel run. Although much smaller than Kathy Lynn, once Bud was clear of the harbor he put the pedal to the metal as the saying goes and quickly closed the distance between the ships before passing and heading the the opposite direction.
John Selwyn "Sel" Pierson, age 77, died peacefully at his home in Green Valley, Ariz., on July 13, 2004. He was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Herbert Pierson and Ceclia (Jewell) Pierson; older brothers Jewell A. Pierson, a World War II Royal Air Force Pilot, and Loyd H. Pierson of Kelowna, British Columbia, a wireless air gunner in the Canadian Air Force; and a brother-in-law J. Bernard Colton of Winnipeg, also a member of the Canadian Air Force.
Sel left Ontario after grade school to attend high school at St. Paul's College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before entering and graduating from the University of Manitoba's College of Liberal Arts in Winnipeg. He entered graduate school at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul in 1949, where he majored in Medieval English. Married 54 years, Sel is survived by his wife, Maura, and their adult children, Gordon, Kevin, Keith and Shelagh.
In 1955, he and his wife both became United States citizens.
In the early 1960s, as a member of the U.S. 94 Group, Sel was among those who pioneered the computer use of fiscal data from financial sources for use by economic institutions. He was state chairman of Michigan's ACA, a 30-year member of the Coldwater Country Club, a member of Rotary for 42 years and a life-long member of BPOE. Sel and his friends enjoyed the Pierson home on Beaver Island in Michigan, hunting and fishing in Michigan's northern areas for 30 years.
Cremation arrangements have been made by Desert Rose Cremation and Burial of Tucson, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospital, Hospice Services, 1802 West St. Mary's Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745-2619 and the Green Valley Fire District, Fire Fighter's Association, 1285 W. Camino Encanto, Green Valley, AZ 85614. Both organizations offered the Pierson family exemplary services of which Arizonans can be very, very proud.
Last week I asked where it was? Only two people emailed me with the correct answer. The Christmas wreath in the woods along side one of the roads at the north end of the island. It's located on the right hand side of the Donegal Bay Road as you're heading away from town, just past the sewer system holding area. Look closely, you'll see it.
I doubt I have many days where I don't go around Gull Harbor. It's one of my favorite places with so much to see and so many animals that don't seem to mind having their pictures taken. Saturday I found this Great Blue Heron and the turkey family out for an evening stroll.