Great play, great day makes a great tournament

Picture and story by Frank Solle

Thirty golfers, divided into eight teams, took to the Beaver Island Golf Course last Saturday morning for the 12th Annual Ladies Golf Tournament. When all was said and done it was the team of Marg Charbeneau, Annette Dashiell, and Doris Larson who prevailed with a very strong performance, shooting a one-over-par 36 over nine holes. Teammate Trudy Works was unable to participate.

The team of Angel Welke, Margie Robbins, and Donna and Louise King claimed the newly-named Birdie Award for their effort on the third hole. Tournament co-director Taffy Raphael explained the award had originally been named the Hole-in-One Award, and then the Eagle Award, but after a couple years of not being able to present it to anyone, it had been renamed for this event. Welke, playing through the pain of a recent toe injury, gladly accepted the trophy.

Fellow co-director Ruth Kelly thanked all the sponsors prior to joining Raphael in handing out door prizes to all participants. The many local businesses who contributed to make the tournament another success were: The Beaver Boat-Tique, Montaage, East Wind Spa, Livingstone Studio, Whimsey, Seven Sisters, McDonough's Market, Charlevoix State Bank, Harbor Market, The Corner Gas Station, The Beaver Island Historical Society, and The Beaver Island Golf Course. A number of individuals contributed as well.

Following the tournament the players gathered at the Shamrock for lunch and golf stories.

Almost Like Having Her Name in Lights

Kayleigh Gregg, daughter of Ron and Ann Gregg, now has top billing along the highway 46 south in Dickson, Tennessee. She's the ballerina on the billboard for the Renaissance Center. Way to go, Kay!

Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre
Brings Down the Curtain

The Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre brought down the final curtain this past week. Despite requests for comments from EIR, or at least an explanation, there has been silence. The community calendar has been updated and all of the performances deleted. It's too bad that this new venture couldn't last a full season but perhaps it, and the schedule of performances, was too ambitious for a small community. We certainly wish all the members of EIR the best in their future endeavors.

It's a Girl

Becky and Tim Gerace are the very proud parents of a little girl born July 24th. Avery Kay weighed in at seven pounds, twelve ounces and is 21 inches tall. Andy Gerace is waiting to meet his new sister. Grandparents are Carolyn and the late Dennis Gerace of Flint, Michigan; Jerry and the late Sandy LaFreniere of Beaver Island; Great-grandmother is Helen Dudzik of Swartz Creek, Michigan. Congratulations to all!


AMVET Post 46 is offering one $500 scholarship to any student having completed at least one year of post high-school education.

Please submit an application stating the reason you believe you should receive this scholarship by August 3, 2005 to:

John Rowley 448-2514
Doug Hartel 448-2368
Bob Tidmore 448-3088
or any other AMVET member

Surprise, Surprise

Pictures and story by Frank Solle

Last Saturday's surprise party in honor of Dr. Jim Gillingham's anniversary as Director of the CMU Biological Station was 20 years in the making as he has been in charge of the Sand Bay facility since 1985.

"I wasn't even thinking about this being the twentieth year," Gillingham said. "I was 100 percent bowled over. It was a fantastic surprise."

Fantastic wasn't how tri-conspirator behind the event Abby Adams described it. I'm pretty sure it will be a long time before I try something like this again, Adams said. At least I didn't have to lie to him face-to-face every day like Beth and Nancy did," she added of co-planners Nancy Seefelt and Beth Leuck, both summer instructors at the Station.

Former students, colleagues, family and friends from across the island, across the state, across the country, and as far away as New Zealand, gathered to express their appreciation and respect for all Gillingham has done to maintain the quality operations of the stations over the years.

Dr. Gil Starks, who has taught off and on at the station for over 30 years, represented the University in presenting Gillingham with a plague acknowledging his years of service.

A memory book complete with stories, anecdotes, and photos was presented to Gillingham as well, along with numerous cards of congratulations and best wishes.

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