Beaver Island News on the 'Net, June 11-17, 2007

Robert Allen Kenwabikise Dies

Robert Allen Kenwabikise, 56, of Beaver Island , died Monday, June 11, 2007, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City .

A Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 15, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island . The Rev. Pat Cawley will officiate with interment following at Holy Cross Cemetery .

Robert was born on Oct. 27, 1950, on Beaver Island , the son of Paul D. and Isabella A. (Wabanimkee) Kenwabikise.

He had worked as a commercial fisherman and carpenter for many years. He was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians and Holy Cross Catholic Church.

He is survived by six children, Austin, Ryan, Roberta (Migual), Robert (Molly), Patrick and Nicole; five grandchildren; 10 siblings, John P. Kenwabikise, Caroline (Orville) Ramey, Nancy (Dennis) Harris, Pauline (George) Anthony, Sarah (Jack) Bray, Leonard (Peggy) Kenwabikise, Joey Kenwabikise, Diane (Sonic) Smith, Mary Kenwabikise-Halpin and James (Barbara) Kenwabikise; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul D. and Isabella A. Kenwabikise; one brother, Stephen; and two sisters, Margaret and Aleta.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix with a rosary service at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Robert will lie in state at Holy Cross Catholic Church from 2 p.m. until service time on Friday.

July 4th Parade Plans

Our parade theme this year is "Water, Woods, Wonderland." The parade will start at Holy Cross Church at 2:00PM. Lisa Gillespie is Parade Master and Emcee. The Community Choir will begin singing patriotic songs at 1:00. In case of rain the parade start will be delayed until 3:00 or 4:00 if necessary. Your Chamber has requested a jet flyover by the Michigan Air National Guard. Currently our event is listed as approved on the Air Force web site. As always, a flyover is subject to the availability of aircraft as well as other national defense priories. Island Airways plans a missing man formation flyover. The Beaver Beacon and the NorthernIslander will carry in-depth parade information. Also, you can call the office for more information.

Two Beaver Island Teachers to Retire

In a surprise announcement yesterday at the Beaver Island Community School, two Beaver Island Community School teachers will step down from the podium and move on to the next stage in their lives. It was learned yesterday that Jim Stambaugh, superb English and History teacher, who retired two years ago, but has been teaching part-time, will no longer be teaching part-time during the 2007-2008 school year. Jim will step into complete retirement. Jim's dedication to his students and our school is obvious as his commencement address demonstrates. (See later story)

Jim and Donna Stambaugh have taught in the BICS for 20 years coming from White Pidgeon to fill the positions offered from the departure of previous teachers MaryAnn Omer and Kelly Klammer. Donna Stambaugh will continue her part-time work in the 5th and 6th grade room. Jim Stambaugh said, "I'm going to miss the kids and my colleagues, but I am looking forward to pursuing my hobbies: pottery, wood-carving, and bow hunting-trying something different. But I'll miss this place."

The other teacher to retire is Joe Moore. After doing his student teaching here under Sister Dennis Marie, followed by 30.4 years of teaching, all of it right here in our Beaver Island Community School, Joe has decided to retire also. A quotation from Joe's letter of resignation follows:

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the youth of Beaver Island Community School and leave this employment knowing that I have accomplished a great deal. I will not list all of these accomplishments to bore you, but I would like to mention just a few. I started the first music program (in which he earned the student's nickname Maestro), the first traditional Algebra program, the first Allied Health program, the first computer program, and directed the first musical performed by the 7 th and 8 th grade. (with Jennifer Wojan playing and singing a fantastic witch's role) I trained and licensed the a 16-year-old Basic EMT in the State of Michigan. I helped negotiate the first BICS/BIEA contract. (With Ellie Hohn representing the Board) I worked to help provide the Beaver Island Invitational Soccer Tournament and set up the soccer field for this tournament behind what was formerly the Circle M Lodge. I have taught every topic you can imagine except Reading and Literature. I have taught Physics, Physical Education, General Science, Physical Science, Sex Education (special certification required) , Health, Allied Health, 7 th and 8 th Grade Mathematics, Algebra One, Algebra Two, Geometry, General Math, Consumer Math, (7th and 8th Grade) English Grammar and Spelling, and Social Skills. (He even taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades including social studies.) I have counseled and advised many students, and I have helped some through some pretty terrible times in their lives.

I have also helped to keep the BICS computer network up and running for years."

Thank you Jim and Joe for your dedication to this community and our school.

Helen "Lila Lee" Selfridge Dies

Helen “Lila Lee” Selfridge passed away Saturday June 9, 2007.

Lila was born January 10, 1931 to Hugh Connaghan and Catherine Malloy on Beaver Island.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents Hugh and Catherine, her husband Cyril Jones and her 2nd husband Max Selfridge. Also preceding her were her sisters Marie (Dean) Bacchus, Melvina (Paul) Harmon, Frances (Archie) LaFreniere, Vicky (Bob) McDermott, Lil (Donald) Cole and her brothers Lester (Vickie) Connaghan, Raymond Connaghan, Roy (Chris) Connaghan, Jack Connaghan and Gene (Margaret Ellen) Connaghan.

Surviving Lila is her daughter Cathy Livingston, her sons Ray, Joe, Clay and Tom Jones. Also surviving her are her sisters Catherine “Georgie” (Danny) Gatliff, Anna Mae (Bob) Maxwell and Marguerite “Muggs” (Royce) Welsh. Several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be on Beaver Island next Saturday the 16th.


The Fourth Annual Cocktail Party sponsored by the AMVETS Ladies Auxilliary was held on Tuesday, June 5 and was a complete success with about 50 ladies showing up for good conversation, libation and food.  All beverages and food was provided by the members of the Auxilliary.  We want to thank AMVET member Brian Gallagher (the only male) who served as bartender for the evening.   This has gotten to be an eagerly awaited annual event in which the women get a chance to get together and spend an evening with friends and get to meet other women on the Island.  See ya next year!


 Remember! THIS Thursday, June 14 – 5:00 PM - Everyone is welcome to a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs furnished by the AMVETS of Emmet Burke Post #46, following the Flag Retirement Ceremony at the home of Doug Hartle (across from Bob & Sue Welke's home). Please bring a dish to pass.

Everyone is welcome. See you there!

Beaver Island Trivia...

Last Week's Question:

We are going to stick with the Beaver Island Community School for this week's question in honor of the BICS graduation coming this Saturday, June 9, 2007. There are three teachers currently teaching at BICS who graduated from Grand Valley State University. Can you name them?

Sally Lounsberry got the correct answer. The three teachers graduating from GVSU were Joe Moore, Kitty McNamara, and Deb Robert. She also got the correct years of graduation, but I'm not going to publish them here. You'll have to ask each of them.

This Week's Question:

Graduation is over for our seniors and our high school. Students are out for the summer. Teachers are planning for next year and ordering books and supplies for next year.

There was a family that held picnics and get-togethers on or close to the beach, usually in the summer. They called these events "crane" parties.

Who was the family and why were they called "crane" parties?

The first to email me the correct answer will win a summer subscription to Beaver Island News on the 'Net for the person of your choice. Email your answer to:

Where is this?

Last Week's Question:

Where is this farmhouse?

Jean Palmer correctly guessed the location of this farmhouse.

It is the Don and Dori Welke farm house on Melody Lane just west in the opposite direction of the 7th tee of the Beaver Island Golf Course.

This week's question:

There is beauty all over Beaver Island this time of year with the spring flowers and people planting flower gardens. These pictures were taken just off Donegal Bay Road.

On another road, there were these beautiful yellow Lady's Slippers and Wild Iris, as well as this unidentified wildflower.

The above pictures were taken all within less than a quarter mile walk down a gravel road. Can you identify where these beautiful flowers are located?

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