Sr. Marie Eugene Charbonneau , OP, entered eternal life on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the age of 83 after 63 years of religious life. Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, June 29, 2009, at 4:00 PM, :at Dominican Chapel/Marywood. Evening Prayer with Rememberingwas held on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at 7:00 PM, at Dominican Chapel/Marywood.
“We come to different callings, doing the will of God. God didn't do just one thing. Why should we?” This was Sister Marie Eugene's comment when she retired after 52 years as an elementary teacher. Her teaching career was one of constant growth.
She was born in Windsor , Ontario , across the river from Detroit on February 5, 1926. Baptized Jeannette Therese, she was one of ten children of Philemon and Alexine Lemieux Charbonneau. The family had moved to Detroit by the time she began school at St. Ann 's, where she was taught by Canadian Holy Name Sisters. “I spent a great deal of time with them because I knew that was what I wanted most.”
Jeannette began high school at Melvindale Public High, but when the family moved to Dearborn , she transferred to St. Francis Xavier in Ecorse , Michigan . This entailed riding by bus and transferring to another bus in front of St. Mary Magdalene School. One morning Sister Ursuline came out and invited her to a reception at Marywood. “The friendliness of the Sisters at Marywood convinced me that was where I wanted to be.”
Before fulfilling that wish, Jeannette worked as a secretary for the Algo Shutter and Manufacturing Company. In September of 1945, she entered Marywood as a postulant. At reception she took the name of Sister Marie Eugene of St. Joseph . At the time of her profession in 1947 there was a shortage of teachers and like many of her classmates she was sent out to teach without further training. After three years at Holy Family, Saginaw , she helped open St. Mary's School in Alma and she taught there for nine years. One of her second-graders and a life-long friend was Danny Goggin, who years later entertained audiences with the comedy Nunsense.
Sister Marie Eugene also taught for eight years in New Mexico at St. Francis, Ranchos de Taos and St. Anthony, Penasco. On her return to Michigan she taught at St. Joseph , Pewamo and then in 1978 with Sister Mary Alvesteffer on Beaver Island . They were the last in a line of Dominicans who had served the parish and the public school since 1899. They left the Island in 1991. From there Sister Marie Eugene responded to an invitation from the sisters and pastor to teach at St. Michael's, Brunswick . The pastor, Fr. Donn Tufts, gave her Bailey, a large Newfoundland/Black Labrador mix, who moved freely around the school, the convent and the church.
In January 1999, Sister Marie Eugene taught her last class in Brunswick , intending a low-key departure. But the Muskegon newspaper ran a lengthy illustrated article on her years in the classroom over the half-century. Included were memories by Dan Goggin, who named the off-stage nun in the play after her. “She was a funny nun. She was a wonderful character . . . and certainly part of the whole sense of humor that grew out of growing up Catholic.” She was regarded as a master teacher with the ability to motivate children to achieve beyond their grade levels. Other tributes to her include the Third Annual Woman Educator of the Year award from Delta Kappa Gamma Society ( Boyne City ) in 1982 and the Salute to Educators Award from the Fremont Area Foundation in 1997.
After her retirement from teaching, Sister Marie Eugene moved to Marywood, where she engaged in volunteer ministries in the mailroom, dining room and Dominican Center .
On Sunday mornings she rose early to receive the morning newspapers. She was quiet, unpretentious and optimistic. Sister Marie Eugene enjoyed reading and playing cards. She was skilled in many handicrafts and provided the Marywood Health Center gift shop with several beautiful crocheted items.
Sr. Marie Eugene's colleagues in Brunswick persuaded her to join them on a tour of Alaska by airplane and on land. She enjoyed this so much that she joined Sister Nancy Malburg on a 10-day train trip to the West Coast in April of 2004. Both Sisters remember the trip as truly enjoyable. Their adventure included much laughter, beautiful scenery from Chicago to Sacramento , a few days of relaxation on Catalina Island, and riding the Coastal Starlight train along the ocean from Los Angeles to Seattle before returning to Grand Rapids . Recalling their time together, Sister Nancy says, “I could not have had a more delightful companion – and special friendship found! On our most recent visit, at the Marywood Health Center in April 2009, we remembered our trip and smiled again.”
In the spring of 2009 Sr. Marie Eugene was diagnosed with advanced cancer and chose to go on Hospice care. Residing at the Marywood Health Center she inspired both patients and staff with her peaceful and cheerful acceptance of each day of life. Mid-afternoon of Thursday, June 25 she peacefully and quietly left this life for eternity with the God she knew so well.
This yearly tournament took place on July 3, 2009, organized by the Shirley Sowa family with Kevin Stipp making the most of his efforts for this tournament. This year registration began at 8:15 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. canon start. Two teams, mostly consisting of five players each would be starting on each of the nine holes. This makes just about ninety people playing golf on the nine hole course at the same time.
July 31, 2009...Registration Deadline July 28, 2009....
All of these photos taken in a fifteen minutes period on July 1, 2009. MORE
More bird pictures HERE
Howard Davis turned 80 years old on July 1, 2009. He has been pastor at the Beaver Island Christian Church and is filling in as pastor this summer. Howard enjoyed his birthday by playing golf twice at the Beaver Island Golf Course and by walking the course a third time. "I got my five miles in today," Howard stated. Howard played golf "every morning at 10" then walked the course with his family and finished just before the Men's Golf League was about to begin play.
Week 5 saw a major change at the top of the Men's Golf League Standings
Howard Davis and Joe Moore moved into 1st place. Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith moved from 4th place into 2nd place. Larry Laurain and Joe Williams fell from 1st place to 3rd place. Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers fell from 3rd place into 4th place. Frank Solle and John Runberg moved up from 7th place into 5th place.
Next week may bring even more movement in the top 5 places with the following matches being played.
Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers play against Frank Solle and John Runberg
Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith play against Francis Pike and Larry Kubic
Larry Laurain and Joe Williams play against Ivan Young and Buck Ridgeway
Chuck Carpenter and Earnie Martin play against Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman
Neal Boyl and Kevin White play against Howard Davis and Joe Moore.
There are only 9 points between 1st and 5th place with 7 weeks remaining in the season. At this point none of the 10 teams are out of the running to win the league title. With the handicap system used to level the field, any team is capable of beating anyone
on a given night.
So, all in all, and interesting birthday for Howard Davis as his team moved into first place in the Men's Golf League. Several golf league members said, "I hope that I can still be playing golf at 80," or "me, too." Congratulations, Howard, on your birthday and on your golf scores!
July 5, 2009, 8:30 a.m. til noon
It was last summer when professional stage directors and summer residents Frank Galati and Peter Amster brought together a “think tank” of island performers to brainstorm about writing an original show about life on Beaver Island . “The idea of the show being an Island house party seemed perfect,” said co-director Jacque LaFreniere. “We want the audience to feel like we've taken a wall off the house and they can sit back, watch the party and enjoy all the performances. Co-director Elaine West says that the show will include musicians, singers, and humorous and touching stories about island life. Frank Galati is assisting with the rehearsals and adding many creative touches to the show.
The title song for the production, with lyrics by West and music by musical director Scott Kausbaum, embodies the theme of the show:
“If we don't have it...You don't need it!”
The cast includes John Fiegen and Lisa Gillespie as the hosts of the party and “guests” - also the performers: Doris Larson, Brian Roman, Susie Fisher, Barry Pischner, Kevin and Wendy White, Mike and Shelly Scripps, Sheri Timsak, Miranda Rooy, Phil Becker, Bob Bass, Sheri Timsak and Jayne Bailey.
The show will be performed at the Community Center on Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 DOS.
This early afternoon about 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2009, the "Wendy Ann" left the mouth of the Paradise Bay harbor pushing the barge. The tugboat was brought to Beaver Island early last summer, but hadn't really been put to work as a tugboat yet. This may be its first real tugboat mission.
More pictures and video clip HERE
These wonderful birds are congregating in the open hay fields on Sloptown Road. As they began to land in the field, a decision needed to be made. Which way should we go? A little confusion was quickly ended as the decision was to go right back underneath the same tree as last week's sunny picture showed.
It's vacation time! If the sun doesn't shine, who cares? Fun can be had even in the cooler, dreary weather!
Although Signe did not graduate from Beaver Island Community School, she did attend school here on Beaver Island from second through seventh grade. A short interview of her accomplishments and plans is HERE.
On April 13, 2009, in Orlando Leone had the nose surgery. Since that date she has been in and out of hospitals. Finally on May 1 she was discharged from Breton Manor to our condo. She remains on full oxygen. She is able to navigator very well with her walker whiles in the house and has her wheel chair for outside visits.She maintains her composure in spite of it all. She keeps busy knitting and other craft work. No complaints A week ago she had additional local nose surgery which made a great improvement. Our main concern is her congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. In a couple of months, she will see a specialist for both.
Please continue her in your prayers, and me as chief cook and bottle washer
Much love, Chuck and Leone
Thinking that the pictures that were taken were of eagles, the level of excitement grew and grew. There seemed to be a pair of golden eagles in the dead tree out at Gull Harbor. "Where's the good camera?" was exclaimed loudly. The little camera could not zoom in close enough to get a proper identification. Neither could the zoom lens on the better camera. Research on the Internet confirmed that this pair was not and eagle pair, but a pair of turkey vultures instead.
The soaring of the bird, the color of the wings in the sunshine, and desire to make this an eagle would not make it an eagle. The red head gives this eagle look-alike away.
More pictures HERE
"Get down, Claudia."
On the evening of Saturday, June 27, 2009, the Beaver Island Community Center was sold out for the performance of Claudia Schmidt and the Jump Boys. Claudia referred several times throughout their performance to her wonderful times operating the Old Rectory. She mentioned that some members of the current group were stranded by fog on the Island for three days and had an opportunity to play music day in and day out. The guitarist even wrote a song about this situation appropriately named the "Beaver Island Blues."
Singing the "Beaver Island Blues"
Playing the music that the 50 and 60 year olds remember from the 50's and 60's, Rigormortis kept the crowd entertained at Donegal Danny's last night. The music was memorable, the audience appreciative, and at one point some were in tears. When Rigormortis played "Harbor Lights," there were several in the crowd that teared up. The rest of the night was full of fun.
Rich Scripps.................Randy Osborne..............Rich Gillespie........
Pictures, story, and video clips are HERE
Story, video clips, and more pictures HERE
The B-25 did a fly-over of Paradise Bay at approximately 3:40 p.m. on June 26, 2009.
More story, photos, and clips HERE
The BI Air Show is only possible due to the continued support of the sponsors. Ric Roane – Warner Norcoross & Judd LLP, Robert's John Service, TDS Telecom, Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways, Scripps Island Floors, and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. It was quite a show as can be seen in several Quicktime Streaming video clips. Here are some pictures, more story, and video clips of the event. Click HERE
August 4 th School Election: Annual Local Operational Millage Renewal question presented to voters.
The only question on the August 4 th ballot is whether or not to renew the amount of taxes levied on non-homestead property at the level originally approved by Beaver Island voters in 1993. The request is for a one year renewal of 15.7980 mills to fund the general operation of the K-12 program. If you own just your primary residences (homestead property) or qualified agricultural property, you do not pay this tax. For the last 10 years, the district has put this question to the voters for renewal each year. Passage of this millage is essential to the school as it provides over 90% of the district's operational funding. Voters will receive an informational brochure in July. The polling place for all island voters is the St. James Township Hall.
In other budget-related business, the school district is watching closely as the state deals with its massive budget problems. The good news for the Island school is that so much of its revenue is generated locally so it does not rely on the state for a big percentage of its revenue. For the past five years, the district has received approximately $115,000.00 from the state as one of 5 Isolated Districts. The district will be working closely with the legislature to try to maintain the Isolated Districts funding. The school holds its annual budget hearing and adoption of the budget each June. The district must adopt its 2009-1010 budget by June 30.
K-12 Special Education Position Posted:
Because of the recent resignation of long-time special education teacher Judi Meister , the school district has posted for applicants for a K-12 special education teacher. The position was posted at online at the school's website, www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us and www.greatschools.com . An interviewing committee will be made up of the Principal/Superintendent, two teachers, two board members and a parent to interview the top candidates. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2009.
Based upon simple observation, it can be determined that the Lake Michigan water level is up just a little bit from this spring run-off and a little spring rain. It is evident as you drive around the harbor area and out at Gull Harbor. Here is a picture.
In an article published in the Bronson healthcare news at the link posted below, Kristen Russell is recognized for her excellent treatment of a trauma patient. BICS retired teacher Joe Moore introduced Kristen to emergency medical assessment and treatment in the Allied Health courses that Kristen took at BICS. The program was sponsored by BIEMS, offered through BICS, and met the requirements for a Michigan Department of Education vocational program.
"Kristen took the medical first responder program as a required course for all tenth grade students. She went on to take the EMT program and the Kellogg Community College paramedic program. Kristen's family, including Mike and Bev Russell, was a very important part of the history of EMS on Beaver Island helping BIEMS become an Advanced Life Support Agency. I am very proud to have been a part of Kristen's education," stated Joe Moore retired BICS teacher.
"On a cold winter afternoon this past January, road conditions were good for business for 55-year-old tow truck company owner Victor Potter. Roads were slick and conditions hazardous, and Potter was busy towing vehicles involved in slide-offs. While unhooking a car from his tow truck that had slid off the highway near Marshall , Michigan , he did not notice a car coming up behind him. Potter was struck by the car he had towed out of the ditch after it was rearended at an estimated speed of 45 miles per hour. Witnesses immediately called for help, and Marshall Area Fire Fighters were quick to respond. Paul Crim, EMT-B, and Kristen Russell, EMT-P, promptly responded to the scene, where they found Potter leaning over the tow bar. Upon first assessment, vital signs were stable. Spinal precautions were taken with the placement of a cervical spine collar and backboard. Oxygen was administered via non-rebreather mask and intravenous access was obtained. Fluids and pain medication were administered. An obvious deformity to the left leg was noted. When Potter started complaining of difficulty breathing and asking repetitive questions, the decision was made to transport him directly from the scene to Bronson Methodist Hospital 's Level I Trauma Center. Marshall Area Fire Fighters pulled into Bronson's ambulance bay a little more than an hour from arrival time…….. "
Pictures by Jeff Powers located HERE
This Great Blue Heron was photographed at Gull Harbor. More photos HERE
These loon babies are floating around on Barney's Lake with mom and dad loons close by to warn and protect them.
|PLACE:||Standings after Week #4|
|Larry Laurain-Joe Williams|
|Howard Davis-Joe Moore|
|Ron Wojan-Jeff Powers|
|Jeff Mestelle-Ryan Smith|
|Chuck Carpenter-Ernie Martin|
|Francis Pike-Larry Kubic|
|Frank Solle-John Runberg|
|Ivan Young-Buck Ridgeway|
|Neal Boyle-Kevin White|
|Rob Latimer-Dan Merriman|
|Don't forget about the July 4th Golf Tournament|
(Beaver Island, MI) Beaver Island will be invaded by electric cars on June 26 and 27 for the second Beaver Island Electric Car Show. Two mainland dealers will be showing 12 small cars and Jeff Connor from Inland Auto will be showing his newly converted Dodge Dakota electric pickup. All cars will be available for demo drives.
Many of the cars will arrive on the ferry on Friday morning at 10:45, and will be shown in front of the Shamrock Bar & Restaurant and Harbour Market who are co-sponsors of the event. Fox Motors of Charlevoix will be showing a selection of new and gently used GEM cars, and North Central ZENN will feature ZENN and Miles cars, both new and used. Dealer and bank financing will be available.
On Saturday at 1:30 pm there will be a free showing of the movie "Who Killed The Electric Car?" at the Beaver Island Community Center, sponsored by the Electric Car Show.
Last year's Electric Car Show was a success. Event organizer Dan Wardlow said "Over 400 people came out to see the cars, and over 200 test drives were taken. Six cars were sold which doubled the number of electric cars on the island. We're hoping people come out to see what's new and take a drive. We're especially excited by Jeff Connor's electric pickup conversion, built right here on the island. There will also be some very sharp pricing on used cars, and new cars qualify for a federal tax incentive this year."
Beaver Island's network of free public charging stations for electric cars continues to grow. Three new locations will join the existing six during June: the Beaver Island Community Center (back of building), Ed Wojan Realty (front of building), and the Beaver Island Trading Post (34545 Kings Highway). These charging stations allow EVs to take a short "convenience charge" which expands their practical range.
Hours for the Electric Car Show will be Friday 10:45 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
For Photos of the Electric Vehicles, click HERE
There have been several requests via email to repeat the directions for setting up the Quicktime Streaming Video. You must have a high speed Internet connection, such as TDS-DSL, in order to view these video clips. You also need to have a program that can be downloaded and installed over the Internet. This program is FREE. There is no need to purchase anything, and, in particular, you do not need to purchase Quicktime Pro, which will be offered to you during the download.
Directions for downloading Quicktime:
1. Go to the following website: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
2. Uncheck the "Sign-up" boxes unless you want to get a bunch of junk email.
3. Type in a valid email address as requested.
4. Click the FREE DOWNLOAD NOW button.
5. Click "Save File" if you are given a chance OR Click "Run" if given a chance. The download may take several minutes depending on how busy the apple.com website is at the moment you begin your download.
6. Once the program is downloaded, you need to look on you desktop for a Quicktime icon. If you have an icon that is named "QuickTimeInstaller. exe," then you need to double click on this icon to install the program.
7. After clicking the "QuickTimeInstaller.exe" icon, a dialog box will come up. You need to click on the "RUN" button.
8. You should get a message box saying, "Preparing to Install," and shortly thereafter, another dialog box that indicates that the program was "Successfully Installed."
If you have any problems installing Quicktime, please do not hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Talking Threads Quilt Guild will be raffling off a quilt on August 9, 2009. The quilt has been named "Bits and Pieces" in honor of Phyllis Duda who started the built guild on the Island. She was a long time quilter and an inspiration to all of us. After she passed away, her husband Dave generously donated some of her fabric to the build. These pieces of fabric were used to design and make the quilt--thus the name "Bits and Pieces."
McDonough's Market has generously agreed to display the quilt in their market.
The tickets are $3 each or 5 for $20. All of the proceeds will be distributed to the Beaver Island Fire Department, BIEMS, and the Food Pantry. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket may do so at McDonough's Market, Island Energies, Island Treasures Resale Shop, Whimsy, or by calling Judi Meister at 448-2963. Thank you for your support.
(There were, unfortunately, not enough participants to warrant a class for the last scheduled program on Monday, June 15, 2009, so another class has been scheduled. Please get you applications in early if you want this class to take place here on Beaver Island.)
Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office, Monday, June 15, 2009
Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider is announcing an ORV training class for those citizens who need to comply with the new Michigan State law and Charlevoix County ordinance on ORV operation on our county road system.
Training will take place at the Beaver Island Community Center on August 1, 2009 from 10:00am to 2:30pm
State law requires those who do not have a valid Michigan drivers license, to complete and pass the above approved training program. With successful completion of the course, each student will be provided a certificate of training allowing them to operate under the Michigan State Law.
To attend this free training, you must go to the Charlevoix County web page : wwwcharlevoixcounty.org and go to the “Sheriff's” link to fill out the application and forward the type written application to the Sheriff's Office, 1000 Grant St., Charlevoix, MI 49720, with attention Deputy Genna Gauthier. You may also E-mail your application to email@example.com
Questions may be answered by calling 213 547 4461.
Picture I.D. is required by all students.
This fund-raising concert will be held on July 11, 2009, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Red Deer, 37670 Kings Highway. For information, please call 1-231-547-6722. Eleanor, Patrick, and Jenny McDonough may be contacted at this phone number.
Our mission statement reads: The BIRHC strives to provide high quality, cost effective patient treatment and wellness services to the entire Beaver Island community
The specific focus in applying for this grant was is to obtain funding to support preventive and basic care for the increasing number of uninsured and under-insured residents. The grant will help offset costs for laboratory tests administered by BIRHC personnel and processed at Charlevoix Area Hospital . This grant would help us address an increasing reality on Beaver Island where fewer have any health insurance or whose insurances will not pay for routine preventative care.
It will cover direct costs for basic blood work to screen for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid disease, prostate cancer and anemia. BIRHC care providers will perform routine physicals and baseline EKGs. By providing preventive and routine screening and health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Beaver Island , BIRHC would be able to identify and treat emerging medical issues before they become chronic conditions.
clinic for routine care, they use the clinic for emergent care. With the grant monies we are able to offer physicals, routine lab work, EKG's, to those without insurance who would not come in for a physical or spend $200.00 for screening lab work.
Although BIRHC care providers and volunteer licensed health professionals are willing to donate their time for health fairs and health screening, the Health Center cannot absorb charges for analysis of lab work and other direct costs.
We hope to entice those without insurance to begin routine care and continue with follow-up once the initial work is completed so their problems can be addressed before they become expensive emergencies. We will also work with people to see if they qualify for one of the publicly funded health programs.
BIRHC personnel would cover the costs for the routine physicals and baseline ECG's, and the grant would be used to cover expenses for educational materials and laboratory analysis.
July 8-10- details to follow – mark your calendar – call 448-2275 for additional information
Going hand in hand with physicals being performed by our care providers at the clinic, Dr David Wartinger, who owns property on Beaver Island has offered his time and expertise in putting together a MENS HEALTH FAIR. Tying in with the news of the grant approval, I have been contact by Dr. Wartinger, urologist who works at Michigan State University, who has generously volunteered his time to do screenings for the men on Beaver Island. Blood work can be done to check PSA blood levels.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Fortunately, most prostate cancers can be treated effectively when caught early. While one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes, today's treatments are highly effective, and only one in 33 men will die from the disease.
Dr. Waringer will also address other men's health issues..He will be back also in August, if the July dates might not work for someone.
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SUMMER SCHEDULE, 2009
All Services at 10 a.m.
ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH, 26055 Pine Street (448-2241), Church on Gallagher Avenue, Beaver Island, MI 49782
July 5 & July 12 Rev. Hugh Dickinson
July 19, 26, Aug 2 Rev. John English
Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko
The dates for the next "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings"
THE SIGN UP SHEET IS IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT THE GOLF COURSE
Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing
Spring/Summer hours 8-5 Monday-Saturday
The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available
Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Come check us out!
All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this page.
Independence Day movie changed
July Movies at the Community Center
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