On the rainy afternoon of Monday, June 8, 2009, Winifred (Wini) McDonough, beloved wife to Lawrence McDonough, passed away at her home here on Beaver Island. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Winifred, “Wini,” was born on Beaver Island on Dec. 20 1921 to Nels and Sophia (Boyle) LaFreniere, the seventh of eight children. She graduated from Beaver Island School and on Sept. 2, 1939 married Lawrence McDonough, who survives. The couple raised their six children on the island and for a number of years ran several businesses before moving to Charlevoix. In 2005 they returned to Beaver Island as full time residents.
Known for her warm and generous nature, Wini's hospitality was boundless. In the early days of tourism on Beaver Island , Lawrence (then the Captain of the ferry boat) would often bring visitors to their home for dinner, knowing that Wini delighted in meeting people and sharing one of her wonderful meals. In later years, the couple, who were wed for nearly 70 years, was still noted for their hospitality and the many memories and stories concerning island history they were always happy to share.
Active in the community, Wini helped launch the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church on the island and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix, and assisted in the organization of the original Health Clinic on the island.
Wini and Lawrence together operated the Pine Tree Dairy, and Wini operated an island laundromat and thrift shop, worked on countless fund raisers for various island projects, and still had time to host special teas for the island ladies.
She was extremely proud of her family and their accomplishments and had close relationships to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Along with her parents, Wini was preceded in death by six of her siblings and their spouses: Eva (Lloyd) McDonough, Patrick ( Elizabeth ) LaFreniere, Archie (Frances) LaFreniere, Veron “Dick” (Jean) LaFreniere, Joseph “Bussy” ( Alberta ) LaFreniere, and Rita (James) Elms.
Along with her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses: Gary (Jean) McDonough of North Fort Myers, FL; Larry (Kay) McDonough of Grand Rapids, MI; Joe (Tarry) McDonough of Beaver Island, MI; Kevin (Linda) McDonough of Beaver Island; Pam (Brad) Grassmick of Farmington Hills, MI; and Kathy (Tim) Gonyeau of Washington Township, MI, and one sister, Helen (LaFreniere) Pike of Beaver Island, MI. Wini is survived by her grandchildren: Lori, Debbie, Eric, Keri, Dan, Michael, Christine, Shane, Erin, Colleen, Keith, Brian, Timmy, Noel, Marty, Bridget and six great grandchildren.
On Friday, June 12, Wini will be brought home to her final resting place on Beaver Island aboard the Emerald Isle , with her family in attendance. Visitation on Friday will follow at Holy Cross Church , with a rosary said at 7 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church , with Father Patrick Cawley officiating. Internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery .
Preferred memorials in Wini's name may be made to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center , Holy Cross Altar Society or the Beaver Island Community School 's 21st Century Scholarship fund.
Sunday, June 14, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. Picnic to follow
An empty boat?? What's up? Pictures HERE
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.
The Health Fair has been postponed. Notices will be posted and provided for the new date sometime in the near future.
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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We thank you all so much for the continued cards, phone calls, and prayers as we get used to life without Art in it. You have all been a great comfort to us and it is unbelievable how many lives dad has touched. He will continue to be missed for quite some time.
Arrangements have now been made for a grave side service on Beaver Island on Friday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Protestant Cemetary. There are three boats going over to the island that day, so several opportunities for our friends and family to come over for the service.
You can visit the Beaver Island Boat Company web site to check the boat schedule for departure times out of Charlevoix. You can also check the island Chamber of Commerce site for information on lodging.
Again, thank you for all your love and support during this difficult time. Thank you for making Art a part of your life.
While it has been reported that the mute swan pair on Font Lake have already hatched their eggs, the pair on Barney's Lake were just now laying the eggs, perhaps a second try? The first pictures taken on Monday afternoon and night show the loon on the nest in the downpouring rain with no sign of the swans. More story HERE.
On the morning of June 9, 2009, the geese decided to show off their youngsters to the rest of the wetland boarders. The two paraded their youngsters along the shoreline for all to see.
There have been no eagles out to chase the osprey out of the nesting area that is situated on top of the TDS microwave tower on Sloptown Road, so far. Here are the latest pictures of the osprey landing and staying on the the nest.
Whether this was a true storm out of the northeast or just a figment of someone's imagination, the day was windy and wet, and, of course, cold. Where did the spring warmth go? These pictures were taken out on Gull Harbor to give you an idea of the fury of the storm.
This was not a good day to be out on the lake.
This aircraft was parked at the Beaver Island Airport on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. Is this a preview of what we'll see at the Airshow?
We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Digital! Ready of not the digital world has come upon us. We don't really have any choice.
Digital cellphones may allow us to do many more of the things while we are mobile instead of while we are sitting at a desk in the office or at a desk in our home. There are some who wonder why we ever went to digital in the first place. In two days, June 12, 2009, the broadcast television stations will be going digital as well. If you get your picture with an outside antenna, it is likely you won't anymore. You won't get the signal on your analog TV without a digital to analog converter box. You may not get the digital signal even if you have a converter box without a special TV UHF antenna, and even that may not work on Beaver Island, which may not get a signal at all. We will all know the answers on June 12th.
Back when cellphones were analog, a cellular provider who wanted to provide service in a particular zone would have to prove that it could provide coverage to 90% of that zone or coverage area. Now they don't have to prove a thing. With a digital cell phone antenna in the harbor area, a cell phone won't work inside as close as one-half mile away from the harbor. It's plain to see that a cellphone won't work inside Stoney Acre Grill on a rainy day.
What is all this ranting about really? There is a solution to the digital cellphone range issue if you have a cellphone signal outside your house, and you want to get that signal inside your house, so you don't have to stand outside to talk on the cellphone, and possibly get eaten by mosquitoes. The solution is slightly on the expensive side right now, but it works quite well.
The zBoost Cellphone Repeater by Wi-Ex does exactly what it is advertised to do. With a zBoost YX510, you mount the external antenna outside your home where you get the best cell phone service. You then route the coaxial cable from the outside of your building and connect it to an internal repeater box about 4 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches tall. You can mount this box on the wall or have it sit on a shelf. You then plug this repeater box into an 110-volt outlet. You are in business. Your cellphone signal inside your house will be as good as the signal outside your house, and sometimes it will be slightly better. This device will provide excellent indoor coverage for your cell phone providing you the same level of service when you go outdoors. It will work for multiple cell phones in the same building at the same time. The almost non-existent one or two bars becomes 4 or 5 bars through the zBoost repeater, and it seems to work very well with All tel, AT&T, and Verizon, but won't work with Nextel.
With a retail price of $300-$350, it is a little pricey, but it does work. It provides coverage for a 45-60 foot radius around the repeater unit. Tested on Carlisle Road here on Beaver Island, it provided better coverage in the entire house, on the front deck, and on the back deck. If you need cellphone coverage indoors, check out the many other options available by doing a Google search for zBoost, or call Radio Shack in Charlevoix, a local zBoost dealer.
An older fellow wanted to install an antenna outside his house. He located a twelve-foot wooden step-ladder that he had been keeping around for just such a situation. The ladder had been loaned to friends very recently, and it worked just fine. With his feet about six feet from the ground, making his head just a little over twelve feet from the ground, the ladder decided to collapse with both sides snapping at approximately the same level about six feet from the ground. The older fellow on the ladder didn't say a word as he landed on his padded glutes and smacked his hard head on the grass-covered ground except, "Where are my glasses?" The glasses were found twelve feet from the fellow's head, and, luckily, were not damaged. Not so the old fellow's pride as a van stopped and pulled into the driveway. "We saw the whole thing," the two ladies stated. "Are you alright?" "There's nothing damaged here except the ladder and an old fellow's pride," the man stated with a grimace on his face. "Now I have to find another ladder to finish the job."
The ladder was located and the job completed, but the pride is still suffering, along with a very sore old fellow who is walking quite carefully, has a headache, and a stiff neck, not to mention a bruised behind.
Moral to the story: Get a younger man to do the ladder work for you. And, YES, your wife is right most of the time, as much as you hate to admit it.
For more old postcard pictures and the cormorant issue, click HERE
Congratulations to all of the BIFD members in the Firefighter I and Firefighter II programs that took place on Beaver Island over the last 8-9 months. This historic program was the first in the State of Michigan to be approved for Internet video lecture presentations. All of our firefighters passed the practical skills component portion of the examination. They will now await the results of the written test, which may take as long as 6-8 weeks. Congratulations to you all!
These two fire instructors were from Charlevois Fire Department and from Traverse City Fire Department. Both stated how proud they were to be participating in this historic event as they watched the Beaver Island Fire Department successfully complete the Firefighter I and Firefighter 1&2 programs. Joe Schwartzfisher, firefighter/paramedic from Charlevoix was one of those trainers.
...............................................Joe Schwarzfisher............... Lt. Thom Weber, Traverse City Fire Training Officer
"Proud to participate in evaluation and training of these Beaver Island firemen on this historic occassion.. They have trained hard to be some of the best firefighters in the State of Michigan."
Tim McDonough said in his interview, “I'll tell you. We're getting ready for our State finals in Firefighter 1 and Firefigher 2 which is process that we started since last October. We have two fire trucks from the mainland, Charlevoix and Boyne Valley with approximately 25-30 crew and instructors and we're gonna test out tonight on written and tomorrow on practicals and these guys will all go home tomorrow on the 5:20 boat. We're happy to have them here and it's great for Beaver Island .”
“I'm Chief John Horn with RFC Fire and Rescue and I'm one of the fire instructors that taught the students here on Beaver Island for the last 8 months. We're extremely proud of the group and their dedication to the training and to learn the processes necessary to become some of the best firefighters in the State of Michigan "
You need Quicktime to view these clips.
So, what was so historic about this program and the results of this program? This is the first tele-course that has been approved in the State of Michigan. The Charlevoix County Fire Academny was "committed to bring current all NFPA, FEMA, and MIOSHA training standards to northern Michigan. Besides, the Firefighter 1 and Firefigher 2 (Basic and Intermediate Firefighter), the program also taught our local students about the National Incident Management System, Emergency Care, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operatons, Basic Vehicle Extrication, Advanced Vehicle Extrication, Wildfire Basic Training, and Drivers Training. The course began on October 6, 2008, and finished on June 6, 2009. The program involved main fire instructors and other instructors beyond the Beaver Island group. Jesse Silva, Joe Schwartzfisher, Bill Brodin, Don Horn, Bryce Tracy, Mike Passington, Joe Travers, Jim Hawkins, Ty Hawes, Daryl Pellignni, Andy Riley, Billy Brodin Jr, Darryll Hamlin, Jim Melcher, and Garett Paige were all part of this program and participating instructors.
What else is historic? Beaver Island has its first female firefighter in Tammy LaFreniere. She is joined in the training level of Firefighter 2 by Kevin White, Brian Bousquet, Jim McDonough, Dillon Butler, Tony Bousquet, Kevin J Bousquet, Rory Connaghan, Tim McDonough, Jim Stambaugh, Joe Timsak Sr, Bruce Cull, John Works, Tom Whitman, Darrell Butler Jr, Jim Wojan, Ryan Oliver, Steve Crandall, and Bob Marsh. All of these volunteers have completed the same training together at the same time. All of them know the laws, rules, and regulations relating to firefighters in Michigan and the federal laws, rules, and regulations as well.
Great job to all you firefighters for 8 months of dedication to our community and to your training! Congratulations on a job well done!
Graduation began promptly at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center for the five graduates: Caitlin Boyle, Patrick Cull, Deven Cook, Maeve Green, and Heather McDonough. The building was a nice setting for graduation with an excellent sound system and lighting system ably handled by Ann Partridge. An excellent crowd was on hand to witness the graduation of five BICS students. Pictures and more story HERE.
(A picture and one minute video clip interview of each of the participating seniors may be viewed here.)
There were firemen from several different departments around northern Michigan that got off the boat on Friday, June 5, 2009, to help the Beaver Island Fire Department. The BIFD members have been taking a class for several months in Firefighter I&II training using a historical video-over-the-Internet approach. This program was a pilot program for what is hoped to be the future of firefighter lecture training with practical, hands-on, training taking place right at the local level.
Two mainland fire trucks came off the boat on Friday, June 5, 2009
This is a historical photograph because no other city or county fire department has sent a fire truck to the Island in the past. Of course, years ago the DNR would send a vehicle or two over here for the resident DNR officer, but this is historic due to the vehicles and the firemen arriving on the same day on the same boat. It is also historic that the other departments are going to be available in case any fire or other accident happens on Beaver Island while the BIFD members are taking the Firefighter I&II exams this weekend.
The two trucks at the fire station in town. One is from Charlevoix. The other is from Boyne Valley.
The exam to be taken on Friday is the written exam for both levels of firefighter training. The BIFD members will then be tested on Saturday using the BIFD vehicles on the practical skills. Some of the skills include knot tieing, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), drafting water to load the tankers, pumping water from truck to truck, and actual fire suppression techniques. The back-up fire trucks and firefighters are essential since the BIFD trainees would not be allowed to leave the testing location, and this spring the fire hazard is quite high. Being prepared is the Boy Scout motto, and we are very glad to welcome these firefighters to the Island. Thank you one and all!
The visiting crew members gather at BIFD Station 1.
The BIFD Chief Tim McDonough discusses the location of trucks and personnel with two fire instructors, Jesse Silva and Joe Schwartzfisher who obviously enjoy this adventure.
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
June 21 & June 28 Rev. David Madsen
July 5 & July 12 Rev. Hugh Dickinson
July 19, 26, Aug 2 Rev. John English
Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko
BEGINNING TUESDAY JUNE 2, 2009 ISLAND TREASURES RESALE SHOP WILL BE OPEN TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 12:00 TO 4:00 P.M. WE ARE IN NEED OF SOME DONATIONS OF FURNITURE ITEMS, WE HAVE QUITE A FEW REQUESTS FOR FURNITURE. WE CAN TAKE DRESSERS, BOOKSHELVES, DINING ROOM TABLES AND CHAIRS, END TABLES, DESKS, COFFEE TABLES. WE DO NOT TAKE UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE ITEMS. WE ALSO WILL TAKE ROCKING CHAIRS OR LOUNGE
THANK YOU, ISLAND TREASURES STAFF AND B.I.F.D.A.
There is something very soothing about the sound of running water, unless your bladder is overflowing. The serenity of the spring run-off from Lake Geneserath to Lake Michigan can become quite habit-forming. Forget that just last week the suckers were running from Lake Michigan up the creek. Forget the dodging and soaring seagulls. Forget the planes flying over. Just sit there and listen to the bubbling creek.
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(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
June 15, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Seney National Wildlife Refuge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, owns and manages four islands in the Beaver Island Group as part of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The four Islands are Shoe, Hat, Pismire and Gull. We are starting a planning process that will guide management on these four islands for the next fourteen years. The start of the planning process is to host an Open House Event for people to come and learn about the planning process and ask any questions and give us feedback. We will be hosting an open house event on Wednesday, July 22 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the CMU Biological Station. (The location of this meeting may be changed according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.)
There are several pictures and a DNR article located on this page which states pretty well the case against the cormorrants. The pictures are by Jeff Powers, and the article is part of a series of articles showcasing the DNR.. To view this information, click HERE.
Paid Marathon Workers & Volunteers Needed
A number of paid workers and volunteers will be needed for the September 5 Beaver Island Marathon. (Prior story News on the Net) If you have questions contact Ron Suffolk firstname.lastname@example.org (248) 446-1315 - Sharon Suffolk Suffolk@sbcglobal.net (248) 437-4524. To date nearly 200 runners have paid their entry fees. Don't delay if you want to enter as 250 is the cap. The weekend of September 5 is going to be a big one on Beaver Island. Complete marathon information can be found at: http://goodboyevents.com/ BeaverIsland.shtml . Good Boy Events is a member of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce.
Accommodations For September 5 Marathon
If your rental property has any openings September 4-6 please contact the Suffolk's, above. They will work to fill your openings. Home owners who rent primarily by the week may want to consider a 3 day minimum rate. If you would like to rent a spare room in you home please contact the Suffolk's.
One More Air Show Sponsor Needed
Air Show (June 27) sponsors signed to date are Richard Roane / Warner Norcross & Judd, Robert John's Service, TDS Telecom and Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways and Scripps Island Floors. One more sponsor is needed! Please contact the Chamber of Commerce office to lend your support. A sponsorship is only $700 and includes a ride in the B-25D Yankee Warrior WWII bomber. (231) 448-2505 Chamber@BeaverIsland.org
Chamber Community Center Volunteers
A big increase in visitors to the Chamber office in the lobby of the new Community Center is expected this summer. Two more volunteers to work one day a week between about 10:30 – 2:00 are needed. Its fun meeting and helping visitors enjoy Beaver Island .
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
Joan Vyse has announced that her cancer is in remission, and thank to all from medical center, EMS, and all thoughts and prayers.
Lauraine Dawson is home and feeling slightly better..
Paul Nelson is doing much better and has been moved to an assisted living center. His new address is
Paul F. Nelson, 1501 Woodworth St NE, Apt. 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
He would love to hear from his Island friends.
Update on me (Paul Nelson).....As you know, I have been on the mend from my left leg fracture, pretty much housebound and at present very difficult to walk. Tomorrow (May 28th) I will have surgery on the knee which was damaged in the fall I took that caused the fracture. It will be a complete knee joint replacement, so I will again be pretty much "grounded" for at least a month. I will still have a chunk of the summer left to enjoy when things are healed and I go thru "re-hab" to strengthen the muscles and learn how to walk again.
UPDATED: Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE
Wind Farms will be the topic of a presentation on Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 7-9 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Dean Solomon, Charlevoix County Extension Director, will present an overview of wind energy development potential in NW Lower Michigan and Beaver Island . Citing issues related to wind towers, new state renewable energy legislation, planning and zoning issues for wind energy will be discussed. This lecture is being sponsored by the Planning Commissions of Peaine and St. James Townships along with the Beaver Island Association. Open to the public and free of charge. Please, join us as Dean Solomon shares his expertise. Light refreshments provided.
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.
June Movies at the Community Center
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