On Thursday, August 5, 2004, the Annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive will be held at the Beaver Island School from 12:00 noon until 5:45 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Your medical history plus your temperature, pulse and hemoglobin (iron level) will be checked before you give. Identification must be established by a donor card or drivers license and your Social Security number

Prospective donors should drink extra water and other caffeine-free beverages 48 hours before giving blood to replace the volume of blood (less than a pint) you will donate.

The American Red Cross nurses from the Petoskey Northern Area will arrive on the Emerald Isle accompanied by their van on the morning boat. The group will depart on Island Airway flights in the evening. Appointments for giving blood are encouraged since this permits a more uniform flow of donors throughout the day. Jeanne Howell, Lars Larson, Connie Wojan and Jerry Charbeneau are the Blood Drive Coordinators. The drive is sponsored by the Island's three churches.

The theme for the 2004 4th of July parade is "Four Seasons of Patriotic Fun" and the schedule for the day is as follows:

1:00 Community Choir and Island Tappers

2:00 Michigan Air Guard F16 flyover approved by DOD and FAA (subject to weather/operations)

2:00 Parade and Island Airways flyover with missing man formation plus John Work's cannon firing (parade will follow the "old" route starting at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Line up to be complete by 1:30. Contact Lisa Gillespie 231-448-2235)

Immediately following the parade Kids Carnival

Dusk Fireworks

New Sounds

You may have noticed the little black boxes resembling stereo speakers located on buildings from the Post Office to Holy Cross Parish Hall and wondered what they were. Thanks to a group of donors Central Interconnect Inc. installed the $12,700 system through the town area. Speakers are located at the Hall, Print Shop Museum, Ace Hardware, Beaver Island Realty, Chamber of Commerce and the Post Office. The base station is located at the Chamber office making the remote mic reach from the Post Office to the Hall. The system in owned by St. James Township. The first use of this new system will be on the 4th of July. Thanks go to those donors for this terrific gift.

Sunrise Breakfast

One of the best things to do on Beaver Island is to watch the sun come up over the water. You can do that on Saturday morning, June 19th from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Bob and Sue Welke's home. While reservations are appreciated, they are not required. Call 448-2787 for more information. You've loved the island sunsets now check out the sunrise... it'll be worth it and you'll be helping the Preservation Association of Beaver Island at the same time. The photos above and below were taken of the sunrise on June 16th about 5:30 a.m. so just imagine the great sunrise you'll be able to see come Saturday morning.

School Election Results

Total Ballots Cast 154

Number of Registered Voters 522

Members of the Board of Education

Dawn E. Marsh 140

Nancy A. Tritsch 133

Write In Brian Cole 75

Operating Millage Renewal Beaver Island Community School

Yes 131 85.6%

No 22 -- 14.4 %

Special Education Millage Renewal Charlevoix- Emmet Intermediate School District

Yes 121 80.1%

No -- 39 19.9%


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Monday, June 28, 2004 , at 7:30 o'clock , p.m., at Beaver Island Community School, Michigan , the Board of Education of Beaver Island Community school District will hold a public hearing to consider the district's proposed 2004-2005 budget.

The board may not adopt its proposed 2004-2005 budget until after the public hearing. A copy of the proposed 2004-2005 budget included the proposed property tax millage rate is available for public inspection During normal business hours at 37895 King's Highway, Beaver Island, Michigan.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing.

This notice is given by order of the Board of Education

Linda McDonough, Secretary


Thank you, thank you to the Beaver Beacon and Jeff Cashman for updating this website while I was off-island this weekend. I truly appreciated it as I'm sure you all did.

Quick Vacation

The Gregg/Moore family took a quick vacation down to the Detroit area this past weekend to attend the graduation of Ron Gregg's daughter, Kayleigh. Now living on Beaver Island our idea of traffic is seeing 3 vehicles go past the house in an hours' time and one of those could be a bicycle. Off we headed to Detroit where we had to deal with the traffic that 951270 drivers cause. There are no homeless folks in Detroit or the surrounding area.... they are ALL out on the expressways! Ever wonder why Detroit is the car capitol? There aren't any old clunkers out there driving.. everyone seems to be riding in a new vehicle. We didn't see one car with rusted out spots, or missing taillights, or doors tied together with twine. We didn't see any critters, animal or human riding in the back of pick-up trucks.. actually we saw very few pick-up trucks. After two full days of driving on roads we didn't know, of being lost 1290348256 times and of the heat and humidity we were more than happy to head north as was our car. If we ever have to head that direction again we're carrying a compass and borrowing boat bumpers from Bud Martin's boat just for protection. Guess we weren't cut out to be city folk.

Phyllis Townsend

Phyllis I. Townsend died June 13, 2004 at the age of 93. Born in Dauphin, Manitoba, Phyllis was the second youngest of ten children. Upon completion of her secondary education, she taught school for a year and then went to Winnipeg General Hospital for her basic nursing education. She came to the United States to pursue her career, married and had a family. For many years she served on the Michigan Board of Nursing as educator, consultant, and surveyor of licensure requirements for Michigan's nursing programs. She retired to Beaver Island in 1969 where she soon became involved in many community activities, which included the Historical Society, building of the library, Preservation Association of Beaver Island and was an active member of the St. James Episcopal Mission. One of her favorite activities was playing bridge anytime, anywhere. She was known for her live of literature and encouragement of others to further their education. She is survived by three children, ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She will be remembered with love by many. Contributions in her memory may be made to the local Hospice and the Beaver Island Medical Center.


Sunset the other night was gorgeous as we spent the night in Charlevoix before heading downstate. Looking out toward the island this was our view and no, they weren't retouched.. the colors were just this bright.