Friday, June 25th, will be the Official Grand Opening celebration of the new Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Although the building was completed in January and a small Open House was held to mark that occassion, many of those involved were unable to attend as were summer residents. Come tour the new facility and help recognize those involved. The Open House is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call the Health Center at 448-2275.

A Little Water Music?

Beginning July 3rd every Saturday through July and August you'll be able to enjoy outdoor music at Beaver Island Marine from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m. weather permitting. Besides L.D. Ryan and friends there will be an open mic for those who'd like to take part. For more information, contact L.D. Ryan at 448-2548.

Community Calendar

I've added a link to the Community Calendar both at the top and bottom of this page. If you or your organization has an upcoming event, please let me know at least a week in advance and I'll be happy to add it.

Beware! It's Driver's Training Time

You might have noticed the car parked up at the school emblazened with the bright yellow sign designating it "The Driver's Trainer's Car". Now I have a daughter old enough to take that class this summer which will explain why by December my hair will probably be pure white instead of just gray. It's hard to believe my youngest is "that" old already! Having been through this with her two older siblings it should be a piece of cake... NOT. I'd forgotten all about those little things like: can we go driving now? I have to get in 825,452 hours of driving time this week. (This is usually asked when you're in the middle of some delicate job and asked with that slight whine in the voice). I'd forgotten that I have a NEW car which means I'll now have to <gasp> share it. I'd forgotten how new drivers sometimes get the accelerator and brake mixed up causing terminal whiplash for the accompanying parent. I'd forgotten that new drivers quickly learn new hand signals from experienced drivers they meet on the road or sidewalk or curb. What I haven't forgotten is how much fun it was to be one of those new drivers and being able to see how badly I could elicit a scream from one of my parents. We'll have to see how Joe and I survive Driver's Training 2004.

Over the years though we've picked up a few things, one of them being a way to tell where another driver is from not by the old licence plate game but based solely upon how they drive. I thought you might be interested and perhaps have something to add to the list. Another state?

How To Tell Where A Driver Is From!

1. One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: CHICAGO

2. One hand on wheel, one finger out window: NEW YORK

3. One hand on wheel, one finger out window, cutting across all lanes of traffic: NEW JERSEY

4. One hand on wheel, one hand on newspaper, foot solidly on accelerator: BOSTON

5. One hand on wheel, one hand on nonfat double decaf cappuccino, cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator, gun in lap: LOS ANGELES

6. Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in terror: OHIO, but driving in CALIFORNIA

7. Waving at everyone that you pass, eating a moon pie, sipping an RC, smiling and chewing and talking to yourself. TENNESSEE

8. One hand on 12 oz. Double shot latte, one knee on wheel, cradling cell phone, foot on brake, mind on radio game, banging head on steering wheel while stuck in traffic: SEATTLE

9. One hand on wheel, one hand on hunting rifle, alternating between both feet being on the accelerator and both feet on brake, throwing McDonald's bag into the back seat: TEXAS

10. Four-wheel drive pick-up truck, shotgun mounted in rear window, beer cans on floor, squirrel tails attached to antenna: ALABAMA

11. Two hands gripping wheel, blue hair barely visible above windshield, driving 35 on the Interstate in the left lane with the left blinker on: FLORIDA

12. Knee up against steering wheel, one hand on a coffee cup, cell phone in ear, accelerator to the floor, applying makeup/doing crossword puzzle/reading morning Free Press, knocking down orange barrels, changing lanes without turn signals: MICHIGAN

Clara Roberta "Pat" Foster 1931-2004

Clara Roberta "Pat" Foster, age 73, of Charlevoix, formerly of Chelsea, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at the Grandvue Medical Facility in East Jordan. She was born April 11, 1931, in Ypsilanti, Mich., the daughter of Cliffton and Mary (Howling) Ledbetter.

Pat left Chelsea in 1981, moving to Beaver Island and Charlevoix. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix and the Charlevoix Senior Citizens. She was a former employee of the Chelsea Retirement Community and the Chelsea School District.

On March 19, 1949, she married Robert L. Foster in Lapeer, Mich., and he preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 1992. Survivors include two sons, Michael (Brenda) of Chelsea, and Mark of Ypsilanti; one daughter, Mrs. Steven (Carolyn) Pullen of Roseville; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sons, Scott Foster and Terry Foster.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 27, 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix. Burial will be at Oak East Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Charlevoix. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

The Eagle has Landed... and Taken Off Again

Taking a short drive the other afternoon around Gull Harbor we saw this eagle sitting in a dead tree surveying both Lake Michigan and the road below him. I had Joe stop the car and I walked as close as Mr. Eagle would allow before he took flight and headed to some other site where he could relax without folks trying to take his picture.


I'm still kicking myself for forgetting my camera that day this winter when he flew directly at me carrying a fish in his talons. I keep hoping it'll happen again but that I'll be smart enough to have my camera with me and turned on.

Sunrise Breakfast

Saturday morning, the 19th, came with a beautiful sunrise for those who were up to see it. Once the job of getting it up was done fifty people gathered at Bob and Sue Welke's home to enjoy a wonderful breakfast that included everything from quiche to muffins to Tim's sausage. This year the numbers were the same as 2003 but there were sixteen new faces in attendance. Proceeds from this event were for the benefit of the Preservation Association of Beaver Island. Thank all of you who made this day so special.


Happy Anniversary

A very special Happy Anniversary wish to my folks, Phil and Lil Gregg, who are celebrating 57 years of wedded bliss today, June 21. Considering what earlier this year was like for this family this anniversary is even more special. Congratulations! Even they survived having their three kids take Driver's Training so I guess that's some incentive for us.