As has been a tradition for the past several years, the island now has an a second deputy. Nicole Smith has been hired by Sheriff Lasater to help during the summer months when our population explodes. Nicole is a well-known face on the island as she, and her family, have been vacationing here since she was a young child. She is the daughter of Richard and Dorothy Prawat.
Nicole is a graduate of Lake Superior State University and of the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy where she was president of her class. Nicole has done "ride alongs" with the past several deputies on the island and is very familiar with all the roads and trails. Beisdes all her accreditations, she is also certified as a personal trainer and is a certified PPCT/self-defense instructor.
Nicole and her husband, Michael, have a cottage on the island. She is the very proud mother of two beautiful little girls.
Nicole is a wonderful addition to our community.
The old U.S. Coast Guard boathouse at Whiskey Point is in the process of receiving a complete makeover. With shovels and small bulldozers, sand is being removed along with lots of stones and broken glass. When CMU purchased the old building all of the windows had been broken out. Once the resident barn swallows have pushed their newest batches of babies out of the nests an interior powerwashing is on the agenda as is restoring the old ways.
The boathouse, which was purchased with gifts of more than $1 million, will enhance teaching and research activities conducted at the CMU Biological Station on the island. The 2,850-square-foot facility includes storage for boats and equipment.
The long range plan is to restore the historic building to its original glory which includes the traditional paint colors used by the Coast Guard. Maintenance man Doug Tilley mentioned that it would be nice to rebuild "Charlie Martin's net shed", now Gene Masta's summer residence, where it originally stood at the point. In the meantime it's going to take a lot of elbow grease to fix up the existing building.
The boathouse gives the CMU Biological Station a safe haven for their boats and equipment used on their forays out into Lake Michigan where they do both instruction and research. Both students and faculty use boats to travel to the neighboring islands to study the wildlife and fish. The CMU Biological Station also works closely with the Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Natural Features Inventory, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
It will be nice to see the old facility restored instead of falling apart as it has in recent years due to neglect. We wish CMU well with this tremendous undertaking.
Despite temperatures this week that resemble late spring or early fall, the harbor is a busy place gearing up for the "official" beginning of summer - the 4th of July. Boats and jet skis are coming and going, the ducks, swans, and gulls are paddling about and a few brave souls have even been seen in swimming.
If you're traveling about the island, or checking out one of the fabulous Donegal Bay sunsets, you're sure to see this fellow strumming his guitar on a certain corner. Give him a Beaver Island wave when you see him.
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce board selected, “July 4th on Beaver Island: Priceless” as this year's parade theme. Patriotic music featuring the Community Choir will begin at noon this year, with the parade kicking off at 2:00 from the corner by Holy Cross Church. Parade emcee Lisa Gillespie requests that those wishing to participate line up between noon and 1:30. For additional information contact Lisa at 231 448-2235 or Steve West at the Chamber, (231) 448-2505 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Beaver Island Youth Consortium currently has craft tables available for this year's Fourth of July Carnival. Table fee is $20. To reserve a table, contact Sarah Owsinski at (231) 448-2067. Quantities are limited, so reserve early.
The Chamber of Commerce was informed that plans call for the island to be included in the Michigan Air National Guard (Mi ANG) July 4 flyover. Ten other Michigan locations are also slated for a flyover subject to weather and operational needs. According to Major Nancy Dakin (Mi ANG) two A-10 aircraft will fly over the harbor at about noon. This would serve to kick off the singing of patriotic music by the Community Choir lead by Kathy Speck. A missing man formation flyover is planned by Island Airways at 2:00. The A-10 is a twin engine ground attack jet that has been widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Beaver Island Christian Church invites the community to attend a complimentary banquet in celebration of the new Gregg Fellowship Center. Special music and a presentation of the planned uses of the Gregg Fellowship Center will follow the dinner. Please join us on July 15th at 6:00 p.m. for this special event!
The program for the Sunday evening, July 30, 2006 Baroque on Beaver concert at Holy Cross Parish Hall will musically celebrate the fifth anniversary of this festival!
J. S. Bach's "Brandenburg concerto No. 5," Brahms's "Hungarian Dance No.5," and Schubert's "Symphony No.5" will be performed, together with music by Mozart, Copland, Carl Maria von Weber and the choral and orchestral masterpiece, Vivaldi's "Gloria." Three conductors and five soloists will be featured, together with some sixty-five musician performers from Beaver Island, mainland Michigan and seven other states.
The Saturday, July 29 Chamber Concert at the Beaver Island Christian Church will include varied instrumental ensembles. String, keyboard, brass and woodwind trios and quartets, of many combinations, the Beaver Island Recorder Ensemble, and students from the Beaver Island Community School, participating in a musical "mini-camp," will combine to perform music by a fascinating variety of composers.
A special addition to this year's festival will be informal groups of musicians, performing in unexpected settings around the harbor during the entire weekend.
This year, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation has generously supported Baroque on Beaver's programming, providing musician transportation, housing and expenses, and making it possible to extend the string music instruction program for the Beaver Island Community School. For the third consecutive year, the Michigan Council for Arts and cultural Affairs/Cheboygan Area Arts Council has also provided needed grant funding that, together with Island business and resident support, has strengthened the effort.
St. James Episcopal Mission is the official sponsor for Baroque on Beaver. While there is no admission charge for the performances - to assure accessibility to everyone - free will, tax deductible donations are, of course, welcomed.