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Hannah and John Brady Robert are very happy to announce the arrival of their little brother, Jared Kevin, who arrived at 8:05 a.m. on July 2, 2004. Jared weighs 7 pounds and 2 ounces and is 20 inches long. Proud parents are John and Deb Robert. Grandparents are: Carol LaFreniere of Beaver Island; Gerald LaFreniere, Sr. of Beaver Island; John and Sheila Robert of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Congratulations to the Robert family.

BICS 2003-04 Yearbooks are now available

Hot off the press the new 2003-04 yearbooks are finally complete and available. Put together entirely by an enthusiastic and creative staff of students (led by a bumbling, hard-core, MacIntosh-using advisor) and printed on-island by the good folks at the Beaver Beacon - other than the cover, which was printed at the Kwikie Duplicating Center in Charlevoix - this year's book is truly a homegrown product.

The yearbook features over 400 photos (all but two in full color), with pages dedicated to the 2003 Banquet and Graduation all the way through to the same events held this year. There are six pages of sports photos, a page of photos from the yearly ski trip, Spirit Week, the 5th-6th grade play, various candid shots, and, of course, individual color photos of all the students and staff.

Creating our own book, using a local printer, and opting for a soft, but high-quality, glossy cover, helped slash costs and enables us to offer the new yearbook for only $15.00.

Yearbooks will be available this Sunday during the Carnival activities. If you have preordered one, it can be picked up there, or you should receive a call concerning pickup information next week. Yearbooks also will be available at the Beaver Gems gift shop beginning next week.

What in the World do You DO on That Island?

That is the number one question we residents get asked most often. Ask someone who has retired here and they'll tell you that they are busier now than they ever were in their previous life. This weekend Beaver Island was hopping and it wasn't even Homecoming or St. Patrick's Day but the same amount of excitement was being generated. I'd like a penny for every photograph that was taken this weekend and I'll bet I would have made a mint off Ed Wojan <grin> who had a minivan actually stuffed with film. Now check below for how we spent the weekend of June 25th on Beaver Island.

Rural Health Center Grand Opening

On Friday, June 25th, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center held its Grand Opening Celebration. Thanks to Deerwood Jon and Sally Fogg donated the use of their huge tent and padded chairs which made the event much more comfortable.

Beginning at 11 a.m. there were light refreshments courtesy of Eric Hodgson and tours of the new health center. Most year 'round residents had seen it but summer visitors/residents hadn't so they were in for a big surprise. It's a lot different from the old building.

At 11:30 the program began with former State Senator Phil Hoffman serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Following his opening remarks Anne Glendon told the audience about the first fifty years and recognized past leadership of the medical center. Senator Jason Allen and other politicians were on hand and spoke a few words... something unusual in politicians. Bill McDonough gave recognition to the Traudt and Gill families who donated the land upon which the new facility is built. Ed Wojan explained who also helped in the land acquisition. Don Spencer recognized Hobbes and Black, Robert Gillespie, Universal Sign, Parker Motor Freight, Morse Moving, Welters, Providence Hospital, Arlene Brennan, and the construction committee. Jim Haveman, told of his adventures in Iraq and his involvement with the project. Arlene Brennan thanked Munson Health Care and the BIRHC staff. Connie Wojan thanked Don Spencer for his work. Joe Reed presented Bill McDonough with a plaque in recognition of his work. Phil Hoffman told of the plans for the next fifty years and how to ensure the future of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Bill McDonough, Joe Reed and Dr. Phil Lange introduced the Capital Campaign to keep the Health Center going into the future. Bob Tambellini presented Connie Wojan with a CCCF check for the Capital Campaign.

  

  

The day was clear and a good sized crowd was on hand for the entire event. Thanks go to all who were involved for their dedication and hard work.

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