First Boat

Thursday morning saw thirty-seven passengers board the first ferry of the season. Despite the early hour (according to Frank Solle 8:30 is way early) a few folks were on the dock to see the first trip of the Emerald Isle head out of the harbor. This was the first year in a long time that the ice breaker didn't have to open the way. One of those riding along on the first trip were Jerry "Sam Hanks" LaFreniere who opted to take the trip just to make certain everything was working correctly and that the mainland was still out there somewhere.


Come afternoon (when both Frank and Jeff Cashman were awake) the island's favorite ferry made her way back to her home berth cheered on by the school kids who traditionally welcome the ice breaker. Frank was generous enough to share his "incoming" photos since I didn't make it down to the dock.



The Beaver Island Community Players will present the warm-hearted comedy, “Steel Magnolias” the last weekend in June and the first weekend in July. Director for the show is Kirby Volz from Ft. Wayne , IN , with Elaine West as assistant director. Auditions for the show will be held on May 6, 3:00 p.m. , in the Holy Cross Rectory basement. Scripts are available at the Library. Questions: call Elaine at 448-2377.

Ice, Lake and Sky

Submitted by Frank Solle

If you walk out to Luney's Point and shoot a picture towards town,  why not stop and shot one looking the other way as well? This is actually a bit more towards the Little Sand Bay side of the point so it's looking SE.

It's the First Day of Spring

"They" say the older you get, the faster time goes by and "they" didn't lie. I was just getting used to winter and then WHAM! all of a sudden it's spring! I sorta liked winter, at least the lawn looked so much nicer when it was covered with a thick blanket of snow. Now it's full of dead grass, leaves that missed being raked, and all sorts of miscellaneous items that disappeared over the past few months. Spring seems to mark the beginning of the cold and flu season, and it's the official beginning of Michigan's longest season... Mud Season. It's also tax time and folks begin to get testy as April 15th draws ever closer. On the other hand, it's so nice to see the robins back, the blue water, buds beginning on the trees, and not have to put on 716 layers just to get to the car.

Just a Reminder

The award(s) for 2005 will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit. Last year Phil and Lil Gregg were honored with the award. Previous winners include, Connie Wojan, Beaver Island Hospice, Island Emergency Medical Service and Don Vyse.

Each year nominations are solicited from the community. Anyone can submit a nomination; you don't have to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Please click here for the official nomination form and send to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 5 Beaver Island, MI 49782.

The nine person Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors reviews all the nominations received prior to the deadline and selects the winner(s). This year's deadline is Monday April 3. The winners are kept secret until the awards banquet. The award is a beautiful Beaver Island framed photograph and plaque. For information about the nomination process contact the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce at 231 448-2505 or for banquet information contact the Shamrock at 231 448-2278.

Kahlenberg Engine Update

Karl Bartels just sent new photos of the Kahlenberg engine he's working on restoring for the Beaver Island Historical Society. He was unable to do much during the winter months as his shop is not heated. However he recently loaded up a trailer with some large pieces to be sent off to the blaster for a good cleaning. He's planning on a visit to Two Rivers, Wisconsin, where the Kahlenberg factory is located- along with his shopping list - to find some of the elusive missing pieces. He hopes to have the entire project finished some time this summer.


Community Center Update

The Community Center is now protected from the elements as the external windows and doors were put into place. It'll be interesting to see the old facade put into place.


Don't Forget

The Annual Talent Show on Friday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Did You Know

Did you know that public notices published in Michigan newspapers were available online? One can do a search based on county and/or newspaper. Check it out at Michigan Public Notices


Just a reminder that there will be three special runs of the Emerald Isle on the following dates weather permitting:

March 23rd leaves Beaver Island at 8:30 a.m. and leaves Charlevoix at 11:30 a.m.

March 31st leaves Beaver Island at 8:30 a.m. and leaves Charlevoix at 11:30 a.m.

April 10th leaves Beaver Island at 8:30 a.m. and leaves Charlevoix at 11:30 a.m.

For the ferry schedule for the rest of the season, please visit the Beaver Island Boat Company website.

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