Check out the Traverse City Record Eagle articles on the Beaver Island Lighthouse School written by some of the students there. It will be an enlightening read. http://www.record-eagle.com/feech.htm#genwhy
Thursday, April 27th, was "Take Your Child to Work Day". In 2003 the Ms. Foundation for Women started this however it seems that my family really took it to heart this past Thursday. Although it's a bit humerous now, at the time our stress and concern levels were off the scale.
On the 20th of April our youngest, Andrea, had her tonsils out (see last week) and was slowly getting better. Thursday evening she said her throat was bothering her and that she felt like it was bleeding. Off to the Rural Health Center we went to get it checked out. Within minutes of arriving all heck broke loose. Her dad, Joe, was called in from teaching the paramedic class. To make the story short and not too gory, Andrea had to be air-lifted off-island by the Coast Guard to Munson Hospital in Traverse City due to severe bleeding which was life-threatening. Luckily for us, her doctor happened to be on call in the Emergency room. Thanks to excellent medical care, a swift helicopter, a great EMS team, and loads of prayers Andrea is home and well on her way to recovery although she has to lay low for a bit longer. Mom and Dad have plenty more gray hair now.
Andrea's been taking her dad's First Responder class at school this year. With Thursday being "Take Your Child to Work Day" she got to see Dad up close and personal wearing his other hat - paramedic. Frankly, I think she took it a bit too far and I hope that next year her idea of going to work with a parent consists of just coming over to the library and reading a good book.
Thanks to everyone who helped out: the staff at the Rural Health Center, EMS, Coast Guard, Island Airways (getting us back home again quickly), and all those who said prayers for Andrea.
The first of May provided those who were up early with a spectacular sunrise.
Photos and story by Frank Solle
Thursday, April 27, marked the Beaver Island Community School's annual Sports Award Ceremony. Thanks to the improvements made last summer, this year's ceremony was held in the school's gymnasium, a most fitting site in which to honor the local athletes.
Also fitting was guest speaker, Mrs. Christine Heller Perdue, a former BICS student-athlete. Perdue was an assistant volleyball coach this past season at Traverse City St. Francis high school. She is employed by the Community Foundation of Traverse City.
In addressing the large crowd, Perdue spoke fondly of her days as a student and athlete at BICS, as well as the uniqueness of Beaver Island. Having finished her high school education in California, Perdue certainly has a strong base with which to build her viewpoint.
“Beaver Island is a great example of community support,” Perdue said. She backed that statement with the observation that the Islander sports teams battle cry is “not a school cry, but an Island cry.” She also explained the difference between Island athletes and many of their counterparts in larger areas by saying, “Island athletes play for the love of the game,” as opposed to playing for superficial reasons as “the popular kids are playing” or “my friends are playing.”
Perdue closed by speaking of the strengths Island athletes gain in three important areas: social, emotional, and physical.
Following Perdue's address, coaches Mike Myers and Connie Boyle awarded certificates, pins, letters, and chevrons to the many athletes involved in soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
Also recognized during the ceremony were the members of the school's first girls basketball team and their coach Ms. Marianne Brown. While girls basketball is not yet an official Northern Lights League sport, a number of league schools have begun preparing for its inclusion. A tournament was held this winter at Hannahville, and the Islanders claimed the title.
The evening concluded with Superintendent/Principal Kitty McNamara presenting the annual Bill Burns Outstanding Sportsmanship Award to senior John Albin.
Defensive MVP - John Albin and John Runberg
Offensive MVP - Jared Wojan
Most Improved Defense - Rita Palmer
Most Improved Offense - Dave Schwartzfisher
All Northern Lights League: John Albin, John Runberg
NLL Honorable Mention: Jared Wojan
Offensive MVP - Jared Wojan Defensive
MVP - John Albin
Most Improved Defense - Eric Albin
Most Improved Offense - Saygan Croswhite
All Northern Lights League: John Albin, Jared Wojan
NLL Honorable Mention: James Gillespie
Offensive MVP - Emma Adams
Defensive MVP - Krystle Timsak
Most Improved Defense - Brittany Crandall
Most Improved Offense - Christine McDonough
All Northern Lights League: Krystle Timsak, Christine McDonough, Emma Adams
NLL Honorable Mention: Caitlin Boyle
With all the talk on the island about gray wolves you may want to check out the National Wildlife Federation pages on the gray wolf and take the quick quiz on how to tell the difference between it and the coyote. Check it it out on this page: http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/graywolf/
Photos by Joe Moore
On Sunday, April 30th the long-time dream of the Beaver Island Christian Church became a reality as ground was broken for the new fellowship center. Moderator Judi Meister opened the celebration with a short history of the Beaver Island Christian Church. She was followed by Phil Gregg who told about the very first service of the Christian Church that was held in an island motel room. Pastor Steve Skinner offered words of encouragement that this new building will be built and used in a spirit of worship, will allow opportunities to witness, be a home to weekly fellowship and allow for the conducting of mission conventions. Meister then asked the Gregg family, who are the only remaining charter members living on the island, to turn over the first shovel as she announced that the new building will be named the Gregg Fellowship Center. Phil and Lillian, accompanied by their daughters Ruthie and Phyllis eagerly complied and were followed by the Church Board members and the Building Committee members. What a great day for Christian Church and for the island as Phil Becker, representing Holy Cross Catholic Church, offered a shovel of dirt and their help.
New and safer adventures await Central Michigan University students, faculty and staff with the purchase of the former U.S. Coast Guard boathouse on Beaver Island.
The boathouse, which was purchased with gifts of more than $1 million, will enhance teaching and research activities conducted at the Central Michigan University Biological Station on the island. The 2,850-square-foot facility includes storage for boats and equipment.
“The boathouse is a safe base of operation for vessels used for instruction and research on northern Lake Michigan,” said James Gillingham, director of the Central Michigan University Biological Station and a professor of biology. “The additional space also will attract more users from other institutions interested in instruction and research.”
Central Michigan University students and faculty use boats to visit smaller islands where instruction in botany, fish and wildlife management, and biological research is conducted.
Central Michigan University offers summer classes taken by hundreds of students annually from throughout Michigan. Research by Central Michigan University students and faculty, as well as visiting scholars, is conducted in the spring, summer and early fall. Researchers collaborate with government agencies from the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Natural Features Inventory, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Buying and improving the boathouse property cost $1.25 million. All but $78,000 has been raised through gifts so far. Annual operating expenses, which will be paid for from an endowment funded by gifts, are projected to be about $5,000 for utilities and maintenance. The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees approved buying the privately owned property last fall if the purchase price could be raised through gifts.
“Alumni and other supporters of CMU met the challenge,” said Robert Kohrman, dean of Central Michigan University's College of Science and Technology. “We were confident we could reach the goal, and our supporters confirmed that with their gifts. The college is grateful for the generosity of donors and their support for the programs and research being conducted at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.”
For more information, call Kohrman at (989) 774-1870 or Gail Moore at (989) 774-3773.
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