6th Annual Symphony on the Green

Sixth Annual Symphony on the Green fundraiser to benefit:

* The purchase of a CAD System for Charlevoix Area Hospital's Imaging Department used for early detection of breast cancer

* The expansion of Boyne Rehabilitation Center to allow expanded services

* Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation's Community Out-Reach Programs

Date: Friday, July 9th ~ Rain or Shine

Location: Castle Farms, Charlevoix

Featuring: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

Bill Tole, Musical Director ~ featuring Nancy Knorr

6:30 p.m. - Grounds Open 8:00 p.m. - Concert Begins

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and picnic

No outside alcoholic beverages allowed

Cash Bar on site

Ticket Options

Patron - $200

Seating Under the Tent - $50

Seating on the "Green" - $25

Patron Tickets Include:

Cocktail hour with cash bar


Preferential Seating Under-th-Tent

Exclusive Dance Area

$120 Tax Deductible Donation


Fun for the whole family

For additional information or tickets call 231-547-8685

T/S State of Michigan

Shortly after dinner on the evening of May 12th, Yvonne Crandall telephoned me to say a big boat was coming into the harbor. Having seen lots of "big" boats, I asked if it were a cruiser. "No," she replied, "it's a lot bigger than the Emerald Isle." Of course that had me grabbing my camera and heading into town. Sure enough, it was a huge ship that dwarfed both ferries.


So what was this ship? It's the T/S State of Michigan which is owned by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. They are doing a tour of Lake Michigan and were scheduled for an overnight here.

It's a huge ship with a displacement of approximately 2,300 tons and her dimensions are 224 X 43 X 15 feet. Propulsion is via 4 diesels, diesel-electric, 3,200 bhp, 2 shafts, 11 knots.

Formerly known as King's Pointer with the United States Merchant Marine Academy she was on a routine training trip to Boston on October 31, 1999 when EgyptAir flight 990 crashed into the ocean near Nantucket. She was among the first to spot wreckage from that flight.

In 2002 her name and home port were changed. She became the T/S State of Michigan berthed at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan where she is utilized as an introduction to the lifestyle and etiquette of life aboard ship. She functions as a lab for both deck and engineering cadets throughout the school year. All time spent aboard the State of Michigan is considered seaproject time for the cadets.

AMVETS Auxiliary Sock Hop Results

Submitted by Susie Fisher

Here 'tis - the AmVets Auxiliary Sock Hop was a great success making the Auxiliary a fine profit, which will enable us to continue planning community events. All members were delighted by the community's support and the fun time had by all. Joe Nagraba, DJ extraordinaire, has promised to return next year. We plan more dancing and less door-prize chatter.

We would like to thank all the donors of the door prizes. Here is a list of main contest winners:

50/50 Raffle: Margaret McDonough Vavere, Grand Rapids, a happy winner of $240! (Margaret is Kevin Barry's sister)

Best Costume: Tina Turner Morgan (Total Poodle)

Male singer: Phil "Bobby Darren" Becker (Mack the Knife)

Female singers: Motley Crue of Rizzo, Peg, Judy Sandy, Susie, Lisa, Joanie, Donna (It's My Party)

Hula Hoop: Bob "Buzz Cut" Hoogendoorn (worst Mohawk in Michigan)

As Auxiliary President, I would like to personally thank a fantastic sock hop crew of Auxiliary workers: Chairperson: KK Antkoviak. Committee members: Judy Thompson, Sandy Latimer, Emma Jean Belfy, Janet O'Donnell, Dee Gallagher, Betty Scoggin, Kathy Adams, Joy Green, Peg Hoogendoorn, our husbands and boy friends, the AmVets bartenders. What a great group.

Susie Fisher
AmVets Auxiliary Post #46

Additional Calendar Events Planned:

May 18 - 5:00 - Cocktail party for Beaver Island women, Dee Gallagher's home

May 30 - 12 noon - Quilt raffle drawing at AmVets pancake breakfast at Parish Hall

Continuous Sale of AmVets Clovers to benefit Veterans of past and present wars

July 4th Parade - sno cone stand at Beaver Island Realty

September 10 - chicken dinner at the Holy Cross Hall before Fishing Tournament

September 11 - AmVets Fishing Tournament - contact Don Bair for details (448-2185)

Rummage Sale

There will be a Rummage Sale at Hurkman's garage at 26880 Paid Een Ogs Road on June 12th and 13th from 9:00 until 5:00 p.m. Items include a Dish 500 Satalight System, Troybilt 10HP chipper/Vac, jewelry, clothing and misc.

Bradstreet Meeting Charlevoix County Residents

State Representative Ken Bradstreet, R-Gaylord, will be available May 21st to talk with residents of Charlevoix County, including Beaver Island.

The 105th District lawmaker has scheduled office hours in Charlevoix County Courthouse in Charlevoix from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Bradstreet will be on Beaver Island in the community room of the Rural Health Center from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

"No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in for a talk, " Bradstreet said. "I'm here to listen to people's thoughts and concerns about state government issues."

For more information call Bradstreet's Lansing office toll free at 1-877-KEN-4-105.

Notes From Michelle

Summer Break is almost upon us, and I wanted to make you aware of what there is available this summer for the kids.

* Red Cross Babysitting Class offered Saturday, June 12th, 2004. Minimum age requirement is 11 years old on/before June 12th. There are only 10 spaces available. We will do first come first served. I will accept off-island residents after June 1st to fill the spaces as necessary. This class is to be held at the school. Cost is $15.00 per student. Scholarships can be applied for by writing a letter addressed to Ms. McNamara by June 1st, stating your need and why you want to take the class.

* Sheriff's Department Boater Safety Class will be offered on June 15th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. also at the school. Minimum age requirement is 12 year old for certification. You can be 11 years old turning 12 THIS SUMMER but you will not receive certification until you are actually 12. There is no cost for this class. Registration cut-off date is June 1st. Maximum number of students is 20.

* There will be a Basic Water Safety Class offered, I believe in late June or early July. This will be for everyone, and will teach you how to keep safe in or near the water, regardless of your swimming ability. This may include some basic swim lessons. Please call me at school or home to be put on a notification list for when plans are finalized. There should be little or no cost for this. I will let those who express an interest know ASAP. This will be taught by Red Cross instructors.

* Don't forget Softball starts in 2 weeks. Is your child signed up? Cost is $5.00 per student, and again scholarships are available if needed. Diane McDonough runs this program if you have any questions. (448-2164)

* We are starting a Volleyball League to start August 3rd (the Tuesday after Volleyball ends) and will run 5 weeks. This will be held at the Donegal Bay Volleyball Court, with thanks to the Port St. James Association. This is Co-Ed and for incoming 9th graders on up. If enough younger kids express an interest we can do a league for them on Mondays after softball. Just tell them to let me know if they are interested.

* Men's Monday Night Basketball will continue through the summer, but Wednesday's have ended until next fall sometime. Must be 9th grade or older to participate (the exception to this rule is our 8th grade boys who plan to play basketball this coming year). You are welcome to bring guests, but they must adhere to our rules. The only Mondays that the gym will not be open is Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is free, and run by Mike Sowa.

* We are going to do two "Family Camps" again this summer, hopefully one in July and one in August for our younger kids. I am eagerly awaiting Paul Cole's return to Beaver Island since I am going to ask him to help again this year (He doesn't know this yet!)

* 4th of July Carnival is of course on the 4th of July! I need LOTS of volunteers again this year. Incoming 5th graders on up will be able to help, and remind the kids that any hours they put into this is money they can take off the ski trip this winter, or any other activity they want for that matter. First consideration for the ski trip is always given to those students who volunteer to help with Youth Consortium work!

If there is anything else you would like to see this summer, please let me know. I am always happy to look into options to keep the kids safe, busy and entertained!


Michelle LaFreniere
Youth Programs Director
Beaver Island Youth Consortium

Frank's Visitor

Frank Solle keeps his camera handy at all times and a lucky thing it is as he captured this lovely visitor. For those who haven't already, get your feeders filled as the hummers and orieos are arriving and looking for treats. Thanks for sharing, Frank.

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