Signs of the Season

Little by little the chill of winter is wearing off and little signs are appearing that spring, and soon summer, will be here. Trees are bursting with buds, skunk cabbage is wide awake (notice the odor?), hummingbirds and orioles are appearing at feeders. It's a nice time of year - before the unofficial state bird makes an appearance - the Beaver Island mosquito. Did you know that during the summer months the Island mosquito has been known to carry off small children and dogs?

Photo by Frank Solle

Monday, May 16th, was also Island Clean-up Day. This is the annual day that all the school children are divided up and along with adult drivers clean up all the trash they find along side the roadways. It's a great way to make them aware of littering and the final result benefits us all. This year some groups also worked at the library, the township hall and in the school yard besides those hiking along the roads. A great job was done by all who took part. Way to go, gang!


Along with being perfect weather for cleaning up, it was also a perfect day to grab a couple of extra pictures. Green/Greene's farm (depending upon which family member you ask about the spelling) split rail fence and drive. Skip Duhamel and Jimmy Kenwabikise working on their trap nets and preparing for another forage out into the lake. Now we know what that huge reel on the top of Skip's truck is used for.



2005 Junior/Senior Banquet

Story and photos by Frank Solle

Senior Class of 2005 left to right: Emily Gray, Melissa Bailey, Keith Szczepanski and Danielle Cary
Junior Class of 2005 left to right: John Runberg, Brett Maudrie, Jimmy Gillespie, Krysle Timsak, John Albin, Keri Wirth, Christine McDonough, Justin Martin and Cody Gillespie


While the weather outside was Friday the 13th frightful, the activities inside Holy Cross Hall were delightful as the annual Junior and Senior Banquet proved to be yet another success.

A full house, dressed to the nines, was treated to an outstanding dinner overseen by chef Dusty Cushman and a competent staff composed of parents of the current junior class, and served most professionally by members of the seventh grade.

During the dinner the senior video was played, featuring pictures of the seniors from infancy through this recent school year. This year the seniors produced the video themselves, nearly matching the professional productions of the past.

Following the dinner and video presentation, high school teacher, Jim Stambaugh, delivered the keynote speech. Comparing the seniors to a Global Positioning System, he described the three satellites the seniors needed to gain their bearings in life. The first satellite being parents who provided direction and heart. The second being community, helping to establish location and provide soul. The third satellite is education which aids in finding your place in the world.

Speaking to each senior, Stambaugh reminded them not only to acknowledge those who helped 'initialized' them, just as a GPS tool requires initialization, but to remember they too are someone else's guiding satellite.

In closing, Stambaugh said, "A GPS is designed to seek and locate adventure, and so are you."

A standing ovation followed the speech, not only in recognition and appreciation for his words, but for his many years of service to Beaver Island Community School.

In her blessing prior to the meal, Jayne Bailey, mother of senior Melissa, also acknowledged Stambaugh and his wife Donna, who will be switching to part-time teaching responsibilities beginning next school year.

Stambaugh's speech was followed by farewell talks from the eighth, ninth and tenth grades, with sophomores Bailey McDonough and Brenna Green leading the crowd in a toast to the honored seniors.

After the dinner the students departed for an hour-long ferry ride before returning to the hall for open mike time, dancing and games until the wee hours.

This event marks the beginning of the end of another school year. Graduation is set for Saturday, June 11.

Matthew J. Taylor 1983-2005

Matthew J. Taylor passed away May 8, 2005.

Matthew was born May 20, 1983, in Petoskey, the son of Daniel and Traci Clark. He attended schools in Pellston and Beaver Island, where he graduated in 2002. He then attended college in Santa Fe, N.M., studying Native American arts. He was an artist and enjoyed reading. Matthew was a member of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Traci Clark, of Pellston; sister, Patricia Baker of Alanson; grandpa, William Nowsisloski, of Harbor Springs; grandma, Deora Higgins, of Petoskey; and many cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.




MAY 21, 2005

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Because the Father Fred Foundation is close to Muggs' heart, we will be taking a collection of canned goods at the door, so please participate in this great cause


BEAVER ISLAND, MI MAY 1, 2005 Created by two professional actors from Memphis, TN, Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre officially announces its inaugural summer season of shows on beautiful Beaver Island. Executive Director Brian Porter and Artistic Director Kyle Barnette have spent the past year planning and preparing for their first full summer season of live professional theatre. This young and vibrant new theatre will feature professional actors from around the country performing in three productions that run throughout the entire summer from June all the way into September. From adult oriented musical comedy and regional drama to down home southern-fried humor, EIR's premiere season promises to provide quality live professional entertainment to the many summer visitors and residents of Beaver Island .

Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre proudly announces its 2005 Summer Season

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (June 17 Sept. 28) kicks off EIR's inaugural season with a musical bang. Created by Joe DiPietro and Jim my Roberts , ILYYPNC explores the journey from the start of dating and mating all the way through the golden years of marriage with several comedic musical numbers and familiar situations. This intoxicating blend of romance, biting satire, and outrageous comedy has charmed audiences time and again. Currently Off-Broadway's longest running show, ILYYPNC features a quartet of interchanging song and dance partners taking you on a journey from first dates to funerals and babies to divorce. This show promises to be a charming and memorable night of love in its many incarnations .

*This show contains adult humor and situations.

EIR is proud to present the first professional production of the new drama Wives of an American King (July 12 Sept. 2) by Interlochen professor Anne-Marie Oomen. The show is a compelling glimpse into the story of the multiple wives of Mormon expatriate and self-appointed King of Beaver Island Jesse Strang, Wives is a dynamic journey into the manipulation, blind faith, and sexual proclivities these women endured as one by one they succumbed to the many charms and betrayals of their beloved husband and leader. A shocking and enthralling new work, Wives is sure to give you a new glimpse into the mystifying story of Jesse Strang and Beaver Island .

Steel Magnolias (Aug. 19 Sept. 18) Currently running in a successful revival on Broadway, Steel Magnolias is the loving comedic tribute to the charm and wit of Southern women that served as the inspiration for the successful 1989 film of the same name. Set entirely in a beauty shop in a small Louisiana town, the show focuses on the magnificent bond between a group of rambunctious and sometimes eccentric women as they gossip and stand by each other's sides through the best and worst life has to offer. Bring a hankie and laugh until you cry with one of theatre's true homegrown offerings.

*FIRST NIGHT DINNER PACKAGE: Emerald Isle Repertory has teamed with Nina's Restaurant at The Beaver Island Lodge to offer a special dinner and theatre package to celebrate the opening night of each of their three shows this summer. For a special ticket price of $44, theatergoers can enjoy a full course dinner at Nina's Restaurant and then head to the theatre for the opening night performance of any of the shows. This is a wonderful opportunity for a night of fine dining and enjoying quality live professional theatre on Beaver Island .

TICKETS: All tickets can be purchased by either calling EIR at 231.448.2184 or stopping by the EIR Ticket Office next to Ace Hardware on Beaver Island .