Daniel J. Green 1921-2003

Daniel J. Greene, 82, formerly of Detroit, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Penfold Adult Foster Care Home in Charlevoix.

Mass of the Resurrection was held at noon Thursday, May 22, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. The Rev. Patrick Cawley officiated and burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Daniel was born on April 2, 1921, on Beaver Island, the son of Anthony and Mary (Boyle) Greene. He served with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II from 1942 to 1945.

Daniel was employed by the Ready Power Company in Detroit as an electrician. After his retirement, he was self employed in refrigeration service for several years.

Daniel is survived by his sisters, Bernell Burke of Ludington, Rose Connaghan of Beaver Island, Lill Left of Charlevoix, Mary Margaret (Ed) Breden of Glenview, Ill.; brothers, Anthony (Betty) Greene of Ludington and Russell (Joy) Green of Beaver Island. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, in 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.

The family was served by the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Daniel Greene.


Beaver Island - Lansing Reception

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Photo of the state capitol taken from the 22nd floor of the old R. E. Olds building

Tuesday, May 20th, marked the fourth annual Beaver Island - Lansing Reception.  Islanders from the Chamber of Commerce, Rural Health Center, Beaver Island Boat Company, and the Beaver Island Transportation Authority converged on the twenty-second floor of the old R. E. Olds building in Lansing to host a reception thanking legislators and key department officials for all they have helped the island to accomplish.  These are the people who influence the decisions that affect the island and who deserve our thanks for the benefits we have derived. 

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Attending from the island were Pat Anderson, Arlene Brennan, Anne Glendon, Pete LoDico, Bill McDonough, Tammy McDonough, Kitty McNamara, Susan Meis, Barbara Murphy, Don Spencer, Barbara Swartzfisher, and Connie Wojan.  Some of the folks who attended where Senator Jason Allen, Republican for District 37; Scott Shackleton, Republican Representative for the 107th District and Morris Hood III, Democrat Representative from Wayne County.  Regrettably, Jennifer Granholm, our Governor, was unable to attend.  I was so busy taking pictures that I forgot to count who exactly was there.

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Throughout the reception rooms were displays from various organizations wither showing how state funding has benefited said organization or to illustrate what the island has to offer visitors.  One of the most impressive displays was Jeff Cashman's power point show projected on the wall which showed many natural scenes and events of the island.

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Organizing the event were Bill and Tammy McDonough.  Hors d'oeuvres and drinks were catered and available for guests as were various hand-outs telling about the island.   This year, instead of various businesses funding the reception, costs were sponsored by both Peaine and St. James Townships and the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 


Last Chance

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This is your last chance to buy the winning ticket for the Beaver Island Quilt.  Drawing is Sunday, May 25, at 8:30 at the Jack Cull Memorial Concert.



Rural Arts Grant Update

Submitted by Cindy Ricksgers

Thanks to the generous support of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The school year is winding down, and so are the in-school art programs. Thanks to the school staff, who have made us all feel welcome and appreciated, and who rearranged their schedules to accommodate our programs.  Thanks to Michelle LaFreniere, who helped in a thousand ways, and was always willing to take on whatever was needed. Thanks to all the artists who have contributed their time and talents this year; any successes we have enjoyed this year have been due to their generosity and enthusiasm.  Many people participated, enriching the program with the diversity of their interests and experience.  Mary Scholl, Cheryl Podgorski, Kelly Duhamel and Martha Guth were especially generous, often spending hours preparing examples and contributing their own materials.  Mary often even brought treats for the class!  Contributing artists had to rearrange their schedules, even take time off  from their jobs in order to come to the school.  Thank you all!

We are continuing the Wednesday evening enrichment program through the summer.  All classes are held at the Peaine Township Hall, Wednesday, 6 to 9 PM .  A materials fee is charged when noted, but classes are otherwise free. Any necessary materials are provided. Prior registration is necessary; please call Cindy at 448-2960 or Beaver Island Community School at 448-2744 to register. Any classes with a materials fee require registration at least two weeks before the class date, so that we can order.

May 28: Music Appreciation with Martha Guth; Free.

June 4: Special Desserts with Sarah Myers and Tammy LaFreniere; $10.00.

June 18: Music Appreciation with Martha Guth; Free.

June 25: Watercolor Techniques with Katherine Clark; $12.00

July 2: Quilting Workshop with “Talking Threads Quilt Guild”; bring your own sewing machine with gray thread IF POSSIBLE; Free.

July 16: Oil Painting with Lois Stipp; $30.00

July 23: Oil Painting with Lois Stipp; $30.00*

July 30: Oil Painting with Lois Stipp; $30.00*

*If you choose to take the class more than once, to continue work on your painting, the materials fee will be only $8.00 for returning students.

August 6: Special Desserts with Tammy LaFreniere and Sarah Myers; $10.00.

August 20: Papermaking with Cindy Ricksgers; Free.

August 27: Quilting Workshop with “Talking Threads Quilt Guild”; bring your own sewing machine with gray thread IF POSSIBLE; Free.

September 3: Mosaic Project with Pam O’Brien; $12.00

September17: Papermaking with Cindy Ricksgers; Free.

September 24: Quilting Workshop with “Talking Threads Quilt Guild”; bring your own sewing machine with gray thread IF POSSIBLE; Free.

In addition to all she does for students through the Youth Consortium, Michelle LaFreniere has done a wonderful job of organizing and scheduling the House Parties.  They will continue through September as well. The next one is June 15, at the home of Mike Sowa (the old Bonner Farm) on Sloptown Road.


Check out page two for updates on the Wildlife Club's walleye pond.  New photos from Jim Gillingham and Jeff Powers.


Page Two of the News on the 'Net