Annual Fourth of July Golf Tournament

by Frank Solle

Beaver Island's Annual Fourth of July Golf Tournament has been set for Sunday, July 3. The best-ball scramble will get underway at 1:30 pm at the Beaver Island Golf Course.

The tournament has openings for 18 five-person teams. There is a $2.00 charge per player to cover administrative costs. Each player is also responsible for regular green fees for nine holes of play. There is no green fee for registered members of the course.

Once again local merchants have donated numerous prizes that players will compete for on each hole. By demonstrating their outstanding talents, golfers will have the opportunity to win prizes by hitting the longest drive, chipping closest to the pin, and hitting closest to the green on the second shot of a hole for example.

Door prizes will be awarded following the competition.

A trophy for the first place team is donated each year by Ed Welter. As tournament director Jerry Sowa said, "Each year the trophy is unique and different."

Last year's tournament was won by the team of Jerry and Tom Charbeneau, Paul Davis, Larry Laurain, and Bill Detwiler.

Sign-up sheets will soon be posted at various location. For more information contact Sowa at 448.2464

Pizza Extravaganza

Benefit for the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund

May 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross Parish Hall

Pizza Kings: Keith Pintler, Jim Campbell and Dusty Cushman

$1.25/slice $9.00/pizza

The Beaver Island Graduates of 2005

By Elaine West and Phyllis Moore

It hardly seems that long ago that we watched these kids begin school. Their first twelve years of formal education have flown by and soon they'll be off to seek new horizons. This year the Beaver Island Community School has four graduates.

Melissa Bailey is the daughter of Mike and Jayne Bailey. Melissa was on the volleyball team (grade 8 - 12) and played soccer during her junior year. She has been very involved in the performing arts and will be in this summer's EIR Theatre production “Wives of an American King.” She has been accepted into Albion 's honors program, received the Trustee Scholarship and went to a Distinguished Honors Competition. When asked for her thoughts Melissa said, " I never really thought I'd graduate. Not that I'd flunk out of school or anything, but that my graduation day would just never really get here. I'm still living in denial. It's not a bad place to be. After this hypothetical graduation takes place however, I'm going to spend the summer working at the Lodge... In fall, I'll be attending Albion College . I'm looking forward to just about everything at college, although I'd be lying if I said I wasn't totally freaked out by the change. But I even like feeling freaked. I have no clue what I want to study. I really just want to go for two years and wait till the last minute to pick a major. Life is full of so many things."

Danielle Marie Cary, daughter of Greg and Lynn Cary, has been a noted vocalist during her years at Beaver Island Community School , often soloing at special events. She has also been very involved in athletics: Volleyball (grade 8 - 12); Soccer (grade 9 - 12); and was 12th grade Captain in both the volleyball and soccer team. She was voted most valuable player and all-league player for volleyball and most improved defensive player for soccer. Danielle has also been on the yearbook staff for three years and a YAC representative for the Community Foundation. Her plans after graduation include going to Douglas J. Cosmetology School in East Lansing , where she will be roommates with her best friend, Kerry Gillespie. Danielle also hopes to pursue her music after cosmetology school is completed. Danielle said, "I plan on getting my cosmotiology license and getting a job at a nice salon. I might stay in Lansing for a couple years and work. East Lansing is a great place. There are a lot of younger people and a lot to do. I look forward to living there and starting my career there."

Emily Ann Gray is the daughter of Michelle LaFreniere of Beaver Island and Blake Gray of Fairbanks, Alaska. She has been involved in a number of activities including 12 years in Girl Scouts, Student Council (grade 9-12), yearbook (grade 9, 11, 12), and the student member of the Youth Consortium (grade 9 - 11). She has been very active in sports: Soccer (grades 9, 10, 12), volleyball (grade 11, 12) and basketball (grade 9, 10). In 2005, Emily received the Bill Burns Memorial Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. She also received the Presidential Scholarship at North Central Michigan College , where she will be pursing a degree in nursing. Emily is also looking into a paramedic program.

Keith Szczepanski is the son of Marie LaFreniere and Steve Szczepanski. He attended BICS for the last two years and played both soccer and basketball both his junior and senior year. Last year he received “Most Improved Defense” in both sports. This year Keith received an honorable mention in the Northern Lights All League Team. He plans to pursue his study of music in the fall. Keith's response to questions on his future was, " One possibility is Northwestern Michigan College , to which I have been accepted. I'm going to pursue music in some way, shape, or form. Another possibility is a Recording Workshop course that's in Ohio that teaches people how to setup, record, produce, and manage a studio; it's a 5 week course with optional additional courses for various areas in the recording business. The Recording Workshop would prepare me for a job in a studio pretty much anywhere."

Farewell to Doug Marvin

Some folks may not recognize the name, but almost everyone knows that the smiling face belongs to the Director of the Lighthouse School. Doug Marvin. After six years, Doug is moving on. Actually, he's moving east and will be working in Connecticut.

On May 17th, a going away party was held at the Beaver Island Christian Church with approximately 75 folks in attendance, including a prior graduate. It was a total surprise for Doug, who generally avoids being the center of attention. So many people have appreciated all he has done over the years that it was a chance for them to show it. The party included cake, ice cream sundaes, a wonderful slide show both of the school itself and a second of the marvelous Mr. Marvin. The lighthouse staff presented him with pictures of the 61 graduates of the school that he's been involved with all contained within one frame. He also was the recipient of a gift certificate to his favorite book store, Borders. The Christian Church also gave him a lovely sunset photo to remember the island.


Doug Marvin may be leaving the island, but he'll long remain in our hearts as someone who truly cared about his students and taught them by example. We'll miss you, Doug, but we sure hope you keep in touch and come back to visit. Good luck in your new venture, we know that they are getting the best there is for their organization.

Join us at the

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Community Room

June 15, 2005, at 7:00 PM

for an

Estate Planning Seminar


Presenters include:

Katrina Martin with the law offices of Joseph, Corcoran & Telgenhof, P.C.


Craig Leppien with Waddell and Reed.

Katrina Martin will discuss:

· Wills vs. Trusts

· Power of Attorney for Financial Matters

· Living Wills

Craig Leppien will discuss:

· Taxes Affecting Your Estate

· Strategies to Overcome Tax Liabilities

Please call the Health Center (448-2275) if you plan to attend so we may make adequate arrangements.

EIR Summer Season Sneak Preview Party

On Friday, June 10, the Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre will host a “Summer Season Sneak Preview Party” at Stoney Acre, starting at 8:00 p.m. Complimentary hors d' oeuvres will be served and a cash bar available. The professional acting company will provide the entertainment, with a special “sneak peek” at the first show of the season, a hilarious adult musical, “I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.” A free will donation will be taken to assist the non-profit organization.