Honoring the Fallen

On Monday morning folks gathered in front of the Neer Memorial at Holy Cross Church for the annual AMVET's honoring of fallen heroes. Bob Hoogendoorn opened the ceremony and was followed by Alvin LaFreniere who introduced Kathy Speck who led the audience in the National Anthem. Island Poet Laureate, Jack Spanak recited a poem he'd written about the passing of a young Sergeant from Hudsonville, Michigan that dampened eyes.

Sergeant Richard Herrema

'Twas in the town of Hudsonville
A sunny day in May
The flags half mast the mourners came
Their last respect to pay

A soldier Richard Herrema
Borne by his peers in green
His flag draped coffin carried in
No dry eye to be seen

Two sisters young and gracious
their lives with brother brought
Those voices sweet as soft they spoke
As tears they bravely fought

Best friends they spoke both old and new
Great things they had to say
The life of Richard Herrema
I met Rick that spring day

The church was filled and flowers spoke
Of sad undying love
A good young man no longer here
Looked down from up above

And when we left the Church that day
The waiting people massed
Lining the road with flags unfurled
When Richard cortège passed

The sun on new green trees shed warmth
That bright sad day in May
And traffic stopped and lights stayed green
As we went on our way

The graveside service prayers and guns
That made the birds take flight
A folded flag was given mom
She clutched it o so tight

We hugged and shared and kissed with care
The families depart
I looked into a mothers eyes
And saw her shattered heart

We speak of valor honor due
Forget not family
Their suffering it does not stop
Our freedom is not free


Dedicated to Rick Herrema's family and loved ones

Jack R. Spanhak May 5, 2006

John Runberg, Sr. read the long list of islanders who have died in battle. Bob Hoogendoorn and Paul Niehaus both played Taps. Pastor Steve Skinner, of the Beaver Island Christian Church gave the closing prayer.



This little fellow was found lying in the weeds along side Carlisle Road and the Rural Health Center by Wendy White and Dee Gallagher. While lots of pictures were taken, the little guy was left right where he was so that his mother would know where to find him.

All of us enjoy observing young wild animals as they appear during Nature's ritual of renewal each spring and summer. A white-tailed deer fawn provides one of most appealing sights in Nature. Many fawns are observed following their always-wary mother or bounding around in a sunny meadow. If a fawn is found in late spring or early summer, it may be curled up in the woods or in a field alone, with no vigilant mother in sight. Is it orphaned? With almost certainty, the answer is no.

Wildlife raise their young using methods that may seem strange or even neglectful to humans. The doe leads her newborn young to secluded habitat and nurses them. The fawn beds down soon after feeding. If the doe has twins, she separates them up by as much as 200 feet. The doe now leaves her young to feed and rest after the recent birthing. After a few hours, the doe returns to the fawn , feeds it and moves it to a new hiding spot. This pattern will continue for about three weeks. By this time the fawns are strong enough to keep up with their mother and able to out race any potential danger.

Evolutionary adaptations have provided deer with the ability to survive and thrive in rapidly changing landscapes. Fawns have almost no odor, so predators struggle to locate them. The spotted coat creates a camouflage effect for fawns lying on the ground surrounded by low vegetation. Fawns instinctively freeze which enhances this protective coloration. As fawns grow and mature, they will initially freeze, but they jump up and bound away.

Speed is the primary protection for an adult white-tailed deer. An adult deer can run about 25 miles per hour with short bursts up to 40 miles per hour. However young fawns are not capable of this escape technique and must depend on their ability to hide.

What should a person do when they encounter a young fawn hiding on the ground? As little as possible. Never try to catch it. If the fawn is lying down, enjoy the moment and then quietly walk away. Do not describe the location to others. If the fawn attempts to follow you, gently push on its shoulders until it lies down, and then slowly walk away. The doe would do the same thing when she wants the fawn to stay put.

Removing deer or other native wild animals from the wild, raising them and keeping them in captivity without the approval of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is against the law. The unnatural conditions of life in captivity can lead to malnutrition, injury and stress at the hands of a well-meaning captor. Wild animals that become accustomed to humans can pose a threat to themselves and to people. Remember, if you observe a fawn, enjoy the moment, but do not pick it up.

Beside the above problem, folks need to be aware that they shouldn't let their dogs run free no matter how well behaved Fido is. It only takes a second for a dog to maim or kill a spring-time woodland baby be it deer, turkey, duck, or whatever. Drivers can also pose potential problems for young critters so please slow down and look carefully especially in areas where deer have been frequenting.

... and from Rich Gillespie

We flew down to Jackson and back on Friday only two find this
fella (or gal) blocking the hanger door at Ron Jakubas hangar at the
township airport.  He layed there and patiently waited for us to leave
and thankfully was gone the next day. Thought you would enjoy them.


Thanks, Rich.

Beaver Island EMS Trauma Weekend

Story and photos by Joe Moore

Beaver Island EMS, in conjunction with Kellogg Community College instructors, Steve and Lisa Rose, took the Memorial Weekend to teach Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) to a group of dedicated members. Participating as students were Sarah McCafferty, Donna Kubic, Dawn Traficante, Ken Bruland, and Joe Moore all members of BIEMS. A visitor from Camp Daggett also participated. Each student needed to be a team leader, assess a patient involved in a trauma, find all injuries, treat all injuries appropriately, and complete all of this within a 10-15 minute period of time. Patients had stage makeup applied and participants had to cut clothes off to be able to visualize the injuries. All participants put in a busy and event-filled three days of instruction and testing. Joe Moore was also doing his BTLS instructor student teaching during this weekend.


Thanks-You's go out to Lisa and Steve Rose, the instructors, Michael Myers and Erin Rudnicki, our pediatric patients, and Abigail Adams, our adult patient. Everyone had an enjoyable and knowledge-filled weekend with excellent weather.

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