Two Weather Services

So how come two weather links above?  Because I was asked to bring back the NOAA link which gives a longer forecast, however the weather for it is recorded in Gaylord, Michigan.  The Wunderground link is recorded here on Beaver Island at the township airport.  Both will be available to readers.

Dr. Robert B. Smith 1913-2003

Robert B. Smith, Grandville, Michigan. Beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on Wednesday, April 9. Age 89 years. 

Robert B. Smith was born on October 16, 1913 in Andong, Korea. He was the son of medical missionaries, Roy K. and Lura M. Smith. He goes to join his beloved wife, Elaine M. Smith, whom he married on September 25, 1941 and who predeceased him in 1984. 

He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids and Spring River Presbyterian Church in Arkansas. Dr. Smith, served as a Army physician in Europe during World War II and practiced internal medicine for 35 years in Grand Rapids. He was an expert in Japanese and Korean stamps, an enthusiastic rock hound and silversmith. After retirement he volunteered at a local hospital in Arkansas, joined Kiwanis and began an indulgence of an artistic streak doing fine needlework and painting that continued for the rest of his life. 

Surviving are his son and daughter, Stephen M. and Sherrill L. Smith; his grandson and granddaughter, Kevin M. and Katherine L. Smith; his great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Trevor and Jessalyn Houk; his brother, Albert M. Smith and sister-in-law, Mary Smith. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife and by his brothers, Kenneth and Rodger Smith. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private memorial service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Diabetes Association or the charity of their choice.

The Smith family were long time island visitors who enjoyed their summer vacations at their cottage Isle-Awhile.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve and Sherrill and their families.

Realistic Scenario for EMS Students

On May 8th, EMS students arriving for class were told instead that there had been an accident and they were to report to the scene.  Teacher Joe Moore reports:

Realistic scenario was a one car versus tree motor vehicle accident.  There were two patients from the night time adult EMT class, Ken Bruland and Karen Whitecraft.  Both of the patients were made up to visually appear injured.  The four EMT students participating in this scenario were Joanie Adams, Kristen Russell, Danielle Cary, and Cindy Cushman.  These students were tested on their ability to triage (prioritize the patient based upon his/her injuries),  assess the injuries, treat the injuries, and extricate (remove the patients from the vehicle while preventing further injuries).  These students did an excellent job.  They were put under realistic pressures from the moment of entry into their classroom until the rescue and treatment were completed.  Simulated crowd noise and interference as well as available helpers added to Jim Stambaugh representing the media with video cameras and inserted questions during the simulation.  These all made the scene very realistic.  Bev and Mike Russell did an excellent job with the moulage makeup which presented another stressor for the students as they arrived on the scene of the car accident.  Both Mike and Bev also did an excellent job providing guidance to the students.  Joe Moore is able to report that both patients were successfully treated in a reasonable amount of time, and an excellent educational opportunity was had by all.

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Setting the Buoys

The Acacia made it's third appearance at Beaver Island on Wednesday, May 7th, to set the buoys.  The winter ice causes the buoys to shift from their locations and with the lower lake levels I'm sure that what marked deep water has to be taken into consideration also.  The United States Coast Guard ship Acacia was out making their annual spring adjustments to the lake buoys which will make boating safer for all.  As is typical, a crowd gathered at Whiskey Point to check things out, notice all the cars and trucks at the point..

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Low water

We've all heard how low the Great Lakes are again this year.  Lakes Michigan-Huron are 26 inches below the long-term average.  Earlier this year, water experts predicted the lake's peak level this summer could be the lowest since 1964.  Last year, lake levels finally started to rebound, but the forecast for this summer calls for the peak lake level to be about a foot lower than last year, and about two feet below its historical average.

With that in mind, I took a few aerial photos while flying back to the island on Sunday, May 4th, just to let you see how low it is.  Those with lake frontage now have huge beaches.

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Even our harbor is showing signs of the lower water.

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Very, very special thanks to Island Airways pilot, Jim Slough, who circled out a bit so I could get the photos of the harbor area and Garden Island in the distance.  Thanks, Jim.

Congratulations, Jessica

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Jessica Moore, wife of Michael Moore, graduated with her Master's degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Resources from Michigan State University on May 2nd.  Jessica will be working at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park this summer.  Congratulations, Jessica!

I Missed It

Due to being off-island on the day of the 5th and 6th grade play, I missed it along with getting photos of all the actors.  However, I understand that again they did a marvelous job again this year.  Congratulations!

Work Starts On New Health Center

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With a mighty roar a bulldozer began making its way into the property on the corner of Kings Highway and Carlisle Road plowing through sumac and small trees.  Robert Gillespie's crew is on the job beginning the new Rural Health Center.  I'll follow the progress here as the work continues.

Junk Car & Scrap Metal Disposal

St. James and Peaine Townships have an opportunity to dispose of a limited number of junk cars and small trucks this spring.  This can be accomplished with no expense to the townships.


  1. There is a limit of one vehicle per person.  Signing up is on a first come, first served basis.  We will have a stand-by list in case we have room for more vehicles.

  2. A title is required for each vehicle.

  3. The vehicle must be in rolling condition - no flat tires

  4. Fluids must be drained.

  5. There will be a handling charge for hauling on the mainland. THIS MUST BE PAID UP FRONT.

  6. Scrap metal must be secure on a pallet.

Contact Jean Palmer, St. James Township Clerk at 448-2915 for details and sign-up.

The deadline for sign-up is May 15, 2003.

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