It hardly seems possible, but it's Deer Season again and the island has been invaded by red coats. If you were in the town area from Friday through Sunday you saw the ferry loaded with hunters of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Having given Deer Season some considerable thought, I've come to recognize that it isn't totally for the purpose of procuring meat for the long winter again to ward off starvation. Heck no, Deer Season is that time that the guys can go back to being ten, eleven or twelve years old. What other sport offers them the chance to go off with "the guys" and build what they call blinds but which resemble those forts they built as kids? And the food, again what other sport allows them to indulge in eating binges of whatever they want and not be reprimanded for burping at the table? For some Deer Season even means <gasp> all the beer you can drink! Imagine that!
Now if you were a young boy this phenomenon would surely entice you to join the ranks. Playing in the woods, all the lies you can tell to out-do your pals, you can scratch wherever you want and nobody is going to complain, you can even wear the same socks and shorts as long as you want or until another hunter (or the wildlife) complain.
Keep in mind that there are categories of deer blinds, the lowest being just a stump for those on an extremely limited budget. The next step, literally, is the tree blind which is quite simply just a platform up in a tree sort of like your basic, beginner fort. No comforts, just a little area to sit on and watch for deer. Then comes the actual stick-built blind although it comes in stages too, the basic being no more than a small closet and for the discriminating hunter the blind may include such amenities as television (with remote control of course), a designated chef for those fancy meals of wieners and beans, some even have indoor plumbing and perhaps a sauna and hot tub to relax in after a hard day in the woods.
I do realize that some women go hunting too but you can always tell their blinds from the men's.... for one thing, all the vegetation immediately around the blind isn't dead or yellow and in a few cases gingham or even camouflage curtains have been seen at the windows.
We aren't complaining about the hunters. Heck, they do a lot to keep the island going in the off-season. Many are old friends who have returned year after year and we enjoy seeing them and hearing the tales. We just hope that everyone has a good time. Happy hunting and be careful out there.
This part of the News on the 'Net hasn't been done in quite awhile and it seemed like a good time to bring it back for a visit. Can you guess who this person is? He's a graduate of the Beaver Island Community School. He has been sighted all over the island including just a few times at the golf course. The smile alone should make this an easy one. Give it some thought and check at the end of this weeks' news.
Thomas Frank Graham Sr., 86, of Harbor Springs, died Nov. 14, 2004, at Northern Michigan Hospital surrounded by his children and wife.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs. The Rev. Tom Cook of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery of Harbor Springs.
Dr. Graham was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Harbor Springs, the son of Frank Archie and Fern Klark Graham. He grew up in Harbor Springs and attended Harbor Springs High School, Western Michigan University and received his DDS from the University of Michigan.
He was married to Betty Stiansen for 43 years. Together, they raised five children, Peter, Thomas Jr. (Trisha), Steve, Jeff and Liz (Greg). Betty preceded him in death in 1983 and Steve in 2002.
He married Maryln Goble in 1985 and she survives him. He is also survived by three stepchildren, Rebecca (Greg) Racette, Corintha (Kent) Goble and John (Tracy) Goble, along with 15 grandchildren, Peter Jr., Terri, Eric, Nancy, Steve Jr., Scott, Susan, James, Sara, Jared, Nathan, Tom III, Sarah, Reid and Olivia; and four great-grandchildren, Caroline, Laura, Sophia and Lily.
From 1943 to 1945, Dr. Graham was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served overseas in the Philippines.
He was a member of the Michigan Dental Association, the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, the Kiwanis Club of Harbor Springs, the Harbor Springs Harbor Commission and Northern Michigan Stamp and Coin Club. He served on the Harbor Springs Library Board, as past commodore of the Little Traverse Yacht Club, commander of the American Legion in Harbor Springs and founding member of the Harbor Highlands (now Boyne Highlands) ski area.
He was a sailing enthusiast, enjoyed both cruising and racing as well as an avid stamp collector and keen bridge player. He traveled extensively and loved telling colorful jokes. He could regularly be seen at many high school athletic games cheering on our local teams. Tom will be remembered as a happy person, always ready to chat and exchange a laugh.
A long time summer visitor to the island, Tom enjoyed their Donegal Bay home and the island. He will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marilyn and the family.
The family suggests memorials be directed to the Harbor Springs Library.
Check in any legally tagged deer or deer head at one of our four stations and you may win the grand prize of a $400.00 gift certificate from Cabela's . Second & third prizes $50.00 gift certificate.
Check in is voluntary. Data used for herd mangement .
A welcome party for our new health care practitioner, Connie Harris and her husband John will be on Monday, December 6, 7 p.m. at the Shamrock. There will be a cash bar and complimentary appetizers. Everyone welcome.
Carden Malloy Young was born on November 7, 2004 in Dearborn, Michigan to Timothy and Leila Young. He weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces. He is joined at home by Dennis, Nicholas, and Lily. Grandparents are Ivan and Penny Young of Beaver Island. Great-grandparents are Francis and Letha Anthony of Vassar, Michigan. Congratulations to the Young family.
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