Happy Turkey Day

Well I suppose it's happy for all of us, but probably not so happy for the turkey. This is probably the only holiday in the whole world where everyone across the country has the same dinner... turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and don't forget the pumpkin pie. Timing for the dinner is important and in most homes dinnertime will correspond with halftime of the 3,252,554,524,524 football games showing on television. Don't even think about hiding that remote!

Most of you know of my non-existent cooking abilities. The kitchen is my least favorite room in the house. Now don't get me wrong, I can cook, I just don't enjoy nearly as much as say, doodling around on my computer. However I do have twelve reasons that I can be happy I perpetually burn the bird:

  1. Salmonella won't be a concern.
  2. Everyone will think my turkey is Cajun blackened.
  3. Uninvited guests will think twice next year.
  4. My cheese broccoli lima bean casserole will gain newfound appreciation.
  5. Pets won't bother to pester me for scraps.
  6. No one will overeat.
  7. The smoke alarm was due for a test.
  8. Carving the bird provides Joe with a good cardiovascular workout.
  9. Eating Thanksgiving at our house means you get to the desserts even quicker.
  10. After dinner, the guys can take the bird outside and play football.
  11. The less turkey Uncle (fill in the blank) eats, the less likely he will be to walk around with his pants unbuttoned.
  12. You don't have to face three weeks of turkey sandwiches followed by 2 weeks of turkey soup.

Besides being thankful you don't have to suffer through one of my, and I speak generously here, home-cooked meals there are so very many things we can be thankful for this year. Thanks to an annonomous writer who listed the following which sums it all up:

  1. Trains, cars, airplanes, horses and buggies that allow us to travel great distances to share Thanksgiving with our loved ones.
  2. The spouse who complains when dinner is not on time, because s/he is home with me, not with someone else.
  3. The teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because that means she is at home & not on the streets.
  4. The mess to clean after a party because it means I  have been surrounded by friends.
  5. The taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed.
  6. The clothes that fit a little too snug because it  means I have enough to eat.
  7. My shadow who watches me work because it means I  am out in the sunshine.
  8. A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning  and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
  9. All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
  10. The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
  11. My huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
  12. The lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
  13. The piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.
  14. Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.
  15. The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because  it means that I'm alive.
  16. Getting too much email bogs me down but at least I know I  have friends who are thinking of me.

Wishing each of you a safe, wonderful Thanksgiving

The Beaver Island Christian Church

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 25th

at the Christian Church

Come as you are

If you can, bring a dish to pass, it is not required


Danford Daniel "Chick" Gallagher 1918-2004

Danford Daniel “Chick” Gallagher, 86, of Charlevoix, died November 21, 2004, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. Funeral service will be 10:00am, Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix. The Reverend Thomas Neis will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Charlevoix.

Chick was born August 21, 1918, on Beaver Island, Michigan, the son of Peter Owen and Vivian (Roddy) Gallagher. He graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1936 and went to the State Finals with the basketball team. He attended Alma College from 1940-41 and was a part of the varsity track, basketball and football teams. Chick served in the Army Air Corps as a Sergeant in WWII from 1942-45. He married Edna Novotny on August 18, 1947, in Charlevoix. Chick worked for the State Department of Transportation as bridge tender in Charlevoix for over 30 years retiring January 14, 1984.

Chick attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix.

He is survived by his wife Edna, daughters Mary C. (Steven) Wilson, of Charlevoix, Lilly (Joel) Donaldson of Petoskey, grandchildren Abbigail, Trevor and Corbin Donaldson, Stephan, Toby and Shawn Young, step-grandchildren Rex, Steven and Crystal, and 4 great-grandchildren. Chick was preceded in death by a sister and a brother, (Helen Phillips, and Jim (Big Owen) Gallagher.

Family suggests memorials to Charlevoix High School Athletics. Visitation hours are Tuesday, November 23, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Winchester Funeral Home.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Chick's family.

Susan L. Waskul

Susan Waskul entered heaven on November 20, 2004 following a long battle with cancer. She was the granddaugher of Frank and Grace Nackerman of Beaver Island and spent many summer vacations on the island.

Susan is survived by her husband, Daniel and children; Jeffrey, Christopher, Andrew and Lauren. Also surviving are her parents Richard and Ellen Verduyn and siblings; Kevin (Maureen), David (Melissa), Brian (Kim) and Bruce (Molly) Verduyn. She was the proud and loving aunt of Kelly, Dristin, Kasey, Nicolas, Claire and Jenna.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 1087 East Gardenia, Madison Heights, Michigan. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Beaver Island. Susan's family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America or to the Holy Cross Cemetery Fund.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan's family.

Boat Dock Security

For those who live on the island, or have been here hunting/visiting, the new security measures at the Beaver Island Boat Dock are being watched with amazement. Due to Homeland Security rules and regulations, all docks that are home base to vessels that carry over 150 passengers must have secure fencing and security cameras. By Thanksgiving the Beaver Island ferry dock should be in compliance. The new measures conform with tougher new international maritime security standards.

Who's paying this cost? According to Barb Schwartzfisher of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority, the Authority is covering 90% of the tab and the other 10% is a local match from revenue generated from the vessels.

While northern Michigan doesn't seem like a terrorism target, there are places near the island that might be attractive to those planning mayhem... the Mackinac Bridge and the Soo Locks for example. During World War II the Locks were carefully guarded. Now with the War on Terrorism security had to be beefed up as most folks had become rather complacent.

Although the fencing is rather startling, it could be much worse. Instead of wrought iron it could have been chain-link or barbed wire and electric fencing so this isn't near as bad as it could have been. Most likely in a few months we won't even notice it and will probably accept it as we do all the new paving, sidewalks, parking areas, and streetlights. After all, we are a part of Michigan and the United States and it seems as though our time of isolation is getting slimmer and slimmer.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone