Buoy Checking

As they do at the end of every season, the United States Coast Guard buoy tender Acacia made a visit to Paradise Bay on Friday, November 12. Frank Solle and his magic camera captured not only the ship, but almost the entire harbor. Great photo, Frank! Thanks so much for sharing.

BEAVER ISLAND WILDLIFE CLUB SPONSORS AUTUMN 2004 EVENTS

SUCCESSFUL HUNTER CONTEST

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.

Rules:

  1. Be a licensed hunter
  2. Use a bow, rifle or black powder
  3. Beaver Archipelago
  4. 10/1/04-01/01/05
  5. Deer of any sex
  6. As many times as you have a tag
  7. Record your name, address, ticket number, tag number, sex of deer, points if buck
  8. Drawing 01/03/05
  9. Check stations:

    Hardware store
    McDonough's
    Boat Company
    Island Air

  10. Winners notified

Check in is voluntary. Data used for herd mangement .

RIFLE RAFFLE HUNTERS' DINNER

Annual hunters' dinner this year at Nina's Restaurant, BI Lodge, Nov. 13, 2004 . Seating at 5:30 and 7:00 .

Raffle at 9 p.m.

First prize:

Ruger Model 77 Mark II .308 Cal

Second prize:

Savage Cub .17 HMR series

Both engraved with BIWLC logo

Tickets $10.00 each or 11 for $100.00

Do not need to be present to win

BIG BUCK CONTEST

1. Entry fee $10

2. Sign in at Powers' Ace Hardware

3. Sign up before opening day, Nov. 15

4. Runs until 11/30/04

5. Deer has to be taken with firearm

6. Highest antler score wins

7. Win 50% of proceeds.

Scoring done by Denis Keehn qualified through Commemorative Bucks of Michigan

Veterans' Day on Beaver Island

by Frank Solle

A large crowd gathered at the Beaver Island Community School Thursday morning to commemorate Veterans' Day. Coffee and cookies were served inside prior to the morning's program.

BICS junior Krystle Timsak and her mother Sheri opened the program by singing "Come Home Soon" by SheDaisy. Freshman Leaha Cary then guided the elementary color guard to the flag pole. Fifth-graders Matthew Cull and Danny LaFreniere joined seventh-grader Dereck McDonough in raising the flag while those veterans among the crowd stood in solemn salute.

Fifth-graders Jenna Battle, Brighid Brown and Brogan Maudrie then sang our national anthem.

Sophomore Bailey McDonough followed with her rendition of "God Bless the USA."

The program wrapped up with Principal Kitty McNamara reading a tribute to the veterans.

Denny's Sunsets

To Midwest farming he was born
there learned the family chores.
He drove his favorite tractor there
and dreamed of distant shores.

Straight furrows through the dust he'd plow
beneath the burning sun.
From sun-up to the night he'd toil
until his day was done.

The skies above looked cool and blue
oft laced with vapor trails.
He wondered where the planes they went
farm tractors moved like snails.

His wanderlust brought him to fly
the skies his oceans blue.
He'd meet the daybreak first, head on
then race a sunsets hue.

Our Island then became his home
he shared it with his wife.
At night they'd watch their special show
a star filled dome their life.

A friendly greeting was his mark
when working on the dock.
He shared great jokes that laughter brought
A caring smile his stock.

Last week he left us down below
horizons in his sight.
And then he caught the sunset fair
and found “His” pure white light.

For Denny Fisher, a friend gone all too soon.
Jack R. Spanhak November 8, 2004

NOTE: the poem and photograph were both done by Jack Spanhak. The sunset photo was taken the evening that Denny died.

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