BI News on the 'Net, Nov. 5-11, 2007

Sheila Robert Obituary

Sheila Robert, 66, of 7070 N. Lincolnshire Circle, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, formerly of Marquette, Michigan, was born into eternal life on Wednesday morning, November 7, 2007 at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Sheila courageously battled diabetes since the age of 15. She was a beautiful woman with an amazing spirit. She never complained even when the pain was intolerable. She touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Everyone adored her . . . her nurses and doctors, as well. One nurse who cared for her in her final days wrote a letter to Sheila's husband commenting on what a wonderful person she is and how her smile lit up the room.

Sheila was born on November 2, 1941 in Munising to the late Clyde and Esther (Gran) LaRock. She graduated from Mather High School in Munising and also attended the Muskegon School of Business.

At age 19, Sheila and her family moved to Ishpeming where her father purchased the Negaunee Home Bakery in 1959. She worked for her father for a while, and at the former Gately's Furniture Store in Ishpeming. Later in life, Sheila was a teacher's aide at Parkview Elementary School in Marquette and worked in the Food Service Department at NMU for approximately 10 years, where she was very fond of the students.

Due to her daughter's love of the sport of figure skating, Sheila was active with the Marquette Figure Skating Club for many years. She volunteered countless hours and was the Director of the Skating Club's Summer School Camps for several years.

Sheila was a former member at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey, enjoyed her weekly bridge games with "the girls" and looked forward to Saturday lunches followed by shopping with her daughters. Sheila loved life and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Sheila and her husband moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in December of 1993 to be closer to their children.

Her family would like to thank Sheila's sister, Karen DaFonseca, for the gift of her kidney, which allowed Sheila an additional nine years of treasured life with all who are dear to her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, John D. Robert, whom she married on November 2, 1962 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ishpeming; four cherished children, Scott (Laurie) Robert of El Segundo, CA, Lisa (David) Ball of Wauwatosa, WI, Michelle Robert of Milwaukee, WI and John (Debbie) Robert of Beaver Island, MI; seven dear grandchildren, Harrison and Samantha Robert; Madeline and Bobby Ball; Hannah, John Brady and Jared Robert; one brother, Ed LaRock of Marquette; six sisters, Karen (Joe) DaFonseca of New Burn, NC, Linda (Robert) Graves of Shingleton, Joan Manty of Marquette, Mary (Marvin) Laurila of Fond du Lac, WI, Chris (Gordon) Heikka of Beaver Island, MI and Debbie Hocking of Green Bay, WI; one sister-in-law, Susan LaRock of Rapid River; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death besides her parents was a brother, Gene LaRock.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Bishop's Room at St. Peter Cathedral. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in the Cathedral with the Rev. Msgr. Louis C. Cappo officiating. Sheila's wishes were to be cremated, thus burial will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service at The Don H. Bottum University Center on NMU's campus.

Memorials are preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005 or

Photos from Frank Solle

It's pretty appropriate to post these pictures considering the fact that two dedicated golfers were on the Beaver Island Golf Course yesterday. One was the photographer mentioned above. The other is the writer of these few short sentences. It was a beautiful day on the golf course yesterday, but, as these pictures show, not so beautiful for golf today. It's still a beautiful day on Beaver Island, just not on the golf course.

This "no-golf-today" shows the snow on the Hole #7 green. A little hard to putt your ball, don't you think?

The "snowy-wagon" picture reminds us of the beauty that was there earlier, before the snow.

News from the Chamber of Commerce

11-5-07       It's Time To Renew Your Membership, Don't Delay Please help us save on postage by downloading and printing you own 2008 membership renewal form. Here is a link /2008-membership/index.html  . If you have any questions just give me a call (231) 448-2505 or drop a note to . Thanks for your help! _______ Steve West

Three Open Board Seats Each Year Each year three of your Chamber's nine directors are up for reelection or replacement. If you have an interest in running for a seat or being selected for a seat that comes open outside of the annual election let us know. Please send a letter of interest to Chamber PO Box 5 Beaver Island, Mi. 49782. Your current directors are: Ray Cole, Pat Anderson, Angel Welke, Steve West, Mike Weede, Sheri Timsak, Kathy Speck (Pres) Liz Lanier & Rachel Teague. They are a great group and work hard to get the most from your membership investment.

Only Three B-17 Sponsorships Remain For July Show With very little publicity seven sponsors have jumped onboard for the Yankee Lady B-17 visit slated for July 18-19. Only three sponsor slots remain. Each $700 sponsorship includes a ride on the Yankee Lady. If you want to be a sponsor or have questions please contact the office. Only ten will be sold. Payment is not due until June 1. The sponsors so far are: Your Chamber of Commerce, Island Airways, Ken McDonald, Roger Wilcox, Beaver Island Golf Course, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop & Fresh Air Aviation. Rachel Teague is you Chamber chairperson for the July 19 Beaver Island Air Show. If you have some ideas or would like to help please contact Rachel at Fresh Air Aviation (888) 359-7499. The B-17 is the feature aircraft but we hope to have many other planes and events. Your Chamber plans to make the Air Show an annual event and move it to June in the future in keeping with our shoulder season marketing focus.

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

News from the Beaver Island Christian Church

At the annual membership meeting of the Beaver Island Christian Church, September 9, 2007, the members voted to confirm that it is contrary to church by-laws and policies to limit participation in worship services. All are welcome at Beaver Island Christian Church.

At the October 30, 2007, board meeting, the following officers were elected:

Moderator: Judi Meister; Treasurer: Jean Palmer; Corresponding Secretary: Sandy Birdsall

Bob Bass, Larry Dawson, and Satch Wierenga have been appointed to fill vacancies created by the resignations of John Bearss, Mike Deur, and Bob Hoogendorn. Jayne Bailey will serve as Women's Circle Representative to the board.

Upcoming events at the church include:

Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Cantata by Community Choir, December 8 and 9

Cookie Carnival, Thursday, December 13

For more information about any of these events, check flyers posted on bulletin boards around town.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Kathleen (Kitty) McNamara has the been the principal of the Beaver Island Community School for many years. There was one year that she took off. BICS had another person as principal. It was a man, the first male principal in a very long time. Can you tell me the name of the person that took Kitty's place for that one year?

This question seemed to be a good one since it got the most responses of any other Trivia Question so far. The correct answer ws Kevin James, and as Alice Belfy, this week's winner pointed out, he was principal for two years, not one year. Also correct were Carol LaFreniere, Hilary Palmer, Sally Lounsberry, Judi Meister, and Sheri Timsak.

This Week's Question:

The Beaver Island Internet Project (BIIP) was taken over by Great Lakes Internet. BIIP was started by a coalition of several entities including the Beaver Island Community School. Can you name the other three entities that worked together to get Internet access to the Island? Can you tell me what year the Internet access was available?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of November, December, and January for the person of your choice. Email your answers to

Beaver Bits

St. James Township Board meeting this coming Wednesday night. The following Wednesday is the Peaine Township Board Meeting. Minutes will be posted as soon as they are received.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, not that far off. Don't forget the Ecumenical Church Service at Holy Cross usually at 10 a.m. and the BI Christian Church dinner will be held at the non-denominational church on Thanksgiving beginning at 6 p.m.

A possible Pet First Aid and CPR program may be offered in the Spring of 2008 right here on the Island.

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at Holy Cross Parish Hall on November 18th from 1-3 p.m. For more information call Sandy LoDico at 448-2004.

The golf season is not over yet. The dedicated golfers have continued to play on the Beaver Island Golf Course on the days that are warmer than forty degrees. Buck Ridgeway, Frank Solle, and Mike Bailey have been seen walking and playing the course this November.

It was reported that the Great Lakes Internet was down and not working on Sunday, November 4, 2007. The cause is unknown at this time, but it is possible that the circuit was not working or the Great Lakes switch on the Island was not working.

It appears that the wireless internet projects by Central Solutions are moving forward with towers being planned. More information will be posted as available.

November 1st, 2007, Low Water

Lady Islanders Get Stung By Pelston Hornets

In a three game streak, the Hornets beat the Islanders 25-11 in the first game, and similar scores for the other two games. The loss was not unexpected. The Lady Islanders watched the Hornets beat Harbor Light Christian with their college-like offense, tall blockers and hitters, and a very fast setter, who seemed all over the court.

Frank Solle's Pictures

Even with a loss in the District Tournament, the Lady Islanders had some wonderful high points and some great plays which can be viewed on this page:

VB Pics and Videos.

BI was the only team arriving at the tournament by air. The Islanders flew into Pellston Airport--temperature 25 degrees

The waiting room in Pellston is quite unusual...The second plane arrives...

Watching the other teams play their games and waking up....

Our girls were attentive and played well including our younger players.

Our seniors were on top of their game...Pellston was just much better...