Why no Monday update? Actually, this is the Monday update however a squirrel fell off the treadmill somewhere that powers the island internet and as a result nobody - except those who have their own links - has been able to get online. According to Great Lakes Energy there was a problem with ATT and that's why we were down. The end result is a good commercial for going wireless - if one can afford it.
The island trees are slowing changing into their calico gowns but it's not a hurried costume change as they are obviously on the "island time" schedule. It could also be that Mother Nature is having to make some last minute readjustments since previous colorful outfits won't be as tight as last fall due to the drought this summer. Driving around we get just little snippets of what is to be as the oaks, birches and friends let just a branch or two show sort of like a preview of upcoming episodes. Nevertheless, what we can see makes it worth the wait. A long row of bright yellow sunflowers; rosy, red berries on dark green bushes; hay bales in the fields, the sounds of geese flying over-head and little ones giving serious discussion to how they are going to decorate their pumpkins.
Despite dark skies and spots of pouring rain, a group of islanders connected with the AMVET's, set off on the 8:30 a.m. Monday ferry for a trip to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg along with a stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial. Among those from the island were: Bob and Peggy Hoogendoorn; Chuck and Jean Carpenter; Russ and Joy Green; Phil and Lil Gregg; Alvin LaFreniere; John Fiegen; Janet and Richie O'Donnell; Jon and Sally Fogg; Linda Roth; and Jan Hartle. The group will be joined by others from northern Michigan as the board the bus from Passageways Travel of Alpena.
On their travels they'll be visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial; Gettysburg National Military Park; Lincoln Memorial; Washington Monument; Vietnam Memorial; Korean Memorial; World War II Memorial; Iwo Jima Memorial; Arlington Cemetery and the changing of the Guards among many other sights before returning to the island on Friday afternoon.
I'm hoping that at least one among the group will provide us with a story and pictures of their grand adventure. Maybe even some nifty tales, after all Russ Green and Phil Gregg have provided the island with some fun stories of their travels over the years, and this should give them more amunition (or fuel for the others to tell some tales about them).
After almost twelve years of talking, research, talking, planning, fund-raising, talking, changing plans, talking, adjusting to new zoning, and talking the Beaver Island Community House has finally become a reality. With Robert Gillespie of Beaver Gems in charge, the excavation has begun. According to board member Jacque LaFreniere, they are hoping to have it roughed in before winter. We'll keep you posted as it grows.
Sunday afternoon saw a farewell gathering at the Beaver Island Christian Church to acknowlege Reverend Howard and his wife, Sally Davis for all they have done for the church and for the community since 1999 when they arrived to take on the full-time duties as spiritual leader of the Christian Church.
Elwood Baker, who headed up the program committee, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event assisted by his wife, Phyllis Baker, Dave and Alice Crown, Diane Shoup, Kathy Speck, Carol Wierenga and Satch Wierenga. Carol did an absolutely awesome job of decorating with fall leaves and flowers and Kathy organized the Beaver Island Community Choir to sing a few special songs. Attendees were met at the door by Diane and a guest book. Dave, Alice, Phyllis and Satch helped direct people to seats inside.
Judi Meister made a special presentation to the Davis' from the church and community followed by John Works who gave Howard a golf presentation ... free golfing whenever he's on the island visiting. Upon hearing that someone in the audience piped up, "I'll give you $100 for that certificate, Howard."
Howard and Sally plan to return to the Grand Rapids area for now and then spend the winter months in Florida. They are looking forward to spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Although the community will miss them, it was evident that everyone wishes them well in whatever they choose to do.
There's a new pub on the island ... Donegal Danny's, located at Stoney Acre. Pub hours are Monday through Thursday: 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and weekend from 4:00 p.m. until midnight.
There's only a few more days to enjoy a snack or a meal from Daddy Frank's as they will be closing for the season. Last day will be October 16th.
Come root for the Islanders Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, October 7/8 as they take on Ojibwe Charter at Beaver Island. The Friday game begins at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday's game starts at 9:00 a.m.
Bud Martin's tug, the Shamrock, has been pulled out of the water as Bud works feverishly to meet the new demands of the Coast Guard. Hopefully the expensive requirements will be met soon so that he and his crew will not have to be out on the Lake Michigan waters during the November storm season as he strives to keep the island in gasoline and fuel oil. As I understand it, due to changes in Coast Guard Districts, Beaver Island is now under the direction of the Wisconsin Coast Guard not the station based at the Soo. Makes no sense, but government "efficiency" seldom does to me.
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