While digging through old records in the South Head Lighthouse,
the students discovered a unique part of island history... that the building had
been used as an insane asylum in the 1950's. Since Halloween was right
around the corner, they planned their annual Haunted Lighthouse around that bit
of trivia. Sneaking in past the two guarding the door, I managed to grab a
few pictures of the inmates. Kudos go to the Lighthouse School staff and
students for putting on the best Haunted Lighthouse yet.
Lydia E. Elsworth 1910-2002
Lydia E. Elsworth, aged 92, passed away at
Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002.
She was born on May 10, 1910, in Wilson
Township, to Fred and Lena (Zellmer) Martin.
On June 9, 1928, she married Carl Elsworth in Petoskey. They made their home in
East Jordan where she lived all her life.
She enjoyed many hobbies, including
knitting, quilting and various arts. She enjoyed picking wild berries in her
younger years ... until a bear joined her one day.
Lydia is survived by her daughter, Audrey
Erno, of Engadine; sons, Roy Elsworth of Beaver Island, and Ray Elsworth and
Lawrence Elsworth, both of East Jordan; 12 grandchildren and many
great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by twins, Leon and Lyle; and a
daughter, Lois; husband Carl; and son-in-law, Allan Erno.
She requested not to have a funeral.
Private graveside services will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in South Arm
Township on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with great-grandson, Father Shaun A. Erno from
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
contributions for a memorial fund to be set up by them. Arrangements were made by Hastings Funeral Home
Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy and
Board Response to Joe Moore BIEMS
The Board of the BeaverIslandRuralHealthCenter deeply regrets the communication
failure that led to Joe Moore’s recent open letter to the Board published in
the Forum Section of Beaverislandtour.com.We want the public to know that we acknowledge the fact that we did not
keep Beaver Island EMS adequately informed over the summer months about the
events which led to our decision not to include an EMS garage in the new medical center
facility. That failure was not intentional. It was due to the fact thatour all-volunteer board was overwhelmed with work at an extremely active
time in the MedicalCenter’s history and that we incorrectly
assumed that appropriate communication was happening. Unfortunately, lack of
communication can easily be misinterpreted as lack of respect for the
individuals or organizations involved.We
want to make it absolutely clear that the Rural Health Center Board recognizes
that BIEMS is an essential component of health care on BeaverIsland. We could not be more respectful of or
grateful for the hundreds of lives saved and thousands of hours volunteered on a
moment’s notice by the dedicated members of BIEMS over the sixteen years of
That being said, we would like to
respond to Joe’s request and explain to BIEMS and the public how the BIRHC
Board came to the decision not to include the second ambulance garage in the new
facility. As a board we believe that, as difficult as it was to make, this was
the right decision under the circumstances. These circumstances were:
Constraints. As often happens with any public or private construction
project, it became apparent over the summer months that as impressive as the
$1.5 million dollar figure we received from the State sounded, it was not going
to be enough to fund a building that met all the healthcare needs identified in
our December 2001 assessment study. In addition, as we reported in the August
2002 issue of the Northern Islander, we received news from the State that
we could no longer rely on operating grants which in the past had ranged from
$75,000-$108,000 per year. This left us with huge gap in future operating
budgets and eliminated the option of tapping our Special Projects fund to boost
our construction budget.
standingand intensepublic pressure
not to build a facility that we could not afford to operate.
townships’ commitment to provide for the building needs of BIEMS at the
vacated health center. Before the Board made its decision to eliminate the
BIEMS garage, a meeting was held with Don Vyse and John Works Jr. to explain the
Board’s financial dilemma. At that time both supervisors indicated that they
would allow BIEMS to take over office space in the vacated building and to
continue to use the existing ambulance garage. More recently Vyse and Works have
agreed to allowing BIEMS to construct an additional garage at the site and to
encourage their respective boards to work with the group to find funding for
With other BIEMS needs in mind, the
Board and staff of the BIRHC made sure that a separate, private and sheltered EMS entrance, two large exam/observation
rooms, wider hallways and a decontamination room were included in the plan for
the new center. All of these features will make it easier for EMS personnel to function when patients
must be picked up at or taken to the new center for evaluation. Finally, the
community education room (with telehealth hook-up) at the new center will be
available to BIEMS for continuing education.
In connection with the new medical
center building, questions have also been raised about the inclusion of space
for a dental practice. At the same meeting with township officials at which
space for BIEMS at the old building was discussed, the BIRHC Board requested
that the townships also consider letting the dental practice remain there. We
were told by the township officials that this would not be possible.
After conferring with Dr. White who
told the Board that she could not afford to continue her small practice if she
had to pay rent elsewhere, the Board decided to keep a reduced dental space in
the new facility. We felt that the health and financial benefits to island
residents of having a resident dentist justified the construction and rent
subsidy expense. Dr. White will be entirely responsible for equipping her space
and is currently in the process of engaging in a written contract with BIRHC
which will formalize our relationship. It should be remembered that since dental
care was first available on BeaverIsland, several decades ago, free rent has
always been necessary to entice a dentist to practice here. Further, Dr. White
has expressed a willingness to pay rent in the future as her practice grows and
she is financially able to do so. Annually, the Board will review with Dr. White
her ability to pay rent.
In conclusion, the BIRHC Board
acknowledges its special obligation to improve its communication and cooperative
relationship with the dedicated and extraordinarily competent members of BIEMS.
We want the community to know that we have already taken steps to see that this
lack of communication does not happen again. We would, however, encourage
members of the public who are interested in the details behind BIRHC Board
decisions, to attend monthly meetings which take place on the third Tuesday of
the month at at the Beaver Island District Library
as well as the special public meetings which have and will continue to occur
concerning the new facility. The floor plan, site plan and a computer drawing of
the new facility exterior are currently on display at the Beaver Island District
Library.The next public meeting
with our architects will be at on November 20th, at Peaine