Michigan Out-of-Doors TV Coming

Michigan Out-of-Doors TV arrives on Beaver Island Wednesday, October 6. This is the longest running TV show of any kind in the State. The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the visit. Erin Motel, Beaver Island Boat Company, Gordons Auto Rental and Island Airways provided services at no charge to support the Chambers fall marketing plans.

Since I'm in the library full time right now, I won't be able to cover this nor any other happenings on the island until Cruickshanks return from their vacation. Now should one of you wish to take digital pictures and write up articles I'd be happy to put them here.

A Sunset

From 'Feuilles d'Automne' by Victor Hugo

Photos taken at Donegal Bay October 4, 2004

I love the evenings, passionless and fair, I love the evens, 
Whether old manor-fronts their ray with golden fulgence leavens, 
In numerous leafage bosomed close; 
Whether the mist in reefs of fire extend its reaches sheer, 
Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere 
On cloudy archipelagos. 

Oh, gaze ye on the firmament! a hundred clouds in motion, 
Up-piled in the immense sublime beneath the winds' commotion, 
Their unimagined shapes accord: 
Under their waves at intervals flame a pale levin through, 
As if some giant of the air amid the vapors drew 
A sudden elemental sword. 

The sun at bay with splendid thrusts still keeps the sullen fold; 
And momently at distance sets, as a cupola of gold, 
The thatched roof of a cot a-glance; 
Or on the blurred horizon joins his battle with the haze; 
Or pools the blooming fields about with inter-isolate blaze, 
Great moveless meres of radiance. 

Then mark you how there hangs athwart the firmament's swept track, 
Yonder a mighty crocodile with vast irradiant back, 
A triple row of pointed teeth? 
Under its burnished belly slips a ray of eventide, 
The flickerings of a hundred glowing clouds in tenebrous side 
With scales of golden mail ensheathe. 

Then mounts a palace, then the air vibrates--the vision flees. 
Confounded to its base, the fearful cloudy edifice 
Ruins immense in mounded wrack; 
Afar the fragments strew the sky, and each envermeiled cone 
Hangeth, peak downward, overhead, like mountains overthrown 
When the earthquake heaves its hugy back. 

These vapors, with their leaden, golden, iron, bronzèd glows, 
Where the hurricane, the waterspout, thunder, and hell repose, 
Muttering hoarse dreams of destined harms,- 
'Tis God who hangs their multitude amid the skiey deep, 
As a warrior that suspendeth from the roof-tree of his keep 
His dreadful and resounding arms! 

All vanishes! The Sun, from topmost heaven precipitated, 
Like a globe of iron which is tossed back fiery red 
Into the furnace stirred to fume, 
Shocking the cloudy surges, plashed from its impetuous ire, 
Even to the zenith spattereth in a flecking scud of fire 
The vaporous and inflamèd spaume. 

O contemplate the heavens! Whenas the vein-drawn day dies pale, 
In every season, every place, gaze through their every veil? 
With love that has not speech for need! 
Beneath their solemn beauty is a mystery infinite: 
If winter hue them like a pall, or if the summer night 
Fantasy them starre brede. 


Islander Soccer

Story and photos by Frank Solle

Islanders in control after Bobcat blitz

In a pair of 10-goal decisions, the Beaver Island Islanders blitzed their way past the Munising Baptist Bobcats last weekend 10-1 and 12-2 in Northern Lights League play. The wins put the Islanders in control of the league race with a perfect 8-0 record with just two NLL games left to play against arch rival Mackinac Island.

Both Mackinac Island and Grand Marais have two league loses with a pair of games against each other yet to be played. Grand Marais (3-2), which played Hannahville this past weekend, also has one game left against Munising Baptist who fell to 1-6 in league play and 1-7 overall after this past weekend.

Mackinac (4-2), who dropped a pair of games at Paradise over the weekend, 6-5 in double overtime on Friday, and 3-2 on Saturday, also has upcoming games against Northwest Academy and Big Bay de Noc prior to the Islanders visit. The Lakers are 5-5 overall after the loses to the Polar Bears.

While the Islanders are definitely on a roll after rolling over the Bobcats, they now have 12 days off before facing the Lakers Oct. 15 and 16. Momentum, and injuries, could play a role in the upcoming league finale.

Against the Bobcats momentum was clearly on the Islanders' side. Lacking size, speed, talent and depth, the Cats had to claw through a pair of contest that were both shortened by the so-called “Mercy Rule.”

Friday's Island hit parade kicked off with a Brett Maudrie goal off an assist from John Runberg six minutes into the game. Runberg scored a solo effort just two minutes later and the rout was on.

Saygan Croswhite added a pair of goals midway through the first half, the first a low liner into the corner with an assist from Jimmy Gillespie, and the second after a strong move past a defender.

Munising's lone highlight came on a breakaway play by lanky Paul Johns, but the Islanders answered quickly as Brenden Martin scored his first goal of the season just moments later, taking a kick from Jared Wojan then lifting the ball over the keepers' head from just outside the goal box.

The first half closed with the Islanders in command, 5-1.

Maudrie again opened the scoring in the second half, getting an assist from Tony Bousquet three minutes into play.

Bousquet kicked in his own rebound three minutes later, boosting the Islanders lead to 7-1.

Maudrie and Bousquet repeated their scoring performances over the next four minutes with Maudrie being assisted by Runberg and Bousquet by Wojan.

Bousquet then dropped an assist to Croswhite for the Islanders 10th goal of the afternoon.

Martin notched his second goal with a little help from Croswhite and the refs blew the whistle just 18 minutes into the second half, signaling the end of the game.

Both sides protested the decision, simply wanting play to continue, but it wasn't going to happen.

“We wanted to play. Munising wanted to play,” said Islander coach Mike Myers. “But the refs wanted to be in control and they were. It's too bad.”


Saturday's match wasn't much different other than the arrival of what seemed like near-winter like temperatures. Hats, gloves and blankets were the choice of the day as fans tried to stay bundled up against the cold, blustery conditions. Prior to the game's start coach Myers, school principal Kitty McNamara and secretary Kerrie Smith had to perform some field maintenance as the wind blew a tree down across one corner of the field.

Once the game was underway the players stayed warm and the greatest gust was the ball whistling past the Bobcat goalkeeper.

Croswhite led the charge with four scores on the morning. Wojan and Bousquet added two apiece with Maudrie kicking one in as well. But those have come to be expected.

The highlights of Saturday's game were the first goals of the season by Eric Albin, Keith Szczepanski, and, to the delight of the shivering crowd, Leaha Cary. Cary also tallied an assist on Croswhite's game-opener.

“Leaha, Brenden and Eric are just freshmen and played real well for us this weekend,” said Myers. “And this was Keith's last home game, so his scoring a goal was nice.”

As far as the long layoff before the trip to Mackinac goes Myers acknowledged, “It's going to hurt not have any games, but that's out of our control. We've got two strong intramural teams and they will play this week to keep us sharp.”

The wins last weekend wrapped up a perfect home stand for the Islanders, giving the local fans a great season of soccer by outscoring their three opponents 46-4 over the six games.


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