Beaver Island News on the 'Net

October 29-November 4, 2007

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!!

Trick or Treating will take place on October 31, 2007, back to the real Halloween like last year.

There will be a Halloween Parade of the elementary school children through the town area on Halloween during the school day on Wednesday morning from the school to the post office on the front road and coming back on the back road starting about 8:40 a.m.

School is closed on November 1, 2007, for a Professional Development Conference.

November 1st, 2007, Low Water

'Twas a Blustery Day for a Parade

As Winnie the Pooh and Tiger Too would say, it was a really blustery day for a parade of the ghosts and goblins from the elementary school of BICS, who took the time to walk through the town area for pictures and some time out of classes. Here are the pictures inside and outside of the Halloween Parade of school children.

Blustery winds blow the waves and the trees.

The paraders get ready to brave the windy day.

The parade begins.

Unusual parade watchers

Post Office Hill begins the return trip.....Hold onto your hat.....

In Memory of Happier Times

"The Green Family would like all of our friends to know of the passing of Joy. She was the loving wife of Russell; Mom to Mike and Kitty, Mary, Bernadette and Dave, Beth Anne and Steve, Rose and John, Kevin and Snowe, Amy, Kathleen and Dana; grandmother to 17 very fortunate children and 2 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, 11/2, from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 8:30 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7 - Holy Cross Church.
Funeral Mass Saturday, 11/3, 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church c/o Ellen Welke Memorial Fund or Holy Cross Cemetery.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts, deeds, and prayers for us all. We are all very grateful."

Mike Green


Beaver Island has lost one wonderful woman, known to all, family or not, as Aunt Joy.

Thanks to Ron Winchester for sending the following obituary:

Joy Green, 74

Alice Joy Green, 74, of Beaver Island , died Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at her home on Beaver Island .  She was born November 4, 1932, on Beaver Island to Lloyd and Eva (LaFreniere) McDonough.  She graduated from high school there and then from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids .  Joy was a Registered Nurse and assisted Island doctors with many deliveries.  She owned and operated her own business, Joy Green Bakery, supplying homemade breads, pies and doughnuts to local stores and restaurants for many years.  She was a member of the Beaver Island School Board, the Holy Cross Altar Society, and was chairman of the Holy Cross Cemetery .  On September 15, 1956, Joy married Russell J. Green on Beaver Island , and he survives her.  She is also survived by her children, Michael (Kitty McNamara) Green of Beaver Island; Mary Delamater, Bernadette (Dave) Cole, Rose (John) Peters, Kathleen (Dana) Dvoracek all of Charlevoix, Beth Anne (Steve) Lucas of Blanchard, Kevin (Snowe) Green of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Amy Blair of Chesterfield Township; seventeen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; special neighbor and friend, Skip McDonough.  Joy's brothers, Bud and Bruce McDonough, and sister, Vera Wojan preceded her in death.  Visitation will be 2-4:00 pm, and 7-8:30 pm, on Friday, November 2, at the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island , where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm.  Rite of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Saturday, November 3, at the Holy Cross Church , the Rev. Patrick Cawley officiating.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island .  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church for the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund, or to Holy Cross Cemetery .  Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is handling the arrangements.

Beaver Island Boodle Results

The Boodle raised over $4000 for the Sports Boosters to help support our Islanders' Sports Teams. Thank yous to Gaile and Mike Weede!

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

The Beaver Island Community School's Soccer Team has won the NLL Soccer Tournament in the Soo under the leadership of Marianne Brown, their coach, and three seniors, Brenden Martin, Dan Runberg, and Eric Albin. The coach who served the team previously was Mike Myers. How many years was he the soccer coach?

No one attempted to answer this question, possibly because Mr. Myers has been coaching for a long time, and you can't remember when he started. Coach Myers had coached soccer for sixteen years, with only one of those years not being the coach of the interscholastic team. Kerry (Speck) Smith coached that one year.

This 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?

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

It was reported that Jason Allen, representative to the State House for our region, was on the Island this past weekend on Friday the 26th, and that there was a reception at John and Phyllis Haggard's home across from the Marine Museum.

Donegal Danny's had music on Friday night. The music was by Kevin White, Cindy Cushman, Patti Cull, and Miranda Rooy. This is the group's last scheduled performance for the season according to Cindy Cushman.

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.

A Central Michigan Biological Center Closing Potluck was held on Saturday, October 27, 2007. The party was a change in process for the normal Closing Party. The dinner was pretty much the same with a little over eighty people attending, but there was no live music or dance following the potluck. This may be a beginning of a new tradition for the CMU Closing Party, or just a tentative start after the new construction project. A good time was had by all attending.

The Shamrock Halloween Party was scheduled for the same night as the Close the Center Party, which may be the reason that there was no music at the CMU Party.

The Beaver Island Lighthouse School sponsored a Spook House for Sunday night, October 28th at the South Head Lighthouse. Indications were that this was well done and a lot of fun.

Air Shots by Andrea

Andrea Moore is doing a work-study program with Frank Solle and working on the BICS yearbook. Frank Solle is teaching her about photography and photo editing. Andrea took these photos on the trip to the NLL Tournament in the Soo. Frank did a little touch-up and emailed them to me. Good job, Andrea and Frank!

Birds of Prey

The other evening these two birds of prey were seen flying and soaring around the air near Stoney Acre and the BI Rural Health Center. Whether the birds were just enjoying the wind and soaring in it, or just looking for a meal, it doesn't matter. There are lots of different kinds of wildlife including turkeys and deer being seen close to the town area.

At one point, it appeared as if the birds had seen something down below and were preparing to dive, but that did not occur. They just continued to soar and fly in larger circles until they were no longer seen.

Proud Parents

John and Carol Runberg had traveled up to watch the NLL Soccer Tournament because Daniel was playing in his last soccer game. It was great to get this picture of two of the seniors and Dan's parents. Beaver Island won that tournament in two shoot-outs. For more information look in the Archives.

Apples Here, but None There

This tree shows lots and lots of apples hanging the branches quite low from all the weight. Other trees are completely empty of the apples. Right across the street from this sign, the apple tree is completely bare. With the deer, turkeys, squirrels, and chipmunks in such abundance this year, the apples will mostly be gone soon.

Stone House Ready for Halloween

The Stone House at the intersection of Paid Een Og Road and Kings Highway is all decked out for the Halloween Season. Be sure to make a stop and take a look at the displays. Thanks to Frank Solle for the pictures and the story idea.

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