Northern Michigan Hurricane Relief

Everyone has been wondering what they could do to help the thousands of displaced people in the Gulf Coast region, and here's one way that is truly needed. Northern Michigan Hurricane Relief Organization and Challenge Mountain are asking for your assistance in aiding the victims of Katrina to receive the supplies so badly needed. Robert Mogford has volunteered his time and semi-truck with a 53-foot trailer, to haul supplies to Houston, Texas on Sunday, September 17th. Here's how islanders, and friends of the island can help. Donations to help with the fuel expenses would be greatly appreciated. It takes a lot of fuel to haul a filled semi and trailer about 1527 miles to Houston, Texas where so many are living in shelters. As we all know the price of fuel has risen drastically since Katrina hit the Gulf coast. If you are able to help in donating money for fuel for this worthy cause. Ruth Gregg will pick up donations in Charlevoix if sent over on Island Airways September 24th or you can mail a donation in care of Robert Mogford; 4127 Russel Street; Alanson, MI 49706. Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call Angela Mogford (231)539-8105 Cell (231)838-8105.

Autumn is About to Make an Appearance

The signs are beginning to appear despite temperatures in the high 80's. Trees are beginning to don their calico petticoats. Wintergreen berries are bright red. Apple trees are beginning to sag under the weight of ripening fruit. The population is growing smaller with each passing day as our summer residents begin to leave for other climates. School is in session and Saturday post office hours have changed yet again - now it's open from

Open Letter to the Island Residents

Dear Residents of Beaver Island:

The three months that I spent on the island were some of the most memorable summer months that I have ever had. You all made me feel at home and as if I was one of your own. The summer was wonderful and gave me a lot of good experience for me to take along in my career.

I am working for Otsego County (Gaylord Area) as a full time road deputy with their department. I will never forget my time on the island and most definitely will be back to visit your little piece of paradise. Thank you all very much for your support.

Thanks again,

Deputy Justin Holzschu

P.S. I’LL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marguerite McDonough Teter 1911-2005

Marguerite McDonough Teter, 94, died September 10, 2005.

She was born February 24, 1911, on Beaver Island, the daughter of Sylvester "Vesty" and Mary (Connaghan) McDonough. Marguerite graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in Muskegon, Michigan. At the time of her retirement she was the director of nursing Plymouth Place, Illinois. In 1970 she moved to Sarasota, Santa Belle, Florida from Lake Forest, Illinois.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Lucia Kerr of Avon, New York; a stepson, Charles of California; a brother, Lawrence (Winnie) McDonough of Beaver Island; and several step-grandchildren.

Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and siblings: Jessie Clematine, Lloyd, Helen "Nellie", Roland, Robert, and Mary.

A graveside service is planned for October on Beaver Island.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Marguerite's family.

Islanders outlast Lakers over season-opening weekend

Story by Frank Solle, photos by Phyllis Moore

In a pair of battles between Northern Lights League rivals and top contenders, the Beaver Island Islanders outlasted the Mackinac Island Lakers 6-2 last Friday afternoon before besting the visitors 4-2 Saturday morning.

“It's always a tough battle with Mackinac,” said Islander coach Mike Myers. “I've never known it not to be.”

That platitude held true over the weekend as the Lakers grabbed the early lead in Friday's game and played late into the first half of Saturday's contest with a 1-1 tie.

But in both instances it was Islander junior Jared Wojan who rose to the challenge.

On Friday Wojan drilled a shot into the cross bar above the goal then headed his own rebound past the Laker goalkeeper to knot that game 1-1 late in the first half.

Wojan, who opened Saturday's game with an early score from the right wing, answered a Mackinac score after he was brought down inside the goal box and scored on a penalty shot late in the first half.

Asked about the key to both wins, Wojan answered, “Hard work.” As for his early-game goal Saturday, Wojan said, “We were trying to go for it right from the start. No waiting around.”

While Wojan's early goal gave the home-standing Islanders the lead, Mackinac's Sam Kamphuis pulled the Lakers even midway through the opening half.

In both games it was a strong second-half effort that led the Islanders to victory.

Sophomore Brenden Martin kicked off the Islander rally on Friday with a score seven minutes into the half. Fellow sophomore David Schwartzfisher followed suit a minute later. Martin added another goal midway through the half before the Lakers' Ben Mosely connected for his second goal of the game to make it 4-2.

Eric Albin, the Islanders' third scoring sophomore, added a goal with just over five minutes to play, while Martin closed out the scoring with two minutes left, completing a rare soccer hat trick.

On Saturday the Lakers managed to tie the game in the second half when Caleb Straight scored out of a crowd in front of the Island goal. But Eric Albin answered with a strong play from the right side of the net and Wojan secured the win with an assist from Schwartzfisher with less than five minutes remaining.

“I thought these would be close games,” Myers said. “And for a while they both were. But eventually we wore them down.”

Laker coach Ken Straight agreed. “These were good intense games. Beaver Island has a great team. Their defense made the difference.”

The three players who anchor that defense are seniors John Runberg, John Albin, and Cody Gillespie. In controlling the defensive half of the pitch, Runberg held forth at midfield, Albin swept away nearly all challenges at sweeper, while Gillespie gallantly guarded the goal.

In both games the three seniors kept the Mackinac offense off balance, breaking up charge after charge.

“Cody was outstanding in goal,” said Myers. “John and John were unstoppable.”

Also stepping up with strong efforts were defenders David Bousquet, Bailey McDonough, and Cameron LaVasseur. Playing important roles on offense were Saygan Croswhite and Dereck McDonough.

While the good news for local fans was the great opening performance, the bad news is the Islanders take to the air for each of the next three weekends. They play at Hannahville this coming Friday and Saturday, Paradise the week after that, and Munising following that. The next home action takes place October 7 and 8 against the league's newest member, Ojibwe Charter School.

  

  

  

  

  

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