Thank You

To our family and friends; what a special place to live…

A few weeks ago, I brought Mom and Dad Tritsch here from Cincinnati , for a visit and to wish Mom Elms well. A special thank you goes to the BIBCO for the extra help in getting mom and dad on and off the boat. Also, thank you to the BI EMS and BIRHC for assisting dad during a medical emergency. Just a short time after dialing 911, our hallway and kitchen was bulging with medical center and EMS personnel.

Thanks again, …dad is OK.

Don Tritsch


Dear family and friends,

God works in mysterious ways. He brought mom and dad home to Beaver Island in 2003. This spring, mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. By having her here, the collective on-and-off-island family and friends were able to care for her and be with her to the end.

Compassion and support came in all sizes and shapes. From the first fruits of a garden, dinners for dad, visits on the porch, medical care from BIRHC, assistance from Beaver Island Hospice, prayers and well-wishes, music at mom's funeral, and a dinner that fed a hall filled with supporters; each was done with overwhelming love and concern. To all of you who helped us through mom's illness and passing; a thank you does not seem enough.

The uniqueness of our island community comes through when help is needed; folks step up and say “help is here”, and do so without need of recognition…but please stand up now and take a bow!

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

The family of Rita (LaFreniere) Elms

Computer Class for Beginners


How to operate your computer

Internet Use (going to websites & searching for information)


If time and interest: Word Processing Basics (Microsoft Word)

Other: Anything else you want to know about your computer!

Level: Beginner

Dates Class Meets:

October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20

7:00-8:00 p.m.

(Don't worry if you need to miss a class - you won't fall behind!)

Cost: $25 per student minimum of 8 students

Please make checks payable to BICS (Beaver Island Community School)

Glass Beading

Jerry and Mary's Birthday

Jerry LaFreniere and Mary Palmer celebrated their birthdays Saturday evening with most of the island in attendance at one time or another. With lots of snacks, birthday cake, conversation, music, and liquid refreshment on hand everyone had a marvelous time. Georgie Gatliff probably had the best time as she was the winner of the 50/50 Arranmore Park raffle, leaving with $437.00! Way to go, Georgie! Now that Wolverine Power has signed the site of the old Power Plant over to St. James Township. Arranmore Park will now become a reality so look for more fund-raising benefits and plans get underway to make the park a reality.

As for the party Saturday night, Jerry and Mary had their families here to help celebrate. The youngest was Jerry's newest granddaughter who was being oooh'd and ahhh'd over by friends and family. You did good Becky, she's a keeper!



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.

3rd Annual Fall Women's Luncheon

Wednesday, September 28th

12:00 noon

Beaver Island Christian Church

Please bring a salad or a dessert

All Island Women Welcome