It's A BOY!!

Submitted by Hannah Robert

Miss Hannah Robert would like to report that she is now a big sister.  Mom and Dad (Deb and John Robert) are on the mainland with her new baby brother, John Brady, who weighed in at 7# 9 oz.  John Brady arrived at 8:40 a.m. on September 28 and is 22 inches tall.

Grandparents are Jerry LaFreniere of Beaver Island, Carol LaFreniere of Beaver Island, John and Sheila Robert of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and great-grandmother is Esther LaRoche of Marquette, Michigan.

Congratulations, Hannah!  You are going to make a terrific big sister.  



Ars Musica

audience.jpg (75337 bytes)On Tuesday, at 2:00 p.m., September 25 the Beaver Island Community School children and members of the island community were treated to a special Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Ars Musica performance.  This performance was made possible by the Jordan River Arts Council.

musicians 2.jpg (60721 bytes)Featured musicians were:

 Bonnietta Benn on the flute who states that she began playing when she was ten years old, hasn't stopped since, and can't imagine not playing since she loves it so much.  Before moving north, Bonnietta was with Kalamazoo College.  

Prudy Kurtz on the violin.  Prudy has been playing this instrument since she was just ten years old.  Before moving to northern Michigan she was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Karey Johnson who is the Music Education Director for the Crooked Tree Youth Orchestra and its Conductor.  Karey's instrument is the viola and she has a Masters Degree in String Pedagogy from Arizona State University, a Masters Degree in Education and is a certified public school teacher in the State of Michigan. In her 25 years of teaching, her students have been awarded music scholarships to University of Michigan, University of Illinois, DePaul University, the Cleveland Institute, the Cincinnati Conservatory and to Arizona State University.  She is also the instructor for the Beaver Island Community School's String Class which she began three years ago.


Mary Beth Kur who has served as the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney since August 1, 1993 when she was appointed by the Honorable Richard M. Pajtas to complete the remainder of her predecessor's term. Mary Beth Kur was unopposed in the 1996 election. Mary Beth is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of the University of Detroit School of Law.  Besides playing her cello with Ars Musica, Mary Beth has also joined in with the Crooked Tree Orchestra.

Dr. Robert Pattengale, who until his retirement in May of 1977 was Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Graduate Music Program at Moorhead State University, in Moorhead, Minnesota.  He chaired the Music Department for 17 years and was responsible for developing the innovative Music Industry Program emphasizing music, business, and technology.  His particular interests include 18th century music, harpsichord performance and construction and music of the 20th century.  In fact, the harpsichord that he brought to the island for this performance was built by his father-in-law while the lid shows scene of the view from a window at his home hand-painted by his wife, Alice.  Dr. Pattengale allowed those interested to come up to the front after the performance and see, touch and play the harpsichord which made points with several of the schoolchildren.

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One interesting note to the afternoon was when it was discovered that Prudy Kurtz, Karey Johnson and Beaver Island's Joe Moore had all either played or studied under Dan Kovats Associate Professor Emeritus of Music at Grand Valley State University.


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