T o: Supporters of Beaver Island Community School
From: Kathleen McNamara, Principal/Superintendent
Date: October 1, 2004

The Governor has signed the School Aid Act including the Section 22d language (“Saving Paradise” or Geographically Isolated School Districts) as reported in the Conference Report. Passage of this language provides necessary additional funding for the Beaver Island Community School . Watch the local newspapers and websites for more information about how this money will be allocated and used. The Board of Education's finance committee will soon begin to prioritize school needs.


Hard Workers

Submitted by Frank Solle, Photo by Frank Solle

Hard workers. At least that's what Ken Taylor (left) and Don Cole told me they were when I joined them for a recent afternoon of trail work and wood chip spreading at the Martin Point site along the east side of the Island. Don is the driving force behind the Friends of the Trails volunteer organization that is working to improve access at this and other sites around the Island. The group is doing a great job at Martin Point with off-road parking and three different trails leading from the East Side Road in to the bluff. Future plans call for picnic tables and information signs as well as improving the view from the top of the bluff.








Reception at the Bluebird B&B from 1 pm – 3 pm

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Reception at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Community Room from 5 pm – 6 pm

He also will visit the Lighthouse School, Beaver Island Public School, Library, Museum, The Emerald Isle and Beaver Island Transportation Authority, Township Marina and various business people. Please welcome Jim to Beaver Island. He was the Charlevoix School Superintendent from 1973-1977.

Hosted by Beaver Island Democrats – contact person – Kenneth Taylor 448-2864

Islanders get by pesky Paradise

by Frank Solle; Photos by Frank Solle

It wasn't necessarily easy and it wasn't necessarily pretty, but the results were what the Islander soccer team and coach Mike Myers were looking for as the Islanders outlasted the Paradise Rockets 6-1 last Friday and 4-0 on Saturday.

“Their program has really improved,” Myers said of a Rocket team that physically wasn't as big, as strong, as fast, or as skilled as the Islanders, but again and again proved to be in just the right place at just the right time to keep the Islanders off stride through the two game set.

“It wasn't very easy for us this weekend,” Myers said of the team earning its fifth and sixth consecutive Northern Lights League victories. “That's good,” Myers added of the challenge the Rockets presented, but added of Saturday's effort, “I thought our kids looked a little sluggish.”

But once again, credit must go to the Paradise players for proving to be a thorn in the Islanders' side throughout both games, time after time breaking up the Islanders' offensive tempo.

Yet the Islanders' size, strength, and skill did prove too much for the Rockets to stop every time. John Albin finally broke into the scoring column for the Islanders 10 minutes into the first half of play on Friday as he positioned himself perfectly to receive a corner kick from John Runberg and headed the ball into the net.

Runberg added another assist just four minutes later, dishing the ball to Jared Wojan who deftly lobbed the ball over the Paradise goalkeeper.

Runberg capped the first half scoring by being the closest Islander to the play when a Paradise defender accidentally booted the ball past his own keeper.

Brett Maudrie scored the fourth goal with a blistering line drive kick with an assist from Jimmy Gillespie 11 minutes into the second half.

Paradise became the first visiting team to score against the Islanders just three minutes later, but that goal was simply too little too late to challenge the Islander win.

Tony Bousquet kicked in a rebound off a Saygan Croswhite shot at the 16:00 minute mark and Albin scored off another Islander corner kick, this one sent in by Gillespie to wrap up the scoring.


Saturday's scoring was split evenly with a pair of goals in the first half and a pair in the second as again the Islanders were simply too strong for the Rockets to stay with in the long run, despite their continual pesky efforts.

Bousquet netted the first score after Maudrie drilled the crossbar with a shot, picking up the ricochet and sending it in the goal.

Wojan added the second with a fine kick from just outside the goal box with another assist from Runberg.

Maudrie was on the receiving end of a missed shot in the second half as a Gillespie shot hit the upright and bounced right to Brett.

Croswhite wrapped up the scoring with a strong inside move from the left side before sending his own rocket past the Rockets' keeper.


The Islanders close out the home portion of their schedule next weekend as they host the Munising Baptist Bobcats. Friday's game begins at 5:00 pm with Saturday's contest set for 9:00 am.

The Islanders then have a weekend off before flying to Mackinac Island for what could prove to be a league championship-deciding series, October 15 and 16.

NOTE: My sincere apologies to Frank for not getting this up when he sent it to me. I put it in a file and proceeded to forget to check my email being all flustered about the State Librarian coming. I promise I won't do it again Frank.

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