Islander generosity came full strength on Friday, Sept.2, 2005. It was the last “Open Mic” at the Shamrock and Joddy Croswhite had been thinking about doing something special. A t-shirt auction popped into his head and he quickly made a homemade t-shirt design. It was to be joke for his “Open Mic” partner, Kevin White. But that night, something special really did happen. Joddy began to mention the auction and t-shirt and spontaneously decided the money would go to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina victims. He had a few nibbles of donations throughout the night, but kicked in the auction around 11:30 p.m. Islanders and visitors immediately opened their hearts and pockets. The t-shirt price began to grow by $50 increments, till a voice in the back bid $500. It was Kelly Collins, quietly listening and decided to act. But that wasn't the end, Kathy Hayes stood up and said she couldn't top $500, but still wanted to give a $100 to the hurricane victims. And so it grew….within 20 minutes, the patrons of the Shamrock raised $1731.90! As Kelly Collins so eloquently stated, “It has been breaking my heart to watch the news and I just had to do something”. Thank you Islanders and friends. The money has been sent to the American Red Cross.
Today was the first day of the new school year. That meant safety patrols back in force, kids stumbling through an early morning arrival, 5th-6th graders raising the flag, orientation for a new building layout and a new year of classes, and getting back with friends. All that cool stuff that made you and I look forward to each new year as well. Well, we showed up anyway. So did the kids today.
The Islanders are (from left), front row: Ryan McDonald, Dereck McDonough, Bailey McDounough, Maeve Green, Alex Kuligoski, Melissa Peters, Jenna Butler, Kristy Bousquet, Cameron LaVasseur, David Schwartzfisher, and coach Mike Myers.
Back row: Kevin Gillespie, John Albin, Brenden Martin, John Runsberg, Jared Wojan, Saygan Croshwite, Eric Albin, Cody Gillespie, Jimmy Gillespie, and David Bousquet.
With a few weeks of practice under their cleats, along with a very successful preseason tournament, the Beaver Island Islander soccer team is poised to begin the defense of its undefeated, 10-0, Northern Lights League title claimed last fall.
On Saturday August 27, the team showed what it is made of by defeating Northwest Academy 5-0 before staging a stunning, 3-1 come-from-behind win over Class C Boyne City in the annual preseason tournament in Charlevoix.
“A win like that is a morale booster,” coach Mike Myers said of the win over the Ramblers. “To be able to come from behind and beat them was great. They were fast but we were able to shut them down with our defense.”
The Islanders trailed Boyne City 1-0 at halftime, but turned things around in the second half of play, despite having only a 20-minute break following their 5-0 dismantling of Northwest Academy.
Juniors Jared Wojan and David Bousquet, along with sophomore Brenden Martin scored the Islanders goals, with Martin curving his in off a corner kick. Bousquet and Wojan also scored against Northwest.
“Jared really looked good against Boyne City,” Myers said of the lanky midfielder. “He can play the whole field for the whole game. He was the glue that kept things together for us.”
“It's a good way to get our team thinking about Mackinac,” Myers said of this weekend's opening series at home against the rival Lakers. “We know Mackinac will be chomping at the bit after our wins there last year.”
Along with a strong defense, Myers said the strength of this year's team is mental. “Last year we had a rougher team. They were a little tougher. But this year our kids are really playing smart ball. They are going to the open space and not just kicking the ball right to someone's feet. I'm anxious to see if the smarter ball will do better than the tough ball,” Myers said.
Leading the smart attack along with Wojan, Bousquet and Martin are seniors John Albin at sweeper, John Runberg at midfield, and Cody Gillespie in the goal.
“I was especially pleased with the play of our seniors against Boyne City,” said Myers. “I have a lot of confidence in those three.”
Both Albin and Runberg came to practice in top shape Myers said while pointing out that Gillespie is very quick in the goal and knows the position well. “He had some great saves during the tournament,” Myers added.
Also bringing experience and scoring potential to the starting lineup is junior Saygan Croswhite and sophomore Eric Albin. Croswhite scored against Northwest as well, while Albin is adjusting from playing in the goal to playing the front line.
Junior Bailey McDonough and freshman Maeve Green both turned in strong defensive efforts in the team's tournament appearance. “They hung in there tough in the second have against Boyne City and that's how we were able to win the game - with our defense,” said Myers.
Rounding out the returning players are junior Rita Palmer and sophomores Melissa Peters and Kevin Gillespie. Palmer and Peters will primarily see duty on defense with Gillespie acting as back-up goalkeeper. Senior Jimmy Gillespie is expected to join the team after the first weekend series.
Returning this year after a year at military school is junior David Schwartzfisher while sophomore Ryan McDonald is new to the school and team.
Joining the team from the eighth grade are Dereck McDonough, Cameron LaVasseur, Jenna Butler, Kristy Bousquet, and Alex Kuligoski. “Dereck was our top sub through the tournament,” Myers said, adding that Butler, Bousquet and Kuligoski all saw valuable playing time against Northwest Academy.
“We really showed promise,” Myers said of the preseason play. “If we can get past Mackinac we should do all right.”
Myers said Paradise has been improving, but Munising will be down due to graduation. He was unsure of any changes in Grand Marais and Hannahville. “We do have a new school in the league this year,” Myers pointed out. Ojibwe Charter School of Brimley joins the league, but this year will only have students through 10th grade. “It should be a good opportunity for our younger players to play more and it will be a home game,” Myers said.
The new season kicks off Friday at 5:00 pm against Mackinac Island with the second game of the series set for 9:00 am Saturday morning.
Fri., Sept. 9 Mackinac Island 5:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 10 Mackinac Island 9:00 am
Fri., Sept. 16 at Hannahville 5:00 pm
Sat. Sept. 17 at Hannahville 9:00 am
Fri., Sept. 23 at Paradise 5:00 pm
Sat. Sept. 24 at Paradise 9:00 am
Fri. Sept. 30 at Munising Baptist 5:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 1 at Munising Baptist 9:00 am
Fri. Oct. 7 Ojibwe Charter 5:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 8 Ojibwe Charter 9:00 am
Fri. Oct. 14 Grand Marais 5:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 15 Grand Marais 9:00 am
Oct. 24-29 District Tournament - site and times TBA
It hardly seems possible that it's September already and that tomorrow the island kids will be heading to school. The summer seems to have sped past at the speed of light although during those 56 days of drought it crawled and we wondered if the temperatures would ever drop to the comfortable level.
It was a busy summer. Despite the cost of gasoline, the island was inindated with summer residents, day trippers, vacationers, and family visitors. Island businesses were kept hopping. The summer tourist season is the lifeblood of the island and this summer was a busy one.
We lost many good friends: Alex Siudara, Lex Marcinak, Mathew Taylor, Clyde Fogg, Sheldon Reynolds, Lyle Latoff, Father Leonard Jocys, Louis Gillespie, "Jug" Gatliff Flynn, Ernie Martin, Sr., and Rita Elms. We welcomed new babies into the island family: Brock Thomas Martin, Avery Kay Gerace, Aiden MacKenzie Martin, and Olga Lydia Burton. We celebrated birthdays and anniversaries, graduation, family reunions, weddings, Museum Week, the Music Festival, Homecoming and now we are winding it all up with what we've come to deem as the marker for summer's end - Labor Day.
How many of us know why we even have Labor Day? Why we celebrate it? What it means? Who started it?
The History of Labor Day
Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means
"Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country," said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. "All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Founder of Labor Day
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."
But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
Labor Day Legislation
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
A Nationwide Holiday
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
Being an island offers folks the best sunrises and sunsets - no buildings or trees to get in the way. Every evening Donegal Bay draws people to the shore to watch the sun sink below the horizon, some in hopes of seeing the famous "emerald flash".
Sunrise doesn't have the draw as folks like to sleep in rather than greet the new day as it begins to peek above the waves. I tend to like both and since I'm an early riser catching the sunrise isn't a problem.
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