BI News on the 'Net, April 14-20, 2008

Changes at McDonough's Market

Paradise Bay Re-Opens This Weekend

Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.


The following people were installed as officers of the AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary at a luncheon held at Stoney Acres on Tuesday, April 16, 2008: President: Kathy Adams; First Vice President: Susie Fisher; Second/Third Vice President: Loretta Slater; Secretary: Kathy Tidmore; Treasurer: Tova Kopperud.

The following appointments were made at the same time: Sgt at Arms: Emma Jean Belfy; Chaplain: Peg Hoogendoorn; Hospital: Pat Rowley; Historian: Kathleen Antkoviak; Publicity: Sandy Latimer and Dee Gallagher; Parliamentarian: Dee Gallagher

The Auxiliary would also like to ask you to watch for upcoming postings with the date of the Beaver Island Women's Cocktail Party held annually to honor the women of Beaver Island.

Tonight, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, "The Castaways"

At 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, there is a Miranda Rooy directed, Beaver Island Community School production of the musical "The Castaways," which includes Preschool through 12th grade students. This program should be a fun evening for all who attend. Be sure to pick up a program to see who does what and when.

Click here for the Program

Pictures from the Performance

Video Clips of the Performance of the Castaways

BIRHC Partners with Munson Healthcare

Diana Gilroy and Dr. Frasier from Munson Hospice and Palliative Care will be coming to the island on Wednesday, April 30 th .  Munson Hospice has partnered with the Beaver Island Rural Health Center so we may extend hospice benefits for residents on the island if and when they are needed.  We are grateful for this opportunity to provide this service which we couldn't unless we were with an agency such as Munson.  (From Donna Kubic)

News from the Transfer Station

The summer and fall hours begin May 1 at the Transfer Station. Hours will be Monday thru Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

7th Annual Beaver Island Citizen of the Year Banquet

The Citizen of the Year Banquet is held each year by the Chamber of Commerce to recognize people in the Beaver Island community who go above and beyond to help. The social event started at 6 p.m. with cocktails and plenty of good old-fashioned socializing. This was followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Approximately sixty people were present for the dinner and the program held at Stoney Acre Grill. The program stated," The awards will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work, or visit"

At 8:30 p.m. the introduction and comments were made by Steve West.

Steve introduced Kathy Speck, President of the Chamber of Commerce. Kathy read several comments received in letters of nomination. The nominees were Father Pat Cawley, Steve Crandall, Dr. James Gillingham, Pam Grassmick, Kitty McNamara, Judi Meister, and Sue Welke.

Complete text of Kathy's speech

Kathy said, "This year the Chamber Board had a lot of difficulty sorting it all out; we agonized over this....we had to pick one, and we just couldn't do it! We felt two individuals HAD to be recognized, and we think you will be pleased with the final outcome. Let me read some more things written about one person we selected: He is an individual who contributes immensely to life on Beaver Island. He has without a doubt touched all of us who live, work, and visit this paradise called Beaver Island.......the Board felt it was time to show our appreciation and recognition of what he has done for our community. In recognition of his lifetime of good deeds and caring and compassion, tonight we honor Father Pat Cawley." (Father Pat was not present but he sent a note in response for being notified of the nomination.)

Father Pat said, "Greetings, I am honored to be nominated for the Citizen of the Year award. To be considered is no small thing and quite humbling........Just being nominated is sufficient and will encourage me to do more and be a better citizen. Thanks again for the honor. Peace, Father Pat."

Kathy said, "As I said a few minutes ago, we had a difficult challenge in picking just one Citizen of the Year. There were many letters received in support of this equally deserving nominee....Some more things written about her were: 'I believe she is the person most deserving of the honor because of her untiring efforts to stop the spread of the phragmites along the shores of Beaver Island.' 'True volunteerism with "action and not talk" is difficult to find and whe exemplifies this concerpt in her community service...... I could go on with much more written about this person, but I think we can simply say, 'Thank you," by honoring her as Citizen of the Year, Pam Grassmick."

Pam Grassmick

Kathy Speck, Pam Grassmick (Citizen of the Year), and Steve West posed for picture

Former Citizen of the Year Don Vyse with Pam Grassmick discuss the award with Brad Grassmick looking on.

2008 Citizen of the Year Video Clips

These video clips require Quicktime and may take up to a minute to download over a high speed connection.

Update: Father Pat Cawley was presented his award for Citizen of the Year on Sunday morning, April 13, 2008, close to the end of the mass by Jack Gallagher. Father Pat again stated that he was humbled by this award. Congratulations, Father Pat!

Island Soul Performs After Citizen of Year Banquet

Miranda Rooy, Kevin White, Cindy Cushman, and Patti Cull, "Island Soul"

Cindy Cushman singing a solo.

Pre-Diabetes Class Offered This Coming Wednesday, April 16th

You can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Take the first step and attend the Pre-Diabetes Class being offered throught the REMEC program at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Education Room, Wednesday, April 16, 2008 from 6-9 p.m.

What is is and what can I do? This is for people who might have been told they were "Borderline" or have already been told they are "Pre-Diabetes" or are just interested in the topic.

This is sponsored by the Diabetes Education Department of Charlevoix Area Hospital and will be broadcast over the REMEC network from Charlevoix Area Hospital.

5th/6th Grade Play, Friday, May 2, 2008

Come and join us as the 5th and 6th Grade Class entertains the masses with their hilariously funny rendition of “Get Up and Go”. This lively play contains 11 scenes of unstoppable laughter as the kids recount the history of transportation from the ages of Cavemen and continuing on through the Cyber World! As usual, the night's festivities will include a very extensive raffle….last year topping over 50 items! Come One! Come All! Come Enjoy! Admission is $3.00/person. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door. $1/each or 6/$5.00.

As always, thank you for supporting the 5th/6th grade efforts to go to Camp Hayowentha !

It's a War Between the Island Businesses  

(A Penny War Starts the Week of April 7th )--Junior Class Fundraiser  

This is a fundraiser for the Beaver Island School Junior Class to raise funds for the Senior Banquet this spring. Here's how it works:

The following businesses will each have a Penny War can and are trying to collect as many pennies as possible. Each penny is worth 1 point. However, and here's where it gets good: Any nickels (-5) , dimes (-10) or quarters (-25) are NEGATIVE POINTS! So, pick the business YOU want to see win and put your pennies into THEIR jar. Then, go put your silver coins into the jars of the OTHER businesses to bring DOWN their total points.


Note:  If your business is not listed here and you would like to play, just let any Junior Class member know and we'll add you to the list above. This Penny War will run until April 17, 2008.

Thank You to EVERYONE for your continued support!  ~The Juniors

Caitlin Boyle, Hannah Connor, Deven Cook, Patrick Cull, Maeve Green, Heather McDonough

Saturday's Surprise

Waking up on Saturday morning and taking one look out the window was enough to surprise anyone who lives on Beaver Island. The storm that was supposed to create rain, a little freezing rain, and then more rain, turned into a surprise for some Islanders. The snow on the railing of one deck was just less than six inches thick with most of that being very heavy snow.

The harbor, which had been completely clear of ice on Friday had thick snow on top of the ice that had blown back into the harbor. The storm was still strong as of 11 a.m. on Saturday when these two pictures were taken.

The Coast Guard Station from the town area through Pinky's fence.

The BIBCO Boat Dock from close to Whiskey Point through the snow storm.

Where's This?

This week's picture comes with an architectural question. What is the purpose of this type of structure?

Several correct answerers to this question this week. This is, of course, the cupola on the top of the roof of the Beaver Island District Library. It's purpose is to let in natural light. The correct answer was provided by Donovan Langford, Sarah McCafferty, and Sally Lounsberry. Thanks to all for participating.

This Week's Where's This?

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Who's This?

Last Week's Who is this?

The answer is Gerald LaFreniere. Thanks to Carol LaFreniere for her help by sending the pictures.

Gerald is an EMT-Specialist and Operations Director for Beaver Island EMS. He also is a crew member for the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department's Beaver Island Rescue Boat and auxiliary officer for CCSD. This is in addition to being a husband, father, and employee of Roberts John Service.

Subscriptions Expire This Month

Note from the editor:

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Music, Art, and Drama Camp

MAD Camp will take place during the same week as Museum Week this coming July. The dates are July 21-25, 2008. You can get more information about this by going to their website at

There are also applications available at the Beaver Island Community School office. Be sure to register early for the early registration discount.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

When Mike McGinnity was in Iraq serving his nation in the National Guard, who provided the healthcare services to the Island residents during that period of time?

There were several correct answerers to this question. Paul Nelson, Bev Russell, Sarah McCafferty, Sally Lounsberry, and Joyce Bartells all had correct answer, which was Dr. Phillip Lange.

This Week's Question:

Sticking with this same area of Beaver Island History, who replaced Mike McGinnity and Dr. Phillip Lange as the provider of medical services for the Beaver Island Medical Center?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of April, May, and June for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to:

Public Meeting on Phragmities Planned

Shoreline owners and interested individuals are asked to attend a public meeting on June 24, 2008 at the Peaine Township Hall at 7.p.m. This meeting is to discuss the proposed 2008 Phragmities Eradication Plan (Save Our Shores Program). A letter will be mailed on June 1st to all shoreline owners outlining this year's process. John Works, Peaine Township Supervisor, Don Vyse, St. James Township Supervisor, Brian Mastenbrook, DNR, and representatives from the Beaver Island Association (BIPOA) will be on hand to answer questions. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those property owners who reviewed the information on Phragmities and participated in the treatment program.

More information on Phragmities and treatment can be found at:

Sports Boosters Announce Chinese Dinner

The Sports Boosters' Chinese Dinner will be Saturday May 10th at Nina's Restaurant- reservations please-448-2396  take out orders will also be available.

BIA (BIPOA) Plans Meeting

The Beaver Island Association (formally BIPOA) will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.  Election of officers, Treasurer's report, committee reports and other business will be conducted. Open to the general public.

The Beaver Island e-Store on Ebay

The Beaver Island e-Store on e-bay is now open for business. The purpose of the store is to provide a simple way to sell Beaver Island crafted items on the internet, and provide another outlet for sales by island merchants. We have some items for sale on the site at:

We want to expand the store and if you would like us to sell your handmade jewelry, crafts, wood products, paintings or photographs on-line give me a call at 448-3088 or e-mail me at:

There is no charge to list items for sale at a fixed price; there is a fee if we sell them. We handle the photographing and listing of the item plus the packaging, shipping, the billing and collection of the money.

Bob Tidmore

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted as soon as they are received. News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. Please email them to

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Floor Plans for BICS New Building Here

BICS Building Project Plans and Updates

These are the most up-to-date plans available for the building.

The Board will make a decision about the bids at its public meeting on April 14, 2008.

Bible Camp Coming This Summer

This camp is for all children who live on or are visiting Beaver Island with a variety of wholesome activities which will include music, crafts, games and age appropriate lessons focusing on Christian values and teaching children what life was like in the time of Jesus. Attendance is free. This is a great way for children to make new friends. All materials will be provided as well as daily snacks and a picnic lunch on the last day of the school. Currently scheduled for July 1-3, you can plan your vacation around these dates.

Parents interested in having their children attend the school should contact Deb Robert at 448-2048 or by email at .