Beaver Island News on the 'Net, April 27-May 4, 2008

Birth Announcement

Andrew and Logan are proud to announce the birth of their sister Rilynn.

Rilynn was born April 30, 2008 and weighs 8lbs. 13oz. and is 21 inches long.

Mom and Dad are Dustin and Jessica Crandall. Proud grandparents are Steve and Yvonne Crandall, John and Beth McCafferty and Gena Delamater. Great-grandma is Madonna McCafferty.

(Thanks to Marie Connaghan for this information and photo)

2007-2008 BICS Sports Awards Program

On Tuesday evening, April 29, 2008, at 7 p.m. in the BICS Gymnasium, the 2007-08 BICS Sports Awards Ceremony took place.... More

TONIGHT--- 5th/6th Grade Play, Friday,

May 2, 2008, at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall

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 !

Rich Gillespie to Run for County Commisioner


(Copied from the Beaver Island Forum:)

I have submitted my petition to run for county commissioner for District 6 of Charlevoix County. In recent years the county has paid out more than 1.5 million dollars to settle cases among personnel who filed grievances against the county and have either negotiated settlements or received judgments. This is an unacceptable situation particularly for taxpayers who elect commissioners to oversee the various departments of the county. If the proper oversight were applied none of this might have happened. Charlevoix County has a public safety committee, building and grounds committee, judicial committee and a personnel committee, amongst others. When I served on the county board some years ago if there were grievances or disharmony in any department it would come before these committees. What has happened? There is no excuse to frittering away public money when standing committees should be exercising diligent oversight on departments and personnel.

In my previous experience as a county commissioner I had a good relationship with my fellow commissioners and chaired or served on many of the county committees in that time. We never had a situation like we have dealt with in recent years. In these tough economic times it is important to have people in place that will act conservatively with public funds and be diligent in watching for and correcting problems.

It is time for a fresh start. With the publics support I promise to do so.

Sandra Heit Passes Away

SANDRA L. HEIT, 56, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Ind. Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., she was currently a Language Arts teacher at Lakeside Middle School, previously at Churubusco High School and Carroll High School. She was active with Civic Theatre and was an honor graduate of Western Michigan University. Survivors include husband, James Heit of Garrett; brother, David Henry of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two nieces; three nephews; and devoted loving dogs, Katie and Maggie. Service is 5 p.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to S.P.C.A.

Sandra and Jim Heit have been coming to the Island since 1992, bought land in 1997, and completed their home in December of 2005. Jim Heit said, "Sandra touched many, many, people there."

Owen Lee Yetter Passes Away

Born with serious medical conditions that were not able to be corrected, newborn Owen Lee Yetter passed away on April 27, 2008.

Visitation for Owen Lee Yetter will be this Thursday, May 1, 2008, from 6 to 8 pm at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 6th Street, Traverse City. His funeral will be on Friday, May 2, 2008, at 1:00 pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 630 S. West Silver Lake Road, Traverse City. Burial will follow at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens, 3575 Veterans Drive, Traverse City .

Rosie Boyle and Justin Yetter's address is 5410 Vance Road , Grawn , MI 49637

Gilbert A. Lloyd Dies

East Lansing , MI

Gilbert A. Lloyd passed away on April 24, 2008, at the age of 92. Gilbert was born on September 4, 1915, in Springport, Michigan. and grew up on the family farm prior to attending Michigan State. A 1937 graduate from Michigan State with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Gilbert enjoyed the great outdoors and all that nature provided. A passion for working with gardens and landscapes drew him back to Michigan State University in 1957 to commence a twenty-five year career with the Grounds Department, ultimately retiring as the Department's Executive Director in 1982. Proud to be affiliated with his Alma Mater, he looked forward to going to work every day upon the beautiful campus he loved, and walking amongst its shadows. Gilbert was sadly preceded in death by daughter, Charlene (Lee) Dempsey, and daughter-in-law, Johnna (Lamont) Smith. He is survived by Kathleen, his loving wife of 54 years. Also surviving are daughter, Sue (Dick) Torgerson of Lansing, MI; daughter-in-law, Joan Smith of Portland, OR; son, Whitney (Phillis) Lloyd of Rives Junction, MI; son, Ron (Shirley) Lloyd of Springport, MI; son, Lamont Smith of Petoskey, MI; son, Barry (Missy) Lloyd of San Diego, C ; son-in-law, Lee Dempsey of Springport, MI; twelve grandchildren, (Sherri, Mark, Bryan, Tami, Rex, Rob, Ron, Monica, Lana, Kara, Erica, and Jared); nine great-grandchildren, (Abigail, Samantha, Jade, Maeve, Will, Joshua (Carrie), Brandon, Lynnsi, and Laurynn); and one great-great-grandchild, Dyllan, will miss their grandfather. At Gilbert's request, his body was donated to the Michigan State University Department of Anatomy. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be directed to either Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, or the St. Lawrence Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. A memorial service will be conducted on June 16 at 10:00 a.m . at Edgewood United Church in East Lansing.
Published in the Lansing State Journal - April 29, 2008

Beaver Island Electric Car Show Preview

The Island will host its first electric car show on Friday, June 27, 2008, and Saturday, June 28, 2008. Two mainland electric vehicle (EV) dealers will bring over a total of thirteen cars from four different manufacturers. The cars will be shown on the brick paver section in front of the the Shamrock and Harbour Market. More

Cable's Creek Springtime Run-off Continues

Spring Flowers in the Cold

These flowers don't realize that it isn't warm enough for them to be flowering yet. They must have been fooled by the 70 degree temperatures just like the rest of us. The thirty degree drop in temperature shouldn't be a surprise for us in Northern Michigan, but it shocks us every year. Here is just one example of the beauty of Beaver Island in the springtime.

A touch of beauty in the cold spring temperatures

Heavy Equipment Brought to the Island

We hardly ever seen a crane as big as this one on the Island. An "Over-Size" load it definitely is! The crane is believed to be the one that is necessary to raise up the towers that have been strategically placed around the Island.

The buildings appear to be all alike, perhaps these will be placed next to the tower locations.

Bob McGlocklin Dies

News has been received that Bob McGlocklin, former owner and operator of the Circle M Lodge, has died in Florida. More information will be posted when received.

Information came that there would be no service planned at this time. His remains will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the Beaver Island Fire Department. There may be an obituary written and posted at a later time.

Anyone wishing to mail Lil McGlocklin may do so at the following address:

Lil McGlocklin, 2846 Carriage Ct., The Villages, FL 32162

Charlevoix State Bank Hours Change

Charlevoix State Bank hours will begin a Monday through Friday schedule beginning May 5, 2008, according to Nancy Ferguson. The bank hours will be from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. beginning on May 5, 2008.

Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporter

Welcome to the Weathervane Terrace Inn!!

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Air Show Sponsorships for July Sold Out

All the sponsor slots for the Air Show visit by the B-17 Yankee Lady have been sold out. The plane will visit Beaver Island July 18 & 19. Each sponsor will get a special VIP ride on Friday July 18. Your Chamber directors would like to thank and recognize these sponsors who joined with us to bring the beautiful WWII aircraft to Beaver Island.

Island Airways

Ken McDonald

Roger Wilcox

Beaver Island Golf Course

Paradise Bay Coffee Shop

The Elson & Helen Spangler Family

Fresh Air Aviation

Beaver Island Lodge

Haggard's Inc. Plumbing & HVAC

Visitors to the air show will be able to purchase a ride in the Yankee Lady and tour the plane on the ground. For more information about the show contact Chairperson Rachel Teague (Fresh Air Aviation) at (888) 359-7448 or your Chamber office.

Chamber Member Survey Suggests Good Season

The consensus of an accommodations member survey is that despite a national recession this season is shaping up to be about the same as last year or a little better. Requests for island information by both phone and email are up about 25% so far this year according to the Chamber. Visits to the chamber web site are also up

Citizens of the Year Selected

Father Pat Cawley and Pam Grassmick were selected as 2007 Citizens of the Year. The awards were presented on April 12 at the annual banquet held this year at member Stoney Acre.

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

State Superintendent of Education to Visit BI

State Superintendent of Education Mike Flanagan will be visiting Beaver Island on Thursday, May 15, 2008. His trip to the Island will include being part in the ceremonial ground breaking for the new BICS construction project. He will be treated to some student presentations including a short excerpt from the BICS musical "The Castaways."

Kathleen McNamara has announced that a luncheon will be held at the Shamrock with Mr. Flanagan bing the guest apeaker. The visit to Beaver Island is part of Mr. Flanagan's plan to visit as many school districts as possible.

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.

BICS Board Awards Bid to Beaver Gems

The Board of Education met on April 14, 2008, and awarded the bid for the construction project to Beaver Gems, Inc. of Beaver Island. The bid for this project was granted to the lowest bidder. Ground breaking will be ceremoniously started on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 11 a.m. The actual demolition and true ground breaking will probably wait until the first week of June.

The BICS School Year Calendar has been changed to accomodate the building schedule. The school year will end early. The link below will take you to the new calendar of events for the BICS for all grades Pre-K through 12.

2008 Beaver Island Community School Calendar Changes

Where's This?

Last Week's Question:

No answers were received so this will continue with one more additional one below.

This Week's Where's This?

These two locations are very close to one another.

Email your answer to

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:

Since the medical center or BIRHC trivia is still pertinent with the search still on for a second provider, this week's question is going backwards in the history of that important institution. Let's go backwards before the time of Mike McGinnity. Who were the last two physicians to practice medicine on Beaver Island prior to Mike's here on Beaver Island?

Two correct answers were received. The correct answer was Doctor Joseph Christie and Doctor Leonard Suidara.

This Week's Question:

Finishing up with the BIRHC Trivia, who has been the doctor from Pine River Associates that has been coming to the Island for more than twenty years to help supplement the care given by PA's and FNP's?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of May, June, and July 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.

Special and Excellent Guest Chef Kathy Speck will prepare this dinner.

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.

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

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 .

"Father's Love"

"Let me tell you a secret about a father's love."

These words were especially appropriate this week as your editor spent three days off the Island helping a daughter move from Grand Rapids to Harbor Springs where she hopes to begin a new life with goals leading toward a medical career. The move went as well as can be expected when there are only two people involved, and when one of them is getting closer and closer to the Social Security age.

The trip to Grand Rapids was an adventure that is not unlike some of the snowshoeing trips of this past winter. The number of people surrounding us was enormous, but the atmosphere was one of isolation within that large population. Expecting no additional help, the packing and cleaning took exponentially longer with two people doing the work than it took to move into the apartment with four. Quite literally, two to the fourth power longer than the move into the apartment.

Securing the moving truck and driving the truck were the least of the worries, but not left out of the picture. How would someone that has only driven a pickup truck be able to handle a sixteen foot truck? Well, it was a breeze! Twenty years of driving an ambulance had been enough preparation, so this part of the trip was easy. Now, driving 60 mph, which was the speed limit on the expressway, that was probably easily the most difficult part of the adventure. When even the big rigs are passing you, you know know the trip will be a long one. Obeying the law can sometimes be dreary.

The trip was successful with only having to reschedule the return flight to the Island once, due to a bad back, and a need to take a break more often than expected. Getting older is not for sissies. Going up and down the, turn of the century, old style stairs to and from an upstairs apartment was less than enjoyable, but it was necessary, lugging furniture and bags and boxes. Honestly, the eighty-seven trips on those stairs will help to make this father-daughter time a memorable one--at least until the legs stop hurting and the back swing for golf returns to normal. Oh, the aching back!

Driving from Charlevoix from Harbor Springs through the downpour of the century was the next most difficult part of this adventure. It was impossible to see the road with the rain coming down that hard. No matter what anyone tells you, a northern Michigan thunderstorm with accompanying lightning is one of the scariest experiences you can have when riding in a car with rain coming down "cats and dogs" and you can't see the lines on the pavement more than 10 feet in front of you. The bed at the motel was a most welcome site after two days of packing and cleaning and driving. It just took us a lot longer to get to that bed through the raindrops the size of ping pong balls.

The unloading at the new apartment went without a hitch after a good night's sleep in a motel room, even getting the rental truck back an hour earlier than scheduled, no additional mileage charges, and with no damage charges. The water bed frame ended up backwards in the new bedroom, but it was all set to sleep in or on, and it was time for the second trip back to Charlevoix, the trip to drop Dad off. On the way back to Charlevoix, we laughed and talked about all the fire trucks we saw the night before guarding a downed power line from the storm. At the airport, we hugged and said, "Love you," and we meant it.

Home in time to console my other daughter over a breakup with a boyfriend, it was great to get home and sleep in a comfortable, homey bed.

So, "Let me tell you a secret about a Father's love. A secret that my daddy said was just between us. See Daddy's don't just love their children every now and then. It's a love without end, Amen. It's a love without end, Amen."

Thank you, George Strait. This music helped me remember why this adventure was a needed part of this life we live.