B. I. News on the 'Net, April 13-19, 2009

Cormorant Harrasment Program

(submittted by Bob Tidmore)

Thanks for attending the meeting this week, the individual from the Wildlife Services was very pleased with how it went.

The next meeting is next Tuesday the 21 st at Peaine Township Hall at 7:00. If you missed the last meeting please feel free to attend this one as we need volunteers. This is to organize the efforts in the harbor only. The folks at Lake Genezarth are having a separate meeting, contact Gary Morgan for more information.

You do not have to be a member to participate in this program.

First Hardy Soul

The first hardy soul was found outside the Beaver Island District Library using the WIFI hotspot, surfing the Internet, and doing business on the table out in front of the library. This is another sign that the season has begun.

The Beaver Island District Library was the first Internet hotspot on Beaver Island to offer free Internet access purposely. The concept was one that has been replicated in several other businesses on the Island. Free Internet access is available at Island Airways, Fresh Air Aviation, the Shamrock and Harbor Market, the B.I. Community Center, and Beaver Island Realty to mention just a few.

Hollyhock and Crew Reset Buoys

More story and pictures HERE

B.I. Music Festival News

In the News from BICS

Dedication ceremony....School Election info.......Spring Computer Class

Mexican Fiesta on April 30th

Dahlwhinnie's is the location to support the Junior-Senior Banquet and Senior Bash.

Street Sweeping-Beaver Island Style

There has to be a method to get all that sand off the blacktop from sanding the icy roads over the winter. Here is the Beaver Island method. This is the same tractor that the CCRC uses to mow alongside the roads. It was kicking up quite a dust storm. Can the driver really see where he is going?

BICS High School Chicago Trip

Beaver Island Community School High School students recently returned from a three day trip to Chicago thanks to community support. Hartzlers' Charters and Tours, Inc., of Lake Odessa donated bus travel and lodging for the students and chaperones. The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association purchased tickets for the group to attend the Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of Twelfth Night . Students also visited the John Hancock Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Shedd Aquarium.


When the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, the non-profit sponsor of “Baroque on Beaver,” was invited to help support the recent trip of Beaver Island High School students to Chicago , they agreed. Then, when they learned what a wonderful experience it actually was for the 29 students to attend “Twelfth Night” at Navy Pier's Shakespeare Theater on April 8, they could not have been happier or applauded more energetically!

During the 2008-2009 school year, the BICAA has provided string instruction for eleven BICS students through the Crooked Tree Arts Center , including the arrangement for rental instruments and transportation of instructors to Beaver Island . And, for the first year, the BICAA will provide several “scholarships” for students who would like to attend MAD Camp on Beaver Island in July.

When the musicians arrive for “Baroque on Beaver - 2009” they will look forward to performances at CMU on Thurs., July 30; the Community Center on Fri., July 31; and at Holy Cross Hall on Sat. evening and Sun. afternoon, Aug. 1 and 2. And, this year they will also look forward to including interested local and visiting students in musical instruction and providing an opportunity for them to perform in an informal performance.

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association has recently learned that they have received partial support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Cheboygan Area Arts Council. Additional information about these programs and schedules is available on the www.baroqueonbeaver.com website.

Selected Spring Birds

After reading on the Beaver Island Forum that the ospreys were back on the nest on top of the microwave tower on Sloptown Road, it was essential that a picture or two be attempted without disturbing them too much. The hope of this editor is that Central Michigan University will place a webcam or something similar up on the tower for all to be able to view the ospreys, but so far no reply was been received to an email sent to Jim Gillingham. The first trip out to Sloptown did not reveal any ospreys at all, so driving around to check on the other spring birds to Barney's Lake and to Gull Harbor, close to town, seemed in order.

The later evening trip found the ospreys at home a few pictures were taken in the early twilight. The pictures can be seen HERE.

Taxes due on April 15th

If you want your taxes postmarked by the April 15th deadline, you need to get them to the Beaver Island post office before 4:30 p.m. on that day, which is Wednesday of this week.

Food Pantry News

The Beaver Island Food Pantry had another successful food distribution, Saturday, April 11, 2009. Many, many thanks for the generous donations of food and also for donations of cash that allow us to include vouchers for perishable items. The next food distribution will be Saturday, May 2, 2009.

Drop-off sites for food donations (in alphabetical order--for the concrete-sequential committee members!) are the Beaver Island Christian Church, the Beaver Island Community Center, Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways, and the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

(submitted by Judi Meister)

Easter Brunch and "Sweets for Sweetie"

The Beaver Island Christian Church hosted its annual Easter Brunch beginning food service at noon on Easter Sunday. Two cooks in the kitchen this year pulled several strings to get chosen for the task Here they are:

The many hands completed the tasks necessary to have a wonderful meal and great social time. Judi and Don Meister made the Lillian Gregg Easter Breakfast Caserole. Jean Carpenter was the supervisor and worked very hard to pull this off. The food was prepared in the church and hand-carried over to the Gregg Fellowship Center where the food would be consumed by hungry attendees. Approximately 78 people were served brunch for this wonderful day.

More on this story HERE

Easter Brunch Video Clip 1

Easter Brunch Video Clip 2

Easter Brunch Video Clip 3

Happy Easter!

2009 Easter Egg Scramble And Visits With The Easter Bunny

Thank you to all who helped make this event possible.

Proud Sponsors: Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Trading Post, Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways, McDonough's Market, Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli, The Shamrock, Harbour Market, The Beachcomber, Stoney Acre Grill & Donegal Danny's Pub, The Toy Museum.

Very Special Thanks To: CMU Biological Station, Jo Anne Cashman, Shirley Detwiler, Saundra Fries, Sharon Hurkmans, Gary & Tina Morgan, Cheryl Podgorski, Betty Scoggin, Doug Tilly, and Myrtle Walker.

The BICS new building was decorated and ready for the children to arrive.

More story and pictures HERE

Video Clip Preparing for the Easter Egg Hunt

Video Clip Olders Charge to Get Treats

Youngers Get Eggs and Easter Bunny Pictures

Fire Department Training and Practice Continues

This past Saturday found the Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department back down on the Beaver Island Boat Company dock. The trainees were learning about drafting water out of Lake Michigan and using the nozzle for foam.

More on fire practice HERE

Video clip of practice one

Video clip of practice two

AMVETs Lady's Auxiliary Sponsor Movie

The lobby of the Community Center was full of people of all ages as the food and popcorn was prepared for the movie sponsored by the AMVETs Auxliliary. There were hotdogs and chips and soft drinks and popcorn. Then it was time to head into the theater to view the movie on the big screen with surround sound.

Lined up out the door for food and popcorn..

More pictures HERE

Video Clip Getting Ready for the Movie

Ice Classic Ends

Last minutes before it went down...

Time the tower went in the ice 1:58 PM April 9, 2009

The winner is Mike Welke of Coldwater, MI with a time of 1:52 PM on the 9 th

Close to Mike were:

John Haggard 2:10 PM

Trish Scott 2:15 PM

Jeff Powers 1:47 PM

Peggy Kinsely 1:45 PM

There were a number of April 9th guesses

Thanks to all for entering the contest and supporting the Beaver Island Community Center

Controversy at Peaine Township Meeting

The regular meeting of the Peaine Township Board took place on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.

A little over thirty people were in attendance at this meeting. The meeting minutes from previous meetings and the bills were presented for payment. The minutes were accepted and the bills okayed for payment. The next thing on the agenda was public comment, and several persons made comments. Printed copies of some comments were available. Here is a link to Kathy Tidmore's comments. HERE

Other comments came from Bob Tidmore asking about the Peaine Township Board Policy for getting bids for projects. Ken Taylor made comments related to his concern over the fund equity. Others can be read about or watched in the video coverage for this meeting.

Peaine Township passed a Resolution Regarding Open Meetings and a draft may be viewed HERE.

Terry Saxton resigned from his Trails Committee position. There was much discussion about the Cemetery Committee.

Bob Tidmore provided information at the end of the meeting about cormorant control measures. You can read his fax to the Beaver Island Boat Company HERE.

Rory Connaghan did the digital video from the back of the Peaine Hall. Rory got the reactions and responses of the Peaine Township Board members. Thank you, Rory!

You can view more than forty video clips of the Peaine Township Meeting if you have a high speed Internet connection and Quicktime. This streaming video can be viewed HERE.

If you can't watch the video clips, you will have to await the posting of the draft minutes when they are received.

At the Community Center

Emerald Isle Makes First Trip

Photo courtesy of Richie's webcam at http://www.beaverislandrealty.com/webcam

The Beaver Island Boat Company officially started their season this morning, Wednesday, April 8, 2009. The first trip of the boat is really the signal that spring is here no matter what the weather outside is doing. The 2009 season is underway. What it will bring in today's economy is questionable, but we welcome the season with open arms. The spring fever should begin to hit us all, and the February blues and "cabin fever" should be leaving us to make way for another great summer on Beaver Island.

More on the first boat of the season (pictures) HERE

Video Clip of Emerald Isle entering the harbor and docking HERE

Special Sunday 4/19/09

Dinner with a special purpose!

Wishing Jake and Kara a farewell and welcome the new deputy and family!

Chamber Selects 2008 Citizen of the Year

On April 6th at a secret location the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce selected the Citizen of the Year for 2008.

“The community participation was the highest in the eight year history of the award,” said Executive Director Steve West. President Kathy Speck who chaired the meeting by speaker phone from California said, “It is wonderful and gratifying to have such deep community support and a challenge to make a selection from so many fine nominees.”

The Chamber received 31 nominations for 18 different individuals, couples or organizations. The selection will remain a secret until the award banquet.

This year's banquet will be held at the Shamrock on April 25. There are three meal selections with prices starting at only $17.00 for full meal deals that include appetizers and desert. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the Shamrock at (231) 448-2278.

Prime Rib  $24
Half Roasted Chicken  $ 17
Grilled Salmon $21

All Entree prices include Appetizer, Salad, Starch, Vegetable and  Dessert

Winds Farms Coming in June (BIA)

Wind Farms will be the topic of a presentation on Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 7-9 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Dean Solomon, Charlevoix County Extension Director, will present an overview of wind energy development potential in NW Lower Michigan and Beaver Island . Citing issues related to wind towers, new state renewable energy legislation, planning and zoning issues for wind energy will be discussed. This lecture is being sponsored by the Planning Commissions of Peaine and St. James Townships along with the Beaver Island Association. Open to the public and free of charge. Please, join us as Dean Solomon shares his expertise. Light refreshments provided.

BICS National Honor Society Sponsors Quiz Bowl

In an effort to raise funds to travel and compete in the State Quiz Bowl Class D Tournament, the Beaver Island High School National Honor Society is running a Quiz Bowl Tournament here on the Island. Teams of at least 4 people (you can have a sub or two, if you wish) will compete against each other by answering general knowledge questions in categories including history, literature, math, science, mythology, sports and miscellaneous. The requested donation is $15 per person. Spectators are welcome for a free-will donation. The winning team wins a trophy and bragging rights!

If you like Jeopardy, Cash Cab, trivia or just trying to buzz in faster than the next person, contact one of the NHS members by phone or email to sign up your team. If you'd like to play, but don't have a team, let us know that and we'll form a team for you. We can only have 8 teams, so call soon!
In an effort to raise funds to travel and compete in the State Quiz Bowl Class D Tournament, the Beaver Island High School National Honor Society is running a Quiz Bowl Tournament here on the Island.

Teams of at least 4 people (you can have a sub or two, if you wish) will compete against each other by answering general knowledge questions in categories including history, literature, math, science, mythology, sports and miscellaneous. The requested donation is $15 per person. Spectators are welcome for a free-will donation. The winning team wins a trophy and bragging rights!

If you like Jeopardy, Cash Cab, trivia or just trying to buzz in faster than the next person, contact one of the NHS members by phone or email to sign up your team. If you'd like to play, but don't have a team, let us know that and we'll form a team for you. We can only have 8 teams, so call soon!

Thanks for your support -- it should be a fun night! (Starts at 7:00 pm on Wed, April 15)

National Honor Society Members:

Kristy Bousquet, Caitlin Boyle, Jenna Butler, Patrick Cull, Maeve Green, Alex Kuligoski and Connie Boyle (adviser -- connieb@beaverisland.k12.mi.us )
Thanks for your support -- it should be a fun night! (Starts at 7:00 pm on Wed, April 15)

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Steve West (231) 448-2505 / Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Citizen of the Year Banquet Change

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award banquet will be held at the Shamrock on Saturday April 25. The change from the Beaver Island Lodge was made because of a change in Lodge's planned opening date.

The banquet will start with cocktails and hors d' oeuvres at 5:30. Dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by a visiting speaker and the award presentation. The Shamrock will offer three dinner selections beginning at $17.00. The “full meal deals” include

hors d' oeuvres and desert. Seating will be limited. Reservations are needed and can be made by calling the Shamrock at (231) 448-2278.

Michigan Tourism Expert to Address Banquet Crowd

One of Michigan's most successful independent tourism business marketing representatives will speak at this years Citizen of the Year award banquet. She has been called a cheerleader for Michigan travel and tourism.

Dianna Stampfler is a graduate of Western Michigan University and worked for the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) for seven years before starting her own business, Promote Michigan. She hosts two radio programs, is a contributing editor for Michigan Blue magazine and is a regular guest on the syndicated Travel Queen radio show as well as many other travel related programs. He client list includes St. Julian Winery, Traverse Tall Ship Company and the Michigan Apple Committee to name just three.

Stampfler is an expert on developing media coverage and as Marketing Director for WMTA developed more than $3.5 million in accumulative media coverage for members, including the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. She will speak at the banquet about how to use the internet to market your business on a shoe string budget.

Chamber Expands 2009 Print Guide / Free Map

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce 2009 Visitor & Business Directory will nearly double in size from previous additions to 8 ½ inches tall by 5 ½, about the size of the Island Telephone Directory. The colorful cover, designed by Jeff Cashman, features a three masted tall ship on Paradise Bay and eight additional beautiful Island photos.

Both Island lighthouses are pictured on the cover and a new section inside focuses on the many lights that can be visited by boat or plane from Beaver Island. Copies for the new publication will be distributed at the Citizen of the Year banquet.

The Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Map published by WMTA features “The many lights of Beaver Island,” in the editorial copy and includes a Chamber / Boat Co. / Fresh Air Aviation ad. A free copy of the large map will be available at the banquet. You can order one at www.wmta.org or by calling (800) 442-2084.

Ill Islanders Doing Well

Update on Phil Gregg:

Phil and Lil are both home. Please call them before visiting.

Lauraine Dawson is back on the mainland for daily assessments and treatments.

Paul Nelson is doing much better and has been moved to an assisted living center. His new address is

Paul F. Nelson, 1501 Woodworth St NE,  Apt. 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
He would love to hear from his Island friends.

UPDATED: Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


Welcome Center: Full Menu Available

Monday – Thursday 9am - 3pm

Friday – Saturday 9am - 9pm

Sunday – 10am – 2pm 

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Senior Events and Activities brought to you by...

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at the

Beaver Island Community Center !

Schedule of Events

•  Every Monday thru Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Senior Congregate Meal Program – the Best “Fast Food” on the Island !

Delicious and nutritious daily meals are served up fast and hot!

Monthly menus and weekly sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center and will soon be available on-line. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance on a weekly basis, for ordering purposes. Don't worry if you can't make it that day—we'd rather have too much than too little! If you didn't sign up in advance but want to join in if possible, just call Ann—or leave a message—at 448-2022 by 10:30am. Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $2, and those under 60 $4.

•  Don't Forget...

FREE Senior Transit is available thru 2009!

Any senior residing in Charlevoix County/Beaver Island is able to obtain free transportation through the Charlevoix County Transit program! Call Ann at the Center (448-2022) to coordinate your ride with our other Island Seniors!

Since all rides are mapped-out and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis it is recommended that interested parties schedule at least 24-hours in advance.


• Wednesdays 10:30am – Starting on April 15
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program!
Brand new on Beaver Island! Utilizing an evidence-based, certified recreational exercise program to assist in reducing pain level, increase mobility, and enhance the ability to cope with arthritis, the Beaver Island Senior Center seeks to provide trained, guided physical activity programs that are both safe and beneficial for all participants.

Sessions last for 45 minutes to 1 hour max and include fun group activities!

Provided by AFEP-trained instructors Ann Partridge and Pam Nicholas.

• Thursdays 12:30pm – Starting April 16
Art in the Heart: Mosaic & Collage!
Learn the history and technique of mosaic and collage creation. See samples—then create your own work of “art from the heart!”

(Most materials provided, other than "personal" items. Class structure is based on three weeks @1.5 hours to complete project).

Activity leaders: Dawn George and Ann Partridge; Assistants: Pam Nicholas and Brittany Hahn.

Stay Tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for MORE DETAILS!


April Schedule of Events

Senior Events and Activities sponsored by the Charlevoix County COA

April COA Congregate Meals Schedule

April Community Center Movie Schedule

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Trivia Question:

Starting with the current director of the Beaver Island Historical Society, can you name the most recent three directors?

The only person knowing the answer and replying was Joyce Bartells, who is a volunteer at the museum for the BIHS. The answer is: Bill Cashman, Phyllis Moore, and Shirley Gladish in order from present toward the past.

This Week's Trivia Question:

How many years has the Easter Brunch at the Beaver Island Christian Church been occurring? When was the first one?

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: medic5740@gmail.com

Where's This?

You may drive by this every single day and not even notice that it is there. Where is this located? Send your answers to medic5740@gmail.com

No one guessed on this one this week, so it will be here for another week. Clue: If you get your mail and go to the store, you must pass this.

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. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes