B. I. News on the 'Net, April 27-May 3, 2009

Harold Lounsberry Passes Away

News was received this morning, May 1, 2009, that Harold Lounsberry passed away this morning. More information will will posted as it becomes available.

Phil Gregg Passes Away

Phil Gregg passed away at his residence this morning, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. More information will be posted as it becomes available. (See below)

The Memorial Service for Phil Gregg is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the Beaver Island Christian Church.

Philip Robert Gregg 1925-2009

On April 29th, 2009, Phil Gregg, 84, quietly entered heaven's safe harbor.

Born on February 2, 1925 in Allegan, Michigan, to O.I. and Irma (Muzzall), Phil was the youngest of five.  He attended school in East Lansing but joined the United States Navy on his 18th birthday.  He served proudly as a member of the crew of the USS DeHaven DD-727 seeing much action during World War II and experiencing the basis for many of his fabulous stories - - typhoons, tattooing, and shore-leave.  He received an honorable discharge on his 21st birthday.

Upon his return home, he worked in bridge construction.  On a blind date, he met his future bride, Lillian MacDonald, and proposed on the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol Building as he was walking her back to her apartment.  They were married on June 21, 1947, in Richmond, Michigan .

During the ensuing years they began their family in East Lansing, Michigan, (where Phil worked for Michigan State University as a master locksmith) with the arrival of daughters; Phyllis, and three years later, Ruth Ellen.  In 1960, they pulled up stakes and with all their belongings plus a sailboat, moved to Beaver Island where Phil and his partner, Walker Hill, had purchased an old sawmill and a large portion of harbor frontage to build a marina.  For over 25 years they operated Beaver Haven Marina where they not only handled boats, but island tours, bike and car rentals, tire repair, snowmobile sales, and water rescues which gave Phil more fuel for island stories.

It wasn't long after moving to the island that they added another member to the family with the addition of Ronald Stuart, whose birth alone provided some great tales.

Like most islanders, Phil held a variety of jobs throughout the years besides being a husband and father: harbormaster, St. James Township Clerk, Charlevoix County Road Commission worker under Donald Cole, Walt Wojan Construction, Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff, Beaver Island Boat Company crew member, Boys' Club leader, Beaver Island Boy Scout troop leader, one of the founders of the Beaver Island Christian Church and a board member there, St. James cemetery sextant, and Phil served many years on the Beaver Island Community School Board, was treasurer for the Beaver Island AMVETs organization, and did locksmithing.

Despite suffering a severe heart-attack, he surprised the medical community by continuing his adventures at record pace giving us 35 more years of wonderful stories.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Lillian; three children: Phyllis (Joe) Moore of Beaver Island, Ruthie Gregg of Charlevoix, and Ronald (Ann) Gregg of Clarksville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren: Angela (Kevin) Mogford, Philip (Jessica) Moore , Michael (Danielle) Himebauch, Courtney Moore, Thomas Gregg, Kayleigh Gregg, and Andrea Moore; and three great-grandchildren: Victoria Mogford, Philip Mogford and Lillian Moore.

A memorial service will be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church officiated by Reverend Howard Davis on May 6th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Beaver Island Christian Church or to the Gregg Fellowship Center .

Beautiful Harbor Just After Sunset

Just after sunset on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Beaver Island Citizens of the Year

To a packed Shamrock Bar and Restaurant more than eighty-five reservations provided a nice gathering for the purpose of honoring the nominees and the recipients. Two were awarded this year. The first was awarded to Jim and Mary Gillingham for their efforts at CMU and in the community. The second to the Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department for service to the community and for their dedication to the 400 hours of training required for Firefighter I and Firefighter II programs.

Citizen of the Year recipients: Jim and Mary Gillingham with Tim McDonough, BIFD Chief and Kathy Speck

.............The CMU crew.......the Beaver Island Fire Department

Nominees, besides the recipients, included Diane McDonough, Anne Glendon, Dusty Cushman, Donna Stambaugh, Ed Wojan, Island Airways, the Beaver Island Community Center Board, Jeff Cashman, the Beaver Beacon, Jayne Bailey, Jim Willis, Jeff Powers, the Beaver Island Community School staff, Lauraine Dawson and Judi Meister. (Editors note: I apologize if I missed anyone.)

More pictures and story HERE

Streaming Quicktime Video Clips of the Banquet HERE

Paradise Bay Coffee Shop News

We just received notice that one of our regular Islander employees has to leave for the summer to help out family.  Therefore, we need to make some changes to our ad.  We plan to now open a week later than planned and open full time a few days later than planned.  The ad should now read: "Re-Opening Memorial Weekend, (Open Saturday, May 23, through Memorial Day) Open every Saturday and Sunday through June 14 Open every day June 18 through Labor Day First Farmer's Market, June 18, 9 to 11" Thanks! Dale & Terry Keyes Paradise Bay Coffee Shop

Transfer Station Hours Change May 1

Spring/Summer hours begin May 1, 2009, 8-5 Monday-Saturday

From the Gregg Family

We would like to thank everyone for the wonderful support during Phil's illness.  The outpouring of cards, letters, visits (both in the hospital and at home), meals, gifts, phone calls, help with whatever needs doing, the home visits by Chris, Sue and Donna from the Medical Center, the use of the hospital bed by Hospice, and especially the prayers.  The love from this wonderful community has made us all realize what a loving place it truly is.  Because of all that has been done for us, we are unable to send individual cards, but please know that we truly appreciate all that you have done and continue to do while Phil is ill.

The Gregg family
Phil, Lil, Ruthie, Phyllis and Joe, Ron and Ann

Ill Islanders Doing Well

Art Johnson:

Update: Word from Art's daughter is that for the first time since his stroke Art is able to move one of his legs and now recognizes names of people who send him cards. The family thanks everyone for their prayers, and Art would love to hear from all either by card or via his website.

Sue Oole (Art Johnson's daughter, emailed me with a website to update people on Art's conditionl. It is called www.caringbridge.org . You need to go to Art's personal website which is "ajj", He had a stroke in early April but is getting better, This was reported by John McNeil.

Lauraine Dawson is home and feeling slightly better..

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

Island Treasures News



District Library Places Plaque

A thank you is never enough when someone goes above and beyond to help move the Island forward into the 21st Century. This plaque was placed on the door of the district library for her financial help in automating our local district library.

Michigan's Smallest Basic EMT Graduating Class

Three community volunteers started the Basic EMT course offered on Beaver Island beginning last September. For personal reasons, two of the three needed to withdraw from the class leaving only one person in the class. Executive Director of Beaver Island EMS Sarah McCafferty made the decision to continue the class even if there was only one interested person to complete it. There were opportunities throughout the class for other island volunteers to get some State of Michigan required continuing education credits as well.

According to Bob Struck, director of UPEMS, the regional coordinating agency for this region of the state, this is the smallest graduating class for Basic EMT in Michigan this year. The course officially ends on May 7, 2009, with the graduate having completed 192 hours of classroom instruction including lecture and practical skill practice with an additional 32 hours of mainland clinical practice with 16 hours of ambulance clinical and 16 hours or emergency room clinical time. The practical skills examination was completed on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, with BIEMS volunteers playing the part of patients and helpers.

Sarah McCafferty, BIEMS Director, paramedic and instructor, tested the graduate on each and every practical skill required in the program as required by the National Registry of EMTs and the Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS Division. Attesting to her EMT skills were her instructor, Joe Moore, Sarah McCafferty, BIEMS Sponsor Agent, and Dr. Mitchell Carey, Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority Physician Director. The graduate will have to register online for the computer adaptive testing by the National Registry, then, possibly in June, go off the island to take her EMT Written Exam, so she can be licensed by the State of Michigan as a Basic EMT.

Congratulations to Debra Plastrik for successfully completing the BIEMS Basic EMT Program!

A proud graduate and her proud instructor

More story pictures HERE

Weatherize Your Home

The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) has a program for weatherization of homes. It is our understanding that as part of the stimulus program monies will be available for contractors to insulate and weatherize individual's homes. This could not only help people on the island but also if we can get our contractors on the island qualified it would provide some much needed jobs for our people.

There is no charge for this work; however there is an income test for those participating. The forms indicate those limits.

According to the NMCAA the monies have not been allocated and it will be some time before the program is started, however we would like to get as many people to send in the forms as it's on a first come first served basis .

The forms are available at the library.

(from Ken Taylor and Bob Tidmore)

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.

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)

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.

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!

Click HERE for May Community Center Activites

NEW Beaver Island Community Center Page for May!!

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


May COA Congregate Meals Schedule

B.I. Senior Center News

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

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