B.I. News on the 'Net, August 22-28, 2011

Comedy Group to Hold Auditions

The Beaver Island Comedy Group is planning to add several members to their troupe along with possible guest stars for upcoming productions, and also meet with those interested in writing or working the technical aspects of the shows. They will hold open audition on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Those interested in being part of the comedy group should be at least eighteen years old and should be prepared to participate in two of the following for their audition:

a. Improvisation;

b. Bring an idea for a comedy sketch to explain to the group;

c. Perform in a scripted role with others;

d. Prepare a monologue or stand-up routine (1 - 2 minutes in length);

e. or perform something original you've selected.

If interested in working behind the scenes on the production - writing, lighting, stage manager, props or videographer - please attend the audition, so the Comedy Group can talk to you about your interests.

Questions: give a call to any member of the Comedy Group.

A New Slice on the Annual Apple Pie Contest


On October 8th, the former winners of the Bite of Beaver Island Apple Pie Contest will be the judges for the annual baking competition. As the judges won't be entering the contest there are even more opportunities for great bakers out there to “take home the crown” and win the Annual Pie Contest. You need to turn your pie into the kitchen at Holy Cross Hall between 10 a.m. and noon on October 8, 2011. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the announcement of the top two winners of the prizes at 2:30 p.m.

Please put your name on the bottom of the pie tin. All are welcome to watch the judging. Pies will be judged on taste, appearance and presentation. This is the eleventh year for this annual Beaver Island Pie Contest.

If you have questions, call Elaine West at 448-2377.

Thomas Morlan Passes Away

Thomas Morlan passed away 8/23/11 after a long rehabilitation from stroke in 2001.Thomas Morlan was in the Lakeview, Michigan, . Kelsey Hospital Long term care and rehabilatation. He was admitted there 3/18/2002. He had had a stroke in mid-November of 2001. He returned to Beaver Island in the spring of 2002 for a memorial for his wife Doris Morlan, but this was the last time he was here. More information will be provided when available.

Homecoming Softball Highlights

This video clip and others in process will provide highlights, offense and defense, for the McDonough's Market softball team for 2011. Time is the only reason that these are coming along slowly. It takes time to watch and process the video. Highlights clips are here now. At least the first one of the first game and part of the second game. It's pretty easy to tell the second game because it was played in the rain.

McDonough's Team Highlights 1


Men's Pinehurst Golf Outing

This year only four teams participated, which was quite a bit smaller participation than in last year's Pinehurst with nine teams playing last year. The team winning first place was the team of Frank Solle and Bob Evans, who won it in a play-off hole after tieing another team with a score of 39. Bob Simpson's team came in second place after losing that first play-off hole. All four teams had a good day playing golf on a very nice day with the wind out of the north.

Birthdays Next Week

Rachel Becker, Dave Roop, and Nean Smith on the 30th

Tammy Gillespie and Karla Martine on the 31st

Kevin Rice, Heidi Vigil, and Dale Wilson on the 1st

Penny Kiss on the 2nd

Islander Soccer on Saturday

Click HERE for more pictures

With four players on the bench with elegibility issues, the soccer match was pretty much the same as the night before. Unfortunately, there were two injuries to Island players in addition to the Grand Marais team outrunning the Islanders. Olivia Cary was heading into the box

and was taken out by a Grand Marais player with a hard shoulder into the chest.

This obviously hurt Olivia,

but she did return to the game later on.

2nd Half Highlights Video


The game ended on another injury. This time a Grand Marais player, going after the ball, tripped McCaulley Connaghan, not with just on leg. The left leg of the GM player took out Connaghan's left leg, and the right one did the same to Connaghan's right leg, literally having both feet knocked from under him.

Game Ending Injury


The Grand Marais team outplayed the Islanders with a score of 6 goals to 1.

The only Islander goal was due to a trip inside the box which resulted in a free kick. The goal was scored by Gus Connaghan, who came out of the goal to score the only Islander goal.

Islander Soccer on Friday

In a soccer match against Grand Marais this evening, Friday, August 26, 2011, the Islanders had four of the more senior players sitting on the bench due to an elegibility problem.

At the end of the first half, the Islanders were behind 2 goals to 0 goals.

But the teamwork of the Islanders showed through during the second period for an Olivia Cary goal. Good job, Olivia!

The Grand Marais team seemed to be in disarray after that goal was scored, and the Islanders had a few more shots on goal, but couldn't get another score. Finally Grand Marais pulled it together to get a third goal. Shortly thereafter, the referees called the game due to thunder and the possibility of lightning. Grand Marais won the game with a 3 to 1 score.

Grand Marais' goalee is BINN MVP

The Islanders play Grand Marais again Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m.

Beautiful Sunset

A trip out to Donegal Bay was taken since the soccer game was called due to the thunder. The drive out there was well worth the trip to get some great pictures for the memory book.

King's Highway Road Striping Completed

Two different perspecitive shots of the striping on the King's Highway looking up Enoch's Hill.

Today, August 26, 2011, by three p.m. this afternoon the road striping was completed on the King's Highway. The road marking begins at the intersection of King's Highway and Donegal Bay Road and ends at the intersection called the 'Four Corners' where East Side Drive, Barney's Lake Road, and King's Highway come together by the Station or Island Energies. It did not take very long to do this short distance of painting lines or dashes on the road with the proper equipment for doing the job.

Speaker Scheduled to Present at B.I. Community Center

This presentation is open to the public. "A very dynamic speaker with a very dynamic message, " stated Alice Belfy. "He spoke at a conference that Kitty McNamara attended."

View announcement PDF

Fish Tug Being Shipped Off the Island?


Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this video clip.

Buddy Martin hauled Jiimmy Kenwabikise's boat, the Sonny Don, to Matt Fogg's dock to be hauled to Charlevoix. "It's going over to be cut up for scrap," said Buddy Martin. "Yesterday morning I had no intentions of moving that boat, but about noon, I made up my mind to get it on the barge."

Sunny Don Leaves the Island for the Last Time

The Sunny Don on the barge with lots of scrap metal.

The tug pulls the barge and is headed out of the harbor. Approximatley 9:00 p.m. 8/25/11

Soaring Bird Catches Many Eyes

"That's got to be an eagle, " one observer said. "Yes, it is soaring around and around," said another. "It is a beautiful bird," yet another stated.

BINN got these pictures, and our suggestion is that this bird is a turkey vulture.

Fiber Optic Cable Being Buried Along Donegal Bay Road

Apparently Beaver Island infrastructure is being improved by use of the economic stimulus funding received by TDS Telecom. The two channels of fiber optics are being buried along Donegal Bay Road. The end of the fiber optic cable will be near the driveway of Shirley Sowa on Donegal Bay road.

Each of these workers has this job due completely to the use of the stimulus funds. One worker said, "Without the stimulus money, we wouldn't have this job at all."

What Do You Do on a Rainy Summer Morning on Beaver Island?

(Pictures and story by Frank Solle)

Well, if it's a Wednesday and you have a little (or a not-so-little) one, you head for the Beaver Island District Library where Connie Wojan holds forth with Story Hour. Connie, who has been doing this for 10 years, gently greets every child while writing out a name tag as each youngster patiently spells their name for her. Then, with everyone seated with anticipation, Connie presents a short story before leading the group in an activity based on the story. This past week the story was "Kangaroo Stew" by Norman Bridwell and, after Connie's expressive and enthusiastic reading, the children split into table groups to decorate their own kangaroo stick puppet. Afterwards, with the sun still playing bashful, many of the kids browsed the well-stocked children's section, sharing books with each other as well as with parents, worked at putting together puzzles, or grabbed an armful of videos to take home for later viewing. All-in-all a fun and creative morning. And did I mention cookies? Oh yeah, there were cookies too.

There is one final Story Hour this summer, don't let your little one miss it.

Connie reads the story and shows a sample puppet.

The young puppeteers get ready to go to work.

Connie lends a hand.

Everyone had fun.

And everyone worked hard.

Well, sort of hard.

The hard work paid off.

There was a wide variety of kangaroos.

Some had fuzzy bellies.

Hey Mom, let's take these home!

Relaxing with a good book.

Hmmm, have I read this one already?

A time to share.

Checking the picture to find the right place.

(Editor's Note: Frank Solle owns and operates Still Point Photography on Beaver Island.)

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Indigo Guides & Chamber Praised For Media Savvy

A three page piece appears in Angling Trade magazine and on the internet that praises Indigo Guides and the Beaver Island Chamber. The how too story intended for angling related business subscribers ,like tackle manufactures, uses the Beaver Island as an example of how to, “coordinate into a team” in order to arrange a successful media event.

Link to PDF of article

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Receives Grant

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center will be the site of a new emergency generator soon, thanks to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The grant for $31,795.00 was announced by the Grand Traverse Band on August 10, 2011.

The Tribal Chairman is Derek J. Bailey.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center President Denny Cook and Charlevoix County Commissioner Richard Gillespie submitted the application for the propane generator. A recent assessment by Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet County Emergency Management determined that the health center was especially vulnerable to localized power outages. Director Gregory K. Williams visited the island last year, and concluded that the health center would be a good candidate to serve as the working command center in the event of a community emergency.

The Charlevoix County Local Planning Team and Local Emergency Planning Committee also supported the grant application.

The BIRHC will be seeking bids for the 55kW propane generator project.

Frank Solle's Sandhill Crane Pics

Frank got these nice pictures of sandhill cranes on the move. Thanks, Frank!

BICS Sports Starts This Weekend

Grand Marais will be visiting Beaver Island for soccer this weekend. The games start at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. Come out and support our Islanders! Concessions will be available on Friday.

Sunday, August 21st---An Evening of Music

Beaver Island Christian Church hosted an evening of music on Sunday, August 21, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Among the participants in the musical extravaganza were   Scott Kasbaum, Sheri Timsak, Mike Scripps and the gospel choir, Jayne Bailey and Julie Roy, Suzi Fisher, Donna Stambaugh, Jayne Bailey, Joe Moore and Judi Meister, and John and Sandy Gerrish. There was also a special young participant that will be revealed in pictures of the event as they are processed. Audience participation was encouraged. Everyone was welcome; as this was not a dress up event. A free will offering was requested to help cover construction costs for the new kitchen in the Gregg Fellowship Center.

This evening of music was wonderful. The variety was amazing. The artistry was obvious, and the spirit was uplifting! If you missed this concert, you missed a terrific combination of sights and sounds from violin to recorder, from flute to guitar, and from honkey-tonk piano to synthesizer. BINN recorded the concert and will make it available as soon as possible, but probably not until the end of the week.

If you didn't attend, you can still see anf hear the spirit of the concert by watching the video. See the video HERE.

Mike Scripps welcomed everyone to a night of gospel music.

Howard Davis asked for a blessing on the night's performance.

Julie Roy and sister Jayne Bailey performed with autoharp accompaniment

This little young lady brought tears to many eyes as she sang "Jesus Loves Me"

Mike Scripps and Scott Kasbaum performed together.

The audience and performers added up to a little over seventy.

Scott on the left, Mike on the right

The audience was asked to sing along with several hymns

Mike Scripps with wife Shelley and Jayne Bailey singing together

Sheri Timsak sang wonderful solos with gospel choir

Mike Scripps told a story while the next group got ready.

Sandy and John Gerrish performed a classical piece.

Joe Moore joined Sandy and John Gerrish (on piano)

Marianne Weaver sang with the recorder group (Donna Stambaugh, Jayne Bailey, John Gerrish, and Joe Moore)

Joe Moore and Judi Meister played an arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

Susi Fisher sang a solo with the gospel choir.

L.D Ryan told a story and played and prayed although the prayer was silent as well as sung.

Sandy and John Gerrish joined the gospel choir and Mikes Scripps.

And the spirit continued to flow upon those present with more excellent music, an ice cream cone certificate presented to all attendees, and the finale sung by Mike Scripps and the gospel choir-"I'm gonna have the time of my life when the time of my life is over. I'm gonna have the time of my life...."

If you missed this one, you missed an excellent Evening of Music.

Mixed Golf Outing Results

On Sunday, August 21, 2011, the mixed golf outing started at the Beaver Island Golf Course. Before the players were ready to head out to the tee boxes to begin, a thunderstorm decided to build up over Lake Michigan and dump rain and hail from the sky with lots of thunder. This quickly passed and the outing was ready to begin. About one hole later,about a half hour after the start of the outing, the heavens opened up again with a quick downpour of rain, which caused some to wait under a tree for five minutes for the rain to stop before they could continue. Shortly the sun came out and the temperature went up with the humidity. The Mixed Golf Outing was ready to continue.

After nine holes of frustrations, two teams decided to leave early with high scores that would not qualify for any of the places. In first place, Frank Solle with his newest partner, Sandy Simpson, had the highest honors with a score better than the second place team of Jeff Mestelle and Buffy Onley. Frank and Sandy shot 38 and Jeff and Buffy shot 40. In third place with a score of 42 was the team of Bob Simpson and Jean Carpenter.

Frank Solle and Sandy Simpson, the winners

Jeff Mestelle and Buffy Onley, the runners-up

The two teams with the best scores of the day.

An Open Letter to the Beaver Island Community

The Beaver Island Association Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability

Board of Directors

Bob Anderson, Treasurer

Pam Grassmick

Peter Igoe, President

Jim Jones

Beth Leuck

Ken McDonald, Vice President

Taffy Raphael, Secretary

Craig Schrotenboer

Bob Tidmore

August/September, 2011

To the members of the Beaver Island Community :

I am writing to encourage you to join the Beaver Island Association.

Our organization has taken on important roles in protecting the island environment and in helping to promote the local economy. We need your support in these efforts.Summarized below are a number of the important initiatives underway.

The Environment :

•  The Beaver Island Association, under the leadership of Pam Grassmick, spearheaded the drive to eradicate invasive Phragmites from island beaches. The program has been exceptionally successful and we have now formed a committee, led by Craig Schrotenboer,to take the leadership roleto focus on the most harmful 9 additional invasive species threating the island. The charter of the committee is to identify the presence of invasives, create an inventory and then arrange for control or eradication.The committee is planning an Invasive Species Summit to be held at the BI Community Center on June 14, 2012. In addition to Craig, members of the committee are Beth Leuck, Annette Dashiel, Jim Jones, and Bob Anderson.

•  Craig also represents the association on the board of the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee (NRESC). The work of the committee will be coordinated with the NRESC.

•  The BIA (under Ken McDonald) is the sponsor of the annual beach cleanup to remove trash and items harmful to wildlife, and provide data to a clearing house monitoring the Great Lakes (The Alliance for the Great Lakes [GreatLakes.org]). This year's cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 at 9 a.m. with a free hot-dog lunch at the Community Center to follow. Ken is coordinating this effort with the BI Community School,encouraging student participation in the clean-up.

•  We have contributed to the promulgation of common sense regulations regarding ATV use on beaches and dunes.

•  The association sponsors a free summer lecture serieson topics of interest to island residents and visitors, presented by expert guest speakers.

•  The BIA funded the placement of fire danger signs at critical island locations, and coordinated training with the fire department to maintain accurate fire danger warnings.

The Economy& Educational Initiatives

•  Our organization has undertaken various analyses and data presentations to increase awareness regarding property tax levels and spending.

•  Bob Anderson has initiated discussions with the townships and the Charlevoix Road Commission regarding enhanced maintenance and improvements of island roads. He is coordinating this with our representative on the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners.

•  Paul Glendon, BIA president emeritus, initiated a thoughtful discussion of the concept of consolidating the St. James and Peaine townships. We intend to help facilitate this discussion.

•  The BIA (Taffy Raphael and Beth Leuck) has undertaken initiatives with the Kitty McNamara, the principal of the Beaver Island Community School, to expand the horizons of the high school students by establishing a “Career Day” program, bringing successful graduates and other good role models to Beaver Island to give the students a firsthandconnection with exciting educational and career paths. The first of these is planned for the Tuesday after Memorial Day, 2012.

•  Taffy and Beth will also be working with CMU Biological Station staff to initiate a series of educational field trips for students at BICS.

We also have initiatives to enhance communications on goings on around the island. 

•  Jim Jones is working to improve our website to include links to more relevant sites and the Beaver Island Forum. In addition, the website will include summaries of recent BIA Board M eetings and our Annual Meeting so that members can be informed of BIA activities and progress. Also included will be the BIA email address so that members may communicate more easily with the board.

•  The BIA publishes a twice yearly newsletter, mailed to homes, to provide members with an update of progress on our initiatives and future association plans.

•  Board members have been assigned to act as liaisons with the townships (St. James: Peter Igoe/Bob Tidmore; Peaine: Ken McDonald/Pam Grassmick), and we plan to report periodically via the website on township government proceedings.

Of course there are other things in which we are involved and we are eager to hear from members of their ideas of subjects of importance in which the Beaver Island Association might play a positive role. Please join and give us your thoughts.

Annual dues are only $20 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). I hope you will consider becoming a member. Your support will benefit residents, property owners, and visitors to Beaver Island.

To join please send your check of $20 to : The Beaver Island Association, Bob Anderson, Treasurer, P.O. Box 390, Beaver Island, MI 49782


Peter Igoe, President

The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc.

Michael "Beans" Gardner is the founder and self-proclaimed "musicionary" of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc. Beans has been performing on Beaver Island for many years at many events. His latest performance on the island was a fundraiser for this 501c3 non-profit corporation that he founded.

"The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc., was incorporated in the state of Colorado on February 24, 2010, as a non-profit corporation. The organization was inspired by the efforts of Michael A. Gardner of the Virgin Islands and Jean Phelix Joseph of Haiti, acting through a non-profit charitable organization known as Good Samaritan of Haiti (which they co-founded in 1994 in Haiti, to meet the needs of the people of Isle La Vache, Haiti).

It is the Foundation's purpose to facilitate the indigenous people chance of survival - with dignity and honor - not only against the adversity of poverty in this modern day and age but even greater giants that pose a threat to the human spirit. It is the vision of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc. to cultivate personal integrity and support local culture."

To learn more, please go to http://www.goodsamaritanofhaiti.com/ or email Beans at michael@goodsamaritanofhaiti.com or mail your contributions to P.O. Box 264, Lyons, Colorado 80540. You can also call the foundation in the United States using 616-843-1692 or in the Virgin Islands using 284-545-5595.

Beans performance at the Beachcomber Bar was the fundraiser for this foundation along with a chance for an all expense paid trip to the Virgin Islands through a donation of $100. No further information is available about the raffle-type donation situation, but this sounds like an excellent opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Historical Society Schedules Meeting

The B.I.H.S. Annual meeting has been adjourned to Thursday, August 25, 2011- 7 p.m. at the Print Shop Museum.

Purpose - For members in good standing to elect three members to the Board ofTrustees for three year terms. each. The slate is - Doug Tilley (continuing), Charlie Donaldson and Rory Connaghan.

Nominations will be accepted, also.

The meeting should last about 15 minutes.

Please attend!

Funky Fashion Show

The First Fun and Funky Fashion Show was August 18, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center. There was food galore. Tons of salads and tons of desserts were also present. This was not an event for weight loss with that many different and delicious desserts. There was a jar for free will donations with the donations going to work on the Gregg Fellowship Center kitchen. Kudos to Dee Gallagher and Jayne Bailey for organizing this along with Donna Stambaugh and the Island Treasures Resale Shop. The fashions were provided by Beaver Gems T-Shirt Shop, East Wind Spa and Consignment, Livingstone Studio, Powers Do It Best Hardware and Giflt Shop, The Blue Pearl, Island Treasures Resale Shop, McDonough's Market, and Whimsey.

Donna Stambaugh just before the fashion show Donna said, "People were calling and calling and we were full up. We couldn't have anymore people attend. There are only 90 seats."

"A man's dream--surrounded by women," one photographer stated.

Everyone chipped in. Here Sharon Scamehorn fills punch glasses.

With the models getting up and filling their plates first, the food portion of the social gathering was very successful.

One attendee commented, "Look at all this food. It's all different. It's all delicious. I've never seen anything like this." As the 90+ gathering of women filed orderly through the lines to sample salads of every kind, the models were back in the back room getting dressed and ready to begin the Fun and Funky Fashion Show.

Donna Stambaugh welcomed everyone to the first of what is hoped to become an annual event.

Jayne Bailey spoke and then asked the blessing.

Kate Garland was the MC and read the descriptions of the outfits as they were modeled.

Just look at all the gorgeous models and the fashions provided by all the sponsors. The show was underway.

Included in the fun was Michael "Beans" Gardner as special guest star.

And much more fashions to show....the last one in this line was a reversible parka that turned into a beach bag...

And just a few more.....A good time was had by all! Good food! Good company! Good modeling! and great fashions!

Ted Nicholas "I Dream of the Island" Now Public

This excellent Pictoral Video by Ted Nicholas and produced by the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is now available for viewing by the public. After a special showing last evening at the Beaver Island Community Center, "I Dream of the Island" is now available. The artistic quality of the animated photographs will amaze you. The original music by Ted Nicholas is pure Gaelic style. The narration by Ted Nicholas is well timed and inviting. Great job, Ted!

(Video courtesy of Tina Walker. Thank you , Tina!)

Steve West Introduction on Premiere Night


You can view the 12-minute video HERE

Ted Nicholas Gets a Round of Applause

Ted Nicholas Says a Couple Words


Michigan Archival Association Pleased with Beaver Island Venue for Conference

BICS School Newsletter Number 1 for School Year 2011-2012

The file is a PDF and can be viewed HERE

Vegas on Beaver

(Pictures and information from Tina Walker)

This event took place at the Beaver Island Community Center and was well attended. It took place on Thursday, August 11, 2011, with Texas Hold 'Em starting off at 6:30 p.m. The Vegas area was decorated and inviting.

The participants had an opportunity to play multiple games.

.........................Texas Hold 'Em................. Black Jack.............Roulette.......... Black Jack....

And liquid refreshments were also available.

And a good time was had by all!

Bounty Basket of Beaver Island Goods Winner

On  Wednesday, August 10.2011 Tina Walker''s bid won the Bounty Basket of Beaver Island goods which was auctioned off to help raise funds for the health center garden project.
The basket included:
3 bottles of wine  contributed by  Pete LoDico, Bob Evan,s and Alvin LaFreniere ;  2 loaves of bread from Barb Murphy, 1 fresh baked pie (of your choice) from Shirley Detwiler, 1 dozen fresh eggs from Sally & John Fogg, 2 jars of pickled vegetables from Heidi Virgil, 1 quart of maple syrup made by Jacque & Mark Lafrenier , 1 jar of blueberry jam from Anne Glendon, and a beautiful handmade apron from Connie Wojan .

Homecoming Weekend Fight

On August 14, 2011, at approximately 3:00 a.m, the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area near the Shamrock Bar on Main Street for a fight including several subjects.

Upon arrival, one victim, Austin J. Bowersock age 19, was lying on the sidewalk bleeding from the nose.  Another victim, Jody Robert Putnam age 43, was also injured from an assault.

Both were taken to the Beaver Island Health Center with injuries that included a broken nose, lacerated head, and possible broken ribs.

Both victims of the assault were intoxicated and refused to give statements to the police.  Witnesses were also reluctant to speak with police.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the assault.


New Charlevoix County Link for NRESC

http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/govern7039258.asp

Men's Fall Golf League Continues

With the summer men's golf league over, there are still many wanting to continue to play into the fall. Congratulations to those who did well during the summer league. Now it is on to the fall league where the competition continues to be very tight.

Handicap scoring keeps the Men's Golf League very competitive. You can see after week one of the fall leagure that the team with the third worse score is in first place while the team with the best score is in fourth place. The idea is to give everyone a chance to win if you play an exceptionally good round of golf. The second best score is in third place ahead of the best score of the night. It really depends upon how each team plays on a particular night. One chip shot and one putt can make the difference between first place and fifth place.

Place Team # Team Members S. P. T.P. T.S. S.AVE.
1 1 Joe-Buck 35 12 23 72 36.00
2 3 Chuck-Ernie 39 11 23 80 40.00
3 6 Frank-John 35 12 22 73 36.50
4 5 Jeff-Ryan 36 11 21 70 35.00
5 7 Bob E.-Ron M. 39 8 21 81 40.50
6 2 Rob-Dan 40 9 18 79 39.50
7 4 Francis-Larry 42 8 16 87 43.50
8 8 Stan-Ron S. 45 9 16 93 46.50
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #2 11-9
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #8 11-9
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #7 12-8
TEAM #1 VS TEAM #3 TEAM #3 -2
TEAM #2 VS TEAM #4 TEAM #4 -3
TEAM #5 VS TEAM #7 TEAM #7 -4
TEAM #6 VS TEAM #8 TEAM#8 -7
1 1 Joe-Buck 35 12 23 72 36.00
2 3 Chuck-Ernie 39 11 23 80 40.00
3 2 Rob-Dan 40 9 18 79 39.50
4 4 Francis-Larry 42 8 16 87 43.50
2 6 Frank-John 35 12 22 73 36.50
1 5 Jeff-Ryan 36 11 21 70 35.00
3 7 Bob E.-Ron M. 39 8 21 81 40.50
4 8 Stan-Ron S. 45 9 16 93 46.50

Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Tournament

Friday afternoon the weather was great and the attendance was good...

What a great day for softball!

A couple of roses between two much older flowering plants--Brighid and Jenna between Elwood Baker and Howard Davis--All enjoying the day and the ball games!

Highlights of the Ryan Smith Team Game on Friday


Highlights of Other Games on Friday Afternoon


McDonough's Market lost its first game in front of the home crowd, but they seemed to have a good time anyway!

The first game of the afternoon on Friday, August 12, 2011, was between Ace Hardware and Ryan Smith Construction. Ace Hardware won the game 22 to 12. the next game was Aarmor Seal versus Flight Deck. Flight Deck won this game 13 to 9. Game three was between Fish Hunter Charter and Swansons K and D. Fish Charter won this game 15 to 10. The fourth game was between McDonough's Market and Carlson's Home Improvements. Carlson won this game 9 to 2. After dinner time Ace Hardware played Flight Deck and Flight Deck won 9 to 8. Then Fish Charter played Carlsons with Carlson's winning 15 to 1.

The softball teams played in the rain until it finally quit midafternoon.

The rain didn't stop anyone from playing softball on Saturday. It was pouring down hard when the first game started. The first two games on Saturday started at 10:00 a.m, Ryan Smith Construction 7 and Aarmor Seal 24. McDonoughs Market played Swansons K and D at about eleven and McDonoughs won 20 to 5. Fish Charter play Aarmor Seal and won 13 to 9. Flight Deck played Carlton and lost to Carlton 15 to 17. McDonoughs played Ace Hardware and won 16 to 4. Fish Charter then played McDonoughs and put the home team out of the tournament with a 14 to 10 win. with Carlson playing Fish Charter, the tournament is coming to a close.

Washington Island sent its own spectators to cheer the island teams. These four were enjoying the ball games on Saturday afternoon.

Carlson's Home Improvement beat fish Hunter Charter to win the tournament with a score of 17 to 3. The MVP for the tournmanet was Fish Hunter Charter team member Corky Normen. The home run champion was Brett Erskin from Carlson's Home Improvements. The batting champion with an average of .885 was McDonough's Market captain Tim McDonough.

Beaver Island Association Schedules Beach Clean-up

The Beaver Island Association Beach Cleanup is Saturday September 17, 2011. Like last year everyone meets at the Community Center at 9am for bags and data cards, then returns at noon for a free hot dog lunch. Call Ken McDonald with questions or to get materials early.

Frank Solle Captures Buck and Fawns Picture

It is somewhat unusual to see the buck and the fawns together feeding at the same location at the same time. Frank Solle captured this picture of the buck sharing the feeding area with two fawns.

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

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New Feature--Birthdays This Week

Birthdays this week: Monday, Kevin Stevens; Wednesday, Denise McDonough and Kyle Wojan; Thursday, Kathy Ruis and Jennifer Michelle; Saturday, Judy James; Sunday the 28th, Angel Lefevre.

Last Week: Eric Bair and Kevin Gillespie on the 15th, Cory Palmer, Hi Kaufman, and Heatlher McDonough on the 16th, Laura Pratt on the 17th, Ruth Gregg, Ann Gregg, Kim Newport, and Andrea Keehn on the 20th, and Jessican Keehn Anderson on the 21st. This information comes from the Beaver Island NewsontheNet facebook account. If you would like to be included in this new feature, please friend Beaver Island News on the 'Net on facebook. You can also get the latest updates' topics and headlines there.

Beaver Island Marathon Preliminary Information

The Beaver Island Marathon will take place on September 3, 2011 following the course shown in the map below.

Marathon Course

Medal Design

Shirt Design

Veteran's Memorial Park Update

We will be receiving another order of bricks this month for installation at the Memorial Park. Additionally we will be making another order in September for delivery in October. This will be the last order until next summer and this is the last batch where a credit card can be use. The Charlevoix State Bank generously waved the credit card fees for a year and we have to return the machine the end of August.

Our brick count is over 270 and we want to thank all those who purchased bricks and supported the park for your support.
BOX 319

Peaine Township Meeting, August 10, 2011

There was just a quorum of three township board members with John Gallagher absent and Paul Welke absent from the meeting. Each was absent for personal reasons. Colleen Martin, clerk, called the meeting to order explaining that two members were absent. She also made a motion to appoint Pete LoDico to chair the meeting which was promptly passed. This township meeting was a very short meeting with business completed quickly and without much discussion. The total time for the meeting was 12 minutes 4 seconds including the introduction and the motion to adjourn. You may watch the video of this meeting by following the link below.

Meeting Video for August 2011

Men's Golf League, Play-off Night Determines First Place

The competition is now over for the Summer Men's Golf League. The last night of the league was August 10, 2011. In first place from the table below is the team of Howard Davis and Joe Moore. Howard and Joe won the playoff against Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith, last year's (2010) winners. The score was close coming into hole number eight. Jeff and Ryan needed to win holes eight and nine and they would win the trophy. Joe and Howard just wanted to play their game and do the best they could. Ryan put a booming drive out in the eighth fairway fifteen yards past Joe's drive. Ryan took a second shot and hit the ball over the green into the tall grass. Jeff hit his second shot over the green and into the tall grass also. Howard hit his second shot just short of the green on the left side. Joe hit his second shot and put it on the green about eight feet from the flag. Ryan and Jeff needed to get the ball close to the pin and par the hole to tie the hole. Ryan and Jeff's second shot on hole number eight clinched the win for Howard and Joe. Howard and Joe parred the hole to win the trophy for first place. Both teams parred hole number nine. The final score for the round of golf was Howard and Joe 35, even par and their best round of the year. Jeff and Ryan finished with a 36, just one over par. This was a very close match and came down to just one hole like many other matches throughout the summer.

(Picture by Frank Solle)













Points for Final Night

Total Points for Twelve Weeks

Total Strokes


Howard & Joe
Jeff & Ryan
Ron W. & Bob S.
Rob & Dan
Frank & John
Larry & Joe
Ivan & Buck
Bob E. & Ron S.
Chuck & Ernie
Francis & Larry


TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #2 12-8

TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #9 14-6

TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #7 15-5

TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #5 17-3

TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #3 14-6

Buck and Marianne Ridgeway hosted a wonderful picnic dinner after the playoff and the golfers had an excellent meal. Thanks to the Ridgeways, great job as always! Thaniks to Buck Ridgeway for keeping the scores and preparing the score cards for each of the twelve weeks of matches. Thanks to Ron Wojan for keeping track of the entry fees, ordering and presenting the trophies. Any left over moneys from any of the summer play will go to the Kidney Foundation.

At the meeting, it was decided that the rules for next year will change slightly in that any of the players that are eighty years old or older during the league play for 2012 will be allowed to hit from the shorter tee boxes if they wish to do so in league play.This was determined to allow the older golfers an opportunity to be quite competitive.

B. I. AMVETS Offer Scholarship

Beaver Island AMVETS Post 46 is offering a $1000 scholarship to any student who graduated from the Beaver Island Community Schools and and has completed at least one year of post-high school education.?

We are accepting applications in electronic format at the following e-mail address.


The deadline is August 31st and the scholarship will be awarded the first week of September.

AMVETS Post  46
Box 319
Beaver Island, MI  49782

Island Teamwork at Whiskey Point Tower

Your can tell from the video below that a lot of effort, time, and teamwork was necessary to get this project under motion.


This video was taken by Tina Walker over the two days of work on the Whiskey Point Tower. The flag pole and pipe and wind indicator were taken down to be repaired. That's the reason that it is no longer on the tower at Whiskey Point. The parts are at the township airport hangar to be worked on for future re-installation on the same tower. The pictures and story were done last week, but this week the video was completed.

The day was great preparation for the American flag to be flown once more at Whiskey Point. Thanks again, great job! 

St. James Township Meeting, August 3, 2011

The Board of St. James Township met at 7:30 p.m. at the township hall. Minutes and Bills were passed after discussion. There were several letters reported in the Correspondence item. Rick Speck got some information together about the millage rate that has to be turned in to the County in September. No action needed is on this issue. Discussion included NO decreases in medical center or EMS millage. Rick presented an extensive report about the reservations consideration for the the public marina. There will not be any reservations system put in place using the State of Michigan at this time. Pete Plastrik was appointed as the St. James representative to the soon to reform NRESC. St. James Township board will ask NRESC to participate in the writing of the Five Year Recreation Plan to qualify for grants. Deadline for grant submission is January 2012. Kathy Tidmore reappointed to the Human Services Commission as St. James representative. There was board comment and public comment.

View Video of the Meeting HERE

Sommer Place Re-opened by Art in the Park Artisans

The Sommer Place is open once again and is filled with lots of wonderful items made by Island Artists. In addition to the assortment of gifts and t-shirts there is Jewelry by Darlene, Furs by Mark, Soy Candles by Jacque, Garden Concrete stepping stones & ornaments by Dave, hand painted items by Maureen, Pottery by Miranda,  Baby Blankets & hooded towels by Judi, Beaver Island keepsakes by Judy, Forged Iron & Woodworking by Roger  There may be some additional artists in next week. They opened around July 10 and hope to go to Labor Day weekend this year.  Next year, They plan to get an earlier start and be open by Memorial Day! Their hours right now are 11-3 on Monday to Friday and from 10-4 on Saturday.

The Sommer Place is on Donegal Bay Road just past the lumber yard on the left, and just past the East Wind Spa on the right. It is on the right side of the road. Check it out. Now we know why some of the artists weren't "in the park" last Saturday. Instead, they were "in the Sommer Place."

Parking in Charlevoix

Click the above link to go see their flier.

First of all, BINN wants to welcome its newest business subscriber, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service.

The parking issue at the Charlevoix Airport has caused some consternation to some people who have parked their vehicle there. (See the story and update below.) The City of Charlevoix has taken over management of the airport, and has hired an airport manager. This manager appears to view the Islanders using the airport for parking as just another source of income for the airport.

Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service is a new business located just down the road from the airport. Mainland is literally directly across the highway from Dr. Shaperkotter's office. If that doesn't ring a bell, then it is next to an old motel and before Fox Motors. They have a nice sign that indicates the location. If going south from the airport, it will be on your left side.

The editor of BINN met with one of the two partners in this venture, Daniel J Drost to see an enthusiastic person who wants to help resolve these parking issues for the Islanders. The business is just getting off the ground floor with just one year round parking permit issued at this time. Mr. Drost wants to make certain that everyone knows that they began this venture because of the City's position on the parking at the airport. Mr. Drost wants to let everyone know that he has done work over here on the island, spent money here for lodging, meals, and relaxation at the local pubs. He is interested in providing lots of service for the Island residents and visitors. In a conversation today, July 22, 2011, he stated, "If someone was needing us to go pick up something at one of the businesses in the area, we would be glad to pick it up and send it over on the plane. We would like to work with the flight services. Perhaps they (the flight services) might be willing to let us know when the owner of a car is flying over to the mainland. We could then have the car ready, warmed up if its cold outside, and ready to go. We fully expect that we might need to jump a car or two if the battery goes dead. That will all be part of the Parking Service that we offer. We had a few people who went over on the boat as customers this week. They came and picked me up, and I drove them back down to the boat dock, then brought the car out here. There was no extra charge for this service. Of course, we did it exactly in reverse when they came back to the mainland."

For this extra service, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service charges the exact same amount as the City of Charlevoix at the airport. They have an economy plan that allows you to be responsible for you own transportation to your car, but be sure to talk to them about this, if you are interested. BINN has the second year round parking permit at Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service, and is more than willing to share our experience with you.

Beaver Island Turkey Hunt

Just a reminder to all the Turkey hunters out there. We do have a fall turkey hunt. There is no application required, but you have to purchase a license. The area is YY and you can purchase a license a day for turkey starting August 29.
Turkeys were very successful this breeding season and we need to make the flocks smaller going into winter. Plus Turkey meat is great!

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffles Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

The Holy Cross Altar Society is doing its annual raffle for fundraising. The Altar Society will be selling raffle tickets from now until October when the Bite of Beaver takes place. This smaller print of the original painting will be presented to the altar society member who sells the most tickets. The drawing will take place on October 8, 2011, at 2 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall. The tickets are on the island, and they should be available now. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They will be for sale after mass on weekends, at McDonough's' Market, or you can contact Audrey Beilman for more information at 448-2083. The altar society has received a raffle license from the State of Michigan, #X78435.

Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee Resolution

Proposed By-laws for NRESC

Map of the 2011 EAB Panel Trap Locations on Beaver Island

These Locations are for Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze


BIRHC Will Dispose of Expired Drugs

Rather than just throwing your expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs in the trash or down the drain, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has become a "pill drop off" location. They will dispose of these items for you. The rural health center also has needle disposal containers and are willing to provide them to you as well. Here is their flyer.

Summer Update from Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's

Summer Hours at Stoney
Lunch Mon-Sat 11-2
Dinner Mon - Sunday 5-9
Thurs-Baby Back BBQ Ribs
Fri-Yellow Lake Perch
Fresh Whitefish Daily
Daily Specials plus full Menu

Danny's Pub
Mon-Sat 11-2am
Sunday 12-2am
Stoney menu available daily till 9pm/Pub menu till 2am
Sunday- Danny's Bloody Mary Bar & Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet

Music most weekends...never a cover charge or drink price increase
Rides Available
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our Best to You!
Liam & Marilyn

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

A bike ride to benefit Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be held, Saturday, Oct., 8, 2011, at 8 a.m . Bikers will meet at beach parking lot next to Holy Cross Parish Hall , bike 2-12 miles and make a donation of your
choice based on miles biked. Flyers will be posted around town after July 4th and be available at the Chamber of Commerce office . Bike rental is available. You could make it a duathlon if you register for and run or walk the Island Boodle 5K at 10 a.m Registration fee benefits the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. Call Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for further information.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011


Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011

Fri-Aug 26 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-Aug 27 , Flight Squadron Yon

* Rigormortis too…dates to be set yet ?
* Never a cover charge or drink price increase!
Please join us for some GREAT tunes .....Music starts at 9pm F-July 1, Danny, Danny, & Cindy S-July 2, Danny & Danny

Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

August 28: Howard Davis

September 4: Howard Davis

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.


On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

Expired Subscriptions

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There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in July and some that have already expired. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

August Senior Center Activities

August Activities at the Community Center

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.

Airport Committee Minutes

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

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!