Beaver Island News on the 'Net, August 24-30, 2009

Beach Cleanup Rescheduled

Accidentally scheduled on the same day as the first Beaver Island Marathon, the beach cleanup has been rescheduled to September 12th

Dr. David Wartinger, urologist from MSU will again offer free prostate exams and blood work at the B. I. Rural Health Center on Monday, August 31st.

Call for your appointment! ........448-2275

Paddle for Food

Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Beacon are two of the sponsors for this event. BINN wants to provide a method of donating to this event for those who are not able to drop off a donation at one of the sites mentioned below. BINN will also provide information here about the event while it is happening.

Ken Bruland, owner and operator or Inland Seas Kayaking is paddling his kayak to raise money for the Beaver Island Christian Church Food Pantry. If you want to read more, please go to this link: You can donate from a link on the Beacon page or come back here to donate.

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Please take your checks to McDonough's Market, Island Energies, or the Beaver Island Community Center or hand your check directly to Ken Bruland. Please make your checks out to the Beaver Island Christian Church/ Food Pantry. The trip is beginning September 1, 2, or 3 or whenever there is a “weather window.” August 30th from 1-4 p.m. Ken Bruland will be at the BI Community Center. Drop in and talk to Ken Bruland about his adventure. This also provides an opportunity to drop off your donation

Through a cooperative effort of News on the 'Net with the Beaver Island Christian Church, you are able to donate money directly to the Beaver Island Christian Church Paddle for Food, the Beaver Island Christian Church Food Pantry, and/or the Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Building Fund from these website links below. You will be directed to PayPal and you may enter your donation amount and charge it directly to your credit card. You will be directed to an entirely secure website. The money will go directly into the Beaver Island Christian Church account. Only the Beaver Island Christian Church Business Manager Rick Speck will have access to this account.

Directions for using the PayPal website are HERE

Use the first button below to donate to the Paddle for Food Event. Use the second to donate to the Food Pantry after the event. Use the third button to donate to the GFC Building Fund.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Paddle for Food event-Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Center Building Fund--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.


Marathon Course Not Closed to Traffic

Your Help Requested

In early September about 650 visitors (270 runners) will begin arriving for the first Beaver Island Marathon. The Saturday September 5 th event will be run on public roads. We need every one's help to make this a successful and annual event.

The event could not happen without the sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Island Boat Company , Fresh Air Aviation , Island Airways , McDonough's Market and Ron and Sharon Suffolk's (Good Boy Events) willingness to make a “remote location” financial gamble on Beaver Island .

The marathon course (see map) will not be closed to vehicular traffic. It's what we called a semi-closed course. Cone placement will encourage drivers not to use the roads the marathon will cover. The participants are aware that the course is not closed to traffic. Center-of-the-road cones will make drivers aware of the marathon course and to use caution.

Please try to plan in advance so that it will not be necessary to drive on the marathon course between the hours of 8:00AM – 2:00PM on Saturday September 5 th . Also please don't park downtown on Main Street from 8:00AM – 10:00AM on Saturday morning. We want the runners to have full access to Main Street at the 9:00AM marathon start; 9:15AM half marathon start and 9:30AM for the 5K start.

Let's work together to make our first marathon a big success. If you have any questions please give the Chamber of Commerce a call at (231) 448-2505. Thanks in advance for your help!

(from Steve West, the Executive Director of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce)

Marathon Information and Update

Athletes Guides and Information about the Marathan including Frequently Asked Questions

Aid Station Information

Here is the most recent Beaver Island Marathon NEWS direct from promoter Ron Suffolk. I hope you will give it plenty of advance and event day coverage. I will keep you posted as we move closer to the event. Currently 615 runners and family are slated to visit Beaver Island. Runners are (8-7 Noon) at 270. 

It is hard to believe that the Inaugural Beaver Island Marathon is less than a month away and we are working very hard to bring a quality event to the Island. Presently we have 270 runners registered for all events including the 5K fun run.  Aid Stations are an important aspect of any marathon but will be especially important on Beaver Island.  The Beaver Island Marathon will not have spectators at every turn or every street corner observing runners and generally watching and encouraging runners.  Aid stations will have three duties:

1. Providing runners with nutrition, water and Gatorade and energy supplements (GU)

2. Providing encouragement, maybe squirting them with water and having some background music playing

3. Providing a watchful eye for those possibly facing dehydration, cramps or any other issues.  Please let us or the EMT know of any problems you witness.  We will have others on the course also watching for potential issues, also.

As the race date gets closer I will call each of you to chat.  I have also attached 2 files:  Aid Station duties and the other is the Athlete's Guide so that you will know what I am telling the runners.   

Also, we will be awarding the top 2 aid stations with “bonus” money.  Thanks for working an aid station,

Ron Suffolk


Fall Men's Golf League

With the Beaver Island Golf Course in its best shape, many of the summer golf league players have signed up to play in a short six week golf league for the early fall. The league play began last Wednesday, August 26, 2009. With only one week's scores out of six, the standings of the eight two-man teams don't really mean much. They are, however, important to those participating, so a short explanation and listing will be presented here.

There are two groups of teams called divisions. Since there are only six weeks of play, each team will not be able to play each of the other teams. Buck Ridgeway has worked out a good method of play, and everyone else agrees that it is a fair method. Everyone also agreed that the handicap method is what kept the league play interesting and competitive with each team having a chance to win. The majority of golfers just want to continue to play.

At this point, Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman are team number one in Division 1, and Howard Davis and Joe Moore are team number 1 in Division 2. There are five more weeks of play to decide the fall league's winners.

Want to Help the Sports Boosters?

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has contacted the Beaver Island Sports Boosters, and we have decided to provide a special offer to help the Sports Boosters. For every new subscription received of at least six months, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will donate $10 to the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. This will be in addition to any other special offers presented. For every new business supporter, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will donate $30 to the Sports Boosters. For any renewal of subscription, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will donate $5 to the Sports Boosters as well.

So, you will not only get to continue access to Beaver Island's only weekly news service, but you will also be helping out the Beaver Island Community School's sports teams through the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. You can do all this by just clicking the link below:

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How'd You Get to the Island?

By seaplane! Pictures HERE

BIRHC Holding Fundraiser Golf Outing

Charity Golf Outing and Picnic Supper

To Benefit

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Sunday, August 23, 2009, with sign in at 12:30, tee-off at 1 p.m.

Story and Pictures of Outing HERE

Update: According to Manager Donna Kubic, the Outing made over $6000 for the BIRHC.

TDS DSL Down Again and T-1 Lines

The TDS DSL service to "St. James" (Beaver Island) was interrupted for the second time beginning Thursday afternoon. The service had been slow for a while and then just went out completely. Several patrons at the Beaver Island District Library were quite upset, but there was nothing to be done here on the Island. The problem was elsewhere again. The service resumed last night, Friday, August 21, 2009.

The Great Lakes Internet customers had no dial-up access, and the Beaver Island Community School had no Internet access from the TransWorld (Great Lakes) T-1 line on Saturday morning, even though the DSL began working for some TDS customers on Friday. The DSL was not restored to all customers on Friday night, and some had to wait until Saturday evening for service. The T-1 lines for Great Lake's BICS and CMU are still down as of Sunday morning, August 23, 2009.

There were also rumors of phone lines not working and a period of time when the long distance was not working for some customers. Hopefully all has been restored for the phone lines.

The telephone lines are still messed up as of Monday, Augsut 24, 2009, at 3 p.m. The long-distance does not seem to be working at this time. This means that 911 service to the Island has been interrupted.

If you are unable to get the 911 emergency number to work, you can call the 448-2319 phone line which rings into McDonough's Market, the Fire Chief's home, and the home of other firemen. They can get on the emergency radio channels and notify whoever needs the information. Be sure to mark down this back-up emergency number!

Update Tuesday the 25th:

According to the 911 dispatch center, the local 911 service is back and is working as of August 24, 2009, at 7 p.m. There still seems to be some spotty outages of telephone and long distance services. The Great Lakes T-1 that services all of the dial-up customers, and the BICS email, is not, however, working at this time. According to the Great Lakes technical support center, "a part has been shipped on Monday using Overnight UPS." Once that part arrives, a technician will install it, and hopefully the Great Lakes T-1 will be back up and working for dial-up customers.

Update Wednesday the 26th:

After approximately three hours of work including testing of the equipment by a technician, the Great Lakes Internet was not working as of today. The problem does not appear to be one of the equipment owned, operated, and maintained by Great Lakes Internet by TransWorld Corporation. The issue appears to be one of the T-1 line between the Island and somewhere on the mainland. The bottom line is that no Great Lakes dialup is available and the BICS email service is not working. Some residual long distance problems stil exist also.

Update Wednesday afternoon the 26th:

After TDS, AT&T, and TransWorld Great Lakes Internet got communicating, the problem was isolated and resolved at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2009. Dialup customers should be back working and the BICS email should also be working!

Update on Thursday morning the 27th:

The 911 phone service was out this morning for a couple of hours. There is still a situation with the phones that hopefully has now been resolved. As of 10 a.m., Central Dispatch in Petoskey reported that 911 service to Beaver Island was back up and working.

Wendy Anne Brings in Barge

Later in the evening on August 23, 2009, the Wendy Anne brought a barge loaded with a crane and other items. The purpose of this barge has not been revealed yet, but it was brought in next to the Beaver Island Marina and anchored directly out from Bill Hirshey's property next to the marina.

The tug crew turned the barge over to two smaller boats.

The tug went to its dock.

The anchored barge.. the barge workers climb off and leave the barge anchored...

What is this barge doing?

Click HERE for more pictures and story.

The Screaming Orphans at B.I. Community Center

This wonderful group of young women performed admirably in two performances at the community center, one on Thursday night and the second on Friday night. The music was definitely Celtic with many songs performed in the Celtic language(s). The two performances were well attended with 11 of 12 audience members interviewed agreeing that this group was excellent in all respects. This was another great contact and contract of Ann Partridge, the manager of the community center.

Check out these videos:

Upset in Men's Golf League

On Wednesday, August 19, 2009, the Wayne Nix Memorial Men's Golf League play-off occurred. The first place team was pitted against the second place team, third against fourth, and so on. The team of Joe Moore and Howard Davis were comfortably in first place with a ten point lead. More story and pictures HERE

Previous Winners of the Wayne Nix Memorial Beaver Island Golf League

1999 John Roberts and Bill Hirschey

2000 Chuck Gengler and Rob McPherson

2001 Chuck Gengler and Rob McPherson

2002 Jeff Mestelle and Greg Cary

2003 Joe Williams and Larry Laurain

2004 Jeff Mestelle and Greg Cary

2005 Jeff Mestelle and Richie Gillespie

2006 Jeff Jestelle and Richie Gillespie

2007 John Runberg and Frank sole

2008 Larry Roy and Patrick Roy

B. I. Christian Church Announcement

Mark your Calendar! Everyone Welcome!

The Beaver Island Christian Church invites everyone in the whole community to a pot-luck supper on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center. This pot-luck is a "Welcome to Beaver Island" for Pastor Ed Campbell, the new pastor for the Beaver Island Christian Church. Everyone is welcome to attend! Please bring a dish to pass. Beverage and table service (dishes and silverware) will be provided.

Everyone is Welcome!

PHIL LANGE MEMORIAL  - Saturday, September 26th

4pm - GRAVESIDE SERVICE - Holy Cross Cemetery
5-9pm - OPEN HOUSE
- Beaver Island Community Center
Join family and friends in celebrating the life of Dr. Philip Lange.
Bring your remembrances and stories to share! Drop off photos by
9/15 and we'll scan and share those, too!

Phil desired a good ole' Island Potluck so look for sign-up sheets at McDonough's in September!

Peaine Township versus St. James Township??

In fast and furious written communication, it appears that there is a growing gap between the fiscal philosophies of the two Beaver Island townships. To provide the reader the correspondence between the two entities is probably the best way to allow the reader to develop his or her own opinion, so the documents have been reproduced in their entirety.

St James letter of August 7, 2009

Peaine letter to St. James of August 9, 2009

Let the reader draw his or her own conclusions based upon reading these letters.

Excerpts from Peaine Meeting, August 12, 2009

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips HERE

Posted on August 15, 2009

Wildlife Pictures

Two loon "babies" continue to surive on Barney's Lake on August 16, 2009.

Doves and Turkeys along Sloptown Road..

Eagle at Gull Harbor in the rain on August 14, 2009

Eagle pictures, video clip, and story from rainy Friday, August 21, 2009 HERE

Deer in the field across the road from Welke Airport

Excerpts from St. James Township Meeting

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips HERE



Great Lakes to Decommission Dial-up

The old BIIP dial-up, taken over by Great Lakes and managed by TransWorld Network, Corp., will end service on Beaver Island. Below is a copy of an email received by one of BINN's subscribers.

TransWorld Network, Corp. will be decommissioning the local dialup number in your area effective December 8, 2009. We have been able to identify that you have used the dialup telephone number that is being decommissioned, to access the Internet over the last 30 days:

Beaver Island Pop# 231-448-2132

Action is now required on your part if you would like to continue accessing the Internet after December 8, 2009 as your current dial-up number will no longer
work. We apologize for this inconvenience and would like to help you find an alternate provider. TDS Telephone provides Dialup (There is no TDS dial-up on Beaver Island.) and DSL Internet access and service is available in most areas. To find out if their service is available in your area, please call 1-866-571-6662 or visit

Once you have transitioned service to another provider, please contact us so that we may terminate your account and mail you a final adjusted invoice.

If you do not take any action after receiving this notification your Dialup Internet service account will be terminated on December 8, 2009, and you will
be mailed a final prorated invoice for this service.

If you currently have an email address through TransWorld Network, Corp., your email account will remain active for 1 year at no cost to you.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any questions. You can reach a customer service representative at 1-866-711-6290, Monday through
Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm EST or Saturday between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm EST.


TransWorld Network Corp.
Your Great Lakes Energy Internet Service Partner

Streaming Video, the Future Here, Now

The wonder of watching a video clip of loon parents feeding their babies, the wonder of watching the ospreys in the nest on Sloptown Road, and a glipse of the Beaver Tales performance, and many other clips will not be yours unless you have high speed Internet and Quicktime to view these video clips. If you have a dial-up connection, you might still be able to view them, but it will take a while to download. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video clip is worth ten-thousand words. We hope you will give the video clips a try. Quicktime Streaming Video clips are viewable by anyone with a high speed connection and a Quicktime viewer.

FREE Classified Ads

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Episcopal Mission Church Announces Summer Schedule


All Services at 10 a.m.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH, 26055 Pine Street (448-2241), Church on Gallagher Avenue, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Aug 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko

(Editor's note: All church service notices that have been directed to the public will gladly be posted here. Send them to

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

First Outing Story, Picture, and Results are HERE

Second Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

Third Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

Fourth Outing Story and Pictures are HERE

August 16th Fifth Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

The date for the last Mixed Alternate Shot Outings is September 13th


Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Beaver Island Community Center

8am - 9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

August Movies (click to enlarge)

September Events for Seniors and the Community HERE

Sunday, September 20th 11am - 1pm
Tickets available at the Community Center; $3 for those 60 and over, $6 for those under 60
Door Prizes, Raffles and Entertainment!
Barbeque Chicken, Baked Beans, Coleslaw & Fruit Cobbler

2. Shifting Souls will be playing at Dr. Lange's Open House

Thursday, September 10th 7pm

Prepare a 1-minute monologue or short skit
and come make us laugh!
For more info contact Janet Day at 2145

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

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