You don't have to dream for a "White Christmas" if today's weather is any indication of what we have in store for the rest of the month of December. The snow blowing and shoveling took almost two hours today with deep snow and drifting blowing snow. On Saturday, December 6, 2008, a measurement of the overnight and morning snow was obtained on the railing of the back deck. This picture was taken to provide you an idea of the amount of snow that came down. There certainly are deeper parts to the yard and driveway, but this pictures shows it best.
At least 11 inches! Thanks for the photo Phyllis!
There will be two performances of this year's Christmas Cantata, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. They both begin at 3 p.m. at the Beaver Island Christian Church. Besides the Community Choir, there are several smaller groups including the student chime choir. Come out and get a little holiday cheer this weekend at the annual Christmas Cantata.
Joddy Croswhite .....a Croswhite family picture
Kevin Dunn is running a benefit auction for Joddy Croswhite on eBay. Kevin Dunn is one of the stars in the new Transformer II movie and an Island home owner. He is auctioning off an autographed "crew hat" that has been signed by many of the stars of the new movie. It would make an unusual Xmas gift for a Transformer fan.
To see the hat go to: www.ebay.com then type in the search box: star-autographed hat. Click on the Star-autographed hat from the Set of Transformers II. It will only be on eBay till Sunday, so people need to place bids quickly if they want a chance at this one-of-a-kind item.
Look for the Petoskey News Review article in Friday's edition.
Dolores J. Gallagher, 77, died Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at Covenant Medical Center - Cooper in Saginaw. She was born October 2, 1931 in Lansing, Michigan daughter to the late Frank and Mary (Chambers) Kraai. She attended Everett High School in Lansing. She married Peter Gallagher on Beaver Island on April 23, 1949. They later moved to Marlette and then to Clifford. She worked at Metal Craft Industries as a press operator for 29 years and 4 years at Ligon Factory in Almont until her retirement. She was a long time member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clifford.
Surviving are 2 daughters Sharon & Kenneth Wilcox and Vickie & Alan Gould both of Marlette; 5 Grandchildren Michael & Loni Gass of Lapeer, Rodney & Brandy (Gass) Fernandez of Middleburg, Fl., Jason Gallagher of Clifford, Nicholas Gould of Cleveland, OH., and Trevor & Liberty Gould of Caro; 8 great grandchildren Chelsea Gass, Dorothy and Mary Fernandez, Mickenzie and Kody Gould, Lakyn and Maisy Biglow and Alecsis Gould.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Peter of 48 years on May 23, 1997 daughter Dorothy Gass Fox on September 30, 1996 and brothers Herbert Wheeler and Bernard Kraai.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 8, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. in the Marsh Funeral Chapel in with Fr. Richard Treml officiating. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Beaver Island next spring. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 7th, from 1pm to 9pm at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette. A Rosary service will be held on Sunday night at 7pm at the funeral chapel.
Memorials may be given to the donation of your choice.
Carrie Podgorski, a former BICS student, is singing in the country music arena in Wisconsin. Check out her music and a short story about her HERE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 TH
ISLAND SHOPS OPEN HOUSE EVENT
Extended Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
Refreshments Special Offers
Don't miss this opportunity to support your local merchants and the Island economy
COMMUNITY CENTER EVENTS FOR ALL AGES
11:30 a.m. Children's Christmas Party & Luncheon, sponsored by AMVETS Post 46 & the Ladies Auxiliary.
SANTA & Mrs. Claus to arrive at NOON
1:00 p.m. , Holiday Movie: PRANCER
3:00 p.m. Create an ornament workshop or personalize one
already made for the Community Christmas Tree.
4:00 p.m. Tree Trimming Party – with Carols and Refreshments…
and followed by Lighting the Tree and MORE fun
as carolers sing their way to Island shops
ISLAND TREASURE'S RESALE SHOP WILL BE OPEN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH AND SATURDAY DECEMBER 6TH FROM 12:00 P.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M.
The Annual Beaver Island Christian Church Cookie Carnival will be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church on Thursday, December 11, 2008, from noon until 4 p.m. There will be lots of goodies to check out including Phil Gregg's famous peanut brittle and Heidi Conner's gingerbread houses.
Anyone wanting to order nutmeg logs or party cookies ahead of time can call Jean Carpenter at 448-2893. They can be picked up at noon on the day of the sale or you can make arrangements with Jean. Hope to see you there!
Any questions, call Jean Carpenter at 448-2893.
(This is a followup from last week's death announcement)
Osa Cieslak was born in Brooklyn, NY, and passed away at Bortz Health Care in Petoskey, MI. In her lifetime, Osa lived in Virginia and California before making her way to Beaver Island. She had one son who was born in California and preceeded her in death, Brandon Elliot Livingston (1972-1999). Brandon also resided on the island temporarily, but had moved back to California before he died. In 1984 Osa married Dennis G. Cieslak (Keech) with whom she had her only surviving daughter, Britta B. Cieslak. On the island, Osa volunteered at the school for a few years and later became active in the Beaver Island Christian Church Choir. Osa was famous for her "hala" bread.
By Patrick Cull
The 2008 Beaver Island Fall sports teams had a very successful year. The soccer team finished with a respectable 7-2-1 record in the regular season, good enough for second place. The only losses came at the hands of rival Mackinac Island . Their season was capped off with a trip to Mackinac Island for the annual postseason Northern Lights League tournament, where the Islanders took second place after falling to Mackinac Island once again. Juniors Dereck McDonough, Cameron LaVasseur, and Bryan Timsak led the team on offense, while seniors Patrick Cull and Maeve Green led the defense. Seniors this year include sweeper Patrick Cull, defender Deven Cook, and goalkeeper Maeve Green.
Lady Islanders Volleyball finished the season first in the league with a record of 7-1. The only league loss for this year's Lady Islanders was against Mackinac Island . The team also travelled to two tournaments, one on Mackinac Island and one at Ellsworth. The girls gave a good showing at the Mackinac tournament, making their way all the way to the semi-finals. Only about half of the upper-classmen were able to attend the Ellsworth tournament however, but the Lady Islanders still showed up strong and ready to play. The season ended with a district matchup against Pellston. The Pellston team was ranked number 5 in the state for class D, but the Lady Islanders stuck close, at one time losing only 25-23. The seniors this year included Maeve Green, Caitlin Boyle, Deven Cook, and Heather McDonough. This year also marks the end of 23 year head coach Connie Boyle. She has led the Islanders to many league titles, and she will be missed.
Pictures and story are HERE
In a phone call placed to Pine River Cable Company on Monday, December 1, 2008, the company stated that they still plan to provide service to Beaver Island even after the February 2009 digital deadline. The cable package is a basic package with premium options including HBO and Encore, and it services mostly the harbor area out to Carlisle Road.
The cable customers will not have to do anything to their home, nor will they have to buy a new TV set nor a converter box. Pine River Cable will be doing all the work that is required by the Federal Communications Commisison in February 2009. Pine River Cable will still be providing the Beaver Island community with an analog signal through the coaxial cable already installed throughout their service area. All of the digital to analog conversion will be handled by the cable company, and individual cable subscribers will NOT have to DO ANYTHING. Each customer will continue to receive the same channel presently provided in the same format on the same television.
The crew of the Beaver Island Transfer Station would like to wish all our friends and neighbors a joyous Holiday Season. We look forward to a wonderful New Year and look forward to seeing all of our summer friends then.
Happy Holidays from Doug, John and Tim
While this is a time to be joyful and look to the new year, we also look back at the past year and think of those who are missing from our lives this year.
We at the Transfer Station lost a good friend this year. Little Girl, the Transfer Station cat for over 14 years, passed away this past spring. This summer many people asked about her, which made her memories wonderful. We thank everyone who cared over the years to drop off food and treats for her, and those who remembered her this year. She is missed by all who worked with her. Yes she was a cat, but she was a friend to all of us. Little Girl you are missed.
So what are these birds still doing hanging around the Island when it's so cold and wintry? This one was by his lonesome self out on Gull Harbor, but there are others seen in the harbor area as well. While a quick Internet research suggests that these swans will probably only have a little more to go to finish the migration, perhaps to the Carolinas or a little further south.
Short Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of swan on Gull harbor HERE
If you remember these pictures from the third week of October, you will realize that this disaster for the Rich Gillepie family hit them hard, but the pictures taken this week should help to show the resiliency of the Islanders after a disaster. The rebuilding has begun as you can see in the third picture above and in the pictures below.
It's great to see the continuation of this project after such a disaster! Keep up the good work, Rich!
The Ecumenical Thanksgiving service was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Although small in numbers due to the holiday, the Community Choir sang and those present sang, and the whole group wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. Hope you have a wonderful, thankful and safe day!
The Community Thanksgiving Feast, sponsored by the Beaver Island Christian Church, was held at Peaine Township Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Approximately 70 people participated by bringing a dish to pass, a salad, or a desert. As always, there was more than enough food with everyone leaving with full bellies, hopefully not too overfull, and positive community, holiday cheer. A great social event this year as well was had by all!
Thanks to Jean Carpenter, the BICC organizer; Ruth Gregg, who helped set up and get things going; Joe Moore, for carving all the turkeys and making the mashed potatoes; Lil Gregg, for making her "just-like-grandma-used-to-make" stuffing, the Beaver Island Christian Church for sponsoring the dinner, and to all who attended to make this a successful community Thanksgiving Dinner.
At the Heart of a Good Community
Calendar of Events
Wednesday, December 3: The COA and You
Join us for an informative live presentation on the services and resources available to Seniors through the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging. Question and answer period follows. Wednesday, December 3 at 10:30am. Admission is free.
Thursday, December 4: Citizen Kane NR
Friday, December 5: Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian PG
Thursday, December 11: Five Easy Pieces R
Friday, December 12: Anamorph R
Saturday, December 13: Children's Christmas Party
An afternoon of Holiday fun awaits for Beaver Island kids of all ages presented by Amvets Post #46 and Ladies' Auxiliary and the Beaver Island Community Center ! Festivities begin at 11:30am with a hot dog lunch. At noon Santa and Mrs. Claus will join in the fun and have their picture taken with anyone who wants to! The merriment wraps up at 1:00pm with a special Christmas movie matinee showing of Prancer!
Saturday, December 13: Deck the BICC Tree!
Join in and celebrate as we decorate our first “official” Community Center Christmas Tree! Holiday music, fun and potential caroling—participants willing! Festivities begin at 4pm!
Sunday, December 14: Senior Sunday Dinner
Come one and all and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner together ! December's Senior Sunday Dinner sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will feature a delicious menu of roast pork, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and apple cobbler. Make your reservation now! Call 448-2022.
Sunday, December 14, 11am-1pm. Tickets: Suggested donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over; $6 for persons under 60.
Sunday, December 14 & 21: Scrabble “Scramble”!
Show your Scrabble-stuff at an after-dinner aperitif of Scrabble-play to kick off a weekly competition of vocabulary! Experienced “supervisors” needed!
Bring your dictionary and be ready to spell at 1pm!
Thursday, December 18: BICS Christmas Program
Support our local kids by attending their Christmas program! It's sure to warm you heart and holiday spirit!
Performance at 7pm. Admission is free.
Friday, December 19: Mama Mia PG13
Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 & 25: BICC Closed Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 26: TBD
Tickets for all movies are $7.50 Adult/$5 Student/Child. All movies are shown at 7:30pm.
For more info call 231 448-2022 or email email@example.com
This will probably be the last week for the walkaround pictures because there is so little more to be done on the outside. The first picture that you see here gives you the feeling that the project must be near completion, but the second and third get closer to the building and you can see the work that still needs to be done.
As seen by the Holy Cross Parish Hall corner...
Coming up the hill getting closer....
From just across the street ..
Short Quicktime Streaming Video of Panoramic View of the Front of the BICS building HERE
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There are also two other nights currently scheduled for music at Donegal Danny's Pub. On Friday, December 5, 2008, the somewhat aging Rigormortis will be performing there. The next night of scheduled music is Friday, December 26, 2008, and the Boodlers will be performing at Donegal Danny's Pub on that night.
Ring in the New Year at Holy Cross Hall this New Year's Eve. Raffles, 50/50, LightBuffet at Midnite, Live Music, more details to follow.
Please join us for the pre-party at Donegal Danny's Pub before the New Year's Eve Hall Party--where the Island rings in the New Year together. Dinner will be served from 5:30 until 9 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab buffet.
December 6, 2008, Rigormortis will play at the Shamrock
December Specials at the Shamrock
This winter may provide musicians with an opportunity to get together with different band instruments and get that old horn out of the closet. Are you interested in getting out that old sax, trumpet, or clarinet? If you are interested and have a suggestion of when and where people could get together, please email me at email@example.com. If there is enough interest, more information will be posted here. If there is NO interest, that will be posted here as well.
What a wonderful surprise during the fill-up of the car yesterday! The price of gas on the island has come down. The first decrease was 50 cents per gallon and now a decrease of $1 per gallon. The price last spring was $5.49, and now the price is down to $3.99. While more than likely the highest gas price in the 48 states, it is wonderful to have this decrease. Thank you, Island Energies!
While having a short conversation with one subscriber today, it was amazing to note that this person did not know that each picture on this web site is a thumbnail for a larger version of the same picture. Some long time subscribers simply did not know this, or they had forgotten about it. Although not every picture can be enlarged by clicking on it, most pictures on this web site can be enlarged by clicking on them.
The editor of this web site was notified by his anti virus manufacturer that the streaming video solution for the anti virus program has been secured and will be available as a "hotfix." Apparently, there are several anti virus manufacturers out there in cyber land that prevent the streaming videos from showing up on the computer. The only message provided to the user was a "Negotiating" message, and the video never actually played.
These anti virus programs were previously seeing the processor activity as possible virus or spy ware activity. MicroTrend, AVG, and Panda anti virus programs have all blocked the streaming video in recent days. There has not been a problem with Norton as far as being reported. Panda will shortly release a "hotfix", but the others are apparently waiting for some customers to complain.
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A very nice message was received by this editor from the Panda Anti Virus 2009 support service. It isn't very often that a customer gets thanked for pointing out a defect in a purchased program. These support people were ecstatic when they resolved the issue, and thankful to have restored the ability of their customers to complete tasks on the Internet while still providing a high level of anti virus and anti-spy ware protection.
With the winter weather approaching us fast, it is important for the seniors to know the cancellation policy for the senior lunches. It has been decided that the seniors should not be out driving in weather that is too bad for school to be in session. The senior COA Lunch will be canceled, and no deliveries will take place, on any day that the Beaver Island Community School is closed due to the poor road conditions. If in doubt, call the Beaver Island Community Center at 448-2022.
An eleven movie winter film series is coming to the Beaver Island Community Center, presented by a new movie club, the Beaver Island Film Fans. Twenty-three Film Fans club members worked together to nominate a list of their favorite movies, and then voted to select their top eleven films to make up the series. Movies in the series range form 1940 to 2007 in age, range from romantic comedy to thrillers, westerns to epic adventures, and international hits to edgy art. Included in the series is the American Film Institute's #1 American film, Citizen Kane. The club's membership dues will be used to pay for the theatrical performance rights for the films.
All movies are open to the general public; admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for students. All films will be presented on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. The series includes:
Descriptions of all movies and previews can be seen at http://www.imdb.com by clicking on the artwork:
Five Easy Pieces 12/11/08
Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)
The National Honor Society at Beaver Island Community School has a new service project!
This year (starting November 15, 2008) we are collecting and sending coupons to military members on a Naval base in Ikego, Japan . The program is called the Overseas Coupon Program and coupons are collected to provide soldiers and their families with ways to save money. The types of coupons that are acceptable are manufacturer's coupons and they can even be two months out of date (but no older). The types of coupons that are not acceptable are: assistance vouchers, food stamps, restaurant coupons, store coupons or any other assistance items. We will have drop boxes all around Beaver Island at stores, restaurants, churches, airports, boat company and both school locations.
Thank you in advance for your donations. If you have a lot of coupons, it would be helpful if you bag, band, or clip food coupons together separate from non-food coupons.
Thanks again, and if you have any questions, please contact one of the NHS members (Kristy Bousquet, Caitlin Boyle, Patrick Cull, Maeve Green, Alex Kuligoski) or their NHS advisor, Connie Boyle.
This website reported that the wood chips available at the transfer station were $8 per yard if loaded by the township employee. It was not know at that time the story was posted that the cost mentioned did not include a $25 minimum charge to have the woodchips loaded by the township employee. You can still get smaller amounts of wood chips, according to the transfer station, if you load them yourself for $6 per yard, but there is now a $25 minimum charge if the township employee does the loading.
Senior Events and Activities brought to you by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at the Beaver Island Community Center !
Every Monday thru Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Senior Congregate Meal Program – “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.
Every Monday 12:45 pm - BINGO!
Prizes, suspense, fun and free coffee!
Every Tuesday 12:45 pm - Introduction to Wii!
The ultimate in “virtual fun!” Come experience the “Wii World”!
From bowling to balance, golfing to “gaming” and—virtually!—everything in between, the Wii system can engage you on a surprising adventure! Come experience the possibilities as we explore the Wii system together!
Every Friday 12:45 pm – Classic Friday “Feature”!
Enjoy a blast-from-the-past movie, recording or serial in the Hangout!
Your suggestions for presentations are welcomed, investigated and appreciated!
Ma ‘n Pa Kettle & Bill Cosby are some of those that are being planned for December.
Birthday Lunch – (“Middle Wednesday”) December 17 th
Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill!
Sunday Dinner – December 14 th 11 am - 1 pm
Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Look for new things every month!
Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.
Special Dates of Interest:
December 3 rd - The COA and You 10:30 am
Join us for an informative live presentation on the services and resources available to you through your Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.! Questions/suggestions are welcomed.
December 13 th - Tree Decorating & Celebration 4 pm
Join in and celebrate as we decorate and light our first “official” Community Center Christmas Tree! Holiday music, fun and potential caroling—participants willing—await!
December 14 th – Sunday Scrabble “Scramble” 1 pm - ?!
Show your Scrabble-stuff at an after-dinner aperitif of Scrabble-play to kick-off a weekly competition of vocabulary! Experienced “Supervisory volunteers” needed!
December 18 th – BICS Christmas Program 7 pm
Support our local school kids by attending their Christmas program! It's sure to warm your heart and holiday spirit!
December 24 th – Christmas Eve Closed
December 25 th – Christmas Day Closed
January 1 st – New Year's Day Closed
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 simply by calling Sherry or Lisa at the Boat Dock at 448-2210 and scheduling their destination and return trip.
Since all rides are mapped-out and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis it is recommended that you schedule at least 24-hours in advance.
Stay Tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for updates on Activities, Events, Movies and more!
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Since last week's trivia picture was so successful, this week will try another picture. Who are these lovely older ladies in this picture?
Tony Gatliff (the winner), Carol LaFreniere, Mary Palmer, and Joyce Bartels were all correct in their answers. The correct answer is from left to right: Marion Martin, Mary "Tom" Gatliff, and Lorraine Palmer.
Who is in this black and white snapshot? There are three in the back, three in the middle and one in front.
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The Beaver Island Association is pleased to announce that Beaver Island will be hosting the 3rd meeting of the Bi-national Collaborative for the Conservation of Great Lakes Islands on August 28, 29, and 30 th in 2009. This event will bring together stakeholders, policy makers, island managers and researchers on a regional and bi-national level. The focus will discuss best practices on how to protect the fragile island natural resources within our Great Lakes basin. Environmental policies specific to islands will be integrated with the latest science based materials. Commonly held threats to island ecosystems will also be presented and addressed. In addition, island alliance building will take place through dialogue and the development of a basin wide communication platform
The participants' island experience will further be enhanced by the ability to showcase the latest state of the art facility at CMU's Biological Station. Researchers and policy makers will be presented with island protection conservation practices while using the latest technology.
This entire island community will once again be asked to rise to the occasion and show our Beaver Island hospitality as we host this bi-national event. Much planning remains to be completed. Meals and activities will be scheduled for the symposium participants but hotels and motels may prove challenging for bringing in 100 people. We are asking for property owners who have the ability to host individuals, to contact Craig Schrotenboer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Grassmick at email@example.com For further information, please refer to www.beaverislandassociation.org
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