B. I. News on the 'Net, December 22-28, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Say, "Congratulations, Sarah"

If you see Sarah McCafferty, Director of Beaver Island EMS, you should say, "Congratulations." Sarah just returned from taking her State of Michigan Instructor Coordinator exam. Sarah is now a licensed EMS instructor. From getting her first EMS license as an EMT on August 18, 2005, to getting her paramedic license on May 16, 2007, Sarah has been working to improve her education status and has continued after completing her Associates Degree. Her new licensure level is as an "EMT Instructor Coordinator." Sarah will work to become a "Paramedic Instructor Coordinator" as well.

Congratulations to Sarah McCafferty for her many accomplishments!

Christine VanLooy Returns

Christine VanLooy, a Physicians Assistant since January 1999, has moved to Beaver Island to once again become a health care provider for the Beaver Island community. Christie was previously a PA at the old Beaver Island Medical Center building and shared the practice with Susan Meis. Christie then left the island and moved to Georgia to practice medicine down there. Most recently Christie has been providing emergency room care down in the Kalamazoo area where she resided for the last few years.

Christie is looking forward to the difference in practice between 12-hour shifts in an emergency room that she provided in the Kalamazoo area and the care provided to the island residents on a 24-hour on-call and an 8-9 office hour schedule. She is very comfortable with the emergency needs and the challenges of the island.

Christie was part of the design team of the new BIRHC, and says, “It will be really neat to work in this setting. I don't know how we provided care in the old building. This new one is set up very well to provide excellent patient care. The emergency area is separated from the regular patient area, and I look forward to working closely with our local EMS . We have always maintained a good working relationship.”

Christie has finished up her last commitment downstate and is back on the island and providing care today, December 23, 2008.

Welcome back to our newest, yet familiar, healthcare provider, Christine VanLooy!

Outside Christmas Decorations

The outside decorations this years are quite interesting and slightly different than previous years', but still worth the ride around the harbor area to view them. MORE

BIBCO Season Coming to an End

With the ice in the harbor and the temperatures, the normal shipping season for the Beaver Island Boat Company is coming to an end. There may be one or two more trips for this year, but the weather will be the determining factor. Frank Solle was down at the dock as the "Emerald Isle" ferry docked on Saturday, December 20, 2008, and took these wonderful pictures.

Off the starboard side is the path through the ice

Winter docking.....all hands watching the ice....

Community Center Hosts BICS Holiday Program

Pictures by Andrea Moore and story HERE.

Harbor Winter Pictures

Pictures and story HERE

Beaver Island Chamber Plans Marathon for September

    The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is in the final stages of arranging to bring a full 26-mile marathon to Beaver Island. In addition to the Chamber, McDonough's Market and the Beaver Island Boat Company will serve as primary sponsors. The event is slated to be certified as a Boston-Marathon-qualifying event.

The event, planned for September 5, 2009, can be expected to bring 300 runners and hundreds of family members to Beaver Island for two or more days in early September. The promoter is experienced nation-wide and has successfully promoted events in Charlevoix and Ann Arbor.

The marathon is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 26 miles that is usually run as a road race on public roads. The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes.

BICS Construction Continues with Interior Work

Pictures and story HERE

Local Girl Scouts Provide "Toys for Tots"

The local girls scout group has raised funds and purchased man "Toys for Tots." The toys were dropped off out at the Island Airways terminal on Beaver Island on Tuesday, December 17, 2008. This commendable effort and fundraising will provide a happy holiday for some children who may not otherwise receive any presents for Christmas. (Photos by Andrea Moore)

Stacking the presents....the local Girl Scouts.....the stack of toys.....

Excellent job and three "Attagirl" awards to the Girl Scouts and their leaders!

BICS Closed for Holiday Break

After the Holiday Program at the Community Center on Thursday, the BICS students had one more day of school on Friday, December 19, 2008, for Christmas parties, and then their holiday break began.

Island Treasures Resale Closed 'Til New Year


Thank You from Island Treasures

The Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary and the volunteers at the Island Treasure's Resale Shop would like to thank or customers for their donations and for all their purchases over the past year. We would also like to thank our tireless volunteers for all their hard work,sorting, pricing and endless rearranging of merchandise. Because of the donations and purchases of our customers, we were able to take in $27,475.44 since January 2008. The bulk of the money collected this past year was used to pay for the materials and labor for the remodeling job at the Resale Shop. The expenses to date for the job total over $25,000.



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


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

December 2008

•  Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 & 25: BICC Closed Merry Christmas!

Movies--December 27th, 3 pm; January 3rd, 3 pm

Calendar of Events

January 2009

Movies Rest of January 2009

•  Saturday, January 3 Family Movie: Ghost Town PG-13 3 pm

Starring Greg Kinnear, Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni

Bertram Pincus dies momentarily but is revived and finds that after his near death experience he can now see ghosts. However, annoyingly, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. This puts Pincus squarely in the middle of an after life love triangle in this romantic comedy.

•  Sunday, January 4: Introduction to Pickleball!! 3 pm

Come experience a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play--not Wii or virtual action! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  Thursday, January 8: Open Range R* 7:30 pm

Starring Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening Directed by Kevin Costner.

Four cowboys are freely roaming the countryside in the Wild West when they are forced to band together to run a ruthless rancher out of town.  He has formed an outlaw state and is taking over the local community with brute force.

•  Sunday, January 11: Scrabble Scramble 3 pm

Show your Scrabble-stuff at a bi-weekly Scrabble play-off competition of strategic vocabulary! Bring your dictionary and be ready to spell! Experienced “supervisors” needed!

•  Saturday, January 17 Family Movie: Swing Vote PG-13 3 pm

Starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane

Bud Johnson (Costner) is an apathetic, beer slinging, lovable loser, who is just coasting through life. When his precocious, over achieving twelve-year old daughter, Molly, accidentally sets off a chain of events, it culminates in the presidential election coming down to Bud's vote. Bud decides it's time for him to recapture a few lost ideals as the world waits to see who he will vote for in this comedy.

•  Sunday, January 18: Senior Sunday Dinner

Not just for Seniors! Come one and all and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner together ! January's Senior Sunday Dinner sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will feature a delicious menu of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and cherry cobbler. Make your reservation now! Call 448-2022.

Sunday, January 18, 11am-1pm. Tickets: Suggested donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over; $6 for persons under 60.

•  Sunday, January 18: Intro to Pickleball & Practice! 3 pm

Come experience a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live-play--not Wii or virtual action! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  Thursday, January 22: The Man Who Would Be King PG* 7:30 pm

Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer Directed by John Huston.

As two engaging soldiers of fortune, Peachy Carnehan (Michael Caine) and Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery) ply their less than respectable trade in 19th century India where they contrive and carry out a daring plan to become rulers in the isolated land of Kafiristan.

•  Sunday, January 25: Scrabble Scramble 3pm

Show your Scrabble-stuff at a bi-weekly Scrabble play-off competition of strategic vocabulary! Bring your dictionary and be ready to spell! Experienced “supervisors” needed!

•  Friday, January 30: Andre Villoch in Concert 7:30 pm

A singer-songwriter well known in the Northern Michigan music hot spots, Andre brings a percussive guitar, a voice “full of honey and cream” and a great sense of humor to our stage for an evening of pure enjoyment! Give him a listen at www.andrevilloch.com , then come get some laughs too!

Tickets: $12 Advance, $15 at the Door

•  Saturday, January 31 Family Movie: TBD

*Presented by Beaver Island Film Fans & BICC. Tickets for all movies are $7.50 Adult/$5 Student/Child. For more info call 231 448-2022 or email biccpartridge@tds.net .

Holy Cross Hall to Host New Year's Eve Party

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.

Happy hour will start at 5:30 and end at 8:30, with music starting at 6 - until ?. Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, John McCafferty, Edward Palmer and Brian Roman will be starting things off, Danny Gillespie and Danny Johnston will be playing afterward, and then the near-dead RigorMortis will take over and ring in the New Year, with other folks adding a couple songs in throughout the night. 18 to be admitted, 21 to be served.

Once again I'm looking for volunteers to bartend and sell admission at the door, and clean-up on Jan 2. Please email me at gillespiej_98@yahoo.com or call Mary Palmer at 231-448-2304. We will also be making a donation to the community center from some of the proceeds.

New Year's Eve at Stoney Acres

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.

New Year's Eve at the Shamrock

New Year's Eve

December Specials at the Shamrock

Doghouse Boodlers at the Shamrock on Saturday, December 27, 2008.

Senior COA Lunch Cancellations

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.

Film Fans Continue Winter Movie Series

An eleven movie winter film series continues at 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:

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Beaver Island Senior Community News

Spotlight On December 2008:

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”!

•  December 24 th – Christmas Eve Closed

•  December 25 th – Christmas Day Closed

•  January 1 st – New Year's Day Closed

•  Don't Forget...

FREE Senior Transit is available thru 2009!

Any senior residing in Charlevoix County/Beaver Island is able to obtain free transportation through the Charlevoix County Transit program 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!

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

This typical picture of Island get-togethers was taken several years ago. Can you identify the people in this picture?

There was only one guess on this picture, which was surprising. No correct answers were received. As you can see from the label on the pictures, some oldtime Beaver Islanders are in this picture.

This Week's Question:

How good is your memory? Can you name the members of the years' past volleyball team and the basketball team in these photos?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of January, February, and March for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to: medic5740@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes