B. I. News on the 'Net, December 14-20, 2009

New Baby Tidmore

(From Kathy and Bob Tidmore)

Caspian Ko Tidmore was born Dec. 12 at 7:08am weighting in a 9lbs. 11oz. to Brian Tidmore and Jean Chi of Santa Monica, Ca . Kathy and Bob Tidmore are so glad they decided to be there for the birth and all Aunts and Grandparents can't stop looking at him and talking about him. His Aunt Soo reports that she expected him to be cute, but this is way beyond that to the 30th power. We all wish a beautiful and wonderful and happy Christmas to all of Beaver Island . We offer special prayers of thanksgiving for our new little guy and for Emma Lee.

Wendy Anne Leaves with Load of Logs

This morning, December 18, 2009, the Wendy Anne left the harbor in the daylight with another load of logs, presumably bound for Ironton again. The Wendy Anne and barge load of logs had break a thin layer of ice in order to pass through the deeper water from its dock to the BIBCO dock and for a short way toward the mouth of the harbor. Godspeed, Wendy Anne and crew!

Beaver Island Part of TV 9 and 10 Special

Beaver Island will be a major part of a one hour TV show that will air on Christmas day. The Show, “Islands of Northern Michigan” will be on channel 9&10 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday 12-25. The show will feature Mackinac, Drummond, and Beaver Island. The pre-show publicity says in part, “What makes these places so special, such an attraction to the people who chose to call them home….we'll meet the people…the characters…who work, live and love on an island.”

The show is expected to attract more than 60,000 viewers. The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has purchased three (3) thirty second ads on the show. The ad theme is: “You've never been to Beaver Island?”

The show was photographed and produced by our Beaver Island friend Corey Adkins, Director of Photojournalism for 9&10 News. “It's an hour long and includes Beaver, Mackinac and Drummond Islands. It's really about everyday life. A lot of the stories I aired over the summer and fall will be “married” together with other islands,” said Corey.

“The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce works closely with print journalists, radio shows and TV producers to develop positive Beaver Island public relations and awareness,” said Executive Director Steve West.

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Chamber@BeaverIsland.org - www.BeaverIsland.org

(231) 448-2505

BICS Holiday Program 2009

Holiday Hoopla

This program was held at the Beaver Island Community Center on December 15, 2009, at 7 p.m.

As the program stated:

"Our thoughts and love go to Emmalee Antkoviak who cannot perform with us this evening. We miss you, Emmalee!"

Pictures, program content, and video clips HERE

Special Meeting of St. James Township Board

This meeting took place with the agenda item of the "Dual Representation" agreement for the township attorney for both townships. There may also have been some discussion about the tax assessment problem involving the State of Michigan.

The St. James Township Board is holding a special meeting at the Governmental Center as this is posted. The special meeting was scheduled for 12/16/09 at 10 a.m. (posted at 11:20 a.m., 12/16/09)

Human Services Commission

This meeting did not take place.

The Human Services Commission will hold a meeting at the Beaver Island Community School at 2 p.m. on 12/17/09 according to the posting found in the post office.

Peaine Township Meeting

(12/15/09, 12 noon)

Due to the weather, the Peaine Township Meeting scheduled December 9, 2009, at 7 p.m. was postponed until Monday, December 14, 2009, at 7 p.m.

This meeting was another emotion-packed, mud-slinging contest with frustrations rising throughout the hall including among the Peaine Board members. There were two St. James Township Board members in the audience, Jim Wojan, and Jean Wierenga, as well as approximately fifty community members. It took an hour and twenty minutes to discuss the seriously important property assessment issue. The State of Michigan may come in to force the two township boards into hiring an outside assessor to complete the state-required property tax assessment, which is seriously delinquent, according to the State of Michigan. The proposed resolution and plan presented to the Peaine Board by Jack Gallagher was thoroughly discussed by the board and by the public comments that came fast and furious, causing Jack Gallagher at one point to call for order and to ask that only one person talk at a time. Unfortunately, the property tax assessor Kevin White was not in attendance for this township meeting to answer the questions posed by the public.

By the end of the discussion, the resolution passed, which allowed Jack Gallagher to write up the plan necessary to attempt to avoid the State of Michigan take-over of the property assessment on Beaver Island. Jack and helper are working feverishly at the Peaine Township Hall today, December 15, 2009, to complete the plan which is due today, December 15, 2009. Without a plan, the State of Michigan will automatically come in to take-over the assessment of all properties in Peaine Township. The reason for the reported issue involves a computer crash and an external hard drive crash which completely eliminated the work toward the electronic requirements of the State of Michigan.

Another long discussion took place about whether or not Peaine Township should hire its own, separate attorney from St. James Township. The public had mixed reactions to this topic. The plan that came out of this lengthy discussion was to give the "Dual Representation" township agreement a chance for six months to a year. The question on many people's mind is whether this will eliminate the contentiousness and the 'duel' that seems to be occurring between the two townships. "Will we be in this same place in six months to a year?" one attendee questioned another attendee.

If anything is not able to be mediated by phone in a call by the supervisor to the same township attorney for both St. James and Peaine Townships, the committee established in this resolution would be required to meet with the township attorney to work toward resolution of the issue. The two committee members from Peaine Township are Jack Gallagher, supervisor, and Paul Welke, trustee. St. James is holding a special meeting to discuss this same "dual representation" agreement.

In another fairly quick action, the Peaine Township Board voted unanimously to require all Peaine Township committees and commissions to follow the requirements by law for posting the time and day of meetings, for having the unapproved meeting minutes and resolutions available within eight days, and in general follow the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of this meeting HERE

(Posted 12/19/09, 8 p.m.)

Busy Harbor in December at Dark

As you may have realized, it is getting dark quite early in the day. When the summer sun doesn't set until after 8 p.m., it gets quite interesting when the sun goes down in December shortly after 5 p.m., so when the harbor was lit up with lights, not around the harbor, but actually in the harbor, around 5:20 p.m., you just have to go find out what is going on.

First, coming into the St. James Harbor on December 14, 2009, was the Wendy Anne getting set to bring the almost empty barge into its dock. Wendy Anne began her journey across the harbor toward her dock at 5:35 p.m. pushing through some 'slush' ice to get to the dock. Second, not much behind the Wendy Anne came the Shamrock towing its fuel barge, heading across the harbor. This was quite a sight to see, even though it was a cold evening outside with a light snow falling.

More pictures HERE

(12/15/09 10:15 a.m.)

Streaming Quicktime Clip 1 Wendy Anne at mouth and comes to dock barge

Streaming Quicktime Clip 2 Shamrock headed across the harbor

Streaming Quicktime Clip 3 Wendy Anne tug docking

(Clips added 12/15/09 10:30 am)

"Holiday Hilarity" Hilarious!

This production at the Beaver Island Community Center was not only very funny, but was also a completely unique combination of acting, singing, and video clip filming, editing, and DVD playing as stated on the program "Live & Video Show.". With Levi Connor in the control booth controlling the music and the video and Ann Partridge in the control booth taking care of lighting and microphone volume, there was little down time in the control booth. This performance took place on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., December 11 and 12, 2009. As the program stated on the front, "This show has been 'self classified' with a 'PG1' rating," which was probably because of a few sketches that poked fun at things that children under 13 shouldn't, but probably do already, know.

This editor got so involved in watching one of the video sketches entitled "Can You Say Drunk?" that the battery went dead in the video camera while that sketch was being played, and he didn't even notice the dead battery Below are some pictures taken during some of the performances of the sketches listed.

Pictures of the Performed Sketches HERE

(12/18/08, video clips posted 1:00 p.m.)

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of Performers Introduction

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of Phil Becker Singing

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of the Jeopardy Game

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of the Laundry Rap

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of the Mating Game

Completely Comfortable

This young girl fell asleep in the arms of "Big" John Fiegen during the BICS Islander basketball game. It's pretty obvious that trust and comfort had something to do with this little girl's sleepy dreaming.

Pop Tart Visits BICS Gym

..........Pop Tart.......is helped out by Jamie Campbell (12/13/09 3:30 pm)

BICS Basketball Schedule in 2010
















(12/15/09, 3:00 pm)

BICS Basketball--Go Islanders!


The Lady Islanders and the male Islanders put in quite a performance over this past weekend. The Islanders hosted the Grand Marais Polar Bears, who came ready to play.

The Lady Islanders ran circles around the Lady Polar Bears due to their coach's philosophy. Coach Diane McDonough stated the philosophy as "Run, run, run!"

Girls' Friday night and Saturday scores

Lady Islander photos, story, and video clips HERE

The male Islanders were open to shoot many baskets, but some of these just couldn't quite make it through the net. Shooting was better and scoring was better this weekend than in the scrimmages with Hannaville last weekend.

Boys' Friday's final score.....Saturday's final score

Islander photos, story, and video clips HERE


The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary held a Children's Lunch with Santa on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from  11:30 - 1:00 at Gregg Fellowship Hall at the Beaver Island Christian Church.  All children and their parents and/or grandparents were invited to come and have a hot dog lunch before seeing Santa who arrived at 12:00 Noon.

More Story, video clip, and Pictures HERE

(12/13/09 3:20 p.m.)

Jim Willis Passes Away

This morning Jim Willis passed away at his home. Jim was known by many different people in many different roles due his many talents. Jim was a softball umpire for the Softball Tournament. Jim was a tour bus and transit bus driver. Jim was a custodian at the Beaver Island Community School in the older building. Jim was a husband and father, and a friend to all. Jim will be missed. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


The funeral for Jim Willis will take place in Charlevoix at the Winchester Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2009 with visitation the night before on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, from 6-8 p.m. There will also be a Memorial Service at the Beaver Island Christian Church on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon following the service at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.

Obituary from Petoskey News Review:

James J. Willis, 85, of Beaver Island, and formerly of Charlevoix, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at his home. Christmas carolers came to his home at 9:30 a.m. and were singing "Joy To The World" when Jim passed away.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. A memorial service will be held on Beaver Island at the Christian Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Rev. Harold Kruse, will officiate both services.

Jim was born, March 10, 1924, in Charlevoix, the son of George and Charlotte (Hull) Willis. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II from 1943-45 in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

On Sept. 10, 1949, he married Dorothy Klooster in Charlevoix. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Jim worked on the Great Lakes most of his life with Penn Dixie Cement and Medusa Challenger. He was custodian for Charlevoix Public Schools and also for Beaver Island School. He served as township supervisor for St. James. He was past commander of the American Legion, Leslie T. Shapton Post No. 226, and was president of Beaver Island Historical Society. He also was tour guide and transit driver on the Island. He was a softball coach and umpire.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Beaver Island; his daughter Ann Willis of Charlevoix; and granddaughter Ashley Jean. His son Don preceded him in death in 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island Christian Church, Gregg Fellowship Hall.

Cookie Carnival

The editor drooling over the treats available.

The Beaver Island Christian Church Cookie Carnival has been postponed this year due to this blizzard that was taking place December 9, 2009. The annual cookie carnival took place on Friday, December 11, 2009, between noon and 3:30 p.m. See you there because as this story is being written, the cookie carnival is still going on.

Pictures and more story HERE

Short Quicktime Streaming Video Clip HERE

Linda Roath Retires

New Beaver Island Teller for CCSB

Charlevoix County State Bank's teller in residence has been Linda Roath ever since the beginning of the branch here on Beaver Island. Linda Roath has decided to retire. There will be a new teller in residence beginning on December 11, 2009. Her name is Cathy Jones. Cathy lives on the Island year round, and has been living here for four years (since 2006). Cathy retired from Chase Bank after being a loan officer with that bank for 18 years. Cathy will be taking over the Tuesday-Friday bank schedule for the winter. Welcome to Cathy Jones!

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip Interview HERE


JULY 15, 16, & 17 Mark your calendars!

Special Holiday Ticket Sale!
(available now through pay pal)

Thursday: July 15th-General Admission $10.00

(Friday July 16th & Saturday July 17th)
Day Passes: Teen/Senior $20.00 - Adult $25.00
Weekend Passes: Teen/Senior $40.00 - Adult $45.00

Children 12 & under are always FREE!

(Offer ends: 1/01/2009)

BIMF: PO Box 23, Beaver Island, MI 49782

A Step Toward Compromise?

The Waste Management Committee (WMC) met on Thursday, December 10, 2009, at 4 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Members representing St. James Township Board included Tim McDonough and Jean Wierenga, who chaired the meeting. Members from Peaine Township Board included John (Jack) Gallagher and Pete LoDico. While the contentiousness was present at the beginning of the meeting, at least in the area of the WMC, it appears on face value that the two groups attempted to strike a bargain. It appeared that negotiations might actually be in progress.

Although both township boards need to approve any actions by this committee, here is a summary of the tentative agreements arrived at in a thrity-five minute meeting that was scheduled to take twenty minutes.

1. The committee structure could be made up of three appointees from each township. There would be a seventh member recommended to both townships by the WMC that would have to be agreed upon by both township boards.

2. The first priority of the WMC would be the development of bidding requirements for tranportation of waste/recycled materials and the actual request for bids.

Again, this is a tentative agreement predicated on the approval of both township boards. The idea is to fill the committee as soon as possible with the seven members and continue the negotiation process on the responsibilities, the authority, and the functions of the WMC and the Transfer Station.

The two boards may take action on this tentative agreement as soon as their next meetings. Peaine Township meeting will be on Monday, December 14, 2009, at 7 p.m. St. James may schedule a special meeting for this and other business next week also.

Quicktime Streaming Video clips of WMC Meeting HERE

Music This Past Weekend

Beachcomber Friday December 11th  -Live Music Sowa Brothers & Denny Richards 9:30 pm

Cory Sowa on drums......Jeremy Sowa on guitar and vocals....Denny Richards on bass and vocals

The group was rocking the Beachcomber, but also playing some country..."A little bit country, a little bit rock'n'roll."

Sowa Brothers Clip 1

Sowa Brothers Clip 2

Sowa Brothers Clip 3

Sowa Brothers Clip 4

(12/14/09, 3:00 p.m. clips added)

USCG Alder Visits the Island

The 225-foot, Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender (WLB) built by Marinette Marine Corp. in 2004, the Coast Guard Cutter ALDER replaced the 180-foot SUNDEW, a Balsam Class Seagoing Buoy Tender built in 1944. This vessel visited Beaver Island on December 8, 2009, to place the winter buoys for the harbor and to remove the Garden Island Buoy for the winter. It was interesting to watch the small skiff work with the larger cutter to accomplish these tasks.

The Alder with the USCG station buoy on deck. It replaced the summer buoy with one for the winter.

More story and pictures HERE

Quicktime Streaming video clip of the cutter and skiff working together HERE

It's a Girl

Danielle Cary Scheller (Blake) has a baby daughter this morning. She is named Nora Lynn. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. at birth and was 21 inches long. More information will be posted if it becomes available.

Merry Christmas from the Cantata Choir and Director Kathy Speck!


9th Annual Christmas Cantata
    Sunday, December 6th, 3:00 p.m.
             at the Beaver Island Christian Church

You don't want to miss the 9th annual Christmas Cantata being performed right here on Beaver Island. This is just the thing to get you in the mood for Christmas. It will help get you in the spirit. The Cantata Choir and Director Kathy Speck invite you to this wonderful performance of Christmas holiday music.

Pictures and story of Saturday performance HERE

The Sunday, December 6, 2009, performance of the Annual Christmas Cantata, was well attended.

The total audience for both performances was just shy of 150 attendees, not counting the performers themselves. It was wonderful that the B.I. Lighthouse School students attended on Sunday.

The participants in the Cantata Choir include the sopranos--Jayne Bailey, Audrey Beilman, Shelly Scripps, Kathy Tidmore, Sheri Timsak, Marianne Weaver, Elaine West, and Karen Whitecraft. The altos were Deb Bousquet, Lil Gregg, Peg Hoogendoorn, Leonor Jacobson, Anna Martell, Diane McDonough, Judi Meister, Kim Newport, Miranda Rooy, Davi Stein, and Jean Wierenga. The tenors were Susie Fisher, Bob Hoogendoorn, Deb Plastrik, Chris VanLooy, and Dan VanderVliet. The basses were Bob Bass, Phil Becker, Ed Campbell, Mike Scripps, and Tom Whitman.

From the back of the Cantata's program (written by Kathy Speck):

"We hope you enjoy our program today--this is of "gift" to the Beaver Island community. The Cantata Choir will be performing some of your favorites from past Cantatas, and we know you will enjoy the selections our other musicians have chosen as well. I personally would like to thank the following people for theri faithful support and help over the years: The Christian Church, Bob Bass, Mike and Shelly Scripps, Deb Plastrik, Judi Meister, Laraine Dawson, Susie Fisher, Elaine West, Pam O'Brien, Holy Cross Altar Society, Ray and Carol Geskus, Mrs. Carol Myers, Matt Ritchie, Pinky Harmon, and, of course, our families. We especially remember today a man who was a special friend of the B. I. Christian Church and the entire community--Phil Gregg. We dedicate our 2009 Christmas Cantata in memory of him.

God Bless You and Merry Christmas. Kathy"

Streaming Quicktime Video Clips of the Cantata HERE

These video clips are BINN Christmas gift to the subscribers that have high speed Internet capability. Those with dialup may have to go to a library that has high speed. The clips cover all the songs of the Cantata by all the performers. Some were from Saturday's performance and some from Sunday's performance. If you have Quicktime Pro, you can download any of these clips. Otherwise, you will have to view them on this, the subscriber site.

Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive

(11/25/09, 10:30 am) Connie Boyle will once again be organizing the Toy Drive .  The toys go to children who live in Charlevoix County .  Any children who qualify for the program through Social Services and live on Beaver Island will also benefit from the program! Toys need to be new.  Please do not gift-wrap them.  Social Services will do that after determining for which child the toy is best suited. You can drop the toy off to Connie at home, leave it in her car (or Neal's), bring it to school (room 115 ) , or the collection box at Island Airways Airport Terminal ( Island and Charlevoix ) .   All toys should be donated by…


(If you are unable to turn them in by the  12th,  asecond shipment will be made, so still drop off the toys! Social Services just needs the bulk of the toys early enough to make sure all children are “covered” — in case they need to go shopping themselves.)

This is also a great opportunity to teach our own children  about the spirit of giving.

Santa's Workshop

The AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will again be having the Santa's Workshop on Monday, December 14, 2009, at Beaver Island Community School.  This will be for children to buy presents themselves for their families.  Each child is to bring nametags for the gifts.  Younger children will have an adult to help them make their purchases.







CALL KERRY SMITH AT 448-2601 OR 448-2744

Ages 17-ADULT (Sorry no one under 17)

It's A Boy!

Samuel Wardwell Fogg was born to Wendy Anne Fogg and her husband Matt Fogg on December 2, 2009, at approximately 4 p.m. Samuel weighed in at 7.1 pounds. More information will be posted as it becomes available. We know that the proud grandparents on Beaver Island are Sally and John Fogg. Other grandparents are: Don and Sylvia Harwood of Maine who are visiting the island. We also know that Aunt Deborah Harwood is grinning from ear-to-ear. Rumor has it that the family will coming home to the Island, perhaps as soon as this Friday.

Launch of a New Website

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has always attempted to provide subscribers with an archive of previous week's postings. As the website has become more and more progressive with more photographs and the addition of video clips, the memory on our hosting server kept getting too full, too quickly. As a result, the archives had to be shortened and elminated except for the most recent months of activity in order to continue to bring you, the subscribers, the most modern format of the News, which includes Quicktime Streaming video clips.

As a result of this dilemma, some of the actual historical pages of Beaver Island News on the 'Net have been lost forever. At one time a computer crash deleted the News' pages and these pages are gone. Everything that we can pull together from the very beginning of Beaver Island News on the 'Net is now available on another website. This project will be ongoing. We have located all of the photographs from the missing pages, and we will attempt to build replacement pages for those dates with no less than all the pictures that we can find.

So, Beaver Island News on the 'Net is proud to provide this gift to its subscribers, the historical Beaver Island News on the 'Net beginning in the year 2000. The first decade of the 21st century of modern history from the News' editors perspectives is available HERE.

There are many other directions that we are planning, such as a listing of specific events in alphabetical order with links directly to those pages. These are not completed yet, but are meant to give you one of the possibilities. For example: If you were interested in finding the story, pictures, and/or video clips related to McDonough's Market's 75th Anniversary, you currently would have to know what year that took place and what month. Then you could begin looking for that event in the list of things that are included in the Archives for those four weeks. You would find that week and then be able to look at that week's News. In the future, we hope to have the specific events listed with links directly to those pages, so you won't have to do the searching for yourself.

Happy Holidays from Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukkah! Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Muharram!

Pictures from the South End

St. James Township Board

Here are some pictures of the St. James Township Board at work during their meeting on the night of December 2, 2009. Missing from this meeting was Ray Cole, the newest trustee appointed to the board.

Jim Wojan, treasurer....Rick Speck, supervisor.........Jean Wierenga, clerk..........Tim McDonough, trustee

After a few hours of work, there will be Quicktime Streaming video clips of this meeting available here of the St. James Board meeting of 12/2/09.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of St James Twp Meeting

BICAA Announces Grant Recipients

(from Sandra Birdsall, posted 12/2/09, 8:30 a.m.)

Two performing community groups, The Beaver Island Community Players and The Recorder Group, have been awarded grants by the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.

The Beaver Island Community Players who put on the original performance called “Beaver Tales” in 2009 were awarded $600 to provide stipends for composers and writers to create original music and scripts for the 2010 Beaver Tales II performance. The Recorder Group has played in the Christmas Cantata for the past five years and participated in Baroque on Beaver in 2006 and 2007. They were awarded $500 to purchase new music and to travel to Charlevoix to attend a recorder rehearsal and to take a lesson from Lonhilt Close, a mainland recorder teacher.

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association initiated its mini grant program this year for local artists who need financial support for their creative work. The funds for this program were generated by proceeds from Baroque on Beaver, the annual classical music series. This new grant was created by the Arts Association as a means of fulfilling its mission to support cultural arts in the Beaver Island Community. In selecting the two applicants for the grant awards, the Board expressed its pleasure that two such talented and energetic groups would benefit from the new program.

According to Jacqueline LaFreniere who requested the grant on behalf of the Community Players, the group has been in existence since 1993 but has performed primarily scripted shows until 2009 when the group wrote and produced “Beaver Tales,” a unique look at Beaver Island House Parties once held on the island. An original musical composition was written by Elaine West and Scott Kasbaum exclusively for the show. “The 2009 show was a great success. It sold out 3 shows and came close to selling out a 4 th ,” Jacqueline said.

“Next year's production of Beaver Tales II would also feature some original music. It is important to compensate the composers and writers for their time and efforts to create two or three new musical compositions for the new show,” Jacqueline explained The Community players donates the proceeds to the Beaver Island Community Center and said they were asking for funds to help make Beaver Tales II as successful and the first show was.

The Recorder Group consists of Jayne Bailey (Alto recorder), Donna Stambaugh (soprano), Matt Ritchie (tenor) and Joe Moore (bass). According to Jayne Bailey, who requested the grant on behalf of the group,” the beauty of the recorder is that it allows the musician to share in a musical form that is ancient and unique. The recorder is a simple instrument with a tremendous potential for complexity.” The group started by Brenda LeFevre is self taught with prior musical training but no specific training other than instruction books on the recorder. “Our participation in community events included Music on the Porch where we played lively dance numbers with more crowd appeal. We would like to continue in this vein with new music and steadily increasing skills and repertoire,” Jayne explained that the grant's use for new music and lessons would be put to good use. . The group has been invited to participate at the island churches, the talent show, and cookie carnival and plans to continue with music appropriate for each venue.

Beware! Internet Fraud on the Rise

Update: Received new PIN from CCSB on Saturday, December 5, 2009. Still awaiting the replacement debit card. Be really carefull with the PIN number. If someone knows or can guess your PIN number, (s)he can withdraw money from your account using that number. Debit cards are wonderful, but be really careful in how you use them.

Can you imagine what it would feel like to wake up in the morning and find that your checking account was overdrawn close to a $1000. Checking the online banking capabilities of Charlevoix State Bank on the morning of December 1, 2009, Joe Moore found himself in exactly this position. A call to the bank was definitely in order. Discovered as the cause of the overdrafts were two Internet purchases made using Joe's CCSB debit card number. One charge on the card was between $700-$800 and the other charge was between $200-$300. One item had been ordered using the debit card information with a shipping address of New York City, New York. The second item had been ordered with a shipping address of Houston, Texas. Both fraudulent orderers had successfully reported the proper billing address.

Taking the time necessary to work out the details with CCSB, Joe contacted the companies listed with the charges by phone. It took just a little under five hours to begin to resolve the issues, but in this holiday time, Joe will be without his debit card for the next ten days to two weeks. All charges using that debit card had to be stopped including some regular occurring bills that had been set up will a bill paying arrangement. "I'm awfully glad that I checked the account balances this morning. The charges to the account were made just yesterday, so the fraudulently ordered items had not shipped out yet," Joe related.

Now, some people may suggest that Joe had been less that security-conscious in using his debit card. Perhaps, he had been ordering lots of items online. Perhaps he had lost his debit card. None of these is what occurred. Since this was the second time that Joe has to get his debit card replaced, he was fully aware of the security issues surrounding the ordering of items on the Internet. "I don't use my debit card to order online," Joe said. "I learned that the first time around. I use only a credit card that is protected by an anti-fraud protection program for online purchases. The only way that someone could have gotten this debit card information is through a present business owner where I have purchased items or through a leak in security at the banks or businesses that handle the credit card transactions. I use Paypal to do most of my purchases online."

So what is the moral to this sad, sad story? The moral is three-fold.

1. Make certain that you have a method of checking out your accounts, daily if at all possible. Online access is available from most banks.

2. Make certain that you do NOT use your debit card for online purchases unless you want to have the same problem, because it is much more difficult to reverse the charges to a debit card than it is to a credit card.

3. Make certain that you have an anti-fraud protection program on the credit card that you use to make Internet purchases.

"It may take up to a weekto ten days to get my account balance back to what it was prior to the Internet fraudulent purchases. Hopefully, my creditors will understand the short delay in getting their bills paid," Joe stated. "Everyone must be careful in this day and age to protect themselves."

Beaver Island Music Festival Search for Particpants

Music festival news

It is that time of year again when we start searching for artists to perform at the 2010 Beaver Island Music Festival. This year we continue to have an additional evening of music to our festival so there are more opportunities to have fun and enjoy. The dates for this year are July 15, 16, & 17. If your group is interested in performing at the 2010 festival, the deadline for applying is January 1, 2010, and any aplicantions received after this date will only be considered for the 2011 festival. It is very important in our selection process that you include information about your group, size of the group, and a list of all band members that would be attending if selected and a CD.

Due to the large number of applicants, it is crucial in our selection process that we have an actual CD from your group. Please send all of your press kits to: BIMF Selection Committee PO Box 23, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Our committee will be making all of their selections by January 31, 2010. We select based on quality, originality, diversity, personality, and try to have only one group from each musical category. We have also established a performing rule that no band can play the festival more than 2 years in a row (no exceptions) and must wait at least 1 year before reapplying. This rule has been put in place so that we can continue to bring a diverse and new festival to Beaver Island each year. If your group is chosen to perform for this year's festival, you will be contacted shortly after the final selection date. We will try to have our final line up posted by March 1, 2010.

If you are not selected this year please, continue to submit for future years and remember that we have an open-mic session that is open to all performers during the festival. You can register for a slot any time after February 1, 2010.

A special note to all artists that have applied to or performed at our festival before:

If we have received all of this information concerning your group from past years, everything about your group remains the same, and we have a CD, all you will need to do is e-mail me at bimfburton@yahoo.com to reactivate your application. We continue to keep all submissions to our festival each year for the convenience of your group and our selection committee.

We look forward to hearing from your group and wish you good luck for this year‘s selection!

Carol Burton

Emmalee Antkoviak's Condition

Update: Emmalee was move this evening to Mary Free Bed with therapy to start in the morning.

Mary Free Bed
Emmalee Antkoviak
Room 338
235 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

You can also send an email to:
patient@maryfreebed.com and put Emmalee Antkoviak in the Subject.

Update: 12/6/09, 10:45 a.m.: Rumor has it that Emmalee has been transferred or will soon transfer from the Children's Hospital to Mary Freebed Hospital. Mary Freebed is a great location for physical therapy as advertised on television. There has been no public update on why the transfer took place, but the assumption is that Emmalee soon will be or is ready for physical therapy. This is good news. Verification would be great to receive if this is true.

Update: 12/3/09, 7:20 p.m. Emmalee has been move out of ICU. One of many positives steps on the road to her recovery! The parents and family must be ecstatic.

Update: 11/30/09, 6:30 pm, Quoted from a post on the Forum:

"There is no cancer and no second surgery. We continue to focus on Emmy's road to recovery. We love you all and WE BELIEVE!"

Opportunity to Serve on Health Center Board




The Board meets every other month on Saturday morning. The new terms begin on January 16, 2010. In addition to attending regular Board meetings, Board members are expected to serve on a Board Committee and take an active role in Board activities. Meetings can be attended by conference call and both interested part-time and full-time residents are urged to apply.

A willingness to serve the community and an interest in the health center are qualifications sought in all applicants. Prior board experience, expertise in fund raising, endowments, finance, information technology, marketing, insurance, health care industries, business, or personnel management are a plus. 

Interested? Send a letter telling us about yourself to: 

Board Selection Committee, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, PO Box 146, Beaver Island , Michigan 49782  

Applications due: January 8, 2010

Joint Township Meeting, November 23, 2009

(Some have asked why these are still here when the meeting happened so long ago. The information is still current even though the meeting is three weeks in the past. Until the January Joint Township meeting occurs, these will stay up as current joint meeting information.)

With the lawyer present from the firm that represents both townships, the Joint St. James and Peaine Township meeting got underway at 7 p.m. on November 23, 2009, at the Peaine Township Hall. The meeting was well attended. The two boards were seated on the north side of the hall with seemingly a large physical distance between them, which was an indicator of the distance in philosophy between the townships that has grown over the last year.

Jack Gallagher was the chairperson of the joint meeting. From Jack's opening comments after the Pledge, it was obvious that this meeting would not be an easy meeting nor a meeting with easy agreements. Such was truly the case with the two governmental entities at complete odds when it came to discussing any issue that dealt with the joint operations of the airport, waste management, fire department, and township cemetery.

It took a full 69 minutes to discuss and hash out the issues related to the township airport. The townships' attorney suggested that the two townships create and Airport Authority, and the disagreement between the two townships began to simmer and eventually boil over.

At times, the issues seemed to be mixed up almost like a breakfast scramble with the eggs, meat, garlic, onions, and cheese all rolled into one. At other times, the widening distance between the two townships became quite obvious on the individual issues related to the airport. The township lawyer suggested that the issue of the "Declaration of Necessity," the authorization to negotiate, and upon failure of the negotiations, the authority to use "Eminent Domain" to seize the property, should be set aside until an "Community Airport Authority" was created.

The two townships could not agree about the reason for the resolution mentioned above. The "airport expansion" (Jack Gallagher) was pitted against the "Safety" of the airport. Jack stated that the resolution spoke of airport expansion with a needed protection zone. St. James board members and former Peaine supervisor John Works spoke vehemently about the true issue being safety as it was related to the two aircraft crashes with loss of eight lives and the trauma that crash caused to the B. I. Fire Department personnel. Jim Wojan spoke about this airport expansion being "only a plan." Jack Gallagher stated that it was much beyond a plan if the resolution, if passed, could authorize court proceedings at which private property may be taken away by the townships.

The two townships did pass the same resolutions eventually. The Resolution of Necessity was tabled by both townships. The townships' lawyer was requested to provide a list of pro's and con's for two possibilities related to airport governance: airport authority and contractual agreement between the townships. And, a meeting to take place in January where the currently existing airport committee would present and explain the plans for airport expansion.

After the airport discussion, the next item of disagreement related to the Waste Management Committee. Jack Gallagher presented two names from Peaine Township and one from St. James Township to fill the openings on this committee. St. James disagreed upon the make-up of the committee. Jean Palmer stated that the committee consisted most recently with three members from each township and one member-at-large. Jack Gallagher stated that the documentation was clearly stating that there would be two township board members from each township and three members-at-large. St. James board members stated that there had been difficulty in getting the positions filled due to lack of interest, so the make-up of the committee had been changed to three board members from each township with one at-large-member. St. James board decided that with the return to the makeup suggested as necessary by Peaine, that they would re-post the positions in St. James Township, and make certain that everyone knew that the three positions could come from either township.

The budget discussion were contests of disagreement as well with no final motion or resolution.

The next Joint Township Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on January 11, 2010, at the Peaine Township Hall.

Thanks goes to Levi Connor for the video work at the Joint Meeting. Good work, Levi!

Updated with video clips 11/27/09, 3 pm)

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of this meeting HERE

Charlevoix County Transit Operates BI Transit Bus

What services does Charlevoix County Transit provide on Beaver Island? Charlevoix County Transit provides demand response and reservation passenger transportation to and from most areas on Beaver Island. Seasonal roads are not serviced by Charlevoix County Transit, and for safety, unplowed or ice covered roads are not serviced until plowed, sanded and/or salted.

What is reservation service? Reservation service is booking a ride for a future date and time (more than two hours from the time of the call). This service can be requested up to a week in advance. Reservation service also is used for early morning (6-9 a.m.) or late afternoon rides (3-6 pm) when the driver/dispatcher phone is not in service. Reservation rides are good when you have an appointment or know in advance the date and time you need a ride. Reservation service is best used when your ride is time sensitive like a ride to a medical appointment, hair appointment, or to connect with a plan or boat departure/arrival.

How do I request service? Call the Charlevoix County Transit Beaver Island Service number---448-2026 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. A driver/dispatcher will take your call if they are not busy with another customer. If they are busy, you will receive a message to leave your name and number, and the driver/dispatcher will return your call within 15 minutes.

What information do I have to give the driver/dispatcher? The driver/dispatcher will request your name, home or cell phone number, pick up location, your destination, and number of passengers. If you have any special needs like wheelchair lift or an appointment to keep you should tell the driver/dispatcher at the time of making your request.

What if I make a ride request and then do not need the ride? Call 448-2026 as soon as possible to cancel your request. If you cancel a requested ride before the driver arrives, you are not counted as a "No Show."

What is a "No Show"? A "No Show" is a customer who request a ride and is not ready or does not come out when the vehicle arrives to pick them up. Customers who are a "No Show" must pay for the missed ride the next time they use the service. If a customer has three(3) documented "No Shows," service requests from that customer must be approved by the management.

What can I take on the vehicle with me? No hazardous materials/items may be brought aboard the vehicle. You may bring luggage and/or small packages/shopping bag. Service animals are also allowed.

How much does the service cost? A current one-way fare schedule is listed HERE:

Children under 6 yrs.............. $. 50

Senior Citizen over 60 ............$ .50

Handicap .............................$ .50

Youth (aged 6-19)................... $1.00

Regular Fare (aged 20-59)...........$1.50

Passenger fares are DOUBLED for 15 miles and over

When is service available? SErvice is available Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. except holidays. PHones are answered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is important to remember if service is needed between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., you must make your reservation prior to 3 p.m. the service day prior to the service request day. Also for rides from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. must be requested prior to 3 p.m. on that service date or any service day prior to the day the ride is needed.

What about service in winter weather? Customer safety is priority one for Charlevoix County Transit. Drivers have final word on issues of safety. If you road or roads on your trip are not safe for vehicles to travel on, you will be notified of that when you call for service. If, on there way to pick you up, the driver comes across an impassable road, they will contact you to let you know (like a tree blown down across the road or a big snow drift).

What if I have additional questions, comments, or recommendations? Please call the CCTA main office at 231-582-0296 ( A toll free number will be available in the future). Ask for Ray Leach (Manager) or Sue, Administrative Assistant.

Peaine Township Meeting 111109

All appearances suggest an all-out war between the two townships on Beaver Island. There is a Joint Township Meeting scheduled on November 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. You can view video clips and get a synopsis of the discussions at the Peaine Meeting by clicking on the link below:

Peaine Township Meeting November 11, 2009

Thanks to Levi Connor for the Video Work at this meeting!

The Beaver Island Food Pantry

How you can help and how you can get help

Donation to the Food Pantry via credit card

Donation to the Gregg Fellowship Center

Was it just a year ago that people started talking about an Island food bank? Yes. And since then, there has been tremendous wide-spread community support.
From its inception, donations of money have been steady. Some community members gave money which allowed the committee to purchase specific foods at the best possible prices and to provide vouchers for dairy products, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables.

(11/09/09 6:50 p.m.)
Beaver Island community—this is YOUR food pantry. It's here to help ease the squeeze. For example, you shouldn't have to make a choice between medical attention and food. Or blow your budget because of unusual circumstances.

Below is a table showing the income guidelines established by the Food Pantry committee. The income includes—but is not limited to—employment, unemployment, disability, Social Security, trust funds, pensions, food stamps, WIC, child support, etc.

Household Size

Add $579 monthly or $133 weekly for each additional member

Food distribution takes place the first Saturday of each month. To help maintain confidentiality, please call for your specific food pick-up time. Call Jayne Bailey:448-2933 or 448-2881.

Boathouse Makeover Continues


The boat house at Whiskey Point is getting a complete makeover this fall. As already reported in the video clips and the minutes of the St. James meeting for October, CMU is changing the siding, the windows, and the roof. Although the materials to be used will be modern materials, CMU will attempt to provide an historically correct replacement of these items. It will be interesting to see the results.

Beaver Island Community Center

Movies and events will normally be held on the week-ends. The Center staff encourages everyone to check the event listings on www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.Org ., as well as in the local papers, and at the Center. The fall, winter, and spring seasons will bring a variety of activities for the Island Community's enjoyment.

10am - 6pm Monday through Thursday

Friday and Saturday 10am - 9pm

CLOSED Sundays (except for senior dinners)

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Availabl

Beaver Island Community Center and the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

•  Mondays & Thursdays: 10:00 am – Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program!

A certified community-based recreational exercise program designed to assist in reducing pain level, increase flexibility and mobility, and enhance the ability to cope with arthritis and daily activities. Two classes per week, each progressing with different fun activities, information, exercise routines and relaxation techniques. Sign up now at 448-2022—or just come join us.

•  Tuesdays: 12:30 pm – Make Me Laugh!

Get your week in proper gear with the best medicine around— laughter! Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, Red Skelton, Bill Cosby (when he did stand

•  Special December Dates of Interest:

15th – Beaver Island Community School Christmas Presentation An unforgettable staging of holiday spirit!

December at the Community Center

Senior Activities

December Menu for COA Lunches

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Meeting Minutes

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as soon as they are received.

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Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

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