B. I. News on the 'Net, December 21-27, 2009

Christmas Church Services

These services are both on December 24, 2009.

Beaver Island Christian Church 6:30 p.m.

Holy Cross Catholic Church, caroling 7:45 pm, mass 8:00 p.m.

Merry Christmas from News on the 'Net

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 Hanukkah! Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Muharram!

Wendy Anne Leaves with Load of Logs and Returns

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!

Wendy Anne returned tonight, December 22, 2009, just before dark. The Wendy Anne was at the mouth of the harbor right about 5 p.m. with the trip into its dock expected soon after. In addition to the barge, Wendy Anne also brought building materials on this trip.

Emmalee Antkoviak's Condition

From Beaver Island Forum:

12/21/09 There was a lot of progress made this past week. Emmy started eating more and more solid foods, she started smiling, and now she's even giggling and laughing. It is so great to hear her little voice again, although we're still waiting for her speech to return. She has 3-4 hours of therapy everyday, and both the doctors as well as the physical therapists have been amazed with Emmy's progress. The followup with the neurosurgeon went well, and he doesn't need to see Emmy again until she's ready to go home (which will probably be another couple of months or so). Emmy wrote her name with her left hand, and has been giving regular high-five's and thumbs-up. Her patience and bravery has been surpassed only by that of her parents, who are also doing better and better every day. Please keep Emmy and family in your prayers this holiday season, and as Tiny Tim would say, "God bless us, everyone!"

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!"

Chamber Sponsors Advertisements on TV 9&10

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a 30 second TV spot during the program mentioned below. It will air 3x during the 9&10 special Christmas day 5-6. The quality is low because of email / speed requirements. It will look great on TV. "The vast majority of the Chamber of Commerce budget is spent marketing Beaver Island via print, TV and radio. The Chamber also hosts visits by journalists and producers as part of an on going program to promote Beaver Island," said Steve West

View the Quicktime Streaming Video Chamber Ad HERE

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

"Big Beaver on the Ice," Bill McDonough Says Through Market PA

Just before 4 p.m. on December 21, 2009, while at the McDonough's Market, Bill McDonough was heard to say, "There's a big brown beaver on the ice out by Albin's dock." It was a quick trip outside to try to get a picture, then back into the store to get the items needed for dinner. The beaver was not in the same place on the ice after the shopping was completed, but a short trip around the harbor near the Grand Traverse Band dock, the beaver was spotted again.

"It's been a long time since there were beaver in the harbor," Lil Gregg stated. This beaver seems to be ready to stay close by this area for a while since the dock's bubbling system keeps the water open quite well. The beaver was observed to be eating some vegetable matter in underneath the dock.

Some pictures and some video were taken to make the doubters believe.

More pictures and Video clip HERE

CCSB Hours for the Next Two Weeks

It is reported that the Charlevoix State Bank office on the Island will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday for the next two weeks instead of the Tuesday-Friday schedule due to the holidays. The bank hours are 9a-2p on these days as usual. The regular hours will start again in the new year beginning January 5, 2010.

Eagle Report

It has been reported that there are three eagles (possible golden eagles) hanging out in the trees out at Gull Harbor. We will attempt to catch in photographs and video if this can be verified. The eagle is a very proficient predator with excellent eyesight.

"The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) , our national bird , is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle's scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head. At one time, the word "bald" meant "white," not hairless. Bald eagles are found throughout most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world's 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia's population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles. They flourish here in part because of the salmon. Dead or dying fish are an important food source for all bald eagles." from baldeagleinfo.com.

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.

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)

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.

There are 79 video clips of this meeting. Please view them to find out what's going on in the local governments of Beaver Island-lots of contentiousness, lots of disagreements.

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

BICS Basketball Schedule in 2010
















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


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

January 2010


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We have another great year in store...stay tuned!


Mon – Thurs 10am-6pm

Fri – Sat 10am-9pm

Sunday – Closed

NEW YEARS EVE – Closed at 2pm



Every Friday and/or Saturday 7pm, PLUS Matinees!

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•  Thursday, 1/7, 7pm Beaver Island Community Players

FINAL AUDITIONS: A Bad Year for Tomatoes

Scripts are available for checkout at the Library. Show date Saturday, February 20 th .


•  SATURDAY, 1/30, 1pm


An afternoon of winter fun! Games and prizes and snowballs and snowmen and snowwomen and snow forts and snacks and treats and hot chocolate and red cheeks! Come join the fun!


December Menu for COA Lunches

January Menu for COA Lunches

January Activities at the Community Center

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