BI New on the 'Net, December 3-9, 2007

St. James Township Board Meeting Minutes

July, August, September, October 2007

Peaine Township Minutes will also be posted when received. School Board minutes will also be posted when received.

Girls Basketball Team Outfitted by TDS

In a year of firsts, the 2007-08 girls basketball season is off to a slam dunk start for the home team. Not only is this the beginning of Beaver Island 's first-ever girls varsity basketball team, it's also the first time the school district has looked for corporate sponsors to help defray the costs.  The Islanders have always depended on the generous help of the Beaver Island Booster Club and local residents to help fund valuable athletic programs for one of the smallest high schools in the state.

As planning for the season got underway, so did efforts to find a corporate sponsor for the girls uniforms. TDS Telecom stepped forward and donated $1,500 – enough to entirely outfit the whole team with home and away uniforms.

“In a year of firsts, we couldn't be more thrilled and appreciative of TDS' generosity,” said Kerry Smith, administrative assistant/athletic director for the Beaver Island Community School . “Because of their goodwill, our girls are prepared to play. Just as important, they look like a team.”

With TDS' donation covering the cost of uniforms, more monies are available in the girls basketball teams' budget to cover travel expenses and other costs associated with the program.

“We're pleased we could help,” says Chad Mix, market manager for TDS. “Connecting our customers to each other with seamless communications services is what TDS is all about. TDS is also about supporting communities we do business in and delighting our customers. We wish the team much success this year and for years to come.”

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Why was the now-traditional dinner on Thanksgiving at the Beaver Island Christian Church started?

This now traditional dinner was started for those in the community that did not have any place to go for Thanksgiving. There were elderly people and single people who would not have gotten together to celebrate for this wonderful holiday without the help of the Beaver Island Christian Church. This holiday is meant for family get-togethers and is replicated in spirit and in reality at the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Beaver Island Christian Church. Thank you BI Christian Church!

This Week's Question:

Can you name the last two Dominican Sisters who taught on Beaver Island?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of, December, January, and February for the person of your choice. Email your answers to

Island Treasures' News

Island Treasures Resale Shop will continue our Monday/Tuesday schedule until the holidays. Hours are noon until 4:00PM.  We will also open on Saturday, Dec. 15 for holiday shoppers.

The shop will be closed during the weeks of Christmas and New Years.

Starting in January 2008 ,and through the winter, we will change our days of operation to better serve our customers.  We will open every Saturday and Monday , noon until 4:00PM.  As always, volunteers are needed to process donations in the sorting room.

Bits of Beaver ---- News

December 8th and 9th, mark the calendar for the Christmas Cantata at 3 p.m. at the BI Christian Church.

December 13th is the Cookie Carnival at the BI Christian Church.

The AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary will again host a Santa's Workshop at the Beaver Island Community School on Thursday, December 13th.

Remember that the BI Boat Company's Emerald Isle will make its last trip on December 14th with the Beaver Islander finishing out the season.

The Emerald Isle Motel and the AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary of Post #46 will again partner in the Annual Children's Christmas Party to be held on Saturday, December 15, 11:00 – 1:00 at the Emerald Isle Motel.

Remember December 16th is the last day to contribute to the Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive. Call Connie Boyle for more information, 448-2491.

December 16th also marks the Holiday Dinner at noon at the Shamrock for seniors. For more information call Jean Palmer at 448-2915

Beaver Island Community School will hold its Holiday Program at 7 p.m. at the Holy Cross Hall on December 18th.

A December 31st New Year's Dance will held at Holy Cross Hall from 7:30-? with Cindy Cushman, Dan Gillespie, John McCafferty, Ed Palmer and Brian Roman providing entertainment from 7:30-9:30 and the Doghouse Boodlers performing from 9:30-closing with guest performers?? joining in. There will be a buffet at midnight and 50/50 raffles as well. Come join in the fun!

Charlevoix State Bank Announces Its Hours

Until Friday, December 7th, the bank will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Beginning the week of Monday, December 10th, the bank will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.--weather permitting.

During Christmas Week, the bank will be open on Wednesday, December 26th, and Friday, December 28th.

Remember When

BI News Editor Caught in Both Parts of Storm

I apologize for the lateness of this update, but the cause was an "act of God."

While driving back from Battle Creek where I had just finished helping two friends teach a Pediatric Advanced Life Support class to the paramedic students of Kellogg Community College, it began storming, but snow would have been better than the actual precipitation that was coming down---freezing rain. I used a cell phone to call my daughter Courtney in Grand Rapids, and asked her if she wanted to go out to dinner. I knew I wasn't going to be traveling any further north on this Saturday night. It's a good thing that I stopped when I did. The GR television stations were reporting accident after accident on the icy roads. I spent the night at Courtney's apartment.

Upon waking up on Sunday morning, the car had almost three-eighths of an inch of ice all over it, but the TV stations were predicting a warming up period throughout the day. Church services throughout Kent County were canceled for the morning services. The TV stations stated that the roads were still very icy and slick. We hung out for a while watching a movie and checking out the news stations including the marine forecast for Lake Michigan. By about 1 p.m., the ice was melted off the car, and I was ready to chance the drive north to Charlevoix. The side streets in GR were still very icy. The highway in Grand Rapids was clear, but not dry, and the driving was going quite well, if 50-55 mph is considered okay. It never got any better than that. Several vehicles passed me, but I also passed a couple of them in a ditch alongside the expressway. Once off the expressway, the speed slowed to 45 mph. I took my time and arrived in Charlevoix a little before five.

The planes were not flying, so I settled into a room in the motel to await the first way to get home to the Island. I awoke to the sounds of the gusting wind at 3 a.m., knowing full well that the boat would not be running on Monday. A call home found that the planes had not started flying yet. But shortly, a phone call assured me that the planes would be flying by 10 or 10:30 so I went to the airport to get a flight home. You can not imagine how wonderful it felt to sit down in my own chair after my two day trip (extended to four days by the weather). You can only imagine how great my own bed will feel tonight.

The class I taught was great. The students were great. My fellow instructors were great. I really enjoyed the group of students assigned to me. I still love to teach. The weather, well, I was not quite as excited about the weather as I was for the rest of the trip. Home, sweet home, has an entirely different meaning when you've had your stay extended by a factor of two.