B. I. News on the 'Net, December 8-14, 2008

Library News

Library will be closed all day Thursday, December 18th

We will re-open at noon on December 19th.

Christian Church Cookie Carnival

Lots of great treats and eats, as well as great gingerbread projects...HERE

Snowmobile Accident Injures Local Man

From the Petoskey News Review:

A Beaver Island man, Andrew Kenwabikise, 27, was airlifted to the mainland for treatment after he was injured early Thursday in a snowmobile crash near the island's north end. Charlevoix County Sheriff George Lasater said the one-snowmobile crash occurred about 1:30 a.m. Thursday on private property off Donegal Bay Road . The snowmobile was traveling along a private road when it struck a chain extended across the road. The chain was properly marked with orange ribbon, the sheriff said. Poor lighting was thought to be a reason for the crash, Lasater noted, and it was unknown whether alcohol was a factor. The incident remains under investigation.

A helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City flew the patient to Charlevoix Area Hospital following the crash. The helicopter crew was diverted from an operational mission to perform the airlift.

"Spectacular coordination between the Beaver Island and Charlevoix emergency medical services and the Coast Guard enabled a flawless mission to occur," said Capt. Stuart Merrill, the Coast Guard air station's commanding officer. “Saving lives is our primary mission, and we are always poised and ready to respond when we're needed."

The patient has since been transferred to Northern Michigan Regional Hospital , where he was listed in good condition today, Friday, December 12, 2008.

(Good job, Beaver Island EMS and BIRHC staff!)

John Crouse Passes Away

John Crouse passed away on Beaver Island on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

John M. "Jack" Crouse Jr., age 64, of Grand Rapids and Beaver Island, passed away unexpectedly December 10, 2008 on Beaver Island. He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. and Betty Mae Crouse. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Abele; his children, Geoffrey Crouse of Naples, FL, Jennifer Crouse of Grand Haven and their mother, Mary Jane Crouse of Grand Haven; brother, Robert (Sherry) Crouse of LaGrange, KY; sister, Elizabeth Erickson of Coldwater, MI; grandchildren, Tristan and Isabella Crouse; also nieces and nephews. A Memorial Gathering of John's family and friends will be Monday December 15 11 a.m. at O'Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. Visitation will be Sunday 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Little Traverse Conservancy or Beaver Island Historical Society. He made friends everywhere he went and will be greatly missed.

Resale Shop Hours

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Anna Anderson Passes Away

Sheldon Anderson's mother passed away on Sunday. She was 89 years old. More information will be posted when available.

Lighthouse School Christmas Party

Lighthouse Fellowship and Lighthouse School get together for a Christmas Party. HERE

Making Ice

The temperatures were in the high teens or lower twenties over the weekend which allowed the skim ice to start..

Christmas Cantata on Saturday and Sunday

This year's Christmas Cantata was performed on Saturday, December 5, 2008, and Sunday, December 6, 2008 at 3 p.m. on both days. The first day was quite stressful for organizers due to the more than 11 inches of snowfall the night before. Several performers were not able to make it in for the performance.

Saturday's Performance (Photos by Phyllis Moore and story)

Additional story and pictures from Sunday's Performance (photos by Joe Moore and Pam Moxham)

Video clips of the Cantata may be found here.

Update on Ann Zanella

Ann Zanella would like to thank all of her friends, here on Beaver Island , for all of the encouraging cards and letters. You can contact her at PO Box 470 as her mail is being forwarded to her. Ann wishes she could be home now. She will continue rehabilitation until February 2009. If all goes as planned she will be back home this spring. She has asked me to express her heartfelt wishes for everyone to have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Happy Holidays to all! Tina Walker

Former BICS Student Successful in Music

Carrie Podgorski, a former BICS student, is singing in the country music arena in Wisconsin. Check out her music and a short story about her HERE

Celebrate a Full Day of an Old Fashioned Island Christmas



Extended Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.

Refreshments Special Offers

Don't miss this opportunity to support your local merchants and the Island economy


11:30 a.m. Children's Christmas Party & Luncheon, sponsored by AMVETS Post 46 & the Ladies Auxiliary.

SANTA & Mrs. Claus to arrive at NOON

1:00 p.m. , Holiday Movie: PRANCER

3:00 p.m. Create an ornament workshop or personalize one

already made for the Community Christmas Tree.

4:00 p.m. Tree Trimming Party – with Carols and Refreshments…

and followed by Lighting the Tree and MORE fun

as carolers sing their way to Island shops

Annual B I Christian Church Cookie Carnival

The Annual Beaver Island Christian Church Cookie Carnival will be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church on Thursday, December 11, 2008, from noon until 4 p.m. There will be lots of goodies to check out including Phil Gregg's famous peanut brittle and Heidi Conner's gingerbread houses.

Anyone wanting to order nutmeg logs or party cookies ahead of time can call Jean Carpenter at 448-2893. They can be picked up at noon on the day of the sale or you can make arrangements with Jean. Hope to see you there!

Any questions, call Jean Carpenter at 448-2893.

February 2009 and Cable Service for Beaver Island

In a phone call placed to Pine River Cable Company on Monday, December 1, 2008, the company stated that they still plan to provide service to Beaver Island even after the February 2009 digital deadline. The cable package is a basic package with premium options including HBO and Encore, and it services mostly the harbor area out to Carlisle Road.

The cable customers will not have to do anything to their home, nor will they have to buy a new TV set nor a converter box. Pine River Cable will be doing all the work that is required by the Federal Communications Commisison in February 2009. Pine River Cable will still be providing the Beaver Island community with an analog signal through the coaxial cable already installed throughout their service area. All of the digital to analog conversion will be handled by the cable company, and individual cable subscribers will NOT have to DO ANYTHING. Each customer will continue to receive the same channel presently provided in the same format on the same television.


The crew of the Beaver Island Transfer Station would like to wish all our friends and neighbors a joyous Holiday Season. We look forward to a wonderful New Year and look forward to seeing all of our summer friends then.

Happy Holidays from Doug, John and Tim

While this is a time to be joyful and look to the new year, we also look back at the past year and think of those who are missing from our lives this year.

We at the Transfer Station lost a good friend this year. Little Girl, the Transfer Station cat for over 14 years, passed away this past spring.  This summer many people asked about her, which made her memories wonderful. We thank everyone who cared over the years to drop off food and treats for her, and those who remembered her this year.  She is missed by all who worked with her. Yes she was a cat, but she was a friend to all of us.  Little Girl you  are missed.

Disaster Leads to Rebuilding Project

If you remember these pictures from the third week of October, you will realize that this disaster for the Rich Gillepie family hit them hard, but the pictures taken this week should help to show the resiliency of the Islanders after a disaster. The rebuilding has begun as you can see in the third picture above and in the pictures below.

It's great to see the continuation of this project after such a disaster! Keep up the good work, Rich!


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

December 2008

•  Thursday, December 11: Five Easy Pieces R

•  Friday, December 12: Anamorph R

•  Saturday, December 13: Children's Christmas Party

An afternoon of Holiday fun awaits for Beaver Island kids of all ages presented by Amvets Post #46 and Ladies' Auxiliary and the Beaver Island Community Center ! Festivities begin at 11:30am with a hot dog lunch. At noon Santa and Mrs. Claus will join in the fun and have their picture taken with anyone who wants to! The merriment wraps up at 1:00pm with a special Christmas movie matinee showing of Prancer!

•  Saturday, December 13: Deck the BICC Tree!

Join in and celebrate as we decorate our first “official” Community Center Christmas Tree! Holiday music, fun and potential caroling—participants willing! Festivities begin at 4pm!

•  Sunday, December 14: Senior Sunday Dinner

Come one and all and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner together ! December's Senior Sunday Dinner sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will feature a delicious menu of roast pork, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and apple cobbler. Make your reservation now! Call 448-2022.

Sunday, December 14, 11am-1pm. Tickets: Suggested donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over; $6 for persons under 60.

•  Sunday, December 14 & 21: Scrabble “Scramble”!

Show your Scrabble-stuff at an after-dinner aperitif of Scrabble-play to kick off a weekly competition of vocabulary! Experienced “supervisors” needed!

Bring your dictionary and be ready to spell at 1pm!

•  Thursday, December 18: BICS Christmas Program

Support our local kids by attending their Christmas program! It's sure to warm you heart and holiday spirit!

Performance at 7pm. Admission is free.

•  Friday, December 19: Mama Mia PG13

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

•  Friday, December 26: TBD

Tickets for all movies are $7.50 Adult/$5 Student/Child. All movies are shown at 7:30pm.

For more info call 231 448-2022 or email biccpartridge@tds.net

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Holy Cross Hall to Host New Year's Eve Party

Ring in the New Year at Holy Cross Hall this New Year's Eve. Raffles, 50/50, LightBuffet at Midnite, Live Music, more details to follow.

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

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

New Year's Eve at Stoney Acres

Please join us for the pre-party at Donegal Danny's Pub before the New Year's Eve Hall Party--where the Island rings in the New Year together. Dinner will be served from 5:30 until 9 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab buffet.

At the Shamrock

December Specials at the Shamrock

Jazz Band Interest?

This winter may provide musicians with an opportunity to get together with different band instruments and get that old horn out of the closet. Are you interested in getting out that old sax, trumpet, or clarinet? If you are interested and have a suggestion of when and where people could get together, please email me at medic5740@gmail.com. If there is enough interest, more information will be posted here. If there is NO interest, that will be posted here as well.

Senior COA Lunch Cancellations

With the winter weather approaching us fast, it is important for the seniors to know the cancellation policy for the senior lunches. It has been decided that the seniors should not be out driving in weather that is too bad for school to be in session. The senior COA Lunch will be canceled, and no deliveries will take place, on any day that the Beaver Island Community School is closed due to the poor road conditions. If in doubt, call the Beaver Island Community Center at 448-2022.


An eleven movie winter film series continues at the Beaver Island Community Center, presented by a new movie club, the Beaver Island Film Fans. Twenty-three Film Fans club members worked together to nominate a list of their favorite movies, and then voted to select their top eleven films to make up the series. Movies in the series range form 1940 to 2007 in age, range from romantic comedy to thrillers, westerns to epic adventures, and international hits to edgy art. Included in the series is the American Film Institute's #1 American film, Citizen Kane.  The club's membership dues will be used to pay for the theatrical performance rights for the films.

All movies are open to the general public; admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for students. All films will be presented on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. The series includes:

Descriptions of all movies and previews can be seen at http://www.imdb.com by clicking on the artwork:

Five Easy Pieces 12/11/08

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Beaver Island Senior Community News

Spotlight On December 2008:

Senior Events and Activities brought to you by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at the Beaver Island Community Center !

•  Every Monday thru Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Senior Congregate Meal Program – “Fast Food” on the Island !

Delicious and nutritious daily meals are served up fast and hot!

Monthly menus and weekly sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center and will soon be available on-line. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance on a weekly basis, for ordering purposes. Don't worry if you can't make it that day—we'd rather have too much than too little! If you didn't sign up in advance but want to join in if possible, just call Ann—or leave a message—at 448-2022 by 10:30am.

Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $2, and those under 60 $4.

•  Every Monday 12:45 pm - BINGO!

Prizes, suspense, fun and free coffee!

•  Every Tuesday 12:45 pm - Introduction to Wii!

The ultimate in “virtual fun!” Come experience the “Wii World”!

From bowling to balance, golfing to “gaming” and—virtually!—everything in between, the Wii system can engage you on a surprising adventure! Come experience the possibilities as we explore the Wii system together!

•  Every Friday 12:45 pm – Classic Friday “Feature”!

Enjoy a blast-from-the-past movie, recording or serial in the Hangout!

Your suggestions for presentations are welcomed, investigated and appreciated!

Ma ‘n Pa Kettle & Bill Cosby are some of those that are being planned for December.

•  Every Month:

•  Birthday Lunch (“Middle Wednesday”) December 17 th

Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill!

•  Sunday Dinner – December 14 th 11 am - 1 pm

Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Look for new things every month!

Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.

•  Special Dates of Interest:

•  December 3 rd - The COA and You 10:30 am

Join us for an informative live presentation on the services and resources available to you through your Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.! Questions/suggestions are welcomed.

•  December 13 th - Tree Decorating & Celebration 4 pm

Join in and celebrate as we decorate and light our first “official” Community Center Christmas Tree! Holiday music, fun and potential caroling—participants willing—await!

•  December 14 th – Sunday Scrabble “Scramble” 1 pm - ?!

Show your Scrabble-stuff at an after-dinner aperitif of Scrabble-play to kick-off a weekly competition of vocabulary! Experienced “Supervisory volunteers” needed!

•  December 18 th – BICS Christmas Program 7 pm

Support our local school kids by attending their Christmas program! It's sure to warm your heart and holiday spirit!

•  December 24 th – Christmas Eve Closed

•  December 25 th – Christmas Day Closed

•  January 1 st – New Year's Day Closed

•  Don't Forget...

FREE Senior Transit is available thru 2009!

Any senior residing in Charlevoix County/Beaver Island is able to obtain free transportation through the Charlevoix County Transit program simply by calling Sherry or Lisa at the Boat Dock at 448-2210 and scheduling their destination and return trip.

Since all rides are mapped-out and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis it is recommended that you schedule at least 24-hours in advance.

•  Stay Tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for updates on Activities, Events, Movies and more!

Where's This?

There are two pictures here in two different locations. Can you determine where these are? Email your answers to me at medic5740@gmail.com

The following pictures explain where these are:

Mary "Tom" Gatliff's house owned by Paul and Shirley Cole

Directly across the Beaver Lodge Road from this sign are the remnants of a child's fort.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Who is in this black and white snapshot? There are three in the back, three in the middle and one in front.

Tony Gatliff was the first to get this answer correct by identifying them as: Robert, Johnny, Billy, Richie, Danny, Mary, and Julie Gillespie.

This Week's Question:

Who do we have here?

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, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to: medic5740@gmail.com

Beaver Island Association News

The Beaver Island Association is pleased to announce that Beaver Island will be hosting the 3rd meeting of the Bi-national Collaborative for the Conservation of Great Lakes Islands on August 28, 29, and 30 th in 2009. This event will bring together stakeholders, policy makers, island managers and researchers on a regional and bi-national level. The focus will discuss best practices on how to protect the fragile island natural resources within our Great Lakes basin. Environmental policies specific to islands will be integrated with the latest science based materials. Commonly held threats to island ecosystems will also be presented and addressed. In addition, island alliance building will take place through dialogue and the development of a basin wide communication platform

The participants' island experience will further be enhanced by the ability to showcase the latest state of the art facility at CMU's Biological Station. Researchers and policy makers will be presented with island protection conservation practices while using the latest technology.

This entire island community will once again be asked to rise to the occasion and show our Beaver Island hospitality as we host this bi-national event. Much planning remains to be completed. Meals and activities will be scheduled for the symposium participants but hotels and motels may prove challenging for bringing in 100 people. We are asking for property owners who have the ability to host individuals, to contact Craig Schrotenboer at cschrotenboer@ghyfc.org or Pam Grassmick at mcgrass@ameritech.net For further information, please refer to www.beaverislandassociation.org

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes