BI News on the 'Net, February 25-March 2, 2008

Ellen Elizabeth Blalock Dies at 95

Liz Blalock, age 95, died February 18, 2008, in Kalamazoo. She was born January 31, 1913, in LaGrange, IN, the daughter of Rollin and Maude (Vaughn) Van Kirk. Funeral services were held Friday 2:00 pm at Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler-6080 Stadium Drive-Kalamazoo, 375-2900-food and fellowship followed in the LIfe Story Center. she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, LaGrange, IN #251. Liz was preceded in death by her former husband, Dale E. Blalock, two sisters, Wildred Witmer and Jeanette Stonebreaker; and infant son, John Blalock; daugher-in-law, Jean (Hartman) Blalock; and by a granddaughter, Kathy Ann Carney. Surviving are five children, Robert Blalock of Portage, Gary (Kathleen) Blalock of Portage, Sue (Mike) Carney of Banning, CA, Jack (Jean) Blalock of Gables, and Eric (Kathryn)Blalock of Kalamazoo, ten grandchildren, Ron, Jan, Richard, Bret, Kristi, Danielle, Julee, Stacy, Michael, and Christopher; for stepgrandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Flagg of Elkhart, IN; and many nieces and nephews. Please visit Liz's personal web page at, where you can archive a memory or a photo, sign her memory book before coming to the funeral home or make a memorial contribution to American Diabetes Association.

BICS Boys' Basketball Team Off to Districts

At 1:00 pm today, February 27, 2008, the Islanders will be flying off the Island to the Class D Basketball District Tournament. Just how does our local Island team get to an event like this? Dan and Anna Martell, teachers, and Ms. Kathleen McNamara, principal/superintendent, will be driving vans to transport our team members to Northport High School and then to the Leland Sands Lodge in Peshawbetown where they will spend the night.

Later in the day, the Islanders will go back to Northport High School to watch the first district game between Northport and Leland that is scheduled at 6 pm. The Islanders drew a "by" for the first game, and therefore will play the winner of the first game. If the Islanders win, they may play again on Friday, but, no matter, win or not, they will be back to school on Thursday morning after flying back to the Island.

The Luck of the Irish Be With You, Islanders!

Islanders Win

Both the girls' and boys' basketball teams of the Beaver Island Community School were victorious in a trip to Grand Marais last weekend, February 23rd and 24th. The Lady Islanders won both games with scores 51-9 and 58-12. The boys' team also won. More information will be posted when received.

From Coach Dan Martell

Grand Marais was an interesting weekend.  We encountered a team that was better than we expected on a court that played strongly to their strengths.  Grand Marais has a very small court with the three point line curving to within about 3 inches of the boundary on the sides of the court.  This allowed a quick and disciplined team from Grand Marais to prevent Beaver Island from taking advantage of superior athletic ability by spreading the court and running the floor.  We were forced to play the game inside out by forcing the ball to Eric Albin in the post and having him kick it back out when he was triple or quadruple teamed.

Friday night, Grand Marais jumped out to an early lead before the Islanders got rolling with Albin scoring inside and clutch three point shooting from Bryan Timsak.  Despite several Polar Bear runs late in the game, Beaver Island won 63-54.  Eric Albin had 38 points by the official book (the Islander stats had him scoring 40) and Bryan Timsak had 10 points.

Saturday morning, the Polar Bears took a 7 point lead early in the third quarter before the Islanders roared back lead by Eric Albin's 16 third quarter points.  With the Grand Marais defense swarming Albin, the game stayed close.  Clutch scoring by Patrick Cull and Bryan Timsak and tough defense allowed Beaver Island to finish out the regular season with a 56-54 win.  Albin again lead all scorers with 29.  Cull contributed 12 and Timsak finished with 9.

Two tough wins away from home was a good way to finish our season and should give us a good bump of confidence heading into district competition.

Senior Luncheon, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008

Whether it was called a senior dinner or a senior luncheon, it made no difference to those who attended a wonderful meal provided at the Shamrock Bar. Many of those attending would not have even considered going to the Grand Rapids Party, which was last night. This Sunday luncheon was a great opportunity for these seniors to get together, eat, and socialize.

Quite a crowded room in the Shamrock fireplace room

Great to see them all back and enjoying each other's company

Leaving after a great luncheon

"Don't you take my picture. I'm not old enough to be at a senior luncheon."

Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporter,

The Lodge in Charlevoix

Who's This?

This place was Holy Cross Hall. The year was between 1979-1981. It was around the time that "On the Beach of Beaver Island" was recorded by Edward Palmer and the "Boys." Can you name the three guys on the stage here?

Hidden Valley

Island Churches Plan Summer Bible School

July 1st –3rd

“Jerusalem Market Place” is the theme of a vacation Bible school which is being planned for children ages three to twelve by representatives The Beaver Island Christian Church, St. James Episcopal Mission, and Holy Cross Catholic Church. The school will run from 9:30 –11:30 am on July 1st , 2nd and 3rd .

Building on the great popularity of the Bible School sponsored for the past several years by the Christian Church (50+ children attended last year) enthusiastic volunteers from all three churches are looking forward to providing children who live on or are visiting Beaver Island with a variety of wholesome activities which will include music, crafts, games and age appropriate lessons focusing on Christian values and teaching children what life was like in the time of Jesus. Attendance is free. This is a great way for children to make new friends. All materials will be provided as well as daily snacks and a picnic lunch on the last day of the school.

Parents interested in having their children attend the school should contact Deb Robert at 448-2048 or by email at . Deb is also the contact for anyone wishing to volunteer his or her help for the school. More details will follow as summer grows closer.

More Great Work by the Chamber of Commerce

Take a look at the 2/3 page story in the current issue of Traverse Magazine.

You will have to click on the image to enlarge it to be able to read it.

Aurthor David Graham learned about the great Island hunting when he attended a recent Michigan Outdoor Writers Assoc (MOWA) meeting in Baldwin. Steve West attended the meeting to invite the group to Beaver.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce will host a MOWA meeting on the island June 6-8. The Chamber and business members have arranged for special prices in order to attract a large number of the state wide writers group. The Wildlife Club will co-sponsor the visit.

To learn how you can become a Chamber of Commerce member and help the group promote Beaver Island for the benfit of all, call (231) 448-2505 or visit the web site

Petoskey News Review Promotes Beaver Island

In an article in the Petoskey News Review, Beaver Island gets another promotion for St. Patrick's Day.


PABI BI Ice Classic Underway

The Beaver Island Ice Classic contest is underway. The tower is on the ice just to the East of the Beaver Island Marina docks. The object of the contest is to guess the day, hour and minute the tower tips over when the ice melts. This is the third year of the contest. Last year the tower went in a 2:52 PM on March 28 th and the winner collected over $1,200. In 2006 the tower went in at 8:29 PM on March 29 th and the winner collected Over $600.

  Tickets are available at McDonough's or from any Preservation Association board member. If you live of the island and would like to participate e-mail Bob Tidmore at ( please put Beaver Island in the mail subject heading).

BICS Boys at Mackinac

Islander Basketball, February 15 and 16, 2008

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Which two Beaver Island Community School teachers were also past editors of the Beaver Beacon?

Technically speaking there have been three BICS teachers who were past editors of the Beaver Beacon as some of the respondents noted. All three of these teachers were part of the old BI Civic Association at one time or another and spent time editing, writing, dittoing, and/or copying the Beaver Beacon in its history: Joe Moore, Kitty McNamara, and Jacque LaFreniere.

This Week's Question:

In what year did Beaver Island get the funding for the full time deputy sheriff?

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


Where's This?

Last Week's "Where's This?"

This week's clue is: "These houses are across the street from each other."

Can you name the owners of the two houses?

Several people sent answers to the question, but no one got both of these right. Good guesses all of them were.

The first one was Clare Cull's home.

The second one was Walt Wojan's house.

This Week's "Where's This?"

These two homes are on the same road, but not right next to each other. Can you tell who owns them now? Can you tell who used to own them?