B. I. News on the 'Net, Feb 9-15, 2009

Charlevoix City Commission Considers Balancing Budget by Taxing BI Residents

As reported in the Charlevoix Courier, the cost of parking a car at the airport may go up 50% from $2.00 to $3.00 per day, and each air passenger would be charged a $1 tax on ticket besides, which would raise close to $15,000.00 for the City of Charlevoix . This would help the City of Charlevoix balance their budget for the airport.

Without benefiting the Island residents and visitors one bit, the City Council of Charlevoix, must have forgotten the economic consequences of an organized boycott of Charlevoix businesses by Island residents and visitors. So each and every business in Charlevoix could lose a fairly large portion of their business if Island families, Island relatives, and Island visitors stopped shopping in the Charlevoix stores. Has their Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce considered this particular issue?

BI News on the 'Net has emailed the Executive Director of the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce with a copy of this article and letter. The response will be posted here as soon as it is received.

Here is a letter being sent to the City Commission by Executive Director Steve West, of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce:

To: City Manager Rob Straebel, Mayor Norman Carlson, Charlevoix City Council

From: Steve West, Executive Director, Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Re: Taxation without representation / Proposed $1 passenger fee

As you know the City and airport benefit to the tune of about $1,000,000 annually from the federal government because commercial traffic to Beaver Island puts Charlevoix Airport over the 10,000 passengers mark. Further a couple of million more is poured in the Charlevoix economy by visitors traveling to and from Beaver Island .

Beaver Islanders support a Municipal Airport on the island with our tax dollars in the amount of $80,416 last year alone.

Islanders and visitors should not be forced to pay a transportation tax, without representation, to support your stated goal of balancing the city budget. The goal is outside FAA norms for the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program.

You have many other options to consider. One wonders how Charlevoix businesses would react to a hotel tax of a buck or two a night. Perhaps, taking a cue from the state, an across the board pay cut for senior city officials would balance the budget.

On the national level it appears that both parties agree on at least one thing: Raising taxes during a recession is a bad idea.

Please remove this tax from the proposed city budget. Please include this as part of the official record of the 2-16-09 City Council meeting.

Best wishes from Beaver Island .

Steve West, (231) 448-2505, Chanber@BeaverIsland.org

Snow Melt and Warmer Temperatures

It's hard to imagine that some hearty fellows made a trip to Mackinac City and back less than a week ago. (See story below.) The temperatures this week have been above freezing and the snow is melting, the sun is shining, and we begin to see some bare ground in may places. Although the roads are not completely free of ice and snow, and some parking lots are still dangerously icy, Mother Nature seems to be providing us with some temptations and a wonderful preview of spring.

Yesterday morning, there were ice shanties on Font Lake, but by the afternoon, with the strong warm wind blowing, they were gone, the owners probably not wanting to try to fish the shanties out of the water after the thaw. When temperatures rise, some teenagers coming from basketball practice walk behind the school over the snow left there in their gym shorts. Hopefully, this will not give rise to the second round of intestinal flu and colds now that we are just about finished with the first one.

B. I. Food Pantry

The first distribution from Beaver Island's food pantry will be on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Call Jane Bailey @2281 (work) or 2933 (home) to make an appointment to pick up some food. The appointments are an attempt to protect your privacy. If you know of someone who is in need of food, please make them aware of this opportunity.

Those wishing to donate food to the pantry can do so at one of these drop-off points: Rural Health Center, Community Center, and/or Beaver Island Christian Church. All donations remain on Beaver Island.

From Beaver Island to Mackinac City and Back

This February 6, 2009, trip across the ice from Beaver Island to Mackinac City and back is told by Jon Bonadeo. You can read his story and see a picture of three of the four snowmobilers HERE.

A second story was written by Phil Becker, Jon's sledmate on the trip up there. His story and picutres are HERE.

Bertha E. (McDonough) Danaj, 80

Bertha Elaine “Sweetie” (nee McDonough) Danaj, 80, of Petoskey, a woman of extraordinary faith, died Feb. 7, 2009.
She was born Jan. 11, 1929, on Beaver Island, the daughter of William Patrick and Sophia Regina (Haugen) McDonough. She married the late Thadeus Edward Danaj on June 28, 1952, and celebrated almost 54 years of marriage before his passing in 2006. They made their home in Detroit and later in Westland. She came to the Detroit area as a high school graduate. She did secretarial work and was a nanny for the children of a dentist. On a return visit to Beaver Island, she met her future husband, Ted, who was also visiting relatives on Beaver Island. They continued their courtship in Detroit with him properly calling on her at the Evangeline, a boarding house for single, young ladies. They started their family immediately after they were married and Bertha remained home raising her young children. In 1967, she began working for Deluxe Check Printers and retired from there in 1987.

Bertha and Ted traveled for many years to Las Vegas to escape the Michigan winters. In recent years, they returned to Northern Michigan and made their home in Petoskey. Bertha was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She faced the physical challenges of the final 8 1/2 years of her life with grace, humor and wit, as her husband lovingly tended to all her needs.

She is survived by her children, Pamela (Gary) Malo of Livonia, Lawrence (Becky) of Livonia, Timothy (Lorraine) of Alpharetta, Ga., Susan (William) Wright of Lake Leelanau, Beth (Thomas) Burke of Petoskey; 20 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ellen Monachino of New York, Charlotte (Richard) Sanderson of Florida; and brother, Anthony (Mardee) McDonough of Australia. She was preceded in death by her husband, infant son Kenneth, infant granddaughter Brandee Danaj, brothers Glen and Kenneth.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey with the Rev. Dennis Stilwell officiating. Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, Charlevoix.

Arrangements were handled by Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix.

Friend of Beth and Joddy Croswhite Passes Away

Tim Matter has passed away. Tim spent a lot of time on Beaver Island. 

The family is planning a "Celebration of Tim's Life" on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Giuseppe's Italian Grille in Charlevoix.

Beth Croswhite is preparing a photo collage to bring to the service.  If you have any photos of Tim and would be willing to share them, please give a copy to Beth or email to: bethjoddy@gmail.com

Tuesday Deadline for School Board Position Filing

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Education, Tuesday is the deadline for filing. For further information, check last week's 'News' or contact the school office.

Film Fans Continue Winter Movie Series

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:

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Beaver Island Community Center


Welcome Center: Full Menu Available

Monday – Thursday 9am - 3pm

Friday – Saturday 9am - 9pm

Sunday – 10am – 2pm 

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Join in at the Community Center for a very Special Valentine's Weekend Sunday!

First up is the monthly Sunday Dinner from 11am to 1pm, brought to you by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging. You do NOT have to be a Senior to attend! This month's menu features Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and gravy, and Coleslaw. (Suggested donation is $3 for those 60 and over, and $6 for those under 60).

AND be sure to join us for a VERY SPECIAL dessert in celebration of Ruth Hallahan's 90th Birthday!! (Jackie invites everyone to stop in for dessert even if you can't make it for dinner!

Enjoy a special poetry recitation by Carl Felix upstairs in the Hangout at 11:30am, 12:15pm and 1pm!

THEN stay for a showing of Oliver Stone's "W." at 2pm, with a special Senior rate of $6. Rated PG-13. Check it out at

Call 448-2022 to make reservations, or for more information! Or email biccpartridge@tds.net .

Nominate Citizen of the Year


At Donegal Danny's and Stoney Acre

Valentine's Day:

Join us for dinner with your Special Someone on Sat. February 14th from 5pm - 9pm.

We will offer our full menu plus these delicious ala cart Specials

Filet Mignon - 6oz Filet served with Rosemary Cream Sause o/s Twin - $22.95 Single - $11.95

Lobster Tails - 5oz Canadian Twin - $34.95 Single - $18.95

Surf & Turf -Single Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail - $29.95

Prawn & Scallop Saute -Over Penne Pasta - $18.95

Scallop Bisque Bowl - $4.95/ Cup - $2.95

Call and make your reservation soon, but walk-ins are welcome 448-2560

Chocolate Mousee w/ Whipped Cream & a Chololate Truffle - $4.00

St. Patrick's Day:

Danny's Pub - The Next Best Thing to Ireland ---Friday March 13 - Sunday March 15

Donegal Danny's Pub Live Music Featuring:
Friday - Shifting Souls
Saturday - Danny & Danny & Guests
Happy Hour Prices All Weekend - Even During Music!!!
Sunday - Bloody Mary Specials and Free Hot Dogs

Stoney Acre Grill
Corned Beef & Cabbage
Irish Stew
Yellow Lake Perch
And A Menu As Big As Donegal

Mardi Gras:

Saturday February 21st

Live Music at Danny's 8pm - Late

Cuisine from the Cresent City - Dinner from 5pm-9pm

Jambalya * Shrimp Gumbo * Andouille * Red Beans & Rice * Blackend Catfinsh * Crawfish * Fresh Oysters * Creme Brulee * Hurricanes * Our full menu will also be available

Hokey Smokes Antione, its Bayou on Beaver...

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

This is another of the pictures from the past taken at the "old" Beaver Island Community School. This represents a senior pre-graduation picture taken in front of the building. Can you name everyone in the photograph?

Becky (LaFreniere) Gerace is the only one who responded to this trivia question. ...From Left to Right........Becky LaFreniere (Gerace), Brad Tilley, Carrie Wojan, Joe Moore, Kerry Speck (Smith), Connie Higdon, Heather Gillespie (Barile), and Jason Stambaugh.

This Week's Trivia Question:

With the construction being finished this week on the new Beaver Island Community School, the trivia question for this week is asking if you can name the four schools that were located on the Kings Highway in the past. Can you name all four of them?

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: medic5740@gmail.com

Valentine's Day at the Shamrock

At the Shamrock

February 19, 2009

Resale Shop Announcement


You can also call the Resale Shop at 448-2534 on Friday or Saturday between 12:00-4:00 if you need to make arrangements to have your donation picked up during the winter months. Thank you.

BIRHC to Work With NMH in Task Force

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center has entered into an agreement with Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey to create a task force comprised of Northern and Health Center representatives. The task force will study potential areas where the Health Center and Northern can develop affiliation that will help the Health Center increase services to its patients and reduce costs. Beaver Island representatives selected to the task force by the board include the Health Center Managing Director, Donna Kubic and board members Don Spencer, Larry Hansz, Jean McDonough, and Sandra Birdsall.

It is anticipated that the task force will complete its study by May 1, 2009. It will then make recommendations on areas where non-exclusive affiliation will be of benefit to Beaver Island . The agreement unanimously approved by the BIRHC Board to create the task force (called a Memorandum of Understanding) is the result of a series of meetings between officials from the Health Center and Northern Michigan Regional Hospital . At the January 31st Health Center Board Meeting, board members heard a presentation from Mr. Tom Mroczkowski, Northern's CEO and Jim Flickema, Senior Director of Professional Services regarding Northern's mission to increase access, improve quality and reduce costs of health care to Northern Michigan residents. Mr. Rodney Nelson, the CEO of Mackinac Straits Hospital and Health Center (which includes the clinic on Mackinac Island) also attended the meeting and described the affiliation which Mackinac Straits has with Northern and the benefits and cost savings derived from that relationship. Some potential areas for cooperation include collaboration by the medical staffs and operational efficiency in areas such as insurance, education, information technology, clinical information and training. Other areas may be indentified during the study process.

Beaver Island already has long standing relationships with several other area medical care providers: Pine River Medical PC, which for over 20 years, has provided primary care physicians who travel to the Health Center biweekly; Charlevoix Hospital for emergency services and digital x-ray; and Munson Health Care for Hospice Services, REMEC connection, medical equipment and furnishings. All of these organizations have provided substantial assistance to the Health Center in the past and the relationships with them will continue. The decisions of BI residents about which provider to use will not be affected by any agreements with Northern. The efforts with Northern are part of the BI Health Center's comprehensive plan to continually search for ways to expand health services available to island residents. The Board and Staff of the Health Center are very appreciative of Northern Michigan Regional Health System's willingness to help our community and excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead.

Construction Phase of New BICS Building Ending

The new Beaver Island Community School is almost completed with a few minor items needing to be completed. There are still some suspended ceiling tiles that need to be put in place. There are the projectors, screens, and sound system speakers to be installed in the classrooms. There is computer equipment that needs to be installed as well. However, most of the major construction work is completed. The teachers and the office staff will be working to move items into the new building later in this week with the students could be in class there as early as the week of February 16th.

There is still a major amount of educational materials, books, and teaching supplies to move into the building, but the excitement of a new school is obvious in the whole community. As soon as a definite start date in the new building is announced and is made public, it will be posted here.

Video Clip Tour of New BICS Building

Photos of the New BICS Building

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