B.I. News on the 'Net, January 19-25, 2009

Tonight, Saturday, January 24th!

Chinese New Year Buffet and Celebration

Tonight's basketball games against Grand Marais are cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditons in the Upper Peninsula.

Important Announcement about BICS Home Games This Friday and Saturday

If you are attending the basketball games on Friday and Saturday, January 23 & 24th, please use the new main entrance to the school.  Parking will be on the roadside and in the church parking areas. 

Please do not park in the circle drive.  Use caution as you enter the building and follow the instructions of school staff.

Students in grades 5 and under should not attend the games unless they have a sibling on one of the teams and are under the direct supervision of a parent.

Because the school building and grounds are still a construction site, we are encouraging most people to wait and attend the next home games when the building will be more complete.  For this Friday 's games, only the lobby and gym will be open to the public.   The next home game is February 13, 2008.

Thank you for your support.  We will soon be in the new building that we can all enjoy. 

Kathleen McNamara, Principal/Superintendent

Catherine T. Gatliff (Georgie)

Catherine Gatliff "Georgie" (nee Connaghan) age 86. Georgie was born on Beaver Island on January 8, 1923, and she died on January 21, 2009. Georgie resided in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.

She was the wife of the late Paul "Danny," loving mother of Linda (the late Michael) Wearn, Gail (John) Craig, James, Carol Gillespie, Anthony (Margaret), and Perry. She was the beloved grandmother of Patrick, Thomas, Anthony, Timothy, Daniel, Bridget, and Brian. She was the great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Alyssa.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-9 pm at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Avenue at Vernier Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods. Rosary will be at 7:00 pm. Instate Monday 10:00 am until funeral Mass 10:30 am at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island in the spring.

Deer Moving Behind Solle's Home

Starting a snowshoe outing with friend Frank Solle allowed this photo opportunity taken just behind his home.

BICS Press Release Re: Board Position Filing

Thirty-five Years with the US Post Office

At a very small ceremony this morning, Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at approximately 10 a.m., Michelle Dreffs, Beaver Island Postmaster, presented Lillian Gregg with a pin, a letter, and an eagle statue for her thirty-five years of service with the U.S. Post Office.

Michelle, Lil, and Phil

The eagle, the letter, and the pin

At 84 years old, Lil is certainly not the oldest postal worker, but she has longevity in service to the Beaver Island Post Office with her thirty-five years.

Congratulations, Lil, on receiving your service award!!

Automation at the District Library

The process involved in the automation of our local district library began back in November 2007 when Phyllis Moore began entering information about every item in the library. The information included was title, author, publisher, year published, type of item, number of pages, dimensions of the item, and what section of the library the item was located. All of this information was entered into a database.

Next, this company (above) began to move the information into its own database and create barcodes for each and every item. In November of 2008, Robert Hanson arrived on Beaver Island with two computers, a router, cables, and scanners, to help the library staff begin the process of placing the barcodes on each and every shelved item in the library. One computer was to hold the database and maintenance programs and to be used to check out the books. The second computer will be used to help locate books similar to a card catalog.

With 15,426 barcodes with each one assigned to one item in the library, it will certainly take some time to finish the project. At this point, all the videos, recorded books, elementary books, non-fiction, biographies, and reference books are completely finished. Most of the fiction and juvenile fiction are completed also, but there are items that, for whatever reason, did not get assigned a barcode. Each and every one of those items must be entered individually with the same information required of all the previous entries. Some of the books in the two fiction sections have red dots on them. That means that they are not done yet, and still need to be entered. That's why the BIDL received 5,000 "dumb codes," which simply means they had not yet been assigned to an item. Obviously, any new books will need to be entered, and any weeded books will have to be removed as well.

This book in process of being assigned a barcode and the code placed in the book.

The best guess-estimate for a "Go Live" with automation at the Beaver Island District Library is sometime around March 1, 2009. Have you got your new library card yet? It is a really easy process to complete. The library staff would like you to go to the library and sign-up and receive your library cards (you get a credit card size and a key-chain size) as soon as possible. That will mean that you will be prepared to continue your library privileges after the "Go Live" date without a hitch. Any youngster under the age of 18 will need to have a parent accompany him/her to sign to get a library card if the family decides that each member of the family should have a card. It is also possible for the family to get just one card, but that may be slightly more difficult if the family members don't go to the library together.

This paperback rack was sitting in the office with those facing forward completed, the others not.

Since there is no written agreement between the Beaver Island Community School and the Beaver Island District Library, how are the students going to check out books? The answer depends upon the situation. The elementary teachers will probably receive one card for each grade grouping and will use this card to check out all books for that particular grade level. This is assuming that the teacher accepts responsibility for the books checked out by his/her class. If a parent brings a child in, then the parent or the child (whoever has the card) will be checking out the books.

Where's This?

Can you identify where this picture was taken? Send your guess to medic5740@gmail.com

Art Johnston's Address

In case you might want to send a card to Art Johnston, who was ill recently.

This Week's Video Clips

Remember that you must have Quicktime on your computer and a high speed Internet connection to view these video clips.

This week there are video clips that show a pan of the School from out front, a pan of the harbor from Luney's Point, a zoom pan of the harbor from the south shore of the harbor, a pan of the view from Little Sand Bay, a pan of the harbor from out on the ice in front of the Harbor View I condos, and a view of the snow and the sun from a snowshoe trip on Sunday.

If you are interested in any of them, please click HERE.

BICS Construction Update

Frank Solle's Nice Bird Pictures

Bluejay enjoying a break between emptying my feeders

An occasional visitor

Not quite birds of a feather

Frank's Not-so-nice bird pictures are HERE

A Predator at work....Not for the faint of heart....

Two Snow Drifts Attempting to Join Together

The drift from the roof and the drift on the ground reaching for each other...

Snow for Sale

Couldn't resist this sign pictures buried in the snow bank at Ed Wojan's Realty......Anyone want to buy some snow?

Fifty-three Seniors Dine at BICC

This past Sunday, January 18, 2009, was the the senior dinner for the month of January. This dinner is sponsored by the Commision on Aging and the Beaver Island Community Center. Fifty-three seniors ate turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, apple cobbler, bread and butter, and had milk or coffee to drink. A great time was had by all with several staying to socialize.

This Week's Snowshoe Adventure

Beginning across from the first hole of the Beaver Island Golf Course and ending at the public beach, this was truly an adventure. More story and pictures HERE.

Annie Hayhoe Passes Away

Word has reached the Island that Annabelle Mae Hayhoe has passed away at a nursing home in Grayling. Annabelle used to live in the house that is now owned by Jim and Donna Stambaugh across the road from Rose Connaghan, where she lived with her husband "Tink.," who preceded her in death. She was a bookkeeper, gardener, and farmer including raising plants, flowers and vegetable plants, for sale when she lived in the harbor area and when she moved out of town. She also operated an adult foster care home. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Mrs. Annabelle M. Hayhoe, age 80, died Thursday. Jan. 15, 2009 at the Graying Nursing Center.  Mrs. Hayhoe was born in Gaylord on May 10, 1928, the daughter of John and Hazel (Coultes) Ames.  She was raised in Gaylord and moved throughout the country before settling on Beaver Island.  She is survived by her brother Jack (Mary) Ames; two sisters, Arlene Bailey and Charlene (Richard) Theisen; sister in law, Esther Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.  Arrangements were handled by the Nelson Funeral Home.





CERTIFICATION High School Diploma

QUALIFICATIONS Demonstrate an interest in working with children ages 5-18 years.

Demonstrate a pleasant, positive attitude and ability to work cooperatively with others.


•  Carry out custodial duties Monday through Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm

•  Report to Lead Custodian

•  Clean and sanitize restrooms/bathrooms using established practices and procedure.

•  Clean, dust, and wipe furniture; sweep, mop, or vacuum floors; empty/clean wastebaskets

and trash containers; replace light bulbs; refill restroom dispensers.

•  Assist with the setup of facilities for meetings, classrooms, conferences, events, etc

SALARY $12.63/HOUR some benefits





CERTIFICATION High School Diploma

QUALIFICATIONS Demonstrate an interest in working with children ages 5-18years.

Demonstrate a pleasant, positive attitude and ability to work cooperatively with others.


•  Set up lunchroom and ensure overall operation of school lunch program including lunch room supervision of elementary and secondary lunch program for children attending Beaver Island Community School

•  Report to school at 11:00 am each school day and supervise lunch area until 12:30

•  Supervise elementary lunch period (11:10-11:50) and secondary lunch period (11:50-12:30).

•  Carryout established school guidelines for lunchroom behavior



DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: January 22 or until Filled

STARTING DATE: February 9, 2009

Submit letter of interest and application (can be found on school website: www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us )

INQUIRIES DIRECTED TO Kathleen McNamara kittym@beaverisland.k12.mi.us

Beaver Island Community School 231-448-2744

The BIRHC Healthcare Team

After almost a month of attempts to find all four of these BIRHC healthcare team members in the same building at the same time, Wednesday, January 14, 2009, was the date of the above picture. In the last four weeks, one of the four of these wonderfully talented ladies was gone each time an attempt was made to get the picture, and then, to be honest, an appointment was made for last Wednesday, and the photographer forgot. Well, today was the day that all the stars were aligned properly to get this photo. From left to right: Donna Kubic, BIRHC manager; Christy VanLooy, PA and healthcare provider; Sue Solle, FNP and healthcare provider, and Betty Hudgins, office manager. They are all needed to provide the top-notch healthcare that Beaver Island residents need. Thank you for your dedication and efforts.

On January 31st, there will be a get-together at the Peaine Township Hall from 3-5 p.m. to thank Sue Solle for her dedication to providing healthcare without much relief over the last several months and to welcome Christy VanLooy to the staff. While we are thanking people Donna and Betty deserve a big "Thank you" as well. The next BIRHC Board meeting is on January 31st as well.

BICS to Host Certified Speaking Professional

Laurie Stewart, CSP, owner of L.A. Stewart Presentations, is a nationally-known speaker and seminar leader whose areas of expertise are leadership, respect, school climate, human relations , and communication skills . Laurie presents staff-development programs, school assemblies , keynotes, leadership training, and parent talks throughout the United States and Canada . She has spoken before audiences ranging from 2 to 10,000 in number.

            Several years ago Laurie received the Certified Speaking Professional designation through the National Speakers Association . The CSP is a designation of professional achievement through proven speaking experience. Laurie was named the youngest speaker in 14 countries and in the history of the NSA to ever receive this designation. In 2002, Laurie was selected as one of just three inductees into Western Michigan University 's Department of Communication Alumni Academy. The purpose of the academy is to give honor and recognition to some of WMU's outstanding graduate and undergraduate alumni. She has authored a book entitled, The Winning School: The Team Approach to Healthy School Climate and has co-authored Teen Power . Laurie is a graduate of Western Michigan University and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Program Titles: 

1) Attitude Check: Being Real, Being Respectful, Being You!   

2) Positive Peer Influence: How To Put On An Impacting Assembly

Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2009

Location: Beaver Island Community School – CMU

Nominate Citizen of the Year

First Annual Run Beaver Island Marathon and Half Marathon Press Release 010809

News has been received from the Chamber of Commerce director that there are already thirty paid applicants for this marathon.

Sponsors For WWII B-25 Bomber Needed

The Chamber of Commerce is bringing a B-25 to Beaver Island in June 26-28 for the 2009 Beaver Island Air Show. The North American B-25 "Mitchell" bombers were the most effective medium bombers of World War II, probably best remembered for the carrier-launched Doolittle Raid against Japan in April of 1942. The Yankee Warrior is the only flying B-25D-35 and one of very few aircraft with documented combat history. It is a once in a lifetime experience take a flight on this combat veteran. www.yankeeairmuseum.org

If you are interested in being a sponsor this year, NOW is the time to contact Steve at your Chamber office. (231) 448-2505. Last year's sponsors will have first opportunity for the 2009 show. A $700 sponsorship includes a ride in the Yankee Warrior ($400). There will be only seven sponsors this year.


Meeting Minutes Moved in the New Year

As part of a New Year's resolution, the meeting minutes are going to be moved outside of the log on page, so that anyone can go to the Beaver Island News on the 'Net homepage and view the meeting minutes. This provides everyone with a centralized location for access to any public organization's minutes. This service will not have any cost involved at this time, and it may help accomplish some goals for some organizations much more quickly.

You can rest assured that the meeting minutes for all public organizations will be posted at http://beaverislandnews.com as soon as possible after the minutes have been received. The minutes will be updated when they are received and the date of the update will also be posted, so you will know if something new has been added. You will also be able to determine if your public organizations are providing the information in a timely manner.

If your public organization would like your minutes posted on this website for free, please send them to medic5740@gmail.com

BINN cannot post these meeting minutes until they are received with some organizations more willing to send the minutes earlier than others even though the Freedom of Information Act requires them to be sent within 10 days of a request for them.

It is much easier to get them up quickly if the minutes are sent in electronic form, i.e. via email or email attachment.

January Specials at the Shamrock


Wii at Donegal Danny's

Donegal Dannys is proud to introduce Wii Games on-site! Come in, get out of the cold and play Golf, Bowling and other sports in the big screen.  Almost like the real thing. Leagues will be starting soon. Come in for the warmth and join us for the fun!!

Island Treasures Resale Announces Regular Hours

12:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M. until further notice


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

January 2009

Movies Rest of January 2009

•  Thursday, January 22: The Man Who Would Be King PG* 7:30 pm

Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer Directed by John Huston.

As two engaging soldiers of fortune, Peachy Carnehan (Michael Caine) and Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery) ply their less than respectable trade in 19th century India where they contrive and carry out a daring plan to become rulers in the isolated land of Kafiristan.

•  Sunday, January 25: Scrabble Scramble 3pm

Show your Scrabble-stuff at a bi-weekly Scrabble play-off competition of strategic vocabulary! Bring your dictionary and be ready to spell! Experienced “supervisors” needed!

•  Friday, January 30: Andre Villoch in Concert 7:30 pm

A singer-songwriter well known in the Northern Michigan music hot spots, Andre brings a percussive guitar, a voice “full of honey and cream” and a great sense of humor to our stage for an evening of pure enjoyment! Give him a listen at www.andrevilloch.com , then come get some laughs too!

Tickets: $12 Advance, $15 at the Door

•  Saturday, January 31 Family Movie: TBD

*Presented by Beaver Island Film Fans & BICC. Tickets for all movies are $7.50 Adult/$5 Student/Child. For more info call 231 448-2022 or email biccpartridge@tds.net .

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.

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 Trivia

Last Week's Question:

This school picture is an old one taken from the school year of 1985-86, the first year without a Dominican Sister as principal. (Editor's note: Received an email correction to this. Thank you, Father Gabriel Fox for correcting this for me. " "I left the island in August of 1985 and I never knew that Barb Rakowski, principal from 1980 till 1985 was a Dominican Nun." Can you name all of the staff members? How about all of the high school students? Middle school and elementary students?

This was Tara Palmer's answer. She certainly gave it a lot of thought and tried as hard as she could. She did an amazing job.

  Ms. Hogue, Sister MarieEugene, ,Jayne Lily, Mr.Cory Ernhart, Mr.Joe Moore, Michelle Arden, Suzy Bonadeo, Ms.Jacque LaFreniere, Chris Welke, Mr. James Hibbler, Erin McDonough, Roland Hachey, Kendra Wojan, Ryan Oliver, Holly Burris, Cory Palmer, Joey Hogue, Ryan Wojan, Amanda Barrett, Rebecca Kenwabikise, Brandon Maudrie, Jamie Barrett, Mike Himebauch, Julie Martin, Angela Thundercloud, Dustin Crandall, Connie Higdon, Darrell Mooney, Angie Himebauch, Galen Bartels, Joey Hogue (again), Peggy DeRosia, Ben Delamater, Rene Gillespie, Nathan Martin, MaryKay McPherson, Jeremy Fortier, Rene Fortier, Rob McPherson, Tara Palmer, Ryan Byer, Tonia DeRosia, Tommy Speck, David Kenwabikise, Jennifer Wojan, Rick Damstra, Erin Martin, Jarrett Mareno, Debbie Higdon, Fr. Harnish's son, Katrina Martin, Fr. Harnish's son, Carrie Wojan, Shane McDonough, Scott McGinnity, Jeff Cashman, Becky LaFreniere, Chad Crandall, MaryJane Martin, Patrick McGinnity, Amy Fortier, PhilipMichael Moore, Heather Gillespie, Craig Petrak, Kerry Speck, Chris Petrak, Ernie Martin, Jason Lome, Kurt Graves, Debbie LaFreniere, Jamie Martin,  Dana Gillespie, Greg Kingsley, Jane Petrak, Chris Speck, Eric Graves, Doug Butler, and  Brian Cole.

This Week's Question:

Here is another school picture from ten years earlier. This was the editor's first year of teaching at the BICS. Can you name all of the high school students? Middle school and elementary students?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription, for each correct question answered, to News on the 'Net for the months of January, February, and March for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to: medic5740@gmail.com

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