B I News on the 'Net, Jan 5-11 2009

BICS Basketball Games Canceled

Ojibwe has canceled the BICS home games that were scheduled for this weekend on Friday and Saturday. There will be no basketball games on January 9th and 10th.

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

2009 Jan 5 BICS Construction Update

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 ($425). There will be only seven sponsors this year.

Ice Storm Strands Holiday Visitors

The ice storm that hit Northern Michigan, prevented many from returning to their downstate homes on Sunday, January 4, 2009. Neither flight service was able to fly passengers on this holiday-ending. Being stranded doesn't bother most Islanders, or those who have lived and or visited here for years, but for those who are visiting the Island for the first time, it can be a frustrating experience. How do you explain to your boss that you can't make it to work on Monday morning because you are stranded on an Island? Believe it or not, there are some people out there that don't know what that is like, and most of them are bosses in big cities who are used to getting from one state to another in a couple of hours or from one coast of the continent to another in a single day.

"Just sit back and enjoy the rest of the day" was all that anyone could say to the stranded friends. There's TV to watch, videos to view, video games to play, friends to talk with, and absolutely, yes, absolutely nothing you can do to change Mother Nature. Another favorite statement was, "If the pilot doesn't want to fly, then you don't want to fly."

Most were able to get off early on Monday morning. Relax, you can make up those hours somehow. Besides, you can tell your children and grandchildren about the time you were stranded on Beaver Island, and right now, you can repeat your story several times to coworkers and friends.

Beware the Internet Scams

We have all received the emails that suggest that some person wants to give us a million dollars if we'll just send them some of our personal information like a bank account number or our social security number. We have all realized that these were scams, and no one would give us money even for a small percentage of the total amount. But, did you realize that another type of scam involves gathering your credit card information and email address by offering to sell you something that you actually want to purchase?

Having been searching for a newer and better camera, the search was begun on the Internet. The specific camera that was searched for isn't important, but the newest scam on the Internet is important. "If the deal looks too good to be true, then it probably isn't true."

This specific camera was researched and determined to be the camera of dreams. It was the same brand. It used the same memory chips, the same battery, and same lenses as the camera that is currently owned. It is the best match for this photographers ability, and a great camera to continue learning with. However, this same camera has been ordered from three Internet companies. All three listed the camera as being in stock ready for delivery within two days.

Over the course of the last four weeks, an order was placed for this camera with three different Internet companies with the same result with all three. Broadway Photo, On Time Digital, and Pyxis Camera all purported to be ready to ship the camera within two days. All three were not telling the truth. All three, although describing the camera as being "IN STOCK" and "Ready for Shipping" were lying. Two of the companies were willing to send an email stating that the camera was actually "Out of Stock and available in from 4-6 weeks." One company, Broadway Photo, did not send an email or notify by phone or mail. After thirteen days, they were finally contacted, and finally admitted that the camera was actually "No longer available."

So the moral to this story is very simple: Shop with well-known companies and companies that have a good reputation. You may pay a little more, but the product will end up in your hands fairly quickly. At least, the bet is that you'll get it within less than four weeks unless it's too big to come across on the airplane in the wintertime. Now, who gets the email information and credit card information? Probably, the answer will come in some future email, but keeping watch on the credit card accounts will be VERY important.

Happy New Year !

A short video clip of the harbor area taken from Whiskey point...It looks somewhat desolate, cold, and deserted, but we all know that the New Year's celebration will show the life of the Island. You need Quicktime and a high speed connection to view this video clip.

Holy Cross Hall Hosts New Year's Eve Party

Happy hour begant at 5:30 and ended at 8:30, with music starting at 6 - until ?. Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, John McCafferty, Edward Palmer and Danny Gillespie and Danny Johnston joining in along with several other Island musicians. Then the near-dead RigorMortis took over to ring in the New Year.

Hall Party and pictures here

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Hall Party Music Video Clips here

Snowmobiling and Other Winter Activities

The air was full of the sounds of machinery pumping speed and energy. The snowmachines were flying by the intersection of Carlisle Road and Kings Highway during the daylight and evening hours as well. The owners of the snowmachines must have been ecstatic to be able to get some use out of this equipment after very little activity in the previous two years. The snow was great over the Christmas weekend, then a thaw came, but the snow in the woods and on the trails did not completely melt, and, when it refroze, provided a good base for the several more inches of snow that came down between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Those home for the holidays had perfect snowmobiling weather for most of the holiday break. If you owned a snowmachine and didn't get out to use it yet, the conditions are still perfect. Go out and give it a try.

Some prefer the quiet of cross country skis or snowshoes. The concept of going where you normally couldn't go is still alive in those who prefer to get there at a slower pace. Beaver Island is a perfect place for snowshoeing or skiing across the country. It is always a good idea to get permission to cross private property before making someone angry, and it usually works well with skis or snowshoes since their really is very little damage that can be done with either of them. Hopefully, no one gets angry at you for just walking across the property quietly if not so quickly.

2009 New Year's Snowshoe Adventure 1

2009 New Year's Snowshoe Adventure 2

If Beaver Island is still looking at trying to expand the tourist season, perhaps some winter activity advertisement might be in order. Cross country ski packages, ice fishing packages, etc. might bring in a few extra people. It keeps some of us busy all winter long.

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

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


Elvis Presley's Birthday is January 8th

Come celebrate Elvis' Birthday at Donegal Danny's and Stoney Acre

Christine VanLooy Returns

Christine VanLooy, a Physicians Assistant since January 1999, has moved to Beaver Island to once again become a health care provider for the Beaver Island community. Christie was previously a PA at the old Beaver Island Medical Center building and shared the practice with Susan Meis. Christie then left the island and moved to Georgia to practice medicine down there. Most recently Christie has been providing emergency room care down in the Kalamazoo area where she resided for the last few years.

Christie is looking forward to the difference in practice between 12-hour shifts in an emergency room that she provided in the Kalamazoo area and the care provided to the island residents on a 24-hour on-call and an 8-9 office hour schedule. She is very comfortable with the emergency needs and the challenges of the island.

Christie was part of the design team of the new BIRHC, and says, “It will be really neat to work in this setting. I don't know how we provided care in the old building. This new one is set up very well to provide excellent patient care. The emergency area is separated from the regular patient area, and I look forward to working closely with our local EMS . We have always maintained a good working relationship.”

Christie has finished up her last commitment downstate and is back on the island and providing care today, December 23, 2008.

Welcome back to our newest, yet familiar, healthcare provider, Christine VanLooy!

Beaver Island Chamber Plans Marathon for September

    The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is in the final stages of arranging to bring a full 26-mile marathon to Beaver Island. In addition to the Chamber, McDonough's Market and the Beaver Island Boat Company will serve as primary sponsors. The event is slated to be certified as a Boston-Marathon-qualifying event.

The event, planned for September 5, 2009, can be expected to bring 300 runners and hundreds of family members to Beaver Island for two or more days in early September. The promoter is experienced nation-wide and has successfully promoted events in Charlevoix and Ann Arbor.

The marathon is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 26 miles that is usually run as a road race on public roads. The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes.

BICS Reopens after Holiday Break

BICS classes resume on January 5, 2009. The weather on Sunday, January 4, 2008, did not cooperate for traveling with the icing condition and freezing rain. This nasty weather prevented flights by either of the flight services to or from the Island.

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 8: Open Range R* 7:30 pm

Starring Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening Directed by Kevin Costner.

Four cowboys are freely roaming the countryside in the Wild West when they are forced to band together to run a ruthless rancher out of town.  He has formed an outlaw state and is taking over the local community with brute force.

•  Sunday, January 11: Scrabble Scramble 3 pm

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!

•  Saturday, January 17 Family Movie: Swing Vote PG-13 3 pm

Starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane

Bud Johnson (Costner) is an apathetic, beer slinging, lovable loser, who is just coasting through life. When his precocious, over achieving twelve-year old daughter, Molly, accidentally sets off a chain of events, it culminates in the presidential election coming down to Bud's vote. Bud decides it's time for him to recapture a few lost ideals as the world waits to see who he will vote for in this comedy.

•  Sunday, January 18: Senior Sunday Dinner

Not just for Seniors! Come one and all and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner together ! January's Senior Sunday Dinner sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will feature a delicious menu of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and cherry cobbler. Make your reservation now! Call 448-2022.

Sunday, January 18, 11am-1pm. Tickets: Suggested donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over; $6 for persons under 60.

•  Sunday, January 18: Intro to Pickleball & Practice! 3 pm

Come experience a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live-play--not Wii or virtual action! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  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:

How good is your memory? Can you name the members of the years' past volleyball team and the basketball team in these photos?

Staying with the school, the largest institution on the Island during the winter season, can you identify these BICS faculty and staff members from the 1992-1993 school year?

Jacque LaFreniere, Kevin James, Joe Moore, Donna and Jim Stambaugh, Connie Boyle, Judi Meister, Amy Munger

Lisa Vance Gillespie, Terry Boyle, Michael Myers, Alice Belfy. Beth Croswhite

Congratulations to Sarah McCafferty for providing the first correct answer.

This Week's Question:

This is known to some of us as Gladys Schnaudigel's house where our family once had dinner and drinks. What is the name of the business that operates from here now?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription 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