We are fast approaching our initial goal of 250 marathon runners for the inaugural Beaver Island Marathon. With approximately 40 days to register participants we should easily exceed that goal. I am receiving emails and phone calls daily asking “logistical” questions from runners around the country wanting to get-in-on this event. I recently talked with a woman from North Dakota that turns 72 on September 5 and wants to run the Beaver Island Marathon and celebrate on the Island . This should be fun for the participants and us at Good Boy Events. We certainly hope the residents and business owners find this to be a profitable and enjoyable endeavor.
We still have some needs:
Five or more volunteers to be available Friday, September 4 th to welcome the runners and their families that are arriving on the Beaver Island Boat. There will be several hundred runners and their families arriving Friday morning from around the nation. We certainly want a favorable first impression of Beaver Island and our race. The welcoming volunteers will direct the participants, most have never been to the Island , to their motel, rental home, race registration, car rental and just available to answer general questions and make everyone feel welcome. Possibly give-out maps and general info on the Island and the race.
Someone or a group (Scouts, American Legion) to sing/play National Anthem at the start and possibly a Color Guard to present the Colors.
One more aid station to staff: A station should have a minimum of 3 really good individuals at each station to hand water, Gatorade, GU and candy to the runners. Aid station workers would call us if help is needed by any marathon runner. These workers will also have the responsibility of picking-up any cups/papers that may “hit the ground”. This is an opportunity for a sports team, band members or church organization to earn some extra cash. Hours would be from 9:00AM until approximately 3:00PM. Each aid station will earn a minimum of $125 for the day plus runners will “judge” the best station and we will pay a $50 bonus for the favorite, most energetic station.
Road “Pointers”: Volunteers would to be available at 9:00AM and would have the duty of keeping runners on track and shouting encouragement. These folks could be on bikes!
Along Main Street (by the light house)
At Donegal Bay Road and Main
At the Marathon turn point
On Donegal Bay at the paved bike trail (both ends)
Day worker(s): This individual will help with the set-up on Friday, the set-up early Saturday morning and the clean-up afterwards. This is a minimum wage job. Duties include helping to cone the course, setting up aid stations Friday evening, loading our truck after the race and clean-up. This person(s) will work approximately 10 - 12 hours.
Below is the complete contact information for the Sept 5th Beaver Island Marathon. This is the best (most direct) information. The Chamber can answer most questions, but the promoters are managing the event - selling entries - arranging for temp staff - etc.
With a rainy start the Beaver Island Music Festival opened yesterday, July 16, 2009. Shifting Souls and Pinky Lee were some of the bands that performed. Although BI News on the 'Net is a sponsor for this event, the rain was a serious detriment to taking out digital cameras and video cameras. There should be some opportunities to take pictures and video clips when it is not raining.
There were a large number of people in the downtown area waiting for rides out to the music festival. Many were slightly downhearted due to the rain, but there were many stout-hearted people, one of whom stated, "I don't melt. A little rainstorm isn't going to keep me away from the music fest." Amen to that!
Music fest morning on Beaver Island, July 17, 2009: There were lots of tents and lots of campers out at the music festival site on a mid-morning visit this Friday morning. Most of the concessions were not open, but a few were including the food concession. These pictures are of a quiet morning at music fest, an opportunity to walk around and take pictures without bumping into too many people. Most campers were still sleeping and the crowds were not arriving yet for the day.
The 2nd Annual Gregg Fellowship Hall Benefit Concert will be held on August 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the fellowship hall. This has proved to be a very well-attended gathering with lots of musical and other talents. Mark your calendars for this wonderful event!
Read the public information about the CCC proposal HERE
A meeting was held on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at the Peaine Township Hall. This meeting was chaired by Jack Gallagher with the assistance of Jim Birdsall.
The basic outcome of the meeting seemed to be that the townships need to form some type of joint"authority or commission" to work on the grant application for federal stimulus funds. The townships hold assets in the form of the two 185-foot towers, which should satisfy the local contribution portion of the grant application. It was suggested by several attendees that the townships consider emphasis on public safety and local government needs instead of the individual connections. The basic plan at this time suggests that Cherry Capital Connection may be contracted to provide maintenance and support for this project. There has been no actual engineering for this project, only educated guesses about the costs. The group basically was asked to provide letters of support with specific needs and advantages to the community included in the letter specific to each represented organization.
Week 7 of the Men's Golf League saw movement within the top 5 places. Howard and Joe held on to 1st place with a 10-10 tie with Francis and Larry. Larry and Joe well into a tie with Jeff and Ryan for second after Larry and Joe losing to Dan and Rob 13-7 and Jeff and Ryan lost to Ivan and Buck 12-8. Chuck and Earnie moved from 7th to 4th with a 15-5 win over John and Frank. Frank and John fell into a tie for fifth with Ivan and Buck after they lost 5-15 and Ivan and Buck beat Jeff and Ryan 12-8. Next week is our second position night with the following schedule:
Howard and Joe (1st) vs Jeff and Ryan (2)
Larry & joe (3rd) vs Earnie and Chuck (4)
Frank and John (T-5th) vs Ivan and Buck (T-5th)
Ron and Jeff (7th) vs Francis and Larry (8th)
Neal & Kevin (9th) vs Rob and Dan (10th)
After the last of two position nights the league has 3 regular scheduled weeks of matches and then PLAYOFF NIGHT on August 19th .
As can be viewed in this one video clip, the osprey babies may not remain babies much longer. They are being prepared for their flying lessons by their parents. This link takes you to the longest video clip, but you may view many others from the second link below.
This fundraising event took place at the log cabin on King's Highway right next to the Harbor View I driveway. Several Island musicians performed at the concert including some of the young string players. With so many activities on the same day, it was difficult to be in some many places at once, so the pictures are of the musicians that played a little later on in the evening.
Enjoying the music while sitting on a blanket are Sarah and her mom.
Danny Gillespie, Dudley, Danny Johnsten, and Ed Palmer performed...
...to a fairly large crowed of people gathered on the grass...
Joe Moore played the fiddle with Danny Gillepsie and "Shaker"
Bud Martin sang a couple songs, too...
View the pictures HERE
This sizzling blues guitarist performed on Thursday night and on Saturday night at the Beaver Island Community Center, July 9th and July 11th, 2009.
Talking to the audience and interacting with the audience, Keith Scott was an excellent performer.
(Photos and video by Andrea Moore)
Excerpt from a letter from Little Miss Higgins: SNOWSHOES AND MUSIC VIDEOS (February 2009) at http://littlemisshiggins.com
Hope this finds you all well and warm. It has been a cold one here in Saskatchewan, but we all find ways to survive: chopping wood for the wood stove, ice fishing, snowshoeing, racing the cat to the sunspots in the house and, of course, playing some guitar.
Foy and I have been taking some time off considering last year was such busy one. Thanks to everyone for all their support.."
Little Miss Higgins performed at the Beaver Island Community Center on July 12, 2009, to a small crowd. This music was a style that many of the Beaver Island residents would appreciate. Perhaps, they will be invited back during a slower time, so that the Islanders might get a chance to see her perform.
It must be the later birth of these two that have helped them to survive a little longer than those on the other lakes. They are still smaller than the one that is left on Font Lake. Once they get to a certain size they make a great meal for the predatory birds of the Island like the eagles and the osprey. There is an eagle hanging around Barney's Lake, and it's only a hop, a skip, and a jump from the osprey nest to Barney's Lake also. With a little luck, these two might survive.
Loon babies okay as of 7/17/09
Boyne City Main Street hosts the 6th annual BoyneThunder Poker Run Friday-Saturday, July 10-11. High-performance offshore boats from across the Midwest gathered in Boyne City on the beautiful shore of Lake Charlevoix.
BoyneThunder begins in Boyne City and continues on to Charlevoix, Beaver Island, Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor. The boats will roar back to the Boyne City Marina for the event's culmination which includes a Thunder Feast by the lake.
The cigar-type boats hit the Beaver Island Harbor of Paradise Bay today, July 11, 2009, right around the time of the Emerald Isle ferry departure.
Pictures of the Boyne Thunder Boats HERE
Last night, July 10, 2009, at 8 .p.m., the Beaver Island Community Center held the Beaver Tales Production, directed by Jacque LaFreniere and Elaine West, with musical director Scott Kasbaum, artistic consultant Frank Galati, Party Worker Ron Stith, Beaver Island ABCs by Jayne Bailey and Suze Bonadeo, and Programs by Ann Partridge. The musical number "If We Don't Have It, You Don't Need It" was composed by Scott Kasbaum and lyrics by Elaine West.
This "Beaver Island House Party" was hosted by Lisa Vance Gillespie and John Fiegan and was a combination of wonderful stories, the lore of Beaver Island; an assortment of musical styles, from country and western to Irish tunes; and good old fashioned "belly laugh" humor. The party guests on stage were Jayne Bailey, Bob Bass, Phil Becker, Susie Fisher, Scott Kasbaum, Doris Larson, Barry Pischner, Miranda Rooy, Mike Scripps, Shelly Scripps, Sheri Timsak, Kevin White and Wendy White.
Three more shows are scheduled: Friday, August 14; Friday, September 4; and Friday, October 2. This is a must see production that warms your heart.
For Pictures of the premiere performance, click HERE
|Bob Bass Intro||Barry Pischner Sings||Doris Larson tell tale||Kevin and Miranda duet|
|Kevin White singing||Mike Scripps tells tale||Miranda Rooy sings||Phil Becker tells tale|
|Sheri Timsak sings||Suzi Fisher sings||Wendy White sings||GREAT JOB!|
The wonder of watching a video clip of loon parents feeding their babies, the wonder of watching the ospreys in the nest on Sloptown Road, and a glipse of the Beaver Tales performance, and many other clips will not be yours unless you have high speed Internet and Quicktime to view these video clips. If you have a dial-up connection, you might still be able to view them, but it will take a while to download. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video clip is worth ten-thousand words. We hope you will give the video clips a try. Quicktime Streaming Video clips are viewable by anyone with a high speed connection and a Quicktime viewer.
The Quicktime Streaming video clips of papa and mama Loon and their two babies on Barneys Lake are here. The fascination with the loon nesting and nursery habits seem to be more widespread than previously thought. It seems that when the loon babies get just about this size, they become just right for the predatory birds. So far, the other inland lakes, that have had two loon babies, are no longer the same size family. They have either lost one or more than one babies to the predators. The Barney's Lake pair have so far been able to escape the predator's grasp.
It is not very easy to approach these mysterious birds. A fishing boat sixty feet away will send the loons moving in a frenzy of paddling away. The CMU researchers with their nets on the lake sent the birds all the way to the farthest cove away from the activity. As with most photography and video, a serious investment in time is necessary to move quietly without disturbing the birds. As you will see in these clips, the loons didn't seemed too concerned with the camera, no the advancement of the camera man because there was not an attempt to get too close to the loons and therefore scare them away.
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The other bird that fascinates many is the osprey nesting on Sloptown Road. It was amazing to see a group in their early twenties pause their rental vehicle in the road, pull off the road, and spend nearly twenty minutes watching the nesting ospreys. There are many age groups interested in this nesting site. Quite literally thousands of pictures have been taken of this nesting site by the many that stop to view it.
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July 10, 2009
Short clip of bird playing Peek-a-Boo
Ken Bruland, owner and operator of Inland Seas Kayaking, provides eco-tours of the inland lakes of Beaver Island. On July 8, 2009, a group was on Barney's Lake. "I wholeheartedly recommend it," one participant stated. Here are some pictures of a previous eco-tour of Font Lake. HERE
Long time St. James supervisor, Don Vyse has submitted his letter of resignation from the supervisor's position in St. James Township. Citing health issues as his reason for stepping down, Don still wants to be involved. Don has received Citizen of the Year for his many accomplishments. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
This new sign was just seen on the Back Highway with an arrow pointing to the Beaver Island Christian Church. The sun was in just the right location to make this look like it was three dimensional.
There are no cormorants in the harbor area, so say some. Several have been seen in the harbor area. There seems to be noone trying to scare them away this time of year. This one was photographed sitting on the piling by Skip Duhamel's fishing boat. Several have been sighted in the Gull Harbor area as well.
Right next to LakeSports, next to the Beaver Island Boat Company, and across the street from the Shamrock is a park that seems to get more and more traffic each day. While looking for a place to eat your to-go sandwich or ice cream cone, you might think to walk into the park and sit in the shade of the tree and watch the harbor. What a wonderful view this is, but close and far away!
The closer look shows beautiful flowers and a historic notification
The farther away view shows just as much beauty...
And, of course, there is a wonderful view of Whiskey Point, its lighthouse, and the boathouse.
Thank you, Frank, for your wonderful artistic eye and the talent to capture it in photographs!
If you have been checking this website, you will have noticed an absence of a picture of an eagle. There were other bird pictures. There were turkey vulture pictures mistaken for possible eagle pictures. The planets were in the proper alignment today, July 7, 2009, for an eagle picture to be taken. This eagle was in the tall tree at Gull Harbor. Some walkers on the road and on the trail didn't even see the eagle.
Some more eagle pictures and video clip HERE
July 31, 2009...Registration Deadline July 28, 2009....
PLEASE SIGN UP YOUR TEAM FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL JERRY SOWA MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING.
My hard drive “crashed” and I do not have a list of teams that have played in the past. Therefore, please call to make sure your team is entered for this year's Outing!.
TO ENTER: Call the Golf Course as 448-2301, Call Buck Ridgeway at 448-2680, or use the signup sheet at the Clubhouse.
Wednesday night saw Howard Davis and Joe Moore remain on their perch at the top of the league. Larry Laurain and Joe Williams team (with Lars Larson subbing for Joe Williams) slide up into 2nd place just 7 points behind. Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith are in 3rd place 1 point out of second or 8 points out of first place, and Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers are tied with Frank Solle and John Runberg for 4th place 3 points out behind 3rd place or 11 points out of first place. The race for the League title remains tight and with six weeks to go anything can happen.
Congratulations to Howard Davis who got a HOLE IN ONE ON #6. Sally may have to widen the door to their home so he can enter.
Also a reminder to all the golfers out there to be sure and enter their teams for the 4th Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing which will be held on the 31st of July at 5:15 p.m .
From Buck Ridgeway
On April 13, 2009, in Orlando Leone had the nose surgery. Since that date she has been in and out of hospitals. Finally on May 1 she was discharged from Breton Manor to our condo. She remains on full oxygen. She is able to navigator very well with her walker whiles in the house and has her wheel chair for outside visits.She maintains her composure in spite of it all. She keeps busy knitting and other craft work. No complaints A week ago she had additional local nose surgery which made a great improvement. Our main concern is her congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. In a couple of months, she will see a specialist for both.
Please continue her in your prayers, and me as chief cook and bottle washer
Much love, Chuck and Leone
I am back in my apartment now, but pretty much "homebound": for a month or so. I had to have a complete left knee replacement which suffered some damage during the fracture. It is not as easy as some say. I do have therapists come to the apartment two or three times a week for up to two months. I am getting better but will be glad when it is over. I have lost about half of the year !
Best wishes to all.
Paul F. Nelson
August 4 th School Election: Annual Local Operational Millage Renewal question presented to voters.
The only question on the August 4 th ballot is whether or not to renew the amount of taxes levied on non-homestead property at the level originally approved by Beaver Island voters in 1993. The request is for a one year renewal of 15.7980 mills to fund the general operation of the K-12 program. If you own just your primary residences (homestead property) or qualified agricultural property, you do not pay this tax. For the last 10 years, the district has put this question to the voters for renewal each year. Passage of this millage is essential to the school as it provides over 90% of the district's operational funding. Voters will receive an informational brochure in July. The polling place for all island voters is the St. James Township Hall.
In other budget-related business, the school district is watching closely as the state deals with its massive budget problems. The good news for the Island school is that so much of its revenue is generated locally so it does not rely on the state for a big percentage of its revenue. For the past five years, the district has received approximately $115,000.00 from the state as one of 5 Isolated Districts. The district will be working closely with the legislature to try to maintain the Isolated Districts funding. The school holds its annual budget hearing and adoption of the budget each June. The district must adopt its 2009-1010 budget by June 30.
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The Talking Threads Quilt Guild will be raffling off a quilt on August 9, 2009. The quilt has been named "Bits and Pieces" in honor of Phyllis Duda who started the built guild on the Island. She was a long time quilter and an inspiration to all of us. After she passed away, her husband Dave generously donated some of her fabric to the build. These pieces of fabric were used to design and make the quilt--thus the name "Bits and Pieces."
McDonough's Market has generously agreed to display the quilt in their market.
The tickets are $3 each or 5 for $20. All of the proceeds will be distributed to the Beaver Island Fire Department, BIEMS, and the Food Pantry. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket may do so at McDonough's Market, Island Energies, Island Treasures Resale Shop, Whimsy, or by calling Judi Meister at 448-2963. Thank you for your support.
(There were, unfortunately, not enough participants to warrant a class for the last scheduled program on Monday, June 15, 2009, so another class has been scheduled. Please get you applications in early if you want this class to take place here on Beaver Island.)
Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office, Monday, June 15, 2009
Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider is announcing an ORV training class for those citizens who need to comply with the new Michigan State law and Charlevoix County ordinance on ORV operation on our county road system.
Training will take place at the Beaver Island Community Center on August 1, 2009 from 10:00am to 2:30pm
State law requires those who do not have a valid Michigan drivers license, to complete and pass the above approved training program. With successful completion of the course, each student will be provided a certificate of training allowing them to operate under the Michigan State Law.
To attend this free training, you must go to the Charlevoix County web page : wwwcharlevoixcounty.org and go to the “Sheriff's” link to fill out the application and forward the type written application to the Sheriff's Office, 1000 Grant St., Charlevoix, MI 49720, with attention Deputy Genna Gauthier. You may also E-mail your application to email@example.com
Questions may be answered by calling 213 547 4461.
Picture I.D. is required by all students.
Our mission statement reads: The BIRHC strives to provide high quality, cost effective patient treatment and wellness services to the entire Beaver Island community
The specific focus in applying for this grant was is to obtain funding to support preventive and basic care for the increasing number of uninsured and under-insured residents. The grant will help offset costs for laboratory tests administered by BIRHC personnel and processed at Charlevoix Area Hospital . This grant would help us address an increasing reality on Beaver Island where fewer have any health insurance or whose insurances will not pay for routine preventative care.
It will cover direct costs for basic blood work to screen for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid disease, prostate cancer and anemia. BIRHC care providers will perform routine physicals and baseline EKGs. By providing preventive and routine screening and health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Beaver Island , BIRHC would be able to identify and treat emerging medical issues before they become chronic conditions.
clinic for routine care, they use the clinic for emergent care. With the grant monies we are able to offer physicals, routine lab work, EKG's, to those without insurance who would not come in for a physical or spend $200.00 for screening lab work.
Although BIRHC care providers and volunteer licensed health professionals are willing to donate their time for health fairs and health screening, the Health Center cannot absorb charges for analysis of lab work and other direct costs.
We hope to entice those without insurance to begin routine care and continue with follow-up once the initial work is completed so their problems can be addressed before they become expensive emergencies. We will also work with people to see if they qualify for one of the publicly funded health programs.
BIRHC personnel would cover the costs for the routine physicals and baseline ECG's, and the grant would be used to cover expenses for educational materials and laboratory analysis.
Dr. David Wartinger, urologist, from Michigan State University
July 8-10- details to follow – mark your calendar – call 448-2275 for additional information
Going hand in hand with physicals being performed by our care providers at the clinic, Dr David Wartinger, who owns property on Beaver Island has offered his time and expertise in putting together a MENS HEALTH FAIR. Tying in with the news of the grant approval, I have been contact by Dr. Wartinger, urologist who works at Michigan State University, who has generously volunteered his time to do screenings for the men on Beaver Island. Blood work can be done to check PSA blood levels.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Fortunately, most prostate cancers can be treated effectively when caught early. While one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes, today's treatments are highly effective, and only one in 33 men will die from the disease.
Dr. Waringer will also address other men's health issues..He will be back also in August, if the July dates might not work for someone.
While there are some stories that must be written from the third person, a first person experience seems to be the best. That's the jist of the this story.
The first day of the Men's Health Fair was very successful. Twelve very brave men attended the first day, July 8, 2009. Why is the word 'brave' being used? The male prostate exam is an invasive procedure. It involves determining the size of the internal organ located near the urinary bladder. The common external access to determining the size of the prostate involves a digital (finger, not x-ray) exam through the man's rectum. "The normal 16-year-old's prostate is the size of a large green grape," Dr. Wartinger stated. "As men age the prostate grows. At your age (late fifties), it is normally the size of husk-covered walnut, but I have seen them much larger."
The preventative screening included review of the blood test results of a test named the PSA. This provides information about the possible diagnosis of prostate cancer or benign prostatic hypertropy (enlarged prostate). The preventative screening also included personal discussions related to erectile dysfunction and possible treatment options.
This screening offering was completely free of charge to the men of Beaver Island. No charge means exactly that. The costs are being covered in conjunction with a grand received by the Great Lakes Energy People's Fund according to Donna Kubic, Managing Director of the BIRHC. Another day of screening is planned for sometime in August.
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SUMMER SCHEDULE, 2009
All Services at 10 a.m.
ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH, 26055 Pine Street (448-2241), Church on Gallagher Avenue, Beaver Island, MI 49782
July 19, 26, Aug 2 Rev. John English
Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko
The dates for the next "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings"
July 26th (Please note this has been changed from August 2nd)
THE SIGN UP SHEET IS IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT THE GOLF COURSE
Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing
The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available
Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Come check us out!
All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this page.
July Movies at the Community Center
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