Page One of News on the Net, July 16-22, 2007

Phragmites Control Program

A "Save our Shores" program will take place at the BIPOA Annual Meeting on July 23, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Come meet Brian Mastenbrook from the DNR. Permission forms and letters from Peaine and St. James Townships will be available.

Congratulations Abigail!

Congratulations to Abigail Adams for passing her Sports Medicine Exam!! Kathy Adams called to tell us the good news. Abbie will continue to work at Muskegon High School and Muskegon General Hospital as an Athletic Trainer.

Hole in One at BI Golf Course

On the morning of Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at about 9:45, Joe Moore was playing golf with Howard Davis, Buck Ridgeway, Kevin Stipps, Elwood Baker, and Jim McElwain. Joe stepped up to the tee box on hole number three of the Beaver Island Golf Course and hit his drive toward the flag of the hole. As Joe walked up toward where his ball should have been, it was not visible. "Where in world did that ball go?" Joe asked. Buck Ridgeway said, "Look in the hole."

Joe did, and sure enough the ball hit off the tee on number three was in the hole. This represents a hole in one and a double eagle on a par four hole. The distance from the tee box to the green is listed as 226 yards on the score card. Congratulations, Joe!

The Week of July 15th

The week begins with the dedication of the Music Room and Upgraded gardens at the Beaver Island District Library from 11 a.m. - 2p.m.. (See Page Two for coverage of this event.) This is followed by a very busy week, Museum Week and MAD Camp Week.

Museum Week Schedule includes:

On Monday, (and all week long) the Beaver Head Lighthouse will be open at the south end of the Island for tours all day. At 1 p.m., Skip Duhamel is scheduled to provide a Totem Pole Carving demonstration at the Print Shop. At 7:30 p.m., the "Music on the Porch" tradition will continue with Doris Larsen as the hostess. Several talented people will perform a wide variety of different types of entertainment and music.

On Tuesday, the Protar Home will be opened and Antje Price, author, will be present to host the open house and answer questions. This is open from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. In the evening, Mike and Gail Weede will present "Diving for Beaver Island History: Underwater Explorations and Discoveries" at the Holy Cross Parish Hall at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, from 9 a.m. til noon, the Adult Nature Walk at CMU is scheduled. You must register ahead of time by calling 448-2254. From noon until 5 p.m. there will be an Art Exhibit and sale at the Beaver Island Christian Church. At 2 p.m. a BIPOA film hosted by Barbara Lucas is scheduled. It is entitled "A Great Lakes Jewel." At 8 p.m., "The Beaver Island Radio Show", a world premiere is scheduled.

On Thursday, from 9 a.m. til noon, the the Kid's Nature Walk at CMU is scheduled. Registration is required ahead of time by calling 448-2254. At 2 p.m., Dr. James C Gillingham will present "Amazing Reptiles and Amphibians" at the Parish Hall. At 8 p.m., Lee Boisvert is scheduled to present "The Life of Kee: the Adult Years When Keewaydinoquay Found Her True Calling" at the Parish Hall.

On Friday, from 9 a.m. til noon, the Kid's Nature Walk at CMU is on the docket. Preregistration is required. 448-2254. From noon until 7 p.m., the Art Exhibit and Sale will continue at the Beaver Island Christian Church. From 1-3 p.m., the Protar Home will be open with Antje Price. At 8 p.m., Doris Larsen and friends will tell tales of Beaver Island,
"Island Stories."

On Saturday at noon, the Pet Show will take place at the Print Shop. At 2 p.m., Dyanne Tracy will present "The Story of Bees" at the Parish Hall. At 8 p.m. "Big Bling Bingo" with Pinky Harmon plus "A Great Lakes Jewel" at intermission at the Parish Hall.

All in all a fun-filled and exciting Museum Week. See you all there!

On July 20th and 21st, Friday and Saturday, the Beaver Island Music Festival takes place down the West Side Road of the Island. You can get more information about the festival here.

On the 21st the Boyne Thunder Poker Run comes into the Paradise Bay.

On the 21st also is the Ladies Golf Tournament at the Beaver Island Golf Course.

The James C. Gillingham Academic Center

Click the title above to get the news about the new building down and CMU Biological Station and its new name.

Museum Week Coverage Here

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

We will switch gears from music to healthcare.

Which Beaver Island Medical Center provider was also a licensed pre-hospital paramedic?

The answer is not as obvious as you might have thought. I was sent two answers that listed Michael McGinnity and one that listed Connie Harris. Both answers are, unfortunately, incorrect. There has only been one provider who was licensed at the paramedic level. That person was Christie VanLooy, PA, EMT-P. Mike McGinnity was licensed as a prehospital EMT- Specialist and was the first provider to have a prehospital care license. None of our current Family Nurse Practioners hold a prehospital care license, although the manager of the BIRHC, Donna Kubic, holds a Basic EMT license.

This Week's Question:

What was the name of the last Dominican Sister who served as principal at the Beaver Island Community School?

If you are the first to email me the correct answer, you may choose a person to receive a subscription to the Beaver Island News on the 'Net for the months of July, August, and September. Email me your answer to:

MAD Camp Begins

This excellent program for school students incorporates aspects of music, art, and drama. Hence, the name of the camp MAD Camp. This program looks very successful from the street with quite a few participants.

Three Island Residents Help Kick-Off New CMU Program in BeeKeeping

Joe Moore was contracted by Oakland University to teach a segment to the graduate students in the BeeKeeping program here. This is being taught in the new James C. Gillingham Academic Center at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. This is one of four classes that are the first classes to be taught in the center. Joe wanted to make sure that these student walked away with some practical skills as well as listening to a lecture covering "Severe Allergic Reactions." In order for this to happen in a class of 22 graduate students all within a two hour time frame, Joe enlisted the help of two BIEMS members, Cindy Gillespie Cushman, EMT, and Ken Bruland, paramedic.

The graduate students in the program consisted of mostly people who had advanced degrees above and beyond a Bachelor's degree. "It was a little intimidating to teach someone that has a doctorate in toxicology or verterinary medicine, but I think they all enjoyed the program, and, in fact, learned some new skills," Joe said.

The main thrust of the presentation was to make certain that a BeeKeeping site, an apiary, would be prepared to handle a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting known as anaphylactic shock. The graduate students practiced skills in observation and in obtaining basic vital signs, such as pulse rate and quality and breathing rate and quality. "I could not have completed this session in two hours without the help of Cindy and Ken. They were outstanding helpers as well as great colleagues," Joe stated. "This turned out to be not only educational, but also quite a lot of fun. Now they all know what to look for in case someone gets stung."\


Cindy and Ken helping grad students learn basic vital sign skills.

The grad students practice the newly learned skills.


Joe finishes up his presentation to the grad students of the BeeKeeping class.

2nd Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

This golf outing is open to everyone. Each team consists of four (4) golfers. Call Buck Ridgeway to make certain that your team is all set to play. The entry fee is $15.00 for members of the BI Golf Course which covers $5.00 for prize money and $10.00 for the food and its preparation. Non-members of the golf course will also have to pay the normal $18.00 green fees in addition to the $15 entry fee. The prizes are $100 for first place, $60 for second place, and $40 for third place. The winning team members will get their names put on a plaque that is hung on the wall of the BI Golf Course Clubhouse in Jerry's honor.

Remember to call Buck at 2680, email, or call the golf course at 2310 and ask for Sandy.

Work on the Grotto Continues

While I await more information from the Aranmore Committee, I decided to take a few pictures of Dick and Amy Burris and Tony Connaghan working on the grotto.


Tina Drost and Gail Weede were sworn in as new members of the school board. 

New Board Officers were appointed:

President Barbara Schwartzfisher

Vice President Dawn Marsh

Secretary Nancy Tritsch

Treasurer Sharon Nix Cole

Trustees Brian Cole, Gail Weede, Tina Drost

Committee Appointments were made:

Building Barb Schwartzfisher. and Brian Cole

Finance Sharon Nix Cole  and Brian Cole

Policy and Personnel Tina Drost and Gail Weede

Curriculum and Technology Nancy Tritsch and Dawn Marsh

School Improvement Sharon Nix Cole  and Dawn Marsh

Negotiations Nancy Tritsch and Barb Schwartzfisher

Daniel Martell was hired for the secondary science teaching position

A Recognition Dinner was planned for Joe Moore, Jim Stambaugh, John Fiegen and Linda McDonough

Connie Boyle was appointed as volleyball coach for the fall season

Board discussed August 7, 2007 bond election

Board approved the school calendar for 2007-08 School Year with the first day being Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Page Two of News on the Net, July 16-22, 2007