B I News on the 'Net, July 20-26, 2009

High Speed Wireless Internet Meeting

On Thursday, July 23, 2009, another high speed Internet broadband meeting was held at the Peaine Township Hall at 1 p.m. The stakeholders present were fewer than the previous meeting, but the need was voiced just as strongly. Without contractual obligations completed, the go-ahead was given verbally to Jim Selby of Aspen Wireless to begin the procedure of grant writing. There was considerable negotiation between the stakeholders and Tim Malone of Cherry Capital Connections, and considerable discussion about what the end use might be for users.

The township supervisors, Don Vyse from St. James and Jack Gallagher from Peaine, were going to meet to begin the process of formation of a joint commission which is needed for the stimulus fund grant or loan application. There may be three separate applications possible, and the grant deadline is August 24, 2009. This means the need to move quickly to get the application in on time for the first round of review.

Tim Malone, CCC................Jim Selby, Aspen Wireless

Tree-topping and Clearing Are Necessary

Great Lakes Energy has contracted with Tree, Inc. to clear away all brush and trees that are in the transmission line pathways. This clearing and trimming is necessary to prevent power outages during windstorms and thunderstorms. It will take a little while, but the trees will recover and the brush will grow back again. What they are doing now is much better than the chemical alternative.

Care for an Injured Fawn

This is a heartwarming story of fawn who was injured. The effort of many Island people helped this fawn and got it to a new home. These pictures and the information come from Jeff Powers. Thank you very much, Jeff!

Story and Pictures HERE

Chamber and Wildlife Club Adopt Position on Coromorants

More informaton HERE

Men's Golf League HOT Competition

After week 8, the Men's Golf League standings remain the same at the top, but sees 5 teams within 2 strokes of each other fighting to hang on and with good play replace Howard and Joe at the top.
Current Standings after 8 weeks:  1st Place Howard Davis-Joe Moore; 2nd Place Jeff Mestelle-Ryan Smith, 12 points back; 3rd Place t Larry Laurain-Joe Williams, 13 points back; 3rd Place Chuck Carpenter-Earnie Martin 13 points back; 5th Place Ron Wojan-Jeff Powers, 14 points back; 5th Place Frank Solle-John Runberg, 14 points back; 7th Place Ivan Young-Buck Ridgeway, 20 points back; 8th Place Rob Latimer-Dan Merriman, 24 points back; 9th Place Francis Pike-Larry Kubic, 25 points back; 10th Place Neal Boyle-Kevin White, 33 points back. Although it looks like Howard and Joe are comfortably in 1st place,  the next 5 teams are in position to catch them if they get hot. With 4 weeks to go there are still a total of 80 points up for grabs.

Next week's scheduled matches are:
Ron Wojan-Jeff Powers vs Jeff Mestelle-Ryan Smith; 5th place vs 2nd place with Wojan-Powers getting 1 stroke; Francis Pike-Larry Kubic vs Larry Laurain-Joe Williams with Pike-Kubic getting 4 strokes; Chuck Carpenter-Earnie Martin vs Davis-Moore with Carpenter-Martin getting 2 strokes; Neal Boyle-Kevin White vs Rob Latimer-Dan Merriman Even; Ivan Young-Buck  Ridgeway vs Frank Solle-John Runberg Even

The standings following next week's matches could be considerably different than tonight. To paraphrase Satchel Page years ago, Howard and Joe, "don't look back" you might see someone catching you!" We may see another finish like two years ago when the first 5 teams were 1 point apart at the end of the season.

This Week Museum Week

With all kinds of fun-filled activities for all ages, the Beaver Island Historical Society is holding their Museum Week this week. Just below is an electronic picture of the week taken from their hand-outs at the museums.

Museum Week runs from July 20-July 25. On Monday, there is the "Protar Lady" at the Protar House from 1-3 p.m. Free tours of the Beaver Island South Head Lighthouse will be taking place all week. On Monday night, Music on the Porch returns with main street blocked off with many local and visiting musicians performing. Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the B.I. Community Center, Fred Harrington will show the film "The Four Directions," and talk with attendees about the use of the medicine wheel in the spiritual belief of the Anishinaabe. Wednesday features the return of the Ray Denny Memorial Art Show, but the show extends for Wednesday from 12 noon-5 p.m., Thursday from 12 noon-5 p.m., and Friday from 12 noon-6 p.m. Wednesday also features Seamus Norgaard at 2 p.m. at the B.I. Community Center. Wednesday will also feature Kevin O'Donnell at 8 p.m. at the Community Center as he discusses his new book "Fado," the movement of the Irish into midwest America. On Thursday Barbara Lucas will be presenting two eco-films at the Community Center at 2 p.m., one about bees and the other about the new invasive garlic mustard. Also on Thursday, Expert Divers Mike and Gale Weede will be presenting a fascinating program about the many shipwrecks in the waters of the Beaver Island Archipelago at 8 p.m. also at the community center. On Friday, the "Protar Lady" will be back at the Protar House from 1-3 p.m. This same Friday, George Anthony will read from and talk about his new book, "The Elders Speak" at 8 p.m. at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. Saturday noon features the pet show at the Print Shop, and Saturday night is "Pinky's Bingo" at the Parish Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Bingo games starting at 8:00 p.m.

Music on the Porch Story and Pictures HERE

32 Quicktime Streaming video clips added to the above link on July 23, 2009.

Kevin O'Donnell's Presentation, Story and Pictures HERE

Several Quicktime Streaming video clips were added on July 24, 2009, including the author's reciting of "Homecoming."

Ray Denny Memory Art Show HERE

Nine Quicktime Streaming video clips were added on July 24, 2009

Frank Solle's Photograph

George Anthony's Presentation Story and Pictures HERE

Six Quicktime Streaming clips added July 25, 2009.

BIRHC Holding Fundraiser Golf Outing

Charity Golf Outing and Picnic Supper

To Benefit

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Sunday, August 23, 2009, with sign in at 12:30, tee-off at 1 p.m.

4-person Scramble Format with Three Flights: All Men teams, All Women Teams, Mixed Teams (2 men, 2 women)

Prizes for each flight, plus individual prizes for men and women, Closest to pin on 4 & 6, Longest putt on 1,Closest to center of fairway, Longest drive

Lots of Door Prizes

A fun Outing –buy Mulligans & Other Aids to Help the Team Score

Don't Golf?—Try it or just join us for the picnic supper following golf

Sign Up Now –No Later than August 19, 2009

Nature Pictures

There was a convention and a community school project of the geese population down near the "Wooden Nickel." There were plenty of nature pictures this week. HERE are a few.

Chicago to Mackinac Race

The first boat arrived at Mackinac this morning, so perhaps the Island will get some visitors on their way back. The first two boats were just able to be seen on the horizon from the "Wooden Nickel" area last night at 8:15 p.m.

These two were first and second places as they came near Beaver Island....

Cedar Waxwing Babies in the Nest

Pictures HERE

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip HERE

Ladies' Golf Tournament

Pictures and Story by Frank Solle HERE

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Thursday, July 30, 2009, from noon til 5:45 p.m.

Marathon Update

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.


Race Director
Ron Suffolk
P: 248.446.1315
C: 248.921.1032
F: 248.493.5911

Registration Coordinator
Sharon Suffolk
P: 248.437.4524
C: 248.921.2720
F: 248.493.5911
Sharon@goodboyevents.org Elaine

Music Fest Opens

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.

Pictures of Music Fest HERE

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of a festival morning

Saturday night pics of the festival HERE

Beautiful Font Lake

Pictures HERE

B. I. Christian Church Announces Benefit Concert

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!

Men's Golf League Competition Is Tough

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 .

Osprey Babies-Not Babies Much Longer

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.

Osprey Babies Prepare to Fly

More Osprey Clips

Frank Solle's Protar's Tomb Picture

Fox Lake in July a Beautiful Sight

View the pictures HERE

Andrea Moore's Photography

Moore Than Photography

If You Don't Have It, You Need It!

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.

Don Vyse Submits Resignation

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.

Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing Scheduled

July 31, 2009...Registration Deadline July 28, 2009....


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.

BICS Press Release

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.

Talking Threads to Raffle a Quilt

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 gauthierg@charlevoixcounty.org

Questions may be answered by calling 213 547 4461.

Picture I.D. is required by all students.

Baroque on Beaver 2009 Schedule and Preview

Update on Men's Health Fair

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.

Men's Health Fair

Dr. David Wartinger, urologist, from Michigan State University

Dr. Wartinger is Here on the Island

US Wildlife Service Press Release

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Episcopal Mission Church Announces Summer Schedule


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

(Editor's note: All church service notices that have been directed to the public will gladly be posted here. Send them to medic5740@gmail.com)

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

First Outing Story, Picture, and Results are HERE

Second Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

Third Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

The dates for the next "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings"

July 26th (Please note this has been changed from August 2nd)

August 23rd

September 13th


Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Beaver Island Community Center

8am - 9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday

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

Click HERE for more information about Summer Activities

August Events HERE

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