BI News on the 'Net, July 21-27, 2008

St. James Episcopal Mission Announces Dedication

The dedication of the Allen Protege Organ, a gift of the Bishop Whittemore Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2008, at 4 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Mission. Kevin Simons, Colleague, American Guild of Organists, from Saginaw Valley State University; Ann Myers Simons on trumpet, and Dr. Mary Lou Nowicki, will be performing. A reception will follow.

BICS Looking for Temporary School Bus Driver

The Beaver Island Community School is looking for certified school bus driver to shuttle BICS students to and from town and CMU Biological Station. The driver will make one run from town to CMU Biological Station at 8:00am on each school day and will make one run leaving CMU Biological Station at 3:00pm. The driver is needed for the months of September, October, November and December. Interested candidates may find out more information by contacting the school office or via email at .

AmeriCorps Position Available

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your life and the lives of others? You could have that chance with the Char-Em ISD AmeriCorps Program. If there is a qualified and interested person, Char-Em ISD would assign an AmeriCorps volunteer to the Beaver Island Community School .

The Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District is seeking individuals for assignment in local elementary schools. Successful applicants will require a positive, patient and encouraging manner while working one-on-one with at-risk students. If you would like to be a part of helping children be all they can be and helping strengthen communities in a variety of ways, we are looking for you. These full-time positions are a 10 month commitment and require completion of 1700 hours of service throughout the 2008-2009 school year. Benefits include a living stipend of $11,400, an education award of $4,725, and single subscriber health insurance for qualifiers. Members must be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED and be free of any criminal convictions. For additional information or an application call 547-9947. Char-Em ISD is an EOE. Information is also available by contacting the Beaver Island Community School Office at 231-448-2744 or by emailing .

July 22, 2008

Two Ospreys on the Nest

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Frank Solle's Osprey Nest Pictures

Moon over the Osprey Nest

Ospreys in or on the nest

You Can Follow the Chicago to Mackinac Race

The sailboats in this annual race are carrying GPS locators this year, and you can see who is ahead, their location, and gain information about each boat by going on the web to one of these addresses.

The Chicago Yacht Club's website also has information and a link to the race:

Returning Mackinac Race Boats Stop at Beaver

The Mackinac Racing Boats come by Gull Harbor

Coming close to Paradise Bay

Rafted out from the Yacht Dock.

Beautiful Barney's Lake

These pictures were also taken by Frank Solle. The panoramic view of the lake:

The view of the beautiful lake:

Music on the Porch 2008

Museum Week's first night is traditionally Music on the Porch, and this year was no different. Unfortunately, the weather was cold, and the rain did not hold off long enough to get all the tunes completed. MORE

Video Clips of Music on the Porch

Imagineering with Bruce Struik

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross Parish Hall, Bruce Struik made an excellent education and entertaining presentation about how he had used natural wood items to produce artistic sculptures. Bruce was assisted by Paul and Liz Niehaus in his endeavor to get all those present to visualize and determine what each person saw as (s)he looked at one piece. Paul kept asking each person present, "What do YOU see?" Toward the end of the presentation, the audience was notified of what Bruce Struik saw in each of the pieces. MORE

This Week is Museum Week

July 21-26, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Climb the historic Beaver Head Lighthouse at the South End.

Protor Home Opening from 1-3 p.m. with Antje Price, talking about the Protar, Saint of Beaver Island.

Music on the Porch begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Print Shop Porch (Rain location is the Holy Cross Hall)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Climb the historic Beaver Head Lighthouse at the South End.

Mary Blocksma Book Signing from 1-3 p.m. on the Print Shop Porch. What's in the Woods will be signed by the author and her prints will be for sale.

Imagineer begins at 8 p.m. at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. Lead by Bruce Struik, this is an interactive program discussing how natural items may become art, and then will view items in finished pieces. Come get some ideas!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Climb the historic Beaver Head Lighthouse at the South End.

Ray Denny Memorial Art Show and Sale will be at the Gregg Fellowship Center from noon until 5 p.m. Come see the artistic talents of our many talented Island people.

Whiskey Point Lighthouse Restoration Dialogue takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Whiskey Point Lighthouse. The items that need to be accomplished, the costs of the project, and how to raise the money will all be discussed.

Northwest Lake Michigan's Lighthouses will be at 8 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Climb the historic Beaver Head Lighthouse at the South End.

Ray Denny Memorial Art Show and Sale will be at the Gregg Fellowship Center from noon until 5 p.m. Come see the artistic talents of our many talented Island people.

The Wisdom of Our Ancestors will be at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Hall. This presentation will be by Seamus Norgaard, giving informaton about Celtic culture from Ireland to Beaver Island.

Shipwreck Diving will be at 8 p.m. in the HC Parish Hall. Mike and Gail Weede's presentation will be about diving on the Islands' shipwrecks.

Friday, July 25, 2007

Climb the historic Beaver Head Lighthouse at the South End.

Ray Denny Memorial Art Show and Sale will be at the Gregg Fellowship Center from noon until 7 p.m. Come see the artistic talents of our many talented Island people.

Protor Home Opening from 1-3 p.m. with Antje Price, talking about the Protar, Saint of Beaver Island.

Bing Ban Bong Bingo at Holy Cross Parish Hall begins at 8 p.m. with the doors open at 7 pm

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Climb the historic Beaver Head Lighthouse at the South End.

Kid's Pet Show will take place at noon at the Print Shop Porch.

Ladies of the Lakes will take place at 8 p.m. at the HC Parish Hall. This presentation will be about the dangers and rewards of women lighthouse keepers.

Panoramic Picture by Frank Solle

Status of the School Building Project

B-17 Enroute to Beaver Island

At 9:00 a.m. on July 18, 2008, the B-17 took off from Detroit according to Steve West, Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. The harbor flyover will take place between 10:45 - 11:00 a.m. if the fog clears as it is expected to do. Alternate landing site is Charlevoix or other if necessary, and it will come to Beaver Island as soon as the weather permits.

It was reported that the phone was ringing off the hook at the Chamber office with everyone wanting to know when the aircraft would come to Beaver Island. The weather sometimes controls every activity on the Island at some point or another. The weather was in charge of when the B-17 could come to Beaver Island. Nothing that Steve West or any other person could do would make it appear any sooner. The aircraft would wait until it was safe to fly.

The ferry boat entered the harbor while several people waited for the Yankee Lady to fly over the harbor, and it did so twice before the aircraft flew over at reportedly close to 1500 feet.

At 3:50 p.m., the B-17 flew over the harbor area, and then headed for the Beaver Island Township Airport. For those of you who were waiting in one location or the other like some of us, the total time from 9 a.m. until almost four p.m. seemed like an eternity.

The only "in-the-air" picture that was gotten on Friday was this one.

The Yankee Lady wass sitting proudly on the tarmack at the Beaver Island Township Airport. There are many interesting items to purchase being sold by the operators of the aircraft. There are cookies and muffins and barbecue pork sandwiches. The Lighthouse Fellowship and the Beaver Island Christian Church are selling baked goods, and Paradise Bay Coffee Shop is providing breakfast and lunch.

The aircraft was waiting for the weather to clear to allow the $425 per person flights to take place on Saturday, July 19, 2008..

Click HERE for more pictures of the Yankee Lady.

Video of Yankee Lady

Vicky Rockwell and her husband Tom Rockwell own and operate a business named Eyeland Art, and are both professional photographers. Their website is at

Vicky took the video on the page of this link, edited it, and gave it to News on the 'Net for you to view. Thank you very much to both Vicky and Tom Rockwell for their help in getting this to you. We needed to convert the file to an H264 hinted format for video streaming, which you can see by going to this page HERE.

Letter from Kathy Speck

Thousands of islander's and visitors enjoyed watching the Yankee Lady B-17 fly overhead. Hundreds toured the historic plane on July 18 & 19. About 20 went for a flight experience. This was only possible because of the sponsors who helped the Chamber of Commerce bring the WWII bomber to Beaver Island.

Thank you: Island Airways, Ken McDonald, Roger Wilcox, Beaver Island Golf Course, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Elson & Helen Spangler Family, Fresh Air Aviation, Beaver Island Lodge and Haggard's Inc.

Thanks to Helen Pike who opened her home to the Yankee Lady crew on a busy weekend when every room on Beaver Island was booked. Also, thanks to Elaine West for her help with transportation, logistics, public relations and much more.

And, of course, I want to extend huge thanks you to Steve West. Even though it was “his job” to put this together, he went way above and beyond!

I was with the Spangler family as they watched their Dad climb on board for the first time in 63 years – what a thrill it was; we all shed a few tears.

Kathy Speck


Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Ladies' Golf Tournament, July 19, 2008

As with all tournaments at the Beaver Island Golf Course, this one started off with a bang--the explosion of the John Works' Civil War Replica Cannon. For more information about this tournament with story and pictures by Frank Solle, click HERE.

Fundraiser for Jerry LaFreniere

Hello Friends and Family!

Just letting you know to mark your calendar for Friday Aug. 29th ....(Labor Day Weekend).  We are in the planning stages for hosting a HUGE "Garage" party at Unfinished Farms in honor of Jerry Lafreniere.  We are calling it a "garage party" for all the gatherings he has hosted over the many?  I would love to know a true count!  Hundreds??  If you have not already heard, Jerry is going through some serious health issues, and we need to let him know we love him, and hope to lift his spirits with good old fashioned barn dance.

I am very very open to ideas and suggestions to make this event the ultimate for him.  Yes, it is going to be a benefit........and who deserves a little shot in the arm better than him!  We have the "2x4" band reserved already, and I'm working on the pig roast and hobo pot details.

If anyone would like to sign up to be part of the set-up, clean-up, and food crews....please let me know.  The help will be very much appreciated. 

I don't have a huge address book, so please forward this message to any and all people who you think would like to know about the event.

Last year we recorded 670 people who attended our benefit for Brian, I think we may top that if we get the word out it is for Jerry!

Thanks everyone!........I'll be in touch.  

Beth McCafferty (and of course John!)

Two Amazingly Talented People Get Married

On July 19, 2008, Beaver Island was treated to one of the most beautiful, yet relaxing and enjoyable weddings at the St. James Episcopal Mission. The bride and groom rode off on two mopeds with cans tied behind them after the ceremony was over, riding throughout the harbor area in wedding gown and suit tooting the moped horns all the way and returning afterward to the mission church for pictures.

Prior to the moped ride, Martha Guth and Ricardo Lugo recited their marriage vows. Congratulations to Martha and Ricardo!!

Some amazing music was performed at this wedding celebration as well. "Canticle I" by B. Britten was sung by Daniel Paget, tenor; accompanied by Alison D'Amator on keyboard. The processional, "E-major Partita" by J. S. Bach was performed on solo violin by Stefanie Bester. The recessiona, a "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn was also performed on solo violin by Stefanie Bester.

BI Community School Press Release

Board of Education Appoints Officers: At its July 14, 2008, Annual Organizational Meeting the Beaver Island Community School Board of Education elected the following officers from among its members: Barbara Schwartzfisher; President; Dawn Marsh, Vice-President; Sharon Nix, Treasurer; and Nancy Tritsch, Secretary. As part of the organizational meeting, all board members including trustees Brian Cole, Gail Weede and Tina Drost were assigned to the following committees: Finance, Building, Curriculum, Policy & Personnel, School Improvement, Beaver Island Youth Consortium (BIYC), and negotiations.

Secondary Social Studies Position Posted and Filled Because of the recent resignation of teacher Marianne Brown, the school district sought applications for a 7-12 th grade social studies teacher. The position was posted at online at and on . The district received over 50 applications that were sorted and reviewed. An interviewing committee made up of the Principal/Superintendent, two teachers, two board members and a parent then interviewed the six top candidates. Three candidates were invited back to teach a mini-lesson with five high school students followed by another round of questioning by the committee.

Mr. Timothy Eaton, a Grand Valley State University graduate, was unanimously selected by the committee. In addition to completing the teacher certification program at Grand Valley , Tim completed undergraduate work at the University College Cork, Ireland, and earned his masters degree at the London School of Economics. Tim has all of the qualifications plus to teach secondary level social studies. It is possible that Mr. Eaton may also coach girls' basketball. Tim and his wife will be moving to the island in August.

School Building Project Making Progress A revised timeline for completion of the new school building was discussed at the July 14, board of education meeting. The end date for the project remains very close to original expectations, but the date for earliest occupation of part of the building has changed.

Optimistically it had been hoped that the K-8 and office wing of the building (Zone B on the drawings) could be occupied in time to start school in early September. The occupation date is now more realistically set for early November and plans are underway to secure appropriate learning spaces for the elementary students. Discussions are underway with the Community Center, the Beaver Island Christian Church, and Holy Cross Catholic Church to determine which spaces may be available and appropriate for use as classroom spaces. Attempts will be made to keep students in as few locations as possible.

High school students were already scheduled to attend classes at CMU's academic center for the fall semester. Plans are being finalized for the use of a Charlevoix Public Schools bus to run a shuttle from town to the Sand Bay facility each school day.

The gym will be available by late August for Volleyball Camp and practices. Soccer Camp and practices will be held on the O'Donnell property on King's Highway. In anticipation of the building project, home games for both volleyball and soccer were not scheduled until late September.

An informational meeting with parents will be held on Tuesday evening, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Township Hall for the purpose of answering questions and addressing concerns that parents will have with the proposed temporary housing of students.

Contact: Kitty McNamara

Beaver Island Community School

37895 King's Highway

Beaver Island MI 49782


Phone 231 448 2744

Fax 231 448 2919


Political Signs Around Town

Some candidates have signs out for the coming election.

PABI Fundraiser-A Silent Auction

The sign-up bidding sheets may be found at the Beaver Island Community Center for these items shown on the page by clicking on the link above. You can also check out the website at:

The Chicago Basket will close the auction on August 1. Booking for flights, hotel...etc must be done 21 days in advance hence the early auction date. All of the others will auction off on Aug. 15. Winners will be notified within a day or two of the auction.

Update on Ann Zanella

July 19:

They removed the tube from Ann's throat this past Thursday and she is very happy about that. She can now speak to everyone. They still have the feeding tube in her nose and have begun feeding her foods such as applesauce, pudding, mashed potatoes and squash. She was not happy with the mashed potatoes or the squash! They hope to remove the feeding tube after next week. She is still progressing slowly. They had her on a drug for depression which was interfering with he ability to think and respond clearly. Thank goodness Ann's daughter Tammy has been there to observe this and get her off of that medication. Thanks again to all of you for your continued prayers, care and concern. I have put together some of her belongings and all of the cards that were sent recently and a friend of the family is here on the island and will be taking her things to her this weekend. They hope to begin the tougher physical therapy in a week or so. Ann's children have hung all of the cards around in her room and she loves it!

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Coming Soon

Rita Gillespie needed products available from the blood that you can donate. One donation can help several people. Please consider donating blood at this blood drive coming soon at the Beaver Island Christian Church. The blood drive takes place on Thursday, July 31, 2008, from noon until 5:45 p.m. The Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive is sponsored by the Beaver Island Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, and St. James Episcopal Mission. The blood drive will take place in the new Gregg Fellowship Center. all presenting donors can enter to win NASCAR race tickets and a $500 gas card. For details or information contact Lars Larsen at 231-448-2470, Jean at 448-2893 or Connie at 448-2379. Additional support comes from Island Airways and the Beaver Island Boat Company.

Amvets Offers Scholarship




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Meetings, Events, and Activities

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

This is the last Hazardous Material Day for this year.

For Beaver Island Residential Only

Saturday, AUGUST 30, 2008

10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

APPOINTMENTS ONLY – call 448-2228

Common Household Hazardous Wastes:

drain openers * oven cleaners * metal cleaners and polishers * grease and rust solvents * brake fluid * carburetor and fuel injection cleaners * starter fluids * air conditioning frigerants * paint strippers and removers * adh esives * photographic chemicals * herbicides

insecticides * pesticides * fertilizers * fungicides * swimming pool chemicals *

mercury and mercury thermometers * OIL BASED PAINT ONLY

QUESTIONS? Call 448-2228

Sponsored by:

Charlevoix County Recycling Committee

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

(Is this one too hard?) Who dressed up as Clinger for the M. A. S. H. celebration? (Blackmail is not allowed.)

Sarah McCafferty guessed correctly using the way in which the question was phrased. Yes, it was your BI News editor who got into the spirit of MASH day and dressed up as clinger. It was very difficult to sneak into the school and down to the Holy Cross Hall on that day without being seen by too many people. Here's why the sneaking was needed:

The outfit including shoes (not seen in the picture) was on loan from Marge Wagner. What a great day of fun this was!

This Week's Question:

The Beaver Island Fire Department has been busier than usual this summer. In that spirit, in what year was the forest fire on Hannigan Road?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of August, September, and October for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to:

Where's This?

Last Week's Where's This? and This week's Where's This?

See if you are observant. Test your observation abilities. Do you know where this is?

No one guessed this location this week. Perhaps it was too busy this week to just take a drive and look for this. This one deserves a clue. Hint: If you are in town headed for the BI Transfer Station, you pass this horseshoe on a power pole.

Email your answer to

Planning for the First Annual Haunted House or Haunted Attraction for Beaver Island

This attraction is separate from the Lighthouse School and will be held on a different day so both attractions can be enjoyed by all. Is anyone willing to donate the use of their home, preferably an older farm house, or does anyone know of a good possible location for a community haunted house for this October??? 

The building has to be safe and sound, this means, no electrical, plumbing  or structural problems. In the event that a suitable structure cannot be located we will still need the use of a vacant or wooded lot, preferably near town. A one time event insurance policy  or a a rider on an existing insurance policy will be in effect to cover liability. This attraction will be very scary and may be inappropriate for younger children..

Anyone interested in volunteering to help, please contact Tina Walker at 448-2020. Thank you. ACTORS  -  SET DESIGN  -  LIGHTING & SOUND  -  CREATIVE PEOPLE  -  SECURITY  

Halloween Story Writing Contest

There will also be a Halloween story writing contest to help come up with the story and theme for this years haunted house or haunted attraction. The contest is open to all 7th through 12th grade Beaver Island Community School students. A meeting will be held at The Beaver Island Community Center in "The Hangout" this August, to go over the guidelines of the contest. Watch for an announcement on this website and flyers in town, as to the date and time of the meeting. Anyone wanting further information, please call Anna Martell at 448-2652 or Tina Walker at 448-2020.

Baroque on Beaver

A Festival of Classic Music

All performances are free and open to the public. Free will donations are welcome!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at Gillingham Auditorium, CMU Bio Station

Tonight's program will include small ensemble groups and solos

Concerto for Two Trumpets/Strings by Vivali, Sonata for Two Flutes by Schultze, Violin Concerto in A minor by Bach, Sextet Opus 18 by Brahms, Invitation au Voyage for Voice, Bassoon, and Piano, and more....

Thursday, July 31, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at Gillingham Auditorium, CMU Bio Station

Tonight's program will include small ensemble groups and solos

Barber of Seville Oveture by Rossini/Sedlak, Suite for Two Violins by Telemann, Revue de Cuisine by Martinu, Concert for Oboe, Trumpet, and Continuo by Hertel, and more............

Friday, August 1, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall

Tonight's program with feature the full orchestra and chorus, "Of Spirit and Spirits"

Oberon Overture by Weber, Seranade for Winds by Dvorak, Old 100th Psalm by R.V. Williams, Rule Britannia! by Arne, and Coronation Anthem by Handel

Saturday, August 2, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at the new Beaver Island Community Center

Tonight's program will feature full orchestra and soloists, "Featuring our Friends"

Orchestral Suite in D major by Bach, Concerto in E-flat for Two Horns by Rossetti, Kol Nidrei for Cello by Max Bruch, You'll Never Walk Alone Carousel by Rodger/Hammerstein, Mozart and more......

Sunday, August 3, 2008, 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall

This afternoon's performance will feature orchestra and chorus, "America's Emerald Isle"

Bugler's Holiday by Anderson, Tune from County Derry by Grainger, Nocturne Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn, Oh, Silve Moon! Rusalka by Dvorak, Last Rose of Summer with soloist Martha Guth, Gaelic Blessing for Sunday by Rutter, and more.........

Jazz and More!

Music Camp from 9-12 a.m., July 28-August 1, 2008

Being held at the Beaver Island Christian Church, this music camp features interactive musical experiences for Grades 3-12 for local and visiting students. Please call 448-3047 to enroll!

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

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes