If the method to measuring success is the size of the audience, the first two days of Baroque on Beaver is off to an excellent start. CMU's auditorium in the Jim Gillingham Center was packed to the rafters for the Thursday night performances. Many extra chairs were brought in and people were standing on the sides as well. "Standing room only" is the rule so far for the B on B concerts. Friday night the venue changed to the BI Community Center and is was also packed. The "Bach Bookends" Friday night performance included a Baroque orchestra for the Bach Double Violin Concerto, a Classic orchestra for the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, and then quickly changed to a string octet for the Mendelssohn, and another change for the brass quintet.
Ken Bruland has taken many pictures during his kayaking adventures. Here are a few pictures of some of the exciting things that he has shown his groups.
This research vessel arrived on Beaver Island to help CMU provide water tours of the Beaver Island Archipelago.
From email received on July 28th:
Leone's medication was not reducing her fluid retention, as a matter of fact she gained 10 pounds It was necessary to take her to Spectrum hospital yesterday.They will give her special care Please keep her in your prayers. I will keep everybody up to date. Chuck Schellenberg
I spent the day with Leone at the hospital today. She is doing fine. She is being fed medication intravenously and they were able to remove a liter of fluid today. She has a good appetite. She had an echo gram today She is in Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids Room 6020 N. Phone 616-391-7153 She has a good appetite and is able to sit up in a chair. She had an echo gram today. Chuck Schellenberg
| TRAVERSE CITY — Aaron Ryan Anthony, age 29, of North Glenn, Colo., formerly of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 28, 2009.
He was born Nov. 29, 1979, in Charlevoix, to George and Pauline (Kenwabikise) Anthony. He was a graduate of Traverse City High School.
Aaron enjoyed drawing, painting, and he was an avid mountain hiker and runner. He was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Aaron is survived by his parents; brother, Andrew (Caiti) Anthony of Empire and their children, Amelia and Margaret; a sister, Amrena "Amy" (Karl) Kitchen of Peshawbestown and their children, Adam, Brendan, Cameron and Evan; a sister, Angeline (David) Avis of Traverse City and their daughter, Jillian; a brother, Alec (Katrina) Anthony of Traverse City; girlfriend, Jennifer Haflich and her son, Logan; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Aaron was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Paul and Isabelle (Wabanimkee) Kenwabikise; and paternal grandparents, Amos and Eva (Gemmel) Anthony; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. A funeral will be held Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home.
Please share a memory of Aaron at www.MeM.com .
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.
As of Wednesday morning, July 29, 2009, the TDS DSL service to Beaver Island is still not working. It went out on Tuesday. If off-Island people wonder why Island people are not returning their emails, if confirmation of shipping is not known, and if the confirmation of flight reservations is not possible, you might guess it's the TDS DSL service (or rather lack of service) that may be the reason. It's pretty amazing how much we have become dependent on the Internet access that this service provides. Everything mentioned already, plus online ordering, online reservations at motels, and many other things in modern, everyday life have come to a screeching halt.
The librarians must be beside themselves as they get asked, "Why is the Internet down?" As if, by some miracle, the librarians might know the cause of the outage. "When will it be back up?" Again, a ridiculous question since the technology for even phone service is complicated by a microwave tower, radio systems, and technicians working, not only on Beaver Island, but also on the mainland where it takes 'one here and one there' to accomplish the task. Then, once all is working, it must be in "synchronized" to provide the services that we so much have become dependent on.
"When will it be back up?" is just a little like asking a weather man "When will it stop raining?" It will begin working again when all systems are repaired, and certainly not before. "When will that be?" Give me a moment while I look into the crystal ball. Perhaps it can provide an answer.
It was also interesting that the credit machines at McDonough's market would not work for debit cards unless the "credit" button was chosen. The 'debit' button simply would not work.
July 26, 2009
"Dad, dad, where are you?" my daughter hollered as she came running in the back door. "One of the babies fell out of the nest." With shaving cream still on my face, I emerged from the bathroom and went out the door. "Do you have any gloves?" she asked in a panic. I went back into the bathroom, found a pair of vinyl EMS gloves, and went back outside. "The baby is down here on the ground, and we don't want Goober to eat it," my wife stated clearly. (Goober is our Jack Russell terrier.) I reached down with my gloved hand and picked up the baby cedar waxwing. It bit at my hand and struggled to get away. "How will we get it back into the nest?" I asked slightly concerned at the heighth of the nest in the red maple next to our back deck. My daughter tried to reach it by standing on the railing of the deck. "I can't reach it," she said, "but you can if you stand on the railing." Pulling a lounge chair next to the railing, I stepped up on the chair, grabbed the trunk of the tree, and stepped up onto the railing of the deck holding a cedar waxwing baby bird in one hand and grabbing the tree with the other.
Now I was reaching up toward the nest. As I reached on the tips of my toes, I heard a clatter of sounds, and, as I placed the cedar waxwing baby on the edge of the nest, three other baby birds arose from the nest and flew off. As soon as my hand released the baby, it also flew off. All of them were putting up quite a squawk from the cedar hedge. Apparently, today was "learning to fly day" for the waxwing babies. The one who fell out of the nest hadn't quite gotten the idea of what flying was all about, and also apprently, (s)he had kind of fluttered down to the ground at the base of the tree. My big hand reaching toward the nest must have provided all the babies with the inspiration necessary to fly off without any more teaching effort, just complete instinct to escape.
Moral of this story: You can try your darndest to help mother nature, but mother nature takes care of her own.
July 27, 2009
Week 9 saw Howard Davis and Joe Moore holding on to 1st place after winning 11-9 although their cushion dropped to 10 points over 2nd place. Larry Laurain and Joe Wlliams moved into 2nd place by one point with their 14-6 win. Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith dropped into 3rd place by one point despite winning 14-6.
Chuck Carpenter and Ernie Martin remained in 4th place 4 points out of third after a 9-11 loss. Frank Solle and John Runberg moved into 5 place 1 point out of 4th even after their 9-11 loss. Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers fell into 6th place, 1 point out of fifth, after a 8-12 loss. Ivan Young and Buck Ridgeway stayed in 7th place, moving within 3 points of 6th with their 11-9 win. Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman remained in 8th place after a 8-12 loss. Francis Pike and Larry Kubic remained in 9th place after a 6-14 loss. Kevin White and Neal Boyle remained in 10th place after winning 12-8.
Next week's matches:
1st place, Howard and Joe vs 6th place, Ron and Jeff
2nd place, Joe and Larry vs 4th place, Earnie and Chuck
3rd place, Jeff and Ryan vs 8 place, Rob and Dan
5th place, Frank and John vs 9th place, Francis and Larry
7th place, Ivan and Buck vs 10 place, Neal and Kevin
With 2 weeks of the regular season left and "PLAYOFF NIGHT" remaining, just about anything can happen, especially between 2nd place and 6th place.
Performing to a completely full house at the Beaver Island Community Center on Monday, July 27, 2009, the children's dance troupe provided an hour of absolutely wonderful entertainment. The audience was obviously pleased with what they saw because the standing ovation and adulation was heartfelt. What an amazing group this is! How lucky the Islanders who were able to see the performance!
From traditional dance from many parts of Mongolia to the Latin dance routine, all present were amazed at the talent and the beauty of the dancing.
It is amazing to find how few people are observant of their surroundings. On July 28, 2009, the car was parked near the second sign on Gull Harbor. The video camera was set up and running, and a photographer was kneeling down trying to get the 'perfect' picture. A total of six cars drove by, and none of them slowed down to view the eagle sitting in the tree. The same was true for some bikers, one motorcycle, and three groups of walkers. Only one older couple stopped and chatted for a moment after taking the time to take a few pictures. This statistically would equate to less than 10% of the people. Can you believe that less than 10% of the people were observant enough to view a bald eagle in a tree? What was their purpose in riding, driving, or walking on the Gull Harbor Road? We'll never know, but it's sad that the majority did not see this:
There it is!
These gulls were around the picnic table looking for handouts. The baby was just so cute. Who could resist? The mom was pretty good at allowing the baby get about every eighth of the French fries that were provided.
While the geese looked on....
The osprey nest on top of the microwave tower has provided many a visitor and many a resident with entertainment from the beginning of the nesting season until now, and probably will for a little while longer. There have been several nesting pairs of loons on Font Lake, but the outcome has not been all positive. Only one of the loon babies on the road side of the lake has survived. "It's as big as its parents now," was the report from residents on the lake. The nesting pair on Barney's Lake has shared a small island with mute swans, and the loon babies hatched, but the mute swans abandoned their nest. Following the babies on Barney's Lake has become an obsession with some, and that is the reason for this picture. The two loon babies on Barney's Lake have learned to dive, which is one of the primary ways to protect themselves. For some pictures, more story, and video clips of the ospreys and the loons, click the link below:
This osprey from the microwave nest was hovering over Barney's Lake looking to provide some food for the youngsters in the nest. Between the boat being launched and the canoe being loaded, the osprey decided to look elsewhere.
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
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.
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!
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.
With all kinds of fun-filled activities for all ages, the Beaver Island Historical Society held their Museum Week this past week. Just below is an electronic picture of the week taken from their hand-outs at the museums.
Museum Week ran from July 20-July 25. Highlights of the week are below:
Charity Golf Outing and Picnic Supper
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
August 4th 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.
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.
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.
Dr. David Wartinger, urologist, from Michigan State University
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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"
August 16th (Changed from 23rd)
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!
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