July 29-August 5, 2007 BI News on the 'Net

School Bond Issue Clarification

Several people have asked me to clarify the tax implications for the school bond issue.

Basically, the ‘Bonding Proposal' will not request more in taxes than were paid last year for building needs,
but would replace two that were paid last year:
1.Last year Beaver Island tax payers paid 1.46 to pay off the debt on the 1993 addition
2.Last year Beaver Island tax payers paid .89 mills into a sinking fund for school improvements.

The two taxes listed above will go off the tax bill and will be replaced by a new levy of
not more than 2.3 mills if the bonding proposal passes.


2.3 MILLS TO BE LEVIED IN 2007 (the average annual millage that would be levied over the life of the bond is 1.89 mills)

submitted by Kitty McNamara

Men's Wednesday Night League Competition

Really Heats Up

With only five points separating the top five teams in the men's golf league, competition for the playoff week next Wednesday will really be about as hot as the weather has been for the last two weeks. Between the ties at 10-10 and the barely wins at 12-8, there is no runaway leader this year in the summer league. Next Wednesday's playoff round will be very tight competition.

Frank Solle and John Runberg are in first place and will play Ivan Young and Buck Ridgeway, in second place, for the playoff with only one point separating them. Ron Wojan and Bob Simpson in third place will play John Robert and Bill Hirschey in fourth place for the playoff with only two points separating them. Jeff Mostelle and Ryan Smith are in fifth place and are only five points from first as well. It should be an exciting finish to a great season!.

PLEASE No Burning!

If you have not noticed how dry it really is in the fields and in the woods, please heed this warning. IT IS DRY! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT BURN ANYTHING! A grass fire could lead to a much more serious situation. Please be very careful. If you think you have a good reason to burn anything for any reason, please check with the Beaver Island Fire Chief Tim McDonough. Talk to him before burning anything for any reason.

Beaver Island Farmer's Market

Beginning Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Island grown produce, fresh flowers, bread, herbs, eggs, honey, and other items will be available for sale at this Farmer's Market. The plan is to sell available items grown on the Island or Island-made right here on the Island. Whatever items are in season and available will be offered for sale.

Bring a friend and a shopping basket for your chance to buy items locally produced. Come visit the Farmer's Market at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop.

Volunteers Sought for Boardwalk Building at Beaver Island Nature Preserve

Interested in putting in a little hard work to benefit local hiking trails at the Little Sand Bay Preserve on Beaver Island? The Little Traverse Conservancy is working in partnership with Beaver Island residents and volunteers to rebuild boardwalks at the preserve that were damaged by beaver activity.

The Little Traverse Conservancy's 60-acre Little Sand Bay Preserve is located near the Welke's airport off East Side Drive. A mix of conifer forest, thick cedar swamp, and sand dune habitats are found at this property which also includes 1,300 feet of Lake Michigan frontage.

The trail building process will begin on Friday, August 10 th as Conservancy staff and volunteers haul in lumber for the new boardwalk. The following week of August 13 th , actual boardwalk construction will take place.

WHEN: Friday, August 10 – 9 am

Saturday, August 11 – 9 am

Sunday, August 12 – 9 am

Additional boardwalk construction dates yet to be determined for the week of August 13. Please call 231.347.0991 for more information.

WHERE: Meet at the parking area at the Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve

WHAT: This will be strenuous work. The bulk of the work will be hauling in lumber to be used for trail construction. If you can come for an hour or several hours, all help is welcome! You will be joining a crew of staff and volunteers from the Little Traverse Conservancy. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to let us know you'll be coming, please contact the Little Traverse Conservancy at 231.347.0991.

Directions to the Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve: From Welke's airport, go south on East Shore Drive for approximately 200 yards. Turn left at the preserve sign, left at the fork, right at the next fork. Follow the driveway in to the parking area.

Who is This Baroque Composer?

This Baroque composer's name was Johann Sebastian Bach. He had two wives and twenty children, but only ten of the children survived infancy.

Baroque on Beaver 2007 Coverage Here

Mitch Ryan, MD, to Speak August 2nd

Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the BI Christian Church, Mitch Ryan, M.D., will be talking about his work in training medics in Burma.    Come to the potluck at 6 and stay for Mitch's presentation at 7.

Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Tournament

Friday, August 3, 2007, at 5 p.m.

The tournament takes place at the Beaver Island Golf Course on August 3, 2007, 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 bibuck@biip.net, or call the golf course at 2310 and ask for Sandy.

BIBCO Trip to Mackinac City

This trip is scheduled for August 5, 2007, leaving Beaver Island at 7 a.m., arrival about 10 a.m. Boat leaves Mackinac City 5:30 p.m. enroute back, arrival about 8:20 p.m. Shuttles to Mackinac Island and St. Ignace are available.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Who was the bass player who came over to the Island and played with Hogie Hogan, Jewel Gillespie, and Ed Palmer at Holy Cross Dances in the early 1980's?

Julie Gillespie was the first to guess correctly that this bass player was "cousin" Ernie Moore.

This Week's Question:

Ed Palmer's first record was titled "On the Beach of Beaver Island." What are the names of the other musicians that performed on that album? There was a bass player, a rhythm guitar player, a fiddler, and a piano player besides Edward who played lead guitar.

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: medic5740@gmail.com.

Baroque on Beaver 2007 Schedule

There is NO CHARGE for any of these events.

FREE WILL Donations are greatfully accepted

Orchestra and Chorus

Two performances are scheduled

Saturday, July 28, 2007 at the Holy Cross Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 29, 2007 at the Holy Cross Hall at 2:00 p.m.


Chamber of Commerce News

The Chamber of Commerce is considering bringing the Yankee Lady B-17 bomber to Beaver Island next July 18-19. The beautiful WWII bomber is owned by the Yankee Air Museum www.yankeeairmuseum.org . Island Airways recently sponsored a visit to Charlevoix. "We need ten $700 sponsors to bring the Yankee Lady to Beaver Island next July. Four have already signed up," said Chamber Director Steve West. Any individual or business interested in sponsorship should contact the Chamber of Commerce office at (231) 448-2505 or chamber@csyip.net .

Donegal Danny's Pub-Irish Music

Besides as the wonderful music that is being performed in the classic vein with orchestral instruments and choir including solos, duets, quintets, and octets, Donegal Danny's Pub has Irish music on July 27, 2007. Perhaps the almost full moon brought out the crowd.

Kevin White, Miranda Rooy, Patti Cull, and Cindy Gillespie were the band.

Kevin was singing "Danny Boy"

Robin Lee Berry performed during the band's break.

Joining Robin was her daughter on one song and Miranda on another.

It's great to see Kevin White performing and it's obvious he enjoys what he's doing.