Boyne City Main Street hosts the 6th annual BoyneThunder Poker Run Friday-Saturday, July 10-11. High-performance offshore boats from across the Midwest gathered in Boyne City on the beautiful shore of Lake Charlevoix.
BoyneThunder begins in Boyne City and continues on to Charlevoix, Beaver Island, Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor. The boats will roar back to the Boyne City Marina for the event's culmination which includes a Thunder Feast by the lake.
The cigar-type boats hit the Beaver Island Harbor of Paradise Bay today, July 11, 2009, right around the time of the Emerald Isle ferry departure.
Pictures of the Boyne Thunder Boats HERE
Last night, July 10, 2009, at 8 .p.m., the Beaver Island Community Center held the Beaver Tales Production, directed by Jacque LaFreniere and Elaine West, with musical director Scott Kasbaum, artistic consultant Frank Galati, Party Worker Ron Stith, Beaver Island ABCs by Jayne Bailey and Suze Bonadeo, and Programs by Ann Partridge. The musical number "If We Don't Have It, You Don't Need It" was composed by Scott Kasbaum and lyrics by Elaine West.
This "Beaver Island House Party" was hosted by Lisa Vance Gillespie and John Fiegan and was a combination of wonderful stories, the lore of Beaver Island; an assortment of musical styles, from country and western to Irish tunes; and good old fashioned "belly laugh" humor. The party guests on stage were Jayne Bailey, Bob Bass, Phil Becker, Susie Fisher, Scott Kasbaum, Doris Larson, Barry Pischner, Miranda Rooy, Mike Scripps, Shelly Scripps, Sheri Timsak, Kevin White and Wendy White.
Three more shows are scheduled: Friday, August 14; Friday, September 4; and Friday, October 2. This is a must see production that warms your heart.
For Pictures of the premiere performance, click HERE
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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.
The Quicktime Streaming video clips of papa and mama Loon and their two babies on Barneys Lake are here. The fascination with the loon nesting and nursery habits seem to be more widespread than previously thought. It seems that when the loon babies get just about this size, they become just right for the predatory birds. So far, the other inland lakes, that have had two loon babies, are no longer the same size family. They have either lost one or more than one babies to the predators. The Barney's Lake pair have so far been able to escape the predator's grasp.
It is not very easy to approach these mysterious birds. A fishing boat sixty feet away will send the loons moving in a frenzy of paddling away. The CMU researchers with their nets on the lake sent the birds all the way to the farthest cove away from the activity. As with most photography and video, a serious investment in time is necessary to move quietly without disturbing the birds. As you will see in these clips, the loons didn't seemed too concerned with the camera, no the advancement of the camera man because there was not an attempt to get too close to the loons and therefore scare them away.
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The other bird that fascinates many is the osprey nesting on Sloptown Road. It was amazing to see a group in their early twenties pause their rental vehicle in the road, pull off the road, and spend nearly twenty minutes watching the nesting ospreys. There are many age groups interested in this nesting site. Quite literally thousands of pictures have been taken of this nesting site by the many that stop to view it.
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Short clip of bird playings Peek-a-Boo
Read the public information about the CCC proposal HERE
Ken Bruland, owner and operator of Inland Seas Kayaking, provides eco-tours of the inland lakes of Beaver Island. On July 8, 2009, a group was on Barney's Lake. "I wholeheartedly recommend it," one participant stated. Here are some pictures of a previous eco-tour of Font Lake. HERE
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.
This new sign was just seen on the Back Highway with an arrow pointing to the Beaver Island Christian Church. The sun was in just the right location to make this look like it was three dimensional.
There are no cormorants in the harbor area, so say some. Several have been seen in the harbor area. There seems to be noone trying to scare them away this time of year. This one was photographed sitting on the piling by Skip Duhamel's fishing boat. Several have been sighted in the Gull Harbor area as well.
Right next to LakeSports, next to the Beaver Island Boat Company, and across the street from the Shamrock is a park that seems to get more and more traffic each day. While looking for a place to eat your to-go sandwich or ice cream cone, you might think to walk into the park and sit in the shade of the tree and watch the harbor. What a wonderful view this is, but close and far away!
The closer look shows beautiful flowers and a historic notification
The farther away view shows just as much beauty...
And, of course, there is a wonderful view of Whiskey Point, its lighthouse, and the boathouse.
Thank you, Frank, for your wonderful artistic eye and the talent to capture it in photographs!
You may be able to imagine the look on the faces of the tourist who were driving by on the tour bus as they watched a grey-haired older man wandering through the grass in a zig-zag pattern, first this way, then that way, then a stop, then a go ahead. The tourist were never even seen by the photographer until after this picture was taken. You should try it sometime. Just go ahead and follow a bumblebee in its travels, while trying not to step into a birds nest or disturb any other wildlife. You really should try it!
On osprey was on the side of the nest. The other was in the nest. The two had brought more short branches to build up the sides. On July 7, 2009.
July 10, 2009
Because this may become an issue with some subscribers, and because it is important information for those who do not currently have DISH, cable, or other providers, this article will spell out an experience of off-the-air TV for those who may be facing the same situation.
With a 103-inch antenna from analog TV days, which includes the UHF capabilities required by digital TV, the reception from the Kings Highway-Carlisle Road location was completely absent. Hooking up a pre-amplifier at the antenna helped immensely and TV channels were then available. Although there is an ability to turn the antenna, that was not included in this test of the digital TV channels available at this location.
Once a signal was received, the scan of the digital -to- analog box was able to find several channels. They are listed here:
One scan provided a different list of channels than another scan. It must depend upon which channels the individual station is broadcasting on. Some channels have the digital scrambled mess that you can't see, but most of them, when they come in, are very clear, and the sound is also very good.
The Digital Stream converter box that was purchased from Radio Shack also provides the schedule for those channels that are broadcasting it. That helps figure out whether you are watching ABC, CBS, NBC, or FOX. All of the channels do not have an identifier in the bottom right corner of the screen.
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If you have been checking this website, you will have noticed an absence of a picture of an eagle. There were other bird pictures. There were turkey vulture pictures mistaken for possible eagle pictures. The planets were in the proper alignment today, July 7, 2009, for an eagle picture to be taken. This eagle was in the tall tree at Gull Harbor. Some walkers on the road and on the trail didn't even see the eagle.
Some more eagle pictures and video clip HERE
The number of people on Beaver Island this weekend of the 4th of July must have increased by 2000 people. The crowds were downtown for the parade and the carnival, and the traffic after the fireworks was also a record number of cars, causing a traffic jam on the intersection of Daddy Franks hill and Kings Highway and Back Highway. One motorist counted 54 vehicles coming up the hill while waiting to cross the intersection from north to south. "There were cars as far as you could see going out the Kings Highway looking south towards Tight's Hill," one person remarked. "A lot more cars this year than last."
Before the parade officially started, the Beaver Island Choir sang patriotic songs down in front of the Community Center.
More on the Choir including video clips HERE
Then the planes from Island Airways did a fly-over Paradise Bay. Then the John Works, Jr., fired his canon just as the planes flew over. This was to signal the beginning of the parade. On the return flight over the harbor, Island Airways did the "missing man" maneuver and the 4th of July festivities were begun.
The Civil War replica canon.....John Works and helper ready to fire the canon
More on the Canon firing and a video clip HERE
Island Airways fly-over the harbor..................Missing Man formation begins........Two planes continue......the other flies off.........................
Charlevoix County Deputy Travis Williams throws candy to kids during the parade
More on the parade and video clips HERE
On the way down to the carnival, this spirit-filled young lady was spotted in the Harbor Market.
After the parade everyone heads down to the convent lawn for the carnival...
The result of the facepainting part of the carnival
More on the carnival and video clip HERE
After a well deserved rest from activity, the entire community gathers around the harbor for the Boat Parade and FIREWORKS!
Pictures and Video Clips HERE
This yearly tournament took place on July 3, 2009, organized by the Shirley Sowa family with Kevin Stipp making the most of his efforts for this tournament. This year registration began at 8:15 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. canon start. Two teams, mostly consisting of five players each would be starting on each of the nine holes. This makes just about ninety people playing golf on the nine hole course at the same time.
July 31, 2009...Registration Deadline July 28, 2009....
Howard Davis turned 80 years old on July 1, 2009. He has been pastor at the Beaver Island Christian Church and is filling in as pastor this summer. Howard enjoyed his birthday by playing golf twice at the Beaver Island Golf Course and by walking the course a third time. "I got my five miles in today," Howard stated. Howard played golf "every morning at 10" then walked the course with his family and finished just before the Men's Golf League was about to begin play.
Week 5 saw a major change at the top of the Men's Golf League Standings
Howard Davis and Joe Moore moved into 1st place. Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith moved from 4th place into 2nd place. Larry Laurain and Joe Williams fell from 1st place to 3rd place. Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers fell from 3rd place into 4th place. Frank Solle and John Runberg moved up from 7th place into 5th place.
Next week may bring even more movement in the top 5 places with the following matches being played.
Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers play against Frank Solle and John Runberg
Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith play against Francis Pike and Larry Kubic
Larry Laurain and Joe Williams play against Ivan Young and Buck Ridgeway
Chuck Carpenter and Earnie Martin play against Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman
Neal Boyl and Kevin White play against Howard Davis and Joe Moore.
There are only 9 points between 1st and 5th place with 7 weeks remaining in the season. At this point none of the 10 teams are out of the running to win the league title. With the handicap system used to level the field, any team is capable of beating anyone
on a given night.
So, all in all, and interesting birthday for Howard Davis as his team moved into first place in the Men's Golf League. Several golf league members said, "I hope that I can still be playing golf at 80," or "me, too." Congratulations, Howard, on your birthday and on your golf scores!
Wednesday night saw Howard Davis and Joe Moore remain on their perch at the top of the league. Larry Laurain and Joe Williams team (with Lars Larson subbing for Joe Williams) slide up into 2nd place just 7 points behind. Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith are in 3rd place 1 point out of second or 8 points out of first place, and Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers are tied with Frank Solle and John Runberg for 4th place 3 points out behind 3rd place or 11 points out of first place. The race for the League title remains tight and with six weeks to go anything can happen.
Congratulations to Howard Davis who got a HOLE IN ONE ON #6. Sally may have to widen the door to their home so he can enter.
Also a reminder to all the golfers out there to be sure and enter their teams for the 4th Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing which will be held on the 31st of July at 5:15 p.m .
From Buck Ridgeway
It was last summer when professional stage directors and summer residents Frank Galati and Peter Amster brought together a “think tank” of island performers to brainstorm about writing an original show about life on Beaver Island . “The idea of the show being an Island house party seemed perfect,” said co-director Jacque LaFreniere. “We want the audience to feel like we've taken a wall off the house and they can sit back, watch the party and enjoy all the performances. Co-director Elaine West says that the show will include musicians, singers, and humorous and touching stories about island life. Frank Galati is assisting with the rehearsals and adding many creative touches to the show.
The title song for the production, with lyrics by West and music by musical director Scott Kausbaum, embodies the theme of the show:
“If we don't have it...You don't need it!”
The cast includes John Fiegen and Lisa Gillespie as the hosts of the party and “guests” - also the performers: Doris Larson, Brian Roman, Susie Fisher, Barry Pischner, Kevin and Wendy White, Mike and Shelly Scripps, Sheri Timsak, Miranda Rooy, Phil Becker, Bob Bass, Sheri Timsak and Jayne Bailey.
The show will be performed at the Community Center on Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 DOS.
This early afternoon about 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2009, the "Wendy Ann" left the mouth of the Paradise Bay harbor pushing the barge. The tugboat was brought to Beaver Island early last summer, but hadn't really been put to work as a tugboat yet. This may be its first real tugboat mission.
More pictures and video clip HERE
Although Signe did not graduate from Beaver Island Community School, she did attend school here on Beaver Island from second through seventh grade. A short interview of her accomplishments and plans is HERE.
On April 13, 2009, in Orlando Leone had the nose surgery. Since that date she has been in and out of hospitals. Finally on May 1 she was discharged from Breton Manor to our condo. She remains on full oxygen. She is able to navigator very well with her walker whiles in the house and has her wheel chair for outside visits.She maintains her composure in spite of it all. She keeps busy knitting and other craft work. No complaints A week ago she had additional local nose surgery which made a great improvement. Our main concern is her congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. In a couple of months, she will see a specialist for both.
Please continue her in your prayers, and me as chief cook and bottle washer
Much love, Chuck and Leone
I am back in my apartment now, but pretty much "homebound": for a month or so. I had to have a complete left knee replacement which suffered some damage during the fracture. It is not as easy as some say. I do have therapists come to the apartment two or three times a week for up to two months. I am getting better but will be glad when it is over. I have lost about half of the year !
Best wishes to all.
Paul F. Nelson
Playing the music that the 50 and 60 year olds remember from the 50's and 60's, Rigormortis kept the crowd entertained at Donegal Danny's last night. The music was memorable, the audience appreciative, and at one point some were in tears. When Rigormortis played "Harbor Lights," there were several in the crowd that teared up. The rest of the night was full of fun.
Rich Scripps.................Randy Osborne..............Rich Gillespie........
Right after the parade on the 4th of July, Rigormortis played at the Beachcomber. This video clips caught Randy Osborne singing.
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.
K-12 Special Education Position Posted:
Because of the recent resignation of long-time special education teacher Judi Meister , the school district has posted for applicants for a K-12 special education teacher. The position was posted at online at the school's website, www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us and www.greatschools.com . An interviewing committee will be made up of the Principal/Superintendent, two teachers, two board members and a parent to interview the top candidates. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2009.
Pictures by Jeff Powers located HERE
This Great Blue Heron was photographed at Gull Harbor. More photos HERE
These loon babies are floating around on Barney's Lake with mom and dad loons close by to warn and protect them.
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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.
This fund-raising concert will be held on July 11, 2009, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Red Deer, 37670 Kings Highway. For information, please call 1-231-547-6722. Eleanor, Patrick, and Jenny McDonough may be contacted at this phone number.
Our mission statement reads: The BIRHC strives to provide high quality, cost effective patient treatment and wellness services to the entire Beaver Island community
The specific focus in applying for this grant was is to obtain funding to support preventive and basic care for the increasing number of uninsured and under-insured residents. The grant will help offset costs for laboratory tests administered by BIRHC personnel and processed at Charlevoix Area Hospital . This grant would help us address an increasing reality on Beaver Island where fewer have any health insurance or whose insurances will not pay for routine preventative care.
It will cover direct costs for basic blood work to screen for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid disease, prostate cancer and anemia. BIRHC care providers will perform routine physicals and baseline EKGs. By providing preventive and routine screening and health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Beaver Island , BIRHC would be able to identify and treat emerging medical issues before they become chronic conditions.
clinic for routine care, they use the clinic for emergent care. With the grant monies we are able to offer physicals, routine lab work, EKG's, to those without insurance who would not come in for a physical or spend $200.00 for screening lab work.
Although BIRHC care providers and volunteer licensed health professionals are willing to donate their time for health fairs and health screening, the Health Center cannot absorb charges for analysis of lab work and other direct costs.
We hope to entice those without insurance to begin routine care and continue with follow-up once the initial work is completed so their problems can be addressed before they become expensive emergencies. We will also work with people to see if they qualify for one of the publicly funded health programs.
BIRHC personnel would cover the costs for the routine physicals and baseline ECG's, and the grant would be used to cover expenses for educational materials and laboratory analysis.
Dr. David Wartinger, urologist, from Michigan State University
July 8-10- details to follow – mark your calendar – call 448-2275 for additional information
Going hand in hand with physicals being performed by our care providers at the clinic, Dr David Wartinger, who owns property on Beaver Island has offered his time and expertise in putting together a MENS HEALTH FAIR. Tying in with the news of the grant approval, I have been contact by Dr. Wartinger, urologist who works at Michigan State University, who has generously volunteered his time to do screenings for the men on Beaver Island. Blood work can be done to check PSA blood levels.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Fortunately, most prostate cancers can be treated effectively when caught early. While one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes, today's treatments are highly effective, and only one in 33 men will die from the disease.
Dr. Waringer will also address other men's health issues..He will be back also in August, if the July dates might not work for someone.
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.
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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 12 Rev. Hugh Dickinson
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"
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!
All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this page.
Independence Day movie changed
July Movies at the Community Center
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