BI News on the 'Net, July 7-13, 2008

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.

Talented Young Artist Keith Grassmick

Amvets Offers Scholarship




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Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporter!

Welcome to Inland Seas School of Kayaking!

Summer is Here!

People at the beach and the Emerald Isle arriving.

One night with a flat calm harbor.

An interesting flower.

Font Lake Kayak Ecotour Pics

An abandoned beaver lodge

Pitcher plants

Closer view of pitcher plant

Lots of interested people

An abandoned nest.

Osprey on Nest

It can be an amazing sight when one gets the opportunity to observe nature. It can also be an amazing gift when one shares this information. The information about the Osprey being on her nest out on Sloptown Road was passed from one to another and then to yet another. The results of sharing of this information can be seen on this page. Thank you to Steve Rose who passed the information to Michael Curtis. Michael took these wonderful pictures of the osprey leaving the nest on a hunt and returning to the nest with a successful hunt.

Photographs are HERE

2008 Jerry Sowa 3rd Annual Memorial Golf Outing

Information about this August 1, 2008, Golf Outing HERE

Michigan Teachers' and Students' Honey bee
Apiary Project for Ecology

Dianne Tracy taught a program on Honey Bees and BeeKeeping at CMU last summer in 2007. She is also teaching another much smaller class as an independent study program this summer. Information about this project is on the web. The results of this program has been turned into a video and may be viewed at this website:

Native American Heritage Day Video Clips

4th of July Parade

Parade Pictures

4th of July Carnival

Carnival Pictures

Boat Parade

Fireworks after dusk

4th of July 2008 Video Clips

Sonic Boom Rocks Beaver Island

At approximately 9:20 a.m. on July 4, 2008, a sound like an explosion caused residences and businesses to shake right here on Beaver Island. One Island resident stated, "It sound like it came from up above." This person was correct. The Blue Angels were practicing between Beaver Island and Traverse City and apparently broke the sound barrier, which in turn caused the explosive sound and the rattling of the windows and the doors.

Several people thought that there had been some kind of explosion, but no emergency occurred, just a sonic boom.

3rd of July Golf Tournament

The 4th of July traditional tournament was held on July 3, 2008, beginning at approximately 9 a.m.

Press Release on Garden Island Search and Rescue

(from Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department)

On July 1, 2008, at approximately 7:26 pm, the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office on Beaver Island received a call from 911 indicating that a windsurfer had gone missing and was overdue returning to his residence on Beaver Island.

911 received a call from Cassandra Biehler of Grand Rapids, stating that her husband Frederic Biehler was windsurfing off a point on Beaver Island known as “Sucker Point”. Mrs. Biehler indicated that her husband normally stays in the general area, but she had been unable to see him for quite some time and was worried due to the changing weather conditions that something may have happened to him. 911 notified the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office, Beaver Island Deputy, Jake Wasylewski, of the situation. Wasylewski notified the volunteer members of the Beaver Island Water Rescue Team comprised of EMS paramedic Ken Bruland, and Fire Department member Garrett Cole, and at 7:52 pm, responded in the rescue boat to begin the search in Lake Michigan. Island Paramedic Joe Moore also responded and waited on shore near Sucker Point to watch for the missing boater to return. Water Rescue searched the area Mr. Biehler was thought to be in for about an hour and a half. At 9:10 pm, there was still no sign of Mr.Biehler, the Water Rescue team requested assistance from the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard responded to the request within minutes and stated they were sending a helicopter to the area to assist. Soon after, 911 received a call from Paul Welke, owner of a Island Airways and a local airport on the island, asking if it would be beneficial for him to take one of his personal planes up and assist in the search for Mr.Biehler. Water Rescue approved and within a few minutes, Paul and Angel Welke were up in the air, in the area Mr.Biehler was thought to have drifted.

At 9:31 pm, Angel Welke radioed the Water Rescue team that they believed they located the missing boater in Pete Manitou Bay on Garden Island, about three and a half miles from where Mr.Biehler had begun wind surfing. Welke stated that there was an individual standing on the beach matching Mr.Biehler's description. Water Rescue made it into the shallow bay to make contact with Mr.Biehler at about 9:43 pm. Once in the boat, Mr.Biehler was checked over by Paramedic Ken Bruland, and other than being cold and some scrapes, was in good health and high spirits. At this time the Coast Guard was informed of the situation and that they could stand down. Once back on Beaver Island, Mr. Biehler was checked over again by Paramedic Joe Moore, and given a ride home. Beaver Island Water Rescue and the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone involved who assisted in the search and rescue.

7/10/08 Update

Ann is in very high spirits and comprehends everything. She has been breathing on her own for several days. I have read all of the cards that were sent to her and she enjoyed that very much. I also took a CD player and several CDs of beautiful music with me and she is really enjoying the music as well. She is presently being moved into a rehabilitation center and hopefully, will be home in about two months. I will ask Joe to post a new mailing address as soon as I have one. Again, thank you all for your continued prayers and support. God bless you all, Tina Walker

7/6/08 7:00 PM Update on Ann Zanella

I just got off of the phone with Ann's nurse. Ann is finally, as they put it, "waking up.'  Although she has been awake, she was not responding to anything but pain. She was tapping her fingers and watching the nurses. The nurse told her that I was coming for a visit tomorrow and Ann smiled and tried to mutter something. "Praise the Lord!" She will be at the hospital for several more days and be moved to a rehab. facility. The surgeon has told Ann's daughter that her mother will be in rehab. for about two months where he expects a full recovery and then she will be sent home. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and kind words.

God bless you all, Tina

Chamber News

We Are Moving Into The New Community Center.

Your Chamber office will relocate to the new Community Center in July. The beautiful new space is just to the left as you enter the building.

Don't Forget About Room Finders

Attention accommodations members: If you have open dates in July and August email your chamber office. Question about how room finders works, call (231) 448-2505.

Secret Unconfirmed Report About The Air Show

The B-17 Yankee Lady will make a low pass over Paradise Bay at about 10:00AM on July 18. We have an unconfirmed report from a usually reliable source that she will be escorted by a P-51 Mustang fighter. What a sight it would be to see both bomber and fighter fly over Beaver Island.

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Editor's Note

Things We Do to Get a Picture

Jeff Cashman caught BINN editor in this photo trying to get a better view of the Community Center Open House. First the questions that might be in your mind. No, I did not climb up on this car without permission. I believe the owner's words were, "As long as you don't dent it." Yes, I did get some unique video clips and photos from this viewpoint. No, there was not always a clear view of front porch. There were people there attending, particularly one in a bicycle helmet that kept standing up and getting right in the way. No, this editor did not get better photographs than the Beacon photographer. That will never happen, but it was slightly a different viewpoint. Yes, Jeff Cashman will get a thank-you for sending me this picture. It's right HERE---"Thank you, Jeff, for this picture and your wonderful sense of humor."

Here's the picture:

BI Community House Grand Opening

The Preservation Association of Beaver Island held a Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting, and Open House Tour beginning at 12 noon on July 1, 2008. MORE

BICC Open House Crowd Gathers Video Clip

BICC Open House Judi Gallagher Welcomes Video Clip

BICC Open House Building's Previous Use Video Clip

BICC Open House John Fiegen Thanks Volunteers Video Clip

BICC Open House Welters Thank You Video Clip

BICC Open House Welters Cut Ribbon Video Clip

BICC Open House Invite to Enter Video Clip


Beaver Island Community Center Rules

Beaver Island's Native American Heritage

Day Two of the Beaver Island Community Center Grand Opening's Week events included dancing, drums, flutes, fiddler, native American food samples. Another wonderful day was had at the Community Center.

Ann Zanella Address

Anyone wanting to send a card to Ann may do so, at this address: Northern Michigan Hospital, 416 Connable Street,Ann Zanella, I. C. U. Room 147, Petoskey, MI 49770.

You Can Ride the Yankee Lady B-17 Bomber

On Friday July 18 at about 10:00 AM the Yankee Lady B-17 will make a low pass over Paradise Bay prior to landing at Beaver Island's Municipal Airport. There is an unconfirmed report that she may be escorted by a WWII fighter. A number of other vintage aircraft plan to attend the Beaver Island Air Show July 18 and 19 if the weather is good.

 In addition to the Chamber of Commerce the following sponsors made the Yankee Lady visit possible: 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. A special sponsor flight will take off at noon on July 18th.

Public rides on the Yankee Lady will be available on July 18 and 19. The price is $425. The beautiful vintage plane can accommodate up to 10 passengers at a time. Riders will be able to sign up on site or make advanced reservations by contacting Dave Wright at the Yankee Air Museum, (734) 483-4030. Reservations are recommended for a family group. Rides are tax deductible donations to the museum.

Public tours of the beautiful polished aluminum plane will be available for a small donation. The Yankee Lady is the finest flying example (only 12 are flyable) of the venerable B-17 in the world. She is a B-17 G model built in 1945.

More information about the plane and the Yankee Air Museum can be found at .

Boyne Thunder to Visit Beaver July 12

News from the Chamber of Commerce

The high performance power boats of Boyne Thunder will once again visit Beaver Island's Paradise Bay on Saturday July 12, 2008. The Poker Run that benefits Camp Quality begins in Boyne City with a staggered start and a reduced speed trip down Lake Charlevoix. Once they hit Lake Michigan they bury the throttles. Some boats top 100 mph.

The first boats are expected to arrive at Beaver Island about 10:30. The Chamber of Commerce has assisted with the event for several years. This year Municipal Marine Harbor Master Jim White will take over the duties of arranging for a volunteer card boat that will be anchored in front of the Marina.

More information about the event and photographs of the colorful high speed boats can be found at .

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:

In what month and year did the Beaver Island Community School celebrate the last show of M. A. S. H.?

No one answered this question. Perhaps, we're all getting too old to remember things? This was in February of 1993 as reported by the Beaver Beacon, fifteen years ago. There were many who dressed up for this affair, which was held in the Holy Cross Hall. This leads to the next question which is about the celebration.

This Week's Question:

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

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of, July, August, and September 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?

This bird feeder is seen by all as they drive to " The Point" and back, referring to Whiskey Point. It is across the street from the Marine Museum.

This week's Where's This?

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

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.

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