B. I. News on the 'Net, June 15-21, 2009

Paradise Bay Coffee Shop Opens for the Summer

2009's First Farmers Market

With the opening of the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop's opening for the summer of 2009, the first Farmer's Market of 2009 also opened on Thursday, June 18, 2009. There will be a farmer's market every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at this location.

More story and pictures HERE

Quicktime Streaming Video

There have been several requests via email to repeat the directions for setting up the Quicktime Streaming Video. You must have a high speed Internet connection, such as TDS-DSL, in order to view these video clips. You also need to have a program that can be downloaded and installed over the Internet. This program is FREE. There is no need to purchase anything, and, in particular, you do not need to purchase Quicktime Pro, which will be offered to you during the download.

Directions for downloading Quicktime:

1. Go to the following website: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

2. Uncheck the "Sign-up" boxes unless you want to get a bunch of junk email.

3. Type in a valid email address as requested.

4. Click the FREE DOWNLOAD NOW button.

5. Click "Save File" if you are given a chance OR Click "Run" if given a chance. The download may take several minutes depending on how busy the apple.com website is at the moment you begin your download.

6. Once the program is downloaded, you need to look on you desktop for a Quicktime icon. If you have an icon that is named "QuickTimeInstaller. exe," then you need to double click on this icon to install the program.

7. After clicking the "QuickTimeInstaller.exe" icon, a dialog box will come up. You need to click on the "RUN" button.

8. You should get a message box saying, "Preparing to Install," and shortly thereafter, another dialog box that indicates that the program was "Successfully Installed."

If you have any problems installing Quicktime, please do not hesitate to contact me at: medic5740@gmail.com.

Some New Quicktime Streaming Video

Osprey Feeding clips 1 and 2

Gull Harbor clips 1 and 2

Loon Nest on Barney's Lake

Editorial: Vandalism at Gull Harbor

Terns Diving for Food and Fun

Previously, a few photos have been placed on the website about the tern on Barney's Lake. It is amazing to watch these predators and well worth the drive out to Barney's Lake to view them when they are there.

Talking Threads to Raffle a Quilt

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.

Dr. Phillip Lange, 84, Passed Away

Dr. Philip F. Lange, 84, of Beaver Island, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey, Mich., surrounded by his family. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements were handled by the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey.

Helen Grace Ries, born July 21, 1919, Passes Away

TRYON, NC – Helen Grace Ries, born July 21, 1919 to Aaron and Helen Strong in Dearborn, MI, passed away on June 12, 2009 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC.

Helen Grace met Richard G. Ries at Grace Hospital in Detroit, MI. Following his military service in WWII they were married. They remained at Grace Hospital with Helen Grace being the RN in charge of obstetrics and while Richard completed his residency in obstetrics, after which they moved to Jackson, MI.

Helen Grace was very active in the Jackson community, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, was a member of the Jackson County Medical Society Auxiliary, the Ellis Sharp Park Museum, First Presbyterian Church, Winterset, Jackson Country Club and Nomads.

She loved nature and being on the water and was an avid hiker and birder. She taught wildflower classes and guided children's school groups at Hidden Lake Gardens.

She had an endless passion for world travel, particularly remote islands. In 1972, they bought a home on Beaver Island in MI, but warmer winters were enjoyed in Tryon, NC.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Richard, daughter, Kris, son, Granner, and two grandchildren, Emily and Aaron.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorials to, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722.

A private memorial service will be held at Beaver Island in MI.

USCG Works on Whiskey Point Light

Not sure what work was being done, but these pictures were taken while driving by on June 15, 2009.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Rears Walleye

Story about the growth of the walleye fry HERE


(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 gauthierg@charlevoixcounty.org

Questions may be answered by calling 213 547 4461.

Picture I.D. is required by all students.

Rummage Sale at Hurkmans

Baroque on Beaver 2009 Schedule and Preview

Ladies Golf Tournament Scheduled

Camp Quality Here on Beaver Island

Short Story and pictures HERE

AMVETS Flag Disposal Ceremony

Sunday, June 14, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. Picnic to follow

Story and Pictures HERE

Apple Blossoms

Beaver Island EMS Wish List

The latest and greatest equipment was presented to the BIEMS crew this past week by Physio-Control sales representative Kurt Zondervan. The newest equipment out on the market for our EMS volunteers to salivate over included an automatic CPR machine, a new model cardiac monitor Life-Pak 15, and a new model automatic external defibrillator (AED).

AED...................................Life-Pak 15

More Barney's Lake Pictures HERE

June 14, 2009 in the afternoon ..............On the nest on June 16, 2009..........Still on the nest June 18, 2009

Osprey Update HERE

June 14, 2009 in the afternoon ..June 16, 2009 early morning......osprey feeding on June 17, 2009

Font Lake Loons HERE

They're Just Carp, BUT Still Fascinating!

Story HERE

Letter to the Editor

They're Just Carp

Thanks for the great photos and video of carp spawning in the Whiskey Point area. Now days they are often called "Golden Bones" because they are such sport to catch on a fly rod. Already this season Chamber of Commerce member,fishing guide Kevin Morlock, is booked for several weeks fishing for "Just carp." http://www.beaverisland.org/ recreation/index.html  

Visitors are planning trips to Beaver Island for the specific world class angling adventure of attempting to land, with a fly rod, and release twenty (20) pounds of hard charging carp. A great story from In-Fisherman magazine, by Morlock, is posted on the Chamber web site. http://www.beaverisland.org/ carp-fishing/index.html

In most of the world the carp is considered a prime sport fish that is good to eat as well. Once salt water bone fish were considered trash fish. Now sport anglers spent thousands for a few day of bone fishing. The Beaver Archipelago is the best location in the country for fresh water shallows fly fishing for golden bones. Thanks again for the wonderful photos and video of these sporting giants on the Beaver Island flats. As Kevin Morlock says, "sunshine on their shoulders makes them happy."

Steve West, Executive Director, Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Barney's Lake and Minnows in the Shallows

Quiet and serene in the early morning

It's amazing what you can see if you just stop and take some time to look.....

Still and warm and beautiful at 6:30 a.m. on June 16, 2009

Rescue Boat Misson #1 for Summer 2009

An empty boat?? What's up? Pictures HERE

Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Concert

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.

BIRHC Manager Donna Kubic Presents FREE Services

Free Physicals to uninsured residents of Beaver Island

View the Quicktime Streaming Video Interview

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.

Men's Health Fair

View the Quicktime Streaming Video

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.

US Wildlife Service Press Release

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From Sue Oole:

We thank you all so much for the continued cards, phone calls, and prayers as we get used to life without Art in it.  You have all been a great comfort to us and it is unbelievable how many lives dad has touched.  He will continue to be missed for quite some time.

Arrangements have now been made for a grave side service on Beaver Island on Friday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Protestant Cemetary.   There are three boats going over to the island that day, so several opportunities for our friends and family to come over for the service.

You can visit the Beaver Island Boat Company web site to check the boat schedule for departure times out of Charlevoix.  You can also check the island Chamber of Commerce site for information on lodging.

Again, thank you for all your love and support during this difficult time.  Thank you for making Art a part of your life.

Digital TVs, Digital Cellphones, OH MY!

We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Digital! Ready of not the digital world has come upon us. We don't really have any choice.

Digital cellphones may allow us to do many more of the things while we are mobile instead of while we are sitting at a desk in the office or at a desk in our home. There are some who wonder why we ever went to digital in the first place. In two days, June 12, 2009, the broadcast television stations will be going digital as well. If you get your picture with an outside antenna, it is likely you won't anymore. You won't get the signal on your analog TV without a digital to analog converter box. You may not get the digital signal even if you have a converter box without a special TV UHF antenna, and even that may not work on Beaver Island, which may not get a signal at all. We will all know the answers on June 12th.

Back when cellphones were analog, a cellular provider who wanted to provide service in a particular zone would have to prove that it could provide coverage to 90% of that zone or coverage area. Now they don't have to prove a thing. With a digital cell phone antenna in the harbor area, a cell phone won't work inside as close as one-half mile away from the harbor. It's plain to see that a cellphone won't work inside Stoney Acre Grill on a rainy day.

What is all this ranting about really? There is a solution to the digital cellphone range issue if you have a cellphone signal outside your house, and you want to get that signal inside your house, so you don't have to stand outside to talk on the cellphone, and possibly get eaten by mosquitoes. The solution is slightly on the expensive side right now, but it works quite well.

The zBoost Cellphone Repeater by Wi-Ex does exactly what it is advertised to do. With a zBoost YX510, you mount the external antenna outside your home where you get the best cell phone service. You then route the coaxial cable from the outside of your building and connect it to an internal repeater box about 4 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches tall. You can mount this box on the wall or have it sit on a shelf. You then plug this repeater box into an 110-volt outlet. You are in business. Your cellphone signal inside your house will be as good as the signal outside your house, and sometimes it will be slightly better. This device will provide excellent indoor coverage for your cell phone providing you the same level of service when you go outdoors. It will work for multiple cell phones in the same building at the same time. The almost non-existent one or two bars becomes 4 or 5 bars through the zBoost repeater, and it seems to work very well with All tel, AT&T, and Verizon, but won't work with Nextel.

With a retail price of $300-$350, it is a little pricey, but it does work. It provides coverage for a 45-60 foot radius around the repeater unit. Tested on Carlisle Road here on Beaver Island, it provided better coverage in the entire house, on the front deck, and on the back deck. If you need cellphone coverage indoors, check out the many other options available by doing a Google search for zBoost, or call Radio Shack in Charlevoix, a local zBoost dealer.

Did You Hear the One About....

An older fellow wanted to install an antenna outside his house. He located a twelve-foot wooden step-ladder that he had been keeping around for just such a situation. The ladder had been loaned to friends very recently, and it worked just fine. With his feet about six feet from the ground, making his head just a little over twelve feet from the ground, the ladder decided to collapse with both sides snapping at approximately the same level about six feet from the ground. The older fellow on the ladder didn't say a word as he landed on his padded glutes and smacked his hard head on the grass-covered ground except, "Where are my glasses?" The glasses were found twelve feet from the fellow's head, and, luckily, were not damaged. Not so the old fellow's pride as a van stopped and pulled into the driveway. "We saw the whole thing," the two ladies stated. "Are you alright?" "There's nothing damaged here except the ladder and an old fellow's pride," the man stated with a grimace on his face. "Now I have to find another ladder to finish the job."

The ladder was located and the job completed, but the pride is still suffering, along with a very sore old fellow who is walking quite carefully, has a headache, and a stiff neck, not to mention a bruised behind.

Moral to the story: Get a younger man to do the ladder work for you. And, YES, your wife is right most of the time, as much as you hate to admit it.

Episcopal Mission Church Announces Summer Schedule


All Services at 10 a.m.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH, 26055 Pine Street (448-2241), Church on Gallagher Avenue, Beaver Island, MI 49782

June 21 & June 28 Rev. David Madsen

July 5 & July 12 Rev. Hugh Dickinson

July 19, 26, Aug 2 Rev. John English

Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko

(Editor's note: All church service notices that have been directed to the public will gladly be posted here. Send them to medic5740@gmail.com)

Island Treasures Resale News




Beaver Island Electric Vehicle Show

Beaver Island's Jeff Connor will have a vehicle in the show.........................................................................................


(Beaver Island, MI) Beaver Island will be invaded by electric cars on June 26 and 27 for the second Beaver Island Electric Car Show. Two mainland dealers will be showing 12 small cars and Jeff Connor from Inland Auto will be showing his newly converted Dodge Dakota electric pickup. All cars will be available for demo drives.

Many of the cars will arrive on the ferry on Friday morning at 10:45, and will be shown in front of the Shamrock Bar & Restaurant and Harbour Market who are co-sponsors of the event. Fox Motors of Charlevoix will be showing a selection of new and gently used GEM cars, and North Central ZENN will feature ZENN and Miles cars, both new and used. Dealer and bank financing will be available.

On Saturday at 1:30 pm there will be a free showing of the movie "Who Killed The Electric Car?" at the Beaver Island Community Center, sponsored by the Electric Car Show.

Last year's Electric Car Show was a success. Event organizer Dan Wardlow said "Over 400 people came out to see the cars, and over 200 test drives were taken. Six cars were sold which doubled the number of electric cars on the island. We're hoping people come out to see what's new and take a drive. We're especially excited by Jeff Connor's electric pickup conversion, built right here on the island. There will also be some very sharp pricing on used cars, and new cars qualify for a federal tax incentive this year."

Beaver Island's network of free public charging stations for electric cars continues to grow. Three new locations will join the existing six during June: the Beaver Island Community Center (back of building), Ed Wojan Realty (front of building), and the Beaver Island Trading Post (34545 Kings Highway). These charging stations allow EVs to take a short "convenience charge" which expands their practical range.

Hours for the Electric Car Show will be Friday 10:45 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For Photos of the Electric Vehicles, click HERE

Jeff Connor's Conversion of Dodge Dakota Sport

ATV Training Course Offered

June 15, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Air Show Coming June 26-28, 2009

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Paid Marathon Workers & Volunteers Needed

    A number of paid workers and volunteers will be needed for the September 5 Beaver Island Marathon. (Prior story News on the Net) If you have questions contact Ron Suffolk  rsuffolk@sbcglobal.net   (248) 446-1315 - Sharon Suffolk Suffolk@sbcglobal.net (248) 437-4524. To date nearly 200 runners have paid their entry fees. Don't delay if you want to enter as 250 is the cap.  The weekend of September 5 is going to be a big one on Beaver Island. Complete marathon information can be found at: http://goodboyevents.com/ BeaverIsland.shtml  . Good Boy Events is a member of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce.

Accommodations For September 5 Marathon

    If your rental property has any openings September 4-6 please contact the Suffolk's, above. They will work to fill your openings. Home owners who rent primarily by the week may want to consider a 3 day minimum rate. If you would like to rent a spare room in you home please contact the Suffolk's.

 One More Air Show Sponsor Needed

     Air Show (June 27) sponsors signed to date are Richard Roane / Warner Norcross & Judd, Robert John's Service, TDS Telecom and Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways and Scripps Island Floors.  One more sponsor is needed! Please contact the Chamber of Commerce office to lend your support. A sponsorship is only $700 and includes a ride in the B-25D Yankee Warrior WWII bomber. (231) 448-2505 Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Chamber Community Center Volunteers

A big increase in visitors to the Chamber office in the lobby of the new Community Center is expected this summer. Two more volunteers to work one day a week between about 10:30 – 2:00 are needed.  Its fun meeting and helping visitors enjoy Beaver Island .

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

First Outing Story, Picture, and Results are HERE

The dates for the next "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings"

June 21st

July 12th

August 2nd

August 23rd

September 13th


Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Transfer Station Hours

Spring/Summer hours 8-5 Monday-Saturday

Ill Islanders Doing Well

Joan Vyse has announced that her cancer is in remission, and thank to all from medical center, EMS, and all thoughts and prayers.

Lauraine Dawson is home and feeling slightly better..

Paul Nelson is doing much better and has been moved to an assisted living center. His new address is

Paul F. Nelson, 1501 Woodworth St NE,  Apt. 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
He would love to hear from his Island friends.

Update on me (Paul Nelson).....As you know, I have been on the mend from my left leg fracture, pretty much housebound and at present very difficult to walk.  Tomorrow (May 28th) I will have surgery on the knee which was damaged in the fall I took that caused the fracture.  It will be a complete knee joint replacement, so I will again be pretty much "grounded" for at least a month.   I will still have a chunk of the summer left to enjoy when things are healed and I go thru "re-hab" to  strengthen the muscles and learn how to walk again.

UPDATED: Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE

Winds Farms Coming This Month(BIA)

Wind Farms will be the topic of a presentation on Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 7-9 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Dean Solomon, Charlevoix County Extension Director, will present an overview of wind energy development potential in NW Lower Michigan and Beaver Island . Citing issues related to wind towers, new state renewable energy legislation, planning and zoning issues for wind energy will be discussed. This lecture is being sponsored by the Planning Commissions of Peaine and St. James Townships along with the Beaver Island Association. Open to the public and free of charge. Please, join us as Dean Solomon shares his expertise. Light refreshments provided.

Beaver Island Community Center

8am - 9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Click HERE for June Community Center Activities

All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this page.

June Movies at the Community Center

Click HERE for more information about Summer Activities

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 medic5740@gmail.com.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes