BI News on the 'Net, June 16-22, 2008

BICS Demolition or "What a Difference"

The oldest part of the school is gone.

Click HERE for the current view of the site, June 21, 2008

Paul Baron Dies

Paul F. Baron, 53, of Charlevoix, died June 19, 2008, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. A celebration of life will follow at the Shamrock Restaurant on the island. A complete obituary will follow. Arrangements are being handled by Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. (From Petoskey News Review) (More will be posted as available.)

Mixed Golf Outing Rescheduled

Mixed-Alternate Shot Golf Outing

This outing has been rescheduled and will not take place on June 22, 2008. It has been rescheduled for the 29th of June at 1:00 p.m.

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 .

Michigan Outdoor Writers Recognize Businesses

The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) have recognized, with a Certificate of Appreciation, the Chamber of Commerce, Laurain Lodge, Beaver Island Lodge, The Shamrock and the Wildlife Club.

The certificate says, "In recognition of your kind, "above and beyond" efforts to assist the members of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association during their June 2008 summer meeting on beautiful Beaver Island."

"We have had several phone calls and emails about how MOWA members enjoyed our island. Many said it was their best meeting ever. The help and support by member businesses was the key to success," said Chamber Executive Director Steve West.

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 .

Class of 2008 Back in 2001

Thanks to Carol LaFreniere for sending this in. Lots of memories even though this is only a partial class picture.

Island Treasures Open House

Island Treasures Resale Shop is having an Open House on Saturday, June 21, 2008, from noon until 4:00.  We are thanking our supportive community and taking this opportunity to show off our shop.  There will be door prizes (including original art done by island artists), refreshments, Frank Solle's DVD of the building project, and , of course, treasures.

PABI Announces BI Community Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Tour, and Blessing Ceremony

The Beaver Island Community Center will be having a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 1, 2008 at noon with a tour of the community center to follow. There will also be a Blessing Ceremony of the community center that is scheduled for July 6, 2008, at 11:30 a.m.

BICS Construction Site

The oldest part of the school building, its wooden structure, is gone. The foundation is still present. Work continues at the construction site to prepare for the demolition of the part seen in this picture, taken at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2008.

American White Pelican Seen on the Island

The American Pelican, one of the largest birds in North America, has a wingspan of more than 9 feet and weighs up to 20 pounds, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This bird was seen by a BIBCO tour driver and tourist, who shared the photograph.

The White Pelican

[elecanus erythrorhynchos ]

Status : Although it was removed from the national list of threatened species in 1987, the American white pelican is still considered endangered in Alberta. The population here is increasing (from 548 nesting pairs in 1980 to over 1,000 today) but fewer than half of the 20 known historic nesting islands are still in use.

Habitat : White pelicans arrive in Alberta in late April. The birds are very social and group their nests together in colonies. They leave before freeze-up in late September and migrate to the coasts of Florida and Mexico for the winter.

Appearance : One of the world's largest birds, it weighs 5-8 kg and has a wingspan up to 3 m. Beneath it's long, flattened bill is a bright yellow-orange pouch for feeding.

Food : Adults can consume up to 2 kg of food each day. In shallow water, they scoop up as much as 20 litres, straining out the young, warm-water fish, salamanders, frogs and aquatic invertebrates.

Breeding : Both sexes prominently display their bright orange bills during courtship rituals which include bowing, strutting and short flights. Egg-laying in a colony begins in mid-May. Both adults tend the large, chalky white eggs until they hatch about a month later.

Lifespan : 12-14 years in the wild.

Risk factors : The most significant effect on white pelican populations is disturbance of their breeding sites, by humans or industrial activity. The birds may abandon an entire nesting colony, leaving eggs and young chicks to be trampled or exposed to harsh weather and predators.

Electric Vehicle Show Coming Soon

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles 2

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations PDF file

This PDF file brochure was designed by Jeff Cashman. Thank you, Jeff!

Flag Burning Ceremony

A flag burning ceremony took place at the residence of Doug Hartle, post commander of the local AMVETs beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2008. There were reportedly quite a few people in attendance.

B.I. Historical Society Has Open Houses

With the opening of both the Mormon Print Shop Museum and the Marine Museum on Saturday, June 14, 2008, the summer season has officially begun. Both museums were open for business as usual with attendance numbers above average.

Print Shop Museum

Marine Museum

Director Bill Cashman said, "It takes 26 docents to keep the museums working during the summer. We have 24 currently. We need two more volunteers to help us get through the summer.

The museums are open from Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. til 5 p.m. On Sunday, they are open from 12 til 3 p.m.

Historical Society Raffles ZAP EX Electric Scooter

The raffle of this "smooth glider" ZAP EX electric scooter has begun. You can purchase tickets for this raffle at the Print Shop Museum for $1 each or 6 for $5. There will only be one thousand tickets sold. The drawing will be held at the close of the EV Show on June 28, 2008, at 6 p.m. on the Harbour Market concourse. You do not need to be present to win. There are five 2nd prizes being awarded as well--DVDs of "Who Killed the Electric Car."

Boating Season Underway

Power boat leaving the harbor

Sailing vessel passing the harbor buoy.

It's nice to hear some boat traffic on the scanner. The visitors are calling and asking about dock space. It is good to know that the boating season has not been too diminished by the cost of fuel.

Another Clue that Summer Is Here

Seagulls are back in full force for the summer. This was taken next to the road on Gull Harbor.

Beaver Island EMS Completes Driver's Training

Using the Firefighter's Driving Course driving stations, instructor Steve Rose, from Kellogg Community College, came to provide the yearly driver's training course to all BIEMS personnel. Steve said, "Although the State of Michigan requires a yearly driver's training, I think it is good that all EMS personnel find out the limitations of the ambulance and its clearances. It is important to know the space the ambulance takes up for those narrow, curved driveways for which the Island is so well known."

The stations for the challenging training include a 200 foot chute that is only a little wider than the ambulance. Personnel must drive down the chute forward, and then back the ambulance 200 feet. There is also a backing dock in which the ambulance must be backed up using only the mirrors to a loading dock type of obstruction. The ambulance must be stopped within twenty-four inches and without hitting the end. The personnel must also completely turn the vehicle around within a restricted space. Then there is a serpentine pathway in which the vehicle must be backed between the four cones without touching the cones, and then brought forward through the cones as well. There are two offset chutes where a person must pass the ambulance and then turn and pass through another chute without touching the cones. There is also a diminishing clearance chute.

Joe Moore, Dawn Traficante, Pam Moxham, Donna Kubic, Deb Plastrik, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, Ken Bruland, Tim McDonough, Jim Stambaugh, Steve Rose, and Sarah McCafferty all completed the required driver's training.

200 foot chute

Backing dock

Restricted Space Turn Around


Signing the paperwork.

This is fun.

The view from behind.

Here is a link to a two and one-half minute video of the whole procedure. This is again an extension of the video streaming technology experiment. It should start running within fifteen seconds. Driver's Training Video

TDS Telecom Service Down

Proving once and for all that every business on Beaver Island relies upon the phone company and the Internet, yesterday, Friday, June 13, 2008, the TDS DSL Internet service and the long distance service was down. This prevented all businesses, restaurants, stores, and gas stations from using the credit cards that the patrons presented. Cell phone use was completely out of the question as well.

The services that rely on TDS Telecom telephones put a crimp in the business day, but, as always, Beaver Island rolled with the flow. The old adage, "Where there's a will, there's a way," came into play, and several creative ways were devised to continue to do business although not "business as usual."

The Beaver Island District Library, temporarily using DLS Internet service due to the school construction, was without Internet access throughout the day. Interestingly enough, Central Solutions Internet Service was up and working without any glitches noticed. The last time was CSYIP's turn. This time it was TDS's turn.

Grand Mariner Arrives on Beaver Island

At 10 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2008, the Grand Mariner docked at the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock. It was quite a site to see as it came into the harbor and arrived at the dock. This is its first trip to Beaver Island of this touring season.

You can read the excerpt from their web site about the trips on the Great Lakes made by this ship. Beaver Island is fortunate to be included in the the itinerary for the Great Lakes Cruise Company's tour boat.

Michigan's Mackinac Island is a top stop among Great Lakes cruises.  It's a car-free island with cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages.  Different carriers wind their way through the Great Lakes, and in Michigan you might start by looking into a trip with The Great Lakes Cruise Company.  Based in Ann Arbor , they boast their claim as the only cruise company that specializes in Great Lakes cruising.  To tour Lake Michigan, book a trip on the company's Grand Mariner.  The Lake Michigan Getaway trip is a six-night adventure that begins in Chicago and circumnavigates its way up along the Michigan coast.  The first stop is Manistee, Michigan, which is a historic port.  Its charm lies mostly in its architecture which reflects Victorian and other classic European styles.  While here, you can take a trolley tour past historic homes and lovely beaches, or simply stroll along the Riverwalk in the historic downtown setting.  Back on board, it's off to Beaver Island, Michigan, which is a remote spot where you can tour the Old Mormon Print Shop.  Then its off to Mackinac Island where you'll pass under the Mackinac Bridge through clear, blue waters.  Here, many options for touring await you, with popular attractions being a narrated horse-drawn ride through town, renting bikes for some great Michigan biking , or a relaxing rest on the porch of the famous Grand Hotel.  Leaving port at Mackinac ends the Michigan part of your trip, and the following stops are Wisconsin's Sturgeon Bay and Milwaukee.  At both, you'll get the opportunity to leave the boat again for various tours and activities.  Finally, its back to port in Chicago where you'll already begin to savor the memories of your Great Lakes cruising adventure. All this for under $2,000!  Book your Lake Michigan getaway as soon as you get the notion to go, as there are only four tours offered in the summer, and the trips fill up quickly, often resulting in your name being put on a waiting list.

Saturday morning, the BI Boat Company was providing tours of the Island for the passengers from the Grand Mariner.

Ayden James Oliver

The family and friends of Laura Meredith Bousquet and Ryan Lee Oliver are celebrating the birth of Ayden James Oliver. He was born to Laura Bousquet at approximately 10:40 p.m. on June 12, 2008, in Charlevoix Area Hospital. The baby boy weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Deb and Kevin Bousquet and Tarry and Joe McDonough. Proud great-grandparents are Joe and Sandy Kilmartin and great-grandmothers Sharon Hamill and Joan Bousquet. Congratulations to you all!

The Oldest Part of BICS Comes Down

Beaver Island Hiking Trails

Orange Eagle Trail

The Orange Eagle Trail starts across from the Bill Wagner Campground on the northwest side of the East Side Fire hall and ends at the intersection of Kings Highway and Hannigans Road. This trail is 2.7 miles long. The Orange Eagle Trail was re-done as an Eagle Scout project by Boy Scout Cory Gratsch. The project included bridge work over a beaver dam. At the end of this trail there is a split. South takes you to an unmarked part of the trail that goes through an old beaver dam area. North takes you to Hannigan's Road at King's Highway.

Kuebler Trail

The Kuebler Trail is a well worn path that begins at McCauley Point Access Road. It head south 2.1 miles to Sloptown Road. Along the trail you will pass through an old growth forest, sandy meadows, a tunnel, and by historic landmarks such as Protar's Tomb, the Engineer's Grave, and Barney's Lake where nesting loons may be seen. This trail is on private property so it would be proper to stay on the trail itself and not wander onto private property.

Blue Trail

The Blue Trail starts .3 miles east of the Beaver Head Lighthouse. It travels north for about 3.7 miles before it reaches the M.A.S.H. sign (a post with several arrows stating mileage to different locations). From the M.A.S.H. sign it travels another 2 miles via Doty's Trail to Miller's Marsh Trail. Highlights on this trail include cedar swamps.

Buffalo Camp Trail

This trail starts at the public launch site a Lake Geneserath. It travels 2.6 miles west to the M.A.S.H. sign The highlights of this trail are that it is mostly on high land, and it it has great views of beaver dams.

French Bay Trail

The trail starts at the State Gravel Pit on West Side Drive and continues for 1.8 miles to an abandoned homestead. Dwarf Lake Iris can be found along this trail.

Johnny Martin's Trail

The Johnny Martin Trail is not well marked and is not recommended without a good map or trail finder (GPS). The trail starts at the Gravel Pit on East Side Drive and travels 4.6 miles to West Side Drive. This trail is nice because of the extensive beaver dams.

For more information about the hiking trail on the Island, contact the Peaine Township Trails Committee at 231-448-2611.

Pinky Lee Shines at Donegal Danny's

editorial by Joe Moore

Very seldom does a musical group grab hold of the attention and spread sunshine even in the dark.. Pinky Lee did just that this past weekend, not only at Donegal Danny's, but also at a graduation party the next day. The sounds of the close harmonies, the obvious enjoyment of the band members, and excellent instrumental parts including a lead guitar part played by Jenny Bousquet, kept this music critic entertained and smiling throughout the performance.

While there have been a few musical group perform on the Island that might surpass this one in technical abilities, there are none that could be considered better entertainers. Hats off to Pinky Lee!

Here are a few video clips to demonstrate the above statements. The quality of the video is low, but the sounds of the music are just fine!

Pinky Lee Shines Video Clips

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Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

No one attempted to answer this past week's trivia question, so it will ride for another week.

This Week's Question:

In what year did Beaver Island's second monthly newspaper, The Northern Islander, begin publishing?

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Where's This?

Yes, this statue is on Beaver Island amongst a beautiful rock garden. Only one person responded to this challenging "Where's This?" Chuck Schellenberg correctly identified this location as Bruce Struik's on the East Side Drive.

This Week's Where's This 1?

This one is from Peaine Township.

This Week's Where's This 2?

This one is from St. James Township.

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