BI News on the 'Net, June 23-29, 2008

Electric Car Show Continues Today, June 28, 2008

Friday and Saturday, June 27+28

Electric Vehicles

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations PDF file

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


At The Heart of a Good Community

Grand Opening Week Events Schedule

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Celebrating Our New Community Center

12pm Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

1-10pm Public Tours & Complimentary Refreshments



Celebrating Beaver Island's Native American Heritage

11:30am Native American celebrants cross the Harbor

by canoe to Paradise Bay Park

12pm Welcome ashore with drums & Hoop Dance

2-4pm Live musical & dance Performances,

Native American food samples, Art sales and displays

4:30 Closing of the Day Blessing and departure

back on shore in Paradise Bay Park



The Chenille Sisters in Concert

Unique Jazz, Country & Swing with wit !

2pm Matinee $10

7:30pm Evening Performance $20

Tickets Available:

by calling 231 448-2022,

at Mcdonough's Market & Montaage

or at the Community Center after July 1


FRIDAY, July 4

Celebrating our Independence Day

12pm Cake is served in the Welcome Center !

12:45pm Recognition of Beaver Island 's Veterans

Featuring the Beaver Island Community Choir

in Front of the Community Center

7:30pm Friday Movie: Walt Disney's Enchanted (PG)



Celebrating Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

2-4pm Presentation of the Beaver Island

Connection to Arranmore , Ireland ,

Live Irish musical and dance Demonstrations,

Tasty Irish treats and tea

7pm Cash Bar pens for Evening Performance

8pm Evening of Irish song & dance


SUNDAY, July 6

Celebrating Our Community

11:30am Interdenominational Blessing

of the new Community Center followed by

billiards, cards & board games!

3pm Movie Matinee

Marianne Brown Resigns Teaching Position


Due to the resignation of teacher Marianne Brown the district is looking for a secondary social studies teacher. Marianne has been a strong and valuable member of the BICS faculty and all wish her well in her new position at Ludington High School.

Qualified Candidates can go to [url][/url] to apply online for the position or see the posting below.

7-12 Social Studies Teacher

Application Deadline
July 14, 2008 - or until position filled. Interviews will begin as soon as qualified candidates are identified.

Contact Information
Beaver Island Community School
Kathleen McNamara
37895 King's Highway
Beaver Island, MI 49782
Phone: (231) 448-2744
Fax: (231) 448-2919

Must mail or email letter of interest and
resume with 3 supervisory references to:

Must meet NCLB/MDE "highly qualified" standards for secondary education. Must have training or experience in middle school education. Bonus for National Board certified Teachers. Must be willing to work in small K-12 building and live in an Island community.

Certification Required
Valid Michigan Teaching Certificate. NCLB Highly Qualified in Social Studies and History. Michigan Certification RX, CA, CD, or CC endorsements.

Minimum Degree Required
Bachelor's Degree

Phil and Lil Gregg Celebrate 61st Anniversary

Phil and Lil Gregg celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary by going out to lunch for the senior luncheon and by going out to dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge. Several friends and family members can remember that the 60th anniversary party that was planned for last year could not take place due to a medical problem that cropped up just a few days prior to the party. The family had photographs that were scanned by Phyllis Moore placed into a video by Ron Gregg's wife Ann Gregg for the 60th, and this video is posted on YouTube.

If you are interested in viewing this video, you may follow this link:

Link to the Gregg Anniversary Video

The 'Miss B'Haven' Water Levels

There have been several reports about the water levels being low and several theories about why the water levels are low in Lake Michigan, specifically around Beaver Island. Whatever the reason(s), the water levels are definitely much different between 1980 and 2008. Here is a picture of the Miss B'Haven taken next to the fill dock at the former Beaver Haven Marina:

(Thanks to the Scoggins for this picture taken in the 1980s. The dramatic difference in water level seen in this picture prompted this story. The work boat looks more like most people remember it in this picture with Phil Gregg preparing for a trip.)

If you look closely at the picture, you will see that the water level here goes way up the launch ramp on the right side of the picture. You will also note that the water is just slightly below the level of the cement walkway on the fill dock.

The Miss B'Haven is no longer on the Island, but an attempt was made to match the approximate horizontal angle and approximate distance at the Beaver Island Marine. The major thing that has not changed much, only aged, is the fill dock at this location. When asked about the changes made in the dock due to the lower water levels, the Andersons stated, "We have had to lower our dock two and one-half feet for the convenience of our customers."

As you look at these two pictures taken on June 24, 2008, you can see a dramatic difference in the water levels as compared to the above picture. You notice that the cement walkway has dropped, and you can see the water level is much lower. How much lower, you may wonder?

Walking to the shore and down the launching ramp, this picture was taken.

In 1980, the water level was at the level of the cement walkway. In 2008, the water level is as you see it in this picture. The dramatic difference can be measured in a couple of ways. First, the photographer walked down the ramp to the edge of the water and measured the height of the cement using his body. In 1980, he would have been standing in water up to his armpits. In 2008, he was standing on the dry cement of the launch ramp. Taking a tape measure down to the same location, the measurement was 61 inches difference. There is no claim at scientific study or scientific measurement of water level in this story--only the observations made with photographs and personal opinion, but nonetheless, there is a dramatic difference between the high and the low water levels.

According to Adam Anderson, the water has come back up about "four inches" since last summer's lowest. If that is the average rise per year, it will take fifteen more years to get back up to the high water mark. Pretty discouraging for most of us.

"Lake Michigan's water level has dropped nearly four feet since 1997, according to federal data. The low lake level has widened beaches but created safety hazards for recreational boaters and caused freighters to run aground in Muskegon, Grand Haven and other ports around the lake.

On the flip side, record-high lake levels in 1986 caused severe beach erosion that sent several Grand Haven cottages tumbling into the lake." This was taken from the following web site:

Vacation Bible School
"Jerusalem's Marketplace"

When: July 1 - 3, 2008 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Who: Ages 3 - 12 ***Older children are welcome to participate as helpers!***
Where: Holy Cross Parish Hall & Convent Lawn
Admission: NONE
Please pre-register (space is limited): 36 Children are already registered!!
Deb Robert 448 - 2048

BICS Demolition or "What a Difference"

The oldest part of the school is gone.

Click HERE for the current view of the site, June 22, 2008

Video clips of demolition:

Clip 1

Clip 2

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)

Paul Foster Baron, 53, of Charlevoix and formerly of Fairfield, died suddenly Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Northern Michigan Hospital. Born April 9, 1955 in Bridgeport, Paul attended Florida Institute of Technology and Western Michigan University. Paul was director of operations for Island Airways and Aviation Advisor. Previously Paul was director of Aviation for Four Winns Boat Group, and director of operations and maintenance at Lake City Airport. Paul was certified as an air transport pilot, flight, and ground instructor, scuba instructor, and had a masters certificate for boating. An avid pilot, sailor, scuba diver and outdoorsman. Paul's greatest loves were his family and aviation. Paul provided flight and ground instruction to hundreds of individuals. His passion for flying was contagious. Paul's generosity, friendship and talent will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Bettina; daughter, Alexandra; his parents, Ruth and Frank Baron of Fairfield; a sister, Patricia Charles of Westbrook; and a brother, David Baron of Roxbury. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2008 at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. In lieu of flowers, a memorial account has been created. Contributions to the Alexandra Baron Fund may be sent to Charlevoix State Bank, 111 State Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Arrangements were handled by the Winchester Funeral Home, Charlevoix.

Published in the Connecticut Post on 6/21/2008. Thanks to Angel Welke who posted this information.

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.

Stories by Outdoor Writers

Three Great Stories Result From MOWA

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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 .

Island Treasures Open House

Island Treasures Resale Shop held an Open House on Saturday, June 21, 2008, from noon until 4:00.  They are thanking their supportive community and taking this opportunity to show off their shop.  There were 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.

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."

Another Clue that Summer Is Here

Kids are at the beach.

Barney's Lake Hill looking down at the lake. Beautiful reflections in the water, aren't there?

The Oldest Part of BICS Comes Down

Meetings, Events, and Activities

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

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

No one responded to this question. Thank you to the Beaver Island Historical Society and Joyce Bartels for this historical information. The Northern Islander began publishing with a complimentary issue labeled "St. Patty's Day" Gift in March 2001. The April 2001 issue included a "Thank you to subscribers," and statement that there were "hundreds of subscribers with more coming in all the time." Congratulations to the Northern Islander, the third providing a news service on the Island, for seven years of service. The Beaver Beacon is the oldest monthly newspaper being published since 1955. Beaver Island News on the 'Net is the only weekly news service.

This Week's Question:

When did the Beaver Beacon report that the Beaver Island Medical Center was designated as a rural health center, becoming the Beaver Island Rural Health Center?

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?


This Week's Where's This?

This one is from Peaine Township. No one got this, so we'll keep it another week.

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Last Week's Where's This?

This one is on the porch or deck of the steel half-cylinder building by Fogg's. This was identified by Joyce Bartels.

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