Beaver Island News on the 'Net, June 9-15, 2008

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

Saturday's Activities

What do you do on Beaver Island? Well, this Saturday, June 14, 2008, there are lots of things going on for this time of year. With graduation out of the way on the Island, there is usually a lull until the 4th of July approaches.

This Saturday there is another graduation party, both museums are opening up, and there is rumored to be a Flag Burning Ceremony at 4 p.m.

For Beaver Island, this constitutes a very busy day when added to the list of items that need to be accomplished, the "Honey-Do" list, and the list of items that keeps getting longer and longer, like the mow the yard, and weed the flower bed, etc. that never seems to get accomplished.

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.

25th Annual Summer Fashion Show

All the ladies of Beaver Island and summer visitors are invited to attend the 25th annual Beaver Boat-Tique Fashion Show. It will held in the air-conditioned James C. Gillingham Academic Center's lecture hall at CMU Biological Station on Wed., July 9, from noon to 3:00 p.m.

The event will include a salad and dessert luncheon (with beverages), and a lively fashion show emceed by Lisa Vance Gillespie. There will also be a raffle for two gift certificates to the Beaver Boat-Tique.

The fashion show is sponsored by Boat-Tique owners, Donna and Louise King, and the ladies of Beaver Island Christian Church, St. James Episcopal Mission and Holy Cross Catholic Church. Proceeds from the event will go towards three very special church projects: the Gregg Fellowship Hall, landscaping at St. James Mission, and an Island-wide women's retreat to be held at Holy Cross this fall.

Tickets are $25 each and available at the Beaver Boat-Tique. Seating is limited so call your grandmother, mother, sister or girlfriends and plan an afternoon of fashion and fun.

A Beautiful Early Summer Gift

These lilacs seem to be a refreshing beginning to the summer.

This photo is from Frank Solle. These baby grouse also indicate an early summer gift.

Musical Graduation Weekend

Pinky Lee and Friends posed by Stoney Acre bus.

Left to right are: Dave Schwartz, drummer; Holly Keller, guitar, mandolin and vocals; Jenny Bousquet, guitar, mandolin and vocals; and Josh Hall, lead guitar and vocals. Pinky Lee performed at Donegal Danny's Pub on Friday night.

The Boodlers performed at the Shamrock on Friday night, but there were many equipment problems, cord issues and a shorted out amplifier.

Waiting patiently for the music to begin again, this young lady was prepared to reward the band with a tray of libations.

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

Streaming Video

There are some high speed customers that remember the lengthy download times of the video that has previously been on this web site. This video is still in the archives and is now considered older technology. The video technology that is currently being used on the Internet is streaming video. Beaver Island News on the 'Net has moved to this new technology, and all videos on this web site are now in streaming format.

Streaming format means that the entire video does not need to download before the video begins to play. Just enough of the video file needs to download to begin the viewing process, and the rest of the file downloads in the background while you are viewing the video.

For example, one of the Pinky Lee video clips may previously have taken over a minute and a half to download before you could begin to watch it. Now, over a high speed connection, it should start within less than fifteen seconds. Please let me know if you have any longer wait than this, so changes can be made to improve the video download times.

The video streaming simply does not work over a dial up connection.

School Construction

Removing the cement walkways

Removing the old fuel oil tanks

Getting ready for the cement footings to be poured. Look at all those cement blocks.

Update, June 10, 2008 HERE

So why did they have to take the siding off the old school if they were just going to tear it down anyway?

The siding was old fashioned siding that had been made with asbestos. Asbestos siding has to be removed by specially trained, specially clothed, and specially protected individuals. Now that the asbestos siding has been removed, (It was removed today, June 10, 2008), the process of demolition of the old school can continue.

Update, June 11, 2008 HERE

News from the Chamber of Commerce

June 10, 2008

Outdoor Writers Visit a Big Success

During the weekend of June 6-8 about 30 members of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) and many spouses visited Beaver Island for one of their semi-annual meetings. They let us know loud and clear what a GREAT time they had on the island. Many came early, stayed late and announced plans to return.

As usual Beaver Island friendliness was apparent. Many Chamber member business participated in this important event by offering complimentary or deeply discounted services to the MOWA writers. Your Chamber spent a significant portion of the marketing budget to support the visit.

“The island really welcomed the writers and they were clearly glad to be here. This will be of great benefit to all island businesses,” said Chamber President Kathy Speck.

The last time MOWA had a meeting on Beaver Island was in 1964. Your Chamber worked for three years to arrange the recent visit. “We expect more than 50 articles, valued at more than $200,000 if purchased as ads, to be published over the next year,” said Executive Director Steve West.

As stories are published links to them will be sent to you via this newsletter. Some will also be posted on your chamber web site .

East Side Fire Station Tower

The East Side Fire Station Tower is still empty as much as some would like to see improved cell phone coverage and Wireless Internet available.

There were a couple of deer who had taken up residence right alongside the fence around the building and tower. These deer were not much in the mood for moving as this photographer walked up to take the picture of the tower.

This deer was not much in a hurry either as it meandered slowly along the side of the East Side Drive.


Where's This?

Yes, this statue is on Beaver Island amongst a beautiful rock garden. Do you know where this is?

Email your answer to

BICS Class of 2008 Graduation Ceremony

This includes links to the Salutatorian and Commencement speeches as well as pictures.

This link below takes you to the video clips of the graduation.

2008 Graduation Video Clips

From the Transfer Station:

Effective June 1,2008 the following stores will be selling the GREEN BAGS. THE STATION, MCDONOUGH'S MARKET & POWERS HARDWARE. HARBOUR MARKET will no longer sell them.

At this time no price increases are foreseen, Green Bag prices will remain at $2.25


GLASS – green, brown, amber, clear - rinse, remove everything but paper

PLASTIC - # 2 and # 1 - rinsed, caps, rings, and any wrap around labels removed; Clear plastic just remove caps leave paper on

CARDBOARD - dry, clean, flattened

NEWSPAPER - bagged or tied ( paper bag only )

GLOSSEY - magazines and catalogs


TIN CANS - flattened

ALUM. CANS - flattened

CLOTH - clean and dry only

BOOKS - hard cover only


BATTERIES - all sizes/ large batteries & car batteries

PHONE BOOKS - Remove front and back cover (they are garbage) put book in NEWSPRINT (they do not have to be in bag or tied.

Please try and have all recyclables prepared before you come. If you are not sure, please ask one of the attendants.

B. I. Transfer Station is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm from May1 through October 31. We are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm from November 1 thru April 30.

We are closed on Sundays, Memorial Day, July 4th , Labor Day, Nov. 15th ,Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

There is a hopper left outside when we are closed that is for people leaving the Island ONLY .

Meetings, Events, and Activities

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Everyone knows that the contractor for the new school building to be built is Robert Gillespie. Who was the contractor for the portion of the school (when it was built, the part on the left) that will be torn down?

The first correct answer to this question came from Jerry LaFreniere who knew that the contractor that built the science lab, school office, and classrooms was Don Nelson. Joyce Bartells and Sally Lounsberry were also correct in their answers. Thanks for playing Beaver Island Trivia.

This Week's Question:

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

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of June, July, and August for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to:

Beaver Island Animal Fund

Will you please help us provide FREE spaying and neutering for Beaver Island cats and dogs, for pet owners, who otherwise, would not be able to afford having these necessary procedures performed?

This would help eliminate excessive breeding, unwanted and homeless animals.

Free will collection boxes are now set up at Powers Do It Best Hardware, Montaage,Fresh Air Aviation and the Health Center.

Need assistance with your pet care for spaying, neutering or medical emergency?

Call Adam Wirth 448-2581

or Tina Walker 448-2020

For more information.


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