Beaver Island News on the 'Net, March 10-16, 2008

March 11, 2008

TDS Announces: DSL is now available

“DSL is now available on Beaver Island,” announces Chad Mix, market manager for TDS. “We're so excited to bring this much-anticipated service to the residents and businesses on Beaver Island. We appreciate everyone's patience and hope you'll enjoy TDS' new high-speed Internet service.”

As was previously reported, TDS will offer two levels of residential DSL service on Beaver Island: 1.5Mb and 3Mb for $39.95 and $49.95, respectively, per month. Businesses can select speeds of 768Kb, 1.5Mb or 3Mb ranging from $49 – $99/month.

Island Airways will be one of the first customer's on Beaver Island to get service, according to Mix.

"Island Airways is very excited to be TDS' first customer. With TDS, we know we are getting a fast and very cost effective solution," says Paul Welke, owner of Island Airways.

For more information, or to sign up for TDS' high-speed Internet service, call TDS at 888-CALL-TDS (888-225-5837).

Local Musician to Perform-Prairie Home Companion-March 15, 2008

Jenny Bousquet and Holly Keller, "Pinky Lee"

"Pinky Lee" performing at Donegal Danny's (photo from

Link to a short MP3 music clip, "Standin' Before You" HERE


"Nearly 1,000 entries flooded in from all over the country, and we gathered together in our basement to listen to them all, with new pens and big cups of coffee. The acts we've selected are incredible, and we can't wait for you to meet them. Here are the finalists for the People in Their Twenties contest. They'll be performing live with us on the show March 15, 2008. Jenny Bousquet and Holly Keller have been playing music together for the past year, writing songs about family, love, and seasons with a folky, soulful style. Both women play guitar and mandolin while singing unique vocal harmonies."

Photo from

This performance will be on March 15, 2008, and according to WCMU Public Radio found at, it will start at 6:00 pm local time.

There will be an opportunity for us to vote for our local musician, Jenny Bousquet. The Prairie Home Companion radio show will begin and the six contestants will have a chance to perform. After all the acts have had a chance to perform, the website will have a direct link to the voting form. If you logon before the link is posted, you might have to refresh your browser page to see the link.

At that point you should go ahead and place your vote. The votes will be accepted up to 90 minutes from the beginning of the program. Some things to remember: Blank votes will not be tallied. Only one vote per computer. Online votes will be added to votes by the audience at the Fitzgerald Theater.

From the Sports' Boosters

The Chili Cook-off did very well.  It was a good turn out!  Seventeen (17) pots of chili judged.  1st place went to Susan Avery, 2nd place went to Amy Burris and 3rd place went to the Shamrock (Eric) The judges were Kevin White, Deb Bousquet, John Matela, Eric Albin, and Daniel Runberg We raised $625.00. Thank you for all the community support!

(For pictures of the event, see last week's news)

Frank Solle's Pictures from the UP Trip

The first is looking along the west side of the Island just after passing by High Island . The sun, sky, and openwater combined to make everything blue.

Are you familiar with the Seul Choix Light? It's pronounce sis-shwa and is reported to be haunted. The name means "only choice" as the French explorers felt the point on which the light was built was the only harbor of refuge along the coast between the straits and east of the Big and Little Bay de Nocs. This lightouse is 78 feet, 9 inches tall with an 18 foot diameter at the base. It was put into service in 1892, although construction wasn't completed until 1895.

The Squaw Island light also went into service in 1892. It was deemed obsolete in 1928 when the Lansing Shoal light was completed.

Beaver Island's Primary Holiday Celebrated Next Weekend

St. Patrick's Day seems to be the primary holiday that is celebrated on Beaver Island. The specifics of what the holiday is really about don't faze most of the Island population in the least. If interested, you can go here to read about the history of St. Patrick.

More important than anything is the ability to get together and celebrate after a long winter. The St. Patrick's Day activities will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008, instead of waiting until Monday, March 17th. The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has successfully advertised this holiday and perhaps suggests that "You haven't lived until you've spent St. Patrick's Day on Beaver Island."

Beaver Island, America's Emerald Isle, will certainly be a happening place this coming weekend with plenty of fun and games scheduled.

Donegal Danny's Pub has "Danny and Danny" scheduled for March 14th and 15th, and the bagpipes of Jack Fellows scheduled for March 15th and 16th.

The Shamrock has the "Boodlers" scheduled for Friday and Saturday night.

The Beachcomber has "Kevin White and Friends" on Friday night. Saturday at 1 p.m. Rigor Mortis

Certainly it will be a giant celebration for the Island.

Where's This Headed?

While most Island residents know where this building was located previously, which stirred up plenty of controversy, but no one that was asked was able to tell where it was headed for sure. When the pictures were taken, the truck hauling it was still running, but no one was around to ask. The last known location prior to today for this structure was near Indian Point near North Park in Port St. James. Today, it was photographed at the corner of Font Road and Donegal Bay Road. So, a phone call could answer this question. Where is this headed?

It just went past the intersection of Carlisle and Kings Highway headed south. (3:35 p.m.)

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. Please email them to

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Floor Plans for BICS New Building Here

BICS Building Project Plans and Updates

These are the most up-to-date plans available for the building.

New School Building Bids Requested

When Will This Fall Into the Water?

The object of the contest is to guess the day, hour and minute the tower tips over when the ice melts. This is the third year of the contest. Last year the tower went in a 2:52 PM on March 28 th and the winner collected over $1,200. In 2006 the tower went in at 8:29 PM on March 29 th and the winner collected Over $600.  

Tickets for the Beaver Island Ice Classic are available at McDonough's or from any Preservation Association board member. If you live of the island and would like to participate e-mail Bob Tidmore at ( please put Beaver Island in the mail subject heading).

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

In what year was the "new" McDonough's Market opened?

Was this question too difficult or too easy? Usually one of those is the reason that no one responds to the question. It's hard to imagine that it has been twenty-two years since the building began functioning. The year was 1985. We can probably quit calling it the "New" McDonough's Market, don't you think?

This Week's Question:

What year was it when a beaver decided to make the Beaver Haven Marina a real, honest-to-goodness haven for beavers? (The story appeared in the Beaver Beacon. Some suggest it was really another mammal.)

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

Summer Bible School Planned

Building on the great popularity of the Bible School sponsored for the past several years by the Christian Church (50+ children attended last year) enthusiastic volunteers from all three churches are looking forward to providing children who live on or are visiting Beaver Island with a variety of wholesome activities which will include music, crafts, games and age appropriate lessons focusing on Christian values and teaching children what life was like in the time of Jesus. Attendance is free. This is a great way for children to make new friends. All materials will be provided as well as daily snacks and a picnic lunch on the last day of the school. Currently scheduled for July 1-3, you can plan your vacation around these dates.

Parents interested in having their children attend the school should contact Deb Robert at 448-2048 or by email at .

Easter Egg Hunt & Visit With The Easter Bunny

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Beaver Island Community School, March 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. There will be an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and have photos taken with the Easter Bunny.

Reminder to all Beaver Island businesses and organizations Donations must be in no later than March 12th. Any questions, please call Tina Walker at 231-448-2020.

Islanders Fall to Lakers at NLL Tourney

Story and Pictures by Frank Solle

It wasn't supposed to end this way. Or this early. After finishing the regular basketball season tied for first with
Paradise at 8-2, the Lady Islanders took a tumble in the first game of the first-ever Northern Lights League Girls' Basketball Tournament this past weekend at Manistique, losing to rival Mackinac Island 36-30.

The Cheering Section

“It's too bad it had to end on that note,”  Islanders coach Marianne Brown said of the loss to the Lakers. “Our expectations were much higher.”

The Islanders fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter as the Lakers came out on fire and took control of the game early. Sophomore Alex Kuligoski scored the Islanders only basket of the first quarter on an offensive put back as the opening period ended with the Lakers leading 7-2.

Clairessa Drives

The Islanders hit just one of 14 shots in the quarter and that 20 percent effort haunted them throughout the game. “That's not our team,” Brown said of the poor shooting. “It's a different team than who we were all season.”

Heather Aims

Yet the Islanders matched the Lakers with eight points over the second quarter with the first half wrapping up with Mackinac leading 15-10. The Lakers ran off six straight points midway through the third quarter to push the lead to 23-13, but the Islanders came back with the next five points before the Lakers closed the quarter on an 8-2 run giving them a commanding 31-20 lead going into the final period.

Jenna Scrambles----Time out

But the Islanders, who started pressing the Lakers in the second half, capitalized on four forced turnovers to score the first eight points of the fourth quarter to close within three, 31-28.

Maeve Drives-----Olivia in the lane

Following a pair of free throws by the Lakers, Kuligoski scored again on the inside with just over four minutes to play to keep the difference at three. But the Islanders would not score again. The Lakers added the final three points of the game to advance to the semifinals.

Sam in the paint

Kuligoski finished with 10 points to lead the Islanders. Maeve Green added eight points to the total with Heather McDonough and Samantha Kuligoski each scoring four. Claire Kenwabikise and Olivia Schwartzfisher had two apiece.

...........................................................................It's Hard to Lose!....................................................

Despite the loss, which ended the Islanders season with a strong 12-3 record, Brown was more than pleased with the season as a whole. “Overall our season was much more successful,” she said. “It was a good start to girls' basketball for the school.”

The Islanders will graduate just one senior this year, Samantha Kuligoski. “Sam had a fabulous year,” Brown said of the hardworking co-captain, while acknowledging what's coming down the road. “We have a great young team coming back next year. Our future is bright.”

Advancing to the semifinal round, the Lakers were defeated by Paradise who went on to face Hannahville in the final.

The Paradise boys team played Mackinac Island in the boys final.

Where's This?

There have been a few who really enjoyed this kind of electronic quiz bowl, so it is continued here this week. We have two locations again this week that are quite close to one another. Can you locate where they are?

Email your answer to

Who's This?

Do you have a picture of someone that you are just dying to share with others? Is this picture of someone when they were much younger? Do you have the urge to get even with the person that shared your photo before you could? BI News on the 'Net is looking for before and after photos of Island folks that can be used for this feature on the web. Please email you ideas, photos, etc. to

Another Snowshoeing Adventure

Little Sand Bay in the wintertime with the blowing wind and the bright sunlight added to a shoreline walk up to Esch Road.

Close to the end of the adventure, some ice slid off this roof just as it was approached. A picture of the remaining ice and snow just begged for another avalanche.

Videos of the Quiet Natural Surroundings

Videos taken on the trip mentioned above. Remember that you need Quicktime to view these videos. You also need to remember that each video may take a long time to download.

The Bubbling Brook I ........................... The Bubling Brook II ..............End of Foot Trail View .............

Little Sand Bay from the Ice ....................... Paradise Bay Harbor from between Johnson's and Luney's Point