B.I. News on the 'Net, Mar 16-22, 2009

Shamrock and Stoney Acre to Donate to Joddy Croswhite Fund

The Shamrock and Stoney Acre Grill/Donegal Danny's are helping to raise some funds to help defray the costs of the travel and transportation and other costs for the future liver transplant for Joddy Croswhite. If you go out tonight to either of these businesses, part of your dinner and drink costs will be donated to the family. $2 for each dinner and $.50 for each drink at either the Shamrock or Stoney Acre/Donegal Danny's will go to the Croswhite family.

Let's all go out and show our support for this Beaver Island Family!! It's alright to enjoy yourself as well!

BICS Mentors Meet with Students

Today, March 18, 2009, beginning at 12:30 p.m., the BICS held an ice cream social to get the students and their community member mentors together in the new school building. This was to be a re-introduction of the mentors to the students, and a chance to begin the process of "using a community to raise a child" as specified many years ago.

The ice cream was a hit with the students and mentors as well as many dug right into the high calorie treats. For those who were dieting, there were oatmeal and peanut butter cookies as well.

The next get-together will include the student, parent(s), and mentors at the student-led conferences to be held on March 25, 2009 where progress and goals will be discussed.

Winds Farms Coming in June (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.

Charlevoix Mayor and Manager to Visit the Island

Charlevoix Mayor Norman “Boogie” Carlson and City Manager Rob Straebel will meet with the Beaver Island community on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the new Community Center Theater. Bill McDonough will moderate the discussion / question and answer period. There should be plenty of time for them to respond to all airport funding related questions.

“ I can tell you that myself and the City Manager have talked in depth on this issue and currently plan on recommending to (the) council to not pursue the enplanement fee....or any other fee for using our airport that would unfairly burden or insult the residents and users of Beaver Island.” …….. Said Mayor Carlson on March 11.

This may be a great opportunity to help build the relationship with these Charlevoix city officials, or, at least, listen to what the two men have to say about this issue of an enplanement fee.

Updated on March 18, 2009:

"There will be no enplanement fee if I have anything to say about it," stated the Mayor of Charlevoix.

At a public meeting held at the Beaver Island Community Center Theater on March 18, 2009, at noon, the representatives of Charlevoix presented their case in a very informal atmosphere. The major, city manager, and airport manager from Charlevoix listened to several Beaver Island residents and business people about this issue, about the issue of increasing revenues for the Charlevoix Airport, and about the possible increase in the parking fees there.

Bill McDonough, who has known the current mayor of Charlevoix for many years, acted as the moderator of the meeting, and, at one point, used business practices to make his point in support of the mayor.

There was also much discussion about the difference between the long-term planning proposals on the Charlevoix City website and the not-so-distant plans about the possible improvements at the Charlevoix Airport.

At approximately the halfway point in the meeting, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Steve West thanked these representatives for coming to the Island and meeting with the Islanders. Mr. West also thanked the mayor for his position on enplanement fee. No matter what anyone may say about the outcome of the meeting, these men were willing to come over and listen to Island questions, and provide answers.

The audience had specific questions that were not going to be brushed back with the opening remarks of the mayor. Those at the meeting wanted answers, and answers they received. Perhaps, the audience did not get the answer that they were looking for, but they did get an answer.

The outcome of the meeting was previously expressed by the mayor of Charlevoix in his statement that he will recommend to the City Council to eliminate the enplanement fee from its budget.

The following links to video clips require Quicktime on your computer. This video is streaming video coming to you directly from an Internet server. The meeting took over an hour and eight minutes, but the video clips only show specific glimpses of this meeting.

Thank you to Rory Connaghan for the video work for these clips:

No enplanement fee states Charlevoix mayor

Charlevoix mayor recognizes economics

Charlevoix mayor cites benefits to Island

Charlevoix mayor states his recommendation to City Council

Ed Wojan's Views

Charlevoix response to Ed Wojan

Island frustrations expressed

Charlevoix mayor responds to frustrations

Bud Martin's views

Dan Wardlow's views

Dan Wardlow questions, Mayor responds

Gerald answered by Bill McDonough

Judi Gallagher Suggestions

Thank you, again, Rory! Great job of capturing the mood and the facts!

Activities for St. Patrick's Weekend Celebration

While the editor was off the Island getting educated in more standard of care emergency medical procedures at the paramedic instructor conference in Traverse City at the Grand Traverse Resort, St. Patrick's Day activities continued on without him. "I was very lucky to have a daughter Andrea and a wife Phyllis who were willing to go out and take pictures of all the activities on the Island. Now, if only they had been willing to write the story, edit the pictures and video, and post this on the Internet, I would have been truly happy." Obviously, a typical male who wants everything done for him. It also just goes to show that no matter how much dedication you have in one area, it comes back to bite you in another.

All pictures by Andrea Moore.............................

Pictures of the St. Patrick's Weekend Games HERE

Pictures of the BI Community Center Activities HERE

Pictures of the Nightlife for the weekend HERE

St. Patrick's Weekend Games Video Clips HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Announces Activities

Wednesday, March 25  Potluck: Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday service 7:00 p.m

Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m.

Community Easter Brunch  12:00 noon

Everyone is welcome to all of these events.

A Letter to the Editor from Ken Taylor

To make certain that the information contained in this letter was not incorrectly typed, it was placed directly into a PDF document and transferred to this website directly without re-typing it. Here is the information from Ken Taylor.

Please direct any comments to the writer..

Where's This?

Here is a challenge for those of your who into trivia and seeing how observant you are. On Beaver Island, during St. Pat's Day, there were plenty of shamrocks to be found including the main one on the front of the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. Here are two shamrocks that are to be found permanently on the island for 365 days of the year. One is in St. James Township and one is in Peaine Township. Can you tell the locations of these two shamrocks?

Email your answer to medic5740@gmail.com

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Steve West (231) 448-2505 / Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Citizen of the Year Banquet Change

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award banquet will be held at the Shamrock on Saturday April 25. The change from the Beaver Island Lodge was made because of a change in Lodge's planned opening date.

The banquet will start with cocktails and hors d' oeuvres at 5:30. Dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by a visiting speaker and the award presentation. The Shamrock will offer three dinner selections beginning at $17.00. The “full meal deals” include

hors d' oeuvres and desert. Seating will be limited. Reservations are needed and can be made by calling the Shamrock at (231) 448-2278.

Michigan Tourism Expert to Address Banquet Crowd

One of Michigan's most successful independent tourism business marketing representatives will speak at this years Citizen of the Year award banquet. She has been called a cheerleader for Michigan travel and tourism.

Dianna Stampfler is a graduate of Western Michigan University and worked for the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) for seven years before starting her own business, Promote Michigan. She hosts two radio programs, is a contributing editor for Michigan Blue magazine and is a regular guest on the syndicated Travel Queen radio show as well as many other travel related programs. He client list includes St. Julian Winery, Traverse Tall Ship Company and the Michigan Apple Committee to name just three.

Stampfler is an expert on developing media coverage and as Marketing Director for WMTA developed more than $3.5 million in accumulative media coverage for members, including the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. She will speak at the banquet about how to use the internet to market your business on a shoe string budget.

Chamber Expands 2009 Print Guide / Free Map

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce 2009 Visitor & Business Directory will nearly double in size from previous additions to 8 ½ inches tall by 5 ½, about the size of the Island Telephone Directory. The colorful cover, designed by Jeff Cashman, features a three masted tall ship on Paradise Bay and eight additional beautiful Island photos.

Both Island lighthouses are pictured on the cover and a new section inside focuses on the many lights that can be visited by boat or plane from Beaver Island. Copies for the new publication will be distributed at the Citizen of the Year banquet.

The Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Map published by WMTA features “The many lights of Beaver Island,” in the editorial copy and includes a Chamber / Boat Co. / Fresh Air Aviation ad. A free copy of the large map will be available at the banquet. You can order one at www.wmta.org or by calling (800) 442-2084.

Citizen of the Year Nominations Deadline Nears

The deadline for Citizen of the Year nominations is Saturday April 4. Forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center and on the web at www.BeaverIsland.org .

The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit. Anyone can make a nomination. The nine members of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors select the annual winner(s).

Anyone can make a nomination. You don't have to be a member of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. This year's award, for 2008, will be the 8 th annual presentation. For additional award or banquet information contact the Chamber at (231) 448-2505 or Chamber@BeaverIsland.org .

Nominate Citizen of the Year

Change in location of the banquet is stated above.

CPR Class Available

Beaver Island EMS will be offering a CPR plus AED Course on March 21, 2009 .  If you are interested please call Sarah at 2578.  cost $30

At Donegal Danny's and Stoney Acre

Mardi Gras:

Saturday February 21st

Live Music at Danny's 8pm - Late

Cuisine from the Cresent City - Dinner from 5pm-9pm

Jambalya * Shrimp Gumbo * Andouille * Red Beans & Rice * Blackend Catfinsh * Crawfish * Fresh Oysters * Creme Brulee * Hurricanes * Our full menu will also be available

Hokey Smokes Antione, its Bayou on Beaver...


Ill Islanders Doing Well

Some Island residents, former or current, are doing well despite some serious health issues.

Phil Gregg was transferred to Northern Michigan Hospital's cardiovascular unit where he underwent surgery in the cath-lab on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. He is resting and seems to be in good spirits.

Update on Phil Gregg:

Phil was released from Northern Michigan Hospital today, March 18, 2009. He is staying at his daughter's residence in Charlevoix. It is not known when he may be coming back to the Island, but possibly this coming weekend. Thank you from his family for your thoughts and prayers.

Joddy Croswhite was hospitalized at Munson Medical Center, but is now home and doing much better. Welcome home, Joddy and Beth!

Update on Joddy:

Beth and Joddy have been down to the University of Michigan Hospital and talked with the transplant team. They just got back to the Island on March 18, 2009.

Lauraine Dawson is back on the mainland for daily assessments and treatments.

Paul Nelson, who broke his leg three weeks ago, is at home at 5460 Woodcock Drive, Belmont 49306, with plans to move into a senior assisted living facility in the future. Leone Schellenberg was reported to have had a heart attack, but is doing okay at this point.

Perry J. Palmer (Budger)is in the Grand Rapids Home for Vets, Room 382-Red, 3000 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

UPDATED: Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE


Film Fans Continue Winter Movie Series

Two more months of this excellent collection of films

An eleven movie winter film series continues at the Beaver Island Community Center, presented by a new movie club, the Beaver Island Film Fans. Twenty-three Film Fans club members worked together to nominate a list of their favorite movies, and then voted to select their top eleven films to make up the series. Movies in the series range form 1940 to 2007 in age, range from romantic comedy to thrillers, westerns to epic adventures, and international hits to edgy art. Included in the series is the American Film Institute's #1 American film, Citizen Kane.  The club's membership dues will be used to pay for the theatrical performance rights for the films.

All movies are open to the general public; admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for students. All films will be presented on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. The series includes:

Descriptions of all movies and previews can be seen at http://www.imdb.com by clicking on the artwork:

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Beaver Island Community Center


Welcome Center: Full Menu Available

Monday – Thursday 9am - 3pm

Friday – Saturday 9am - 9pm

Sunday – 10am – 2pm 

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Senior Events and Activities brought to you by...

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at the

Beaver Island Community Center !

COA March Meal Schedule

Movie Calendar

Schedule of Events

•  Every Monday thru Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Senior Congregate Meal Program – the Best “Fast Food” on the Island !

Delicious and nutritious daily meals are served up fast and hot!

Monthly menus and weekly sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center and will soon be available on-line. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance on a weekly basis, for ordering purposes. Don't worry if you can't make it that day—we'd rather have too much than too little! If you didn't sign up in advance but want to join in if possible, just call Ann—or leave a message—at 448-2022 by 10:30am. Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $2, and those under 60 $4.

•  Mondays 12 pm - BINGO!

•  Tuesdays 12 pm – Board Games!

•  Wednesdays 10:30 am - Wii!

Come experience the “Wii World”!

From bowling to balance, golfing to “gaming” and—virtually!—everything in between!

•  Thursdays 12 pm – Cards!

•  Fridays 12 pm – Pickleball!

Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong! Singles or doubles! 

•  Every Month:

•  Birthday Lunch (“Middle Wednesday”) March 18 th

Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill!

•  Sunday Dinner – March 22 nd 11 am - 1 pm

Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Look for new things every month! This month features pork roast, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and apple cobbler. Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.

•  Don't Forget...

FREE Senior Transit is available thru 2009!

Any senior residing in Charlevoix County/Beaver Island is able to obtain free transportation through the Charlevoix County Transit program! Call Ann at the Center (448-2022) to coordinate your ride with our other Island Seniors!

Since all rides are mapped-out and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis it is recommended that interested parties schedule at least 24-hours in advance.


Stay Tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for MORE DETAILS!

•  Wednesday, March 18: Recorder Roundabout 5pm

Refresh your musical spirit with a weekly gathering of Recorder enthusiasts! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate—whether novice or veteran, with instrument or without ! (Ability to read music not required). Contact Jayne Bailey at jaynekb@yahoo.com for more info.

•  Thursday, March 19: La Dolce Vita R* 7:30pm Directed by Federico Fellini

Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome 's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer. 1960 Oscar-nominated Black and White film. Tickets: $7.50 Adult

•  Sunday, March 22: Sunday Dinner 11am-1pm

Something new and special every month! Not just for Seniors! Come one and all and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner together ! March's Senior Sunday Dinner sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will feature a delicious menu of roast pork, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and apple cobbler. Make your reservation now! Call 448-2022. Sunday, March 15, 11am-1pm. Tickets: Suggested donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over; $6 for persons under 60.

Scrabble Scramble 2pm

Show your Scrabble-stuff at a bi-weekly Scrabble play-off competition of strategic vocabulary! Bring your official word guide and be ready to challenge !

Pickleball 2pm

Now available EVERY week ! Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  Wednesday, March 25: Recorder Roundabout 5pm

Refresh your musical spirit with a weekly gathering of Recorder enthusiasts! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate—whether novice or veteran, with instrument or without ! (Ability to read music not required). Contact Jayne Bailey at jaynekb@yahoo.com for more info.

•  Saturday, March 28 SPRING BREAK Family Feature: Bolt PG 3pm Animated Feature! Featuring voices by: John Travolta, Thomas Haden Church & Miley Cyrus

Bolt is a spoiled German Shepherd who is the star of his own action TV show and is living the good life. One day he is accidentally abandoned in his trailer but he truly believes he still has the superpowers from his TV show. Along the way, he meets some friends who are trying to find their homes and they help him discover his true self. Tickets: $7.50 Adult, $5 Student/Child

•  Sunday, March 29: Pickleball 2pm

Now available EVERY week ! Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play! Singles and doubles welcomed!

April Schedule of Events

Senior Events and Activities sponsored by the Charlevoix County COA

April COA Congregate Meals Schedule

April Community Center Movie Schedule

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Trivia Question:

Who is the organizer of the St. Patrick's Day Games that has been doing the games consistently for the last 23 years?

Received some grand answers this week. One from Kevin Green who credited Denise McDonough with these years of service for the St. Patrick's Day Games. Another from Sheri Timsak who credited Kathy Maudrie with the honor. Another yet from Becky Gerace who added Rich Gillespie's name to the other two for credit. The editor gives credit to all three for providing an answer, and, since St. Patrick's Day is celebrated only once per year, (well, twice on Beaver Island including the weekend and the actual day), in this case they are all right, so everyone wins! Please email me your information for your gift subscription.

This Week's Trivia Question:

Which previous resident family of five, who lived on Beaver Island, has every family member working in the healthcare field?

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: medic5740@gmail.com

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

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Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes