BI News on the 'Net, March 17-23, 2008

Community Calendar Updates

The Beaver Island News on the 'Net Community Calendar is available to anyone, subscriber or not. The calendar has been updated recently to span from March through August of 2008. It can easily be expanded to extend longer. Hopefully, the organizations, individuals, and businesses will use this calendar to help avoid conflicts of schedules. Also, hopefully, organizations, individuals, and businesses will email their events as soon as the schedule is known to help avoid conflicts. This is a community service provided by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Gas Shortage and Rationing Here on Beaver Island

Beaver Island has a fuel shortage.  Gasoline, which now costs $4.65/gallon, is being rationed.  Drivers of cars can only purchase $20 worth of gas, $40 worth for trucks.  An icebreaker may be in the harbor on Saturday March 22nd (This was reported on TV 7-4) to prepare the way for the Emerald Isle to make a possible HAZMAT run with fuel on Monday March 24th. It will escort the Emerald Isle from Charlevoix to Beaver and back on that Monday. Everything is subject to change.  For more information contact the Beaver Island Transportation Authority.

Update: According to all sources, an attempt will be made today, Saturday, March 22, 2008, for the Emerald Isle, excorted by an icebreaker, to come to the Island. The sole purpose of this trip is to help ease the fuel shortage until the regular shipping season and ferry schedule can begin.

Update: March 22, 2008, 2 p.m.: The last news that has been received is that the icebreaker has been seen at Grey's Reef and is not moving. The icebreaker may be stuck in the ice, but, if not, it is slow going anyway. This means that it has not reached Charlevoix yet where it is to join the Emerald Isle for the trip to Beaver Island. The noon departure time for the Emerald Isle has been delayed. The Emerald Isle is loaded and awaiting its escort vessel.

Kitty McNamara's Mother Dies

It was brought our attention today that Kitty's mother has died. This must be a very difficult time for all in this family. More information will be posted when available.

Evelyn Mae McNamara

Evelyn Mae McNamara passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008, Evelyn Mae McNamara 83, of Eaton Rapids, at the Mid-Michigan Hospice House in Lansing. Evelyn was born on July 25, 1924, the 3rd child of Edward and Eva (Morin) Lancour of Osier, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

As a child she lived in logging camps and later helped out in the family grocery store. In 1946, Evelyn married Martin Francis McNamara also from the Upper Peninsula. Martin and Evelyn spent their lives and raised their family in Eaton Rapids. Evelyn's strength of character and sense of humor were infused in her commitment to her children and family. Evelyn's hobbies included knitting, crocheting and reading. Evelyn always thought the best of people and brought out the best in them.

Evelyn was a member of the St. Peter Holy Catholic Church and a long-time active member of St. Peter's Altar Society. She was a 30-year volunteer at the St. Vincent DePaul clothing bank of Eaton Rapids, in fact, she and several other women organized the clothing bank which allowed hundreds of women and children to go to school and go to work with dignity.

Evelyn was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhea Ann Seeley; Evelyn's first husband, Kenneth Rabideau, who was killed in action in WWII; and brothers, Stanley and Maurice. Surviving are her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Martin McNamara and 16 children, Gary (Julie), Patrick (Carol) all of Eaton Rapids, Lynn “Chick” (Herb) Blue of Spring Lake, Larry (Sue) of Englewood, FL, Joseph of Coral, Mitch (Helen) of Eaton Rapids, Nan (Jerry) Holden of Bannister, Robert of Nashville, TN, Kathleen “Kitty” (Mike) Green of Beaver Island, Peggy Wilcox of Petoskey, Mary McNamara of Nashville, TN, Susie (Floyd) Baker of Ionia, Chris of Bradenton, FL,Vince (Kim) of Muskegon, Theo of Anchorage, AK and Steve (Brigid) of Harper Woods; son-in-law, Mike Seeley of Kentwood; 27 grandchildren, 16 great-grand children, numerous nieces and nephews; siblings, Helen Lustik, Joyce Bartlett, Nellrae St. Onge, Roger (Joyce) Lancour, Gerald (Vernice) Lancour and Sharon (John) Bates.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be prayed 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2008, at St. Peter Holy Catholic Church, 515 E. Knight, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant and interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, on Sunday at the Church from 5-7p.m. with a Rosary following at 7:00 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the St. Peter Church Building Fund or St. Vincent de Paul, St Peter's Conference in memory of Evelyn McNamara.

Public Meeting on Phragmities Planned

Shoreline owners and interested individuals are asked to attend a public meeting on June 24, 2008 at the Peaine Township Hall at 7.p.m. This meeting is to discuss the proposed 2008 Phragmities Eradication Plan (Save Our Shores Program). A letter will be mailed on June 1st to all shoreline owners outlining this year's process. John Works, Peaine Township Supervisor, Don Vyse, St. James Township Supervisor, Brian Mastenbrook, DNR, and representatives from the Beaver Island Association (BIPOA) will be on hand to answer questions. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those property owners who reviewed the information on Phragmities and participated in the treatment program.

More information on Phragmities and treatment can be found at:

The Irish Ten Commandments

1. Thou shalt be loyal to family, friends, and faith.

2. Thou shalt keep thy Irish eyes a'smilin'.

3. Thou shalt shy away from blamey.

4. Thou shalt honor thy Motherland.

5. Thou shalt see the Trinity in every shamrock.

6. Thou shalt halve every potato out of love.

7. Thou shalt be kind to wee ones everywhere.

8. Thous shalt be generous with blessings, songs, and stories.

9. Thou shalt follow every rainbow.

10. Thou shalt rest easy in the hollow of God's hand.

The above prayer was found hanging on the wall of an Irish home. The reminders here could be used by everyone whether Irish, Dutch, Welch, German, Czech, English, American Indian, or anyone else. Take the time to substitute your descent in place of the the word "Irish" above if you're not Irish and see if it doesn't fit you as well.

BIA (BIPOA) Plans Meeting

The Beaver Island Association (formally BIPOA) will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.  Election of officers, Treasurer's report, committee reports and other business will be conducted. Open to the general public.

The Beaver Island e-Store on Ebay

The Beaver Island e-Store on e-bay is now open for business. The purpose of the store is to provide a simple way to sell Beaver Island crafted items on the internet, and provide another outlet for sales by island merchants. We have some items for sale on the site at:

We want to expand the store and if you would like us to sell your handmade jewelry, crafts, wood products, paintings or photographs on-line give me a call at 448-3088 or e-mail me at:

There is no charge to list items for sale at a fixed price; there is a fee if we sell them. We handle the photographing and listing of the item plus the packaging, shipping, the billing and collection of the money.

Interested in selling that priceless “thing” you bought at a flea market on e-bay? We soon will be announcing a downtown location to drop off personal items you want to sell.

Also be sure to sign up for new listings and special sales by checking the box on the lower left of the web page.

Bob Tidmore

News from the Chamber of Commerce

March 18, 2008

Citizen of the Year / Banquet / Nominations Don't forget to put April 12 on your calendar for the Citizen of the year banquet at Stoney Acre. The Stoney's team is planning a great meal and live entertainment by Island Soul. The "full meal deal" including beverage and desert is only $19.95. Choices include filet mignon, roast duck or Great Lakes perch. Make a reservation by calling Stoney Acre at (231) 448-2560. Anyone is welcome to make a Citizen of the Year nomination. The deadline is March 30. A lot of great nominations have already been received. You can download a form and the criteria information here. /2007_Citizen_of_the_Year.doc Don't delay, make your nomination and banquet reservations today!

Last Chance For 2008 Directory Ads / Drop Dead Deadline If you are interested in a 2008 Business And Visitors Directory center section ad you must contact your Chamber office this week. The cost for the 3X4 ad is $500 for a 6,500 press run with plenty of shelf life. A handful of members have not renewed for 2008. Arrangements can be made to bill you this spring or summer. However, you must call the office (231) 448-2505 before Friday 3-21. If we don't hear from you your business will not be included in the print directory and will be deleted from the web site.

One Air Show Sponsorship Remains Only a single Yankee Lady B-17 sponsorship remains for the July 18-19 Air Show. Sponsors signed on to date in addition to your Chamber of Commerce are: Island Airways, Ken McDonald, Roger Wilcox, Beaver Island Golf Course, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Elson & Helen Spangler Family, Fresh Air Aviation and Beaver Island Lodge / Nina's. Each $700 sponsorship includes a special VIP ride in the Yankee Lady. The plane is the finest flying example of the classic WWII bomber in the world. For all the details contact your Chamber office.

Beaver Island In The News Your Chamber of Commerce works year round at getting the Island in the news. A nice St. Pat's story ran in the March 12 issue of the Charlevoix Courier. In the print addition is was front page above the fold with two photos.   http://www.charlevoixcourier .com/articles/2008/03/13/news /doc47d73ef017ef9612008144.txt  The new editor Erica Goff joined us for the fun on the 15th.

News / St Pat's

For the second week in a row Beaver Island is front page above the fold in the print addition of the Charlevoix Courier. The March 19 edition features three St. Patrick's Day photos and a bold cut line on page one. Four more color photos are on page 27. The Chamber of Commerce invited new Courier Editor Erica Goff to Beaver Island. The Petoskey News Review and Traverse City Record Eagle also covered St. Pat's on Beaver Island. Traverse Magazine ran a 2/3 page piece about our island in their March issue. The Chamber of Commerce purchased some print and web ads using the theme, "You've Never Been To Beaver Island?"

News from the Transportation Authority

An icebreaker will be in the harbor on Wednesday breaking up the ice.  We are not sure which one.  Then on MONDAY March 24 an icebreaker will escort the Emerald Isle to Beaver Island with fuel for Buddy Martin.  If there are any changes, I will let you know.

UPDATE: The United States Coast Guard has cancelled their icebreaking activities for today, Wednesday March 19th.  They will come Monday March 24 escorting the Emerald Isle.  Apparently they have other more pressing duties.

Ken Taylor, Chairman, Beaver Island Transportation Authority

Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporter

Welcome, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop!!

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.

Jenny Bousquet Performs on National Public Radio on March 15, 2008

All of the six groups who performed on the Prairie Home Companion Show on Saturday, March 15, 2008, were astounding performers. A wide variety of music was also part of the repertoire. The best performers were those doing their own songs. "Pinky Lee" performed exceptionally well. Prouder, the Island parents and friends could not be!

Our "Pinky Lee" group did not win the contest, but they got national exposure, which can't do any harm to their musical career.

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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.”

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

Editor's Note: Friday, March 14, 2008, A 4-port wireless modem was received by this editor with some very easy instructions, as well as a web site to find answers to common questions and an 800 number to contact tech support.

Since the phone line had not been set up at this time, there was no way to get this modem/router up and running yet. The service is supposed to be up and running on my phone line by Thursday, March 20, 2008. More will be posted when there is more to report.

Update: March 19, 2008, the router was turned on at 1 p.m. this afternoon. A quick check to verify it was connected according to the directions, and the laptop was turned on to search for a wireless signal from the provided TDS DSL router. One laptop found the wireless network almost immediately. A pass key (similar to a password) was found on the the bottom of the router according to the directions and typed into the requested dialog box. That's all there was to it. DSL is up and running, and YES, IT WAS THAT EASY! As Jeff Cashman has reported on the Beaver Island Forum perviously, it is blazingly fast. To that assessment should be added, "and amazingly easy to set up."

Update: March 20, 2008, all is not well this morning. There are a few problems getting the other computers in the house connected. Possibly there is a conflict between the CSYIP wireless network and the TDS wireless network that are running side by side here. It will take a little time to try to figure out the issue, but the one computer is up and running with downloads in the 500's and uploads in the 400's. This will continue to be monitored.

Update: March 21, 2008, still having difficult connecting two computers to the wireless network, one laptop and one desktop both with wireless connections. Both problems are related to getting an address from the DHCP service on the router.

It's Still There!

Even after an astoundingly warm Friday, the PABI Ice Classic continues. 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).

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

Beaver Island Trivia

Last 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 year was 1975, when it was reported that Beaver Haven Marina had become a haven for beavers. In actuality, the mammals that seemed to claim the entire docking area and gas dock area were muskrats, although a visiting beaver was occasionally seen in the harbor, and sometimes near the marina.

This Week's Question:

With Easter approaching, a holiday question seems in order. In what year did St. James Episcopal Mission have the "First Easter Service"? (As reported in the Beaver Beacon.)

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

Ecumenical Bible School Coming This Summer

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 .

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?

Jerry LaFreniere and Marie Connaghan can up with the correct answer to last week's "Where's This?" The first one is at Power's Do-It-Best Hardware, and the second is across the street at Pinky Harmon's home.

The first one is just above the left-most window on the front of the building. The second is on the addition toward the Erin Motel.

New Where's This?

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

We are still looking to renew this feature started by Phyllis Moore in the early years of this web site. If you're looking through some old pictures and would like to share one or two, let us know.

Where's This Headed?

Last week, the question went unanswered, but asking around, the answer is rumored to be this. One Islander said to another, "If I move this off Garden Island for you, can I have it?" The other Islander said, "Sure, glad to have it done." This explains why the dump truck made a trip to Garden Island pulling a trailer. It also explains the movement from the Port St. James area near the North Park, and the passing of the building south on the King's Highway.

A quick phone call to Kevin White, Zoning Administrator, verified that no zoning permit had yet been obtained for the location of this building in Peaine Township. It is assumed that permits will be obtained soon before placement of the building somewhere in Peaine Township.

When the Sign Means What It Says

There is one sign that really and truly means what it says on Beaver Island this winter and early Spring. The sign is located just south of the intersection of Kings Highway and Carlisle Road. The culvert going under the road has caused a really unsafe situation, so be "VERY, VERY CAREFUL!"

Trying to catch some people going too fast over the bump is not worth standing in the cold, but one person's rear bumper nearly hit the payment on the right side, but it couldn't be caught on film.

St. Pat's Weekend Friday

St. Pat's Weekend Saturday Games

Music on Saturday of St. Pat's Weekend

Rigor Mortis performed until almost 6 p.m. at the Beachcomber. A sampling of their music can be seen by looking at the videos below. Was that a Boodler guitarist sitting in? Isn't he a little young for Rigor Mortis? Great to see everyone working together to put on a truly marvelously musical St. Pat's weekend.

The music on Saturday night was a repeat of the same from Friday night at Donegal Danny's and at the Shamrock. Danny and Danny with Cindy performed at Donegal Danny's Pub, and The Boodlers performed at the Shamrock. Too bad that Kevin White and Friends couldn't have rounded out the night at the Beachcomber again.

It must have been a very busy weekend, not only for the businesses, but also for the musicians. Singers voices were starting to crack, and, although the enthusiasm was still present, the volume and timbre of the voices were exceedingly different from Friday night. The volume of the instrumental music and solos were also kicked up a notch to make up the difference.

Videos of the St. Pat's Day Games

Remember that these require that you have Quicktime on your computer. Also remember that they may take a while to download over the Internet to your computer.

Bounce the Quarter Hula Hoop Pass the Potato Skis Are Difficult Tires Are Not Easy

Girls' Team 1 Girls' Team 2 Girls' Team 3 Girls' Team 4 Traditional A'Tire

Fish Toss Tug of War 1 Tug of War 2 Rigor Mortis 1 Rigor Mortis 2

On behalf of the Beaver Island Community

We would like to thank the following business and organizations

for their generous donations for the

2008 Easter Egg Hunt & Visits With The Easter Bunny


ACE Hardware of Charlevoix

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 46

AMVETS Post 46

Beaver Beacon

Beaver Boat-Tique

Beaver Island Boat Company

Beaver Island Community School

Beaver Island Electric

Beaver Island Fish Market

Beaver Island Golf Course

Beaver Island Historical Society

Beaver Island Lodge & Nina's Restaurant

Beaver Island Marine

Beaver Island News on the Net

Beaver Island Realty & Gillespie R. Enterprises, Inc

Beaver Island Toy Museum

Beaver Island Trading Post

B.I. Management Services, Inc.

Burris Masonry

Central Drug Store

Charlevoix State Bank

CMU Biological Station

Connaghan Construction

East Wind Spa & Hair Salon

Erin Motel

Floral Designs by Colleen

Fresh Air Aviation

Haggard's Plumbing & Heating

Inland Auto & Beaver Island Gardens

Inland Seas School of Kayaking

Island Airways

Island Energies & Martin Well Drilling

Jean's Lawn Service

Mc Donough's Market & Dalwhinnie


Mooney / Bellows Contractors


Paradise Bay Coffee Shop

Powers Do It Best Hardware & Lumber

Shamrock Restaurant & Pub / Beachcomber

Ryan Smith Construction

Sowa and Sons Construction

Stoney Acre Grill

TDS Telecom

The Guys at the Beaver Island Transfer Station

(In memory of Little Girl)

Valente's Complete Auto Body Repair & Flat Tail Furs

Wendy White DDS

Ed Wojan Realty

Jim Wojan Excavating

Ron Wojan General Contractor


Special Thanks To:


Carol Avery

Chris Butler

JoAnne Cashman

Charlevoix Floral

Tony Connaghan

Heidi Connor

Emerald Isle Technologies

Saundra Fries

Chris and Gordon Heikka

Peg Hoogendoorn

Ann Partridge

Myrtle Walker

Dan Wardlow & Joe Erwin

James Willis


Tina Walker / Owner

Beaver Island Trading Post