B. I. News on the 'Net, Mar 2-8, 2009

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

Muggs Has Cancer Return

Margaret “Muggs” Bass has recently been diagnosed with a cancer reoccurrence. To help defray her travel and medical expenses there will be a 50/50 Raffle with the drawing to be held at the Shamrock at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 14,2009. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00.

Tickets are available at local merchants on the island .

If you are not on the Island but would like to purchase tickets, please make the check payable to Margaret Bass and mail to either:

Mary Palmer, P.O. Box 46, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Or

Marie LaFreniere, P.O. Box 394, Beaver Island, MI 49782

If you send a check, we will fill out the tickets for you since we are short on time. Please keep Muggs in your prayers.

St. Patrick's Day on the Island

This holiday, probably more than any other, is the holiday for the Beaver Islanders that tops the others. There is more music, more opportunities for good, clean fun, and certainly plenty of opportunity for celebrating the Day. All of the Island bands will be performing at one play or another. Island Souls, Danny and Danny and guests, the Boodlers, and Rigormortis will all be performing this St. Pat's weekend. The St. Pat's Day games will be taking place and there are special activities planned at the Beaver Island Community Center. Read more about the activites below.

BICS Holds Open House for New School

After the high school students had been attending for two weeks and the elementary students for one week, the BICS Board of Education held an Open House for the community on Sunday, March 1, 2009, from 11 a.m. til 1 p.m. There were some guided tours of the building provided with Mike Myers available in the elementary wing and Connie Boyle in the high school wing to help identify what rooms were for which grades. In the entryway, the visitor was met by either the Board President, Superintendent/Principal, or another Board member.

Board President Barb Schwartzfisher, Superintendent/Principal Kitty McNamara, Board member Nancy Tritch

For more pictures and a pictoral tour, click HERE

This Week's Snowshoe Adventure

This week's adventure turned out to quite a challenging one. The fine, but heavy, snow along the shoreline from the previous weekend storm, had drifted into eight to fourteen inch drifts. Perhaps some of the older model snowshoes would have kept the adventurer up on top of the snow, but the modern style snowshoes did not. This adventure turned out to be a four-and-a-half hour trek that was truly exhausting.

Sinking down into the snow made each step a challenge this week.

More story and pictures HERE.

Two video clips taken on the adventure HERE.

USCG Cutter Mobile Bay Visits Beaver Island

In the early hours of Friday, February 27, 2009, the Cleveland District Command, the St. Ignace Station, and the Traverse City Air Station of the United State Coast Guard were all working together to handle a rescue mission of mercy. The Mobile Bay took "less than 30 minutes to get under way once the mission was approved," according to the navigator on the bridge of USCG cutter. The path of navigation was from "St. Ignace to Lansing Shoal and all the way around Beaver Island (down the west side and back up the east side) to get to the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock" here on Beaver Island.

"They wouldn't let us try to go through the Gray's Reef Passage," LCDR Vasilios Tasikas, (captain of the vessel) stated. "We started on our mission at approximately 5:30 a.m. by getting the vessel underway. We then proceeded with a six hour journey to Beaver Island," he continued. "By 9:00 a.m. our mission (of mercy) was canceled, but we decided to proceed to the destination anyway. One of our crew members has always wanted to come to Beaver Island, but he is taking a mandatory training day. We can't wait to tell him what he missed."

More story and pictures HERE.

Video clip of the Mobile Bay at the dock HERE

Inside video clip of the wardroom, galley and engine room HERE

Video clip of the bridge with the track of the vessel from St. Ignace to Beaver Island on their computer screen HERE

Video clip pan from the bridge, the bridge and the engineer HERE

Video clip off the stern of the Mobile Bay with a pan to Whiskey Point HERE

Vide clip pan from the deck of the Mobile Bay north and east end of the harbor HERE

Altogether quite an exciting morning and early afternoon this was!!

NOTICE OF NEW SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

(from Kathleen McNamara, Superintendent/Principal BICS)

THANK YOU PARENTS for your support and encouragement during this building project.  It is great to have all of our students and staff back in one building, especially such a nice building. Now that we are moved in, we invite the community to see our wonderful new space. There will be an OPEN HOUSE at the new school on Sunday, March 1, 2009, from 11:00 am to 1:00pm . If you are unable to make the open house, but want to see the building, just give us a call (448-2744) or stop in t he school office during regular business hours.

A formal Dedication Ceremony is set for Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 11:00am.

Many thanks to all in the community who made this happen. This is a building that will serve our community well for years to come. Thanks to Beaver Gems and all of their subcontractors for the quality work. And, thanks to our temporary hosts, St. James Township, Beaver Island Christian Church and CMU Biological Station.

B.I. Fire Department Trains in Hazmat

On February 21, 2009, the Beaver Island Fire Department is getting trained in handling a hazardous materials scene and how to handle such an incident here on Beaver Island. The fire department members are down at the East Side Fire Hall learning the "Operations" level of a hazardous materials scene. The dangerous area is called the red zone. The decontamination area is called the yellow zone. The zone for all patient treatment and the location of the fire officers in command is called the green zone. "It's really hard to tell what's going on when you can't see it," stated on fire officer who was the incident commander for scenario photographed.

MORE story and pictures HERE

Chili Cookoff Coming Soon

This fundraising event for the Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be coming your way soon. The event occurs on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Those entering a chili must have their chili at the Shamrock by 4:00 p.m. with a ladle for serving. The chili will be judged at 4:30 p.m. Then the event is opened to the public for the best part of the event, the eating of wonderful chili. You can tasted a little of everything. The food portion of the night begins at 5:30 and ends at 7:30 and includes the chili, cornbread, and desert. Drinks may be purchased from the Shamrock.

Please come and support our Island athletes and the athletic program of the Beaver Island Community School.

Chili Cook-off story and pictures HERE

CORNED BEEF RAFFLE

The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary will raffle off a Corned Beef Dinner on Friday, March 13. The Dinner will include everything needed for a boiled corned beef dinner, as well as an American flag and an Irish flag. Ticket sales will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Shamrock, Beachcomber and Donegal Dan's Pub, with the drawing shortly after 7:00 at the Shamrock. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5. Look for these ladies to buy a chance on a good old-fashioned Irish meal.

Proceeds from this raffle will be used to help the Auxiliary sponsor their community projects.

AMVETS POST #46 LADIES AUXILIARY ELECTS OFFICERS

At a meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, the following officers were elected to hold office for the AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary for 2009:

President - Kathy Ruis

First Vice - Susie Fisher

Second/Third Vice - Loretta Slater

Secretary - Kathy Tidmore

Treasurer - Cheryl Kludt

The following Committee Chairs were then appointed to office:

Chaplain: Peg Hoogendoorn

Historian: Kathleen Antkoviak

Hospital: Pat Rowley

Parliamentarian: Dee Gallagher

Publicity (2): Sandy Latimer

Dee Gallagher

Sgt at Arms: Emma Jean Belfy

The Auxiliary also voted to publicly thank the news media, especially Elaine West, for their help with publicity and the coverage of our community projects. Thank you all!

The Ladies Auxiliary will be sponsoring a free children's matinee movie and a $1.00 ticket for a free snack on Saturday, April 11.  More info to follow.

Ill Islanders Doing Well

According to the information recieved on Saturday, February 14, 2009, some Island resident, former or current, are doing well despite some serious health issues.

Lauraine Dawson is in the hospital at Northern Michigan Hospital with a cardiac and blood problem, but it does not appear to be leukemia.

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

Exemption from the Proposed Flight Tax?

Fresh Air Aviation met with the City of Charlevoix Mayor on Thursday and provided suggestions for new revenue opportunties at the Airport. From reading the regulations is appears that the Townships (on Beaver Island) can request the $1 enplanement fee not be collected for passengers traveling to Beaver Island so the Airport needs to find other revenue options. With so many interested in finding more realistic solutions for the Chalrevoix Airport we are hopeful for a positive outcome for all parties involved. (as reported by Rachel Teague.)

Island Airways also met with the officials in Charlevoix regarding the proposed flight tax. Angel Welke reported that the City of Charlevoix officials were willing to look at other ways of increasing the revenues for the airport.

B. I. Food Pantry

On Saturday February 21st, BI Food Pantry was able to distribute 9 boxes of food. Thank you community for your support in this important cause!

Next distribution date: Saturday, March 14th. Please call x2933 or x2881 to schedule an appointment.

If you have food donations, drop off sites are:
Medical Center
Community Center
BI Christian Church
Island Airways

All donations remain on Beaver Island.

Film Fans Continue Winter Movie Series


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

WINTER HOURS:

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.

•  Special Dates of Interest:

•  March 7-12 St. Patrick's Snow Sculpting Contest!

Sign up on a team by March 6!

•  March 14 th – St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Contest Awards!

•  March 14 th – Irish Family Feature “Darby O'Gill and the Little People” G

•  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.

•  COMING IN APRIL: ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM!

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

 

Calendar of Events

March 2009

•  Saturday, February 28 Family Movie: Charlotte's Web G 3pm Animated Feature! Featuring voices by: Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey

This classic story based on the beloved book by E.B. White brings us the charming tale of Fernand her young pet pig Wilbur. Just as Wilbur learns of his impending fate on the chopping block, he meets a very special spider in the barn who begins to weave messages in her web such as, “Some Pig,” “Radiant,” and “Terrific.” The messages make Wilbur famous and ultimately save his life in this story of friendship and loyalty. Tickets: $7.50 Adult, $5 Student/Child

•  Sunday, March 1: 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 4: 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 5: A Simple Plan R* 7:30pm Starring Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton, and Brent Briscoe Directed by Samuel M. Raimi
A 1998 crime thriller based on a best-selling novel about two brothers, who, along with a friend, find $4 million in the cockpit of a downed plane. Since the pilot is dead and no one is looking for the money, they decide that all they have to do is wait and keep the cash for themselves. Trust is lost among them, as deceit, treachery, blackmail, and murder descend upon their previously well-ordered lives. Tickets: $7.50 Adult

•  Saturday, March 7 thru Thursday, March 12:

SAINT PATRICK'S ARTS CONTESTS! SIGN UPs BY Friday, MARCH 6 @ 5pm! JUDGING Friday, March 13 @ Noon!

PRIZES Awarded Saturday, MARCH 14 @ Noon!

•  YOUTH: Window Painting! Ages 13 (or Grade 7) thru Grade 12

Participants will be assigned to one of four teams and windows, given a theme, and materials on Saturday, March 7 at 10am. Prep and painting may begin on Saturday from 12 to 6pm, Sunday from 11am to 1pm, and Mon-Thurs after school until 6pm. Call Cindy at 448-2022 for more info!

•  ADULT: Snow Sculptures! * Weather and/or snow permitting! Teams of up to Four “Artists”! (Businesses, Families, Friends, Clubs...)

Participants will be assigned a location— all visibly-prominent and Downtown —on Saturday, March 7 at 10am. Themes, strategy and sculpting schedules are at the discretion and direction of the individual teams. Call Ann at 448-2022 for more info or email biccpartridge@tds.net .

•  Sunday, March 8: 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 11: 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.

•  Friday, March 13: 3:30-5pm SAINT PATRICK'S DAY KIDS' CUPCAKE DECORATE!

All kids pre-school through sixth-grade are invited to come decorate cupcakes for the St. Patrick's Day Celebration Weekend on Beaver Island ! Some to be taken home, some to leave for treats! All materials provided. Parent/Adult must accompany. Sign ups appreciated!

•  Saturday, March 14: IRISH Family Feature: Darby O'Gill and the Little People G 3pm 1959 Classic Comedy!

Out of the eerie blackness, a headless coachman beckons Darby O'Gill into a fantastic world of love and leprachauns, magic and spirits, stars and stuperstitions. Darby's adventures with the little people is the brightest, most dazzling and fanciful tale of laughter and blarney ever to light up the screen in this turn-of-the-century love story sparkling with the humor, color, tradition, and music of Ireland. Tickets: $5.00 Adult, $3 Student/Child

ST. PAT's FESTIVITIES “FARE”: SUPREME SPUDS ‘n Special Treats!

Step in off the street and out of the cold for a quick hot ‘n hearty “specialty spud” from our baked potato bar! Fixin's galore and special refreshments and treats too!

•  Sunday, March 15: 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 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!

Nominate Citizen of the Year

 

St. Pat's Day Downtown

Beachcomber Returns!!   St. Patrick's weekend  where Rigormortis will perform Friday 13th  & Saturday 14th



Shamrock: Boodlers Perform Friday 13th & Saturday 14th



St.Patrick's Day Festivities March 14th 1 PM:

Paddy Wagon Race- 5 man team (new event involved)
Fish Toss (individual event)
Tug-O-War- Hayseeders-vs-Fishchokers
Panties in a Knot- 4 man team (new)
Fish Stomp - 4 man team
Mix and Match- 1 man 1 woman (new)
Back to Back-4 man team (new)
Limerick Contest: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
King & Queen Contest 2 people
           Judged on talent
           The Jig
           1 Trivia  Question
           Costumes Required
           Judged on Entertainment Value

Don't Forget the Great Day Itself March 17th
We'll be doing something special! " You never know what you might see!"


At Donegal Danny's and Stoney Acre

St. Patrick's Day:

Danny's Pub - The Next Best Thing to Ireland ---Friday March 13 - Sunday March 15

Donegal Danny's Pub Live Music Featuring:
Friday - Shifting Souls
Saturday - Danny & Danny & Guests
Happy Hour Prices All Weekend - Even During Music!!!
Sunday - Bloody Mary Specials and Free Hot Dogs

Stoney Acre Grill
Corned Beef & Cabbage
Irish Stew
Yellow Lake Perch
And A Menu As Big As Donegal

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...

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Trivia Question: (This received only one response, so it will be here another week to give everyone else a chance.)

This Week's Trivia Question:

Can you name all of the owners of the Stoney Acre Grill starting with Liam and Marilyn Racine going all the way back to the beginning of its business history?

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

Resale Shop Announcement

FOR THE WINTER MONTHS ONLY, IF YOU HAVE A DONATION FOR THE RESALE SHOP AND HAVE TROUBLE GETTING IT TO THE SHOP, WE WILL PICK UP YOUR DONATION AND TAKE IT TO THE RESALE SHOP FOR YOU. CALL DONNA STAMBAUGH AT  448-2797 AND SHE WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH YOU TO PICK UP YOUR DONATION.

You can also call the Resale Shop at 448-2534 on Friday or Saturday between 12:00-4:00 if you need to make arrangements to have your donation picked up during the winter months. Thank you.

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

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes