Betty Welke Passes Away

Betty Welke passed away Thursday March 27, 2008 at Holly Convalescent Center. Arrangements are pending. More information will be posted when available.

Loretta "Loy" Loyola Malloy Dies

Loretta "Loy" Loyola Malloy, 83, of Boyne City and formerly of Beaver Island, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at her home in Boyne City . She was born April 25, 1925, on Beaver Island to Lawrence Joseph and Ethel (McDonough) Malloy. Loy graduated from Beaver Island Schools, and earned an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts. She worked as a bartender at the Shamrock and Beachcomber Bars on Beaver Island, and also worked at the Beaver Island Post Office. For the past twenty-seven years, she's made her home in Boyne City . She worked as a caregiver at the Bergmann Center in Charlevoix and donated much of her time to those in the community. Loy enjoyed walking, bingo, playing cards, and spending time with her daughter and grandchildren, especially watching them play sports. She was a good friend to all and was know as Granny by many. Loy was a devoted Catholic and attended Saint Matthew's Church in Boyne City and Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene Napont of Boyne City; grandsons, Anthony (Bea Grody) Napont, Craig (Crissy) Napont all of Boyne City , and Brian (Patricia Schmidt) Napont of Suttons Bay; great-grandchildren, Maggie, Zacharie, and Xander Napont.  Loy's brothers, Francis Brown and Robert Malloy, and sisters, Dorothy Ryan, Mary Halloran, and Bernadette Moore preceded her in death.  She is survived by a brother Lawrence. Visitation will be 6-8p.m. Monday, March 31 , at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix where the Rosary will be recited at 7p.m . Rite of Christian Burial will be 11a.m., Tuesday, April 1 , at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Jerry Hunko officiating. Burial will take place later this spring at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island. Contributions may be directed to Arlene Napont at 324 Terrace St., Boyne City .

Rationing Over for Now

With the fuel delivery on the Emerald Isle, it appears as if the gas rationing is over for now. The delivery must have been substantial enough to cover the Island's needs until the normal Beaver Island shipping season begins. According to Bud Martin the tanker truck "brought over close to 8000 gallons. The issue now is getting the truck back across the lake. The guy drove the truck up through a snowstorm to get it here. He wants his truck back. If I have to start paying him for the truck, the price of gas will have to go up again." The current cost is $4.899.

The Beaver Island Boat Company has not made a return trip with the Emerald Isle so that this truck can be returned. The Boat Company is waiting for the ice conditions to be right for the return trip to occur.

Another Why-We-Live-on-BI, Group Effort

What an amazingly wonderful group effort exerted on behalf of the Beaver Island Community!

Getting all the puzzle pieces in place for a very early Emerald Isle fuel trip was certainly a group effort.

Thanks to all who participated!

Barb Schwartzfisher stated, "It happened the way it always happens with these guys. They believe in what we are here. This came together to take care of a need for the Island."

The entire community should thank the Beaver Island Boat Company employees and others who helped this necessary trip occur. Thank you to the Biscayne Bay Coast Guard crew for a wonderful job of getting the ice broken up. Thank you to Kevin McDonough, Mike Green, Joe McDonough, and Tim McQueer; the captains and crew on the Emerald Isle. Thank you to Sheri Timsak and Brian Antkoviak on the dock here on the Island. Thank you to Bud Martin and Steve Crandall who worked with the equipment to clear the ice out of the docking slip. Thank you to Margo Marks and Mick Randall on the Charlevoix side of the operation. All of these were necessary to get the boat docked and the fuel truck to the Island and off the boat.

(photo by Frank Solle) (photo by Phyllis Moore)

"Some of the chunks of ice were huge and 24 inches thick," Sheri Timsak said.

"No one gets more credit than anyone else. Everyone worked together to get this job done for the Island," another boat company source stated.

Margo Marks, Beaver Island Boat Company manager, stated, “The Beaver Island Boat Company would like to thank its staff and crew for taking time away from their families on a special holiday weekend to transport gasoline to the island.  They came together on very short notice and did what was necessary to get the Emerald Isle safely into her dock. The U.S. Coast Guard crew of the Biscayne Bay did a fantastic job of breaking ice and assisting the Emerald Isle into her slip.  Without their assistance this trip would never have been attempted or completed.  Bud Martin's backhoe (operated by Bud) and Jim Wojan's excavator (operated by Steve Crandall) worked long and hard along with our own crew to clear our slip of ice.  The Beaver Island businesses who regularly haul heavy freight with us made some special orders to get the counter ballast necessary to be able to make the trip with such a large tanker truck.  Additionally we appreciate the support of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority.”

Citizen of the Year Banquet

Join Us to Honor Beaver Island 's Citizen of the Year!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cocktails(cash bar) 6pm / Dinner ( $19.95 ) 7pm

Reservations Required 448-2560

*Please indicate choice of entree when making reservation!

•  Yellow Lake Perch

•  Hand-cut 8oz Filet Mignon

(please indicate desired temp)

•  Roast Half-Duckling

with a Port-Lingon Berry Reduction 

All Dinners include veg du jour, redskin potatoes, small tossed

salad, Hot Irish Apple Sundae, and coffee, tea or soda


The Citizen of the Year Banquet is April 12. Island Soul will play at the banquet at Stoney Acre Grill.

Cocktails will be served on April 12, 2008, beginning at 6 p.m. with the dinner following at 7 p.m. Please call Stoney Acre Grill for reservations 448-2560. Your choices at dinner include Filet Mignon, Perch Dinner, Roasted Half of Duck with lingon berry reduction. All dinners are served with redskin potatoes, vegetable, biscuit, and a small tossed salad. Dessert of Irish Apple Sundae is included in the dinner price of $19.95.

Gas Shortage and Rationing Here on Beaver Island

The Biscayne Bay breaking the ice near the Emerald Isle slip.

Updated Wednesday, March 26, 2008: See above two articles for further information "Rationing Over for Now" and "Another Why-We-Live-on-BI Group Effort."

Update: At approximately 7:15 p.m., March 22, 2008, the USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay arrived and made its first pass into the harbor known as Paradise Bay, coming very close to the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock. Waiting outside the thickest ice was the Emerald Isle. After the Biscayne Bay had made several passes into and out of the harbor, the Emerald Isle made its way in to the dock. By approximately 7:45 p.m., the Emerald Isle was bow first into the docking slip.

Chunks of ice removed from the slip

In the distance is the Emerald Isle.....Then both Emerald Isle and Biscayne Bay can be seen.

Pictures are here. ..........................Pictures by Frank Solle here.

Pictures from Luney's Point are here................. Pictures from the Public Beach are here.

Two later pictures by Jeff Cashman are here.

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.

A walk out on the ice did not seem a bad idea when the rumor of an early Saturday morning departure circulated around the Island. Having been previously out to Luney's Point on a snowshoeing adventure, it seemed logical to go to that location to get a view of any icebreaking action that might be taking place. So at 9:45 this morning some pictures were taken of the ice and the area that the icebreaker would have to navigate.

The harbor looks quite peaceful from Luney's Point.

Looking from Luney's Point toward the buoy and Garden Island.

Looking from Luney's Point southward...nothing but ice to see close to shore.

Looking east toward the mainland from Luney's point. There is open water just beyond the tallest ice hill.

Can you see the open water?

After walking out on the ice as far as safety would allow, two pictures were taken. One without magnification, one with.

Luney's Point Video--A 270+ degree panoramic video of the ice--taken from Luney's Point at 9:45 a.m. on March 22, 2008. Remember this requires Apple Quicktime and may take more than a full minute to download over a high speed connection.

The view from a Charlevoix webcam at 3:40 p.m. awaiting news about the icebreaker. Here is a link to that webcam:


Information About Men's Summer Golf League

Pre-Diabetes Class Offered

You can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Take the first step and attend the Pre-Diabetes Class being offered throught the REMEC program at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Education Room, Wednesday, April 16, 2008 from 6-9 p.m.

What is is and what can I do? This is for people who might have been told they were "Borderline" or have already been told they are "Pre-Diabetes" or are just interested in the topic.

This is sponsored by the Diabetes Education Department of Charlevoix Area Hospital and will be broadcast over the REMEC network from Charlevoix Area Hospital.

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:

Sports Boosters Announce Chinese Dinner

The Sports Boosters' Chinese Dinner will be Saturday May 10th at Nina's Restaurant- reservations please-448-2396  take out orders will also be available.

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.

Bob Tidmore

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.

News from the Chamber of Commerce

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.

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Editors Note: BI New on the 'Net has been a customer of CSYIP since June 2008.

PABI Ice Classic Continues!

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

Bid are due on Tuesday, March 25, 2008.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last 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.)

April 1995 was the first Easter service based upon the report of an article in the Beaver Beacon.

This Week's Question:

When was it reported in the Beaver Beacon that our new dentist was Dr. Wendy Widmayer? The current dentist on the Island is the same person, Dr. Wendy White. (Sorry if there are spelling errors in the name.)

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

This camp is for all 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?

No takers this week. No one emailed me an answer about where this is. So we'll keep it here another week, just because we can. Maybe a clue will help: Donegal Bay Road.

Who's This?

Can you guess who this is?

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.

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!" There are two other signs must like this out the Kings Highway, and at least one other one marks a treacherous bump that could cause serious damage.

Wildlife on the Move

The deer are beginning to move more and more. After almost hitting a deer on the Kings Highway, one Islander has suggested that we keep our eyes open for the deer again. This particular one was moving during the early afternoon. Usually in the summer, we have to keep our eyes peeled in the early evening. Now it may be any time of day and a deer may jump out in front of you. Be careful of the wildlife on the move this late winter and early Spring.