BI News on the 'Net, March 3-9, 2007

Chili Cook-Off at Shamrock on Thursday, March 6

This Sports Boosters Fundraising event was erroneously advertised as being at the Peaine Hall. It is NOT at the Peaine Hall. It is taking place at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant this Thursday, March 6, 2008, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cook-off Results Announced

The Sports Boosters Cook-off took place at the Shamrock, Thursday night, with a well-attended group of hungry people.

First place in the chili cook-off went to Sue Avery. Second place went to Amy Burris. Third place went to the Shamrock. Plenty of hot chili was available for those who wanted to taste many different kinds. Unfortunately, the winners' chilis went very fast and were completely gone before some of us got started in eating.

Dianne McDonough and Sheri Timsak posed for picture at the Sports Boosters table.

All present enjoyed the chili and the conversation

Here is the youngest attendee enjoying her dinner.

It was very well attended event at the Shamrock with cars lining both sides of the road from the hardware store all the way down to the boat dock. There haven't been that many cars downtown for quite some time--at least not much this winter.

New School Building Bids Requested

Spring Ahead on March 9, 2008

The Daylight Savings Time change begins this coming Sunday, March 9, 2008. At 2:00 a.m. this Sunday morning, just after the bars close, the clock gets set ahead to 3 a.m. beginning the Daylight Savings Time requirement. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead or you'll be late for church services, etc.

Wendy Kenwabikise Passes Away

Wendy Kenwabikise-Weidenhamer of Alanson (formerly of Beaver Island) passed away about 1:00 pm on Friday, February 29, 2008. Funeral services will be at St. Francis Church in Petoskey at 3pm on Thursday March 6th. A special rememberance of her life will be directly after the service at Liberty Baptist Church in Alanson (right off of US 31).
Any donations or cards may be sent to her husband

Richard Weidenhamer
8771 Blumke Rd.
Alanson Mi 49706.

There will be having a service on the island as well with Fr. Pat, but time and date have not been determined. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Obituary: (From Petoskey News Review, March 4, 2008)

Wendy Lynn Weidenhamer, 37, of Alanson passed away at home Friday, February 29, after a 16-month fight with brain cancer. Born on June 26, 1970, in Petoskey, she is the daughter of John Kenwabikise of Beaver Island and Hermenia (Leroy) Hoffman of Gould City. Wendy was a loving stay-at-home-mom of five children, and always enjoyed the chaos of our large family. Not even the cancer treatments and diets could keep her from enjoying her life and family. She consistently supported her children by going to games and after-school activities. Hair or not, she was always there. She fought with her head held high, and always a positive attitude; full of hope and never afraid.

Wendy is survived in life by her devoted husband Richard Dean Weidenhamer; five children; Scott Hughey, 19, Daniel Hughey, 17, Shelby Hughey, 13, Mya Weidenhamer, 6, Mason Weidenhamer, 2, all from Alanson; siblings, Erick (Ardis) Kenwabikise, Simon (Anne) Kenwabikise, Rose (Justin) Skop, Katheryn Kenwabikise and Patrick Kenwabikise; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by four brothers, John, Kenneth, Dennis, and Jesse; paternal grandparents Paul and Isabell (Wabanimkee) Kenwabikise; maternal grandparents Jess and Rose (Slocum) Moore.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 6, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey. Following the memorial service will be a gathering of remembrance for Wendy at Liberty Baptist Church in Alanson. There will also be a memorial service on Beaver Island that will be announced at a future date.

Arrangements were handled at the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey.

Paradise Bay on a Cold Day

Did you ever wonder what it might be like coming into the harbor in the wintertime by sleigh or by snowmobile? This is what it looks like with the harbor frozen, looking in toward the shore of the "town" area.

Paradise Bay Panoramic Video

A fairly short video clip taken while standing about one-third of the way out between the public beach and the mouth of the harbor. Just a pan from left to right while looking at the shoreline from the frozen harbor. Remember that this will take a while to download to your computer. You also need to have Quicktime in order to view this.

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Wedding Bells--Mike Sowa and Michelle LaFreniere

Michelle Ann LaFreniere and Michael Allen Sowa were married on Waimanalo Bay, Oahu , Hawaii on February 22, 2008 at 10 am. Witnesses were Joel Meintsma and Catherine Sowa Meintsma.  Honorary Witness for both of us was Shirley Sowa, Mother of the Groom.

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Where's This?

Last Week's "Where's This?"

These two homes are on the same road, but not right next to each other. Can you tell who owns them now? Can you tell who used to own them?

Technically, these homes are on roads with different names, but one is the continuation of the other. The first one is on Kings Highway and the second is on the Back Highway. Here they are from out front of each:

The 1st one is John and Joyce Runberg's, originally owned by John's grandfather James McCann. The 2nd one is Paul and Shirley Cole's, previously owned by Shirley's grandmother, Mary "Tom" Gatliff.

Community Orchestra to Start Up

Beginning Tuesday, March 4, 2008, an opportunity to play music will begin. The group will get together at the Beaver Island Community School Conference Room at 3:15 pm this Tuesday to begin. For further information, please contact the school office.

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.

Island Churches Plan Summer Bible School

July 1st –3rd

“Jerusalem Market Place” is the theme of a vacation Bible school which is being planned for children ages three to twelve by representatives The Beaver Island Christian Church, St. James Episcopal Mission, and Holy Cross Catholic Church. The school will run from 9:30 –11:30 am on July 1st , 2nd and 3rd .

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.

Parents interested in having their children attend the school should contact Deb Robert at 448-2048 or by email at . Deb is also the contact for anyone wishing to volunteer his or her help for the school. More details will follow as summer grows closer.

Who's This?

This place was Holy Cross Hall. The year was between 1979-1981. It was around the time that "On the Beach of Beaver Island" was recorded by Edward Palmer and the "Boys." Can you name the three guys on the stage here?

The one on the far left is Ron Gregg, perhaps a junior in high school when this picture was taken. The one playing the violin is Joe Moore who played the fiddle on the album. The one playing the piano is Karl Bruder, the person playing the piano on the album "On the Beach of Beaver Island" with the Beaver Island Good-Time Boys.

BICS Boys' Basketball Team Off to Districts

Although Beaver Island Boys' basketball's season ended in Northport at the district game, they played a very respectable and sportmanlike season. Beaver Island lost to Northport. More information will be posted when received.

Please click here to go to Frank Solle's photos and story about the District Tournament.

Frank Solle's Ice Photos

Flying home from my trip to the basketball districts I was intrigued
by the different patterns in the ice below us – there was
surprisingly little ice to be seen on the flight to America the day
before, the changes in nature being unpredictable and unknowable as
they are.

And since, for some reason, I had my camera with me, I started
snapping frames.

The frozen abstract icescape unfolding below us was like flying over
some Jason Pollack painting. I'm sure there's some deep,
introspective meaning to these photos.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

In what year did Beaver Island get the funding for the full time deputy sheriff?

It has only been fairly recently that Beaver Island has had a full time deputy sheriff. The full time deputy position was not made available until 1991. Beaver Island has been fortunate to maintain a full time law enforcement officer for the last sixteen years. Thank you's to St. James and Peaine Townships and Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department Sheriff George Lasater.

This Week's Question:

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

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:

More Great Work by the Chamber of Commerce

Take a look at the 2/3 page story in the current issue of Traverse Magazine.

You will have to click on the image to enlarge it to be able to read it.

Aurthor David Graham learned about the great Island hunting when he attended a recent Michigan Outdoor Writers Assoc (MOWA) meeting in Baldwin. Steve West attended the meeting to invite the group to Beaver.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce will host a MOWA meeting on the island June 6-8. The Chamber and business members have arranged for special prices in order to attract a large number of the state wide writers group. The Wildlife Club will co-sponsor the visit.

To learn how you can become a Chamber of Commerce member and help the group promote Beaver Island for the benfit of all, call (231) 448-2505 or visit the web site

Petoskey News Review Promotes Beaver Island

In an article in the Petoskey News Review, Beaver Island gets another promotion for St. Patrick's Day.


PABI BI Ice Classic Underway

The Beaver Island Ice Classic contest is underway. The tower is on the ice just to the East of the Beaver Island Marina docks. 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 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).

BICS Building Project Plans and Updates

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

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 December 2007

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes