BI News on the 'Net, March 31-April 6, 2008

Clarence Maudrie Dies

Clarence Maudrie passed away this morning. Funeral arrangements are pending. More information will be posted when available. Visitation for Clarence will be from 2-4 Sunday at St. Stevens Catholic Church in Naubinway, with the funeral mass at 4.

Clarence P. "Bullo" Maudrie Jr.
(February 2, 1928 - April 3, 2008)

Lifelong Naubinway resident, Clarence P. "Bullo" Maudrie Jr., 80, died Thursday morning April 3, 2008 at the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility in Manistique.

Born February 2, 1928 in Naubinway, son of the late Clarence Sr. & Christine (Wachter) Maudrie, Bullo was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army until his honorable discharge on April 29, 1947. On May 8, 1948, he married the former Norma J. Smith and made Naubinway their home.

Bullo sailed the Great Lakes with his father Clarence Sr. on the W. E. Fitzgerald and later was employed as a stone mason for 26 years. Following his father's death he continued employment as a commerical fisherman on Lake Michigan until his retirement.

Bullo was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, member of the V.F.W. Post #8372 of Engadine and member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. His hobbies and interests included hunting, fishing, reading and jigsaw puzzles.

Besides his parents, Bullo is preceded in death by his sons Paul & Eddie; siblings Earl, Richard, Larry & Jackie.

Survivors include his loving wife of over 59 years, Norma J. of Naubinway; children Diane (Cliff) Walmsley of Curtis, Luanne Keinonen of St. Ignace and Bonnie (Howard) Tetrault of Melbourne, FL; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; siblings Joyce Merriam of Naubinway, Hubert of Interlochen, FL, Maryann Kelly of Houston, TX, Marcella (Brent) Schultz of Flint, Lida Moffat of Ypsilanti, Phyllis Widmayer of Dexter, Loretta Ryum of Dalton, GA and Donna Falls of Tombul, TX.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sunday April 6, 2008 at 4:00 pm at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Naubinway with Fr. Tim Hruska officiating. Friends may call at the church on Sunday April 6th from 2-4 pm. Commital services with military rites will take place at the Naubinway Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute to the American Lung Association or the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Clarence P. "Bullo" Maudrie Jr.

Condolences may be expressed at .

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club to Meet

On April 10, 2008, at 7:30 p.m., the BI Wildlife Club will meet at the St. James Township Hall. The agenda includes the following:

Treasurer's Report

  Secretary's Report

  Cormorant Update

  Newsletter Update

  Walleye Pond Update

Michigan Outdoor Writers Meeting Sign Up

  Brian Mastenbrook special guest

  Other Issues

  New Business

One of the highlights of the meeting will be Brian Mastenbrook from the DNR.  "Hopefully he'll be able to update us on the cormorant issue.  He may also want to talk about last years deer season and projections for this year," Bob Tidmore stated.

Spring is Here-April Fool's

April Fool's Day is certainly a time when Mother Nature can decide to have a lot of fun. Waking up this morning to a lot of blowing snow was certainly a good April Fool's joke. Since no one can fool Mother Nature, it would be nice if Mother Nature wouldn't try to fool us with a nice sunny day on March 31st and then blowing snow on April 1st.

Two pictures were taken from the BI Boat Company Dock toward the post office and then from the post office toward the point. You literally could not see a single thing. It was as white as the background of this page. It would have been a waste of server storage space to put those two pictures up here since nothing was visible but a complete white out at 10:30 a.m. on April 1, 2008. It is now 12:30 p.m. and there are a few flurries floating around, but the sun is trying to come out right now.

It was too snowy for the Charlevoix State Bank office to get our bank lady here this Tuesday morning, so maybe she'll come tomorrow. The Shamrock is closed for the next three days, so there is no food to be obtained downtown. Dahlwhinnie's is closed until next Monday. There is no place available to eat out for breakfast this week. Spring Break seems to be a time for some people to take time off. You have Stoney Acre for lunch and dinner available to you today and the rest of the week. The Shamrock is scheduled to re-open for lunch and dinner on Friday.

How We Know Spring Is Here

There are lots of ways to determine when spring has arrived on Beaver Island. School students and staff go on Spring Break. Easter has come and gone. The gravel roads are muddy ruts and difficult to navigate. The icebreaker has come in. The Emerald Isle has made its first trip. All of these could be considered a sign of spring, but Frank Solle has captured the best, the very best indicator of spring's arrival.

From Frank Solle:

The REAL, first sign of spring has been spotted. Sunday, March 30,  about 1:00 pm, along King's Highway near the intersection  with Sloptown Rd.  There they were. A pair. Robins! Spring! Now it's here.

Thank you, Frank, for your Springtime announcement and the great picture!

2008 Egg Scramble & Visits With The Easter Bunny

When a Story is a Story

More than thirty years ago, stories were told in the Shamrock by customers to other customers, and the bartender and the cook listened on and just smiled. There was not one chance in Hades of these stories being true, or at least that was the thought thirty years ago. One Islander had cut an engine in half to save half the gasoline. One Islander had been an electrician, a sailor on the lakes, a heating and air conditioning technician, a restaurant owner, and a handyman. One Islander's family had taken a house apart and moved it from High Island to Beaver Island. A newcomer to Beaver Island would hear these stories and just smile, thinking they were great stories, but not believing a single one of them could be true.

The same thing can be said about this story that is about to be told. Anyone not having spent time on the Island, and had experience with the kinds of things that can happen here, simply would not believe it. There are a few people sitting around and having coffee and talking, and one says to the other,"I think I'm going to lift up your fish tug and move it down the road to the point. Then I'll put it into the water after cutting a hole in the ice using a chain saw. I'll use my heavy equipment to get the ice out, so you won't have any problems starting your engine and using your prop."

The person that owns the fish tug say, "Yah, and after you do that, I'll use my fish tug to break up the ice in the harbor, so the ferry boat can make a trip to Charlevoix before it is scheduled to go. I know you have a tanker truck you'd like to see returned to Charlevoix."

You wouldn't believe it either until you saw the pictures of exactly that happening. Well, here they are:

Moving a fish tug on the roadway

Putting the fish tug in the water

Breaking the ice in the harbor with a fish tug

The current price of gas on Beaver Island is $5 per gallon right now, but it could have cost a lot more without Jimmy Kenwabikise and his fish tug.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last 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.)

No one guessed the correct anwer to this question. The Beaver Beacon that reported this was in February of 2000. Dr. Wendy White is still practicing dentistry here on Beaver Island and is a supporter of this website. We are glad you are here!

This Week's Question:

What was the name of the first non-physician medical center provider to provide care to the people of the Island?

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?

Last two weeks:

The clue did help, because on Donegal Bay Road above the Power's Lumber Company, the sits. Jerry and Marie figured it out..

Who's This?

Last Week's:

Can you guess who this is?

Deb Roberts was able to identity this picture that was shared by Marie Connaghan and Jerry LaFreniere. This is no other than Brian Cole who is now a proud papa himself. Can you see the resemblance?

This Week's:

Who is this?

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.

Betty J. Welke
October 17, 1928 – March 27, 2008
Beaver Island, Michigan

Betty passed away March 27, 2008 at Holly Convalescent Center, Holly, MI. She was born on October 17, 1928 in Portland, Indiana, to Pauline and Lee Culter. She grew up in the Wixom / Walled Lake area outside of Detroit and graduated from Walled Lake High School in 1946. On December 28, 1946 Betty married the love of her life, William (Bill) Welke (1922-2002).

Betty was a longtime member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Bill and her parents. She is survived by her brother, Richard and her five children and their spouses: Jean and Bruce Kinsley of Beaver Island; Paul Welke and Angela LeFevre of Beaver Island; Mark and Sue Welke of Marquette, Michigan; Carl and Laurie Welke of Tecumseh, Michigan; and Anne Welke and Bruce McPhilips of Charlevoix. Also surviving are Bill's brothers and sisters-in-law are Robert and Sue Welke of Beaver Island; Donus and Dory Welke of Archbold, Ohio; and Charles and Catherine Welke of Beaverton, Michigan as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Bill and Betty lived in the Walled Lake area from the time they were married until they moved to Beaver Island in the late 1960s. When they arrived on the Island, they started several family businesses including Welke Excavating and Welke Aviation (which eventually became Island Airways). Betty was the main bookkeeper and crew manager of all of the family undertakings. She was instrumental in the establishment and on-going success of Island Airways.

Betty shared a passion for flying with Bill and some of her most treasured times were in “Yellow Bird” their Cessna 195. Together they enjoyed many flying adventures.

Also dear to Betty were here beloved dogs (Katie, Kelly, Marnie, Casey, Snoopy, and many others) and other pets. So many people visited the “bunny barn” located at Welke Airport on Beaver Island – it was a mission of Betty's to keep the bunnies happy and healthy so the children could enjoy them and chase them as soon as their flight landed. So many children (now adults) still come to Welke Airport to show their children and grandchildren the rabbits at the “Hareport..

A memorial service will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Church April 7, 2008 at 11:00am with Father Pat Cawley officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the Holy Cross Catholic Church / Ellen Welke Memorial Fund, c/o General Delivery, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782.

Bill and Betty Welke, Great Neighbors

My favorite story regarding Bill and Betty Welke involves the first winter that I lived on Beaver Island some thirty plus years ago. Phyllis and I were keeping the Beaver Lodge open for its first winter under the confines and direction of Steve Wheeler. Dianne Hetherington was our waitress for dinner and she was always scheduled to come in at 4 p.m., but, if anyone knew Dianne, that meant that she would be there just before five. When Dianne did not show up one especially snowy night, Phyllis and I were thinking that she might have ended up in a snow bank or stuck and freezing in a ditch.. Dianne would always call in if she were unable to make it to work. So about six p.m. and darkness settling in, I thought someone should check on Dianne.

I left Phyllis in charge of our two year old son Michael and the Beaver Lodge Bar, and I jumped into our old Ford station wagon to go looking for Dianne. I decided to make a loop by going down the East Side Road and back up the King's Highway after checking to see if Dianne were home and stuck in her driveway or something. So, headed down the road, I turned left onto the East Side Drive. Just past what is now Brandon Maudrie's house, the road disappeared into a complete white out.

The complete white out was caused by a large pile of snow right in the middle of the road. You see, no one told us that the East Side Drive was not plowed past Welke's Airport. I drove my old Ford wagon right up on top of a huge pile of snow with all four wheels completely off the ground. Was I prepared for the abrupt stop? Was I prepared to dig out a car stuck in the snow? Did I even have a pair of gloves with me? The answer to all these questions is absolutely not.

Enter into my very first visit to the Bill and Betty Welke home. I arrived at their home by walking in my tennis shoes and jacket down the ruts made by my car's tires and heading back the way I came looking at the lights from their home near the Welke Airport . I walked up to their doorway and knocked. There was not an answer, but I was freezing, so I opened the outside back door and walked into a little porch. I knocked on an inside back door, and Betty came to open it. She took one look at me and invited me into her kitchen to sit down at her kitchen table, and she made me some hot chocolate. Bill had hollered, “Who's here?” from the living room, and Betty called him into the kitchen.

Betty located wool socks, winter boots, bib overalls, a winter coat, hat, gloves, and scarf all very quietly while Bill heard my sad story. She brought me pants and shirt and made me change out of my wet clothes in the bathroom. There was never any doubt that this family was going to help me out. While I was warming up, Bill got his tractor started and pulled it up to the back door. “Are you ready for an adventure?” Betty asked me with smiling eyes just as Bill walked in the back door. “Are you ready to get your car out?” Bill asked. “Hop on the tractor and we'll get over to your car by going across the field. Here, hold onto these two snow shovels. We'll need them to get your car out.”

The simple fact of the matter is that I ended up on the ground digging out the tractor several times, but we got my car out. My wet clothes that were shed at the Welke home were washed and folded and in a bag waiting for me on the back porch the next day when I returned the borrowed wardrobe. All Betty said was, “Here are your clothes.” After I said, “Thank you for everything and thank you for your help.” Betty's response was, “That's what neighbors are for.”

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.

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 April 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

Selected Secret to be Announced at Banquet on the 12th On Monday your board of directors held a secret meeting at an undisclosed location to select the 2007 Citizen of the Year. There were so many great nominations the selection process was the most difficult and lengthy in the six year history of the award. As a result your board made a selection that they think will be appreciated by everyone. Put Saturday 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 and great lakes perch. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00, dinner at 7:00 and the award ceremony to follow. Seating is limited. Make reservations by calling Stoney Acre at (231) 448-2560.

Chamber News Briefs

Only one July Air Show sponsorship remains. It includes a ride in the B17 Yankee Lady. Contact the office for details.

The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) will visit the island June 6-8. Your Chamber and the Wildlife Club are working together on this important media event.

Dan Wardlow has organized an electric car show June 27-28. Your Chamber will support the show.

The 2008 print Visitor & Business Directory will be available at the Citizen of the Year banquet. Despite the economic climate your chamber continues to grow in membership. We have had seven years of growth each year. During that time frame membership has doubled.

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PABI Ice Classic Continues! Longer than Last Year

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.

The due date for the bids has passed.