B.I. News on the 'Net, Mar 9-15, 2009

Beaver Island Christian Church Announces Activities

Wednesday, March 25  Potluck: Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday service 7:00 p.m

Community Easter Brunch  12:00 noon

Everyone is welcome to all of these events.

BICS Cancels Classes Due to Illness

The intestinal flu virus seems to have taken its toll this year, flying around the Island and biting just about everyone at one time or another. There were so many children (and adults) sick for the last two days that school was canceled on one day and the children were sent home on the second day. No school for Monday and Tuesday of this week due to illness.

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Steve West (231) 448-2505 / Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Citizen of the Year Banquet Change

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award banquet will be held at the Shamrock on Saturday April 25. The change from the Beaver Island Lodge was made because of a change in Lodge's planned opening date.

The banquet will start with cocktails and hors d' oeuvres at 5:30. Dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by a visiting speaker and the award presentation. The Shamrock will offer three dinner selections beginning at $17.00. The “full meal deals” include

hors d' oeuvres and desert. Seating will be limited. Reservations are needed and can be made by calling the Shamrock at (231) 448-2278.

Michigan Tourism Expert to Address Banquet Crowd

One of Michigan's most successful independent tourism business marketing representatives will speak at this years Citizen of the Year award banquet. She has been called a cheerleader for Michigan travel and tourism.

Dianna Stampfler is a graduate of Western Michigan University and worked for the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) for seven years before starting her own business, Promote Michigan. She hosts two radio programs, is a contributing editor for Michigan Blue magazine and is a regular guest on the syndicated Travel Queen radio show as well as many other travel related programs. He client list includes St. Julian Winery, Traverse Tall Ship Company and the Michigan Apple Committee to name just three.

Stampfler is an expert on developing media coverage and as Marketing Director for WMTA developed more than $3.5 million in accumulative media coverage for members, including the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. She will speak at the banquet about how to use the internet to market your business on a shoe string budget.

Chamber Expands 2009 Print Guide / Free Map

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce 2009 Visitor & Business Directory will nearly double in size from previous additions to 8 ½ inches tall by 5 ½, about the size of the Island Telephone Directory. The colorful cover, designed by Jeff Cashman, features a three masted tall ship on Paradise Bay and eight additional beautiful Island photos.

Both Island lighthouses are pictured on the cover and a new section inside focuses on the many lights that can be visited by boat or plane from Beaver Island. Copies for the new publication will be distributed at the Citizen of the Year banquet.

The Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Map published by WMTA features “The many lights of Beaver Island,” in the editorial copy and includes a Chamber / Boat Co. / Fresh Air Aviation ad. A free copy of the large map will be available at the banquet. You can order one at www.wmta.org or by calling (800) 442-2084.

Citizen of the Year Nominations Deadline Nears

The deadline for Citizen of the Year nominations is Saturday April 4. Forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center and on the web at www.BeaverIsland.org .

The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit. Anyone can make a nomination. The nine members of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors select the annual winner(s).

Anyone can make a nomination. You don't have to be a member of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. This year's award, for 2008, will be the 8 th annual presentation. For additional award or banquet information contact the Chamber at (231) 448-2505 or Chamber@BeaverIsland.org .

Islander Basketball

They simply weren't going to be denied. Not by injuries or sprains, not by colds or by the flu. And not by their long-time rivals from Mackinac Island........

Islander fans at the tournament...

More Pictures and Story by Frank Solle HERE

Are You Ready for the Mud?

Perhaps the least popular season on Beaver Island is the Mud Season. Yes, we know that this season leads to real springtime and, eventually, to summer, but mud is not the friend of most who live down the gravel roads and who own gravel-clay mix driveways. Beaver Island had its first true mud days on Friday and Saturday, the 6th and 7th or March 2009. It was necessary to walk through mud puddles, squishy mud, and slippery mud to get to and from your car or truck, no matter where you parked it, except in the few paved parking areas of the Island.

If you have a favorite mud story, we would be happy to receive it and share it. From an old college friend, who was a composer and lyricist: "Mud, mud, glorious mud, Nothing quite like it for soothing the blood, For here we can follow, into the holler, and then we can wallow in glo-oo--rious MUD."

You can share your mud story by emailing it to medic5740@gmail.com

Did you Spring Ahead?

At two in the morning on March 8, 2009, Michiganders and other midwesterners, were to switch there clocks from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. to make the change back from Daylight Savings time. Did you remember to make the changes before you went to sleep? If not, you were probably late for your Sunday morning appointment at church or the trip to the store.

Did the daylight savings time have any effect on your psyche? One of the reasons for changing the clocks is to make certain that our children were not going to school in the dark. Did that happen? Do you have any other logical reasons for making this change? Did it save any money on fuel for heating or lighting? What are your reasons to support or you failure to support daylight savings time?

You can email your responses to medic5740@gmail.com

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.

Where's This?

Here is a challenge for those of your who into trivia and seeing how observant you are. On Beaver Island, during St. Pat's Day, there are plenty of shamrocks to be found including the main one on the front of the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. Here are two shamrocks that are to be found permanently on the island for 365 days of the year. One is in St. James Township and one is in Peaine Township. Can you tell the locations of these two shamrocks?

Email your answer to medic5740@gmail.com

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

Drink Specials in March

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...

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.

Chili Cookoff a Success

This fundraising event for the Beaver Island Sports Boosters occured on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. The food portion of the night was scheduled to begin at 5:30 and ended at 7:30 and included the chili, cornbread, and desert. Drinks were to be purchased from the Shamrock.

Thank you to those who cam and supported 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.

Ill Islanders Doing Well

Some Island residents, former or current, are doing well despite some serious health issues.

Phil Gregg is being transferred to Northern Michigan Hospital's cardiovascular unit.

Joddy Croswhite was hospitalized at Munson Medical Center, but is now home and doing much better. Welcome home, Joddy and Beth!

Lauraine Dawson is home now.

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

Film Fans Continue Winter Movie Series


Two more months of this excellent collection of films

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, 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!

Beaver Island Trivia

Last 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?

Not too many interested in this particular question or just a lot of busy people getting ready for spring. One response was received from Joyce Bartels, which had most of the previous owners, but was missing the one who made the most changes in the restaurant. Joyce's answer included: Liam & Marilyn Racine; Roger & Nancy Sommer; Shannon Rafferty & her husband; and; Bill & Marge Wagner, the originators of the Stoney Acre Grill. Joyce forgot about Wanda and Dave Roop, who made many changes as well as Gary and Sam who tried, but were not successful at keeping the business going.

This Week's Trivia Question:

Who is the organizer of the St. Patrick's Day Games that has been doing the games consistently for the last 23 years?

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

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