To a wonderful spirit of welcoming, Emmalee, Brian, and KK came home on a 4:30 p.m. flight on Friday, March 5, 2010. There was a welcoming crowd at the Welke Airport. There were many places along the East Side Road, King's Highway, and Donegal Bay Road where the Islanders cheered and held up banners and posterboards. What a wonderful welcome the Antkoviak family received as they passed waving and cheering adults, teens, and children. Perhaps the largest gathering of cheering Islanders was near the Beaver Island Community School, even more here than at the airport. The Antkoviaks passed by under the flowing water from the Beaver Island Fire Department's water canon and passed another fire truck near the school and Holy Cross Church. The crowd lined both sides of the street.
This Beaver Island welcome is something that the entire family will never forget. The signs read "Welcome Home," "WE BELIEVE, and "We love you, Emmy." It was an amazing outpouring of love to match the prayers and well wishes sent to the Antkoviak family while down in the hospital in Grand Rapids.
As you can see by the photo on the right above, the Island musicians visited the Mary Free Bed facility to liven up and to share the joy of island music with the assembled family of Emmalee as well as Emmalee herself. Visiting hospitals and nursing homes is nothing new for Island musician Danny Gillespie. Along with Danny Johnsten, they frequently are out playing at Northern Michigan facilities for the same purpose--to cheer up those less fortunate than themselves. It is just much more special when they perform for one an Islander like little miss Emmalee.
Emmy, KK, and Brian are on a 4:30 p.m. flight this Friday, March 5, 2010 with Island Airways.
From KK on facebook as well as the forum: Our journey began 99 days ago, and in just another week, we'll be returning HOME! Although our journey will continue throughout the weeks and months ahead, we will be blessed to be back among the family and friends who prayed so hard and offered us so much support.We hope you all know that your kindness will never be forgotten.Emmy is excited to get back to Beaver Island and see everyone.She has saved up enough smiles, hugs and kisses to go around the community ten times over! As far as she has come, and as strong as she is getting, she is still somewhat fragile, however.Her continued recovery will take more time, and she will need to maintain a schedule of therapy and rest.While we look forward to seeing everybody, we ask that people call before they come over to visit.Emmy is used to having her therapy during the day and visitors from 3-6 PM.We think it is a good idea to keep her on this schedule, at least until we all get adjusted to being home again.Looking forward to March 5th, and thanking everyone again for everything they've done and continue to do. WE BELIEVE and God Bless
This morning on Beaver Island is just absolutely beautiful. The sun in shining and the air feels like springtime. Without being pessimistic, these few photos of the frost on the trees were too enticing. Here are three photos of the frost on the branches.
Frost crystals on the limbs
The Beaver Island Wildlife Club will have a public meeting this Friday at 1:00 at the Saint James Township Hall. Brian Mastenbrook and Tim Reis of the DNR Wildlife Division will be present for the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
The tentative agenda is as follows:
This weekend, many Island families gathered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the annual Grand Rapids Beaver Island Party at the Hilton. The party is all about renewing friendships, seeing family members, and celebrating the life that Islanders share. This truly is a "celebration of life." Each year many Island friends and families gather in Grand Rapids for this event. This is an Island St. Patrick's Day Celebration, but taking place in Grand Rapids.
The look on the faces of these pictures show more than words can tell. See some of the Marie LaFreniere Grand Rapids Party Pictures HERE.
Dana and Eric Hodgson have a new website up. They encourage you to go check it out. Particularly, if you go to the blog, you will be able to see new things that are going on at the Shamrock. The website address is:
Jack Gallagher's email stated the following: "Our application for hi-speed stimulus funding has been denied by the Department of Commerce and closes our chance for funding in Round 1. Through Bill McDonough, we are contacting Mr. Witwer, CEO of TDS to determine if we can participate in any Round 2 application they may file for service on the Island. We will also review the new rules for Round 2 to determine if there is any probability of the Island being awarded funding from the U.S. Broadband plan."
The boys' Islander basketball team won the tournament held at Hannaville on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, 2010. The Islanders played the first game against Hannaville and won with a score of 48-29. In the championship game, the Islanders beat Grand Marais with a score of 66 to 55.
The Lady Islanders came in second in this same tournament, which is definitely a success. Mackinac Island beat Hannaville 62-37. Then the Lady Islanders beat Grand Marais with a score of 49-39. This set up the championship game against Mackinac Island. In a very close game, Mackinac beat the Lady Islanders with a score of 49-44 to take first place.
Charlevoix Area Hospital 's next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Cholesterol and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health Consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital :
(231) 547-8906 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Walk-ins are always welcome.
The Beaver Island Community Center Public Information Meeting on Quality Deer Management (QDM) will take place on Saturday, March 6, 2010, from 4-6 p.m. featuring Bob DuCharme, the Regional Director of the Quality Deer Managemen Association. This event is co-sponsored by the newly formed Beaver Island Conservation Club and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. Whether you are for or against this new organization, for or against QDM, or just want to get some information, this meeting will get you what you need.
At a request from a couple of emails, the BINN Community Calendar has been extended from one or two months to include the rest of the entire year of 2010. Several people wanted to schedule their events without having a conflict with another event. The BINN reply via email was, "Of course, we would be happy to include a full calendar year in the Community Calendar!"
This will only work if all those people with scheduled events send a quick email with those events to the editor of this website. We will gladly post them on a community calendar available to everyone. Please take the time to send your events to:
One of the most fun and highly celebrated weekends on Beaver Island is the St. Patrick's Day Celebration Weekend. The games are fun, either to participate or to watch. The music and entertainment is non-stop from Friday night throughout the day on Saturday. March 20, 2010 is the day for this celebration on Beaver Island. That does not mean that a celebration will not take place on the BIG day itself, but the games will take place on the following Saturday.
Have you “checked out” the Beaver Island District Library lately? If you haven't, you should stop in and see all that your local library has to offer.
Spend some time in the Langford Music Room listening to the choice of the day, or borrow some headphones and play your choice of tunes in the individual CD players. You can even download music to your computer!
Like audio books? We have hundreds of books on tape and CD. A terrific way to “read” a book if you spend a lot of time in your car, or while working. We have patrons who think this is a great way to do housework, while listening to a book. There is a huge variety to choose from from biographies to fiction and non-fiction.
Rather have a “real” book? We have large-print, westerns, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, science fiction, a Great Lakes, Michigan, Irish, and Beaver Island collections. From the best sellers to old favorites you can enjoy the written work of a huge variety of authors. Many, many of our books are on the best seller lists.
We don't have a book you'd like to read? We can inter-loan it for you. While this may take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, most books can be loaned to us from other libraries.
Want to spend an evening with a movie? We have over 2,000 videos both in VHS and DVD format. Many of the DVD's are new releases and being added to all the time. There are hundreds of children's videos too.
Not interested in a book or a movie? How about a music CD? We have a wonderful collection of jazz, classical, western, opera, island, and Irish music that can be checked out just like a book.
Computer down? Forgot to bring yours? Don't have a fast connection to the internet? Come to the library and use one of our four public computers or bring your laptop and find a comfortable chair. WiFi is available 24/7 for our patrons.
Want to return your items but the library isn't open? We have a drop box available just outside the office window.
The library also offers Notary services if needed. Copies can be made. You can send or receive a FAX.
It's all available at the Beaver Island District Library.
Stop in and get one of our new library cards. It's easy and painless. You'll receive two cards, one for your wallet and one for your keychain. A library card is required for checkout, and you must be 18 to receive one. Parents can include their children on their card.
Come visit the library. We think you'll be impressed with what we have to offer our patrons.
“What Do We Do on Beaver Island….when you're not here,” a compilation of video clips about the important happenings on Beaver Island in the year 2009 is nearing its release date. Final permissions are being obtained prior to the finalization of the clips that will appear on the DVD. Joe Moore, producer, stated, “The previous release date was premature. The permissions were not all in place at that time. I just assumed that a project to raise funds for charity would not be denied. The interesting thing about this project, other than the learning curve for the software, is that the easiest permissions to obtain came from the farthest distance away. I have email from Mongolia, giving permission to use clips of the Mongolian Children's Dance Troupe. I have email from Ireland giving permission to use clips of the group SLIDE. I have email from Chicago, Traverse City, and all over the country giving permission to use the video clips of several other groups. Some of these permission are for limited release periods.”
All of these emails have completely trusted the motive for this project, which is to raise money for Beaver Island charities. Four charities have been chosen to receive money from this project. They are: the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Beaver Island Community Center, the Beaver Island Food Pantry, and the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary. All money collected after costs are paid will be divided equally and given to these four organizations.
What does this DVD document? It documents wildlife including eagles, ospreys, loons, and beaver; holiday celebrations, and news items that were completed in public places that do not need permissions. It documents Music on the Porch and some Museum Week presentations. It documents the first ever Beaver Island Marathon. It documents musical performances by Island musicians as well as visiting musicians. This DVD has a little something for everyone. It provides high quality video of events that have been previously viewed on Beaver Island News on the 'Net.
Barring duplication delays, the DVD is planned to be released on St. Patrick's Celebration Weekend, March 20. 2010.
You can pre-order your DVD today by sending $20 plus $5 postage to DVD, c/o Joe Moore, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or you can order yours over the Internet from the provided link.
Today, February 18, 2010, the Beaver Island health class students (Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)) left to travel to Ferris State University to compete in HOSA's Regional Competition. Each of the fourteen Beaver Island students chose a health occupation that they found interesting. They spent time learning about that health occupation, and today they will compete against other students in knowledge about their choice. Jenna Battle and Olivia Schwartzisher will compete in Medical Terminology; Kaylyn Jones in veterinary medicine; Dereck McDonough and Matt Cull in Sports Medicine; Michael McCafferty and Billy Lemmink in Forensic Science; Brighid Cushman in Public Speaking; Alex Kuligoski and Brogan Maudrie in Medical Photography; Gus Connaghan, Jamie Campbell, Dan LaFreniere, and Claire Kenwabikise in Medical Poster. Each of the 14 students has been working since October on their chosen event, and are very excited about the competition. If any of our students score in the top ten of their category, they will advance to the state competition in April. Their instructor is Sarah McCafferty, paramedic, EMS instructor, and director of Beaver Island EMS.
Good Luck, Beaver Island HOSA students at the regional competition!
(from Sarah McCafferty, Health Occupations teacher)
Kaylyn Jones, Alex Kuligoski, Brogan Maudrie, and Claire Kenwabikise placed in the top 10 in their category at the HOSA Regional Competition. Brighid Cushman received a bronze medal in her competition, Michael McCafferty and Billy Lemmink received bronze medals, Jamie Campbell received a Gold Medal for Health Poster Competition, this years topic was The Medical Field, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. All of these eight students have the opportunity to participate in the State HOSA competition.
The trip was a great learning experience, and I am sopProud of each and everyone of the Beaver Island HOSA students.
There was a free will donation pizza buffet at the Shamrock on February 22, 2010 from 5-8 pm. The cars lined both sides of the street downtown from the hardware store up past the Transit Authority.
The food was good. The company was better. The reason for the pizza buffet was to help cover the exhorbitant medical costs incurred by Rory Connaghan in his illness. Rory has not had a serious attack since the first of the year. Thank goodness!
The Shamrock was full of patrons willing to help with the medical expenses.
If you wish to help with Rory's medical expenses please make any checks payable to Rory Connaghan, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
As we flew over the golf course, you can still see there is snow on the fairways, but not really any serious depth there.
As the shoreline was approached, the surprise was that it was mostly open water from Beaver Island to Charlevoix.
The cement plant didn't really have that much ice out from its shoreline either.
To make it all the more interesting, the channel leading from Lake Michigan to Round Lake and up to the Beaver Island Boat Dock in Charlevoix was completely free of ice as well. Is the boat going to run early?
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center announced this morning that Dr. Murray Cotter, Dermatologist, will be seeing patients at the rural health center beginning on April 23, 2010. Dr. Cotter is a member of the Dermatology Assoiciates of Northern Michigan, P.C. and the director of this group. Dr. Cotter completed medical school at the University of Michigan followed by a residency in Dermatology at the University of Utah. He has also completed fellowship training in the Mohs Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Cotter is board certified in Dermatology and is pleased to be back home in Michigan providing the full spectrum of skin care at their offices in Petoskey, Gayloard, St. Ignace, and Beaver Island.
To make an appointment with Dr. Cotter, call his office 231-487-2230. They will schedule you for your appointment here at the BIRHC. If you need further information, please call the BIRHC at 448-2275.
Dermatology Associates of Northern Michigan, P.C. has its office in Petoskey at 2240 Mitchel Park Drive. They have a website at: http://www.dermatologyassociatesonline.com
"The Beaver Island Bike Festival (June 25-27) is your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.
For complete information and registration information for the new Beaver Island event see the events section on the home page of The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web site www.BeaverIsland.org .
The new route map and course description for the second annual Beaver Island Marathon (September 4) is now available on the Chamber web site.
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is a principal sponsor of both events.
The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary will raffle off a Corned Beef Dinner on Friday, March 19, 2010. The Dinner will include everything needed for a boiled corned beef dinner. 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 Donegal Dan's Pub. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5. Look for these ladies to buy your chance on a good old-fashioned Irish meal. Sorry, you have to cook it yourself!
Proceeds from this raffle will be used to help the Auxiliary sponsor their community projects.
While the editor was unable to attend the meeting, arrangment were made with Mike Hurkmans to attend and video tape the meeting. The editor was teaching an EMT-Specialist class at the governmental meeting. However, the meeting can be viewed by video tape, and after spending several hours capturing, editing, converting, and uploading the 44 video clips from the meeting, the editor feels competent to make a few comments. The animosity between individual board members and between the board members and members of the audience is quite obvious. When the subject of reappraisal came up in the meeting, there were many strong views about how and when this work would get done. Some even suggested that there was absolutely no way the township supervisor, the assistand supervisor, and the current assessor could get the job done before the State of Michigan took over the assessment role from Peaine Township. Individual board members suggested that they felt left out of the meetings with those that had received a Request for Proposal for this reappraisal job. The public still seemed quite concerned that the current assessor, nor the supervisor, nor the assistant supervisor had completed the first five steps of the plan that was approved by the State of Michigan for Peaine Township to come into compliance with the fourteen point review. Jack Gallagher assured everyone that this job will be done and it will be done correctly.
The discussion of the amendment of the Joint Township Meeting Minutes from January 2010 was also quite heated with a member of the audience calling for a "Point of Order" and declaring this discussion to be out of order. Another exclaimed with a reference to the former airport committee, "Just hang them all." Of course, his reference as interpreted by this editor, and since he was a former airport committee member, was that that was what the supervisor was trying to do to the airport committee members. In actuality, the expansion of the airport means one thing to one person, and another thing to another person. The real issue here is that those having a discussion about the airport expansion do not have the same definition in mind as they discussed it. One side seems to think that the necessity to increase the property in order to trim trees for the west approach is what is meant by airport expansion. Another side thinks that the proposed building of another terminal is the definition of the airport expansion. What is necessary is a face-to-face discussion about the definitions and then a serious and successful discussion can begin.
You can view the video clips of the meeting if you wish to know more about what happened at this Peaine Township meeting:
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has developed a website ( www.stopasiancarp.com ) and is asking for your signature to put pressure on the powers in Washington D.C. to approve shutting down the canal system in Illinois to prevent the spread of the invasive Asian Carp into the Great Lakes and eventually into the rivers of the state of Michigan (such as the Grand River, the St. Joseph river, the Detroit River, the Red Cedar river etc.). Most of you have heard or read the testimonials from the biological experts who have stated if the carp make it into Lake Michigan it will devastate the fishing industry in the Great Lakes region and eventually do great harm to the tourism industry in this state as well as the other states which have shores on any of the Great Lakes.
In December it was reported that DNA material from the Asian carp was found within 6 miles of Lake Michigan. In today’s news (1/12/2010) more DNA material has been found within just a mile or two of the opening to Lake Michigan.
Cox is asking for all our help to go onto his site and electronically sign his petition to help put political pressure on Washington to take immediate action. President Obama ran on a platform that he would be the “Great Lakes President” and was adamant that we could not allow invasive species, like the Asian Carp, into the Great Lakes. But last week he announced he would not support the move to close the Illinois canal system. He is facing political pressure from his home state of Illinois, the only Great Lakes state that is fighting the closure of the canal system. Political pressure has to come to bear on Washington to change the Administration’s stance on this.
Would you look at the website listed above and if you are in agreement, electronically sign the petition? Also, please forward this information to your friends, relatives and other contacts who live in Michigan. Time is critical on this issue. As Cox states on his website, once they get into Lake Michigan we won’t get a second chance to stop the devastation that will occur.
The St. James Township Board Meeting took place on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This meeting was longer than the majority of this township's meetings, lasting more than an hour and twenty minutes, but this was for a very good reason. Several audience members had excellent questions related to the reappraisal of property in St. James Township, and these questions were more than adequately answered by the two partners in the running for the re-appraisal bids. These two ladies were much more prepared and actually came to the Island to support their proposal. Their proposal was about $30,000 less than the other proposal received with cost to St. James property owners of approximately $68,000..
For those without high speed Internet, the library board posting brought three applicants, and the Board chose Lori Saunders to take this position. The other two applicants were present at the meeting and were asked if they wanted to be considered for the Human Resources Commission. Kathy Tidmore was appointed to fill the St. James position to this organization. The minutes of this meeting should be available in about a week and will be posted when received.
(Editor's note: At this point, the tape was full, so any further comments are not recorded.)
The 2009 Beaver Island ice classis is under way after the indomitable launch team of Bob Banville, Ed Troutman and Don Tritsch placed the tower on the ice February 3 rd . The purpose ofthe contest is to guess the day, hour and minute when the tower will go through the ice. Last year the tower went into the water on March 29 th and the winner collected over $600!
Ticket proceeds will be shared 50/50 and the net proceeds go to help operate the Beaver Island Community Center.
Tickets are$5.00 each or 6 for $20.00 and are available from any PABI board member, the Community Center or at McDonough's market. If anyone off the island is interested tickets contact Bob Tidmore at 231-448-3088 or e-mail him at email@example.com .
If you have nothing interesting to do on these long winter days, clean out that closet, attic, basement or garage and bring your unwanted "Treasures" to Island Treasures Resale Shop. We can always use your donations of clean, gently used clothing; men's, women's and children's. We also will take donations of small appliances, furniture, children's books, cookbooks, and dishes. We also have all of our winter coats on sale at this time.
Our hours are 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
If you are unable to bring the donation to the shop yourself, call Donna Stambaugh at 448-2797, and she will arrange to pick up your donation, or call the shop during the hours that we are open, and we will make arrangements with you. Resale Shop phone number is 448-2534
Thank you, Resale Shop Staff.
The Citizen of the Year banquet will be held at the Beaver Island Community Center on Saturday April 24, 2010. The price of the event will be $25.00 for an inclusive evening including appetizers, dinner, desert and entertainment. A cash bar will be available at the annual event to honor the Chamber of Commerce 2009 Citizen of the Year. Reservations will be accepted beginning in mid-March. Seating will be limited to 100.
Previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award:
2001 - Don Vyse
2002 - BIEMS
2003 - Connie Wojan & B I Hospice
2004 - Phil & Lil Greg
2005 - Jim Wojan
2006 - John Fiegen
2007 - Pam Grassmick & Father Pat
2008 - BI Fire Dept. & Jim & Mary Gillingham
For additional information about the banquet please contact the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce at (231) 448-2505. For reservations, contact the Community Center at (231) 448-2022.
Official 2009 Citizen of the Year
Two possible awards: Individual and Organization
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.
My name is ______________________________________ Phone _______________
I would like to nominate ___________________________________________________
Please write 3 or 4 paragraphs, typed preferred, see criteria above
Mail to: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 5, Beaver Island, MI 49782 - Chamber@BeaverIsland.org
Deadline is Thursday April 1, 2010
Questions: Chamber@BeaverIsland.org or call Steve West, Mon. – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00, at (231) 448-2505
The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 24, 2010
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