B.I. News on the 'Net, March 23-29, 2009

Black Ice...Stay off!

It's not safe to be on the ice anymore, obviously....

Gull Harbor in Early Spring

Michigan DNR Reports Bird Feeder Salmonella

From the DNR website:

In Michigan, Salmonella bacteria have been isolated from the following species: American goldfinch, bald eagle, black-capped chickadee, blue jay, brown creeper, brown-headed cowbird, chipping sparrow, common grackle, common redpoll, Cooper's hawk, dark-eyed junco, double-crested cormorant, evening grosbeak, great blue heron, house finch, house sparrow, herring gull, mallard, northern cardinal, pine grosbeak, pine siskin, purple finch, red-breasted grosbeak, ring-billed gull, tree sparrow and white-winged crossbill. Since 1970 when salmonellosis was first diagnosed in Michigan , die-offs during the winter in house sparrows and other avian species around bird feeders has been common.

Salmonellosis outbreaks around feeders subside with the milder weather of spring. During the spring and summer when food is usually no longer offered, susceptible species of birds, while remaining in the same area, tend not to flock but are forced to forage individually. This dispersal of flocks separates carrier and healthy birds, decreasing greatly the number of bacteria a susceptible bird will come into contact with. Also winter stress such as lower temperatures is not a factor at this time of the year.

To help reduce transmission, feeders may be disinfected weekly with a 1:10 (10%) bleach to water mixture. The feeder should be thoroughly dried before refilling with feed.

The best control method to use in Michigan for die-offs around bird feeders is to disinfect all feeders with a 10% bleach solution and clean up all spilled seed. Feed should be removed for 2 to 4 weeks. With the food supply removed, birds will be dispersed, and carrier and susceptible birds separated.

For more information.

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12150_12220-27268--,00.html

Thanks to the Hurkman's for pointing out this problem they saw on the news!

At the Shamrock

The Boodlers, Easter weekend

BICS National Honor Society Sponsors Quiz Bowl

In an effort to raise funds to travel and compete in the State Quiz Bowl Class D Tournament, the Beaver Island High School National Honor Society is running a Quiz Bowl Tournament here on the Island. Teams of at least 4 people (you can have a sub or two, if you wish) will compete against each other by answering general knowledge questions in categories including history, literature, math, science, mythology, sports and miscellaneous. The requested donation is $15 per person. Spectators are welcome for a free-will donation. The winning team wins a trophy and bragging rights!

If you like Jeopardy, Cash Cab, trivia or just trying to buzz in faster than the next person, contact one of the NHS members by phone or email to sign up your team. If you'd like to play, but don't have a team, let us know that and we'll form a team for you. We can only have 8 teams, so call soon!
In an effort to raise funds to travel and compete in the State Quiz Bowl Class D Tournament, the Beaver Island High School National Honor Society is running a Quiz Bowl Tournament here on the Island.

Teams of at least 4 people (you can have a sub or two, if you wish) will compete against each other by answering general knowledge questions in categories including history, literature, math, science, mythology, sports and miscellaneous. The requested donation is $15 per person. Spectators are welcome for a free-will donation. The winning team wins a trophy and bragging rights!

If you like Jeopardy, Cash Cab, trivia or just trying to buzz in faster than the next person, contact one of the NHS members by phone or email to sign up your team. If you'd like to play, but don't have a team, let us know that and we'll form a team for you. We can only have 8 teams, so call soon!

Thanks for your support -- it should be a fun night! (Starts at 7:00 pm on Wed, April 15)

National Honor Society Members:

Kristy Bousquet, Caitlin Boyle, Jenna Butler, Patrick Cull, Maeve Green, Alex Kuligoski and Connie Boyle (adviser -- connieb@beaverisland.k12.mi.us )
Thanks for your support -- it should be a fun night! (Starts at 7:00 pm on Wed, April 15)

Library News-Includes Library Cards and Automation

Thanks to the a very generous gift from Peggy May Banghart, the Beaver Island District Library is now automated.  That means that your "old" library number is no longer activated and you'll have to stop in and get one of our new bar-coded library cards.  If you have children under the age of 18, you will have to sign their card and we also have family cards available.  Like learning to carry your post office key, you'll have to carry your library card.  The Beaver Island District Library has made it a bit easier with the new cards that gives the patron two cards - one for the wallet and one for a key chain.  Checkout is much faster now with just a quick scan and you're ready to go.  All our books, videos, recorded books, etc. have been coded.  Please stop in soon and get your new card.  We think you'll like it along with the faster checkout.

Checking out a book is really very simple once you have a library card, which is also quick and painless. The library card is scanned. The book, CD, or video you would like has a barcode, and it is scanned. You walk out with the things you wanted to check out. Here are a couple of short video clips that show you the process of looking up a book and checking out a book.

Remember that you need to have Quicktime to be able to view these streaming video clips:

Looking up a book on the computer

Checking out a book at the counter

Senior Dinner at BI Community Center

The COA Senior Dinner was at the Beaver Island Community Center and was served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. These pictures were taken at about 11:30 a.m. The time seems to be a good one for those that attend, especially for those who live further south on the Island. They can attend right after church services get out and don't have to make another trip back into town. Forty-eight seniors attended the dinner this month. This is a smaller number than previous months, perhaps due to the Spring Fever that is hitting the Island.

Thanks to the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and their Beaver Island representatives!!

You view this video clip if you have Quicktime on your computer:

Senior Luncheon clip

ISLAND TREASURES RESALE SHOP News

BEGINNING THURSDAY, MARCH 26 WILL BE OPEN THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM NOON UNTIL 4:00 P.M.

ALSO THE RESALE SHOP IS LOOKING FOR A USED BIKE RACK TO HAVE AT THE RESALE SHOP, SO WE CAN DISPLAY BIKES FOR SALE, AND ALSO FOR THE USE OF OUR CUSTOMERS. WE ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING ONE THAT COULD ACCOMODATE AT LEAST 10 BIKES.  IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS ONE THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO DONATE OR SELL TO US AT A REASONABLE PRICE CONTACT ME, CAROL LAFRENIERE 448-2308 OR DONNA STAMBAUGH 448-2797. OR YOU CAN CALL US AT THE RESALE SHOP ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY OR SATURDAY BETWEEN 1-4 AT 448-2534

THANK YOU, B.I.F.D.A.

Seniors and Prescription Drugs

Why does it cost more to get prescriptions, even when you have insurance, to buy them here in the United States? A very popular blood pressure drug with the name Diovan is not one of those drugs that has a generic competitor at this time here in the US. With a 40% copay insurance program, if this drug is purchased from our local pharmacy, Central Drugs in Charlevoix, it costs $146 per year. For the same quantity of prescription, from a reputable Canadian pharmacy, (one that requires a prescription with a valid physician's signature), the cost including shipping is only $30 more for the year. The same quantity of drug, the same strength of drug, and the same prescription without insurance and purchased in the US, costs $350 compared with $176 from Canada. In other words, the cost is double. Why is that?

There are several wonderful plans available locally for those who use generic drugs. Central Drugs has a wonderful program as does Wallgreen's and K-Mart. You have only to call them to find out which drugs are on the list and how much it would cost for each one. This would be an excellent idea for seniors to begin shopping around for the best deal. Central Drugs, who is a local pharmacy, charges $12.99 to join their program and each prescription is $12.99, but you need to contact them to find out which drugs are on their list.

B.I. Fire Department Continues Training

The volunteer fire department members were busy again this past Saturday, March 21, 2009, training for certification as either Firefighter I or Firefighter II. These are two different levels of firefighter, but they have many of the same requirements. On Saturday, the members were found with their instructor first at the fire station in town reviewing and going over a test. The intense concentration was evident as all were obviously on-task and committed.

Fire Instructor from Charlevoix

After an intense discussion session and concentration, the firefighters went to eat lunch, came back to gather the equipment and trucks, and headed down to the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock to do some practical skills learning and to practice what they have learned in the classroom.

They learned about setting up the dump tank and dumping the water to fill it from the tanker truck.

More pictures HERE

Video clips are viewable for those that have Quicktime:

Fire Training Clip 1

Fire Training Clip 2

Fire Training Clip 3

The Fireworks that Didn't Happen

Sometimes the rumor mill on Beaver Island gets running downhill, and the momentum can't seem to stop the rumor from getting blown completely out of proportion. This seemed to happen with the suggestion that the Beaver Island District Library Board Meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2009, was going to have some "fireworks."

The "fireworks" did not happen. The Beaver Island District Library Board Meeting was held in a very efficient and proper order with Donna Stambaugh at the helm.

The library board is made up of appointed members from both of the two townships and usually takes less than an hour to complete. The rumored "fireworks" were related to question of where the money came from for the library operation, how the money was disbursed for book purchase, who had the responsibility for ordering the books, and possible questions about who received what money for what work completed.

The only two non-staff and non-board members at the meeting were Bill Cashman and Bob Tidmore, who sat quietly and observed the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, Donna Stambaugh read a letter regarding the expected "fireworks" and then, shortly thereafter, the meeting adjourned.

Video clips of the meeting are viewable to those that have Quicktime:

Budget Motion

Letter Read by Donna Stambaugh

Response to Letter and Book Sale Info

Winds Farms Coming in June (BIA)

Wind Farms will be the topic of a presentation on Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 7-9 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Dean Solomon, Charlevoix County Extension Director, will present an overview of wind energy development potential in NW Lower Michigan and Beaver Island . Citing issues related to wind towers, new state renewable energy legislation, planning and zoning issues for wind energy will be discussed. This lecture is being sponsored by the Planning Commissions of Peaine and St. James Townships along with the Beaver Island Association. Open to the public and free of charge. Please, join us as Dean Solomon shares his expertise. Light refreshments provided.

Reprinted with Permission From Northern Express

With the public presentation mentioned above, it was obvious that some other information might make it worthwhile to consider attending the meeting. This article provided that little spark that might get you interested. This is from the February 2, 2009, issue of the Northern Express and is reprinted here with permission.

Green jobs blow into Manistee & Copemish
Anne Stanton

A few hundred feet from the fanfare of the presidential inauguration last week stood a graceful wind energy machine called Windspire. This newest generation wind machine will begin production in Manistee, starting this week. What's more, the Windspire will be distributed throughout the state by Contractors Building Supply, a business based in the nearby, tiny town of Copemish, which specializes in energy-efficient products such as solar attic fans, energy-efficient windows and solar water heaters. The Windspire solves a lot of problems, which has plagued early wind energy generators. It has an attractive design (for those who think windmills are ugly) and doesn't have wide propellers, which are known to whack migrating birds. The nearly silent Windspire stands about 30 feet high and is four feet wide, so it doesn't need much space. MasTech will start manufacturing WindSpire as early as this week, with an initial workforce of 41 employees (no less than 500 people applied). The company expects it will add a total of 116 people, as well as rely on regional suppliers for parts. About 98 percent of Windspire parts will come from Michigan companies, so that means even more jobs, according to a press release issued last week.

1,000 PER MONTH
WindSpires are expected to roll off the line in March, with production ramped up to 1,000 a month by the end of this year. An estimated 75 percent of Windspires will be sold overseas, said Mike Hess, CEO of Mariah Power in the press release. "China has over 70 million people who are not connected to the national electricity grid," Hess said. "Five million people in Latin America and Mexico are without power. And a Windspire can produce about 44 percent of the power required by a home in Japan and 57 percent of the power needed by a European home."
MasTech , based in Sterling Heights, currently produces conveyor systems in Manistee. It formed a partnership with Mariah Power of Reno, Nevada, and opens its new facility in Manistee this week after just three months of planning. On top of the Manistee jobs, Contractors Building Supply (CBS) will soon hire wind and solar dealers throughout most of Michigan to sell Windspire to homeowners and small business owners, said Mary Bigelow, the company's business developer .
The total price tag to buy and install a wind machine is $8,000 minus the $1,500 federal tax credit available to homeowners. The company has a calculator on its website to estimate savings. For the average home, it would take 10 to 13 years for utility bill savings to equal the amount of the investment. That's based on a wind speed of 12 mph, which is typical in Northern Michigan. The payback could be shorter if utility costs are doubled within the next five years, as they're expected to do, Bigelow said.

FIGHTING HIGH BILLS
Bigelow hopes the new administration will amp up the tax credit. (There's no state tax incentive, which she doubts will change given the state's poor economy.)
"I'd like the government to do something for the lower income consumers, so they could invest in something like this. My sister, who lost her job of 14 years and finally found a new one, called me crying after she opened her electric bill. She had turned her heat way down, really cut back on the hot water, yet her bill was exactly the same. I looked at it, and, yes, she did dramatically drop the amount of kilowatt hours, but her cost of utilities went way up. Electric power has always gone up, and it always will."
Bigelow urged homeowners to take steps to conserve energy in their home. The company's website, windowswindandsolar.com, has tips for consumers on how to save energy. "Homeowners will be able to get kilowatt credit for energy they don't use thanks to Michigan's new net metering law passed in October 2008. So once you've made back your investment, then your home can actually become a profit center," Bigelow said. "It's clean energy, and it's taking some of the pressure off the grid, and once it's paid off, then everything it produces is free. Contractors Building Service also distributes solar hot water heaters at a total cost of about $7,000, which has a payback of just seven years," she said. "People don't realize this, but 20 percent of their utility bill goes toward heating their water," she said.
With the solar water system, water is preheated with the sun and stays hot because of its well-insulated
water tank. "Our groundwater in Michigan is about 55 degrees. Even in the winter, the sun could heat your water to 90 degrees. That means it only has to be heated another 30 degrees for use in the shower or dishwasher. During summer months one can get 100 percent of their hot water from the sun," Bigelow said.
"There are a lot of good reasons to invest in wind energy," she added. "Michigan sends greater than $16 billion over state lines each year to pay for our electricity and gas. If we all became micro-generators with solar and wind revenue, we'd keep some of those revenue dollars in our state."
MasTech received a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant from Manistee County and garnered other support from the state and local agencies.
Bigelow said that Mariah Power and MasTech were impressed by the commitment of Manistee County and Michigan to small business and manufacturing.

For more information on buying Windspire or a solar water heater, call Contractors Building Service in Copemish at 231-378-2936.

Charlevoix Officials Meet with Islanders

"There will be no enplanement fee if I have anything to say about it," stated the Mayor of Charlevoix.

At a public meeting held at the Beaver Island Community Center Theater on March 18, 2009, at noon, the representatives of Charlevoix presented their case in a very informal atmosphere. The major, city manager, and airport manager from Charlevoix listened to several Beaver Island residents and business people about this issue, about the issue of increasing revenues for the Charlevoix Airport, and about the possible increase in the parking fees there.

Bill McDonough, who has known the current mayor of Charlevoix for many years, acted as the moderator of the meeting, and, at one point, used business practices to make his point in support of the mayor.

There was also much discussion about the difference between the long-term planning proposals on the Charlevoix City website and the not-so-distant plans about the possible improvements at the Charlevoix Airport.

At approximately the halfway point in the meeting, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Steve West thanked these representatives for coming to the Island and meeting with the Islanders. Mr. West also thanked the mayor for his position on enplanement fee. No matter what anyone may say about the outcome of the meeting, these men were willing to come over and listen to Island questions, and provide answers.

The audience had specific questions that were not going to be brushed back with the opening remarks of the mayor. Those at the meeting wanted answers, and answers they received. Perhaps, the audience did not get the answer that they were looking for, but they did get an answer.

The outcome of the meeting was previously expressed by the mayor of Charlevoix in his statement that he will recommend to the City Council to eliminate the enplanement fee from its budget.

The following links to video clips require Quicktime on your computer. This video is streaming video coming to you directly from an Internet server. The meeting took over an hour and eight minutes, but the video clips only show specific glimpses of this meeting.

Thank you to Rory Connaghan for the video work for these clips:

No enplanement fee states Charlevoix mayor

Charlevoix mayor recognizes economics

Charlevoix mayor cites benefits to Island

Charlevoix mayor states his recommendation to City Council

Ed Wojan's Views

Charlevoix response to Ed Wojan

Island frustrations expressed

Charlevoix mayor responds to frustrations

Bud Martin's views

Dan Wardlow's views

Dan Wardlow questions, Mayor responds

Gerald answered by Bill McDonough

Judi Gallagher Suggestions

Thank you, again, Rory! Great job of capturing the mood and the facts!

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 were 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?

No one guessed correctly on these shamrocks. Perhaps we disguised them too well. The first one is on Mary Tom's house, the one owned by Paul and Shirley Cole. The second is on the sign for the farm just past the Four Corners on the east side of the road.

Beaver Island Christian Church Announces Activities

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

Good Friday service 7:00 p.m

Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m.

Community Easter Brunch  12:00 noon

Everyone is welcome to all of these events.

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 .

Nominate Citizen of the Year

Change in location of the banquet is stated above.

At Donegal Danny's and Stoney Acre

Ill Islanders Doing Well

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

Phil Gregg was transferred to Northern Michigan Hospital's cardiovascular unit where he underwent surgery in the cath-lab on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. He is resting and seems to be in good spirits.

Update on Phil Gregg:

Phil and Lil are both home. Please call them before visiting.

Phil was released from Northern Michigan Hospital today, March 18, 2009. He is staying at his daughter's residence in Charlevoix. It is not known when he may be coming back to the Island, but possibly this coming weekend. Thank you from his family for your thoughts and prayers. Phil may be coming home on Sunday afternoon, March 22, 2009.

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

Update on Joddy:

Beth and Joddy have been down to the University of Michigan Hospital and talked with the transplant team. They just got back to the Island on March 18, 2009.

Lauraine Dawson is back on the mainland for daily assessments and treatments.

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

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.

•  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.

•  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!

•  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!

April Schedule of Events

Senior Events and Activities sponsored by the Charlevoix County COA

April COA Congregate Meals Schedule

April Community Center Movie Schedule

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 Trivia

Last Week's Trivia Question:

Which previous resident family of five, who lived on Beaver Island, has every family member working in the healthcare field?

Sarah McCafferty was the first one to get the answer correct. Sheri Timsak also provided the correct answer. The former deputy on the Island, Mike Russell, became a paramedic along with his wife Beverly in the year 2000. Mike is a supervisor in the Marshall Fire Department EMS section. Lindsay, their oldest, took the EMT program at BI Community School, as did Erin and Kristen. Lindsay continues her Basic EMT skills along with mom and dad. Kristen has gone on to complete paramedic school and is studying to become a registered nurse. Erin works for a pediatrician in the Battle Creek area. Bev works for an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist in that area as well. That makes the entire Russell family working in the healthcare field. Congratulations to the entire family!!

This Week's Trivia Question:

The Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department members are undergoing some extensive training, which will soon come to an end. Three of those firemen are also State of Michigan licensed medical first responders. Can you name those three firemen?

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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as soon as they are received.

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