BI News on the 'Net, March 30-April 5 2009

Drop Dead Deadline is April 4. Secret Meeting Planned.

The drop dead 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 Chamber web site. ( Link:  http://www. of-the-Year.pdf  )  "We have a dozen great nominees so far," said Steve West, Chamber Executive Director. Anyone can make a nomination. For additional information contact the office at (231) 448-2505 or .

    A secret meeting of the nine Chamber of Commerce directors will convene on Monday April 6th at an undisclosed location to select the 2008 winner(s). The selection will remain confidential. The award winner will be announced at the annual banquet at the Shamrock on April 25th.

Mother Nature's Early April Fool's Joke

Although it was forcast, although we all knew it was coming, and although we all know that Beaver Island winters do not end in March, we all were hopeful for an early spring. Then Mother Nature decided to postpone our spring break trips for those wanting to leave on Sunday, March 29, 2009. The snow began early in the morning on Sunday and continued well past noon, dumping at least six inches of snow before one in the afternoon. The planes weren't flying, and the traffic was mightly light on Sunday morning. We should know better. We shouldn't get our hopes up, but we do. Almost everyone, except the snowshoe addicts, were ready for spring to be be sprung and for snow to be gone. Ha! Ha! Ha! Fooled you!

These photos were taken on March 30th along Donegal Bay Road.

A look from Donegal Bay toward High Island on March 30th..

Rory's Photos

Rory Connaghan is getting used to using a new camera, the Olympus SP-565 UZ. Here are a few of his photos on his first trip out using the new camera.

Whiskey Point Lighthouse from the base...

A couple views from the public beach...

Gull Harbor in Early Spring

Taking a short drive to Whiskey Point, it was noticed that the roadway to Gull Harbor looked open. A short drive and the favorite area of the Island became accessible. Even the walking trail was mostly clear. The pictures can be viewed by clicking on the title above.

Kayaking Near Gull Harbor

What a difference a day can make! In this case, there are four days separating the pictures taken in the above story and this one.

Some are looking forward to the wonderful weather of springtime. Kayak Ken decided that March 29, 2009, would be a good day to put in a kayak at Gull Harbor and do some paddling around out from shore toward the floating ice. Take a look at the pictures that were taken of this early spring kayak adventure.


A streaming Quicktime video clip taken from his kayak by Ken Bruland--it gives you an idea of what it was like out there--HERE

Parking Rates to Increase at Charlevoix Airport

The following information was received in an email. The parking rates will increase as of April 1, 2009, for parking a car at the Charlevoix Airport. The smallest increase is 33%.

Parking term Cost as of 4/1/09 Previous fee % increase
Daytime only
Six months
Six months premium parking
Yearly parking
Yearly premium parking

While possibly eliminating the $1 enplanement fee, the City Council of Charlevoix will be increasing the parking rates. There is a difference between the two fees. The parking fee gives you a choice. You can choose to park your vehicle somewhere else. Perhaps, parking will become available somewhere else and some competition will become a possibility.

From another email: Parking is available at Don Seeley's Equipment $75 per year;  and Fresh Air is going to offer more parking as it becomes available at their new terminal for possibly $100 per year. 

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.

Dick Burris Turns 80 Years Young

Dick sent this email out to several of his contacts: "Am pretty sure this is an Irish/Polish tradition, We also went to the Stoney where there was a Singapore Sling waiting for me. Had been about 55 years since I had the first one."

Photo was emailed from Dick Burris, but originally posted on Facebook by Marie Connaghan...

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.

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.

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,, 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.





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

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Steve West (231) 448-2505 /

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 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 .

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 .

Nominate Citizen of the Year

Change in location of the banquet is stated above.

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


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 !

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.

•  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.


Stay Tuned to and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for MORE DETAILS!


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

One more month 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 by clicking on the artwork:

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Beaver Island Trivia

Last 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?

There were a few good guesses, but none of them were exactly correct. There are three firefighters taking the extensive fire training that are also licensed medical first responders. They are Jim Stambaugh, John Works, and Fire Chief Tim McDonough. When you see them, you should thank them for their dual community service roles. Thanks, Jim, John, and Tim.

This Week's Trivia Question:

Can you name the business that was located in the Malloy Meat Market, but will be moving this year to a new location?

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:

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