News on the Net for March 12-18, 2007


Northern Lights League Basketball Tournament

The Beaver Island High School Basketball Team, the Islanders, participated in the first ever Northern Lights League basketball tournament this past weekend. Unfortunately no scores or other information is available at this time. Our boys basketball team managed to win twice, but lost the final game for the first place trophy. "All of the Islanders are winners," coach Mike Myers stated. "We were even ahead at half-time, but Mackinac Island won in the last few minutes of the game. We have nothing but winners on our team. All of the other teams were cheering us on, but we just couldn't win the last game."

Second place in the first tournament ever is not a bad thing. The obvious sportsmenship shown by our team is exemplified by the other teams cheers. Good job, Islanders! Congratulations on a job well done!

St. James Township Minutes, March 7, 2007

Supervisor Don Vyse called the regular meeting of the St. James Township Board to order at 7:30pm on March 7, 2007. Also present were Jim Wojan, Tim McDonough, Rick Speck and Jean Palmer.

Motion by Wojan and seconded by McDonough to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2007 meeting as written. Motion carried.

Motion by McDonough and seconded by Wojan to approve the schedule of payments. Motion carried.


Vyse reported on the recent meeting of the Joint Township EMS sub-committee with EMS Executive Director Sarah McCafferty. The committee assured the Executive Director that she has the full support of both Township Boards and whenever possible a representative of the sub-committee will attend the BIEMS meetings.

Vyse stated he received information regarding the upcoming 2010 Census of which St. James Township agrees to participate.

McDonough reported the Youth Consortium has accepted with regrets the resignation of Sarah Owsinski as Director. Rather than appoint another director the Youth Consortium Board will try to get local organizations to take over some of the projects already up and running that Owsinski started.

New Business:

Arranmore Park:

The acquisition of Arranmore Park by St. James Township from Wolverine Power Co. has not been resolved after six years of trying. Wolverine Power Co. has appointed Eric Baker as their new CEO and as Vyse stated we are back to square one on this acquisition since Baker is not familiar with this project and claims nothing has ever been documented between Wolverine and St. James Township. But Vyse showed the board the file of correspondence he has since beginning this project six years ago. The Board recommends to Vyse to keep trying.

Annual Meeting Time and Date:

The St. James Township Annual Meeting will be held on March 24, 2007 at 2:00pm.

Proposed Budget for 2007-2008:

The Board reviewed the proposed budget. The Board members and all Township employees received the 3.3% COLA increase. A new copier for the Township office, work on Gull Harbor trail, possible work on both the Campground and the Public Rest Rooms, are being considered for the coming year and are included in the budget. Motion by Vyse and seconded by Speck to adopt the proposed budget for 2008. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Vyse and seconded by Wojan to go into closed session at 8:20pm. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Vyse to reconvene regular meeting at 8:45pm and to immediately adjourn and seconded by Wojan. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Jean Palmer, Clerk

Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce membership reelected Steve West, Kathy Speck and Liz Lanier to three year terms as directors. At their meeting in early February the directors elected Kathy Speck President, Pat Anderson Vice President, Sally Fogg Treasure and Steve West Secretary. West also serves as Executive Director.

By unanimous vote the board approved a draft letter concerning reduction and control of Double Crested Cormorant numbers. Steve West was directed to speak on behalf of the directors using versions of the letter in support of the efforts of the Wildlife Club. The letter says in part, “After many years and numerous scientific studies there is no longer any doubt that the huge increase in cormorant numbers (an estimated 50,000 in the archipelago) has had a terrible impact on sport fishing and the related Beaver Island economy. Cormorant numbers must be reduced and controlled so that the fish populations will have a chance to recover.”

Mike Weede was elected a director to fill the balance of the term of Ryan Smith who resigned.

The board heard a report that the 2007 membership drive is ahead of schedule with 15 brand new members and renewals running ahead of last year. Steve West said, “We clearly will have achieved five years in a row of membership growth when we close the printed Directory on March 15. We have exceeded 100 members and 120 business listings already.” Membership information can be found on the Chamber web site or obtained from the office by calling 231 448-2505 or emailing .

Ellen Jeanice Raymond Obituary

Ellen Jeanice Raymond, 80, of Memphis, died at her home Saturday morning March 10, 2006. She is the daughter of William and Ellen MacGuire McDonald, born October 24, 1926 in Memphis. Ellen and Harrison A. Raymond were married in Memphis July 27, 1946. She was a secretary for 43 years with Fenton & Raymond Excavating Company of Memphis and had attend business college. Her memberships included the Memphis Lioness and the Order of Eastern Star. She greatly enjoyed bingo, going to casinos and working in photography. Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Harold McLeod of Sarnia, Ont, Barbara and Calvin MacNeil of Port Huron and Sylvia and Tony Senkow of Emmett; grandsons, Scott (Lisa) Stoops and Rob Stoops Matthew Senkow and Michael Senkow; great-grandchildren Brandon, Jacob and Cassie Stoops; her sister Lillian (Phil) Gregg of Beaver Island, and daughter-in-law, Edith Perry nieces and nephews. Preceding her death was her son James (Jan., 4, 2002) and sister Margaret King. Memorials are suggest to the Humane Society, Blue Water Hospice or Memphis Library. Cremation arrangement by Kaatz Funeral Directors, Inc. of Richmond. Memorials services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday March 16, 2007 with 10:00 a.m. visiting at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Richmond. Mr. John Rock will officiate.
Humane Society, Blue Water Hospice or Memphis Library
11:00AM at Kaatz Funeral Directors - Richmond on Friday, March 16th, 2007

CMU Biological Center Progressing

Thanks to Frank Solle for this picture that shows the windows in the building.

What a Change a Few Days Can Make

March 1, 2007 marked the worst wind storm and blizzard that the Island has seen in quite a few years. With winds gusting to 45-54 mph, blowing snowing snow, and snowing coming down, the damages will not be know for quite a few months. With the thawing that is taking place today, the 11th and the 12th of March forecast for rain, I'm not sure that we will have much snow left by the end of Monday, March 12, 2007.

Here are a few pictures that Phyllis took on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, after taking me to the airport for my conference in Traverse City. I sure hope the snowmobilers enjoyed this day and the few that followed it since today there is much more like slush on the roads instead of snow and a lot of wide mud puddles all over.

The tracks across the harbor won't be there very long.

Ernie Martin Clan-Na-Gael Festival 2007

St. Patrick's Day is coming this coming weekend, and the celebration will be outside in the downtown area beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. The shopping cart race and fish toss are favorites, as well as the tug-of-war betweeen the "Fishchokers" and the "Hayseeders." The competition will then move inside the Shamrock. Returing for another year are the "Fish Stomp", "Plunge This," limerick contest and crowning of the festival's king and queen. A new event planed is "Paddy's Feud," a game similar to the the television show Family Feud.

There will be music at the Shamrock with the Doghouse Boodlers playing Friday and Saturday nights. The Beachcomber will also be open.

Inis Anam (Isle Soul), a new island band consisting of Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, Kevin White, Patti Cull, and Miranda Rooy will be making their debut at Donegal Danny's Pub on Friday night. On Saturday, Danny and Danny, Ed Palmer and Cindy Gillespie-Cushman will be at Donegal Danny's on saturday night.

(The above information is courtesy of The Graphic and Marie LaFreniere.)

Rural EMS IS Different by Joe Moore


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