Beaver Island News on the 'Net, May 12-18, 2008

Benefit Buffet TONIGHT, Friday, May 16, 2008

There will be a Benefit Buffet for Donna Gillespie to be held at Stoney Acre Grill on Friday, May 16, 2008, from 6-8 p.m. The is no charge at the door, but will be a requested free-will donation.

It is reported that there will be live music on May 16, 2008, at Donegal Danny's from Island bands.

Donna's husband Doug works for the Charlevoix County Road Commission here on the island. Doug is the brother of Marilyn Racine (owner of Stoney Acre/Donegal Danny's). Donna is a waitress at Stoney Acre Grill.

Donna is having medical problems, and she and Doug have been traveling back and forth to Ann Arbor. The Benefit is to help with medical and travel expenses.

If you would like to make a donation but are unable to attend the Benefit Buffet you can send a check to:
Donna Gillespie
C/O Stoney Acre Grill
26420 Carlisle Road
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Northwestern Bank to Host Cocktail Party

Saturday afternoon, May 17, 2008, from 3-6 p.m., Northwestern Bank and Mortgage Company will host a cocktail party at Harbor View II near the pool. Northwestern Bank has just built a new building in Charlevoix right close to the M-66 stoplight near the location of the old Capri Motel. Northwestern Bank would like all Islanders to stop by and get acquainted and see what services they might be able to provide. Their motto seems promising, "I Can Do That."

Stop by and see if they can!


Beaver Island Community School Groundbreaking

The ground breaking ceremony took place at 11 a.m. on May 15, 2008, in the school yard. More

Transfer Station Thanks Junior Class

The Junior Class has been picking up and hauling garbage and recyclables to the Transfer Station since last fall. Today was the last official garbage haul day. The Transfer Station employees chipped in to get them a gift certificate to Daddy Franks for all their help and for being on time at delivering the garbage and recyclable.

The first photo is of (Left to right) Heather McDonough, Deven Cook, Maeve Green, Patrick Cull & Hannah Connor (missing is Caitlin Boyle) they are in front of their last truck for garbage haul for this year.

The second is a picture of John McNeil Asst. Dir. handing out giift certificates to Daddy Franks. Pictured is John, Heather, Deven and Maeve.

(Photos by Transfer Station staff)

Link to letter from Transfer Station Staff to BICS

Island Treasures Resale Changes Hours

The Island Treasures Resale Shop is now open four days a week from noon until 4 p.m.

The four days are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Watch for the Wii Raffle coming this summer!

Softball Anyone?

Softball will be offered this year on Wednesdays starting May 21, 2008, at 7:00 pm, and then on Tuesdays in June and July.

Ages: Incoming  9th graders thru adult are welcome. If you have any questions please contact Kerry Smith at 448-2601.

Reminder About Video Clips

There are several video clips on this website and part of the 'News this week. Remember that some of these video clips can take more than a minute to download over a high speed Internet connection. Dial-up ISP subscribers may not want to attempt to download them.

Birth Announcement

Gracie and Ava Lounsberry are proud to announce the birth of their brother Blake Harold, 7 lbs. 7 ounces, and 21 inches long, born on May 8, 2008..  Grandparents are Harold and Sally Lounsberry of Beaver Island and Sheryl Dunlop of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Proud parents are Jeff and Kathy Lounsberry from Ypsilanti, Michigan.

4th of July Parade Theme Chosen

The Chamber of Commerce board of directors has selected, "Beaver Island's Hidden Treasures" as the theme for the July 4th parade. So start thinking of which "hidden treasure" you would like portray in your addition to the parade.

Chamber and Wildlife Club Sponsor MOWA

Chamber of Commerce and Wildlife Club members are looking forward to hosting Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) members June 6-8, 2008. Jeff Powers and Eric Hodgson chair the events committee that will coordinate volunteers intent on showing these influential people a Beaver Island good time.

"We have been working for three years to host a MOWA meeting on Beaver Island. As they return to their offices and write about Beaver Island in the coming year the advertising value will be substantial, likely over $200, 000 if purchased." said chamber director Steve West.

Chamber member businesses are donating and discounting services in order to entice as many as possible to attend the Beaver Island meeting. The Beaver Island Lodge will serve as the headquarters location.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Meeting

There will be a Beaver Island Wildlife Club meeting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2008, at the St. James Fire hall. Topics for discussion and reporting are:

Activities for MOWA Meeting

Cormorant Control Efforts

Cormorant Observation Visit

Lake Geneserath Walleye Electrofishing Report

Senator Allen Turkey Hunt Visit

Turkey Plot & Habitat Planting Update

New Business

Old Business

Sparging at the BI Community Center

Working to cleanup an environmentally difficult situation, wells are being dug and equipment is being installed to protect the ground water near our community center. More

Short video clip of drilling test well here

Ben Franklin's National Bird

Ben Franklin thought that the turkey should be the national bird. In these photos, and with its reputation at being less than intelligent, would you want it to be the national bird instead of the bald eagle? More

BI Sports Boosters Announce Meeting

The BI Sports Boosters will be meeting on Tuesday, May 13 th at 4:00 at school. We will be discussing future fundraising events, upcoming fall sports, uniforms needs, summer camps etc. Please join us!

Junior Senior Banquet

Wendy Fogg had designed the Holy Cross Hall this year to make it a beautiful background for the 2008 Junior Senior Banquet. The theme of the Banquet was:

Dusty Cushman along with junior parents were working very hard in the kitchen to prepare and serve the dinner. The fifth, sixth, and seventh graders were working with the junior parents to do the actual serving.

The junior class has always had the responsibility of putting this event together. Here is the junior class posing for pictures:

Here is the senior class posing for their photograph: (The Class of 2008)

Here are just the three ladies from the Class of 2008:

Phil Gregg, Andrea Moore's grandfather said the prayer before dinner, and dinner was served. Dinner was exceptional this year. Every one got Italian Loaf bread with whipped butter and a chef's salad before the main course. The main course was one of two choices: Sun-dried tomato pesto grilled chicken breast with a ribbon of alfredo and herb roasted redskins or Char-grilled Rib Eye with caramelized onion and mushrooms with twice-baked potatoes. The vegetable was candied carrots. The desert was fresh fruit laced with chocolate mousse and mint whipped cream. This excellent dinner was catered by Dusty Cushman.

Here is Andrea posing with her grandparents, Phil and Lil Gregg:

The Banquet speaker was Kellie Gillespie Knox. She spoke about the picture that the seniors may have for their future. She told them not to be too disappointed if the picture isn't quite as quick to come about as they want it to happen. She spoke about how disappointed she was to not be admitted immediately into the nursing program, but how with patience and continued effort, she was able to accomplish her goal of becoming a registered nurse. Here she is with the Gillespie family and holding her daughter:

Several hundreds of pictures get taken at this event every year. Here is an example of the kinds of pictures that students take during their one time of the year to dress up:

Video Clip Intro to Banquest Speaker here

Video Clip Beginning of Banquet Speech here

Video Clip Ending of Banquet Speech here

State Superintendent of Education to Visit BI

State Superintendent of Education Mike Flanagan will be visiting Beaver Island on Thursday, May 15, 2008. His trip to the Island will include being part in the ceremonial ground breaking for the new BICS construction project. He will be treated to some student presentations including a short excerpt from the BICS musical "The Castaways."

Kathleen McNamara has announced that a luncheon will be held at the Shamrock with Mr. Flanagan being the guest speaker. The visit to Beaver Island is part of Mr. Flanagan's plan to visit as many school districts as possible.

Everyone is Invited

Thursday Morning, May 15, 2008

11:00 in the School Yard

Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance

Kathleen McNamara, Principal/Superintendent

Brief Remarks From

Heather McDonough, BICS Class of 2009

Miranda Rooy, Kindergarten and Fine Arts Teacher

Dana Hodgson, Parent of 4th Grader

Barbara Schwartzfisher, BICS Board of Education President

Mark Eckhardt, Char-Em ISD Superintendent

Michael Flanagan, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction

Presentation of Architect, Project Manager, General Contractor

Brian Cole, BICS Board Trustee and Building Committee

Students and Selected Guests Break Ground

Students Present Guests with Souvenir

After the Ceremony, Please Join Us

A Dutch Treat Luncheon At the Shamrock

Program Keynote, Mike Flanagan: “The Future of Michigan Public Education”

Elusive Morels

While several hours have been spent searching for these delicacies, very few of them have been found by other than expert mushroomers. Tim Myers was enlisted to take a picture of the morels so that some of us less talented mushroomers might get a look at them.

Wouldn't we all like to come across some of these tasty treats the size of one's hand?

Short and Spotty Sucker Run

Having heard of the suckers in Cable's Creek, a quick trip down there on Sunday, May 11, 2008, spotted a few suckers moving up the creek from Lake Michigan toward Lake Geneserath. There were not nearly as many as have been seen in years past, but at least there were some. This photographer found that capturing a wiggling, speedy fish in a quickly moving streamful of water to be quite a challenge. Wet feet, knat-infested spider webs, and mosquito bitten, the amateur photographer finally gave up. Here are a few of those attempted photos.

No jumping fish here, but the moving water caught our attention.

Fast running water......mouth of Cable's from Lake Michigan

At the Lake Geneserath end of the creek, a few minnows were hiding.

Culvert under East Side Drive for Cable's Creek

First photo has four suckers, the second has only one...they're the dark shadows in the fast moving water.

Short Video clip of single sucker running in fast moving water here

One Possible Answer to High Gas Prices

Video clip here

New Tables for District Library

In addition to a new ashtray to leave smoking outside and a new door handle, the BI District Library is sporting two new tables outside the entrance. These tables were donated by Donovan and Amy Langford.

Jack Cull Memorial Concert

On Sunday, May 25, 2008, at 8 p.m., the Jack Cull Memorial Concert will take place at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.


The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary cordially invites you to the Annual Cocktail Party to honor the women of Beaver Island at

38360 Indian Point Road (the home of Dee Gallagher) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 5:00 PM.

This event has been canceled due to host family health issues. It may be rescheduled in the future.

The EW Marine Towers

Trip around the Island to look at the towers allowed other pictures HERE.

Pictures taken from atop the towers are HERE.

News from the Transfer Station

Do you have some materials that might be considered hazardous? Do you have a question about what to do with those materials? Do you have some common household hazardous wastes? Then Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day has been designed just for you. This is designed for Beaver Island residents and will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2008, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 448-2228 for your appointment.

Here are some of the materials that they will take. It will include:

drain openers......................oven cleaners.................metal cleaners and polishers......grease and rust solvents

brake fluid..........................carburetor cleaners..........fuel injection cleaners...............starter fluids

air conditioning refrigerants....paint strippers and removers.....adhesives....................photographic chemicals


swimming pool chemicals............mercury thermometers


COMPUTER COMPONENTS $3 EACH; TVs UP TO 24" $3, LARGER $5; MICROWAVES, ALL SIZES, $3.00. These new prices are because of a wonderful new arrangement with Charlevoix County Recycle Commission.

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Big Increase In Visitor Inquiries About Beaver Island

            By Steve West                    

Frankly I'm surprised and very pleased to be able to report some great news that suggests we may have an excellent visitor season this year. Given the current economy both nationally and state wide and the current level of gas prices nearly all tourism “experts” have been predicting little if any growth in Michigan this season.

Here are the hard numbers that strongly suggest a very good visitor season for us.

Calls to your Chamber office requesting information January – April: UP 22%

Emails requesting information January – April: UP 29%

Visitors to your Chamber web site for the month of April jumped from 4,753 last year to 6,624 this April, an increase of 28% . As of May 4 we had almost 1000 web site visitors for the month. Projecting May and compensating for higher web traffic M-F its looks like the trend is continuing. You can view our web site data for yourself by scrolling to the bottom of the home page and clicking on the number in the lower left corner of the page.

I would like to venture an opinion concerning the good news. Your chamber membership has doubled (currently 122) in the last six years. That, plus a dues increase a few years ago provided enough of a budget to actually market Beaver Island. Our journalist host program has also made a significant contribution to boosting Beaver Island awareness. Beaver Island is developing a brand identity. It's something like, “that other island where they don't do fudge, not so commercial, where nature is the key and horses are kept in the field where they belong.” Your Chamber membership is a good investment.

Room Finders Program Will Start In June

Accommodations members should call with July-Aug openings starting about June 1. If you're not familiar with this program please contact the office for a review.

Media Report & Visits

Beaver Island got great St. Pats day coverage in mainland newspapers and a nice piece in Traverse Magazine. Steve West did a 2 minute spot on WOOD TV / Grand Rapids on April 25th about gas prices. The Editor of Michigan Traveler Magazine will visit in June to do a three part Beaver Island story. A large group of Michigan Outdoor Writers (MOWA) will hold a meeting on the island June 6-8.

Great Positive Spin On High Gas Price Story /pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080506 /OPINION03/805060382

Your Chamber of Commerce helps spin a high gas price story in the Detroit News into a positive Beaver Island story. Neal Rubin's column said, " On an island where a three-bedroom, three-bath beachfront house with room for eight rents for all of $1,300 a week, inquiries and bookings are running ahead of last year."

The message: Beaver Island is a bargain family vacation destination!

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce


For many decades Holy Cross Cemetery has been charging only $50 per lot ($200 for a plot of four graves).

In the fall of 2006, 30 trees were planted throughout the cemetery.  The trees have survived the second winter and seem to be thriving with tiny leaves starting to show.

In 2007, we purchased a "lowering" device through Winchester Funeral Home. This was a much needed purchase as it was dangerous to support the caskets on wood planks, as well as awkward and dangerous to lower them.

Our goal for 2008 is to install a watering system with spigots throughout the cemetery as there currently is only one hand pump for use for the whole cemetery.

We now find that because of rising expenses of burials, ensuring that they are handled with the dignity and loving care they deserve, and keeping the cemetery in good repair, we must increase the cost of the purchase of each cemetery lot.  We have researched the cost of burial lots in several Catholic cemeteries across Northern Michigan, finding that the average burial lot costs approximately $500.  After much consideration, discussion, research and thinking of the loved ones who are leaving us and those left behind, and the rising costs of the cemetery upkeep, effective May 1, 2008 the cost for each lot at Holy Cross Cemetery will be $100, or $400 for a plot of four lots.  For further information, or to purchase a cemetery plot, please contact Pam O'Brien at (231) 448-2206.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Holy Cross Cemetery.  A Mass will be offered on Homecoming weekend for the intention of all of our benefactors.

God Bless You All!!
The Holy Cross Cemetery Fund Committee

Charlevoix State Bank Hours Change

Charlevoix State Bank hours will begin a Monday through Friday schedule beginning May 5, 2008, according to Nancy Ferguson. The bank hours will be from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. beginning on May 5, 2008.

Mixed (Man-Woman) Team Invitational

There will be an upcoming Mixed (Man-Woman) Team Invitational on May 25, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.

Format:  Alternate shot (men drive on #1, #3, #5, #7, & #9, women drive on #2, #4, $6, & #8.
Following the drive, team members will alternate shots until ball is Holed.
2 teams will tee off at each hole.
Entry fee is $15.00 + green fees if not a BIGC member.
Prizes based on entry fees collected.

1st place 40%
2nd place 30%
3rd place 20%
4th place 10%

Winter rules will apply on all fairways, mowed areas including paths.  Out of bounds along right fence line #1, to the right past the pond on #7, and along the left side of #9. If a team member's drive is out of bounds the team's second member will drive from his or her Tee
box and add a 1 stroke penalty.

Sign up by calling the golf course at 448-2301, sign up on the sheet on the desk at the golf course, or call Buck Ridgeway at 448-2680.


All teams should be at the golf course by 12:30 p.m.  Meeting in front of the Club House at 12:45 p.m.  


Beaver Island Electric Car Show Preview

The Island will host its first electric car show on Friday, June 27, 2008, and Saturday, June 28, 2008. Two mainland electric vehicle (EV) dealers will bring over a total of thirteen cars from four different manufacturers. The cars will be shown on the brick paver section in front of the the Shamrock and Harbour Market. More

Floor Plans for BICS New Building Here

BICS Building Project Plans and Updates

These are the most up-to-date plans available for the building.

2008 Beaver Island Community School Calendar Changes

Where's This?

Last Week's Question:

This one was answered correctly by many including Rosemary Burget, Stephen Rose, Pam Moxham, Sheri Timsak, Carol LaFreniere, and Marie LaFreniere. The correct answer is the S-curve near the tower location and the St. James Township Campground.

This week's Where's This?

Email your answers to

Bible Camp Coming This Summer

This camp is for all children who live on or are visiting Beaver Island with a variety of wholesome activities which will include music, crafts, games and age appropriate lessons focusing on Christian values and teaching children what life was like in the time of Jesus. Attendance is free. This is a great way for children to make new friends. All materials will be provided as well as daily snacks and a picnic lunch on the last day of the school. Currently scheduled for July 1-3, you can plan your vacation around these dates.

Parents interested in having their children attend the school should contact Deb Robert at 448-2048 or by email at .

Music, Art, and Drama Camp

MAD Camp will take place during the same week as Museum Week this coming July. The dates are July 21-25, 2008. You can get more information about this by going to their web site at

There are also applications available at the Beaver Island Community School office. Be sure to register early for the early registration discount.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

There was a farming venture started by "Nuke Joe" and three others on the Island. Grain bins, a huge barn with feed processing equipment, and several tractors were part of this venture that was less than successful. Can you name all four of those working hard to make "Sanctuary Farms" a reality? (Hint: first names were Joe, Joe, Dennis, and John)

The correct answer is Joe "Nuke" McDonough, Joe Moore (your editor), Dennis (Keech) Cieslak, and John Barrett. Those correctly answering the question were: Sally Lounsberry, Sheri Timsak, and Carol LaFreniere all three provided the correct answer in this order. The female that was left out of the farming venture question was an excellent bookkeeper and special advisor. Her name is Annabelle Hayhoe. She and her husband "Tink" owned the house that Jim and Donna Stambaugh now have.

This Week's Question:

Which Dominican Sister was the last Dominican nun to be the principal of the Beaver Island Community School?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of May, June, and July for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to:

Public Meeting on Phragmities Planned

Shoreline owners and interested individuals are asked to attend a public meeting on June 24, 2008 at the Peaine Township Hall at 7.p.m. This meeting is to discuss the proposed 2008 Phragmities Eradication Plan (Save Our Shores Program). A letter will be mailed on June 1st to all shoreline owners outlining this year's process. John Works, Peaine Township Supervisor, Don Vyse, St. James Township Supervisor, Brian Mastenbrook, DNR, and representatives from the Beaver Island Association (BIPOA) will be on hand to answer questions. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those property owners who reviewed the information on Phragmities and participated in the treatment program.

More information on Phragmities and treatment can be found at:

BIA (BIPOA) Plans Meeting

The Beaver Island Association (formally BIPOA) will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.  Election of officers, Treasurer's report, committee reports and other business will be conducted. Open to the general public.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted as soon as they are received. News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. Please email them to

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes