BI News on the 'Net, May 26-June 1, 2008

Central Solutions Network Goes Down

On Saturday, Central Solutions had a problem with the T-1 line provided by its DSL competitor TDS. As of Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at noon, the T-1 problem has not been corrected. According to CSYIP, as soon as the T-1 line problem gets corrected by TDS, their network will be back up and working. Understanding that the CSYIP customers will not be able to read this, perhaps dialup and DSL customers can pass the word to them about the problem.

Although, no notification went out when the network came back up again. A reboot of the router had the CSYIP network back up and running at 9:20 p.m. tonight at this location. It could have been up for longer, but nothing indicated or notified that it was available. One of our subscribers emailed to say they were back up and working around 7:30 p.m. Glad to have this back up and working is probably what most people would like to say. Thanks TDS and Central Solution!

BI District Library Internet Connection

There is a direct point to point Wireless connection between the district library and the BI Community School. This point to point connection has not failed in more than ten years unless the power has gone out. Currently, the construction materials and the construction equipment for the new school building may actually block the radio signal for this direct connection into the Great Lakes TransWorld Internet Service Provider network. The library is working to correct any interference and is looking to TDS for a DSL connection to temporarily replace this if it goes down..

Bill Fox Dies

Long time summer resident of Beaver Island William (Bill) Fox has passed away. Bill had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and had had complications of this condition for many years. He passed away in South Bend, Indiana. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

William Fox Sr.
March 30, 1921 - May 24, 2008
SOUTH BEND - William Fox Sr., 87, died at 11:35 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul Retirement Community. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Mary Jane (Greg) Lawson of South Bend; sons, William (Linda) Fox Jr. and Roland (Carol) Fox, both of South Bend; five grandchildren; and a brother, John (Ella) Fox of Bloomington, IN. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, in First Presbyterian Church. A Masonic service will follow at 2:15 p.m. Friends may call in the church from noon until time of services. The Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North is handling arrangements.
Published in the South Bend Tribune on 5/28/2008.

Posted to the Beaver Island Forum by Bill's son Roland: (partial):

His full obituary is available on-line at the South Bend Tribune . The quick details of the Memorial Services on Saturday, May 31st, are as follows:

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in First Presbyterian Church, 333 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, with Rev. David Morrow officiating. A Masonic memorial service will immediately follow. The family will receive friends in the church from noon until the time of services at 1:30 p.m.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the LaSalle Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1340 South Bend Ave., South Bend, IN 46617; the Preservation Association of Beaver Island, P.O. Box 494, Beaver Island, MI 49782; or to the 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children, 427 North Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North is handling arrangements.

Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at or on-line at Dad's GuestBook provided by .

Crooked Tree Arts Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

On Sunday, May 18, 2008, three Beaver Island students performed in the Dorothy Gerber Beginning and Intermediate Strings program.

Congratulations to Caitlin, Sarah, and Erin as they represented Beaver Island in these fine performances.

More story here

BI District Library Increases Parking Area

If you have ever been to the BI District Library during a busy summer afternoon, you will probably have noticed that there was absolutely no place to park. The parking area for the library was not originally designed to have over 200 people go through the doors during the course of one five hour day. It was necessary to increase the number of parking spots to accommodate the patrons on a busy summer day.

With the music room, the WIFI Internet hot spot, and the many newspapers, videos, and books available to the public, the library is likely to be just as busy as last summer, so the parking lot was extended to allow diagonal parking on the side closest to the lumber company. Here are a couple of pictures of the area when the library was closed:

Here is the parking lot looking left from the front exit of the building.

Here is the parking lot looking from alongside the library building toward Donegal Bay Road.

AMVETS Memorial Service

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11 , and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee. (from

The Beaver Island AMVETS gathered at the Holy Cross Church Memorial Garden area to honor the Beaver Island men who have died in the wars beginning with the Civil War and ending with the Korean War. Many community members joined the AMVETS to participate in this Memorial Day service.



GLASS green, brown, amber, clear - rinse, remove everything but paper

PLASTIC - # 2 and # 1 - rinsed, caps, rings, and any wrap around labels removed; Clear plastic just remove caps leave paper on

CARDBOARD - dry, clean, flattened

NEWSPAPER - bagged or tied ( paper bag only )

GLOSSEY - magazines and catalogs


TIN CANS - flattened

ALUM. CANS - flattened

CLOTH - clean and dry only

BOOKS - hard cover only


BATTERIES - all sizes/ large batteries & car batteries

PHONE BOOKS - Remove front and back cover (they are garbage) put book in NEWSPRINT (they do not have to be in bag or tied.

Please try and have all recyclables prepared before you come. If you are not sure, please ask one of the attendants.

B. I. Transfer Station is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm from May1 through October 31. We are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm from November 1 thru April 30.

We are closed on Sundays, Memorial Day, July 4th , Labor Day, Nov. 15th ,Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

There is a hopper left outside when we are closed that is for people leaving the Island ONLY .

Memorial Weekend is Musical

Besides the concert with various performers taking place at the Holy Cross Hall for the Jack Cull Memorial Concert on Sunday night, there was music in other locations. At the Beachcomber, the group known as Rigor Mortis performed. The Shamrock had the Doghouse Boodlers for Friday and Saturday. Donegal Danny's Pub had Danny and Danny. The music variety included polkas, old country tunes, new country tunes, early rock and roll, modern rock and roll, and even a waltz or two. Pictures HERE

Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporter

Welcome to Ryan Smith Construction!

AMVETS Memorial Day Breakfast

This fundraising event and community service was offered on Sunday, May 25, 2008, at the Holy Cross Hall. It began at 8:30 in the morning and continued until noon. Many community members supported our AMVETS by attending this breakfast. They were serving the usual pancakes, eggs, and sausage with coffee and juice and a fruit cup.

Beaver Island Christian Church Holds Baccalaureate Service

The Beaver Island Christian Church honored the graduating class of 2008 in a Baccalaureate Service scheduled on Sunday, May 25, 2008, at 10 a.m. Seven of the eight graduates attended the service, sat in the front row, and were then called up front to describe their plans for the future.

Back (left to right) Daniel Runberg, Eric Albin, Kevin Gillespie, Brenden Martin

Front (left to right) Brittany Crandall, Andrea Moore, Samantha Kuligoski

Holy Cross Schedules Baccalaureate Services

The Holy Cross Baccalaureate Service will honor the graduating class of 2008 on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at 10 a.m.

For further information, contact Holy Cross.

BICS Seniors to Graduate June 7th

The graduating Class of 2008 will have their commencement exercises on June 7, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall.

Pictures and Plans HERE

Beaver Island EMS Prepares for Summer Season

With most of the BIEMS volunteers working in jobs that are influenced by the summer tourist season, they must get as much of their training completed before that summer season starts. You may see each of the ambulances being loaded onto the boat as each one is sent off to get a good mechanical inspection and any defects repaired. Courses that are being attended by BIEMS members include the following: Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Airway Practical skills on May 24th. Advanced Airway Practical skills on May 25th. On May 26th, there was a CPR Instructor Update class.

Their preparation will continue this week as well. On May 29th, there is an all day Pediatric Advanced Life Support Class. On May 31st and June 1st, there is a Central Nervous System Injury and Backboarding class. Last, but not least, on June 13th, 14th, and 15th, there will be a driver's training update for all EMS members.

EMS Week

May 18-24, 2008 - EMS: Your Life is Our Mission

The American College of Emergency Physicians had declared this past week as National EMS Week. Perhaps, the community members here on Beaver Island would like to say "Thank you" to the EMS members when you see them. The ACEP logo is this one:

Beaver Island News on the 'Net sends out a big "Thank you" to all our EMS volunteers right here on Beaver Island. We appreciate what you have done and continue to do to make us safe.

Mixed (Man-Woman) Team Invitational

The Mixed (Man-Woman) Team Invitational was held on May 25, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. MORE

Almost everyone was ready to play again ASAP. As a result and after talking to John W. the next Mixed Alternate Shot Invitational will be on June 22, 2008.  To allow more time for lunch the next one will start at 2:00 p.m. instead of 1:00
p.m.  We do have room for more teams as we only used the first 7 holes to start play.

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 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


The learning curve on this video, especially the streaming video, was quite daunting. However, the standard that has been established on this website was previously Quicktime, so switching to Windows Media was not the answer. The videos are now, for those interested, in Hinted Movie H264 format, which allows streaming video to occur. This is the most up-to-date streaming video format that is cross-compatible between Windows and MacIntosh computers.

Instead of waiting more than a minute for the video to start playing for those with a high speed Internet connection, the video begins to download and then starts playing much quicker while the rest of the download takes place in the background while you are viewing. This may not be a completely accurate description, but its the only way that this editor can explain it. For the techies out there, a video is converted from DV to AVI to QT movie to QT Hinted movie format, and then uploaded to a streaming video server. The QT player with the link is then embedded into the website page.

When you click on the link, it automatically takes you to a page, which automatically starts the video streaming flow from the streaming server. As soon as this connection is negotiated and as soon as there is enough of the file to begin playing the video clip, the video clip begins playing. There will be some more learning and testing occur over the next week or two to see how this effects the dialup customer.

If you are a dialup customer and want to help with this process, give the video clips a try and keep track of the time it takes for the video to start playing, then email me your information and tell me if you can view them over your dialup connection.

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.

Jack Cull Memorial Concert

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

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

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

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.

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

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

Update here

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.

Where's This?

Last Week's Question

So, the first picture was taken in Peaine Township not too far from the dividing line between the townships. It is, of course, a picture of the bay window in the front of the Peaine Township Hall. The second picture was taken in the front yard of the Crandall house. There was only one correct answerer to both pictures, Sally Lounsberry. Thank you, to those who like this feature, for playing.

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:

Several years ago, some bowling lane equipment came off the boat, and there were plans to build a bowling alley for Island residents and summer visitors. Can you name of the business that the owners of the bowling equipment are operating now? (Hint: It's not a bowling alley. By the way, is this still planned to happen?)

Six people got the answer correct with the first one being Marie Connaghan LaFreniere. The answer is LakeSports and Rental owned by Keith and Christy Albin.

This Week's Question:

The Beaver Island Marina was previously owned by Walker Hill and Phillip Gregg. The marina was named Beaver Haven Marina during those years from 1960-1987. Several Islanders have worked at this marina over the years. Can you remember the name of the boat owned by the marina during this period of history? This boat took many to the outer islands and rescued plenty of boats that were aground and/or had mechanical problems. It was a brown and white work boat.

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of June, July, and August 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