B. I. News on the 'Net, May 4-10 2009

School Board Election Results

Dana Hodgson 88

Karen Johnson 64

Brian Cole 51

Three were running for only two positions.

Harold Lounsberry Passes Away

News was received this morning, May 1, 2009, that Harold Lounsberry has passed away. More information will will posted as it becomes available. The memorial service for Harold Lounsberry will be Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Holy Cross Church at noon, with a lunch to follow.

Lounsberry, Harold E. Beaver Island, MI (Formerly Ypsilanti, MI), age 68, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. A memorial Mass will be held at 12 noon, on Tuesday, May 5, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. The Reverend Patrick Cawley will officiate, and internment will take place at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Harold was born November 23, 1940, in Ypsilanti, the son of Harold ("Ted") and Anita (Eckert) Lounsberry. He graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1959, and earned a Master's Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University. He spent his career working in the Ypsilanti Public School system, retiring as Principal of East Middle School in 1990. On April 16, 1966, he married Sally Niedbala at Holy Trinity Chapel in Ypsilanti.

They began spending their summers on Beaver Island in 1973, and then moved there permanently in 1995. Harold was a member of the Holy Cross Church, Saint James Planning Commission, and was Treasurer of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sally; sons, Todd (Renée) Lounsberry of Livonia, Jeff (Kathy) Lounsberry of Ypsilanti; grandchildren, Grace, Ava, and Blake Harold; sisters, Beverly (Laurie) Howley, Ellen (David) Magee all of Ann Arbor, Kathryn (Del) Martin of Ypsilanti, sister-in-law Donna (Jim) Mulso of Macomb Township, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. His sister, Barbara Davidson, and parents preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund or the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, (231) 547-2881, is handling arrangements.

Beautiful Harbor Just After Sunset

Just after sunset on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Phil Gregg Passes Away

Phil Gregg passed away at his residence this morning, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. More information will be posted as it becomes available. (See below)

The Memorial Service for Phil Gregg is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the Beaver Island Christian Church.

Philip Robert Gregg 1925-2009

On April 29th, 2009, Phil Gregg, 84, quietly entered heaven's safe harbor.

Born on February 2, 1925 in Allegan, Michigan, to O.I. and Irma (Muzzall), Phil was the youngest of five.  He attended school in East Lansing but joined the United States Navy on his 18th birthday.  He served proudly as a member of the crew of the USS DeHaven DD-727 seeing much action during World War II and experiencing the basis for many of his fabulous stories - - typhoons, tattooing, and shore-leave.  He received an honorable discharge on his 21st birthday.

Upon his return home, he worked in bridge construction.  On a blind date, he met his future bride, Lillian MacDonald, and proposed on the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol Building as he was walking her back to her apartment.  They were married on June 21, 1947, in Richmond, Michigan .

During the ensuing years they began their family in East Lansing, Michigan, (where Phil worked for Michigan State University as a master locksmith) with the arrival of daughters; Phyllis, and three years later, Ruth Ellen.  In 1960, they pulled up stakes and with all their belongings plus a sailboat, moved to Beaver Island where Phil and his partner, Walker Hill, had purchased an old sawmill and a large portion of harbor frontage to build a marina.  For over 25 years they operated Beaver Haven Marina where they not only handled boats, but island tours, bike and car rentals, tire repair, snowmobile sales, and water rescues which gave Phil more fuel for island stories.

It wasn't long after moving to the island that they added another member to the family with the addition of Ronald Stuart, whose birth alone provided some great tales.

Like most islanders, Phil held a variety of jobs throughout the years besides being a husband and father: harbormaster, St. James Township Clerk, Charlevoix County Road Commission worker under Donald Cole, Walt Wojan Construction, Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff, Beaver Island Boat Company crew member, Boys' Club leader, Beaver Island Boy Scout troop leader, one of the founders of the Beaver Island Christian Church and a board member there, St. James cemetery sextant, and Phil served many years on the Beaver Island Community School Board, was treasurer for the Beaver Island AMVETs organization, and did locksmithing.

Despite suffering a severe heart-attack, he surprised the medical community by continuing his adventures at record pace giving us 35 more years of wonderful stories.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Lillian; three children: Phyllis (Joe) Moore of Beaver Island, Ruthie Gregg of Charlevoix, and Ronald (Ann) Gregg of Clarksville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren: Angela (Kevin) Mogford, Philip (Jessica) Moore , Michael (Danielle) Himebauch, Courtney Moore, Thomas Gregg, Kayleigh Gregg, and Andrea Moore; and three great-grandchildren: Victoria Mogford, Philip Mogford and Lillian Moore.

A memorial service will be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church officiated by Reverend Howard Davis on May 6th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Beaver Island Christian Church or to the Gregg Fellowship Center .

Volunteers needed to work Chamber – Community Center

We are expecting a big increase in visitors to the Chamber office in the lobby of the new Community Center this summer. We need 3-4 additional volunteers to work one day a week between about 10:30 – 2:00 during busy boat times. It's very enjoyable meeting and helping visitors enjoy Beaver Island. To learn more please stop by the office or call Steve West at (231) 448-2505.

Friends of Beaver Island now on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/group. php?sid= 651b5d8e1689a8918b117078928abc cc&gid=81147045215&ref=search

Volunteer Fire Department Continues Training

With a June practical exam scheduled, the BIFD volunteers continue to practice his/her skills--HERE

The practice session was on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

Wingin' It! Really Soars

This story and pictures written by Frank Solle express the wonder and wonderfully entertaining night at the Holy Cross Hall.

Click HERE

To the Beaver Island Community:

It is hard to believe the days, weeks and months are slipping by this quickly -- Could it have something to do with the fact that the weather has made us only remember winter?

But, the calendar does assure us that summer is coming – and so is “Baroque on Beaver” - July 30 -August 2, 2009. A lot of organizational work has taken place during the past months and the plans are developing for a wonderful combination of events and musical experiences.

This year, returning vocal director Kevin Simons from Saginaw, has carefully prepared to assure that many interested participants from the Island will be a part of the Festival Choir. And, to be certain that everyone involved feels comfortable with the musical selections and the performance, Kevin will come to introduce the music – Fri., 7:30 p.m., May 29 and Sat., 10 a.m., May 30 – both at the Community Church . By that time, the music --“Sheep May Safely Graze” by Bach, “The Heavens are Telling” by Haydn, a traditional work “Red is the Rose,” and Rutter's “Gaelic Blessing” -- will be available, both on the website, and also at the rehearsals. Following that thorough introduction, the choral group will determine and plan a schedule that works for them as they continue the preparation of the music.

Please extend this invitation to any/all people who enjoy singing and participating with others who also enjoy being a part of this exciting festival.

Please let me know if you have questions or if I can be of any help!

Jane Maehr

Swing Into Summer Update

Training in ASLS

Beaver Island EMS members are getting some special training coming out of the University of Miama's Center for Research in Medical Education's Miller's School of Medicine. This training program is an 8-hour program of special assessment used in the "diagnosis" and treatment of five stroke syndromes. The training also provides continuity in the assessment procedure from the onset of the "brain attack" through to the stroke team at a regional stroke center. Currently, the only stroke center in Northern Michigan is Northern Michigan Regional Hospital located in Petoskey, Michigan.

The purpose of the training is to help BIEMS members to be aware of the methods of assessment and treatment necessary to help improve the outcome of any stroke patients encountered on Beaver Island.

Can You Help Identify These Girls?

This picture, given to Phyllis Moore, of a party in the Wojan home is an older one.

Can you help us identify the people in the picture, please?

Please email your answers to medic5740@gmail.com

Unusual Road Hazard

"Do you want me to move?"

Swan on the Nest

The swan in these pictures is quite busy working on the nest while the mate is busy swimming around Barney's Lake. Who can resist a quick look whenever possible?


The Osprey

There exists a facination with this bird of prey that can't be explained. Perhaps it is the fact that a pair returns to the nest on top of the microwave tower every year. Perhaps it is because the osprey seems to be more willing to tolerate a picture or two taken before it flies away. Perhaps it is just because it exists in the natural order of things here on Beaver Island. These pictures were taken as the osprey hovered and soared above Barney's Lake looking for a meal. (S)he disappeared from view in a dive down into the water, and then (s)he took off to fly back to its "resting" and "dining" tree.

You can't get so close to be able to see exactly what the dive into the water provided, but it sure must have been exciting for the osprey based upon its activity in the tree.

If you try to get much closer than the fenceline, the osprey gets spooked and takes off, carrying the meal obtained from the Barney's Lake dive.

Here is a Quicktime streaming video clip of the osprey in the tree feeding--HERE

Where's This?

You should see this almost every day. Send your answers to medic5740@gmail.com

Beaver Island Citizens of the Year

To a packed Shamrock Bar and Restaurant more than eighty-five reservations provided a nice gathering for the purpose of honoring the nominees and the recipients. Two were awarded this year. The first was awarded to Jim and Mary Gillingham for their efforts at CMU and in the community. The second to the Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department for service to the community and for their dedication to the 400 hours of training required for Firefighter I and Firefighter II programs.

Citizen of the Year recipients: Jim and Mary Gillingham with Tim McDonough, BIFD Chief and Kathy Speck

.............The CMU crew.......the Beaver Island Fire Department

Nominees, besides the recipients, included Diane McDonough, Anne Glendon, Dusty Cushman, Donna Stambaugh, Ed Wojan, Island Airways, the Beaver Island Community Center Board, Jeff Cashman, the Beaver Beacon, Jayne Bailey, Jim Willis, Jeff Powers, the Beaver Island Community School staff, Lauraine Dawson and Judi Meister. (Editors note: I apologize if I missed anyone.)

More pictures and story HERE

Streaming Quicktime Video Clips of the Banquet HERE

Transfer Station Hours Change May 1

Spring/Summer hours begin May 1, 2009, 8-5 Monday-Saturday

Beaver Island Trivia

Trivia Question:

How many years has the Easter Brunch at the Beaver Island Christian Church been occurring? When was the first one?

Trivian Answer:

No one answered this trivia question, but the answer is at the root of the history of the Beaver Island Christian Church. The first gathering of the founders of the B.I. Christian Church occurred at an Easter Brunch. Dr. Howard Hanes, his wife Bess, their daughter and her two children hosted an informal sunrise service at Harbor View I with an Easter Breakfast after the service in 1963. Attending wer Milt Bennett, Pete the Swede and his brother Axel, Olive and Gail Dillingham, Lillian, Phillip, Phyllis, Ruth Ann, and Ron Gregg. Thus began the Beaver Island Christian Church.

Ill Islanders Doing Well

Art Johnson:

Update: Word from Art's daughter is that for the first time since his stroke Art is able to move one of his legs and now recognizes names of people who send him cards. The family thanks everyone for their prayers, and Art would love to hear from all either by card or via his website.

Sue Oole (Art Johnson's daughter, emailed me with a website to update people on Art's conditionl. It is called www.caringbridge.org . You need to go to Art's personal website which is "ajj", He had a stroke in early April but is getting better, This was reported by John McNeil.

Art Johnson
Bronson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
99 Walker
Lawton, MI 49065

Lauraine Dawson is home and feeling slightly better..

Paul Nelson is doing much better and has been moved to an assisted living center. His new address is

Paul F. Nelson, 1501 Woodworth St NE,  Apt. 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
He would love to hear from his Island friends.

UPDATED: Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE

Island Treasures News



In the News from BICS

Dedication ceremony....School Election info.......Spring Computer Class

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.

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!

Click HERE for May Community Center Activites

NEW Beaver Island Community Center Page for May!!

All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this page.

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. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes