Beaver Island News on the 'Net, May 5-11, 2008

Dredging and Minor Dock Repair

This morning, Thursday, May 8, 2008, some dredging and minor dock repair was done down at the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock on Beaver Island. Storms had blown in debris, and the with the low water levels, it was necessary to dredge out some more to make docking easier and heavier loads easier to load and unload.

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.

 Come and enjoy a few hours of libation, food, conversation, laughter and just having a good time with old friends and making new ones while the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary honors all the women, young and old, on Beaver Island.  Bring along a friend.

Beefsteak Morels--Be Wary!

For years and years on Beaver Island many people have eaten these false morels even though the mushroom books have spoken about how dangerous it is to eat them. They contain a poison that can accumulate over the years in your body until it makes you sick or causes a serious illness or poisons you to death.

Potentially dangerous beefsteak morel. Has an irregularly lobed and wavy, reddish brown cap and a yellowish white (often pinkish white) stem. It is not hollow, though there may be air pockets within the flesh. As the mushroom gets older, the ridges and lobes darken to nearly black.
The poison in false morels is MMH, or monmethylhydrazine (a chemical also found in rocket fuel). Its toxicity may be cumulative (you may eat false morels safely for years and then, one day, croak after one bite). Clearly, MMH is not to be messed with.  * Reference: Kuo, M.F. (1998). Identifying morels and false morels. Mushrooms. (1999, Dec 2).

Beaver Pond

While looking for the elusive morel mushroom, a truly bare part of the woods was encountered with obvious beaver chews, so a look was in order to seek the location of the beaver pond. While no beaver was actually seen, it would seem that circumstantial evidence would point to this location as a beaver pond.

Barge to Transport Cars

The barge is loaded and getting ready to take many of the collected old cars to the mainland for disposal. A quick stop downtown could see them being loaded and readied for their final trip.

Do you remember any of these older vehicles and when they used to get you around the Island for a trip "Around the Horn?"

BI School Election Results

Total Number of Voters:  135

Board of Education

128 – Dawn Marsh

111 – Nancy Tritsch

Beaver Island Operating Renewal

110 – Yes

 23 – No

Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District Special Education Millage Renewal

 99 – Yes

 33 – No

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.

This Coming Saturday is the Sports Boosters Chinese Dinner

The Sports Boosters' Chinese Dinner will be this coming Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Nina's Restaurant- reservations please-448-2396  take out orders will also be available.

Special and Excellent Guest Chef Kathy Speck will prepare this dinner.

Birth Announcement

Andrew and Logan are proud to announce the birth of their sister Rilynn.

Rilynn was born April 30, 2008 and weighs 8lbs. 13oz. and is 21 inches long.

Mom and Dad are Dustin and Jessica Crandall. Proud grandparents are Steve and Yvonne Crandall, John and Beth McCafferty and Gena Delamater. Great-grandma is Madonna McCafferty.

(Thanks to Marie Connaghan for this information and photo)

Benefit Buffet

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

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......................overn cleaners.................metal cleaners and polishers......greast 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.

5th/6th Grade Play, Friday, May 2, 2008

The traditional Fifth and Sixth Grade Play was a resounding success for all seven performers on Friday night. The performance of "Get Up and Go", written by Stephen Murray, was filled with excellent acting and humorous comedy. This year's producer was Mrs. Deb Robert, who immediately dedicated the performance to the retired 5th and 6th grade teacher Donna Stambaugh.

Mrs. Robert with narrator Michael McCafferty

The cast of the 5th and 6th grade play

Please click HERE for more on this production.

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

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:
BICS Student – Heather McDonough, Class of 2009
BICS Teacher – Miranda Rooy
BICS Parent/Community Member – Dana Hodgson
BICS Board of Education President – Barbara Schwartzfisher
Char-Em ISD Superintendent - Mark Eckhardt
Michael Flanagan, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction

Presentation of Architect, Project Manager, General Contractor
Brian Cole, BICS Board Trustee and Building Committee

K-12 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”

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:

These two locations are very close to one another.

Marie LaFreniere was correct on these two locations.

The first is the former Phyllis Townsend home and the second is the former Mary and Archie Minor home.

This Week's Where's This?

Email your answer to

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:

Finishing up with the BIRHC Trivia, who has been the doctor from Pine River Associates that has been coming to the Island for more than twenty years to help supplement the care given by PA's and FNP's?

There were five correct answerers to last week's trivia with the first response from Paul Nelson. The other four were Sarah McCafferty, Mary Palmer, Sally Lounsberry, and Marie LaFreniere. The "young" doctor who started coming here over twenty years ago is Dr. Edward (Ted) Newcomb. Here is a little more information provided by Paul Nelson,

"He (Dr. Newcomb) was referred by Vivian Visscher who was a retired teaching nurse, and who was the St. James Twp. Clerk.  I first met her at the Episcopal Church, even quite a few years before I lived full time on the Island after my retirement (1988).  At her passing, she left her home to the Episcopal Church for use as a rectory for summer and visiting clergy, which it still is.  I do go back quite a few years on the Island.  My first trip there was 1956."

Thanks for the additional information, Paul, and congratulations on your winning the gift subscription. It will be processed very soon.

This 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 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

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 .