EPIC Comes to the Island

Working in conjunction the Beaver Island Community School, the Michigan State Police Post #78, Shaynee Fanara, the chief assistant prosecutor for Charlevoix County along with Clyde Payton, Beaver Island Deputy gave the 7th through 12th grades an up close and personal look at what happens when you drink and drive.

EPIC is an acronym for Education and Prevention of Impaired Crashes. Trooper John Ferguson had visited the school earlier and through slides and lecture explained the dangers but on Friday, May 12th, he gave the students a hands-on experience. Research has shown that people who learn from this format retain two to four times more than those who learn just from listening or seeing. The EPIC program addresses the problems caused by underage drinking and impaired driving. For this class the students wore Fatal Vision goggles which simulate the effects of alcohol and had the opportunity to drive a special vehicle through a simple course of cones. The students quickly discovered that walking the line, standing on one foot, and driving a vehicle are extremely difficult, if not impossible, when drinking affects their judgement. It was truly a learning experience and we can only hope that they took away something from it.

None of the children in the school now even remember that there once was a fatality on the island due to drinking and driving and that it happened about this time of year about 47 years ago. It could easily happen again and with just as dire results. The number of fatal accidents in Michigan due to underage drinking is staggering. Let's hope these kids remember the lessons taught through EPIC.



The Wackadoo Zoo

On Thursday, May 11th, the Beaver Island Community School presented "The Wackadoo Zoo". This was the first musical for the school children and they knocked the socks off the audience. Directed by Ms. Miranda Rooy, we sincerely hope this will become an ongoing tradition for the island children.

“The Wackadoo Zoo" is a musical by Jill Gallina where the animals don't make the right sounds. The lions say "cock-a doodle-doo," the monkeys say "hee-haw," the pigs say "neigh-neigh," the goats bark and the cows meow! 

A professor of linguistics, played by Michael Myers, comes to the zoo and tries to correct the animals. Although they try to cooperate with the professor, they just can't adjust, and the moral of the play is that being different is special and a great way to be. The professor gives up, and joins them in the finale with their strange sounds.

Narrators were Brogan Maudrie and Olivia Schwartzfisher. Children visiting the zoo were played by Meg Works and Hannah Robert. The crowing lions were: Willow Rasch, Austyn Oliver, and Susi Myers-Dixon. Braying monkeys were: Brighid Cushman, Brendyn Oliver, and Hillary Rasch. Jenna Battle, Erin Myers-Dixon and Katie LaFreniere played the neighing pigs. Barking goats were: Jewell Cushman, Hannah Robert, Meg Works, and Emily Burton. Meowing cows were played by Olivia Cary, Sharon Schwartzfisher, and Ireland Bigelow.

What a wonderful program, the children were adorable in their costumes. We hope to see another musical by this tiny-tot group soon.


Signs of Spring

Al and Kathy Brouard sent in photos of the red-headed woodpeckers who visited their feeders at Nomad. Great photos. The next day they sent a couple wonderful photos of morels they had found however they neglected to tell us where.



Following the Wackadoo Zoo program at the Hall, my daughter and I had to make a trip to the point before heading home. We were delighted to see these two herons wading and flying around.


Joint Township Meeting

On Wednesday, May 17th, a joint Township meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. On the agenda will be the Assessor project and the Maintenance employee vehicle.

Chamber Unveils Summer Plans
and 2006 Visitors Guide

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce board of directors by unanimous vote selected, “July 4 th on Beaver Island, priceless,” as this years parade theme. Patriotic music featuring the Community Choir will begin at noon this year with the parade kicking off at 2:00. The parade will begin at the corner by Holy Cross church. Parade emcee Lisa Gillespie requests that those wishing to participate line up between noon and 1:30. For additional parade information contact Lisa Gillespie at 231 448-2235 or Steve West at the Chamber of Commerce, 231 448-2505 or chamber@biip.net .

Plans call for a new updated Beaver Island map to be available by the first of July. Jeff Cashman of Island Design is drawing and designing the Second Wojan-Cashman Map of Beaver Island. Ed Wojan Realty will publish it and the Chamber of Commerce will serve as the wholesale distributor. The current classic Wojan-Cashman map was first printed in 1977. The suggested retail price for the new one is projected to be $5.00. Retail business owners interested in purchasing the map in quantity for resale should contact the Chamber of Commerce. According to Jeff Cashman the new map will feature a lot of additional information as well as updates.

The Chamber of Commerce will team up with the Beaver Island Boat Co to produce some spring TV advertising. The ads will run on channels 9 & 10 in late May and early June. The Chamber of Commerce has committed $2,000 to the venture.

The new Beaver Island 2006 Visitor & Business Directory is now available. The directory is printed annually by the Chamber and 6,500 copies are distributed via members. Member businesses can pick up copies at the Chamber of Commerce located on Main Street just a few steps north of the ferry dock. Seventeen thousand colorful rack cards were also printed this year. They are primarily distributed through Michigan's 13 Welcome Centers.

For the third year the Chamber of Commerce will assist with the Boyne Thunder poker run. This years event which raises money for Camp Quality is set for July 15. The event which features high performance powerboats is a favorite of islanders and visitors of all ages. The Chamber will sponsor the second Celtic Games this year on September 16. The annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Fest and the Island Boodle 5K Run are slated for October 7.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has increased its membership every year for the last five. The community organization now has over 100 members with about 150 separate listings on the popular web site www.beaverisland.org and in the printed Directory. “We spend fully 50% of our annual budget directly on marketing Beaver Island and the more our membership grows the more we have to invest,” said Executive Director Steve West.

Island Students Honored

On May 9th, five Beaver Island Community School students were among the award recipients at the CharEm Career and Technical Education Recognition Dinner held at the Boyne Mountain Conference Center. This dinner is to honor the top 7 percent of area students participating in career and technical education classes in the intermediate school district. For Beaver Island Caitlin Boyle, Patrick Cull and Maeve Green represented the Businness, Management, and Administration class while Brenden Martin and Andrea Moore were the top of the class in Allied Health Technology. Congratulations to all five students. We're very proud of each of you.

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