B I News on the 'Net, Nov 16-22, 2009

Food Pantry Fundraiser

Whatever you would like to call it please join us at Donegal Danny's Pub on Sunday, November 29 from 3-5 PM. We are raising funds for the Island Food Pantry and planning to have some fun doing it. Teams of 3-5 people, $5. per person and top team gets prizes. The questions are mainly general knowledge, so, don't worry if you aren't a rocket scientist! There will be 10 rounds of 10 questions per round.

Sign up with Marilyn at the Pub ahead of time or come in at 2:45 PM on Sunday, the 29th. We will find a team for you if you need one. Questions? Call Linda at 3001 or Marilyn at Donegal Danny's at 3000.

Emmalee Antkoviak's Condition

Emmalee Antkoviak is a first grade student here at the Beaver Island Community School. She had a problem that needed to be diagnosed. Here is the status of Emmalee Antkoviak's condition.

Emmy had an MRI today at DeVos Children's Hospital, where the prior diagnosis suggested a brain tumor. The neurosurgeon has stated that this appears to be more of the common variety. It is approximately 2" in diameter. The tumor is laying on Emmy's brain stem. They will not know if it attached to the brain stem and will only find out when they do surgery to remove it. The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday morning, November 24, 2009. There is no way to determine if it is cancerous until it is removed.

The fact that an operation is possible is very good news. Please pray for Emmalee and her parents as they go through this difficult time.

There will be a rosary at 9 a.m. on Friday morning, November 20, 2009, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. There will be another rosary on Tuesday, the day of the surgery.

You can send Emmalee Antkoviak a message through the Devos Children's Hospital using this link:


Fundraiser for the Antkoviak Family

Dana and Eric Hodgson have organized a fundraising free will donation dinner for the family. This will take place at the Shamrock.

Tuesday Nov. 24th...... 5pm - 8pm........  Italian Buffet........ Free Will Donation
Revenue from all sales from 5pm until close will be donated.

If you are unable to attend you can send a donation to:

Antkoviak Family c/o of the Shamrock
P.O. Box 237
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Larry Malloy Passes Away

Larry Malloy, long time Island character and know to many, has passed away. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Lawrence J. Malloy, 81, of Plainfield, IL, and longtime of Beaver Island, MI, at peace Nov. 19, 2009. He was born Dec. 10, 1927 on Beaver Island to the late Lawrence and Ethel Malloy; beloved husband of the late Jo Ann, nee Spaulding; loving father of Peg (Kevin) Glenn and Mark (Denise) Malloy; cherished grandfather of Jessica (Michael) Trudeau and adored great-grandfather of Edyn Trudeau; fond uncle of many, especially the Brown's; proud US Army Veteran of WWII, Pacific Theatre; dedicated 40 year employee of People's Gas.

For those who prefer, memorials in Lawrence's name may be directed to Provena Hospice, 799 South McLean Blvd., Suite 101, Elgin, IL 60123.

Visitation Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME, corner of Rts. 30 and 59, Plainfield, 60544.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 15629 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield. Family and friends will meet at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City at 1 p.m. for committal services with military honors. For info: 815-436-9221.

DSL High Speed Internet on Beaver Island

If you have been following the discussion on the Beaver Island Forum about the DSL, you are probably wondering where, when, and what related to the availability of the TDS DSL service on Beaver Island. The basic information is difficult to access through the mumbo- jumbo of marketing language. Here is the current status of the DSA's (digital service areas) on Beaver Island at this time.

Beaver Island has seven DSA's. Basically, this is an area, but for this discussion we will call them actual locations of the green boxes that provide the services of Internet access. There are seven of these locations on the island. There are only two of them that are actually active at this time. The first one is the Central Office of the TDS operation across the road from the school. The second one that is active is located at the intersection of East Side Drive and McCauley Road. This means that the 18,000 foot distance would need to be measured from these two locations to determine the actual current availability of the TDS DSL service. These are the ONLY green boxes that are ACTIVE at this time.

There are five other DSA's ready to be activated on the island. The equipment is installed in the green boxes. They are ready to be used. These five locations are: 1. Kilty Point just before Nomad, 2. Southhead Lighthouse, 3. microwave tower, 4. Western Shores and Reddings Trail, and 5. West Side Road and Green's Bay Road. The reason that these five have not been activated is logical. The TDS backhaul is currently unable to handle the traffic for additional customers and maintain the level of service for the existing two DSA's. This is being worked on by TDS. There are steps necessary to complete the work and turn on the other five DSA's. A new radio needs to be received and installed is just one of those steps.

Chad Mix from TDS Marketing has suggested that these steps may be completed by March 2010. We understand the frustrations of the dialup customers who will lose their Internet access in three weeks. Relief is on the way. In the meantime, it will be a little inconvenient for you to accomplish your Internet needs if you are a dialup customer. You have options. You can wait until TDS gets these other DSA's activated. You can subscribe to Hughes Net satellite Internet. You can use the public computers at the Beaver Island District Library. You can use the public computers at the Community Center. If you have a wireless capable laptop, you have many options for Internet access including the Harbor Market and Shamrock, Stoney Acre, Island Airways, the district library, and the community center. It may be inconvenient for a time, but this will be resolved in the near future.

Charlevoix County Transit Fails to Renew BIBCO Contract

(11/17/09, 9:50 a.m.)

As this is being posted, a meeting is going on at the Dahlwhinnie to answer questions about this change in contract. The transit bus on Beaver Island is owned and operated by the Charlevoix County Transit Authority located in Boyne City, Michigan. All handicapped, seior, and other transit operations are handled by CCTA. BIBCO held a contract to provide these services on Beaver Island for CCTA. The contract with BIBCO expired and was not renewed.

CCTA is operating the transit bus on their own behalf without BIBCO, BITA, or an other Island organization or business.

Barb Schwartzfisher stated, "The BI Transportation Authority never had any involvement with the transit bus." The drivers and the bus was just coincidentally parked in the BITA parking area.

Updated (11/17/09 8:30 p.m.)

Ray Leach CCTA Manager.....Shirley Roloff, CC Commissioner

This meeting began with a very small number of community members in attendance at the Dahlwhinnie. This may have been a convenient location for the off-Island attendees including Ray Leach, Manager Charlevoix County Transit Service; Shirley Roloff, Charlevoix County Commissioner; and Sheriff Schneider. It was, however, not very easy to hear the statements, questions, and answers to those questions since the business was on-going with lots of noise from the dishwasher, the radio, the employees, and the customers. Several times, the people speaking were asked to speak up.

The gist of the information gathered was that the operation of the transit bus on the Island was over budget. The CCTA manager decided to attempt to gain control of the budget of the Beaver Island Transit Bus operation to gather data to determine the needs of the Island. The BIBCO was no longer the contractor for this service beginning November 16, 2009 when the CCTA took back control of the Beaver Island operations. The notice of the non-renewal of the BIBCO contract was sent to the BIBCO on or around October 15, 2009.

The first person hired by the CCTA to begin transit bus operation on the Island is Melissa Williams, Deputy Williams wife. The second person hired by CCTA in the transit operation is Tammi LaFreniere, Gerald LaFreniere's ( a CCSD auxiliary officer) wife, which may explain how they both gained information about the job being available. When pressured to name those that will be working for the CCTA and operating the two buses that will be on Beaver Island, the Manager of CCTA named these two ladies above, Bob Tidmore, Jim Birdsall, and Ed Campbell. It is obvious that the first two hired will likely get the most hours of employment, but the manager also stated that there would be back-up persons also.

Jack Gallagher suggested that future CCTA public meetings take place in a location which would accomodate a larger group of people. He also hinted that prior notification to more people would have resulted in more people in attendance. Jack suggested the Peaine Township hall for this location.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips

CCTA Meeting Clip 1

CCTA Meeting Clip 2

CCTA Meeting Clip 3

The following information was provided to all attendees of this Dahlwhinnie meeting:

What services does Charlevoix County Transit provide on Beaver Island? Charlevoix County Transit provides demand response and reservation passenger transportation to and from most areas on Beaver Island. Seasonal roads are not serviced by Charlevoix County Transit, and for safety, unplowed or ice covered roads are not serviced until plowed, sanded and/or salted.

What is reservation service? Reservation service is booking a ride for a future date and time (more than two hours from the time of the call). This service can be requested up to a week in advance. Reservation service also is used for early morning (6-9 a.m.) or late afternoon rides (3-6 pm) when the driver/dispatcher phone is not in service. Reservation rides are good when you have an appointment or know in advance the date and time you need a ride. Reservation service is best used when your ride is time sensitive like a ride to a medical appointment, hair appointment, or to connect with a plan or boat departure/arrival.

How do I request service? Call the Charlevoix County Transit Beaver Island Service number---448-2026 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. A driver/dispatcher will take your call if they are not busy with another customer. If they are busy, you will receive a message to leave your name and number, and the driver/dispatcher will return your call within 15 minutes.

What information do I have to give the driver/dispatcher? The driver/dispatcher will request your name, home or cell phone number, pick up location, your destination, and number of passengers. If you have any special needs like wheelchair lift or an appointment to keep you should tell the driver/dispatcher at the time of making your request.

What if I make a ride request and then do not need the ride? Call 448-2026 as soon as possible to cancel your request. If you cancel a requested ride before the driver arrives, you are not counted as a "No Show."

What is a "No Show"? A "No Show" is a customer who request a ride and is not ready or does not come out when the vehicle arrives to pick them up. Customers who are a "No Show" must pay for the missed ride the next time they use the service. If a customer has three(3) documented "No Shows," service requests from that customer must be approved by the management.

What can I take on the vehicle with me? No hazardous materials/items may be brought aboard the vehicle. You may bring luggage and/or small packages/shopping bag. Service animals are also allowed.

How much does the service cost? A current one-way fare schedule is listed HERE:

Children under 6 yrs.............. $. 50

Senior Citizen over 60 ............$ .50

Handicap .............................$ .50

Youth (aged 6-19)................... $1.00

Regular Fare (aged 20-59)...........$1.50

Passenger fares are DOUBLED for 15 miles and over

When is service available? SErvice is available Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. except holidays. PHones are answered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is important to remember if service is needed between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., you must make your reservation prior to 3 p.m. the service day prior to the service request day. Also for rides from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. must be requested prior to 3 p.m. on that service date or any service day prior to the day the ride is needed.

What about service in winter weather? Customer safety is priority one for Charlevoix County Transit. Drivers have final word on issues of safety. If you road or roads on your trip are not safe for vehicles to travel on, you will be notified of that when you call for service. If, on there way to pick you up, the driver comes across an impassable road, they will contact you to let you know (like a tree blown down across the road or a big snow drift).

What if I have additional questions, comments, or recommendations? Please call the CCTA main office at 231-582-0296 ( A toll free number will be available in the future). Ask for Ray Leach (Manager) or Sue, Administrative Assistant.

Opening Day of Firearm Deer Season Is Upon Us

There seem to be a large number of hunters on the island for the firearm deer season this year. A quick drive around the harbor area found only one deer hanging in public sight. Hopefully, others were successful as well.

First one hanging in town

A few more are beginning to show up around the town area.

Editorial: Our Two Townships at Odds?

This is not one of those articles where the need for two townships will be discussed or argued. The time is right now for both the St. James and the Peaine Township Boards to set aside the emotional disagreements and come together for the benefit of the whole Island. St. James Township does not believe that the Airport Ordinance (written by Liz Clapham in 1993) was ever signed and therefore it is not valid. Peaine contends that this ordinance is the governing document for an airport committee made up of the 5 (five) St. James Board members and the 5 (five) Peaine Board members. St. James contends that the committee is to be made up according to another document dated in 1983. The townships' attorney has given a legal opinion that states that the 1993 ordinance is the governing document for the airport.

Let's see if we can't reach some common ground. Both townships agree on the need for an airport committee, but they don't agree on its composition. Is this really the issue? I don't think so. I think that the Peaine supervisor is becoming frustrated at the lack of cooperation (from his perspective) of the St. James Board because he has requested information and received it, but it wasn't in the format requested and it was not complete. St. James Board members are frustrated with Peaine because they have always been entrusted to manage facilities in their township without being questioned by Peaine. So what will be the outcome?

Can we just leave the "he said, she said, they said, we said," out of the coming Joint Township Meeting and call one another on the phone and ask the others these questions? What kind of information and in what format are you requesting? Who will each township agree upon as the deciding person relating to the document governing the constitution of the Airport Committee? Do you need Liz Clapham to verify that the 1993 Airport Ordinance was in fact adopted? Just what is it that you opposing township board members want from each other?

Next, instead of using rumors about what went on at the other township's board meeting, wouldn't it make sense to find out exactly what went on at that board meeting? Waiting for the Beaver Beacon or the Northern Islander to come out the following month is certainly not working toward finding out facts in a timely manner. If the St. James board members don't want to attend the Peaine board meeting and/or vice versa, is there somewhere that each can go, at his or her own leisure, to find out exactly what happened? I know the answer to this one!! Call on me, please! Please!!

Beaver Island News on the 'Net had the St. James Township meeting video clips available for five full days before the Peaine Township meeting in November, and three days after the Peaine meeting in November, the Peaine Township meeting video clips were available on the Beaver Island News on the 'Net website. Perhaps each board member from the opposing boards should be willing to view the video clips of the other township's meeting to gain the facts of the matter instead of using the Beaver Island Rumor Mill. Even if the St. James Township Board Meeting Minutes are completed and provided to the Peaine board members within the requirement of the Open Meetings Act, the Peaine Board will not get them in time for their board meeting, so how about it? Can we get the township board members to take the few minutes necessary to view the other township board meeting video clips? Can we maybe also get them to view their own video clips so they know what the other board's members are seeing?

Note of Thanks

I would personally like to thank everyone for their pizza orders to the AMVETS on Saturday, November 14. I would also like to give special thanks to Don Bair, Jack Spanak and Bob Tidmore who went above and beyond in the preparation of the pizzas, and the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary who also helped to sell and  prepare them.

Brian Gallagher

Holiday Bazaar Scheduled 11/22/09

There is a a holiday bizaar scheduled to take place at the Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Center on November 22, 2009. It will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you are interested in renting a $10 table for this event, please contact Karen Johnson or Judi Meister. Besides the vendors there selling items for the holiday gifts, each vendor will donate an item for a "Vendor" raffle with tickets on sale for 25 cents each. What would a bizaar be without food? There will be a soup kitchen with soup on sale to benefit the Beaver Island Food Pantry. Looks like an exciting day for all!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner 11/26/09

A Thanksgiving Dinner will be held beginning at 6:00 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Center of the B.I. Christian Church.  All are welcome to attend. (No church affiliation required.)

Turkey and all the trimmings (mashed potatoes/gravy.stuffing)will be provided.  Bring a side dish to pass or a dessert.  Beverages will be provided.

Joyce Runberg in Rehab

(Updated 11/19/09 7:30 p.m.)

Dear friends and Family,
    Yesterday Joyce was moved to the Rehab. floor for fairly intense physical and occupational therapy.  While here she will go for sessions several times each day.  Her new room is on the 3rd floor in the same wing [Mary Brigh] of St. Mary's Hospital. There are 4-5 bldgs. at the St. Mary's complex.  The re closure of the incision has stopped the bleedingand her pain is being controlled for the most part.  We will go home to the island in between 3-10 days depending on her rate of progress.  Her spirits are good and she is waiting to play [beat] me at cribbage as I write!  New address is as follows:
St. Mary's Hospital, rm. 3-624-B, Mary Brigh, 1216 2nd. St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
room phone: 1-507-287-4493

Regards, Johnny

(Updated 11/16/09, 9 a.m.)

      Joyce's incision has continued to bleed since Wednesday's operation.  The surgeons were in to her room this AM and the consensus is to take her back to the operating room to redo the closure.  This will mean another anesthetic, which is not good.  Her residual pain, which at a high level, they have concluded, is due to the condition of her left hip!  That surgery should not be done for a number of months.  There is so much to deal with that we are in a real dither.  The last two days, her overall condition, clarity, and pain level were so much better than the first day post surgery that we were quite optimistic.  Now every thing is on hold including the PT to get her up and moving.  She really needs your continued prayers!


Joyce had the operation yesterday. (Thursday, November 12, 2009) It was at three levels not one in the lower lumbar area due to the extensive narrowing there.  The surgeon expects her to not have pain from her back after healing.  However he said the MRI shows her left hip to have deteriorated severely! Will it ever end? All of these problems are caused by arthritis and will continue in all probability. Will keep you posted if any problems.  Her unit is Mary Brigh 8g in room 854A at St. Mary's Hospital, 12162 nd St. SW, Rochester MN  55902  The 8g Care Unit desk phone no. is 507-255-5583.  In 2 or three days she will be transferred to the a different area for physical therapy. We don't know what that period of time will be.


Peaine Township Meeting 111109

All appearances suggest an all-out war between the two townships on Beaver Island. There is a Joint Township Meeting scheduled on November 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. You can view video clips and get a synopsis of the discussions at the Peaine Meeting by clicking on the link below:

Peaine Township Meeting November 11, 2009

Thanks to Levi Connor for the Video Work at this meeting!

Veterans Day on Beaver Island

(11/14/09, 10 a.m.)

Veterans Day 2009 was a real delight on Beaver Island.

•  Thanks to Heidi Conners and the Beaver Island Gardens for the great breakfast at Peaine Township hall. Good fellowship and great food.

•  Thanks to Kitty McNamara and the junior and senior students from the Beaver Island Community School for attending the breakfast and presenting the veterans with a greeting card.

•  Thanks to Stoney Acres for the free hamburger and fries and their donation to Post 46.

•  Lastly thanks to all the citizens and visitors who attended the Veterans Day ceremony at the Holy Cross memorial and to Kathy Speck for leading the song and Jack Spanack for his meaningful presentation.

Bob Tidmore, AMVETS Post 46

Veterans' Day Celebration

The groups gather to pay tribute to the veterans.....

More pictures and Story HERE

11/11/09, 12:30 p.m.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of the Celebration


Bells Toll for the Veterans

Bob Tidmore Welcomes and Gives History

Kathy Speck Leads "God Bless America"

Jack Spanhak Speaks 1

Jack Spanhak Speaks 2

Jack Spanhak Speaks 3

Jack Spanhak Speaks 4

Bob Hoogendoorn Thanks the Community

Bob Hoogendoorn Prays

Taps and Dismissal

Veteran's Thank You Breakfast

(11/11/09, 10:30 a.m.) Organized by Beaver Island Gardens, Heidi Connor and Wayne Holman, the menu was certainly one for veterans to remember. There were scrambled eggs with spam and onion, hash browns, cooked apples, toast, SOS (chipped beef on toast), cereal, fruit, two wonderful breakfast breads, oatmeal, and rolls. Anyone who walked away hungry did so by choice. The food was excellent, but the company was even better. Many from our local AMVETs post were partaking in the meal cooked in their honor.

The juniors and seniors of BICS came to the breakfast and brought a card signed by the students of BICS. This large thank-you card was passed around the breakfast tables from person to person. A very nice thing to do for our Island veterans this truly was!!

More pictures HERE

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of the Breakfast

Fire on the Water

These two photos were sent in by Bob Tidmore taken from his yard. The pictures must be a reflection off the windows of the buildings across the harbor, but it sure fits the description of "Fire on the Water." Thank you, Bob, for sharing these pictures.

Thank You, Ken!!

Getting in the kayak........Headed to Hog Island

Can all of us paddle a kayak? Maybe....But who of us would paddle 100 miles to provide food for someone else? Ken Bruland did---and it was his gift to the Beaver Island's Food Pantry. Money that has come in to date as a result of Ken's Paddle for Food campaign totals approximately $2400.

Thank you Ken, from the bottom of our hearts!

The Beaver Island Food Pantry

The Beaver Island Food Pantry

How you can help and how you can get help

Was it just a year ago that people started talking about an Island food bank? Yes. And since then, there has been tremendous wide-spread community support.
From its inception, donations of money have been steady. Some community members gave money which allowed the committee to purchase specific foods at the best possible prices and to provide vouchers for dairy products, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables.

(11/09/09 6:50 p.m.)
Beaver Island community—this is YOUR food pantry. It's here to help ease the squeeze. For example, you shouldn't have to make a choice between medical attention and food. Or blow your budget because of unusual circumstances.

Below is a table showing the income guidelines established by the Food Pantry committee. The income includes—but is not limited to—employment, unemployment, disability, Social Security, trust funds, pensions, food stamps, WIC, child support, etc.

Household Size

Add $579 monthly or $133 weekly for each additional member

Food distribution takes place the first Saturday of each month. To help maintain confidentiality, please call for your specific food pick-up time. Call Jayne Bailey:448-2933 or 448-2881.

Eleanor Mooney Passes Away

Eleanor (Pischner) Mooney, 68, of Beaver Island passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 7, 2009 in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born the oldest child of Elston and Lovicey (O'Donnell) Pischner on Beaver Island. Eleanor was raised on Beaver Island, and after graduation moved to Arizona. She returned to Michigan after marring her Island sweetheart, Don Mooney, two years later. Don and Eleanor moved back to their hometown of Beaver Island in 1978 to raise their six children, which included a set of twins. She was a dedicated wife and mother, who still found time to be a secretary and bookkeeper for the family's electrical business. She enjoyed making trips to watch the boat come in (multiple trips per day!), going for rides up to the point, and around the Island to sight see. In her spare time, she liked to put together jigsaw puzzles and complete word searches. One of her greatest passions was decorating her home for the holidays all throughout the year. She loved to keep in touch with others through cards and letters.

Eleanor is survived by her loving husband of 48 years; children Duane (Greg), Sheri (Joe), Terry (Linda), Dawn (Bob), Roberta (Keith), and Darryl (Katie); brothers Richard and Don (Jan), and sister Kay; grandchildren Joey, Krystle, Bryan, Ronnie, Jordan, and Skylar; great-granddaughter Chloe; and many nieces and nephews. Welcoming her to heaven with open arms are her parents; brother Robert; sisters Sharon, Barb, and Helen; and daughter Rosemarie.

The funeral mass and celebration of her life will be held in the spring. Details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made the Beaver Island Medical Center. Eleanor will be greatly missed, not only by her family and close friends, but also by many others whose lives she has touched.

From the family of Eleanor Mooney:

When the road ahead is so far you can't reach,
words need to be said that you cannot speak.
Tears, like a river flow down your face
You feel that you lost yourself someplace
Then like a beacon guiding you home
You realize you were never alone
Right by your side right to the end
holding your hand, there is your friend.
What would we do without all of you!!

Thanks to all who sent cards, food, thoughts and prayers!!

Gillespie Enterprises Firewood Defeater

(11/09/09 1:10 p.m.) One moment of watching this power take-off driven piece of equipment will make you desire one like it or decide to purchase the firewood on the spot. This amazing piece of equipment brings the firewood up to the chainsaw and with a slow flip of the wrist, the cutting bar begins to cut through the log. The cut log drops down onto an automatic splitter that splits the wood into four pieces. Then the elevator brings the wood up and dumps it into the truck ready for delivery and stacking.

Video clip added. 11/09/09 6:25 p.m.

See pictures and video clip of this machine HERE

Cookie Carnival Announcement 12/10/09

The Cookie Carnival.will be held at the Gregg Fellowship Center on. Thursday, December 10, 2009 from  noon until 3:30 PM.  There will be a gift table plus the usual Gregg Peanut Brittle, Nutmeg Logs, and Party Cookies.  Anyone wanting to preorder nutmeg logs or party cookies can call Jean Carpenter  448-2893 and place your order.


The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Children's Lunch with Santa on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from  11:30 - 1:00 at Gregg Fellowship Hall at the Beaver Island Christian Church.  All children and their parents and/or grandparents are invited to come and have a hot dog lunch before seeing Santa who will arrive at 12:00 Noon.

Because we can no longer obtain polaroid film, will the parents please bring their own camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.

The AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will also again be having the Santa's Workshop on Monday, December 14, 2009, at Beaver Island Community School.  This will be for children to buy presents themselves for their families.  Each child is to bring nametags for the gifts.  Younger children will have an adult to help them make their purchases.

2009 November St James Township Meeting

The meeting was centered around just a few specific topics. One, an allegation of a violation of the Open Meetings Act. Appointments to committees was also important. The discussion of fuel oil bids, the specifics of two board members being told that they could not vote due to a possible conflict of interest, and the topic of snow removal related to the township buildings and the sidewalks in St. James Township. The Board decided not to plow or blow snow off any sidewalks this winter.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips

Alleged Open Meetings Act Discussion 1

Alleged Open Meetings Act Discussion 2

Alleged Open Meetings Act Discussion 3

BITA Issue, Two Board Members on BIBCO Board Could Not Vote

Beaver Island Broadband Cost Discussed

Approval of Bills with Additions

Assessment NOT in Compliance with State Law

Fuel Oil Bid-only one

Lighthouse and Veteran's Memorial

Need Oil Tank Size 1

Need Oil Tank Size 2

Ed Troutman Appointed to Waste Management and Board of Review

Airport Resolution Should be Added to Joint Meeting Agenda

Joint Township Meeting Recommended for 112309

Snow Removal Discussion 1

Snow Removal Discussion 2

Snow Removal Discussion 3

Transfer Station Notice

Fall/winter hours at the Transfer Station begin November 1...........11-5 Monday - Saturday

Boathouse Gets a Complete Makeover




The boat house at Whiskey Point is getting a complete makeover this fall. As already reported in the video clips and the minutes of the St. James meeting for October, CMU is changing the siding, the windows, and the roof. Although the materials to be used will be modern materials, CMU will attempt to provide an historically correct replacement of these items. It will be interesting to see the results.

Where's This?

Where is this located? The howling at the moon or at something else is common this time of year.

Email your answers to medic5740@gmail.com

Beaver Island Community Center

The Beaver Island Community Center hours of operation will be reduced now that the peak season has come to a close. Beginning the last week of October—on the 26tth—the Center hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday , and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday . The Center will close on Sundays , except for once-a-month occasion when the COA dinner is served. Current plans are to keep these hours until Memorial Day week-end in 2010.

Movies and events will normally be held on the week-ends. The Center staff encourages everyone to check the event listings on www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.Org ., as well as in the local papers, and at the Center. The fall, winter, and spring seasons will bring a variety of activities for the Island Community's enjoyment.

10am - 6pm Monday through Thursday

Friday and Saturday 10am - 9pm

CLOSED Sundays (except for senior dinners)

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Availabl

Beaver Island Community Center and the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

•  Mondays & Thursdays: 10:00 am – Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program!

A certified community-based recreational exercise program designed to assist in reducing pain level, increase flexibility and mobility, and enhance the ability to cope with arthritis and daily activities. Two classes per week, each progressing with different fun activities, information, exercise routines and relaxation techniques. Sign up now at 448-2022—or just come join us.

•  Tuesdays: 12:30 pm – Make Me Laugh!

Get your week in proper gear with the best medicine around— laughter! Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, Red Skelton, Bill Cosby (when he did stand up!), even funny pet videos!

•  Fridays and/or Saturdays: 7:30 pm – Special Movie Presentations

Check listings at the Community Center or at www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org .

•  Every Month:

Birthday Cake – November 2 nd ! Sunday Dinner – November 15 th 11 am - 1 pm

Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill! Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.

•  Special November Dates of Interest:

•  21 st 2 pm : Special Family Movie & Treats

4 pm : Create a Christmas Cookie & Ornament

5 pm : PABI KUBOTA raffle drawing!!!

•  22 nd 11 am -2 pm Christmas Bazaar At the Beaver Island Christian Church.

•  26 th & 27 th The COA will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday ! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

•  30 th – “Grandfriends” Gingerbread House Construction Zone Join Master Designer and Builder Heidi Conner as she leads novice through experienced on a lip-licking adventure into edible architecture! 2-5pm, Materials (and treats) provided, and you are welcome to bring some too!

•  Sign up at 448-2022. Fee TBD.

•  Special December Dates of Interest:

•  5 th & 6 th – Christmas Contata Check listing for times and location.

•  11 th & 12 th 8 pm Holiday Hilarity The “world premiere” of the all-new Beaver Island Comedy Groups' original holiday production!

•  15 th – Beaver Island Community School Christmas Presentation An unforgettable staging of holiday spirit!

COA Lunch Menu

December at the Community Center


Senior Activities

December Menu for COA Lunches

Holiday Hilarity, December 11th

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