B.I. News on the 'Net, Nov 23-30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Ecumenical Thanksgiving service was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Although small in numbers due to the holiday, the Community Choir sang and those present sang, and the whole group wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. Hope you have a wonderful, thankful and safe day!

The Community Thanksgiving Feast, sponsored by the Beaver Island Christian Church, was held at Peaine Township Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Approximately 70 people participated by bringing a dish to pass, a salad, or a desert. As always, there was more than enough food with everyone leaving with full bellies, hopefully not too overfull, and positive community, holiday cheer. A great social event this year as well was had by all!

Thanks to Jean Carpenter, the BICC organizer; Ruth Gregg, who helped set up and get things going; Joe Moore, for carving all the turkeys and making the mashed potatoes; Lil Gregg, for making her "just-like-grandma-used-to-make" stuffing, the Beaver Island Christian Church for sponsoring the dinner, and to all who attended to make this a successful community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Video clip, pan of Peaine Township Hall during the Thanksgiving feast

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Buck Fever?

Not sure if this represents buck fever or is just a wonderful decorating job, but this just needs to be shared with our off Island friends and any who did not get a chance to view this vehicle driving around since opening day of deer season.

Letter to the Editor

    As we are all aware the economic life of Beaver Island is dependent on tourism. With a recession now clearly at hand our 2009 Chamber of Commerce membership drive takes on renewed importance. Please join us today.

Did you know that everyone can become a Chamber of Commerce member? You don't have to own a business to join. An Individual Supporting Membership costs as little as $150 a year. If you own rental property the web site exposure makes membership a “sure thing.”


At least one half of our total budget is spent directly on marketing Beaver Island. Currently we are focusing on a quarter of a million Michiganders who live just a short drive from Charlevoix with our “You've never been to Beaver Island?” campaign. Our job is to let these people know that a unique and inexpensive vacation destination is just a short flight or relaxing cruise away.

If you're one of the few business owners who are not part of the Chamber marketing team we urge you to get on board today. We all benefit from the group marketing effort. Please pay your share by becoming a member.

Your Chamber of Commerce has doubled in size to about 120 members in the last seven years. We pledge that as we continue to grow we won't be spending your dues on fancy decorations for the new Community Center office or anything else frivolous. We will focus on bringing visitors with money to spend to Beaver Island. Please join the Chamber team and help us help our special Island. To learn more please call (231) 448-2505 or write Chamber@BeaverIsland.org .

Kathy Speck, President

Steve West, Executive Director

Classroom Project Raises School Funds

The above classroom project that integrated mathematics, social studies, and religion objectives was a wonderful project for the students in the 5th grade at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Tacoma, Washington. This grotto was completed by Phillip Michael Moore's class as a first semester project. At auction, this carved grotto set off a bidding war between parents of the students in the class and raised over $5000 for the school. What a wonderful class project this was!

"Shifting Souls" at Donegal Danny's

On Wednesday, November 26, 2008, beginning at 8 p.m., Shifting Souls will be performing at Donegal Danny's Pub. Kevin White and group will be performing live. This provides an excellent activity for the night before Turkey Day. Have a great Thanksgiving!

At Donegal Danny's

There are also two other nights currently scheduled for music at Donegal Danny's Pub. On Friday, December 5, 2008, the somewhat aging Rigormortis will be performing there. The next night of scheduled music is Friday, December 26, 2008, and the Boodlers will be performing at Donegal Danny's Pub on that night.

Holy Cross Hall to Host New Year's Eve Party

Ring in the New Year at Holy Cross Hall this New Year's Eve. Raffles, 50/50, LightBuffet at Midnite, Live Music, more details to follow.

New Year's Eve at Stoney Acres

Please join us for the pre-party at Donegal Danny's Pub before the New Year's Eve Hall Party--where the Island rings in the New Year together. Dinner will be served from 5:30 until 9 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab buffet.

Ice Skating Rink Ready

This natural ice skating rink at Gull Harbor is ready for the Island skaters. While the harbor is not yet frozen, and while a car tire fire would not be appropriate on this ice, the ice here is ready for skaters. Walking on this smooth ice on Saturday, November 22, 2008, the photographer learned that shoes and ice do not necessarily go together. A quick trip from vertical to horizontal was, of course, inevitable, as the gluteus maximus met the frozen surface. By the way, the camera is all right, and the bruises were worth the picture.

Harbor Area Winter Scenes

Whiskey Point is still a great view.


Jazz Band Interest?

This winter may provide musicians with an opportunity to get together with different band instruments and get that old horn out of the closet. Are you interested in getting out that old sax, trumpet, or clarinet? If you are interested and have a suggestion of when and where people could get together, please email me at medic5740@gmail.com. If there is enough interest, more information will be posted here. If there is NO interest, that will be posted here as well.

Beaver Island Gas Price Decreases

What a wonderful surprise during the fill-up of the car yesterday! The price of gas on the island has come down. The first decrease was 50 cents per gallon and now a decrease of $1 per gallon. The price last spring was $5.49, and now the price is down to $3.99. While more than likely the highest gas price in the 48 states, it is wonderful to have this decrease. Thank you, Island Energies!

Xmas Bazaar at the Community Center

The making of Christmas ornaments was a highlight of this Beaver Island Community Center event.


BICS Walkaround 112208

This includes outside and inside pictures...

Reminders to Subscribers

While having a short conversation with one subscriber today, it was amazing to note that this person did not know that each picture on this web site is a thumbnail for a larger version of the same picture. Some long time subscribers simply did not know this, or they had forgotten about it. Although not every picture can be enlarged by clicking on it, most pictures on this web site can be enlarged by clicking on them.

The editor of this web site was notified by his anti virus manufacturer that the streaming video solution for the anti virus program has been secured and will be available as a "hotfix." Apparently, there are several anti virus manufacturers out there in cyber land that prevent the streaming videos from showing up on the computer. The only message provided to the user was a "Negotiating" message, and the video never actually played.

These anti virus programs were previously seeing the processor activity as possible virus or spy ware activity. MicroTrend, AVG, and Panda anti virus programs have all blocked the streaming video in recent days. There has not been a problem with Norton as far as being reported. Panda will shortly release a "hotfix", but the others are apparently waiting for some customers to complain.

So the moral to the story is this: If you have not been able to view these streaming videos over your high speed connection, it might be an issue with your anti virus program. Contact the AV program support service, and report this as an issue. It's not just BINN streaming video that cannot be viewed. It could be any streaming video that is not viewed in Windows Media programs. There is a great volume of good streaming video out there on the Internet for those interested, and your report could make it available to all the AV customers that own the same program that you do. Please notify your anti virus manufacturer if you are unable to view streaming video from this web site.

The manufacturer's are able to use the SAMPLE THE NEWS ON THE 'NET link on the homepage and go to the bottom of the page to attempt to access any of the more than dozen video clips that are there. The manufacturer can attempt to duplicate the issues without having to logon to Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Help yourself and others by reporting this issue if you have it.

A very nice message was received by this editor from the Panda Anti Virus 2009 support service. It isn't very often that a customer gets thanked for pointing out a defect in a purchased program. These support people were ecstatic when they resolved the issue, and thankful to have restored the ability of their customers to complete tasks on the Internet while still providing a high level of anti virus and anti-spy ware protection.

Resale Shop to be Open on Limited Basis

FROM 12:00 P.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M.

Senior COA Lunch Cancellations

With the winter weather approaching us fast, it is important for the seniors to know the cancellation policy for the senior lunches. It has been decided that the seniors should not be out driving in weather that is too bad for school to be in session. The senior COA Lunch will be canceled, and no deliveries will take place, on any day that the Beaver Island Community School is closed due to the poor road conditions. If in doubt, call the Beaver Island Community Center at 448-2022.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Change of Location

The Beaver Island Christian Church wants you to know that their annual community Thanksgiving Dinner will he held in a different location this year. Since the Beaver Island Community School is using the Gregg Fellowship Center and the banquet tables from the church, the Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at the normal time of 6:00 p.m. on November 27, 2008.

Please tell your friends and neighbors! Same great food! Same good fellowship!

Come as you are. Bring a dish to pass or a dessert to share if you can.


An eleven movie winter film series is coming to the Beaver Island Community Center, presented by a new movie club, the Beaver Island Film Fans. Twenty-three Film Fans club members worked together to nominate a list of their favorite movies, and then voted to select their top eleven films to make up the series. Movies in the series range form 1940 to 2007 in age, range from romantic comedy to thrillers, westerns to epic adventures, and international hits to edgy art. Included in the series is the American Film Institute's #1 American film, Citizen Kane.  The club's membership dues will be used to pay for the theatrical performance rights for the films.

All movies are open to the general public; admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for students. All films will be presented on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. The series includes:

Descriptions of all movies and previews can be seen at http://www.imdb.com by clicking on the artwork:

Citizen Kane 12/04/08

Five Easy Pieces 12/11/08

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Excerpts from "Good News" BIRHC Letter

These excerpts seemed to be important for any and all interested persons to read, and so they are retyped and posted here for your information:

"Thanks to your previous support and a lot of help from our community partners, the Board and staff are proud to report a number of important accomplishments.

Provided all Beaver Island residents and visitors with 24/7 local healthcare, regardless of ability to pay, thanks to the quiet fortitude and skills of Sue Solle, FNPC, who has practiced by herself for over a year.

Hospice services are now available through BIRHC in partnership with Munson Hospice and Palliative Care in Traverse City. Trained personnel can provide comfort care to terminally ill patients on Beaver Island and support to their loved ones.

Rehired former provider Chris VanLooy, PA, to fill a staff opening. Chris did an excellent job for the community in the past and is very enthusiastic about returning. In the last few years she has acquired additional emergency room experience, making her even more qualified to handle the demands of practice on Beaver Island.

Installed and activated digital x-ray equipment. Enhanced digital x-rays can now be transmitted instantly to off Island specialists with equipment purchased primarily with last year's $75,000 USDA grant $12, 500 from donations to BIRHC Special Projects Fund. This grant will also make it possible for emergency room physicians at Charlevoix Area Hospital to view patients who are being treated at the BIRHC through high resolution television monitors.

Secured a $6,800 grant for new computer equipment to improve medical record keeping: working in partnership with Beaver Island EMS, BIRHC received the funds from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Received two grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation: one to supplement USDA funding for digital x-ray equipment; the other to assist Hospice Helping Hands.

Presented the Townships with a disaster plan to turn the Health Center into a short-term 23-bed hospital: a general local donation helped purchase supplies to make this possible.

Provided the Beaver Island Fire Department with meeting space and distance learning connection that will save them $25,000 in expenses for mandatory continuing education and training.

Expanded service to ensure easy access to excellent primary care as well as emergency stabilization. Please take a careful look at the enclosed list of heal care services. There are more care options than ever before, and we are always looking for new opportunities to serve you better."

Visiting Professional Services Procedures
Chiropractor Dermatologic procedures
Optometrist IV Therapy coordinated/specialists
Acupuncturist Maintain indwelling IV access lines
Dr. Edward Newcomb Therapeutic Phlebotomy
Dr. Daniel Mann Follow up with Specialists
Urgent and Emergency Care Orthopedic doctors
X-ray (new digital x-ray) Post Part um
Fracture Splinting/Castings Post surgical
Suturing Routine Care
Emergency Stabilization Blood Work
Physicals Blood Pressure Monitoring
Health Maintenance Preliminary Lab Screening
Merchant Marine Physical Hearing Screening Exams
DOT Physicals/drug screens Immunizations
Sport/Insurance Physicals Well Child Exams
Family Planning Women's Health
Health Maintenance Referrals to Commission on Aging
Collaboration of care Hospice through BIRHC's affiliation
Employment physicals with Munson Hospice and Palliative Care

BICS Honor Society Project

The National Honor Society at Beaver Island Community School has a new service project!

This year (starting November 15, 2008) we are collecting and sending coupons to military members on a Naval base in Ikego, Japan . The program is called the Overseas Coupon Program and coupons are collected to provide soldiers and their families with ways to save money. The types of coupons that are acceptable are manufacturer's coupons and they can even be two months out of date (but no older).  The types of coupons that are not acceptable are: assistance vouchers, food stamps, restaurant coupons, store coupons or any other assistance items.  We will have drop boxes all around Beaver Island at stores, restaurants, churches, airports, boat company and both school locations. 

Thank you in advance for your donations.  If you have a lot of coupons, it would be helpful if you bag, band, or clip food coupons together separate from non-food coupons. 

Thanks again, and if you have any questions, please contact one of the NHS members (Kristy Bousquet, Caitlin Boyle, Patrick Cull, Maeve Green, Alex Kuligoski) or their NHS advisor, Connie Boyle.

Revision to the Wood Chip Story

This website reported that the wood chips available at the transfer station were $8 per yard if loaded by the township employee. It was not know at that time the story was posted that the cost mentioned did not include a $25 minimum charge to have the woodchips loaded by the township employee. You can still get smaller amounts of wood chips, according to the transfer station, if you load them yourself for $6 per yard, but there is now a $25 minimum charge if the township employee does the loading.

Beaver Island Senior Community News

Spotlight On December 2008:

Senior Events and Activities brought to you by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at the Beaver Island Community Center !

•  Every Monday thru Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Senior Congregate Meal Program – “Fast Food” on the Island !

Delicious and nutritious daily meals are served up fast and hot!

Monthly menus and weekly sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center and will soon be available on-line. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance on a weekly basis, for ordering purposes. Don't worry if you can't make it that day—we'd rather have too much than too little! If you didn't sign up in advance but want to join in if possible, just call Ann—or leave a message—at 448-2022 by 10:30am.

Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $2, and those under 60 $4.

•  Every Monday 12:45 pm - BINGO!

Prizes, suspense, fun and free coffee!

•  Every Tuesday 12:45 pm - Introduction to Wii!

The ultimate in “virtual fun!” Come experience the “Wii World”!

From bowling to balance, golfing to “gaming” and—virtually!—everything in between, the Wii system can engage you on a surprising adventure! Come experience the possibilities as we explore the Wii system together!

•  Every Friday 12:45 pm – Classic Friday “Feature”!

Enjoy a blast-from-the-past movie, recording or serial in the Hangout!

Your suggestions for presentations are welcomed, investigated and appreciated!

Ma ‘n Pa Kettle & Bill Cosby are some of those that are being planned for December.

•  Every Month:

•  Birthday Lunch (“Middle Wednesday”) December 17 th

Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill!

•  Sunday Dinner – December 14 th 11 am - 1 pm

Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Look for new things every month!

Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.

•  Special Dates of Interest:

•  December 3 rd - The COA and You 10:30 am

Join us for an informative live presentation on the services and resources available to you through your Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.! Questions/suggestions are welcomed.

•  December 13 th - Tree Decorating & Celebration 4 pm

Join in and celebrate as we decorate and light our first “official” Community Center Christmas Tree! Holiday music, fun and potential caroling—participants willing—await!

•  December 14 th – Sunday Scrabble “Scramble” 1 pm - ?!

Show your Scrabble-stuff at an after-dinner aperitif of Scrabble-play to kick-off a weekly competition of vocabulary! Experienced “Supervisory volunteers” needed!

•  December 18 th – BICS Christmas Program 7 pm

Support our local school kids by attending their Christmas program! It's sure to warm your heart and holiday spirit!

•  December 24 th – Christmas Eve Closed

•  December 25 th – Christmas Day Closed

•  January 1 st – New Year's Day Closed

•  Don't Forget...

FREE Senior Transit is available thru 2009!

Any senior residing in Charlevoix County/Beaver Island is able to obtain free transportation through the Charlevoix County Transit program simply by calling Sherry or Lisa at the Boat Dock at 448-2210 and scheduling their destination and return trip.

Since all rides are mapped-out and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis it is recommended that you schedule at least 24-hours in advance.

•  Stay Tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for updates on Activities, Events, Movies and more!

Transfer Station News

The Transfer Station would like to remind everyone that certain items need to be brought in by November 29, 2008, so that we can get everything off the Island before the boat stops running.  These items include but are not limited to: stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and furniture. Also anyone who has outstanding gaylords should also bring them in by November 29th.

It is important to remember that in the winter the transfer station has limited storage space, as they are always filling boxes with recyclables and have to store them. Plus they also have to store items they  need to get through the winter.

BIFD Auxiliary Resale Shop Gets Exterior Changes

Getting a new roof over the top of the Island Treasures Resale Shop

Some skirting and other improvements are coming along as well.

Free Flu Shots for Kids

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center announced that flu shots will be provided without charge for all kids ages birth to 19 years of age. Call for an appointment. Absolutely no charge will be assessed. According to the BIRHC, very few parents are taking advantage of this free vaccination. You can't beat the cost of $0.00.

Where's This?


Last Week:/This Week:

Sally Lounsberry emailed the correct location of this pot, but one more week might get a few more responses. How observant are you? You probably drive by this any day you come into town. The correct answer is the tree across the road from Daddy Franks.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

This week's trivia question is in the form of a picture and requires some research and some social history. Can you name all the people in this photograph provided by Frank Solle. Two of them are named "Joe" and one is Joe M'Fro. Can you name the others?

This week's picture was quite successful in getting responses. The first correct response was from Marie LaFreniere. There were ten other email responses, a couple telephone responses, and a few face to face answers. In the foreground are Joe Christy and Joe M'Fro. In the background from left to right are Jerry LaFreniere, Don Burke, Russell Green, and Bill Wagner.

This seems to be one of the most successful pictures. Thank you, Frank for your picture.

This Week's Question:

Since last week's trivia picture was so successful, this week will try another picture. Who are these lovely older ladies in this picture?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of December, January, and February for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to: medic5740@gmail.com

Beaver Island Association News

The Beaver Island Association is pleased to announce that Beaver Island will be hosting the 3rd meeting of the Bi-national Collaborative for the Conservation of Great Lakes Islands on August 28, 29, and 30 th in 2009. This event will bring together stakeholders, policy makers, island managers and researchers on a regional and bi-national level. The focus will discuss best practices on how to protect the fragile island natural resources within our Great Lakes basin. Environmental policies specific to islands will be integrated with the latest science based materials. Commonly held threats to island ecosystems will also be presented and addressed. In addition, island alliance building will take place through dialogue and the development of a basin wide communication platform

The participants' island experience will further be enhanced by the ability to showcase the latest state of the art facility at CMU's Biological Station. Researchers and policy makers will be presented with island protection conservation practices while using the latest technology.

This entire island community will once again be asked to rise to the occasion and show our Beaver Island hospitality as we host this bi-national event. Much planning remains to be completed. Meals and activities will be scheduled for the symposium participants but hotels and motels may prove challenging for bringing in 100 people. We are asking for property owners who have the ability to host individuals, to contact Craig Schrotenboer at cschrotenboer@ghyfc.org or Pam Grassmick at mcgrass@ameritech.net For further information, please refer to www.beaverislandassociation.org

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.

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes