B.I. News on the 'Net, Nov 3-9, 2008

Charlevoix County Road Millage Passes

Even though there was an overwhelming "No" vote in both of Beaver Island's townships for this millage, St. James 162 No to 61 Yes and Peaine 169 No to 77 Yes, the TV 9+10 website has declared that this millage has passed by just under 100 votes: 6965 Yes to 6869 No. These numbers were reported with all eight precincts reporting. These were the numbers posted at 8:42 a.m. on November 5, 2008.

If there is a change due to uncounted absentee ballots or recount, those results will be posted here.

St. James and Peaine Election Results

Election Information

To St. James Township Voters:

Don't forget to get out and vote on Tuesday. Every vote counts.  Vote at St. James Township Hall.  Polls will be open from 7am until 8pm. 

If you want to vote for Pamela O'Brien for St. James Township Clerk, shade the oval next to Pam's name.

Jean Palmer is also running as a write-in for St. James Township Clerk.  You may print her name "Jean Palmer" under Pamela O'Brien's name.  Shade in the oval beside Jean's name if you decide to vote for Jean

You can only shade in one oval for St. James Township Clerk, either Pam's or Jean's write-in.  

Beaver Island Senior Community News

November 2008

The following services are offered to Seniors of Beaver Island through the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging:

*Congregate Meal Program *Home Delivered Meals *Homemaker Services *Personal Care *Respite Care *Lawn & Snow Removal *Tax Preparation *Medicare D Counseling *RN Assessments

Call the COA office for more information 231.237.0103 or 866.428.5185. Or contact Ann Partridge at 231.448.2022

Senior Congregate Meal Program: The best deal on the Island for Seniors is off and running at the Beaver Island Senior Center ! Delicious daily meals are available starting at 11:30am and are on a donation basis. The suggested donation for Seniors 60 years and older is $2, and those under 60, $4.

Monthly menus and sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center and will be available on line at www.pabi.beaverisland.org soon. Participants are encouraged to sign up on the sheets a week in advance to ensure enough food is ordered and planned for. To make sure your meal is reserved for any particular day, please call Ann at 448-2022 by 10:30am.

Birthdays will be celebrated monthly with a special lunch and dessert on the “Middle Wednesday” of the month—that is, the Wednesday closest to the 15th . November's Birthday lunch celebration will be on Wednesday the 12th .

Sunday Dinners sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging: are happening and the whole community is invited to attend! Join us November 16th and December 14th from 11am to 1pm at the Community Center for fabulous fare, fun, and prizes! Again, dinners are on a donation basis. The suggested donation for Seniors 6o years and older is $3, and those under 60, $6.

Free Senior Transit: is available through 2009 for Seniors residing in Charlevoix County ! Available 6am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday, all you have to do is call Sherry or Lisa at the Boat Dock, 448-2210, and schedule your pickup and return. All rides are on a first come, first served basis so it is best to call at least a day ahead to schedule your ride. Keep this in mind when the weather starts to turn—we can have a great “car pool” to the Senior Center for some activities, a nice hot lunch, and a visit!

Stay tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center for more Charlevoix County Commission on Aging exciting announcements, like Bingo, Wii Challenges, Computer Assistance, Yoga and more!

Coming Beaver Island Community Center Activities

This coming Sunday, November 9, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. Ray Bonneville will be performing "walkin' style" blues.

On Sundays from 3:30-5 or 5:30 p.m., Cindy Cushman has organized a "Jam Out" Session at the Community Center. Bring your instrument and your desire to learn or your desire to help teach others. You must be at least 13 years of age to participate.

For further information about either of these events, please call the Community Center at 448-2022.

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 tranfer 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.

BICS Volleyball Team Wins Tri-Meet and NLL Championship

(Story and photos by Coach Connie Boyle)

Today the Beaver Island Volleyball Team traveled to Mackinac Island for their last Northern Lights League matches of the season.  Before the tri-meet (Hannahville, Beaver Isl and Mack Isl) started, Hannahville had 2 league losses, Beaver Isl had one, and Mack Isl had zero.  So, we knew had to win both matches and we needed Hannahville to beat Mackinac in order for us to take 1st place by ourselves (and not have to share it with Mackinac Island). In a very close, exciting match, Hannahville DID beat Mackinac!  Then, they both had to play another match, but Mackinac won that one.

We then were up against Hannahville.  It started out with a very close game, Beaver Island winning 25-22.  We then went on to win 25-15, 25-11.  Then were up against Mackinac Island. Both teams played great and there was a lot of hard serving, hitting, and more blocking than we've seen all season.  It was definitely high-level, competitive volleyball -- just the way we like it!  We played hard, but we lost the first game 25-14. We did some talking and fine-tuning of our game.  We came out hard at the start of game two and won 25-7!  But, then, of course, Mackinac Island fired up again and won game three 25-19.  We had to win game 4, or we would lose first place.

The Lady Islanders really played great and won 25-21.  That sent us to a tie-breaking game of 15 points.  We've had trouble in the past with tie-breakers.  In a surprising move, the Mackinac team chose to receive the ball when they won the toss.  We thought that was a great decision -- as we wanted to serve the ball first!  We are a strong-serving team (when all is going well).  We got a few points right off the start.  But, then the game was neck-and-neck all the way.  When we were up 9-8, the other team called a time-out.  I told my team that we were playing great all day -- just keep it up, don't worry about winning or the score -- just keep making "one good play" at a time.  That's all it took for them to hear and we stayed strong til the end, winning 15-12!

Your Lady Islanders are the 2008 Northern Lights League Volleyball Champions!

I am truly proud of all these girls.  Each of these 8 girls all had specific jobs to do and they all performed at an outstanding level.  They played hard, never gave up, and played great volleyball.  Playing today for the Lady Islanders were: Seniors:  Caitlin Boyle, Deven Cook, Maeve Green, Heather McDonough Juniors:   Kristy Bousquet, Jenna Butler, Alex Kuligoski Freshman:  Jenna Battle Here are a few stats from the weekend.  Keep in mind that we couldn't possibly record all the good plays and stats.  And, there were a lot of awesome plays that the girls on the bench with me would ask, "what's that?"  And I'd have to answer, "there's no stat for that -- but it was a great hit or a great save!"

Aces:  Caitlin 8, Maeve 6, Heather 3, Jenna Butler 3

Good serves (including aces):  Caitlin 46, Maeve 26, Jenna Butler 21, Heather 18, Alex 11, Deven 10

Kills:  Heather 27, Alex 15, Deven 5, Alex 5, Caitlin 3, Maeve 1, Jenna Butler 1

Good spikes:  Heather 24, Alex 15, Deven 14, Maeve 7 Assists:  Maeve 13, Jenna Butler 11, Caitlin 6

Blocks:  Heather 4, Alex 1, Caitlin 1 Tips:  Heather 4, Alex 2, Jenna Butler 1

The whole day was great.  Everyone worked hard, met the challenges and ended the day victorious!  Next Saturday we're off to our District  Tournament at Pellston, where we'll play the winners of the Pellston/Harbor Light Christian match.  Ours will be the third match of the morning (the first one is at 10:00 am) -- so the earliest we would be playing would be noon.

As proud as ever of "My Girls", Coach Connie Boyle

Senior volleyball team members on a slide

Shamrock Halloween Party

The Whitey Morgan Country Band performed at this annual event. The music was in the style of bluesy, rough-and-ready country rock. The music was excellent with a full complement of everything from steel guitar to fiddle, from bass to percussion, and the vocal harmony was excellent. MORE

Video Clip of the Whitey Morgan Country Band HERE

BICS Construction Site Walkaround 110108

Free Pancake Supper

The LIGHTHOUSE FELLOWSHIP is having a FREE PANCAKE/SAUSAGE SUPPER w/ fruit, coffee, lemonade and dessert.  We are doing this in celebration of our one-year anniversary as a church on Beaver Island.   Food served between 5:00 p.m. & 6:45 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall, on Friday, November 14, 2008..  Everyone is invited.

Little Sand Bay in the Fall

It is always a beautiful walk down to Little Sand Bay in the summer time, but the fall has its own special beauty. There are not any crowds walking the trail. There are no boats anchored for picnics or parties. The seclusion and the uninterrupted sounds of nature are worth the walk.

Pictures and MORE HERE

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BIRHC Offers 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.

CMU Closing Party Saturday, November 1st

Central Michigan Biological Station hosted their annual Closing Party on Saturday, November 1, 2008. A number came out to see the new Jim Gillingham Academic Center, to socialize, and to eat a wonderful dinner.

Although the attendance seemed down from previous years, probably due to the short moratorium on Closing Parties and a lack of a band, those in attendance were very much enjoying themselves.

Jim Gillingham and crew worked hard to get the roast pig ready for the dinner. The smokey smell was wonderful, the company friendly, and the food delicious.

Where's This?

This Week:

Where is this street sign on Beaver Island?


Last Week:

For some of us on the Island, this placque has very special meaning. Do you know where it is located?

Many answered this question correctly. It is located next to the pine trees on the northeast corner of the school property, right next to the former fence that was there. The trees and the placque represent the love and devotion of the Island people to these Kenwabikise brothers who have died.

Fall Lunch and Dinner Specials

Lunch Specials and Dinner Specials

Just a Walkin' in the Woods

When was the last time you just went for a walk? If it was for exercise, did you walk down the road or on the sidewalk? Have you tried a walk in the woods? You just might be surprised at what good exercise this walk can be. There is no smell of diesel engines, although there are sounds that seem to mimic the starting up of a tractor, but those are just the partridges getting out of your way. They know you're there a long time before you know you're near one.

How about a little walk down The Brother's Trail beginning at the BICS Soccer Field and ending ?????

November 1 2008 Walk in the Woods

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Chamber of Commerce Members' Reception

Please Join Us:

The 6th of November your Chamber of Commerce board of directors will hold a Members' Input Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Shamrock. Be sure and put this event on your calendar. Your suggestions and comments are welcome on a wide variety of topics.

The Chamber will provide hors d'oeuvres. Members, their guests and potential members are cordially invited to attend. “We want your comments and suggestions about the Celtic Games, Bite and Boodle. We would appreciate your ideas about how we can most effectively market Beaver Island,” said Chamber President Kathy Speck.

At the reception the board will thank the volunteers who helped out this summer and give a report on the increase in visitor traffic at the Chamber as well as extended visitor information and literature availability hours at the new Community Center location.

“Our advertising theme -You've never been to Beaver Island? – has helped with marketing our shoulder season. However, there is plenty of room to do more,” said Executive Director Steve West.

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce 2009 membership drive is now underway. New business memberships start as low as $150. About half of the group's annual budget is spent directly on marketing Beaver Island. For more information call (231) 448-2505 or look at the Chamber web site www.BeaverIsland.org .

Fire Department Training Continues

This Saturday, November 1, 2008, the BI Fire Department training was taking place at the BIRHC Education Room with an Internet connection with Charlevoix Fire Department. The National Incident Management Service training was going on to prepare our FD for the disasters that could happen anywhere. Lots of trucks and cars in the parking lot.

It wasn't all serious business. The pretend dispatcher asked, "Are all of you in Group Two taking a coffee break?"

After a good laugh...."We'll dispatch a HAZMAT team and two ambulances to that scene," one of the firemen said. It's okay to break the tension once in a while. Thanks for taking this Firefighter I and Firefighter II training to improve on your skills.

Ballots Available to See

The ballots for St. James Township and Peaine Township are available for viewing online right here. You must have Adobe Reader to view these ballots:

St. James ballot

Peaine ballot

You can, of course, go to the website listed here to view them also:

www.charlevoixcounty.org/ govern4740482.asp www.charlevoixcounty.org/ govern4740482.asp


Chiropractor, Acupuncture, and Yoga

Chiropractic service is now available on the island. Dr. Jessica Carden, a licensed chiropractor has already come to the island and the interest has been great enough that she will be here on Thursdays, October 23, November 6, November 20, and continuing every other Thursday throughout the winter. Appointments can be made by contacting Betty (448-2275) at the Health Center .

Nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology , Tamara Graf will be coming to the island on a regular schedule on dates to be determined as of this writing. Ms. Graf is a graduate of SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles and practices in Traverse City . She will be offering help in holistic health, nutrition, smoking cessation, chronic pain, headaches, arthritis, and low back pain.

Yoga Classes will be held on Thursday evenings, at 6 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall starting October 23 rd .. Cost is $10 per class. Classes will be taught by a yoga instructor coming from the mainland. No prior experience is necessary to take the classes.

Preventive Care, Physicals, and Doctors Services Available

Flu shots are available at the health center now. There is no charge for Medicare cardholders or children birth to ninteen.. Pneumonia shots, which are needed only once every ten years, are also available. The Health Center is also equipped to provide Medicare physicals which much be taken within six months of enrollment in Medicare. The physicals include EKGs and blood tests, all of which can be performed at the Health Center . The Health Center staff can also perform the physicals necessary for a pilot's license and boat captain's license, school physicals, and drug screenings.

The two physicians who come to the island regularly have announced their November schedule. Dr. Mann will be here Tuesday, November 11, and Dr. Newcomb will be here Tuesday, November 25. December's schedule will be available in November by calling the Health Center . Appointments can be made by calling Betty, 448-2275.

Wood Chips Available

The Transfer Station is selling woodchips and will until the road back to the woodchips is impassible, Anyone wishing to buy some woodchips must contact Darrell Butler, Jr. @ 448-2896 to make arrangements. The price is $8.00/yard if Darrell loads it or $6.00 if the person loads it themselves. Darrell still needs to be contacted either way.

Transfer Station Reminder

A reminder from the Transfer Station crew: The hours will change beginning November 1. The Transfer Station will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday starting November 1st. Also, the Transfer Station will be closed the opening day of the firearm deer season.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

There have been several businesses located in the building across from the Shamrock. This building now houses LakeSports. Does anyone recall the business that was located there last, before it became a private residence and then became LakeSports?

The answers included "The Castaways" and the "Beaver Tail" which were absolutely correct. Correct answerers included Carol LaFreniere, Joyce Bartells, Mary Palmer, Marie LaFreniere, Paul Nelson, and Sally Lounsberry. Two of these answerers even worked there for Stanley Floyd.

This Week's Question:

Clare Cull's house, directly across from the Post Office and the Gregg home, used to be a restaurant. What was it's name and who operated it?

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

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