B. I. News on the 'Net, November 1-7, 2010

Beaver Island News Archives Adds Search Engine

All of the years of Beaver Island News on the 'Net are available except for a short period of time when some of the months at the beginning were lost. Phyllis Moore started this website in late 1999 or early 2000 which means that the archives have ten years of Beaver Island history, the last ten years. The Archives are open and available to anyone to view from the homepage at http://beaverislandnews or directly at http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com for your viewing pleasure. There has been added a Google Search Engine to this archives website for those that don't want to page through and read all 520+ pages of history. The Sample website page has been removed since the archives are open to anyone from the homepage of this website. The Archives of 2010 are still only available from this subscription only page.

Beaver Island Featured in AP Story

From the Chamber of Commerce Direstor Steve West
Here is the teaser sent out today (11-5-10) to Associated Press (AP) member subscribers for the 2,800 word Beaver Island piece. Story breaks on Monday the 8th. This will increase traffic at www.BeaverIsland.org and phone inquiries to the Chamber office. Your Chamber provided assistance to the writer and photo editor for this story.


BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. — Muggs Bass doesn't own a computer, use e-mail or have a cell phone. "When you don't have it, you don't miss it," says the 70-year-old resident of this remote island in Lake Michigan. But once a month, she drives to the rural health center here and joins other islanders for a cancer patient support group that meets by video conference with a similar group a long ferry ride away. They chat, laugh, cry together. It's just one of many ways technology is making this rugged place less remote than it once was and, some would say, more livable for many. 2,800 words, moved Nov. 3 for release Monday, Nov. 8. An abridged version will move. By National Writer Martha Irvine.

The longer version of the story was featured in the Petoskey News Review dated November 5, 2010 on pages 9 and 10 of that issue.

St James Township Meeting, November 3, 2010

St James Township Special Meeting, November 4, 2010

St. James Township Board, at its special meeting last night, November 4, 2010, approved the re-creation of an airport governing commission to be called the Beaver Island Airport Commission. Supervisor Rick Speck presented the changes to Jean Wierenga, clerk, Jim Wojan, treasurer, and trustees Ray Cole and Tim McDonough. There were some specific changes that the St. James Township Supervisor pointed out at that meeting. These changes have not yet been agreed upon by the Peaine Township Board, who will meet on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, to discuss this at their regularly scheduled township meeting. The changes requested by St. James Township include the following items:

One more item was requested to be made in the document. It included the extension of the time served to be from "one additional consecutive term" to "two additional consecutive terms."

Video of this 11-minute meeting


November 2nd Election Results

The election of November 2, 2010, was an interesting one on the local front as well as on the state and national front. Island resident Rich Gillespie won the County Commission seat from Shirley Roloff, placing an Islander on the county commission. Good luck, Rich, on your political office! In St. James Township, Ray Cole won the Trustee seat from Bob Tidmore, both local residents. Congratulations, Ray, on your continued work for St. James Township. Rick Speck ran unopposed and was elected as township supervisor. So how did the voters of Beaver Island vote?

Below are the results from St. James and Peaine Townships:

St. James Election Results

Peaine Election Results

Eileen Perry Passes Away

Died:  Monday, November 01, 2010
PERRY, EILEEN - Beloved wife of 50 years to Ronald Perry. Loving mother of Michael Perry and Matthew (Rebecca) Perry. Dearest "mom" of Gail, Ian, Noah "Mo", Gabriel, Molly, Madison, Mckenzie, and great-grandmother of Aidyn and Essence Perry. Sister of Jack (Sandy) Hallahan and Jacqueline Martin. Passed away Monday, November 1, 2010 at the age of 71 years. A memorial mass will be held at 11AM, Saturday, November 6th at St. Bernard Church. Gwen Mooney Funeral Home assisting the family.

Joe Moore Receives Thank You from Northern Michigan Hospital

There are two words that don't seem to be used as much on Beaver Island as perhaps they should. The Island residents are somewhat expected to participate and help out in the community in whatever way best fits their talents. So, as an example of how the rest of the world may handle the situations that may crop usp, here is an example. It is a thank you from Northern Michigan Hospital for Joe's teaching at a Stroke Conference held at Bay View Yacht Club at the NMH 4th Annual Stroke Conference. "There were 110 paramedics, nurses, and nursing students in this program. Every student said thank you after the course was over. It kind of makes you want to go back and do it again," Joe said. "This is very special, and makes me glad I became an Advanced Stroke Life Support Instructor."

This course has been taught several times on Beaver Island by Joe Moore with the first being three years ago, shortly after Joe became an ASLS instructor.


P. O. BOX 85





(Update: As revealed at the St. James Township Meeting on November 3, 2010, Peaine Township did not post for this meeting. Peaine Township will not be participating in this meeting as a township board. Peaine Township will discuss this agreement and possibly approve it at their next regularly scheduled meeting on November 10, 2010, according to information stated at the St. James Township Meeting.)




Request for PGA Interpretation

With Frank Solle going out to play golf in a 70+ gusting wind and with Buck Ridgeway and Joe Moore going out to play golf in a driving snow, this editor would like to get some interpretation of the 'winter rules' from the PGA, the Professional Golf Association, for these uniique situations. So here goes.

If your golf ball, hit straight and long in the middle of the fairway, ends up in pile of leaves and cannot be found without moving the entire pile of leaves and thereby probably moving your golf ball, do you get two penalty strokes, one for not playing the ball where it lies and another for the movement of the ball?

If you hit your golf ball onto the green, which is really white in the middle of a snowstorm, are you allowed to wipe off your golf ball before you putt through the snow? How do you read the green when you're not sure how much snow and ice will be stuck to your golf ball on its way to the hole?

If your seven iron gets covered with ice and snow, are you allowed to wipe the snow off and use a heat source to melt off the ice, such as a handwarmer inside of a winter glove?

If your grips on your golf clubs become caked in ice are you allowed to do the same as far as warming the grips to get the ice off? Is there a penalty for throwing a golf club when the ice-covered grip slips out of your hand? Do you get to replay the shot without penalty if the club misses the ball when it leaves your hand after slipping out?

How many stokes of penalty do you get if your golf club goes farther than the golf ball when the club slips out of your hand when covered with ice? While each golfer is responsible to locate his own golf ball, is it a two stroke penalty to dig in the snow to find the ball when you see the hole, but hot the golf ball?

Can a player take relief without penalty when the ball ends up in a hole dug for the purposes of draining the sprinkler system or does the golfer have to play the ball where it lies?

If the snow accumulates on the golf ball after a long putt, can the ball be replaced by another golf ball without penalty?

Is there anything in the rules that allow a rule that cancellation of the out of bounds areas in the winter time or in October and November and winter time?



The AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary will again host a Santa’s Workshop at the Beaver Island Community School on Wednesday, December 14, to enable the kids to purchase affordably priced gifts for their families and friends. Older students and adults will be available to help the youngsters select and wrap their purchases. Notices will be sent home from school as a reminder of this great event.

Also, the AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary of Post #46 will again partner in the Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be held on Saturday, December 11, 11:30 – 1:00 at the Phil Gregg Fellowship Hall, Beaver Island Christian Church. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, ice cream and beverage will be served to the kids as well as their parents and/or grandparents at no charge.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to hear the Christmas wish lists and pass out gifts to the kids. Because we can no longer get Polaroid film, will parents please bring their own camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.


Erin McDonough (517) 775-9500
Dave Nyberg - (517) 230-1738

Bar set high by outgoing DNRE Director Humphries

MUCC issues statement on Rebecca Humphries' announcement of departure from DNRE Director post,


LANSING, MICH - Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Erin McDonough issued the following statement today on the announcement of DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries' decision to accept job offer with Ducks Unlimited:

"Rebecca Humphries set the bar high for natural resource management in the state of Michigan. She truly understands the benefits that hunting, fishing and trapping bring to our state and has always been a steadfast supporter and protector of our outdoor heritage. In working with Director Humphries, MUCC especially appreciated her understanding that conservation of our natural resources is and should continue to be at the heart of Michigan's prosperity. MUCC wishes Director Humphries well in her new venture with Ducks Unlimited. As a true leader in conservation, it's only fitting that Becky's next move is with an organization to match."


School Photos Ready to Pick Up

All school photo orders, including retakes, that were turned in to the school by last Friday have been printed and packaged and can now be picked up at the school office. I keep all photos on file so if you ever need additional prints let me know. I'd like to thank the school and all the parents and students for the opportunity to once again play a part in preserving these soon-to-be memories.

Seniors: don't forget to make arrangements for your senior portraits.

Frank Solle

Episcopal Church Services Change

St. James Episcopal Church will not hold Sunday Services on November 7th and November 14th. Services will resume on November 21st at 10 a.m.

Trunk or Treat at Christian Church

Beaver Island Christian Church sponsored their second annual Trunk or Treat on Halloween Sunday evening. If you live out of town or off the beaten path in town and miss seeing the youngsters all decked out in their Halloween finery, you could have come joined us. We had a good time last year and this year..

Place: Gregg Fellowship Center parking lot

Time: 5:00 – 7:00

Hot chocolate provided

If you live out of town and never get trick-or-treaters, this was for you!

Drew was ready for Trick or Treating

The out of towners were ready to give out treats....

The kids were ready to receive the treats

The hot chocolate was very chocolatey and very hot!!

A wide range of ages attended.....

Napont's across the road was decorated for Halloween and got a goodly number of Trick or Treaters.

Video of the Trunk n Treat


Happy Halloween!


Play at the Community Center

"Escanaba in da Moonlight" will be presented by the Little Traverse on November 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm, and November 7, 2010, at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for Saturday night and $12 for Sunday afternoon. For reservations, call 448-2022.

Veteran's Memorial Bricks Being Placed

Some of the Veteran's Memorial bricks were being placed at the Veteran's Memorial this morning, Saturday, October 29, 2010. There were five veterans doing the location and placement.

Bob Tidmore, Bob Hoogendoorn, Richie O'Donnell, Jack Spanak, Alvin LaFreniere, and Brian Gallagher

Down on their knees working on the brick placement included previous officers of the military and Island verterans...

Some Samples Individual Brick Pictures Below:

Video of bricks being installed


161 AMVETS Veteran's Memorial Bricks Installed

This is a video of the bricks themselves with Kate Smith Singing "God Bless America"


Senior Housing Project

There has been quite a bit of change from last week's pictures to this week's pictures. The major difference is that almost all of the fill has been pushed up against the foundation and the center has also been filled. The pipes and electric lines appear to be buried in preparation fo the electric and plumbing and heating work. At least this is in progress on this Sunday, October 31, 2010.

The views from the rural health center parking lot....

View from the east walking from south to north..

Video with several views


Information and Referral Hotline Launches Service

Local access to the national 2-1-1 Information and Referral system moved one step closer today with the launch of an interim toll-free hotline. Callers seeking non-emergency health and human services information can call 1-877-211-LAKE (5253).

They will be connected to a highly-trained information and referral specialist who can provide information and referrals to local services. The service is available 24/7/365 and is free to callers. These specialists can help residents with a variety of needs including housing and utility assistance, location of food pantries, where to volunteer, information about after school programs, senior care services, mortgage foreclosure and more.

Char-Em United Way has been spearheading development of the 2-1-1 service for Charlevoix and Emmet Counties for the past several years.

“The local database has been developed, and the information and referral specialists are trained and ready to take calls from our community,” says Martha Lancaster, Executive Director of Char-Em United Way. “We are working with 7 other counties in northwest lower Michigan to submit our application for certification to the Michigan Alliance of Information and Referral Systems and apply to the Michigan Public Service Commission for use of the 2-1-1 phone number.”

Once those steps are in place, the service will shift to the 2-1-1 phone number, which is easy for residents to remember and is in service in other parts of Michigan and around the country.

The funds needed for the start-up of 2-1-1 have already been secured through a challenge grant from CMS Energy, as well as donations from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Petoskey Rotary and Char-Em United Way. The Frey Foundation has awarded a $30,000 challenge grant toward the first three years of operating expenses. This will cover about one third of the needed funds for the first three years of operations.

“Now that the service is in place – even with the interim number – we will begin seeking funding for the operational phase of the system,” continues Lancaster.

Currently, Michigan 2-1-1 Call Centers serve 80 percent of Michigan's population, with expansion projects underway in 26 additional counties. In 2009, Michigan 2-1-1 Call Centers received 663,923 calls, a 441 percent increase since its inception in 2004 and a 22 percent increase from 2008.

For more information about 2-1-1 contact Char-Em United Way at (231) 487-1006 or email info@charemunitedway.org or log onto www.charemunitedway.org/index.php?pr=2-1-1

Congratulations to Emily Gray

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, Emily Ann Gray of Beaver Island, Michigan, has her Registered Nurse license pending. This status means that Emily has passed her nursing board exams and is awaiting the printing of her license throught the MDCH. Congratulations, Emily! We never had any doubts!!

Emily at her graduation from NCMC

Freighter Seeks Refuge off Sand Bay

The freighter was seen first from Gull Harbor which gives an unusally small amount of information about the vessels location. The points between Gull Harbor and Sand Bay are not easily seen from Gull Harbor.

Then a trip down Esch Road to check out how far away the freighter was.

Then down Pebble Beach Road to the water to check out the larger vessel.

Finally down Mike Boyle's Beach Road to view the vessel almost straight out from the beach there.

Video of the McKee Sons


The curiousity not quite satisfied, an Internet search provided the following information:

The self-unloading barge McKee Sons was built in 1945 initially as a type "C4-S-B2" fast troop transport by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA christened as the Marine Angel. Her overall length at construction was approximately 510 feet with her power coming from a 9,900 shp steam turbine engine. The Marine Angel was acquired by Amerisand Steamship Co. in 1952 with partial ownership shared with Boland & Cornelius (American Steamship Co.) whose fleet would operate the converted vessel on the Great Lakes. The retrofit of the Marine Angel included lengthening of 123 feet, new fuller bow, replacing the midship pilothouse with a new bow pilothouse, and an overhaul of her engine. This was completed at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD. After being towed up the Mississippi River into the Great Lakes, her conversion to a self-unloader was finished at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Inc., Manitowoc, WI in 1953. She was christened McKee Sons and entered service that same year. As such, she became the first salt water vessel to sail as a self-unloader on the Great Lakes. The vessel was named in honor of the 11 sons of the 3 McKee brothers who were the principals of Sand Products Corporation, Detroit, MI.

The McKee Sons sailed as a steamer until 1979. From 1980 through 1990, she lay idle in Toledo, OH. Upper Lakes Towing Co., Escanaba, MI acquired the idle steamer in late 1990 converting her to a barge and shortening her hull by 53 feet 10 inches in 1991. The conversion included removing her aft accommodations and propulsion system as well as the installation of a notch in her stern. Her 6 holds are fed by 28 hatches where she can carry 18,400 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 19,900 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 27 feet 6 inches. She is equipped with a bow thruster. The McKee Sons has a 250-foot bow-mounted self-unloading boom that can be swung 120 degrees to port or starboard. The barge was paired up with the 297 GRT Upper Lakes Towing tug Olive L. Moore. The 6,000 bhp diesel powered Olive L. Moore was built in 1928, rebuilt in 1980; her dimensions being 125' (loa) x 27'01" x 13'9".

The McKee Sons and the Olive L. Moore sailed as a pair for the first time in 1992. They sailed for Lakes Shipping Service Co. (managed by Upper Lakes Towing) in 1996; then for Upper Lakes Barge Line Inc., Bark River, MI from 1997 into the 2000 navigation season.

After the McKee Sons charter was terminated in early 2000, she was long-term bareboat chartered to Grand River Navigation Co., Cleveland, OH; and affiliate of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., Port Dover, ON. After being refurbished and painted Lower Lakes colors at Sarnia, ON, she was paired with the ocean articulated notch tug Invincible. This tug was built in 1979 at Jacksonville, FL as the R.W. Sesler; a name she retained until 1991 when she was renamed Invincible. This tug is 99' (loa) x 35', is equipped with an upper pilothouse with a 60 foot height of eye, and has a Budworth linkage. Her twin screws are powered by E.M.D. diesel engines rated at 5,750 bhp. The tug was purchased from Dixie Fuels Ltd., Houston, TX where she had been engaged in pushing the 18,816 dwt hopper barge Mary Cecilia. Leaving Texas on June 6, 2000; the Invincible arrived in Sarnia, ON via the St. Lawrence Seaway system on June 20. The McKee Sons and Invincible left Sarnia on their first voyage together Sept. 4, 2000.

Their first month of sailing was not without incident. The pair encountered difficulty in the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, OH including running soft aground while attempting to navigate up the river with a load of stone.

The Grand River Navigation Co. has kept this pair busy engaged primarily in the stone, aggregates, coal, and salt trades.

This freighter, or self-unloading barge, left Sand Bay enroute down the lake at 8 a.m., Friday, October 29, 2010.


Beaver Island 's marketing department successful

By Elaine West

Despite the extremely weak economy in Beaver Island 's primary market area - Michigan and the Mid-West, the Island 's business improved this season. This wasn't an accident. We weren't simply lucky. It is directly related to ongoing marketing efforts by the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce.

For the last several years the Chamber has managed a marketing program that has included radio, billboard, TV, print, web and a journalist host program. Many of these efforts were pursued in partnership with members who offered services that ranged from food and transportation to fishing charters, thus leveraging the investment made by the Chamber. The Boat Company has also run a strong advertising program. It's wise to remember "all boats float higher, even terrestrial ones, on a rising tide of public awareness." The award winning Pure Michigan ad campaign is a plus as well.

The Chamber also develops, sponsors and/or promotes a variety of events that attracts new visitors and gives those who own summer homes a reason to spend more time on the Island . The Marathon , the Bike Festival, 9 & 10 TV News visits and the ever expanding Bite of Beaver Island are some good examples. The Chamber hosted Michigan 's Outdoor Writers a couple of years ago - which is still netting us articles about the Island . Next June, Michigan Archivists will be holding their convention on the Island . Working to develop and market our outdoor sporting resources will contribute to more visitors in the future as it has in our past.

Visits to the Chamber web site www.BeaverIsland.org have been growing at 20% a year and exceeded 100,000 annually in October. If you Google " Beaver Island " the award winning Chamber site comes up first and beaverisland.org/accommodations is second. The average site visit exceeds four minutes.

The 2011 Chamber of Commerce membership drive is now underway. Individual members as well as business members are welcome. Annual memberships start at $150.

Show your support of the work of the Chamber and contribute to the economic health of Beaver Island by becoming a member. Learn more at the website: www.BeaverIsland.org or call the Chamber office: (231) 448-2505.

Worst of the Storm is Past

Although the wind continues to blow, its velocity and force are down quite a bit today, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 1 p.m.. The trees that are down are slowly, but surely being cut up and transported away. The trees in the library back garden are not yet taken care of, but this too will get accomplished. The crews have worked very hard over the last two days to keep the power on, to keep the roads clear, and to provide for the community safety throughout the wind storm. If you see Mike McDonough, Jean and John Gillespie, or Jim Wojan, take a moment and thank them for all that they have done and continue to do. THANK YOU!!

Storm of October 27, 2010

If you live on the Island and are here right now, this story will tell you nothing that you don't already know, pretty much. The Island fire department, the Charlevoix County Road Commission guys, and the Great Lakes Energy techs were kept busy on and off all night last night and all day today. There were trees and power lines down all over the Island from the north end to the south end. Some power poles just snapped to bring down the lines. Others were brought down by falling trees. The storm continues and its about 4 p.m. There's still a lot of the storm not past the Island yet, so these hard workers will be at it a long time today.

There were two trees that came down in the wooded area behind the district library between the library and Kim Connaghan's and the school. These two trees came down almost in a straight line. One took out some benches and chairs behind the library. The second landed on a propane tank and a shed. There may still be more trees coming down in this area. These trees are quite large, not only in length, but also in diameter. Both are mature pines.


Tree behind Kim Connaghans

The wind at Donegal Bay

The trees did not have to be large or dead to be blown over as you can see in these photos. The small trees with limited root systems were also blown down. These two are cedars.

Hardwood branches were also game as well as some of the infected beech trees.

And this poor sailboat had been left in the water. It was beat up pretty bad in this storm. You can see the sail has been destroyed. The damage to the hull will have to be determined after it is removed from the water.

Gull Harbor waves with the white caps being blown off

Video of the sailboat and the Gull Harbor waves


Tree down at Gull Harbor in the road......a picture of the root ball of the tree that was down

Gathering of ducks at Gull Harbor

Flags atop Dahwhinnies

Lowest Low Pressure Area Near Beaver Island

With winds steady at 29 mph, but gusting to 45 mph, and a low pressure area in and around Beaver Island, the public organizations have decided to begin closing. The wind forecast for Wednesday is to be even higher. There are several people on the mainland that don't want to fly in this weather, and the BIBCO has cancelled its run on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. So try to batten down the hatches and ride this one out!

While working on the pictures and the video the power blinked off twice, so the process had to be started over again.

Donegal Bay waves out toward High Island

Gull Harbor waves with the tops of the white caps blown off...

The following video starts out at Donegal Bay looking out toward High Island and over toward Trout Island. Then it shows the wave action coming in at Gull Harbor. No wonder there is no boat going tomorrow!


Election Day 2010

With election day coming up here very soon, one week from today on November 2, 2010, there were a couple of issues that were not very well know to many on the Island. A big thank you to Kevin Elsenheimer for sending this information out in an email.

Constitutional Convention.....Amend the Constitution

We have lots of items to vote upon including the race for our Charlevoix County Commisioner. Beaver Island's Richard Gillespie is the Republican who will be on the ballot. Shirley Roloff, who lost in the primary, is running a write-in campaign against Richie. If you have any questions about how to do the write-in, you should call your township clerk. It is important that you complete this section of the ballot properly since, if done improperly, your ballot will be a spoiled ballot and will not count for anything for any of the races. Good luck to our Island candidate!

In St. James Township, Rick Speck is running to be able to complete the term, since Don Vyse retired, that ends 11/20/2012 as Supervisor. Ray Cole is running to be able to complete his appointment term that ends on 11/20/2012, but Ray Cole has an opponent. Bob Tidmore is running to finish out this term as township trustee, so Ray Cole and Bob Tidmore are running against one another for this trustee position. There is also a renewal millage for Grandview Operations on the ballot countywide.

Peaine does not have any millage other than the Grandview renewal. There are no local people up for re-election, but the Charlevoix County Commissioner race is also in Peaine Township. According to the Peaine Township Clerk, the ballot with a write-in would not be a spoiled ballot unless both circles were filled in. She also stated that the election inspectors at the Peaine Hall on election day would have to hand count the write-ins after the machine counted all the other items.

Halloween Carnival Thank Yous

Words cannot begin to express my heartfelt appreciation for all of the help with this years Halloween Carnival. You wonderful people just, absolutely, amaze me! Thank you all so very much! You have all helped make another dream come true for me. It is one thing for me to come up with the ideas and have the ability to provide these activities for the community but you are the life-blood that makes it into a reality.

Outer Space Volunteers:

Cindy Cushman - Photo Op' & Security
Shirley Detwiler - Ticket Lady
Kathy (Kate) Garland - Decorating
Bob and Peg Hoogendoorn - O-Ring Toss & Lunar Landing Pad
Tina Morgan - Decorating & Asteroid Crash
Pam Nicholas - Decorating & Alien Splat
Kathy Richards - Orbital Duck Pond
Kathy Ruis / Ladies AMVETS Auxiliary - Capture The Alien
Ken and Betty Scoggin - Decorating & Consessions
Doug Tilly - Tech. Support
Gail Weede - Alien Orb Bounce
Tom Whitman - Flying Saucer Fling

Thanks to these fine folks for such a speedy clean-up as well!

Pictures by Tina Walker

A very special thank you to Saundra Fries for helping me with shopping

Congratulations to:

Jessica LaFreniere

Winner of the "Out Of This World" Prize Package!

Thank you to all of the Beaver Island Businesses and Organizations for your generosity in helping to provide this event for Beaver Island. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.


An Occasion To Remember
Beaver Island Boat Company
Beaver Island Community School
Beaver Island Golf Courst
Beaver Island Historical Society
Central Drug Store
Charlevoix State Bank
East Wind Spa
Fresh Air Aviation
Harbor View Motel
Hogarth's Pest Control
Island Airways
Martin Gas & Oil
McDonough's Market
Paradise Bay Dive Shop
Powers Hardware
R. Gillespie Enterprises
Shamrock Bar & Restaurant
Stoney Acre Grill & Pub
TDS Telecom
Wendy White D.D.S.

A very special thank you to all of the people of this community, who have also given financial support to help provide this activity for everyone to enjoy.

...and a special thank you to my mother, Myrtle Walker, for her constant love and support as I continue to be able to provide these events for Beaver Island.

Thank you to all who attended the carnival!

Tina Walker

Last Islander Volleyball Match of the Season

The last Islander volleball match of the season was against Maplewood Baptist Academy, a Christian school located up near Kincheloe according to the grandfather of one of the team members. The Islanders were successful in the back to back matches, but they may have met a new formidable opponent in the future years of the Northern Lights League. Maplewood won one game of the first match, but during the afternoon matches, one game went six points past the normal ending.

Dedicated fans cheering on the Islanders with Coach Kerry Smith and Assistant Coach Heather Cary on the right

Maplewood Baptist Volleyball team

The Islanders

The Islanders were in control of the match, but they had to work to keep the lead. Brighid Cushman had an interesting gleam in her eye at the net.

The Islanders ended up having to play really hard in one game that went from 25-25 to 26-25 to 26-26 to 27-27 to 28-28 to 29-29

The Islanders pulled off the win with a two point edge witht he final score 31-29.

A few of the younger players got into the games as well......getting ready to play the final game......our scorekeepers Jamie Campbell and Rick Speck

The Islanders ended up winning both of the non-league matches, but some of the games were not so easy. 25-21, 25-15, and they lost one 21-25.

Video of the Volleyball Games HERE

Event Rescheduled!!




Important update!!!!: Due to weather, this event is cancelled for tomorrow. [url]The event will be held at a later TBD date.[/url] Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming date for Lights On After School celebration.

Light's ON

District Library Board, Township Boards, BICS School Board, BICS Teacher’s and Staff, Beaver Beacon, Northern Islander, Beaver Island News, 21st CCLC Instructors, Friends and Family,









Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson
Site Coordinator
21st Century Community Learning Center
Beaver Island Community School
37895 King’s Highway
Beaver Island, MI 49782
laurag@bics.usPhone: 231-448-2744 ext. 334
Fax: 231-448-2919

DVD "What Do We Do on Beaver Island.... When You're Not Here"

The last date for purchasing the DVD is December 31, 2010. If you don't have your copy, please pick one up. The $15 cost for the DVD at local businesses will benefit the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary, the Beaver Island Medical Center, and the Beaver Island Food Pantry. They are available at McDonough's Market, Harbor Market, Island Energies, and Power's Do-It-Best Hardware. If you wish to purchase one directly, please send $20 to: Joe Moore, Beaver Island News on the 'Net, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782.


Following the weekly K-12 Flag Ceremony, students and staff at the Beaver Island Community School gathered for a photograph as part of Beaver Island’s Yellow Ribbon Campaign. The yellow ribbon campaign is for the safe return of our local soldiers and for all service men and women everywhere. The photograph will join those of many other Islanders in an online album for viewing by Island soldiers. The school’s National Honor Society will be running a campaign to provide care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan.


BIRHC Receives Check

For a long time, the BIRHC manager, staff, and board have awaited the State of Michigan Budget Office release of the funds that were passed into law and allocated to three rural health centers. These three centers were to share an amount of $100,000. The Budget Director had refused to release the funds, but lots of pressure was exerted on behalf of these rural health centers, and the funds were received in the form of a check. More information will be provided when it is received.

From Donna Kubic, manager BIRHC:

Seeing is believing--- Here is the check

As a member of the Beaver Island , Mackinac and Drummond Island Alliance, the Health Center was thrilled to receive a check for $33,334 from the State of Michigan last week.

The economic slump over the past two years has resulted in lower patient revenue, declining revenue from property taxes and drastically lower income our endowment fund established to supplement operating costs . With our share of the funding, we are now confident we can meet our financial obligations for the coming year and continue to serve the medical needs of the community.


Peaine Township Meeting, October 13, 2010

Besides the everyday business of keeping up the roads, planning the budget, and setting tax amounts, the Peaine Township Board is working on an intergovernmental agreement that will help govern the township airport and provide some legal framework to the already functioning airport committee. The meeting was well attended with several people prepared to launch an attack on the supervisor over his self-published questions and answers about the township airport and the possible ten-year airport plan. The major complaint was that Jack Gallagher had included the label of Peaine Township Supervisor to his personally prepared and funded publication available around the island at several locations. Some suggested that his use of the supervisor title was inappropriate. Some suggested that his report was inaccurate. Some even personally attacked him for his publication of this opinion related to the airport. One even attacked him with words related to the suggestion that some relationship may have influenced inappropriate actions. All in all, quite an interesting meeting with the first 80 minutes somewhat calm and reasonable. The public comment at the end lasted twenty-eight minutes with several people frustrated and angry with supervisor.

Video of the meeting can be found HERE

The video with all the public comments is completed 9 a.m., October 15, 2010.

Holiday Bazaar

Mark your calendars!!

The holiday bazaar will be Sunday, November 14, 2010, at the Gregg Fellowship Center from 11:00 – 2:30. Registration forms for tables can be picked up at the Community Center or from Jean Kinsley at the Prudential Realty office.

The popular 25-cent tickets for a drawing will return this year.

Hot soup and beverages will be available in the kitchen for a donation; proceeds will go to the Food Pantry.

If you have any questions, call Judi Meister (2963) or Jean Kinsley (2856)

Cookie Carnival

The Women's Circle will be getting ready for the Cookie Carnival again this year. The date is Dec 9 NOON until about 3:30PM. Heidi Vigil will be at the event with her Gingerbread Houses. She may have a silent auction on the houses again this year. Judi Meister is preparing a silent auction on some Santa Clause and whatever else she can find. Of course we will have the Nutmeg Logs, Party Cookies and Grandpa Greggs Peanut Brittle and many other favorites. Anyone wanting to order Nutmeg Logs or Party Cookies the price is the same as last year $3.50 a dozen $1.75 half dozen. Feel free to give Jean Carpenter a call and place your order 448-2893..

Library News


It's October already? The past summer raced by and now we've slowed down to a walking speed. We have loads of new books on the shelves. Please check the bulletin board in the entryway for the New York Times Best Seller list. Books we own are marked with an X, while those that we have ordered at marked with O. If the one you want is already out, let us know and we can reserve it immediately so that you'll get it as soon as it is returned. Remember, you can also check out via our website at: http://beaverisland.michlibrary.org To register, please use the number located directly under the barcode on your library card. You don't have a library card? Stop in and we'll get you all set up in just a couple minutes.

Thanks to Don Langford, the Olive music computer is back in the music room and working very well. Bring your laptop, relax in one of the over-stuffed chairs while listening to your favorite tunes. We have lots of jazz, classical, opera, country, irish, and of course local artists for you to choose from.

Did you know that you can save yourself some money by visiting the library? Stop in and read your favorite magazines instead of investing in multiple subscriptions. You may check out past issues or elect to read the current one within the building. We also subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Petoskey News Review, NorthernIslander, Charlevoix Courier, and the Beaver Beacon.

Now that fall has arrived, you can start a new project or learn a new hobby. We have books on quilting, sewing, crochet, knitting, painting, drawing, … you name it and we can find you a book about it. Want to climb your family tree? We subscribe to Ancestry for Libraries to give you a bit of a head start. Stop in and we can help you organize with family group sheets and pedigree charts.

You can read about love and life and freedom and hope and faith and happiness and tragedy. You'll read about all the passions and devastation in life. You'll read about death, about humanity and compassion. Books open up a world of possibility to you. With a library, you can educate your mind and fill the depths of your soul. You can become the kind of person you want to be--by opening your mind, and introducing your sensibilities to ideas that you'd never before considered. So, read.

St James Meeting Video Clips for October 6, 2010

These clips include quite a lengthy discussion of the township airport and the lack of an agreement between the two townships. In one comment, the word "impeach" came up.

New Transfer Station Video Clip with Pricing

Tim Myers, employee of the BI Transfer Station, put together a new walk-through video for the transfer station, and it includes current pricing for items that cannot be recycled as well as some procedural information about what is done with the recycled materials as far a processing by the transfer station staff.

At the Shamrock


Fall Specials

Video to Be Continued, But January-July 2010 Video Will Be Lost

As previously reported on this website, the MotionBox video company has gone out of business and the company was sold to a another company that will not be supporting the videos placed on this website from January 2010 until the end of July 2010. The videos numbered over 700 clips during this period of time. There is no way that this editor can take the time to download, upload, and recode these 700 video clips on each of the pages during that period of time. So, unfortunately, the videos taken during this period of time and placed on MotionBox will no longer be available after October 31, 2010.

BINN immediately upon the sale of MotionBox, began to place video on a different streaming video server. For those that don't have any experience in video, one hour of video takes approximately twelve hours from capture, through editing, then uploading, then coding pages, and finally you have the video clips available. If only the work did not have to be done over again, the videos would be kept available for you in the archives. But, alas, there are not enough hours in the day to redo seven months of video for archives. The time to do this would be measured in months, not days or hours. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you will understand the huge amount of effort and the lack of time to redo these pages.

We will continue to do video clips for this website, hopefully expanding the meetings, the events, and the news that takes place on Beaver Island. We will attempt to bring you, our subscribers, "Today's news as close to today as possible." Unfortunately, yesterday's news from January through July 2010 in the form of video clips will not be available after October 31, 2010.

Brett Maudrie's Address Changed

Maudrie Brett W.
B. Co. 2-237 IN, 1st BCT
101st ABN DIV
...Attn: FOB Joyce COP Fortress
APO, AE 09354

BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

Expired Subscriptions

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There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in October or that have already expired. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Fall & Winter Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9 am - 9pm
Sundays: Closed (except for monthly COA dinners)

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

Events and Activities

•  Senior Meals Every Week-Day 11:30-12:30

•  60 and over “free will donation”

•  under 60 “$4.00 charge”

•  Computer Workshop--Mondays at 10 a.m. Compliments of COA

•  Exercise Class Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11

Compliments of COA and the Arthritis Foundation

•  Two Movies every Saturday

•  Free will donation

Matinee at 3 p.m.

(A General Audience or Parental Guidance Movie)

Evening at 7 p.m

(A Parental Guidance or “18 & Older” Movie)


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.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)