BI News on the 'Net, November 10-16, 2008

Community Thankgiving 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.

Events This Week at the Shamrock

Doghouse Boodlers with Guest Cory Sowa on Friday, November 14, 2008

Events This Week at Donegal Danny's Pub

Live music this Thursday, November 13, 2008, by John McCafferty, Cindy Cushman, Hilary Palmer, and Brian Roman.

Wine School offered every other Monday night beginning November 17, 2008.

Danny LaFreniere Receives an Award

Danny LaFreniere, son of Jacque and Mark LaFreniere, has received an award for being one of the top ten popcorn salemen in this region of the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations, Dan!


for the 2008-2009 School Year

Beaver Island Community School

Responsibilities when two or more inches of snow or significant drifting:

•  removal of snow from areas as determined through meeting with school administrator. Areas will vary depending upon actual location of students and may include snow removal at the temporary school locations.

•  maintain contact with school administrator to ensure cooperation in snow removal;

•  all plowing must be completed by 7:30 a.m.

Please describe specifically the back up equipment to be used if the primary equipment breaks down:

In case of extremely heavy snow accumulation, would you have heavy duty equipment available to use? If so, please describe the equipment:

My bid is for $ _______ per hour for use of the primary equipment.

My bid is for $ _______ per hour for use of heavy equipment

I assure the Beaver Island Community School Board of Education that I will perform all needed snow plowing for the entire 2008-2009 school year.

Unsatisfactory performance will result in forfeiture of the bid award.

Damage done to school grounds while plowing must, in the spring, be repaired to the school's satisfaction

Name ______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

Phone _____________________ Date __________________

•  Bids must be received in the school office by Friday, November 21, 2008, at 3:00 p.m.

•  Beaver Island Community School reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

Veterans' Day--Beaver Island

At 11 a.m. the bells at Holy Cross Catholic Church began to peal, and the AMVETs of Beaver Island came to attention standing on the sidewalk running north and south along the King's Highway. This was the beginning of the Veterans Day celebration on Beaver Island. Ron Stith acted as the Master of Ceremonies and gave a short history of this holiday.

Bob Hoogendorn as chaplin offered a prayer. The Beaver Island veterans who had died in the service of our country were recognized as each name was read from the Civil War onward. Kathy Speck led those assembled in "God Bless America." Jack Spanak read a dramatic rendering of what it might be like for each of the veterans in each of the wars. Bob Hoogendorn also read a thank-you to all veterans. The celebration/service ended with "Taps" being played by Bob Hoogendorn.

A well attended thank-you to our Beaver Island veterans was accomplished. Thank you, all verterans, for your sacrifices to keep this nation free.

Video Clips of Ceremony HERE

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.

BICS Volleyball at Pellston District Tournament

The Beaver Island Volleyball Team played in their District Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 8.  They played Pellston High School .  Pellston is rated 5th in the State, Class D, so it was definitley going to be a tough match!

More story and Frank Solle's pictures are HERE.

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

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 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 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!

Ray Bonneville's Wonderful Performance

Ray Bonneville greeting the audience.

On Sunday, November 9, 2008, at 7:30 p.m., Ray Bonneville performed "walkin' style" blues at a concert held at the Beaver Island Community Center. This professional musician was not only able to sing wonderfully, he was also able to play the bassline, the rhythm guitar, and the percussion for the gathered audience of approximately 40 listeners. Those not in attendance at this concert missed an absolutely fantastically talented man. The recording studio quality sound heard in this live performance was riveting and thoroughly enjoyable.

Changing guitars for an different sound

Ray Bonneville took time between songs to get to know the community. He asked questions about life on the Island and its connections with Ireland. He joked with the audience members and the audience joked back. What a terrific use of audience participation!

The Community Center should be very proud of the quality of talent that it has provided to the Beaver Island community. Ray Bonneville's is a Red House Recording Studio talent "to the nth degree." "How does he get those sounds out of that guitar?" "A steel guitar sound from his electric guitar, how wonderful." "How does he get those sounds from a harmonica?" "A drum set of sound is coming from his feet. Amazing!"

Both hands, both feet, vocals, and harmonicas, two at a time!

Beaver Island should welcome Ray Bonneville back during the summer months for another performance so more people can enjoy his versatile blues style, the "Americana" blues..

Here are ten short video clips taken during the BI Community Center performance of Ray Bonneville. We hope that you enjoy them as much as those at the concert.

Bonneville Clip 1

Bonneville Clip 2

Bonneville Clip 3

Bonneville Clip 4

Bonneville Clip 5

Bonneville Clip 6

Bonneville Clip 7

Bonneville Clip 8

Bonneville Clip 9

Bonneville Clip 10

Remember that you need to have Quicktime and a high speed connection to view these clips.

Coming Beaver Island Community Center Activities

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 any BICC events, please call the Community Center at 448-2022.

Jam Out Pictures

Sunday, November 9, 2008, Jam Out was small, but very neat to watch the sharing of talent from one person to another, and it involved the youth of the Island, which made it even more fulfilling to watch.

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.

BIDL Memorial Garden in the Fall

All the flowers and plants are covered up with thick layer of leaves as the Island prepares for a cold and snowy winter.

The leaves are thick and have to be pushed aside to take the picture of the inlaid placques.

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.

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, too.

BICS Walkaround

This time, the walkaround will be found on two separate pages from this homepage. One will be the outside walk. The other will be selected pictures of the inside. This walk was taken on a chilly, overcast day, Sunday, November 9, 2008.

Outside walkaround

Inside selected pictures

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.

Where's This?

This Week:

Last Week:

Where is this street sign on Beaver Island? Only one response to this question was received, and it was the correct answer. The answer is that this street sign is on the white house, Kathy and Dan Merriman's house, on King's Highway just before the BI Rural Health Center when going south out of town.


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.

Stormy Day Pictures

The USCG Station from the public beach....looking cold and dreary..

Looking back at the beach and boat dock area from the point....

Looking north and east from Gull's cold outside...

The mainland looks so much closer today.....

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:

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?

Known for it's excellent whitefish, the Kilarney Inn was operated by Grace Cole. Several people answered this question correctly: Paul Nelson, Mary Palmer, Joyce Bartels, Marie LaFreniere, and the winner is Carol LaFreniere, the first to answer.

This Week's Question:

Nicknames have always been part of the social history of Beaver Island. What was Joe Sendenberg's nickname?

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