November 12-18, 2007, BI News on the 'Net

Harvest Food and Supply Drive

Click here for a list of items needed for this great cause.

John W. Works

SILVER LAKE -- John Wolcott Works, Ph.D., of Silver Lake and Beaver Island, Mich ., passed away at age 79, on November 12 after a long illness.

John was the son of John and Harriet Works of Salem, Ohio. His wife 52 years, Trudy, and three children survive him: Gabriel Works (John O'Connor) of Grand Rapids, Mich ., John Works, Jr. (Carolyn) of Beaver Island, Mich ., and Jeb Works (Denise) of Stow. He has three grandchildren, Michael, Matt, and Meg. His daughter, Margaret preceded him in death.

John was a well-learned and well-traveled man of many interests. He was a retired Professor of Finance at the University of Akron , following a long career at Duquesne University . He received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University , a J.D. from Ohio Northern Law School, and a B.A. from Brown University. Additionally, he was a graduate of Andover Academy. John was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may call at his home (Silver Lake) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 to celebrate his life with his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Beaver Island Medical Center Fund, Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727 .

Veteran's Day

As we were reminded in his talk, this day was called Armistice Day, but was changed due to the other wars in which the United States has been involved. This holiday is usually on November 11th, but this ceremony occurred on November 12th. All interested persons gathered at the Holy Cross Memorial for this celebration of honor for the veterans of our country.

The symbol of the day

The Memorial at Holy Cross where the gathering took place

As the bells rang 11 a.m., the gathered veterans saluted the flag.

There was a large gathering of community members including students from school.

Ron Stith was Master of Ceremonies, Bob Hoogendorn, as chaplin said an opening prayer.

Kathy Speck and the AMVETs Auxiliary asked all to sing "God Bless America."

Phil Gregg read the list of Island veteran's who lost their lives in wars.

Alvin LaFreniere read an emotional story of the origin of "Taps."

Bob Hoogendorn gave the Benediction and played "Taps."

Golf Course Hazard NOT Found on Beaver Island

Cold Fall Day

A walk around the golf course today without golf clubs netted these pictures of the turkeys enjoying the day.

Interestingly enough, not one deer was seen during this walk, nor on a drive to their usual haunts.

There were some colored leaves still left on a few trees, but not many.

My concern for this yellowed "pine" tree was unfounded. It's a Tamarack, and it's supposed to look like this.

Last Emerald Isle Run

The last scheduled Emerald Isle run is December 14th, the Beaver Islander will finish the last week of our regularly scheduled runs.  The Emerald Isle will be going to dry dock for it's 5-year inspection.  Please remember this when scheduling vehicles and ordering freight.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  Thank you

From BIBCO, Sheri Timsak

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BICS Construction Update

from BICS Office mailing dated October 16, 2007

Approximately 25 people attended a community meeting on October 1, 2007. Attendees heard about progress and were able to give input on the project. One item that all in attendance agreed upon was the need to consider adding a fitness room to the project if possible. All were impressed with the architects concern for providing the best possible learning environment for our students.

The board will hire a Project Mananger on November 12, 2007. The Project Manager will act as an owners' representative for the duration of the process. The PM will take care of a lot of the paperwork and oversight of the project and will act as a liason between the school, the architect, and the general contractor. Five bids were received for the Project Manager position and three will be interviewed for the position. Both of the following were scanned from the "Construction Information Sheet of the BICS Bond Project."

A First Sketch of the New Building

A Construction Project Timeline


2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR



CERTIFICATION High School Diploma

QUALIFICATIONS Demonstrate an interest in working with children ages 5-18 years.

Demonstrate a pleasant, positive attitude and ability to work cooperatively with others.


•  Set up lunchroom and ensure overall operation of school lunch program including lunch room supervision of elementary and secondary lunch program for children attending Beaver Island Community School

•  Report to gym at 11:00 am each school day and supervise lunch area until 12:30

•  Supervise elementary lunch period (11:10-11:50) and secondary lunch period (11:50-12:30).

•  Carryout established school guidelines for lunchroom behavior

•  Oversees and helps with serving of food

•  Oversees and monitors equipment, supplies and lunchroom area

•  Maintains food handling and safety standards



STARTING DATE: Immediately




Snowplowing Bids Accepted by BICS

Beaver Island Community School is accepting bids for snow plowing for the 2007-2008 school year. Interested bidders may obtain a bid form by contacting the school office. Bids must be received in the school office by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2007.


The AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary will again host a Santa's Workshop at the Beaver Island Community School on Thursday, December 13 , 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 Emerald Isle Motel, and the AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary of Post #46 will again partner in the Annual Children's Christmas Party to be held on Saturday, December 15, 11:00 1:00 at the Emerald Isle Motel. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, ice cream and beverage will be served to the kids as well as their parents at no charge.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to hear the Christmas wish lists and pass out gifts to the kids. Pictures will be taken of each child with Santa and given to them with our Happy Holiday wishes.

We wish you all a HAPPY & SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!!

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

The Beaver Island Internet Project (BIIP) was taken over by Great Lakes Internet. BIIP was started by a coalition of several entities including the Beaver Island Community School. Can you name the other three entities that worked together to get Internet access to the Island? Can you tell me what year the Internet access was available?

Jim Stambaugh was the only one to respond with the correct answer. The other participants in BIIP were Central Michigan University, Beaver Island District Library, and Beaver Island Medical Center. The coordinator of the technical aspects of the Internet Project was Gene Sauter of Processing Concepts Limited, a former Beaver Island business housed in Ed Wojan's office building.

This Week's Question:

There was a framed newspaper article hanging in the entryway at the old Beaver Island Medical Center building, now the Governmental Center. This newspaper article referred to an appendectomy, removal of an appendix, performed by an Island doctor on a kitchen table. Can you tell me whose appendix was removed? (Can anyone tell me what happended to that article?)

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. Email your answers to

Beaver Bits

Peaine Township Board meeting this coming Wednesday night. Minutes will be posted as soon as they are received. Currently, no minutes have been received from either township for the last three months.

The AMVETs Lady's Auxiliary is putting on two functions coming in December for the children of the community. You can find out more if you read the article above.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, not that far off, less than two weeks.

Don't forget the Ecumenical Church Service at Holy Cross usually at 10 a.m. on November 22, 2007.

BI Christian Church Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the non-denominational church on Thanksgiving beginning at 6 p.m., November 22, 2007.

A possible Pet First Aid and CPR program may be offered in the Spring of 2008 right here on the Island.

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at Holy Cross Parish Hall on November 18th from 1-3 p.m. For more information call Sandy LoDico at 448-2004.

A Rumor That Is Simply Untrue

by the Editor, Joe Moore

The rumor I am talking about is the one that suggests that Beaver Island does not need ALS, Advanced Life Support. I will address this rumor since I provided Advanced Life Support to the Island as the only paramedic for four years. And, in case some have forgotten, I taught the current paramedics, EMTs, and MFRs.

Did anyone ask the man who was transported aboard the USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay if he thought that Beaver Island should abandon the ALS treatments that were received? Has anyone asked the cardiac arrest patient who survived if the advanced treatments that were received were valuable to the patient and family? Does the public know that 82% of the yearly ambulance transports require advanced life support due to patient condition, not convenience? Did you know that our ALS service affects more than thirty people each year?

Advanced Life Support is provided on Beaver Island by the paramedics of BIEMS. The advanced care provided at the BIRHC, if the patient is transported from there, is continued by the paramedics of BIEMS.

Did you know that the BIEMS paramedics can provide the same treatments at the patient's home, for some conditions, that the patient would receive in the emergency room? Did you know that BLS, basic life support EMTs and MFRs, are not allowed to provide this level of care? Did you know that a registered nurse is not allowed to provide this emergency care in an ambulance?

Advanced Life Support has become a part of the culture and part of the success of Beaver Island. It is part of what people expect when they come to visit our Island . It is an essential service that is called upon at least 90 times each year, which averages out to once every four days or almost twice each week.

Are there people who are alive today that are alive because of Advanced Life Support? The answer is YES .

Are there people who were made much more comfortable in their transport to the hospital because of Advanced Life Support? The answer is YES.

Is Advanced Life Support needed on Beaver Island ? The answer is YES.