B I News on the 'Net, November 23-29, 2009

Surprise Birthday Party for "Muggs"

On November 27, 2009, beginning about 5 p.m., a group of friends and relatives gathered at the Jerry LaFreniere Pole Barn to surprise Margaret O'Donnell Bass (Muggs). Although her birthday isn't until December 27th, it was certainly more likely to surprise her early than closer to her actual birthday. Some of her family was visiting which made this a convenient time. It is also usually not easy to celebrate Christmas and a birthday close to Christmas, so this was a terrific idea.

More story and pictures HERE

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Approximately 40 people braved the wetness on Thanksgiving morning to attend a service at Holy Cross Church. While this service has traditionally been an Ecumenical Service, today's service was a mass. We are thankful that Father Pat was able to be on the Island this Thanksgiving, and we are thankful that he was able to bring almost first hand information about our Emmalee from Grand Rapids. Some missed the Ecumenical Service with the participation of at least three Island churches, which was one of the things that made Thanksgiving on Beaver Island very special. No matter how the service was organized, all present prayed, thanked, and praised our common God.

Here's hoping that you have a wonderful family day of Thanksgiving! To those that are unable to be home here on the Island, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers throughout the day!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner 11/26/09

A Thanksgiving Dinner was held beginning at 6:15 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Center of the Beaver Island Christian Church. This was the first Thanksgiving dinner to be served in the new Gregg Fellowship Hall. There were approximately 60 people in attendance and three meals were delivered to homes. Three turkeys, thirty pounds of mashed potatoes, two flat pans of stuffing, corn dishes, squash dishes, a beautiful fruit bowl, bread, rolls of many types, and many salads including cole slaw, and deserts made certain that no one attending left hungry. Those in attendance were also asked to fix up a to-go box to take care of the left-overs of this meal, and, so anyone wanting left-overs for lunch the next day could have some of the fixings.

There were many hands involved in making this Community Thanksgiving Dinner a success, and they deserve to be mentioned. The Gregg Fellowship Hall looked very festive due to the work of Jean Carpenter in organizing the setup. The Avery and Boyle children volunteered to set the tables. The potatoes were peeled by Chuck Carpenter, Jim Birdsall, and Phil Becker. Andrea Moore placed the cards and Hershey kisses on the tables. Jean Carpenter, Don Meister, and Julie Roy cooked the turkeys. The stuffing was made by Lillian Gregg. The gravy was made by Jean Carpenter. Carving the turkeys was accomplished by Joe Moore, and mashing the potatoes weas accomplished by Don Meister and Joe Moore. Ruth Gregg, Lil Gregg, Judi Meister, and Jean Carpenter acted as the hostesses for the event. Many others helped out in small ways by hauling water, pouring water into ice-filled glasses, and carting food from the church kitchen to the fellowship hall. Several others also helped with the clean-up. It truly was a community effort, and, your efforts, if not recognized by name, is because there were so many helpers that no one could keep track of all those and what they did. A terrific meal and a great social time was had by all!

(Photos added on 11/28/09, 10:00 am)

For pictures of this event by Frank Solle, click HERE

This community meal was established because there were many older individuals who were not able to have family with them for this holiday. The BI Christian Church recognized the need for a gathering of these people. It began in a very small way in the homes of some of the church members. Someone also recognized that visiting hunters may not have anywhere to go, so the gathering had grown and was held first in the parsonage and then at the Christian Church building where close to one hundred had been served. We hope that this wonderful tradition continues!

Explanation for Late Update

(11/25/09, 9 a.m.) For those of you who keep up on this website and check it faithfully, the reason for the update delay this week was a trip to Grand Marais for the Moore family to meet the newest member of that family. She is nine weeks old, and her name is Katy. Philip Michael Moore's wife Jessica had flown into Green Bay, where she was stranded for a day due to fog, and finally arrived in Marquette a day late. She rested up for the drive with 3-year-old Lily and 9-week-old Katy from Marquette to Grand Marais. Jessica and girls stayed with Jessica's grandparents while Lil Gregg (great-grandmother), Phyllis Moore (grandmother), and Joe Moore (Papa Joe) drove up to visit them. All enjoyed the visit, the warm hospitality of the Miller family (Jessica's grandparents), and the quiet little town of Grand Marais.

Interested in viewing pictures of this trip? Click HERE

The Commercial Fisherman's Memorial at Grand Marais Harbor

Quicktime Streaming Video clip of Sable Falls in Grand Marais

Food Pantry Fundraiser

Whatever you would like to call it please join us at Donegal Danny's Pub on Sunday, November 29 from 3-5 PM. We are raising funds for the Island Food Pantry and planning to have some fun doing it. Teams of 3-5 people, $5. per person and top team gets prizes. The questions are mainly general knowledge, so, don't worry if you aren't a rocket scientist! There will be 10 rounds of 10 questions per round.

Sign up with Marilyn at the Pub ahead of time or come in at 2:45 PM on Sunday, the 29th. We will find a team for you if you need one. Questions? Call Linda at 3001 or Marilyn at Donegal Danny's at 3000.


Emmalee Antkoviak's Condition

Update: (11/25/09, 4:40 pm)

From beaverislandforum.com: Emmy's surgery was just under 14 hours. She had a restful night and is continuing to rest. The next 4 days are critical for Emmy's recovery. The MRI after surgery showed there is more of the tumor that needs to be removed (this is not uncommon for surgeries of this magnitude). That will be determined by the end of next week (12/4/09) when the pathology report comes back. Her surgeon has assured us the remainder is accessible should the need for more surgery arise. We thank each and every one of you for your love, support, and continuing prayers. WE BELIEVE.

Update: (11/25/09, 9 a.m.) Emmalee came through the almost 12 hour surgery, and was resting comfortably at approximately 1 a.m. this morning. Updates are found directly at http://beaverislandforum.com There are thousands of people praying and we all BELIEVE!

Emmalee Antkoviak is a first grade student here at the Beaver Island Community School. She had a problem that needed to be diagnosed. Here is the status of Emmalee Antkoviak's condition.

Emmy had an MRI today at DeVos Children's Hospital, where the prior diagnosis suggested a brain tumor. The neurosurgeon has stated that this appears to be more of the common variety. It is approximately 2" in diameter. The tumor is laying on Emmy's brain stem. They will not know if it attached to the brain stem and will only find out when they do surgery to remove it. The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday morning, November 24, 2009. There is no way to determine if it is cancerous until it is removed.

The fact that an operation is possible is very good news. Please pray for Emmalee and her parents as they go through this difficult time.

There will be a rosary at 9 a.m. on Friday morning, November 20, 2009, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. There will be another rosary on Tuesday, the day of the surgery.

You can send Emmalee Antkoviak a message through the Devos Children's Hospital using this link:


An excellent article was in the Charlevoix Courier:

Island residents rally for Emma Lee

With a year-round population fewer than 600, the people of Beaver Island are capable of doing things much greater than their number would suggest.

"It's a pretty typical thing here on the island. When someone is in need, everyone pitches in and helps out," said Dana Hodgson, owner of Shamrock Bar.

For more of this story, click on or type the URL below:

http://www.charlevoixcourier. com/articles/2009/11/25/news/ doc4b0d6df6e6478048301751.txt

Fundraiser for the Antkoviak Family

(11/25/09 9 a.m.)

Dana and Eric Hodgson organized a fundraising free-will donation dinner for the family. This took place at the Shamrock on Tuesday Nov. 24, 2009 from 5pm - 8pm.

It was an  Italian Buffet with a requested free-will donation at the door. Island Airways provided workers to assist, and the entire Shamrock/Harbor Market/Beachcomber crew were on hand to provide service to the overwhelming attendance to this dinner. Beginning right at the 5 p.m. start, the cars lined Main Street from the Holy Cross Hall down past the BITA building. It is reported that 220 people attended this fundraiser for the buffet.

Thanks to the entire Shamrock/Harbor Market/Beachcomber crew, the owners Dana and Eric Hodgson, and the Island Airways management Mary Delamater and Angel Welke for the wonderful get-together held at the Shamrock for the benefit of the Antkoviak family.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip from inside the Shamrock
Updated on 11/27/09

If you were unable to attend, and would like to help out, you can send a donation to:

Antkoviak Family c/o of the Shamrock
P.O. Box 237
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive

(11/25/09, 10:30 am) Connie Boyle will once again be organizing the Toy Drive .  The toys go to children who live in Charlevoix County .  Any children who qualify for the program through Social Services and live on Beaver Island will also benefit from the program! Toys need to be new.  Please do not gift-wrap them.  Social Services will do that after determining for which child the toy is best suited. You can drop the toy off to Connie at home, leave it in her car (or Neal's), bring it to school (room 115 ) , or the collection box at Island Airways Airport Terminal ( Island and Charlevoix ) .   All toys should be donated by…


(If you are unable to turn them in by the  12th,  asecond shipment will be made, so still drop off the toys! Social Services just needs the bulk of the toys early enough to make sure all children are “covered” — in case they need to go shopping themselves.)

This is also a great opportunity to teach our own children  about the spirit of giving.

Opportunity to Serve on Health Center Board




The Board meets every other month on Saturday morning. The new terms begin on January 16, 2010. In addition to attending regular Board meetings, Board members are expected to serve on a Board Committee and take an active role in Board activities. Meetings can be attended by conference call and both interested part-time and full-time residents are urged to apply.

A willingness to serve the community and an interest in the health center are qualifications sought in all applicants. Prior board experience, expertise in fund raising, endowments, finance, information technology, marketing, insurance, health care industries, business, or personnel management are a plus. 

Interested? Send a letter telling us about yourself to: 

Board Selection Committee, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, PO Box 146, Beaver Island , Michigan 49782  

Applications due: January 8, 2010

Joint Township Meeting

With the lawyer present from the firm that represents both townships, the Joint St. James and Peaine Township meeting got underway at 7 p.m. on November 23, 2009, at the Peaine Township Hall. The meeting was well attended. The two boards were seated on the north side of the hall with seemingly a large physical distance between them, which was an indicator of the distance in philosophy between the townships that has grown over the last year.

Jack Gallagher was the chairperson of the joint meeting. From Jack's opening comments after the Pledge, it was obvious that this meeting would not be an easy meeting nor a meeting with easy agreements. Such was truly the case with the two governmental entities at complete odds when it came to discussing any issue that dealt with the joint operations of the airport, waste management, fire department, and township cemetery.

It took a full 69 minutes to discuss and hash out the issues related to the township airport. The townships' attorney suggested that the two townships create and Airport Authority, and the disagreement between the two townships began to simmer and eventually boil over.

At times, the issues seemed to be mixed up almost like a breakfast scramble with the eggs, meat, garlic, onions, and cheese all rolled into one. At other times, the widening distance between the two townships became quite obvious on the individual issues related to the airport. The township lawyer suggested that the issue of the "Declaration of Necessity," the authorization to negotiate, and upon failure of the negotiations, the authority to use "Eminent Domain" to seize the property, should be set aside until an "Community Airport Authority" was created.

The two townships could not agree about the reason for the resolution mentioned above. The "airport expansion" (Jack Gallagher) was pitted against the "Safety" of the airport. Jack stated that the resolution spoke of airport expansion with a needed protection zone. St. James board members and former Peaine supervisor John Works spoke vehemently about the true issue being safety as it was related to the two aircraft crashes with loss of eight lives and the trauma that crash caused to the B. I. Fire Department personnel. Jim Wojan spoke about this airport expansion being "only a plan." Jack Gallagher stated that it was much beyond a plan if the resolution, if passed, could authorize court proceedings at which private property may be taken away by the townships.

The two townships did pass the same resolutions eventually. The Resolution of Necessity was tabled by both townships. The townships' lawyer was requested to provide a list of pro's and con's for two possibilities related to airport governance: airport authority and contractual agreement between the townships. And, a meeting to take place in January where the currently existing airport committee would present and explain the plans for airport expansion.

After the airport discussion, the next item of disagreement related to the Waste Management Committee. Jack Gallagher presented two names from Peaine Township and one from St. James Township to fill the openings on this committee. St. James disagreed upon the make-up of the committee. Jean Palmer stated that the committee consisted most recently with three members from each township and one member-at-large. Jack Gallagher stated that the documentation was clearly stating that there would be two township board members from each township and three members-at-large. St. James board members stated that there had been difficulty in getting the positions filled due to lack of interest, so the make-up of the committee had been changed to three board members from each township with one at-large-member. St. James board decided that with the return to the makeup suggested as necessary by Peaine, that they would re-post the positions in St. James Township, and make certain that everyone knew that the three positions could come from either township.

The budget discussion were contests of disagreement as well with no final motion or resolution.

The next Joint Township Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on January 11, 2010, at the Peaine Township Hall.

Thanks goes to Levi Connor for the video work at the Joint Meeting. Good work, Levi!

Updated with video clips 11/27/09, 3 pm)

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of this meeting HERE

Larry Malloy Passes Away

Larry Malloy, long time Island character and know to many, has passed away. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Lawrence J. Malloy, 81, of Plainfield, IL, and longtime of Beaver Island, MI, at peace Nov. 19, 2009. He was born Dec. 10, 1927 on Beaver Island to the late Lawrence and Ethel Malloy; beloved husband of the late Jo Ann, nee Spaulding; loving father of Peg (Kevin) Glenn and Mark (Denise) Malloy; cherished grandfather of Jessica (Michael) Trudeau and adored great-grandfather of Edyn Trudeau; fond uncle of many, especially the Brown's; proud US Army Veteran of WWII, Pacific Theatre; dedicated 40 year employee of People's Gas.

For those who prefer, memorials in Lawrence's name may be directed to Provena Hospice, 799 South McLean Blvd., Suite 101, Elgin, IL 60123.

Visitation Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME, corner of Rts. 30 and 59, Plainfield, 60544.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 15629 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield. Family and friends will meet at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City at 1 p.m. for committal services with military honors. For info: 815-436-9221.

DSL High Speed Internet on Beaver Island

If you have been following the discussion on the Beaver Island Forum about the DSL, you are probably wondering where, when, and what related to the availability of the TDS DSL service on Beaver Island. The basic information is difficult to access through the mumbo- jumbo of marketing language. Here is the current status of the DSA's (digital service areas) on Beaver Island at this time.

Beaver Island has seven DSA's. Basically, this is an area, but for this discussion we will call them actual locations of the green boxes that provide the services of Internet access. There are seven of these locations on the island. There are only two of them that are actually active at this time. The first one is the Central Office of the TDS operation across the road from the school. The second one that is active is located at the intersection of East Side Drive and McCauley Road. This means that the 18,000 foot distance would need to be measured from these two locations to determine the actual current availability of the TDS DSL service. These are the ONLY green boxes that are ACTIVE at this time.

There are five other DSA's ready to be activated on the island. The equipment is installed in the green boxes. They are ready to be used. These five locations are: 1. Kilty Point just before Nomad, 2. Southhead Lighthouse, 3. microwave tower, 4. Western Shores and Reddings Trail, and 5. West Side Road and Green's Bay Road. The reason that these five have not been activated is logical. The TDS backhaul is currently unable to handle the traffic for additional customers and maintain the level of service for the existing two DSA's. This is being worked on by TDS. There are steps necessary to complete the work and turn on the other five DSA's. A new radio needs to be received and installed is just one of those steps.

Chad Mix from TDS Marketing has suggested that these steps may be completed by March 2010. We understand the frustrations of the dialup customers who will lose their Internet access in three weeks. Relief is on the way. In the meantime, it will be a little inconvenient for you to accomplish your Internet needs if you are a dialup customer. You have options. You can wait until TDS gets these other DSA's activated. You can subscribe to Hughes Net satellite Internet. You can use the public computers at the Beaver Island District Library. You can use the public computers at the Community Center. If you have a wireless capable laptop, you have many options for Internet access including the Harbor Market and Shamrock, Stoney Acre, Island Airways, the district library, and the community center. It may be inconvenient for a time, but this will be resolved in the near future.

Found on Senator Jason Allen's Website:


Beaver Island Broadband Inc. was included on a select list of 16 state applicants to be considered for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act .  This company would expand broadband service to Northern Michigan, including Beaver Island, to extend and upgrade high speed service for the unserved and underserved populations.  This increase in connectivity will help businesses and families across the region and state to be able to compete and interact with the world at large.

I am pleased to have helped in recommending Northern Michigan broadband companies for consideration in this program, and I look forward to the success of Beaver Island Broadband Inc. in the next round of the application process.

Charlevoix County Transit Fails to Renew BIBCO Contract

(11/17/09, 9:50 a.m.)

As this is being posted, a meeting is going on at the Dahlwhinnie to answer questions about this change in contract. The transit bus on Beaver Island is owned and operated by the Charlevoix County Transit Authority located in Boyne City, Michigan. All handicapped, seior, and other transit operations are handled by CCTA. BIBCO held a contract to provide these services on Beaver Island for CCTA. The contract with BIBCO expired and was not renewed.

CCTA is operating the transit bus on their own behalf without BIBCO, BITA, or an other Island organization or business.

Barb Schwartzfisher stated, "The BI Transportation Authority never had any involvement with the transit bus." The drivers and the bus was just coincidentally parked in the BITA parking area.

Updated (11/17/09 8:30 p.m.)

Ray Leach CCTA Manager.....Shirley Roloff, CC Commissioner

This meeting began with a very small number of community members in attendance at the Dahlwhinnie. This may have been a convenient location for the off-Island attendees including Ray Leach, Manager Charlevoix County Transit Service; Shirley Roloff, Charlevoix County Commissioner; and Sheriff Schneider. It was, however, not very easy to hear the statements, questions, and answers to those questions since the business was on-going with lots of noise from the dishwasher, the radio, the employees, and the customers. Several times, the people speaking were asked to speak up.

The gist of the information gathered was that the operation of the transit bus on the Island was over budget. The CCTA manager decided to attempt to gain control of the budget of the Beaver Island Transit Bus operation to gather data to determine the needs of the Island. The BIBCO was no longer the contractor for this service beginning November 16, 2009 when the CCTA took back control of the Beaver Island operations. The notice of the non-renewal of the BIBCO contract was sent to the BIBCO on or around October 15, 2009.

The first person hired by the CCTA to begin transit bus operation on the Island is Melissa Williams, Deputy Williams wife. The second person hired by CCTA in the transit operation is Tammi LaFreniere, Gerald LaFreniere's ( a CCSD auxiliary officer) wife, which may explain how they both gained information about the job being available. When pressured to name those that will be working for the CCTA and operating the two buses that will be on Beaver Island, the Manager of CCTA named these two ladies above, Bob Tidmore, Jim Birdsall, and Ed Campbell. It is obvious that the first two hired will likely get the most hours of employment, but the manager also stated that there would be back-up persons also.

Jack Gallagher suggested that future CCTA public meetings take place in a location which would accomodate a larger group of people. He also hinted that prior notification to more people would have resulted in more people in attendance. Jack suggested the Peaine Township hall for this location.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips

CCTA Meeting Clip 1

CCTA Meeting Clip 2

CCTA Meeting Clip 3

The following information was provided to all attendees of this Dahlwhinnie meeting:

What services does Charlevoix County Transit provide on Beaver Island? Charlevoix County Transit provides demand response and reservation passenger transportation to and from most areas on Beaver Island. Seasonal roads are not serviced by Charlevoix County Transit, and for safety, unplowed or ice covered roads are not serviced until plowed, sanded and/or salted.

What is reservation service? Reservation service is booking a ride for a future date and time (more than two hours from the time of the call). This service can be requested up to a week in advance. Reservation service also is used for early morning (6-9 a.m.) or late afternoon rides (3-6 pm) when the driver/dispatcher phone is not in service. Reservation rides are good when you have an appointment or know in advance the date and time you need a ride. Reservation service is best used when your ride is time sensitive like a ride to a medical appointment, hair appointment, or to connect with a plan or boat departure/arrival.

How do I request service? Call the Charlevoix County Transit Beaver Island Service number---448-2026 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. A driver/dispatcher will take your call if they are not busy with another customer. If they are busy, you will receive a message to leave your name and number, and the driver/dispatcher will return your call within 15 minutes.

What information do I have to give the driver/dispatcher? The driver/dispatcher will request your name, home or cell phone number, pick up location, your destination, and number of passengers. If you have any special needs like wheelchair lift or an appointment to keep you should tell the driver/dispatcher at the time of making your request.

What if I make a ride request and then do not need the ride? Call 448-2026 as soon as possible to cancel your request. If you cancel a requested ride before the driver arrives, you are not counted as a "No Show."

What is a "No Show"? A "No Show" is a customer who request a ride and is not ready or does not come out when the vehicle arrives to pick them up. Customers who are a "No Show" must pay for the missed ride the next time they use the service. If a customer has three(3) documented "No Shows," service requests from that customer must be approved by the management.

What can I take on the vehicle with me? No hazardous materials/items may be brought aboard the vehicle. You may bring luggage and/or small packages/shopping bag. Service animals are also allowed.

How much does the service cost? A current one-way fare schedule is listed HERE:

Children under 6 yrs.............. $. 50

Senior Citizen over 60 ............$ .50

Handicap .............................$ .50

Youth (aged 6-19)................... $1.00

Regular Fare (aged 20-59)...........$1.50

Passenger fares are DOUBLED for 15 miles and over

When is service available? SErvice is available Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. except holidays. PHones are answered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is important to remember if service is needed between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., you must make your reservation prior to 3 p.m. the service day prior to the service request day. Also for rides from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. must be requested prior to 3 p.m. on that service date or any service day prior to the day the ride is needed.

What about service in winter weather? Customer safety is priority one for Charlevoix County Transit. Drivers have final word on issues of safety. If you road or roads on your trip are not safe for vehicles to travel on, you will be notified of that when you call for service. If, on there way to pick you up, the driver comes across an impassable road, they will contact you to let you know (like a tree blown down across the road or a big snow drift).

What if I have additional questions, comments, or recommendations? Please call the CCTA main office at 231-582-0296 ( A toll free number will be available in the future). Ask for Ray Leach (Manager) or Sue, Administrative Assistant.

John and Joyce Runberg Headed Home

(11/25/09, 9 a.m.) From Joyce Runberg:

Hi There---------I am doing much better--it's been a long, tough road--but my care givers have been pretty unbelievable--SO SPECIAL!!! Wings of Mercy will be picking us up tomorrow (Wed, 11/25) at an undetermined time, so we be back home on the island for Thanksgiving--also our 54th Anniversary.  I will feel so blessed to be home after 3 weeks here in Rochester. Thank you all for your love, greetings, phone calls, etc. 

We love all of you.                   Joyce and Johnny

Peaine Township Meeting 111109

All appearances suggest an all-out war between the two townships on Beaver Island. There is a Joint Township Meeting scheduled on November 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. You can view video clips and get a synopsis of the discussions at the Peaine Meeting by clicking on the link below:

Peaine Township Meeting November 11, 2009

Thanks to Levi Connor for the Video Work at this meeting!

Fire on the Water

These two photos were sent in by Bob Tidmore taken from his yard. The pictures must be a reflection off the windows of the buildings across the harbor, but it sure fits the description of "Fire on the Water." Thank you, Bob, for sharing these pictures.

The Beaver Island Food Pantry

How you can help and how you can get help

Was it just a year ago that people started talking about an Island food bank? Yes. And since then, there has been tremendous wide-spread community support.
From its inception, donations of money have been steady. Some community members gave money which allowed the committee to purchase specific foods at the best possible prices and to provide vouchers for dairy products, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables.

(11/09/09 6:50 p.m.)
Beaver Island community—this is YOUR food pantry. It's here to help ease the squeeze. For example, you shouldn't have to make a choice between medical attention and food. Or blow your budget because of unusual circumstances.

Below is a table showing the income guidelines established by the Food Pantry committee. The income includes—but is not limited to—employment, unemployment, disability, Social Security, trust funds, pensions, food stamps, WIC, child support, etc.

Household Size

Add $579 monthly or $133 weekly for each additional member

Food distribution takes place the first Saturday of each month. To help maintain confidentiality, please call for your specific food pick-up time. Call Jayne Bailey:448-2933 or 448-2881.

From the family of Eleanor Mooney:

When the road ahead is so far you can't reach,
words need to be said that you cannot speak.
Tears, like a river flow down your face
You feel that you lost yourself someplace
Then like a beacon guiding you home
You realize you were never alone
Right by your side right to the end
holding your hand, there is your friend.
What would we do without all of you!!

Thanks to all who sent cards, food, thoughts and prayers!!

Cookie Carnival Announcement 12/10/09

The Cookie Carnival.will be held at the Gregg Fellowship Center on. Thursday, December 10, 2009 from  noon until 3:30 PM.  There will be a gift table plus the usual Gregg Peanut Brittle, Nutmeg Logs, and Party Cookies.  Anyone wanting to preorder nutmeg logs or party cookies can call Jean Carpenter  448-2893 and place your order.


The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Children's Lunch with Santa on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from  11:30 - 1:00 at Gregg Fellowship Hall at the Beaver Island Christian Church.  All children and their parents and/or grandparents are invited to come and have a hot dog lunch before seeing Santa who will arrive at 12:00 Noon.

Because we can no longer obtain polaroid film, will the parents please bring their own camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.

The AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will also again be having the Santa's Workshop on Monday, December 14, 2009, at Beaver Island Community School.  This will be for children to buy presents themselves for their families.  Each child is to bring nametags for the gifts.  Younger children will have an adult to help them make their purchases.

2009 November St James Township Meeting

The meeting was centered around just a few specific topics. One, an allegation of a violation of the Open Meetings Act. Appointments to committees was also important. The discussion of fuel oil bids, the specifics of two board members being told that they could not vote due to a possible conflict of interest, and the topic of snow removal related to the township buildings and the sidewalks in St. James Township. The Board decided not to plow or blow snow off any sidewalks this winter.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips

Alleged Open Meetings Act Discussion 1

Alleged Open Meetings Act Discussion 2

Alleged Open Meetings Act Discussion 3

BITA Issue, Two Board Members on BIBCO Board Could Not Vote

Beaver Island Broadband Cost Discussed

Approval of Bills with Additions

Assessment NOT in Compliance with State Law

Fuel Oil Bid-only one

Lighthouse and Veteran's Memorial

Need Oil Tank Size 1

Need Oil Tank Size 2

Ed Troutman Appointed to Waste Management and Board of Review

Airport Resolution Should be Added to Joint Meeting Agenda

Joint Township Meeting Recommended for 112309

Snow Removal Discussion 1

Snow Removal Discussion 2

Snow Removal Discussion 3

Transfer Station Notice

Fall/winter hours at the Transfer Station begin November 1...........11-5 Monday - Saturday

Boathouse Makeover Continues


The boat house at Whiskey Point is getting a complete makeover this fall. As already reported in the video clips and the minutes of the St. James meeting for October, CMU is changing the siding, the windows, and the roof. Although the materials to be used will be modern materials, CMU will attempt to provide an historically correct replacement of these items. It will be interesting to see the results.

Where's This?

Where is this located? The howling at the moon or at something else is common this time of year.

The only correct guess came from Sally Fogg, who correctly guessed the location as the porch on Harry Wanty's cabin. Good job, Sally!

Beaver Island Community Center

The Beaver Island Community Center hours of operation will be reduced now that the peak season has come to a close. Beginning the last week of October—on the 26tth—the Center hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday , and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday . The Center will close on Sundays , except for once-a-month occasion when the COA dinner is served. Current plans are to keep these hours until Memorial Day week-end in 2010.

Movies and events will normally be held on the week-ends. The Center staff encourages everyone to check the event listings on www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.Org ., as well as in the local papers, and at the Center. The fall, winter, and spring seasons will bring a variety of activities for the Island Community's enjoyment.

10am - 6pm Monday through Thursday

Friday and Saturday 10am - 9pm

CLOSED Sundays (except for senior dinners)

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Availabl

Beaver Island Community Center and the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

•  Mondays & Thursdays: 10:00 am – Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program!

A certified community-based recreational exercise program designed to assist in reducing pain level, increase flexibility and mobility, and enhance the ability to cope with arthritis and daily activities. Two classes per week, each progressing with different fun activities, information, exercise routines and relaxation techniques. Sign up now at 448-2022—or just come join us.

•  Tuesdays: 12:30 pm – Make Me Laugh!

Get your week in proper gear with the best medicine around— laughter! Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, Red Skelton, Bill Cosby (when he did stand up!), even funny pet videos!

•  Fridays and/or Saturdays: 7:30 pm – Special Movie Presentations

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

•  Every Month:

Birthday Cake – November 2 nd ! Sunday Dinner – November 15 th 11 am - 1 pm

Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill! Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.

•  Special November Dates of Interest:

•  21 st 2 pm : Special Family Movie & Treats

4 pm : Create a Christmas Cookie & Ornament

5 pm : PABI KUBOTA raffle drawing!!!

•  22 nd 11 am -2 pm Christmas Bazaar At the Beaver Island Christian Church.

•  26 th & 27 th The COA will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday ! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

•  30 th – “Grandfriends” Gingerbread House Construction Zone Join Master Designer and Builder Heidi Conner as she leads novice through experienced on a lip-licking adventure into edible architecture! 2-5pm, Materials (and treats) provided, and you are welcome to bring some too!

•  Sign up at 448-2022. Fee TBD.

•  Special December Dates of Interest:

•  5 th & 6 th – Christmas Contata Check listing for times and location.

•  11 th & 12 th 8 pm Holiday Hilarity The “world premiere” of the all-new Beaver Island Comedy Groups' original holiday production!

•  15 th – Beaver Island Community School Christmas Presentation An unforgettable staging of holiday spirit!

COA Lunch Menu

December at the Community Center


Senior Activities

December Menu for COA Lunches

Holiday Hilarity, December 11th

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