BI News on the 'Net, Oct 13-19 2008

Fire Destroys Gillespie Building

From the Beaver Island Forum posted by forum owner Rich Gillespie:

"At around 5 pm last night a fire broke out at my warehouse just west of the four corners, this is immediately west of Martin's propane tank farm. Well, the building, 80x68 was a total loss but Beaver Island's Volunteer Firefighters put forth a fantastic effort not only to attempt to save the building but when that could not be done focused their efforts on keeping the East wall of the building intact which deflected heat and flames from a 30,000 gallon propane tank sitting less than 75 feet away, it was something to see. This writer virtually loss all possessions acquired in a lifetime in business but it means nothing to the sacrifice and courage of these brave men and women. The Beaver Island community should be very proud of these people and those who are not on the fire department roster who showed up and gave their all. Laura and I and our children want to express our complete gratitude for the effort made, thank you all!!"

The structure was pretty much fully involved by the time that the BIFD arrived in full force with many others from the community there willing to help in any way possible.

The Kings Highway was completely shut down to all traffic to allow the tanker truck unobstructed access to the water source. The BIFD pumpers were there pumping water to the hoses. These same pumpers were drawing water from "swimming-pool-like" portable tanks. The job of those driving the tanker trucks was to try to keep these "swimming pools" full. As always on Beaver Island, the challenge is getting enough water, soon enough to make a difference in the outcome of the fire.

It was obvious that the BIFD had gotten the best of the fire at this point when there was more smoke and steam than flames.

Flying above the fire scene was Paul Welke providing whatever help he could and relaying locations of the tanker trucks.

BIEMS personnel coming back up the roadway after taking some supplies down to the fire department members. Keeping hydrated and prevention of overheating is one of the things that is important for the firemen as they fight the fire.

With the Beaver Island deputy blocking off the Kings Highway at the northern location close to the township line and Beaver Island EMS blocking the road at the East Side Drive and the Kings Highway down by the car wash and laundromat, traffic into St. James Township from Peaine Township came to a standstill.

With this many people all working toward the same goal, it explains a lot about why people want to live on Beaver Island. Thanks go out to McDonough's Market who opened up to allow BIEMS to pick up cases of bottled water. Thanks to Angel Welke for the two cases of pop and water to help also. Thanks to Stoney Acre Grill for the sandwiches, chips, and cookies for all the firefighters and EMS personnel. Thanks to the BIEMS personnel who forced some of the firemen to take a short break and to breathe in a little fresh oxygen. Thanks to the Beaver Island CCSD Deputy for helping keep the roadway clear for the tankers. To all who helped out, Thank you very much!!

Here are a few video clips of early on in the fire:

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As part of the normal process of fire investigation, Detective Lt. Michael Wheat of the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department will work with the Fire Marshall at the site of the fire today, Friday, October 17, 2008. Here is an exterior view of what they have to work with in their investigation.

Thank You's from Eleanor Mooney's Family

During our mother's recent illness there are a few people we would like to thank:  Our family would like to thank  Dr. "Borg" and our fav nurse Donna, you saved her life that night by making her leave the island to go to the hospital.  The Beaver Island EMS, everyone was so compassionate and understanding of mom's special circumstances, you all know who you are so i won't name names.  To Angel and Paul Welke and all their staff who not only got us off the island but made her return as smooth and painless as possible, not only thinking of my mother but also of the family as a whole- we are deeply gratefull!!!  The Charleviox ambulance drivers, who took the time to not just treat her but to talk to her on the way to the hospital, once she got there everyone at the hospital took great care of her.  She is doing much better every day.
Like I said before at times like these you think to yourself "why do i live on an island" but it is at times like these that you know why you live on this island!!!  Thanks again to everyone that prayed, sent cards and just gave us a smile when we needed one.

the Family of Eleanor Mooney

Chamber of Commerce Plans Members Input Reception

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce board of directors will hold a Members Input Reception on Thursday November 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Shamrock. The Chamber will provide hors d'oeuvres. Members, their guests and potential members are cordially invited to attend. “We want your comments and suggestions about the Celtic Games, Bite and Boodle. We would appreciate your ideas about how we can most effectively market Beaver Island,” said Chamber President Kathy Speck. The board will thank the volunteers who helped out this summer and give a report on the increase in visitor traffic at the Chamber as well as extended visitor information and literature availability hours at the new Community Center location. “Our advertising theme -You've never been to Beaver Island? – has helped with marketing our shoulder season. However, there is plenty of room to do more,” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West.

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

BICS Temporary Position Posting

Beaver Island Community School has available a temporary bus driver position beginning approximately December 1 through the month of January.

Qualified applicants must possess a valid CDL and be available for training and testing October 23 in Charlevoix and October 24 - 26
near Ludington, MI, if he/she does not already possess "S" and "P" endorsements. Qualified applicants must also pass a physical examination and drug test.

Rate of pay is $35.00 for two runs per day -- bus leaves the Beaver Island Christian Church at 7:55 a.m. and leaves CMU at 3:05 p.m.

Interested applicants should contact the school office (231) 448-2744 as soon as possible.

Short Streaming Video of Barney's Lake

Remember that dial-up customers will have a hard time viewing this video. It will stream onto your computer with a fairly short download time with a high speed connection.

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BI Fire Department Training FF1 and FF2

The Beaver Island Fire Department is undergoing training session to allow all volunteer firemen to become certified firefighters at the level of Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2. The training is taking place as part of the Charlevoix Fire Fighting Academy and is using the Internet to allow our volunteers to attend the lectures. Here the trainees are seen at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Education room during a lecture.

Here are two pictures of the BIRHC Internet connection with Charlevoix Fire Department, the lecturer that the firemen were listening to.

It is terrific to see our firemen become trained in a nationally recognized program. Good job, firemen!!

Gull Harbor Drive in the Fall

One lonely gull sitting on a rock....The others were out gliding in the wind...

A partridge.....not in a pear tree, but seemingly unhurried until the car came very close.

BICS Construction Walkaround 101208

12 October 2008 Fall Colors


Men, 7 iron or higher +putter
Women, 5 iron or higher + putter
No Woods or hybrids.

Alternate Shot with men "teeing" off on odd holes, women "teeing" off  on even holes.

Everyone seemed to take a couple holes to adjust to "no woods" etc.  but after that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. "Unusual but fun" was heard many times.

1st Place        Jeff Mestelle - Jean Carpenter            47
2nd Place        Larry Laurain -Theresa Laurain        53*
3rd Place        Larry Laurain Jr. - Pattie Cull            53

*Won first hole of "playoffs."

2 other teams finished just out of the 2nd place playoffs with 54's.

Thanks to the 9 teams who participated.

Hopefully we can have another "3 Club" Outing next year earlier in the  year and with more teams participating.

Thanks again to John and everyone who participated in all the " Golf  Outings " this year.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions to make next year even better  please let me or John know.


Islander Volleyball at Mackinac

Reported by Coach Connie Boyle

Today we flew to Mackinac Island for their annual invitational tournament.  It's a very highly competitive tournament, with many teams we never meet in our regular Northern Lights League schedule. 

This year the other teams there were Mackinac Island, DeTour, Maplewood Baptist, Vanderbilt, Grand Marais, Northern Michigan Christian Academy, Wolverine, and Paradise. The tournament consisted of "pool play".  At the end of pool play, all the teams were seeded based on their overall win record from the day.  The top 6 teams out of the 9 would move on to bracket play.   

We took 1st place in our pool, and then after more play, we were seeded 4th out of 9.  Beaver Island had played Vanderbilt, Maplewood Baptist, Grand Marais and Paradise.  We made it into the Semi-Finals and were up against DeTour -- they were the best team playing there.  (Well, that is, until they met The Lady Islanders !)  We gave them a "run for their money", but lost the first game 15-21  (the tournament play went only to 21 all day, to save time).  But, then we really poured it on and won the second game 21-19 (both were incredibly exciting games!) 

Unfortunately, the tournament managers had decided not to have any tie-breaker games, to save time, so went with the "total points method" to determine the winners of the bracket-play rounds.  That meant that DeTour went on to the finals, having won 40 (21+19) points to our 36 (15+21).  There wasn't a play-off for 3rd place, so we unofficially "tied for 3rd".

It was a very challenging day of great volleyball and I'm very proud of all the girls.  As usual, from a number of comments by other players, spectators, coaches and refs, it was obvious that some people had made the mistake of underestimating the team from "that small school on that small island".  Well, by the end of the day, they knew we had come to play and many people commented on how impressed they were.  Our girls showed great team spirit and worked as hard as they could.  Playing volleyball was fun, playing "hard volleyball" was really fun, winning a lot was fun, and beating a great team like DeTour was........priceless!

Here are some stats (I'm sure there were many more, but it's hard not to miss things when the games were as fast and exciting as they were today.  But, this will give you an idea of how hard the Lady Islanders worked.) 

This was a Varsity Tournament , so the girls playing for Beaver Island were seniors Heather McDonough, Maeve Green, Deven Cook, Caitlin Boyle; juniors Alex Kuligoski, Jenna Butler, Kristy Bousquet and sophomore: Clairessa Kenwabikise

Aces:  Caitlin 20, Clairessa 16, Maeve 10, Alex 9, Heather 6

Good Serves (including aces):  Caitlin 56, Clairessa 30, Maeve 27, Heather 25, Alex 22, Deven 8

Kills:  Heather 29, Deven 9, Alex 8, Clairessa 5

Good Hits (including kills):  Heather 46, Alex 26, Deven 20, Clairessa 14 Assists:  Maeve 15, Caitlin 14, Jenna 9

BICS Soccer at Munising

Reporting in by phone was coach Matt Ritchie.

On Thursday, October 9, 2008, Beaver Island played against Munising in soccer. Beaver Island won the game 5-0. The following stats were provided also:

Kristy 1 goal; Bryan 1 goal and 1 assist; Cameron 2 goals; Dereck 1 goal and 3 assists; Maeve 3 saves; and Jewell 1 save.

Congratulations to the Islanders on their Thursday afternoon win in Munising.

Friday's game in Munising was a little closer. Beaver Island 2- Munising Baptist 0.

Dereck had 1 goal. Kristy had 1 goal. Cameron had 1 assist.

While Beaver Islanddid maintained possession most of the game, this was still a close hard fought game.  For whatever reason, Beaver Island had a hard time finding the back of the net.

Sports Boosters Spaghetti Dinner

There will be a Spaghetti Dinner to be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Nina's Restaurant.
Reservations Recommended (Take-out available)  448-2396.  Free Will Donation.  Proceeds to Benefit the BI Sports Boosters.

Coming Events at the Shamrock

 CD Release Party for Pinky Lee, Josh, 'n Me  will take place at the Shamrock on Oct. 24, 2008, at 8 pm. They will also be performing on Oct. 25th.

The annual Halloween Party will take place at the Shamrock on Oct. 31, 2008, and will feature the Whitey Morgan--Country Band. They will also be performing on Nov. 1st.

Ballots Available to See

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

St. James ballot

Peaine ballot

You can, of course, go to the website listed here to view them also: govern4740482.asp govern4740482.asp

COA Lunch

COA Lunches Offer a Great Deal for Seniors

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging in conjunction with the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant and the Beaver Island Community Center has put together a wonderful luncheon menu for the seniors of the Beaver Island community. If their first week is any indication, the seniors of the Island are in for a treat all winter.

The lunches began on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, and the menu for this first three days included Grilled Chicken, Broccoli, Carrots, and Peaches for Wednesday; Hamburger with bun, Green Beans, Tater tots, and fresh fruit for Thursday; and Baked Fish, Spinach, potatoes, and pears for Friday. This editor found out about the lunch and tried it for the last two days of this week. The food was excellent, nutritious, and filling for almost any size appetite. The lunch included two-percent milk as beverage also.

While the menu may change over the rest of the month, the menu includes main courses of macaroni and cheese, beef and noodles, Polish sausage, Baked chicken, Tuna casserole, Chili, BBQ Pork sandwich, Chicken and noodles, Wing dings, baked fish, meatloaf, chicken alfredo, ham and scalloped potatoes, meatballs, stuffed peppers, beef stew, ham casserole, BBQ chicken, and Salisbury steak.

The senior lunch costs $2 as a suggested donation for seniors over 60, and for those under 60, the donation is $4. We're guessing that hungry seniors may discover this wonderful luncheon opportunity and take advantage of the savings for an excellent meal. The food is only part of the opportunity. There is also a chance at meeting other seniors and socializing, which may be a draw unto itself.


The Beaver Island Rural Health Center has announced a number of services now available on the island. A sliding fee schedule to help those without insurance, new equipment, new services, new Providers and new classes are all available now at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

Sliding Fee Schedule to Make Care Affordable

As an additional service to make health care affordable to everyone on the island, a sliding fee schedule is available to those without health insurance, and a payment plan can be arranged for those with insurance deductibles who are delaying care because of inability to pay. “One of the missions of the Health Center is to provide care for all residents regardless of ability to pay,” explained Donna Kubic, Health Center , Managing Director. “We don't want anyone to avoid getting care they need, and particularly in difficult economic times like these, we want everyone to know we are here to help.”

The sliding fee schedule is based on income and family size and the numbers are determined by the federal government. For example, a single person household making less than $20,800 would qualify for a discount. The amount of the discount depends on the actual annual income. A person who has an income of less than $10,400 would have services provided at no cost. For a family of eight, an income of less than $71,200 would qualify for a discount. The exact discount is determined by the actual income. An income of $35,600 would qualify the family of eight for free services.

The entire schedule is available at the health center. Anyone desiring further information on the schedule or needing a payment plan should contact Donna Kubic at the Health Center , 448-2275. All contacts and information will be kept confidential.

Digital X-Rays Available

New equipment includes a digital x-ray machine which allows x-rays to be taken at the Health Center and transmitted to Charlevoix Hospital for review by the physician in a matter of minutes. The machine eliminates waiting for x-rays to reach the Hospital allowing faster diagnostics and providing a clearer x-ray. The Health Center can x-ray spines, necks, chests, and extremities.

New: 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. 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.

Island Treasures to Celebrate Anniversary


In February of 1984 the Fire Auxiliary presented a petition to St James Township, asking to be allowed to use the basement of the Township Hall for a Resale Shop.

The Township Board approved the petition in March of 1984. Our first day of business was April 13, 1984. We were open on Monday's from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Due to the high water levels of Lake Michigan that year the basement was flooded and we were forced to look for a new location, so in June of 1984 we began looking for a permanent location.

The Malloy family generously offered to let us use the “ Old Malloy Meat Market “ for our Resale Shop, so in 1985 we moved in and did business there until 1989, when we outgrew the building and had to look for a larger building.

On May 15, 1989 we were able to rent the lower level of “ The Livery “ from Evan Karnes. We operated the Resale Shop in this building until 2004, when we were forced to close our doors because of the poor condition of the building. The Resale Shop remained closed until October of 2007.

In 2007, the Emmet Burke Amvet Post # 46 donated a building to us for use as a Resale Shop. St James and Peaine Townships jointly purchased the land to put our building on. There were many people who donated time and equipment to clear the land and get the building ready for our use.

On October 9, 2007 we opened “ Island Treasures Resale Shop “ in our new location on Donegal Bay Road . So in another week we will celebrate our 1 year anniversary in the new shop. In that year we have taken in almost $29,000 dollars, of course not all of that is profit, but allowing for expenses over the last year, we will show a profit of $15,667.29. We plan to pay for the materials needed to winterize the building to cut down on the cost of operating in the winter months. I hope this gives everyone an idea of how far the Resale Shop has come since 1984.

Respectfully submitted, Carol LaFreniere

Transfer Station News

This is FREE BRUSH MONTH at the Transfer Station. Free brush includes twigs and small branches, not cut down trees etc. Leaves are free anytime.

Dale Boyles Turns 100 on October 30, 2008

Dale Boyles, longtime summer resident of Beaver Island, turns one hundred years old on October 30, 2008. There is a SURPRISE Party planned for Dale at Clinton Commons where he resides. If you would like to send Dale a card wishing him a Happy Birthday, it is requested that you send the cards to the following address:

Attn: Kathy Orson

1105 S. Scott Road

St. Johns, MI 488879

This announcement was given at the BI Christian Church last Sunday, but Judi Meister wanted it to go out to anyone that might read it on this website. Congratulations, Dale!

Beaver Island Community House Movie Schedule

Updates will be made to this schedule as soon as they are received. Click on the page to enlarge it.


Updated on 10/5/08

Wood Chips Available

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

Transfer Station Reminder

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

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

What was "Hundred with a Heart" and who were the organizers of it?

Jerry Charbeneau, Jerry Sowa, and Tom Dorais were the organizers of the Hundred with a Heart campaign. Tom Dorais had had a serious cardiac emergency and was successfully resuscitated because of the availability of an automatic external defibrillator (AED). These three men decided that Beaver Island needed to have one of these. The plan was to get one hundred people to donate one hundred dollars each to raise a total of $10,000 enough to purchase one AED and all of the training equipment necessary to get the members of BIEMS up to speed on how to use this vital equipment. The Hundred with a Heart campaign was sponsored by the Beaver Island Medical Center, which is now the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. There is a plaque in the BIRHC education room commemorating those pioneers and the donors who put in such a valiant effort to move BIEMS into the forefront of cardiac resuscitation. The AED has been successfully used many times on Beaver Island since the success of the campaign. All of the links of the American Heart Association (Early Access to the 911 system, Early CPR, Early Defibrillation, and Early Advanced Care) are in place on Beaver Island since this campaign started. There has been one recorded "Save" due to the BIEMS AED, and the Island should be thankful for all those pioneers who helped make this a reality.

Becky Gerace and Paul Nelson got the meaning of the campaign. Good job! No one got the organizers. Sometimes Beaver Island Trivia is Beaver Island history.

This Week's Question:

The Old Rectory by the Catholic Cemetary was operated as a restaurant and bar for many years. The last owners operated it as the Old Rectory. Prior to that two different owners operated this busines as the Circle M. One operated it during the time of the Beaver Island Invitational Soccer Tournament. One operated it quite a while before that. Can you name the two previous owners of the Circle M?

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