B.I. News on the 'Net, Oct 26-Nov 1, 2009

More Nasty Weather

More wind and more rain can't dampen the spirits of all the younger children as they get ready for the Halloween weekend. Today's costume parade around the town was canceled due to the rainy and windy weather, but tonight's Halloween party at the Peaine Township Hall is still on. There is also a Pig Roast at the South End Lighthouse School, music at the bars, and Devil's night tonight, October 30, 2009.

The Halloween Carnival

(10/30/09 8:50 pm) Held on October 30, 2009, beginning at 7 p.m., the Halloween Carnival was packed wall-to-wall in the Peaine Township Hall. There were games and refreshments, but the the best part from an adult's perspective was the look in the eyes of each of the children in costume. Their eyes just lit up with the excitement of the night. From the games like "Throw the Toad" to the "Misfortune Teller" to the refreshments, this event was well organized. More story and pictures HERE.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of Halloween Carnival HERE

More Eagles at Gull Harbor

If you're in the mood to take the dog for a walk, you might consider taking him/her out to Gull Harbor. If you do, if it's rainy, or if you're just lucky, you'll get an opportunity to see an eagle or more than one eagle on a branch in one or more trees.

Boathouse Gets a Complete Makeover

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.

Mark Vaniman New Refuge Manager At Seney National Wildlife Refuge

(10/31/09 10 a.m.) Mark Vaniman, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the new refuge manager at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan. He began his new duties on September 14, 2009.

“His variety of work assignments and his passion for refuges will serve him well at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.” says Rick Schultz, Chief of Refuges for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In his previous position, Vaniman served as Project Leader at Windom Wetland Management District.

Vaniman commented, “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. My experience on Wetland Management District's was very good, very challenging and very worthwhile but my heart lies in Refuges. This is a spectacular landscape and an incredible area to manage for wildlife.”

Established in 1943, Seney National Wildlife Refuge is a resting and breeding ground for migratory birds. The 93,000+ acre refuge is home to bald eagles, osprey, common loons, trumpeter swans, river otters, beavers, black bears, moose and gray wolves.

“My goal for the refuge is to help the public access and enjoy wildlife while finding ways to protect federally-listed and native species,” says Vaniman.

Prior to his previous position, Vaniman served as a Refuge Manager, Acting Complex Manager, Deputy Complex Manager at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District in North Dakota. Earlier, he was Assistant Manager of Flint Hills and Imperial National Wildlife Refuges. He joined the Fish and Wildlife
Service as biological technician at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. He also worked as a biological technician at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Vaniman and his wife Susan have been married for 28 years and have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hunting, fishing, recreational boating, travel, moderate exercise. He commented, “I am currently learning new winter sports due to my relocation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov

The above news release effects Beaver Island's Archipelago due to the outlying islands being part of this refuge. This will be the new contact person for any cormorant issues regarding the outer islands that are part of this refuge: Hat, Shoe, Pismire, and Gull.

Frank Solle's Lighthouse Pictures

Frank sent me these three pictures, and they needed to be shared. The one from the waterside of the point is a favorite. Thank you, Frank!

Excellent photos and excellent work!

Islanders Triumph in Northern Lights League Soccer Tourney

Playing in a downpour in cold, windy weather was probably not the best for any of the teams playing on Mackinac Island, the location of the Northern Lights League soccer tournament. The weather certainly was "nasty" on Friday as pictures in another story show.

The Islanders played their first game against the Mackinac Island Lakers after a bye due to their league standings. It appeared as if Mackinac wanted to play a defensive game, but the Islanders put their offense together and scored 5 goals against this defensive effort. Doug Campbell got one goal, Dereck McDonough scored 2 goals, Cameron LaVasseur scored 1, and Olvia Cary scored 1 goal. Dereck McDonough had one assist and Cameron LaVasseur had one assist also. Defending the Islander goal was Jewell Cushman, who did not allow any goals to be scored. Islander win 5-0.

The Islanders then needed to sit and watch the semi-final games be played in the wind-driven cold rain. They were already sopped, but had to wait until the finals. The weather played a big part in the day as the semi-final games were cut down to 20 minute halves instead of the normal 30 minutes. The Islanders final match-up was against Grand Marais, and it was also a game with 20-minute halves. This game was lower in score with the Islanders scoring two goals. Jenna Battle scored one goal and Dereck McDonough scored one goal, making the Islander final score 2. Bryan Timsak had one assist. Olivia Schwarzfisher defended the Islander goal and had 2 saves, but managed to shut-out the Grand Marais team. Final score was 2-0.

The Islanders' triumph had to be a mixed emotion event since they had to forfeit the district tournament game in Harbor Springs due to weather-related inability to travel, but this is a great way to end the Islander soccer season.

Coach Matt Ritchie said, "This was a fun season. The last game tested everyone's will and desire to be the #1 team, but they came home with the trophy they deserved." Well said, coach!

Pictures of Tournament HERE

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips: (Thank you, again, Levi!)

Mackinac Game Highlights 1

Mackinac Game Highlights 2

Mackinac Game Highlights 3

Mackinac Game Highlights 4

Mackinac Game Highlights 5

Grand Marais Game Highlights 1

Grand Marais Game Highlights 2

Grand Marais Game Highlights 3

Grand Marais Game Highlights 4

Good Game and Celebration

Injury on the Field

Kathleen Boyle Passes Away

Kathleen Boyle passed away in her home on October 17, 2009. Kathleen is survived by her husband, Bernard Boyle; daughter, Jennifer August (husband, Thurn August); daughter, Melissa Walker (husband, Patrick Walker); granddaughter, Bronwyn Kathleen August; sister, Jeanine Campbell and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Memorial was held on Beaver Island at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Sunday, October 25, 2009. A Memorial of Life will be scheduled at a date to be announced.



for the 2009-2010 School Year by Beaver Island Community School


(231) 448-2744

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

•  removal of snow from areas as determined through meeting with school administrator.

•  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 2009-2010 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 3:00 p.m. on Friday,November 6, 2009 .

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

Date Set For Marathon 2010 – Planning Underway

By Kathy Speck & Steve West

Recently the Marathon Principals Committee (made up of the primary event sponsors) met to begin the planning process for next year. The group reviewed comments from many interested parties including runners, business owners and Beaver Island residents that totaled 12 single spaced typed pages. Comments were 95% positive with suggestions for improvement. We hope people will understand that differing interests made it impossible to implement all the good ideas. September 4 th has been selected for the 2010 Beaver Island Marathon.

We want to share with the community a few of the many factors which influenced the decision to select Labor Day weekend again and some planned improvements. Frankly, for the last several years prior to this, Labor Day weekend has not been a great one for Beaver Island. In 2009 boat and air travel to Beaver Island during the three day weekend increased nearly ten fold.

354 Runners plus 435 friends and family for a total of 807 people

98% stayed for 2 or more days

They came from 16 states and Canada. Most were first time visitors to Beaver Island. Overwhelmingly they said they had a wonderful time, want to return and many plan to bring more family and stay longer. For a large number the three day holiday weekend was a key to being able to come and spend 2-3 days. The event was a big success because of the warmth and hospitality of the Island and the professionalism of Good Boy Events.

Pushing the event further into September historically risks windy weather not suitable to comfortable travel. Moving back into August bumps into greater likelihood of hot weather and booked accommodations. Other long standing mid-west running events are also a factor. Late June is a future possibility, perhaps for a triathlon.

Again being candid, some of us under estimated the economic impact and were not completely ready to deal with the numbers. The first event is always a learning opportunity. Planning for next year is already underway and numerous opportunities for improvement have been identified. To mention a few changes: A new 13.1 mile course that will reduce and shorten the business impact of less vehicle traffic; More participation by business along the course route; Additional marketing focus on extending the Beaver Island visit.

We believe there is plenty of opportunity to make next year's Beaver Island Marathon bigger and better for the participants, the promoters and our Island. We welcome questions and suggestions from the community.

Kathy Speck is President of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. Steve West is the Executive Director.

Update on Sally Davis

As some of you know, Howard and Sally Davis left early this fall due to some physical problems that Sally was having. This past Monday, October 19, 2009, Sally went in for some surgery. They are awaiting the outcome of some tests to determine the treatment regimen for her. It is possible that Sally has cancer, but there was a biopsy taken on Monday.

Cards can be mailed to this address:

Howard and Sally Davis, 4438 White Road, Pierson, MI 49339

Friday's Weather = Nasty

The weather forecast from an Internet webpage described the weather today, October 23, 2009, like this:

This Afternoon ...Rain...Breezy. Highs in the mid 40s. East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

Of course this forecast was absolutely correct, but the word that came to mind right away was "nasty." The Emerald Isle was not thwarted from its mission of bringing passesngers and freight to the Island. As of 12:30 p.m., the ferry was enroute to the Island from Charlevoix. There is a Beaver Island soccer team on Mackinac Island playing in a soccer tournament in this nasty weather. We all wish them well, and hope that this weather doesn't help weaken their ability to fight off the flu that is going around.

From Whiskey Point all along the Gull Harbor Road, the driving rain came in one side of the car through an open window and kept getting the camera lense wet, covered with droplets of wind blown water. The view out toward Hog Island wasn't too pleasant trying to imagine what a boat ride in this nasty weather might be like.

Thank You to Marilyn and Liam Racine

A huge thank you to Marilyn and Liam for hosting the Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser October 16th . $1165.00 was raised to help with preventive and follow up care for mammograms.  The Health Center will administer the donated monies. I would like to encourage any lady who might be putting off getting a mammogram done, for whatever reason to please contact the Health Center. 448-2275

Donna Kubic,RN, Managing Director, BIRHC

Peaine Township Meeting October 14th

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips with descriptions HERE

"Trunk" and Treat

An interesting variation of the "trick or treat" for out-of-towners

In this season of Halloween, there is an all out effort to allow the out of town residents and opportunity to see the the trick or treaters and to provide the youngsters with treats. If you live out of town and would like to participate, just drive your vehicle into the parking lot of the Gregg Fellowship Center on October 31, 2009. The "trunk" and treat event will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. There is a possibility that there may be some cold cider or some hot chocolate being available inside the fellowship center as well.

If you are an out of town resident and would like to participate, costumes are encouraged, but not required. No prior registration is necessary. Questions? Call Judi Meister.

Holiday Bazaar Scheduled

There is a a holiday bizaar scheduled to take place at the Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Center on November 22, 2009. It will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you are interested in renting a $10 table for this event, please contact Karen Johnson or Judi Meister. Besides the vendors there selling items for the holiday gifts, each vendor will donate an item for a "Vendor" raffle with tickets on sale for 25 cents each. What would a bizaar be without food? There will be a soup kitchen with soup on sale to benefit the Beaver Island Food Pantry. Looks like an exciting day for all!

HOSA to Have Bake Sale

The health occupations class will be having a bake sale on November 8, 2009.

Adult MFR Program to Start

The adult medical first responder class will begin on November 16, 2009, at the Governmental Center (the old medical center). If you are interested and haven't contacted the instructor Sarah McCafferty, please do so right away.

Ken Bruland and His Paddle for Food Presentation

Ken Bruland presented his pictures and video clips of his trip from Beaver Island to Prentiss Bay in the upper peninsula. The 85-mile trip turned into a 100-mile trip, and Ken Bruland explained it all in an interesting presentation on Sunday, October 18, 2009, at the Beaver Island Community Center. Beginning at noon, and during the Senior Luncheon, Ken's presentation lasted from a little over an hour. There were pictures, video clips, and interesting stories along with maps and charts, with one or two amusing stories thrown in as well.

Ken Bruland began his presentation by thanking a large number of businesses and people who helped him get this project going and helped bring him up to today with this presentation. Some of the thank-you's will be done here in text and others will be done on the video clips that accompany this story.

Ken Bruland thanked these people for their donations to help fund the actual trip. The sponsors were: Steven and Eleanore Hagerman, Dan and Sarah McCafferty, Shirley and Dave Curtis, Jim and Caroline Latta, Carl and Jackie Evans, Marijean and Francis Pike, Kirt and Sue Camper, Pete and Deb Plastrik, Bob and Sue Welke, Buck and MaryAnne Ridgeway, Liam and Marilym Racine, and Kirk and Judy McBride.

"They helpd me out financially and I really appreciate that," Ken stated. "I need to give special thanks to Bill and Jeff Cashman.....for all of their work including thank-you cards and all of their advertisement....for two articles, one before I left and one after I came back... that helped to get the word out about this whole thing.......Thank you also to Steve and Elaine West who wrote a nice article after the trip was over..."

There are many other thank-you's in the Quicktie Streaming Video Clips that follow:

Thank you 1

Thank you 2 and Pantry explanation

Thank you 3

Thank you 4

Thank you 5

Thank you 6

Thank you 7

Presentation Begins

If you are interested in contributing money to the Beaver Island Food Pantry, you may do so online using PayPal and a credit card from the homepage of this website, or you can send a check to: Beaver Island Food Pantry, c/o Beaver Island Christian Church, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Birds Galore at Gull Harbor

What more could you ask for on a Sunday morning after church and before a dinner?

Pictures and story HERE

Island Soccer Team Storms over the Lakers

The Beaver Island soccer team is a strong team in more ways than one. First and foremost from outside observers is the obvious teamwork and the desire to help each other score goals. Second, the team is in excellent physical condition. This was just as evident on Mackinac Island as it has been here on Beaver Island at the home games.

On Friday night, the Islanders swept past the Lakers giving the Lakers a sound defeat with the final score 9-1. Scoring goals for the Islanders were: Brighid Cushman 1, Bryan Timsak 2, Jenna Battle 1, Kristy Bousquet 1, Dereck McDonough 2, Olivia Schwartzfisher 1, and Cameron LaVasseur 1. Assists were provided by Jewell Cushman 1, Jenna Butler 2, Olivia Schwarzfisher 1, and Olivia Cary 2. Jewell Cushman had two saves in the goal, Bryan Timsak had three saves in the goal, and Olivia Schwartzfisher had three saves in the goal.

On Saturday, the same type of teamwork pushed the Islanders to a 9-0 win. The Islanders scored all nine goals in the first half, so the game ended at that point. Bryan Timsak had 2 goals, Cameron LaVasseur had 4 goals, Dereck McDonough had 2 goals, and Kristy Bousquet had 1 one. Assists were by Bryan Timsak 1, Cameron LaVasseur 1, Dereck McDonough 1, and Jewell Cushman 1.

Wednesday the Island soccer team will play in their first district game at Harbor Springs against Harbor Springs Christian. (Canceled due to weather.) If the Islanders win this game, they will be back in Harbor playing again on Saturday. On Friday, the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament will take place on Mackinac Island. This will be a busy week for the Beaver Island soccer team. Good Luck, Islanders!

Governor Granholm Comments on Technology Stimulus Funds

Governor Includes Comments about Beaver Island Last Mile Grant Application

Although there is no definite information about the grant application sent in by the newly formed Beaver Island Broadband, Inc., (BIBI) this step below shows that the governor is interested in obtaining these funds for Michigan. It will be mid-November at least before BIBI will know if they made it through the first cut, and, if so, the real work will begin. Hopefully, BIBI's grant applications will be successful for the competition and extended services that this plan will provide.

"The projects identified in the governor's letter to the NTIA as key to the implementation of the state's strategic goals would bring broadband access to 66 percent of current unserved households and 68 percent of unserved businesses across the state. In announcing today's input, Granholm also reiterated the state's commitment to making access available to every citizen in the state.

“When we launched our broadband plan in 2004, we likened it to the effort 55 years ago to build a great bridge linking our two peninsulas.  Our broadband plan is every bit as transformational, allowing us to link every community in our state to economic opportunity,” said Granholm. “Broadband will be this generation's Mackinac Bridge.”

Granholm's letter to Lawrence Strickling, U.S. Dept. of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, included comments on last-mile coverage in rural areas ranging from Barry County to Beaver Island to Alpena to the Upper Peninsula -- expanding service to 338,000 households and 41,000 businesses that are in unserved and underserved areas across the state. Improvements in suburban areas were also requested across the state, as well as for public computing centers in 23 counties and 155 locations and for sustainable broadband systems."


From Jack Gallagher:

On October 14, 2009, Beaver Island Broadband was included in a group of (8) Last-Mile Michigan Applicants for Federal Stimulus funding recommended by Governor Granholm for consideration by the U.S. government.  We anticipate hearing from the U.S. government between November 1, 2009 and November 15, 2009 if Beaver Island Broadband will make the "first cut" at the Federal level.  If we make the "first cut", we will move into the second phase in which the final successful applicants are selected. 

The timing for making the final announcements in phase "2" is unclear at this time.  As the timing becomes clear, we will notify you. The good news is that we are still in the race.  The hope is that we will be selected for funding.  Each of you are part of a much larger group of people who have provided the time, energy and dedication to bring us to this point.  We commend you and ask that you express our gratitude to those not listed in this e-mail who have contributed so much. 

Please call me at the Township Hall (448-2389) or at home (448-2441) if I can provide any further information.

Governor Granholm's Cover Letter

Beaver Island Fall Colors

Ominous, yet beautiful, skies in the fall over Paradise Bay

A short drive around the Gull Harbor, Paradise Bay, and Barney's Lake Road will show the fall colors are definitely here. If only we had some consistent sunshine to help show the beauty of the Island in this season.

Gull Harbor loop

Barney's Lake loop

Snowbirds! Michigan Needs you!

Michigan needs you to be Counted as a Michigander in the 2010 Census

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is concerned that many of Michigan 's estimated 130,000 snowbirds may get missed in the upcoming 2010 census—costing the state millions in federal dollars that are allocated based on census numbers. The problem lies in the timing of the census.

In March, the 2010 Census forms will be mailed to every residence. Residents will be instructed to complete the form and return it by April 1 st . However, many Michigan snowbirds may complete and return their census form at their southern residence, and not be counted as a Michigan resident! 

If retirees reside in Michigan for more than six months out of the year they should be counted as a Michigan resident , so that Michigan receives the federal benefits for them. Each person who is counted in Michigan brings more than $1,000 to Michigan each year in federal funding. The 2010 census count determines funding to state and local governments, money for roads, schools, businesses, and services for the elderly.

To be sure snowbirds who live in Michigan six months or more are properly counted, this is what you need to do:

•  When you receive a Census Questionnaire at your winter address, do not fill it out if you live there for less than six months out of the year.

•  If you return to Michigan before April 15, fill out the Census Questionnaire that will be delivered to your Michigan address.

•  After April 15, or if you do not find a questionnaire when you return, wait until the Census sends a census taker to your door to get a form completed.

Michigan needs all snowbirds who live here most of the time to be counted here, to help our state, our cities, and our neighbors receive a fair share of federal resources.

Talking Threads says, "EVERYONE IS WELCOME!"

Talking Treads Quilt Guild had a workshop featuring a class in "Foundation Crazy Quilting." It took place at the Peaine Township Hall on Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The parking lot at the Peaine Hall was pretty full which would indicate that this was a successful event.

Join the Fun!

Beaver Island's 1st Annual Halloween Carnival

Games ~ Prizes

Costume Contest

Snacks and Treats

Friday October 30th

7:00 p.m.

At the

Peaine Township Hall

Prizes Awarded For The Best Costumes!

This event is free of charge and open to all children, teens as well. Tickets for the games will be given out at the door along with a treat bag. Treat bowls will be set up at each game and each child is allowed one treat from each bowl. Prizes will be given for each game. The costume judging will take place after the games. There will be a separately judged costume contest for teens which will follow the judging of the younger children's costumes. Snacks and punch will be set up at the kitchen. There will also be and area for children to sit if they are frightened by any of the decorations or costumed game operators. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering to help, please call Tina Walker at 448-2020. I would like to thank the volunteers, in advance, for their dedication in helping provide safe and fun activities for the youth of Beaver Island and I would also like to thank the Beaver Island businesses who's generous donations have made this event possible. Thank you all!

When asked why she does these activities, Tina Walker said, "I love children and love seeing them have a good time. I have been collecting holiday decorations for over 35 years, I really enjoy decorating for holidays and that my reward for everything that I do lies in the smiling faces of the children, and my volunteers feel the same way."

AA Meetings Continue

There will be an AA meeting every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Island Christian Church.

Transfer Station Notice

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

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

October Events HERE

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

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Announces Mini-Grant Program

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA) is initiating a new mini-grant program in 2009-10 to support the creative work of local artists who enrich the cultural life of the Beaver Island community. Funding for the program is generated by proceeds from Baroque on Beaver, an annual classical music series that combines the talents of year-round and seasonal residents with professional musicians from across the state of Michigan and beyond.

The new program was created by the BICAA Board of Directors as a means of fulfilling its mission to support year-round cultural arts in the Beaver Island community. BICAA has previously invested proceeds from Baroque on Beaver in the string program and other cultural activities for students at the Beaver Island Community School (BICS). Since BICS recently received a major grant to fund similar projects, the BICAA Board decided to refocus its resources on supporting the work of local artists. Artists will be able to apply for funding to cover costs for such necessities as time and materials to create their art, rental of rehearsal and performance space, travel expenses or fees for attending seminars or classes, opportunities to branch out into new art forms and other reasonable needs.

Eligibility criteria and applications for the mini-grant program may be obtained from BICAA Board member Miranda Rooy, mirandarooy@hotmail.com and will be posted in mid-October on the BICAA website, www.baroqueonbeaver.com . Applications will be accepted electronically and must be received by November 15, 2009 . A Selection Committee composed of Board members and community residents qualified in specific areas of the arts will review applications and make recommendations on awardees for Board approval. Awards will be in mid-December. For more information, please contact Anne Glendon, aglendon@sbcglobal.net .

Eligibility requirements for candidates:

  1. Year-round or seasonal residents of Beaver Island for a minimum of 2 years
  2. At least 2 years of engagement in the art form for which support is being sought
  3. Submission of a completed application which includes a statement of need for funding. This would include, but not be limited to costs associated with:
    • Rehearsal or performance space
    • Release time from work to practice or create artwork
    • Materials, equipment, training
    • Other needs consistent with the type of art involved.
  4. Agreement to report on, share, demonstrate, show or perform whatever work is produced as a result of the grant during the Baroque on Beaver annual festival (July 26-August 1, 2010), or at another event to be sponsored by BICAA in association with the festival .

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association: Mini-Grant Application

Name of Artist(s):

Beaver Island Address:

Year-round Mailing Address:


Beaver Island Phone(s): _____________________Alternative Phone(s):

Approximate annual residency dates on Beaver Island :

1. Type of Art to be funded (include all that apply)

__ Musical performance

__ Musical composition

__ Visual art (please specify medium)

__ Poetry, Short Story or other literary art (please specify form)

__ Dance

__ Theater

__ Other (please specify)

2. Purpose of request: Please describe in one paragraph what the funds will be used for.

3. Statement of Need: Please explain (no more than 1 page) why you are seeking funding at this time. Describe your engagement in this art form over the past 2 years and give a compelling reason why this mini-grant is important to achieving your artistic goals.

4. Amount requested (anticipated grant range is $150-$750): _______

5. Letter of Agreement: Please attach a letter (or multiple letters from all the members of the applicant group) that clearly states agreement with the requirement to show, display or otherwise demonstrate how the mini-grant funds were used by July 15, 2010 .

6. Name and contact information of two references who can attest to your work:

Please use additional pages as needed.

Applications are due by November 15, 2009. Electronic applications preferred. Please send to Miranda Rooy, mirandarooy@hotmail.com . Attachments that cannot be sent electronically may be mailed to BICAA, PO Box 326 , Beaver Island , MI 49782 . Awards will be decided by the BICAA Board and announced in mid-December

Free Preventative Medical Services at BIRHC

Grant monies are still available for preventative care at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Char-Em United Way has awarded the Beaver Island Rural Health Center a $6,000 grant to offer to the uninsured residents of Beaver Island, an opportunity to make an appointment with one of our two care providers for a physical, which would include a

Physical, Blood Work, Baseline EKG, Women's Health Issues at

No Charge

Please encourage anyone who might benefit from these services to call for an appointment. The service is available to those members of the community who are not insured or whose insurance may not pay for a routine physical. We are offering screening for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, prostate cancer and anemia.

There is no time limit on this offer. We are grateful to Char-Em United Way allowing us to offer these services.

To date 14 residents of the island have taken advantage of the opportunity for preventative care. Two residents have had hypertension diagnosed and are being treated and one resident has been diagnosed with a blood disorder and has been referred to a specialist.

Donna Kubic, Managing Director

Clare Cull Address

If you did not know, Clare Cull suffered a stroke. She is currently in Bay City. You can write to her at the following address:

Clare Cull, Room 878, Bay Regional Medical Center, West Campus, 3250 East Midland Road, Bay City, MI 48705

BICS Seeks Girls' Basketball Coach




CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or higher


•  Demonstrate an interest in working with children ages 13-18 years.

•  Demonstrate an understanding of the role of interscholastic athletics and communicate it to athletes, parents and the public.

•  Knowledgeable about rules, regulations, skills of the sport and be able to communicate them to the athletes.

•  Willingness to attend off-island training as required.

•  Willingness to travel with and supervise students on away trips.


SALARY: New coaches with 0-3 years of experience will be paid $1100 for the season; coaches with 3 or more years of experience will be paid $1500 for the season


STARTING DATE: November 2009

INQUIRIES DIRECTED TO Kathleen McNamara, Principal/Superintendent, Beaver Island Community School


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