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!
We hope to have some pictures and a few video clip highlights up early next week.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
The health occupations class will be having a bake sale on November 8, 2009.
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.
The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Beaver Island on Monday, October 19, 2009, from 10 AM until noon at the Beaver Island Community Center .
This regular meeting of the Commission will encompass a Public Forum on the following topics related to persons age 60 and older consistent with the purpose of the Commission on Aging. Of particular interest to the Commission will be:
Management of Chronic Disease and Continuum of Care Issues in the Elderly
Fall Prevention and Injury Avoidance
Community Based Aging In Place Initiatives
Prevention Efforts to Minimize Elder Exploitation
Physical and Mental Wellness/Healthy Life Style
The monthly senior dinner was held on Sunday, October 18, 2009, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a good turnout. This is a great opportunity to socialize, eat, and relax at the Beaver Island Community Center. The dinner is open to all community members. The cost is only $6 for those under 60 years of age and $3 for those 60 and older. The food was excellent. There was plenty to fill you up. Turkey, mashed potatoes, lettuce salad with tomatoes, bread and butter, apple crisp, and coffee, milk, and water were also provided. Along with dinner served, Ken Bruland made a present about his Paddle for Food trip from Beaver Island to Prentiss Bay in the upper penninsula. What a grand day!
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:
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
What more could you ask for on a Sunday morning after church and before a dinner?
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!
The Lady Islanders have played some fairly unchallenging teams recently, but the Lady Lakers were by no means easy. The Lakers were a very challenging team to play. Although the Islanders were losing on Friday night, the games showed excellent play by the Islander team. The Lakers pushed past the Islanders on Friday night in a 3-0 run in the best of five match. The Lady Islanders were up-and-at-'em on Saturday morning and playing very hard. The Islanders pushed the Lakers into a tie-breaker fifth game after matching the Lakers 2 games to 2 games. The Lakers were able to put on the brakes to the scoring of the Islanders and pushed past the Islanders winning the tie-breaker by five points. "The girls played well," Coach Kerry Smith said. "This was a good year for my first year of coaching. We got second place in the Northern Lights League. Mackinac got first place."
Having attended all the home games, this reporter is looking forward toward another year of excellent work by the Lady Islanders. Someone said, "The team has a lot of talented younger players. Watch out in the future!"
This deck gun might remind you of a fire truck deck gun shooting water to clean the barge??
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."
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
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
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.
On Wednesday afternoon, October 14, 2009, the Lady Islanders swept through two 3-0 matches against the very young Ojibwe team. There were high points for all the players on the Islander team with most players getting an opportunity to play, particularly the younger players.
Beaver Island News on the 'Net posted a story back in July about a rescued fawn that was brought to Jeff Powers DVM, who took care of the fawn and then was required to transfer care of the fawn to a rehabilitation center. Jeff Powers forward the email that he received recently that show that the rescued fawn that is missing one leg is doing well. You can read the original story by clicking HERE.
For more story and pictures, you can go HERE.
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."
There will be an AA meeting every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Island Christian Church.
At the St. James Township meeting last night, October 7, 2009, the AMVETs Post 46 made a presentation to the township board for using the old power plant park area as a location for an AMVET Memorial Park. There are some lease issues that need to be resolved, but St. James approved this use of the property contingent upon the lease with Wolverine Power Company.
Fall/winter hourss at the Transfer Station begin November 1...........11-5 Monday - Saturday
The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available
Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Come check us out!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com .
Eligibility requirements for candidates:
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)
__ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
These wonderful pictures are also by Frank Solle. Thank you, Frank!
There was enough wind to cause the spray from the waves to cover the bow of this large freighter.
St. Helena's Island and light, standing guard near the straits.
It looks like the bridge is twisting in the 45+ mph winds. Maybe it was.
Passing the mouth of the harbor, as inviting as ever. ...Ah, the sun always shines over Beaver Island.
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
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
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
POSTING OF GIRLS BASKETBALL
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.
DESCRIPTION OF JOB
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
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Posted Until Filled
STARTING DATE: November 2009
INQUIRIES DIRECTED TO Kathleen McNamara, Principal/Superintendent, Beaver Island Community School
The BICS Soccer Team and Volleyball Teams continue their competitions this coming weekend, September 25th and 26th. Please come out and support our local sports teams and cheer them on. The sports schedule for this fall is posted below:
NORTHERN LIGHTS LEAGUE SOCCER TOURNAMENT
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