BI News on the 'Net, October 6-13 2008

Islander Volleyball at Mackinac

Reported by Coach Connie Boyle

Today (10/18/08)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

Beatrice Boyle Died September 29, 2008

Beatrice Boyle, 89, of Beaver Island , died September 29, 2008, at her daughter's home in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Funeral Mass was at 1:00 pm, Sunday, October 5, 2008, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island , the Reverend Patrick Cawley officiated.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island. 

Bea was born January 25, 1919, in Manistique to James and Elsie (Schmidt) O'Donnell.  She moved to Beaver Island at the age of one, and attended the Beaver Island Schools.  Bea married Jack Boyle on Beaver Island February 24, 1936.  They lived in the Chicago area from 1941 until returning to the Island in 1984.  Jack preceded her in death on August 9, 1990. 

Bea was a member of Holy Cross Church .  She is survived by her children, Daniel Morris (Sally) Boyle, John (Marge) Boyle, Jean (Gary) McDonough, Bernie (Kathy) Boyle, Donald (Chris) Boyle, Theresa Gacek, Steve Boyle, Tim Boyle, Susan (Doug) Heynig, Neal (Connie) Boyle, and Patrick Boyle; son-in-law, Ray Matela; grandchildren, Dan, Jim, Vicki, Joan, Tom, John, Liz, Mike, Stacey, Dave, Renee, Cindy, Jennifer, Melissa, Matt, Jay, Sam, Rob, Tess, Will, and Caitlin; many great and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Theresa (Chuck) Archer, Patricia Hooker; brother, Ray (Marianne) O'Donnell. Bea was also preceded in death by her daughters, Grace Matela, and M. Sharon and her husband, Neil Simpson; graddaughter, Christine Matella; brother, Bernard and his wife Kay O'Donnell; sisters, Elizabeth O'Donnell, and Katherine and her husband Clifford White. 

The wake was from 5-8:00 pm, Saturday, at the Holy Cross Convent, with the Rosary recited at 7:00 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Cross Cemetery Fund. The Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix helped the family with the arrangements.

Acupunturist to Visit and Provide Services

A Board Certified acupuncturist who has been in practice for 15 years will give a talk on acupuncture at 6 PM in the reception area of the BI Rural Health Center on Thursday, October 9, 2008. Tamara Graff will be taking appointments for Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, 2008.

Please contact the  Beaver Island Rural Health Center for more information at 448-2275.

1st 3 “Club” Golf Outing

(You may only take three golf clubs and a putter onto the course.)

Men: 7 iron or higher + putter (No Drivers, woods, hybrids, or 1-2-3-4-5 6 irons)

Women: 5 iron or higher + putter (No Drivers, woods, hybrids, or 1-2-3-4 irons)

DATE: October 12, 2008, 1:30 p.m. SHOTGUN START (WEATHER PERMITTING)





1 ST PLACE 40%

2 ND PLACE 30%

3 RD PLACE 20%

4 TH PLACE 10%




OUT OF BOUNDS RIGHT OF #1, BEYOND POND on the right for #7, & LEFT #9

If there is enough interest there will be a “closest to the pin” contest as follows:

#3 closest to the pin in 2, must be on green.

#4 closest to the pin with “tee” shot, must be on green

#6 closest to the pin in 2, must be on green. (second shot may be a putt!)

$5.00 Entry Fee. Money divided by 3, if no one wins one of the holes, money will be divided by 2, if no one wins on two of the holes, all money goes to the one closest on the one green hit.


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

This coming Thursday will mark the one year anniversary of the Island Treasures Resale Shop according to Carol LaFreniere. Carol wrote a history of the resale shop which is posted below:


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

Beaver Boodle

The morning started with a bicycle ride with several participants beginning very early in the morning. Then preparations were made for the 5K Run/Walk.

On the porch after registration looking at the t-shirts

The registration was inside the Beachcomber with lots of people ready to help

A cool brisk sunny morning for a run

Larry warming up on his way to the starting line..

The wind picked up just a little bit before the start of the race..

And the race began.....

Taking a very quick lead that was never lost...

And the last of the walkers....

The first runner coming up from the north side from Gull Harbor...

The one who would win the race....

And then the camera quit working........a few choice words were spoken........

From Diane McDonough:

5K Men- Runners
The young man in the photo and the winner of the 5k is Tucker Hogarth.   Time: 21:55  (keep in mind this route is a little longer than 5K)
2nd place- Parker Hogarth
3rd Place- Don Siegel

5K Women- Runners
1st Palce-  Linda Frysinger  (Time- 26:46)
2nd Place- Julie Roy (pushing her daughter in the stroller)
3rd Place- Mary Grondin

5K Women- Walkers

1st Pace- Meg Works  (Time- 48:32)
2nd Place- Carolyn Works
3rd Place- Jane Thompson

5K Men -Walkers
1st Place -Rick Speck (Time-36:58)
2nd Place- Jim Jones
3rd Place- Ric Roane

If you weren't present to receive your medals please contact Diane McDonough at 231-448-2164

Bite of Beaver

The Bite of Beaver at the Holy Cross Hall with a long line awaiting.........

(Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for this information)

Denise McDonough took first place in the new Harvest Desert contest. Amy Burris won  first for the second year in a row in the hard fought Apple Pie contest. Pie new comer Steve West was 2nd.

More pictures and story HERE

Last Mixed Outing of the Season

On October 5, 2008, the last mixed golf outing of the Season took place. Teams were determined by drawing names.
Everyone was playing with someone they had not teamed up with in the earlier outings.  Despite the chill in the air everyone seemed to have a great time.  As in earlier outings there were good shots, bad shots, and numerous "only if" comments following play.

Buck Ridgeway wants to thank everyone who participated, not only in today's outing, but also everyone who participated in this year's Mixed Alternate Shot Outings. The talk immediately turned to next year and if the Outings would  continue. Thankfully John Works said yes. So check here or at the golf course next spring for next year's schedule of Outings.

Here are the final results of today's outing:

1st Place        Theresa Laurain-Buck Ridgeway        45
2nd Place        Taffy Raphael-Larry Roy                46 (42)
3rd Place        Doris Larson-Joe Moore                48

BICS Soccer Friday and Saturday

The BICS Soccer team played very well against the Paradise Rockets this past weekend winning a resounding victory on both Friday and Saturday.

Pictures and story of Friday Soccer HERE

Pictures and story of Saturday Soccer HERE

BICS Volleyball

The BICS Islander volleyball team didn't have too much trouble beating the Paradise Rockets team. There was only one game in which the Islanders tied them at 24-24, which was about as close as you can get in any volleyball game. But, resounding success both on Friday night and Saturday greeted our Islander girls' volleyball team with three wins on Friday night and three straight wins on Saturday morning as well. Due to the Boodle on Saturday morning, the pictures here are from Friday night only.

Volleyball stats from Coach Connie Boyle:

Friday night, 10/3/08, BI  beat   Paradise 25 - 21; 26 - 24; 25 - 21; The Junior Varsity all won 15-12.

Saturday morning: BI beat  Paradise 25-14; 25-19; 25-13

Aces :  Caitlin Boyle 9, Heather McDonough 8, Maeve Green 5, Clairessa Kenwabikise 5, Alex Kuligoski 2, Deven Cook 1, Jenna Butler 1, Brogan Maudrie 1, Jenna Battle 1

Good Serves (including aces):  Caitlin 34, Maeve 29, Heather 19, Deven 12, Clairessa 12, Alex 7, Jenna Butler 4, Marissa Crandall 3, Jenna Battle 3, Olivia Cary 1, Brighid Cushman 1, Erin Boyle 1

Digs:  Deven 6, Alex 4, Clairessa 3 Kills:  Heather 10, Alex 9, Deven 5, Clairessa 5, Brogan Maudrie 2, Brighid 1

Assists:  Maeve 14, Caitlin 13, Jenna Butler 4, Deven 4, Clairessa 3, Brighid 1, Heather 1 Tips:  Caitlin 4, Heather 3, Alex 2, Deven 2, Kristy 1, Maeve 1

Pictures from Friday night HERE

BICS Construction Walkaround 100408

Pictures of the Walkaround are HERE

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.


Chamber of Commerce News

Are You Getting The Most From Your Marketing Investment ?

A Chamber of Commerce membership is primarily bargain priced joint marketing for your business. Most members receive several times the value of their investment. Some get less value. Are you getting all you should?

Two primary membership benefits are a web page or link and literature rack space at our new Community Center. Your Chamber web site will get 90,000 visits this year. The visitor traffic at the Community Center is about twice that of the old office location. Do you have a web page? Is your literature on display year around?

If you are not taking advantage of both of these membership benefits you are missing an opportunity you have paid for. It is easy to participate. Steve West staffs the office year around M-F 9-3. Make the most of your investment during this challenging economy. It is easy and takes only a little time to get the most out of your membership investment. Invest a few minutes to learn more.         (231) 448-2505 Your Chamber of Commerce board has authorized a special 5% discount if you renew your membership before October 15. This is the third and last discount reminder.

For the 4th straight year dues remain the same. To take advantage of the 5% discount simply use a 2008 form 2008-membership/index.html and change it to read 2009. Fill it out and return it with your check for the full amount LESS 5%. You can pick up a form at your Chamber office as well. Dues investment amounts are on the from.

We must receive your renewal check for the full amount less 5% before October 15.

Questions - call or email right away. Don't delay, take advantage of this money saving offer today. Be sure that is what is in your address book. The csyip (Central Solutions) address will soon no longer work.

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 were the names of the two providers that worked for the Beaver Island Medical Center just before the new building was built? Both were Physician's Assistants and both worked in the old building, now the Governmental Building. One of those two providers will be back to help out later this fall and winter.

The two PA's who worked at the Beaver Island Medical Center just before the building got build were Susan Meis and Christie VanLooy. Rumor has it that Chris VanLooy will be back working for the BIRHC after her notice is up at her current job downstate. Most of us look forward to having Chris VanLooy back because she already knows the special circumstances surrounding healthcare on Beaver Island. Welcome Back Chris whenever you can get here!

This Week's Question:

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

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of October, November, and December for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to:

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