BI News on the 'Net, Sept. 1-7, 2008

BI Rural Health Center Announcement

Chiropractor coming to Beaver Island

"Wendy Anne" Arrives

John, Sally, Matt, and Wendy Fogg are proud to announce the arrival of their new tug boat, the "Wendy Anne."

More pictures and story HERE.


Doug, John and Tim want to thank NEWS ON THE NET and Joe Moore for all your support you give us in making various announcements. It is wonderful to find an outlet that can post immediate news in a meaningful way. We look forward to working with Joe in the future.


(Editor's note: An thank you Doug, John, and Tim for your hard work at the transfer station and for getting me the information in such a timely way.)

Biggest Garage Party Ever!

Due to a situation beyond this editor's control, the editor was unable to attend the party. We would love to share photographs if you have some to share. We would love to share stories if you have any to share. Please email either to

From the French group's website translated by Google:

Beaver Island is experiencing a strong Gaelic community and here comes the color of Ireland as the American flag where the stars are replaced by clovers and green replaces the blue and orange red.

We witnessed yesterday at an Irish party in North America. This party was in honor of Jerry LaFreniere, who died recently. But here the dead are celebrated with joy and good humor in his music “country and folk.” It all starts with a horseshoe tournament where the winner (gets) half the pot, the rest of all the benefits of the evening go to the family of the deceased.

Follow a “hobo dinner and roast pig,” if I have failed correctly to translate Hobo dinner, it doesn't matter because on the table was a multitude of dishes including cabbage salad, pasta, a magnificent sauerkraut done in an Irish way, pork roast, red beans cooked beautifully and finally, the greatest joy of children (adults too) a whole range of multicolored desserts.

Following this meal really, we have witnessed an auction sale of lots of donated items by many benefactors ranging from wine bottles to blankets embroidered in the colors of Beaver Island or a rifle and quality cutlery. We did not dare to bid because the bidding went so quickly that we were unable to follow.

And finally came the music, if Sarah, Nathan, and Franck have kindly accompanied me on the dance floor to chance the sound of the country. Something done, but at the back….No chance. In short, a super evening, if it is like, this should be sacred bon vivant (person who cherishes fine music, wine, and food).

It's pretty obvious, they had a great time at the party.

BIRHC Truck Raffle---And the Winner Is....

With 415 tickets sold, the BIRHC made approximately $20,000 profit on the SUV raffle.

Pete LoDico, Board Member, outside before the drawing

Donna Kubic, Business Manager, checking to make certain all tickets were represented.

Connie Wojan, Board President, announces the drawing

The tub was sealed so tightly that scissors were necessary to open up the hole.

Joe reaches in to pull out the winning number.

The winning ping pong ball was pulled from a large green plastic container by Joe Moore, just a little after 7 p.m. on September 1, 2008.

The winner is Molly Resnik with ticket number 154.

Hope You Enjoyed Labor Day!

These pictures are from the 1942 Labor Day Parade in Detroit.

Going Around the World?

There was a reported French group of people who are one year into an around the world tour that would take two years. They were here for the Jerry LaFreniere Largest Garage Party Ever event. The next stop on the trip was to be Chicago. This reporter was told that the only double-masted sailboat in the harbor was their boat, so this picture was taken of the only double-masted sailboat that could be seen.

Beaver Island Community School Opens

Temporarily housed in the Gregg Fellowship Center, the BICS Elementary School with grades K-4 will begins classes on Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

The middle school grades, grades 5-8, with hold their classes in the James Gillingham Academic Center Auditorium. The high school will hold their classes in the laboratories and the computer laboratory down at the Central Michigan University Biological Center, also within the James Gillingham Academic Center. The approximately 45 students in the grades 5-12 will be bussed to and from the Gregg Fellowship Center to CMU Bio Station each day. The bus will leave the Gregg Fellowship Center at 8:05 a.m., and the return trip will leave CMU at 3:05 p.m.

Bussing of students is completely new to most of the BICS students unless involved in a sports program where they may have been bussed from an airport to a soccer field or gymnasium. For most of the students it will be entirely different to take a bus ride every morning and every afternoon. It may take some "getting used to," but the facilities at CMU are wonderful. Thank goodness this facility is available.

The school office has been housed in the Beaver Island Governmental Center since June of this year and will continue there until the new school building is completed.

Story and Pictures of first day of school HERE.

Press Release on "Bite of Beaver" Event

The Bite of Beaver Island Committee recently met to begin work on this year's festival.

A full day of events is planned, starting with an 8 mile bike ride (a shorter distance for youngsters) at 8 a.m. Sign up at the Island Boodle registration area (free will donation requested) and you'll be back in time for the annual Island Boodle, the 5 K Walk/Run along beautiful Paradise Bay. Registration forms/fee schedule for the Boodle are available online at the Chamber website or at the Shamrock the morning of the event. Both the bike ride and the Boodle benefit the Island Sports Boosters. After the Boodle, awards will be given to the top runners in various categories of the Walk/Run.

The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will be held at Holy Cross Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Those interested in providing wonderful and tasty “Bite-sized” portions of food should contact Steve West at the Chamber. Once again, tables can be reserved for a $30 fee, which assists the Chamber with festival expenses. The Community Center will also be utilized, with additional tables inside (and out if the weather is good) for Bite of Beaver food vendors and artisan booths. Venders are asked to bring along their extension cords and to be ready for a hungry crowd when the doors open at 1:00 p.m. Beer and wine will be available at the event, along with the ever-popular apple press making homemade cider! The students at Beaver Island Community School will again be involved in the Bite of Beaver Island poster contest, with prizes for various age groups.

The Apple Pie Contest will be held during the festival, with the top two pies being auctioned (with proceeds going to the baker's favorite Island charity or organization).

Pies (with the baker's name on the bottom of the pie tin) should be dropped off at the Hall kitchen no later than 1:00 p.m. Judges will do their samplings at 2:30 with the winners being announced (and the apple pie queen (or king) being crowned at 3:00 p.m. )

Prizes for the Apple Pie Contest are being donated by Montaage and Whimsy.

NEW Event! Harvest Dessert Contest! This year for the first time there will be a Harvest Dessert Contest. Participants are asked to bring their dessert to the Hall Kitchen no later than 1:00 p.m. Put your name on the bottom of your dessert and please bring one copy of your recipe to hand in with your dessert. Bite of Beaver organizers are laying the groundwork to start work in the near future on a Bite Cookbook – filled with recipes from food vendors and the best of autumn's tasty sweets! A panel of judges will sample the desserts and a prize – provided by Dalwhinnie's Kitchen Shop – will be awarded to the first place finisher.

Any Questions? Contact Elaine West: 448-3046

BICS Construction Site Walkaround

In an attempt to keep people updated, this walkaround is done once each week. To see the pictures click on this link HERE .

Tim Dwyer Dies

Dwyer, Timothy J.
TIMOTHY J. DWYER, 45, of Beaver Island and formerly of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 29, 2008.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Published in the Record-Eagle on 8/31/2008

The complete obituary was published in the TC Record-Eagle on September 2, 2008.

BEAVER ISLAND — Timothy James Dwyer, of Beaver Island, formerly of Traverse City, passed away suddenly Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, leaving his loving wife and best friend Jane; mother, Mary; brothers and sisters, Joe (Kathy), Bill (Carole), Mike (Laurie), Pat (late wife Molly), Allys Drevers (Bruce), Bridget Bailey (Dave), Jean Bugia (Dave), and Linda; many nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.

Tim attended St. Francis Catholic High School and graduated from Traverse City Senior High School. After graduating from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Business Administration, Tim spent several years working as a Systems Analyst for the automobile industry in Detroit, before opening his own consulting firm, Traverse Technology.

In 2001, Tim and his wife Jane moved to Beaver Island, where Tim enjoyed hunting (both game and morels), fishing, geology, photography, gardening and swimming in Lake Michigan.

Tim doted on his indoor pets, Cozette, Mikado and Cali-cat, and his outdoor deer herd.

Tim was light-hearted, friendly, fun, and had a contagious laugh. He truly enjoyed every day of life. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 2, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to Jane Dwyer to be used for charitable causes in Tim's name.

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home;

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat with all women of the Island invited. The event takes place at Holy Cross Hall. The date and times are: Tuesday, September 9 from 6-9 PM, includes a potluck dinner and Wednesday, September 10 from 9 a. m.-3 p. m., includes the luncheon. This event is free of charge, sponsored the Holy Cross Women's Altar Society. All women are invited.

Any questions, women can call Audrey Beilman 448-2143..

Women's Autumn Luncheon

The luncheon takes place on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 12 noon at Peaine Township Hall. Please bring either a salad or a dessert. Call Pat Rowley for more information 448-2514.

Basic EMT Class Starts September 9, 2008

There have to be at least three or four people interested to allow this course to take place. BIEMS offers this program at no cost to participants if they agree to help out with BIEMS. For further information, please call Sarah McCafferty at 448-2578, EMS office, or 448-2238, home. The decision about this class will be made very soon, and currently there are only two people who have expressed interest. Help out your community! Join the EMS team! Learn how to take care of medical emergencies! Study and get an EMT license.

Beaver Island Community House Announces Musical Performance

Beaver Island Community House Announces Movie Schedule

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

Page one of movie schedule

Page two of movie schedule

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Ransom Street Big Band Scheduled to Perform

Eighteen members of this big band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be arriving on the Island to do a workshop for the Beaver Island Community School students and an evening concert for all. The concert is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Hall on September 12, 2008. More information will be posted as it become available.


Friday, September 12th will bring big music to Beaver Island when the “Ransom Street Big Band” from Grand Rapids performs in the Holy Cross Hall at 7:30 p.m. that evening. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door.

In its “first ever trip” to the Island, the “Big Band” will also offer a special event for the students of Beaver Island Community School during the day.

The “Ransom Street Big Band,” in its fifth year as a performing ensemble, has a home base at St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids . The approximately 20 members of the group are all musicians of the New Horizons International Music Assoc., a growing international organization whose goal is to offer music-making opportunities for older adults. The Grand Rapids chapter has nearly 100 members, many of whom play in one or more of the ensembles, including a concert band, a beginning/intermediate band, a string orchestra, flute ensemble, Dixieland and the group that is travelling to Beaver Island .

The “Ransom Street Big Band” rehearses weekly and performs regularly scheduled New Horizons concerts at St. Cecilia. They also perform for community dances, and provide entertainment at retirement homes, Camps and other venues.

The relaxed performances will primarily feature mainstay music from the 1940's and 1950's -- featuring the well-loved music of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and more.

This “off the mainland gig” of old favorites is sponsored by the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, with support from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

Beach Cleanup Scheduled

Last year's beach cleanup--sponsored by the Beaver Island Association--was a big success. We cleaned more miles of beautiful Beaver Island beaches than past years. This year the Beaver Island Beach Cleanup will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9am til Noon. We will again partner with the Beaver Island Community School but also need volunteers from the community. Each volunteer will be given a collection bag and data sheet and assigned a stretch of beach. All volunteers should meet at the Beaver Island Community Center at 9 am for their bags and sheets. We will all meet again at the Community Center at Noon for a complimentary hot dog lunch. If volunteers who live out of town would like to save a trip and get their bags and data sheets ahead of time (or if anyone has any questions about the Beach Cleanup) please call Ken McDonald at 448-2981.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

John Works and his son John Works, Jr, have operated the Beaver Island Golf Course for many years. Who operated the golf course just before the Works' family?

Quite a few responses to this question, but not one correct response. Matt Melville was much before the Works' family owned the golf course. The man who had the Beaver Lodge also had responsibility for the Beaver Island Golf Course, based upon stories told to this reporter. His name was Dr. John Ludwick. Leasing both the Beaver Lodge and the Beaver Island Golf Course from John Ludwick was a man named Steve Wheeler, who maintained the Beaver Lodge open during the winter of 1977.

This Week's Question:

Who was the only waittress that winter that the Beaver Lodge was open back in 1977?

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Meeting Minutes

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