BI News on the 'Net, Sept 8-15, 2008

Constance 'Connie' M. Pischner, 70

Constance M. "Connie" Pischner, 70, of Charlevoix, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital.

Rite of Christian Burial will be noon Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix. The Rev. Jerry Hunko will co-officiate with the Rev. Patrick Cawley. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Charlevoix.

For more of this story, click on or type the URL below: articles/2008/09/17/ obituaries/ doc48cfbbd498ce0545186901.txt

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!

Letter to the Editor    

The Island was busy the morning of September 13. I stopped in Dalwhinnie for a cup of coffee and found the place packed with Bill McDonough busy waiting tables. It was Celtic Games Day on Beaver Island.    

Thank you Shamrock and Beaver Island Boat Co! Your sponsorship is a key to success. The Chamber of Commerce depends on members support to make things happen on Beaver Island.    

If you would like to learn more about how you can support your community as a Chamber of Commerce member please give me a call. (231) 448-2505

Steve West, Executive Director

Chef & Craft / Artisan Tables Going Fast

Tables are going fast for the Bite of Beaver Island slated for Saturday October 4, 2008, from 1-4 PM. This year Crafts and Artisans will be in the new Community Center and Chefs will be in the Holy Cross Hall.

Entry forms can now be downloaded and printed by going to . Space requires limits, so it is first-come first-served. Entry forms for The Island Boodle 5K are also on the Chamber web site. The Chamber of Commerce office is (231) 448-2505.

In addition to the Beaver Island Apple Pie Contest a Harvest Desert Contest will also be held this year. For contest information contact Elaine West at (231) 448-3046.

BICS Sports

All home games can be accessed by entering the soccer field behind the library. There is parking in the boat company lot, historical society lot across from the library and at the library after 5:00. Soccer begins at 5:00 Friday nights and Volleyball follows in the gym around 7:00-7:30. Saturday mornings- Volleyball begins at 9:00 and soccer follows at about 10:30 am.

Link to the Sports Schedule HERE

Streaming Video

As some of you are aware, BI News on the 'Net has been experimenting with video on this website. The newest technology for Internet video is called streaming video. Some of the comments about this video have been that the video clips were much too short. Video is quite demanding in the processing power, storage space, and memory usage. This week we have attempted to move into slightly longer video clips. Remember that the clips should start playing fairly quickly once the connection with the streaming video server is made. If you have a DSL or higher speed Internet connection, you shouldn't have any problems viewing this video.

However, if you have a dial-up connection, you might find it difficult to view the video clips. Here are some video clips of the Celtic Games and the G. T. Pipes and Drum Corps (without the drums) with a couple of dancers.

Video Clip of the Stone Throw and 56 Pound Weight is 7.5 MB is size, the largest file this week----HERE

Video Clip of the 28 Pound Throw is 7.2 MB in size----------HERE

Video Clip of the Weight over the Bar is 6.5 MB in size----------------------HERE

Video Clip of the Pipes is 4.3 MB in size-------------------------------------HERE

Video Clip of the Pipers and Dancers is 1.6 MB in size-----------------------HERE

Video Clip of the Irish Dance is 1.7 MB in size-------------------------------HERE

Video Clip of the Sword Dance is 6.0 MB in size---------------------------- HERE

Video Clip of the Man and Woman dance is 1.0 MB in size-------------------HERE

Video Clip of the Caber Toss competition is 4.5 MB in size-------------------HERE

Ransom Street Big Band Video Clips

Just in case you were not able to attend this fantastic band concert, here are just a few examples of what you missed OR, maybe you were at the concert and you want to relive the fun times that you had there. In either case, here are just a few videos of the program of the Ransom Street Big Band with Nancy Summers conducting.

Video Clip of Three Tunes is 4.2 MB in size----------------------------------HERE

Video Clip of Kansas City is 2.4 MB in size----------------------------------HERE

Video Clip of The Stripper is 5.3 MB in size----------------------------------HERE

Little Grace Performs with Big Band

The conductor of the Ransom Street Big Band was very encouraging, and even talked Little Grace into performing in front of the crowded Holy Cross Hall with about 140 people in attendance. Here is the short video clip of Grace's performance.

Little Grace Performs

September 14, 2008, Mixed Alternate Shot Golf Outing

1st place        Taffy Raphael and Howard Davis    48
2nd place        Chris Heikka and Joe Willams        51
3rd place        Nel Worsfold and Frank Solle        52

I would like to thank the 8 teams who participated in our last  "official" Mixed Alternate Shot Golf Outing. With many of our "golfers" having left for the season, although the turnout was fewer, the fun and bad shots, and lies were still abundant. Following the golf many remained for some good food, drink, and talk  of "next year."

After much discussion  it was decided that "weather permitting" we  would try and have another outing on the Sunday October 5, 2008, at 1:30 p.m .  Not knowing until the last minute who would be available to play, if weather permits, it was decided to throw everyone's name in the "hat" and draw for partners that day.  Hopefully, after checking the weather forecast, a final decision can be made if the "Outing" is possible by the preceding Wednesday and get the word out by calling a few and having them call others. Only time will tell.

If in fact this is the final event I would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's outings and John's continued support. Although the dates have not yet been set, as far as I know, I am sure most who participated this year are looking forward to next summer's "Outings" already.

Buck Ridgeway

Tug and Barge Here to Load Up Logs

The Gregory J. Busch from Cleveland is here with a barge to load up and tranport the large piles of logs off the Island. (See below for the pictures of the logs on the dock.)

Early Morning Pictures of the Loading Process

Loading Continues on Tuesday and Wednesday

Barge and Tug Depart on Wednesday

Bite of Beaver on Saturday, October 4, 2008

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

Resale Shop Closed Sept. 18-24, 2008

Island Treasures Resale Shop will be closed from Thursday Sept 18th to Wed. Sept. 24.  We will re-open on Thursday Sept. 25 on our NEW FALL SCHEDULE: We will be open THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY FROM 12:00 TO 4:00 PM


Islander Volleyball

(Reported by Connie Boyle, BICS Volleyball Coach)

We had two days of some of the most exciting, high-level volleyball in the Northern Lights League.  Both Beaver Island and Hannahville teams played hard and almost every point was a long rally with lots of great hits, saves and plays. 

The Islanders won Friday night , with game scores of 25-20, 25-23, 25-20. 

Saturday was more great volleyball and the Eagles tried their best, but the Islanders played tough and won 25-23, 25-22, 26-24. 

All the Islander players showed terrific team spirit.  They showed they have worked hard to improve on a number of their skills and all that hard work paid off!  No matter how tough the game got, no matter whether we were behind or ahead, the girls never gave up.  Their teamwork was excellent and it was great to start the season with two wins! 

Here are some stats from the weekend: Aces :  Maeve Green 10, Alex Kuligoski 7, Clairessa Kenwabikise 4, Heather McDonough 3, Jenna Butler 2

Good Serves (including aces):   Maeve 28, Heather 22, Alex 17, Jenna Butler 12, Deven Cook 12, Kristy Bousquet 3

Kills (spikes that earn a point):  Heather 14, Deven 8, Maeve 6, Alex 5, Clairessa 2

Good Hits/Spikes (not including kills):  Heather 18, Alex 12, Maeve 10, Deven 8, Clairessa 3, Kristy 1

Assists (sets that result in a hit that's a kill):  Jenna Butler 17, Maeve 8, Alex 3, Clairessa 1, Heather 1

Ransom Street Big Band Performs on BI


Morning rehearsal at Holy Cross Hall on September 12, 2008

1 p.m. 9/12/08 BICS Performance

7:30 p.m. concert at Holy Cross Hall

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.

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 primarily featured 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 was sponsored by the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, with support from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

Celtic Games

Saturday, September 13, 2008, was the beginning of the Celtic Games at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park between 9:40 and 10:00 AM with the warm-ups very interesting to watch. Click on the link above to view the story and the pictures

On Saturday evening at 7:30p.m., the Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums performed in our beautiful new Community Center. The members were multi-talented and performed on many instruments besides the pipes.

The Grand Traverse Pipe and Drum Corps playing as they entered the harbor. (Photo thanks to John McNeil)

BI District Library News

It's been a very busy summer at the Beaver Island District Library. The totals for the summer are:

June…… Patrons 1715 …. Circulation 1519 …. Computers 706

July……. Patrons 3206 …. Circulation 2695 …. Computers 1102

August …Patrons 2272 …. Circulation 2058 …. Computers 835

Not surprising is the fact that our book circulation goes up in spite of all the computer users. With four public machines, patrons have to wait for a turn on a busy day and when they do, they peruse the books and videos.

The automation project is moving right along and will, hopefully, be online shortly. Just before the turnover we will have to close our doors for a few days to make the adjustments. Those patrons who have over-due books must return, or pay for them, to receive a new library card when we do the switch to automation. Parents will have to sign responsibility for children under age 18. There are absolutely no fines for any overdue books/DVDs/videos/recorded books, we just want them back.

Very special thanks this summer to the Langford family for the new picnic tables and planters; to Heidi Connor for the beautiful flowers; Cheryl Podgorski for her plants; and to Pam Moxham for her loving care to all the plants; to Ryan MacDonald and Steve Turnbull for raking and cleaning the back garden area.

If you noticed a new face at the library, it's M.G. Roe, a permanent island resident and our newest employee for the summer months. M.G. helps out at the front desk and in the stacks.

So what's coming? Be on the lookout for new books, new DVDs, new recorded books, and new music CDs. Remember to check out the ongoing book sale – there are some great deals and new books.

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.

BICS Contruction Walk-around

This week began the placement of the trusses on the new construction portion of the school addition. There was plenty of moisture and overcast skies on this walkaround.

Pictures are HERE

Trusses are going up on the school construction project.

Barge Business Booms

Junk cars waiting to be taken to the mainland

And later in the afternoon, there they go!

Logging is in full sway here on Beaver Island, which keeps the barge business booming.

The logs stretch from the road all the way back to the edge of the dock on one side and partway on the other.

Missing Building Clears the View

The garage and stone fence along the edge of the Sorensen property across the road from Bill and Tammi McDonough's home has been torn down. The corner is now safe because you can see oncoming traffic fromt the right, which includes Dahlwhinnie's, McDonough's store, and the bank. What a difference this makes!

BICS Fall Sports

For those of you who are interested in watching the local soccer and volleyball teams, the program has begun, but the first games are away games. The first home game is scheduled for the weekend of September 26+27 and the next weekend will also be a home game October 3+4. Let's go out and cheer for our community school students at these home games!

Mr. Timothy Eaton

You may not recognize this newest addition to the BICS teaching staff. He took the place of Marianne Brown teaching social studies. Here is his picture outside the Holy Cross Hall after the big band concert.

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.

BI Rural Health Center Announcement

Chiropractor coming to Beaver Island

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.

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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:

Let's stick with the year 1977. Who owned and operated the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant back in 1977?

There were quite a few responses to this question. The first correct answer came from Sally Lounsberry. Others participating were Tony Gatliff, Betty Hudgins, Joyce Bartells, Paul Nelson, and Angel and Paul Welke.

The owners at that time were Barb Beckers and Tim and Vera Timsak. Then, fairly quickly, Barb's mom Betty Anderson and "Buzz" Anderson took Tim and Vera's place in the adventure.

This Week's Question:

Who were the editors and published the Beaver Beacon for many years prior to 1976?

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