Beaver Island News on the 'Net, Sept 22-28, 2008

Fall on Beaver Island

Although the color tour time is not quite upon us, a short trip should be in order to remember what we love about Beaver Island besides its wonderful people. Take a few moments out of your busy day and take a short drive to remind you of the beauty of nature on the Island, maybe remind you why you live or visit here?

Happy Ending for Hawk

(Thank you to Jeff Powers for this information, pictures, and email)

In late August Ken Davis and Scott Kausbaum alertly discovered this female Coopers Hawk lifeless near their home, she had apparently flown into their window or into a tree and was severely stunned.  They contacted me and I provided some immediate treatment to provide the Hawk with essential fluids and energy and sent her off the next day to James Manley at Wings of Wonder near Traverse City.  As you will see in the following email the Hawk made a complete recovery and was released into the wild.

Jeff Powers

(Editor's note: This is one of those stories that just make you want to bust out with a smile, a pat on the back, and an "Good Job!!" )

Pictures and email summary HERE

BICS Soccer

Friday night's game resulted in a win by Beaver Island.  Beaver Island 6  Grand Marais 1. Cameron LaVasseur had 2 Goals and 1 assist, Dereck McDonough had 4 goals, Bryan Timsak had 1 assist.

Saturday morning's resulted in a tie game with Beaver Island having 3 and Grand Marais 3. Bryan Timsak had 2 goals and Cameron LaVasseur had 1 goal with Dereck McDnough having 2 assists.

Congratulations on a good weekend of soccer!

Senior Picnic at BI Community Center

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging sponsored a senior picnic at the Beaver Island Community Centerand was held on Sunday, September 21, 2008, from 11a.m. until 2 p.m.. The lunch consisted of barbeque chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and an apple desert which was prepared by the Shamrock, but served at the Community Center. The lunch was delicious and filling.

The ticket table was set up in the entryway of the community center where the tickets were purchased. The ticket stubs were kept to use for the drawings for prizes that were to be given out after the dinner.

The dinner was well-attended as can be seen in the following pictures.

Shirley Roloff and other from the mainland were here to help make this a successful gathering.

A good lunch and good time was had by all!

Welcome to Our Newest Supporter

Welcome to the Shamrock, Beachcomber, and Harbour Market!

BICS Volleyball

(as reported by Coach Connie Boyle)

The Beaver Island Volleyball Team won another pair of games.  This weekend their victories were at Grand Marais.

  The Lady Islanders won on Friday night with scores of 25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 25-9 (a few problems in game 3, but we straightened them out for Game 4 to win the match).  On Saturday the scores were Beaver Island 25-20, 25-22, 25-14.

All the players, from the oldest to the youngest, played very well. 

Here are some stats from the weekend:

Aces :  Maeve Green 12, Alex Kuligoski, 11, Heather McDonough 8, Jenna Butler 7, Deven Cook 6, Kristy Bousquet 4, Clairessa Kenwabikise 2

Good Serves (including Aces):  Maeve 30, Alex 17, Heather 15, Deven 14, Jenna Butler 8, Kristy 7, Olivia Schwartzfisher 1, Brogan Maudrie 1

Kills:  Heather 12, Deven 4, Maeve 2, Alex 1, Kristy 1

Good Hits (including kills): Heather 27, Alex 8, Deven 8, Kristy 2, Maeve 2, Claire 1

Assists:  Maeve 6, Jenna Battle 3, Claire 2, Jenna Butler 1, Alex 1 Blocks: Deven 1, Jenna Butler 1

Tips: Jenna Butler 3, Heather 3, Maeve 2, Alex 1, Deven 1

Thank you to the extra fans we had at the games -- it's always great to have a few extra people cheering us on.  We appreciate it!

BICS Walkaround 09/20/08

Pictures and Story are HERE

How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood?

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.

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BI News on the 'Net Request

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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.

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.

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

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


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.

Harbour Market Re-opens as Internet Cafe Plus

The Harbour market has re-opened with the included plans of free WI-FI as the Internet Cafe portion of the business. The WI-FI is an open unsecured network that is planned to be available 24 hours per day. Don't be surprised to see people sitting outside on a nice day surfing the Internet at the tables that have been out there all summer long.

The plans are to be open 7 days per week from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

More pictures HERE.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

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

Joyce Bartells, Mary Palmer, and Sally Lounsberry were among the correct answerers to this question. Those publishing the Beacon prior to 1976 were none other than Phillip and Lillian Gregg.

This Week's Question:

Prior to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce's existence, there was another organization that worked to promote Beaver Island by putting on Winter Games and the 4th of July Celebration. What was the name of the now defunct organization?

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