B.I. News on the 'Net, Sept 28-Oct 4, 2009

Phragmites 2009 Recap

(submitted by Jacque LaFreniere)

Phragmites is an aggressive invasive plant that was discovered on the shorelines of Beaver Island several years ago. Treatment began 3 years ago and the amount of Phragmites on Beaver Island's shores has been reduced from approximately 26 acres to less than one acre.

This year's treatment of Phragmites began with a survey of the shorelines of Beaver, Garden, High, Hog, Trout, Squaw and Whiskey Islands. The surveys showed minimal amounts of Phragmites on Beaver ( less than an acre) although it was spotty and spread out on most of the shorelines, some of the bays were remarkably clear of it. Two years of previous treatments were doing the job. The amounts on Garden and High were significantly reduced after one year of treatment. There were no Phragmites on Trout and Squaw and only a small amount on Whiskey. Hog Island however, had not yet been treated and was heavily infested.

The next step was to advertise for bids on the project. This was accomplished through Brian Mastenbrook, DNR wildlife biologist for the islands. Two companies responded and visited the island in late July before submitting bids. Only one company bid, the same company that treated the islands last year, J.F. New. Their bid included separate amounts per island, discounted amounts when combining certain islands and a total bid for all. Unfortunately, we couldn't afford to do all the islands. The DNR had budgeted monies to treat Garden, High and Hog, and it was not enough to do all. It is hoped that money will be found to treat Hog Island in the near future.

In late August, J.F. New arrived on the island to treat Beaver, Garden and High. They used a hand swipe method primarily since the plants were widely spread and in small clumps. Based on previous years' treatment success, this method should nearly eradicate the plants. Native plants were not affected with this method as there was no over spraying.

Thank you to all the shoreline property owners for allowing us to survey and treat Phragmites ensuring their eradication from the shores of Beaver Island.

Islanders Shoot Down the Rockets

In the soccer games played up in Paradise against the Rockets, the Beaver Island Islanders put forth Herculean efforts and worked well as a team.

On Friday night, the Islanders won the game 6-0 with Olivia Schwartzfisher in the goal with four saves. Bryan Timsak scored two goals and had one assist. Cameron LaVasseur scored two goals. Dereck McDonough scored one goal and had one assist. Jenna Butler had one assist, and Olivia Cary scored a goal as well. The Islanders played hard and controlled the ball as we have seen them do in their home games.

On Saturday morning, the rested Islanders put on a show with Brighid Cushman scoring two goals, Doug Campbell scoring one, and Jewell Cushman had two saves in the goal. Dereck McDonough scored three goals, Cameron LaVasseur scored one goal and had one assist. Kristy Bousquet and Olivia Cary each had one assist. The Islanders shot down the hopes of the Rockets with a 7-0 win.

The Beaver Boodle

A glorious day for a boodle...with storms threatening throughout the day...

"The sun always shines on Beaver Island," an older Islander used to say, "but we sometimes have liquid sunshine." Today, Saturday, October 3, 2009, the rain held off for the Beaver Boodle, a 5 kilometer run starting and ending downtown with a run to the point, around Gull Harbor Road, and back to town. "At least it didn't rain," one of the runner stated. The official results are currently not available, but the unofficial picture results can be viewed at this link: HERE

A Bite of Beaver and a Bit of Beaver

With the chefs gathering with their wonderfully smelling food at the Holy Cross Hall, and the artisans gathering at the Beaver Island Community Center, this Saturday afternoon, October 3, 2009, was definitely worth the trip. With food ranging from the Shamrock ribs to the BI Game Club venison meat balls and fish kabobs, with many representatives in between, if you left the Holy Cross Hall hungry, it was because you forgot your wallet and/or your checkbook. Photographs of the day may be found HERE.

Free Preventative Medical Services at BIRHC

Grant monies are still available for preventative care at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

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

Physical, Blood Work, Baseline EKG, Women's Health Issues at

No Charge

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

Fall Storms Begin

You know it must be a bad day when the Beaver Island Boat Company cancels a boat run to Charlevoix and back. On Monday and Tuesday, the winds were gusting above 50 mph with intermittent rain, some in the thunderstorm format. Tree branches were broken and dropped, but Beaver Island faired much better than some of the mainland counties that reported many roads closed and many trees and power lines down as well. The waves were reportedly above ten feet, and no one wanted to be out in the stormy Lake Michigan.

This morning, Wednesday, September 30, 2009, the boat whistle tooted at 8:20 a.m. to signal its departure, meaning the lake must be back to navigable seas and winds.

Two Injured in Head-on Collision

Beaver Island has been very fortunate not to have many car accidents that result in injuries, but on Monday, September 28, 2009, around 10 a.m., this run of fortune was to end for two Beaver Islanders. With the passenger car headed north on the King's Highway, headed into town, and one truck headed south on the same road, the two met head-on as the truck attempted to turn onto the East Side Drive. Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department reported that the truck failed to yield the right-of-way by turning in front of the oncoming car. After a 911 call, Central Dispatch in Petoskey called for the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, and the Beaver Island Deputy to respond to the "Four Corners" for this accident. All agencies responded within minutes to this personal injury accident. Beaver Island EMS responded with a second ambulance to the scene.

Both the driver and the passenger in the car were flown off the Island for further evaluation at a mainland hospital. After evaluation at the medical center, the driver of the car was flown to Charlevoix. The passenger was flown directly to Traverse City. The driver of the truck was apparently not injured.

“PINEHURST” GOLF OUTING

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH WEATHER PERMITTING

Teams: 2 players, mixed

Format: Pinehurst (modified alternate shot)

Shotgun Start: 1:30 p.m.

How the “Pinehurst” works:

On each hole:

•  Each player hits a drive

•  Second shot each player hits their partners drive

•  Then they choose which ball they want to play.

•  The person whose ball is not chosen hits the 3rd shot

•  Alternate shot until a putt is holed.

This is a trial run to see how it goes and how well everyone likes this format. No entry fee, but if you are not a member, regular green fees must be paid.

SIGNUP SHEET ON DESK at the Golf Course or call Buck Ridgeway, Teresa Laurain, or Frank Solle.

 

Men's Fall Golf League Ends with Shake-up

Repeat Winners- Joe Williams and Larry Laurain (Summer Leauge and Fall League)

Thanks to Frank Solle for the fall photo!

The last night of the Men's Fall Golf League saw 6 of the 8 teams switch position in the standings. Only the first place and last place team remained the same. There was a serious playoff for last place because if two teams are tied with the same number of total points, the team with the lowest overall league stroke average is placed ahead of the team they are tied with in points.

Results of tonight's matches:
Rob & Dan beat Larry & Joe 12-8
Ivan & Joe beat Ron & Bob 15-5
Jeff & Ryan beat Ernie & Chuck 13-7
Larry & Buck beat Frank & John 12-8

                        FINAL STANDINGS
                MEN'S FALL GOLF LEAGUE 2009

                                            TOTAL PTS.   
1ST     LARRY LAURAIN & JOE WILLIAMS    75
2ND    JOE MOORE & IVAN YOUNG                67
3RD    ROB LATIMER & DAN MERRIMAN        66
4TH     JEFF MESTELLE & RYAN SMITH            58
5TH     LARRY KUBIC & BUCK RIDGEWAY       56
6TH        RON WOJAN & BOB SIMPSON            54
7TH     CHUCK CARPENTER & ERNIE MARTIN   52
8TH     FRANK SOLLE & JOHN RUNBERG        52

Despite the cooler temps (ok cold for most) everyone seemed to have a great last night.  Now it's look forward to next year, remember all the great shots and try and forget the @%*&#^ bad ones..

Little Sand Bay Beautiful in All Seasons

This photo was taken by Frank Solle on October 1, 2009, on the trail going to Little Sand Bay. This area is preserved for all Islanders and visitors to view the beauty of nature throughout the year. Thank you, Frank!

Bite of Beaver and Island Boodle Coming in October

This October 3 will be the 9th year for the Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival, an event that gets bigger and better every year.

The morning starts out at 10:00 a.m. with the Island Boodle , a 5K Run and Walk, with a course laid out along Paradise Bay. The participants receive t-shirts, refreshments and prizes after the race. And even non-racers have a great time cheering on the runners. Registration forms are available at the Chamber office or online at www.BeaverIsland.org or at the Beachcomber the day of the race, beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Island's Sport Boosters.

The doors open at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall for the Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival. Specialty items from both amateur and professional chefs will be there to sample for responsible prices – chef entry forms at Chamber office or on line.

The Apple Pie contest will have contestants vying for prizes and the crown of “Apple Pie Queen” (or King). Entries should be dropped off at the Hall kitchen between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (please put your name on the bottom of the pie plate).

Down the street at the Community Center a number of Island artisans will have their work for sale between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Artisan entry forms are also available at the Chamber office or on line. www.BeaverIsland.org

A group bike ride will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the bathing beach. Bike riders can join the fun for all or part of an 8 mile or 14 mile circle ride. Per mile pledges to benefit the Sports boosters will be gratefully accepted. For more information on the bike ride, contact Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618.

Attention All Great Bakers

The annual Apple Pie Contest will be held again during the Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival on Saturday, Oct 3, 2009, at Holy Cross Hall. Please bring your best creation to the hall kitchen between 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and put your name on the bottom of the pie plate. Judging will take place at 2:30 p.m., with prizes awarded for the top two pies at 3:00 p.m. The top two will be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the baker's favorite Island charity or organization. All other pies may be picked up in the kitchen at 3:00 p.m. Questions, call Elaine West 2377.

Hope to see you all there! We have a great line up of judges for the contest!

Bite of Beaver Island & Boodle 5K Volunteers Needed

Please give Bite Chairperson Kathy Speck a call and volunteer to help with the Bite of Beaver Island. (October 3) At set up and clean up time a small group can get everything done in short order. Please chip in and lend a hand. Call Kathy Speck: home (231) 448-2393 – office 448-2711.

If you can help with the Boodle 5K please contact Gail or Mike Weede at (231) 449-2708.

Entry forms for the Bite & Boodle can be found on Your Chamber web site www.BeaverIsland.org .

Clare Cull Address

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

BICS Seeks Girls' Basketball Coach

POSTING OF GIRLS BASKETBALL

COACHING POSITION

2009-2010 

CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or higher

QUALIFICATIONS:

•  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

231-448-2744

Grant West USMC Headed to Afghanistan

Grant West recently completed Marine Corps Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton Ca. He was selected for advanced training in infantry missile systems including the vehicle mounted TOW missile and the new Javelin shoulder fired missile. The weapons are used to defeat armored vehicles or destroy hardened structures.

West graduated 4 th in his missile training class. His military occupational specialty (MOS) is Anti-tank Missileman. He was promoted to Private First Class (PFC) in September.

He has joined 1 st Battalion, 2 nd Marine Regiment, 2 nd Marine Division based at Camp Jejune, North Carolina. According to the Commanding Officer Lt. Col. M. A. Manning,  "We are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and we are looking at deploying in the December / January timeframe.”

He is a graduate of Beaver Island Community School, the son of Elaine and Steve West and grandson of Helen Pike of Beaver Island.

Leone Schellenberg Update

The update is not good news. Her doctors have told her and us that they can do nothing further to cure her medical condition and recommend we sign up with hospice. This we have done. Her heart and kidneys are getting weaker and she continues to retain fluid. As far as life expectancy is concerned, we have no idea. Please continue to keep her in you prayers  as we know God does perform miracles           

With love to all:             Chuck Schellenberg

Marion Johnson Passes Away

Cards may be sent to her grandson:

c/o Shad Van Stedum
1830 Lester Lane
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426

Our thoughts and prayers are with Marion's family. She was a wonderful person and so many enjoyed her friendship.

Marian Johnson
(January 16, 1921 - September 24, 2009) Marian (Ter Veen) Johnson, aged 88, was received into the arms of her heavenly Father on Thursday, September 24, 2009. She was greeted by her husband, the Reverend Arthur Johnson , her daughter, Karin Johnson Dekker, and her grandson, Christopher Charles Johnson. She will be deeply missed by her children, Chuck and Mary Johnson of Gallup New Mexico, Rog and Marty Bruins, Phill Van Stedum and Colleen Johnson, and Jay Dekker all of Hudsonville, her grandchildren, Dawn and Dan Vink (Terri, Joey, & Justin), Vivian Johnson (Vicki, Jon, & Dylan), Laura and Zach Evans (Zoe & Marley), Eric and Janette Bruins (Grace & Lucy), Jennifer and Matt Vink (James & Seth), Kevin and Emily Bruins (Trent & Zane), Shad and Amanda Van Stedum (Ella & Lola), Colter and Becca Van Stedum, her sister and brother-in-law, Frank and Bernice Deppe, brother –in-law and sister-in-law, Reverend Rog and Betty Johnson , several nieces, nephews and cousins. Marian was known to many as Mom J, Gram J, or Annie Mar by several friends and relatives. She was a special lady known for her knitting. She made hundreds of baby hats for local hospitals and most recently knitted scarves for Beaver Island residents. Her love for the Lord was evident in her life and has been passed on to many generations. The family will receive visitors at the Vander Laan Funeral Home in Hudsonville on Friday from 4 – 8 p.m . A celebration of her life will be held at Rosewood Reformed Church in Jenison on Saturday at 10 a.m . with viewing one hour prior to the service, with Rev Howard Moths officiating. Internment will take place at the Fairplains Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation , Unity Christian High School Building Fund, or Rehoboth Christian Pre-K Program.

Nel Worsfold's Daughter Wins BIRHC Raffle

Birth Announcement

Lillian "Lily" Noelle Moore would like to announce that she's a big sister as of September 17th when Katherine Isabelle made her appearance.  "Katie" is 21 inches tall, weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz., and has red hair and blue eyes.  Proud parents are Philip "Mike" and Jessica Moore of Eatonville, WA.  Grandparents are Tom and Kathy Baker of Calumet, MI; Joe and Phyllis Moore of Beaver Island.  Great grandparents are Dick and Carol Miller of Grand Marais, MI and Lillian Gregg of Beaver Island. 

Talking Threads says, "EVERYONE IS WELCOME!"

MARK YOUR CALENDAR !

TALKING THREADS QUILT GUILD IS HAVING A WORKSHOP FEATURING A CLASS IN FOUNDATION CRAZY QUILTING. IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT PEAINE TOWNSHIP HALL ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2009 FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M. THE FEE IS $10.00, PLUS SUPPLIES, AND LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. A LIST OF SUPPLIES NEEDED WILL BE POSTED AT THE LIBRARY AND THE COMMUNITY CENTER.
YOU MAY ALSO OBTAIN A LIST BY CONTACTING DONNA STAMBAUGH AT 448-2797.


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.

Celtic Games at Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park

On Saturday, September 19, 2009, the Celtic games, organized by Jeremy McBain, began around 10 a.m. This was Jeremy's last Beaver Island Celtic Game as organizer. He will pass the torch on to another athlete, not a younger one, but another. Jeremy has organized the last five Beaver Island Celtic Games and must now spend more time with his family and resolve some of his health problems.

There were lots of events for the athletes. There was lots of food for everyone with the AMVETs taking care of the early morning needs including coffee and snacks with fresh fruit, Donegal Danny's with Irish stew and pulled pork sandwiches, and the Shamrock with corned beef and mashed potatoes for lunch.

More Celtic game story and pictures HERE

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips Below:

56 pound horizontal throw

56 pound horizontal throw 2

Pipes and Drums

28 pound horizontal throw

28 pound horizontal throw 2

56 pound vertical throw 1

56 pound vertical throw 2

56 pound vertical throw 3

Caber Toss

Keg Throw

SLIDE Performs to a Sold-out House

SLIDE, the wonderful group from Ireland, is performing next in Muskegon, but last night performed to a full house at the Beaver Island Community Center. The standing room only audience was very appreciative, and, with talent and performance displayed last night, this appreciation was well deserved.

More pictures and story HERE

8 Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of the SLIDE Concert HERE

This group from Ireland had previously performed here on Beaver Island at the Beaver Island Community Center, but this performance on Friday, September 18, 2009, beginning at 8 p.m. was a very memorable one. Starting off with Joddi Croswhite doing the introduction, the audience was treated to fantastic counterpoint, melding sounds from flute, violin, accordion, and guitars, as well as mandolin, Irish drum, and keyboard. This group from Ireland will "knock your socks off." What an amazingly talented group the Beaver Island audience heard!

More Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of the SLIDE Concert for Subscibers Only HERE

Islanders Continue to Win

On Friday, September 18, 2009, the BICS Islander soccer team went up against the Grand Marais Polar Bears. The Islanders were in for an interesting battle. The Polar Bears adopted the Islander goal-to keep the ball down in the opponents end of the field. The Polar Bears were successful, but the Islander defense was extraordinary and prevent all but one goal. Islanders won 6-1.

Friday night soccer pictures

Friday night soccer Quicktime Streaming video highlights Pregame

Friday night soccer Quicktime Streaming video highlights clip 1

Friday night soccer Quicktime Streaming video highlights clip 2

Friday night soccer Quicktime Streaming video highlights clip 3

Friday night soccer Quicktime Streaming video highlights clip 4

Friday night soccer Quicktime Streaming video highlights clip 5

Saturday's game began with a much recharged Polar Bear team. The Islanders led off with a quick first goal, but that was quickly matched by the Polar Bears creating a 1-1 tie. Then the Islanders again began to dominate. There were several terrific plays by both teams. The Islander soccer team won the Saturday game as well. Islanders won 7-3.

Saturday morning soccer pictures

Saturday Soccer Highlights HERE

September 25th and 26th Munising Baptist Visit

Friday night, September 25, 2009, the Islander soccer and volleyball teams hosted the Munising Baptist soccer and volleyball teams. The Munising Baptist soccer team gave the Islander team a run for their money with athletes in good physical condition and willing to play a rough and tumble type of game. The visiting team made the Islanders work harder than the previous weekend. The score on Friday night was Islanders 4, Visitors 0.

Friday night soccer pictures

Friday Night Soccer Video Highlights

Friday Night Soccer Video Highlights Clip 1

Friday Night Soccer Video Highlights Clip 2

Friday Night Soccer Video Highlights Clip 3

Friday Night Soccer Video Highlights Clip 4

Friday Night Soccer Video Highlights Clip 5

The Munising Baptist Bobcats lady volleyball team was a very young team with most players being junior varsity or junior high school age. These Bobcats played very well against the Islander younger players. The Islanders won with three straight games, but good play was seen from both sides of the net.

Friday night volleyball pictures

Friday Night Volleyball Video Highlights

Friday Night Volleyball Video Highlights Clip 1

Friday Night Volleyball Video Highlights Clip 2

The Saturday morning schedule has volleyball first, which gives the soccer field a time to dry out from the morning dew. The volleyball games this morning were very similar to the games the night before with a very young Bobcat team learning from the previous night's losses and working toward a much better first hit and sets. The Islanders won in three straight games again. Keep up the good work, Lady Islanders!

Saturday morning volleyball pictures

Saturday morning Volleyball Highlights

Saturday morning Volleyball Highlights Clip 1

Saturday morning Volleyball Highlights Clip 2

Saturday morning Volleyball Highlights Clip 3

Saturday morning brought a much rested and much more aggressive Bobcat team. They learned from the previous night with the Islanders maintaining pressure on their defense, which kept the goalie busy. The Bobcat team was ready to put some pressure on the Islanders and the Islander defense. The Islanders were ready to continue their pressure, so the game was bound to be a good one to watch. The Islanders and Bobcats took turns on the offense and then on the defense. The Islanders were able to continue to put more pressure on than the Bobcats could. The Islanders won 6 goals to 1.

Saturday morning soccer pictures

Saturday Morning Soccer Video Highlights

Saturday Morning Soccer Video Highlights Clip 1

Saturday Morning Soccer Video Highlights Clip 2

Saturday Morning Soccer Video Highlights Clip 3

Saturday Morning Soccer Video Highlights Clip 4

Men's Fall Golf League News

The final week of the Men's Fall Golf League ended with the team of Larry Laurain and Joe Williams still in 1st Place and with an even bigger point edge on 2nd place. Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman moved passed Joe Moore and Ivan Young into 2nd place 13 points out of 1st going into the "PLAYOFFS" nest week. Joe and Ivan are in 3rd 3 points ahead of 4th place Ron Wojan and Bob Simpson. Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith moved into a 5th place tie with Chuck Carpenter and Earnie Martin. Tied for 7th place are Frank Solle and John Runberg with Larry Kubic and Buck Ridgeway. Although 1st place appears to be a lock for Joe and Larry, we only have to look back to the Men's Summer League to see that sometimes funny things can happen especially when the teams are playing head to head.
Except for the 1st and 2nd place matchup where the second place team gets 3 strokes, the other 3 matches will be played even. In a nutshell, 7 of the 8 places could change hands next week and with an outstanding 9 holes of golf by Rob and Dan, 1st place is not out of reach.

TDS Dish and Internet Offers

TDS is making an offer for the end of the Pine River Cable Company service. Here is what they have to offer:

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager – PR TDS Telecommunications Corp. 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

(Sept. 18, 2009) — Whether it's re-runs, football, or the newest episodes of The Office, Beaver Island residents can catch all the action on DISH Network ® Digital Satellite TV from TDS Telecommunications Corp. ( TDS ™). Bundling DISH with TDS ' phone and high speed broadband services can generate huge consumer savings, up to $600 over two years. “We have technicians on the Island right now,” says Chad Mix, market manager for TDS , “ready to connect customers to the DISH .” For a limited time, DISH installation fees have been reduced to $49.99. Digital satellite TV offers residents:

As was previously reported, Beaver Island residents and businesses can choose from 1.5Mb and 3Mb. For more information, or to learn which communications package is right for you, visit www.tdstelecom.com/dish or call 1-888-CALL- TDS (888-225-5837).

Late Hatch Turkeys

Perhaps this explains the large number of turkeys on the Island right now. This must be a second round batch of baby turkeys...

Coyotes Blamed for Killing Dogs

In an interesting, yet scary, turn of events, the coyotes have been reported to be running in packs, luring dogs away from their homes, and killing and eating them. There seems to be a difference of opinion over how many dogs have been killed by coyotes. Some report two and others report three. The current problems are reported to have taken place in the Port St. James area.

There seem to be differing opinions on how to rid the Island of the suggested, but unproved, excess population of coyotes. Perhaps the abundance of turkeys and other wildlife normally consumed by coyotes is really down and not increased as many believe. Perhaps the coyotes are discovering an easier method of solving their hunger issue. This issue is by no means resolved at this time. Stay tuned.................

What do you see when you look into these eyes? Some might think Oh- How beautiful, some might see a predator's eyes, and some might see the Trickster himself. As has been said before, different people have different reactions, sometimes very strong ones, to this same animal. A person's background, experiences, and how they were brought up to see the world affects their perceptions.

None of these attitudes has ever stopped the coyote. Originally a creature of the Western plains and deserts, it has spread outward across the country until it is found in every state except Hawaii. The openning up of dense forests, the extermination of larger predators, and ironically the intensive "control" effort directed at the coyote only encouraged it to spread its range. Also, coyotes are supremely adaptable- unlike most wildlife, when humans move in, coyotes learn to adapt to the changes- they don't just wander off and die. Some reports of how coyotes have "invaded" human neighborhoods isn't always entirely true- in many cases it was the humans who "invaded" the coyote's neighborhoods! The coyotes are just learning how to live with their new neighbors- sometimes to our dismay. We move in on the Wild, or it moves in on us, and we find that we don't always get along.

First of all- Do coyotes ever attack people? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. So do dogs, deer, and bunny rabbits.. All animals are potential aggressors, especially wild ones- that's why they're called wild. Coyotes are wild predators. There is one human fatality from coyotes- it was a three year old girl in the Los Angeles area of California back in 1983. She was out playing in her front yard when attacked. Someone may have been feeding the coyotes in the area, a bad idea with any predator in a populated area.

Coyotes are opportunists and always looking and learning- it's a major factor in their success. They will check new things out and if they see a weakness or other interesting thing, they may press further. Is this new thing food? A source of danger? They're very curious animals. So how should a person deal with them? (Well, if you're me, you make a mental squeal of joy whenever you see one and try to get closer and get it's picture!:)) For people who don't know the animal very well, I'd say watch what it is doing. Do you know dogs and their communications well? That will help- coyotes are just wild dogs. Coyotes usually run when they see people.

Pets are a more likely target. Cats and small dogs are prey-like animals to a coyote. If you have smaller pets, keep them indoors or under watch. Keep dogs in a yard (though coyotes can get over fences) and don't leave dog food around that might attract wildlife. Keep dogs on a leash. Coyotes are not the only predators of small pets, larger hawks and great-horned owls both have been known to swoop in and grab a cat or small dog. It's a matter of vigilance.

Dogs and coyotes have a long history-which makes sense given that they're so closely related. (In fact they can breed and produce fertile offspring- the only thing preventing a widespread influx of "coydogs" is the fact that coyotes have a specific mating season (around January) and the rest of the year they're sterile. Coyotes kill small dogs and big dogs kill coyotes. This is true with most predator species- big cats kill smaller cats, and big wild dogs kill smaller wild dogs. (i.e. Wolves kill coyotes, coyotes kill foxes.) It may have to do with competition for territory and food.

Read more by doing an Internet search on Google or Yahoo or go to the website where this came from: http://www.geocities.com/desertcoyote_99/coypeop.htm

Celebration of Willis's 60th Anniversary

Several Islanders joined in celebrating Jim and Dorothy Willis's 60th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The celebration began at 7:00 P.M. at Jerry's Garage for an old fashioned Beaver Island House Party. There was live music and hors' dourves, and there was plenty of liquid cheer as well.

Danny and Danny and Hilary and Edward performed..

Congratulations to Jim and Dorothy Willis for 60 years of wedded bliss!

Frank's Fabulous Photos

Sun through the trees on Paid-Een-Og

clouds over the harbor

Donegal Bay sunset

Thank you, Frank, for sharing these fabulous photos. Frank Solle, great job!

Food Pantry and Fellowship Center Need Help

Through a cooperative effort of News on the 'Net with the Beaver Island Christian Church, you are able to donate money directly to the Beaver Island Christian Church Food Pantry and/or the Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Building Fund from these website links below. You will be directed to PayPal and you may enter your donation amount and charge it directly to your credit card. You will be directed to an entirely secure website. The money will go directly into the Beaver Island Christian Church account. Only the Beaver Island Christian Church Business Manager Rick Speck will have access to this account.

Directions for using the PayPal website are HERE

Use the first to donate to the Food Pantry. Use the third button to donate to the GFC Building Fund.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Center Building Fund--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

BICS Sports Season Continues

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:

BEAVER ISLAND SOCCER/VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE 2009  

FRIDAY, OCT. 2 BEAVER ISLAND @ PARADISE

SATURDAY, OCT. 3 BEAVER ISLAND @ PARADISE

 

SATURDAY, OCT 10

MACKINAC ISLAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 13 OJIBWE @ BEAVER ISLAND

WEDNESDAY, OCT 14 OJIBWE @ BEAVER ISLAND

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 16 BEAVER ISLAND @ MACKINAC ISLAND

SATURDAY, OCT. 17 BEAVER ISLAND @ MACKINAC ISLAND

 

  NORTHERN LIGHTS LEAGUE SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Northern Lights League Tournament on Mackinac Island will take place on October 23 instead of  October 24 due to ACT testing on October 24.

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B. I. Christian Church Announcement

Mark your Calendar! Everyone Welcome!

The Beaver Island Christian Church invited everyone in the whole community to a pot-luck supper on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center. This pot-luck was to "Welcome to Beaver Island" Pastor Ed Campbell, the new pastor for the Beaver Island Christian Church.

PHIL LANGE MEMORIAL on Saturday, September 26th


There was a graveside service held at Holy Cross Cemetery with the full honors due to this wonderful man. This was followed by an Open House held at the
Beaver Island Community Center from 5-9 p.m. with music by Shifting Souls with Kevin White and Miranda Rooy on vocals, and a surprise vocalist Joddi Croswhite also performed. There were family and friends there to celebrate the life of Dr. Philip Lange, Beaver Island's physician who came out of retirement to give to this community many days and hours of his time.

Phil liked a good old Island Potluck and what a potluck it was!

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Beaver Island Community Center

8am - 9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

September Events for Seniors and the Community HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes