BI New on the 'Net, Sept. 29-Oct. 5 2008

Bea Boyle Passes Away

Beatrice Boyle, 89, of Beaver Island, died Sept. 29, 2008, at her daughter's home in Scottsdale, Ariz. The funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, with the Rev. Pat Cawley officiating.
A wake will take place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the convent on Beaver Island, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix.

(From Beaver Island Forum) More will be posted when available.

Jerry Gerstler Dies

Gerald “Jerry” Gerstler of Ypsilanti, MI, Age 65, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at home.

He was born September 4, 1943 in Ann Arbor, the son of Carl and Vera (Tessmer) Gerstler. On August 28, 1965, he married Barbara Fenker in Ypsilanti and she survives. Jerry was a teacher in the Ypsilanti School System for 31 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the T.K.E. Fraternity at Eastern Michigan University. Jerry spent his summers building his home on Beaver Island. He loved to fish with his friends and grandkids.

In addition to his loving wife of 43 years, other survivors include- one daughter, Tara (Rich) Noffsinger of Suttons Bay, MI; one son Scott (Michelle) Gerstler of Owosso, MI; three grandchildren, Jake, Lindsey and Theo; one sister, Karen McIntyre of CA; mother-in-law, Cecile “Peg” Fenker of Ypsilanti; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Ruth Ann) Fenker of Indian River and Gary Fenker of Ypsilanti; sister-in-law, Susan Fenker of Ypsilanti; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be 1-00 pm October 4, 2008 at Stark Funeral Service Moore Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gordon Moore officiating. Contributions in his memory may be made to either the Humane Society of Huron Valley or St. Joseph Mercy Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home where the family will greet friends from 12-00 noon until time of service. Please sign his guest book at .

Real Bite of Wild Beaver Featured This Saturday

The Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that for the first time in the seven years of the Bite of Beaver Island Food Fest, a real bite of Beaver will be available.

The 7th annual event will be this Saturday from 1-4 in the Holy Cross Hall. A couple of chef tables remain. Crafts and Artisans will be featured at the new Community Center. A few tables are still available. The Island Boodle 5K Run / Walk will begin 10 AM. The Boodle benefits the Sports Boosters.

Bob Banville (Executive Chef Shanoule) has confirmed that he will prepare his famous Beaver with Toast Points for this year's event. Joan Banville will serve the Beaver at the island's new Community Center. As the story goes, many guests return year after year to Shanoule to enjoy Beaver with Toast Points. Also, Steak and Porter Stew and hot cider at the Community Center.

Mark LaFreniere has provided some Elk that will be served as meatballs by the Wildlife Club. The club will also feature Salmon in front of Powers Hardware.

For more information about Bite of Beaver Island weekend see the Chamber of Commerce web site or call (231) 448-2505.

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.

This Weekend at the BI Community Center



Andrew James Grogan

Andrew James Grogan was born September 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm to Andy and Rachel (McDonough) Grogan. Andrew weighed in at 8 lbs and 7 oz and was 21 inches long The. proud grandparents: Jim and Diane McDonough of Beaver Island and Jimmie and Lynn Grogan of Alabama.

More pictures HERE

BICS Volleyball

The Islander volleyball team fought valiantly on Friday night. The Islanders and Lakers were tied at two games each, but the Islanders lost the tie breaker game. This night's volleyball was "good volleyball" as one of the spectators stated. Lots of good volleys, good blocks, and good saves for both teams. Mackinac Island's team was impressive in their jumping ability and their serving. Beaver Island was impressive in their team work and their spirit.

On Saturday, the Islanders pulled together and won the match three games to one.

The following pictures were taken by Frank Solle, professional photographer extraordinaire:

The green jerseys were for Friday night and the white for Saturday.

MORE of Friday

MORE of Saturday

From Coach Connie Boyle

Aces :  Caitlin Boyle 13, Maeve Green 11, Heather McDonough 10, Jenna Butler 7, Alex Kuligoski 6, Deven Cook 4, Clairessa Kenwabikise 3

Good Serves (including aces):  Caitlin 42, Maeve 38, Heather 28, Deven Cook 17, Jenna Butler 10, Clairessa 10, Alex 9

Kills:  Heather 16, Alex 11, Deven 5, Maeve 3

Good Hits/Spikes:  Heather 22, Deven 13, Clairessa 11, Alex 7, Maeve 3

Assists:  Maeve 18, Caitlin 9, Jenna Butler 8

Friday Scores: BI - MACK 25-20, 21-25., 22-25, 25-14, 12-15 Saturday Scores: 25-20, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21

The Lady Islanders played hard both days.  I am proud of them for never giving up.  The loss on Friday was disappointing, but the win on Saturday was encouraging. 

Beaver Island will have to play hard next weekend against Paradise.  They were an excellent team last year and have two big hitters on their team.  The Lady Islanders will be working hard all week, getting ready to take on the Paradise Rockets!

BICS Soccer

The Islander soccer team seemed quite energetic on Friday night playing hard and running hard. The game on Friday night was a hard fought battle in the first half with the game winner questionable, but the second half seemed to deflate the Islanders. They ran out of steam. On almost every Laker attack there would be four or five Lakes up against two or three Islanders. If the the rest of the Islander team did not get back quickly enough, the Lakers would score a goal.

One spectator stated, "The Lakers are running circles around the Islanders." When asked what he meant, he further stated, "Watch the Lakers come down the field. Here they come. See that there are always two Lakers that are by themselves. They are not covered by the Islanders' defense. It's five against three every single time. The poor goalie (Maeve Green) doesn't have a chance."

Spectators position chairs to prepare for the game. No bleachers this year, having been removed for construction.

Teams getting ready for the match to begin.

Signs to notify spectators where to go and what to do and what not to do....

The teams line up for the "Pledge of Allegiance".

Friday night pictures HERE

Saturday morning pictures HERE

BICS Construction Walkaround Sept 28 2008

Pictures for the walkaround are HERE

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!

Walk from Playground to South Harbor Shore


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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Updated on 9/15/08

Bite of Beaver This Coming Weekend

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

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.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last 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?

The same people answered correctly as the week before. It must be just those that have been here a while that can remember these things. Congratulations to Joyce Bartells for her winning first answer! The organization that used to do the promotion for Beaver Island including the Beaver Beacon editing and printing, the Winter Games on Barney's Lake and the Harbor, and the 4th of July Celebration was called the Beaver Island Civic Association.

This 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 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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