Beaver Island News on the 'Net, Sept. 10-16, 2007


“ Island Treasures Resale Shop” will be opening this fall at the new location on Donegal Bay Road near the tennis courts. The B.I. Fire Department and the Fire Auxiliary are working to finish the building, organize the store, and prepare for the Grand Opening. The firemen have invested a great deal of sweat equity into this worthy project.

Watch for signs announcing the initial “Donation Days” when your gently used items will be accepted by an eager crew of volunteers. Donations of clothing, linens, dishes, sports equipment, books, videos, kitchen utensils, tools and small furniture items will be greatly appreciated. All items must be clean and ready to be used.

We will be unable to accept most electronics, encyclopedias, magazines, large furniture pieces, mattresses, appliances, or damaged goods. We encourage you to post these items on our bulletin board or take them to the Transfer Station for disposal.

The funds generated by the Island Treasures Resale Shop will continue to support our Fire Department with purchases of new equipment and training.

Volunteers will be needed for our limited off-season schedule and our full summer schedule next summer. Please contact Donna Stambaugh at 448-2797 or at if you want to volunteer or have questions about this exciting project.

9/11 Memorial Service

On the morning of the disaster marked by the date and symbol 9/11 at 11 a.m., the Beaver Island community gathered to remember those who died. Particularly, the public safety people were remembered during this ceremony--the police, the firemen, and the EMTs.

Kathy Speck led the community in two songs, "America" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth." This was followed by Alvin LaFreniere reading about one of the policemen who died in the tragedy. John Works, Jr. spoke about the many memories of that fateful day. Bob Hoogendorn thanked all the local law enforcement, firemen, and EMTs for their service to this community, and then he played "Taps" on his horn.

BICAA Announces Chenille Sisters' Performance

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association announced this amazing opportunity for Beaver Island residents and visitors today. This will be an excellent addition to the weekend activities along with the Bite of Beaver and the Beaver Boodle.

On the evening of October 6, 2007, the professional singing and entertainment group "The Chenille Sisters" will perform at the Jim Gillingham Educational Center on the campus of the Central Michigan Biological Center right here on Beaver Island. Arrangements are being finalized for this wonderful group to perform for the Beaver Island Community School students during the afternoon followed by a performance at CMU Bio Center that evening.

A Chenille Sisters performance is a blending of three uniquely gifted souls into a musical phenomenon that’s more poignant, funny and entertaining than any single performer anywhere – and oh, those exquisite harmonies! What these three women have in common are heavenly voices, a lot of witty wisdom and a passion for connecting with their audiences. But as in a constellation, each Chenille shines her own particular kind of light.

Cheryl Dawdy draws on her background as a balladeer to tell stories that shimmer with human emotion, from sorrow to wonder to tenderness – all delivered with a sly smile that slowly grows wider, warming the heart.

With her broad vocal range, Grace Morand can project a powerful note clear to an auditorium’s restrooms. Her performance is as much musical theater as it is singing, with one reviewer inviting the audience to relish the experience of her “silly putty face.”

Connie Huber’s musical acumen is as varied as it is powerful. Her deft guitar playing is a strong element in the musical mix, and her rich vocal presence can transport an audience to places they could otherwise visit only in their dreams.

So while these are very different women with very different histories and experiences, it’s the union of the three that makes them a bona fide force of nature. Their paths first merged and converged on the small stage of an Ann Arbor bistro in 1985. Over the years they’ve crisscrossed the map, amassing tens of thousand of fans young and old.
If you haven’t yet experienced the sweet, serious, silly and satisfying sensation of the Chenille Sisters, get yourself to this show---right here on BEAVER ISLAND!

Here's what the national publications are saying about the Chenille Sisters:

"...beautifully harmonized repertoire...irreverent, loose humor...plenty of reason to both listen and laugh." -Washington Post

" can accurately be said that The Chenille Sisters are one very funny trio of singers." -Chicago Tribune

"...their sound, reminiscent of the Andrews, Boswell and McGarrigle Sisters, is sublime...they move deftly, with meticulous harmonies, from parody to pastiche to country to folk." -People Magazine

Beaver Island Golf Course Announces

First Annual Mixed (Man-Woman) (Alternate Shot)

Team Invitational Golf Tournament

Set for Sunday, September 23, 2007, at 1 p.m. is the first annual mixed team invitational golf tournament. The one man, one woman team will play an alternate shot format. The man will drive on holes 1, 3. 5, 7, and 9, and the woman will drive on holes 2, 4, 6, and 8. Following the drive, team members will alternate shots until the ball is holed.

Two teams will tee off at each hole with a shotgun start. If more than eighteen teams are entered a second group will be scheduled to tee off as needed on the longer holes. The entry fee will be $15 per team plus green fees (if not a member of the BI Golf Course). Prizes will be based upon the total of the entry fees on this schedule:

40% for first place, 30% for second place, 20% for third place, and 10% for fourth place.

Winter rules will apply on all fairways (including mowed areas and paths). The out-of-bounds will be along the right side of hole number 1, the fence line; to the right past the pond on #7, and along the left side of #9. If a team member's drive is out-of-bounds, the team's second member will drive from his or her tee box and add a one stroke penalty.

Please call the golf course at 448-2301 or sign up at the golf course by September 21, 2007. With the tournament starting at 1 p.m., teams are requested to be at the course at 12:30.


Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

It has been quite a long while ago that the Beaver Island Community School hired so many new teachers, three new ones this school year. Can you remember the names of last two 3rd and 4th grade teachers NOT including the current one?

No one emailed me an answer to this one. The answers are Jayne Lilly and Sister Marie Eugene.

This Week's Question:

This man was a dishwasher at the Beaver Lodge thirty years ago. He lived up in "Spider's Web" and learned to play in the Key of A from the Lodge manager at the time, Joe Moore. He is a well-known performer, and he goes by the name of "Beans." His trademark is the pirate's "Arrrhrrhrhh." What is his real name?

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of September, October, and November for the person of your choice. Email your answer to

Beaver Island Soccer

sent by coach Marianne Brown

The Islanders went up against a tough and fast Mackinac Island Team.  The Islanders fell 6-1 during Fridays game and 4-1 on Saturday.  Both goals were scored by Brenden Martin.  The Islanders will be working hard this week on teamwork and generating some offense to be ready for what is expected to be speedy Hannahville team this Friday.  

Beaver Island Volleyball

Coach Boyle reporting in after traveling to Mackinac Island:

Beaver Island beat Mackinac Island 3-0.  The game scores were 25-16, 25-20, 26-24.  As you can see from the game scores, it was a very exciting night!  Both teams were playing hard and both teams had some loud fans.  At first, a group of Laker boys came into the gym with blue and white  painted faces and cheering loudly.  Not to be outdone, some of our sophomore boys left the gym and came back with green and white faces!  The game was on.  The first game was close for most of it, until the end when we came ahead and won soundly.  Mackinac was really motivated now, and the second game was tied at 20 when Andrea Moore came to the serving line with 5 good serves.  That, combined with everyone's awesome first hits, sets and hitting won the second game.  Then, the third game was a real battle all the way til the end.  The score was Beaver Island 24, Mack 23, when they served the ball at us.  We got the ball up, but sent it out of bounds.  Caitlin Boyle ran down the ball, back set perfectly up to the net and Samantha Kuligoski killed the ball to seal the third game.  We then played one JV game, which we also won!

Saturday morning began with more excellent volleyball, as we won 25-19, 25-16, 26-24.

Here are some weekend stats:

Aces:  Caitlin Boyle 9, Samantha Kuligoski 5, Deven Cook & Alex Kuligoski 3

Good serves (including aces):  Caitlin 26, Samantha 20, Brittany Crandall 19, Maeve Green & Andrea Moore 13, Deven 12, Alex 9, Kristy Bousquet 7

Kills:  Sam & Caitlin 11, Brittany 9, Deven 3

Good Hits/Spikes (including kills): Sam 23, Brittany 18, Caitlin 14, Deven 12, Alex 9,  Andrea & Maeve 6, Lindsey Kenwabikise 3

Assists:  Maeve 10, Caitlin 9, Andrea 6, Jenna Butler 4

Blocks:  Brittany 4, Sam, Caitlin & Alex 1

Tips:  Andrea 6, Caitlin 4, Sam, Maeve, Alex, and Clairessa Kenwabikise 1

Once again, I'm very proud of all the girls.  Everyone played hard and worked together.  A number of spectators commented on what good teamwork we had and they noticed the girls never got down on themselves.  We're off to a good start, 2-0 in the NLLeague (Northern Lights League).

BICS Home Games this Coming Weekend

The Beaver Island Soccer team and volleyball team will have home games this coming weekend against Hannahville. Soccer is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. with volleyball following around 7 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2007. On Saturday morning, September 15th, the volleyball games will start at 9 a.m. with soccer following.

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 11 a.m., a 9/11 Memorial service will take place.

On Friday, September 14, 2007, there will be a dinner at Nina's to benefit the Senior Housing Project.

On Saturday, September 15, 2007, the Celtic Games take place from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park.

The Teacher and Board Member Retirement Dinner will take place on Saturday also at Nina's at 6 p.m.

On both weekend nights there will be an Irish Party (Ceilidh) --on Friday at Donegal Danny's and on Saturday at the Shamrock.

On October 6th, the Bite of Beaver and Island Boodle will take place. There is even a rumor that special music and entertainment may be available on this night. More to come about this special music and entertainment as facts become available.


The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education is planning to host a recognition dinner on September 15 th to honor the commitment and accomplishments of four very deserving teachers and two long serving board members. Teacher Joe Moore retired after giving over 30 years of dedicated service to the school and racking up many firsts during those years. Teachers Jim Stambaugh and Donna Stambaugh, although officially retired 2 years ago, will each be recognized for their 20 years of outstanding service to the district. Also being recognized at the event will be long-time teacher Jacque LaFreniere who retired from the school district three years ago after teaching for over 20 years. School board members John Fiegen and Linda McDonough will also be recognized for their contributions to the school.

The school board will host the dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge in a manner similar to the ‘citizen of the year' event. The event will begin at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 15 th . Family member, former students, parents of students, friends are invited to join in the celebration. Anyone with anecdotes, or important information or messages they think should be shared at the event should contact Kitty McNamara ( Please contact the school office by September 7 th if you plan to attend this event – your cost for the event will depend on what you order from the regular menu.

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Beaver Island Celtic Games, September 15, 2007

The Celtic Games will be Saturday September 15 starting at 10:00AM and concluding around 5:00PM. They will be held at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park. We hope to make them bigger and better this year with more pipers, dancers and a tent and flags. Also, a ceilidh (“KAY-lee” or party) will be at Donegal Danny's and the Shamrock. If you are interested in being a Celtic Games sponsor please contact your Chamber office right away.

Plans are set for a ceilidh ("KAY-lee" or party) at Donegal Danny's on Friday September 14 and Saturday the 15th at the Shamrock. A ceilidh involves local talent and is loosely formatted. The Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums and Celtic dancers will participate.

Bite of Beaver Island Food Fest & Island Boodle 5K, October 6 th .

The Island Boddle 5K starts at 10:00AM on October 6. For additional information please contact event organizers Gail and Mike Weede at (231) 448-3195 or (231) 448-2708.

This year, October 6 th , the Bite of Beaver Island is so big it's spilling out of the Holy Cross Church Hall. The Bite Committee is chaired by Kathy Speck.

Transfer Station Addition Begins

The transfer station is getting an addition, but the weather did not cooperate for the beginning work. The first picture is the work done just before lunch on the day before it rained and poured. The second is the work captured over the weekend.

Monday's Work below