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 video later.
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. Saturday's game begins at 9 a.m. for Islander supporters. More will be posted with pictures and video later.
TDS is making an offer for the end of the Pine River Cable Company service. Here is what they have to offer:
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(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).
The BICS sports teams came out victorious last night, Friday, September 12, 2009. The soccer team had an all out steam roller effect on the Hannahville Soaring Eagles in the first half, but their competitors came back fighting in the second half. The score might not reflect the change in the desire of the Hannaville team, but there was a major difference in the second half. BI won the soccer game 8-0.
The volleyball team got off to an excellent start by winning the first two games. Then, something happened, just like in the soccer game earlier. The Soaring Eagle Ladies began a come back and put the pressure on the Islanders. The Soaring Eagles won the next two games causing a tie breaker game to 15 points. The Islander were able to put it all together with some excellent serving by 8th grader Olivia Cary at the beginning of the game which inspired the rest of the team on to victory.
The Island volleyball team started playing at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2009, and once they started, there was no stopping them. They breezed through the three straight game win without too much trouble at all, not that there weren't some exciting spots. In previous seasons, the Saturday game did not count toward league standings, but this year every game counts due to the shortened schedule.
The Islander Soccer team played on Saturday morning also, after a short time for players of both sports to get stretched out. Other players not playing volleyball also needed time to warm up. The Islander Soccer Team had a little more difficulty today against a somewhat improved Hannahville Soaring Eagle team. The Islanders had several problems with the "off sides" rule, which seemed to deny them several more goals. The Hannahville Soaring Eagles seemed much more inspired this morning than on the previous evening. The ball spent more time down on the Islanders defensive side of the field this morning as well. The score does not explain the much improved Eagles performance with a different goalkeeper. The score was 7-2 with the Islanders defeating the Soaring Eagles.
Pictures and story below:
Video clips below:
These Quicktime Streaming video clips are more like highlight reels without sportscaster comments. They are longer than any previous clips because several shorter clips have been combined into one longer clip. Hope you enjoy them!
The Saturday clips page includes a short interview with each coach: Kerry Smith, volleyball; and Matt Ritchie, soccer:
The only words to describe week 4 of the Men's Fall Gold League are; weird, wild, and "if only!" All 4 matches were close and could have gone the other way with 1 shot good or 1 bad shot for all of the teams. Two matches were 11-9 and the other two matches were 12-8. Although 12-8 sounds like a wide margin the 4 point difference can be 1 stroke on 1 hole that gives a team the 2 points for the hole played and lowest total score for another 2 points.
Larry Laurain and Joe Williams remain in 1st place extending their lead from 8 points to 9 points as Joe Moore and Ivan Young (replacing Howard Davis) moved into 2nd replacing Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman who fell into 3rd place. Ron Wojan and Bob Simpson remained in 4th place, but are now in a tie for 4th with Larry Kubic and Buck Ridgeway. Chuck Carpenter and Ernie Martin fell to 6th place but are just 1 point behind 4th. Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith are tied with Frank Solle and John Runberg for 7th, but both are only 5 points below 6th.
Next week, the final week of regular match play before the playoff's could see a dramatic change in the standings.
Joe and Larry play Larry and Buck but must give 3 strokes in the match.
Joe and Ivan play Jeff and Ryan but must give 2 strokes in the match.
Chuck and Ernie play Rob and Dan who receive 1 stroke in the match.
Ron and Bob play Frank and John but must give 3 strokes n the match.
Anytime a team must give 2 or more strokes in a match the outcome is very unpredictable. If the team receiving the strokes have a "hot" night and the team giving them have an off night, in relationship to their overall stroke average, anything can happen.
Following next week's matches, the teams will be matched for the "PLAYOFF'S" with 1st place playing 2nd place, etc.
You only have to look back at this year's "summer league" when 1 team seemed to have comfortable lead going in to get tied and lose the "league title" in a sudden death playoff . "FORE"
(Submitted by Buck Ridgeway)
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!
From Marie Connaghan LaFreniere:
Please join us in celebrating Jim and Dorothy Willis's 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Saturday, September 26th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at Jerry's Garage.
Live Music and Hors' Dourves.
B.Y.O.B.....Mix will be provided.
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 .
clouds over the harbor
Donegal Bay sunset
Thank you, Frank, for sharing these fabulous photos. Frank Solle, great job!
The emotions flared many times during the Peaine Township Meeting of Wednesday, September 9, 2009. The township lawyer's expertise was questioned several times during this meeting, and several committee members from the Airport Committee were becoming upset as well. The documents from this meeting will be made available for those that do not have the ability to view the videos. The video clips of the meeting are being prepared and should be available in the next day or so. (It is Friday at 4 pm now.) With over 160 minutes of video to view, then select, edit, convert and upload, it may take a few more hours than usual. After eight hours of work on this project, it's time to take a break and get to the BICS Soccer and Volleyball games.
Even if you cannot view the video clips, you can read the titles to get an idea of what happened at that meeting.
Adam Richards is an experienced teacher from Wyoming, Michigan, who graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in 2003. He obtained his Masters in Teaching from Aquinas. He is teaching social studies in grades 7-12.
Updated 8:30 am on 9/10/09
Not content to paddle just the 85-mile distance, Ken Bruland paddled back out to Penny Island, almost connected to Government Island in the Les Cheneaux Islands. This actually means that Ken will have paddled at total of 97 miles on this trip when you add his 6-mile paddle back to Penny and his 6-mile paddle into Prentiss Bay for the Cedar Campus, which is the location of the kayaking symposium.
Please take your checks to McDonough's Market, Island Energies, or the Beaver Island Community Center or hand your check directly to Ken Bruland. Please make your checks out to the Beaver Island Christian Church/ Food Pantry. The trip is beginning September 1, 2, or 3 or whenever there is a “weather window.” August 30th from 1-4 p.m. Ken Bruland will be at the BI Community Center. Drop in and talk to Ken Bruland about his adventure. This also provides an opportunity to drop off your donation
At the parent meeting of the Beaver Island Sports Boosters last night, Wednesday, September 9, 2009, Dianne McDonough passed the baton across the table to the new officers: Kathy Maudrie, President; Judy Boyle, Vice-president; Kerry Smith, secretary; and Teresa McDonough, treasurer. The meeting last night was a meeting of the parents and confirmation of officers.
Dianne McDonough was thanked for almost 10 years of service to the Beaver Island Sports Boosters and for her dedication to the sports programs at Beaver Island Community School.
Dianne said, "It will be hard to just sit back and let someone else take over, and it is definitely going to be different. My kids keep asking me what I am going to do next with my extra time?? I really enjoyed what I did, what I accomplished, and the support of the community and the other parents."
There will be concessions available at the home games for those that come out to support our Beaver Island athletes.
This panoramic view of Paradise Bay was created by Frank Solle...VERY Nice...
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.
The Board of Directors of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce would like to say a great big Thank You to the Island community for your outstanding support of the first Beaver Island Marathon. We believe that the event was responsible for $250,000 or more in economic benefit to Beaver Island.
The very first post race written comment from one of the marathon runners says in part, “I'm definitely going back (to Beaver Island) and bringing my family for a vacation.” We know that when folks experience our Island's legendary hospitality many return time and again. This first marathon will pay dividends to Beaver Island for many years to come.
Thank you to our other sponsors: Beaver Island Boat Co, Island Airways, Fresh Air Aviation and McDonough's Market. A thanks and well done is in order for the professionals at Good Boy events, the event promoter.
Once again thanks to more than 100 Beaver Island volunteers who made it happen. Your hard work and support was a key to success.
Planning is underway for a marathon next year. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and can be sent to: Chamber@BeaverIsland.org or PO Box 5, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
Kathy Speck, President; Steve West, Executive Director
Directors: Marijean Pike, Pat Anderson, Angel Welke, Mike Weede, Sheri Timsak, Liz Lanier and Rachel Teague
Today, Saturday, September 5, 2009, was the first ever Beaver Island Marathon. The opportunities to run included a 5K race, a half-marathon, and a full marathon. The day started out nice, sunny, and cool, but the temperature began to increase as the day progressed. The event was a huge success for the Island with an estimated 700 visitors including runners and family of the runners.
The race course for the half marathon started at the public beach parking lot. The runners ran to Whiskey Point and back to Daddy Franks hill. Then they ran out Donegal Bay Road until it became Allen's Lakeview and continued on until they came to the end of the road. They then ran into the woods on Buddy Martin's Trail until they reached the top of the bluff. They then turned around and ran back on the same pathway as coming out. When they came down the Daddy Franks hill, they turned left and ran back out to Whiskey Point, turned back around and ran around the harbor back to the public beach. This constituted half of a marathon. The full marathon runners had to run that route twice.
Everyone who participated should be considered winners, but those that were the men's overall winners were: Rich Power 218 from Rochester won first place, Phil Kauppi 185 from Mt. Pleasant won second place, and Christopher Braun 157 won third place. The women's overall winners were: Karen Kirt 188 from Lake Leelanau won first place, Stacey Roberts 223 from Leland won second place, and Jobie Neucks 208 from Holland won third place.
Male over forty winners were: Bill Fix 166 from Comstock Park won first place, Ron O'Connor 211 won second place, and Ron Gregg 175 from Clarksville, TN won third place. He was also 8th in the whole marathon. (Ron is in bold because he was raised here on Beaver Island.) In the female over forty group, the first place finisher was Michelle Randazzo 219, followed by second place Kathryn Williams 246, and third place Mimi Ransick 220.
The overall winners of the whole marathon
The 5K male winner was Robert Havemann from Hudsonville. The 5K female winners was Cheryl Geisthardt from Mt. Pleasant.
The half marathon male overall winners were: Nicholas Liversedge in first place, Bob Teutsch in second place, and Daniel Scott in third place. The half marathon female overall winners were: Debbie Lenters in first place, Erin Patton in second place, and Cindy Tomalka in third place.
The overall winners of the half marathon
Beaver Island -
Have you ever started a book that you just cannot put down? Or been involved in a project a work, church or at home that is so intense that you cannot quit thinking about it?
That was me when the plans began for the marathon on Beaver Island.
When a runner chooses an event to race it is a huge decision and huge investment: physically, emotionally and financially. This investment and risk is magnified when taken on an inaugural event...and on an Island no less. I was reasonably confident the runners would love the course, would enjoy the boat ride and would receive a warm Island-style welcome upon arrival. However there is so much more involved and I did not want to be wrong when the runner is making such an investment.
When I was told the Island had formed a "Marathon Committee", my confidence started to build. After attending my first meeting with the committee, I was told by a member “The residents of Beaver Island are very resilient and we will help make this event happen”!
That is the understatement of the year.
Thanks to the many volunteers, the Chamber of Commerce, McDonough's Market, the EMS, the medical center, the Marathon Committee, the AMVETS, the Beaver Island Boat Company, the various Church Groups, the Sports Boosters, the airlines, Steve and Elaine West, Diane McDonough, Bill and Tammy McDonough and everyone else that came out to support this event. The event would not have been the success it was without your passion and hard work.
Wall Street will tell you that there is a parallel relationship between risk and reward: The greater the risk, the greater the reward. The theory applies to events as well. The athletes took a risk on a first time event on an Island they may have never heard of. They are now realizing their reward in the form of an amazing experience that they may never forget.
Ron, Sharon and Jeff
Good Boy Events
The raffle of the Talking Threads Quilt raised enough money to make donations to three different organizations. The Beaver Island Fire Department received $700 toward the cost of new turnout gear for the new firefighters, Beaver Island EMS recieved $700 toward the purchase of equipment for emergency fluid administration, and the Beaver Island Food Pantry received a $700 donation as well. Great job, Talking Threads!
The BICS Soccer Team and Volleyball Teams begin their competitions this coming weekend, September 11th and 12th. Please come out and support our local sports teams and cheer them on. The sports schedule for this fall is posted below:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 GRAND MARAIS @ BEAVER ISLAND
SATURDAY, SEPT 19 GRAND MARAIS @ BEAVER ISLAND
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25 MUNISING BAPTIST @ BEAVER ISLAND
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 MUNISING BAPTIST @ BEAVER ISLAND
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
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24
NORTHERN LIGHTS LEAGUE SOCCER TOURNAMENT
At a planning meeting for the B.I. Marathon, Sarah McCafferty received two checks, Story HERE
There were a lot of Islanders leaving Beaver Island for a Garden Island Party on Sunday, September 6, 2009. The Garden Party has become an annual event to celebrate the end of summer, the return to school, and the return to work getting ready for winter.
Great pictures, Julie!
With a video camera and a small point and shoot camera, this reporter/photographer was ready to get into the Apache owned and operated by Island Airways..
Thank you's to Buck Ridgeway for this information!
The Standings remained the same in the top 3 spots following Wednesday's play, but the 4th and 5th place teams switched places and the three teams in 6th, 7th, and 8th place moved around with the 7th place team moving to 6th, the 8th place team to 7th, and the 6th place team dropping to 8th.
The schedule for next week was determined by the Division Standings after week 3 and is as follows:
Team #1, Larry and Joe playing Team #6, Ron and Bob
Team #7, Rob and Dan playing Team #2, Howard and Joe
Team #5, Frank and John playing Team #8, Larry and Buck
Team #3, Jeff & Ryan playing Team #4, Chuck & Earnie
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Beaver Island News on the 'Net has contacted the Beaver Island Sports Boosters, and we have decided to provide a special offer to help the Sports Boosters. For every new subscription received of at least six months, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will donate $10 to the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. This will be in addition to any other special offers presented. For every new business supporter, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will donate $30 to the Sports Boosters. For any renewal of subscription, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will donate $5 to the Sports Boosters as well.
So, you will not only get to continue access to Beaver Island's only weekly news service, but you will also be helping out the Beaver Island Community School's sports teams through the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. You can do all this by just clicking the link below:
The Beaver Island Christian Church invites 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 is a "Welcome to Beaver Island" for Pastor Ed Campbell, the new pastor for the Beaver Island Christian Church. Everyone is welcome to attend! Please bring a dish to pass. Beverage and table service (dishes and silverware) will be provided.
The old BIIP dial-up, taken over by Great Lakes and managed by TransWorld Network, Corp., will end service on Beaver Island. Below is a copy of an email received by one of BINN's subscribers.
TransWorld Network, Corp. will be decommissioning the local dialup number in your area effective December 8, 2009. We have been able to identify that you have used the dialup telephone number that is being decommissioned, to access the Internet over the last 30 days:
Beaver Island Pop# 231-448-2132
Action is now required on your part if you would like to continue accessing the Internet after December 8, 2009 as your current dial-up number will no longer
work. We apologize for this inconvenience and would like to help you find an alternate provider. TDS Telephone provides Dialup (There is no TDS dial-up on Beaver Island.) and DSL Internet access and service is available in most areas. To find out if their service is available in your area, please call 1-866-571-6662 or visit http://www.tdstelecom.com
Once you have transitioned service to another provider, please contact us so that we may terminate your account and mail you a final adjusted invoice.
If you do not take any action after receiving this notification your Dialup Internet service account will be terminated on December 8, 2009, and you will
be mailed a final prorated invoice for this service.
If you currently have an email address through TransWorld Network, Corp., your email account will remain active for 1 year at no cost to you.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any questions. You can reach a customer service representative at 1-866-711-6290, Monday through
Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm EST or Saturday between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm EST.
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The wonder of watching a video clip of loon parents feeding their babies, the wonder of watching the ospreys in the nest on Sloptown Road, and a glipse of the Beaver Tales performance, and many other clips will not be yours unless you have high speed Internet and Quicktime to view these video clips. If you have a dial-up connection, you might still be able to view them, but it will take a while to download. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video clip is worth ten-thousand words. We hope you will give the video clips a try. Quicktime Streaming Video clips are viewable by anyone with a high speed connection and a Quicktime viewer.
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The date for the last Mixed Alternate Shot Outings is September 13th
The Last Mixed Outing of the Year was September 13, 2009.
Pictures and results are HERE.
The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available
Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Come check us out!
August Movies (click to enlarge)
1. SENIOR APPRECIATION PICNIC
Sunday, September 20th 11am - 1pm
Tickets available at the Community Center; $3 for those 60 and over, $6 for those under 60
Door Prizes, Raffles and Entertainment!
Barbeque Chicken, Baked Beans, Coleslaw & Fruit Cobbler
2. Shifting Souls will be playing at Dr. Lange's Open House
3. BEAVER ISLAND COMEDY GROUP AUDITIONS
Thursday, September 10th 7pm
Prepare a 1-minute monologue or short skit
and come make us laugh!
For more info contact Janet Day at 2145
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