B.I. News on the 'Net, September 19-26, 2010

BICS Wins Friday Night and Saturday Games

September 24.2010, 9:30 p.m.--

The BICS soccer team went the entire two halfs without a score as did Munising Baptist. The officials decided to play two additional 5 minute halfs to determine the winner. In the first five minute half of the overtime, Beaver Island scored a goal. Munising was unable to score in either overtime half, so BICS, the Islanders' soccer team wins their first home game of the season.

In the volleybal games inside the BICS gymnasium, the Islanders won played very well winning the first game. The second game was up for grabs and within sight, but the Islanders lost this one. Since the format now is to play up to 25 with every serve scoring a point, the Islanders needed to get right back at it, and they did. The Islanders won the next two games and therefore the best three out of five games against Munising Baptist. Way to go, Islanders! Pictures and video will be available after Saturday morning's games are completed and in the history book.

September 25, 2010, 5:00 pm--

The BICS volleyball team played inside the BICS gymnasium first thing this morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Islanders soundly won the first game. Then the JV lost the second game. Coach Kerry Smith put the varsity team back in for game three, but they lost game three. Now, the Islanders were down with one game to two games won by Munising Baptist team. The Islanders were able to win the fourth game, and this necessitated an overtime playoff game with the team getting fifteen points declared the winner. The Islanders won the coin toss and decided to take the serve. Olivia Cary served five straight winner putting the Islanders up 5-0. To keep us all on the edge of our seats, the score quite quickly had Islanders 7, Munising 6. The Islanders took a time out, and when they came back from the time out, the girls were ready to win this game, which they did with a score of 15-10. Congratulations, Lady Islanders on your win!

The Islander soccer team had to go outside in the windy, cold, and rainy morning air to continue to play against the challenging Munising Baptist team. This game provided more scoring by the Islanders and several opportunities for the Munising team as well. The Islanders went out to a 3-0 lead at the half, but the Munising Baptist team kept the Islander scoring down in the second half, but the Islanders won the game with the score 4-0. Congratualtion, Islanders on your morning win at home!

Lots of Rain and Now Wind

September 24, 2010, 8:45 a.m.-- The rain poured down yesterday in spurts, at times coming down in "buckets" or "like cats and dogs." The unofficial rain gauge in the front yard on Carlisle Road showed 2.25 inches of rain. It is 68 degrees out this morning with winds out of the south-southwest at 17 mph and gusting much higher. There is a wind advisory posted until 7 p.m. tonight. There are reports of a tree down on the East Side Road with power off to the CMU Biological Center and north on East Side Road. Both ferries are tied up to the dock, and the scheduled 8:20 a.m. boat did not leave the island. There are some concerns regarding the BICS sports events for this afternoon.

Pictures of the waves at Donegal Bay

From the BIBCO website:

09/24/2010 Friday Departure Cancelled due to weather.

We will resume our normally scheduled departures on 09/25/2010.

Video of the windy day includes sounds of wind in the old McDonough store, now a bank

Welcome to the World the Newborn Richards Baby!

From Adam Richards from the Beaver Island Forum:

We have a healthy, currently unnamed, baby boy!

Sheri had him at 650pm on 09-23-10 at CAH. He is 8lbs, 2oz, 22”, and unlike his dad, has hair. Like his dad, though, he's a real looker.

Sheri is well, baby is well, life is good+++

Peaine Township Special Meeting on 9/22/10

To view the video clips of this meeting, CLICK HERE

Yes, the meeting was yesterday, and the video clips are up today, the 23rd.........Peaine Board votes to grant the BIRHC the full two mills allowed. Millage was the primary discusssion topic after the airport committee (commission) was discussed. The township attorney was in attendance via telephone as this airport issue was discussed.

Photo from Frank Solle

Bite of Beaver Island Oct 2


The Chamber of Commerce reports that Holy Cross Hall Chef Tables sold out on 9-23 for the Bite of Beaver Island Food Fest slated for Saturday October 2 .

Community Center Craft Tables are available. Craft entry forms and Island Boodle 5K forms can be picked up at the Chamber office and Community Center.

Link to Craft Form: http://www.beaverisland.org/craft-form.pdf

Link to Boodle 5K Form: http://www.beaverisland.org/Island-Boodle-2010.pdf

Bike Ride

Along with the BI Boodle and Bite weekend, there will be a bike ride of various lengths starting at 4 PM on Sat ., weather permitting, from Holy Cross/beach parking lot w/ donations to Beaver Island Sports Boosters gladly accepted. You can contact Linda Frysinger 231-651-9618 for further information.

Questions: Events sponsor, the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (231) 448-2505 or Chamber@BeaverIsland.org .

Christmas Contata Rehearsals Start This Sunday

For those previous participants who might be wondering what to do on Sundays after their regular church service, do we have the answer for you! Kathy Speck, director, announced in emails and letters today that the contata rehearsals will begin this coming Sunday, September 26, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at the Beaver Island Christian Church. This wonderful Christmas gift to the the Beaver Island community will take place on December 4th and 5th. This will be the tenth annual Christmas Contata, and any and all previous participants are invited to come and participate in this decade of holiday musical gifts. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Speck at 448-2393 or e-mail at Kspeck@tds.net

Ruth Hallahan Passes Away

Ruth Hallahan, 91, of Beaver Island, passed away Sept. 19, 2010. Arrangements are pending at Winchester Funeral Home. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

From BICS Soccer Coach Matt Ritchie

Beaver Island vs. Hannahville
Friday 1-9 L
Doug scored the only goal and Matthew assisted.
Saturday 0-8 L
I thought our players played real hard both games and kept a good, positive attitude afterwards. Hannahville has a good team this year and were simply too much for us this time around.

BI vs. Boyne Concord Academy
Jenna, Billy, Olivia Cary, and Jewell (on a PK) each scored a goal. Jenna and Billy had one assist each.
This was a good nonconference win for our team. We played smart and passed very well against a team that was very similar to us skill and talent wise. I thought we controlled most of the play, but the game got a lot tighter after Olivia sprained her ankle. Despite the injury, our team overcame the adversity, and I’m proud of them for that.

BI vs. Grand Marais
Friday 0-6 L
Saturday 0-3 L
I was not at this game, so I do not have much to share. Kerry told me that we played well enough to win on Saturday, but we just couldn’t finish our shots.


COME OUT and Support our BICS Soccer Team this weekend at the first homegame of the Season!

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Announces Mini-Grant Program 

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA) is sponsoring a mini-grant program for 2010-2011 to support the creative work of local artists who enrich the cultural life of the Beaver Island community. Funding for the program is generated by proceeds from Baroque on Beaver, the annual classical music series that combines the talents of year-round and seasonal residents with professional musicians from across the state of Michigan .

Visual and performance artists are able to apply for funding to cover costs for materials to create their art, rental of rehearsal and performance space, travel expenses or fees for attending seminars or classes, opportunities to branch out into new art forms and other reasonable needs.

The program was created a year ago by the BICAA Board of Directors as a means of fulfilling its mission to support year-round cultural arts in the Beaver Island community. Two grants were awarded in 2009: (i) to the Beaver Island Community Players for assistance in the production of Beaver Tales II by compensating writers and composers for creation of new musical numbers for the show and (ii) to the Recorder Group to purchase new music and to obtain additional recorder lessons. BICAA has previously invested proceeds from Baroque on Beaver in the string program and other cultural activities for students at the Beaver Island Community School (BICS).

Eligibility criteria and applications for the mini-grant program may be obtained from BICAA Board member Miranda Rooy, mirandarooy@hotmail.com and will be posted by October 1 on the BICAA website, www.baroqueonbeaver.com . Applications will be accepted electronically and must be received by November 1, 2010. A Selection Committee composed of Board members and community residents qualified in specific areas of the arts will review applications and make recommendations on awardees for Board approval. Awards will be granted in mid-December. For more information, please contact Anne Glendon, aglendon@sbcglobal.net .

Eligibility requirements for candidates:

  1. Year-round or seasonal residents of Beaver Island for a minimum of 2 years
  2. At least 2 years of engagement in the art form for which support is being sought
  3. Submission of a completed application which includes a statement of need for funding. This would include, but not be limited to costs associated with:
    • Rehearsal or performance space
    • Release time from work to practice or create artwork
    • Materials, equipment, training
    • Other needs consistent with the type of art involved.
  4. Agreement to report on, share, demonstrate, show or perform whatever work is produced as a result of the grant during the 2011 Baroque on Beaver annual festival or at another Island event.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association: Mini-Grant Application

Name of Artist(s):

Beaver Island Address: 

Year-round Mailing Address:


Beaver Island Phone(s): Alternative Phone(s):

Approximate annual residency dates on Beaver Island :

1. Type of Art to be funded (include all that apply)

__ Musical performance

__ Musical composition

__ Visual art (please specify medium)

__ Poetry, Short Story or other literary art (please specify form)

__ Dance

__ Theater

__ Other (please specify)

2. Purpose of request: Please describe in one paragraph what the funds will be used for.

3. Statement of Need: Please explain (no more than 1 page) why you are seeking funding at this time. Describe your engagement in this art form over the past 2 years and give a compelling reason why this mini-grant is important to achieving your artistic goals. 

4. Amount requested (anticipated grant range is $150-$750): _______

5. Letter of Agreement: Please attach a letter (or multiple letters from all the members of the applicant group) that clearly states agreement with the requirement to show, display or otherwise demonstrate how the mini-grant funds were used by July 15, 2011. 

6. Name and contact information of two references who can attest to your work:

Please use additional pages as needed.

Applications are due by November 1, 2010. Electronic applications preferred. Please send to Miranda Rooy, mirandarooy@hotmail.com . Attachments that cannot be sent electronically may be mailed to BICAA, PO Box 326 , Beaver Island , MI 49782 . Awards will be decided by the BICAA Board and announced in mid-December.

Last of the Season Mixed Golf Outing

Seven teams prepared to face off in competition on September 19, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The fourteen dedicated golfers were out to have an enjoyable afternoon playing a sport that is sometimes fun, sometimes frustrating, but always interesting. The Beaver Island Golf Course has never been greener and or more well groomed making the afternoon very beautiful for a golf outing. The team members were present in a very different array of dress with some in turtle necks with jackets and long pants. Others had shorts and short sleeves. It all depended upon whether you dressed for the shady, cooler holes or the sunnier warmer holes. A good time was had by all!

Following the golfing event, there was a potluck picnic with more food than these fourteen could eat. One contributor/participant commented, "I made enough for 19 teams." There apparently are not enough golfers for this many teams left on the Island and/or healthy and willing to play on a Sunday afternoon, so there were sloppy joes, two types of salad, baked beans, and carrot cake left over.

Tied for first place; Nel Worsfold and Bob Simpson; Ruth and Pete Igoe; Third Place Annette Dashiell and Joe Moore

Tammie and Gerald LaFreniere; Doris and Lars Larsen; MaryAnn and Buck Ridgeway; and Carolyn and John Works

Many thanks to John and Carolyn Works and the Beaver Island Golf Course for hosting these monthly events from spring into fall! Many thanks also to Buck Ridgeway for all of his organizational efforts for all of the golf outings throughout the spring, summer, and fall! Start thinking mixed team golf for next year! Give it a try, you'll become addicted to the company and the events, no matter what interesting format Buck comes up with.

At the Shamrock


Clambake September 25th .........Fall Specials

Stoney' Acres/Donegal Danny's News

Forest View Ground Breaking/Stoney

Stoney Acre Grill
We have been fortunate to be able to park across the road from Stoney, but are now asking our guests to please park in our lot. The construction of Forest View Community is beginning this week. There is plenty of parking available behind St...oney/Danny's, along side the Pub, and in front. We appreciate your patronage.
Marilyn Racine


Please join us this Friday, Sept. 24th for Donegal Danny's Pub 5 year anniversary! Enjoy HAPPY HOUR all night, AND LIVE MUSIC by DANNY & DANNY @ Danny's starting at 8pm. *No cover charge or drink price increase!
Our Dinner Specials will be Liam's famous Baby Back BBQ Ribs AND Our Yellow Lake Perch Dinner & Basket.
Saturday, the 25th. is our Polaski Days Special! We will be offering a Polish Combo Plate featuring Homemade Golabki (cabbage rolls), Kapusta, Kielbasa, Pierogi's & rye bread. $12.95 And, we're starting our GOOBER night again in the Pub...and yes, it's O.K. if the shells hit the floor!
Sunday...for the past 5 years...happy hour all day & our complimentary Hot Dog Buffet...AND NOW starting Oct. 3rd..........JIM'S FAMOUS PIZZA!!! EVERY SUNDAY!!!
On Monday's starting Sept. 20th. at Stoney, we will once again be offering our Yummy SIZZLER DINNER for $7.50. Also it's POPCORN night in the Pub!
Dart League's start this week, plus 6 screens to enjoy ALL the Sports with Direct & Dish, Wii, Foos ball, Open Mic Night (coming soon), & Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 4-8...and Sunday all day long.
All year round Stoney & Danny's has offered Monday-Sunday daily food & drink specials...and we still do!
Stoney & Danny's...where everyone's a special guest, every day, all year long!
Our Thanks to All for being a part of Stoney (8+ years ), and Danny's Pub (5 years).
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


PH. (231) 448-2389, FAX (231) 448-2692 








POSTED: SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 1:00 PM




Pilot Safety Seminar Canceled Due to Weather!

Library News 9-16-10

While this has been a very busy summer for the Beaver Island District Library, things are beginning to slow up a bit now that Labor Day is just a memory. Stop in and see the September display case focused on the needlework of board member Krys Lyle.

During the summer we've had many old friends stop in, some who haven't been back to the island in years. They are always surprised by what our small library has to offer patrons. The back garden and music room receive many ooohs and ahhhs while the fact that we are now automated, with an online catalog, amazes them also. Equally, the Langford and Banghart families are owed the deepest appreciation for all they have done.

Very, very special thanks go to Mrs. Connie Wojan for giving us another wonderful summer of Story Time. The little ones absolutely love her, her stories, and the imaginative art projects. The children have made everything from giant turnips and mice to firebirds during craft time! We look forward to 2011 and Mrs. Wojan's return with new tales and projects. Just as deserving is Pam Moxham for all the tender, loving care she's given all the flowers and plants around the library. They looked spectacular this summer and we can hardly wait to see what will be blooming next year.

Due to the tremendous increase in computer usage, we have jumped our speed from 3 megabytes to 10, which helped eliminate the drag that was occurring in the afternoons. We have also added battery backup for our servers which has been a lifesaver when the power flickers.

An abundant supply of new books are on our shelves, many on the New York Bestseller Lists, both children's and adults. Just inside the front door to the library is a printout of the Bestseller list with items we own marked. If what you want is already checked out, let us know and we'll put a hold on it so that the next time it comes in, it'll be saved for you. If you are a year ‘round patron we can interloan items that we don't have on our own shelves however, you must know the title and author for us to do so.

Grand totals for the summer season were:

JUNE 2010

JULY 2010


























New Cards


New Cards


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Now that school has started and homework assignments are starting to appear, don't forget to check out our website at http://beaverisland.michlibrary.org where you can easily find homework helper links. You can also search, and reserve, books via our online catalog link. Just use the number at the bottom of your library card and register. You must be a registered user to reserve/check out items. If you don't have a library card yet, stop inand we'll get you all set up. It's an easy, painless process that only takes a couple minutes.

The Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair

The Beaver Island Health and Human Services Fair was held on September 16th , from 2pm-7pm at Gregg Fellowship Hall with speakers in the Christian Church as well.. There were many on- and off-island organizations present to provide you with information that could help you physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Adam Richard Introduction to the Health Fair followed by Island Groups


Familiar Faces

There were lots of familiar faces at the health fair. These taken below are just a few of the participants in the health fair that live right here on Beaver Island.

Pan of the crowd and interviews from off-Island groups


Soon to Become Familiar Faces

The people from the mainland came to the Island to make certain that we realized that Charlevoix and Emmet Counties have services that are available to us. We even had the chance to do some networking with these visitors as you can see by the final picture with Judi Meister having a serious conversation.


Second clip of off-Island groups


Wendy White DDS


BIEMS Ambulance Tour


Bite of Beaver Island Update

Nine (9) Chef Tables have been sold as of 9-16. Twelve tables is the absolute maximum possible within the space. Chef and Craft / Art entry forms for the October 2 Bite of Beaver Island . Forms can be picked up at the Chamber office or found on line here:

Chef http://www.beaverisland.org/chef-form.pdf

Craft http://www.beaverisland.org/craft-form.pdf

Space is limited. First come first table choice. The food will be at Holy Cross Hall and Crafts will be at the Community Center. The entry fee is $30.00

Island Boodle 5K entry forms can be picked up in the Chamber office or found here:



Chef: Steve West (231) 448-2505
Craft: Ann Partridge (231) 448-2022

News on the 'Net Victim of Failing Economy

As previously reported on this website, the MotionBox video company has gone out of business and the company was sold to a another company that will not be supporting the videos placed on this website from January 2010 until the end of July 2010. The videos numbered over 700 clips during this period of time. There is no way that this editor can take the time to download, upload, and recode these 700 video clips on each of the pages during that period of time. So, unfortunately, the videos taken during this period of time and placed on MotionBox will no longer be available after October 31, 2010.

BINN immediately upon the sale of MotionBox, began to place video on a different streaming video server. For those that don't have any experience in video, one hour of video takes approximately twelve hours from capture, through editing, then uploading, then coding pages, and finally you have the video clips available. If only the work did not have to be done over again, the videos would be kept available for you in the archives. But, alas, there are not enough hours in the day to redo seven months of video for archives. The time to do this would be measured in months, not days or hours. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you will understand the huge amount of effort and the lack of time to redo these pages.

We will continue to do video clips for this website, hopefully expanding the meetings, the events, and the news that takes place on Beaver Island. We will attempt to bring you, our subscribers, "Today's news as close to today as possible." Unfortunately, yesterday's news from January through July 2010 in the form of video clips will not be available after October 31, 2010.

Beaver Islander Versus Hannahville at Hannahville

Some believe that sports results should only be reported after a successful match. BINN believes that our efforts at sports are just as important as the results. Some believe that success only comes with winning, and, of course, that is the measure in professional sports. The success in high school sports also needs to be measured in the positive outcomes of conditioning, social interactions with other athletes, and pure enjoyment of the game(s). No matter the final score, Beaver Island Community School athletes are winners! So did Beaver Island win against Hannahville in soccer this past weekend?

The answer to the questions is a simple "no," and the scores, if the only thing considered, show that the Islanders loss was large. Friday night the Islanders lost with a score of 7 to 1. Saturday morning. the Islanders loss with a score of 8 to 0. Without any video of the games, there really is no way to review the many positive occurences in these games by the Islanders. This editor knows that there must have been some wonderful team outcomes during these games even if the Islanders did not win. The real positives that come from having the lower scores included the ability to accept the "defeat" with good sportsmanship and to concentrate on the positives that did occur. Most of us on the Island will be out there watching your home games and being involved in your successes no matter how small. Of course, we will be sad for you if you do not have the winning score, but we will still be there to support you, win or lose.

The moral to the above rambling is that success can measured in many ways. In volleyball it is much easier to see the successes because of the scoring differences between the games of soccer and volleyball. Every point in volleyball is a success, and the team with the most successes wins the game. The team with the most successful games wins the match, but each and every point does represent a success. Unfortunately in soccer, nothing is there to measure the good attempts at scoring a goal. The only thing measured in a soccer match is the number of goals.

So, let us dwell on the successes in volleyball. Friday night in Game 1:, Beaver Island had 25 successes and Hannnahville had 22, so the Islanders won the first game. In Game 2, Hannahville had 25 and the Islanders had 19 successes, so Hannahville won the second game.In Game 3: HV 25 BI 16. In Game 4: HV 25 BI 21. So even with 81 successes, Beaver Island lost the match on Friday night.

On Saturday morning, the opposite occurred. Beaver Island had 100 successes, which was enough for them to win the match and three of the four games. In Game 1, BI 25 HV 15. In Game 2, HV 25 BI 15. In Game 3, BI 25 HV 22. In Game 4, BI 25 HV 13. While some will continue to measure these with "who won the match," others will see the successes and ignore the final outcome. Which are you, one who views the outcome only, or one who measures successes along the way?

Beaver Island Versus Grand Marais at Grand Marais

This year Grand Marais does not have a volleyball team, victims of the decreased enrollment at its small school. The Grand Marais Soccer Team, however, is quite strong as its was successful this past weekend (9/17+18) against the Islanders. Grand Marais won with a score of 6-0 on Friday and a score of 3-0 on Saturday. Islanders have had some trouble against the mainland schools this year, and BINN looks forward to the home games, so we can see our teams in action. Encouragement from the sidelines always helps the home team. So let's go out and support our Islanders at the first home game!

Golfers for Emmalee

This fundraising effort took place on Sunday, September 11, 2010, at the Beaver Island Golf Course. It was certainly a beautiful day for golf even if it was windy. So beautiful in fact that a few participants were out practicing and not present for the above photo taken by Frank Solle.

Video Pan of the participants  

The teams were placed in two flights with one flight's teams being handicapped.   The results of both flights were very close, an indication of some very good golf being played.

This is just another example of how much Beaver Island people are willing to combine a fundraising effort with a beautiful, but windy, day outside on Beaver Island. Forty people joined in to have some fun and to help raise money to cover some of the expenses for the Emmalee Antkoviak family.


Flight #1: Actual score plus handicap equals score for places.

1st Place:

Jeff Mestelle-Ryan Smith-Chuck Carpenter-Ernie Martin 33 + 4 = 37

2nd Place Tie:

Doris Larson-Lars Larson-Ruth Igoe-Pete Igoe 38 + 0 - 38

Pete LoDico-John Runberg-Fred Rheem-Bob Evans 37 + 1 = 38

3rd Place Tie:

Bob Simpson-Ron Wojan-Annette Dashielle-Nel Worsfold 37 +2 = 39

Joe Moore-Frank Solle-Larry Kubic-Buck Ridgeway 36 +3 = 39

Flight #2:

1st Place:

John Works-Carolyn Works-Jerry LaFreniere-Sharon Scamehorn 39

2nd Place:

Paul Welke-Angel Welke-Mary Delameter-Ben Delameter 41

3rd Place:

Eric Hodgson-Dana Hodgson-Liam Hodgson-Jean Gillespie 42

4th Place:

Shirley Sowa-Audry Bielman-Chris Heika-Mary Ann Ridgeway 52 

The team of Meg Works-Ron Marsh-Drew Garland-Emily Boyle had to dropout do to the illness of one of their team members.

The main sponsors of this event include the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant/Beachcomber/Harbor Market, the Beaver Island Golf Course, and Island Airways. All greens fees and all entry fees were donated to the Antkoviak family. This should be slightly more than $2000. The donated gift cards for each of the two first place teams was in the amount of $200 by the Shamrock/Beachcomber/Harbor Market. Other door prizes were given away by random names drawn. Thank yous to all who came out to participate with special thanks to Dana and Eric Hodgson, John and Carolyn Works, and Paul and Angel Welke. There was a picnic style meal available to all particants set up and waiting at the Shamrock after the golfing event.

Thank you to the following as well:

Hole Sponsors

Island Airways

Power's Do It Best Hardware

Beaver Island Boat Co.

Charlie & Carol Creasser

Door Prizes

McDonough's Market

Island Airways


Ice Cream Social After Mass Commemorating 150 Years

On Sunday, September 12, 2010, the parish of Holy Cross held an ice cream social after mass. There were several former Dominican Sisters and one former priest present at the ice cream social. This was an opportunity for all to reacquaint with former nuns and priests. It was also an opportunity to just get together and enjoy each other's company.

Father Pat and Father Dan...Father Gabe and Ron Wojan

Father Pat.....Sister Dennis Michael and MaryAnn Weaver..Sister Dennis Michael.......Skip McDonough

What a wonderful get-together!

Generic Drugs Cost More With Insurance Than Without

Who's Ripping Off the Seniors??

This title seems like a contradiction that no one would believe, but research pretty much shows exactly that. There are certainly drugs that you couldn't afford without insurance, particularly those that have yet to become generic. There are certainly prescription plans that only require a certain amount of insurance copay for each prescription, such as a $5, $10, or $15 copay that is found in some BCBS negotiated MESSA plans. Imagine the frustration when drugs were priced in Canada with a cost less than all but the $5 copay. Then, imagine the frustration when the drugs were purchased in Canada, were less expensive than the copay, and were in the same packaging as the USA prescription drugs.

This led to some more research. Some specific medications were chosen, prescriptions obtained, and drugs purchased in one local pharmacy, one insurance-approved mail-in pharmacy, and one pharmacy without insurance. Any logical person would say, “The insurance-approved mail-in pharmacy or the local pharmacy accepting insurance will be less expensive.” Unfortunately, this would be absolutely incorrect as the following will show.

A ninety day supply of the prescriptions was obtained; the local pharmacy requiring refills every thirty days; the mail-in pharmacy providing 90 days; and the no insurance pharmacy providing 90 days. And, what do you think was the result?

Seven prescriptions were obtained from three separate sources mentioned above. The drugs were warfarin for clotting issues; ibuprofen for pain and inflammation; lisinopril for high blood pressure; cyclobenzaprine for muscle pain and spasm; flutacasone propionate, a nasal spray for allergies or sinus inflammation; simvastatin or lovastatin, a cholesterol lowering drug; and fexofenadrine for allergic rhinitis.

The cost from the local pharmacy, which was the copay for the insurance was $154.20. The cost from the mail-in insurance-approved pharmacy was $140.06. The cost from the pharmacy without insurance was $119.50. You literally can save about $45 by getting the 90-day supply of these drugs from a specific pharmacy without any insurance, a savings of $15 per month.

Does this make any sense? Buy your prescriptions in Canada or go to a pharmacy and DO NOT SHOW your prescription card, and you will save money. Make sense? Not to most of us. Now, this will not necessarily work for all prescriptions as has been mentioned above, but why does it happen this way? Who is making all this money? Are the drug companies raking in huge profits on the backs of the insured population? Are the insurance companies getting kickbacks from the drug companies? How does this happen in a free enterprise system? By what mechanism can this be allowed to happen not only to insured patients, but does it also happen to Medicaid and Medicare patients as well?

This means that anyone with insurance needs to spend some time to figure out where to purchase their prescription drugs. You also need to investigate how much the prescriptions cost with and without insurance. One specific pharmacy was able to provide the drugs with the situation that cost less whether with or without the insurance. This needs to be seriously investigated by the state and the federal authorities because this certainly cannot be the system that was meant to function in the USA.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 9/23/10

Beaver Island Booster Club sponsored dinner at the Shamrock 5:30-7:30 pm

Photo by Frank Solle

Dominican Sisters Return for Holy Cross Anniversary

Seven Dominican Sisters have traveled up to the Island today, Friday, September 10, 2010, to renew acquaintances and to help celebrate the Anniversary of Holy Cross Church. The sisters who were able to come for this visit include Judith Kirt (Dennis Marie when serving on the Island; Linda Theil; Julia Mae Groulx; JoAnne Toohey (Dennis Michael when serving on the Island); Lorraine Rajewski (Wilma when serving on the Island); Dominica Nellitt; these sisters flew to the Island. The seventh Dominican took the boat. Here name is Sister Catherine. Below is a short video clip for the Dominican Sisters to re-introduce themselves to the Islanders.


B.I.R.H.C. Thanks the Community for Supporting its Raffle


Everyone at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center extends a huge thank you to all who supported our car raffle. We understand that these are very difficulttimes for many people and could not be more grateful to those who, despite shrinking wallets, maintained their practice of buying tickets every year. All who bought tickets should feel good about the fact that raffle proceedswill go directly towards financing Health Center services.

On Labor Day Leslie Colwell, whose parents are Jim and Sandy Birdsall, won the 2010 Chevy Cobalt. This year a total of 394 tickets were sold. In addition $425 dollars was given in lieu of buying tickets. Many people played a role in this remarkable success: Board member Denny Cook came up with the successful idea of an early drawing to reward those who bought tickets this spring. The Beaver Island Boat Company donated the cost of bringing the car over on the ferry. In addition to B.I. R.H.C. board members, Sally Lounsberry, Joe Reed, LeonorJacobson, and Adam Richards were dedicated ticket sellers.

Dave Kring, owner of Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac also donated his commission back to the Health Center as he has done for many years. McDonough's Market was again very gracious in allowing us to display the car in their parking lot and selling tickets when our sellers were not there. Ken Slater and Pete Lodico allowed the Health Center to enjoy the benefits of their GM discounts and credits.

Board member Pete LoDico deserves special credit for all the time he spends every year researching and pursuing the best possible deal for us.

Once again, from everyone at the Health Center: Sincerest thanks for your support!

Submitted by Connie Wojan


Peaine Township Meeting 9/8/2010

Several hot topics were discussed at this meeting to include the joint agreement on the township airport, quality deer management, and funding for all services, especially the rural health center. Another special Peaine Township meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2010, at 7 pm. Peaine Township is not prepared to meet on the 15th of September to discuss this with St. James Township.

To view video clips of this meeting, please click on the link below:

Meeting Video 9/8/2010

BIA New Video Available

Click HERE

This was specifically put together for shoreline owners.

Chamber of Commerce News

Sept 9, 2010

Member Input Sought - Marathon

In spite of some of the worst weather ever seen in northern Lake Michigan in early September the 2nd Beaver Island Marathon went well. Runners totaled about 250 with total visitors over 500. Member comments and suggestions are welcome and will be reviewed at the next directors meeting set for the 15th.

Quality Deer Management (QDM) Passes Hurdles

Both the Island Wildlife Club and Conservation Club have agreed on a QDM plan. Both Township boards have, by unanimous vote, endorsed QDM. Your Chamber directors endorsed QDM early this year. The news of Island wide agreement has been forwarded to the Wildlife Chief of the DNRE. It is expected, after review and some modifications by the DNRE, that the plan will be set in deer hunting regulations for the 2011 season.

Deer Management Plan approved by Conservation Club, Wildlife Club, and both townships HERE

St. James Township Meeting September 1, 2010

(Thanks to Ronnie Marsh for the video work at this meeting.)

Video clips of this meeting HERE

News Release from The Nature Conservancy of USA

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melissa Soule, The Nature Conservancy (USA)
Aug. 20, 2010 (517) 316-2268 or msoule@tnc.org
Megan Seymour, US Fish & Wildlife Service (614) 416-8993 ext. 16 or Megan_Seymour@fws.gov

Laura Mousseau, Nature Conservancy of Canada
519.826.0068 or Laura.Mousseau@natureconservancy.ca
New Report Counts, Categorizes & Ranks Great Lakes Islands
Scientists Say World’s Largest Collection of Freshwater Islands Globally Rare;
Needs Conservation Action to Protect Threatened Species

TORONTO — With more than 32,000 islands in its waters, the Great Lakes contain the world’s largest collection of freshwater islands, but these islands are dynamic, undergoing many changes that threaten the islands’ flora and fauna, including climate change, habitat degradation, invasive species and some natural processes, according to a new report published by scientists from leading conservation organizations in the United States and Canada.
The report, titled “Islands of Life,” ranks and describes the biodiversity (biological diversity) and threats to priority islands found in the Great Lakes. These islands provide essential habitat for migratory and nesting birds as well as rare plants and animals like the piping plover and Pitcher’s thistle, found nowhere else on Earth.
“This information has never been collected and categorized before,” said Dr. Patrick Doran, director of science in Michigan and the Great Lakes for The Nature Conservancy. “From conducting research and then analyzing the report, we learned that islands ranked highest in biodiversity are often also subject to greater threats from human activity. This helps us and others decide and prioritize our conservation action.”Dr. Doran said that he hopes others will read and learn from the report to make more informed decisions about conservation acquisitions, practices and other strategies aimed at protecting the most vulnerable habitats for rare and declining species in the Great Lakes.
“No matter what side of the lakes you live on, what we do on land and in the water affects the health of this critical freshwater system,” said Chris Maher, regional vice president for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Partnerships like this help share our science and leverage the information so that we are collectively working together to ensure the health of the lakes and the islands within them that provide critical habitat for wildlife.”
The Nature Conservancy collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Information Centre, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Great Lakes Program, University of Minnesota, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Great Lakes Islands Project to create the report.Biodiversity of the islands was measured by the number of species, plant communities, ecological systems, and ecosystem functions, along with shape complexity, geological diversity, shoreline diversity, size, and distinctiveness. An island with a high biodiversity score may provide habitat for specialized plants, animals and natural communities. According to the report, the top 10 islands based on highest total biodiversity scores are:

1. Manitoulin Island (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
2. Manitoulin (North) South Coast North Channel
3. Pelee Island (Main) Western Lake Erie Islands
4. Walpole Island St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and Detroit River
5. Point aux Pins Rondeau System
6. Drummond Island (Main) South Coast North Channel
7. Great LaCloche Island North Coast North Channel
8. Long Point Long Point, Turkey Point Systems and Northeast Coast
9. Drummond Island (Southcentral) Lake Huron Northern Coast
10. Squirrel Island and Cockburn Island (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
Common threats to the islands include incompatible residential and cottage developments, tourism and recreation, marinas and resorts, increased road and building densities, increased access points for boats and other vehicles, incompatible agricultural practices and invasive species. According to the report, the top ten most threatened islands are:
1. Manitoulin Island (North) South Coast North Channel
2. St. Joseph Island (West) St. Mary’s River
3. Grosse Isle St. Clair and Detroit River
4. Grand Island (West) Welland Canal – Niagara River
5. Grand Island (East) Welland Canal – Niagara River
6. Manitoulin (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
7. Kelleys Island Western Lake Erie Islands
8. Drummond Island (Main) South Coast North Channel
9. Wellesley, Sugar, South Bass, Harsens, Madeline Islands (Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, St. Marys River, Lake St. Clair)
10. Beaver Island, Wolfe Island (Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario)

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Conservancy and its more than 1.1 million members worldwide have protected more than 117 million acres on Earth. The Nature Conservancy embraces a non-confrontational, market-based approach for accomplishing its science-driven mission. For more information, visit http://nature.org/michigan.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada's leading land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect more than 2 million acres (8,100 square kilometres) of ecologically significant land nationwide.


To see a full copy of the report, visit http://conserveonline.org/library/islands-of-life-a-biodiversity-and-conservation/view.html.
Additional Online Component (Note: Works best with the latest version of Google Earth):

Islands of Life Google Earth Application - A Web-based Companion to the Islands of Life Report:


This application is developed for quick and effective communication, data-sharing, and analysis and rapid decision-making. This application enables audience to zoom in on any Great Lakes island to make a quick assessment of the conservation value and other island features of the island, including biodiversity components and threats to that island’s biodiversity.

Charlevoix County State Bank Hours Changed Sept. 1

The bank hours will change to Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. on September 1, 2010.

Phragmites Treatment

On Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday, August 25-27, 2010, members of the Beaver Island community agreed to be trained in the recognition and method of treatment to help eliminate the phragmites' invasion of the Beaver Island shoreline. These volunteers were trained by the Michigan DNRE on Wednesday night with treatment being completed on Thursday and Friday. Some groups started on Thursday morning at 7:15 am and didn't finish their assignments until shortly after 5 pm. Some groups need to continue the work on Friday in order to finish.

Brian Mastenbrook was on the island to participate in the DNRE assigned areas. The Michigan DNRE was to treat all state land on Beaver Island, Whiskey Island, and Garden Island The DNRE brought ten additional people to complete its assigned area.

According toBeaver Island's Phragmites Administrator Jacque LaFreniere, almost all of the shoreline of Beaver Island was completed. You will see a list of volunteers listed in the next story. This list may not be complete, but includes those sent to BINN by Jacque.

A huge and loud "THANK YOU" is given to these volunteers for their efforts in making Beaver Island a better place to live, visit, and vacation!!

For more information, watch the video clip of the interview with Jacque LaFreniere below:

Jacque LaFreniere describes the process of phragmites poisoning 

List of Phragmites Volunteers

Below is a list of the walkers and the areas they have agreed to walk.

Annette Dashiell -- Greene's Bay to Oliver’s Point
Tom Sell ---McCauley Pt to Bonner's Landing
Pam Grassmick-- west end of Little Iron Ore Bay to Lighthouse
Bob and Alana Anderson---Western Shores
Dale and Terry Keyes --Spencer's north to Trudgeon’s on Redding/Western Shores
Frank Solle--- Spencer’s south to Olivers Point
Dawn George- -~ N shore town campground west to Garden lsland View Rd.
Peter lgoe--lsle Haven Motel to 0lney's
.lacque/Laura Gibson---0lney's to Favazza
Lois Williams and Nel Worsford -» Pine Street to Sucker Point
Ruthie and Dalton Cothran---Cables Bay
Sandy and Jim Birdsall-~-McCauley Point to Hooker’s (North end of Donegal Bay)
Jack Spanek/ Ken Taylor--Hooker’s to lndian Point
Rick and Kathy Blalock--North end of Sand Bay to north of Jewell Road
Bob and Kathy Tidmore~ Gull Harbor to Sucker Point
Mike and Kelly Collins-- (Harbor) Playground beach to Beaver Harbor Condo
Marty and Jayne Maehr--- South end Lighthouse to Kelly's Point
Lars and Doris Larson--- Kilty’s Point to Cables Creek
Ken McDonald/Jim and Donna Stambaugh---Martin’s Bluff to Campground
Ed and Willy WeIter--- Sand Bay
Dave and Sharon Blanchard---lndian Point to Garden lsland View
Beth and Ed Leuck --- Martins’ Bluff to Kilty’s Point
DNRE ---- Whiskey Island
The DNRE will treat all state land and LTC at Little Sand Bay
Extra helpers include:
.Jim and Judy Jones
Ed Troutman
Jeff and Sarah Stone

Beaver Island Gears Up for Annual Fall Festival

The 9th annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will be held on Saturday, October 2. The day begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Island Boodle, a 5K Walk and Run, organized by Mike and Gail Weede which benefits the Island Sports Boosters. (Registration: Pick up forms at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, where amateur and professional chefs will present “bite size” portions for reasonable prices. (Vendor forms now available at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

Deb Harwood, the Island chef who took her dream of starting an Island food festival to the Chamber a decade ago, is chairperson this year and has added some new fun activities to the event. Along with great food, fresh Island apple cider from the cider press, and the annual pie contest and benefit auction, Third Coast will be performing at the hall. Outside, free hayrides along the harbor will be provided by Andy's Grooming Barn and Beaver Island Financial Center . Harwood says some surprise culinary characters will also be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Prizes will be given out to the top two apple pie contestants, one for the best decorated table, and one to a student at BICS who submits the winning name for the Historical Society's stuffed Island Beaver – a mascot who will be on display at the Bite.

Main Street will have additional spots to visit with a number of merchants planning special food tasting events or sales. The Community Center will have artisans selling their wares (artisan forms available at the Community Center or online at BeaverIsland.org).

Starting at 4:00 p.m. at the public beach (weather permitting), Linda Frysinger is organizing a bike ride of various lengths, another benefit for the Sports Boosters.

Nightlife for the festival weekend includes: Live music at Donagal Danny's Pub on Friday, Oct. 1, starting around 8:30 p.m. Friday will also be the final performance of Beaver Tales 2 at the Community Center, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. On Saturday evening, Third Coast will perform at the Beachcomber..

Apple Pie Contest

Please have your entry at the Hall kitchen by noon on Oct. 2. Judging will take place at 1:30 with winners announced at 2:00 . Pies will be judged on presentation (10 pts), general appearance (10 pts), and taste (30 points). Apples must be the main ingredient although other elements (like raisins, cream, etc.) may be used without penalty. Questions: call Elaine West 448-2377.


Elaine West

231-448-3046 IslandNews@tds.net

Deborah Harwood: dharwood@juno.com (chairperson of Bite of Beaver Festival)

Steve West: chamber@beaverisland.org (director of BI Chamber of Commerce)

Amvets Memorial Bricks

Bricks are available for families or business to sponsor the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park. These bricks will go in the sidewalk leading to the memorial site. 
You can purchase a 4 x 8 brick with one line of text(18 characters/line) for $100 or  an 8 x 8 brick with 4 lines of text (18 characters/line) for $200. 

If you have trouble printing the form on the this page e-mail us at  amvetspost46@yahoo.com
and we will e-mail one to you. 

We plan on ordering the first batch the week after labor day so please get your orders in as soon as possible. 

Charlevoix County Transit-Beaver Island Service

Demand Response Service 9 am til 3 pm Monday through Friday

Reservation Service 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm (Reservation prior service required)

Phone 231-448-2026 for service

Fares for less than 15 mile distance:

Childred under 6..... $.50

Youth from 6 to 19....$1.00

Regular fare from 20 to 59.....$1.50

Seniors 60 and above......$.50 (Currently free...paid by COA)

Handicapped individuals.....$.50

Island Treasures Resale Announcement

Island Treasures Resale is having a big 1/2 price sale on all summer clothing! We are now accepting donations of fall and winter clothing and sporting goods. Please be sure that your donations are clean and in good repair. We are always eager to accept useful household items such as dishes, kitchenware, towels, rugs, linens, etc. There is room for small furniture such as tables, dressers, chairs , and desks. Keep us in mind as you do your fall cleaning or close your cottage for the season. If you have questions, call the shop at 448-2534 or call Donna at 448-2797. We can pick up items for you if you have difficulty with delivery. Please do not leave items at the shop when we are closed. THANK YOU for your support of our Fire Department, the crew that is on call 24/7!

Men's Fall Golf League-Week 7

Week seven of the men's fall golf league was just as interesting due to the huge difference from week six. In week six the teams all scored very closely and the winners were determined by one chip, one putt, or one stroke on one hole. Weeke seven was just the opposite. In this nice fall golf weather, three teams played exceedingly well against three teams that played not so good. The scores, instead of week six of even up, were unusually wide spread. From week six of 10-10, 11-9, and 12-8, week seven had two 17-3 and one 15-5 matches. Fourth place soundly beat first place. as was true of second place beating third place. This caused a major change in the league standings for week seven. Anything can happen in the playoff week, week eight. Any team in the top four can end up in the running to win if strange things happen like they did this week seven.

1 5 Chuck-Ernie 41 12 75 229 38.17
2 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 8 67 223 37.17
3 3 Larry & Joe 42 9 61 233 38.83
4 4 Joe-Buck 41 10 60 235 39.17
5 8 Frank-John 43 8 60 246 41.00
6 1 Ron & Bob 39 10 57 228 38.00
7 7 Rob-Dan 40 12 54 244 40.67
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 44 11 46 254 42.33
1 2 Jeff & Ryan 36 15 82 259 37.00
2 5 Chuck-Earnie 44 3 78 273 39.00
3 4 Joe-Buck 34 17 77 269 38.43
4 1 Ron & Bob 35 17 74 263 37.57
5 3 Larry & Joe 41 5 66 274 39.14
6 7 Rob-Dan 39 9 63 283 40.43
7 8 Frank-John 45 3 63 291 41.57
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 40 11 57 294 42.00
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #8 17-3
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #3 15-5
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #5 17-3
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #7 11-9

It couldn't get more competitive than this men's fall league! Good luck and good hits for next Wednesday's playoff!

Brett Maudrie's Address

Maudrie, Brett W.
B. Co. 2-327 IN, 1st BCT
101st ABN DIV
... COP Fortress
APO, AE 09354

BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!