B. I. News on the 'Net, September 7-14, 2009

BICS Soccer and Volleyball

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. The Lady Islanders' game today will not help them in the league standings unless the scheduled game at Hannahville is canceled due to the weather. Congratulations, Ladies, on an excellent start to your season!

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.

(More story and pictures later)

Another Controversial Peaine Township Meeting

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.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of this Peaine Township Meeting are HERE

Even if you cannot view the video clips, you can read the titles to get an idea of what happened at that meeting.

Meet the New Social Studies Teacher

Adam Richards

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.

View a Quicktime Streaming video clip HERE

Ken Bruland Finishes His 85-mile Adventure

Ken Bruland's Log for his Paddle for Food HERE

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.

Paddle for Food

Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Beacon are two of the sponsors for this event. BINN wants to provide a method of donating to this event for those who are not able to drop off a donation at one of the sites mentioned below. BINN will also provide information here about the event while it is happening.

Ken Bruland, owner and operator or Inland Seas Kayaking is paddling his kayak to raise money for the Beaver Island Christian Church Food Pantry. If you want to read more, please go to this link: http://www.beaverbeacon.com/paddle-for-food/ You can donate from a link on the Beacon page or come back here to donate.

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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

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

Directions for using the PayPal website are HERE

Use the first button below to donate to the Paddle for Food Event. Use the second to donate to the Food Pantry after the event. Use the third button to donate to the GFC Building Fund.

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

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

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

Sports Boosters News

Thank you, Dianne McDonough!!

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.

Menu for Home Games' Sports Boosters' Concession

Paradise Bay Panoramic View

This panoramic view of Paradise Bay was created by Frank Solle...VERY Nice...

Bite of Beaver and Island Boodle Coming in October

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMVETs Breakfast

The Beaver Island AMVETs held a breakfast on Sunday morning, September 6, 2009, at the Holy Cross Hall from 8 a.m.-noon. As always the food was wonderful, delicately served, and in the style of a smorgasboard. Ron Stith reported that there were 300 adults with no count on the kids below 5, about 100 more than last year's Labor Day breakfast.

Sunday Boats Leaving the Island

Both ferry boats left the Island Sunday morning between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. with 115 passsengers on the Beaver Islander and 189 passengers on the Emerald Isle.

The prospective passengers were lined up beginning as early as 10 a.m. making sure they got on the boat. These were the lines at about 11:20 a.m.

The Beaver Islander left first with the Emerald Isle waiting to take any others that might be later....

As the Emerald Isle left, this hoard of gulls were disturbed from their barge resting place...

Chamber of Commerce Marathon Statement

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

First Ever Beaver Island Marathon

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

More pictures and story of the marathon HERE including locals running

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of the Marathon HERE

From the Good Boy Organizers of the 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.

Thank you.

Ron, Sharon and Jeff
Good Boy Events

(There was a list of people thanked in this statement, but the editor considered it incomplete, so it was deleted.)

Talking Threads Quilt Guild Donations

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!

BICS Sports Season Starts This Coming Weekend

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:


























BIEMS Receives One Donation and One Grant

At a planning meeting for the B.I. Marathon, Sarah McCafferty received two checks, Story HERE

Beach Cleanup Rescheduled

Accidentally scheduled on the same day as the first Beaver Island Marathon, the beach cleanup has been rescheduled to September 12th

More Eagles at Gull Harbor

Story and pictures HERE

Beaver Island Deserters

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.

Thanks to Julie Sommers for the photos below (from the air) of Garden Island boats!

Great pictures, Julie!



The Photographic Adventure

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..

More Story HERE

Men's Fall Golf League Week 3 Results

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

Men's Golf League Week 2 Results

With the fall league being one-third completed, there won't be a long time to report on this event. The first week of six weeks results were posted, and now the second week's results are in, just before Buck Ridgeway had to take a trip off the island. In Division One, summer league winners Larry Laurain and Joe Williams hold onto first place followed by Rob Latimer and Dan Merrimen (second), Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith (third), and Frank Solle and John Runberg (fourth). In Divsion Two, summer league runners-up Howard Davis and Joe Moore are in first place, followed by Chuck Carpenter and Ernie Martine (second), Ron Wojan and Jeff Powers (third), and Larry Kubic and Buck Ridgeway (fourth). The division leaders have a stroke average of 35 which will cause them to provide a handicap stroke or two to their opponents in week three. The other teams stroke average range from 38-43, which makes this next week very interesting.

Commercial Fishing Continues on B.I.

Skip Duhamel continues the commercial fishing around the Beaver Island Archipelago.

How is the commercial fishing effected by these and other birds?

Trudy Work's 14th Annual Ladies' Golf Tournament

"I think this last year was the 13th," Trudy Works stated. This year there were 18 players on 4 teams in this ladies' golf tournament. The winning score was 42 with two teams tied for first place. The team of Nel Worsfold, Florence Neumann, Doris Larsen, and Sue Welke tied the team of Sharon Scamehorn, Sandy Birdsall, and Mary K Dorais for first place. The only team available for photos at the end of the tournament were willing to have their picture taken. Trudy Works, the event organizer is also in this photo.

Front: Trudi Works....Back (left to right) Sharon Scamehorn, Sandy Birdsall, and Mary K Dorais

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Want to Help the Sports Boosters?

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:

Help the Sports Boosters

B. I. Christian Church Announcement

Mark your Calendar! Everyone Welcome!

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.

Everyone is Welcome!

PHIL LANGE MEMORIAL  - Saturday, September 26th

4pm - GRAVESIDE SERVICE - Holy Cross Cemetery
5-9pm - OPEN HOUSE
- Beaver Island Community Center
Join family and friends in celebrating the life of Dr. Philip Lange.
Bring your remembrances and stories to share! Drop off photos by
9/15 and we'll scan and share those, too!

Phil desired a good ole' Island Potluck so look for sign-up sheets at McDonough's in September!

Great Lakes to Decommission Dial-up

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.


TransWorld Network Corp.
Your Great Lakes Energy Internet Service Partner

Streaming Video, the Future Here, Now

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.

FREE Classified Ads

Part of the website cost goes to providing the format and access to FREE classified Ads. Some have used them very successfully. As a subscriber to this website, you get free classified ads posting for all subscribers to read. The classified ads are one of the perks for being a subscriber. Please check them once in a while, and please use them.

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

August 16th Fifth Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

The date for the last Mixed Alternate Shot Outings is September 13th


Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Beaver Island Community Center

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

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

August Movies (click to enlarge)

September Events for Seniors and the Community HERE

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes