BI News on the 'Net, September 8-15, 2008

Islander Volleyball

(Reported by Connie Boyle, BICS Volleyball Coach)

We had two days of some of the most exciting, high-level volleyball in the Northern Lights League.  Both Beaver Island and Hannahville teams played hard and almost every point was a long rally with lots of great hits, saves and plays. 

The Islanders won Friday night , with game scores of 25-20, 25-23, 25-20. 

Saturday was more great volleyball and the Eagles tried their best, but the Islanders played tough and won 25-23, 25-22, 26-24. 

All the Islander players showed terrific team spirit.  They showed they have worked hard to improve on a number of their skills and all that hard work paid off!  No matter how tough the game got, no matter whether we were behind or ahead, the girls never gave up.  Their teamwork was excellent and it was great to start the season with two wins! 

Here are some stats from the weekend: Aces :  Maeve Green 10, Alex Kuligoski 7, Clairessa Kenwabikise 4, Heather McDonough 3, Jenna Butler 2

Good Serves (including aces):   Maeve 28, Heather 22, Alex 17, Jenna Butler 12, Deven Cook 12, Kristy Bousquet 3

Kills (spikes that earn a point):  Heather 14, Deven 8, Maeve 6, Alex 5, Clairessa 2

Good Hits/Spikes (not including kills):  Heather 18, Alex 12, Maeve 10, Deven 8, Clairessa 3, Kristy 1

Assists (sets that result in a hit that's a kill):  Jenna Butler 17, Maeve 8, Alex 3, Clairessa 1, Heather 1

Ransom Street Big Band Performs


Morning rehearsal at Holy Cross Hall on September 12, 2008

Pictures and story of the BICS Performance at 1 p.m. 9/12/08 HERE

Pictures and story from the 7:30 p.m. concert at Holy Cross Hall HERE


Eighteen members of this big band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be arriving on the Island to do a workshop for the Beaver Island Community School students and an evening concert for all. The concert is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Hall on September 12, 2008. More information will be posted as it become available.


Friday, September 12th will bring big music to Beaver Island when the “Ransom Street Big Band” from Grand Rapids performs in the Holy Cross Hall at 7:30 p.m. that evening. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door.

In its “first ever trip” to the Island, the “Big Band” will also offer a special event for the students of Beaver Island Community School during the day.

The “Ransom Street Big Band,” in its fifth year as a performing ensemble, has a home base at St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids . The approximately 20 members of the group are all musicians of the New Horizons International Music Assoc., a growing international organization whose goal is to offer music-making opportunities for older adults. The Grand Rapids chapter has nearly 100 members, many of whom play in one or more of the ensembles, including a concert band, a beginning/intermediate band, a string orchestra, flute ensemble, Dixieland and the group that is travelling to Beaver Island .

The “Ransom Street Big Band” rehearses weekly and performs regularly scheduled New Horizons concerts at St. Cecilia. They also perform for community dances, and provide entertainment at retirement homes, Camps and other venues.

The relaxed performances will primarily feature mainstay music from the 1940's and 1950's -- featuring the well-loved music of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and more.

This “off the mainland gig” of old favorites is sponsored by the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, with support from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

Don't Miss the Celtic Games

Saturday, September 13, 2008, is the beginning of the Celtic Games at the ball park at 10:00 AM.

Lunch by the Sports Boosters to raise funds for BICS Sports teams.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the day. Admission by free will donation.

Photos and story of the Celtic Games HERE

On Saturday evening at 7:30 enjoy the Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums in our beautiful new Community Center. Also a free will donation.

The Grand Traverse Pipe and Drum Corps playing as they entered the harbor. (Photo thanks to John McNeil)

Last Mixed Golf Outing of the Season

The last Mixed Team (men-women) Alternate Shot Golf Outing will be held on Sunday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m . at the Beaver Island Golf Course. After this last Outing there will be a "potluck" for those who have  participated in this summer's "OUTING." The "potluck" was one of the suggestions received during the summer as  we worked to improve the golf outing .

Currently we have nine teams entered and have room for more if you are  still on the island and would like to enter. We also have a couple of men who would like to play if partners can be  found. Please call Buck at 449-2680 if you would like to enter a team or be  put in touch with someone to form a team.

Thanks again to everyone who has made this "Outing" so successful this  summer and hopefully we will have even more teams next year.  We have had a high of 14 teams and have room  for as many as 18.

Thanks to John Works for initiating this Outing last September.  It  has been fun and created many memories and laughs for everyone who has  participated.

BI District Library News

It's been a very busy summer at the Beaver Island District Library. The totals for the summer are:

June…… Patrons 1715 …. Circulation 1519 …. Computers 706

July……. Patrons 3206 …. Circulation 2695 …. Computers 1102

August …Patrons 2272 …. Circulation 2058 …. Computers 835

Not surprising is the fact that our book circulation goes up in spite of all the computer users. With four public machines, patrons have to wait for a turn on a busy day and when they do, they peruse the books and videos.

The automation project is moving right along and will, hopefully, be online shortly. Just before the turnover we will have to close our doors for a few days to make the adjustments. Those patrons who have over-due books must return, or pay for them, to receive a new library card when we do the switch to automation. Parents will have to sign responsibility for children under age 18. There are absolutely no fines for any overdue books/DVDs/videos/recorded books, we just want them back.

Very special thanks this summer to the Langford family for the new picnic tables and planters; to Heidi Connor for the beautiful flowers; Cheryl Podgorski for her plants; and to Pam Moxham for her loving care to all the plants; to Ryan MacDonald and Steve Turnbull for raking and cleaning the back garden area.

If you noticed a new face at the library, it's M.G. Roe, a permanent island resident and our newest employee for the summer months. M.G. helps out at the front desk and in the stacks.

So what's coming? Be on the lookout for new books, new DVDs, new recorded books, and new music CDs. Remember to check out the ongoing book sale – there are some great deals and new books.

Wood Chips Available

The Transfer Station is selling woodchips and will until the road back to the woodchips is impassible, Anyone wishing to buy some woodchips must contact Darrell Butler, Jr. @ 448-2896 to make arrangements. The price is $8.00/yard if Darrell loads it or $6.00 if the person loads it themselves. Darrell still needs to be contacted either way.

BICS Contruction Walk-around

Quite a lot of blockwork got accomplished over this last week, so that you can actually begin to see the actual outline of the new construction area for the new building. Some of the older block walls look like they may be getting some insulation and some siding as well.

Pictures are HERE

Trusses are going up on the school construction project.

A Good Year for Turkeys

It seems that everywhere you look as you are driving around there are turkeys. Sometimes they are called Wild Turkeys, but most of them don't seem to move very fast as you approach them with your vehicle. There seems to be a late hatch of young turkeys also coming along. Most of us haven't seen the very small ones recently, but there are the mid-size younger turkeys seen frequently.

Creeks Completely Dried Up

In the spring the creeks are running full tilt with winter snow run-off and the suckers were running this past June as well. A look at the creek bed now reveals that there is no flowing water out Cable's Creek from Lake Geneserath to Lake Michigan.

Barge Business Booms

Junk cars waiting to be taken to the mainland

And later in the afternoon, there they go!

Logging is in full sway here on Beaver Island, which keeps the barge business booming.

The logs stretch from the road all the way back to the edge of the dock on one side and partway on the other.

Missing Building Clears the View

The garage and stone fence along the edge of the Sorensen property across the road from Bill and Tammi McDonough's home has been torn down. The corner is now safe because you can see oncoming traffic fromt the right, which includes Dahlwhinnie's, McDonough's store, and the bank. What a difference this makes!

BICS Fall Sports

For those of you who are interested in watching the local soccer and volleyball teams, the program has begun, but the first games are away games. The first home game is scheduled for the weekend of September 26+27 and the next weekend will also be a home game October 3+4. Let's go out and cheer for our community school students at these home games!

Mr. Timothy Eaton

You may not recognize this newest addition to the BICS teaching staff. He took the place of Marianne Brown teaching social studies. Here is his picture outside the Holy Cross Hall after the big band concert.

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat with all women of the Island invited. The event takes place at Holy Cross Hall. The date and times are: Tuesday, September 9 from 6-9 PM, includes a potluck dinner and Wednesday, September 10 from 9 a. m.-3 p. m., includes the luncheon. This event is free of charge, sponsored the Holy Cross Women's Altar Society. All women are invited.

Any questions, women can call Audrey Beilman 448-2143..

Women's Autumn Luncheon

The luncheon takes place on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 12 noon at Peaine Township Hall. Please bring either a salad or a dessert. Call Pat Rowley for more information 448-2514.

Basic EMT Class Starts September 9, 2008

There have to be at least three or four people interested to allow this course to take place. BIEMS offers this program at no cost to participants if they agree to help out with BIEMS. For further information, please call Sarah McCafferty at 448-2578, EMS office, or 448-2238, home. The decision about this class will be made very soon, and currently there are only two people who have expressed interest. Help out your community! Join the EMS team! Learn how to take care of medical emergencies! Study and get an EMT license.

BI Rural Health Center Announcement

Chiropractor coming to Beaver Island

Beaver Island Community House Announces Musical Performance

Beaver Island Community House Announces Movie Schedule

Updates will be made to this schedule as soon as they are received. Click on the pages to enlarge them.

Page one of movie schedule

Page two of movie schedule

Bite of Beaver on Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Bite of Beaver Island Committee recently met to begin work on this year's festival.

A full day of events is planned, starting with an 8 mile bike ride (a shorter distance for youngsters) at 8 a.m. Sign up at the Island Boodle registration area (free will donation requested) and you'll be back in time for the annual Island Boodle, the 5 K Walk/Run along beautiful Paradise Bay. Registration forms/fee schedule for the Boodle are available online at the Chamber website or at the Shamrock the morning of the event. Both the bike ride and the Boodle benefit the Island Sports Boosters. After the Boodle, awards will be given to the top runners in various categories of the Walk/Run.

The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will be held at Holy Cross Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Those interested in providing wonderful and tasty “Bite-sized” portions of food should contact Steve West at the Chamber. Once again, tables can be reserved for a $30 fee, which assists the Chamber with festival expenses. The Community Center will also be utilized, with additional tables inside (and out if the weather is good) for Bite of Beaver food vendors and artisan booths. Venders are asked to bring along their extension cords and to be ready for a hungry crowd when the doors open at 1:00 p.m. Beer and wine will be available at the event, along with the ever-popular apple press making homemade cider! The students at Beaver Island Community School will again be involved in the Bite of Beaver Island poster contest, with prizes for various age groups.

The Apple Pie Contest will be held during the festival, with the top two pies being auctioned (with proceeds going to the baker's favorite Island charity or organization).

Pies (with the baker's name on the bottom of the pie tin) should be dropped off at the Hall kitchen no later than 1:00 p.m. Judges will do their samplings at 2:30 with the winners being announced (and the apple pie queen (or king) being crowned at 3:00 p.m. )

Prizes for the Apple Pie Contest are being donated by Montaage and Whimsy.

NEW Event! Harvest Dessert Contest! This year for the first time there will be a Harvest Dessert Contest. Participants are asked to bring their dessert to the Hall Kitchen no later than 1:00 p.m. Put your name on the bottom of your dessert and please bring one copy of your recipe to hand in with your dessert. Bite of Beaver organizers are laying the groundwork to start work in the near future on a Bite Cookbook – filled with recipes from food vendors and the best of autumn's tasty sweets! A panel of judges will sample the desserts and a prize – provided by Dalwhinnie's Kitchen Shop – will be awarded to the first place finisher.

Any Questions? Contact Elaine West: 448-3046

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Beach Cleanup Scheduled

Last year's beach cleanup--sponsored by the Beaver Island Association--was a big success. We cleaned more miles of beautiful Beaver Island beaches than past years. This year the Beaver Island Beach Cleanup will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9am til Noon. We will again partner with the Beaver Island Community School but also need volunteers from the community. Each volunteer will be given a collection bag and data sheet and assigned a stretch of beach. All volunteers should meet at the Beaver Island Community Center at 9 am for their bags and sheets. We will all meet again at the Community Center at Noon for a complimentary hot dog lunch. If volunteers who live out of town would like to save a trip and get their bags and data sheets ahead of time (or if anyone has any questions about the Beach Cleanup) please call Ken McDonald at 448-2981.

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Who was the only waittress that winter that the Beaver Lodge was open back in 1977?

Alice Belfy was the only correct answerer to this question. The waittress back then at the Beaver Lodge was Diane Hetherington. Diane was a wonderfully dedicated individual to whatever she chose to support including politics and her job.

This Week's Question:

Let's stick with the year 1977. Who owned and operated the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant back in 1977?

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