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BICS Lady Islanders Win First Place in NLL

With a win over the Mackinac Lady Lakers last night in basketball, the Lady Islanders have taken first place in the Northern Lights League. When asked about the Grand Marais game, Coach Mike Myers said, "They are not going to come. They decided to stay in the UP and play another team. Although not official, we believe Grand Marais will forfeit their game to the Islanders, and we will be first place." When asked about the Hannaville team to which they were tied for first place, Mr. Myers stated, "We beat them three times, so it should give us first place no matter what."

The Island seniors present his/her parents with flowers at the parent recognition ceremony lead by Mr. Timothy Eaton. Mr Eaton was helped by two juniors, Alex Kuligoski and Jenna Butler.

Caitlin Boyle, Neal and Connie.....Deven Cook, Denny and Mary......Patrick Cull, Bruce and Patty

Heather McDonough, Kevin and Teresa..........Maeve Green, Mike and Kitty..........

Mackinac Island's team did not play the second game against the Lady Islanders on Saturday morning due to the weather. Their teams' coaches decided to fly off Beaver Island due to some weather that was forecasted to come in later in the day.

Chili Cookoff Coming Soon

This fundraising event for the Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be coming your way soon. The event occurs on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Those entering a chili must have their chili at the Shamrock by 4:00 p.m. with a ladle for serving. The chili will be judged at 4:30 p.m. Then the event is opened to the public for the best part of the event, the eating of wonderful chili. You can tasted a little of everything. The food portion of the night begins at 5:30 and ends at 7:30 and includes the chili, cornbread, and desert. Drinks may be purchased from the Shamrock.

Please come and support our Island athletes and the athletic program of the Beaver Island Community School.

CORNED BEEF RAFFLE

The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary will raffle off a Corned Beef Dinner on Friday, March 13. The Dinner will include everything needed for a boiled corned beef dinner, as well as an American flag and an Irish flag. Ticket sales will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Shamrock, Beachcomber and Donegal Dan's Pub, with the drawing shortly after 7:00 at the Shamrock. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5. Look for these ladies to buy a chance on a good old-fashioned Irish meal.

Proceeds from this raffle will be used to help the Auxiliary sponsor their community projects.

New Snowstorm-Will It Continue?

On February 18, 2009, Islanders awoke to about four inches of new snow. Most people thought that it "is beautiful." This was wet snow in the storm. Is Beaver Island going to get in on the blizzard that is forecast? Well, "the answer my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind." Truly, it does depend upon which direction the wind is blowing. Currently, the radar only shows a small snowstorm over in Wisconsin, but who knows what will develop. Beaver Island is under a winter storm watch, so keep you eyes and ears open-wind and snow may be on the way.

Snow, snow, and more snow........but, it is pretty!

UPDATE: Beaver Island got very little snow, certainly not a blizzard on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, with the high winds. A whiteout may have been encountered at some very special locations, but mostly it was just cold.

AMVETS POST #46 LADIES AUXILIARY ELECTS OFFICERS

At a meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, the following officers were elected to hold office for the AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary for 2009:

President - Kathy Ruis

First Vice - Susie Fisher

Second/Third Vice - Loretta Slater

Secretary - Kathy Tidmore

Treasurer - Cheryl Kludt

The following Committee Chairs were then appointed to office:

Chaplain: Peg Hoogendoorn

Historian: Kathleen Antkoviak

Hospital: Pat Rowley

Parliamentarian: Dee Gallagher

Publicity (2): Sandy Latimer

Dee Gallagher

Sgt at Arms: Emma Jean Belfy

The Auxiliary also voted to publicly thank the news media, especially Elaine West, for their help with publicity and the coverage of our community projects. Thank you all!

The Ladies Auxiliary will be sponsoring a free children's matinee movie and a $1.00 ticket for a free snack on Saturday, April 11.  More info to follow.

The New Beaver Island Community School Opens

Pictures by Frank Solle

Dropping students off on day one

Today, February 16, 2009, the students in grades 5-12 were attending classes in the newly constructed building. The new school boasts technological advances that far surpass most schools in the Char-Em Intermediate District. The newest technology in server technology with the newest operating system, Windows Server 2008, and a wonderfully equipped computer lab.

Mr. Moore programs computers in the new computer lab

The computer lab has eighteen brand new, state of the art, computers with some new furniture in a new classroom. Each person working in the office ended up with a brand new computer also. Each of the teachers got a new laptop computer as well. The computer lab has 22 inch monitors with the cpu and all the wires mounted behind the monitor. The students were just getting a start at using the computer lab at approximately 1:00 p.m. today.

Ms. McNamara reviews the rules.....High Schoolers in Multipurpose room......Finding lockers........

Mrs. Robert explains the routine to 5th and 6th graders

The BICS students were looking forward to a short school day today, because the Grand Marai boys' and girls' basketball teams were to come in at approximately 12:30 p.m. for a 1:00 p.m. tipoff, but the weather and other factors did not allow the Grand Marias teams to come. If there is a scheduled make-up game, it will be posted here. The BICS Islanders will host Mackinac this coming weekend.

Ill Islanders Doing Well

According to the information recieved on Saturday, February 14, 2009, some Island resident, former or current, are doing well despite some serious health issues. Lauraine Dawson is in the hospital at Northern Michigan Hospital with a cardiac and blood problem, but it does not appear to be leukemia. Paul Nelson, who broke his leg three weeks ago, is at home at 5460 Woodcock Drive, Belmont 49306, with plans to move into a senior assisted living facility in the future. Leone Schellenberg was reported to have had a heart attack, but is doing okay at this point.

Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE

Senior COA Dinner Takes Place

On February 15, 2009, the Senior COA dinner took place at the Beaver Island Community Center. The monthly dinner provides excellent food, prepared by the Shamrock, and also recognizes the senior birthdays for the month. Ruth Hallahan's 90th birthday was celebrated by all attending the dinner.

The auditorium was set up with tables and chairs and was quite full.

Happy Birthday, Ruth!

BICS Basketball Ends with Mixed Results

The Islanders, both boys and girls, played against the Hannaville Soaring Eagles this past Friday and Saturday with mixed results. The story and pictures are HERE. The Islanders will host Grand Marais this Tuesday, February 17, 2009, for an afternoon game. Contact the school office for game times. The Islanders will also host the Mackinac teams on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, 2009.

Video clips of boy's highlights HERE.

Charlevoix City Council Passes Budget Including the Taxes for Air Passage and Parking

UPDATE: According to sources, the Charlevoix City Council was under a time constraint and had to pass the budge last night, Monday, February 16, 2009. The Mayor has stated that the parts pertaining to the airport will be presented to the Federal Aviation Administration as passed. There are mixed reports suggesting that the meeting was positive in light of the taxes propsed for Islander's air travel. (See story below.) There appeared to be a willingness to work with Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation and/or anyone else interested in discussing other ways to make up the $15,000 shortfall in the City of Charlevoix budget.

Unless things change, the taxes will by put in place, if approved by the FAA, even though several Charlevoix business owners and approximately fourteen people were at the meeting to oppose the taxes. As soon as other information becomes available, it will be posted here.

Charlevoix City Commission Considers Balancing Budget by Taxing BI Residents

City of Charlevoix Council Meeting Scheduled for February 16, 2009

As reported in the Charlevoix Courier, the cost of parking a car at the airport may go up 50% from $2.00 to $3.00 per day, and each air passenger would be charged a $1 tax on ticket besides, which would raise close to $15,000.00 for the City of Charlevoix . This would help the City of Charlevoix balance their budget for the airport.

Without benefiting the Island residents and visitors one bit, the City Council of Charlevoix, must have forgotten the economic consequences of an organized boycott of Charlevoix businesses by Island residents and visitors. So each and every business in Charlevoix could lose a fairly large portion of their business if Island families, Island relatives, and Island visitors stopped shopping in the Charlevoix stores. Has their Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce considered this particular issue?

BI News on the 'Net has emailed the Executive Director of the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce with a request for the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce position on this issue. To this above date, no response has been received.

Interestingly enough, the Weathervane Terrace has recognized the effects of this tax and has publicly announced its willingness to pay this fee for those Islanders staying at the Weathervane.

B. I. Food Pantry

The first distribution from Beaver Island's food pantry will be on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Call Jane Bailey @2281 (work) or 2933 (home) to make an appointment to pick up some food. The appointments are an attempt to protect your privacy. If you know of someone who is in need of food, please make them aware of this opportunity.

Those wishing to donate food to the pantry can do so at one of these drop-off points: Rural Health Center, Community Center, and/or Beaver Island Christian Church. All donations remain on Beaver Island.

From Beaver Island to Mackinac City and Back

This February 6, 2009, trip across the ice from Beaver Island to Mackinac City and back is told by Jon Bonadeo. You can read his story and see a picture of three of the four snowmobilers HERE.

A second story was written by Phil Becker, Jon's sledmate on the trip up there. His story and picutres are HERE.

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Film Fans Continue Winter Movie Series


An eleven movie winter film series continues at the Beaver Island Community Center, presented by a new movie club, the Beaver Island Film Fans. Twenty-three Film Fans club members worked together to nominate a list of their favorite movies, and then voted to select their top eleven films to make up the series. Movies in the series range form 1940 to 2007 in age, range from romantic comedy to thrillers, westerns to epic adventures, and international hits to edgy art. Included in the series is the American Film Institute's #1 American film, Citizen Kane.  The club's membership dues will be used to pay for the theatrical performance rights for the films.

All movies are open to the general public; admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for students. All films will be presented on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. The series includes:

Descriptions of all movies and previews can be seen at http://www.imdb.com by clicking on the artwork:

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Beaver Island Community Center

WINTER HOURS:

Welcome Center: Full Menu Available

Monday – Thursday 9am - 3pm

Friday – Saturday 9am - 9pm

Sunday – 10am – 2pm 

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Senior Events and Activities brought to you by...

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at the

Beaver Island Community Center !

COA March Meal Schedule

•  Every Monday thru Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Senior Congregate Meal Program – the Best “Fast Food” on the Island !

Delicious and nutritious daily meals are served up fast and hot!

Monthly menus and weekly sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center and will soon be available on-line. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance on a weekly basis, for ordering purposes. Don't worry if you can't make it that day—we'd rather have too much than too little! If you didn't sign up in advance but want to join in if possible, just call Ann—or leave a message—at 448-2022 by 10:30am. Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $2, and those under 60 $4.

•  Mondays 12 pm - BINGO!

•  Tuesdays 12 pm – Board Games!

•  Wednesdays 10:30 am - Wii!

Come experience the “Wii World”!

From bowling to balance, golfing to “gaming” and—virtually!—everything in between!

•  Thursdays 12 pm – Cards!

•  Fridays 12 pm – Pickleball!

Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong! Singles or doubles! 

•  Every Month:

•  Birthday Lunch (“Middle Wednesday”) March 18 th

Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill!

•  Sunday Dinner – March 22 nd 11 am - 1 pm

Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Look for new things every month! This month features pork roast, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and apple cobbler. Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.

•  Special Dates of Interest:

•  March 7-12 St. Patrick's Snow Sculpting Contest!

Sign up on a team by March 6!

•  March 14 th – St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Contest Awards!

•  March 14 th – Irish Family Feature “Darby O'Gill and the Little People” G

•  Don't Forget...

FREE Senior Transit is available thru 2009!

Any senior residing in Charlevoix County/Beaver Island is able to obtain free transportation through the Charlevoix County Transit program! Call Ann at the Center (448-2022) to coordinate your ride with our other Island Seniors!

Since all rides are mapped-out and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis it is recommended that interested parties schedule at least 24-hours in advance.

•  COMING IN APRIL: ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM!

Stay Tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for MORE DETAILS!

 

Calendar of Events

March 2009

•  Saturday, February 28 Family Movie: Charlotte's Web G 3pm Animated Feature! Featuring voices by: Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey

This classic story based on the beloved book by E.B. White brings us the charming tale of Fernand her young pet pig Wilbur. Just as Wilbur learns of his impending fate on the chopping block, he meets a very special spider in the barn who begins to weave messages in her web such as, “Some Pig,” “Radiant,” and “Terrific.” The messages make Wilbur famous and ultimately save his life in this story of friendship and loyalty. Tickets: $7.50 Adult, $5 Student/Child

•  Sunday, March 1: Pickleball 2pm Now available EVERY week ! Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  Wednesday, March 4: Recorder Roundabout 5pm

Refresh your musical spirit with a weekly gathering of Recorder enthusiasts! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate—whether novice or veteran, with instrument or without ! (Ability to read music not required). Contact Jayne Bailey at jaynekb@yahoo.com for more info.

•  Thursday, March 5: A Simple Plan R* 7:30pm Starring Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton, and Brent Briscoe Directed by Samuel M. Raimi
A 1998 crime thriller based on a best-selling novel about two brothers, who, along with a friend, find $4 million in the cockpit of a downed plane. Since the pilot is dead and no one is looking for the money, they decide that all they have to do is wait and keep the cash for themselves. Trust is lost among them, as deceit, treachery, blackmail, and murder descend upon their previously well-ordered lives. Tickets: $7.50 Adult

•  Saturday, March 7 thru Thursday, March 12:

SAINT PATRICK'S ARTS CONTESTS! SIGN UPs BY Friday, MARCH 6 @ 5pm! JUDGING Friday, March 13 @ Noon!

PRIZES Awarded Saturday, MARCH 14 @ Noon!

•  YOUTH: Window Painting! Ages 13 (or Grade 7) thru Grade 12

Participants will be assigned to one of four teams and windows, given a theme, and materials on Saturday, March 7 at 10am. Prep and painting may begin on Saturday from 12 to 6pm, Sunday from 11am to 1pm, and Mon-Thurs after school until 6pm. Call Cindy at 448-2022 for more info!

•  ADULT: Snow Sculptures! * Weather and/or snow permitting! Teams of up to Four “Artists”! (Businesses, Families, Friends, Clubs...)

Participants will be assigned a location— all visibly-prominent and Downtown —on Saturday, March 7 at 10am. Themes, strategy and sculpting schedules are at the discretion and direction of the individual teams. Call Ann at 448-2022 for more info or email biccpartridge@tds.net .

•  Sunday, March 8: Scrabble Scramble 2pm Show your Scrabble-stuff at a bi-weekly Scrabble play-off competition of strategic vocabulary! Bring your official word guide and be ready to challenge !

Pickleball 2pm

Now available EVERY week ! Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  Wednesday, March 11: Recorder Roundabout 5pm

Refresh your musical spirit with a weekly gathering of Recorder enthusiasts! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate—whether novice or veteran, with instrument or without ! (Ability to read music not required). Contact Jayne Bailey at jaynekb@yahoo.com for more info.

•  Friday, March 13: 3:30-5pm SAINT PATRICK'S DAY KIDS' CUPCAKE DECORATE!

All kids pre-school through sixth-grade are invited to come decorate cupcakes for the St. Patrick's Day Celebration Weekend on Beaver Island ! Some to be taken home, some to leave for treats! All materials provided. Parent/Adult must accompany. Sign ups appreciated!

•  Saturday, March 14: IRISH Family Feature: Darby O'Gill and the Little People G 3pm 1959 Classic Comedy!

Out of the eerie blackness, a headless coachman beckons Darby O'Gill into a fantastic world of love and leprachauns, magic and spirits, stars and stuperstitions. Darby's adventures with the little people is the brightest, most dazzling and fanciful tale of laughter and blarney ever to light up the screen in this turn-of-the-century love story sparkling with the humor, color, tradition, and music of Ireland. Tickets: $7.50 Adult, $5 Student/Child

ST. PAT's FESTIVITIES “FARE”: SUPREME SPUDS ‘n Special Treats!

Step in off the street and out of the cold for a quick hot ‘n hearty “specialty spud” from our baked potato bar! Fixin's galore and special refreshments and treats too!

•  Sunday, March 15: Pickleball ! 2pm

Now available EVERY week ! Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  Wednesday, March 18: Recorder Roundabout 5pm

Refresh your musical spirit with a weekly gathering of Recorder enthusiasts! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate—whether novice or veteran, with instrument or without ! (Ability to read music not required). Contact Jayne Bailey at jaynekb@yahoo.com for more info.

•  Thursday, March 19: La Dolce Vita R* 7:30pm Directed by Federico Fellini

Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome 's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer. 1960 Oscar-nominated Black and White film. Tickets: $7.50 Adult

•  Sunday, March 22: Sunday Dinner 11am-1pm

Something new and special every month! Not just for Seniors! Come one and all and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner together ! March's Senior Sunday Dinner sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will feature a delicious menu of roast pork, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and apple cobbler. Make your reservation now! Call 448-2022. Sunday, March 15, 11am-1pm. Tickets: Suggested donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over; $6 for persons under 60.

Scrabble Scramble 2pm

Show your Scrabble-stuff at a bi-weekly Scrabble play-off competition of strategic vocabulary! Bring your official word guide and be ready to challenge !

Pickleball 2pm

Now available EVERY week ! Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play! Singles and doubles welcomed!

•  Wednesday, March 25: Recorder Roundabout 5pm

Refresh your musical spirit with a weekly gathering of Recorder enthusiasts! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate—whether novice or veteran, with instrument or without ! (Ability to read music not required). Contact Jayne Bailey at jaynekb@yahoo.com for more info.

•  Saturday, March 28 SPRING BREAK Family Feature: Bolt PG 3pm Animated Feature! Featuring voices by: John Travolta, Thomas Haden Church & Miley Cyrus

Bolt is a spoiled German Shepherd who is the star of his own action TV show and is living the good life. One day he is accidentally abandoned in his trailer but he truly believes he still has the superpowers from his TV show. Along the way, he meets some friends who are trying to find their homes and they help him discover his true self. Tickets: $7.50 Adult, $5 Student/Child

•  Sunday, March 29: Pickleball 2pm

Now available EVERY week ! Come try a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, Pickleball has caught-on across the nation—and now goes “public” on Beaver Island! Real, live play! Singles and doubles welcomed!

Nominate Citizen of the Year

 

At Donegal Danny's and Stoney Acre

St. Patrick's Day:

Danny's Pub - The Next Best Thing to Ireland ---Friday March 13 - Sunday March 15

Donegal Danny's Pub Live Music Featuring:
Friday - Shifting Souls
Saturday - Danny & Danny & Guests
Happy Hour Prices All Weekend - Even During Music!!!
Sunday - Bloody Mary Specials and Free Hot Dogs

Stoney Acre Grill
Corned Beef & Cabbage
Irish Stew
Yellow Lake Perch
And A Menu As Big As Donegal

Mardi Gras:

Saturday February 21st

Live Music at Danny's 8pm - Late

Cuisine from the Cresent City - Dinner from 5pm-9pm

Jambalya * Shrimp Gumbo * Andouille * Red Beans & Rice * Blackend Catfinsh * Crawfish * Fresh Oysters * Creme Brulee * Hurricanes * Our full menu will also be available

Hokey Smokes Antione, its Bayou on Beaver...

Beaver Island Trivia

This Week's Trivia Question:

With the construction being finished this week on the new Beaver Island Community School, the trivia question for this week is asking if you can name the four schools that were located on the Kings Highway in the past. Can you name all four of them?

There were three responses so far to this question that was posted last week. It will be kept here for another week to tempt others to participate.

The first correct answer will earn a gift subscription to News on the 'Net for the months of March, April, and May for the person of your choice, anyone who is not already a subscriber. Email your answers to: medic5740@gmail.com

At the Shamrock

February 19, 2009


Join us for several home-cooked comfort food specials during the show for under $10

Resale Shop Announcement

FOR THE WINTER MONTHS ONLY, IF YOU HAVE A DONATION FOR THE RESALE SHOP AND HAVE TROUBLE GETTING IT TO THE SHOP, WE WILL PICK UP YOUR DONATION AND TAKE IT TO THE RESALE SHOP FOR YOU. CALL DONNA STAMBAUGH AT  448-2797 AND SHE WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH YOU TO PICK UP YOUR DONATION.

You can also call the Resale Shop at 448-2534 on Friday or Saturday between 12:00-4:00 if you need to make arrangements to have your donation picked up during the winter months. Thank you.

New BICS Building Opens to High School and Middle School

The new Beaver Island Community School is almost completed with a few minor items needing to be completed. While there are still a few items yet to be completed on the list, there will a concerted effort on Sunday and Monday to get the building ready for the high school and the middle school. It will be a continuing process as technology items still need to be completed including the projectors and screens for the classrooms.

According to Principal/Superintendent Kathleen McNamara, most of the school materials, computers, and classroom items will have been moved on Saturday, February 14, 2009, with teachers and staff working in the building to be ready for classes beginning in the building on February 17, 2009. While most of the teachers have have enjoyed working in the CMU Academic Center, named after Jim Gillingham, they are anxious to get into the new classrooms which will become their new home.

Photos of the New BICS Building

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

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