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07/25/14 - 08/03/14
Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival ...


08/08/14 - 08/10/14
Homecoming...


08/10/14
Beaver Island Vintage Vehicle Show...


08/30/14
Beaver Island Half Marathon & Paradise Bay 5K...


09/27/14
BIRHC board meeting...


10/04/14
Bite of Beaver Island...


10/04/14
The Island Boodle...


12/13/14
BIRHC board meeting...



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    December 2008

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    • News from the Townships
    • Letters: Thanks from John
    • Support the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce
    • Islands Unite (the Beaver Island Association to host the Third meeting of the Bi-national Collaborative for the Conservation of the Great Lakes)
    • Mary Acker’s Dream
    • Armistice Day
    • Rich’s rebound
    • Michael Nilles - Officer of the Year
    • Stocking up for a long Winter
    • On This Date
    • Bonneville Rocks the (Community) House
    • Beaver Island Film Fans announces Winter Movie Series
    • Destination: Paradise Bay - USCG 25626; Home Port: Charlevoix
    • Ballast Water Law Upheld
    • Stars are Born ... on the Community Center stage
    • Dropping a wreath to honor the memory of the Carl D. Bradley
    • Closing the Door on Opening the World: Goodbye, Coach Boyle
    • Islanders Claim Final Title for Coach; fall at Districts
    • Winter sports schedule
    • Beaver Island Rural Health Center building partnerships
    • Dexter - the "Marina Dog"
    • The Army and Navy unite; Dan’s cake; a beautiful baby; remembering Emmett
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Beautifying the Health Center; protecting the Big Birch
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    November 2008

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    • News from the Townships
    • Beaver Island Election Results
    • Letter from Jack Gallagher, Peaine Township Supervisor Elect
    • Creating An Island Inventory
    • First Buck
    • Take a Look at our School
    • Island Students Excel
    • On This Date
    • Par For the Course
    • Against the Baiting Ban — the Lake is our protection
    • Islanders cap successful soccer campaign; Volleyball team prepping for Districts
    • The Tug Wendy Anne
    • A Boodle on Wheels — starting a new tradition
    • Eagle sightings on the rise
    • The Big Bradley - Words and music by Barry Pischner; The Braqdley Goes Down
    • Winning The Boodle
    • The View from Above — Fire Department protects Island from disaster
    • Only on Beaver Island
    • This Winter’s projected Logging Operation on the State Land
    • Beach Clean-up Results
    • Welcome Andrew James Grogan and Cameron Marshall Hohn
    • New equipment, services, classes, and providers at the Health Center
    • In Memory: Glenn L. Wood, Jerry Gerstler, Margaret Lynch Gibson, Jerrie Turner, Bea Boyle
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • The Blessing of the Pets
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    October 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships
    • Beaver Island Rural Health Center fights on
    • Please Support the Peaine operational millage request
    • A breakdown of what Peaine’s Operating Millage actually funds
    • On This Date
    • Goodbye Forest
    • A Working Sunday at the Dock
    • The new Harbour Market Now Open
    • Arranmore Grotto Stonework
    • Par For the Course
    • The Bite and the Boodle
    • The Mighty, Mighty Celts
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • An Island Poetry Sampler
    • BICS Sports: Islanders open fall seasons in style
    • Destination Paradise Bay: S/V Filauvent
    • Events again show strong support for our Health Center; Robert’s Health
    • If you missed ‘em on NPR, you can soon get the CD: Pinky Lee
    • The Lake Isle of “It's for Free”
    • In Memory: Brother Kevin Mackey, Fully Present, Fully Faithful; Tim Dwyer
    • Beaver Island Library News
    • Island Son Moves Up
    • Big Sound
    • Our New Teacher
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    September 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships
    • Senior Housing Near
    • EMT Class Offered
    • You Too Can be a Hero - Beaver Island Fire Department Fire Fighter 1 and 2 certification classes
    • A Walk on the Wild Side
    • Big Band comes to Beaver Island September 12
    • The View from One Thousand Feet - All in a day’s work
    • Lake Trout May Return
    • On the Lighthouse Quest - a trip to Squaw Island, Lansing Shoal, the South Fox Island lights, Skillagalee, Grays Reef, White Shoal, and the old Waugoshance Lighthouse
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Jodie Dewey, we hardly knew yee
    • The CMU Royale Watercolor Society Show
    • Saying Goodbye to Jerry - the "Biggest Garage Party Ever" Music Benefit, Barn Dance & Pig Roast at Unfinished Farms in honor of Jerry
    • In Memory: Max Neils, Jodie Dewey, Jerry LaFreniere
    • Destination Paradise Bay: S/V Snow Goose
    • Destination Paradise Bay: S/V Gunkholer
    • BI’s EVs make the Big News
    • Homecoming 2008 - from the Bud McDonough Memorial Softball Tournament
    • Quality Camping on Beaver Island
    • Par for the Course
    • On This Date
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    August 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships
    • Beach Trash
    • Beaver Island Community School welcomes new teacher Timothy Eaton
    • Developing a Strategic Plan
    • Destination Paradise Bay
    • Katja and Bob: Modern Day Gypsies
    • A Huge Garage Party in honor of Jerry LaFreniere: Music Benefit + Barn Dance + Pig Roast August 29
    • A Legislative Caucus: what to do about the damn cormorants
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Taking Care of What Is Lent Us - A Conservation Easement with the Little Traverse Conservency
    • Thunder Run: Racing for Camp Quality
    • Another Great Museum Week
    • Farmers’ Market Growing (Thursdays 9-11)
    • The Historical Society’s Art Show and Pet Show
    • In Memory: Carl Ray 1946 – 2008
    • The Yankee Lady takes Beaver Islanders on a Bombing Run
    • Par for the Course
    • From Baroque on Beaver: Many favorite classics and some surprise appearances
    • Memories galore at 25th Fashion Show
    • The Beaver Island Association’s Annual Meeting
    • Grants: C3F Supports BIRHC & Hospice
    • Brake for Bufo
    • Traveling Author.Minister Offers Workshop August 24
    • Art in the Harbor: Saturday Art Fairs
    • Ceramics + Papermaking + Book Arts show at CMU
    • Meet the Artists: a show and sale from Livingstone's artists withperformance by Claudia Schmidt
    • On This Date
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    July 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships
    • Jason Allen - Legislator of the Year
    • Teacher leaving
    • Thunder Coming; Jazz and More Music Camp; Yankee Lady; Museum Week Schedule
    • The Chandler Wells
    • Living Large
    • Beaver Island Community Center Grand Opening
    • Docks Rebuilt; Nature Walks; Charlie’s Car
    • Our Candidates for Township Office
    • A Local Hero; Car Raffle; Lindsey Marries; Flags are Burned
    • A Celebration at Tara’s Meadow
    • McDonough’s Market 75th; A New T-shirt; A beautiful Baby
    • The Electric Car Show; Sunset Picnic
    • Baroque; Fashion Show; Island Calendar; EMS Run
    • Honoring the Island’s Irish Heritage - a day at the Community Center
    • The 4th of July Parade
    • Celebrating the Island’s First Community
    • BIA Lecture Series; the Phragmites Ordinance
    • Kate Wojan; Mary Blocksma; Paul Baron; Silent Auction
    • Nancy does Murano (conclusion)
    • Par for the Course; Ladies Golf
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Pirate Captured
    • Keith Grassmick Discovered
    • On This Date
    • Marking Time
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    June 2008
     

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    The July Beacon will be printed on July 7 so we can include coverage of the Community House Grand Opening week and Independence Day.
     
     
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    April 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships - Township Regular Monthly and Annual Meetings
    • A look at the Township Budgets
    • News from Our Health Center
    • The View from Five Hundred Feet
    • Crossing The Ice - Islanders take a snowmobile trip to Mackinac City over the ice bridge
    • A Fat St. Pat’s
    • The ‘Refuge’ Returns - Garden Island social club Refuge moved off garden to comply with DNR ruling
    • Camp Quality Teen Camp plans for 2008
    • Island Conservancy takes a Big Step Forward
    • Beaver Island’s Jenny Bousquet on NPR
    • Thanks for a successful Chili Cookoff and a great Grand Rapids party.
    • BI Ebay E-store Opens
    • On This Date
    • On the Horizon - Calendar of Events
    • “Jazz and More” to be explored during this summer’s Kids Music
    • Internet: TDS – Simply amazing what a phone line can do
    • A Winter Run to supply the Island with gasoline
    • Lake Lights in Ice
    • Island Ingenuity - the return trip
    • In Memory: Wendy Lynn Weidenhamer, Loretta “Loy” Loyola Malloy, Mary Minogue, Betty Welke, Shirley Gallagher
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Islanders Stumble at NLL Tourney; Fall at Districts
    • The Kens Take a Break - Islanders take a trip to the Caribbean Islands
    • Burning the Weed
    • A Concert Evening of Chilean Song, in Recognition of Father Pat Cawley
    • A grand Beaver Island Easter egg hunt
    • A Time to Rhyme, a Season of Meter - April is National Poetry Month
    • The bids are in on school project
    • Christmas computers now grace BIRHC
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    March 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships
    • Summer Bible School
    • TDS Island broadband DSL system — a taste of the 21st century to ease the winter days
    • Artist's Market
    • The View from Five Hundred Feet: The Night of No Return
    • Citizen of the Year (deadline for nominations is March 30)
    • Thanks from ‘Little Girl’
    • Great Lakes Environmental Budget
    • Letters: Lake Levels In Decline
    • Coast Guard $37.5 million delivery order for 18 new boats to Marinette Marine Corporation.
    • Emerald Isle Technologies - music, and much, much more
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Northern Peering - Northern Michigan high-speed ISPs form partnership
    • On This Date
    • Snowmobile Driver Devastated by Friend’s Death
    • Mary: in her own little World
    • PABI Beaver Island Ice Classic underway; calendar of events
    • Safari to Cross Village
    • Islanders bag their limit of Eagles
    • Islanders cap cage campaign on the road
    • Shooting the moon
    • Dealing with waterfowl mortality this spring
    • BIRHC & BIEMS team up for heart-healthy February
    • In memory: Dr. Donald W. Alimenti, Rena Thorsen, Joe Favazza
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    February 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships
    • Letters: Primary, Secondary, and Seasonal Road Snowplowing
    • Update on Towers
    • Letters: Economic Plan
    • Our Library Improves
    • TDS plans DSL deployment to begin in mid-February, 2008
    • BIRHC thanks Leonor Jacobson, welcomes Cook, McCafferty, and Hansz
    • Winter Sports Action: Hoopin' it up at Hannahville; Islanders take three of four from Rockets
    • Was ist Los, Fraulein?
    • Geo Bee Good
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Inland
    • The Art of Lois Stipp
    • Our EMS: the Year-end Report
    • An EMS Reminder: February is Heart Month
    • Welcome to our world: Matthew James Szafoni
    • Letters: Coming together - thanks to everyone who made New Years's a success
    • Irish Crosses - the last in a four part series
    • Printshop Addition Planning
    • On This Date
    • Melissa Bailey: A True Creative Force
    • Catherine “Georgie” Gatliff's 85th
    • “A Great Lakes Jewel” up for a MI Emmy
    • BICS building plans move toward completion
    • PABI Takes a Giant Step
    • In Memory: Grace Hill, Charles Allers, Sarah Higdon Drew, Roy Dale Burge, Fay Kempker
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    January 2008
     

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    • News from the Townships
    • I Love to Hunt
    • A Holiday Gathering of Song
    • Thanks to Santa's Helpers
    • Blindscape, Tales from the Ted Zone
    • Beaver Island, in Gingerbread
    • One Hundred Years Ago
    • Economic Conference Wrap-up
    • BIRHC Receives Grant from Charlevoix County Community Foundation
    • School Improvement Plans Moving Forward
    • A Masterful Cantata
    • Local Singer wins Prestigious Award
    • Water Levels
    • First Snow—Time to Go
    • On This Date
    • Irish Crosses
    • Writers’ Retreat Coming
    • Good times, bad times on the court
    • A column from the Beaver Island EMS
    • A Memoir
    • Beaver Island Hospice Receives Grant
    • In Memory: John Works, Sr.
    • Adventures
    • Welcome Graicen Mae
    • Towers, a tease for the coming year
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    Annual 2008 Beaver Island Boodle and the Bite of Beaver Island

    Boodle & Bite - October 4 : starts with an 8-mile bike ride this year (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. The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival is then at Holy Cross Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with artisans and more in the Community Center..

    Slide - "the future of Irish Music"

    Slide - In Concert Monday September 8 7:30pm $15 at the Beaver Island Community Center. “They can sing, they can write, they can dance across fingerboards and piano keys, buttons and bows, and by crikey can they play!” Irish Music Magazine “Slide…the future of Irish Music.” Radio 1, Ireland

    2008 Music Benefit in honor of Jerry LaFreniere

    HUGE "Garage" party at Unfinished Farms in honor of Jerry Lafreniere - Friday Aug. 29th. Tickets available at Island Energies. Barn Dance, Pig Roast, Music Benefit..

    Beaver Island Rural Health Center Benefit Dinner

    Benefit Dinner at Nina’s Restaurant - All Proceeds will support your Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Tuesday, August 19th, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., Call 448-2396 for reservations

    Baroque on Beaver 2008

    Baroque on Beaver Returns for Seventh Year with five performances this year at CMU, the Parish Hall, and the Community Center as well as the Jazz and More! music camp for Island and visiting student musicians.

    Meet the Artists

    Livingstone Studio's Meet the Artists Show and Sale is now in its second year after a very successful first debut last summer bringing all the Livingstone Artists together for a great afternoon art show. This year's Meet the Artists is on August 2nd.

    Beaver Island Historical Society Musuem Week 2008

    Museum Week 2008 - July 21 - 26 - Schedule of Events now posted! Favorites such as Music on the Porch, the Protar House, the Pet Show and new presentations such as Imagineering. The Wisdom of Our Ancestors—Celtic lore from Ireland to Beaver Isle, Diving on Bever Island's Shipwrecks, The Ladies of the Lakes about female Lighthouse Keepers. Check out the Schedule of Events

    The Annual Museum Week Pet Show

    Kids, Dogs, Cats, Snakes, Birds, and Fish... Don't miss the Annual Pet Show on the Print Shop Porch at Noon, today Saturday July 26. A chance to make your pet famous on Beaver Island!.

    The Wisdom of Our Ancestors from Celtic Lore to Beaver Island

    The Wisdom of Our Ancestors - Thursday July 24, 2pm at the Parish Hall. Teacher and peace activist Seamus Norgaard will discuss The Wisdom of our Ancestors, talking about Celtic culture and lore ranging from Ireland to Beaver Isle.

    Diving on Beaver Island Shipwrecks

    Shipwreck Diving - Thursday July 24, 8pm at the Parish Hall. Mike and Gail Weede will present another thrilling episode of diving on the Island’s shipwrecks such as the Niko.

    The Ray Denny Memorial Art show

    The Ray Denny Memorial Art Show - at the Gregg Fellowship Center Noon-5pm Wednesday and Thursday and Noon-7pm Friday. Come see the talent of the island with over 20 artists participating with some demonstrating crafts from Totem-pole carving to painting.

    Imagineering

    Imagineer - 8pm Tuesday Night at the Parish Hall. Bruce Struik will host an interactive program in which the audience will suggest how specific found natural objects might become art, after which they’ll view the actual finished pieces. Join in and get ideas for your own projects, then spend the next few days searching the woods and combing the beaches for lost treasures.

    Music on the Porch

    Music on the Porch - kicks off the 28th Annual Musuem Week at 7:30 tonight, Monday July 21st, 2008.

    The Protar House

    The Protar House - is open in the afternoon with Antje Price talking about Protar, Saint of Beaver Island from 1-3 as the start of Museum Week 2008.

    Yankee Lady B17

    The Yankee Lady B-17 touched down at the township airport just before 4 pm this Friday, July 18, being delayed during the day due to fog. The Yankee Lady will give sponsors a flight around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday the 19th and will be available for tours and flights at the Township Airport.

    Beaver Island Music Festival

    The Beaver Island Music Festival "The Island Rite of Summer since 2003" takes place July 18 and 19, rain or shine. Click here for the programme of musicians who will perform this year!

    Experiments in IR

    As the summer heats up and the Island's vegetation is in full bloom, early experiments in near infrared photographs are becoming more promising. The Harbor

    Beaver Island Community Center Grand Opening

    Grand Opening Week - Work is ongoing at an amazing pace and an exciting week of events is planned for the Grand Opening of the Community Center! Photos in the July Beacon.

    Beaver Island Electric Car Show

    Beaver Island will host its first Electric Car Show on Friday June 27, and Saturday June 28.

    Paintings with Patina, Photographs of Planets

    Paintings with Patina, Photographs of Planets - Don't miss the Memorial Day Art Show at Mary's Gallery. Opening May 24th.

    New EW Marine Internet/Cell Towers on Beaver Island

    It's up - The three new 180' E.W. Marine towers, on the Font Lake side of Donegal Bay Road, at the East Side Fire Station, and at Greene's Lake, are now up. Photographs and more in the May Beacon!

    Cutting through the ice was an amazing experience, with the force of the tug pwerful standing on the ice.

    The Return Trip - James Kenwabkisi in the Ruby Ann breaks out from the point through 16" ice to re-open the harbor for the Emerald Isle's return trip with Bud Martin on the ice ready to chainsaw when needed. Full story and photographs in the April Beacon!

    The Ruby Ann tug is hauled, trailered, and transported to Whiskey Point for relaunch where the ice passage is not so long to reach open water and rebreak the channel previously cut by the Biscayne Bay.

    In Route to Whiskey Point - You've never seen the Ruby Ann here before! On a flatbed trailer in front of the Harbor Light waiting to launch into a chainsaw cut berth in the ice.

    As a pile of ice chunks lays beside the dock, fished out with backhoe, the Emerald Isle nudges herself into the birth.

    Nudging the ice away - the Emerald Isle makes her way to the dock with the Biscayne Bay beside

    As onlookers watch from the dock, the Biscyane Bay coastguard cutter circles through the harbor slicing through the 16-inch blue ice

    The Biscayne Bay clearing the harbor with her side bubblers pushing ice out from the hull.

    The Biscayne Bay icebreaker cutting past Whiskey Point into the harbor

    Passing Whiskey Point required one or two back-downs, but was in general a smooth operation after the long day reaching Charlevoix. Many pictures from Charlevoix, Beaver Island, and the air in the April Beacon.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Photographs from the cold, but great, day in the April Beacon.

    Pinky Lee on Prairie Home Companion

    Pinky Lee on NPR - Beaver Island's Jenny Bousquet and Holly Keller have been playing music together for the past year, writing songs about family, love, and seasons with a folky, soulful style. Both women play guitar and mandolin while singing unique vocal harmonies. Listen to and vote for Pinky Lee on March 15, ~5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    New School Plans Nearing Completion

    Plans for the new Beaver Island Community School are now nearing completion. Story, floorplan, and elevation in the February Beacon.
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    Beaver Island A Great Lakes Jewel

    Beaver Island: A Great Lakes Jewel has been nominated for a MI Emmy! If you're on a broadband connection, you can view the video online.

    Internet Towers partially erected on Island

    Internet Towers are now partially erected on the Island. Shown above is the tower at the East Side Fire Hall with the first of three sections standing, and the other two on the ground to the left.

    Irish Road Bowling - Every Tuesday at 6:30. Come to Paid een Og’s to watch or road bowl and join in the fun. Over a dozen people are already on board... what's Irish Road Bowling all about?

    Beaver Island Celtic Games - Saturday September 15 at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park. A ceilidh at Donegal Danny’s and the Shamrock on the 14th and 15th.

    Live Music Benefit, Thank you to the record-number of 670 people who came out for the music benefit event at Unfinished Farms. A wonderful thing about Beaver Island: when there's a good cause, people really come through.

    Amazing Reptiles and Amphibians

    Amazing Reptiles and Amphibians with Jim Gillingham - a favorite of Museum Week for kids around the Island.

    Tour the Beaver Head Lighthouse

    Tour the historic Beaver Head Lighthouse at the Island’s south end all day during Museum Week.

    Totem Pole Carving

    Totem Pole Carving with master carver Skip Duhamel.

    4th of July 2007

    The 4th of July
    celebrated in Beaver Island Style on Main Street and around the harbor...

     

     

     

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