B I News on the 'Net, August 4-10, 2008

Gerald Nelson LaFreniere Passes Away

Jerry LaFreniere, as he was know to most of us, lost his long battle with cancer this morning around 2 a.m. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

From Deb Robert:

Dad will be brought home on Saturday on the Beaver Islander. The boat leaves Charlevoix at 11:30 so should be here at 1:45. After a special little stop or two, we will take him to the "Garage". I'm sure an informal gathering will commence.

The formal visitation will be from 2 - 8 on Sunday. Rosary is at 8:00 pm.

The funeral service will be at 12:00 on Monday.

Thank you all so much for everything that you have done these past several weeks. I can't tell you how much it means to all of us.

School Building Project Pictures

Claudia Schmidt to Appear at BI Community House

August 17, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.


Beaver Island Commmunity House Announces Movie Schedule


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.


It was suggested that this be posted again, due to some problems with some of the materials not conforming to these rules. This recycling effort is very important for Beaver Island. If the recycled materials are not prepared correctly, they need to be submitted as trash. The more trash, the higher the disposal cost, so let's all do our part to do the recycling properly.

GLASS green, brown, amber, clear - rinse, remove everything but paper

PLASTIC - # 2 and # 1 - rinsed, caps, rings, and any wrap around labels removed; Clear plastic just remove caps leave paper on

CARDBOARD - dry, clean, flattened

NEWSPAPER - bagged or tied ( paper bag only )

GLOSSEY - magazines and catalogs


TIN CANS - flattened

ALUM. CANS - flattened

CLOTH - clean and dry only

BOOKS - hard cover only


BATTERIES - all sizes/ large batteries & car batteries

PHONE BOOKS - Remove front and back cover (they are garbage) put book in NEWSPRINT (they do not have to be in bag or tied.

Please try and have all recyclables prepared before you come. If you are not sure, please ask one of the attendants. If recyclables are not prepared correctly we reserve the right to charge as debris.

B. I. Transfer Station is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm from May 1 through October 31. We are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm from November 1 thru April 30.

We are closed on Sundays, Memorial Day, July 4th , Labor Day, Nov. 15th (Opening Day),Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

There is a hopper left outside when we are closed that is for people leaving the Island ONLY .

Local Election Results

Max A. Neils, Jr. Dies

Max died peacefully on August 1, 2008 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Irmgard "Irmie" Neils (Holzhausen); daughters, Karin Neils (husband Thom Peterson), Kristina BeLonge (husband William BeLonge), Katherine Neils (partner Lisa Singer); sons, Owen Neils (partner William J. Schneider), Stuart Neils (wife Susan Bamford); grandsons, Stuart Neils-Kraft and Scott BeLonge; and brother, Fred Neils (wife Sally). He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Boyle.
Max was born August 18, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to Max Alfred and Marie Auguste Neils. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1942 and shortly thereafter served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe . At war's end Max was stationed in Kassel, Germany, where he met and married Irmie. Together they returned to America where the couple eventually settled in the Haslett area and started a family while Max was enrolled in the School of Engineering at Michigan State University . Max eventually took a job as a construction engineer and inspector at the MSU Physical Plant where he continued to work for nearly 40 years.
During off hours and in retirement, Max enjoyed construction and woodworking and was always involved in projects for his family, friends and neighbors. Max was perhaps most proud of the beautiful summer home he built for his wife and children on Beaver Island and the 1898 Sears and Roebuck cider mill that he painstakingly restored.
Max served for over 20 years as a volunteer fireman for Meridian Township where he never failed to respond to an alarm. Max and Irmie were charter members of the Haslett Community Church where Max built the church chancel and helped with other projects through the years.
Max Neils will be remembered for his kindness, tenacity, humility, courage, sense of duty and his can-do attitude no matter what life put before him. We will miss you Max.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 7, 2008 at Haslett Community Church, 1427 Haslett Road, Haslett at 11:00 a.m . Family visitation will precede the service at 10:00 a.m . at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 525 N. Pennsylvania , Lansing, Michigan 48912 or the Ingham County Extended Care Facility, Comfort Care Program, 3860 Dobie Rd., Okemos, MI 48864.
The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes . 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Michigan .
Published in the Lansing State Journal - August 4, 2008

The family would like local contributions be made to the Beaver Island Fire Department.

Claudia Schmidt Performs on Beaver Island

Shown here performing at Donegal Danny's Pub, Claudia wowed the crowd!

Welcome to Our Newest Supporter!

Welcome to the Beaver Island Community Center!

Baroque on Beaver a Resounding Success

With five concerts, a music camp, and musicians playing for the debarking passengers near the Beaver Island Boat Company dock, the Baroque on Beaver week has become a true classical music festival. This week's concerts were absolutely fantastic! Here is the summary of the programs for the five concerts and links to selected events' stories.

Information about Selected Soloists and Conductors

A Festival of Classic Music

All performances were free and open to the public. Free will donations were and still are welcome!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at Gillingham Auditorium, CMU Bio Station

Tonight's program will include small ensemble groups and solos

Concerto for Two Trumpets/Strings by Vivali, Sonata for Two Flutes by Schultze, Violin Concerto in A minor by Bach, Sextet Opus 18 by Brahms, Invitation au Voyage for Voice, Bassoon, and Piano, and more....

Go here for the program and pictures.......

Go here for video clips of the performance

Thursday, July 31, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at Gillingham Auditorium, CMU Bio Station

Tonight's program will include small ensemble groups and solos

Barber of Seville Oveture by Rossini/Sedlak, Suite for Two Violins by Telemann, Revue de Cuisine by Martinu, Concert for Oboe, Trumpet, and Continuo by Hertel, and more............

Due to a medical emergency, no coverage was possible for this event. Those who attended stated that the performances were marvelous. If you have any pictures of this concert or information about this concert and want to share them, please email me at medic5740@gmail.com

Friday, August 1, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall

Tonight's program with feature the full orchestra and chorus, "Of Spirit and Spirits"

Oberon Overture by Weber, Seranade for Winds by Dvorak, Old 100th Psalm by R.V. Williams, Rule Britannia! by Arne, and Coronation Anthem by Handel

Saturday, August 2, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at the new Beaver Island Community Center

Tonight's program will feature full orchestra and soloists, "Featuring our Friends"

Orchestral Suite in D major by Bach, Concerto in E-flat for Two Horns by Rossetti, Kol Nidrei for Cello by Max Bruch, You'll Never Walk Alone Carousel by Rodger/Hammerstein, Mozart and more......

Story and Pictures of this performance HERE

Video clips of the performance HERE

Sunday, August 3, 2008, 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall

This afternoon's performance will feature orchestra and chorus, "America's Emerald Isle"

Bugler's Holiday by Anderson, Tune from County Derry by Grainger, Nocturne Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn, Oh, Silve Moon! Rusalka by Dvorak, Last Rose of Summer with soloist Martha Guth, Gaelic Blessing for Sunday by Rutter, and more.........

Story and Pictures of this performance HERE

Video Clips of first part of the performance HERE

Jazz and More! Was Last Week

Music Camp from 9-12 a.m., July 28-August 1, 2008

Held at the Beaver Island Christian Church, this music camp features interactive musical experiences for Grades 3-12 for local and visiting students.

Wednesday mornings class included a presentation of a check from the Charlevoix County Community Founcation to the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.

Ruth Kelly receives check from Maureen Radke.

The instructors for this program were Lynne Tovin, Miranda Rooy, and Robin Berry.  The guest instructor for percussion is Jim Krutz from Concordia University in Nebraska.  The Charlevoix County Community Foundation representative is Maureen Radke.  The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association representative is Ruth Kelly.

From Robin Lee Berry, one of the teachers of the music camp: The Jazz Fly, was w ritten and performed by Matthew Gollub and illustrated by Karen Hanke. It comes with a cd which tells the story while a jazz band lays the musical bed--- helps readers of all ages understand what "scatting" is.  Scatting is a term that began in the jazz world of singers describing improvising a melody with nonsensical syllables like "doo-be-doo", "sca boodle," and "zee zap bop" to name a few. The first publicly recognized "scat" singing/improvising started with Satchamo and Ella Fitzgerald---in her case she forgot the words to the tune and improvised a melody built off of the scale involved in each chord of the tune as it changed on the "lead sheet".

The "Lead Sheet" is a term for the song written containing chords, chords and sometimes melody. As each chord changes according to the melody the musician would use the scale derived from the chord to improvise a musical bed for the lead instrument or singer. E minor 7 chord can also be a scale. B major 7 can also be a scale and musicians use all of those notes in a row up or down or as an arpegio to make a musical "fill" which can also be sung using nonsense phonics. Some scat will imitate instruments in the band---horns, drums and guitar--- MORE pictures.

Andrea's Sunbeam Pictures

These two pictures were taken by Andrea Moore. Beautiful Sunbeams, aren't they?

Who is This?

Can you name the people in this photograph provided by Carol LaFreniere?

Part of the Harbor 1981

Another photo from Carol LaFreniere. This one was in her mom's photo collection.

2008 Jerry Sowa 3rd Annual Memorial Golf Outing

Information about this August 1, 2008, Golf Outing HERE

Through rain and thunderstorms, the golf outing continued.

Coverage of the Outing is HERE

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

UPDATE: Judging by the lines and the almost constant traffic to the Gregg Fellowship Center, this blood drive was a resounding success. Several of the Gillespie family members participated in honor of their mother and grandmother as did first cousins, distant relatives, and community members.The total collection was 71 units. There were 15 first time givers out of the 81 presenters.

"It went really well," Lars Larsen stated. "It never really got backed up. The Red Cross did an excellent job. Thank you to the Lighthouse School. We had 52 appointments this year. The goal was 62 units and surpassed it. A big thank you to all! Thank you to Jean Carpenter and Connie Wojan for their help. And thank you to Island Airways and the Beaver Island Boat Company for their support. Thanks to Lisa and Robert Gillespie, Rich and Laura Gillespie, Jerry and Marie LaFreniere, and John and Maureen Crouse."

Fundraiser for Jerry LaFreniere

Hello Friends and Family!

Just letting you know to mark your calendar for Friday Aug. 29th ....(Labor Day Weekend).  We are in the planning stages for hosting a HUGE "Garage" party at Unfinished Farms in honor of Jerry Lafreniere.  We are calling it a "garage party" for all the gatherings he has hosted over the years......how many?  I would love to know a true count!  Hundreds??  If you have not already heard, Jerry is going through some serious health issues, and we need to let him know we love him, and hope to lift his spirits with good old fashioned barn dance.

I am very very open to ideas and suggestions to make this event the ultimate for him.  Yes, it is going to be a benefit........and who deserves a little shot in the arm better than him!  We have the "2x4" band reserved already, and I'm working on the pig roast and hobo pot details.

If anyone would like to sign up to be part of the set-up, clean-up, and food crews....please let me know.  The help will be very much appreciated. 

I don't have a huge address book, so please forward this message to any and all people who you think would like to know about the event.

Last year we recorded 670 people who attended our benefit for Brian, I think we may top that if we get the word out it is for Jerry!

Thanks everyone!........I'll be in touch.  

Beth McCafferty (and of course John!)

PABI Fundraiser-A Silent Auction

The sign-up bidding sheets may be found at the Beaver Island Community Center for these items shown on the page by clicking on the link above. You can also check out the website at: http://pabi.beaverisland.org

All of the bqskets will auction off on Aug. 15. Winners will be notified within a day or two of the auction.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

This is the last Hazardous Material Day for this year.

For Beaver Island Residential Only

Saturday, AUGUST 30, 2008

10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Common Household Hazardous Wastes:

drain openers * oven cleaners * metal cleaners and polishers * grease and rust solvents * brake fluid * carburetor and fuel injection cleaners * starter fluids * air conditioning frigerants * paint strippers and removers * adh esives * photographic chemicals * herbicides

insecticides * pesticides * fertilizers * fungicides * swimming pool chemicals *

mercury and mercury thermometers * OIL BASED PAINT ONLY

QUESTIONS? Call 448-2228

Sponsored by:

Charlevoix County Recycling Committee

Amvets Offers Scholarship




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Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Who was the first lay principal for the Beaver Island Community School?

Sheri Timsak was the first to respond with the correct answer. The first lay principal in the school that we used to know (now torn down) was Barbara Rakowski. Barbara took the place of Sister Dennis Marie Kirt, the last Dominican Sister to function as principal of Beaver Island Community School.

This Week's Question:

We all know that the jail cell is displayed next to the Mormon Print Shop Museum. So where on Beaver Island was the morgue?

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

Meeting Minutes

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