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Welcome to the Village Newsletter

Welcome to our second edition of the Beulah Newsletter and many thanks for the positive feedback and encouragement. We will also try to respond to questions and suggestions we received. We want to apologize for the inconsistent print quality of some of the issues from this fall. We think we have the technology gremlins fixed. Again, thanks for your support and continue to send us feedback and suggestions in your water bill payment or directly to the Village Office.

Phil Downs and Vicki Carpenter-Downs

From the Village President

Happy New Year from snowy Beulah. A number of changes have taken place on the Village council with Dick Belanger's resignation in November and Jerry Rank being appointed to replace him. Jim Kilgus was appointed President ProTem. . After suffering a debilitating infection, we all need to keep Dave Egeler in our thoughts and prayers as he struggles to regain the use of his legs. Thanks to Jeremiah Nerg, our part-time employee, we have been able to keep up with the snow plowing. Most of you have seen the additional X-Mas lights in the park and a big thanks to the businesses that contributed to make that possible. We are looking forward to Winter Fest and wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2008.

Jerry Rank, President-Village of Beulah

Water/Sewer Project

The water/sewer project was scheduled to start this fall however the decision was made to wait until spring because of unavailability of asphalt as the weather got cold. Rather than have North St.and Benzie St. torn up during the winter, the project will start in early spring. Additionally, the sidewalk work scheduled for portions of downtown Benzie Blvd will also wait for spring. Contracts for both projects were awarded to SRW and doing the projects together will maximize use of staff and equipment.

Crystal Lake Community Business Association

The Crystal Lake Community and Business Association (CLCBA) has had a busy fall and holiday season. The Fall Festival had a great turnout with a soup contest, petting zoo and vendors in the park as well as other children's activities. First Place awards for soup went to Betsie Bay Inn for business and to Chris Mekas for soup. The Halloween Maze

gave out nearly 11,000 pieces of candy. In addition to Moonlight Madness after Thanksgiving, CLCBA brought back Christmas Magic on December 15. The large pine tree at the front of the park received many new strands of lights, thanks to the Village and the CLCBA. Santa greeted children at the Hungry Tummy and art activities were held in the Trailhead Building. The park was decorated with additional lighted trees and garlands and after the parade, carols were led by the Girls Scouts and Santa came down to the park as well. Victoria's Floral took first place for floats. Judges picked a winning snowman from the snowman building competition and a raffle of donated gifts from local businesses topped off the evening. Crystal Lake School's Odyssey of the Mind snowman took first place Next the CLCBA will host the Winter Fest on Saturday, February 9, 2008 in the many park events and with evening fireworks. Entrants for the chili cook-off, frozen fish toss, turkey bowling and other events can go to the CLCBA site for sign-up information :

Join The Beulah Brainstorm!

The Village of Beulah invites residents and other lovers of this Crystal Lake gem to join in a series of community conversations about our parks, our streets, and our waterfront. Come on down and share your ideas on these areas for future planning.

February 5, 2008 (Tuesday) Village Parks
February 19, 2008 (Tuesday) Waterfront
March 4, 2008 (Tuesday) Streetscape
All meetings will be in the Village Council Room and run from 7-8:30 pm. Bring your insights and ideas and join in the Beulah Brainstorm! For more information, contact Village Trustees Patty Cantrell at 231-882-4694 and Pat Elliott 231-651-9850. If you can't attend, you can send your written ideas to the Village Office asap.


  • No overnight parking on the streets until April, violators will be towed.
  • When shoveling your drives, keep your snow out of the street to avoid hazards for drivers.
  • Property owners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear of snow.
  • Benzie Bus services: call 352-3000