Beaver Island News on the 'Net provided LIVE video coverage of the Biscayne Bay from the beginning of the Biscayne Bay entering the harbor, throughout the morning and into the afternoon ice breaking, and for the Biscayne Bay leaving the harbor and heading out to its next mission. The morning's activity was also recorded, pictures taken, and the story will be written as soon as there is time to process the video.
The video equipment was moved and set up to be in a position to view the St. James Township meeting tonight. It was stated that the budget hearing would reconvene beginning at 7:00 p.m. with the regular meeting to follow. The budget hearing and the St. James Township Board meeting were both live streamed. There will be on demand video as soon as the video is processed.
As part of the Beaver Island EMS EMT program, three BIEMS students are studying Environment Emergencies. The cold water rescue training has always been the highlight of the training for the EMT course taught in the BI Community School by high school students back in the early 2000's. This adult education EMT program is no different. The weather was perfect for cold water rescue training. It was snowing, blowing, and cold with plenty of ice out in front of the bank and the old McDonough store.
There was still plenty of ice because the USCG cutter Biscayne Bay did not open up the shipping channel over toward the Beaver Island Marina nor toward Bud Martin's dock. There isn't a commercial fishing vessel waiting to get out either, so the ice part of the training was pretty easy to find.
Kevin White gets into a cold water suit, equipment being prepared, Ron Marsh and Jewell Cushman get to swim in April
Getting dressed in the suits is sometimes the hardest part of the training.
Chief Tim McDonough has everyone gather around and he gives an introduction to the equipment.
Time to get wet and get to work learning how to rescue someone in the cold water.
An example of a rescue for demonstration purposes
Using another piece of rescue equipment...
Ron Marsh ready to give it a try
Practicing the rescue.....Melissa Prior getting ready to be the patient
Practice is over, now it's time to warm up, put equipment away, and get back to classwork.
Many thanks to McDonough's Market and Dahlwhinnie's for the hot coffee and hot chocolate at the fire hall after the training!
The trip to the township airport was made to try to catch the workers for Schwartzfisher Masonry and Excavating while they were working on the tree clearing. BINN was fortunate to make it before they finished working for the day. Here are a few pictures that were taken on April 5, 2013, in the late afternooon. The trees have to be down before April 15th due to the migratory birds and nesting birds returning after that date.
Chains saws working
If you are on your way to the township airport, you do not expect to see a flock of geese on April 5, 2013, nor a herd of twenty-three deer, but on top of that a whole bunch of crows. Take a second look and you will see something else you never thought you'd see this early in the season-sandhill cranes. Yes, sandhill cranes on the 5th of April.
The above two pictures are all that could be taken because the deer and the crows and the geese were spooked by the vehicle stopping on the road. Amazing to see this indication of spring!
This St. James meeting began with a reconvened Budget Hearing after the figures for 2012-2013 were verified by former Supervisor Rick Speck. His expertise was requested by the board in a previous meeting. The budget was the highest priority at this meeting, but there was an additional item on the agenda. The appointment to the library board took some discussion and one community member was very upset at the appointment made by the board. The decision made by unanimous vote by the St. James Board was to appoint Joe Moore to the Beaver Island District Library Board to replace Jean Wierenga who had resigned from the Board.
The month of April is often a perfect time to fish for steelhead in Michigan's rivers. Did you know our state is thought to offer some of the best steelhead fishing in the country?
A variety of techniques can be used to fish for this aggressive species; including live bait, artificial lures and flies. Rivers all across Michigan provide access for steelhead fishing. Some better-known rivers include the Betsie, Grand, Little Manistee, Manistee, Manistique, Pere Marquette and St. Joseph rivers in the Lake Michigan watershed, the Au Sable River in the Lake Huron watershed, the Huron River in the Lake Erie watershed, and the Huron and Two Hearted rivers in the Lake Superior watershed.
Want more information on steelhead fishing in Michigan? Visit their section on the DNR's Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them website .
With its first trip taken from Beaver Island to Charlevoix in a normal trip even with the winds speed up to 25-30 mph from the WSW, the return trip seemed to start with a hitch. The Spartan truck had some issues which delayed the return trip from Charlevoix. The Emerald Isle left Charlevoix around 3:30 p.m. on its return trip to the island.
The Emerald Isle enters the harbor.
Getting lined up to back into the Beaver Island berth.
There was a little ice in the way, but it didn't stop the operation by a very talented captains and crew.
Ready to unload and handle the freight for the first trip of the year.
Many thanks to Christine McDonough Miller for her photographs of the Emerald Isle arriving in Charlevoix. Christine, you did a great job! The Emerald Isle arrived in Charlevoix on schedule after leaving Beaver Island at a little after 11 a.m.
The Emerald Isle left St. James Harbor this morning, April 4, 2013, at about five minutes after 11 a.m. The ferry had to push some fairly large chunks of ice out of the way on its way from the BIBCO dock to the mouth of the harbor. In addition to the ice in the harbor, the Emerald Isle also had to deal with a 20-30 mph WSW wind.
The Emerald Isle leaves it winter storage location to begin the ferry season
Out of the harbor the Emerald Isle goes...
There was a really active BIBCO on Beaver Island as the historical rebuild of the engines took place with the Emerald Isle in its Beaver Island berth. A previous story included pictures and video of the work in progress. It was time to post the pictures of the engines after the rebuild was completed since it was to take its first trip today, April 4, 2013. These photos are courtesy of Tony Miller, husband of Christine McDonough Miller.
A little about the Biscayne Bay from its website:
" BISCAYNE BAY is perfectly situated in one of the connecting waterways of the Great Lakes; The Straits of Mackinac. Raw goods vital to the nation's economy transit through the lakes year round but when winter's fury freezes the water, commerce comes to a screeching halt. This is the primary reason BISCAYNE BAY was commissioned. From early December through mid-April every year, Lakers call on the services of BISCAYNE BAY to free them from their beset position in the ice, break the way and prevent ice jams from forming in the critical waterways.
BISCAYNE BAY is uniquely outfitted with a "bubbler" system designed to push low pressure air around the hull to lubricate the ship as she moves through the ice. Coupled with 2500 shaft horse power, BISCAYNE BAY is a formidable foe for thick ice or windrow. On any given year, BISCAYNE BAY will be called to into action on Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie or their connecting rivers"
The Biscayne Bay's mission on April 3, 2013 was to come into St. James Harbor (Paradise Bay) to break up the ice that was more than a foot thick, so the Emerald Isle could make its first trip of the ferry season. There was a good sized crowd in different locations to view this 'coming of Spring' event. Besides the B.I. Boat Dock, there were people gathered at the public beach, the to view this 'coming of Spring' event. Besides the B.I. Boat Dock, there were people gathered at the public beach, the yatct dock, looking on from the Dahwhinnie/McDonough's Market location, and watching from Whiskey Point, as well as viewing and taking pictures from the air.
The Biscayne Bay paused for a short time just on the edge of the ice near the old Coast Guard Station, just long enough to get the bubblers working efficiently. It then move quite quickly into the harbor and began its first track from the mouth of the harbor to the BIBCO dock.
The first track was made to the area alongside the Emerald Isle berth. The Biscayne Bay then move in reverse and pushed and bubbled the ice on the side of the dock toward the public beach.
The reamining tracks were further south and east of the first track, some moving toward the BIBCO dock, some perpendicular to the dock, and some moving away from the dock.
Thanks to Frank Solle for these photos taken from different locations that BINN Whiskey Point pictures:
The Biscayne Bay was only in Paradise Bay long enough to break the ice from the BIBCO dock to the mouth of the harbor. No trip was made to open the channel for St. James Marine or Bud Martin's dock.
While the Biscayne Bay was breaking ice, the Island Airways aircraft flew over and took some wonderful pictures from the air. Thank you, Island Airways for sharing these pictures from up above.
These photos from above provide an entirely different view of the actions of the Biscayne Bay. Thank you again, Island Airways.
As the cutter moved back and forth, the question arose: Which trip out to the mouth of the harbor would be the last one?
And this one was the last one. The vessel put it in high gear, and steamed right out of the harbor enroute to the Straits of Mackinac.
Thank you, Biscayne Bay, for your work today to open up the harbor, and provide a pathway for the BIBCO (BITA) ferry Emerald Isle. The Emerald Isle is to make its first trip on April 4, 2013, after one day of delay.
Clifford Richard Lagerman, 83, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Born March 14, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., to Edward and Margaret (Left) Lagerman, he moved to Beaver Island in 1932. He graduated from Charlevoix High School where he was the captain of the 1948 Rayder Basketball team. Cliff served in the US Air Force.
September 10, 1954, he married Sally Ann Kurtz in Charlevoix. They made their home in Traverse City where they owned and operated Dodgson and Cut-n-Curl Beauty Salons over fifty years. Sally preceded him in death November 2004.
In Traverse City, Cliff was a member of the Elks and Lions Clubs, and of Saint Francis Church.
For the past eight years, Cliff lived in Charlevoix and Petoskey.
Cliff loved life – fishing, playing cards, golf, cooking; Monday and Thursday nites “out with the boys”. A mainstay at deer camp, even though he didn't hunt. Cliff's true treasure was being with family and friends while sharing laughter and feeling the love.
Survived by his children, Blane (Jane Balmer) Lagerman of Cross Village, Shane (Susan) Lagerman of Green Bay, Wisc., Peggy (Mark) Snyder of Delray Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Samantha (Brett) Conklin, Michael Lagerman; Lanie, Linsie, and Maggie Snyder; great-grandson, John Conklin.
Cliff was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela in 1982; his sisters, Ann, Betty Jean, Norma, Midge and Briggs; brother, Frank.
A Rite of Christian Burial will be 12 noon, Saturday, April 6, at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Matthew Wigton officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Friday, April 5, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Traverse City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island Historical Society.
Please sign Cliff's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com
Thanks go to the AMVETs of Beaver Island and particularly Alvin LaFreniere for putting up the flags at the Veteran's Memorial!
Attempt to Live Stream St. James Township Meeting
With an investment for a new wireless antenna, News on the 'Net is attempting to live stream the St. James Township Board meeting tonight, March 6, 2013. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce has granted us permission to use their wireless connection at the Chamber office. The two antennas are over a half mile apart, so that's why this is called an attempt. Tonight is a test to make sure that this will work. If it works, you can view the meeting at http://beaverisland.tv
The live streaming from the St. James Hall worked quite well tonight. Pretty amazing! Lots of extra setup work, but the work was worth it.
If this works, the next plan is to attempt to live stream the outside games on St. Patrick's weekend as well as the games inside the Shamrock.
Celebrity Basketball March 1st
(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.
BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013
Peaine Township Board Meeting Video
The Peaine Township Board was on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Items on the agenda included the Peaine Recreation Plan, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant, an Emergency Services Authority Update, a report on the Airport Terminal Project with lengthy discussion, a Human Services Commission request, appointments to Committees, Trails Committee extensive discussion about makeup and appointments, and the motion for salary for all board members.
NRESC Meeting Was Live Streamed
The NRESC members present
This meeting started at 10 a.m. today, March 2, 2013. You can view some of the paperwork that was presented in PowerPoint and vocal presentations HERE.
Waste Management Committee Meeting, January 15, 2013
Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial
Airport Commission Meeting Today
At 11 a.m. this morning, February 18, 2013, the Beaver Island Airport Commission is having a special meeting regarding the airport terminal project. The project is moving along quite quickly, so, if you are interested, please come to the St. James Township Hall at 11. The plans for the building will be finalized today, so that preparations can be made for the bids to go out. The project MUST be completed in 2013, and it must be finished before the end of the year.
St. James Township Board Meeting Video
Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation
The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.
Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.
Beaver Island Community Center
BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
At the Heart of a Good Community
FALL & WINTER HOURS:
Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm
Sat 11am – 9pm
Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings
Human Services Commission Resource Manual
You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.
The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.
Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted
Wondering About Invasive Species?
If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.
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Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!
USCG To Break Ice
Perhaps there are those interested in watching the process of breaking the ice and getting the Emerald Isle free from its berth at the BIBCO dock here on Beaver Island. The current estimate is that the USCG will be arriving here at approximately 11:30 a.m. on April 3, 2013. BINN will attempt to live stream the video of this process. The livestreaming video, if you are interested, should be able to be viewed at:
Emerald Isle Schedule Postponed
The first boat was scheduled for this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, but the US Coast Guard is unable to break away from the full time job of keeping the Soo Locks open for shipping. The BI Boat Company is hoping that the first run will be on Thursday, April 4, 2013. BINN will update this as soon as the information is known.
50th Year Celebrated by the Christian Church
From the very beginning of the Christian Church, some fifty years ago, the Gregg family have been participants in the Beaver Island Christian Non-Denominational Church. Fifty years ago, when Ron Gregg was just a newborn, the group gathered to worship. Before that they had attended Holy Cross, but it was time to get moving forward with another church on Beaver Island. Since that day of Easter, April 14, 1963, the Beaver Island Christian Church has changed its name, but none of the welcome spirit and love provided to one and all who come in the door. Perhaps a better name for this church is the Beaver Island Everyone Welcome Church, but the Beaver Island Multi-Denominational Church is identified to provide information that many denominations may meet in one building all for the same purpose--to worship together.
The original building was the parsonage building now. Even that building was quite a bit smaller in those early days. This building has had two additions over the years. Some of us remember the services in that little building, but the most important thing that hasn't changed is the feeling of being welcomed into the family in that building. When there were few in the small building, no one ever felt lonely. Today it is the same. Everyone is welcomed. Some of the greatest things to come out of the Christian Church are the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Easter Brunch where every member of the community is welcome to come and eat and share fellowship, friendship, and relaxed worship.
The building of the new church building and the dedication of the new church building is probably better told by those who participated in the church building and in the dedication. These video clips were taken from the video taken by Jack Cull that were placed on a DVD by Michael Himebaugh and captured from that DVD by Joe Moore. Some of the voices on these clips are no longer able to be heard, but we hope that they will be remembered for their wonderful contributions of time and love to this, the Beaver Island Christian Church. Those on the DVD are Phil Gregg, Dave and Shirley Gladish, Carol LaFreniere, Joan and Curt Petrak, and others.
Phil Gregg Telling the History of the Christian Church
There are many who contributed that are seen in the video presented here, but that did not take a special role in the dedication ceremony. Hopefully, you will recognize those who did participate because they are the history of this church.
The 50th Anniversary
The celebration of 50 years can take many forms, but the wonderful service led by Harold Kruse didn't begin with a pastor speaking. The service began in the old church, the current parsonage. A huge quantity of eggs, pancakes, and ham were cooked in the old parsonage and church to raise money for the building of the new church. It was fitting that the celebration begin in the old church.
The service began with a responsive reading, which is quite common in the services of the Christian Church. Phyllis Gregg Moore lead the responsive reading.
"Today we begin the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Beaver Island Christian Church. A small group including Lil and Phil Gregg and family gathered in a motel room eventually moving to what is now the parsonage to witness to their faith.
The beginning of our congregation ws humble--no sanctuary, no organ, no pastor. But the spirit was among them.
In coming weeks we will learn more about the history of the Beaver Island Christian Church and how it has grown and expanded its mission on this island and in this world. We have grown from meeting in the parsonage to building a sanctuary and, more recently, the Gregg Fellowship Center. For 50 years, this church has worked to answer Christ's call to discipleship.
Today, Easter Sunday, is a day of great joy in our faith. "How sweet on a clear, Sabbath mronning, to list to the clear ringing bell; its tone so sweetly are calling; Oh come to the church in the vale."
After the reading, Tennesee Ernie Ford's "Little Brown Church in the Vale" was played on a CD, led by Lil Gregg, and sung by the attendees just like it was 50 years ago..
The group then slowly walked over to the current church building to the music of Judi Meister on piano with Joe Moore joining in on the violin for the Prelude.
Pastor Harold Kruse did the call to worship, pastoral prayer, and lead the congregation with the Apostle's Creed.
Ruth Gregg led the congregation with a responsive reading.
There were several hymns played by Judi Meister and sung by the congregation and lead by Kathy Speck..
During the offertory, Joe Moore and Judi Meister played "Amazing Grace" with the congregation joining in.
The next reading was to be read by Ron Gregg, but Ron and his children were stuck in Charlevoix due to the fog over the lake. Instead, Kathy Speck did this reading.
And, as all Beaver Island Christian Church services end, the attendees sing "God Be With You Until We Meet Again."
The service ended, but many did not leave. They headed over to the Gregg Fellowship Center to prepare for the Community Easter Brunch.
March Live Streaming Report
The measurement unit for this live streamed video is the individual Internet Protocol address (IP). There were 195 unique IP addresses that viewed the live streaming in the State of Michigan, but there were others as well. These were 83 from Wisconsin, 30 from Alabama, and 8 in each of Illinois and Florida, and 7 from Missouri. Three each from Arkansas and Arizona, two each from Indiana, California, and Texas were watching. That left one each from each of these states: New Jersey, Montana, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.
The largest number of hits were for the St. Patrick's Day games with over 400, with several of these being repeat connections due to the outages that occurred during the games including the necessity to move equipment from outside on the deck of the Beachcomber to inside the Shamrock.
The Dedloff-Rooy Family
Update, April 2, 2013 from Miranda Rooy:
Just as an update...Miles was transferred yesterday down to DeVos Children's hospital with a really scary bowel infection (Necrotizing Enterocolitis). He is right now "stable" but we are waiting on the next 24 hours to know for sure. I am down here right now with him while Danielle Dedloff is staying with Sawyer and Elliott in TC. They are both doing extremely well.
The Dedloff-Rooy family with Sawyer on the left, Elliot in the middle and Miles on the right.
These ladies are kept busy holding, changing, feeding, and bathing these three boys.
News on the 'Net Plan for the Day: Live Streaming Video from Beaver Island
March 30, 2013
Live streaming was successful at all these meetings. Thirty-five unique IP addresses viewed these meetings. Online, on demand video will be available when processed.
BIRHC BOARD SETS 2013 MEETING SCHEDULE
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: March 23, June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.
Events at the BI Christian Church
Easter Brunch starting at 11:30AM w/pancakes, scrambled eggs, Ham, French Toast delight, coffee, tea and Juice Community is invited to join us for the 50 year Celebration of the Christian Church
April 3 and 17 Bingo May 1 and May 15 Bingo.
May 18 Memorial for Jane Schmidt- time has not been set
Memorial for EB Lange May 26.
June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.
Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.
July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.
August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC
August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON
October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM
St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours
Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.
Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp!
Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule
At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
March 21, 2013
April 18, 2013
May 16, 2013
June 20, 2013
September 19, 2013
October 17, 2013
November 21, 2013
Members: _______(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC), Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.), ______ (AmVets)
Christian Church Ministers
24: Pastor Harold Kruse
31: Pastor Harold Kruse
From Holy Cross Parish Council
Effective May 23, 2012
Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church
Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am
Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following
Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am
Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm
NRESC Meeting Schedule
At Peaine Hall:
There appeared to be some different thinking about how the budget was prepared this year compared to last year. The previous supervisor had prepared the budget, and the format of the budget prepared by the current supervisor and the figures on the budget were questioned by several board members and those in the audience. The meeting to approve the budget was postponed for April 1, 2013, in this video, but the word on the street is that the meeting would not take place and did not take place.. The budget discussion will be reconvened at 6:30 p.m. before the regular April monthly meeting. All of St. James meetings have been rescheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has made a step forward toward providing better wifi access in the Chamber/BIBCO area of downtown. With a little technology advice from Joe Moore and the professional installation by Darrell Butler, the wifi signals for the open access provided by the Chamber of Commerce is significantly improved. This improvement project was really prompted from the methods of providing wifi access by the former provider Central Solutions. While Central Solutions provided the Internet access to the downtown by radio signals from an out-of-town location and beamed the signal and using signal sharing, the Chamber of Commerce is using the TDS DSL modem, which connects the router in the Chamber office to the phone line. Outside the Chamber building, Darrell installed the wifi antenna made just for this purpose. The antenna is attached to one of the antenna connections on the TDS DSL modem/router by a specially made cable with low signal loss.
This wifi signal should significantly improve the Internet access for the Beaver Island Yacht Dock patrons. In addition, it may also provide Internet access using the wireless antenna for any boats anchored in the harbor area near the Chamber office as well as those with smart phones walking down the street. The improvement is obvious. There was nowhere outside a building in the town area where you could watch video using a public access wifi connection. Most of the inside connections would also cause slow, choppy video from the Internet. This is now changed with excellent video, including streaming live video, can now be viewed on a smart phone in the general area of downtown near the boat dock and the Chamber office.
Thank you Chamber of Commerce!
Last evening, Thursday, March 28, 2013, at about 10 pm, the moon began to rise over the St. James harbor. It was about as red as a very red sunset. This reporter wanted to know why the moon was so red. The answer was found with a quick Google search:
|Just like the Sun, light from the Moon has to pass through a larger amount of atmosphere when it's down near the horizon, compared to when it's overhead. The Earth's atmosphere can scatter sunlight, and since moonlight is just scattered sunlight, it can scatter that too. Red light can pass through the atmosphere and not get scattered much, while light at the blue end of the spectrum is more easily scattered. When you see a red moon, you're seeing the red light that wasn't scattered, but the blue and green light have been scattered away. That's why the Moon looks red.|
The red moon from the public playground.
The red moon from Whiskey Point.
No matter what causes the red moon, it still is just as pretty as a red sunset, and now we know it is caused by the same physics. Nice to be out and have a chance to capture this.
Normally, there would not be so much action around the Beaver Island Yacht Dock, the public marina. If you see more than two cars down at that location, you begin to wonder what is going on. On March 29, 2013, the number of vehicles down at this location was unusual for this time of year. First there was Chamber Steve's truck, which is normally there; next there was Gerald LaFreniere's work van, then Jim Wojan's plow truck, and Darrell Butler's township vehicle. In addition to these vehicles there were a couple of strangers, not meaning that they were strange, but instead people that were not easily recognized.
So what was going on down in this location with all of this equipment, and holes were being bored through the ice?
Bob Tidmore captured some work on video out on the ice. There was an auger digging holes in the ice and then someone pulling a sled with equipment on the ice also.
Bob Tidmore's Video (Thank you, Bob!)
Some pretty high tech equipment down there.
The answer to these an some other questions were answered by Jim Wojan. This group was down there helping to map the bottom of the harbor near the yacht dock for possible dredging. John Ferguson and Scott Papineau were the two strangers. They are using the above equipment to record the GPS coordinates of the holes and the depth of the bottom.
Scott Papineau working on equipment.....John Ferguson introducing their surveying business
Why the holes?
Plenty of action down around the yacht dock on this sunny morning kept people slowing down as they passed. Now you will know why these vehicles and people were down there and what they were doing.
Audience and engineer............Architect and airport commission
The Beaver Island Airport Commission met at the Peaine Township Hall beginning at 1 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The members of the airport commission present were Colleen Martin, Pete Lodico, Elaine West, Don Vyse, Jim Wojan, and Rachel Teague. Mike Scripps was at home recovering from surgery. The meeting was live streamed by News on the 'Net and was viewed by tweenty-five unique IP addresses.
Architect Kendra Thompson and Engineer Jason VanBrocklin
The architect and an engineer attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the 95% complete plans for the terminal building, make a few changes, and give the architect the go ahead to prepare the plans for the construction bids. Architect Kendra Thompson presented the drawings, specifications, and recommended interior finishes. There are three bid alternates, which are options that the commission can choose from, one or none, after the bidding process. These three alternates are 1. Metal shingle roof (instead of asphalt shingles), 2. Fireplace construction, and 3. Snow-melt system at the entry areas.
The schedule for the bidding process was discussed with the following dates recommended:
Documents for bidding to be available April 8, 2013. A required pre-bid meeting for bidders on April 18, 2013. The bids to be received by May 8, 2013, with bid opening by two members of the commission at the existing airport terminal. The post office box for the airport will be checked and any mailed bids will be included in the opening of the bids. There will be a special meeting of the airport commission called the week after May 8th. The plans will be available for bidders with one set in Peaine Township and another set in St. James Township. They will also be available on the Traverse Reproduction website and the Builders Exchange website.
The pre-bid estimates for the cost of the terminal building is $711.026 without any furnishings.
John Delbert Belfy, 91, of Charlevoix, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan from natural causes.
Delbert, as he liked to be called, was born on Jan. 30, 1921, on Beaver Island, the son of William and Alice (Johnson) Belfy. He graduated from Beaver Island High School in 1939.
He fished for his father and cut wood before he enlisted in the Merchant Marines when he was 19. He sailed all over the world hauling ammunition and bombs on the ammunition ships during World War II. He was as a lieutenant and served the country from 1940-1949.
On Dec. 27, 1947, in Detroit, John married Audrey Jean Williamson.
After serving in the Merchant Marines, he worked in construction in Detroit. Eventually he started his own company with a partner. He was most proud of building the Penguin building at the Detroit Zoo. He built firehouses, schools and churches. He sold his business and retired at the age of 50 and moved to Charlevoix where he built his home. Not one to sit around, he built homes in and around Charlevoix and did many remodels.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audrey Jean Belfy, of Charlevoix; five children, Lois Cummings (Virgil, husband) of Harrison Township, Mich., Sharon Hays of Harrison Township, Mich., John W. Belfy (Debbie, wife) of Santa Maria, Calif., Ron Belfy (Ruth, wife) of Charlevoix, William Belfy (Lori, wife) of Orange County, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Alice; two brothers, Erwin and Merrill; and one sister, Edna (McCann).
He had a long and great life. He is loved and will be missed.
Funeral for Delbert, will be 10:00am, Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. The Reverend Matthew A. Wigton of Saint Mary Catholic Church will officiate and burial will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery in Charlevoix, where military honors will be presented by the Charlevoix Area Veterans.
For the past several autumns, island residents, part of the Beach Ranger force, have volunteered to walk some of the beaches of the island to identify and count dead birds that have washed up. This data is sent to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council to be included in their annual report.
The recently released report for 2012, Charlevoix and Emmett counties document over 950 bird fatalities including 420 common loons (118 on Beaver Island). The peak appears to be mid-October which corresponds to similar outbreaks in past years.
The Great Lakes host thousands of migratory loons from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan as well as Canada (Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) which may actually contribute tens or hundreds of thousands through the Great Lakes. Loons attached with satellite transmitters in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan show them arriving in Lake Michigan mid to late October through November, the same time that the Botulism E outbreak occurs.
Avian Botulism, aka Botulism Type E, is a naturally occurring toxin produced by a bacterium found in water and soil. When large amounts of algae and vegetation die and decompose the toxin is released to be absorbed into the food chain.
Scientists believe that the severity of recent outbreaks is due to changes in the environment. Invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, disrupt the natural nutrient cycle and concentrate nutrients, as well as improve the clarity of water. Both of these contribute to a higher growth of algae which, when it dies and decomposes, depletes the oxygen in the water allowing more toxin to be produced. Fish feeding on mussels and birds feeding on those fish are poisoned and die. Add in warm water temperatures and declining lake levels and the stage is set for an “avian botulism outbreak” as we have seen the past few years.
Common Coast, an upper peninsula nonprofit, has also been monitoring and studying Botulism Type E in Lake Michigan. Damon McCormick of Common Coast believes that westerly winds drift dead birds to the western shores of Michigan including the western shore of Beaver Island.
“The real wild card is the islands, especially the Beaver group. If carcasses get pushed south or north by weather, instead of west, many end up undocumented on those largely vacant shorelines.” Daman stated.
It then becomes important for us to document as many dead birds as we can each fall. Most of the beach ranger walking occurs on the bays- Sand, Donegal, Green's and Iron Ore. Little else is covered but if the die off is significant, large numbers could be found on the rest of the shorelines, including the outer islands.
So, if you are fond of walking in the fall, and don't mind doing a public service at the same time, become a Beach Ranger. It's really quite simple: walk a beach, tally the dead birds, and if you can, pick them up and bag them for disposal. Call (231-448-2220) or email (email@example.com)Jacque LaFreniere for details.
The anxious and expectant Danielle Dedloff and pregnant Miranda Rooy are proud and excited to announce the birth of Sawyer Martin Dedloff-Rooy (4Lbs. 4oz 17 1/4in.), Elliott Charles Dedloff-Rooy (3Lbs. 11oz. 17in.), and Miles Wade Dedloff-Rooy (4Lbs 16.5 in.) were born. They were born on March 24, 2013, at Munson Medical Center at 32 weeks, 2 days of gestation.
Contact any Beaver Island High School National Honor Society member (senior Marissa C, juniors Erin B and Olivia C, sophomores Emily B, Hannah R, and Meg W) or adviser Connie Boyle to reserve a spot for your team. The tournament will consist of up to 8 teams, with 4-6 members on each team. 4 players compete at a time, but you can sub in for the lightening round or take turns playing in the various rounds. Donation is $15 per player. This is often the NHS's only fundraiser of the year. The competition will begin at 5:30 pm.
Call (school: 448-2744) or email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to reserve a spot for your team. Thank you, in advance, for your support. It proves to be a fun event for all!
Based upon the information posted on facebook, by Patrick McGinnity, he was offered the job as Library Director. No information was forthcoming from the President of the Board of Trustees of the Beaver Island District Library, even though the information seemed to be known throughout the community. BINN wishes Patrick success in his new position, and will post his facebook message in part here: "It seems I will be the new director of the Beaver Island District Library, and I quite literally could not be happier. I want to thank the board for selecting me from amongst the many highly qualified folks who applied....." More information will be posted when and if it becomes available.
The NRESC quorum at work
With the NRESC at a quorum beginning at 10 a.m. this morning, March 23, 2013, the individual sub-committees presented reports, and with two and half hours of discussion and planning, the NRESC provided a plan for hopeful completion of a Natural Resources Plan for presentation to the townships for their May 2013 meetings with a fall-back date to the June 2013 meetings. Other specific dates were set including one meeting in Gaylord in the first week of April for previews of the sub-committees reports prior to presentation to the townships.
Pam Grassmick.............Pete Plastrik...............Dr. Jim Gillingham
All were reminded that there are many partnerships that can and should be made, but some of the partnerships will not necessarily be known until the beginning of implementation of the plan. It was also suggested that some concrete examples should be included with the report to the townships and included in the plan. These concrete examples would include whitetail deer, phragmities, and eagles as key species. These would only be examples, but they would be good examples of some of the key species categories to be part of the plan.
This meeting was live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv and was viewed by interested parties from not only Michigan, but Wisconsin as well. A total of 36 unique IP addresses view this meeting. The meeting was also recorded and the video is available HERE.
Please note your board of directors took action March 22 on two important issues:
1. Approved residential rate changes included in the residential rate restructuring proposal. Changes will go into effect Sept. 1, 2013.
2. Voted to eliminate the Beaver Island surcharge, also effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Thank you for your comments.
Great Lakes Energy
This grant application named "Private Lands Stewardship" includes and action plan with a specific date of completion. It is a movement that includes support from many organizations. This item is being proposed to the NRESC for its comment and possible support.
This and the other drafts being considered at the NRESC meeting this Saturday, March 23, 2013, are good examples of the accomplishments for the benefit of the island, both economical and ecological.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the 9 a.m. Waste Management Committee Meeting began at 9:30 a.m. The Chairperson arrived at 9:12, and the Peaine Supervisor arrived a little before 9:30 a.m. This established a quorum of four for the group of seven committee members. Beaver Island Transfer Station Manager Don Welke provided the committee with a report. The committee appointed Jean Wierenga as Secretary for the committee. There was discussion of the Transfer Station budget, which included some dramatic cuts due to the assessor's decreased evaluation of the properties in both townships.
Bill Kohls mentioned that the group was operating from a 1991 single page document, and he thought it might be important for the committee to perhaps get some legal help and write up a better document for the Transfer Station Committee, making it a joint committee of both townships with perhaps the following make-up: One board member from each township, one at large member from each township, and then the four would choose the fifth member. This would drop the number of committee members from seven to five.
There was a presentation of the costs of the wood chipper repair. Much discussion of possibilities took place, but the group basically decided that there was not any money in the budget to complete the repairs possibly costing more than $30,000. There was discussion of the vaccines that were required of the Transfer Station employees. The group assigned Angel Welke with the task of trying to investigate which vaccines were required, and whether the employees would have a right to decline these. The discussion of employee benefits was tabled to be discussed at the April 16th meeting.
The committee voted to cancel holiday pay for employees. The payment of time and a half for any hours worked was to replace this holiday pay. It was also discussed that lunch periods were not to be paid. Breaks were required to be paid, but employee lunch periods were not. A member of the audience suggested that the employee could not be required to stay at work during the lunch period if they were not paid. It was agreed that the employees would not be required to work during unpaid lunch periods, and that employees would have the right to leave the premises during this unpaid lunch period.
The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.
This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at email@example.com
After a little bit of research and just a quick walk through the transfer station and recycling center, it became quite obvious that a large amount of money could be saved if more of the "trash" could be recycled. There is a large quantity of each green bag received by the transfer station that could be recycled. A figure given at a previous Waste Management Committee meeting was 75-80% of the contents could be recycled. Imagine if your family or your employees were provided the opportunity to save your family and/or your business some money?
The mathematics is quite convincing. If you could cut your trash quantity down to 25% of the current amount, you would pay $4.50 for a big bag of trash instead of four times that amount $18.00. This seems like something worth doing. The various categories of recyclable materials that are currently accepted is quite large. Perhaps the name of the building should be changed to emphasize the need for more recycling. Just a switch of the two names would do a lot. This suggestion would make the building name, The Beaver Island Recycling Center and Transfer Station. This would put the emphasis on recycling, which is where the island families and businesses could actually save money. The difference is just one of sorting the materials and placing them in the proper recycling boxes.
Road sign..............Express lane
Lots of options for recycing!
Tonight, March 13, 2013, the Peaine Township Board Meeting began at a little after 7 p.m. The Peaine Township Board of Review had been meeting all day, then came the Peaine Trails Committee Meeting, and then finally the Peaine Township Board meeting with two of these concurrent with the Board of Review going until 10 p.m. tonight.
The Peaine Township Board meeting was very efficent and the items on the agenda covered completely. The township business was completed in a little over half and hour. Besides the every meeting pledge, review of agenda and addition of items, and approval of minutes, the Global Partners lease for the south tower on the Kings Highway was recommended for five 5 year terms with a 3% increase per year with the expiration of 2040. The township would receive $7500 for this lease. The township supervisor was granted approval to sign this lease.
There was a short discussion of the Human Resources Commission request for the townships to cover the costs of flights for members to attend meetings on the mainland. There may be some legal issues with this. The township approved the request, based upon the legal issues not in conflict with this action.
The township airport committee had request three resolutions be passed for the township airport. The first was approval of the Lay-out plan. The second was for the design, construction of the site including tree clearing. The third was approval of the terminal building. All approved with the permission given to the airport committee chair or vice-chair to sign the agreements. It was reported that the bid for tree clearing was approved. There was an explanation of the bidding process with only one bidder meeting the requirements. Dave Schwartzfisher was awarded the bid for tree clearing in the amount of $20,000.
It was announced that Carol Burton had resigned as library board trustee. It was agreed to post this position with a deadline of 10-14 days. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needed to replace a position left by Adam Wirth with the understanding that those currently serving would continue. Pete LoDico was re-appointed to the Airport Commission for three more years.
There was discussion of the Waste Management Committee positions. Supervisor Kohls suggested that it was time to possibly redo the document creating the committee since they were not meeting on the required day and that no bylaws could be found. Supervisor Kohls also suggested that the committee be pared down to five instead of seven members. There will be more discussion on this.
The meeting was adjourned shortly after the Waste Management Discussion and the bill for payment being approved.
Beaver Island, MI—After one visit to Powers' Do It Best Hardware, you just might end up looking for ways to add to your home improvement to-do list. On February 26, 2013, Powers Do It Best will begin accepting entries for a $1000 Shopping Giveaway. One local winner, selected at random, will receive $1000 in merchandise from Powers Do It Best. The contest ends May 31, 2013.
Denni Cady-Stid says that the giveaway should create plenty of excitement among Powers Do It Best customers. "One of the best things about the drawing is that our customers have an opportunity to make a wish list and get the items they really want to use in their home improvement or garden project. And for one of our neighborhood customers, that wish list will come true. We're looking forward to helping make that happen."
Full details about the $1000 giveaway are available at Powers Do It Best Hardware. The giveaway will be promoted through the store's advertising materials, and entries will be accepted exclusively at Powers Do It Best, located at 26259 Main Street. There is a limit of one entry per household per day. One winner will be chosen from each participating store.
About Powers Do It Best Hardware:
Powers Do It Best Hardware is located at (26259 Main Street and has been serving customers in the Beaver Island area for 15 years. Powers Do It Best Hardware offers a complete line of merchandise offered: hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, gifts, paint and electrical supplies for everyone from the do-it yourself homeowner to the professional. Powers Do It Best Hardware has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2005.
About Do it Best Corp.:
Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S.-based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,000 member-owned stores in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.
With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award banquet will be at the Beaver Island Lodge on Saturday April 27 th . "We are looking forward to Islanders enjoying our opening of the Beaver Island Lodge for the Citizen of the Year banquet. We are already working and planning to make it a special early season event and a culinary delight," said Lodge co-owner Eric Hodgson.
The Beaver Island Lodge released the following menu for the annual Chamber of Commerce event.
1st - Seasonal Salad
2nd - choice of
Tomato pesto crusted chicken breast with creamy cheddar polenta
Filet of beef with lobster and Boursin mashed potatoes and a merlot reduction
Grilled halibut with corn coconut curry sauce and cherry tomato chutney
3rd – Dessert, fresh fruit and sorbet parfait
Prices will range from $27-38 per person for the complete meal.
Citizen of the Years Award Nominations
Every one is invited to send in a 2012 Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at your Chamber office on Main Street, download one from here http://www.beaverisland.org/2012-citizen-of-the-year.pdf You may call 231.448.2505 and request a form by mail. The nomination deadline is April 1st .
“The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.”
Several family and business subscriptions expire in March 2013. This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.
NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013
The NRESC intends to produce a full draft set of recommendations for natural resource management that will be submitted to the Township Boards and shared with the community/stakeholders for feedback by May 1, 2013. Once a draft is completed, the NRESC intends to hold a 45-day feedback proc
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ess, after which it will revise the draft and submit final recommendations to the township boards.
Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations
Completed - January 21, 2013
Establish subcommittees to develop recommended Strategies for three Goal areas.
Resource Management : Grassmick, Mastenbrook, Parsons
Economic Growth: Powers, Plastrik
Informed Public : Cashman, Tilly
(Plastrik will serve as liaison between the subcommittees, to ensure minimal duplication of effort, and coordination of recommendations)
Completed – January 21, 2013
Subcommittee co-chairs review input to date, gather additional input, and develop recommended Strategies for review by full NRESC
January 22-February 22
Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees
February 23 (public session)
Subcommittees revise/redraft recommendations based on feedback
February 24-March 8
Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees, and to assemble overall “unified” draft of recommendations
March 9 (public session)
Plastrik leads process of drafting unified recommendations for NRESC consideration
March 10-March 29
Working session of NRESC to review/revise unified recommendations draft
March 30 (public session)
Completion of draft recommendations (additional input, as needed)
March 31-April 30
Submission of draft recommendations to the community, stakeholders, and township boards for feedback
May 1-June 15
Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft based on feedback from various sources
June 22 (public session)
NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards
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