Don't delay – make those reservations today for the banquet set for this Saturday. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7, the award at 8 all at the beautiful Beaver Island Lodge. Call 231.448.2396 to reserve your table. If there is a temporary phone problem at the Lodge please call the Shamrock at 2278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Dinners include salad and dessert.
The USCG Cutter and Buoy Tender Alder came down from Diluth, Minnesota, with the summer buoys for the Beaver Island Archipelago. They were working in the late afternoon and dusk of Sunday, April 21, 2013, and were spotted out from Gull Harbor.
The smaller power boat that was launched from the Alder took care of the buoy over by Garden Island while the Alder waited out from Gull Harbor. Then the Alder headed to the Whiskey Point bouy marker.
The perspectives are completely different as you move around the harbor to get close enough to take a picture. The buoy was already placed as the second trip into town took place.
The Alder was on its way out of the harbor at 8:15 p.m. It was headed out to take care of the buoy that is along the route of the ferry. The Alder spent the night anchored off Conn's Point and is now on to another mission.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 11:00 AM, the Fish and Wildlife Service along with the Beaver Island Wildlife Club will conduct a Cormorant Harassment training program at Peaine Township Hall. If you would like to help in this endeavor please attend.
The menu included roasted chicken, cheesey potatoes, and green beans with slivered almond. Rolls and dessert rounded out the dinner. The dinner began a little after its scheduled time giving the seniors an opportunity to arrive after church services were over.
Beginning at noon today, Sunday, April 21, 2013, the Suzuki Strings Spring Serenade was well attended by the Senior Lunch attendees that ate before the performance began. It was also streamed live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv. It was a wonderful performance by some very talented young people.
Sheri Richards welcomed everyone and announced those performers
Elisha Richards performed Cripple Creek and Gavotte
Sienna Anderson performed the Kangaroo Song
Micah Richards performed Allegro
Zander Drost performed Minuet III by Bach
Wendy Fogg performed I Know My Redeemer Lives
Kai Drost performed Perpetual Motion and Variation
Kaylee Coffell performed Allegretto
Simeon Richards performed Concerto #5, First Movement by Seitz
Then a trio gathered to perform including Paige Pryor, Ruby Antinori, and Sheri Richards
Ruby, Paige, Sheri
Then a small ensemble played the Sixteen Bar Blues
Ruby Antinori performed Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, 1st movement and Telemann Sonata #2
Chuck Carpenter and Skip McDonough won a ticket to a summer program at the Community Center.
The drive out to the township airport to see the finished clearing in preparation for the new terminal building provided plenty of opportunity to see nature's movements toward Spring in between the snow showers on April 20, 2013. The animals seen include ducks, lots of ducks and geese, crows, two ospreys, lots of deer, and a palliatedwoodpecker. Some were captured with the digital camera and some were not, but the fact of the matter is that the wildlife are ready for Spring just like most of the human inhabitants of Beaver Island.
Here is the reason for the trip--the clearing seems complete
Sandhill cranes searching for food
One of the pair of ospreys that were out near the microwave towerl.
Lots of deer out and moving around.
It was well worth the drive. It was also a reminder to get the camera batteries charged up instead of having the camera die before the ride was over.
(from Jacque LaFreniere)
The Conservation Resource Alliance is once again making available to us free trees-at least 100 and they will be a combination of Red oak and some of the following: crabapple, black cherry, chokecherry, serviceberry...
Bruce Beaudoin, Beaver Island Wildlife Club board member, will be picking them up in Traverse City today and they will arrive on Monday's boat. So if you are interested, please be at the boat to pick them up. We'd like to distribute as many as we can there.
They will need to be planted quickly as they are bare root and already sitting a couple of days between pick up and transport to the island. Instructions and information about each type of tree is attached from CRA.
See you Monday!
How big are these trees anyhow?
All of these trees are seedlings, even a bag of 100 trees should fit into a standard car trunk.
The big tree classification includes Black Cherry (18-24") and Red Oak ( 24-36" ).
The big conifer classification includes White Spruce and White Pine. These are 18-24" .
The smallish multi-stemmed shrub classification includes Chokecherry (24-36") , Fragrant sumac (18-24") , and Alleghany Serviceberry (6-12") .
The small single stemmed tree classification includes: Magenta Crabapple (24-36") and Washington Hawthorne (18-24") .
All of these will grow well in northern Michigan if planted correctly and QUICKLY after you get them. Keep the seedlings out of direct sunlight and on a cool (but not frozen) place up until the moment you put them into the ground. We will dip them in Terrasorb root dip, a non-toxic material that absorbs water and slowly releases it helping the seedling's roots stay moist.
Below is a list of the trees we are giving out. If you have questions on what they look like, what soils they like best, if they are edible, or anything else these links will help you with that:
Magenta crabapple: ftp://ftp-fc.sc. egov.usda.gov/MI/pmc/MHybrid_ Crabapple.pdf
Washington hawthorn: http://www. wildflower.org/plants/result. php?id_plant=CRPH
Fragrant sumac: http://www.wildflower. org/plants/result.php?id_ plant=RHAR4
Alleghany serviceberry: http://www. wildflower.org/plants/result. php?id_plant=AMLA
How do I plant the seedlings?
This link tells you everything that I would say about planting a bareroot seedling. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming:
The windscreens they mention are generally not used around here.
Tree shelters will help the non-conifers grow faster and protect them from deer . You can put them on anytime after planting. Do not use them on the spruce and pines and if you do buy any make sure they are ventilated otherwise the trees will roast in the summer.
A weed mat can be created using regular heavy duty landscaping fabric purchased from a hardware store or with a 2” thick layer of mulch over a layer of newspaper or cardboard.
The rain looks like buds on this tree. The buds won't be too far behind.
While the forecasts for southern Michigan were for up to four inches of rain, the weather here on Beaver Island is not that serious. There has been rain, and the planes haven't flown as of 3 p.m., but the April showers are definitely providing needed moisture for the upper Great Lakes. Up in Northern Lake Superior there are reports of freezing rain and snow, yet here we are getting a nice, somewhat gentle, if not warm, rain.
A dead tree that has provided many a meal for pileated woodpeckers
The following information was provided by Buck Ridgeway from his winter hunting grounds. Since the weather has started to represent something that resembles Spring, it's time to get your men's golf league team on the board and ready to play the matches for the 2013 season.
President Obama has ordered the flag of the United States lowered to half-staff until sunset on Saturday, April 20, 2013, to honor the victims of the tragedy in Boston, Mass.
“The state of Michigan joins the rest of our great nation in honoring the lives lost and many injured in yesterday's senseless attacks at the Boston Marathon,” said Michigan Governor Snyder. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”
(Thank you to Bob Tidmore for this information)
St. James Meeting of 4/4/13
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.
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
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.
Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial
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!
Lovely Victorian Home Readied for Sale on Beaver Island
Once upon a time this dollhouse was handmade with love by Phil Wyckoff for BJ's and his granddaughters.
As the house was erected BJ thought of everything she wanted in it. She shopped for the flooring, the wallpaper, the furniture, and all the extras including some figurines to inhabit the lovely home. She shopped at stores all over the state and then some, looking for items to make this a desirable miniature rendition of a victorian classic. As time went on, and she and Phil continued to lead their busy professional and social lives, the dollhouse was set aside for a "rainy day project" until it got moved. Phil's hangar seemed the ideal location to finish the house but alas, as time went on, the grandchildren grew, Phil and BJ became involved in BI projects ,and the Victorian dollhouse got pushed farther into the back of their minds.
Then this past fall, BJ and Phil decided to clean the hangar out and "Voila!" there was the dollhouse draped in it's covering waiting to be restored by somebody. The furniture and other decor were stacked neatly in boxes aplenty. BJ knew what she wanted to do with this item: give it a good permanent home. BUT it needed to be finished! For what home would sell without some fresh paint, wallpaper and flooring? And how best to offer this to the public??
An auction of course! The Health Center would be doing their Wellness Garden Auction in the summer and the team of Wojan/Jacobson would likely take this on. A quick call to Leonor and Connie to see if any interest was there. Yes! Yes!! they said. But who would be able to finish it? Well, you can bet Connie accepted that challenge and sure enough she worked all winter on this (thank goodness for the snowy days that kept her inside!!) And then, after the main house work was done, BJ inspired the knitters (Jean Kinsley and Cathy Jones) to join in the fun of finishing the decorations, placing the furniture and staging the home for "sale" . They added their personal touches of little hand- knit rugs, including some of BJ's mothers work. Leonor called on Mary Scholl to paint two miniature original pieces of art which will hang on the walls as a finishing touch of BI uniqueness.
The miniature landscaping around the house will be provided by some of the Wellness Gardeners and lastly, the home will go on display in the Health Center beginning in June. Stop in and see the work of our dedicated "crew" and then plan on making a bid on this one-of-a-kind auction item handmade by Phil and BJ and their BI friends and neighbors. The winner of this home will be featured in several area newspapers in late August/Sept. time period. Bids will be taken at both the BIRHC and online so please watch for more details !
Beaver Island Ferry Iced In
After all the wonderful work of the USCG the first week of April, the ferry is not able to run its second run of the 2013 season due to the ice that has been blown in and locked together. The wind has been blowing the ice right into the BIBCO Beaver Island dock. The island needs the wind direction to change and blow the ice out of the harbor.
You can see this congestion of ice by viewing island webcams. Here is a link to the McDonough's Market webcam.
Michigan EMS Practitioner of the Year
After a five hour trip to Detroit on Saturday, April 13, 2013, which included a three hour delay in the flight off Beaver Island and a trip to Mt. Pleasant to pick up Andrea Moore. Joe Moore, wife Phyllis, and daughter Andrea arrived at the Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit for the banquet and awards ceremony. "We actually got there with forty minutes to spare, " Joe said about the trip. The reason for the trip was the award ceremony. Joe received the 2013 EMS Practitioner of the Year award from the Michigan Association of EMS Practitioners.
Joe listens as they read the letters of support.....Joe receives the placque
(Above pictures by Andrea Moore)
"If this award was cut into pieces for every person who should have a piece of this award, the award would have to be much bigger," said Joe Moore. "Thanks to Jay Peck for driving us down here. Thanks to my wife Phyllis and daughter Andrea for being here with me. Thank you for considering me."
The award is clear with etched printing on it. Here is the award with a black background.
Pictures of the stitching on the jacket awarded also.
The director of East Jordan EMS, Jay Peck, was the driver for the ten hour marathon. Both Jay Peck and Joe Moore had to be back in their respective communities to be on-call on Sunday. Sunday morning, the director of Charlevoix EMS, Bob Rolloff, provided Joe and Phyllis transportation to breakfast and then a ride out to the airport. "Thank you to all who have worked to make this happen," said Joe Moore.
Joe, who is a paramedic and paramedic instructor, has taught a large number of school students and adult learners in Medical First Responder, Basic EMT, and EMT-Specialists. Joe was part of each team that taught the three paramedic programs on Beaver Island. Congratulations on this recognition, Joe!
Watercolor Class Planned
Watercolor instruction will again be offered by Destin artist Sharon Long beginning the Thursday after Labor Day. Mark your calendars for Sept 5-10 (photo walk on the 8th) Classes will have limited space so book early to secure your spot. Already 3 people from off-island are coming for this. Remember that the materials will be provided so even if you come for one lesson and don't feel its your thing, you haven't purchased alot of supplies. This time period was chosen because many islanders said they had company, or kids at home and couldn't attend last summer's classes in August. So please give me a call 448-2894, or email me, leonor.jacobson @ gmail.com. I will be happy to take your booking! We had a such a nice time; looking forward to again seeing some of our hidden talents on BI. More details will be forthcoming. All levels welcome!
submitted by Leonor Jacobson
Well, the trip to Detroit is still on hold. The weatherman has it snowing, and the planes are not flying as of 10:30 a.m. This is just one more example that proves that Rural Emergency Medical Services Are Different. The editor has been chided to write something about why the trip to Detroit, that is supposed to happen today, Saturday, April 13, 2013. Phyllis Moore has posted the information on facebook whether the editor likes it or not.
The trip to Detroit, planned for today, is to attend EMS EXPO in Detroit, Michigan, for an awards banquet and ceremony. The editor is to receive an award entitled "EMS Practitioner of the Year." This is an award being presented by the Michigan Association of EMS Practitioners. It seems that posting this information isn't seen as "blowing your own horn" or "patting yourself on the back" even though it feels that way.
It appears as if the flight will be coming this way, so it's off to the airport for the second time. Wish us luck!
It hasn't been that many years ago when it was normal to have snow in April, but all of a sudden people are complaining about this natural and normal situation. There have been many April snow storms in the last forty years, and, not so many years ago, the only way to get to town from Peaine Township was to use a snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Just because the last few winters have been unusually snowless, there is such an uproar about this snow storm on April 12th. Yesterday it was blowing a gail with the wind from the east. What did you expect?
The robins and the sandhill cranes are probably familiar with this changeable weather. The turkeys just gather together, fluff up their feathers for insulation, and stay out of the wind. We would do well to learn from nature.
The eagle is waiting for an opportunity to capture lunch from the migrating ducks.
Wind and waves control the day....
Flocks of birds gather for feeding...
There will be a few renewal of winter pictures after the snow removal jobs are completed.
Beaver Island Ice Classic
by Bob Tidmore
The tower went in the water at 12:18 PM today, Aprill 11, 2013. There were a number of close guesses. The tickets were locked in Barbara Cruckshank's desk at the library, and we asked her to go with us to the library to get the tickets and witness the review of them.
The wind gusting and the waves with white caps in the harbor has certainly had some influence in the date of the Ice Classic end. The wind is at 24 mph and gusting higher. Congratularions to Brian Tidmore!
Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 10, 2013
The Peaine Township meeting on April 10, 2013, starated right on time at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda had just a few items on it. There was no controversy, and the meeting went by quite quickly with the minutes and bills approved, there were only a couple of other items on the agenda. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needs one more person, a Peaine resident, to complete the commission. At this date, there have been no applicants. Some discussion took place and the supervisor will make some calls and contacts to see if this position could be filled. There was a letter from a taxpayer about the township possibly placing a dock at the boat launch on Lake Geneserath for boat launch and fishing off the dock by youngsters. Gerald LaFreniere was appointed to the library board, replacing Carol Burton who had resigned.
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
April 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
21: Pastor Edd Wilder, Muskegon MI
28: Pastor Harold Kruse
5: Pastor Harold Kruse; Baccalaureate, Lighthouse School
12: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI
19: Pastor Harold Kruse; Baccalaureate, Beaver Island Communiity School
26: Pastor Harold Kruse
2 and 9: Pastor Gerry Heyboer, Grand Rapids MI
16: Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN
23 and 30: Pastor Howard Davis
7: Pastor Kurt Kirchoff, Lansing MI
14: Pastor Kathy Swearingen, Lansing MI
21 and 28: Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI
4 and 11: Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC
18 and 25: Pastor Ed Ross, Jackson MI
1: Greg Lawson, South Bend IN
8, 15, 23: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI
30: Pastor Harold Kruse
6: Pastor Harold Kruse
13: Pastor Howard Davis
20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt
3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt
10: Pastor Howard Davis
17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse
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.
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)
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
Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm
May 20, 2013
July 15, 2013
September 16, 2013
Message to All B.I. Organizations
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If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in. Please try to get me the information as early as possible.
Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!
New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS
This is definitely plenty of lead time for those that might want to stop in and talk about some specific issue or issues in general.
Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Nominations
Citizen of the Years Award nominations are now open for the 2012 award.
Every one is invited to send in a Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street , download one from the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org or call the Chamber of Commerce and request a form by mail.
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.
The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Beaver Island Lodge.
Resource List for Emmet County
3rd Annual Gail's Walk
First of all, the answer to this question depends upon what financial class you belong to. If you participated in a teacher's retirement program and you are depending on Social Security for your retirement, I have an answer for this question. Let's begin with the promises that were given to you during your working years.
All teacher retirees in Michigan were required to attend retirement seminars where we were told how much money we would get for our retirement plan based upon which program that we had chosen. We were also told what kind of insurance we could purchase after our retirement date and what the copays and retiree costs would be. The one thing missing from these retiree seminars is that they failed to tell us that these were not promises, they were current situations. If you retired, this would be your income and this would be your insurance cost and this would be your deductible right now. No one said that these were temporary. No one said that your retirement would be taxed by the State of Michigan and the federal government. No one said that the cost of the insurance would go up and up and up. No one said that your deductible would be going up and up and even higher than that. The deductible has quadrupled in just six years. The cost of the insurance has increased yearly since then. The tax and Social Security tax has continued to rise as well. I have just a couple of questions.
Why am I paying Social Security tax on my retirement while I am collecting Social Security? Why am I paying almost full price on my prescriptions? Why is this coverage being cut and cut and then cut again?
Last Friday, I spend three and a half hours on the telephone being shuffled around from one computer to another, finally being transferred to a real person, who just couldn't help me, and then I was transferred to yet another answering machine type program. Believe it or not, it was just one prescription that I was trying to resolve some issues on, and now it's Monday morning, and I have spent another hour on the phone with a promise to get a return phone call. This makes the fifth day that I am without a prescription refill with a bottle that is empty. If I wanted to pay the whole cost of this prescription, it would cost over $400, but the pharmacy doesn't want to lose $41.00 on every refill for three refills. They are not allowed to bill me for their loss. They are only allowed to bill the accepted copay amount. The insurance company told my pharmacy that they would have to bite the bullet and lose that amount of money on this prescription. This is what the insurnace company says is the solution to this problem.
Where is the oversight of this program? Where is the person that can make a decision? Where is the opportunity for compromise? Where will this go after my wife gets on Medicare? How much time will be needed to resolve issues like this? Where are those original promises and who is responsible for making these changes? Do you think that this retiree will recommend any of these businesses? Do you think that this retiree will suggest that the other teachers, to not-yet-retired teachers, that their retirement program is a good thing? Do you think I will ever allow anyone else to determine my fate related to my health?
As much as I may have political opinions that may be different from yours, I believe that we all have the same definition of fairness and goodness. The fact of the matter is this current healthcare system with its CEOs making millions and million of dollars and the drug companies making millions or billions of dollars, this current system is broken. BROKEN! If one senior is spending almost five hours to get one prescription refilled, I can only imagine how much of this "retirement" is wasted by other seniors who are in the same or similar situations.
The answer to the first question which is: "What Do Retired People Do?" is really very simple. They waste time trying to make a system that is broken, a fair system. They spend hours in the computerized answering systems of the many institutions that never seem to talk to one another. They spend hours of time trying to get someone at one of these institutions to make a decision instead of passing the senior around to several other institutions with yet another answering program over and over again. They waste their time trying to make people in big businesses care about the common person. The fact is that these retired people still believe in this system. Isn't that sad? They waste their retirement trying to fix a broken system with people who don't care.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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