B. I. News on the 'Net, April 16-22, 2012

Beaver Island Talent Show

This talent show was a fundraiser for the middle school students of BICS for a trip. There were many talented individuals who participated. There is video available for those who did not attend the evening event on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pictures and description of the programs will follow later.

Please view the video HERE.

John Brady Starts the Show


Adam Richards Introduction


The Lil' Dancers coached by Kimberly Read


Suzuki Strings Players


Beat this joke 1


Lighthouse Students skit "Ginger Snaps"


Brighid Cushman and Marissa Crandall sing Adele "make you feel my love"


Randy Osborne song


Lighthouse skit--Trophy Hunter


Sheri, Simeon, and Elisha "Fiddle songs"


"Swagger Jagger"


Intro to Lighthouse dramatic skit


Lighthouse Dramatic Skit "Through the eyes of a child"

Barney's Lake on Saturday Morning

This Saturday morning the sun was shining,the birds were singing, and the turkeys were in the yard waiting to get a snack. What should you do today? Where will the nature photos come from? It was somewhat early at least before there were very many cars and trucks moving. It was somewhere around 8:30 or 8:45 when the drive around Gull Harbor took place. One somewhat lonesome watercraft was heading over to Garden Island or at least on that track, but there were no eagles nor herons and very few gulls.

The normal trip for this nature nut includes a trip around by Barney's Lake, then on to Sloptown and the microwave tower to check on the osprey. On arrival at Barney's Lake, there really wasn't much going on, but it was so quiet and still with a few birds flying around that it was time to just relax and enjoy the environment. Pretty soon things picked up a little bit.

This picture while the lake was still quiet. Some signage had somewhat recently been placed.

The loons put in an appearance, and then the sky was the exciting place to view with the appearance of a fishing osprey.

All of a sudden the soaring osprey changed direction and began its pursuit of food.

There has to be a fish down there under the osprey because that's its major food.

The osprey is partly submerged for a very short period of time and then begins to get ready to fly.

And the osprey comes out of the water with a fish.....

Here the osprey flies right straight towards the camera.

Closer and closer the osprey comes....

It doesn't get much better than this....A bass in the talons of an osprey...

Not flinching even a tiny bit, the mute swan stayed on the nest...

Waste Management Committee Video of April 2012 Meeting

You can view the meeting video HERE

COA Voucher Meal Program

What the voucher looks like

Seniors on Beaver Island, although no longer able to attend a Congregate Lunch program at the BI Community Center, are now able to go to the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant and may order from a special senior memu with the meal purchased using a voucher. The voucher can be purchased on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at the BI Community Center from 9-11 a.m. The vouchers may be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, although the breakfast option is on hold until the Harbour Market opens.

The menu is very interesting with several options:

The meals that were ordered and eaten today, Friday, April 20, 2012, by the five seniors sitting at the front round table included coffee and peaches for dessert. Some had cole slaw that could have a tossed salad substituted or potato salad.

Soup and salad with chili as the soup........chicken sandwich with cole slaw

Two had a shrimp basket with slaw......Another had a burger

This was a pretty good lunch, and the best part of this, in this editor's opinion, is the conversation around the table, as well as the company. On the next few days, BINN will indicate with pictures some of the other options that are available.

Jarema Has Competition

Charlevoix lawyer Allen Telgenhof filed as a Republican candidate for the office of Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney. He will challenge incumbent John Jarema.

Telgenhof, 48, is a partner in the firm of Telgenhof & Snyder, P.C. He previously was a partner in the Charlevoix firms Joseph, Corcoran, Telgenhof & Snyder, P.C. and Hayes, Telgenhof, Turkelson & Groat, P.C.

He has practiced primarily in civil and criminal litigation and has over 20 years of trial experience. Telgenhof graduated from Michigan State University in 1987 and cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1989, where he also served on the law review.

Telgenhof was elected to the school board in his hometown of Clio in 1992 and in Charlevoix, shortly after his move to the area, in 1994. While in Clio, he founded the Clio Area Educational Foundation and served three years as its president. He served two terms on the Charlevoix Public Schools Board of Education, including six years as school board president.

He also is the Charlevoix High School varsity baseball coach, the play-by-play radio announcer for Charlevoix High School basketball and football, and previously was a sportswriter for the Charlevoix Courier. Telgenhof served as a district and regional chairman of the Michigan Baseball Coaches Association, on the Charlevoix Schools Foundation Board, the Charlevoix Public Schools District Steering Committee and the Charlevoix City Planning Commission.

Telgenhof has been married to his wife, Judy, for 25 years and they have four children –Ty, 21, Allyson, 20, Will, 15, and Luke 13. He was recognized as the Clio Area Schools Alumnus of the Year in 2000.

Contact: Allen Telgenhof (231)547-3400 (W), (231)590-3035 (C) and (231)547-7388 (H)

Cormorant Harassment Training

This Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Peaine Township Hall, the US Fish and Wildlife service will conduct a training program for those individuals who wish to participate in this years Cormorant Harassment program. The two areas where the harassment program will be conducted is the Harbor and Lake Genezarth. You do not have to be a member of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club to participate.

More Osprey Pictures

Now more than one osprey is in the area of the microwave tower. The first pictures here are of a younger osprey, perhaps one of the hatchlings from last year.

While these pictures were being taken, a turkey vulture managed to fly by and scare the young osprey off, but it didn't scare off the adult osprey that flew past right after the turkey vulture.

So, now there are at least three osprey in the area, because after these two flew off, there was still another osprey in the nest on top of the microwave tower.

In the nest....

Then on the way home, there were six deer and several turkeys in the field on Sloptown Road. Only two deer and one turkey were around long enough to get their pictures taken.

On arrival at the intersection of Carlisle Road and Kings Highway, the male turkeys were displaying for a couple of hens in the middle of Carlilse Road.

The Dam Beavers, Part 2

Story and Pictures by Tina Walker

Well, it was Monday April 16th and Doug and I headed out to check the water level on Wagner Trail. He drove into the parking area at the trail head and as you can see, someone has been running their truck in the mud and tore up the parking area. We, the parks and trails committee, are making arrangements to have gravel brought in to fill and repair this area, in hopes that people will respect the work that we are trying to do, to help make the trails more desirable to use and this includes the parking areas. This location is also known as Oil Well Site 1. Doug said that the water level has dropped 8 to 10 inches. This means that the water is still flowing through the culvert on Hannigan Rd. Doug cleared some debris from the waterway to help keep the water flowing more easily. You can also see that we have a lot of work ahead of us.

Next, back to Hannigan Rd. to check the culvert. Mark's traps were empty and we didn't find any new beaver activity so, maybe the beavers f-i-n-a-l-l-y gave up... for now. Doug cleaned the debris off of the grate in front of the culvert.

Now, back to Little Sand Bay to make sure the water is still flowing decently. This is a mini representation of the trail walk. The trail starts out on a sandy path surrounded by juniper bushes. Next, there is a series of ground path, wood walkways, bridges/raised walkways and areas of ground that are full of roots.


The tubes that you see are called "Beaver Deceivers" but I don't think the "Beaver Deceivers" deceived the beavers... do you? All of the beavers have been trapped out of this area and the Little Traverse Conservancy is here to change the entrance to the trail and look over what needs to be done to improve the area.

This is a photo of a beaver lodge.

Obituary for Phyllis Jean Fitzpatrick

Phyllis Jean Fitzpatrick was born May 24, 1919, to Phillip and Jean Millward of Lansing. As a child, she learned to play cards and fish with her father and grandfather who lived with her family. Her mother taught her the art of cooking and a love of flowers.

After attending Lansing Community College, Phyllis worked as a secretary at Oldsmobile.

On October 7, 1961, she married Doyle Fitzpatrick. They built a home on Beaver Island, and in 1968, it became their permanent residence after she and Doyle retired. Phyllis' greatest loss was the death of Doyle on October 15, 1989.

Phyllis enjoyed traveling, gardening, photography, fishing, reading and assisting at the Beaver Island Library, and working to protect Beaver Island's natural habitat. She was a cancer survivor and gave generously to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Phyllis is survived by Doyle's children, Leland (Kay) Fitzpatrick, Colleen (Donald) Lackey, Marsha (Robert) Huston and Susan Fitzpatrick; grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) Alverson, Matt Alverson, Sarah (Josh) Paulk, Andrew (Alison) Lackey, Shannon (Adam) Riegle; eight great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside memorial service at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 16, at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Many thanks to the Commission on Aging, the Helping Hands ladies, the Beaver Island Health Center, and her devoted, loving and caring Beaver Island and Traverse City friends that made it possible for her to pass away in her home overlooking Saint James Harbor.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Beaver Island Medical Center, PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Northern Michigan Newsmen Discuss Stories

The following link takes you to a group of four northern Michigan newsman discussing some issues relevant to all in our area of the State of Michigan. Jeremy McBain from Petoskey News Review and Charelvoix Courier is part of this group's discussion which also includes WTCM radio, TV 7 and 4, and Interlocken Public radio. It is interesting to listen and watch these editors discuss stories from different perspectives. The link below is presented for your viewing, but BINN has no specific rights to this video or to the website that provides the video. It's just an interesting story.

Jeremy McBain is better known on Beaver Island from wearing his kilt and playing his bagpipes as well as his participation in the Celtic Games that took place here on Beaver Island.

"In this program host Bill Froehlich, WTCM news radio is joined by Peter Payette, IPR news radio, Jeremy McBain, Executive Editor Petoskey News Review and Melissa Smith, News Anchor TV 7 & 4 News.. The group discuss their news room operations and give the audience a second look at news in the Grand Traverse region."

LINK to the video HERE

BICS Health Occupation Students Head to Competition

This morning, April 19, 2012, saw the Beaver Island Community Students Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) students head off to their competition at the Grand Traverse Resort. They left the island on a 9 a.m. flight. Sarah McCafferty, HOSA teacher, and Danielle Dedloff, BIEMS Executive Director flew off with the students and chaparones for this competition. BINN hopes to be able to report on the categories and the results of this competition as soon as this information become available.

It's A Boy!

Greyson Thomas Martell was born at 9:21 p.m. on April 17, 2012, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital. He weighed 10 lbs. 13 oz. and had a length of 22.5 inches. He is doing wonderfully, and we are very happy to have him as a new member of our family.

Dan and Anna Martell

Sonoma White and the Seven Dwarfs

The 5th and 6th grade play is scheduled for 7:00pm on Friday, May 4th , 2012 at the Beaver Island Community Center. The admission is $5.00.A raffle will be done in the same fashion as it is at the Christmas Bazaar.

Thank you for continuing to support the 5th & 6th Grade efforts to earn their way to Camp Hayowentha!

Osprey Update

So far there have been only one osprey sighted or only one in the area of the microwave tower at the same time. Since there is no way to monitor the area, this is the only statement that can be made. Here is the view from the west side of the tower.

Suckers, Where Are the Suckers?

Every spring there is a run of suckers up the Jordan River and Cable's Creek. It was suggested that the suckers were running in a conversation on Tuesday the 17th of April. A quick trip down the island revealed no suckers were visible in either place. That does not mean that the suckers weren't there and it doesn't mean that they won't be back in the creeks on a later date. The just weren't there today.

One of the goals of this photographer is to catch the suckers coming in from the lake through the relatively shallow water at the end of Cable's Creek.

One frog was all that was seen in Cable's Creek.

Video Clip of Cable's Creek near Lake Michigan


Mute Swan Still on the Nest

One on the nest, the other protecting the south end of Barney's Lake from intruders including the loons, but not the heron.

The Citizen of the Year Has Been Selected

The Citizen of the Year Banquet will be at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant.

The Shamrock will offer the following for the Citizen of the Year Banquet on Saturday April 28, 2012. Please call The Shamrock (231) 448-2278 for reservations .

Dinner will include salad starter, meal and desert.
Grilled chicken breast with fresh mushroom risotto 19.00
Grilled Atlantic Salmon with asparagus and roasted potatoes 23.00
Prime Rib with asparagus and baked potato 24.00

The Beaver Island Comedy Club will be the featured entertainment with a special Chamber show at the awards banquet.

Don't delay, make your reservations to attend this fun and heart warming event today.

National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 3, 2012

Please join your fellow community members for a brief 30 minute ceremony at 12 p.m. noon on the lawn of Holy Cross Church at the flag pole to pray for our Government Leaders on all levels National, State, and Local.

You will have an opportunity to petition to God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us. No matter what political party you may or may not belong too, no matter what your agreements or disagreements may be please take a moment and stand neighbor to neighbor as we honor our leaders with prayer that they may remain safe, be encouraged to commit to the oaths of office of which they hold, and make decisions for the people of this great nation who have entrusted them with their duties.

Thank you...God Bless & we hope see you there. For questions contact Kate Garland 448-2056

Birds at Gull Harbor

While everyone is used to seeing sea gulls at Gull Harbor, the reason it got its name, they are not always used to seeing these larger birds resting on the water's edge or in or on top of a tree. This was a wonderful trip to the point and around Gull Harbor after the 'Family and Friends Farewell' mentioned below. The pleasant surprise was seen first in the top of the "eagle tree" there. A young eagle was up in the tree, and that is what caught one's eye as you first arrived, but only if you were looking for wildlife. The white vehicle that zipped throught Gull Harbor was certainly not looking for wildlife.

The young eagle sat and watched the eagle watchers, and then flew off.....

And made a circle and came right back, just higher up in the tree...

Finally, the young eagle had had enough of the watchers and the traffic, and off he flew.

While first looking at the eagle, a Blue Heron, flew across the Gull Harbor Road from the swampy side of the road, and headed toward the shoreline. Getting eagle pictures came first, but a return to the area of the Blue Heron was in order when the pictures of the eagle were taken. Since it was a foggy day, there wasn't much sun to show any color or to help focus the camera.

The Blue Heron also took off and made an even wider circle before landing further down the shoreline,

Relaxing on the water's edge on a rock, the heron kept out a wary eye.

And finally took off for the south side of the harbor....A little sunlight provided an obscure, yet interesting reflection on the water.

The Blue Heron is spending some additional time at Gull Harbor. It is quite possible that it will be nesting there among the tall reeds like it did last year. Caught a quick picture of it on Tuesday, the 17th.

Family and Friends Farewell

On Sunday, April 15, 2012, family and friends of Sarah McCafferty, as well as Sarah's Health Occupations student, gathered with snacks and hors d'oeuvres to enjoy each others company and to formally bid farewell to Sarah McCafferty and her family and to wish her luck in their future move.

There was plenty of food from crackers and cheese to escargot to watermelon.

Sarah will be in the Paramedic to Nursing program at Lansing Community College beginning in May, somewhere around the 19th. She will be pretty busy down there, and her husband Dan will be here on the island with the kids at least until school lets out for the year. Michael McCafferty, their oldest, will be graduating from Beaver Island Community School this June.

Sarah McCafferty, paramedic and paramedic instructor, is moving on to become a registered nurse.

Sue Solle, FNP, BIRHC.......Jim Stambaugh and Mike Myers......Katie LaFreniere and Suzi Myers

Kathy Speck, Pete Plastrik, Vince Pickhardt......Mary Cook..............Tim McDonough.......

Pam Moxham and Sarah.........Tammi LaFreniere.........Deb Plastrik....

Rick Speck and Pete Plastrik......Gerald LaFreniere...........Laura Gibson and Kevin White

................Donna Kubic.........Danielle Dedloff and Cindy Cushman.....Maggie, Sarah, and Kate Garland

.....Chris VanLooy.......Dan McCafferty and Tim McDonough

HOSA kids, Hannah Robert and Brighid Cushman........Michael McCafferty

Tammi and her dad, Doug Meaney,,,,, Danielle, Cindy, and Miranda Rooy..... Doug and Terry Meany

Donna and Jim Stambaugh and Mike Myers.......Gerald LaFreniere and Phyllis Moore.....Gerald and Tammy LaFreniere.......

Danielle Dedloff and Sarah McCafferty with Dan McCafferty and Garrett Cole in the background and Chris Vanlooy in the foreground

Best Wishes and Good Luck in your future, Sarah and family!

Short Video Clip of the Farewell with comments by Gerald, Jim, and Sarah


Senior COA Sunday Dinner

The April 15, 2012, Senior COA Sunday Dinner took place at the Community Center beginning at 11 a.m. There was an excellent turn-out. The decorations by Tina Walker as well as these pictures were wonderful.

Ann Partridge provided information about the Dining Out Program. Follow up information about this program may be available in the near future. The basics are that a voucher for a meal will be available at the Community Center for purchase. This voucher will be for a meal at the Shamrock and/or the Harbour Market. The meal will meet the same requirements as set by COA with the same costs for the senior.

Ann Partridge pointing out the information

Community Center Activities and Dining Out Plan

The dinner was roast beef with all the fixings, potatoes, vegetables, and desert. The attendees were quite pleased with the meal, and the conversation was wonderfully refreshing. Eric Hodgson stated, "We made enough for sixty people." That should give you enough to understand how good the meals were.

Congregate Senior Meals every month at the Community Center.....Join us!

Taxpayer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity



Bike the Beaver

The Beaver Island Bike Festival is scheduled on Beaver Island from June 21-23, 2012

Check out the website HERE

Check out a poster of the event HERE

End of School Year Calendar

Thanks to Kerry Smith for this calendar that specifies the activities and events related to the school children all the way from April to graduation. Thanks, Kerry!

Click this link to see the end of school year calendar

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

Video of the games

More pictures HERE

St. Pat's Music at Night

Video Highlights are available HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

Open Letter from Kirk McBride

This open letter was read at the Peaine Township Board meeting on March 14, 2012. It was made public at this meeting.

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser

This crazy, hazy, lazy, histerical gathering of the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, and Beaver Island Law Enforcement to play against the co-ed members of the Lady Islanders and the Islanders was interspersed with some regular basketball play. You can view the entire game with some creative time out camera work at these links:

Introduction of players

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Score

BI Transfer Station Info

Mike Hurkmans' Winter Fest on Lake G Video 

Lady Islanders Beat Lady Lakers

On Saturday morning, February 4, 2012, the Lady Islander basketball team won playing against the Mackinac Island Lady Lakers. This was a hard fought game. The Islanders won the game by only two points, after losing the game the night before by one point.

You can watch the whole game by clicking on this link below:

Lady Islanders Beat Mackinac

Islanders vs Mackinac Boys' Basketball, February 3rd

It appears as is the the video for the girls' basketball game in Saturday is being viewed, so, in all fairness, one of the boys' games should also be available in its entirety. So, the Friday night basketball game of Beaver Island Islanders against the Mackinac Island Lakers is available also. Please click HERE to view the entire game.

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Activities and Menu for April

Ann Partridge made some COA announcements of activities coming up and introduced Pat Nugent who was to do sit-down "Stand-up" comedy.

The stuffed pork chops with vegetable and mashed potatoes and gravy were very tasty, and the efforts of Pat Nugent were very much appreciated.

Video can be viewed HERE


Pure Michigan Campaign

Chamber of Commerce and Boat Co pitch in with Charlevoix partners on Pure Michigan radio spot narrated by Tim Allen.

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

Revised St. James Recreation Plan as of January 30, 2012

Additional Comments on St. James Recreation Plan as of January 29, 2012

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

The BI Airport Commission met this morning at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss the term limits in Peaine Township, an Emerald Ash Borer sign, the 2012-2013 budget, and more. The budget appears to be very tight with very little Development Funds to be left for projects. The MDOT grant was approved and a discussion took place about whether the BIAC needed a DUNS number. Don Vyse mentioned a change in the FAA Terms and Conditions as part of an update. The BIAC will recommend to the the two townships the reappointment of Elaine West and Mike Scripps.

Rachel Teague was asked to explain the needs of the Men's restroom at the township airport terminal and she provided a written Airport Manager Report to the commission. There was some discussion about where and how to send Freedom of Information requests, and the determination was that these should go to the two township clerks. It was mentioned that emails are not sufficient to accomplish a FOI request. The recommended method is by US Postal Service where a return receipt can be obtained.

Video Clips of the majority of the meeting can be found HERE


CMUBS Job Opportunity

CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island is seeking a seasonal Custodial and Hospitality lead for the 2012 season, April 1 to October 31. 40 hours per week at $10.50 an hour plus 3 meals per day. Email a resume and cover letter to gordo2jj@cmich.edu

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

Island Airways provides year round air service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. The company has been working to grow its business with help from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Their business improvement efforts have earned Island Airways recognition as the Northwest Region SBTDC Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to Island Airways!

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Pulitzer Prize Winner David S. Broder's Columns to Benefit Beaver Island 's Rural Health Center

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

Beaver Island , MI - The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) Board has approved a unique offer and fund raising proposal from the family of the late David S. Broder. The Washington Post reporter and columnist died last year, ending a career covering national politics that spanned more than 50 years. He was often referred to as the “Dean of the Washington Press Corps.” Married to Ann Collar Broder, and son-in-law of Island historian Helen Hoffman Collar, Broder honeymooned on the Emerald Isle in 1951 and wrote about it often in his nationally syndicated columns that were carried in over 300 papers. Some of these columns, written from the Island, are the basis for the project to benefit the Health Center and the community it serves.

Ann and David's sons - George, Josh, Matt and Mike - have researched and compiled the Beaver Island columns, about three dozen in total. They are going to publish the collection in book form, and deliver copies to the Health Center by Memorial Day this year. Ranging from the early 1970s to this past decade, the columns provide wonderful snapshots and insights to Island moments as they simultaneously reference national issues of the day (at that particular time). The Health Center, with support from other civic leaders and marketing by the Chamber of Commerce, will manage the retail distribution and sale of the book.

The Broder family is underwriting the entire cost of the project, so 100% of all revenues collected from book sales will support the Health Center .

"This is a terrific gift from the Broder family, and great opportunity for the Health Center to improve its financial standing. As a facility that serves Islanders and visitors of all ages, 12 months a year, we are constantly under pressure to find new sources of money," said Health Center Board Chair Denny Cook. "We are honored and pleased to be the beneficiary of this truly one-of-a-kind fund raising project. We will do all we can to encourage Islanders, summer residents, their friends, and their guests to acquire copies to read and enjoy for years to come," Cook added.

The exact number of copies to be produced, and the cost, is still being considered by the Broders. These decisions will be made soon, with input from the Health Center, civic leaders and the Chamber of Commerce.

"This book is a tribute to our father, who embraced Beaver Island as our entire family has for five generations, since 1915. He admired and delighted in the people, the characters, and the community over his long adult life - its quirky independence, Irish heritage, self-reliance and patriotism," said oldest son George Broder. "This effort is a demonstration of his and our family's love of Beaver Island that we hope delivers for readers the same type of smiles, laughs and joy we experience when reading these gems."

For more information on how to support and participate in this project, please contact Donna Kubic at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Check out the following link to help with this project




From the Beaver Island Natural Resources & Ecotourism Steering Committee

Peter Plastrik, chairman

April 15, 2012

The NRESC has issued a report that summarizes the results of focus group interviews with 121 year-round Island residents in March conducted by MSU professors John Beck and Julie Brockman. The report summarizes responses made to questions formulated by the NRESC to gain input for its planning process for natural resources management. Beck and Brockman conducted 2 well-attended Community Forums in the evening and met with members of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club and Chamber of Commerce, teachers, senior citizens, 7-12 th graders at the Beaver Island Community School, and students at the Lighthouse School. Additional focus groups are planned to capture the thoughts of residents unable to participate in the March sessions, as well as summer residents of the Island.

The MSU report includes many quotations from the interview sessions and Beck and Brockman's summaries of responses to specific questions, including:

•  The Island itself was described as NOT Mackinac.

•  Many respondents described Islanders as people who like the outdoors, are independent, able to entertain themselves, and friendly.

•  Without exception, all respondents either stated or agreed that they would like to see the natural beauty of Beaver Island remain the same.

•  A couple of respondents wanted the size of the population to remain the same, though they mentioned, in the same breath, that the current population may not be sustainable. In other words, they wanted not too many, but not too few.

•  Direct threats (to the future of Beaver Island's natural resources) come in the form of the overabundance or invasiveness of some species and/or activities such as shoreline algae, coyotes, varieties of flora and fauna, human beings, visible blight, over-fishing and clear-cutting, and the increase in the number of young people who are leaving the Island to live elsewhere.

•  Most, if not all, respondents agreed with the idea that, for Beaver Island to thrive, a balance must be reached between the natural environment and economic growth.

•  Though many students expressed an interest in returning to the Island to live and work after completing their formal education, most felt that this would not be the case due to the inability to make a living on the Island.

NRESC members agreed that the report provided helpful information for the planning process.....and that additional input is desirable. Peter Plastrik, the NRESC chair, thanked Sandy Birdsall, Ed Wojan, Jeff Powers, and Paul Johnson for their work in organizing the focus groups.

A full copy of the MSU report is available HERE and at http://binresc.org/?p=146 .

A Yellowbellied Sapsucker

(Two great pictures from Frank Solle with a short story)

Here are a couple shots of yesterday's bird sighting. I've been watching birds here for over eight years and have seen Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, and Pileated woodpeckers but until yesterday had not seen a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It was nice he stuck around long enough for me to change lenses and snap a few quick frames.

Birds and Insects

Skip Duhamel is back and having dumped the fish remains out on Gull Harbor, it brought gulls and crows to feast.

Osprey back in the tree near Graves Sawmill

Mute Swan sitting on the nest at Barney's Lake

A hawk, a hawk owl, or an owl, but not sure which one. Any ideas?

Crow awaiting a chance to eat

Midge hatch kind of early---'Looked like eight tornados of flies out by Gull Harbor'

Ducks on Barney's Lake

Peaine Township Meeting, April 11, 2012

View Video of the meeting HERE

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

This Central Michigan University program features the history of Beaver Island as told by museum director Bill Cashman as well as Deb Rotman, archeologist, from the University of Notre Dame. It includes Antje Price speaking about Protar. Father Dan Connaghan presented information about the history of the Catholic Church. John Runberg, president of the Historical Society, speaks about the history of the fishing industry. Bill Cashman speaks about the Irish connection on Arranmore and the Twinning Ceremony.

View the program HERE

Those Dam Beavers!

Story and Pictures by Tina Walker

This is the time of year when the Peaine Township Parks and Trails Committee surveys and begins the spring work on the trails. On Thursday, March 22, 2012, Doug Tilly and Jim Luteyn started clearing Buffalo Camp Trail. (just north of Lake Geneserath) They began chainsaw work and clearing. We expect a lot of downed trees due to the severe weather we've had, during this past winter. On Thursday March 29, 2012, committee members: Doug Tilly and Jim Luteyn went out to begin work on Wagner Trail (across from the Bill Wagner Campground) and found that a portion of the trail was flooded.

Occasionally, beavers have to be trapped out of some areas in an attempt to help with existing beaver problems around the island. I joined Doug and Jim and we headed over to Hannigan Road where there is a culvert installed under the road. If the water is flowing freely here, chances are that Wagner Trail wouldn't be flooded. When we got there, it was obvious that they had been very busy beavers indeed! They had, not only plugged the culvert, they had also built a dam and if something wasn't done, a portion of Wagner Trail could not be used and, it is also possible that the water could wash over Hannigan Rd. We worked to unplug the culvert and clear the debris from the surrounding area. It was amazing to see a whirlpool form as the water level was dropping. We also began clearing the dam that these hardworking rodents had constructed.

On Friday, Doug and I went back to see whether they had begun work to plug up the culvert again and rebuild the dam. As you can see, these hard-working little rascals were at it again. They stuffed the culvert with reeds and sticks. Doug decided to unplug the culvert and break up the dam once more.

Saturday, March 31, 2012. Doug went back to break up the dam and unplug the culvert, again.

Doug and I, (not acting as representatives of the parks and trails committee) decided to take a Sunday drive to the Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve, where it had been reported to Doug that part of the walkway was being flooded over. Doug was hired by The Little Traverse Conservancy to help with the situation. You can see that those little engineers have been very hard at work here, as well.

If you have never been out to this beautiful area and if you enjoy nature walks and would like to see a beaver lodge or you just enjoy getting out in the fresh air, I highly recommend that you visit the preserve. We began disassembling the beaver dam, one stick at a time. Mark Valente had previously been hired to trap the beavers. We removed enough debris to start the water flowing freely again, and Doug would return to see if there was any current beaver activity or whether they had all been trapped out of the area. Next, Doug wanted to see if the water was flowing out into Lake Michigan. When we got to the beach, we noticed that there were deer tracks in the sand and it was very apparent that this deer had really been running. Then Doug noticed why; he spotted coyote tracks! The water was flowing but not very well.

We then, headed back to check on the Hannigan Rd. culvert... Yup! They don't seem the least bit deterred by Doug's efforts, to try and stop them. They really are quite remarkable little creatures but they do cause problems. As you can see, the water level is quite a bit lower. Doug unplugged the culvert and got the water flowing freely through to the other side of Hannigan Rd. and removed the debris from their attempts to rebuild the dam, once again.

Doug returned, each morning, would use a rake and shovel to remove the previous night's rebuild efforts and unplug the culvert. They were not thwarted by anything he'd done thus far.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, we were looking over the beaver situation on Hannigan Rd. again, when along came Doug Gillespie, one of our County Road Commission's finest, and he informed us of a metal grate that he would return with, and install it at the end of the culvert. This way, the beavers would have much more difficulty plugging the culvert. Doug Gillespie also called on Mark Valente to set traps. Mark, also owner of Flattail Furs, has been trapping beavers for many years and sells a very unique line of hand made jewelry, made from the bones and teeth of the mammals. He also makes many other wonderful handmade items from their fur, such as: hats, headbands, mittens, scarves, ear muffs, and pillows. Nothing is wasted from these animals, much like the old ways of Native Americans.

To be continued...

Phyllis Fitzpatrick Passes Away

Phyllis Fitzpatrick passed away yesterday, April 10, 2012, at her home on Beaver Island. More information will be posted if and when it is available.

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/publisher

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

Sharon will be offering classes in watercolor in either three-day or five-day sessions and welcomes students at all levels. She will provide all the supplies, and is willing to to teach both islanders and off-island visitors who book ahead.

The Laurain Lodge is holding five rooms for that week until June 15th so book them now to assure a place to stay as well as let Leonor Jacobson know if you plan to attend her classes. The space will be limited to insure favorable instruction time to all.

The price for each of the sessions is still being determined. Please visit her website slongwatercolors.com and call Leonor for more details (231-448-2894) and to hold a spot. after May 15th.

Flats of the Third Coast

A Film By Caleb Reinhold


“Huge thanks for the invite to come and shoot from Kevin Morlock, Steve Martinez, and Matt Dunn. Check them out at thirdcoastly.com , indigoguideservice.com , and fishbeer.com . Also a big shout out to all of the businesses on Beaver Island . Without them, there's no way this would have happened. For more information check out www.BeaverIsland.org ” - Caleb Reinhold

Library News April 2012

Ahhh, spring is creeping in with buds on the trees and delicate flower buds breaking through the soil. March made us think we'd skipped this season with all the very warm days we had, then, instead of going out like a lamb, it dumped a couple feet of snow on us. The poor plants and critters amazingly made it through. We've been feeding the birds in the back garden all winter and have enjoyed watching their antics. Now we're again watching the Decorah, Iowa eagle nest with three new babies live on the music room computer.

With this season, comes our own “spring cleaning”: shelves of books, videos, recorded books, etc. Things are being moved to new places. Again we got lucky and sold the entire table of used books so we're starting afresh there also.

We've added lots of new books to our catalog: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult, The Thief by Clive Cussler, Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, just to name a few. As always, the New York Times Bestseller List is posted on the window by the entryway door and you'll notice that the majority are on our shelves. Actually while they are on that list, we display them in the rack on our library centerpiece. Did you know that we also carry many children's books that are on that same list? Books like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo just to mention three of them. That list is also posted near the entryway.

We don't stop with books though. During the winter we've added to our DVD collection with movies like The Help, Sarah's Key, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, The Descendants, Happy Feet Two, Downton Abbey (seasons 1 & 2), War Horse, J. Edgar and many more. We've also begun the lengthy process of converting all our VHS videos to DVD with is opening up more space since we can store two DVD where only a single VHS was located. Remember please, we do NOT accept any VHS videos any more, only DVD.

Our entrance display case has been changing every month. In May, Judi Meister generously shared her lovely collection of clowns for everyone to enjoy. For April the display is on the Titanic since this marks the 100 th year since she sank. Jon and Sally Fogg have done a marvelous job in setting it up. If you collect something you'd like to share, please contact us, we'd love to have you show off your special collection in our display case too.

Hopefully before summer arrives we'll be able to expand our back garden a bit as so many folks like to relax out there. Certainly if you're looking for something to volunteer around the library, we welcome anyone who would like to rake, pick-up sticks, etc. to keep the grounds looking good. We really don't need indoor volunteers, but we could use some outside help.

First Gas Price Increase

Bud Martin has made his first trip of the season with the fuel barge. The gas price has gone up to $5 per gallon.

Spring Has Sprung

Different people determine the onset of this season we call Spring by different logic. One person may believe the calendar that specifies the actual beginning of spring according to the calendar. Another might mark the beginning of spring by the first ferry boat trip of the year. Another might mark its beginning by the USCG arrival to change out the buoys for the shippping season. Others may mark the arrival of spring by the arrival of the osprey and the loons. Today is spring no matter which method you use. All of the above has occurred, so it must be spring,

These are a few of the fifteen (15) sandhill cranes seen on Charlie Carey's corn field.

The male turkeys contine their display for the hens.

Ducks galore on Barney's Lake

Mute Swans and their nest building...

Mating Mute Swans on Barney's Lake


One of the loon pair on Barney's Lake

A Loon calls as an eagle flies in circles above Barney's Lake

The osprey are back in the nest at the top of the microwave tower.

St. James Township Meeting, April 4, 2012

Supervisor Rick Speck was not present because he was off-island, so Tim McDonough chaired the meeting. The 2012-13 budget was adopted, and the minutes of the last two meetings as well as the bills for payment with additions were approved. The board approved the new contract for legal fees for the township attorney which included a ten dollar per hour increase. This increase is still below the rates for the lawyer for Peaine Township according to an audience member. The board decided not to add Terrorism Insurance Coverage to the township insurance. Jean Wierenga submitted an affidavit stating she was the owner of Jean's Lawn Service. The board voted to approve Jean's Lawn Service for the lawn work on township properties. Jean Wierenga abstained.

Video of the 17 minute meeting is HERE




Mark Your Calendar!

Beaver Island Christian Church will again be hosting a community Vacation Bible School July 10-12. More information later.

Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

August 16, 2012 Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall 12:30 PM

Beaver Island Bike Festival

June 21-23, 2012


Annual Meeting of the BIA

The Beaver Island Association will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22nd at the Community Center. At 4:30-5:00 an informal gathering will take place followed by a feature presentation by attorney and co-author David Fry... Saving the Family Cottage. He will share his extensive experience working with hundreds of families a across the United States in transitioning ownership of vacation property to families' younger generations. David will answer questions following the presentation. 6:15-7 p.m. will be the Annual Meeting. Open to the public, but seating is on a first-come basis.

Natural Resources Dates

Swans-On May 21 a public meeting will be held by the MIDNR discussing the appearance of swans on our interior lakes. Learn the life cycle of the swans and how they impact our interior lakes both in terms of beneficial plants and endanger waterfowl.

Invasive Species Summit June 14th from 2-5 p.m. Presentations from tribes, agencies and national organizations will address: Why should we care about about invasive species, effects of invasives on sportsmen, what is being done to address the situation, and how you can help. A free $10.00 invasive species manual will be available to all who attend. Event sponsored by the Beaver Island Association.

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church for April 2012

15: Steve Finch

22: Pastor Harold Kruse

29: Pastor Don Sinclair

May 6: Baccalaureate for graduates of Lighthouse School worship leader: Steve Finch

Coming April 27, 2012 The Alma Choir

Click Here for information


At Beaver Island community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago.

•  Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

•  Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses our islands now and for future generations.

•  Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

•  The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Letter from Eric Ellis

Hello Everyone,

For the fourth year in a row CRA is partnering with Saving Birds Thru Habitat and Fairmount Minerals to purchase and distribute over 4500 native trees and shrubs. These shrubs are available free of charge to landowners who will plant and protect them for future wildlife habitat. Species and sizes available are listed below. People are limited to 100 trees total and no more than 25 of a single species if available.

Red Osier Dogwood


Sugar Maple


Silky Dogwood


A. Bittersweet


Washington Hawthorn


A. Hazelnut


Red Oak


White Oak


Jack Pine


White Pine


Trees must be picked up in person at CRA's office between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Friday April 20th. If you have any questions or would like to reserve trees please reply via email or call 231-946-6817



2nd Annual Gail's Walk
Sunday, May 27th 2012 @ 3:00 pm

In honor of Gail Weede, each year we will have a Memorial Weekend Walk to raise money that will help Island families who experience unexpected or long term medical treatment. This fund would help with bills or expenses related to the condition.
A minimum donation of $10 per person is asked for this 5k untimed event. Children 5 and under are no charge.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. Shirts are available in adult sizes S-XL for $10 and XXL are $12.00;The deadline for ordering shirts is April 1st, 2012.

Please email Beth Croswhite or Kerry Smith for walk/shirt order forms or download one from this link HERE

This walk will begin and end at the Public Beach parking lot.

Any questions please call:
Beth Croswhite- 231-448-2820 email: bethjoddy@gmail.com
Kerry Smith 231-448-2601 email: ryanandkerry@tds.net
Joan Banville 231-448-2092 Lynn Cary 231-448-2575
Lisa Gillespie 231-448-2888 Dawn Marsh 231-448-2910

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Anyone can write a nomination, you don't have to be a member. Nominating forms as either a PDF or Word Doc are available on the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org .

“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 awards banquet will be held on April 28th at the Shamrock.

PDF: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.pdf

Word Doc: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.doc


BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 10 a.m.



Monday, April 16: Neal Green, Gavin West, Kimberly Read, Mackenzie Cole

Tuesday, April 17: Erin Russel, Nick Spanhak, Danielle Rafferty, Duane Mooney, Eric Albin

Wednesday, April 18: Eric Albin, Katie Purdue Aschim, Ray Cull

Thursday, April 19: Corey Adkins, Brooke Boettcher

Friday, April 20: Sue Heller-Martin,

Saturday, April 21: Katherine Sowa Meintsma, Hannah Robert

Sunday, April 22: Patrick Crawford, Jack O'Donnell, Pam Nicholas, Christine Runberg, Lisa Sladek, Maeve McNamara Green

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 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 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

Entire Steering Committee to meet at 7 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

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Commission on Aging to Stop Congregate Lunches

(4 p.m. 4/4/12) As of April 13, 2012, the CCCOA has decided to stop providing the congregate lunches at the Beaver Island Community Center. This was confirmed today at lunch by Ann Partridge. Two phone calls to Jack Messer, the Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, were not successful at gleaning any information. A phone call to Jack Messer's cell phone brought an answer, which was basically to talk to Ann Patridge. This seems to be pretty bad communication, which was one of the items brought up at the focus groups that met on the island about this. Well, the communication has not gotten any better between the CCCOA and the island residents.

The plan for how seniors may be still able to participate in congregate lunches is apparently in the works, but no one in the CCCOA office was willing to provide this information. It would seem quite unusual for the entire office to be ignorant of program here on Beaver Island, but we islanders will have to wait until the information is provided through a news release, which may come as early as April 5, 2012. . BINN has suggested to Mr. Messer that one week's notice of this information is not exactly an appropriate response to all of those island people who met with him to discuss these issues.

Please read the news release provided below:

Beaver Island Dining Out Program Begins April 16, 2012

Beaver Island, Michigan (April 5, 2012)

Jack Messer, the Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, has announced that changes are planned for the Senior Meals Program on Beaver Island . Having received approval from the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and the Area Agency on Aging of Northern Michigan, the changes are slated to become effective April 16, 2012.

There is a considerable body of data to support the health benefits for seniors who participate in a meal program that provides a balanced meal, social interaction, and nutrition education. By offering seniors menu choices and flexibility of times, the COA hopes to reach more seniors and encourage them to focus on nutrition as an essential element of good health.

Beginning Monday, April 16, 2012, the Commission on Aging will transition its Congregate Meal program at the Beaver Island Community Center to a Dining Out program featuring certificates which can be redeemed at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant and the Harbour Market for a meal meeting the 1/3 RDA of nutrition for seniors. Sunday Dinners and special activities will continue to be offered at the Community Center. Home delivered meals, prepared daily, will continue to be offered to homebound seniors for lunch.

Dining Out is an alternative to the traditional and current senior nutrition program and is being offered on Beaver Island in the continuing effort to reduce COA expenses while maintaining needed services. “Not only will we be able to save the taxpayers money, we will be able to enhance the Senior nutrition program for our participants by offering multiple menu choices, as well as multiple times of availability,” said Messer.

Offered Monday through Friday, seniors may order from a menu of AAANM approved entrées for their choice of breakfast (available from 8am to 11am), lunch (from 11:30am to 1:30pm), or dinner (from 5pm to 7pm).

The Dining Out program will be introduced to Beaver Island participants at the COA Sunday Dinner on April 15 th from 11am to 12:30pm at the Community Center. “Dining Out” certificates will be available at this and all Sunday Dinners or through Ann Partridge at the Community Center Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays from 10am to 2pm.

School Election IN MAY Is Important to District

When Beaver Island voters go to the polls in the school election on May 8 th of this year, they will see two items on the ballot. Voters will be asked to renew the local school district's operational millage. Voters will also be asked to renew a regional special education millage.

The Beaver Island Community School district will request a two-year renewal of 15.7908 mills on non-homestead property: this millage request level has not changed in at least 19 years. Revenue from this source generates approximately 72% of the district's general fund money. The general fund is used for day to day operation of the school; books, supplies, utilities, arts, sports, salaries etc. This is what the district runs on.

The other question on the ballot is whether or not to renew the amount of taxes levied on property owners in the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to support special education programs and services. This millage supports such professionals as speech therapists, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other specialized professionals who work with special education students in districts throughout Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The request is for a renewal of 1.16 mills for 4 years. Voters in the two counties have approved this same millage amount since 1981.

Renewal of these two millages is essential as State funding for Beaver Island Community School is minimal, amounting to less than 7% of the total. Local box holders will receive an informational flyer in late April. Anyone with questions about the election can contact the school office for more information. The board of education meets on the second Monday of the month at the school at 7:30pm.

Something voters will not see on the ballot in May is school board member elections. In compliance with new state laws, all Michigan school board members will now be elected at the November general elections in even numbered years. In the past, school board members have been elected at the May Annual School Election. Because of this new state law, board members whose terms would have expired June 30th of this year have been extended by law to December 31st.

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

The millage rates for the two townships are presented here for the joint operations, and you can draw your own conclusions based upon this side by side comparison:

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity

Changes at the Transfer Station

There have been some changes to the Beaver Island Transfer Station, and you should expect some more changes as time progresses. Don Welke is the new manager. The first change that you will notice for any green bags purchased after April 1, 2012, is the cost. It will increase from $2.50 to $3.00 for the current 20-30 gallon 2 mil green bag. Coming this spring or summer will be a new larger 50 gallon, 2 mil, green bag that will hold two of the smaller bags volume for a price of $4.00.

Once the point of sale computer equipment is up and operating, you will also be able to purchase these bags at the Transfer Station.

There has been an increase in cost for transferring shingles off the island by the waste managment company on the mainland. This cost is to be passed on to the contractors. The new method of paying for Gaylord boxes is also in effect as of April 1, 2012. A link to the new prices can be viewed HERE.

The major change is the cost of Gaylord boxes of shingles. The contractors will have a couple of ways to handle these. No matter what the choices are, if you go to pick up a Gaylord box, you will have to pay for the box itself when it is picked up. This cost will be $25.00 no matter what is to be placed into the Gaylord box. If regular debris, such as construction debris, like drywall, is placed in the box, the cost on delivery of the Gaylord box will be an additional $65.00, bringing the total cost of debris in Gaylords up to $90.00. If the Gaylord box has shingles in it, the cost will be $100.00 on delivery to the transfer station, making the total cost of a Gaylord box of shingles $125.00.

Wait now, and don't get all bent out of shape. First of all, there has been no increase in costs to transfer the waste for consumers including contractors for the last five years.

The costs for the shingle disposal for the transfer station has increased as well. The transfer station staff, in conjunction with the Waste Management Committee, has been working on a plan to possibly get this cost down. This would make the method of disposing of shingles slightly different. Contractors would still need to purchase the Gaylord box(es) to put the shingles in for transport to the transfer station. The contractor would bring the shingles in the box(es) to the transfer station. These box(es) would then be emptied into a special roll-off container, and the contractor would keep the empty Gaylord box(es), and pay the old cost for the box of shingles of $80.00.

As usual, the months of May and October would continue as free months for disposal of yard waste including leaves, grass, and branches. If you are not sure of the costs, a simple phone call to the transfer station can help. Just call them during their open hours at 448-2228.

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.