May 14, 2010, at the Shamrock
In a historic first occurrence, today, April 23, 2010, the BIRHC hosted dermatology clinic physician Murray Cotter, MD, PhD. The offices at the BIRHC were very busy with more than dermatology. Today, there were regular clinic hours by Sue Solle, FNP, the chiropractor Jessica Carden, and the visiting psychologist in addition to the dermatology clinic. Dr. Cotter brought two medical assistants with him to Beaver Island. They are Lisa Price and Michelle Trotter. This is planned to perhaps become a bimonthly clinic at least during the summer and fall. Winter and spring are, as always, weather dependent.
Mute swans on nest at Barney's Lake
Sandhill crane at Barney's Lake
Ospreys at the nest
Charlevoix Area Hospital 's next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in the hospital's Solarium. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, ratio, and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. No fasting required! Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health Consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital,
The normal cost of a cholesterol screening is about $180. This would now offer the full panel for those who are fasting which includes all the tests mentioned above plus the LDL and triglycerides.
(231) 547-8906 or by email: email@example.com Walk-ins are always welcome.
Live at the Beachcomber Friday April 23, 2010. Visit the blog page at www.shamrockbarrestaurant.com
The black indicates the early morning walk locations.
There are those who believe that the early morning is the best part of the day. Then, we have those that talk about early being around 9 a.m., and then others talk about early being around 5:30 a.m., and still others that talk about early being later than either of these suggestions. This early morning began with a phone call notifying this reporter that there was a large ship outside of the harbor. "It's off the point and looks like it might be aground," was the message that was received through the sleepy haze prior to coffee. Up and at 'em at 7 a.m. with a quick cup of coffee aboard, the trek began to investigate and solve the mystery of the aground ship. By the way, the date is April 20, 2010.
"It can't be seen using either webcam," was the next report received, so off we went down Carlisle Road to see if there was a ship aground. Upon arrival at the very end of Carlisle Road and a fairly long walk out to the beach and, looking everywhere in any direction, there was no ship to be seen at all. "Okay," the thought process a little slow with only one cup of coffee ingested, "we'll try Esch Road and see if a ship can be seen," the end of the screen of sleepiness beginning to fade.
Walking back to the car, a phone call placed to notify a specific plan and location in case of a casualty for this reporter, the quick trip back up Carlisle Road was thought filled. "What if I can't find it? What if this is just another wild goose chase, and the ship was completely gone by the time I get there?" Down Kings Highway after taking a left turn and a left turn onto East Side Drive, the car seemed to be driving itself, and the driver began to wake up fully. A left turn down Esch Road was made off of East Side Drive and the bumpy pot-holed road was jiggling, spilling the second cup of coffee all over the car seat. The car was stopped and the burning coffee wiped from the hand with the cup placed on the floor of the passenger side. Down to the end of Esch Road the car continued.
The second cup or half cup of coffee was cooled and consumed in two or three gulps. Getting out of the car and beginning the early morning walk was exciting and exhilarating. Once on the beach, looking in every direction on the water, the vessel, perhaps aground, was not to be seen anywhere, but, "What was that?" was the exclamation that no one else heard. The sound of a diesel engine purring in the distance. "Was that the clanging of metal chain on a metal deck?" was another sound heard only by the speaker. "It must be around the next point," was now the thought process. "It's a long walk, but maybe just around this point. Let's get moving now before it does disappear into the early morning haze."
So began the early morning walk with the deer, the geese, the ducks, the deer, and other wildlife wondering about the wandering human, walking on the rocks and through the shallow pools of water rushing to get around the next point and then the next and the next. Pretty soon Little Sand Bay would be seen, and sure enough, there was the vessel seen through the binoculars from the Lil Gregg residence. "Yes, it would appear aground from there, as the points were lined up," was the thought process of this reporter. The USCG vessel was anchored out from Little Sand Bay, probably spending the night anchored out there with only one engine idling away.
The photos were difficult to see in the morning sun, so the identity of the ship was unknown until the photographs were downloaded and viewed in a slideshow. This was the buoy tender Alder anchored off of Little Sand Bay for the night. Before the Alder began its slow trip back to the Mackinac Bridge area, the wheelhouse personnel noticed the loan cameraman standing in the shallow water with a video camera and provided the traditional departure and return whistle blast of tooot, tooot, toooot.....toot, toot.. This whistle was heard at the Beaver Island Golf Course and at workers at Welke Airport.
Here are a few other pictures taken on the walk back to the car on this same morning.
The harbor from Luney Point
Late last fall the Alder, a buoy tender in the USCG service, stopped by to take out the Whiskey Point buoy and replace it with an ice buoy. This Sunday, April 18, 2010, at about four in the afternoon, the Alder returned to pull out the ice buoy and replace it with the normal buoy for navigation purposes. With the water so low this year, it was quite easy to get close to the ship and to watch the fascinating process. In addition to this buoy, the USCG also placed the navigation buoys in the harbor and the ones for navigation between Beaver Island and Garden Island as well. This is a twice per year event, once in the fall to remove the buoys, and once in the spring to replace the buoys. There were a few people down on the point to watch this process take place.
The skiff used to take the buoys into the harbor and out for the Garden Island buoys
The USCG crew gets ready to attach the crane to the ice buoy
The USCG Alder comes alongside the ice buoy
Walleye fry from an upper peninsula hatchery were delivered today and came across on the Emerald Isle. After a two hour wait to make certain that the chemicals in the transport water were mostly gone, the walleye fry were released into the rearing pond on John Fogg's property, formerly know as the Sanctuary near the grain bins. The pond had been filled over the last three weeks to get it ready for the very, very small walley fry. These small fish could not have been hatched for very long as you can see by the pictures below.
Doug Tilly poses with the container used to bring the fry to the Island. It's hard to imagine almost 20,000 walleye fry in that small container, isn't it?
CCC would like to Thank the many people from Beaver Island that assisted us in developing a grant application during the round 1 ARRA application process. Although the application was not successful it clearly defined that there is a need for competition on the Island. We disagree with the reasons the USDA rejected the application and we hope that the options on the Island regarding telecommunication improve.
On another note: CCC has submitted a $13.5 million dollar grant during round 2 with the help of a grass-roots citizens group from Elk Rapids. We invite you to visit their web site http://er-bam.net. Although this grant does not directly effect Beaver Island, we did want to pass along that CCC continues to bring broadband services to the area. This group has decided to promote economic growth through maximizing broadband usage.
We are still very interested in providing a level of competition for the Island. Since we do not get federal assistance we rely on local support to make things happen. At this point we have no direct plans other than to continue to develop the market and try to create a new opportunity.
We/I look forward to some day doing regular business on Beaver Island. Any feedback or guidance is appreciated
A special evening honoring an individual, couple or community organization that have made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit. Featuring extra-special entertainment by the Beaver Island Comedy Group! Seating must be limited to 100. Please call the Community Center at (231) 448-2022 to make your reservations. Don’t delay, seats are filling up fast. Tickets: $25
The Citizen of the Year has been selected from 29 nominations for 13 different nominees. Community participation was a near record high.
Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce
The price of the event will be $25.00 for an inclusive evening including appetizers, dinner, desert and entertainment. A cash bar will be available at the annual event to honor the Chamber of Commerce 2009 Citizen of the Year. Reservations will be accepted beginning in mid-March. Seating will be limited to 100.
Previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award:
2001 - Don Vyse
2002 - BIEMS
2003 - Connie Wojan & B I Hospice
2004 - Phil & Lil Greg
2005 - Jim Wojan
2006 - John Fiegen
2007 - Pam Grassmick & Father Pat
2008 - BI Fire Dept. & Jim & Mary Gillingham
For additional information about the banquet please contact the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce at (231) 448-2505. For reservations, contact the Community Center at (231) 448-2022.
The new 2010 Chamber of Commerce Visitors and Business Directory will be available for the first time at the Citizen of the Year banquet, Saturday, April 24,2010. Jeff Cashman designed the publication and his lighthouse / fireworks photo is featured on the cover of the 43 page book. The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce prints 6000 copies of the brochure each year as well as 8000 color rack cards for Michigan Welcome Centers.
The booklet contains more than 150 business listing of members of the Chamber of Commerce in nineteen separate categories. The self mailing visitor user friendly design starts with transportation. A brief description of each member business is includes along with phone and email contact information. The format follows the organization’s web site. www.BeaverIsland.org
The Peaine Township Board meeting took place on April 14, 2010, with four of the five members present. The missing trustee was Paul Welke. This meeting took only one hour and ten minutes, which seems to be a long time to some, but this was one of the shorter meetings in a long time. The business was conducted with great care, but also with efficiency. The sound system does make a very big difference in being able to hear the comments and the information provided. Even a short, small problem with the sound equipment didn't increase the length of the meeting by much.
The specific topics discussed at the meeting included a somewhat lengthy presentation by Don Spencer on the Beaver Island Rural Health Center finances and the almost desperate need of the full two mills of taxes to maintain the services at the current level. Explanations of the attempts at getting funding from the State of Michigan and grants awarded to the BIRHC were included in Don's presentation. Although lengthy, the presentation was quite complete, and his knowledge of BIRHC finances was obvious. The Peaine Board voted unanimously to put the full two mill renewal on the ballot.
Jack Gallagher reported on the progress of the airport committee formation negotiations with St. James Township. It is progressing however slowly. Perhaps another meeting in the next week may bring the two townships into an agreement about the method to govern the airport. Two possibilities are an airport authority and an inter-governmental agreement. These have both been discussed and some decision may be made in the near future.
There seems to be a shortage in the number of members on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and this has been posted for about 60 days. The public was encouraged to try to get someone to send a letter of interest for this position. There was an appeal by Donna Stambaugh in the public comment portion of the meeting for this need to fill this position.
Those of us who live year round on Beaver Island are looking out our windows to snow floating down out of the air. Yes, that's not an April Fool's joke. There is snow falling on April 17, 2010. It's not likely to be the five or six inches of snow that we had recently, but snow flakes are snow flakes. Those in the warmer climates should at least feel a little bad for us here on Beaver Island. We really need the moisture because the creeks are down and the swamps are drier than they have been recently, but come on, SNOW! Some of us were spoiled with the warm temperatures, the nice days on the golf course, and the thoughts of working in the flower beds.
This may not be the last snow that we have either. The temperatures seem to ranging from early 30's to the 70's. The birds are back. The frogs are croaking at Barney's Lake. The mute swans have a nest with eggs in it. The loons are back. Does this mean an early spring? Probably, but stand by for the next surprise in northern Michigan. You know the weather forecast by looking out the window or by walking outside. Who would even try to predict the possibilities for the rest of April and early May?
Osprey, eagle, ducks
Opening for the summer Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
Open 8:00 to 3:00 every Saturday and Sunday after that, and every day starting June 19, 2010
Farmers Market (9:00 to 11:00) every Thursday, starting June 24, 2010
Three of these have to located on Beaver Island recently. There are those that consider this a mystery because neither township, nor county government can provide any information about them. The CMU Biological Station is also unaware of the purpose of these. The three have been found by a resident who lives at the south end, but verified by the editor. Phone calls are in to several other levels of government to help resolve the mystery. If you know and can verify the purpose of these, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, only verified answers.
The object is approximately in the shape of an "L." It is approximately three feet in lenght for each leg of the 'L." The white plastic is secured to the ground using pins that resemble something found in a special knitting kit. The plastic is between 12 and 14 inches wide.
The next location for a webcam on Beaver Island should be the top of the microwave tower, so that everyone can keep track of the ospreys when they fix up their nest and raise their young. In the past, Jim Gillingham was supportive of the idea and telephone Rick seemed to think it was a good idea. This is the wrong time of the year to be installing a webcam on the tower because the ospreys are already back and rebuilding their nest, but it is the right time to suggest that this project get underway for next year's pair of ospreys. If you think you might be interested in seeing the results of this webcam and/or if you think you might be interested in helping to support the costs surrounding this kind of project, please email me at email@example.com.
You saw a posting on the Beaver Island Forum about a Health Fair in September sponsored by the Human Services Commission, and you might have asked yourself: "The Human Services Commission--What is it? Who is it? What is it doing?" Good questions!! Let's try to answer them.
In the fall of 2009, both townships passed a resolution that established a commission to (in part) "identify and prioritize the island's human needs, identify sources for providing those, advocate for the Island with off-Island agencies to work toward providing for the needs of Islanders." And so, the Human Services Commission was born.
The mission statement of the HSC states: "The Human Services Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of Island residents and visitors of all ages." The Commission membership is from across the island and identifies with the diverse needs of the Island. Current members include: Pam Grassmick, Peaine Township representative and HSC chairperson; Donna Kubic, BI Rural Health Center and HSC secretary; Alice Belfy, BI Community School; Steve Finch, BI Lighthouse School; Judi Meister, Food Pantry; Kathy Tidmore, St. James Township representative; Nancy Tritsch, Council on Aging; Bob Tidmore, Amvets; Lois Williams, Hospice and Helping Hands. Joan Vyse, as St. James representative, regrettably was unable to complete her tenure.
The Commission has set three major goals: Build collaborative partnerships to foster physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being of residents and visitors; Implement structure to coordinate information re: access to services for community use; Support the economic vitality of our community by ensuring that services are available and accessible.
Putting it simply: We are hoping that as a group of people representing many different service organizations, we will have more credibility and "clout" than any of the organizations might have operating individually. We want to ensure that Beaver Island receives its fair share of tax-supported services, and we want information about those services to be available in user-friendly form.
In January, four members of the Commission traveled to Charlevoix to meet with Shirley Roloff, Charlevoix County Commissioner representing Beaver Island, and 15 members from various county agencies to discuss improving communication regarding services available to all Charlevoix County residents, however removed from the mainland, the efficient delivery of those services, and developing a gap analysis of services.
The Commission continues to work toward ensuring that living on Beaver Island remains a viable option for low income, elderly, visitors, and all those in-between. In September 2010, the Commission will offer a Human Services Fair for the Island community with participating agencies of Emmet and Charlevoix counties.
The HSC holds monthly meetings the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 at BI Community School. The HSC also meets monthly (by teleconference) with the Coordinating Body of Emmet and Charlevoix Human Services for the purpose of obtaining relevant information in a timely manner. There is much we hope to accomplish as the HSC connects with mainland resource services to work toward providing for the needs of Islanders.
The HSC plans to provide a brief monthly article in publications and websites on a issue of common concern for the purpose of disseminating information.
On April 7, 2010, the St. James Township Board held two public hearings and it regular monthly board meeting all on the same night. The public hearings were related to the need for rental housing and the need for senior housing. This need was expressed very succinctly and completely by Pete LoDico and Sandy Birdsall with comments by Connie Wojan as well. The report provided by Pete LoDico indicated the need for the $400,000 grant to build a six unit rental apartment structure on the property near the BI Rural Health Center that was donated for this purpose. All federal regulations related to senior housing income levels for qualifying for this housing were included in his report. Also suggested was the need to sell a one acre parcel of this property to a developer for the purpose of building duplexes or other living quarters for seniors not qualifying for the federal income levels of the rental units. Excellent reports were provided to any in the public interested in this project.
The regular township board meeting followed the two public hearings. The highlights of this meeting included the statement from Wolverine Power which allows an agreement to be drawn up for the veteran's memorial project location at the old power plant property. The township zoning administrator position was given to Doug Tilly, a twenty year veteran of the zoning board, thoroughly familiar with the zoning ordinance in both townships.
Parish Mission Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. "Accepting God's Love"; Monday, April 26, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. " Who is Jesus"; and Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. "Healing and Forgiveness." This mission will be led by Father Bob Miller who is well known to the Island. He is from Chicago. Everyone is welcome!
Symposium Number I
Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability
June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center
8:15- 8:45a.m. Registration, coffee and snack
8:50 am. Welcome, Keynote Address -- Eric R. Myers
Each speaker will address the most important issue(s) concerning their topic.
9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today
A look at our existing forests (types of forests, soil types, tree species, habitat provided/GIS data
Regulations and Management Practices as they occur today ( Private land , state land, DNR compartments for logging, state land management)
9:45 -- Our Forest of the Future / Effects of Land Management Decisions on Our Forests
Forest Succession and Sustainability -- Eric R. Myers
Managing Threats: Differences between types of logging and their effect, Poor practices for sustainability, Invasive Species (garlic mustard and emerald ash borer) and disease (Beech Bark Disease)
Private Land Management (Decisions to Log, Contracts, Conservation Easements)
11:00 -- Effects of Land Management Decisions on Wildlife Species/ Habitats of:
Deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wood duck, beaver (45 min)
Song birds and Ecotourism
12:10 -- Questions for Morning Session Speakers
12:30 -- Break for Lunch: On your own.
1:45 -- Roundtable Discussions: 1) Rank the most important forestry, wildlife, and ecotourism issues discussed in the morning. 2) List economic factors to be taken into consideration. 3) Recommend future management ideas including proven ways of monitoring resources. 4 Miscellaneous.
2:45 -- Roundtable Presentations- conclusions and questions from each table
3:15 - 4:00 -- Panel Discussion by experts on issues raised –questions from roundtable and wrap up—where do we go from here?
The Transfer Station will go to spring/summer hours beginning May 1, 2010. The hours will be 8:00-5:00 Monday - Saturday. Closed Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The DVD may be purchased online at the link below, or it may be purchased from stores and businesses on the Island.
You can order your DVD today by sending $20 plus $5 postage to DVD, c/o Joe Moore, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or you can order yours over the Internet from the provided link.
He can receive letters and pictures, but no care packages.
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198th Infantry Brigade
9747 Second Armored Division Rd. Bldg. 3560
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The Beaver Island Human Services Commission is hosting a health and human services fair this fall. The event will take place at Gregg Fellowship hall on September 16, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mark your calendars so that you do not miss out on this great opportunity to get in touch with a wealth of information aimed at improving your health, happiness, and well-being.
Editor's Note: The Human Services Commission is working to get a wide variety of mainland services introduced to the needs of Beaver Island, a part of Charlevoix County.
At a request from a couple of emails, the BINN Community Calendar has been extended from one or two months to include the rest of the entire year of 2010. Several people wanted to schedule their events without having a conflict with another event. The BINN reply via email was, "Of course, we would be happy to include a full calendar year in the Community Calendar!"
This will only work if all those people with scheduled events send a quick email with those events to the editor of this website. We will gladly post them on a community calendar available to everyone. Please take the time to send your events to:
Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival
Online registration information is now available for the 1st Beaver Island Bike Festival on June 26th. FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 250. The registration brochure will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center in early April.
"The Beaver Island Bike Festival (June 25-27) is your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.
For complete information and registration information for the new Beaver Island event see the events section on the home page of The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web site www.BeaverIsland.org .
The new route map and course description for the second annual Beaver Island Marathon (September 4) is now available on the Chamber web site.
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is a principal sponsor of both events.
There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire or that have already expired in April 2010. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.
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