B. I. News on the 'Net, April 2-8, 2012

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.

Veteran's Memorial Park Flags Are Flying

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for these pictures of the flags flying at the park.

USCG Buoy Tender Alder Visits

(April 5, 2012) The United State Coast Guard Buoy Tender Alder visited the mouth of the St. James Harbor, Paradise Bay, for the purpose of swapping out the seasonal buoy for the ice buoy at the mouth of the harbor. This is quite an operation with the Alder launching a smaller boat to set the channel buoys in the harbor and the Garden Island buoys as well.

U. S. Coast Guard Cutter ALDER (WLB-216), Duluth, Minnesota

ALDER is a 225' multi-mission b uoy tender located in Duluth, Minnesota. ALDER's primary missions are aids to navigation (AtoN), ice breaking, law enforcement (LE), and search and rescu e (SAR). ALDER operates in CG District 9 , which covers all of the Great Lakes. The last 225-foot, Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender (WLB) built by Marinette Marine Corp. in 2004, the Coast Guard Cutter ALDER replaced the 180-foot SUNDEW, a Balsam Class Seagoing Buoy Tender built in 1944. She was launched in Marinette, Wisconsin on February 7, 2004. After a lengthy pre-commissioning process, the Coast Guard accepted ALDER from the shipyard on September 2nd and she sailed on her maiden voyage September 12th. ALDER officially attained "Great Lakes Cutter" status on October 12th after having sailed through all five Great Lakes. Finally, on October 16th, she sailed for the first time into her homeport of Duluth, Minnesota.

Maneuvering into position by the Alder

Lifting the ice buoy

Placing the buoy on the deck....Smaller boat returns from Garden Island

Smaller boat moves to pick up harbor channel buoys

Getting the summer seasonal buoy into position to place over the side of the Alder

Checking the chain that goes down to the anchor..

Release the buoy! Back away from the buoy! Let's move on to the next job!

Lifting the ice buoy and preparing for the replacement


Placing the summer seasonal buoy

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

Emerald Isle Returns on Its First Run of the Season

The Emerald Isle returned this afternoon, April 4, 2012, just slightly behind schedule, with the boat entering the harbor at 1:45 p.m. It was absolutely wonderful to have the ferry running again after a long winter season without a ferry. The very first thing off the ferry was the Spartan semi to provide items to restock the shelves at McDonough's Market.

A wonderful sight as the Emerald Isle enters the harbor.

Docking in its berth....Spartan truck first off the boat...

Video Clip of the Emerald Isle Entering the Harbor and Docking


Video Clip of the Emerald Isle being unloaded


Charlevoix 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.

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


Emerald Isle First Trip of the 2012 Season

The Emerald Isle left its winter storage location on Beaver Island in Paradise Bay and headed over to Charlevoix with this the first trip of the 2012 season. Sheri Timsak provided the information about what was on the boat for this very first trip. Sheri said, "It's a beautiful day on Beaver Island." Sheri said that there were forty-six passengers, seven cars, one boat and trailer, and one trailer of returnables headed off the island to Charlevoix.

Emerald Isle on its first trip of the 2012 Season

"There should be a semi coming back today," said Sheri Timsak.

Video Clip with Sheri Timsak explaining the load


Wendy Anne Heads Out for Second Trip

The Wendy Anne and barge headed out of the harbor at about ten minutes to seven in the evening of Tuesday, April 3, 2012. St. James Marine Company had brought in a load of freight, gotten it unloaded, and immediately began loading logs on the barge.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this photo as the Wendy Anne began its trip toward the harbor channel.

BINN editor Joe Moore managed to get to the point in time to take these photos as the Wendy Anne left the harbor headed out.

Short Video Clip of Wendy Anne and Barge headed out


Tree House Update

Working on the Pilot House of this Emerald Isle look-a-like.

It's beginning to come together and really look like the primary ferry boat.

Video of the Tree House Update


More Wildlife Pictures

There must be some definition of wildlife that is mutually acceptable by all the organizations involved in natural resources. Different organizations speak about wildlife by only referring to wild game animals that can be hunted. So consider that fish are not wildlife. BINN subscribes to a definition that includes all animals that are not domesticated. This would include turkeys, eagles, coyotes, deer, rabbits, sandhills, redwing blackbirds, red-headed ducks, as well as other species of ducks and wild animals.

This egg was dropped by a bird flying over. No other information is available.

Swan on the nesting site on Barney's Lake.

Pheasant and sandhills in the corn field off Sloptown.

Sandhills in a Cornfield


Flocks of these birds around Barney's Lake..

Lots of ducks on Barney's Lake....

Redwing blackbird calling for a mate from the top of pine tree near Barney's Lake

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.



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

Senior Center Activities March

COA Menu for March

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

St. James Township Meeting, February 1, 2011

This meeting was longer than usual because the Five Year Recreation Plan was presented and discussed. The meeting began with a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. for this purpose.

Link to the public hearing for Five Year Recreation Plan

Immediately after this hearing, the regular meeting of the township board began. The link below takes you to the most important parts of this meeting. There was a glitch in the video of part of the meeting, and for that we apologize.

Link to regular St James Township Meeting


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




Wendy Anne Makes First Trip of the Season

The Wendy Anne entered the harbor today, March 31, 2012, pulling the barge for the first trip of the season. Those attending the Peaine meetings for the day were not able to see the barge enter the harbor and dock at the St. James Marine dock shortly after 1 p.m. This was the first load of freight of the 2012 shipping year.

Photos by Frank Solle--Thank you, Frank!

Wendy Anne entering the harbor and following the channel

Docking the Wendy Anne and the barge, Dusty Cushman and Matt Fogg,

Peaine Township Annual Electors Meeting, Budget Hearing and Special Meeting

Peaine Township had scheduled all three of the meetings today, March 31, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. with short breaks in between the meetings. The meetings continued until well after 1 p.m.

Video of the meetings may be viewed HERE.

One of the main items on the agenda for the Annual Electors meeting was the recognition of Sarah McCafferty's six years of service to the island as Executive Director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services.

Sarah and family receive the applause for her and their dedication of six years.

Colleen Martin reads the certificate presented to Sarah.......Sarah said a few words....

Jack Gallagher congratulates Sarah......Two former directors of BIEMS, Sarah McCafferty and Bill Markey...

The budget hearing included a line by line discussion of the Peaine Township Budget with some heated discussion about the Airport Commission budget, its format, and completeness. If you can, watch the video of the meetings.

There was also a heated discussion and disagreement related to the reappointment of Mike Scripps as Airport Commission member. The Peaine Board voted to reappoint Mike Scripps to the commission with Paul Welke abstaining and John Gallagher voting nay.

The following information is offered as an explanation about the conflict in the Special Meeting about taxpayer millages. The following statements made by Joe Moore were a reaction to a statement made by Jack Gallagher about the possibility of decreasing millage taxes in Peaine Township for jointly funded operations due to a possible increase in evaluation.


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?


CHARLEVOIX, MI – The Beaver Island Boat Company will begin providing ferry service to Beaver Island starting on April 4, 2012.

The M/V Emerald Isle will depart Beaver Island at 8:20a.m. April 4th , for her 2012 maiden voyage to Charlevoix. She should be making an appearance in the Pine River Channel about 10:30 a.m. She will be docked in Charlevoix until 11:30 a.m. and then will return to Beaver Island.

Both the Emerald Isle and Beaver Islander winter on Beaver Island where they are protected in Paradise Bay. The Beaver Islander's first run is scheduled for June 1, 2012. This year marks the Beaver Islander's 50th year of providing ferry service to the Island.

For more information on Beaver Island Boat Company please contact Cathy Dewey at 231-547-2311 103 Bridge Park Dr., Charlevoix, MI 49720 cdewey@bibco.com

Spring is Here!

Given the following evidence, it may be very difficult to deny that spring has sprung even if the temperatures still go below freezing once in a while. Two weeks ago, sandhill cranes were heard in Don Welke's field. They were seen by Andy Kohls and others. The spring season must be here if the sandhill cranes are on the Island. The picture below was taken off Sloptown Road, but others were seen in the field next to Larry and Donna Kubic's home.

Sandhill cranes and others looking for corn and other food in the fields of Sloptown Road. Last picture with snow falling..

Sandhills searching for food


Then the next indication that the new season is in full swing is the fact that the mute swans are now on Barney's Lake, and even though some have been here all winter, they were not on the inland lakes. This pair of mute swans will probably be nesting in the loon nesting area in the near future.

Old fence in the woods

A windy Friday 3/30/12

A quick trip down to check on the Jordan River pointed out some other indications of spring being in full swing.

Skunk cabbage and running water in the Jordan River...

Deer moving on the snowy Friday

And last, but not least, there is also fact that Tim Myers has already picked morel mushrooms. That seems quite difficult to believe, but his picture should probably convince you.

Citizen of the Year Banquet

The Shamrock will offer the following for the Citizen of the Year banquet on Saturday April 28th . 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.

The last day for nominations is April 4 th .

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year nomination form is available here.


Two possible awards: Individual and Organization

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.

Stoney Specials

Sunday April 1st

We would like to thank everyone for being a part of Stoney Acre Grill...we couldn't have done it without YOU ! Please join us for Complimentary Cake to Celebrate! Also, Jim will be making his PIZZA from 4-8pm! Dine-In OR Take-Out...it's the Best!
And, in Celebration of our 10 years with Stoney, we're giving 10% off everyones tab. Stoney's Staff Thanks You... and so do we!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn

Easter Egg Scramble and Pictures with the Easter Bunny

BINN thanks Mike and Sharon Hurkmans for their wonderful coverage of this event. BINN's editor Joe Moore was ill on Saturday and unable to attend the event. Thank you, Mike and Sharon, thank you so much for your help on this event!

Video by Mike Hurkmans of Easter Egg Scramble


Video by Mike Hurkmans of Pictures with the Easter Bunny


The event was held at the B.I. Community Center. Set up before children...

The kids line up and get ready for the Easter Egg Scramble.

After the plastic eggs are picked up, all sit down and empty them into bags or buckets or some container, maybe even a purse.

Hidden in the plastic eggs are the special prize coins.

Enjoying the day...Winners of the bigger prizes

After the Easter Egg Scramble, it is time to take turns having the child have his/her picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Below are just a few of the helpers

(Taken by Ed Troutman)

This last picture was from Tina Walker as is the letter below:

First, I would like to thank all of the kindhearted wonderful people who helped make this year's Easter Egg Scramble the best ever! WOW! What a great group of hard working generous individuals who really put their hearts... and hands into this group effort! It takes very special people to help these events take place for our community. It was nice to see friends and families gathered together to watch the children having so much fun!

Easter Egg Stuffers: Sandy Birdsall, Shirley Detwiler, Tina Morgan, Betty Scoggin and Karen Slanga
Treat Bag Stuffer: Doug Tilly
Decorating Crew: Shirley Detwiler, Tina Morgan, Ann Partridge, Paige Pryor, Doug Tilly and Tina Walker
Egg Layers: Melissa Pryor, Paige Prior, Taylor Pryor, Kenn Scoggin, Doug Tilly and Tom Whitman
Supporting Crew: Melissa Peyor, Kathy Richards and Kenn Scoggin
Emcee: Ann Partridge
Special Assistants to the Easter Bunny: Shirley Detwiler and Betty Scoggin

Special thanks to the Easter Bunny for hopping over to The Beaver Island Community Center!

The Easter Bunny would like to personally thank Powers Do It Best Hardware for the use of the wooden bench for the photos!

Special thanks to The AMVETS Post #46 for sponsoring the movie: "The Muppets" and for providing soft drinks for the kids!

Special thanks to the generous sponsors: An Occasion to Remember, The Beaver Island Boat Company & special thanks to Saundra Fries for always doing such a wonderful job with shopping for these events! BICAF - Beaver Island Community Activities Fund and The Shamrock Bar and Restaurant
Special thanks to those generous people who wish to remain anonymous. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Special thanks, once again, to Ron Wojan for allowing us to use his enclosed trailer. Ron, I don't know what we'd do without your generous heart!

A very special thank you to The Beaver Island Community Center for hosting this event! I think the community will agree, your efforts in helping to make this years Easter activities the best ever, are greatly appreciated!

I would like to thank all of the people who attended this year's event!
May God Bless you all and I hope you have a safe and joyous Easter!
Peace, Tina Walker

Book Show Award

As previously reported by BINN, it was announced that Gwen Marston had won a book show award. At the time of posting this previous article, it was not know the depth and importance of this honor. Below are pictures from the book as well as a summary of the news release sent out from the New York Book Show.

Gwen Marston has recently won a 2012 New York Book Show award for her book 37 Sketches. This is Gwen's 25th book.

With Michael Pollan and the American Museum of Natural History's book taking first and second place in Gwen's class, she was definitely keeping company with a prestigious group of competitors. According to Gwen, being in 4th place was just fine with her.

This handsome art book is beautifully crafted in the classical style and with attention to every detail. The 96 page hardcover book has a Smyth sewn binding, is printed on 120 lb Gallerie Art Silk, and includes 37 color plates and additional illustrations of quilt details. The book is published by award winning Six Mile Creek Press, Ithaca, NY; printed in the United States by Capital Offset, Inc., Concord, NH; and bound by Acme Bookbinding, Charlestown, MA.

37 Sketches has been enthusiastically received in the States and also has garnered international acclaim with glowing reviews in the French magazine Quilt Mania, and Australian Homespun's magazine calling it a “gorgeous little book” and saying “Certain to become a collector's item.”

Horizon Book Store in Traverse City is hosting a book signing for Gwen on Saturday, June 23, from 2:00-4:00, and you can find it here on the island at the Community Center and soon at Mary's Toy Museum as well.

An exhibit of the work shown in 37 Sketches will be shown the month of July, 2013 at the Taupo Art Museum in Taupo, New Zealand, during the 2013 New Zealand Quilt Symposium.




No Episcopal Services

There will be no Morning Prayer church services at St. James Episcopal Church, Beaver Island on
Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 or on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.

Easter Brunch, Sunday April 8, 2012

The Beaver Island Christian Church Traditional Easter Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The community is invited to enjoy; Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Strata, and Ham. If you like fresh fruit, sweet rolls, or other items, you could bring them along. The event starts at NOON. Everyone is invited!

Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m.

Easter Service at 10 a.m.

Titanic Specials

The White Star Line and Stoney Acre Grill are offering Dinner Specials on Saturday, April 14th to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great Ship. There will be a 1st Class, 2nd Class and 3rd Class entree as well as a Soup, Salad and Dessert Specials. It's all ala carte and our regular, liner-sized menu will be available as well.

Please join us for great, Edwardian-style fare and to raise a glass in honor of this esteemed vessel's passengers.

Hope to see you onboard...

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.

SUMMER POSITION–Beginning May 1, 2012

Responsibilities Include:
• Familiarity with past and current Phragmites objectives for archipelago
• Office work related to permission slips, filings, and letter mailings
• Returning calls and e-mails to those with questions
• Meeting with interested people at Township Hall and public updates to news media
• Coordinating a shoreline survey and reporting findings
• Overseeing targeted timeline for herbicide contractor bid
• Preparing for contractor visits and assisting as needed
• Assisting Township officials, residents, & visitors with Phragmites information, reports, and communications
• Interest in working with volunteer groups to control invasive species
• Willingness to participate in grant opportunities
• Work collaboratively with off island agencies and organizations.

This position is currently estimated to be around 8 hours a week and the hours flexible. The rate of pay is between $15 and $20 an hour—depending on qualifications and experience. All candidates will be evaluated on education, supervisory experience, communication skills, self-motivation, leadership, self
P.O. BOX #255, BEAVER ISLAND, MI 49782
By March 24, 2012

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church for March 2012

April 1--Pastor Howard Davis

8: Pastor Don Sinclair

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 2:

Tuesday, April 3: Lynn Boomer, Ryan Boyle, Jared Wojan, Phil Wycoff, Paul Cole

Wednesday, April 4: Karin Marcinek, Patrick Wilde, Ron Gregg

Thursday, April 5: Kelly Turner

Friday, April 6: Gabriel Perry, Nathan McDonough, Lorena Graves

Saturday, April 7: Charles Arthur Carpenter, Ed Sawyer, Bridget Peters, Maura Turner

Sunday, April 8: Patsy McCauley, Bill Boyer, Amy Hansen

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

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

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From the Beaver Island Boat Company


We will begin receiving freight in Charlevoix on March 26th
The dock receiving hours will be Monday thru Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm

We will begin receiving freight on Beaver Island on April 2nd.
The dock receiving hours will be Monday-Wednesday,-Friday 7:00am to 3:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am to noon.

If you need to schedule freight drops off outside of those hours please contact the Charlevoix office at 1-888-446-4095.

RESERVATIONS -- Please call our Charlevoix office at 888-446-4095 to make a reservation.

What we need from you:

More EMS Training

This past Sunday, March 18, 2012, you may have seen a few cars parked at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center beginning at 9 a.m. when you were headed to church or out for a sunny afternoon drive. The program on for the day was the basic level program called Pediatric Education for PreHospital Providers (PEPP). This is a national program curriculum of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This program was available to all healthcare providers from medical first responder through paramedic, as well as RN, PA, and FNP. This is an eight hour program with a rigorous scenario and practical skills component. The attendees will be invited back to attend the advanced level program this coming Sunday, March 25, 2012, for five to six hours. These programs include an 'across the room' assessment tool called the Pediatric Assessment Triangle to determine just how sick the child may be without ever touching the child, and it follows that with an indepth assessment including what to do and what NOT to do.

This program is being put on by BIEMS Executive Director Sarah McCafferty, EMTP, IC, and Joe Moore, EMTP, IC, PEPP Course Coordinator.

On Monday, March 19, 2012, Danielle Dedloff and Kevin White, two NCMC paramedic students were taking a program on Infectious Diseases, as well as how to protect oneself from these diseases in an emergency situation. The following picture was taken of them all dressed up to take care of an imaginary patient, their instructor du jour, who was complaining of high fever, a stiff neck, and gastrointestinal issues. They were required to assess and treat the patient including starting two IVs on the patient. All managed to survive the scenario with successful outcomes all around.

Danielle and Kevin

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.

A Third Parking Choice

Fresh Air Aviation's Charlevoix car parking rates - 2012

Best in town! When you fly with Fresh Air your car is at the plane and ready to go. We take care of you!

Yearly - $125
6 Month - $75
Monthly - $45
Weekly - $15
Overnight - $3

Indoor car storage available on Beaver Island and Charlevoix - call Keith for details.

888-359-7448 or 231-448-2089

Two Parking Choices in Charlevoix

Mainland Parking & Shuttle Services provides hassle free service to meet your needs. For the same price as our competitor we'll provide you with twice the service. Parking packages include a pick up or drop off of passenger or car at requested location. We'll also do fluids check, tire check and have your heat or AC on and the car ready for you to go. We offer 24 hour emergency customer service. We are conveniently located 1/2 mile south of Charlevoix Airport and can drop off your car or pick you up and take you to our lot on short notice. Doesn't this beat getting off the plane and shoveling out your car only to find you've got a dead battery! Please consider MAINLAND PARKING for your mainland needs....we're here to serve YOU!


Our Parking Rates:
$3 Day
$5 Overnight
$20 Weekly
$60 Monthly
$110 6 Months
$200 Yearly

(The above information was provided by Mainland Parking.)

Parking at the Charlevoix Airport:

Contact the Airport Manager for parking rates.

Obama 2013 Budget to Effect Beaver Island

The Traverse City Coast Guard Station may be overloaded with missions under the new 2013 budget, and could put an added burden on crews in Northern Michigan.

President Barack Obama's 2013 budget proposal eliminates the air facility in Muskegon and reduces USCG Air Station Traverse City's helicopter fleet by two.

Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the appropriations committee requesting that the senate reject these changes.

"We are concerned that if the President's proposal is adopted the Traverse City air facility will be left dangerously shorthanded." they wrote in the letter.

According to the Coast Guard, Michigan with it's significant Great Lakes' shoreline, has almost a million registered boaters.

USCG Air Station Traverse City currently has five helicopters. If the proposal passes it would leave them with three.

For Beaver Island, this could me that the helicopters out of Traverse City may be involved in other missions, and they may not be available to help do a medical evacuation from Beaver Island.

Peaine Township Meeting on March 14, 2012

The Peaine Township Board meeting on March 14, 2012, at 7 p.m. began as usual with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, but the next public comment was a surprising, but very eloquent statement by Keith Teague on behalf of Fresh Air Aviation. His statement was supportive of the process being undertaken by the BIEMS director Sarah McCafferty and director-in-training Danielle Dedloff, as well as BIRHC Manager Donna Kubic. After Keith's statement, he and wife Rachel needed to leave for a 7:30 p.m. charter flight.

Bill McDonough made some comments about the Air Ambulance process and was followed by Don Spencer who presented a resolution which spelled out a time frame for Michael Slattery's completion of the RFP and sample contracts. This resolution also spelled out a maximum amount of money to be spent on completion of this work. Link to Bill McDonough email made public at the Peaine Township Meeting.

Although there were moments in the meeting in which the business of Peaine Township was handled expeditiously, there were also moments in which the discussion seemed to run on and on and on. One of these was the Freedom of Information Act possible violations and the Open Meeting act possible violations by the Airport Commission. The request of Kirk McBride was to request all committees and commissions of the townships to have a copy of both of these legislative acts present at each meeting, so that differencesof opinion could be resolved more quickly. His second request in the open letter was to invite Charlevoix County Prosecutor Jarema over to the island to provide some direction and some education about what might be acceptable and what might not be acceptable. The board agreed that this couldn't do any harm.

Gary Morgan was reappointed to the Trails Committee. There was discussion about the Emergency Services Authority and the legal advice received by the Peaine Board from their lawyer. When questioned about this, Jack Gallagher replied that it was well worth the money. This information is covered by lawyer-client privilege, so none of this was public information at this time.

Donna Stambaugh was thanked for her fifteen years of service on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Video of the meeting can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Cover - Michigan Travel Guide

You can order a print copy of the guide and/or see the cover and story (52-53) on the Pure Michigan web site. http://www.michigan.org/signup/travel-guide/

It is a shorter version of the Beaver Island story that ran in the July/August 2011 issue of Midwest Living magazine.

Michigan.org has been the most popular state travel website in the country for five years. It had nine million users in 2011. The Pure Michigan / Mid West Living Official State Travel Guide has distribution of several hundred thousand copies.

“This is fantastic for Beaver Island ,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve West. “The cost of three pages in this publication if purchased as advertising would exceed $100,000.”

St. James Township Meeting, March 7, 2012

The minutes and bills were approved. Rick Speck read a large quantity of correspondence including several topics. Joe Moore sent a letter requesting the townships check on the status of the payments made monthly by each electric customer at the rate of $12.25 per month. Kirk McBride and Ken Taylor had sent several emails related to the BI Airport Committee and its purported violations of the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. There were also thank-you letters and letters of interest for posted positions.

There was one report from Jean Wierenga of the Waste Management Committee (WMC) that a new manager had been hired for the Transfer Station. Don Welke, Jr. was hired to this position. There was some discussion about the authority of the WMC to make this decision. Intense discussion of this issue was completed, and Supervisor Speck announced the meeting with Michael Slattery, Leading Edge Aviation Consulting. The informational meeting regarding the Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS will take place March 8, 2012, at the St. James Township Hall at 7 p.m.

New business included a St. James Township Budget for 2012-13 was presented. This budget may be viewed HERE.

The date of March 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. was set for the St. James Township Budget Hearing for 2012-13 followed by the Annual Electors Meeting. Elaine West was reappointed to the BI Airport Committee. Linda McDonough was appointed to the Planning Commission to fill out the term of Jayne Bailey. The board passed the resolution for the Poverty Exemption. The board also voted to write a letter of support for the Charlevoix County Road Commission application for a TIGER grant. It was also discussed to schedule a joint township meeting with the Drain Commissioner and have him make a presentation about the new storm water ordinance.

There was board and public comment.

You can view the entire board meeting by clicking HERE.

Your Help-Broder Book-Our Health Center

Longtime Island summer visitor and Pulitzer Prize winner David S. Broder died last year. In tribute, and as a demonstration of the family's love of Beaver Island , his sons are self-publishing a collection of their father's " Beaver Island " columns in book form, with 100% of money generated from the sales of the books going to benefit the Beaver Island Rural Health Center . They intend to have 1,000 copies printed and sent to the Island by Memorial Day this year, with a price of $25 per book - five books for $100. The Broders are not taking any money from this, at the price point set it would not cover production costs regardless.

With the help of many Islanders, the book will include terrific Island photos so the product will have David Broder's insightful words, stories about the Emerald Isle between 1970 - 2010, plus pictures about Beaver Island . The Broder brothers - George, Josh, Matt and Mike - knowing that it will take "work" by retailers and other nonprofits to distribute copies and make sales to contribute to the Health Center, wish to recognize and reward this monetarily as requested. For those businesses and nonprofits that choose to do so, the Broders are pleased to commit to a payment equal to $1 per book sold. For those enterprises that help sell the books but choose not to submit for this, the Broders sincerely appreciate the gesture, as they express complete gratitude to everyone that embraces this project to support the Health Center .

With assistance from the Chamber of Commerce and Health Center Board of Directors, Donna Kubic and the Health Center will manage this program including getting books out for sale. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce if you wish to be part of this or have questions. ( Chamber@BeaverIsland.org – 231.448.2505 )

Participating retailers and nonprofits will be listed in two donated half page ads about the book in the NorthernIslander this summer and on www.BeaverIsland.org

GLE Power Access Surcharge Thirteen Years Later

Back on May 18, 1999, there was a joint township board meeting at the Peaine Township Hall. This meeting was the final meeting of several public meetings related to how to solve the power issues that the island was having at the time. On the board of the township of Peaine were John Works, Jr., Frank Blatt, Paul Nelson, Buddy Martin, and John McCafferty. On the board of the township of St. James were Don Vyse, Tim McDonough, Jim Wojan, Jean Palmer, and Gary Damstra. All five board members of both townships were sitting at a table with the joint township lawyer Jim Young, who was there to provide legal advice.

The meeting began with the township board members asking questions of the Great Lakes Energy representatives, the consultant for the townships, the townships' attorney, and a representative of the regulatory board for the State of Michigan. After quite a lengthy question and answer period, the public was given an opportunity to comment. Several community members commented and asked questions. Then the township boards asked their final questions and voted to grant a 30-year franchise to Great Lakes energy which included a three-phase cable and the power generators that exist now at the Four Corners.

It has been approximately thirteen years since this meeting took place and the two townships had granted this franchise. This is approximately one-third of the length of the warranty period for the cable and coming up soon will be the halfway point in the thirty year franchise period. As part of this agreement, island residents are required to pay more than an additional twelve dollars on their electric bill over a thirty year period to pay for the cable and the generators, with the amount on this February 2012 electric bill being $12.25 as a surcharge. In addition to this surcharge for every meter, there was to be a higher charge for any new meters added to the power grid on Beaver Island.

It might be a really good idea for the two townships to request an accounting of where this stands by finding out how many meters have been installed since the franchise has been granted, how many meters are currently being charged the surcharge, and whether the surcharge will continue the entire thirty years, seventeen more years from now, or whether the projected pay off will come sooner than that.

$12.25 x 1100 power meters x 12 months x 13 years = $2.102,100.00

Are these numbers anywhere close to correct?

Rich Gillespie took video of this very long meeting, and with his permission, BINN presents the final board discussions, the lawyer's summary of suggested changes, and the two townships as they voted.

Link to Video of this May 18, 1999 Joint Meeting

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.