B. I. News on the 'Net, April 21-27, 2014

Career Tech Education Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, four Beaver Island Community School high school students were recognized for their excellent work in their Career Tech Education classes.  Juniors Meg Works and Hannah Robert (pictured left to right) were recognized for their work in the Advanced Business Education, Services & Technology class.  Sophomores Ryan Boyle and Nick Williams were recognized for excelling in the Allied Health class.  Students, parents and teacher attended the CTE Awards Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Boyne City Conference Center. It was a wonderful evening, celebrating students who value the importance of hard work. Each student received a certificate and pin of excellence.

The Beaver Island Ice Classic Ends

Don Tritsch announced today that the Ice Classic is over. It fell through the ice today 4-28 at 11:01 AM. Bob Tidmore will announce the winner tomorrow .

From the Beaver Island Boat Company

Important news: Ice conditions have improved. If ice and weather conditions continue to be favorable we will be making our first run of the 2014 season tomorrow, April 29, 2014. Departure times are tentatively 9AM from Beaver Island and 12:30PM from Charlevoix. Due to the uncertainty of the ice condition in Lake Michigan, travel times may be longer than 2 hours. We will be contacting customers with outstanding vehicle reservations to reschedule them as soon as we are sure ice conditions are favorable and that we believe weather and ice conditions will allow us to travel for future dates.
If you have freight to drop off at the dock locations, it must be wrapped to withstand being left outdoors (rain, wind, snow, etc) since we have very limited covered space.

Link to BIBCO website

Tell Your Story

A Beaver Island Community Center Project

Don't Miss This Great Opportunity

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is a Shamrock City film that is being worked on. The Community Center is providing and opportunity for those that might wish to be a part of the Tell Your Story.

This spur of the moment opportunity will take place on Tuesday. Please call Ann Partridge to schedule your chance to answer these four questions:

1. Where did your relatives or family come from?

2. How did they get here?

3. What did they do / work at when they arrived here?

4. An interesting (but short!) anectdote from your family history?

Want to tell your story? We invite you to tell your or your family's story as part of the Shamrock City project.

 

Interview with Sheri Richards

Suzuki String Instructor

 

Community Chamber Orchestra meets Thursdays at 2:30 pm at Holy Cross. Other classes begin at 3:20 the same day.

Spring String Serenade

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The String students, part of the Crooked Tree Arts Council program, performed today, April 27, 2014, after the COA Congregate Dinner at the Beaver Island Community Center. The program was quite impressive as was the number of string players. There were students of the BICS playing along with the adults in the string program as well. Those young people in the string program this year include Sophie McDonough, Micah Richards, Lia Slezak, Sierra Woodring, Kai Drost, Zander Drost, Elisha Richards, Simeon Richards, and Anna Slezak. The adults in the program includ Theresa McDonough and Mark Englesman on violin, Sally Stebbins on viola, and Julie Slezak on cello.

The program has some thank yous on it. They included: all who have encouraged us and made this program possible through your generous, Gerber Strings Program, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Beaver Island Community School, Beaver Island Community Center, Glen McDonough Memorial Fund, and Ann Partridge.

There was a quote on the program reproduced here: "It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit." ----S. Suzuki

Pictures of the performers:

Sheri and Julie

Sheri introduces the Twinkle Group

The Twinkle Group and Julie as accompanist

Each of the Twinkle Group played a solo.

Beethoven's "Minuet in G"

Dvorak's "Humoresque"

Bayly's "Long Long Ago"

Chorus from "Judas Maccabaeus"

Seitz's "Concerto No. 5, 1st Movement"

Chamber Ensemble played Rigg's "In the Pirate's Wake," and Telemann's "Sinfonia"

The Community Chamber Group performed: Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," "Twinkle Theme," and "Boil the Cabbage"

Video of the performances is HERE

5th and 6th Grade Play

The 5th and 6th Grade Play took place last night, April 25, 2014, to a completely sold out auditorium at the Beaver Island Community Center beginning at 7 p.m. This entire program including the raffle winners announcements was live streamed on the Internet by Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Approximately twenty different unique IP addresses watched the program with some locations having four or five people watching the program together.

The BICS's 5th and 6th Graders presented "Holiday Celebrities: Criminal Justice" by Bryan Starchman. The program was made up of nine scenes entitled 'The Big Three,' Take My Wife, PLEASE," 'The Odd Couple: Mother Nature and Father Time,' To Tell the Tooth,' The REALLY Odd Couple,' 'Witch Upon a Star,' Breaking and Eastering,' 'Revenge of the Disgruntled Elf,' and 'Plea Bargain.'

The program and performers was introduced by 5th and 6th Grade Teacher Deb Robert

The play has traditionally been performed to raise funds for the 5th and 6th Graders' trip to Camp Hayowentha. The program began with a slide show of last year's trip. Here is a picture from last year's trip.

The back of the program provided a very special thank you to the following people:

"Ms. Pam Moxham for everything you do, always! We love you!

Ms. Ann Partridge for her assistance with all things technical.

Colleen Martin for making the costumes of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Witch, and Leprechaun; and Tina Drost for the Tooth Fairy!

Kim Jones and Kim Mitchell for their assistance with the raffle!

Frank Solle for taking pictures at our dress rehearsal.

Joe Moore for live streaming this production so off-Island family and friends can join in the fun!

Travis Williams for creating the Hayo-Went-Ha video!

Entire Beaver Island Community for their continued dedication to and support of our kids!

And last but not least, to a set of immensely supportive colleagues and a set of immensely supportive parents who help us with everything--ALWAYS!

We thank you!"

Pictures from the program available HERE

Video of the entire program available HERE

BIBCO Cancels Friday and Monday Trips

The 2014 scheduled ferry runs for Friday, April 25, 2014, and Monday, April 28, 2014, have been cancelled due to extreme ice conditions on Lake Michigan between Charlevoix and Beaver Island.
Ferry service will begin when ice conditions permit and we are able to safely operate our vessel. Please refer to our website and Facebook page for any updates.

Lighthouse School Students Raise Funds

After putting on a wonderful Spaghetti Dinner at the Peaine Township Hall not too long ago, the Beaver Island Lighthouse School staff and students put on a fundraising Spaghetti Dinner tonight, April 24, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The building had three rows of tables and chairs set up for the guests with lots of hungry attendees. The lighthouse students were providing excellent service while putting out a very well balanced, yet wonderful dinner. Josh Runberg, Lighthouse School chef, was working to put out a very excellent meal for all those present. Vegetarian and Meat Spaghetti Sauces were available to provide a completely satisfying meal.

Very short clip of attendees

 

Second very short clip of attendees

 

Individuals enjoying the dinner

Yes, it's good!

A very well attended fundraiser!

Lil Gregg is served her special dessert. (She made the dessert for the dinner.)

Josh and students working to get the meal served

The food du jour

The clean-up crew.........The greeters at the door

And a wonderful time was had by all!

A huge THANK-YOU goes out to the students and staff of the Lighthouse School for their wonderful hospitality at tonight's dinner at the GFC. Because of their efforts and the generous contributions from our community, $1,271 was raised tonight for the Capital Fund Drive for the church's roof!!

New Business to Open Memorial Day

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Tonight

Fundraiser for the roof on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.

The Dune Swale Complex

An example of a Beaver Island Birding Trail sign

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is in the process of placing interpretive signage at birding hot spot site numbers 15, 20, 25, 32, and 32.  This Dune Swale Sign will be placed across the road from Wagner Campground.  Their signs are to be installed prior to the BIBT dedication.

Meadow Voles

by Doug Reeves, assistant chief, DNR Wildlife Division

As I was walking along a small rivulet adjacent to a field recently, something darted across the little stream so quickly that--even though I glanced as fast as I could --all I saw was a small wake the animal left. Then it darted quickly down the edge of the stream and off into the grass. At that point I was able to identify it as a meadow vole.

Meadow voles, or meadow "mice" as I have often heard them called, are the base of the food chain in many grassland-dominated areas. Theirs is a very important function in that regard, and to say that they multiply like rabbits is putting it mildly, when conditions are right. Several species of hawks and owls, shrikes, red and gray fox, coyote, bobcat, weasels, mink and several species of snakes all find meadow voles a menu favorite. So they have to produce like crazy for the population to persist! But they have many other traits and behaviors that are worthy of admiration.

As their name implies, meadow voles live in grassland areas. They seem to like moist, grassy areas best and are frequently near water along marsh edges or streams. They are herbivores, eating grasses and forbs, but they can sometimes be seen cleaning up sunflowers and other seeds under bird feeders. Last summer we had a few meadow voles doing just that. One was either albino or piebald, the only such creature I have ever seen. We saw it for several weeks, which surprised me since so many things seek to eat voles, and that one stood out against the background of the short grass and soil. It would seem to have been more easily detected than its normally colored companions. The normal coloration for meadow voles is almost black.

Meadow voles are active all year. During winter they create trails in the grass under the snow. When the snow melts, their trails are readily evident, and as the snow is leaving you can sometimes see a vole running on those trails between patches of snow. For people who have manicured lawns, the voles' activity might be irritating, but for those of us who don’t put a premium on keeping a weed-free, closely cropped lawn, it is kind of cool to see their trails in the spring and realize how much life was going on under the snow. Meadow voles are also the creatures that leave a single round hole in the snow where they appear to come up for a bit of sun and fresh air during winter. Sometimes in snow a foot or more deep you will find a hole with a couple droppings next to it as you snowshoe across a field or marsh. Occasionally one of those holes has wing marks around it and a drop of blood, indicating that a predatory bird was successful at ambushing the vole, but most often the vole just goes back down the hole and on with its business. In summer, they live at, and even below, ground level, sometimes using mole runs as their highways. That keeps them out of sight of aerial predators.

Meadow voles make nests out of grass. They look like small haystacks a little bigger than a softball and are often found at the base of a clump of brush, under or adjacent to a log, or in a group of grass-covered rocks. Baby voles are born naked, with unopened eyes, and they grow up in these nests, then spread out and find their own place to live. Mortality is high, and the average life span of a vole is probably weeks or months rather than years. During wetter years they are particularly productive, but during dry years they do not produce as many young or as frequently. Field studies have shown that northern harriers (a.k.a marsh hawks) and barn owls, where they occur, are also much more productive in years when meadow vole numbers are high. They keep the food chain cranking!

Meadow voles are short-legged, short tailed, pudgy little creatures, but they are remarkably fast when they need to get to safety. I am frequently amazed that they can move so quickly. Most sightings are very brief, lasting only a couple of seconds or less, but sometimes when I am just relaxing along the edge of a field I get the opportunity to watch them collect grass or move about at a less hurried pace. It is then that I contemplate what a difference those little critters make in our world and yet how few people realize their ecological importance.

Learn more about the meadow vole.

How can you help conserve Michigan wildlife and their habitats? There are several easy ways:

With increased funding to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, we can boost our efforts to conserve and manage Michigan’s wildlife. Join us in protecting the natural, wild and wonderful things that make MiNature.

Photo courtesy of Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

More Early Spring Pictures

The osprey is back, looking a little rough. Barney's Lake still has ice on most of the lake.

In the shallow end of Barney's Lake there are lots of geese and ducks.

Lots of deer seen on the drive down Sloptown. This one didn't run away, just stopped and looked.

Beaver Island Phragmites Control

protecting our natural areas

by Cindy Ricksgers

http://stoptheinvasives.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/narrow-leaf-cattail/

As promised, this is the first installment of our "Top 10 Invasive Species" countdown (David Letterman, eat your heart out!).

I’m starting at the end of the list, with Narrow-Leaf Cattail.

We all know the cattail plant, I think. Cattails have gone in and out of favor as a decorative accent in flower arrangements, but they’re a fairly common road-side sight.

The narrow-leaf cattail is a plant that did not originate here. Because of that, it has an advantage.

The scientific name is Typha angustifolia, and was first noted in Michigan in 1837.

Like most invasive species, narrow-leaf cattail forms a monoculture that replaces native plants in high quality natural areas. Its roots produce dense mats of rhizomes. Its leave produce a thick litter layer that reduces the opportunity for other plants to establish or survive. This reduces critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures.

Many areas that were once diverse plant and animal habitat are now solid stands of cattails.

Narrow-leaf cattail grows 3-6 feet tall. Long (2-5 feet), narrow and flattened leaves show up in the Spring. Flowers emerge mid-Summer. The male part of the flower is the distinctive velvet brown, cigar-shaped protuberance that we all associate with the cattail. The female part of the flowers emerges above that, on each stem.This is where invasive cattail can be easily distinguished from native (Typha latifolia) cattails. There is a distinct gap on the stem between the male and female flowers, on the invasive narrow-leaf cattail. This gap does not exist on the native plants.

click to enlarge

Each plant can produce up to 250,000 seeds in a single year. The seeds can remain viable for one hundred years! Reproduction is possible not only by seed dispersal, but by the thick, rapidly-spreading lateral rhizomes. To add to the horror, narrow-leaf cattail has been known to hybridize with native cattails, creating a strain that is even more difficult to control. According to the USDA Forest Service,  the habitat for narrow-leaf cattail includes: wetlands; lake shores; river backwaters; roadsides; ditches; disturbed wet areas; bogs; fresh or brackish marshes, lakes and ponds. It can thrive in either nutrient-rich or slightly saline soils.

Pretty intimidating, isn’t it?

Add to that the fact that measures that might wipe out this invasive species could also destroy habitat for many native species (thus paving the way for other invaders), and the challenge we face becomes evident.

The best recommendations set the goal at controlling the spread and density of this plant.

The first step is awareness, then identification. Where water levels can be controlled, flooding (to more than 48″ deep) can be used to inhibit growth or spread. Some waterfowl graze on the young plants. Controlled burns have been used to get rid of thatch, stalks and leaf litter, but does not kill all the rhizomes. Cutting and disposing of seed heads is a good defense.

As with all invasive species, this is an uphill struggle…and the slope is steep. We need all the help we can get!

Emerald Isle Out for Sea Trials

AIS at 10:00 a.m. on April 23, 2014

From the Beaver Island Boat Company:

Due to favorable winds, the ice in St. James Harbor has blown out into Lake Michigan. This open water will allow Beaver Island Boat Company to conduct some engine testing.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, we will be conducting sea trials with the Emerald Isle (weather permitting). We plan to take the Emerald Isle outside of the St. James Harbor to conduct these tests.
We will not be making the crossing to Charlevoix at this time. Ice conditions between Beaver Island and Charlevoix have not yet improved to the point where we can make the crossing.

Emerald Isle coming back into the harbor approximately 11:20 a.m. April 23, 2014

(picture by Lynn Cary)

Moment to Moment

by Cindy Ricksgers

I’ve been taking quite a few pictures lately, that record the slow crawl into Spring on Beaver Island this year.

The snow is receding, no doubt, but still blankets half of my garden and much of my yard. Temperatures are rising, but the dampness creates a chill. It’s not time, yet, to turn off the heaters. The ice in Lake Michigan is still posing a challenge; our ferry boat just announced a further delay of their first trip. Flooding and freezing are still creating drainage problems. Every day there are more signs of Spring; every day there are a dozens reminders of the Winter that just doesn’t want to let go.

I am watching---and waiting.

Too much waiting leads to discouragement.

I’ve written about it before.

Waiting is that limbo state that anticipates but doesn’t offer anything. It delays and postpones. I fall easily into it at any time of year; this particular Spring is only one example.

Waiting becomes the place I am in.

When the wait is over, something will happen.

When the house warms up, it will be easier to finish all of my Spring projects.

When the snow and ice are gone, I’ll be able to get back into the garden.

When the snow melts and the water recedes, I’ll be able to get back into a good walking regimen.

When it gets warmer, I’ll feel more like eating lighter and healthier meals.

When--when--when....

What does that leave, right now? This lumpy, lazy, slothful person waiting for the elusive "when!"

No wonder I’m discouraged!

This is an old battle, with me. I’m a procrastinator by nature and have sufficient skills in logic to justify and explain.

I’m also too smart to be misled by my "logic" for long.

Then, it’s time to dust myself off and give myself a good stern "talking-to". It’s time to rise up out of my slump and get busy. Time to appreciate each moment, frosty or not. Time to mark accomplishments, not just days off the calendar.

Life is too short, really, for waiting.

Dr. Frank R. Olney M.D Passes Away

Dr. Frank Olney passed away on April 22, 2014, at his home on Beaver Island.

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Hohner Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Hohner Funeral Home with Brian Lutz officiating.
Interment will be held in Mendon Cemetery with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170.


Obituary Notice

Frank R. Olney M.D., age 77, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at his home on Beaver Island. He was born December 4, 1936, to Dr. Francis and Mildred (Cornell) Olney, in Detriot, MI. He was raised in Grosse Pointe and spent summers in Leonidas with his beloved Uncle Harold. Dr. Harold Olney mentored his nephew and helped shape one of the most kind, genuine,and unique gentleman ever known.
Frank followed in the tradition of his family and became a physician. He graduated Wayne State University Medical School in 1961. He was an intern and resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and ultimately started a private practice in Centreville, MI. “Doc” Olney practiced medicine for forty years.
Dr. Olney was united in marriage to Christine M. Nagel on June 2, 1962. Just as their new life together was beginning and his practice was opening, he was drafted into the US Army. Their first child, Andrea Elon was born in 1965, while stationed in Nebraska. Captain Olney served in Vietnam. He was proud of his service to his country, often marching in the Memorial Day parade in his dress blues.
Frank and Cris created a home and raised a family on Lake Templene. The Olney’s household was always filled with kids and all were welcomed at the Olney house.
Frank was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Andrea on June 12, 1985, and his wife Cris on Nov. 10, 1997.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his son, Francis “Frank” Olney, of Three Rivers; daughters, Megan (Terry) Walsh, of Schoolcraft, Beth (Paeder) McGrane, of Dublin, Ireland, and Jillian Olney, of Chicago, IL.; Grandchildren, Mary Catherine, Vincent, and Margaret Morris.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Hohner Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Hohner Funeral Home with Brian Lutz officiating.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be donated to the AMVETS Post 46 of Beaver Island or the American Heart Association. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Beaver Island Nature Preserves and Trails

From the Chamber of Commerce

Nominated For Citizen of the Year

The following nominations for the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce 2013 Citizen of the Year award were received prior to the deadline. The recipient of the award for 2013 will be selected soon by the Chamber board of directors. The winner will be announced on May 17 at the awards banquet.

Eric & Dana Hodgson

Don & Joan Vyse

Employees of the Beaver Island Boat Company

Doug Gillespie

Mike Myers

Andy Kohls

Father Jim Doherty

Beaver Island Airport Commission--past and present

Bill McDonough

Don Vyse

Citizen of the Year Award Banquet

Stoney Acre to Cater at Holy Cross Hall--May 17

This year’s Citizen of the Year awards banquet will be held on Saturday, May 17th, at Holy Cross Hall and will be catered by Stoney Acre Grill. Cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the announcement of this year’s Citizen of the Year. It is always a wonderful evening to honor those who go above and beyond for the benefit of Beaver Island.

Please call Stoney Acre at 231.448.2560 for your reservation and please give them a menu choice from one of the wonderful meals listed below. The cost for the meal will be $25 and does not include tax and gratuity.

Beverages are extra. A cash bar will be available with wine, beer and spirits. The Chamber of Commerce and select members will pick up the tab for beer and wine.

Menu Choices:

Sirloin Tips Gaelic - Braised Sirloin Tips w/ Shallots, Garlic and Seasoning, deglazed w/ Irish Mist and finished w/ Cream. Served over Penne Pasta and topped w/ Grated Ramano.

Roast Chicken Piccata Prcini-Roast - Bone-in Select Chicken Breast Topped w/ a Lemon-Parsley Sauce and accented w/ Porcini Mushrooms. Served w/ New Potatoes and Asparagus.

Baked Rainbow Trout Nantua-Whole - Butterflied Rainbow Trout topped w/ a Shrimp-Butter Sauce and Grilled Prawns. Served w/ Wild Rice Pilaf and Asparagus.

All dinners are served with Amuse, Small Garden Salad, Herbed Bread and Dessert.

Open Water in the Harbor

4/22/14 10 a.m. If you are standing at the public beach looking out the mouth of the harbor, you will see open water, and it looks like the harbor is open with no ice to worry about. Until, you look toward the BIBCO dock, the St. James Marine dock, the Bud Martin dock, and the Beaver Island Marina dock. There is still plenty of ice in the harbor on this side of the harbor. There are no fish tugs moving to try to get the ice broken out on this frozen side of the harbor.

The view from the playground

Still lots of ice, seemingly locked in ice, on this side of the harbor

Video of the situation

 

The Morning After

4/22/14 9:30 a.m. The story below of the flooding of the King's Highway has so far had a happy ending, or at least a positive middle. A quick run out to Tight's Hill showed that the water was no longer running over the road. The movement of the water has, however, destroyed the pavement on the east side of the road. It now looks more like gravel than pavement. There are potholes as well, so perhaps slowing down as you approach this area would be a good idea. There is still a lot of run-off water running through the now open culvert. It is moving quite quickly as well. There still is water on the roadway on the west side of the road, and lots of snow and ice yet to melt.

Sounds and sights of running water

 

Flooding of the King's Highway

One of the culverts at the bottom of theTight's Hill was filled with ice and had frozen. All of the swamp water had backed up on the west side of the road until there was too much water to be contained by the roadway. The water began running across the road making the situation a little risky. Doug Gillespie contacted Jim Wojan, and Jim and his crew went to work using a jet pump and plastic pipe. They worked hard to get the jet through the frozen ice in the culvert. Slowly, but surely their efforts paid off, and about ten minutes after these pictures and video were taken, right after this reported left the scene, they jetted their way through the ice and were able to get a trickly of water moving through the culvert.

The moving water melted the small jetted hole larger and larger and the culvert was opened up.

View from north to south

At work using the jet pump.....water on west side of the road

Water running across the road........East side of the road

Apparently the pipe kept hanging up on something, so it was taken out of the culvert and turned around. Then the procedure began again. Jim Wojan and Steve Crandall working to get the pipe back in and the pump running.

The log used to measure the depth of the water

One last look on 4/21/14 at the workers and the water

Video of the flooding

 

Kudos to Doug Gillespie and Jim Wojan and his crew in getting this issue resolved.

Another Sign of Spring

Sandhill cranes in the corn field on Sloptown

Video of the sandhills and their spring antics

 

COA Dinner and Spring Strings Serenade

Ice on the Lake from Charlevoix to Beaver

Pictures courtesy of Phyllis Moore

Lots of ice

Phyllis said, "There was some open water out there, but not any areas that were bigger than Round Lake."

Cell phone video by Phyllis Moore, edited and converted on 4/21/14

 

From the BI Boat Company

The 2014 scheduled ferry run for April 25th has been cancelled due to extreme ice conditions on Lake Michigan between Charlevoix and Beaver Island. 

Ferry service will begin when ice conditions permit and we are able to safely operate our vessel.  Please refer to our website and Facebook page for any updates.

     

Links

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Peaine Township Meeting,

March 12, 2014

Video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Meeting, March 5, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee, March 18, 2014

Video of this meeting is HERE

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

•  FALL & WINTER HOURS:

Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

 

Community Center Information for April

Activities............................Movies

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource 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 Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed HERE

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

 

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

Beaver Island District Library Board 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!

Easter Brunch Well Attended

Over eighty of the island people attended the Easter Brunch invitation that was held this morning and noon at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. A complete layout of brunch items was set up just inside the windows of the center. Besides scrambled eggs, pancakes, ham, rolls of many different kinds, Lil's breakfast caserole, fruit mixes, hash brown potoatoes, some other breakfast caseroles, salads, as well as coffee, tea, orange juice and water.

This community brunch has been a tradition of the Beaver Island Christian Church for many decades. It was very nice to see reprentatives from most of the island churches attend the brunch on this day of celebration for the Christian religion. If you missed this wonderful meal, you can plan on attending one next year as the tradition continues.

Many thanks to Judi Meister for her organization of this year's brunch. Thanks also to Joshua, John, and Carol Runberg for their help in the kitchen with pancakes and eggs. Thanks also to Rose, Tom, and others who also helped out, making this another successful community event.

Cellos in a Storm


A haunting, mellow, yet invigorating song.
This song features a cello duet, taking place during a thunderstorm. It is amazing how the thunderstorm mixes back and forth with the music, almost as if it is playing along with the composition. But not really!
All of the nature sounds that you hear in the background, including the thunderstorm, are actually individual sound effects that are mixed into what I call, a "Virtual Environment".
See the "Discussions" tab on my YouTube page for more information about how I create these virtual environments.
I hope you enjoy, "Cellos in a Storm"

Created by Ted Nicholas, copyright 2007
About my Virtual Environments

Many of my compositions include nature sounds, mixed into what I call a virtual environment. For example, when listening to a seashore, you can hear the waves rolling in onto the beach, seagulls darting about overhead, a distant ship's horn, even loons calling from the distance, while songbirds echo from the trees.
This is "not" a recording of the seashore. Rather, it is many different sound effects recorded individually and mixed together as a composition in GarageBand. Many of the sound effects that I use in this "mixing" are supplied with the GarageBand software. Additionally, some of the sound effects I recorded myself, in Summit County Colorado, or right here on Beaver Island. Some of the sound effects were also downloaded from websites like the "US Fish and Wildlife Service".
Some of my virtual environment projects have as many as 10 or 12 audio tracks in them, with multiple tracks being used for the same type of sound effect. For example, the "Island Bells" song contains three "waves" tracks, and includes waves supplied with the GarageBand software, a softer waves sound downloaded from online, and several individual waves recorded on Beaver Island. None of these "wave sounds" are longer than 10 seconds each. By mixing and repeating the sounds back and forth across three separate tracks, along with spreading the sounds from left to right across the stereo spectrum, I ended up with a more natural seashore sound of waves crashing on the beach, that does not simply repeat over and over. So keep in mind, if you hear songbirds in my compositions it is actually several individual songbird recordings mixed over two or three separate tracks and spread from left to right individually. In some of my compositions, I even use virtual sound font instruments, a rain stick for example, with special filters applied to give it a recorded nature sound, like soft waves. I have used a echoey distant flute to mimic the loons, or even a staccato flute and clarinet to add fill to the songbirds.
Many of my compositions will contain both virtual environments, and musical instruments. Some of these ended up with so many tracks in them that the final composition was actually the mixing of two or three separate GarageBand projects. A first project to compose and mix all of the nature sounds. A second project to compose the musical portions, many virtual instruments often mixed with my own live recordings. Then a third GarageBand project to mix the first two projects together. Some of these types of compositions took several months to complete.
Why didn't I just go out and simply record a forest or seashore? Many times while recording in the wild, you will inadvertently record sounds that you do not wish to include. Sounds like; airplanes flying overhead, a burst of wind hitting the microphone, my own clothes rustling, a car driving by on a distant road, or even myself coughing or clearing my throat. Because of these accidental inclusions, using refined sound clips actually works better. In most of my compositions I am trying to present a certain mood or feeling. Having more control over the individual sound effects helps me keep them in line with the mood or feeling I am trying to present in the composition.
So, while you listen to my compositions you are hearing actual recorded nature sounds, but the virtual environment that they create was carefully orchestrated by me.
I hope you enjoy my "virtual environments" as well as my many musical compositions and recordings.

"Virtual Environments", created by Ted Nicholas.

I Owe It All Too Smoked Fish

by Paul Cole


Fishing the lakes for years my Dad decided to have a market down at our boathouse on the harbor. We put in a floor, closed things off, cooler, scale and a cash register and off we went. We would brine the fish and then smoke them for hours with apple wood, slowly and sell them at the market. We did not make a million, but it allowed us to buy gallon milk and few other things--like rosary beads and light a candle for some poor soul like Kevin G.


Us boodlers would ride around after mass (after saying the rosary)--with some holy water--of the PBR kind. I always kept a key to the fish market just in case we had a “hankering” for some smoked fish--usually about 1ish--in the evening. We would unlock the door and grab some fish out of the coolers, crackers, and some “smoked fish dip”, and continue our rides on a warm summer nights.
The labor of the business (us) defiantly affected the profit margin if it was a nice summer. That summer was when I learned the importance of not “losing your keys.” I owe it all too smoked fish--It started teaching me responsibility--how to eat while driving! That is an important skill for the adult world--and one of the most important skills to learn when your boodling--and I owe it all too smoked fish.

Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

                                     

You know the routine! Please bring your handmade garden-related art pieces and craft items to the BIRHC lobby for summer bidding. We will accept decorated birdhouses, Garden signs, hand painted pots for decks or porches, framed photos and artwork of flowers, landscapes,  birds, butterflies, etc Any merchant wanting to support us can offer items such as work gloves, tshirts, tools,  fertilizer, (all garden-related). We will put them together in "packages" to auction off. The auction begins June st and ends after the Garden Tour. The proceeds from your donations will be used to continue our Wellness Garden efforts as well as Forest View Landscape Project this year. Last summers auction  of birdhouses alone brought in over $750! Thank you again to all our participants.

Connie, Leonor and the Wellness Gardeners

YOU, Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker, YOU!

In the maple tree on Carlisle Road

First seeing this bird in the maple tree, it was suggested that it might be a woodpecker. However, this bird was not pecking at the tree. It look like he was interested in the sap of maple oozing out of the holes made by a woodpecker over the winter. This one flew off, and yet another one came up the tree from the bottom of the trunk.

EMS Responds to the BIRHC

Six minutes after the beginning of the Holy Cross Catholic Church Holy Thursday service, April 17, 2014, the pager went off for Beaver Island EMS. Beaver Island EMS is paged to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center for a patient with an acute abdomen, an abdominal illness. Both the BIRHC provider and BIEMS determined that the patient needed to go to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. The patient was flown off Beaver Island at the level of Advanced Life Support using the Island Airways aircraft licensed by BIEMS as an air transport vehicle for just such emergencies.

From the BI Boat Company

The 2014 scheduled ferry runs for April 21 & 23 have been cancelled due to extreme ice conditions on Lake Michigan between Charlevoix and Beaver Island.  The next scheduled run after these dates is April 25th, however, if conditions do not substantially improve, this trip may also be cancelled.

Ferry service will begin when ice conditions permit and we are able to safely operate our vessel.  Please refer to our web page www.bibco.com  and Facebook page for any updates.

Beauty in the Snow

Every island person living here right now is pretty sick and tired of snow, but there really is beauty in the snow whether it is the way the snow makes the pine trees look, the snow along a branch, or the snow beginning to turn into ice crystals. Here is the close-up of the snow and ice crystals.

The snow and ice crystals on the trees and deck at 8 a.m., 4/16/14

A closer look

Even closer look

Information on School Election, May 6, 2014

Road Commission Accepts Bid for King's Highway Project

Thanks to Rich Gillespie for the information provided here.

The 3.85 miles of the Kings Highway are one step closer to completion as the Charlevoix County Road Commission approved the bid of Rieth-Riley Construction in the amount of $1.75 million for the project. The project is not just the paving as some may think. There is a lot more to do in preparation for the paving. The project includes "grading, drainage improvements, bituminous paving, intersection paving, aggregate shoulders, and restoration of the Kings Highway." Kings Highway is a county road. This project is to have a tentative completion date of September 12, 2014.

The information comes from a road commission document prepared on April 14, 2014, by James G. Vanek, staff engineer.

B. I. Christian Church Newsletter 2014

Announcements/Ads

Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation

http://beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School


On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd
9:30-11:30

For children ages 3-12.


(Imagination Stations, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 3rd
Details to follow.***
As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 (home) 231 675 7155 (cell)
Or email me at debbier@bics.us

This program is sponsored by: BI Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, ST. James Episcopal Mission & the BI Lighthouse Fellowship


***Volunteers Needed***
***Donations Welcome***

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 21

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)

04/27/14

Shamrock

05/18/14

Stoney Acre

06/15/14

Dalwhinnie

07/20/14

Shamrock

08/17/14

Stoney Acre

McDonough's Winter Hours

Moonday-Friday 8-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 11-1

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

B I Christian Church Ministers


pastors for April

27: Pastor Harold Kruse

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

FOURTH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR PLANNED

Save the date of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, (RAIN OR SHINE!)

Where: Beaver Island North End Gardens  -- 9 am until 4pm

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

This years all day tour will be through the gardens of 6 unique residences starting early with a wake-up al fresco breakfast,  having lunch at the Beaver Island Lodge, then ending with a dessert tea and home tour. Each host will be showing us the highlights of their gardens; some being container gardens, some with elaborate decks and water systems. All of them as unique as their proud owners.

As usual the price will reflect the cost of the lunch and transportation as needed.  We ask you to remember that the ticket price will include a donation to the Wellness Garden and Forestview Apt. Landscape Project.

More details including price and transportation logistics will be in the June newspapers and at Beaver Island News on the Net starting June 1st.

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)

BINGO News

Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp on first and third Wednesday!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
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 15, 2014
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

The Beaver Island Waste Management Committee met at the Peaine Hall on April 15, 2014. Present was a quorum of the committee members with Angel Welke calling in from off-Island. Members pressent were Bill Kohls, Bill Haggard, Jean Wierenga, Ernie Marting, and Joe Moore.

The committee had quite a full agenda, but, even though the meeting started a little late, it was over within just over an hour. The minutes were approved. Ernie Martin was welcomed as the At-Large member of the WMC, having been approved by both townships. Brad Swearingen gave the transfer station manager's report . Angel Welke spoke to a needed fix in the budget. There was a discussion of the purchase of a roll-off truck, and discussion about who would evaluate the possibilities. Brad was requested to bring his recommendation to the committee for next month's meeting. Brad was told to bring a recommendation to the board for next month's meeting.

The employee review was presented by Brad Swearingen, his review of Bob Marsh and Amy Burris being positive. The issue of increase in wages was discussed. There was a motion to increase the employees hourly wages by 3% to match the townships' rate of increase for cost of living.

The bids for transport of the waste from Beaver Island to the mainland were opened. It was noted that there was a significant savings to be had by using St. James Marine Company compared to the Beaver Island Boat Company. The board voted to approve the St. James Marine bid.

There was significant discussion about using the 30 yard open container for shingles. The board discussed possibilities related to cost including labor and shipping. There was a tentative cost discussed, but since the first request had come from the Christian Church, since they did not have a need until September 2014, and since the costs needed to be researched, it was decided to table the cost determination until the research was completed, possibly by tne next meeting.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Spaghetti Dinner at Peaine Hall

April 14, 2014

The Beaver Island Lighthouse School students provided a spaghetti dinner including salad, spaghetti, and homemade desserts on Monday, April 14, 2014. Seniors were served at 5:30 p.m. The doors will open to the rest of the ages at 6 p.m. Quite a few came out to support the Lighthouse students. The dinner was provided for a Free Will Donation on Monday evening!

This event is meant to introduce the community to the Lighthouse students, and the event also gives the Lighthouse students an opportunity to serve others. This evening was all about the Lighthouse students and their mentors at the Lighthouse School. Although all students didn't get his/her picture taken, meet some of these wonderful young people.

We start with Josh Runberg who cooks down at the Lighthouse School.

A couple of helpers in the kitchen.

Individual students and some posing with Steve Finch

Attendees and servers and staff

Locals out for spaghetti and one came from Traverse City for the dinner

An a good time and a good meal was had by all!

Video of the early dinner and introductions:

 

Beaver Island Traverse Magazine Ad

The full page ad will run in the May issue of Traverse Magazine. The colorful advertisement follows one in the April edition of the popular northern Michigan publication. “This is an important landmark in group member cooperation in the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce marketing effort,” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West. “Competitors put there money together in support of the whole Beaver Island community. It’s great to see such team work.”

Illusions of My Inner Vision

by Ted Nicholas

Illusions of My Inner Vision
A poetic description, by Ted Nicholas

A persistence of words as I lay down my head,
haunting my dreams from my nurturing bed.
Avoidance avails me nothing each night,
as I struggle to sleep through diminishing light.
And so, as morning seeps forth from yesterday,
I wrestle for what my words want to say.
To illustrate the haunting, I succumb the decision.
And express to the world my lingering vision.

I see...
Granular shadows of both black-and-white,
mix brilliantly blue-white in the deepening night
A shimmering curtain, sand drawn over my sight
washed sparkling red in each morning's light.

Glowing white ripples begin to play,
Floating like seabirds on the morning breeze.
Dancing and hovering, not here to stay,
each vanish from sight with an elegant ease.

Ghostly reflections hover before me,
layers of remnants from an earlier time.
Lingering shapes from across my sea,
wavey memories from my optical mind.

Dark shapes float by, I strive to see them.
Here and gone before I recognize.
Like shadowy bubbles on a stream, they blend
in the narrowing tunnel engulfing my eyes.

Still...
Please don't feel sad on this beautiful day,
for such is my wandering fate.
None of us knows what our lives may say
as it delivers our future plate.
To be happy in the here and now, I feel
is better than some may ever know
To embrace a current life that is real
no matter which path it may show.

So
As my eyesight diminishes, more with each year
and this terrible beauty inside increases,
I discover I no longer react from my fear
It is my mind's eye that now besieges
my wonder and amazement at life's turning past
I have no real choice in my mind's decision.
For all things in this world are not meant to last.
And I relinquish my eyes to my Inner Vision.

A few tips: (offered for better awareness and understanding.)
Of note, the above poetry describes the optical sensations and so-called illusions that many people see after losing their eyesight. It is a known fact that most people who are born with eyesight, and subsequently lose it, experience what I am describing above, in some form. The medical reasoning for this has to do with the optical centers of the brain becoming dependent on eyesight. When the eyesight is no longer supplied by the eyes, the optical centers of the brain will invent illusions to replace the lost sight. Inconsequently, people who make use of sensory deprivation tanks have reported many of the same illusions.
Note, blindness does not mean blackness or darkness. What I tried to poetically describe above is actually what I see, whether my eyes are open or closed. In my particular eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, these "Illusions" are also triggered or enhanced from any light source. Because each person's mind is individual, the created illusions could be just as individual. Although, many people seem to see the black-and-white TV noise pattern, and the glowing white curly ripples. Red and blue sparkles, white and red flashes, dark floaters, bright halos, and even organic honeycomb patterns are also common.

So keep this in mind when interacting with someone who has low vision, or diminishing eyesight. Turning on a bright light may or may not help them. Moving things to what seems like an obvious position, may not be obvious to them. It is always best to ask, then listen to what they say, then help if needed.

Additionally, many people who lose their eyesight, in part or in whole, not only see these illusions but also have an increased awareness of their hearing. It is amazing how the brain can sort out the billions of bits of visual information that enters one's eyes every split second. We are not born knowing how to do this. It is something that we train ourselves to do as infants. After a loss of eyesight, the increased awareness of our hearing forces us to train ourselves again.  So, if you are conversing with someone who has lost eyesight and they seem a bit distracted, they may simply be dealing with visual illusions, and sorting out their hearing. Just give them a moment, and politely ask if they need you to repeat something.

Feel free to share this anywhere that you wish. If you do, please include the entire text.

Illusions of my Inner Vision.
Written by Ted Nicholas, 2014.

FOURTH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR PLANNED

Save the date of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, (RAIN OR SHINE!)

Where: Beaver Island North End Gardens  -- 9 am until 4pm

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

This year's all day tour will be through the gardens of 6 unique residences starting early with a wake-up al fresco breakfast,  having lunch at the Beaver Island Lodge, then ending with a dessert tea and home tour. Each host will be showing us the highlights of their gardens; some being container gardens, some with elaborate decks and water systems. All of them as unique as their proud owners.

As usual the price will reflect the cost of the lunch and transportation as needed.  We ask you to remember that the ticket price will include a donation to the Wellness Garden and Forestview Apt. Landscape Project.

More details including price and transportation logistics will be in the June newspapers and at Beaver Island News on the Net starting June 1st.

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)

WATERCOLOR CLASS SIGN-UP AVAILABLE

from Leonor Jacobson

I am happy to announce that the September  8 -12  Watercolor Class is ready to accept registrations. A generous mini-grant from BICAA this winter has made the classes more affordable this year. Details of the sessions, times, supplies provided, and more will be available in the June newspapers and on Joe Moore's website.  Class size is limited so please let me know asap.

Please email me at  leonor.jacobson@gmail.com if you are interested in signing up now.

Remember to look at Sharon Long's website also:  sharin2art.com/blogspot

Signs of Spring

Beaver Island's first sign of Spring this year was the unexpected early arrival of the USCG Biscayne Bay to break some ice in Beaver Harbor. There are other signs of Spring this year including the run-off creeks and the waterfalls caused by the run-off. The purple finches, the red wing blackbird, and the robins are also a sign of the beginning of the Spring for Beaver Island.

A robin in a tree, day after day, since last week

Gracie Martin's Hill

Jordan River Flowing

Darkeytown Road

The most important thing is missing from these photos, the sounds of the water movement.

Video of all three locations

 

Donna Kubic Receives MCRH Award

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is very proud to announce that our director, Donna Kubic, received the Loren O. Gettel Award at the April 10th  Annual Michigan Rural Health Conference. This award is given in memory of Mr. Gettel who was a board member and president of the Scheurer Community Hospital Board of Directors for many years and a major donor to MSU programs which promoted rural health initiatives. It recognizes “Outstanding leadership and commitment to the health of Michigan’s rural residents.” Winners are selected by Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) staff.

According to John Barnas, executive director of MCRH, “Donna is a deserving candidate and we all think so highly of her. Great friend of MCRH.”  Donna is the 20th recipient of the award. Dr. Phil Lange was the 2nd winner in 1995.


The board and staff of the Health Center could not be happier to see Donna’s selfless dedication to improving health care on Beaver Island recognized on a statewide level. We thank her for the countless hours she has spent over the past 11 years keeping things running smoothly, expanding services, and always looking for ways to help those in most need of medical care  in our community.

From all of us,

Congratulations, Donna!

Claire Elizabeth and Molly Ann McDonough

Claire Elizabeth McDonough was born on April 9, 2014. She weighed 4lb 13oz and was 17 3/4in in length

Molly Ann McDonough was born on April 9, 2014. She weighed 4lb 12oz and was 18 inches in length

The proud parents are Shane and Emily Milroy McDonough.

Charlotte Ann and Lillian May Wellman

Charlotte Ann and Lillian May

Charlotte Ann and Lillian May Wellman were born at 3:30 pm on April 8,2014, at Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering, Ohio. Mom and babies are doing well. Mom will be discharged on Saturday, but the girls will spend 2-3 weeks in the NICU. Proud parents are Ryan and Susan Wellman.

Meet Conlan Patrick Wearn

Big brother Ronan and "Baby Con"

Conlan Patrick Wearn was born 4/8/14 at 8:16pm to Brenna and Tim Wearn. He weighted 8lbs 6oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Kitty and Mike Green and Linda Wearn.

Advanced Care Planning

Need A Cab in Charlevoix?

There is a new cab company serving the Charlevoix area. Apparently the older company went out of business. The new service is operated by Rob Reider and is called First Class Cab. You can contact them at the following number--231-675-7393

 

BICS End of School Year Calendar

NOTICE OF MASTER PLANNING

The Beaver Island Townships’ Planning Commissions are seeking feedback from the Beaver Island community and other stakeholders concerning a draft of the Beaver Island’s Master Plan. The draft was developed in response to state requirements to update the Master Plan every 5 years. This plan is intended to provide direction for both townships into 2025. The draft can be read or downloaded from the following website: http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/govern1085150.asp. Printed copies are available at the Beaver Island Library, Zoning Administrator’s office, and both Peaine and St. James Supervisors’ offices. Additions and/or changes to the previous Master Plan are noted in blue. All the original text has been retained in black. There are 7 chapters total for review. Chapter 4 will be forthcoming when we have current demographics provided by the County planning office. If you send in suggested changes, please identify the chapter insertion point in the document.
All comments must be received by April 15, 2014. The document will be reviewed by the Beaver Island Planning Commissions before public hearings of the Master Plan takes place and finally submitted to the township boards for adoption. There are several ways to provide feedback:

  1. Online: krys@kryslyle.com and/or Ed Troutman (St. James): beavertrout@comcast.net
  2. Send written comments to: Krys Lyle, P.O. Box 54, Beaver Island, MI 49782 and/or Ed Troutman, P.O. Box 249, Beaver Island, MI 49782

All comments will be made public. We appreciate your review of the Master Plan and providing input.
Sincerely,
Peaine and St. James Planning Commissions

Citizen of the Year Award Banquet

Stoney Acre to Cater at Holy Cross Hall – May 17

This year’s Citizen of the Year awards banquet will be held on Saturday, May 17th, at Holy Cross Hall and will be catered by Stoney Acre Grill. Cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the announcement of this year’s Citizen of the Year. It is always a wonderful evening to honor those who go above and beyond for the benefit of Beaver Island.

Please call Stoney Acre at 231.448.2560 for your reservation and please give them a menu choice from one of the wonderful meals listed below. The cost for the meal will be $25 and does not include tax and gratuity. Beverages are extra. A cash bar will be available with wine, beer and spirits. The Chamber of Commerce and select members will pick up the tab for beer and wine.

Menu Choices:

Sirloin Tips Gaelic - Braised Sirloin Tips w/ Shallots, Garlic and Seasoning, deglazed w/ Irish Mist and finished w/ Cream. Served over Penne Pasta and topped w/ Grated Ramano.

Roast Chicken Piccata Prcini-Roast - Bone-in Select Chicken Breast Topped w/ a Lemon-Parsley Sauce and accented w/ Porcini Mushrooms. Served w/ New Potatoes and Asparagus.

Baked Rainbow Trout Nantua-Whole - Butterflied Rainbow Trout topped w/ a Shrimp-Butter Sauce and Grilled Prawns. Served w/ Wild Rice Pilaf and Asparagus.

All dinners are served with Amuse, Small Garden Salad, Herbed Bread and Dessert.

Boat Launch Project for St. James Township

The current plan for Phase I

The Grant Summary for Phase I

Project Budget

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Mary Beth Kur Running for Circuit Judge

http://www.mbkforjudge.com/

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)

04/27/14

Shamrock

05/18/14

Stoney Acre

06/15/14

Dalwhinnie

07/20/14

Shamrock

08/17/14

Stoney Acre

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Township Airport Terminal

Elevations

Floor plan


Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

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