B. I. News on the 'Net, April 22-28, 2013

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet

This year's Citizen of the Year Banquet took place at the Beaver Island Lodge with a menu that looked, smelled, and tasted quite delicious. On the menu for the night were: Tomato Pesto Crusted Chicken Breast with creamy Cheddar polenta, Filet of Beef with Lobster & Boursin mashed potatoes & a Merlot reduction, and Grilled Halibut with corn coconut curry sauce & cherry tomato chutney.

Chamber Executive Director Steve West began the ceremony after dessert was served.


Steve West read the Chamber of Commerce Resolution, and Jeff Cashman received the first ever Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Marketing Award.

“For more than a decade Jeff Cashman served as the designer and host of the Chamber of Commerce web site. During that time his dedication, talent, skill and work far exceeded what he charged the Chamber. As a result Beaver Island gained a great deal of valuable marketing and advertising that provided economic benefits to the whole community. The Board of Directors commends and thanks Jeff Cashman for his important and valuable contribution.”


Jeff Cashman and Rachel Teague with Marketing Award.


Steve West next introduced the Chamber of Commerce President Rachel Teague. Rachel began by describing the nominations of several people. Twenty-eight nomination letters were received for this, the 12th year of the Citizen of the Year Award.

Rachel Teague's Citizen of the Year Speech

Ed and Willie Welter were nominated for their community good works including the donation of the communication towers and the Community Center challenge grant.

Don Seeley was nominated for his work to get the Beaver Island Electric Surcharge removed from the electric bills of all island meters, saving all power customers on Beaver Island an approximate $120 per year.


Rachel continued with the nominations.

Michelle LaFreniere was nominated for her generosity and compassion and willingness to help out with cupcakes for any needed situation. Michelle is also the driving force behind the headstone cleaning project at Holy Cross Cemetary. Her "giving nature" more than makes her a deserving nominee.

The Beaver Island Fire Auxiliary and volunteers were nominated for there wonderful work at provided Island Treasures to second owners, and, in so doing, also raising thousands of dollars for needed equipment for the fire department and EMS.

Animal lover Andi Kohls was nominated for her kindness and willingness to help the pet owners of Beaver Island.

Pete Plastrik was nominated for his community service to several island organizations, especially his current Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee work and coordination.

The Beaver Island Airport Committee and Commission for its current and past members for the work they have done to move forward to make improvents to the township airport including a modern, safe airport with a new terminal building.

Donna Kubic was nominated for her hard work on behalf of the entire island in your job as Beaver Island Rural Health Center managing director. Donna has put in many, many overtime hours to make certain that several projects get completed. Her work with BIEMS, senior helpmate, exercise, and many others show her work ethic and her desire to improve the Beaver Island Community.

Rachel continued the nominations...


The Surprised 2012 Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

It was a complete surprise to this year's Citizen of the Year, Joe Moore. "I was completely surprised by this. This makes two surprises in the last couple of weeks. This one is amazing."

Photo on left courtesy of Elaine West.....Photo on right by Phyllis Moore

Photo on left by Elaine West.....Photo on right by Jeff Cashman

Certificate from State of Michigan senator, representative, and governor

Joe Moore live streaming the Citizen of the Year Banquet Ceremony (Photo by Jeff Cashman)

The beautiful sunset..

DNR to Answer Fishing Questions LIVE

Weekly Fishing Tip: "DNR Live: Fish" scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Anglers and others interested in fisheries management in Michigan are invited to join the Department of Natural Resources at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 for “DNR Live: Fish” – a one-hour online forum designed to answer questions from the public about the state's fisheries, fishing seasons and regulations.

The one-hour video event will stream live on the DNR's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/miDNR . A Facebook account is not required to access the page and watch the livestream event.

The online forum will feature a panel of DNR experts who will answer a variety of questions about fisheries management and angling, including current and new regulations and fishing opportunities.

The public is invited to post questions in advance on the DNR's Facebook page, send via Twitter to @MichiganDNR (using the hashtag #DNRlive), or email to dnr-facebook@michigan.gov . Questions will also be taken during the event itself.

For more information about how to participate in the “DNR Live: Fish” online forum, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing .

Building the Osprey Nest

Take a small branch, fly it up to the top, and deliver it to the nest

Enough resting---get back to work

I want it on the other side, dear.

Time for a break soaring off into the wind with soaring on my mind..

A deer with a white head??

The Importance of Patient Satisfaction

What Charlevoix Area Hospital is doing to improve the patient experience

Interested in understanding the current patient experience at Charlevoix Area Hospital, the hospital conducted a patient satisfaction survey in 2012 and in early 2013 completed a similar emergency department survey.

When the survey results arrived, they came with good news. Patient satisfaction scores were consistently high (at or above 90%) on nursing and physician care. Patients felt they were treated with courtesy and respect, were listened to and had instructions explained well to them by both nurses and doctors. The same numbers were reflected in patient's overall rating of their hospital stay and whether they would refer someone to Charlevoix Area Hospital.

On the emergency department survey, very high marks were received for compassionate nurses and physicians, short wait times, clear discharge instructions, and patients feeling that sufficient time was dedicated to their concerns. 9 out of 10 people said that they were satisfied with their overall experience and would recommend Charlevoix Area Hospital's Emergency Department to others.

In addition to striving to provide exceptional health care, the hospital wanted to take things one step further. A new practice was recently implemented where surgical patients are given a CAH mug that contains a cup of soup, a bag of crackers and a thank you card signed by the staff to take home with them. Chris Good, RN, Surgery Manager, said, “We wanted to do something nice for the patients, and thought the Cup of Soup would be a great way to show our appreciation. We know our patients have other options for care, and we're glad they chose Charlevoix Area Hospital.”

Lyn Jenks, CEO, added, “Especially when working in a small community, it is the little things that can make all the difference. We are committed to making that personal connection with everyone who comes through our doors.”

Everyone wants happy customers. If a hospital visit is necessary, then the goal is to have the patient feel like they can arrive and be cared for not only with competence, but with compassion and concern. By focusing on creating a positive process of care, providers can shape the stories that their patients will tell, and if all goes well, they will be happy ones.

Jittery Feelings of an EMT

by a former Beaver Island EMT

It was a dreary day for mid-September, cold and windy with an icy-like layer of fog hanging over everything. There were no passenger planes flying to or from the island this day, and conditions worsened as the day went on. The ladies in the office had been commenting on the growing storm all morning, worrying over plans they had made for the weekend and wondering how long the storm would last. Being in the middle of Lake Michigan, Beaver Island could claim some extremely heavy thunderstorms; and occasionally a random fog would settle for several days, but this storm was different. It was almost tangible, like there was an electric charge in the air. The storm was going to be massive once it decided to start.

I was stocking the ambulance jump kit in the office and contemplating whether I should run home to shut the windows or not when the emergency pager tones went off. I had been called out many times before in all sorts of weather. In fact, it is the only time I can walk through the rain and not feel wet. My concentration on the patient and the situation take over, and I find a separation between mind and body. As dispatch was relaying the situation we were headed toward, I tossed a handful of Bandaids back into the box and ran out to the ambulance garage carrying the jump kit. When I got into the garage, I unplugged the rig and jumped into the driver's seat. I radioed dispatch to let them know I was on my way, and that my time to the scene was about 6 minutes. Beaver Island is only fifteen miles long and about half that wide, but most of the roads are still dirt; so as close as everything is, it's still usually a slower response than one on the mainland. Several volunteer first responders also answered the call and said they were on their way, as well as our director who stated he was closer to the scene than anyone and would be there when we arrived.

My mind was doing its normal pre-emergency preparation and putting everything in order. Oxygen, small oxygen mask, jump kit----my mind starting to tick off the things I would need to take to the patient immediately and wondering at the same time how serious the situation was. The thought of treating pediatric patients always made me somewhat uneasy because of the precarious nature of a child to sustain normal function until they cannot physically maintain any longer. "Compensate, compensate, compensate, CRASH" was what I had been taught about children in my EMT class. My confidence wavered slightly as I pulled into the driveway, and I reminded myself that we had an excellent team and everything would be fine. The only issue was that the weather was not good, and planes were not flying.

As I walked through the front door with the oxygen and jump bag on my shoulder and announced myself, I saw our director, John, sitting on the floor next to a woman holding a small child. The child was gasping to get a breath and wheezing on expiration. My heart clenched, and I quickly unloaded the oxygen and a small mask. John took the jump bag from me and started an IV. We loaded the child onto the gurney and into the ambulance. This was a load and go.

On the ride from the house, I was driving and sitting next to me was the child's mother in the front of the ambulance. I kept wondering how we were going to get off the island while all the planes were grounded. The first stop would be the medical center where we would stabilize the child and get ready to fly off the island. The parents had tried both an inhaler and a breathing treatment with no luck. As we unloaded the gurney and wheeled the child into the medical center, I was concerned that the resources of our tiny medical center would not be sufficient for this case. There is no regular doctor on Beaver Island. The position was shared by a couple of physicians, each would come a couple days a week on an alternate week basis; but, because the planes were not flying, a doctor would not be coming. We had a physician's assistant (PA) and the emergency personnel. Since I was also the medical assistant to the PA during normal business hours, it was up to me to get a chart started for the child, take vitals, record emergency information, determine allergies, and take a chief complaint. The child was sitting on the gurney holding the mother's hand and doing another breathing treatment while I asked questions and filled in all the required information. I was half listening to the PA and John, our director, discussing what the best course of action would be to care for this child. On any other given day, the child would have been taken to the airport and flown to the mainland airport where the mainland ambulance would transport the child for further care. The weather was not going to allow normal procedures for this day.

In the course of filling out the medical history, the mother told me that the child had previously had asthma attacks that were sometimes controllable with the inhaler or a breathing treatment and occasionally needed to be in the hospital for more aggressive care. The child's mother stated that this attack was worse than normal and that an attack like this had only happened once before. The mother laid her hand on my arm, which somewhat startled me, so I looked into her face to see what was wrong. She looked me straight in the eye and very quietly said that the last time the child was this bad, the child coded. My insides went slightly jittery at this revelation, but I assured her we would work quickly and that we would do everything possible to help. I had seen adults code in the ER and there were always a lot of people and equipment available. I felt very inadequate just at that moment in the tiny medical center with three other people to help the child if something went wrong. I kept thinking in the back of my mind that the storm should pass and open the sky, so we could fly this poor child off to get better equipped assistance. Just about the time I was finishing with the child's chart, John came into the room and announced that the US Coast Guard was going to send a helicopter to the township airport for transport. I could see that the parents were starting to feel better because we had a plan and were finally able to take some action.

John and I loaded child and parents back into the ambulance amidst the dense fog and headed out to the airport. The weather was not getting better. The wind had picked up and the Coast Guard had radioed back telling us that the wind might be too much for the helicopter but they would try.

Thirty minutes later, the huge orange helicopter touched down and we loaded mother and child into the back. The father wanted to go, but there were weight restriction for the helicopter, so he had to stay on the island. As we were loading, John looked at me and asked if I was going. I did not hesitate. I wanted to see this child safe and the parents' concerns eased slightly. We had decided that the best position for the child would be sitting up, so we put the child in a car seat instead of on a gurney. The gurney would not fit in the helicopter in any case. I climbed in beside the child with the oxygen tank with humidifier and knelt down close to the child. One of the crew members, the swimmer, gave me a headset to speak to the crew in case I needed something during the flight. John leaned in and pulled the ear piece back to speak to me. He told me that I had all the equipment that I was allowed to take with this patient. He also said to make sure I kept breathing because I would be no good to the child if I fainted. He smiled at me and stepped back away from the helicopter so we could take off.

I have been in my fair share of planes living on an island for many years and working with the EMS for most of those years. I had never, until that moment, floated straight off the ground into the sky. The sensation momentarily released me from the worries of transporting this child through a churning storm across twenty plus miles of open water to what I felt was safety. As my mind reoriented and snapped back to the small child under my hands, I began to reevaluate the child's breathing and oxygen concentration. I laid my hand on the child's chest to feel any changes in breathing, praying at the same time that the little heart would keep beating. I could feel the wind from the storm pulling and bumping, trying to throw us off course. I kept my hand on the child's small chest feeling the fast, thumping rhythm of the heart and the labored, gasping breathing until we landed on the top of the hospital fifteen minutes later.

There were several nurses and a doctor waiting for us on the helicopter pad. I waited for one of the Coast Guard crew to open the side door, and then I climbed out to help put the child onto the hospital gurney. I gave my report conveying all of the pertinent information and vital signs to one of the nurses, and they whisked the child away. The child was safe .

I climbed back up into the helicopter and we headed to the mainland airport. The storm had worsened and the fog had finally been dissipated by the spattering rain. The storm had not fully engaged yet but it was fairly clear that I would not be going back to the island that day by any means. There were two people stuck---the father on Beaver Island, and me on the mainland. I would have given anything to trade places with the dad.

The US Coast Guard never brings us back to the island, but we are very glad that they will take our urgent patients to the mainland. Many thanks to the US Coast Guard for helping us get this severely ill young child to the hospital! At the same time, I was looking forward to that paramedic class that would start next year, so that we would be able to provide more advanced treatments which would shorten the time to needed treatments for our patients.

(As I look back on this experience, I am so proud to have participated. I am no longer on the island. The current Beaver Island EMS is an Advanced Life Support agency with a licensed aircraft for patient transport, an air ambulance, if you will. No matter how advanced the treatment, the family will still want to get their loved one in a hospital. The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is a much improved institution from the old medical center. There are two providers there now. This one child is now grown up and in college. Where did the time go? Keep improving the healthcare on Beaver Island because you never know when a severely ill child will need your help.)



St. James Meeting of 4/4/13

This St. James meeting began with a reconvened Budget Hearing after the figures for 2012-2013 were verified by former Supervisor Rick Speck. His expertise was requested by the board in a previous meeting. The budget was the highest priority at this meeting, but there was an additional item on the agenda. The appointment to the library board took some discussion and one community member was very upset at the appointment made by the board. The decision made by unanimous vote by the St. James Board was to appoint Joe Moore to the Beaver Island District Library Board to replace Jean Wierenga who had resigned from the Board.

View Video of this Meeting HERE

Celebrity Basketball March 1st

(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.

If interested, you can watch it HERE

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013


2013 March 30 Peaine Hearing on Fox Lake and Annual Meeting

NRESC Meeting Was Live Streamed

The NRESC members present

The audience

This meeting started at 10 a.m. today, March 2, 2013. You can view some of the paperwork that was presented in PowerPoint and vocal presentations HERE.

Video of the NRESC Meeting HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

2013 March 13 Peaine Township Board Meeting

2013 March 30 St James Annual Meeting Including Budget Hearing

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Wondering About Invasive Species?

If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.

State of Michigan Website on Invasive Species

Contact information for Invasive Species

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!

Citizen of the Year Banquet Saturday

Don't delay-- make those reservations today for the banquet set for this Saturday. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7, the award at 8 all at the beautiful Beaver Island Lodge. Call 231.448.2396 to reserve your table. If there is a temporary phone problem at the Lodge please call the Shamrock at 2278 or email erichodgson@mac.com Dinners include salad and dessert.

  • Tomato pesto crusted chicken breast with creamy cheddar polenta
  • Filet of beef with Lobster & Boursin mashed potatoes & a merlot reduction
  • Grilled halibut with corn coconut curry sauce & cherry tomato chutney

Events at BICS

5th and 6th Play... Beaver Island History..End of Year Calendar

USCG Cutter Alder Sets Buoys

The USCG Cutter and Buoy Tender Alder came down from Diluth, Minnesota, with the summer buoys for the Beaver Island Archipelago. They were working in the late afternoon and dusk of Sunday, April 21, 2013, and were spotted out from Gull Harbor.

The smaller power boat that was launched from the Alder took care of the buoy over by Garden Island while the Alder waited out from Gull Harbor. Then the Alder headed to the Whiskey Point bouy marker.

The perspectives are completely different as you move around the harbor to get close enough to take a picture. The buoy was already placed as the second trip into town took place.

The Alder was on its way out of the harbor at 8:15 p.m. It was headed out to take care of the buoy that is along the route of the ferry. The Alder spent the night anchored off Conn's Point and is now on to another mission.

Video of the Alder out from Gull Harbor


Video of the Alder finishing up in the Harbor


Cormorant Harassment Training

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 11:00 AM, the Fish and Wildlife Service along with the Beaver Island Wildlife Club will conduct a Cormorant Harassment training program at Peaine Township Hall. If you would like to help in this endeavor please attend.

COA April Sunday Senior Dinner

The menu included roasted chicken, cheesey potatoes, and green beans with slivered almond. Rolls and dessert rounded out the dinner. The dinner began a little after its scheduled time giving the seniors an opportunity to arrive after church services were over.

Video of Senior Lunch


Suzuki Strings Spring Serenade Was Live Streamed

Beginning at noon today, Sunday, April 21, 2013, the Suzuki Strings Spring Serenade was well attended by the Senior Lunch attendees that ate before the performance began. It was also streamed live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv. It was a wonderful performance by some very talented young people.

Sheri Richards welcomed everyone and announced those performers

Elisha Richards performed Cripple Creek and Gavotte

Sienna Anderson performed the Kangaroo Song

Micah Richards performed Allegro

Zander Drost performed Minuet III by Bach

Wendy Fogg performed I Know My Redeemer Lives

Kai Drost performed Perpetual Motion and Variation

Kaylee Coffell performed Allegretto

Simeon Richards performed Concerto #5, First Movement by Seitz

Then a trio gathered to perform including Paige Pryor, Ruby Antinori, and Sheri Richards

Ruby, Paige, Sheri

Then a small ensemble played the Sixteen Bar Blues

Ruby Antinori performed Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, 1st movement and Telemann Sonata #2

Chuck Carpenter and Skip McDonough won a ticket to a summer program at the Community Center.

Video of the performances HERE

Short Drive to See Wildlife

The drive out to the township airport to see the finished clearing in preparation for the new terminal building provided plenty of opportunity to see nature's movements toward Spring in between the snow showers on April 20, 2013. The animals seen include ducks, lots of ducks and geese, crows, two ospreys, lots of deer, and a palliatedwoodpecker. Some were captured with the digital camera and some were not, but the fact of the matter is that the wildlife are ready for Spring just like most of the human inhabitants of Beaver Island.

Here is the reason for the trip--the clearing seems complete

Sandhill cranes searching for food

One of the pair of ospreys that were out near the microwave towerl.

Lots of deer out and moving around.

It was well worth the drive. It was also a reminder to get the camera batteries charged up instead of having the camera die before the ride was over.

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

The rain looks like buds on this tree. The buds won't be too far behind.

While the forecasts for southern Michigan were for up to four inches of rain, the weather here on Beaver Island is not that serious. There has been rain, and the planes haven't flown as of 3 p.m., but the April showers are definitely providing needed moisture for the upper Great Lakes. Up in Northern Lake Superior there are reports of freezing rain and snow, yet here we are getting a nice, somewhat gentle, if not warm, rain.

Last Summer's Woodpecker Work

A dead tree that has provided many a meal for pileated woodpeckers

Spring--Time to Think Golf

The following information was provided by Buck Ridgeway from his winter hunting grounds. Since the weather has started to represent something that resembles Spring, it's time to get your men's golf league team on the board and ready to play the matches for the 2013 season.

Flags at Half Mast

President Obama has ordered the flag of the United States lowered to half-staff until sunset on Saturday, April 20, 2013, to honor the victims of the tragedy in Boston, Mass.
“The state of Michigan joins the rest of our great nation in honoring the lives lost and many injured in yesterday's senseless attacks at the Boston Marathon,” said Michigan Governor Snyder. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”

(Thank you to Bob Tidmore for this information)




The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: March 23, June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.

Events at the BI Christian Church

April 17 Bingo

May 1 and May 15 Bingo.

May 18 Memorial for Jane Schmidt- time has not been set

Memorial for EB Lange May 26.

June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.

Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.

July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.

August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC

August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON

October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

Ministers Schedule


21: Pastor Edd Wilder, Muskegon MI

28: Pastor Harold Kruse


5: Pastor Harold Kruse; Baccalaureate, Lighthouse School

12: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI

19: Pastor Harold Kruse; Baccalaureate, Beaver Island Communiity School

26: Pastor Harold Kruse


2 and 9: Pastor Gerry Heyboer, Grand Rapids MI

16: Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN

23 and 30: Pastor Howard Davis


7: Pastor Kurt Kirchoff, Lansing MI

14: Pastor Kathy Swearingen, Lansing MI

21 and 28: Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI


4 and 11: Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC

18 and 25: Pastor Ed Ross, Jackson MI


1: Greg Lawson, South Bend IN

8, 15, 23: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI

30: Pastor Harold Kruse


6: Pastor Harold Kruse

13: Pastor Howard Davis

20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt


3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse

St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours

Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.

  1. St. James Government Building Wednesday's from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM

  2. Office telephone 448-2014

  3. Email address billhaggard.beaverisland@ gmail.com


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School

The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

April 18, 2013

May 16, 2013

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

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


From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

NRESC Meeting Schedule

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

May 20, 2013

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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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.

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS

Effective February 28th 2013
Thursday's from 10am - 2pm
Peaine Township Hall
Office Phone: 448-2389
Email address: peainetownship@gmail.com

This is definitely plenty of lead time for those that might want to stop in and talk about some specific issue or issues in general.

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Nominations

Citizen of the Years Award nominations are now open for the 2012 award.

Every one is invited to send in a Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street , download one from the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org or call the Chamber of Commerce and request a form by mail.

The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.

The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Beaver Island Lodge.

Resource List for Emmet County

3rd Annual Gail's Walk


Lovely Victorian Home Readied for Sale on Beaver Island

Once upon a time this dollhouse was handmade with love by Phil Wyckoff for BJ's and his granddaughters.

As the house was erected BJ thought of everything she wanted in it. She shopped for the flooring, the wallpaper, the furniture, and all the extras including some figurines to inhabit the lovely home. She shopped at stores all over the state and then some, looking for items to make this a desirable miniature rendition of a victorian classic. As time went on, and she and Phil continued to lead their busy professional and social lives, the dollhouse was set aside for a "rainy day project" until it got moved. Phil's hangar seemed the ideal location to finish the house but alas, as time went on, the grandchildren grew, Phil and BJ became involved in BI projects ,and the Victorian dollhouse got pushed farther into the back of their minds.

Then this past fall, BJ and Phil decided to clean the hangar out and "Voila!" there was the dollhouse draped in it's covering waiting to be restored by somebody. The furniture and other decor were stacked neatly in boxes aplenty. BJ knew what she wanted to do with this item: give it a good permanent home. BUT it needed to be finished! For what home would sell without some fresh paint, wallpaper and flooring? And how best to offer this to the public??

An auction of course! The Health Center would be doing their Wellness Garden Auction in the summer and the team of Wojan/Jacobson would likely take this on. A quick call to Leonor and Connie to see if any interest was there. Yes! Yes!! they said. But who would be able to finish it? Well, you can bet Connie accepted that challenge and sure enough she worked all winter on this (thank goodness for the snowy days that kept her inside!!) And then, after the main house work was done, BJ inspired the knitters (Jean Kinsley and Cathy Jones) to join in the fun of finishing the decorations, placing the furniture and staging the home for "sale" . They added their personal touches of little hand- knit rugs, including some of BJ's mothers work. Leonor called on Mary Scholl to paint two miniature original pieces of art which will hang on the walls as a finishing touch of BI uniqueness.

The miniature landscaping around the house will be provided by some of the Wellness Gardeners and lastly, the home will go on display in the Health Center beginning in June. Stop in and see the work of our dedicated "crew" and then plan on making a bid on this one-of-a-kind auction item handmade by Phil and BJ and their BI friends and neighbors. The winner of this home will be featured in several area newspapers in late August/Sept. time period. Bids will be taken at both the BIRHC and online so please watch for more details !

Beaver Island Ferry Iced In

After all the wonderful work of the USCG the first week of April, the ferry is not able to run its second run of the 2013 season due to the ice that has been blown in and locked together. The wind has been blowing the ice right into the BIBCO Beaver Island dock. The island needs the wind direction to change and blow the ice out of the harbor.

You can see this congestion of ice by viewing island webcams. Here is a link to the McDonough's Market webcam.

Michigan EMS Practitioner of the Year

After a five hour trip to Detroit on Saturday, April 13, 2013, which included a three hour delay in the flight off Beaver Island and a trip to Mt. Pleasant to pick up Andrea Moore. Joe Moore, wife Phyllis, and daughter Andrea arrived at the Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit for the banquet and awards ceremony. "We actually got there with forty minutes to spare, " Joe said about the trip. The reason for the trip was the award ceremony. Joe received the 2013 EMS Practitioner of the Year award from the Michigan Association of EMS Practitioners.

Joe listens as they read the letters of support.....Joe receives the placque

(Above pictures by Andrea Moore)

"If this award was cut into pieces for every person who should have a piece of this award, the award would have to be much bigger," said Joe Moore. "Thanks to Jay Peck for driving us down here. Thanks to my wife Phyllis and daughter Andrea for being here with me. Thank you for considering me."

The award is clear with etched printing on it. Here is the award with a black background.

Pictures of the stitching on the jacket awarded also.

The director of East Jordan EMS, Jay Peck, was the driver for the ten hour marathon. Both Jay Peck and Joe Moore had to be back in their respective communities to be on-call on Sunday. Sunday morning, the director of Charlevoix EMS, Bob Rolloff, provided Joe and Phyllis transportation to breakfast and then a ride out to the airport. "Thank you to all who have worked to make this happen," said Joe Moore.

Joe, who is a paramedic and paramedic instructor, has taught a large number of school students and adult learners in Medical First Responder, Basic EMT, and EMT-Specialists. Joe was part of each team that taught the three paramedic programs on Beaver Island. Congratulations on this recognition, Joe!

Watercolor Class Planned

Watercolor instruction will again be offered by Destin artist Sharon Long beginning the Thursday after Labor Day. Mark your calendars for Sept 5-10 (photo walk on the 8th) Classes will have limited space so book early to secure your spot. Already 3 people from off-island are coming for this. Remember that the materials will be provided so even if you come for one lesson and don't feel its your thing, you haven't purchased alot of supplies. This time period was chosen because many islanders said they had company, or kids at home and couldn't attend last summer's classes in August. So please give me a call 448-2894, or email me, leonor.jacobson @ gmail.com. I will be happy to take your booking! We had a such a nice time; looking forward to again seeing some of our hidden talents on BI. More details will be forthcoming. All levels welcome!

submitted by Leonor Jacobson

Snowed In?

Well, the trip to Detroit is still on hold. The weatherman has it snowing, and the planes are not flying as of 10:30 a.m. This is just one more example that proves that Rural Emergency Medical Services Are Different. The editor has been chided to write something about why the trip to Detroit, that is supposed to happen today, Saturday, April 13, 2013. Phyllis Moore has posted the information on facebook whether the editor likes it or not.

The trip to Detroit, planned for today, is to attend EMS EXPO in Detroit, Michigan, for an awards banquet and ceremony. The editor is to receive an award entitled "EMS Practitioner of the Year." This is an award being presented by the Michigan Association of EMS Practitioners. It seems that posting this information isn't seen as "blowing your own horn" or "patting yourself on the back" even though it feels that way.

It appears as if the flight will be coming this way, so it's off to the airport for the second time. Wish us luck!

Unusual Weather?

It hasn't been that many years ago when it was normal to have snow in April, but all of a sudden people are complaining about this natural and normal situation. There have been many April snow storms in the last forty years, and, not so many years ago, the only way to get to town from Peaine Township was to use a snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Just because the last few winters have been unusually snowless, there is such an uproar about this snow storm on April 12th. Yesterday it was blowing a gail with the wind from the east. What did you expect?

The robins and the sandhill cranes are probably familiar with this changeable weather. The turkeys just gather together, fluff up their feathers for insulation, and stay out of the wind. We would do well to learn from nature.

The eagle is waiting for an opportunity to capture lunch from the migrating ducks.

Wind and waves control the day....

Flocks of birds gather for feeding...

There will be a few renewal of winter pictures after the snow removal jobs are completed.

Beaver Island Ice Classic

by Bob Tidmore

The tower went in the water at 12:18 PM today, Aprill 11, 2013. There were a number of close guesses. The tickets were locked in Barbara Cruckshank's desk at the library, and we asked her to go with us to the library to get the tickets and witness the review of them.

We had some close guesses:
Andy Kohl at 11:56 AM, Keith Snyder 12:01 PM, and other close guesses were at 1:00 PM and 11:30 AM. The winner is Brian Tidmore of Santa Monica, CA with a time of 12:12 PM. That time is the birthday (December 12) of his son Caspian. Thanks for all of you support of the Ice Classic.

Pictures of the tower this morning after it went in:

The wind gusting and the waves with white caps in the harbor has certainly had some influence in the date of the Ice Classic end. The wind is at 24 mph and gusting higher. Congratularions to Brian Tidmore!

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 10, 2013

The Peaine Township meeting on April 10, 2013, starated right on time at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda had just a few items on it. There was no controversy, and the meeting went by quite quickly with the minutes and bills approved, there were only a couple of other items on the agenda. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needs one more person, a Peaine resident, to complete the commission. At this date, there have been no applicants. Some discussion took place and the supervisor will make some calls and contacts to see if this position could be filled. There was a letter from a taxpayer about the township possibly placing a dock at the boat launch on Lake Geneserath for boat launch and fishing off the dock by youngsters. Gerald LaFreniere was appointed to the library board, replacing Carol Burton who had resigned.

Video of the Meeting is HERE

DNR Admonition

DNR encourages public to enjoy springtime baby animal sightings, but remember to leave wildlife in the wild

With the arrival of spring, wild animals are giving birth and hatching the next generation. Baby red foxes appeared in dens during the last days of March and the first days of April. The first litters of cottontails will appear soon. Great-horned owls have already hatched and are growing up in stick nests high above the ground. Mourning doves have made nests, and some have already laid eggs.

As springtime brings an increase in sightings of nestlings and baby animals, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages Michigan residents to get outside and enjoy the experience of seeing wildlife raising its young, but reminds them that it is important to remain at a distance.

"These are magical moments to witness but, unfortunately, sometimes the story has a different ending when people take baby wild animals out of the wild," said DNR wildlife biologist Erin Victory. “Please resist the urge to try to help seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby animals this spring. Some people truly are trying to be helpful, while others think wild animals would make good pets, but in most cases neither of those situations ends well for the wildlife.”

"We appreciate the good intentions of those who want to help, but the animals are better off left alone than removed from the wild," Victory added.

Victory explained that the species that are most problematic are white-tailed deer and raccoons. “Deer seem so vulnerable and helpless, but really they stay still because that is a mechanism to let them be undetected. Raccoons seem cute and cuddly, but they grow up to be mischievous and aggressive. It's best to just leave them alone.”

It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected from nearby predators. While fawns may seem abandoned, they almost certainly are not. All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.

Most mammals have a keen sense of smell, and if humans touch them, their parents will abandon them. Other wildlife, such as birds, should not be handled either. Adult birds will continue to care for hatchlings that have fallen from their nest, and although most birds do not have a strong sense of smell, if people move them, the adults may not be able to locate and care for them.

The DNR advises:

  • It is illegal to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan. Every day an animal spends with humans makes it less likely to be able to survive in the wild.
  • Many baby animals will die if removed from their natural environment, and some have diseases or parasites that can be passed on to humans or pets.
  • Some "rescued" animals that do survive become habituated to people and are unable to revert back to life in the wild.
  • Eventually, habituated animals pose additional problems as they mature and develop adult animal behaviors. Habituated deer, especially bucks, can become aggressive as they mature, and raccoons are well-known for this, too.

"Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are trained to handle and care for wild animals. They know the peculiarities of diet for the birds and animals they assist. They also know how to release them so they can survive in the wild," said Victory, "If you know of a deer or other animal that has truly been orphaned – and remember, most are not – a licensed rehabilitator may be able to help."

For a list of licensed rehabilitators visit http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr or call your local DNR office .

Beaver Island District Library Meeting, April 9, 2013

The special meeting of the Beaver Island District Library Board of Trustees was called to order by Krys Lyle at 9:30 a.m. on April 9, 2013. Joe Moore was welcomed to the board as the St. James representative replacing Jean Wierenga. The meeting included discussion about the need to hire a lawyer on retainer for the library that is independent of the the two townships. It was determined that this independent lawyer should have experience in library law. No decision on who the lawyer will be was made. It was determined that the charges for the retainer and the hourly rate should be determined to help the board make a decision. Only two lawyers were suggested by Roger Mendell.

The need for independent insurance, separate from the townships, was discussed and the board approved the insurance subject to the need for protection for the board members related to errors and omissions. Krys Lyle agreed to get a letter from the insurance company that specifically states that board members would be covered by this insurance. If not, a rider would need to be placed on the insurance policy to do so. If necessary it would be discussed at the next meeting.

The need for the Quick Books program was discussed. The board voted to purchase two licenses for QuickBook Pro with the data maintained in the library office as well as any other location. The cost of the original software would include $199.00 per license. The original software for the current bookkeeper would be purchased by the library board, but any updates would be the responsibility of the bookkeeper.

The library board was provided with the Charlevoix Library contract and the Grand Traverse Library contracts. It was suggested that the BI District Library Director contract would be created by the district library board with input from these two contracts and the contracts from up to four more small library contracts, which would be obtained by Krys Lyle and sent out to the board members.

There was extensive public comment, the first by Jean Wierenga, followed by Jack Gallagher, Kathy Tidmore, and Joe Moore. The Board of Directors passed a motion formally thanking Jean Wierenga for her services to the library over her years on this board. The meeting was adjourned prior to eleven a.m.

Avian Botulism and Beaver Island

For the past several autumns, island residents, part of the Beach Ranger force, have volunteered to walk some of the beaches of the island to identify and count dead birds that have washed up. This data is sent to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council to be included in their annual report.

The recently released report for 2012, Charlevoix and Emmett counties document over 950 bird fatalities including 420 common loons (118 on Beaver Island). The peak appears to be mid-October which corresponds to similar outbreaks in past years.

The Great Lakes host thousands of migratory loons from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan as well as Canada (Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) which may actually contribute tens or hundreds of thousands through the Great Lakes. Loons attached with satellite transmitters in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan show them arriving in Lake Michigan mid to late October through November, the same time that the Botulism E outbreak occurs.

Avian Botulism, aka Botulism Type E, is a naturally occurring toxin produced by a bacterium found in water and soil. When large amounts of algae and vegetation die and decompose the toxin is released to be absorbed into the food chain.

Scientists believe that the severity of recent outbreaks is due to changes in the environment. Invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, disrupt the natural nutrient cycle and concentrate nutrients, as well as improve the clarity of water. Both of these contribute to a higher growth of algae which, when it dies and decomposes, depletes the oxygen in the water allowing more toxin to be produced. Fish feeding on mussels and birds feeding on those fish are poisoned and die. Add in warm water temperatures and declining lake levels and the stage is set for an “avian botulism outbreak” as we have seen the past few years.

Common Coast, an upper peninsula nonprofit, has also been monitoring and studying Botulism Type E in Lake Michigan. Damon McCormick of Common Coast believes that westerly winds drift dead birds to the western shores of Michigan including the western shore of Beaver Island.

“The real wild card is the islands, especially the Beaver group. If carcasses get pushed south or north by weather, instead of west, many end up undocumented on those largely vacant shorelines.” Daman stated.

It then becomes important for us to document as many dead birds as we can each fall. Most of the beach ranger walking occurs on the bays- Sand, Donegal, Green's and Iron Ore. Little else is covered but if the die off is significant, large numbers could be found on the rest of the shorelines, including the outer islands.

So, if you are fond of walking in the fall, and don't mind doing a public service at the same time, become a Beach Ranger. It's really quite simple: walk a beach, tally the dead birds, and if you can, pick them up and bag them for disposal. Call (231-448-2220) or email (jacquel@tds.net)Jacque LaFreniere for details.

Quiz Bowl Scheduled for April 22

Rescheduled to May 6

Community Quiz Bowl Tournament 2013 is scheduled for Monday evening, April 22 !

Contact any Beaver Island High School National Honor Society member (senior Marissa C, juniors Erin B and Olivia C, sophomores Emily B, Hannah R, and Meg W) or adviser Connie Boyle to reserve a spot for your team. The tournament will consist of up to 8 teams, with 4-6 members on each team. 4 players compete at a time, but you can sub in for the lightening round or take turns playing in the various rounds. Donation is $15 per player. This is often the NHS's only fundraiser of the year. The competition will begin at 5:30 pm.

Call (school: 448-2744) or email ( connieb@bics.us ) if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to reserve a spot for your team. Thank you, in advance, for your support. It proves to be a fun event for all!

Protect Our Shoreline Grant Application

This grant application named "Private Lands Stewardship" includes and action plan with a specific date of completion. It is a movement that includes support from many organizations. This item is being proposed to the NRESC for its comment and possible support.

This and the other drafts being considered at the NRESC meeting this Saturday, March 23, 2013, are good examples of the accomplishments for the benefit of the island, both economical and ecological.

So Much To See

"So Much To See"--a draft driving guide for the Island

Waste Management Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the 9 a.m. Waste Management Committee Meeting began at 9:30 a.m. The Chairperson arrived at 9:12, and the Peaine Supervisor arrived a little before 9:30 a.m. This established a quorum of four for the group of seven committee members. Beaver Island Transfer Station Manager Don Welke provided the committee with a report. The committee appointed Jean Wierenga as Secretary for the committee. There was discussion of the Transfer Station budget, which included some dramatic cuts due to the assessor's decreased evaluation of the properties in both townships.

Bill Kohls mentioned that the group was operating from a 1991 single page document, and he thought it might be important for the committee to perhaps get some legal help and write up a better document for the Transfer Station Committee, making it a joint committee of both townships with perhaps the following make-up: One board member from each township, one at large member from each township, and then the four would choose the fifth member. This would drop the number of committee members from seven to five.

There was a presentation of the costs of the wood chipper repair. Much discussion of possibilities took place, but the group basically decided that there was not any money in the budget to complete the repairs possibly costing more than $30,000. There was discussion of the vaccines that were required of the Transfer Station employees. The group assigned Angel Welke with the task of trying to investigate which vaccines were required, and whether the employees would have a right to decline these. The discussion of employee benefits was tabled to be discussed at the April 16th meeting.

The committee voted to cancel holiday pay for employees. The payment of time and a half for any hours worked was to replace this holiday pay. It was also discussed that lunch periods were not to be paid. Breaks were required to be paid, but employee lunch periods were not. A member of the audience suggested that the employee could not be required to stay at work during the lunch period if they were not paid. It was agreed that the employees would not be required to work during unpaid lunch periods, and that employees would have the right to leave the premises during this unpaid lunch period.

Video of the meeting can be viewed HERE

Why Care About Invasives

Written by Beth Leuck for the Beaver Island Association

Crankin T's Club Schedules a Return Visit

The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.

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

The B.I. Transfer Station and Recycling Center

After a little bit of research and just a quick walk through the transfer station and recycling center, it became quite obvious that a large amount of money could be saved if more of the "trash" could be recycled. There is a large quantity of each green bag received by the transfer station that could be recycled. A figure given at a previous Waste Management Committee meeting was 75-80% of the contents could be recycled. Imagine if your family or your employees were provided the opportunity to save your family and/or your business some money?

The mathematics is quite convincing. If you could cut your trash quantity down to 25% of the current amount, you would pay $4.50 for a big bag of trash instead of four times that amount $18.00. This seems like something worth doing. The various categories of recyclable materials that are currently accepted is quite large. Perhaps the name of the building should be changed to emphasize the need for more recycling. Just a switch of the two names would do a lot. This suggestion would make the building name, The Beaver Island Recycling Center and Transfer Station. This would put the emphasis on recycling, which is where the island families and businesses could actually save money. The difference is just one of sorting the materials and placing them in the proper recycling boxes.

Here is a video of some of the items recycled HERE



Road sign..............Express lane

Lots of options for recycing!

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Clean Up This Spring at Powers' Do It Best Hardware

One local winner will rake in $1000 worth of merchandise.

Beaver Island, MI—After one visit to Powers' Do It Best Hardware, you just might end up looking for ways to add to your home improvement to-do list. On February 26, 2013, Powers Do It Best will begin accepting entries for a $1000 Shopping Giveaway. One local winner, selected at random, will receive $1000 in merchandise from Powers Do It Best. The contest ends May 31, 2013.

Denni Cady-Stid says that the giveaway should create plenty of excitement among Powers Do It Best customers. "One of the best things about the drawing is that our customers have an opportunity to make a wish list and get the items they really want to use in their home improvement or garden project. And for one of our neighborhood customers, that wish list will come true. We're looking forward to helping make that happen."

Full details about the $1000 giveaway are available at Powers Do It Best Hardware. The giveaway will be promoted through the store's advertising materials, and entries will be accepted exclusively at Powers Do It Best, located at 26259 Main Street. There is a limit of one entry per household per day. One winner will be chosen from each participating store.

About Powers Do It Best Hardware:

Powers Do It Best Hardware is located at (26259 Main Street and has been serving customers in the Beaver Island area for 15 years. Powers Do It Best Hardware offers a complete line of merchandise offered: hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, gifts, paint and electrical supplies for everyone from the do-it yourself homeowner to the professional. Powers Do It Best Hardware has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2005.

About Do it Best Corp.:

Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S.-based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,000 member-owned stores in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.


Lodge To Open April 27 For Citizen of the Year Banquet

The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award banquet will be at the Beaver Island Lodge on Saturday April 27 th . "We are looking forward to Islanders enjoying our opening of the Beaver Island Lodge for the Citizen of the Year banquet. We are already working and planning to make it a special early season event and a culinary delight," said Lodge co-owner Eric Hodgson.

The Beaver Island Lodge released the following menu for the annual Chamber of Commerce event.

1st - Seasonal Salad

2nd - choice of
Tomato pesto crusted chicken breast with creamy cheddar polenta
Filet of beef with lobster and Boursin mashed potatoes and a merlot reduction
Grilled halibut with corn coconut curry sauce and cherry tomato chutney

3rd – Dessert, fresh fruit and sorbet parfait

Prices will range from $27-38 per person for the complete meal.

Citizen of the Years Award Nominations

Every one is invited to send in a 2012 Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at your Chamber office on Main Street, download one from here http://www.beaverisland.org/2012-citizen-of-the-year.pdf You may call 231.448.2505 and request a form by mail. The nomination deadline is April 1st .

“The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.”

Several Subscriptions Have Expired in March, Others in April

Several family and business subscriptions expire in March 2013. This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


NRESC Produces Timeline

NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013

The NRESC intends to produce a full draft set of recommendations for natural resource management that will be submitted to the Township Boards and shared with the community/stakeholders for feedback by May 1, 2013. Once a draft is completed, the NRESC intends to hold a 45-day feedback proc

Airfield View and Entry View

ess, after which it will revise the draft and submit final recommendations to the township boards.

Process/Timeline for Producing Recommendations


Time Line

Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations

Completed - January 21, 2013

Establish subcommittees to develop recommended Strategies for three Goal areas.

Co-chairs are:

Resource Management : Grassmick, Mastenbrook, Parsons

Economic Growth: Powers, Plastrik

Informed Public : Cashman, Tilly

(Plastrik will serve as liaison between the subcommittees, to ensure minimal duplication of effort, and coordination of recommendations)

Completed – January 21, 2013

Subcommittee co-chairs review input to date, gather additional input, and develop recommended Strategies for review by full NRESC

January 22-February 22

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees

February 23 (public session)

Subcommittees revise/redraft recommendations based on feedback

February 24-March 8

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees, and to assemble overall “unified” draft of recommendations

March 9 (public session)

Plastrik leads process of drafting unified recommendations for NRESC consideration

March 10-March 29

Working session of NRESC to review/revise unified recommendations draft

March 30 (public session)

Completion of draft recommendations (additional input, as needed)

March 31-April 30

Submission of draft recommendations to the community, stakeholders, and township boards for feedback

May 1

Feedback processes

May 1-June 15

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft based on feedback from various sources

June 22 (public session)

NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards

July 1

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