B. I. News on the 'Net, April 28-May 3, 2014

Wendy Anne Makes First Trip of the Season

At about 4:15 p.m on Monday, May 5, 2014, the same person who called for the Shamrock trip also called for the Wendy Anne. This call was for the Wendy Anne and barge making the first trip of the season off the Island. The Wendy Anne and barge were already headed out past the BIBCO dock, so heading into town and to Whiskey Point didn't make any sense because it would be almost out of sight before arrival there. Instead a quick drive down Carlisle Road managed to get the cameras in position before the Wendy Anne was out side the harbor.

In actuality, the pictures caught the Wendy Anne and barge going past the Coast Guard Station and the Whiskey Point Lighthouse and then headed out into Lake Michigan probably enroute to Lake Charlevoix.

A short video clip of the Wendy Anne leaving on its first trip 

Video will be available once it is processed.

Shamrock Makes First Fuel Run of 2014

At about 1:15 p.m. today, Monday, May 5, 2014, the Shamrock left Paradise Bay headed out on the first fuel run of the year. As one old timer said, "There's Buddy sneaking out of the harbor." Quick moves by Joe Moore and Frank Solle got a picture of the Shamrock and the fuel barge in tow. It appeared that the Shamrock was headed to the UP for its first fuel run of the year. This is a complete surprise to most of the Island residents.

The phone rings and the person on the other side of the phone says, "Buddy is headed out of the harbor, but he hasn't gone past here yet." A quick jump into the car and a short trip into town, and the first picture was taken.

A quick snapshot on the way to the point showing Buddy's dock empty.

Then a quick run to the point to get a picture of the first fuel run of the year as they move out of the harbor. No such luck, but caught it fairly close.

A quick dash to Gull Harbor to see which direction Buddy is going. Looks like he's headed to the UP.

A close-up of the Shamrock and the fuel barge as they pass Gull Harbor.

First Run of the 2014 Season


2014 Men’s Summer Golf League!

It’s time to get signed up and ready to play.

The date for starting the league is still up in the air and depends on how quickly the weather improves. Right now we’re looking at the 21st of May as the earliest and June 4th as the latest date to start league play. Summer league play normally last to mid-August, but is dependent on the number of teams.

It looks like some of the teams from last year may have to be altered, due to some players being off island this summer for work.

If your team plans on playing this summer, please contact Buck (2680) or Frank (2162) and let us know.

If you played last year, but have a new partner or need a partner, please call.

If you have not played in the league before and would like to be on a team, or added to the sub list please call.

Player’s needing a new partner will be given the names of those who called to be added to the league substitute list.

BICS Junior Senior Banquet at Holy Cross Hall

The Banquet is the traditional gathering of students, staff, and family to celebrate the years of education and learning and social contact for the seniors of BICS who are graduating this year. The Holy Cross Parish Hall is decorated by the underclassmen with the the juniors in the design and leadership roles. The Junior Senior Banquest is the closest our BICS students get to a prom. The students have a wonderful dinner, listen to a speaker, (This year Sarah McCafferty), get a sunset ride on the boat, and then come back for a dance, and, normally for games. Unfortunately, the games were too large to fly over to the Island and the boat did not run to bring these games over for the Banquet.

The Senior Class of BICS takes the position of honor usually on the stage of the hall, and all others sit down on the dance floor portion of the hall. Dinner is prepared by junior partents and usually served by the 7th and 8th grade students.

Olivia, Jewell, Ron, Erin

(Thanks to Mary Palmer for this picture)

Here are the pictures of the Holy Cross Parish Hall all decorated and ready for the evening. The Banquet was held on May 3, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. These pictures were taken at about 4 p.m.

Video of the Holy Cross Parish Hall set-up for Banquet 2014


Keeping Them Alive

by Paul Cole

Growing up often my Mom and Dad would go to the cemetery for a “ride and visit”. They would go on Sundays in the afternoon to walk around and remember people that had passed on. I was lucky to go with them sometimes and realized how much they enjoyed recalling a story or memory of a friend and loved one who had passed, maybe a few years ago, or 50 years ago. The intent was always positive and a way to keep them alive with a funny story or "how caring" a person was. Sometimes they would talk about how one person was related to another, how many kids they had or who could sing and dance the best. My Dad still does this, and I was lucky to walk around two years ago while he told stories and memoires of people long ago.

For some it is a place of quiet comfort to talk to a parent or dear friend about life and its ups and downs. Still others go late in the night to sing a tune that a person loved, or to visit and tell stories about the person at 2:00 in the morning.

I remember a few years ago when Gina Gatliff had her family visiting from Belgium and we listened to some great tunes at the Circle M. After the night was over Danny Gillespie decided to "play a tune for a few" across the street at the cemetery. He visited Russell and Joy, his mother and father, then went to Aunt Georgie's to sing "Cab Driver" and ended up at Jerry’s with a bit of "Sam Hanks". Gina’s family had to adjust to this custom, but loved how we respect those who passed and kept them alive in our hearts. Once this winter I had a family member call me, complaining about the snow and how hard it was to visit the Cemetery. Now that is a die-hard.

I have already told my kids that when I pass on they had better visit me in the cemetery especially to sing a tune. I even asked them to dance a bit, as I love to dance. That will keep my memory alive a bit.

We have a beautiful cemetery and many memories. Keep in mind it takes money to keep it that way. If you have a "few nickels to rub together" as my mom would say, think about donating to the Cemetery. You can mail a check to Holy Cross Cemetery, P.O Box 357, Beaver Island 49782.

We have a way of honoring people when we bury them and a uniqueness in "visiting" them.........Keeping them alive.

Island Treasures New Schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 starting on May 7, 2014 Please support your Fire Department and EMS with your donations and purchases. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers for this summer. If you have questions or need help with your donation, call Donna at 448-2797.

Mary Beth Kur Visits BICS

Mary Beth Kur visited the freshman and sophomore class at the Beaver Island Community School in Mr. Adam Richards' classroom today, May 2, 2014. This visit included a very interesting presentation of a fictional court case in which the students were required to determine the sentence that they would give to a driver of vehicle in which three individuals were killed in an automobile rollover crash. They had to determine the sentence only by reading the newspaper article written about the case.

This was followed by a presentation and discussion of whether any other information should be considered and included those items that were required to be part of the decision-making process. The students were then given the example information that would be available to someone making this sentencing decision. After the information was read by the students, they were asked to choose the sentence that would be given after the additional information was given.

As was usual when this presentation is given, the sentences were decreased by the majority of the students in the classroom. It was an interesting and educational activity for the students and any adults present.

The Lesson Plan

Complete video of the presentation is available HERE

The following information was found online about Mary Beth Kur:

Time-Out for Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

There is a special joy in sitting down to sketch that – from selecting a subject to finished image- it all happens together.

That is rare, in art.

The “percolating” stage comes first. Ideas lead to sketches and variations and planning and trials. Sometimes months or even years go by from the time the first kernel of an idea develops until it becomes something tangible.

Execution is next: the gathering of materials and digging in to the selected medium. Whether paint or printer’s ink or clay, the process is long. There is always waiting--thinking--stages leading to completion.

Anticipation is a big part of the process.

I’ve been working on several large paintings that dominate my studio space and make any other activities impossible. With the finish in sight, I’m anxious to be able to access my printing press again. Last week I cleared my drafting table and started adding color to several collagraph images, to make them ready for their final printing.

These were first printed last winter, and were just black-ink outlines with texture. The addition of watercolor is a simple process--most of the excitement comes from selecting the colors--similar, I think, to a child’s coloring book activity. I’m showing them now so that you’ll share in the surprise later.

The thrill will come when these are next run though the press. The plate will be prepared with printing ink--for these I’ll mix a dark blue-black--and these papers will be dampened to prepare them for printing. There are technical aspects: registration and tension and viscosity of the ink.

Mostly, though, it is MAGIC.

See the stages at Cindy's blog HERE

Weekly Fishing Tip

Trout season has arrived!
Trout season officially opened this past weekend on Michigan’s inland waters and early season fishing can be quite good. Many anglers successfully swear by dead drifting worms this time of year due to the cold spring waters temperatures, but those heading out should not overlook spinners or small shallow diving crank baits either.

Worms are deadly in the early season but lure fishing can also be very effective at bringing up a big fish from its deepwater lair under a log or under a cut bank.

To learn more about fishing for trout in Michigan, check out these links highlighting the specific species.

Brook Trout

Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout

Voc-Ed Class Leads Beaver Island Student to Save Life

Life-saving techniques one Beaver Island Community School student learned in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class is being credited for helping save the life of a fellow island resident.

Ron Marsh, a senior at the school, is being credited with saving the life of Bob Banville by performing the Heimlich maneuver on him Friday, April 25. The 17-year-old was delivering items for the school elementary play to the Community Center a few blocks from the school when he saw Banville in the roadway, waving his arms and trying to flag down a vehicle.

“I know him (Banville) personally and something didn’t look right. He was leaning up against his van, holding his throat and waving his arms,” Ron said.

Ron, who took the CTE Health Occupational course as a freshman, has since taken a CPR class and become a volunteer firefighter with the Beaver Island Fire Department. Ron stopped the vehicle and went to Banville’s aid and performed the Heimlich maneuver, an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person’s airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. Apparently, Banville had been eating lunch and was choking on something he ate.

Once Banville’s airway was cleared, Ron called 9-1-1 and waited for EMS to arrive. Ron said he wasn’t nervous while performing the procedure but afterwards felt an adrenalin rush.

“I was a little shaken up afterwards when I really thought about what I had done,” he added.

The training Ron learned through the Char-Em ISD-supported CTE Health Occupational class, as well as training he received from his volunteer role with the fire department and on-the-job training from the Beaver Island Boat Company all paid off.

School Superintendent and Administrator Riley Justis said the student’s training went from “theoretical to practical.”

“I am very proud of him. It’s great to have the opportunity to offer our CTE Health Occupational class here in our small community,” Justis said. “We’re producing kids that have first aid and CPR skills--skills that can save lives. We would not be able to offer (the class) without the support we receive from the ISD voc-ed millage.”

Ron said this one experience has made him even more committed to becoming an EMT and firefighter. “It’s important to know the basics (about first aid) and the Heimlich maneuver because you never know when you can help someone else,” he said.

Two Beaver Island Seniors Interviewed

Lillian Gregg, 89


Lawrence McDonough, 99


Tell Your Beaver Island Story

This is an open invitation for any Beaver Island resident. Beaver Island News on the 'Net is interested in your story. If you are interested in being a part of the BINN project, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com or call 448-2416. We are interested in finding out your family background. Where did your family come from? How and why did you (your family) move to Beaver Island? What kind of work do you (your family) do here on Beaver Island? What are some of your family stories that you are willing to share with BINN?

As part of a joint project with Ann Partridge, some Beaver Island people were willing to participate in the Shamrock City Project and came to the Community Center, yesterday, April 29, 2013. Some of these answered the questions related to their family history. Three of these were chosen at random to be worked on last night since the Shamrock City Project had a deadline of April 30, 2013. These three had the video processed and uploaded to a location that may be accessed for the Shamrock City Project. There was no guarantee that they will be used in this project, but BINN has processed this video and has the video links that can be accessed for this Shamrock City Project.

Here are the three interviews that were chosen at random, were uploaded to meet today's deadline, and can be considered for inclusion in the Shamrock City Project:. Click the link below to views the interviews with Garrett Cole, Glen Felixson, and Kathy Tidmore.

Video for Shamrock City Project HERE

Emerald Isle Makes First Trip of the Season

Having missed two runs from the 2013 season, and having canceled several runs in the 2014 season due to ice conditions on Lake Michigan between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, the Beaver Island Boat Company has lots of freight to haul to get caught up. Today, April 29, 2014, the Emerald Isle left Beaver Island with a lot of the Island people wondering if there wasn't still too much ice to complete the trip. Several were thinking that the Emerald Isle would make it to Charlevoix, but be unable to come back.

Thanks to Bill Supernaw for the three pictures of the Emerald Isle leaving Charlevoix enroute back to Beaver Island. Here is the Emerald Isle leaving Charlevoix heading back to the island.

Waiting patiently for the first sight of the ferry, many were downtown. Editor Joe Moore went to the point to see the ferry, but it was not in its normal location. It was a bit further north than usual. That necessitated a trip to Gull Harbor to get the first pictures of the return to the island of the Emerald Isle. Here are the pictures taken from Gull Harbor.

The traditional pictures of the Emerald Isle approaching the harbor were then taken.

The ferry passed the lighthouse and the USCG boathouse, which is now the research facility for Central Michigan University and entered the harbor.

And, all those that had been at Whiskey Point began the trip around the harbor to get to the BIBCO dock to welcome the return.

It was then time to take a look to see what things came on the first boat by watching the boat be unloaded.

The beginning of a new ferry season is a very exciting day for Beaver Island! Good job, Boat Company crew! Another sign of Spring!

Video of Arrival of the Emerald Isle


Bush Honeysuckle

I wish this plant looked a little less attractive.

It seems to have a lot going for it.

Bush honeysuckle is a nice looking plant: its glossy leaves are some of the first to emerge in the Spring, and hang on well into the Fall. Attractive, scented flowers blossom in June, followed by edible berries that remain on the bushes through the Winter. It can tolerate some shade, and its root system can help to stop erosion. No wonder they were deliberately and thoughtfully introduced to this country!

Sounds good, right?

In fact, of the four types of bush honeysuckle that grow on Beaver Island, two are native. On the surface, they are almost indistinguishable from the two types that we label “invasive.”

So, what’s the difference?

Not all non-native species are “invasive.” My hyacinths are not taking over the yard, no matter how much I encourage it. Many plants – though not part of our native vegetation – are welcome additions to our yards and gardens.

That is not the case when it is an invasive plant.

I just did an internet search of “attributes of invasive plants”, thinking I’d find a concise,  understandable list that I could share. I was humbled and horrified by explanations that were so far over my ability to make sense of them, I couldn’t begin to interpret them. I tried “characteristics of invasive plants” with similar results. If you’d like that information, it’s out there. Meanwhile, let me explain it as I understand it.

Invasive species have an advantage.

Maybe this advantage comes to them because our climate is even more favorable to their growth than their home climate was. Maybe our soil lacks the microbes that would slow their growth or reproduction. Perhaps the animals that might feed on the plant are not available here. Plants that would compete with them for nutrients, light and space do not grow here. This allows them to be a “bully” in our eco-system, taking over land and space so aggressively that our native species are crowded out.

According to the brochure of Top Ten Invasives (which is the source for my list), published by the Beaver Island Association (<www.beaverislandassociation.org>), invasive plants

In the case of invasive Bush Honeysuckle, the plants have a “rampant and aggressive” growth pattern that forms dense thickets. They block the sunlight, preventing other plants from growing there. It is believed they also may release a chemical into the soil that is toxic to other plants. Though it was once believed that it would provide a habitat and food source for wildlife, the opposite is true. Wildlife was left more exposed to predators, and the berries produced have no nutritional value to the birds that eat them.

Though very similar to our native honeysuckle, the invasive plants can be distinguished by their flowers. Native honeysuckle have yellow blooms. The invasive strains (Tatarian, from Russia, and Morrow’s, from Japan) have flowers of pink or white. The older stems of the invasive honeysuckle are hollow; all stems are solid in the native plants. They are generally found in sunny areas, and form dense stands about 6 feet tall.

Cutting alone will not destroy the plant, as it can regenerate quickly from the roots. Pulling is effective in small stands or with young plants. Digging out older plants, being sure to get the entire root system, is one way to control them.  A glysophate herbicidal solution (Round Up)applied to the plants or cut stems can work to kill the plant. As always when using herbicide, care should be taken to protect surrounding plants, water and wildlife.

When purchasing decorative plants, make sure they are not species that can threaten the natural beauty of our island.

As we’re getting out and about this year, let’s all be aware and keep watch for the invasive plants that threaten our landscape.

Tell Your Story Tuesday, April 29, 2014

from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

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

Stan Buell of Holland, MI, won with a time of 10:45 AM only 16 minutes from the actual time of 11:01 AM. One-half of the total amount is $527.25.  Other times that were close included Bobbi Welke 8:30 AM, Laura Gillespie 11:59, Ken McDonald 12:00, and Ken McDonald 12:21 PM.

From PABI Ice Classic:

Thanks again for your support. We set a new record this year for the latest time.

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

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



Donate to the Food Pantry

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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

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!


Community Center Information for April


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!

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

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 Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

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!)


Stoney Acre






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

May 2014

4th-------------Pastor Steve Finch Baccalaureate for Lighthouse students

11th------------Pastor Don Sinclair

18th----------Pastor Harold Kruse Baccalaureate for BICC students

25th----------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.


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)


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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Beaver Island Phragmites Control

protecting our natural areas

by Cindy Ricksgers


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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)


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


BICS End of School Year Calendar

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.

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


Stoney Acre






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


Floor plan

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

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Subscriptions Have Expired in April and Some Will Expire in May

Several family and business subscriptions expired in March and others expire in April . 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.


Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv