The planes weren't flying. You couldn't see across the harbor. The roads are muddy. The tree limbs are weighed down by the heavy wet snow. The snow was coming down in big flakes, just like inside the old Christmas paperweights that you shook up. The sun is out now (about 3:30 p.m.) and the snow probably won't last too long, but driving around to get pictures was somewhat disappointing. Why is it that everything looks like a black and white photograph when the snow is so bright? Finding color in the five inches or so of snow was not easy at all. Here are a few photos taken on a drive before the sun came out.
A special evening honoring an individual, couple or community organization that have made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit. Featuring extra-special entertainment by the Beaver Island Comedy Group! Seating must be limited to 100. Please call the Community Center at (231) 448-2022 to make your reservations. Don’t delay, seats are filling up fast. Tickets: $25
The Citizen of the Year has been selected from 29 nominations for 13 different nominees. Community participation was a near record high.
Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce
On April 7, 2010, the St. James Township Board held two public hearings and it regular monthly board meeting all on the same night. The public hearings were related to the need for rental housing and the need for senior housing. This need was expressed very succinctly and completely by Pete LoDico and Sandy Birdsall with comments by Connie Wojan as well. The report provided by Pete LoDico indicated the need for the $400,000 grant to build a six unit rental apartment structure on the property near the BI Rural Health Center that was donated for this purpose. All federal regulations related to senior housing income levels for qualifying for this housing were included in his report. Also suggested was the need to sell a one acre parcel of this property to a developer for the purpose of building duplexes or other living quarters for seniors not qualifying for the federal income levels of the rental units. Excellent reports were provided to any in the public interested in this project.
The regular township board meeting followed the two public hearings. The highlights of this meeting included the statement from Wolverine Power which allows an agreement to be drawn up for the veteran's memorial project location at the old power plant property. The township zoning administrator position was given to Doug Tilly, a twenty year veteran of the zoning board, thoroughly familiar with the zoning ordinance in both townships.
Last night, April 7, 2010, at about 8:20 p.m. the St. James Township Board Meeting ended. As the attendees left the building and glanced toward the western sky, the view was spectacular. These pictures are for those who do not live on the west side of Beaver Island and for those that did not go outside at the time.
Parish Mission Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. "Accepting God's Love"; Monday, April 26, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. " Who is Jesus"; and Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. "Healing and Forgiveness." This mission will be led by Father Bob Miller who is well known to the Island. He is from Chicago. Everyone is welcome!
April 7, 2010
Thank you for the kindness you showed me on my recent visit. What a beautiful island! I feel extremely fortunate to have enjoyed the beauty of Beaver Island and beautiful weather on my visit in late-March. It was a pleasure to visit your Island , to meet so many TDS customers, and to learn firsthand how TDS is meeting your communications needs (as well as the opportunities we have to better serve you).
TDS is pleased to offer many services on the Island , including phone, high-speed broadband Internet and digital TV services. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and look forward to continuing to meet your communications needs.
I look forward to visiting again. I hope to bring my wife with me when I do, she will truly enjoy herself on your beautiful island.
I know Rick, our local technician, takes great care of you; but, should you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me at 608-826-4395.
Regional Market Manager
TDS Telecommunications Corp.
Symposium Number I
Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability
June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center
8:15- 8:45a.m. Registration, coffee and snack
8:50 am. Welcome, Keynote Address -- Eric R. Myers
Each speaker will address the most important issue(s) concerning their topic.
9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today
A look at our existing forests (types of forests, soil types, tree species, habitat provided/GIS data
Regulations and Management Practices as they occur today ( Private land , state land, DNR compartments for logging, state land management)
9:45 -- Our Forest of the Future / Effects of Land Management Decisions on Our Forests
Forest Succession and Sustainability -- Eric R. Myers
Managing Threats: Differences between types of logging and their effect, Poor practices for sustainability, Invasive Species (garlic mustard and emerald ash borer) and disease (Beech Bark Disease)
Private Land Management (Decisions to Log, Contracts, Conservation Easements)
11:00 -- Effects of Land Management Decisions on Wildlife Species/ Habitats of:
Deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wood duck, beaver (45 min)
Song birds and Ecotourism
12:10 -- Questions for Morning Session Speakers
12:30 -- Break for Lunch: On your own.
1:45 -- Roundtable Discussions: 1) Rank the most important forestry, wildlife, and ecotourism issues discussed in the morning. 2) List economic factors to be taken into consideration. 3) Recommend future management ideas including proven ways of monitoring resources. 4 Miscellaneous.
2:45 -- Roundtable Presentations- conclusions and questions from each table
3:15 - 4:00 -- Panel Discussion by experts on issues raised –questions from roundtable and wrap up—where do we go from here?
The Transfer Station will go to spring/summer hours beginning May 1, 2010. The hours will be 8:00-5:00 Monday - Saturday. Closed Memorial Day and Labor Day.
In a surprise visit on April 5, 2010, the Biscayne Bay visited the harbor. The mission purpose was unknown as the vessel was monitored for a little over three and one-half hours. The 140-foot Bay-class Cutters Biscayne Bay is a state of the art icebreaker used primarily for domestic ice breaking duties. Named after an American Bay and stationed in St Igance, the Biscayne Bay, with or without ice-breaking duty, is required to visit several destinations for training purposes. The following information is from the USCG Biscayne Bay website.
The vessel is 140 feet in length with a beam of 37.5 feet. Its displacement is 662 tons, and it is powered by 2 diesel engines. For approximately two hours, the Biscayne Bay lay at anchor near the mouth of the harbor with its engines shut down. During this time, the crew placed a Zodiak over the side, made a quick trip in to the Beaver Island Boat Company dock, and then returned to the vessel to be again loaded aboard. There was some question about whether this vessel would be replacing buoys, but there were no buoys on board the vessel. One person remarked, "They would need a larger crane to replace the ice buoy than the one aboard this vessel."
There was no doubt about this very large vessel's presence as it could be seen from all around the harbor. There was also no doubt as the vessel's engines started up witht he plumes of smoke coming off the rear of the vessel. The Biscayne Bay left the harbor shortly after 5 p.m., it's mission purpose still unknown.
(photos by Phyllis Moore)
Every year after Easter Sunday church service(s), the Beaver Island Christian Church sponsors a Community Easter Breakfast. This has been happening for many, many years, almost since the church was organized back some 47 years ago. Actually Lil Gregg said, "The church is celebrating its 47th anniversary today (on Easter)." The Easter Breakfast is always open to the entire community. A little over 70 people attended this breakfast with many contributing their specialties to the attendees. Lil Gregg made her breakfast casserole, an Easter tradition. Judi Meister made a wonderful French Toast casserole, which we hope will become a tradition. Judi Meister said, "We're delighted with the turnout, and hope that people will continue to attend this an anuual event. Thank you to all who cooked and helped clean up."
The cooks in the church kitchen, the fellowship center kitchen is not completed, were Mike Bailey on the delicious pancakes, sausage, and ham; Joe Moore on the scrambled eggs; and Jayne Bailey making the coffee. Tom Whitman spent most of the morning shuffling back and forth from the church kitchen to the fellowship center carrying food.
The dessert auction will also become an annual event with proceeds going to selected purposes. This years's auction was to benefit the Beaver Island Volunteer Corps project of "Cottage for Karen." According to the fundraising chairperson, Sue Avery, "The dessert auction, held at the Christian Church, brought us another $1077 closer to our goal. Thank you to everyone who made and donated a dessert -- the selection was awesome -- and thank you to everyone who won a dessert! All proceeds from this event will go directly to pay for materials needed to build Karen's Cottage. And thank you to the Christian Church for sponsoring this special event! Oh, and did I mention, brunch was delicious, too!"
(Some photos by Pam Nicholas)
This event ook place on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at the Beaver Island Community School 1:00 p.m. The two plus hours of preparation by the adults for the children took less than six minutes to complete if you consider only the portion that included the actual picking up of the filled plastic eggs. The children, particularly the younger children obviously enjoyed this entire gathering. The scramble took a short period of time, but the photos taken with the Easter Bunny took a little longer. Prizes were also provided.
Tina Walker would like to thank the following businesses for their generosityand continued support with this event: Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community School, Beaver Island Trading Post, Central Drug Store, East Wind Spa, Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways, Martin Gas & Oil, McDonough’s Market, Montaage, Powers Do It Best Hardware, The Shamrock Bar & Restaurant, Stoney Acre Grill & Donegal Danny’s Pub,
Whimsy, Jim Wojan Excavating Co., Ron Wojan General Contractor
My deepest heartfelt thanks to the wonderful efforts and caring support of those very special people who continue to help make these events possible: Saundra Fries, Cathy Garland, Gary and Tina Morgan, Pam Nicholas, Doug Tilly
Plastic eggs await.........Line up.............."One, two, three, HOP, GO!"....Thank you!
Prize winner..........Enjoying the prizes of eggs
Kids of all ages enjoyed the Scramble and the Meet the Easter Bunny at the BI Community School.
"No more sugar," was heard from one parent as the kids got ready to leave.
Even this gull was waiting as the kids exited the school. Perhaps (s)he thought there might be some food available.
This article is not an April Fool's joke, although Larry Hanz did tempt the cold water and wind over and on Paradise Bay on April 1, 2010, by sailing his ten-foot "Bad Dog" sailboat on April Fool's Day. Wanting to document this occasion, Larry phoned the editor of BI News on the 'Net and suggested that a repeat performance should be documented on April 2nd. Larry did have on a life vest, but was not wearing any wet suit or other protection from the cold water of Paradise Bay in case of an emergency dumping into the water, which Larry said was possible on his way back to Beaver Island Marina with the small sailboat.
Why would someone go out and do this so early? Possibly the weather was just too beautiful for so early in April--maybe that was the reason. There were kids playing on the swings and walking down the beach at the playground. Perhaps the reason was Larry's love of sailing. No matter what the reason, it was great to see a sailboat moving on the harbor in early April.
Another interesting fact included technology use as Larry Hanz called his son in Alaska from his cell phone while in the sailboat and suggested that his son could see him sailing "Bad Dog" by looking at the webcams that overlook the Bay. Of course, this was a temptation that had to be verified and indeed Larry's son was able to see his father sailing on the harbor. Isn't technology great?
Although this is the first sail in a sailboat of the season, this is not the first trip out by any vessel. As previously reported, Skip Duhamel broke some of the ice with his fish tug, John Runberg went out in his small powered boat, and the Wendy Anne, having made three trips already, and the Emerald Isle have all been moving to begin an early boating season. This is the first sailboat adventure of the season, but not the first boat in the water or the first shipping vessel to move.
Looking out at the bird feeder early last evening brought about a memory from the Hitchcock "The Birds" movie. Hundreds of black birds and brown birds were coming out of the cedar hedge near the house. Two bird feeders, containing at least ten pounds of sunflower seeds, had to be refilled last evening due to the number of birds. Grackles and redwing blackbirds, as well as other black birds and brown birds not recognized, were all over the feeders or on the ground under the feeders. This appears to be one more indication for an early spring.
One Islander remarked, "Last year we had snow on April 10th. It's not really going to be an early spring. Just wait, April will fool us once again."
Gulls at Gull Harbor
Mute Swans looking to nest on Barney's Lake
A little snow still in the woods
Turkeys displaying mating instincts
Young eagle flying over Paradise Bay
On the morning of the St. James Township Annual Meeting, there were several types of birds around the area of the USCG Boat House and dock area. Most of the attendees to the meeting were interested in what was going on inside, but there was something interesting going on outside as well.
This eagle was feeding on something near the shoreline, and the eagle stayed there for a fairly long period of time consideridng the number of cars that were moving in the area. It wasn't until an empty beer can rolled across road making an unusual sound that the eagle decided to move to other places.
Starting the season a little before the scheduled first run, the Beaver Island Boat Company made the first ferry trip of the season today, April 2, 2010. The scheduled first trip was set for Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The boat left on the 2nd at 8:20 a.m., and will return to the Island leaving Charlevoix at 11:30 a.m. The Wendy Anne tug with barge has already made three trips this shipping season, but today was the first for the Emerald Isle ferry.
As some of you may have heard, Emmalee had a MRI in Grand Rapids last Monday. The MRI shows some tumor growth (very little) and the doctors are recommending chemotherapy.
Emmalee will receive six weeks of IV therapy, with the sixth week of treatment being IV therapy and oral medication, followed by three weeks off. This will all occur on an out-patient basis for 1 ½ years. KK is hoping to secure housing in Grand Rapids for the duration, as Brian will be returning to work shortly. Grandmother Emma Jean Belfy will remain in GR.
KK wants to stress to everyone again that what is left of Emmy’s tumor is benign and not cancerous. Emmy will experience nausea and hair loss. KK asks for your prayers, but please no more gifts.
The St. James Township Board of Trustees will be holding a Public Hearing to review a grant application to be submitted to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) for Community Development Block Grant funds and to identify Community Development and Housing Needs, including the needs of low and moderate income persons. The hearing is to be held Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the St. James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Avenue, Beaver Island, MI.
The purpose of this hearing is to review the application to MSDHA in the amount of $400,000.00. These funds will be used to build a 6-unit apartment building for low to moderate income senior citizens on Carlisle Road in St. James Township. A second purpose of this public hearing is to identify community development and housing needs, including the needs of low and moderate income persons. St. James Township is an equal housing opportunity organization.
Rick Speck, Supervisor
St. James Township
The DVD may be purchased online at the link below, or it may be purchased from stores and businesses on the Island.
You can order your DVD today by sending $20 plus $5 postage to DVD, c/o Joe Moore, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or you can order yours over the Internet from the provided link.
He can receive letters and pictures, but no care packages.
PVT Maudrie, Brett Roster 437
E Co., 1-50th ITB, 4th Platoon
198th Infantry Brigade
9747 Second Armored Division Rd. Bldg. 3560
Fort Benning, GA 31905-5919
The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jack Messer as the new Executive Director for the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Department. The appointment becomes effective Monday, March 29, 2010.
Mr. Messer replaces interim director Mr. David Emmel who has been working on a contractual basis since the resignation of the previous director in August of 2009.
In his new role as the Executive Director, Mr. Messer will assume leadership and management responsibility for the department and will report to the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners. Mr. Messer will also provide a support role to the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Advisory Board.
Mr. Messer brings more than 25 years of management and leadership experience to the role. He previously served as the Director for the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Office of Emergency Management, Director of Emergency Services with the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department, Chief of Police and City Manager for the City of Sandusky , and the Michigan State Police.
The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging provides in-home respite, homemaking and personal care services, assessment services, congregate and in-home meals, health and wellness programs, and senior center operations services to residents of Charlevoix County over the age of 60.
Jack Messer, new COA director
In a somewhat secret ceremony at a potluck dinner for the BI Fire Department, Jack Messer and Shirley Roloff presented the following shown in pictures below along with a commendation letter that is shown below also.
The Commendation Letter
The Beaver Island Human Services Commission is hosting a health and human services fair this fall. The event will take place at Gregg Fellowship hall on September 16, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mark your calendars so that you do not miss out on this great opportunity to get in touch with a wealth of information aimed at improving your health, happiness, and well-being.
Editor's Note: The Human Services Commission is working to get a wide variety of mainland services introduced to the needs of Beaver Island, a part of Charlevoix County.
The Community Free Clinic, affiliated with Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, has announced that it will be relocating from the Lockwood-MacDonald campus on Arlington Avenue to the main Hospital campus on Connable Avenue in Petoskey in the Spring of 2010. In preparation, new signage is being developed and parking spaces are being clearly designated for patient convenience. To access the new location, patients will continue past the Main Entrance of the Hospital and the parking structure, and follow the signs to the entrance on the left.
Hours of operation will remain the same, as will the telephone number.
Office Hours * Monday – Friday * 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Appointment Clinic * Monday * 1 – 5 p.m.
Walk-in Clinic * Wednesday * Sign in 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Phone * 231.487.3600
The Community Free Clinic serves our area's uninsured through the dedicated work of volunteer community members and medical professionals, supported by grants, donations, and funding from Northern Michigan Regional Hospital and the Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation. This move will enable patients to benefit from other services offered at the main Hospital campus, such as Lab, Radiology, and the Cafeteria.
The accelerated construction schedule of the new John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion on the Lockwood-MacDonald campus has prompted this relocation. Northern Michigan Regional Health System is grateful to the generous donors and volunteers who have given so much of themselves to both of these initiatives. The staff and volunteers at the Community Free Clinic look forward to continuing their mission of providing access to quality healthcare at their new, centrally-located clinic.
This summer over 80 musicians from around the state will join artists on Beaver Island during the last week of July to present the ninth annual Baroque on Beaver classical music festival. For the first time the concerts will be “Made in Michigan,” as all participants will be either residents of the state or seasonal visitors to Beaver Island. The festival will be organized by a new managing director, Zac Moore, from Traverse City, who is also Managing Director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Robert Nordling, of Grand Rapids will be the new conductor of the Festival Orchestra. Kevin Simon, from Saginaw, will lead the Festival Chorus for the third year.
Baroque on Beaver will include concerts by the orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, and soloists. Featured artists will include Martha Guth, whose performances have been a highlight for the past two years, and Claudia Schmidt, who is new to Baroque on Beaver but well-known to island audiences. As in past years, concerts will be held in the Parish Hall, the Community Center, and Gillingham Hall at CMU; in addition, an outdoor family concert is being planned as well as mini-performances and open rehearsals at a variety of places around the harbor and town.
To involve more of the community in Baroque on Beaver, Zac Moore will schedule additional rehearsal time for island musicians. He will also work with Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Board Members Kitty McNamara, Miranda Rooy, and Jane Maehr to engage students in the concerts and in musical activities throughout the year. Details about concerts, rehearsals, and music will be available online at www.BICAA.org as soon as those plans are finalized. To learn about participating in the festival as a musician, host, or volunteer worker, contact Judi Meister, Jayne Bailey, or any member of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, or check the website. To enjoy four days of beautiful classical music in a gorgeous island setting, mark your calendars now – July 29 to August 1, 2010 – Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan!
At a request from a couple of emails, the BINN Community Calendar has been extended from one or two months to include the rest of the entire year of 2010. Several people wanted to schedule their events without having a conflict with another event. The BINN reply via email was, "Of course, we would be happy to include a full calendar year in the Community Calendar!"
This will only work if all those people with scheduled events send a quick email with those events to the editor of this website. We will gladly post them on a community calendar available to everyone. Please take the time to send your events to:
Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival
Online registration information is now available for the 1st Beaver Island Bike Festival on June 26th. FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 250. The registration brochure will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center in early April.
"The Beaver Island Bike Festival (June 25-27) is your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.
For complete information and registration information for the new Beaver Island event see the events section on the home page of The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web site www.BeaverIsland.org .
The new route map and course description for the second annual Beaver Island Marathon (September 4) is now available on the Chamber web site.
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is a principal sponsor of both events.
The Citizen of the Year banquet will be held at the Beaver Island Community Center on Saturday April 24, 2010. The price of the event will be $25.00 for an inclusive evening including appetizers, dinner, desert and entertainment. A cash bar will be available at the annual event to honor the Chamber of Commerce 2009 Citizen of the Year. Reservations will be accepted beginning in mid-March. Seating will be limited to 100.
Previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award:
2001 - Don Vyse
2002 - BIEMS
2003 - Connie Wojan & B I Hospice
2004 - Phil & Lil Greg
2005 - Jim Wojan
2006 - John Fiegen
2007 - Pam Grassmick & Father Pat
2008 - BI Fire Dept. & Jim & Mary Gillingham
For additional information about the banquet please contact the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce at (231) 448-2505. For reservations, contact the Community Center at (231) 448-2022.
There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire or that have already expired in April 2010. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.
You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:
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Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!