B.I. News on the 'Net, April 7-14, 2013

Lovely Victorian Home Readied for Sale on Beaver Island

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

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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Ferry Iced In

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

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

Michigan EMS Practitioner of the Year

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

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

(Above pictures by Andrea Moore)

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

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

Pictures of the stitching on the jacket awarded also.

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

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

Watercolor Class Planned

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

submitted by Leonor Jacobson

Snowed In?

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

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

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

Unusual Weather?

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

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

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

Wind and waves control the day....

Flocks of birds gather for feeding...

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

Beaver Island Ice Classic

by Bob Tidmore

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

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

Pictures of the tower this morning after it went in:

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

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 10, 2013

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

Video of the Meeting is HERE

DNR Admonition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The DNR advises:

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

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

Beaver Island District Library Meeting, April 9, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

What Do Retired People Do?

An Editorial by Joe Moore

First of all, the answer to this question depends upon what financial class you belong to. If you participated in a teacher's retirement program and you are depending on Social Security for your retirement, I have an answer for this question. Let's begin with the promises that were given to you during your working years.

All teacher retirees in Michigan were required to attend retirement seminars where we were told how much money we would get for our retirement plan based upon which program that we had chosen. We were also told what kind of insurance we could purchase after our retirement date and what the copays and retiree costs would be. The one thing missing from these retiree seminars is that they failed to tell us that these were not promises, they were current situations. If you retired, this would be your income and this would be your insurance cost and this would be your deductible right now. No one said that these were temporary. No one said that your retirement would be taxed by the State of Michigan and the federal government. No one said that the cost of the insurance would go up and up and up. No one said that your deductible would be going up and up and even higher than that. The deductible has quadrupled in just six years. The cost of the insurance has increased yearly since then. The tax and Social Security tax has continued to rise as well. I have just a couple of questions.

Why am I paying Social Security tax on my retirement while I am collecting Social Security? Why am I paying almost full price on my prescriptions? Why is this coverage being cut and cut and then cut again?

Last Friday, I spend three and a half hours on the telephone being shuffled around from one computer to another, finally being transferred to a real person, who just couldn't help me, and then I was transferred to yet another answering machine type program. Believe it or not, it was just one prescription that I was trying to resolve some issues on, and now it's Monday morning, and I have spent another hour on the phone with a promise to get a return phone call. This makes the fifth day that I am without a prescription refill with a bottle that is empty. If I wanted to pay the whole cost of this prescription, it would cost over $400, but the pharmacy doesn't want to lose $41.00 on every refill for three refills. They are not allowed to bill me for their loss. They are only allowed to bill the accepted copay amount. The insurance company told my pharmacy that they would have to bite the bullet and lose that amount of money on this prescription. This is what the insurnace company says is the solution to this problem.

Where is the oversight of this program? Where is the person that can make a decision? Where is the opportunity for compromise? Where will this go after my wife gets on Medicare? How much time will be needed to resolve issues like this? Where are those original promises and who is responsible for making these changes? Do you think that this retiree will recommend any of these businesses? Do you think that this retiree will suggest that the other teachers, to not-yet-retired teachers, that their retirement program is a good thing? Do you think I will ever allow anyone else to determine my fate related to my health?

As much as I may have political opinions that may be different from yours, I believe that we all have the same definition of fairness and goodness. The fact of the matter is this current healthcare system with its CEOs making millions and million of dollars and the drug companies making millions or billions of dollars, this current system is broken. BROKEN! If one senior is spending almost five hours to get one prescription refilled, I can only imagine how much of this "retirement" is wasted by other seniors who are in the same or similar situations.

The answer to the first question which is: "What Do Retired People Do?" is really very simple. They waste time trying to make a system that is broken, a fair system. They spend hours in the computerized answering systems of the many institutions that never seem to talk to one another. They spend hours of time trying to get someone at one of these institutions to make a decision instead of passing the senior around to several other institutions with yet another answering program over and over again. They waste their time trying to make people in big businesses care about the common person. The fact is that these retired people still believe in this system. Isn't that sad? They waste their retirement trying to fix a broken system with people who don't care.





St. James Meeting of 4/4/13

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

View Video of this Meeting HERE

Celebrity Basketball March 1st

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

If interested, you can watch it HERE

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013


2013 March 30 Peaine Hearing on Fox Lake and Annual Meeting

NRESC Meeting Was Live Streamed

The NRESC members present

The audience

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

Video of the NRESC Meeting HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

2013 March 13 Peaine Township Board Meeting

2013 March 30 St James Annual Meeting Including Budget Hearing

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

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

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

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Wondering About Invasive Species?

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

State of Michigan Website on Invasive Species

Contact information for Invasive Species

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Cold Water Rescue Training

As part of the Beaver Island EMS EMT program, three BIEMS students are studying Environment Emergencies. The cold water rescue training has always been the highlight of the training for the EMT course taught in the BI Community School by high school students back in the early 2000's. This adult education EMT program is no different. The weather was perfect for cold water rescue training. It was snowing, blowing, and cold with plenty of ice out in front of the bank and the old McDonough store.

There was still plenty of ice because the USCG cutter Biscayne Bay did not open up the shipping channel over toward the Beaver Island Marina nor toward Bud Martin's dock. There isn't a commercial fishing vessel waiting to get out either, so the ice part of the training was pretty easy to find.

Kevin White gets into a cold water suit, equipment being prepared, Ron Marsh and Jewell Cushman get to swim in April

Getting dressed in the suits is sometimes the hardest part of the training.

Chief Tim McDonough has everyone gather around and he gives an introduction to the equipment.

Time to get wet and get to work learning how to rescue someone in the cold water.

An example of a rescue for demonstration purposes

Using another piece of rescue equipment...

Ron Marsh ready to give it a try

Practicing the rescue.....Melissa Prior getting ready to be the patient

Video of the training


Practice is over, now it's time to warm up, put equipment away, and get back to classwork.

Many thanks to McDonough's Market and Dahlwhinnie's for the hot coffee and hot chocolate at the fire hall after the training!

Trees Being Cleared for Site Plan of the New Terminal Building

The trip to the township airport was made to try to catch the workers for Schwartzfisher Masonry and Excavating while they were working on the tree clearing. BINN was fortunate to make it before they finished working for the day. Here are a few pictures that were taken on April 5, 2013, in the late afternooon. The trees have to be down before April 15th due to the migratory birds and nesting birds returning after that date.

Equipment working

Chains saws working

The results

Video at the job site


On the Way to the Township Airport

If you are on your way to the township airport, you do not expect to see a flock of geese on April 5, 2013, nor a herd of twenty-three deer, but on top of that a whole bunch of crows. Take a second look and you will see something else you never thought you'd see this early in the season-sandhill cranes. Yes, sandhill cranes on the 5th of April.

The above two pictures are all that could be taken because the deer and the crows and the geese were spooked by the vehicle stopping on the road. Amazing to see this indication of spring!

Weekly Fishing Tip:

Spring is a great time for targeting steelhead

The month of April is often a perfect time to fish for steelhead in Michigan's rivers. Did you know our state is thought to offer some of the best steelhead fishing in the country?

A variety of techniques can be used to fish for this aggressive species; including live bait, artificial lures and flies. Rivers all across Michigan provide access for steelhead fishing. Some better-known rivers include the Betsie, Grand, Little Manistee, Manistee, Manistique, Pere Marquette and St. Joseph rivers in the Lake Michigan watershed, the Au Sable River in the Lake Huron watershed, the Huron River in the Lake Erie watershed, and the Huron and Two Hearted rivers in the Lake Superior watershed.

Want more information on steelhead fishing in Michigan? Visit their section on the DNR's Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them website .

Emerald Isle Returns to the Island

With its first trip taken from Beaver Island to Charlevoix in a normal trip even with the winds speed up to 25-30 mph from the WSW, the return trip seemed to start with a hitch. The Spartan truck had some issues which delayed the return trip from Charlevoix. The Emerald Isle left Charlevoix around 3:30 p.m. on its return trip to the island.

Video of the entry into the harbor and docking


The Emerald Isle enters the harbor.

Getting lined up to back into the Beaver Island berth.

There was a little ice in the way, but it didn't stop the operation by a very talented captains and crew.

Ready to unload and handle the freight for the first trip of the year.

Emerald Isle Arrives in Charlevoix

Many thanks to Christine McDonough Miller for her photographs of the Emerald Isle arriving in Charlevoix. Christine, you did a great job! The Emerald Isle arrived in Charlevoix on schedule after leaving Beaver Island at a little after 11 a.m.

Emerald Isle's First Trip of 2013 Season

The Emerald Isle left St. James Harbor this morning, April 4, 2013, at about five minutes after 11 a.m. The ferry had to push some fairly large chunks of ice out of the way on its way from the BIBCO dock to the mouth of the harbor. In addition to the ice in the harbor, the Emerald Isle also had to deal with a 20-30 mph WSW wind.

The Emerald Isle leaves it winter storage location to begin the ferry season

Out of the harbor the Emerald Isle goes...

Video of the Emerald Isle Heading Out


The Emerald Isle Engines After the Overhaul

There was a really active BIBCO on Beaver Island as the historical rebuild of the engines took place with the Emerald Isle in its Beaver Island berth. A previous story included pictures and video of the work in progress. It was time to post the pictures of the engines after the rebuild was completed since it was to take its first trip today, April 4, 2013. These photos are courtesy of Tony Miller, husband of Christine McDonough Miller.

Biscayne Bay Breaks Ice

View video of the Biscayne Bay Breaking the Ice HERE

A little about the Biscayne Bay from its website:

" BISCAYNE BAY is perfectly situated in one of the connecting waterways of the Great Lakes; The Straits of Mackinac. Raw goods vital to the nation's economy transit through the lakes year round but when winter's fury freezes the water, commerce comes to a screeching halt. This is the primary reason BISCAYNE BAY was commissioned. From early December through mid-April every year, Lakers call on the services of BISCAYNE BAY to free them from their beset position in the ice, break the way and prevent ice jams from forming in the critical waterways.
BISCAYNE BAY is uniquely outfitted with a "bubbler" system designed to push low pressure air around the hull to lubricate the ship as she moves through the ice. Coupled with 2500 shaft horse power, BISCAYNE BAY is a formidable foe for thick ice or windrow. On any given year, BISCAYNE BAY will be called to into action on Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie or their connecting rivers"

The Biscayne Bay's mission on April 3, 2013 was to come into St. James Harbor (Paradise Bay) to break up the ice that was more than a foot thick, so the Emerald Isle could make its first trip of the ferry season. There was a good sized crowd in different locations to view this 'coming of Spring' event. Besides the B.I. Boat Dock, there were people gathered at the public beach, the to view this 'coming of Spring' event. Besides the B.I. Boat Dock, there were people gathered at the public beach, the yatct dock, looking on from the Dahwhinnie/McDonough's Market location, and watching from Whiskey Point, as well as viewing and taking pictures from the air.

The Biscayne Bay paused for a short time just on the edge of the ice near the old Coast Guard Station, just long enough to get the bubblers working efficiently. It then move quite quickly into the harbor and began its first track from the mouth of the harbor to the BIBCO dock.

The first track was made to the area alongside the Emerald Isle berth. The Biscayne Bay then move in reverse and pushed and bubbled the ice on the side of the dock toward the public beach.




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

Events at the BI Christian Church

April 17 Bingo

May 1 and May 15 Bingo.

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

Memorial for EB Lange May 26.

June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.

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

July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.

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

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

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

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours

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

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

  2. Office telephone 448-2014

  3. Email address billhaggard.beaverisland@ gmail.com


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

April 18, 2013

May 16, 2013

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

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


From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

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

Other Liturgies

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

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

NRESC Meeting Schedule

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

May 20, 2013

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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Community Calendar

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

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

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New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS

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

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

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Nominations

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

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

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

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

Resource List for Emmet County



3rd Annual Gail's Walk


The reamining tracks were further south and east of the first track, some moving toward the BIBCO dock, some perpendicular to the dock, and some moving away from the dock.

Thanks to Frank Solle for these photos taken from different locations that BINN Whiskey Point pictures:

The Biscayne Bay was only in Paradise Bay long enough to break the ice from the BIBCO dock to the mouth of the harbor. No trip was made to open the channel for St. James Marine or Bud Martin's dock.

While the Biscayne Bay was breaking ice, the Island Airways aircraft flew over and took some wonderful pictures from the air. Thank you, Island Airways for sharing these pictures from up above.

These photos from above provide an entirely different view of the actions of the Biscayne Bay. Thank you again, Island Airways.

As the cutter moved back and forth, the question arose: Which trip out to the mouth of the harbor would be the last one?

And this one was the last one. The vessel put it in high gear, and steamed right out of the harbor enroute to the Straits of Mackinac.

Thank you, Biscayne Bay, for your work today to open up the harbor, and provide a pathway for the BIBCO (BITA) ferry Emerald Isle. The Emerald Isle is to make its first trip on April 4, 2013, after one day of delay.

Clifford Richard Lagerman Dies

Clifford Richard Lagerman, 83, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Born March 14, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., to Edward and Margaret (Left) Lagerman, he moved to Beaver Island in 1932. He graduated from Charlevoix High School where he was the captain of the 1948 Rayder Basketball team. Cliff served in the US Air Force.

September 10, 1954, he married Sally Ann Kurtz in Charlevoix. They made their home in Traverse City where they owned and operated Dodgson and Cut-n-Curl Beauty Salons over fifty years. Sally preceded him in death November 2004.

In Traverse City, Cliff was a member of the Elks and Lions Clubs, and of Saint Francis Church.

For the past eight years, Cliff lived in Charlevoix and Petoskey.

Cliff loved life – fishing, playing cards, golf, cooking; Monday and Thursday nites “out with the boys”. A mainstay at deer camp, even though he didn't hunt. Cliff's true treasure was being with family and friends while sharing laughter and feeling the love.

Survived by his children, Blane (Jane Balmer) Lagerman of Cross Village, Shane (Susan) Lagerman of Green Bay, Wisc., Peggy (Mark) Snyder of Delray Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Samantha (Brett) Conklin, Michael Lagerman; Lanie, Linsie, and Maggie Snyder; great-grandson, John Conklin.

Cliff was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela in 1982; his sisters, Ann, Betty Jean, Norma, Midge and Briggs; brother, Frank.

A Rite of Christian Burial will be 12 noon, Saturday, April 6, at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Matthew Wigton officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Friday, April 5, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island Historical Society.

Please sign Cliff's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

50th Year Celebrated by the Christian Church


From the very beginning of the Christian Church, some fifty years ago, the Gregg family have been participants in the Beaver Island Christian Non-Denominational Church. Fifty years ago, when Ron Gregg was just a newborn, the group gathered to worship. Before that they had attended Holy Cross, but it was time to get moving forward with another church on Beaver Island. Since that day of Easter, April 14, 1963, the Beaver Island Christian Church has changed its name, but none of the welcome spirit and love provided to one and all who come in the door. Perhaps a better name for this church is the Beaver Island Everyone Welcome Church, but the Beaver Island Multi-Denominational Church is identified to provide information that many denominations may meet in one building all for the same purpose--to worship together.

The original building was the parsonage building now. Even that building was quite a bit smaller in those early days. This building has had two additions over the years. Some of us remember the services in that little building, but the most important thing that hasn't changed is the feeling of being welcomed into the family in that building. When there were few in the small building, no one ever felt lonely. Today it is the same. Everyone is welcomed. Some of the greatest things to come out of the Christian Church are the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Easter Brunch where every member of the community is welcome to come and eat and share fellowship, friendship, and relaxed worship.

The building of the new church building and the dedication of the new church building is probably better told by those who participated in the church building and in the dedication. These video clips were taken from the video taken by Jack Cull that were placed on a DVD by Michael Himebaugh and captured from that DVD by Joe Moore. Some of the voices on these clips are no longer able to be heard, but we hope that they will be remembered for their wonderful contributions of time and love to this, the Beaver Island Christian Church. Those on the DVD are Phil Gregg, Dave and Shirley Gladish, Carol LaFreniere, Joan and Curt Petrak, and others.

Phil Gregg Telling the History of the Christian Church


View More Video Clips of Church Dedication Ceremony

There are many who contributed that are seen in the video presented here, but that did not take a special role in the dedication ceremony. Hopefully, you will recognize those who did participate because they are the history of this church.

The 50th Anniversary

The celebration of 50 years can take many forms, but the wonderful service led by Harold Kruse didn't begin with a pastor speaking. The service began in the old church, the current parsonage. A huge quantity of eggs, pancakes, and ham were cooked in the old parsonage and church to raise money for the building of the new church. It was fitting that the celebration begin in the old church.

The service began with a responsive reading, which is quite common in the services of the Christian Church. Phyllis Gregg Moore lead the responsive reading.

"Today we begin the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Beaver Island Christian Church. A small group including Lil and Phil Gregg and family gathered in a motel room eventually moving to what is now the parsonage to witness to their faith.

The beginning of our congregation ws humble--no sanctuary, no organ, no pastor. But the spirit was among them.

In coming weeks we will learn more about the history of the Beaver Island Christian Church and how it has grown and expanded its mission on this island and in this world. We have grown from meeting in the parsonage to building a sanctuary and, more recently, the Gregg Fellowship Center. For 50 years, this church has worked to answer Christ's call to discipleship.


Today, Easter Sunday, is a day of great joy in our faith. "How sweet on a clear, Sabbath mronning, to list to the clear ringing bell; its tone so sweetly are calling; Oh come to the church in the vale."

After the reading, Tennesee Ernie Ford's "Little Brown Church in the Vale" was played on a CD, led by Lil Gregg, and sung by the attendees just like it was 50 years ago..

The group then slowly walked over to the current church building to the music of Judi Meister on piano with Joe Moore joining in on the violin for the Prelude.

Pastor Harold Kruse did the call to worship, pastoral prayer, and lead the congregation with the Apostle's Creed.

Ruth Gregg led the congregation with a responsive reading.

There were several hymns played by Judi Meister and sung by the congregation and lead by Kathy Speck..

During the offertory, Joe Moore and Judi Meister played "Amazing Grace" with the congregation joining in.


The next reading was to be read by Ron Gregg, but Ron and his children were stuck in Charlevoix due to the fog over the lake. Instead, Kathy Speck did this reading.


And, as all Beaver Island Christian Church services end, the attendees sing "God Be With You Until We Meet Again."


Improvement in Downtown WiFi Access

Thank you, Chamber of Commerce!

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has made a step forward toward providing better wifi access in the Chamber/BIBCO area of downtown. With a little technology advice from Joe Moore and the professional installation by Darrell Butler, the wifi signals for the open access provided by the Chamber of Commerce is significantly improved. This improvement project was really prompted from the methods of providing wifi access by the former provider Central Solutions. While Central Solutions provided the Internet access to the downtown by radio signals from an out-of-town location and beamed the signal and using signal sharing, the Chamber of Commerce is using the TDS DSL modem, which connects the router in the Chamber office to the phone line. Outside the Chamber building, Darrell installed the wifi antenna made just for this purpose. The antenna is attached to one of the antenna connections on the TDS DSL modem/router by a specially made cable with low signal loss.

This wifi signal should significantly improve the Internet access for the Beaver Island Yacht Dock patrons. In addition, it may also provide Internet access using the wireless antenna for any boats anchored in the harbor area near the Chamber office as well as those with smart phones walking down the street. The improvement is obvious. There was nowhere outside a building in the town area where you could watch video using a public access wifi connection. Most of the inside connections would also cause slow, choppy video from the Internet. This is now changed with excellent video, including streaming live video, can now be viewed on a smart phone in the general area of downtown near the boat dock and the Chamber office.

Thank you Chamber of Commerce!

The Beaver Island Community Center Activities

Action Around the Yacht Dock

Normally, there would not be so much action around the Beaver Island Yacht Dock, the public marina. If you see more than two cars down at that location, you begin to wonder what is going on. On March 29, 2013, the number of vehicles down at this location was unusual for this time of year. First there was Chamber Steve's truck, which is normally there; next there was Gerald LaFreniere's work van, then Jim Wojan's plow truck, and Darrell Butler's township vehicle. In addition to these vehicles there were a couple of strangers, not meaning that they were strange, but instead people that were not easily recognized.

So what was going on down in this location with all of this equipment, and holes were being bored through the ice?

Bob Tidmore captured some work on video out on the ice. There was an auger digging holes in the ice and then someone pulling a sled with equipment on the ice also.

Bob Tidmore's Video (Thank you, Bob!)


Some pretty high tech equipment down there.

The answer to these an some other questions were answered by Jim Wojan. This group was down there helping to map the bottom of the harbor near the yacht dock for possible dredging. John Ferguson and Scott Papineau were the two strangers. They are using the above equipment to record the GPS coordinates of the holes and the depth of the bottom.

Scott Papineau working on equipment.....John Ferguson introducing their surveying business

Why the holes?


Plenty of action down around the yacht dock on this sunny morning kept people slowing down as they passed. Now you will know why these vehicles and people were down there and what they were doing.  

Airport Commission Meeting, March 26, 2013

Audience and engineer............Architect and airport commission

The Beaver Island Airport Commission met at the Peaine Township Hall beginning at 1 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The members of the airport commission present were Colleen Martin, Pete Lodico, Elaine West, Don Vyse, Jim Wojan, and Rachel Teague. Mike Scripps was at home recovering from surgery. The meeting was live streamed by News on the 'Net and was viewed by tweenty-five unique IP addresses.

Architect Kendra Thompson and Engineer Jason VanBrocklin

The architect and an engineer attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the 95% complete plans for the terminal building, make a few changes, and give the architect the go ahead to prepare the plans for the construction bids. Architect Kendra Thompson presented the drawings, specifications, and recommended interior finishes. There are three bid alternates, which are options that the commission can choose from, one or none, after the bidding process. These three alternates are 1. Metal shingle roof (instead of asphalt shingles), 2. Fireplace construction, and 3. Snow-melt system at the entry areas.

The schedule for the bidding process was discussed with the following dates recommended:

Documents for bidding to be available April 8, 2013. A required pre-bid meeting for bidders on April 18, 2013. The bids to be received by May 8, 2013, with bid opening by two members of the commission at the existing airport terminal. The post office box for the airport will be checked and any mailed bids will be included in the opening of the bids. There will be a special meeting of the airport commission called the week after May 8th. The plans will be available for bidders with one set in Peaine Township and another set in St. James Township. They will also be available on the Traverse Reproduction website and the Builders Exchange website.

The pre-bid estimates for the cost of the terminal building is $711.026 without any furnishings.

Avian Botulism and Beaver Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quiz Bowl Scheduled for April 22

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

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

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

News from Great Lakes Energy

The Beaver Island Surcharge will end September 2013

Please note your board of directors took action March 22 on two important issues:

1. Approved residential rate changes included in the residential rate restructuring proposal. Changes will go into effect Sept. 1, 2013.

2. Voted to eliminate the Beaver Island surcharge, also effective Sept. 1, 2013.

Thank you for your comments.

Dave Guzniczak

Communications Director

Great Lakes Energy


Protect Our Shoreline Grant Application

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

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

So Much To See

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

Waste Management Committee Meeting

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

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

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

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

Video of the meeting can be viewed HERE

Why Care About Invasives

Written by Beth Leuck for the Beaver Island Association

Crankin T's Club Schedules a Return Visit

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

The B.I. Transfer Station and Recycling Center

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

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

Here is a video of some of the items recycled HERE



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

Lots of options for recycing!

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Newsletter #3, March 2013

Clean Up This Spring at Powers' Do It Best Hardware

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

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

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

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

About Powers Do It Best Hardware:

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

About Do it Best Corp.:

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

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

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


Lodge To Open April 27 For Citizen of the Year Banquet

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

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

1st - Seasonal Salad

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

3rd – Dessert, fresh fruit and sorbet parfait

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

Citizen of the Years Award Nominations

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

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

Several Subscriptions Have Expired in March, Others in April

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


Live View of the Ice Classic

Live view of the Ice Classic at McDonough's Market Webcam

NRESC Produces Timeline

NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013

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

Airfield View and Entry View

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

Process/Timeline for Producing Recommendations


Time Line

Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations

Completed - January 21, 2013

Establish subcommittees to develop recommended Strategies for three Goal areas.

Co-chairs are:

Resource Management : Grassmick, Mastenbrook, Parsons

Economic Growth: Powers, Plastrik

Informed Public : Cashman, Tilly

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

Completed – January 21, 2013

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

January 22-February 22

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

February 23 (public session)

Subcommittees revise/redraft recommendations based on feedback

February 24-March 8

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

March 9 (public session)

Plastrik leads process of drafting unified recommendations for NRESC consideration

March 10-March 29

Working session of NRESC to review/revise unified recommendations draft

March 30 (public session)

Completion of draft recommendations (additional input, as needed)

March 31-April 30

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

May 1

Feedback processes

May 1-June 15

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

June 22 (public session)

NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards

July 1

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