B. I. News on the 'Net, August 10-16, 2009

Peaine Township versus St. James Township??

In fast and furious written communication, it appears that there is a growing gap between the fiscal philosophies of the two Beaver Island townships. To provide the reader the correspondence between the two entities is probably the best way to allow the reader to develop his or her own opinion, so the documents have been reproduced in their entirety.

St James letter of August 7, 2009

Peaine letter to St. James of August 9, 2009

Let the reader draw his or her own conclusions based upon reading these letters.

Excerpts from Peaine Meeting, August 12, 2009

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips HERE

Posted on August 15, 2009

Men's Golf League News

With the league-end play-off taking place next Wednesday, August 19, 2009, league play last night, Wednesday, August 12, 2009, was crucial to those aspiring to do well in the league standings. The team of Joe Moore and Howard Davis maintained there first place standing by defeating Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith. This caused a changed in the position of the first four teams. Joe Williams and Larry Laurain moved into second place, pushing Jeff and Ryan to third. The exciting situation is that only ten points separate the first two teams and only eleven points separate the top four teams. Next Wednesday's play-off could completely change the order of the teams. This handicap league play keeps the teams quite close and competition is evident.

AMVETS Announce Scholarship Recipient

AMVETS Post 46 announced the results of its scholarship award program, and this year's recipient is Brenna Green.

Brenna graduated from the Beaver Island Community School in 2007 and is currently attending Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, where she is majoring in Communication Studies.

Post 46 is named after Tech. Sgt. Emmett Burke from Beaver Island. He was a member of the United States Army Air Force and was killed in action June 29, 1944. Emmet was 30 years old.

Post 46 raises money from its pancake breakfasts and pizza sales. All proceeds go towards supporting Beaver Island veterans and the community.

Wildlife Pictures

As anyone can tell from taking the time to look around, wildlife is prospering on Beaver Island this year. While drama is part of nature's plan by providing predators with prey, the two loon "babies" have survived on Barney's Lake and at least two osprey "babies" have survived in the nest on top of the microwave tower. These and other wildlife have been videoed and photographed throughout their development. Here are a few pictures taken on August 12, 2009.

Pictures of wildlife

Homecoming at the Ball Diamond

As of the afternoon of the 8th of August, the McDonoughs Martket team is out of the playoffs and done for the season. Ryan Smith Construction beat them in a very close game today. The tournament is still on, but there are many good actions pictures from Friday and from Saturday on the website.

Friday pictures

Saturday pictures

Don Vyse Submits Resignation

Long time St. James supervisor, Don Vyse has submitted his letter of resignation from the supervisor's position in St. James Township. Citing health issues as his reason for stepping down, Don still wants to be involved. Don has received Citizen of the Year for his many accomplishments. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Rick Speck Appointed Supervisor

At the St. James Township meeting last night, August 5, 2009, Don Vyse's letter of resignation was accepted with regret by the rest of the board. In Don's place, a new supervisor needed to be appointed by the board. Rick Speck was appointed St. James Township Supervisor at this meeting. Rick was sworn in by Clerk Jean Wierenga at the end of this meeting.

St. James Meeting-Happy and Sad

The township meeting on August 5, 2009, had its happy and amusing moments, and it had its sad moments as well. Pictures of the appreciation, the transition, and the new St. James Supervisor are HERE.

Don Vyse's Comments at the End of the St. James Meeting

Quicktime Streaming Video clips are HERE

Excerpts from St. James Township Meeting

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips HERE

Meet the Seasonal Deputy

Doug Edgar

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip Interview HERE



Closer, It Could Not Get in Men's Golf League

Week 10 of the Men's Golf League saw two teams changing place (2nd & 3rd), and the 1st place team of Joe Moore and Howard Davis losing 1/2 of their lead over 2nd place.  With just one week of regular play left and the playoffs, 1st place is now up for grabs the teams of Joe & Howard and the team of Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith .  Ironically (since the schedule was done 3 months ago) these two teams play head to head next week. There is plenty of competition for 3rd place as the teams in 3rd through 7th are separated by only 8 total points. Another amazing irony is that in all the matches being played next week, the opposing teams are so closely matched in their stroke average for the year,  that no team will receive any handicap.  
Current Standings after Week 10 and next week's schedule: 1st Howard & Joe 114 points; 2nd Jeff & Ryan 109 points; 3rd Larry & Joe 107 points; 4th Frank & John 104 points; 5th Ron & Jeff 103 points; 6th Chuck & Earnie 102 points; 7th   Ivan & Buck   99 points; 8th Rob & Dan   87 points; 9th   Francis & Larry  84 points; and 10th Neal & Kevin  83 points. One week or regular play and one week of playoff remain.

How much closer could the standings be? How about one point separating the first and second place team? What will happen with only two Wednesdays left?

Great Lakes to Decommission Dial-up

The old BIIP dial-up, taken over by Great Lakes and managed by TransWorld Network, Corp., will end service on Beaver Island. Below is a copy of an email received by one of BINN's subscribers.

TransWorld Network, Corp. will be decommissioning the local dialup number in your area effective December 8, 2009. We have been able to identify that you have used the dialup telephone number that is being decommissioned, to access the Internet over the last 30 days:

Beaver Island Pop# 231-448-2132

Action is now required on your part if you would like to continue accessing the Internet after December 8, 2009 as your current dial-up number will no longer
work. We apologize for this inconvenience and would like to help you find an alternate provider. TDS Telephone provides Dialup (There is no TDS dial-up on Beaver Island.) and DSL Internet access and service is available in most areas. To find out if their service is available in your area, please call 1-866-571-6662 or visit http://www.tdstelecom.com

Once you have transitioned service to another provider, please contact us so that we may terminate your account and mail you a final adjusted invoice.

If you do not take any action after receiving this notification your Dialup Internet service account will be terminated on December 8, 2009, and you will
be mailed a final prorated invoice for this service.

If you currently have an email address through TransWorld Network, Corp., your email account will remain active for 1 year at no cost to you.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any questions. You can reach a customer service representative at 1-866-711-6290, Monday through
Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm EST or Saturday between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm EST.


TransWorld Network Corp.
Your Great Lakes Energy Internet Service Partner

Late Afternoon at Gull Harbor

Gulls fighting over fish entrails--Wait--That's not a gull! That's a heron!

More pictures of the heron and the gulls HERE

Osprey Young Still in Nest

The young ospreys that hatched on top of the microwave tower and have grown up there are still in the nest. These photos are of the youngsters still hanging around the nest. Photos are HERE

Pictures from the Inland Seas Kayaking

Ken Bruland has taken many pictures during his kayaking adventures. Here are a few pictures of some of the exciting things that he has shown his groups.

Pictures and more story HERE

Letter Received Regarding Seney Wildlife Refuge Meeting

We felt we had a successful open house event at Beaver Island on Wednesday, July 22.   We had a total of 29 people who signed in on our sign-up sheet at the event.   We feel we had another 10 people  who stopped by during the event but didn't sign our sign-up sheet, thus estimate about 40 people total stopped by during the time period 3:00 to 7:30 pm.   We also meet with the Beaver Island Wildlife Club from 3:00 pm to about 4:15 pm prior to the scheduled open house event (4:30 - 7:30).   There were about 14 people from the wildlife club at this early event and they are included in the 40 people total estimate.    Cormorant control was the primary topic brought up with most people, but not all who attended, supporting it.

This open house event was the first step in development of the Comprehensive Conserviation Plan (CCP).   What we hear about Refuge management, including this open house event and any written or email comments (have received two written comments in the mail to date), plus the purposes for which the refuge was established and the policies of the National Wildlife Refuge will be the basis for developing different management alternatives.   These alternative will be evaluated through an environmental assessment.   Once we've completed the environmental assessment and selected a preferred alternative for Refuge management, we will release a draft CCP and that will be open for public comments.   Then we will revise the document as necessary based on the comments received and issue a Final CCP.   This whole process usually takes around two years.

We are not expecting the plan to be finalized in 2010.   Thus, in 2010 cormorant management will continue to follow guidelines from the Public Resource Depredation Order (PRDO) from 2003.   The PRDO authorizes Wildlife Services to kill or harass double crested cormorants and also oil their eggs.   In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Seney National Wildlife Refuge issued Special Use Permits to Wildlife Services to conduct these activities on Shoe and Pismire Islands and off shore of Hat Island.   In addition, a 2006 environmental assessment established an allowable take of up to 10,500 double crested cormorants annually in the State and waters of Michigan.   This environmental assessment is being looked at and may be updated this winter which may change the total allowable take of cormorants allowed in 2010.   Wildlife Services is the lead agency on this EA with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources working with Wildlife Services.      These will all be considered in any permit we issue in 2010.

We will consider all comments received at the meeting in looking at our management for 2010.   As an example, we received several comments concerning the issue of tree nests of double crested cormorants on Gull Island.   Unlike the ground nests which are available for egg oiling, most tree nests are unavailable.

I hope I have anwered your questions.   If you have any followup questions, please let me know.


Greg McClellan
Seney NWR
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, Michigan 49883
PH:  906-586-9851 Ext. 13, Fax:  906-586-3800

BIRHC Holding Fundraiser Golf Outing

Charity Golf Outing and Picnic Supper

To Benefit

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Sunday, August 23, 2009, with sign in at 12:30, tee-off at 1 p.m.

4-person Scramble Format with Three Flights: All Men teams, All Women Teams, Mixed Teams (2 men, 2 women)

Prizes for each flight, plus individual prizes for men and women, Closest to pin on 4 & 6, Longest putt on 1,Closest to center of fairway, Longest drive

Lots of Door Prizes

A fun Outing –buy Mulligans & Other Aids to Help the Team Score

Don't Golf?—Try it or just join us for the picnic supper following golf

Sign Up Now –No Later than August 19, 2009

Marathon Update

Athletes Guides and Information about the Marathan including Frequently Asked Questions

Aid Station Information

Here is the most recent Beaver Island Marathon NEWS direct from promoter Ron Suffolk. I hope you will give it plenty of advance and event day coverage. I will keep you posted as we move closer to the event. Currently 615 runners and family are slated to visit Beaver Island. Runners are (8-7 Noon) at 270. 

It is hard to believe that the Inaugural Beaver Island Marathon is less than a month away and we are working very hard to bring a quality event to the Island. Presently we have 270 runners registered for all events including the 5K fun run.  Aid Stations are an important aspect of any marathon but will be especially important on Beaver Island.  The Beaver Island Marathon will not have spectators at every turn or every street corner observing runners and generally watching and encouraging runners.  Aid stations will have three duties:

1. Providing runners with nutrition, water and Gatorade and energy supplements (GU)

2. Providing encouragement, maybe squirting them with water and having some background music playing

3. Providing a watchful eye for those possibly facing dehydration, cramps or any other issues.  Please let us or the EMT know of any problems you witness.  We will have others on the course also watching for potential issues, also.

As the race date gets closer I will call each of you to chat.  I have also attached 2 files:  Aid Station duties and the other is the Athlete's Guide so that you will know what I am telling the runners.   

Also, we will be awarding the top 2 aid stations with “bonus” money.  Thanks for working an aid station,

Ron Suffolk


B. I. Christian Church Announces Benefit Concert

The 2nd Annual Gregg Fellowship Hall Benefit Concert will be held on August 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the fellowship hall. This has proved to be a very well-attended gathering with lots of musical and other talents. Mark your calendars for this wonderful event!

If You Don't Have It, You Need It!

The wonder of watching a video clip of loon parents feeding their babies, the wonder of watching the ospreys in the nest on Sloptown Road, and a glipse of the Beaver Tales performance, and many other clips will not be yours unless you have high speed Internet and Quicktime to view these video clips. If you have a dial-up connection, you might still be able to view them, but it will take a while to download. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video clip is worth ten-thousand words. We hope you will give the video clips a try. Quicktime Streaming Video clips are viewable by anyone with a high speed connection and a Quicktime viewer.

August 4th School Election

Annual Local Operational Millage Renewal question presented to voters.

The voters, by a three to one margin, voted to renew the school millage at the annual school election on August 4, 2009. There were only 34 dissenting votes, which easily passed the millage renewals.

Talking Threads to Raffle a Quilt

The Talking Threads Quilt Guild will be raffling off a quilt on August 9, 2009. The quilt has been named "Bits and Pieces" in honor of Phyllis Duda who started the built guild on the Island. She was a long time quilter and an inspiration to all of us. After she passed away, her husband Dave generously donated some of her fabric to the build. These pieces of fabric were used to design and make the quilt--thus the name "Bits and Pieces."

McDonough's Market has generously agreed to display the quilt in their market.

The tickets are $3 each or 5 for $20. All of the proceeds will be distributed to the Beaver Island Fire Department, BIEMS, and the Food Pantry. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket may do so at McDonough's Market, Island Energies, Island Treasures Resale Shop, Whimsy, or by calling Judi Meister at 448-2963. Thank you for your support.

Update on Men's Health Fair

While there are some stories that must be written from the third person, a first person experience seems to be the best. That's the jist of the this story.

The first day of the Men's Health Fair was very successful. Twelve very brave men attended the first day, July 8, 2009. Why is the word 'brave' being used? The male prostate exam is an invasive procedure. It involves determining the size of the internal organ located near the urinary bladder. The common external access to determining the size of the prostate involves a digital (finger, not x-ray) exam through the man's rectum. "The normal 16-year-old's prostate is the size of a large green grape," Dr. Wartinger stated. "As men age the prostate grows. At your age (late fifties), it is normally the size of husk-covered walnut, but I have seen them much larger."

The preventative screening included review of the blood test results of a test named the PSA. This provides information about the possible diagnosis of prostate cancer or benign prostatic hypertropy (enlarged prostate). The preventative screening also included personal discussions related to erectile dysfunction and possible treatment options.

This screening offering was completely free of charge to the men of Beaver Island. No charge means exactly that. The costs are being covered in conjunction with a grand received by the Great Lakes Energy People's Fund according to Donna Kubic, Managing Director of the BIRHC. Another day of screening is planned for sometime in August.

Men's Health Fair

Dr. David Wartinger, urologist, from Michigan State University

Dr. Wartinger is Here on the Island

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Episcopal Mission Church Announces Summer Schedule


All Services at 10 a.m.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH, 26055 Pine Street (448-2241), Church on Gallagher Avenue, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko

(Editor's note: All church service notices that have been directed to the public will gladly be posted here. Send them to medic5740@gmail.com)

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

First Outing Story, Picture, and Results are HERE

Second Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

Third Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

Fourth Outing Story and Pictures are HERE

The dates for the next "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings"

August 16th (Changed from 23rd)

September 13th


Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Beaver Island Community Center

8am - 9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Click HERE for more information about Summer Activities

August Events HERE

August Movies (click to enlarge)

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.

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