B.I. News on the 'Net, August 13-19, 2012

Ellie Hohn Memorial Service

Followed by Social Hour and Dinner at CMU on Saturday, August 25th

There will be a short memorial service on Saturday, August 25, 2012, in the Gillingham building at the CMU Biological Station at 3:30 pm, followed in the Matt and Ellie Hohn Center by social hour at 4:30, leading to the pig roast/pot luck meal beginning at 5:30. There is a sign-up sheet for those who would like to bring either a salad or dessert. The CMU kitchen will be providing a couple different potato dishes while Steve Lucas will be roasting a pair of pigs. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own refreshments. Coffee and lemonade will be provided. There also will be the unveiling of a new plaque in the Matt and Ellie Hohn Center honoring the Hohns.

Beaver Island Rollover Accident

On August 17, 2012, at approximately 1800 hrs, Charlevoix County Sheriff's Deputies on Beaver Island were dispatched to the area of Paid Een Ogs Road near Kings Highway for a single vehicle rollover injury accident.

The driver of the vehicle, Daniel LaFreniere, age 19, of Beaver Island, and passenger, Zackary Bousquet, age 14, of Beaver Island, were traveling West on Paid Een Ogs Road in a 1990 Pontiac Bonneville Sedan when LaFreniere lost control and started to go off the road and rolled the vehicle. The vehicle landed upright off the road with both occupants inside. LaFreniere was not wearing his seatbelt, but Bousquet was wearing his.

LaFreniere was transported by Beaver Island EMS directly to Welke Airport with back and chest pain. He was then transported off Beaver Island by Beaver Island EMS Air Transport.

Bousquet had a laceration on his leg and was treated at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and released.

However, while speed may have been a factor, alcohol was not a factor in the crash. This accident is still under investigation.

(This was a corrected news release from Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department.)

Women's Prayer Luncheon

The Women's Prayer Luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at (NOON punch 12:30 lunch) at the Gregg Fellowship Center. If you could bring a salad or a dessert to share, it will be appreciated. This year's theme is Breast Cancer Awareness. If you have any questions please call Jean Carpenter 448-2893

Photo by Frank Solle


Beaver Island Celtic Music Mini-Fest

A unique Celtic music and dance experience takes place on Beaver Island at the Community Center September 6th through the 8th, 2012.

With dual concerts featuring Goitse, the upcoming forerunners of traditional Irish music, and RUNA, the acclaimed USA contingent in contemporary Irish music, multiple dance and instrumental workshops—where participants will actually perform onstage at the concerts—this has the makings of a Beaver Island Celtic Festival revival!

Goitse (pronounced gwi-cha) is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here'. After reading all of their international press, it should be ‘come hear '!

Hotpress magazine assured Irish traditional music lovers “They play with an easy assurance that should cause those fretting about the future of Irish trad to rest more easily at night. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.” And Irish Music Magazine said, ”They have a big musical imagination and are not afraid to tear at the edges of the trad envelope”.

Not to mention they have an “All Ireland” winner on both Bodhran and Ceili Band drums who designs instruments; a four-time “All Ireland” and current “ALL WORLD” Banjo title winner; a three-time “All Ireland” mandolin winner; as well as a well-known Irish singer, currently a member of the cast of Michael Flatley's world-renowned show ‘Lord of the Dance'.

Goitse's newly released CD Transformed inspired John O-Regan of Irish Muisc Magazine to write, “ Transformed  sees Goitse transfer from the periphery to the big league”. Find out more and listen to Goitse at www.goitse.ie

Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, SLIDE, Clannad, Fiddlers' Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O'Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

RUNA's diverse group of award-winning members come from around the globe incorporating a variety of musical backgrounds including Celtic, folk, classical, and musical theatre, featuring rich, vibrant & velvet vocals, gentle piano playing, a “special” style of percussion, classic and improvisational violin, and multi-instrument arrangements, including uilleann pipes, flute and whistle.

"For contemporary Celtic music at its very best--do yourself a favor and check out RUNA. RUNA.... brilliant! Gene Shay, WXPN ; co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

"There is truly a mystical quality to their playing. They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless." – Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia

Find out more and listen to RUNA at www.runamusic.com

This very special Celtic Music weekend on Beaver Island will feature award-winning fiddlers and violinists, dancers, bohdran & ceili drummers, banjo and mandolin players, tin whistlers, pianists, and piano accordion players, pipers and flautists. All on the Island long enough to “meet and greet”...and learn from!

The concerts on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th at 7:30pm will feature both groups, with Friday night being “headlined” by Goitse and Saturday by RUNA. Each night's show will be unique, highlighting different dance and music workshop participants, and giving everyone an opportunity to experience the best of both the traditional and contemporary Irish music offerings.

Tickets for the concert performances on September 7th and 8th are $20 each, or $35 for a combo ticket to both events. Check the Community Center or www.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org for listings of workshops, times and discount ticket combinations.

Island Treasures' Fashion Show-The Show of the Year

The fashion event of the year was held on Thursday, August 16, 2012, beginning at 12:30 p.m.at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. Island Treasures Resale Shop, and several local shops were represented in the line up of outfits, garments, and ensembles. Pinky Harmon was the emcee for the event. Reservations were required by calling Dee Gallagher at 448-2262 or Island Treasures Resale Shop at 448-2534. The reservations were full a day or so before the event. Attendees were asked to bring a dessert or salad to share. Beverages and door prizes were provided. This reporter was sorely tempted to put on a dress and go through the line with wig and makeup on, but settled for watching the show and taking pictures and video of the event.

Video of the Funky and Fun Fashion Show HERE

The event began with Donna Stambaugh giving the instruction to the group and with Peg Hoogendoorn asking blessings on the event and the food. The models were asked to go through the line first to be ready for the event to begin. Then Donna Stambaugh directed the remaining tables to get in line for the food. What a spread of food! What a wonderful gathering of women interested in fashion, about 85 of them!

While some of the ladies were still getting their dessert, the MC of the event, Pinky Harmon, began a story about a Big Blue Whale. The story included several amusing parts.

After the story, the fashion show was ready to begin. Each volunteer model deserves a big thank you, and a big thank you also goes to those who provided the fashions.

Thank you to all the models and thank you to Pinky Harmon, MC Extraordinaire!

See you next year at the Funky and Fun Fashion Show!

Meet Dr. Will Meuer, ER Doc from U of M

Dr. Will Meuer is an emergency room doctor and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He teaches residents and medical students and also is on staff in the emergency room. His specialty in emergency medicine is stroke care, and he is part of the stroke team at U of M Hospital.

Interview of Dr. Meuer


BICS Volleyball Starts August 24th

There will be a double volleyball match starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School Gym. The double match will be against Maplewood Baptist. See you there to support our Island yourth!

Health and Human Services Fair

The Health and Human Services Fair will take place on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Beaver Island Community School. There will be many on-island and off-island organizations present (like Beaver Island EMS and the Food Pantry, as well as the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Women's Resource Center. The gathering of organizations is all about offering you information that can benefit you financially, emotionally, and physically. Also, Charlevoix Area Hospital will provide some on-the-spot services like free cholesterol screening that requires no fasting and gives you results in 10 minutes.
Some of your Beaver Island neighbors will be there to give talks as well. To name just a couple: Andy Kohls will provide good insights into care for pets--such close companions for many people. Also, Brad Grassmick will talk about heart health, dissecting an elk heart in the process.
Stop by just after lunch, when you pick your students up from school, right before dinner. There will be something helpful and interesting there for everyone.
Please send any questions about this upcoming event to Adam Richards at 448.2067 or adamanos@gmail.com

Peaine Township Meeting of August 8, 2012

Video of the entire meeting may be viewed HERE

Osprey Photos by Frank

Vintage Car Show at Whiskey Point

(Photos by Frank Solle)

Everyone was invited to the Beaver Island Vintage Vehicle Show at Whiskey Point on August 12th, 2012. The show started at 1 pm. There was to be a short "Cruise" through town at around 2pm. What is a Vintage Vehicle? Anything old and cool that rides, drives, floats or slides.

The Whiskey Point Vintage Car Show

The event organizer was Dickie McEvoy.

Ford Mustang

Vintage Boat

Vintage Truck

Vintage Snowmachine

Thank you, Frank, for giving us the visual tour for those unable to make the event!

BICS Welcomes New Employees

Men's Fall Golf League Week 2 Results

1 1 Ernie-Chuck 34 18 28 74 37.00
2 3 Frank-John 39 15 27 73 36.50
3 7 Jeff-Ryan 36 13 27 70 35.00
4 8 John-Doug 35 15 26 72 36.00
5 4 Travis-Gerald 39 13 22 79 39.50
6 5 Bob-Stan 41 7 22 77 38.50
7 9 Joe-Buck 36 12 22 75 37.50
8 10 Francis-Larry 49 5 20 85 42.50
9 2 Ron S.-David 46 7 13 93 46.50
10 6 Rob-Dan 43 5 13 80 40.00
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #3 15-5
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #10 18-2
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #10 15-5
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #2 13-7
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #5 13-7
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #6 15-5




Peaine Special Meeting, August 14, 2012

Watch Video HERE

This Week at Stoney

TUES Aug 14th FRESH WHITEFISH ARRIVES Today and Thursday, so…We should have it throughout the weekend & its $2 Tuesday in the PUB…ALL Domestic BEER!

WED Aug 15th is WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY …ALL Wine $1 off a Glass & $3 off a Bottle…in Stoney or the PUB! Also…Live Music 5-7pm with the FIVE LEAF CLOVER BAND! Great IRISH Tunes!

THURS Aug 16th Baby Back BBQ RIBS …tender & finger-lickin GOOD! AND …it's OPEN-MIC NIGHT with JEFF CONNORS at 9pm.

FRI Aug 17th Yellow Lake PERCH



Great Food, Great Tunes, Good Times with Good Friends…

Our best to you,

Stoney & Staff

Governor orders flags lowered Thursday, Aug. 16 to honor Sgt. Kyle McClain of Rochester Hills

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. Kyle B. McClain, of Rochester Hills, on Thursday, Aug. 16. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, Aug. 17.

McClain, 25, died Aug. 1 in Salim Aka, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1433rd Engineer Company of the 507th Engineer Battalion in the 177th Military Police Brigade in Kalamazoo, Mich. McClain was a solider in the Michigan National Guard.

“Sgt. McClain made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedoms we enjoy and the country he called home,” said Snyder. “I extend heartfelt condolences to Sgt. McClain's wife, Lisa, his entire family and friends as we honor and remember this true American hero.”

McClain graduated from Rochester High School in 2005, and studied engineering at Ferris State University for two years before joining the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a combat engineer serving in Afghanistan, having already served tours of duty in Korea and Iraq.

McClain was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart posthumously. His other awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “Mobilization” device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, North Atlantic Treaty Organization – International Security Assistance Force Medal, Michigan Service Medal (Broadsword), Michigan State War on Terrorism Ribbon with “Mobilization” device, Michigan Outside United States Service Ribbon and the Expert Weapons Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. He also received the Combat Action Badge posthumously.

McClain is survived by his wife, Lisa; his parents, Michael and Geraldine; and his sister, Kristyn.

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home in Rochester. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church in Rochester Hills.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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Island Energies Gas Price Increases Fifteen Cents

The price of gas at Island Energies gas station at the Four Corners has gone up from $4.799 to $4.949, a fifteen cents increase noticed today on a fill-up. The price of gas varies around northern Michigan from $3.839 in Traverse City last week to $3.999 in Cheboygan and Petoskey last week. Beaver Island seems to be $1.00 higher consistently over the mainland prices.

BIEMS Receives License

Beaver Island EMS stated that they could have the air transport service licensed within 30 days of receiving the pieces of information needed. On July 12, 2012, at the Joint Township Board Meeting, both boards approved the contract and the license application was sent in very shortly after that meeting with the required information. The BIEMS agency was inspected, the aircraft was inspected along with the required equipment, and one of the ambulances was also inspected. Verbal approval to operate was received one week ago, and the actual license was mailed and postmarked on August 10, 2012. BIEMS has met the 30-day-promise, and here is the proof:

Beaver Island Fishing Video

Click link below to view video


This You Tube video show how challenging fly fishing for carp is and how important the role of the Guide is in a successful “hunt” and cast for the large elusive fish. The 31 pound fish in the still photo took 20 minutes to land and release.

Men's Fall Golf League

1 5 Bob-Stan 36 15 15 36 36.00
2 10 Francis-Larry 36 15 15 36 36.00
3 7 Jeff-Ryan 34 14 14 34 34.00
4 3 Frank-John 34 12 12 34 34.00
5 8 John-Doug 37 12 12 37 37.00
6 1 Ernie-Chuck 40 10 10 40 40.00
7 9 Joe-Buck 39 10 10 39 39.00
8 4 Travis-Gerald 40 9 9 40 40.00
9 6 Rob-Dan 37 8 8 37 37.00
10 2 Ron S.-David 47 6 6 47 47.00
Points earned in a team's second match will be added in later. The above
T.P reflects the team's highest points earned each week.  
TEAM #1 TIED TEAM #9 10-10
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #1 15-5
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #2 14-6
TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #2 15-5
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #6 12-8
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #4 11-9
For all 10 teams to play each other in 7 weeks, each week some
teams will have to play a match against more than 1 team. By week
7, all will have played each other except for the 5 matches on the
schedule and the total points at the end of week 6 will show exactly
where everyone stands.          




Bird Festival Feasibility Study and Comments

Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Public Hearing on Charlevoix County Storm Water Management Ordinance

View Draft Ordinance HERE (takes about 20 seconds to download)

View video of this public hearing HERE

June 6 St James Township Meeting Video

BICS HS Awards

You can watch video of the High School Awards HERE

Island Airways Hosts Emergency Management Tabletop Exercise

Many members of the local emergency services organizations, county organizations, and federal agencies all met at the Island Airways hangar here on Beaver Island yesterday, May 31, 2012. The purpose of a tabletop exercise is to gather all the agencies that might be involved in a specific disaster in the same location at the same time to meet and greet, and work toward a solution to a situation that could happen in and around the waters of Beaver Island. The program also provided all participants an opportunity to discuss who could and would do what, when, and where. This is really an important part of planning for a serious situation that could happen.

This program began with refreshments; coffee, donuts, fruit, and snacks, provided by Island Airways prior to 10 a.m., and ended after 1:30 p.m. with some practical hands-on skills at the Beaver Island Boat Company. Thank you to all who participated in this important planning session!

Thank you to Island Airways for hosting this excellent event!

View Video of the beginning of this exercise

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

Mute Swan Presentation, Bike Trails, and Garden Island Indian Cemetary

At the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee meeting tonight, May 21,2012, there were three presentations lasting just over an hour all together. These presentations included the mute swan presentation that basically showed the invasive species designation, and how to tell the invasive from the native swans. The second presentation was a short presentation and discussion about designating some trails on Beaver Island as bike trails. The third presentation was an introduction to the Indian Cemetary on Garden Island and the destruction taking place.

Video of all three presentations can be viewed HERE



Spring Serenade Group Recital

Video HERE

Spring Serenade Solo Recital

This spring, string serenade of solos in recital format took place today, May 5, 2012, at the Beaver Island Community Center. It began at 3 p.m. Sheri Richards introduced each student as each performed. The music was diverse from folk songs through J.S. Bach with a George Harrison piece and a Seitz concerto.

You can view video of the recital HERE

Beaver Island Talent Show

This talent show was a fundraiser for the middle school students of BICS for a trip. There were many talented individuals who participated. There is video available for those who did not attend the evening event on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pictures and description of the programs will follow later.

Please view the video HERE.

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

This Central Michigan University program features the history of Beaver Island as told by museum director Bill Cashman as well as Deb Rotman, archeologist, from the University of Notre Dame. It includes Antje Price speaking about Protar. Father Dan Connaghan presented information about the history of the Catholic Church. John Runberg, president of the Historical Society, speaks about the history of the fishing industry. Bill Cashman speaks about the Irish connection on Arranmore and the Twinning Ceremony.

View the program HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

B I Community Center Activities


Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

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

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!


Bricks for the Veterans Memorial Park

We will place an order for bricks after Labor Day and that will be the last one until next spring. Forms are available at the park or we can e-mail you one ( amvetspost46@yahoo.com ). Bricks can be purchased for veterans or for any individual or company who wishes to honor veterans, Veterans bricks go in the pads next to the monuments and the others in the sidewalk.

If you have any question on how to fill out the form send me an email or call 231-448-3088.

We hope to have the sprinkler system installed this fall. Thanks for all your support.

Bob Tidmore





7:00 PM 







August 2012-Beaver Island: Beaver Island announces natural resources awards


Noted as one of the Great Lakes jewels, the Beaver Island archipelago has been awarded nearly $400,000 in 2012 for multi-faceted biological inventories and restoration work. The funding was secured through grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Private Land Incentive Program, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's “Sustain Our Great Lakes Program.” Unique partnerships with state, tribal, land conservancies, and nonprofit organizations have set a model for collaboration, restoration, and protection of some of the finest natural areas in the State. Designated as an important Birding Area, Beaver Island provides significant habitat for waterbirds and migratory songbirds, as well as for threatened and endangered plants and near-shore fish populations. Beaver is considered an important target for biodiversity conservation. For further information, contact Peter Igoe, The Beaver Island Association— Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability (beaverislandassociation@gmail.com) .

Peaine Township Primary Election Results

Click HERE

Charlevoix County Election Results

US Senator: Clark Durant - 1588 Gary Glenn- 229 Randy Hekman- 195 Pete Hoekstra- 2216

Rep in Congress: Dan Benishek- 3657

105 House Representative: Greg MacMaster- 3852

Prosecutor Race: John Jarema- 1538 Allen Telgenhof- 3280

County Sheriff: William Schneider- 4061

County Clerk: Cheryl Potter Borwe- 3816

County Treasurer: Marilyn Cousineau- 3791

Register of Deeds: Virginia Marme- 3736
Drain Comissioner: Marc Seelye-3727

County Surveyor: Lawrence Feindt- 3715

Commissioner District 1
George Lasater- 521
Shirlene Tripp- 463

Commissioner District 2
Chris Christensen- 432

Commissioner District 3
Rick Matelski- 193
Ronald Reinhardt- 269

Commissioner District 4
Joel Evans- 250
David Hague- 160

Commissioner District 5
Richard Gillespie- 627
Dennis Jason- 362

Commissioner District 6
John Haggard- 229
Dennis Halverson- 261
Shirley Roloff- 265
Larry Sullivan- 359

For more election results including township positions please click here .

Thanks to Colleen Martin for these results.

St. James Township Primary Results


Bill Haggard 83 votes

Rick Speck 79 votes

Clerk: Jean Wierenga 119 votes

Treasurer:Jim Wojan 125 votes


Ray Cole 123 votes

Tim McDonough 115 votes


EMS 120 yes and 37 no

BIHS 102 yes 55 no

Transit 94 yes and 62 no

Parks 47 yes 111 no

Senior 76 yes and 88 no

County Tax 80 yes 69 no

Recycle 100 yes 61 no

(Thank you to Jean Wierenga for emailing these to me.)

BIEMS Has Licensed Air Transport Vehicle

On Monday, August 6, 2012, at 12:41 PM, Danielle Dedloff received an e-mail from Lori Lynn, State of Michigan, EMS Division, stating that the State has approved the Island Airways Britten Norman Islander, N866JA, as an ALS transport vehicle for Beaver Island EMS

Beaver island EMS fleet now includes 1- Basic Life -Support transport vehicle, 1- Advance Life -Support transport vehicle, 1- Advance Life -Support non-transport vehicle, and 1- Advance Life -Support AIR TRANSPORT Vehicle.

Congratulations to Beaver Island EMS for this approval!

Trudy Works' 16th Annual Women's Golf Scramble

Trudy Works held her 16th annual Golf Scramble Monday, August 6th , here at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The tee off time was 9:30 sharp. It was a beautiful day for golf and the ladies enjoyed a salad luncheon after the tournament under the tent at the golf course.
Sixteen ladies participated and the winning teams are as follows:

Picture by Frank Solle
First Place - Doris Larson, Taffy Raphael, Jane Maehr , and Ruth Kelly with a score of 41 Second Place - Karen Whitecraft , Annette Dashiell , Nel Worsfold , and Ann Glendon with a score of 42
Third Place - Jean Carpenter, Ruth Igoe , Sandy Birdsall , and Sue Welke with a score 44
Fourth Place - Sandy Simpson, Florence Neumann , Cathy Blalock , and Ann Broder , score 44.
(The tie for third place was determined by using the Glen Wagner "first, best hole" method)

Career Opportunity for Nurse Practitioner

A unique opportunity to live and work on a beautiful island located 32 miles from Charlevoix, Michigan accessible by ferry and air service

The position

•  - Collaborative practice with another NP in a new beautiful health clinic

•  -Clinic hours, an eight hour shift, three days a week

•  -On-call coverage shared between the two practitioners who work together on developing schedules (minimal amount of monthly calls)

•  -An opportunity to know and treat patients of all ages, providing primary health care, managing chronic and acute problems and developing wellness programs

•  -Provide emergency services in collaboration with the EMS

•  -Collaborate with off-island physician on appropriateness of care

•  -Benefit Package:

•  -Rural Site Qualifies for student loan repayment

The Community

•  -A safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere on the largest inhabited island in the Great Lakes with a year round population of 650 and summer tourist season with a boom of thousands of visitors

•  -Beach walking, hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, All Within Your Backyard!

•  -Drive to work in 5-15 minutes, with no traffic

•  -Family First Atmosphere, with three churches and an excellent K-12 public school with small teacher-student ratios, new building under construction and strong support in the community for funding

•  -A nine-hole golf course where you can play without lines and reservations

•  -Best prices on Lake Michigan frontage in the State

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782 

Donna Kubic, Managing Director 231-448-2275, e mail donna@birhc.org


Thursday, August 16, 2012

12:30 PM at

Gregg Fellowship Hall

Bring a friend or friends, but remember...limited seating


Call early for reservations to insure getting a seat Island Treasures Resale - 231-448-2534 or Dee Gallagher - 231-448-2262

Next meetings of the NRESC have been scheduled

September 8 (SAT) – 10 am – 4 pm: MSU-facilitated natural resource management planning process.

September 17 (MON) – 7 p.m.: Regular meeting of the NRESC.

BIEMS Licensing Air Transport Vehicle

The timeline for accomplishing this task moved forward quite quickly once an agreement was reached at the Joint Township Board Meeting on July 12, 2012. On July 16th Island Airways provided the proof of insurance document, the last piece of paper needed to mail in the licensure application packet. On July 17th, the application packet was mailed to the State of Michigan EMS Division.

Gerald LaFreniere, Danielle Dedloff, Donna Kubic, and Joe Moore pose for a picture of success!

On August 3, 2012, Jay Peck, as representative of Bob Struck of UPEMS Corporation, arrived on the aircraft.

Jay Peck, Director of EMS from East Jordan and UPEMS board member

The equipment necessary for licensing was sitting in the hangar awaiting the inspection.

The equipment list is verfified. All equipment is present for licensure.

All equipment is present and accounted for, Sir!

The paperwork for the inspection was completed by noon on August 3, 2012. Also inspected at the EMS office was the BIEMS agency paperwork and the non-transporting emergency response vehicle. The paperwork was faxed immediately to UPEMS, verified by the Director of UPEMS, Bob Struck, and faxed down to Lansing for the EMS Division of the Department of Community Health.

The Island Airways aircraft identification number

Approval to begin operations will most likely be received on Monday, August 6, 2012. The BIEMS agency and the aircraft have completed all necessary steps to become licensed as an air transport vehicle.

Congratulations to Island Airways, Beaver Island EMS, and the Committee appointed by the two townships for a job well done!

Why are the Flags at Half Mast?

Governor orders flags lowered Friday, Aug. 3 to honor Sgt. Justin Hansen of Traverse City

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Marine Sgt. Justin M. Hansen, of Traverse City, on Friday, Aug. 3. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Hansen, 26, died July 24 while conducting combat operations in Badghis province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“Sgt. Hansen will long be remembered for his sacrifice,” said Snyder. “He bravely served this state and nation. Our thoughts are with his entire family during this difficult time.”

Hansen graduated from Kingsley High School in 2003, joined the Marines in 2005 and attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was first stationed at the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, and later deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Hansen joined the Special Operations Command in June 2009. He served a tour of duty in Iraq and was serving his second tour in Afghanistan.

Hansen received a Purple Heart, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals.

Services will be Saturday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. at Kingsley High School. Visitation begins at 11 a.m.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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Beaver Island Community School 94th Percentile

In the State of Michigan's 2011-12 Top to Bottom School List , BICS was ranked in the 94 percentile state-wide – that means that our district performs at or better than 94% of the schools in the state! In reviewing the list of schools with a higher percentile ranking, most were elementary schools – only a handful of middle schools and high schools…so, BICS, whose scores reflect grades 3-11, did very well indeed. From the Michigan Department of Education website:

2011-12 Top to Bottom Ranking List

Beaver Island Community School

Statewide Percentile Rank

School Code

District Code




94 - Reward



Beaver Island Community School

Beaver Island Community School

Charlevoix-Emmet ISD

It is easy to get caught up in the little things and not celebrate the big things; this rating is another indicator that should lead us to have confidence in our programs and our whole school community. Congratulations are in order for our students, parents, staff, board and community!! There will always be a long list of things, big and small, which need improvement, but let's acknowledge that the overall effect of everyone's efforts is that BICS IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST AND WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE STATE'S FIRST GROUP OF 'REWARD SCHOOLS'.

BICS's percentile ranking was the highest of all the schools in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Best Wishes,

Kitty McNamara

The Very First Time

For the very first time, BINN creator Phyllis Moore, and current editor Joe Moore, will not be updating the website as frequently during the week of August 6-12, 2012. As a matter of fact, the entire family will be off-Island for this entire week. If you have news of events or would like your event news posted on this website during that week, please feel free to email announcements and news to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. If you don't send it to this address, there will be no mention of it on this website. We are taking our first vacation during the summer months to Cheboygan because our oldest daughter Courthey is getting married. We hope you will understand that it is impossible to cover events on Beaver Island from Cheboygan without your help.

St. James Board Meeting, August 1, 2012

Link to video of this meeting HERE

The proposed tax levy for St James Township


Claiming the title

(Thanks to Frank Solle for the pictures.)

Letter of Appreciation to BIEMS

Letter of Support of Beaver Island EMS

Fresh Air Aviation would like to publically state that the Beaver Island EMS management team has the full support of Fresh Air Aviation, and we applaud them for the steps they have taken to date. This includes developing a sustainable air evacuation program that invites as many qualified service providers as possible giving Beaver Island EMS and their customers as many options as possible. We agree with Beaver Island EMS that no one service provider can do this mission properly on their own and provide 24 hr a day coverage to the Beaver Island Community. Fresh Air Aviation desires to be of service and is actively working with Beaver Island EMS management to build a solid foundation so that we may pursue air ambulance certification in the near future. Thank you again Beaver Island EMS for all your selfless service, and we look forward to working with you to provide air evacuation services to the Beaver Island Community.

Thank you,

Fresh Air Aviation Management

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

A special Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting was held on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The main item on the agenda was the Five Year Plan for the township airport. While there is a lot of confusion about the Airport Improvement Plan. the Airport Commission attempted to explain and answer questions. In some cases, the questions were answered fully, but in other instances, the questions were not answered to the satisfaction of the person asking the questions. There was also a bit of politicking going on at this meeting. Three candidates for Peaine Township offices were present and asking quite a few questions.

(An editorial comment: Out of all the questions asked, I would like the viewer of the video to answer this question. Who was the only person to ask a question who thanked the commission for their answer? This lack of common courtesy seemed rampant at this meeting. It appeared to be more like a cross examination in a court of law or a student being reprimanded for misbehavior than a planning meeting for airport improvement. If, after watching the video, you disagree, please email me at medic5740@gmail.com)

At the 80 minute mark in the meeting, the tape ran out, and further discussion came to end very soon thereafter. You can view the video HERE.

Beaver Island Winning the War on Phragmites

Beaver Island has become a model for others because of the success of the Phragmites treatment program. The many groups, organizations and individuals that have joined in the fight against Phragmites have reason to be proud of their accomplishments.

The survey crew from JFNew has completed a survey of approximately 6000 acres on Beaver Island. This year's survey was more in depth than previous years with inland areas and lakes being included. We were very fortunate that The Nature Conservancy paid for this entire survey. They not only looked for Phragmites, but also checked for 28 other invasives. This will aid us in continuing the treatment of Phragmites and also enable us to plan for the future and any other invasives that could be a problem for the island.

This year's survey indicates that there is approximately ½ acre of Phragmites that is scattered throughout the island. When this program began there were 27.2 acres.

Treatment of these areas is scheduled for the last week of August or the first week of September. The cost of the treatment is expected to be $ 12,600.00 with the DNR contributing $ 8,500.00 through a grant. Many thanks to the DNR, The Nature Conservancy, the Beaver Island Association and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians for their contributions toward keeping our islands healthy and beautiful.

There will be an informational meeting in early August for the public to give their input and a map of the proposed treatment areas will be posted at the library.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Lisa Welke, 231-448-3164 or Welke65@gmail.com

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

The annual Rita Gillespie Blood Drive held on Thursday, July 26, 2012, resulted in 52 units of blood donated. According to the Red Cross, each unit of blood has the potential to save up to three lives. There were nine first time donors. The Blood Drive team thanks all those who came to donate and the volunteers who make the Blood Drive possible. If you missed it this time, stay healthy and mark July 25, 2013, on your calendar. You'll make a significant impact on someone's life and you can enjoy some of the best cookies on the island. This was written by Lars Larson.



Women's Prayer Luncheon

The Women's Prayer Luncheon which was cancelled earlier this summer has been re-scheduled for Thursday, August 23, at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Punch, etc. at 12:00; a salad/dessert potluck at 12:30. So that we will know about how many to expect, there will be sign-up sheets at all 4 Island churches and at the Community Center. Any questions, call Jean Carpenter (2893).

Episcopal Summer Chapel Schedule

The Episcopal Church here on Beaver Island has some visiting priests scheduled to come to the Island this summer. This schedule is placed here for your convenience.

August 19, 26, and September 2..

Reverend David Madsen from Essington, PA

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

Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

August 16, 2012 Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall 12:30 PM

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

Sharon will be offering classes in watercolor in either three-day or five-day sessions and welcomes students at all levels. She will provide all the supplies, and is willing to to teach both islanders and off-island visitors who book ahead.

The Laurain Lodge is holding five rooms for that week until June 15th so book them now to assure a place to stay as well as let Leonor Jacobson know if you plan to attend her classes. The space will be limited to insure favorable instruction time to all.

The price for each of the sessions is still being determined. Please visit her website slongwatercolors.com and call Leonor for more details (231-448-2894) and to hold a spot. after May 15th.

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church

August 12:  Pastor Howard Davis, Beaver Island

    19:  Curt Petrak, Gladwin MI

    26:  Greg Lawson, South Bend IN (son-in-law of Bill Fox)


September 2,9,16,23:  Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 9:30 a.m.

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 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.

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

September 8, Saturday, from 10-4 for meeting with MSU facilitators to continue the planning process.

Monday September 17, 7 pm, for next regular meeting of the NRESC.

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Men's Summer Golf League Winners

The winners of the Summer Men's Golf League are Rob Latimer and Dan Meriman with total points earned over the twelve weeks of 143. Congratulations Rob and Dan!

1 9 Rob & Dan 37 12 143 475 39.58
2 1 Ron W. & Bob S. 36 13 132 443 36.92
3 4 John-Doug 37 8 130 450 37.50
4 6 Bob E. & Ron M. 41 11 128 518 43.17
5 5 Chuck & Ernie 42 7 126 478 39.83
6 7 Ivan & Buck 35 13 125 486 40.50
7 2 Jeff & Ryan 40 9 122 467 38.92
8 11 Travis & Gerald 38 14 122 486 40.50
9 3 Francis & Larry 39 7 118 511 42.58
10 8 Howard & Joe 40 6 114 462 38.50
11 10 Frank & John 40 9 104 477 39.75
12 12 Ron S. & David 46 11 76 570 47.50
Team #1 beat Team #5 13-7
Team #6 beat Team#2 11-9
Team #7 beat Team #3 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #4 12-8
Team #11 beat Team #8 14-6
Team #12 beat Team #10 11-9

2012 MAD Camp Performance

Almost fifty MAD Camp participants joined fourteent MAD Camp staffers for another wonderful music, art, and drama camp. It is amazing to see the final performance of these talented teachers and talented youngsters. The link to the final MAD Camp Performance for 2012 is HERE. 

We Have an Tentative Agreement for Air Ambulance

Tonight at 7 p.m., July 12, 2012, both township boards met at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss and help negotiate the air ambulance contract. This meeting was streamed live from the Peaine Township Hall by Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Recorded video of this meeting will be made available tomorrow.

The most important joint township meeting of the year took place at the Peaine Hall with Beaver Island EMS and Island Airways coming to an agreeement in the presence of both township boards. The public was present to ask questions, and both parties were ready and willing to negotiate to an agreement. We have a tentative agreement to provide air ambulance, air transport for emergency patients on Beaver Island. It could be another fifteen to thirty days before the operation is inspected and licensed by the State of Michigna, but the process is well on its way to completion. Island Airways agreed to insure its aircraft as required by the State of Michigan and get the proof of insurance to Beaver Island EMS as early as tomorrow. Beaver Island EMS has agreed to send in the licensing application with the fee as early as tomorrow, so the process of licensing an air transport operation for emergency transport of patients is well underway.

Both townships agreed to work together and ask their lawyers to work together to assure the legality of the agreement reached at tonight's meeting to move the agreement forward and complete the legal agreement between Island Airways and Beaver Island EMS.

Great job to all those involved in getting this accomplished!

For those interested, here are the Island Airways proposals presented to BIEMS: Click HERE


Board following succession plan to replace Superintendent/K-12 Principal

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education is on target with its succession plan to replace long-time superintendent/K-12 principal Kathleen “Kitty” McNamara who will retire in June 2013.

For the past 18 months, the board has followed the plan put in place after McNamara announced her pending retirement two years ago. Since the announcement, the board has worked with Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District whose leadership team has extensive experience in superintendent searches regionally and throughout Michigan. A representative of the ISD has met with the board three times and with teachers over the past 18 months.

“The board understands that its primary role is to select a new administrator,” said newly-elected board president Jessica Anderson. “We recognize the final decision on whom to hire lies with the board, but our next phase is to start collecting input from staff, parents, students and community members about the qualities they are looking for in the school leader.”

As part of the process, school board members also attended sessions on succession planning during the recent Michigan Association of School Boards annual conference. In these sessions, board members were able to hear about the challenges and typical processes in superintendent selection.

“The school board is dedicated to ensuring we select the best possible candidate for the position,” Anderson said.

At a recent work session, the board determined they would like a candidate with at least a couple of years of administrative experience, that the position would be posted as a superintendent/K-12 principal, and defined the following timeline for the interviewing and hiring process:

Summer 2012

  • School board appoints Jessica Anderson, Nancy Tritsch and Karen Johnson (with Dawn Marsh as alternate) to the superintendent search committee
  • Inform public of the process
  • Host meetings with parents and community members to gain input concerning a profile of competencies and requirements for the new administrator

Fall 2012

  • Host meetings with parents and community members to gain input concerning a profile of competencies and requirements for the new administrator
  • Define a candidate profile and develop a hiring brochure

Winter 2012-2013

  • Post position by January 2013
  • Interview for position starting in March 2013. All interviews will be held in a public setting
  • Visit worksites of candidates selected as finalists

Spring/Summer 2013

  • Hire new administrator in April 2013
  • New administrator to start mid-June 2013

After School Program Loses Enthusiastic Leader

Laura Gibson recently resigned her position as the 21st Century Community Learning Center site coordinator. Laura started in the position when the federal grant was received in late summer 2009. Laura built the after-school program from a few K-12 students in 2009 to 30 regularly enrolled students in the 2011-12 school year. Her creativity and dedication built the program to include such services as: academic homework rooms, chess club, private violin lessons, elementary sport and fitness activities, mainland and island field trips, cooking classes, individual academic tutoring sessions and much more. The school's summer program is also funded by the grant and coordinated by Laura. This year over 30 students were enrolled in academic and enrichment activities. The school wishes Laura Gibson all the best as she continues her career off the island. The school is seeking interested candidates to fill the coordinator position vacated by Laura.

Timeline of Events in Negotiations for Air Ambulance

The following document was provided to BINN from BIEMS to indicate the efforts to successfully negotiate an agreement with the air transport provider. The major item not agreed upon is the lease fee for the aircraft. The air transport provider wants to share the income for these emergency flights on a 50-50 basis. BIEMS wantss to pay a flat fee---at least that is what was stated by Jack Gallagher at the Peaine Township Meeting on July 11, 2012.

Click HERE to view the BIEMS timeline

Forestview Apartments for Rent

There are three apartments for rent at Forestview Apartments. This senior housing project is right next door to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and right across the street from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The video below shows the apartment that is designed from someone who is physically handicapped or otherwise handicapped, but the other apartments have the same basic layout.


Beaver Island Community Center Events

The Beaver Island Reader, Spring 2012

This book has just been released to benefit the Beaver Island Writers' Group, and all the unaffiliated writers on or connected to Beaver Island. These 34 writers contributed their work, both to demonstrate the broad range of interesting voices currently writing about Beaver Island events and to help launch an ongoing venue in which writers can express their work. Not everyone appreciates every piece it contains, but the early response has been unanimous, that, taken together, the collection is a wonderful step toward elevating Island writing to the pinnacle enjoyed by Island music, art, and craftsmanship.

Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

The millage rates for the two townships are presented here for the joint operations, and you can draw your own conclusions based upon this side by side comparison:

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.