Beaver Island News on the 'Net, August 15-21, 2011

Tonight, Sunday, August 21st---An Evening of Music

Beaver Island Christian Church is hosting an evening of music on Sunday, August 21, at 7:00 p.m.  Among the participants in the musical extravaganza will be  Scott Kasbaum, Sheri Richards, Miranda Rooy, Sheri Timsak, Mike Scripps and the gospel choir, Jayne Bailey and Julie Roy.  More are being added to the roster.  Audience participation is encouraged. Everyone welcome; come as you are. A free will offering will be received to help cover construction costs for the new kitchen in the Gregg Fellowship Center.

The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc.

Michael "Beans" Gardner is the founder and self-proclaimed "musicionary" of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc. Beans has been performing on Beaver Island for many years at many events. His latest performance on the island was a fundraiser for this 501c3 non-profit corporation that he founded.

"The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc., was incorporated in the state of Colorado on February 24, 2010, as a non-profit corporation. The organization was inspired by the efforts of Michael A. Gardner of the Virgin Islands and Jean Phelix Joseph of Haiti, acting through a non-profit charitable organization known as Good Samaritan of Haiti (which they co-founded in 1994 in Haiti, to meet the needs of the people of Isle La Vache, Haiti).

It is the Foundation's purpose to facilitate the indigenous people chance of survival - with dignity and honor - not only against the adversity of poverty in this modern day and age but even greater giants that pose a threat to the human spirit. It is the vision of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc. to cultivate personal integrity and support local culture."

To learn more, please go to or email Beans at or mail your contributions to P.O. Box 264, Lyons, Colorado 80540. You can also call the foundation in the United States using 616-843-1692 or in the Virgin Islands using 284-545-5595.

Beans performance at the Beachcomber Bar was the fundraiser for this foundation along with a chance for an all expense paid trip to the Virgin Islands through a donation of $100. No further information is available about the raffle-type donation situation, but this sounds like an excellent opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Historical Society Schedules Meeting

The B.I.H.S. Annual meeting has been adjourned to Thursday, August 25, 2011- 7 p.m. at the Print Shop Museum.

Purpose - For members in good standing to elect three members to the Board ofTrustees for three year terms. each. The slate is - Doug Tilley (continuing), Charlie Donaldson and Rory Connaghan.

Nominations will be accepted, also.

The meeting should last about 15 minutes.

Please attend!

Ospreys Gone from the Nest

The adult ospreys have been gone from the nest for over a week, and just the early part of this week the last young osprey left the nest. It was certainly interesting watching the osprey nest for these last two plus months. The predator will be missed. Perhaps we will be able to see one of them fishing again before fall sets in in full force.

Hope you have a good year, mom and dad osprey! See you next year.

Funky Fashion Show

The First Fun and Funky Fashion Show was August 18, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center. There was food galore. Tons of salads and tons of desserts were also present. This was not an event for weight loss with that many different and delicious desserts. There was a jar for free will donations with the donations going to work on the Gregg Fellowship Center kitchen. Kudos to Dee Gallagher and Jayne Bailey for organizing this along with Donna Stambaugh and the Island Treasures Resale Shop. The fashions were provided by Beaver Gems T-Shirt Shop, East Wind Spa and Consignment, Livingstone Studio, Powers Do It Best Hardware and Giflt Shop, The Blue Pearl, Island Treasures Resale Shop, McDonough's Market, and Whimsey.

Donna Stambaugh just before the fashion show Donna said, "People were calling and calling and we were full up. We couldn't have anymore people attend. There are only 90 seats."

"A man's dream--surrounded by women," one photographer stated.

Everyone chipped in. Here Sharon Scamehorn fills punch glasses.

With the models getting up and filling their plates first, the food portion of the social gathering was very successful.

One attendee commented, "Look at all this food. It's all different. It's all delicious. I've never seen anything like this." As the 90+ gathering of women filed orderly through the lines to sample salads of every kind, the models were back in the back room getting dressed and ready to begin the Fun and Funky Fashion Show.

Donna Stambaugh welcomed everyone to the first of what is hoped to become an annual event.

Jayne Bailey spoke and then asked the blessing.

Kate Garland was the MC and read the descriptions of the outfits as they were modeled.

Just look at all the gorgeous models and the fashions provided by all the sponsors. The show was underway.

Included in the fun was Michael "Beans" Gardner as special guest star.

And much more fashions to show....the last one in this line was a reversible parka that turned into a beach bag...

And just a few more.....A good time was had by all! Good food! Good company! Good modeling! and great fashions!

Special BIRHC Board Meeting Scheduled

The Board of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has a special board meeting scheduled for August 19, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. to discuss a grant for a new generator.

View Flyer HERE

Ted Nicholas "I Dream of the Island" Now Public

This excellent Pictoral Video by Ted Nicholas and produced by the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is now available for viewing by the public. After a special showing last evening at the Beaver Island Community Center, "I Dream of the Island" is now available. The artistic quality of the animated photographs will amaze you. The original music by Ted Nicholas is pure Gaelic style. The narration by Ted Nicholas is well timed and inviting. Great job, Ted!

You can view the 12-minute video HERE

Michigan Archival Association Pleased with Beaver Island Venue for Conference

BICS School Newsletter Number 1 for School Year 2011-2012

The file is a PDF and can be viewed HERE

Vegas on Beaver

(Pictures and information from Tina Walker)

This event took place at the Beaver Island Community Center and was well attended. It took place on Thursday, August 11, 2011, with Texas Hold 'Em starting off at 6:30 p.m. The Vegas area was decorated and inviting.

The participants had an opportunity to play multiple games.

.........................Texas Hold 'Em................. Black Jack.............Roulette.......... Black Jack....

And liquid refreshments were also available.

And a good time was had by all!

Bounty Basket of Beaver Island Goods Winner

On  Wednesday, August 10.2011 Tina Walker''s bid won the Bounty Basket of Beaver Island goods which was auctioned off to help raise funds for the health center garden project.
The basket included:
3 bottles of wine  contributed by  Pete LoDico, Bob Evan,s and Alvin LaFreniere ;  2 loaves of bread from Barb Murphy, 1 fresh baked pie (of your choice) from Shirley Detwiler, 1 dozen fresh eggs from Sally & John Fogg, 2 jars of pickled vegetables from Heidi Virgil, 1 quart of maple syrup made by Jacque & Mark Lafrenier , 1 jar of blueberry jam from Anne Glendon, and a beautiful handmade apron from Connie Wojan .

Homecoming Weekend Fight

On August 14, 2011, at approximately 3:00 a.m, the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area near the Shamrock Bar on Main Street for a fight including several subjects.

Upon arrival, one victim, Austin J. Bowersock age 19, was lying on the sidewalk bleeding from the nose.  Another victim, Jody Robert Putnam age 43, was also injured from an assault.

Both were taken to the Beaver Island Health Center with injuries that included a broken nose, lacerated head, and possible broken ribs.

Both victims of the assault were intoxicated and refused to give statements to the police.  Witnesses were also reluctant to speak with police.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the assault.


New Charlevoix County Link for NRESC

http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/govern7039258.asp

Men's Fall Golf League Begins

With the summer men's golf league over, there are still many wanting to continue to play into the fall. Congratulations to those who did well during the summer league. Now it is on to the fall league where the competition continues to be very tight.

Handicap scoring keeps the Men's Golf League very competitive. You can see after week one of the fall leagure that the team with the third worse score is in first place while the team with the best score is in fourth place. The idea is to give everyone a chance to win if you play an exceptionally good round of golf. The second best score is in third place ahead of the best score of the night. It really depends upon how each team plays on a particular night. One chip shot and one putt can make the difference between first place and fifth place.

Score Points Earned Total Points Total Score Stroke Average
1 7 Bob E.-Ron M. 42 13 13 42 42.00
2 3 Chuck-Ernie 41 12 12 41 41.00
3 1 Joe-Buck 37 11 11 37 37.00
4 5 Jeff-Ryan 34 10 10 34 34.00
5 6 Frank-John 38 10 10 38 38.00
6 2 Rob-Dan 39 9 9 39 39.00
7 4 Francis-Larry 45 8 8 45 45.00
8 8 Stan-Ron S. 48 7 7 48 48.00



TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #2 11-9
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #5 TIED TEAM #6 10-10
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #7 13-7



TEAM #1 VS TEAM #4 Team #4 -6
TEAM #5 VS TEAM #8 Team #8 -9
TEAM #6 VS TEAM #7 Team #7 -3

Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Tournament

Friday afternoon the weather was great and the attendance was good...

What a great day for softball!

A couple of roses between two much older flowering plants--Brighid and Jenna between Elwood Baker and Howard Davis--All enjoying the day and the ball games!

Highlights of the Ryan Smith Team Game on Friday


Highlights of Other Games on Friday Afternoon


McDonough's Market lost its first game in front of the home crowd, but they seemed to have a good time anyway!

The first game of the afternoon on Friday, August 12, 2011, was between Ace Hardware and Ryan Smith Construction. Ace Hardware won the game 22 to 12. the next game was Aarmor Seal versus Flight Deck. Flight Deck won this game 13 to 9. Game three was between Fish Hunter Charter and Swansons K and D. Fish Charter won this game 15 to 10. The fourth game was between McDonough's Market and Carlson's Home Improvements. Carlson won this game 9 to 2. After dinner time Ace Hardware played Flight Deck and Flight Deck won 9 to 8. Then Fish Charter played Carlsons with Carlson's winning 15 to 1.

The softball teams played in the rain until it finally quit midafternoon.

The rain didn't stop anyone from playing softball on Saturday. It was pouring down hard when the first game started. The first two games on Saturday started at 10:00 a.m, Ryan Smith Construction 7 and Aarmor Seal 24. McDonoughs Market played Swansons K and D at about eleven and McDonoughs won 20 to 5. Fish Charter play Aarmor Seal and won 13 to 9. Flight Deck played Carlton and lost to Carlton 15 to 17. McDonoughs played Ace Hardware and won 16 to 4. Fish Charter then played McDonoughs and put the home team out of the tournament with a 14 to 10 win. with Carlson playing Fish Charter, the tournament is coming to a close.

Washington Island sent its own spectators to cheer the island teams. These four were enjoying the ball games on Saturday afternoon.

Carlson's Home Improvement beat fish Hunter Charter to win the tournament with a score of 17 to 3. The MVP for the tournmanet was Fish Hunter Charter team member Corky Normen. The home run champion was Brett Erskin from Carlson's Home Improvements. The batting champion with an average of .885 was McDonough's Market captain Tim McDonough.

Beaver Island Association Schedules Beach Clean-up

The Beaver Island Association Beach Cleanup is Saturday September 17, 2011. Like last year everyone meets at the Community Center at 9am for bags and data cards, then returns at noon for a free hot dog lunch. Call Ken McDonald with questions or to get materials early.

Frank Solle Captures Buck and Fawns Picture

It is somewhat unusual to see the buck and the fawns together feeding at the same location at the same time. Frank Solle captured this picture of the buck sharing the feeding area with two fawns.

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

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New Feature--Birthdays This Week

Birthdays this week: Monday, Kevin Stevens; Wednesday, Denise McDonough and Kyle Wojan; Thursday, Kathy Ruis and Jennifer Michelle; Saturday, Judy James; Sunday the 28th, Angel Lefevre.

Last Week: Eric Bair and Kevin Gillespie on the 15th, Cory Palmer, Hi Kaufman, and Heatlher McDonough on the 16th, Laura Pratt on the 17th, Ruth Gregg, Ann Gregg, Kim Newport, and Andrea Keehn on the 20th, and Jessican Keehn Anderson on the 21st. This information comes from the Beaver Island NewsontheNet facebook account. If you would like to be included in this new feature, please friend Beaver Island News on the 'Net on facebook. You can also get the latest updates' topics and headlines there.

Beaver Island Marathon Preliminary Information

The Beaver Island Marathon will take place on September 3, 2011 following the course shown in the map below.

Marathon Course

Medal Design

Shirt Design

Veteran's Memorial Park Update

We will be receiving another order of bricks this month for installation at the Memorial Park. Additionally we will be making another order in September for delivery in October. This will be the last order until next summer and this is the last batch where a credit card can be use. The Charlevoix State Bank generously waved the credit card fees for a year and we have to return the machine the end of August.

Our brick count is over 270 and we want to thank all those who purchased bricks and supported the park for your support.
BOX 319

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

Peaine Township Meeting, August 10, 2011

There was just a quorum of three township board members with John Gallagher absent and Paul Welke absent from the meeting. Each was absent for personal reasons. Colleen Martin, clerk, called the meeting to order explaining that two members were absent. She also made a motion to appoint Pete LoDico to chair the meeting which was promptly passed. This township meeting was a very short meeting with business completed quickly and without much discussion. The total time for the meeting was 12 minutes 4 seconds including the introduction and the motion to adjourn. You may watch the video of this meeting by following the link below.

Meeting Video for August 2011

Leadership Charlevoix County Open to Professionals, Regardless of Age

Application deadline August 19 

The Steering Committee for Leadership Charlevoix County (LCC) is gearing up to accept applicants into this first annual continuing education program. The Steering Committee and Program Coordinator are actively reaching out to businesses and service groups to increase awareness of this educational program. LCC is intended for professionals of all ages, and designed to benefit the participant, his or her employer and the community.

Participants of Leadership Charlevoix County should expect to graduate with increased leadership skills and a better understanding of the strengths and needs of Charlevoix County. The sessions are set up as mostly hands-on learning, and allow the participants to visit and understand how various sectors of the community relate and interact with each other. They will graduate with a personal plan of how they anticipate to implement those skills for the benefit of their employer and community, ultimately becoming an integral part of Charlevoix County.

Employers are able to offer their employees a unique training option that will help create more well-rounded individuals who contribute to a better workplace and region. The participants will learn leadership skills and will learn to apply them in their careers. The participants will also be a great form of representation of their company throughout the program as they are networking with various other professionals and leaders.

The community in turn, will benefit from an increased number of leaders, eager to apply their skills to the county through work, philanthropy, serving on community committees and boards. As the participants become more ingrained into the community through networking and participation, they will be more inclined to continue with long-term involvement.

An important aspect to the program includes a mentorship that allows participants to connect with current county leaders. The mentorship will prove to be a useful tool in promoting personal and professional growth as participants observe the traits of a proven leader. It will allow them to network with other business professionals and leaders, as well as to expand their learning.

The one-day-a-month sessions start in September and continue until May 2012 and will encompass various topics that comprise our community. The sessions will cover government, health and human services, economic development, education, arts culture and philanthropy, environmental and natural resources, and various other leadership skills such as creativity, communications, business ethics and media relations. In addition to the monthly sessions, the course will kick off with an orientation and overnight retreat to Beaver Island. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony in May 2012.

Applications are available online at and are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Applications can also be picked up at the Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, and Beaver Island Chambers of Commerce or by calling 231.547.2101. The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

For more information contact Mishelle Shooks at or 231.547.2101. Questions can also be directed to the Boyne City, East Jordan, Charlevoix, and Beaver Island Chambers of Commerce.

Men's Golf League, Play-off Night Determines First Place

The competition is now over for the Summer Men's Golf League. The last night of the league was August 10, 2011. In first place from the table below is the team of Howard Davis and Joe Moore. Howard and Joe won the playoff against Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith, last year's (2010) winners. The score was close coming into hole number eight. Jeff and Ryan needed to win holes eight and nine and they would win the trophy. Joe and Howard just wanted to play their game and do the best they could. Ryan put a booming drive out in the eighth fairway fifteen yards past Joe's drive. Ryan took a second shot and hit the ball over the green into the tall grass. Jeff hit his second shot over the green and into the tall grass also. Howard hit his second shot just short of the green on the left side. Joe hit his second shot and put it on the green about eight feet from the flag. Ryan and Jeff needed to get the ball close to the pin and par the hole to tie the hole. Ryan and Jeff's second shot on hole number eight clinched the win for Howard and Joe. Howard and Joe parred the hole to win the trophy for first place. Both teams parred hole number nine. The final score for the round of golf was Howard and Joe 35, even par and their best round of the year. Jeff and Ryan finished with a 36, just one over par. This was a very close match and came down to just one hole like many other matches throughout the summer.

(Picture by Frank Solle)













Points for Final Night

Total Points for Twelve Weeks

Total Strokes


Howard & Joe
Jeff & Ryan
Ron W. & Bob S.
Rob & Dan
Frank & John
Larry & Joe
Ivan & Buck
Bob E. & Ron S.
Chuck & Ernie
Francis & Larry


TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #2 12-8

TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #9 14-6

TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #7 15-5

TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #5 17-3

TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #3 14-6

Buck and Marianne Ridgeway hosted a wonderful picnic dinner after the playoff and the golfers had an excellent meal. Thanks to the Ridgeways, great job as always! Thaniks to Buck Ridgeway for keeping the scores and preparing the score cards for each of the twelve weeks of matches. Thanks to Ron Wojan for keeping track of the entry fees, ordering and presenting the trophies. Any left over moneys from any of the summer play will go to the Kidney Foundation.

At the meeting, it was decided that the rules for next year will change slightly in that any of the players that are eighty years old or older during the league play for 2012 will be allowed to hit from the shorter tee boxes if they wish to do so in league play.This was determined to allow the older golfers an opportunity to be quite competitive.

Franks Pics

Two more terrific pictures from Frank Solle. A spotted fawn and his mother. The doe was eating from the Solle's herb garden, and as Frank put it "a true herb-a-vore."

B. I. AMVETS Offer Scholarship

Beaver Island AMVETS Post 46 is offering a $1000 scholarship to any student who graduated from the Beaver Island Community Schools and and has completed at least one year of post-high school education.?

We are accepting applications in electronic format at the following e-mail address.

The deadline is August 31st and the scholarship will be awarded the first week of September.

AMVETS Post  46
Box 319
Beaver Island, MI  49782

BIRHC Golf Outing a Success

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Fundraising Golf Outing was held on August 6, 2011, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eleven teams participated.  

Food and Socializing




Door Prizes


Doris Larson 36
Nel Worsfold -2
Ruth Igoe 34
Annette Dashiell
Peter Igoe +2 35 Frank Solle 35 Jerry LaFreniere 40
Lars Larson +2 Larry Kubic Tammy LaFreniere
Paul Glendon 37 Deb Roberts Terry Meany
Taffy Raphael Sandy Simpson Chris Smith
Joe Williams 33 Rob Leone 30
Theresa Laurain Christa Leone +5
Larry Laurain Eric Stine 35
Sharon Scamehorn Larry Roy
Buck Ridgeway 34 Jeff Mestelle 32 Ron Wojan 32
Howard Davis Ryan Smith Joe Moore
Jim Mcelwain Ernie Martin Mike Wojan
Elwood Baker Chuck Carpenter Bob Simpson
Pete Ladico 31 John Works 34 Shamrock DNP
Bruce Dave Schurberg Shamrock
Fran Pike John Bouck Shamrock
Bob Evans Patrick Cull Shamrock


Flight Winners:

Winners of the Men's Flight were the team made up of Pete LoDico, Francis Pike, Bob Evans, and Brycen Wagner with a score of 31. The winners of the Mixed/Women's was the team of Joe Williams, Sharon Scamehorn, Theresa Laurain, and Larry Laurain with a score of  33. In 2nd place was the team of Doris Larson, Nel Worsfold, Ruth Igoe, and Annette Dashiell with a score of 34.

Several holes had special prizes. Some of these prizes were:

Hole #1 Longest Putt   Men - Francis Pike      Women - Terry Meaney

Hole #4 Closest to the pin  Men - Brycen Wagner            Women - Sandy Simpson

#5 Closest to the center line  Men - John Works               Women - Annette Dashiell

#6 Closest to the pin   Men - Lars Larson     Women - none

#9 Longest Drive    Men - Rob Leone                               Women - Taffy Raphael

Thank you to the Beaver Island Golf Course, John Works and extended family for making us all welcome on the course. Thank you to the health center staff who worked to make certain everyone went well. Thanks to Dana and Eric Hodgson for cooking the meal. Thanks to Buck Ridgeway for his help organizing the outing.

A wonderful picnic meal was ready for the golfers as they finished up their round of golf. Here are some pictures taken during this portion of the day.

And special thanks to John Works, Jr. for his generosity to the BIRHC:

Thank you to all our sponsors:

The Shamrock Bar & Restaurant,  Beaver Island Boat Company, Island Airways,  Jim Wojan Excavating, Martin Gas & Oil, Trudy Works, Kevin & Judy Boyle, Still Point Photography, McDonough's Market, Powers Hardware,  Whimsy, Beaver Island News On the 'Net, L & L Wineries, Bob Evans, Northern Islander, Harbor View Motel, East Wind Spa, Mallard Golf Club, East Jordan; Weathervane Inns & Suites, Charlevoix; Beaver Island Golf Course, Stoney Acre Grill, Andy's Grooming & Boarding Barn, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, and Wilderness Golf Course.

  Just over $4,000 was raised.

Vandalism is Still Vandalism

Definitions of vandalism: willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property

At the south end of the island at Iron Ore Bay, there are people having fun by hauling the rocks down from off of the culvert and damming up the flow of Iron Ore Creek causing it to take another path to the lake. Mother Nature has a perfect plan of her own and they must not realize it, but the rocks are placed there to keep the bank from eroding away along with the road. A lot of the rocks have been removed and there's less and less to keep the sand and gravel in place when it rains.

Island Teamwork at Whiskey Point Tower

Your can tell from the video below that a lot of effort, time, and teamwork was necessary to get this project under motion.


This video was taken by Tina Walker over the two days of work on the Whiskey Point Tower. The flag pole and pipe and wind indicator were taken down to be repaired. That's the reason that it is no longer on the tower at Whiskey Point. The parts are at the township airport hangar to be worked on for future re-installation on the same tower. The pictures and story were done last week, but this week the video was completed.

The day was great preparation for the American flag to be flown once more at Whiskey Point. Thanks again, great job! 

Baroque on Beaver Makes the Irish Times

Julian Girdham (a baritone in this year's Baroque on Beaver chorus) just had this article published in the Irish Times about his time on Beaver Island!

Cead mile Michigan

"GO USA  : Is it the west of Ireland? Is it a fantasy? JULIAN GIRDHAM  went to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, which calls itself The Irish Island, and found familiar names, Mormon history, Mendelssohn – and peace

IT'S NOT exactly crowded this afternoon on the long, curving beach at Donegal Bay (just past the turn-off to Innisfree). On the way down from the dirt road, we pass a few bicycles and a couple of cars."

Read the rest of the article HERE

St. James Township Meeting, August 3, 2011

The Board of St. James Township met at 7:30 p.m. at the township hall. Minutes and Bills were passed after discussion. There were several letters reported in the Correspondence item. Rick Speck got some information together about the millage rate that has to be turned in to the County in September. No action needed is on this issue. Discussion included NO decreases in medical center or EMS millage. Rick presented an extensive report about the reservations consideration for the the public marina. There will not be any reservations system put in place using the State of Michigan at this time. Pete Plastrik was appointed as the St. James representative to the soon to reform NRESC. St. James Township board will ask NRESC to participate in the writing of the Five Year Recreation Plan to qualify for grants. Deadline for grant submission is January 2012. Kathy Tidmore reappointed to the Human Services Commission as St. James representative. There was board comment and public comment.

View Video of the Meeting HERE

Sommer Place Re-opened by Art in the Park Artisans

The Sommer Place is open once again and is filled with lots of wonderful items made by Island Artists. In addition to the assortment of gifts and t-shirts there is Jewelry by Darlene, Furs by Mark, Soy Candles by Jacque, Garden Concrete stepping stones & ornaments by Dave, hand painted items by Maureen, Pottery by Miranda,  Baby Blankets & hooded towels by Judi, Beaver Island keepsakes by Judy, Forged Iron & Woodworking by Roger  There may be some additional artists in next week. They opened around July 10 and hope to go to Labor Day weekend this year.  Next year, They plan to get an earlier start and be open by Memorial Day! Their hours right now are 11-3 on Monday to Friday and from 10-4 on Saturday.

The Sommer Place is on Donegal Bay Road just past the lumber yard on the left, and just past the East Wind Spa on the right. It is on the right side of the road. Check it out. Now we know why some of the artists weren't "in the park" last Saturday. Instead, they were "in the Sommer Place."


12:30 Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

at the Gregg Fellowship Center

Fashions from many different Island shops will be modeled by a variety of models !!

POT LUCK - Dessert or Salad

This event is purely for FUN!

A donation jar will be available for contributions to the

BI Fire Department and BI Food Pantry.

Call Dee Gallagher at 448-2262 for reservations and more information.

Free Beer, Popcorn and a Movie - August 17 Only

On Wednesday, August 17, the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce and the Community Center will present the World Premier of the new film I Dream of the Island . The first showing will be at 6:30 PM. Free beer and popcorn will be available beginning at 5:30 at the Community Center. Everyone is welcome to see the 12 minute film. It will be shown again as needed if the theater fills up.

Chamber of Commerce members can make a seat reservation for the first showing by calling (231) 448.2022 before August 10. The Community Center and Chamber in partnership will provide the beer and popcorn. Soft drinks candy and other items will be available for purchase. “We welcome everyone to cool off with a cold beer in the air conditioned Community Center on the 17th,” said Chamber President Kathy Speck.

I Dream of the Island was created by Ted Nicholas and Produced by the Chamber of Commerce. A two minute video trailer produced by Nicholas can be viewed here. The video features original music and lyrics by Ted Nicholas. “The beautiful Celtic rhythm will stick in your mind. Ted did a fantastic job,” said Chamber Director Steve West.

After the World Premier the video will be available on the Chamber web site . The Chamber of Commerce directors will consider various options concerning reproduction and availability of the video at their August meeting.

First Meeting of Newly Reformed NRESC

Please be advised that the first planning meeting to discuss the re-assembly of the Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee took place on Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Both township boards unanimously approved the NRESC resolution at their scheduled meetings last month.  For those unable to meet physically on Beaver Island, there was a conference phone available.


Parking in Charlevoix

Click the above link to go see their flier.

First of all, BINN wants to welcome its newest business subscriber, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service.

The parking issue at the Charlevoix Airport has caused some consternation to some people who have parked their vehicle there. (See the story and update below.) The City of Charlevoix has taken over management of the airport, and has hired an airport manager. This manager appears to view the Islanders using the airport for parking as just another source of income for the airport.

Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service is a new business located just down the road from the airport. Mainland is literally directly across the highway from Dr. Shaperkotter's office. If that doesn't ring a bell, then it is next to an old motel and before Fox Motors. They have a nice sign that indicates the location. If going south from the airport, it will be on your left side.

The editor of BINN met with one of the two partners in this venture, Daniel J Drost to see an enthusiastic person who wants to help resolve these parking issues for the Islanders. The business is just getting off the ground floor with just one year round parking permit issued at this time. Mr. Drost wants to make certain that everyone knows that they began this venture because of the City's position on the parking at the airport. Mr. Drost wants to let everyone know that he has done work over here on the island, spent money here for lodging, meals, and relaxation at the local pubs. He is interested in providing lots of service for the Island residents and visitors. In a conversation today, July 22, 2011, he stated, "If someone was needing us to go pick up something at one of the businesses in the area, we would be glad to pick it up and send it over on the plane. We would like to work with the flight services. Perhaps they (the flight services) might be willing to let us know when the owner of a car is flying over to the mainland. We could then have the car ready, warmed up if its cold outside, and ready to go. We fully expect that we might need to jump a car or two if the battery goes dead. That will all be part of the Parking Service that we offer. We had a few people who went over on the boat as customers this week. They came and picked me up, and I drove them back down to the boat dock, then brought the car out here. There was no extra charge for this service. Of course, we did it exactly in reverse when they came back to the mainland."

For this extra service, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service charges the exact same amount as the City of Charlevoix at the airport. They have an economy plan that allows you to be responsible for you own transportation to your car, but be sure to talk to them about this, if you are interested. BINN has the second year round parking permit at Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service, and is more than willing to share our experience with you.

Beaver Island Turkey Hunt

Just a reminder to all the Turkey hunters out there. We do have a fall turkey hunt. There is no application required, but you have to purchase a license. The area is YY and you can purchase a license a day for turkey starting August 29.
Turkeys were very successful this breeding season and we need to make the flocks smaller going into winter. Plus Turkey meat is great!

"I Dream of the Island"  

A Musical Pictorial Video Presentation about Beaver Island.

Created by Ted Nicholas - A Leonard Lane Video

Sponsored and Produced by The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

This pictorial presentation created by Ted Nicholas is an extensive compilation and coordination of hundreds of photographs. The 12 minute presentation is created in High-Definition quality, 1280 x 720 pixels, with a 24bit quality soundtrack. This is "better than DVD" quality video and "better than CD" quality audio. The time in production was a little over three and one half months. There were forty-four (44) individual photo contributors and a total of 1,558 photos were contributed. Of those, 225 photos actually make up the video. The first three photos used are presented below:

Coming Soon A Very Special Beaver Island Video

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to show this two minute trailer for a very special Beaver Island video that will be released possibly on August 17, 2011, at the Community Center.

Some viewing tips from Ted Nicholas:

  Because I make videos in High Definition, you can watch the video in HD right on YouTube. On the bottom of the video is the play-bar. On the right side of the play-bar is a small button that may say "360p". If you click this button, you can choose higher res versions to watch. Choosing "720p HD" is the highest quality and works well with our TDS bandwidth. This option is only available for movies made in High Definition.

  You can also click the "full-screen" button on the bottom-right corner to enter full screen mode. When you're done, press the "esc" key on your keyboard to exit full-screen.

Included in the presentation are 795 fades and motion paths were created; 13 special graphics were created, animated and used; over 12 custom-created special effects; and 101 custom, animated titles were created and placed with motion paths. One original song with lyrics was written and composed for the video, all about Beaver Island. The song includes: 2 vocal tracks, 2 guitar tracks (a 12-string guitar and an Ovation Classic guitar), a Celtic Flute, a Celtic Violin, a full Drum Kit, Kettle Drums, and a Stringed Orchestra. The song is only part of the soundtrack for the video. The soundtrack also includes: a full narration track, and many mixed sound effects some of which were recorded "live" on Beaver Island.

Some of the materials came from places like the USGS Geological Survey, NASA LandSat imagery, US Fish and Wildlife Service, MacKiev Software Company, and others.

An excellent job by Ted Nicholas!

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffles Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

The Holy Cross Altar Society is doing its annual raffle for fundraising. The Altar Society will be selling raffle tickets from now until October when the Bite of Beaver takes place. This smaller print of the original painting will be presented to the altar society member who sells the most tickets. The drawing will take place on October 8, 2011, at 2 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall. The tickets are on the island, and they should be available now. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They will be for sale after mass on weekends, at McDonough's' Market, or you can contact Audrey Beilman for more information at 448-2083. The altar society has received a raffle license from the State of Michigan, #X78435.

Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee Resolution

Proposed By-laws for NRESC

Map of the 2011 EAB Panel Trap Locations on Beaver Island

These Locations are for Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze


BIRHC Will Dispose of Expired Drugs

Rather than just throwing your expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs in the trash or down the drain, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has become a "pill drop off" location. They will dispose of these items for you. The rural health center also has needle disposal containers and are willing to provide them to you as well. Here is their flyer.

Summer Update from Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's

Summer Hours at Stoney
Lunch Mon-Sat 11-2
Dinner Mon - Sunday 5-9
Thurs-Baby Back BBQ Ribs
Fri-Yellow Lake Perch
Fresh Whitefish Daily
Daily Specials plus full Menu

Danny's Pub
Mon-Sat 11-2am
Sunday 12-2am
Stoney menu available daily till 9pm/Pub menu till 2am
Sunday- Danny's Bloody Mary Bar & Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet

Music most weekends...never a cover charge or drink price increase
Rides Available
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our Best to You!
Liam & Marilyn

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

A bike ride to benefit Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be held, Saturday, Oct., 8, 2011, at 8 a.m . Bikers will meet at beach parking lot next to Holy Cross Parish Hall , bike 2-12 miles and make a donation of your
choice based on miles biked. Flyers will be posted around town after July 4th and be available at the Chamber of Commerce office . Bike rental is available. You could make it a duathlon if you register for and run or walk the Island Boodle 5K at 10 a.m Registration fee benefits the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. Call Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for further information.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email

Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011


Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011

Fri- Aug 19 , The Folk Ups
Fri-Aug 26 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-Aug 27 , Flight Squadron Yon

* Rigormortis too…dates to be set yet ?
* Never a cover charge or drink price increase!
Please join us for some GREAT tunes .....Music starts at 9pm F-July 1, Danny, Danny, & Cindy S-July 2, Danny & Danny

Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

August 21: Howard Davis

August 28: Howard Davis

September 4: Howard Davis

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.


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 Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Check or the Community Center for listings

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

August Senior Center Activities

August Activities at the Community Center

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

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!