B. I. News on the 'Net, August 8-14, 2011


Schedule for Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Tournament

BINN will attempt to keep this schedule up-to-date as much as possible throughout the weekend. BINN will be videotaping the Island team ball games and others as well. You can see how things are going by checking out this website. BINN will keep this updated as to who won and who lost, etc. on this schedule. The games for Friday are at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 p.m.


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 four 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 Fish Charter played Carlsons. BINN was not able to stay for these two games so the results will be updated on Saturday.

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 Carlton playing Fish Charter, the tournament is coming to a close.

New Feature--Birthdays This Next 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.

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 www.leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com 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 shooks@charlevoix.org 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.

Funky Fashion Show

The First Fun and Funky Fashion Show is next week , August 18, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Bring a dessert or salad to share. We will enjoy entertainment, fashions, and lots of laughs. Please call Dee Gallagher 2262 or the Resale Shop 2534 for reservations.

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

Beautiful Skyline

(Pictures by Tina Walker)

Earlier this week, the skyline took an amazing amount of color to paint itself. There must have been a gorgeous sunset this night, but getting there in time to catch it was an impossibility for News on the 'Net. Tina Walker took these pictures of the skyline.

Thanks for sharing!

Whiskey Point Flag Pole, Part 2

Doug Tilly began the day by climbing back up the Coast Guard tower to remove the weathervane .

After bringing it down, Doug and Ron looked it over and pondered on how long it may have been placed at the top of the tower. Doug will make any necessary repairs to the weathervane , re-seal the wood to preserve it, then he will re-paint it black, which was it's original color. 

Ron and Doug tried to reassemble the pieces of the corroded top collar flange, that could only be removed by cutting and breaking it apart with the saws-all and maul, because three of the bolts were missing and the fourth bolt was badly corroded. Doug will be fabricating a new flange and using the old pieces as a pattern for the new one.

Next, Darrell and Doug went back up, in Ron's lift.  They used come- alongs  to bring the pole the rest of the way down to the ground, with Ron guiding it to it's base.

They used a block-and-tackle  to raise the pole up and back through the frame of the tower, which had to be done a few times, until there was enough clearance to get the pole through the bracing and frame of the tower, in order to get the pole completely clear of the tower, so it could be hauled away for the repairs to be made.

They began trying to separate the sections of the pole and bring them down, one at a time. They got the lower section section apart and down. The top section of the pole was designed to slide down into the mid-section but due to heavy corrosion, that was not going to happen, so the whole two sections were brought down as one long piece.

Once the pole was down on the ground, they were looking over the worn pulley system. Then, using pipe wrenches, they worked at getting the two sections freed-up but, this wasn't going to go easily either. After further inspection, they noticed that there was a pin that may, or may not, have needed to be removed to allow the sections to slide.

The pin was removed but they still could not free up the sections so the two pieces were placed on Ron's trailer and hauled out to the township airport where the repairs will be made. Jim Wojan is preparing to order the replacement parts so the repair work can begin as soon as possible.

Doug Tilly will also remove and repair or replace the bent cross braces, which were designed to hold the pole in place, but were inadequate in supporting the weight of the pole.

(Story and Pictures by Tina Walker)

Editor's Note: Who would have thought that a simple request to fly the American flag at Whiskey Point again would be this involved, this much work, and done with such care? Just one more reason that Beaver Island is a special place.

Have a Great Homecoming from Stoney Acre

Music/Specials @ Stoney Homecoming Weekend! Wed . Aug. 10th Liam's Yummy Clam Chowder
Thurs. Aug 11, Stoney's Famous & Tender, Baby Back BBQ RIBS ...AND DJ TOM Spinning Tunes @ 9pm.
Fri. Aug 12, Yellow Lake PERCH ...AND, Danny, Danny, Cindy, Edward & Friends . Join us for a Great Beaver Island Session @ 9pm!
Sat. Aug 13, Great Specials and Great Tunes with Danny, Danny, Cindy, Edward & Friends @ 9pm!
Sun . Aug 14, We open at Noon for a Great Day of Food, Drink & Friends! Bloody Mary Bar , and Danny's Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet, are available 'til 5pm...then Jim's PIZZA and Stoney's Fryer, Fish, Salad & Munchie Menu are back 5-8:30! Dine in or Take Out Available!
Enjoy a safe & Happy Homecoming!
Our best to you, Liam & Marilyn

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.

Osprey Young Getting Ready to Leave the Nest

Video of osprey moving in the nest


The osprey young have grown to full size. The only part of them slightly undeveloped are the areas around their head and particularly their eyes. The young osprey climb up on the edge of the nest as though to fly away, but then, so far this week, they snuggle back down in the nest. One of these days very soon, they will fly off and be gone.

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.

Gamblin' or Skill, You Be the Judge

There is a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament at the Beaver Island Community Center on Thursday, August 11, 2011, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will also be other games this same evening.

Island Teamwork!

Frank Solle got a picture of Ron Wojan using his lift truck to raise his brother Jim and Doug Tilly up the tower at the old Coast Guard station in order for them to begin repairing the flag pole, so a new flag can once again fly in the steady breezes of Whiskey Point.

In a joint effort with CMU to replace a broken pulley system on the flag pole atop the old Coast Guard tower Doug Tilly, Darrell Butler, Ron and Jim Wojan began their task of investigating to see what needed to be done. Doug Tilly and Darrell Butler arrived first and wearing a safety harness, Doug climbed the tower to try and determine what steps they would need to take to bring the already-bent, flag pole down and replace the broken pulley system, so a new flag could be flown. Doug noticed that there was a lot of corrosion and several bolts were missing. (The rest of the pictures were taken by Tina Walker.)

At 11:00 am, the rest of the crew arrived and using Ron Wojan's lift they went up to do a further assessment. The flag pole should have been designed to slide down to be able to work on it. Due to heavy corrosion, the flag pole would only slide down part way. After hours of attempts to free up the pole, the decision was made to replace the flange bracket so that if problems ever arose in the future, the pole could be lowered in an easier fashion.

The corroded flange was removed and using two cable come-alongs , the pole was safely lowered and tied off until the top weathervane and pulley system can be removed so that the pole can be fully lowered to the ground and the repairs can be made. Plans are being made to paint the flag pole as well as the repairs and upgrades. It was a pleasure to be present while these dedicated guys worked together and did what was needed to get these repairs started.

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

Another Great Beaver Island Story and Slide Show

August 5, 2011

http://thefiberglassmanifesto. blogspot.com/2011/08/beaver- island-smallmouth-experience. html

A September visit by the editor of Time Out Chicago magazine in now in the planning stages.

Free Beer, Popcorn & A Movie – The 17th

Reserved Seating For Members

On Wednesday, August 17, 2011, your 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.

NEW EVENT - “CRANKUN T's” MODEL T CLUB CAR SHOW & CRUISE September 16-18 - Sponsored by the Boat Co & your Chamber.

Midwest Living - Magazine

Check out the July / Aug issue of Midwest Living Magazine (corn on the cover) on newsstands now. " Fantasy Islands : 7 Midwest Getaways" - Beaver Island is featured on three color pages 9-11 with a Trip Guide on page 82. Many calls and web visits as a result. We are in Traverse Magazine again – July issue.

Beaver Island Featured On WJR Radio Detroit

The Travel Michigan (Pure Michigan) radio show featured a seven minute segment about Beaver Island in early July on WJR AM 760. The station is a 50,000 watt power house.

Beaver Island TV Coming Soon

TV host Conway Bowman, is already saying nice things about Beaver Island . http://www.fishandfly.com/our- world-of-fishing/fishing- travel/3078-carp-on-the-fly- features-in-us-tv-show.html

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Pictures by Frank Solle

Sometimes, the right place at the right time can provide you with an excellent photo opportunity. It seems that Frank Solle finds the right time more often than others. Here are a few pictures of a seaplane landing in the harbor.

On top of being in the right place at the right time, Frank also has an eye for when to push the shutter button. Notice the composition of the rest of the pictures? Great job, Frank! Thanks for sharing!

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. http://www.youtube.com/user/TNicholas01?feature=mhee 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 www.BeaverIsland.org . The Chamber of Commerce directors will consider various options concerning reproduction and availability of the video at their August meeting.

Mendelssohn's Elijah

Video Available Now HERE

The Sunday afternoon performance of the Baroque on Beaver was the culmination and combination of a week's worth of rehearsal, joy, and enjoyment for the musicians, the conductors, the soloists, and the Beaver Island community who were in the audience inside or outside of the Holy Cross Parish Hall. The program began on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at 2 p.m. with the sun beating down on the hall roof. It was plenty warm inside the hall, making some move from inside to outside, but the breeze made the heat and humidity bearable. Now matter the weather, the music was amazing, gorgeous, and as close to perfect as Beaver Island will ever see. This is not to suggest that the music wasn't perfect because it was. Excellence was the name of the game, and enjoyment outcome for all.

The welcome was done by Judi Jones, a Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association board member.

The hall was full with very few empty seats, and those that were empty were due to the heat in the building, and these audience members went outside to listen.

First up on the program was the "Italian" Symphony No. 4 by Felix Mendelssohn. The composition has four movements: Allegro Vivace, Andante con moto, Con moto moderato, and Satarello:Presto.

Just one picture for each of the four movements

One audience member listening intently

Next up was the woodwind group performing the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Serenade No. 12 in C Minor. This piece of music has four movements also: Allegro, Andante, Menuet and Trio, and Allegro.

A somewhat extended intermission ensued, providing everyone an opportunity to go outside and be cooled by the pleasant breeze off the water with wind from the east.

After intermission, Marianne Weaver, board member of the BICAA, introduced the two founding members of the original Bach on Beaver, which became Baroque on Beaver.

Singing in the chorus was one founding member, Jane Maehr.

Jane Maehr in the middle

Then a few more ladies were recognized.

Jean Howell on the right.....Ruth Kelly, treasurer from the start on the left.........Jane Maehr on the left.

The concertmaster

The complete orchestra as well as the complete chorus were ready to begin the second half of the program, selections from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. Kevin Simons conducted this piece, and his introduction stated that these were the "parts that I really liked."

Kevin Simons, choral conductor

Soloist Rachelle Austin, soprano

The Baroque on Beaver Chorus

Soloist Meryl Mantione, mezzo-soprano

Kevin Simons, conductor

The final composition was the John Rutter A Gaelic Blessing. This has become a traditional ending to the Baroque on Beaver concert week. This year it was conducted by Robert Nordling, who asked everyone to stand for the finale.

Robert Nordling, conductor

Another wonderful Baroque on Beaver week had come to an end! Superb music! Wonderful comraderie!

To borrow from a business on the island, A Little Bit of Heaven on America's Emerald Isle!

A Night at the Opera

The program title for the Saturday evening Baroque on Beaver performance was A Night at the Opera. This wonderful evening of music featured Robert Nordling, conductor; Kevin Simons, conductor and baritone; Rachelle Austin, soprano; Meryl Mantione, mezzo-soprano; Fitah Rasendrahasina, tenor; and Ricardo Lugo, bass. This evenings music ranged from classical to popular. This program was held at the Holy Cross Parish Hall at 7:30 p.m. Once again, the hall was completely full with someone in every chair with several outside the hall on chairs from home.

Video of this event is available HERE

Board member Jayne Bailey welcomed everyone on behalf of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.

The first composition to be performed was the Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. conducted by Robert Nordling.

Next on the program was an amazing tenor, Fitah Rasendrahasina, singing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Il nmio tesoro intanto from Don Giovanni.

Following this young tenor was a well established New York Metropolitan Opera bass named Ricardo Lugo, husband to Martha Guth. Ricardo Lugo's mature bass voice reflected off the walls of the parish hall to bring tears of joy to those present. Mr.Lugo sang an Henry Purcell piece named Arise ye subterranean winds from The Tempest.

Next came the piece from The Pirates of Penzance performed by baritone Kevin Simons. He sang The Major General's Song by Arthur Sullivan. Coming down the aisle for part of this piece of music was a group of chorus members. They filled the middle aisle with voices full of wonderful sounds.

Conducting the song above and introducing the next woodwind group was Robert Nordling.

A fairly lengthy period of time was taken to change the seating to accomodate the next group on the program. The woodwind group performed beautifully. The leader stated, "A group of these type of instruments were used to introduce melodies and familiar to the aristocracy."

Overture to The Barber of Seville was performed by the Woodwind group.

Intermission allowed everyone to go outside and try to cool off. It was very warm inside the hall, but everyone was anxious to go back inside to hear and view the rest of the performance. Next on the program was a Giuseppe Verdi composition, Va pensiero from Nabucco.

Next up were selections for Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell. The soloist was Rachelle Austin, soprano, singing When I am laid in earth and With drooping wings conducted by Kevin Simons.

What followed can only be describe as a gorgeous combination of orchestra and chorus with the performance of the Giacomo Puccini composition The Hummingbird Chorus from Madame Butterfly.

Ricardo Lugo returned to admirably perform the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart O Isis and Osiris from The Magic Flute.

The final performance of the night was a duet by Giuseppe Verdi with Meryl Mantione and Fitah Rasendrahasini. The piece was Brendisi Libiamo ne'lieti calici from La Traviata.

The performance received a standing ovation with echos throughout the Holy Cross Parish Hall of "Bravo, bravo, bravo."

Mozart Symphony #40 in G-minor

Video Now Available HERE

The title of the concert held at the Beaver Island Community Center on Friday, July 29, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. was this symphony, but there was plenty of other music to be heard and enjoyed. (Editor's note: Some of this music has special meaning to the editor. One of the pieces performed was one of the editor's senior recital pieces. The symphony was part of the final exam for the editor's conducting exam. All this was many years ago, but it still has special meaning.)

The Community Center auditorium was packed with few, if any, empty seats.

There was a special guest in the house. The man who had performed and played the part of the very first Bach on Beaver ten years ago was present in the audience with his wife, Charles Kruse.

This program was chosen to be the one in which the originators of Bach on Beaver, which became Baroque on Beaver, were honored for starting this classic music festival ten years ago. Jane Maehr welcomed everyone in the audience, the performers, and the Cultural Arts Association board members to the tenth anniversary of the Baroque on Beaver.

Jane then introduced Jean Howell, wife of the retired Episcopal priest Joe Howell.

Then Jean introduced Chaz Kruse, the original Bach in the first "Bach on Beaver" ten years ago.

Chaz then spoke about the first B on B held at the Episcopal Mission on the island. He spoke about the heat, and one solution to the heat. He spoke about how an idea came to mind for a music festival after a musical performance at the Episcopal church of organ, flute, and violin. At dinner one evening, he brought up the idea of having this musical event occur, and Jane and Jean put the idea in several other heads and Baroque on Beaver was born. The rest as they say, "Is history."

The first composition on the program was a Darius Milhaud piece, The Bull on the Roof.

Next came the Johan Sebastian Bach Concerto for Violin No. 2 in E Major consisting of three movements. The first movement is Allegro. The secon is Adagio. The last is Allegro assai. The soloist was Dr. Albert Wang.

There was an intermission, and the opportunity to reminisce about the earlier music festivals was a prime discussion point. Here Phil Becker and Chaz Kruse reminisce and bring each other up to date.

The second half of the program was a Charles Gounod Petite Synpohonie for Winds in four movements: Adagio and Allegro, Andante cantabile, Scherzoand Allegro moderato, and Finall: Allegretto.

The composition was well received by the audience.

The last composition on the program was also the title of the program, Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. The movements in this amazingly beautiful and flowing piece of music are: Molto allegro, Andante, Menuetto, and Allegro assai.

Robert Nordling, Baroque on Beaver conductor

It should be noted that Robert Nordling, the Baroque on Beaver orchestra conductor, conducted this piece of music from memory and without the score. (Editor's note: Mesmerized by the beauty of the piece, only one additional picture was taken of Mr. Nordling conducing the orchestra.)

(Video will be available of this performance in the near future.)

Baroque on Beaver Brass Quintet

Video Now Available HERE

Jim Luteyn welcomed all to the performance. Approximately eighty-three were in the audience.

The Baroque on Beaver Brass Quintet performed in the Holy Cross Church on Friday, July 29, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m.. The performers were Matt Thomas, trumpet; Brian Sutherland, trumpet; Robert Pavelek, horn; Dan Spencer, trombone; and Sam Griggs, tuba.

B on B Brass Quintet

The first piece on the program was Contrapunctus, from Art of the Fugue, by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for the brass quintet. This was followed by The Fairy Round, which was a repetition of the same motif by each of the instruments, which was passed around again and again.

The brass quintet in performance....Two instruments that may not be familiar to the orchestra goers are the trombone and the tuba.

The other instruments on the left side are French horn and trumpets.

Each piece was introduce by the group's leader.

The Renaissance Madrigal Suite was next on the program. Three of the fours pieces in this suite were performed by the B on B Brass Quintet. They were Wing We and Chant it, The Silver Swan, and Mother, I Will Have a Husband.

During the intermission, several photos were taken to capture the mood of the performance,. Most were done without the knowledge of the person whose picture was taken.

This one was definitely a posed picture.

Krys Lyle and Robert Nordling

The concert continued with Three Pieces: Maestoso alla Marcia, Andante con moto, and Allegro grazioso, un poco agitato, by Ludwig Maurer.

The group ended the performance with three very familiar compositions that might not fit the definition of 'Classic' music in the sense of the time period in which they were composed and performed. These pieces of music fit another definition of "Classic" in that each song is a classic.

A Nightingale Sang in Berkely's Square by Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz was followed by fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard, and the finale was El Gato Montes by Manuel Penella.

This was a marvelous mixture of music. It was performed with excellence and obvious joy by this group. If you weren't there, you missed a great opportunity!

(Video will be available soon.)

Water Music

Video of this event completed and available HERE

Ruth Igoe welcomed a completely full Holy Cross Hall.

Water Music was the title of program presented at the Holy Cross Parish Hall on Thursday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program began with the Overture to the Flyng Dutchman by Richard Wagner. The following piece was from a less known composer Frederick Delius, Two Pieces for Small Orchestra, On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring and Summer night on the river.

In good teaching style, Robert Nordling, conductor of the Baroque on Beaver Orchestra, spent time explaining selections of the program to the packed into the hall audience, who listened intently to his explanations.

After the first two compositions were perfromed by the orchestra, the woodwinds from the orchestra presented Ancient Hungarian Dances by Rerenc Farkas. There were five dances in this suite, Intrada, Lassu, Lapockas Tanc, Chorea, and Ugras.

The orchestra reformed after a short intermission to perform George Frederic Handel's Water Music Suite, the name of the performance for the evening. The suite consisted of Allegro, Alla hornpipe, Lentement, Bourree, and Minuet.

Photos of selected orchestra members

Then came the final piece of the evening by Felix Mendolssohn, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. Robert Nordling introduced the piece to the audience. He also thanked the community and supporters for the opportunity to work with these

Some more photos of orchestra members.

What a wonderfully pleasing evening of water-related music! Thank you for an interesting and educational evening!

(Video will be available as soon as possible.)

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 will take 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 with us physically on Beaver Island, we will have the conference phone available.

Pam Grassmick

Fundraising Recital Presents World Premiere Composition

(11:45 pm, 7/26/11) While the last thing on the program, the world premiere of the performance of a composition that involved all of the performers of the evening and our local writer Robert Cole was an amazing event. The presentation of the evening world premiere involved a reading of Robert Cole's poetry with glorious musical interludes in between. This was the ending composition of the fundraising recital, the first of several concerts in the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Baroque on Beaver Summer Music Festival.

The performers in this world premiere included Martha Guth, soprano; Albert Wang, violin; Joan Van Dessel, clarinet; and Kenneth Bos, piano. The world premiere composition was entitled Something About Autumn. The music composer was Thomas Cipullo. The poetry was written by Robert Cole. The presentation was divided into six parts: Midnight St. James Harbor I, Distant Music, Midnight St. James Harbor II, What if..., Midnight St. James Harbor III, and Something About Autumn. The presentation received a standing ovation. The only word that can describe the presentation is simply amazing.

Martha Guth's Comments Prior to the World Premiere


Robert Cole's Comments Prior to the World Premiere


World Premiere of Something About Autumn by Thomas Cipullo


Kathleen McNamara's Welcome


The audience packed the Beaver Island Community Center with very few empty seats. All the auditorium seats were filled and two rows of chairs were placed in front of those. Kathleen McNamara Green welcomed everyone on behalf of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association and thanked everyone for their support of this recital and the rest of the music festival. The program began with Sonata for Violin No. 2 in G minor by George Frederic Handel performed by Albert Wang.

Dr. Wang performs with his accompanists.

Dr. Wang's Performance


The violin solo was followed by Fantasiestucke for Clarinet and Piano by Robert Schuman performed by Joan Van Dessel on clarinet and Kenneth Bos on piano.

Dr. Van Dessel's Performance


Martha Guth was next on the program performing with Kenneth Bos accompaniment on piano two pieces by Samuel Barber, Nocturne and Sure on This Shining Night. Martha's gorgeous voice surrounded the audience and stage and brought tears to your eyes.

Martha Guth's Performance


This fundraising recital was well received. One recital attendee stated, "A little bit of heaven on Paradise Bay. World class musicians and performance right here on Beaver Island and a world premiere besides."

Well said, very well said!

Video of this event will be available soon.

Great Beaver Island TV Coming Soon

New Beaver Island friend, TV host Conway Bowman, is already saying nice things about Beaver Island . http://www.fishandfly.com/our-world-of-fishing/fishing-travel/3078-carp-on-the-fly-features-in-us-tv-show.html

The Beaver Island episode of Fly Fishing The World TV will air later this year on the Outdoor Channel, available in 27 million homes.

Meet the Baroque on Beaver Participants on the Boat July 25th

Some of the participants for Baroque on Beaver came early, but the 'meet the boat' tradition has continued with these relativley new visitors and summer residents. Here is a video clip of the many B on B people on the late afternoon boat, the Emerald Isle. Maestros, violinists, sopranos, basses, and others from around the world, country, and state arrive and greet each other no matter how famous. They are all here on Beaver Island for a week of heavenly human contact with classical music as the motive. We are glad you are here!


                    DONATIONS  AND ASSISTANCE

We have had such a whirlwind year of planning and building the Wellness Garden and would like to thank all those who planned, dug, hauled,planted, watered, fertilized, weeded and shared their own garden bounties with us, or donated money to buy the basics, or an art piece to auction off, and helped with the silent auctions and garden tour.

Barbara Rahn, Pam Moxham, Jerry LaFreniere, Garrett Cole ,Barb Spencer, Marianne Weaver, Judy Boyles and family, Bob Evans, Ruth Igoe, Bill Kohls , Beaver Gem Crew,  Betty Hudgins, Donna Kubic, Ed Wojan, Connie Wojan, Leonor Jacobson.

Artists: Cathy Jones, Charlie Creasser, Sue Thomson, St. James Boat Co., Betsy Borre, Judy Jones, Frank Solle, Nancy Neuman, Janine Andrew, Krys Lyle, Ruth Kelly, Nancy Peterson, Jim
Stambaugh , Vicky Rockwell, Kris Ries, Judy Boyles and family (come see what is up for auction!)

Businesses: For making the designs and ordering the necessary plants and landscape decor :   Sticks, stones feathers and bones(Cheryl Podgorski),  Bloomers(Pam O'Brien), BI Gardens(Heidi Vigil), McDonough's (Denise and Skip), and for his generous donation of timers, hoses, shrubs and garden flowers, and landscape plastic:  Jeff Powers. and for their support in donating well piping and the use of their trencher;  Bud and Colleen Martin.

Garden plants from their own garden or purchased goods:  Jean Carpenter, Joyce Runberg, Loretta Slater, Joann Cashman, Marianne Weaver, Judy Boyle,  Connie Wojan, Eleanor Mooney Family, Leonor Jacobson, Beth and Steve Lucas, BJ  and Phil Wyckoff,  Sue and Bob Welke, Davi and Hans Stein, Bob and Alana Anderson, Joe and Marilyn Reed, Ruth Igoe.

Donated items for Garden Tour:
Stoney Acre bus (Marilyn and Liam Racine), hosts'  wine from Whimsey (Pam Grassmick and Linda Mcdonough),  Flower pots, and water bottles (Leonor Jacobson),  Charlevoix County Transit,  Fresh cut flowers (BI Gardens).  Dessert and drinks (Ruth Igoe and Wendy Fogg)

Hosts for the First Annual Garden Tour:   Wendy and Matt Fogg, Melvin and Alvina Napont, John and Joyce Erber, Elle and Steve Hagerman, Gene Masta and Linda Wolf, Pinky Harmon (for Holy Cross)  Laurie Souders and Ruth and Peter Igoe.

Publicity:    Many thanks for all the publicity throughout this endeavor!  Northern Islander,the Beaver Beacon, News on the Net, photos from Tina Walker, Connie Wojan,  and all the signs handmade by Betty Hudgins, flyers from Jeff Cashman.  We appreciate getting the word out
and of course all the businesses who agreed to let us advertise;  THANK YOU AGAIN

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS A SPECIAL YEAR AND GREAT START FOR THE GARDENS   from Connie Wojan and Leonor Jacobson We will be planning a big Garden Party to thank all of you in September and to show our results to our friends and neighbors on Beaver Island.

Please watch for the silent auction announcements and keep visiting the Health Center to bid on them.  

New Auction prize:
Bounty Basket of Beaver Island goodies:   Pete LoDico(Wine), Barb Murphy(bready) Shirley Detwiler(Homemade pie), Anne Glendon (jam),  Sally Fogg(eggs), Heidi Vigil (pickles), Jacque LaFreniere(maple syrup), Connie Wojan (homemade apron)  This is up for auction until August 15th. Come bid on this.

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!

Peaine Township Meeting Video for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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

St. James Township Meeting, July 6, 2011

The meeting began with the quick approval of bills and minutes. The discussion about the DNR-required sewer system began anew. The costs of original installation was discussed as well as the increase in monthly cost of being connected. One taxpayer was concerned about the cost of the FOIA request from the engineering firm, the cost being slightly more than $180. A motion was passed to have the township pay that FOIA cost. It was reported by Township Supervisor Rick Speck that the Phragmities location and GPS locations had met a hurdle. All of the first ten hours of data was lost in a tech glitch. This work will all have to be repeated. The supervisor reminded the board and public of the Board of Review to take place on July 22, 2011. The board discussed the mileage reimbursement for employees and agreed to pay the federal rate of $.51 per mile as long as the employee documented the date and the specific activity. The St. James Township Board passed a motion to approve the resolution for the creation of the Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee unanimously. During public comment, the lack of a flag at Whiskey Point was discussed. Jim Wojan is working on this issue with CMU Biological Station, the owners of the property. A revised driving guide was authorized for printing by the township. Bud Martin discussed the possibility of building a break wall along the edge of the drop off Whiskey Point to create a park. He mentioned that there might be federal money to fund this project. The townships agreed to the extent that work will begin in the near future to update the Recreation Plan, which would be the first step toward applying for grant money. Rick Speck suggested that this might take about two years, but that it would be a good idea to update the plan for application for funding of any project since it is required by the state.

Video of this meeting HERE

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 medic5740@gmail.com

Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011


Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011

Thurs-Aug 11 , DJ Tom
Fri-Aug 12 , Boyne City Remedy AND
Sat-Aug 13 , Boyne City Remedy
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 14: Pastor Howard Davis

21: Howard Davis

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

Expired Subscriptions

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There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in July and some that have already expired. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org 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 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 Commission Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!