B. I. News on the 'Net, August 9-15, 2010

BIRHC Fundraiser Golf Outing

Fourteen four person teams signed up to play in the Health Center Golf Outing on August 14, 2010, The outing began at 1 p.m. and was followed by a picnic catered by the Shamrock. There were two kinds of chicken halves, one roasted and one barbequed; baked beans; potato salad; cole slaw; and a plenty of desserts. Those playing in the hot muggy afternoon sun really appreciated the food and drink provided. What a wonderful outing it was!

Of the fourteen teams there were eight all-men teams, two all-women teams, and four mixed teams. The winner of the women's first place was the team consisting of Doris Larsen, Nel Worsfold, Ruth Igo, and Annette Dashielle. The winner of the mixed team first place was Rick and Kathy Blalock and Ed and Willy Welter. There was a tie for first place between two of the men's teams which caused a playoff that took three holes to determine the winner.

Larry Roy's team thought they had it won with this excellent chip shot by Carl Evans, but...

Jeff Mestelle's team wouldn't give in. A nice chip and a putt make by Chuck Carpenter required a second playoff hole.

Three of Jeff's team members' drives were good on hole number two.

The teams tied again on hole number two.

At this point, Jeff Mestelle told the other team that he had kicked Chuck Carpenter off his team because he missed a putt. In actuality, Chuck Carpenter needed to go to work at the Shamrock for an expected busy Saturday night. This put the Mestelle team at a disadvantage with only three players against four.

Driving on playoff hole number three....

A nice chip shot by Larry's team and a missed putt by Jeff's team and the decision of winner was made.

The winners were Larry Roy, Carl Evans, Dave Grimm, and Tom Proben.

The second place team was Jeff Mestelle, Ryan Smith, Ernie Martin, and Chuck Carpenter. The scores that caused the playoff were amazingly low. After a two stroke handicap, the scores were tied at an amazing nine hole score of five under par. This actually meant that Larry Roy's team shot a round of seven under par. This means seven birdies and two pars. What an amazing round this must have been!

The real winner in this golf outing was the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. The fundraiser was able to add income to the operating budget shortfall of the health center.

Hard Work at the Veteran's Memorial

Steve Boyle, Ray Matela, and Richie O'Donnell were laying the bricks for the sidewalks down on Paradise Bay at the Veteran's Memorial site. The temperature outside at 9:30 a.m. is 77 degrees, and the relative humidity has to be quite high also, but work they will to get this memorial completed. How long will they continue to work? That probably will be answered with a "when its done or we're too exhausted to continue." If you haven't helped out the AMVETS Post 46, the Beaver Island AMVETS, then please help out in any way you can.

Island Teams Lose Tournament, but Winners None the Less

The two Beaver Island teams in the Homecoming softball tournament did not win the tournament. That much is probably already known by most. The teams were very competitive, and it was obvious that the mainland teams play softball much more frequently than the island teams. There were some very high spots for one team. Ryan Smith's team one their first game. McDonough's team was eliminated by losing two straight, but the teamwork and the sportsmanship shined through, and they are all winners in our book! Below are a few of the pictures from the weekend starting with Friday.

These next ones are from Saturday.

First Attempt Video from Homecoming Game

The following is a first attempt at capturing video from the Homecoming softball games. There really is a lot of video to go through to see which ones should be used. The following was picked randomly just to get something up here on the website of this event.

McDonough's Loss on Friday

Highlight Clip 1


Highlight Clip 2


Highlight Clip 3


Two Controversial Plays in the above game:(These are higher quality video clips to allow you to make your own decision.)

These clips are not streaming video clips, so they will take a while longer to download, but less than one minute.

Was Tim McDonough out at second base?


Was the third base coach obstructing the third baseman preventing the third baseman from catching the ball?


BIRHC Thanks Community

The Staff and the Board of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center want to thank all who voted for our millage renewal on August 3rd . It passed by a margin of almost three to one.

We appreciate your support and will continue to do everything we can to provide high quality, cost effective, and compassionate health care to all who live on and visit Beaver Island.

Connie Wojan

BIRHC Board President

BIRHC Raffle Drawing

For the first time the Health Center Car Raffle drawing will take place at the Beaver Island Lodge at 7:30 PM on Monday, September 6, 2010. Tickets are on sale at the Health Center and McDonough's Market. Please be sure to get your ticket as every dollar raised by the raffle goes directly to supporting the daily operating costs of the Health Center.

Thanks to all who have already bought tickets and to Sally Lounsberry, Sharon Cole, Adam Richards, and McDonough's Staff for helping board members sell tickets!

Connie Wojan

Homecoming Weekend Softball Starts with AMVETS Ceremony

This was a very nice addition to the softball tournament beginning. Bob Tidmore made a short mention of the AMVETS who are no long with us and have passed away. Bob Hoogendoorn offered up a prayer. A flag was raised. Danielle Cary sang the National Anthem. You can see it by watching this video clip.


Peaine Township Meeting August 11, 2010

Video clips of this meeting are HERE

St. James Township Meeting August 4, 2010

Minutes and Bills approved




Rick Speck Statements on Whiskey Island Issue


Statements on the Airport Committee


NRETC Discussion


Contract with American Waste Discussed


Withdrawal of Funds


Postings for Transportation Authority and Board of Review Discussed 1


Postings for Transportation Authority and Board of Review Discussed 2


Airport Committee Discussion


Public Comment


Library News

First off, the Beaver Island District Library would like to thank those who voted “YES” on our millage proposal! Thank you so very much for realizing the value of libraries, especially in this economy. Your local library is the one stop place for free reading material, videos, computers, puzzles, etc. Thank you!

July was a busy month for the Beaver Island District Library and things haven't slowed down yet. Just a quick comparison of June and July:

JUNE 2010

JULY 2010

















New Cards


New Cards


Stop in and check out Frank Solle's photographs that are in the display case. Bring your kids Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for Story Time with Mrs. Connie Wojan. Bring your lunch and sit in the memorial garden while using your laptop. Our WiFi is on 24/7 and can be used from both the front and back of the building. There are electrical outlets in the garden area behind the benches.

Flying off the shelves this month have been Steig Larsson's trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire , and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; The Rembrandt Affair, by Daniel Silva; War by Sebastian Junger just to name a few. New videos are: Diary of a Whimpy Kid; Jesse Stone: No Remorse; Avatar; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; Men Who Stare at Goats; and many more.

Don't forget that the library now has a website at http://beaverisland.michlibrary.org There is no www. in the address. You can search our card catalog and reserve book there provided you have a current library card. There are links to many, many places for adults and kids, for those doing research, for homework help, or for just playing games. Check it out!

BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

Golfing Events Announcement

Sowa Golf Outing

Men's Pinehurst Outing

Whiskey Island Cormorants

Pictures owned by Britta Cieslak

Our Trip to Squaw Island and Lansing Shoal Light

One of the those questions that keep coming up when a tourist visits Beaver Island is: What do you do on Beaver Island? One of the many answers to that question is: We do just what you do in your home town except we don't go to the mall to shop. Another answer is that we visit the other islands in the Beaver Archipelago, which is the topic of this particular story. Dick Burris talked Britta Cieslak and Christine Runberg into a trip to Squaw Island, or was that the other way around? These wonderful pictures are the result of that trip.

From Britta Cieslak:

First, Christine, John, Mikey and I went to Whiskey island because none of us had ever been there- or at least in years. Then we tried to find the trail at Squaw since we were so close and Christine and I had never climbed up the lighthouse. We attempted many trails bushwacking into the brush after we found one bulding and assumed we were close. We definitely were not and gave up covered in poisen ivy that lasted three or more weeks. Whiskey is full of cormorants and their droppings. It is almost annoying to even stand there, but on the tip it isn't so bad.

Then the other Sunday Dick took Christine and I to Squaw and Lansing Shoals since we were so close.

Sunday... we went and climbed up the lighthouse. Great conditions, fabulous time and no poison ivy. Then Lansing Shoals... very frightening to climb but definitely a must. You can't go there and not climb up, although it is covered entirely by droppings and dead cormorants. One actually died while we were there. But alas, it was something nice I do not have to add to my soon to be bucket list. Thank you, Britta, for sharing!

Dick at the outbaord, steering out of the harbor enroute to Squaw Island

Squaw Island, at last....

Come on, hurry, we need to go in.....

Ground floor....... interesting things

Upstairs, let's check out the light....

Climbing the circular stairs to the top...

What a view from the top.....

We made it. A terrific day for an adventure...

A little scary looking down from the top and thinking about having to climb down....

Well, what's the next adventure? We still have plenty of daylight... How about a trip to Lansing Shoals? Yah, why not?

The approach to Lansing Shoals...We arrived..."Yuck, I'm not going up there" "Well I didn't come all this way to not climb up there."

We made it up to the top..."Are you coming up, Dick?" "No, it messes up my hearing."

Another wonderful view...

We actually climbed that?

Wow! What an adventure we had! When can we do this again?

A Short Video Clip of Cormorants, View from Squaw Island Light, and Lansing Shoals

Video by Britta Cieslak 

Chamber of Commerce Marathon News

Beaver Island: 8-6-2010 - 11:45 AM

A NEW Beaver Island Marathon course has been certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier

The September 4 Marathon Is Coming

On September 4th runners from around the nation will descend upon Beaver Island to run the Second Annual Beaver Island Marathon. We have runners from 15 different states coming from as far away as California, Texas and Utah; my guess is most if not all have never been to Beaver Island previously.
This year we are certifying a new course as a Boston Marathon qualifier; one that may be a bit more complex than last years’ route. To insure that all runners are safe and pleased with their decision to participate, we are asking for volunteers to lend a hand. The following assistance is needed:

· Road Marshalls or Pointers at the following locations
o King's Hwy & Bonner
o Donegal Bay & Back Hwy
o Indian Point and Font Lake
o Gull Harbor/Lake Driveo Allen’s Lakeview/Blue Spruce

Road Marshalls would be in place from 8:00AM until approximately 12:00 cheering and pointing the way for the marathon runners.
Also, If you have a home, cottage or room to rent that is not listed on the Chamber of Commerce web site please contact us and we will try to send a runner your way.

Help is also needed with registration, at the finish line and with food service.

If you can help, please contact us at Good Boy Events. Thanks for Your consideration.
Ron Suffolk - (248) 446-1315 - rsuffolk@sbcglobal.net

A Whiskey Island Adventure by Frank Solle

(Story and pictures by Frank Solle)

On July 22 a small group boarded Ben Fogg's newly refurbished boat, the 'Neptune', and headed for Whiskey Island. Only a few of the 15 persons on the trip had ever ventured to this outer island before, and all were interested in seeing just what, other than a nesting population of cormorants, was there.

Captain Ben..........Harbor

It was a comfortable 35-40 minute trip to the island across calm water. About half way on our journey we passed Mike Weede's 'Resolute' on its own outer-island tour, perhaps with some diving involved.

As we approached our destination Ben looked for a good spot to drop anchor. It took awhile for the anchor to secure itself among the rocks along the lake bottom, but once he was assured the boat was staying put we began readying for the shuttle ride to the shore aboard his trusty 'Shark' which had been towed behind the 'Neptune'. It took a few trips to ferry everyone who wished to explore the island the short distance nearly to shore where we stepped calf-deep into the lake and walked to the gravel surface of Whiskey Island - so much for dry feet on this excursion.


The cormorants have settled in nicely among the cedar trees along the edge of the wooded interior of the island, at least where we landed. The trees they were using for nests were all dead, but how this chicken and egg situation arose is unclear. Were the birds taking advantage of the situation, or did they create it? There were plenty of cedars still alive and without nests.

Gravel bar............North Shore......... South Shore

A look toward High Island......A passing ship......

The shoreline we arrived at was all gravel, jutting into the lake in a sharp point. The north shore quickly turned into thick brush that extended to the waterline and wasn't easily walked. The south shore afforded better walking, although it too was somewhat brushy as well as wet and mucky. While there was quite a variety of wildflowers and vegetation along the shore, I didn't have a guidebook with me and my botanical skills aren't what they used to be. Three of our group braved a crossing of the interior of the island and found some small hills as well as some large hemlock trees. Some in our group said they spotted poison ivy, but as one who is extra-wary of this three-leaved devil, I did not see any.

Plains of Whiskey Island......Whiskey Island Point

While Whiskey Island may not be the ideal summer get-away destination for picnics and sunbathing, in the short time we spent there it seemed to be a prime spot for further investigation. Simply being on a remote, uninhabited island is an attraction in itself. But next time I'm bringing some extra footwear for hiking around.

Satch on Whiskey Island....the shuttle to and from the shore.....the transportation

Minnows in Barney's Lake Shallows

Wildflowers or Weeds?

It just depends upon where you find these whether you consider them wildflowers or weeds. These were found at Barneys Lake Natural Area.

Lauraine Dawson Address

If you are interested in sending Lauraine a card or a letter, her address is: P.O. Box 651, Central Lake, MI 49622

Osprey Adult and Young

The adult osprey are no longer protecting the young one in the nest. The young one is no longer always in the nest.


Visiting Helicopter

Bryan Casper visited the Island with his helicopter this week as well. This helicopter has been his dream for a long time. A few Islanders got a ride in the helo this week as well.

Helicopter taking off from Convent lawn


Baroque on Beaver Friday Night

Jayne Bailey did the introduction at this concert speaking of the grants given and how to donate to the BICAA.

Jayne's Introductory Speech


Canzon a 12 by Gabrieli


Bach Brandenburg Concerto #3, Part 1

(This includes one unfortunate power issue that caused a glitch)


Bach Brandenburg Concerto #3, Part 2


Intro to Concerto in E-Flat, Bunbarton Oaks by Stravinsky (Copyright issues prevent presentation of this piece of music)


Serenade #11 in E-flat by Mozart, Parts 1-5

Part 1.............................................................................................Part 2

Part 3......................................................................................Part 4

Part 5


Invierno Porteno by Piazzolla with David Ornai on violin




The program presented various styles of music as all the other concerts. It included a Gabrieli Canzon a 12, Bach Brandenburg Concerto #3, Stravinski Concerto in e-flat, a Mozart Serenade #11, and a Piazzolla Invierno Porteno for violin soloist David Ormai.

Moment of Serenity

Baroque on Beaver Wednesday Night

This wonderful concert was designed as a fundraiser for the rest of the Baroque on Beaver concerts. The performance was made possible by the donation of time, talents, and travel by the artists who performed in this concert. They were Martha Guth, soprano; Claudia Schmidt, soprano, dulcimer, and guitar; Ann Crawford, violin; and Penelope Crawford, harpsichord. If you were not here to go to this concert, or you were not able to get a seat to listen and view this concert, you missed something very special. But, do not despair, the entire concert was taped by Beaver Island News on the 'Net by the wonderous hands of Levi Connor. Thank you, Levi, for your willingness to be present and to take your talents at video with you to the concert.

Here is the complete program with only short pieces of applause removed:

Sound the Trumpet by Henry Purcell


17th Century Ballads- Cold and Raw


As att noone Dulcina rested


Child Grove


A light hears a jewell


My thing is my own


Mr. Isaac's maggot


Jog on


Sweeter than Roses by Henry Purcell


Edi be thu hevene queen


Sumer is icumen in


Arias from the opera, Alcina by George Frederic Handel, Ah Ruggiero crude...Ombre pallid


Verdi prati


Tornami a vagheggiar


 Zefiro torna by Clausio Monteverdi


Encore featuring all artists


Pictures from Baroque Performances

CMU Concert

There was only standing room left as the concert began...

Miranda Rooy provided an introduction to the performance

A string quartet performed music by Haydn

Robert Nordling provided information about the music to be performed by Stravinsky

Claudia Schmidt performed with an accompanist and with the chamber orchestra

Assorted chamber groups performed here at CMU Gillingham Center

Jim Gillingham, whose name the center carries, attended the concert.

The music after the intermission included a Piano Quintet by Mozart.

A wonderful concert of chamber music was heard by all who attended!!

Some of the music at this concert is copyrighted and cannot be shown here, but we will do our best to get the rest of it up here as soon as possible.

Introduction by Miranda Rooy


String Quartet by Franz Joseph Haydn


Introduction to Stravinski Eight Instrumental Miniatures

We are unable to include the Stravinsky Eight Instrumental Miniatures due to copyright issues.

Claudia Schmidt a capella

I Will Gather You In written and sung by Claudia Schmidt

Carioca sung by Claudia Schmidt


Croatian Trio

Part 1.....................................................................................Part 2


Part 3

White Moon with Martha Guth

Aria from Bachianas Brasileriras #5 by Villa-Lobos sung by Martha Guth

The Cloths of Heaven with Martha Guth

Waly Waly with Claudia Schmidt

Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major by Mozart

Part 1.......................................................................................................Part 2


Baroque on Beaver Saturday Night Can Be Found in the August 2-8, 2010 Archives

Baroque on Beaver Sunday Afternoon Performance

There are days when things just don't happen in the best possible way. This Sunday was one of those days for the editor. Due to circumstances beyond control, the Bach Orchestral Suite was not videotaped. The Bach Orchestra Suite #1 in C Major had seven individual parts. The editor and his daughter assistant arrived just as the Bach was completed. The rest of the performance was videotaped, but only parts of the performance can be presented here due to copyright issues and a missing tape.

Introduction by Robert Nordling


Overture, Scherzo, and Finale by Robert Schumann

(Editor's Note: One of the themes or motifs of the overture is reminiscent of a theme by Mozart. In music history class, this was learned as, "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Mozart.")







Intro to Wagner by Robert Nordling


Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner


Old American Songs, Set 2 by Aaron Copland with Meryl Mantione, mezzo soprano, cannot be presented due to copyright issues.

Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter


Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter from up above the entryway


Can you tell a difference in sound quality between the last two uploaded videos? Email you answer to medic5740@gmail.com  

Beaver Islands Institute

August 27-30, 2010

(From the IJNR website)

This short-course fellowship will be a refresher program open only to applicants who are alumni of one of IJNR's nine prior Great Waters Institutes. IJNR intends to select dozens of alumni to participate in this fellowship, which will be focused on island ecosystems of the Great Lakes.

Because of their remoteness and inaccessibility, island ecosystems in the Great Lakes region are often overlooked. Yet these fragile ecosystems have vital environmental roles. IJNR's journey to the Beaver Islands Archipelago in northern Lake Michigan will attempt to put the ecological importance of island ecosystems into a broader, Basin-wide perspective. Programming will emphasize conditions, practices and problems that are common among islands throughout the Great Lakes region. The fellowship will be headquartered at the Central Michigan University Biological Station on Beaver Island.

Themes and Issues to Examine:

Traverse City, Michigan, will serve as the start and end point for this program, but Fellows will spend most of their time on the Beaver Islands. This ecologically rich and remote area faces significant environmental issues that resonate throughout the Great Lakes region. The Beaver Islands are positioned at the front line of many Great Lakes ecological battles—ranging from fishery-management challenges and exotic-species invasions to a controversial cormorant colony and ongoing development pressures. At the same time, the archipelago's shallow waters and smattering of tiny islands serve as incubators for everything from small mouth bass to the endangered piping plover. In meetings with scientists from the Michigan DNR's Charlevoix Research Station, journalists will examine the latest trends affecting the aquatic food web and the distinctive contributions that shallow reefs and sunken islands make to local and regional fish production.

During the program, IJNR will conduct tours (by boat and on foot) of a wide variety of field sites, where the group will explore several ecological issues, aided by panel discussions and relaxed conversations with regional scientists and local residents. This program will feature presentations by local, regional and international experts on island ecosystems.

The Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair

Live well, Feel well, Be well

Plan on attending September 16th , from 2pm-7pm at Gregg Fellowship Hall. There will be many on- and off-island organizations present to provide you with information that can help you physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

To name just a few:


In addition to the many other organizations, we plan on making sure that you do not leave empty-handed. And children and teens are as welcome as adults. There will be much for them to see and hear too, as well as games, brain-teasers, and an obstacle course!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Adam Richards at either 448.2067, or adamr@beaverisland.k12.mi.us

See you there!

Beaver Island AMVETs Offer Scholarship

AMVETS Post 46 is pleased to award this years $1,000 scholarship to Patrick Cull.  At the meeting the members stated they wished  we could have awarded all those who submitted a request as they were all well written.


by Lois Williams

In the last few months you have all no doubt hear the buzz about food plots. Just what is a food plot, you may ask, and what purpose does it serve. In the realm of whitetail deer a food plot is a patch of land, planted by man, to augment and complement what nature has provided for them in the wild. With a lot of old growth forests on the Island and not enough logging, the deer could use some help. The Beaver Island Wildlife Club initiated and encouraged food plots on private land and state land in 1999 . Later we looked into better management practices. In 2005, we sponsored a speaker from the Quality Deer Management discussion at Peaine Township Hall. Perry Russo, North Central Regional Director spoke about measures aimed at improving herd quality. This type of management is a three fold effort to let the little bucks to grow, take a judicious number of does, and provide better habitat for our whitetail herd. We certainly could find no fault in those three concepts. Following this meeting the club decided to implement a volunteer effort to encourage non-harvest of small bucks in a campaign to “let ‘em go, let'em grow.” Most land owner deer hunters have implemented their own regulations to take only bucks that have at least 3 points on one side. The consensus was to keep it voluntary in what we call “hunter's choice”. At this time we also began to encourage more land owners to plant plots for increased nutrition. With the help of the DNR some state land was also planted and older plots were mowed. The club helped private land owners with some of the cost to encourage even more plots.

Food plots don't have to be large. On the acreage I own we prepared one acre, divided into two plots about 400 yards from each other. They are bordered on three sides by forest giving the deer needed protection. Preparing for this on the Island was a major chore. As you all know the glue that holds the Island together is called “juniper”. What was left after juniper removal was something not unlike beach sand. For ten years now we have nurtured that sand with lime, fertilizer and a lot of sweat. Our crops have ranged from rye to buckwheat, winter wheat, king clover, millet, Brassica, and last year buck forage oats. This brings us to the issue of “rounding up your food plot”.

The last two years we have planted our plots in August. This summer the plots have become choked with weeds and unwanted grasses fueled perhaps with warmth and rain. I thought it would be a good idea to spray the area with Round Up and just like magic the area would be weed free for August planting. That was my plan until I did some research on the internet about the product.

For years I have been told repeatedly by farmers, lawn service persons, and even gardeners about the safety of this product ROUND UP. Monsanto is considered the mother of agricultural biotechnology. It is basically a system that requires no tilling. You kill all the weeds, you use Round up ready seeds, spray the crops when weeds appear and viola the weeds disappear and the crops survive. Monsanto advertised more yield per acre and huge savings on labor and fuel for farm equipment. That sounds like a winner but research has shown otherwise. The main component of Round Up is glyphosate . Over time what have emerged are glyphosate-resistant weeds and pests. This has increased the need for more glyphosate, additional pesticides, and increased man power to control these hard to kill “super weeds”.

It was never my intention to use Round Up ready seeds but it was my intention to kill all the weeds. When I started to question how safe this was for the environment I found that there are all kinds of red flags waving out there and I began to read and to dig out the reasons why it is not safe for the environment.

•  Super weeds. Mother Nature has her own way of fighting back. These weeds have found a way to evolve to survive. In some cases they have spread to other areas and even related wild plants.

•  Herbicide in food. I am not comfortable with herbicides/pesticides on my food and go to great lengths to avoid them. Glyphosate is absorbed by the foliage and translocated rapidly throughout the plant. Lettuce, carrots and barley planted a year after glyphosate treatment has shown residues to be present. The beef, pork, and chicken that you eat that has been raised by agricultural farming (what you get in the grocery store and not from you local farmer) contains residues from animals fed corn and soy products that have been raised in Round Up ready acres. Whitetail deer and wild turkeys who feed in the wild are my favorite organic sources of meat. I don't want those deer ingesting plants grown over Round Up if there is any chance of glyphosate residue in the meat. Aren't we just compounding our problems?

•  Harm to wildlife. The use of Round Up has been linked to the decimation of frogs on a worldwide basis. It also causes harm to non-target insects like the caddis fly. There is strong evidence that it also kills ladybugs.

There will be strong support for use of Round Up and strong opposition. You have to decide. I suggest you do your own research. I went on line to www.sourcewatch.org . From there you can find other sites and excellent references.

This fall when I'm rounding up my food plot it won't be with Round Up. We will disc and drag, plant and hope for rain. Hopefully the result will be a healthy crop of forage oats to feed our beautiful, healthy whitetail deer, and all those other critters out there that forage.

Lois Williams

July 17, 2010

Men's Summer Golf League Results

PLACE: TEAMS: Score Point today Total Points   Stroke Average
1 Jeff & Ryan 40 8 146   36.83
2 Howard & Joe 37 12 133   37.83
3 Francis & Larry 42 14 126   41.92
4 Rob & Dan 43 6 121   39.33
5 Ivan & Buck 37 13 117   40.17
6 Ron & Bob 35 12 116   35.92
7 Larry & Joe 36 8 115   36.92
8 Chuck & Earnie 40 10 110   38.42
9 Bill & Bob 44 7 109   44.00
10 Frank & John 42 10 107   40.50

First place team of Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith receive their winnings and trophies.

Joe Moore and Howard Davis with their second place trophies.

Larry Kubic and Francis Pike proudly show their third place trophies

The golf league is quite competitive and consistency is rewarded while inconsistency seems to be the downfall of some of the teams. Jeff and Ryan maintained their first place position without any doubt. Howard and Joe maintained their second place position with Howard's excellent putting and chipping ability. From third place on down, however, there was a definite mix-up of places with six places 'in the money.' Francis and Larry (now 3rd place) moved ahead of Rob and Dan (now fourth place) by scoring playing a better scoring round. To say that Francis and Larry were happy is a gross understatement. The team of Ivan and Buck moved from down in the lower places up to fifth place as did Ron and Bob for sixth place.

How can a team with a score average of 37 be beat by a team with a score average of 38? It all has to do with how a team plays on a particular night. If you look at the first two places, the first place team with a score of 40 was beat by second place with a score of 37, low score winning the match. These two teams played even up in the playoffs, and the second place team just played better golf on this night than the first place team.

What is perhaps most interesting about this league setup is that your stroke average is only part of the calculation into who wins a match. How can a team's average score of 42 beat those teams with score averages that are much lower? If you look at Francis and Larry's average of approximately 43, and then look down the chart at those placing further down, you will see that Francis and Larry beat out five teams with stroke averages lower than theirs? The answer lies in the handicap system that is currently in place for this men's league of golf. At the annual award ceremony and meeting after the round of golf on August 4th, hosted by Buck Ridgeway, the teams discussed the method of handicap and found that it provides everyone an opportunity to win a match. By general consensus, the handicap method will continue to be used for next summer.

The Fall Men's Golf League begins next Wednesday night.

Meet the Local Artist-Frank Solle

Our district library has chosen Frank Solle for the local artist to feature for this month. Frank is a local photographer and poet. His art will be featured at the Beaver Island District Library until mid-August.

Frank Solle said, "The library is a hub of activity throughout the year and I think this is a great way to give notice to the many talented and creative people living here. I feel quite honored to be asked to display some of my work and look forward to seeing many other wonderful exhibits over time.

And with that in mind I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the upcoming Art Show during Museum Week. Housed in the Gregg Fellowship Hall July 21-23, there is a tremendous collection of art on display and for sale each and every year. A portion of each sale goes to support the Historical Society as well. See you there."

Here's some samples of the photos on display, a couple chapbook covers, and the broadside of 'Sandhills on the Fen'.

Photos: Yacht Club, Waugonshanse Light, Tree Chair

Books and Poetry

Peaine Township Meeting on July 14, 2010

There is still a lot of anger and disagreement over the township airport, and this surfaced in this July 14th meeting. There were a few other issues that are of importance and interest to not only Peaine Township residents here. You can view video of the entire meeting by clicking the link below:

2010 July 14 Peaine Meeting


Beaver Island Rural Health Center with

Free Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus can live, but remain inactive in certain nerve roots within your body for many years; if the virus becomes active again, usually later in life, it can cause shingles. About 1 in 5 people have shingles at some time in their life, impacting an estimated 2 million people in Michigan. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 50. It is uncommon to have shingles more than once, but about 1 in 50 people have shingles two or more times in their life.

A vaccine has been developed that can prevent you from developing shingles. The Herpes zoster vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States in 2006. Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 if you qualify for the free vaccine and make an appointment.

Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


To make an appointment for a Wellness Screening, call the BI Rural Health Center - 448-2275

You can schedule a screening Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm , or after hours upon request.  Beaver Island Health Wellness Screening Program is designed to emphasize the benefits of preventive medicine .

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

BIRHC 2010 Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is raffling off a 2010 Crystal Red Metallic Chevrolet Cobalt. It comes loaded: cruise control, air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD player, keyless entry, remote start, all season tires, front and side airbags, a 2.2L, 4 cylinder 155 hp engine and automatic transmission. Tickets are $100 and are available at the Health Center, McDonough's Market and from any board member. A maximum of 600 will be sold.

Thanks to all who bought “Early Bird” tickets. The winner of the $1000 Early Bird Prize was Sally Lounsberry. The car drawing will once again take place on Labor Day, but at a new location: The Beaver Island Lodge at 7:30 PM. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to supplementing the Health Center's operating budget.

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

Beaver Island Senior Center Activities for August

Commission on Aging Menu for August

Events for August

Events for September

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

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 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)