B.I. News on the 'Net, December 1-7, 2014

Last Fuel Trip for the Shamrock of 2014

(Photos by Frank Solle)

Frank Solle got these wonderful pictures of the fuel barge and the Shamrock arriving back on Beaver Island for the last trip of the 2014 season. Frank is a photographer extraordinaire, and these pictures are terrific!

Coming in the harbor

Heading toward Martin's Dock

Arrival at dock

This will be the last trip of this fuel barge, according to the following USCG directives in enforcement of the elimination of the single hull oil/fuel barges beginning January 1, 2015. Beginning on this date, the single hull vessels are prohibited for transporting oil and oil products. A link to these directives is posted below.

View USCG Directives HERE

Until such time that a double hulled barge is purchased and arrives on Beaver Island, any fuel transport will have to take place in trucks transported by either the St. James Marine or the Beaver Island Boat Company.

Pearl Harbor Day

The American Flag is the burial flag of Lt. Col Giles McCann. According to Alvin Lafreniere, he was the only person from the island to serve in three wars WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

The Honor and Remember flag is on the right pole That pole normally has the Michigan Flag.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the story and the picture.


14th Annual Christmas Cantata

The first performance of the Christmas Cantata of 2014 was at the Beaver Island Christian Church beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The program began with Kathy Speck thanking lots of people for their help in getting all of the different pieces of the puzzle in place to make this 14th Annual Cantata a success.

Kathy Speck welcomes those who have attended.

Joe Moore and Judi Meister performed O Holy Night.

Sheri Timsak and Mike Scripps performed Ordinary Baby

A Men's Choir performed two carols, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Joy to the World.

The Men's Choir included Adam Richards, Steve Stewart, Larry Hall, Bob Bass, Tom Whitman, Bill Detwiler, Bob Hoogendoorn, and Mike Scripps, with Mike Scripps on the keyboard.

Miranda Rooy sand Breath of Heaven, accompanied by Mike Scripps

Sheri Timsak,Marianne Weaver, and Sheri Richards performed O Night Divine

Mike Scripps sang Mary's Wish

Sheri Richards' String Ensemble performed a Christmas Carol Medley

The Strings Ensemble was made up of Sheri, Simeon, Elish, and Micah Richards; Kai and Zander Drost, Courtney Smith, and Sally Stebbins.

A group of young performers joined Sheri Richards, Layla Hall, and Rich Scripps to perform The Little Drummer Boy.

The youngsters included Sienna Anderson, Sophie McDonough, Micah Richards, Zander Drost, Gage Anderson, Elisha Richards, Simeon Richards, and Courtney Smith. They also performed Peace on Earth, O Holy Night, and Silent Night.

Cantata Choir

The Cantata Choir processed into the aisles with Sheri Richards and Mike Scripps playing. The Cantata Choir sopranos were Deb Bousquet, Shirley Detwiler, Shelly Scripps, Marie Shimenetto, Sheri Timsak, Marianne Weaver, Lillian Wiser, and Karen Whitecraft. The choir altos were Peg Hoogendoorn, Diane McDonough, Judi Meister, Kim Mitchell, Sheri Richards, Miranda Rooy, Davi Stein, and Jean Wierenga. The choir tenors were Susie Fisher, Bob Hoogendoorn, Joe Moore, and Deb Plastrik. The choir basses were Bob Bass, Bill Detwiler, Larry Hall, Mike Scripps, Steve Stewart, and Tom Whitman.

The Cantata Choir performed I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, celebrating peace on earth, arranged by Nan and Dennis Allen.

The Cantata narrators were Adam Richards and Elaine West

The pieces of music in the "Bells" Cantata were Carol of the Bells, O Come O Come Emmanuel, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and.........

Marie Shimenetto had a solo in I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

One of the last two songs in the Cantata was Silent Night, with solos by Larry Hall and Bob Hoogendoorn, as well as featuring the Kids Choir.

The Cantata Finale was He Is My Peace. This was a wonderful performance. If you missed the Saturday performance, you still can attend the Sunday performance which begins at 3 p.m. at the Christian Church.

(Many Thanks to Phyllis Moore for the pictures.)

Link to video of the performances HERE

Birth Announcement

Mackenzie Elizabeth

Welcome to the world, Mackenzie Elizabeth Gorlewski! She was born on December 5, 2014. She weighed 7 lbs 14 ozand was 21 inches long. She has ots of dark hair! Her proud big brother Trevor is in love, just like the rest of her family. Proud parents are Lindsy McDonough Gorlewski and Andrew Gorlewski. Proud grandparents are Tim and Denise McDonough. Proud great-grandmother is Skip McDonough.

Soaring Eagles Soar Over Islanders

The Hannahville Soaring Eagles won both basketball games last night, Friday, December 5, 2014. The Lady Soaring Eagles and the Soaring Eagles truly soared above the Lady Islanders and the Islanders. The Soaring Eagles, boys and girls, have become quite an aggressive group of basketball players. They are attacking the ball. They were stealing the ball. They were running past the Islanders for easy lay-ups. The Soaring Eagles will be a serious competitor for the Northern Lights League title.

The Lady Islanders played well. The senior Lady Islanders played with respect and celebrated the successes of their team. The island should be proud of these Lady Islanders. They played with class, kept playing hard, and never gave up. Great job, Lady Islanders! The Islanders basketball team is a young team with upper classmen sitting in the bleachers. The Islanders played hard, and only a few times became frustrated due to the ball handling capabilities of their opponent. The Islanders played hard, celebrated their successes, and displayed sportsmanship.

Games begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Pictures and video will be posted when processed.

Improvements to Veterans' Memorial Park

Work is underway at the Veterans' Memorial Park to clean up the vegetation on the slope to the harbor and raise the grade at the back of the monuments. This is being funded by a grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians.   Additionally the Post will be purchasing bricks for almost two dozen Native Americans from the Beaver Island Archipelago who have served in the US Armed forces.


BITA Meeting Rescheduled

St. James Township Board Meeting

December 3, 2014

Click HERE to watch the video

Emergency Services Authority to Meet

Kudos to Jim Wojan

(Previous year's picture)

2014 decorations

Every year, Jim Wojan and crew put the lights on the town Christmas tree. It takes them hours upon hours of work to get the lights on this tree, which is downtown. This is a wonderful present that Jim and crew provide to the island. When you see Jim Wojan, make sure you thank him for the effort and the accomplishment. It is a fantastic view in the dark as you drive around the harbor.

Annual Toy Drive

The Annual Toy Drive is under way!

If you would like to donate a toy, there are collection boxes in the Island Airway Terminals on Beaver Island and in Charlevoix. Or you may give the toy to Connie Boyle at home or the school office. (You can even leave it in my car wherever you see me, if you'd like----whatever is easiest for you!)

The toys go to children who live on or off the island. Families that qualify for help through social services are encouraged to fill out the paperwork with the county. Everyone's privacy is maintained as the toys are sent to social services (so please do NOT wrap the toys) and they will pick out which toys are best-suited for each child, based on age and gender. Beaver Island families who qualify will then receive toys from social services.

If you would prefer to make a donation and have someone do the shopping for you, I can take care of that---just give me a call at 231-448-2491.

It is helpful if most of the toys are donated by the week before Christmas so there is time to make sure all children are covered. But I will keep collecting toys after that.

Thank you, in advance, for your support. Everyone is always amazed at the quality and number of toys we collect!

Sincerely, Connie Boyle


Excellent Article Includes Beaver Island

Five Species in 72 Hours

BID Library Announcement

Crafters take note:

There is an open crafting group at the library every other Wednesday night (1st and 3rd Wed. of the month) starting at 7pm. This is not a "class" but a time to bring whatever you do, be it knitting, scrap-booking, or whatever (provided it is somewhat portable) and work on it amongst warm company.

Gus Connaghan's Address

RCT Connaghan, Agustust, M
38001 Midway Ave.
San Diego, Ca. 92140-3243

Son of Steve Connaghan and Veronica Bigelow, Gus may receive mail, but no packages. He is in boot camp.

Christmas Cantata This Weekend!

Two Performances

Saturday 3 p.m.

Sunday 3 p.m.

Dog Island: The Plane Crash

by Lance Terrill Olson

This book written by Lance Terrill Olson is presented to BINN subscribers through an agreement between BINN editor and the author. This book is about an imaginary plane crash that takes place on an imaginary island, Dog Island. The book is for sale at a few places on the island.

Chapter 6--The Next Day

It was now 6:30 am, Sunday morning. We were sitting around the living room watching the early news... well, they were. The woman with the fancy designer clothes on TV said, "Late yesterday, a small, private plane, carrying a woman, her daughter and a pilot, crashed on Dog Island. The pilot was killed instantly and the woman was injured. The daughter received some cuts and abrasions, but nothing life threatening. We were told that an island resident came across the wreckage and went to get help.

"It is not known at this time if the resident knew the passengers or if any suspicious activity was under way. The Sherriff's Department would not comment when asked whether something illegal may have been in progress.

"The Dog Island Rescue team found them and they were flown to a mainland hospital where law enforcement officers are currently questioning them.  We have no pictures at this time, as we were denied access to the site. An FAA spokesman said they had a team on its way to the site to investigate and they would be arriving there soon. The Deputy Sherriff on the Island said...


"IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS! We interrupt this broadcast to report that Dustin Beaver, the famous pop star, was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his BMW into a tree in Florida. Citizens for Better Morals marched outside the courthouse and demanded that Beaver be deported back to Canada. We have a news crew on the way and will have special programming interruptions as news comes available...."

Tommy's dad clicked the TV off in disgust. "This makes me feel good about living on Dog Island where life is real!

Who are those people?! What ever happened to ethics and good journalism? All the news people seem to do now is sit around on a couch and talk about movie stars and events that are sensationalized and designed to get everyone emotionally riled up. I don't even know what is really happening around the country anymore! And they always try to find someone in pain to interview... how do you feel about your baby getting squashed under the car tire...."

Then, he looked at his wife and said, "They didn't even mention all the responders and all the things they went through to save these people! There were over 30 people out there last night! They weren't at home sleeping or doing something else. They were giving of themselves without hardly any recognition." She looked down at her hands and said nothing... maybe a little embarrassed.

Tommy was getting used to the fact that his father talked to the TV once in awhile. Must be an age thing, he thought.

But, he was in a good mood because of the attention he was getting from everyone. He still ached all over and his finger was throbbing.  He slept hard for a few hours, but he was still tired this early in the morning. Out in his driveway, there was a radio reporter from the mainland wanting to ask him questions, and many of the Islanders who wanted to know more and congratulate him for what he did.  I was outside for awhile, but decided that I wanted to be with Tommy and familiar smells.

Deputy Sherriff Brent Jackson pulled into the driveway about 7:00 am. He looked tired and had scratches all over his arms and face. It looked like he had just changed into a clean uniform, but didn't have time to shower.  He and a tall black man in a black suit and starched white shirt with a black tie got out. Everyone cleared a path for them as they somberly moved towards the house.

The onlookers weren't affected by the presence of the law as much as they were by the sight of the black man. He looked so much like television movies depicted FBI Agents in New York City. He looked fearsome, yet gentle and all business.

When they came inside, I did my sniffing routine. The black man seemed a little wary of me at first, but we got along fine. He didn't seem threatening.

"Is there somewhere we can talk with Tommy without being interrupted?" the Deputy asked. “By the way, this is FBI Special Agent Johnson. He flew in this morning and examined the crash site. I'm acting as liaison for the County Sherriff's Department.”

Tommy's mom led them to a back bedroom and pulled card table chairs from the closet. They all sat down and Tommy felt uncomfortable because all of the adults were staring directly at him, as if he did something wrong. I sat off to the side to protect Tommy if it became necessary. After all, these people were new to me and seemed OK, but I hadn't made up my mind about them yet.

The Deputy started the conversation with a smile. "I know you went through quite an ordeal last night, Tommy.
Everyone is very proud of you. Could you please tell us what happened? Don't leave out anything.  You don't have to be here," he said to Tommy's mom. She replied, dryly, "If I'm not here, you're not here either!"

After about a half hour of hearing the story, Agent Johnson said, "You haven't mentioned anything about the small packages... the ones wrapped in brown waxed paper." Tommy's mom looked up in shock and belated fear, looking back and forth between Tommy and the Agent. "Tell me about them if you would."

Tommy said he saw a few of them spread out inside and outside the plane, but the girl said she didn't know what they were. She and her mom didn't bring them with their luggage. So they must have belonged to the pilot. When they were gathering clothes and things he said he slit open one package and it smelled like ether, so he threw it away.  It was nothing they could use.

A few other questions were asked and then the men looked at each other briefly, like they got what they came for, and the Deputy said "thank you" and they got up to leave.
Tommy's mom said, "Were the packages what I think they were?"

Special Agent Johnson said, "We are talking in confidence now. We don't want this to reach the media yet, but it appears the pilot was probably on his way to the Detroit area after dropping off his passengers. In the plane, we found Detroit Sectional Charts, noting locations of airports, around southeastern Michigan. They also cover all the airports down to Columbus, Ohio and over as far as Rochester, New York. With some analysis of the other papers we found on the plane, we might be able to pinpoint where he was really heading."

"Well, we need to head out to the crash site to meet with  the FAA people," Deputy Jackson said. "Once again, Tommy, you did good out there. I'm proud to have you as a fellow Islander." Then, as solemnly as they came, they walked out to the car and drove away. The radio reporter tried to ask questions and held out a small recorder, but the answer was, "No comment at this time."

Tommy's mom was now letting her mind wander a little and thought to herself that to be a real 'Islander' you had to have Island relatives going back 5 or 6 generations. That was the social order on the Island and probably in every small community across America.

Kaylyn Jones' Orca Article Published


And a second one

Congratulations, Kaylyn!



Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

PTA Informational and Organizational Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Board Meeting


Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE

Special Board Meeting

October 18, 2014

Video of the Special Meeting HERE

November 13, 2014

View two camera edited video of the BICS meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 8, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video


St James Township Board Meeting

October 1, 2014

Video of the meeting HERE.

St. James Township Meeting Video,

November 5, 2014, 7 p.m.

(Posted 11/6/2014, 2:45 p.m.)

Video HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for October 2014


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

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.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

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

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

A lot of volunteers worked to provide this dinner. There were potatoes to peel, tables to be set up, tables to be decorated and place settings placed. All of this work done before the turkeys are even placed in the oven. Wednesday must have been a very busy day for preparation.

Three turkeys, 18, 23, and 30 pounders....20 pounds of mashed potatoes

The beautiful tables were set. The excellent place setting decorations made from Oreo cookie, peanut butter cup, corn candy, and love were placed at each place. (Thank you, Davi Stein!)

The turkey carver was working in the kitchen beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Joe Moore separating meat from bone

The sixty-four attendees and the few delivered meals were treated to a feast that comes together each and every year with the work of Jean Carpenter and Judi Meister. Tom Whitman helped get the food out to the hot table for the turkey, the mashers, and the stuffing. There were many salads and lots of desserts. There is always more food than the attendees can eat. The to-go containers were available so everyone could have some leftovers. The mashed potatoes and stuffing were gone, so no leftovers there, but there was turkey, a little salad, rolls, breads, and plenty of desserts.

There was a short discussion about the smaller attendance this year at one table. This smaller attendance was seen as a good thing because that meant that others were being invited to a turkey day feast somewhere else. There were also quite a few people off the island for the holiday. No matter what, the dinner was an excellent time to socialize, to feast, and to help others enjoy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! The Community Thanksgiving Service was held at 10 a.m. this year at the Beaver Island Christian Church. Participants in the service were from all four churches on the island. Beautiful music and hymns were sung by those present. This is the favorite service for some of us for the entire year because all gather to give thanks. It began with the reading of George Washinton's Proclamation for Thanksgiving. Beautiful music was sung by Sheri Timsak and Bill Detwiler. Joe Moore played his violin along with Judi Meister with the whole gathering singing. It was glorious! Patrick Nugent shared a wonderful sermon centered around John 3:16. Father Jim gave the final blessing. Many others worked to make this one of the most memorable Christian Ecumenical services of the year. Thank you for the love and joy and willingness to show the same! If you missed it, then try to plan to come next year. You will be amazed!

Cold Turkey Day

You know its a cold turkey day when the turkeys stand fifteen feet away from the corn placed there for them, puff up their feathers, and stand on one leg. Hope your day is much warmer, inside and outside!

Family Cottage Owners May Get Relief

from tax spikes after ownership changes hands

An interesting article about a new law taking effect January 2015

Do we transfer the property to our children before or after January 2015?

Click HERE to read the article from MLive

Part-time Job Offered by Historical Society

FOIA Request Update 11/25/14

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Editor Joe Moore picked up a FOIA packet from the BICS office on Monday. Thank you for complying with the request. Apparently, the request did not get the information that would answer all the twenty-three questions asked. The following is coded to show what information was obtained from the FOIA request, information that doesn't exist, and information that was withheld due to the extensive costs suggested to obtain it. An appeal was sent to Jessica Anderson, President of the Board of Education requesting that the questions be answered and asking that the costs be waived or reduced. While several of the requests have been provided, the questions asked at board meetings from May through October have not been answered.

The following is the one question that has been answered out of the twenty-three asked at public board meetings:

What is science teacher’s certification? The answer is that he has certification for Science in High School, which was a concern by some.

A few other questions can be answered by the fact that there is no policy for some issues related to the questions. A request has been made to Riley Justis, superintendent/principal, via email to sends answers to the questions. BINN hopes to get answers to those questions and post them for any interested persons.

Good Morning

by Cindy Ricksgers

Veterans Agency, United Way Announce Resource Center

Michigan veterans can now connect with any services they need through a single telephone number, the Veterans Affairs Agency and the United Way of Michigan announced Wednesday.

The new collaborative, the first of its kind in the nation, puts veterans' services on the state's 211 information system. The service is also reachable by the 800-MICH-VET number started by the VAA.

"It's exciting to see all these resources come together for veterans," VAA Director Jeff Barnes said. Mr. Barnes said there are so many services available for veterans, "If we don't connect them all together, we actually make it more difficult for veterans to get the services they need."

Bringing Michigan 211 into the collaborative brings another 8,000 organizations into the mix to provide services, Mr. Barnes said.

"This brings us the opportunity to bring together organizations that previously have been siloed in government and community organizations," Scott Dzurka, president of the Michigan Association of United Ways, which funds the 211 system, said. And the collaborative allows Michigan 211 to hire more veterans, Mr. Dzurka said.

Governor Rick Snyder said the program was part of his administration's ongoing effort to improve services to veterans.

"We were lagging behind the rest of the states" in providing services when he took office, Mr. Snyder said. "We're going to continue on this path to say how can we help in every way possible."

Custer's Gold

A New Western

A Review will be written after the book is received and read.

Pub Trivia

by Cindy Ricksgers

2014-15 BICS Basketball Schedule




Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon.  Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm.  Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
12:00 until 4:00

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534
or Donna at 448-2797.



The Beaver Island Friends of Veterans (formerly the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary) will host the Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be held on Saturday, December 13, 11:30---1:00 at the Gregg Fellowship Hall at Beaver Island Christian Church. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, ice cream and beverage will be served to the kids and their parents and/or grandparents at no charge.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to hear the Christmas wish lists and pass out gifts to the kids. Parents please bring your camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.

Also, the Friends of Veterans and the AMVETS of Post #46 will again partner to host a Santa’s Workshop at the Beaver Island Community School on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, to enable the kids to purchase affordably priced gifts for their families and friends. Older students and adults will be available to help the youngsters select and wrap their purchases. Notices will be sent home from school as a reminder of this great event.


From Holy Cross

More Events at the Gregg Fellowship Center

 December 11 Christian Church Annual Cookie Carnival NOON until  4PM.

Lots of good cookies & candies to buy.

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

Note: There will be a $10.00 fee on any returned (bounced) checks written to Charlevoix County Transit


BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

Worship Leaders for Beaver Island Christian Church

December 7:  Baccalaureate for graduates of Lighthouse School, Steve Finch will give the message
December 14:  Pastor Joseph Fox

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission

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!


This Old Cookbook-6

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Chocolate Walnut Slices

1/2 cup soft butter.....................1 and 3/4 cup sifted flour

3/4 cup white sugar.................1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg.............................3/4 cup chopped walnuts

2 squares unsweetened chocolate melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla..........................1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter, then add sugar and egg. Beat light.

Blend in chocolate and vanilla, then add dry ingredients.

Mix well. Add nuts. Shape into 2 rolls of 2 inch diameter.

Chill overnight.

Cut into 1/8 inch slices and bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes

Gretchen Beardslee, 7 years old

Dog Island: The Plane Crash

by Lance Terrill Olson

This book written by Lance Terrill Olson is presented to BINN subscribers through an agreement between BINN editor and the author. This book is about an imaginary plane crash that takes place on an imaginary island, Dog Island. The book is for sale at a few places on the island.

Chapter 5 The Second Rescue Party

After thinking our journey was almost over, Tommy started to relax. But, then he still stumbled and tripped and fell for another half hour. I could tell that Tommy was excited about being near, because he kept kicking my back legs and tripping over me, trying to get there faster. Down at my level, it was still quite dark so I continued following the scent on the trail.

When we finally arrived, there was an outdoor light on a pole and a small light inside the house. But the place was quiet. We couldn't see anyone around. Then, Tommy realized that it must have been around 1 a m. We could hear some "ankle biters" inside the house. They were barking up a storm. Soon, Mrs. O'Rourke came to the door and turned on the porch light. It sounded like the dogs wanted to get out and tear us to shreds. "Hush!" she yelled.

Mrs. O'Rourke was a short, but hardy woman, around 60 years old. Her hair was salt and red-pepper... probably all dark red years ago. It was now a little mussed up from sleeping. She was wearing glasses and a bath robe and looking a little suspicious. She didn't seem afraid.

Tommy must have been quite a sight because Mrs.

O'Rourke just stood there looking at him with her mouth open. His clothes were muddy and torn. And his tennis shoes were squishy when he moved. His face was bleeding and his hair was messed up. It didn't even look like real hair anymore... matted, dirty with a few leaves and a small twig. Then, she looked down at me and I could tell that I looked familiar to her.  She finally got it. "Tommy? Is that you? Are you OK? What are you doing way out here in the middle of the night?
My Lord, son, get in here and talk to me. Max, you mangy, smelly dog, you stay outside!"

After excitedly telling her the story, she got on the phone and dialed 911. She relayed Tommy's story as best as she could remember. "I've got the GPS coordinates," Tommy shouted. Soon, she handed the phone to him and he turned on his GPS. There was just enough battery left to show the numbers. He calmly read them to the operator.

"I'll relay this information to the Dog Island Rescue," she said. "Can you be reached at this number and address?"

"Yes," Tommy stated. "Just tell them I'm at Mrs.

O'Rourke's house." He thought he heard a muffled chuckle on the other end of the line.

Then Mrs. O'Rourke called Tommy's mom and told the story again. "Yes, he's safe and just has a few scratches and a probably a sprained finger. I'm going to clean him up a little and feed the poor boy. He sure looks like he's been through it! We'll see you soon."

It was less than twelve minutes later when the first pickup with a portable, red flashing light arrived. Two more arrived about four minutes later, including Deputy Jackson. Before fifteen minutes had passed there were seven or eight vehicles outside, including the EMS Unit, two fire trucks and an ambulance.

Tommy told his story over and over while Anthony Golfer took care of his scratches and put a splint on his sprained finger. Anthony was the only full time Paramedic on the island and, in general, supervised the EMTs during an emergency. He was a big man. About two inches over six feet. He had blond hair (well maybe a little grey) with blue eyes and he always seemed to have a contented look on his face. Next to Tommy, he looked like a giant... a gentle giant. He was presently nursing his own sprained ankle, so he wouldn't be going out to the crash site with the others. His portable would give him all the communication capability he needed.

Mrs. O'Rourke had put the dogs in another room and they were relatively quiet after a while... at least until someone slammed the front door again.

I remember that Deputy Jackson looked very surprised to see Tommy and me. After hearing the story, he tried calling Tommy's mom to tell her he was safe, but there was no answer. Mrs. O'Rourke said she had already called, but he told her that he was just doing his job.

Then the Deputy got on his portable and called the first eight Responders. "We found Tommy here at Mrs. O'Rourke's. You can return to the Old East Side Road staging area and then go on home, unless you want to continue walking over to Doby's Trail and head north to meet up with us. Someone can get you back to your vehicles from here.  I think we have enough men and women to handle this for now, but it's up to you. Thanks for your help." Then he called the
911 Operator and told her that Tommy had been located and all was well with him. Funny, but he didn't even mention me or how I was doing....

One responder, outside, said, "Should we call Rich Angel and see if he can fly over and look for the campfire? He really helped us out in past searches." Another said, "In this dark, he probably wouldn't be able to leave the ground safely even though he has an instrument rating. It's hard to determine your elevation, visually, in this kind of dark. We already have the GPS coordinates anyway." A third responder said, " I heard that the mainland airport is socked in with fog until morning. We might have some fog here too, off shore, to complicate things!"

When the Deputy came out of the house several of the responders were standing in the yard. "By the way, when was the last time you replaced the batteries in your instruments?
Especially your GPS and flashlights?" he asked and kept on walking. He didn't wait for an answer.

About five minutes later, Tommy's mom and dad arrived and ran into the O'Rourke house. By then, Tommy was sound asleep, head down, on the dining room table. A half empty glass of milk was next to his head and sandwich crumbs and a half-eaten cookie was in a plate nearby.

Tommy's dad went outside and started talking with the rescue people, hearing about all the events that Tommy had described. He sure was proud!
Inside the house, Mrs. O'Rourke had put an old quilt on the couch and Tommy's mom was holding his head in her lap while he lay there. His clothes were still a little muddy, but his face and arms were washed clean. His right index finger sported a splint.  And he had the cutest socks on his feet.
They were black with colorful little cats all over them... obviously they were given to him by Mrs. O'Rourke in exchange for his wet muddy socks. He was now sleeping as deeply as the darkness that encased the Island.

His mom realized how fast he was growing. He wasn't a baby anymore. He was almost as tall as she was now.  So relieved that he was OK, she couldn't keep from crying. It was then that she noticed an edge of the baggie in his pocket. She pulled it out, gently, and saw a crumpled cigar and some matches. She immediately thought of her father and how he and Tommy got along. She put the baggie back into his pocket and decided not to say a word.

By now, Deputy Jackson was implementing his plan.
There were already 4 people heading to the site... some of the ones looking for Tommy and me. They were probably there or almost there by now. At least seven other rescuers would go to the crash site after they reached a secondary staging area on the two track nearest the coordinates he had. The main crew consisted of the Deputy, the Fire Chief, two EMT's and 3 volunteers. The rest of the volunteers wanted to go along too. In spite of the fact that it was the middle of the night, enthusiasm was high.

Chief Macks told them that some would have to stay behind to be available to respond to any fires or new emergencies that might occur while he was at the crash site in the middle of the Island. He could coordinate any new activity from there if the need be.

Doby's Trail, for the most part, was very rugged to the south of Mrs. O'Rourke's. It had deep ruts, filled with water and was very narrow in spots. Two four-wheel drive pickups would be needed to take people and rescue items closer to the spot and then they would deploy from there. This would save them a couple of hours, at least.

It was decided that their new, inflatable rescue sled was to be blown up and pulled along behind them. They felt it could probably be used to get the victims back to the trail. And then they would be taken to the staging area where the ambulances were located. The sled was perfect for sliding over the Juniper bushes, going over downed trees, and even floating across any water that would be encountered. Other items included two backboards, neck braces and yellow plastic tape that would be by used to cordon off the crash site.

The tape was a requirement by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) when there was a crash... to keep the site from being disturbed by any responders or trampled by onlookers. The site would be visited by many officials and other people before it was all over.

When the new team arrived, three responders were already there and the flashlight from the fourth could be seen in the distance.  The EMTs had called Anthony and discussed what medical issues were found. They had already started taking care of the girl and her mother. The pilot was already 'black tagged' (officially dead.) In the process of triage, tags were used to indicate the order of required medical attention... in this case, the pilot was the one who may have needed immediate attention. Although the pilot was obviously dead, Anthony Golfer had to call and receive permission not to attempt any resuscitation by the EMTs after describing his condition. No heart beat, no breathing, apparent massive internal injuries.

The mother was now awake and responding to questions from the EMTs. The swelling in her arm had gone down considerably since she had been laying down flat. She wasn't hanging in her seat anymore. She could feel her legs and there didn't seem to be any other problems.

The little girl only needed minor care and seemed really happy to see all the people there, concentrating on her and her mother's needs. She wondered where all these people came from and why Tommy wasn't with them. She, eventually, asked one of the responders if he would return Tommy's canteen to him....

Upon arrival, Deputy Jackson immediately started taking pictures of the crash site, for possible "evidence" as well as for his report. Normally, he would get help from the Sherriff's Department on the mainland. They had investigators that would fly over and do the bulk of the work. However, Brent was told that the fog was too thick to fly for now and they would be over later, when it cleared. So this was all his show....

He told some volunteers where to hang the yellow tape. All the responders knew that they needed to be careful not to disturb anything inside the taped area.

The mother and her daughter were taken to the secondary staging area in the sled. This was no easy task for the volunteers who all took turns pulling the sled through a mile of rough terrain in relative darkness. Especially with all the nuisances like insects, slippery dew, and fallen trees.

It was decided that at least three of the volunteers needed to stay at the crash site and wait for the FAA Investigators to arrive in a few hours. But, several other volunteers decided to stay until daylight. The Deputy gave them orders that no one was to be allowed inside the tape line... No One! They noticed that the Deputy was having a long conversation with mainland law enforcement, on his portable.

The pilot was not moved after he was pronounced dead in his seat at the crash site. The NTSB also required that fatalities not be removed until the FAA Investigators did their jobs. Then, they would release the body. After their investigation was completed, his body would be put into a black bag and, eventually, flown to a site on the mainland.

It turned out to be a long night for the responders. They were all exhausted and nearly eaten alive before it was over. But, they were happy. It would be hard to describe the feelings they had after being a part of this rescue, and were reminded of why they volunteered.

The girl and her mom were brought back to the main staging area and treated in the ambulances. By then, the first morning light was easing the shear darkness. They were taken to the airport for transport to a mainland hospital. Within an hour, the fog had cleared enough for Rich to fly them over.

There would be much activity at the crash site for several days....

USCG Airstation Helicopter Evacuates Patient from Beaver Island

(November 23, 2014)

On Beaver Island, transfer of patient at Beaver Island Airport (SJX)

While most of you were eating dinner, BIEMS and BIRHC were busy caring for a patient and arranging for emergency transport. With arrangements made by BIEMS crew members, the "Air Station Traverse City duty helicopter aircrew completed a MEDical EVACuation or MEDEVAC of an 80-year old stroke victim from Beaver Island, MI. This crew did an awesome job dodging fog, heavy rain and very low visibility to get the patient to higher level care. Well done." Northflight Ambulance took the patient to Munson Medical Center.

Pictures at Traverse City Air Station of unloading the patient to Northflight ambulance stretcher.

(Thanks to Danielle Dedloff for two pictures on Beaver Island.)

(Pictures in Traverse City and quote, courtesy of the USCG Air Station facebook)

Martha Guth CD Release

Martha Guth, opera singer and vocalist extraordinare, who has performed multiple times during Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival, now has a brand new CD for sale. The name of the CD is Schubert’s Women in Music.

Schubert’s unforgettable characterizations of women: Gretchen, Suleika, Mignon, Ellen and Delphine are the subject of this CD, devoted to exploring Schubert’s homage to das ewig Weibliche, Goethe’s expression for the eternally feminine. Soprano Marta Guth and fortepianist Penelope Crawford present these unique portraits with insight and sympathy, enhanced by the use of a magnificent original fortepiano by the great Viennese maker, Conrad Graf.

Email from Martha Guth

Dear friends, colleagues and neighbors!

I hope this email finds you all well---and for those of you fellow Americans---deeply rested after a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

I am sending this big email around to you all because I am beyond thrilled to announce that my first solo CD is available! It is a disc of Schubert songs with Penelope Crawford on Fortepiano, playing an original Viennese Graf Fortepiano. This instrument is extremely rare, and for those of you who don't know about it, it was the precursor to the piano, and is able to make some really beautiful colors. It is a very different experience working with this kind of instrument, especially with Penny who knows and loves it so well! The songs are a group of some best loved and lesser known gems of Schubert's enormous song output, and all were tied together in a magnificent essay written by the very distinguished musicologist Dr. Susan Youens. Musica Omnia is a very special label out of Boston, and they have been really wonderful collaborators in producing the disc.

Suffice it to say that I am really proud of the way this project turned out, and I hope that you will consider following the link to the Musica Omnia Website. Right now it is available in hard copy, which when I really want something, for me, is still is the best option (and it is a beautiful booklet and package). But if you are interested in digital format, that will be out and distributed through Naxos in February.

p.s. We already have a second disc in the planning stages!

Here is the link:


All my good wishes are with you all and your loved ones during the coming holiday season,


You can read more about the release HERE

You can order one HERE

Audrey Beilman Address

Audrey is in the hospital down in Traverse City.

She was moved from ICU today.. Keep those prayers and Cards coming.. They are working!
Audrey Beilman
Munson Medical Center
Room 2348
1105 6th St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Agents Investigate Elaborate Great Lakes Fish Trafficking Operation

Interesting article

While the article is interesting, there is no way of determing its consequences.

Response to FOIA Request

by Joe Moore

I am going to publicly ask that these twenty-three questions be answered publicly either in a public meeting or by publishing the answers in a newspaper or on a news website.
Just to summarize the situation so far, I watched the video of the school board meetings from May through October 2014.  There were a total of twenty-three questions asked in the public meetings of the BICS Board of Education during that period of time.  None of these twenty-three questions had been answered in the following months. In November one question was answered—one of twenty-three.
In an attempt to get answers to the questions, I submitted all of the questions to the president of the school board.  I did not receive any indication that the letter was received, nor any response to the questions being asked. 
So, ten days later I submitted a FOIA request which included the questions.  I did get a response from the president of the board and the superintendent.
At the November 2014 rescheduled school board meeting, one question was answered. 
I received an email requesting that I meet with Riley Justis, superintendent, and I responded that I would not meet with him until I received something from him regards the FOIA request.
Here is Riley Justis’ response to my FOIA request.

Apparently, in order to get answers to these twenty-three questions, I have to be prepared to pay over $3500.00, or over $150.00 per question asked.

Okay, I can't help myself. I have to comment. It takes 4000 pages of documents and 67 hours of work to answer the 23 questions. That's just less than twenty pages for each question, three hours of work for each questions, and $150 for each question. Does this seem logical to you? Considering that many policies don't exist, how can decisions be made about situations when there is no policy? Six of seven board members have resigned in the last two years. Why? The first ever grievance was filed by the Beaver Island Education Association. Why? Questions asked publicly will not be answered publicly. Why? Just answer the questions!

From Island Treasures Resale Shop

We are happy to announce that the Fire Deparment Auxiliary has approved the purchases of a battery powered cot for the EMS and a new thermal imager and automatic hose roller for the Beaver Island Fire Department. These purchases will benefit the safety and well-being of the people of Beaver Island, and ease the workload of our incredible volunteers in EMS and Fire Department.

Island Treasures Resale Shop, with its dedicated volunteers, loyal donors, and enthusiastic shoppers, was able to finance the purchases totaling over $20,000! Our year round volunteer operation meets the needs of our community by recycling usable goods and charging fair prices. The list of Resale Shop volunteers totals almost 30 hard working people. They are on duty all year and are eager to help.

Volunteers helping volunteers. It doesn't get any better than that!

Watch for the Black Friday Sale at Island Treasures Resale Shop!

Crooked Tree Strings Program to Begin

Students who have at least 1 year experience will be Intermediates. Those students who have 2 or more years of experience can join the Youth Orchestra program starting with the Concert Orchestra. The Winter Concert will be on February 1, 2014, for Youth Orchestra and Spring Concert on May 17, 2014, for all string players. Sheri Richards will be teaching these classes.

Weekly classes will be held at Beaver Island Community School starting Monday, November 24, 2014, no class on November 26 (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Mondays & Wednesdays
3:30-4:20 Beginning
4:20-5:00 Intermediate
5:00-6:00 Concert Orchestra

Cards for the strings program provided by Crooked Tree can be handed into the school office.

For more information contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center, 231-347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org.<http://www.crookedtree.org./> or Sheri Richards at richaada@gmail.com<mailto:richaada@gmail.com>



The Beaver Island Friends of Veterans (formerly the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary) will host the Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be held on Saturday, December 13, 11:30---1:00 at the Gregg Fellowship Hall at Beaver Island Christian Church. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, ice cream and beverage will be served to the kids and their parents and/or grandparents at no charge.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to hear the Christmas wish lists and pass out gifts to the kids. Parents please bring your cam

Some pictures of the teams at Pub Quiz in the Stoney Acre Grill dining area.

Linda Wearn and Carol Gillespie

era to take a picture of your child with Santa.

Also, the Friends of Veterans and the AMVETS of Post #46 will again partner to host a Santa’s Workshop at the Beaver Island Community School on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, to enable the kids to purchase affordably priced gifts for their families and friends. Older students and adults will be available to help the youngsters select and wrap their purchases. Notices will be sent home from school as a reminder of this great event.


Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.


The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is seeking interested applicants for future openings on its Board of Directors. Board position(s) will be filled at a future date. Board terms are for three years and directors are not compensated. The BIRHC meets every third month on a Saturday. Directors are expected to attend most of the meetings, either in person or by speakerphone.
Candidates should be team players who will champion the cause of the Health Center and be willing to contribute their time and talents to board activities, including fundraising. Full or part-time residents are encouraged to apply by letter to the BIRHC Selection Committee, PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
For more information, applicants may contact Donna Kubic, Managing Director. Candidates should send or drop off a letter which states their interest and tells a little about them by the deadline of December 13, 2014.

From the Transfer Station

Recycling Information--No Cloth in off-season

Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporter

Click HERE to go to Karen's Website or click the card above.

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv