B. I. News on the 'Net, December 23-29, 2013

Grand Rapids Beaver Island Party Announced

Christmas Eve Pictures of Decorations

Another attempt at nightime pictures of Christmas decorations on Beaver Island

Merry Christmas From News on the 'Net

Merry, Merry

by Cindy Ricksgers

This season, this year, is a quiet time for me.

Work is at a slower pace, with many folks away for Christmas.

My children are grown, so the frenzy to have all decorations in place, all traditions in play and “enough” under the tree is no longer a part of Christmas.

There was a time when we added, each year, to our collection of mismatched, hand-made ornaments, balanced with an ever growing collection of tiny baskets, tied onto the branches with red ribbons. Each basket held a small gift, or a bit of Christmas candy. Santa Claus figurines in ever-growing numbers were displayed in front of the books on their shelves. The nativity set was given a place of honor on the old army trunk, which was draped with the Christmas-colored granny-square afghan. A trio of musical angels sat on the kitchen counter; rings of brass bells strung on bright yarn were hung from each door knob; Christmas cards were hung for display.

There was a time when I felt it was absolutely necessary to have a big pot of chicken and stars soup simmering on the stove on the evening we decorated the Christmas tree. The “stars” were cut with a small cookie cutter from pasta dough. A glazed ham had to be prepared on Christmas Eve, just as my mother always had, with left-overs put out in case Santa Claus wanted a sandwich to sustain him on his long night, and ham slices to accompany sweet bread on Christmas morning. The bread was a complicated, scalded milk, butter and sugar recipe with multiple risings. I shaped one half of the dough into a Christmas tree shape. The other half, I rolled out and cut out with my doughnut cutter…and one star. I shingled the base with overlapping rings of dough, then filled each center with preserves. Apple, blackberry and cherry, for the colors they presented. The little circles – doughnut holes – were each dipped in beaten egg white, then course sugar, and arranged on the tree. The star was placed on top. The entire thing was given an egg wash, covered and place in the refrigerator overnight, taken out to rise and bake on Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve, in addition to all the food preparation, was putting finishing touches on home-made presents and last minute gift wrapping.

I loved it all, every crazy-making moment of it, and sometimes I madly miss those days.

Often, though, I find I relish the calmer, more peaceful holidays that punctuate my life today.

I brought gifts down to one daughter and grandson when I went away two weeks ago.

I was late with making decisions, shopping, wrapping, packaging and sending for my other daughter’s growing family…at this point, no matter what, their gifts will arrive late and I am amazingly calm about that, too.

Thinking I still had a stack left over from last year, I didn’t get Christmas cards purchased this year, so that’s another chore that has been set aside. I think I’ll write January letters instead.

I made cookies for a holiday fund-raiser, and doughnuts to bring to work. I’ll make something to contribute to tomorrow’s Christmas dinner, and that’s it for my holiday baking.

This year, I won’t travel for Christmas, except – in the evening – the four miles to Aunt Katie’s house, to have chicken dinner with her.

I’ll take the dogs out in the snow. Last year, they wore red bows for their Christmas walk, which made me smile all the way down the road.

There is time for reflection, for planning, for setting good intentions.

This is a good Christmas.

Whatever shape your holiday takes this year, I hope yours is good, too.

Merry Christmas!

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Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

The Beaver Island Airport Commission met this morning, November 2, 2013, at the St. James Township Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Some of the items on the agenda included the scheduling of meetings for 2014, adjustments to the 2013 budget, terminal building update, and the Airport Manager's Report.

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE.

Lyn Jenks Presentation on Affordable Care Act

Video of this entire presentation is HERE

Link to the Charlevoix Hospital Video Presentation HERE


Peaine Township Board Meeting at 7 p.m. 12/11/13

Meeting video available HERE

St. James Meeting on December 4, 2013

Video of the meeting HERE

Special St. James meeting on November 11, 2013

Video of this meeting available HERE

November 11, 2013 Special Waste Management Meeting

Video of the portion of the meeting available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, November 6, 2013

You can view the video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Peaine Township Meeting 11/13/13, at 7 pm

Video is available HERE

St. James Township Special Meeting, 11/19/13

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed 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!

Christmas Masses Set

The Holy Cross Catholic Church will be having two masses, one on Christmas Eve at 6:45 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9:00 a.m.

B I Christian Church Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m.

Deer Walking Down Carlisle Road

Where are we going mom? The Pub? Forestview? The Medical Center? or Moore's Wildlife Restaurant?

Barb Lucas Interviews 15-year-old Interested in Birding

In an online production of Green Room, Barb Lucas interviews a fifteen year old teenager interested in Birding, the newest, fastest growing outdoor sport. This young lady is very knowledgeable, and provides wonderful insight into this idea. The Beaver Island Birding Trail is in the works here, so it is very appropriate to show how young people are getting out into nature.

Link to Video HERE

The following is a repeat of the news release about the Beaver Island Birding Trail program:

Beaver Island Birding Trail Takes Wing

According to a survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 45 million Americans watched birds at their homes or on trips in 2011. Expenditures from those activities generated 92 billion dollars and created nearly 780,000 jobs. With a rich array of migrating, nesting and resident birds, Beaver Island is in a great position to serve as a prime birding site, a win for birders and for the region’s economy. Currently, plans are going forward to create a virtual (web-based) birding trail around the island, patterned after the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail, which follows M-22. Thirty-three quality locations with excellent public access have been identified around the Island.

Kay Charter, Executive Director of Saving Birds Thru Habitat has worked for the past several years with the Beaver Island Community School. She has now joined forces with Beaver Island residents and state organizations to develop the Beaver Island Birding Trail, and its associated website. The planning group expects to launch the website after the first of the year. Beaver Island Community Center will serve as the trailhead and provide access to trail information throughout the week. A map marking birding sites is being designed.

Interpretive signage at sites will serve to enhance birding experiences and provide insight into habitat and management activities. There will also be an eBird component, which will allow birders to document and share their sightings. eBird is an interactive website maintained by Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology and will be made available through a partnership with Michigan Audubon and Cornell University. In addition, first time birding surveys and trends in woodcock, grouse, waterfowl, and other bird populations will be possible through this technology.

The group plans to dedicate this virtual trail with state, regional and national speakers on May 24th and 25th, 2014. There will also be field trips with expert birders during that celebratory weekend. Frequently Asked Questions will be addressed using the Forum site until the birding website goes online this winter.
For more information, please contact any board member of the Beaver Island Association.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

2013 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report Released

For More Information:
Brian Sweeney, 517-284-5047, sweeneyb2@michigan.gov

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced the release of the 2013 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report. This statutorily required annual report is prepared each year by the Office of the Great Lakes and highlights state priorities and programmatic accomplishments addressing Great Lakes protection, restoration and economic development.

The report brings together authors from state agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to analyze the top issues affecting Michigan’s Great Lakes and coastal areas. Topics include Great Lakes water levels, aquatic invasive species, restoration work, harbor dredging successes, and economic development and revitalization.

The report is available online at: www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/State_of_the_Great_Lakes_2013_opt_442885_7.pdf

Northern Lights League Soccer and Volleyball

All League Team and Player of the Year

All League Soccer Team

All League Volleyball

Players of the Year for Soccer and Volleyball

Winter Photos

How did those ice rings get there?

The sun was just trying to peek through the clouds and presented just a little bit of color in both these pictures.

Township Airport Terminal Progress

The building looks closed in.

View from the East, view as you enter the airport property

View from the South, view as you enter the terminal from the runway tarmack

View from the West

View from the North, view as you would enter terminal from the parking area

Waste Management Committee Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Two Amazing Photos

This picture of the Wendy Anne out breaking ice was taken by Yvonne Crandall. The composition of this picture is intriguing.

This picture of the Wendy Anne with the Shamrock and fuel barge as well as the town Christmas tree is excellentt. Thanks to Travis Williams for this picture.

Weekly Fishing Tip:

Relax while ice fishing by using tip-ups
Tip-ups are a perfect technique to use for the entire ice fishing season in Michigan. This method allows anglers to sit back and relax, yet still experience the thrill of the catch!

Tip-ups, ice fishing equipment

Early in the season stick by shallow structures where species like northern pike and walleye will congregate. Try a variety of depths to figure out where they’re targeting exactly. However, if you are walleye fishing, the minnow should be hung 12 to 15 inches off the bottom. For pike the minnow should be hung three to seven feet off the bottom or just above the top of any vertical aquatic plants. The minnows should be hung in these positions for walleye and pike regardless of the over water depth.

Tip-ups become even more productive later in the season as less-aggressive fish are drawn to your presentation.

For more information on fishing during Michigan’s winter, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

This tip is adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.



Panning for Gold

Program presented by Doug Tilly

January 11, 2013 from 1-5 p.m.

B I Christian Church Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m.

Live Nativity Scheduled


The Live Nativity is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 6pm. It will be held on the lawn in between the blue apartments and the Anderson's Marina. Free refreshments and cookies.

Christmas Masses Set

The Holy Cross Catholic Church will be having two masses, one on Christmas Eve at 6:45 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9:00 a.m.

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

Planning for next summer's events can sometimes be tricky if you don't have any dates so we are announcing the date of our annual Garden Tour Benefit now. It will be on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Dana D"Andraia and Jan Paul are putting together a wonderful fun­filled day for you and your guests. Our vans and lunch seating gets filled up quickly so please mark you calendars and be ready to buy tickets in advance of that date. We will have more information for you next spring so keep reading the " news" and watch for flyers in June. Have a wonderful winter and we'll see you next summer! Leonor, Connie and the Wellness Gardeners.

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am

Ministers Schedule


24:  Christmas Eve service
29:  Pastor Harold Kruse



Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp on first and third Wednesday!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

February 18, 2014
April 15, 2014
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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!

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Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. 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.


From Stoney Acres

DEC. 20th -24th
at Stoney
Pssst…Make your New Years Eve Reservations soon!

The 12 Days of Specials Before Christmas @ Stoney & the PUB




Day 10/Mon-Dec 16th $1 OFF APPETIZERS/& HAPPY HOUR 2-6

Day 9/Tues-Dec 17th $2 DOMESTIC BEER ALL DAY/& HAPPY HOUR 2-6

Day 8/Wed-Dec 18th $1 OFF WINE by the GL/$3 OFF HOUSE BTL/$5 OFF LIST

Day 7/Thurs-Dec 19th EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR TILL 8pm

Day 6/Fri-Dec 20th INFUSIONS $3 or 2/$5 & HAPPY HOUR 2-6

Day 5/Sat-Dec 21st BEER & A SHOT $5 (Domestic & Well)/& HH 2-6


Day 3/Mon-Dec 23rd $1 OFF APPETIZERS/HAPPY HOUR 2-6



Our Thanks & Appreciation, from All of Us at Stoney!

Please Join Us New Year’s Eve for Our Surf & Turf Buffet 5-9

Followed by a Night of Fun Festivities & Live Music


Stoney Acre Grill

New Year’s Eve Dinner 2013

Sumptuous Gourmet Buffet

Snow Crab

Grilled To Order Steaks

Shrimp Chowder

Delicious Sides

Fresh Salads

Kiddie Food

House Made Desserts

32-Adults/15-12 & under

Reservations Recommended

Please Call   448-2560

Our Best to you in the New Year!

Music starts at 9pm

Mary E. Antrim Passed Away

Mary E. Antrim, 77, of Grand Rapids, passed away Tuesday, December 17 at Emerald Meadows. A Funeral Mass will be 12 noon, Friday, December 20, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, where visitation will begin at 11 am. Burial will be in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island. Mary is survived by her husband of forty-seven years, Ronald E. Antrim; her children, Rose Antrim, Monty Wunkel, Dan Wunkel all of Grand Rapids, Cathe Wunkel of Loveland Co.; many grand children; brother, Robert (Nancy) Bonner of Lake Leelenau. Mary's son, Patrick, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Please sign Mary's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

Bill Cashman Benefit Dinner

Lasagna varieties on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Shamrock from 5-8 p.m.

The fundraiser for Bill Cashman was quite busy as the Shamrock served Lasagna and Vegetarian Lasagna with breadsticks and salad. Here are a few pictures of some of the attendees.

These were just the people that were at the Shamrock while the editor was present. Thank you to all of you that attended!

Thank you to Dana and Eric for another terrific fundraiser! Over $6000 raised per Joanne Cashman!


Docked for the Winter

Wendy Anne at dock..........Shamrock and barge at dock

Winter Photos

How did those ice rings get there?

The sun was just trying to peek through the clouds and presented just a little bit of color in both these pictures.

Deer Walking Down Carlisle Road

Where are we going mom? The Pub? Forestview? The Medical Center? or Moore's Wildlife Restaurant?

Wendy Anne Breaks Ice for Emerald Isle's Last Trip



Many Thanks to Greg Doig for sharing these videos with News on the 'Net

 Breaking out


Mainland out there somewhere through the steam

Arriving in Charlevoix


The news from the Beaver Island Boat Company is that this boat that left today, Monday, December 16, 2013, is the last boat of the 2013 season, making this work by the Wendy Anne very important to get the last boat out from the Island. And in a facebook message at 10:55 a.m., the Emerald Isle arrived safe in Charlevoix and is docked. Thanks again, Greg Doig for these videos.

Emerald Isle Return on Last Trip of the Season 2013

From the BIBCO: "Due to weather and ice conditions we are unable to run our Dec 18 and 20 departures "

After the announcement that this would be the last trip of the season for the Emerald Isle, BINN wanted to at the point to check out the ice conditions, and to watch the Emerald Isle come into the harbor. Bud Marftin was walking out on the ice with a chain saw to check to see how deep the ice was. "There's six inches of ice out by the buoy," Bud stated. Luckily, the Wendy Anne had broken the ice up last night for Bud Martin to come in for his last trip of the season with the Shamrock and the fuel barge. This morning, Monday, December 16, 2013, the Wendy Anne also broke ice for the Emerald Isle to head out to Charlevoix. Bud also said, "They (the Emerald Isle) went out and around to take the same track that the Wendy Anne cleared for me last night."

The sound of the ice and hull of the Emerald Isle was very obvious as the ferry entered the harbor and was present the whole time it made the trip into the harbor and near its berth at the dock. It was not nearly as loud as BINN took the pictures traveling around the harbor and to the BIBCO dock.

What seems very routine during the summer becomes a little more serious and requires a lot more concentration when you are pushing ice and backing into a slip.

Backing pushing ice

The stern opens for unloading and the unloading begins.

Welcome Home, Emerald Isle!

Video of the last entry into Paradise Bay for the 2013 Season


Lunch With Santa

Sponsored by the AMVETS Post #46

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., this year's Lunch with Santa brought most of the youngsters out to sit on Santa's and/or Mrs. Santa's lap and get their picture taken. This is a highlight of the year for some of the younger kids on the Island. A hot dog and chip lunch with lemonade sounds like a great lunch, and Santa coming after lunch, you bet it's a good day!

Some of the workers who put this lunch on.

The lunch items

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at noon.

Almost immediately, this little guy ran right up to Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus move to the chairs that were set up for this purpose.

Let the Santa and Mrs. Claus Pictures Begin

Video of the Lunch for Santa


Larry Forth Passes Away

CALUMET - Larry Forth, 67, a resident of Calumet passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. He was born on April 4, 1946, in Detroit, a son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Schwartz) Forth. Larry graduated from Northville High School in 1965, later attending Austin College, Michigan State University, and the University of Toledo with a Master's degree. He was employed as a professor at Austin College, Huston Tillotson College, and the University of Houston in Texas, retiring in 1995.

Larry loved his trees, was an avid gardener, and was always working in his yard. He was married to John Bowie on May 24, 2010, in Canada. Surviving are his spouse, John; sister, Carolyn; brothers, Artie and Jeff.

At Larry's request private family services will be held. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com.


Larry, My Friend

by Cindy Ricksgers

I heard the sad news this morning that my friend, Larry, has passed away.

There, that’s it.

I was going to tell this story another way.

I’m taking a little course in creative writing. I’ve also been reading about the craft of telling a story well. I’ve been learning about talking around the thing you want to say, until there’s nothing else to do but say it. Anticipation, suggestion, forewarning, premonition.

I was going to start by explaining how the owner of the hardware store where I work is also a veterinarian, and that his clinic is in the back, and about how I first met Larry and his partner, John, when they came in with questions and concerns about their two old dogs.

We became better acquainted over pipe and wood stains and plumbing fixtures as they struggled to get their little house in shape.

They came to the opening reception when I had an art show here.

We met for lunch a few times.

Our friendship deepened.

I’d grumble to them about my problems while helping them pick out a paint shade or compare the qualities of different snow shovels.

They’d talk to me – separately and together – about changes and issues in their own lives.

They sold one house, and bought another. They moved a piano. John made drapes.

One year, Larry taught a class on making Christmas ornaments from long strips of colorful papers; my daughter attended with me. What a hoot, watching Jen and Larry tease and cajole and laugh together as she tried her very best to grasp his technique!

Larry played Santa at Christmastime for our charitable animal fund: “For a donation to the Animal Fund, have your pet’s picture taken with Santa!” He was a big hit! He even had his own Santa suit! I’ve never seen anyone so capable of handling animals of all types and sizes, while keeping hat, belly and beard on straight!

Larry came in one day alone, to tell me that John had been diagnosed with cancer. We just hugged each other tight with that sad news.

One day after I had quit working there, Larry called the hardware store regarding an urgent problem concerning his dog, Samantha. To Larry, all problems with his pets were urgent. He doted, fussed and worried over his animals like an over-protective mother.

The young girl that answered the telephone was new to the business. When Larry said, “I need to talk to the doctor!”, she replied, “Sir, this is a hardware store! There is no doctor here!”

Larry and John came to the little downtown gallery where I was working that day.

“This is crazy,” Larry shouted, after relating the telephone conversation. “What are you thinking? You have to go back! You are needed there!”

And then he broke down.

And we sat there, side by side, and I held both of his hands in mine as he told me about Samantha, and her nervous stomach, and the diet they tried first, then second, and the meals they were now making for her themselves, with organic brown rice and yams and chicken. He told me about her arthritic joints and how he could sympathize because of his own aches and pains. He told me about the puppy they took in, to replace the old dog they’d lost, and how it terrorized the entire household, especially Samantha, until they regretfully had to find it another home. He told me about their house-guests, who understood nothing, and stood in judgment of his doting and worrisome nature…

Every single painting could have been carried out of the gallery, and I would not have been able to turn away from Larry that day, he was so distraught and sad and in need of a listening ear.

Every now and then I caught a glimpse of John rolling his eyes.

Mostly, having missed Larry and his sweet disposition as much as he’d missed me, I was content to just hold his hands and let him talk.

I was going to tell all of this first, so that the message of Larry’s death would be a shock to you, as it was to me.

Having gotten to know him a little, you might feel the loss, too.

I just couldn’t get my heart into it.

It seemed manipulative, for one.

Two, there’s really no dressing this up.

Sometimes, a sad story is simply that.

And the loss of a dear friend is always a sad story.

View Cindy's Blog

Live Stream Success

In the first eleven days of this month of December, a total of 166 unique IP addresses have viewed a live stream event broadcast on beaveriland.tv. There is no way to know how many people at an individual unique IP address were viewing the live stream. If there were two people viewing on the same computer or two viewing from the same IP address on two different computers, there would have been from one hundred sixty-six and three hundred viewers that would have been able to view events on Beaver Island, who were not otherwise able to attend the events in person.

For basketball games, the home games played with Hannahville, 82 unique IP addresses viewed the live streams on Friday and Saturday. Again, if this included two at each unique IP address, that meant that between eighty-two and 164 people were able to view the games that were unable to physically attend the event.

For the Christmas Cantata, 42 unique IP addresses viewed the Cantata on Saturday, and 54 unique IP addresses viewed it on Sunday. This could mean that almost two hundred additional viewers were able to view the Cantata by live stream that could not attend the event.

As of 12/19/13 at 7 p.m., and additional 52 unique IP addresses have viewed the video of the Saturday Cantata by going to http://beaverilsandnews.com and clicking on the link at the bottom right of the page. This link will remain there throughout the holiday season.

This month has been quite busy with live stream events, and the month is not over. If you are interested in helping to sponsor the live streaming project, BINN would be glad to hear from you. Your Beaver Island business could get some additional exposure to places and people from Michigan to Bermuda, from Maine to California, and around the world.

From Stoney Acres

NEW YEAR'S EVE @ Stoney: Tues. Dec. 31st
SURF & TURF BUFFET...All You Can Eat! 5-9pm
Crablegs/Steak cooked to order...with all the trimmings!
Lots of Yumminess...More info soon! (Reservations recommended)
Island Hall Party MUSIC starts at 9pm
HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY...Complimentary MUNCHIE Buffet!
*Bring in the New Year with Family & Friends at Stoney & the PUB!

Wendy Anne Comes Back With Last Barge Trip

Thanks to a phone call from Sally Fogg, BINN Editor Joe Moore got out to the point to take some pictures of the tug and barge coming into the harbor on its last trip of the season. The barge was loaded as you can see. It started around 5:15 pm on Friday, December 13, 2013, and ended, as you can see, after dark around 6:45 p.m.

The Wendy Anne outside the harbor by the bell buoy location

A little distraction from the reason for being at Whiskey Point

Maneuvering the Wendy Anne to push the barge into the harbor.


Entering the harbor

Approaching the dock

Made it to the dock.. Welcome home, Wendy Anne!



Bud Martin Leaving on the Last Trip for Fuel

Bob Tidmore caught this picture of Bud Martin heading out for possibly the last trip of the season for fuel. As the USCG Alder was working yesterday, Bud said, "I'd like to make one more trip before the end of the season." Here he is heading out.

Frank Solle got a few more pictures to show the work necessary to get the Shamrock and the fuel barge out into the big lake. Thanks, Frank, for your photos.

Busting out from the dock

Coming back in to break up the ice

Not quite the Coast Guard, but getting the job done

Clearing a path for the barge

Getting things in order before heading out

Coming across the harbor

Near the yacht dock

Leaving Paradise Bay along with the Emerald Isle


Hannahville Versus Beaver Island Basketball

from December 6 and 7, 2013

Video may be viewed HERE

Santa’s Package

Driving home tonight from a meeting up north, I saw some kids sledding on a hill just before dark. It made me think about how much I loved to sled and as a kid and build huge snow forts. My thoughts drifted to Christmas and how my mom enjoyed the slower pace and tranquility that a winter on the Island had to offer. All the fishing was done, fishing nets put away, the freezer stocked with food, and canning finished. Mom put wood in the stove and stood next to the heat, looking out at the harbor. She would talk, smile, relax, and then pull out a puzzle or some playing cards. It was her time to slow down and recharge.

For many years, she received a gift from “Santa” at her door. “Santa” arrived on Christmas during the night, leaving a small gift and a note. Every Christmas morning when she woke, she would go look for it, and I still recall her joy and amazement in opening the door to see that someone had thought of her again. Year after year, she treasured those gifts and that small simple act of kindness; the mysterious gift made her feel special and loved, even from afar.

The next day she would go back to baking bread, cooking, putting wood in the stove-- but she would work on her puzzle and go about her day feeling a bit more appreciated, and smiling as she wondered who “Santa” could be. It made her feel more special than she already was.

This year, I hope to pass that kindness along, and try to be someone who creates in others the same feeling that “Santa” created in my mom. I think it be great if we all left one small gift of kindness on a door to help someone feel special? I am thankful to have witnessed that and will to give it a try. It helped my mom feel unique. So, this year, maybe you can drop a small gift or note for someone who is “special” in your eyes…as my mom was to “Santa”. The act of giving, especially in pure kindness or altruism, can award us with the same amount of exhilaration as the kids I saw sledding, blissfully, joyfully, down a snowy winter hill tonight. Maybe “Santa” is really in all of us...

by Paul Cole

Sunday Christmas Cantata

The Sunday, December 8, 2013, performances of the Cantata began a 3 p.m. Traditionally, the Sunday performances are played and sung to a full house. Over a hundred people attended this performance in the Beaver Island Christian Church including the Beaver Island Lighthouse School students and staff, which filled one-third of the seats of the church. One of the Lighthouse students was to perform in the Cantata today.

Judi Meister on piano and Joe Moore on violin played "O Holy Night," as the traditional beginning of the Cantata. They were followed by Sheri Timsak, vocalist, and Mike Scripps on piano, as Sheri sang "Ordinary Baby."

The Beaver Island Community School String Ensemble led by Sheri Richards performed We Three Kings, Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, The First Noel, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

A Beaver Island Lighthouse School student named Kyla was joined by Mike Scripps and some of the Cantata Choir as she sang O Holy Night. This young lady, although she began by being very nervous, continued the song with a clear, beautiful voice.

Then, Mike Scripps brought up the children's choir to sing. First up was Jadyn Johnson who sang Away in a Manger to rousing applauxe. What a terrifically clear voice!

The Children's Choir joined Jadyn and Mike Scripps to sing Silent Night, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The children also used the chimes with Mike on the keyboard. Then Mike used the sound equipment combined with the chimes and his voice.

As the stage was cleared, Judi Meister and Kathy Speck led the audience in singing Christmas Carols in preparation for the Cantata Choir. The members of the Cantata Choir then walked in to fill the steps at the front of the Beaver Island Christian Church. The Cantata Choir with Director Kathy Speck consists of:



Mary Ellen Dawson Peg Hoogendoorn
Shirely Detwhiler Diane McDonough
Shelly Scripps Judi Meister
Marie Shimento Kim Mitchell
Sheri Timsak Sheri Richards
Marianne Weaver Jean Wierenga
Lillian Wiser Jenna Wilk



Susie Fisher Bob Bass
Bob Hoogendoorn Phil Becker
Joe Moore Bill Detwiler
Mike Scripps Larry Hall
  Harold Kruse
  Tom Whitman

The Beaver Island Cantata Choir presented:


by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Rose Aspinnal

The excellent narrators for the production were Pinky Harmon and Adam Richards. The Cantata had eleven sections. They were The Coming of the King Processional, A Merry Carol of the Bells, And on Earth-Peace, The Newborn Ancient of Days, I am Yours, (Magnificat) featuring Sheri Timsak and Mike Scripps, Do you Hear What I Hear?, Rejoice-With Exceeding Great Joy!, Meant for Holy Scars, O Little Town of Bethlehem with the Children's Choir, Peace-Peace with descants by Marianne Weaver and Marie Shimento, and Let There Be Peace on Earth.

The narrators Adam and Pinky

Kathy directing..............The soprano soloists.....The basses, tenors and altos

The entire choir--two views

Marie and Marianne

A very important part of the Cantata, the narrators

Shelly Scripps and the soloists

The choir thanks Kathy Speck for all her work including directing, challenging, inspiring, and writing as well as choosing this challenging Cantata.

The writing referred to above was placed on the back of the program. It is retyped here. Thanks to all who took time out of their busy lives to join us today for a very special Christmas program. We guarantee you will feel the Spirit of Christmas when you leave here today! Thanks to the Christian Church once again for all of their support over the years and others who contributed to our music fund to keep this beautiful tradition going. As always, many, many thanks to Judi Meister, Mike and Shelly Scripps for all that they do, and especially Mike who has put in a lot of time working with individual singers in the choir and organizing the kids' choir. Thanks to Bob Bass and crew--Larry Dawson, Ralph Williamson, Jewell Gillespie-Cushman, and Ron and Jordan Marsh for all their technical help. We especially thank Joe Moore for live-streaming our programs both today and tomorrow so family and friends who are not with us can enjoy this wonderful program, too. And last, but certainly not least, thanks to all of Cantata Choir members for their commitment and effort over the last few months and for putting up with me!

The last paragraph recognized those locals on active duty in our military. You will notice one common word throughout the choir's performance of this year's Cantata--"Peace"- this is what we are striving for in our world these days. With this is mind, I am dedicating this year's Cantata to some of the young people in our Island family who are currently on active duty in the military. My niece, Julie Sommer (daughter of Nancy and Roger Sommer) who is in the Navy and serving on the USS Milius stationed in San Diego, CA, and preparing to go out to sea next year. Jenna Butler (daughter of Nancy and Darrell Butler) who is in the Navy and currently training in San Diego, serving on the USS Cole, and will soon be going back to duty in Norfolk, VA. Hannah Connor (daughter of Heidi Vigil and Jeff Connor) who is in the Air Force currently stationed in Texas, but leaving soon for duty at a hospital in Yukado, Japan. Chris Shockey (son of Andy and Bill Kohls) who is in the Marines currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA, and leaving soon for rifle training at Fort Leonarwood, MO. We wish the very best for them and pray for their safe-keeping.

The program ended with this exhortation:

Peace and Christmas Blessings to All of You,


Video of the program until a glitch ended the recording can be viewed HERE

Christmas Cantata Sunday

With the beginning of the performance on Sunday, December 9, 2013, the Internet connection and the setup in kitchen at the Beaver Island Christian Church started showing technological issues. The first portion of the program was live streamed and the first song of the adult choir was also. From then on, there was a techno glitch that could not be corrected with the techie singing in the choir. BINN did get the video of the first part captured, so it will be processed and available in the near future. Particularly of note are the parts of the Sunday Cantata performance that are different from the performance on Saturday. There will be more pictures and video soon.

Those that didn't get to watch the Cantata on Sunday are able to view the Saturday performance by going to the following webpage, going to the bottom of the page, and clicking on the link named "2013 Christmas Cantata." Merry Christmad from BINN!


There is also a link to the video down below in the next story.

BI Cultural Arts Association Announces Call for Community Arts Mini-Grant Applications

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA) announced the opening of their 2014 Community Arts Mini-Grant cycle. This is at least the eighth time BICAA has made Mini Grants available to local individuals and organizations. Over the last decade BICAA’s Community Arts Mini-Grant program has awarded almost $10,000 in grant funds in support of Island cultural initiatives.
Effective December 1, 2013 individuals or organizations may apply for a grant to support arts or culture-related projects within the Beaver Island community. The grant application is available from the Baroque on Beaver website:http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org or by phoning the BI Cultural Arts Association: (231) 448-2149.
Grant applications must be post marked by January 15, 2014. All projects receiving grant money need to be complete by December 31, 2014.
In 2014 BICAA has set aside $1000 to fund projects which will directly benefit the Island and residents of St. James and Peaine Townships.

During BICAA’s formative years proceeds from the annual Baroque on Beaver Festival funded the Community School's instrumental music program, MAD camp scholarships, Instrument Petting Zoo and other cultural enrichment opportunities for children and families. In more recent years the Community Arts Mini-Grant initiative has focused on supporting various locally based proposals, including a Recorder Group, BI’s Community Players, and Comedy Club, as well as many other programs that assist local groups to bring all forms of the arts to a wide and diverse audience.


Weekly Fishing Tip: Mark your calendar for the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend! 
Are you looking for an opportunity to take someone fishing this winter, perhaps someone who has never been before? Consider scheduling your outing for February 15 and 16 as part of the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend!

As part of that weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived for those two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for many different species of fish. Please note all fishing regulations will still apply during that time.

For many, the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is a tradition – will it become one for you as well?

Numerous activities in communities throughout Michigan will be going on as part of the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Maybe you would want to plan one of your own in your community? For more information, or resources to help you participate, please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

Beaver Island Birding Trail Has Website

The domain is active, and “out there” and we hope to have the site completed by the end of January.


Below are prototypes of the proposed 9 x 12 inch signs that will be placed at birding hot spots.  The white indicates observation from the road side and the orange indicates a trail to get out and walk. Obviously, the number 12 is a mock up, and all signs will have QR codes attached which we have obtained.

A QR code, or quick response code, is a type of two-dimensional barcode that was originally designed for the auto industry. QR codes were originally invented in 1994 by DensoWave, a subsidiary of Toyota. The QR codes were originally designed to track vehicle parts during the manufacturing process. More recently, QR codes have become popular outside of the auto industry due to the amount of data a QR code can hold, and their easy readability. QR codes work by being scanned with a smartphone. Smartphones have applications that can be downloaded that have the capability to scan and read QR codes, pointing the user to the intended information. Most QR code scanner apps are provided free of charge as are many online QR code generators. QR codes can be generated with many types of information including websites, contact information, pictures, coupons, discounts, and more. QR codes have been proven to be a very effective marketing tool and have the ability to connect users to all types of information.

Mark your calendars for May 23rd and 24th-so that you can attend some of the birding presentations and go on the birding field trips.

BICS Basketball Schedule

Charlevoix County Transit

6:00 a.m.--7:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)
9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Saturday – except Holidays)

8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. (Monday thru Saturday - except Holidays)

11:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)

(Hours subject to change.)

Children under 6 years .50
Senior Citizen (60 and over) .50
Handicap: .50
Youth: (ages 6 to19) 1.00
Regular Fare: (ages 20 to 59) 1.50

Note:  All passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

(Fares subject to annual review.)

Mainland: (231) 582-6900
Beaver Island: (231) 448-2026
Toll Free (800) 918-3447

Jill Drury, Manager
Charlevoix County Transit
1050 Brockway Street
Boyne City, MI  49712

Since 1980, Charlevoix County Transit has been providing public transportation throughout the County, and Beaver Island a few years later. The transit system operates 20 ADA accessible buses and provides over 117,000 rides annually.

St. James Township Fishing Pier and Boat Launch Drawings

These were the first drawings presented as options by the engineer for the water side of this project.

This is the parking area suggested for the boat launch portion of this project

This was another option based upon the some suggestions made at the special meeting.

Beaver Island Township Airport Project

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired in December

Several family and business subscriptions expired in June and others expire in July. . This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


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