Dorothy Willis had fallen and fractured her hip a few weeks ago. She spent time in Petoskey at Northern Michigan Hospital, and then most recently at Bortz Health Care Center in Petoskey. . Dorothy came home today, December 31, 2011, on an early 12:30 p.m. flight. There were several Red Hats out to meet her at Welke Airport.
Who was this snowman who was at the airport to greet Dorothy?
Waiting for the guest of honor to arrive.....
Dorothy is helped off the plane.....waving to welcomers.....hugs, and more hugs, all around.....
Dorothy's home awaits
Some new railings at the Willis's residence to help Dorothy go in and out!
While thinking about this Christmas and New Year's, it was pointed out that Dorothy Willis had donated this Nativity set to the Beaver Island Christian Church a few years ago, so it is appropriate to post a picture of this wonderful gift.
Dorothy, we are so glad to have you back on the Island. Glad to have Ann back here as well. Congratulations on your quick recovery, and we hope it continues to be as fast as the start!
Have you ever wondered how the Beaver Island resale shop operated? Have you ever wondered if all of the work of reclaiming and reassigning of the trash of one person to become the treasures of another person is really worth all of this effort? Have you ever wondered if this Island Treasures Resale Shop was really raising any money for the Beaver Island Fire Department? Well, the simple answer is absolutely and resoundingly YES!
If you thought that this was just a lot green recyclers with pie-eyed dreams, you are sadly mistaken. Take a look here and then decide on your own. Here is the financial report of items purchased with the funds raised by the Island Treasures Resale Shop. Congratulations, Ladies of the Island Treasures Resale Shop for a job well done!
The Forestview senior housing complex was the location of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging (CCCOA) lunch today, December 30, 2011. The lunch was served at noon, and there were a few who attended the lunch. There were a few of the regulars at the lunch here as well. The COA lunch is normally provided as a congregate lunch, a time and a place to not only eat your lunch, but also to socialize with people your age. It works out quite well for that purpose. Some, even though they have not signed up for lunch that day, come down just for the socializing.
Those eating their COA lunch
Smiling Kathy serves the lunch
It would be a shame if this COA lunch were discontinued, but there is a funding problem in Charlevoix County for the Commission on Aging at this time, so all bets are off, and we'll find out if the congregate lunch is axed by the CCCOA.
So, sometimes, when the weather isn't so conducive for golf, I head out back and track down 'my buck' for a little game of photo tag. The object is for me to try to get a clean, clear shot of him, while he tries his best to keep my camera and me at bay. He seems to know I'm only loaded with ones and zeroes and, therefore, am not a threat. Besides, he's not sure I don't have a pocket full of corn or a crisp apple with me. Once the game is on he holds his ground until I get to close then jogs away, getting just out of sight, or nearly so. I wait for a few minutes then backtrack a ways and then slowly move in from a new angle. He usually gives up on me and my clumsy attempts at stealth a sprints off the winner, but once in awhile, like yesterday, I get the best of him. It's not golf, but it's a good game.
1 - We meet and agree to play …
2 - Alright then, he says, and makes the first move …
3 - The crowd watches with anticipation …
4 - His first move is to close ranks, but I'm on to that …
5 - He moves off, but not too far, it's easy to keep pace …
6 - The next time I close in I nearly get him, but he has the home-field advantage …
7 - But I've walked these woods a bit myself and know where the trails go …
8 - Keeping my distance, I let him think he's got the upper hand, until …
9 - Ha, victory is mine! A clear shot. Let the gloating begin …
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The winner of the Beaver Island Winter Solstice Golf Outing was Frank Solle having completed the nine holes during the warmer part of the day with just a little snow to cover up the green on hole number three. The officials of the tournament would have provided some relief from that hole with a two putt maximum, but the officials were not available for comment. As a follow-up competition, the 27th of December was picked because it was quite warm in the morning, somewhere between 38 and 40 degrees. The first four holes were played before the event was canceled due to inclement weather. The ice coming from the sky, driven by a wind of at least 25 mph, and a temperature of 28 degrees proved to be just a little too cold for the participants, who shall not be named. One participant stated, "Brrrr," which was more than enough to describe a golf outing in December on Beaver Island. Once again, the snow on the green for hole number three made for a difficult par for this shortest par four hole on the course. Those in warmer parts of the country must be jealous of the one over par score of one of the participants, even if the holes played numbered only four. Wearing showshoe boots, another particpant remarked, "At least my feet weren't cold." The participants have scheduled yet another replay for the competition, January 1, 2012.
The Christmas spirit can sometimes be measured by the decorations that are seen as you travel around the town area of St. James from the Four Corners to Whiskey Point. There were lots of beautiful and spirit-filled decorations this year. Somehow, the decorations were photographed the day after Christmas instead of before, due in part to hectic-ness of the season this year, and due in another part to the needs of the editor to enjoy this holiday with family. The hands-down winner of the Christmas lights this year goes to Jim and Karen Wojan's decorations on the front of their house. Even seen through the woods, this was an impressive display. Second place goes to Pat Nugent's decoration of his sailboat down at the marina. Third place goes to the Station for its simple yet beautiful decorations. All in all a wonderful holiday season, and, unfortunately, if you did not have your lights turned on this day after Christmas, you aren't included in this photo group, nor the video.
This collections of photos are for all those who were away from the island for Christmas, and for those who wish to know what Beaver Island looked like this Christmas, the night after.
There was a small group of Christmas carolers moving about the island this Christmas season. It is wonderful to see someone trying to keep this Beaver Island tradition alive. Memories of two groups of carolers moving around on the same night, one led by Martha Guth and the other led by Cindy Gillepie, dance around in people's heads. Just this group stopped by the editor's home this year. It was a wonderful surprise to see these energetic and spirit-filled children and parents participating in this tradition. Thank you, carolers, you helped to increase the Christmas spirit!
Photo courtesy of Phyllis Moore
This draft plan has been released for a one-month public comment period, before it will be considered by the St. James Township Board at a public hearing at its February 4, 2012 meeting. It was prepared, at the Board's request, by Peter Plastrik.
A printed copy of the plan is available at the Beaver Island Library.
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BIRHC Newsletter November 2011
B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule
Beaver Island Association Invasive Species
Human Services Commission Resource Manual
The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island. A copy of this resource manual appears below. Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library. Other locations will be announces later. Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.
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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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted
Beaver Island Community Center
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2011 BICS Holiday Program
The annual BICS Holiday Program took place Wednesday, December 15, 2001. Ron Marsh agreed to take time out of his evening and video tape this performance. Thank you, Ron! The program was and always is a wonderful way to get into the Holiday spirit, and for most on Beaver Island, a way to get into the Christmas spirit. There were lots of different styles of music included in the program as well as recitation of poems. The finale is the gathering of all past students, current students, and staff who all use American Sign Language as well as their voices to present the traditional Keep Christmas With You.
An Open Letter to the Citizens of Beaver Island
St. James Township Board Meeting, December 7, 2011, Video
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Snow for Christmas!
You might have to look really closely to find the snow this Christmas. This morning, December 23, 2011, the day of the last ferry boat trip, the flurries began to come down. With any luck we might get some of these flakes to stick long enough to give us a white Christmas. As everyone with visitors coming for Christmas know, a little snow at the proper time is really what matters. As long as the weather is good enough to get family home for Christmas, and then also good enough to get them back off the Island, with no ferry boat option, is always a trick. Trying to capture a picture of the snow coming down is also a little difficult.
Then there is the attempt to capture individual snowflakes once they land. Not so easy for this photographer, but why not try?
Snow begins to come down in earnest about 4 p.m.
While bets could have been placed earlier this morning about whether there would be a white Christmas, it certainly appears that there will be at least a white Christmas Eve. Travelers headed to the Island on a late flight today were stranded in Charlevoix due to the quantity of snow coming down making the visibility below the VFR rules. Some are staying with relatives; some are staying at the AmericInn, and some are staying at the Weathervane. With a little luck, the snow will stop long enough for these island visitors to actually get to the island in the morning.
The snow came down the night of the 23rd, and the island awoke to some very pretty snow on Christmas Eve morning. Looks like friends and relatives in Charlevoix should be able to make it to the island this morning.
Snow or no snow, Beaver Island News on the 'Net wishes all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you to all our supporters! Have a safe holiday week!
Update: There was Christmas snow for Christmas! The day after Christmas, the sun came out, the temperature is forty degrees, the roads are really slippery, and the snow is beginning to melt. You really know there is snow on the ground when you hear snowmobiles running up and down the Kings Highway, but the chances of doing that today, the 26th is pretty slim, maybe run them in the fields, but not on the Kings Highway.
Holy Cross Children's Mass and Christian Church Service Christmas Eve
Beginning the afternoon's Christmas services on the eve of this special day was a children's and choir singing of Christmas Carols. This was followed by a four o'clock mass in the afternoon which got out about 5:10 p.m. Several churches particpated in this wonderful service, not quite ecumenical, but moving in that direction.
After the mass at Holy Cross, the Beaver Island Christian Church had its Christmas Eve service beginning at 5:30 p.m. The service was a wonderful combination of readings and music with lots of Christmas spirit.
Many families got together on this eve of Christmas for family dinner, one of the favorite Beaver Island gatherings. Other families waited until Christmas night for the family dinner. Believe it or not, some families had special dinners on both nights as well as a special Christmas breakfast. These things make Beaver Island the special place that it is.
Peaine Township Special Board Meeting, December 21, 2011
The purpose of this special meeting was to determine if the Peaine Township Board wanted to appeal the jury verdict of November 10, 2011, in a case against the Albins. The Peaine Township Board voted unanimously to forgo their rights to appeal the verdict based upon information provided to them by their lawyer. The judgement can now be entered into the record, the payments may now be made, and the Island can move on into the future without more legals fees being expended on this issue. According to an email received by Jack Gallagher, the St. James Township Board was not interested in attempting an appeal either, so this meeting was only with the Peaine Township Board.
On a side note: Other than the Peaine Township Meeting that wasn't really a meeting, tonight's meeting was the shortest in recent history, lasting less than seven minutes.
Resolution offered by Welke and supported by LoDico:
WHEREAS: Peaine and St. James Townships filed an action in the Charlevoix County Circuit Court, as Plaintiffs to obtain property necessary for a runway protection zone from the owners William K. Albin and Christine F. Albin, as Defendants;
WHEREAS: A Circuit Court Jury rendered its verdict in such action finding for the Defendants;
WHEREAS: A Judgment in the amount of $1,085,992.61 will be entered by the Circuit Court against Peaine and St. James Townships;
WHEREAS: Peaine and St. James Townships may appeal such Judgment;
WHEREAS: Defendants have agreed that they will waive reimbursement of property taxes if Plaintiffs agree to forgo filing an appeal;
WHEREAS: Members of the Peaine Township Board are apprised of the right to appeal and understand the Township Attorney's belief that an appeal would not succeed;
BE IT RESOLVED: That the Peaine Township Board hereby waives its right to appeal and directs the Township Supervisor to advise the Township Attorney not to file an appeal.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
AYES: Welke Kubic LoDico Martin Gallagher
Marie Connaghan LaFreniere Home from the Hospital
Photo courtesy of Vince Left
Marie has been admitted to Northern Michigan Regional Hospital with surgery planned on December 22, 2011, for some circulation problems in her legs. While the hope was that she would get some drug therapy and be sent home, she will probably want to file a change of address card with Santa Claus in a hurry. Many on the island would like Marie to know that thoughts and prayers are with her!
Update: Marie made it home for Christmas, so the change of address card for Santa did not have to be sent by overnight messenger. Marie is spending a great deal of time reclining at her home with only short sojourns in the upright position. There is a chance that she might even make an appearance in public early this week. We all wish her a speedy recovery!
Chamber of Commerce Adds Wedding Section
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has added a new section to its popular web site www.BeaverIsland.org called Plan Your Beaver Island Wedding.
Link to new section: http://www.beaverisland.org/weddings/index.html
“This new section in still in the start up stages,” said Chamber Executive Steve West. “We hope to continue to improve it and would appreciate any great Island wedding photos that we could add.”
COA Lunch Location Changed for December 30, 2011
In a special arrangement made with the Forestview Senior Housing, the COA lunch will be served at Forestview on Friday, December 30, 2011. The time is also changed to noon. The menu has also changed to accomodate the change in locations. This December 30th Friday menu will include a BBQ Pork Sandwich and baked bean as well as a vegetable. Please make certain to sign up at the BI Community Center if you wish to participate in this special lunch. You can phone them to sign up, email them to sign up, or just go down there and sign up. Let's make this special location change between Christmas and New Year's a huge success!
From Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's
Birds in the Yard
These three were seen near the bird feeders on the corner of Kings Highway and Carlisle Road
Phyllis feeding the turkeys; a trio of three large groups visit daily.
Eagle on the Hunt
Michelle LaFreniere tracked down this photographer today and mentioned seeing this eagle across the road from the post office. A quick trip down there provided these three pictures. Not sure why the eagle was waiting there. Perhaps there was a school of fish coming into the shallows.
Thanks for the tip, Michelle! It is greatly appreciated!
Invasive Species Assistance on the Way!
Boyne City, Michigan-December, 2011
Beaver Island's invasive species program has entered into a new series of partnerships. The Beaver Island Association in collaboration with both Peaine and St. James townships has been awarded a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for assistance with the 2012 invasive species eradication efforts. The funding will be used to purchase GPS equipment, software compatible with the state and county governments, and herbicide to treat invasive species. The environmental grant will enable islanders to map invasive species, apply for permits, develop and coordinate effective eradication plans.
Invasive species has been identified as one of the biggest threats to our archipelago's environment and listed as a top planning priority on the recent St. James Recreation Planning Survey. To assist property owners, the Beaver Island Association will host an Invasive Species Summit on June 14th, . The Summit is open to the public and free of charge. Regional agencies and invasive species specialists will join us for an afternoon workshop to help land owners identify the highest invasive threats to their property and plan an effective treatment strategy. Stay tuned for further public updates.
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Next Waste Managment Meeting
January 17, 2011 at Peaine Hall 10am
From Island Treasures Resale Shop
McDonough's Market Holiday Hours
December 26th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
December 31st: New Year's Eve 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
January 1, 2012: News Year's Day 11 a.m.-noon
January 2nd: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The Winter Town Trek:
Fun and frolic for food and fairness
The Beaver Island 99, a group of sturdy Islanders, will walk to support the Beaver Island Food Pantry and to show unity with the 99% across the country on Sunday, January 14, 2012, starting at 1:00 p.m. Like citizens everywhere, people here are suffering from unemployment, foreclosure, and poverty. Beaver Island 99 asks that large corporations and the wealthy, who have most of the money, pay their fair share of taxes. We also support legislation to make Wall Street accountable.
Join our trek starting at Paradise Bay Park by the ferry dock to the lighthouse (weather permitting), and returning to the Community Center for hot chocolate, coffee, and JoAnne's Internationally Famous Cookies. Bring a donation (cash or non-perishable food) for the pantry, and your own sign or we'll provide some to share. Plan to get out of your warm houses, have fun in the snow, and show your support for a more compassionate and egalitarian USA. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces
2012 Meeting Schedule
At 2 p.m. at the 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.
January 19, 2012
February 16, 2012
March 15, 2012
April 21, 2012
May 17, 2012
September 20, 2012
October 18, 2012
November 15, 2012
Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)
Human Services Commission Brochure
Mammograms Save Lives
With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,
at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without
Please call the Beaver Island Health Center
for more information
Birthdays This Week
Monday, December 26th: Ryan Wojan, Leslie Carter McCaw, Beth McCafferty, Kurt Puffpaff
Tuesday, December 27th: Jim Carrow, Dave Gregg, Jessica Durkee
Wednesday, December 28th: Lois McDonough Avellanet, Nicole Morea
Thursday, December 29th: Debbie Bousquet, Nicholas Williams, Tracy Kenwabikise Stephens, Jessica Carpenter Johnson
Friday, December 30th: Brian Potter, Casandra Patania
Saturday, December 31st: Robert J. Turner, Shelley Thomson Smith, Ashley Marie, , Kyle Kramer
Sunday, January 1st: Jayne Gilbert, Ruth Porter Gee
Free Health Tests
Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.
NRESC Meeting Dates Determined
Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee
2011-2012 Meeting Schedule
All meetings open to the public
Entire Steering Committee to meet at 7 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall
January 16, 2012
March 19, 2012
May 21, 2012
July 16, 2012
Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change
January 16, 2012
February 20, 2012
March 19, 2012
April 16, 2012
May 21, 2012
June 18, 2012
July 16, 2012
The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"
Great Christmas Gift
The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.
The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.
Flu Shots Available
Donna Kubic, manager of the BIRHC, announced today that the flu shots are now available. Please call BIRHC at 448-2275 to set up an appointment.
Kim Newport started at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 2008. All of her classes were online, but she also had to travel to campus occassionaly for a class. Kim's degree is a Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities. This will enable her to teach special education K-12. There were a total of 45 credit hours with the last 3 required credits, her graduate thesis. Her thesis was titled "Effective Components of Intervention for Struggling Readers." Her overall GPA (without her last class calculated) is 3.75. Graduation was held at Northern Michigan Univiersity on December 17, 2011.
Photo courtesy of Yvonne Crandall
At a special meeting today at the Beaver Island Community School, three high school students were officially inducted into the National Honor Society: Marissa Crandall, Olivia Cary, and Erin Boyle. Congratulations, ladies! A wonderful honor, and a wonderful achievement!
As part of a plan to protect the infrastructures of Beaver Island in case of a major disaster, many buildings are being equipped with generators. The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is one of those buildings. While the BIRHC had a small generator, this generator could not support the power needs of the medical center during a disaster, but only a small part of the building. The old BIRHC generator is being donated to the fire hall in town. Currently the Peaine Township Hall and the East Side Fire Station are equipped with generators, and along with the BIRHC and the in-town fire hall, the majority of the necessary infrastructure including communications and medical care will be in place, in case of any serious disaster.
As explained to this reporter, the BIRHC is one of just a few building to make use of three-phase electricity. The three-phase electrical power comes to the BIRHC underground and terminates at a transformer box outside of the education room and just west of the dental entrance. The electrician and helper were making sure that the ground work is completed to make the installation possible. It may be up to two weeks before the generator system and switches are in place and put into operation.
Teacher Miranda Rooy has received National Board Certification®! Miranda is one of only 348 teachers in Michigan who have received National Board Certification. Miranda's area of certification is: Generalist/Early Childhood. Miranda joins fellow teacher Deb Robert as a National Board Certified teacher; Deb renewed her Generalist/Middle Childhood certification last year. BICS is indeed lucky to have two such wonderful teachers on staff.
The process for becoming a National Board Certified teacher is lengthy and comprehensive. There is a lot of self-evaluation and evaluation of your work by other highly recognized teachers. Through the lengthy and focused certification process, Miranda had to demonstrate through portfolio, video and written testing that she:
is Committed to Students and Their Learning.
Knows the Subjects she Teaches and How to Teach Those Subjects to Students.
Is Responsible for Managing and Monitoring Student Learning.
Thinks Systematically about Her Practice and Learns from Experience.
Is a Member of a Learning Community.
Beaver Island Community School is one of 9 school districts in the state that provides incentives for teachers to earn National Board Certification. Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Dexter, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids are among the other Michigan districts that encourage teachers to become National Board Certified.
The fall school count was 70 when you include the 3 preschool students who attend school three mornings per week. Since then, the count had increased to 76 students. The new students are spread out across the grade levels, with 2 elementary students, 2 middle school students and 2 high school students. School enrollment has fluctuated over the years with the average student enrollment for the last 50 years being 72.
On Wednesday, December 21 st , three new members will be inducted into the National Honor Society. According to NHS advisor, teacher Connie Boyle, current members Jenna Battle and Olivia Schwartzfisher will welcome new members, Marissa Crandall, Erin Boyle & Olivia Cary. New members will recite the following pledge at the induction ceremony which will be attended by families, mentors and younger students.
I pledge to maintain high scholastic standing,
To hold as fundamental and worthy an untarnished character,
To endeavor intelligently and courageously to be a leader;
And to give of myself freely in service to others.
In doing so, I shall prove myself worthy of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected.
Seniors, Gus Connaghan, Matt Cull, Dan LaFreniere, William Lemmink and Michael McCafferty brought in the traditional school Christmas tree to be lit and decorated by all grades. The tree rivals any from senior classes before as it towers and glitters in the multi-purpose room.
SumDog, a free online math gaming competition has held student (and staff and parent) attention for the last several weeks. When the competition ended on December 15 th , BICS took 2 nd place. New student, junior Michael Pryor, was the 7 th top student in the state with 12,211 correct answers.
Wow, it is the end of 2011; seems like we just celebrated the turn of a new century. So much has happened here at school in the first decade of the new century and each year the community gives so very much to the school, its students, the parents and staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for this. I know I will miss people and/or groups as I strive to list many of the things that are done for the youth of Beaver Island and for with I am most grateful. Attendance at the Holiday Program; what a warm feeling to see so many of you there with smiles on your faces and praise for the students as they finished the performance.
Mentors, formal and informal, what a wonder to me that so many of you who have other obligations and commitments, and, maybe even your own young children, take the time to support and mentor our youth – I have seen mentors help with homework, help with college applications, help set up opportunities that might not otherwise exist. Voters and taxpayers, I am grateful for your ongoing support without which the very idea of running a quality K-12 program on this remote inhabited island would not be possible.
It is indeed a daunting financial task to meet all the state and federal requirements to keep a school open here and your commitment to doing that never ceases to amaze me. I see the students proud of their building and their opportunities because they know the community values education.
The wildlife club, for the past three years, you have donated to the 21st Century Learning Scholarship fund to make it a little easier for students to tackle college.
Community members who come to watch our students in their athletic events, referees from the mainland are constantly amazed at the number of spectators and at the sportsmanship shown by those who attend, it means so much to the youth of the island that you are there.
The Property Owners Association, as the group who pays the most taxes on the island, you could gripe and complain that the youth of the island are not your responsibility; instead you take on a challenge to help organize an annual career awareness day.
The townships, a simple thing like setting up volleyball net on the beach or a more complex action like setting up the Human Resources Commission which helps families meet the needs of their children are things I am grateful for. The many people who organize activities for the youth around special holidays throughout the year, over time it has been different people or groups, but in the end there is always someone who is willing to tackle the event planning and thank goodness for that.
The AmVets Ladies providing opportunities for students to buy Christmas gifts for their families. The transit drivers who go out of their way to accommodate the students and their varied schedules even to the point of having them practice their poems in route. I can go on and on and never list or acknowledge a fraction of the positive gestures and actions taken on behalf of the youth of Beaver Island.
I just want to say Thank You to all of you – what you do for the youth you do for the future of Beaver Island.
There were many tears, cheers and congratulations for the two newest graduates of the Beaver Island Lighthouse School, Alicia Sepell-Rikli and Lance Flees. Thanks to their dedication and hard work, both were excited and proud to be receiving their high school diploma. Alicia received the honor of valedictorian of the class and was the recipient of the 10-10-10 scholarship. She plans to attend college on the mainland next fall. Lance intends to pursue a career developing electronic games. We wish them both the best in the future and hope that they will remember us on Beaver Island.
We must not forget the accomplishments of the other 22 Lighthouse students. Each received a certificate of completion for the Fall 2011 session. Their curriculum and schedule are rigorous, but each and every one of them did it! Congratulations!!!
We are looking forward to another year with the Lighthouse students. Hoops, Halloween haunted houses (which we don't know how, but, get better and better each year) and, according to one Beaver Islander, “the most ridiculously delicious spaghetti dinner on the island”!! Thanks to each and every one of you and we will see you in February 2012!
In a six-hour session on December 10, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at approximately 4 p.m., the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee met with two facilitators both from Michigan State University. John P. Beck is the Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Julie L. Brockman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Their contact information shows a mailing address for both. John Beck has an office in 432 South Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032. His email is email@example.com. Julie Brockman has an office at 416 S Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The website for their department can be found at http://hrlr.msu.edu
The Facilitators, John Beck and Julie Brockman
The purpose of this meeting was to achieve a thorough discussion of all aspects of working together to form a complete plan for Beaver Island natural resources. The meeting began with a welcome, introduction, a listing of ground rules, and an overview of the agenda. This was followed with a review of the NRESC mission statement. The next item on the agenda was an environmental scan and capability analysis. This was to answer some questions to hopefully gain consensus. Waht is the current and future environment within which our RNESC efforts do and will operate? What is the state of our personal and institutional capability to meet the challenges of this environment and the potential of activities together? The group had to determine internal capabilities including strengths and weaknesses. They also had to determine the external environment that included opportunities as well as threats.
After this small group work was completed, the small groups came back together to debrief and discuss what each group had come up with.
Then the participants broke up again into the smaller groups to identify stakeholders and the interests of the stakeholders related to the subject. The small groups joined together again and presented their work by individual groups and identified those items that were the same and those that were different.
After this discussion, the agenda called for "Charter the Planning Process," which was a discussion with remediation about the following question: "Where do we go from here?" Then Mr. Beck and Ms. Brockman , Bob and Julie, discussed the next steps. The group provided an evaluation for the day, and then adjourned at approximately 4 p.m.
Out of the three hours of video taken at this planning session with the MSU facilitators, it became obvious that the differences in the groups represented fell into two methods of thinking and learning. There are two basic methods of thinking, planning, and learning that are in opposite directions on a horizontal line. These two diverse methods have names. The names are whole-part and part-whole. Most people fit somewhere in the middle of this continuum, but there are those that on complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
whole plan ..........................................moving toward..................................individual parts
A whole-part thought process considers that the planning, taking into consideration the general understanding of the group, must be done before the plan is developed, and then all things after the plan must fit the plan. The whole must be considered before the individual parts.
individual parts ............................................moving toward..............................................whole plan
A part-whole thought process suggests that all the pieces' thinking, planning and learning; must be put into consideration before the plan is developed. The individual parts must be in place on planned before the whole plan may be determined.
concrete thoughts move to abstractions................................................................................abstract thinkers move from abstract to concrete
Then there is another method of thinking and learning that also is represented by a continuum. People may think on a concrete basis or an abstract basis.
sequential thinkers move in a step by step order....................................................................random thinkers can move without steps
They can also think in a sequential basis or a random basis.
This island has people who are on opposite ends of the three continuums. Then all three of these continuums can be mixed together. Those who are absract random are usually on the whole-part side Those that are concrete sequential are usually on the part-whole side. However, these all can be mixed up.
This may not be exactly what these processes are defined as, but this was the diversion of thoughts presented at this meeting. Another way to describe this is that some thought that all the groups must conform to the plan, and some thought that the general plan would allow individual groups to continue with the plans already in place for the individual groups.
The basic differences in thought processes came out more toward the end of the session than at the beginning of the session. The video of this session will be available here, but realize that only specific parts are available which may include editorial decisions different in thought process from either of divergent patterns shown. (This editor is part to whole, concrete and sequential, so there may be some bias in the video sections included.)
Station Owner, Mr. Joseph Moore
Executive Director, Katrina Martin
Director, Mary Jane Martin
Assistant Director, Rob McPherson
On a time machine trip taken about two weeks ago, this recorded footage was located and the plan is to re-record it from the old video format to the newest video format. This is just too good not to share with all. One portion of the newscast will be shared at a time. This newscast video was made many years ago in a classroom and in a building that no longer exists--a trip down memory lane. Please let the editor know what you think about this idea.
So we go back in time when Beta tapes and VHS tapes were first coming out, when the first and only video camera was purchased by the school, and when Mr. Moore was teaching Social Studies at the Beaver Island Community School. Social Studies? Yes, Social Studies. These students were middle school students with four grades in the classroom.
Here we are! The Social Studies class reporting on WTIM (The class nickname was "What Time Is Math?"). The time period of the video report was beginning in 1750. The program name was Back to the Future.
This is the first reporter presentation by Rene Gillespie. Rene was responsible for the 1750-1752 timeline, and no editing has been done to the original video tape. Please remember that this presentation was done before computers and before PowerPoint presentations, and back when the art work was done by hand. The only pictures used were from a collection of historical drawings of historical figures. All the other boards and artwork were done by the individual presenter.
The second reporter was Jennifer Wojan. As previously stated, please remember that video was brand new to students and staff of Beaver Island Community School. The idea of editing was only in its infancy as well. This video tape is being presented in its entirety, so that you can experience or re-experience the beginnings of video production in the early years of these students. Mistakes are presented on purpose, and, for a reason. The reason is to give you the idea of what it took to accomplish this project that was never presented in any final form. The students were all proud of the effort and work that went into this project.
Two options for this one because of a different video delivery method experiment.
2nd method for Jeff Cashman (This brings up the video in a separate window.)
At this point, the students were responsible for all the camera work, so you might see that some of the pictures are out of focus. The students were not all ready to present, so the timeline got out of order. By this time, the students were in charge of all phases of the production. There was no money in the budget for a video editor, nor was there any expertise in this area available at the time. When the students discovered that the pictures were out of focus, they immediately corrected this by redoing all of the pictures that were out of focus, but all these pictures are not accompanied by any information. You just see pictures without descriptions.
At the St. James meeting on Wednesday, November 2. 2011 CMU representatives presented a plan for use of the boathouse for research. Their plans include the ability to modify the environment including temperature of each of the proposed twelve tanks to be installed there, each with its own individual heat pump. This will make this research facility unique in the State of Michigan. Here is the newsletter that they passed out at the meeting, so you can read more about it.
The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.
(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)
Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."
Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.
While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.
When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.
Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.