BI News on the 'Net, December 30, 2013-Janaury 5, 2014

From Stoney Acres

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Fatal Plane Crash in Charlevoix County

Two people died in this crash.

News Release from Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department:

Violent Visitor to Bird Feeder

This morning, January 5, 2013, the violence of nature presented itself at a bird feeder on Carlisle Road here on Beaver Island. Feeding birds, squirrels, and turkeys is the norm at Moore's Bistro and Wildlife Restaurant. Phyllis Moore happened to be up and very quickly grabbed her camera to capture these pictures. The video and pictures are not for the faint of heart.

This is a merlin or pidgeon hawk with a blue jay breakfast.

Some more pictures and video may be viewed HERE

"Sonny" E. Bolton Dies

Albert "Sonny" E. Bolton III, age 46, of Rapid City passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Munson Medical Center. He was born June 13, 1967 in Traverse City to Albert E. Bolton Jr. and Margaret L. Kenwabikise-Way.
Sonny owned and operated his own construction company for many years. He was a hard worker and there was always someone he was helping. Sonny was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and watching movies. He was a Red Wings Fan and enjoyed watching them on TV.
Sonny is survived by his father Albert Bolton Jr. and a step dad Daniel Way; children: Kandyce (Karl) Ott of Kewadin, Paul (Brittany) Kalinowski of Mancelona, Jonathan Vasher of Alden, Taylor Hooper of Colorado, Whitney Lewis, and Amy Zundel; 5 grandchildren: Maddilynn and Natalee Kalinowski, Emmett Ott, Tiana Ashley, and Brookelyn Zundel and another on the way; siblings: Brenda Romitti of Green Bay WI and Jack Bolton of Manistee, MI; niece and nephews: Casey Bolton, Joshua Romitti, Niko Romitti, Jason Romitti, and Sabrina Romitti; many aunts and uncles.
Sonny was preceded in death by his mother Margaret.
A funeral will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1 pm at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids with visitation starting at 11am also at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the spring at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.

St. James Township Meeting

The first Wednesday of the month meeting took place on Thursday since the first Wednesday was New Year's Day. The meeting began normally with the minutes and bills being approved. The township board moved forward with old business, and temporarily tabled the Dangerous Structures Ordinance.

One new business item was to appoint a trustee to fill the position formerly held by Tim McDonough, who resigned. Five persons had sent letters of interest. One of those letters had been received a day late, but had presented a pettition with several signatures to the supervisor. Unfortunately, this person had not met the time requirement for the letter of interest, and the petitions, which were not required nor requested were not dated, so this person was not considered for the position. All four letters remaining were read. Jim Wojan made a motion to have Don Tritsch with this motion seconded by Jean Wierenga. At this point in the meeting, there were only three board members present which was a quorum. Two board members voted Yes and one voted No, and there was some question about whether this was a legally acceptable vote with Jean Wierenga and Karen Wojan looking for an answer in the MTA pocket manual. As the reseaarch began, another board member, Rick Speck, entered the building and resolved the issue by voting Yes. The new township trustee is Don Tritsch, appointed to fill and serve out the term of Tim McDonough. Others interested can run for the position in the election at the end of his term.

Since Rick Speck was now present, the board went back to discuss the Dangerous Structures Ordinance. After a short discussion, this ordinance was approved by the township board as Ordinance 1 of 2014. This ordinance will be run in the Northern Islander to officially notify the public. The unofficial copy of the ordinance is presented below.

Next on the agenda was the Jon Bonadeo request for dock space at the public marina. Jim Wojan spoke about there being a waiting list for the seasonal slots at the yacht dock. There were only three seasonal slips available, and there were five persons on the waiting list for these slips. It was suggested that Jon Bonadeo contact Jimmy White and get his name on the waiting list. The township board was not willing to provide Jon Bonadeo with the two requested seasonal slips and bump those on the waiting list. If this was the condition on the sale of the adjoining Bonadeo property, the property may not be purchased and deeded to the township by the Woollam Foundation. The board did not accept any relationship between the property purchase and the yacht dock seasonal slips, so these two slips were NOT granted to Jon Bonadeo. He was to contact the harbormaster and get on the waiting list.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, it was determined that the Zoning Administrator was be the enforcement officer, along with the township supervisor, for the Dangerous Structures Ordinance.

Video of this meeting HERE

Here is the unofficial Dangerous Structures Ordinance text:

Little Traverse Conservancy Reports 2013 Highlights

HARBOR SPRINGS – Little Traverse Conservancy has released a summary of the organization’s 2013 accomplishments throughout its five-county service area.

In 2013, the non-profit land trust passed a milestone, surpassing 50,000 acres of land protection in its 41 years of existence. This amounts to 78 square miles, which represents about 1.8% of the land in the organization’s service area of roughly 4,400 square miles. The protected lands include more than 130 miles of lake, river, or stream shoreline. More than 1,100 acres of land were protected in 2013 alone.

“The volume of land protection is one way to measure the success of a land trust,” said Executive Director Tom Bailey. “So is the number of members who support it, and the amount of money that is raised each year or for a particular project. Yet protecting land in its natural state and making it available for public use and enjoyment comes with many other intangibles that can’t be statistically measured.”
For example, the Conservancy offers year-round education outings and community field trips. In 2013, more than 3,700 students participated in a Conservancy-led nature outing and 551 people participated in seasonal community field trips led by staff and volunteers. Almost all of these programs are offered at no charge, and funds are available to help with bus transportation costs for classrooms. While the value of these field trips cannot easily be measured in numbers, it has long been the organization’s belief that participation in nature outings inspires an interest in caring for the land in the future.

The Conservancy also reports that 15 miles of new trail were added to their nature preserve trail systems. All told, the organization manages and maintains 90 miles of trails with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

In Charlevoix County, some of the organization’s 2013 land highlights included the following:

More than ever, the Conservancy is engaging volunteers to help with their work. In 2013 nearly 550 volunteers assisted the organization with a variety of tasks ranging from office mailings to trail monitors. More than 1,500 volunteer hours were donated to LTC in 2013. Based on the national volunteer value estimation of $22.14/hour, the value of these hours is $33,210.
By the end of 2013, more than 3,200 people had downloaded the Conservancy’s free nature preserve smart phone app. The app provides interactive maps and updated information about LTC’s most user-friendly nature preserves and is an excellent way for residents and visitors to the region to quickly get information about preserves and trails.

Since 1972, the Little Traverse Conservancy has been working as the oldest regional, non-profit land trust in Michigan. With the support of more than 4,100 members, the Little Traverse Conservancy works with private landowners and units of local government to permanently protect ecologically significant and scenic lands from development. Since it was founded, more than 50,000 acres and 130 miles of shoreline along our region’s lakes, rivers, and streams have been set aside to remain in their natural state within Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, and Chippewa counties. In addition, more than 3,700 young people participate in a Conservancy environmental education outing every year. For more information about the Little Traverse Conservancy and land protection options for your land, please contact their office at 231.347.0991 or visit

HortonCreekWetlands: The 33-acre Horton Creek Wetlands Preserve was established in 2013 in Charlevoix County.


DarntonCMUVolunteers1: Volunteers from Central Michigan University’s Alternative Breaks Program assisted Little Traverse Conservancy with trail work at the Darnton Family Preserve near Boyne City in November, 2013.

FriendsofBoyneProgram: The Conservancy partnered with Friends of the Boyne River to offer a series of Family Nature Discovery programs at the Boyne River Nature Area and The Hill Nature Preserve. This little guys was reacting to looking at pelts and furs of native wildlife.

Richard "Dickie Doo" DeRosia Died

DEROSIA, Richard Ivan, 75, of Onaway died Jan. 1, 2014, at Medilodge of Hillman.

He is survived by five children, Sherry DeRosia, Tina (Dale) Wilson, Debbie Stoneham, Tonia Lewis, and Peggy DeRosia; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen DeRosia and Betty (Willard) Gillispie; one brother, Alfred (Betty); sister-in-law, Gail DeRosia.

Online condolences may be addressed through

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Genie Vreeland Passes Away

Genie Vreeland, 90, died in Charlevoix where she had been living for many months at Boulder Park. More information will be posted when it becomes available. Petoskey News Review reports that Genie will be buried in Holy Cross Cemetary this coming Spring.

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

The above pictures are a week or so old, but there isn't much change to the outside over the last few weeks.

BINN went out to the township airport today, December 30, 2013. The following pictures were taken of the inside of the building. The photos start with the west end of the building and go around counterclockwise.

The west wall on the inside.

The south wall from west to east.

The east wall from south to north

The north wall from east to west

Floor plan

South elevation

East elevation




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 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

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

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!

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!

Go to Cindy's Blog

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,

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:

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




McDonough's Winter Hours

Moonday-Friday 8-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 11-1

Panning for Gold

Program presented by Doug Tilly

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

B I Christian Church Ministers


5:  Pastor Harold Kruse
12:  Pastor Howard David

19 and 26: Pastor Bob Whitlock


2:  Pastor Don Sinclair
9:  Pastor Howard Davis
16 and 23:  Pastor Harold Kruse


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


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

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.


December 2013 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

This tip is adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.



From Stoney Acres

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

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

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!

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 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 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!

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: 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

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.

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

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, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


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