B. I. News on the 'Net, February 1-7, 2010

BI News Server Crashes

The webserver that hosts Beaver Island News on the 'Net crashed and died today. The host of the website stated that it should be back up and running soon, but it didn't get back up right away. As a matter of fact, in order to get it back up and working, the editor had to upload everything from the year 2009 and 2010 so far. It took most of the afternoon and into the evening to upload the whole website to the new server. It should be working now. If you are reading this, then it is working. There is still more checking to do to make sure that everything uploaded properly. It may take a day or two to resolve any issues.

St. James Township Meeting

The St. James Township Board Meeting took place on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This meeting was longer than the majority of this township's meetings, lasting more than an hour and twenty minutes, but this was for a very good reason. Several audience members had excellent questions related to the reappraisal of property in St. James Township, and these questions were more than adequately answered by the two partners in the running for the re-appraisal bids. These two ladies were much more prepared and actually came to the Island to support their proposal. Their proposal was about $30,000 less than the other proposal received with cost to St. James property owners of approximately $68,000..

For those without high speed Internet, the library board posting brought three applicants, and the Board chose Lori Saunders to take this position. The other two applicants were present at the meeting and were asked if they wanted to be considered for the Human Resources Commission. Kathy Tidmore was appointed to fill the St. James position to this organization. The minutes of this meeting should be available in about a week and will be posted when received.

(Video clips of this meeting are currently being processed and should be available soon.)

Islanders Complete EMR Program

Eight Islanders toughed it out through a grueling Emergency Medical Responder program taught by Sarah McCafferty, paramedic and instructor. The successful students passed their practical skills exam on Monday, February 1, 2010, and all were also successful on their written exam on February 3, 2010. From left to right in the photograph: Garrett Cole, Deb Bousquet, Kevin White, Instructor Sarah McCafferty, Danielle Dedloff, Rory Connaghan, Cameron LaVasseur, Tamie LaFreniere, and Dan Burton. These eight Islanders will now have to leave the Island to take the computer-based National Registry Examination to become certified Emergency Medical Responders. After successful completion of this NR Exam, they may then apply to the State of Michigan to be licensed as Medical First Responders. Congratulations to you all for your excellent work and your dedication to helping others! Congratulations to Sarah McCafferty, their instructor, as well!

Beaver Island Ice Classic

The 2009 Beaver Island ice classis is under way after the indomitable launch team of Bob Banville, Ed Troutman and Don Tritsch placed the tower on the ice February 3 rd . The purpose ofthe contest is to guess the day, hour and minute when the tower will go through the ice. Last year the tower went into the water on March 29 th and the winner collected over $600!

Ticket proceeds will be shared 50/50 and the net proceeds go to help operate the Beaver Island Community Center.

Tickets are$5.00 each or 6 for $20.00 and are available from any PABI board member, the Community Center or at McDonough's market. If anyone off the island is interested tickets contact Bob Tidmore at 231-448-3088 or e-mail him at b_tidmore@hotmail.com .

Island Treasures Resale Shop News

If you have nothing interesting to do on these long winter days, clean out that closet, attic, basement or garage and bring your unwanted "Treasures" to Island Treasures Resale Shop. We can always use your donations of clean, gently used clothing; men's, women's and children's. We also will take donations of small appliances, furniture, children's books, cookbooks, and dishes. We also have all of our winter coats on sale at this time.

Our hours are 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY

If you are unable to bring the donation to the shop yourself, call Donna Stambaugh at 448-2797, and she will arrange to pick up your donation, or call the shop during the hours that we are open, and we will make arrangements with you. Resale Shop phone number is 448-2534

Thank you, Resale Shop Staff.

B I Broadband Inc. Fails to Get First Round Funding

BIBI Encouraged to Apply for Round Two Funding

In an email today, February 2, 2010, Jack Gallagher reported this. "Our application for Hi-Speed internet stimulus funding has been denied by the Department of Agriculture, but has been forwarded to the Department of Commerce for consideration.  We hope to hear from the Department of Commerce soon, perhaps this month.  We will consider filing an application for the second round of financing and will provide additional information as we receive it.  Thanks to all who contributed so much to this effort."   Jack Gallagher

Tim Maylone Responds

As a reminder under round one rules to be considered by BTOP for funding the application had to be rejected by BIP. 

Status of round 2:

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) has been released. Many features of Beaver Island Broadband, Inc. (BIBI) application match round 2 focus points. Round 2 does require a 2 plus year operational history such as Cherry Capital Connections (CCC). Round 2 does suggest Collaboration with round 1 award winners. CCC is working on Merit endorsement.

Round 2 guidelines for application have been released, and the application should be available by Feb 16, 2010. The anticipated application submission date for round 2 is March 15, 2010.

Ski Plane on Lake Geneserath

February 13, 2010, Public Landing from 12-4 p.m.

Our Beaver Island Community School Receives an A

The opening of a letter from the school usually means another calendar of events, another request for volunteers, or another list of things that need to be accomplished with help from the community. To the amazement of this editor, on opening this letter from BICS, the news inside was absolutely amazing. As a former teacher, the editor really had no doubts about this school and the quality instruction that takes place there, but to see it in writing on a refrigerator magnet really makes you stand up and notice. Besides dates of importance for the school year, there was a seemingly small portion of the magnet, less than 5%, that was really important:

State of Michigan Report Card Grade:


You can't get a better grade from the State of Michigan, and you couldn't get a better grade from any of my classes. The grade of A means that the work accomplished is Superior.

Congratulations to all the faculty, staff, and school board!

Harry Lee Frazer Passes Away

FRAZER - Harry Lee Frazer, aged 68 of Ionia, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 30, 2010. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Frazer. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Jean (LaFreniere); children, David (Shelly) Frazer, Jeff Frazer, Diane (Mike) Everhart and their mother, Lois Heffron; grandchildren, Deanna (Travis) Beech, Max and Logan Everhart; great- grandchildren, Walter and Helen Beech; sisters, Audrey Frazier. Iola (Louis Stora) Frazer; brothers, Ben (Pat) Frazer, Robert (Donna) Frazer; his Springer Spaniel, Molly. Harry was an avid sportsman who loved fishing and hunting. He retired from Keebler. Funeral services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell with Rev. Dean Bailey of Alto United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment Oakfield Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Alto United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 122, Alto, MI 49302. Roth-Gerst

Anyone Ready to Play Golf?

Frank Solle took this picture out on the Beaver Island Golf Course. Is there any way to fill up a foursome to go out and wade through the snow and play a few holes of golf? Count this editor in if anyone else wants to go. The golf clubs are still in the trunk of the car ready and waiting.

Winter Carnival

With games and white clay (since there was no real snow to build snowmen) the Winter Carnival was a rousing success on Saturday, January 30. 2010. The Community Center hosted this event along with the Trails Committee of Peaine Township that setup a wonderful winter display on the stage and another over by the south entrance to the room.

The games were all related to wintertime activities including ice fishing and penguin bowling.

The games were quite popular including the fish toss to a bucket.

Another game required the participant to use the arm extender to pick up and move the characters from place to place.

You can tell by the smiles that this was a really big hit!

These girls got their picture taken near the polar bear...

Intense concentration was observed as each was given an opportunity to build a snowman out of white clay and then paint it.

The bird house contest prize winners!

From Tina Walker:

I would like to thank all of you who attended the carnival and made it such a success! We sincerely hope that you had a wonderful time! I would also like to thank everyone that submitted birdhouses for the Winter Carnival. Well done! You will be able to view your bird houses on the trails and the Parks and Trails Committee will let you know when and where they are placed.

Special thanks to the Beaver Island businesses for their generosity in supporting this event and for offering such great prizes for the birdhouse building contest:

Beaver Island Community Center
McDonough’s Market
Power’s Do-It-Best Hardware
Shamrock Bar and Restaurant
Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub
TDS Telecom

Once again, I am awed by the help and generosity of the volunteers who helped make this event so special. I cannot thank you enough for contributing your time and special attention to the children of our community.

Tickets and Treat Bags - Tina Morgan
Ice Fishing Game - Pam Nicholas
Polar Bear Plop - Bob Hoogendoorn
Frozen Duck Pond - Peg Hoogendoorn
Fish Fling - Doug Tilly
Penguin Bowling - Ann Partridge

Thank You All Very Much! Tina Walker

Video Clip at Winter Carnival

Multiple Casualty Training Event

The adult MFR class is coming to a close with practical testing on Monday, February 1, 2010, and written course exam testing on February 3, 2010. As part of the review of all skills learned, this training event was scheduled as a simulation. So........

Imagine you called out to a three vehicle multi-casualty incident. The vehicles involved in the training exercise included a transit bus with an unknown number of passengers. Once on scene, you note that you have only eight medical providers and nine patients that need your help. What would YOU do?

On Saturday, January 30. 2010, twelve people gathered in the dark at the Governmental Center to prepare the patients, equipment, and the vehicles for a training and educational event for the adult MFR program sponsored by BIEMS. The event was to demonstrate the overwhelming situation of having more patients than a system is designed to handle. Since no real events could have been photographed due to privacy concerns, the training event gives a perfect opportunity to see the training while in progress, and, of course, to learn what types of training that our local volunteers go through in preparation for something we hope will never happen here.

If you are not the type of person who wishes to look at the patient's simulated injuries, do not click on this link. If you are interested in the training and would like to see the patients and more about this training, please click HERE.

MCI Video Clip 1

MCI Video Clip 2

MCI Video Clip 3

MCI Video Clip 4

Mute Swans Still Doing Okay

A quick drive around Gull Harbor on January 28, 2010, found the mute swans doing just fine swimming a short distance out from shore. This pair of swans also had a pair of babies, which are now getting almost as big as mom and pop. On January 29, 2010, the mute swans were not to be found out on Gull Harbor, but have probably found some open water somewhere.

Video clip of mute swans HERE

Turkeys Alive and Well

There are lots of wild turkeys around. Sometimes there are very large flocks of them that cross the Kings Highway very close to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center driveway. These turkeys were part of a larger group that had crossed the road before being separated by the traffic on Kings Highway.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club NEWS RELEASE

January 28, 2010

Yes, the Beaver Island Wildlife Club is alive and thriving. In light of recent questions raised as to our viability we will attempt to bring you up to date.

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club has been in existence since the 1940s (it was called a Game Club but later changed to Wildlife). It was organized for charitable, scientific and educational purposes—more specifically to preserve all wildlife on Beaver and Garden Islands.

Upon review of years of minutes there is a thread that moves through the years: everything takes time and moves slower than we hoped and every project requires hours of physical labor and/or conferencing.

Our concerns include the Double Crested Cormorant (DCCO) overpopulation and its effect on the smallmouth bass fishery; establishing a walleye fishery in Lake Geneserath to augment fishing opportunities; habitat for whitetail deer, grouse and turkeys; management of whitetail deer; and management of the wild turkey population.

Our first voiced concerns about DCCO were in 1995. The USDAWildlife Service became involved in 2006 along with our first public hearing on Beaver Island with the state legislature. Because of the undying efforts of the Wildlife Club the Beaver Island Archipelago is now slated to receive the state's largest depredation order in 2010. Data has shown that this type of control in the Les Cheneaux Islands has seen a return of their perch fishery. We hope to see the smallmouth bass fishery recover in much the same way. This was only accomplished by countless hours of commitment on the part of our members and many trips by our president, Jeff Powers, attending meetings in Lansing. DCCO control in addition to our club's successful effort to get the opening of smallmouth seasoned changed to July 1 st in 2001 will add to the recovery of the fishery.

The conception of walleye rearing began in 2000. Original sites and plans had to be discarded but the pond became a reality on property on lease from Jon Fogg. The first fry were released in the pond in 2003. The BEACON did a very fine article on the project. Bill writes that four members rose to the challenge and spent 10 hours a day for 5 days shaping a half acre hole in the ground to fit the requirements. Twenty two volunteers showed up to put the liner in place and 16 students with Jim Gillingham finished the work with shovels and rakes.

Habitat for wildlife has always been high on our list. We requested clear cutting as early as 2000 but it wasn't until 2006 that the first clear cutting was done near camp #3. According to Brian Mastenbrook the DNR would like to do 100-150 acres per years but we have not seen that forthcoming. In 2005, the last time we had a DNR officer here to do deer checks, he told us he was going to push for timber harvest. In 2003 the DNR sponsored material for 8 acres of food plot planting. We have encouraged private owners to establish food plots on their acreage and that has moved along but we could use more.

When it comes to management of whitetail deer on the Island it seems that wildlife biologists we never knew existed come out of the woodwork. Even the experts disagree but most do agree that island management is special—much different than mainland management. In 2005 we sponsored a Quality Deer Management (QDM) discussion at Peaine Twp. Hall. Perry Russo, North Central Regional Director spoke about measures aimed at improving herd quality. Following this the club decided to implement a volunteer effort to encourage non-harvest of small bucks in a campaign to “let him go-let him grow”. As of late most landowner deer hunters have implemented their own regulations to take only bucks that have at least 3 points on one side. The consensus was to keep it voluntary. To further compliment the liaison we have established with the DNR mostly through Brian Mastenbrook, we do yearly deer drive by census and check our own deer by our trained volunteers, mostly Jacque LaFreniere and Jeff Powers. We have been praised by the DNR for the information they have received from us to help them determine health, population and the future of the deer on this island-they never had access to this kind of information that we are gathering.

Wild turkeys were reintroduced in 1995. The population is now estimated at nearly 800. They require complementary feeding in the winter which we have assumed. The first year we provided 1000 #s of corn. We now purchase and distribute 10 Tons of corn in the winter to our feathered friends. We encourage more turkey hunters to reduce the population.

Last November we celebrated our first annual Harold Lounsberry Memorial Hunter's Dinner at the Shamrock. Proceeds of the dinner will be matched annually and given to the 21st Century Scholarship at the BI Community School.

So you see, we are well and living here on BI. We are a dedicated group of non-residents and residents who have the Island's wildlife at heart. We need to protect those things that we hold dear and continue to work hard to preserve them.

Prepared by Lois Williams, secretary to the Beaver Island Wildlife Club; Jeffrey Powers, president, supporting

Notice of Filing Deadline for BICS Board of Education

Filing Deadline for 2 Seats on the BICS Board of Education

Candidates for the Board of Education have until 4p.m. February 9, 2010 to register with the St. James township clerk’s office. Members will be elected at the school's annual election on May 4, 2010. Incumbent board member Barbara Schwartzfisher is running for reelection. The recent resignation of a board member opens up another seat on the board. Interested candidates must be registered voters of the school district and file a nominating petition. Petition Packets can be picked up from the school office or the St. James Clerk.

Because of the resignation of Kristina Drost, the board of education must appoint someone to fill the position until the board’s annual organizational meeting on July 12, 2010. Individuals interested in a short-term appointment to the board, should submit a letter of interest as soon as possible to Nancy Tritsch, School Board President. The board will appoint someone at the regular board meeting on March 8, 2010.

What Everyone Needs to Know about Alzheimer's Disease

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 1 p.m.

This presentation took place in two locations simultaneously. Location one was the Charlevoix Area Hospital in Classroom B on the lower level. Location two was at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center in the their education room via the REMEC TeleHealth Network. "In the Groove, Alzheimer's disease: What Everyone Needs to Know was presented by Lisa Tegals, LLMSW, who is the program coordinator of the Northern Region Alzheimer's Association-Great Michigan Chapter. The presentation provided information about the ten warning signs, assisted attendees with decision making about when to seek medical advice and treatment, introduced attendees to activities that help to maintain optimal brain functions, and attendees had the opportunity to engage in a discussion of their concerns for themselves and their loved ones.

Approximately 20 people attended this presentation at the BIRHC Education Room, and when you added the BIRHC Manager, the Community Center Manager, the press, and a technical consultant, the total went up to 24. The REMEC network helped make this program possible with use of the Internet connection at the BIRHC as well. The presentation was very personal as well as informational. The presenter was knowledgeable and empathetic. All in all a wonderful, informational meeting was well-attended.

This program was jointly sponsored by the CCCOA, and Alzheimer's Association of NW Michigan, and Charlevoix Hospital.

A few notes taken by the editor:

Alzheimer's disease is the most common dementia. Dementia means that you don't know that you've lost your memory. Medically, you don't know how to get home, you don't know where you are, you don't know what day or what time it is, and the last to go, you don't know who other people are. "If you forget to remember that you forgot," you probably are having some serious dementia issues, but forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. Stress can bring on the forgetfulness related to aging. Some of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease include forgetfulness with the inability to retrace your previous steps, poor judgement, a serious change in mood or personality, and a withdrawal from work and social activities to protect your dignity.

The cruelest of all symptoms of Alzheimer's patients is when the personality changes from positive to all negative--anger, frustration, and poor unacceptable language. If the patient doesn't know who you are, it's okay to play the role they assign you. One of the recommended readings was a book entitled "Measure of the Heart" by Mary Ellen Geist.

Genetic testing can diagnose early onset Alzheimer's disease before the age of fifty, which makes up about ten percent of the cases of Alzheimer's. Contrast is very difficult for Alzheimer's patients. The example given was that a clear glass of water might not be able to be seen by the patient. Smoky colored glasses are much easier to see. Also black may signify a hole to an Alzheimer's patient, so black tiles might cause the patient to think they could fall into a hole.


While some get bent out of shape by one sentence of a particular opinion statement and can't seem to see the substance, I prefer to look at the whole thing, and then step back away from what I've read, take some time to roll it around in the big, empty space between my ears, and then I go back and read it again trying not to put my own negative emotions into what I've read, but, instead, try to purposely take the writer's side, and see where that takes me.

Here is an example: Fred got his job because he knows Joe.

It can be read in many ways, and sometimes we let our mind read it in only ONE way. See if you can understand what I am suggesting by reading this sentence in these different ways:

•  FRED (I don't like Fred) got HIS job because he knows JOE (I'm not sure about Joe).

•  Fred (the lucky stiff) got his job (only) because he knows Joe.

•  Fred got his job BECAUSE (and only because) he KNOWS (his best friend) Joe.

•  FRED (the bad person) got HIS (It's his because of his badness) JOB (who'd want to do it anyway) because (and only because) he KNOWS (his best friend) JOE (I don't like Joe.)

So, the next time you read something, perhaps you should take a few moments and try to empathize with the writer. Perhaps, try to look at the writing from a different perspective. Perhaps, just once when reading something that makes you mad, try to pretend that the writer is your best friend and you know that (s)he would never write something purposely to inflame you. Perhaps, take some time to think about what was written. Perhaps, try to leave out your negative emotions.

Now, writers, if your purpose is to inflame, then quit beating around the bush. What are you trying to say? In other words, you should fill in (like the parentheses above) in your writing with introductory statements, attempting to show your position and the reasons for that position.

Please remember this wise saying:

Knowledge is power, but meaningless and worthless, without communication of that knowledge.

Suppose some doctor in a little country in Africa accidentally stumbles upon the cure for the most menacing disease on earth. He has the knowledge. The question is: How will the knowledge get to the rest of the physicians on the planet? Will the knowledge get to them? Will they accept this knowledge and move forward to prove that it is accurate or false? OR Will they be so enflamed, because some unknown African doctor has claimed something that they could not have discovered because they were too busy, that they will not do anything with the knowledge?

There is a whole lot of good in the people of Beaver Island, but sometimes we are too close to each other to communicate what we really mean to say. Sometimes, we don't take the time to trust our fellow Islanders. Sometimes, the negative emotions are governing our thoughts and actions. I would say that the communication here on the Island is probably lacking in most of the battles that seem to be raging here, right now. Whether the issue is the airport committee, the waste management committee, or the assessment or reappraisal issue, the lack of communication has caused a great upheaval on Beaver Island. Although this does provide a great deal of news for this web site, it may not really be to the benefit of the residents of Beaver Island. So, let's sit down, talk, and share the information—

Communicate for the benefit of the entire Island.

Establishment of the Beaver Island Conservation Club

We are please to announce the formation of the Beaver Island Conservation Club (BICC). The BICC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded by Jared Pike, Todd Ireland, and Gavin West, which is open to all people who live, vacation, fish, and hunt on Beaver Island. Its mission is to “rehabilitate, expand, maximize, and sustain the wildlife, forests, and fisheries of the Beaver Archipelago by promoting scientific management concepts, responsible harvest, proper land use and sustainment, and public / private land owner cooperation.”

The BICC will concentrate its efforts in 10 areas:

- Establish the Beaver Island Wildlife, Forestry, and Fisheries Endowment (BIWFFE) as a sustainable income source supporting the mission of the BICC.

- Rehabilitate, expand, maximize, and sustain the Whitetail herd thru Quality Deer Management initiatives and cooperation between private land owners and state / local agencies.

- Rehabilitate, expand, maximize, and sustain the world class Smallmouth bass fishery through regulation ensuring sustainable harvest and adequate populations of fish.

- Rehabilitate, expand, maximize, and sustain native fish (Lake Trout, Brooke Trout, and Perch) and fish spawning areas on Beaver Island and within the Beaver Archipelago.

- Rehabilitate, expand, maximize, and sustain native upland bird habitat on Beaver Island.

- Develop, maximize, and sustain Brown Trout fisheries in the Beaver Archipelago.

- Develop, maximize, and sustain Steelhead Fisheries in the Beaver Archipelago.

- Expand, maximize, and sustain the wild turkey population in the Beaver Archipelago.

- Serve as an island liaison to state and national governmental agencies and private conservation agencies on wildlife, forestry, and fisheries issue affecting the Beaver Archipelago.

- Serve as an umbrella organization of Island chapters of national hunting, fishing, conservation, and conservation, and forestry organizations including, but not limited to, Quality Deer Management Association, Trout Unlimited and Ruffed Grouse Society.

The BICC will launch its efforts by hosting the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) on Saturday, March 6th. Bob DuCharme, QDMA Director for the Great Lakes Region, will speak on the issues facing the Whitetail Herd on the Beaver Island and the important part that Quality Deer Management can play in rehabilitating and expanding our deer numbers, health, and size. A public informational session will be held from 4-6 pm at the Beaver Island Community Center. The Beaver Island Conservation Club will look to establish a QDMA branch on the island during 2010 and work with the Michigan DNR to establish regulations supporting that effort. Detailed information on the Quality Deer Management Association can we found at www.QDMA.com .

The BICC will also be initiating a fund raising effort to support the Beaver Island Wildlife, Fisheries, and Forestry Endowment (BIWFFE). The BIWFFE is intended to become a renewable source of funding supporting the mission of the BICC. As a non-profit wildlife organization the BICC will have the ability to petition for state, federal, and private grants as well as raising funds thru private donors. Erin McDonough, island native and Executive Director of the Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC) states, the “MUCC appreciates the passion and enthusiasm that one of our newest affiliate clubs, the Beaver Island Conservation Club, is showing in promoting our outdoor heritage in Michigan. We welcome them aboard and look forward to working with them.” The BICC looks forward to working with the MUCC, as well as the newly revamped Michigan DNRE, to maximize the support for Beaver Island and its surrounding waters.

Please visit our website for membership information as well as up to date information on meetings, events, and BICC initiatives. The website can be found at www.beaverislandconservation.org. You can also contact BICC leadership at the following email address and phone numbers.

Gavin West gavin.w.west@gmail.com 269-369-1788
Todd Ireland todd.ireland@immersi.com 616-340-3672

Donations and dues ($50 annually) can be sent to:

Beaver Island Conservation Club
PO Box 334
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Please contact the above mentioned individuals with any questions regarding this press release or the Beaver Island Conservation Cooperative.

There's an Eagle on the Ice

When reports come in like this one, the editor jumps in his car and begins driving quickly to the location. Yes, there really was an eagle on the ice, and, amazingly, it was still there. Most of the time, we are a "day late, and a dollar short." Today was not one of those days. The eagle was, in fact, on the edge of the ice by the open water as you can see by the first picture above. This mature bald eagle was also very wary. One picture was taken from the public beach parking lot, but almost as soon as the car door opened, the eagle decided that the human was too close and paying too much attention. The eagle immediately took flight and disappeared. There was no time to set up the tripod, no time to get a really good focus on the camera, and no time to think about videoing the eagle as it took off.

Video clip of the eagle on the ice

Kevin White's Letter to the Editor

An open message to the people of Beaver Island.

There has been a lot of information and misinformation lately regarding the state of property assessments on Beaver Island.

I have so far chosen to not speak publicly about this issue because I didn't want to get into finger pointing and lately it seems that any public exchange is decided by whoever
can talk the loudest. I had also hoped that the one individual who knows best why we are where we are would come forward. To my disappointment this has not happened, and it
has become far too stressful for me now to not speak.

The State of Michigan is presently requiring Peaine and St. James Townships to do a total reappraisal of all properties on Beaver Island, to be completed in a year's time. The
reason for this is that the current assessment computer database does not have certain information entered into it. I believe the current assessed and taxable values to be
accurate, but the specific information used to back that up is still on hard cards and handwritten form. This is unacceptable to the State in the age of computers.

Several years ago the Townships upgraded the assessment computer software from the existing DOS based system to a new Windows based system that the Equalization
Department in Charlevoix had switched to. After this changeover occurred in December of 2004, I learned to my dismay that none of the land or building information
automatically converted. I had previously worked five years in the old system to bring that information up to date, only to find myself having to start over.

In checking into it I learned that I was not alone in this and that entering all this information by hand could be a two-year (per township) undertaking, above and beyond
the scope of my regular duties. The work would involve detailed data entry and also a site visit to every property on Beaver Island. This would also include taking digital
photographs of every building on the island since the new program allowed for only digital pictures.

I brought this to the attention of both township supervisors. Agreeing with the need, they then brought this to their respective township boards. Neither township board was happy
with the situation, but they agreed that I would be paid to begin this work. The pay granted amounted to compensation for seven weeks work. They, and myself grossly
underestimated the amount of time this task would take and the time allotted wasn't nearly enough to get the work done. This was 2006. When I discussed this with both
supervisors I was told that it would be difficult to get any more compensation from the Townships Boards.

Knowing the need, I continued to press and a couple of years ago the St. James Township Supervisor took over the project telling me that it would be easier to concentrate on St.
James first and then use that success to persuade Peaine. I wanted at that time to write a letter regarding the urgency of the matter and send a copy to each member of both
Township Boards, but was told by the St. James Supervisor to not write a letter because they "most often don't help and can be misread." At that point I put my trust in him and
he took it upon himself to carry the ball.

To my disappointment, in 2007 and 2008, even with my pleading, nothing was done. At the Supervisor's last Township Board meeting he brought the issue before the St. James
Township Board, where the Township Treasurer immediately shot it down. The Supervisor then resigned, and the issue died. I found myself at that time back at square
one. In fact it was worse than square one because now I suddenly had two new Supervisors in office that knew nothing of what had transpired over the past 3 years.
Their Boards were also in the dark.

Now the State has come in and said this information must be entered by March 2011, and they don't care why it hasn't been done.

This data entry was going to cost taxpayers money regardless of whether I had been allowed to do the work three years ago or outside people are hired now. The difference is
that now taxpayers will pay much more than I would have charged to get the same job done.

I know that this letter will most likely incite a whole new round of denials and counter accusations. I, however, have nothing to lose, since I recently learned that my
employment with St. James Township would be terminated as of March 31, 2010.


Kevin White

Human Services Commission Seeks Help

The Beaver Island Human Services Commission is seeking individuals interested in forming a steering committee for the purpose of developing a Human Services-Health Fair for the Fall of 2010. Please contact, Pam Grassmick 231-448-2314, 248-489-0784 or e-mail: mcgrass@ameritech.net.

Winter Activities

PABI Ice Classic.......Winter Carnival

Wellness Wednesday at Charlevoix Hospital

Charlevoix Area Hospital 's next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Cholesterol and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health Consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital :

(231) 547-8906 or by email: kjacobsen@cah.org Walk-ins are always welcome.

Communication from Tim Malone on Beaver Island Broadband

It is our understanding that the Beaver Island Broadband Inc (BIBI) application for round 1 is still pending with both the USDA (BIP) and NTIA (BTOP). Although the round 2 window is open the round 1 window has not been closed. Few dollars have yet to be awarded in Michigan Round 1. The BIBI group has done of good job in framing the need. Working with CCC they have created a certfied solution that meets your communities needs and will create needed competition and increased capacity. We remain hopeful that the BIBI application will be awarded, we must continue to wait on the USDA and NTIA.

As with any government program each published change provides additional insight on what the awarding agency considers a high priority. The Round 2 NOFA (Notice of Funds Available) reinforces many aspects of the BIBI round 1 application. Collaberation, anchor institutions, remoteness, community focused and Best practice solution for the applicants service region. These round 1 implied attributes are reinforced and highlighted in the round 2 rules. These were included in the original round 1 BIBI application.

Beaver Island and the leadership team have developed a solid plan for meeting the islands sustainable broadband needs. We are excited about the positive economic impact this project will bring if awarded. CCC and theirpartners look forward to playing a key role in this collaberative delivery. From what we can determine the BIBI leadership team has done all the proper steps to ensure the greatest level of success. If for whatever reason the round 1 application is not accepted by BIP (USDA) and/or BTOP (NTIA) there should be sufficient time to make any identifed changes in the application and resubmit for round 2. If a reapplication effort is required CCC is willing and able to assist BIBI in that effort. It is too early for that detailed discussion and our energies remain focused on round 1 funding.

Additionally, if round 1 is not successful private equity should be a viable discussion.

Do not hesitate to contact our office for information.

ARRA = American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Round 2 for ARRA Broadband Funding Announced

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced availability of $4.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants and loans to expand broadband access and adoption in America. This is the second funding round for the agencies' broadband programs. NTIA and RUS also announced the rules for applying in this funding round, which have been modified to make the application process easier for applicants and better target program resources. The rules are presented in two separate but complementary Notices of Funds Availability (NOFAs) that promote each agency's distinct objectives. The agencies plan to accept applications from February 16, 2010, to March 15, 2010, and announce all awards by September 30, 2010.

Cherry Capital Connection, LLC (CCC)
Tim Maylone
General Manager

Peaine Township Meeting January 13, 2010

With the majority of the excitement for the week happening on Monday at the Joint Township meeting, there were only a few interesting items to discuss at this Peaine board meeting. There were corrections made to the December meeting minutes, Pete LoDico was appointed for at two year term to the BIRHC board, Jack reported on the Monday Joint Meeting, Jack Gallagher reported on the Tax Commission issue, Colleen Martin asked questions about the appraisal, who would be paid, and what went wrong before, Kevin White answered a question, and the issue of responsibility for this problem was discussed. The meeting ended with the approval of the bills and the designation of Pete and Sandy LoDico to write up a posting for cleaning of the Peaine Hall.

Video Clips of this meeting:

December meeting minutes discussion 1

December meeting minutes discussion 2

December meeting minutes discussion 3

Pete LoDico appointed to BIRHC board

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 1

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 2

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 3

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 4

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 5

Reappraisal 1

Reappraisal 2

Jack Explains ReAppraisal Plan

Colleen Questions, Kevin White Answers

Colleen and Jack Discuss assessment problem

Jack Reports on Work on Financial Reports by Colleen and himself

Jack asks about cleaning at the township hall

Joint Township Meeting on January 11, 2010

Peaine Township Board......St. James Township Board.......Airport Committee members......Crowded hall........More audience members

Over 100 video clips of this meeting are HERE (Posted 1/17/10)

The meeting again started and ended on a controversial note. There was disagreement at the beginning about the reason for the meeting. Jack Gallagher had prepared a paper listing several questions that he felt needed to be answered. Don Vyse and other airport committee members (those not on the two township boards) stated that they did not have the information available to answer these questions, and, rather than guess, they were not prepared to answer them. Don, and Mike Scripps agreed, that some of these questions would take research. Jack Gallagher countered with a statement that suggested that anyone involved in the airport expansion project should be able to answer the questions presented. "Not on 10 minutes notice, no," Mike Scripps commented. Don Vyse had believed that the meeting was about the land acquisition, not about answering the topics of these questions. So began another contentious, and over two hour, meeting.

What was the outcome, the bottom line, of the meeting? Both township boards agreed to form a committee made up of two St. James Township Board members, two Peaine Township Board members, and the law firm representing both townships to work out a legal and formal airport authority, OR to hammer out an agreement between the two townships on all aspects of the airport committee. Those members on this committee are Jack Gallagher, Paul Welke, Rick Speck, and Ray Cole. While awaiting the group who will govern the airport, a motion was passed by Peaine, agreeing with the St. James' board's motion, to allow Don Vyse, current airport committee chairperson, to continue the day-to-day operations and decisions regarding the airport.

The above was the entire accomplishment of this over two hour meeting, but before getting to this point, there were many rather heated, emotional comments by many members of the public, as well as the airport committee. Don Vyse took over thirty minutes to enumerate and explain the actions taken by the current airport committee over the last ten years. He explained that all of these actions were voted on by both township boards, which signified their approval. From 2001, where Don began his enumeration, to the current land acquisition issue, Don stated the approval of both boards of all airport committee suggestions to those present.

The most important question was answered. Why is the property acquisition necessary for the Beaver Island Airport? Don Vyse stated that the committee and the townships had basically two choices, the first one nothing that the committee or the board would probably want to do. The Michigan Aeronautics Commission had provided these options to them. Either shorten the existing runway and spend $50,000 to move required equipment at township expense OR obtain the property and make the property conform to the regulation regarding the proper approach requirement for the 4300 foot runway. (The BI project was part of the commission's minutes. You can read them here. ) To make this simple, the reason for the property acquisition was to be able to trim the trees down to make the 4300 foot runway conform to federal and state regulations relating to the approach from the west end of the runway.

Mr. Vyse went on to explain all the actions taken by the airport committee, along with all of the votes by both township boards for the last decade. He stated that the new terminal building was just one part of the five year plan, which was required to be placed in a ten year plan by the Michigan Aeronautics Commission. The issue of the runway was required to be addressed. The other aspects of the plan including the building would cost the local taxpayers just over $25,000 according to Mike Scripps, and the townships would get a million dollars worth of building for this 2.5% local contribution.

More story and video clips will be forthcoming.

Community Players to Present comedy on February 20th

The Beaver Island Community Players will present “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at 8 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center. The comedy takes places in a rural community on the East coast and is full of funny, quirky characters that Islanders will love. In the spotlight are: Jan Day, Jeff Powers, Phil Becker, Bob Bass, Joan LaFreniere Banville, Wendy White, and Elaine West. The production is being directed by Jacque LaFreniere, and assistant director is Lisa Gillespie. Tickets are $10 and available at the Community Center.

One More Month to Register for “Free Groceries for a Year!”

Michigan Farmers Featured at www.FarmersFeedUS.org

Lansing, Mich. (Jan. 13, 2009) – With only a month left to enter, thousands of Michigan consumers have learned that a chance to win free groceries for a year is just a mouse click away. In fact, since the Michigan “Farmers Feed US” promotion at FarmersFeedUS.org launched on Nov. 15, Michigan consumers have registered more than 115,000 times for a chance to win.

Through Feb. 12, Michigan residents can register at www.FarmersFeedUS.org for a chance to win one of three grand prizes of free groceries for a year*, courtesy of Michigan’s farmers. Upon visiting the site, consumers can choose to register with each of 10 Michigan farmers daily, and take a video tour of their farms. Each video explains how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food for Michigan consumers.

“We’re really pleased with the consumer response thus far. Their support shows that they understand the importance of farmers in Michigan,” said Jennifer Lewis, a Jonesville dairy farmer featured on the Web site. “And as Michigan farmers, we’re proud to showcase our farms, sharing how we raise the food that Michigan consumers eat, while also introducing them to our families.”

The site features farmers from across the state, each sharing information about their farm and family. “I’m proud to produce food in our great state,” Lewis said, “and I want to show people how today’s farms operate.”
The agricultural commodity organizations sponsoring Michigan Farmers Feed US selected the farmers featured on the Web site, with the goal of showcasing farmers who are representative of the different food groups and different farming regions in Michigan.

The Michigan Farmers Feed US program is supported by local farmers represented by the Michigan Ag Council, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Beef Industry Commission, Michigan Pork Producers Association, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan Apple Committee, Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, West Michigan Ag Alliance, Hamilton Farm Bureau, and 30 county Farm Bureaus from across the state. Further, Spartan Stores is the official retail partner, helping connect their consumers with farmers from across the state.

The Farmers Feed US program originated in Michigan based on interest from the Michigan Ag Council and other agricultural organizations in coordinating a statewide effort to showcase how Michigan's farmers produce safe, nutritious, and affordable food for consumers. Michigan is the second state to implement the nationally-based Farmers Feed US program on a state level.

*Based on FMI, a $5,000 value.

Project Connect

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Meeting to help out those that can get to the mainland is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2010, in Petoskey.

St. James Township to Hire Off-Island Assessor to Re-Appraise the Township

At the St. James Township meeting last night, January 6, 2010, the St. James Township Board voted to seek off-Island bids for the purpose of getting the re-appraisals completed to satisfy the State of Michigan Tax Commission. In a unanimous vote, the board decided to send out five requests for proposals to five off-island firms. In a packet of information and letters handed out at last night's meeting, Rick Speck, St. James supervisor, had prepared a plan and submitted it to the State Tax Commission. This plan will require the township to "send out RFP to conduct a complete reappraisal of all parcels in St. James Township. The appraisal is to be conducted by a certified assessor/appraiser approved by Larry Griggs of the State Tax Commission's assessment and certification division.....The current assessor will be retained to complete the 2010 assessment roll."

The plan submitted by Rick Speck's letter of November 16, 2009, and in a reply from the secretary of the State Tax Commission, "Your plan is accepted as submitted. We will schedule a follow up review for after the March 2011 Board of Review. We will ask Mr. Griggs to conduct periodic reviews to make sure the Township is progressing and will successfully complete your reappraisal."

In a question and answer period following the decision made at the meeting regards this reappraisal, the taxpayers were assured by the Board that only those improvements that have not previously been logged will possibly cause an increase in taxes. Those who have built additions and additional buildings on the property may end up with a higher taxable value. No matter what, it will cost the St. James taxpayers somewhere between $30,000 and $56,000, hopefully split up over the next two or three years, to get the job done. It would cost a lot more than that if the State of Michigan came in and took of the tax rolls, and re-appraised the property using their employees.

Video clips of this meeting HERE

Citizen of the Year Nominations Are Open

Official 2009 Citizen of the Year
Nomination Form
Two possible awards: Individual and Organization

The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.

My name is ______________________________________ Phone _______________

Address ________________________________________________________________

I would like to nominate ___________________________________________________

Please write 3 or 4 paragraphs, typed preferred, see criteria above

Mail to: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 5, Beaver Island, MI 49782 - Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Deadline is Thursday April 1, 2010

Questions: Chamber@BeaverIsland.org or call Steve West, Mon. – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00, at (231) 448-2505

The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 24, 2010

Emmalee Antkoviak's Condition

1/24/10 It was reported on facebook that Emmalee was able to walk over 200 feet. We BELIEVE!

1/15/10 Reported that Emmalee walked 100 feet and is continuing to progress.

1/12/10 KK reported that Emmalee walked thirty feet down the hallway. This is amazing progress, and all the thoughts and prayers are working.

1/10/10 Emmalee has been at Mary Free Bed for one month, and she is making good progress. Her mom reported that she is attending school there at MFB. We all look forward to the coming day when Emmalee will be able to come home, but no one knows when that will be. We will continue to update you as the information comes in.

Mary Free Bed
Emmalee Antkoviak
Room 338
235 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

You can also send an email to:
patient@maryfreebed.com and put Emmalee Antkoviak in the Subject.

Subscriptions to Expire

There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire or that have already expired in February, 2010. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:


BICS Basketball Schedule in 2010











JULY 15, 16, & 17 Mark your calendars!

Special Holiday Ticket Sale!
(available now through pay pal)

Thursday: July 15th-General Admission $10.00

(Friday July 16th & Saturday July 17th)
Day Passes: Teen/Senior $20.00 - Adult $25.00
Weekend Passes: Teen/Senior $40.00 - Adult $45.00

Children 12 & under are always FREE!

(Offer ends: 1/01/2009)

BIMF: PO Box 23, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

January 2010

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

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


Mon – Thurs 10am-6pm

Fri – Sat 10am-9pm

Sunday – Closed


Every Friday and/or Saturday 7pm, PLUS Matinees!

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


Activities Scheduled.........Senior Center Activities..........


February 2010 COA Menu

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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.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)