B. I. News on the 'Net, February 13-19, 2012

Julie Sommer Graduates Navy Boot Camp

Roger and Nancy Sommers had a great weekend as they witnessed Julie Sommer's graduation from Navy boot camp at the Great Lakes Training Facility in Chicago. "It was a very impressive and moving event as we watched with so many other parents as our sons and daughters became United States Sailors. There were 881 of them this week! Julie will stay in Chicago for another 8 weeks for specialty training and then will go to San Diego. Needless to say, we are very proud of her!" Nancy Sommer wrote. Julie's address is below in case you wish to send a congratulatory letter or card.

SA Sommer, Julie M.
BEQ 635 RM#K322D
320A Dewey Ave.
Great Lakes, IL 60088



Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Senior Center Activities January

COA Menu for January

Senior Center Activities February

COA Menu for February

Pure Michigan Campaign

Chamber of Commerce and Boat Co pitch in with Charlevoix partners on Pure Michigan radio spot narrated by Tim Allen.

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

Revised St. James Recreation Plan as of January 30, 2012

Additional Comments on St. James Recreation Plan as of January 29, 2012

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

The BI Airport Commission met this morning at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss the term limits in Peaine Township, an Emerald Ash Borer sign, the 2012-2013 budget, and more. The budget appears to be very tight with very little Development Funds to be left for projects. The MDOT grant was approved and a discussion took place about whether the BIAC needed a DUNS number. Don Vyse mentioned a change in the FAA Terms and Conditions as part of an update. The BIAC will recommend to the the two townships the reappointment of Elaine West and Mike Scripps.

Rachel Teague was asked to explain the needs of the Men's restroom at the township airport terminal and she provided a written Airport Manager Report to the commission. There was some discussion about where and how to send Freedom of Information requests, and the determination was that these should go to the two township clerks. It was mentioned that emails are not sufficient to accomplish a FOI request. The recommended method is by US Postal Service where a return receipt can be obtained.

Video Clips of the majority of the meeting can be found HERE

First Planning Meeting for 2012 BI Health and Human Services Fair

The first meeting of the planning group is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at 11am, at the BICS. There are, of course, no pre-requisites--the interested need only to have the time and energy to commit to helping to make sure that the fair comes off well!

CMUBS Job Opportunity

CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island is seeking a seasonal Custodial and Hospitality lead for the 2012 season, April 1 to October 31. 40 hours per week at $10.50 an hour plus 3 meals per day. Email a resume and cover letter to gordo2jj@cmich.edu

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

Island Airways provides year round air service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. The company has been working to grow its business with help from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Their business improvement efforts have earned Island Airways recognition as the Northwest Region SBTDC Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to Island Airways!

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video


St. James Township Meeting, January 4, 2011

The meeting held on Wednesday, January 4, 2011, covered the typical routine of the agenda, minutes approval, and bill approval. From that point on, it was not routine. The board set the date and time as well as the location of the 7 pm, January 23, 2011, meeting with Mike Slattery, the air transport consultant. The board granted the supervisor the approval to negotiate with ATT regarding use of the St. James Township tower. The board reappointed those expired persons on the Board of Review. They approved the Stoney Acre entertainment permit. The board had a discussion about posting the library board position, and decided to post the position. Danielle Dedloff was appointed to fill the resigned position of Sarah McCafferty as Executive Director beginning April 1, 2012. Tim McDonough suggested that a large group of yachters wished to reserve the yacht dock for the first weekend of August 2012. It was decided to have the committee discuss this issue with the harbormaster. There was a little public comment, mostly positive for the accomplishments of the board.

View video of the meeting HERE

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Comments on the St. James Recreation Plan

This document contains all Public Comments received by Peter Plastrik through January 22 in response to the Discussion Draft of a St. James Township recreation plan released for comment on January 2, 2012. A printed copy is available at the Beaver Island Library. It is anticipated that the St. James Township Board will hold a public hearing on the discussion draft at its regularly scheduled meeting on February 1, before considering adoption of a plan. Additional public comments may be sent to pete@in4c.net until January 31, 2012 or to PO Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782 until January 30, 2012.

Recreation Plan Comments

DRAFT-St. James Recreation Plan

This draft plan has been released for a one-month public comment period, before it will be considered by the St. James Township Board at a public hearing at its February 4, 2012 meeting. It was prepared, at the Board's request, by Peter Plastrik.

A printed copy of the plan is available at the Beaver Island Library.

Comments may be sent by email to Peter Plastrik at pete@in4c.net or PO Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782, or to Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor.

St. James Recreation Plan Survey Results

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

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!

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!

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

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Waste Management Jobs Available

Closing date of February 24th

Link to Job Descriptions HERE


for those that can't make the G.R. Party...Party's at Danny's PUB
Tuesday Feb. 21st MARDI GRAS
Homemade Gumbo & Drink Specials!

Ash Wednesday Feb. 22 nd Every Friday thru Lent: Fish Specials & Yellow Lake Perch
Happy Hour/Drink Specials/Great Tunes by the Man in Black and NASCAR Daytona 500, and RED SOLO CUP Sunday!
Wednesday Feb. 29th LEAP YEAR PARTY!!! at the PUB

$2 Domestic Beer or 10oz. Drafts, $2.50 Well Drinks, $3.50 Well Bombs

FEBRUARY =Fun Times, Fabulous Food & Drinks, Fantastic Friends
Our best to you from all of us at Stoney!

Waste Management Committee Meeting on February 16th

The Waste Management Committee met at the Peaine Township Hall at 9 a.m. this morning, Thursday, February 16, 2012. Members present at the meeting included Jack Gallagher, Tim McDonough, Jean Wierenga, Ed Troutman, and Jim Birdsall. Members absent were Paul and Angel Welke. In the absence of the chair, Ed Troutman chaired the meeting. Visitors present included Joe Timsak, Bob Marsh, Bob Tidmore, and Joe Moore.

The reason for this special meeting was to try to get some work completed due to the need to hire a new manager and an accountant. Even though the posting for the manager has successfully resulted in ten applicants, two from off-island, none of the applicants had access to a job description.

The committee decided to extend the posting for manager, and to make certain that the job description was available to any who had not applied, but still could apply. So, if you missed the first deadline, you still have until Friday, February 24, 2012, to apply for the position. At this meeting, the salary range of this position was discussed and agreed upon. The position was determined to be a salaried position and not a per hour position. The salary range is $31-45 thousand per year, determined on experience and performance, with health insurance, as well as an opt-out of Social Security option, in which the employee would donate 6% that would be matched by the employer, toward a retirement plan.

More on the meeting and video HERE.

Tree House Adventure

As most of you realize, the editor of News on the 'Net is always looking for an adventure. Today's adventure took place within walking distance of the school just off the King's Highway. Ernie Martin, Jr., is working on a project in which a building set twenty feet in the air is shaped like the bow and pilot house of the Emerald Isle.

Working today, February 15, 2011, on this project were Ray Cole, Garrett Cole, Pat Nugent, and Ernie. The adventure began in the curves of the Kings Highway, on the harbor side, where the red and green buoys mark a driveway. There has been a lot of traffic going up and down that driveway over the last few weeks, so it was time to start an adventure to find out what was going on down there. Rumors had stated that there was a tree house going to be built down near the water at the bottom of the bluff.

For any of you who didn't happen to wander out on this 35 degree day with light rain, let this reporter tell you that it was very, very slippery. One set of gluteous maximus muscles are a bit bruised by the fact that the feet went out from under the gluteals of this reporter, not once, but twice as the two-track walk led down the side of the bluff. It only took twice for this reporter to learn to walk in the scrub brush and snow off to the side of two track instead of walking in the icy tracks, made by trucks, going down the bluff.

Pictures are HERE

Tree House Adventure Video


New Boat Design Firm Picked

Stoney's Valentines Menu
Dinner Specials Tues. Feb. 14th

(FULL MENU AVAILABLE TOO) *Reservations Helpful
*Seafood New Orleans, Lobster, Crab, & Shrimp in a light Cream Sauce over your choice of Saffron Rice or Penne Pasta-24 sm-14
*Filet Mignon , Grilled Choice USDA With Vegetable & Choice of Starch Option: Grilled Onions & Portabellas-$2/4 Single 5oz.-15 Twin Filets-27
*a small Garden Salad & Multi Grain Roll included with Specials
Peruvian Shrimp & Lobster Bisque Bowl-6 Cup-3
Homemade Dessert Special *Tiramisu , rich & delicious-4
Happy Valentine's Day!
Thank you for dining with us!
Liam, Marilyn & Stoney Crew

Brighid Cushman's Senior Presentation

On Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. Brighid Cushman, the daughter of Cindy Gillespie Cushman and Dusty Cushman, made her senior presentation explaining how she had met the graduation profile required by the Board of Education of the Beaver Island Community School. This presentation was amazing! The Beaver Island Community School board and staff should be very proud of the accomplishments of Brighid and their contribution toward her successes. Brighid and her parents should be very proud also! (Thanks to Frank Solle for the photo above.)

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Library News February 2012

With no snow this winter, and lots of donated books, we gave some thought as to how we could distribute them in the library. We certainly don't have any expansion room but then the idea came to mind – using those ice fishing shanties since the harbor isn't froze. We could put books in various ones, all the Nora Roberts in the blue one, Tom Clancy in the red one, or perhaps just use them for the non-fiction, like 0 through the 300's of the Dewey system in one shanty and 400 to 600 in another and so on.

After thinking it over for a month or so we decided that really wasn't a good option as the lack of snow had caused quite a bit of icing and we didn't want folks slip, sliding, into a non-fiction shanty while aiming for the Danielle Steele one. So now we've been busy weeding, sorting, and doing a “spring cleaning” of our inventory. We're also in the process of converting our VHS movies on to DVD where they take up a lot less space. It's going to be a long project as we have thousands of VHS but it will be worth it in the end.

We've added a couple new magazines to our racks: Architecture Digest, Atlantic and Smart Money. We have a large choice of magazines and you save money by reading ours rather than paying for a personal subscription. Grab one and relax in our music room while reading anything from those mentioned to National Geographic, Smithsonian, Real Simple, Woman's Day, and the New Yorker just to name a few.

M.G. Roe has been working in conjunction with the school in getting the children involved with more reading projects. This is through the 21 st Century Learning Project. Every Thursday afternoon when school is out, M.G. and the children meet at the library for story and project. It's been a big hit with the younger generation.

Stop in at the library, check out a book – a magazine – a movie – recorded book, a couple music CDs, or spend a few minutes on one of our four public computers, or your own laptop/iPad/smart phone. Check out some headphones and pick out some music, head for the music room and grab a comfortable arm chair, sit back and relax to your personal choice of music. It's easy, it's fun, it's inexpensive, and best of all, it's all right here on Beaver Island!

Ice Rescue Training

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, the Beaver Island Fire Department provided another demonstration to the paramedic students, this time down on the ice in front of McDonough's Market. Also participating were acouple of BIEMS EMTs Cindy Cushman and Vince Pickardt. Several pieces of equipment that the BIFD keeps stored in the upstairs of the in town fire station were demonstrated. Thank you to all the firemen who were present to demonstrate the equipment! Thanks also to the fire officers mentioned in another article for the willingness to share their training with EMS members. Here are a few pictures taken of the ice and Kevin White, fireman and paramedic student, who was brave enough to get in the water.

BICS Newsletter, February 8, 2012

View newsletter HERE

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd


For those of you who do not have a fast enough connection to view the video, there are pictures below. The text of what was read for each of the seniors is available at the link HERE.

Islanders vs Mackinac Boys' Basketball, February 3rd

It appears as is the the video for the girls' basketball game in Saturday is being viewed, so, in all fairness, one of the boys' games should also be available in its entirety. So, the Friday night basketball game of Beaver Island Islanders against the Mackinac Island Lakers is available also. Please click HERE to view the entire game.

Grand Traverse Band Grant Announced

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians awarded St. James Township $10,000 for exterior brickwork repair for the St. James Harbor Light tower on Beaver Island. This additional money will help the Lighthouse Restoration Committee begin the restoration project. The lighthouse is at Whiskey Point, and is known by many as the Whiskey Point Lighthouse.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, February 8, 2012

At the Peaine Township Board meeting, the Board passed the Airport Land Acquisition Grant, the Board passed the ability of residents to send protests in writing instead of having to attend the Board of Review in person, and they adopted the poverty exemption from property taxes. The Board also adopted resolutions to set board members salaries. The Annual Electors Meeting was set for March 31, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Public Budget Meeting, and Special Board Meeting to adopt the annual budget to follow immediately after the electors meeting. The Board of Review meeting dates were set: organizational on March 6 at 2 p.m., and Board of Review on March 14 from 10a-10p.

Video of the Meeting can be viewed HERE

Dr. Guy McPherson

Dr. Guy McPherson will be coming and making a presentation on Beaver Island at the Community Center on Monday, February 20, 2012, at 7 p.m. The topic title is "Impacts of Climate Change and Energy Decline to Beaver Island: How Can We Make our Community Durable, and Resilient?"

Little Artshram and the Continual University Series, along with several other Michigan communities and organizations has invited Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson, of the Dept. of Natural resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona to deliver presentations and talks throughout North West and Central Michigan Michigan. His scholarly work, focused primarily on conservation of biological diversity, has produced 10 books and more than 100 articles. After researching environmental degradation, climate change, and fossil fuel dependency, he discovered that traditional conceptualizations of sustainability are woefully inadequate. 

Dr. McPherson left his tenured faculty position after recognizing the extremely untenable, unsustainable pathway we are on is dangerously close to collapse. He advises individuals, groups, and communities on how to increase their resilience in the face of economic depression, increasing energy prices, and climate change.

The event is free and open to the public, and is followed by a free showing of the National Geographic film, “Six Degrees Could Change the World”.

Dr McPherson Caricature_A Guy and Two Goats

Dr. McPherson photos

Dr. McPherson, published article 1-31

Dr. McPherson, posters

Lady Islanders Beat Lady Lakers

On Saturday morning, February 4, 2012, the Lady Islander basketball team won playing against the Mackinac Island Lady Lakers. This was a hard fought game. The Islanders won the game by only two points, after losing the game the night before by one point.

You can watch the whole game by clicking on this link below:

Lady Islanders Beat Mackinac


On Super Bowl Sunday, there is no place the the Beaver Island Fire Department would rather be than teaching some of the members of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service. Well, maybe not so much, but the three fire department officers arrived at the training location of the Governmental Center with two fire trucks and all the extrication gear and the foam equipment. The purpose was to give BIEMS an opportunity to see the services and equipment that the fire department can provide in case of a motor vehicle accident that has a trapped patient in the vehicle.

Chief Tim McDonough....Assistant Chief Jim Wojan.....Lt. John Works

Using the "Jaws of Life"

Discussion of specifics of each piece of equipment and safety

Demonstration of fire suppression foam

EMS gets a chance to use the foam maker...

Laura Gibson checks out the foam...

A good learning experience for all present

The EMS members then went on to spend another hour or so working on the skills involved in extrication of multiple patients from a vehicle.

Entertainment after COA Sunday Dinner

Ann Partridge made some COA announcements of activities coming up and introduced Pat Nugent who was to do sit-down "Stand-up" comedy.

The stuffed pork chops with vegetable and mashed potatoes and gravy were very tasty, and the efforts of Pat Nugent were very much appreciated.

Video can be viewed HERE


Eye Doctor Scheduled to Come to the Island on Friday, February 17th

Dr. Molter will be at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center next
Friday, February 17th.

If you would like to see him, please call for an appointment at their office.

231.547.7800 or 877.304.7115

Any questions call Betty @ 448.2275

Beaver Island Ice Classic Canceled-Warm Weather

This picture is from 2007, not 2012.

Normally the tower has been placed out on the ice long before this, but the warm weather has melted the ice in most of the harbor, and the ice near the Beaver Island Marina may not be safe for those who would place the tower. If you have purchased tickets on the BI Ice Classic, you will be provided a refund if you send your tickets to Box 62, so Bob Tidmore can send you your refund. Bob Tidmore said, "This is a fun event and we are sorry we can't do it this year, but hopefully next year will be colder."

In the Navy




GREAT LAKES, IL 60088-7105

Winterfest at Lake G

2nd Annual Gail's Walk
Sunday, May 27th 2012 @ 3:00 pm

In honor of Gail Weede, each year we will have a Memorial Weekend Walk to raise money that will help Island families who experience unexpected or long term medical treatment. This fund would help with bills or expenses related to the condition.
A minimum donation of $10 per person is asked for this 5k untimed event. Children 5 and under are no charge.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. Shirts are available in adult sizes S-XL for $10 and XXL are $12.00;The deadline for ordering shirts is April 1st, 2012.

Please email Beth Croswhite or Kerry Smith for walk/shirt order forms or download one from this link HERE

This walk will begin and end at the Public Beach parking lot.

Any questions please call:
Beth Croswhite- 231-448-2820 email: bethjoddy@gmail.com
Kerry Smith 231-448-2601 email: ryanandkerry@tds.net
Joan Banville 231-448-2092 Lynn Cary 231-448-2575
Lisa Gillespie 231-448-2888 Dawn Marsh 231-448-2910


A Wonderful Invitation

Mike Hurkmans put together this video invitation to the 3rd Annual Winter Fest on Lake Geneserath. This is wonderful to watch, and it brings back memories of previous Fests. Check it out at the link below:

Link to Winter Fest Invitation

Celebrity Co-Ed Basketball Game

There is a co-ed basketball game scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2012, at 6 p.m., adults versus BICS co-ed team. This is a fundrasier for the Sports Boosters. Concessions will be available prior to and during the ball game. Come out and see who the celebrities are!

Easter Brunch, Sunday April 8, 2012

The Beaver Island Christian Church Traditional Easter Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The community is invited to enjoy; Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Strata, and Ham. If you like fresh fruit, sweet rolls, or other items, you could bring them along. The event starts at NOON. Everyone is invited!

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

March 17

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 10 a.m.


NRESC Meetings in February

February 18 (Saturday) – 10 am – 4 pm – MSU facilitated planning session for natural resources management. Peaine Township Hall.

February 20 (Monday) – 6 pm – NRESC Executive Committee monthly meeting. Peaine Township Hall.

Birthdays This Week

Monday, February 6: Christina McMullen, Shane McDonough, Virginia LoDico Detroyer, Tammy LaFreniere

Tuesday, February 7: Jeff Kenwabikise

Wednesday, February 8: Beth Croswhite, Shannon Clough

Thursday, February 9: Brian Dartt, Linda McDonough

Friday, February 10: Maggie Chambers

Saturday, February 11: Courtney Van Wyk

Sunday, February 12: Lindsay Russell, Chris Eck, Edwin Harris, Abby Rudnicki

The Winter Town Trek:

Canceled until Spring

Fun and frolic for food and fairness

Support the Beaver Island Food Pantry!

thebeaverisland99@rocketmail.com .

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School

The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

February 16, 2012

March 15, 2012

April 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

Human Services Commission Brochure

Mammograms Save Lives

With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,

at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without

a mammogram.

Please call the Beaver Island Health Center

for more information 



Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 for an appointment

This is made possible through a grant from the American Heart Association.

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

Entire Steering Committee to meet at 7 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall

March 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change

February 20, 2012

March 19, 2012

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.

The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.




Whiskey Point Lighthouse Fund Receives Check for Restoration

The Whiskey Point Lighthouse Fund, administered by St. James Township, has received a check from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation in the amount of $4269.00 to help in the restoration of the lighthouse.

Receiving the check were Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor, Connie Wojan and Don Vyse.

Short Video Clip

St. James Township Meeting, February 1, 2011

This meeting was longer than usual because the Five Year Recreation Plan was presented and discussed. The meeting began with a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. for this purpose.

Link to the public hearing for Five Year Recreation Plan

Immediately after this hearing, the regular meeting of the township board began. The link below takes you to the most important parts of this meeting. There was a glitch in the video of part of the meeting, and for that we apologize.

Link to regular St James Township Meeting


BICS Students Decorate Tree for Forestview Residents

This wonderful idea by Kate Garland working with the teachers at the Beaver Island School allows for some interaction between the retired seniors at the Forestview Apartments and is a great community service project. This week the fifth and sixth graders came out to decorate the tree for Valentines Day. Let's let them say it:

Happy Valentines Day!


5th and 6th graders pose for a picture by the tree

Special valentines for special people!

A very special one for Ellie Hohn!

Peaine Township Holds Special Meeting

The Peaine Township Board held a special meeting on January 23, 2012. Click Here for Agenda

The first few minutes of the meeting covered some of the agenda items, but then the board went into closed session with its attorney. The closed session lasted over forty minutes, and then the agenda items were completed. The group present were mainly BIEMS members showing support for their unanimously elected new leader Danielle Dedloff. The Peaine Township Board concurred with the EMS members recommendation and approved her as the new Executive Director of BIEMS. They did not wish to wait until April 1, 2012, for Danielle to begin learning and assuming the responsibilities and job of director, so she will train under Sarah McCafferty the current director. There will have to be some extra financial support from the townships to help cover the cost of this training period as Danielle Dedloff will begin her training right away.

Danielle Dedloff, the new BIEMS Executive Director

(It is not possible for her to complete her education program through North Central Michigan College as paramedic in training, work a full time job, and also train as EMS director, so those that have seen Danielle cooking at Stoney Acre will be sad to see her leave that position to take on this new position.)

Video of the Peaine Special Meeting

Waste Managment Request by Angel LeFevre


Peaine Hall Cleaning Appolintment


NRESC Grant Letter of Approval


Enter of board into closed session


Discussion and Appointment of Danielle Dedloff


Voting Inspector Appointment


Public and Board Comments


Pulitzer Prize Winner David S. Broder's Columns to Benefit Beaver Island 's Rural Health Center

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

Beaver Island , MI - The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) Board has approved a unique offer and fund raising proposal from the family of the late David S. Broder. The Washington Post reporter and columnist died last year, ending a career covering national politics that spanned more than 50 years. He was often referred to as the “Dean of the Washington Press Corps.” Married to Ann Collar Broder, and son-in-law of Island historian Helen Hoffman Collar, Broder honeymooned on the Emerald Isle in 1951 and wrote about it often in his nationally syndicated columns that were carried in over 300 papers. Some of these columns, written from the Island, are the basis for the project to benefit the Health Center and the community it serves.

Ann and David's sons - George, Josh, Matt and Mike - have researched and compiled the Beaver Island columns, about three dozen in total. They are going to publish the collection in book form, and deliver copies to the Health Center by Memorial Day this year. Ranging from the early 1970s to this past decade, the columns provide wonderful snapshots and insights to Island moments as they simultaneously reference national issues of the day (at that particular time). The Health Center, with support from other civic leaders and marketing by the Chamber of Commerce, will manage the retail distribution and sale of the book.

The Broder family is underwriting the entire cost of the project, so 100% of all revenues collected from book sales will support the Health Center .

"This is a terrific gift from the Broder family, and great opportunity for the Health Center to improve its financial standing. As a facility that serves Islanders and visitors of all ages, 12 months a year, we are constantly under pressure to find new sources of money," said Health Center Board Chair Denny Cook. "We are honored and pleased to be the beneficiary of this truly one-of-a-kind fund raising project. We will do all we can to encourage Islanders, summer residents, their friends, and their guests to acquire copies to read and enjoy for years to come," Cook added.

The exact number of copies to be produced, and the cost, is still being considered by the Broders. These decisions will be made soon, with input from the Health Center, civic leaders and the Chamber of Commerce.

"This book is a tribute to our father, who embraced Beaver Island as our entire family has for five generations, since 1915. He admired and delighted in the people, the characters, and the community over his long adult life - its quirky independence, Irish heritage, self-reliance and patriotism," said oldest son George Broder. "This effort is a demonstration of his and our family's love of Beaver Island that we hope delivers for readers the same type of smiles, laughs and joy we experience when reading these gems."

For more information on how to support and participate in this project, please contact Donna Kubic at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Check out the following link to help with this project

Powers' Do It Best Teams Up with BI Animal Fund

"Stop by and have a complimentary treat; any donations will be welcome to benefit the Beaver Island Animal Fund. Coffee and treats thanks to Larry Forth and John Bowie, Thanks guys :) "

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Anyone can write a nomination, you don't have to be a member. Nominating forms as either a PDF or Word Doc are available on the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org .

“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.”

The awards banquet will be held on April 28th at the Shamrock.


PDF: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.pdf

Word Doc: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.doc

2012 Beaver Island Marathon May Not Take Place


The board of directors of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that there are no current plans for a Labor Day weekend marathon this year unless another professional promotion company should step forward.

The southern Michigan based company, Good Boy Events, has concluded that there is not sufficient guest accommodation space on Beaver Island to allow the event to be continued on a profitable basis. The three Island events in 2009-10-11 drew between 250 and 300 participants each. Events on the mainland like the Charlevoix Marathon routinely draw 1000 or more.

“We are always on the lookout for events, particularly in the spring and fall, that we can support for the economic benefit of our Island ,” said Chamber President Rachel Teague. “Member and community ideas are always welcome.”

Whiskey Point Light Committee Receives Restoration Grant

Charlevoix County Community Foundation grant to assist with renovation of St. James Lighttower on Beaver Island

Beaver Island - A recent grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) brings St. James Township on Beaver Island one step closer to launching a much needed project to restore and preserve the historic Lighttower on the north shore of the Island 's harbor.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation Board approved a grant of $4,269.00 which will be used to help fund the exterior renovations on the St. James Lighttower, an iconic symbol of the Island built during the Mormon era. Funds for the grant came from the Beaver Island Enrichment Fund and the John and Laurene Adams Fund, both component funds of the Community Foundation, as well as the Foundation's Community Fund, which supports unrestricted grantmaking on a county-wide basis.

“We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for this grant,” said Lighthouse Committee Chair Don Vyse. “We are now moving closer to our goal of beginning the much needed work in the very near future.”

Several years ago, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association partnered with St. James Township to help facilitate the assessment and work on the Lighttower. An architectural condition assessment was completed, outlining the extensive work needed to be accomplished on the structure. “As we work, we have to follow the Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook,” Vyse explained. “We must be in compliance with the manual. We have to do it correctly and historically restore it.”

Exterior renovations include instillation of a new door and windows, ventilation work, cement work, and all the wooden and cast iron elements in the tower must be scraped, repaired, primed and refinished. By far the biggest expense and the highest ranking priority is the exterior masonry, with an estimated 2,600 bricks needing to be replaced and the mortar evaluated and replaced in many areas. The cost of the exterior restoration portion of the project is estimated to be around $70,000.

Charlevoix County Community Foundation President, Chip Hansen, conveyed the Foundation's enthusiasm for the renovations as well. “The Community Foundation is very pleased to play a role in the renovation of the Lighttower,” he said, adding, “we're looking forward to watching the work as it progresses and, ultimately, the successful completion of such a worthwhile project.”

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life for all who live, work, or vacation in Charlevoix County. CCCF works to enhance the quality of life in Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come, by building permanent charitable endowment from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on matters of community concern.

To learn more about the Lighttower Restoration Project call Lighthouse Committee Chair Don Vyse at 231-448-2834.

More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, January 11, 2012

The meeting started promptly at 7 p.m. There were a few additions to the agenda as posted. The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the Emergency Services Authority and the posting of the EMS Director position. Decisions that effect and affect the volunteers of the Beaver Isaland Fire Department and the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service were thoroughly discussed and the posting of the EMS director position was determined after in-depth and vocal EMS input. There was also input from other community members as well as from Fire Chief Tim McDonough and current EMS Director Sarah McCafferty. The decision was to post the EMS director position on Beaver Island for ten days. After that period of time, Peaine would make its decision at a meeting on January 23, 2001, at 6 p.m. just prior to the Joint Township Meeting regarding the emergency air transport.

A letter of support was approved by the board for the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation for a grant application for installation of air conditioning in the Forestview Apartment complex. Election inspectors were appointed for the Republican primary, and posting will take place for the cleaning position for the Peaine hall.

Link to video of this meeting

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.