B.I. News on the 'Net, February 17-23, 2014

Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Beaver Island Airport Terminal Progress

The trip out to the Township Airport on Thursday, February 20, 2014, was interesting to say the least. Then a look at the pictures revealed very little to report. Each and every picture looked pretty much the same. What can you say about drywall to make it interesting? Most of the drywall work is completed. All of the windows have plastic over them. The temperature in the building was in the middle 70's from the electric heaters. Here are a few pictures to illustrate the statement above.

Between the equipment and the drywall dust, it was a little difficult to get around the building, but here is the video walkthrough.


Islanders vs Polar Bears Video

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lady Islanders vs Lady Polar Bears Video

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Waste Management Committee, 2/18/14

Tuesday morning's Waste Management Committee meeting was very busy with lots of budget work. An excellent report was given by Director Brad Swearingen in which he provided information about the budget meeting held previously. His report included a request to put Bob Marsh on salary to have both of them working full time. He also reported that the USDOT HazMat training had been completed by all three employees, which included himself with a printed certificate to put in the files. The majority of the meeting was spent in budget discussions. The recommendations of the budget committee were discussed. The major expenditures for this next fiscal year would include the replacement forklift that did not get to the Island before the last boat, and a used roll-off truck. These purchases would come from the fund equity which was accumulated just for these purposes.

Discussion on the committee structure and operating agreement was deferred until the new fiscal year as was the Personnel Policy manual, with Brad requested to get some information from mainland operations. Brad also had mentioned that there might be a couple of phone calls about some southern islands in the U.S. that are looking to pattern their transfer stations after the Beaver Island model. Next meeting will be March 18, 2014.

Video of this meeting HERE

Last Saturday Morning Islanders vs Polar Bears

To make the Saturday game more competitive, the Grand Marais coach put in some younger players to start the game, and these players did well against the Islanders, although the Islanders led during a large portion of the game. When it was needed, the Grand Marais coach put in his first string to make certain that they won the game. This gave the Islanders a chance to play some of the younger players, one who had the highest number of points in the Friday night game. Some of the Islander shots started to go in on Saturday morning.

Alex lays it up........and again......then brother Nick

Simeon puts one up.......Jewell lays one up.....Jewell shoots a short one

Ronnie shoots a three.......Alex get blocked....and shoots a foul shot

Simeon shoots off balance.....Jewell shoots a jumper.......Islanders lead end of 1st

Jewell shoots.............Cheerleaders resting.........Jewell shoots a foul shot

Riley shoots a jumper........Jewell blocked......Game close just before halftime

Alex shoots a jumper.....Ronnie shoots a jumper......Ronnie shoots a short one

Halftime score

Jewell shoots............Jewell battles inside........Nick gets blocked

Nick shoots his foul shots.....Jewell high with a jumper......Just barely ahead end of 3rd

Leroy blocks Alex......Steal for easy layup by the Bears......Ronnie shoots a jumper

Jewell lays it up.......Simeon shoots a short jumper......Islanders behind by one

Ronnie shoots a three........Ronnie tries another one..........Simeon fouled

Jewell shoots a jumper.........Polar Bears win by four

Last Saturday Morning Lady Islanders vs Lady Polar Bears

Grand Marais started off tough.......Almost blocked shot...........Good perimeter shooting

Sarah shoots........Hannah shoots...........Emily shoots

A blocked shot.........Fight for the ball........Emily fires again

Baskets either didn't fall or shots were blocked. Score at end of first quarter.

Meg shoots.................Hannah shoots.........Meg fires again

Attempt to pass and Grand Marais steals

Hannah shoots.................Sarah shoots..............Emily shoots

Meg gets a close one..............Hannah fires...............Hannah fires again

Halftime score

Meg shoots a jumper...............Hannah fires.........Meg fires and scores on a hook

Only four points in seven minutes

Four points in one minute....... End of 3rd quarter

Emily shoots........Meg tries and is blocked......Meg fights in for the rebound

Meg shoots.........Emily shoots........Meg ready for rebound

Emily gets one off......Lady Polar Bears fire and make a three.......Fighting for the ball

Another steal and GM basket.......Final Score

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Friday Night Islanders vs Polar Bears

The Polar Bears from Grand Marais came to win. While there were several fouls called, there were many more that were not called with the slaps, reach-ins, and moving picks that included a little push. There is no doubt that the Grand Marais players were better conditioned, better shots, especially the three point shots, and had excellent pick and roll skills. They moved into the lead Friday night and didn't give any leniency for the whole game. In the terms of the world from fifty years ago, the Islanders got slaughtered. It was topped off by the fact that the Islanders couldn't buy a basket when they did get a shot.

Jewell and Leroy jump to start the game

Jumper by Alex..........Another jumper by Alex........Ronnie shoots a three

At the end of the first quarter, the Islanders had only scored one basket.

Ronnie started to get into the game, with a shot, bringing the ball down, and another shot.

Jewell shoots.......Fightying for a rebound........Halftime score

Cheerleaders at Halftime

The cheerleaders are working hard to entertain the spectators and cheer on the basketball teams.

Jewell jumper.............Alex drives...............Battle to shoot and for rebound

Simeon fouled ..............Jewell fouled..............Nick put it up

Ronnie shoots.......Another long shot.................Nick is fouled

End of third quarter score....The ball won't go in the basket for the Islanders

Zander shoots and scores........The young Oliver boys play......Another shot

Alex gets a steal...........The Final Score

Video including Parent Recognition and Cheerleader Presentation HERE

BICS Parent Recognition

This tradition recognizes parents for their contributions to their children's education and sportsmanship. The three seniors that recognized his/her parents were Jewell Cushman, Olivia Cary, and Ron Marsh.

Mr. Riley Justis, Hannah Robers, Meg Works, and Madie Martin are ready for the short program to begin.

Cindy, Dusty and Jewell........Lynn, Olivia, Gregg, and Heather Cary..................Bob, Ron, and Dawn Marsh

Friday Night Lady Islander Pictures

Lady Islander coaches Tammy LaFreniere and Chris Heikka

Jump ball........Polar Bear defense......Kaitie shoots

Polar Bear Break away......Emily shoots a jumper......Emily lays one up

Hannah shoots.......Leroy rescues a stuck ball.........Emily fires

Meg fires ones.......Emily blocked......Time out taken

Emily fights to shoot.......Halftime score


Taekwondo Demonstration

Second Half Lady Islanders vs Lady Polar Bears

Hannah shoots................Emily fires.................Emily brings it down

Time out

Emily shoots.........Hannah shoots

End of third quarter

Hannah shoots............Met puts one up..........Emily fires another

Hannah tries again..................and again.....

Final score

The Lady Islanders couldn't get the ball through the basket on this Friday night. Good defense by the Lady Polar Bears made it difficult to get a good look at the basket, but miss after miss was the result.

Video of the game including Cheerleaders and Taekwondo Demonstration HERE

Grand Marais Polar Bears Maul the Islanders

Both the Lady Polar Bears and the Polar Bears outran, out rebounded, and out shot the Lady Islanders and the Islanders on Friday night, February 14, 2014. With steal after steal, the two Islander teams got frustrated. There seemed to be little that the Grand Marais teams could do wrong. Perhaps, the games in the morning will have a few more high spots for the Islanders.



Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

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

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE.

Lyn Jenks Presentation on Affordable Care Act

Video of this entire presentation is HERE

Link to the Charlevoix Hospital Video Presentation HERE


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

Meeting video available HERE

St. James Meeting on December 4, 2013

Video of the meeting HERE

Wednesday, 010814, 7 p.m, Peaine Township Meeting

Video Available HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Township Meeting, 1/2/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committe (WMC) Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

A Short Snowshoe Adventure

One of the goals of the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net is to snowshoe all the way around the shoreline of Beaver Island. Completed so far is the entire shoreline from Mrs. Redding's Trail north all the way to the harbor, and then south all the way to the South End Lighthouse. The only part left is from the South End Lighthouse to Mrs. Redding's Trail. In order to get in shape and to practice using the snowshoes, today the editor took a short adventure down the East Side Road. The ice caves and the ice arches were the reason for the trip.

Parking at the top of the hill just north of the Jacobson's residence, all the equipment including cameras, video camera, snacks, and snowshoes were carried down to the bottom of the hill, prepared for the snowshoe adventure, and the adventure was begun. Funny how easy it seems to climb up a snow bank made by the County trucks. Try it with snowshoes on. Finally making the sideway crawl work, the bank of snow was scaled, it seemed like six feet high, but really was about three feet. Immediately, taking just one step off the top of the bank, the first step with the snowshoes over the snow bank was almost two feet down. Luckily, no fall was in the plan, so the struggle to get from the side of the road and down the driveway was really an uphill battle, but was really on the level. Four stops and heaving breathing later, the driveway was behind and the deck on the house was the first location for reconnoitering. The snow mountains were visible from this location, either a long way south or just a little less far north.

A look back down the driveway

A look out to the icy mounds

Now, there is a little slanting away hill to get from the deck to the edge of the ice. There are also some pretty hefty drifts of snow between the deck and the ice edge. The adventure has started.

BINN editor is out in front of this summer residence.

A look south at the ice mountains, but the decision is made to go north.

It seemed longer than it was, but the trip north was worth the trouble. Snow arches were able to be seen within about ten minutes of snowshoeing along the shoreline.

The view of the arch from the shoreline side.

The view of the arch from the lake side.

The brain can sometimes pulls tricks on a person when they are out in the cold with the wind blowing and gusting. What would it be like to climb inside one of these? Is that one side include a cavity to get out of the wind? Could the snow and ice chunks be used to make an igloo? Could you stay warm inside if you made this into an igloo? Time to get rehydrated with the liquids brought along. There's another one a short distance north.

No much of an arch, but you couldn't tell it from a distance.

These two mountains were about eight or eight and half feet tall. There's a taller one a little further north.

The top of this mound was higher than ten feet, and the arch was much more substantial in thickness and a possible cave off to the left.

A look at the summer residence near the arches and a look back to the start of the adventure.

The first half of the adventure is over. This was the interesting part. The trip back was long and tiring, but thank goodness it was uneventful. This was a good first snowshoe adventure. Next, a planned trip instead of a spur of the moment one is on the agenda.

Short Video Clip of the Adventure


Korea Reborn

AMVETS Post 46 has recently obtained copies of Korea Reborn, A Grateful Nation published by the Republic of Korea to honor all Korean War veterans. One is at the Beaver Island District Library and one was presented to Joe Reed our most decorated Korean War veteran who received Silver and Bronze Stars for heroic service.

For history buffs and veterans who served in Korea since the War, this is an excellent book to check out. The editors have gathered a remarkable number of pictures that are well captioned. This is a good depiction of the strength and resilience of our remarkable ally in Asia as well as the brave men who fought and died for their freedom.

by Bob Tidmore

Peaine Township Meeting, February 13, 2014

Another technological issue caused the live streaming to be less than perfect last evening, February 12, 2014. Somehow the Internet began to send an echo back and forth between the video server and the BINN broadcast computer which pretty much made the sound garbled. A restart of the program and reconnection with the server resolved the issue, but the beginning of the meeting was not audible. Apologies from BINN for the glitch are obvious. Once the glitch was resolved, the audio and video were nice and crisp.

The meeting started out with the usual approval of minutes and review of the agenda. Added to the agenda were a letter from the Beaver Island Association, the Trails Committee, and a report from the Phragmities Adminstrator.

The first discussion was about the possibility of paving the road from the Four Corners to Welke Airport. The discussion pretty much centered around taking a look at this as an option, but worries about financing the project had to be resolved prior to any decision. Next was the discussion of insurance benefits for part time employees. It was pretty much decided that if this was offered to one, then it would have to be offered to all. There was also no consensus related to the need to do this with the Affordable Care Act and its implications. Next came the report from Supervisor Kohls about the NRESC. He stated that there was a lot of paperwork to wade through on his desk, and he would have some time to work on it on Thursday when he was in the office. No progress had been made so far.

The Peaine Board passed resolutions related to individual salaries as required by law. The resolutions were at the same salary as the previous year.

The letter from the BIA was discussed. The likelihood of the township insurance being able to place the BIA on their policy and the limitations suggested were discussed. It was also decided that the township did not want to get involved in this insurance issue.

Bill Kohls suggested that he and the Trails Chair get together to discuss the current make up and the current range of responsibility and possibly come up with another arangement..

Cindy Ricksgers gave a thorough report on the Phragmities situation and the education that she has gained in the recent past.

Video of the Meeting HERE

The White Stuff

by Cindy Ricksgers

Yes, it’s snowing again.

We’ve gotten plenty of snow here on Beaver Island this Winter. The last time I checked, we were at one hundred and thirteen inches (that’s over 287cm!!). And now it’s coming down again.

Our all-time record is 138 inches of snowfall in a season. We’re in position to beat that record this year.

That’s not the “white stuff” I’m talking about here, though.

Potatoes, rice, pasta…that white stuff.

The foods that seem so comforting this time of year.

The foods that are most friendly to my budget.

The foods that – according to the experts – women my age should avoid, for optimum health and weight control.

I’m pretty careful most of the time.

I center my meals around fresh vegetables from my garden in the summertime. Salad bowls are my usual dinner in warm weather, with chickpeas, egg and nuts added for protein and crunch. If I have a bit of meat, I’ll add it for variety.

In the wintertime, soups are the staple of my diet. I use stocks and vegetable purees that I put up in the Fall, from my harvest. Beans and grains give it substance. Meat, when I have it, for flavor. I make a whole-grain bread that’s a nice accompaniment.

Oh, I have my little indulgences: a glass of wine; chocolate in almost any form; coffee; cream; cheese…still, pretty healthy, for the most part.

Not this winter, it seems.

When the first wave of cold came through, I started wanting “comfort” food. The “white stuff.” Macaroni and cheese; tuna casserole; baked potatoes. As layer upon layer of snow came down, the craving continued. Goulash; fried rice; stew. The many (so many!) extremely cold and blustery days where the wind drove the temperature down and my drafty house was in a constant state of refrigeration, I warmed myself around the oven cooking one heavy meal after another.

Last week, I made a nice turkey soup. Broth and diced turkey that I’d put in the freezer after Thanksgiving, fresh celery, onion and carrots. “Substance,” I thought, “It needs some substance in this cold!” Barley was one healthy choice that I had on hand. I could have also chosen brown rice, wild rice, spelt, wheat berries or quinoa. I opted, instead, to make home-made egg noodles. You know, the white flour and egg recipe. That’s substance, all right.

One night I decided I’d just have breakfast for dinner. I mixed up a half-batch of pancakes. I made them in the silver-dollar size. Added blackberries that I’d frozen last Fall. Ate them with just butter. Looking back at the meal, I thought, “Congratulations, Cindy, you have just eaten one cup of white flour…butter added.”

Yesterday I made St. Scholastica’s Soup. It’s a lentil, barley and wild rice soup that’s one of my staple recipes. I usually top a bowl of the thick vegetarian soup with a dollop of sour cream and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Yesterday, because I had the time, and it was cold, I also made two loaves of crusty Italian bread so that I’d have that to go along with the soup.

I also took time yesterday to try on some clothes, in anticipation of a trip to the mainland. The snow is softening the landscape; it seems my shape has shifted and changed as well.

There is no doubt about it, it’s time to give up the white stuff!

Visit Cindy's blog HERE

Northern Michigan's 100 Men Campaign

Read about this HERE






Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 15

June 21

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)


Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

McDonough's Winter Hours

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

Contact: Matt Miller or Gery Hartman, 989-731-0700, or 1029 Gornick Ave., Suite 105, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

B I Christian Church Ministers


16 and 23:  Pastor Harold Kruse

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

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

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

February 25, 2014 (change)
April 15, 2014
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

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

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Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

National Honor Society Inductees

Nationally, students must be sophomores or older and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B).  The students all read descriptions of the four Naational Honor Society (NHS) characteristics:  Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character.  Students received NHS membership pins and cards, and the junior/senior NHS members presented them with yellow roses, the official NHS flower. 

This year's inductees were sophomores Sarah Avery, Ryan Boyle, Nick Williams and Lillian Wiser. Presenters were Principal Riley Justis and NHS Adviser Connie Boyle.

February 2014 Inductees

Lillian receiving card.......Nick reading

Ryan receives card......Sarah receives her pin

Congratulations NHS Inductees!

Lady Islanders vs Lady Eagles Saturday Morning

The Lady Islanders battled once more on Saturday morning, February 8, 2014, with the game beginning at 8:30 a.m. Once more the Lady Islanders put out a valiant effort, but kept coming up short. Good game, Lady Islanders!

Emily came out shooting.......Emily fires again......Shoot it of the boards

Hannah shoots..................Meg shoots.....Lady Islanders take the lead

Hannah shoots ............Katie shoots............Emily lays one up

Emily with another short lay-up.....Hannah with a long three......Another shot

Meg fires a rebound up...

Good job, Lady Islanders!

Video available HERE

Islanders vs Eagles Saturday Morning

The spectators were looking forward to another close game Saturday morning. February 8, 2014. The Islanders were fired up, and they were ready to play hard and run fast.

Simeon was fouled early......Jewell gets and easy lay-up.......and then shoots a foul shot

Alex with a good steal and lay-up........Ronnie with a three pointer

It was at this point in the game, that number 44 from the Ojibwe team got angry. Whatever he said was overheard by the official, and he was called for a technical foul. He had to go out of the game until he cooled down, but he did not return to the game. Whatever he was upset about, it certainly allowed the Islanders to move ahead quickly, and it allowed the younger Islanders a chance to play.

The best player on the Ojibwe team sat out the rest of the game.

Alex lays one up.........Ryan gets fouled........Riley gets a shot

Ryan shoots a couple......Alex gets a steal and lay-up....Brendyn shoots a long one

Austyn shoots........Brendyn shoots.....Austyn shoots again

Nick gets a lay-up........ Brendyn shoots..........Riley fires

Brendyn fires............Riley shoots...........Brendyn shoots again

What was really neat about this game was the youngers got to play, but even neater than that, the older players made certain the the younger players got the ball and had many opportunities to shoot the ball.

Riley shoots a longer shot.......Simeon gets a chance to score......Simeon gets another shot

The Islanders easily won this game! Congratulations, Islanders!

A little scoreboard repair was necessary. Thanks, John Works and Gerald LaFreniere!

Video available HERE

Lady Islanders vs Lady Eagles Friday Night

The Lady Islanders fought hard against teh Lady Ojibwe Eagles, but the Eagles had two very good players. One was good at stealing the ball. The other was short, but an excellent three point shooter. Here are some pictures of the Friday, February 7, 2014, game.

Our two officials, the one on the left has been coming for years.

Tessa fires................Katie shoots.................Meg puts one up

Foul shot by Emily......Foul shot by Meg.............Hannah shoots a three

Sarah puts one up.........Katie shoots........Emily fires

Hannah shoots............Emily fires................Put it up

Katie shoots one outside........Emily inside......Ready for a rebound

Katie is fouled.

The Lady Islanders went down to defeat, but the crowd was very supportive! Way to Go, Lady Islanders!

Video available HERE

Islanders vs Ojibwe Eagles Friday

The Eagles fought a valiant fight. One player was very, very good. A couple of the younger Eagles were not too tall, but they were very good three point shooters. The Islanders rose to the occasion, played hard, and won the game. Here are a few pictures from the Friday night, February 7, 2013, game.

Jewell shoots a jumper......Ronnie shoots a three pointers......Alex gets a left lay-up

Ronnie fires a three......Simeon battles inside.......Alex tries to drive

Jewell shoots a long jumper.......Jewell on a short jumper........Alex fires a short one

Alex shoots a long one.......then gets a short lay-up......Jewell shoots a jumper

Nick shoots a short one......Jewell gets fouled........Nick fires again

Ronnie fires a three-pointer.......Half-time score has the Islanders ahead

Eagles best player steals and scores......Shooting a foul shot.....Shooting a jumper

Simeon shoots......Jewell shoots a jumper......Alex is fouled

Score with twenty-one seconds to go....Islanders WIN!

Video available HERE

St. James Meeting

The February St. James Township meeting took place on February 5, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. This meeting lasted about two hours with a large portion of the meeting dedicated to discussion of the boat launching ramp.

Due to a technological failure, the meeting video may have a little tail on the end of some clips from previous recordings. Although BINN has attempted to edit the video clips, there may be some residual data from the tape that ends up on the end of a clip. The tape editing process is not as exact as the digital editing process, so we apologize in advance for any junk data from prior events at the end of the clips

View video of this meeting HERE

Governor Snyder Recognizes Invasive Species

Funding Plan Released


Beaver Island Phragmites Control

No, Thank You!

by Cindy Ricksgers

We sent letters out, before the end of last year, to property owners who are impacted by invasive Phragmites on Beaver Island.

We detailed the steps we’ve been taking to handle the problem, and requested continued support of our efforts.

This is my first year in this position; I didn’t know what to expect.

Times are hard; money is tight; the holiday season always brings a mailbox full of requests for donations.

I understand!

Still, the response has been tremendous.

What followed our mailing was a steady stream of envelopes.

What they revealed was not only support of the work that we are doing, but generosity and kindness of spirit.

Christmas cards, personal notes and letters repeatedly offered gratitude and approval of our efforts to stop the spread of this invasive species.

I’m not only pleased by the generosity of monetary donations, but awed by all of you who also took the time to write a note of encouragement.

The money will help to fund our work, and is also instrumental as a show of backing when we apply for grant funding.

I am heartened by your confidence and encouragement.

I’ve sent out a few letters in response to specific questions or concerns. I’m sorry I can’t thank each one personally.

Honestly, it means so much to know we have your backing to continue our good work.

Thank you!

Karen Johnson, New Trustee

Karen Johnson, a Beaver Island resident was part of a Charlevoix County Leadership Program. This provided her the opportunity to network and discuss important issues with her fellow trainees. This program is obviously a wonderful program, and Beaver Island News on the 'Net is a proud contributor to the leadership program. Karen was recently appointed to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation as one of four new trustees. Congratulations, Karen Tritsch Johnson.


Old B. I. Airport Terminal----Bids Accepted

See BIAC Bid Document

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

This morning a little after 10 a.m., the representatives from Mead and Hunt arrived at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss several topics with the BIAC. The consultant firm Mead and Hunt's representatives had left Lansing in an aircraft flying to Beaver Island. The meeting was slightly delayed due to the weather and the desire to get as many airport commission members present as possible.

The first topic on the agenda of this meeting was the needed tree clearing to maintain the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport. It is difficult to get this approach back if it was lost. The example given was the fourteen month time frame for another airport that had lost their approach. This example was plenty to get the airport commission aware of the importance of this particular topic.

(Thanks to Rod Nettleman for the PDFs from Mead and Hunt and Elaine West for the forwarded documents)

PAPI Obstacle Clearance Surface(OCS) is one plane surface that must be accomodated to satisfy the Federal Aviation Administration. The PAPI OCS provides a pilot with a minimum approach clearance for the pilot landing at the airport. This is just one surface that the Mead and Hunt representative presented. To meet these requirements to maintain the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport, there are three trees that need to be cut down or topped. Two of these trees are on the property of the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, and one of these trees is on the property owned by Bob Banville. Mead and Hunt PDF HERE See graphic HERE

The second surface discussed was from FAR, Part 77, for the SAFE, EFFICIENT USE, AND PRESERVATION OF THE NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. This plane surface would require additional trees be removed or topped from the properties mentioned above and one tree from another property owner. The two trees from Paradise Bay Coffee Shop property would need to be removed or topped as above in the description above in the paragraph above. It would require additional three trees be removed or topped from Bob Banville's property and one from the Garthwaite property. Mead and Hunt PDF HERE. See graphic HERE

Perhaps everyone was amazed that this small number of trees were those that were required to be removed or topped. The total was only seven trees in the most demanding plan. This was certainly much less that most had thought. That statement does not minimize the rights of the property owners, but just relates that this is certainly not as many as thought. This process needs to be completed as soon as possible to prevent loss of the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport. It also must be completed so that this new information can be uploaded to the FAA. It also has to be completed before April 1st due to the Migratory Bird Act. The funding, if needed, for this removal or topping of trees must be funded from local funds because the federal process of funding takes too long.

These tree removals are necessary, not only to maintain the night approach, but also for any improvement, such as a WAAS approach, at the Beaver Island Airport. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is an air navigation aid developed by the Federal Aviation Administration to augment the Global Positioning System (GPS), with the goal of improving its accuracy, integrity, and availability. Essentially, WAAS is intended to enable aircraft to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, including precision approaches to any airport within its coverage area. The idea of this improved approach using WAAS is that it improves the ability to fly emergency medical patients off the island when the weather is bad.

Next, the representative from Mead and Hunt spoke about the airport apron expansion, its location, and the timing needed. This led into a discussion of the Kings Highway paving project, and how this would determine the timeline for the apron expansion. Also discussed was the new access road, to be completed by the Charlevoix County Road Commission, played into the timing of the apron expansion as well. One of the issues related to this apron expansion included the fact that no one really knows when the 2014 federal funds would become available.

Mead and Hunt PDF of Airport Apron Expansion

Also related to this apron expansion was that the existing terminal building sits on part of the apron for this expansion project. The BIAC was working on this and reported that progress on this moving along quite well. It was a complex contract that had to cover everything, and wasn't currently in final form.

Mead and Hunt also reported on the necessity of bidding out the airport commission consultant position. Mead and Hunt presented a draft selection process to the airport commission. It was noted that a consultant could be selected from a Statement of Qualifications, and that interviews were not necessary. The airport commission needs to determine a time frame for this process.

The meeting adjourned with another committee meeting to take place after this one.

BINN live streamed this meeting on beaverisland.tv, and recorded the meeting for on demand video viewing for subscribers.

View Video of this meeting HERE

From the Chamber of Commerce

2013 Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

Here is the nomination form for 2013 Citizen of the year. The nomination deadline is April 4 and the awards banquet is set for May 17th. Additional banquet information will follow in late February. As usual there are many great candidates and the Chamber directors will have a challenge selecting one for the 2013 award. Now is a great time to start talking with friends about who would make a great nominee.

Nomination Form HERE

NEW Board Member

The Chamber directors accepted with regret the resignation from the board of long time director Pat Anderson. By unanimous vote the board wishes to thank Pat for her many years of service. Jean Kinsley was selected to replace Pat for the remainder of her term. Jean is a real estate broker with Prudential Preferred Properties.

Mary Beth Kur Running for Circuit Judge


Birding Trail Group Receives Grant

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
March 15; June 21; Sept. 20; annual meeting Dec. 13.

Part Time Position: Operations Manager

Operations Manager
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association
Beaver Island, MI
BICAA seeks a festival Operations Manager: This part time position is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of all orchestra events (concerts, rehearsals, outreach programs and special events) run smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner. The position is very physical and involves the loading and unloading of instruments and the movement of pianos and other instruments and equipment on stage as necessary; and may require supervision and direction of volunteers. Some weekend and evening work is required particularly in July and early August leading up to and during the festival.
Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in performing arts-Required (Music-Desired); 2 years experience in stage management planning and coordination  or performing arts experience-Required; Knowledge of Orchestral Layouts-Required; Ability to Read Music-Required; Strong organizational abilities-Required; Ability to work both collaboratively  independently and multi-task under deadline-Required
A complete job description and a list of qualifications are available at http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/

Submit letter of application, resume with email address, and the names and mail/email addresses of three professional references to: BICAA Coordinator, PO Box 326, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Applications received on or before February 15, 2014 will receive first consideration. Later applications may be considered until position is filled.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)


Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

Contact: Matt Miller or Gery Hartman, 989-731-0700, or 1029 Gornick Ave., Suite 105, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Township Airport Terminal


Floor plan

Charlevoix County Transit

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

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

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

(Hours subject to change.)

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

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

(Fares subject to annual review.)

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

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

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

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired in January and February

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


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