B. I. News on the 'Net, February 20-26, 2012

"I DARE YOU," Says Lois Williams.

A few weeks ago Joe and I watched a documentary DVD titled FORKS over KNIVES. It wasn't a long DVD but it was an eye opener. The subject matter is one that affects all of us, every day of our lives, determines our health and our well being. That subject is FOOD. The message is clear, what we eat determines our health. We in the United States of America are faced with a population that is getting sicker quicker than any other nation in the whole wide world. Isn't it time to take personal stock of you? Isn't it time to make some dietary changes that could change your life?

I dare you to watch this video. It is now available for your education at the public library.

Lois Williams

February 24, 2012


Happy Hour/Drink Specials/Great Tunes by the Man in Black and
NASCAR Daytona 500, and RED SOLO CUP Sunday!
ALSO...Watch the OSCARS at the PUB!
PLUS... Jim's PIZZA 2-6pm Dine in or Take-out
*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! Hope you join us!

Islanders and Lady Islanders at Hannahville Tournament

Basketball is the name of the game at the Hannahville Tournament. The Lady Islanders got a bye in the tournament because they were tied for first place with the Maplewood Baptist. Tonight the Islanders (Beaver Island boys) played the Mackinac Lakers, and the Islanders were victorious with a win with a score of 67 to 64 as reported by Julie Gillespie on facebook. Thank you, Julie!

The Lady Islanders were playing a game against Grand Marais tonight. During this game Brogan Maudrie hurt her leg. Grand Marais won this game 46 to Lady Islanders 38.


Troy Morgan, age 87, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the O'Guinn Family Funeral Home in Clio. Lt. Col. Joseph T. Morgan officiating. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1-9 PM and Saturday from 11 AM until time of service.

Troy was born August 28, 1924 in Asher, Kentucky to the late Lawrence and Suddie (Leddington) Morgan. He was a World War II U.S. Army Sergeant in the 35th Infantry with service in the Pacific Theater and was the recipient of two Bronze Stars. He married Emma Smith on May 10, 1947 in Asher, Kentucky. They moved to Michigan in 1957 and have resided in the Clio - Birch Run area the past 15 years. Troy retired from Chevrolet Mfg. with 30 years of service in 1983. He was also a member of UAW Local 659. He enjoyed working on cars and tractors, hunting, fishing, gardening and caring for his humming birds.

Surviving are Wife, Emma; 5 children, Gary (Christina) Morgan of Beaver Island, MI., Gail (Norman) Johns of Palm Harbor, FL., Kenneth Morgan of Burton, Barbara (Larry) Lawrence of Tarpon Springs, FL., and Eva-Jean (Dale) Hogard of Flushing; 10 grandchildren, Michelle, Gary, Joseph Troy, Jeremy, Aaron (Ann), Ashley (Curt), Penny, Toni and Kerry; 8 great grandchildren, Katherine (Jon), Gregory Troy, Joseph Paul, Nicholas, Lilly, Faith, Emily and Abbey; 1 great great grandchild, Landon Schadler; Sister, Verlin Griffin. Troy was also preceded in death by his adopted parents, Molly (Hirm) Bowling; Brothers, Roy and Hirm; Sister, Eva and grandson, John Dale Hogard. The family would like to extend a special thanks to friends and neighbors, Jack Carmode and Al Gatica.

Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.oguinnfh.com

Lady Islander Overtime Win Against Maplewood Baptist Video

Click HERE to View this Video Clip

Mike Hurkmans' Winter Fest on Lake G Video




BI Transfer Station Info

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

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.

BICS Newsletter, February 8, 2012

View newsletter HERE

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

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 February

COA Menu for February

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

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


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


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

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

Recreation Plan Comments

DRAFT-St. James Recreation Plan

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!


Presenter at the Community Center Suggests Economic Collapse

On Monday, February 20, 2011 at 7pm, Dr. Guy McPherson made a presentation to about twenty-five adults at the BI Community Center. The title of his presentation was "Impacts of Climate Change and Energy Decline to Beaver Island: How Can We Make our Community Durable, and Resilient?" !

Seamus Noorgard introduced Dr. Guy McPherson

Dr. Guy McPherson

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.

Dr. McPherson presented a very interesting point of view that suggests complete economic collapse by the end of this year 2012. He also presented the opinion of seventy-five scientists suggesting that the climate change will cause serious survival problems for human beings as early as 2035. He also made certain that everyone knew that this information was not his. He organized the information and was "just the messenger."

He went on to show his hay-bale house and his self-sufficient home and property including garden, goats, ducks, and chickens.

Signe Thomas Addressed the Largest National Conservative Gathering

Signe Thomas, a Florida State University student, said it was an 'immense honor' to be able 'to speak at the same podium as the most prominent leaders in the conservative movement.' / Photo courtesy of Signè Thomas

Signe Thomas, an FSU student, had an opportunity to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual conservative gathering in the country, on February 11, 2012. While interning in the British parliament last fall, Thomas was looking through the 2012 CPAC Web site to find out this year's speakers. She said during her search she saw that the conference was offering an essay contest.

"It wasn't just a student contest; anyone could enter," said Thomas. "When I spoke to the director, he said it was really competitive." Thomas won the contest with her essay, "Why We Still Hold These Truths." She said the idea for her topic came easy to her.

"It was second nature to me to describe why I am conservative," said Thomas. "I wanted to describe the principles our country was founded up by our forefathers." Thomas said the principles she wrote of about were a constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, a free-market economy, preserving traditional values, and a strong national defense.

"As a country, I believe we have drifted away from these principles and that is why our economy is in such a decline," said Thomas. "These things are the very things that allowed America to become successful."

Thomas is involved in many organizations on campus and also founded the Florida State University chapter of Thank A Solider Organization (TASO). Even with all her extracurricular activities, she said the idea of reading her own work at CPAC was a little intimidating.

"I thought they would put the essay winner in one of the side ballrooms but the director told me I would be reading in the main ballroom on the biggest night of the conference," said Thomas. "The conference is a weekend long affair with different speakers and events each day. It was an immense honor to speak at the same podium as the most prominent leaders in the conservative movement today."

Thomas, however, is involved in five honor societies and three campus organizations, as well as serving a term in the SGA Senate and is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She said she enjoys being very busy.

"I always put 110 percent into anything I set out to do," said Thomas. "My mother told me, ‘If something is worth doing its worth doing right'."

Her knowledge of politics isn't just limited to the United States. Last Fall while studying in London, Thomas said she interned for the British Parliament under Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

"I was able to meet and greet with foreign dignitaries and ambassadors because of his position as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee," said Thomas.

Even with all of her political interests, Thomas said she does not have an interest to become a politician.

"My ultimate career goal is to pursue broadcast journalism and be a news anchor," said Thomas. "I want to have a career that I love while also being able to support myself and my family."

Signe went to school here on Beaver Island and was very involved in tap dancing. It's pretty amazing to see her moving up in the world and involved in national level politics. Signe even has her own website. Check it out HERE.

GLE Power Access Surcharge Thirteen Years Later

Back on May 18, 1999, there was a joint township board meeting at the Peaine Township Hall. This meeting was the final meeting of several public meetings related to how to solve the power issues that the island was having at the time. On the board of the township of Peaine were John Works, Jr., Frank Blatt, Paul Nelson, Buddy Martin, and John McCafferty. On the board of the township of St. James were Don Vyse, Tim McDonough, Jim Wojan, Jean Palmer, and Gary Damstra. All five board members of both townships were sitting at a table with the joint township lawyer Jim Young, who was there to provide legal advice.

The meeting began with the township board members asking questions of the Great Lakes Energy representatives, the consultant for the townships, the townships' attorney, and a representative of the regulatory board for the State of Michigan. After quite a lengthy question and answer period, the public was given an opportunity to comment. Several community members commented and asked questions. Then the township boards asked their final questions and voted to grant a 30-year franchise to Great Lakes energy which included a three-phase cable and the power generators that exist now at the Four Corners.

It has been approximately thirteen years since this meeting took place and the two townships had granted this franchise. This is approximately one-third of the length of the warranty period for the cable and coming up soon will be the halfway point in the thirty year franchise period. As part of this agreement, island residents are required to pay more than an additional twelve dollars on their electric bill over a thirty year period to pay for the cable and the generators, with the amount on this February 2012 electric bill being $12.25 as a surcharge. In addition to this surcharge for every meter, there was to be a higher charge for any new meters added to the power grid on Beaver Island.

It might be a really good idea for the two townships to request an accounting of where this stands by finding out how many meters have been installed since the franchise has been granted, how many meters are currently being charged the surcharge, and whether the surcharge will continue the entire thirty years, seventeen more years from now, or whether the projected pay off will come sooner than that.

$12.25 x 1100 power meters x 12 months x 13 years = $2.102,100.00

Are these numbers anywhere close to correct?

Rich Gillespie took video of this very long meeting, and with his permission, BINN presents the final board discussions, the lawyer's summary of suggested changes, and the two townships as they voted.

Link to Video of this May 18, 1999 Joint Meeting

Waste Management Regular Meeting at Peaine Hall

The regularly scheduled Waste Management Committee meeting took place at 9 a.m., this morning, Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Members present were Ed Troutman (vice-chair), Jim Birdsall, Jean Wierenga, Tim McDonough, and Jack Gallagher. Absent from the meeting were Paul and Angel Welke.

The majority of the meeting was a discussion of the budget and development of the new lists of items and the possibility of changes to the costs for disposal of specific items. The Point of Sale equipment was also discussed and location of the invoice was determined to be the most likely way to determine which equipment was ordered,. Tiim Myers stated that the cash register portion of the equipment was not present although an older copy of the software for use was shown to the committee and to Jeff Powers who has offered to help with this.

Additionally, Tim Myers suggested that the committee look into the possibility of recycling shingles.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Islanders Fall to Blackbears

One look at the Maplewood Baptist Blackbears would make almost every Islander team member look up to see the top of the Blackbear heads. Put another way, if the Islanders were to line up in front of the Blackbears, they would not have to kneel for the picture because the Blackbears' faces would all be seen clearly over the tops of the Islanders' heads.

Even the tallness of the Blackbears would not match their conditioning advantage and their speed running the length of the court. You can imagine the cheers when one Islander was able to block a shot or two of the Blackbears.

Maplewood Baptist was victorious in both the Friday night game and the Saturday morning game. Some might think it amazing that the Islanders managed to score successfully at all against a much taller, better conditioned team, but score they did, coming within eight points on Friday night.

The start of the Saturday morning game.

Matthew foul shot....Michael M foul shot....Michael Pryor jumper

Blackbears almost double Islander points at halftime.

A come back is started...

Jewell's layup......McCaulley's three pointer


Gus fires one over the tall center---Jewell's jumper

Micheal Pryor jumper....Matt fires one.......Waiting to rebound

The best that the Islanders could do could not top the Blackbears.

Respectable score against Maplewood!

Winter Fest on Lake G Complete Success

What a wonderful day to pick for having a winter festival on Lake Generserath! Finally a normal Beaver Island winter day, the first we've had in a long while. Fresh snow graced the event and cleared away just in time for the event.

Yesterday, February 18, 2012, was the Fresh Air Aviation sponsored Winter Fest on Lake G. Rachel and Keith Teague have lots of help putting together this excellent activity that is open to all ages with activities for all ages as well. BINN wants to thank Fresh Air Aviation and, specifically, Rachel Teague for her photographs and information about this winter event.

We had a wonderful time at Winter Fest yesterday on Lake G. and want to thank everyone who came out and especially those who volunteer their time to make it happen. We couldn't do it without you! Your generosity and spirit makes Winter Fest such a special event for the community.

The Welcome and Guest Book

Winter survival shelters--a new activity for 2012

The abominable snow cave?

Ski plane rides--an old favorite

Good food, good conversation, and good company

Snow canoe and snow hay rides on the ice

Additional planes this year....

Thank you to Sharon Hurkmans for these pictures taken while in the ski plane on a trip around the airspace above Lake G!

If you haven't ever been down to the Lake G Winterfest, you will want to consider going to the 4th Annual Winterfest on Lake G in 2013. It looks like a great of fun and an excellent meal. See you there next year!

A special thanks to:
Phil & BJ Wyckoff, Jim Wojan, Dave & Sue Avery, Gary & Tina Morgan, Bruce & Jean Kinsley, Dalton & Ruthie Cothran, Jeff Stone & Sarah Rohner, Bill & Shirley Detwiler, Tom Whitman, Darrel Butler, Vince Pickhardt, Steve & Tina Drost, Kathy Speck, Nancy & Terry Saxton, Mike Jones, Derek Deruiter, Ken Bruland, Jim Stambaugh, Tim & Trisha King, Paradise Bay Coffee, Mike & Sharon Hurkmans, Jim Luteyn, And many more – sorry if I missed any names!!

Thank you,
Keith and Rachel Teague



First Planning Meeting for 2012 BI Health and Human Services Fair

The first meeting of the planning group is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 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!

In the Navy




GREAT LAKES, IL 60088-7105

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

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

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

Birthdays This Week

Monday, February 20:

Tuesday, February 21: Jeremy Morgan and Bernadette Green Cole

Wednesday, February 22: Cherie Baily, Nick Olson, Kayla Anderson, Jennifer Weiss Maciejewski, Marilyn Conselyea

Thursday, February 23: John Boyle, Barbara Kenwabikise,

Friday, February 24:

Saturday, February 25:

Sunday, February 26: Dudley Stevens, Veronica Bigelow, and Tom Stegeman

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.

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.

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

Expired Subscriptions

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Lady Islanders Win

Maplewood Baptist Lady Blackbears came to Beaver Island to roll over the Lady Islanders. The four Lady Islander seniors; Brighid, Jenna, Brogan, and Olivia; were going to try to wipe that thought from the Lady Blackbears minds. So set up the games that took place on last Friday and Saturday night.

Two closer games could not have been designed even by the movie industry. Beaver Island Lady Islanders had to fight to win. The Lady Blackbears were taller and seemed more aggressive than the Lady Islanders. Bobby-Ann Love 32 of the Lady Blackbears received warnings about her anger and flying elbows. Anger and frustration by the Lady Blackbears was to be their ultimate downfall.

Friday night video of the basketball games was completed by Levi Connor and Saturday morning video by Joe Moore. There will be video highlights available for these games when it is processed. The pictures below are only of Saturday's game.

Olivia shoots and scores....Brighid tries a jumper....Another shot by Olivia

Olivia scores a layup.....Islanders foul......Meg shoots a foul shot

The Islanders got tired of being pushed and decided to push back. This is the first home game for Brogan Maudrie to foul out of the game. Olivia was also in foul trouble, but the Lady Islanders continued to meet the Lady Blackbears tit for tat.

Brogan shoots......Brighid lays one up......Olivia shoots

Brighid shoots and scores.....Islanders take an early lead...

The Lady Blackbear coach Colleen Radar took a time out and had a talk with the Lady Blackbears.

Brighid makes another layup.....Olivia is fouled.....fouled again...........

The Lady Blackbears were playing more and more aggressively as the Lady Islanders increased the pressure by making their shots.

Foul shots were made and the Lady Islanders were on fire.....

The spectators were awed by the response of the Blackbears to being behind. They began to come back with a vengeance with stolen balls and good coaching.

Foul shots on both ends of the floor with One and One shots being made.

The Lady Blackbears began to come back and the score began to get closer.

The game became a runaway with the Lady Blackbears having most of the positives moving their way. With very little time left the scores became closer and closer and closer.

As the regular game time ended, the Lady Blackbears had managed to tie the Lady Islanders. Time ran out for the spectators watching the game. The overtime was to begin with a very subdued crowd watching the Lady Islanders and the Blackbears on the boys' team began to get hopeful. They entered the gym to sit and watch as did the Islanders. The two male teams sat side by side watching their female counterparts on the court as the five minute overtime began.

And the overtime period was to begin with the Lady Blackbears taking the lead.

Lady Islander Coach Diane McDonough called a time out. Her conversation with the players must have made a difference because the Lady Islanders came out and forged ahead.

Meg makes her foul shot

The Lady Islanders were ahead!

Brighid Cushman managed to steal the ball and scored an easy layup. Jenna Battle scored 4 out of the 8 points in the overtime, had an assist on 2 more of the points, and had 2 steals, as well as one rebound. All of the seniors worked hard to pull off this win,

Good ball handling by Olivia and the other seniors allowed the time to pass, and the Lady Blackbears went down to defeat! Ecstasy filled the room for the spectators supporting the Lady Islanders. Disappointment and anger could be felt radiating from the Blackbears, their coaches, and their team members.

The Lady Islanders had pulled off a two game consecutive win against the Lady Blackbears!

Is it possible that the Lady Islanders could have moved past the Lady Blackbears in the Northern Lights League standings? Well, a tie for first place in the league is pretty good. Congratulations Lady Islanders!

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 on February 10, 2012. "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 received a National Defense Medal and a Marksman ribbon. She will be attending 50 days of Surface Combat Systems training before she is transferred out, possibly to San Diego. 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

Waste Management Jobs Available

Closing date of February 24th

Link to Job Descriptions HERE

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


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!

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

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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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!

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

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.