B. I. News on the 'Net, February 25-March 3, 2013

Sunrise Sun Pillar

This wonderful picture was captured by Bob Tidmore this morning, February 3, 2013. Thank you, Bob for sharing this.

A light pillar, or sun pillar, appears as a vertical pillar or column of light rising from the sun near sunset or sunrise, though it can appear below the sun, particularly if the observer is at a high elevation or altitude. Hexagonal plate- and column-shaped ice crystals cause the phenomenon. It is often caused by water droplets in the sky. Plate crystals generally cause pillars only when the sun is within 6 degrees of the horizon, or below it; column crystals can cause a pillar when the sun is as high as 20 degrees above the horizon. The crystals tend to orient themselves near-horizontally as they fall or float through the air, and the width and visibility of a sun pillar depends on crystal alignment.

Light pillars can also form around the moon, and around street lights or other bright lights. Pillars forming from ground-based light sources may appear much taller than those associated with the sun or moon. Since the observer is closer to the light source, crystal orientation matters less in the formation of these pillars.

NRESC Meeting Was Live Streamed

This meeting started at 10 a.m. today, March 2, 2013. You can view some of the paperwork that was presented in PowerPoint and vocal presentations HERE.

Glenn Arden Obituary

Glenn E. Arden, 90, of Beaver Island, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013, at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. He was born February 21, 1923, in Detroit to Emanuel and Lydia (Kaupp) Arden. On September 1, 1950, he married Ruth Alice Plumb.

Glenn and Ruth lived in Roseville, MI and Glenn was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 324, working as a heavy machine operator in road construction. Glenn retired in 1975, and he and Ruth moved permanently to Beaver Island.

Glenn was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also served his country as a Sergeant in the 426th Army Air Forces Base Unit during WWII and was deployed in both Europe and Africa.

Ruth preceded Glenn in death on December 19, 2002. He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Kevin) McDonough of Beaver Island, and Michelle (Timothy) Furness of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Shane (Emily) McDonough of Pinckney, Erin (Rob) McPherson of Williamston, Colleen McDonough of Howell; great-grandson, Charlie McDonough; brother, Milton (Rose) Arden of Roseville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Beaver Island's 21st Century Learning Scholarship, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, 507 Water St. East Jordan, MI 49727.

A memorial service will held later this year, and interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

District Library Meeting Was Live Streamed

Number of Applicants Pared from 30 to 7

(February 28, 2013)

This meeting was for the purpose of getting the approximately 30 letters of interest for the library director position down to a reasonable number, and also to determine who and when would be involved in contacting the applicants. The board went through a lengthy process, about two and a half hours, of getting the number down to seven individuals that would be asked to come to the island and be interviewed. The process, although lengthy provided each board member to make a motion on each applicant, whether to recommend or to NOT recommend the applicant for interview. Through this process the applicants were pared down to seven.

It was also determined that the Personnel Committee would contact the seven individuals on Monday, March 4, 2013, to offer them an interview. A letter was composed for the other twenty-three that will be mailed out on the same day signed by Joan Vyse, President of the Beaver Island District Library Board of Trustees.

For those thirty applicants, the process that was used kept your names and resumes completely private and confidential. Those attending the meeting or watching the meeting on http://beaverisland.tv live stream could not even guess at who will be offered an interview. The best that you can do is to be available for a phone call on Monday, March 4, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m. If you get the call, then you will be asked to come to the island and be interviewed in a public meeting later in March 2013. If you do not get a phone call, then you were likely not included in the seven who will be contacted, and you should be receiving a letter in the mail.

Approximately fifty people watched the library meeting while it was live on the Internet.

Celebrity Basketball Tonight at Six

(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.

If interested, you can watch it HERE

Thirty-five people watched the Celebrity Basketball game LIVE at beaverisland.tv.

Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary Receives Grant

St. James Township received funding in the amount $25,000.00 from the Grand Traverse Band for the construction of a pole barn. This pole barn is the planned construction of "Carol's Barn." The BI Fire Department Auxiliary wrote for this grant. The kudos go to Donna Stambaugh and Gerald LaFreniere for the successful grant which was approved by both townships for presentation to the tribe. The pole barn will be built behind the existing Island Treasures Resale Shop to house some larger items that might include furniture. Many thanks to Donna, Gerald, both townships, and the Grand Traverse Band for money that will help with the construction of "Carol's Barn."

Clean Up This Spring at Powers' Do It Best Hardware

One local winner will rake in $1000 worth of merchandise.

Beaver Island, MI—After one visit to Powers' Do It Best Hardware, you just might end up looking for ways to add to your home improvement to-do list. On February 26, 2013, Powers Do It Best will begin accepting entries for a $1000 Shopping Giveaway. One local winner, selected at random, will receive $1000 in merchandise from Powers Do It Best. The contest ends May 31, 2013.

Denni Cady-Stid says that the giveaway should create plenty of excitement among Powers Do It Best customers. "One of the best things about the drawing is that our customers have an opportunity to make a wish list and get the items they really want to use in their home improvement or garden project. And for one of our neighborhood customers, that wish list will come true. We're looking forward to helping make that happen."

Full details about the $1000 giveaway are available at Powers Do It Best Hardware. The giveaway will be promoted through the store's advertising materials, and entries will be accepted exclusively at Powers Do It Best, located at 26259 Main Street. There is a limit of one entry per household per day. One winner will be chosen from each participating store.

About Powers Do It Best Hardware:

Powers Do It Best Hardware is located at (26259 Main Street and has been serving customers in the Beaver Island area for 15 years. Powers Do It Best Hardware offers a complete line of merchandise offered: hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, gifts, paint and electrical supplies for everyone from the do-it yourself homeowner to the professional. Powers Do It Best Hardware has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2005.

About Do it Best Corp.:

Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S.-based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,000 member-owned stores in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.

Meet Jason Darwin and Rachel Champenoy

Both of these new island residents have been here on Beaver Island since the end of August 2012, with Jason taking the job as BICS custodian. Rachel has since been hired as an assistant to Dr. Jeff Powers in his veterinary business, and is cross-trained to work in the hardware as well. Both have fallen in love with the island friendly living style and have felt welcomed by all. They are looking forward to meeting more people and getting into the community activities.

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Rachel is enrolled in the Beaver Island EMS Basic EMT class being taught on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, with select Saturdays thrown into the schedule. She is looking forward to helping out with our EMS program here on the island.

Celebrity Basketball This Friday

Celebrity Basketball Game(EMS/Firs/Sheriff) vs. the Islanders ( boys & girls) is this Friday, March 1, 2013, st at 6:00 pm. Concessions available at 5:30 and admission is a free will donation.

BICS Math and Reading MEAP Scores Among Top in Michigan

Fall 2012 Statewide MEAP results were released to the public in early February, and, once again, Beaver Island Community School scored higher than state and local averages. Beaver Island Community School scores are higher than state averages in Math and Reading by 18% to 37%. BICS scores are also consistently higher than the other school districts in Charlevoix and Emmett Counties. The district's Writing, Science and Social Studies scores also exceeded state averages by 6% – 10%.; because fewer than 10 students in two grade levels were tested in these subjects, results are not posted publicly. Students in grades 3 – 8 were tested in Reading and Math; the data below is an average of the 26 general education students who were tested.

Average % of BICS students who meet or exceed

2012 MEA P standards (grades 3-8)

 

Math

Reading

Beaver Island

80%

88%

Statewide

43%

70%

Althought the BICS community will celebrate the success of its students, the facuty and staff are very aware that the district faces unique challenges as the curriculum is adjusted to meet the Common Core State Standards. While small class sizes come with many advantages, when assessing statistical data, it can also have disadvantages. One student's score can alter percentages in any grade level by up to 50%.

The faculty spent much of their February 15, 2013 Professional Development Day reviewing group and individual scores and defining a plan of action to ensure that our curriculum, materials, teaching strategies and interventions are aligned to provide each student with a path to success. Individual student results will soon be shared with parents.

Any questions about this information should be directed to the school office, 448-2744.

BICS Basketball at Hannahville Tournament

The Lady Islanders played Hannahville due to the fact that Mackinac Island never made it off their Island on Friday. The Lady Islanders lost to Hannahville, which meant they were out of the tournament. The boys played Grand Marais, and they lost by a very narrow margin.

The tournament winners for the ladies were the Maplewood Baptist girls. The tournament winners for the guys were the Hannahville boys.

Crankin T's Club Schedules a Return Visit

The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.

     

Links

Video of February 8 and 9 BICS Basketball

View all captured video in segments HERE

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013

HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting Video

The Peaine Township Board was on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Items on the agenda included the Peaine Recreation Plan, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant, an Emergency Services Authority Update, a report on the Airport Terminal Project with lengthy discussion, a Human Services Commission request, appointments to Committees, Trails Committee extensive discussion about makeup and appointments, and the motion for salary for all board members.

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, January 9, 2013

The meeting was live streamed on the Internet.

The Peaine Board scheduled a proposed Joint Township Meeting to take place at 2 p.m. on January 14, 2013, at the Peaine Township Hall to consider the resolution for the Airport Commission. This meeting was schedule to occur after the Airport Commission meeting that is scheduled a 11 a.m. at the Peaine hall. Board of Review appointments were made, and posting for other committees were approved. The Verizon tower swap plan was not included in the documents received by the supervisor, so the supervisor had those included in the plan and the lease renewal. An update was made on the county road commission proposed garage and repairs to the old Peaine hall were discussed.

John Kurtz presented a bike trail improvement plan and requested the two townships to put together a joint Trails Committee for him to work with. He also requested permission to post the trails with markers and that the township approve of the advertisement of the availability of the trails.

Select video clips are available here.

St. James Township Meeting, January 2, 2013

The St. James Township Board Meeting on January 2, 2013, began in a forty degree room with everyone still wearing his or her coat. The chilly room was caused by the fuel oil boiler being broken down. The boiler will be repaired as soon as January 3, 2012. The electric heaters being used to keep the temperature above freezing had blown the circuit breaker for the lights, so entry into the building was delayed as the circuit breaker for the lights was found to get some lights going. At the very end of the meeting it was decided to get the furnace repaired and to pay up to $1000 for that work completion.

During the rest of the meeting, which can be viewed in its entirety here, included appointments and postings for letter of interest, as well as discussion of property for the proposed Charelvoix County Beaver Island Road Commission Garage.

View the video HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting, January 15, 2013

Video of the Meeting can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

•  FALL & WINTER HOURS:

Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

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 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!

NRESC Report to the Townships

The St. James Boat Shop

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Located in the old McDonough's Store building, Bill Freese began his beloved St. James Boat Shop, making boats, buckets, paddles and unique wood products as primitive art. After Bill Freese died, Dan and Carol Burton continued the business with additions to the boats and buckets including skate boards and paddle boards. This is an amazing step back into the past as you walk through the antique door and tour the building's boat shop. All of the products made by Dan Burton get made from scratch, taking the tree from the woods, run through a sawmill on the west side, and stickered and dried right here on Beaver Island. The uniqueness of these products comes from the fact that these wood projects are taken from the tree, all the way through to the finished product, right here on Beaver Island.

The replica of the Bill Freese boat is being built by Dan Burton, and this was the first item seen just beyond the front door of the boat shop.

Dan's replica..............Bill's original

In the back room of the old McDonough store, Dan shows another project that he will begin working on soon, one of Bill's early creations.

This boat awaits restoration.

Finished paddles

Finished buckets on display in the front window..

Clamps used to hold strips of wood in place...

Some projects take hundreds of hours for completion. The paddle board shown below may take one hundred hours total for completion.

Paddle board or surf board approximately half completed.

Miniature paddles and paddles of many sizes

More completed and finished buckets on the shelves.

This is a fascinating place to visit, and is recommended heartily by Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Where else do you find completed wood projects that are completely Beaver Island made?

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

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From Stoney Acres

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Marge Peters Father Passes Away

Dave Grosart, 77, passed away suddenly at The Villages Hospital in Florida on Feb. 15, 2013. He was born in Saginaw on July 23, 1935, to the late “Scottie” and Alice Grosart. Dave and Donna were married August 10, 1963, in Saginaw. Dave was a carpenter by trade. Later, he and his wife owned and operated The Baywood Lounge in Saginaw. In 1982, they moved to Traverse City, where they owned and operated The Suncatcher Lounge in the Traverse City airport terminal. After retiring, Dave drove school bus for six years for the Traverse City School System. They moved to the Villages, Florida., in 2010.

He is survived by his sister, Peggy Grosart, of Santa Rosa, California; his wife of 49 years, Donna; and their five children, Margaret Ann Peters (Dean), of Beaver Island, D. Scott Grosart (Lisa), of Traverse City, Steve Hamilton (Julie), of Calumet, Christine Hamilton, of Cary, N.C., and Barbara Labs (Jim), of Freeland. They had 10 grandchildren (one deceased) and seven great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service held in Traverse City in late June.

Charlevoix Area Hospital chosen as site for MSU Rural Health Program

Local Physician working to develop the new program, slated to start in July 2013.

Charlevoix Area Hospital has been selected by Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine as one of three pilot locations for its newly expanded Rural Community Health Program.

Dr. Andrea Wendling, MD, FAAFP, a Family Care Physician at Boyne Area Medical Center, a Charlevoix Area Hospital Affiliate, has accepted the position of Director of Rural Health Curriculum at Michigan State, a role she will fill while continuing to care for her patients at Boyne Area Medical Center.

As part of her new position, Dr. Wendling has been working with MSU to develop the Rural Community Health Program (R-CHP), which is designed to enhance the medical education of students interested in rural health care by placing them into rural communities throughout Michigan for extended periods of time during their medical school education. This is done to help students better understand how care is delivered across a rural population as well as the special challenges encountered by rural health systems.

Charlevoix Area Hospital was selected as one of the first Rural Education Sites for the program because of its reputation for quality health care, the competent instruction students have received there in the past, and its status as a Critical Access Hospital . Based on its concentrated number of hospital beds, desirable location, and focus on primary care, Charlevoix Area Hospital has already been a first choice of many interviewed students. The hospital will be providing on-site housing for the students, the first of whom is expected to arrive in July.

To take part in the program, students must be interested in rural medicine. Once selected they will spend up to 20-24 weeks of their medical school training in their assigned rural site, where they will receive valuable hands-on medical training as well as a detailed look at the varied roles that rural physicians fill, not only in treating medical needs, but also in providing a leadership role in public health and community health care.

For the pilot year of the program there will only be one student selected per site, but in future years MSU plans to expand this to two students in each location. As the program continues the rural sites can expect to have up to eight students at various educational levels present on their medical campus.

The staff at Charlevoix Area Hospital has responded with enthusiasm to the new program. All of the active physician staff there will be considered adjunct clinical faculty of MSU's College of Human Medicine and students will be encouraged to learn from everyone. In turn, it is the hope that the doctors will also learn from the students. Having young, bright minds around will ensure that the hospital's personalized medical care remains innovative, comprehensive, and appropriate to the evolving future of health care.

Charlevoix Area Hospital will benefit greatly from the association of running a nationally recognized program, which it can leverage for medical staff recruitment. Charlevoix Area Hospital CEO Lyn Jenks noted, “We can draw people to the area with not only the goal of providing excellent rural health care, but by providing them teaching opportunities as well.”

This program caught Dr. Wendling's attention for a number of reasons. When she started medical school, she already knew she wanted to be a rural family physician, however most of her training was in large urban medical systems and she had very few rural mentors or teachers. When she inquired about this, instructors told her it was not a cause for concern since the same model of care applied to all populations.

Dr. Wendling disagrees. After being in the field, she realized that rural health care required a different way of treating patients. She found that rural physicians often needed to be more resourceful since they lacked the support systems that most metropolitan facilities have for their providers. And she wants medical students interested in entering the rural health system to realize that there are different models of care. The R-CHP program will teach students about the concept of population care, the difference between seeing one patient and managing a presented problem versus looking at the broader health care issues facing the community and taking that into consideration when treating individual health problems. It requires a fundamental shift from disease to health management.

This rural health care is not only different, but also more demanding because the patient is not turned over to someone else to continue the care. The rural healthcare provider will be responsible for more hands-on skills because the urban healthcare support system is not present in the rural environment. There is no group of specialists standing in the wings waiting for the general practitioner to call for their help. The general practitioner is responsible for all aspects of the patient's care, in some cases being the x-ray technician, laboratory assistant, and pharmacist as well as family practitioner. It is wonderful for a state university to finally recognize that rural medicine is different from urban medicine, not only by the number of patients seen in one day, but also in the quantity and quality of care demanded of just one person.

What's Going On at the Beaver Island BIBCO Dock?

If you didn't have connections with the boat company or the transportation authority, you probably don't know the answer to this question. Before it gets answered, some history might help you put this in perspective.

Each year the Beaver Island Boat Company ferries make approximately 375 round trips to the island, travel over 24,000 miles, transport over 40,000 passengers, carry around 6,500 vehicles and approximately 15,000 tons of freight. The Emerald Isle (EI) is 130 feet in length, 39 feet wide, and draws 8.5 feet with a top speed of 14.5 knots and maximum capacity of 294 passengers with capability for a semi-truck. This vessel has a stair-lift and first deck can be accessed in a wheelchair. The EI has 150 indoor/covered seats, 5 restrooms, fixed stabilizers, power outlets and food/refreshment vending machines. The Emerald Isle was designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and was built in 1997.

The EI is fifteen years old, and it was time to overhaul the two diesel engines, which individually power the two propellers at the stern. Each engine operates one propeller. Another interesting fact is that the electricity needed on the vessel is provided separately from the power needed to move the propellers. This power is generated by two generators that are also in the engine room.

This winter, something historical is occurring in the engine room of the EI. Both engines are being overhauled by mechanics from Michigan Cat. This may be the first time that the diesel engines of the BIBCO ferry has been overhauled right here on Beaver Island. This makes this story quite interesting,.Two mechanics spent a little over three weeks overhauling one of the diesel engines, which is just about finished and ready to test. These mechanics have moved on to the second engine and were beginning to put this second engine together today, February 19, 2013, when BINN visited the engine room.

This cost includes the fee from Michigan Cat, Wages, administrative time, supplies and shipping. The maintenance work was necessary to ensure the Island is responsibly and reliably serviced. It is important to note that the incredible maintenance program Joe McDonough has implemented on behalf of the Beaver Island Boat Company has helped to keep this operation "top-notch". The Cat Crew mentioned that they have not worked on engines with the amount of hours and fuel put through them that are this clean and in prime condition. (This linformation from BIBCO.)

Update from the Beaver Island Transportation Authority: There is a third party contract for the rebuilding of the engines. The contract is between BITA and Michigan CAT. The cost of rebuilding the engines is $165, 506.42 for each engine. If the turbos need to be rebuilt, it would cost $41,655.26 each. This makes the total bid from Michigan CAT at $414,323.36. The Michigan CAT representatives have stated that the normal rebuild time for these engines is twelve years. The reason that this rebuild could be delayed until fifteen years is the excellent maintenance performed on the engines by the BIBCO crew, especially Joe McDonough. This extended three years and increase of 25% in life of these engines is solely based upon this excellent maintenance.

Here are a few pictures:

These pistons and cylinder heads, that are not completely boxed, are the ones removed from the engines. The items in the boxes are new parts.

Here is the engine that the mechanics are working on right now.

Here is one of the two generators that produce the needed electrical power for the Emerald Isle.

A couple of the new cylinders and their sleeves, and a look into the engine sleeve that was just placed there.

Crawling under the engine to make sure that the crankshaft is in the proper position to insert the sleeve they were working on.

Place one of the sleeves and removing the plastic protection.

Three sleeves with one being positioned.

One of the bearings being placed from below, but held in place from above.

Video of the visit to the Emerald Isle engine room

 

Announcements

Events at the BI Christian Church

Bingo on March 6 and March 20 with doors open at 6:15PM Bingo starts at 7PM

Easter Brunch starting at 11:30AM w/pancakes, scrambled eggs, Ham, French Toast delight, coffee, tea and Juice Community is invited to join us for the 50 year Celebration of the Christian Church

April 3 and 17 Bingo May 1 and May 15 Bingo.

May 18 Memorial for Jane Schmidt- time has not been set

Memorial for EB Lange May 26.

June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.

Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.

July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.

August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC

August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON

October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours

Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.

  1. St. James Government Building Wednesday's from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM

  2. Office telephone 448-2014

  3. Email address billhaggard.beaverisland@ gmail.com

BINGO News

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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

February 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

April 18, 2013

May 16, 2013

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

Members: _______(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)

B-I-N-G-O!

Christian Church Ministers

February

24: Pastor Harold Kruse

March

3: Pastor Don Sinclair

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17: Pastor Howard Davis

24: Pastor Harold Kruse

31: Pastor Harold Kruse

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

NRESC Meeting Schedule

At Peaine Hall:

March 2, 10 am
March 23, 10 am

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

May 20, 2013

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

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Community Calendar

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

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS

Effective February 28th 2013
Thursday's from 10am - 2pm
Peaine Township Hall
Office Phone: 448-2389
Email address: peainetownship@gmail.com

This is definitely plenty of lead time for those that might want to stop in and talk about some specific issue or issues in general.

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Nominations

Citizen of the Years Award nominations are now open for the 2012 award.

Every one is invited to send in a Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street , download one from the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org or call the Chamber of Commerce and request a form by mail.

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 Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Beaver Island Lodge.

Where Is the Tax Relief for St. James Township Taxpayers

Now that the election is over, it is time to bring this issue back up to the taxpayers on Beaver Island whether they pay taxes in St. James or in Peaine Townships. The following editorial was written by the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net, and he is responsible for all statements made. This position is his position only, not the position of News on the 'Net, nor of any family members. In short, the editorial is a response to two specific points: "Why do St. James individual taxpayers pay more for the joint services than does each individual Peaine taxpayer?" and "Are these tax amounts fair?" You can read the whole editorial by clicking on the small picture below.

Lodge To Open April 27 For Citizen of the Year Banquet

The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award banquet will be at the Beaver Island Lodge on Saturday April 27 th . "We are looking forward to Islanders enjoying our opening of the Beaver Island Lodge for the Citizen of the Year banquet. We are already working and planning to make it a special early season event and a culinary delight," said Lodge co-owner Eric Hodgson.

The Beaver Island Lodge released the following menu for the annual Chamber of Commerce event.

1st - Seasonal Salad

2nd - choice of
Tomato pesto crusted chicken breast with creamy cheddar polenta
Filet of beef with lobster and Boursin mashed potatoes and a merlot reduction
Grilled halibut with corn coconut curry sauce and cherry tomato chutney

3rd – Dessert, fresh fruit and sorbet parfait

Prices will range from $27-38 per person for the complete meal.

Citizen of the Years Award Nominations

Every one is invited to send in a 2012 Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at your Chamber office on Main Street, download one from here http://www.beaverisland.org/2012-citizen-of-the-year.pdf You may call 231.448.2505 and request a form by mail. The nomination deadline is April 1st .

“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.”

3rd Annual Gail's Walk

The Beaver Island Food Pantry

Don Spencer, a trustee of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, presents a grant check to Judi Meister, a member of the Beaver Island Food Pantry Committee, while Connie Wojan, also a CCCF trustee, looks on. Beaver Island Food Pantry Comittee members Miranda Roo y, Chris Van Looy and Patrick Nugent are packing a box for distribution to a Beaver Island family. Photo by Frank Solle.

Beaver Island Food Pantry, a non-profit, volunteer organization serving the residents of Beaver Island, has been awarded a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. This grant was awarded late last year and is to be used specifically to purchase groceries for the Easter dinner boxes. These boxes will be distributed to a number of Beaver Island residents in late March.

The Beaver Island Food Pantry was established in 2008 and first operated out of a small storage room graciously provided by the Beaver Island Christian Church. The original committee consisted of Jayne Bailey, John Fiegen, Judi Meister, and Miranda Rooy. Chris Van Looy joined the committee later, representing the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Before much time had passed, it became obvious that more room was needed and the Food Pantry moved to a larger room in the Gregg Fellowship Center. Donations of a refrigerator and freezer and financial assistance from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for shelving allow us to operate much more efficiently. The Beaver Island Food Pantry has always operated as a community food pantry; no church affiliation is required.

Beaver Island Food Pantry's mission statement “. . .because we are a family” states that our island community is committed to sharing our resources so no one goes hungry and all have a place to turn.” The Beaver Island Food Pantry acknowledges that donations come from our community family and distributes food and resources to any member in need, while maintaining confidentiality of all who ask for assistance.

With the exception of this grant, the Food Pantry is funded solely by food and cash donations from caring individuals and organizations. Cash donations are used to supplement the food donations so that healthy, well-rounded food baskets are available for monthly distributions.. Sometimes the cash donations come with specific designations such as pet food or personal hygiene products; these designations are honored as supplies are purchased to stock the pantry shelves. The food pantry volunteers deeply appreciate the many seasonal residents and summer visitors who support the Beaver Island Food Pantry throughout the year with their cash donations; they also appreciate the generosity of those same seasonal residents and summer visitors who donate their leftover food items to the Food Pantry before leaving the Island.

A note to all members of our Beaver Island family from the Beaver Island Food Pantry: “We strongly encourage residents who find themselves in need of Food Pantry assistance to contact us at one of the local numbers listed below.”

Drop-off locations for food donations are: Beaver Island Christian Church, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Fresh Air Aviation, and Island Airways. Financial contributions may be sent to Beaver Island Food Pantry, PO Box 21.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County by building permanent endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking and providing leadership resources to serve the community. More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation can be found at http://www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.

More information about the Beaver Island Food Pantry can be found by calling Judi Meister (231-448-2963 ) or Patrick Nugent (231-448-2329 )

Pictures from BICS Lady Islanders Versus Lady Ojibwe Eagles Saturday

Saturday morning coaches and scorekeepers talking

Katie and Hannah ready to rebound....Emily Boyle ready for foul shot rebound.....Emily Burton goes in for the lay-up

Emily Burton ball in the hoop......Megs shot hits the backboard.....Emily Burton ready to shoot

Go, Emily Burton shoots, Meg goes for the lay-up, Emily Burton shoots and scores

Emily Boyle is fouled and shoots free throws, Emily Burton fights for a shot, Emily Burton jumper............

Hannah shoots a jumper.....Emily Burton shoots a jumper....Hannah on fire..

Emily Boyle and Emily Burton back on defense.....Hannah shoots a long shot......Meg shoots a jumper.........

Emily Burton on the offensive end shooting and shooting

Time out with the game tied 53 to 53

Emily Burton's three pointer wins the game with less than five seconds on the board.

Video is down below for this game.

Airport Commission Meeting Today

At 11 a.m. this morning, February 18, 2013, the Beaver Island Airport Commission is having a special meeting regarding the airport terminal project. The project is moving along quite quickly, so, if you are interested, please come to the St. James Township Hall at 11. The plans for the building will be finalized today, so that preparations can be made for the bids to go out. The project MUST be completed in 2013, and it must be finished before the end of the year.

The video for this meeting is available HERE

Lady Islanders Versus Lady Ojibwe Eagles Friday Night

This game was a fight between two teams that truly wanted to win. The Lady Islanders wanted to win in front of the home croud. The game was very close throughout all four quarters.

Before the game began the home crowd was treated to a little gymnastics by Skyler Marsh on a mat between the bleachers:

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Kitty McNamara reads the rules and introduces the team members of both schools.

Coach Mike Myers and Coach Tammy LaFreniere

And here's the tip-off...

Hannah shoots, Emily Boyle lays one up, Hannah fires again

Ready for a rebound....Hannah shoots a jumper.....Meg goes for gold

It doesn't go in..........Hannah makes a lay-up......Battling to get a basket

Hannah shoots from the free throw line.....Emily Boyle drives........Emily Boyle shoots a jumper..............

Nice shot Hannah........Yes, Katie, good one.........Good lay-up, Meg...

Halftime included Senior Parent Recognition

Kitty McNamara recognizes the seniors and their parents

Tony, Ann, and Steve for McCauley Connaghan...........JP Stigall, Perry and Lori Souders......Steve Connaghan and McCauley Connaghan

Second Half...

Defense...defense.....Emily Burton shoots.....Hannah shoots....

Meg's foul shot.....Hannah shoots a jumper.......Emily Burton lays one up

Katie shoots.................Meg fires............Emily Burton shoots a foul shot

A very close game, but the Lady Islanders lost by a few points.

Video for this game is available HERE

(This video includes Senior Parent and Student Recognition Ceremony.

Several Subscriptions Expire in February and Early March

Several family and business subscriptions expire in February and early March 2013. 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.

SUBSCRIBE or Renew

Rooms Needed for Blacksmithing Event

 

Live View of the Ice Classic

Live view of the Ice Classic at McDonough's Market Webcam

There is a live feed of the Ice Classic tower thanks to the camera at Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli

Tickets are at McDonough's or the Community Center

Beaver Island Ice Classic

It's BACK again, the winter's favorite event, the Beaver Island ICE CLASSIC!

THANKS TO THIS YEARS LAUNCH TEAM
Jimmy Wojan
Bob Banville
Jon Fogg
Pat Nugent
Dillon Butler

The contest is over the 1st day of spring or if there is warm weather it will be earlier. This year the first day of spring is Wednesday, March 20.

Each guess is $5.00 or 6 (yes 6) for $20.00

PAST WINNERS AND TIMES
2011 12:22 pm April 10 $1000
2010 4:10 pm, March 18. Prize $700
2009 1:58 pm, April 9 Prize $1100
2008 11:34pm, April 8 Prize $1200
2007 2:52pm March 28 Prize 1200
2006 8:29 pm March 29 Prize $600

Tickets will be available at McDonough's Sunday February 10, 2013 or at the Community Center or from PABI board members.

Off the island and want to participate? e-mail me at b_tidmore@hotmail.com Bob Tidmore

BICS Lady Islanders Basketball Saturday Morning

The game last night and the game this morning were real nail biting games with the Lady Islanders pitted against the Lady Eagles from Ojibwe. This morning the Lady Islanders were ecstatic with a buzzer-beating three pointer that won the game for the Islanders. Congratulations, Lady Islanders.

The Buzzer-beating basket video HERE

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View video of the game HERE

Good Article About Beaver Island County Garage

This article is in the Boynce City Gazette. It is a very thorough article about the agreements and disagreements about the Charlevoix County Garage to be built on Beaver Island. It is very interesting to see that many are saying the same things about this garage that are being said about the airport terminal to be built at the township airport. A very well written article with all sides presented.

Boyne City Gazette Article about the Beaver Island County Garage

(There might be a requirement to subscribe to view this article)

Proposed Beaver Island Garage

For Charlevoix County Services on Beaver Island

Site plans and artist renditions may be viewed by clicking on the schematic above.

Wondering About Invasive Species?

If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.

State of Michigan Website on Invasive Species

Contact information for Invasive Species

Winter Fest Postponed

Fresh Air Aviation's Winter Fest on Lake G. has been postponed due to weather and ice conditions.

When we have a new date we will let everyone know.


Thank you.


www.freshairaviation.net

Sheriff's Department Warning About Scams Again

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to once again remind citizens of daily telephone scams and complaints received. Please, be very aware of these scams. Please be advised, senior citizens are typically targeted by these scam artists. Never, ever, give any account/ bank numbers of any kind, or your date of birth or any personal information to anyone over the telephone for any reason. You, the citizen, are the best defense/deterant to these types of scams if you do not give personal information of any kind to someone on the telephone.

NRESC Meeting Schedule Change

The February and March meeting dates have changed to two meetings in March. The time is 10 a.m. The place is Peaine Township Hall.

The dates are: March 2 and March 23

St. James Township Board Meeting Video

You can view video of the whole meeting or parts of the meeting HERE

Lake Level to Get Lower

"It is what it is."

Bob Tidmore went to a conference on the low lake levels, and he made a report to the St. James Township Board last night at the Board meeting. The report included a lot of important information. The speakers at the conference two from the Corps of Engineers, two from Michigan Sea Grant, and one from the DNR. There were also representatives from Carl Levin's office and Congressman Dan Benishek's office. Some information from this meeting included a concept that is so obvious, but seems to escape the thought of many. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are actuallly on lake, or at least it is perceived in that manner. This lake of Michigan-Huron is the second largest lake in the world has twenty-nine hundred square miles of area.

Those that think that Chicago diverts water from the lake are correct. Chicago is limited in the quantity that can be diverted to 2900 cubic feet per minute, which is equivalent to about one inch in lake level for the Michigan-Huron system. This limitation has something to do with a Supreme Court ruling. This level drop of one inch is more than compensated for by the inflow of water from Lake Superior of 3200 cubic feet per minute. So this diversion doesn't really have much effect on the current levels of the Lake Michigan-Huron system.

Those that think that the dredging of the St. Clair River are also correct. This dredging has lowered the Lake Michigan-Huron system by a depth of 13-16 inches. The Corps of Engineers is considering a plan to help mitigate this loss, but the study of this plan will not take place until 2015.

The January water level is the lowest ever recorded since the recording began in 1918, and the level is even expected to continue to get lower making each month a record month through winter, spring, and summer. Bob Tidmore gathered that "it is what it is."

Acceptance of the current situation and moving forward seems to be the plan for the immediate future. The Corps of Engineers and the Michigan DNR have developed a program to expedite permits for dredging.

Bob Tidmore suggested an action plan which included the following:

•  Contact the Corp of Engineers and ask them on why our channel has not been dredged for years. Ask the Corp to visit here and explain our problems.

•  File a permit for dredging the marina. There is no permit fee and if it is granted possibly there will be funds available at that time.

•  Ask a representative of the DNR to come to the island to explain to shoreline owners what they can and cannot do with their property as to mowing, grading and removal of rocks. There have been some changes in the rules as a result of low water levels.

Editors note:

Here are a couple of links that you might find interesting: http://itsourwater.org/learn.html and http://www.glwi.freshwater.uwm.edu/ourwaters/documents/DiversionsCWeb.pdf

TDS Customers Caught in Voice Phishing Scam



For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 6, 2013)— TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS ® ) customers have reported receiving voice phishing calls. These calls are fraudulent attempts to scam TDS customers into revealing sensitive account information. People should be extra cautious of any phone call requests to verify account information.

Voice phishing or “vishing” scams have become increasingly sophisticated. While people have become smarter about other phishing scams, so have criminals. They are switching tactics and using a form of communication that people trust—the phone.

Vishing typically begins with an automated phone call. The recording warns of fraudulent account activity on the persons account and directs them to call a toll-free or local number immediately. At this time, they are asked a series of questions about personal and account information.

Customers should be aware that TDS is not placing these calls. TDS will never contact customers directly to verify account information. In fact, legitimate businesses do not contact customers to “verify” or “update” account information.

To protect against phishing attempts, TDS advises customers:

  1. When receiving a message or email requesting a return call, do not use the number provided or that appears on caller ID—it may be fake. Instead, use the company's phone number listed in the phone book or on your bill.
  2. If contacted via email, do not follow any included links. Even if they look real, the link could take you to a counterfeit website.
  3. If someone calls offering to check the computer by logging in remotely, hang up immediately. Do not allow anyone remote access to a home computer unless you've initiated the call

For more information on phishing and tips for prevention, visit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission web site, www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/ phishing.htm .

Resource List for Emmet County

BIRHC SEEKS BOARD APPLICATIONS

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is seeking applicants interested in serving on its board of directors. Board positions will be filled at its next meeting on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Board terms are for three years and directors are not compensated. The BIRHC board meets every third month on the fourth Saturday. Directors are expected to attend most of the meetings, either in person or by speakerphone.

Candidates should be team players who will champion the cause of the Health Center and be willing to contribute their time and talents to board activities, including fundraising. Full or part-time residents are encouraged to apply by letter to the BIRHC Selection Committee, P.O. Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

For more information, applicants may contact Donna Kubic, Managing Director. Candidates should send or drop off a letter which states their interest and tells a little about themselves by the deadline of February 22, 2013.

 

Airport Commission Live Streamed and Productive

The two ladies who visited were Kendra Thompson, architect, and Stephanie Ward from Meade and Hunt and these ladies participated in the meeting beginning at 11 a.m.. They will not be referred to by their names in this article.

Kendra Thompson and Stephanie Ward

There were two meetings today, January 26, 2013, the regular BI Airport Commission meeting, and a meeting with the architect and Meade and Hunt. The meetings today were very productive with decisions made that provided both visitors with the information that is needed to move forward, and stay on a good timeline toward completion of the airport terminal project.

Video of the Airport Commission Regular Meeting HERE

The first item that was passed as a motion was the determination of the location and shape of the parking areas. This was needed to be determined to allow bids for tree removal to get moving. The tree removal must be completed, at least the trees must be down on the ground, prior to the April 1st deadline to protect the nesting locations of migratory birds. "We don't want these birds to build a nest in the trees and then cut down the trees." The adopted parking plan with tree removal was to included a more square parking area with fewer drive areas instead of a very long rectangular parking area that would cause an almost 400 feet walk for the person parking in the furthest parking spot. The difference would cause approximately two acres of trees to be felled instead of 1.5 acres of trees. It was felt that this extra half acres of tree removal would be well worth it to make fewer plowing areas and shorter walking distances.

The second item that passed as a motion was the approval of the floor plan and elevations as presented and dated January 26, 2013. This presentation was the fourth decrease in square footage of the planned terminal since the 2008 plan was made. The board, as a whole, did not want to see any more cuts in the size of the building and accepted the multi-use concept of these drawings.

The third item determined by motion was the use of geothermal for heating and cooling. The payback time for the increased cost of geothermal when compared to conventional propane or electricity is approximately four or five years. The Meade and Hunt representative suggested that it might be possible for the geothermal work outside of the "four walls of the building" to actually be qualified as part of the federal grant for site preparation instead of the state grant for the building.

The first meeting began a little after nine a.m. This meeting was missing Mike Scripps because he was flying from off the island. Elaine West chaired this portion of the meeting. Included in this meeting were the listing of the questions that the BIAC wanted to ask of the architect and of Meade and Hunt. This meeting was suspended and went into recess for approximately fifteen minutes after the business was completed with the exception of the budget. Mike Scripps arrived at approximately ten a.m. and the meeting was resumed to work on the budget. This budget was completed and agreed upon by 10:45 a.m. and the first meeting was adjourned.

The second meeting included presentations by the architect and by Meade and Hunt and began at 11 a.m., the time posted. This meeting continued for approximately two hours with decisions being made as mentioned above. Lots of progress was made in the planning of the terminal building construction plans and the site preparation work as mentioned above.

The Airport Committee.......the audience early on

The work session with tables pulled together

Video of the Planning Session including decisions

Here is the plan.

The site plan presented by Meade and Hunt

The floor plan presented by the architect after four reductions in size

Conceptual plans for the four views of the building

Possible costs for parts of the plan

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Live Streamed the entire time from the beginning of the first meeting until the end of the second meeting. Video recordings of these meetings were also made and are available at links above.

Schematic Drawings from the Architect

(Click on each pictures below to see the full size schematic)

Floor Plan

Elevations

Airfield View and Entry View

NRESC Produces Timeline

NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013

The NRESC intends to produce a full draft set of recommendations for natural resource management that will be submitted to the Township Boards and shared with the community/stakeholders for feedback by May 1, 2013. Once a draft is completed, the NRESC intends to hold a 45-day feedback process, after which it will revise the draft and submit final recommendations to the township boards.

Process/Timeline for Producing Recommendations

Steps

Time Line

Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations

Completed - January 21, 2013

Establish subcommittees to develop recommended Strategies for three Goal areas.

Co-chairs are:

Resource Management : Grassmick, Mastenbrook, Parsons

Economic Growth: Powers, Plastrik

Informed Public : Cashman, Tilly

(Plastrik will serve as liaison between the subcommittees, to ensure minimal duplication of effort, and coordination of recommendations)

Completed – January 21, 2013

Subcommittee co-chairs review input to date, gather additional input, and develop recommended Strategies for review by full NRESC

January 22-February 22

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees

February 23 (public session)

Subcommittees revise/redraft recommendations based on feedback

February 24-March 8

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees, and to assemble overall “unified” draft of recommendations

March 9 (public session)

Plastrik leads process of drafting unified recommendations for NRESC consideration

March 10-March 29

Working session of NRESC to review/revise unified recommendations draft

March 30 (public session)

Completion of draft recommendations (additional input, as needed)

March 31-April 30

Submission of draft recommendations to the community, stakeholders, and township boards for feedback

May 1

Feedback processes

May 1-June 15

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft based on feedback from various sources

June 22 (public session)

NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards

July 1

(BINN Editor's comments: It appears as if the NRESC has listened to those that want to move this process forward. Those that were concerned about the length of time this process was taking, should consider that this new plan provides a deadline for completion, and a timeline is something that Part-Whole, concrete and sequential people can understand and usually get behind. BINN editor Joe Moore suggests that those that were frustrated by the perceived slow process might reconsider and be willing to join in the subcommittees to help complete the area of their concerns.)

BIRHC BOARD SETS 2013 MEETING SCHEDULE

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: March 23, June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.

Airport Commission Prepares Q and A Document Regarding New Terminal

You can view the document in its entirety as a PDF HERE

Stoney Acre Senior Meals

Stoney Acres began serving senior meals on January 2, 2013. These are a few examples of their menu. Here is a copy of their completed menu.

Half turkey reuben.....Small Cobb salad

Beef Nachos........Two piece chicken basket

Seniors' Meal Options

Besides the home delivered meals prepared by Dahlwhinnie, there are options currently at two restaurants, Dahlwhinnie's and the Shamrock. The menus are down below, but there are times where a picture is worth a hundred words. These pictures are not meant to depict the entire menu at either place, but just to give you an opportunity to see what some of the options look like. The editor can attest to the excellent meals that have been consumed over the last few months. The seniors, who have not participated, should seriously consider these wonderful meals. The seniors that have been participating should invite another senior to go with them.

Breakfast at Dahlwhinnie's is an excellent opportunity to sit down and socialize. The #1 breakfast at Dahlwhinnies was sampled by the editor and it received a two thumbs up, once the thumbs were done proving help to the hands in consuming this excellent meal. Here is a picture of the meal:

Eggs, hashbrowns, toast, orange juice, milk or coffee, and pears

Dahlwhinnie's is also participating in lunch. Breakfast runs from 7-10, and lunch from 11-2. The honey mustard chicken salad is another wonderful meal as is the tuna melt.

Downtown at the Shamrock Bar, there is no breakfast, but an excellent lunch is awating all seniors for a reasonable cost. These same senior menu items are available to the general public for $7.00. Here are a few pictures of the lunch items available at the Shamrock: Again, the senior lunch and dinner menu is posted below.

Soup and Salad is a wonderful combination of homemade soups and fresh salad with dressing, bread, and butter, Add coffee, tea, or iced tea as a beverage and a fruit cup and you have one excellent lunch.

This wonderful chicken salad is also available as one of the lunch or dinner items for seniors.

A hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, and fruit cup along with your choice of three beverages can't be beat.

Barbeque pulled pork sandwich with mashed potatoes

Chicken wings with French fries and cole slaw

Pasta and Meatballs, very nice

Taco salad, yum, yum

So, there are plenty of Dining Out menu options and, at this time, at least two places to go for lunch. What are you seniors waiting for? Meet you for lunch?

The Shamrock is also offering these same menu choices for dinner for all seniors. The Dining Out program is part of the services offered by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.

Dahlwhinnie's Dining Out Menu

The CC Commission on Aging's representatives have approved the menu submitted by Dahlwhinnie's to offer seniors an additional option when deciding to dine out. The addition of a a breakfast menu to a lunch menu provides another option for Dining Out seniors. The menu was available as of Monday, October 8, 2012, and is presented below exactly as presented to BINN with only one thing added. The thing added was the word 'and' in front of the word 'milk.' The following menu items are available from 7-10 a.m.:

#1 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, toast with butter, and milk

#2 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, oatmeal, and milk

#4 Egg sandwich with cheese, orange juice, fruit cup, hashbrowns

#5 1 egg vegetable cheese omelet, hash browns, orange juice

The Dining Out Lunch Menus available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. is:

#1 Fresh spinach salad with grilled chicken, red onion, honey mustard dressing, fruit, bread with butter, and milk

#2 Chili--(beef, chicken, or turkey) with tomatoes, beans, peppers, and onions, fruit cup, crackers, and milk

#3 Meat loaf, potatoes, vegetable, fruit, roll with butter, milk

#4 Open face pulled pork sandwich, vegetable, sweet potato, fruit, and milk

#5 Hot turkey or beef sandwich and potatoes with gravy, vegetable, fruit, and milk

#6 Tuna melt on wheat with cheddar, fruit, mixed vegetable

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv