B. I. News on the 'Net, February 28-March 6, 2011

Turkey Licenses Available

The B I Wildlife Club (BIWC) & Chamber Of Commerce want you to know about turkey hunting licenses available for area J that includes Beaver Island. The club has done a fantastic job over the years of developing and supporting a large flock of turkeys. The Chamber has agreed to work with the club to market our Island to turkey hunters. An ad is currently running in Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine and some responses have already been received. The Chamber hopes to host a writer as well. It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to enjoy a fresh turkey dinner.

Leftover Spring Turkey Licenses Go on Sale March 8

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that leftover spring turkey licenses go on sale to unsuccessful license applicants on Tuesday, March 8, at 10 a.m.  Licenses may be purchased by any hunter beginning March 15 at 10 a.m., including those who did not participate in the application process.

Hunters may look up their drawing results and view leftover license quantities at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings .

"There are numerous licenses available for many areas of the state," said Al Stewart, the DNRE's Upland Game Bird Specialist. "There are more than 52,000 remaining licenses available, which allows hunters to pursue turkeys on private land in southern Michigan from April 18 - May 1, the first two weeks of the season.  Or, hunters may purchase a license for Hunt 234 to hunt turkeys statewide from May 2 – 31, except for public lands in Unit ZZ."   The Hunt 234 license may be purchased until May 1.

There are over 74,000 total leftover licenses available for limited-quota hunts. Hunters may purchase only one license for the spring turkey season. Licenses can be purchased online at www.michigan.gov/dnr or are available for purchase at state retail license agents.

Jeff Powers on the Cover of "Hardware" Magazine

There is an article about Unique Niches in this spring issue of the magazine "Hardware," and Jeff Powers is not only on the cover, but also the lead article about unique niches in the hardware business. The whole magazine loads when you click this link, but it only takes a minute.

Click HERE

Beaver Island Association Letters to the Community and Township Board

Letter to Peaine Township board

Letter to the community

COA Sunday Dinner

As might be expected on the weekend of the Grand Rapids Party, a little over thirty people attended the dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, pears, and chocolate cake. The meal was tasty, and the company was wonderful. The next Sunday Dinner will be held after St. Patrick's Day on the 27th of March and will feature rotisserie chicken.

Sunday Dinner Video Clip

 

Island Treasures News

Cleaning?  Reorganizing? Decluttering? Your diet worked, and your clothes no longer fit?  Please remember that Island Treasures Resale Shop needs your donations of "gently used, barely used, like new items".  We especially need linens, dishes. pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets.  We are not able to accept upholstered furniture, but we need tables, chairs, desks, and shelving.   We al so need craft supplies and small tools. As always , electronics and large appliances are not accepted, but you may use our bulletin board to post these items.  If you have any questions about your donations or need help with delivery, please call Donna at 448-2797 .

Lady Islanders to Play in Championship Round

With the score 35-19 against Paradise this morning, 2/26/11, the Lady Islanders will be playing Mackinaw at 1:30 p.m. today in the championship game. The Lady Islanders lost this game to the Lady Lakers with at score of 39-43. The Lady Islanders are second in the tournament and second in league standings. Congratulations, Lady Islanders

Lady Islanders and Islanders Win in First Round

With a score of 42 to 36, the Lady Islanders won in their first round game at the tournament at the Hannahville Indian School. The Lady Islanders beat Hannahville tonight, and play Paradise at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Congratulations, Ladies. Keep up the good work and the good teamwork. The boys won 63-25 over Paradise, and the boys will played Grand Marais at noon and unfortunately, the boys lost to Grand Marais..

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Another Sighting--What Is This?

To Joe Moore,
I wish to remain anonymous, in part, because I'm not sure of what I saw, and I don't want people to think I'm crazy or anything, but this thing, and I think it is the same thing that other people have seen, and now I have seen it too, and I can tell you that it walks and runs in an upright position. I was scared out of my wits! I do think it should be left alone, and that is also why I don't want to be known. I have lived on Beaver Island for many years and I have heard stories that, frankly, made me laugh. I'm not laughing at this. I hope that whatever it is, it will be respected for whatever it is, and people will NOT try to hunt it down and kill it.
Anonymous

(Editor's note: I have decided to respect this person's desire to remain anonymous, even though I received these pictures by email. If I expect the information about this to continue coming in, I'm going to have to respect their wishes.)

MARCH MADNESS starts at STONEY Acres/Donegal Dannys

SUNSPLASH! Will be held Saturday, March 5th at Stoney , in Celebration of Mardi Gras . This is a mini event to help the Children a bit until Summer, when the main Event will be held. We will be holding a Fundraiser Buffet for the children of Haiti . The Good Samaritan of Haiti Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, health and welfare of underprivileged children of Ile LaVache. Michael Beans, along with The Beaver Island Volunteer Corps, headed by Judy Boyle & Adam Wirth, are working hard to raise needed funds for the Children. So...put on your colorful, floral, feel good Summer/Vacation wear and come out to Stoney for a Good Jamaican time mon! We'll have Red Stripe from Jamaica, Labatt Blue Light w/ Lime, Rum Drinks, Munchies & Great Reggae & Beans Tunes...Maybe even a bit of live music...anyone interested in playing, please let me know. Beans wear, his CD's and Pirate wear will be on sale...Proceeds go to help the Children. All You Can Eat Cajun Buffet , 5-8:30. Dishes include, Jambalaya, Shrimp Gumbo, Andouille, Red Beans & Rice, Crawfish, Desserts & More...Beans, Beads & Bodaciousness included!
"Don't worry, be Happy...every little thing, gonna be alright"
Sunday, March 13th , SUDDEN DEATH DART PLAYOFF at 4pm. Come in and Throw down...everyone 21 & older, welcome to play. Trophy & runner-up Prize.
The GREAT Day ... The Grand Weekend , Celebrate St. Pat's , Thursday March 17th thru Sunday March 20th. We will have Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Stew, Fish & Chips & more, Plus Full Menu...all homemade & Yummy for you to Enjoy! Also, Danny's Bloody Mary Bar and plenty of Stout, right from Ireland to enjoy with plenty of Great Tunes! On Thursday the Great Day, Danny, Danny, & Cindy will play, Irish, Country, & old Time tunes. Friday Happy Hour they'll play a bit more, followed by some Old Time Rock & Roll by Rigormortis . Keep your dancing shoes on, 'cuz Saturday night it's Jason & Nick playing your favorites & requests! * Never a price increase or cover charge. Sunday enjoy our Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet & Munchies with our bloody Mary Bar.
Great Craic all weekend.
And as March flows into April, Stoney will look forward to our
9th Anniversary April 1st. with Yummy Specials to celebrate with. Our thanks to all of you, who have made it possible...we truly appreciate your patronage.
Our best to you,

Eagles on the Ice

Update on 2/26/11 at 9:30 a.m. There is not much left of the fish carcass on the ice out between the Clare Cull house and the Welter's dock, but the eagle was there this morning. Thanks to the phone call relay from Brian Kubish through Michelle LaFreniere, these pictures were obtained, as well as a little video.

Update on 2/25/2011 at 4:30 p.m.: The eagle is back for his carp meal, and he brought a friend with him. This time the plan was already determined on how to sneak out to get closer and get a photo of the eagle feasting on his fish. The long distance shots were not too bad, but the closer photos are much better.

The eagles didn't mind the pictures being taken as long as you maintained your distance.

Once the eagle's eye found the photographer, it was off the the south side of the harbor.

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A phone call came into the BINN office at about 9:45 a.m. from Patti Cull about an eagle on the ice with a large carcass. A quick drive in located the eagle and a few long distance photos were taken. Then the desire was there to get a closer picture. NAHHHT! It wasn't going to happen! The eagle was pretty close to the end of its meal, and, before the car door could open for the photographer to get out, the eagle was bound for less visible places and flew off toward the south side of the harbor and vanished over the tops of the trees there. Well, it was still interesting and a closer photo of the meal was taken to determine what the eagle had captured and devoured.

The meal appears to have been a carp, but there is plenty of carp left, so perhaps the eagle will return for another sit down meal. The carp is just off to the right from Weltor's Dock, but the crows are starting to gather, so there is no way to know if there will be anything left for the eagle.

Short clip of eagles on the ice-Thursday Friday, and Saturday

 

Chamber & Member Partner For Trade Show Exhibit

As a result of a partnership between Ed Wojan Realty, Developer John Dourjalian and the Chamber of Commerce Beaver Island will be represented at the Outdoorama and Cottage Lake Front Living Show the 24 th – 27 th in Detroit .

The exhibit will feature an energy efficient green building product system that developer Dourjalian has an interest in bringing to Beaver Island . Slides and video featuring Beaver Island will be featured in the exhibit.

As a result of work by Ed Wojan Realty and the Chamber, Beaver Island will be represented in an exhibit costing several thousand dollars for a very small financial investment. Several hundred Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Business Directories will be distributed at the popular show.

Information about the show can be found at:

http://www.showspan.com/cottageandlakefrontliving.aspx

Beaver Island “Generations Merge”

A collaborative pilot program between the Beaver Island Community School 's Health Occupations Studies Program and the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging's Beaver Island Senior Center recently concluded with resounding “thumbs up” from the participants and coordinators alike. The G-Merge ( or Generation Merge) program endeavored to bring generations together to interact, learn, and ultimately begin to understand and respect one another. On Beaver Island fourteen students were each paired with a volunteer participant. Their joint activities—selected to encourage collaboration, interaction and mutual learning-- included such creative projects as decorating gingerbread houses for the holiday season, and designing and executing a mosaic picture frame, which many filled with pictures of themselves with their partners! Other activities included mutual recreation through board-games and exploring of shared societal influences through a trivia contest that bridged the generations via such icons as Coca Cola, McDonalds and Walt Disney.

During each of the scheduled monthly activities the students had the ultimate objective of learning as much as they could about their “G-Merge Friends.” They were tasked with seeking answers to questions about their family makeup, dynamics and heritage; their schooling, employment, challenges and treasured memories; their bests; their worsts; and their current situations. They then set about preparing a “live presentation” (including PowerPoint) of their G-Merge Friend to the rest of the class—with their Friend invited to attend! The results were educational, certainly, but ever so enlightening—and entertaining! Each presentation revealed the common threads of our humanness, yet the wonder of each of us as unique individuals. We each truly have our own story.

And they are a diverse lot, coming from many places including Chicago , Illinois ; South Bend , Indiana ; Fennville, Kalamazoo and even Beaver Island , Michigan . All ending up at this particular time here on Beaver Island, sharing their stories in a particularly special way. First shared by the students then seconded by the senior Friends, the consistent response from all participants when queried for suggested improvements to the program was: “More time together!” Most student presentations included a sentiment of appreciation and privilege for having gotten to know their Friend, as well as a desire to continue the relationship!

Sarah McCafferty, the Health Occupations Studies instructor, has high hopes for an ongoing Beaver Island Generation Merge program, as does Ann Partridge, Charlevoix County Commission on Aging's Beaver Island Coordinator. They thank all of them profoundly for their sharing, sense of adventure, and commitment of time.

CHILI COOK-OFF

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011

SHAMROCK

5:30 pm -7:30 pm

Link to flier HERE

National Organization Holds Planning Exercise on Beaver Island

After months of coordinated planning, the Nature Conservancy, a national organization, arrived on Beaver Island to meet collaboratively with tribal, state, county, and local organizations on February 15, 2011, for an island wide planning exercise to specifically deal with invasive species and deer management threats. A WebEx presentation went on simultaneously to those individuals who were off island to allow full participation.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) sent 3 experienced staff members and technology support (1) who are involved with Lake Michigan, Great Lakes Islands, and Lake Huron planning efforts. They stressed that Beaver Island archipelago is noted in bi-national reports as one of the highest ranking bio-diverse islands of 32,000 Great Lakes islands and has some of   the best  examples of natural communities within the State of Michigan. TNC originally was scheduled to come to share with the NREC the methods used by the TNC in developing plans. The Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Commission notified the TNC and the groups attending that they were dissolved by both townships days before. All those attending and presenting felt that the information was too important for the community to cancel the informational training event.

Examples related to the Island were used by the TNC and discussed to show techniques of planning. The planning exercise focused on the following topics which were explored and strategized. An archipelago wide firewood quarantine by the Department of Agriculture to help protect the Island ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer , new invasions by invasive terrestrial plants, excessive deer browse on native plants, and monitoring and managing deer to sustainable capacity were presented. The group also discussed plant species that may be soon added to the State and Federal lists of rare and endangered species that can still be found on our archipelago.

The goal of the meeting was not to make decisions or reach conclusions for the Island but to show how dialogue and identifying goals, desired outcomes, threats and actions to address threats, were all related. Attendees at the meeting included three biologists from the Little Traverse Band of Odawa, a representative from the MSU Extension Service to Charlevoix County, three former members of the planning committee of the NREC, two DNRE representatives, a representative from the planning commission, and the Wildlife Club President. It became evident to those present at the meeting that the Island's decisions related to natural resources planning carries a great responsibility and must be carefully thought through. Islanders have the ability to protect or destroy species at our discretion.

One of the participants, Jeff Powers, President of the Wildlife Club, remarked that it was the largest assemblage of Wildlife Biologists in the history of Beaver Island . Those present learned much from these scientists and biologists. Future NREC planning events, 2011 birding surveys, a June educational symposium, economic drivers, and the Beaver Island Birding Festival are just a few events that have been suspended along with state agency and regional organizational coordination due to the dissolution of the NREC organization by both township boards.

Submitted by Pam Grassmick

Too Many Turkeys

This title may suggest a different connotation than is meant, but you can take it any way you wish. The title is really about the over abundance of wild turkeys on Beaver Island. The Beaver Island Wildlife Club has done a wonderful job of getting the population of wild turkeys up. Perhaps, just a little too wonderful a job. As we all know the Beaver Island Wildlife Club has done an outstanding job with respect to the Island turkey flocks. We need more hunters - thus the attached ad which is in the spring issue of Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine in the Destination section. The ad is part of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce marketing plan.

Click here to view the ad

Beaver Island Volunteer Corps Continues Efforts on Many Fronts

Cottage for Karen –

Efforts continue on the BIVC's first housing project. The drywall is up, flooring is going in and kitchen cabinets are due to be installed soon. Many folks have been instrumental to this project – from financial support to material donations to manual labor. A big thank you to Dave Dudek of Richmond Insurance Agency, located in Richmond, MI.  Dave secured insurance for the cottage and paid the first year's worth of premiums!  Thank you Dave for your kind donation.  We will continue to move along until this project is complete. If you would like to make a financial contribution, checks made out to BIVC can be sent to Judy Boyle PO Box 120. We need to raise $1,900 to pay the remainder of our bills to date.

School Supplies -

The children in Afghanistan will soon receive several boxes of notebooks, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, crayons and watercolor paints from the kind folks of Beaver Island. The Beaver Island Community School's National Honor Society, in conjunction with the Beaver Island Volunteer Corp, solicited donations of school supplies for Afghan students. Brett Maudrie, a Beaver Island soldier stationed in Afghanistan, will ensure that the supplies are distributed to the school children near where he is stationed. It it heartwarming to see such support for children so far away during times like these. These items, which sometimes we take for granted, should help these Afghan children as they continue their education. Special thanks to the Women's Auxiliary for making a donation towards the postage.

Boxes for Soldiers -

The BIVC and BICS students also collected items from the community for the soldiers in Brett's unit. We understand from Tara Palmer, the individual that initiated and oversaw the project in Charlevoix, that the boxes were well received. Thanks to all who contributed items to this project and to the Veterans for help with the postage. We hope to continue these types of efforts in the future.

Judy Boyle, BIVC Treasurer

Bud Martin's Response to the 'Controversy Over Whiskey Island'

Bud Martin's quote that hit home was this, "When it comes to Whiskey Island, let the people decide. Put it up for a vote. Should St. James Township trade Whiskey Island? Let the people decide."

"I laughed when I read your website about not having access to my property. I'm sure that someone like you as a schoolteacher will be able to figure it out," Bud Martin stated after giving the editor a cup of coffee and a piece of carrot cake at his home on Barney's Lake Road. Bud Martin is the owner of Martin Gas and Oil, Island Energeies, and Martin Excavating. "It should be pretty obvious if you think about it," Bud continued. Not wanting to put words in his mouth, BINN said to him, "We would be glad to have you show us exactly how you would get access to the property if someone put up a fence on the DNR property lines."

"Sure, I'll do that, but let's talk about Whiskey Island first. Whiskey Island has 97 acres of land. Whiskey Island was just handed to St. James Township as a gift. I want the two townships to work together. I want them to keep Whiskey Island," Bud Martin stated. "You want to see some pictures of Whiskey Island. I've got lots of really good pictures of Whiskey Island." At this point Bud got out a large collection of pictures, all of them of Whiskey Island. Bud pointed out the cormorant infestation there. He pointed out the shoreline and the finger of a reef that shows clearly on the pictures. It looks kind of like a sting ray with a very, very long tail. "Do you want to go over to Whiskey Island and take a look. I'll take you over in my plane," Bud Martin offered.

By the time Bud Martin was done talking and showing pictures about and of Whiskey Island, it became obvious that he truly believed that the townships would be making a serious mistake in trading this island for a small piece of harbor property. Bud talked about trading over 90 acres of land for under ten acres of land, but BINN was still hung up on the property access issue.

Still wanting to be shown how Bud would be able to access his property, Bud was talked into, and it didn't take much talking, showing how he would be able to access his southern piece of property. BINN wanted to debunk the lack of access issue before believing that Bud Martin was really interested in keeping Whiskey Island instead of protecting his interests involving two pieces of property that were separated by a hundred foot section of property belonging to the Michigan DNR. So down to the property location we went.

"The answer to the questions about access to my property is easy," Bud said. "It's simple. I'll just put in a driveway. I've got plenty of room to put in two driveways. Come on down and I'll show you how it would work."

And, Bud Martin proceeded to point out exactly how he could put in two driveways to his southern piece of property. "I've been meaning to put in this one by the Indian property, but I've just been too busy," he stated. In actuality, there is plenty of space to insert two driveways on the property in these locations. In pacing the openings, and with gravel from his pit, Bud Martin could very easily put in two driveways in these locations: "After the townships get the DNR property, then, if they want to trade, we can discuss it then. The DNR property has nothing to do with Whiskey Island."

In the cold and in the wind, Bud Martin proceeded to talk about how important it is to keep Whiskey Island for "at least four or five years because you never know what may happen in that time." The conversation began at his home talking about Whiskey Island and the conversation ended on his property talking about how important it is to "keep Whiskey Island for the future."

Video Clip of Bud Martin's Answer

 

Forest View Apartments Construction Update 12/27/11

It was time to do another walk-through of the senior housing project to see what had been accomplished during the past week or so. There is a lot going on. The electrician and the plumbing will need to be done fairly soon for an inspection coming up next week. The drywall cannot be put up until this is inspected, so it will probably be two weeks before the drywall work will be mostly accomplished, according to Kevin Barry McDonough. Here are some pictures of the inside that correlate to some of the items on the floor plans below.

Video Clip Walk Through of the Building Construction

 

Entrance to the building doesn't look much different right now.

Framing is done on the inside door of the entrance to the project

The first area you come to is the Great Room, the community visiting area that will include furniture and a TV according to the plans

This area on the left in the middle is to be the area for tables and chairs, another gathering location.

The second area on the right will be a community kitchenette area as shown on the plans.

The next door opening will be to a small office for the housing project.

The four door openings, two on the right and two on the left, are listed as storage areas.

A quantity of electric work has been accomplished.

Looking from the north end of the building into the doorway of the northeast single bedroom apartment.

Looking from the north end of the building toward the entrance at the south end of the building.

Some close-ups of the plumbing and electrical work

Floor Plans of the Forest View Apartments

Floor plan of the entire building (large view)

Floor plan of just the common areas (large view)

Floor plan of one bedroom apartment

Winterfest on Lake Geneserath

Someone will certainly know the exact number of people who headed down to Lake Geneserath today, February 19,2011, for the Winterfest activities. After a few days of melting, today started out with a cold 27 degrees and a wind chill down below ten. The tables and the activities were all set up on the lake, but were moved to the Wycoff residence to gain protection from the wind. The airplane that graced the skies and provided rides last year was not available this year due to the strong winds and the rough ice on the lake. This didn't dampen any spirits for those that attended. There were plenty of friends to talk with. There were plenty of activities to do whether and adult wanted to just get warm at the warming house or snuggle up next to the fire. The adults also could skate, snowmobile, ride in a wagon pulled by a four wheeler, or just gorge oneself on the many excellent dishes that were prepared with love for the gathering. Perhaps the most important sign was posted out at the end of the Wyckoff driveway.

"No Politics" is what the sign said, and it was strictly enforced by all present.

The idea was to gather together much like an old-time Holy Cross Hall Party. Bring your potluck dish, you know the one that you are really good at making. There was chili and a wonderfully meaty chicken noodle soup. There were meaty baked beans. There were a couple of vegan dishes as well. Lots of hors'deurves like tator tots wrapped in crispy bacon, baby pickles, deviled eggs, carrots, and broccoli and cauliflower, pepper sausage, meat balls, and sausage balls, and hot dogs with chili, cheese, ketchup, mustard, and onions. There was water to drink, along with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. There was a whole table of desserts and well as the makings for s' mores.

The Fresh Air crew worked hard....The steam rises as the hot dogs are ready

But it wasn't just the crew of Fresh Air Aviation that worked hard to make this Winterfest so special. The residents on both arms of Lake G spent hours getting ready for this gather. Thank you's go to the entire group of Lake Geneserath residents who came out early to set up and make this the memorable day that it truly was.

Politics and all disagreements were left at the end of the Wyckoff driveway, and we all gathered to eat and enjoy not only the food, but also the company as well. Teenagers, school teachers, old and young, just enjoyed each other's company.

The youngest on the island posed with the oldest on the island, both enjoying the day at Lake G.

Windy or not, there were quite a few who took some time to get out on the lake and enjoy the winter weather....

This young one enjoyed it so much out on the hay wagon that she was very unhappy about having to get out of the wind and warm up. Sorry, Maggie, your cheeks are very red.

There was no reason that anyone could have left this event hungry....

And just as some were getting ready to leave after a couple of hours, other started coming in, so there was a growing number of people at the Lake G Winterfest.

About halfway through the afternoon there was a change over in part of the group.... Some had been there since before noon....Others were just arriving around 2:30 pm

Golf anyone?

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this a great day!

It is possible to leave the politics alone for a short period of time. The sign and the flag, one on each side of the driveway in to the Wyckoffs...

Short Video Clip of the Winterfest on Lake G

 

The Controversy Over the Whiskey Island Trade

There are those who are completely unaware of the reason for the Special Peaine Township Meeting scheduled for February 18, 2011, and there are those that have rather strong opinions about the issue on both sides. First of all, the St. James Township Board acquired Whiskey Island by buying it for back taxes owed to Charlevoix County. St. James Township used money from their Road Fund budget to write the check to Charlevoix County in the amount of $13,000 in round figures. St. James Township thought that this might provide them with a method to trade the State of Michigan by trading Whiskey Island for the DNR property and the building used to house the deputy.

One side of the issue is stating that this is not a good trade because Whiskey Island has 93 acres of land and the DNR property on Paradise Bay has much less than that. It is also complicated by the fact that Peaine Township had written a letter stating that it believed it had a 50% interested in the DNR building by providing the 50/50 split of costs for the many years of housing a deputy sheriff and his family in this building, a period of time of about 25 years. Without making a judgment here, the facts are that Peaine Township has helped subsidize the deputy in residence, contributed toward the maintenance of the building, and contributed toward the operating cost as well.

On the other side of the issue, St. James Township believes that it has the autonomy to trade any owned property for any other property without the interference of Peaine Township. St. James spent the $13,000 for Whiskey Island, and the board believes that it should be able to trade without any other entity causing the township any problems. Peaine Township had written a letter at the insistence of Bud Martin and approval of the Peaine Township Board to declare that it wanted 50% interest in the property in any trade made with St. James Township. The State of Michigan and the DNR did not want to get in a squabble between the two townships, and the trade never took place.

To further complicate the issue, at the January Peaine Township Board meeting, Supervisor Jack Gallagher was directed in a motion by the board to write a letter to the MDNR declaring that Peaine Township no longer help any interest in the property owned by the DNR and on Paradise Bay. Jack Gallagher wrote a letter, and two of the board members approved the letter, but two of the board members did not approve of the letter that he wrote. This made a 2-2 tie that could not be resolved. At the February Peaine Township Board meeting, the board, after much discussion and much disagreement, directed Jack Gallagher to send the letter that he had written to the MDNR with all four members present having then approved the letter. However, Larry Kubic made a motion to that effect, but there was no second and no vote by the board due to much more discussion of the issue by Bud Martin and John McCafferty. Jack Gallagher called the special meeting to give all five members of the board an opportunity to discuss the issue and determine the course of action necessary.

When the meeting did not take place, due to the reasons stated in the article below, the controversy continued. Without attempting to decide this issue or provide the reader with a News on the 'Net position, BINN will present the information that would have been made available to the public had this special meeting taken place.

Video clip of the issue and possible solution to the shoreline issue

 

Thank you to Diane McDonough for scanning the drawing and emailing it to me. Thanks to Ed Wojan for his help getting the information.

Below is part of a survey drawing of the DNR property currently owned by the State of Michigan. Some of the specifics of the property are written on the map. The yellow outlines the DNR property. You can see the location of the DNR building on the right side of the roadway, the roadway, and the shoreline. It appears that the DNR building may be a point of contention between the two townships because of the 50/50 agreement, but the property behind the DNR building and the property on Paradise Bay has nothing necessarily to do with the 50/50 split in the expenses of supporting an island year round deputy.

You can see the property lines of the DNR property presented on these pictures. First, the north property line and then the south property line of DNR property are shown. Then you can see the shoreline portion of the DNR property that might be a point of contention.

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north DNR property line on drawing........whole DNR shoreline property on drawing........pictures of the north DNR line............................pictures of South DNR line .............

There are several things that can be noted about this DNR property from the drawings that may contribute to the discussion and the decision about this property. You can see in the drawings that Martin's Barge is tied up on DNR property. Bud Martin uses this barge as a point to tie off his tug and as protection for the tug from a Southwestern windstorm. You can also see from this second drawing above that the roadway from one of the Martin properties on the north and the second Martin property on the south, and from the pictures presented, that any fencing by the DNR, or the township after the trade, would put Bud Martin's southern property without any access.

The north Martin property

The south Martin property

Pictures of the structures on the South Martin property

Picture of the building and the post near the water that marks the DNR property line

No matter what, if the St. James Township Board is able to trade Whiskey Island for the DNR property on Paradise Bay, Bud Martin's property south of the DNR property will have absolutely no access. This property has no access now without going across the DNR property. You can go take a look yourself, look at these pictures, or watch the video, but this is the outcome of the trade of the DNR property for Whiskey Island for Bud Martin.

Now, Ed Wojan has developed a solution that might help resolve the issue on the shoreline. BINN was greatly impressed and wants to thank Ed Wojan for taking the time to go down to the property and point out the property lines and outline the possible solution for Bud Martin. Ed Wojan is suggesting that there be a swap of property after the St. James-DNR trade. Ed is suggesting that the North property of Bud Martin be swapped for the St. James-DNR property as shown in this drawing:

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The map showing the swap of property ....the proposed north township property line....the proposed south township property line

This proposed solution to the shoreline and access issue for Bud Martin should seriously be considered. It provides the St. James Township Board the same footage on the harbor. It provides Bud Martin the same footage on the harbor. It allows Bud Martin access to his southern piece of property through the center piece that was formerly the DNR property. It does not provide either party with any more property, and yet makes both actually seem like winners without any battle being fought. Thank you, Ed, for your thoughtful suggestion and your willingness to share this information with BINN.

While this possible solution does not provide anyone the answers to the questions about trading 93 acres for a much smaller piece, it certainly seems fair. This possible solution also does not resolve the thought process of Peaine Township Board members about contributing money for many years to the building that is across the street. This possible solution does not resolve the issue of the investment of $13,000 by St. James Township that was not in the budget. It should, however, provide both townships something to think about, and maybe even something to agree about during the next month or so.

St. James Township does not have the property ownership at this time. Right now, St. James Township owns Whiskey Island. Should it be traded? There will be no answer here. Who should own the property? There will be no answer here. You can make your own decisions about the motivations of the parties involved, but make certain that you think about the possible solution suggested by Ed Wojan.

Mardis Gras SUNSPLASH at Stoney

SUNSPLASH! Will be held Saturday, March 5th at Stoney , in Celebration of Mardi Gras . This is a mini event to help the Children a bit until Summer, when the main Event will be held. We will be holding a Fundraiser Buffet for the children of Haiti . The Good Samaritan of Haiti Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, health and welfare of underprivileged children of Ile LaVache. Michael Beans , along with The Beaver Island Volunteer Corps , headed by Judy Boyle & Adam Wirth, are working hard to raise needed funds for the Children. So...put on your colorful, floral, feel good Summer/Vacation wear and come out to Stoney for a Good Jamaican time mon! We'll have Red Stripe from Jamaica, Labatt Blue Light w/ Lime, Rum Drinks, Munchies & Great Reggae & Beans Tunes...Maybe even a bit of live music...anyone interested in playing, please let me know. Beans wear, his CD's and Pirate wear will be on sale...Proceeds go to help the Children. All You Can Eat Cajun Buffet , 5-8:30. Dishes include, Catfish Strips, Chicken & Ham Jambalaya, Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo, Andouille Sausage, Red Beans & Rice, Crawfish, Fried Okra, Hush Puppies, Cornbread w/ Jalapeno Cheddar, Pumpkin Soup, Sponge Cake w/ pineapple & Cherry Sauce. $14.95 with $5 per person going to the Children of Haiti. The Summer SunSplash will be large, include a Pig Roast and Michael Beans with live Music and all Proceeds will go to benefit the children. The date is tentative for August 19th...so mark your calendars!
"Don't worry, be Happy...every little thing, gonna be alright"
Sunday, March 13th , SUDDEN DEATH DART PLAYOFF at 4pm. Come in and Throw down...everyone 21 & older, welcome to play. Trophy & runner-up Prize.
The GREAT Day ... The Grand Weekend , Thursday March 17th thru Sunday March 20th. We will have Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Stew, Fish & Chips & more, Plus Full Menu...all homemade & Yummy for you to Enjoy! Also, Danny's Bloody Mary Bar and plenty of Stout, right from Ireland to enjoy with plenty of Great Tunes! On Thursday the Great Day, Danny, Danny, & Cindy will play, Irish, Country, & old Time tunes. Friday Happy Hour they'll play a bit more, followed by some Old Time Rock & Roll by Rigormortis . Keep your dancing shoes on, 'cuz Saturday night it's Jason & Nick playing your favorites & requests! * Never a price increase or cover charge. Sunday enjoy our Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet & Munchies with our bloody Mary Bar.
Great Craic all weekend.
And as March flows into April, Stoney will look forward to our
9th Anniversary April 1st. with Yummy Specials to celebrate with. Our thanks to all of you, who have made it possible...we truly appreciate your patronage.
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn Racine

Special Peaine Township Meeting

Video clip of Jack Gallagher's Statement

 

Update: 9:45 a.m., 02/18/11 Jack Gallagher and Larry Kubic were the only board members to physically be at the meeting, specially called to discuss these issues. Pete LoDico called in from his visit downstate. According to the opening statement by Jack Gallagher, he had a phone call with the Michigan Township Association this morning to discuss the legality of having a meeting when only two board members were to be physically present. He reported that the MTA told him that a minimum of three board members must be physically present to have a legal meeting. After the three are present, others may attend via the telephone.

This was viewed by some as "just another delaying tactic," but Jack insisted that the legality of the meeting was in question, so there would be no meeting. Paul Welke was reported to have to fly this morning due to the foggy day yesterday. Colleen was ill and could not attend. This left only two other Peaine Township Board members to be physically present. The meeting was canceled until a quorum could be physically present. There would again have to be an eighteen hour notice of a special meeting, or this issue could be postponed until next month's regular Peaine Township meeting.

A special Peaine Township meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 18, 2011, at 9 a.m. The meeting's agenda relates to the letter discussed at the last two Peaine Township meetings. At these two township board meetings, the supervisor was directed to write a letter to the DNRE. The letter was approved by the board to be sent at the last meeing on February 9, 2011. The agenda of the meeting is to rescind the original motion which was made at the January 12, 2011, township minutes:

"Motion Kubic, second LoDico to have Jack Gallagher write a letter to the DNRE expressing that Peaine Township withdraws any interest in joint ownership of the DNR property on Paradise Bay."

The minutes are not yet available for the February 9, 2011, meeting of the Peaine Township Board, but the video shows Larry Kubic and Pete LoDico agreeing to send the letter to the DNRE, this letter being the one that Jack Gallagher wrote to the DNRE and included mention of a petition signed by 200 people about keeping Whiskey Island instead of trading it for the DNR building and property on Paradise Bay. Colleen Martin had previously agreed to this letter.

Supervisor Jack Gallagher posted meeting notices at the Beaver Island District Library, the US Post Office, and at the Peaine Township Hall. All of these notices were posted prior to the eighteen hour requirement for a special meeting.

Angela LeFevre-Welke Selected to Serve on NATA Airports Committee


Dulles, VA, January, 2011:
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) recently released a list of committee appointments and Angela LeFevre-Welke, President / Owner of Island Airways [McPhillips Flying Service, dba Island Airways) has been selected to serve on the NATA Airports Committee. LeFevre-Welke along with other committee members will be responsible for studying and recommending policy concerning existing and proposed regulations and legislation affecting airports. Members work in a cooperative and constructive manner with Congress and the various regulatory agencies in the monitoring of regulatory and legislative language and procedures. As part of this committee LeFevre-Welke will attend several meetings per year. The upcoming meetings include “Day on the Hill” (Washington, DC, May 2011) (individual meetings with members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate); “Air Charter Summit” (Dulles, VA, June 2011); and several committee meetings in conjunction with other NATA and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) meetings and seminars.

LeFevre-Welke is the President and co-owner, with her husband Paul, of Island Airways, a Part 135 charter service which operates between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, Michigan. In addition, the Welkes own and operate Welke Airport on Beaver Island. Welke Airport was designated by NATA in 2001 as one of the “100 Most Needed Airports” in the United States.


LeFevre-Welke is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in secondary education. She has served as President of Island Airways since 2002. She and her husband are residents of Beaver Island.


Additional information on NATA is available at www.nata.aero. Additional information regarding Island Airways is available at www.islandairways.com.

Transfer Station News

Beginning April 1, 2011, the cost of all black trash bags will be $3.00 per bag based upon the decision of the meeting of the Waste Managment Committee. The discussion of the color of the bag was eliminated by the change in wording to include all "consumer" type bags will cost $3.00. The Waste Management Committee met on February 15, 2011. The minutes of that meeting may be accessed HERE.

Chamber To Produce Beaver Island Web Video

Ted Nicholas will assist the Chamber of Commerce in producing a web site video about Beaver Island . The video will feature literally hundreds of photographs woven together with music and voice over to sell the Beaver Island visit experience. It will focus on all aspects of the natural world that is so key in Beaver Island 's unique charm.

The new video will be available on the home page of the Chamber's web site www.BeaverIsland.org . The site got 160,000 views last year and each visit length averaged about five minutes. Board member John Works, Beaver Island Gold Course, suggested the home page video.

“Our web site is a continuously evolving multi-media presenter of the Beaver Island story. This new video will grab viewers and increase our site visit length and effectiveness,” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West. Currently video from last years visit by 9&10 TV is available at the bottom of the home page. The site web master is Jeff Cashman of Island Design.

Islanders who would like to contribute high resolution digital photographs for consideration should contact the Chamber of Commerce office at: chamber@BeaverIsland.org or (231) 448-2505.

Beaver Island Archipelago Included in Wood Quarantine

Revised quarantine as of February 8, 2011: In a move to attempt to protect these isolated areas, the Regulated articles may not be moved from any area in Michigan to the following areas without a Compliance Agreement. "Although travelers are able to freely move firewood throughout the Lower Peninsula, and some areas of the UP, we are urging them not to do so as there are other invasive insects besides emerald ash borer - such as Gypsy Moth, Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sirex Woodwasp - that can hitch a ride on it," said Gina Davis of the Michigan Department of Agriculture. "Please continue to only use local sources of firewood, burn all you buy, and don't take any unused firewood back home or to the next location."

Here are the additions to the existing quarantine:

The Beaver Island Archipelago (including North Fox Island and South Fox Island ) in Lake Michigan, Big Charity Island and Little Charity Island in Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron, Isle Royale National Park, and North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island , in Lake Michigan , which are part of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

All of this is to prevent the movement of the Emerald Ash Borer. The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) has revised its Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine to protect Great Lakes islands and to adjust Quarantine Level boundaries in several counties in the Upper Peninsula (UP) - effective immediately. A new map is available at www.michigan.gov/eab .

Link to map HERE

Link to the Revision in the Quaratine HERE

Thanks to Pamela Grassmick for providing this information.

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

Month of March

March 6: Steve Finch

13: Jayne Bailey

20: Harold Kruse

27: Harold Kruse

Northern Michigan Regional Health System and Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Enter Relationship to Support Regional Patient Care 

The original press release was in Petoskey, Mich. – February 4, 2010 – Northern Michigan Regional Health System and Beaver Island Rural Health Center have entered into an agreement to enhance their partnership.

The agreement will further expand the framework of mutual collaboration between Northern Michigan Regional Health System and Beaver Island Rural Health Center to share, plan, and develop services that support the delivery of high quality, cost effective healthcare for Beaver Island residents. It will also support infrastructure as needed for the continuation of medical care in the appropriate medical setting off the island, whether it be at Northern Michigan Regional Health System or another medical facility.

“We look forward to expanding our relationship with Beaver Island Rural Health Center through this agreement as it aligns with our mission to increase access, improve quality, and reduce costs of healthcare to northern Michigan residents,” said Reezie DeVet, President and CEO of Northern Michigan Regional Health System.

Goals of the agreement include investigating potential solutions for purchasing support, supplies, and equipment, as well as exploring community and medical education opportunities, and expanding telemedicine and connectivity between Beaver Island Rural Health Center and the mainland.

“Through this expanded partnership, Beaver Island Rural Health Center patients will have enhanced access to technologically advanced healthcare that is expected by island residents and increasingly demanded by healthcare policy and regulation, and, if additional healthcare is required, seamless transfer to higher levels of care on the mainland,” said Northern Michigan Regional Health System Board Chair, David Buzzelli.

According to The Beaver Island Task Force Committee, Beaver Island Rural Health Center is painfully aware of the great challenges its isolation and fragile financial resources represent. 

“The agreement is the culmination of months of hard work between Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Northern Michigan Regional Health System,” said Denny Cook, President of Beaver Island Rural Health Center. “We are very pleased that it has been passed by the Boards of both organizations. It lays the groundwork for working together in the future to provide even better healthcare services to Beaver Island.”

Having had a long-standing relationship with Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Bill Jackson, President and CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital, said the relationship between Northern Michigan Regional Health System and Beaver Island Rural Health Center is yet another aspect in complementing the care provided to the Beaver Island community.

Northern Michigan Regional Health System

Northern Michigan Regional Health System is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing a full continuum of patient-centered specialized care to residents in 22 counties throughout northern Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. With more than 15 affiliates and regional partners, the flagship of Northern Michigan Regional Health System is Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, a 214-bed, regional referral center located in Petoskey with a medical staff of nearly 200 physicians representing nearly all medical and surgical specialties, enabling full-service care. For more information, please visit northernhealth.org.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, February 9, 2011

Approximately seventy people attended the Peaine Township Board Meeting last night, February 9, 2011. The meeting began slightly after 7 p.m. and ended slightly after 11 p.m. This was four hours of anger displayed by many in the audience with two different factions formed in advance. The battle lines were drawn, and the outcome of the battle predetermined. The issue publicly was one of whether or not to dissolve the Peaine Township support of the NRETC by rescinding the original motion that created the organization. This did not seem to be the underlying issue since the commission has done much to help the Island by cleaning up the dump sites on Garden Island, helping to eradicate the phragmities invasion, and opening up vistas not considered on the Island previously.

To an objective observer, the real issue that surfaced entailed three letters written by three individuals in support of a specific designation for Beaver Island. One of these letters was written by Jack Gallagher and sent to the Michigan DNRE and many others in the state government, which was signed as supervisor of Peaine Township, implying Peaine Township support. The second of these letters was written by Sandra Birdsall and sent to the same group, which was signed as Chairman of the Natural Resources and EcoTourism Commission, implying NRETC support. The third letter was not really discussed much, but was sent as an individual letter to the same group of recipients. The existence of these letters was only brought to the public after a Freedom of Information request filed by the Northern Islander. The real issue as viewed objectively was that the public in the audience was upset that neither the Peaine Township Board, consisting of five board members, nor the other members of NRETC, a twenty-one member group, was aware that these letters were sent. As rammed home at the meeting last night was the anger that no phone calls took place to any other Peaine Township Board members. Whether any phone calls took place to members of the NRETC was not established at this meeting. The anger also stemmed from the fact that neither the Peaine Township Supervisor or Chairman Sandra Birdsall had gotten authorization from their respective board or commission to write these letters. The real issue from one audience member was that "you decided to speak for the whole island without anyone's knowledge or authority."

Caught in the losing battle was Pam Grassmich, the only letter writer who did not sign her letter as an officer of the NRETC, but instead her letter was signed by her and her husband, an individual exercising her right to free speech. Unfortunately, Pam had to endure the crumbling of her vision to help Beaver Island, as the mortar shells fell all around her. All of the positive accomplishments of the NRETC, all of the volunteer hours dedicated to the good deeds accomplished, and all of the efforts to educate the community about invasive species were ignored, and the anger directed at two individuals fell like a guillotine on the local governmental support of the NRETC. There were so many stones thrown at this meeting that sorting them out may take a long time. The majority of the stones were thrown at Jack Gallagher and Sandra Birdsall, who was not present to defend herself.

There were a few stones thrown at the BICC suggesting that they had also attempted to speak for the entire Island without any publicly expressed authority, but these stones fell on deaf ears as the anger continued to grow.

The Peaine Township support of the NRETC as added to the agenda by Pete LoDico, who accused Jack Gallagher of purposely leaving it off the agenda even after several emails and calls had been placed to ask that it be put on the agenda. From the moment that this accusation occurred, the outcome of the night was predetermined. The inaction of Sandra Birdsall and the other members of the NRETC in not working quickly enough at adding the Beaver Island Conservation Club and the Chamber of Commerce was another strike against the organization. The fact that those members on the commission who had the opportunity to vote to add these two organizations and didn't do so, was quickly deemed another strike.

These letters were strike three. The Peaine Township Board voted to rescind the motion that created the township commission named the NRETC or NREC. The votes to rescind were LoDico, Martin, and Kubic. The negative vote was Gallagher, and Paul Welke was absent from the meeting.

In another contentious situation, the Peaine Township Board had passed a motion at its previous January 2011 meeting to direct Jack Gallagher to write a letter to correct a previous letter sent to the DNRE regarding the Whiskey Island trade for the DNR building and property on Paradise Bay. There was much discussion from audience members about the need to write this letter, but Jack Gallagher had written a letter that was approved by two members of the Peaine Township Board and not approved by two other members of the Board. It was even suggested by one member of the audience that a two way tie should not prevent the sending of the unapproved letter. After much discussion, again by angry board members and audience members, the Peaine Township Board voted to send the letter as written. The original purpose of the motion on January 2011 in this regard was to notify the DNRE that Peaine Township would not stand in the way of any negotiations between St. James Township and the DNRE in discussions about the Whiskey Island trade. Peaine Township was withdrawing its objection to this, and removing its statement of financial interest in the housing of the Beaver Island deputy as well as its demand to have the Peaine Township name on the deed for this exchange if and when it occurs.

There were two members of the audience that didn't want this letter, nor the motion of the last meeting, to stand, but the Peaine Township Board voted to approve the letter written by Jack Gallagher and put it in the mail on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

There were many other items, less contentious, discussed and completed at this meeting. One of those items was the passing after an excellent presentation by Jeff Powers and Don Tritsch of the Wildlife Certification document and approval of the process by the Peaine Township Board. Two resolutions were passed to approve a poverty exemption with an amount set at $15,000 and an asset maximum set at $100,000 and to allow local residents to protest their assessed valuation in writing. An appointment was made to the Board of Review for an alternate, Tina Morgan. An appointment was made to the Planning Commission, Kathy Jones. A motion was passed to keep the township salaries the same for the year beginning 4/1/11. The Annual Elector's Meeting, the budget meeting, and the Board Hearing to adopt the budget were all set on the same day, 3/26/11 beginning at 11 a.m., followed by 11:45 a.m., and then 12:30 p.m. By-laws for the Waste Managment Committee were going to go back to the committee for approval after suggestions from the lawyer. The 2010 Audit should be available on the Peaine Township website in the next few days

.The video of the meeting will be available as soon as processed. With four hours of video for this four hour meeting, it may take a few days to get it all processed. It will be uploaded and available as soon as possible with the early parts of the meeting available first based upon the agenda and as the meeting unfolded. Items 1-5 on the agenda with be uploaded first.

All four hours of the video is here!

Easter Brunch Scheduled

Sunday April 24 Easter Brunch NOON at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Pancakes, Ham, Scrambled Eggs, French Toast Casserole and Strata along with OJ and Coffee.  Community is invited to attend.  Anyone wanting to bring a dish to pass are welcome  do so.

St. James Township Meeting, February 2, 2011

St. James Township Board Votes to Remove NRETC Support

The usual regular business including approval of the previous meeting minutes and approval of the bills was accomplished quite quickly at the Wednesday night meeting of the St. James Township Board, but the audience of twenty members were sitting quite impatiently awaiting the topic of the night, the NRETC. The Northern Islander had gathered information and provided this information to the board members. It was fairly obvious from the tone of the meeting that began with the reading of correspondence that something was going to happen.

The business of passing a motion to meet in Joint Session with Peaine Township on February 7, 2011, at Peaine Township Hall, at 1 p.m. to discuss the airport property settlement agreement was quickly concluded. The meeting dates for the Board of Review on 3/14/11 and a second day of Board of Review 3/18/11 were passed. Board members and audience members alike stated how pleased they were with the current assessor, who found more than ten structures that were not previously on the tax roles of St. James Township and added up to 1.3 million dollar value. The board passed a motion to authorize Supervisor Rick Speck to sign a contract with AD Assessing for the next three years. The board spoke with Doug Tilly about his Zoning Administrator performance as required.

Then Jeff Powers presented a Wildlife Certification Report to request approval of the St. James Township Board. His presentation indicated the agreement of the Beaver Island Conservation Club, the DNRE, and the Wildlife Club agreement on this plan. The Board approved their paperwork unanimously.The content of these documents are HERE.

This discussion lead right into the main topic of the meeting--Township Support of the NRETC. Every Board member commented on the actions taken by the Sandra Birdsall as chairperson of the NRETC without knowledge of the membership of that organization., They also commented on the actions Jack Gallagher who signed his letter as "Peaine Township Supervisor." The comments suggested sincere anger at these individuals who "did this without the approval of the township boards or the other members of the NRETC.

After many comments on this issue, a motion was passed by St. James Township Board, to rescind the motion of the township that created the NRETC, effectively cutting the connection between the NRETC and the St. James Township Board. The action was accompanied by a consensus of: If they want to continue, they can continue as a private organization like the Beaver Island Association.

Video of this meeting available 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.

 

2010 Citizen of the Year

Nomination Form

Two possible awards: Individual and Organization

 

The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization

that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island

a better place to live, work or visit.

 

 

My name is _________________________________ Phone ___________________

 

Address ______________________________________________________________

 

I would like to nominate _________________________________________________

 

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

•  Mail to: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 5 , Beaver Island , MI 49782 – Chamber @BeaverIsland.org

Deadline is Friday, April 8, 2011

Questions: Call Steve West, Mon – Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 231.448.2505

The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Please call Stoney Acre Grill & Pub (231) 448-2560 for reservations.

Citizen of the Year 2011 Banquet Menu

Sirloin Tips Gaelic

Braised, Choice Sirloin Tips with shallots, garlic and seasonings, deglazed with Irish Mist and finished with cream. Served over penne pasta and garnished with grated Pecorino Romano.

Roast Half-Chicken with Mushrooms

(Poulet au Champignon)

Roast spring Chicken topped with sautéed fresh mushrooms and resting in a sauce of chicken stock, horseradish, garlic, seasonings and cream. New Potatoes and Vegetable accompany.

Yellow Lake Perch

Eight hand-dusted Lake Erie Perch, lightly fried and served with House Slaw, Vegetable, Saffron Rice and House Tartar.

*All dinners are served with an amuse, a small garden salad, herbed bread, and dessert.

Cost per dinner is $20. Does not include gratuity. Alcohol and beverages extra.

1st Annual "Gail's Walk"

The first annual "Gail's Walk" will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. 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.  There will be commemorative long sleeve t-shirts available for $10 each (please pre-order your shirts).  Be sure to include quantity and sizes.


To pre-register for the walk and/or t-shirt, please make your check out to BIRHC (Beaver Island Rural Health Center) memo: Gail's Walk, and mail to Beth Croswhite, P.O.Box 143 Beaver Island, MI 49782.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. This walk would begin and end at the Public Beach Parking lot.
Any questions call Dawn Marsh  at 231-448-2910.

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 Community Development Corporation

 

Applications are now being taken to rent an apartment at the long-awaited Senior Housing, named Forest View, which is now under construction on Carlisle Road , across the street from Stoney Acres. The construction is anticipated to be complete and the apartments ready for occupancy June 1, 2011, a date which is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Applications are also available for the part-time position of on-site manager who will be employed by KMG Prestige, an off-island management company who will manage the apartments. The position is anticipated to begin in March, 2011.

Applications for both leasing and employment may be obtained at the Community Center, Library, and Rural Health Center. They should be mailed directly to KMG Prestige, attention Jane Crawford, 3390 Pine Tree Rd, Lansing, Michigan 48911 .

Further information may be obtained by contacting Jane Crawford at 1-517-679-7298.

KMG is an experienced property management company well-versed in federal regulations. In managing the leasing for the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation, KMG will screen applicants to determine their qualifications under the federal regulations for low and moderate senior housing. Using a professional management company to handle the leasing will insure applicants that they will be correctly evaluated and that their financial data will be kept confidential.

The rental apartments will have rental rates which are set through the grant process which provided funding. The anticipated rent is $567 for a one-bedroom unit and $629 for a two-bedroom unit. Utilities are included in the rent, and the building will be heated through a geo-thermal system. The building will include six individual apartments, four one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom, each with their own kitchen and bath. In addition, the building will have a laundry room, community room, and a community kitchen area.

Beaver Island Airport Commission Inter-Governmental Agreement

This is the complete agreement approved by both Peaine and St. James Townships

B I Airport Commission Rules of Procedure

These rules of procedure have been approved by the Airport Commission and Peaine Township. They have yet to be approved by St. James Township.

Re-Appraisal, Assessor, and Property Taxes Explained

In a December meeting at the Peaine Township Hall, the Peaine Assessor, hired by the Peaine Township Board sat down with a small number of attendee at a scheduled meeting, albeit on a very busy night. She explained the process of the appraisal, her job as assessor, the role of the townships and the role of the State of Michigan. Ed Wojan, John Fogg, Don Tritsch, and the Hurkmanns attended with Jim Birdsall doing the introduction and participating as well. If you are interest in seeing what was discussed at this meeting, video of the entire session can be viewed in video clips HERE.

Peaine Township Tax Assessment Roles Online

Search Peaine Township Assessment Role Online

Several people wanted to know how to get to this location. Feel free to access it from here and then save it as a Favorite.

BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

Fall & Winter Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9 am - 9pm
Sundays: Closed (except for monthly COA dinners)

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

February COA Congregate Meal Menu

February COA Senior Center Activities

February Movie Schedule at Community Center

March COA Congregate Meal Menu

March COA Senior Ceneter Activities

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 Commission Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!