B. I. News on the 'Net, February 4-10, 2013

Beaver Island Ice Classic

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

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

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

Beaver Island Basketball Tonight!

The weather is finally acting as if it might cooperate. Keeping fingers crossed that BICS Basketball teams will hav their very first home game of the season tonight, February 8, 2013. Concessions start at 5:30 p.m. Admission tonight is $3 adult, $1 student.

The Lady Islanders will begin playing at 6 p.m. tonight against the Munising Baptist. The Islanders will be playing Grand Marais following the girls' games. The reverse will be starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

BINN will be setting up for live streaming of these games. Let's hope that everything works this time. If so, you can watch the basketball games at: http://beaverisland.tv

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

Weekly Fishing Tip

Thinking about late winter crappie fishing

It might seem difficult to imagine late winter ice fishing at this point – with snow steadily coming down – but before you know it last stage ice will be here and with it new crappie fishing opportunities.

Right before ice disappears, crappie tend to launch into a feeding frenzy; stemming from more light penetrating the surface and causing the food chain to pick up, increased oxygen levels, and more daylight available. Planning a trip with these conditions in mind can prove to be very successful.

Also remember that crappie are often one of the first fish to spawn after the ice, so you may find schools of them congregated near weed edges or near structure at the first signs of spring.

Keep these two periods of time in mind throughout the coming weeks and/or months. And if you want even more information on fishing for crappie in Michigan, check out their page on the Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them website .

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

The Doctor is In: Family Physician Relocates Office

Lindsay M. Best, D.O., available at 14695 Park. Ave., next to hospital

Family Practice physician Lindsay M. Best, D.O . , said she is now accepting patients at her new location in Charlevoix. “I enjoy living and working in a small community, “said Dr. Best. “I love getting to know my patients and their family, diagnosing and treating their illnesses, and providing effective preventive care. I'm very excited to be part of the Charlevoix community.” Dr. Best's office is located at 14695 Park Ave., next to Charlevoix Area Hospital. Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

A graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Best completed her internship and residency at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, MI.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Best, call (231) 547-8875 .

The Beaver Island Crud

(An editorial by a sick BINN editor)

While everyone knows that viruses and bacteria are not unique to any particular location, this winter seems to have provided a perfect medium for the culturing of the particular viral disease named appropriately "The Beaver Island Crud." This is a particularly easy disease to catch without doing anything to lower your immunity, but when you do lower your immunity by certain activities, you get the crud quicker and longer. This particular strain of the crud seems to show its ugly face with many different symptoms; as different as the individuals that get it. You don't have to have all of these symptoms to qualify for the Beaver Island Crud, just some of them.

Some start out with a runny nose and an infrequent bark of a cough. Others start out with a sore throat from the nasal drainage. Still others end up with bronchitis and the dreaded pneumonia. You can pretty much tell if someone has any of these symptoms they are either on their way to getting the crud or just on the way to healing from the crud. Unfortunately, they are contagious in all of these situations.

Even if you are not in the presence of someone with the crud, you can catch the crud just by touching something that the infected person has touched. One of the best ways to protect yourself from any disease is to wash your hands, wash your hands, wash you hands. In EMS training, EMTs are taught to start washing their hands with soap and water and sing or say "Happy Birthday" to yourself three times, and only rinse and dry with a paper towel after you have finished the singing. If it's not convenient to do this, then a small bottle of waterless hand cleaner could be used before you put your hands near your face to itch, cover a sneeze, or eat.

There are several locations that most of us do not think about that could be harboring the viruses. Door handles, restaurant menus and counter tops are the most commonly forgotten items when it comes to disease transmission. Less is better than more when it comes to touching these things as well as others. That is why the waterless hand cleaner is a really good idea.

You can't prevent transmission of disease in all the many routes of transmission, but you can prevent it in this one. Wash, wash, wash your hands!

(This editorial does not represent any health care agency or organization, it is just the editor's opinion.)

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 .

From Stoney Acres

‘Special February Treat'
Sunday at Stoney
February 10th
by Jim & Pam Campbell
*Dine in or Take out
448-2560 or 448-3000
We'll take dine-in or phone orders in advance,
so your PIZZA is ready when you are!
Good Times...Great PIZZA ...YUM-YUM!

Stoney's Valentines Dinner Specials Thurs. Feb. 14th

(FULL MENU AVAILABLE TOO) *Reservations Helpful
Lobster Tails , Steamed With Vegetables & Redskin Potatoes
Single-17 Twin-32
Filet Mignon , Grilled Choice USDA With Vegetables & Redskin Potatoes
Single 5oz.-15 Twin Filets-28
* add a Lobster Tail to your Filet-15
* add Grilled Shrimp 6pc.-9
** a Mini Garden Salad & Homemade Biscuit included with Specials
Homemade Dessert Special Chocolate Mousse , rich & delicious-4

Happy Valentines Day from Stoney!

BICS Basketball on Mackinac Island

The Beaver Island Lady Islanders and the Islander flew to Mackinac Island this past Friday to play games on Friday night and Saturday morning. This was the first time that the Islander teams had been able to play for four weekends due to the weather issues for flying this year. Mackinac Island was the first game for almost a month. That that the foul trouble early for the boys' team and illness for the girls' team made this weekend an unfortunate loss weekend for the Islanders. This did not, however, cause the students that traveled have a bad time. They enjoyed the competition and the activities along with the trip to Mackinac. Here are the scores:

Friday :

Girls: Mackinac-59 Beaver-16

Boys: Mackinac-67 Beaver 49


Girls: Mackinac-56 Beaver-12

Boys: Mackinac-75 Beaver 39

The first home game in a long time will be coming up this weekend when Grand Marais boys will come play on the Island along with Munising Baptist girls. Let's hope the weather cooperates for the kids.



Joint Township Meeting, January 14, 2013

The purpose of the joint township meeting was to determine the progress of the Airport Commission in the planning of the airport terminal, to find out financial as well as design plans for the terminal, and to provide signatures on four contracts required for grants for the terminal building project. The meeting began with a presentation by the architect for the project and a discussion about the project between Mike Scripps and Bill Kohls. The video of this joint meeting is presented 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

Airport Commission Announces Funding for New Terminal Building

The chair of the Beaver Island Airport Commission announced today, October 29, 2012, that Mead and Hunt had told him that the BIAC was to received a grant to fund the building of the new terminal building at the Township Airport.

Video of the announcement and comments can be viewed HERE

Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit 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 Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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!

New Stroke Guidelines: Clot Busters Within an Hour

New guidelines on stroke care stress that getting clot-busting drugs and other treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency room is crucial to minimizing brain damage and speeding recovery.
"We have incorporated a lot of learning and experience in the past five years in developing stroke systems of care," said guideline author Dr. Edward Jauch, director of the division of emergency medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. "It's not just a single person managing a stroke that makes a difference. It's creating a process that involves patients, people around patients, pre-hospital care and hospitals," he said. "When all these pieces are in place, the patient has the best chance for having a good outcome."

The new guidelines, from the American Stroke Association, were published online Jan. 31 and will appear in the March print issue of the journal Stroke .

The most common type of stroke, called an ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot in an artery in the brain. Ischemic strokes account for 90 percent of all strokes.
Once doctors determine that a patient is suffering a stroke, treatment usually begins with a brain scan to find the clot. A drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is then injected to break up the clot. To be most effective, tPA needs to be given within four and a half hours of the first appearance of symptoms, the experts said.
To get treatment within this narrow window of time, the new guidelines stress calling 911 and getting to the hospital by ambulance. Not only is an ambulance faster, but it also allows emergency-room doctors to prepare for the patient's arrival.

"If you arrive at a hospital by [ambulance], you get treated very differently than if you arrive in our lobby," Jauch said. Patients see a doctor faster, get a CT scan faster and get treated faster with treatments that are time-dependent, he explained. "And you are more likely to go to the right hospital," he added, such as one with a stroke center.

Stroke centers offer specialized treatment for all types of stroke. In some cases, a patient will be taken to a comprehensive stroke center, which can provide even greater levels of care.
Advanced care may include using so-called stent retrievers, which are catheters that are threaded through the affected brain artery that expand the vessel, snag the clot and remove it. This is faster than tPA, but works only on the largest clots, Jauch explained.

When a hospital that specializes in stroke isn't nearby, patients can be treated in a community hospital under direction from a stroke expert via telemedicine, Jauch said. After initial treatment, a decision on whether to transfer the patient to a stroke center can be made, he said. The guidelines also call for continued quality improvement through hospital committees that review and monitor stroke care.

"Time is brain," said Dr. Roger Bonomo, a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

People who need tPA aren't getting it because they get to the hospital too late for it to be used, he said. "Not enough people are calling 911 when they are having symptoms of a stroke," he added.
An easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke is the acronym F.A.S.T.:

  • Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?

  • Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?

  • Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are you unable to speak or are you hard to understand?

  • Time to call 911: If you have any of these symptoms -- even if they go away -- call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.

BICS Students at NCMC for Quiz Bowl

Four Beaver Island Community School high school students traveled to North Central Michigan College in Petoskey for a quiz bowl tournament. Sarah Avery, Madie Martin, Chaise Laufenburg and Erin Boyle had a great time competing against the other teams and got their first win. One of the Petoskey teams was the overall tournament winner. Other teams competing were Concord Academy and Boyne City. Charlevoix and East Jordan usually have teams in the monthly tournaments, but they were closed that day. Most schools enter two or more teams in the tournament. BICS will be competing again in theMarch 1 tournament. The BICS National Honor Society will once again be hosting a Community Quiz Bowl on the island this spring (date to be determined).

Crazy Winter This One

Is the wind chill going to be below zero or is there no wind at all and the sun begins to peek through the clouds? Is the precipitation going to be ice pellets, snow, or rain? Is it going to be cold, colder, or warm? Is it going to be a blizzard, clear, or foggy? How about snow melting to make slush and then freeze to make very icy roadways? If you live on Beaver Island, you know that all of these things have been seen within the last week or ten days.

Snow-covered, yet ice like an icicle covered with snow??

The snow on the roof hangs down like icicles, but it still looks like snow. It doesn't want to move off the roof and surrounds the front door like a horse collar. When it does come down, will it make a crashing sound or a thud? Quite interesting winter weather is found here on Beaver Island.It can be described by snow, snow, melt, freeze, snow, rain, freeze, cold, and colder. Perhaps there should be another snow or two in there, but the really interesting things is that many, many winters recently have been without much snow and much warmer than normal. This one is anyone's guess.

A view of Forest View Senior Housing

A view down Kings Highway from Carlisle Road....can't see too much past the first trees.

BICS National Honor Society Inductees

In a small, family-oriented ceremony, four Beaver Island Community School students were inducted into the National Honor Society. The ceremony took place at the Beaver Island Community School on January 30, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. Here is a picture provided by Michelle LaFreniere, who attended the ceremony.

In the picture (L to R) are Meg Works, Hannah Robert, Erin Boyle, and Emily Boyle

Congratulations to you all!

Weekly Fishing Tip from the DNR

Weekly Fishing Tip: Targeting panfish when there's lots of ice

Fishing for panfish can become quite difficult at certain points during the winter, particularly when ice and snow are at their thickest. Thick ice and snow hinder fish habitat as a result of decaying vegetation and low oxygen levels which result in changes to the food cycle.

There are a few things you can do to overcome these obstacles:

1. Look for areas on your chosen water body that have new ice, allowing for more light to penetrate.
2. Search for areas where the wind has blown the snow off, as opposed to heavily snowed areas.
3. Consider finding a new water body to fish, particularly one that is larger and deeper and likely to have frozen later than other lakes.

Just focusing on the location you chose to fish can help your panfish outing be that much better!

Want even more information on fishing for panfish? Check out their page on the Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them website .

New Cardiovascular Clinic Set for Charlevoix Area Hospital

Traverse Heart & Vascular cardiologists begin seeing patients on Feb. 4

Charlevoix area patients will find quality heart care close to home as the result of a new collaboration between Charlevoix Area Hospital and cardiologists of Traverse Heart & Vascular, a service of Munson Medical Center.

Charlevoix Area Hospital CEO Lyn Jenks said a clinic has been established within the hospital for cardiologists Anthony B. Ochoa, M.D., and Nicklaus K. Slocum, M.D., to see patients two to three times a month. The first clinic is Monday, Feb. 4.

Traverse Heart & Vascular President Dino Recchia, M.D., said Drs. Slocum and Ochoa look forward to providing local, quality heart and vascular care for patients in the Charlevoix area. Charlevoix Area Hospital offers excellent facilities for initial diagnostics and testing, as well as cardiac rehabilitation,” he said.

Charlevoix Area Hospital, in partnership with Traverse Heart & Vascular and Munson Medical Center now provides heart care equal to the nation's best institutions. Munson's heart program has received consistent national recognition for quality, including being named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2011 for superior clinical and operational performance, and among the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals six times in recent years.

Charlevoix Area Hospital is located at 14700 Lakeshore Dr. in Charlevoix. For more information on the clinic, call Traverse Heart & Vascular at 1-800-637-4033 .

BICS Sports Schedule Change

The BICS sports teams have had a really roller coaster schedule this basketball season due mostly to the weather not cooperating with their travel. They couldn't go to Paradise because of the weather, so that was rescheduled to a week from Friday, February 8th, but now Paradise does not have a boys basketball team, so Athletic Director Kerry Smith has been busy trying to schedule a basketball game for our deprived Beaver Island boys and girls basketball teams.

As usual, Ms. Smith has arranged a game for the weekend of February 8th and 9th. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. And the good news is that the Islanders will be able to watch their teams because Ms. Smith has arranged for Grand Marais boys basketball team to come here. She has also arranged for the Munising Baptist girls basketball team to come that same weekend. So, with any luck at all and with reasonable weather, Beaver Island basketball fans will have a home game here on Beaver Island on February 8th.

The BICS basketball teams are scheduled to travel to Mackinac Island this weekend. BINN and the community at large wish them the best of luck, not only in the games, but also in the weather cooperation arena!

"Go Islanders!" has a much more punny, yet not funny, meaning this winter......

Transit Bus Hours Have Changed

BIEMS Transports One Off the Island

Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services was paged out for an emergency in Peaine Township last evening at approximately 9:30 p.m. The patient was having chest pain and needed transport to McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital. There was freezing rain between Beaver Island and Harbor Springs Airports, so Valley Med Flight from Iron Mountain was called to transport the patient. They reported a 40 minute arrival from the call and about a ten minute flight time from BI to Harbor Springs. Frank Solle was out at the Beaver Island Township Airport and took these photos. Thank you, Frank!

The terminal at the airport.

The ambulance and crew waiting for the plane to land.

The aircraft from Valley Med Flight

BIEMS and Valley Med Flight crews transferring the patient from the ambulance to the plane

The aircraft with crew preparing to take off

Rooms Needed for Blacksmithing Event


Interesting Beaver Island Weather

There's a saying about the weather in Michigan, and it certainly includes Beaver Island. It's something like, "Wait a bit, and it will change!" This is certainly true this year. One day late last week we had twelve inches of snow. Then it was really cold. Then we got another three inches of snow.

Snow amount measured on top of the car

The snow almost completely covered the junipers and made trees and hedges look quite white, bending with the weight of the snow.

Then during the day on January 28, 2013, the snow starting melting with the temperature hovering around 32 with freezing rain and no flying due to that. Then instead of cooling off at night, it started getting warmer.

Snow melting and hanging off the roof.

The day, today, January 29, 2013, promises melting snow into slush with greasy, slippery roads. Checking the same locations later today will provide a stark contrast with yesterday.



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


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)


Christian Church Ministers


10: Pastor Howard Davis

17: Pastor Harold Kruse

24: Pastor Harold Kruse


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

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Resource List for Emmet County

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


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


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.)

Winter Storms on the Island

Dropping about a total of 12 inches of snow with drifts up to the waist seems to be the rule here on the island with this last winter storm. Plenty of snow for all the winter sports as of January 27, 2013. There are piles of snow pushed up by loaders, so the kids can sled down the hills. Here are a few pictures of the last few days of the snow on the island.

There is a county truck in both of these pictures. The one from the front is easier to see than the one from following the truck.

The Kings Highway from south to north

All three of these pictures were taken from the corner of Carlisle Road and the Kings Highway.

Beauty comes along with the white snow. The temperatures ranging in the last few days from below zero to 28. The snow came down in the cold as well as the warmer temperatures. Enjoy the winter!

Jane Schmidt Passed Away

Mary Jane Schmidt, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her home in Charlevoix.

Mary Jane was born in Detroit on June 21, 1922, to Audrey Marie Chase and Thomas Stackable. Anthony J. Reis was her beloved stepfather through much of her adulthood. Jane Schmidt was in home hospice in their apartment when she passed away yesterday, January 29, 2013. . Gus, her husband, stated that they were making funeral arrangements Gus fell in November and is recovering from a fractured hip but is recovering well. Here is a mailing address for those that might want to send a card:

Gus Schmidt, 210 W. Garfield, #317, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Mary Jane Schmidt, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her home in Charlevoix.

Mary Jane was born in Detroit on June 21, 1922, to Audrey Marie Chase and Thomas Stackable. Anthony J. Reis was her beloved stepfather through much of her adulthood.
She survived her older sister, Helen, and her younger brother, Jack, by many years.

In 1947, she married Gustav Schmidt. They resided in Detroit until 1958, when they and their three children moved to New Baltimore, Mich., where they thrived and made many lifelong friends.

In 1986, Gus and Jane moved to Beaver Island, a place they came to love so much that they chose it as their final resting place, even though they have been Charlevoix residents for the last 14 years.

She is survived by Gus, her husband of 65 years; three children, Charles, Stephen and Claudia; as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary Jane (always known as Jane) was a wonderful inspiring mother, and even though that was her full-time job, she kept growing and learning, belonging to literary study groups and learning to paint, which became a real passion for her. She had the soul of an artist and an unflagging sense of adventure.

She was known for her quick wit, ready laugh and compassionate listening ear. Those who counted her as a friend were very lucky indeed.

A memorial celebration will take place in the spring on Beaver Island.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Charlevoix Area Humane Society or the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.

Arrangements are by Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix.

Peaine Supervisor Announces Change in Office Hours

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.

From Michigan Outdoor News

Weekly Fishing Tip: What you need to know to catch walleyes this winter

Many anglers love to target walleyes during open water fishing, but they're leery to target them once ice arrives. But fishing for walleyes in the winter can be just as fun, if you follow some of the tips below!

Where to fish
When ice is new plant yourself on top of shallow shelves that have sharp drop-off points. Then, as the ice thickens, head to deeper water but still stick close to those drop-off locations. You might also want to find places with structure that appeal to schools of bait fish.

When to fish
Since walleyes are fairly photosensitive, the best time to target them is during periods of low-light. That means cloudy days will probably be perfect for an all-day trip, or sunrise and sunset work great as well.

How to fish
Consider jigging for this species very close to the bottom with a good lure or a nice minnow or two.

Want even more information on fishing for walleyes? Check out their page on the Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them website .

Mute Swans Off Whiskey Point

At McDonough's Market, the question was asked, "Do you have a camera with you?" The answer to that question is below. The information about several mute swans in a very small area of open water came from the ladies working at the store.

A few mute swans in open water surrounded by ice

A panoramic picture of this bevy of mute swans with a few ducks as well

By four o'clock in the afternoon the swans and ducks were gone and the ice had covered the area, or it looked like the ice had covered over the open water. No trip out on the ice was taken.

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.

Ed Lovely Passed Away

Edward (Ed) Loveley 70, of Grosse Pointe Farms, passed away suddenly on January 18, 2013. Ed was born in Dowagiac, Michigan, the son of Joseph D . and Mary Rose Loveley . He graduated from the Center for Creative Studies and Wayne State University and was employed by the automotive industry as a graphic artist until his retirement in 2002. Ed continued to enjoy his artistic achievements in his paintings, pottery and his activities at Pewabic Pottery. He also spent much time caring for the elderly and keeping busy with his yard work and landscaping. Ed enjoyed activities at the Scarab Club, as well as his time at his beloved Beaver Island. He was a very devoted husband to Sue, father to Monica, Melissa and Matthew and brother to Mary. Ed was always a caring and helpful man who added humor and cheer to whatever life presented. A memorial service and mass will be celebrated, Thursday, January 24, 2013, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms at 12;00 noon. Memorial contributions may be made to Pewabic Pottery at www.pewabic.org .

Frigid Temperatures and Lake Effect Snow Beginnings

These interesting and somewhat unusual pictures suggest that it might be difficult to spend as much as one minute outside in the bitter cold below zero windchills at Whiskey Point. The first picture is taken from the playground and prompted the trip to Whiskey Point.

The rest of these pictures were taken either from Whiskey Point or on the way to Whiskey Point. The first pictures are of the beginning of the lake effect snow phenomena. (The following is from weatherquestions.com)

The moisture being drawn up into the sky by the temperature difference of the lake and the air. Lake effect snow is caused when a very cold winter air mass flows over the relatively warmer waters of a large lake. Intense evaporation from the lake surface under these conditions forms convective clouds that cannot contain all of this water, and some of it falls back to the surface as snow.

Lake effect snow showers often organize themselves into bands or lines only a few miles across, with abrupt edges to the falling snow. The organization into lines is the result of wind shear (a change in wind speed or wind direction with height). If there is no wind shear, then the snow showers organize into individual snow shower clouds.

The moisture from the warmer lake going up into the convective clouds.

A closer view of the evaporation

Can you tell why this is called an ice buoy?

The sky looked especially different today with the cold and the wind. The sun began to poke its way through the clouds creating an interesting effect.

Sun's rays coming through the clouds....That is the sun behind the clouds

30 Day Public Comment Period of the

Draft Peaine Township Recreation Plan


The Draft Plan Is Available on the Peaine Township Website using the following link:


It is also available on the Natural Resources/Ecotourism Steering Committee Website at:


These results of the survey for the recreation plan can be viewed on this website. (See below)

Hardcopies of the plan are available at: Office of the Supervisor, Peaine Township; Beaver Island Dikstrict Library; Beaver Island Community Center; and Beaver Island Zoning Administrator's Office (St. James Government Building)

The plan will be presented for additional public input by the Peaine Planning Commission and the Peaine Township Board at public meetings to be held by each of these entities. Notice of these meeting dates will be published.

The Draft Plan consists of an inventory of Recreation Resources, a Summary of the Peaine Recreation Survey Results, and Recommended Goals, Objectives, and Action Items.

Comments may be emailed to the Planning Commission Secretary, Krys Lyle: krys@kryslyle.com

Written comments may be mailed to: Peaine Township Planning Commission, Attn: Krys Lyle, Secretary, 36825 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782



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.



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.

THE HOUSE." by Jim Stambaugh

Job Posting for Library Director


Is seeking to employ a LIBRARY DIRECTOR:

Forty hour per week, with benefits; college degree preferred;

Public contact experience and computer knowledge required;

Level 4 Library Certification Class will be provided for qualified candidate.

Salary range $17 - $20 per hour based on education and experience.

Job Description available upon request

Please send a letter of interest and a resume to:

Joan Vyse, President

Beaver Island District Library Board of Trustees

Box 181

Beaver Island , MI 49782

Email: vyse@tds.net


BY FEBRUARY 20, 2013



District Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to accept or reject any and all applicants

Peaine Township Recreation Survey Results Are In

This survey was done using Survey Monkey who provided these results:

Percentages for these responses were calculated by Survey Monkey.

Free Response items all shown

BIEMS to Offer Courses

A CPR program for Healthcare Providers, the complete program will be offered on February 2, 2013. This program is open to all healthcare providers and those interested in becoming healthcare providers. This CPR program is the pre-requisite for the Basic EMT program that begins on February 10, 2013. The Basic EMT program is offered without charge to those willing to sign a contract agreeing to provide services here on Beaver Island. For more information, you are asked to contact Danielle Dedloff, BIEMS director at 448-2578. If you are interested in finding out more about the educational program, you may contact Danielle Dedloff at 2578 or the program coordinator and instructor Joe Moore at 2416. There will be continuing education offered throughout this program for existing BIEMS members including, but not limited to all necessary credits for license renewal, Advanced Stroke Life Support and Pediatric Emergencies for Prehospital Providers. An International Trauma Life Support class will also be offered, but will be offered outside of this Basic EMT program.

Approval for this educational program was received from the State of Michigan, EMS Division, with ending date of July 1, 2013. The classwork will end on June 13, 2013, but required clinical will need to be completed between June 13th and July 1st. This is an extensive education program consisting of classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings with some selected Saturday classes as well. Total program length including classroom, practical, and clinical hours is 250 hours.

Grand Rapids Party 2013 Invitation

Airport Commission Prepares Q and A Document Regarding New Terminal

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

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013


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

WinterFest on Lake G Scheduled for 2013

Several Subscriptions Expire in February

Several family and business subscriptions expire in February 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.


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!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2013 Winter Free Fishing Weekend

Are you looking for an opportunity to take someone out fishing this winter, perhaps someone who has never been before? Consider scheduling your outing for February 16 or 17 as part of the 2013 Winter Free Fishing Weekend!

As part of that weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived for those two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for many different species of fish. Please note all fishing regulations will still apply during that time.

For many, the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is a tradition – will it become one for you as well?

Numerous activities in communities throughout Michigan will be going on as part of the 2013 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Maybe you would want to plan one of your own in your community? For more information, or resources to help you participate, please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing .

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.

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

Beaver Island Basketball Schedule 2012-2013

JAN 4 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND Rescheduled to Feb 15, 2013

JAN 5 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND Rescheduled to Feb 16, 2013

FEB 8 BEAVER ISLAND @ HOME versus Grand Marais boys and Munising Baptist girls

FEB 9 BEAVER ISLAND @ HOME versus Grand Marais boys and Munising Baptist girls


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.

Thank you to County Commissioner Rich Gillespie for the above information!

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.