B. I. News on the 'Net, January 16-22, 2012

Pulitzer Prize Winner David S. Broder's Columns to Benefit Beaver Island 's Rural Health Center

Beaver Island , MI - The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) Board has approved a unique offer and fund raising proposal from the family of the late David S. Broder. The Washington Post reporter and columnist died last year, ending a career covering national politics that spanned more than 50 years. He was often referred to as the “Dean of the Washington Press Corps.” Married to Ann Collar Broder, and son-in-law of Island historian Helen Hoffman Collar, Broder honeymooned on the Emerald Isle in 1951 and wrote about it often in his nationally syndicated columns that were carried in over 300 papers. Some of these columns, written from the Island, are the basis for the project to benefit the Health Center and the community it serves.

Ann and David's sons - George, Josh, Matt and Mike - have researched and compiled the Beaver Island columns, about three dozen in total. They are going to publish the collection in book form, and deliver copies to the Health Center by Memorial Day this year. Ranging from the early 1970s to this past decade, the columns provide wonderful snapshots and insights to Island moments as they simultaneously reference national issues of the day (at that particular time). The Health Center, with support from other civic leaders and marketing by the Chamber of Commerce, will manage the retail distribution and sale of the book.

The Broder family is underwriting the entire cost of the project, so 100% of all revenues collected from book sales will support the Health Center .

"This is a terrific gift from the Broder family, and great opportunity for the Health Center to improve its financial standing. As a facility that serves Islanders and visitors of all ages, 12 months a year, we are constantly under pressure to find new sources of money," said Health Center Board Chair Denny Cook. "We are honored and pleased to be the beneficiary of this truly one-of-a-kind fund raising project. We will do all we can to encourage Islanders, summer residents, their friends, and their guests to acquire copies to read and enjoy for years to come," Cook added.

The exact number of copies to be produced, and the cost, is still being considered by the Broders. These decisions will be made soon, with input from the Health Center, civic leaders and the Chamber of Commerce.

"This book is a tribute to our father, who embraced Beaver Island as our entire family has for five generations, since 1915. He admired and delighted in the people, the characters, and the community over his long adult life - its quirky independence, Irish heritage, self-reliance and patriotism," said oldest son George Broder. "This effort is a demonstration of his and our family's love of Beaver Island that we hope delivers for readers the same type of smiles, laughs and joy we experience when reading these gems."

For more information on how to support and participate in this project, please contact Donna Kubic at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Comments on the St. James Recreation Plan

This document contains all Public Comments received by Peter Plastrik through January 22 in response to the Discussion Draft of a St. James Township recreation plan released for comment on January 2, 2012. A printed copy is available at the Beaver Island Library. It is anticipated that the St. James Township Board will hold a public hearing on the discussion draft at its regularly scheduled meeting on February 1, before considering adoption of a plan. Additional public comments may be sent to pete@in4c.net until January 31, 2012 or to PO Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782 until January 30, 2012.

Recreation Plan Comments

Monday, January 23rd to Be Busy for Local Government Units

Tonight's 5:00 p.m. meeting is still taking place at Peaine Township Hall.

Monday, January 23, 2011, will be a very busy day for the local government units of Peaine Township and St. James Township. Peaine Township will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. Click Here for Agenda

Monday's Meeting 7 p.m. joint meeting below is Canceled and will be rescheduled!

Tonight's Joint Township Meeting is Canceled. The weather here is poor, and it isn't suppose to be better tomorrow. Michael Slattery made it to Chicago and then they canceled his flight to TC.Tonights, 5:00 meeting is still taking place at Peaine Township Hall.

Then St. James and Peaine Townships will have a joint meeting at the St. James hall regarding emergency air transport with Consultant Michael Slattery at 7 p.m. Click Here for Meeting Notice

Click HERE for Agenda for joint meeting.

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

Island Airways provides year round air service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. The company has been working to grow its business with help from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Their business improvement efforts have earned Island Airways recognition as the Northwest Region SBTDC Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to Island Airways!

Click HERE to view video

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

Powers' Do It Best Teams Up with BI Animal Fund

"Stop by and have a complimentary treat; any donations will be welcome to benefit the Beaver Island Animal Fund. Coffee and treats thanks to Larry Forth and John Bowie, Thanks guys :) "

First BICS Snow Day of the Year


Waking up on the morning of January 19, 2012, all the junior and senior high school students were jumping for joy. "Snow Day, snow day, snow day, yahooooo!" This could almost be heard above the blowing snow and the noisy snow plows clearing roads, driveways, and corners. Yes, Beaver Island Community School does have snow days, not many, but some. So, what does a school child do when there isn't any school? Well, if their family has a snowmobile, they are out on the roads and trails burning up the gasoline. But, so are the adults. There is enough snow on the ground for the use of snowmobiles, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Winter has finally arrived with a vengeance. Here are some pictures to show you a little of the snow and the results of the strong winds.

Looking into the harbor from near Whiskey Point and partway around.

Just a little snowstorm.

Wind dancing the snow around the harbor area.

B.I. Community School, front driveway entrance not plowed.

The beauty of the snow on the trees along the roadway. What a sight to see and enjoy!

Snowmobiling is fun, but be careful!

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

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/Notre-Dame-Professor-leads-study-into-Beaver-Islands-Irish-heritage-113260139.html#ixzz1jvM6tWhq

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Beaver Island News Archives 2011 Completed

Imagine copying a full year of digital pictures, digital videos, and text from a full year of a weekly news service. That's the project underway beginning today. The year of 2011 is being added to the Beaver Island News on the 'Net archives. If you have never checked out this website, you may be surprised at the many newsworthy articles and the many pictures that can be viewed there. It may take two or three days to upload the entire year of 2011, but once completed, you can look back at the year in review if you wish. You can already access the historical BINN from its very beginning by heading over to the archives. Suppose that you wanted to see the pictures of the Baroque on Beaver from years past, head to the archives. Suppose you wanted to check out pictures and videos from previous years' sports' teams, head over to the archives. Suppose you wanted to see if your favorite group's performance was captured by BINN, head over to the archives.

You can access the Beaver Island News on the 'Net archives at the following website address, and it does have a search function to help you in your viewing of the archives:

The Beaver Island News on the 'Net Archives

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Anyone can write a nomination, you don't have to be a member. Nominating forms as either a PDF or Word Doc are available on the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org .

“The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.”

The awards banquet will be held on April 28th at the Shamrock.


PDF: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.pdf

Word Doc: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.doc

CPR Class Successful

A grant from the American Heart Association obtained by Donna Kubic, manager of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, made the Heartsaver CPR class possible on Saturday. Fifteen community members participated in this program taught by BIEMS CPR instructors Sarah McCafferty, Gerald LaFreniere, and Jim Stambaugh. The program took place in the Gregg Fellowship Center to accomodate the fifteen interested community members. Thank yous to all the instructors, Donna Kubic, and all fifteen interested community members. This is an important program which included cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as training on the use of an automatic external defibrillator.

Private Party at the Shamrock

Pete Plastrik and his wife Deb Plastrik organized a private party held at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday. Since this was a private party and not a public affair, BINN did not take photos or video. The party was a wonderful get-together with great finger food that included oysters, shrimp, and three types of meatballs and much more. The vast majority of island residents attended this gathering making it very reminiscent of the old Holy Cross dinners and gatherings. It was a wonderful opportunity to see people that you don't normally run into during the winter months.

Participants had different ideas of as to the purpose of the party. Some thought that this was a celebration of the eight? years that the Plastriks have been on the island. Some thought that it might be an early birthday celebration for Pete Plastrik who has a birthday on Wednesday, Januarty 18, 2012. Perhaps Deb's birthday in May was being celebrated early. Whatever the perceived reason for the gathering, it was a reprieve from the doldrums of wintertime.

Thank you, Pete and Deb Plastrik, for your generosity!

Sheriff Don Schneider Reports Scams

Sheriff Don Schneider is reporting a number of complaints from citizens receiving telephone calls from allegedfinancial agencies requesting information on the citizen's account, whether it's a bank, credit union, credit card company, etc. The calls are very specific at first stating the citizen's information and then gradually end up requesting personal and financial account information. Please, be sure to NEVER give any personal or financial information out over the telephone.

NRESC Meeting Tonight, January 16, 2011

Discussion of Biodiversity is slated.


St. James Township Meeting, January 4, 2011

The meeting held on Wednesday, January 4, 2011, covered the typical routine of the agenda, minutes approval, and bill approval. From that point on, it was not routine. The board set the date and time as well as the location of the 7 pm, January 23, 2011, meeting with Mike Slattery, the air transport consultant. The board granted the supervisor the approval to negotiate with ATT regarding use of the St. James Township tower. The board reappointed those expired persons on the Board of Review. They approved the Stoney Acre entertainment permit. The board had a discussion about posting the library board position, and decided to post the position. Danielle Dedloff was appointed to fill the resigned position of Sarah McCafferty as Executive Director beginning April 1, 2012. Tim McDonough suggested that a large group of yachters wished to reserve the yacht dock for the first weekend of August 2012. It was decided to have the committee discuss this issue with the harbormaster. There was a little public comment, mostly positive for the accomplishments of the board.

View video of the meeting HERE


DRAFT-St. James Recreation Plan

This draft plan has been released for a one-month public comment period, before it will be considered by the St. James Township Board at a public hearing at its February 4, 2012 meeting. It was prepared, at the Board's request, by Peter Plastrik.

A printed copy of the plan is available at the Beaver Island Library.

Comments may be sent by email to Peter Plastrik at pete@in4c.net or PO Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782, or to Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor.

St. James Recreation Plan Survey Results

BICS Newsletter December 2011

BIRHC Newsletter November 2011

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Appeal Letter Page 1

Appeal Leter Page 2

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

Click Here to View Slides

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Senior Center Activities January

COA Menu for January

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!

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

2011 BICS Holiday Program

The annual BICS Holiday Program took place Wednesday, December 15, 2001. Ron Marsh agreed to take time out of his evening and video tape this performance. Thank you, Ron! The program was and always is a wonderful way to get into the Holiday spirit, and for most on Beaver Island, a way to get into the Christmas spirit. There were lots of different styles of music included in the program as well as recitation of poems. The finale is the gathering of all past students, current students, and staff who all use American Sign Language as well as their voices to present the traditional Keep Christmas With You.

Video of the Performance viewed HERE

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Beaver Island

Click HERE to view this letter

Expired Subscriptions

Please send us your email address.

There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in July and some that have already expired. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:


2012 Beaver Island Marathon May Not Take Place


The board of directors of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that there are no current plans for a Labor Day weekend marathon this year unless another professional promotion company should step forward.

The southern Michigan based company, Good Boy Events, has concluded that there is not sufficient guest accommodation space on Beaver Island to allow the event to be continued on a profitable basis. The three Island events in 2009-10-11 drew between 250 and 300 participants each. Events on the mainland like the Charlevoix Marathon routinely draw 1000 or more.

“We are always on the lookout for events, particularly in the spring and fall, that we can support for the economic benefit of our Island ,” said Chamber President Rachel Teague. “Member and community ideas are always welcome.”

From the Petoskey News Review

Kevin David Reynolds, 48, of Beaver Island was convicted of possession of marijuana, recreational trespassing, wildlife-use of artificial light with weapon, and driving while his license was suspended. He was sentenced to serve 365 days in jail with credit for 33 days served, but 10 days community service work was given in lieu of jail time, and 295 days were held in abeyance. He was given 12 months probation. His hunting privileges were suspended for one year. He had to forfeit the gun. He also has to pay $2,225 in fines and costs.

Chamber of Commerce Selects New Officers

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce selected President Rachel Teague from Fresh Air Aviation and Vice President Diane McDonough from McDonough's Market to fill the organization's top slots. The directors expressed their thanks to Kathy Speck who stepped down after serving ten years as the groups President.

New Chamber president Rachel Teague

Diane McDonough

Whiskey Point Light Committee Receives Restoration Grant

Charlevoix County Community Foundation grant to assist with renovation of St. James Lighttower on Beaver Island

Beaver Island - A recent grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) brings St. James Township on Beaver Island one step closer to launching a much needed project to restore and preserve the historic Lighttower on the north shore of the Island 's harbor.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation Board approved a grant of $4,269.00 which will be used to help fund the exterior renovations on the St. James Lighttower, an iconic symbol of the Island built during the Mormon era. Funds for the grant came from the Beaver Island Enrichment Fund and the John and Laurene Adams Fund, both component funds of the Community Foundation, as well as the Foundation's Community Fund, which supports unrestricted grantmaking on a county-wide basis.

“We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for this grant,” said Lighthouse Committee Chair Don Vyse. “We are now moving closer to our goal of beginning the much needed work in the very near future.”

Several years ago, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association partnered with St. James Township to help facilitate the assessment and work on the Lighttower. An architectural condition assessment was completed, outlining the extensive work needed to be accomplished on the structure. “As we work, we have to follow the Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook,” Vyse explained. “We must be in compliance with the manual. We have to do it correctly and historically restore it.”

Exterior renovations include instillation of a new door and windows, ventilation work, cement work, and all the wooden and cast iron elements in the tower must be scraped, repaired, primed and refinished. By far the biggest expense and the highest ranking priority is the exterior masonry, with an estimated 2,600 bricks needing to be replaced and the mortar evaluated and replaced in many areas. The cost of the exterior restoration portion of the project is estimated to be around $70,000.

Charlevoix County Community Foundation President, Chip Hansen, conveyed the Foundation's enthusiasm for the renovations as well. “The Community Foundation is very pleased to play a role in the renovation of the Lighttower,” he said, adding, “we're looking forward to watching the work as it progresses and, ultimately, the successful completion of such a worthwhile project.”

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life for all who live, work, or vacation in Charlevoix County. CCCF works to enhance the quality of life in Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come, by building permanent charitable endowment from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on matters of community concern.

To learn more about the Lighttower Restoration Project call Lighthouse Committee Chair Don Vyse at 231-448-2834.

More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.

Stoney Acres and Donegal Dannys

Please join Stoney in Celebrating The Chinese New Year: '2012 The Year of the Dragon'!
Our Imperial Chinese Buffet will be served on Sat. Jan 21st!
We will have all the favorites... All You Can Eat!
*$1 for every adult & .50 cents for every Child's Buffet will go to Benefit the Beaver Island Animal Fund!
Adults $14
Children (4-12) $8 and (3 & under) FREE
*Stoney's Chinese Buffet Menu will be posted soon!
Home made & very much YUM!
Taking Reservations...Walk-ins Welcome too!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


POSITION TITLE: Executive Director- Beaver Island Emergency Services (BIEMS)


The Executive Director reports to the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority (BIESA) and is responsible for the administration and management of BIEMS . The Executive Director has the authority and responsibility to manage all BIEMS operation activities, including personnel, to serve as the primary point person with other health care entities, the BI Townships' Boards.


Main categories for which this individual is responsible include, but are not limited to:

1. Administering and managing BI EMS operations and internal activities, ensuring that all operation systems and procedures are appropriate, effective and lawful.

2. Meeting on a regular basis with the BIESA Board and holding general meetings with all EMS members for updates.

3. Providing leadership to en sure that the organization works well as a team.

4. Managing all members, with responsibility for personnel issues, and evaluations.

5. Performing performance evaluations, with the authority to promote, replace or retain members.

6. Serving as the primary point person with other health care entities, associations and agencies, developing and maintaining relationships with appropriate off-island and on-island organizations.

7. In coordination with the Emergency Services Authority, overseeing contract negotiations related to the business or operations of BI EMS .

8. In coordination with the Emergency Services Authority, designing and implementing effective communication strategies to keep the community informed and involved.

9. Ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including but not limited to, certification, HIPAA and CLIA.

10. Ensuring that all operational policies and procedures, and a quality improvement plan, are developed and implemented, obtaining Authority approval on those as appropriate.

11. Annually preparing operational goals, objectives and an appropriate plan for BI EMS for the next year, providing an annual report to the BIESA Board.

12. Reviewing quarterly the goals, objectives and plan, identifying barriers and modifying the plan as needed.

13. Providing a quarterly administrative report to the BIESA Board which includes information about the operations, progress on goals and objectives, quality issues, staffing issues or other concerns related to the ability of BI EMS to achieve its mission.

14. Working closely with the BIESA Board and members. To prepare an annual budget and financial business plan which will be presented to the board approximately three months prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year for review, revisions and approval.

15. Identifying and pursuing, in conjunction with the BIESA Board, any appropriate sources of funding.

16. Developing and pursuing potential relationships and opportunities, including those consistent with the BI EMS mission, that would secure new and/or improved services for BI EMS, enhancing the capability of BI EMS to provide high quality, cost-effective emergency services for the community.

17. Other activities as appropriate and related to accomplishing the BI EMS mission.


Work may require clinical contact and may produce exposure to injuries (e.g. cuts, needle sticks) and exposure to blood, contaminated hazardous materials or health hazards.


The candidate should have experience in the emergency medical field and be licensed by the State of Michigan as a pre-hospital care provider, or be able to transfer licensure from another state. Familiarity with the unique circumstances of Beaver Island is very important.

Interested Parties should send their application and resume by email transmitted not later than midnight January 20, 2012, or by U.S. Postal Service postmarked no later than midnight, January 20, 2012. Information sent by any other means must be received by 9:00 AM, Monday, January 23, 2012, at the address shown below.

Beaver Island EMS

c/o Sarah McCafferty

P.O. Box 192

Beaver Island , MI. 49782

Email: beaverislandems@gmail.com

BICS National Honor Society Participating in "Valentines for Soldiers"

The Beaver Island Community School National Honor Society is participating in Valentines for Soldiers. The students in grades PreK-12 are making Valentine cards for the soldiers. If anyone in the community would also like to send cards, items or Valentine gifts to the soldiers, we will collect them and send them to Operation American Soldier. They also will accept donations (checks written to them) for items to include in the boxes.

Cards, items and donations will be collected through Thursday, January 19th. They may be given to any NHS member: seniors Jenna Battle and Olivia Schwartzfisher, junior Marissa Crandall, sophomores Erin Boyle and Olivia Cary, or Connie Boyle (adviser) or dropped off at the school office.

Short Video Interview of NHS Students


Three NHS members and their adviser Connie Boyle

Beaver Island’s Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee Seeks Members

Beaver Island’s Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee
Beaver Island 49782

The NRESC consists of representatives from Peaine Township, St. James Township, both Townships’ Planning Commissions, the Beaver Island Association, the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, the Beaver Island Community School, the Beaver Island Contractors and Realtors Group, the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Peaine Township Trails Committee, the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and other “at large” members approved by both Townships

Join us…

The Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee (NRESC) seeks community members interested in becoming at-large members. The NRESC was appointed by the Peaine and St. James Township Boards in September 2011, with a mandate to engage in activities that preserve the Island's natural resources and promote ecotourism and economic development. It has members designated by eleven Island organizations, the Michigan DNR, and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, as well as at-large members nominated by the organization members. All appointments to the NRESC require approval of both township boards.

The NRESC meets every other month, and its Executive Committee meets monthly. In December, the NRESC began an important and exciting process, supported by the DNR and facilitators from Michigan State University, to develop an Island-wide plan for natural resources management.

If you wish to be considered for appointment to the NRESC, please contact the NRESC chair, Peter Plastrik, by email at pete@in4c.net or by telephone, 4483047, on or before January 23, 2012. Please include a statement of why you are interested in serving on the NRESC and describe any relevant experiences and expertise you have. He will inform the NRESC Executive Committee of all applications. The Executive Committee will then recommend appointments to the full NRESC.

“To understand and preserve our natural resources and to promote opportunities for their appreciation and enjoyment.”


Peaine Township Board Meeting, January 11, 2012

The meeting started promptly at 7 p.m. There were a few additions to the agenda as posted. The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the Emergency Services Authority and the posting of the EMS Director position. Decisions that effect and affect the volunteers of the Beaver Isaland Fire Department and the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service were thoroughly discussed and the posting of the EMS director position was determined after in-depth and vocal EMS input. There was also input from other community members as well as from Fire Chief Tim McDonough and current EMS Director Sarah McCafferty. The decision was to post the EMS director position on Beaver Island for ten days. After that period of time, Peaine would make its decision at a meeting on January 23, 2001, at 6 p.m. just prior to the Joint Township Meeting regarding the emergency air transport.

A letter of support was approved by the board for the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation for a grant application for installation of air conditioning in the Forestview Apartment complex. Election inspectors were appointed for the Republican primary, and posting will take place for the cleaning position for the Peaine hall.

Link to video of this meeting

The Treasure That IS Island Treasures Resale Shop

Have you ever wondered how the Beaver Island resale shop operated? Have you ever wondered if all of the work of reclaiming and reassigning of the trash of one person to become the treasures of another person is really worth all of this effort? Have you ever wondered if this Island Treasures Resale Shop was really raising any money for the Beaver Island Fire Department? Well, the simple answer is absolutely and resoundingly YES!

If you thought that this was just a lot green recyclers with pie-eyed dreams, you are sadly mistaken. Take a look here and then decide on your own. Here is the financial report of items purchased with the funds raised by the Island Treasures Resale Shop. Congratulations, Ladies of the Island Treasures Resale Shop for a job well done!

View Report HERE

Subscriptions to Expire

A large number of subscriptions expire on January 1, 2012, including quite a few of the business subscriptions. BINN has sent an email to your last know email address to notify you of this expiration. So, please do not be upset if you are unable to view the website beginning on January 7, 2011, or your ad is missing from the homepage. It simply means that your subscription has expired, your contact information has not been updated, or the editor has made a mistake. In any case, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. You can always use the link below to renew your subscription:


All Call to Beaver Island Organizations

It would be very nice to try to not schedule events so that there were several all in one day. The island populations, both the seasonal and the year round, would like to have some time to plan on which activities they want to participate in. If your organization already has planned an activity on a specific date, it would be very nice of your to send your activity information to Beaver Island News on the 'Net, so that it can be placed on the Community Calendar. The Community Calendar is a community service provided by BINN to the Beaver Island community. BINN can't publicize your event, cover your event, or give you credit for your event if that event is not known. Please send your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com and we will gladly post it on the Community Calendar.

Website continues below


NRESC Meetings in February

February 18 (Saturday) – 10 am – 4 pm – MSU facilitated planning session for natural resources management. Peaine Township Hall.

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


Birthdays This Week


Monday, January 16th: Olivia Cary,

Tuesday, January 17th: Dennis Moline

Wednesday, Janauary 18th: Rich Scripps, Pete Plastrik,

Thursday, January 19th: Dan Rasch, Patrick McGinnity, MaryBeth McCafferty Lisek, Pam Grassmick

Friday, January 20th: Judith Miklos, Kristy Bousquet,

Saturday, January 21st:

Sunday, January 22nd: Mac Patrick Connaghan McPherson

The Winter Town Trek:

Canceled until Spring

Fun and frolic for food and fairness

Support the Beaver Island Food Pantry!

thebeaverisland99@rocketmail.com .

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

February 16, 2012

March 15, 2012

April 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

Human Services Commission Brochure

Mammograms Save Lives

With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,

at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without

a mammogram.

Please call the Beaver Island Health Center

for more information 



Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 for an appointment

This is made possible through a grant from the American Heart Association.

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

Entire Steering Committee to meet at 7 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall

March 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change

February 20, 2012

March 19, 2012

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.

The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

Flu Shots Available

Donna Kubic, manager of the BIRHC, announced today that the flu shots are now available. Please call BIRHC at 448-2275 to set up an appointment. 


Welcome to WTIM 17.5 on Your BINN Dial

Station Owner, Mr. Joseph Moore

Executive Director, Katrina Martin

Director, Mary Jane Martin

Assistant Director, Rob McPherson

On a time machine trip taken about two weeks ago, this recorded footage was located and the plan is to re-record it from the old video format to the newest video format. This is just too good not to share with all. One portion of the newscast will be shared at a time. This newscast video was made many years ago in a classroom and in a building that no longer exists--a trip down memory lane. Please let the editor know what you think about this idea.

So we go back in time when Beta tapes and VHS tapes were first coming out, when the first and only video camera was purchased by the school, and when Mr. Moore was teaching Social Studies at the Beaver Island Community School. Social Studies? Yes, Social Studies. These students were middle school students with four grades in the classroom.

Here we are! The Social Studies class reporting on WTIM (The class nickname was "What Time Is Math?"). The time period of the video report was beginning in 1750. The program name was Back to the Future.


This is the first reporter presentation by Rene Gillespie. Rene was responsible for the 1750-1752 timeline, and no editing has been done to the original video tape. Please remember that this presentation was done before computers and before PowerPoint presentations, and back when the art work was done by hand. The only pictures used were from a collection of historical drawings of historical figures. All the other boards and artwork were done by the individual presenter.

Rene Gillespie, 1750-1752


The second reporter was Jennifer Wojan. As previously stated, please remember that video was brand new to students and staff of Beaver Island Community School. The idea of editing was only in its infancy as well. This video tape is being presented in its entirety, so that you can experience or re-experience the beginnings of video production in the early years of these students. Mistakes are presented on purpose, and, for a reason. The reason is to give you the idea of what it took to accomplish this project that was never presented in any final form. The students were all proud of the effort and work that went into this project.

Jennifer Wojan, 1753-1755


Erin Martin 1756-1759


Chris Petrak 1760-1763


Jeff Cashman 1764-1767

Two options for this one because of a different video delivery method experiment.


2nd method for Jeff Cashman (This brings up the video in a separate window.)

Chad Crandal 1768-1771


Angie Himebauch 1788-1791


At this point, the students were responsible for all the camera work, so you might see that some of the pictures are out of focus. The students were not all ready to present, so the timeline got out of order. By this time, the students were in charge of all phases of the production. There was no money in the budget for a video editor, nor was there any expertise in this area available at the time. When the students discovered that the pictures were out of focus, they immediately corrected this by redoing all of the pictures that were out of focus, but all these pictures are not accompanied by any information. You just see pictures without descriptions.

Tommy Speck 1800+


Mimi Lewis 1776-1779


All the Pictures in focus now

Mike Moore 1772-1775


Shane McDonough 1784-1787


Scott McGinnity 1780-1783


Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.