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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com until January 31, 2012 or to PO Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782 until January 30, 2012.
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
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 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!
"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 :) "
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!
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782, or to Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor.
BIRHC Newsletter November 2011
B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule
Beaver Island Association Invasive Species
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.
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
Beaver Island Community Center
BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
At the Heart of a Good Community
Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
An Open Letter to the Citizens of Beaver Island
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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
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'!
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!
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
Please call the Beaver Island Health Center
for more information
Free Health Tests
Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
(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.
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.