Beaver Island News on the 'Net, January 18-24, 2010

Winter Activities

PABI Ice Classic.......Winter Carnival

Chamber Adopts Resolutions

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce adopted three resolutions at the January meeting of the board of directors.

“The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce endorses adoption of Quality Deer Management as defined by the Quality Deer Management Association.” See for details.

“The directors of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce believe that the Municipal Airport is a vital community resource. We would like to encourage the boards of Peaine and St. James Townships to cooperate for the benefit of all regarding our Beaver Island Municipal Airport. We encourage you to continue the responsible stewardship of the Beaver Island Airport.”

“The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce endorses the USDA-Wildlife Services effort to conduct a large scale economic impact study on the effect of Double Crested Cormorants in Northern Michigan. A similar study in New York established that a similar population of Cormorants cost the local New York economy between 130 and 500 Million dollars over a 5 year period.”

Kathy Speck and Steve West were reelected to new terms as President and Secretary / Treasurer. Angel Welke was elected Vice President at the January 11 meeting. Directors are elected by members to three year terms and they select officers for one year terms.

Treasurer Steve West reported that despite the challenging economy membership renewals were coming in at a faster rate than in prior years and the groups cash on hand was the highest ever at year end.

Wellness Wednesday at Charlevoix Hospital

Charlevoix Area Hospital 's next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Cholesterol and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health Consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital :

(231) 547-8906 or by email: Walk-ins are always welcome.

Communication from Tim Malone on Beaver Island Broadband

It is our understanding that the Beaver Island Broadband Inc (BIBI) application for round 1 is still pending with both the USDA (BIP) and NTIA (BTOP). Although the round 2 window is open the round 1 window has not been closed. Few dollars have yet to be awarded in Michigan Round 1. The BIBI group has done of good job in framing the need. Working with CCC they have created a certfied solution that meets your communities needs and will create needed competition and increased capacity. We remain hopeful that the BIBI application will be awarded, we must continue to wait on the USDA and NTIA.

As with any government program each published change provides additional insight on what the awarding agency considers a high priority. The Round 2 NOFA (Notice of Funds Available) reinforces many aspects of the BIBI round 1 application. Collaberation, anchor institutions, remoteness, community focused and Best practice solution for the applicants service region. These round 1 implied attributes are reinforced and highlighted in the round 2 rules. These were included in the original round 1 BIBI application.

Beaver Island and the leadership team have developed a solid plan for meeting the islands sustainable broadband needs. We are excited about the positive economic impact this project will bring if awarded. CCC and theirpartners look forward to playing a key role in this collaberative delivery. From what we can determine the BIBI leadership team has done all the proper steps to ensure the greatest level of success. If for whatever reason the round 1 application is not accepted by BIP (USDA) and/or BTOP (NTIA) there should be sufficient time to make any identifed changes in the application and resubmit for round 2. If a reapplication effort is required CCC is willing and able to assist BIBI in that effort. It is too early for that detailed discussion and our energies remain focused on round 1 funding.

Additionally, if round 1 is not successful private equity should be a viable discussion.

Do not hesitate to contact our office for information.

ARRA = American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Round 2 for ARRA Broadband Funding Announced

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced availability of $4.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants and loans to expand broadband access and adoption in America. This is the second funding round for the agencies' broadband programs. NTIA and RUS also announced the rules for applying in this funding round, which have been modified to make the application process easier for applicants and better target program resources. The rules are presented in two separate but complementary Notices of Funds Availability (NOFAs) that promote each agency's distinct objectives. The agencies plan to accept applications from February 16, 2010, to March 15, 2010, and announce all awards by September 30, 2010.

Cherry Capital Connection, LLC (CCC)
Tim Maylone
General Manager

Peaine Township Meeting January 13, 2010

With the majority of the excitement for the week happening on Monday at the Joint Township meeting, there were only a few interesting items to discuss at this Peaine board meeting. There were corrections made to the December meeting minutes, Pete LoDico was appointed for at two year term to the BIRHC board, Jack reported on the Monday Joint Meeting, Jack Gallagher reported on the Tax Commission issue, Colleen Martin asked questions about the appraisal, who would be paid, and what went wrong before, Kevin White answered a question, and the issue of responsibility for this problem was discussed. The meeting ended with the approval of the bills and the designation of Pete and Sandy LoDico to write up a posting for cleaning of the Peaine Hall.

Video Clips of this meeting:

December meeting minutes discussion 1

December meeting minutes discussion 2

December meeting minutes discussion 3

Pete LoDico appointed to BIRHC board

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 1

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 2

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 3

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 4

Report on Joint Meeting and Discussion 5

Reappraisal 1

Reappraisal 2

Jack Explains ReAppraisal Plan

Colleen Questions, Kevin White Answers

Colleen and Jack Discuss assessment problem

Jack Reports on Work on Financial Reports by Colleen and himself

Jack asks about cleaning at the township hall

Weatherization Meeting on January 13, 2010

Chuck Riley, Ken Taylor, and Bob Tidmore

Chuck Riley came over on January 13, 2010 to talk to the five individuals that have already signed up and that have been accepted into the program. He also had a meeting at the Community Center at noon this same day for others interested in the program and to talk to some contractors here on BI. Mr. Riley was really excited about getting more people involved in the program and to have the work done locally.

Some of the contractors that came to listen to the presentation.

Chuck Riley

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Home Weatherization Program
Thanks again to Ken Taylor for arranging for Chuck Riley to travel to the island. Chuck met with anumber of interested individuals and contractors at the Community Center today and discussed the
Home Weatherization Program.
1. As he explained this program can include the following services:

a. Additional or new insulation

b. Caulking and sealing of cracks and ducts to prevent infiltration of cold air.

c. Furnace and water heater tune ups and in some cases new furnaces and water heaters.

d. Energy analysis’s of refrigerators and in some cases replacement of those units with new ones.

e. Weather stripping.

2. Chuck has visited a number of local homes and conducted a preliminary inspection of them for the program.

3. His goal is to get our local contactors qualified for the work.

4. Rental properties are included.

5. The qualifications for the program are for any homeowner if they meet 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines:

Family Size Last 3 months of income
1 $5,662
2 $7,404
3 $9,156
4 $11,028

If you feel you qualify fill out the application and send it in.

click on the image above to enlarge application


Chuck Riley stated that there were several people on the Island who qualified for this program and have already submitted a form. He further stated that these would probably receive the award to participate in the program as soon as the boat started to run this spring. There are probably three or four more slots available on the Island for this year.

Deer Moving Near Town

There are lots of deer moving around town with this week with the warmup of the "January Thaw." These were moving after sunset and just before it got pitch black outside. They seems quite happy to stand still for the photos, but were quite skittish when approached.

Paradise Rockets Blasted by Islanders

The Paradise Rockets came to play basketball against the Islanders this past weekend, Friday, January 15, 2010, and Saturday, January 16, 2010. Both the girls' and boys' Islander teams overwhelmed the Rockets with ease. Alan, Smith, the Rockets boys' and girls' coach stated after the games that he had to reach down to the sixth grade to get enough students to be able to travel. This explains the ease at which the Islanders grabbed the rebounds on both ends of the court.

As usual, there was quite a crowd in the Islander gym for the Friday night games with just a few less in the audience for Saturday morning.

The audience was attentive and participated with applause for both teams' efforts.

The scores were representative of the lack of experience of the Rockets. The scores also indicated that the Islanders could put pressure on the opponents by a full court press. Both the Islander teams began putting pressure on the Rockets and moved way out ahead in the scores to the games.

Lady Islanders Scoreboard

End of first quarter score....Partway through second quarter....Half time score......Third quarter end score.....Game end score......

Islanders Scoreboard

First quarter find Islanders behind by one.....Islanders press and take off in second quarter......Halftime finds the Islanders way ahead...........

Click HERE for more pictures and story for Islanders/ Rockets Basketball games

Video Clips:

Video Clip 1 of Girls' game in first half on Friday-Highlights

Video Clip 2 of Girls' game in first half on Friday-Highlights

Video Clip 3 of Girls' game in first half on Friday-Highlights

Video Clip of Girls' game in second half on Friday-Highlights

Video Clip of First half of Boys' game on Friday-Highlights

Video Clip 1 of Second half of Boys' game on Friday-Highlights

Video Clip 2 of Second half of Boys' game on Friday-Highlights

Video Clip 3 of Second half of Boys' game on Friday-Highlights

Joint Township Meeting on January 11, 2010

Peaine Township Board......St. James Township Board.......Airport Committee members......Crowded hall........More audience members

Over 100 video clips of this meeting are HERE (Posted 1/17/10)

The meeting again started and ended on a controversial note. There was disagreement at the beginning about the reason for the meeting. Jack Gallagher had prepared a paper listing several questions that he felt needed to be answered. Don Vyse and other airport committee members (those not on the two township boards) stated that they did not have the information available to answer these questions, and, rather than guess, they were not prepared to answer them. Don, and Mike Scripps agreed, that some of these questions would take research. Jack Gallagher countered with a statement that suggested that anyone involved in the airport expansion project should be able to answer the questions presented. "Not on 10 minutes notice, no," Mike Scripps commented. Don Vyse had believed that the meeting was about the land acquisition, not about answering the topics of these questions. So began another contentious, and over two hour, meeting.

What was the outcome, the bottom line, of the meeting? Both township boards agreed to form a committee made up of two St. James Township Board members, two Peaine Township Board members, and the law firm representing both townships to work out a legal and formal airport authority, OR to hammer out an agreement between the two townships on all aspects of the airport committee. Those members on this committee are Jack Gallagher, Paul Welke, Rick Speck, and Ray Cole. While awaiting the group who will govern the airport, a motion was passed by Peaine, agreeing with the St. James' board's motion, to allow Don Vyse, current airport committee chairperson, to continue the day-to-day operations and decisions regarding the airport.

The above was the entire accomplishment of this over two hour meeting, but before getting to this point, there were many rather heated, emotional comments by many members of the public, as well as the airport committee. Don Vyse took over thirty minutes to enumerate and explain the actions taken by the current airport committee over the last ten years. He explained that all of these actions were voted on by both township boards, which signified their approval. From 2001, where Don began his enumeration, to the current land acquisition issue, Don stated the approval of both boards of all airport committee suggestions to those present.

The most important question was answered. Why is the property acquisition necessary for the Beaver Island Airport? Don Vyse stated that the committee and the townships had basically two choices, the first one nothing that the committee or the board would probably want to do. The Michigan Aeronautics Commission had provided these options to them. Either shorten the existing runway and spend $50,000 to move required equipment at township expense OR obtain the property and make the property conform to the regulation regarding the proper approach requirement for the 4300 foot runway. (The BI project was part of the commission's minutes. You can read them here. ) To make this simple, the reason for the property acquisition was to be able to trim the trees down to make the 4300 foot runway conform to federal and state regulations relating to the approach from the west end of the runway.

Mr. Vyse went on to explain all the actions taken by the airport committee, along with all of the votes by both township boards for the last decade. He stated that the new terminal building was just one part of the five year plan, which was required to be placed in a ten year plan by the Michigan Aeronautics Commission. The issue of the runway was required to be addressed. The other aspects of the plan including the building would cost the local taxpayers just over $25,000 according to Mike Scripps, and the townships would get a million dollars worth of building for this 2.5% local contribution.

More story and video clips will be forthcoming.

Beaver Island Winter Carnival

Come join the fun!
Saturday January 30th 2010
1:00 p.m.
at the Beaver Island Community Center

Learn about Climate Change.

Snacks and Treats!
Complimentary Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Cookies for all!

Games and Prizes!
Each child will be given free tickets for the games!
Come and try your skills at:
Polar Bear Plop
Ice Fishing
Frozen Duck Pond
Fish Fling
Penguin Bowling

Birdhouse Building Contest
Please help our Beaver Island birdie friends by building a home for them.
Entry forms and spec sheets are available at
Power’s Hardware and the Community Center.
The spec sheets are only a possible guide to assist you.
You can build whatever style birdhouse that you wish.
You are only limited by your own imagination!
All entries must be submitted to the Community Center no later than 1/28/2010.
All submitted birdhouses will be donated to the Peaine Township Parks and Trails Committee
for later placement on the trails.
FIRST PLACE PRIZE is a $50.00 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card,
Dinner for two, a $30.00 Power’s Hardware Gift Certificate and a $25.00 cash prize.
SECOND PLACE PRIZE is Dinner for two, a $20.00 Power’s Hardware Gift Certificate and a $15.00 cash prize.
THIRD PLACE PRIZE is a $25.00 cash prize.

Snowman Building Contest
(Weather permitting)
Your Family! Your Friends!
Open to all ages!
Prizes Awarded!
Sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center
and the Beaver Island Community School.

Proud Sponsors:
Beaver Island Community Center
McDonough’s Market
Power’s Hardware
Shamrock Bar and Restaurant
Stoney Acre Grill and Pub
TDS Telecom

Any questions please call the Community Center at 448-2022 or
Tina Walker at 448-2020.

Community Players to Present comedy on February 20th

The Beaver Island Community Players will present “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at 8 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center. The comedy takes places in a rural community on the East coast and is full of funny, quirky characters that Islanders will love. In the spotlight are: Jan Day, Jeff Powers, Phil Becker, Bob Bass, Joan LaFreniere Banville, Wendy White, and Elaine West. The production is being directed by Jacque LaFreniere, and assistant director is Lisa Gillespie. Tickets are $10 and available at the Community Center.

What Every Needs to Know about Alzheimer's Disease

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 1 p.m.

If you are interested in attending this program, you must register and reserve your space by calling 448-2022. This presentation will take place in two locations simultaneously. Location one is the Charlevoix Area Hospital in Classroom B on the lower level. Location two is at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center in the their education room via the REMEC TeleHealth Network. "In the Groove, Alzheimer's disease: What Everyone Needs to Know will be presented by Lisa Tegals, LLMSW, who is the program coordinator of the Northern Region Alzheimer's Association-Great Michigan Chapter. The presentation will be provided information about the ten warning signs, will be asisted with decision making about when to seek medical advice and treatment, will be introduced to activities that help to maintain optimal brain functions, and will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion of their concerns for themselves and their loved ones.

Make sure to call to reserve your place. The space at the BIRHC is very limited with seating for twenty. Please call if you want to attend.

This program is jointly sponsored by the CCCOA, and Alzeimer's Association of NW Michigan, and Charlevoix Hospital.

One More Month to Register for “Free Groceries for a Year!”

Michigan Farmers Featured at

Lansing, Mich. (Jan. 13, 2009) – With only a month left to enter, thousands of Michigan consumers have learned that a chance to win free groceries for a year is just a mouse click away. In fact, since the Michigan “Farmers Feed US” promotion at launched on Nov. 15, Michigan consumers have registered more than 115,000 times for a chance to win.

Through Feb. 12, Michigan residents can register at for a chance to win one of three grand prizes of free groceries for a year*, courtesy of Michigan’s farmers. Upon visiting the site, consumers can choose to register with each of 10 Michigan farmers daily, and take a video tour of their farms. Each video explains how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food for Michigan consumers.

“We’re really pleased with the consumer response thus far. Their support shows that they understand the importance of farmers in Michigan,” said Jennifer Lewis, a Jonesville dairy farmer featured on the Web site. “And as Michigan farmers, we’re proud to showcase our farms, sharing how we raise the food that Michigan consumers eat, while also introducing them to our families.”

The site features farmers from across the state, each sharing information about their farm and family. “I’m proud to produce food in our great state,” Lewis said, “and I want to show people how today’s farms operate.”
The agricultural commodity organizations sponsoring Michigan Farmers Feed US selected the farmers featured on the Web site, with the goal of showcasing farmers who are representative of the different food groups and different farming regions in Michigan.

The Michigan Farmers Feed US program is supported by local farmers represented by the Michigan Ag Council, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Beef Industry Commission, Michigan Pork Producers Association, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan Apple Committee, Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, West Michigan Ag Alliance, Hamilton Farm Bureau, and 30 county Farm Bureaus from across the state. Further, Spartan Stores is the official retail partner, helping connect their consumers with farmers from across the state.

The Farmers Feed US program originated in Michigan based on interest from the Michigan Ag Council and other agricultural organizations in coordinating a statewide effort to showcase how Michigan's farmers produce safe, nutritious, and affordable food for consumers. Michigan is the second state to implement the nationally-based Farmers Feed US program on a state level.

*Based on FMI, a $5,000 value.

What's New with the Wireless Internet Project

In a conversation via Skype on January 11, 2010, the BINN got the update directly from Tim Malone. The most that can be said at this point is that there is "No news so far." The positive aspects include the fact that the federal government is reviewing other grants in the 6-7 million dollar range. Two other grants from Alaska, who used Jim Selby's business and the same format as our project, have been awarded. Beaver Island has not received a rejection letter yet. TDS got a grant in the Upper Penninsula, so perhaps Beaver Island may yet get awarded its grant. The old adage, "No news is good news," seems to be the situation Beaver Island is in. Perhaps there will be more information available at the Peaine Township meeting this Wednesday or at the joint township meeting on Monday, January 11, 2010.

Project Connect

(Click to enlarge)

Meeting to help out those that can get to the mainland is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2010, in Petoskey.

Jack Gallagher's Letter to the Editor

St. James Township to Hire Off-Island Assessor to Re-Appraise the Township

At the St. James Township meeting last night, January 6, 2010, the St. James Township Board voted to seek off-Island bids for the purpose of getting the re-appraisals completed to satisfy the State of Michigan Tax Commission. In a unanimous vote, the board decided to send out five requests for proposals to five off-island firms. In a packet of information and letters handed out at last night's meeting, Rick Speck, St. James supervisor, had prepared a plan and submitted it to the State Tax Commission. This plan will require the township to "send out RFP to conduct a complete reappraisal of all parcels in St. James Township. The appraisal is to be conducted by a certified assessor/appraiser approved by Larry Griggs of the State Tax Commission's assessment and certification division.....The current assessor will be retained to complete the 2010 assessment roll."

The plan submitted by Rick Speck's letter of November 16, 2009, and in a reply from the secretary of the State Tax Commission, "Your plan is accepted as submitted. We will schedule a follow up review for after the March 2011 Board of Review. We will ask Mr. Griggs to conduct periodic reviews to make sure the Township is progressing and will successfully complete your reappraisal."

In a question and answer period following the decision made at the meeting regards this reappraisal, the taxpayers were assured by the Board that only those improvements that have not previously been logged will possibly cause an increase in taxes. Those who have built additions and additional buildings on the property may end up with a higher taxable value. No matter what, it will cost the St. James taxpayers somewhere between $30,000 and $56,000, hopefully split up over the next two or three years, to get the job done. It would cost a lot more than that if the State of Michigan came in and took of the tax rolls, and re-appraised the property using their employees.

Video clips of this meeting HERE

Skype Makes the World Smaller and Better

Imagine the surprise on the face of this computer user when a message window comes up on the screen and says,"You have a call. What do you want to do? View video call or answer audio call." Excited and surprised, the editor answered the video call. On the other end was a good friend, and we not only were able to talk to one another, but we were able to see each other and view the other person and ourselves on the computer screen at the same time. Do you remember when you were a child and they showed this kind of thing on the Jetsons cartoon show and a few other shows as well? The Skype program is a free download, and, so far, the use of Skype is also free unless you try to contact someone that does not have Skype. Then it costs money for a long distance phone call, but Skype offers several plans for you to purchase. A Skype to Skype video and audio call is still free. Amazing! So our family in Washington State should standby for a birthday present, which might be a little late, but which will allow grandparents to talk to grandchildren across the continent, and for free. It's one thing to call on the phone and talk, but it is quite another experience to talk and SEE the person you are talking with, as well as hear the sounds in the background and see the background, at least some of it.

The video will never be as good as a high resolution video clip or digital picture, but the video is acceptable. Skype-ing is a lot of fun, even if you are only contacting someone right here on Beaver Island. There is something quite special about seeing as well as hearing the person that you are calling. Thank you to Jim Stambaugh who called and helped verify that this actually works, and it works quite well.

Calling all grandparents! Have you wanted your grandchild fix today? Have you been wanting to see how much the granddaughter has grown? Did you really want to see the "boo-boo" that the grandson got on his forehead after running flat out into the wall? Calling all parennts! Have you considered how nice it would be to see your son or daughter in their dorm room or their apartment when they are off somewhere in the "real" world?

If your answer to any of these questions is "Yes," then you should take the time to get connected to the world through your high speed Internet connection. Download Skype, and find out what you need to improve your communication with family and contacts. All you need is a webcam, maybe a headset, and Skype. Give it a try! Guaranteed to be the next best thing to being there with them!

Citizen of the Year Nominations Are Open

Official 2009 Citizen of the Year
Nomination Form
Two possible awards: Individual and Organization

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

My name is ______________________________________ Phone _______________

Address ________________________________________________________________

I would like to nominate ___________________________________________________

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

Mail to: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 5, Beaver Island, MI 49782 -

Deadline is Thursday April 1, 2010

Questions: or call Steve West, Mon. – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00, at (231) 448-2505

The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 24, 2010

Emmalee Antkoviak's Condition

1/15/10 Reported that Emmalee walked 100 feet and is continuing to progress.

1/12/10 KK reported that Emmalee walked thirty feet down the hallway. This is amazing progress, and all the thoughts and prayers are working.

1/10/10 Emmalee has been at Mary Free Bed for one month, and she is making good progress. Her mom reported that she is attending school there at MFB. We all look forward to the coming day when Emmalee will be able to come home, but no one knows when that will be. We will continue to update you as the information comes in.

Mary Free Bed
Emmalee Antkoviak
Room 338
235 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

You can also send an email to: and put Emmalee Antkoviak in the Subject.

Subscriptions to Expire

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


Peaine Township Meeting

(12/15/09, 12 noon)

Due to the weather, the Peaine Township Meeting scheduled December 9, 2009, at 7 p.m. was postponed until Monday, December 14, 2009, at 7 p.m.

This meeting was another emotion-packed, mud-slinging contest with frustrations rising throughout the hall including among the Peaine Board members. There were two St. James Township Board members in the audience, Jim Wojan, and Jean Wierenga, as well as approximately fifty community members. It took an hour and twenty minutes to discuss the seriously important property assessment issue. The State of Michigan may come in to force the two township boards into hiring an outside assessor to complete the state-required property tax assessment, which is seriously delinquent, according to the State of Michigan. The proposed resolution and plan presented to the Peaine Board by Jack Gallagher was thoroughly discussed by the board and by the public comments that came fast and furious, causing Jack Gallagher at one point to call for order and to ask that only one person talk at a time. Unfortunately, the property tax assessor Kevin White was not in attendance for this township meeting to answer the questions posed by the public.

By the end of the discussion, the resolution passed, which allowed Jack Gallagher to write up the plan necessary to attempt to avoid the State of Michigan take-over of the property assessment on Beaver Island. Jack and helper are working feverishly at the Peaine Township Hall today, December 15, 2009, to complete the plan which is due today, December 15, 2009. Without a plan, the State of Michigan will automatically come in to take-over the assessment of all properties in Peaine Township. The reason for the reported issue involves a computer crash and an external hard drive crash which completely eliminated the work toward the electronic requirements of the State of Michigan.

Another long discussion took place about whether or not Peaine Township should hire its own, separate attorney from St. James Township. The public had mixed reactions to this topic. The plan that came out of this lengthy discussion was to give the "Dual Representation" township agreement a chance for six months to a year. The question on many people's mind is whether this will eliminate the contentiousness and the 'duel' that seems to be occurring between the two townships. "Will we be in this same place in six months to a year?" one attendee questioned another attendee.

If anything is not able to be mediated by phone in a call by the supervisor to the same township attorney for both St. James and Peaine Townships, the committee established in this resolution would be required to meet with the township attorney to work toward resolution of the issue. The two committee members from Peaine Township are Jack Gallagher, supervisor, and Paul Welke, trustee. St. James is holding a special meeting to discuss this same "dual representation" agreement.

In another fairly quick action, the Peaine Township Board voted unanimously to require all Peaine Township committees and commissions to follow the requirements by law for posting the time and day of meetings, for having the unapproved meeting minutes and resolutions available within eight days, and in general follow the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

There are 79 video clips of this meeting. Please view them to find out what's going on in the local governments of Beaver Island-lots of contentiousness, lots of disagreements.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clips of this meeting HERE

(Posted 12/19/09, 8 p.m.)

BICS Basketball Schedule in 2010












(12/15/09, 3:00 pm)

First Group Confirmed for the BI Music Festival


The first group in is The Blue Water Ramblers.

A description:

"We grab your attention. We pick. We sing. We harmonize. We teach the history and wonder of this great country of ous. We remind Americans who raises our food and tills the land. We sing of the waterways, highways and canals that bring the bounty to market. Above, we remind everyone that "This land is your land!"

Note: Banjo Jim has performed here on Beaver Island many many years ago.


JULY 15, 16, & 17 Mark your calendars!

Special Holiday Ticket Sale!
(available now through pay pal)

Thursday: July 15th-General Admission $10.00

(Friday July 16th & Saturday July 17th)
Day Passes: Teen/Senior $20.00 - Adult $25.00
Weekend Passes: Teen/Senior $40.00 - Adult $45.00

Children 12 & under are always FREE!

(Offer ends: 1/01/2009)

BIMF: PO Box 23, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

January 2010

Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!


Mon – Thurs 10am-6pm

Fri – Sat 10am-9pm

Sunday – Closed


Every Friday and/or Saturday 7pm, PLUS Matinees!

Check or the Community Center for listings


•  SATURDAY, 1/30, 1pm


An afternoon of winter fun! Games and prizes and snowballs and snowmen and snowwomen and snow forts and snacks and treats and hot chocolate and red cheeks! Come join the fun!

January Menu for COA Lunches

January Activities at the Community Center

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