B. I. News on the 'Net, January 20-26, 2014

Another Winter Snow Day

Yesterday's white out

Going out a window was not a choice, the door was the only choice

Trellis, 4 feet tall, just visible yesterday.......completely covered today

What a difference a day makes! More snow, but sunshine now

Beaver Island's winter continues to amaze those that weren't here for the blizzard of '78. The snow just keeps coming down. The wind just keeps blowing the snow around. One somewhat short, but perfectly sized older woman went out to stomp out a walkway for the dogs here at Moore's Wildlife Bistro, and she disappeared under the snow when she tripped in the back yard. The dogs are just going to have to wait until the driveway gets plowed.

Beaver Island Community School is closed due to snow and cold and wind. The windchill out there this morning is -24 at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014. If you don't need to be outside, don't go. Frostbite and frostnip are very easy to get when it's this cold outside. If you do go out, make sure you have your skin covered.

Those doing the snow plowing and the snow blowing need to be careful that they don't get any cold related injuries as well.

Perhaps the planes will fly today, so those stranded can get where they want to go. Some want to come home to the Island, and others want to get off the island.

Eugenia "Genie" Anne Vreeland, 90, Obituary

Eugenia "Genie" Anne Vreeland, 90, of Beaver Island, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013, in Charlevoix.

She was born May 16, 1923, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Geldersma) Setsma, and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1941. She attended Western Michigan University, and later taught high school.


She retired from the Kindel Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, where she wrote ad copy.


On February 14, 1952, she married Harold W. "Bucky" Vreeland in Caledonia. Bucky and Genie moved permanently to Beaver Island in 1980, where they had been part-time residents since 1956. For 16 years, they had spent half of each year in Feakle, Ireland. They were members of Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.


Bucky preceded Genie in death on Deember. 21, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ruth J. Korhorn.


The funeral service will take place in the spring at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.


Contributions may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Beaver Island Game Club, or to the charity of choice.


The Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is handling the arrangements.

Mary Beth Kur Running for Circuit Judge


Shoveling Out

This morning, Saturday, January 25, 2014, the snow removal at BINN began at 9 a.m. Shovel, broom, and electric snow blower in had, out the door we go. The driveway is cleared including the three foot county plow piles at both ends of the driveway. Inside we go to thaw out, drink something warm, and relax for a minute.

What the heck is that? Come on now, the joke is not a joke anymore. It's noon and the snow is beginning again, and it's almost as thick as it was yesterday. Luckily, so far, the wind is not blowing as hard as it was yesterday.

The loaders have been out since early morning, and the road is somewhat cleared all the way down the East Side Road to Iron Ore Bay. Another loader is working out in the Donegal Bay area. Two county trucks are out plowing along with others. This makes three days in a row with the snow coming down with no end in sight. The drifts are higher than yesterday out by the township airport. Not sure if the West Side Road is clear or not. This will be a winter to remember! Some are calling it Snowmagedon. Stay home, stay safe, stay warm!

Area Media Provide Tips for Emerging Leaders

TV 7&4 reporter and anchor Marc Schollett was one of five media representatives presenting at the Leadership Charlevoix County session on January 16, 2014, titled “Building Your Toolbox.” The day involved participants being exposed to Northern Community Mediation resolution issues, meeting protocols, social media trends, and also traditional media. Besides Schollett, shown coaching Leadership Charlevoix County participant Cynthia Lamberson of First Merit Bank on TV interview tips, media representatives included Babette Stenuis Stolz with the Petoskey News-Review, Sheri McWhirter-O’Donnell with the Charlevoix Courier, and pictured standing in above photo Amy Robinson with CMU Public Radio, and Trish MacDonald-Garber with MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting. Looking on are Leadership Charlevoix County participants (seated from left) JP Gerster from Pat O’Brien & Associates and Ben Hicks from Char-Em ISD.

Patrick McGinnity from Beaver Island is a member of the leadership class this year. Leadership Charlevoix County is a nine-month program that exposes emerging leaders to various aspects of the county ranging from government to human services agencies, and from environmental issues to philanthropy. In addition, participants are teamed with a community mentor and the class takes on a community service project. Leadership Charlevoix County is sponsored by the Boyne City, Charlevoix and East Jordan Area Chambers of Commerce with support from the Beaver Island Chamber. The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. For more information about becoming involved, visit www.leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com.

Another Nasty Storm Hits the Island

When it's not a complete white-out and you can't see anything, it's still really bad out there. You can't see the snow drifts. You can't see another car moving slowly or stopped in the road in front of you. The very best thing that you can do is to stay home, stay inside, and stay warm. BICS closed this morning, Friday, January 24, 2014, along with the Island Treasures Resale Shop, the Beaver Island Community Center, and most other operations. There really is a very important reason.

It is dangerous out there!

This is a picture when there is no white-out.

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Williams States:

11:30 am: I was just advised that due to the high wind and snow conditions, the Charlevoix County Road Commission is forced to hold off on plowing the roads. There have been multiple reports of cars in the ditch and roads that are impassible. I am asking that all BI residents stay off the roads until the storm passes. The winds are supposed to increase even higher throughout the day. Without the use of the road commission trucks, the Charlevoix County Deputy (Me) will also not be able to respond until the road commission continues.

Once again, please be smart and NOT DRIVE unless an emergency. Thanks,

Deputy Travis Williams

12:00 noon This winter storm is very much like the one that hit in January 1978. Phillip Michael Moore was three years old. Sandy and Perry Fortier were renting the front trailer and Joe and Phyllis Moore were in the back trailer on the property between the cedar hedge and Stoney Acre Grill (it was just a barn back then). Perry and Joe had to pull sleds into town to pick up diapers and milk for the little kids in diapers at the trailers. The winter before, in 1977, the Beaver Lodge had been kept open for most of the winter.

This story is true. There was so much snow in these two winters that the dog chased the cat up onto the Beaver Lodge bar roof in the winter of 1977.

There hasn't been a winter similar to the winters of 1977 and 1978 since then. Those somewhat new island residents might be getting frustrated since they have not experienced a winter like this one before. Those that have been here for more than 35 years know that there is nothing you can do but sit back and enjoy the time off from school, find a good book, and stay warm inside your house.

Winter Harbor Pictures

Harbor panorama pics

Ice mountains along the east side

Snow sculptures

More ice mountains in the distance

More sculted snow, windy shallow shapes at Whiskey Point

The location and the snow

Whiskey Point Light

Bud Martin's Shamrock tug looks like its sunk in the snow covered harbor

Harborview II in the winter with snow waves

Snow encrusted trees and branches--beautiful winter scenes!

Birding Trail Group Receives Grant

Tonight Only!!

Chili Cook-Off Scheduled

January 23, 2014 at the Shamrock

And the winners from this evening's cook-off involving a total of twenty different soups and chilis were:


1st Place-----Dawn Marsh - Ham & Potato Chowder

2nd Place-----Julie Martin - Cheeseburger Soup

3rd Place-----Larissa McGinnity - Coconut Carrot Soup


1st Place-----Jerry LaFreniere - Spicy Chili

2nd Place-----Jewell Gillespie-Cushman - Sweet-n-Spicy Venison Chili

3rd Place-----Carolyn Works - In the Works

The judges at work tasting the different soups and chilis

John Works at the door.......Students greeting the customers

One of the winners

Some of the attendees to the cook-off

Shamrock workers

Sue Avery read off the winners...2nd place chili, Jewell....3rd place chili. Carolyn Works

First place Chili, Gerald LaFreniere

Chili and Soup winners

Video of the Chili Cook-off


Is Lake Michigan Frozen?

This video gives you the answer to that question. It appears to be frozen from Beaver Island to Charlevoix. That does not mean that the ice is safe for walking or snowmobiling between the two locations.

Many thanks to Anne Willis for sharing her video.


BICS HOSA Students Take BLS for Healthcare Providers

Kathy Ehinger, Beaver Island Community School's Health Occupations teacher, (BICS and HOSA), arranged for the 9th and 10th grade students of BICS to take a Healthcare Provider level program in Basic Life Support (BLS). This program is the same program taught to EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare providers. There were four instructors present: Kathie Ehinger representing the BICS, Joe Moore, Gerald LaFreniere, and Jim Stambaugh representing Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services (BIEMS).

This program took place on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 2-5 pm, and Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 1-5 pm. Fourteen students and two adults joined four instructors for this program. Joe, Jim, and Gerald are American Heart Association certified instructors through the Training Center in Harbor Springs.

Thanks to Jim Stambaugh for taking the following pictures!

Adult and child CPR

Infant CPR begins

Two adults and Joe Moore..................Infant choking and CPR finishes

Joe Moore, lead instsructor, said, "This was a wonderful group of interested students. I am happy to say that every single student will be recommended to the American Heart Association for certification in the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers program. Congratulations to the school, their HOSA instructor, and BIEMS instructors for a wonderfully successful two days of instruction and training."

Real Winter Hits Beaver Island

The last couple of days on Beaver Island are reminiscent of the days from the past winters' stories of the old timers on the island. Beaver Island is having a real winter with school closed a little earlier in the season for cold temperatures below zero. Yesterday, January 22, 2014, the school closed for the first real snowstorm in years. Somewhere between twelve and twenty inches of snow fell and drifted to just below thirty inches, and the county trucks could not keep up with the the snowfall. It took some school kids and their parents an hour to get home in this storm. This morning school is on a two-hour delay for the same reason.

Some of the hold-outs from paying for plowing would have gladly paid almost any amount to have the driveways plowed instead of shoveled or blown by the owner. Most of those spoke of having to blow the snow twice yesterday or taking at least twice as long. One hold out even had issues with the extension cords as the temperatures would not allow the electric cords straighten out. The cords would stay coiled and spring back to that shape as soon as the stretch was gone. In any other season, this would be good, but a spring extension cord hidden in the snow is a disaster waiting to happen. During the time of snowblowing, another four inches of snow came down, and then the wind began to blow drifting additional inches back into the driveway.

Protected backyard

With twenty-nine and a half inches of snow measured in the protected backyard in the morning to only twenty-six in the afternoon, you can tell that the wind was moving the snow around. That three and a half inches of snow from the backyard ended up in the driveway drifting the edges making a flat parabola-shaped driveway. The snow on the deck was chest deep on a tall drink of water and neck deep on a perfectly placed person. Last night was no night to be out moving in a vehicle although a few were ignoring the weather and still looking to see if anyone else was out and around.

The stories about the storms usually began, "You remember the winter of '67 or '69? Boy was that a storm to remember." Years from now, they will be saying, "Do you remember the winter of 2014? That one January day in the middle of the month when it took us hours to get to school only find out that school was closed, and it took just as long to get back home?"

Stay safe in the below-zero windchill cold that has followed this wintery storm!

Diving for Wolves in Ice Water

A view into the past Beaver Island History of February 1967 Sports Illustrated

That may sound mad, but then Beaver Island on Lake Michigan has a mad history, including a brief period of domination by a Mormon 'king.' Today the island is a pleasant summer resort, but when winter comes Arctic winds gnarl trees and the temperature plummets far below zero. It was in such weather that the author visited Beaver to join in a wolf hunt, during which one of the hunters added a new chapter to the island's history


BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
March 15; June 21; Sept. 20; annual meeting Dec. 13.


by Cindy Rickgers

I’ve just spent a full ten minutes debating about whether this title should be “Rambling” – as in “I have been rambling around in the woods” – or “Ramblings”, like a series of random thoughts.

No kidding!

I got up and circled the chair, to look at it from a distance. I put the “S” on and then took it back off again.

More than once!

I even – briefly – considered replacing the “g” with an apostrophe…as in “I’m a ramblin’ man.”

That’s the way my mind is working these days.


I haven’t been sleeping well.

I was wide awake through much of last night. The little dog had gone outside to pee at three o’clock, and I’d gone to the bathroom to do the same. When I came out, she was already at the door, peering in, anxious to get out of the weather. Back in bed, she quivered and moaned in her sleep, breathing fast, heart pounding. When the other dog does that, I attribute it to dreams of chasing squirrels. I wasn’t so quick to let it go, in this case. Had she been terror-stricken when I wasn’t right there at the door to let her in? What went through her little dog-mind for those few moments alone out there in the dark and snow? Was that to blame for her restless sleep now?

After mulling that over for too long in the early morning hours, I turned my attention elsewhere. My notes for art class were brought out for examination and review. My finances then came to the forefront, were worried over and set aside. A grant I’ll be writing was given its due. Next, a hangnail that’s been bothering me, and achy joints, and the persistent tickle in my throat.

Finally, my thoughts turned to my sister Nita who, truth be told, is the cause for my restless nights.

She was sick in bed over Christmas…got worse when she expected to get better…went finally to the hospital…and no good news came of that.

Last week my sister Brenda and her husband drove from Michigan to Florida and back, to collect Nita and her few belongings so that she can be surrounded by friends and family that love her.

She saw a specialist yesterday…is having more tests and procedures today…and will likely begin a difficult treatment regimen next week. It’s not a good prognosis, in any case.

When I spoke to her, she said, “Yeah, I’m dying,” and gave a bit of a laugh. Dad and our sister, Sheila, fill her dreams, she said. “I’m sorry to put you guys through this again,” she told me.

“Don’t worry about us,” I said, “Take care of yourself!”

In the middle of the night, seems I can do enough worrying for all of us.

Go to Cindy's Blog HERE

Waste Management Committee

The January 2014 meeting of the Waste Management Committe (WMC) met on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. On vacation were Paul and Angela Welke, but there was a quorum of the other members. Several issues related to hazardous materials were discussed, but it was decided that this discussion would be laid to rest. Instead, all of the employees of the Beaver Island Transfer Station (BITS) would be offered the opportunity to do the HazMat training online, which would provide them with a certificate of completion that could be filed in the personnel files and at the BITS. Up to $1000 was set aside for this purpose from the budget by motion and vote. Several other issues were discussed including the possible new organizational document outline provided by Bill Kohls. Jean Wierenga also found some 2010 Bylaws that had been looked at and somewhat approved by the St. James Township lawyer. These and others will be part of the discussion of the new document. Both townships will be asked to help define what decisions can be made by the WMC and which must go to the townships.

The seven member committee was discussed related to the new document, and it was pretty much a consensus that the current method used by the townships seemed to make sense. Two board members from each township would be appointed. Then each township would appoint one additional person that was not a board member. The committee then would recommend to both townships the seventh member of the committee. A possible seventh member was discussed, but no letter of interest had been received, so could not be sent at this time to both townships. If one was received, then it could be sent to the townships.

It was also determined that if the townships were the ones to appoint an individual to the WMC, then it must be the townships that accept a letter of resignation from a member of the committee.

Many thanks to Dawn Marsh for the operation of the video camera for this meeting.

Video of this meeting HERE

Saturday Morning Basketball Islanders versus Bobcats

Cheerleaders Pictures

This morning the cheerleader squad made certain that they cheered in an area that allowed the pictures to be taken. It was much appreciated. Their cheers inspired the audience and both Lady Islanders and Islanders.




Great job, Ladies!

Saturday morning Lady Islanders' game

Unfortunately, the video camera quit working just as the Lady Islanders moved into the lead, but there are pictures at the above link.

Saturday morning Islanders vs Munising Bobcats

Friday Night Basketball Islanders versus Bobcats

The live streamed video was viewed by 129 unique IP addresses for Friday night's and Saturday morning's games.

On demand Pictures and video here

Taekwondo Demonstration on Friday Night

The Taequondo Club of BICS did a demonstration on Friday night, January 17, 2014, between the games, after the Lady Islanders played and before the Islanders played. There seemed to be quite a wide age range for the participants. The first part of the demonstration involved a defense demonstration.

A knife attack and defensive moves

Jewell and Levi

Protection from a knife attack

Some defense and some offense

Breaking Boards

Jumping kicks to break board

Breaking the board with just one finger

This after school program and club is seeking donations for attending competitions, obviously off-Island. The last trip was to Kalamazoo.

Video of the demonstration


Not Everyone Goes South for the Winter-Waterfowl


Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

The Beaver Island Airport Commission met this morning, November 2, 2013, at the St. James Township Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Some of the items on the agenda included the scheduling of meetings for 2014, adjustments to the 2013 budget, terminal building update, and the Airport Manager's Report.

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE.

Lyn Jenks Presentation on Affordable Care Act

Video of this entire presentation is HERE

Link to the Charlevoix Hospital Video Presentation HERE


Peaine Township Board Meeting at 7 p.m. 12/11/13

Meeting video available HERE

St. James Meeting on December 4, 2013

Video of the meeting HERE

Special St. James meeting on November 11, 2013

Video of this meeting available HERE

November 11, 2013 Special Waste Management Meeting

Video of the portion of the meeting available HERE

Wednesday, 010814, 7 p.m, Peaine Township Meeting

Video Available HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Peaine Township Meeting 11/13/13, at 7 pm

Video is available HERE

St. James Township Meeting, 1/2/14

Video of this meeting HERE

December 2013 Waste Management Committee Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed HERE

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

Beaver Island District Library Board 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!

Patricia Slanga Died

SLANGA PATRICIA R. Age 87. January 8, 2014. Devoted wife of the late John for over 65 years. Loving mother of John (Judy), Kathy (Mike) Michalski, Karen Slanga, and Patty DeGracia. Proud grandmother of Andrea, John (Johanna), Brett, Blaine, Todd, and Sean. Great-grandmother of Quinn, Karina, and Meryl. Beloved sister of the late E.J. and Gerry. Patricia loved family, and her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren, as well as her extended family. Visitation at the O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River, Novi, (248) 348-1800, Sunday 2-8 p.m. In state Monday 10 a.m. until Funeral Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 24505 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi. Donations in Patricia's honor may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. - See more at: http://deathnotices.michigan.com/view-single.php?id=334079#sthash.41O0HMBv.dpuf

Munising Baptist Basketball on Beaver Island

Friday night at 6 pm, the Lady Islanders began to battle against the Munising Lady Bobcats. It was quite the battle with the Lady Islanders going down to defeat. And Saturday morning at 8:30 am, the Lady Islanders went on the offense, played excellent defense, and were more physical, including going after the ball, fighting for rebounds, and looking for the open player before passing the ball. Saturday, the Lady Islanders upset the Munising Lady Bobcats to split the weekend with one win and one loss.

On Friday night, the Islanders played hard, worked hard at moving the ball, and continued on to defeat the Bobcats. Excellent rebounding by Ron Marsh helped a great deal under the boards as well as Ron's three point shots pulling the defense in his direction which opened up the driving lanes for others. The rebounding title on Saturday morning goes to Simeon Richards. Simeon became more aggressive and fought for the rebounds on both ends of the court. The Williams' brothers with yonger brother Nick taking the lead move on to drive to the basket with multiple lay-ups to his credit, while Alex, being shorter didn't get as many chances for the same.

The Islanders won both games, Friday night and Saturday morning. Congratulations to the Lady Islanders and the Islanders in their wins this weekend!

More Snow

by Cindy Rickgers

Once again, our attempts at a good walk have been foiled.

The dogs are bored, and I’m getting discouraged.

Clover and I went down the road for our walk a few times, when the extreme cold or ice didn’t stop us. Guilt at leaving the little dog at home was the only damper on our enjoyment. A bit of a thaw allowed the three of us to get out together to walk the old logging road into the woods. Still, not close to our usual routine for frequency or distance.

Now, we have more snow!

In other years, there has been a long dry spell between the end of hunting season and the beginning of lasting cold weather. Time that we could walk through the woods, keeping grasses and snow trampled down. Time to reacquaint ourselves with the path, the landmarks and wildlife along the way.  Time to get accustomed to our route so that we’d know the way when it was buried in deep snow.

Not this year!

In other winters, the snow has come down wet and heavy, forming a nice crust that would carry my weight. Then, we could leave the path. We could explore deep into the woods, knowing we’d have our footprints in the snow to lead us back home.

Not this year. Not yet, anyway.

We had our first snow early, and it hasn’t let up. Five or six inches at a time it has fallen, accumulating quickly into a deep landscape of fluffy snow. So light, snowmobiles could not go out on it; so soft, it would not carry my weight, with or without snowshoes. I don’t think an entire week has gone by without a fresh layer of snow being added to what is already here.

In years gone by, one companion was my old dog, Maggie. Maggie loved a good walk! Part Malamute, part Lab, she was undaunted by the weather. Cold didn’t bother her. Though she had bad hips, she could “swim” her way through snow that seemed impassable to the rest of us. She would lead the way. Clover and I would follow.

Not anymore. Maggie left this world a few years ago. Her spot has been filled with Rosa Parks.

Rosa has much the same coloring as Maggie. She is similar in shape, carrying a bit of extra weight around the middle. She has the same bossy attitude and snippy temperament. She even has similar health and food issues! However, she is considerably shorter and one hundred pounds lighter than Maggie was. This winter, that’s a definite consideration!

Clover is feeling her age, of late. She doesn’t have the endurance or stamina she exhibited even a year ago.

Me, too! Tramping through deep snow is hard on my knees and exhausting all around. I can go a short distance, but long walks are out of the question in this weather.

This winter has slowed all three of us down!

Follow Cindy Rickgers on her blog HERE

Part Time Position: Operations Manager

Operations Manager
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association
Beaver Island, MI
BICAA seeks a festival Operations Manager: This part time position is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of all orchestra events (concerts, rehearsals, outreach programs and special events) run smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner. The position is very physical and involves the loading and unloading of instruments and the movement of pianos and other instruments and equipment on stage as necessary; and may require supervision and direction of volunteers. Some weekend and evening work is required particularly in July and early August leading up to and during the festival.
Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in performing arts-Required (Music-Desired); 2 years experience in stage management planning and coordination  or performing arts experience-Required; Knowledge of Orchestral Layouts-Required; Ability to Read Music-Required; Strong organizational abilities-Required; Ability to work both collaboratively  independently and multi-task under deadline-Required
A complete job description and a list of qualifications are available at http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/

Submit letter of application, resume with email address, and the names and mail/email addresses of three professional references to: BICAA Coordinator, PO Box 326, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Applications received on or before February 15, 2014 will receive first consideration. Later applications may be considered until position is filled.

Not Everyone Goes South for the Winter-Waterfowl

From Michigan DNR:
Not everyone goes south for the winter;
for some, the Great Lakes are a winter destination!

Did you know the Great Lakes have thousands of feathered friends floating out there right now? Have you ever wondered how duck, geese and swan populations are tracked?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with many other states in the nation, estimate duck, geese and swan populations (waterfowl) by looking at areas that traditionally hold birds in January – the open water.

“Anytime Mother Nature causes wildlife to naturally group together, surveying can be much more efficient,” said DNR wildlife biologist Mark Monroe. “Looking for birds by truck or plane at the same time across the nation gives agencies a great feel for populations and habitat trends.”

From Jan. 5-11,DNR staff visited (either by plane or truck) the same areas that have been surveyed in the past, not just to count waterfowl but also to identify the species. Mallards were the most common duck observed, although many “diving ducks” or sea ducks – such as canvasbacks and redheads – were counted.

“I’ve been flying this survey in the northern Lower Peninsula for quite a few years,” said Monroe, “and I have seen thousands of ducks every year out in the open water; it’s really neat to see.”

The northern Lower Peninsula area was flown by plane. One DNR pilot and two DNR observers spent the day traveling over 750 miles, searching out large groups of waterfowl in water that still remains open. The Manistee River, Lake Michigan from Pentwater to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the inlet at Elberta and the Grand Traverse Bay area are locations in Northern Michigan where large numbers of birds are traditionally found. The crew revisits other “hot spots” where they have found waterfowl populations in the past, conducting fly-overs at elevations of 200 to 500 feet.

The Great Lakes and large rivers hold thousands of ducks that will spend the winter here, either because they are resident birds and do not migrate or because they have migrated to the Great Lakes from farther north. That’s right – some waterfowl from near the Arctic will actually head south to the Great Lakes to breed!

“In the northern Lower Peninsula we counted just over 12,000 ducks, just under 100 geese and more than 300 mute swans,” said Monroe. “It’s amazing how many birds are out on the water that’s still open.”

Winter waterfowl surveys can help detect any significant changes in the populations as well as help determine results of recent waterfowl hunting seasons – and help dictate further regulations for future seasons. The January waterfowl survey also provides the best information on the number of mute swans in Michigan so population trends can be established for yearly comparisons.

To learn more about the different wildlife surveys completed by the DNR, visit the Wildlife Surveys page on the DNR website or contact DNR wildlife outreach technician Katie Keen at 231-775-9727.

Expansion of Offerings in the Arts at BICS

Scheduling Changes and Program Expansion by Riley Justis


It is my pleasure to announce that Beaver Island Community School is  working  to expand fine arts offerings to all students. With the addition of an art teacher to the staff and the shifting of programming, BICS has been able to make available to all elementary students vocal music and art programing within the regular school day offerings. This addition will also provide art instruction to students 7-12 while maintaining Strings music options for all students. To accomplish this development, the Board of Education voted Monday, January 13th  to shift the Strings Music program to after school while
continuing to support the program through the continued funding of instruction and providing the instruments to all students interested in Strings instruction. This shift will allow for an expansion of offerings to students of BICS while allowing for the continuation of a program that has provided value to both the school and the community for a number of years. BICS will continue its relationship with the Crooked Tree Arts Council and will continue to strive to provide as many curricular options, within the arts and beyond, to each of the students of Beaver Island Community School.

2014 Annual Ice Classic

These four gentlemen have been working to get the Ice Classic going for the last ten years. Bob Tidmore, Don Tritsch, Bob Banville, and John Fogg.

Usually they do this job of placing the symbol of the Ice Classic on the ice quietly with an after picture taken. This year BINN wanted to make sure that this dedicated work was shown to everyone.

The slow gathering of the four men began with Bob Tidmore arriving first and then Don Tritsch.

Moving the symbol to the back of trailer ...a before picture..........Sliding it off the trailer.......An it's off............

The last two arrive, Bob Banville and John Fogg, but they were delayed by getting stuck in a snowbank.

And who should happen along just in time driving his loader? Jim Wojan towed the tower out onto the ice.

Pushing the tower onto the ice.......tipping it to add the flag standard....then back upright again

Pushing it our further on the ice

Getting the tower placed in just the right spot.

Another year....another job done!

Keep your eyes open for information on how you can participate in the 2014 Annual Ice Classic. You have to predict the day, the hour, and the minute for when the tower tips usually due to the melting in the spring. Get your best guess ready!





BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 15

June 21

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)


Stoney Acre






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Stoney Acre

McDonough's Winter Hours

Moonday-Friday 8-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 11-1

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

Contact: Matt Miller or Gery Hartman, 989-731-0700, or 1029 Gornick Ave., Suite 105, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

B I Christian Church Ministers


26: Pastor Bob Whitlock

2:  Pastor Don Sinclair
9:  Pastor Howard Davis
16 and 23:  Pastor Harold Kruse


2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

Planning for next summer's events can sometimes be tricky if you don't have any dates so we are announcing the date of our annual Garden Tour Benefit now. It will be on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Dana D"Andraia and Jan Paul are putting together a wonderful fun­filled day for you and your guests. Our vans and lunch seating gets filled up quickly so please mark you calendars and be ready to buy tickets in advance of that date. We will have more information for you next spring so keep reading the " news" and watch for flyers in June. Have a wonderful winter and we'll see you next summer! Leonor, Connie and the Wellness Gardeners.

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am


Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp on first and third Wednesday!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
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 18, 2014
April 15, 2014
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE


Gathering of Ducks

So far no one has explained the huge collection of ducks out by Whiskey Point in the open water near the harbor entry buoy. Are they feeding on some collection of something? Are they have a huge family reunion?

Here is the complete panoramic picture:

Each of these three panoramic pictures were taken from left to right standing at the point. You have to imagine the pictures being connected from left to right because the real complete panoramic picture doesn't show the individual ducks.

If anyone can shed any light on the reason for the huge collection of ducks, BINN would like to hear from you. Please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com


From the 2013 Charlevoix County Recycling Guide

There seem to be some confusion about the differences between hazardous materials and recyclables as well as commercial versus household. BINN has done some research related to the differences between these items. A recyclable is a material that can be taken to a recyling center and will be reused in some manner. All of the tires shipped from Beaver Island to the mainland were part of a recycling program instigated by the Charlevoix County Recycling Committee. From the CC recycling guide, here is a list of recyclables:

Newspaper, including magazines, catalogs, hard cover and soft cover books and telephone books

Office paper, envelopes, file folders, junk mail, colored office paper, construction paper, manila envelopes, kraft gift wrap paper

Corrugated cardboard, pizza boxes, boxboard, brown paper bags, cereal boxes, waxed cardboard, fridge and freezer boxboard (wet-strength layer)

All colors of glass food and beverage containers

Plastic films, plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam, shrink wrap, marine shrink wrap, stretch wrap, all plastic bags, cereal box liners

Plastic buckets, plastic toys, plastic furniture, garden plastics

Plastics #1 PET, #2 HDPE, #3 V, #4 LDPE, #5 PP, #6 PS, #7 Other bottles, jugs and jars, and also including all numbers of plastic household containers including wide-mouthed containers such as margarine and yogurt tubs

Tin-plated steel cans, aluminum cans, trays and foil, metal jar lids, small scrap metal and wire hangers

All of the above are listed n the CC Recycling Guide as recyclables.

Saturday “Double Feature” Movies at the Beaver Island Community Center!

1/25 3pm
Chasing Mavericks PG
When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks
surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles
from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend
Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.
View movie info and trailer:
www.imdb 6.9/10

1/25 7pm
Captain Phillips

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking
by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first
American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
View movie info and trailer:
www.imdb 8.1/10

All movie showings free-will donation!
Great popcorn, snacks & treats!

Movie requests and ideas welcomed!*
*Requests subject to licensing by distributors per agreement.
Just call or email and we will check availability ASAP!

231 448-2022

Sponsored by:
The Shamrock Bar & Restaurant, the Beaver Island Boat Company
and your Beaver Island Community Center!

Super Bowl on the Big Screen

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)


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Beaver Island Strings Program to Be Eliminated from School Day

Here are some of the wonderful activities that have been part of BICS over the years:









These are just the first five pages in the Beaver Island News on the 'Net archives. You can view more by going to the page and doing a search for "Strings Program."


Please view some of these pages and look for the Strings Program to get some of the wonderful things that this Strings Program has accomplished over the last six or more years.

There has been a lot of misundertanding about this issue. Perhaps, the school should consider sending out a newsletter or something that might provide the rest of the community, other than just the parents, students, and teachers with information. There has been very little information coming out of the school office to provide the retired community members with any information. Since there is nothing from the school, the only things that are available are personal opinions and hearsay.

Panning for Gold

Doug Tilly sponsored a program from 1-5 pm at the Peaine Township Hall that provided information and experience in the process of getting gold dust and small nuggets through a process that eliminates the sand from the pan and allows small flakes of gold to be seen. This event had several attendees and all spoke very highly of it. Thanks to Doug Tilly for providing this learning experience for all.

BINN was not able to attend due to preparations for EMS continuing education coming up for the next few weeks.

Patrick LaFreniere Dies

Patrick “Paddy” “Pa Pa” E. LaFreniere, 79 of Manistee, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at his home unexpectedly. He was born on January 18, 1934, on Beaver Island, son of the late Patrick W. and Elizabeth (Floyd) LaFreniere. Patrick married Marcia Platt on February 9, 1989 in Manistee.

He started his sailing career with his father as a wheelsman on his father’s boat in route from Beaver Island to the mainland. Pat started his career on the Great Lakes in 1951 aboard the tug Williams and the Corps of Engineers’ City of Milwaukee, a Grand Trunk Railroad car ferry; in 1952, the steamer SS L.E. Block, 620’ Inland Steel; and in 1953, the motor vessel E.J. Block, 550’ Inland Steel.

In 1955 he served our country in the U.S. Army Air Force as a heavy equipment operator building highways in France up until 1957 when he was discharged and continued his career on the Great Lakes aboard the steamer Wilfred Sykes, 676’ 7000 HP Inland Steel, in 1960, the carferry Ludington, carferry Badger and carferry City of Midland, Ann Arbor carferry City of Milwaukee, Ann Arbor carferry Viking; in 1989 the self-unloader steamer Wilfred Sykes, 676’ Inland Steel; in the 1990s, the motor vessel self-unloader Joe Block, 729 7000 HP, Inland Steel, Adam E. Cornelius, diesel self-unloader, 680’, chartered for Inland Steel and Joe Block, retiring in 2000. In 2001, the carferry Badger and City of Midland; in 2004-2005, three new Staten Island carferry deliveries, in 2006-2010, the carferry Badger; and in 2009, the Coast Guard cutter/buoy tender Acacia, which he wheeled from Chicago to Manistee.

Pat had a deep love for the water. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 25 years, Marcia A. LaFreniere of Manistee, one grandson, Patrick and Missi LaFreniere and their children, Madison and Skylar all of Jenison, Michigan; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kimberly and Daniel Bolles and their children, Delaney and Alexis all of Muskegon; Kendra Nowak and Trisha Wyman both of Elkhart, Indiana, Kristen and Darin Sytek and their children Caden and Cohen all of Twin Lake, Michigan; his daughter in law, Cindy and Doug Miller of Belding; his adopted daughter, Lynn Herald of Cadillac, one sister, Jean LaFreniere of Ionia; numerous nieces; and nephews also survive him; as well as his special companion “Tigger.” Many special friends also survive him.

Pat was preceded in death by his son, Patrick E. LaFreniere; three sisters, Mary Minor, Margaret Ann Polhemus and Isabelle LaFreniere; and two brothers, Joseph and John (Beaver John) LaFreniere.

Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Shrine Church in Manistee, with the Rev. John McCracken celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery also in Manistee. Relatives and friends will pray the Evening Vigil Service at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, on Monday, January 13, 2014, where friends may begin calling at the funeral home on Monday after 2 p.m.

The family will be at the funeral home on Monday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to receive friends. A memorial has been established in Pat’s name for Manistee Catholic Central Schools and the City of Milwaukee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Josh Broder Tells a Story

Josh Broder is invited to tell a story about his experience doing a scene in a classic movie. Josh does a wonderful job!


Winter Beauty

Wind-driven snow stuck on the trees

How many deer do you see? Peek-a-boo!

Here they are, one at a time, crossing the roadway:

The photographer only saw two until they started moving. Can you find five deer in the original picture?

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

Contact: Matt Miller or Gery Hartman, 989-731-0700, or 1029 Gornick Ave., Suite 105, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Chili Cook-Off Scheduled

January 23, 2014 at the Shamrock

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Please be advised that Michigan has revised its Emerald Ash Borer internal quarantine effective 1/7/14. No new counties were quarantined by this revision.

For immediate release: January 7, 2014

Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724 or holtonj@michigan.gov

Michigan Revises Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine in the Upper Peninsula Travelers are urged not to move firewood to prevent the artificial spread of emerald ash borer and other invasive forest pests

LANSING: The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today revised its emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine to designate all six quarantined counties in the eastern Upper Peninsula (UP), as well as Houghton and Keweenaw counties, as the same quarantine level (Level II)-effective immediately. MDARD, however, is asking travelers and residents to continue to not move firewood to help prevent the artificial spread of other exotic and devastating insects and diseases like Asian longhorned beetle, thousand cankers disease of black walnut, hemlock woolly adelgid, oak wilt and beech bark disease. The ban on moving firewood north across the Mackinac Bridge remains in effect.

Prior to this revision, MDARD’s EAB interior quarantine divided the UP into two quarantine levels: the portions of Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Houghton, Keweenaw, Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties known to contain EAB were Level II. The balance of those seven counties, plus Luce County, were classified as Level III. This revision effectively merges the two quarantine levels and makes all quarantined counties in the UP Level II.

Additionally, the prohibition on moving hardwood firewood, and the other articles regulated by the quarantine from anywhere in Michigan to the Beaver Island Archipelago, Big and Little Charity islands, North and South Manitou islands and Isle Royale is still in place.

The UP counties of Baraga, Dickinson, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Marquette remain un-quarantined for EAB.

“MDARD remains committed to protecting the ash resource in the western UP from the artificial spread of EAB and this quarantine amendment simply allows us to focus our attention on that work,” said Gina Alessandri, MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division Director. “Although travelers and residents are now able to freely move firewood within the eastern UP and within Houghton and Keweenaw counties, we are urging them not to do so as there are several other invasive forest pests that can hitch a ride on it. Please continue to use only local sources of firewood, burn all you buy, and don’t take any unused firewood back home or to the next location.”

EAB is an exotic insect native to Asia that attacks ash trees. In its larval stage, EAB feeds undetected under the bark of ash trees, disrupting water and nutrient flow-ultimately killing the trees in three to four years. First discovered in 2002, EAB is responsible for the death or damage of approximately 50 million ash trees in Michigan and surrounding states.

Individuals or businesses found violating the state’s EAB quarantine are subject to fines ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 and jail time of up to five years.

Additional information about EAB, quarantine details, and a map of the quarantine boundaries are available at www.michigan.gov/eab or www.emeraldashborer.info.

Little Traverse Conservancy Reports 2013 Highlights

HARBOR SPRINGS – Little Traverse Conservancy has released a summary of the organization’s 2013 accomplishments throughout its five-county service area.

In 2013, the non-profit land trust passed a milestone, surpassing 50,000 acres of land protection in its 41 years of existence. This amounts to 78 square miles, which represents about 1.8% of the land in the organization’s service area of roughly 4,400 square miles. The protected lands include more than 130 miles of lake, river, or stream shoreline. More than 1,100 acres of land were protected in 2013 alone.

“The volume of land protection is one way to measure the success of a land trust,” said Executive Director Tom Bailey. “So is the number of members who support it, and the amount of money that is raised each year or for a particular project. Yet protecting land in its natural state and making it available for public use and enjoyment comes with many other intangibles that can’t be statistically measured.”
For example, the Conservancy offers year-round education outings and community field trips. In 2013, more than 3,700 students participated in a Conservancy-led nature outing and 551 people participated in seasonal community field trips led by staff and volunteers. Almost all of these programs are offered at no charge, and funds are available to help with bus transportation costs for classrooms. While the value of these field trips cannot easily be measured in numbers, it has long been the organization’s belief that participation in nature outings inspires an interest in caring for the land in the future.

The Conservancy also reports that 15 miles of new trail were added to their nature preserve trail systems. All told, the organization manages and maintains 90 miles of trails with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

In Charlevoix County, some of the organization’s 2013 land highlights included the following:

  • A five-acre addition to the Nick Adams Preserve on Pincherry Road brought the preserve size to 44 acres and added 350 feet of Horton Creek frontage.
  • Also along Horton Creek, a 33-acre preserve with 3,200 feet of creek frontage was purchased with donated funds to become the Horton Creek Wetlands Preserve.

  • A 1.5 acre addition to the Petritz Preserve on Beaver Island was added thanks to funding from the J.A. Woollam Foundation.
  • A small addition was donated to the Six Mile Lake/St. Clair Lake Natural Area along the northern Chain of Lakes. Over many years, this protected region has grown to more than 192 acres and is a joint project of both Little Traverse Conservancy and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy based in Traverse City.
  • Several work days were held at numerous preserves in Charlevoix County with new trails created at the Barney’s Lake Preserve on Beaver Island as well as the Taylor-Horton Creek Preserve, Wisser-Saworski Preserve, and Darnton Family Preserve.
  • The Conservancy partnered with Friends of the Boyne River to offer a series of Family Nature Discovery programs at the Boyne River Nature Area and The Hill Nature Preserve.

More than ever, the Conservancy is engaging volunteers to help with their work. In 2013 nearly 550 volunteers assisted the organization with a variety of tasks ranging from office mailings to trail monitors. More than 1,500 volunteer hours were donated to LTC in 2013. Based on the national volunteer value estimation of $22.14/hour, the value of these hours is $33,210.
By the end of 2013, more than 3,200 people had downloaded the Conservancy’s free nature preserve smart phone app. The app provides interactive maps and updated information about LTC’s most user-friendly nature preserves and is an excellent way for residents and visitors to the region to quickly get information about preserves and trails.

Since 1972, the Little Traverse Conservancy has been working as the oldest regional, non-profit land trust in Michigan. With the support of more than 4,100 members, the Little Traverse Conservancy works with private landowners and units of local government to permanently protect ecologically significant and scenic lands from development. Since it was founded, more than 50,000 acres and 130 miles of shoreline along our region’s lakes, rivers, and streams have been set aside to remain in their natural state within Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, and Chippewa counties. In addition, more than 3,700 young people participate in a Conservancy environmental education outing every year. For more information about the Little Traverse Conservancy and land protection options for your land, please contact their office at 231.347.0991 or visit www.landtrust.org

HortonCreekWetlands: The 33-acre Horton Creek Wetlands Preserve was established in 2013 in Charlevoix County.


DarntonCMUVolunteers1: Volunteers from Central Michigan University’s Alternative Breaks Program assisted Little Traverse Conservancy with trail work at the Darnton Family Preserve near Boyne City in November, 2013.

FriendsofBoyneProgram: The Conservancy partnered with Friends of the Boyne River to offer a series of Family Nature Discovery programs at the Boyne River Nature Area and The Hill Nature Preserve. This little guys was reacting to looking at pelts and furs of native wildlife.

Township Airport Terminal


Floor plan

Grand Rapids Beaver Island Party Announced

2013 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report Released

For More Information:
Brian Sweeney, 517-284-5047, sweeneyb2@michigan.gov

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced the release of the 2013 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report. This statutorily required annual report is prepared each year by the Office of the Great Lakes and highlights state priorities and programmatic accomplishments addressing Great Lakes protection, restoration and economic development.

The report brings together authors from state agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to analyze the top issues affecting Michigan’s Great Lakes and coastal areas. Topics include Great Lakes water levels, aquatic invasive species, restoration work, harbor dredging successes, and economic development and revitalization.

The report is available online at: www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/State_of_the_Great_Lakes_2013_opt_442885_7.pdf

Weekly Fishing Tip:

Weekly Fishing Tip: Mark your calendar for the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend! 
Are you looking for an opportunity to take someone fishing this winter, perhaps someone who has never been before? Consider scheduling your outing for February 15 and 16 as part of the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend!

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

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

Numerous activities in communities throughout Michigan will be going on as part of the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Maybe you would want to plan one of your own in your community? For more information, or resources to help you participate, please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

BICS Basketball Schedule

Charlevoix County Transit

6:00 a.m.--7:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)
9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Saturday – except Holidays)

8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. (Monday thru Saturday - except Holidays)

11:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)

(Hours subject to change.)

Children under 6 years .50
Senior Citizen (60 and over) .50
Handicap: .50
Youth: (ages 6 to19) 1.00
Regular Fare: (ages 20 to 59) 1.50

Note:  All passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

(Fares subject to annual review.)

Mainland: (231) 582-6900
Beaver Island: (231) 448-2026
Toll Free (800) 918-3447

Jill Drury, Manager
Charlevoix County Transit
1050 Brockway Street
Boyne City, MI  49712

Since 1980, Charlevoix County Transit has been providing public transportation throughout the County, and Beaver Island a few years later. The transit system operates 20 ADA accessible buses and provides over 117,000 rides annually.

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

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