B. I. News on the 'Net, January 23-29, 2012

In the Navy




GREAT LAKES, IL 60088-7105

Pure Michigan Campaign

Chamber of Commerce and Boat Co pitch in with Charlevoix partners on Pure Michigan radio spot narrated by Tim Allen.

Link to story HERE

Islanders Win Against Paradise

The Islanders played against the Paradise boy's basketball team on Friday night with several students on the Islander team ill. With the few Islanders able to play, there was some question about how well they might do in this game. The Lady Islanders had the night off because Paradise did not have a female basketball team, which cause is assumed to be too few students to make a team. But.the Paradise team came to play. The Islanders were very good on defense in the first half and moved right out ahead at the end of the first quarter. The score at the end of the first quarter was Islanders 14 to Paradise 4.

With the Islanders ahead by ten points, Coach Myers began to rotate the junior varsity players into the game, giving the varsity players a rest. The junior varsity seemed quite able to move the ball and play good defense also, so that the score at the end of the first half was Islanders 24 to Paradise 10.

After the first half break, the Paradise team came out to play, but the refreshed varsity Islanders were able to run and complete plays with earnest with rebound after rebound on the offensive end of the court. The Islanders had a little trouble keeping one player on the Paradise team from driving in for a layups, but the Islanders continued to make baskets and get offensive rebounds with quite a few rebound points being scored.

The score at the end of the game showed the positive play by the Islanders. The game ended with the Islanders scoring a total of 52 points to Paradise score of 20 points. Congratulations, Islanders!

The workers providing the concession stand items.

Our regular officials

The senior boys lead the Pledge of Allegiance

Some pictoral highlights of the game on Friday night......

Shooting time after time and getting rebounds as well.....

And the first half ends....

Fastbreaks and driving to the basket with a few outside shots as well....

The boys' team played well and rebounded well.

The final score

Video highlights will be available when processed.

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

Revised St. James Recreation Plan as of January 30, 2012

Additional Comments on St. James Recreation Plan as of January 29, 2012

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

The BI Airport Commission met this morning at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss the term limits in Peaine Township, an Emerald Ash Borer sign, the 2012-2013 budget, and more. The budget appears to be very tight with very little Development Funds to be left for projects. The MDOT grant was approved and a discussion took place about whether the BIAC needed a DUNS number. Don Vyse mentioned a change in the FAA Terms and Conditions as part of an update. The BIAC will recommend to the the two townships the reappointment of Elaine West and Mike Scripps.

Rachel Teague was asked to explain the needs of the Men's restroom at the township airport terminal and she provided a written Airport Manager Report to the commission. There was some discussion about where and how to send Freedom of Information requests, and the determination was that these should go to the two township clerks. It was mentioned that emails are not sufficient to accomplish a FOI request. The recommended method is by US Postal Service where a return receipt can be obtained.

Video Clips of the majority of the meeting can be found HERE

Easter Brunch, Sunday April 8, 2012

The Beaver Island Christian Church Traditional Easter Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The community is invited to enjoy; Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Strata, and Ham. If you like fresh fruit, sweet rolls, or other items, you could bring them along. The event starts at NOON. Everyone is invited!

Michael Cull Passed Away

CULL, Michael Carl "Captian" of Bay City, Michigan, age 64, passed away Monday January 23, 2012 at Bay Regional Medical Center following a lingering illness. He is survived by his mother Claire Cull; two children, Mike Cull and Molly Cull; and their mother Kitty Cull; two grandchildren Madysen and Bayou; nine brothers and sisters. At Michael's request cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Rivertown Funeral Chapel.

First Planning Meeting for 2012 BI Health and Human Services Fair

The first meeting of the planning group is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at 11am, at the BICS. There are, of course, no pre-requisites--the interested need only to have the time and energy to commit to helping to make sure that the fair comes off well!

Deer Feeding on Corn Meant for Turkeys

In addition to the eighty plus turkeys being fed near the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, a couple of yearling deer have acquired a taste for corn, and have been stopping by turkey feeding area. Here are the two deer seen quite frequently at this location.

So, if you are heading into town from the Four Corners or leaving Stoney Acres, the BIRHC, or Forest View Apartments, you may have to keep your eyes open for turkeys and deer hiding behind the cedar hedge on Carlisle Road.

CMUBS Job Opportunity

CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island is seeking a seasonal Custodial and Hospitality lead for the 2012 season, April 1 to October 31. 40 hours per week at $10.50 an hour plus 3 meals per day. Email a resume and cover letter to gordo2jj@cmich.edu

2nd Annual Gail's Walk
Sunday, May 27th 2012 @ 3:00 pm

In honor of Gail Weede, each year we will have a Memorial Weekend Walk to raise money that will help Island families who experience unexpected or long term medical treatment. This fund would help with bills or expenses related to the condition.
A minimum donation of $10 per person is asked for this 5k untimed event. Children 5 and under are no charge.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. Shirts are available in adult sizes S-XL for $10 and XXL are $12.00;The deadline for ordering shirts is April 1st, 2012.

Please email Beth Croswhite or Kerry Smith for walk/shirt order forms or download one from this link HERE

This walk will begin and end at the Public Beach parking lot.

Any questions please call:
Beth Croswhite- 231-448-2820 email: bethjoddy@gmail.com
Kerry Smith 231-448-2601 email: ryanandkerry@tds.net
Joan Banville 231-448-2092 Lynn Cary 231-448-2575
Lisa Gillespie 231-448-2888 Dawn Marsh 231-448-2910

A Wonderful Invitation

Mike Hurkmans put together this video invitation to the 3rd Annual Winter Fest on Lake Geneserath. This is wonderful to watch, and it brings back memories of previous Fests. Check it out at the link below:

Link to Winter Fest Invitation

Celebrity Co-Ed Basketball Game

There is a co-ed basketball game scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2012, at 6 p.m., adults versus BICS co-ed team. This is a fundrasier for the Sports Boosters. Concessions will be available prior to and during the ball game. Come out and see who the celebrities are!

Peaine Township Holds Special Meeting

The Peaine Township Board held a special meeting on January 23, 2012. Click Here for Agenda

The first few minutes of the meeting covered some of the agenda items, but then the board went into closed session with its attorney. The closed session lasted over forty minutes, and then the agenda items were completed. The group present were mainly BIEMS members showing support for their unanimously elected new leader Danielle Dedloff. The Peaine Township Board concurred with the EMS members recommendation and approved her as the new Executive Director of BIEMS. They did not wish to wait until April 1, 2012, for Danielle to begin learning and assuming the responsibilities and job of director, so she will train under Sarah McCafferty the current director. There will have to be some extra financial support from the townships to help cover the cost of this training period as Danielle Dedloff will begin her training right away.

Danielle Dedloff, the new BIEMS Executive Director

(It is not possible for her to complete her education program through North Central Michigan College as paramedic in training, work a full time job, and also train as EMS director, so those that have seen Danielle cooking at Stoney Acre will be sad to see her leave that position to take on this new position.)

Video of the Peaine Special Meeting

Waste Managment Request by Angel LeFevre


Peaine Hall Cleaning Appolintment


NRESC Grant Letter of Approval


Enter of board into closed session


Discussion and Appointment of Danielle Dedloff


Voting Inspector Appointment


Public and Board Comments


Local EMS Has Continuing Education Training

(photo courtesy of Jim Stambaugh. Thank you, Jim!)

Included in this training Sunday, January 22, 2012, were the topics of spinal injury and spinal immobilization, short board extrication from a vehicle, and management of chest injuries. The day was a marathon of education and practical application of several skills. It was divided into four two hour sessions running from 8-10 a.m., 10-12 a.m., 1-3 p.m., and 3-5 p.m. Many thanks to Tim McDonough of McDonough's Market for the donation of some supplies needed to provide those present with training in Needle Decompression of a Tension Pneumothorax.

Each participant was required to be the lead person in accomplishing the practical skills necessary including patient assessment as well treatment based upon the assessment. Each participant was required to participate in the needle decompression training as well. Beaver Island EMS members in four levels participated in these training sessions: medical first responders, basic EMTs, paramedics, and paramedic instructors.

Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner

On Saturday night, January 21, 2012, approximately 120 people came to Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Dannys to help celebrate the Chinese New Year, although a couple of days early. The food for the evening was definitely oriental in nature with many favorite dishes set up in a buffet style. The many dishes were *CHICKEN VEGETABLE DELUXE-Far East *SZECHUAN BEEF-Far East *CURRY CHICKEN-Kyoto *SHRIMP CANTONESE-Far East *CHICKEN & MUSHROOMS-Oriental *SESAME BEEF-Oriental *BUDDHA'S DELIGHT (Vegan)-Kyoto & Oriental *FRIED RICE *STEAMED RICE *VEGETABLE EGG ROLLS *FIVE SPICE CHICKEN RINGS *EGG DROP SOUP *HOT MUSTARD SAUCE *SWEET-N-SOUR SAUCE *GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES and *FORTUNE COOKIES.

Surprised cook at the Chinese New Year Dinner

And good food and a good time was had by all!

2012 Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration Video


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

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Check out the following link to help with this project



Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Senior Center Activities January

COA Menu for January

Senior Center Activities February

COA Menu for February

St. James Township Meeting, January 4, 2011

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

View video of the meeting HERE

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

Comments on the St. James Recreation Plan

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

Recreation Plan Comments

DRAFT-St. James Recreation Plan

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

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

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

St. James Recreation Plan Survey Results

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

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

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

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

Expired Subscriptions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click HERE for Agenda for joint meeting.

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

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

Click HERE to view video

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

Powers' Do It Best Teams Up with BI Animal Fund

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

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

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

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

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


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

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

2012 Beaver Island Marathon May Not Take Place


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

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

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

Chamber of Commerce Selects New Officers

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

New Chamber president Rachel Teague

Diane McDonough

Whiskey Point Light Committee Receives Restoration Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peaine Township Board Meeting, January 11, 2012

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

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

Link to video of this meeting

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

March 17

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 10 a.m.


NRESC Meetings in February

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

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


Birthdays This Week


Monday, January 16th: Olivia Cary,

Tuesday, January 17th: Dennis Moline

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

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

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

Saturday, January 21st:

Sunday, January 22nd: Mac Patrick Connaghan McPherson

The Winter Town Trek:

Canceled until Spring

Fun and frolic for food and fairness

Support the Beaver Island Food Pantry!

thebeaverisland99@rocketmail.com .

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

February 16, 2012

March 15, 2012

April 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

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

Human Services Commission Brochure

Mammograms Save Lives

With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,

at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without

a mammogram.

Please call the Beaver Island Health Center

for more information 



Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

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

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

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

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

March 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

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

February 20, 2012

March 19, 2012

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

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

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

Flu Shots Available

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