B. I. News on the 'Net, January 24-February 3, 2014

From Libby Struik

My dad, Bruce Struik, wanted me to pass along that he is currently in Munson Medical Center (has been for a week). Unfortunately his prostate cancer spread to his spine.Please take a walk for him! He is currently receiving radiation and will soon figure out the next step as more radiation/chemo.
His current address is : Munson Medical Center
ATTN Bruce Struik Room 4606A 1105 Sixth St. Traverse City MI 49684

Thank you!
Libby Struik

Karen Johnson, New Trustee

Karen Johnson, a Beaver Island resident was part of a Charlevoix County Leadership Program. This provided her the opportunity to network and discuss important issues with her fellow trainees. This program is obviously a wonderful program, and Beaver Island News on the 'Net is a proud contributor to the leadership program. Karen was recently appointed to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation as one of four new trustees. Congratulations, Karen Tritsch Johnson.

Islanders versus Lakers, Friday, January 31

One of the best and definitely one of the closest basketball games in the history of the Northern Lights League took place on Friday, January 31, 2014, on Beaver Island at the school gym. This game was close. The play was amazing, and both teams played hard for the whole game.

Alex started out shooting and dribbling and shooting some more.

Jewell shoots.........Simeon battles for position.......Alex drives

Jewell's jumper.........Alex's jumper.........Ron's three pointer

On the defense........Alex with a short jumper.......Jewell, a longer jump shot

Fouled, but no call.......On the defense.......Nick shoots

Jump shots: ...Alex..................Jewell...............Nick

Ronnie's shot..............Simeon's foul shot.......Ronnie's shoots another

Half time Score


Skye tumbling

Sveta tumbles

Beaver Island Cheerleading Squad

More tumbling

Second Half Begins

Alex drives...............and shoots...................Alex with a steal

Alex boxed in...................Drives.......................Fouled

Simeon trying to get position....Alex jumper.........Jewell's jumper

Third Quarter Score-Islanders behind by eight points

Jewell shoots................Ronnie shoots.............Alex with a short shot

The Islanders started to make their baskets. The Islanders started to play serious defense. The Lakers' shots began missing their mark. The Lakers began to foul out of the game.

Ronnie shoots a foul shot.......Ronnie shoots a long jumper........Nick is fighting for possession of the ball

Ronnie shoots..........Defense fails on Laker steal..............Nick shoots

The game gets close in score 30-31

Nick shoots from the corner........Simeon works to get into position.........A Laker trap

Ronnie shoots a three pointer........Alex shoots a jumper......Simeon gets rebound and shoots

Islanders take the lead....Lakers get desperate and foul......Nick shoots a foul shot

Good defense, Islanders.........Simeon with position..........Nick shoots foul shot

The score is close once again.

Fighting for a tie game. Time for overtime.

Fighting for the win

Overtime number 2

Overtime number 3

Alex drives once..................twice................... Simeon ready for a rebound

Nick shoots

Islanders WIN!

Video of the game can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Phragmites Control

No, Thank You!

by Cindy Ricksgers

We sent letters out, before the end of last year, to property owners who are impacted by invasive Phragmites on Beaver Island.

We detailed the steps we’ve been taking to handle the problem, and requested continued support of our efforts.

This is my first year in this position; I didn’t know what to expect.

Times are hard; money is tight; the holiday season always brings a mailbox full of requests for donations.

I understand!

Still, the response has been tremendous.

What followed our mailing was a steady stream of envelopes.

What they revealed was not only support of the work that we are doing, but generosity and kindness of spirit.

Christmas cards, personal notes and letters repeatedly offered gratitude and approval of our efforts to stop the spread of this invasive species.

I’m not only pleased by the generosity of monetary donations, but awed by all of you who also took the time to write a note of encouragement.

The money will help to fund our work, and is also instrumental as a show of backing when we apply for grant funding.

I am heartened by your confidence and encouragement.

I’ve sent out a few letters in response to specific questions or concerns. I’m sorry I can’t thank each one personally.

Honestly, it means so much to know we have your backing to continue our good work.

Thank you!

Joe Dillingham Passes Away

Mr. Dillingham Passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 after a short illness. Age 92 years. He was born June 21, 1921 in Boaz, Kentucky to Felix and Sammie (Harrell) Dillingham. He graduated from Boaz High School in their last graduating class and attended Murray College. Joe moved to Michigan in the 1930’s and spent the rest of his life here. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific Theatre.

He spent several years on Beaver Island working at a variety of jobs before starting the Beaver Island Telephone Company which was the beginning of his career in the telephone industry. He retired from Continental Telephone Company in Pinconning in 1981. He served as a CWA union steward for several years in Caro and Pinconning.

He married Marilyn (Jeanie) Gifford on January 24, 1970 at her parents home in St. Louis, Michigan. They had just celebrated their 44Th. Anniversary. Joe enjoyed woodworking, bird watching, photography and computers.

Joe is survived by his wife, Jeanie; one daughter, Gale (Kent) Jones of Davison; one son, Dale Dillingham of Belding; grandsons, Jared Nickel of Beaverton and Joey Dillingham of Belding; great granddaughters, Kadence and Ava Nickel. He is also survived by one sister, Lou Jean (W.B.) Ford; two brothers, Jimmy (Imogene) Dillingham and Don (Glenda) Dillingham; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joanne Gifford, Janice (George) Kilborn and Dan Bayerd. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Lois Gifford and one sister-in-law, Jackie Bayerd.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brent Raap for his care over many years, the nursing staff at McLaren 6 East for their care and patience, the wonderful Hospice people, Terri, Ben, Michelle, Trisha and Len for all their help and understanding and Jacinda and Paul Wackerle for all they’ve done to make things easier. At the request of Mr. Dillingham cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. Friends may call at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. and until the time of services. Memorial cards for the Library of Michigan Foundation, which supplied books on tape for him for so many years, will be available at the funeral home

January Live Streaming Video Report

In January the Live Streaming Video Project reached two hundred sixty-three (263) unique IP addresses, which represents a minimum of 263 people. If two people were watching at each IP address, that would be over five hundred people watching events take place on Beaver Island in the month of January alone. This includes viewings from the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and Paraguay as well as views from twenty differenct states and one province, Ontario, Canada.

In Michigan, there were viewings from Marquette, Frederic, Mt. Pleasant, New Baltimore, Ypsilanti, Hopkins, Manistee, Ecorse, Owosso, Paradise, Traverse City, Holland, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Farmington, Lansing, and Saginaw besides Beaver Island.

Beaver Island News on the Net is seeking sponsors of this wonderful service of providing live video on the Internet for those who are unable to be on the Island for these Beaver Island events. While the subscriber fees and donations help to defray the costs of a streaming video server, they help with only 20% of the actual costs of providing the live streaming and on-demand video of these Beaver Island events. This statement is not a complaint, but is seeking help to continue this service.

There are a few ways that the live streaming video could be financed. BINN could seek more donations, could require a donation to be able to view the live events, or could determine a fee per event. BINN prefers not to go to the last step of a pay-per-view because that opens up even more issues. That being said, something has to change due to an approximate $4000 loss in the calendar year of 2013 just for the live streaming and on-demand video portion of the services provided by News on the 'Net.

Ideas are welcome. Send your ideas to medic5740@gmail.com

Historic events have been archived, which also places a burden on the live streaming video server costs. One of the things that could happen is the elimination of the archived video to help lower the costs related to this operation. You can view these historic events from 2000-2012 (soon to be joined by 2013) at http://beaverislandnewsarchives. com which contains a search engine to help locate the events that you may be interested in.

BINN would like to expand the audience of the live streaming. Some ideas are: a Friday afternoon live broadcast and on-demand video from Beaver Island Community School to notify the viewers of the upcoming events at the school, a live streaming of the Beaver Island Music Festival in part or in entirety, a live streaming of Baroque on Beaver events, St. Patrick's Day games, 4th of July activities, and many more. BINN would also like to improve the quality of the video to HD video.

You can help by donating to the live streaming project: You can also help by renewing your BINN subscription or subscribing to BINN or consider giving a gift subscription.

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

Wrestle and Hassle to Count the Passel of Blue-jays at the Feeder

From a count of forty blue-jays, not certain of the count due to the flit and flutter and fast movement of these birds, the area around the intersection of Carlisle Road and Kings Highway, known as Moore's Wildlife Bistro, Moore's Frog Farm (actually registered with the Charlevoix County Clerk), and other names, to only one blue-jay at the top of the highest pine tree in the area, this provides a great deal of entertainment for two dogs and three cats, as well as two adult humans. There have been twelve rock doves on the ground underneath the sunflower seed feeder and so many blue-jays that you can't count them, as well as many chicadees and purple finches.

It is very interesting to see the variety of birds, but also causes a wonder at what causes the feeders to be completely empty once in a great while. Is it because of the merlin or pigeon hawk, flying in the area or some other bird of prey? The crows, at least one raven, the turkeys, and the other birds mentioned above are also quite busy with the corn spread out in the driveway. After Lil Gregg's experience of last year where forty-two squirrels were captured in an attempt to keep them out of her house, the Bistro is attempting to chase away the squirrels, so a search for methods of accomplishing this was undertaken.

A brief period of familiar slingshot attempts were not successful. The old eyes and loss of coordination over these many years made for very little success.

The non-violent atmosphere portrayed by the Bistro in welcoming birds was challenged by finding a method to scare away the squirrels without permanently scaring the birds away. As the editor sat in his chair working on video, a memory from more than fifty years ago came flooding back into the brain. How does that happen? Nevermind, the memory included a young neighbor named Eddie Hendricks getting a bb-gun for his birthday. He used it to hunt squirrels, but the squirrels were never murdered. The worst that every happened was that they were stunned for a while, but then eventually recovered and ran off. The memory includes chasing them out of their garden, but it's not clear enough to determine why the squirrels were trying to get into their garden. Perhaps they were after strawberries?

So the sixty-three year old squirrel-chaser want-a-be decided it was time to get a bb-gun. The hardware store here on Beaver Island sells some pretty powerful pellet guns. There were two old-fashioned bb-guns. Not desiring to kill the squirrels and not desiring to lose composure, get angry, and pump the pellet gun too many times, the bb-gun became the weapon of choice.

So, if you are driving past the Bistro on your way to Stoney Acres or the Pub and you see a gun barrel sticking out of the window closest to the tall cedar hedge, don't be surprised or concerned. It's just the sixty-three year old owner of the Bistro trying become a ten-year-old squirrel hunter of the past.

Another interesting thing is the number of words that are considered synonyms of the word "passel". Here are the b-word synonyms: band, bank, batch, battery, block, and bunch. That would be a band, bank, batch, battery, block, or bunch of bluejays. Try to say that five times fast.

BICS Basketball vs Mackinaw Island

The Islanders and Lady Islanders played hard this past weekend. The cheerleaders cheered hard and loud. The spectators cheered and yelled and felt proud of both the Lady Islanders and the Islanders. Somewhere over a hundred individuals (based upon 100 unique IP addresses) watching the Friday and/or Saturday basketball games. (See article above)

The Lady Islanders were out-run and out-shot by a much more physically aggressive Lady Laker team on both Friday and Saturday. The spectators still showed their support to the Lady Islanders even though they were defeated in both contests, Friday and Saturday.

The Islanders played quite well even with some passing issues. Both the Friday night game and the Saturday morning games were very close. Congratulations Islanders for your win on Friday night! The Saturday morning game was even closer. Friday, Islanders win by two points. Saturday, Islanders lose by one point.

Pictures of Friday night games and video for all four games will be available once it is processed.

Airport Commission Meeting, February 1, 2014

The Airport Commission meeting schedule today started just a little late while the commission waited to have a quorum. The meeting continued with the quorum, and the minutes were approved and one item was added to the agenda. Only one piece of mail was discussed by the committee as it was the only written communication. There was a short terminal building committee report. The new airport terminal lease received extensive discussion, and the plan was to make some changes before the next meeting on April 5, 2013, before it was sent off to the lawyer for his comments and suggested changes. The discussion on the minimum standards at the Beaver Island Airport was tabled due to Mike Scripps absence from this meeting.

The airport commission had an in depth discussion of the budget for the April 2014-March 2015 Budget. After much discusson, it was decided to write up the budget as discussed, and then this budget was approved with the changes discussed so that it could be presented to the townships. A short report on the progress of the seven trees needed to be removed or topped to maintain the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport was given.

Rachel Teague gave her Airport Manager report which included that all necessary operations at the airport was up and working. The fueling station was repaired and available after being down for a short period of time.

With no public comment and no commissioner comment, the adjourned.

Video of this meeting HERE.

Airport Terminal Progress

The pictures taken were labeled around the building Choose the number in the table below to see the picture.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Video Walk Through


William “Rick” Patrick Andrew

William “Rick” Patrick Andrew, 66, of Traverse City, passed away on January 21st, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. Rick was the son of the late William and Amy Andrew and grew up in Southfield, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan, then earned a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a Ph.D from Penn State University. He was a professor of Finance at Penn State for 37 years. Rick enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, summers on Beaver Island, Michigan, and keeping a very close eye on the stock market. Rick is survived by his wife, Janine, his daughter Jamie, brothers Brian (Vicky) Andrew, Gary (Jean Braxton) Andrew, sister Joan (Peter) Cristiano, and cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements are with Life Story Funeral Home in Traverse City. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring, when he will be buried at The Bohemian Cemetery on Old Mission Peninsula. Memorial contributions may be made to: Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Road Suite D, Traverse City, MI 49686 Rick cared deeply about those closest to him โ€“ his family and friends. His depth of character and trustworthy nature made him a source of support and reliability for those who loved him most. For that, and many other fine qualities, he will always be remembered.ย 


BRIAN REED CRUICKSHANK, age 60, passed away on January 27, 2014. He resided in Royal Oak for 36 years and was formerly of Clawson. Beloved husband of Deborah Nee: Ullmann. The couple was married 40 years. Loving father of Angela and dear brother of Dan and Scott (Patty). Loving son of William "Bud" and Barbara Cruickshank. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews and predeceased by brothers, Bill and Grant.

Brian was a passionate man, who was in love with his family and his projects. He believed in working hard and giving back to those in need. It's difficult to describe how supportive and proud a father and loving and thoughtful a husband he was. Brian is and was an unforgettable spirit with a tender heart and rough hands.

In Memory of Brian Cruickshank, memorial donations can be made directly to United Way of Sanilac County P.O. Box 245, Lexington, MI 48450.


by Paul Cole

Years ago, when snow piled high around doors and windows, and people kept warm with a wood stove, winters were filled with "sometimes". People would venture out into the cold island air for a bit....

Sometimes it was to go to the bar,
Sometimes it was to ice fish,
Sometimes it was to check in on someone ill,
Sometimes to catch a house party that came up on "the party line".
Sometimes it was for adventures with snowmobile safaris to the south end with warm chili around a fire,
Sometimes it was for skating after Dickey Doo plowed the ice for us with a bonfire, and to "crack the whip", hanging on for dear life.
Other times bonfires at night, sledding down Mt. Pisgah with four or five in to a sled,
Sometimes it was to dance to Jim Reeves at Madonna’s or to Lorainne singing a tune,
Sometimes it was to go and listen to Mary Tom recite a poem from memory,
Sometimes it was to go towing, to laugh as we wiped out in the snow.
Most often, it was cards at a house---- playing smear or other games with family and friends.

I recall playing smear down at the pole barn or at my gram's table, and I can still hear her screaming whenever someone stole her "jack" and caused her to look for her flour barrel for a "break" (Now we know it was for a little bit of whiskey!).
The table that is at Lefts house holds many "sometimes" too, back when it was Ket and Maryann's. So glad it is still in the "loop". Corneil Gatliff was visiting years ago and said, "That was the best table on the Island for playing cards...if it could only talk...Ket and Maryann had the stories, I loved walking down and playing cards night after night for a penny."
Winter is harsh, hard and draining at times. Hang on everybody, and just play your cards, dance to Jim Reeves, and head to the bar with some friends whether your on an island or in the middle of the city.

Always look for "sometimes" to create with your kids and friends. Our parents created "sometimes" for us to pass on, and I'll be eternally thankful for that.

From Stoney Acres

STONEY SPECIALS Jan 29-Feb 2 w/Happy Hour Daily 2-6
Regal Spring TILAPI-Grilled or Fried-$12
WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY-$1 off any glass, $3 off House Btl, $5 off List Bottle.
For ALL those snowed in for $2 Tuesday...we're doing $2 THURSDAY All Day/All Night this week!
JIM'S PIZZA for purchase 4-8:30, Carry Out or Eat IN...phone your order in and have it ready when you are...YUM!
Let the GOOD TIMES ROLL...at Stoney & the PUB!

Old B. I. Airport Terminal----Bids Accepted

See BIAC Bid Document

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

This morning a little after 10 a.m., the representatives from Mead and Hunt arrived at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss several topics with the BIAC. The consultant firm Mead and Hunt's representatives had left Lansing in an aircraft flying to Beaver Island. The meeting was slightly delayed due to the weather and the desire to get as many airport commission members present as possible.

The first topic on the agenda of this meeting was the needed tree clearing to maintain the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport. It is difficult to get this approach back if it was lost. The example given was the fourteen month time frame for another airport that had lost their approach. This example was plenty to get the airport commission aware of the importance of this particular topic.

(Thanks to Rod Nettleman for the PDFs from Mead and Hunt and Elaine West for the forwarded documents)

PAPI Obstacle Clearance Surface(OCS) is one plane surface that must be accomodated to satisfy the Federal Aviation Administration. The PAPI OCS provides a pilot with a minimum approach clearance for the pilot landing at the airport. This is just one surface that the Mead and Hunt representative presented. To meet these requirements to maintain the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport, there are three trees that need to be cut down or topped. Two of these trees are on the property of the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, and one of these trees is on the property owned by Bob Banville. Mead and Hunt PDF HERE See graphic HERE

The second surface discussed was from FAR, Part 77, for the SAFE, EFFICIENT USE, AND PRESERVATION OF THE NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. This plane surface would require additional trees be removed or topped from the properties mentioned above and one tree from another property owner. The two trees from Paradise Bay Coffee Shop property would need to be removed or topped as above in the description above in the paragraph above. It would require additional three trees be removed or topped from Bob Banville's property and one from the Garthwaite property. Mead and Hunt PDF HERE. See graphic HERE

Perhaps everyone was amazed that this small number of trees were those that were required to be removed or topped. The total was only seven trees in the most demanding plan. This was certainly much less that most had thought. That statement does not minimize the rights of the property owners, but just relates that this is certainly not as many as thought. This process needs to be completed as soon as possible to prevent loss of the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport. It also must be completed so that this new information can be uploaded to the FAA. It also has to be completed before April 1st due to the Migratory Bird Act. The funding, if needed, for this removal or topping of trees must be funded from local funds because the federal process of funding takes too long.

These tree removals are necessary, not only to maintain the night approach, but also for any improvement, such as a WAAS approach, at the Beaver Island Airport. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is an air navigation aid developed by the Federal Aviation Administration to augment the Global Positioning System (GPS), with the goal of improving its accuracy, integrity, and availability. Essentially, WAAS is intended to enable aircraft to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, including precision approaches to any airport within its coverage area. The idea of this improved approach using WAAS is that it improves the ability to fly emergency medical patients off the island when the weather is bad.

Next, the representative from Mead and Hunt spoke about the airport apron expansion, its location, and the timing needed. This led into a discussion of the Kings Highway paving project, and how this would determine the timeline for the apron expansion. Also discussed was the new access road, to be completed by the Charlevoix County Road Commission, played into the timing of the apron expansion as well. One of the issues related to this apron expansion included the fact that no one really knows when the 2014 federal funds would become available.

Mead and Hunt PDF of Airport Apron Expansion

Also related to this apron expansion was that the existing terminal building sits on part of the apron for this expansion project. The BIAC was working on this and reported that progress on this moving along quite well. It was a complex contract that had to cover everything, and wasn't currently in final form.

Mead and Hunt also reported on the necessity of bidding out the airport commission consultant position. Mead and Hunt presented a draft selection process to the airport commission. It was noted that a consultant could be selected from a Statement of Qualifications, and that interviews were not necessary. The airport commission needs to determine a time frame for this process.

The meeting adjourned with another committee meeting to take place after this one.

BINN live streamed this meeting on beaverisland.tv, and recorded the meeting for on demand video viewing for subscribers.

View Video of this meeting HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

I take a little pink pill each morning, to regulate my thyroid.

I’m not much for taking pills, generally.

I take aspirin for headache. If I start getting leg cramps, I’ll take magnesium for a while. I’ve learned to take 600 milligrams of ibuprofen the minute I feel my back go out. Now and then I start a daily vitamin and baby aspirin regimen, but I forget, and neglect to form a regular habit of it.

The pink pill, I remember.

Without it, my skin dries out and my hair and nails become brittle. Without it, my cholesterol levels go all out of control. My energy level drops. Depression blankets me.

The pill does exactly what it is supposed to do.

It also strips my body of calcium. That’s a well known side-effect of the prescription drug, and I knew it going in.

I come from a family of strong-boned women.....yet I have osteoporosis.

My little dog, Rosa Parks, has severe allergies.

I inject her, every ten days, with a serum made specifically for her. It contains the essence of the many things she is allergic to, so that her body will build up defenses against them. It’s a lifetime commitment, but her little life is worth it.

Usually in about 24 hours after receiving her dose, she starts to get uncomfortable. Her ears get yeasty and itchy; her eyes water. They are the same symptoms, but in smaller measure, that she would exhibit all the time, without the treatment. If she becomes too miserable, there are other things I can give her to counteract the discomfort.

They come with their own side-effects.

It’s a balance we strike.

My little sister Nita--my cute little sister who can make me laugh like nobody else in the whole world--starts chemotherapy today.

Her prospects are dire. Knowing it wouldn’t save her, she didn’t want treatment.

She knows what a challenge it would be!

The doctors spoke to her about time, and quality of life, and comfort.

They assured her she could stop at any time.

They convinced her to try.

Yesterday--a long day for her--she had a port put in, for administering the chemicals. She went for her first radiation treatment after that.

Today, she will receive her first chemotherapy.

I’m not thinking of Nita in the hospital bed.

I’m thinking of Nita, standing strong like a warrior, in her raggedy wide-leg bell-bottom jeans with her long dark hair showing glints of red highlights in the sunshine and a big smile on her freckly face.

I’m not thinking of the toxins being introduced into her system. I am thinking of those chemicals as soldiers, every one, dressed in white with silver swords blazing, marching in to fight the disease.

We find the balance.

Visit Cindy's Blog HERE

From the Chamber of Commerce

2013 Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

Here is the nomination form for 2013 Citizen of the year. The nomination deadline is April 4 and the awards banquet is set for May 17th. Additional banquet information will follow in late February. As usual there are many great candidates and the Chamber directors will have a challenge selecting one for the 2013 award. Now is a great time to start talking with friends about who would make a great nominee.

Nomination Form HERE

NEW Board Member

The Chamber directors accepted with regret the resignation from the board of long time director Pat Anderson. By unanimous vote the board wishes to thank Pat for her many years of service. Jean Kinsley was selected to replace Pat for the remainder of her term. Jean is a real estate broker with Prudential Preferred Properties.

More Winter Pictures

Empty downtown with hardware, Shamrock, community center, Chamber--all closed

Coming and going at Willy Schmidts'

Loader-piled snow with drifting by Welke Airport headed to Four Corners

Evergreens at the Four Corners

Shapes of trees shown covered with snow

In a driveway looking for a corn dinner



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 โ€“ Fri 11am โ€“ 5pm

Sat 11am โ€“ 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!

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!



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


2:ย  Pastor Don Sinclair
9:ย  Pastor Howard Davis
16 and 23:ย  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 funยญfilled 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),ย  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.),ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ______ (AmVets)

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When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Birding Trail Group Receives Grant

Chili Cook-Off

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” โ€“ as in “I have beenย rambling around in the woods” โ€“ 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 โ€“ briefly โ€“ considered replacing the “g” with an apostropheโ€ฆas 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 Christmasโ€ฆgot worse when she expected to get betterโ€ฆwent finally to the hospitalโ€ฆand 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 yesterdayโ€ฆis having more tests and procedures todayโ€ฆand 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


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.ย  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 coordinationย  or performing arts experience-Required; Knowledge of Orchestral Layouts-Required; Ability to Read Music-Required; Strong organizational abilities-Required; Ability to work both collaborativelyย  independently and multi-task under deadline-Required
A complete job description and a list of qualifications are available atย 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.

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!)




Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

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!


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

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 yearย 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:ย Mark your calendar for the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend!ย 
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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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:ย  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, MIย  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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