B. I. News on the 'Net, January 31-February 6, 2011

Forest View Senior Housing Project

On Friday, February 4, 2011, there were several 'strangers' at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Community Education Room. They were meeting to sign paperwork for the work completed, to view the work completed, and to discuss the project. Most Island people would not know who these visitors were. There are several pictures below of the meeting. Some of the faces are familiar, but some are not, so a short interview was completed by all those willing to participate.

Preparing for the meeting......passing documents for signatures.....discussion taking place.....Pete sings the papers.....Barbara Murphy listens intently

......................Architect shows latest rendition....Rick Speck looks on......USDA representative.....State inspector discusses.......Pete and Ray look at progress........USDA rep and Ann discuss possible funding

Changes in the building include drywall on the ceiling, insulated fresh air ducts, and openings for plumbing, etc.................Don Spencer......................Julie Gardner

Meet Those Working to See This Project to Completion


Forest View Apartment Homes

One and two bedroom spacious apartment homes and 1 bedroom barrier free apartment homes are soon to be available. Applications to rent this Beaver Island new senior housing are now available. They are available at the Community Center, the rural health center, and the library. These application should be mailed to the management company at:

KMG Prestige, Attention: Jane Crawford, 3390 Pine Tree Road, Lansing, Michigan 48911

Live worry free in an elderly community with elderly being defined as 62 years of age or older or disable of any age. These apartments have head and electric included, geothermal heating, water, sewer, and trash removal are also included. There is a community lounge for entertaining, an on-site laundry facility, and lawn care and snow removal is also included. There will be indoor mail delivery, lots of extra storage, and 24 hour emergency maintenance.

Rental rates are set by federal guidelines and are projected to be $567 for one bedroom and $629 for two bedroom. This includes the utilities. The housing construction is projected to be ready for occupancy by June 1, 2011.

These apartment homes are located next to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Call Jane today at 989-721-7254 or Pete at 231-448-2004 for more information.

Islander Basketball

The Beaver Island Community School basketball teams will be traveling to Mackinac Island to play today and tomorrow, February 4th and 5th. There are quite a few Island residents going to cheer them on. Those that can't travel to Mackinac will also have good thoughts for the Islanders. Rumor has it that the Mackinac teams are having a Homecoming celebration for the Islanders. Hopefully, BINN will be able to have some coverage of this event early next week.

UPDATE: Rumor has it that the girls and the boys lost on Friday night. Then just the boys won on Saturday morning. We look forward to posting scores when they are available.

St. James Township Meeting, February 2, 2011

St. James Township Board Votes to Remove NRETC Support

The usual regular business including approval of the previous meeting minutes and approval of the bills was accomplished quite quickly at the Wednesday night meeting of the St. James Township Board, but the audience of twenty members were sitting quite impatiently awaiting the topic of the night, the NRETC. The Northern Islander had gathered information and provided this information to the board members. It was fairly obvious from the tone of the meeting that began with the reading of correspondence that something was going to happen.

The business of passing a motion to meet in Joint Session with Peaine Township on February 7, 2011, at Peaine Township Hall, at 1 p.m. to discuss the airport property settlement agreement was quickly concluded. The meeting dates for the Board of Review on 3/14/11 and a second day of Board of Review 3/18/11 were passed. Board members and audience members alike stated how pleased they were with the current assessor, who found more than ten structures that were not previously on the tax roles of St. James Township and added up to 1.3 million dollar value. The board passed a motion to authorize Supervisor Rick Speck to sign a contract with AD Assessing for the next three years. The board spoke with Doug Tilly about his Zoning Administrator performance as required.

Then Jeff Powers presented a Wildlife Certification Report to request approval of the St. James Township Board. His presentation indicated the agreement of the Beaver Island Conservation Club, the DNRE, and the Wildlife Club agreement on this plan. The Board approved their paperwork unanimously.The content of these documents are HERE.

This discussion lead right into the main topic of the meeting--Township Support of the NRETC. Every Board member commented on the actions taken by the Sandra Birdsall as chairperson of the NRETC without knowledge of the membership of that organization., They also commented on the actions Jack Gallagher who signed his letter as "Peaine Township Supervisor." The comments suggested sincere anger at these individuals who "did this without the approval of the township boards or the other members of the NRETC.

After many comments on this issue, a motion was passed by St. James Township Board, to rescind the motion of the township that created the NRETC, effectively cutting the connection between the NRETC and the St. James Township Board. The action was accompanied by a consensus of: If they want to continue, they can continue as a private organization like the Beaver Island Association.

Video of this meeting available HERE

More Winter BICS Activity

This group was caught playing hockey, not hookey, down on the harbor ice in front of the playground, the Jewell Gillespie Memorial Park. It didn't look like they minded the cold or the wind. It looked like a lot of fun was had as well as some good old-fashioned physical education. It's so nice to see the young people on the Island out enjoying the winter. Whether this was recess or P.E. or just out for some fun, it was great to watch!

Short video clip without tripod of the kids enjoying the ice


Islander Basketball on Saturday the 29th

The Lady Islanders played first thing in the morning. The Lady Islanders were on top of their game again this morning even without the injured Olivia Cary, who hurt her ankle in the game the night before. The Lady Islanders never lost their lead. Here are some scores from throughout the game. Lady Islanders win 49 over the Ojibwe Eagles 15.

Video Highlights of the Girls' Game on Saturday


Did these ladies decide to were the same sweatshirt or what??

The Islanders must have gotten completely worn out the night before, and they gave the team from Petoskey a good run for their money. The Petoskey team was playing much more aggressively on Saturday morning with a lot of pushing going on on both sides. This aggressive Barnstormer play could not be matched by our Islanders, who are not used to this level of pushing and shoving. However, the Islanders played with all they had and good sportsmanship as well. Here are the scores throughout this game.

Video Highlights of the Boys' Game on Saturday


Frustrations in Paradise-An Editorial by Joe Moore

In a couple of years, there may not be a need to choose a Beaver Island Citizen of the Year. Why? Read about it below.

There seems to be a trend on Beaver Island to make it just like the big city. Beaver Island used to have fund raisers at the Holy Cross Hall to raise money for one charity or another. Beaver Island used to have fifty-fifty raffles for the same purpose. Beaver Island used to have an atmosphere of trust and caring and a willingness to work together. I'm not sure what of this spirit remains in today's society of “keeping up with the mainland.” There used to be a general consensus that we trusted our local government leaders to do “what is best for the entire Island.” I'm not sure that this still exists either. We used to be able to help take care of our friends and neighbors and get them the help they needed when they needed it. Now, we are prevented from helping them by some rule or some threat or some fear.

Every situation that I have encountered in the last year seems to come up with a cement block wall that prevents the “good” thing from happening. Can you imagine the crazy world that does not allow a person to volunteer to help the community? The first thing that brought me to this scary place was the concern over raising money for some very needy organizations, charitable organizations of Beaver Island. “You can't do that because someone may sue us,” the head of one of the organizations stated. “We can't have anything to do with this because the lawyers tell us we might be liable for damages.” So a well-intentioned fund raising effort for three Island charities went busted due to fear.

Another situation of goodwill went haywire when a local business wanted to help out and raise money for helping women out when they may have breast cancer. Someone turned them in, and they almost lost their livelihood.

One person wanted to volunteer to help out at the rural health center. “The accountant isn't comfortable with (a person) not getting paid. We do get audited.” So, the fear of violation of some rule is now preventing volunteering. Everyone seems to be “a little gun shy.” So now you can't even volunteer to help out without the fear getting in the way. This is just a little microcosm of the mainland now. Everyone on the mainland operates on the fear of getting sued.

I long for the days when you could do a good deed without worrying about who was going to get mad because you took money out of their pocket. I long for the days when a neighbor could come over and help you out without you being afraid that the neighbor might get hurt and sue you for damages. I long for the days when a sincere desire to help out your community was seen as a good thing, and people thanked you for these efforts. I long for the day when people could put together an activity without worrying about how much money they might lose in the effort. I long for the Holy Cross Hall parties where everyone got together to just have a potluck dinner just for the sake of getting everyone together to socialize. And, it didn't matter which church you attended. Now, the divisiveness is rampant.

And, then we have some that don't know any other way to accomplish something other than bullying. If everything doesn't go their way, then the crap hits the blower, and blood pressures rise, and there is not room to compromise. What happened to sitting down with a few people and working out a compromise? Instead we have people asking others to reveal everything including personal communications about a specific topic. For a while there, I thought I was back teaching elementary music in the local school with kids fighting with other kids over who hit whom, when, and where. There is a middle ground in every disagreement, and reaching an agreement is what most adults do instead of squabbling over not getting your own way.

I can't even imagine what the previous generation thinks of all of this, assuming they can look down on what we are doing today. These old-timers, who put in a whole lot of effort to make this a wonderful place to live with love and trust being the main rules of law, must be sitting up there wondering what in the world happened to their Island. If every decision one makes is based upon whether or not someone will sue someone else, there can be no Beaver Island as we used to know it.

It is pretty sad when you can't even volunteer to help your community without the threat of a lawsuitor a threat of losing your license hanging over your head. The lawyers who are pressing this as a reason not to do something must not know that volunteerism is what keeps Beaver Island functioning. So where do we go from here? I'm open to suggestions. Maybe that's been the plan all along---scare everyone out of volunteering. What do we accomplish by doing this?

I've never heard this before, but this is what I'm being told right now. We can't allow you to volunteer to help us because the liability insurance will only cover employees, not volunteers. You can't even be an unpaid helper anymore. This is truly sad. What does this tell our children? What does this tell the next generation who will be running things when we get older?

Let's get rid of this fear tactic right now. Let's figure out how to undo the use of the fear tactic to force us into doing things the mainland way. Let's put a stop to the bullying and the threatening. Otherwise, we will lose a lot of our services that are accomplished by volunteers instead of paid employees. We simply can't afford to pay for every good deed that needs to be done.

Winter Computer Class at BICS

Click HERE to see the flier

A Microsoft Excel Workshop is being offered at BICS for all levels, click above

Once again, we will be offering computer classes for adults.  The winter class will be BEGINNING EXCEL (Spreadsheets).  If you have no experience, you will begin with the basics.  If you have  some experience, you will be able to start where you are  comfortable.    Should you miss a class, you will not “fall behind”.  The classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesday s from 5:30—6:30  pm starting Wed, Feb 16 thru Wed, March 9.  (Note:  If these days/dates don't work, call Connie and depending on others who sign up, perhaps we can make changes to the schedule!  Please note: no class on March 2 .)

The cost for the class is $25.  Please make checks payable to “BICS” (Beaver Island Community School).  You may bring your payment to the first class.


Questions? Call Connie Boyle at school (448-2744) or home (448-2491)                              or email:  connieb@bics.us


Senior Dinner on January 27th

Thirty-two seniors attended the Sunday Senior Dinner at the Beaver Island Community Center. The menu included meatballs and sauce over noodles. The numbers may have been down a little due to the cold weather, but the dinner at lunch time is still a wonderful way for seniors to get together and socialize. In February, the Senior Dinner is on the 27th again, and will feature spaghetti with meat sauce. If you are out and about and want to have some good conversation over a traditional meal, sign up at the Community Center for the week day lunches and/or the senior dinner.

Trip to the End of the Road

Most summer residents don't have the pleasure of driving to Iron Ore Bay in the winter time. Most would be quite surprised to know that the road is not plowed past Iron Ore Creek, so there is no further a car can go west from Iron Ore Creek. This is truly the end of the road in the winter time. Some of us wonder why the Charlevoix Road Commission plows past the Lighthouse School, when there are no winter residents nor visiting residents from the Lighthouse School to Iron Ore Creek. Someone remarked that the seasonal road doesn't start until you reach the creek, so it has to be plowed anywhere that the road is not designated 'seasonal.' Nevertheless, it is plowed to Iron Ore Creek and any movement west of there would have to be done on snowshoes or by snowmobile.

The day was beautiful with the temperatures in the 20's and the sun shining brightly in the sky. The car started out and headed itself down the Kings Highway, and, at one point, the driver just decided that a trip to the south end was in order on such a beauteous afternoon. Across McCauley to the East Side Road and headed south we were. Something caught the eye of the driver and the car stopped, backed, and this picture was snapped. This deer and its partner were just relaxing in a bed of snow just off the road.

A short stop at the north arm of Lake G was in order. This road was plowed all the way to the landing. It showed very little traffic other than snowmobiles.

Speaking of snowmobiles, way, way out there, there was something moving slowly,yet surely, so a zoom in was in order. There was no way to tell what this way without the digital zoom of the camera.

Continuing on down the East Side Road, you come to a point where the road is very close to the lake and the ice sculptures become easily seen. These are way out there.

The inhabited house are few and far between, but the South Head Lighthouse School, although not in session on this day, is a fairly busy place when in session very soon in February.

Arrival at the destination found Iron Ore Bay very stark and serene. The fixture of the bay was still visible, and the north side of the road revealed a small trickle of water running. You'd have thought that there was very little water moving in this creek by looking only on the northern side of the road, but looking on the south side of the road revealed a more honest evaluation of the amount of the water flowing out to the lake. It almost looked like a kayaker or a row boat out from the creek, but it was just a another ice sculpture.

Well, it was time to turn around and head back north from the end of the road at the south end at Iron Ore Creek, but there were a few more stops to make on the way back to town. Cable's Creek showed plenty of run-off water in it on both sides of the road. There was a frozen swamp on the west side of the road with dots of thawed water and evidence of moving water under the ice. The east side of the road revealed the actual amount of water moving out to the lake.

There were other stops on the way back to town, but the pictures ended here. No one wants to see a picture of a creek without water, so the camera went back into the case to be ready for the next winter adventure.

What is This?

Editor's note: I'm not sure if we have a prank going on or whether this is legitimate. What is this?

From Ken Scoggins:

I was sitting in the kitchen when I saw something move out of the corner of my eye, and I yelled at Betty to get the camera! We don't know what this thing was, but I ran and got my coat and hat and grabbed something to scare it off. The closest thing was my BB gun. I didn't want to shoot it; I just wanted to scare it off. I was yelling at the thing, and it just stood there looking at me. Then it ran off. Betty was able to get a few pictures of it. Has anyone else seen this thing? Can anyone tell what the heck it is???


Update from Ken on February 1st: I enlarged the picture to try and get a better look at this thing. I also went back to where it was to see if there were any distinct footprints in the snow but there wasn't... just drag marks.

BICS Basketball on Friday Night

The Islanders, both girls and boys, played teams from the mainland tonight, Ojibwe for the girls and the Petoskey Barnstormers for the boys. The games started on Friday, January 28, 2011, at 6 p.m. The games on Saturday morning started at 8:30 a.m. We hope you were out to support our Islanders!

Our officials for both games on Friday and both on Saturday

Lady Islanders

The Ojibwe ladies were a scrapping team with very physical play, much different from last year. They were certainly not standing around watching the ball move as our Lady Islanders were moving the ball around quite effectively. The Lady Islanders were on fire on Friday night scoring a total of 59 points in the game against 19 points scored by Ojibwe Eagles. Unfortunately, toward the end of the game, the Lady Islanders lost one of their players to an injury. Olivia Cary, who was on fire throughout the game with excellent passing and good shooting, as well as rebounds, came down after a shot on the foot of an Ojibwe player, possibly putting her out for the rest of the season. These pictures came from video of the game and show the mechanism of her injury.

Olivia C shoots.......her foot comes down on another player's foot....bending her ankle out of normal alignment.....Olivia was in serious pain

The Lady Islanders played very well as a team under the direction of Assistant Coach Greg Cary. The scores at specific points in the game were recorded.

In the first half......,,,,,,,,,..Toward the end of the game

Olivia makes a free throw

Brogan shoots a jumper....Jenna lays one in...........Good rebound, Meg..........Olivia C shoots a jumper..........Olivia C's foul shot...........Olivian C's lay-up

Nice shot, Brogan.....Brighid's lay-up.....Brogan shoots and scores....Meg's shot......Olivia S on the break......Jenna's rebound......Another Brogan score

Brighid on the break.........Olivia S jumper...........Islander ball under the basket..........Brighid jumper........Brighid on defense...........Hannah to shoot......

Nice pass, Jenna............Jumper by Olivia S.........Nice shot........Meg figthts for the rebound......Brogan shoots and scores....Not once, but twice..

Brighid shoots a jumper.....Defense, defense, defense......Oliva C shoot and scores......Nice rebound, Jenna.............Brighid's lay-up......

Ten minute Highlight Video of the Lady Islander game on Friday night



The boys' Islander team here up from a rough match playing against the Petoskey Barnstormers in a scrimmage game. The Barnstormers are the some of the seniors from Petoskey who did not make the Petoskey varsity team, but don't let that mislead you, they were excellent players from a Class B school. The Islanders did an excellent job keeping up with this team under the direction of assistant coach Jeff Connor, but eventually just wore out from the consistent substitutions by the the Barnstormer coach Cody Wilcox, which made the Petoskey team one step up from the Islanders with fresh players in the game most of the time. The Islanders had only two players to sub in and out of the game because the youngest players would have gotten hurt playing against this very well conditioned and much taller and stronger Petoskey Barnstormer team.

Here are the scores of the game on Friday night at specific points in the game:

Caught coming or going.....Shooting and making free throws

Thirteen minute highlights video of the Islander game

Jewell shoots a jumper....Defense, defense, defense....................Doug's layup goes in............Another Doug layup...........Billy's shoots and makes a 3-pointer

Billy puts in a jumper............Ron's inbound lay-up.......Doug sinks another..............Billy from outside.............Jewell hits one...........Gus makes a foul shot

Jewell shoots over the defense.....Billy gets a short jumper....Matt celebrates his lay-up....Gus hits a 3-pointer......

Sweeney's Swamp Snowshoeing

Map of the travels of the snowshoers

On January 27, 2011, Vince Pickardt and Joe Moore began a slightly shorter snowshoeing adventure. This trip was back to Sweeney's Swamp, the Hidden Valley Trail, Father Wren's Trail, to the backside of Font Lake, and out from the Nackerman farm. This trip was uneventful except for encountering snowmobiles first going one way and then coming back at us from the direction they headed in the first place. The conversation that they probably had back at their cabin probably went something like this. "You won't believe what we saw out snowmobiling. There were two old geezers snowshoeing. We don't know where they came from, but when we saw them the first time they were near Hidden Valley. Then we went out behind Font Lake, turned around, and saw them again as we were headed back toward Donegal Bay. They were just moseying along, taking there sweet time, looking at the hills and the trees and the snow. Crazy people can still be found on Beaver Island."

Video Clip of the Snowshoe Trip to Sweeney's Swamp and Back


A snow-cycle.......and snow snakes.......

Sweeney's Swamp.....................................................................We left our marks.

Interesting tree shapes..

Snowmobilers passing by...

Interesting grass at one end of Sweeney's Swamp

Hidden Valley remains of fence.......remains of the cabin......

Photos from Frank Solle of the cabin above and the area in the mid-to-late-1970's

Somewhat natural tree hunting stand...

On the backside of Font Lake....

Leftovers of a bird nest..

The Nackerman farm...

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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.


Chinese Food at Stoney Acres

Mentor Month Celebrated at BICS

Mentors of the students from grades 7 through 12 were given a formal thank-you from their students as well as an opportunity to talk one on one with their mentored student during a nicely organized Ice Cream Social today. This gathering on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, took place at 12:30 p.m. and lasted until 1:00 p.m. The mentors each received a thank-you card, and Brontae Lemmink and Levi Connor, as seniors, stood up and thanked all the mentors for being present, for their work on behalf of the students, and their help during the entire trip from 7th through 12th grades.

Very short video clip of mentors and students


2010 Citizen of the Year

Nomination Form

Two possible awards: Individual and Organization


The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization

that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island

a better place to live, work or visit.



My name is _________________________________ Phone ___________________


Address ______________________________________________________________


I would like to nominate _________________________________________________


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

•  Mail to: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 5 , Beaver Island , MI 49782 – Chamber @BeaverIsland.org

Deadline is Friday, April 8, 2011

Questions: Call Steve West, Mon – Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 231.448.2505

The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Please call Stoney Acre Grill & Pub (231) 448-2560 for reservations.

Citizen of the Year 2011 Banquet Menu

Sirloin Tips Gaelic

Braised, Choice Sirloin Tips with shallots, garlic and seasonings, deglazed with Irish Mist and finished with cream. Served over penne pasta and garnished with grated Pecorino Romano.

Roast Half-Chicken with Mushrooms

(Poulet au Champignon)

Roast spring Chicken topped with sautéed fresh mushrooms and resting in a sauce of chicken stock, horseradish, garlic, seasonings and cream. New Potatoes and Vegetable accompany.

Yellow Lake Perch

Eight hand-dusted Lake Erie Perch, lightly fried and served with House Slaw, Vegetable, Saffron Rice and House Tartar.

*All dinners are served with an amuse, a small garden salad, herbed bread, and dessert.

Cost per dinner is $20. Does not include gratuity. Alcohol and beverages extra.

Another Martha Irvine Story on Beaver Island

Martha Irvine has previously done a wonderful story on the Island that made made newspapers and more news service websites. Her latest Associated Press story is on the Beaver Island Lighthouse School. It is also a wonderful article. You can read it HERE.

Bud Cruickshank Address

Bud Cruikchank is recovering from his surgery and a minor stroke. In case you might want to communicate with Bud or Barb Cruickshank, the following address was posted on facebook:

William "Bud" Cruickshank
Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak
3601 West Thirteen Mile Road
Room 7703
Royal Oak, MI 48073

1st Annual "Gail's Walk"

The first annual "Gail's Walk" will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. 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.  There will be commemorative long sleeve t-shirts available for $10 each (please pre-order your shirts).  Be sure to include quantity and sizes.

To pre-register for the walk and/or t-shirt, please make your check out to BIRHC (Beaver Island Rural Health Center) memo: Gail's Walk, and mail to Beth Croswhite, P.O.Box 143 Beaver Island, MI 49782.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. This walk would begin and end at the Public Beach Parking lot.
Any questions call Dawn Marsh  at 231-448-2910.

News from Stoney Acres and Donegal Dannys

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! Upcoming YUM & FUN Events!!!
Friday Feb. 4th. 5-9pm... ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET! Sumptuous!
*Szechwan Chicken *Mongolian Beef *Seafood & Peapod *Garlic Chicken *Chicken Vegetable Deluxe *Pork & Green Bean *Egg Rolls *Fried Rice *Steamed Rice *Soups...ALL Home made and Very Much YUM! Adults $13.95 Children $7.95 (4-12) (3 and under-FREE) *Buffet only-no menu.
*Reservations helpful...Walk-ins welcome!
** LIVE MUSIC to follow...Kevin White, Miranda, Patty, & others to be named soon!
SUPERBOWL Sunday Feb. 6th. Drink Specials, Happy Hour All Day, Complimentary Munchie Buffet...including Jim's PIZZA and much more!
VALENTINES Dinner, Saturday Feb. 12th...a treat not to be missed...will update soon!
JOHNNY CASH'S BIRTHDAY Saturday, Feb. 26th
'Get Rhythm'... and Get rid of yer Blues out at Stoney. More info to follow!
***Just a Friendly Reminder of our Daily Specials : Very Happy
SUNDAY'S enjoy a commplimentary Hot Dog Buffet , Our Happy Hour All Day, AND Jim & Pam's PIZZA!
Every MONDAY Sizzles , with our choice SIZZLER Dinner $7.50 and $1 off Drafts all night! FREE POPCORN!
TUESDAY'S is $2 TWOsday ...ALL Domestic Beer, Any Schnapp Shots, and our e-well Shot & Pop's
WEDNESDAY is LADIES Night, Happy Hour All Night & $4 Well Bombs!
THURSDAY is 'THIRST Day' , Double Happy Hour 4-6 & 6-8!
Friday's it's YELLOW LAKE PERCH , 8pc.Dinner $15.95 or 5pc. Basket $9.95.
WHEW!!! ....
Please join us for Great times with Good friends!
Our Best to You!
Liam & Marilyn

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting on January 22, 2011

The Airport Commission met at the St. James Township Hall at 10 a.m. with only four members able to attend. Mike Scripps, Rachel Teague, Ray Cole, and Jim Wojan were absent. Discussion took place regarding how to handle the Recording Secretary position. Compensation rates were determined for time and materials and postage. Rental of space at the Governmental Center was also discussed. The Airport Commission agreed to pay St. James Township a $1080 yearly fee to take care of the cleaning, heating, etc. for the building. The fee is paid once per year. A procedure for budget was discussed. Don Vyse was given authority to sign documents for the Tree Clearning Project. The next airport commission meeting will tentatively be on March 5, 2011, at 10 a.m.

For Video of the meeting, click HERE

BICS HOSA Students Successful at Regional Competition


Sarah McCafferty's Health Occupations Students at the Beaver Island Community School have scored very well at the Regional competition. January 22, 2011 was the Region 6 Leadership Conference which took place at Baker College. Marissa Crandall won first place and a gold medal in Extemporaneous Writing on "Childhood Obesity.". Michael McCafferty and Jamie Campbell scored in the top ten for CPR and First Aid as well. All three will be attending the state competition. The Michigan HOSA website has the State Leadership Conference scheduled for April 14 and 15, 2011, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. Congratulations to Sarah, Marissa, Michael, and Jamie on a job well done! Good luck at the state competition!

The Beauty of a Light Snowfall

A light snowfall with very cold temperatures on the evening of January 19, 2011, produced some interesting designs.

Going onward and upward to see the snowflakes close up.

There is no way to match Mother Nature's beautiful patterns.

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.

News from Beaver Island Community School 

BICS Board of Education has New Board Member

At its January 10, 2011 board meeting, school board members unanimously approved the appointment of Brian Cole to fill the seat vacated by the untimely death of member Gail Weede. Cole submitted a letter of interest for the position, which runs until the annual organizational meeting in July 2011. The seat will be up for election at the May 3, 2011 annual school election. Brian has served on the board in the past and is planning to be on the May 3rd ballot. 

Notice of Filing Deadline for BICS Board of Education

Candidates for the Board of Education have until 4 p.m. February 8, 2011 to register with the St. James township clerk's office. Two four-year terms will be up for election at the annual school election on May 3, 2011. Incumbent board member, Jessica Anderson and recently appointed board member Brian Cole are planning to run in the May election. Other interested candidates must be registered voters of the school district and file a nominating petition with signatures of at least 20 voters or a $100 filing fee. Petition packets can be picked up from the St. James Township clerk or from the school office.

21st Century Learning Scholarship benefits from Donations in Honor of Gail Weede

Nearly $6,000.00 has been received from over 80 donors to the Beaver Island Community School 21 st Century Learning Scholarship in honor of Gail Weede. These donations signify a real tribute to Gail and her commitment to youth which she showered on Beaver Island from the day she arrived. Gail's contributions to the youth of Beaver Island started before she became a school board member; she organized and ran the annual BI Boodle which raised thousands of dollars for the athletic program, she refereed games when needed and she acted as a mentor for students and parents alike. The generous donations to the scholarship fund helped push the endowment portion of that fund over the $10,000.00 mark so that it will now begin to pay out on its own annually. In addition, the spendable, or grant making, portion of the fund was also enhanced and will allow up to two $500.00 scholarships to be granted in 2011 and again in 2012.

The 21st Century Learning Scholarship was created in 2003 by the Beaver Island Board of Education to assist graduating seniors of Beaver Island Community School in receiving an education beyond high school. Students must meet the school's Graduate Profile to be eligible for the scholarship; graduates must prove they: 1) have strong personal qualities and values; 2) use their minds well; 3) have positive work habits, 4) make a positive contributions to society; and 5) use technology fluently. The 21st Century Learning Scholarship fund is an endowment through the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

The school is grateful to all those who contributed to this fund in Gail Weede's honor. The school is grateful to have had the opportunity to be served by an amazing woman whose years on the board of education were valued and appreciated.

Beaver Island Health Occupations Students Help Senior Citizens

BICS high school HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students recently presented a check for over $600.00 to Connie Wojan, President of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board.   This money will be put in the account for the Senior Help Mate Program that the Health Center provides for the Seniors on Beaver Island.  BICS students were very happy to contribute to the community in a meaningful way.     The money was collected during a Rockathon fundraiser the students organized under the direction of their Allied Health teacher, Sara McCafferty. 

Left to right in HOSA photo the students are: juniors Jamie Campbell, Michael McCafferty and Olivia Schwartzfisher.  

Island National Honor Society has FUN with Youngsters

Members of the BICS National Honor Society recently gave back to their community by hosting a FUN night for younger students.  National Honor Society members Jenna Battle, Kaylyn Jones and Olivia Schwartzfisher hosted the “Annual NHS Fun Night for Grades Pre-School – 6th."  There were 23 in the younger group and 12 in the older, grades 4-6 group.  (94% of all the elementary students attended!)  Youngsters watched a movie, had popcorn, and played lots of games in the gym.  The NHS students provided all the snacks for the event, using money they earned at last year's fundraiser.  Other high school students who helped out were Jamie Campbell and Brogan Maudrie.  Teacher Connie Boyle is the advisor for the school's NHS.

Islander Winter Sports Underway

Beaver Island boys and girls basketball teams are getting back on the court after a long break in the action. The teams played a set of games against Hannahville in early December, followed by a non-league contest at Northport before Christmas. Bad weather led to the cancellation of games at Grand Marais and the rescheduling of the Ojibwe game in early January left the Islanders hungry for competition. The teams travelled to Paradise on January 14th where the girls' team won both games and the boys dropped two. The teams have a full schedule between now and the NLL Tournaments in late February. Teams will travel to Hannahville, Mackinac Island and Maplewood Baptist. Two home game weekends are coming up: January 28/29 will bring a girls' team from Ojibwe and a boys' team from Petoskey. The final home game of the season is the February 11/12 matchup between the Islanders and Grand Marais.

Girls Basketball Coach Diane McDonough begins her second year with the Islanders. Members of the girls' basketball team are: Juniors Jenna Battle, Brighid Gillespie Cushman, Brogan Maudrie and Olivia Schwartzfisher; freshman Olivia Cary; eighth graders Emily Boyle, Hannah Robert and Meg Works and seventh grader Emily Burton.

Boys Basketball Coach Matt Richie begins his first year coaching basketball. The boys' team is made up of the following members: senior Doug Campbell; juniors, Gus Connaghan, Matthew Cull and Billy Lemmink; sophomore McCauley Connaghan; freshmen Jewell Gillespie Cushman and Ron Marsh; seventh graders Ryan Boyle, Liam Hodgson and Nick Williams. Coach Richie is assisted by Jeff Connor.

Island Students Win Two Rounds in Petoskey Quiz bowl

National Honor Society advisor and teacher Connie Boyle took a team of students to compete in a High School Quiz Bowl on Friday, January 14, 2011. The team competed with several area schools in a fast-paced trivia type competition. The Beaver Island team consisted of senior Jake Drost, juniors Michael McCafferty and Kaylyn Jones and freshman Erin Boyle.

Senior Housing Building Progress

Getting ready to get some old fashioned heat into the building. It's hard to work with cold hands and gloves on.

From runners down the center to duct work to electric contracting, the senior center project is coming along nicely.

Lots of action since last week's update...Sky Electric truck has been there as well....

From the outside, you can't guess what's going on, on the inside

Video of the Update on the Senior Housing Project


Peaine Township Meeting January 12, 2011

This was another interesting meeting at the Peaine Township Hall. There seems to be one or two different topics that seem to cause an emotional upset most months. The first topic of the meeting involved whether or not to pay the Northern Islander $500 for the publication of the Intergovernmental Agreement. The rest of the meeting was mostly just as contentious. Another topic toward the end of the meeting was a Freedom of Information Act request from Gavin West and from Elaine West. And in between them was the Peaine Township letter to the DNRE about the Whiskey Island trade for the DNR building and property in St. James Township. All in all an interesting meeting!

Video of the Peaine Township Meeting HERE

By the way, the topics are on this linked page. So, if you can't view the video, you can still get the idea of what was discussed and who discussed it by going to this page.

St. James Township Meeting, January 5, 2011

Prior to the video processing, it is important to report on the meeting last night. The meeting was well attended by the regular attendees. The business conducted was pretty routine from the approval of the minutes to approval of bills to be paid. Supervisor Rick Speck reported on correspondence, and Jean Wierenga stated that the 2009-2010 audit would be available for viewing at the Beaver Island District Library beginning Thursday, January 6, 2011. Under old business, the township snow plowing was not posted. Instead, the township employee will continue to do the plowing until unable to keep up with the workload. A motion to adopt a policy and procedure for inspections of public records related to the re-appraisal was passed unanimously. There was only one public comment at this meeting. It was about how the townships might be able to convince the Charlevoix County Road Commission to move more quickly in improving roads on Beaver Island. Supervisor Speck suggested that this should be passed on to Charlevoix County Commissioner Richie Gillespie. The meeting adjourned before 8 p.m.

The one item that could not be discussed was the airport property acquisition. According to Supervisor Speck, the action on this property could not be completed until there was a joint township meeting that included MDOT to determine jointly whether this last mediated settlement would be acceptable to all concerned.

Minutes were approved (No video for this)

Bills added to payments


Correspondence Regarding St. James Lighthouse Association


2009-2010 Audit


Snowplowing No Bids


Airport Property Acquisition Tabled


Board of Review


Policy Regarding Review of Assessments for Reappaisals


Dan Connaghan Question on Roads, Rick Speck's response


Bill Cashman Questions on Airport, Rick Speck's response


Father Pat's Dream Trip

The Parish of Holy Cross Church is sponsoring a trip for Father Pat Cawley to take the vacation of his dreams, Normandy, France. We are presently working out the details of his 2011 trip. If you wish to help with this endeavor, we have set up a special savings account at Charlevoix State Bank. If you wish to help, you can send a donation of any amount. Address your check to Nancy Tritsch or Skip McDonough, PO Box 14, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or Charlevoix State Bank, 111 State Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Please add 'Father Pat's trip' on the memo line. or you can give your donation directly to the bank. Personnel of Charlevoix State Bank at both the Island and the Charlevoix branches are aware of this special account. The savings account number is 910100732. Call Nancy Tritsch's phone at 448-2178 for any questions.

Lake Geneserath Winter Fun Scheduled


The Second Annual Fresh Air Winter Festival will take place on Lake G on February 19, 2011. The above was created by Mike Hurkmans from video of the event of 2009.

Beaver Island Community Development Corporation


Applications are now being taken to rent an apartment at the long-awaited Senior Housing, named Forest View, which is now under construction on Carlisle Road , across the street from Stoney Acres. The construction is anticipated to be complete and the apartments ready for occupancy June 1, 2011, a date which is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Applications are also available for the part-time position of on-site manager who will be employed by KMG Prestige, an off-island management company who will manage the apartments. The position is anticipated to begin in March, 2011.

Applications for both leasing and employment may be obtained at the Community Center, Library, and Rural Health Center. They should be mailed directly to KMG Prestige, attention Jane Crawford, 3390 Pine Tree Rd, Lansing, Michigan 48911 .

Further information may be obtained by contacting Jane Crawford at 1-517-679-7298.

KMG is an experienced property management company well-versed in federal regulations. In managing the leasing for the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation, KMG will screen applicants to determine their qualifications under the federal regulations for low and moderate senior housing. Using a professional management company to handle the leasing will insure applicants that they will be correctly evaluated and that their financial data will be kept confidential.

The rental apartments will have rental rates which are set through the grant process which provided funding. The anticipated rent is $567 for a one-bedroom unit and $629 for a two-bedroom unit. Utilities are included in the rent, and the building will be heated through a geo-thermal system. The building will include six individual apartments, four one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom, each with their own kitchen and bath. In addition, the building will have a laundry room, community room, and a community kitchen area.

Beaver Island Airport Commission Inter-Governmental Agreement

This is the complete agreement approved by both Peaine and St. James Townships

B I Airport Commission Rules of Procedure

These rules of procedure have been approved by the Airport Commission and Peaine Township. They have yet to be approved by St. James Township.

Re-Appraisal, Assessor, and Property Taxes Explained

In a December meeting at the Peaine Township Hall, the Peaine Assessor, hired by the Peaine Township Board sat down with a small number of attendee at a scheduled meeting, albeit on a very busy night. She explained the process of the appraisal, her job as assessor, the role of the townships and the role of the State of Michigan. Ed Wojan, John Fogg, Don Tritsch, and the Hurkmanns attended with Jim Birdsall doing the introduction and participating as well. If you are interest in seeing what was discussed at this meeting, video of the entire session can be viewed in video clips HERE.

Peaine Township Tax Assessment Roles Online

Search Peaine Township Assessment Role Online

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BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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February COA Congregate Meal Menu

February COA Senior Center Activities

February Movie Schedule at Community Center

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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 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)