B. I. News on the 'Net, January 6-12, 2014

Beaver Island Strings Program to Be Eliminated from School Day

One of the best programs ever established at the Beaver Island Community School, the Beaver Island Strings Program, is to be moved out of the regular school day and relegated to the after school program. This move from school day to after school program is only possible due to the strings instructor living on Beaver Island. The reasons for this change have not been made public, but the decision is to take place at tonight's school board meeting, January 13, 2014, at 7:30 pm.

The Beaver Island Strings Program has been run almost completely without cost to the Beaver Island Community School District. The weekly cost is less than one hour's salary for the school's experienced teachers with the Crooked Tree Arts Council sponsoring the program from its inception. From its beginning with Robert Dudd flying over to the island for school day classes with a return flight the same day to the school having two string instructors, this program has been one of the least costly programs for the school, and has introduced many to the stringed instruments.

From Tammi McDonough on Viola or Violin, and Sally Fogg on violin, to Joe Moore on the upright string bass as examples of community members as past participants to several students in the program now; this brings up the question as to why the program couldn't include a general music program in addition to the strings program instead of possibly replacing it.

Most schools eliminate programs from the school day due to funding cuts, but this is not the situation here on Beaver Island. As a musician, a former teacher at BICS, and a person who is a string player, Joe Moore, editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net, suggests that this is not a change that should be made in the middle of the school year, but one considered over the summer vacation. Removing things from the curriculum is easy, but putting them back into the curriculum is not so easy. Here's to hoping the school board takes more than five minutes, as suggested by the agenda, to discuss this very important program.

Hopefully, the Crooked Tree Arts Council will not remove its financial support for this program if it is removed from the regular school day.

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









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


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

Panning for Gold

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

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

Patrick LaFreniere Dies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Broder Tells a Story

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


Winter Beauty

Wind-driven snow stuck on the trees

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

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

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


by Cindy Ricksgers


It seems I’ve been doing that a lot these last few days.

Waiting for the road to be plowed.

Waiting to hear if my meeting would be cancelled.

Waiting for the cold weather to ease up.

Waiting for bread to rise.

Waiting for more information.


That’s too short a word to describe the act of it.

The “ting” on the end gives it a lilt it doesn’t deserve.

It should be replaced by one of those long, impossible-to-spell, difficult-to-pronounce words that seem to go on and on and on.

Like “onomatopoeia”, maybe.

In it’s purest and best form, waiting is anticipation: waiting for Santa Claus; waiting for the bell to ring; waiting for the announcement.

Usually, though, even when the wait is for something wonderful, the “waiting for…” takes the joy right out of the phrase. Compare:

“The baby has arrived!”

“…Waiting for the baby to arrive.”

Too often, the wait sounds like a state of Limbo, where everything is on hold until the much desired occurrence comes about:

Waiting for my ship to come in…”

Waiting for the right man/a good job/a better deal…”

“Still waiting for that apology/a raise/the respect I deserve…”

Sometimes it sounds downright fatalistic:

“Just waiting for this day/week/year to be over!”

So what happens then? We start on another long day that we can’t wait to be finished with, in our long string of days that make up our lives as we wait – inevitably – for our lives to be over.

Waiting for death.

There has to be more to life than that!

When my friend, Russell, knew that he was dying, he took his adult children to help him stock up on liquid refreshments, as, “folks will be stopping by.” He took his family on a ferry boat ride. He got up to see the sunrise and share coffee every morning.

When my Mom knew that she was dying, she decided she was going to live her days in the comfort of cozy pajamas, read just the books that would lift her spirits and eat only what tasted best to her. She welcomed family and friends around her, reconnected, reminisced and shared memories. She made note of the weather and her view of the lake (“the best view!”) every single day.

These people, with numbered days, were not waiting for death…but living.

This has been my intent: to live with purpose and direction; to pay attention and appreciate each day; to live in the moment.

Sometimes, though, it seems I still find myself waiting.

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

The Peaine Township Board met at the Peaine Township Hall last night. The agenda was fairly short, but some important information came out at the meeting for those that are interested. The Kings Highway repaving project has not yet been approved by the CC Road Commission for completion this year, but there have been contractors determined. There must be a special zoning exception made to allow the asphalt plant to be placed in the township. These road commission has also put out feelers for gravel.

The contractors are very interested in getting side jobs. They are willing to do parking lots, driveways, and other side projects besides the main two jobs that include the Kings Highway from Four Corners to McCaulley and the Beaver Island Airport tarmack.

The issue of the Johnny Martin Trail improvements was tabled until the road commission representative can walk it and determine the work necessary to open it up and the need for opening it up.

There was no public comment. The meeting ended within fifteen minutes of its start.

Video Available HERE

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

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

Chili Cook-Off Scheduled

January 23, 2014 at the Shamrock

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Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

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

For immediate release: January 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kay McElwain Dies

McELWAIN, Katherine Ann (Geraghty) a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend, passed away at home on Fripp Island, SC, on January 3, 2014. She was born to the late Thomas and Margaret Geraghty, June 22, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kay was married for 55 years to James E. McElwain. She was a 1950 graduate of Julienne High School in Dayton, OH. Kay and Jim lived in Steubenville, Ohio, later moving to Dayton, Ohio where they raised their family. During their retirement years, Kay and Jim spent time between their homes in Ohio, Michigan and South Carolina. Kay enjoyed time with her grandchildren, traveling, golfing, and socializing with their many groups of friends. Over the years, Kay was an active member of Holy Angels Church in Dayton, OH, Incarnation Church in Centerville, OH, St. Peter's Church in Beaufort, SC, and Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island, MI. Kay was involved in the Christ Child Society of Dayton and took communion to the residents of Morningside of Beaufort and River Oaks Assisted Living. Kay volunteered her time for Hospice on Beaver Island. Kay is survived by her devoted husband and four children: Ann Feltner (Bob), Clare Dowrey (Scott), Jane Shine (Charley) and Jim McElwain, Jr. (Ellen), sixteen grandchildren, their spouses and fiances, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Edward Geraghty (Corinne), Peggy Carroll (Jack), and Thomas Geraghty (Suzanne), and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Alice Geraghty. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Beaufort Women's Center (beaufortwomenscenter.blogspot.com), Priests for Life (priestsforlife.org) or the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org). A Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:00am at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Lady's Island, SC. The family will receive visitors beginning at 9:00am. Inurnment will take place at the Columbarium on the grounds of St. Peter's. On Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:30am a Memorial Mass will take place at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Dayton, OH. She was perfect! and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Published in Dayton Daily News on January 8, 2014
See more HERE


Bitter Cold Closes BICS

Update: Wednesday, January 8: The Beaver Island Community School is back in session this morning after two extra days of break due to the cold weather. It is reported that the Polar Vortex is slowly receding back to the Arctic region. The wind has somewhat calmed down, and the sun just broke through the clouds layer. Perhaps the flight services will be back in business this morning. There must be a large group of people waiting to travel and lots of freight to be transported. However, it is still cold outside, so cover up or keep track of your exposed skin to prevent frostbite.

Along with hundreds of other schools in northern and central Michigan, Beaver Island Community School has extended its Holiday Break due to the cold temperatures. It truly is not a snow day, although it might be called that. It is a freeze-your-skin in five minutes of a negative-25-degrees-windchill-kind-of-a-day. Literally, not just imagery, you can get frostbite, frozen skin, by just being outside with skin exposed to this windchill. Seniors and young children are affected more than others, so keep the young, the old, and your pets out of the windchill today.

Historically, this is the first time that BICS has closed for two days in a row, Monday and Tuesday, for these cold temperatures, but these temperatures are not all that common either. This extended break may have some parents and their children a little antsy, restless, bored, or impatient. Some parents are ready for the Holiday Break to be over. Some of the children are ready to show off their Christmas presents to their classmates, whether special clothing or something else.

This cold period is supposed to slowly change to a positive move of the temperature throughout the week with above freezing temperatures forecast for this coming Saturday. Stay safe, stay warm, and see you when it starts to warm up.

What is a Polar Vortex?



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

St. James Township Board Meeting, November 6, 2013

You can view the video of this meeting 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 Special Meeting, 11/19/13

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Fatal Plane Crash in Charlevoix County

UPDATE: 1/8/14, 4:35 p.m.: Sheriff Don Schneider of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office reports the victims of the fatal aircraft crash on Monday January 6th, 2014 in Melrose Township have been positively identified by the Forensic Science Division of the Michigan State Police.

The pilot was identified as Todd Glenn Lloyd, age 51 from Birmingham, Michigan.  And the passenger was identified as Christopher Albert Neumann, age 38 from Birmingham, Michigan as well.

The investigation continues awaiting arrival of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.  They are expected to be on scene late today or Thursday.

Sheriff Schneider would like commend all the First Responders to the accident working under severe weather conditions for a lengthy period of time aiding in the recovery of the deceased.

Two people died in this crash.

News Release from Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department:

Violent Visitor to Bird Feeder

This morning, January 5, 2013, the violence of nature presented itself at a bird feeder on Carlisle Road here on Beaver Island. Feeding birds, squirrels, and turkeys is the norm at Moore's Bistro and Wildlife Restaurant. Phyllis Moore happened to be up and very quickly grabbed her camera to capture these pictures. The video and pictures are not for the faint of heart.

This is a merlin or pidgeon hawk with a blue jay breakfast.

Some more pictures and video may be viewed HERE

"Sonny" E. Bolton Dies

Albert "Sonny" E. Bolton III, age 46, of Rapid City passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Munson Medical Center. He was born June 13, 1967 in Traverse City to Albert E. Bolton Jr. and Margaret L. Kenwabikise-Way.
Sonny owned and operated his own construction company for many years. He was a hard worker and there was always someone he was helping. Sonny was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and watching movies. He was a Red Wings Fan and enjoyed watching them on TV.
Sonny is survived by his father Albert Bolton Jr. and a step dad Daniel Way; children: Kandyce (Karl) Ott of Kewadin, Paul (Brittany) Kalinowski of Mancelona, Jonathan Vasher of Alden, Taylor Hooper of Colorado, Whitney Lewis, and Amy Zundel; 5 grandchildren: Maddilynn and Natalee Kalinowski, Emmett Ott, Tiana Ashley, and Brookelyn Zundel and another on the way; siblings: Brenda Romitti of Green Bay WI and Jack Bolton of Manistee, MI; niece and nephews: Casey Bolton, Joshua Romitti, Niko Romitti, Jason Romitti, and Sabrina Romitti; many aunts and uncles.
Sonny was preceded in death by his mother Margaret.
A funeral will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1 pm at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids with visitation starting at 11am also at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the spring at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.

St. James Township Meeting

The first Wednesday of the month meeting took place on Thursday since the first Wednesday was New Year's Day. The meeting began normally with the minutes and bills being approved. The township board moved forward with old business, and temporarily tabled the Dangerous Structures Ordinance.

One new business item was to appoint a trustee to fill the position formerly held by Tim McDonough, who resigned. Five persons had sent letters of interest. One of those letters had been received a day late, but had presented a pettition with several signatures to the supervisor. Unfortunately, this person had not met the time requirement for the letter of interest, and the petitions, which were not required nor requested were not dated, so this person was not considered for the position. All four letters remaining were read. Jim Wojan made a motion to have Don Tritsch with this motion seconded by Jean Wierenga. At this point in the meeting, there were only three board members present which was a quorum. Two board members voted Yes and one voted No, and there was some question about whether this was a legally acceptable vote with Jean Wierenga and Karen Wojan looking for an answer in the MTA pocket manual. As the reseaarch began, another board member, Rick Speck, entered the building and resolved the issue by voting Yes. The new township trustee is Don Tritsch, appointed to fill and serve out the term of Tim McDonough. Others interested can run for the position in the election at the end of his term.

Since Rick Speck was now present, the board went back to discuss the Dangerous Structures Ordinance. After a short discussion, this ordinance was approved by the township board as Ordinance 1 of 2014. This ordinance will be run in the Northern Islander to officially notify the public. The unofficial copy of the ordinance is presented below.

Next on the agenda was the Jon Bonadeo request for dock space at the public marina. Jim Wojan spoke about there being a waiting list for the seasonal slots at the yacht dock. There were only three seasonal slips available, and there were five persons on the waiting list for these slips. It was suggested that Jon Bonadeo contact Jimmy White and get his name on the waiting list. The township board was not willing to provide Jon Bonadeo with the two requested seasonal slips and bump those on the waiting list. If this was the condition on the sale of the adjoining Bonadeo property, the property may not be purchased and deeded to the township by the Woollam Foundation. The board did not accept any relationship between the property purchase and the yacht dock seasonal slips, so these two slips were NOT granted to Jon Bonadeo. He was to contact the harbormaster and get on the waiting list.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, it was determined that the Zoning Administrator was be the enforcement officer, along with the township supervisor, for the Dangerous Structures Ordinance.

Video of this meeting HERE

Here is the unofficial Dangerous Structures Ordinance text:

Little Traverse Conservancy Reports 2013 Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Richard "Dickie Doo" DeRosia Died

DEROSIA, Richard Ivan, 75, of Onaway died Jan. 1, 2014, at Medilodge of Hillman.

He is survived by five children, Sherry DeRosia, Tina (Dale) Wilson, Debbie Stoneham, Tonia Lewis, and Peggy DeRosia; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen DeRosia and Betty (Willard) Gillispie; one brother, Alfred (Betty); sister-in-law, Gail DeRosia.

Online condolences may be addressed through www.beckfuneralhome.org

Genie Vreeland Passes Away

Genie Vreeland, 90, died in Charlevoix where she had been living for many months at Boulder Park. More information will be posted when it becomes available. Petoskey News Review reports that Genie will be buried in Holy Cross Cemetary this coming Spring.



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Chili Cook-Off Scheduled

January 23, 2014 at the Shamrock

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

Panning for Gold

Program presented by Doug Tilly

January 11, 2013 from 1-5 p.m.

B I Christian Church Ministers


12:  Pastor Howard David

19 and 26: Pastor Bob Whitlock


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


2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

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

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

February 18, 2014
April 15, 2014
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

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

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Community Calendar

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Township Airport Terminal Progress

The building looks closed in.

View from the East, view as you enter the airport property

View from the South, view as you enter the terminal from the runway tarmack

View from the West

View from the North, view as you would enter terminal from the parking area

The above pictures are a week or so old, but there isn't much change to the outside over the last few weeks.

BINN went out to the township airport today, December 30, 2013. The following pictures were taken of the inside of the building. The photos start with the west end of the building and go around counterclockwise.

The west wall on the inside.

The south wall from west to east.

The east wall from south to north

The north wall from east to west

Floor plan

South elevation

East elevation


Grand Rapids Beaver Island Party Announced

Merry, Merry

by Cindy Ricksgers

This season, this year, is a quiet time for me.

Work is at a slower pace, with many folks away for Christmas.

My children are grown, so the frenzy to have all decorations in place, all traditions in play and “enough” under the tree is no longer a part of Christmas.

There was a time when we added, each year, to our collection of mismatched, hand-made ornaments, balanced with an ever growing collection of tiny baskets, tied onto the branches with red ribbons. Each basket held a small gift, or a bit of Christmas candy. Santa Claus figurines in ever-growing numbers were displayed in front of the books on their shelves. The nativity set was given a place of honor on the old army trunk, which was draped with the Christmas-colored granny-square afghan. A trio of musical angels sat on the kitchen counter; rings of brass bells strung on bright yarn were hung from each door knob; Christmas cards were hung for display.

There was a time when I felt it was absolutely necessary to have a big pot of chicken and stars soup simmering on the stove on the evening we decorated the Christmas tree. The “stars” were cut with a small cookie cutter from pasta dough. A glazed ham had to be prepared on Christmas Eve, just as my mother always had, with left-overs put out in case Santa Claus wanted a sandwich to sustain him on his long night, and ham slices to accompany sweet bread on Christmas morning. The bread was a complicated, scalded milk, butter and sugar recipe with multiple risings. I shaped one half of the dough into a Christmas tree shape. The other half, I rolled out and cut out with my doughnut cutter…and one star. I shingled the base with overlapping rings of dough, then filled each center with preserves. Apple, blackberry and cherry, for the colors they presented. The little circles – doughnut holes – were each dipped in beaten egg white, then course sugar, and arranged on the tree. The star was placed on top. The entire thing was given an egg wash, covered and place in the refrigerator overnight, taken out to rise and bake on Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve, in addition to all the food preparation, was putting finishing touches on home-made presents and last minute gift wrapping.

I loved it all, every crazy-making moment of it, and sometimes I madly miss those days.

Often, though, I find I relish the calmer, more peaceful holidays that punctuate my life today.

I brought gifts down to one daughter and grandson when I went away two weeks ago.

I was late with making decisions, shopping, wrapping, packaging and sending for my other daughter’s growing family…at this point, no matter what, their gifts will arrive late and I am amazingly calm about that, too.

Thinking I still had a stack left over from last year, I didn’t get Christmas cards purchased this year, so that’s another chore that has been set aside. I think I’ll write January letters instead.

I made cookies for a holiday fund-raiser, and doughnuts to bring to work. I’ll make something to contribute to tomorrow’s Christmas dinner, and that’s it for my holiday baking.

This year, I won’t travel for Christmas, except – in the evening – the four miles to Aunt Katie’s house, to have chicken dinner with her.

I’ll take the dogs out in the snow. Last year, they wore red bows for their Christmas walk, which made me smile all the way down the road.

There is time for reflection, for planning, for setting good intentions.

This is a good Christmas.

Whatever shape your holiday takes this year, I hope yours is good, too.

Merry Christmas!

Go to Cindy's Blog

Deer Walking Down Carlisle Road

Where are we going mom? The Pub? Forestview? The Medical Center? or Moore's Wildlife Restaurant?

Barb Lucas Interviews 15-year-old Interested in Birding

In an online production of Green Room, Barb Lucas interviews a fifteen year old teenager interested in Birding, the newest, fastest growing outdoor sport. This young lady is very knowledgeable, and provides wonderful insight into this idea. The Beaver Island Birding Trail is in the works here, so it is very appropriate to show how young people are getting out into nature.

Link to Video HERE

The following is a repeat of the news release about the Beaver Island Birding Trail program:

Beaver Island Birding Trail Takes Wing

According to a survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 45 million Americans watched birds at their homes or on trips in 2011. Expenditures from those activities generated 92 billion dollars and created nearly 780,000 jobs. With a rich array of migrating, nesting and resident birds, Beaver Island is in a great position to serve as a prime birding site, a win for birders and for the region’s economy. Currently, plans are going forward to create a virtual (web-based) birding trail around the island, patterned after the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail, which follows M-22. Thirty-three quality locations with excellent public access have been identified around the Island.

Kay Charter, Executive Director of Saving Birds Thru Habitat has worked for the past several years with the Beaver Island Community School. She has now joined forces with Beaver Island residents and state organizations to develop the Beaver Island Birding Trail, and its associated website. The planning group expects to launch the website after the first of the year. Beaver Island Community Center will serve as the trailhead and provide access to trail information throughout the week. A map marking birding sites is being designed.

Interpretive signage at sites will serve to enhance birding experiences and provide insight into habitat and management activities. There will also be an eBird component, which will allow birders to document and share their sightings. eBird is an interactive website maintained by Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology and will be made available through a partnership with Michigan Audubon and Cornell University. In addition, first time birding surveys and trends in woodcock, grouse, waterfowl, and other bird populations will be possible through this technology.

The group plans to dedicate this virtual trail with state, regional and national speakers on May 24th and 25th, 2014. There will also be field trips with expert birders during that celebratory weekend. Frequently Asked Questions will be addressed using the Forum site until the birding website goes online this winter.
For more information, please contact any board member of the Beaver Island Association.

2013 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report Released

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

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

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

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

Northern Lights League Soccer and Volleyball

All League Team and Player of the Year

All League Soccer Team

All League Volleyball

Players of the Year for Soccer and Volleyball

December 2013 Waste Management Committee Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Weekly Fishing Tip:

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

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

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

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

BICS Basketball Schedule

Charlevoix County Transit

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

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

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

(Hours subject to change.)

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

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

(Fares subject to annual review.)

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

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

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

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

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