B.I. News on the 'Net, January 6-13, 2013

Airport Commission and Joint Township Meeting Live Streaming Video

The BIAC meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. and the Joint Township Meeting at 2 p.m. on January 14, 2013, at the Peaine Hall will be live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv

Maudrie Fire Fundraiser at the Shamrock

This evening, January 13, 2013, beginning at 5 p.m., the Shamrock is hosting a fundraiser for the Maudrie family due to their fire on January 9, 2013. By 5:15 p.m., the Shamrock was packed with people, who came to support the Maudrie and Gillespie families and to partake in a spaghetti dinner. The dinner will continue until 8 p,m. The dinner consisted of spaghetti, meat or vegetarian; salad, and some excellent cheesy garlic bread, followed by some strawberry ice cream for desert.

The bartenders at work

Briana Maudrie taking Ryley to his dad, so she can work

The Shamrock was packed in both rooms

Heather serving the spaghetti dinner... Jessica serving dessert

Video Clip of the Dinner


Approximately 180 spaghetti dinners were served, a slightly over $6000 raised.

Barbara Duval Fox Dies

Barbara Duval Fox, 85, of South Bend , IN died Saturday December 23, 2012, at the Sanctuary at St. Paul 's following a lengthy illness. Barb was born July 24, 1927, in Mishawaka , IN to the late Ruth and Edgar Rufe, and was a lifetime area resident. On December 4, 1992, she married William Fox, SR, who preceded her in death May 24, 2008. She is survived by her stepchildren Mary Jane (Fox) Lawson, William Fox, JR (Linda) and Roland Fox (Carol) all of South Bend, IN., five step grandchildren and one great-great grand step child. Barbara and William (Bill) were seasonal residents on Beaver Island and stayed at their home, “Fox Pause” on Sand Bay.

They were active in the Beaver Island Christian Church, the Tuesday Golf Group, the Beaver Island Historical Society, the Beaver Island Community Center , the Beaver Island Amvets Post 46, and the Beaver Island Medical Center.

A Memorial Service was held at the First Presbyterian Church 333 W. Colfax Av South Bend, IN 46601 at 2:00 PM, December 29, 2012. The family received guests immediately following the Memorial service. Memorial Contributions can be made to any of their wonderful Beaver Island activities.

TV 7 and 4 Reports County Moving Forward with Beaver Island Garage

Read short article HERE

BICS Sports Cancelled Due to Weather

Cancelled by Weather!!

After waiting five hours for the weather to clear, the BINN editor was notified that the sports teams would NOT be flying to the UP for the games at Paradise. The replacement paramedic had waited even longer in Charlevoix for the flight to Beaver Island to cover for BINN editor Joe Moore. The trip plans were canceled. The motel reservation was canceled. The night's activities are now modified, and we will await the rescheduling of the games.

Sports Boosters Cancel Chili Cook-off

In light of the recent fires on Beaver Island and the resulting fundraisers, the Beaver Island Sports Boosters has decided to cancel the Chili Cook-off for this year. We hope to see you at the Celebrity Basketball game on March 1st .

Frank Solle's Pictures of the Maudrie Fire

Frank Solle documented the fire at the Jewell and Rita Gillespie house, where their daughter Kathy Maudrie was living. Other information is in a story below. These pictures show the dedication of the Beaver Island Fire Department and the Beaver Island EMS members working and helping each other in a very difficult situation-the destruction of the home of a friend, neighbor or relative. The fire department and EMS worked feverishly for the first few hours.

Checking John Works after his smoky work.....

Jim Wojan, guardian of entry into the smoky interior......

Danielle and Pam checking out Jim Stambaugh after his exhausting work inside....

Chief Tim McDonough giving and receiving information...

Tom Whitman and Jim Stambaugh during a forced resting period...

Steve Crandall, even though sick, working to make sure the SCBAs are working correctly...

Fire officer John Works giving instructions to the group heading into the house....

Danielle Dedloff conferring with a fireman....

Gerald LaFreniere working to help get the SCBA working after changing a tank...

Bill McDonough helping get the mask working properly and sealed properly

Jim McDonough getting and giving information and helping out....

Engineer Neil Boyle taking a deserved rest...

Jim Stambaugh and Joe Moore talking after Jim's second trip into the smoky environment...

The Gillespie house overview photo as those inside look for the last hot spots....

Bruce Cull concentrates on the equipment as others suit up....

Ryan Oliver takes a short, but well-deserved and mandatory rest and discusses the situation with another firefighter....

Tim McDonough, fire chief, listens and provides information to Rob Coffel as the damage is being assessed.....

Frank's facebook post along with many more pictures had this as its title and comments: "Who You Gonna Call? Once again the BIFD and BIEMS proved they are always there when needed. We are fortunate to have such dedicated individuals ready to do whatever is needed at any time of the day or night."

Thank you BI Fire Department and BIEMS! AND Thank you, Frank Solle, for your documentation of this disastrous event!

Phyllis' Turkey Parade

Every day in the morning as the sun rises, the wild turkeys begin to move down from their roost in the trees and head out to breakfast.

You can just imagine the conversation: "Hurry up, Harriet, we need to get moving or we'll be forced to wait in line for breakfast. I can't stand waiting when I'm hungry."

"Fredrika, you are just too impatient. I wonder if those good-looking Toms will be following us today. There's one that's so ugly, he's gorgeous! Wow! My heart is beating so fast right now!"

"Are you coming to the normal spot this morning, Georgetta?" "Of course, the Moore Feeding Station is open every day from about 8 a.m. until just before dark. I'm game and ready to go."

Males strutting their stuff, viewed from the front and the back

Do these turkey Toms think this warm-up is Spring?

Peaine Township Meeting, January 9, 2013

The meeting was live streamed on the Internet. On Demand video will be available as soon as processed.

The Peaine Board scheduled a proposed Joint Township Meeting to take place at 2 p.m. on January 14, 2013, at the Peaine Township Hall to consider the resolution for the Airport Commission. This meeting was schedule to occur after the Airport Commission meeting that is scheduled a 11 a.m. at the Peaine hall. Board of Review appointments were made, and posting for other committees were approved. The Verizon tower swap plan was not included in the documents received by the supervisor, so the supervisor had those included in the plan and the lease renewal. An update was made on the county road commission proposed garage and repairs to the old Peaine hall were discussed.

John Kurtz presented a bike trail improvement plan and requested the two townships to put together a joint Trails Committee for him to work with. He also requested permission to post the trails with markers and that the township approve of the advertisement of the availability of the trails.

Select video clips are available here.

Fire at the Jewell Gillespie (Kathy Maudrie's) Home

Just a little before 4:30 am this morning, January 9, 2013, Briana Maudrie woke up knowing something was wrong. The house was filled with smoke. All in the house were awakened and moved across the road to the Dusty and Cindy Cushman residence, the old Gillespie gas station. Kathy Maudrie made the call to 911, and the Beaver Island Fire Department and Beaver Island EMS were dispatched to this residence. There were flames shooting out of the south and east end of the residence near the roofline.

You can view a short video of the fire HERE


or view Yvonne Crandall's video at the link below:

Youtube video HERE

Nice story on 7 and 4 News HERE using Yvonne's video

If you would like to send anything, Kathy Maudrie's address is: P.O. Box 306, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

We can again, through the courtesy of the Beaver Island Christian Church, take donations for the Maudrie family using PayPal

Help the Maudrie family immediately by clicking on the PayPal button and use your credit card or debit card.

Former BICS Graduate Now Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecutor

Katrina Martin, BICS class of 1991, was the valedictorian of her class. Her graduating class consisted of four students, three girls and one boy, some twenty-one years ago . The other two girls were Mary Jane Martin and Mimi Lewis. The one boy was Christopher Petrak. Each of these former students have seemingly left Beaver Island for the pursuit of their lifetime goals.

“Katrina was a very motivated and goal oriented student,” Joe Moore, retired BICS teacher, stated. “In my thirty years of teaching at BICS, I never encountered a student with as much desire and motivation.”

Katrina first was licensed in California as an attorney, and then she moved back to Michigan and became licensed here as well. Katrina worked for a law firm in Charlevoix, and the firm she worked with helped several island people throughout the last few years.

Katrina taking the oath of office (Thanks Erin for your pictures)

Colleen, Katrina, and Erin......Bud Martin and Katrina

Katrina's proud parents are Bud and Colleen Martin, who attended her swearing in ceremony in Charlevoix last Friday, January 4, 2013. Congratulations to Katrina, and her family, on this wonderful upward move in her career pathway.

Katrina Martin, Assistant Charlevoix County Prosecutor

Mark Muniak, former assistant prosecuting attorney, was promoted to chief assistant prosecuting attorney. The prosecutor previously worked with Katrina Martin, the new assistant prosecutor, at two law firms, Running, Wise & Ford as well as Joseph, Corcoran, Telgenhof & Snyder. "She is an extremely hard-working and effective attorney," said Telgenhof. "I am very grateful that she accepted the position."

(Many thanks to Colleen Martin for these pictures.)

Grand Rapids Party 2013 Invitation

New Vessel to Increase Research Capacity at the CMU Biological Station

A 32.5-foot research vessel, named RV Chippewa, will soon be moored at a slip in the harbor by the boathouse at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. It will allow for the deploying of scientific equipment in deep water and will have a small laboratory onboard. The vessel is currently being built in Mobile, Ala. by Silver Ships, Inc.

Pictures and story HERE

Airport Commission Prepares Q and A Document Regarding New Terminal

You can view the document in its entirety as a PDF HERE

What Really Counts? Ask Those Who Knew Jewell Gillespie

The following was and article in the Chicago Tribune on November 15, 1995 written by Bob Greene. The article was mentioned on facebook with links to the archived article. It is post here in its entirety to honor Jewell Gillespie and his family these many years after his death. Jewell was a "doer" not a complainer, and always had a way to make something work. There are so many of these wonderful people who have now passed on that we need to remember what really counts. This article is a good summary of what really counts.


The famous men and women of history pass through their time on Earth holding high offices, endeavoring to amass fortunes, seeing their names in headlines. In the end they are gone, having accomplished . . . what?

Some lives, though--the lives of people most of us have never heard of--are able to have their effect quantified. The people they have touched know just how important and valued they have been. Perhaps not on the world stage, but in small places that would not be the same without them.

On Beaver Island--it is 13 miles long, 5 miles wide, located in Lake Michigan a good 32 miles out in the water from the shoreline of Charlevoix, Mich.--a man named Jewell Gillespie died at the age of 78 last month. Mr. Gillespie was born on the island and resided there virtually his whole life. I never knew him; neither did David Crouse, a Chicago-area man who read an obituary of Mr. Gillespie in the Petoskey (Mich.) News-Review and forwarded it to me.

"Over the years," the obituary reported, "Mr. Gillespie contributed greatly to the quality of life on Beaver Island. During the Depression years, he worked for the W.P.A. building roads on the island, particularly the road to the lighthouse at the southern end.

"Later, he worked in Detroit on an assembly line at Ready Power Co. which built the first generator sets for the island. Mr. Gillespie helped install the generator sets . . . and (ran them) for 45 years. He started the telephone company on Beaver Island in his own back yard. He also established the public swimming beach and was instrumental in establishing the Beaver Island Medical Center. . . .

"He was a licensed Great Lakes captain, former president of the Beaver Island Civic Association, Beaver Island Transit Co., and Beaver Island School Board. . . .

"Mr. Gillespie established the barge link for transporting heavy equipment between Beaver Island and mainland ports with his tugboat, The American Girl."

A second story accompanying the obituary referred to Mr. Gillespie as "an everything man" in the life of the island. "He sang in the church choir--in a church building he helped build--and was considered a great storyteller. . . . When you talk about the history of Beaver Island, it's easier to list the few projects that Jewell Gillespie was not involved with than the ones he was.

"With stoic island resolve, (he) would see a need for a new service or facility, learn how to build or repair whatever was needed, and then bring it to the island. . . .

"Roads that help transport islanders from one end to the other today were built by (him). . . . He donated the playground to the school. . . . (He) was one of those people who had an intuitive understanding of anything mechanical. . . . He had a garage full of tools, and his door was always open to the person who would go to his house to have him fix something. . . ." http://articles.chicagotribune.com/images/pixel.gif

It's not that people like Jewell Gillespie are so rare in the United States; if you take the time to look, you can find them in just about every community. What is instructive, though, is that men and women like him are seldom mentioned when lists of great Americans are compiled. The lives they make better do not extend past the borders of their towns; their names are unknown in the power centers of the nation.

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013




Peaine Township Meeting 12/12/12

Watch the video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, 12/5/12

This was the first meeting of the new Supervisor Bill Haggard. The agenda pretty much followed the same pattern as previous Supervisor Rick Speck. Bill Haggard announced his personal email address, which is: billhaggard1@gmail.com and stated that there would be an email set up for the St. James Township supervisor in the near future. Other highlights of the meeting included reappointment of Karen Wojan as Deputy Treasurer and Lori Souders as Deputy Clerk.The Deputy Supervisor appointed was Bob Tidmore. All other appointments were the same with the insertion of Bill Haggard's name to replace the previous supervisor's name.

The township board was asked to be the requestor of a grant from the Tribe for a $25,000 amount for the building of Carol's Pole Barn behind the Island Treasures Resale Shop. Donna Stambaugh stated that this project would allow them to make even more money for the "First Responders" in our community. There was some getting up to speed conversation for the supervisor from Tim McDonough, who announced a grant for the fire department for brush fire gear, and from Jim McDonough about a few issues including the Whiskey Island title, Charlevoix County Garage progress removing easement restriction, and Supervisor hours at the Governmental Building.

Video of the meeting can be viewed HERE.

B I Airport Commission Meeting

Saturday, November 17, 2012, beginning a little after 9 am, the Beaver Island Airport Commission met at the St. James Township Hall. Upon arrival at the hall, both new township supervisors were being briefed by AC Chairman Mike Scripps and committee member Don Vyse. This was a two on two discussion of the current history and previous history of the Airport Committee and its conversion to Airport Commission. The discussion continued until the arrival of all the other AC members. Questions were asked, and answers were given. Then the regular meeting began.

Video of this meeting may be viewed HERE

Bird Festival Feasibility Study and Comments

Airport Commission Announces Funding for New Terminal Building

The chair of the Beaver Island Airport Commission announced today, October 29, 2012, that Mead and Hunt had told him that the BIAC was to received a grant to fund the building of the new terminal building at the Township Airport.

Video of the announcement and comments can be viewed HERE

Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Farewell to Christy Van Looy

"The Beaver Island Rural Health Center invites the entire community to a retirement party in honor of Chris Van Looy on Sunday, January 20, 2013, 12-2 PM at the Gregg Fellowship hall. Anyone wishing to say a few words in appreciation for Chris is welcome and encouraged to do so."

Donegal Bay Sunset

January 4, 2013

January 7, 2013

Stoney Acre Senior Meals

Stoney Acres began serving senior meals on January 2, 2013. These are a few examples of their menu. Here is a copy of their completed menu.

Half turkey reuben.....Small Cobb salad

Beef Nachos........Two piece chicken basket

Cancelled by Weather!!

After waiting five hours for the weather to clear, the BINN editor was notified that the sports teams would NOT be flying to the UP for the games at Paradise. The replacement paramedic had waited even longer in Charlevoix for the flight to Beaver Island to cover for BINN editor Joe Moore. The trip plans were canceled. The motel reservations was canceled. The night's activities are now modified, and we will await the rescheduling of the games.

BINN to Stream Video from Paradise, Michigan

All of the ducks are in a row, all of the items on the list checked off, and excitement builds as BINN editor Joe Moore will, unforseen emergency notwithstanding, travel to Paradise, Michigan, and stream the video from the Whitefish School on the Internet. The car is rented, the flights arranged, the motel reservation set, and the will and desire are quite high. The last contact has been made to the Whitefish Township Community School to make certain that all were aware and interested in this moving forward.

The only thing left is to speak with the weatherman about providing weather conducive to travel for the Beaver Island teams and the BINN editor. He did NOT cooperate.

On January 11, 2013, and January 12, 2013, the basketball games should be available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection and a video player. The exact schedule is not known at this time, but the games are on Friday night and on Saturday morning. Start times will be posted when they become available.

The Eastern UP ISD technical staff has answered all the questions and have stated that they have the ability to stream a wide band video stream. The only way this could happen is with the support of BICS and the Beaver Island Sports Boosters, and EUPISD, along with a couple of anonymous donations. You too can help support this historical event by donating on the page where you watch the video.

Anyone can view this live streaming video by going to the website: http://beaverisland.tv while the games are in progress. On demand video will be processed on return to Beaver Island, and it will be available early the week after.

New Physician Assistant Visits and Locates Apartment

Gayle Paget and Bill Gorenc

The new Physician Assistant hired to take the place of Physician Assistant (PA) Christy VanLooy, who is retiring, visited the Island today to look for a place to live. It is believed that for this winter, she and her husband will be living above Dahlwhinnie's in the second floor apartment there. The new PA's name is Gayle L. Paget, PA-C. Her husband is Bill Gorenc. They have spent the last three years working in the American Indian reservations in North Dakota and New Mexico.

They spent the last year working with three Indian tribes in New Town, North Dakota; the Mandan (Nueta), Hidatsa, and Arikara (Sagnish). The year before this they were in Fort Yates, North Dakota, working with the Hunkpapa and Oglala Soiux. For nine months prior to that, they were in New Mexico working with the Zuni.

Gayle's education background includes an Associates of Applied Science, Primary Care, and Physician's Assistant from Cuyahoga Community College (Parma, OH) in 1986. This was followed by a Bachelor of Science degree from Baldwin Wallace College (Berea, OH). She is a

Certified Physicians Assistant, with over 25 years of experience in multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, at multiple types of care facilities, from Indian Health Service clinics and VA Hospitals to private high volume Urgent Care centers, with specific experience that includes: Urgent Care, Psychiatric Care, Internal Medicine, General and Family Practice, Pain Managment, and Occupational Medicine.

Welcome to the Beaver Island community, Gayle and Bill!

Fantastic Beaver Island News

from the Chamber of Commerce

Al Stewart will bring two gents, one from the magazine Midwest Living and the other from the Pure Michigan Campaign, to go turkey hunting on Beaver Island in the spring of 2013. The turkey hunt will be the basis for an article in the magazine and promotions through the Pure Michigan site.

"This is the result of good relations forged with Russ Mason and the Michigan DNR by your Chamber of Commerce and the Wildlife Club. It's going to pay off in the tens of thousands of dollars worth range of great Beaver Island publicity," stated Chamber Executive Director Steve West. "The last time our Island was featured in Midwest living your Chamber web site got about six months worth of visits in three days."

From Stoney Acres

Whole Lotta FUN Goin' On!
Tuesday Jan. 8th is our Annual ELVIS'S BIRTHDAY BASH/50's Party!
Party starts at 8pm-Close...Lots of Great Tunes will be played...Drink Specials/Happy Hour ALL DAY...AND an ELVIS appearance!
SIGN UP FOR DARTS SOON ... Lots of FUN...Happy Hour while you play. Games begin the week of Jan.14th!
FOOTBALL & NASCAR at Danny's PUB! Drink Specials too!
It's REAL FUN at Stoney & the PUB!
Our Best to YOU in 2013

State of the Great Lakes Report Released

This annual report offers a look at water issues, recovery efforts and more. The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today released Michigan's annual State of the Great Lakes report for 2012. Michigan law requires the annual report, which provides a snapshot of issues throughout the Great Lakes basin and informs policy discussions about protecting and managing Michigan's Great Lakes resources. The 2012 State of the Great Lakes report focuses on Michigan's efforts to improve water quality, best use water resources, fight aquatic invasive species and restore degraded areas. Sections detail efforts to protect and restore Michigan's coastal areas, featuring experts from state and federal resource agencies, Michigan Sea Grant, academia, and the environmental community.

A copy of the report can be viewed here.

Several key initiatives in this year's publication reflect priorities Governor Rick Snyder recently outlined in his special message on Energy and the Environment. Governor Snyder's recent election to co-chair the Council of Great Lakes Governors signals his priority focus on Michigan's role as a leader in Great Lakes issues.

For More Information Brian Sweeney, 517-373-6093, sweeneyb2@michigan.gov
Brad Wurfel, 517-241-7395, wurfelb@michigan.gov

WinterFest on Lake G Scheduled for 2013

St. James Township Meeting, January 2, 2013

The St. James Township Board Meeting on January 2, 2013, began in a forty degree room with everyone still wearing his or her coat. The chilly room was caused by the fuel oil boiler being broken down. The boiler will be repaired as soon as January 3, 2012. The electric heaters being used to keep the temperature above freezing had blown the circuit breaker for the lights, so entry into the building was delayed as the circuit breaker for the lights was found to get some lights going. At the very end of the meeting it was decided to get the furnace repaired and to pay up to $1000 for that work completion.

During the rest of the meeting, which can be viewed in its entirety here, included appointments and postings for letter of interest, as well as discussion of property for the proposed Charelvoix County Beaver Island Road Commission Garage.

View the video HERE

New Year's Eve Feasting

Both the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant and Stoney Acre Grill put on an amazing combination of lavish feasts for the Island people last night, December 31, 2012. The amazing meals served in both restaurants were wonderfully prepared by excellent chefs and served with just a slight bit of flare by very competant and caring servers. The hot meals were photographed under the heat lamps. Avery special night indeed!

A Few Shamrock Meals

Somewhat normal fare

Crab legs and lobster--enticing

Some Stoney Acre Meals

Somewhat normal fare

Mouth-watering desserts

Crab Legs and Steak

If asked which restaurant had the better food, it would be very difficult for this editor to answer the question. The decor of Stoney Acre was somewhat more homey, the cloth tablecloths slightly more fancy, and the decorations slightly better, but it's pretty hard to beat the char-broiled lobster tails of the Shamrock with Shrimp Resoto. All in all, it would be pretty much an equally excellent evening at either establishment. It would have been nice to have experienced both. Perhaps a preview or a postlude might be arranged for this editor this or next year???



Airport Commission

The BIAC has scheduled the next meeting for January 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.

St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours

Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.

  1. St. James Government Building Wednesday's from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM

  2. Office telephone 448-2014

  3. Email address billhaggard.beaverisland@ gmail.com


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

January 17, 2013

February 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

April 18, 2013

May 16, 2013

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

Members: _______(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)

BIRHC Annual Meeting Scheduled

The Annual Meeting of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 10:00 AM in the health center community room.


Christian Church Ministers

December 30 and January 6: Pastor Bob Whitlock

January 13: Pastor Howard Davis

January 20 and 27: Pastor Harold Kruse

BIRHC Board Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 10:00 AM in the health center community room.

NRESC Reschedules December Meeting

The NRESC Executive Committee has agreed to schedule the next natural resources planning meeting for January 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Peaine Township Hall. John Beck & Julie Brockman will facilitate. Agenda is same as for the cancelled 12/15 meeting

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

January 17, 2013

February 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

April 18, 2013

May 16, 2013

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

Members: _______(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)

NRESC Meeting Schedule

Saturday, October 27, from 10 am – 1 pm

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

January 21, 2013

March 18, 2013

May 20, 2013

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

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Happy New Year

from News on the 'Net

Holiday Decorations around the Island

Excellent Music on New Year's Eve

Donegal Danny's and the Beachcomber both had music last night for New Year's Eve.

Donegal Danny's Pub

The group at Donegal Danny's consisted of the Sowa Brothers, Jeremy and Cory, Kevin White, and Layla Hall, back from an international tour.

A quick view of the crowd present at one point in time early in the night at Donegal Danny's Pub

Kevin, Cory, and Jeremy; from left to right as they were in the Pub

Layla jamming

Beachcomber Bar

The Shamrock did not have a band performing, but the Beachcomber had the group "RigorMortis" with drummer, Rich Gillespie; lead guitar and vocals by Randy Osborne; and keyboard and vocals by Rich Scripps.

Rich Scripps, Randy, and Rich Gillespie from left to right as they were in the Beachcomber

Randy rocking and playing lead

The Beachcomber was much too packed to get pictures of the crowd. Some video was taken.

NYE Video

This video contains video of food, music, people, and musicians performing at the two locations mentioned above. Hope this provides a little flavor of what NYE on Beaver Island is like.


Marine Grant West Returns To USA

(Picture from visit to the island in 2011)

Marine Corporal Grant West returned to the United States on Sunday December 16 after an extended deployment. He was part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) that completed nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.

Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors form 24th MEU . West is a Scout Sniper with 1 st Battalion 2 nd Marine Regiment, the ground combat element of the MEU. At least two Marine MEU's are afloat and available world wide 24/7/365. They are trained for many different missions both combat and humanitarian.

The 24th MEU left in March to serve throughout the U.S. European, Central and Africa Commands where they participated in a number of exercises, theater security cooperation engagements, and remained on alert for a total of approximately 150 days to respond to a number of crises.

The unit was due home in November but was delayed while serving in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility and remained in an alert status in the eastern Mediterranean Sea . The delay was a result of the turmoil in Libya , Egypt and Syria . The MEU was available to assist when Americans came under attack in Libya but they were not ordered to help.

“Our Marines and Sailors have done a fantastic job demonstrating what it means to be a forward-deployed, expeditionary force ready to answer the Nation's call,” said Col. Frank Donovan, commanding officer, 24th MEU.

Grant West is a graduate of Beaver Island Community School . He previously served a combat tour in Afghanistan . He is the son of NorthernIsland owners Elaine and Steve West and the grandson of Helen Pike. He will leave the Marine Corps early in 2013 and marry Mallory Siber in Charlotte NC. West plans to attend college in Colorado where the couple plans to live.

"Muggs" Bass Reports Medicare Scam

Muggs was contacted on the phone about receiving a new Medicare card. Of course, there was quite a lot of personal and private information that would have to be given in order to get a new Medicare card. Muggs was quite suspicious. Is that a surprise? Muggs contacted Medicare and has found out that this is a scam.

So, if you are a senior and are contacted about getting new Medicare card or anything similar, DO NOT provide them with any information. It is recommended that you contact Sheriff Don Schneider's office to make a report to the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office in Charlevoix. Also, if you have caller ID, it would be helpful to write down the number to help get this scammer caught.

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting on December 27, 2012

The purpose of the meeting at 10 a.m. on December 27, 2012, was to get the airport commission members to provide input to the architect on needs and wants related to the design of the new airport terminal building. The representative from Meade and Hunt and the architect were about 30 minutes late for the 10 am meeting due to transportation problems, but once here on the island at the St. James Township Hall, they provided good information including a timeline for the terminal project and many options for the architectural design of the building. Certain items related to the the site plan were also discussed. You can view the video of this entire meeting by clicking on the link below:

Video clips of this meeting can be viewed HERE

The BIAC has scheduled the next meeting for January 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.

Picture of Lights of Northern Michigan from Space

Link to View of USA

Thank You to Bob Tidmore for sharing these.

You can see Beaver Island and it small light profile in this picture. Click the picture to enlarge.

Weekly Fishing Tip: Ice fishing tips

Although it seems unlikely we'll have ice, let alone snow, for the holidays…we wanted to offer you some ice fishing tips you can hopefully use this winter.

1. When choosing an auger, consider a hand or battery-powered option. They're usually easier to haul than the gas-powered version and work just as well. Just remember to keep the blades sharp!
2. Headed out to water more than six feet deep? Don't forget your slip bobber and a bobber stop! Just remember if it's freezing out, most slip bobbers won't work so you may need to fashion something else to work.
3. Regardless of the technique you prefer, consider using more than one to see better success out on the ice.

Want more information on ice fishing? Visit www.michigan.gov/fishing .

This tip was adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.

Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Go Hand in Hand

Fall and winter are wonderful times to get out to enjoy nature and to see wildlife! Birds are migrating and can sometimes be seen in big flocks. Drive by a cut-down corn field and you'll see the huge, prehistoric sandhill crane. Different types of birds will be passing through your bird feeder. And many animals are getting in their last big meals before winter. Then once the snow falls, the woods get quiet and signs of wildlife can be seen if you just look close – tracks in the snow, small birds like the dark-eyed junco and downy woodpecker flitting around. It's really a magical time to be out in the woods.

This is also the time of year hunters are out in the woods – they too are enjoying the sights and sounds of nature and wildlife. Watching a mouse run over their boot as they sit still as a tree. Watching a white-breasted nuthatch poking its way down a tree looking for bugs. Communing with nature is a huge draw for hunters. So as another hunting season winds down, it's a good time to look at the important role hunting plays in conserving Michigan's wildlife – for all wildlife species, not just the ones that are hunted.

How does hunting contribute to wildlife conservation? Hunters help conserve and manage wildlife in three ways:

  1. Hunting is an important management tool. For many wildlife species, hunting helps to maintain populations at levels compatible with human activity, land use and available habitat. For example, hunting helps limit deer browse in agricultural areas and deer-car collisions. Hunting may also help your garden from getting eaten by deer.
  2. Hunters pay for the bulk of wildlife conservation across the country through the Pittman-Robertson Act, or PR. Established in 1937, this act created an excise tax on guns, ammunition, bows, arrows and other hunting-related equipment. This money is then apportioned to state wildlife agencies based on the land area and the number of licensed hunters of each state. These funds are matched by state hunting license fees. PR ensures that money from hunting license sales can only be used for wildlife management – for projects such as conducting research, wildlife reintroductions and improving wildlife habitat. These projects benefit a wide range of species, including animals that aren't hunted. In Michigan, hunters pay for approximately 80 percent of the Department of Natural Resources' wildlife management. Learn more about PR .
  3. Hunters have banded together in local sportsmen's clubs and national organizations to raise funds for conservation, buy and conserve private lands for wildlife habitat, partner with state and federal agencies on large-scale conservation, and lobby for laws and policies that benefit wildlife. Groups like Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever support and conduct conservation and restoration efforts across a wide range of habitats, throughout Michigan and the country.

So thank a hunter you know for helping to conserve wildlife for all of Michigan's citizens!

How can you help?

There are several easy ways you can help conserve wildlife in Michigan:

With increased funding to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, we can boost our efforts to conserve and manage Michigan's wildlife. Join us in protecting the natural, wild and wonderful things..

National Recognition For Beaver Island Fishing

The current issue of CarpPro magazine features three stories that mention Beaver Island as an outstanding destination for flats style fly fishing for giant Golden Bones.

You can read the issue here: http://www.carppro.net/CarpPro/Current_issue.html

The stories are on pages 20, 58, & 102 by John Paul Lipton, Kirk Deeter and Beaver Island 's Kevin Morlock. Morlock (Indigo Guides) reports that his current booking for the 2013 season are “way up, the best ever.” The Chamber of Commerce reports that three Indigo Guides will be working on Beaver Island starting in May.

Several Subscriptions Expire in January

Several family and business subscriptions expire in January 2013. This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


From Beaver Island Community School

Beaver Island superintendent/principal search narrowed to 4 candidates

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education members narrowed the field of candidates for superintendent/principal to four at a special board meeting last week.

The four candidates selected for interviews are all from Michigan . The candidates and their interview schedule are:

•  Jennifer Verleger, Principal at Mt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8

•  Riley Justis, Curriculum and Technology Administrator at Hope Academy Schools, Detroit , 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8

•  Melanie Allen, Multi-Tier Systems of Support Transition Coordinator at Holt Schools, Holt, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9

•  Greg Paxton, Superintendent at Beaverton Schools, Beaverton , 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9

All interviews are open to the public and will be held in classroom 115. School Board President Jessica Anderson said the board encourages the community to attend the public interview process. If time permits, public questions may be entertained.

"We were very pleased with the caliber of candidates who applied," Anderson said, adding it was a difficult process to narrow down the number of candidates selected for interviews. "I want to thank each candidate for giving us the opportunity to review their applications," she added.

A total of 20 candidates applied for the administrative position, which is being vacated at the end of the school year by Kathleen (Kitty) McNamara who had been superintendent for more than 24 years.

With assistance from Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District , which is coordinating the search, a brochure for the position was mailed to all 523 school districts in the state, and advertisements were on state and national websites.

Forums were held with school staff and the community to gather input on qualities the community is seeking in their superintendent. Comments ranged from good communication skills to someone who will interface easily with students, parents, and the community.

Tentatively, the school board has set second interviews for the week of January 14 with the hopes to have the new superintendent begin in mid-June 2013.

Architect Selected for Terminal Project

Architects were interviewed by the Beaver Island Airport Commission and Kendra C. Thompson Architects (KTA); P.C. was selected for the terminal project.

The firm has been in existence for over 22 years and is located in Manistee, with collaborating professional firms in northern Michigan. KTA provided the architectural and engineering services for the development of a new terminal building at the Manistee County Blacker Airport. They worked with Mead & Hunt (Beaver Island 's Airport planners) during that project.

KTA is also focused on the need to design within the budget, the relatively short time span to completion, to capture the essence of the Island community in the design, and the need to consider energy efficient systems and material for maximum impact on the operational costs of the terminal.

Public input on design ideas for the new terminal will be sought during special meetings on that topic. Please watch for postings.

Support Non-Game Wildlife Too

Honor a loved one this holiday season by supporting Michigan's wildlife

This holiday season, Michigan residents can honor friends or loved ones by making a donation to the Michigan Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund in their name. The recipient will be notified of the donor's generosity with a beautiful certificate and a Living Resources patch featuring one of Michigan's unique nongame species.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, a donation of $20 or more makes a world of difference for the fish and wildlife species in Michigan. These tax-deductible gifts benefit species that are endangered, threatened or considered rare in the state, helping to restore rare species populations and also to keep common species common.

Since the Michigan Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund was established in 1983, the program has had three main goals:

  • To restore populations of endangered and threatened species through management and protectio n;
  • To maintain present populations of animals and plants ; and
  • To promote appreciation and awareness of Michigan's nongame wildlife and endangered species through education and first-hand opportunities to experience wildlife.

Peregrine falcons, trumpeter swans, piping plovers, gray wolves, Kirtland's warblers, Mitchell's satyr butterflies, lake sturgeon and common terns are just a few of the hundreds of wildlife species that have benefited from projects supported through the Michigan Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund. For more information on projects that have been supported by the fund, visit www.michigan.gov/ nongamewildlife .

The Michigan Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund supports a network of more than 100 watchable wildlife sites throughout the state. These sites provide a variety of opportunities to view some of Michigan's most popular wildlife species. The watchable wildlife program also promotes efforts that teach people how to responsibly photograph and view all forms of wildlife and plants.

Since its inception, the Michigan Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund has raised more than $9.5 million in support of critical projects for nongame species, but the fund will not continue without donations. To make a donation in someone's honor – perhaps as a holiday gift – resident can make out a check or money order to: State of Michigan, Nongame Wildlife Fund and send it, along with the person of honor's name and address, to: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 30451, Lansing, MI 48909.

To get news and information about Michigan's unique and wonderful wildlife species, sign up for the DNR's Wildlife Viewing email list – visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife and click on the red envelope.

Seniors' Meal Options

Besides the home delivered meals prepared by Dahlwhinnie, there are options currently at two restaurants, Dahlwhinnie's and the Shamrock. The menus are down below, but there are times where a picture is worth a hundred words. These pictures are not meant to depict the entire menu at either place, but just to give you an opportunity to see what some of the options look like. The editor can attest to the excellent meals that have been consumed over the last few months. The seniors, who have not participated, should seriously consider these wonderful meals. The seniors that have been participating should invite another senior to go with them.

Breakfast at Dahlwhinnie's is an excellent opportunity to sit down and socialize. The #1 breakfast at Dahlwhinnies was sampled by the editor and it received a two thumbs up, once the thumbs were done proving help to the hands in consuming this excellent meal. Here is a picture of the meal:

Eggs, hashbrowns, toast, orange juice, milk or coffee, and pears

Dahlwhinnie's is also participating in lunch. Breakfast runs from 7-10, and lunch from 11-2. The honey mustard chicken salad is another wonderful meal as is the tuna melt.

Downtown at the Shamrock Bar, there is no breakfast, but an excellent lunch is awating all seniors for a reasonable cost. These same senior menu items are available to the general public for $7.00. Here are a few pictures of the lunch items available at the Shamrock: Again, the senior lunch and dinner menu is posted below.

Soup and Salad is a wonderful combination of homemade soups and fresh salad with dressing, bread, and butter, Add coffee, tea, or iced tea as a beverage and a fruit cup and you have one excellent lunch.

This wonderful chicken salad is also available as one of the lunch or dinner items for seniors.

A hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, and fruit cup along with your choice of three beverages can't be beat.

Barbeque pulled pork sandwich with mashed potatoes

Chicken wings with French fries and cole slaw

Pasta and Meatballs, very nice

Taco salad, yum, yum

So, there are plenty of Dining Out menu options and, at this time, at least two places to go for lunch. What are you seniors waiting for? Meet you for lunch?

The Shamrock is also offering these same menu choices for dinner for all seniors. The Dining Out program is part of the services offered by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.

Dahlwhinnie's Dining Out Menu

The CC Commission on Aging's representatives have approved the menu submitted by Dahlwhinnie's to offer seniors an additional option when deciding to dine out. The addition of a a breakfast menu to a lunch menu provides another option for Dining Out seniors. The menu was available as of Monday, October 8, 2012, and is presented below exactly as presented to BINN with only one thing added. The thing added was the word 'and' in front of the word 'milk.' The following menu items are available from 7-10 a.m.:

#1 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, toast with butter, and milk

#2 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, oatmeal, and milk

#4 Egg sandwich with cheese, orange juice, fruit cup, hashbrowns

#5 1 egg vegetable cheese omelet, hash browns, orange juice

The Dining Out Lunch Menus available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. is:

#1 Fresh spinach salad with grilled chicken, red onion, honey mustard dressing, fruit, bread with butter, and milk

#2 Chili--(beef, chicken, or turkey) with tomatoes, beans, peppers, and onions, fruit cup, crackers, and milk

#3 Meat loaf, potatoes, vegetable, fruit, roll with butter, milk

#4 Open face pulled pork sandwich, vegetable, sweet potato, fruit, and milk

#5 Hot turkey or beef sandwich and potatoes with gravy, vegetable, fruit, and milk

#6 Tuna melt on wheat with cheddar, fruit, mixed vegetable

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

After a discussion today, September 26, 2012, with Dana Hodgson, it is possible to replace mashed potatoes with French fries, so this makes the possibilities on the Shamrock menu a total of thirty possible combinations for food and three possibilities for drinks.

Lots of options and choices...

Dana and Eric Hodgson announced this morning, October 16, 2012, that the senior menu posted above will be available to all ages. If paid in cash, the cost of these menu items, all thirty possible combinations, will be $6.60 plus tax. This means that the menu, listed as the senior menu, is available for anyone for $7. This is a wonderful possibility for all! Thank you, Dana and Eric!

The BINN editor arrived at the Shamrock for lunch today, and suddenly realized that the senior vouchers were not in his pocket, but at home. With this new option, the same lunch was received without any issues and the $7 price was paid instead. This will allow several of the old gang who used to meet at the Community Center an opportunity to congregate again for lunch. Thank you again, Dana and Eric!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2013 Winter Free Fishing Weekend

Are you looking for an opportunity to take someone out fishing this winter, perhaps someone who has never been before? Consider scheduling your outing for February 16 or 17 as part of the 2013 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 2013 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 .

Where Is the Tax Relief for St. James Township Taxpayers

Now that the election is over, it is time to bring this issue back up to the taxpayers on Beaver Island whether they pay taxes in St. James or in Peaine Townships. The following editorial was written by the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net, and he is responsible for all statements made. This position is his position only, not the position of News on the 'Net, nor of any family members. In short, the editorial is a response to two specific points: "Why do St. James individual taxpayers pay more for the joint services than does each individual Peaine taxpayer?" and "Are these tax amounts fair?" You can read the whole editorial by clicking on the small picture below.

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

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

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

Beaver Island Basketball Schedule 2012-2013

JAN 4 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND Rescheduled to Feb 15, 2013

JAN 5 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND Rescheduled to Feb 16, 2013













Proposed Beaver Island Garage

For Charlevoix County Services on Beaver Island

Site plans and artist renditions may be viewed by clicking on the schematic above.

Thank you to County Commissioner Rich Gillespie for the above information!

NRESC Draft Goals and Objectives for Natural Resources Plan

Brian Mastenbrook will be attending our meeting on Saturday and will discuss the draft plan the DNR has released, which includes Beaver archipelago, and the input process. See info below:

The Northern Lower Peninsula (NLP) Regional State Forest Management Plan has been released for public input. The DNR will accept comments on this draft plan through Jan. 2, 2013.

Send your comments and ideas via email to forestplancomments@ michigan.gov .

DNR Press Release: http://us.mg205.mail. yahoo.com/dc/launch?.partner= sbc&.gx=1&.rand=cqt19tslhvjfo

http://www.midnr.com/ Publications/pdfs/ ForestsLandWater/RSFMP/NLP/ NLPMgmtPlanSec4MA1GreatLakesIs land.pdf

More related to the our islands are under special resource area: http://www.midnr.com/ Publications/pdfs/ ForestsLandWater/RSFMP/NLP/ NLPSection5.pdf

Peter Plastrik

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.

Forestview Apartments for Rent

There are three apartments for rent at Forestview Apartments. This senior housing project is right next door to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and right across the street from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The video below shows the apartment that is designed from someone who is physically handicapped or otherwise handicapped, but the other apartments have the same basic layout.


The Tax Inequity Between Individual Taxpayers in Peaine And St. James Townships

(An editorial by Joe Moore, St. James Taxpayer)

(September 26, 2012) This editorial will not focus on the correctness of property evaluations. This editorial will not focus on the length of time a taxpayer is in residence on Beaver Island. This editorial will not focus on the taxpayers ability to pay taxes. This editorial will not focus on "Why should I vote to raise taxes on my property?" This editorial will not focus on whether Peaine should or should not change its method of setting millage, even though tonight's Peaine Special Board Meeting will set millages for Peaine Township. This editorial will use simple mathematics to state and show the differences between the tax millages of St. James and Peaine Township and ask for the reason that they are not equitable on an individual taxpayer basis.

Here is the basis of the bold statement above. As a St. James taxpayer, I pay more tax for all the joint operations on Beaver Island than does the Peaine taxpayer six hundred yards south of me. I want to know why. The fire department, the EMS, the transfer station, and the airport are operations that have to be available to all Beaver Island residents. We have to be able to put out fires. We have to have someone come take care of us when we are sick or injured. We have to have a way to get rid of our trash. We have to have an airport owned publicly with public control. Hopefully none of these statements are controversial.

Right or wrong, the SEV in Peaine Township has gone up at an exponential rate even though the Peaine Board hired a state approved assessor. Right or wrong, the St. James SEV has gone up in a much more linear fashion. I am not interested in whether they should have or should have not gone up in this way. These are simply facts. Here is a graph of the SEVs, showing the SEV of both St. James and Peaine for the last several years.

Most high school students Algebra II would be able to recognize that the blue dots, representing the SEV of Peaine, most likely represents an exponential function. Most of the same students would be able to recognize that the brownish red dots most likely represent a slight increase above a linear function. They might also state the obvious, which is that the SEV in Peaine Township has been going up at a much higher rate. Again, make sure that you understand that this editorial is NOT about whether it should have or should not have. It is instead a statement of mathematical fact.

With the increase in SEV in Peaine Township, and considering two taxpayers, one in St. James and one in Peaine, the value of the property in Peaine has increased at a higher rate than the value of the property in St. James, even if they started out at the exact same value, say back in the late seventies or early eighties. The individual taxpayer in Peaine has also been paying a lower millage than the individual property owner in St. James for the last eighteen years even with the equal dollar match that is historically been in effect. Here is a graph of the lower millage rates that Peaine taxpayers have been paying over the last several years for joint operations.

The millage rates shown above are the millage rates that would have been in place if all the joint operations were millages in Peaine Township instead of some of them being taken out of general funds. These millage differences are based upon the SEV and not on taxable value because many things can happen to change taxable value. This millage rate graph shows that in the last several years, the only years where the millage rates were even close were the years in the late nineties. Each individual St. James taxpayer has been paying more millage for the same services for the last several years. Why is that not seen by everyone to be inequitable?

There are totals available related to the joint operations over the last eighteen years and based upon the millages shown in the graph above. Again, the SEV is used to calculate these numbers. Perhaps the numbers are only half as big if the taxable value was 50% of the SEV. That does not really matter if you are just trying to point out the inequity between the townships. The percentages of SEV still shown this same inequity.

This last graphic has .00018, which is more correctly written as .18 mills. What this means is that the average St. James taxpayer has been paying .18 mills more than the average Peaine taxpayer for the same jointly funded services as an average over the last eighteen years. Whetherthe total dollar amount is $150,000 or $75,000 shouldn't be the issue. The issue is that this represents a lot of money that the St. James taxpayers have been paying, and that the Peaine Township taxpayers have not been paying on an individual basis.

I want to know why Peaine taxpayers and board members consider this an equitable situation. If the fire department is called down the East Side of Beaver Island to a tree on a wire that is on fire or a grass fire or a house on fire, don't the residents of Peaine get the same fire response as a St. James taxpayer? If someone in Peaine has chest pain or is injured, doesn't this person get the same EMS response? If you have trash in Peaine, don't you have the same facility for disposal? Then why do I pay more taxes for the same access than you on an individual basis?

Some will say that St. James sets the millage in Peaine township. That is not a true statement. The Peaine Township Board sets the millage in Peaine Township. How did you determine that your fair share was based upon total dollars being equal? Inequity is inequity. What would happen if St. James Township decided to lower its millage rate? You can bet that the Peaine taxpayers and the Peaine Board would lower theirs as well. Is that equity. I can honestly say that there is not one chance in the world of having Peaine Township increase the millage rates that they pay for joint operations. Why would they do that to increase their own taxes, especially in an election year?

I have several more questions to ask. Why would a St. James taxpayer want to volunteer to provide services to a Peaine taxpayer, knowing full well that they are not paying their fair share? Why would a Peaine Board member expect that volunteer to provide the same level of service in this situation? Why are St. James taxpayers paying for the payments for a fire hall in Peaine Township?

The answers to these questions are that we are one island providing services to all islanders at the same level of service no matter where that service is provided. If you, as an individual, expect the same level of service, on an individual basis, you should pay your fair share of taxes to keep these services operational. Peaine taxpayers are not doing that because Peaine board members don't want to increase their personal property taxes. That is the only explanation that makes any sense to this St. James taxpayer.

Some will suggest that contributing the exact dollar amount to the joint operations is paying the township's fair share. These services are available to taxpayers on an individual basis. The amount paid, dollar for dollar, does not match the services being provided on an individual basis no matter what system of mathematics you use.

(The facts and figures for this editorial come directly from the Charlevoix County Equalization Department in a $60 FOIA request.)