The weather has had some effects here on Beaver Island. The basketball games against Paradise scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled. They will be rescheduled for January 27th and 28th.
POSITION TITLE: Executive Director- Beaver Island Emergency Services (BIEMS)
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The Executive Director reports to the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority (BIESA) and is responsible for the administration and management of BIEMS . The Executive Director has the authority and responsibility to manage all BIEMS operation activities, including personnel, to serve as the primary point person with other health care entities, the BI Townships' Boards.
AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Main categories for which this individual is responsible include, but are not limited to:
1. Administering and managing BI EMS operations and internal activities, ensuring that all operation systems and procedures are appropriate, effective and lawful.
2. Meeting on a regular basis with the BIESA Board and holding general meetings with all EMS members for updates.
3. Providing leadership to en sure that the organization works well as a team.
4. Managing all members, with responsibility for personnel issues, and evaluations.
5. Performing performance evaluations, with the authority to promote, replace or retain members.
6. Serving as the primary point person with other health care entities, associations and agencies, developing and maintaining relationships with appropriate off-island and on-island organizations.
7. In coordination with the Emergency Services Authority, overseeing contract negotiations related to the business or operations of BI EMS .
8. In coordination with the Emergency Services Authority, designing and implementing effective communication strategies to keep the community informed and involved.
9. Ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including but not limited to, certification, HIPAA and CLIA.
10. Ensuring that all operational policies and procedures, and a quality improvement plan, are developed and implemented, obtaining Authority approval on those as appropriate.
11. Annually preparing operational goals, objectives and an appropriate plan for BI EMS for the next year, providing an annual report to the BIESA Board.
12. Reviewing quarterly the goals, objectives and plan, identifying barriers and modifying the plan as needed.
13. Providing a quarterly administrative report to the BIESA Board which includes information about the operations, progress on goals and objectives, quality issues, staffing issues or other concerns related to the ability of BI EMS to achieve its mission.
14. Working closely with the BIESA Board and members. To prepare an annual budget and financial business plan which will be presented to the board approximately three months prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year for review, revisions and approval.
15. Identifying and pursuing, in conjunction with the BIESA Board, any appropriate sources of funding.
16. Developing and pursuing potential relationships and opportunities, including those consistent with the BI EMS mission, that would secure new and/or improved services for BI EMS, enhancing the capability of BI EMS to provide high quality, cost-effective emergency services for the community.
17. Other activities as appropriate and related to accomplishing the BI EMS mission.
Work may require clinical contact and may produce exposure to injuries (e.g. cuts, needle sticks) and exposure to blood, contaminated hazardous materials or health hazards.
The candidate should have experience in the emergency medical field and be licensed by the State of Michigan as a pre-hospital care provider, or be able to transfer licensure from another state. Familiarity with the unique circumstances of Beaver Island is very important.
Interested Parties should send their application and resume by email transmitted not later than midnight January 20, 2012, or by U.S. Postal Service postmarked no later than midnight, January 20, 2012. Information sent by any other means must be received by 9:00 AM, Monday, January 23, 2012, at the address shown below.
Beaver Island EMS
c/o Sarah McCafferty
P.O. Box 192
Beaver Island , MI. 49782
The board of directors of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that there are no current plans for a Labor Day weekend marathon this year unless another professional promotion company should step forward.
The southern Michigan based company, Good Boy Events, has concluded that there is not sufficient guest accommodation space on Beaver Island to allow the event to be continued on a profitable basis. The three Island events in 2009-10-11 drew between 250 and 300 participants each. Events on the mainland like the Charlevoix Marathon routinely draw 1000 or more.
“We are always on the lookout for events, particularly in the spring and fall, that we can support for the economic benefit of our Island ,” said Chamber President Rachel Teague. “Member and community ideas are always welcome.”
Kevin David Reynolds, 48, of Beaver Island was convicted of possession of marijuana, recreational trespassing, wildlife-use of artificial light with weapon, and driving while his license was suspended. He was sentenced to serve 365 days in jail with credit for 33 days served, but 10 days community service work was given in lieu of jail time, and 295 days were held in abeyance. He was given 12 months probation. His hunting privileges were suspended for one year. He had to forfeit the gun. He also has to pay $2,225 in fines and costs.
The meeting started promptly at 7 p.m. There were a few additions to the agenda as posted. The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the Emergency Services Authority and the posting of the EMS Director position. Decisions that effect and affect the volunteers of the Beaver Isaland Fire Department and the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service were thoroughly discussed and the posting of the EMS director position was determined after in-depth and vocal EMS input. There was also input from other community members as well as from Fire Chief Tim McDonough and current EMS Director Sarah McCafferty. The decision was to post the EMS director position on Beaver Island for ten days. After that period of time, Peaine would make its decision at a meeting on January 23, 2001, at 6 p.m. just prior to the Joint Township Meeting regarding the emergency air transport.
A letter of support was approved by the board for the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation for a grant application for installation of air conditioning in the Forestview Apartment complex. Election inspectors were appointed for the Republican primary, and posting will take place for the cleaning position for the Peaine hall.
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce selected President Rachel Teague from Fresh Air Aviation and Vice President Diane McDonough from McDonough's Market to fill the organization's top slots. The directors expressed their thanks to Kathy Speck who stepped down after serving ten years as the groups President.
Charlevoix County Community Foundation grant to assist with renovation of St. James Lighttower on Beaver Island
Beaver Island - A recent grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) brings St. James Township on Beaver Island one step closer to launching a much needed project to restore and preserve the historic Lighttower on the north shore of the Island 's harbor.
The Charlevoix County Community Foundation Board approved a grant of $4,269.00 which will be used to help fund the exterior renovations on the St. James Lighttower, an iconic symbol of the Island built during the Mormon era. Funds for the grant came from the Beaver Island Enrichment Fund and the John and Laurene Adams Fund, both component funds of the Community Foundation, as well as the Foundation's Community Fund, which supports unrestricted grantmaking on a county-wide basis.
“We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for this grant,” said Lighthouse Committee Chair Don Vyse. “We are now moving closer to our goal of beginning the much needed work in the very near future.”
Several years ago, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association partnered with St. James Township to help facilitate the assessment and work on the Lighttower. An architectural condition assessment was completed, outlining the extensive work needed to be accomplished on the structure. “As we work, we have to follow the Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook,” Vyse explained. “We must be in compliance with the manual. We have to do it correctly and historically restore it.”
Exterior renovations include instillation of a new door and windows, ventilation work, cement work, and all the wooden and cast iron elements in the tower must be scraped, repaired, primed and refinished. By far the biggest expense and the highest ranking priority is the exterior masonry, with an estimated 2,600 bricks needing to be replaced and the mortar evaluated and replaced in many areas. The cost of the exterior restoration portion of the project is estimated to be around $70,000.
Charlevoix County Community Foundation President, Chip Hansen, conveyed the Foundation's enthusiasm for the renovations as well. “The Community Foundation is very pleased to play a role in the renovation of the Lighttower,” he said, adding, “we're looking forward to watching the work as it progresses and, ultimately, the successful completion of such a worthwhile project.”
The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life for all who live, work, or vacation in Charlevoix County. CCCF works to enhance the quality of life in Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come, by building permanent charitable endowment from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on matters of community concern.
To learn more about the Lighttower Restoration Project call Lighthouse Committee Chair Don Vyse at 231-448-2834.
More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.
The Beaver Island Community School National Honor Society is participating in Valentines for Soldiers. The students in grades PreK-12 are making Valentine cards for the soldiers. If anyone in the community would also like to send cards, items or Valentine gifts to the soldiers, we will collect them and send them to Operation American Soldier. They also will accept donations (checks written to them) for items to include in the boxes.
Cards, items and donations will be collected through Thursday, January 19th. They may be given to any NHS member: seniors Jenna Battle and Olivia Schwartzfisher, junior Marissa Crandall, sophomores Erin Boyle and Olivia Cary, or Connie Boyle (adviser) or dropped off at the school office.
Three NHS members and their adviser Connie Boyle
Beaver Island’s Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee
Beaver Island 49782
The NRESC consists of representatives from Peaine Township, St. James Township, both Townships’ Planning Commissions, the Beaver Island Association, the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, the Beaver Island Community School, the Beaver Island Contractors and Realtors Group, the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Peaine Township Trails Committee, the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and other “at large” members approved by both Townships
The Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee (NRESC) seeks community members interested in becoming at-large members. The NRESC was appointed by the Peaine and St. James Township Boards in September 2011, with a mandate to engage in activities that preserve the Island's natural resources and promote ecotourism and economic development. It has members designated by eleven Island organizations, the Michigan DNR, and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, as well as at-large members nominated by the organization members. All appointments to the NRESC require approval of both township boards.
The NRESC meets every other month, and its Executive Committee meets monthly. In December, the NRESC began an important and exciting process, supported by the DNR and facilitators from Michigan State University, to develop an Island-wide plan for natural resources management.
If you wish to be considered for appointment to the NRESC, please contact the NRESC chair, Peter Plastrik, by email at email@example.com or by telephone, 4483047, on or before January 23, 2012. Please include a statement of why you are interested in serving on the NRESC and describe any relevant experiences and expertise you have. He will inform the NRESC Executive Committee of all applications. The Executive Committee will then recommend appointments to the full NRESC.
“To understand and preserve our natural resources and to promote opportunities for their appreciation and enjoyment.”
The following three pictures were taken at fifteen minute intervals this past Thursday. It was amazing how different these pictures are based upon the amount of cloud cover in place at the time. The picture that was missed was the rainbow colors around the moon that came before this series.
This beautiful sunrise picture was taken by Bob Tidmore. Thanks, Bob!
There are a couple of really dedicated golfers living here on Beaver Island year round. Some might even suggest that these two people are a little crazy about playing golf. In 2011, these two people actually played on the first day of 2011 and on the last day of 2011. Well, the year of 2012 saw these same two people out on the golf course playing nine holes. The winner of the match got his picture taken, but he didn't know that his picture was being taken. Here is one of the dedicated golfers on Beaver Island. First he is putting on hole number six and next teeing off on hole number seven, on Friday, January 6, 2012.
You can actually see that the sun was out and shining.
St. James Township Meeting, January 4, 2011
The meeting held on Wednesday, January 4, 2011, covered the typical routine of the agenda, minutes approval, and bill approval. From that point on, it was not routine. The board set the date and time as well as the location of the 7 pm, January 23, 2011, meeting with Mike Slattery, the air transport consultant. The board granted the supervisor the approval to negotiate with ATT regarding use of the St. James Township tower. The board reappointed those expired persons on the Board of Review. They approved the Stoney Acre entertainment permit. The board had a discussion about posting the library board position, and decided to post the position. Danielle Dedloff was appointed to fill the resigned position of Sarah McCafferty as Executive Director beginning April 1, 2012. Tim McDonough suggested that a large group of yachters wished to reserve the yacht dock for the first weekend of August 2012. It was decided to have the committee discuss this issue with the harbormaster. There was a little public comment, mostly positive for the accomplishments of the board.
This draft plan has been released for a one-month public comment period, before it will be considered by the St. James Township Board at a public hearing at its February 4, 2012 meeting. It was prepared, at the Board's request, by Peter Plastrik.
A printed copy of the plan is available at the Beaver Island Library.
Comments may be sent by email to Peter Plastrik at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782, or to Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor.
BIRHC Newsletter November 2011
B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule
Beaver Island Association Invasive Species
Human Services Commission Resource Manual
The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island. A copy of this resource manual appears below. Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library. Other locations will be announces later. Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.
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
Beaver Island Community Center
BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
At the Heart of a Good Community
Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings
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Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!
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We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:
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2011 BICS Holiday Program
The annual BICS Holiday Program took place Wednesday, December 15, 2001. Ron Marsh agreed to take time out of his evening and video tape this performance. Thank you, Ron! The program was and always is a wonderful way to get into the Holiday spirit, and for most on Beaver Island, a way to get into the Christmas spirit. There were lots of different styles of music included in the program as well as recitation of poems. The finale is the gathering of all past students, current students, and staff who all use American Sign Language as well as their voices to present the traditional Keep Christmas With You.
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Update on BIRHC Generator Installation
The BIRHC older generator ran all day on Saturday, all Saturday night, and most of the day on Sunday, January 8, 2012, so that the workers could continue to get the new generator in place. The generator itself is in place. A propane tank for use by this generator is in place. The switch that would disconnect the Great Lakes power transformer from the rural health center and connect the generator is in place. The project is not yet completed, but is getting closer to completion.
The transformer, the generator, and the propane tank
The switch to disconnect GLE and engage the generator
The view of the generator (left), propane tank, transformer, and switch
Monitoring panel in office
Generator Being Installed at the BIRHC
As part of a plan to protect the infrastructures of Beaver Island in case of a major disaster, many buildings are being equipped with generators. The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is one of those buildings. While the BIRHC had a small generator, this generator could not support the power needs of the medical center during a disaster, but only a small part of the building. The old BIRHC generator is being donated to the fire hall in town. Currently the Peaine Township Hall and the East Side Fire Station are equipped with generators, and along with the BIRHC and the in-town fire hall, the majority of the necessary infrastructure including communications and medical care will be in place, in case of any serious disaster.
As explained to this reporter, the BIRHC is one of just a few building to make use of three-phase electricity. The three-phase electrical power comes to the BIRHC underground and terminates at a transformer box outside of the education room and just west of the dental entrance. The electrician and helper were making sure that the ground work is completed to make the installation possible. It may be up to two weeks before the generator system and switches are in place and put into operation.
Dorothy Willis Returns to the Island
Dorothy is home!
Dorothy Willis had fallen and fractured her hip a few weeks ago. She spent time in Petoskey at Northern Michigan Hospital, and then most recently at Bortz Health Care Center in Petoskey. . Dorothy came home today, December 31, 2011, on an early 12:30 p.m. flight. There were several Red Hats out to meet her at Welke Airport.
Who was this snowman who was at the airport to greet Dorothy?
Waiting for the guest of honor to arrive.....
Dorothy is helped off the plane.....waving to welcomers.....hugs, and more hugs, all around.....
Dorothy's home awaits
Some new railings at the Willis's residence to help Dorothy go in and out!
While thinking about this Christmas and New Year's, it was pointed out that Dorothy Willis had donated this Nativity set to the Beaver Island Christian Church a few years ago, so it is appropriate to post a picture of this wonderful gift.
Dorothy, we are so glad to have you back on the Island. Glad to have Ann back here as well. Congratulations on your quick recovery, and we hope it continues to be as fast as the start!
The Treasure That IS Island Treasures Resale Shop
Have you ever wondered how the Beaver Island resale shop operated? Have you ever wondered if all of the work of reclaiming and reassigning of the trash of one person to become the treasures of another person is really worth all of this effort? Have you ever wondered if this Island Treasures Resale Shop was really raising any money for the Beaver Island Fire Department? Well, the simple answer is absolutely and resoundingly YES!
If you thought that this was just a lot green recyclers with pie-eyed dreams, you are sadly mistaken. Take a look here and then decide on your own. Here is the financial report of items purchased with the funds raised by the Island Treasures Resale Shop. Congratulations, Ladies of the Island Treasures Resale Shop for a job well done!
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All Call to Beaver Island Organizations
It would be very nice to try to not schedule events so that there were several all in one day. The island populations, both the seasonal and the year round, would like to have some time to plan on which activities they want to participate in. If your organization already has planned an activity on a specific date, it would be very nice of your to send your activity information to Beaver Island News on the 'Net, so that it can be placed on the Community Calendar. The Community Calendar is a community service provided by BINN to the Beaver Island community. BINN can't publicize your event, cover your event, or give you credit for your event if that event is not known. Please send your schedule of events to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly post it on the Community Calendar.
Peaine Township Special Board Meeting, December 21, 2011
The purpose of this special meeting was to determine if the Peaine Township Board wanted to appeal the jury verdict of November 10, 2011, in a case against the Albins. The Peaine Township Board voted unanimously to forgo their rights to appeal the verdict based upon information provided to them by their lawyer. The judgement can now be entered into the record, the payments may now be made, and the Island can move on into the future without more legals fees being expended on this issue. According to an email received by Jack Gallagher, the St. James Township Board was not interested in attempting an appeal either, so this meeting was only with the Peaine Township Board.
On a side note: Other than the Peaine Township Meeting that wasn't really a meeting, tonight's meeting was the shortest in recent history, lasting less than seven minutes.
Resolution offered by Welke and supported by LoDico:
WHEREAS: Peaine and St. James Townships filed an action in the Charlevoix County Circuit Court, as Plaintiffs to obtain property necessary for a runway protection zone from the owners William K. Albin and Christine F. Albin, as Defendants;
WHEREAS: A Circuit Court Jury rendered its verdict in such action finding for the Defendants;
WHEREAS: A Judgment in the amount of $1,085,992.61 will be entered by the Circuit Court against Peaine and St. James Townships;
WHEREAS: Peaine and St. James Townships may appeal such Judgment;
WHEREAS: Defendants have agreed that they will waive reimbursement of property taxes if Plaintiffs agree to forgo filing an appeal;
WHEREAS: Members of the Peaine Township Board are apprised of the right to appeal and understand the Township Attorney's belief that an appeal would not succeed;
BE IT RESOLVED: That the Peaine Township Board hereby waives its right to appeal and directs the Township Supervisor to advise the Township Attorney not to file an appeal.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
AYES: Welke Kubic LoDico Martin Gallagher
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Birthdays This Week
Sunday, January 8th: Skip McDonough, Time Gerace, Christine Conner Burge, Libby Struik, Jeremy Tingly, Rachael Parker
Monday, January 9th: Robert Oveheul, Robin Delamater, Peggy DeRosia, Mollie James-Allen
Tuesday, January 10th:
Wednesday, Janauary 11th: Erin Yafen, Erin Haenni, Ed Berglund
Thursday, January 12th: Tara Noffsinger
Friday, January 13th: Leaha Grace Cary, Julie Morgan
Saturday, January 14th:
Sunday, January 15th: Kate Wojan
Next Waste Managment Meeting
January 17, 2011 at Peaine Hall 10am
The Winter Town Trek:
Canceled until Spring
Fun and frolic for food and fairness
Support the Beaver Island Food Pantry!
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 19, 2012
February 16, 2012
March 15, 2012
April 21, 2012
May 17, 2012
September 20, 2012
October 18, 2012
November 15, 2012
Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)
Human Services Commission Brochure
Mammograms Save Lives
With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,
at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without
Please call the Beaver Island Health Center
for more information
Free Health Tests
Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.
NRESC Meeting Dates Determined
Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee
2011-2012 Meeting Schedule
All meetings open to the public
Entire Steering Committee to meet at 7 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall
January 16, 2012
March 19, 2012
May 21, 2012
July 16, 2012
Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change
January 16, 2012
February 20, 2012
March 19, 2012
April 16, 2012
May 21, 2012
June 18, 2012
July 16, 2012
The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"
The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.
The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.
Flu Shots Available
Donna Kubic, manager of the BIRHC, announced today that the flu shots are now available. Please call BIRHC at 448-2275 to set up an appointment.
In a six-hour session on December 10, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at approximately 4 p.m., the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee met with two facilitators both from Michigan State University. John P. Beck is the Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Julie L. Brockman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Their contact information shows a mailing address for both. John Beck has an office in 432 South Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032. His email is email@example.com. Julie Brockman has an office at 416 S Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The website for their department can be found at http://hrlr.msu.edu
The Facilitators, John Beck and Julie Brockman
The purpose of this meeting was to achieve a thorough discussion of all aspects of working together to form a complete plan for Beaver Island natural resources. The meeting began with a welcome, introduction, a listing of ground rules, and an overview of the agenda. This was followed with a review of the NRESC mission statement. The next item on the agenda was an environmental scan and capability analysis. This was to answer some questions to hopefully gain consensus. Waht is the current and future environment within which our RNESC efforts do and will operate? What is the state of our personal and institutional capability to meet the challenges of this environment and the potential of activities together? The group had to determine internal capabilities including strengths and weaknesses. They also had to determine the external environment that included opportunities as well as threats.
After this small group work was completed, the small groups came back together to debrief and discuss what each group had come up with.
Then the participants broke up again into the smaller groups to identify stakeholders and the interests of the stakeholders related to the subject. The small groups joined together again and presented their work by individual groups and identified those items that were the same and those that were different.
After this discussion, the agenda called for "Charter the Planning Process," which was a discussion with remediation about the following question: "Where do we go from here?" Then Mr. Beck and Ms. Brockman , Bob and Julie, discussed the next steps. The group provided an evaluation for the day, and then adjourned at approximately 4 p.m.
Out of the three hours of video taken at this planning session with the MSU facilitators, it became obvious that the differences in the groups represented fell into two methods of thinking and learning. There are two basic methods of thinking, planning, and learning that are in opposite directions on a horizontal line. These two diverse methods have names. The names are whole-part and part-whole. Most people fit somewhere in the middle of this continuum, but there are those that on complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
whole plan ..........................................moving toward..................................individual parts
A whole-part thought process considers that the planning, taking into consideration the general understanding of the group, must be done before the plan is developed, and then all things after the plan must fit the plan. The whole must be considered before the individual parts.
individual parts ............................................moving toward..............................................whole plan
A part-whole thought process suggests that all the pieces' thinking, planning and learning; must be put into consideration before the plan is developed. The individual parts must be in place on planned before the whole plan may be determined.
concrete thoughts move to abstractions................................................................................abstract thinkers move from abstract to concrete
Then there is another method of thinking and learning that also is represented by a continuum. People may think on a concrete basis or an abstract basis.
sequential thinkers move in a step by step order....................................................................random thinkers can move without steps
They can also think in a sequential basis or a random basis.
This island has people who are on opposite ends of the three continuums. Then all three of these continuums can be mixed together. Those who are absract random are usually on the whole-part side Those that are concrete sequential are usually on the part-whole side. However, these all can be mixed up.
This may not be exactly what these processes are defined as, but this was the diversion of thoughts presented at this meeting. Another way to describe this is that some thought that all the groups must conform to the plan, and some thought that the general plan would allow individual groups to continue with the plans already in place for the individual groups.
The basic differences in thought processes came out more toward the end of the session than at the beginning of the session. The video of this session will be available here, but realize that only specific parts are available which may include editorial decisions different in thought process from either of divergent patterns shown. (This editor is part to whole, concrete and sequential, so there may be some bias in the video sections included.)
Station Owner, Mr. Joseph Moore
Executive Director, Katrina Martin
Director, Mary Jane Martin
Assistant Director, Rob McPherson
On a time machine trip taken about two weeks ago, this recorded footage was located and the plan is to re-record it from the old video format to the newest video format. This is just too good not to share with all. One portion of the newscast will be shared at a time. This newscast video was made many years ago in a classroom and in a building that no longer exists--a trip down memory lane. Please let the editor know what you think about this idea.
So we go back in time when Beta tapes and VHS tapes were first coming out, when the first and only video camera was purchased by the school, and when Mr. Moore was teaching Social Studies at the Beaver Island Community School. Social Studies? Yes, Social Studies. These students were middle school students with four grades in the classroom.
Here we are! The Social Studies class reporting on WTIM (The class nickname was "What Time Is Math?"). The time period of the video report was beginning in 1750. The program name was Back to the Future.
This is the first reporter presentation by Rene Gillespie. Rene was responsible for the 1750-1752 timeline, and no editing has been done to the original video tape. Please remember that this presentation was done before computers and before PowerPoint presentations, and back when the art work was done by hand. The only pictures used were from a collection of historical drawings of historical figures. All the other boards and artwork were done by the individual presenter.
The second reporter was Jennifer Wojan. As previously stated, please remember that video was brand new to students and staff of Beaver Island Community School. The idea of editing was only in its infancy as well. This video tape is being presented in its entirety, so that you can experience or re-experience the beginnings of video production in the early years of these students. Mistakes are presented on purpose, and, for a reason. The reason is to give you the idea of what it took to accomplish this project that was never presented in any final form. The students were all proud of the effort and work that went into this project.
Two options for this one because of a different video delivery method experiment.
2nd method for Jeff Cashman (This brings up the video in a separate window.)
At this point, the students were responsible for all the camera work, so you might see that some of the pictures are out of focus. The students were not all ready to present, so the timeline got out of order. By this time, the students were in charge of all phases of the production. There was no money in the budget for a video editor, nor was there any expertise in this area available at the time. When the students discovered that the pictures were out of focus, they immediately corrected this by redoing all of the pictures that were out of focus, but all these pictures are not accompanied by any information. You just see pictures without descriptions.
The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.
(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)
Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."
Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.
While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.
When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.
Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.