B. I. News on the 'Net, July 14-20, 2014

Blacksmithing at Heritage Park

Heritage Park is directly across the Donegal Bay Road from the Beaver Island District Library. For two days, July 18+19, 2014, the Michigan Artist Blacksmith's Association set up and performed the skills necessary to make items as well as sell items for those who stopped by and watched the demonstrations and the work of blacksmithing. What a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in the process and the excellent artist renditions of items from the past and the present.

Video of the Blacksmithing Event from Saturday, July 19, 2014


Some of the blacksmiths and some of their creations:

An amazing coffee table by Lance Olson

Piping Plover

A Threatened and Endangered Species

July 18, 2014

Through generous support from DTE Energy, the DNR is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Michigan’s Endangered Species Act from now through September.   Each week, an important species will be featured.

Piping plovers are special and beautiful birds-there are only 50-60 nesting pairs in the entire Great Lakes area and less than 7,000 individuals worldwide, Cryptically colored for a life among rocky and sandy soil, these birds can be distinguished from most other shorebirds by their black headband and the single black band around their neck. They may legitimately be described as “cute” throughout their lives.

The Great Lakes population of piping plovers is one of only three small populations in the U.S. During the winter all of these birds congregate on the Gulf Coast, but they travel to the separate areas during the breeding season. When it comes time to nest, piping plovers prefer gravelly beaches. Nests can be found on the Michigan shorelines of the Great Lakes, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, from early April through mid-August.

Disturbance can cause the birds to abandon their nests. Serious threats to these birds include dogs and careless off-road driving. Raccoons and raptors are common natural predators.

Both parents participate equally in incubating (sitting on) the eggs. When it is time to trade duties, one bird hops off and quickly runs away while the other scurries over and pops onto the nest, quite a comedic sight. Comedians and occasionally actors, piping plovers have a clever distraction tactic when threatened by a predator. Adult birds act as if their wing is broken and wobble and chirp to draw the predator away from their nest. Once the predator has been duped the bird flies off!

After safely making it through being in an egg, chicks hatch throughout the month of June. They are precocial – they can run about and feed themselves within hours of hatching. During the first week after hatching, chicks are unable to maintain their own body temperature and spend much time tucked in under their parents’ wings to keep warm. Within three to four weeks the chicks are able to fly.

The Great Lakes population of piping plovers is now endangered for two main reasons: habitat loss and predation. The beaches they require for nesting habitat are also very desirable to humans for development and recreational use. Staff members from the Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service and volunteers work hard every year to observe and protect the nests of these rare birds. With intensive protection, the number of Great Lakes nesting plovers has risen from 17 pairs in 1986 to 58 pairs in 2012. The most popular place in Michigan to spot these elusive birds is Sleeping Bear Dunes. A pair of binoculars, patience and a good vantage point is all you need to see a piping plover.

Please help protect piping plovers:

Additional ways to help include making a donation to the Nongame Wildlife Fund. Donations help to conserve Michigan’s wildlife resources and their habitats. Or consider purchasing a habitat license plate, where $25 of your $35 donation will be used to conserve wildlife habitat.

For more information on Michigan's threatened and endangered species and the 40th-anniversary celebration, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife.

Beaver Island Airport Terminal Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Today, July 18, 2014, the Beaver Island Airport Commission, representatives from both townships, representatives from the MDOT Department of Aeronautics, and representatives from Mead and Hunt, as well as the members of the community met at the new Beaver Island Airport Terminal Building for a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an Open House. The ribbon cutting ceremony began at approximately 1:10 pm with the open house to continue until 4 p.m..

Contrasting types of airplanes using the airport

The older terminal building

The newer terminal building

The newer terminal building continued

Elaine West, head of the airport commission

From the State of Michigan

John and Sally Fogg, Mead and Hunt representatives, Architect Kendra Thomson

Ribbon cutting by Bill Kohls, Don Vyse, and Bill Haggard.

Bill Kohls is Peaine Township Supervisor. Don Vyse is former airport commission head and former St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Haggard is current St. James Township Supervisor.

You can view video of this ceremony by going HERE.

Second Public Meeting of the Emergency Services Authority

The purpose of this meeting was to garner more knowledge and to make decisions about who was going to do what work in the continuing process of making the Emergency Services Authority into a functioning authority overseeing the operations and structure of the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service and the Beaver Island Fire Department. Most of the discussion centered around a letter from the Peaine Township attorney related to the steps necessary to do just that.

There was discussion about how this would effect and affect the current organizations of BIEMS and BIFD as well as the licensing and educational abilities of the agencies to be placed under the umbrella.

You can watch video of this meeting HERE.

Garden Tour

by Leonor Jacobson


JULY 16, 2014
COFFEE AND… with Frank and Dana D’Andraia
Frank’s Boston-area parents said to each other “Let’s go out for coffee and…” almost every morning.  So join us for “coffee and…” at our vacation cabin on the eastern shore of Beaver Island’s “North End.”
As for gardening, there is no shoveling or spading in this limestone rubble shot through with greedy popple roots.  You get down on your hands and knees and pick out the stones until you achieve a hole.  But this year we easily doubled the size of our flower patch.  You’ll see how!
We slowly add to our collection of pots and planters in which much of our gardening takes place.  And we limit our efforts to the back, as we plan to expand the cabin toward the front in a year or two.
Ed Troutman’s garden lies 500’ or so up the shore, but we’ll enter by one of the prettiest back driveways on the island.  It’s announced by an abstract wooden sculpture seeming to soar above a bed of impatiens.
Ed’s garden began its current form after the house was resided and remodeled with expansive new decks in 2007/08 by contractor Larry Laurain, whose signature concrete “puddles” mark the way to the back stairs.  Ed built the tall raised planting bed surrounded by the circle drive with timbers recycled from the old deck.  Ever increasing flower and fruit beds line the drive, and tomato plants in a vintage child’s wagon can be pulled into the garage on cold nights.
More flower beds greet us as we walk around the house to the front garden, where a new walkway leads to a groomed beach Ed created for visiting family.  It requires regular care.
This is a man’s garden.  Energy and stamina are needed to maintain beds far from the spigot and across the drive.  But while he supplies the brawn, Ed happily credits Linda, his wife of 50 years, with much of the brain and spirit behind it all.
Side by side neighbors Laura Gillespie and Denise McDonough have few moments in summer to enjoy their views high across the harbor.  Two of the island’s busiest businesswomen, each has still found the time, inspiration, and energy to create a restful oasis for their equally busy families.
While well-kept expanses of lawn run up to their houses in front they garden in airy yet private spaces to the side and back.  We’ll begin in Laura’s virtually secret garden tucked behind house and around garage.  Her classic design of turf grass surrounded by deck, flower borders, and containers, and yes, a pond with waterfall, is lightened by creative solutions to garden dilemmas we all face.  Welded garden art designed and crafted by her mother and father in North Carolina, and carefully carried north, bring smiles to every face.  Kids love the hammock in front, but their elders prefer to relax on the back deck.  All talk of moving and downsizing ended with the razing of the old rackety, smoking power station across the street and its replacement by the veterans park.  The view from the far end of the deck across the park and harbor, and then to the lighthouse and lake beyond is simply a stunner.
Laura will let us out the side gate so we may traverse the lawn to Denise McDonough’s garden, and straight toward one of the most exquisite plantings of annuals you’ll ever see. Raised planters surround a roomy well-furnished deck sheltered by the canopy of a large tree, which is used for family gatherings.   Over the years, Tim and Denise blocked the view of the unlamented power station with a thick planting in a front corner of the yard.  This feature was kept even after its original purpose disappeared as it provides privacy and a more intimate, focused view through to the water.
Early on, Denise’s late father, a turf grass professional, helped the McDonoughs turn their stony rough yard into a healthy and handsome lawn.  Its maintenance and clean appearance remains a top priority to them.  While ornamental trees take a battering and don’t always make it through the sharp winds of winter, these same winters sculpt trees and shrubs into what can only be called “character” and which Denise often finds pleasing.  Other plants, such as the lovely climbing hydrangea at the corner of the house appear unscathed.  While impatiens and hibiscus are favorites, a deep pink double peony like the one once given to her by her aunt is next on Denise’s wish list.
Upwards of 25 years ago Denise began shipping in plants in spring, first for herself and family, and then friends, and then it became her own sideline business.  The “day the flowers arrive” in May is still a keenly anticipated event.  Even though there are now additional plant providers on the island, we can thank Denise for starting it all.
With 18-hour workdays in summer not unknown to the McDonoughs, this colorful, manicured, and peaceful retreat is a downright miracle.
The first surprise is a paved driveway.  A lushly planted high stonewalled entry courtyard is another surprise.  No one quickly closing the door behind you to keep the bugs out is yet another surprise.  There are few bugs here.  With a nearly 180 view and summertime sunrises and sunsets, this is perilously close to perfection.
And it was a perfect site for its former owner who while never seemingly in residence, took in shipments by seaplane, cached them inside, and moved them on at his convenience. That is, until 35 or so years ago when he was convicted of drug smuggling and the property went to the courts.
And then it became perfect therapy for Bob Neff who escaped from constant professional stresses by imagining himself at Woodcliff and designing additions to the house.  These therapeutic additions--5 in total--are all reality now, and Bob and Julie will tell us the story of the house, its current architecture, and surrounding garden and landscape.
Finally:  birder alert!  Eagles and egrets, swans, ducks and loons also find Woodcliff just about a perfect waystation and home, too. 
After a long and fruitless search, Dave and Alice Crown credit Bill Cashman for finally recognizing the perfect site for their island home and garden.  It was high up and nearly inaccessible.  Bill went to the trouble to build log steps up the hill so they could see its potential.  Twenty years and a three-building complex later it’s hard to believe there was once not one square foot of flat ground.
Not that there’s much in the way of flat ground now.  A seemingly limitless array of decks and walkways, and a few leveled areas, are connected by stairs, steps and paths.  Dave builds rock walls for drifts of his favorite yellow-flowered sedum, which started out as a couple of small boxes of starts from a former home.  There’s a bit of turf grass, but it’s not for people.  This is for Buddy, an annual visiting canine member of the family.  It’s his “pee patch.”
Alice grew up in a Chicago apartment, but learned to love flowers from her mother, who took her two daughters to nearby parks on weekend excursions.  When land presented itself, Alice started to plant.  As the garden matures Alice adds more shrubs and perennials to replace plantings consisting largely of annuals.  But that didn’t stop her from bedding out nearly 20 flats of annuals this year.
Many of the decks and paths will be open to our tour.  Now here’s a word to the wise:  Some of you will want to walk off lunch (and dessert to follow) by hiking up the drive, where parking is limited.  Others will prefer a lift up in transportation we will offer.  In the garden, not all steps have railings and treads vary to suit the demands of the landscape.  So take your time and don’t hesitate to ask for a steadying arm.  You’ll be glad you took the opportunity to enjoy all the views of landscape, gardens, and lake through the treetops.
In early 2013 one half of a massive twin-trunked white pine crashed from west to east taking out a woodshed and vintage lilac in John and Joyce Runberg’s garden behind their home, the McCann House.  Its sister was removed more scientifically and just in time by Jim Wojan and crew.  John Runberg reckons that pine was a young tree when his grandfather, John McCann, finished building his own home about 115 years ago.  Largely built for them by Charles Tilly in 1899, the McCann family had to move in before completion.  The Runbergs proudly point to interior parquet flooring and other woodwork made without any power tools.  John McCann’s miter box is a family treasure.
Some homes are furnished and decorated in a day after a trip to a big box store or according to the latest trendy fashion, but not this one.  Almost everything you see has deep island, family, or spiritual meaning to the Runbergs.  John will begin our visit with a tour of the house, which he and Joyce ran as a popular B&B for several years.  Note the numbered bedroom doors!
And now back to the garden, lovingly tended by Joyce.  Some plants came from Joyce’s former downstate garden thirty years ago.  Many of these would have been familiar friends to John’s grandmother, Grace, and some can be traced to her, such as the bright pink climbing rose flanking a new wood arbor.  It survived being divided and moved to its current location with the assist of a truck and chain.  “You should have seen its roots,” says Joyce.  It also survived this past harsh winter, but may need another year to top the arbor again.  From the pretty front porch around to the back note the range of “old-fashioned” shrubs and perennials Joyce cherishes:  hepaticas, hostas, lilacs, spiraea, mock orange, lady’s mantle, phlox, coral bells, pinks, lavender, and more, along with her collection of the newer hydrangeas.
Then join us for a dessert tea on the back deck and in Joyce’s dining room to end our garden tour of Beaver Island’s North End.

Silent Auction Items Still Taking Bids

Due to the late summer start we will continue some of the auction items being bid on at the Health Center to support our Wellness Garden. Birdhouses decorated by local artisans (Delores Cochran, Jacque LaFreniere, Alanna Anderson, Jan Paul, Darlene Dooley) as well as our school kids will be available for bidding through August 7th. These alone raised over $700 last year. There are also art pieces and jewelry from Jane Early, Pat Rowley's donation of a watercolor print, an earthenware pot donated by Liz Schrock, Gaye Paget's art piece, a handsewn work apron from Betty Scoggin, Connie Wojan's quilted Beaver wall hanging, an acrylic original by Lois Stipp, and much more. Come on in and see what we have! Any questions please call Betty (2275) or Leonor (2894), M-F (9-5) or email leonor.jacobson@gmail.com. Thanks for your interest and support of our gardening endeavors. From the Wellness Gardeners

Men's Summer Golf League Results

Bill & Jeff P.
Ron W. & Larry L.
Jeff M. & Brad
Francis & Larry
Rob & Dan
Howard & Joe
Ivan & Buck
Ron S. & David
Travis & Jason
Frank & John
Riley & Chad
Gerald & Kirk
*Teams had their "BYE" week.
Team #1 beat Team #8 12-8
Team #2 beat Team #7 12-8
Team #3 tied Team #6 10-10
Team #5 beat Team #4 12-8
Team #13 beat Team #9 12-8
Team #12 beat Team #10 12-8
Team #1 vs Team #9
Team #2 vs Team #8
Team #3 vs Team #7
Team #4 vs Team #6
Team #10 vs Team #13
Team #11 vs Team #12
Team #5 BYE

School Board Meeting Video

BICS Board Meeting, July 14, 2014 Video HERE

Letter to the Editor

by Marissa Crandall

So, I have just recently been informed that yet ANOTHER BICS position has been given to an OFF ISLAND person again...and not even one that anyone knows. I'm not here to beat around the bush--so if this makes anyone feel offended, maybe press the back button now.

Obviously I no longer go to the school BUT that doesn't mean that I don't care about whats happening there. Why is it that people that live on the island and have made a home here are not being hired for jobs that they are qualified for? These are our loved ones, our friends and in some cases our family. Now, I'm not stirring the pot with unknown ingredients-- I have had personal experience with both people in which I have been informed about. One of which was even my teacher and I am so very PROUD to say that. SO I hope no one says that I don't know what I'm talking about when I say that BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOL NEEDS TO GET THEIR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!

One woman in particular that I am talking about is very well known at BICS...she works hard, has earned the trust of her students and co-workers, and it very very loved.

Over the years it has came to my attention that maybe BICS is becoming confused with the things that are important. We are a community...the STUDENTS needs come first-and in my direct opinion, I would have to say that what the students need is someone they can trust and someone they look up to and want to learn from....NOT someone that is temporary. Wouldn't it be nice if BICS could keep teachers that are AMAZING around? Like for instance...the Stambaugh's were there to watch their students grow. Or Mr. Myers whom was there when my BROTHERS were in school. Or how about Mrs. Robert....who was my teacher straight up until middle school. These are the ones we come to love and trust...NOT those who come and stay for a couple short years or even months. There has even been recent problems with teachers being hired from off island. SO MAYBE start with the ones that live here and that are qualified? Just an idea.

Ya know, I went through some pretty hard things throughout school-but I thank god that i had the amazing teachers that I did...and that I didn't have to go through what those students are going through now. Finding a teacher as trustworthy and lovable as Ms. Wilk....just doesn't happen everyday....and I hope that she can find a place that will recognize her talent and will love her as much as I know all the students did at BICS.

Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 2 p.m. Peaine Hall

Baroque on Beaver Event Times

PERFORMANCE TIMES: Most B-on-B evening concerts will begin at 8:00PM, the only exceptions are two evenings when we will have double performances(July 29 and July 30), the first program at 7:00PM and a later one at 9:00PM to compensate for concerns about overcrowding and so people who work late can still enjoy the concert. Afternoon concerts and pop-up performances will be at 2:00PM.

Pop-up Performances --- August1, To Be Announced and August 2, Emerald Isle Winds @ Livingstone Gallery
BENEFIT CONCERT: The annual B-on-B benefit event on July 29 is “Baroque on Beaver-And All That Jazz!” featuring the Detroit Jazz All Stars, a nationally known trio of great musicians who are lots of fun. BICAA is proud to bring them to Beaver Island in our first foray into jazz, a quintessentially American musical genre.
The Benefit reception for donors will be at 6:00PM, prior to the 7:00PM performance; all tickets will be $35 and include the reception;
Tickets for the 9:00PM show will be $25 (no reception).
The Detroit Jazz All Stars will meet and greet patrons in the lobby after both performances.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: On Saturday August 2, there will be two opportunities to hear a special lecture about the history of the Star Spangled Banner by UM Professor Mark Clague, whose has conducted research on our national anthem.
11:00AM, CMU
1:00PM, Community Center
TENT-SATIONAL: On Saturday evening, August 2nd at 8:00PM, the Baroque on Beaver Festival will present its first outdoor performance, a Star Spangled Evening at Whiskey Point, featuring the Festival Orchestra and Chorus. The repertoire will be all-American orchestral and choral music to launch the national celebration of the Star Spangled Banner’s bicentennial. The performers will be seated on a raised stage in a tent, and over 250 chairs will be set up for first-come, first-served audience seating.
Presentation of Colors: At 7:30pm the Beaver Island Veterans group will present the colors.
Veteran? On August 2, B-on-B has set aside limited seating (rows 2 and3) for veterans and families.
Parking:  Because of limited parking at Whiskey Point and adjacent areas, a van shuttle service will be offered from the Gregg Fellowship Hall parking lot. Pick-up times: 7:00pm; 7:20pm; and 7:40pm
Weather: Whiskey Point can be cool, bringing along a sweater may be a good thing In case of rain this concert will be held at Holy Cross Hall.
Lawn Chairs: Additional room will be available for those who choose to enjoy the evening on their own lawn chairs or blankets.
Please check the website,www.baroqueonbeaver.org for details on all events and for up-dates.

3rd Beaver Island Vintage Vehicle Show and Parade

3rd Beaver Island Vintage Vehicle Show and Parade will take place on August 10, 2014, Homecoming Sunday. Set up 12:30pm Show 1-2:30pm Parade thru town 2:30. Bring your cool vintage vehicles or just come and look

Change in An Event for Museum Week

The CMU Field trip scheduled for 8/2/2014 in the morning has been canceled. Instead, there will be a cruise in the CMU research vessel for nine people who sign up.

Marie Johnson Obituary

Marie Johnson, 71, of Beaver Island, passed away Thursday, June 10, at American House Assisted Living Charlevoix. She was born April 24, 1943, in Saint John's, Newfoundland, Canada, to Obekiahi and Marjorie (Organ) Northcott, and grew up in Glenwood, Newfoundland. She made her home in Roswell, Ga., for thirty years, where she was owner/manager of M&W Lauck Motors. She later moved to Big Canoe, Ga., where she married Elling Z. Johnson on March 14, 1998. After marrying, they made their home on Beaver Island, and continued to winter in Big Canoe.

Marie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Roswell, Ga., and was active in the Balalaika Orchestra Society in Atlanta, Ga. The Hope Lutheran Church in Ellijay, Ga., and its Pastor, David Smedley played an important role in Marie and E.Z.'s lives, having married them and performed several Baptisms within their family. Most recently, she has been a member of the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.

Marie is survived by her husband, Elling Z. Johnson of Beaver Island; son, Russell (Jessica) Lauck of Dahlonega, Ga., and daughter, Angie (Joseph) Peters of Cumming, Ga.; grandchildren, Jenny, and Joseph Peters; stepson, Elling Z. Johnson, III, of Big Canoe, Ga.; step-grandchildren, Lauren Marie, Sarah Joanne, and Brian Kenneth Peet; brothers, Gus (Olive) Northcott, Ted (Glynnis) Northcott of Glenwood, Newfoundland. Marie was preceded in death by her step-daughter, Tonya Lynn Johnson, and sister, Myra Powell.

Visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Thursday, July 17, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. Funeral mass will be 11 am, Friday, July 18, at Holy Cross Church, the Reverend Jim Doherty officiating. Cremation will follow, and interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Blood and Marrow Transplant Group of Georgia, 5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30342, or to Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Please sign Marie's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

Digging in the Dirt

by Cindy Ricksgers

(Visit Cindy's blog by clicking on her name.)

When my friend arrived on Beaver Island recently, someone yelled out to her, “Hey, Terry, are you still digging in the dirt?”

Her answer was “Yes!”

Artist, musician, anthropologist, archaeologist, teacher...though recently retired, Terry continues her explorations.

I was fortunate, this year, to be able to work with her on an archaeological dig.

This wasn’t my first.

Twenty years ago I went to Grand Turk Island in the British West Indies as part of a team working with an archaeologist from the University of Florida. I made the arrangements through an organization called Earth Watch. I was taking a vacation alone and knew that---without an agenda---I would spend far too much time and money in shops and restaurants and bars pretending to have a good time. So, I paid for a vacation where I was expected to work forty hours a week.

It was wonderful!

Our expedition was titled “Before Columbus.” We were studying the Taino people, a division of the Arawak, who---by some estimates---were three million strong at the time of Columbus’s first landfall. Within twenty years they were nearly wiped out.

Our crew consisted of Bill Keegan, the professor who had been studying the history of the Taino on the Turks and Caicos Islands for twenty years, two graduate assistants, and ten folks like me, who had paid for the chance to work and learn.

We were a diverse group. There was a young woman just out of the army, a lawyer from San Francisco, a nurse from Boston, and a couple who were both involved in the burgeoning computer industry in the Silicon Valley. There were two retired professors, one from South Carolina, the other from Minnesota. My roommate was a dear woman (eighty-four years old) who retired from CitiBank in New York City. The youngest member of our team was a seventeen year old young man from upstate New York, whose grandmother bought him the trip as a high school graduation present. And me, a forty-year-old waitress from Beaver Island, Michigan.

We worked together, ate together and played together. We shared lodging and household chores. We rotated cooking and clean-up duties, with a chart just as if we were a family. After work, there was time for showers or swimming, reading or writing. We often played Trivial Pursuit after dinner. We never missed running down to the beach at sunset, to try to spot the “green flash” as the sun sank into the horizon.

I loved the work! From history to basic surveying skills, the learning curve was tremendous. I liked the precision of the gridded site, the mapping and record-keeping. I loved the child-like feeling that comes with being on hands and knees, digging in the sand. Always present was the possibility of discovery.

At the time, I thought that was the kind of trip I’d take regularly. As it turns out, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I’ve never forgotten it, though, and watched with interest as individuals or teams came to study the history buried here. I’ve told myself “next year I’ll find the time” so often, I almost quit believing it.

Until this year.

Terry is a wonderful teacher and a great story-teller. She is intent on finding, recording and preserving history, but never to the point of disrespecting the people who walked the earth before us.

She walks the woods as if she has a built-in compass. That comes, I suspect, from hundreds of hours spent familiarizing herself with the area. Terry has a good memory and an eye for detail.

We met on the road each morning, and carried our supplies in to the site. We altered our route every time, so that we wouldn’t leave a trail.

We were a crew of five. We took turns at jobs, so that each of us would experience digging, sifting and record-keeping.

We laid out an area four feet square, and divided it into a grid of sixteen sections. We went down six inches at a time, one section at a time. The first layer is mainly roots and leaf litter, but it has to be screened anyway, just to be sure. The second layer is more gravelly, and by the third, we were sifting through sand.

Our discoveries were small, but significant: isolated bits of charcoal, tiny pottery fragments, flint rock and chert. It didn’t matter, we cheered at every one, congratulated each other for recognizing something worthwhile in the dirt as we sifted through it, and sat in awe that we were touching the past.

It was an exhausting, exhilarating week.

I’ll jump at the opportunity to do go digging in the dirt again!

1st Summer Mixed Golf Outing

Beaver Island "Pinehurst"

This was the first mixed golf outing of the summer. There was agood turnout for the first outing with eleven teams playing in today's outing (July 13, 2014). The weather was great, even if the golf was not always so great. The golf outing results are:

1st place team: Dean Barnum and Cathy Blalock with a score of 38.

Photo by Frank Solle

2nd place team: Frank Solle and Nel Worsfold with a score of 40.

3rd place tie: Rick Blalock and Karla Barnum tied Doug and Terry Meaney.

We'd like to thank everyone who played today and hope to see them in our upcoming outings. There will be a sign-up sheet with the dates of the upcoming events in the clubhouse.

A special thanskto Denni Cady-Stid who worked the clubhouse and filled out the scorecards and collected and figured the standings as the teams finished.

Tentative dates are: August 3, August 17, August 31, and September 14.

All dates with be a shotgun start beginning at 1:30 p.m.

From Maplewood Farm

A majority of you have already been contacted by Jennifer yesterday, but the rumors are true. (Are there rumors? Let's start one.) The chickens are oven ready! We have them available frozen, and not. Give us a call at 448-2301, or just stop out to the golf course!

Happy Eating!

“Top Ten Invasive Species on Beaver Island”

by Cindy Ricksgers

Here we are, at the end of our “Top Ten Invasive Species on Beaver Island” list.

.....And the number one invasive species on Beaver Island is: (click here for drum roll)....


Common Reed.

Here on Beaver Island, just as in Michigan generally, two subspecies are present.

The native type of Phragmites, subspecies americanus, is a natural and beneficial part of our shoreline and wetlands vegetation. It may grow, at most, to be about six and a half feet tall. It grows as scattered stems that break down quickly, allowing other species enough light and space to grow beneath it. Stalks turn a lovely bronze color in the fall.

The invasive form of Phragmites, subspecies australis, is much more robust. It begins growing earlier in the season and continues later in the fall than native Phragmites. It grows twelve to twenty feet in height and sends out rhizomes up to fifty feet in every direction. It forms a dense, impenetrable wall of sharp edged grass that can dominate shorelines and wetlands within only a few years.

Invasive Phragmites does not provide food or shelter or protection to any animal in this part of the world. It is capable of taking over the natural habitat of many plants and animals, destroying our natural landscape.

Here on Beaver Island, we have much to protect. The water that surrounds us is our shelter and our joy. Our inland lakes provide hunting and fishing and boating opportunities. The view and water activities enrich our lives and bring tourists and visitors, which many livelihoods depend on.

Can you picture Beaver Island without its beaches?

Imagine a trip around the island without ever seeing the water!

Beyond that, Beaver Island has some rare treasures.

Many species--that grow in abundance here--are protected or endangered....or have been completely wiped out in other areas.

Do you know that the little Michigan Monkey Flower that grows wild at Little Sand Bay here on Beaver Island represents twenty percent of that species worldwide?

Phragmites could, if left unchecked, destroy the delicate balance that allows this little gem to thrive here.

We don’t intend to let that happen.

At my end, we’re busy preparing for this year’s September battle against invasive Phragmites. Permits and bids and permission slips are being drawn up; resources are being gathered and accounted for; plans are being made.

Your continued concern, support and vigilance in this battle is priceless!

Islander Reunion a Huge Success!

For those of you who have been longing for an old time Holy Cross Parish Hall gathering including great music and great food, as well as great company and social interaction, if you missed the Islander Reunion, you missed the opportunity to have your longing and dreaming fulfilled. The Holy Cross Parish Hall has not had this much of a gathering for the shear joy of gathering in a long time. There may have been more people in the Hall for Baroque on Beaver concerts, but the attendees for B on B are only there to hear the music. This Islander Reunion was to enjoy many different styles of music including old time Island Music, Beans, Rigormortis style, and plain old country music all performed on the same stage at the same venue. On top of the variety of music, the gathering of people who were very friendly and lots of different Island families, who welcomed everyone to this big celebration of Island people, family, and friends, made this editor very impressed.

For those that organized this wonderful gathering, please, please do your best to make certain that this is not the last one! Some would like to see this become an annual event for the weekend after the 4th of July celebration. Watching the musicians perform for only the joy of performing was wonderful!

There is video of the event available HERE.

For Photos of the event, go HERE.

Majority of Subscriptions Have Expired Prior to or in July

Several family and business subscriptions expired in June . 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.




Community School Board Meeting, May 22, 2014

The meeting video is presented HERE

June 9, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, 5/14/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, 6/11/14

Video of the meeting HERE


St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

Video for this meeting HERE

St James Township Board Meeting, June 4, 2014

Video of the meeting is HERE

July 1, 2014


Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee, May 20, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

June 17, 2014, Regular Meeting at 9 a.m.

Link to Video of the Meeting


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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.


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Carol Runberg's Surprise 50th Birthday Party

Today, July 11, 2014, between 12 pm and 3 pm, Carol Runberg is having a birthday party. The interesting thing is that Carol didn't know anything about it. The family arrived, and all were at the Circle M waiting for her when her husband John brought her out there. What a wonderful surprise, and John Runberg, you pulled it off!

Another surprise was the arrival of Beans to sing her Happy Birthday!


Kings Highway Work Begins

Replacing culverts and building up the surface of the road.

The work on Kings Highway is moving forward with the replacement of culverts between Paid Een Oggs Road and Sloptown Road. A phone call from the Charlevoix County Road Commission suggested that the Kings Highway would be closed all weekend to through traffic, but, perhaps Monday afternoon, the traffic would be able to flow on one lane.

There is a short pause in the video clip due to a speeding dump truck that made me get out of the way:

Update: The Kings Highway is open for the weekend of July 12th and July 13th while the construction workers are off the island.

Update: (July 14, 2014) The Kings Highway is supposed to have one lane open to allow traffic down the entire highway per CCRC fax from last Friday.

George 'Skip' Duhamel Passes Away

From the Traverse City Record-Eagle, July 11, 2014

PESHAWBESTOWN----George “Skip” Arthur Duhamel, 53, of Peshawbestown, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at McLaren Hospital.

Skip was born on May 21, 1961, in Jackson, the son of Arthur and Babette (Patton) Duhamel. On April 18, 2014, in Galveston, Texas, he married Kathryn Nix, who survives.

Skip worked hard his entire life, followed in his dad’s footsteps and started fishing by the age of 11.

He belonged to the Pipefitters Union Local 798 as a wielder.

Skip was very instrumental in Tribal development, opening up unused fishing territories for the GTB. He held the second fishing license out of the GTB with his dad holding the first license.

For 20 years he was very active in the conservation of Tribal fishing and many articles were written about Skip and his father concerning their fishing for the GTB. Skip was also a world class totem carver and jewelry maker. Skip maintained a second home on Beaver Island and was active in many island programs there as well.

In addition to his wife, Skip is survived by his children, Desire Duhamel, of Peshawbestown, Jessica Kochin, of Dexter, and Cameron and Alex Shocko, of Peshawbestown; mother, Babs Duhamel, of Peshawbestown; granddaughter, Lilly Gmoser-Duhamel; siblings, Sandra L. Smith, of Allen, Richard Everhart, of Suttons Bay, Armand Sherman, of Holland, and Mark Sherman, of Lansing; and many nieces, nephews, friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Darlene Sherman.

Visitation will be held today, July 11, from 4 to 10 p.m., as well as on Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to the start of the 1 p.m. service, at the Strongheart Center in Peshawbestown. A luncheon will follow. Burial will take place at a later date in the Garden Island Indian Cemetery.

Please share memories with Skip’s family at www.martinson.info.

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

News Release from Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Don Schneider reports our office has taken several complaints of the larceny of political signs.  Sheriff Schneider would remind everyone this is a larceny under the Michigan criminal code 750.356 which carries a maximum 63 days in jail and/or fines up to $500.00.

Sheriff Schneider does not take these complaints lightly and would ask everyone to respect the political positions and property of all citizens.  This office will aggressively seek prosecution of those found in violation of this law.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, July 9, 2014

Video of the meeting by Kaylyn Jones

Clip 1


Clip 2


Finally, the 4th of July Parade Pictures Are Finished

"The Biggest and Best Parade Ever"

Pictures by Andrea Jo Moore

The crowd gathers to watch the parade.

Island Airways "missing man" formation. Thank you, Island Airways!

Biplane flying by

View more 4th of July Parade pictures HERE

The Needed Beauty This Week

Bob Tidmore, thank you!

A beautiful rainbow in a week of such mixed sadness as well as joy!

Men's Summer Golf League Results

1 5 Bill & Jeff P. 38 10 70 229 38.17
2 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 39 8 68 226 37.67
3 2 Jeff M. & Brad 35 16 68 232 38.67
4 9* Rob & Dan 39 14 66 201 40.20
5 13 Francis & Larry 39 14 63 268 44.67
6 4* John-Doug 0 0 59 181 36.20
7 8* Howard & Joe 38 6 54 200 40.00
8 7* Ivan & Buck 41 12 51 206 41.20
9 11 Gerald & Kirk 40 15 48 263 43.83
10 3* Travis & Jason 41 10 46 208 41.60
11 12 Ron S. & David 50 6 45 302 50.33
12 10* Frank & John 47 5 43 211 42.20
13 6 Riley & Chad 48 4 39 274 45.67
*Teams had their "BYE" week.
Team #7 beat Team #1 12-8
Team #2 beat Team #6 16-4
Team #3 tied Team #5 10-10
Team #13 beat Team #8 14-6
Team # 9 beat Team #12 14-6
Team #11 beat Team #10 15-5
Team #4 BYE
Team #1 vs Team #8
Team #2 vs Team #7
Team #3 vs Team #6
Team #4 vs Team #5
Team #9 vs Team #13
Team #10 vs Team #12
Team #11 BYE

Joan Vyse's Memorial Service

Joan Vyse's memorial service will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm at St. James' Episcopal Church. Light refreshments to follow.

Memorial Service for Peggy May Banghart

It is a memorial service for long time Sand Bay summer resident Peggy May Banghart who passed away on February 20, 2014.  The memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at 1:00 pm. at the Beaver Island Christian Church.

There will be a brief burial service that follows at the Holy Cross Cemetery for family and then a fellowship hour at the Gregg Fellowship Hall for any Beaver Island friends.

4th of July Parade and Fireworks Video


Due to the cold weather we had this spring, we are running about a month behind. We were originally supposed to get the first batch of chicks May 1st, but the fact that it was still so cold here made us have to postpone their arrival until the third week in May. In short, they will not be ready until about the second week in July. We apologize for the delay, but they will be worth the wait!!!

John Works and Staff

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

St. James Episcopal Mission
Schedule of Clergy

All of July & August 3rd - Rev. James Rhodenhiser

August 10th & 17th - Rev. Susan Bock

August 24th & 31st - Rev, Jeanne Hansknecht

September 7th - Rev. Michelle Meech

Sept. 14th & 21st - Rev. Bruce Campbell

September 28th - Rev. Ann Webber

Holy Cross Mass Schedule

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept. 21

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 starting on May 7, 2014 Please support your Fire Department and EMS with your donations and purchases. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers for this summer. If you have questions or need help with your donation, call Donna at 448-2797.

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.


Save the date of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, (RAIN OR SHINE!)

Where: Beaver Island North End Gardens  -- 9 am until 4pm

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

This years all day tour will be through the gardens of 6 unique residences starting early with a wake-up al fresco breakfast,  having lunch at the Beaver Island Lodge, then ending with a dessert tea and home tour. Each host will be showing us the highlights of their gardens; some being container gardens, some with elaborate decks and water systems. All of them as unique as their proud owners.

As usual the price will reflect the cost of the lunch and transportation as needed.  We ask you to remember that the ticket price will include a donation to the Wellness Garden and Forestview Apt. Landscape Project.

More details including price and transportation logistics will be in the June newspapers and at Beaver Island News on the Net starting June 1st.

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

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

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Bud Left Passes Away

Francis E. “Bud” Left, 85, of Charlevoix and Beaver Island, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Georgia House in Charlevoix. Bud was born on Beaver Island on June 1st, 1929, the son of Carl and Consuella (Gillespie) Left. Consuella passed away when Bud was 13 days old. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Frank “Ket” and Maryann (Boyle) Gillespie.

As a teenager Bud worked for Tony Wojan in his steam saw mill, firing the boiler. He also worked in the woods skidding logs with a team of horses. He quit school in the 10th grade. When he was 15 years old, Bud drove (without a driver's license or a vehicle license) a logging truck for his uncle Jewell Gillespie. One summer he worked for Wilber Martin on his fish tug (the Evelyn M) where he got his love for water. When he was 17 he went sailing on the Great Lakes Ore Carriers. Having started as a deck hand, he worked his way up to wheelsman. Observing what the mates did on watch he felt he could handle the job. At the age of 25, he went to the Buffalo School of Navigation with his brother-in-law Ray Cull. They both got their 1st class Pilots license, which made it possible for Bud to work as an Officer. After serving as first mate he learned what
the Captains job entailed. A few years later he got his first Masters job on the CH McCullough Jr. Bud later served as Captain of the Medusa Challenger for fifteen years. His service on ships lasted 44 years.

Bud served in the US Army and was a member of the Beaver Island AMVETS.

He is survived by his children, Vince (Mary Beth Kur) Left, Terry (Patti) Left, Clyde (Lori Snyder) Left, Carla (Paul) Bradley, Connie (Rob) Birdsall, Cindy (Jeff) Novotny; grandchildren, Jamie (Dan) DiCiuccio, David Left; Jake, and Lily Left; Hannah, Nick, and Sean Bradley; Bailey Birdsall, Ryan (Kelsey) Novotny, Matthew (Sonya) Novotny; great-grandchildren, Liam DiCiuccio; Benjamin, and Madilyn Novotny. Bud's sister's, Anna Mae Driggers, Claire Cull, Sue Hogan, and Carlene Runberg; and brother, Butch Left preceded him in death.

A memorial mass will be 10 am, Thursday, July 10, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island, the Reverend Jim Doherty officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. The wake will be from 6-8 pm, Wednesday at Holy Cross Church where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Cemetery.

Please sign Bud's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

4th of July Golf Tournament on July 5th

A total of fifteen teams, most made of five members,  arrived at the Beaver Island Golf Course for the annual golf tournament.  Many island families and island residents formed teams to make the tournament successful.  The 4th of July Golf Tournament began at 9 a.m. with teams spread across the golf course with one team on each hole and an additional team on six of the holes.  Team A teed off first from that hole, and then team B teed off only after team A had completed the hole.
The winners of the tournament are the only team to get the prize, some nice trophies.  There is no prize for second place, other than bragging rights. This year one team came in with a score of five below par, one team with four below par, and then several teams tied with a score of three below par.

The second place team included Mike Anderson, Mike Anderson, Sr., Kahn spencer, and Jesse Smith.

L to R: The winners; Carl Evans, Thomas Proben, Michael Franckowiak, Patrick Roy, and Larry Roy

The winner of the tournament was the team of Michael Franckowiak, Thomas Proben, Carl Evans, Larry Roy, and his son Patrick Roy.  It is interesting to note that Thomas Proben is a somewhat well-known long drive champion.  Larry Roy is a former card-carrying PGA member.  This placed two somewhat professional golfers on the team that won the tournament.  As you can see from the list of prizes below, this team also secured other prizes.
#1 Second shot closest to the pin:   Larry Roy, sponsored by Roberts John Service
#2 Patrick Roy, sponsored by Island Energies
#3 closest to the pin first shot: Chris Smith, sponsored by  KM Contractors
#4 closest to the pin: Tim Young, sponsored by Jim Wojan Excavating
#5 longest drive: Thomas Proben, sponsored by BI Lodge
#6 closest to the pin: Frank Solle, sponsored by Powers Do It Best Hardware
#7 Longest drive:  Brad Swearingen,  sponsored by Larry Laurain, Oakwood Lodge and Condos
#8 Closest to the pin second shot:  Mike Pelcha, sponsored by Ron Wojan
#9 Closest to the pin second shot:  Joel Meintsma, sponsored by Gillespie Enterprises

Video clip of the awards


The Public and Members of

The Beaver Island Association are cordially invited to:


Monday, JULY 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center

Election of Directors & Financial report

BI Birding Trail Dedication – Pam Grassmick & Beth Leuck

BI Community School update - Riley Justis

The new and improved (!!) BIA website - Jim Jones

Phragmites treatment plans – Cindy Ricksgers

History Museum expansion plans – Sandy Birdsall

BI Radio launch update – Judy Gallagher

Road work update – Bob Anderson

Input from the membership regarding future initiatives

Refreshments after the meeting


Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability

Baroque on Beaver Poster

From the Transfer Station

Waste Management Committee Seeks Bids

Notice of July Meeting Cancellation

Museum Week 2014

July 17, 18, 19: Artist Blacksmiths set up at Heritage Park to demonstrate their wares and craft.

Evening presentations:
July 21: Music on the Porch: Kathy Speck hosts this annual celebration of Beaver Island's resident or visiting musicians, starting at 7:30. Many bring their own chairs; 120 metal fold-ups will be provided. (baskets passed for donations)

July 22: Terri Bussey, discoverer of the Sun Circle, will present her latest finds at 7:30 at the Community Center, and introduce internationally known investigator Luke Clyburn, who will be researching recent underwater discoveries with his crew, cadets, and ship-the Pride of Michigan. Luke wears many hats in his work with the Noble Odyssey Foundation, and is knowledgeable about everything going on in the field.  ($10 admission)

July 23: Ward and Chuck, the fascinating hosts of last year's Antiques Roadshow, will be back for another presentation at 7:30 at the Community Center. Don't miss the accurate information on what things are worth, and the scintillating repartee. ($10 admission; $5/item to be appraised-call the Print Shop to make arrangements)

Thurs. July 24th-Children's Trip for Museum week-will be John Gordon and Dave Shuberg ($10/adults, $5/kids, but no lunch). Register with Pinky or the Print Shop. Meet at 9:00 at CMU.

July 24. 5:00-7:00: the Historical Society, its Planning Committee, and its Capital Campaign Committee will present the latest images and concepts regarding the Print Shop Museum expansion-at the Beachcomber. (great hors d'oeuvres; $50 donation to the Capital Campaign)

July 24: Musicologist (and creator of the House Party book and CD) Laurie Sommers will talk about and play some of the Beaver Island music recorded in the 1930s by Alan Lomax at 7:30 at the Community Center. Some local musicians will be on hand to perform the versions they learned as kids. (donations)

Art Show:
July 23-July 25: 12:00-5:00, at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. Be one of the 500+ who visit every year to see what amazing bursts of creativity have exploded from the Beaver Island Art Scene! (donations to the Gregg Hall)

Afternoon Presentations:
All week long (7/21-7-25) there will be afternoon presentations at the St. James Township Hall at 1:30, beginning with Alvin and Barry talking about the greatest Island tragedy, the sinking of the Marold II, on Monday, Frank Mays on the true story of the Bradley on Tuesday, Lee Boisvert on the Minis Kitigan Drum on Wednesday, and writers talking about their books on Thursday. (donations)

The Protar Home: open 1:00-3:00 at least twice during the week. (donations)

Check the new BIHS web, beaverislandhistory.org, for more information.

Nature Walks-2014

CMU and the Beaver Island Historical Society are sponsoring some exciting new Nature Walks (and cruises) in July and early August. The price for each is $25/adults or $10/for kids, including lunch.
Participants will meet at the CMU Biological Station at 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Posters will be put up around town.
To register, call Pinky (448-2461) or the Print Shop Museum (448-2254).

The Schedule:

Sat. July 19th-Dan Benjamin-Beaver Island's Inland Lakes

Thurs. July 24th-Children's Trip for Museum week-will be John Gordon and Dave Shuberg ($10/adults, $5/kids, but no lunch).

Sat. July 26th-Dave Zanatta and Daelyn Woolnough-Mollusks of Beaver Island Region.

Sat. Aug. 2-Don Uzarski-Wetlands Ecology
Sat. Aug. 2-Don Uzarski-Lake Michigan Scientific Cruise on the M/V Chippewa. (All proceeds go to the BIHS). Participants will meet at the CMU Boat House on Whiskey Point. Two cruises will take place that afternoon. Participants can sign up for either a 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. cruise.

Ordering of Bricks for the Veterans Memorial Park

Our vendor discontinued the software package we previously used for ordering bricks and from now on they have to be ordered on-line.  They can be paid for using a PayPal link that accepts credit cards or your PayPal account if you have one.

To order a brick go to this website http://goo.gl/U6cnZU

Or just e-mail us and we’ll send you this link, our e-mail address is amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Order entry is very simple and straightforward and you will receive an e-mail confirmation when you complete the order.

Thanks for all the support of the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park; we have over 340 bricks currently installed at the park.

Bob Tidmore

AMVETS Post 46

Beaver Island Airport Open House

July 18, 2014-Ribbon Cutting 1 p.m.-Open House 1:30-4 pm

BI Community Center Events for Summer 2014

Yoga at the Community Center

Yoga starts Monday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m.

http://www.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org/events/ scroll down to Yoga in events

We are super excited to offer our 5th year of donation Yoga at the Community Center. Along with sharing this 4,000 yr. old practice with you, your generous donations for yoga have made an impact on supporting the center and sustaining the yoga program. Everybody wins!

This year we are adding a RESTORATIVE YOGA class on Wednesday mornings. Like all yoga classes offered, no experience is needed and this class is absolutely for everyone (description below).

No experience needed for any class, just a willingness to be playful and try the postures! If you are an active practitioner you can play with your own variations.

Suggested donation of $10 to the Community Center

MONDAY~ BASIC VINYASA (flow) 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

We will flow (Vinyasa) from one posture to another. Posture muscle action will be explained giving students a greater opportunity to feel comfortable in attending this and other yoga classes. We will flow through a sequence that will help energize your whole body.
Great opportunity for any skill level to learn more about the postures & alignment.


Amazing benefits for 'restoring' the body and mind using (mostly) relaxing seated postures for longer periods of time while softening the muscles and encouraging passive stretching to work on the deep, dense connective tissues. With continued practice these postures help bring balance & flexibility to the body. We invite you to take the opportunity to nurture your body, mind, and soul. BRING a small pillow and/or large towel if possible.

FRIDAY~ BASIC VINYASA ~ 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Start your Friday morning off with a nice easy yoga flow to energize you for your weekend on the island. Same description as Monday.

* Please arrive 10 minutes early on your first visit
* Mats, Blocks & Hand Towels available
* No perfumes or scents
* Suggested not to eat ONE hour prior to class
* Bottled water for sale at counter or bring your own
* Your entire donation is benefiting the center

Stay tuned for details for future yoga classes offered with live music.

Due to many wonderful events occurring at the Community Center we advise you to check the center's web site and forum for schedule changes.

If you've had the opportunity to participate in a yoga class please feel free to share your experience to encourage others to join us.

Deck / Beach / group or private sessions are available.
Contact at 448-3091

Baroque on Beaver 2014-Keeping up with the Times!

The 13th season of the Baroque on Beaver Festival will see some big changes in response to patron suggestions. As a result of last year’s audience survey, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association made a few changes that we hope will make events more convenient and accessible for everyone, beginning with timing for the concerts: Most evening concerts will begin at 8:00, allowing more time for a pre-concert dinner, and all afternoon events are at 2:00. The only exceptions are two evenings with double performances, when the first show will be at 7:00 and a later one at 9:00. This is in response to concerns about overflow crowds and so people who work until 8:00 can still participate in the Festival.

The annual benefit event on July 29 is “Baroque on Beaver-And All That Jazz!” featuring the Detroit Jazz All Stars, a nationally known trio of great musicians who are also lots of fun! We’re proud to bring then to Beaver Island in our first foray into jazz, a quintessentially American musical genre. The Benefit wine reception for donors will be at 6:00, prior to the 7:00 pm performance; all tickets will be $35 for the benefit. An additional show is at 9:00, when all seats will be $25. The Detroit Jazz All Stars will meet and greet patrons in the lobby after both shows. There will also be two performances on July 30 at CMU, our most popular venue. If you can’t arrive in time to get a seat at the first show, come at 9:00 for the second!

More choral music is another innovation, including a special afternoon concert by the new Chamber Chorale at St. James Episcopal Chapel. The Chamber Chorale is the professional core of the larger Festival Chorus which we hope will be greatly expanded this year for the big tent event: Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00 is the Festival’s first outdoor performance. Billed as a “Star Spangled Evening”, the event will be at Whiskey Point, in a tent and under the stars and it will be “tent-sational!” The repertoire is all-American to launch the national celebration of the Star Spangled Banner’s bicentennial. Pre-concert lectures will be delivered by Professor Mark Clague, whose research on our national anthem was cited in Smithsonian magazine, and whose curriculum materials on the subject will be available for K-12 social studies teachers nationwide-including at BICS! Please check the website, www.baroqueonbeaver.org for more details on all events and updates, including music on a tugboat and pop-up performances around town.

One thing about Baroque on Beaver that has not changed is free admission to all concerts except the annual benefit. We thank the entire Beaver Island community for embracing and supporting this wonderful enterprise with donations, sponsorships and the all important freewill offerings that keeps the Festival boat afloat on Paradise Bay!

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting Notice

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

Holy Cross Mass Schedule-Summer 2014


Museum Week Schedule

BIRHC Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is once again raffling off a car. This year so far they have sold 212 tickets, according to the sign outside the medical center. They also already had the Early Bird Drawing, and the winner of the $1000 prize was Pete LoDico. This year, some of the raffle profits will benefit the Forestview Apartments, the senior housing units east of the BIRHC and across the street from Stoney Acres.

Have you got your raffle ticket yet?

Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

You know the routine! Please bring your handmade art pieces and craft items to the BIRHC lobby for summer bidding. We will accept decorated birdhouses (Betty has a few unfinished ones in the lobby for those who wish to decorate one), Garden signs, hand painted pots for decks or porches, framed photos and artwork of flowers, landscapes, birds, butterflies, etc. Any merchant wanting to support us can offer items such as work gloves, tshirts, tools, fertilizer, (all garden related). We will put them together in "packages" to auction off. The auction begins June 1st and ends after Homecoming. Betty Hudgins will put bidding sheets out with each donated item as well as a starting bid and end date. Please make sure she knows who has donated each item by signing the piece or contacting her ahead of dropping it off. The proceeds from your donations will be used to continue our Wellness Garden efforts as well as Forest View Landscape Project this year. Last summers auction of birdhouses alone brought in over $750!

Thank you again to all our participants. Connie, Leonor and the Wellness Gardeners

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

The 4th annual garden tour to benefit the Wellness Garden and Forest View Landscape project will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. We will be having a North End Event this year, visiting 6 gardens, which will begin early with an al fresco breakfast in our first garden. We then will visit 3 other gardens (one with a home tour!), dine at the Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant and end with a Victorian Dessert Tea at our last garden. This is an all-inclusive ticket. One price ($50) covers the entire day. As it is a benefit, we believe the price will reflect your interest in supporting our Wellness Garden Efforts, as well as two lovely meals, transportation and last but not least, comradery.

Tickets will be limited to 35 guests this year. Transportation will be arranged by the coordinators, and we hope that you "Friends of the Wellness Garden" will remember to purchase your tickets early in order to assure yourself a spot! Betty Hudgins, our BIRHC receptionist, will have the tickets available beginning June 30th.

This is going to be a fun event so be sure to mark your calendars and be ready to get your ticket as soon as possible! This will be a great day for gardeners and photographers alike. The mutual benefit will provide continued landscape improvements and maintenance around our BIRHC campus. Stop into our health center with any questions or email leonor.jacobson@gmail.com before June 4th, email or call Jan Paul (janetkaypaul@gmail.com, 448-2943) or Dana D'Andraia (448-2603) during daytime hours. Leonor will be available by phone in July also (448-2894).

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

Watercolor Class Schedule and Sign-up for September 8-12

September will bring watercolor artist Sharon Long to Beaver Island once again. With a generous mini-grant from Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association helping the community, the class fees have been reduced this year. Half-day sessions will cost $45 and full day sessions will be $90. The fees include 3 hour or six hour lessons including all supplies. There is a limit in class size due to her  teaching style Those of you who have taken classes with Sharon previously are urged to sign up by emailing me as soon as possible. New students need to be aware that the beginning of the week, Monday-Wednesday (Sept 8-10), will be more intensive class instruction (perfect for beginners), especially morning time sessions. The afternoons and latter week days (Thursday and Friday), are generally more relaxed creative time for individualized help, as well as intermediate and advanced artists participation. As a bonus (weather permitting) Sharon will be giving a photo walk on Sunday Sept 7th to teach you about using the lens as an artist's eye. This is free of charge to all class enrollees. Please go to sharin2art.com/blog for a look at her work. If you know you can participate in the classes or have any questions, please email me at leonor.jacobson@gmail.com. I will get back with you about scheduling after July 10th. Have a wonderful summer!!

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