B.I. News on the 'Net, July 18-24, 2011

Parking in Charlevoix

Click the above link to go see their flier.

First of all, BINN wants to welcome its newest business subscriber, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service.

The parking issue at the Charlevoix Airport has caused some consternation to some people who have parked their vehicle there. (See the story and update below.) The City of Charlevoix has taken over management of the airport, and has hired an airport manager. This manager appears to view the Islanders using the airport for parking as just another source of income for the airport.

Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service is a new business located just down the road from the airport. Mainland is literally directly across the highway from Dr. Shaperkotter's office. If that doesn't ring a bell, then it is next to an old motel and before Fox Motors. They have a nice sign that indicates the location. If going south from the airport, it will be on your left side.

The editor of BINN met with one of the two partners in this venture, Daniel J Drost to see an enthusiastic person who wants to help resolve these parking issues for the Islanders. The business is just getting off the ground floor with just one year round parking permit issued at this time. Mr. Drost wants to make certain that everyone knows that they began this venture because of the City's position on the parking at the airport. Mr. Drost wants to let everyone know that he has done work over here on the island, spent money here for lodging, meals, and relaxation at the local pubs. He is interested in providing lots of service for the Island residents and visitors. In a conversation today, July 22, 2011, he stated, "If someone was needing us to go pick up something at one of the businesses in the area, we would be glad to pick it up and send it over on the plane. We would like to work with the flight services. Perhaps they (the flight services) might be willing to let us know when the owner of a car is flying over to the mainland. We could then have the car ready, warmed up if its cold outside, and ready to go. We fully expect that we might need to jump a car or two if the battery goes dead. That will all be part of the Parking Service that we offer. We had a few people who went over on the boat as customers this week. They came and picked me up, and I drove them back down to the boat dock, then brought the car out here. There was no extra charge for this service. Of course, we did it exactly in reverse when they came back to the mainland."

For this extra service, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service charges the exact same amount as the City of Charlevoix at the airport. They have an economy plan that allows you to be responsible for you own transportation to your car, but be sure to talk to them about this, if you are interested. BINN has the second year round parking permit at Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service, and is more than willing to share our experience with you.

Museum Week Art Show

It is always an amazing walk through the Gregg Fellowship Center, the location of the Museum Week Art Show. There are so many different skills and artisans who place items in the show. The editor took a little editorial license by placing the artists name on the photographs of the art. Several photographs were taken that were not used in this story, but space is somewhat limited. These pictures were taken on the first day of the art show, Wednesday. The show continues through part of Friday. Go check it out.

Today, Thursday, was the scheduled book signing.

The Cashman book was present and some information about the Ruth and Ray Denny Memorial Art Show.

A wide variety of artists and artistic styles are present at this show, even model aircraft.

There are a great deal more paintings, framed photographs, and crafts at this art show. It is well worth seeing all the talent that is present on Beaver Island right now. Go take advantage of this inspiring exhibit.

Chicago to Mackinac Race Boats Visit Beaver Island

On their way back to home port, several of the sailing vessels made a traditional stop in Paradise Bay, Beaver Island. There were quite a few sailboats rafted off each other at the public marina in the harbor. There were more boats coming in when this picture was taken, but it was getting somewhat dark so no more photos were taken.

Bonnie Keie Passed Away

July 20 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

Bonnie Louise Barber Keie, 82, of Lake Placid, Fla., died Friday, July 8, 2011, in the companionship of her daughters and friend. Bonnie died in the Bud and Donna Somers Hospice House in Sebring, Fla.

The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.petoskeynews.com/ news/obituaries/pnr-bonnie- louise-barber-keie-82- 20110720,0,488528.story

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive on July 28, 2011

The American Red Cross blood drive for Beaver Island will be held at the Gregg Fellowship Center on Thursday, July 28, 2011, from noon until 5:45 p.m.

The annual event is sponsored by the Beaver island Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, and the St. James Episcopal Church with support from the Beaver Island Boat Company and Island Airways.

For details call Lars at 448- 2470, Jean at 448-2893, or Connie at 448-2379.

Museum Week Music on the Porch

Monday evening at 7:30 pm, during Museum Week, is always a very special night. Lots of chairs are brought to the roadway in front of the Print Shop Museum for the traditional Music on the Porch. This year was no different in schedule, but was tagged as "one of the best" by several who attended. There was a really nice mix of music from many different genre, and a great deal of applause was interrupted by toe-tapping, hand-clapping, and several "Wow's."

Mike and Sharon Hurkmans set up their own sound equipment with some help from Phil Becker which included a PA, mike stands, and microphones. The Hurkmans were on deck all night to adjust the volume, move and point microphones, and generally help out with the performances in any way needed.

Kathy Speck's second year of putting together this wonderful evening of music was well received. Kathy Speck introduced each group and thanked each person after their performance. Great job, Kathy!

A wonderfully appreciative crowd was in attendance.

Here is a photographic essay on the many performers that were presented and provided excellent music:

An original, written-for-the-occasion song, written in the last three days about the train wreck on the island, was performed by the computer accompanying himself on guitar.

The highlight of the eveing was the marvelous display of talent of the the Gerrish grandchildren whose grandpa even played with them. Their program began with an apology to Bach, and continued with barbershop like singing which surprised us all. "Wimawheh, a whimawheh" still rings in some ear drums as the "mighty jungle" was sung to surprise everyone.

The performer following the Gerrish group was quite vocal about following the Everly Brothers or something like that, but Kevin Bousquet did a fine job on guitar and singing.

Another surprise, along with two more, was the singing of Emily Boyle, first earlier with Larry Hall and then after by herself.

The last surprise was an a capella song done by Dr. Lange's daughter Lisa.

A few others returned to sing again, but the performance was just the right length with just the right mix of styles. Thanks to all who performed. Thanks to the Hurkmans and to Kathy Speck fror another great Music on the Porch.

Video of the entire evening HERE

Update from Stoney Acres







Our best to you, Liam & Marilyn WALLEYE...WHITEFISH.... LAKE PERCH..... YUM!






Our best to you, Liam & Marilyn

Proposed Parking Policy for Charlevoix Airport

Update: The City Council of Charlevoix passed this policy by unanimous vote at their meeting last night, Monday, July 18, 2011. For another parking option, see the story below this one.

Editorial on Proposed New Parking Policy for Charlevoix Airport:

To the City Council of Charlevoix:

This is being emailed to you through the City Manager because I cannot afford to pay $90 to be able to come over and attend your meeting in addition to the cost of a motel, and meals. 

Again, I would like you to consider the fact that your airport manager and staff don't really know much about traveling to and from Beaver Island, and they appear to want to be regulators instead of facilitators.   The new policy suggests a limitation on the vehicles allowed to be used and requires a person to make direct contact with an airport employee in order to be able to park a vehicle there even if a parking pass is already purchased for the year.  A large number of Island people see this as just one more way of taxing the Island people because it looks good in print, doesn't mean it will work in practice.

Now, the policy as suggested by the airport manager requires the island traveler to come to the office in order to arrange a transfer of the parking pass.  This is not only inconvenient, but it is also only another effort to increase the costs of parking a vehicle at Charlevoix Airport because part of this policy states that the parking permit may be revoked for a violation of the policy.  The airport manager and staff should probably have some conversation with some Island people about the way this has worked in the past, and when something is not broken, you don't try to fix it.  The only reason for this issue at all is stated by the airport manager in the first few sentences of the proposed policy:

"to make all operations cost-neutral."  This is the purpose of the policy, which has nothing to do with the real issues facing island travelers.  Then later on in the proposed policy, the airport manager and staff have put another negative into the policy with "misuse or fraudulent conduct by the annual pass holder will result in automatic forfeiture."

Boy, what a wonderful way to thank visitors to Charlevoix, who just happen to also want to visit Beaver Island.

Then, yet another requirement is proposed which is pretty obvious to those of us who live on the Island, an outright slap in the face.  Now we have to report to the Airport Manager or designee to get a transfer of the parking pass:  "showing proof of family member status to the city airport staff.": 

Not one of these staff members have tried to get to the airport in time for a flight.  Not one of these staff members know about the difficulties in getting to and from the island when the weather is not cooperative.  Not one of these staff members has arrived at the airport and been told that the last flight was leaving in five minutes, and they would not wait for them due to the weather closing in.

I again suggest that the Airport Manager and his staff be required to sit down with some Beaver Island year round residents to discuss these issues OR simply go back to the easy method of placing the parking pass on a piece of plexiglass, and stop worrying about who might use that parking pass.  After all, if the parking pass is not being used on one vehicle and that vehicle is not parked at the airport, why shouldn't it be used on another vehicle, no matter the relationship with the parking pass owner?

Then the staff further suggests who will be considered an "Immediate Family Member" with a definition that is also quite narrow, and narrow-minded in my opinion:  "A parent, sibling, or dependent by adoption that is claimed by the adult on their income tax as a legal dependent and is under the age of eighteen."

Why should my college age dependent not be included?  Why should my older son not be included?  Why should the adopted family member have to be under the age of eighteen?  Why do they have to be claimed on my income tax, and how will that be proven by them?

If the airport manager wishes to come up with a fair and equitable policy, why is he not making contact, even by telephone or by mail or by email, with those that have commented on this parking issue previously?  Perhaps the airport manager doesn't want to  facilitate, but to regulate .

I will finish with a restatement of the purpose of this policy according to your airport manager: 
"To make all operations cost-neutral."  If my contributions to the Charlevoix economy are not worth anything but to make the parking operation at the airport "cost-neutral," then perhaps I won't contribute at all.

The following is quote from a previous email sent to your manager, which I will share with all my friends and acquaintances on the island:

"You can rest assured of the following:  If I have a ticket on my vehicle when I come to Charlevoix , I will not spend one single penny in the City of Charlevoix .  I will stop banking in Charlevoix .  I will stop buying retail products in Charlevoix .  The City of Charlevoix has attempted to do this to island folks just one too many times."

Joe Moore,
Beaver Island year round resident who has never once been contacted by the airport manager on the parking issue even though I am a parking pass owner.

A New Parking Solution for Islanders

View Word Document Flier

Do you remember when you got off the airplane that your car was warmed up and waiting for you? Do you remember when you arrived in Charlevoix and someone helped you get your car out of the snow bank? Well, this company is in the business to do just that.

This new company may take over some of the Islanders' parking permits. The costs are exactly the same as the cost of parking at the airport and paying your fee to the City of Charlevoix. BINN will investigate this new company called Mainland Parking and Shuttle Services. If you have questions, you can contact them at these phone numbers:

Office (231) 753-2100 · Fax (231) 753-2050 · Dan (231) 675-7070 · Dean (231) 675-2717 ·Email: mainlandparking@aol.com

Coast Guard Medically Evacuates Woman from Beaver Island, Mich.

CLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medically evacuated a 76-year-old woman from Beaver Island, Mich., Monday afternoon.

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City , Mich., launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew after receiving a report at about 11 a.m., from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center of a woman experiencing chest pains.

The aircrew transported the woman safely to Harbor Springs Airport, where awaiting emergency medical technicians further transported her to Northern Michigan Hospital.

The Coast Guard maintains great working relationships with medical personnel at emergency facilities in remote Great Lakes locations, including northern Lake Michigan's Beaver Island.

The woman's name is not being released.

Storm on July 17, 2011

There was quite a light show outside while the storm was brewing and headed for the Island on Sunday night. The skill enabling a capture of lightning seems to have escaped a few amateurs trying to get it in a digital photograph. Here is what was captured:.

Waiting for lightning strikes may not be the best past time, but when with friends and family, it can be fun for a short while. Andrea Moore captured these

A Video of a few lightning crashes


Beaver Island Turkey Hunt

Just a reminder to all the Turkey hunters out there. We do have a fall turkey hunt. There is no application required, but you have to purchase a license. The area is YY and you can purchase a license a day for turkey starting August 29.
Turkeys were very successful this breeding season and we need to make the flocks smaller going into winter. Plus Turkey meat is great!

Former Worship Leader of BI Christian Church Returns for Service

Curt Petrak and his wife Joan have been on the island for about two weeks where they had a mini family reunion for part of last week. After being in a tent for a week, Curt and Joan were more than happy to move into the parsonage for this past week of July 11-17, 2011. Curt gave the sermon and led the service at the Christian Church on Sunday, July 17, 2011, and his wife Joan performed on the organ to lead the singing.

Expecting an interesting homily, the editor attended the service and was amazed at the wonderful history reported by and the sincere love shown by the Petraks for the Beaver Island Christian Church. Of course, some of us knew them when they lived here, and knew that they were very involved with the Christian Church. The editor was so impressed by the history presented and the love shown that BINN provides you with a written copy of the sermon which was a combined history and lesson of service. The sermon may be viewed HERE in its entirety.

Wiping his eyes a few times during the sermon, Curt provided an excellent history of the Christian Church and spoke of many of the founders fondly. The title of his sermon was Answering God's Call to Build His Church.

Talking Threads Busy This Year

(Thank you to Sharon Hurkmans for the contributed valence photos.)

The Talking Threads Quilt Guild has been busy the past few months with a couple of interesting projects.

In May, they participated in the project “Just One Star (can comfort a soldier)” co-sponsored by Moda Fabrics and quilt shops across the country, including Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop in Charlevoix. Each quilter who participated was given a star block pattern and color requirements to make a quilt square which they signed with their name and state.

(Quilt photo by Frank Solle)

The quilt squares were gathered together in Dallas TX where they will be put into quilts for our soldiers. Those participating in the workshop were: Donna Stambaugh, Betty Scoggin, Tina Morgan, Chris Butler, Sharon Hurkmans, Kathy Richards, Judi Meister, Darlene Dooley, Heidi Vigil. Sally Lounsberry, Erin Myers, Katie LaFreniere, and Tessa Jones assisted as pressers and “go-fers”. Pictured are the 21 blocks that the Talking Threads Quilt Guild sent to Charlevoix. Hearts to Holly was able to send 450 blocks; countrywide, thousands of blocks were made and Moda is working hard to complete at least 100 quilts for our service people. What a terrific project!! Thank you, soldiers, for all you do for us—this seems like s small thank you for your sacrifices.

In June, the Quilt Guild gathered in Gregg Fellowship Center to make valences for the windows as a memorial to Sally Davis. Sally, who passed away in March, had been an active member of the quilt guild for many years and the group thought this would be a fitting, lasting memorial for a delightful lady who helped us with so many projects.

Gathering together to help make the valences were Ann Miller, Penny Young, Tessa Jones, Kathy Ruis, MaryAnn Ridgeway, Tina Morgan, Sharon Hurkmans, Judy Jones, Judi Meister, Sandy Bartels, Chris Butler, Sallly Lounsberry, and Ellen Kuligoski.

Short Video Clip in Gregg Fellowship Center Showing the Valences


Great job, Ladies! It's just another reason why Beaver Island is a special place!

"I Dream of the Island"  

A Musical Pictorial Video Presentation about Beaver Island.

Created by Ted Nicholas - A Leonard Lane Video

Sponsored and Produced by The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

This pictorial presentation created by Ted Nicholas is an extensive compilation and coordination of hundreds of photographs. The 12 minute presentation is created in High-Definition quality, 1280 x 720 pixels, with a 24bit quality soundtrack. This is "better than DVD" quality video and "better than CD" quality audio. The time in production was a little over three and one half months. There were forty-four (44) individual photo contributors and a total of 1,558 photos were contributed. Of those, 225 photos actually make up the video. The first three photos used are presented below:

Coming Soon A Very Special Beaver Island Video

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to show this two minute trailer for a very special Beaver Island video that will be released possibly on August 17, 2011, at the Community Center.


Some viewing tips from Ted Nicholas:

  Because I make videos in High Definition, you can watch the video in HD right on YouTube. On the bottom of the video is the play-bar. On the right side of the play-bar is a small button that may say "360p". If you click this button, you can choose higher res versions to watch. Choosing "720p HD" is the highest quality and works well with our TDS bandwidth. This option is only available for movies made in High Definition.

  You can also click the "full-screen" button on the bottom-right corner to enter full screen mode. When you're done, press the "esc" key on your keyboard to exit full-screen.

Included in the presentation are 795 fades and motion paths were created; 13 special graphics were created, animated and used; over 12 custom-created special effects; and 101 custom, animated titles were created and placed with motion paths. One original song with lyrics was written and composed for the video, all about Beaver Island. The song includes: 2 vocal tracks, 2 guitar tracks (a 12-string guitar and an Ovation Classic guitar), a Celtic Flute, a Celtic Violin, a full Drum Kit, Kettle Drums, and a Stringed Orchestra. The song is only part of the soundtrack for the video. The soundtrack also includes: a full narration track, and many mixed sound effects some of which were recorded "live" on Beaver Island.

Some of the materials came from places like the USGS Geological Survey, NASA LandSat imagery, US Fish and Wildlife Service, MacKiev Software Company, and others.

An excellent job by Ted Nicholas!

Beaver Island Music Festival Saturday Afternoon

On Saturday, July 16, 2011, Phyllis Moore took a trip down to the music festival. She reports that she saw three bands perform: The Northern Skies, My Sweet Patootie, and Andro. She got some excellent pictures of the bands and the crowd there enjoying the music.

There were even people we recognized in the photos like Jim and Donna Stambaugh, Kimberly Read, Melvin and Alvina NaPont, and the girls from the historical society.

B.I. Music Festival Saturday Afternoon Music Meld Video


Peaine Township Meeting Video for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Memorial Service Scheduled for Sally Davis

The memorial service for Sally Davis is scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 11:30 a.m. at Beaver Island Christian Church.  This is a separate service, NOT part of the regular Sunday morning worship service that begins at 10 a.m.. There will be lunch afterwards at the Gregg Fellowship Center; McDonough's will have a sign-up sheet for a dish to pass, probably a little closer to the actual date.

New Address for Chuck Schellenberg

Raybrook Manor, 2121 Raybrook St.S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546  Same phone 646-827-8044 or cell 213-4995285

Birds at Whiskey Point and Gull Harbor

There were plenty of birds to keep track of out at Whiskey Point and then on the drive around Gull Harbor over the last two days, July 15+16, 2011. Here are a few of the pictures taken:

An eagle in the tree at Gull Harbor..

Heron on a rock at Gull Harbor

Scurrying birds at Whiskey Point

Ducks, here and there, and everywhere

One who continued to hide in the tall grass for quite awhile and then finally flew away

A Gull taking a bath

If you stop to look around, you will see some amazing things in nature. You just have to take the time to look, and it does take some time, but you will see wonderful wildlife around.

Emerald Isle Departure Delayed More Than Four Hours

(10:15 pm, 7/14/11) The “Emerald Isle” was about four hours late in arriving tonight on the island, Thursday, July 14, 2011. According to a passenger returning to Charlevoix on an 11:20 Beaver Island departure of the Emerald Isle from Beaver Island, a small private pleasure craft and the Emerald Isle were involved in a very minor collision. The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department Marine Deputy, and the USCG crew arrived to investigate this minor collision. The investigation began about the time the ferry was to leave to return to the island. On board were many island visitors coming to the Beaver Island Music Festival as well as other visitors. The captain of the pleasure craft reported to the USCG that his yacht struck the side of the ferry. There were no injuries, very little damage to the yacht, and no injuries or damage to the ferry.

The Emerald Isle was delayed by the USCG for about four hours and fifteen minutes as a USCG crewman from Sault St. Marie had to come down to investigate. The four member crew of the Emerald Isle were subjected to drug and alcohol testing as part of the investigation. The Emerald Isle arrived on the Island and was docked at 9 p.m.

Interview with Bill McDonough, President of the Beaver Island Boat Company


Story by Leonor Jacobson, Pictures and Video by Tina Walker

How nice to find so many Beaver Island residents and visitors with an interest in spending their day walking the gardens of 7 unique owners and hearing their tales of planning, planting, building and toiling to bring their little piece of paradise into the wonderful shape it was today.  Thirty-eight driven attendees, as well as ten bikers and walkers, started their tour at the lovely harbor home of Capt. Matt and Wendy Fogg.

 Wendy delighted us with tales of the historic Fogg property as well as photos of the transformation over the century.  Her lavender iced tea was tasty, and her entertaining little helper (Westie McGruff) got the crowd off to a fun start.

Short Videos of Fogg Garden and Presentation


On we ventured to Melvin and Alvina Napont's historic site.  Her garden was a mixture of nature's bounty;   shapely tree stumps, painted rocks, cute little forest creatures, as well as flowers and shrubs.  Her totem and staff represented her family lineage and her tale of the tea kettle from her grandmother which is filled with flowers was most interesting.  Her face beamed with pride as we all took in her lovely garden.

Short Video of NaPont's Garden and Presentation


Just behind the Christian Church lays a lovely beckoning garden at the home of John and Joyce Erber.  Joyce has plotted and planted for over 20 years here.  She told us the names of her unusual and plentiful flowers.  Her well-tended bed in front included an asparagus mound, cosmos, lillies,  and a 22 year-old rhododendron!!  They also have a vegetable garden and berry patch in back of the house.  What a delight this was!

Short Video of Erber Garden and Presentation


Steve and Elle Hagerman have captured the essence of victorian living with a “self-sustainable” twist at their home.  The guests were enraptured by her amazing vegetable array growing atop a three foot high stone wall which circled the lawn.  Beside that was the sculpture garden filled with angels and lovely boulders and a totem pole depicting their Beaver Island friends.  (Their dog, cat, and a rogue chipmunk are on the totem, too!)

Short Video of Hagerman Garden and Presentation


Lunch was a must at this point and we meandered over to the Lodge for a scrumptuous  salad luncheon prepared by the new chef Simon Perron.  The tables were adorned with little pots of flowers grown at the Beaver Island Gardens, courtesy of Heidi Vigil, which added a continuity to our garden theme.

The Laurain Lodge beckoned some of us to stop there after lunch and tour their lovely spot. (We even got a peak into their newly refurbished condos.)

Then on to the home of Gene Masta and Linda Wolf(SP?)  Gene's never-ending garden was a welcome stop during the hottest part of the day.  He furnished us with tales of interesting plants and trees and shrubs.  His hostas were too numerous to count, and the variety was mind boggling.  His garden was a perfect spot for photos and many cameras continued to snap after the van and bus moved on!!  

Short Video of Masta Garden and Presentation


Pinky Harmon presented the history behind the wonderful memory garden beside the priest's home.  The towering cross built by Bud Cruikshank is made of redwood!  The bricks are still being purchased to honor or memorialize loved ones on the island. There is even a stone from the “911” site embedded. there. Those who haven't seen this site should take the time to visit.  The view of the harbor from atop this hill is unbelievable!

Short Video of Holy Cross Garden and Presentation


We moved on to Laurie Souder's home next and besides her front yard of lovely plantings, she showed us the back yard, filled with 4 foot high Primroses, hollyhocks  and other perennials.  They all surround a circular fence.  When asked if she was worried about deer damage she said “sometimes, but mostly she didn't want her own dacshunds (sp??)to demolish the plants. What a clever way to hide a dog run !!

Our last stop was to be at the south harbor beach home of Peter and Ruth Igoe.  

They have created a palette of lovely prairie flowers, which produce an abundance of seeds that are lovingly sprinkled by the Igoe grandchildren in late August each year.  Ruth's photos of her grandkids doing this was delightful, as well as the granddaughter with her zuchini in arms, trying to help out her grandpa Peter and his very organized, tidy, vegetable garden of numerous varieties.  They also have an extensive perennial garden that winds around the beach house and includes many irises, cosmos, black-eyed susans, astilbe and catmint ,to name a few. Ruth treated all to iced tea and lemon bars on her lovely porch.

Short Video of Igo Garden and Presentation


The wonderful day ended with a small gathering at Donegal Danny's for a sip of wine, and last minute bidding on the quilt.  Angel Welke put in the last bid on the sheet and she and Paul will be taking home their winnings.  It all has come full circle.

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR FOLKS!!   Submitted by Leonor Jacobson

July Library News

Wow! It's been a busy beginning to summer at the library. Connie Wojan graciously agreed to do the Children's Story Time again this year to our delight. The children are enthralled with her stories and totally enjoy the various craft projects she comes up with.

On July 7 th the library hosted 19 little girls, ages 4 to 7, for a Princess Party. Michelle LaFreniere was fantastic at planning, organizing and baking very special cookies. Her assistant was Kimberly Read who kept the girls entertained by reading princess stories and teaching them how to do the princess wave, the curtsy and how to dance. Each little princess left with a special cup as a reminder.

For those interested in learning how to communicate with babies using the American Sign Language, July 11 th saw Andrea Moore teaching baby signing. Hopefully this is something we can repeat in another year as more people discover how easy it is to do.

The Jolly Roger was flying over the library on July 14 th as little pirates, ages 4 to 7, set sail for uncharted waters. Island pirate, Captain James “Swamp Man” Stambaugh, thrilled the little boys with breath-taking tales of life on the high seas. The little pirates each took home a special pirate mug. Again Michelle LaFreniere outdid herself in organizing and planning this event.

Remember that we do have Ancestry for Libraries for those of you interested in climbing your family tree. It's free within the library and already bookmarked on our public computers.

In the Langford Music Room our music system up and running again thanks to Don Langford. We were in withdrawal for a couple weeks and the patrons missed it. We also, over the past couple of months, enjoyed watching the eagles hatch and learn to fly. Now we have a mama robin sitting on three eggs via the live webcam. Stop in and check it out in the Music Room.

At the end of the month, on July 28 th and 29 th , the library will be holding a huge book sale (weather permitting – in case of rain we'll move it back a day). Please plan on stopping by and checking out the huge selection of books from hundreds of different authors. We'll have books on cooking, decorating, crafting, romance, mysteries, non-fiction, children's books, and lots more.

Pirate Party at the District Library

(9:45 am, 7/15/11) Upon arrival at the Beaver Island District Library Thursday morning, a loud "ARRGH" was heard from the garden behind the building. It was necessary to investigate. Sure enough, there was a pirate in the back garden. What was unusual was that this pirate was reading a story to the younger pirates. "Batten down the hatches" was also heard, but this was in the story being read by Jim Stambaugh, an excellent choice for a pirate party. Each of the young pirates had a hat and an eye patch, but they were fulling enthralled by the story being read. Kimbery Read and Michelle LaFreniere were also dressed in pirate garb, and began to echo the lead pirate at certain places in the story.

Inside activities and a party were planned for all the young pirates. The pirate party at the district library was quite a success, but unfortunately not so many young boys were able to attend. What a great idea this is to build on for next year! Not one of these young pirates will forget this opportunity to visit the Beaver Island District Library!

Video Clip of a story in the garden


The chief pirate Jim Stambaugh

Osprey Hatchlings Are Fed

(10 am, 7/15/11) There is no doubt when the osprey hatchlings are going to be fed. You just have to wait patiently until the adult osprey begin communicating, one guarding the nest and the other bringing in the fish for lunch. As soon as both adults are heard, the hatchlings add to the chorus, and you know that something will happen very soon. You just have to be patient.

And after a fine chorus of chirping, a second adult comes into view carrying a fish.

Drop off one fish, and almost immediately off to go fishing again. These not-so-little anymore hatchlings are hungry.

Feeding the Osprey Hatchlings


Fly Fishing the World Fly Fishes Beaver Island

(Permission to reprint received from Matt Dunn)

This past weekend Kevin and Steve hosted Conway Bowman and his crew, shooting footage for Fly Fishing the World. For anyone that doesn't know, Conway pioneered fly fishing for mako sharks along the California coast.

For the last spot of the day I wanted to make a big run west and Steve wanted to try a small rock bar just a mile away. Because we needed to get back to town for interviews and shots of local color we went with Steve's idea. And I'm glad we did, because Conway stuck a pig 30 pounder on the very last cast.

A big thanks to everyone who helped make Conway and Fly Fishing the World's trip possible: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce , Island Airways , Beaver Island Lodge , The Toy Museum , Bill Cashman , Bill McDonough at the Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli , Stony Acre Grill & Donegal Danny's Pub , Danny, Danny and Cindy in the Irish Band, Richie Gillespie , and a big thanks to whomever's party we ended up at on Friday night.

For more story and more pictures go to this link ( excerpt from http://thirdcoastfly.com/)

Forest View Senior Housing Apartments Grand Opening

The weather didn't cooperate very well today in getting the people participating in this Grand Opening Celebration to Beaver Island in a timely manner. First it was rain, and then it was fog, but the State of Michigan participants were not able to get to the island until after 11:30 a.m., so the beginning of the ceremony was delayed for a little less than an hour.

There were plenty of refreshments and lots to look at while the wait took place.

Lots of socializing, introductions, and last minute preparations to complete.

Then the announcement was made that the State plane would be arriving in about ten minutes.

One of the participants from the State of Michigan remarked, "It doesn't get any more rural than this." The absolutely most important statement made during the entire event in this editor's estimation. The program was then about ready to begin, so Phil Hoffman, the Master of Ceremonies, began the program. He introduced Sheriff Don Schneider, who lead the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Phil Hoffman, Master of Ceremonies, commented that this whole effort would not have happened without the perseverance and dedication of Pete LoDico.

Link to Pete LoDico's Speech

The Speakers

Jane MacKenzie, Executive Director, Northern Homes Community Development Corporation Pet LoDico, President, Beaver Island Community Development Corportation Jim Tischler, Director of Community Development Division, Michigan State Housing Development Authority Mr. Tischler is new to his position, so he introduced the staff that had worked on the project. He also spoke about the rural areas served by his authority
Chip Hansen, President, Charlevoix County Community Foundation Derek Bailey, Tribal Chairman, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Jack Gallagher, Supervisor, Peaine Township Shelly Fuller, Area Director, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Ms. Fuller also recognized and introduced the staff that worked on the project.
James Turner, State Director, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Gabriel Schneider, Regional Representative for Senator Carl Levin Brandon Fewins, Regional Manager for Senator Debbie Stabenow

The the presentation of checks was made by James Turner, State Director, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Jim Tischler, Director of Community Development Division, Michigan State Housine Development Authority. The following local people received the check: left to right; Rick Speck, Supervisor St. James Township; Pete LoDico BIDC; Kathy Speck, BIDC; Connie Wojan, BIDC; Don Spencer, BIDC.

Video of this event is available HERE

Beaver Island is home for many seniors as well as the location of their immediate families, friend, and natural support systems. Historically, seniors who have been unable to maintain their homes or who were isolated onthe Island had to leave the Island to see Necessary housing and medical care on the mainland. The Forest View Community is designed to meet the long-term housing needs of seniors and disable adults living on Beaver Island.

The Beaver Island Development Corporation would like to extend a than you to the multitude of private donors for their financial contributions and kind words of support, and all who supported the fundraising dinners at the Beaver Island Lodge.

Meet Father Joe Blasko

Father Joe Blasko has been involved with the Diocese of Gaylord since 1999, and is now working as the Archivist for the Diocese in addition to his assignment to Holy Cross Parish, Beaver Island. He likes outdoor activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and golf.

Video of Father Joe Blasko Introducing Himself to the Island Community


Holy Cross Altar Society Raffles Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

The Holy Cross Altar Society is doing its annual raffle for fundraising. The Altar Society will be selling raffle tickets from now until October when the Bite of Beaver takes place. This smaller print of the original painting will be presented to the altar society member who sells the most tickets. The drawing will take place on October 8, 2011, at 2 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall. The tickets are on the island, and they should be available now. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They will be for sale after mass on weekends, at McDonough's' Market, or you can contact Audrey Beilman for more information at 448-2083. The altar society has received a raffle license from the State of Michigan, #X78435.

Video Walk Through of Handicapped Apartment at Forest View

Pete LoDico provided this short walk through of the handicapped apartment at the newly opened Forest View Apartment complex. The apartment is set up for a wheel-chair bound individual with openings under the sinks as well as other conveniences for a handicapped individual.

Short Video Walk Through


BICS Seeking Math and Foreign Language Teacher

The school district is looking for a 7-12 grade math teacher who is also qualified to teach a foreign language (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese preferred).   The position is posted at  www.greatschooljobs.com .  The deadline for applications is July 15, 2011, or until position is filled. Candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to kittym@bics.us .  An interviewing committee made up of the Principal/Superintendent, two teachers, two board members and a parent will interview the top candidates.


A potluck salad/dessert luncheon and funky-fun fashion show will be held on

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm at Gregg Fellowship Hall.

Fashions will be provided by:

Beaver Gems T-Shirt Shop The Blue Pearl

East Wind Spa & Consignment Shop Island Treasures Resale Shop

Livingstone Studios McDo nough's Market

Powers Do-It-Best Hardware Whimsey

Beverages will be provided by BICC Women's Circle.

Call now to make your reservations at Island Treasures Resale (231-448-2534 ) or Dee Gallagher (231-448-2262 ).   A Donation Jar will be available with proceeds to the BI Food Pantry and BIFDA.

Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee Resolution

Proposed By-laws for NRESC

Map of the 2011 EAB Panel Trap Locations on Beaver Island

These Locations are for Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring

Jaimen Waha Researches Island Dunes

Jaimen Waha is from Charlevoix, and when given a chance to do some work on the Beaver Archipelago, jumped or kayaked at the chance.

Short Video Interview of Jaimen Waha


St. James Township Meeting, July 6, 2011

The meeting began with the quick approval of bills and minutes. The discussion about the DNR-required sewer system began anew. The costs of original installation was discussed as well as the increase in monthly cost of being connected. One taxpayer was concerned about the cost of the FOIA request from the engineering firm, the cost being slightly more than $180. A motion was passed to have the township pay that FOIA cost. It was reported by Township Supervisor Rick Speck that the Phragmities location and GPS locations had met a hurdle. All of the first ten hours of data was lost in a tech glitch. This work will all have to be repeated. The supervisor reminded the board and public of the Board of Review to take place on July 22, 2011. The board discussed the mileage reimbursement for employees and agreed to pay the federal rate of $.51 per mile as long as the employee documented the date and the specific activity. The St. James Township Board passed a motion to approve the resolution for the creation of the Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee unanimously. During public comment, the lack of a flag at Whiskey Point was discussed. Jim Wojan is working on this issue with CMU Biological Station, the owners of the property. A revised driving guide was authorized for printing by the township. Bud Martin discussed the possibility of building a break wall along the edge of the drop off Whiskey Point to create a park. He mentioned that there might be federal money to fund this project. The townships agreed to the extent that work will begin in the near future to update the Recreation Plan, which would be the first step toward applying for grant money. Rick Speck suggested that this might take about two years, but that it would be a good idea to update the plan for application for funding of any project since it is required by the state.

Video of this meeting HERE

Not Your Old-fashioned Summer School

Twenty-first Century Learning summer school is nothing like the summer school that your fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers used to talk about. This is an amazing and motivating program with lots of different types of learning besides the three R's. Here is the weekly newsletter put out by this program director Laura Gibson.

Link to newsletter with lots of scheduled activities

BIRHC Benefit Golf Outing Scheduled for August 6th

The Beaver Island Golf Course has scheduled the BIRHC benefit outing  for Saturday, August 6th at 1:00 p.m .  Rain date is Sunday, August 7th . More details to follow.  You can contact the golf course at 448-2301.

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze


"Volunteer Bill" Signed Into Law

Gov. Snyder signs House Bill 4111 to allow DNR to utilize volunteer efforts to improve conservation and outdoor recreation
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Erin McDonough - (517) 775-9500
Kent Wood - (517) 346-6462

LANSING, MICH --  One of the 2011 legislative priorities for Michigan United Conservation Clubs ( MUCC ) is complete. On Tuesday , Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder put his signature of approval on new legislation that will enable volunteers to help the DNR to further improve the value of our state's natural resources and their recreational opportunities (House Bill 4111, sponsored by State Rep. Bruce Rendon (R-Lake City).

MUCC Executive Director Erin McDonough said that House Bill 4111 is proof positive that Michigan's outdoors community is willing to step to the plate. "With the state's funding crunch, hunters, anglers and trappers were seeing our public lands being neglected simply because there was not enough budget to support them," she said. "Rather than simply sit back and complain, they approached MUCC and asked us to find a way that they could help. This common sense legislation allows volunteers to assist the DNR with improving the public lands that make Michigan such an incredible place to live. Without this legislation, limited resources could otherwise prevent certain improvements or services from moving forward."

The legislation authorizes the DNR to appoint volunteers to facilitate responsibilities of the Department under Section 503 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act . McDonough also emphasized the importance of this legislation in expanding the DNR's ability to form working partnerships with willing volunteers and partners to fulfill tasks that are currently stagnant due to a lack of resources (i.e., stream bank restoration, fish stocking, wildlife habitat, deer check stations, trail grooming, etc.).

"We have already started to see a new sort of partnership taking place that pairs the general public with state government. This is no small accomplishment because that relationship has not been healthy in the past. With new partnerships such as the Michigan Pheasant Habitat Restoration Initiative and, now, this new legislation, Michigan's outdoors community can truly take even more ownership in the heritage we treasure."

MUCC would like to commend State Rep. Rendon for his leadership in sponsoring House Bill 4111.

BIRHC Will Dispose of Expired Drugs

Rather than just throwing your expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs in the trash or down the drain, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has become a "pill drop off" location. They will dispose of these items for you. The rural health center also has needle disposal containers and are willing to provide them to you as well. Here is their flyer.

Summer Update from Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's

Summer Hours at Stoney
Lunch Mon-Sat 11-2
Dinner Mon - Sunday 5-9
Thurs-Baby Back BBQ Ribs
Fri-Yellow Lake Perch
Fresh Whitefish Daily
Daily Specials plus full Menu

Danny's Pub
Mon-Sat 11-2am
Sunday 12-2am
Stoney menu available daily till 9pm/Pub menu till 2am
Sunday- Danny's Bloody Mary Bar & Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet

Music most weekends...never a cover charge or drink price increase
Rides Available
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our Best to You!
Liam & Marilyn

They're Baack!

Frank Solle came across his new nemesis the Eastern Swamp Thistle (Cirsium palustre) has popped up in a number of locations along Hannigan's Road. These are my first sighting of the summer so I need to check the locations I found them in last year. The treatment regime is fairly simple and straightforward:

1. Identify - spiny stalk and branches, small purple flower heads in clusters at top as well as single buds along stalk; currently the flower clusters are mostly closed and tightly packed at top.
                  Plants grow up to 6-7 feet tall.  Wherever one is found it's likely to not be alone. (native Swamp Thistle does not have a spiny stalk; Bull Thistle has a much larger flower head)

2. Clip and bag the flowering heads and take to Transfer Station. Some type of work glove is required.

3. Cut stalk below lowest bud to prevent further growth (hopefully).

Allowed to grow free this invasive species can be very robust and will take over wet areas, crowding out native species. All property owners are encouraged to keep an eye out for this invader and properly dispose of them.

Phragmites Update for 2011

Phragmites was on the agenda at both the May and June Township meetings. The need for a tentative 5 year plan was discussed and also the potential depletion of the Save our Shores (SOS) fund.

First, the five year plan. Beginning this year and alternating years following, Jacque LaFreniere-Phragmites Administrator and Brian Mastenbrook-DNR Wildlife Biologist recommend a complete GPS survey and mapping of the shoreline of Beaver Island followed by treatment by a chemical contractor hired by the townships. The Townships will conduct the bidding process and will select a qualified herbicide applicator with good recommendations identified from other northern communities with similar programs . Next year, the recommendation is to coordinate a volunteer effort, similar to last year's program, to survey and treat Phragmites on the island shoreline. With a little over $28,000 left in the SOS funds, this alternating year plan would attempt to stretch funding.

However, recently, the DNR notified the townships that their funding was minimal and probably wouldn't cover the cost of treatment of the state lands on and around Beaver Island. Both townships voted to treat the state land from the SOS funds and ask the state for reimbursement of the costs of treatment.

The SOS funds will be seriously depleted by treatment of Beaver Island this year. Alternate funding sources (through grants etc.) will need to be explored and applications made to continue treatment of Phragmites on Beaver Island and the surrounding archipelago.

New shoreline property owners were notified via mail of the Phragmites survey and treatment plan. All property within both townships falls within the Phragmites Eradication Zone created by the townships in 2008. If Phragmites is identified on your property and you feel that your property should not be included in the Eradication Zone Treatment Area, you must contact the townships in writing by August 1, 2011 to be considered to be taken off the treatment plan. Treatment for Phragmites will take place at the end of August, 2011 or beginning of September, 2011. There will be a public meeting with the contractor held just prior to treatment.

The survey will take place prior to July 7. Equipment will be on loan from the Charlevoix County GIS dept through Brian Kelly. Maps will be created by the CC GIS and posted at the Township Library and both Township halls showing where Phragmites has been located in 2011.

Any questions about the Phragmites program for 2011 should be directed to Jacque LaFreniere, Phragmites administrator at 231-448-2220.

Baroque on Beaver Island

The 10th Anniversary

Opening Night Benefit Recital July 26, 2011, at the Community Center 7:30 p.m.

Family Music Fair Suzuki Violin and Drumming, Thursday, July 28, 2:00 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Water Music July 28, 2011 at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Baroque on Beaver Brass Quintet, Friday, July 29, 2:00 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Mozart Symphony No. 40, July 29, 2011, 7:30 pm at Community Center

A Night at the Opera, Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Mendelssohn Favorites, Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Baroque on Beaver Website

What is Baroque on Beaver?

The answer in words, pictures, and, in later years, video may be viewed here of past Baroque on Beaver performances on http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com




















We hope you now know that Baroque on Beaver is an excellent classical music festival right here on Beaver Island!

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

A bike ride to benefit Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be held, Saturday, Oct., 8, 2011, at 8 a.m . Bikers will meet at beach parking lot next to Holy Cross Parish Hall , bike 2-12 miles and make a donation of your
choice based on miles biked. Flyers will be posted around town after July 4th and be available at the Chamber of Commerce office . Bike rental is available. You could make it a duathlon if you register for and run or walk the Island Boodle 5K at 10 a.m Registration fee benefits the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. Call Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for further information.

Ladies Golf Tournament, July 16, 2011

The event started promptly at 8:30 a.m. Jean Carpenter and Sharon Scamehorn organized the 22 participants into teams of three or four. Sandy Simpson's team was the winning team with a score of one over par 36. There was also a putting contest. There was a three way tie on this hot day, and the winners; Ruth Igoe, Taffy Rafael, and Leonor Jacobson; decide to donate the funds to next year's Ladies Golf Tournament on July 12, 2012. Caroline Works did an excellent job preparing a catered lunch for the lady golfers. Lunch consisted of chicken salad, a pasta dish, and fruit salad. Jean Carpenter also made a Texas Sheet Cake and Pecan Taffies.

A great day for golf was enjoy by all twenty-two participants!

Both Township Boards Passed the NRESC Resolution in July

Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee

View the approved document for the resolution HERE

View the unapproved document for the By-laws HERE

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

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:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011


Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011
Thurs-July 21 , DJ Tom
Fri-July 22 , The Folk Ups
F-July 29 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-July 30 , Flight Squadron Yon
Fri-Aug 5 , Jason & Nick AND
Sat- Aug 6, Jason & Nick
Thurs-Aug 11 , DJ Tom
Fri-Aug 12 , Boyne City Remedy AND
Sat-Aug 13 , Boyne City Remedy
Fri- Aug 19 , The Folk Ups
Fri-Aug 26 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-Aug 27 , Flight Squadron Yon

* Rigormortis too…dates to be set yet ?
* Never a cover charge or drink price increase!
Please join us for some GREAT tunes .....Music starts at 9pm F-July 1, Danny, Danny, & Cindy S-July 2, Danny & Danny

Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


Men's Golf League, Hot and Heavy Competition Continues

The Men's Golf League team competition is hot and heavy with the team that is having a good round moving up in the standings. That means that the team NOT having a good night is moving down in the standings.

Two teams are tied for first place with 103 total points. The team of Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith are tied with Howard Davis and Joe Moore for first place bragging rights. Third place is solid with Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman. Then there are five teams that are very close, so things could change drastically in the next week or two.

1 2 Jeff & Ryan 40 13 103 343 38.11
1 8 Howard & Joe 36 12 103 343 38.11
3 9 Rob & Dan 37 12 99 352 39.11
4 10 Frank & John 38 8 89 361 40.11
5 1 Ron W. & Bob S. 36 6 88 336 37.33
6 7 Ivan & Buck 38 8 86 348 38.67
7 5 Chuck & Ernie 40 7 84 361 40.11
8 6 Bob E. & Ron S. 44 9 83 402 44.67
9 4 Larry & Joe 33 14 81 309 38.63
10 3 Francis & Larry 43 11 68 358 44.75
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #1 14-6
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #5 13-7
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #6 11-9
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #7 12-8
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #10 12-8


The codes above are explained here. S-strokes for tonight's match. P-for points earned in the tonight's match. Total points will be the sum of the point earned each week. Since this is the first week the points for the night and total points are exactly the same. T.S. represent total strokes for league play. Since there has only been one match so far, stokes and total strokes are the same. S. Ave-is stroke average. Again, since this is the first week, the stroke average is the same as total strokes.

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.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

24: Joseph Fox

31: Joseph Fox 10:00 am

31: 11:30 am Memorial Service for Sally Davis

August 7: Pastor Bob Whitlock

August 14: Pastor Howard Davis

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(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.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.


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 Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!