B.I. News on the 'Net, July 19-25, 2010

BIRHC Millage Up for Renewal August 3rd

On August 3rd Beaver Island voters in both townships will be asked to approve a renewal of two mills to support the operations of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Please continue to support prompt, locally available health care, an essential service for Beaver Island residents and visitors. Vote “Yes” on the August ballot proposal to renew 2 mills for the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

This proposal reestablishes the 2 mills medical center millage previously approved by the electors that expired in December, 2009. Specifically, the proposal renews the current 1.8420 mills and restores the .1580 mills previously rolled back by the Headlee Amendment.

"Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of Peaine, County of Charlevoix, State of Michigan be increased by up to two dollars ($2.00) per thousand dollars ($1,000) (2 mills) of the taxable value on all taxable property in the township for four (4) years, 2010 through 2013 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for the operation of the island's Rural Health Center, and shall the Township levy such millage for this purpose?"

If approved and levied in its entirety, it is estimated that the 2 mills would raise an estimated $138,373.00 for the township when first levied in 2010.

Mike Weede's Museum Week 2010 Presentation

Considering the glitches with the projector at the Community Center making all the photos too dark, Ken Bruland's presentation for his 2009 Paddle for Food in September went quite well. The glitch hadn't been worked out for the Mike Weede presentation on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Mike and his wife Gale Weede operate the Paradise Bay Dive Shop across the road from St. James Marine. Mike's session was well attended with many questions asked afterword.

Mike presented some of the specific shipwrecks that he has dived upon and discussed many others, some including Dick Burris, another avid diver. Mike Weeke is a master diver, and his many experiences around the Beaver Archipelago were very interesting. Mike also provided information about some of the equipment that is carried on the dive boat including medical oxygen and first aid supplies.

Mike in front of oxygen and first aid case.....Mike showing some of the camera and video equipment

Mike Weede's presentation at the Community Center can be viewed HERE

Gull Harbor Photo Ops

Two views of a mature adult eagle.......Herons......once perched on a rock..........later perched in a tree.....then leaving









Osprey Update

Osprey young waiting for delivery of food......."Ok, it's there. See if you know how to eat it."

Helo Flyover the Harbor

The helicopter shown above flew over the harbor in the middle of the week with no one having any explanation as to why it was here. The helo is owned by Pegasus Leasing, Ada, Michigan, and has an identification number of N520AC. It is a 1991 Sikorsky S76B, construction number 760380. It seats fourteen and has two engines. Anyone know why it was here?


The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Director Jack Messer will be attending a public meeting on July 26th at 11 a.m. at the Peaine Township Hall with the Human Services Commission for the purpose of discussing senior services on Beaver Island. Shirley Roloff will also be attending.

Senior Help Mate

Liaison between BIRHC and Senior Islanders

 “Promoting Independent living in the Beaver Island Community”

  The Senior Help Mate will coordinate your care in conjunction with the care providers at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Wellness Services

  Medication Set up –(supervision by the BIRHC Practitioners)

Transportation--Visit a friend--- Grocery shopping--- Medical appointments--- Errands

Blood pressure monitoring

Meal preparation


Light Housekeeping


Respite care

Medication Prompting

Managing Household Tasks

Help with laundry

Personal Care

 Medical equipment needs in conjunction with Hospice Helping Hand

Circle of Strength Cancer Support August 4th at BIRHC

Circle of Strength Cancer Support Group(s), meet on the First Wednesday of every month At Charlevoix Area Hospital in the large classroom on the lower level of Hospital. Time: 10:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and on Beaver Island-Medical Center at the same time each month . The next meeting will be Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

We will welcome anyone in the area to join us for sharing, learning and making new friends.

 If you have been diagnosed with cancer now or in the past, if you are a family member of a person with cancer, or a friend and support person of someone with cancer, you will always gain something special from a meeting.

We will be joining (via REMC-like TV live,) the support group on Beaver Island . We are in this together .

Art Show Starts Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Eagle and Osprey Pics

Eagle at Gull Harbor was chased away by a barking dog before the video camera could be set up....Osprey with young in the nest..................

Ever Try Kayaking?

Ken Bruland has been doing some eco-friendly kayaking tours on Barney's Lake recently. His group have seemed quite interested in the wildlife there on the lake. Some even witnessed the attempt of an eagle to get the loon hatchling. (The editor did also, but did not get out the equipment quickly enough.) If you've not tried this way of viewing the wildlife on the island, it might be another option for you. You can access this wonderful water activity by calling 231-448-2221, the Inland Seas Kayaking.

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Planned For Beaver Island

Beaver Island, MI – July 19, 2010 – The American Red Cross will join members of the Beaver Island community in honoring long-time resident Rita Gillespie by holding a memorial blood drive Thursday, July 29.

Gillespie required blood transfusions during a lengthy illness that eventually took her life. The annual American Red Cross Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive collects an average of 65 units of blood. More than 1330 units of blood have been collected over the past 20 years, helping as many as 3900 patients.

This year's blood drive will be held from Noon to 5:45 p.m. , Thursday, July 29 at the Beaver Island Christian Church .

“What better way to honor the life of such a wonderful person than to give the gift of life yourself,” said Biz Bauer, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative. “We hope all eligible donors in the area will make the time to make an appointment to donate blood.”

To make an appointment visit redcrossblood.org or call Lars at 231-448-2470, Jean at 231-448-2893 or Connie at 231-448-2379. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted.

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. While the need is constant, during the summer months there is a decrease in the number of blood donors. College and high school students, who are on summer break, do not tend to give at regularly-scheduled blood drives. In addition, vacations and outdoor activities can keep people from taking the time to donate. 

How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state.In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Poker Tournament to Benefit Cottage for Karen

View information HERE

Physical Therapy Now Available at BIRHC

Physical Therapy will now be offered at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.  Through the Charlevoix Area Hospital, Larry Hudson, physical therapist ,will be coming to the island on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 27th to treat patients at the Health Center.  A medical prescription of need is necessary from a doctor/or health care provider .

Larry is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota .  He received his Masters Degree in physical therapy at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa .  He has been practicing physical therapy in northern Michigan for 10 years. 

Call the Charlevoix Area Hospital to make an appointment    (231)-547-8360 to be seen at the Health Center.

Donna Kubic

Museum Week, 2010
No admission charge – except for Nature Walks.

Monday, 7-19

2:00 at the Community Center (CC): This is Suzuki Violin: free brief lectures and lessons on the Suzuki method for playing the violin, by Sheri Richards. Kids or grown-ups can watch or take part in this.
7:30 Music on the Porch: Gather on Main Street in front of the Print Shop Museum to see our amazing local talent. New hostess Kathy Speck is in charge. In case of rain, we’ll adjourn to the CC.

Tuesday, 7-20

1:00 – 3:00 at the Protar Home: Leading Protar authority Antje Price will open the Home and talk with visitors about this amazing man, “our Heaven-sent Friend.”
8:00 at the CC: Less Boisvert, the editor of Kee’s books and a longtime student of her holistic teaching, will talk about the increasing importance of the message this unique woman brought to us from 1975 to 1999.

Wednesday, 7-21

9:00 – 12:00: Adult Nature Walk with CMU Staff: the treasures of Little Sand Bay. Meet at the LSB parking lot at 8:55 a.m. Limited to 25, so phone the Print Shop (448-2254) to register, or stop in. $10 fee; no lunch.
12:00 – 4:00: Visit an archaeological dig at the Early/Doney farm. Meet the students and their professor, and discuss what they have found and what it means.
12:00 – 5:00: The Art Show begins! Be one of the first 500 to see what’s new in the Beaver Island art scene by visiting the Gregg Hall Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoon. Demonstrations; artists; art; jewelry; and new books.
2:00 at the CC: Ecologists Eric Myers and Seamus Norgaard will talk about some amazing aspects of Beaver Islands’ woods; broaden your understanding of ecology.
8:00 at the CC: Dr. Deborah Rotman will talk about archaeology in general and in particular, what she hopes to find on Beaver Island, how her first year has gone, and how she sees her program being shaped. Q/A.

Thursday, 7-22

9:00 – 11:00: Kids Nature Walk on Johnny Martin’s Trail with CMU Staff. Meet in the Bio Station parking lot at 8:55. Limited to 25, so phone the Print Shop (448-2254) to register, or stop in. $5 fee; no lunch.
12:00 – 5:00: The Art Show continues!
2:00 at the CC: Ken Bruland reprises his 100-mile solo trip under the Mighty Mac and beyond from last fall. Footage of the event and a demonstration of his equipment makes this a fascinating afternoon.
8:00 at the CC: What’s down there? Mike and Gail Weede will talk about and show pictures from some of the most interesting shipwrecks they’ve dived on. Q/A.

Friday, 7-23

12:00 – 5:00: The Art Show concludes!
1:00 – 3:00 at the Protar Home: Antje Price will open the Home a second time.
8:00 at the CC: Nineteenth century religion on Beaver Island: a panel of experts (Vickie Speek on Strangism, Elizabeth Edele on Baraga and the early Dioscese, and Father Dan Connaghan on Father Peter Gallagher) will talk about how Beaver Island fostered a spiritual turn in its early inhabitants – and still does. Moderated by scholar Ted Sirotko; Q/A.

Saturday, 7-24

12:00 at the Print Shop: Pet Show for kids (and the young at heart): every pet wins a certificate in another entertaining presentation by Paul and Liz Niehaus.
7:00 at the CC: Pinky’s Babalu Bingo – back, at the last minute, by overwhelming demand; 100 seats; so if more arrive they’ll be auctioned off. Babalu, because a mariachi band will entertain during the intermission. Doors open at 6:00. Don’t miss it; don’t miss any of it!

Plus, all week long – free tours of Beaver Head Lighthouse (South End) by thye Lighthouse School staff, 9:00 – 3:00.

The Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair

Live well, Feel well, Be well

Plan on attending September 16th , from 2pm-7pm at Gregg Fellowship Hall. There will be many on- and off-island organizations present to provide you with information that can help you physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

To name just a few:


In addition to the many other organizations, we plan on making sure that you do not leave empty-handed. And children and teens are as welcome as adults. There will be much for them to see and hear too, as well as games, brain-teasers, and an obstacle course!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Adam Richards at either 448.2067, or adamr@beaverisland.k12.mi.us

See you there!

Museum Week-Music on the Porch

This opening night program has been going on for more than twenty-seven years, but 27 under the guidance of Doris Larsen. Last night, July 19, 2010, Doris was in the audience having turned over the 'torch' to Kathy Speck.

Lars and Doris Larsen in the audience

Kathy Speck, MC

There were lots of musical groups who performed and one poet who provided entertainment for the many gathered in the street in front of the Print Shop Museum.

The audience at the beginning of Music on the Porch

The program began with Mike and Shelley Scripps with Jane Bailey, then the choir with a Sheri Timsak solo, Susie Fisher solo, and Mike Scripps solo.

Mary Czarnecki

Joddi Croswhite with Laura Gibson and Miranda Rooy on the last song

Folked UP with Patti Cull, Kevin White, Miranda Rooy, and Laura Gibson

Elisha Richards (no picture) , then Laura Gibson and Sheri Richards

Chris Screven

Gerrish Cousins: Harriet Groenleer, Andrew Groenleer, Ivan Suminski, Nick Sumionski, Iren Gerrish, Sophea Suminski, and Eva Maria

Bob Skon and Matte Steward

Melissa Bailey

Jeff Connor

Kevin Bousquet

Trea McMaken

All in all, an excellent display of Island talent! Good job, Kathy Speck!

Video of all but the last two performers can be found HERE

Beaver Island AMVETs Offer Scholarship

Beaver Island AMVETS Post 46 is offering a $1000 scholarship to any student who graduated from Beaver Island Community Schools and and has completed at least one year of post-high school education.

Please submit a letter stating the reason you believe you should received this scholarship to:

AMVETS Post 46
Box 319
Beaver Island, MI   49782

The scholarship will be awarded not later than August 10, 2010 and letters must be received by August 9, 2010..

Pat Nugent on Crew on Dolphin in Mackinac Race

Pat Nugent, postal employee on Saturday and relief, is listed on the list of the crew of the Dolphin in the Bayview Mackinac Race. He is listed as one of a total of 15 crew members. The Dolphin is on of the most well-known tenured boats in the Great Lakes. Designer Gary Mull would be proud to see this 40,000 pound, 36 year-old aluminum boat, powered by Ruhland Sails, boast back-to-back 1st place in class finishes in the 2005 and 2006 Port Huron to Mackinac races. Since 1985, skipper Larry Ruhland and his two sons, Mike and Pat, have finished first five times and have flagged twelve times, with a top finish of second overall in 1993. As of 7:30 a.m. today, July 18, 2010, the Dolphin was in 3rd place in its class. The Mackinac Race From Port Huron to Mackinac is able to be followed at the following website.


European Swamp Thistle

European Swamp Thistle has taken root on Beaver Island in a number of locations: below Martin's Bluff, the Kilty's Point area, along both Hannigan's Road and Johnny Martin's Trail, and at Little Sand Bay. A small patch was eliminated below Bonner's Bluff as well thanks to a concerned property owner. Being a biennial, a few years of hand harvesting flower tops should go a long way to controlling the spread of this invasive species. Allowed to spread this hardy invasive can easily choke out native species and take over well-lit wetland areas.

The best means of control is to clip off the flowering heads, not only at the top of the plant, but along the stem as well, bag them up and dispose of at the transfer station. Cutting the stalk near the base is a good follow up technique.

If you think you have a population of these plants on your property and would like assistance in removing them call Frank Solle at 2162 or Pam Grassmick at 2314.

Thistle Poster

Music Fest Is Fun-A Great Way to Relax

With the many different styles of music being performed at the music fest, there is no way to be bored there. As the first time that this editor has been to the festival, it can be described in one word, "Wonderful." Even though many do not like the popular music and prefer classical music, the variety of styles performed should appeal to many. From Irish fiddling to blues, from classic rock to modern rock, from musical stories to Motown, the first two days of the music festival down the West Side Road was fantastic. If you have never attended, you should try it. You might come away with a different appreciation of the talents brought to Beaver Island by Dan and Carol Burton.

There were many photographers there. There were many videographers there. The sound crew was amazing from the first note played until the last one of each of the two nights. Helpful people were everywhere from helping you to find a parking place to providing first aid if needed. The campfire in the open space invited you to join in and relax. The music was performed professionally, and the enjoyment of music was obvious from each and every performer.

The facilities are amazing. Although considered rustic by some, they fit perfectly into the Beaver Island experience. The Burton's beautiful garden greets you as you come to the entrance to the fest. Friendly people answer questions and provide accurate information on the facilities at the fest. Dan and Carol are seen walking around and checking on things making sure that everything goes right.

On the way back to town Thursday night, one city dweller stated, "Oh, my gosh, look at all the stars." Once away from the trees and the lights of town, thousands of stars are seen that a city dweller will never see due to the lights of the city. Beaver Island not only provides a chance to relax, but also a chance to get back to nature, view the stars, and mingle with folks.

The event certainly adds a lot to the Island economy with purchases at the stores, even though there are several vendors on site. It would seem that you can purchase everything from food to tee shirts to beaver pelt hats here at the music festival. It is a great addition to the summer activities of the island. Great job, Dan and Carol and your whole crew!

Video Clips Notice of Volume Level: You will find that the volume level of these clips is quite high. Be prepared to start with your volume low and then increase its level to your taste.

On Thursday, some pictures of the first group that our group heard and a select few of the audience

The audience viewed from the sound platform. Not bad for a Thursday night!

Burton's Garden

Dave Boutette


Dave Boutette 2


Dave Boutette and Joddi Croswhite


Prisoners of Paradise with three Croswhite family members

The crowd really got involved. Joddi had them on their feet and clapping, laughing, and singing.

Prisoners of Paradise Featuring Saygan Croswhite

Prisoners of Paradise

Prisoners of Paradise 2

Prisoners of Paradise 3

Prisoners of Paradise 4


Well past dark the hardware man Jeff from the Beaver Island Comedy Group performed his '10' skit modified for the music festival.

Hardware Man Jeff


The announcer or MC for the night also performed a song.

Ernie Douglas


Next up were the Sowa Brothers..

When the Sowa Brothers were finished, it was time for the older members of the group to go home.

Sowa Brothers

Sowa Brothers 2  

Sowa Brothers 3


But not before a quick stop at the common area campfire to get a couple of pictures...

Music Fest Friday

All ...by... my..se-e-elf" the music fest was on the agenda for the day. Getting there a little late to hear the groups before and the group Kung Fu Rodeo, a vow was made to stay just long enough to get two more groups documented in video for the subscribers. Having made a nuisance up in the sound booth the night before, the decision was made to spend time down on the ground with the rest of the people attending music fest.

The purpose of the article above and this one is to give you just a little taste of the variety of music that makes the Beaver Island Music Festival such a wonderful addition to the Beaver Island calendar. It is truly a DO-NOT-MISS event for next year. If you can, schedule yourself some time to relax and enjoy the many various sounds, sites, and harmonies of this festival.

"This was well worth the time, the effort, and the money. An exciting collective event for all ages," one attendee stated.

The Crowd Before Dark

Afternoon Round

Solid Rock and Roll-"Anyone with a lingering taste of a dark and smoky dive bar in the pit of their stomach, the bittersweet melodies of drunken lamentation ringing in their ears, or just the plain old primal passion for rock n' roll coursing through their veins, should" enjoy the Afternoon Round.


Afternoon Round 2


Dave Boutette

Includes a pan of the crown with Dave Boutette


Ernie Douglas, Master of Ceremonies

Midtown Underground

Jazz, funk, soul, old school hip-hop, rhythm and blues, twang and rock are among the primary influences for the Midtown Underground. The rhythm section serves as the engine room, providing kinetic energy for group improvisation...the prevailing mindset is without question.....progressive

Midtown Underground 1


Midtown Underground 2


Midtown Underground 3


Midtown Underground 4


Midtown Underground 5


Midtown Underground 6


Ospreys, Loons, Walleye Pond

As of July 15, 2010, these wildlife are thriving, but things can change very quickly in nature.. While everyone is busy doing their summer vacation activities, there are other wildlife that are just continuing along according to the rules of Mother Nature. The osprey young are growing. The loon chick on Barney's Lake is still there as of Thursday morning, July 15th. The walleye pond nets are providing some, but very few, additional fish, but those that are there are getting much bigger. These video clips show the status of these three things in the middle of last week.



Frank Solle stopped by Barney's Lake last night, July 16, 2010 and got this picture of an adult feeding the young one.

Ah, dinner time!

Update: Unfortunately, the loon hatchling became food for a predator, most likely the eagle who had been trying to get to it for days. The hatchling hadn't yet learned how to dive to be able to get away and hide. The adult loons are gone from Barney's Lake. We will miss checking on them twice per day! Hope the other hatchlings on Fox Lake have survived!



The osprey was quite watchfull on this day due to another large bird checking out the osprey nest.

The following picture is from an osprey webcam at Ferris State University. This editor would like to see Beaver Island have an osprey webcam. If you are interested in helping in any way, please email me including your contact information as a brief description of what you might like to do to help. medic5740@gmail.com

This photo was taken off the osprey webcam at Ferris State University onJuly 17, 2010, at 3:45 p.m. Perhaps our osprey young could be the same size.


Walleye Pond 



by Lois Williams

In the last few months you have all no doubt hear the buzz about food plots. Just what is a food plot, you may ask, and what purpose does it serve. In the realm of whitetail deer a food plot is a patch of land, planted by man, to augment and complement what nature has provided for them in the wild. With a lot of old growth forests on the Island and not enough logging, the deer could use some help. The Beaver Island Wildlife Club initiated and encouraged food plots on private land and state land in 1999 . Later we looked into better management practices. In 2005, we sponsored a speaker from the Quality Deer Management discussion at Peaine Township Hall. Perry Russo, North Central Regional Director spoke about measures aimed at improving herd quality. This type of management is a three fold effort to let the little bucks to grow, take a judicious number of does, and provide better habitat for our whitetail herd. We certainly could find no fault in those three concepts. Following this meeting the club decided to implement a volunteer effort to encourage non-harvest of small bucks in a campaign to “let ‘em go, let'em grow.” Most land owner deer hunters have implemented their own regulations to take only bucks that have at least 3 points on one side. The consensus was to keep it voluntary in what we call “hunter's choice”. At this time we also began to encourage more land owners to plant plots for increased nutrition. With the help of the DNR some state land was also planted and older plots were mowed. The club helped private land owners with some of the cost to encourage even more plots.

Food plots don't have to be large. On the acreage I own we prepared one acre, divided into two plots about 400 yards from each other. They are bordered on three sides by forest giving the deer needed protection. Preparing for this on the Island was a major chore. As you all know the glue that holds the Island together is called “juniper”. What was left after juniper removal was something not unlike beach sand. For ten years now we have nurtured that sand with lime, fertilizer and a lot of sweat. Our crops have ranged from rye to buckwheat, winter wheat, king clover, millet, Brassica, and last year buck forage oats. This brings us to the issue of “rounding up your food plot”.

The last two years we have planted our plots in August. This summer the plots have become choked with weeds and unwanted grasses fueled perhaps with warmth and rain. I thought it would be a good idea to spray the area with Round Up and just like magic the area would be weed free for August planting. That was my plan until I did some research on the internet about the product.

For years I have been told repeatedly by farmers, lawn service persons, and even gardeners about the safety of this product ROUND UP. Monsanto is considered the mother of agricultural biotechnology. It is basically a system that requires no tilling. You kill all the weeds, you use Round up ready seeds, spray the crops when weeds appear and viola the weeds disappear and the crops survive. Monsanto advertised more yield per acre and huge savings on labor and fuel for farm equipment. That sounds like a winner but research has shown otherwise. The main component of Round Up is glyphosate . Over time what have emerged are glyphosate-resistant weeds and pests. This has increased the need for more glyphosate, additional pesticides, and increased man power to control these hard to kill “super weeds”.

It was never my intention to use Round Up ready seeds but it was my intention to kill all the weeds. When I started to question how safe this was for the environment I found that there are all kinds of red flags waving out there and I began to read and to dig out the reasons why it is not safe for the environment.

•  Super weeds. Mother Nature has her own way of fighting back. These weeds have found a way to evolve to survive. In some cases they have spread to other areas and even related wild plants.

•  Herbicide in food. I am not comfortable with herbicides/pesticides on my food and go to great lengths to avoid them. Glyphosate is absorbed by the foliage and translocated rapidly throughout the plant. Lettuce, carrots and barley planted a year after glyphosate treatment has shown residues to be present. The beef, pork, and chicken that you eat that has been raised by agricultural farming (what you get in the grocery store and not from you local farmer) contains residues from animals fed corn and soy products that have been raised in Round Up ready acres. Whitetail deer and wild turkeys who feed in the wild are my favorite organic sources of meat. I don't want those deer ingesting plants grown over Round Up if there is any chance of glyphosate residue in the meat. Aren't we just compounding our problems?

•  Harm to wildlife. The use of Round Up has been linked to the decimation of frogs on a worldwide basis. It also causes harm to non-target insects like the caddis fly. There is strong evidence that it also kills ladybugs.

There will be strong support for use of Round Up and strong opposition. You have to decide. I suggest you do your own research. I went on line to www.sourcewatch.org . From there you can find other sites and excellent references.

This fall when I'm rounding up my food plot it won't be with Round Up. We will disc and drag, plant and hope for rain. Hopefully the result will be a healthy crop of forage oats to feed our beautiful, healthy whitetail deer, and all those other critters out there that forage.

Lois Williams

July 17, 2010

Men's Golf League Weekly Results


Week 7/7

Week 7/14


Jeff and Ryan

Jeff and Ryan


Howard and Joe

Ron and Bob tied


Francis and Larry

Rob and Dan tied


Ron and Bob

Francis and Larry tied


Rob and Dan

Howard and Joe tied


Larry and Joe

Larry and Joe

Week 7/21

Jeff and Ryan

Howard and Joe

Rob and Dan

Francis and Larry

Ron and Bob

Larry and Joe

As you can see, Jeff and Ryan are comfortably still in first place. Jeff and Ryan are still in first place, and the other teams have very little chance in catching up to them. Howard and Joe moved back into second place with an excellent round of golf. Rob and Dan are only four points behind with Francis and Larry only one more point behind. Ron and Bob are only eight points out of second place. It all hinges on the next two weeks of golf. A good round could change these positions quite dramatically since only eight points separate second through fifth places. Next week's matches could see another quick switch in these positions.

Meet the Local Artist-Frank Solle

Our district library has chosen Frank Solle for the local artist to feature for this month. Frank is a local photographer and poet. His art will be featured at the Beaver Island District Library until mid-August.

Frank Solle said, "The library is a hub of activity throughout the year and I think this is a great way to give notice to the many talented and creative people living here. I feel quite honored to be asked to display some of my work and look forward to seeing many other wonderful exhibits over time.

And with that in mind I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the upcoming Art Show during Museum Week. Housed in the Gregg Fellowship Hall July 21-23, there is a tremendous collection of art on display and for sale each and every year. A portion of each sale goes to support the Historical Society as well. See you there."

Here's some samples of the photos on display, a couple chapbook covers, and the broadside of 'Sandhills on the Fen'.

Photos: Yacht Club, Waugonshanse Light, Tree Chair

Books and Poetry

Library News


July started off with a bang, and it wasn't just from the fireworks! From the 15 th of June until the 15 th of July the anime artwork of Daniel McDonough has been on display at the library to rave reviews. Daniel is the son of Joe and Tarry McDonough and a graduate of the Beaver Island Community School.

On July 5th , we were visited by Michigan author Adam Schuitema. His collection of short stories, “Freshwater Boys” includes a chapter on Beaver Island. Schuitema read portions of that chapter aloud. Copies of his book were available for purchase and could be signed by the author. While not a huge turnout, those who did attend had an enjoyable time.

July 6th was the Fancy Nancy Tea Party for little girls ages 3 to 8. This was a huge success! Although limited to 32 little ones, the place was packed with the girls all decked out in their finery. Very special thanks go to Tara Palmer, Michelle LaFreniere, Kathy Ruis, and Dalwhinnie for making this such a special event. Each girl left with a Fancy Nancy goblet, a Beany Baby, cookies, and two craft projects that they had made.

The Fancy Nancy Party

July 7th began the annual summer Story Hour for the little ones. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Connie Wojan in charge of this event. Her stories and projects are a huge hit with the kids and they look forward to this every summer. Story Hour begins every Wednesday at 10:30.

The library now has a website and our catalog is available online at http://beaverisland.michlibrary.org/ (note that there is NO www. in front of the address) ! You can set up an account provided you have a library card with us. Fill out the required information using the number under the barcode on your library card. You can then search the catalog (be sure and select the Beaver Island library) and reserve or renew items. At the present time you can not do inter-library loans this way. If you have problems, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our email address is: island.library@gmail.com The website also offers a wealth of other information available to our patrons from homework help to research.

Archeological Dig on the Island

Email letter (thanks go to Bill Cashman and Beaver Beacon)

I wanted to make you aware of some exciting events coming up in conjunction with Professor Deborah Rotman’s Archeological dig on Beaver Island. As you may know, the project is a public archaeology project that includes the Beaver Island community in the field excavation, scholarly lectures, and the Project Archaeology workshop.

As part of this community outreach the following events have been scheduled:

Stephen Brighton from the University of Maryland is the guest scholar who will be speaking next Wednesday, July 14 at 7 (or 7:30 pm) at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Professor Rotman will also be giving a lecture on Wednesday evening, July 21 at 8 pm, also at the Community Center. At the beginning of this event Charlevoix County Community Foundation Trustee Connie Wojan (who lives on the island), will present a check to Professor Rotman toward the guest lecture series and project archaeology portions of the Irish American archaeological project on Beaver Island.

The teachers will be digging with her team all week and the excavation is open to the public. You are welcome to visit the site.
Deb would enjoy seeing you or someone from News on the Net at one of the upcoming events.

Kindest regards,

Brenda Hull Cox
Associate Director
Corporate and Foundation Relations
University of Notre Dame

Letter Received from Jason Allen

A few days ago, the editor sent an email to our state representative, state senator, and the governor expressing personal frustration with state government regarding the missing funding for the BIRHC. Jason Allen responded with a copy of a letter that he had sent the budget director. Here is a copy of that letter:

Editorial statement: There is something wrong with the state government when a law is passed and signed by the governor for funding for these remote clinics, and the budget director defies the legislature's law and withholds funding after the money has been appropriated.

Peaine Township Meeting on July 14, 2010

There is still a lot of anger and disagreement over the township airport, and this surfaced in this July 14th meeting. There were a few other issues that are of importance and interest to not only Peaine Township residents here. You can view video of the entire meeting by clicking the link below:

2010 July 14 Peaine Meeting

Ladies' Golf Tournament

The Ladies Golf Tournament was today, July 17, 2010, with a tee off time and 9AM shot gun start with the firing of the canon. A four person scramble was the format. We had a beautiful day to be out on the golf course. We had seven teams for a total of 28 ladies competing in the tournament.

The winning team was Shirley Sowa with her playing partners of Audrey Beilman, Aulene Duffy and Joe Ellen McCarey. They turned in a score of 39.

Second place was Taffey Raphael and team of Ruth Kelly, Marge Boyle and Barb Flournoy. Turning in a score of 42.

We had a third place tie with Nel Worsfold team of Floss Frank, Ann Broder and SandySimpson. The other third place team of Ruth Igoe, Jane Maehr, Jeanne Howell and Katie Wilcox. The third place teams turned in a score of 44.

Then we had longest putt on #1 which went to Jeanne Howell. Closest to the pin second shot on hole #4 went to Jo Ellen McGarey. Straightest drive on #5 went to Nel Worsfold, and the longest drive on # 9 which went to Barb Flournoy. We also had a putting contest after the tournament which Bob Simpson organized. The winners of the putting contest were Sandy Simpson in 1st place, Katie Wilcon in 2nd place, and Barb Flournoy in 3rd place.

A great time was had by all and a BIG THANK YOU to John, Carolyn and Meg Works and the rest of John's crew for setting up everything for the committee this year. The committee consisted of Jean Carpenter, Sandy Birdsall and Sharon Scamehorn.

The other participants in the Ladies' Golf Tournament




(Need at least 12 teams to hold event)

WHEN: August 27, 2010 5:00 p. m. “SHOTGUN” START 

FEE: $$20 Entry fee + green fees if not a BIGC member

PRIZES: 1ST Place $144.00 (or 40% entry fees)

2nd Place $108.00 (or 30% entry fees)

3rd Place $ 72.00 (or 20% entry fees)

4th Place $ 36.00 (or 10% entry fees)


There will be a closest to the pin contest ($5.00) also to add some “spice” to the evening. Same as in league play except on #9 you will have two chances to hit the green for each team. 

Please use sign up sheet on desk at Clubhouse, or call BIGC at 2301 or Buck at 2680 to enter your team.

How the “Pinehurst System” works!

On each hole:

•  Each player hits a drive

•  Second shot each player hits their partners drive

•  Then they choose which ball they want to play.

•  The person whose ball is not chosen hits the 3 rd shot

•  Alternate shot until a putt is holed.

•  If one of the two team members hits their drive out of bounds the team will have to play the other's drive.

•  If both hit their drives out of bounds, the will have to take a penalty stroke and each hit a second drive.


Chamber Adopts Mission Statement

July 14, 2010

At the groups recent meeting the Chamber of Commerce adopted, “To maximize the effective use of member’s dues to market the Beaver Island Archipelago as a tourist / vacation destination by using all manner of current electronic and print media. To support economic development and improvements in the quality of members and community life consistent with conserving our Island’s natural beauty and resources,” as it’s mission statement.

Visits to the Chamber web site www.BeaverIsland.org were up 19% for the month of June to 12, 827. The award winning site is on target to exceed 100,000 visits this year. The average visit length is more than five minutes. Jeff Cashman is the web master and Steve West manages the site. Major search engines like Google rank it first when you search for "Beaver Island."

Diane McDonough (representing McDonough enterprises) has been selected to fill an open seat on the board of directors



Meeting Notice

The St. James Township July Board of Review will be held on Friday, July 23rd at 9 am at the St. James Township Hall located at 37735 Michigan Ave. The purpose of this meeting is to correct clerical errors and mutual mistakes of fact.

Ground Breaking for Vets' Memorial

On July 6, 2010, the AMVETs got together and broke ground for the planned Veteran's Memorial at the location of the old Wolverine Power Plant. The Island's oldest veteran Carl Felix was given the honor of the first shovel of dirt. The day after this the Wojan bulldozer began pushing the dirt.

Posing for a picture before the ceremony

Carl Felix had a few words to say and then with Jack Spanak's help the first shovel of dirt was lifted.


This group didn't waste any time getting the work moving and heading toward completion. The Beaver Island AMVETs had the volunteers working very hard and very quickly as well.

A first worker on the site, Ray Matela went to work laying out the scene.

This deep hole, there are three of them, is for a flag pole according to the plans shown below.

The artist rendition.......the sponsoring agency our AMVETs......the soil and erosion permit

Then on the second day of preparation, Ray was joined by Steve Boyle and the work continued in earnest.

The layout was completed ready for the cement to be poured early the next morning.

But not before Jim Wojan firmed up the forms to prevent them from collapsing.

David Schwartzfisher donated the cement and poured it the next morning.

Today, July 12, 2010, Jim Wojan was up there working on the sidewalks leading to the Veteran's Memorial. Jim was spreading the gravel, so the sidewalks could be prepared for cement. Thanks to all who worked on this project and got it to where it is right now. Thanks to Jim Wojan Construction and Schwartfisher Stoneworks.

If you would like to help out by donating or purchasing a brick, click HERE

Cottage for Karen

A work bee was scheduled for Saturday, July 10, 2010, on the foundation completed by Dick and Amy Burris with the Lighthouse students helping start the floor the day before. The work crew began arriving a little after 8 a.m. and continued work until the floor, the walls, and the roof trusses were up.

Dan Burton, Adam Wirth, and Karl Bartels were the earliest arrivals, and they began to finish the floor joists.

Garrett Cole and several others arrived shortly thereafter.

The crew worked very hard all day in the heat. It was very hot all day. The crew stayed until the trusses were all secured in place.

St. James Township Meeting July 7, 2010

Unfortunately, due to a technological glitch, the first fourteen minutes of the meeting did not record. This would have included all of the Old Business, so you will have to wait to read the minutes of the meeting to find out what happened during that part of the meeting. Here is the meeting from the New Business on.

Road Issue

Whiskey Island for DNR Building and Property 1

  Whiskey Island for DNR Building and Property 2

 Whiskey Island for DNR Building and Property 3

Board of Review Rescheduled

Planning Commission Request for Change in Zoning

Rezoning of property to R2

Board and Public Comment  

Human Service Commission Meeting, July 26, 2010

The Human Services Commission will have a meeting with Jack Messer, the new Commission on Aging director, and Shirley Roloff on July 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

One Hatchling Loon at Barney's Lake

Through the fog this morning, July 8, 2010, the photos were taken which verify that there is one hatchling loon at Barney's Lake under the protection of the adult loons. The video was taken on July 7, 2010, but you have to look very closely to see the baby loon on the adult loon's back. According to stories told earlier, the previous hatchling was taken by an eagle. We hope for a better outcome for this one.


Watch TV 9+10-Beaver Island Video

The TV spots aired on 9&10 recently are now available to view on the Chamber of Commerce web site. www.BeaverIsland.org . Scroll to the bottom of the home page to find them.

The September 4 Marathon Is Coming

On September 4th runners from around the nation will descend upon Beaver Island to run the Second Annual Beaver Island Marathon. We have runners from 15 different states coming from as far away as California, Texas and Utah; my guess is most if not all have never been to Beaver Island previously.
This year we are certifying a new course as a Boston Marathon qualifier; one that may be a bit more complex than last years’ route. To insure that all runners are safe and pleased with their decision to participate, we are asking for volunteers to lend a hand. The following assistance is needed:

· Road Marshalls or Pointers at the following locations
o King's Hwy & Bonner
o Donegal Bay & Back Hwy
o Indian Point and Font Lake
o Gull Harbor/Lake Driveo Allen’s Lakeview/Blue Spruce

Road Marshalls would be in place from 8:00AM until approximately 12:00 cheering and pointing the way for the marathon runners.
Also, If you have a home, cottage or room to rent that is not listed on the Chamber of Commerce web site please contact us and we will try to send a runner your way.

Help is also needed with registration, at the finish line and with food service.

If you can help, please contact us at Good Boy Events. Thanks for Your consideration.
Ron Suffolk - (248) 446-1315 - rsuffolk@sbcglobal.net

Osprey Delivers Food to Nest

One of the more interesting birds to observe on Beaver Island is found nesting on the top of the microwave tower on Sloptown Road across the road from the former K+K Farm and on the road in front of the Mike and Susie Myers property. If you sit and listen, you will here the many different voices coming from the nest. If you wait just a little longer than you had planned to wait, one of the osprey mates will deliver food to the nest. You have to be quiet and you have to be patient, but this will be rewarded by one of the great things from Mother Nature direct to you, the observer.



Minutes of the Airport Committee Now Available

Airport Committee Video Clips

Working Meeting of the Airport Committee

Jack Gallagher's Questions Answered

Beaver Island Rural Health Center with

Free Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus can live, but remain inactive in certain nerve roots within your body for many years; if the virus becomes active again, usually later in life, it can cause shingles. About 1 in 5 people have shingles at some time in their life, impacting an estimated 2 million people in Michigan. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 50. It is uncommon to have shingles more than once, but about 1 in 50 people have shingles two or more times in their life.

A vaccine has been developed that can prevent you from developing shingles. The Herpes zoster vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States in 2006. Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 if you qualify for the free vaccine and make an appointment.

Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


To make an appointment for a Wellness Screening, call the BI Rural Health Center - 448-2275

You can schedule a screening Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm , or after hours upon request.  Beaver Island Health Wellness Screening Program is designed to emphasize the benefits of preventive medicine .

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

BIRHC 2010 Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is raffling off a 2010 Crystal Red Metallic Chevrolet Cobalt. It comes loaded: cruise control, air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD player, keyless entry, remote start, all season tires, front and side airbags, a 2.2L, 4 cylinder 155 hp engine and automatic transmission. Tickets are $100 and are available at the Health Center, McDonough's Market and from any board member. A maximum of 600 will be sold.

Thanks to all who bought “Early Bird” tickets. The winner of the $1000 Early Bird Prize was Sally Lounsberry. The car drawing will once again take place on Labor Day, but at a new location: The Beaver Island Lodge at 7:30 PM. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to supplementing the Health Center's operating budget.

Baroque on Beaver – 2010 – Made in Michigan

July 28 – August 1


Opening Night – Benefit Concert* - Going for Baroque, Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 pm, Beaver Island Community Center

Penelope Crawford, Harpsichord – Baroque instrumental and vocal classics with Claudia Schmidt, Martha Guth, and Annie Crawford

*Ticketed event, reserved seating: Phone 231-448-2022 for information

Chamber Music a la Carte, Thursday, July 29, 7:30 pm, Central Michigan University Biological Station – Gillingham Center

A sampling of engaging selections from Mozart to Stravinsky performed by chamber ensembles and soloists

Friends and Family Friday - An Introduction to the Orchestra Friday, July 30, 3:00 pm, Beaver Island Community Center

Family concert featuring pre- and post-concert activities including an Instrument Petting Zoo – fun for children of all ages!

Back to Bach – and a Few More Friends, Friday, July 30, 7:30 pm, Beaver Island Community Center

Sections of the orchestra present baroque influence across the centuries, from Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto to Mozart's Serenade no. 11 and Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks

Baroque Classics on Parade: Concerto, Oratorio, Symphony and More, Saturday, July 31, 7:30 pm, Holy Cross Parish Hall

Handel's Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 no. 11, Carissimi's Jephthe Oratorio, Shubert's Symphony no. 5 – offset by Barber's Knoxville Summer – presented by the Festival Chorus and Orchestra

Season Finale: Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan, Sunday, August 1, 2:00 pm, Holy Cross Parish Hall

Bach's Orchestral Suite no.1 in C, Copland's Old American Songs, plus the traditional Gaelic Blessing – a special Beaver Island finish to the Festival performed by the Festival Orchestra and Chorus

For more information about Baroque on Beaver – 2010 – Made in Michigan , please check the website www.baroqueonbeaver.org .

Nature Walks Are Back

The nature walks are co-sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society and Central Michigan Biological Station. The price for each nature walk is $25 and includes lunch. . There will be an adult nature walk on July 21, 2010, and a child nature walk on July 22, 2010. Dan Benjamin will show people the secrets of the inland lakes on July 31, 2010.

Be sure to call for reservations and get in on these wonderful opportunities to learn about the natural surroundings right here on Beaver Island!

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

Senior Center July Schedule of Events

Commission on Aging Menu for July

Schedule of Events

Community Center Events Summer and Fall 2010

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

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 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)