B.I. News on the 'Net, July 26-Aug 1, 2010

One of the Busiest Weeks on the Island

It sure seems quite amazing that this is one of the busiest weeks of the year on Beaver Island. The Baroque on Beaver week seems to have brought an amazing number of people to the Island to help generate the excitement of a classical music week. The concert at Community Center was sold out. There was standing room only at the chamber music concert at the Gillingham building at Central Michigan University. The work of covering this event and taking photographs has kept this old musician and music-lover moving from one event to another. There have been no polls from the businesses to verify this claim of busiest week, but the numbers of people on the Island has certainly not diminished. What a wonderful addition to the Island's economy, culture, and musical experience. Thank you, Baroque on Beaver, for your addition to the Island.

This is also one of the busiest weeks due to the election being held next week on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Make sure you get out and vote. Lots and lots of issues and lot and lots of people wanting the political employment. There are many political phone calls coming in whether they are wanted or not. There were four political messages left on one phone's answering machine in twelve hours. How do you handle them? Does it make a difference to you if you get a call? Did you learn anything that you didn't know before the call?

Visiting Helicopter

Bryan Casper visited the Island with his helicopter this week as well. This helicopter has been his dream for a long time. A few Islanders got a ride in the helo this week as well.

Mackinac Racing Boats Visit

Phyllis Moore took a couple of pictures of the sailing vessels coming toward the harbor on their way back to Chicago or ports south. The vessels were rafted out in the harbor for the night. What a site to see all these vessels coming toward Paradise Bay. Thanks, Phyllis for your photos.

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Joann Holzhauer Passes Away

This morning, July 27, 2010, Joann Holtzhauer passed away in Ann Arbor. More information will be posted when available.

Holzhauer, JoAnn (Ellis) Beaver Island, MI and Zephyr Hills, FL
JoAnn (Ellis) Holzhauer, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2010 in Ann Arbor. JoAnn was born in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of the late Fred and Verna Ellis. She graduated from Ann Arbor High School and with honors from Eastern Michigan University. JoAnn retired from teaching at Rawsonville School. JoAnn is survived by her husband Don; children, Steve (Pam) and Becky; her grandchildren, Phillip and Sarah; brother, Dick Ellis (Nancy); brother-in-law, Dick Holzhauer (Joan), nieces and nephews; many close friends. JoAnn was a great, caring, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, a nature lover, an avid reader, world traveler, and a friend to all. She loved Sanibel Island and her home on Beaver Island. JoAnn was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ with strong spiritual beliefs. She lit up a room by just walking into it. JoAnn will be missed by all. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 14th at 2PM in South Boardman, MI. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740 or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Muehlig Funeral Chapel.

Baroque on Beaver Begins

With the introductory dinner at the Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall, another B on B begins. Some are new faces, and some are faces from past years, but all are wonderful musicians and are prepared to provide Beaver Island with another wonderful series of concerts. This year the classical music festival has a new administrative director named Zac Moore. There is also a new orchestral conductor Robert Nordling. The choral Kevin Simons is returning.

Ann Glendon introduces the new administrative director Zac Moore.

Robert Nordling (far left), the team, and Kevin Simons (far right)

Each participant was given an ID tag

As the musicians, the BICAA board, and families gathered, there was immediate comradery, much discussion and introduction, and plenty of food. Rehearsals begin immediately after the dinner.

Dinner and volunteer organizer Judy Jones

The concerts begin tonight, Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at the Community Center at 7:30 p.m.

Short Video Clip of the Introductions and Thank Yous


B on B Rehearsal Pictures

Here are a few pictures taken at Holy Cross Hall for one of the many rehearsals. This is just the first of several rehearsals' pictures obtained, but the only ones that were processed on July 30, 2010.

One conductor studying while the other rehearses

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 .

Osprey Nest

Having to land more like a helicopter than a fixed-wing aircraft, this osprey kept wonderful balance on the top of the wind indicator.

Practicing for the first flight, the young osprey copies its parent.

Flying directly over the photographer...

If you want me, come get me.....come on, give it a try...

Feeding the young one in the nest...

Video of Adult Ospreys taking turns feeding the young osprey in the nest

First one osprey adult brings food to the nest, eats, and then feeds the young osprey. Then another one comes to the nest and does the same. This video clip does not include the landings on the nest, just the feedings.


Herons at Gull Harbor

Shall we go meet the boat....Nah, I'm still looking for my lunch...Well, I'm going....Bye..

Fishing herons perched on rocks looking for lunch....

Pinky's Bingo

This set of Bingo games has been a very popular event for a long time. This time it was to help raise funds for the Historical Society since it was the last evening activity of Museum Week. Approximately 80 people attended to play the games with Pinky Harmon calling off the letters and numbers. There were also a couple of 50-50 raffles and prizes galore to be won.

The expressions are varied as Pinky prepares everyone for the beginning of the next game.

A large crowded attended the night of Bingo.

Some of the workers

And a great time was had by all!!

Video clip of the beginning few minutes of the Bingo at the Community Center



The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging staff announces their move to a new location at 218 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, MI  49720.  This is right next to the Public Health Offices.  The new facility is entirely on the main level and handicap accessible.  Members of the community are invited to stop by and visit the new location.  Also, meet our new Executive Director, Jack Messer, who is helping seniors address the challenges of the 21st century.  Office hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday -Friday . Phone number:  231-237-0103 or 866-428-5185

Two in a Tree

"Haven't you seen a flicker before?" was the question. The answer was, "Not ever in a leafless tree this close-up."

Historical Society Publishes Jerry LaFreniere's Photos

Selected photos from the Jerry LaFreniere collection have been published in a soft cover book format by the Beaver Island Historical Society. Everyone enjoyed looking at the framed photographs and the photo collection kept by Jerry LaFreniere. After Jerry passed on, his children wanted his photographs to be shared. This collection of photos will benefit the historical society. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, contact the Beaver Island Historical Society, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

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.

Mixed Golf Outing on July 25th

(Thanks to Frank Solle for the photos!)

There were fourteen teams made up of one man and one woman who participated in the mixed golf outing on July 25, 2010. Two teams would be paired together on the same tee for a silent shotgun start. It was an agreed upon idea that all would begin playing at 1:30 p.m. The teams were playing in a Pinehurst format which means that both the man and the woman hit a drive off the tee. Then they switch balls by having the man hit the woman's ball as a second shot, and the woman hits the man's ball for a second shot. Then they together decide which one to use to continue. If they choose the man's ball for shot number three, then the woman hits it and vice versa. They then alternate shots until the ball goes in the hole. This format is enjoyed by most of the teams.

If you have participated in a previous outing and had the fortunate round to actually win, you are saddled with a one stroke handicap, which means you get one stroke added to your score. Two of the winning teams were paired together to make the competition more interesting.

Here are the scores for this event:

Place TEAM MEMBERS raw score
Joe & Annette
40 +1
plus 1 handicap stroke
Bob & Joellen
*Larry & Florence
44 +3
plus 3 handicap strokes
Jeff & Taffy
Elwood & Jean
Frank & Nel
Tom & Lyn

Joe and Annette came in with the lowest score ever for this type of golf outing at the Beaver Island Golf Course, but they stated that the second place team of Bob and JoEllen could have also come in with a low score if they had not had some very unfortunate issues on hole number seven. Larry and Florence were tied with Jeff and Taffy for third place. A coin toss determined whether they would play a tie-breaker hole or just split the money for third place. The coin toss determined that a playoff was necessary. On the first playoff hole, the two teams tied, but Larry and Florence won on the second tie-breaker hole putting Jeff and Taffy in fourth place.

Winners Joe and Annette

Congratulations to all who played! It was a beautiful day for being on the golf course!

Beaver Islands Institute

August 27-30, 2010

(From the IJNR website)

This short-course fellowship will be a refresher program open only to applicants who are alumni of one of IJNR's nine prior Great Waters Institutes. IJNR intends to select dozens of alumni to participate in this fellowship, which will be focused on island ecosystems of the Great Lakes.

Because of their remoteness and inaccessibility, island ecosystems in the Great Lakes region are often overlooked. Yet these fragile ecosystems have vital environmental roles. IJNR's journey to the Beaver Islands Archipelago in northern Lake Michigan will attempt to put the ecological importance of island ecosystems into a broader, Basin-wide perspective. Programming will emphasize conditions, practices and problems that are common among islands throughout the Great Lakes region. The fellowship will be headquartered at the Central Michigan University Biological Station on Beaver Island.

Themes and Issues to Examine:

Traverse City, Michigan, will serve as the start and end point for this program, but Fellows will spend most of their time on the Beaver Islands. This ecologically rich and remote area faces significant environmental issues that resonate throughout the Great Lakes region. The Beaver Islands are positioned at the front line of many Great Lakes ecological battles—ranging from fishery-management challenges and exotic-species invasions to a controversial cormorant colony and ongoing development pressures. At the same time, the archipelago's shallow waters and smattering of tiny islands serve as incubators for everything from small mouth bass to the endangered piping plover. In meetings with scientists from the Michigan DNR's Charlevoix Research Station, journalists will examine the latest trends affecting the aquatic food web and the distinctive contributions that shallow reefs and sunken islands make to local and regional fish production.

During the program, IJNR will conduct tours (by boat and on foot) of a wide variety of field sites, where the group will explore several ecological issues, aided by panel discussions and relaxed conversations with regional scientists and local residents. This program will feature presentations by local, regional and international experts on island ecosystems.

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."


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 .

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.

A group of ten kayaks head out toward Garden Island for an overnight trip.


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

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..

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

Update: Video of this event is available on this website and on YouTube.

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



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

Next to last week of the Men's Golf League





Jeff & Ryan




Howard & Joe




Rob & Dan




Francis & Larry




Larry & Joe




Jeff and Ryan are obviously a shoe-in for first place. There is only one scenario that could move them out of first place in the league standings. If Joe and Howard were to take ninteen of the twenty possible points in the playoff, then it is possible for them to move into first place. Likely, no! Jeff and Ryan have not scored than low in any round of golf this year. So, Ryan and Jeff will more than likely end up with first place. Second place is the one that has been fluctuating throughout the summer golf league nights. Howard and Joe are just six points ahead of Rob and Dan, and only nine points ahead of Francis and Larry. If Howard and Joe have a bad round of golf or Jeff and Ryan have an exceptional round of golf, then second place could be in jeopardy. We'll have the results here next Wednesday night.

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.

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




(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.


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.

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

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.

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!)