B. I. News on the 'Net, July 3-9, 2012


Friday, August 3rd, 8:00 pm Beaver Island Community Center 26215 Main Street Beaver Island, MI Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at the door (231) 448-2022 - http://www. beaverislandcommunitycenter. org/events/

Claudia Schmidt plays a concert in celebration of her new album Bend in the River: Collected Songs. Featuring 16 spectacular tracks from her five Red House recordings, this collection showcases her incredible vocal range and versatility as a songwriter, perfectly blending folk, blues and jazz. It includes special guest appearances by members of JJ Farley & the Original Soul Stirrers, Beausoleil, Violent Femmes and Tom Waits' band.

A powerful vocalist and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Claudia has been dazzling audiences worldwide for four decades. A regular on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion , she has been hailed as a “true artist” ( Boston Globe ) and “utterly original” ( Lansing State Journal ). After self-releasing several albums where Claudia delved deeper into jazz and spoken word, the Michigan native now returns to her folk roots, moving back to Minneapolis and her long-time label home of Red House Records. Her new album marks an important homecoming, featuring performances from some of her favorite Minnesota players (including Peter Ostroushko, Dean Magraw, Marc Anderson and Gordy Johnson ) and heartfelt liner notes written by Minnesota Public Radio veteran Dale Connelly.

“There's a full circle feel to this album,” says Claudia. “Listening to these songs is like watching a sped-up camera shot of a flower opening. I can summon up exactly what was happening in my life at the moments when I wrote and recorded these songs.” From the percussive soul-searching title track ( “Bend in the River” ) to dulcimer-driven folk tunes ( “Grampa Johnson,” “Going By” ), Bend in the River provides rich musical snapshots that capture an artist in her prime. Taking us through the genius of Claudia's storied career, we are transported from smokey jazz joints ( “Invitation to the Weep,” “Black Crow” ) to summer festivals ( “Banana Moon” ) and the finest folk clubs and theaters ( “Wayfaring Stranger” ). Playful numbers like “You Can Call Me Baby” stand nicely alongside more acoustic tracks that highlight her mastery of the dulcimer and 6 and 12-string guitar ( “Waltz on the 45th Parallel” ).

With the release of this stunning new collection, we are reminded that like Joni Mitchell, Claudia Schmidt is an artist that is hard to define but has an unmistakably unique sound and style--truly one of the preeminent songwriters and performers in folk music today.

Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert

In front of the log cabin on the Kings Highway, July 7, 2012, the Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert started at 7 pm. With two other events going on, there was concern that not too many people would attend this concert, Tara Palmer and Chuck Pop had gotten married on this day with a typical Beaver Island wedding reception, and Central Michigan University had hors'doeuvres and cocktails in the Jim Gillingham Education Building and also served dinner in the dining hall for Friends of CMU Biological Center. With all this going on, there seemed to be a good turnout with cars parked on both sides of the road along the highway.

Video by Levi Connor may be viewed HERE

Summertime Shenanigans

The Beaver Island Comedy Group's summer performance: Summertime Shenanigans was a laugh-packed show of this past winter's "bests" and brand new material. Many in the audience exclaimed that this performance was the "hardest I have laughed in a long time." The material used by the comedy group is all original, written by the group's members. The comedy group specializes in poking fun at life on Beaver Island and have created characters and sketches that certainly provided a jam-packed one and one-half hours of laughter. There will be two more performances this summer, August 4th and September 2nd. Below is a list of the skits and a picture or two taken while the performance on July 6, 2012, was in progress.

Elaine West Introduced the Performance

Act One

Collosseum Challenges

Jeff Powers, Pat Nugent, and Phil Becker

Added were Wendy White and Kimberly Read

Intro- Green Bags

John Fiegen introduces the video "Green Bags"

Pat's World

Pat Nugent

Presidential Debate

Another video followed, "Aggrandize"

Doctor's Anonymous

Wendy White

Chamber/911/Beaver Island Tours

There was a short intermission at this point.

Act Two

Little Resale Shop of Horrors

Deb Plastrik, Kimberly Read, and Wendy White

Hardware Jeff

Jeff Powers

Barbie and Ken

Phil Beckers and Laura Green (with Elaine West and Kimberly Read)

Next was a video "Fantasy Beaver Island"

Observations from the John

John Fiegen

WBEV Radio

Phil Becker

There Was An Old Lady

Elaine West and cast

The performance ended with a standing ovation.

The Director was Wendy White. The Stage Manager was Sharon Hurkmans. The Sound, Lighting, and Tech people included Ann Partridge and Emily Boyle. In charge of props was Mike Hurkmans. Video production and Tech work was done by Jeff Powers and Wendy White. There were also several people mentioned in the "Our thanks to good sports." Joddy Croswhite, Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways, and Tim Myers and the transfer station crew for assisting above and beyond on video productions.Thanks were given to Connie Wojan for the costume hat for John Adams' collection. A special thanks was given to Mike and Sharon Hurkmans for all their work on the show,

Primary Ballots for St James and Peaine

St. James Township page 1 and 2

Peaine Township page 1 and 2


Come on in to the Health Center Lobby and start bidding on the art pieces, memorabilia. and services as well as our big hit from last year “The Beaver Island Bounty Basket” filled with goodies, just in time for August Homecoming. This basket will include 4 bottles of homemade wine from Pete LoDico, 2 loaves of bread from Barb Murphy, pie from the oven of Shirley Detweiler, 2 kinds of pickles from Heidi Vigil, maple syrup tapped from the trees of Jacque and Mark La Freniere, and to top it off a beauiful homemade apron by Connie Wojan.

Art pieces include a necklace from Nancy Peterson (BeaverIsland Jewelry), an art print by Beth Scully, Zentangle art by Jane Early, a framed photograph done by Phyllis Fitzpatrick (donated by the Novak's), framed watercolors by Ruth Barrett (former Island resident), Print by Leonor Jacobson (Honoring Ellie Hahn) , pottery by Ruth Kelly and a piece of Ray Matela's woodcarving. Pat Rowley has donated some former BI residents' pieces as well; a framed painting by Jane Schmitt, a painted plate by Leone Schellenberg, and an old Port of St. James Sign. Pete LoDico has 2 rooms carpet cleaning included in our spring clean-up package. Please stop by and bid on those items that catch your eye. We will list the “End” dates on each bidding sheet in the Lobby. Most items will be started at very reasonable bid prices to give everyone a chance to win something.

All proceeds will help our Wellness Garden Project plantings which hopefully will be completed by next summer. The Garden Tour will continue each year to provide funding for maintenance of the Wellness Garden by a Beaver Island gardener . Any other memorial donations through the years, will go directly to plantings and Garden art pieces. We already have six new gardens lined up for next years' Tour.

We will gladly take any other donated items until Labor Day which ends our summer fundraising. So we hope to see you stop by and add your name and a bid to one or more of these items. Thanks for your support
from Connie and Leonor and the Wellness Gardeners.

Beaver Island Community Center Events

Car Versus Moped Accident

On July 5th , 2012, at approximately 1409 hours, the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area of Donegal Bay Road near Indian Point Road for a car vs. moped injury accident.

The driver of the moped, John Shoemaker age 71 of Harrison Township Michigan, was traveling West on Donegal Bay Road on a Honda moped when he rounded a sharp curve and went into oncoming traffic. The moped then struck an Eastbound Toyota Avalon driven by a Joshua Broder, age 55, from New York.

Shoemaker was transported to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center with leg and hip pain. He was then transported off Beaver Island by Life Flight with non-life threatening injuries.

Shoemaker was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the crash

(Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been informed that the above CCSD News Release above is inaccurate in the transportation of Mr. Shoemaker. Mr. Shoemaker was not transported off the Island by any licensed EMS agency, aircraft, or helicopter.)

4th of July Fireworks Video




4th of July Fireworks Pictures

Islanders and Visitors were treated to an excellent fifteen minutes of fireworks shot out over Paradise Bay.

A beautiful red moon arrived before the fireworks

4th of July Parade Streamed Live on the Internet

With the help of Eric and Dana, owners of the Shamrock, Harbour Market, and the Beachcomber, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will be streaming the 4th of July Parade live on the Internet. Subscribers can access the video which is on demand, not live, by going to this link: HERE

If you have to be off island for this holiday, or you just can't make it downtown, you will be able to see the parade on the Internet at the above link. This is a public service provided by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Three days of preparation went into this first historical attempt of a locally broadcast of a Beaver Island event. The rollover of the website was even delayed due to a technical glitch on a computer. All fingers are crossed and all attempts to make this happen are in place. Let's see what tomorrow will bring.


The 4th of July Parade went off without a hitch, but not the live streaming video. At this point in time, the reasons for the failure have not been determined. Everything was set up and prepared in the morning of July 4th. The live streaming server was checked to make sure it was working. A short five minutes of harbor video was broadcast live at a little after ten in the morning.

The afternoon started with not having any access to any downtown WIFI hot spots from the live streaming computer. This included the PABI hotspot, the Harbor Market hot spot, the Chamber of Commerce hot spot, and the BIBCO needed a password, as did the other eight WIFI connections. Once a connection was made, the connections were not of high enough quality or speed for video, so the video was jerky, the sound was sporadic, and overall this whole project was a bust. Without a doubt the overheated laptops didn't help with a temperature of 89 degrees in the shade. The sun was shining brightly on the upper deck of the Beachcomber, and the recorded video camera and the live streaming camera were working just fine. Somehow, someway, the WIFI Internet connections were not working well enough for video streaming. BINN is open to suggestions as to why it would not work. If you have any ideas, please email the editor at: medic5740@gmail.com

Why didn't the live streaming work in the afternoon when it worked just fine in the morning? That is the question of the day for BINN.

BINN is making the video available from the on demand streaming server to all. View the video HERE

It's now 5:40 pm, and, while in the process of uploading the video to the Internet video on demand server, the Internet connection at my home quit working. It required a reboot. There is a possibility that this issue is much bigger than just a couple of WIFI routers. TDS may have some problems that they are not sharing with us.

4th of July Parade

Biplane video by Phyllis Moore


Pictures of the parade by Phyllis Moore

More 4th of July Parade pictures by Phyllis

Island Airways Receives Air Ambulance Certificate

Wonderful news has been provided today, July 3,2012, that Island Airways has successfully completed the requirements of the FAA for the certificate for Air Ambulance. Congratulations and thank you, Island Airways!

Senate Bill 995 Signed and Filed

The Senate Bill 995, that lowers the liabiloity insurance amount from 10 million dollars to 2 million dollars for an island based air transport provider, has been completed. See the process using this LINK.

The bill has been filed with the Secretary of State and has immediate effect.

Save the Family Cottage

To be presented at the Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

News from Stoney Acres

Wed. HAPPY JULY 4th!!!
Thurs. BABY BACK BBQ RIBS ...Yummy!!!

Fri. FISH FRY... Fresh WHITEFISH/Yellow Lake PERCH
*************LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY NIGHT************
***Danny, Danny, Cindy, Tim, & Brother Jim & Friends...
Please join us for some GREAT TUNES!


Sun. Bloody Mary Bar Free Hot Dog Buffet Noon-5 AND...
Jim & Pam's PIZZA ...Home made & Super YUMMY! 5-8:30

Our best to you for a safe & happy holiday!
Stoney Acre Grill & PUB

4th of July Golf Tournament

This golf tournament slated always for the 3rd of July because it's just too busy to have it on the 4th. According to organizer Kevin Stipp, there are fourteen teams of five players per team signed up for this yearly event at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The weather at 8 a.m. on July 3, 2012, is quite wet with the rain forecast, and the day to be very humid.

A total of seventeen teams were ready to tee off to the sound of John Work's canon fire at a little after 9 a.m. this morning. Eighty-five golfers and a few extra people including caddies were on the golf course all at once.

Renewing friendships from prior years

The players gather prior to 9 am

Carolyn and John Works always put on a good lunch after the tournament.

Got to get our stomachs full before the playoffs and before the prizes are given out.

Family pictures can be taken when all are involved in the event.

The interesting thing about this particular golf tournament was that eight teams tied for first place with a score of 2 under par. That made for an interesting play-off with six teams eliminated on the first hole. Two teams teed off on hole number two from the pro-tee. One team had an excellent drive in the middle of the fairway. The other team had a bad start.

Jim McElwain had a tough second shot out of the tall grass and weeds.

The third shot of this same team was still a long ways from the green. The amazing second shot of Drew Garland ended up on the green. This wonderful golf shot put the other team out of the play-off and the second team conceded, making the team of John Works, Larry Roy, Drew Garland, Carl Evans, and Tom Stid, the winning team.

The winning team! Congratulations on a good win!

Drew wins in the 4th of July Golf Tournament!

Congratulations, Drew, on a great shot that landed on the green!

Selected Video Clips of the 2012 July 3 Golf Tournament

Jerry Charbeneau Passes Away

Dr. Gerald Thomas Charbeneau, of Ann Arbor, devoted husband, father, grandfather, dental professor and friend to many, passed away on July 2, 2012, from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease .

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. The youngest son of Clarence and Pearl Charbeneau, "Jerry" was born on July 22, 1925, in Mount Clemens, Mich., where he spent his childhood and young adult years. Dr. Charbeneau was educated at Michigan Normal College in Ypsilanti, Mich., and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, from which he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1948, and a master of science degree in 1949.

On June 28, 1947, he married his college sweetheart, the former Margaret Jane Dohm, in Detroit. The couple have three children: Thomas and wife, Michelle, of Paris, Texas; Randall and wife, Nancy, of Austin, Texas; and Sue and husband, Rodney Grambeau, of Harbor Springs. They have seven grandchildren. Dr. Charbeneau spent the first four years of his dental career in private practice and the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps. He then began a life-long career in dental education at The University of Michigan, rising through the professorial ranks to become chairman of Operative Dentistry in 1969. He retired in 1988 after 40 years of service to the university.

Jerry was a consummate craftsman and builder and loved playing golf with family and friends. In 1967, the Charbeneaus built a cottage on Beaver Island, Mich. During several of the summers on the island, he helped organize Red Cross blood drives. The couple moved to Petoskey in May 2012 where Jerry was a resident of Mallard Cove Assisted Living. The family was most grateful for the compassionate care he received throughout his brief stay there.

Jerry and Marg were long-time members of Westside United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor. Following a 2 p.m. memorial service at their church on Wednesday, July 18, his remains will be placed in the church Memorial Garden.

Memorial donations may be made to Mallard Cove, 2801 Charlevoix Ave., Petoskey, Mich.; Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, Mich.; or Westside United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh St., Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jerry's passing has left a void in the hearts of all those he touched, and Heaven has now become an even better place.

Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.stonefuneralhome.com.

Sunset July 2, 2012

A possibly beautiful sunset was the reason for the trip to Donegal Bay on Monday evening, July 2nd. The clouds suggested that some beautiful colors might be possible, so off the car went to the west side of the north end of the Island.

The clouds and the haze over the lake made this any interesting pre-sunset view. The sun was not to be viewed through all that at the exact moment of sunset, but the trip was still worth it.

Paradise Bay July 2, 2012

No trip out of the house in the summer is complete without a trip to Whiskey Point and a look at the gorgeous harbor that is shared with all. Someone found an excellent way to cool off as you will see in the first picture.

A table and chairs to help cool off

Two different views of the harbor with lots of sailboats

The Veterans' Memorial at dusk with a full moon

Yet another view of the beautiful harbor and the sailboats..Doesn't that look like a car with headlights?

John-Doug 38 13 94 305 38.13
Rob & Dan 40 10 93 316 39.50
Ron W. & Bob S. 36 15 91 300 37.50
Bob E. & Ron M. 44 12 90 348 43.50
Francis & Larry 44 10 86 343 42.88
Chuck & Ernie 42 10 84 321 40.13
Howard & Joe 41 8 80 311 38.88
Jeff & Ryan 42 13 79 313 39.13
Travis & Gerald 43 10 78 328 41.00
Frank & John 40 7 72 315 39.38
Ivan & Buck 45 5 71 339 42.38
Ron S. & David 50 7 42 380 47.50
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #7 15-5
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #12 13-7
TEAM #3 TIED TEAM #11 10-10
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #10 13-7
TEAM #5 TIED TEAM #9 10-10

TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #8 12-8






Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Public Hearing on Charlevoix County Storm Water Management Ordinance

View Draft Ordinance HERE (takes about 20 seconds to download)

View video of this public hearing HERE

June 6 St James Township Meeting Video

BICS HS Awards

You can watch video of the High School Awards HERE

Island Airways Hosts Emergency Management Tabletop Exercise

Many members of the local emergency services organizations, county organizations, and federal agencies all met at the Island Airways hangar here on Beaver Island yesterday, May 31, 2012. The purpose of a tabletop exercise is to gather all the agencies that might be involved in a specific disaster in the same location at the same time to meet and greet, and work toward a solution to a situation that could happen in and around the waters of Beaver Island. The program also provided all participants an opportunity to discuss who could and would do what, when, and where. This is really an important part of planning for a serious situation that could happen.

This program began with refreshments; coffee, donuts, fruit, and snacks, provided by Island Airways prior to 10 a.m., and ended after 1:30 p.m. with some practical hands-on skills at the Beaver Island Boat Company. Thank you to all who participated in this important planning session!

Thank you to Island Airways for hosting this excellent event!

View Video of the beginning of this exercise

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

Memorial Day Service 2012

The Memorial Day service took place at the Veteran's Memorial beginning at noon, today, May 28, 2012. Many were there to join the Island veterans in a sincere and heartfelt "Thank you!" to all our service men and women who served our nation, as well as to all those who gave their lives so that we could remain free.

Video of the Service may be viewed HERE


Mute Swan Presentation, Bike Trails, and Garden Island Indian Cemetary

At the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee meeting tonight, May 21,2012, there were three presentations lasting just over an hour all together. These presentations included the mute swan presentation that basically showed the invasive species designation, and how to tell the invasive from the native swans. The second presentation was a short presentation and discussion about designating some trails on Beaver Island as bike trails. The third presentation was an introduction to the Indian Cemetary on Garden Island and the destruction taking place.

Video of all three presentations can be viewed HERE



Spring Serenade Group Recital

Video HERE

Spring Serenade Solo Recital

This spring, string serenade of solos in recital format took place today, May 5, 2012, at the Beaver Island Community Center. It began at 3 p.m. Sheri Richards introduced each student as each performed. The music was diverse from folk songs through J.S. Bach with a George Harrison piece and a Seitz concerto.

You can view video of the recital HERE

Beaver Island Talent Show

This talent show was a fundraiser for the middle school students of BICS for a trip. There were many talented individuals who participated. There is video available for those who did not attend the evening event on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pictures and description of the programs will follow later.

Please view the video HERE.

Waste Management Committee Video of April 2012 Meeting

You can view the meeting video HERE

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

This Central Michigan University program features the history of Beaver Island as told by museum director Bill Cashman as well as Deb Rotman, archeologist, from the University of Notre Dame. It includes Antje Price speaking about Protar. Father Dan Connaghan presented information about the history of the Catholic Church. John Runberg, president of the Historical Society, speaks about the history of the fishing industry. Bill Cashman speaks about the Irish connection on Arranmore and the Twinning Ceremony.

View the program HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

BI Transfer Station Info

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

B I Community Center Activities

Pure Michigan Campaign

Chamber of Commerce and Boat Co pitch in with Charlevoix partners on Pure Michigan radio spot narrated by Tim Allen.

Link to story HERE

Waste Management Meeting of May 15, 2012

The minutes were approved after an introduction of the four committee members present to the Recycling Committee members from Charlevoix. Don Welke gave his manager's report, and Ed Troutman discussed the increases and additions to the fee schedule. The Point Of Sale computer is in place and working. Credit accounts for 23 of 33 have been completed. a presentation was made by the members of the Recycling Committee from Charlevoix and discussions on recycle items were discussed including a scheduling of a June 4 and 5 Household Hazardous Materials collection on the island.

Watch the video HERE

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

AMVETs Post 46 Puts on Breakfast

A fundraiser breakfast was put on this morning, July 1, 2012, by the Beaver Island AMVETs. The breakfast began at 8 a.m. and continued until noon. As always an excellent job was completed by the AMVETs.

Special guests came to breakfast. One of the bicyclists that road up to Beaver Island from Houghton Lake with Phil Gregg (many, many years ago) came to visit the island again.

There he is sitting next to Lillian Gregg.

Selling raffle tickets and collecting donations.

The AMVETS served approximately 250 people for breakfasts this morning. This fundraiser was to provide scholarships for graduates of Beaver Island Community School and to help vets on the island.

A short video of the early breakfast attendees


Whiskey Point

A beautiful summer harbor picture showing Whiskey Point. Thanks to Frank Solle for sharing this!

Tina Walker Passes Away

Tina Walker, owner and operator of An Occasion to Remember and Beaver Island Trading Post, has passed away. Tina spent many hours making the children of Beaver Island happy by sponsoring and presenting a special Halloween Party and an Easter Egg Hunt. Many will remember her for the pictures with the Easter Bunny.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Osprey Nest

Proof positive that the osprey nest on top of the microwave tower is being used as a nest for new ospreys can be found in these two pictures and in this video clip. The ospreys have been nesting on this site for many, many years. It's impossible to determine exactly how many generations of osprey were raised in this nest, but it has been more than fifteen years.

An adult and a fledgling osprey seen fromthe east side of the nest.

Video of the nest


Meet Dr. Eric Skye

Doctor Skye is from the University of Michigan Family Medical Department as well as the others who have visited. He has a practice in Chelsea and is a physician at the Chelsea Community Hospital. He is visiting the island and being available as part of the summer visiting physicians program at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. He is available to see patients on Friday of this week.

Meet Dr. Skye

Jon Bonadeo's New Boat

Coming in to the harbor at about 3 a.m. today, June 25, 2012, this new boat is a "48 foot, 1939 Burger motor yacht. It is all original, right down to the diesel engine. It took, overall, a week to get back to the island, via Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island, running on two out of four cylinders, then three, then one, then two. Got in at 3am last night."

This new addition to Bonadeo Boat Charters should provide another unique opportunity for visitors to Beaver Island.


Brad Grassmick for Peaine Township Trustee

Click HERE to read Brad Grassmick's Position Statement

Free Kid's Golf Lessons

Larry Roy will be giving free golf lessons to kids on Thursday nights at 7 p.m.

Our Mysterious Inland Lakes

The Beaver Island Reader, Spring 2012

This book has just been released to benefit the Beaver Island Writers' Group, and all the unaffiliated writers on or connected to Beaver Island. These 34 writers contributed their work, both to demonstrate the broad range of interesting voices currently writing about Beaver Island events and to help launch an ongoing venue in which writers can express their work. Not everyone appreciates every piece it contains, but the early response has been unanimous, that, taken together, the collection is a wonderful step toward elevating Island writing to the pinnacle enjoyed by Island music, art, and craftsmanship.

Help Eliminate Spotted Knapweed at Little Sand Bay

Beaver Island Jurassic Carp

Story, photos and video about Beaver Island Jurassic Carp


Indian Trails Bus to Have Stop in Charlevoix

This new service will allow BIBCO to be the transfer location for the Indian Trails Busline. This links the Beaver Island Boat Company with many other transportation networks. Read the story HERE.

Incumbent Rick Speck Running for St. James Township Supervisor

Bill Haggard Running for St. James Township Supervisor

An Invitation to the Public from the NRESC

Island Airways Announces Air Ambulance Certification

The following was posted on Island Airways facebook page a little after 6 p.m. tonight, June 20, 2012:

"Island Airways has received FAA approval to provide air ambulance services. The FAA inspected our stretcher and stretcher installation today. It is now a matter a finalizing a few pieces of paperwork. We are very excited about this added service. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this, please do not hesitate to contact us (angel@islandairways.com; pwelke@islandairways.com; or 231 448 2374). "

Beaver Island News on the 'Net would be proud to post a copy of this certificate once Island Airways receives it.

New Law on Fireworks

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to advise citizens there are revisions to the law relating to the sale, possession and use of certain fireworks. "Consumer fireworks" means fireworks devices designed to produce visible effects by combustion and are required to comply with the construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations promulgated by the U.S. consumer product safety commision under 16 CFR parts 1500 and 1507 and are listed in APA standard 87-1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, or 3.5.

A local unit of government may enact an ordinance regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks. However, an ordinance enacted under this subsection shall not regulate the use of consumer fireworks on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday.

A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without that organization's or person's express permission to use those fireworks on those premises. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a person who violates this subsection is responsible for a state civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00. Consumer fireworks shall not be sold to a minor.

An individual shall not use consumer fireworks or low-impact fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance. An individual who violates the smoking prohibition under NFPA 1124, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.

If a person knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly violates this act, the person is guilty of a crime as follows: (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both. (b) If the violation causes damage to the property of another person, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both. (c) If the violation cause serious impairment of a body function of another person, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both. As used in this subdivision, "serious impairment of a body function" means that term as defined in section 58c of the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.58c. (d) If the violation causes the death of another person, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.

For further information on the laws regulating "Consumer fireworks" you may contact www.usfireworks.biz/title16. htm

AMVETs Auxiliary Raffle

The Amvet Auxiliary is holding a raffle for the stained glass window, is hanging in the office window at Prudential Preferred Properties Network across from the Erin Motel and next to the hardware.. The raffle will take place at the Beaver Island Community Center on July 21, 2012. Anyone of the Auxiliary ladies will have tickets to sell. Price is $5 for 6 and $1 for one.

Beaver Island Community School News

Notice of Filing Deadline for BICS Board of Education

Candidates for the Board of Education have until 4 p.m. August 14, 2012 to register with the St. James township clerk's office. Two four-year terms will be up for election at the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Recent legislation switched school board member elections from annually in May to even-numbered general election dates in November. Incumbent board members, Dawn Marsh and Nancy Tritsch, are planning to run in the November election. Other interested candidates must be registered voters of the school district and file a nominating petition with signatures of at least 20 voters or a $100 filing fee. Petition packets can be picked up from the St. James Township clerk or from the school office.

21st Century Learning Scholarship Winners Announced

The 21st Century Learning Scholarship was created in 2003 by the Beaver Island Board of Education to assist graduating seniors of Beaver Island Community School in receiving an education beyond high school. Students must meet the school's Graduate Profile to be eligible for the scholarship; graduates must prove they: 1) have strong personal qualities and values; 2) use their minds well; 3) have positive work habits, 4) make a positive contributions to society; and 5) use technology fluently. The 21 st Century Learning Scholarship fund is an endowment through the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Seniors Jenna Battle and Matthew Cull were each granted $850.00 following an application process that included an interview with Rick Diebold, Charlevoix-Emmett Intermediate School District Superintendent and President Cameron Brunett-Koch of North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. Jenna, the daughter of Kerry and Ryan Smith will be attending Michigan State University and Matthew, the son of Bruce and Patti Cull, will be attending Northwestern Michigan College.

The school is grateful to all those who have contributed to this fund over the years, the majority of which has been raised in Gail Weede's honor. Persons interested in contributing to the scholarship fund should contact the school office.

Senior Kaylyn Jones Receives Two Scholarships

Kaylyn Jones, daughter of Kim Jones, is the recipient of two scholarships. Kaylyn applied for and received the First Sergeant John D. Juracko Scholarship through the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. The scholarship was awarded based upon academic achievement and a 500 work essay “What America Means to Me”. Kaylyn also received the Michigan Competitive Scholarship based on her cumulative ACT scores.

Beaver Island Sports Boosters Meet

At the May 29th Sports Boosters meeting, the group reviewed bylaws and set up a committee to revise the bylaws. The group decided to contribute $8,000.00 toward team travel for the 2012-13 school year to be generated through the following fundraisers: Homecoming concessions at the ball park in August, the BI Boodle in October and concessions and gate receipts at home games. The group also agreed to donate $2,000.00 to a new scoreboard for the gym; their donation will be combined with the donations of 10 other business and individual sponsors and the school's general fund money to make the new scoreboards a reality. A September 18th meeting is scheduled to plan for the October 20th Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament to be held on the Island.

BICS Teachers Tackle Common Core State Standards

BICS teachers are spending a lot of time studying the new K-12 common core state standards. For readers without students in school, the Common Core State Standards are specific curriculum and learning standards that have been adopted by 45 states, Michigan among them.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative http://www.corestandards.org/ describes its mission as: “ Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

During the school year, during designated work time and during countless hours of their own time, teachers in all subject and grade areas studied the new standards. The teachers are reviewing the new curriculum standards and determining which topics and concepts need to be taught at which grade level, which topics and concepts need more attention, which need less, which can be thrown out, which need to be added, which we have curriculum materials for and which we don't, which we have solid training in and which we don't. It is a lot of work that will, in the long run, allow our students to be prepared when, in 2014, the state moves to annual grade level testing based on these new standards.

Student Academic Achievement Recognized

The following secondary students are recognized for their CONSISTENT AND EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE by earning a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the 4th marking period: Emily Boyle, Erin Boyle, Hannah Robert, Sarah Avery, Tessa Jones, Simeon Richards, Alex Williams and Nick Williams.

The following secondary students are recognized for their COMMENDED PERFORMANCE AND ACHIEVEMENT by earning a grade point average of 2.67 TO 3.449 for the 4th marking period: Olivia Cary, Marissa Crandall, Maddie Martin, Meg Works, Ryan Boyle, Liam Hodgson and Emily Burton, Jenna Battle, Matt Cull, Brighid Gillespie-Cushman, Kaylyn Jones, Brogan Maudrie, Michael McCafferty and Olivia Schwartzfisher.

Silent Auction at Health Center begins June 25

For those of you who wish to bid on some Beaver Island art pieces, homemade goodies or services, we are starting the silent auction in the lobby area of the BIRHC from 8:30-4:30 M-F. Visual art will be displayed around the room; jewelry will be at Betty's desk area. We will have various bid “end dates” so that there will be winners all summer long! We are of course gratefully accepting anybody's offering of donated art pieces, services, or unusual “piece” of Beaver Island, such as an old roadsign or artifact that has been sitting in your barn or garage that might be a treasure to someone else!
A piece of art done by a former resident of Beaver Island might be nice. Bring it in or ask me to stop by and see it to evaluate its potential. All proceeds will be given to the Wellness Garden project and used to continue our quest of beautifying the Health Center and Forest View Aparment's. outside complex.

Come by and see what we've done so far, and give us some ideas in our “Idea BOX” of where the improvements are needed. (Only one note: if we utilize your idea, we hope you will work on it with us) .

Questions, call Leonor 2894.


Women's Prayer Luncheon


Please Join Us for some



Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 10th, July 11th , July 12th

9:30 – 11:30 am

For children ages 3 – 12.

(Arts, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games & more!)

To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 12th …Details to follow

As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.

Please register early:

Debbie Robert 448-2048 (home) 231 675 7155 (cell)

Or email me at debbier@bics.us

***Volunteers Needed***

***Donations Welcome***

Episcopal Summer Chapel Schedule

The Episcopal Church here on Beaver Island has some visiting priests scheduled to come to the Island this summer. This schedule is placed here for your convenience.

June 17, 24, and July 1..

Reverend John L. English from Grand Rapids, MI

July 8 and 15......

Reverend Hugh Dickinson from Grand Rapids, MI

July 22, 29, and August 5.......

Reverend James Rhodenhiser from Ann Arbor, MI

August 12.........

Very Reverend Jared Cramer, from Grand Haven, MI

August 19, 26, and September 2..

Reverend David Madsen from Essington, PA

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm


WHAT: 2nd Annual Garden Tour to Benefit the Wellness Garden project takes place July 11th beginning at 9:00 am at
the public beach parking lot (in front of the Holy Cross Parish Hall)

HOW LONG : ½ day tour begins at 9 am and ends after lunch, in town
All-day tour will end at 4pm, going out of town in the afternoon

COST: $25 for the half -day tour plus catered picnic lunch at the Wellness Garden
including a ride
$40 for the full-day tour, catered picnic lunch , including ride , and dessert
at the final garden stop.

BIKERS OR THOSE WITH OWN TRANSPORTATION: $10 (No Lunch) May pay on the day of the tour
$20 (lunch included but must
buy ticket by July 8th)

TICKET SALES: Pre-sale to those who supported us last year will be available for purchase from June 15th until June 23rd. After that anyone wishing to buy tickets
may get them up until July 8th (if you want lunch) Day of the tour you may pay at the parking lot, no lunch available, provide your own transportation.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS? At the Beaver Island Rural Health Center M-F 8:30-5

Any questions call Leonor 448-2894 or Betty (BIRHC) 2275


Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

August 16, 2012 Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall 12:30 PM

Annual Meeting of the BIA

The Beaver Island Association will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22nd at the Community Center. At 4:30-5:00 an informal gathering will take place followed by a feature presentation by attorney and co-author David Fry... Saving the Family Cottage. He will share his extensive experience working with hundreds of families a across the United States in transitioning ownership of vacation property to families' younger generations. David will answer questions following the presentation. 6:15-7 p.m. will be the Annual Meeting. Open to the public, but seating is on a first-come basis.

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

Sharon will be offering classes in watercolor in either three-day or five-day sessions and welcomes students at all levels. She will provide all the supplies, and is willing to to teach both islanders and off-island visitors who book ahead.

The Laurain Lodge is holding five rooms for that week until June 15th so book them now to assure a place to stay as well as let Leonor Jacobson know if you plan to attend her classes. The space will be limited to insure favorable instruction time to all.

The price for each of the sessions is still being determined. Please visit her website slongwatercolors.com and call Leonor for more details (231-448-2894) and to hold a spot. after May 15th.

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church

June 24 and July 1: Pastor Joseph Fox

July 8:  Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI

    July 15 and 22:  Pastor Eric Thorsen, Hudsonville MI

    July 29 and August 5:  Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC (nephew of Jan Hartle)

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

July 21

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 9:30 a.m.

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School

The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

2. June 18, Canceled

3. June 27, 3-5 pm : Brian Mastenbrook will present his overview about DNR & the Island – for the public. At Peaine Township Hall. (Community Ctr not available.)

4. At the NRESC meeting on May 21, it was decided to schedule a follow-up meeting in June at which NRESC, without MSU facilitators, will continue working on goals/objectives for natural resource planning. This is set for June 27, 6-9 pm . at Peaine Township Hall. We will serve pizza and beverages.

5. July 16, 6 pm, PTH – Executive Committee, if needed.

6. July 16, 7 pm, PTH -- NRESC regular bi-monthly meeting.

7. August 1-2: MSU facilitated community forum(s) for summer residents (details to be determined)

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Weekly Men's Golf League Results 

Rob & Dan
Bob E. & Ron M.
Ron W. & Bob S.
Francis & Larry
Chuck & Ernie
Howard & Joe
Travis & Gerald
Jeff & Ryan
Ivan & Buck
Frank & John
Ron S. & David
TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #1 12-8
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #7 17-3
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #6 17-3
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #12 15-5
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #11 13-7

Peaine Township Board Meeting, June 13, 2012

In a history making move, Beaver Island News on the 'Net (BINN) broadcast this township board meeting live on the Internet this evening. The meeting began at 7 p.m. All subscribers to BINN had access to watch the meeting live at a link down below in the story entitled Live Streaming Video.

The township meeting began with a discussion of an item not on the agenda. At the beginning of the meeting, the public has a comment period. A request was made by an audience member to hear about the status of the air ambulance. Jack Gallagher asked Paul Welke, Paul Welke turned the floor over to Angel Welke who reported on the progress from Island Airways point of view. Paul further stated that very little progress had been made with EMS. The EMS director was not in attendance, but a motion was passed thanking Island Airways for all their work in moving this project forward. The vote on the motion was yeas: Jack Gallagher, Pete LoDico, and Colleen Martin, with Larry Kubic and Paul Welke abstaining.

Minutes were approved and bills were approved for payment. The board approved the posting of two positions for the district libarary board and passed a resolution to express appreciation for the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information meeting. The board also approved a resolution change for the Human Services Commission. The Zoning Ordinance was approved, the Phragmities Treatment Program for 2012 was approved, and the County Storm Water Management Ordinance was discussed, but not approved.

Verizon's plan to install 4-G service on its tower next to the old Peaine Township Hall was reported with some possibility that the service would be available as early as July. An update reported the progress of the improvement of the emergency services radio system lease. A few other items were discussed, and you can view the meeting's video page to gather more information.

You can view the video of the entire meeting HERE


July 4th Parade will be enchanted with a collection of fairies, elfkins, princesses, small critters, gnomes. If you or some little child would like to join them (in costume) please watch for more details closer to the parade date. You can join up with this collection of Fairy Garden Notables by reading the Beaver Island Forum website and News on the Net website, and following the instructions given regarding where to line up, who to look for (teachers Laura Gibson, Kimberly Reid, Kim Newport, as well as Chris Heika, and several other community helpers). This chance for your child to participate will make his/her July 4th experience memorable. The trek will be half of the parade route, and we encourage parents of grandparents to help the tiny ones along. More details?
Call one of the above people or Leonor Jacobson(2894)

4th of July Parade Theme: "The Faces of American Freedom"

The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 1:00. Cannon fire by John Works. Theme:

BINN Makes Move to Live Streaming Video

Since this newest of technologies became available to BINN recently, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will be making this move with the availability of live streaming video. There are plenty of legal issues to be resolved in performances of music, comedy, and drama, as well as other situations, which have the intellectual property issue. While all of these issues are being worked out, BINN will begin the process of providing this live streaming video on the News on the 'Net website. BINN will need to work out the technical issues, but, BINN will try to begin with "open to the public" types of events to begin with.

Any live streaming events will be made available to all News on the 'Net subscribers on a specially linked page, and the test of the live streaming will be announced in the near future. This does not mean that the on-demand video is going by the wayside. The video will still be available for viewing at a later date or a later time.

Link to Live Feed

The second test of the live streaming video was the Invasive Species Summit, Thursday, June 14, 2012, from 2-5 pm. This meeting was live. This event went off just fine. The wireless router went down a couple of times, but a little more than two hours of streaming video live on the Internet was successful. BINN will continue to try to work out the bugs.

In addition to the live streaming video, over three hours of recorded video was saved and will be processed as soon as possible for those who could not attend the whole session or who are interested in only part of the summit.

The Beaver Island Studio and Gallery

Lois Sowa Stipp has opened a new busines in the location of the former Carl Felix Model Boat Shop. The Beaver Island Studio and Gallery is located in the old McDonough's Market along with two other businesses, the Charlevoix State Bank, Beaver Island Branch, and the Beaver Island Boat Shop.

Lois' shop contains oil paintings, a special brand of organic tea product, homemade jewelry, and Frank Solle's marvelous photographs. Next time you go to McDonough's Market, Monday through Friday, you should stop by between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. except on Wednesday when it is open from 4-7 p.m.

A Short Five Minute Video Interview with Lois Sowa Stipp



CMU Nature Programs

Broder Book Is Available

This book has arrived this past weekend and is available for sale at the merchants mentioned in a story below. This book will also be available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, which will receive the proceeds of the sale. The four Broder sons chose the pictures and the columns to be included in the book. The book will sell for $25.00. The title of the book is "The Beaver Island Columns" written by David S. Broder. There will be a "Book Party" on July 3, 2012, at the St. James Township Hall from 5-7 p.m.

NRESC Busy This Summer

July 16, 6 pm, PTH – Executive Committee, if needed.

July 16, 7 pm, PTH -- NRESC regular bi-monthly meeting.

August 1-2: MSU facilitated community forum(s) for summer residents (details to be determined)

Museum Week Schedule

Although this information is pushed together to get as much information as possible in as little space as necessary, it looks as if the week called Museum Week on Beaver Island will be full of interesting sessions.Monday, July 16, 2012, beginsthis week with Antje Price, the Protar Lady, out at the Protar Home from 1-3 p.m., followed in the evening with Music on the Porch beginning at 7:30 p.m. Kathy Speck will be the Master of Ceremonies. Remember to bring a chair as the evening is usually crowded in the road in front of the Print Shop Museum.

Tuesday find the CMU's Great Lakes Research Station open for tours out in the former USCG Boathouse. Tours will take place all day with Don Uzarski, the Biological Station's director. Pinky Harmon will be running the Bingo games that are scheduled at 7 p.m., Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Wednesday begins the three day Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center including a weaver, spinner, and a new book from noon until five,. Wednesday is also the a day of Island archeology beginning at the Boyle Farm and ending with a presentation "Everything you want to know about Island archeology by Deb Rotman."

Thursday is a field trip for children with Jim Gillingham, The art show continues, followed by a 2 p.m. presentation on the South Fox Lighthouse. The evening will have "Biological Discoveries of the Little Traverse Band" with Bill Parsons.

Friday is the last day of the Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The Protar Home is again open from 1-3 p.m. with Antje Price. A CMU-TV film will be shown at 4:30 p.m. The evening brings a presentation of "What's Down There?" showcasing the underwater adventures of Ross Richardson in Lake Michigan,.

Saturday is the Pet Show at the Print Shop Museum plus all day there will be a "Demonstration of Blacksmithing Skill" at the Heritage Park. The evening will be the "Hey, Smith," a presentation of the art and life of modern artists-blacksmiths with Lance Olson and friends.

Sunday ends Museum Week with "The Dennis Banks Film Project" with Dennis Banks and Darren James.


Join in the July 4th Parade on Beaver Island.! Come in costume: we also welcome butterflies, fairy flowers, princes and princesses, as well as a few bunnies, frogs and snails! Young ones must be accompanied by adults. You will be lead through the parade route for as long as you'd like to walk (or bikeride) by a special leader . A banner will be hoisted by two more mature walkers . We encourage local school kids as well as visiting children, to
join in the fun! Support the Fairy Garden and have a good time doing it on July 4th. More information or questions call Leonor 448-2894.

Violin Happenings

Irish Fiddle Violin Workshop

July 5th and 6th

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

This workshop is being sponsored by the Glen McDonough Memorial Fund. Trae McMaken will be instructing students for two sessions per day – morning and afternoon.

Details to follow.

Glen McDonough Mem. Concert

July 7th 7pm

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

Music on the Porch

Monday, July 16th

Music on the Porch begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Print Shop Porch

(Rain location is the Holy Cross Hall)

Private Lessons

Ms. Sheri will be offering private lessons this summer during summer school weeks. Details in the near future…

Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

The millage rates for the two townships are presented here for the joint operations, and you can draw your own conclusions based upon this side by side comparison:

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

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

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

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

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