B. I. News on the 'Net, July 30-August 12, 2012

(A special two week edition due to off-Island wedding)


Bricks for the Veterans Memorial Park

We will place an order for bricks after Labor Day and that will be the last one until next spring. Forms are available at the park or we can e-mail you one ( amvetspost46@yahoo.com ). Bricks can be purchased for veterans or for any individual or company who wishes to honor veterans, Veterans bricks go in the pads next to the monuments and the others in the sidewalk.

If you have any question on how to fill out the form send me an email or call 231-448-3088.

We hope to have the sprinkler system installed this fall. Thanks for all your support.

Bob Tidmore





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August 2012-Beaver Island: Beaver Island announces natural resources awards


Noted as one of the Great Lakes jewels, the Beaver Island archipelago has been awarded nearly $400,000 in 2012 for multi-faceted biological inventories and restoration work. The funding was secured through grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Private Land Incentive Program, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's “Sustain Our Great Lakes Program.” Unique partnerships with state, tribal, land conservancies, and nonprofit organizations have set a model for collaboration, restoration, and protection of some of the finest natural areas in the State. Designated as an important Birding Area, Beaver Island provides significant habitat for waterbirds and migratory songbirds, as well as for threatened and endangered plants and near-shore fish populations. Beaver is considered an important target for biodiversity conservation. For further information, contact Peter Igoe, The Beaver Island Association— Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability (beaverislandassociation@gmail.com) .

Peaine Township Primary Election Results

Click HERE

Charlevoix County Election Results

US Senator: Clark Durant - 1588 Gary Glenn- 229 Randy Hekman- 195 Pete Hoekstra- 2216

Rep in Congress: Dan Benishek- 3657

105 House Representative: Greg MacMaster- 3852

Prosecutor Race: John Jarema- 1538 Allen Telgenhof- 3280

County Sheriff: William Schneider- 4061

County Clerk: Cheryl Potter Borwe- 3816

County Treasurer: Marilyn Cousineau- 3791

Register of Deeds: Virginia Marme- 3736
Drain Comissioner: Marc Seelye-3727

County Surveyor: Lawrence Feindt- 3715

Commissioner District 1
George Lasater- 521
Shirlene Tripp- 463

Commissioner District 2
Chris Christensen- 432

Commissioner District 3
Rick Matelski- 193
Ronald Reinhardt- 269

Commissioner District 4
Joel Evans- 250
David Hague- 160

Commissioner District 5
Richard Gillespie- 627
Dennis Jason- 362

Commissioner District 6
John Haggard- 229
Dennis Halverson- 261
Shirley Roloff- 265
Larry Sullivan- 359

For more election results including township positions please click here .

Thanks to Colleen Martin for these results.

What's This?

It would be better with a tripod. Email your answer to medic5740@gmail.com

St. James Township Primary Results


Bill Haggard 83 votes

Rick Speck 79 votes

Clerk: Jean Wierenga 119 votes

Treasurer:Jim Wojan 125 votes


Ray Cole 123 votes

Tim McDonough 115 votes


EMS 120 yes and 37 no

BIHS 102 yes 55 no

Transit 94 yes and 62 no

Parks 47 yes 111 no

Senior 76 yes and 88 no

County Tax 80 yes 69 no

Recycle 100 yes 61 no

(Thank you to Jean Wierenga for emailing these to me.)

BIEMS Has Licensed Air Transport Vehicle

On Monday, August 6, 2012, at 12:41 PM, Danielle Dedloff received an e-mail from Lori Lynn, State of Michigan, EMS Division, stating that the State has approved the Island Airways Britten Norman Islander, N866JA, as an ALS transport vehicle for Beaver Island EMS

Beaver island EMS fleet now includes 1- Basic Life -Support transport vehicle, 1- Advance Life -Support transport vehicle, 1- Advance Life -Support non-transport vehicle, and 1- Advance Life -Support AIR TRANSPORT Vehicle.

Congratulations to Beaver Island EMS for this approval!

News from Stoney Acres

MON Aug 6th Fresh LAKE TROUT & Farm-raised CATFISH !

TUES Aug 7th FRESH WHITEFISH ARRIVES Today and Thursday, so…We should have it throughout the weekend & its $2 Tuesday in the PUB…ALL Domestic BEER!

WED Aug 8th is WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY …ALL Wine $1 off a Glass & $3 off a Bottle…in Stoney or the PUB! PLUS … we have HAPPY HOUR MUSIC , with the FIVE LEAF CLOVER BAND! 5-7pm

THURS Aug 9th Baby Back BBQ RIBS …tender & finger-lickin GOOD! AND …it's OPEN-MIC NIGHT with JEFF CONNORS at 9pm.

FRI Aug 10th Yellow Lake PERCH AND LIVE MUSIC with JASON & NICK @ 9pm!



Great Food, Great Tunes, Good Times with Good Friends…

Happy Homecoming!!!

Our best to you, Stoney & Staff

Trudy Works' 16th Annual Women's Golf Scramble

Trudy Works held her 16th annual Golf Scramble Monday, August 6th , here at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The tee off time was 9:30 sharp. It was a beautiful day for golf and the ladies enjoyed a salad luncheon after the tournament under the tent at the golf course.
Sixteen ladies participated and the winning teams are as follows:

Picture by Frank Solle
First Place - Doris Larson, Taffy Raphael, Jane Maehr , and Ruth Kelly with a score of 41 Second Place - Karen Whitecraft , Annette Dashiell , Nel Worsfold , and Ann Glendon with a score of 42
Third Place - Jean Carpenter, Ruth Igoe , Sandy Birdsall , and Sue Welke with a score 44
Fourth Place - Sandy Simpson, Florence Neumann , Cathy Blalock , and Ann Broder , score 44.
(The tie for third place was determined by using the Glen Wagner "first, best hole" method)

Career Opportunity for Nurse Practitioner

A unique opportunity to live and work on a beautiful island located 32 miles from Charlevoix, Michigan accessible by ferry and air service

The position

•  - Collaborative practice with another NP in a new beautiful health clinic

•  -Clinic hours, an eight hour shift, three days a week

•  -On-call coverage shared between the two practitioners who work together on developing schedules (minimal amount of monthly calls)

•  -An opportunity to know and treat patients of all ages, providing primary health care, managing chronic and acute problems and developing wellness programs

•  -Provide emergency services in collaboration with the EMS

•  -Collaborate with off-island physician on appropriateness of care

•  -Benefit Package:

•  -Rural Site Qualifies for student loan repayment

The Community

•  -A safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere on the largest inhabited island in the Great Lakes with a year round population of 650 and summer tourist season with a boom of thousands of visitors

•  -Beach walking, hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, All Within Your Backyard!

•  -Drive to work in 5-15 minutes, with no traffic

•  -Family First Atmosphere, with three churches and an excellent K-12 public school with small teacher-student ratios, new building under construction and strong support in the community for funding

•  -A nine-hole golf course where you can play without lines and reservations

•  -Best prices on Lake Michigan frontage in the State

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782 

Donna Kubic, Managing Director 231-448-2275, e mail donna@birhc.org



WEDNESDAY – AUG. 8, 2012

6:30 P.M. 




Thursday, August 16, 2012

12:30 PM at

Gregg Fellowship Hall

Bring a friend or friends, but remember...limited seating


Call early for reservations to insure getting a seat Island Treasures Resale - 231-448-2534 or Dee Gallagher - 231-448-2262

Next meetings of the NRESC have been scheduled

September 8 (SAT) – 10 am – 4 pm: MSU-facilitated natural resource management planning process.

September 17 (MON) – 7 p.m.: Regular meeting of the NRESC.

BIEMS Licensing Air Transport Vehicle

The timeline for accomplishing this task moved forward quite quickly once an agreement was reached at the Joint Township Board Meeting on July 12, 2012. On July 16th Island Airways provided the proof of insurance document, the last piece of paper needed to mail in the licensure application packet. On July 17th, the application packet was mailed to the State of Michigan EMS Division.

Gerald LaFreniere, Danielle Dedloff, Donna Kubic, and Joe Moore pose for a picture of success!

On August 3, 2012, Jay Peck, as representative of Bob Struck of UPEMS Corporation, arrived on the aircraft.

Jay Peck, Director of EMS from East Jordan and UPEMS board member

The equipment necessary for licensing was sitting in the hangar awaiting the inspection.

The equipment list is verfified. All equipment is present for licensure.

All equipment is present and accounted for, Sir!

The paperwork for the inspection was completed by noon on August 3, 2012. Also inspected at the EMS office was the BIEMS agency paperwork and the non-transporting emergency response vehicle. The paperwork was faxed immediately to UPEMS, verified by the Director of UPEMS, Bob Struck, and faxed down to Lansing for the EMS Division of the Department of Community Health.

The Island Airways aircraft identification number

Approval to begin operations will most likely be received on Monday, August 6, 2012. The BIEMS agency and the aircraft have completed all necessary steps to become licensed as an air transport vehicle.

Congratulations to Island Airways, Beaver Island EMS, and the Committee appointed by the two townships for a job well done!

Why are the Flags at Half Mast?

Governor orders flags lowered Friday, Aug. 3 to honor Sgt. Justin Hansen of Traverse City

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Marine Sgt. Justin M. Hansen, of Traverse City, on Friday, Aug. 3. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Hansen, 26, died July 24 while conducting combat operations in Badghis province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“Sgt. Hansen will long be remembered for his sacrifice,” said Snyder. “He bravely served this state and nation. Our thoughts are with his entire family during this difficult time.”

Hansen graduated from Kingsley High School in 2003, joined the Marines in 2005 and attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was first stationed at the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, and later deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Hansen joined the Special Operations Command in June 2009. He served a tour of duty in Iraq and was serving his second tour in Afghanistan.

Hansen received a Purple Heart, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals.

Services will be Saturday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. at Kingsley High School. Visitation begins at 11 a.m.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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Beaver Island Community School 94th Percentile

In the State of Michigan's 2011-12 Top to Bottom School List , BICS was ranked in the 94 percentile state-wide – that means that our district performs at or better than 94% of the schools in the state! In reviewing the list of schools with a higher percentile ranking, most were elementary schools – only a handful of middle schools and high schools…so, BICS, whose scores reflect grades 3-11, did very well indeed. From the Michigan Department of Education website:

2011-12 Top to Bottom Ranking List

Beaver Island Community School

Statewide Percentile Rank

School Code

District Code




Grade List

94 - Reward



Beaver Island Community School

Beaver Island Community School

Charlevoix-Emmet ISD


It is easy to get caught up in the little things and not celebrate the big things; this rating is another indicator that should lead us to have confidence in our programs and our whole school community. Congratulations are in order for our students, parents, staff, board and community!! There will always be a long list of things, big and small, which need improvement, but let's acknowledge that the overall effect of everyone's efforts is that BICS IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST AND WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE STATE'S FIRST GROUP OF 'REWARD SCHOOLS'.

BICS's percentile ranking was the highest of all the schools in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Best Wishes,

Kitty McNamara

The Very First Time

For the very first time, BINN creator Phyllis Moore, and current editor Joe Moore, will not be updating the website as frequently during the week of August 6-12, 2012. As a matter of fact, the entire family will be off-Island for this entire week. If you have news of events or would like your event news posted on this website during that week, please feel free to email announcements and news to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. If you don't send it to this address, there will be no mention of it on this website. We are taking our first vacation during the summer months to Cheboygan because our oldest daughter Courthey is getting married. We hope you will understand that it is impossible to cover events on Beaver Island from Cheboygan without your help.

St. James Board Meeting, August 1, 2012

Link to video of this meeting HERE

The proposed tax levy for St James Township

Men's Summer Golf League Winners

The winners of the Summer Men's Golf League are Rob Latimer and Dan Meriman with total points earned over the twelve weeks of 143. Congratulations Rob and Dan!

1 9 Rob & Dan 37 12 143 475 39.58
2 1 Ron W. & Bob S. 36 13 132 443 36.92
3 4 John-Doug 37 8 130 450 37.50
4 6 Bob E. & Ron M. 41 11 128 518 43.17
5 5 Chuck & Ernie 42 7 126 478 39.83
6 7 Ivan & Buck 35 13 125 486 40.50
7 2 Jeff & Ryan 40 9 122 467 38.92
8 11 Travis & Gerald 38 14 122 486 40.50
9 3 Francis & Larry 39 7 118 511 42.58
10 8 Howard & Joe 40 6 114 462 38.50
11 10 Frank & John 40 9 104 477 39.75
12 12 Ron S. & David 46 11 76 570 47.50
Team #1 beat Team #5 13-7
Team #6 beat Team#2 11-9
Team #7 beat Team #3 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #4 12-8
Team #11 beat Team #8 14-6
Team #12 beat Team #10 11-9

Claiming the title

(Thanks to Frank Solle for the pictures.)

This Weekend at Stoneys

Thurs . Aug 2nd Music w/ Jeff Conors @ 9pm
Baby Back BBQ RIBS Dinner Special! Tender & Yummy!
Fri. Aug 3rd. Lake Perch, Haddock, Cod...& hopefully Whitefish!
Sat. Aug 4th STEAK Dinners 10% off

Layla wrote: "Holla ISLANDERS! Stryder Croswhite and myself are JAMMING OUT at Stoney Acre Grill THIS SUNDAY 8PM! Be there or BE SQUARE! (anyone wants to come jam with us you're more than welcome!)"
Sun . Aug 5th Bloody Mary Bar, Free Hot Dog Buffet Noon-5 AND...
Jim & Pam's PIZZA... Homemade & Super YUMMY! 5-8:30
Great Food, Good Times @ Stoney & the PUB
Our best to you!
Liam & Marilyn

Letter of Appreciation to BIEMS

Letter of Support of Beaver Island EMS

Fresh Air Aviation would like to publically state that the Beaver Island EMS management team has the full support of Fresh Air Aviation, and we applaud them for the steps they have taken to date. This includes developing a sustainable air evacuation program that invites as many qualified service providers as possible giving Beaver Island EMS and their customers as many options as possible. We agree with Beaver Island EMS that no one service provider can do this mission properly on their own and provide 24 hr a day coverage to the Beaver Island Community. Fresh Air Aviation desires to be of service and is actively working with Beaver Island EMS management to build a solid foundation so that we may pursue air ambulance certification in the near future. Thank you again Beaver Island EMS for all your selfless service, and we look forward to working with you to provide air evacuation services to the Beaver Island Community.

Thank you,

Fresh Air Aviation Management

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

A special Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting was held on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The main item on the agenda was the Five Year Plan for the township airport. While there is a lot of confusion about the Airport Improvement Plan. the Airport Commission attempted to explain and answer questions. In some cases, the questions were answered fully, but in other instances, the questions were not answered to the satisfaction of the person asking the questions. There was also a bit of politicking going on at this meeting. Three candidates for Peaine Township offices were present and asking quite a few questions.

(An editorial comment: Out of all the questions asked, I would like the viewer of the video to answer this question. Who was the only person to ask a question who thanked the commission for their answer? This lack of common courtesy seemed rampant at this meeting. It appeared to be more like a cross examination in a court of law or a student being reprimanded for misbehavior than a planning meeting for airport improvement. If, after watching the video, you disagree, please email me at medic5740@gmail.com)

At the 80 minute mark in the meeting, the tape ran out, and further discussion came to end very soon thereafter. You can view the video HERE.

Beaver Island Winning the War on Phragmites

Beaver Island has become a model for others because of the success of the Phragmites treatment program. The many groups, organizations and individuals that have joined in the fight against Phragmites have reason to be proud of their accomplishments.

The survey crew from JFNew has completed a survey of approximately 6000 acres on Beaver Island. This year's survey was more in depth than previous years with inland areas and lakes being included. We were very fortunate that The Nature Conservancy paid for this entire survey. They not only looked for Phragmites, but also checked for 28 other invasives. This will aid us in continuing the treatment of Phragmites and also enable us to plan for the future and any other invasives that could be a problem for the island.

This year's survey indicates that there is approximately ½ acre of Phragmites that is scattered throughout the island. When this program began there were 27.2 acres.

Treatment of these areas is scheduled for the last week of August or the first week of September. The cost of the treatment is expected to be $ 12,600.00 with the DNR contributing $ 8,500.00 through a grant. Many thanks to the DNR, The Nature Conservancy, the Beaver Island Association and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians for their contributions toward keeping our islands healthy and beautiful.

There will be an informational meeting in early August for the public to give their input and a map of the proposed treatment areas will be posted at the library.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Lisa Welke, 231-448-3164 or Welke65@gmail.com

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

The annual Rita Gillespie Blood Drive held on Thursday, July 26, 2012, resulted in 52 units of blood donated. According to the Red Cross, each unit of blood has the potential to save up to three lives. There were nine first time donors. The Blood Drive team thanks all those who came to donate and the volunteers who make the Blood Drive possible. If you missed it this time, stay healthy and mark July 25, 2013, on your calendar. You'll make a significant impact on someone's life and you can enjoy some of the best cookies on the island. This was written by Lars Larson.



Bird Festival Feasibility Study and Comments

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

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.

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

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


Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

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!

Sunday Baroque on Beaver Finale

Video of this performance HERE

Ann Glendon did the introductions.

The last performance of the Baroque on Beaver Festival on Beaver Island took place at the Holy Cross Hall at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Robert Nordlin, conductor, led the strings in Romance for Strings by Gerald Finzi.

This was followed by the Quartet in D for 2 Violins, Viola, and Basso Continuo by Georg Phillip Telemann. This was a piece in four movements, but the first two movements were performed without interruption. The movements were Adagio, Allegro, Adagio, and Allegro; or Slow, Fast, Slow, Fast.

Next, the strings were featured once again in Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air) byPerry Graninger.

After the Intermission, Ann Glendon spoke once more, and asked for contact information from the audience members.

Felix Mendelssohn absorbed the music of many countries, and today's performance of the Scottish Symphony was Symphony No. 3, op 56 in A minor, had the following written right into the score. Do not pause between movements. In obedience to the composer's wishes, this piece was played with all four movements without a pause.

Robert Nordling, conductor

And the final performance was like a flash mob for the Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter with Kevin Simons, vocalist and conductor, beginning the song with parts being added from within the audience.

Another amazing festival on Beaver Island!

Baroque on Beaver Americana

The concert was held at the Holy Cross Parish Hall at 7:30 pm on July 28, 2012.

Marianne Weaver did the introductions.

The program began with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto Number 4 with three movements. Although the program had this as the second item on the program, it was performed first.

A violin and two flutes were soloists

The bass section......two flutes and the conductor.

The Bach was followed by Copeland's Appalachian Spring.

The orchestra and Maestro

After Intermission, the Finale from Oklahoma! by Rogers and Hammerstein was performed with soloists Mitzi Garnett, Marianne Weaver, Ric Roberts, Peter Amster, and Bradley Fergin. Then came a wonderful arrangement of Shenandoah by Mack Wilberg, and two Negro spirituals, the first arranged by William L. Dawson, the second arranged by Mark Schweitzer. The titles of the spirituals were Soon Ah Will Be Done and My Lord What a Moment featuring Meryl Mantione.

Meryl Mantione's solo

The last item performed was the Battle Hymn of the Republic arranged by Peter Withousky in which the audience participation brought tears to several sets of eyes. As an encore, the melody was sung a second time with the audience joining in once again. A wonderful performance of Classical music with close to 200 members of the audience.

Baroque on Beaver Chorus

Everyone enjoyed the performances...

The video of this performance includes only the Bach due to the issues involved in copyrighted music. You can view the Bach HERE.

Baroque on Beaver An Ensemble of Soloists

This program began at 7:30 pm at Holy Cross Hall on Friday, July 27, 2012. The appreciation for this concert was given to Joe and Marilyn Reed, the program sponsors. The program first recognized the following performers: Robert Nordling, conductor; Elizabeth Bert, cello; Fitah Rasendrahasina, tenor; the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra; and the Baroque on Beaver Festival Chorus. The program included Symphony No. 5 in D-Major by William Boyce. It is unfortunate that the first movement of this did not end up being part of the video. BINN apologizes, but the movement of the camera tripod for audience members somehow unplugged the camera from the computer on two occassions during this performance.There was a short intermission following these pieces.


Woodwinds and piano ply Beethoven

The next required a rearrangement of furniture and the movement of the piano for the Quintet for Piano and Winds by Ludwig van Beethoven. This was followed by the Cello Concerto in G, RV 413 by Antonio Vivaldi. Again, there was a movement of tripod twice in the first movement which caused a few problems with the video.

Cellist Elizabeth Bert

The next piece was Intende voci by Franz Schubert featuring Fitah Rasendrahasina, tenor.

The last piece of the evening was Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams with solos by Rachel Austin, soprano; Meryl Manitione, alto; Fitah Rasendrahasina, tenor; and Kevin Simons, bass.

What a wonderful concert with variety, splendid soloists, and excellent conducting and orchestra and choral performances!

Link to Video of this performance HERE

Baroque on Beaver Brass Quintet

Ruth Igoe introduces the brass quintet

The quintet performed the first piece and then Matt Thomas introduced before each other piece.

The Beaver Island Brass Quintet performed today, July 27, 2012, at Holy Cross Church beginning at 2:30 pm. The concert was sponsored by St James Marine. The quintet is made up of : Matt Thomas, trumpet; Brian Sutherland, trumpet; Robert Pavelek, horn; Joseph Radtke, trombone; and Sam Griggs, tuba. The performance as printed in the program included the following: Almand by William Brade, Three Pieces from Five-Part Music for Winds by Johann Pezel, and Sonata "St. Mark" by Tomaso Albinoni. These pieces of music were performed before a short intermission.

Ninety-two people were in the audience to hear the brass quintet

The individual members of the quintet

After intermission, the quintet was scheduled to play Fire Dance by Anthony DiLorenzo, A Foggy Day/Nice Work if You Can Get It by George Gershwin, and Basin Street Blues by Spencer Williams. Instead of the Sousa Liberty Bell March, the quintet played a dance tune, but the title and composer were not in the program.

Matt Thomas thanked Holy Cross Church, the Fogg family, and the audience for attending.

Link to video of the performance HERE

NRESC-Individual Interviews and Focus Groups for June 2012

This report may be found HERE

New Plaque at Veteran's Memorial

July 26th Baroque on Beaver Concert Live

A Night at the Theater

BINN once again streamed a live performance from the Beaver Island Community Center. There are still some bugs in the process having to do with Internet access and upload speed, but it is still pretty neat to be able to watch an event live from Beaver Island on the Internet. When one of the glitches happened, the view needs to refresh the web page to continue to watch it.

The program tonight was streamed live, and it was also recorded. When the recorded video is processed, it will be posted and a link will be provided here. BINN will continue to work on the streaming live video to try to get the process down and working reliably.

The program for Thursday night included Pelleas and Melisande-Suite for Orchestra, Opus 80 by Gabriel Faure. This piece has four movements: Prelude, Fileuse, Sicilienne, and Death of Melisande.

Jim Leutyn gave introductory remarks, then Robert Nordling described the evening's program

Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra

After the orchestra performed, the chair and stands had to be removed from the state to set up for the next piece, The Soldier's Tale, by Igor Stravinsky, with Judy Wagley as the Narrator; Robert Meyering as the Soldier; and Peter Amster as the Devil. Both the orchestra and the small ensemble were conducted by Robert Nordling.

........The narrators......the Ensemble for Stravinsky....Albert Wang, concertmaster

Video of the Performance HERE


Bake Sale

The Beaver Island Christian Church will be holding their Annual Bake Sale on Saturday, Auguse 11, 2012. They will be open 9AM until NOON at the Gregg Fellowship Center.

Women's Prayer Luncheon

The Women's Prayer Luncheon which was cancelled earlier this summer has been re-scheduled for Thursday, August 23, at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Punch, etc. at 12:00; a salad/dessert potluck at 12:30. So that we will know about how many to expect, there will be sign-up sheets at all 4 Island churches and at the Community Center. Any questions, call Jean Carpenter (2893).

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.

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

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

    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

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

2. August 2, 3-5 pm: meeting of the NRESC Conservation Easement Subcommittee. At Peaine Hall. Purpose of meeting is to discuss strategies for easements on the Island. All NRESC members welcome.

3. August 2, 6-9: meeting of NRESC with MSU facilitator John Beck to continue the natural resource management planning process. Pizza and beverages will be served. Let Pete know if you plan to attend.

4. September 8, Saturday, from 10-4 for meeting with MSU facilitators to continue the planning process.

5. Monday September 17, 7 pm, for next regular meeting of the NRESC.

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Circle M Hosts Country Band From Traverse City

While there was music in the woods at the Beaver Island Music Festival down the west side of Beaver Island, there was also music at the Circle M. Bud and Colleen Martin hosted the band from Traverse City called Two Ole Broads and Three Buddies. The band included drums, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, fiddle, and steel guitar. If you like country music, you will enjoy this group. BINN captured some video of the beginning of the performance at the Circle M. You can view the video here.

The first few songs

A few more

This band may be coming back to visit the island in the future. Keep your eyes open for an announcement of their next performance.  



2012 MAD Camp Performance

Almost fifty MAD Camp participants joined fourteent MAD Camp staffers for another wonderful music, art, and drama camp. It is amazing to see the final performance of these talented teachers and talented youngsters. The link to the final MAD Camp Performance for 2012 is HERE. 

Week 11 Men's Summer Golf League Standings

There is only one week left with one round of golf left to determine who gets first place in the Men's Summer Golf League. This last week is a play-off week where teams are paired based upon their position in the league, so that 1st place plays 2nd place, then 3rd place plays 4th place, and so on. Next Wednesday night, August 1, 2012, is the scheduled play-off night.

Team #
Team Members
Total Points
Stroke Avg.
Rob and Dan
John and Doug
Ron W and Bob S
Chuck and Ernie
Bob E and Ron M
Jeff and Ryan
Ivan and Buck
Francis and Larry
Howard and Joe
Travis and Gerald
Frank and John
Ron S and David

So, in the play-off, Rob and Dan will play John and Doug; Ron W and Bob S will play Chuck and Ernie; Bob E and Ron M will play Jeff and Ryan; Ivan and Buck will play Francis and Larry; Howard and Joe will play Travis and Gerald; and Frank and John will play Ron W and David.

Great Lakes Research Institute

The Great Lakes Research Institute, aka the old Coast Guard Boathouse, was opened to the public for tours beginning at 10 am today, July 17, 2012.

According to Dr. Don Uzarski, over 520 people attended the Open House and tour during the hours it was open. The evening event was open to the Friends of CMU and there were some snacks for those attending after 6 pm.

The purpose of this facility that holds ten tanks, each that can be controlled individually for temperature and light, is to maintain a control of three tanks, and use the others to do the experiments. For example, if the study was about different nutrients effects on the ecosystem, three tanks would be the control group, three could have phosphorous added, three could have nitrogen added, and three could have another nutrient, and all twelve tanks would be used to complete this experiment on the effects of nutrients on the environment.

Everyone aatending seemed completely excited about this research facility and the reliable answers it could provide for many issues relating to the Great Lakes in general, as well as specifically around the Beaver Island Archipelago. The CMU and GLRI tanks held some fish and crayfish.

The building also functions as a boat house and a covered boat launch.

Short Video Clip of the Open House and Reception


2012 July 12 Joint Township Board Meeting Video

We Have an Tentative Agreement for Air Ambulance

Tonight at 7 p.m., July 12, 2012, both township boards met at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss and help negotiate the air ambulance contract. This meeting was streamed live from the Peaine Township Hall by Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Recorded video of this meeting will be made available tomorrow.

The most important joint township meeting of the year took place at the Peaine Hall with Beaver Island EMS and Island Airways coming to an agreeement in the presence of both township boards. The public was present to ask questions, and both parties were ready and willing to negotiate to an agreement. We have a tentative agreement to provide air ambulance, air transport for emergency patients on Beaver Island. It could be another fifteen to thirty days before the operation is inspected and licensed by the State of Michigna, but the process is well on its way to completion. Island Airways agreed to insure its aircraft as required by the State of Michigan and get the proof of insurance to Beaver Island EMS as early as tomorrow. Beaver Island EMS has agreed to send in the licensing application with the fee as early as tomorrow, so the process of licensing an air transport operation for emergency transport of patients is well underway.

Both townships agreed to work together and ask their lawyers to work together to assure the legality of the agreement reached at tonight's meeting to move the agreement forward and complete the legal agreement between Island Airways and Beaver Island EMS.

Great job to all those involved in getting this accomplished!

For those interested, here are the Island Airways proposals presented to BIEMS: Click HERE


Board following succession plan to replace Superintendent/K-12 Principal

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education is on target with its succession plan to replace long-time superintendent/K-12 principal Kathleen “Kitty” McNamara who will retire in June 2013.

For the past 18 months, the board has followed the plan put in place after McNamara announced her pending retirement two years ago. Since the announcement, the board has worked with Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District whose leadership team has extensive experience in superintendent searches regionally and throughout Michigan. A representative of the ISD has met with the board three times and with teachers over the past 18 months.

“The board understands that its primary role is to select a new administrator,” said newly-elected board president Jessica Anderson. “We recognize the final decision on whom to hire lies with the board, but our next phase is to start collecting input from staff, parents, students and community members about the qualities they are looking for in the school leader.”

As part of the process, school board members also attended sessions on succession planning during the recent Michigan Association of School Boards annual conference. In these sessions, board members were able to hear about the challenges and typical processes in superintendent selection.

“The school board is dedicated to ensuring we select the best possible candidate for the position,” Anderson said.

At a recent work session, the board determined they would like a candidate with at least a couple of years of administrative experience, that the position would be posted as a superintendent/K-12 principal, and defined the following timeline for the interviewing and hiring process:

Summer 2012

  • School board appoints Jessica Anderson, Nancy Tritsch and Karen Johnson (with Dawn Marsh as alternate) to the superintendent search committee
  • Inform public of the process
  • Host meetings with parents and community members to gain input concerning a profile of competencies and requirements for the new administrator

Fall 2012

  • Host meetings with parents and community members to gain input concerning a profile of competencies and requirements for the new administrator
  • Define a candidate profile and develop a hiring brochure

Winter 2012-2013

  • Post position by January 2013
  • Interview for position starting in March 2013. All interviews will be held in a public setting
  • Visit worksites of candidates selected as finalists

Spring/Summer 2013

  • Hire new administrator in April 2013
  • New administrator to start mid-June 2013

After School Program Loses Enthusiastic Leader

Laura Gibson recently resigned her position as the 21st Century Community Learning Center site coordinator. Laura started in the position when the federal grant was received in late summer 2009. Laura built the after-school program from a few K-12 students in 2009 to 30 regularly enrolled students in the 2011-12 school year. Her creativity and dedication built the program to include such services as: academic homework rooms, chess club, private violin lessons, elementary sport and fitness activities, mainland and island field trips, cooking classes, individual academic tutoring sessions and much more. The school's summer program is also funded by the grant and coordinated by Laura. This year over 30 students were enrolled in academic and enrichment activities. The school wishes Laura Gibson all the best as she continues her career off the island. The school is seeking interested candidates to fill the coordinator position vacated by Laura.


Many thanks are in order for the success of our 2nd Annual Wellness Garden Benefit:

First of all to our gracious hosts who made their gardens so inviting, fun, and such a reflection of their Beaver Island uniqueness: Mary Scholl, Skip McDonough, Susie Bonadeo , Theresa Laurain, Cheryl Podgorski, Peter Amster, Carol Burton, Bruce Struik, and Bob Hoogendoorn.

The picnic lunch: Thank you Stoney Acres for the delicious wraps and lemonade, and Heidi Vigil (BI Gardens) for the table decor, set-up and clean-up; and to the HC girls for all the work they do to make this such a success (tickets, posters, bookkeeping, auction bids)

Stoney Acres for the bus, Gordie's Auto, BI Marine for their vans as well as these private volunteer drivers: Sharon Hurkmans, Dana D'Andraia, Joyce Runberg, Anne Glendon, Phyllis Kayne ,

Donors who gave us the host's wine: Betsy and Glen Borre, Linda and Ed Troutman.

Lastly may we say that garden planning begins in the spring: How can we ever give enough thanks to the care that Jerry LaFreniere, Garrett and Pam Cole , the Lighthouse School kids and staff, The CMU Master students, Dana D'Andraia, Karen Whitecraft, Mary Jean Pike, Jan Paul, Michelle LaFreniere, Pete Lodico, Joyce Erber, Judy Jones, Jan Nank, Cary Johnson, Marianne Weaver, Jeff Powers, Denise McDonough, Heidi Vigil, Cheryl Podgorski, and Pam O'Brien have given us in their labor, their ideas and their donation .And on top of all of this we have the Rangers, Jackie LaFreniere, Patti Cull and Judy Boyle all helping put together a Fairy Garden for the little ones to enjoy this summmer. Thanks also to Laura Gibson and her 21st Century team for supporting us with a Fairy Garden Float in the parade this year.

Lastly (but not leastly) we have recieved memorial donations of plants and hardscape that have been put into the gardens :

for Rita and Jewell Gillespie: knock out roses from the Gillespie siblings

for Joy and Russ Green: yellow roses from Beth and Steve Lucas

for Laurene and John Adams: pink roses from Connie and Ed Wojan

for Phyllis Fitzpatrick: pink knock-out roses from Michelle LaFreniere

white lilac bush and angel from Sandy Latimer

blue butterfly bush from step daughter Marcia

for Tina Walker: A stone lighthouse (with solar beacon) from Dale and Terry Keyes

for the Fairy Garden

As we use any other memorial donations designated for the Gardens we will list our purchases for you as well as who made the donation. If you wish to remain anonymous, please let us know.

Many, Many thanks for all the support from Connie and Leonor

Peaine Township Meeting Video

Video of the July 11th meeting HERE

Timeline of Events in Negotiations for Air Ambulance

The following document was provided to BINN from BIEMS to indicate the efforts to successfully negotiate an agreement with the air transport provider. The major item not agreed upon is the lease fee for the aircraft. The air transport provider wants to share the income for these emergency flights on a 50-50 basis. BIEMS wantss to pay a flat fee---at least that is what was stated by Jack Gallagher at the Peaine Township Meeting on July 11, 2012.

Click HERE to view the BIEMS timeline


St. James Township Meeting, July 10, 2012

Video of the meeting...Click the title and link above.

Forestview Apartments for Rent

There are three apartments for rent at Forestview Apartments. This senior housing project is right next door to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and right across the street from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The video below shows the apartment that is designed from someone who is physically handicapped or otherwise handicapped, but the other apartments have the same basic layout.



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.

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

Brad Grassmick for Peaine Township Trustee

Click HERE to read Brad Grassmick's Position Statement

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.

Incumbent Rick Speck Running for St. James Township Supervisor

Bill Haggard Running for St. James Township Supervisor

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.