B. I. News on the 'Net, July 4-10, 2011

BICS Seeking Math and Foreign Language Teacher

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


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

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

Fashions will be provided by:

Beaver Gems T-Shirt Shop The Blue Pearl

East Wind Spa & Consignment Shop Island Treasures Resale Shop

Livingstone Studios McDo nough's Market

Powers Do-It-Best Hardware Whimsey

Beverages will be provided by BICC Women's Circle.

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

8th Annual Boyne Thunder

When you saw these fast and somewhat noisy boats arrive in the harbor this morning, July 9, 2011 at about 10:15 a.m., you would see an amazingly fun, yet excellent fundraising effort for Camp Quality. Eric and Dana Hodgson were using their boat to pass out the cards here in Paradise Bay. Below is information found on the Boyne Thunder website.

Speed, excitement and smiles return to northern Michigan for the eighth annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run on July 8 and 9, 2011 in beautiful Boyne City. This unique boating event showcases high performance boats, some sporting several thousand horsepower, slicing through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 90-mile excursion.

In addition to a great event in a beautiful area, what has made Boyne Thunder special is its relationship with Camp Quality, a non-profit organization that provides special experiences and support for children with cancer. The goal of Camp Quality is to allow children with cancer to be children again, facilitate experiences and friendships, and provide confidence for these special children and their families in a way that matters. Since it began, Boyne Thunder has raised more than $182,000 for Camp Quality and it has become an important part of the camp's success.

For more information about Boyne Thunder, visit www.boynethunder.com , email \n mainstreet@boynecity.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Camp Quality Executive Director Eleanor West at 231.582.2471.

One of the first boats into the harbor

Many different styles of racing boats came in for the Thunder Run.

Pick of a card, and then head out..Perhaps the sailboaters and ferry captain had an excellent view of the racing boats from the water.

Video of the Boyne Thunder Entering and Leaving Paradise Bay


Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee Resolution

Proposed By-laws for NRESC

Map of the 2011 EAB Panel Trap Locations on Beaver Island

These Locations are for Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring

Chamber News

Beaver Island Featured On WJR Radio Detroit

The Sunday Travel Michigan (Pure Michigan) radio show will feature a seven minute segment about Beaver Island on WJR AM 760. The station is a 50,000 watt power house. The show airs this Sunday (7-10) from 4:00 to 5:00. Steve West is interviewed. You can listen on your computer here.

http://www.wjr.net/article.asp?id=1476377 You will need to log in first so plan to go to the site a few minutes early.

Media Report – TV Show - Fly Fishing The World

On their first day of shooting (7-7) host Conway Bowman reports they caught a bunch of fish and, “got enough video to do a show.” They have two more days to shoot for perfection and the weather is on our side. Thanks to the Chamber host partners Indigo Guides, Island Airways, Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant and Roger & Nancy Wilcox. The show will air later this year.

BI District Library's Princess Party

Michelle LaFreniere, Kimberly Read, and Phyllis Moore put in a great deal of effort that paid off today for twenty young ladies between the ages of 4 and 7. Reading stories, doing crafts, and eating cake, brownies, etc. as well as having a picture taken in Cinderella's coach was just what these three adults had in mind for a party. And a great party it was!

The tables were set for a feast for the princesses.

The princesses have a story time before the other activities. Kimberly did a great job!

Ready to make craft activity.

Short Video Clip of the beginning of the party during the story.


Jaimen Waha Researches Island Dunes

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

Short Video Interview of Jaimen Waha


Osprey Protects the Nest

One of the osprey adults guards the nest while the other adult goes out hunting for fish.

Short Video of the Osprey Protecting the Nest


The First Fawn of the Summer

This picture was taken by Frank Solle as he captured the first fawn of the season out by his home.

Anthropology Professor to Speak

Topics: Strang and the Mormons on Beaver Island

King Ben and the Israelites on High Island

July 10, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Community Center

What's the Crane Doing at Whiskey Point?

The short video answer

Mr. Cunningham


The working crane (Very loud, turn your volume down!)


The barge and crane are at Whiskey Point to work on the dock area that belongs to Central Michigan University. The first permit states that Lyons Marine can install four pilings for the purpose of tying up smaller boats. A second permit states that Lyons Marine can remove the railway.

St. James Township Meeting, July 6, 2011

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

Video of this meeting HERE

Coming Soon A Very Special Beaver Island Video

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to show this two minute trailed for a very special Beaver Island video that will be released later this summer.

Here's the link. 


Some viewing tips:

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

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

July 4th Fireworks

The fireworks this year were very good except for the finale that looked like it got away from the fire department. While several of the viewers asked about the possibility of an emergency, none seemed to exist. Most of the effort this year went into getting video, so two cameras don't operate themselves. Here are just a few pictures of the fireworks.

Video Clips Below


Fireworks Clip 1..........................................................................................................Fireworks Clip 2

Fireworks Clip 3


Fireworks Clip 4................................................................................................................Fireworks Clip 5

July 4th Carnival

The location of the carnival was changed from the convent lawn by the Holy Cross Hall to the parking lot and ground of the Gregg Fellowship Center. It appeared that there were fewer people at the carnival this year. Missing were the middle schoolers and older. Missing also was dunk tank. The carnival this year was good for the age group that attended, which were mainly the early elementary students.

Ticket purchases

The water balloon challenge

Most of the games were for the younger children from sling shot to duck dunk to teddy bears to air shot

Cotton Candy was back

Bouncing and tattoos

Bowling for prizes..

Video of some of the events at the July 4th Carnival


All of the youngsters that were here at the carnival certainly enjoyed themselves. What will next year bring?

July 4th Parade

This year's July 4th parade was larger that the parades of the last few years. The quality of the event continues to amaze when one considers the small size of this community. It was an interesting interpretation of the theme by some participants, but somehow the makers could make their creation fit, but "honoring our veterans and military serving in the present" was a patriotic message to all.

The publicity about removing the water fights from the parade also seemed to have worked, and the canon didn't scare too many kids. Everyone seemed to be working to provide a terrific time of entertainment in honor of our military past and present.

For pictures of the parade, click HERE

For Video of the parade, Click HERE

USCG Medivacs Patient from Beaver Island

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medically evacuated a 52-year-old woman from Beaver Island Sunday afternoon, July 3, 2011.

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., launched a rescue crew after receiving a report from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center of a woman there experiencing heart-attack symptoms.

The aircrew transferred the woman safely to Harbor Springs Municipal Airport in Harbor Springs, Mich., where awaiting emergency medical technicians transported her to a local hospital.

Dead Swan at Barney's Lake

Last weekend, the weekend before the July 4th weekend, Jim Stambaugh was kayaking on Barney's Lake and came upon a dead swan. This picture was taken by Jim Stambaugh. No one knows what happened to the swan, but there are some interesting things noted about it. A week before the picture was taken and the week before that, the swan had a greyish colored neck, which was unusual since it had been completely white prior to that. Is it possible that the mute swan may have contracted a disease or eaten something that caused its death? The mistery still exists, but there are no mute swans on Barney's Lake as of last weekend.

Mist over the Ball Diamond and Field

In the early morning hours on July 3, 2011, Bob Tidmore was driving up toward Whiskey Point and noticed the mist over the field and the ball diamond. Bob Tidmore took a picture of the mist and sent it to News on the 'Net. Thanks, Bob.

AMVETs Formal Dedication of Veteran's Memorial Park

This formal dedication ceremony took place at 3 p.m. on July 3, 2011. The Veterans' Memorial Park was a project of AMVETs Post 46 with approval of St. James Township and Wolverine Electric. This formal dedication was well attended by many Islanders and summer visitors alike. The center flag was the flag that was on the casket of Ed Wojan who passed away in 1945 while in service to our country. The center flag that was flown had only 48 stars in the blue.

(These panoramic photos were taken by Phyllis Moore. All other pictures by Andrea Moore.)

The Opening Remarks: "Good Afternoon. We would like to welcome all of you to the formal dedication of the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park . It was just one year ago on July 6th, 2010 that Carl Felix, a WWII veteran and member of this post turned the first shovel of dirt. We lost Carl last week as we have lost a number of veterans over the past few years. They will all be missed.

We want to particularly thank all those who made this memorial possible through the donation of money, time, services and the purchase of bricks. Many people on the Island and the mainland made this park possible.

Today we are honored to fly on the center flagpole the burial flag of PFC. EDWARD WOJAN from Beaver Island who died in combat on MARCH 19 TH 1945 IN GERMANY .

Today's ceremony will be brief and we believe meaningful. Thank you for attending."

The Pledge of Allegiance: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Bob Hoogendoorn read a military poem written by Robert A. Chapin entitled "The Wall." Bob found it in a book by Randy Kington entitled "What a Life." (This is copyrighted material.)


Aircraft Honor our Veterans

Beaver Island Veterans Who Gave Their Lives in Service to Their Country

Video of First Part of Dedication Ceremony

(Video by Kolton Kazakos)


The Laying of the Wreath

The Gettysburg Address

Video of Second Part of Dedication Ceremony


A Dedication Prayer

The Star Spangled Banner

Island Airways Missing Man Fly-over

Video of Third Part of Dedication Ceremony


The Rifle Detail


Video of the End of Dedication Ceremony


Post 46, Beaver Island AMVETs

Golf Tournament on July 3rd

The Beaver Island Golf Course hosted the Fourth of July traditional golf tournament on July 3rd. Originally scheduled for 9 a.m., the tournament time was changed to 1:30 p.m. to accommodate those that wanted to attend church services or attend the AMVETs breakfast as either a worker or a consumer. Approximately seventy golfers gathered around and listened to the rules of the tournament from Kevin Stipp, the organizer. There were prizes to be earned on each of the nine holes as well as bragging rights to the winning team. Fourteen five person teams were out on the course playing their best and enjoying the beautiful sunny day.

The scores from the tournament ranged from four under par to a few over par, but about have of the teams scored four under, three under, or two under par, which means that the winning team may have one by just making one putt or by having just one more excellent chip shot.

The winning team

Closest to the pin on number one was won by Kevin Purdue. Closest to the pin on number three was won by Kevin Stipp. Closest to the pin on number four was won by Chuck Pop. No one got on the green to win closest to the pin on hole number six. Rob McPherson won closest to the pin on hole number eight. Mike Anderson won closest to the pin on hole number nine. The longest drive winners were Chuck Pop on hole number two, Ryan Smith on number five, and Larry Roy on hole number seven.

A wonderful day of golf at the Beaver Island Golf Course was had by all!


AMVETs Sunday Morning Breakfast on July 3rd

Holy Cross Hall was the location of this traditional breakfast put on by Post 46, the Beaver Island AMVETs. You were met with smiles at the door with free will donations on the right, and, on the left, an opportunity to purchase a brick for a veteran.

With all four church services going on a little after ten in the morning on July 3rd, there were still plenty of people in the Holy Cross Hall for breakfast at that time.

The crew working in the kitchen kept the food coming, but there was no way to keep caught up with the pancakes. They just couldn't make them fast enough.

The workers were trying to keep up, but kept running out of the pancakes.

Richard and Judie Garthwaite

The free will donations were wonderful to observe. Excellent as a matter of fact!

Video Clip of the AMVETs Sunday Breakfast


From Bob Tidmore:

Thanks for the tremendous turnout at the pancake breakfast Sunday morning, we had 414 attendees which is a record.   We had some "pancake" issues towards the end because of the crowd and next time we'll put on more cooks.

We need your  brick orders by Wed of this week as we want to place the order and have them installed by Labor Day.  It takes 4-6 weeks for the order to be produced and shipped.   We will try and make another order after Labor Day  also for installation by Veterans Day in November.

Thanks again for your support of the Veterans Memorial Park .

Beautiful Sunny Beach Days

The parking lot down by the Holy Cross Hall was packed on Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd. Lots of activities were going on with volleyball, swimming, and sunbathing being the top three.

Short Video Clip


Sailing seemed to follow closely behind with these other activities including paddling around the harbor in a kayak or with a paddle board.

Can we go to the beach, mommy?

Art in the Park (in the Harbor) on Saturday, July 2nd

With lots of items for sale at Art in the Park, the variety was remarkable. From clothing to fur hats to beaver tooth necklaces, to wonderful jewelry and candles, the attendees got a great look at the talents of the Islanders present and showing their skill.

The location was across the street from the old McDonough's Market, or more commonly the Charlevoix State Bank Beaver Island office.

Art in the Park attendees and artists...

Video of items for sale and the artists


Bring Your Own Yard Sale, July 2nd

The parking area of the Gregg Fellowship Center was transformed on Saturday to a kind of flea market with several different people attempting to entice the attendees into purchases of items.

There were lots of different items on sale by different people. You could bring your own table and pay $5 or your could use a table from the fellowship center for $10.

You could purchased something small such as a DVD or a hard hat, or you could buy something large like an outboard motor, a refrigerator, or a couch.

Lots of different types of items for sale...

The Second " Bring Your Own Yard sale"

Holy Cross Altar Society Bake Sale, July 2nd

The Holy Cross Altar Society held a bake sale right across from the post office on the Nackerman property. It was one of those wonderful sales where the lemon meringue pies almost caused a wrestling match between two ladies who wanted the same pie. Besides the pies, there were many other baked good. Here is a picture of Elaine West bringing her baked goods to the sale.

Here are just a few of the items that were for sale at this baked goods sale.

What to buy? It all looked delicious!

Carl Felix Comes Home

After passing away last week, the remains of Carl Felix came home on July 2nd. Carl and his son Glenn were honored by the presence and the escort of the Beaver Island AMVETs, who met the boat.

Video at the BIBCO Dock


The Emerald Isle was loaded by hundreds of passengers, but nothing was more important and awaited than the reason for the AMVETS presence.

The AMVETS lined both sides of the walkway from the ferry.

The old Army jeep, driven by Lloyd Cochran, carried Carl's remains to his boat model shop.

Glenn placed his remains on his chair in the shop.

Carl Felix is home.

Not Your Old-fashioned Summer School

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

Link to newsletter with lots of scheduled activities

BIRHC Benefit Golf Outing Scheduled for August 6th

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

Setting the Monuments at the Veteran's Memorial


On the evening of June 29th, 2011, the Wendy Anne and barge came in. Amongst other items on the barge were the monuments for the Veteran's Memorial Park. The monuments were set shortly after they were unloaded from the barge. The editor of News on the 'Net was not available to document this event, but Bob Tidmore took video using his cell phone.   Many thanks to Bob Tidmore for this video as the editor was not able to be present at the time the monuments were set.

Veteran's Memorial Park Pictures on June 30, 2011

New additions to the park, the monuments

The monuments from left to right

Hard to read inscriptions on the monument in the above pictures are featured below.

On the middle monument

On the right monument

On the left monument

One of two benches to sit and contemplate the writings on the monuments and the names on the bricks

A beautiful memorial to all veterans...

A wonderful sentiment! Thanks and job well done, Post 46, Beaver Island AMVETS!

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze


- Early Bird Drawing for "$1,000 Cash Prize"

For the third year, Beaver Island Rural Health Center is offering early bird ticket sales for the car raffle of a 2011 Chevy Cruze to be held September 5, 2011. The Early Bird winner wass Jared Wojan and he won a $1,000.00 cash prize!  He will  remain in the drawing for the car raffle on Sept. 5, 2011. Tickets may be purchased at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

"Volunteer Bill" Signed Into Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osprey Young in the Nest

A quick drive out to the Sloptown microwave tower yielded a photo opportunity to try to catch the adults and at least one of the young. There was no disappointment except for the wish that TDS would allow an Internet webcam to be placed up on this towner to be able to see the young in the nest. These pics were taken from a ways away.

One parent brought food, and the adults are feeding the young. One young osprey look on.

Three in a row.....

Okay, that's enough. I'm outa here.

Where are you going?

Now I can relax...

Video of adults and young ospreys in the nest


Monuments for the Veteran's Memorial

In preparation for the setting of the three monuments at the Veteran's Memorial at the Veteran's Memorial Park, a crew was working to make certain that there was a perfectly level place to place each of the three monuments.The cement needed a little adjustment.

The level on one of the sites for a monument.

Bob Tidmore gets the lowdown on what they need to do.

The machine that creates the power for the grinding that needed to be done.

Let the grinding begin!

Video of the monument preparation and the grinding


Library Events in July

Story Hour Every Wednesday with Connie Wojan Starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Beaver Island District Library beginning July 6th.

The Kingdom of the Beaver Island District Library will welcome enchanted little girls ages 4 to 7 for a Princess Party on July 7th, 2011. Games, activities and treats fit for a princess from 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 4-7 are welcome to dress in their most beautiful princess attire. Registration is required and can be done by calling (231) 448-2701 . Limited to 20 little princesses.

Baby Signs: How to talk with your baby before your baby can talk at the Beaver Island District Library July 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Arrrrr!!! Avast ye landlubbers! Ye are invited to chart yer course for the Beaver Island District Library. There will be a gathering of young pirates, Boys ages 4 to 7, on July 14, 2011. Games, grub and grog fit for a pirate from 10 a.m. to noon.... Wear your best pirate gear or walk the plank. Anyone dressed as a landlubber will be keelhauled! Registration is required and can be done by calling (231) 448-2701 Limited to 20 little pirates.


Beaver Island Gasoline Prices

A fill-up today at the only Beaver Island gasoline station, Island Energies, was a pleasant surprise. The gas price went down forty cents per gallon! The price today, June 24, 2011, is $4.999 per gallon, down from $5.399 per gallon just a day or so ago. The decrease is exactly the same as the increase when it went up. a 7.4% decrease in price. Thank you, Island Energies, for a decrease.

BIRHC Will Dispose of Expired Drugs

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

Community School Announces Guest Speaker

BICS has a guest speaker coming to the island on July 14 th, 2011. The presentation is titled  “ A powerful message about how a cell phone changed so many lives forever in less than two minutes.” The presentation will be held at Beaver Island Community School in the High School Commons at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited!

Veterans' Memorial Update

We will be sending in an order for bricks just after the 4th of July for installation at the memorial in August.   Remember bricks are available for any veteran and will go in the pads in front of the flagpoles.  Families, organizations or businesses can also purchase a brick and those will go into the sidewalk area.   See the details on the order form.

We will have the formal dedication at 3:00 PM on July 3rd (Sunday) and all are invited. The granite monuments will be shipped to the island soon and will be installed before the dedication.

Any questions give us a call at 231-448-3088 or e-mail to amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Link to order form for bricks

Summer Update from Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's

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

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

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

Thoughts and Opinions

by Joe Moore

The Chamber of Commerce has been doing a wonderful job of promoting the island's fisheries and other things that sportsmen might be interested in. Cudos to the Chamber. The Chamber has also done an excellent job of providing website links of off-island businesses in this promotion process. Exellent job!

BINN would like to help in this promotion. Located on the Internet is a website that is not supported by anyone except BINN editor Joe Moore. That website is located at http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com and is free and open to anyone with Internet access. Many things are on this website are part of the history of Beaver Island recorded over the last ten plus years. Included also are some of the pictures, text, and video shared on News on the 'Net for these ten plus years. BINN gives anyone out there the permission to use any one of the links in the promotion of Beaver Island and/or its activities. For example, the Baroque on Beaver samples found below on this page; the St. Patrick's Day activities, and several others including video of BICS sports' events. This archives is available. Please make use of it.

Another website out there that could help with the promotion of the Island is located at http://beaverislandtour.com and is currently going through an upgrade in information by the website founder Phyllis Moore. This website is a virtual tour of Beaver Island which is quite complete. When the updates are completed, the modernization of the island will be obvious to anyone who goes there. This website could probably use some sponsors to help cover the costs of maintaining it. All should feel free to post links to this website for the promotion of Beaver Island or just to provide information about what is where on the island.

On another note, today, June 18, 2011, is a mighty busy day for Beaver Island. Scheduled for today are three weddings, one funeral, and the Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Tournament. The island is getting so busy that you can't possibly attend every event like you could in the past. Perhaps use of the free access Beaver Island Community Calendar might help people schedule their events. BINN is more than willing to post any event on this calendar if it effects Beaver Island residents and/or visitors.

They're Baack!

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

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

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

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

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

Phragmites Update for 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baroque on Beaver Island

The 10th Anniversary

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

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

Water Music July 28, 2011 at Holy Cross Parish Hall

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

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

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

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

Baroque on Beaver Website

What is Baroque on Beaver?

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




















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

Peaine Township Meeting, June 8, 2011

The Peaine Township Meeting on June 8, 2011, discussed the NREC at the beginning of the meeting and as Item 8 on the agenda. The decision was made to table the approval of the new Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Commitee untill both township attorneys have an opportunity to review the resolution to make any necessary changes to accomplish the purposes of the steering committee as approved by the small group of individuals working on the document. In addition to the legal opinion, the two township supervisors were requested to write a letter to all previous participants and members of the NREC asking them if they would still be willing to participate on the newly constituted NRESC if it is approved at the July meeting. The Trails Committee membership was decreased back to five instead of the seven that Peaine Township had originally required due to lack of attendance at meetings, the last meeting being in February due to no quorum in attendance.

The Phragmities report was presented from Jacque LaFreniere and Pam Grassmick. It appeared that changes in last month's report were necessary due to cuts in funding at the State of Michigan level with the DNR withdrawing its funding support for survey and treatment of state land. The final decision was to approve an assistant for the administrator for GPS location of phragmities on state and private land as well as fund the treatment of state and private land if the finances allow this addition of state land to the budget. Suggestions were made to send an invoice to the state to see if any help could be obtained. This plan and timetable would allow for treatment of phragmities in late August or early September.

This synapsis is not complete, but the video is available to be viewed HERE.

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

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

Bird Lady to Visit and Present on the Island

Kay Charter, who visited Beaver Island last summer, will be making a presentation to the public at the Beaver Island Community Center at 7 p.m. on July 13, 2011. The Beaver Beacon wrote, "How to Grow a Bird Feeder." Whether this is the name of the presentation or the listed on the Commununity Calendar, ' Saving Birds Through Habitat Series, "Beaver Island Jungle Birds,"' the program will be a very informative one. Kay's deameanor last summer has shown her immense knowledge or bird habitat. She had provided several homeowners information last summer on how to improve their yards in order to support more species of birds.

Kay Charter Biographical Information     In the fall of 1992, Kay and Jim Charter realized that many of their favorite bird species were in decline. Migrating species like Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and warblers were (and still are) losing ground every year. Unwilling to stand by helplessly and watch the downward slide of these beautiful creatures, the Charters opted to take action by selling their lakefront home in order to purchase a large tract of land away from the water. Before the year was out, the house was sold and the couple used the proceeds from the home sale, and their retirement savings, to purchase a 47-acre tract of mixed habitat away from the water. There they established a safe haven for the feathered jewels they love.

Nine years later, in the summer of 2001, Kay Charter was the driving force behind the founding of Saving Birds Thru Habitat. This organization is dedicated to the cause of teaching others about the challenges facing our migrating birds and instructing them about how to help resolve those problems. Charter is the Executive Director of SBTH. Her engaging PowerPoint program, “Grow a Bird Feeder,” addresses causes for these tragic losses, and it demonstrates how every single person can make a positive difference right in his or her backyard.

In order to connect the general public with the magic and mystery of migrating birds, Charter began writing a regular column about birds and their habits and habitats for the Traverse City Record-Eagle in 1995. The column, which appeared on the first Sunday of each month, grew in popularity until early last year when it was cancelled for financial reasons. Charter has also written conservation articles for Michigan Audubon Society's newsletter, “Jack Pine Warbler” and for many other publications. Her writings and photographs have been featured in regional and national magazines, including the San Diego Zoological Society's, ZOONOOZ, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. She received a Gold Award from the International Regional Magazine Association for her piece in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine about Connie Hagar, “the bird lady of Rockport”. Charter's book, For the Love of Birds , was published in 2000 by Crofton Creek Press.

As a committed conservationist, Charter is a strong supporter of coalitions and alliances, both with other NGO's as well as outside the conservation community. She was founder of Nature North, an annual event in Northern Michigan, which is dedicated to bringing the public at large into the world of conservation. Participants in this event have included local, state, national and international organizations such as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited. Charter has presented her program for city governments, libraries, schools, colleges, Audubon clubs, service organizations and garden groups across the country.

She has been a featured speaker at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, the Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Morton Arboretum near Chicago and the 2006 Rivers and Wildlife Festival in Kearney, Nebraska. In 2007, she presented a seminar on the subject of bird conservation to a standing room only crowd at the Zoological Society of San Diego's Center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Species. In May of 2007, Charter received one of the state's highest conservation awards when she was honored by Michigan United Conservation Clubs as “Exceptional Outdoorswoman of 2006” for her efforts. She is the first birder ever honored by this organization. In the fall of 2010, the Leelanau Conservation District similarly honored Charter and her husband as Conservationist Partners of the Year.

Short Interview with Kay Charter, the bird lady returns to the Island)

(From BINN, August 16-23, 2010)

Kay Charter

Kay Charter had some interesting things to say about the relationship between deer browse lines and the effects on the bird population. This lady is very knowledgeable and was personable and very free-flowing with information, very willing to share her knowledge. When asked about when she may do another presentation, it was suggested that could happen next summer. (And it is happening on July 13, 2011)


Does it have to be birds versus deer? The answer is absolutely NOT.

Ladies Golf Tournament, July 16, 2011

There is a golf tournament registration deadline of July 8, 2011, for this golf tournament. The fee for the tournament is $20.00 which includes a catered lunch at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The event will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a putting contest. If you are interested, please include your stroke average for nine holes of golf, and send a check to Sharon Scamehorn, P.O. Box 193, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Non-members will also have to pay green fees on the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Carpenter at 448-2893 or Sharon Scamehorn at 449-2641

St. James Township Meeting, 6/1/11

The St. James Township Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Rick Speck at 7:30 p.m. on June 1, 2011.

You can view video of this meeting HERE

New Proposed Documents for

Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee

View the unapproved document for the resolution HERE

View the unapproved document for the By-laws HERE

These documents were made public and passed out at the St. James Township Meeting above.

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 3rd Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert is being held on Saturday, July 9, 2911, at 7 pm at its normal location of 37670 Kings Highway. All donations from the concert will go to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Schalarship Fund for several musicians. This announcement is from Eleanor, Patrick, and Jenny McDonough, who can be contacted by mail at 301 May St., Charlevoix, Michigan 49720, or by phone at 231-547-6722

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

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

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

Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011


Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011

Mon-July 4 , Boyne City Remedy
Thurs-July 7, DJ Tom
Fri-July 8, The Folk Ups
Wed. July 13th , Paul & Joey
Thurs-July 21 , DJ Tom
Fri-July 22 , The Folk Ups
F-July 29 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-July 30 , Flight Squadron Yon
Fri-Aug 5 , Jason & Nick AND
Sat- Aug 6, Jason & Nick
Thurs-Aug 11 , DJ Tom
Fri-Aug 12 , Boyne City Remedy AND
Sat-Aug 13 , Boyne City Remedy
Fri- Aug 19 , The Folk Ups
Fri-Aug 26 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-Aug 27 , Flight Squadron Yon

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

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


Men's Golf League, Hot and Heavy Competition Continues

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

1 9 Rob & Dan 41 13 80 274 39.14
2 8 Howard & Joe 37 15 78 269 38.43
3 2 Jeff & Ryan 38 9 75 272 38.86
4 7 Ivan & Buck 40 10 73 272 38.86
5 10 Frank & John 39 10 73 281 40.14
6 1 Ron W. & Bob S. 37 11 70 263 37.57
7 5 Chuck & Ernie 43 5 70 281 40.14
8 6 Bob E. & Ron S. 52 7 61 313 44.71
9 4 Larry & Joe 39 12 58 235 39.17
10 3 Francis & Larry 45 8 46 270 45.00
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #2 11-9
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #3 12-8
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #5 15-5
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #6 13-7
TEAM #7 TIED TEAM #10 10-10

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

Waste Management Current Agreement of Two Townships

This is a simple agreement that was completed in 1991, the year for writing agreements.

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

10: Mark Luckey

17: Curt Petrak

24: Joseph Fox

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!