B.I. News on the 'Net, July 5-11, 2010

St. James Township Meeting July 7, 2010

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

Road Issue

Whiskey Island for DNR Building and Property 1

  Whiskey Island for DNR Building and Property 2

 Whiskey Island for DNR Building and Property 3

Board of Review Rescheduled

Planning Commission Request for Change in Zoning

Rezoning of property to R2

Board and Public Comment  

Gillespie Reunion--Let the Fun Begin

The practical joke pulled on Tara Palmer this morning while she slept in her tent in the Palmer yard must be the beginning of the reunion planned for this weekend. Alerted to this situation, BINN got to the location before the evidence was destroyed. Words from the Palmer family included things like "retaliation, you better get a picture of that." This is all in good fun, and, see if you can imagine this. You wake up in the morning and realize that you need to go to the store for breakfast items. You walk outside and this is what you see:

The car is completely boxed...

And the tented style doghouse as well must have some special meaning...

BINN will await the call to report on the next fun-filled event..

Dr. Murray Cotter Coming Again

Dr. Cotter is a dermatologist and came to the island to see patients in April 2010. He will be returning to the island next week on July 16th. You will have to call his Petoskey office to schedule appointments. If you need to see a dermatologist, here is a way to do so without spending the money to go across to the mainland. His phone number 877-901-2230 or 231-487-2230.

Video interview with Dr. Cotter

Human Service Commission Meeting, July 26, 2010

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

Farmer's Market---Get There Early!

Thursday mornings this summer, you need to get out to the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop early in the morning. You need to be there before 9 a.m. if you want to have a complete selection of all the available items. Arriving there this morning a little after 9:30 a.m. caused the quickest selling items to be snatched up by the early birds, so there as early as eight. There still were things available to be purchased, but the largest variety goes to the early bird. Here are some of the items that were available outside at the Farmer's Market. By the way, there wasn't an empty seat at the coffee shop either by 9:30 a.m. Synergistic is the fancy word that best describes the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop and the Farmer's Market. This foggy morning brought out many a visitor to both.

Fog or not, lots of people were there this morning!


One Hatchling Loon at Barney's Lake

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


Watch TV 9+10-Beaver Island Video

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

Ground Breaking for Vets' Memorial

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

Posing for a picture before the ceremony

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


Men's Golf League This Week

To suggest that any other team other than Jeff Mostelle and Ryan Smith could get the first place trophy in this league is near impossible. With a lead of 27 points over the second place team, there is no doubt of the winner in this league play on Wednesday nights. The really interesting contest is the one for second place through sixth place. There is only a spread of nine points separating these teams, and any team could move into second place at this point. Here are the places: second place, Joe and Howard by one point over Francis and Larry; Ron and Bob are one point lower than this; Rob and Dan are one point lower than Ron and Bob; and Larry and Joe are six point below that. One really good night of golf could move any of these teams up or down in the places. It is setting up to be a really interesting contest for second place and third place.


A phone call the other day brought this photographer out to the Richie O residence to see the almost domesticated sandhills. The rainy weather didn't deter them at all. Here is a picture taken from the front door.

Reminiscent of a pair of bookends

Richie O had taken a few pictures and emailed them to BINN for your viewing pleasure. Thank you for sharing.

These sandhills come right close to the porch and feed on the food left out for the wildlife. Richie O believes that his food plot is what attracted these sandhills to his location. Makes sense, doesn't it?

While leaving, this healthy deer was captured just a short distance down the road on the camera as well:

Here is a short video clip taken at the same time as the sandhill picture:


The September 4 Marathon Is Coming

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

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

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

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

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

AMVETs Breakfast on July 4th

These smiling gents greeted you as you entered the Holy Cross Parish Hall

Lots of breakfasts were served...

Most looked like family groups

Hardworking in the kitchen

The menu was slightly different than previous breakfasts put on the by the AMVETs here on the Island. This time there were biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and fruit cocktail.


July 4th Weekend Keeps Public Beach Full

There were lots of beach goers over the holiday weekend. The weather was perfect for enjoying time at the beach.

On Saturday at one count, there were 117 people at or near the public beach. Then that number increased on Sunday, July 4th, with the carnival going on on the convent grass.

4th of July Patriotic Music

Before every 4th of July parade, traditional and patriotic music is sung by community members. This year the group was next to the Chamber of Commerce office with an electric piano for accompaniment.


Video clips of the performance of patriotic songs

4th of July Parade

The traditional first vehicle in the parade is the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department in the squad car. This year was no different, but directly behind the squad was the CCSD ORV with year-round Deputy Travis Williams pulling a trailer.


Island Airways Flyover

For lots more pictures of the parade, click HERE.


Video of the parade

4th of July Carnival

This carnival has been going on for years and years. It has been held on the Convent lawn for many years as well. This year's 4th of July Carnival was very well attended and the games kept the children quite busy for a couple of hours.

Literally hundreds were on the grounds to enjoy the carnival

Lined up for tickets

Just plain fun for everyone......Connie Harris is on the island for the holiday....snacks and more sugary snacks....

Games and more games, and, of course, the dunk tank

Video clip of the carnival with a little Rigormortis on the end  


After the parade, the group named "Rigormortis" was playing at the completely packed Beachcomber Bar. Rich Scripps, Randy Osborne, and Richie Gillespie were playing old time rock and roll. The crowd loved it.

4th of July at Night

Nice photo. Andrea Moore took these photos.

The Boat Parade is at dusk, just before the fireworks.

The fireworks were spectacular!

Several were doubles and triples..

Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your photographs with BINN!


Video clip of the fireworks over Paradise Bay

4th of July Golf Tournament on the 3rd

The sought after trophy

The teams gather for briefing and then head out for a canon booming start.


There are many that want to know why this tournament is not held on the 4th. To make this easy to understand, consider all the activities that are on the 4th of July, and then try to hold a golf tournament on the morning of this same day as the other activities. It just didn't work, so this tournament is held on a different day, but as close to the 4th as possible. This year's organizer Kevin Stipps, his wife Lois, and Lois' mom Shirley Sowa did an excellent job.

The scores that were recorded ranged from a 38 as the high score to a tie for first at 32, the lowest score. Since the only place that really means anything is first place, there needed to be a playoff. The playoff is meant to be a fairly quick method of determining a winner. Instead of a best ball like the rest of the tournament, the players needed to choose an order for first to hit, second to hit, third to hit, etc. Only one person would be making the drive, the second shot, the third shot, etc.

The scores for all the teams purposely without names..

The teams gather on tee number one for the playoff.

One team in the playoff included Dennis Moline, Doug Moline, Dougie Moline, Jesse Gill, and Todd McDonough. The other team was made up of John Works, Larry Roy, Mike Bailey, Dave Shuberg, and Carl Evans. Todd was chosen to hit the drive off of tee number one. Todd pulled it to the left side of the fairway, but was in the short grass. Mike Bailey was chosen to drive for the other team, and Mike hit his drive way down the fairway on the right hand side. The wheels fell off the card for Todd's team as three of the players had problems for his team, and their team ball was on the back right of the green laying four. Larry Roy hit a very nice second shot that landed fairly close to the hole, and this team had the advantage. Carl Evans putted the ball for this team and almost sunk a birdie putt, but Dave Shuberg tapped the ball into the hole for a winning par.

The winners pose for a photo on the green for hole number one.

The first place trophies went to John Works, Larry Roy, Mike Bailey, Dave Shuberg, and Carl Evans. There is also a prize for the most honest team, but two teams tied for this highest score. With a toss of the coin, the team of Patrick Cull, Eric and John Albin, Eric J, and Tony Eliason came up with the title of "Most Honest Team."

After the tourney, Caroline Works and her helpers served a wonderful hot dog lunch with baked beans and macaroni salad with chips and cookies. There is always a supply of beer, pop, and water to choose from for your beverage with lunch. Then the names of the players are drawn one at a time to receive the donated prizes.

Everyone lines up to get their fill with the wonderful picnic style lunch...

The donated prizes are then passed out through a lottery of drawn names. There were lots of wonderful prizes ranging from hats and tee shirts to loads of gravel and a half hour massage.

Kevin Stipps, event organizer, doesn't eat until all the prizes are passed out.

Another 4th of July Golf Tournament is in the history books. See you next year!

More Work at the Walleye Pond


Ivan Young put out the nets in the walleye pond..

Ivan and Don Tritsch with Larry Miller on the hoist pull the nets up to get a few more walleye to plant.

Some were quite big..

Osprey Delivers Food to Nest

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


Heron at Gull Harbor

This heron was in the weeds and missed for a short time until it began to move enough to be able to be seen. The closer the human got (more than 30 yards away), the less the heron liked it, and left.

Deer Moving

Several deer were seen in the hayfields along Sloptown Road. Again, it was a movement that caught the attention, so this picture could be taken.

Loon on the Nest at Barney's Lake


July third the loon was on the nest.. On July 4th the loons were no longer nesting.

The question that comes to mind is this: What happened to the egg that was in the loon nest?

Loons off the nest  

Redwing Blackbirds at Barney's Lake

This redwing blackbird was putting up quite a squawking and wanted this photographer to get lost. He (or she) didn't dive at the photographer, but it was time to move out.

More Wildlife Pictures--Gull Harbor


Minutes of the Airport Committee Now Available

Airport Committee Video Clips

Working Meeting of the Airport Committee

Jack Gallagher's Questions Answered

Hot Off the Presses from the NRETC

Two publications are now past the planning stages and are out and available for this July 4th weekend. The first is the "Beaver Island, Self-Guided, Driving/Biking Tour" which features five tours that include short trails, historic sites, shopping locations, restaurant locations, and nature tours.

The second is called the "Beaver Island Guide to Trails and Wildlife." This guide is amazing in its completeness, particularly in relation to the trails and wildlife, making no distinction between those native species versus invasive species.

The timeliness of these publications should be applauded. The fact that each one sells for only $1 is also astounding with all the work that went into this. Way to go, Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission!!!


To be Featured on Michigan Golf Live

Will air on FOX Sports Detroit

Dish Network Channel #430

Direct tv Channel #663

Tuesday July 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Friday July 8 at 2:30 p.m.

(cable viewers will need to check their guide)

After airing on TV, the video will be available on the internet at:


NRETC Symposium I Information and Video

All of the presentations are here at this link, as well as the results of the group discussions and round table discussions.

Art in the Harbor 2010

On Saturdays throughout the summer, local artists will be displaying arts and crafts items in the harbor area. You can find anything from candles to beaver-tooth neckless displayed as well as clothing.


Stop by on Saturdays from 10 until 2 and see what is available. It may change every week.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center with

Free Shingles Vaccine

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

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

Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


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

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

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

BIRHC 2010 Car Raffle

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

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

Beaver Island Music Festival Schedule Announcement



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Baroque on Beaver – 2010 – Made in Michigan

July 28 – August 1


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Varicose Vein Screening Event

Thursday, July 15, 2010


On Thursday, July 15, 2010, from 4-7 pm, Dr. Marc Lame will be hosting a free varicose vein screening to raise awareness for venous disease and available treatment options, including the VNUS Closure ® procedure.

An estimated 25 million people in the United States have varicose veins. A leading cause of varicose veins is venous reflux disease caused by incompetent or “leaky” valves in the great saphenous vein running from ankle to groin in each leg. In addition to varicose veins, other symptoms may include leg pain, fatigue, swelling and skin ulceration. This condition can be progressive if left untreated and symptoms may worsen with time.

•  It is estimated that in America , 72% of women and 42% of men will experience varicose veins by the time they are in their 60s.

•  Peak incidence of venous insufficiency occurs in women aged 40 – 49 years and in men aged 70 – 79 years.

•  Common risk factors for varicose veins and venous reflux include multiple pregnancies, family history, obesity, and standing professions.

Dr Marc Lame is hosting this free screening event in order to educate the community about venous disease, risk factors, prevention, and treatment options. Varicose veins frequently force people to dramatically change their lifestyles, especially when they have standing professions and can no longer tolerate being on their feet all day.

Multiple treatment options are available for this condition. Patients with venous reflux disease can now be treated with the VNUS Closure procedure, a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to treat the diseased vein. Patients treated with the VNUS Closure procedure typically resume their regular activities in approximately one day. Prior to the introduction of the VNUS Closure procedure, traditional treatment has been vein stripping surgery, which can result in significantly longer return to work recovery time. Patient satisfaction with the VNUS Closure procedure is high, with 95% of patients reporting that they would recommend the procedure to a friend. The procedure is widely embraced by physicians and is covered by most insurance companies.

Those interested in attending this free varicose vein screening event can contact

Charlevoix Surgeons at 231-547-2812 to make their free appointment.

Wellness Wednesdays at Charlevoix Hospital

Charlevoix Area Hospital's next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 8 a.m.until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, ratio, and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. No fasting required. However, if you are fasting an LDL and triglyceride reading can also be obtained. Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health Consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital :

(231) 547-8906 or by email: kjacobsen@cah.org Walk-ins are always welcome.

Nature Walks Are Back

The nature walks are co-sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society and Central Michigan Biological Station. The price for each nature walk is $25 and includes lunch. The mysteries of the dunes at Cable's Bay will be revealed by Beth Leuck on July 15, 2010. There will be an adult nature walk on July 21, 2010, and a child nature walk on July 22, 2010. Dan Benjamin will show people the secrets of the inland lakes on July 31, 2010.

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

Health & Human Services Fair Scheduled for September 16, 2010

The Beaver Island Human Services Commission is hosting a health and human services fair this fall. The event will take place at Gregg Fellowship hall on September 16, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mark your calendars so that you do not miss out on this great opportunity to get in touch with a wealth of information aimed at improving your health, happiness, and well-being.

Editor's Note: The Human Services Commission is working to get a wide variety of mainland services introduced to the needs of Beaver Island, a part of Charlevoix County.

How you can help support this effort, click HERE.

Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament Scheduled

Women golfers, mark your calendar for the annual Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Beaver Island Golf Course. Teams of four golfers will compete in a scramble format, and all levels of golfers are welcome. There will be lots of fun individual contests as well.

Sign up in advance at the Golf Course as a team or individually to be added to a team. The fee to play is $20 which includes lunch at the course following the tournament. Sign in at 8:30 and the shotgun tournament starts at 9 a.m. For further information, contact Jean Carpenter, 448-2893, Sharon Scamehorn, 448-2641 or Sandy Birdsall , 448-2982.

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

Senior Center July Schedule of Events

Commission on Aging Menu for July

Schedule of Events

Community Center Events Summer and Fall 2010

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)