B. I. News on the 'Net, July 6-12, 2015

Flowers in the Yard

Clematis, White Rose, Lilies, Red Rose, and two-tone orange and red rose

Interesting Harbor Clouds

These were taken on July 13, 2015, at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Vivian Olivia Cary Enters the World

Vivian Olivia Cary into the world July 12, 2015, at 12:53 a.m. She weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces, and she's 20 perfect inches long! Mommy (Leaha Grace Cary) and baby are both doing great!



(This event is sold out.) (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

9:15- 9:30 am Board vans at Public Beach in downtown St. James
9:45  First Garden:  Welke House Whiskey Point
"Cottage by the Sea" -- How a place becomes named sometimes holds unexpected poignancy.  Let Bob Welke, only the third owner of this 1869 cottage, tell us how the name came to be after the Welkes purchased it in 1960. The Welkes have added to the original structure slowly over the years,  including the stone fireplace which Sue chose over indoor plumbing!! But this is a garden tour, and there's far more garden than the pretty patch by the front door.  Sue is blessed with limestone rocks, sand, and a fierce wind that crosses the bay.  So Sue makes her vegetable as well as flower container gardens in the shelter of the house. The spirit of Sue's garden lies in the way she responds to the necessities of modern living.  A new well head placed smack dab in the middle of the lawn is now encircled by flowers all summer long. This year she spotted the transformer box as a blight upon her soil and therefore and asked her artist  granddaughter Kate Welke to turn it into a garden of paint.  Seems like this could be a new trend! Thank you Sue and Bob for all your hard work in keeping our island harbor as a welcoming sight for over 50 years now.

10:30 am  Head to 26205 Pine St.

"Northern Flight" -- Here is another naming story:  When Laurel Vietzen and Robert Warski acquired this property it was called Vale of Tralee.  However multiple evidence pointed to a previous name,  Northern Flight, which seems perfect for these two who came here for escape and quiet.
Their landscaper, Barb Rahn, has also hit it right for the gardens here.  In her words:   "There are three things about this very shady retreat.  First, native plants are incorporated into each of the five garden spaces.  Second, the stone borders have nestled stones rather than  stones in a linear border. Third, the homeowners have incorporated antiques from the premises to add whimsy to their landscape.  You will see plenty of native Beaver Island plants including Columbine, Solomon's Seal, Forget-me-nots, Hepatica, Mosses and Snowberry. Barb has introduced carefully selected hybrids to mingle with the natives making it appear as though they had always been there.  Barb's discerning eye and deft hand make this setting perfectly Beaver Island appropriate.
It is just right. Thanks Laurel and Bob.

11:15 am 27321 Donegal Bay Rd:

"Camp Beaver" -- After long careers in law enforcement, how does a couple keep busy in retirement?  Doug Edgar and Sharolyn Hunter (aka Pinky) will show us how... and HOW!!  A committed boater, Doug was tricked by an Irishman into making a purchase on dry land which turned out to be an unfinished log cabin in the woods. Jump ahead fifteen years and we have a completed home in a large clearing with several purposeful outbuildings in our sight.  There are so many collections and projects, and humor --Not subtle!--you just have to call it a blue sky "Man Cave".  But wait! There's more. Here is a garden created with imagination and heart, along with all that energy.  Don't miss the picture map in stone, and let our host tell the stories of how his plantings hold memories.  Take a peek in Sharolyn's studio and then wander down "Pinky's Path"  to end our tour outside his "gated" premises. Thanks to you both, Doug and Sharolyn.

12 noon:    Lunch at the Lodge -- Thank you Dana and Eric for allowing our group to spend their lunch hour in the luxurious surrounds of the Beaver Island Lodge and Restaurant.  Jan Paul has planned (with Eric) a lovely lunch, a few door prizes, and a guest speaker who you all will recognize.

1:15pm :  26080 Main St.:   

"Harbor House" -- We all go by this lovely abode each time we are on Main Street. The home of Ray Matela and his family of 7 kids has been adorned with flowers inspired by his wife Grace (who was the BIRHC accountant for many years).  The Knock-Out roses are splendid and cover the front harbor border blooming continuously and with little maintenance. Heidi Vigil has filled the planters in her usual artful manner, and Ray just has to sit back and "smell the roses" in his retirement.  His son John, keeps watch of Harbor House in the winter when Ray heads to California to see family. Grace Boyle Matela grew up on Beaver Island and so their summers here meant loads of family parties, including a special one for her mother Beatrice's 80th birthday.  Ray recalls Joe McDonough and Ed Wojan hauling a piano over to his deck on a barge of Joe's,  just for such a party!   Never a dull moment he says. Skip Duhammel carved his totem pole out on the street side of Harbor House.  Each carved figure is a symbol of their life:     Top ---- Polish Eagle for his dad
                  Second---RAM's head for Ray's initials
                   Third-- seven fish represents seven children
                   Fourth--- wise old owl (Grace)
                   Fifth ---Beaver Island
                   Bottom--- turtle for Jack Boyle
Now we will see his family story when we go by Harbor House on Main Street. Thanks to you Ray!!

2:00pm   Ed and Willie Welter's  Main St.:  

"The Boathouse" -- This is a very public space, seen from the sidewalk or through your vehicle's windows and even by boaters in the harbor.  This is why Ed and Willie Welter want it to be cheerful and inviting.  If you ever wondered if a perennial  will offer color all season long, this is your garden. Check out the Geranium "Rozanne", Heuchera "Georgia Peach", and the "Stella D'Oro" day lillies.  Each of them offering color from May through October. They can be seen in the Children's Garden next to their picnic area. PLEASE refrain from walking on the stone path in the Children's area. This part of our tour will be guided by landscaper Barb Rahn.  She will tell us about this happy gathering place where multi-generations have had their outdoor activities.  It is a space where water, boats, gardens and shelter all meet. A one-of-a-kind bench anchors one corner, and summer blooming perennials and shrubs add easy color. Barb has updated their garden with lovely, well-grown plantings. Beyond the turf grass is a shore which we have to watch our step on, but walk out on the dock to enjoy the harbor view.  Lastly, the Children's Garden is just that:  for the kids;  so please look, but don't wander in!   Be sure to thank the Welters for letting us in today

 2:45pm Main St.:      

 "Veteran's  Park" -- As is our custom, we like to feature one of our "public" spaces that has been taken care of by a group of dedicated individuals, our Amvets Post #426.   This park was given to them as an easement by Wolverine Power after the old generator was taken down. Many people have been instrumental in planning, building the site, raising the funds for the memorial, putting in the honorary bricks and they need to be thanked.  Bob and Peg Hoogendoorn have done the flower plantings, Alvin LaFreniere cares for the flags (which often need to be replaced due to weather and wind damage at $125 each!). Members of the post have placed the brick pavers. This is an ongoing project that we should all recognize as important to our BI veterans.  Donations are gratefully accepted at PO Box #319. Please thank a vet for their service to our country.
Thanks to Bob Tidmore for his talk today.

3:00pm    Donegal Bay Rd.  Beaver Island Art Gallery (formerly Montaage)   "Just Desserts" -- This day will end with something old turning into something new!!  This new owner has already proven herself as a dedicated business owner and fine artist.  She volunteers and donates time and energy to many BI functions. She supports the community and is opening her doors for our dessert tea.  Can you guess where our last stop is today? The dessert has been lovingly made by Bruce Struik, long-time gardener and once a Garden Tour host.  His cheesecake was a big hit then and will be today! Thanks for joining in our Fifth Celebration of our Wellness Garden Benefit.  All the proceeds after costs will fund our Wellness Garden project at both the BIRHC and Forest View.
Thanks from Leonor Jacobson, Jan Paul, Dana D'Andraia and the Wellness Gardeners.  

Ford Outfitters TV Show Beaver Island Episode

Sportsman Channel Sunday July 19, 2015

“A big THANKS to the Boat Co & Isle Haven Resort. This show was slated for September. It is running in the #3 spot in July because the producers think it is so good! You’re going to find this shockingly well done. It is far and away the biggest budget & best TV piece ever done about Beaver Island. It includes overhead drone and underwater footage,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve West.

With the Ford level budget it is the top of the line on InterMedia's Sportsman Channel. A 26 second teaser will be available here soon. http://www.thefordoutfitters.com/ The show airs on channel 395 on Dish Network and is available on most of the large cable systems. Once the show has aired it will be available to view on line at the web address above.

All air times for episode #3



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DNR to Have Open House

Involves the Northern Michigan Islands

What Plans does the DNR have for the Beaver Archipelago?

July 20, 2015, 1-4 p.m.

Community Cook-Out

The District Library Youth Group sponsored a Community Cook-Out at the Peaine Township Park behind the Peaine Township Hall on July, 12, 2015. This event featured potluck dishes and grilled hot dogs and brats. The event began at 5 p.m. and was scheduled to continue until 10 p.m. The event was to benefit the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund to help those with medical issues with transportation costs. The event raised over $800 from free will donations.

Gerald hard at work cooking hotdogs and brats

The layout of potluck dishes

Video Clip of the Cook-out


Gallery Open House

The Gallery owned and operated by Lois Stipp opened in the location of the former Montaage. The Gallery had an Open House on July 12, 2015. The video clip of this open house provides the viewer with an idea of the variety and the extensive collection of paintings, photographs, and other items available at this location.

A few examples

Video Clip of the Open House


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 13, 2015

Right now it's 62° outside, wind is at 4 mph from the south, humidity is at 57%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. 40% chance of precipitation. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, than a chance of rain showers after midnight. Patchy fog in the evening with areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

On this date of July 13, 1836 - John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines. All 9,957 previous patents were not numbered.

Did you know that fresh apples float because they contain 25% air?

Word of the day: longhair (LONG-hair) which means 1. An intellectual. 2. One having a deep interest in the arts, especially in classical music. 3. A male with long hair, especially a hippie. 4. A cat having long hair. From Old English lang + haer. Earliest documented use: 1893.

Robert Gillespie Obituary

Robert Jewell Gillespie, 65, of Beaver Island, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at McLaren Northern Michigan In Petoskey. He was born January 14, 1950, on Beaver Island to Jewell Francis and Rita Mae (O'Donnell) Gillespie. Robert graduated from the Beaver Island School in 1968.

He worked as a diver and dock builder and commercial builder. He was an expert at building shipwreck furniture. He built the Beaver Island Community Center, and the Beaver Island Medical Center, the CMU Biological Center, the fire-hall, school, car wash, yacht club, and the Beaver Island Boat Dock.

Robert was a member of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, a life member of the NRA, and enjoyed golfing, boating, and hunting.

On May 25, 1991, he married Lisa L. Vance on Beaver Island. He is survived by Lisa, and their son, Cody of Traverse City. Robert is also survived by his brothers and sisters, John (Jeanne) of Beaver Island, Billy (Jan) of Chicago, Mary (Edward) Palmer of Beaver Island, Danny (Tammy) of Charlevoix, Richie (Laura) of Beaver Island, Julie Gillespie of Charlevoix, Kathy Maudrie, and Cindy (Dusty) Cushman of Beaver Island.

One of Robert's favorite sayings is a quote from John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

The wake will be 6-8 pm Friday, July 17, at the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be 11 am, Saturday, July 18, at Holy Cross Church, the Reverend Patrick Cawley officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.  A luncheon will be served at the Holy Cross Hall following the services.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Beaver Island Medical Center, or to the Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 12, 2015

It was a week of lovely sunshine, friends and family visits, let's hope Mother Nature continues to give us perfect summer weather. Right now it's 62°, wind is at 11 mph from the SW, humidity is at 57%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers early, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 80°. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds.

On this date of July 12, 1960 - Manufacturing began for the Etch A Sketch®.

Did you know that on the average there are 8 peas in a pod?

Word of the day: cachinnate (KAK-uh-neyt) which means to laugh loudly or immoderately. Cachinnate isn't an everyday word, and you're most likely to come across it in literature — or on vocabulary tests. Cachinnate, comes from the Latin verb cachinnare, which also means "guffaw." Despite the word's ancient pedigree, it doesn't appear in English until 1824.

A Day for Me

by Joe Moore

Have you ever had a day in which all you wanted to do is just what you wanted to do.

Yesterday was just such a day for me.  It wasn’t all that exciting, but it was exactly what I needed.  For some, a day at the beach with friends and drinks might fit their desire.  For others, the drive around the island might make the day perfect.  Here is my day for those that might want to see another option.

I drank my coffee, posted Phyllis’ Weather, and had breakfast.  Then I was obsessed with helping someone understand a topic that was near and dear to my heart.  It approached ten, and I went out to the golf course to join a couple of older gentlemen and hit a few golf balls.  This is nothing new, but today I decided to walk around the golf course.  That IS new.  It was good exercise, and I didn’t play very well, but I had done what I wanted to do.
After two hours of walking around the golf course, I stopped in to see a friend at work, just to pass the time, and to keep my day moving.  I tried to arrange some reporters to cover the happenings on the island that day, so that I could continue doing what I wanted to do.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love providing information to the island using Beaver Island News on the ‘Net with text, pictures, and video, but this day was to be ‘my’ day, just for me, even though it was never spoken out loud.
Next, after a quick lunch, I decided that the yard needed to be mowed with those nasty weed seed heads sticking up all over the yard.  I got the electric mower out and mowed the part of the yard in front that had obstacles, the side yard that had obstacles, and then mowed the back yard that is fenced for our dogs and a small garden.  The mosquitoes were quite active, so I stopped the mower and ran around the house to douse myself in bug dope.  I finished mowing all around the house making two stops to put the grass and weed clippings into the compost pile.  I plugged in the mower to recharge the battery, and went inside to relax for a few minutes.

Doing these things provided me with an opportunity to think about many happenings in my life, and reflect on them.  You all know that I live on and love Beaver Island and its people.  There have been so many losses of such good people with several more surviving, but have cancer.  I wondered about how such an isolated community could have such a high number of people having these types of problems that had or could cause death.  I reflected on my youngest daughter Andrea, who is moving thousands of miles away to pursue her dreams, but the half acre yard around my new house and my old house was still calling my name.  They said, “Mow me, mow me,” and I translated that to “more for me, more for me.”  This referred to more time to think.
My wife interrupted the thoughts and wanted me to take a break and go have a beer with some good friends, but I was being selfish.  I wanted this time for me to think.

The Sears riding mower is one of my few luxuries.  I went out and filled up the small gas can from the larger gas can to be able to put fuel in the riding mower.  At one point in time, someone complained about me not mowing the yard at the old house part of the property.  The first time it was mowed in a few years was one of the last times that I had the opportunity to work alongside another island resident who has moved on to his reward.  I took the time to think about all these friends who have died.  I thought about how each had enriched my life.  I thought about those fighting the battle against cancer, and I thought about how seemingly unfair this was.  Well, the gas was in the mower.  I briefly thought about how the act of putting gas in the mower wasn’t even part of my memory because I was thinking about other things and other people.

I remembered a wonderful situation of providing care to an emergency patient with the provider at the medical center.  The details and the success were all flowing out of one part of my brain into the other part that dealt with emotions.  Gosh, that was an almost perfect time of using my knowledge alongside another provider, and the success made the life of one friend and neighbor much better.  The fog did not beat us on this one day.  The patient did not need to be transported anywhere.  We fixed him right here on Beaver Island, and we worked together doing it.

I started the riding mower, set the blade depth, and began riding.  All through the mowing of the front yard around and around and back and forth, I began thinking about how I had contributed to the community in which we live.  I wondered if this was enough.  I wondered if I should push myself to continue to contribute.  Then it dawned on me.  I wondered how all these wonderful friends had answered this question as they awaited the next chapter of their lives or their death.  I remembered visiting a friend with cancer, and that allowed me to look back on the wonderful times we spent together outside in a winter camp, at a camp on Garden Island, and the times when we had disagreed on issues, but accepted the others position, and, most importantly, accepted the others position and moved on and still friends.  I know that the tears ran down my face during this memory, but I wouldn’t give this up for anyone.

Before I knew it, the front yard was mowed.  It was almost as if the mower had been on automatic pilot.  The small ‘island’ between the Kings Highway, Carlisle Road, and my driveway was next.  This has rose bushes, clematis, and a trellis made from some cheap wood with diagonal crosses.  I’m sure it has a name, but the name isn’t important.  I had to stop my thinking for this particular part of the yard because the area to be mowed contained some danger if you weren’t paying attention.  My thoughts strayed to being careful not to roll the mower over, to protection from being pushed off the mower by apple tree branches, to being careful around the electric power boxes in front of the trellis, and to making sure I didn’t shoot mower-propelled gravel stones out into a car on the Kings Highway.

My wife and friends were over having a nice conversation and a drink or two when I headed over to the yard around the old house.  It’s amazing how good I felt as I began the cutting of the grass in the old house’s yard.  At one point I had to shut down the mower to move the garden hose so I could mow around the fenced-in garden area.  The friend stood up and waved over the fence saying, “Hi.”  I waved back and responded, but back to the mowing I went.  I finished mowing the old yard and around the garden area, went back around the tall cedar hedge and finished the little strip that I missed, got the gas ready for the next time, and went into the house to collapse.

I’d been at this mowing business for a little over three and a half hours.  My very next thought was a hot bath in the tub to get the dirt and grime out of my ears and crevasses of my body.  Yes, I’m certain I lost about four pounds of sweat during this mowing time, but I began hydrating and relaxing in the jets of the hot tub.  Several layers of dirt and vegetable matter were washed off, and I decided that the rest of the day was going to continue as time for me.  Part of me felt guilty that I didn’t cover the events of this summer evening, but the part of me that was thinking about just me decided not to go record the concert, not go and take pictures at a performance, and not worry about anyone or anything else for the rest of ‘my day off for just me.’

I had a nice dinner with my wife, and then decided to put the cooled bath water to use by giving the two dogs a bath.  They avoided me for the rest of the night.  I replayed some of the memories that I had thought about during the day, watched some TV, checked some emails, wrote another long email about a topic that I have invested some twenty-eight years in, and went to bed early.

This was a day for me.  I had discovered that there really hadn’t been too many of those recently.  I discovered that I rather enjoyed the day, enjoyed the memories, and looked forward to making some more.  While there may have been times of depression during the day with thoughts about death and dying friends and neighbors, there were also many feelings of happiness for the accomplishments of the day and the memories of the past.

I truly recommend setting aside a day for yourself doing those things that you enjoy.  It is certainly worth the effort.  Try it sometime!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 11, 2015

Another beautiful, Beaver Island, summer day! We are so very lucky to live here. Safe travels to those who are traveling, as reports have it that traffic on the mainland is crazy. Right now it's 62°, wind is at 11 mph from the SW with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 56%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds at 10 mph in the evening, becoming light.

On this date of July 11, 1804 - The United States' first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.

Did you know that arachibutyrophobia is fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth?

Word of the day: flumadiddle (fluhm-uh-DID-l) which means 1. utter nonsense. 2. worthless frills. Flumadiddle is an Americanism that arose in the 1840s as a combination of flummery, meaning "complete nonsense," and diddle, meaning "to fool with."

Robert Jewell Gillspie Dies

It has been reported that Robert Gillespie has passed away. He died yesterday, July 9, 2015. More information will be posted when received.

BITA Meeting for July Canceled

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority meeting scheduled for July 14, 2015, has been canceled.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 10, 2015

Sending Andrea off this afternoon so she can go visit her sister before moving. Had a fabulous "going away" dinner last night at the Circle M. Right now it's 59°, wind is at 8 mph from the south, humidity is at 53%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of July 10, 1949 - The first practical rectangular television was presented. The picture tube measured 12 by 16 and sold for $12.

Did you know that a connected bunch of bananas is called a hand and individual bananas are called fingers?

Word of the day: tribology (try-BOL-uh-jee, tri-) which means the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion and associated issues, such as friction, lubrication, and wear. From Greek tribos (rubbing), from tribein (to rub). Earliest documented use: 1966. NOTE: Usually words are coined on the streets of language, but here is one instance where a word may be considered to have been synthesized in a lab, if there could be such a thing as a word lab. In 1965, a group of lubrication engineers decided they needed a name for what they did and contacted the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary for help. Out of this came the word tribology, suggested by one C.G. Hardie of Magdalen College.
So even though it looks like the perfect word for it, tribology is not the study of tribes. A related term is triboelectricity: electricity generated by friction.

Dedication of Memorial Bricks at Veterans' Memorial

On August 1, 2015, at 1:00 PM there will be a dedication of memorial bricks for 43 Native Americans from the Beaver Archipelago at the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park.  This is the result of a generous grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians for the bricks and landscaping. The individuals being honored in addition to those currently on active duty served in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We also have reserved the Beaver Island Community Center for that day and plan on showing the move Road to Andersonvilleat 3:00 PM.This is a documentary of the service of the 139 Native Americans who served in Company K, First Michigan Sharpshooters during the Civil War.  Some of the members of that unit were captured and interred in the infamous Confederate Andersonville prison. There will be no charge for the movie.  The producer of the movie, David B. Schock, Ph.D. will be on hand to introduce the movie and the author of the book about the 1st Michigan “These Men Have Seen Hard Service” Sharpshooters Raymond J Herek   will also be at the Community Center to discuss his book.

Please join us in honoring the men and women who served their country.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

A Beaver at Barney's Lake?

Just visiting for the succulent lily pads, or setting up residence?

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 9, 2015

BINGO was a success with my youngest who really didn't want to go. "I don't like Bingo", she said. Then she won... now she likes it. I won too. It's our last full day with her before she sets off for new adventures. Right now it's 53°, wind is at 2 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 51%, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of July 9, 1868 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Did you know that a cat can keep purring while inhaling and exhaling and even when eating?

Word of the day: limpid (LIM-pid) which means 1. Clear; transparent. 2. Easily comprehensible; clear. 3. Calm; serene. From Latin limpidus (clear). Earliest documented use: 1609.

Men's Summer Golf League Results Week 5

Ivan & Buck
Ron W. & Larry L.
Jeff M. & Ryan
Dan & Rob
Howard & Joe
Chuck & Ernie
Gerald & Kirk
Francis & Larry
Ron S. & David
Had bye week
Bye Week

Week Five Results

Team #1 beat Team #7 12-8
Team #5 beat Team #3 12-8
Team #4 beat Team #9 12-8
Team #8 beat Team #6 12-8


Team #1 vs Team #5
Team #2 vs Team #6
Team #3 vs Team #9
Team #4 vs Team #8
Team #7 BYE Week

Veteran's Memorial Flags Honor Bud Cruickshank

Today the flags at the Veterans' Memorial will be at 1/2 mast in honor of Bud Cruckshank. Additionally the US Navy flag, Bud's branch of service, will fly on the left flagpole.

Reminder: Service at Episcopal Church today, July 8th at 1 pm.

What's New at the Library?

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-54 ***

There are three new bestsellers, nine new children's books, and two other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are "The Truth According to Us: A Novel," "Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle," and "The Fateful Lightning: A Novel of the Civil War."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 8, 2015

Just a reminder, it's BINGO night at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. Doors are open by 6:30 and games begin at 7:00 sharp. It's 50° outside this morning, wind is at 2 mph from the west, humidity is at 48%, pressure is rising from 1018 mb, and visibility is at 8.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.

On this date of July 8, 1776 - Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia.

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son?

Word of the day: bespoke (bi-SPOHK) which means 1. Custom-made. 2. Relating to custom-made products. Shortening of bespoken, past participle of bespeak (to speak for, to arrange), from Old English besprecan (to speak about). Earliest documented use: 1755.

Beaver Island Fireworks from Two Locations

4th of July from the Post Office and Public Beach


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 7, 2015

Should be clear weather to celebrate $2 Tuesday this afternoon although we sure received lots of rain last night, actually my rain gauge shows we got a full inch of the stuff. Right now it's 54° outside, wind is at 12 mph from the NW with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. A 40% chance of rain showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of July 7, 1994 - Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name "Cadabra."

Did you know that there are over 40,000 muscles tendons in an elephant's trunk?

Word of the day: livelong (LIV-long) which means whole or entire (referring to time). From Old English leof (dear, used as an intensifier) + lang (long). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gleubh- (to tear apart), which is also the source of cleve, glyph, clever, clove (garlic), cleave, dermatoglyphics, lief, and lubricious. Earliest documented use: 1450.

Gerrish Family Concert at 7:30 pm, July 6, 2015

All proceeds went to the Beaver Island Historical Society.

If you were at this concer at 7:30 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Center, you were glad you did. The Gerrish family, (gradparents Sandy and John) have been coming to Beaver Island since 1992 and own a cabin on the west side. 

They are a very talented family of strings musicians who also play many other instruments and sing. Family members performing tonight include 6 young adult grandchildren. 

Their afternoon Children's concert was enjoyed by adults and children alike. Those attending had the opportunity to handle and play many instruments.

The evening concert has approximately seventy attendees including adults and children. The concert was just over an hour and a half, but the music was amazing, and time never lagged even during a short intermission to set up a performance.

Kitty McNamara Green welcomed all who attended

Sandy Gerrish welcomes all and explains the process for the night

Two violins and piano

John Gerrish performs grandson's homework assignment

Soloists and accompanist

Ensemble with Grandpa

Trio of two sons and mom

Laying the instruments to the side and vocalize.

An Amazingly Talented Gerrish Family

Video Available HERE

William “Bud” Cruickshank RIP

William “Bud” Cruickshank, 87, of Beaver Island, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at Grandvue medical Care Facility in East Jordan. He was born February 25, 1928, in Port Huron to Arthur and Mary M. (Willey) Cruickshank. He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1946, and earned a Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

Bud served in the US Navy during WWII during the Korean War.

He worked for General Motors retiring in 1984. Following retirement he made his home on Beaver Island.

On September 9, 1950, William married Barbara Milller in Port Huron and she survives. Bud is also survived by his sons, Dan of Grand Rapids, and Scott (Patricia) of Hesperia; daughter-n-law, Deborah of Royal Oak; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons, William Jr., Grant, and Brian.

The wake will be Tuesday at Bud's home. Funeral will be 1pm, Wednesday, July 8, at the Beaver Island Episcopal Church, Pastor HowardDavis officiating. Burial will take place at the Beaver Island Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Beaver Island AMVETS.

The Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is serving the family.

Service was held at the Episcopal Mission Church, with Howard Davis. The following items were scanned and posted as memories of Bud Cruickshank.

23rd Psalm

In Memory of

Around the Horn

by Joe Moore

Whether it's because Phyllis and I are getting older or whether it's really been so long that we can't remember, this was the first time around the island in quite some time. Apparently Sunday, July 5, 2015, was a good day to go around the island because we saw quite a few people in vehicles and quite a few people on Iron Ore Bay, as well as lots of pictures on facebook. The trip "around the horn" means a trip all the way around the island with many stops at places along the way. These stops included Mike Boyle's beach, CMU, Lake G, public access of Cable's Creek, Southhead Lighthouse, Iron Ore Beach and Creek, Miller's Marsh, Sloptown Microwave Tower, Barney's Lake, and a special dinner of roasted chicken, lettuce salad from the garden, and a pasta side dish that will never ever by made again. Yes, Joe was doing the cooking.

The purpose of the trip was to go around the island with our youngest Andrea Jo, since she will be moving out to Washington state for a Master's Degree program in Laboratory Sciences of the University of Washington. There wasn't a much better day to make this trip. The weather was gorgeous, the company wonderful, and the time to actually take four and a half hours to go around the island is usually not possible. Joe has had the last week off from being on-call, so this was a very good week to enjoy the 4th of July weekend and do things that haven't normally been done. Here are some pictures of the trip around the horn.

Obviously, wildflowers are everywhere and stops for pictures were absolutely necessary!

Cable's Creek has running water in July!

Beautiful flowers and then a stop at the lighthouse.

And a stop at Iron Ore Bay and Creek. Lots of people there, but pictures were not taken of people.

Across the road were these flowers

Obviously at Miller's Marsh where three cars of people joined us.

Having a conversation with the other visitors

Some flowers before we arrived at the Big Rock

More beauty and then a milkweed getting ready to blossom.

This was a very fun trip down and around the island. We took lots of time, got lots of pictures, and met lots of people. We passed lots of cars, bicycles, and motor bikes. We got home and were quite tired from climbing a lighthouse and walking in the bright sunshine. We highly recommend doing this more than once every couple years!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 6, 2015

We had some terrific weather for the weekend, didn't we? It's 62° outside this morning, wind is at 11 mph from the south, humidity is at 55%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of July 6, 1854 - In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.

Did you know that giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels?

Word of the day: accidence (AK-si-dens) which means 1. The fundamentals of any subject. 2. The branch of grammar dealing with inflections of words. 3. A book of fundamentals of a subject. From Latin accidentia (from Latin accidens), from accidere (to happen), from ad- (toward) + cadere (to fall). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kad- (to fall), which is also the source of cadence, cascade, casualty, cadaver, chance, chute, accident, occident, decay, recidivism, perchance, casuistry. Earliest documented use: 1434.


4th of July Golf Tournament

The Annual 4th of July Golf Tournament began this morning at approximately 9 a.m. on July 3, 2015, with seventeen teams signed up to play, but only sixteen teams showed up. This tournament has blossomed into the major fund raising event for the Beaver Island Golf Course. With some golf course closing due to the change in the population age of golfers, Beaver Island is fortunate to still have an open golf course.

Somewhere between 70 and 80 golfers were on the golf course beginning to arrive near 8 a.m. and finishing up with prizes and a hot dog lunch with macaroni salad, baked beans, and chips. The winners of the golf tournament were two married couples; Patrick and Sara McDonald, and Bill and Karen Disch with a score of five under par, 30.

The winning team pose for pictures.

All gathered around as Kevin Stipp, event organizer, provided the rules for the golf tournament.

After hearing the rules, registered players headed out to their assigned start hole to wait the shotgun start.

John Works and his daughter Meg Works prepare the cannon.

Let the tournament begine!

John and Meg pose for a quick photo.

The lunch provided by the Beaver Island Golf Course.

The trophy for the members of the winning team.

Picture of the scoreboard

John Works thanks all for participating.

Kevin Stipp and John Works announce the winners.

Patrick and Sara McDonald, and Bill and Karen Disch, win with score of 30.

Prizes for longest drives on certain holes and closest to the pin on second shot on others were presented to the winner for each hole.

See you next year for yet another 4th of July Golf Tournament!

Beaver Island Loon Report!

Updated Story

After the rescue of the Loon on West Side Dr., I decided to check out some of the lakes for a Loon Report to the island.

Greene's Lake still had a loon on nest July 2. There is a second loon on the lake, presumably the mate who was calling when a young eagle soared out of the trees being harassed by a small bird. I believe the loon rescued was from this lake.

Fox Lake on July 5 had a pair with two young chicks. Hurray! They also have an eagle, adult, hanging around and made some calls when they spotted it in a tree. I was in a kayak, and didn't see it until it soared out over me and the loons. They weren't happy!

Barney's Lake on July 4 still had a pair with two chicks.

Font Lake has two pairs, one with two chicks near the south end of the lake and one with one chick on the north end.

Lake G. has a pair with one chick.

So please be aware of the following: Eagles are a major threat to chicks. If the adults are disturbed- from boating too close, etc.., they may try to draw off the perceived threat and leave the chicks untended. The chicks are then open to predation from the eagles. The eagles have been seen on all the inland lakes. So please keep your distance. The loons will call when they feel threatened. IF you hear them calling, you are too close.

Secondly, if you find a landed loon on a road, woods or wherever, try to catch it in a towel or coat, wrap and keep the head under the wrap. It's bill is sharp and long and it will try to stab you. Release it into the nearest large water- one of the inland LAKES (not ponds or streams) or Lake Michigan. Watch to see that it is swimming and diving. OR CALL ME 448-2220 and I will rescue. Please call me in either event and let me know.

Thirdly, Loons are fish eaters. If you are fishing too, they are after the same prey as you. Please keep your distance. They are excellent divers and underwater swimmers- swimming up to 60+yards from where they dive. If something bad happens and you both end up on opposite ends of the fishing line, it could be very stressful for you both. So please be careful.

Loons are a threatened species and under protection. It is illegal to harass loons. If you see anyone harassing a loon, call the DNR, call me, call the deputy.

It has been several years since we had a successful fledging of loons on the island. Let's hope this year will be wildly successful. So far we have 8 chicks and one more on nest!

*****Note that Tom Hawkins has some beautiful photos of the loons on the north end of Font. It would be wonderful if he would allow some to be printed in the paper!

***** Loon rescue: The evening of June 25, I received a call from Ron Wojan, that there was a loon in the middle of West Side Drive. Mark and I grabbed a jacket and drove down to rescue it. Just north of Green’s Bay Rd/Green’s Lake Rd. we found a very tired adult loon in the middle of the road. There was a blood trail behind it. Mark distracted the loon and I covered it with the jacket and picked it up. Then we took it up to Green’s Lake, as it was the closest body of water. While uncovering it, I thought I had hold of it’s bill, but when the head popped out, I realized I had mistaken the wing for the bill. It started to poke at us and grabbed Mark’s thumb and held on. Eventually, we persuaded it to release the thumb and got it into the water, where it happily swam away, flapping its wings. We watched it for a bit and saw it dive and swim, apparently well.
The blood, I think, was from its feet scraping in the road.
How did it get there? Well, it could have been forced into the trees by an eagle or other bird believing it to be a threat. Once in the trees, it cannot maneuver and crashed, luckily on the road where it could be seen and rescued.
Why can’t it just take off? Loons are very well adapted for water living and cannot stand on dry land nor take off into flight. They need a significant “run way” on water just to get airborne. Even if the lake is large enough for the flight to happen, sometimes the lake is too small, or closely wooded so the loon must circle the lake to gain enough altitude to get above the trees.

So thank you to Ron for calling, and for the others who also called or posted on the forum to help the bird.

Original Story

We have 8 Loon Chicks on Beaver Island  and one still on the nest! This is wonderful since we haven’t had this number in quite a long time. So I am asking that you be aware of Loons and their babies. Keep a distance. Any interference could open the chicks to predation from Eagles and others. I always stay at least 50 yards away. If you are fishing be wary (both you and the adults are after the same prey), so don’t cast your lines near them and move away from them.

The locations of the loons/chicks are Lake Geneserath (1 pair with 1 chick), Fox Lake (1 pair with two chicks), Font Lake (2 pairs with a total of 3 chicks), Barney’s Lake (1 pair with 2 chicks) and Green’s Lake (still on nest as of 7/2).

On another note… sometimes loons end up in the middle of a road. I had a call last Thursday (6/25) about a loon on West Side Dr. near Green’s Lake Road. So down the road I went. Most folks aren’t aware that Loons do not walk on land, cannot fly from land and must be physically moved to water. Using a coat, Mark and I captured the loon, (keeping the head covered to prevent it from stabbing us with its bill) and took it to Green’s Lake to release. There was a lot of blood on the road, so we wanted to check it out. I thought I had hold of it’s bill through the coat and we were unwrapping the body when the head popped out. I had hold of its wing instead! So it started to peck at my leg, and grabbed Mark’s thumb.  It seemed fine, despite the blood and I believe it was just from scratching its feet on the gravel road. Releasing it into the water, it quickly swam away, flapping wings and diving. All is well. Please call me (448-2220) if you find a misplaced loon and I’ll rescue it.

I checked on the loons at Green’s Lake the evening of July 2. One was on nest and the other began calling from the opposite end of the lake when a young eagle soared out over the lake (being chased by a small bird).

So that’s all for now. Please enjoy seeing the loons and chicks, but from a distance.

Jacque LaFreniere

Steinbach Family, Friends of Beaver Island Fire Department

Coming off the Emerald Isle on July 2, 2015, was another wonderful addition to the Beaver Island 4th of July Parade. Karen Steinbach and her husband Tom Cullimore decided to honor Anna Steinback's memory and once again provide beauty to the parade for Beaver Island. What a wonderful idea!

Meet the Anna SteinbachFire Chief Car

Coming off the boat.....Sitting by the fence.....Tom Cullimore poses by the car

Karen Steinbach poses next to the fire chief car.

Quite a wonderful addition to the island parade!

Video of July 2nd Boat and the Fire Chief care coming off the boat HERE




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE

May 28, 2015

Video of this event is available HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

View video May 21st Meeting HERE

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

SUMMER HOURS: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 6pm


  • YOGA   M, W & F 9:30am

No experience needed - all ages and sizes welcome.
Basic Vinyasa, Mon & Fri: Flow through a sequence of postures to open and energize your entire body.
Yin Restorative,Wed:Bring balance & flexibility to the body through seated postures & passive stretching.


This certified program emphasizes range-of-motion, flexibility, balance and joint mobility. It works!


  • Saturday Movies 3pm & 7pm

From New Releases to Timeless Classics, escape to a cool matinée or evening flick – with great popcorn!

  • Other Movie showings

We might show an extra movie during the week…if it’s raining, or really hot, or we’re not getting ready for a concert or other activity!

  • Family Activities

Learn how to pan for gold, go on a birding field trip, learn some Beaver Island photo tips, and more!
Checkwww.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org and the Center for updated schedules!


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

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.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

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

Beaver Island District Library Board 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!

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BICS Board Meeting

June 29, 2015

Ten members of the community joined seven board members to meet at BICS on June 29, 2015. The meeting purpose was to approve the budget for the 2015-2016 school year, to determine who would be board president with Judy Gallagher taking the interim administrator position, to approve the contract for the interim administrator, to approve the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year, and to approve a posting for open position(s). The board elected Susan Myers as president, which opened the Secretary position, and elected Judy Boyle as secretary. The budget and all other items were approved. The board also passed an emergency policy change regarding Freedom of Information Requests as required.

Video can be viewed HERE

Barney's Lake Loon Eggs Have Hatched

The two adult loons appear to be celebrating and happy after teaching the young ones how to dive.

Another Barney's Lake hunter

Wildflowers near the canoe launch area

Even the water plants are celebrating.

A young osprey on the edge of the nest

4th of July Fireworks

Beaver Island 4th of July Parade

The 4th of July Parade on Beaver Island was live streamed on http://beaverisland.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m., one-half and hour prior to the start of the parade. The Internet got a little overloaded once again this year with all the people having smart phones. Once again, the smart phone, walking past a business with open wifi, grabs one of the 255 addresses available in the router, but the router does not know that the person is just passing by. A wifi router address table gets filled up by these smart phones, and then won't automatically reset itself. The router is then unable to pass out any more addresses, gets bogged down with all the possible connections, and then begins to show a lack of Internet message. This year was no different than any other year as far as this issue is concerned. There may have been more people downtown this year than last year.

There were chairs all along the main street near the harbor from the public beach all the way to the Beaver Island Marine Dock.

The normal Island Airways missing man formation fly-over did not take place this year due to usage of the aircraft for emergencies and necessary flights, so the parade began with John Works cannon fire.

The parade start time was changed to 2:30 p.m due to the BI Boat Company schedule. The schedule for the day included the Beaver Islander leaving the island dock at 2:20 p.m., so the parade was scheduled for later than normal.

People came to the island by boat and plane, some with the flying services, some by float plane, some by boat, and some by jet ski.

And the cannon and the biplane fly-over started the actions downtown Beaver Island.

And the parade began......

You can see parade pictures HERE

Carnival After the Parade

It was so nice of Diane McDonough and her volunteers to put on the carnival this year. Great job!

Moments of Absolute Clarity

by Cindy Ricksgers

A Community Cookout Planned

Survey Results for Road Paving in Peaine Township

Bill Kohls Memo Regarding Roads




7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon. � Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm. � Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

28-Pastor Randy Weener, Grand Rapids

July 5--Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

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!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.


Spring is here and the Wellness Gardeners’ thoughts are turning toward the joys and tasks of maintaining and improving the BIRHC Wellness Garden.  The Annual Garden Tour Benefit, our sole fundraiser, celebrates its 5th year in 2015!  Again featuring gardens on the northern part of the Island, our tour includes six new gardens discovered with the aid and discerning eye of a well-known local landscaping professional.   This year’s tour builds on our successes -- access to unique and private spaces created by the hands of the gardeners themselves and described in their own words,  a presentation in a public space with its own unknown story, a delicious lunch at The Lodge, and a dessert tea at our final garden, all with transportation provided.  This year we plan to include a speaker with tips and information we all want to hear, either at lunch or tea.  So get your calendar out and mark the date:  Wednesday, July 15th (9:30 - 3 pm) the 5th Annual Garden Tour Benefit!  Tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1st at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 2:30. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015. Kids Carnival managed by Chamber VP Diane McDonough will start at 3:00 PM



St. James Township Board Meeting

The St. James Township Board met at the township hall at 7 p.m. on July 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. The agenda included reports on the Dangerous Structures, a report on the township subcommittee by McNamara, a report on the Yacht Dock, and a report on the Donegal Bay road project. There was also a report on UDA and Gary Voogt not paid in June. There was a discussion on collection options on delinquent sewer use accounts. The new FOIA policy was approved. There was input on a new township auditor and the reservations system at the yacht dock.

Discussion also took place about BIEMS use of an empty room in the Governmental Center and action was taken on the sewer billing resolution. This was followed by public comment.

Video of this meeting HERE

BICS Board Vacancy

Fifth Annual Garden Tour

New at the District Library

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-53 ***

There are five new audiobooks.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

June 30, 2015

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority had a special meeting yesterday, June 30, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m. This meeting was held at the Peaine Township Hall where the meetings are usually held. Only four residents attended the meeting in addition to the board of five. Beaver Island News on the 'Net was present to video the meeting, but an emergency medical call pulled Editor Joe Moore away from the meeting. The video camera continued to roll, and the video is in two clips.

The meeting began with a question about EMS on-call expenses. There was a a discussion of the to-do list from counsel, followed by a short follow up on a complaint by Kathie Ehinger. There was a discussion of the licensing issues regarding BIESA versus BIEMS licensing. There was a discussion of the meeting dates. For July-October the meetings will take place on the last Thursday of the month. For November and December, these dates coincide with holidays, so they will have to be posted for a different date.

Vince Pickardt was present in relation to his grievance, and his notification of two more grievances. The specifics of his grievance were not discussed in the public meeting. The issues in his grievance needed to be presented to Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority, and he stated that he understood the process.

Several options regarding emergency medical services provision in the community were discussed with no options left off the table. Some options included downgrading the agency license to Basic Life Support, changing state law to allow BIRHC providers to function in the BLS ambulance, and outsourcing of the EMS service to a mainland company.

Video of this meeting HERE


June 30, 2015

(edited USCG News Release)

A rescue crew from Air Station Traverse City conducted a medical evacuation of an 86-year-old woman from Beaver Island, Tuesday.

There is no Coast Guard imagery at this time and the woman's name is not being released.

An Operations Watchstander at the Air Station received a call from Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie at about 1:50 p.m. requesting assistance with a medical emergency on Beaver Island. Due to the weather conditions and low ceiling, it was determined that a plane or boat would not be feasible.

The helicopter crew launched at about 2:20 p.m. and arrived on scene at Beaver Island Airfield within a half hour. Because of the low ceiling and visibility of about one-quarter mile, the helicopter crew had to utilize low altitude flying techniques which require them to fly at a reduced speed and at a lower altitude.

The crew met Beaver Island EMS at the airfield and transferred the woman into the helicopter.. She was then flown back to the Traverse City Air Station. A Beaver Island EMS paramedic accompanied the patient in the helicopter. Northflightl EMS then transferred her to Munson Hospital.

View USCG Interview and video HERE


2015 Summer Men's League Week Four Results

Ivan & Buck
Jeff M. & Ryan
Dan & Rob
Ron W. & Larry L.
^Howard & Joe
^Gerald & Kirk
Chuck & Ernie
^Francis & Larry
^Ron S. & David

* Bye Week

^ Have had Bye Week

Week #4 Results
Team #1 beat Team #4 11-9
Team #2 tied Team #3 10-10
Team #5 tied Team #8 10-10 Score adjusted for sub
Team #7 beat Team #9 14-6


Week #5 Schedule
Team #1 vs Team #7
Team #3 vs Team #5
Team #4 vs Team #9
Team #6 vs Team #8
Team #2 BYE WEEK

Barb Schwartzfisher Passes Away

Barbara Varnum Schwartzfisher’s Memorial Services

Beaver Island, MI
Beaver Island Community School
July 7th 11:30am Memorial Service
Luncheon to follow

Manistique, MI
Church of the Redeemer
July 10th 12-2pm Visitation
Memorial Service to follow


Barbara Louise Varnum-Schwartzfisher, 55, of Beaver Island, Michigan passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at her home on Beaver Island.

She was born October 24, 1959 in Manistique, Michigan the daughter of Charles and P. Sharon (McNally) Varnum and attended Manistique area schools.  She was a graduate of Manistique High School with the Class of 1977.  She continued her education at Lake Superior State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science.  She also worked on her Master’s Degree at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Under the watchful eye of her late father, State Representative Charles H. Varnum, Barb grew up learning how to work with people and solve complex problems; and as a result of her father’s early mentoring, Barb was recognized as a people person and a problem solver throughout her work life.

Her first job was on behalf of the State of Michigan Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 where she taught clients how to find and secure employment.  She later accepted a position with Congressman Robert Davis where she successfully ran the congressman’s last two political campaigns.  In that position, she distinguished herself as a case worker and political consultant.

Following the Congressman’s retirement, Barb became the Director of the Emmet County Senior Center and was an integral part of the team that built the new senior center in Petoskey.

Barbara then accepted a position as the Executive Director for the Beaver Island Transportation Authority and held that position for many years until she recently accepted the position of Director of the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority in Alpena.

While living on Beaver Island, Barb served as President of the Beaver Island School Board and worked hard to pass a mileage for a new school.  She oversaw the construction of the new Beaver Island School and was proud of the fact that Beaver Island was the only school system in the State of Michigan to pass a mileage that year.

Wherever Barb worked, she added value and established herself as a patient leader/problem solver who could remove roadblocks in her path to getting the job done.

Barb loved to spend time as a mentor to family and friends.  She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her husband David, especially in warmer climates.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 23 years, David Schwartzfisher of Beaver Island; daughters, Olivia Schwartzfisher of Holland, MI and Sharon Schwartzfisher of Beaver Island; son, David Schwartzfisher of Petoskey, MI; mother, Sherry Varnum of Manistique, MI; brother, Mitchell Charles Varnum of Escanaba, MI; uncle, Fred McNally of Escanaba, MI; along with her cousins, Sally McNally, Don McNally, and Winnie Butrum.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Varnum; her maternal grandparents, Don and Louise McNally; and her paternal grandparents, Henry and Mae Varnum.

The Memorial Service will be held at 11:30am, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Beaver Island Community School.  A luncheon will follow the service, at Holy Cross Hall.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.

Memorial donations may be directed to the 21st Century Learning Foundation at Beaver Island Community School.

Barbara, you were much loved and will be sorely missed.  Your dad, Charles would be proud.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com

Mixed Doubles Golf Outing

1st Mixed-Couples Beaver Island "Pinehurst" Golf Outing!  
June 28, 2015
We had a great turnout for our 1st outing of the year.
10 teams played in today's Outing.
The weather was fantastic, the bugs behaved themselves
and the golf was not bad either.

Nel Worsfold and Frank Solle won the Outing with a 41.

Annette Dashiell and Joe Moore tied Theresa and Larry
Laurain with 42's.
Doris and Lars Larson came in 4th with a 44.
We'd like to thank everyone who played today and hope to see them
in our upcoming outings.
The next Outing will be on July 19th at 1:30 p.m.
Please signup on the sheet in the clubhouse.
Thanks again to everyone who participated and to 
Jennifer for taking care of the "bookwork" in the


Staying Afloat

by Cindy Ricksgers

A June Evening on the Island

Adult woodpecker (on bottom) feeds young woodpecker (on top of feeder)

Osprey in dead tree on Sloptown, no action in the nest

What are you lookin' at?

Playing around with camera settings while viewing the sunset

A nice evening! Better with friends!

Fresh Air Aviation Adds New Plane

The Queen has Arrived!

Come Experience "Queen Air" Service to Beaver Island and beyond!

The largest, fastest, and most luxurious aircraft to ever service Beaver Island on a daily basis is now here. Fresh Air Aviation announces the addition of its Beechcraft Excalibur Queen Air to our fleet. The Queen is a true cabin class aircraft that provides first class comfort and safety at affordable prices. The Queen will service the daily needs of Beaver Island and also provide quick efficient travel to destinations of your choice within the lower 48 states.

The piston twin engine 800 hp "Queen" cruises at a speed of 215 mph offering flight times to Detroit and Chicago of 1 hour and 1 hour 15 mins respectively while offering a variety of seating configurations accommodating up to eight passengers in leather seated comfort and style. Originally built in the 1960 for use by the US Army and restored to modern standards in 2014/2015, no expense was spared during its transformation process to make her a wonderful blend of nostalgia and modern aviation technology rendering its users a fantastic flying experience. You will immediately be drawn in by its beautiful new exterior paint scheme, then fall in love with her as you enter the spacious cabin with center isle and luxury leather seating. “Under the hood” the mechanic in you will be very impressed with the fresh overhaul of its IO720 400 hp engines and three bladed propellers that insure a smooth, quiet ride. All flight systems such as its landing gear and flaps have also been completely overhauled to “factory” standards for the utmost safety and reliability.

We needed a special aircraft that could not only perform well on long range trips but the short 11 minute hops to Beaver Island as well. A machine that not only flew passengers but could move freight or people on stretchers too. That is not any easy order to fill on any level. But after nearly 2 years of research the 8,000 max takeoff weight of Queen Air stood out from the rest as the best candidate with its firm design foundation based on military specs and years of solid performance in the private sector. Its secret attribute was that it had to have the “Excalibur” engine conversion.  With these “bullet proof” engines it took the original Queen with less desirable power plants and turned it into a phenomenal piston powered cabin class twin delivering exceptional performance, safety, and economy. Fresh Air Aviation serves a niche flying clientele and this aircraft fits that niche to a tee!

Charters to Detroit, Chicago, the East Coast, Minneapolis, and St. Louis are only the beginning for this aircraft. Patrons of Fresh Air Aviation can also enjoy fantastic local air tours, including lighthouses of the Great Lakes as well as special “date night dinner” packages to places like Mackinac Island and sports escapes to Detroit and other cities for the “Big Game”. It’s easy! Envision where and when you would go if you had your own dream plane. Then simply call Fresh Air Aviation to make your dream come to life.

Beaver Island had its King. Now it’s time for a Queen to rule!
Ride her once and you’ll understand why!

(Pictures and story from Fresh Air Aviation)

Beaver Island Association

Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability


Monday, JULY 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center

Podiatrist to Visit the Island

Dr. Patrick Richmond, Podiatrist, will be returning to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center to see patients on Monday, July 20. Call us at 448-2275 to make an appointment.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library will now be staying open until 8 pm on Thursday evenings and opening at 11 am Saturday mornings.

So BIDL hours are as follows:

Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 11-5

Calling All Bookies

Calling all Bookies (the kind that LOVE BOOKS, not gambling...:)!!
BOBI (Bookies of Beaver Island) Meets at The Beaver Island District Library

Summer is here at long last! We think Mother Nature understands this now and will act accordingly for us all to enjoy some great weather :) The undeniable sign of summer; EIGHT dynamic people at BOBI last night, and a lively discussion of " A Fall of Marigolds"!
We decided the author would have benefited by having us as consultants, but despite that, overall the book was a good read.
Lots of talk about who is reading what, and book idea swaps. We are a diverse group in our tastes, which adds to the fun as we read outside our comfort zones.

Coming up...
For our Tues, July 28, 7pm meeting: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien 

About young men in the Vietnam war---from a new angle.
(Already in at BIDL, if you need a copy, please check with Patrick, MG, or Kathy to sign out-we have 2 copies and BOBI has priority on these books until our meeting, so please reading return promptly when you finish so everyone has a chance)

For our Tues, Aug 25, 7pm meeting: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

This author was just at BIDL for a reading, and everyone loved her!
A novel about life in the U.P.

For our Tues, Sept 22, 7pm meeting: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

It has everything from elephant behavior to human parent/child relationships.

For our Tues, Oct 27, 7pm meeting: Lost In Shangri-La by Michael Zuckoff

Stranded on an island with Stone-Age natives...

We tried to pick a good variety of books, and had plenty of suggestions to choose from. Hope to see everyone on July 28th! And an early Happy 4th to all!
Brenda Welter

Scheduled Events at the Community Center

1984 Roll Off Truck – Accepting Bids

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee is accepting bids for the used roll off truck at the BI Transfer Station.  This truck is a :

  • 1984 GMC Brigadier
  • 373,542 miles
  • Can haul 10 – 40 yard containers
  • Everything is operational. 
  • Truck was used at Beaver Island Transfer Station until fall of 2014
  • Hydraulics in good working order.

If the winning bid is a mainland purchaser, the cost of transporting the truck to Charlevoix is the responsibility of the winning bidder.   The Committee reserves the right to reject bids.

Please submit bids to:
Beaver Island Waste Management Committee
C/O Beaver Island Transfer Station
PO Box 355
Beaver Island MI 49782

If you have any questions, please contact:
Brad Swearingen, Manager
Beaver Island Transfer Station
231 448 2228

Accepting Bids for the Cement Work at the Beaver Island Transfer Station

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee is accepting bids for the following work:

  •  Cement Pad for Roll Off Containers
  • 40 foot x 60 foot x 8 inch poured, reinforced cement pad
  • Pad to be used for holding 40 yard roll off containers
  • Located on SE side of property
  • Excavating work required
  • Cement Pad Adjacent to Compactor
    • 15 foot x 20 foot reinforced pad adjacent to compactor at rear of transfer station
  • Replace Retaining Wall
    • Retaining wall at rear of transfer station

The Committee reserves the right to reject bids.

Please submit bids to:
Beaver Island Waste Management Committee
C/O Beaver Island Transfer Station
PO Box 355
Beaver Island MI 49782

If you have any questions, please contact:
Brad Swearingen, Manager
Beaver Island Transfer Station
231 448 2228

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Garage Sale to Benefit the Community Center

YMCA Camp Arrowhead – Beaver Island

Registration is now open for Camp Arrowhead! The YMCA of Northern Michigan is excited to extend our summer day camp program to Beaver Island. Camp Arrowhead runs from July 6th- August 7th (5 weeks). Families can sign up for one or more week(s) at a time. Camp runs Monday through Friday. Campers participate in activities such as sports & games, arts & crafts, archery, outdoor education, and so much more! Y camps foster a safe and nurturing environment where all children have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Registration forms are available at the Community Center and the Community School. Registration forms must be returned to the Community School.

More information: http://www.ymcanm.org/CampArrowhead.htm

Camp Hours/Prices
Half Day: 9:00-1:00 PM ($100/week)
Full Day:  9:00-4:00 PM ($135/week)

Explorers:     Ages 5 to 6                                                                            
Trailblazers:  Ages 7 to 8  
Pathfinders:  Ages 9 to 10
*Limited Counselor in Training (CIT) spaces available: Ages 11-15

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled

Glen McDonough Concert and Scholarships

7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Museum Week Planned

At the Library

Coming this Summer

Donate to the Food Pantry

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Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

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