B. I. News on the 'Net, July 9-15, 2012

Music on the Porch Tonight to Be Streamed Live

Tonight, July 16, 2012, at 7:30 p.mn., marks the beginning of Museum Week with "Music on the Porch." Beaver Island News on the 'Net will be streaming the video LIVE on the Internet. You can watch the live streaming video by clicking on this link:

Live Streaming Video of Music on the Porch

Jim Gillingham's Nature Walk-A Field Trip for Curious Children

Museum Week Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possible Heat-touched Behavior

Anyone driving by the Beaver Island Golf Course this afternoon, Sunday, July 15, 2012, may have thought that a group of twenty, ten male and ten female, each had been touched by the heat of the day,.Whether the participants in the Mixed Doubles Tournament today had been touched by the heat before they began a nine hole round of golf, or touched after the nine holes, they were definitely not in their right mind. Each went out to the golf course to compete against nine other teams, but all were touched by the heat and broiled to just past medium rare by the sun peeking out from behind the cumulonimbus clouds passing north and south of Beaver Island. Many were asking each other why they were there, but two teams came in tied for first place with a score of forty, and two teams were tied for third place with a score of forty-two.

It was much to hot to have a play-off, so the teams tied for first place decided to just split the prize money for first and second place. That's exactly what the teams tied for third place decided. It was HOT out there on the golf course, really hot. Every once in a long while there would be a little puff of a breeze coming out of the northeast to cool you for an instant. If you happened to be standing in the shade, it helped cool you for an instant and a half. Just how hot was it on Beaver Island today? Well, the gauge at the Township Airport reads 82 at five p.m., so you know it had to be somewhat above that at 1:30 p.m. when the tournament began.

Results of the 3rd Mixed B.I. “Pinehurst” Golf Outing on July 15, 2012

*1st Place 40 Pete & Ruth Igoe

*1st Place 40 Buck Ridgeway & Chris Heikka

**3rd Place 42 Joe Moore & Annette Dashiell

**3rd Place 42 Paul Glendon & Taffy Raphael

5th Place 43 Frank Solle& Nel Worsford

***6th Place 44 Bob & Sandi Simpson

***6th Place 44 Doug & Terry Meany

8th Place 45 Lars & Doris Larson

9th Place 47 Ric & Cathy Blalock

10th Place 50 Gerald & Tammy LaFreniere

It was agreed by all that it was too hot for a playoff so the prize

$$ was split between those who tied for 1st and 3rd.

The next outing is scheduled for August 5th and the last scheduled outing is August 26th.

Eagle at Gull Harbor

On a short ride around Gull Harbor, this eagle was seen in the "eagle tree."

Chuck Schellenberg Obituary

SCHELLENBERG CHARLES FREDERICK Charles "Chuck" Frederick Schellenberg, age 89, of Grand Rapids was taken home to his Savior on Thursday, July 12, 2012. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Leone; his daughter, Sheryl Schellenberg Struik; and his brother, Robert Schellenberg Sr. He will be remembered by his children, Larry Schellenberg, Mary and Todd Weston, Jim and Julie Schellenberg; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, Herman and Cheryl Schellenberg; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Leone Schellenberg, Nelson and Nellie Slachter, Elmer and Marian Slachter, Nancy Helmus; and his dear friend, Ruth Brightman. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Sunday from 2-5pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Drive. Services and a celebration of life will be held at 11am on Monday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1700 Woodward SE, Grand Rapids, with Rev. Ann Conklin officiating. Per his request, Charles' body has been cremated, and his remains will be buried next to his wife, Leone, at the Grandville Cemetery, 3570 Prairie, Grandville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holland Home Raybrook Manor, 2121 Raybrook Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. For more about Charles' life and to leave condolences for the family, please visit the funeral home website at www.mkdfuneralhome.com . God Speed Dad, Grandpa, "Grape"-Grandpa, Beaver Island Grandpa, Uncle Chuck, dear Friend. We'll see you on the other side.

2012 July 12 Joint Township Board Meeting Video

We Have an Tentative Agreement for Air Ambulance

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

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

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

Great job to all those involved in getting this accomplished!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Winter 2012-2013

Spring/Summer 2013

After School Program Loses Enthusiastic Leader

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

white lilac bush and angel from Sandy Latimer

blue butterfly bush from step daughter Marcia

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

for the Fairy Garden

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

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

Peaine Township Meeting Video

Video of the July 11th meeting HERE

Timeline of Events in Negotiations for Air Ambulance

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

Click HERE to view the BIEMS timeline

Peaine Township Meeting Live Streamed

At 7 pm, July 11th, Beaver Island News on the 'Net successfully live-streamed video of the Peaine Township Board Meeting. The meeting was also recorded, but the live streaming video of the entire meeting was the goal. 100% success for the entire meeting was the goal, and the goal was achieved. The goal for July 12, 2012, will be live streaming the Joint Township Board Meeting at the Peaine Township Hall at 7 p.m. You will be able to access the live stream here.









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St. James Township Meeting, July 10, 2012

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

Julie Sommer Successful in Sonar School

Congratulations, Julie, on your successful completion of the Sonar Surface 'A' School!

News from Stoney Acres

Wed. July 11th WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY $1 off a Glass, $3 off a Bottle
Thurs. OPEN MIC NIGHT with JEFF CONNORS...Everyone Welcome to Join in the FUN! AND......
Stoney's BABY BACK BBQ RIBS ...Tender & Finger-Licken GOOD!
Fri. FISH FRY...Fresh WHITEFISH /Yellow Lake PERCH
Sun. Bloody Mary Bar Free Hot Dog Buffet Noon-5 AND...
Jim & Pam's PIZZA... Home made & Super YUMMY! 5-8:30
Our best to you for a safe & happy Summer!
Stoney Acre Grill & PUB

Forestview Apartments for Rent

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


Art in the Park

Perhaps the Art in the Park vendors and customers have found a new home, next to Daddy Franks Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop on the corner of Kings Highway and Donegal Bay Road. These pictures were taken on July 4, 2012, with the grand opening of the kitchen of Daddy Franks.

Mark Valente's fur shop sits on the left as you face south with the other artists set up between his shop and Daddy Franks. Stop in and see what they have to offer!

Daddy Franks Open for Food

These pictures were taken on the opening for food of Daddy Franks on July 4, 2012. Daddy Franks had been open for ice cream prior to this, but were awaiting the final inspection of their new kitchen to open for food. Congratulations to the Ehingers for their July 4th grand opening!

You will have a hard time finding an empty restaurant approximately one week after their opening. Usually the line goes out the front door.

Three Ospreys in the Nest

BICS Posts Positions

The Beaver Island Community school is accepting applications for the following positions:

Site Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Center. This 30 hour/week job is completely funded by a Federal Grant to provide after-school programs for BICS students.

Custodian. This job is approximately 35 hour per week during the school year.

For more information about the jobs go to the BICS website:

Men's Golf League Wednesday Night Results

John-Doug 34 12
339 37.67
Bob E. & Ron M. 39 14
387 43.00
Rob & Dan 41 8
357 39.67
Ron W. & Bob S. 35 8
335 37.22
Chuck & Ernie 37 14
358 39.78
Francis & Larry 42 6
385 42.78
Howard & Joe 38 12
349 38.78
Ivan & Buck 39 15
378 42.00
Travis & Gerald 42 8
370 41.11
Jeff & Ryan 43 6
356 39.56
Frank & John 40 12
355 39.44
Ron S. & David 49 5
429 47.67
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #1 12-8
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #2 14-6
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #3 14-6
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #12 15-5
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #11 12-8

TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #9 12-8






Bird Festival Feasibility Study and Comments

Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Public Hearing on Charlevoix County Storm Water Management Ordinance

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

View video of this public hearing HERE

June 6 St James Township Meeting Video

BICS HS Awards

You can watch video of the High School Awards HERE

Island Airways Hosts Emergency Management Tabletop Exercise

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

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

Thank you to Island Airways for hosting this excellent event!

View Video of the beginning of this exercise

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

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

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

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

Memorial Day Service 2012

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

Video of the Service may be viewed HERE


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

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

Video of all three presentations can be viewed HERE



Spring Serenade Group Recital

Video HERE

Spring Serenade Solo Recital

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

You can view video of the recital HERE

Beaver Island Talent Show

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

Please view the video HERE.

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

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

View the program HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

BI Transfer Station Info

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

B I Community Center Activities

Pure Michigan Campaign

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

Link to story HERE

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!


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

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

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

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

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

Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert

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

Video by Levi Connor may be viewed HERE

Summertime Shenanigans

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

Elaine West Introduced the Performance

Act One

Collosseum Challenges

Jeff Powers, Pat Nugent, and Phil Becker

Added were Wendy White and Kimberly Read

Intro- Green Bags

John Fiegen introduces the video "Green Bags"

Pat's World

Pat Nugent

Presidential Debate

Another video followed, "Aggrandize"

Doctor's Anonymous

Wendy White

Chamber/911/Beaver Island Tours

There was a short intermission at this point.

Act Two

Little Resale Shop of Horrors

Deb Plastrik, Kimberly Read, and Wendy White

Hardware Jeff

Jeff Powers

Barbie and Ken

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

Next was a video "Fantasy Beaver Island"

Observations from the John

John Fiegen

WBEV Radio

Phil Becker

There Was An Old Lady

Elaine West and cast

The performance ended with a standing ovation.

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

Primary Ballots for St James and Peaine

St. James Township page 1 and 2

Peaine Township page 1 and 2


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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Community Center Events

Car Versus Moped Accident

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

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

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

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

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

4th of July Fireworks Video




4th of July Fireworks Pictures

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

A beautiful red moon arrived before the fireworks




Women's Prayer Luncheon


Please Join Us for some



Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 10th, July 11th , July 12th

9:30 – 11:30 am

For children ages 3 – 12.

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

To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

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

As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.

Please register early:

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

Or email me at debbier@bics.us

***Volunteers Needed***

***Donations Welcome***

Episcopal Summer Chapel Schedule

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

June 17, 24, and July 1..

Reverend John L. English from Grand Rapids, MI

July 8 and 15......

Reverend Hugh Dickinson from Grand Rapids, MI

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

Reverend James Rhodenhiser from Ann Arbor, MI

August 12.........

Very Reverend Jared Cramer, from Grand Haven, MI

August 19, 26, and September 2..

Reverend David Madsen from Essington, PA

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

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

Other Liturgies

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

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

Annual Meeting of the BIA

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

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

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

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

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

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church

June 24 and July 1: Pastor Joseph Fox

July 8:  Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI

    July 15 and 22:  Pastor Eric Thorsen, Hudsonville MI

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

Consultant Report Available

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

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

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

July 21

September 15

November 17

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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

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

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

2. June 18, Canceled

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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4th of July Parade Streamed Live on the Internet

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

4th of July Parade

Biplane video by Phyllis Moore


Pictures of the parade by Phyllis Moore

More 4th of July Parade pictures by Phyllis

Island Airways Receives Air Ambulance Certificate

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

Senate Bill 995 Signed and Filed

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

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

Save the Family Cottage

To be presented at the Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

4th of July Golf Tournament

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

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

Renewing friendships from prior years

The players gather prior to 9 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

The winning team! Congratulations on a good win!

Drew wins in the 4th of July Golf Tournament!

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

Selected Video Clips of the 2012 July 3 Golf Tournament

Jerry Charbeneau Passes Away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brad Grassmick for Peaine Township Trustee

Click HERE to read Brad Grassmick's Position Statement

Our Mysterious Inland Lakes

The Beaver Island Reader, Spring 2012

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

Help Eliminate Spotted Knapweed at Little Sand Bay

Beaver Island Jurassic Carp

Story, photos and video about Beaver Island Jurassic Carp


Indian Trails Bus to Have Stop in Charlevoix

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

Incumbent Rick Speck Running for St. James Township Supervisor

Bill Haggard Running for St. James Township Supervisor

New Law on Fireworks

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMVETs Auxiliary Raffle

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

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

TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #8 12-8




Peaine Township Board Meeting, June 13, 2012

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

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

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

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

You can view the video of the entire meeting HERE

CMU Nature Programs

Broder Book Is Available

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

NRESC Busy This Summer

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

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

Violin Happenings

Music on the Porch

Monday, July 16th

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

(Rain location is the Holy Cross Hall)

Private Lessons

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

Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

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

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

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


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

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

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

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

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equity in Tax Bills

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

How Serious is the Inequity

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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