Museum Week 2006 Kicks Off

The 26th Annual Museum Week kicked off Monday evening with the traditional Music On The Porch. Despite afternoon thundershowers the weather was perfect by 7:30 p.m. and a full line up of talented musicians took the stage. Again following tradition the Mistress of Ceremonies was Doris Larson who did a marvelous job. Not only was there great tunes, a small group of children enjoyed dancing to several songs while others enjoyed cones from nearby Daddy Franks. Check out what's on the schedule for Museum Week 2006

 

  

  

How Hot Has It Been?

Like the rest of the country Beaver Island has been feeling the effects of the 2006 heat wave. So just how hot has it been? Here's a few examples. You be the judge if they make this summer the hottest on record for the island.

At this point we're eagerly looking forward to rain and cooler weather. One of those nice January snowstorms would be good about now.

Signs That Summer Has Arrived

Photo by Frank Solle

Klaus Petro Mueller 1928-2006

Klaus Petro Mueller, 78, of Goshen , died Sunday evening, July 9, 2006, at Greencroft Gables after a brief illness.

He was born February 21, 1928, in Doebeln , Germany , to Max and Johanna (Petro) Mueller. On October 26, 1951, in Kiel , Germany , he married Christa A. Krueger. She survives.

Mr. Mueller came to Goshen in 1957 from Germany . He retired as business manager of KMC Control in 2001 after 23 years.

He was a member of the Republican Party, the Goshen Moose and the New Paris Conservancy. He served on the Elkhart Symphony Board and the Elkhart County Park Board. He was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash award and named New Paris Man of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Christa; two daughters, Angelika (Bill Wilson) Mueller of South Bend and Kristina M. (Scott) Miller of Goshen; three sons, Arndt (Rhonda) Mueller of Marion, Indiana, Joerg (Jill) Mueller of Goshen, and Klaus D. (Jennifer) Mueller of New Paris; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

Private family services and burial have taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to Loveway.

Baroque on Beaver

The Baroque on Beaver concert, July 30, 2006 at Holy Cross Hall on Beaver Island will musically celebrate the fifth anniversary of this northern Michigan festival of classical music!

In 2002, when regular Island visitor, Chas. Krutz, Prof. Emeritus of Concordia University, Seward, NE first brought both the music and the “persona” of J. S. Bach to Beaver Island he, together with some 30 musicians, performed for an overflow crowd at a log cabin chapel--St. James Episcopal Mission. During the next four years, guest professional musicians from mainland Michigan locations, joined the Beaver Island musicians, expanding and enriching the event, offering a wider repertoire, and organizing more performances – but always performing to overflow crowds.

This year, J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Brahms's Hungarian Dance No.5, and Schubert's Symphony No. 5 will be performed to celebrate the anniversary, together with music by Mozart, Copland, Carl Maria von Weber and the choral and orchestral masterpiece, Vivaldi's Gloria . Three conductors and five soloists will be featured, together with nearly 80 performers from Beaver Island , mainland Michigan and eight other states.

On Saturday evening, July 29, a Chamber Music Concert at Beaver Island Christian Church will feature varied instrumental ensembles including string, keyboard, brass, woodwind, and recorder groups. Additionally, students from the Beaver Island Community School , participating in a “musical mini-camp” sponsored by Baroque on Beaver , will also be featured.

This year the Charlevoix County Community Foundation has supported Baroque on Beaver's programming, providing transportation, housing and lodging expenses for musicians and making it possible to extend the string music instruction program for the Beaver Island Community Schools. For the third consecutive year, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, through the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, has also provided grant funding that, together with Island business and resident support, has strengthened the effort.

St. James Episcopal Mission is the official sponsor for Baroque on Beaver.

BEAVER ISLAND RURAL HEALTH CENTER

Board of Directors Approved Minutes

Saturday May 13, 2006
Peaine Township Hall

PRESENT Board Members – Anne Glendon (via speaker phone), Dr. Brad Grassmick, Pete LoDico, Rick Speck, Don Spencer, Karen Whitecraft and Connie Wojan;

Staff – Donna Kubic, Managing Director

Absent: Barb Murphy

I. Call to Order & Welcome

President Connie Wojan called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM , welcoming all board members and guests in the audience.

II. Review, revisions to agenda

Under Operations report Donna will speak about Veteran Services and Don Spencer will talk about propane expense.

IV. Review, revisions and approval of minutes

Motion to approve minutes of March 18, 2006 (Grassmick/Spencer) approved.

V. Financial & Utilization Reports

•  Financial reports presentations & discussion

Rick Speck reported the truck was paid for out of the general checking account. Funds will be transferred if needed to cover the cost from the Special Projects account. April encounters were down, the first time in several months. If medical services continue to increase income could exceed the budgeted figure. Motion to accept the financial report (LoDico/Spencer/) approved.

•  Reports on Earned revenue for Services

Donna Kubic reported that services were up 10% in March. Billing in April 2006 is down 11%, or $2500.00 from April 2005.

•  Utilization Reports

Donna Kubic commented that over 50 residents now have the Northern Health Plan and that the Health Center is reimbursed at the Medicare rate for these patients.

D. Audit

Rick Speck reported on the audit. The carry over from the previous year is a negative $12,000 not a positive $8,000.00. Next year mileage should be higher as they will be no rollback.

VI. Resource Development Report

A. Endowment Fund/Special Project Fund update

Anne Glendon reported that there is $719,370.96 in investments in the Endowment Fund plus $190,000 in pledges receivable due by the end of this year or next year. The Special Projects Fund is at $92,000. The raffle truck was paid out of the general fund so $20,000 may be taken out of the Special Project Fund if needed. We will try to keep a healthy balance in the account but the monies are there to be used. Gifts of $1,692.00 have been received since the beginning of the year. Connie Wojan commented on the record amount in the Endowment Fund, which is due to lots of hard work and the generosity of people on the island. Connie will contact CCCF regarding the $17,700 income from the Endowment Fund that was transferred to a fixed account for use at a later time.

B. 2006 Truck Raffle

Pete Lodico inquired as to when the truck should be taken out of storage and displayed. It was decided ticket sales would begin July 4 th . The Beaver Island Boat Company shipped the truck at no cost. A letter will be sent formally thanking the Beaver Island Boat Company. Thanks to Joe Reed for storing the vehicle until it is displayed in the community.

C. End of Summer Party

Anne Glendon reported the summer party offer has been withdrawn. After discussion it was decided that there was neither the time nor the manpower to try and find an alternate fundraiser.

VII. Operations Report

A. Summary of Activities, Statistics

Donna Kubic reported that thank yous are in order to Don and Barb Spencer for cleaning up all the dead trees and branches from the front of the Medical Center. Don and Barb spent several days working long hours and hauling away truck loads of trees and debris. On May 22 five students from the school will be available to rake and help do what lawn care the Health Center needs.

The Health Center had a record day in April when three patients were sent off the island with emergencies. Bart Stupak visited the Health Center before his meeting at St. James Township with the community. Don Spencer was present and acted as the spokes person for the Health Center. Betty was named Safety Officer and a checklist of safety issues has been implemented. A medical and supply stock inventory list has been computerized. This should help with ordering supplies.

BIRHC refrigerator magnets were purchased with donated monies. We are asking the real estate businesses to place one on the refrigerators of their rentals so people visiting will realize how to get in touch with the providers and what to do in an emergency. We will distribute some to the Beaver Island Boat Dock and Island Airways as well. The Health Center has contacted BIEMS and the Fire Department about developing a joint disaster plan that will be pursued further in the fall after the busy summer season.

VIII. Old Business:

•  Grace's Memorial Tree

Connie Wojan reported Grace's Norway Maple Memorial Tree has been planted. Barb Murphy and Pete LoDico drove down and picked up the tree. The Beaver Island Boat Company again donated the cost of shipping the tree over. Dave Schwartzfisher donated his time and equipment to plant the tree. Dave's experience in landscaping was valuable as he staked the tree and was helpful in instructing how the tree should be cared for the next few years. Connie Wojan is looking into purchasing a plaque to be placed in front of the tree.

B. Contribution Policy

Contribution policy was tabled until the next meeting.

IX. New Business

•  Purchase of Endowment Donor Plaque

Connie Wojan suggested investigating the purchase of a plaque for donors of $1,000 but less than $10,000 to the Endowment Fund. The plaque would have removable plates so a plate could be removed if a donor reached $10,000 and became eligible for a leaf on the Legacy Tree.

•  Credit Card Policy

Anne Glendon stated that she was not in favor of credit card use by the Health Center because of the risks. Charges on a credit card would incur sales tax that BIRHC should not have to pay because of its non-profit status. The Board discussed the policy presented. Anne would like included, as #5 in the policy, a provision that an employee would need to be employed for one full year in good standing before being eligible to use the BIRHC credit card. The policy was tabled until the next meeting .

•  Next Meeting

July 15, 2006

XI. Public Comment

No public comment.

XII. Adjournment –

Motion to adjourn at 3:45 p.m. (Spencer, LoDico) approved.

Respectfully submitted,
Anne Glendon , Connie Wojan, Donna Kubic

Second Wojan Cashman Map

The new “Second Wojan Cashman Map” is now for sale at Chamber of Commerce member retail merchants and at the Chamber office just north of the ferry dock. It can also be purchased on line at www.beaverisland.org . The original map was published in 1977. Merchants interested in buying 200 or more maps for resale should contact the Chamber at 231 448-2505.

The new version published by Ed Wojan provides a lot more information and detail than the old map. Elevation contours are new additions as well as a great many new, mostly private, roads. Trails are more clearly marked and described in more detail in a much more extensive legend. An additional color (tan) depicts land open to the public beyond state forest areas like CMU and Township land and Little Traverse Conservancy nature preserves. “Two maps is a must, one for the wall and one for the truck,” said Chamber Director Steve West.

Publishing The New Map

Jeff Cashman and Ed Wojan were on hand to watch the publishing of the new map. It took quite a machine to print something this large and with as many colors. Jeff Cashman said, " The bad thing about going down to watch these run is that seeing the big press running at 7,000 - 10,000 of these sheets per hour makes me lust after a big Heidelberg now... only about $1.4999 million short!" Just imagine how fast the Beacon could be printed if he had one. I suppose it's going to be on his Christmas list for Santa this year.

Fellowship Center Banquet

On July 15th the Beaver Island Christian Church hosted an island wide banquet to inform the community what is in the plans for the Gregg Fellowship Center being built. Jayne Bailey was the Mistress of Ceremonies who welcomed the approximately 150 people who attended. Special music was provided by Mike Scripps, Jean Palmer, Jayne Bailey, Kathy Speck, Judi Meister, Charlene Skinner and Joe Moore. John Bearss and Pastor Steve Skinner did a slide presentation "Past, Present, and Future" of the Christian Church. Mike Duer presented the audience with a timeline for completion of the project. Rick Speck explained the funding which was then followed by a question and answer forum. Those who attended came away with full tummies and knowledge of the project which will benefit the entire island community.

  

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Museum Week 2006 Kicks Off

The 26th Annual Museum Week kicked off Monday evening with the traditional Music On The Porch. Despite afternoon thundershowers the weather was perfect by 7:30 p.m. and a full line up of talented musicians took the stage. Again following tradition the Mistress of Ceremonies was Doris Larson who did a marvelous job. Not only was there great tunes, a small group of children enjoyed dancing to several songs while others enjoyed cones from nearby Daddy Franks. Check out what's on the schedule for Museum Week 2006

 

  

  

How Hot Has It Been?

Like the rest of the country Beaver Island has been feeling the effects of the 2006 heat wave. So just how hot has it been? Here's a few examples. You be the judge if they make this summer the hottest on record for the island.

At this point we're eagerly looking forward to rain and cooler weather. One of those nice January snowstorms would be good about now.

Signs That Summer Has Arrived

Photo by Frank Solle

Klaus Petro Mueller 1928-2006

Klaus Petro Mueller, 78, of Goshen , died Sunday evening, July 9, 2006, at Greencroft Gables after a brief illness.

He was born February 21, 1928, in Doebeln , Germany , to Max and Johanna (Petro) Mueller. On October 26, 1951, in Kiel , Germany , he married Christa A. Krueger. She survives.

Mr. Mueller came to Goshen in 1957 from Germany . He retired as business manager of KMC Control in 2001 after 23 years.

He was a member of the Republican Party, the Goshen Moose and the New Paris Conservancy. He served on the Elkhart Symphony Board and the Elkhart County Park Board. He was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash award and named New Paris Man of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Christa; two daughters, Angelika (Bill Wilson) Mueller of South Bend and Kristina M. (Scott) Miller of Goshen; three sons, Arndt (Rhonda) Mueller of Marion, Indiana, Joerg (Jill) Mueller of Goshen, and Klaus D. (Jennifer) Mueller of New Paris; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

Private family services and burial have taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to Loveway.

Baroque on Beaver

The Baroque on Beaver concert, July 30, 2006 at Holy Cross Hall on Beaver Island will musically celebrate the fifth anniversary of this northern Michigan festival of classical music!

In 2002, when regular Island visitor, Chas. Krutz, Prof. Emeritus of Concordia University, Seward, NE first brought both the music and the “persona” of J. S. Bach to Beaver Island he, together with some 30 musicians, performed for an overflow crowd at a log cabin chapel--St. James Episcopal Mission. During the next four years, guest professional musicians from mainland Michigan locations, joined the Beaver Island musicians, expanding and enriching the event, offering a wider repertoire, and organizing more performances – but always performing to overflow crowds.

This year, J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Brahms's Hungarian Dance No.5, and Schubert's Symphony No. 5 will be performed to celebrate the anniversary, together with music by Mozart, Copland, Carl Maria von Weber and the choral and orchestral masterpiece, Vivaldi's Gloria . Three conductors and five soloists will be featured, together with nearly 80 performers from Beaver Island , mainland Michigan and eight other states.

On Saturday evening, July 29, a Chamber Music Concert at Beaver Island Christian Church will feature varied instrumental ensembles including string, keyboard, brass, woodwind, and recorder groups. Additionally, students from the Beaver Island Community School , participating in a “musical mini-camp” sponsored by Baroque on Beaver , will also be featured.

This year the Charlevoix County Community Foundation has supported Baroque on Beaver's programming, providing transportation, housing and lodging expenses for musicians and making it possible to extend the string music instruction program for the Beaver Island Community Schools. For the third consecutive year, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, through the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, has also provided grant funding that, together with Island business and resident support, has strengthened the effort.

St. James Episcopal Mission is the official sponsor for Baroque on Beaver.

BEAVER ISLAND RURAL HEALTH CENTER

Board of Directors Approved Minutes

Saturday May 13, 2006
Peaine Township Hall

PRESENT Board Members – Anne Glendon (via speaker phone), Dr. Brad Grassmick, Pete LoDico, Rick Speck, Don Spencer, Karen Whitecraft and Connie Wojan;

Staff – Donna Kubic, Managing Director

Absent: Barb Murphy

I. Call to Order & Welcome

President Connie Wojan called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM , welcoming all board members and guests in the audience.

II. Review, revisions to agenda

Under Operations report Donna will speak about Veteran Services and Don Spencer will talk about propane expense.

IV. Review, revisions and approval of minutes

Motion to approve minutes of March 18, 2006 (Grassmick/Spencer) approved.

V. Financial & Utilization Reports

•  Financial reports presentations & discussion

Rick Speck reported the truck was paid for out of the general checking account. Funds will be transferred if needed to cover the cost from the Special Projects account. April encounters were down, the first time in several months. If medical services continue to increase income could exceed the budgeted figure. Motion to accept the financial report (LoDico/Spencer/) approved.

•  Reports on Earned revenue for Services

Donna Kubic reported that services were up 10% in March. Billing in April 2006 is down 11%, or $2500.00 from April 2005.

•  Utilization Reports

Donna Kubic commented that over 50 residents now have the Northern Health Plan and that the Health Center is reimbursed at the Medicare rate for these patients.

D. Audit

Rick Speck reported on the audit. The carry over from the previous year is a negative $12,000 not a positive $8,000.00. Next year mileage should be higher as they will be no rollback.

VI. Resource Development Report

A. Endowment Fund/Special Project Fund update

Anne Glendon reported that there is $719,370.96 in investments in the Endowment Fund plus $190,000 in pledges receivable due by the end of this year or next year. The Special Projects Fund is at $92,000. The raffle truck was paid out of the general fund so $20,000 may be taken out of the Special Project Fund if needed. We will try to keep a healthy balance in the account but the monies are there to be used. Gifts of $1,692.00 have been received since the beginning of the year. Connie Wojan commented on the record amount in the Endowment Fund, which is due to lots of hard work and the generosity of people on the island. Connie will contact CCCF regarding the $17,700 income from the Endowment Fund that was transferred to a fixed account for use at a later time.

B. 2006 Truck Raffle

Pete Lodico inquired as to when the truck should be taken out of storage and displayed. It was decided ticket sales would begin July 4 th . The Beaver Island Boat Company shipped the truck at no cost. A letter will be sent formally thanking the Beaver Island Boat Company. Thanks to Joe Reed for storing the vehicle until it is displayed in the community.

C. End of Summer Party

Anne Glendon reported the summer party offer has been withdrawn. After discussion it was decided that there was neither the time nor the manpower to try and find an alternate fundraiser.

VII. Operations Report

A. Summary of Activities, Statistics

Donna Kubic reported that thank yous are in order to Don and Barb Spencer for cleaning up all the dead trees and branches from the front of the Medical Center. Don and Barb spent several days working long hours and hauling away truck loads of trees and debris. On May 22 five students from the school will be available to rake and help do what lawn care the Health Center needs.

The Health Center had a record day in April when three patients were sent off the island with emergencies. Bart Stupak visited the Health Center before his meeting at St. James Township with the community. Don Spencer was present and acted as the spokes person for the Health Center. Betty was named Safety Officer and a checklist of safety issues has been implemented. A medical and supply stock inventory list has been computerized. This should help with ordering supplies.

BIRHC refrigerator magnets were purchased with donated monies. We are asking the real estate businesses to place one on the refrigerators of their rentals so people visiting will realize how to get in touch with the providers and what to do in an emergency. We will distribute some to the Beaver Island Boat Dock and Island Airways as well. The Health Center has contacted BIEMS and the Fire Department about developing a joint disaster plan that will be pursued further in the fall after the busy summer season.

VIII. Old Business:

•  Grace's Memorial Tree

Connie Wojan reported Grace's Norway Maple Memorial Tree has been planted. Barb Murphy and Pete LoDico drove down and picked up the tree. The Beaver Island Boat Company again donated the cost of shipping the tree over. Dave Schwartzfisher donated his time and equipment to plant the tree. Dave's experience in landscaping was valuable as he staked the tree and was helpful in instructing how the tree should be cared for the next few years. Connie Wojan is looking into purchasing a plaque to be placed in front of the tree.

B. Contribution Policy

Contribution policy was tabled until the next meeting.

IX. New Business

•  Purchase of Endowment Donor Plaque

Connie Wojan suggested investigating the purchase of a plaque for donors of $1,000 but less than $10,000 to the Endowment Fund. The plaque would have removable plates so a plate could be removed if a donor reached $10,000 and became eligible for a leaf on the Legacy Tree.

•  Credit Card Policy

Anne Glendon stated that she was not in favor of credit card use by the Health Center because of the risks. Charges on a credit card would incur sales tax that BIRHC should not have to pay because of its non-profit status. The Board discussed the policy presented. Anne would like included, as #5 in the policy, a provision that an employee would need to be employed for one full year in good standing before being eligible to use the BIRHC credit card. The policy was tabled until the next meeting .

•  Next Meeting

July 15, 2006

XI. Public Comment

No public comment.

XII. Adjournment –

Motion to adjourn at 3:45 p.m. (Spencer, LoDico) approved.

Respectfully submitted,
Anne Glendon , Connie Wojan, Donna Kubic

Second Wojan Cashman Map

The new “Second Wojan Cashman Map” is now for sale at Chamber of Commerce member retail merchants and at the Chamber office just north of the ferry dock. It can also be purchased on line at www.beaverisland.org . The original map was published in 1977. Merchants interested in buying 200 or more maps for resale should contact the Chamber at 231 448-2505.

The new version published by Ed Wojan provides a lot more information and detail than the old map. Elevation contours are new additions as well as a great many new, mostly private, roads. Trails are more clearly marked and described in more detail in a much more extensive legend. An additional color (tan) depicts land open to the public beyond state forest areas like CMU and Township land and Little Traverse Conservancy nature preserves. “Two maps is a must, one for the wall and one for the truck,” said Chamber Director Steve West.

Publishing The New Map

Jeff Cashman and Ed Wojan were on hand to watch the publishing of the new map. It took quite a machine to print something this large and with as many colors. Jeff Cashman said, " The bad thing about going down to watch these run is that seeing the big press running at 7,000 - 10,000 of these sheets per hour makes me lust after a big Heidelberg now... only about $1.4999 million short!" Just imagine how fast the Beacon could be printed if he had one. I suppose it's going to be on his Christmas list for Santa this year.

Fellowship Center Banquet

On July 15th the Beaver Island Christian Church hosted an island wide banquet to inform the community what is in the plans for the Gregg Fellowship Center being built. Jayne Bailey was the Mistress of Ceremonies who welcomed the approximately 150 people who attended. Special music was provided by Mike Scripps, Jean Palmer, Jayne Bailey, Kathy Speck, Judi Meister, Charlene Skinner and Joe Moore. John Bearss and Pastor Steve Skinner did a slide presentation "Past, Present, and Future" of the Christian Church. Mike Duer presented the audience with a timeline for completion of the project. Rick Speck explained the funding which was then followed by a question and answer forum. Those who attended came away with full tummies and knowledge of the project which will benefit the entire island community.

  

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