B. I. News on the 'Net, June 1-7, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 7, 2015

So different from yesterday's sunny day. This morning it's mostly cloudy, 51°, wind is at 15 mph from the with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 63%, pressure is falling from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.9 miles. Today: Chance of rain showers in the morning, then more in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of June 7, 1775 - The United Colonies changed their name to the United States.

Did you know that the 'you are here' arrow on maps is called an ideo locator?

Word of the day: aggrandize (uh-GRAN-dahyz, AG-ruhn-dahyz) which means 1) to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend. 2. to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor. 3. to make (something) appear greater. Aggrandize came to English in the 1620s from the French aggrandir meaning "to magnify."

Regarding Invasives' Treatments

by Cindy Ricksgers

Workers from Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions are here to begin spring treatment of invasive plants. They will be here for about ten days. Their plan is to start on the perimeter of the island and work their way inland. They will be treating state lands and conservancy property, and private properties where permission was given. More literature is available at the Library and the Community Center. Yellow signs will be posted wherever they are actively working. Questions or concerns can be directed to any of the crew if you see them out there (they are staying at the O'Donnell place), or to Cindy Ricksgers at 448-2960.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 6, 2015

It's going to be a day of remembrance as the island says a final goodbye to one of her own. We can only hope that Rod Nackerman somehow knows how much he was loved by everyone. With all the sad things happening, let's celebrate Rod's life. He was a man who made you automatically smile just thinking about him. Right now it's 46°, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1026 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 50°. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of June 6, 1944 - The D-Day invasion of Europe took place on the beaches of Normandy, France. 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.

Did you know that it takes 1 week to make a jelly bean?

Word of the day: telesthesia (tuhl-uh s-THEE-zhuh) which means the supposed sensation or perception received at a distance without the normal operation of the recognized sense organs. Telethesia entered English in the late 1880s and stems from the Greek têle meaning "far" and aísthēsis meaning "sensation, perception."

Bike Rodeo at BICS

The Bike Rodeo was set up inside the BICS gymnasium and took place yesterday, June 4, 2015. This event is organized every other year by Beth Croswhite, counselor at BICS, as part of a guidance class. The students really like this event, and a quote from Ms. Rooy's classroom was: "We love Bike Rodeo. We want to do it every day."

This even usually involves one of the parents and the Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff. This year, with the changeover in deputies, the deputy could not be part of the program. This year senior Emily Jines helped out with Mark Englesman as the parent. The Bike Safety portion of the program includes grades K-6 and includes hand signals, sizing of the bikes for each student helmet sizing and usage, as well as rules of the road including riding on the sidewalk.

The Bike Rodeo includes an inspection station manned by a parent where riders learn how to check out his/her bicycle to find any issues. It includes an obstacle course where they use the rules of the road. It includes a weaving course and a figure eight course for determining coordination and proper bike sizing. It also includes a "slowest race" in which the slowest time becomes the winner using elimination. In this race, the first one across the finish line is the loser.

And a good time was had by all!

Link to video clips of the Bike Rodeo

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 5, 2015

It's 49° outside this morning, heavy dew dripping off the roof, wind is at 7 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 96%, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, and visibility is at 2 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Drizzle and a chance of rain in the morning. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Gusts up to 25 mph.

On this date of June 5, 1981 - In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS.

Did you know that the Greek national anthem, Hymn to Liberty or Hymn to Freedom, has 158 verses? Written by Dionýsios Solomós in 1823 that consists of 158 stanzas, which is used as the national anthem of Greece and Cyprus. It is the only national anthem which is shared by two countries.

Word of the day: stridulate (STRIJ-uh-layt) which means to make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing body parts together. From Latin stridere (to make a harsh sound). Earliest documented use: 1838.

Sheriff's Department News Release

St. James Township Board Meeting

June 3, 2015

Fourteen community members attended the St. James Board Meeting last night, June 3, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. On the agenda of the meeting were approval of minutes and payments, correspondence, reports on dangerous structures, K. McNamara report on the township committee investigating the sewer system, and a yacht dock report. In old business, the topics were: Donegal Bay Road Project, Hiring of Sewer Billing Bookkeeper, board review of cover letter to sewer users and an update on progress, confirm the current REU rate for sewer billing, appoint board member to work with the attorney on collection options, board approval to re-post for 2014-2015 audit, and update on installation of sewer clean-outs by July 1, 2015.

Video of this can be viewed HERE

BICS Academic Awards and Elementary and Middle School Graduations

The Elementary school awards were at 12:30 p.m. and the Secondary awards were held at 7 p.m. on June 3, 2015. BINN video recorded both sessions.

You can view these HERE

Osprey in the Nest

Driving out to the microwave tower to get a look at the osprey, one was seen in the dead tree across the road, but nothing was seen in the nest. A short walk and the video camera was set up to record the sounds of what is thought to be the osprey young in the nest. At this time, one osprey stays in the nest with the young so that no eagle or other prey may take the young for prey. One adult osprey does the fishing while the other adult osprey guards the nest. In just a short time, these pictures were taken of the osprey returning to the nest with a fish, the other osprey leaving the nest while the returnee begins feeding the young.

Arriving to the nest, the second osprey adult is seen making room for its mate.

Landing an the mate leaving

One adult gone, another in the nest, possibly feeding the young.

Video of the osprey young peeps and the delivery


Loon on Nest at Barney's Lake

In the morning of July 4, 2015, the loon in on the nest at Barney's Lake.

Sandhills near Barney's Lake


The Walleye Pond

Harvesting Fry

Beautiful morning at the Walleye Pond, the nets are waiting the harvest.

On arrival the, Wildlife (Game) Club members, Don Tritsch, Ivan Young, and Gary Morgan were ready quickly and in their waders ready to pull the nets and harvest the walleye. Ivan and Gary were talking about how they had checked yesterday and found almost two gallons of the tadpoles, and they also had concerns that there might not be many walleye to harvest. There was also conversation about oxygenation of the water, and that the tadpoles may have used up a lot of the oxygen in the water.

Tadpoles and mating frogs, lots and lots of tadpoles

These were the reason for the harvest, but only fifteen total walleye out of two nets that were full of tadpoles. This was not such a successful harvest.

Video of the Harvest


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 4, 2015

Cloudy, cloudy morning and the mosquitoes are out in full force. Two tried to carry off our Yorkie! Right now it's 53° outside, wind is at 7 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 80%, pressure is falling from 1021 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of rain showers. Drizzle and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.

On this date of June 4, 1942 - The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.

Did you know that 45% of Americans don't know that the sun is a star?

Word of the day: performative (puhr-FOR-muh-tiv) which means relating to a statement that functions as an action by the fact of its being uttered. From Old French parfournir, from par (through) + fournir (to furnish). Earliest documented use: 1922. NOTE: Some examples of performative utterances are I promise, I apologize, I bet, I resign, etc. By saying I promise a person actually performs the act of promising.

Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) Coming to Beaver Island

CRA and partners are heading over to Beaver Island this week to kick-off restoration work. We are looking forward to treating non-native invasive plants throughout the archipelago.

Beaver Island property owners are encouraged to attend a public township meeting regarding this effort on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. If you are a property owner, you likely received a request for permission to treat your property. This is a great opportunity to explain treatment procedures and answer any questions. Key partners including township officials and the herbicide contractor will be available to answer questions. For further information, please contact Cindy Ricksgers, Phragmites Administrator, at 231-448-2960.

Big thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sustain Our Great Lakes program for funding this phase of work and much gratitude to our eyes and ears out there including the Beaver Island Association. Please see the handout below for more information.

BIRHC Newsletter-Spring 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 3, 2015

Obviously I slept in. It's 51°, wind is at 8 mph from the south, humidity is at 72%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.

On this date of June 3, 1784 - The U.S. Congress formally created the United States Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army. On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress had created the Continental Army for purposes of common defense and this event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army.

Did you know that useful life of a modern toilet is 50 years?

Word of the day: pathography (puh-THOG-ruh-fee) which means a biography that focuses on the negative. From Greek patho- (suffering, disease) + -graphy (writing). In the beginning, pathography was a description of a disease. Then the word came to be applied to the study of an individual or a community as relating to the influence of a disease. Now the term mostly refers to a biography focusing on the negative. Earliest documented use: 1848.

Strawberry Moon

Full Strawberry Moon – June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

The strawberry moon on June 2, 2015.

Donna Gillespie Obituary

Donna Gillespie, age 58, of Beaver Island, MI, passed away peacefully with family surrounding her on Monday, June 1, 2015, following a long battle with cancer.

Donna is survived by her husband, Doug Gillespie; daughters: Lanette (Wayne) Leatch, Cristy, Michelle and Stephanie; grandchildren: Isabella, Nolan, Christian, Coby Jr. Aaiden, and Isaiah: brothers: Rodney (Jody) Gardei and Fred Gardei and sister Joyce (Gene) Davidson. As well as many sisters and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, William and Betty Gardei.

She truly loved everybody and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday June 6, 2015 at Hamilton CRC, 3596 47 th St. Hamilton, MI 49419. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm on Saturday at the church. Memorial contribution can be given to Hospice of Holland. The family is being served by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home. www.langelandsterenberg.com

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 2, 2015

It's 35° this morning, wind is at 3 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 1025 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.

On this date of June 2, 1835 - P.T. Barnum launched his first traveling show. The main attraction was Joice Heth. Heth was reputed to be the 161-year-old nurse of George Washington.

Did you know that the number 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters in it?

Word of the day: sinecure (SY-ni-kyoor, SIN-i-) which means a position in which one is paid for little or no work. From Latin beneficium sine cura (a church position not involving caring for the souls of the parishioners), from sine (without) + cura (care). Earliest documented use: 1662.

BICS Class of 2015

Individual Pictures and Video for this class of four HERE

Video from Sunday Ride

(See story below)

Video of some island locations on the West Side HERE


An Editorial by Joe Moore

Just a couple of other facts that I believe need to be considered in this conversation. The other day, one patient was being transported from the BIRHC to the airport when the pager went off again for a second patient with an emergent condition. The BIEMS had planned for this by having a second ambulance available, but a backup crew had not been determined. Our EMS providers managed to pull together a second crew for this second run that required advanced life support skills, and both patients were successfully transported to the definitive care that was needed.

With every bump of the road causing serious pain, Island Airways went out of their way to help by flying over to the township airport at the request of the paramedic on the call to lessen the pain of the ground transport, and the patient was taken directly to Charlevoix Airport and on to the hospital. This was a truly life-threatening emergency, and the entire team worked to make certain that this patient got the best care possible.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to those who were on-call and those that were NOT on-call for stepping up to serve the community with a needed service. Three more EMS providers gave up five hours of their day to help someone in need.

Thank you to Island Airways for providing quick, safe, and reliable transport of a severely ill patient!

These two words are too seldom used on Beaver Island:


Joe Moore

Protecting the Nest

Ospreys on Sloptown

Leaving the dead tree and heading back to protect the nest.

Not just one coming back to the nest, but a second one as well.

Must be a little crowded up there, so one adult osprey left the nest.

One adult left in the nest. Hard to see, but it's there.

Loon on Barney's Lake

Dragon Fly in flight

Water Lilly on the lake

Beaver Island Invasive Plant Control Notice

Beaver Island property owners are encouraged to attend a public township meeting regarding the control of documented invasive plants on private and public lands.
To learn more about the Sustain Our Great Lakes and Conservation Resource Alliance's invasive plant control efforts on Beaver Island, join us for hot dogs on Friday, June 5th, at 3:00PM, at the Peaine Township Hall.
Herbicide application will occur along the Great Lakes shoreline and interior wetlands, along roadsides and utility corridors of Beaver Island�  beginning in early June, and ending around the middle of September. Signs will be posted to indicate where work is being done at any given time.
If you are a property owner, you likely received a request for permission to treat your property. Hundreds of letters have been returned, with permission granted. Whether you readily signed, or hesitated to give permission, we would like the opportunity to explain procedures and answer questions.
Township officials, the herbicide contractor, and the Phragmites Administrator will be available to answer questions.
For further information contact:�  Cindy Ricksgers�  (231) 448-2960.



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.

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

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

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.

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon �€“ Sat � 8am �€“ 5pm
Sun Closed� 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


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.

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

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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Joseph Edwin McCann Jr. Obituary

Joseph Edwin McCann Jr., 66, of Charlevoix, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. He was born November 23, 1948, in Petoskey to Captain Joseph Edwin and Margaret “Bowery” (Gallagher) McCann. He was a life resident of Charlevoix.

Joe was employed by the Medusa Portland Cement Company for over twenty-five years. He was a member of Saint Mary's Church and the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club. He was a life member of the NRA. Joe enjoyed riding motorcycles and belonged to the Loose Wheels Motorcycle Club. He was also a long time member of the Alano Club in Charlevoix.

He is survived by his sister, Kathryn (Robert) Tidmore of Beaver Island; brother, James O. McCann of New Orleans, La.; nieces and nephews, Anne (Jeff) Schramm, Brian (Jean Chi) Tidmore, Margaret (Rodney) Schreiner, Michael McCann; great-nieces and nephews, Jack, Joe, Caspian, and Abigail.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Tuesday, June 2, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be 11 am, Wednesday, June 3, at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Matthew Wigton officiating. Burial will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlevoix Alano Club, 106 Mason Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

Sunday Ride

An extended trip down the West Side Road to Miller's Marsh was in order today since it had been several months since the last trip that direction and that far away from town. The first stop was the Big Birch to verify what had been posted on facebook. It was so sad to see the destruction on the island's favorite tree. Someone had taken a chain saw and made some really big heart-shaped gouges in the tree with intitials. The person or persons responsible for this should receive some very stiff penalty, although it's unlikely that anyone will be caught unless they are turned in by another person.

The lens cap on the camera went into the chainsaw cut two centimeters, just shy of one inch.

Some wildflowers at Fox Lake.

The lake level is up with water covering the grass that you could walk on last year.

An unfortunate fisherman snag........the beauty of the water in the sun

More wildflowers on the way to Green's Lake on Green's Lake Road

Loon at Green's Lake

Coming in for a landing.....

Leaving and landing a short distance away, and then off for good.

Thought that this might be a rock, but it's not.

Geese and goslings at Miller's Marsh

Loon at Barney's Lake

Dragonfly at Barney's Lake

2015 Emerald Ash Borer Program Notice

Beaver Island remains under an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine along with Isle Royale and Charity Island.  “Don’t Move Firewood” signage is at all points of entry and under the watchful eye of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the island airlines.  On June 4th and 5th, volunteers will be working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to place Emerald Ash Borer traps around the island.  The large purple triangles with lures will be placed on ash trees and remain until August.
Emerald Ash Borers are native to Asia and are so aggressive that ash trees die within 2-3 years after they become infected. Millions of ash trees are being lost in the US and Canada. Through an intergovernmental agreement between the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Commission, technical and entomological services over the past 6 years have resulted in no Emerald Ash Borers being found. 

Doe and Newborn Fawn

This evening we were sitting in our living room reading, and this doe and very wobbly fawn spent over half on hour not fifteen feet from our window just off the deck.�  Very cool to be so close for so long!
Bob & Alana Anderson

Thanks for sharing this experience!

Emily Boyle Graduates from Interlochen Arts Academy

Emily Boyle, former BICS student and former member of the BICS class of 2015, attended Interlochen Arts Academy for her senior year to participate in creative writing programs not available at BICS. Emily graduated from Interlochen on May 30, 2015.

Congratulations, Emily! Congratulations, Judy and Kevin!

(Thank you, Kevin Boyle, for sharing your pictures)

Doug and Terry Meaney's Surprise Party

The results of a little under the table planning took place beginning at 6 p.m. on May 30, 2015. There was a little plotting and planning that went into putting together a Surprise Birthday Party for this Beaver Island couple, Doug and Terry Meaney. Doug had just turned sixty and Terry will turn sixty in less than three weeks, so this surprise party was put together under the auspices that Hannah Robert had wanted to have one last Jerry's Pole Barn Party. The plotting included having some of the off-Island relatives attend the party as part of the surprise. It seems like everybody knew the real purpose of this party except Doug and Terry.

Decorations included some family pictures depicting this couple when they were much younger.

Tammy LaFreniere made a wonderful cake.

There were some great hors d'oeurves to snack on.

Family and friends attended and a grand social was had by all!

Terry and Doug

Tammy and her dad

Congratulations, Doug and Terry Meaney!

Video clip of the surprise






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

Funeral for Rod Nackerman

Bike Festival Scheduled

BINGO Announcement

BICS End of School Year Calendar

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

June 7--Pastor Howard Davis

June 14--Steve Finch

21-Pastor Mark Milkamp, Grand Rapids;

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



Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting

May 28, 2015

Some of the audience

The five member board making up the ESA

The five member board is made up from three members from Peaine Township and two members from St. James Township. Left to right in the picture above are: Brad Grassmick, Jim McDonough, Bill Kohls, Donna Kubic, and Rick Speck.

The two items on the agenda were:

1. To consider and adopt a plan to manage the affairs of EMS.

2. To consider and take action with respect to a grievance.

Video of this event is available HERE

USCG Helicopter Visits BICS

On May 26, 2015, the United States Coast Guard helicopter landed on the soccer field behind the Beaver Island Community School to the delight of all students and staff. The Coast Guard pilot, swimmer, and two other crew members provided information about what they do and why they do it. Many different opportunities were presented to the students to learn about this helicopter and its crew.

(Pictures by Deb Bousquet)

Here it comes!

The helicopter set down and shut down.

The students got the opportunity to sit inside the helicopter.

The crew posed for a picture.

The helicopter prepared to depart, and left to head back to Traverse City USCG Air Station.

Video of this event is available HERE.

Torch Lake Cafe

Editorial by Joe Moore

Well, folks, I had to be on the mainland for a couple of days for some medical appointments for my wife, and we decided, after a good result for the appointments, that we would celebrate. We called our daughter Courtney and her husband Mike, and we invited them to drive over to Charlevoix. We decided to head down to Nick Olson's Torch Lake Cafe for dinner.

The dinner menu was amazing! We had choices from BBQ Ribs, New York Strip, Shrimp, Surf and Turf, Snow Crab, Norwegian Salmon, BBQ Chicken Breast, and Chicken Parmesan for the dinners and seven different burgers, all 1/2 pound from BBQ burger down to a Patty Melt. There were lots of appetizers and desserts as well, including my favorite Lemon Merringue Pie.

The fact of the matter is that the service was amazing, and the food was amazing also. The BBQ Ribs for Phyllis and me and the Surf and Turf for Courtney and Mike were terrific! If you are in the area, I strongly suggest that you figure out how to get down to Torch Lake Cafe and have a terrific dinner. The place was busy, and it should be busy, considering the quality of the service and the quality of the food. There are lots of choices in the sandwich department as well as pizza. You will not be disappointed.

Congratulations to Nick Olson on a fabulous dining experience in a homey atmosphere with lots of good conversation as well as excellent food! As far as our dining experiences go for this and several other trips, this trip to Torch Lake was the best!

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At the Library

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Mating Carp at Gull Harbor

Video Clip by Phyllis Moore


The water is almost across Gull Harbor Road with all the rain. The carp were in the shallows getting it on.

The gulls were having a wonderful time chowing down on the results of these breeding carp.

Around the corner a heron was fishing, but didn't like our presence, so took to flight.

Thank You, Christie VanLooy!

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center board and staff, as well as community members, stopped in at the education/community room to thank Chris VanLooy for her service to the island. Chris was called out of retirement to help the rural health center and to provide some relief for Sue Solle for the fall 2014 through the spring of 2015. During this time Christie married Ed McDuffe, and they stayed on the island to help out after their ceremony. This is the third time that Chris has provided services to Beaver Island, and her dedication to the island people should be obvious to all.

Just a few of the people who stopped by for a snack and to give a hearty "Thank You!" to Christie VanLooy!

My Week Away and Other Distractions

by Cindy Ricksgers

Memorial Day Ceremony on Beaver Island

At the Veteran's Memorial

The hearty island people were not going to have the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial moved or canceled due to a little liquid sunshine, known to most as spring rain. It was a little chilly with the wind out of the east and a little foggy. It was too wet to set up the sound equipment so everyone was encouraged to move up closer to the memorial bricks. The approximately one hundred attendees joined the seventeen veterans, and braved the chill, the wind, and the fog, to remember the reason for this holiday.

The Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Ron Stith

Meg Works lead the group in the "Pledge of Allegiance."

"God Bless America" was lead by Kathy Speck

Alvin LaFreniere recited the names and a short bio for each Islander who died in service of our country.

Bob Anderson spoke about the American Indians who will be remembered here.

Bob Hoogendoorn gave a closing prayer and then played "Taps"

Video of ceremony HERE

Gail's Walk, Sunday, May 24, 2015

Twenty people came out to participate in today's walk, scheduled for this weekend in memory of Gail Weede. A total of $370 was raised to increase the fund to help those with health issues.

Gathering for the Gail's Walk

An off they go....

Video clip of Gail's Walk


The First Beaver Island Birding Festival

The first and foremost part of this story is that these are people that are interested in birds and specifically birds on Beaver Island. There were several field trips that were full. There were three presentations on Saturday, May 23, 2015, with a minimum of fifty attendees at each of the presentations. This is obviously a method that might be quite helpful in extending the season of visitors to Beaver Island. There are migrating bird during these days of late May, and there are migrating birds in late August, September, and October, depending on the weather.

Each of the three birding presentations was live streamed on Beaver Island TV at http://beaverisland.tv. Several people viewed at least one of these presentations on this website.

The presentations began at noon or a little after with Kay Charterr, Executive Director of Saving Birds Thru Habitat, presented information on Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s Backyard Certification Program.

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Kay Charter awaits the beginning of the presentations

Pam Grassmick introduces Kay Charter's presentation

Kay's presentation centered upon how you could provide habitat for birds. Kay answered questions quite effectively.

Link to Video of Kay Charter's Presentation

The next presentation was by Dr. Greg Butcher, U.S. Forest Service International Programs and Migratory Species Coordinator, on "Michigan's Connection to the Tropics.”� 

Greg Butcher presentation began at 4 p.m.

Greg Butcher was quite animated and he also plugged the need for habitat for birds. He also answered quite a few questions.

Link to Video of Greg Butcher's Presentation

Dr. Nancy Seefelt followed with “Avian Research in the Beaver Archipelago of Northern Lake Michigan.”

Nancy Seefelt's research around the Beaver Island Archipelago was informative and interesting. Using modern technology the pathways of migration and movement can be exciting!

Link to Video of Nancy Seefelt's Presentation

BICS Interim Administrator Job Posting

Tick Presentation at Community Center

Live Streaming of this presentation took place at Noon, May 18, 2015, at the Beaver Island Community Center. The presentation took place with approximately eighty people in the audience. The planned half hour presentation took almost an hour and a half with a wonderful question and answer period following the PowerPoint presentation with excellent information provided. The two presenters were Dr. Jennifer Sidge, DVM and PHD candidate (sidgejen@msu.edu) and Erik Foster, MS, (fostere@michigan.gov) from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This presentation was made possible and was coordinated by Dr. Jeff Powers.

Dr. Jeffrey Powers, DVM, introduced the presenters

Dr. Jennifer Sidge, DVM

The objectives of the presentation

Erik Foster, MS, of MDHHS

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The question and answer period began.

Both presentations were very informative and provided much needed information considering the Jeff Powers, DVM, report of Lyme Disease in twelve of the fifteen dogs tested right here on Beaver Island.

Dr Jeff Powers answers a question.

Animated and obviously very knowledgeable answers to the questions posed by the audience

The audeince asked excellent questions, but also related the fact that at least one individual on Beaver Island had been infected with Lyme Disease and is currently being treated for that disease by the providers at BIRHC and confirmed by a dermatologist.

Video of the event HERE

St. James Township Job Posting

for Sewer Billing Bookkeeper

Vacation Bible School

BIRHC Early Bird Brochure

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