B. I. News on the 'Net, June 16-22, 2014

Me, Getting Older

by Cindy Ricksgers

The poppies burst into bloom two days ago, and have grown more spectacular each day.

In years past, I’ve been able to tell one grandchild or another, “They opened just for you....they’re so happy that you’re here!”

I still have hope that Patrick may make it to Beaver Island this summer, though he will have missed the poppies.

Madeline and Tommy will not be coming this year.

It’s always hard to coordinate, with their activities, their parent’s schedules and my obligations. When everything comes together, it’s wonderful. When it doesn’t....well, we must forge on.

Last night, I had a lovely visit over dinner with my sister, Cheryl, and her friend (my friend, too!), Joel.

The night before, I treated myself to a special dinner at home.

Once a week, my friend, Heidi, delivers me a nice round loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread. It’s absolutely delicious, and a great bargain, too. It’s a nice accompaniment to soup or salad, or toasted to dunk in fried egg. It makes the very best grilled cheese sandwich.

That’s what I made for myself, night before last. Grilled sourdough with sharp cheddar cheese, thin slices of heirloom tomato, a couple rounds of red onion and diced avocado. It was a large and messy sandwich, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I ate at the table, with a book as company.

I’m reading an author that is new to me, Donna Leon. Her mysteries are set in modern-day Venice. Her detective is a thoughtful “romantic” who walks the city – from crime scene to station to suspect – to take advantage of the sights and sounds of Venice. So far, very good summer reading.

After dinner, I moved up to the studio. I’m doing prep work for a series of larger collages, so mark-making, clipping and tearing papers, paint washes for possible backgrounds and other research was going on more than actual art-making.

At one point, I stroked my chin....and found something stuck there. I pulled it off. Between that moment and me then extending my hand so that I could examine it, this conversation went on in my head:


“A tick!!

Oh, gross, a TICK!

Sucking my blood!

Now I’ll have to watch for Lyme disease. I wonder what the symptoms are. I’ll have to “Google” it.

I hope I got it all. I heard they bury their head into your skin to suck your blood. Body, arms and legs are on the outside. I heard that sometimes the arms and legs wiggle.

Oh, I am SO grossed out!

Thank god I found it when I did! I wonder how long it has been there. Oh, yuck, what if someone else had noticed it first?!

Thank god for that chin whisker! I hate that chin whisker so much.....it grows so fast, and I forget about it sometimes until I’m somewhere without the right light, the magnifying mirror and a tweezers, so I can’t do anything about it, but I imagine it stands out for everyone else to notice, so then I’m self-conscious about it all day....but, if it weren’t for that chin whisker, I wouldn’t have formed the habit of rubbing my chin like that, and maybe I wouldn’t have found the tick for hours....and it would be fully engorged, more like the size of a raisin (I’ve seen them that size in the  vet clinic) instead of like the size of a.....tomato seed.....”

And there it was.....not a tick.

A tomato seed, from my messy dinner, stuck to my chin.

Crisis averted!

I may have let this pass as one more isolated incident....not anything to be concerned about.

Certainly not an indicator that I am becoming one of “those people” that walk around unaware of food or other matter clinging to hair, skin or clothing.

Until today, three hours in to my shift at the hardware store.....when a customer asked why I was wearing a fabric softener sheet on my back.

Evidently, this is me, getting older.

From what I’ve seen so far, it’s not going to be pretty!

Short Saturday Drive

Young osprey in the nest

Dragonfly mating madness and wild flowers at Barney's Lake

Caspian Tern hunting on Barney's Lake

Sandhill in Sloptown field


JUNE 21, 2014
The weather was cooperative and the mosquitos were less aggressive as 5 teams teed it up in today’s outing.
As in past year’s the teams were handicapped depending on their makeup.
This year we had two teams receiving a handicap. The all-women’s team received a -6 handicap and the team composed of 3 men and 1 woman received a -3 handicap.
One team played a member short due to an emergency and played very well.
Overall, it was a very successful day of golf, fun, and food.

In addition to the golf outing, there was also a closest to the pin (#4 & #6) and longest drive (#9) contest for both men and women.

Today’s results:
Women’s closest to the pin and long drive contest:
Nel Worsfold won both the long drive contest and closest to the pin on #4. No one hit #6.

Men’s closest to the pin and longest drive contest:
Mike Sowa won the men’s longest drive contest.
Buck Ridgeway won the closest to the pin contest on #4.
No one hit #6.

Golf Outing results:

1st Place: Buck Ridgeway -Joe Moore -Frank Solle -Howard Davis -2 score of 33.

This is the second year in a row that this team has won the event.

2nd Place: Pete Igoe-Jean Carpenter-Lars Larson, Jim Luteyn net score 34.
(37 with a -3 handicap)

3rd Place tie: Doris Larson-Nel Worsfold-Ruth Igoe-Annette Dashiell net score 35.
(41 with a -6 handicap)
Kevin Stipp-Mike Sowa-Travis Williams 35.

5th Place: Jeff Mestellle-Stan Eagle-Rob Latimer-Brad Swearingen 36.

Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch following the golf.

Thanks to everyone who played and the golf course crew for all their hard work getting the course in shape.

Museum Week 2014

July 17, 18, 19: Artist Blacksmiths set up at Heritage Park to demonstrate their wares and craft.

Evening presentations:
July 21: Music on the Porch: Kathy Speck hosts this annual celebration of Beaver Island's resident or visiting musicians, starting at 7:30. Many bring their own chairs; 120 metal fold-ups will be provided. (baskets passed for donations)

July 22: Terri Bussey, discoverer of the Sun Circle, will present her latest finds at 7:30 at the Community Center, and introduce internationally known investigator Luke Clyburn, who will be researching recent underwater discoveries with his crew, cadets, and ship-the Pride of Michigan. Luke wears many hats in his work with the Noble Odyssey Foundation, and is knowledgeable about everything going on in the field.  ($10 admission)

July 23: Ward and Chuck, the fascinating hosts of last year's Antiques Roadshow, will be back for another presentation at 7:30 at the Community Center. Don't miss the accurate information on what things are worth, and the scintillating repartee. ($10 admission; $5/item to be appraised-call the Print Shop to make arrangements)

Thurs. July 24th-Children's Trip for Museum week-will be John Gordon and Dave Shuberg ($10/adults, $5/kids, but no lunch). Register with Pinky or the Print Shop. Meet at 9:00 at CMU.

July 24. 5:00-7:00: the Historical Society, its Planning Committee, and its Capital Campaign Committee will present the latest images and concepts regarding the Print Shop Museum expansion-at the Beachcomber. (great hors d'oeuvres; $50 donation to the Capital Campaign)

July 24: Musicologist (and creator of the House Party book and CD) Laurie Sommers will talk about and play some of the Beaver Island music recorded in the 1930s by Alan Lomax at 7:30 at the Community Center. Some local musicians will be on hand to perform the versions they learned as kids. (donations)

Art Show:
July 23-July 25: 12:00-5:00, at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. Be one of the 500+ who visit every year to see what amazing bursts of creativity have exploded from the Beaver Island Art Scene! (donations to the Gregg Hall)

Afternoon Presentations:
All week long (7/21-7-25) there will be afternoon presentations at the St. James Township Hall at 1:30, beginning with Alvin and Barry talking about the greatest Island tragedy, the sinking of the Marold II, on Monday, Frank Mays on the true story of the Bradley on Tuesday, Lee Boisvert on the Minis Kitigan Drum on Wednesday, and writers talking about their books on Thursday. (donations)

The Protar Home: open 1:00-3:00 at least twice during the week. (donations)

Check the new BIHS web, beaverislandhistory.org, for more information.

Nature Walks-2014

CMU and the Beaver Island Historical Society are sponsoring some exciting new Nature Walks (and cruises) in July and early August. The price for each is $25/adults or $10/for kids, including lunch.
Participants will meet at the CMU Biological Station at 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Posters will be put up around town.
To register, call Pinky (448-2461) or the Print Shop Museum (448-2254).

The Schedule:

Sat. July 19th-Dan Benjamin-Beaver Island's Inland Lakes

Thurs. July 24th-Children's Trip for Museum week-will be John Gordon and Dave Shuberg ($10/adults, $5/kids, but no lunch).

Sat. July 26th-Dave Zanatta and Daelyn Woolnough-Mollusks of Beaver Island Region.

Sat. Aug. 2-Don Uzarski-Wetlands Ecology
Sat. Aug. 2-Don Uzarski-Lake Michigan Scientific Cruise on the M/V Chippewa. (All proceeds go to the BIHS). Participants will meet at the CMU Boat House on Whiskey Point. Two cruises will take place that afternoon. Participants can sign up for either a 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. cruise.

Ordering of Bricks for the Veterans Memorial Park

Our vendor discontinued the software package we previously used for ordering bricks and from now on they have to be ordered on-line.  They can be paid for using a PayPal link that accepts credit cards or your PayPal account if you have one.

To order a brick go to this website http://goo.gl/U6cnZU

Or just e-mail us and we’ll send you this link, our e-mail address is amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Order entry is very simple and straightforward and you will receive an e-mail confirmation when you complete the order.

Thanks for all the support of the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park; we have over 340 bricks currently installed at the park.

Bob Tidmore

AMVETS Post 46

From the Beaver Island District Library

Upcoming events:

Fridays at 12:30 pm: It's LEGO Club!
Note the day has changed from Saturdays to Fridays!
All Ages Welcome!

We also accept donations of used LEGOs to bulk up our collection

June 23-28: Summer Reading Registration Week
Kids can sign up all week during business hours and start working toward reaching their reading goals. Get free books and the chance to win great prizes! More details at registration.

Tuesdays at 10:30 am: Preschool Story Time
Miss Kim has stories, songs, and crafts to delight children from crawlers to preschoolers

A story time specifically for elementary-aged children will be starting very soon--stay tuned!

Thursday June 26, 7:00 pm: BIDL Writing Workshop (Prose)
Writing is lonely! Share your work with other writers and get feedback
Focus is on fiction and creative nonfiction, including memoir
Contact Patrick to get on the mailing list in advance of the first meeting
The BIDL Writing Workshop (Prose) will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month

A Poetry Workshop may be starting soon-let us know if you are interested

Tuesday, July 1: BIDL Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Kickoff Party 6:00 pm
Tweens and teens, we want your ideas!

Join us for an evening of fun, and help make the library yours!

Thursday, July 3rd 7 pm: Socrates Cafe
Philosophy for the rest of us!
Finding better answers starts with asking better questions
Coffee or tea and stimulating discussions

Scheduled for the first Thursday of each month, though events in August

Thursdays starting July 10, 10:30 am: Elementary Story Time
Miss Connie's story time is a highlight of the summer for islanders and visitors alike.
Younger children are always welcome, but the crafts tend to be more complex than those at our Preschool Story Time

Memory Square Footage

by Paul Cole

Memory square footage
I don’t’ think Islands should be measured by actual square footage. I think they should be measured by memory square footage.
It is that time of year again when I am blessed to push my kids to pack. They love to do it as it brings them to a place that is carefree for them. We are packing for the Island this weekend and they will venture once again for the summer to play, work, swim, build bonfires, caper, bike, eat ice cream and sail on the waters of Lake Michigan.
We will pack our clothes and unpack them on the Island....months later we will do the same to return.
When they were younger, work was not an issue....maybe some dirty diapers and lack of enough sleep. Now they have jobs running back and forth to work while enjoying sun, relatives, friends, and sitting on the porch watching time slow down, as the sun rises on the harbor for the day. They can recharge themselves with water and the beauty of people in a small Island community, as they create memories in the Islands "square footage."
Some Islanders were able to stay and work hard to create square footage. They went to Mike Boyle’s beach in the summer and swam, played softball, created music and many a house party. Others moved away and returned every summer with children in hand to create more square footage. Some moved to the Island to create all new memories to give to their children. All recognized how many memories can be made.....in such a small space and the gift that it was.
I have often thought our children are really packing memories from the year before when we fold our clothes for the season, only to create more memories as "packing season" is a place we can choose to reflect on our blessings of good friends and memories to be made. I have always given them options to choose a different place to create memories for the summer. It was always a 60-second discussion as they looked at me as if I was crazy.
Memories are incentives to pack....I see it every year in my girls.
I know my kids will leave the Island with some sand, dirty clothes, more money, but memories to pack and carry for the next 60 years. Those memories will carry in this season we call summer....to be unpacked again and again....year after year with some laughter and a “do you remember when”.

This is what “memory square footage “is all about.
What we choose pack, how we fold our memories, and hold them is really what makes life more amazing for our children and us.

An island, town, lake, house, cabin, or boat holds many memories in its square footage only to add more every year. We increase our memory square footage every year and that is an amazing blessing.
Others and I will come this year we will have an "Islander Reunion "(anyone who loves the Island and has great memories!) and this will only build more square footage for all of us. We all we pack a few memories and take a few home to carry us for the years ahead....and that’s what is great about “memory square footage”....it’s really as endless as the water surrounds us on the Island.

We really have no limit to our memory square footage .....I hope we all create them at a house, beach, cabin, yard or wherever....

Beaver Island Airport Open House

July 18, 2014-Ribbon Cutting 1 p.m.-Open House 1:30-4 pm

Threatened and Endangered Species: Peregrine Falcon

June 18, 2014

Through generous support from DTE Energy, the DNR is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Michigan’s Endangered Species Act from now through September. Each week, an important species will be featured.

Peregrine falcons are the fastest-flying birds in the world, reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour in a dive. Powerful and fierce, the peregrine falcon hunts small and medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above. Distinguishable by their dark brown backs and white faces with a black tear on their cheeks, these regal raptors can be seen on cliffs in the Upper Peninsula and in cities across the state.

Peregrine falcons are currently endangered in Michigan. They were included on the first list of endangered species created under Michigan’s Endangered Species Act. Pesticides took their toll on this bird of prey, and they were virtually eradicated from eastern North America by the middle of the 20th century.

After World War II, the use of a new insecticide known as DDT increased. Small birds and mammals accumulated the pesticide in their bodies. Raptors feeding on the contaminated birds and rodents were, in turn, poisoned by a progressive build-up of the pesticide. DDT was especially harmful to birds because it caused eggshell thinning, which resulted in weak eggs that broke under pressure.

After significant recovery efforts, peregrine falcons have made an incredible rebound and are now regularly seen in many large cities and coastal areas. In 2012, there were 12 confirmed nesting pairs in Michigan!

If you live in a city with a river or large body of water nearby, you may be lucky enough to see a peregrine falcon. They have adapted to living in many cities, making use of tall buildings that provide suitable ledges for nesting and depending on the large populations of pigeons and starlings in cities for food. In Michigan, there are far more nests on man-made structures that on natural structures. Worldwide, the peregrine falcon is one of the most widespread bird species. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, and on many oceanic islands.

The restoration program has been successful, but concerns remain. In order to maintain a healthy population of peregrines in the East, nesting and wintering habitat must be preserved. Peregrines still need to be protected from killing or capture. With help and support by the public, the peregrine falcon will continue to be an awe-inspiring sight.

For more information on Michigan's threatened and endangered species and the 40th-anniversary celebration, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife.


1 2 Jeff M. & Brad 38 15 37 118 39.33
2 4 John-Doug 33 14 36 108 36.00
3 8 Howard & Joe 39 13 36 122 40.67
4 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 37 6 34 115 38.33
5 5 Bill & Jeff P. 40 12 33 118 39.33
6 13 Francis & Larry 46 8 27 139 46.33
7 7 Ivan & Buck* 39 11 26 78 39.00
8 6 Riley & Chad 47 8 24 136 45.33
9 12 Ron S. & David 51 12 24 151 50.33
10 11 Gerald & Kirk 42 9 23 133 44.33
11 9 Rob & Dan* 0 0 21 82 41.00
12 10 Frank & John 42 7 21 127 42.33
13 3 Travis & Jason* 42 5 18 84 42.00
Team #4 beat Team #1 14-6
Team #2 beat Team #3 15-5
Team #5 beat Team #13 12-8
Team #12 beat Team #6 12-8
Team #7 beat Team#11 11-9
Team #8 beat Team #10 13-7
Team #1 vs Team #2
Team #3 vs Team #13
Team #4 vs Team #12
Team #5 vs Team #11
Team #6 vs Team #10
Team #7 vs Team #9
Team #8 BYE


Flag Disposal Ceremony

Sunday June 22nd

Join the Beaver Island AMVETS for the annual flag disposal ceremony

If you have an American flag that is damaged or worn and would like it properly disposed of, bring it to the ceremony or give it to any AMVETS member


The Home of Doug and Jan Hartle

The Stone House across The Harbor

3:00 PM

There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade provided by AMVETS Post 46 and the AMVETS Auxiliary

Baroque on Beaver 2014-Keeping up with the Times!

The 13th season of the Baroque on Beaver Festival will see some big changes in response to patron suggestions. As a result of last year’s audience survey, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association made a few changes that we hope will make events more convenient and accessible for everyone, beginning with timing for the concerts: Most evening concerts will begin at 8:00, allowing more time for a pre-concert dinner, and all afternoon events are at 2:00. The only exceptions are two evenings with double performances, when the first show will be at 7:00 and a later one at 9:00. This is in response to concerns about overflow crowds and so people who work until 8:00 can still participate in the Festival.

The annual benefit event on July 29 is “Baroque on Beaver-And All That Jazz!” featuring the Detroit Jazz All Stars, a nationally known trio of great musicians who are also lots of fun! We’re proud to bring then to Beaver Island in our first foray into jazz, a quintessentially American musical genre. The Benefit wine reception for donors will be at 6:00, prior to the 7:00 pm performance; all tickets will be $35 for the benefit. An additional show is at 9:00, when all seats will be $25. The Detroit Jazz All Stars will meet and greet patrons in the lobby after both shows. There will also be two performances on July 30 at CMU, our most popular venue. If you can’t arrive in time to get a seat at the first show, come at 9:00 for the second!

More choral music is another innovation, including a special afternoon concert by the new Chamber Chorale at St. James Episcopal Chapel. The Chamber Chorale is the professional core of the larger Festival Chorus which we hope will be greatly expanded this year for the big tent event: Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00 is the Festival’s first outdoor performance. Billed as a “Star Spangled Evening”, the event will be at Whiskey Point, in a tent and under the stars and it will be “tent-sational!” The repertoire is all-American to launch the national celebration of the Star Spangled Banner’s bicentennial. Pre-concert lectures will be delivered by Professor Mark Clague, whose research on our national anthem was cited in Smithsonian magazine, and whose curriculum materials on the subject will be available for K-12 social studies teachers nationwide-including at BICS! Please check the website, www.baroqueonbeaver.org for more details on all events and updates, including music on a tugboat and pop-up performances around town.

One thing about Baroque on Beaver that has not changed is free admission to all concerts except the annual benefit. We thank the entire Beaver Island community for embracing and supporting this wonderful enterprise with donations, sponsorships and the all important freewill offerings that keeps the Festival boat afloat on Paradise Bay!

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting Notice

Men's Golf League Results from Last Week

Due to rain last week, these results are a little late in being posted.

1 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 40 15 28 78 39.00
2 8 Howard & Joe 43 10 23 83 41.50
3 2 Jeff M. & Brad 42 13 22 80 40.00
4 4 John-Doug 38 11 22 75 37.50
5 5 Bill & Jeff P. 37 14 21 78 39.00
6 9 Rob & Dan 44 6 21 82 41.00
7 13 Francis & Larry 49 5 19 93 46.50
8 6 Riley & Chad 43 10 16 89 44.50
9 7 Ivan & Buck 0 0 15 39 19.50
10 10 Frank & John 42 9 14 85 42.50
11 11 Gerald & Kirk 45 7 14 91 45.50
12 3 Travis & Jason 42 13 13 42 21.00
13 12 Ron S. & David 51 7 12 100 50.00
Team #1 beat Team #13 15-5
Team #2 beat Team #12 13-7
Team #3 beat Team #11 13-7
Team #4 beat Team #10 11-9
Team #5 beat Team #9 14-6
Team #6 tied Team #10 10-10
Team #7 BYE
Team #1 vs Team #4
Team #2 vs Team #3
Team #5 vs Team #13
Team #6 vs Team #12
Team #7 vs Team #11
Team #8 vs Team #10
Team #9 BYE

BI Community Center Events for Summer 2014

Peaine Supervisor Responds to BIA Letter

The Beaver Island Association had submitted a letter to the Peaine Township Board regarding the fund equity of several funds controlled by the Peaine Township Board. The Board voted Bill Kohls the responsibility of writing a response. BINN requested a copy of the letter to keep the conversation as clear and open as possible since the entire community has the right and the responsibility to know what is going on. BINN will be happy to post a copy of the BIA letter if the BIA wants to submit a copy of the letter.

Message to Voters from Kathleen McNamara,

Candidate for St. James Township Trustee, 2014 Election

If elected to the position of township trustee, I  will perform the duties of the trustee with interest and integrity, support current township initiatives and look for ways to encourage economic growth on the island, be open-minded and willing to listen to all constituents, investigate and study important decisions before voting, encourage cooperation and compromise between township board members, recognize the inherent link between the island’s two townships and work for the common good of the whole island. If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to contact me at 231.448.2353 or kittym@tds.net

Yoga at the Community Center

Yoga starts Monday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m.

http://www.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org/events/ scroll down to Yoga in events

We are super excited to offer our 5th year of donation Yoga at the Community Center. Along with sharing this 4,000 yr. old practice with you, your generous donations for yoga have made an impact on supporting the center and sustaining the yoga program. Everybody wins!

This year we are adding a RESTORATIVE YOGA class on Wednesday mornings. Like all yoga classes offered, no experience is needed and this class is absolutely for everyone (description below).

No experience needed for any class, just a willingness to be playful and try the postures! If you are an active practitioner you can play with your own variations.

Suggested donation of $10 to the Community Center

MONDAY~ BASIC VINYASA (flow) 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

We will flow (Vinyasa) from one posture to another. Posture muscle action will be explained giving students a greater opportunity to feel comfortable in attending this and other yoga classes. We will flow through a sequence that will help energize your whole body.
Great opportunity for any skill level to learn more about the postures & alignment.


Amazing benefits for 'restoring' the body and mind using (mostly) relaxing seated postures for longer periods of time while softening the muscles and encouraging passive stretching to work on the deep, dense connective tissues. With continued practice these postures help bring balance & flexibility to the body. We invite you to take the opportunity to nurture your body, mind, and soul. BRING a small pillow and/or large towel if possible.

FRIDAY~ BASIC VINYASA ~ 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Start your Friday morning off with a nice easy yoga flow to energize you for your weekend on the island. Same description as Monday.

* Please arrive 10 minutes early on your first visit
* Mats, Blocks & Hand Towels available
* No perfumes or scents
* Suggested not to eat ONE hour prior to class
* Bottled water for sale at counter or bring your own
* Your entire donation is benefiting the center

Stay tuned for details for future yoga classes offered with live music.

Due to many wonderful events occurring at the Community Center we advise you to check the center's web site and forum for schedule changes.

If you've had the opportunity to participate in a yoga class please feel free to share your experience to encourage others to join us.

Deck / Beach / group or private sessions are available.
Contact at 448-3091

Inside, Looking Out

by Cindy Ricksgers

I am making good progress in the garden this year.

I credit the mosquitoes for my devotion.

One does not rub mosquito-repellant oil on ankles, feet and hands, inside ears, on face, neck and scalp, then do an all-over spray of the “deep woods” stuff, add a hat and face-covering bug net...for a short wander through the garden.

The sprays and oils determine that garden soil will soon adhere to clothing and all exposed skin. A few dead mosquitoes may cling where they’ve been swatted. A few minutes of work out in the sunshine, and sweat has added to the mix.

Decked out in this manner, one does not move from gardening to house-keeping or laundry or shopping or (heaven forbid!) a spur-of-the-moment visit with friends.

This "armor" insists that a commitment of time be made.

So, when the intended transplanting, seeding, watering or caging is complete, I look around for something else to do.

There’s always something!

I’ve filled one five gallon bucket after another with weeds. Sometimes I-in archaeology mode-pick out one square meter, drop to my hands and knees, and thoroughly clean that section of unwanted growth. Other times, I choose to tackle one enemy. Sometimes it’s milkweed, which is only an enemy when it invades my garden...which is constant, as it grows prolifically in the fields surrounding it. For the lovely scent of milkweed blossoms, and for the Monarch butterfly, I accept the battle. Sometimes it’s the grasses, easily distinguishable from new seedlings and anything else that belongs there.Sometimes it’s the annoying but easily pulled field sorrel.

Yesterday, it was bladder campion, which is quickly becoming my most despised weed. It has many branches that lay out in every direction, hiding among the leaves of other plants and perennials. Each branch produces flowers with the unique bulbous "bladder" that gives them their name. Each flower produces seeds, and it spreads by roots and seeds. Bladder campion has a deep root, like a carrot, that refuses to pull, and must be dug up. I almost always miss a part of it, either cutting through it with the shovel, or breaking it off when pulling. That ensures that it will come back, as soon as my back is turned. Yesterday, I filled two five-gallon buckets with this weed alone, before I moved on to other things.

Other things: rake leaves away from the fence; move the potter’s wheel; prune the cherry tree; mulch the strawberries; haul weeds and trimmings away. My favorite: check out what’s growing!

Rhubarb is producing again after a nice rain. Asparagus, though mostly gone to seed, still provides a stalk or two for raw munching each day. Strawberries have tiny white fruits that promise to ripen. Raspberries are in bud. The cherry trees are setting fruit. Tomatoes, peppers and marigolds are settling in to their locations. Everything else was planted from seed.

One row of bush beans is up and showing four nice leaves. The second row-planted the same day-hasn’t shown itself yet. I can’t remember if they were older seeds (I should have taken better notes!). Two cucumber hills-of five-have visible sprouts. Only one summer squash plant-of three varieties in six hills-is showing. I have a row of onions up, a scattered row of Swiss chard, and a few spindly spinach leaves starting to show. Winter squash (butternut) has six healthy starts in it’s old tire planter. I’ll soon have to decide which ones to cull.

The pumpkin (old seeds) didn’t show up at all, so I re-planted each hill with new-“Cinderella’s carriage”-pumpkin seeds. I squeezed in a row of yellow beets, set up bamboo supports and planted pole beans just day-before-yesterday. I put in the last of my seed potatoes a couple days before that.

Today it’s raining.

That’s okay with me.

It’s nice, today, to be inside, looking out.

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Waste Management Committee

June 17, 2014, Regular Meeting at 9 a.m.

Link to Video of the Meeting

Beaver Island Veteran's Park at Night

Recently, some lighting was installed at the Beaver Island Veteran's Park, next to the Beaver Island Marine, and across the street from the Richard and Laura Gillespie residence. Thanks to Tony Green, the American flag at the Veterans Memorial Park will be illuminated after dark. Currently the timer is set for sundown until 1:00 AM, but we'll turn it off during the 4th of July fireworks and set it back when the harbor is full of boats at anchor.

Thanks to Greene Electric for this nice addition to the park.

View video of the Beaver Island Veteran's Park at Night

From the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

Beaver Island Car Versus Building Crash

On June 17, 2014, at approximately 1:52 a.m., the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island, Beaver Island EMS, and Beaver Island Fire Department were dispatched to the area of Forest Ave and King’s Hwy for a vehicle and house injury accident. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Forest Ave and veered off the road, striking a house attached to the Daddy Frank’s Restaurant. Nobody in the house was hurt.

The vehicle, a green Chevrolet Blazer, was occupied by two people. The driver, Briana Maudrie, age 22 of Beaver Island, sustained a neck and back injury and was flown off the island to Charlevoix Area Hospital for further treatment.

The passenger, Shane Miller, age 22 of Boyne City, sustained a head injury and was flown off the island to the Charlevoix Area Hospital for further treatment.

Neither occupants of the vehicle appeared to be wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.

A Short Editorial and Pictures

Some members of the community have asked questions about this situation that occurred on Beaver Island. Some are even questioning the actions of the emergency services personnel who responded to this emergency. Heaven knows that there were plenty of spectators on the scene after 2 a.m. Some late night partiers even walked onto the scene as the emergency volunteers of our BIEMS and BIFD worked hard to prevent any further injuries of those involved. Some even made derisive comments. Here are some pictures and commentary for those that may talk about the events of this early morning emergency. Before you comment on the actions of the emergency workers, you should take a look at the scene and the vehicle in the daylight, and then imagine viewing the scene at 2 a.m. in the dark.

A Serious Mechanism of Injury Accident

As a twenty-seven year experienced EMT and now paramedic, I know that privacy is very important in the community, and I know that there are lots of conversations that take place among community members even before the patient ever gets to the Emergency Room. That being said, there is nothing here that is not factual. There will be no implications of anything, just facts.

The residence involved and the damage that is obvious.

The vehicle hit this residence.

The damaged vehicle

The front of the vehicle

One victim hit the windshield

The other victim deformed the steering wheel

All of these images point to a textbook definition that every first aider, first responder, and emergency worker knows--Serious Mechanism of Injury!

The emergency workers on the scene of this vehicle-versus-residence accident functioned efficiently, with excellent teamwork, to help two individuals who needed this help. All emergency procedures were followed to textbook accuracy. All procedures were followed to benefit the victims.

Congratulations and many thanks go out to our BIEMS members, BIFD members, and Island Airways for giving up hours of sleep to help fellow community members!



Community School Board Meeting, May 22, 2014

The meeting video is presented HERE



First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, 5/14/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, 6/11/14

Video of the meeting HERE


Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

Video for this meeting HERE

St James Township Board Meeting, June 4, 2014

Video of the meeting is HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee, May 20, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

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


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

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 Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed 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 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

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


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing


Fantastic Pants Sale

$ 1.00

We have jeans, dress pants, work pants, and fancy pants.
We have kids’ pants, big girls’ pants, and baby pants.
We have short pants, capri pants, and long pants.
We have lots of pants for men and boys.
Pantaloons ? Probably.
We offer free alterations for one legged pirates. ( One snip!)
Skinny pants and baggy pants are available.
Looking for sweat pants? Don’t sweat it We’ve got them!!
Our pants are the best on Beaver Island and
are on sale for only $1.00 for only one week !

June 17- 21 at Island Treasures Resale Shop

Starts on Tuesday

Congratulations to the BICS 2014 Graduates

Erin Yafen Boyle, Olivia Cary, Jewell Gillespie-Cushman, and Ron Marsh!

Great Valedictorian and Salutatarian Speeches!

Video of the graduation HERE

(video camera work by Kaylyn Jones)

Pictures of Graduation in the Community Center

Pictures outside the Community Center and at the Graduation Parties

Video of the Processional from a different angle


Video of the Outside Greet the Graduates


Video of the Graduation Parties


Tom Schraw Meet and Greet

June 23rd from 3-6 pm

Mary Beth Kur for Judge

Peaine Township Meeting, 6/11/14

Video of the meeting HERE

Some of the board members: Paul Welke, Colleen Martin, Larry Kubic

Bill Markey gave a report.

Nancy Ferguson did a presentation for the township board and voters

Cindy Ricksgers gave a report on Invasive Species and progress on Phragmities grants

Written by Kaylyn Jones: At the Peaine Township meeting on June 11, 2014, Cindy Ricksgers provided some phragmites updates. There has been good news and bad news for the program which works to rid the Beaver Archipelago with the invasive species of plants. A grant the group was hoping for has been put on hold. The federal government is worried about the herbicides affecting the endangered long-eared bats, causing some worry. Even more devastating, however, was Eric Ellis stepping down from his position. Ellis was a great supporter of Beaver Island and the phragmites program. Someone is temporarily filling his position, but it is said that she neither has great knowledge of Beaver Island nor invasive species, although she is interested in learning more. This year, the phragmites program is hoping to treat Beaver Island, parts of High Island and if possible, Garden and Hog Island. Cindy also brought up the possibility of having meetings specifically for phragmites before the township meetings, allowing those who are interested to gather more information of what is going on and what may be brought up to the township boards. We wish everyone the best of luck in their endeavors.


Bill Kohls, supervisor

Some of the attendees

Media Event Underway-Outdoor Writers

A group of Outdoor Writers is currently visiting and fishing with Indigo Guides. “Once again a big thank you to members who are supporting this event: Island Airways, McDonough’s Market/ Fisherman’s House, Stoney Acre, Indigo Guides” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Steve West.

Some of the groups work is already available on the net.


Much more will follow including print that will be months or even a year later.

Charlevoix County Commissioners Meet on Beaver Island

(Pictures and video by Kaylyn Jones)

The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners met at the Peaine Township Hall on June 11, 2014. There were approximately twenty island residents who attended this meeting, and when given a chance, asked several pointed questions.

The county board in the Peaine Hall. (Larry Sullivan on the left)

The attendees

Chair Joel Evans........Kevin Shephard.......Richie Gillespie

Sheriff Don Schneider.........County Clerk Cheryl Potter Browe..........Ron Reinhardt

Chris Christensen

Video of the meeting HERE






Due to the cold weather we had this spring, we are running about a month behind. We were originally supposed to get the first batch of chicks May 1st, but the fact that it was still so cold here made us have to postpone their arrival until the third week in May. In short, they will not be ready until about the second week in July. We apologize for the delay, but they will be worth the wait!!!

John Works and Staff

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

St. James Episcopal Mission
Schedule of Clergy

June 8th & 15th  - Rev. Jonathan Sams

June 22nd & 29th - Rev.  W. Richard Hamlin

All of July & August 3rd - Rev. James Rhodenhiser

August 10th & 17th - Rev. Susan Bock

August 24th & 31st - Rev, Jeanne Hansknecht

September 7th - Rev. Michelle Meech

Sept. 14th & 21st - Rev. Bruce Campbell

September 28th - Rev. Ann Webber

Holy Cross Mass Schedule

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

(Imagination Stations, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 3rd
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

This program is sponsored by: BI Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, ST. James Episcopal Mission & the BI Lighthouse Fellowship

***Volunteers Needed***
***Donations Welcome***

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept. 21

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 starting on May 7, 2014 Please support your Fire Department and EMS with your donations and purchases. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers for this summer. If you have questions or need help with your donation, call Donna at 448-2797.

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

B I Christian Church Ministers

May 2014

June 22:  Pastor Howard Davis
June 29:  Pastor Joseph Fox

July 6:  Pastor Howard Davis

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.


Save the date of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, (RAIN OR SHINE!)

Where: Beaver Island North End Gardens  -- 9 am until 4pm

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

This years all day tour will be through the gardens of 6 unique residences starting early with a wake-up al fresco breakfast,  having lunch at the Beaver Island Lodge, then ending with a dessert tea and home tour. Each host will be showing us the highlights of their gardens; some being container gardens, some with elaborate decks and water systems. All of them as unique as their proud owners.

As usual the price will reflect the cost of the lunch and transportation as needed.  We ask you to remember that the ticket price will include a donation to the Wellness Garden and Forestview Apt. Landscape Project.

More details including price and transportation logistics will be in the June newspapers and at Beaver Island News on the Net starting June 1st.

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp onevery Wednesday!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
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 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

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Outdoor Pictures

Enjoying the grass as a tasty morsel

One sandhill crane trying to draw the photographer away from the young ones that were hiding.

The osprey near the microwave tower

One monarch plus one monararch equals???

Ryan Tylor Bellinger


1974 - 2014

Ryan T. Bellinger age 40 of Belding passed away Sunday June 8, 2014 from injuries in an auto accident. He was born in Greenville February 13, 1974 the son of Terry L. and Vicki J.(Wood) Bellinger.

Ryan was a graduate of Greenville High School with the class of 1992 and worked in the construction field most of his life. He was a people person and enjoyed being with people and spending time in the outdoors. He was a licensed pilot and really enjoyed flying.

He was preceded in death by his mother Vicki in 2013 and both of his grandfathers, Thornton Bellinger and Robert Wood.

He is survived by his father Terry L.(Susan) Bellinger, his grandmothers, Evelyn Bellinger and Virginia Wood, his sisters, Tiffany MacIntyre and Monica Bellinger, his brother Brechen MacIntyre, nieces and nephews, Dillon, Isabell, Mitchell and Gabrielle, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A time of visitation and a memorial gathering will be held on Thursday June 12 from 4 to 5 PM with his uncle, Mick Bellinger leading the memorial at 5 PM at Hurst Funeral Home. A Private family inurnment of his remains will be in Two Rivers Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of your choosing.

Marsh Thistle

by Cindy Ricksgers

from http://stoptheinvasives.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/marsh-thistle/

Marsh Thistle.

Cirsium Palustre.

European swamp thistle.

Marsh plume thistle.

Many names for yet another invasive plant species.

This one has been described, “like purple loosestrife, with spines”

Marsh Thistle is a member of the Aster family with origins in Europe.

It is an erect herbaceous biennial that can grow 3 to 5 feet in height. Once again, I go to the informative brochure, Top Ten Invasive Species, put out by the Beaver Island Association  for their excellent description:


[Marsh Thistle]has a rosette (circle) of leaves at the base that are long, spiny, and deeply lobed. The stem is thick, often reddish, and covered with hairy spines and equally spiny, hairy leaves. The pinkish-purple flowers appear at the top of the stem in a tight cluster, usually in June or July. On Beaver Island this plant is more likely to be found in moist areas than in dry sand.

The brochure goes on to warn that there are some similarities with the native Pitcher’s (beach) thistle, which is a federally threatened (and protected!) species. If in doubt, consult an expert.

The differences between a native plant and an non-native, introduced plant are vast, and have mainly to do with things that keep a plant in check. From things that slow a plant’s growth at a microbial level, to animals that may feed on it, to natural competition for light and nutrients, native species have checks in place. Invasive species do not.

When I spoke at the school, I compared an invasive plant’s advantage to the powers of Superman. If he had chosen to use his powers for evil, rather than for good, we wouldn’t have had a chance against X-ray vision, the ability to fly, super-strength, super-hearing and super-speed.

When invasive plants move in-usually the initial invasion is caused by the activities of man-there is nothing in nature to stop their progress. If left alone, they will forever change the landscape. We have to take control of the problem.

Marsh thistle forms a rosette the first year, and over-winters at ground level.

The next year, it sends up a stalk, flowers, and produces thousands of seeds…which are then dispersed by the wind.

Once introduced, “this plant can aggressively colonize natural areas, decrease biodiversity and compromise the ecological integrity of an area.” (USDA Forest Service)

Let’s not let that happen here!


by Cindy Ricksgers

I have to say, I’ve been pretty darn productive lately.

Knowing my usual patterns and accomplishments (or lack thereof), I am impressed.

In the ten days so far in the month of June, I’ve undertaken – and finished – more projects than would normally get done in an entire month.

I’ve kept up with all the usual stuff, like laundry and housework, evenings in the studio and my (several)jobs for pay.

In addition, I planted my garden, mowed the lawn, trimmed the pine tree, pruned the shrubs, cut back the roses, trimmed along the walkway, cleaned out several flower beds and dug post holes to move my clothesline poles. Dug up the poles from their current location. Hauled all the branches, trimmings and weeds away.

Maybe even more stuff I just can’t think of right now.

On top of that, I delivered artwork to a gallery that is opening for the season this week, and helped to plan a little after-hours reception.

On a social level, I attended a funeral, wrote two letters, visited with Aunt Katie and had two meals out with friends!

What’s the deal?

Where is all this energy coming from?

What happened to my usual lethargy?

As I was setting out to take the dogs for their walk today, my camera beeped, letting me know the little storage card was full. To be able to take more photos, I was going to have to make room. No problem. I transfer the photos to my computer pretty regularly, so it was just a matter of deleting them from the camera.

So, as we walked along, I clicked through and deleted images taken over the course of the last several months.



Gray trees in a pale landscape.

Gray trees against gray sky.




This was the world I saw, through the many long months of winter.

I looked up from my task to see sunshine weaving through many layers and shades of green. Blue sky! Brown path! Flowers!

I could feel the energy in all the wild color and brightness surrounding me.

That’s where it’s coming from!

Visit Cindy's blog HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

June 9, 2014

(Pictures and video by Kaylyn Jones)

The board discussing an issue

Mr. Cushman asking questions

Mr. LaFreniere also asks with Mrs. Swartzfisher answering

An interesting meeting

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Charlevoix County Commission to Meet on Beaver Island

The meeting will take place at Peaine Hall at 2 pm, Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Link to Agenda and Minutes of May meetings HERE

BICS Secondary (Grades 7-12) Awards Ceremony

The Secondary Awards Ceremony took place at 7 p.m. on June 4, 2014. Riley Justice welcomed the students, parents, and friends to the ceremony. Mrs. Connie Boyle gave out the 9-12 Scholar Awards and the 9-12 Northern Lights League Academic Awards. Mr. Justis presented the 9-12 Citizen of the Year Award and the 9-12 Citizen of the Year Award. Then Mrs. Beth Croswhite gave the information about those students who had received scholarships. Mr. Richards gave out the 7th and 8th Scholar awards and the Northern Lights League Academic awards. Mr. Justis gave out the 7-8 Citizen of the Year and 7-8 Student of the Year awards.

Erin Boyle, valedictorian of the class of 2014, gave an Address to the Class 2018. This was followed by the awarding of the 8th Grade diplomas by Riley Justis, Jessica Anderson, and Gerald LaFreniere.

Video of this ceremony is available HERE

Kathleen McNamara Scholarship Available

Beaver Island Community School would like to announce a new scholarship available to school alumni. It is the “Kathleen (Kitty) McNamara Scholarship”. Kitty was a teacher, principal and superintendent for Beaver Island Community School for over 30 years. She was dedicated to seeing students succeed in education, lifelong. In honor of her retirement, a scholarship fund was established in 2013 to provide educational opportunities for graduates of Beaver Island Community School who have, at minimum, completed their freshman year of college and continue to further their education at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in any field of study.
Please go to www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us for further information and the scholarship application.

BICS Elementary Awards Ceremony

Pictures by Deb Bousquet and video by Kaylyn Jones

The K-6 Elementary Awards Ceremony took place at 12:30 pm on June 4, 2014, in the school gym. The awards ceremony included the story below, about Ron Marsh's award, so it will not be repeated here. The group of parents and friends were welcomed by Mrs. Deb Robert.

The first awards were given to the K-2 grade group by Ms. Miranda Rooy, their teacher.

With mixed emotions, Mike Myers gave out the awards for the 3rd and 4th graders that he taught this year. Mike Myers is retiring this year, so gave each child a hug, since he won't be in school next year.

Next came the community-wide popular actors and actresses from the fifth and sixth grade. These awards were given by their teacher, Mrs. Deb Robert.

The 6th graders received the Northern Lights League Basketball Medals for winning the NLL Tournament for the 4-6 grade level from

The sixth grade graduation was next.

Here are those young students who graduated from kindergarten.

Video of the entire early afternoon ceremony is HERE

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

Holy Cross Mass Schedule-Summer 2014

4th of July Golf Tournament

Holy Cross Baccalaureate Prayer Service

The Baccalaureate Prayer Service took place on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 10:00 am to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to fall upon our 2014 Graduates as they Go forth to LOVE and to Bring LIFE to our world which hungers for the gift their LOVE is sure to bring. Superintendent/Principal Riley Justis spoke at this service to share the best of hope and encouragement to our 2014 Graduates at this their Baccalaureate Prayer at Holy Cross.

Only fifty percent of the graduating class of 2014 attended the Baccalaureate Prayer Service. The male members attending were Jewell Gillespie Cushman and Ron Marsh. The two female members were off the Island attending different events. Olivia was running in a 5K race in Boyne City and Erin Boyle was helping as a staff member at a leadership camp.

Here are some pictures of the event:

Before the processional

Two graduates process

The service begins

Readings were read....Psalms were sung......Praises were presented

Gospel was read......Sermon was given......The gifts were presented.

A beautiful song was sung during Communion

Riley Justis, Principal and Superintendent spoke to the Class of 2014.

The Recessional took place at the end of the service.

Video highlights of the Baccalaureate Prayer Service are HERE

Pet Licensing Enforcement to Start Immediately

It has come to the attention of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Animal Control that a large number of dogs on Beaver Island are NOT licensed through Charlevoix County.

The Sheriff’s Office is trying to find the best way for our islanders to comply with the law and get your animals up to date with their rabies shots and county licenses.

The cost for a County License ranges from $5.00 for a 1 yr up to $40.00 for a 3 yr and can be done by mail. In order to obtain a county license, your dog must be up to date on his/her rabies shot.

Jeff Powers has agreed to hold a one day clinic on Thursday, June 12th between 10am-4pm. During the clinic, a rabies shot will be reduced to just $17.00 (regular price $48.00)

Jeff will also have additional animal products at a reduced rate.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand with the proper paperwork needed to obtain a County Dog License.

Strict enforcement of any unlicensed dogs will go into effect after the completion of the clinic.

Please understand that our intention is to be able to quickly identify any loose dogs and to ensure the safety of our citizens.

I would also ask that anyone who has animal complaints/issues to please contact me directly (448-2700) or contact 911. Andy’s Grooming Barn (Andy Kohls) is not responsible for loose dogs, nor should be contacted to identify or take in any animals.

Voters to Decide Five School Board Trustees


Museum Week Schedule

Transfer Station Seeks Bids

Early Elementary Writings from Ms. Rooy's Classroom

These were written throughout the year during our daily creative writing time. During this time, the students make writing plans, write a rough draft, the drafts are teacher and student edited, and then they create a final draft and publish in a word processing document. I started doing ‘workshop style’ creative writing (without writing prompts—they can write about whatever they would like) several years ago to try and improve student writing and to, hopefully, instill a love for it. This is one of their favorite times of the day so I think that in many ways, it has been successful!

And finally, I would like to do this on a more regular basis next year—just one or two a month or so. Let me know if you are interested!


Miranda Rooy, National Board Certified, at Beaver Island Community School Teacher in PreK-2nd Grade

Link to the writings HERE

Spotted Knapweed

by Cindy Ricksgers

Continuing the “countdown” of top ten invasive plants here on Beaver Island, let me introduce Spotted Knapweed.

This herbaceous (non-woody) perennial has a unique island story. I made several attempts to have my facts verified and clarified last week, which resulted in only delays. I am betting that-if I get the story wrong-I’ll quickly be given the corrections, so I’m going to tell it as I’ve heard it. Beaver Island is big on nicknames. Over the years we’ve heard names from “Tight” Gallagher to “Killer” Burke to “Red Pup” and “Hannah”.

This invasive plant has a Beaver Island nickname, too. Here, it is often referred to as “Denemy Thistle”. It was unintentionally brought to the island in a load of hay that William “Denemy” Boyle (a relative, by marriage, of “Harlem” Gallagher) shipped over. It came here when agriculture was still an important industry on Beaver Island, and was noticed right away as an aggressive and unwelcome weed. My grandfather, George Ricksgers, worked very hard to keep it out of his own fields and pastures, and was successful for a while.

Like all invasive plants, the Spotted Knapweed has advantages over native growth. Along with aggressive growth habit, prolific seed production and a long tap root, Spotted Knapweed is phytotoxic, meaning it is poisonous to other plants. That’s quite an advantage, in taking over an area! It thrives in what are called “artificial corridors”: gravel pits, roadsides, field margins, overgrazed pasture land and beaches. It can quickly take over an area, eliminating pasture, native growth and wildlife habitat. On our beaches, it is a big threat to the piping plover.

When pulling this weed, keep in mind that it looks similar, in some stages of it’s growth, to the endangered and federally protected Pitcher’s Thistle, which is an important part of our natural flora. When in doubt, do a bit more research or ask an expert. The other thing to be aware of is that Spotted Knapweed releases an irritant chemical, so gloves should be worn when in contact with it.

If you’d like more information about this, or any of our top 10 invasive species, the brochure put together by the Beaver Island Association is an excellent resource. Copies are available-free-in the lobby of the Community Center.

If you’d like to be involved in group projects to help control or eradicate invasive plants, please let me know!

Spotted Knapweed in its first year, rosette stage

...and here, quickly taking over a construction site.

Let’s continue gaining awareness and working together to protect our beautiful island!

View on the Invasive Species website

BIRHC Newsletter

Pages 1 and 2..............Pages 3 and 4

Vacation Bible School Flier

From Holy Cross Catholic Church

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

BIRHC Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is once again raffling off a car. This year so far they have sold 212 tickets, according to the sign outside the medical center. They also already had the Early Bird Drawing, and the winner of the $1000 prize was Pete LoDico. This year, some of the raffle profits will benefit the Forestview Apartments, the senior housing units east of the BIRHC and across the street from Stoney Acres.

Have you got your raffle ticket yet?

Miranda Rooy in Washington, D.C.

Miranda Rooy, a National Board Certified Teacher and teacher at Beaver Island Community School, had been selected as one of nineteen participants for a program in Washington, D.C. Out of over 100,000 National Board Certified teachers in the United States, this invitation was only sent to 19 teachers, and Miranda Rooy was one of the nineteen. Due to issue beyond Miranda's control, the invitation was postponed until March 2014.

Miranda Rooy, a National Board Certified Teacher and teacher at Beaver Island Community School, had been selected as one of nineteen participants for a program in Washington, D.C. Out of over 100,000 National Board Certified teachers in the United States, this invitation was only sent to 19 teachers, and Miranda Rooy was one of the nineteen. Due to issue beyond Miranda's control, the invitation was postponed until March 12, 2014. The video of this has just become available.

Here is video of Miranda's presentation in Washington, D.C on March 12, 2014:


Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

You know the routine! Please bring your handmade art pieces and craft items to the BIRHC lobby for summer bidding. We will accept decorated birdhouses (Betty has a few unfinished ones in the lobby for those who wish to decorate one), Garden signs, hand painted pots for decks or porches, framed photos and artwork of flowers, landscapes, birds, butterflies, etc. Any merchant wanting to support us can offer items such as work gloves, tshirts, tools, fertilizer, (all garden related). We will put them together in "packages" to auction off. The auction begins June 1st and ends after Homecoming. Betty Hudgins will put bidding sheets out with each donated item as well as a starting bid and end date. Please make sure she knows who has donated each item by signing the piece or contacting her ahead of dropping it off. The proceeds from your donations will be used to continue our Wellness Garden efforts as well as Forest View Landscape Project this year. Last summers auction of birdhouses alone brought in over $750!

Thank you again to all our participants. Connie, Leonor and the Wellness Gardeners

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

The 4th annual garden tour to benefit the Wellness Garden and Forest View Landscape project will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. We will be having a North End Event this year, visiting 6 gardens, which will begin early with an al fresco breakfast in our first garden. We then will visit 3 other gardens (one with a home tour!), dine at the Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant and end with a Victorian Dessert Tea at our last garden. This is an all-inclusive ticket. One price ($50) covers the entire day. As it is a benefit, we believe the price will reflect your interest in supporting our Wellness Garden Efforts, as well as two lovely meals, transportation and last but not least, comradery.

Tickets will be limited to 35 guests this year. Transportation will be arranged by the coordinators, and we hope that you "Friends of the Wellness Garden" will remember to purchase your tickets early in order to assure yourself a spot! Betty Hudgins, our BIRHC receptionist, will have the tickets available beginning June 30th.

This is going to be a fun event so be sure to mark your calendars and be ready to get your ticket as soon as possible! This will be a great day for gardeners and photographers alike. The mutual benefit will provide continued landscape improvements and maintenance around our BIRHC campus. Stop into our health center with any questions or email leonor.jacobson@gmail.com before June 4th, email or call Jan Paul (janetkaypaul@gmail.com, 448-2943) or Dana D'Andraia (448-2603) during daytime hours. Leonor will be available by phone in July also (448-2894).

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

Watercolor Class Schedule and Sign-up for September 8-12

September will bring watercolor artist Sharon Long to Beaver Island once again. With a generous mini-grant from Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association helping the community, the class fees have been reduced this year. Half-day sessions will cost $45 and full day sessions will be $90. The fees include 3 hour or six hour lessons including all supplies. There is a limit in class size due to her  teaching style Those of you who have taken classes with Sharon previously are urged to sign up by emailing me as soon as possible. New students need to be aware that the beginning of the week, Monday-Wednesday (Sept 8-10), will be more intensive class instruction (perfect for beginners), especially morning time sessions. The afternoons and latter week days (Thursday and Friday), are generally more relaxed creative time for individualized help, as well as intermediate and advanced artists participation. As a bonus (weather permitting) Sharon will be giving a photo walk on Sunday Sept 7th to teach you about using the lens as an artist's eye. This is free of charge to all class enrollees. Please go to sharin2art.com/blog for a look at her work. If you know you can participate in the classes or have any questions, please email me at leonor.jacobson@gmail.com. I will get back with you about scheduling after July 10th. Have a wonderful summer!!

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Township Airport Site Plan

Site Plan

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