B.I. News on the 'Net, June 17-23, 2013

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The Glen McDonough Memorial Concert is taking place on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 7 pm in the yard at the log cabin just past the road down to Archie's cabins, which are now condos. Pat and Jenny are sharing their front yard for this concert. All donations will go to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund. Any questions, call 231-437-6722. See you there!

Osprey Nest with Young

The adult osprey sits on the edge of the nest which usually means young have hatched as the end of June approaches.

A short walk around the bottom of the microwave tower at a distance away reveals two young in the nest.

An adult delivers food to the nest for its mate and the young ospreys.

DNR Will NOT Cut Ash Trees on Beaver Island

Read Petoskey Review Article HERE

Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing Results

This annual golf out took place on June 22, 2013, with a complete roster of teams--eleven teams of four members each. It was wonderful to see this many participating, and the breakdown included eight all-male teams and three all-female teams. It was organized so that each team had an equal chance of winning with the three female teams getting a handicap of five stokes. This meant that a score of 40 would be recorded as a 35. The Larry Roy team was given a three stroke addition to their score so scoring a 32 would show up as a final score of 35. The handicaps made it an opportunity for anyone to win if they played excellent golf on this day.

Two teams came in with a four under par score of 31. One team was made up of Rob Latimer, Jeff Mestelle, Francis Pike, and Ryan Smith. The other team was made up of Buck Ridgeway, Howard Davis, Joe Moore, and Frank Solle. These two teams had to do a play-off to see whose names would be engraved as the winners of the 2013 Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing. The third place team was made up of Gerald LaFreniere, Travis Williams, Doug Meany, and Ben Bergmann.

During the play-off, each team member hit a drive on hole #1. They had to choose one of the four drives. Joe Moore's drive and Rob Latimer's drive were chosen. That meant that Joe and Rob were not to hit the ball again on this hole. Three members of each team hit the second shot. Out of six shots, five of them ended up on the green. The teams then had to choose one of these as the ball in-play. Ryan Smith's ball and Howard Davis' ball were chosen, which left two members of each team to putt the ball into the hole. Both Francis Pike and Jeff Mestelle putted their team's ball, and both missed making their score a par of four. Buck Ridgeway putted his team's ball, and Buck missed. This left Frank Solle with the opportunity to put in the birdie putt and win the outing for his team. Frank lined up the putt, and he put the putt in the hole, giving his team a birdie and winning the outing.

8th Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

Today's Outing was a hugh success with 11 teams playing.
8 men teams and 3 women's teams.
Thanks to everyone who participated in today's Outing.
The golf was not bad either.
Final results saw 4 teams shoot below par, and 3 teams shot par.
The winner was not determined until after a 1 hole playoff.
Following the golf, a picnic was enjoyed by everyone provided by
Carolyn Works.
Also, a big THANK YOU to the golf course grounds crew who had
the golf course in great shape.
Results from today's Outing:
1st Place Frank Solle-Joe-Moore-Howard Davis-Buck Ridgeway
2nd Place Jeff Mestelle-Francis Pike-Ryan Smith-Rob Latimer
3rd Place Gerald Lafreniere-Doug Meany-Travis Williams-Ben Bergmann
4th Place Kevin Stipp-Mike Sowa-Kyle Meinstma-Bob Evans

Closest to the pin winneers:

#4 Women: Annette Dashiell
#4 Men: None
#6 Women: Annette Dashiell
#6 Men: Dave Schuberg
Longes Drive:
Women: Nel Worsfold
Men: Tom Proben

The winning team was made up of Frank Solle, Howard Davis, Joe Moore, and Buck Ridgeway.

Congratulations on a good round of golf! Congratulations on winning the play-off hole with a birdie!

Comparison Golf Tourney

The following information is from the Beaver Beacon of July 1963:

STAGE GOLF TOURNEY ON BEAVER ISLAND: Beaver Island's first annual golf tournament was held at the Beaver Lodge Golf and Country Club, Sunday, June23rd with entries from various parts of the state. The weather was perfect and the golfers enjoyed the condition of the course. A buffet was served at the Beaver Lodge after the presentation of prizes which were all golfing equipment.

The winners are as follows: Doug Wilson, Ypsalanti, 36-37-73; Ted Condrako, Dearborn, 36-37-73; Bob Phillips, Oscoda, 36-38-74; etc. with the highest score 47-43-90.

BIRHC Board Schedules Special Meeting

The BIRHC Board of Directors has set a special meeting for Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 10 AM at the health center for the purpose of approving minutes from the Saturday, June 22, 2013, board meeting

Get the Dust Off

It has been quite a few years since Joe Moore played music with Edward Palmer, John McCafferty, and other island musicians playing the old time music played back prior to the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys. The bass guitar was sitting in a closet back in a corner. It literally took and hour and a half to get the dust off the guitar and the guitar stand. This island group is getting together tonight at the Circle M at 9 p.m. It is June 21, 2013, with the last gathering of all these musicians many years ago. It will be an interesting night of old island music.

From the Michigan DNR

Weekly Fishing Tip: How to catch your own nightcrawlers

Are you interested in catching and keeping your own nightcrawlers? It's fairly easy to do so, just follow these simple steps.

1. Know where to look. Scout areas (such as parks, playgrounds, open grassy areas) after a good rain. Look for nightcrawler castings (the little piles of dirt they leave behind) and then plan your next visit following the next good rain.
2. Know when to collect. Nightcrawlers are best caught an hour or so after dark.
3. Bring the right equipment. Nightcrawlers are sensitive to vibrations so wear light-weight shoes. They're also sensitive to bright light so consider rigging your flashlight with a red cover over the lens.
4. Store them properly. Upon catching, just lay them on top of the storage bedding, don't mix them in. This will allow you to remove sick or dead nightcrawlers more easily.

This tip was adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.

Carl Hinkle Christian Music Concert

Mike Scripps introduction of Carl Hinkle

This music concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. last night, June 20, 2013, was set up for live streaming video from the Beaver Island Community Center. The program was wonderful, but the Internet connection was not. The very beginning of the program was live streamed, and then the Internet connection was lost three more times throughout the performance. In order to get it working again, the router needed to be re-booted, so the last couple of songs were again live streamed. The frustrations of live streaming are all related to the issue of Internet reliability or its lack of reliability.

Mike Scripps joined Carl Hinkle on one song

The program was described, prior to its presentation, as one in which the audience would smile, laugh, and tear-up. It certainly met this description, and BINN is very happy to have recorded this performance for BINN subscribers. The music is very heartwarming and inspiring, and Mr. Hinkle's voice covers the gamut from bass to tenor. This was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend the evening.

View video of the concert HERE

Charlotte Irene McDonough Obituary

MCDONOUGH, CHARLOTTE IRENE Wyoming Charlotte Irene McDonough, aged 83, of Wyoming and Beaver Island, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Holiday" McDonough, two daughters, Judith Lynn and Roberta Kay, her parents, Sarah and Wilbur Martin, a sister, Mary Margaret Long, and two brothers, William James Martin and Bernard Vincent Martin.

She is survived by her children, Mary Sue (Michael) Anderson, Kathleen (William) Graham, Sally Koeze, Philomena (Alan) Heintz, Beth Ann (Craig) Behrens, Gail (Charles) DeLeeuw, Sharon (Kent) Grove, Patricia Iciek, Robert S. McDonough, Colleen (Mike) Sellers, Margaret (Andrew) Vavere, John McDonough (Christine) and Kevin Barry (Theresa) McDonough; 30 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Catherine Kohn and Ilene Zimmerman, and her brother, Wilbur Jude Martin (Dena), brother-in-law Lawrence McDonough of Beaver Island, sister-in-law Dee Martin, and many nieces and nephews.

Charlotte was a nurse who worked private duty cases and retired from the Michigan Veterans Facility. She enjoyed her summers on Beaver Island and found her greatest happiness in her family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Church, 3937 Wilson SW, Grandville, with Fr. Chris Rouech presiding. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery. The family will meet relatives and friends Friday 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4031 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, and Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Church. A Rosary will be held Friday at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Pius X Church, Grandville, Michigan, or to Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, Michigan. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com .

Rooms Needed for Black Smith Event to be held on Beaver Island MI.


The 4th Annual Bike Festival This Weekend

Don't miss the Beaver Island Bike Festival next weekend June 21-22. Complete information and a registration link can be found on the home page here. www.BeaverIsland.org

Men's Golf League Results

1 11 Travis & Gerald 35 14 57 151 37.75
2 4 John-Doug 37 15 49 151 37.75
3 7 Ivan & Buck 37 15 47 157 39.25
4 2 Jeff & Ryan 38 9 42 156 39.00
5 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 38 12 41 153 38.25
6 3 Francis & Mike 38 14 41 164 41.00
7 8 Howard & Joe 39 6 40 150 37.50
8 9 Rob & Dan 45 5 37 164 41.00
9 6 Bob E. & Ron M. 41 6 35 163 40.75
10 10 Frank & John 43 5 34 164 41.00
11 12 Ron S. & David 50 8 29 194 48.50
12 5 Chuck & Ernie 40 11 28 168 42.00


Team #1 beat Team #12 12-8
Team #5 beat Team #2 11-9
Team #3 beat Team #6 14-6
Team #4 beat Team #10 15-5
Team #7 beat Team #9 15-5
Team #11 beat Team #8 14-6


Team #1 vs Team #4
Team #2 vs Team #6
Team #3 vs Team #8
Team #5 vs Team #12
Team #7 vs Team #10
Team #9 vs Team #11

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting and Joint Township Meeting

Airport Commission

Mead and Hunt representatives, architect, and MDOT representative

Kendra Thompson, architect, reviewed project status

Both meetings were Live Streamed today from the Peaine Township Hall. The meetings began just a little later than the scheduled 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The first meeting was the BIAC meeting. The BIAC members heard from the Mead and Hunt, the architect, and the MDOT about the funding for the grounds preparation and the terminal building fundings. Full construction funding should be in place by the first of August with the July 25, 2013, date being one of great importance. The delay is partially due to a funding delay with the federal money not yet received in Lansing.

View of BIAC and representatives

Stephanie Ward from Mead and Hunt

Kevin "Barry" McDonough successful bidder on both parts of the project

View video of the meeting BIAC HERE

An update on the project was provided by the architect and by Mead and Hunt. The representatives from Mead and Hunt were Stephanie Ward and Rod Nettleton. The representative from the MDOT Aeronautics Commission was Kelly Crannell. The architect was Kendra Thompson.

In the foreground, Rod Nettleton and Kelly Crannell

Stephanie Ward and Kendra Thompson answer questions for the BIAC

Today's meetings had several resolutions that needed to be approved. All resolutions were approved in the first meeting which was the meeting of the BIAC. All resolutions were also approved by Peaine Township Board and approved by the St. James Township Board at the Joint Township Meeting. The board members from Peaine that were present were Colleen Martin, Pete LoDico, and Bill Kohls. The board members present from St. James included Bill Haggard, Rick Speck, Jim Wojan, Tim McDonough, and Jean Wierenga. Bill Haggard could not participate due to his business interest in the project.

Joint Township Boards Meeting at 3 p.m.

Peaine Board members present

St. James Board members present at beginning of the meeting

BIAC members and audience with guests

Stephanie Ward presents report to the townships

After Bill Haggard excused himself, Tim McDonough took his seat.

Stephanie and Kendra answer Bill Kohl's questions

After all resolutions were passed alternately by both townships, the meeting was adjourned.

View video of the complete meeting HERE

Beaver Island Art in the Harbor

Beaver Island Art in the Harbor will be starting on FRIDAY, June 21 and will continue on Fridays, unless weather delay. It is 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. next to Daddy Franks ice cream!

From Stoney Acres

*Full Menu Available ALL Day Plus Daily Specials!
WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY in the PUB...$1 Off Any Glass
THURS ... ROAST BBQ 1/2 CHICKEN/BBQ PORK WINGS (as yummy & tender as ribs & cost less too)/PORTABELLA WRAP
Blackhawks in Danny's PUB ... the island's Best Prices & Coolest Pubtenders!
SAT ... SPECIALS per Liam
...it's ALL Good at Stoney!

Cottonwood Seeds Look Like Snow

As the weather gets warmer, cottonwood trees will let their characteristic seeds fly, filling the air with what look like tiny white clouds. The trees are not actually related to cotton plants; instead, they are poplars. These trees grow very tall and have large leaves, although their most noticable aspect is their cotton-like seeds during the summer. These often accumulate on the ground under the trees, and in places where there are large volumes of cottonwood trees, it can almost look like there is snow on the ground. It's certainly a strange thing to see in the summer, but luckily, the seeds have nothing to do with snow.

The fluffy material surrounding the cottonwood seeds when they are released is not just to look pretty. It consists of seed hair fibers and helps the seed float through the air, giving it a wider range of distribution. Similar to true cotton, these fibers can be gathered and woven into fabric if properly prepared. They can also be used as stuffing if enough fiber is gathered. Other parts of the tree are useful, as well. The wood is a favorite of artists who carve wooden sculptures, because it is soft enough to be whittled very easily. However, it is not very good as a wood fuel, because it is a very wet wood and prone to rotting. Cottonwoods are a beautiful and hardy tree, so when you see tiny balls of fluff floating through the air, you will know that there is one of these lovely trees nearby.

Others Seen in the Woods

Community Center Activities

Florence and Paul Neuman Address

c/o Marilyn Pecott, 9637 Harbor Hills, Traverse City, MI 49684

Waste Management Meeting Canceled

Due to the lack of a quorum, Angela Welke has canceled the WMC meeting scheduled for 6/18/2013 at 9 a.m.

FBI Animal Fund

What could be more fun than watching a dog sit on the Fourth of July? The F.B.I. (Friends of Beaver Island) Animal Fund Dog Agility showcase, of course! Sit back and watch some of Beaver Island's finest dogs perform stunts that you will not see anywhere else on the island. You will see dogs teeter on a totter, climb ladders, dash through tunnels and of course, sit on command. The performance will be held downtown in front of the public restrooms right after the parade. Feel free to leave a donation for our furry performers. All donations will go to the F.B.I. Animal Fund which provides financial support for critters like these two lost kittens. We hope to see you there!

The dogs that will be performing are Reggie, Rowdy, Cooper, Tyler and Barnaby. Other dogs and owners that have dog-friendly pets are welcome to join in the parade.

Mixed Golf Outing Results

Today, Sunday, June 16, 2013, was the first mixed golf outing of the 2013 season. It was interrupted by a passing thunderstorm about five holes into the event. About thirty minutes of wait time was necessary for all the teams before play could resume after the thunder and rain storm passed. The scores ranged from 38 to 47 with last years champs winning the first outing of the season.

Frank Solle ande Nel Worsfold were the winners with a low score of 38.

June 16, 2013
Frank and Nel started where they left off last year.
The first of the summer's Mixed Golf Outings was played.
Eight teams were entered today and played well.
The next Outing will be on July 14th at 1:30 p.m.
A signup sheet will be in the B.I.G.C. Clubhouse.
Entry fee is $15 per team + green fees if not a member.
The results of today's Outing!
1st. Nel Worsford & Frank Solle 38
2nd Doris & Lars Larson 40
3rd Teresa & Larry Laurain 41
4th Pete & Ruth Igoe 42
4th Annette Dashiell & Joe Moore 42
6th Sharon Scamehorn & Ivan Young 47
7th Mary Ann & Buck Ridgeway 47
8th Carolyn & John Works 48

From the Recycling Center

JUNE 1, 2013

The Beaver Island Transfer Station will be accepting the following recyclable's (in the following ways):

Free of Charge

•  PLASTICS : Film (clean plastics bags, stretch wrap, bubble wrap, etc.), Bottles (caps and wraps left on or off), Buckets (wire handles removed), Trex (or similar decking material), #1 PET, #2 HDPE, #3 V, #4 LDPE, #5 PP, #6 PS, #7 Other, including Wide-mouth Containers and Styrofoam (any size including peanut style, all foam bagged in plastic bags), Toys (any size with metal removed), Oil Containers (dripped out). All of the items mentioned above are accepted as one.

•  PAPER : Newspaper (loose, not bundled or bagged), Catalogs, Hard and Soft Covered Books, Magazines and Telephone Books (covers on), Office Paper, Envelopes and Gift Wrapping Paper.

•  CORRUGATED CARDBOARD : Boxboard, Brown Paper (bags, wrapping etc.), Cereal Boxes (liner goes with plastic), Waxed Cardboard or packaging used in refrigerators, freezers and coolers.

•  TIN : Plated Steel Cans, Trays, Metal Jar Lids (rinsed free of contents-labels are acceptable), Wire Hangers (ok with paper on).

•  CLOTH : Clean and Dry (no pillows or rugs).

•  GLASS : Jars (lids go with tin), Container Bottles (caps and wraps on or off, but rinsed). Note; House ware glass and windows go with trash.

•  STEEL SCRAP: B.I.T.S. is excepting two ways, small items inside and larger items outside (please no attachments like plastic, wood, Rubber, Glass etc. and properly prepared.

•  ALUMINUM : Collected inside two ways, small items in the gaylord marked aluminum (foil, cans, and other) and larger items not to exceed 2'x4' to be bailed, ask a staff member if you need assistance.

•  OIL : Transmission, Power Steering and Crankcase are collected from your container.

•  WOOD : Small Quantities (picture frame, toys, etc.) are collected inside.

•  BATTERIES : Household and Power Tool (Lethem is now collected separate of others).

•  COPPER : Wire, Pipe, Fittings etc. (coatings on or off, clean or unclean).

•  LAWN CLIPPINGS and LEAVES : Any quantity (Dumped in a designated area please check in first).

With Fee

•  WOOD: Larger items, up to truck loads and including trees and stumps, are accepted outside.

•  BATERIES: Automobile and larger.

• STEEL SCRAP: Washers (clothes and dishes), driers, stoves, ovens, grills, folding chairs, office chairs, desks, file cabinets, bicycles, tricycles, lawnmowers, etc. These items are reduced and prepared to become recyclable by the BITA Staff.

• BRUSH: (Please check in)

• STUMPS: (Please check in)

• RUBBLE: (Please check in)

• CORDED: These items vary from $1 to $3 depending on size from alarm clock to vacuum cleaner.


Should you not have the means, the BITS staff will help you prepare or reduce your recyclable items for a minimal fee. As always, we are here to serve you, and together we are making a difference. Please keep in mind this is a new trial and you should look for updated postings. If you have any questions, please call us at 231-448-2228.




BICS Graduation at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013

Graduation video may be viewed HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 10, 2013

The Peaine Township meeting on April 10, 2013, starated right on time at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda had just a few items on it. There was no controversy, and the meeting went by quite quickly with the minutes and bills approved, there were only a couple of other items on the agenda. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needs one more person, a Peaine resident, to complete the commission. At this date, there have been no applicants. Some discussion took place and the supervisor will make some calls and contacts to see if this position could be filled. There was a letter from a taxpayer about the township possibly placing a dock at the boat launch on Lake Geneserath for boat launch and fishing off the dock by youngsters. Gerald LaFreniere was appointed to the library board, replacing Carol Burton who had resigned.

Video of the Meeting is HERE

May 21 Waste Management Committee Meeting at Peaine Hall

Video by Kaylyn Jones

You can watch the video HERE

Celebrity Basketball March 1st

(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.

If interested, you can watch it HERE

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013


Regular BI Airport Commission May Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Meeting, May 8, 2013

Video HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

5th and 6th Grade Play-"Born to Be Wild"

This play was very funny and quite well played by the 5th and 6th graders. It was live streamed from the Community Center. Each 5th and 6th grader played an animal or more than one animal.

Video of the Play can be viewed HERE

May 20 NRESC Meeting at Peaine Hall

Video by Kaylyn Jones

You can watch the video HERE

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

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

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

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon Fri 11am 5pm

Sat 11am 9pm

Sun Closed!

Beaver Island Community Center Events


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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Wondering About Invasive Species?

If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.

State of Michigan Website on Invasive Species

Contact information for Invasive Species

Why Care About Invasives

Written by Beth Leuck for the Beaver Island Association


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Red Cross Blood Drive July 25th

The annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive will take place on July 25 th from 12 to 6 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. Picture ID or Red Cross Blood card are now required in order to donate.

Both new and repeat donors are needed to make our goal of 77 units. Please make time to save up to 3 lives with your donation. The life you save could be a child's, a brother, sister, mother or father. Give something of the highest value that costs no money: the Gift of Life.

Connie Wojan

BI District Library Book Club

AMVETs Flag Disposal Ceremony

The Beaver Island AMVETs gathered for the annual Flag Disposal Ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Doug Hartel residence near Whiskey Point and the ball diamond. The ceremony got under way at 3:06 pm.

The ceremony continued for a short while as the script was read by each of the participants.

The original states of the colonies were read and one stripe placed in the fire for each. Then the burning of the retired flags took place.

Video of the ceremony:


A Carlisle Road Visitor

Author of Bamboozled on Beaver Island at the Library

Author and illustrator Lori Taylor will be visiting the Beaver Island District Library Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Taylor's books include Bamboozled on Beaver Island, Let Sleeping Bear Dunes Lie, and Lissy Lost. Taylor will be giving an engaging presentation geared toward children at 10:00 am. You can find more information at the library's website and new Facebook page. Come on out and meet Lori Taylor. It promises to be an exciting day you won't want to miss!

Beaver Island District Library, Your Bridge to the World of Ideas

Award-Winning Author and Scholar to Visit the Library

Professor Ari Berk will be reading from his works at the Beaver Island District Library Thursday, July 25th. Berk's most recent books include The Undertaken Trilogy from Simon & Schuster ( Death Watch , Mistle Child , and Lych Way ), along with the beautiful children's book Nightsong . There will be a fascinating presentation geared toward children at 4:00 pm, and a reading for adults (and young adults) at 7:00, with reception to follow.

Berk is also the author of The Secret History of Hobgoblins (2010), William Shakespeare: His Life and Times (2010), The Secret History of Mermaids and Merfolk (2009), How To Be A Viking (2008), Coyote Speaks (2008), and The Secret History of Giants (2008). In addition, he has collaborated with world renowned artist Brian Foud (designer of The Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal ) to produce Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Letters (2005), Goblins! (2004), and The Runes of Elfland (2003).

You can find more information at the library's website and new Facebook page. Come for one or both presentations and meet Professor Berk. It promises to be an extraordinary day of events you won't want to miss!

Beaver Island District Library, Your Bridge to the World of Ideas

AMVETS Scholarship

Beaver Island AMVETS Post 46 is offering a $1000 scholarship to any student who graduated from the Beaver Island Community School and has completed at least one year of post-high school education and has not previously received an AMVETS scholarship.

We are accepting applications in electronic format at the following e-mail address.


The deadline is August 31st and the scholarship will be awarded not later than the 15th of September.

Peaine Township Meeting Live Streamed

The Peaine Township Board Meeting on June 12, 2013, at 7 p.m. was live streamed on http://beaverisland.tv. Perhaps the most controversial issue of the night was taking place in the meeting in the conference room of the Peaine Township Hall at the same time as the Peaine Township Meeting. The Peaine Township Board directed the Peaine Township Trails Committee to not publish any trail or trail map in which the Trails Committee did not have written permission for the use of the trail if the trail crossed either private property, State of Michigan property, or federally controlled property.

Apparently, the Bike Festival route will have to be modified: running out the Buddy Martin's Trail and the Barney's Lake Road instead of going down the Keubler Trail since the Kuebler Trail goes across private property having only a walking or cross country skiing easement and beginning on Port St. James common property.

Pete LoDico, airport commissioner, reported on the need to have a Joint Township Meeting on June 19, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to include both township boards, the BI Airport Commission, and off-Island consultants, architect, and engineers. There are five resolutions that need to be approved to move the airport terminal project forward.

It was annoiunced that Don Welke, manager of the BI Transfer Station, had completed the required training for Hazardous Materials, taking some nine tests successfully.

Other items in the meeting were quite normal. Minutes were approved, Bills were approved. Docks on inland lakes were to be referred to the Planning Commission and the Trails Committee. The brackets for banners on the downtown light posts was tabled until more information was received. The board suggested that the installation of any banners would need to be paid for by anyone using the brackets for the banners. Some audience members commented on the fact that they did not want this area of the island to look like Charlevoix. The BICAA request was tabled.

Video of this meeting HERE

Wellness Garden Silent Auction Until August 25th

In case you just arrived to beautiful Beaver Island, you have missed the cold weather, the spring bugs, and a month long show of Trillium and other spring wildflowers holding their bloom this year. We gardeners have had many days of rain and cold wet feet to match!

Over the winter Connie Wojan, BJ and Phil Wyckoff, and Jean Kinsley and Cathy Jones have worked on a house renovation (dollhouse, that is) and now it is time to auction it off! Come see it on display in the lobby of the BI Rural Health Center lobby. We'd love for you to give us a bid on it. Also go online and check out dollhouses and miniatures; it will amaze you what the value is! We are bidding in $25 increments starting withan opening bid of $100 and will take a $2500 "Buy it Now" bid at any time. You can bid silently with your own number assigned by Betty or Donna and we won't even know who is bidding. This will make a wonderful present for yourself a wife, daughter, granddaughter (or even if you buy it and then donate it to a children's hospital , historical society, or library somewhere which may even give you a tax benefit). The money raised will be used for more garden expenses and upkeep. We have a wishlist of wants and needs so check out the biruralhealth.org website for more information on what we are doing. Look for the Wellness Garden "tab" at the top of the home page, click on it to stay up-to-date on what is happening! From auction items to Wellness Garden Benefit Tour to "our gardening wishlist." This will be ready to use on or before July 1st. If you see something on the wishlist that you'd like to see your winning bid pay for, please let us know.

Other auction items to view include some from the art community on BI: since housing was the theme we have several hand decorated one-of -a-kind birdhouses (for decor only) done by Judy Jones, Jan Paul, Leonor Jacobson, Gaye Paget (our new PA), the Forest View residents, Lois Stipp , Nancy Peterson and Jacque LaFreniere. Cheryl Podgorski has made a gourd birdhouse, and Krys Lyle has hand-knitted a hummingbird nest and Lois Williams has donated two pieces of "kitchen" art to buy . There is a Michael Glenn Monroe framed, signed and numbered limited edition print of "Loons in the Moonlight " available (Go to his website to see his work). Frank Solle has a lovely framed photograph as well and Gaye has also made a Native American-style woven grass basket she is offering us. If anyone else has the desire to donate something artistic or garden-related for the auction we welcome it!!

Also we have many "Service Packages" : Reminiscent of our first auction at the BIRHC Fashion Tea in July 2004! Many of you may have come to Deerwood that day for the first live island auction!

"Spring into summer" package: Get ready for your guests! L & L carpet cleaning (2 rooms), and 4-hour housekeeping from Marijean Pike , all put together in one neat biddable bundle. min. bid $100

"Tidy yourself up!" : haircut and manicure /pedicure from Karen Whitecraft will get you set for the big event or maybe just to have a new look (see the details ) min bid :$50

"Dinner Out at Home": Wonderful homemade dinner for four people (starter, entree, 2 sides, and a dessert) brought to your home upon arrangement with the chefs (from Bruce and Leonor Jacobson!) Will have several menu options , and date to be decided later. (Can be used next spring also) min. bid $75

"Get that thumb to turn Green!": Let Landscapes by Barb help put together a simple garden design (2 hour design work) to get your green thumb going! Garden apron for tools, handmade by Betty Scoggin, 20% off Perennial flower coupon from BI Gardens (some limits) and a new-fangled lightweight hose to make watering easy .All-in-one package deal! min $100

"Sunrise Special":Donna and Larry Kubic have offered their cottage on the shores of lake Michigan for the weekend of September 6-8. Included will be fresh eggs, Tim's sausage or bacon, coffee, breakfast breads and jam. What more do you need for a relaxing weekend? min. bid $100

"From Retro to Modern": Sara Busby Design would love to help you update your kitchen and/or baths ! If you just bought a cabin or home that needs some modern conveniences and decor(or maybe just need a new look) or maybe you are working on a new home design(?) she is offering a 2-hour design consultation to help you get on your way. Min. bid $50

"Store it, warm it up and deliver it " That's what Gordon's Auto can do with your vehicle for the winter! ( He'll warm the engine and deliver it to the airport or boat dock on your spring arrival day )min.bid $40

"Put your house and garden to sleep" A fall special from Dave Avery 4-hour yard clean-up added with Robert's John Service closing of your home or cabin (some limitations) min bid $100

Did I mention the annual Beaver Island Bounty Basket of homemade goodies, in time for Homecoming? We have 2 bottles of homemade BI wine from Pete Lodico and Alvin LaFreniere, a seasonal pie from Shirley Detwiler, pickled goods from Heidi Vigil, Beaver Island eggs, 2 home baked breads from Barb Murphy, and a lovely apron handmade by Betty Scoggin. min bid $50

We would love to include some more in this basket so think about what you are talented at: Cookies, homemade salsa, herbed vinegars, soaps, handmade oven mitts or kitchen towels. Give us a call and/or drop off the handmade items with Betty in the lobby of the Health Center. All baked items will be arranged for pickup between the donor and the winner of the basket during homecoming week. Please make sure we know who made the items!

So now you have it, get bidding!

Carp Fishing Is On, NOW

by Kirk Deeter

Read a wonderful article about Beaver Island in Field and Stream Magazine

Walleye Pond Results Excellent

Jeff Powers sent me these links to show the process of harvesting them. This took place early the morning of June 11, 2013.

Click HERE

Carol's Barn Update

If you are driving past the Island Treasure's Resale Shop, operated by the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary, you will not see much difference from a frontal view. There is no doubt, however, that if you go past this building, you will see a major change in the property. You can also see this difference from the tennis courts. What difference?

A short walk-around shows Carol's Barn is well on its way to completion. The pole barn construction is being completed by Greg Cary. The exterior walls and roof are completed with doors still needing some TLC. It looks like some fill and some cement work is still needed to be able to begin to make use of this structure. Congratulations to the auxiliary and the ITRS group on a wonderful progress toward completion of a dream of Carol LaFreniere.

A Short Drive for Island Beauty

Columbine near Gull Harbor

Seagulls, soaring on the air currents at Gull Harbor

Indian Paintbrush along the King's Highway

Close-up views of the King's Highway beauty

Robin in Boyle's field just in front of the lilacs

Osprey nest--One osprey delivering fish to the nest so another can feed the little ones

One feeding....one resting after a successful hunt

Loons on Barney's Lake

Something scared these geese

Sandhill Crane protecting its nest in Barney's Lake Road fields

A deer standing just off of Sloptown Road

Another Sunday afternoon drive was successful in locating several beautiful reasons for visiting or living on Beaver Island. So glad to have made that decision! Go out and find some beauty! It's all around you!

Thanks for Your Generosity

Offerings at local churches and donations in jars placed in some local businesses amounted to $1763.91; in addition Holy Cross Church sent $280 to Catholic Relief Services. This makes a total of $ 2043.91. Thank you, Beaver Island, for your generosity and caring spirit!!

Charlevoix County Veterans Administrator to Visit

John Hess the Charlevoix County Veterans Administrator will be on the island next Tuesday the 11th of June. He will also attend the AMVETS meeting that night at 7:00 at the St. James township hall.

If you want to contact him his number is 231-547-7220.




Island Treasures Summer Hours

The Health News

Created by BIRHC

Location of Smallmouth Bass in the Beaver Archipelago

Read Study from CMU and see map HERE

Stained Glass Raffle

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will be selling tickets on another stained glass window created by their own Jean Kinsley. The raffle will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:00PM at the Beaver Island Community Center. Tickets (at $1.00/each or 6/$5.00) can be obtained from any AMVET Auxiliary member, or call Dee Gallagher at 231-448-2262 . The window will be displayed in June and July in the window at Prudential Prefered Properties on Main Street. Good Luck to You All!!


Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

Coming on June 22nd


The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.

Events at the BI Christian Church

Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.

July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.

August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC

August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON

October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

Ministers Schedule


23 and 30: Pastor Howard Davis


7: Pastor Kurt Kirchoff, Lansing MI

14: Pastor Kathy Swearingen, Lansing MI

21 and 28: Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI


4 and 11: Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC

18 and 25: Pastor Ed Ross, Jackson MI


1: Greg Lawson, South Bend IN

8, 15, 23: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI

30: Pastor Harold Kruse


6: Pastor Harold Kruse

13: Pastor Howard Davis

20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt


3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

Members: _______(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)

NRESC Meeting Schedule

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

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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.

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

No mashed potatoes for the summer season--potato salad instead

Resource List for Emmet County

Crankin T's Club Schedules a Return Visit

The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.

So Much To See

"So Much To See"--a draft driving guide for the Island

Watercolor Class Planned

Watercolor instruction will again be offered by Destin artist Sharon Long beginning the Thursday after Labor Day. Mark your calendars for Sept 5-10 (photo walk on the 8th) Classes will have limited space so book early to secure your spot. Already 3 people from off-island are coming for this. Remember that the materials will be provided so even if you come for one lesson and don't feel its your thing, you haven't purchased alot of supplies. This time period was chosen because many islanders said they had company, or kids at home and couldn't attend last summer's classes in August. So please give me a call 448-2894, or email me, leonor.jacobson @ gmail.com. I will be happy to take your booking! We had a such a nice time; looking forward to again seeing some of our hidden talents on BI. More details will be forthcoming. All levels welcome!

submitted by Leonor Jacobson

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule




Men's Golf League, Week #3 Results

Travis & Gerald
Howard & Joe
Jeff & Ryan
Ivan & Buck
Rob & Dan
Ron W. & Larry L.
Bob E. & Ron M.
Frank & John
Francis & Mike
Ron S. & David
Chuck & Ernie

Week #3 Results

Team #1 tied Team #3 10-10
Team #4 beat Team #2 12-8
Team #7 beat Team #5 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #12 13-7
Team #8 beat Team #6 14-6
Team #11 beat Team #10 13-7

Week #4 Schedule

Team #1 vs Team #12
Team #2 vs Team #5
Team #3 vs Team #6
Team #4 vs Team #10
Team #7 vs Team #9
Team #8 vs Team #11

St. James Township Board Meeting, June 5, 2013

While live streaming the meeting is physically possible, spending the day on the mainland doesn't make it very convenient. BINN apologizes for not being in a position to live stream this meeting.

As every meeting the minutes from the previous meetings were approved as well as the payments for the month, and a few reports were given. If you are interested, you can watch the on-demand video for this meeting once it is processed. The new business portion of this meeting was full of topics and discussion.

Raymond Cole had submitted a letter of resignation, dated May 23, 2013. Ray has been off-Island and his letter stated that he would be off for several more months, making his position as township trustee open. There were two letters of interest. After quite a bit of discussion, Rick Speck was appointed to fill Ray Cole's trustee position. It was announced by the supervisor, Bill Haggard, that the election in 2014 would be when Rick would have to run for this position if he wished to keep it. The vote of the board was unanimous to fill the position with Rick Speck.

The Verizon contract has been reviewed by the township treasurer, Jim Wojan. He was requesting to continue to follow up on this and to have approval from the board for his signature on the contract.

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority was willing to lease a tractor with several attachments to St. James Township for $1 per year for five years. The lease would make the insurance for injury and property damage the responsibility of the township. This was discussed and approved as it seemed like a wonderful deal for the township with a $60,000 piece of equipment available for use by the township.

Don Vyse reported on the progress of the Whiskey Point (St James or Paradise Bay) Lighthouse restoration. Don commented on the unusual situation of actually having additional funds for this project instead of having to figure out how to pay for the minimum amount of work. He also stated that these "excess" funds were not really an excess since this project presented at the meeting did not include any of the metal work or the wood work necessary to complete the restoration project. These current funds would be used to fix the exterior bricks, paint the exterior of the lighthouse (whitewash?), replace the windows, work on the interior walls, replace the existing door because it needs to be vented, and possibly replace the entry step. The work would be completed between June 24 and August 31 of this year, but there is no way to guarantee that all work will be done by September 1, 2013. Any weddings that might wish to use this site would have to relocate. There is also no way to know how many exterior bricks need to be replaced. There would still be woodwork and metalwork needed to be completed, so donations are still needed. The board passed a motion to accept the bid for this portion of the restoration. The motion included the authority for Don Vyse to sign necessary paperwork.

Although the next discussion did not take place immediately after the restoration discussion, it seems to make sense to include it next here. There is a process by which lighthouse lovers can visit lighthouse locations as a hobby, but can keep track of which lighthouses they have visited and can provide proof of that visit by way of a 'Passport' and a stamp. Barbara Swartzfisher at the transportation authority is willing to provide this service for visitors wishing to participate in this lighthouse lovers' hobby. It would require several steps to be accomplished. The transportation authority would purchase the stamp and the BITA office would be willing to stamp the paperwork for the hobbyists. There is more work necessary to get this accomplished and the first step would be to get St. James Township approval for the project to begin. The BITA authority would move forward on these steps if the township board approved this. The St. James Board passed a motion that this would be contingent on approval of the BITA board.

The township hall needs heating system replacement. The board approved Bill Haggard to send out bid documents with an August board meeting decision. The new heating would be baseboard electric replacing the oil hot water boiler heating system presently in the building.

The plans for the DNR property were discussed. This project seems to be in the planning stages with professional visitors looking at the location and these visitors beginning to become more interested as their visit progressed. It was pointed out that there was personal property in the way of any project. Bill Haggard was assigned the job of contacting the owner and requesting that this stuff be moved off the township property. Preliminary plans for the boat launch and fishing dock as well as parking location were not available at this time. This is why the visitors were here, to get an idea of the space and allow their creativity to produce a recommended plan.

The appointments next on the agenda were somewhat controversial. The two appointments were for the airport commission and the planning commission. Rick Speck was appointed to the airport commission replacing the seat held by Ray Cole. Bill Haggard appointed himself as the person to take the seat on the Planning Commission. The board approved both of these with the contingency that Bill check out the legality of the supervisor being on the planning commission.

During the public comment period, Pam Grassmick mentioned that the Phragmities administrator, Lisa Welke, had resigned due to off-Island family needs. The St. James Board agreed to have Bill Haggard and Bill Kohls, the two supervisors of the two townships, get together and post for the position.

View meeting video HERE

Victorian Home for Sale


Lovely Victorian Home Readied for Sale on Beaver Island

Once upon a time this dollhouse was handmade with love by Phil Wyckoff for BJ's and his granddaughters.

As the house was erected BJ thought of everything she wanted in it. She shopped for the flooring, the wallpaper, the furniture, and all the extras including some figurines to inhabit the lovely home. She shopped at stores all over the state and then some, looking for items to make this a desirable miniature rendition of a victorian classic. As time went on, and she and Phil continued to lead their busy professional and social lives, the dollhouse was set aside for a "rainy day project" until it got moved. Phil's hangar seemed the ideal location to finish the house but alas, as time went on, the grandchildren grew, Phil and BJ became involved in BI projects ,and the Victorian dollhouse got pushed farther into the back of their minds.

Then this past fall, BJ and Phil decided to clean the hangar out and "Voila!" there was the dollhouse draped in it's covering waiting to be restored by somebody. The furniture and other decor were stacked neatly in boxes aplenty. BJ knew what she wanted to do with this item: give it a good permanent home. BUT it needed to be finished! For what home would sell without some fresh paint, wallpaper and flooring? And how best to offer this to the public??

An auction of course! The Health Center would be doing their Wellness Garden Auction in the summer and the team of Wojan/Jacobson would likely take this on. A quick call to Leonor and Connie to see if any interest was there. Yes! Yes!! they said. But who would be able to finish it? Well, you can bet Connie accepted that challenge and sure enough she worked all winter on this (thank goodness for the snowy days that kept her inside!!) And then, after the main house work was done, BJ inspired the knitters (Jean Kinsley and Cathy Jones) to join in the fun of finishing the decorations, placing the furniture and staging the home for "sale" . They added their personal touches of little hand- knit rugs, including some of BJ's mothers work. Leonor called on Mary Scholl to paint two miniature original pieces of art which will hang on the walls as a finishing touch of BI uniqueness.

The miniature landscaping around the house will be provided by some of the Wellness Gardeners and lastly, the home will go on display in the Health Center beginning in June. Stop in and see the work of our dedicated "crew" and then plan on making a bid on this one-of-a-kind auction item handmade by Phil and BJ and their BI friends and neighbors. The winner of this home will be featured in several area newspapers in late August/Sept. time period. Bids will be taken at both the BIRHC and online so please watch for more details !

Baroque on Beaver Schedule of Concerts

Baroque on Beaver "The Many Colors of Bach" Benefit Concert at Beaver Island Community Center at 7:30pm on July 26, 2013

Baroque on Beaver "Best of Baroque" introducing Concertmaster David Reimer and the Baroque on Beaver String Quartet with the Emerald Isle Winds at Community Center at 7:30 pm on July 27, 2013

Baroque on Beaver  "Ensemble Popourri" CMU Bilogical Station, Gillingham Auditorium at 7:30pm on July 31, 2013

 Baroque on Beaver "Beaver Island Brass Quintet" 2:30 pm Holy Cross Church on August 1, 2013

 Baroque on Beaver "Something Old, Something New" at Community Center at 7:30 pm on August 1, 2013

Baroque on Beaver "Back to Bach" 7:30 pm Holy Cross Hall on August 2, 2013

 Baroque on Beaver featuring Martha Guth and Ricardo Lugo "Midsummer Noel" Holy Cross Parish Hall at 7:30 pm on August 3, 2013

Baroque on Beaver "Gaelic Blessing" Season Finale Concert Festival Chorus at Holy Cross Hall 2 pm on August 4, 2013

(It is with sad heart that BINN will be unable to record or live stream this wonderful event. The legal issues for the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association preclude this. BINN was looking forward to providing the subscribers this opportunity, especially for those unable to attend the concerts, but the decision has been made by the BICAA. If you want to hear this wonderful music, you will have to arrange to be in attendance at the concerts.)

BIRHC Raffle for Car

Tickets for this raffle of this car are available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. They are also available on select days just outside of McDonough's Market where the car was parked on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Early Bird Drawing was to take place at noon on this same day.

Victorian Dollhouse

Many of you may be aware of the Victorian-style dollhouse complete with decor, furnishings, and family which has been donated by Bj and Phil Wyckoff and lovingly restored by Connie Wojan, BJ, Jean Kinsley, Cathy Jones, Phil , and Bruce Jacobson. It is now ready for the Wellness Garden Auction which is taking place at the Beaver Island Health Center from June15- August 15th. Silent bids will be taken in the lobby as well as online and over the phone.

Go to miniatures.com to see the value of this exquisite dollhouse and all the decor which are too numerous to mention. Considering all the care and hours of preparation that these volunteers have given over the winter months , need we say more? "Priceless" is the word that comes to mind! Please stop by the lobby to get a first-hand look at this lovely home. Many people plan to make such a dollhouse for their children or grandkids, but never accomplish the task. In bidding , and possibly winning it now, you would fulfill that dream!

For those of you who have already had the ability to make one of these dollhouses, we have some furniture, decor, and various extra building pieces that will suit a guesthouse for perhaps this home , or yours. We will have a "garage sale" after this main event to rid ourselves of these pieces so let us know if you are interested in anything in particular. We will show them online at biruralhealth.org later this summer so keep watching that space for news.

Since dollhouses are something of a hobby for "miniature" enthusiasts, we have sent an article regarding the auction to three off-island newspapers as well. The winner of this event will be named (and possibly photographed) in an article after the August 15th deadline.

Please keep in mind that the proceeds will be a donation to the BIRHC Wellness Gardens. No healthcare dollars or property taxes pay for the garden plantings, fertilizer, mulch, etc... or for any volunteer. We still have a wish list of some big ticket items to add, including a pergola, an entrance arbor, some hardscape, 2 more picnic tables and benches for the paths. We are hoping to start a stepping stone pathway near the main entry but need to think about weather- resistant cement stones. We will keep you posted on that subject. If you know of somebody or a company that makes permanent weather- resistant stepping stones please let us know, ok. More news to come, submitted by Leonor and Connie, and your Wellness Garden crew.

A virtual tour of the dollhouse will be available after June 1, 2013, on this website.

We are off and growing at the Wellness Gardens!

The plans for Ellie's Walk are just about completed. In early May , Shawna Ross and her staff and CMU Honors Students arrived and worked in a team of 10 to complete the path through the wild-flower woods dedicated to Matt and Ellie Hohn. (Many of them also cleaned out the surronding areas of debris, washed windows of both the BIRHC and Forestview buildings and raked gravel out of the lawn areas). Late May then brought us Ed Leuck and his dedicated volunteer Jim Luteyn, in with the BI collection of native wildflowers. John Gordon, CMU station manager, had signs made and they are in the woods labeling the plants for visitors to see. The Lighthouse School jumped in with kids who made two benches for the pathway, Dan Burton is epoxying them for us, and they will be added to the path in early June. The last step is to highlight Ellie's sunny disposition with a bright area of native, colorful, prairie flowers and grasses. Heidi Vigil, Cheryl Podgorski, Jeff Powers, Denise McDonough, and the Wellness Gardeners will provide the plants for this which will be purchased and planted in the open sunny spot between the two buildings. Many people have donated memorial funds to this project which will be used for the purchases. We intend to highlight this project following the Wellness Garden Benefit luncheon in the gardens on July 10th. All attendees of the Garden Tour will be invited to stop by the presentation. (submitted by Leonor Jacobson)

3rd Annual Garden Tour Benefit -- Two Day Event

The 3rd Annual Garden Tour is happening on two days this year. Tuesday July 9th will feature Peaine Twps. hide-ways. We will commence at 9 am and conclude at 1pm. No set luncheon on this day but "noshing" will take place at each garden. Wednesay, July 10th will be a St. James tour with 3-4 personal gardens , and one public garden. Afterwards, we will attend a sit-down luncheon in the Wellness Garden, provided by the Stoney Acres. They will also provide their bus for transportation that day. We still need drivers for the Peaine Twp. Tour so would appreciate you letting us know about your availablity to drive others. We are hoping to fill the cars to occupancy this year in order to cut down on gas emissions, cost, and parking around peoples' homes. Details including the price, lunch menu, and driver sign-up as well as ticket purchase will be available at the health center website biruralhealth.org or by calling Betty (448-2275) or Leonor(448-2894 ) after the 4th of June. We have to limit the tours to 50 people so please plan in advance if you want to be included. Both one -day and two-day tickets will be available. No tickets will be held without payment. Thanks for understanding. We sure hope to see you join us! (submitted by Leonor Jacobson)


Purple triangles are returning to ash trees this summer in an effort to detect Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) activity on Beaver Island. This beetle was first discovered in 2002 in southeast Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. It was probably introduced through infested solid wood products. As of June 2009, Emerald Ash Borer infestations were known to be present in 12 states and two Canadian provinces. As you drive through Michigan, the visual devastation to the ash trees by this one insect is readily apparent and 30 million ash trees have been killed in southern Michigan alone. Beaver Island's 2011 EAB survey found no Emerald Ash Borers present in the 16 traps. Last winter, assistance for the 2013 trapping season was secured from John Bedford, Pest Response Program Specialist, with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Dr. James Buck with the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Federal funding has been severely cut for EAB monitoring in the Midwest; yet, these two agencies recognized the unique situation on Beaver Island and provided the quarantine signs, traps, lures, and entomology expertise to prevent the devastation from reaching here. Signs related to the archipelago firewood quarantine are in place at all points of entry in an effort to prevent EAB introduction. We appreciate the assistance of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the airlines in maintaining the firewood quarantine to protect our forests. The result of these efforts may make Beaver Island the final refuge for ash trees in the Midwest.

For additional information contact: Pam Grassmick, Beaver Island Association, 448-2314.

The B.I. Transfer Station and Recycling Center

After a little bit of research and just a quick walk through the transfer station and recycling center, it became quite obvious that a large amount of money could be saved if more of the "trash" could be recycled. There is a large quantity of each green bag received by the transfer station that could be recycled. A figure given at a previous Waste Management Committee meeting was 75-80% of the contents could be recycled. Imagine if your family or your employees were provided the opportunity to save your family and/or your business some money?

The mathematics is quite convincing. If you could cut your trash quantity down to 25% of the current amount, you would pay $4.50 for a big bag of trash instead of four times that amount $18.00. This seems like something worth doing. The various categories of recyclable materials that are currently accepted is quite large. Perhaps the name of the building should be changed to emphasize the need for more recycling. Just a switch of the two names would do a lot. This suggestion would make the building name, The Beaver Island Recycling Center and Transfer Station. This would put the emphasis on recycling, which is where the island families and businesses could actually save money. The difference is just one of sorting the materials and placing them in the proper recycling boxes.

Here is a video of some of the items recycled HERE



Road sign..............Express lane

Lots of options for recycing!

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.


Several Subscriptions Have Expired in June

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