B.I. News on the 'Net, June 2-8, 2014

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

AMVETs Meeting

Tuesday night at 7:00 PM , St. James Township Hall

Breakfast update, flag day, 4th activities...etc.

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


St James Township Board Meeting, June 4, 2014

Video of the meeting is 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.

From Dr. Jeff Powers

Next Thursday June 12th, from 10-4 pm we will be conducting a low cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic at Beaver Island Veterinary Services on Main Street Downtown. This will be in part to support an effort by the county and the Friends of Beaver Island Animals to increase dog licensure on Beaver Island. Rabies vaccination will be at a cost of $17.00 and discounts will also be available on Distemper combination vaccines, heartworm testing and many other items.

This year is also a great time to get your pets on Heartworm, flea and tick control with many discounts available from a variety of suppliers. It has never been more economical that right now to get your pet protected and vaccinated.

Please contact us at 231-448-2860 or jpowers@tds.net for more details.

Thanks everyone,

Jeff Powers DVM

Voters to Decide Five School Board Trustees

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

Ron Marsh Receives Award

Ron Marsh received a surprise yesterday, June 4, 2014, by Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department's Don Schneider, Sheriff; Chuck Vondtra, Under-sheriff; Deputy Sheriff Travis Williams; and Charlevoix County Commissioner Rich Gillespie. Ron received an award for saving a life. Ron provided emergency care for a choking adult in April of this year. Ron was driving by, a little late returning to school after lunch, and noticed a man with his hands in the universal "I'm choking" position. Ron stopped and gave the man the Heimlach maneuver to clear the patient's airway. Congratulations, Ron, on your quick reaction and proper treatment to save this person's life!! Congratulations on your knowledge on how to save a life!

Ron is now in an Emergency Medical Technician class being taught right here on Beaver Island.

(L to R) Chuck Vondra, Rich Gillespie, Travis Williams, Ron Marsh, Don Schneider

Video of the surprise presentation


From Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department:

"June 5, 2014

Sheriff Don Schneider presented Ron Marsh, a senior at the Beaver Island Community School, a Life Saving Award, yesterday June 4, 2014 on Beaver Island.

On April 25, 2014, Marsh is credited with saving the life of Bob Banville, who was choking on something he ate.  Marsh saw Banville in distress and came to his aid.  He performed the Heimlich maneuver on Banville and was able to dislodge the item from Banville’s airway.

Marsh learned how to utilize the Heimlich maneuver through a Char-Em ISD-supported CTE Health Occupational class, as well as training he received from volunteering with the fire department and working for the Beaver Island Boat Company.'


Rob & Dan
Ivan & Buck
Francis & Larry
Ron W. & Larry L.
Howard & Joe
Jeff M. & Brad
Bill & Jeff P.
Gerald & Kirk
Riley & Chad
Frank & John
Ron S. & David
Travis & Jason
Team #1 beat Team #5 13-7
Team #4 beat Team #2 11-9
Team #13 beat Team #6 14-6
Team #7 beat Team #12 15-5
Team #8 beat Team #11 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #10 15-5
Team #3 had a BYE
Team #1 vs Team #13
Team #2 vs Team 12
Team #3 vs Team 11
Team #4 vs Team #10
Team #5 vs Team #9
Team #6 vs Team #8
Team #7 BYE

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

Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

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.


Sheriff Don Schneider wants teens in Charlevoix County to have a fun and memorable experience at this year’s prom and graduation open houses. To ensure that teens stay safe, he is reminding them and their parents that underage drinking is not only dangerous but it is against the law. “You can’t have a memorable experience at prom or graduation if you are unable to remember any of it because you have had too much to drink,” said Sheriff Schneider.

The consequences of underage drinking are serious. Every year underage drivers under the influence of alcohol kill or seriously injure themselves or others in crashes. In some communities a partnership between law enforcement and school officials prevents students who have been caught drinking from participating in extracurricular activities.

Sheriff Schneider offers the following tips to prevent underage drinking and keep this year’s prom and graduation open houses safe for everyone in the community:

Sheriff Schneider warns, “Keep safe during your end of school celebrations. If you are a teen, don’t drink or use drugs. If you are a parent, remain vigilant about what your teen is doing. By making it inconvenient for kids to drink, you just may save a life.”



Community School Board Meeting, May 22, 2014

The meeting video is presented 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

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

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!

First of June on the Fox Lake Road

And now here it is, the second of June.

I had barely typed the title and was waiting for the photo to download when my little dog let out a cry. I don’t know what hurt or frightened her, but I picked her up, and she proceeded to fall asleep on my lap.

I have a simple “hunt and peck” method of typing that I developed myself (not that it’s much to brag about, really). I use both hands, and a total of three or four fingers to punch the keys; I’ve gotten pretty speedy at it.

Take away one hand, though-as when a dog is sleeping soundly with her little head cradled in the crook of my arm-and I’m useless.

I was tired, too.

I decided my “first of June” report could wait another day.

Wanting to capture the feeling of the first of June, I had taken a couple photos in the rain, from the shelter of the doorway. That alone limited the viewpoint. I couldn’t avoid the pallet leaning against the compost barrel or the white plastic five-gallon buckets filled with roots and weeds. On top of that, it was nearly dusk, and my little camera, set to automatically make those decisions, could not decide whether to flash or not. Raindrops on the lens altered the view.

I did not get good photos.

Still, I eschewed nice photos taken last week-in May-as terribly outdated in this ever-changing Spring. I decided that using photographs taken last June would be underhanded deceit, and I refused to resort to it.

I chose the best current photo to post, and started the download. That usually takes about 30 seconds. I had waited more than five minutes  when I decided to take my little dog and go to bed.

Beginning again this morning, that photo still refuses to come up.

Is my computer now making judgments about my photography skills?

Can I write a blog without an illustration?

We’ll see.

Yesterday, the first of June, was also Sunday, which marks the end of my work week in town.

Mondays, I can usually sleep in if I want to. I can write if I choose to. Then, I try to catch up on housework and yard work and laundry. Tuesdays, I devote to paperwork and phone-calls relating to my job regarding invasive species. Wednesday is for finishing up everything I didn’t finish on Monday and Tuesday, plus the day that I go to clean the floors at my aunt’s farmhouse. Evenings almost every day, from dinnertime until bedtime, I usually spend in the studio. Deadlines abound, and I’m usually behind with most of them.

The garden makes me feel anxious this time of year. So much to do! Soon, I know, it will be too late to plant. Soon, I will be too busy for it. The groundwork has to be laid early, for an easy-care growing space, or I will be frustrated all summer long, watching the weeds take over. I’ve been plugging away at it: digging and raking and hoeing, pulling weeds and hauling away debris. I rented a rototiller this year, and hired  a young man to work up the large vegetable area and the weed-choked pathways between the perennial beds.

Yesterday, with rain predicted for the first of the week, I was determined to plant.

I like to have my seeds in before the mosquitoes hatch. I have already missed that deadline this year, and the little vampires are out in force.

Sunday is a short work day; I could be home by three PM.

“My goal,” I told anyone who would listen, “is to get my entire garden planted today, before the rain comes.”

Some said, “You’ll never make it.” Others offered more hope, or at least, “Good luck!”

I went home armed with bug repellant, cedar stakes and garden twine I changed into short pants, a T-shirt and slip-on shoes. I put on a layer of sunscreen, then bug repellant oil to my face, ears and scalp, then an all-over spray of the “deep woods” formula.

I moved the outdoor table to my “staging” area. There, unloaded the twine, stakes and bug repellant. I brought the toolbox out, for hammer, tape measure and anything else I might find that I would need. I carried out the garden tote with hand tools and seeds. One big citronella candle, a reference book, a note pad and pencil and a pair of scissors. A big cup of coffee. My large tools leaned against the side, buckets and wheelbarrow at the ready. What else could I possibly need?

Time to get started!

First the rake, to smooth out the soil and remove the roots and weeds that the tiller turned under.

Measure. Stake. Link the stakes with garden twine. Make a furrow. Plant the seeds.

Every now and then a pause...to consult my book on companion planting, to reapply mosquito dope, to jot down notes, lest I forget what is where.

First, three hills of pumpkins against the back fence. The seed was old, so I over-planted, and used an area that wouldn’t take away from my staple vegetables.

Next, a row of onion sets. I planted thickly, as I’ll thin to use through the season, making room for some to grow into “winter-keepers.”

Then rain.

Wait a bit, to see if it will stop. Is it something I can work through?


Let the dogs in first: Clover’s terror of rainstorms makes the little dog nervous, too.

Bring in the toolbox, the garden tote, the books and papers. Make another run to grab the scissors and twine. One more for the coffee...now cold and diluted.

But the rain didn’t last! My heart soared!

Five-thirty...still a couple hours of daylight.

Out with the toolbox; out with the garden tote. Another fogging with mosquito repellent...add a hat...and a face net.

Try again.

A row of collards because they are easier to grow than head cabbage but offer the same flavor for soups.

A row of Swiss chard…because since Aunt Katie taught me how good it is, I can’t ever get enough.

Rake and measure for the next row.

Six-thirty. I looked at two miserable dogs: bored, too warm and bothered by bugs.

“Would you like to take a ride?”

They jumped at the opportunity!

Me, with a thick layer of garden dirt clinging to my skin and clothes, the dogs, with wagging tails and big doggy grins, loaded into the car and headed for water. Windows down for the rain-freshened air and the breeze, two and a half miles to the access point for Fox Lake.

We had the beach to ourselves. I enjoyed the breeze that was keeping biting insects away, the view, and the sight of the dogs in their glory. They explored. They sniffed around the fire pit and picnic area, every beached boat and ‘most every tree in the clearing. They chased a chipmunk and then a black squirrel. They waded in the lake.

When we headed home, tired and happy, I told myself, “I can plant tomorrow.”

It stormed through the night. It has rained already again this morning. Right now, the sun is peaking out. Maybe I can!

And now, finally, here’s that photograph!

Sunday Drive

Check on the Osprey and Loons and Others

Barney's Lake views of loons, turkeys, and sandhills

Ospreys on Sloptown

Beth Leuck's and Pam Grassmick's

Comments on Birding Trail Dedication

Way to Go Beaver Island!

So, how was the Beaver Island Birding Trail dedication?  The positive comments speak for themselves:
“Beaver Island is so beautiful...the water is so clear...the community was so welcoming...the staging area of pelagics [birds found on open water] is unprecedented. I have to travel all season to see an Olive-sided Flycatcher and we saw 4 in one spot...wow, the dedication meal, the Community Center setting and speakers were incredible...the drivers and field guides were so knowledgeable (thanks to our host drivers: Jim Gillingham, Ed and Beth Leuck, and Bob Tidmore)...we had 102 bird species in 24 hours....your birding habitats are great....nice to see miles of roads without invasive species...we saw a Kirkland warbler"...and the list goes on.

The Beaver Island community can be proud of hosting this inaugural event.  Many thanks to our corporate sponsors who transported, fed, and housed many of the speakers and field trip leaders.  Those sponsors were:  the Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Lodge, Dalwhinnies, Island Airways, McDonough’s Market, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant.  The Community Center and staff provided a welcoming gathering space, filled with birding information.  Doris Larson needs special recognition for her efforts in showcasing the fabulous art work by talented island artists during the dedication.  Brian Mastenbrook, Department of Natural Resources, placed interpretive signs at Oliver’s Point, Camp 3, Black Hills, Lake Geneserath, and across from the Wagner Campground at the Seven Bridges trailhead.

So now what?  The birders are busy blogging about the event, the island, and the birds.  As Brian Allan, one of the trip leaders remarked about e-Bird, an online reporting system for bird sightings, “we lit up Beaver Island like a Christmas tree.”  Some of the trip leaders are talking about offering an October fall birding trip.

The BIBT dedication and field trips will be archived on www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org along with birding photos from the Island event.  Birders year-round can enjoy online information about the island’s birding opportunities. Stay tuned for updates to the site.

Keep up the fantastic welcoming attitude, Beaver Island!  It will prove to be an economic boost to the island and provide birders with warm memories of their island adventure.

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?



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

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:
June 21

Sept. 20

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 8:  Pastor Gerry Heyboer
June 15:  Chaplain Todd Thompson
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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Wetlands Month Features

Blanding’s turtle

May 30, 2014

May is American Wetlands Month, a month to appreciate and enjoy the wonders of wetlands! Take some time to experience this amazing native ecosystem by visiting one of Michigan’s Wetland Wonders. There you may find one of Michigan’s terrific turtles--the Blanding’s turtle.

The Blanding’s turtle is mostly yellow and black. The carapace, or upper shell, of the turtle is domed and dark brown or black with some light yellow spots. The plastron, or lower shell, is yellow with dark blotches on the outer edges. The Blanding’s turtle has a large, dark head with a yellow chin and an impressively long neck, which it uses to reach out and catch prey.

Blanding’s turtles may be found throughout the state, except for the extreme eastern and western Upper Peninsula. A turtle of quiet water, Blanding’s turtles prefer ponds, small lakes, wetlands and slow-moving rivers. They feed on crayfish, snails, insects, frogs, fish, worms and plants. This turtle can feed on land or water, unlike most other Michigan turtles that feed in the water only.

A long-lived turtle, the Blanding’s turtle can live to be more than 50 years old. This turtle lays up to 20 eggs in June. The female sometimes travels up to a mile from water to find a sandy site in which to lay her eggs. The young hatch in August or September and must travel to a nearby water source, dodging predators like raccoons, herons and egrets on the way.

Blanding’s turtles are considered a species of special concern in the state, meaning that this turtle is becoming increasingly rare. This is mostly due to habitat loss and road mortality, as the turtle often crosses roadways to get to nesting and feeding sites.

If you come across a Blanding’s turtle in the wild, please leave the turtle where it is. Do not attempt to collect it as a pet, and please do not move the turtle. Appreciate it with a photo or a long look and then let it be, as it is a protected species in Michigan.

The Blanding’s turtle can be found at many of Michigan’s state game and wildlife areas, including Fish Point, Maple River, Allegan and Shiawassee River.

Michigan’s state game and wildlife areas are free to wildlife watchers. Hunting license fees pay for habitat management at these areas. Even if you are not a hunter in the traditional sense, consider purchasing an $11 dollar base license to help the creatures you "hunt" with binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.

Also consider joining the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL). MWL is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow. To learn more about the MWL visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders or look for MWL on Facebook.

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.

From a September 2013 Beaver Island News on the 'Net story:

Riley Justis, Principal/Superintendent of Beaver Island Community School has just released a press release on 09/19/13:

"It is my pleasure to announce that Beaver Island Community School's Early Elementary Teacher, Miranda Rooy, hs been slected as one of 19 teachers acros the nation to represent the teaching profession and the Nation Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Washington, D.C. this October. These teachers have been selected to provide input and direction for the continued reform and growth of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Process. Miranda received her National Board Teacher Certification two years ago, an honor reserved for a small number of teacher across the nation and she is one of only 365 in the state of Michigan.

Beaver Island Community School has the honor and the privilege to maintain the highest level of teacher quality and Ms. Rooy's selection once again points to the quality and fidelity of the educational impact of the teachers here at BICS. Please join with us in honoring Miranda Rooy for her work and continued dedication to the craft and profession of teaching and learning in our community and beyond."

"An Invitation from Ron Thorpe to Attend Congressional NBCT Event

Dear Ms. Rooy:

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in an important bipartisan event being held in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2013.

United States Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is convening the other 18 board-certified doctors in Congress for a briefing on whether a fully scaled National Board Certification could support the teaching profession in the way a model centered on board certification has strengthened the medical profession. We have selected one NBCT from each of the districts represented in Congress by board-certified physicians to participate in this event. We hope you will accept this invitation to meet with these Congressional members and their staff, including your United States Representative, Dan Benishek of the 1st Congressional District of Michigan, a board-certified general surgeon.

A moderated panel of NBCTs will be at the center of the event.  As an accomplished teacher, you will be a member of this panel. The purpose of this panel is for Congressional members and their staff to learn more about the value of Board Certification, what it means to be an accomplished practitioner in teaching, and the pathways currently in place to move teachers toward such status.

The National Board will cover hotel and costs of your travel. We ask that you arrive at our offices by noon on October 9th. There will be a lunch at the National Board offices on October 9th, and a dinner held in your honor that evening. In addition, we are pleased to provide you with complimentary registration to attend the National Board’s Teaching & Learning Conference, scheduled for March 14-15, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

A century ago, the workforce in medicine bore little resemblance to what it is today. Among the several commitments the profession made to achieve this transformation was the development of board certification. Today board certification in medicine -- while still voluntary -- is nearly universal. In fact, the entire preparation path for physicians from undergraduate and graduate training through residency and into professional practice has been designed so that most physicians achieve such status.

When the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was created in 1987, the founders had the medical model in mind. The profession built the standards and the assessment process, but the essential missing piece is that we have not taken Board Certification in teaching to scale. Even in the face of growing evidence that shows students in classes with Board-certified teachers learn at a higher rate than students in other classes, the profession has done little to make its own measure of excellence an expectation for all those who move beyond the novice phase.

(Personal contact information was removed.) Once we hear from you, we will follow up with logistics and background information. Thanks for considering this invitation and for all that you do for students and the profession of teaching.


Ronald Thorpe"

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:


It's a Boy!

Coulter Brody Thorson

The newest addition to the Thorson family arrived May 28, 2014, at 4:47 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs 8 oz and measured 22.5 in. long. He is the son of Kendra Wojan Thorson and Seth Thorson. His grandparents from Beaver Island are Jim and Karen Wojan.

Coulter Brody Thorson


The meeting was held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the Peaine Township Hall. In attendance were the two township-approved members of this authority.

These two members were Bill Kohls, appointed by Peaine Township, and Rick Speck, appointed by St. James Township. Also in attendance were Rachel Champenoy for BIEMS and Tim McDonough for BIFD. The meeting was held in the conference room of the Peaine Hall. Most discussion centered around first things to be accomplished and some goal-setting. The BIESA discussed the possibility of increasing the number of board members from the current one from each township to a total of five board members. Bill Kohls is working with the Peaine Township legal team to move in this direction. The goal would be to have some language ready to be discussed at the July township board meetings with the hope that the board could be constituted in August to begin the work of developing an organizational chart and by-laws.

It was pointed out to the ESA Board that medical direction was already in place for BIEMS. Each EMS agency in the County of Charlevoix is regulated and operated under the control of the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority. This MCA has been established by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, and the medical activities of BIEMS are determined by this CCMCA. Treatments of emergency patients are completed under the license of Dr. Mark Smith, who is the physician in charge of the CCMCA. Any medical decisions will be made in the prehospital care of patients based upon the standing orders or online verbal orders of the CCMCA.

There was no discussion of combining the two completely different departments into one organization. The organizational chart suggested would maintain the operations of the two departments, but bring the information about job descriptions and organization structure under the ESA board. The insurance and assets would then next be moved to the Authority, and operations would be handled by the appointees by the ESA board.

One of the first official acts of the ESA board was to officially appoint Tim McDonough as chief of the Beaver Island Fire Department and appoint Rachel Champenoy as the director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services. These appointments have now been approved by the ESA, the ESA Board has met for the first time, and some goals are being set to get this board up and running. Congratulations to both townships, and to the newly formed and appointed ESA board members as well as the ESA appointed fire chief and EMS director.

BIFD Chief Tim McDonough and BIEMS Director Rachel Champenoy

Video of this meeting HERE

More Bird Feeder Pictures

The elusive, fast-moving, bumblebee-sounding, hummingbird

Male Baltimore Oriole

Female Oriole

Memorial Day, 2014

updated speech by James Latta

Memorial Day, first officially observed on May 30, 1868, was proclaimed on the 5th of that month by General John Logan commander of the Grand Army of the Republic with these words: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of this country in the late rebellion and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet church yard in the land”. At that first “Decoration Day” flowers were placed upon the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The custom of decorating graves on May 30th each year led to the name Decoration Day; a name that was later changed to Memorial Day.

While General Logan may have been the first to formalize observances on May 30th through his General Order No. 11, the actual beginnings of Memorial Day are shrouded in history. Over two dozen cities and towns have claimed to be the birthplace of this special day. There is evidence too that the custom of remembrance started in the South even before the end of the Civil War. In one instance former slaves disinterred hastily buried Union soldiers, and reburied them with proper grave markings as a tribute.

In reality it is likely that the day and its meaning had many separate beginnings in town and village celebrations, either planed or spontaneous, where people gathered to honor the Civil War dead. These celebrations undoubtedly reflected the universal human need to honor our dead and find meaning in the warrior’s sacrifice. Each such celebration added its impetus to the growing movement that culminated in General Logan’s Order.

Ultimately, it is not important who was the very first. What is important is that in the 145 years since General Order No.11, we still come together at the end of May each year. And in reality Memorial Day is not just about old divisions or remembrance. It is about reconciliation. It is about coming together to honor those who gave “their all”. And it is about acknowledging all who by their service demonstrate a strong sense of community and a continuing willingness to ensure the safety and freedom of this land, regardless of the personal cost of that choice.

If Memorial day teaches us anything it is that there are three separate but intertwined threads of the human experience bound up in it; remembrance, reconciliation, and acknowledgement. We remember those who have died in battle and reconcile that loss to our continued existence. We also remember and acknowledge those who served and did not die in battle but have now passed on and again reconcile ourselves to our loss. And we acknowledge those who continue the tradition of service to this country and in a very real way to this island.

In this spirit of Memorial Day, then, Post 46 wishes to remember four of our veterans who have passed away since this day last year. They are:

        Dr. Frank Olney, U.S. Army
        Dick Durusha, U.S. Army
        Patrick LaFreniere, U.S. Army
        Paul Newman, U.S Army Air Force

Beaver Island’s long history of service is not only in the past. It continues to this day. According to our research, there are currently nineteen soon to be active duty or active duty military personnel either from the island or from families with connections to the island. By-the-way, if we have missed anyone that any of you know about, please tell us after this service. We want to have an accurate record of those currently serving.

Post 46, now, wishes to acknowledge our active duty family.

Of these twelve two are not in active service yet but have been sworn in and are waiting for orders to boot camp. They are:

  1. Kyle  Meintsma and
  2.  Kammeron Mientsma, grandsons of Shirley and Jerry Sowa. Kyle and Kameron have enlisted in the Army.
  3. Also currently serving in the U. S. Air Force and stationed in Hawaii is Shirley Sowa’s nephew Sgt. Nicklaus White.
  4. Air Crew chief in the North Carolina Air National Guard TSgt. Kathy McQuay is the daughter of Dee and Brian Gallagher.
  5.  U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Morgan is the son of Tina and Gary Morgan.
  6. U. S. Air Force Senior Airman Hanna Connor, daughter of Heidi Vigil and Jeff Connor and sister of Levi Connor, is currently stationed in Yakota, Japan.
  7. Coast Guardsman Nick Gould, son of Vicky and Al Gould, is assigned to the ice breaker Botany Bay berthed in Detroit.
  8. Seaman Jenna Butler, Machinists Mate, is the daughter of Nancy and Darryl Butler and sister of Trace and Dillon Butler.
  9. U. S. Air Force Major Eric Lathrop, the son–in-law of Tricia and Tim King, will soon graduate from test pilot school and will be assigned to the 413th test squadron at Eglin AFB.
  10. U.S. Army Major Jeremy Bearss, son of Carole and Jon Bearss, has recently received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and has been selected to be promoted to Lt. Col.
  11. Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Latta, Hull Technologist, the son of Caroline and James Latta, is assigned to the USS Wasp whose home port is Norfolk, Virginia.
  12. Petty Officer 1st class Seth Thorson, U.S. Coast Guard, Seth is the son-in-law of Karen and James Wojan.
  13.  Petty Officer 3rd Class Julie Sommer, Sonar Technician U.S. Navy, Julie is the daughter of Nancy and Roger Somer.
  14. Lt. Commander Megan Cull, U.S. Coast Guard, daughter of Kathy and Dennis Cull
  15. SSgt. Alan Newstead, U.S. Army is the son of Becky and Murtes Newstead
  16. Simon Kenwabikise is a member of the Michigan Army National Guard and is the son of Hermenia Hoffman and Johnny Paul Kenwabikise.
  17. Tristan Kenwabikise, son of Simon Kenwbikise, U.S. Army
  18. Cameron LaVasser U. S. Navy, son of Carol Burton. And
  19. Finally, after starting with the newest service members, it is only fitting that we end with, as far as we know, the longest serving current serviceman. Coast Guard Chief Brian T. Hanz, Air Maintenance Technician ALPAT (Alaska Patrol) assigned to Kodiak Island, Alaska, is retiring on June 13th after 29 ½ years of active service. Chief Hanz is the son of Maureen and Larry Hanz who will be attending the ceremony.

We at Post 46 ask that you keep in your prayers all these Beaver Island service people deceased and living. As a community we owe them, as we do all veterans, a very large debt.

Jeremy Bearss Receives Award

On the 3rd of February 2014, Major Jeremy Bearss was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as the Resident Training Officer at the Department of Defense Joint Pathology Center. His outstanding professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the Joint Pathology Center, the Department of Defense Veterinary Pathology Residency Program, and the DoD Military Working Dog Program. Subsequently, on the 14th of May, Major Bearss was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Major Bearss is currently assigned as the Chief of Pathology Laboratory Services at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Disease (USAMRIID).

Memorial Day Ceremony

at Veteran's Memorial Park

The island people gathered in memory of those who gave their all for the country. The gathering was full of enthusiastic people, several of them telling stories of their service to the country. This gathering was quite respectful as well as enthusiastic.

A very interested group of attendees

The Pledge was led by Erin Boyle...Then Bob Tidmore explained the flags

Short clip 1


One line of veterans

The second line of veterans

Jim Latta gave the history of Memorial Day

Short Clip 2-360 of the gathering


Preparation for the closing prayer

Closing prayer by Bob Hoogendoorn

Short clip 3


Video of the whole ceremony HERE

Gail's Walk

The 5k walk that began today, Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 3 p.m. started at the public beach and ended at the public beach. The approximate participation was in the neighborhood of fifty-five participants. The fundraiser is in memory of Gail Weede and benefited a BIRHC fund for helping those who needed to get to the mainland for medical appointments, but didn't have the financial capability to get to the appointment.

Gathering at the beach, and then the horn sounded starting the walk.

The participants were off and walking.

The last of the starters.

Video of the Start of the Gail's Walk 2014


The group that organized the event were down on the beach by a picnic table, so it was time to see about an interview.

They jokingly asked Bob Banville to be quiet while the interview was going on.

Lisa Gillespie and Beth Croswhite were interviewed.

Video of the Interview


Holy Cross Historical Dedication

Father Jim gave a short introduction, with Danny and Danny performing, and then Father Jim introduced the speaker.

The representative from the State of Michigan making his presentation.

The attendees to the dedication.

As the speaker finished up, Phil Hoffman and Greg McMaster spoke.

Father used holy water to bless the marker

Danny and Danny played a couple more songs.

The two sides of the commemorative historical marker.

View Video of the Dedication HERE

AMVETs Memorial Sunday Breakfast

This traditional breakfast took place today, Sunday, May 25, 2014, beginning at 8 a.m. and running until noon. This breakfast is a free will offering event with everyone invited. It was held this morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Jack Spanak poses for a picture

The pay as you enter free will offering table with Chuck Carpenter, Ron Stith, and Jack Spanak

Regular pancakes and blueberry pancakes........scrambled eggs with bacon......link sausage

Fruit cocktail and much more

Some of the AMVET workers

Coffee, tea, and more workers

The note on the board as you walked into the Parish Hall.

Just a few of the customers for this fundraising breakfast

Short Video Clip of the AMVETS Breakfast 

Catching Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

Wasn’t it less than two weeks ago that I mentioned we were getting more snow?

I know it was only last week that I woke up to icy frost covering everything.

Working outside today, it’s hard to believe we so recently left winter weather behind!

In the woods, the Spring Beauties, Trout Lilies and Trillium are glorious. Ramps are ready to be harvested; morel mushrooms are out there, though I haven’t found any yet. In my flower beds, hyacinth, narcissus and tulips are blooming. Asparagus is poking out of the ground, rhubarb is nearly ready to pull and I made a meal the other day with some kale that made it through the winter under all of that snow.

The birds are singing. Shrubs and trees are budding. Snakes are sunning themselves on the path. Two big flies are buzzing in my window, for heaven’s sake!

Spring has finally caught up with the calendar!

I’m working at getting caught up, too.

This winter was terribly hard on my house, and on my budget. The cost of heat alone was through the roof, with the combination of a long winter and extreme temperatures. Snow plowing was another major necessary expense. On top of that, I’ve had roof troubles, electrical problems and water issues that are just now getting ironed out.

Because the cold weather kept people away, and inside their warm homes, businesses were struggling, as well. My work hours were cut back or cut out. Even with six jobs, I wasn’t putting in forty hours a week.

When the first of May came around, I had annual car insurance, plus a mortgage payment and one credit card payment due. Telephone, propane and electricity bills were all over due. In addition, I had a bill from the hospital for lab work, from the Medical Center for a blood draw, and from the pharmacy for prescriptions. I had a winter property tax bill that was due on Valentine’s Day.

I had less than three hundred dollars in my bank account.

On top of all that, I had no drainage. When the washing machine emptied, it filled the bathtub; one sink backed up into another; the toilet overflowed. For over a month-waiting for the frost to go out of the ground and the snow melt that was saturating the field to dry up and the plumbers and septic workers to find time-I’ve been taking military showers, washing clothes at my aunt’s house, doing dishes in a bucket (that had to be then emptied outside)and allowing myself one flush per day.

But the weather is changing.

People are coming out of their homes and looking at Spring projects. Visitors are coming to Beaver Island. Business is picking up. With it, my hours at work are increasing.

Friday evening, money in the bank, I sat down to sort and prioritize bills. I couldn’t catch everything up, but it felt good to make progress.

Yesterday, water issues resolved, I spent the evening doing laundry, housework and dishes, relishing my ability to actually put water down the drain. I took a long, hot shower.

This morning, I took time to read. I truly enjoy all the blogs that I follow, and care about the people that write them. I like to know what’s going on with them, just as I do with family and other friends. With work picking up....and other issues to deal with....I’ve been sorely behind. My comments-when I have stolen the time to read and taken the time to comment-have been speedily composed and extremely brief. I have been very lax in acknowledging comments made to my own blogs. Today, I spent a lovely morning turning that around.

Finally, it seems like I am catching up!

Follow Cindy's Blog HERE


THOMAS QUENTIN THIEME, 70, died peacefully on Sunday, May 18, 2014, surrounded by family. He was a son of the late Wayne L. and Mary Louise (Rhamy) Thieme. A graduate of South Side High School, in 1962, he attended Indiana University and graduated from International Business College, in 1966. Tom's love of music led to a musical career starting at age 15 as a bass guitar player with local rock and roll bands before a 30+ year career as a producer/director at WPTA-TV 21.

He took great pleasure in travel, the art and science of film and television, hikes, beach bonfires, and sunsets on Beaver Island, Mich.

He was the devoted husband of Nita L. (Stomberg) Thieme; beloved father of Kimberley T. (Robert R.) Dixon and Tracey E. (Tim A.) Sheppard; and cherished "Poppers" to grandsons, Thomas Edward Dixon, Alexander Thieme Sheppard, Aidan Thomas Sheppard, and Luke Quentin Sheppard. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 West Wayne St., with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial to follow service in Lindenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beaver Island Community Center, www.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org, 26215 Main St., PO Box 494, Beaver Island, MI 49782; or Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, www.vnfw.org, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-quentin-thieme&pid=171085286#sthash.yIx2nZhM.dpuf

In Honor of the Birding Trail Dedication

A short drive out to Sloptown Road, around past Barney's Lake, and then to Willie Schmidt's Corner revealed some of the birds that catch this editor's eye. The short drive was worth the trip.

Osprey on Sloptown Road

Osprey, loons, and eagle at Barney's Lake

On the way to the car at Barney's Lake

At Willie Schmidt's Corner

Short Osprey Video Clip


Short Eagle Video Clip

Beaver Island Birding Trail Dedication

(Photos by Deb Bousquet and Video by Kaylyn Jones)

While the editor was busy teaching five community members in an emergency medical technician course the art of patient assessment, the videographer and the photographer were hard at work at the Beaver Island Community Center attending the birding trail dedication. The dedication of the Beaver Island Birding Trail was live streamed for subscribers and donators to Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island Live Streaming Project.

You can check out the website of the birding trail HERE. Here are a few pictures of the evening.

Meeting in the lobby of the Community Center

The auditorium...............the lobby...............the live stream setup

The food...

Inside at the tables

The place was packed with people

It must be time to drink some wine and begin getting some food.

Drs. Jeff Powers and Wendy White

While everyone was inside eating and getting ready for the presentation,

some quick pictures of the art work and items for sale were taken.

Listening very intensely to the presentation.

Pam Grassmick

The empty lobby

The presentations and information presented were quite interesting.

View video of the presentations HERE

Sign-up for Veteran's Health Benefits at BIRHC

Purple Loosestrife

by Cindy Rickgers

Some of these invasive plants can certainly be deceptive.

Unlike Phragmites, whose sharp, grassy stalks form an impenetrable wall, many herbaceous perennials are actually quite attractive. They seem quite soft and fluffy; often producing striking flowers.

Purple Loosestrife is another one.

First introduced to this country in the 1830s Purple Loosestrife came here as a contaminant of ship’s ballast. It was also brought here as a medicinal herb, for treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding, wounds, ulcers and sores. It was welcomed in gardens for its beautiful flowers; beekeepers appreciated the nectar it provided for their hives (though it did not result in a flavorful honey).

Let us not be deceived.

Like all invasive species, this plant does not “play well with others.” It does not co-exist with our native plants. It wants to take over.

Purple Loosestrife is an herbaceous,wetland perennial that can thrive in a wide range of habitats. By the 1850s it had taken over much of the eastern seaboard. It spread easily as we built and used more inland canals and waterways. Seeds are easily dispersed by water,and by mud adhering to aquatic wildlife, livestock and people. By 1996, Purple Loosestrife had invaded every single one of the contiguous states, except Florida, and every Canadian province!

Established plants grow six to seven feet tall and up to four feet wide. Each plant is made up of 30 to 50 stems, each stem topped with a large, seed-producing flower head. One mature plant can produce more than two million seeds annually! Plants quickly dominate the herbaceous canopy, causing a sharp decline in biological diversity. Infestations can result in a dramatic disruption of water flow. By crowding out native species, they effectively eliminate food sources for many birds and marsh animals.

In addition, note that there is no effective method to completely control this plant, except where it occurs in small, localized stands and can be intensely managed.

The brochure on Beaver Island’s Top 10 Invasive Plants, put out by the Beaver Island Association, offers this good description:


Purple Loosestrife.....is most often found in damp habitats. It has a square stem, like a mint, and the pairs of leaves that occur on the stems grow directly opposite each other. The leaves are lance-shaped and the stem and leaves are covered with fine hairs. It flowers from June until September and produces showy spikes of bright pink-purple flowers, sometimes with over 30 stems from a single plant.

The brochure goes on to say that purple loosestrife has been found in scattered clumps around the island, including along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Beaver Island is still in a position to be able to manage this plant. That alone sets us apart from most shoreline communities in North America! Let’s take advantage of it, with continued vigilance to take care of our wetlands.

View this at the Stop the Invasives blog HERE

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

Obituaries and Updates

Jacqueline Ann Howard

Jacqueline Ann Howard, 82, of Charlevoix, formerly of Beaver Island, and Grattan, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.  She was born September 13, 1931, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Russell and Gertrude (Barry) VerDuin.

She married Martin L. “Lew” Howard on August 29, 1953, in Parnell.  They made their home in Grattan and owned and operated Greenville Farm and Garden. They moved to Beaver Island in 1991, where they had vacationed since the late 1950's. Lew died on December 22, 1997, and Jacqueline moved to Charlevoix in 2007.

She is survived by her children, Susan Howard of Charlevoix, Patricia A. (Bruce) Cull of Beaver Island, Robert Howard of Charlevoix; grandsons, Patrick and Matthew Cull, and Bobby Wilson.

A memorial service will be 1 pm, Saturday, June 7th, at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Please sign Jacqueline's guestbook at winchesterfuneralhome.com

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!!

BICS End of School Year Calendar

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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

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