B. I. News on the 'Net, June 20-26, 2011

Beaver Island Gasoline Prices

A fill-up today at the only Beaver Island gasoline station, Island Energies, was a pleasant surprise. The gas price went down forty cents per gallon! The price today, June 24, 2011, is $4.999 per gallon, down from $5.399 per gallon just a day or so ago. The decrease is exactly the same as the increase when it went up. a 7.4% decrease in price. Thank you, Island Energies, for a decrease.

Carl Felix, 91, Passes Away

AMVETS Post 46 asks that flags be flown at 1/2 mast for Friday and Saturday in honor of Carl Felix who passed away Thursday. 

Carl was a WWII veteran and  fought and served in Central Europe and took part in the battle of the bulge .  His rank was Private First Class and classification was combat engineer . He received the Bronze Battle Star for action against the enemy while doing his duties as assigned behind the front where he and his men were orking unarmed.   When threatened by a counter offensive he led some of the men into a village where there was a small weapons depot and ammunition.  He gathered up the weapons and munitions and returned to the men at the work site  arming them just in time to take action against the enemy troops as they approached.  Carl's action enabled the men and Carl to kill and stop the enemy troops there by stopping a flanking action by the enemy saving many lives. Carl remained in Germany after Germany fell and continued his work until he went home. Carl received the Bronze Battle Star, the WWII Victory metal, the Battle Campaign  Central Europe Metal and The Good Conduct Metal (Thanks AMVETs for the information.)

Barney's Lake Pictures

The wild irises are out. The loons are swimming on the lake. There are lots of things to view and hear.

Video of the loons on Barneys Lake


Paradise Bay Coffee Shop Open for the Season

The Paradise Bay Coffee Shop is open for the season with your hosts Dale and Terry Keyes.

On Thursdays the Farmers' Market is at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 9-11 a.m.

Video at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop


Emerald Isle Arrives in the Fog

As you can see in the pictures above, the Emerald Isle arrived on the island today after an 8:20 am departure. The lake and the harbor were very much foggy and hard to see with a visibility of less than a quarter mile. By the time the boat was unloaded and loaded and ready for its return trip, the fog in the harbor was completely gone.

BIRHC Will Dispose of Expired Drugs

Rather than just throwing your expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs in the trash or down the drain, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has become a "pill drop off" location. They will dispose of these items for you. The rural health center also has needle disposal containers and are willing to provide them to you as well. Here is their flyer.

Rosanna Jeannette Harvey Passes Away

Round Lake - Rosanna Jeannette Harvey, age 79, of Round Lake, died Friday, June 17, 2011 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

She was born September 28, 1931 in Beaver Island, Michigan to Daniel and Mable (Perron) Gillespie. On August 1, 1957, she married Tracy Le Roy Harvey Sr. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1988.

A resident of the Round Lake area since 1970, she was an assistant manager and cashier for the Round Lake McDonald's Restaurant.

She enjoyed sewing, ceramics and tending to her flower gardens. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed her afternoon TV, especially Judge Wappner. Rosanna was a member of St. Joseph Church in Libertyville.

She is survived by a son, Daniel E. (Marlene) of Oxnard, CA, a son, Michael W. (Cindy) of Jacksonville, FL, a daughter, Teresa M. (Paul) Gautier of Chicago, a son, Jon C. (Terri) of Dickson, TN, a daughter, Pamela J. (Terrance) Beddow of Norfolk, VA, a son Brian C. (Colleen) of Kingsley, MI, a son, Jeffrey A. ( Sarah) of Ingleside, a son, Steven Fitzgerald of Michigan City, IN; two step-sons, Tracy LeRoy Harvey Jr. of Bellaire, MI, Roy Lynn (Ruth) Harvey of Copperville, MI; grandchildren, Tiena M. (Derek) Ellis, Christopher J. Harvey, Darlene D. Harvey, Steven M. (Misty) Lucero, Kevin M. Beddow, Stephanie M. (Benjamin) Legendre, Molly J. Gautier, Michael T. Harvey, Phillip H. Gautier, Hunter Harvey; three great grand-children, Zachary and Nicholas Partee of Oxnard, CA and Rion Joseph Legendre of San Diego, CA; a sister, Mary Jane Gillespie of Afton, MI; and many step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tracy Le Roy Harvey Sr.; a daughter, Becky Ann Harvey on August 6, 1971; her parents; a brother, Louis Eugene Gillespie; and a sister, Roberta Mae Dial.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Justen's Round Lake Funeral Home, 222 W. North Rosedale Court (at Cedar Lake Road), Round Lake, IL 60073.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Libertyville.

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to the National Kidney Foundation, 215 N. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60610. For information, please call the funeral home at 847-546-3300 , or send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com .

Photos from Bob Tidmore

These photos came from Bob Tidmore of the wonderful wildflowers that grow alongside the Kings Highway. Great pictures, Bob! Thank you!

Community School Announces Guest Speaker

BICS has a guest speaker coming to the island on July 14 th, 2011. The presentation is titled  “ A powerful message about how a cell phone changed so many lives forever in less than two minutes.” The presentation will be held at Beaver Island Community School in the High School Commons at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited!

Veterans' Memorial Update

We will be sending in an order for bricks just after the 4th of July for installation at the memorial in August.   Remember bricks are available for any veteran and will go in the pads in front of the flagpoles.  Families, organizations or businesses can also purchase a brick and those will go into the sidewalk area.   See the details on the order form.

We will have the formal dedication at 3:00 PM on July 3rd (Sunday) and all are invited. The granite monuments will be shipped to the island soon and will be installed before the dedication.

Any questions give us a call at 231-448-3088 or e-mail to amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Link to order form for bricks

BICS Summer Programs

Basketball Camp

(By Kerry Smith)

Chris Watz is the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Bay City Western High School. This is his 2nd year coming to the island to teach camp. He teaches camp to grades 4th -12th and mixes the ages together showing them the fundamentals of basketball and playing some fun games. The kids really enjoy his coaching style. He brings his family to the island which are his wife Rebecca, his daughter Emily and his son Jake. Emily and Jake help out with the camps. I found Chris through the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan a two years ago, I called him up and he seemed like what we wanted and now we plan to have him come every year. He has been a successful coach for the last 10 years at Bay City Western. Chris led his team to their 2nd district title and 1st ever regional championship and he  has a 6'10' senior that has been recruited to play for Michigan State this fall. We are very fortunate to have found Chris, the kids love him and his family.

On the last day of basketball camp, scrimmages are in progress...

BICS Staff, Mike Myers and Kerrie Smith look on

Video Interview with Basketball Coach of Summer Camp


Tae Kwon Do at BICS Summer Program

David and Susan Avery with Students

Father Pat's Farewell Celebration

After an absolutely wonderful meal, the celebration of Father Pat Cawley's fifteen year presence on Beaver Island was celebrated. While there were many laughs, there were also many tears, knowing that next Sunday would be the last official mass celebrated by Father Pat. There were many things on the program with representatives from different groups including one group that had had only two members, the "pfFP," the "Protestants for Father Pat." The meal and celebration began at 11:30 a.m.on Sunday, June 19, 2011, and didn't come to a close until almost 2 p.m. with catholics and protestants celebrating this wonderful man's contributions to the island people. Lots of stories were told, the greatest majority of them being humorous. Pictures and video HERE

Frank Solle Pictures

Showy Lady's Slippers are starting to open along Kings Highway. You have to be careful of the poison ivy as you approach many of them as it is thick along the roadside ditch. There are other things showing up along the side of the road and one should probably be wary of them as well.

Snapping Turtle

Eight Chipmunks Playing

If you have ever tried to get a picture of any size group of chipmunks, you will understand why the eight chipmunks are not in this one photograph. Whether they are playing or fighting to keep control of their food source, a bird feeder and bird bath in the yard. Here are a couple of chipmunk pictures.

6th Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

Although the wind was swirling around the golf course, it was a gorgeous day for a golf outing. The tournament results seemed quite unusual, just like the windy weather. With four four-man teams with exactly the same score for the round of golf, that score being a two under par 33, the team with the score of 34 was out of the winning circle. These four teams had to compete in a playoff to determine first place.

The following teams were tied for 1st place after 9 holes:

Kevin Stipp-Mike Sowa-Frank Solle-Patrick Cull

Ivan Young-Buck Ridgeway-Joe Moore-Howard Davis

Jeff Mestelle-Ryan Smith-Ernie Martin-Vince Beilman

Bob Simpson-Mike Wojan-Ron Wojan-Larry Roy

At the end of the first hole of playoff, the first place team was determined with a Larry Roy drive, a Larry Roy second shot, and a Larry Roy birdie putt, the Bob Simpson team became the winners of the golf tournament. The Bob Simpson team included Mike Wojan, Ron Wojan, and Larry Roy.


(photo magic by Frank Solle)

This left three teams tied for second place as all three teams had parred the first hole. The three teams then went on to play hole number two with all three teams getting a birdie on playoff hole number two, which also happened to be hole number two. The three teams then teed off on hole number three. These three teams were captained by Buck Ridgeway, Frank Solle, and Jeff Mestelle. The Buck Ridgeway team had an excellent Joe Moore drive as its best first shot on hole number three, about six feet off the green on the left side, just a little short of the green. Ivan Young, a member of the Ridgeway team, did an excellent chip shot, putting the ball on the green less than three feet from the hole. Howard Davis put in the putt, and the Ridgeway team won the third playoff hole with a birdie. The other two teams decided to toss a coin to see who came in third place with Frank Solle's team winning the coin toss.

Second Place

The lady's team with a score of 39 played an excellent day of golf as well. Even if they were given three or four strokes as a handicap, they were not in the running for the bragging rights in any of the places.

Larry Roy won the closest to the pin contest on #4. 

Jeff Mestelle won the closest to the pin contest on #6.

Frank Solle won the longest drive contest on #7.

The short game contest was won by Buck Ridgeway, with Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith tying for second.

Finally the four teams could end the play after three playoff holes, and they could then sit down and eat a picnic dinner cooked by Caroline Works with sister Jennifer helping get everything set up correctly. The dinner included hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, chips, water or pop, and some tasty deserts by Buck and Maryanne Ridgeway. All in all, it was a beautiful day for a golf tournament.

We would like to thank John Works and his staff for having the course in great shape. 

Also a big THANK YOU to everyone who played in today's Outing. Hopefully next year we can have even more teams participating.

Video of the Playoff


Please No July 4th Parade Water Fights

July 4th parade related water fights (balloons, water guns & hoses from floats and roadside) have been going a little over board. A water balloon in the face for an older person or very young child could be very dangerous. Some people have said they won't attend the parade if water fighting continues. Others have expressed concerns about using their cameras. Potential liability problems are also very real. Please, we need your cooperation.

Please No July 4th Parade Water Fights.

Thank you! - Your Chamber of Commerce Directors – June 2011

(Editor's note: This is one person that completely supports a dry 4th of July. After my thousand dollar camera was hit with a water balloon and required a costly repair bill, I fully support this effort.)

Summer Update from Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's

Summer Hours at Stoney
Lunch Mon-Sat 11-2
Dinner Mon - Sunday 5-9
Thurs-Baby Back BBQ Ribs
Fri-Yellow Lake Perch
Fresh Whitefish Daily
Daily Specials plus full Menu

Danny's Pub
Mon-Sat 11-2am
Sunday 12-2am
Stoney menu available daily till 9pm/Pub menu till 2am
Sunday- Danny's Bloody Mary Bar & Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet

Music most weekends...never a cover charge or drink price increase
Rides Available
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our Best to You!
Liam & Marilyn

Thoughts and Opinions

by Joe Moore

The Chamber of Commerce has been doing a wonderful job of promoting the island's fisheries and other things that sportsmen might be interested in. Cudos to the Chamber. The Chamber has also done an excellent job of providing website links of off-island businesses in this promotion process. Exellent job!

BINN would like to help in this promotion. Located on the Internet is a website that is not supported by anyone except BINN editor Joe Moore. That website is located at http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com and is free and open to anyone with Internet access. Many things are on this website are part of the history of Beaver Island recorded over the last ten plus years. Included also are some of the pictures, text, and video shared on News on the 'Net for these ten plus years. BINN gives anyone out there the permission to use any one of the links in the promotion of Beaver Island and/or its activities. For example, the Baroque on Beaver samples found below on this page; the St. Patrick's Day activities, and several others including video of BICS sports' events. This archives is available. Please make use of it.

Another website out there that could help with the promotion of the Island is located at http://beaverislandtour.com and is currently going through an upgrade in information by the website founder Phyllis Moore. This website is a virtual tour of Beaver Island which is quite complete. When the updates are completed, the modernization of the island will be obvious to anyone who goes there. This website could probably use some sponsors to help cover the costs of maintaining it. All should feel free to post links to this website for the promotion of Beaver Island or just to provide information about what is where on the island.

On another note, today, June 18, 2011, is a mighty busy day for Beaver Island. Scheduled for today are three weddings, one funeral, and the Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Tournament. The island is getting so busy that you can't possibly attend every event like you could in the past. Perhaps use of the free access Beaver Island Community Calendar might help people schedule their events. BINN is more than willing to post any event on this calendar if it effects Beaver Island residents and/or visitors.

Early Morning Serenity at Barney's Lake

Although the loons and the mute swans appear to be sharing the lake, it is obvious that both species were checking each other out on Barney's Lake this morning. It was calming with just the right possibility of violence that kept the morning interesting. Here is a little of the video of this two hour visit to Barney's Lake on June 17, 2011.


Photos and Identification by Frank Solle

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) in a flower-filled field.

They're Baack!

Frank Solle came across his new nemesis the Eastern Swamp Thistle (Cirsium palustre) has popped up in a number of locations along Hannigan's Road. These are my first sighting of the summer so I need to check the locations I found them in last year. The treatment regime is fairly simple and straightforward:

1. Identify - spiny stalk and branches, small purple flower heads in clusters at top as well as single buds along stalk; currently the flower clusters are mostly closed and tightly packed at top.
                  Plants grow up to 6-7 feet tall.  Wherever one is found it's likely to not be alone. (native Swamp Thistle does not have a spiny stalk; Bull Thistle has a much larger flower head)

2. Clip and bag the flowering heads and take to Transfer Station. Some type of work glove is required.

3. Cut stalk below lowest bud to prevent further growth (hopefully).

Allowed to grow free this invasive species can be very robust and will take over wet areas, crowding out native species. All property owners are encouraged to keep an eye out for this invader and properly dispose of them.

Work at the Walleye Pond

In the heat of the afternoon several dedicated volunteers went to work on the Barney's Lake Road location of the walleye pond. The mission for the evening was to get the nets out of storage in the grain bins and get them installed in the walleye pond to trap some of the walley fry, which were hoped to have grown to become fingerlings. The fingerlings destination is Lake Geneserath. So, on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at about 6 p.m., BIWC President Jeff Powers stopped by, to make sure there was enough help to get the nets in place.. There were plenty of club members to do the job. Other wiildlife club members were present to help with the setting of the nets. These members are Doug Tilly, Tina Walker, Tom Kludt, Gary Morgan, Tina Morgan, and Ivan Young

Doug Tilly gets one net ready..Time set the first one... All set with the second net...

In a little over fifteen minutes the nets were in place ready to trap the walleye fingerlings. Thank you Tina Walker for the pictures.

Bright and early the next morning, some arriving at the pond site before seven a.m., the crew was back to work. The morning was just a little foggy around the Island on Friday, June 17, 2011. There was even some water vapor coming up off of Barney's Lake at about 6:30 a.m.


The nets were ready to be pulled out....The pump was keeping the water level up.

Seven a.m. arrived, and the crew was present and ready to go to work getting the fry out of the trap nets. Joining in on this adventure with those from last night was Don Tritsch and BINN editor Joe Moore.

Getting the little fishies out of the first net....

The fingerlings are removed from the trap net by untying the end and letting gravity bring the fish into a container as the net is raised by a boat trailer crank. The black rectangular container is then floated down to the other end of the pond where it is dumped into awaiting buckets. The buckets are carried up the hill, through the gate, and then a small net is used to separate the walleye fingerlings from bugs, helgamites, and other creatures like pollywogs. The second net was lifted in the same manner.

The results were not quite as many or quite as big as last year's harvest, but the discussions continued about how and when to do another. Here is a pictures of the results. Only one cooler was used

after the first net....measuring an average sized fingerling......fingerlings in the small net........after both nets finished..

Video of the Walleye Pond and Net Work


Beaver Islanders Help Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Pet Victims

In the "Spur of the Moment" a group of Islanders decided that there was one way in which they could help in the disaster that occurred in Joplin, Missouri. Organized by Mary Cook, a group gathered to make pet blankets and crate liners out of fleece. Mary Cook has some wonderful ideas about being prepared to help in other disasters too. "My thoughts are to have Blankets for Dogs & Cats of Disaster.  As I have had several people ask, 'Do you have any fleece left?' Those asking could not attend the event and would have loved to make blankets.   If we had a supply made, they could be shipped out to a community in need the day of or after a disaster," Mary said.  

Mary suggested, "If anyone has fleece they would like to donate, they can contact me at 448-2472."

Sally Lounsberry, Leonor Jacobson, Ellen Magee, Peg Hoogendoorn, Michelle LaFreniere, Connie Boyle, Connie Wojan, Chris VanLooy, Angel Welke, Donna Kubic, Jessica Carden DC, JoAnne Cashman, Pam Moxham, Sue Welke, Pam Moxham, Kate Garland, Sandra Birdsall, Jan Gerson, Kathy Rick, Ken Bruland, and MG Roe. (Editor's note: If anyone was accidentally left out of this list, please let me know, so your name can be added to the list.)

An example of the work...........Ladies at work

Card in the boxes with the blankets and crate liners:

These blankets were made with lots of love for our furry disaster victims. Our prayers are with them that each will be reunited with their families and with all of you for strength to get through each day. Thank you so much for doing what you do.

The Women of Beaver Island, Michigan

Thank you letter from Joplin:

Dianne Hermann
1304 Yuma Street
Joplin, MO 64801
June 12, 2011

Dear Women of Beaver Island, Michigan,

Three weeks ago today a devastating EF-5 tornado ripped apart Joplin, Missouri, destroying or damaging almost half our town. Amid the ruin and chaos, hundreds of pets were injured or left homeless. Eleven hundred of those pets were brought into the Joplin Animal Adoption and Resource Center (formerly the Joplin Humane Society). Those that were injured were treated, and with the help of the ASPCA, those that were displaced were fed and cared for. Hundreds of those beloved pets have since been reunited with their worried owners.
I am a Joplin resident whose home and family were spared.

I'm also a regular volunteer with the Joplin AARC. Over the past three weeks since the tornado hit, I have frequently volunteered at the shelter. Last week we received three packages from your group containing your handmade pet blankets and beds. 1 immediately placed your beautitiil gifts on the shelves in our laundry room and explained to staff where they came from. The beds and blankets flew off the shelves and were immediately used to bring comfort to our displaced pets. 1 selected two beds (a red one with black paw prints and a blue one with yellow ducks) and set up a display at our front desk. Your note and signatures were placed with the beds to let staff and visitors know of your generosity.

Thank you for your kindness, caring, and thoughtfulness. I write. on behalf of the pets that thank you but don’t know how to type!

Dianne Herrnann
AARC Volunteer

Just one more example of what makes Beaver Island a special place--the people!

Barney's Lake After the Walleye Pond

Update on Parking at Charlevoix Airport

As reported in the Charlevoix Courier, the Charlevoix City Council "sides with islanders on airport parking issues." The issues began when some twenty parking tickets were placed on cars that reportedly had parking permits for violation of an airport manager policy requiring the permit to be placed on the windshield. The issue expanded with the idea that one parking permit might be used on more than one vehicle, which the airport manager and the city manager did not like. The Charlevoix City Council told staff to develop a policy that would allow islanders to share a parking permit among family members, and not be specific to one vehicle. BINN awaits the actual minutes of the meeting to verify that the islanders gained some support from the Charlevoix City Council.

Airport Parking on Agenda for Charlevoix Meeting

On Monday, June 20, 2011, the City of Charlevoix has a council meeting at 7 p.m. at 210 State Street, on the second floor in the council chambers. At this meeting the parking at the Charlevoix Airport will be discussed. Several options will be discussed at this meeting. The many issues regarding the parking at the Charlevoix Airport should have some Beaver Island representation. Here is a copy of the information sent out with the Agenda for the Charlevoix Council to consider.

All State Class D Girls Basketball - Honorable Mention

Congratulations, Olivia Schwartzfisher!

Olivia Schwartzfisher was named by the Detroit Free Press as an honorable mention on the All-State Class D Girls Basketball team. Olivia will be a senior at Beaver Island Community School next fall. There are 174 Class D schools according to Michigan High School Athletic Association  that have girls basketball teams and of these 174 schools only sixty (60) girls were picked to be on the Class D All-State team and Olivia was one of the sixty.

Phragmites Update for 2011

Phragmites was on the agenda at both the May and June Township meetings. The need for a tentative 5 year plan was discussed and also the potential depletion of the Save our Shores (SOS) fund.

First, the five year plan. Beginning this year and alternating years following, Jacque LaFreniere-Phragmites Administrator and Brian Mastenbrook-DNR Wildlife Biologist recommend a complete GPS survey and mapping of the shoreline of Beaver Island followed by treatment by a chemical contractor hired by the townships. The Townships will conduct the bidding process and will select a qualified herbicide applicator with good recommendations identified from other northern communities with similar programs . Next year, the recommendation is to coordinate a volunteer effort, similar to last year's program, to survey and treat Phragmites on the island shoreline. With a little over $28,000 left in the SOS funds, this alternating year plan would attempt to stretch funding.

However, recently, the DNR notified the townships that their funding was minimal and probably wouldn't cover the cost of treatment of the state lands on and around Beaver Island. Both townships voted to treat the state land from the SOS funds and ask the state for reimbursement of the costs of treatment.

The SOS funds will be seriously depleted by treatment of Beaver Island this year. Alternate funding sources (through grants etc.) will need to be explored and applications made to continue treatment of Phragmites on Beaver Island and the surrounding archipelago.

New shoreline property owners were notified via mail of the Phragmites survey and treatment plan. All property within both townships falls within the Phragmites Eradication Zone created by the townships in 2008. If Phragmites is identified on your property and you feel that your property should not be included in the Eradication Zone Treatment Area, you must contact the townships in writing by August 1, 2011 to be considered to be taken off the treatment plan. Treatment for Phragmites will take place at the end of August, 2011 or beginning of September, 2011. There will be a public meeting with the contractor held just prior to treatment.

The survey will take place prior to July 7. Equipment will be on loan from the Charlevoix County GIS dept through Brian Kelly. Maps will be created by the CC GIS and posted at the Township Library and both Township halls showing where Phragmites has been located in 2011.

Any questions about the Phragmites program for 2011 should be directed to Jacque LaFreniere, Phragmites administrator at 231-448-2220.

Rustbelt Flats Phenomenon

Here is a link to a great story about Beaver Island from The Drake magazine by Will Rice. Internet pieces like this are the prelude to a number of stories that will appear in print publications later.


The Drake is considered by many as the most prestigious fly fishing publication in the world and a story for print is in the works as well as Field & Stream and Angling Trade.

15 Reasons to Head To Michigan For Serious Flats Fishing


Video of AMVETs Flag Disposal Ceremony

Story below. 

All Five BIEMS EMT Students Pass the National Registry Exam

It's official, and we are very proud of these five hard-working and community-minded individuals for all their efforts at improving emergency care on Beaver Island. All five of the EMT students who took the class over the winter months have successfully passed the National Registry Exam for Basic EMT. This milestone will mean that Beaver Island will have five more Emergency Medical Technicians to help their friends and neighbors in their time of need. These five students are:

The EMT Class with instructors Joe Moore and Sarah McCaffferty

New Beaver Island EMTs

Dan Burton.............................Danielle Dedloff..................................Kevin White....................................Tammy LaFreniere..................................Vince Pickhardt

Farmers' Market, June 16, 2011

The farmers' market opened this Thursday, June 16, 2011, in a rain storm, but the sellers there are quite willing to sell their goods out of the back of their vehicles or under a tent. There are items there like maple-maple cupcakes, skones, homemade breads, mushrooms, fudge, canned peach jam, strawberry-rhubarb jam, and rhubarb. The Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, the location of the farmers' market, is not open this week, but will open next week. The sellers wil be out there until 11 a.m. today according to the notice posted on the Beaver Island Forum. Get out there and get some good stuff before it is all gone.

Bill Detwhiler and Jim Campbell talking........fresh rhubarb.........fresh mushrooms.........Heidi from the Garden..........sourdough bread......

Homemade pasta.......homemade cupcakes.....jam and more jam........Laughing Whitefish Fudge........Skones..........

For those of you who missed it, here is a video clip of the Farmers' Market


Chamber of Commerce News

The new issue of Midwest Living Magazine is out  -  headline:  "Fantasy Islands: 7 Midwest Getaways" - Beaver Island is featured.    


Great photo will be part of In Fisherman TV show.


Indigo Guide Kevin Morlock looks on as In Fisherman TV's Steve Hoffman prepares to release a giant Beaver Island Golden Bone. The shot will likely be part of a TV segment about Beaver Island .

Kildeer at Gull Harbor

BICS Offers Summer Tae Kwon Do to 6th-12th Grade Students

If incoming 6th grade through 12th grade students are interested in 21 st Century Summer Tae Kwon Do classes, please fill out the enrollment form and bring to the next class.  There will be enrollment forms available for parents to sign in the school office this week from 8-4pm.  Please make sure to sign a form if you're sending your child to classes!!

Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 12pm-1pm. 


Laura Gibson

Site Coordinator, 21st Century Community Learning Center

Beaver Island Community School, 37895 King's Highway, Beaver Island, MI  49782

laurag@bics.us Phone: 231-448-2744 ext. 334 Fax: 231-448-2919

View Flyer and Application HERE

Chamber Social to Be Held on Beaver Island

Hosted by Beaver Island Boat Company and Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

CHARLEVOIX, MI — Area Chambers will sail Lake Michigan to experience the natural beauty of Beaver Island hosted by Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives from Charlevoix, Boyne City, East Jordan, Bellaire, Elk Rapids and Indian River Chambers will “Ride the Boat” on June 20, 2011.  The Emerald Isle ferry will depart Charlevoix at 8:30 a.m. and arrive at the island just in time for a luncheon. The Chambers will have the opportunity to discuss their local community events and ask questions on “Island Life”.

After lunch, a three hour tour of the island will be provided by BIBCO. The knowledgeable drivers will guide them through Beaver Island's beautiful scenery and intriguing history. Stops at the Marine Museum and Print Shop Museum will be planned.

As the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, Beaver Island offers a serene, undisturbed life-style where many visitors become lifetime vacationers.

Beaver Island Boat Company has been providing the most relaxing, affordable transportation for people, pets, vehicles and freight to Beaver Island for over 25 years where passenger reservations are never required. Tours are available daily from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. “Ride the Boat” to Beaver Island.

Island Treasures Resale News

Treasures and trinkets are on sale Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 until 4:00. Bring your donations to the back door where our volunteers will help you.

Bird Predators

Trying to decide the title was not too difficult, but the meaning of this title could be taken two ways. The bird as the predator, and the bird having a predator after them, so BINN posts both situations for your viewing pleasure.

Bird as a predator above. Bird being chased by predator below.

Baroque on Beaver Island

The 10th Anniversary

Opening Night Benefit Recital July 26, 2011, at the Community Center 7:30 p.m.

Family Music Fair Suzuki Violin and Drumming, Thursday, July 28, 2:00 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Water Music July 28, 2011 at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Baroque on Beaver Brass Quintet, Friday, July 29, 2:00 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Mozart Symphony No. 40, July 29, 2011, 7:30 pm at Community Center

A Night at the Opera, Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Mendelssohn Favorites, Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Holy Cross Parish Hall

Baroque on Beaver Website

What is Baroque on Beaver?

The answer in words, pictures, and, in later years, video may be viewed here of past Baroque on Beaver performances on http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com




















We hope you now know that Baroque on Beaver is an excellent classical music festival right here on Beaver Island!

Peaine Township Meeting, June 8, 2011

The Peaine Township Meeting on June 8, 2011, discussed the NREC at the beginning of the meeting and as Item 8 on the agenda. The decision was made to table the approval of the new Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Commitee untill both township attorneys have an opportunity to review the resolution to make any necessary changes to accomplish the purposes of the steering committee as approved by the small group of individuals working on the document. In addition to the legal opinion, the two township supervisors were requested to write a letter to all previous participants and members of the NREC asking them if they would still be willing to participate on the newly constituted NRESC if it is approved at the July meeting. The Trails Committee membership was decreased back to five instead of the seven that Peaine Township had originally required due to lack of attendance at meetings, the last meeting being in February due to no quorum in attendance.

The Phragmities report was presented from Jacque LaFreniere and Pam Grassmick. It appeared that changes in last month's report were necessary due to cuts in funding at the State of Michigan level with the DNR withdrawing its funding support for survey and treatment of state land. The final decision was to approve an assistant for the administrator for GPS location of phragmities on state and private land as well as fund the treatment of state and private land if the finances allow this addition of state land to the budget. Suggestions were made to send an invoice to the state to see if any help could be obtained. This plan and timetable would allow for treatment of phragmities in late August or early September.

This synapsis is not complete, but the video is available to be viewed HERE.

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

A bike ride to benefit Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be held, Saturday, Oct., 8, 2011, at 8 a.m . Bikers will meet at beach parking lot next to Holy Cross Parish Hall , bike 2-12 miles and make a donation of your
choice based on miles biked. Flyers will be posted around town after July 4th and be available at the Chamber of Commerce office . Bike rental is available. You could make it a duathlon if you register for and run or walk the Island Boodle 5K at 10 a.m Registration fee benefits the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. Call Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for further information.

Bird Lady to Visit and Present on the Island

Kay Charter, who visited Beaver Island last summer, will be making a presentation to the public at the Beaver Island Community Center at 7 p.m. on July 13, 2011. The Beaver Beacon wrote, "How to Grow a Bird Feeder." Whether this is the name of the presentation or the listed on the Commununity Calendar, ' Saving Birds Through Habitat Series, "Beaver Island Jungle Birds,"' the program will be a very informative one. Kay's deameanor last summer has shown her immense knowledge or bird habitat. She had provided several homeowners information last summer on how to improve their yards in order to support more species of birds.

Kay Charter Biographical Information     In the fall of 1992, Kay and Jim Charter realized that many of their favorite bird species were in decline. Migrating species like Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and warblers were (and still are) losing ground every year. Unwilling to stand by helplessly and watch the downward slide of these beautiful creatures, the Charters opted to take action by selling their lakefront home in order to purchase a large tract of land away from the water. Before the year was out, the house was sold and the couple used the proceeds from the home sale, and their retirement savings, to purchase a 47-acre tract of mixed habitat away from the water. There they established a safe haven for the feathered jewels they love.

Nine years later, in the summer of 2001, Kay Charter was the driving force behind the founding of Saving Birds Thru Habitat. This organization is dedicated to the cause of teaching others about the challenges facing our migrating birds and instructing them about how to help resolve those problems. Charter is the Executive Director of SBTH. Her engaging PowerPoint program, “Grow a Bird Feeder,” addresses causes for these tragic losses, and it demonstrates how every single person can make a positive difference right in his or her backyard.

In order to connect the general public with the magic and mystery of migrating birds, Charter began writing a regular column about birds and their habits and habitats for the Traverse City Record-Eagle in 1995. The column, which appeared on the first Sunday of each month, grew in popularity until early last year when it was cancelled for financial reasons. Charter has also written conservation articles for Michigan Audubon Society's newsletter, “Jack Pine Warbler” and for many other publications. Her writings and photographs have been featured in regional and national magazines, including the San Diego Zoological Society's, ZOONOOZ, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. She received a Gold Award from the International Regional Magazine Association for her piece in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine about Connie Hagar, “the bird lady of Rockport”. Charter's book, For the Love of Birds , was published in 2000 by Crofton Creek Press.

As a committed conservationist, Charter is a strong supporter of coalitions and alliances, both with other NGO's as well as outside the conservation community. She was founder of Nature North, an annual event in Northern Michigan, which is dedicated to bringing the public at large into the world of conservation. Participants in this event have included local, state, national and international organizations such as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited. Charter has presented her program for city governments, libraries, schools, colleges, Audubon clubs, service organizations and garden groups across the country.

She has been a featured speaker at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, the Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Morton Arboretum near Chicago and the 2006 Rivers and Wildlife Festival in Kearney, Nebraska. In 2007, she presented a seminar on the subject of bird conservation to a standing room only crowd at the Zoological Society of San Diego's Center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Species. In May of 2007, Charter received one of the state's highest conservation awards when she was honored by Michigan United Conservation Clubs as “Exceptional Outdoorswoman of 2006” for her efforts. She is the first birder ever honored by this organization. In the fall of 2010, the Leelanau Conservation District similarly honored Charter and her husband as Conservationist Partners of the Year.

Short Interview with Kay Charter, the bird lady returns to the Island)

(From BINN, August 16-23, 2010)

Kay Charter

Kay Charter had some interesting things to say about the relationship between deer browse lines and the effects on the bird population. This lady is very knowledgeable and was personable and very free-flowing with information, very willing to share her knowledge. When asked about when she may do another presentation, it was suggested that could happen next summer. (And it is happening on July 13, 2011)


Does it have to be birds versus deer? The answer is absolutely NOT.


There continues to be evidence mounting that this specific species of birds is at least partially responsible for the demise of the sports fishing around Beaver Island. It is only in the last few years where serious efforts have been made to prevent the hatch of eggs from hundreds and hundreds of cormorant nests, that this fishery around Beaver Island has begun to come back very slowly. There have been some nice bass caught, and, of course, the carp have not been bothered much by the cormorants. Proof positive of the thousands of cormorants in the Beaver Island Archipelago was obtained in a video taken by Jeff Powers of the cormorants over Hat Island. Per a ruling made earlier this year, no one but CMU researchers are allowed on Hat Island. You don't need to be a researcher to see that this island is home to the cormorants and is completely overrun by them..


From Jeff Powers: Hat Island had over 5,000 cormorant nests on it last year that were successfully oiled to reduce cormorant numbers by USDA-WS.  Concurrently Dr. Seefelt from Central Michigan University was doing research on the Caspian Tern colony that is located on a section of the island away from the cormorant nests.  Despite the fact that the Terns successfully nested, Dr. Seefelt expressed concern to US Fish & Wildlife Service Personnel at Seney Wildlife Refuge (who manage the island) that the terns left the island early last year and her inference was that is was due to the work of USDA Wildlife Services.  Other factors should have been considered for why the Terns left early, foremost was the very early spring we had last year that caused many species to nest early.  Another reason was presence of Eagles that were seen repeatedly over Hat Island.  USDA-WS personnel were not allowed access this year to oil nests on Hat Island due to the concerns regarding the Terns and this is a setback to the Cormorant control efforts in the Beaver Island Archipelago. 

From Bob Tidmore: A video taken this year of the cormorants on Hat Island posted on the Wildlife Club Facebook page. Aerial photographs show that this once pristine island in Lake Michigan is all but denuded of vegetation. If this had been done by a business there would be a hue and cry for action to stop it.


Transfer Station News

Latex Paint is NOT a Hazardous Material

With a HazMat day just past, there seemed to be a necessity to explain the differences in paint as it relates to a hazardous material list. Latex paint or acrylic paint does NOT fit the hazardous material list while oil-based paint does fit the list and oil-based paint is ON the list. Latex or acrylic paint is NOT on the list. So how do you get rid of your latex or acrylic paint? There are really only two ways that acceptable to the transfer station on Beaver Island. You can take the lids off the the paint and let it completely dry up. That is the first and easiest, but more time consuming method. After the paint is completely dry, you can take it to the transfer station. Another method for disposal of latex paint includes purchase of kitty litter. You dump the kitty litter into a five gallon bucket and then add the paint slowly to get the litter to absorb the paint. Then you spread out the litter and let it dry completely. Then take the litter to the transfer station.

Ladies Golf Tournament, July 16, 2011

There is a golf tournament registration deadline of July 8, 2011, for this golf tournament. The fee for the tournament is $20.00 which includes a catered lunch at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The event will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a putting contest. If you are interested, please include your stroke average for nine holes of golf, and send a check to Sharon Scamehorn, P.O. Box 193, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Non-members will also have to pay green fees on the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Carpenter at 448-2893 or Sharon Scamehorn at 449-2641

Summer Fun and Summer Learning at BICS

A 21st Century Summer

This is a WORD document.

2011 Summer School

This is a WORD document

St. James Township Meeting, 6/1/11

The St. James Township Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Rick Speck at 7:30 p.m. on June 1, 2011.

You can view video of this meeting HERE

New Proposed Documents for

Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee

View the unapproved document for the resolution HERE

View the unapproved document for the By-laws HERE

These documents were made public and passed out at the St. James Township Meeting above.

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 3rd Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert is being held on Saturday, July 9, 2911, at 7 pm at its normal location of 37670 Kings Highway. All donations from the concert will go to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Schalarship Fund for several musicians. This announcement is from Eleanor, Patrick, and Jenny McDonough, who can be contacted by mail at 301 May St., Charlevoix, Michigan 49720, or by phone at 231-547-6722

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

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

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Forest View Apartments Nears Completion

Video Walk Through on 5/31/11


Pictures of Walk Through on 5/31/11

Sign out front

View of the front, vinyl siding not completed yet

Communal Areas and hallway and community kitchenette

One Bedroom Aparatment:

Kitchen and bathroom

Living Room

Office in communal area and hallway outside one bedroom apartment

Two Bedroom Apartment

Entryway has closet.....Kitchen from entrance......Living room.......Looking back at kitchen

Bedroom #1...........Bedroom #2

Bathroom off Bedroom #2

Floor plan of the entire building (large view)

Floor plan of just the common areas (large view)

Floor plan of one bedroom apartment

Forest View Apartments Wish List


1 Computer

1 Printer

Common Area

1 42” wall mount HD TV

3 round dining tables

12 dining chairs

1 couch

2 loveseats

2 coffee tables

3 upholstered chairs

4 end tables

1 game table

2 game table chairs

Art Work from local artists

Donations are requested. Please contact Connie Wojan for further information. The cash donations will be used to purchase these items new.


Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011

F-July 1, Danny, Danny, & Cindy S-July 2, Danny & Danny

M-July 4, Boyne City Remedy

T-July 7, DJ Tom

F-July 8, The Folk Ups

T-July 21, DJ Tom

F-July 22, The Folk Ups

F-July 29, Flight Squadron Yon S-July 30, Flight Squadron Yon

F-Aug 5, Jason & Nick S- Aug 6, Jason & Nick

T-Aug 11, DJ Tom

F-Aug 12, Boyne City Remedy S-Aug 13, Boyne City Remedy

F- Aug 19, The Folk Ups

F-Aug 26, Flight Squadron Yon S-Aug 27, Flight Squadron Yon

* Rigormortis and Paul Lamb too…dates to be set yet J

Please join us for some GREAT tunes Music starts at 9pm

Thursday June 2 , Stoney's Famous Baby Back BBQ Ribs
Friday June 3, Yellow Lake Perch AND Live Music with Jason & Nick
Saturday June 4, More Live Music with Jason & Nick 9-close
Sunday June 5 , Jim's PIZZA this Sunday from 4-9... AND then we're open for Stoney Dinner every Sunday
through the Summer 5-9pm. And as always, Danny's Pub will have Happy Hour all day & Our Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet will still be available.
Thank You for your Patronage!
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


Men's Golf League Competition Hot and Heavy

The Men's Golf League team competition is hot and heavy with the team that is having a good round moving up in the standings. That means that the team NOT having a good night is moving down in the standings. As you can see below, the first place team, Frank Solle and John Runberg, moved into third place this week because they had a bad round. Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman are in first place with Ivan Young and Buck Ridgeway in second by only one point.

1 9 Rob & Dan 38 14 59 197 39.40
2 7 Ivan & Buck 39 17 58 192 38.40
3 10 Frank & John 41 6 56 200 40.00
4 2 Jeff & Ryan 37 15 53 195 39.00
5 5 Chuck & Ernie 36 14 53 197 39.40
6 8 Howard & Joe 41 8 48 196 39.20
7 1 Ron W. & Bob S. 39 6 47 191 38.20
8 6 Bob E. & Ron S. 50 5 43 219 43.80
9 4 Larry & Joe 39 12 37 193 38.60
10 3 Francis & Larry 53 3 30 228 45.60
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #1 14-6
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #6 15-5
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #3 17-3
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #8 12-8
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #10 14-6



The codes above are explained here. S-strokes for tonight's match. P-for points earned in the tonight's match. Total points will be the sum of the point earned each week. Since this is the first week the points for the night and total points are exactly the same. T.S. represent total strokes for league play. Since there has only been one match so far, stokes and total strokes are the same. S. Ave-is stroke average. Again, since this is the first week, the stroke average is the same as total strokes.

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze   

- Early Bird Drawing for "$1,000 Cash Prize"

For the third year, Beaver Island Rural Health Center is offering early bird ticket sales for the car raffle of a 2011 Chevy Cruze to be held September 5, 2011.  To show our appreciation for your past support, this year on May 29, 2011, at 12:00 Noon at Dahwhinnies, one name will be drawn from the “Early Bird” ticket sales.  The Early Bird winner will win a $1,000.00 cash prize!  The winner will  remain in the drawing for the car raffle on Sept. 5, 2011. Tickets may be purchased at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Waste Management Current Agreement of Two Townships

This is a simple agreement that was completed in 1991, the year for writing agreements.

2nd Annual Bike Festival

The event starts with an optional dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge on Thursday June 23rd . The 2nd annual fest includes a secret destination beach party on Friday June 24th and registration Party at Laurain Lodge. The principal event, a Poker Run ride, is on Saturday the 25th.

The $50.00 registration fee includes snacks and refreshments, lunch at Bill Wagner Campgrounds, and a festival party with two drink tickets and music by The Galactic Sherpas. The first 250 to resister get a free t-shirt. Complete event information can be found on the festival web site www.BikeTheBeaver.com . A registration form can be downloaded from the site or picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office on the Municipal Marina property.

Island sponsors of this year's event are McDonough's Market, the Chamber of Commerce, Laurain Lodge, Beaver Island Boat Co, Fresh Air Aviation and Island Airways .

Beaver Island Bike Festival promoter John Sohacki says, "This year we've made the bike ride a fun poker run and are giving away a new Trek Cruiser along with other prizes to the best hands.  In addition to the Saturday poker ride and festival party we've added a Thursday night dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge , Friday beach party and a Friday evening registration party with live entertainment at the Laurain Lodge."

FAA Air Ambulance Consultant Visits Beaver Island

Facts are facts

Michael Slattery, an FAA consultant, has visited Beaver Island, after approval from both St. James and Peaine Township governments. Mr. Slattery has a myriad of experience in the area of air medical transport including participation as an air medical provider in rural areas. His visit to Beaver Island was a fact-finding mission, and he met will all interested parties including Island Airways President Angel Welke, Fresh Air Aviation owners Keith and Rachel Teague, Beaver Island EMS providers, and other interested parties in the community. Mr. Slattery will be formulating a plan for providing air medical transport for island visitors and island residents. Mr. Slattery made it quite clear than his efforts will be to establish a completely legal, FAA-approved, Michigan-licensed, air medical transport service for Beaver Island. He is well-versed in the FAA requirements for air transport, and he is becoming familiar with the State of Michigan requirements. He is familiar with several other air medical transport operations in the State of Michigan.

One model of air medical transport includes a completely private business, where the owner-operator of the aircraft is licensed to operate by the state. Another model includes a contractual agreement between a medical provider and an aircraft owner-operator. The third type of model suggested included a governmental unit as owner-operator of the air medical transport service. All of these models are present in the State of Michigan.

In Michigan, a fixed wing air medical transport operation is not called an air ambulance in the Michigan legislation and administrative rules. In Michigan, a fixed wing air medical transport service is called an air transport vehicle. Only a helicopter is called an air ambulance by the State of Michigan. Only those portions of the legislation and rules that talk about an air transport vehicle and an air transport operation have any relation to Beaver Island's situation. (References are available for each statement in this report.)

Unless Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation wish to complete two operation's manuals, one for the FAA and another for the Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS Division, demonstrate 24/7 and 365 days per year medical coverage by paramedics and EMTs, as well as demonstrate availability of pilots and aircraft, then the only model that makes sense for Beaver Island is the model that includes a contractual agreement between the FAA Certified, Part 135 air ambulance with another service that already has the State of Michigan license, in this case, Beaver Island EMS. BIEMS will only have to add the aircraft to the existing license and demonstrate the liability insurance requirements to contract with the aircraft provider and become a licensed air transport agency.

Why can't we go back to doing things the way we have previously done them for the last 25 years? This simply is not legal. There is no way that a legally licensed EMS agency can turn a patient over to an unlicensed agency for medical transport. There is no way that a legally licensed EMS agency can continue to function in an unlicensed air transport vehicle. There is no way that a rural health center can send a patient with an unlicensed air transport vehicle either. The liability is too great. The chances of something going wrong medically is too great.

Here are a few more facts to consider. BIEMS paramedics, EMTs, and first responders are not currently covered by any liability insurance when they are in the aircraft. These same personnel are completely in violation of section 20931 of the EMS legislation and the EMS administrative rules in the aircraft. The protection from liability afforded the EMS personnel in the legislation is null and void if the EMS agency or EMS personnel ignore the legislation or the administrative rules and just continue to do things like they've been done for 25 years.

Let's be absolutely clear on another issue. It is Beaver Island EMS, the licensed EMS agency by the State of Michigan, the one responsible for the medical treatment of the patient, that needs to have the ten million dollars of liability insurance, NOT Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation. It is impossible to change the legislation in a reasonable period of time. It is not possible to change the administrative rules in a reasonable period of time. The only way that Fresh Air Aviation or Island Airways would need to have 10 million dollars of liability insurance is if they became the State of Michigan licensed EMS entity and became medically responsible for the patient. It would seem that, if they did that, it that would change the entire business plan for both of these businesses. It would make them responsible to follow the State of Michigan legislation and administrative rules, as well as follow the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority rules and procedures. It would make them responsible to follow the Health Information and Privacy Protection Act rules and procedures. It would make the companies in the air taxi business into EMS agencies responsible to the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH). They would have to comply with all the training requirements of the MDPH for all of their personnel above and beyond the FAA operations manuals required for their air taxi service. They would have to invest in the equipment required in the list of required equipment for a medical air transport operation. Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation could do this, but it seems completely unlikely that they would wish to comply with all these additional requirements.

33.20922 Use of terms “ambulance,”“ambulance operation,” or similar term; advertising or disseminating information; license required.

Sec. 20922.

(1) A person shall not use the terms “ambulance” or “ambulance operation” or a similar term to describe or refer to the person unless the person is licensed by the department under section 20920.

(2) A person shall not advertise or disseminate information leading the public to believe that the person provides an ambulance operation unless that person does in fact provide that service and has been licensed by the department to do so.

333.20931 Air transport operation; license required; application; fee; issuance and contents of license; renewal; compliance.

Sec. 20931.

(1) A person shall not establish, operate, or cause to be operated an aircraft transport operation unless it is licensed under this section.

333.20932 Aircraft transport operation; duties; prohibitions.

Sec. 20932.

(1) An aircraft transport operation shall:

(a) Provide an aircraft transport vehicle with proper equipment and personnel available for response to requests for patient transportation between health facilities, as needed and for life support during that transportation according to the written orders of the patient's physician.

(2) An aircraft transport operation shall not operate an aircraft transport vehicle unless it is staffed, with emergency medical services personnel or other licensed health care professionals as appropriate according to the written orders of the patient's physician.

From the current EMS legislation found here:


“Hold itself out” means the agency advertises, announces, or charges specifically for providing emergency medical services as defined in the code.

A life support agency, except a fixed wing aircraft transport operation, shall provide at least 1 life support vehicle for response to requests for emergency assistance on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis in accordance with its licensure level and medical control authority protocols.

A person shall not transport a patient by stretcher, cot, litter, or isolette unless it is done in a licensed ambulance or aircraft transport vehicle.

“Fixed wing aircraft” means a non-rotary aircraft transport vehicle that is primarily used or available to provide patient transportation between health facilities and is capable of providing patient care according to orders issued by the patient’s physician.

From the current EMS administrative rules found here:


These are the references referred to at the beginning of this article.

July 4th Parade Theme

The Beaver Island Chamber Directors have selected "In Tribute to our Armed Service Men & Women" as the July 4th parade theme.

Michigan Bans Transport of Firewood to Beaver Island Archipelago

And Other Islands

Due to the present absence of the insect, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has banned the transport of hardwood firewood to several locations including the Beaver Island Archipelago. This poster was made by the department to announce this to the visitors to Beaver Island who come by ferry or personal boat. Although Beaver Island is only one of several islands where this is banned, it is obvious that an attempt is being made to prevent the introduction of the emerald ash borer to these locations. The penalty can be quite expensive.

Thanks goes to the previous membership of the NREC and the previous officers of this organization for following up on this important issue.

4th of July Golf Tournament Information

Note time change on this new flier

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

June 26: Howard Davis

July 3: Mark Luckey

10: Mark Luckey

17: Curt Petrak

24: Joseph Fox

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.


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 Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Fall & Winter Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9 am - 9pm
Sundays: Closed (except for monthly COA dinners)

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

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

June COA Congregate Meal Menu

June Senior Center Activities

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 Commission Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!