B I News on the 'Net, June 22-28, 2009

Selected Wildlife of Beaver Island

Pictures, story, and video clips are HERE

Electric Vehicle Show-June 26, 2009

Story, video clips, and more pictures HERE

B-25 Arrives for Air Show

The B-25 did a fly-over of Paradise Bay at approximately 3:40 p.m. on June 26, 2009.

More story, photos, and clips HERE

B-25 Puts on Quite a Show

The BI Air Show is only possible due to the continued support of the sponsors. Ric Roane – Warner Norcoross & Judd LLP, Robert's John Service, TDS Telecom, Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways, Scripps Island Floors, and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. It was quite a show as can be seen in several Quicktime Streaming video clips. Here are some pictures, more story, and video clips of the event. Click HERE

BICS Press Release

August 4 th School Election: Annual Local Operational Millage Renewal question presented to voters.

The only question on the August 4 th ballot is whether or not to renew the amount of taxes levied on non-homestead property at the level originally approved by Beaver Island voters in 1993. The request is for a one year renewal of 15.7980 mills to fund the general operation of the K-12 program. If you own just your primary residences (homestead property) or qualified agricultural property, you do not pay this tax. For the last 10 years, the district has put this question to the voters for renewal each year. Passage of this millage is essential to the school as it provides over 90% of the district's operational funding. Voters will receive an informational brochure in July. The polling place for all island voters is the St. James Township Hall.

In other budget-related business, the school district is watching closely as the state deals with its massive budget problems. The good news for the Island school is that so much of its revenue is generated locally so it does not rely on the state for a big percentage of its revenue. For the past five years, the district has received approximately $115,000.00 from the state as one of 5 Isolated Districts. The district will be working closely with the legislature to try to maintain the Isolated Districts funding. The school holds its annual budget hearing and adoption of the budget each June. The district must adopt its 2009-1010 budget by June 30.

K-12 Special Education Position Posted:

Because of the recent resignation of long-time special education teacher Judi Meister , the school district has posted for applicants for a K-12 special education teacher. The position was posted at online at the school's website, www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us and www.greatschools.com . An interviewing committee will be made up of the Principal/Superintendent, two teachers, two board members and a parent to interview the top candidates. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2009.

June Wildflowers are "Bustin' Out All Over"

Lake Level Up a Little Bit

Based upon simple observation, it can be determined that the Lake Michigan water level is up just a little bit from this spring run-off and a little spring rain. It is evident as you drive around the harbor area and out at Gull Harbor. Here is a picture.

Former BICS Graduate in the News

In an article published in the Bronson healthcare news at the link posted below, Kristen Russell is recognized for her excellent treatment of a trauma patient. BICS retired teacher Joe Moore introduced Kristen to emergency medical assessment and treatment in the Allied Health courses that Kristen took at BICS. The program was sponsored by BIEMS, offered through BICS, and met the requirements for a Michigan Department of Education vocational program.

"Kristen took the medical first responder program as a required course for all tenth grade students. She went on to take the EMT program and the Kellogg Community College paramedic program. Kristen's family, including Mike and Bev Russell, was a very important part of the history of EMS on Beaver Island helping BIEMS become an Advanced Life Support Agency. I am very proud to have been a part of Kristen's education," stated Joe Moore retired BICS teacher.

"On a cold winter afternoon this past January, road conditions were good for business for 55-year-old tow truck company owner Victor Potter. Roads were slick and conditions hazardous, and Potter was busy towing vehicles involved in slide-offs. While unhooking a car from his tow truck that had slid off the highway near Marshall , Michigan , he did not notice a car coming up behind him. Potter was struck by the car he had towed out of the ditch after it was rearended at an estimated speed of 45 miles per hour. Witnesses immediately called for help, and Marshall Area Fire Fighters were quick to respond. Paul Crim, EMT-B, and Kristen Russell, EMT-P, promptly responded to the scene, where they found Potter leaning over the tow bar. Upon first assessment, vital signs were stable. Spinal precautions were taken with the placement of a cervical spine collar and backboard. Oxygen was administered via non-rebreather mask and intravenous access was obtained. Fluids and pain medication were administered. An obvious deformity to the left leg was noted. When Potter started complaining of difficulty breathing and asking repetitive questions, the decision was made to transport him directly from the scene to Bronson Methodist Hospital 's Level I Trauma Center. Marshall Area Fire Fighters pulled into Bronson's ambulance bay a little more than an hour from arrival time…….. "



Cormorants, Cormorants, Cormorants

Pictures by Jeff Powers located HERE

Beaver Island Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron was photographed at Gull Harbor.

Loon Babies on Barney's Lake

These loon babies are floating around on Barney's Lake with mom and dad loons close by to warn and protect them.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of Loon Babies

Close Scores for Men's Golf League

Men's Golf League
PLACE: Standings after Week #4
Larry Laurain-Joe Williams
Howard Davis-Joe Moore
Ron Wojan-Jeff Powers
Jeff Mestelle-Ryan Smith
Chuck Carpenter-Ernie Martin
Francis Pike-Larry Kubic
Frank Solle-John Runberg
Ivan Young-Buck Ridgeway
Neal Boyle-Kevin White
Rob Latimer-Dan Merriman
Don't forget about the July 4th Golf Tournament

Beautiful Day at the Public Beach

It was a warm one on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

Lots of activity at the public beach and the area surrounding the public beach....Small sailboats, jet skis, and swimmers abound...

St. Michaels Church Mission Activities Here on Beaver Island

Click HERE for story, pictures, and video clip interview

Winds Farms Presentation (BIA)

Wind Farms was the topic of a presentation on Monday, June 22, 2009, from 7-8:10 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Dean Solomon, Charlevoix County Extension Director, presented an overview of wind energy development potential in NW Lower Michigan and Beaver Island. Mr. Solomoncited issues related to wind towers, new state renewable energy legislation, planning, and zoning issues for wind energy were discussed. This lecture was being sponsored by the Planning Commissions of Peaine and St. James Townships along with the Beaver Island Association. It was open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments including cookies, lemonade, and coffee were provided.

Approximately 44 people attended this PowerPoint and short video clip presentation on the specifics of Wind Power. Three levels of generally accepted wind generation were presented. Very tall tower and blades for commercial application and entrance into the state energy grid was the first and the one that was discussed the most. The second type included towers and blades the size of the towers on the King's Highway for electric energy to be used locally. The last area discussed included the home or business generating tower. The actual amount of time spent in the presentation on each is represented by the order above.

This synopsis of a three-and-one-half-hour presentation included a little background on wind as an energy source, wind energy potential in NW Michigan and Beaver Island, Public Act 275 of 2008 that required research into Wind energy Resource Zones and more, siting considerations for wind energy, and a list of educational opportunities for those really interested in wind energy. Michigan is the 14th most wind abundant state in the nation. Beaver Island has one of the highest scores in the charts presented. If all of the available sites in Peaine Township were used, there could be 322 utility grade wind generation plants. In St. James Township, which includes the outer islands to the north, there could be 444 utility grade wind generation plants. These may be artificial numbers, but it does express the fact that there is significant potential for wind energy generation on Beaver Island. The greatest potential includes the shoreline of Beaver Island, the outer islands, and the waters around the islands because this area has a Class III wind, which is capable of commercial, utility grade energy generation.

For pictures of the Powerpoint slides and video clips of the presentation, click HERE

Wind Farm Presentation Pictures, Slides, and Video Clips HERE

A Goose Gathering at Gull Harbor

Quite a few of different levels of development............."That's enough for me," these birds must have thought.

Quicktime Streaming Video Clip of the Goose Gathering

What Do You Do?--Answer #1

"What do you do on Beaver Island?"

Move a house

Cedar Waxwing Nesting

Sometimes you don't have to leave your own yard to see the beauty of nature...

These photos were take by Phyllis Moore on Monday, June 22, 2009. In a small red maple tree in her yard was this cedar waxwing or Bohemian waxwing, depending upon the colors under the bird's tail and belly.

From Wikipedia: "Cedar waxwings are approximately 6–7 in (15–18 cm) in length and weigh roughly 30 grams. They are smaller and more brown than their close relative, the Bohemian Waxwing (which breeds further to the north and west).

These birds' most prominent feature is a small cluster of bright red feathers on the wings, a feature they share with the Bohemian Waxwing (but not the Japanese Waxwing ). The tail is typically yellow or orange depending on diet. Birds that have fed on berries of introduced Eurasian honeysuckles while growing tail feathers will have darker orange-tipped tail-feathers. Adults have a pale yellow belly. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults."


Current News Page Two

Air Show Coming June 26-28, 2009

Chamber of Commerce News

Beaver Island Electric Vehicle Show

Beaver Island's Jeff Connor will have a vehicle in the show.........................................................................................


(Beaver Island, MI) Beaver Island will be invaded by electric cars on June 26 and 27 for the second Beaver Island Electric Car Show. Two mainland dealers will be showing 12 small cars and Jeff Connor from Inland Auto will be showing his newly converted Dodge Dakota electric pickup. All cars will be available for demo drives.

Many of the cars will arrive on the ferry on Friday morning at 10:45, and will be shown in front of the Shamrock Bar & Restaurant and Harbour Market who are co-sponsors of the event. Fox Motors of Charlevoix will be showing a selection of new and gently used GEM cars, and North Central ZENN will feature ZENN and Miles cars, both new and used. Dealer and bank financing will be available.

On Saturday at 1:30 pm there will be a free showing of the movie "Who Killed The Electric Car?" at the Beaver Island Community Center, sponsored by the Electric Car Show.

Last year's Electric Car Show was a success. Event organizer Dan Wardlow said "Over 400 people came out to see the cars, and over 200 test drives were taken. Six cars were sold which doubled the number of electric cars on the island. We're hoping people come out to see what's new and take a drive. We're especially excited by Jeff Connor's electric pickup conversion, built right here on the island. There will also be some very sharp pricing on used cars, and new cars qualify for a federal tax incentive this year."

Beaver Island's network of free public charging stations for electric cars continues to grow. Three new locations will join the existing six during June: the Beaver Island Community Center (back of building), Ed Wojan Realty (front of building), and the Beaver Island Trading Post (34545 Kings Highway). These charging stations allow EVs to take a short "convenience charge" which expands their practical range.

Hours for the Electric Car Show will be Friday 10:45 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For Photos of the Electric Vehicles, click HERE

Jeff Connor's Conversion of Dodge Dakota Sport

Paradise Bay Coffee Shop Opens for the Summer

2009's First Farmers Market

With the opening of the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop's opening for the summer of 2009, the first Farmer's Market of 2009 also opened on Thursday, June 18, 2009. There will be a farmer's market every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at this location.

More story and pictures HERE

Quicktime Streaming Video

There have been several requests via email to repeat the directions for setting up the Quicktime Streaming Video. You must have a high speed Internet connection, such as TDS-DSL, in order to view these video clips. You also need to have a program that can be downloaded and installed over the Internet. This program is FREE. There is no need to purchase anything, and, in particular, you do not need to purchase Quicktime Pro, which will be offered to you during the download.

Directions for downloading Quicktime:

1. Go to the following website: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

2. Uncheck the "Sign-up" boxes unless you want to get a bunch of junk email.

3. Type in a valid email address as requested.

4. Click the FREE DOWNLOAD NOW button.

5. Click "Save File" if you are given a chance OR Click "Run" if given a chance. The download may take several minutes depending on how busy the apple.com website is at the moment you begin your download.

6. Once the program is downloaded, you need to look on you desktop for a Quicktime icon. If you have an icon that is named "QuickTimeInstaller. exe," then you need to double click on this icon to install the program.

7. After clicking the "QuickTimeInstaller.exe" icon, a dialog box will come up. You need to click on the "RUN" button.

8. You should get a message box saying, "Preparing to Install," and shortly thereafter, another dialog box that indicates that the program was "Successfully Installed."

If you have any problems installing Quicktime, please do not hesitate to contact me at: medic5740@gmail.com.

Osprey Pictures

Story and pictures HERE

Osprey nest on 6/22/09, video clip below

Some New Quicktime Streaming Video

Osprey Feeding clips 1 and 2

Osprey on Nest Video clip

Gull Harbor clips 1 and 2

Loon Nest on Barney's Lake

Go to Page Two to see the video of the new hatchlings.

Talking Threads to Raffle a Quilt

The Talking Threads Quilt Guild will be raffling off a quilt on August 9, 2009. The quilt has been named "Bits and Pieces" in honor of Phyllis Duda who started the built guild on the Island. She was a long time quilter and an inspiration to all of us. After she passed away, her husband Dave generously donated some of her fabric to the build. These pieces of fabric were used to design and make the quilt--thus the name "Bits and Pieces."

McDonough's Market has generously agreed to display the quilt in their market.

The tickets are $3 each or 5 for $20. All of the proceeds will be distributed to the Beaver Island Fire Department, BIEMS, and the Food Pantry. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket may do so at McDonough's Market, Island Energies, Island Treasures Resale Shop, Whimsy, or by calling Judi Meister at 448-2963. Thank you for your support.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Rears Walleye

Story about the growth of the walleye fry HERE


(There were, unfortunately, not enough participants to warrant a class for the last scheduled program on Monday, June 15, 2009, so another class has been scheduled. Please get you applications in early if you want this class to take place here on Beaver Island.)

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office, Monday, June 15, 2009

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider is announcing an ORV training class for those citizens who need to comply with the new Michigan State law and Charlevoix County ordinance on ORV operation on our county road system.

Training will take place at the Beaver Island  Community Center on August 1, 2009 from 10:00am to 2:30pm

State law requires those who do not have a valid Michigan drivers license, to complete and pass the above approved training program.  With successful completion of the course, each student will be provided a certificate of training allowing them to operate under the Michigan State Law.

To attend this free training, you must go to the Charlevoix County web page : wwwcharlevoixcounty.org and go to the “Sheriff's” link to fill out the application and forward the type written application to the Sheriff's Office, 1000 Grant St., Charlevoix, MI 49720, with attention Deputy Genna Gauthier.  You may also E-mail your application to gauthierg@charlevoixcounty.org

Questions may be answered by calling 213 547 4461.

Picture I.D. is required by all students.

Baroque on Beaver 2009 Schedule and Preview

Ladies Golf Tournament Scheduled

Rescue Boat Misson #2 for Summer 2009

The Beaver Island Rescue Boat, owned by the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department, lent a hand to the Phragmites Administrator Jacque LaFreniere on Saturday, June 20, 2009. With Gerald LaFreniere and Garrett Cole on board, the rescue boat made a trip to the outer islands to evaluate the phragmites problem there. In the middle of this, a phone call came into the Central Dispatch center suggesting that a boat and trailer were still sitting near the Beaver Island Marine and had been left there overnight.

The trip to the outer islands for phragmites was temporarily interrupted, and the rescue boat was re-directed toward a possible missing boat and missing fisherman. After all was checked out, the CCSD canceled the mission after contact with the missing fisherman's wife. The phragmites mission was back on. The boat and crew were out most of the day, and returned late in the afternoon. We will await a report at the township meetings about the status of phragmites infestation of the out islands.

Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Concert

This fund-raising concert will be held on July 11, 2009, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Red Deer, 37670 Kings Highway. For information, please call 1-231-547-6722. Eleanor, Patrick, and Jenny McDonough may be contacted at this phone number.

BIRHC Manager Donna Kubic Presents FREE Services

Free Physicals to uninsured residents of Beaver Island

View the Quicktime Streaming Video Interview

Our mission statement reads: The BIRHC strives to provide high quality, cost effective patient treatment and wellness services to the entire Beaver Island community

The specific focus in applying for this grant was is to obtain funding to support preventive and basic care for the increasing number of uninsured and under-insured residents. The grant will help offset costs for laboratory tests administered by BIRHC personnel and processed at Charlevoix Area Hospital . This grant would help us address an increasing reality on Beaver Island where fewer have any health insurance or whose insurances will not pay for routine preventative care.

It will cover direct costs for basic blood work to screen for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid disease, prostate cancer and anemia. BIRHC care providers will perform routine physicals and baseline EKGs. By providing preventive and routine screening and health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Beaver Island , BIRHC would be able to identify and treat emerging medical issues before they become chronic conditions.

clinic for routine care, they use the clinic for emergent care. With the grant monies we are able to offer physicals, routine lab work, EKG's, to those without insurance who would not come in for a physical or spend $200.00 for screening lab work.

Although BIRHC care providers and volunteer licensed health professionals are willing to donate their time for health fairs and health screening, the Health Center cannot absorb charges for analysis of lab work and other direct costs.

We hope to entice those without insurance to begin routine care and continue with follow-up once the initial work is completed so their problems can be addressed before they become expensive emergencies. We will also work with people to see if they qualify for one of the publicly funded health programs.

BIRHC personnel would cover the costs for the routine physicals and baseline ECG's, and the grant would be used to cover expenses for educational materials and laboratory analysis.

Men's Health Fair

View the Quicktime Streaming Video

July 8-10- details to follow – mark your calendar – call 448-2275 for additional information

Going hand in hand with physicals being performed by our care providers at the clinic, Dr David Wartinger, who owns property on Beaver Island has offered his time and expertise in putting together a MENS HEALTH FAIR. Tying in with the news of the grant approval, I have been contact by Dr. Wartinger, urologist who works at Michigan State University, who has generously volunteered his time to do screenings for the men on Beaver Island. Blood work can be done to check PSA blood levels.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Fortunately, most prostate cancers can be treated effectively when caught early. While one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes, today's treatments are highly effective, and only one in 33 men will die from the disease.

Dr. Waringer will also address other men's health issues..He will be back also in August, if the July dates might not work for someone.

US Wildlife Service Press Release

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From Sue Oole:

We thank you all so much for the continued cards, phone calls, and prayers as we get used to life without Art in it.  You have all been a great comfort to us and it is unbelievable how many lives dad has touched.  He will continue to be missed for quite some time.

Arrangements have now been made for a grave side service on Beaver Island on Friday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Protestant Cemetary.   There are three boats going over to the island that day, so several opportunities for our friends and family to come over for the service.

You can visit the Beaver Island Boat Company web site to check the boat schedule for departure times out of Charlevoix.  You can also check the island Chamber of Commerce site for information on lodging.

Again, thank you for all your love and support during this difficult time.  Thank you for making Art a part of your life.

Episcopal Mission Church Announces Summer Schedule


All Services at 10 a.m.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH, 26055 Pine Street (448-2241), Church on Gallagher Avenue, Beaver Island, MI 49782

June 21 & June 28 Rev. David Madsen

July 5 & July 12 Rev. Hugh Dickinson

July 19, 26, Aug 2 Rev. John English

Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko

(Editor's note: All church service notices that have been directed to the public will gladly be posted here. Send them to medic5740@gmail.com)

Island Treasures Resale News




ATV Training Course Offered

June 15, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

First Outing Story, Picture, and Results are HERE

Second Outing Story, Pictures, and Results are HERE

The dates for the next "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings"

July 12th

August 2nd

August 23rd

September 13th


Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Transfer Station Hours

Spring/Summer hours 8-5 Monday-Saturday

Beaver Island Community Center

8am - 9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Click HERE for June Community Center Activities

All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this page.

June Movies at the Community Center

July Movies at the Community Center

Click HERE for more information about Summer 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.

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