B. I. News on the 'Net, June 22-28, 2015

Beaver Island 4th of July

Gerrish Family Concert for the Community

You/ve seen them perform at Museum Week's Music on the Porch. The Gerrish Family is doing this concert at the Gregg Fellowship Center on July 6, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be a benefit for the Beaver Island Historical Society. It will be given for a freewill donation. See you at this concert by very talented family members of all ages and for all ages.

Barney's Lake Loon Eggs Have Hatched

The two adult loons appear to be celebrating and happy after teaching the young ones how to dive.

Another Barney's Lake hunter

Wildflowers near the canoe launch area

Even the water plants are celebrating.

A young osprey on the edge of the nest

4th of July AMVET's Breakfast

AMVETS Post 46
4th of July Breakfast 
Holy Cross Hall
Sunday   July 5, 2015
8:30 AM – Noon
Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, 
Sausage, Coffee,
Juice/Milk, Fruit Cup
Free Will Donation

Please note the due to the avian flu there will be a limited amount of scrambled eggs.

All profits go to the support of a $1,000 scholarship for graduates of our school, to support island veterans, and the upkeep and maintenance of the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 29, 2014

Another beautiful Beaver Island day looks to be in the works. It's 55°, wind is at 6 mph from the SW with gusts up to 16 mph, humidity is at 47%, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning then partly sunny with scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of June 29, 1767 - The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America.

Did you know that an arrow frog has enough poison to kill over 2,200 people?

Word of the day: connate (KON-ayt, ko-NAYT) which means 1. Congenial. 2. Congenital. From Latin connasci (to be born with), from com- (with) nasci (to be born). Earliest documented use: 1641.

Barb Schwartzfisher Passes Away

Barbara Varnum Schwartzfisher’s Memorial Services

Beaver Island, MI
Beaver Island Community School
July 7th 11:30am Memorial Service
Luncheon to follow

Manistique, MI
Church of the Redeemer
July 10th 12-2pm Visitation
Memorial Service to follow


Barbara Louise Varnum-Schwartzfisher, 55, of Beaver Island, Michigan passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at her home on Beaver Island.

She was born October 24, 1959 in Manistique, Michigan the daughter of Charles and P. Sharon (McNally) Varnum and attended Manistique area schools.  She was a graduate of Manistique High School with the Class of 1977.  She continued her education at Lake Superior State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science.  She also worked on her Master’s Degree at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Under the watchful eye of her late father, State Representative Charles H. Varnum, Barb grew up learning how to work with people and solve complex problems; and as a result of her father’s early mentoring, Barb was recognized as a people person and a problem solver throughout her work life.

Her first job was on behalf of the State of Michigan Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 where she taught clients how to find and secure employment.  She later accepted a position with Congressman Robert Davis where she successfully ran the congressman’s last two political campaigns.  In that position, she distinguished herself as a case worker and political consultant.

Following the Congressman’s retirement, Barb became the Director of the Emmet County Senior Center and was an integral part of the team that built the new senior center in Petoskey.

Barbara then accepted a position as the Executive Director for the Beaver Island Transportation Authority and held that position for many years until she recently accepted the position of Director of the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority in Alpena.

While living on Beaver Island, Barb served as President of the Beaver Island School Board and worked hard to pass a mileage for a new school.  She oversaw the construction of the new Beaver Island School and was proud of the fact that Beaver Island was the only school system in the State of Michigan to pass a mileage that year.

Wherever Barb worked, she added value and established herself as a patient leader/problem solver who could remove roadblocks in her path to getting the job done.

Barb loved to spend time as a mentor to family and friends.  She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her husband David, especially in warmer climates.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 23 years, David Schwartzfisher of Beaver Island; daughters, Olivia Schwartzfisher of Holland, MI and Sharon Schwartzfisher of Beaver Island; son, David Schwartzfisher of Petoskey, MI; mother, Sherry Varnum of Manistique, MI; brother, Mitchell Charles Varnum of Escanaba, MI; uncle, Fred McNally of Escanaba, MI; along with her cousins, Sally McNally, Don McNally, and Winnie Butrum.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Varnum; her maternal grandparents, Don and Louise McNally; and her paternal grandparents, Henry and Mae Varnum.

The Memorial Service will be held at 11:30am, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Beaver Island Community School.  A luncheon will follow the service, at Holy Cross Hall.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.

Memorial donations may be directed to the 21st Century Learning Foundation at Beaver Island Community School.

Barbara, you were much loved and will be sorely missed.  Your dad, Charles would be proud.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com

Mixed Doubles Golf Outing

1st Mixed-Couples Beaver Island "Pinehurst" Golf Outing!  
June 28, 2015
We had a great turnout for our 1st outing of the year.
10 teams played in today's Outing.
The weather was fantastic, the bugs behaved themselves
and the golf was not bad either.

Nel Worsfold and Frank Solle won the Outing with a 41.

Annette Dashiell and Joe Moore tied Theresa and Larry
Laurain with 42's.
Doris and Lars Larson came in 4th with a 44.
We'd like to thank everyone who played today and hope to see them
in our upcoming outings.
The next Outing will be on July 19th at 1:30 p.m.
Please signup on the sheet in the clubhouse.
Thanks again to everyone who participated and to 
Jennifer for taking care of the "bookwork" in the

Staying Afloat

by Cindy Ricksgers

A June Evening on the Island

Adult woodpecker (on bottom) feeds young woodpecker (on top of feeder)

Osprey in dead tree on Sloptown, no action in the nest

What are you lookin' at?

Playing around with camera settings while viewing the sunset

A nice evening! Better with friends!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 28, 2014

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Barbara Varnum-Schwartzfisher. The island lost a great lady yesterday who will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know her. Right now it's 52°, clear skies, wind at 2 mph from the south, humidity is at 91%, pressure is falling from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 8.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds becoming west at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.

On this date of June 28, 1894 - The U.S. Congress made Labor Day a U.S. national holiday.

Did you know that the female condor lays a single egg once every 2 years?

Word of the day: ubiety (yoo-BAHY-i-tee) which means the property of having a definite location at any given time; state of existing and being localized in space. Ubiety came to English in the mid-1600s from the Latin ubi meaning "where?"

Fresh Air Aviation Adds New Plane

The Queen has Arrived!

Come Experience "Queen Air" Service to Beaver Island and beyond!

The largest, fastest, and most luxurious aircraft to ever service Beaver Island on a daily basis is now here. Fresh Air Aviation announces the addition of its Beechcraft Excalibur Queen Air to our fleet. The Queen is a true cabin class aircraft that provides first class comfort and safety at affordable prices. The Queen will service the daily needs of Beaver Island and also provide quick efficient travel to destinations of your choice within the lower 48 states.

The piston twin engine 800 hp "Queen" cruises at a speed of 215 mph offering flight times to Detroit and Chicago of 1 hour and 1 hour 15 mins respectively while offering a variety of seating configurations accommodating up to eight passengers in leather seated comfort and style. Originally built in the 1960 for use by the US Army and restored to modern standards in 2014/2015, no expense was spared during its transformation process to make her a wonderful blend of nostalgia and modern aviation technology rendering its users a fantastic flying experience. You will immediately be drawn in by its beautiful new exterior paint scheme, then fall in love with her as you enter the spacious cabin with center isle and luxury leather seating. “Under the hood” the mechanic in you will be very impressed with the fresh overhaul of its IO720 400 hp engines and three bladed propellers that insure a smooth, quiet ride. All flight systems such as its landing gear and flaps have also been completely overhauled to “factory” standards for the utmost safety and reliability.

We needed a special aircraft that could not only perform well on long range trips but the short 11 minute hops to Beaver Island as well. A machine that not only flew passengers but could move freight or people on stretchers too. That is not any easy order to fill on any level. But after nearly 2 years of research the 8,000 max takeoff weight of Queen Air stood out from the rest as the best candidate with its firm design foundation based on military specs and years of solid performance in the private sector. Its secret attribute was that it had to have the “Excalibur” engine conversion.  With these “bullet proof” engines it took the original Queen with less desirable power plants and turned it into a phenomenal piston powered cabin class twin delivering exceptional performance, safety, and economy. Fresh Air Aviation serves a niche flying clientele and this aircraft fits that niche to a tee!

Charters to Detroit, Chicago, the East Coast, Minneapolis, and St. Louis are only the beginning for this aircraft. Patrons of Fresh Air Aviation can also enjoy fantastic local air tours, including lighthouses of the Great Lakes as well as special “date night dinner” packages to places like Mackinac Island and sports escapes to Detroit and other cities for the “Big Game”. It’s easy! Envision where and when you would go if you had your own dream plane. Then simply call Fresh Air Aviation to make your dream come to life.

Beaver Island had its King. Now it’s time for a Queen to rule!
Ride her once and you’ll understand why!

(Pictures and story from Fresh Air Aviation)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 27, 2014

It's 53° outside this morning with clear skies, wind is at 4 mph from the east, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, visibility is at 8.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Northeast winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of June 27, 1967 - The world's first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28.

Did you know that the greyhound is the fastest dog and can reach speeds of up to 72kph (45mph)?

Word of the day: preprandial (pree-PRAN-dee-uhl) which means before a meal, especially before dinner; anteprandial: a preprandial apéritif. Preprandial came to English in the early 1800s from the Latin prandium meaning "luncheon, meal."

Beaver Island Association

Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability


Monday, JULY 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center

Charlevoix Area Hospital Hosted An Open House

Charlevoix Area Hospital hosted an open house at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center on Friday, June 26, 2015, from 4-7pm. The open house was a casual, friendly event for folks to stop in and talk to staff. Lyn Jenks, CAH CEO, gave a brief presentation at 5:30 p.n. with an update on new and expanding hospital services, the fundraising campaign underway, and CAH changing relationship with Munson Healthcare.

......Bernadette Cole talks with Donna Kubic............CAH Cathy Fischl, Marketing and PR...........Chelsey Townsend, CAH Foundation, Executive Director

Cindy Ricksgers..............Skip McDonough..............Gerald LaFreniere

Lyn Jenks, CEO CAH

Snacks at the Open House

Lyn Jenks began her presentation.

Video Clips of the Open House and the Presentation HERE

BIRHC Seeks Medical Professional Listings

Are you a Medical Professional? Would you be willing to help out in the event of a major emergency on the Island? The Beaver Island Rural Health Center would like to update its list of medical personnel here, whether you are here year-round or only for a visit. Please call Donna Kubic at 448-2275 with contact information and your availability. Thank you very much.

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release

News Release

On June 25, 2015, at approximately 20:12 hours, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area of Sloptown Road near King’s Highway for a single vehicle rollover accident.

The driver of the vehicle, Jewell Gillespie-Cushman age 19 of Beaver Island, was traveling West on Sloptown Road in a 1995 Ford Ranger when he lost control of his vehicle, hitting a tree then rolling the vehicle over.  The vehicle landed on its roof with the driver inside.  Gillespie-Cushman was wearing his seatbelt.

Gillespie-Cushman was transported to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center where he was treated for a laceration to his arm.

The accident remains under investigation, but speed and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 26, 2014

Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day...(ok, that's enough of my singing). It's 53° outside, clear blue sky, wind at 6 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 91%, pressure is rising from 1018 mb, visibility is at 9.2 miles, and the UV index is at 1. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds becoming east from 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. East winds at 10 mph.

On this date of June 26, 1985 - Wilbur Snapp was ejected after playing "Three Blind Mice" during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O'Connor.

Did you know that a blue whale can weigh as much as 30 elephants and as long as 3 large tour buses?

Word of the day: eviscerate (i-VIS-uh-rayt) which means 1. To remove the entrails; to disembowel. 2. To deprive of essential parts; to weaken or to destroy. From Latin eviscerare (to disembowel), from ex- (out) + viscera (internal organs), plural of Latin viscus (flesh, internal organ). Earliest documented use: 1607.

Men's Summer Golf League Results for Week 3

Jeff M. & Ryan
Ivan & Buck
Dan & Rob
Ron W. & Larry L.
Gerald & Kirk
Ron S. & David
Chuck & Ernie
Howard & Joe
Francis & Larry
* Bye Week
Team #8 beat Team #1 14-6
Team #2 beat Team #9 12-8
Team #3 beat Team #7 11-9
Team #4 beat Team #6 13-7

Podiatrist to Visit the Island

Dr. Patrick Richmond, Podiatrist, will be returning to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center to see patients on Monday, July 20. Call us at 448-2275 to make an appointment.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library will now be staying open until 8 pm on Thursday evenings and opening at 11 am Saturday mornings.

So BIDL hours are as follows:

Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 11-5

What's New at the Library?

Click here to view the information

4th of July Golf Tournament

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 25, 2014

Damp morning as it rained during the night and is still sprinkling. Right now it's 55°, wind is at 5 mph from the east, humidity is at 98%, pressure is falling from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 6.1 miles. Today: Cloudy with scattered rain showers in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds at 10 mph in the evening, becoming light.

On this date of June 25, 1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event is known as "Custer's Last Stand."

Did you know that out of the 250+ known species of shark only 18 are known to be dangerous to man?

Word of the day: splenetic (spli-NET-ik) which means bad-tempered; spiteful. From spleen, from French esplen, from Latin splen, from Greek splen. Earliest documented use: 1398. NOTE: In earlier times it was believed that four humors controlled human behavior and an imbalance resulted in disease. According to this thinking an excess of black bile secreted by the spleen resulted in melancholy or ill humor. Also, the spleen was considered to be the seat of emotions. To vent one's spleen was to vent one's anger.

Calling All Bookies

Calling all Bookies (the kind that LOVE BOOKS, not gambling...:)!!
BOBI (Bookies of Beaver Island) Meets at The Beaver Island District Library

Summer is here at long last! We think Mother Nature understands this now and will act accordingly for us all to enjoy some great weather :) The undeniable sign of summer; EIGHT dynamic people at BOBI last night, and a lively discussion of " A Fall of Marigolds"!
We decided the author would have benefited by having us as consultants, but despite that, overall the book was a good read.
Lots of talk about who is reading what, and book idea swaps. We are a diverse group in our tastes, which adds to the fun as we read outside our comfort zones.

Coming up...
For our Tues, July 28, 7pm meeting: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien 

About young men in the Vietnam war---from a new angle.
(Already in at BIDL, if you need a copy, please check with Patrick, MG, or Kathy to sign out-we have 2 copies and BOBI has priority on these books until our meeting, so please reading return promptly when you finish so everyone has a chance)

For our Tues, Aug 25, 7pm meeting: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

This author was just at BIDL for a reading, and everyone loved her!
A novel about life in the U.P.

For our Tues, Sept 22, 7pm meeting: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

It has everything from elephant behavior to human parent/child relationships.

For our Tues, Oct 27, 7pm meeting: Lost In Shangri-La by Michael Zuckoff

Stranded on an island with Stone-Age natives...

We tried to pick a good variety of books, and had plenty of suggestions to choose from. Hope to see everyone on July 28th! And an early Happy 4th to all!
Brenda Welter

Scheduled Events at the Community Center

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 24, 2014

Beautiful morning today. It's 54°, wind is at 9 mph from the SW with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of June 24, 1974 - Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" was released.

Did you know that in Africa more people are killed by crocodiles than lions?

Word of the day: enervate (verb: EN-uhr-vayt, adj.: i-NUHR-vit) which means verb tr.: To deprive of strength or vitality. adjective: Deprived of strength; Weakened. From Latin enervare (to weaken), from ex- (out) + nervus (sinew). Earliest documented use: 1603.

Hummers in the Backyard

Up in the top of a tall pine tree surveying his territory

On one feeder in the red maple tree

After watching these hummingbirds in the backyard, it became obvious that territorial areas are established by one hummer, and, even though not captured in pictures, chasing other hummers away seems to be as important as going to each of the four feeders that are in the yard. The movements are so quick, that a capture of this dive bombing and territorial protection was impossible. Fascinating, but impossible.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 23, 2014

Well, the weather folks were sure off on that storm for the island. Yes, we got a little rain, some wind, but nothing even close to what they predicted. Thank goodness! Right now it's 56°, wind is at 13 mph from the west with gusts up to 24 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 1004 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning and then clearing. Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of June 23, 1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention that he called a "Type-Writer."

Did you know that flamingos can live up to 80 years old?

Word of the day: oppugn (uh-PYOON) which means to call in questions; to contradict; to dispute. From Latin oppugnare (to fight or oppose), from ob- (against) + pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk- (to prick) which is also the source of point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, poniard, impugn, pugilist, and pugnacious. Earliest documented use: 1435.

1984 Roll Off Truck – Accepting Bids

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee is accepting bids for the used roll off truck at the BI Transfer Station.  This truck is a :

  • 1984 GMC Brigadier
  • 373,542 miles
  • Can haul 10 – 40 yard containers
  • Everything is operational. 
  • Truck was used at Beaver Island Transfer Station until fall of 2014
  • Hydraulics in good working order.

If the winning bid is a mainland purchaser, the cost of transporting the truck to Charlevoix is the responsibility of the winning bidder.   The Committee reserves the right to reject bids.

Please submit bids to:
Beaver Island Waste Management Committee
C/O Beaver Island Transfer Station
PO Box 355
Beaver Island MI 49782

If you have any questions, please contact:
Brad Swearingen, Manager
Beaver Island Transfer Station
231 448 2228

Accepting Bids for the Cement Work at the Beaver Island Transfer Station

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee is accepting bids for the following work:

  •  Cement Pad for Roll Off Containers
  • 40 foot x 60 foot x 8 inch poured, reinforced cement pad
  • Pad to be used for holding 40 yard roll off containers
  • Located on SE side of property
  • Excavating work required
  • Cement Pad Adjacent to Compactor
    • 15 foot x 20 foot reinforced pad adjacent to compactor at rear of transfer station
  • Replace Retaining Wall
    • Retaining wall at rear of transfer station

The Committee reserves the right to reject bids.

Please submit bids to:
Beaver Island Waste Management Committee
C/O Beaver Island Transfer Station
PO Box 355
Beaver Island MI 49782

If you have any questions, please contact:
Brad Swearingen, Manager
Beaver Island Transfer Station
231 448 2228



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE

May 28, 2015

Video of this event is available HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

View video May 21st Meeting HERE

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

SUMMER HOURS: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 6pm


  • YOGA   M, W & F 9:30am

No experience needed - all ages and sizes welcome.
Basic Vinyasa, Mon & Fri: Flow through a sequence of postures to open and energize your entire body.
Yin Restorative,Wed:Bring balance & flexibility to the body through seated postures & passive stretching.


This certified program emphasizes range-of-motion, flexibility, balance and joint mobility. It works!


  • Saturday Movies 3pm & 7pm

From New Releases to Timeless Classics, escape to a cool matinée or evening flick – with great popcorn!

  • Other Movie showings

We might show an extra movie during the week…if it’s raining, or really hot, or we’re not getting ready for a concert or other activity!

  • Family Activities

Learn how to pan for gold, go on a birding field trip, learn some Beaver Island photo tips, and more!
Checkwww.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org and the Center for updated schedules!


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

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.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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A Ride on the Summer Solstice

Yesterday was a three in one kind of a day. The day was the summer solstice, the anniversary of one special lady, and Father's Day all in one. There were many ways to celebrate, but a few fewer since being an on-call paramedic. All of these were special, and all were very important, but the ride was just as important. As aging seniors all understand, the environment is out there, and there is beauty, if you take the time to look. Here is a little of that beauty.

The loon still on the nest at Barney's Lake

Wildflowers at Barney's Lake

Observation of the osprey on Sloptown Road


Wildflowers along Sloptown Road

Wildflowers along the Kings Highway

Making a difference with just one turtle. Made it across the Kings Highway without getting squished.

Appreciation of the beauty around the island is a wonderful way to spend the three in one kind of day. The highlights included dinner and this trip around Barney's Lake, Sloptown, and Kings Highway. The vegetable garden can wait one more day.

WVBI Broadcast Begins

Your Beaver Island radio station  WVBI went live tonight, 100.1 on your FM dial.  Music, local news, events and much more 24/7. Check it out!

(Editor's note: Sitting inside my house listening to some great tunes on 100.1 on the FM dial at 9:30 p.m., June 21, 2015.)

Congratulations, WVBI!

Summer Solstice

Some parts of the U.S. are already sweltering, but summer doesn't officially start until this weekend. Sunday marks the summer solstice, or first day of the season, in the Northern Hemisphere. It's also the longest day of the year.

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, happens when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun and usually occurs on June 21st, but can also occur on 20 and 22 June.. This year, the actual time the summer solstice begins is 12:38 p.m., June 21, 2015.

The world has partied for the solstice since ancient times. Stonehenge is home to one of the biggest observations of the summer solstice because legend says the stones were set up to align with the sun on the solstice. As such, thousands of people now gather there to do yoga and worship the sun every year. Yoga is also a solstice tradition in New York City's Time Square.

Many, if not all, of the native American tribes performed ceremonies focused on summer solstice. The sundance, believed to have originated with the Lakota tribe, is a ceremony that lasted 28 days, with a final four to eight days of intense festivity. Although the ceremonies varied in form from tribe to tribe, many had features in common, such as dancing, singing and drumming, prayer, meditation, the experience of visions, fasting, and skin-piercings. The Arapaho, Arikara, Asbinboine, Cheyenne, Crow, Gros, Ventre, Hidutsa, Sioux, Plains Cree, Plains Ojibway, Sarasi, Omaha, Ponca, Ute, Shoshone, Kiowa, and Blackfoot are among the tribes that celebrated.

The sundance was generally outlawed in the latter part of the nineteenth century because of the perceived aspects of self-torture. Typically, a dancer was pierced through the skin and connected by ropes and pegs to either a tree or a stake around which he would dance until the pegs or the piercings broke. Symbolic of death and renewal, the dancer was believed to be reborn mentally, spiritually, and physically. The ceremony as a whole spoke to the continuity of life; it was meant to convey a cycle of regeneration wherein all of nature is intertwined.

Not an uncommon belief for summer solstice, which has been celebrated by the ancients around the globe.

A Short History of Father's Day

Origins of Father’s Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

Father’s Day: Controversy and Commercialism

During the 1920s and 1930s, a movement arose to scrap Mother’s Day and Father’s Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents’ Day. Every year on Mother’s Day, pro-Parents’ Day groups rallied in New York City’s Central Park–a public reminder, said Parents’ Day activist and radio performer Robert Spere, “that both parents should be loved and respected together.” Paradoxically, however, the Depression derailed this effort to combine and de-commercialize the holidays. Struggling retailers and advertisers redoubled their efforts to make Father’s Day a “second Christmas” for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards. When World War II began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father’s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day may not have been a federal holiday, but it was a national institution.

In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

An Assessment of My Day Off

by Cindy Ricksgers

10th Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing


The Outing was held on the Friday, June 19, 2015. The play started with a Shotgun start at 5:00 p.m. Six teams played with all teams starting on a different hole. There was an excellent meal provided to all participants. The meal included cold sliced ham, cold sliced cheese, and buns for a sandwich. This was accompanied by egg salad, Mary Ann's famous cole slaw, chips of different kinds, pineapple upside down cake and another chocolate cake, four different kinds of pop and two different kinds of cold beer. Thanks to Buck and Mary Ann Ridgeway for organizing the outing and for preparing the food!


1st Place was won by the team of Ron Wojan, Larry Laurain, Bob Evans, and Ivan Young  with a score of four under par. -4 (31)

2nd Place was won by Doris Larson, Nel Worsfold, Annette Dashiell, and Ruth Igoe with a score of three under par after a six stroke handicap.  -3 (38-6 H/C)

Other Teams that played:

Kevin Stipp-Mike Sowa   -3 (32)
Jeff Mestelle-Rob Latimer-Bill Kohls   +1 (36)
Joe Moore-Frank Solle-Howard Davis-Buck Ridgeway +1 (36)
Peter Igoe-Lars Larson-Paul Glendon-Bruce Jacobson +2 (37)

Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive:

Annette Dashiell won the closest to the pin on hole #4 (Chipped in)

Ron Wojan won closest to the pin on hole #4; Jeff Mestelle won closest to the pin on hole #6; and Kevin Stipp had the longest drive on hole #9.

The Escanaba-Beaver Island Connection

What in the world could connect the Upper Penninsula town of Escanaba and Beaver Island? They are about as physically separated as one island and one mainland community can be separated. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, BINN Editor Joe Moore found out the answer to this question.

View more of the story HERE

View video of the trip HERE

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Garage Sale to Benefit the Community Center

Charlevoix Area Hospital to Host Open House

Charlevoix Area Hospital will be hosting an open house at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center on Friday, June 26 from 4-7pm. It will be a casual, friendly event for folks to stop in and talk to staff. Lyn Jenks, our CEO, will give a brief presentation around 5:30 with an update new and expanding hospital services, the fundraising campaign underway, and our changing relationship with Munson Healthcare. Hope to see you there!


Chelsea Townsend, Executive Director

Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation

14700 Lake Shore Drive, Charlevoix, MI  49720
(W) 231-547-8502    (F) 231-547-8658
ctownsend@cah.org     www.cah.org



7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon. � Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm. � Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

28-Pastor Randy Weener, Grand Rapids

July 5--Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

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!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.


Spring is here and the Wellness Gardeners’ thoughts are turning toward the joys and tasks of maintaining and improving the BIRHC Wellness Garden.  The Annual Garden Tour Benefit, our sole fundraiser, celebrates its 5th year in 2015!  Again featuring gardens on the northern part of the Island, our tour includes six new gardens discovered with the aid and discerning eye of a well-known local landscaping professional.   This year’s tour builds on our successes -- access to unique and private spaces created by the hands of the gardeners themselves and described in their own words,  a presentation in a public space with its own unknown story, a delicious lunch at The Lodge, and a dessert tea at our final garden, all with transportation provided.  This year we plan to include a speaker with tips and information we all want to hear, either at lunch or tea.  So get your calendar out and mark the date:  Wednesday, July 15th (9:30 - 3 pm) the 5th Annual Garden Tour Benefit!  Tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1st at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 2:30. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015. Kids Carnival managed by Chamber VP Diane McDonough will start at 3:00 PM



Men's Summer Golf League Results

Ivan & Buck 38 14
Jeff M. & Ryan 35 13
Ron W. & Larry L. 37 7
Dan & Rob 0 12
Ron S. & David 50 12
Gerald & Kirk * *
Francis & Larry 49 8
Chuck & Ernie 0 0
Howard & Joe 43 6
  Bye Week
0   Forfeit

Mason Edward Wojan Born

Mason Edward Wojan was born on June 14, 2015. He weighed 7lbs 5oz and was 20 inches long. He was born at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord MI. His parents are Ryan and Amanda Wojan. Grandparents are Ed and Connie Wojan of Beaver Island and Mike and Polly Bodjanac of Green Bay, WI. His Great Father is Walter Wojan of Alanson, MI.

The Ryan and Amanda Wojan Family

Graduation Parties Over the Weekend

With BICS Graduation on Saturday, June 13, 2015, the four graduates of BICS and one graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy had parties over the weekend. The first party was for 2015 BICS graduate Maddie Martin, and this party took place down the East Side Road.

Maddie's party started at 2 p.m.

The next party was for BICS graduates Hannah Robert and Meg Works, and this party took place at the Beaver Island Golf Course beginning at 3 p.m. The temperature was nice at the beginning of this party, but as it progressed, the temperature continued to drop with a chilly wind out of the East.

Meg Works and Hannah Robert

Lots of room at the golf course and lots of people attended

John, Hannah, and Deb Robert

On Sunday, June 14, 2015, another graduation party was held at the Peaine Township Hall beginning at noon. The graduates celebrating at this party were Emily Jines, BICS graduate, and Emily Boyle, Interlochen graduate.

Judy, Emily, and Kevin Boyle

Emily Jines and her Dad

Video Clips of Graduation Parties


BICS Graduation Video

2-camera edit of complete Graduation Ceremony


Matthew Cull Receives Associates Degree

Matthew Cull received his Associates in Science and Arts from Northwestern Michigan College. Matthew is transferring to Ferris State University this fall to pursue his Bachelor degree in Social Work.

Matthew Cull! Congratulations!

Advice to Myself

by Cindy Ricksgers

Birding Trail Update

Thanks to the island community and businesses, the 2015 Warblers on the Water event was a great success.  The Beaver Island Birding Trail, used for the event on Memorial Day weekend, was designed for birders to enjoy the island's natural bounty year round.  One hundred sixteen bird species were documented over the weekend and placed on Cornell University's eBird website.  Last year's top bird was a migrating Kirkland Warbler found at Gull Harbor.  This year's big observation was over 200 Whimbrels (a type of shorebird) flying north to nesting grounds.  Here are a few comments chosen to help capture excitement and enthusiasm about the event.

“I will be spreading the word and certainly plan to be back in future years.  Wish we could have stayed longer. ”

“I had a wonderful time, and I saw nothing but smiling faces among the other birders. I met a number of fantastic people.” 

“When I was at Gull Harbor I heard a Black-and-white Warbler singing and found it perched on a dead stub.  I got the bird in the scope and called to have some of the people take a look.  Two couples were there and when one fellow's wife saw it she called out to her husband and the other couple, "Ooh you've got to see this, what a cool bird!" and they all scrambled over to see it like fourth graders on a field trip.  I really enjoy it when you can get 40 to 80 year-olds excited by something new!”

For more information about the Beaver Island Birding Trail visit www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.  For more information about Cornell University’s eBird real time bird reporting website visit ebird.org/content/ebird/about/.

BICS Graduation 2015

The Beaver Island Community School Graduation Ceremony took place at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Beaver Island Community Center. Additions to the seating were required as all 120 seats filled up very quickly and additional chairs were placed between the theater seats and the stage. An additional twenty-seven (27) watched graduation via the live stream.

The four 2015 Graduating Seniors were Emily Kay Jines, Madelynn Danielle Martin, Hannah Marie Robert (Valedictorian), and Margaret Elaine Works (Salutatarian).

The adult participants processed up onto the stage. This group included Principal/Superintendent Riley Justis; School Board members Kathy Speck and Dusty Cushman; and Miss Emily Gray, the graduation speaker. The processional "Pompand Circustance" was played during the entrance of both groups by Judi Meister.

As the seniors of the graduating class entered, the juniors, members of the Class of 2016, held the flowers in a symbolic passing through the students to a new phase in their lives.

The seniors entered from back stage from the dark into the limelight of the front of the stage.

Maddie Martin, Meg Works, Hannah Robert, and Emily Jines

Then the Class of 2015 organized themselves into alphabetical order.

Emily Jines lead the entire auditorium in the "Pledge of Allegiance" to the the flag.

Mr. Justis welcomed the attendees.

Meg Works and Hannah Robert did a joint Farewell Address.

The class song was "Fly" by Maddie and Tae, performed by Miranda Rooy and John Rooy.

Meg Works introduced the Commencement Speaker, Emily Gray, former graduate of BICS in 2005.

Emily Gray spoke directly to the seniors.

Her address spoke to the seniors involving thanks and many changes in her ten years post graduation.

After the Commencement Address, Mr Justis, Mrs. Speck, and Mr. Cushman rose to present the diplomas.

Receiving diplomas: Emily Jines and Maddie Martin

Receiving diplomas: Hannah Robert and Meg Works

On the direction of Maddie Martin, the seniors turned their tassels

The Class of 2015 recessed out of the Community Center to greet guests outside to music by Judi Meister.

Video of the graduation ceremony is HERE

Reception Line Outside the Community Center

Everyone in attendance congratulates the graduates and most of the hundred thirty plus attendees get hugs.

Three posed pictures

Experiential Learning-Beaver Island Style

Seamus (Jim) Norgaard at Tara's Meadow

Read article HERE

Schools Are Broken, But Teachers are Heroes

Says Retiring State Superintendent

Read his comments HERE

"I am so proud of our teachers... They are life-savers and life-builders. They give our children hope. Please take time today to thank a teacher you had, or one you know."

Camp Quality Cruise

Camp Quality, a camp for children with cancer, is planning this to thank the community for its welcome and friendly environment here for their events here on the island.

YMCA Camp Arrowhead – Beaver Island

Registration is now open for Camp Arrowhead! The YMCA of Northern Michigan is excited to extend our summer day camp program to Beaver Island. Camp Arrowhead runs from July 6th- August 7th (5 weeks). Families can sign up for one or more week(s) at a time. Camp runs Monday through Friday. Campers participate in activities such as sports & games, arts & crafts, archery, outdoor education, and so much more! Y camps foster a safe and nurturing environment where all children have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Registration forms are available at the Community Center and the Community School. Registration forms must be returned to the Community School.

More information: http://www.ymcanm.org/CampArrowhead.htm

Camp Hours/Prices
Half Day: 9:00-1:00 PM ($100/week)
Full Day:  9:00-4:00 PM ($135/week)

Explorers:     Ages 5 to 6                                                                            
Trailblazers:  Ages 7 to 8  
Pathfinders:  Ages 9 to 10
*Limited Counselor in Training (CIT) spaces available: Ages 11-15

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled

Glen McDonough Concert and Scholarships

First Mixed Doubles Golf Match Scheduled

New BIRHC Provider Begins Work

We are pleased to announce that Carolyn Space, Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified, has joined our staff. Carolyn has experience in a wide range of clinical settings, most recently as Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has worked with all age groups in both medical and trauma situations. She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
She and her family will be settling in on the Island in the coming weeks. Carolyn will join Sue Solle, also a FNP-C, to provide medical care seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We will hold a welcoming event soon. But feel free to stop in to meet her at the Center if she is not busy seeing a patient.

Carolyn Space became a licensed EMT and a licensed EMT-Specialist in 2000 and 2001 respectively, but both of these licenses have lapsed. Carolyn became a licensed RN in 2015 after service in the USAF. She became a licensed Nurse Practitioner on March 31, 2015.

Video of short interview with Carolyn Space


BIRHC Newsletter-Spring 2015

7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

BICS Class of 2015

Individual Pictures and Video for this class of four HERE

2015 Emerald Ash Borer Program Notice

Beaver Island remains under an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine along with Isle Royale and Charity Island.  “Don’t Move Firewood” signage is at all points of entry and under the watchful eye of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the island airlines.  On June 4th and 5th, volunteers will be working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to place Emerald Ash Borer traps around the island.  The large purple triangles with lures will be placed on ash trees and remain until August.
Emerald Ash Borers are native to Asia and are so aggressive that ash trees die within 2-3 years after they become infected. Millions of ash trees are being lost in the US and Canada. Through an intergovernmental agreement between the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Commission, technical and entomological services over the past 6 years have resulted in no Emerald Ash Borers being found. 

Museum Week Planned

At the Library

Coming this Summer

Vacation Bible School

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