B. I. News on the 'Net, June 24-30, 2014

Summer Breeze

by Cindy Ricksgers

When the air is hot, and the wind is strong, I am transported back at least four decades.

It is usually only smells that have that power: freshly-cut grass brings me back to Sunday afternoons on Hunt Road, fifty or more years ago; a certain whiff of soap can evoke the spirit of my mother, when I was a small child; sometimes the smell of baby powder lifts me to a time and place when I was a young mother, with small children of my own.

But give me a strong summer breeze, and I am a teen-ager again.

I want to ride in fast cars with all the windows down, music playing at full volume.

I want to head for city lights or country roads, just for the change, the movement and distance.

I want to swim by moonlight, then walk the beach and count the stars.

I want to sleep in a tent open to the moving air.

There is a strong wind blowing today.

Not actually being a teen-ager again, my activities were much more mundane.

I walked the garden this morning, picked radishes and strawberries, and pulled a few weeds.

Went to work at the hardware store.

Picked up a few necessities: dish detergent, dog food, mosquito repellent.

Stopped to say “hello” to Sue, at her gallery.

Washed towels, and hung them on the clothesline.

Pulled a few more weeds in the garden, emptied the kitchen scraps into the compost bin, washed the dishes and tidied the kitchen.

Just a normal day....except for the wind.

That feeling of being at the beginning, with endless possibilities lying ahead....that sense of hope and chance and wonder stayed with me, and kept a smile on my face all day.

Just a normal, exceptional day.

Good things come in on a strong summer breeze!

Janet O'Donnell Dies

Teresa Janet O’Donnell, of Beaver Island, while surrounded by her loving husband and family, left her Beaver Island home to touch the face of God on Friday, June 27, 2014. Janet was born in Charlevoix on July 24,1934, the daughter of “Young James” William and Margaret Bridget “Teresa” (Boyle) Gallagher. Janet graduated in 1952 from St. James High before receiving her degree in Education from Aquinas College. She was united in marriage on July 5, 1958, to Richard D. O’Donnell, son of Francis “Frank” Daniel and Helen “Nellie” (McDonough) O’Donnell. She and Richie were blessed with their family of six children.

Janet is survived by her husband, Richie of Beaver Island, children: Diane (David) Westmaas of Allendale; Michael (Anne) O’Donnell of Traverse City; Judy (Michael) Crowell of Lake St. Louis, MO; William (Kendra) O’Donnell of Allendale; Barbara Flowers of Kentwood; and Ronda (Curt) Alber of Grand Rapids, grandchildren Charlie (Ashlie) Flipse, Kelly Flipse; Josh, Heather and Ronnie O’Donnell; Olivia, Chrissy, and Brendan Crowell; Lindsey and Megan O’Donnell; Brittney, Garritt, Kaleigh, Colton Flowers, and great grandson, Jordan Flipse, her sister Eleanor McDonough of Charlevoix, brother Brian (Dee) Gallagher of Beaver Island, sisters-in-law Muggs (Bob) Bass, Beverly (Gary) Cantwell, and Carol (Doug) Bunting, and numerous nieces and nephews. Janet was preceded in death by her parents James and Teresa Gallagher as well as her angels Bailey Lott and Nadia Flowers.

Janet began teaching at the young age of 21 and continued until bringing home their darling daughter Diane. She began her second amazing career as a stay-at-home mom where she was gainfully employed until her passing. She was always happiest giving and sharing with her family. While in Grand Rapids, Janet and Richie were parishioners at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. She volunteered her time, talents, and treasures to both the church and school. She invested her energy in many charities including the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association. She was an original member of the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids, which has contributed to countless Island projects and organizations.

Richie and Janet retired, sold their house, and returned home to Beaver Island. They became parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island and she was an active member in the Altar Society. She worked tirelessly for the Museums of Beaver Island as well as the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary (Island Treasures). Her fondness of the Red Hat Ladies showed in her enjoyment of each outing. She and Richie enjoyed spending their winters in Florida but nothing made her happier than her grandchildren and great grandchild. Each one was special and dear to her. She cherished the times they shared together. She was a child of her Savior, Jesus, and enjoyed His “Our Father” that he provided to each of us.

Visitation will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 5pm on Sunday, June 29, 2014, with the Rosary at 7pm. A Funeral Mass, with Fr. Jim Doherty presiding, will be held at Noon on Monday, June 30, 2014. Janet will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery. A Luncheon will be served following the burial at Holy Cross Parish Hall.

It was her wish, while shaking her finger, there be “no flowers....absolutely none.” So in lieu of flowers, Janet wished memorial contributions be made to any of the following organizations: Beaver Island Hospice, the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary (Island Treasures), or the Beaver Island Cemetery.

Please sign Janet’s guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

Wildflowers on Kings Highway


Paradise Bay Coffee Shop

Fresh Air Moves into the New Beaver Island Airport Terminal

The new terminal from the new parking lot.

The centerpiece of the waiting room.

The view if you look north and up in the big waiting room.

In the corner

Another turkey added to the display...

The secondary waiting room/meeting room

Just inside the main door out to the tarmack

Invitation to the ribbon cutting ceremony

The Fresh Air desk

The view from Donnel Mors Lane

Inside walk-through

 A Short Walk Outside


From the Transfer Station

Waste Management Committee Seeks Bids

Notice of July Meeting Cancellation

Pope Francis appoints Bishop-elect Steven J. Raica Fifth Bishop of Gaylord

Press Conference - June 27, 2014Statement of Bishop-elect Steven J. Raica

At noon today Rome time (6:00 AM EDT), June 27, 2014, Pope Francis appointed me the Fifth Bishop of Gaylord.

As I reflect on the significance of this unexpected appointment, it is all the more a grace-filled moment for me since today is providentially the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was at Sacred Heart Parish and Elementary School, Munising, Michigan, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where I was first grounded in the faith. Then, in 1973, the seminary where I began my formational journey toward priesthood was named Sacred Heart College Seminary, located in Detroit. One of the great responsibilities I had was to serve as Superior at Casa Santa Maria, the graduate priest residence of the North American College, Rome, Italy. In the mid-1800s, it was the residence of the Visitation sisters. Pope Pius IX came to the house to name Margaret Mary Alacoque a “Servant of God”. Recall that St Margaret Mary had ardently fostered the devotion to the Sacred Heart. So this announcement today carries with it a providential character that is rooted in the love and mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus toward each one of us.

As I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life. My gratitude also goes to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and great responsibility. The priests, religious, colleagues in ministry and the faithful with whom I have been privileged to journey in faith here in the Diocese of Lansing have been true companions reminding me of the Lord’s love and mercy. I am also grateful to Bishop Kenneth Povish, who ordained me a priest; to Bishop Carl Mengeling, with whom I have had the great privilege to serve in ministry; and to Bishop Earl Boyea, from whom I have learned so very much of what it means to be a faithful shepherd in word and example. I am so grateful for my mother Mary Raica, my father Steve Raica (now deceased) and my brother Joseph Raica. My mother and brother currently reside in Marquette, Michigan. They have sustained me with their daily thoughts and prayers. I will be closer to them---and that will be a source of mutual consolation. Finally, to my family and friends here in the U.S. and in Europe, I express my heartfelt thanks for your companionship on the journey of life.

On August 28, 2014, the Feast of St Augustine, I will be ordained a bishop at St Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan. In these weeks of preparation, and indeed afterward, I beg for your prayers that I may serve the Lord totally and faithfully in this new ministerial chapter of my life. During this time in which we have been called to take seriously the challenge of the New Evangelization, I pray that my new faith family - the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord-will join me in giving vibrant witness to the love and mercy beautifully portrayed by the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Pope Francis Names New Bishop for the Diocese of Gaylord

GAYLORD, Michigan----His Holiness Pope Francis, has named the Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Raica (RAY-cuh), Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing, as the new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop-elect Raica, 61, is the fifth Bishop of Gaylord, succeeding the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda who was named to the lead the diocese in October of 2009 and served until September, 2013, when he was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. The announcement was made today by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, in Washington, D.C.

“As I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” said Bishop-elect Raica in a statement. “My gratitude also goes to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and great responsibility.”

Upon learning of the appointment of his successor, Archbishop Hebda wrote, “The news that Pope Francis has named Msgr. Steven Raica to be the fifth Bishop of Gaylord on this Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is truly a cause for rejoicing. Having known Bishop-Elect Raica for more than a quarter of a century and having had first-hand experience of his pastoral zeal, collaborative spirit, and intellectual gifts, I believe that he will be an excellent shepherd--after the Heart of Jesus--for a flock that I will always remembers as being incredibly loving.

“Knowing Bishop-elect Raica to be a man of prayer, an engaging preacher, an excellent administrator, and a fine friend to many, I am confident that he will be an exceptionally fine bishop,” Archbishop Hebda said. “It will be a pleasure to pray for him and for the wonderful Church of Gaylord as they together prepare to shine the light of Christ throughout the twenty-one counties of the Diocese.”

The son of Mary and the late Steven Raica, with Polish/Italian roots, Bishop-elect Raica was born on November 8, 1952 in Munising, Michigan. His mother and brother, Joseph, currently reside in Marquette, Michigan.

Bishop-elect Raica attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics-Secondary Education in 1973. He earned his Master of Divinity from St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. Bishop-elect Raica was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lansing by Bishop Kenneth Povish on October 14, 1978. That same year he completed a Master Degree in Religious Studies through the University of Detroit, in Detroit, Michigan.

His first assignment was Associate Pastor at Holy Redeemer Parish in Burton, followed by a five year appointment as Associate Pastor at St. Pius X in Flint. In 1984 Bishop-elect Raica was named Pastor of Holy Family in Ovid and a year later was appointed Co-Rector of St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing. In 1988 he was sent to Rome to complete Licentiate Studies in Canon Law and Specialization in Jurisprudence at Pontifical Gregorian University. Back in Michigan in 1991, Bishop-elect Raica served as Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Charlotte for two years before returning to Rome to pursue Doctoral Studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
From 1995-1997, Bishop-elect Raica ministered as Pastor of St. Ann in Bellevue, Michigan, and Chaplain of Olivet College in Olivet. He was then named Chancellor-Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing and served two years before being named Superior of Casa Santa Maria in Rome. He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II on March 14, 1998, an honor which carries with it the title of “Monsignor.”
Bishop-elect Raica returned to the United States in 2005 and served as Chancellor-Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing since that time. Since 2009, he has simultaneously as Temporary Administrator for periods of short duration in the parishes of St. Mary in Durand, St. Mary in Charlotte, St. Anthony in Hillsdale and Resurrection Parish in Lansing. Since 2013, in addition to his responsibilities as Chancellor-Vicar General, Bishop-elect Raica has provided Sacramental assistance to St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John Church and Student Center in East Lansing.
A gifted linguist, Bishop-elect Raica speaks English, Italian and Polish, Latin, French, Spanish and German to the reading list. He is also fluent in Sign Language and has served as Moderator for the Flint Catholic Deaf Group, as well as Chaplain and Director for the Diocese of Lansing’s Deaf Ministry.
He is a member of the Bishop Baraga Association with a special devotion to the Venerable Bishop Baraga, supporting his cause for sainthood.
Msgr. Francis Murphy, who has served as Diocesan Administrator while the Diocese of Gaylord was a vacant see, shared his joy at the announcement. “Our prayers have been answered! We have been praying for a new Bishop and God has blessed us with one. This is a happy day for our diocese,” he said.  “I’m sure that Bishop-elect Raica will bring a lot to our diocese. He has a sense of Christ and of Christ working among us.  He also brings his own personal gifts and charisms that will stand our diocese in good stead. For me, personally, this is a really happy day. It’s been an honor to serve as Diocesan Administrator since September 27,  but I am really looking forward to August 28, when I can return to being a parish priest again and know that our diocese is in very, very, very good hands.”
“In these weeks of preparation, and indeed afterward, I beg for your prayers that I may serve the Lord totally and faithfully in this new ministerial chapter of my life,” Bishop-elect Raica said. “During this time in which we have been called to take seriously the challenge of the New Evangelization, I pray that my new faith family---the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord---will join me in giving vibrant witness to the love and mercy beautifully portrayed by the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
Bishop-elect Raica’s Episcopal Ordination has been set for August 28, 2014, at St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord.

Bigger Minnows

A Fishing Expedition Story in Video

This 3 minute video by John Arnold features the music of Kung Fu Rodeo. It was shot last week during an Island media event. https://vimeo.com/98947199

Spectacular Shirt Sale

Spectacular Shirt Sale at Island Treasures Resale Shop

June 26- July 5

Every shirt in the store is on sale for $1.00 !!

T-shirts, dress shirts, work shirts, blouses, tank tops, golf shirts, sweatshirts are all on sale!!

Long sleeved, short sleeved, and no sleeves !

Layer on lots of shirts so that the mosquitoes can’t bite you !

2014 Summer Men's Golf League Results

1 4 John-Doug 37 13 49 145 36.25
2 5 Bill & Jeff P. 34 16 49 152 38.00
3 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 35 14 48 150 37.50
4 2 Jeff M. & Brad 39 6 43 157 39.25
5 13 Francis & Larry 43 12 39 182 45.50
6 9* Rob & Dan 38 17 38 120 40.00
7 10 Frank & John 37 17 38 164 41.00
8 8* Howard & Joe 0 0 36 122 40.67
9 12 Ron S. & David 48 7 31 199 49.75
10 7* Ivan & Buck 44 3 29 122 40.67
11 6 Riley & Chad 47 3 27 183 45.75
12 11 Gerald & Kirk 42 4 27 175 43.75
13 3* Travis & Jason 43 8 26 127 42.33
Team #1 beat Team #2 14-6
Team #13 beat Team #3 12-8
Team #4 beat Team #12 13-7
Team #5 beat Team #11 16-4
Team #10 beat Team #6 17-3
Team #9 beat Team #7 17-3
Team #1 vs Team #6
Team #2 vs Team #5
Team #3 vs Team #4
Team #7 vs Team #13
Team #8 vs Team #12
Team #9 vs Team #11
Team #10 BYE

Thank Lil Gregg for Her Many Years on the Library Board

July 2, 2014, 2-4 p.m.

Lillian Gregg was one of the founders of the Beaver Island Library from the days of a room in the St. James Township Hall to the days in the very nice building that houses the Beaver Island District Library today. Lil spent many years as a volunteer and then eventually as a board member of the Beaver Island District Library. Come to the District Library on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from 2-4 pm to thank her for her many years of service to the library and the community.

Adult Woodpecker Feeding Young Woodpecker

Perhaps it's age, perhaps it's love of nature, or perhaps it's just the opportunity for the pictures to be taken. No matter what the reason these pictures stand out as the highlight of the day.

Me, Getting Older

by Cindy Ricksgers

The poppies burst into bloom two days ago, and have grown more spectacular each day.

In years past, I’ve been able to tell one grandchild or another, “They opened just for you....they’re so happy that you’re here!”

I still have hope that Patrick may make it to Beaver Island this summer, though he will have missed the poppies.

Madeline and Tommy will not be coming this year.

It’s always hard to coordinate, with their activities, their parent’s schedules and my obligations. When everything comes together, it’s wonderful. When it doesn’t....well, we must forge on.

Last night, I had a lovely visit over dinner with my sister, Cheryl, and her friend (my friend, too!), Joel.

The night before, I treated myself to a special dinner at home.

Once a week, my friend, Heidi, delivers me a nice round loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread. It’s absolutely delicious, and a great bargain, too. It’s a nice accompaniment to soup or salad, or toasted to dunk in fried egg. It makes the very best grilled cheese sandwich.

That’s what I made for myself, night before last. Grilled sourdough with sharp cheddar cheese, thin slices of heirloom tomato, a couple rounds of red onion and diced avocado. It was a large and messy sandwich, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I ate at the table, with a book as company.

I’m reading an author that is new to me, Donna Leon. Her mysteries are set in modern-day Venice. Her detective is a thoughtful “romantic” who walks the city – from crime scene to station to suspect – to take advantage of the sights and sounds of Venice. So far, very good summer reading.

After dinner, I moved up to the studio. I’m doing prep work for a series of larger collages, so mark-making, clipping and tearing papers, paint washes for possible backgrounds and other research was going on more than actual art-making.

At one point, I stroked my chin....and found something stuck there. I pulled it off. Between that moment and me then extending my hand so that I could examine it, this conversation went on in my head:


“A tick!!

Oh, gross, a TICK!

Sucking my blood!

Now I’ll have to watch for Lyme disease. I wonder what the symptoms are. I’ll have to “Google” it.

I hope I got it all. I heard they bury their head into your skin to suck your blood. Body, arms and legs are on the outside. I heard that sometimes the arms and legs wiggle.

Oh, I am SO grossed out!

Thank god I found it when I did! I wonder how long it has been there. Oh, yuck, what if someone else had noticed it first?!

Thank god for that chin whisker! I hate that chin whisker so much.....it grows so fast, and I forget about it sometimes until I’m somewhere without the right light, the magnifying mirror and a tweezers, so I can’t do anything about it, but I imagine it stands out for everyone else to notice, so then I’m self-conscious about it all day....but, if it weren’t for that chin whisker, I wouldn’t have formed the habit of rubbing my chin like that, and maybe I wouldn’t have found the tick for hours....and it would be fully engorged, more like the size of a raisin (I’ve seen them that size in the  vet clinic) instead of like the size of a.....tomato seed.....”

And there it was.....not a tick.

A tomato seed, from my messy dinner, stuck to my chin.

Crisis averted!

I may have let this pass as one more isolated incident....not anything to be concerned about.

Certainly not an indicator that I am becoming one of “those people” that walk around unaware of food or other matter clinging to hair, skin or clothing.

Until today, three hours in to my shift at the hardware store.....when a customer asked why I was wearing a fabric softener sheet on my back.

Evidently, this is me, getting older.

From what I’ve seen so far, it’s not going to be pretty!

Short Saturday Drive

Young osprey in the nest

Dragonfly mating madness and wild flowers at Barney's Lake

Caspian Tern hunting on Barney's Lake

Sandhill in Sloptown field


JUNE 21, 2014
The weather was cooperative and the mosquitos were less aggressive as 5 teams teed it up in today’s outing.
As in past year’s the teams were handicapped depending on their makeup.
This year we had two teams receiving a handicap. The all-women’s team received a -6 handicap and the team composed of 3 men and 1 woman received a -3 handicap.
One team played a member short due to an emergency and played very well.
Overall, it was a very successful day of golf, fun, and food.

In addition to the golf outing, there was also a closest to the pin (#4 & #6) and longest drive (#9) contest for both men and women.

Today’s results:
Women’s closest to the pin and long drive contest:
Nel Worsfold won both the long drive contest and closest to the pin on #4. No one hit #6.

Men’s closest to the pin and longest drive contest:
Mike Sowa won the men’s longest drive contest.
Buck Ridgeway won the closest to the pin contest on #4.
No one hit #6.

Golf Outing results:

1st Place: Buck Ridgeway -Joe Moore -Frank Solle -Howard Davis -2 score of 33.

This is the second year in a row that this team has won the event.

2nd Place: Pete Igoe-Jean Carpenter-Lars Larson, Jim Luteyn net score 34.
(37 with a -3 handicap)

3rd Place tie: Doris Larson-Nel Worsfold-Ruth Igoe-Annette Dashiell net score 35.
(41 with a -6 handicap)
Kevin Stipp-Mike Sowa-Travis Williams 35.

5th Place: Jeff Mestellle-Stan Eagle-Rob Latimer-Brad Swearingen 36.

Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch following the golf.

Thanks to everyone who played and the golf course crew for all their hard work getting the course in shape.

Museum Week 2014

July 17, 18, 19: Artist Blacksmiths set up at Heritage Park to demonstrate their wares and craft.

Evening presentations:
July 21: Music on the Porch: Kathy Speck hosts this annual celebration of Beaver Island's resident or visiting musicians, starting at 7:30. Many bring their own chairs; 120 metal fold-ups will be provided. (baskets passed for donations)

July 22: Terri Bussey, discoverer of the Sun Circle, will present her latest finds at 7:30 at the Community Center, and introduce internationally known investigator Luke Clyburn, who will be researching recent underwater discoveries with his crew, cadets, and ship-the Pride of Michigan. Luke wears many hats in his work with the Noble Odyssey Foundation, and is knowledgeable about everything going on in the field.  ($10 admission)

July 23: Ward and Chuck, the fascinating hosts of last year's Antiques Roadshow, will be back for another presentation at 7:30 at the Community Center. Don't miss the accurate information on what things are worth, and the scintillating repartee. ($10 admission; $5/item to be appraised-call the Print Shop to make arrangements)

Thurs. July 24th-Children's Trip for Museum week-will be John Gordon and Dave Shuberg ($10/adults, $5/kids, but no lunch). Register with Pinky or the Print Shop. Meet at 9:00 at CMU.

July 24. 5:00-7:00: the Historical Society, its Planning Committee, and its Capital Campaign Committee will present the latest images and concepts regarding the Print Shop Museum expansion-at the Beachcomber. (great hors d'oeuvres; $50 donation to the Capital Campaign)

July 24: Musicologist (and creator of the House Party book and CD) Laurie Sommers will talk about and play some of the Beaver Island music recorded in the 1930s by Alan Lomax at 7:30 at the Community Center. Some local musicians will be on hand to perform the versions they learned as kids. (donations)

Art Show:
July 23-July 25: 12:00-5:00, at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. Be one of the 500+ who visit every year to see what amazing bursts of creativity have exploded from the Beaver Island Art Scene! (donations to the Gregg Hall)

Afternoon Presentations:
All week long (7/21-7-25) there will be afternoon presentations at the St. James Township Hall at 1:30, beginning with Alvin and Barry talking about the greatest Island tragedy, the sinking of the Marold II, on Monday, Frank Mays on the true story of the Bradley on Tuesday, Lee Boisvert on the Minis Kitigan Drum on Wednesday, and writers talking about their books on Thursday. (donations)

The Protar Home: open 1:00-3:00 at least twice during the week. (donations)

Check the new BIHS web, beaverislandhistory.org, for more information.

Nature Walks-2014

CMU and the Beaver Island Historical Society are sponsoring some exciting new Nature Walks (and cruises) in July and early August. The price for each is $25/adults or $10/for kids, including lunch.
Participants will meet at the CMU Biological Station at 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Posters will be put up around town.
To register, call Pinky (448-2461) or the Print Shop Museum (448-2254).

The Schedule:

Sat. July 19th-Dan Benjamin-Beaver Island's Inland Lakes

Thurs. July 24th-Children's Trip for Museum week-will be John Gordon and Dave Shuberg ($10/adults, $5/kids, but no lunch).

Sat. July 26th-Dave Zanatta and Daelyn Woolnough-Mollusks of Beaver Island Region.

Sat. Aug. 2-Don Uzarski-Wetlands Ecology
Sat. Aug. 2-Don Uzarski-Lake Michigan Scientific Cruise on the M/V Chippewa. (All proceeds go to the BIHS). Participants will meet at the CMU Boat House on Whiskey Point. Two cruises will take place that afternoon. Participants can sign up for either a 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. cruise.

Ordering of Bricks for the Veterans Memorial Park

Our vendor discontinued the software package we previously used for ordering bricks and from now on they have to be ordered on-line.  They can be paid for using a PayPal link that accepts credit cards or your PayPal account if you have one.

To order a brick go to this website http://goo.gl/U6cnZU

Or just e-mail us and we’ll send you this link, our e-mail address is amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Order entry is very simple and straightforward and you will receive an e-mail confirmation when you complete the order.

Thanks for all the support of the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park; we have over 340 bricks currently installed at the park.

Bob Tidmore

AMVETS Post 46



Community School Board Meeting, May 22, 2014

The meeting video is presented HERE



First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, 5/14/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, 6/11/14

Video of the meeting HERE


Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

Video for this meeting HERE

St James Township Board Meeting, June 4, 2014

Video of the meeting is HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee, May 20, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

June 17, 2014, Regular Meeting at 9 a.m.

Link to Video of the Meeting


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed HERE

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

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


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

From the Beaver Island District Library

Upcoming events:

Fridays at 12:30 pm: It's LEGO Club!
Note the day has changed from Saturdays to Fridays!
All Ages Welcome!

We also accept donations of used LEGOs to bulk up our collection

June 23-28: Summer Reading Registration Week

Summer Reading Link

Kids can sign up all week during business hours and start working toward reaching their reading goals. Get free books and the chance to win great prizes! More details at registration.

Tuesdays at 10:30 am: Preschool Story Time
Miss Kim has stories, songs, and crafts to delight children from crawlers to preschoolers

A story time specifically for elementary-aged children will be starting very soon--stay tuned!

Thursday June 26, 7:00 pm: BIDL Writing Workshop (Prose)
Writing is lonely! Share your work with other writers and get feedback
Focus is on fiction and creative nonfiction, including memoir
Contact Patrick to get on the mailing list in advance of the first meeting
The BIDL Writing Workshop (Prose) will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month

A Poetry Workshop may be starting soon-let us know if you are interested

Tuesday, July 1: BIDL Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Kickoff Party 6:00 pm
Tweens and teens, we want your ideas!

Join us for an evening of fun, and help make the library yours!

Thursday, July 3rd 7 pm: Socrates Cafe
Philosophy for the rest of us!
Finding better answers starts with asking better questions
Coffee or tea and stimulating discussions

Scheduled for the first Thursday of each month, though events in August

Thursdays starting July 10, 10:30 am: Elementary Story Time
Miss Connie's story time is a highlight of the summer for islanders and visitors alike.
Younger children are always welcome, but the crafts tend to be more complex than those at our Preschool Story Time

Memory Square Footage

by Paul Cole

Memory square footage
I don’t’ think Islands should be measured by actual square footage. I think they should be measured by memory square footage.
It is that time of year again when I am blessed to push my kids to pack. They love to do it as it brings them to a place that is carefree for them. We are packing for the Island this weekend and they will venture once again for the summer to play, work, swim, build bonfires, caper, bike, eat ice cream and sail on the waters of Lake Michigan.
We will pack our clothes and unpack them on the Island....months later we will do the same to return.
When they were younger, work was not an issue....maybe some dirty diapers and lack of enough sleep. Now they have jobs running back and forth to work while enjoying sun, relatives, friends, and sitting on the porch watching time slow down, as the sun rises on the harbor for the day. They can recharge themselves with water and the beauty of people in a small Island community, as they create memories in the Islands "square footage."
Some Islanders were able to stay and work hard to create square footage. They went to Mike Boyle’s beach in the summer and swam, played softball, created music and many a house party. Others moved away and returned every summer with children in hand to create more square footage. Some moved to the Island to create all new memories to give to their children. All recognized how many memories can be made.....in such a small space and the gift that it was.
I have often thought our children are really packing memories from the year before when we fold our clothes for the season, only to create more memories as "packing season" is a place we can choose to reflect on our blessings of good friends and memories to be made. I have always given them options to choose a different place to create memories for the summer. It was always a 60-second discussion as they looked at me as if I was crazy.
Memories are incentives to pack....I see it every year in my girls.
I know my kids will leave the Island with some sand, dirty clothes, more money, but memories to pack and carry for the next 60 years. Those memories will carry in this season we call summer....to be unpacked again and again....year after year with some laughter and a “do you remember when”.

This is what “memory square footage “is all about.
What we choose pack, how we fold our memories, and hold them is really what makes life more amazing for our children and us.

An island, town, lake, house, cabin, or boat holds many memories in its square footage only to add more every year. We increase our memory square footage every year and that is an amazing blessing.
Others and I will come this year we will have an "Islander Reunion "(anyone who loves the Island and has great memories!) and this will only build more square footage for all of us. We all we pack a few memories and take a few home to carry us for the years ahead....and that’s what is great about “memory square footage”....it’s really as endless as the water surrounds us on the Island.

We really have no limit to our memory square footage .....I hope we all create them at a house, beach, cabin, yard or wherever....

Beaver Island Airport Open House

July 18, 2014-Ribbon Cutting 1 p.m.-Open House 1:30-4 pm

BI Community Center Events for Summer 2014

Peaine Supervisor Responds to BIA Letter

The Beaver Island Association had submitted a letter to the Peaine Township Board regarding the fund equity of several funds controlled by the Peaine Township Board. The Board voted Bill Kohls the responsibility of writing a response. BINN requested a copy of the letter to keep the conversation as clear and open as possible since the entire community has the right and the responsibility to know what is going on. BINN will be happy to post a copy of the BIA letter if the BIA wants to submit a copy of the letter.

Message to Voters from Kathleen McNamara,

Candidate for St. James Township Trustee, 2014 Election

If elected to the position of township trustee, I  will perform the duties of the trustee with interest and integrity, support current township initiatives and look for ways to encourage economic growth on the island, be open-minded and willing to listen to all constituents, investigate and study important decisions before voting, encourage cooperation and compromise between township board members, recognize the inherent link between the island’s two townships and work for the common good of the whole island. If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to contact me at 231.448.2353 or kittym@tds.net

Yoga at the Community Center

Yoga starts Monday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m.

http://www.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org/events/ scroll down to Yoga in events

We are super excited to offer our 5th year of donation Yoga at the Community Center. Along with sharing this 4,000 yr. old practice with you, your generous donations for yoga have made an impact on supporting the center and sustaining the yoga program. Everybody wins!

This year we are adding a RESTORATIVE YOGA class on Wednesday mornings. Like all yoga classes offered, no experience is needed and this class is absolutely for everyone (description below).

No experience needed for any class, just a willingness to be playful and try the postures! If you are an active practitioner you can play with your own variations.

Suggested donation of $10 to the Community Center

MONDAY~ BASIC VINYASA (flow) 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

We will flow (Vinyasa) from one posture to another. Posture muscle action will be explained giving students a greater opportunity to feel comfortable in attending this and other yoga classes. We will flow through a sequence that will help energize your whole body.
Great opportunity for any skill level to learn more about the postures & alignment.


Amazing benefits for 'restoring' the body and mind using (mostly) relaxing seated postures for longer periods of time while softening the muscles and encouraging passive stretching to work on the deep, dense connective tissues. With continued practice these postures help bring balance & flexibility to the body. We invite you to take the opportunity to nurture your body, mind, and soul. BRING a small pillow and/or large towel if possible.

FRIDAY~ BASIC VINYASA ~ 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Start your Friday morning off with a nice easy yoga flow to energize you for your weekend on the island. Same description as Monday.

* Please arrive 10 minutes early on your first visit
* Mats, Blocks & Hand Towels available
* No perfumes or scents
* Suggested not to eat ONE hour prior to class
* Bottled water for sale at counter or bring your own
* Your entire donation is benefiting the center

Stay tuned for details for future yoga classes offered with live music.

Due to many wonderful events occurring at the Community Center we advise you to check the center's web site and forum for schedule changes.

If you've had the opportunity to participate in a yoga class please feel free to share your experience to encourage others to join us.

Deck / Beach / group or private sessions are available.
Contact at 448-3091

Inside, Looking Out

by Cindy Ricksgers

I am making good progress in the garden this year.

I credit the mosquitoes for my devotion.

One does not rub mosquito-repellant oil on ankles, feet and hands, inside ears, on face, neck and scalp, then do an all-over spray of the “deep woods” stuff, add a hat and face-covering bug net...for a short wander through the garden.

The sprays and oils determine that garden soil will soon adhere to clothing and all exposed skin. A few dead mosquitoes may cling where they’ve been swatted. A few minutes of work out in the sunshine, and sweat has added to the mix.

Decked out in this manner, one does not move from gardening to house-keeping or laundry or shopping or (heaven forbid!) a spur-of-the-moment visit with friends.

This "armor" insists that a commitment of time be made.

So, when the intended transplanting, seeding, watering or caging is complete, I look around for something else to do.

There’s always something!

I’ve filled one five gallon bucket after another with weeds. Sometimes I-in archaeology mode-pick out one square meter, drop to my hands and knees, and thoroughly clean that section of unwanted growth. Other times, I choose to tackle one enemy. Sometimes it’s milkweed, which is only an enemy when it invades my garden...which is constant, as it grows prolifically in the fields surrounding it. For the lovely scent of milkweed blossoms, and for the Monarch butterfly, I accept the battle. Sometimes it’s the grasses, easily distinguishable from new seedlings and anything else that belongs there.Sometimes it’s the annoying but easily pulled field sorrel.

Yesterday, it was bladder campion, which is quickly becoming my most despised weed. It has many branches that lay out in every direction, hiding among the leaves of other plants and perennials. Each branch produces flowers with the unique bulbous "bladder" that gives them their name. Each flower produces seeds, and it spreads by roots and seeds. Bladder campion has a deep root, like a carrot, that refuses to pull, and must be dug up. I almost always miss a part of it, either cutting through it with the shovel, or breaking it off when pulling. That ensures that it will come back, as soon as my back is turned. Yesterday, I filled two five-gallon buckets with this weed alone, before I moved on to other things.

Other things: rake leaves away from the fence; move the potter’s wheel; prune the cherry tree; mulch the strawberries; haul weeds and trimmings away. My favorite: check out what’s growing!

Rhubarb is producing again after a nice rain. Asparagus, though mostly gone to seed, still provides a stalk or two for raw munching each day. Strawberries have tiny white fruits that promise to ripen. Raspberries are in bud. The cherry trees are setting fruit. Tomatoes, peppers and marigolds are settling in to their locations. Everything else was planted from seed.

One row of bush beans is up and showing four nice leaves. The second row-planted the same day-hasn’t shown itself yet. I can’t remember if they were older seeds (I should have taken better notes!). Two cucumber hills-of five-have visible sprouts. Only one summer squash plant-of three varieties in six hills-is showing. I have a row of onions up, a scattered row of Swiss chard, and a few spindly spinach leaves starting to show. Winter squash (butternut) has six healthy starts in it’s old tire planter. I’ll soon have to decide which ones to cull.

The pumpkin (old seeds) didn’t show up at all, so I re-planted each hill with new-“Cinderella’s carriage”-pumpkin seeds. I squeezed in a row of yellow beets, set up bamboo supports and planted pole beans just day-before-yesterday. I put in the last of my seed potatoes a couple days before that.

Today it’s raining.

That’s okay with me.

It’s nice, today, to be inside, looking out.

Visit Cindy's blog

Beaver Island Veteran's Park at Night

Recently, some lighting was installed at the Beaver Island Veteran's Park, next to the Beaver Island Marine, and across the street from the Richard and Laura Gillespie residence. Thanks to Tony Green, the American flag at the Veterans Memorial Park will be illuminated after dark. Currently the timer is set for sundown until 1:00 AM, but we'll turn it off during the 4th of July fireworks and set it back when the harbor is full of boats at anchor.

Thanks to Greene Electric for this nice addition to the park.

View video of the Beaver Island Veteran's Park at Night

From the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

Beaver Island Car Versus Building Crash

On June 17, 2014, at approximately 1:52 a.m., the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island, Beaver Island EMS, and Beaver Island Fire Department were dispatched to the area of Forest Ave and King’s Hwy for a vehicle and house injury accident. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Forest Ave and veered off the road, striking a house attached to the Daddy Frank’s Restaurant. Nobody in the house was hurt.

The vehicle, a green Chevrolet Blazer, was occupied by two people. The driver, Briana Maudrie, age 22 of Beaver Island, sustained a neck and back injury and was flown off the island to Charlevoix Area Hospital for further treatment.

The passenger, Shane Miller, age 22 of Boyne City, sustained a head injury and was flown off the island to the Charlevoix Area Hospital for further treatment.

Neither occupants of the vehicle appeared to be wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.


Due to the cold weather we had this spring, we are running about a month behind. We were originally supposed to get the first batch of chicks May 1st, but the fact that it was still so cold here made us have to postpone their arrival until the third week in May. In short, they will not be ready until about the second week in July. We apologize for the delay, but they will be worth the wait!!!

John Works and Staff

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

St. James Episcopal Mission
Schedule of Clergy

June 8th & 15th  - Rev. Jonathan Sams

June 22nd & 29th - Rev.  W. Richard Hamlin

All of July & August 3rd - Rev. James Rhodenhiser

August 10th & 17th - Rev. Susan Bock

August 24th & 31st - Rev, Jeanne Hansknecht

September 7th - Rev. Michelle Meech

Sept. 14th & 21st - Rev. Bruce Campbell

September 28th - Rev. Ann Webber

Holy Cross Mass Schedule

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

(Imagination Stations, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 3rd
Details to follow.***
As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 (home) 231 675 7155 (cell)
Or email me at debbier@bics.us

This program is sponsored by: BI Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, ST. James Episcopal Mission & the BI Lighthouse Fellowship

***Volunteers Needed***
***Donations Welcome***

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept. 21

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 starting on May 7, 2014 Please support your Fire Department and EMS with your donations and purchases. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers for this summer. If you have questions or need help with your donation, call Donna at 448-2797.

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

B I Christian Church Ministers

May 2014

June 22:  Pastor Howard Davis
June 29:  Pastor Joseph Fox

July 6:  Pastor Howard Davis

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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


Save the date of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, (RAIN OR SHINE!)

Where: Beaver Island North End Gardens  -- 9 am until 4pm

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

This years all day tour will be through the gardens of 6 unique residences starting early with a wake-up al fresco breakfast,  having lunch at the Beaver Island Lodge, then ending with a dessert tea and home tour. Each host will be showing us the highlights of their gardens; some being container gardens, some with elaborate decks and water systems. All of them as unique as their proud owners.

As usual the price will reflect the cost of the lunch and transportation as needed.  We ask you to remember that the ticket price will include a donation to the Wellness Garden and Forestview Apt. Landscape Project.

More details including price and transportation logistics will be in the June newspapers and at Beaver Island News on the Net starting June 1st.

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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Threatened and Endangered Species: Peregrine Falcon

June 18, 2014

Through generous support from DTE Energy, the DNR is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Michigan’s Endangered Species Act from now through September. Each week, an important species will be featured.

Peregrine falcons are the fastest-flying birds in the world, reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour in a dive. Powerful and fierce, the peregrine falcon hunts small and medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above. Distinguishable by their dark brown backs and white faces with a black tear on their cheeks, these regal raptors can be seen on cliffs in the Upper Peninsula and in cities across the state.

Peregrine falcons are currently endangered in Michigan. They were included on the first list of endangered species created under Michigan’s Endangered Species Act. Pesticides took their toll on this bird of prey, and they were virtually eradicated from eastern North America by the middle of the 20th century.

After World War II, the use of a new insecticide known as DDT increased. Small birds and mammals accumulated the pesticide in their bodies. Raptors feeding on the contaminated birds and rodents were, in turn, poisoned by a progressive build-up of the pesticide. DDT was especially harmful to birds because it caused eggshell thinning, which resulted in weak eggs that broke under pressure.

After significant recovery efforts, peregrine falcons have made an incredible rebound and are now regularly seen in many large cities and coastal areas. In 2012, there were 12 confirmed nesting pairs in Michigan!

If you live in a city with a river or large body of water nearby, you may be lucky enough to see a peregrine falcon. They have adapted to living in many cities, making use of tall buildings that provide suitable ledges for nesting and depending on the large populations of pigeons and starlings in cities for food. In Michigan, there are far more nests on man-made structures that on natural structures. Worldwide, the peregrine falcon is one of the most widespread bird species. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, and on many oceanic islands.

The restoration program has been successful, but concerns remain. In order to maintain a healthy population of peregrines in the East, nesting and wintering habitat must be preserved. Peregrines still need to be protected from killing or capture. With help and support by the public, the peregrine falcon will continue to be an awe-inspiring sight.

For more information on Michigan's threatened and endangered species and the 40th-anniversary celebration, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife.


1 2 Jeff M. & Brad 38 15 37 118 39.33
2 4 John-Doug 33 14 36 108 36.00
3 8 Howard & Joe 39 13 36 122 40.67
4 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 37 6 34 115 38.33
5 5 Bill & Jeff P. 40 12 33 118 39.33
6 13 Francis & Larry 46 8 27 139 46.33
7 7 Ivan & Buck* 39 11 26 78 39.00
8 6 Riley & Chad 47 8 24 136 45.33
9 12 Ron S. & David 51 12 24 151 50.33
10 11 Gerald & Kirk 42 9 23 133 44.33
11 9 Rob & Dan* 0 0 21 82 41.00
12 10 Frank & John 42 7 21 127 42.33
13 3 Travis & Jason* 42 5 18 84 42.00
Team #4 beat Team #1 14-6
Team #2 beat Team #3 15-5
Team #5 beat Team #13 12-8
Team #12 beat Team #6 12-8
Team #7 beat Team#11 11-9
Team #8 beat Team #10 13-7
Team #1 vs Team #2
Team #3 vs Team #13
Team #4 vs Team #12
Team #5 vs Team #11
Team #6 vs Team #10
Team #7 vs Team #9
Team #8 BYE

Baroque on Beaver 2014-Keeping up with the Times!

The 13th season of the Baroque on Beaver Festival will see some big changes in response to patron suggestions. As a result of last year’s audience survey, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association made a few changes that we hope will make events more convenient and accessible for everyone, beginning with timing for the concerts: Most evening concerts will begin at 8:00, allowing more time for a pre-concert dinner, and all afternoon events are at 2:00. The only exceptions are two evenings with double performances, when the first show will be at 7:00 and a later one at 9:00. This is in response to concerns about overflow crowds and so people who work until 8:00 can still participate in the Festival.

The annual benefit event on July 29 is “Baroque on Beaver-And All That Jazz!” featuring the Detroit Jazz All Stars, a nationally known trio of great musicians who are also lots of fun! We’re proud to bring then to Beaver Island in our first foray into jazz, a quintessentially American musical genre. The Benefit wine reception for donors will be at 6:00, prior to the 7:00 pm performance; all tickets will be $35 for the benefit. An additional show is at 9:00, when all seats will be $25. The Detroit Jazz All Stars will meet and greet patrons in the lobby after both shows. There will also be two performances on July 30 at CMU, our most popular venue. If you can’t arrive in time to get a seat at the first show, come at 9:00 for the second!

More choral music is another innovation, including a special afternoon concert by the new Chamber Chorale at St. James Episcopal Chapel. The Chamber Chorale is the professional core of the larger Festival Chorus which we hope will be greatly expanded this year for the big tent event: Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00 is the Festival’s first outdoor performance. Billed as a “Star Spangled Evening”, the event will be at Whiskey Point, in a tent and under the stars and it will be “tent-sational!” The repertoire is all-American to launch the national celebration of the Star Spangled Banner’s bicentennial. Pre-concert lectures will be delivered by Professor Mark Clague, whose research on our national anthem was cited in Smithsonian magazine, and whose curriculum materials on the subject will be available for K-12 social studies teachers nationwide-including at BICS! Please check the website, www.baroqueonbeaver.org for more details on all events and updates, including music on a tugboat and pop-up performances around town.

One thing about Baroque on Beaver that has not changed is free admission to all concerts except the annual benefit. We thank the entire Beaver Island community for embracing and supporting this wonderful enterprise with donations, sponsorships and the all important freewill offerings that keeps the Festival boat afloat on Paradise Bay!

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting Notice

Men's Golf League Results from Last Week

Due to rain last week, these results are a little late in being posted.

1 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 40 15 28 78 39.00
2 8 Howard & Joe 43 10 23 83 41.50
3 2 Jeff M. & Brad 42 13 22 80 40.00
4 4 John-Doug 38 11 22 75 37.50
5 5 Bill & Jeff P. 37 14 21 78 39.00
6 9 Rob & Dan 44 6 21 82 41.00
7 13 Francis & Larry 49 5 19 93 46.50
8 6 Riley & Chad 43 10 16 89 44.50
9 7 Ivan & Buck 0 0 15 39 19.50
10 10 Frank & John 42 9 14 85 42.50
11 11 Gerald & Kirk 45 7 14 91 45.50
12 3 Travis & Jason 42 13 13 42 21.00
13 12 Ron S. & David 51 7 12 100 50.00
Team #1 beat Team #13 15-5
Team #2 beat Team #12 13-7
Team #3 beat Team #11 13-7
Team #4 beat Team #10 11-9
Team #5 beat Team #9 14-6
Team #6 tied Team #10 10-10
Team #7 BYE
Team #1 vs Team #4
Team #2 vs Team #3
Team #5 vs Team #13
Team #6 vs Team #12
Team #7 vs Team #11
Team #8 vs Team #10
Team #9 BYE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

June 9, 2014

(Pictures and video by Kaylyn Jones)

The board discussing an issue

Mr. Cushman asking questions

Mr. LaFreniere also asks with Mrs. Swartzfisher answering

An interesting meeting

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Kathleen McNamara Scholarship Available

Beaver Island Community School would like to announce a new scholarship available to school alumni. It is the “Kathleen (Kitty) McNamara Scholarship”. Kitty was a teacher, principal and superintendent for Beaver Island Community School for over 30 years. She was dedicated to seeing students succeed in education, lifelong. In honor of her retirement, a scholarship fund was established in 2013 to provide educational opportunities for graduates of Beaver Island Community School who have, at minimum, completed their freshman year of college and continue to further their education at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in any field of study.
Please go to www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us for further information and the scholarship application.

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

Holy Cross Mass Schedule-Summer 2014

4th of July Golf Tournament

Voters to Decide Five School Board Trustees


Museum Week Schedule

BIRHC Newsletter

Pages 1 and 2..............Pages 3 and 4

Vacation Bible School Flier

From Holy Cross Catholic Church

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

BIRHC Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is once again raffling off a car. This year so far they have sold 212 tickets, according to the sign outside the medical center. They also already had the Early Bird Drawing, and the winner of the $1000 prize was Pete LoDico. This year, some of the raffle profits will benefit the Forestview Apartments, the senior housing units east of the BIRHC and across the street from Stoney Acres.

Have you got your raffle ticket yet?

Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

You know the routine! Please bring your handmade art pieces and craft items to the BIRHC lobby for summer bidding. We will accept decorated birdhouses (Betty has a few unfinished ones in the lobby for those who wish to decorate one), Garden signs, hand painted pots for decks or porches, framed photos and artwork of flowers, landscapes, birds, butterflies, etc. Any merchant wanting to support us can offer items such as work gloves, tshirts, tools, fertilizer, (all garden related). We will put them together in "packages" to auction off. The auction begins June 1st and ends after Homecoming. Betty Hudgins will put bidding sheets out with each donated item as well as a starting bid and end date. Please make sure she knows who has donated each item by signing the piece or contacting her ahead of dropping it off. The proceeds from your donations will be used to continue our Wellness Garden efforts as well as Forest View Landscape Project this year. Last summers auction of birdhouses alone brought in over $750!

Thank you again to all our participants. Connie, Leonor and the Wellness Gardeners

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

The 4th annual garden tour to benefit the Wellness Garden and Forest View Landscape project will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. We will be having a North End Event this year, visiting 6 gardens, which will begin early with an al fresco breakfast in our first garden. We then will visit 3 other gardens (one with a home tour!), dine at the Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant and end with a Victorian Dessert Tea at our last garden. This is an all-inclusive ticket. One price ($50) covers the entire day. As it is a benefit, we believe the price will reflect your interest in supporting our Wellness Garden Efforts, as well as two lovely meals, transportation and last but not least, comradery.

Tickets will be limited to 35 guests this year. Transportation will be arranged by the coordinators, and we hope that you "Friends of the Wellness Garden" will remember to purchase your tickets early in order to assure yourself a spot! Betty Hudgins, our BIRHC receptionist, will have the tickets available beginning June 30th.

This is going to be a fun event so be sure to mark your calendars and be ready to get your ticket as soon as possible! This will be a great day for gardeners and photographers alike. The mutual benefit will provide continued landscape improvements and maintenance around our BIRHC campus. Stop into our health center with any questions or email leonor.jacobson@gmail.com before June 4th, email or call Jan Paul (janetkaypaul@gmail.com, 448-2943) or Dana D'Andraia (448-2603) during daytime hours. Leonor will be available by phone in July also (448-2894).

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

Watercolor Class Schedule and Sign-up for September 8-12

September will bring watercolor artist Sharon Long to Beaver Island once again. With a generous mini-grant from Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association helping the community, the class fees have been reduced this year. Half-day sessions will cost $45 and full day sessions will be $90. The fees include 3 hour or six hour lessons including all supplies. There is a limit in class size due to her  teaching style Those of you who have taken classes with Sharon previously are urged to sign up by emailing me as soon as possible. New students need to be aware that the beginning of the week, Monday-Wednesday (Sept 8-10), will be more intensive class instruction (perfect for beginners), especially morning time sessions. The afternoons and latter week days (Thursday and Friday), are generally more relaxed creative time for individualized help, as well as intermediate and advanced artists participation. As a bonus (weather permitting) Sharon will be giving a photo walk on Sunday Sept 7th to teach you about using the lens as an artist's eye. This is free of charge to all class enrollees. Please go to sharin2art.com/blog for a look at her work. If you know you can participate in the classes or have any questions, please email me at leonor.jacobson@gmail.com. I will get back with you about scheduling after July 10th. Have a wonderful summer!!

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Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Township Airport Site Plan

Site Plan

Majority of Subscriptions Have Expired in July

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