B.I. News on the 'Net, June 27-July 3, 2011

Please No July 4th Parade Water Fights

July 4th parade related water fights (balloons, water guns & hoses from floats and roadside) have been going a little over board. A water balloon in the face for an older person or very young child could be very dangerous. Some people have said they won't attend the parade if water fighting continues. Others have expressed concerns about using their cameras. Potential liability problems are also very real. Please, we need your cooperation. Please No July 4th Parade Water Fights.

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

Holiday Weekend Events


Saturday July 2

Holy Cross Alter Society Bake Sale – 10-noon across from Post Office.

Sunday July 3

Golf Tournament – Beaver Island Golf Course 448-2301

Amvets Pancake Breakfast – 8-noon – Holy Cross Hall

Dedicate Veterans Memorial Park – 3:00

Beaver Island Comedy Group – Community Center – 8PM – Reserve Seats - 448-2022

Monday July 4th

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 1:00. Cannon fire by John Works.

The Kids Carnival follows the parade at a NEW location – Gregg Fellowship Hall grounds

Fireworks at dusk by the hard working Beaver island Fire Department.

Special Note: The Community Choir will not perform this year and the sound system is operational only at Beaver Island Realty and the Chamber office on the Municipal Marina grounds. We hope that the Chamber / Township / and interested citizens will be able to implement a plan for more sound volume within a more confined space next year. The current system is in need of repair and upgrade. If you would like to provide a donation to assist with the effort please contact Steve West at the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber@BeaverIsland.org - (231) 448-2505

Not Your Old-fashioned Summer School

Twenty-first Century Learning summer school is nothing like the summer school that your fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers used to talk about. This is an amazing and motivating program with lots of different types of learning besides the three R's. Here is the weekly newsletter put out by this program director Laura Gibson.

Link to newsletter with lots of scheduled activities

BIRHC Benefit Golf Outing Scheduled for August 6th

The Beaver Island Golf Course has scheduled the BIRHC benefit outing  for Saturday, August 6th at 1:00 p.m .  Rain date is Sunday, August 7th . More details to follow.  You can contact the golf course at 448-2301.

Setting the Monuments at the Veteran's Memorial


On the evening of June 29th, 2011, the Wendy Anne and barge came in. Amongst other items on the barge were the monuments for the Veteran's Memorial Park. The monuments were set shortly after they were unloaded from the barge. The editor of News on the 'Net was not available to document this event, but Bob Tidmore took video using his cell phone.   Many thanks to Bob Tidmore for this video as the editor was not able to be present at the time the monuments were set.

Veteran's Memorial Park Pictures on June 30, 2011

New additions to the park, the monuments

The monuments from left to right

Hard to read inscriptions on the monument in the above pictures are featured below.

On the middle monument

On the right monument

On the left monument

One of two benches to sit and contemplate the writings on the monuments and the names on the bricks

A beautiful memorial to all veterans...

A wonderful sentiment! Thanks and job well done, Post 46, Beaver Island AMVETS!

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze


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

For the third year, Beaver Island Rural Health Center is offering early bird ticket sales for the car raffle of a 2011 Chevy Cruze to be held September 5, 2011. The Early Bird winner wass Jared Wojan and he won a $1,000.00 cash prize!  He will  remain in the drawing for the car raffle on Sept. 5, 2011. Tickets may be purchased at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Go See This Dedicated Lady at the Protar House

Antje Price, the "Protar Lady" lives in Pittsburgh, PA.  To come to Beaver Island, she takes the overnight Amtrack (Is that how it's spelled??) train to Chicago, IL  There she boards an Amtrack bus going to the East Lansing, MI station.  From there she takes a taxi to the Lansing, MI Indian Trails bus station where she has several hours lay over.  The Indian Trails bus takes her to Boyne City, MI where she has reserved a motel room for one night.  In the morning she boards the Charlevoix Co. Transit Bus for Charlevoix, with a scenic tour of much of the county on the way.  Once in Charlevoix, she usually visits the County Clerk's office or the Library for more research.  Finally she takes the Emerald Isle (2:30) or her favorite, the Beaver Islander (5:30), for St. James.  Of course, at the end of her time here, it's the same trip in reverse!  She says she has commuted all her life, so she's used to it! (Thanks to Joyce Bartels for this information.)

Antje Price at the Protar House on July 2nd from 1-3 pm

Wildlife Pictures Just Before 4th of July Weekend

At Whiskey Point

At Gull Harbor...a raven chased by a redwing

What you lookin' at? Osprey on Sloptown Road

Vehicle-Building Motor Vehicle Incident

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department NEWS RELEASE

On June 28th, 2011, at approximately 0917 hrs, Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office were called to the Township Airport (Fresh Air Aviation) for a vehicle that had crashed into the building.

The Sheriff's Office investigation revealed that a 75-year-old Beaver Island woman had accidently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake while parking her vehicle.  Her vehicle, a 2002 Ford SUV, crashed through a small wooden fence before traveling approximately fifty feet and then striking the airport building.

The female was transported to Charlevoix Hospital by Northflight with non-life threatening injuries.

To the left of the door exiting to the tarmack at the B.I. Township Airport, the damaged area after work to make it safe.

Outside looking in the tarmack door opening, the damage to the corner of the building

The window facing the tarmack was also broken.

Jim Wojan, St. James Township Airport Commission member, and St. James and Peaine Townships Maintenance Worker Darrell Butler, Jr. work to make the incident scene safe.

According to Fresh Air Aviation, the individual involved in the vehicle incident is returning to the island this afternoon,.

Short Clip of Damage to Township Airport Terminal Building


"Volunteer Bill" Signed Into Law

Gov. Snyder signs House Bill 4111 to allow DNR to utilize volunteer efforts to improve conservation and outdoor recreation
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Erin McDonough - (517) 775-9500
Kent Wood - (517) 346-6462

LANSING, MICH --  One of the 2011 legislative priorities for Michigan United Conservation Clubs ( MUCC ) is complete. On Tuesday , Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder put his signature of approval on new legislation that will enable volunteers to help the DNR to further improve the value of our state's natural resources and their recreational opportunities (House Bill 4111, sponsored by State Rep. Bruce Rendon (R-Lake City).

MUCC Executive Director Erin McDonough said that House Bill 4111 is proof positive that Michigan's outdoors community is willing to step to the plate. "With the state's funding crunch, hunters, anglers and trappers were seeing our public lands being neglected simply because there was not enough budget to support them," she said. "Rather than simply sit back and complain, they approached MUCC and asked us to find a way that they could help. This common sense legislation allows volunteers to assist the DNR with improving the public lands that make Michigan such an incredible place to live. Without this legislation, limited resources could otherwise prevent certain improvements or services from moving forward."

The legislation authorizes the DNR to appoint volunteers to facilitate responsibilities of the Department under Section 503 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act . McDonough also emphasized the importance of this legislation in expanding the DNR's ability to form working partnerships with willing volunteers and partners to fulfill tasks that are currently stagnant due to a lack of resources (i.e., stream bank restoration, fish stocking, wildlife habitat, deer check stations, trail grooming, etc.).

"We have already started to see a new sort of partnership taking place that pairs the general public with state government. This is no small accomplishment because that relationship has not been healthy in the past. With new partnerships such as the Michigan Pheasant Habitat Restoration Initiative and, now, this new legislation, Michigan's outdoors community can truly take even more ownership in the heritage we treasure."

MUCC would like to commend State Rep. Rendon for his leadership in sponsoring House Bill 4111.

Caspian Tern at Barneys Lake

This is the sequence that the photos were taken. It may look like the frames are backwards, but they are not. A dive is followed by a backing away from the water where the tern entered.

Osprey Young in the Nest

A quick drive out to the Sloptown microwave tower yielded a photo opportunity to try to catch the adults and at least one of the young. There was no disappointment except for the wish that TDS would allow an Internet webcam to be placed up on this towner to be able to see the young in the nest. These pics were taken from a ways away.

One parent brought food, and the adults are feeding the young. One young osprey look on.

Three in a row.....

Okay, that's enough. I'm outa here.

Where are you going?

Now I can relax...

Video of adults and young ospreys in the nest


Monuments for the Veteran's Memorial

In preparation for the setting of the three monuments at the Veteran's Memorial at the Veteran's Memorial Park, a crew was working to make certain that there was a perfectly level place to place each of the three monuments.The cement needed a little adjustment.

The level on one of the sites for a monument.

Bob Tidmore gets the lowdown on what they need to do.

The machine that creates the power for the grinding that needed to be done.

Let the grinding begin!

Video of the monument preparation and the grinding


Father Pat Cawley Does Last Sunday Mass

There was a Saturday night mass and a Sunday mass. Father Pat, as everyone calls him, celebrated his last Beaver Island Sunday mass on this last Sunday, June 26, 2011. As always Father Pat started his homily with a wonderful and humorous story. Since Father Pat's Farewell Party was two Sundays ago, there was no special gathering after church, but several people stood around and talked to Father Pat and amongst themselves for a while longer than usual. The priest who will replace Father Pat has yet to come to visit Beaver Island. "So if you see a priest walking around, you might help him find the rectory," Father Pat said. Father Pat will say his last Beaver Island mass on Thursday, June 23, 2011, and then will depart the island for his retirement.

Father Pat will be missed, and everone wishes him a long and happy retirement!

Library Events in July

Story Hour Every Wednesday with Connie Wojan Starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Beaver Island District Library beginning July 6th.

The Kingdom of the Beaver Island District Library will welcome enchanted little girls ages 4 to 7 for a Princess Party on July 7th, 2011. Games, activities and treats fit for a princess from 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 4-7 are welcome to dress in their most beautiful princess attire. Registration is required and can be done by calling (231) 448-2701 . Limited to 20 little princesses.

Baby Signs: How to talk with your baby before your baby can talk at the Beaver Island District Library July 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Arrrrr!!! Avast ye landlubbers! Ye are invited to chart yer course for the Beaver Island District Library. There will be a gathering of young pirates, Boys ages 4 to 7, on July 14, 2011. Games, grub and grog fit for a pirate from 10 a.m. to noon.... Wear your best pirate gear or walk the plank. Anyone dressed as a landlubber will be keelhauled! Registration is required and can be done by calling (231) 448-2701 Limited to 20 little pirates.


Mixed Doubles Golf Match

Nine teams ended up out on the Beaver Island golf course with a man and a women on each team. They mode of play is a special Beaver Island game. The man drives. Then the woman drives. Then the man has to hit the ball from the woman's drive. The woman must hit the ball from the man's drive. They then pick which one is the best shot, and they each play a ball from that location, which makes this a scramble after the second shot. Needless to say, Frank Solle and Nel Worsfold must know the rules and play some pretty good golf. Their score for the round was a 37. They won this event for a second time in a row.

The team of Ruth and Peter Igoe also played very well, and they got second place with a score of 40.

Beaver Island Gasoline Prices

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

Carl Felix, 91, Passes Away

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

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

Barney's Lake Pictures

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

Video of the loons on Barneys Lake


Paradise Bay Coffee Shop Open for the Season

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

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

Video at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop


BIRHC Will Dispose of Expired Drugs

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

Photos from Bob Tidmore

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

Community School Announces Guest Speaker

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

Veterans' Memorial Update

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

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

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

Link to order form for bricks

BICS Summer Programs

Basketball Camp

(By Kerry Smith)

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

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

BICS Staff, Mike Myers and Kerrie Smith look on

Video Interview with Basketball Coach of Summer Camp


Tae Kwon Do at BICS Summer Program

David and Susan Avery with Students

Father Pat's Farewell Celebration

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

Frank Solle Pictures

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

Snapping Turtle

Eight Chipmunks Playing

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

Please No July 4th Parade Water Fights

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

Please No July 4th Parade Water Fights.

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

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

Summer Update from Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's

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

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

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

Thoughts and Opinions

by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

They're Baack!

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

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

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

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

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

Beaver Islanders Help Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Pet Victims

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

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

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

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

Card in the boxes with the blankets and crate liners:

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

The Women of Beaver Island, Michigan

Thank you letter from Joplin:

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

Dear Women of Beaver Island, Michigan,

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

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

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

Dianne Herrnann
AARC Volunteer

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

Update on Parking at Charlevoix Airport

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

All State Class D Girls Basketball - Honorable Mention

Congratulations, Olivia Schwartzfisher!

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

Phragmites Update for 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Five BIEMS EMT Students Pass the National Registry Exam

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

The EMT Class with instructors Joe Moore and Sarah McCaffferty

New Beaver Island EMTs

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

Island Treasures Resale News

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

Baroque on Beaver Island

The 10th Anniversary

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

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

Water Music July 28, 2011 at Holy Cross Parish Hall

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

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

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

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

Baroque on Beaver Website

What is Baroque on Beaver?

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




















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

Peaine Township Meeting, June 8, 2011

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

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

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

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

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

Bird Lady to Visit and Present on the Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(From BINN, August 16-23, 2010)

Kay Charter

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


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

Ladies Golf Tournament, July 16, 2011

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

St. James Township Meeting, 6/1/11

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

You can view video of this meeting HERE

New Proposed Documents for

Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee

View the unapproved document for the resolution HERE

View the unapproved document for the By-laws HERE

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

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

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

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

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

Forest View Apartments Nears Completion

Video Walk Through on 5/31/11


Pictures of Walk Through on 5/31/11

Sign out front

View of the front, vinyl siding not completed yet

Communal Areas and hallway and community kitchenette

One Bedroom Aparatment:

Kitchen and bathroom

Living Room

Office in communal area and hallway outside one bedroom apartment

Two Bedroom Apartment

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

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

Bathroom off Bedroom #2

Floor plan of the entire building (large view)

Floor plan of just the common areas (large view)

Floor plan of one bedroom apartment

Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011


Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011
Fri-July 1 , Conklin Ceili Band 5-8 AND Danny, Danny, Br. Jim & Cindy 8:30-1:30
Sat-July 2 , Danny & Danny, Br Jim & Cindy 5-8 AND Conklin Ceili Band 8:30-1:30
Mon-July 4 , Boyne City Remedy
Thurs-July 7, DJ Tom
Fri-July 8, The Folk Ups
Wed. July 13th , Paul & Joey
Thurs-July 21 , DJ Tom
Fri-July 22 , The Folk Ups
F-July 29 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-July 30 , Flight Squadron Yon
Fri-Aug 5 , Jason & Nick AND
Sat- Aug 6, Jason & Nick
Thurs-Aug 11 , DJ Tom
Fri-Aug 12 , Boyne City Remedy AND
Sat-Aug 13 , Boyne City Remedy
Fri- Aug 19 , The Folk Ups
Fri-Aug 26 , Flight Squadron Yon AND
Sat-Aug 27 , Flight Squadron Yon

* Rigormortis too…dates to be set yet ?
* Never a cover charge or drink price increase!
Please join us for some GREAT tunes .....Music starts at 9pm F-July 1, Danny, Danny, & Cindy S-July 2, Danny & Danny

Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


Men's Golf League, Hot and Heavy Competition Continues

The Men's Golf League team competition is hot and heavy with the team that is having a good round moving up in the standings. That means that the team NOT having a good night is moving down in the standings.

1 9 Rob & Dan 36 8 67 233 38.83
2 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 13 66 234 39.00
3 5 Chuck & Ernie 41 12 65 238 39.67
4 7 Ivan & Buck 40 5 63 232 38.67
5 8 Howard & Joe 36 15 63 232 38.67
6 10 Frank & John 42 7 63 242 40.33
7 1 Ron W. & Bob S. 35 12 59 226 37.67
8 6 Bob E. & Ron S. 42 11 54 261 43.50
9 4 Larry & Joe 40 9 46 196 39.20
10 3 Francis & Larry 46 8 38 225 45.00
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #9 12-8
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #10 13-7
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #3 12-8
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #4 11-9
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #7 15-5

The top six teams are only separated by four points, the equivalent of winning two holes on a Wednesday night match. Any of these teams could be in first place next week.

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

Waste Management Current Agreement of Two Townships

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

July 4th Parade Theme

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

Michigan Bans Transport of Firewood to Beaver Island Archipelago

And Other Islands

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

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

4th of July Golf Tournament Information

Note time change on this new flier

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

July 3: Mark Luckey

10: Mark Luckey

17: Curt Petrak

24: Joseph Fox

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!