B. I. News on the 'Net, June 4-10, 2012

Mixed Doubles Golf Outing

Results of the 1st Mixed Alternate Shot Golf Outing June 10, 2012

1st Place:........................................... Frank Solle and Nel Worsford 47

2nd Place tie:

.............................................................Joe Moore & Annette Dashiell 48

.............................................................Larry and Teresa Laurain 48

We had 10 teams participate and despite the extremely warm weather. We'd like to thank everyone who participated today and hopefully many of them will be interested in participating next week. Next week we will be playing the Beaver Island Pinehurst format. This format should lead to lower scores and increased enjoyment.

Buck & John

Graduation Celebrations

While the formal graduation ceremony provides a formal conclusion to a high school graduate's school and family, the informal celebrations are for the graduate, his/her family, and the Beaver Island Community. The name of the school is Beaver Island Community School. It takes a whole community to raise a child, and this community is very special. From 2 p.m. on into the early evening, the graduation parties celebrated the success of the graduates, the graduates' families, and the community which supported them.

Each graduation party is a partnership formed between families or between a family and a business, very similar to the partnership of all community members supporting the graduates throughout their years in the Beaver Island Community School. From the Beaver Island Lodge to the Holy Cross Convent to the private homes opened to the public, this spirit of community shows through. From a complete family welcome to an individual welcome, the welcoming on Beaver Island is full and complete. Take a look at the celebration in pictures, and you will see the different expressions of the same spirit of this community.

From young to the octogenarians, from students to teachers, from retired teachers to business owners, all interested community members congregated at these parties to help celebrate, in their own way, the success of the graduates, helped by the support of this community.

BICS Graduation Held in School Gym

Today, June 9, 2012, eleven Beaver Island Community School students received his/her diploma in the school gymnasium. This class included Olivia Schwartzfisher,valedictorian; Jenna Battle, salutatorian; Jamie Campbell, Agustus Connaghan, Matthew Cull, Brighid Cushman, Kaylyn Jones, Daniel LaFreniere, William Lemmink, Brogan Maudrie, and Micheal McCafferty. The Class of 2012 has graduated.

The Class of 2013 presented flowers to each of the graduates for presentation to parents and others.

The program began with Jon Bonadeo playing "Pomp and Circumstance" as the Class of 2012 entered the gym.

After presentation of flowers, Kaylyn Jones led the assembly with the Pledge of Allegiance. Kathleen McNamara welcomed all to the graduation ceremony. Olivia Schwartzfisher, Summa Cum Laude, made the Valedictorian Farewell Address, followed by Jenna Battle, Magna Cum Laude, making the Salutatorian Farewell Address.

Brighid Cushman intnroduced the Commencement Speaker, Forest Powers, MD, recent graduate of Wayne State University and a graduate of Beaver Island Community School.

Link to Dr Powers Commencement Speech

Presentation of the diplomas took place with Board President Barb Schwartzfisher, Trustee Brian Cole, and Trustee Jessica Anderson, doing the presenting.

Michael McCafferty signaled the "Turning of the Tassels" use before the Recessional "Pomp and Circumstance."

Congratulations, Class of 2012!

Video of this ceremony is available HERE

Kevin Simons leads Beaver Island Singers


In mid-May, more than twenty Beaver Island singers gathered for a very successful workshop led by Kevin Simons, Choral Director of Baroque on Beaver. New and experienced singers joined in the two-day event with participants ranging in age from 13 to 82! According to Marianne Weaver, who organized the workshop with a mini grant from Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, “everyone took away something wonderful!”

On June 26, Kevin will return to the island for the preliminary chorus rehearsal for this summer's Baroque on Beaver Festival. The rehearsal will be held at the Christian Church, at 7:30 PM, on Tuesday, June 26. Anyone interested in being part of the Festival Chorus should attend. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled during the week of the festival. Chorus music and further information is available at baroqueonbeaver.org.

Public Beach Clean-up Set for Monday, June 11, at 1 p.m

A beach clean up is scheduled for Monday June 11 at 1:00 PM at the Gillespie Memorial Park Wearing water shoes is recommended as there is broken glass, metal debris, and other sharp items embedded in the sand and under the water. Please bring a metal rake for yourself to use. Thank you, in advance for helping to make our beach and waterfront a safer place to enjoy.

County Veterans Affairs Rep to Visit

John Hess from the Charlevoix County office of Veterans Affairs will be on Beaver Island next Tuesday the 12th of June. If anyone would like to meet John and talk to him please give him a call.
He will also be at the AMVETS Meeting that evening.
Office 231-547-7220 Cell 231-373-0261

Episcopal Summer Chapel Schedule

The Episcopal Church here on Beaver Island has some visiting priests scheduled to come to the Island this summer. This schedule is placed here for your convenience.

June 17, 24, and July 1................Reverend John L. English from Grand Rapids, MI

July 8 and 15...............................Reverend Hugh Dickinson from Grand Rapids, MI

July 22, 29, and August 5.............Reverend James Rhodenhiser from Ann Arbor, MI

August 12....................................Very Reverend Jared Cramer, from Grand Haven, MI

August 19, 26, and September 2..Reverend David Madsen from Essington, PA

Senate Bill 995 Passes Senate, On to the House

The language shown below has passed the Senate as Senate Bill 995. It amends and appends the Emergency Services Legislation. It lowers the required liability insurance from ten million to two million dollars. As noted below, this is limited to an island at least twenty miles from the nearest mainland airport. This bill moves on to the House to be considered. It is still possible that language changes may be negotiated between the House and Senate before the bill goes to the Governor.


It appears as if some language has been added to the end of the original bill. This additional language is marked in red and in bold above.

Dental Services at BIRHC

Last week, BINN posted about some of the additional services available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Those services haven't been taking place at the BIRHC as long as dental services. Dental services historically go back to the old medical center for years with a total of three different dentists. Dental services are still available at the newer building at 37304 Kings Highway at the south end of the building. Dr. Wendy White, DDs, has been providing services in both buildings and continues to provide those services. She is available by appointment only by calling 231-448-2100.

Meet Dr. Wendy White


Fish for FREE this Weekend

Just a reminder that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.

Saturday and Sunday make up the Summer Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to promote Michigan's plentiful fishing opportunities. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the DNR is pleased to share there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well.

Various locations throughout Michigan will host scheduled events, including Bay City, Boyne City, Chelsea, Clare, Coldwater, Crystal Falls, Detroit, East Tawas, Escanaba, Flint, Grant, Grayling, Hale, Holly, Howell, Independence Township, Interlochen, Ionia, Iron River, L'Anse, Lake Linden, Linwood, Lupton, Marenisco, Mattawan, Metamora, Negaunee, Newaygo, Oakland, Okemos, Ontonagon, Osseo, Paradise, Pinckney, Ray Township and throughout Roscommon and St. Clair counties.

If you'd like to see all of the events occurring this weekend, visit the official event chart online !

For more information about the 2012 Summer Free Fishing Weekend please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing .

BIRHC Receives Grant

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Boaad and Manager Donna Kubic are thankful to Senator Roger Kahan, the representatives from Drummond Island, Mackinac Island, and Beaver Island, and Bill McDonough for the meeting held in Lansing on March 21, 2012. The funding of these rural Michigan islands' healthcare were shown to be a definite need in this meeting. The check in the amount of $100,000 from the Michigan Center of Rural Health arrived in May 2012. Thank you to all who put in such effort to help our Beaver Island Rural Health Center!

Please Join Us for some



Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 10th, July 11th , July 12th

9:30 – 11:30 am

For children ages 3 – 12.

(Arts, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games & more!)

To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 12th …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

***Volunteers Needed***

***Donations Welcome***

June 6 St James Township Meeting Video

Public Hearing on Charlevoix County Storm Water Management Ordinance

Marc Seeley answered questions

Eighteen local governments in Charlevoix County are deciding whether or not to adopt this Storm Water Management Ordinance. If they are not going to adopt this ordinance, they will have to write their own as well as find the expertise in their communities to meet the same goals. At 6:45 pm on June 6, 2012, Marc Seeely from Charlevoix County was a guest of the St. James Township Board here to answer questions on the ordinance. Mr.Seeley has worked in the Building Department and the Soil Erosion Department for years and is person who would be approving permits for new construction including new driveways.

It was made very clear at this meeting that the purpose of this ordinance was to make new construction, particularly new developments, responsible for the managment of the rain and snow melt during the pre-construction or pre-development phase. A ten degree run-off angle was to be the determining factor in the permitting process with a Storm Water permit to cost about $75, but none of this is definite since each township or municipality would have to determine this cost. No township or municipality would be required to participate in this ordinance, but, if they didn't, they would be responsible for developing their own, figuring out how to raise the money to correct damage caused by storm water, and develop and enforce their ordinance and determine an appeal process.

All of this discussion at the meeting was leading to an understanding that it makes the most sense to participate and have the funding come from permits. This ordinance would probably be put in place by participants in October 2012.

View Draft Ordinance HERE (takes about 20 seconds to download)

View video of this public hearing HERE

Visiting Doctors at BIRHC

This week, the first of several doctors from the University of Michigan Medical School will be seeing patients at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. The first doctor to visit from U of M is Amanda Kaufman, MD. Doctor Kaufman will be seeing patients on Friday, June 8, 2012. Call BIRHC at 448-2275 to set up your appointment.

There will be one doctor from the Department of Family Medicine here each week in June and July. If you would like to see the biographical information for this doctor and other doctors from the Family Medicine of U of M, you can visit their website HERE .

In August there will be doctors visiting here from the U of M Department of Emergency Medicine.

Meet Dr. Amanda Kaufman


Seen Near Gull Harbor

Beaver Island Association Invitation

to the Invasive Species Summit

As chairperson of the BIA Invasive Management Team, I would like to invite you to attend BIA's Get A Grip On Invasives Summit . At the Summit, you will learn of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island's economy and our environment. You will be introduced to the extensive invasive surveying project being led by the Nature Conservancy this summer and have the opportunity to ask question of experts.

We are very excited with the quality of presenters who will be participating in the Summit…

Eric Ellis will be speaking about the threat Invasives present to hunting and game on the island and what hunters can do to help fight their spread.

Eric is a native Michigander who received his BS in Resource Ecology and Management from The University of Michigan. He later lived in Mongolia working with the Peace Corps as a parks/wildlife volunteer and guiding fly fishing and horse riding trips. Back in the US he was the crew leader for the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation division before moving to the University of Idaho where he completed a MS degree at the College of Natural Resources. Eric now works in Traverse City Michigan managing the Conservation Resource Alliance's Wild Link program. Eric works with private landowners and other partners to protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat in northern Michigan. He is primarily focused on sustainable timber management of private lands, promoting the planting of native flora, invasive species removal, improving early successional forest habitat and maintaining the ecological integrity of rivers, streams, and riparian corridors.

Shaun Howard , The Nature Conservancy's Coastal Invasive Species Coordinator for Eastern Lake Michigan, presentation will center on the state-wide initiatives and plans for addressing invasive species on our archipelago. A Michigan native, Shaun earned his B.S. in Zoology through the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. In the summer of 2010 he joined The Nature Conservancy to lead their Dune Restoration Crew's invasive plant control efforts along the shores of Northwest Lower Michigan. His current role is that of Coastal Invasives Coordinator, aligning the invasive plant removal efforts of The Conservancy and other Michigan Dune Alliance partners along the entire Eastern Lake Michigan shoreline.

Kira Davis from the Little Traverse Band of Odawa will join us for a presentation on aquatic invasive species and how those species can impact our Island's interior lakes, streams, and fisheries. Kira has been working with LTBB after graduating from Michigan State University beginning in 2000. Ms. Davis holds the position of Water Quality Specialist and works closely with the tribal fisheries on management issues. As the Water Quality Specialist, she is responsible for completion of activities within the Tribe's Surface Water Quality Protection Program (SWQPP). The SWQPP has three major components which are an extensive Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program within waters in and adjacent to the reservation boundaries, education and outreach of the importance of water quality, and representation of LTBB on water quality issues on a local, state, tribal, and national level. She was also the Project Coordinator on the GLRI Paradise Lake Pilot Boat Washing Station Project.

Matthew Bertrand is joining us from the Grand Traverse Regional Invasive Species Network. He will discuss the organizations work, what makes an invasive species, where they come from, how they get a foot hold in our environment, the top 20 Least Wanted Species, and Beaver Island's top 10 least wanted species.

The Summit takes place…

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Beaver Island Community Center

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


You can register for the event by emailing your Name, Address, Affiliation or Organization (if applicable) and Phone number to: Beaverislandassocaition@gmail. com

Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago, be part of the solution.

Hope to see you there!

Craig Schrotenboern Chairperson BI Invasive Management Committee

The Beaver Island Studio and Gallery

Lois Sowa Stipp has opened a new busines in the location of the former Carl Felix Model Boat Shop. The Beaver Island Studio and Gallery is located in the old McDonough's Market along with two other businesses, the Charlevoix State Bank, Beaver Island Branch, and the Beaver Island Boat Shop.

Lois' shop contains oil paintings, a special brand of organic tea product, homemade jewelry, and Frank Solle's marvelous photographs. Next time you go to McDonough's Market, Monday through Friday, you should stop by between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. except on Wednesday when it is open from 4-7 p.m.

A Short Five Minute Video Interview with Lois Sowa Stipp



A Quick Trip to Green's Lake

The idea of taking some short trips to locations on the island seemed to make sense particularly for those who are shut in and unable to make the trip themselves. This trip was very interesting although it was a fairly short stay at the lake. On the way to lake, there is no doubt about what the West Side Road has that paved roads do not have: a beautiful canopy.

A beautiful set of surroundings

The camera was not available, instead in the back seat, when the doe and a new fawn crossed the West Side Drive from west to east. The arrival at Green's Lake was worth the trip.

First noted were the mosquitos and the biting flies as soon as the photographer got out of the car. There was quite a collection of these insects at the public access site to Green's Lake.

The first two items seen upon arrival and insect repellant applied.

A loon's nest with a very observant and cautious loon

Birds and reptiles aplenty


Video of loons, duck, and herons


Wedding Announcement

Michael Green and Kitty McNamara of Beaver Island announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Brenna Green, to Timothy Wearn, son of Linda and the late Michael Wearn of Detroit and Beaver Island.

The future bride has a degree in communications from Northern Michigan University. The future groom received a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University.

An October 2012 traditional Beaver Island wedding is planned and the couple will live in West Olive, Michigan.

Crazy Seagulls

While sitting in out comfortable chairs just before dark last night, June 3, 2012, the sounds came through the wall of the house. It was a very strange combinations of sounds, but it sounded like the dying screams of some animal. What could this sound be? What kind of an animal got hurt out in the yard?

The sounds were coming from a flock of thirty seagulls who were apparently starving as they began flying low instead of soaring in the wind. They must have been very hungry since they were coming down and landing next to the bird bath because there was about a cup of corn put there for the nightly arrival of a pair of mallard ducks. The seagulls swarmed, landed on the peak of the metal roof, and came down to the bird bath area.

Watch the Video to get the full effects of the gulls


Men's Golf League Results Week #4

Bob E. & Ron M.
174 43.50
Ron W. & Bob S.
149 37.25
153 38.25
Rob & Dan
159 39.75
Travis & Gerald
162 40.50
Ivan & Buck
171 42.75
Francis & Larry
177 44.25
Chuck & Ernie
162 40.50
Howard & Joe
158 39.50
Jeff & Ryan
159 39.75
Frank & John
160 40.00
Ron S. & David
182 45.50
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #8 15-5
TEAM#2 BEAT TEAM #3 14-6
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #12 18-2
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #11 12-8
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #10 15-5

TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #9 13-7






Spring Serenade Group Recital

Video HERE

Spring Serenade Solo Recital

This spring, string serenade of solos in recital format took place today, May 5, 2012, at the Beaver Island Community Center. It began at 3 p.m. Sheri Richards introduced each student as each performed. The music was diverse from folk songs through J.S. Bach with a George Harrison piece and a Seitz concerto.

You can view video of the recital HERE

Beaver Island Talent Show

This talent show was a fundraiser for the middle school students of BICS for a trip. There were many talented individuals who participated. There is video available for those who did not attend the evening event on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pictures and description of the programs will follow later.

Please view the video HERE.

Waste Management Committee Video of April 2012 Meeting

You can view the meeting video HERE

St. James Township Meeting, May 2, 2012

The audience and the board members were of equal number at this monthly meeting of the St. James Township Board. The meeting was calm and quiet with only a couple of issues that seemed to spark, smolder, and then go out, but that is a good thing. The board moved forward with its business in an orderly and fairly smooth and efficient process. You may view video of the meeting HERE

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

This Central Michigan University program features the history of Beaver Island as told by museum director Bill Cashman as well as Deb Rotman, archeologist, from the University of Notre Dame. It includes Antje Price speaking about Protar. Father Dan Connaghan presented information about the history of the Catholic Church. John Runberg, president of the Historical Society, speaks about the history of the fishing industry. Bill Cashman speaks about the Irish connection on Arranmore and the Twinning Ceremony.

View the program HERE

Bike the Beaver

The Beaver Island Bike Festival is scheduled on Beaver Island from June 21-23, 2012

Check out the website HERE

Check out a poster of the event HERE

End of School Year Calendar

Thanks to Kerry Smith for this calendar that specifies the activities and events related to the school children all the way from April to graduation. Thanks, Kerry!

Click this link to see the end of school year calendar

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

Video of the games

More pictures HERE

St. Pat's Music at Night

Video Highlights are available HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser

This crazy, hazy, lazy, histerical gathering of the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, and Beaver Island Law Enforcement to play against the co-ed members of the Lady Islanders and the Islanders was interspersed with some regular basketball play. You can view the entire game with some creative time out camera work at these links:

Introduction of players

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Score

BI Transfer Station Info

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

B I Community Center Activities

COA information page 1

COA informqation page 2

Pure Michigan Campaign

Chamber of Commerce and Boat Co pitch in with Charlevoix partners on Pure Michigan radio spot narrated by Tim Allen.

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

Revised St. James Recreation Plan as of January 30, 2012

Additional Comments on St. James Recreation Plan as of January 29, 2012

Waste Management Meeting of May 15, 2012

The minutes were approved after an introduction of the four committee members present to the Recycling Committee members from Charlevoix. Don Welke gave his manager's report, and Ed Troutman discussed the increases and additions to the fee schedule. The Point Of Sale computer is in place and working. Credit accounts for 23 of 33 have been completed. a presentation was made by the members of the Recycling Committee from Charlevoix and discussions on recycle items were discussed including a scheduling of a June 4 and 5 Household Hazardous Materials collection on the island.

Watch the video HERE

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

Island Airways provides year round air service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. The company has been working to grow its business with help from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Their business improvement efforts have earned Island Airways recognition as the Northwest Region SBTDC Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to Island Airways!

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

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

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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

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 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!

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

By clicking on the link below, you can view all of the Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial, including all the bricks that were added in the Spring of 2012. It seems amazing that such a small community has so many veterans that a short viewing of their bricks take over fifteen minutes to view with only about three seconds or so per brick.

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Duck Lake Fire in UP

The Michigan DNR reports that the Duck Lake Fire at 71 percent containment and has updated the structure losses

Cooler temperatures and steady rain since Friday afternoon have aided fire crews in the Upper Peninsula's Luce County in getting a better handle on the Duck Lake Fire. The Department of Natural Resources today reported the fire at 21,135 acres, with 71 percent containment.

The south end of the fire is 14 miles north of Newberry and 7 miles west from Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds. The fire is long and narrow and stretches 11 miles to the north to Lake Superior. There are currently 44 miles of fireline. Of that, 6 miles is Lake Superior shoreline, 23 miles is completed line (that includes County Road 500), and 15 miles is uncontained fireline. Access remains very difficult with few roads.

Fire crews made significant progress Friday, completing an additional 3 miles of fireline. Fireline has been constructed across all of Division G in the southeast corner of the fire, across roughly two-thirds of the east side of the fire, and roughly three-quarters of the fire's west side. Saw crews continue to remove hazard trees.

Crews continue to monitor the lightning fire south of Bodi Lake.

The latest estimate on structure loss includes an additional three homes/cabins and three sheds/outbuildings. There are 138 properties within the perimeter of the fire; 138 sites have been inspected to this point, with one remaining that had no fire number. A total of 138 structures have been lost, with a breakdown as follows:

49 homes/cabins
23 garages
38 sheds/outbuildings
26 campers
1 store
1 motel

The evacuation order was lifted today at 9 a.m. for people with residences within the fire area (Pike Lake, Bodi Lake, Culhane Lake and Little Lake Harbor). The area will close again at 9 p.m. today for the overnight period, and will reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday. Residents entering the fire area are being asked to drive with their headlights on and to give emergency vehicles the right-of-way. Residents entering the fire area are required to drive to and from their property and not wander around the fire area. There are still snags and hazard trees that can fall unexpectedly.

Road closures include County Road 414 east from the intersection with County Road 410 and County Road 500 from M-123 north to Little Lake Harbor, for everyone except residents with property in the fire area. The fire area remains closed to the public. While Crisp Point Lighthouse was outside of the fire area, it is still not accessible because of the closure of County Road 500.

A special note about area tourism and businesses: The DNR reminds the public that the Tahquamenon Falls/Paradise Area is open for business. As crews make good progress on the Duck Lake Fire in Luce County, campgrounds, state parks, resorts and other businesses throughout the region and the Upper Peninsula are open and eager to welcome tourists. The community of Paradise is ready for visitors. Tahquamenon Falls State Park was completely untouched by the fire; its Upper Falls viewing area and Lower Falls campground and visitor center are open.

The Duck Lake Fire is in a remote area, is not currently putting up a smoke plume, is not affecting the surrounding areas and has not seen significant activity since Monday, May 28. While visitors are asked to avoid the immediate fire area, the rest of the U.P. stands ready to offer up Pure Michigan vacation memories.

Today's Duck Lake Fire incident objectives are to:

Provide for public and firefighter safety.
Fell snags around homes and along roads.
Finish line construction toward division breaks.
Search for spot fires outside the line.
Identify hazard trees around structures and roads for saw crews.
Improve, where needed, the fireline that has been built.
Continue getting GPS data on completed line in all divisions.

For today, crews will use bulldozers to extend the fireline, while the Incident Management Team will focus on monitoring the fire. Crews and equipment will be staged in various locations around the fire.
Crews are unable to continue felling snags and hazard trees today; slippery conditions make this too dangerous.

Division supervisors and the overhead team will continue long-term planning today.

Rain is expected to continue through the day Saturday. Overnight rainfall on the fire was 0.1 to 0.5 inches. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s, with humidity around 80 percent today. Winds will be northwest at 5 to 16 miles per hour, with gusts of 20 to 30 miles per hour.

A total of 224 personnel (of which 47 are overhead personnel) are involved with fire suppression efforts. People, equipment and agencies fighting the fire include:

Four DNR conservation officers and a sergeant on duty around the clock.
15 DNR fire engines and 4 Wisconsin DNR fire engines
7 Michigan DNR and 2 Wisconsin DNR bulldozers
1 US Forest Service helicopter
4 Michigan National Guard aircraft and ground support.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community hand crew
WIC #1 hand crew from Wisconsin
MIS #1 hand crew made up of Michigan DNR employees

Cooperating agencies include the Michigan State Police, Luce County Sherriff's Department, Red Cross, Michigan State Police Emergency Management, Luce County Emergency Management, Michigan National Guard, Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and UPCAP (211).

On May 25, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster in Luce and Schoolcraft counties. The declaration permits authorities to evacuate residents, and establishes a fireworks ban in the two affected counties and an outdoor burning ban in 49 counties:

Alcona, Alger, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Schoolcraft and Wexford.

Memorial Service for Phyllis Fitzpatrick

June 16, 2012
Memorial Service at Holy Cross Cemetery at 2:00 PM
Reception to follow at Beaver Island District Library at 3:00 PM

BICS High School Awards

At 2 pm on May 31, 2012, the High School students, parents, teachers, and community members gathered in the school gym for the high school awards.

Ms. Kitty McNamara welcomed everyone and gave a short introduction about the types of awards to be given. Mr. Martell passed out the Scholar Awards. A scholar award is given to any student who has earned all As and/or Bs in any class all year. (Pictures of all students receiving awards are not posted. You can watch the video if you wish to see all students)

Mr. Cashman passed out the Determination Awards. The determination award is given to a student who has shown great effort, been a hard worker, etc. in any class.

Mr. Richards passed out the Philosopher awards. A philosopher award is given to a student who show exemplary quality of thought in classwork and discussions.

Mr. Richards and Ms. McNamara passed out the Personal Strength Awards. A personal strength award is given to all students and reflects their own view of their strengths at well as the views of other students and teachers.

Ms. McNamara pass out the Northern Lights League All-League Academic Team Awards. Mrs. Croswhite passed out the US Army Scholar Athlete Award, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation Award, and two Darrell Dimwiddie Leadership Awards.

Special Awards/Scholarship recipients:

National Army Scholar Athlete Award(Not a monetary scholarship): Olivia Schwartzfisher

Charlevoix County Community Foundation (Marine Corp League)$1000 scholarship: Kaylyn Jones

Darrell Dinwiddie Leadership Awards: (Scholarship amounts-travel cost coverage) Erin Boyle & Olivia Cary

21st Century Learning Scholarship(amount of scholarship to be determined): Jenna Battle; Matt Cull; Brighid Gillespie-Cushman

US Army Scholar Athlete

US Marine Corps "What America Means to Me" Essay Award Winner

Darrell Dimwiddie Leadership Award Winners

Ms. McNamara passed out the 21st Century Learning Scholarship Awards.

The 9-12 Citizen of the Year Award was given to Michael McCafferty by Ms. McNamara and Mrs. Croswhite.

The 9-12 Student of the Year Award was given to Erin Boyle by Ms. McNamara and Mrs. Croswhite.

The Honor cords were awarded to the highest gradepoint average student, Olivia Schwartzfisher, Valedictorian; and Jenna Battle, Salutatorian.

You can watch video of the High School Awards HERE

7th and 8th Grade Awards and 8th Grade Graduation

At 7 pm on May 31, 2012, the 7th and 8th Grades of the Beaver Island Community School met in the High School area with parents, teachers, and community members. The purpose of this meeting was to present awards and to graduate the 8th graders from Middle School to High School.

Ms. McNamara welcomed all those present.

Mrs. Boyle passed out the Scholar Awards.

Ms. Wilk passed out the Determination Awards.

Ms. Wilk received flowers and a short presentation from the 7th and 8th grade students.

Mr.Richards passed out the Philosopher Awards.

Ms. McNamara and Mr. Richards passed out the Personal Strength Awards.

Ms. McNamara passed out the Northern Lights League All-League Academic Awards, and then the 7th and 8th grade Citizen of the Year and the 7th and 8th grade Student of the Year.

Click HERE for all the nominees and the winners

The Awards Ceremony completed, the 8th graders showed a PowerPoint presentation with music. Jenna Battle, Salutatorian of the Class of 2012, addressed the Class of 2016.

The Eighth Grade Diplomas were conferred by Ms. McNamara, Mrs. Dana Hodgson, secretary of the school board, and Mrs. Dawn Mooney, trustee on the school board.

The Class of 2016 includes the following students: Sarah Avery, Ryan Boyle, Zack Bousquet, Emily Burton, Trace Butler, Liam Hodgson, Jordan Marsh, Taylor Pryor, and Nick Williams.

Video of the Award Ceremony and 8th Graduation HERE

Wildflower Pictures from Bob Tidmore

Letter to the Editor from Sheriff Schneider

Click on the link to bring up a PDF of a letter from Sheriff Don Schneider about prescription drug abuse and about how to dispose of prescriptions.

Letter to the Editor

BICS Elementary Awards

View Video of Awards Ceremony HERE

The afternoon program began with and a welcome and an introduction by Kitty McNamara, superintendent and principal, as well as an opportunity to congratulate Miranda Rooy, who has joined Deb Robert as a Nationally Certified Teacher. An interesting fact is that less than one-half of one percent of the teachers in the State of Michigan have national certification, and Beaver Island is blessed with two of them.

The presentation of flowers to Miranda Rooy was followed by the pre-school, kindergarten, first and second grade awards.

Mr. Mike Myers then gave a short speech and presented the third and fourth grade awards.

After Mr. Myers, Deb Robert gave a short speech and then presented the awards for the fifth and six grade students.

The 6th graders were given a certificate for successful completion of elementary school.




WHAT: 2nd Annual Garden Tour to Benefit the Wellness Garden project takes place July 11th beginning at 9:00 am at
the public beach parking lot (in front of the Holy Cross Parish Hall)

HOW LONG : ½ day tour begins at 9 am and ends after lunch, in town
All-day tour will end at 4pm, going out of town in the afternoon

COST: $25 for the half -day tour plus catered picnic lunch at the Wellness Garden
including a ride
$40 for the full-day tour, catered picnic lunch , including ride , and dessert
at the final garden stop.

BIKERS OR THOSE WITH OWN TRANSPORTATION: $10 (No Lunch) May pay on the day of the tour
$20 (lunch included but must
buy ticket by July 8th)

TICKET SALES: Pre-sale to those who supported us last year will be available for purchase from June 15th until June 23rd. After that anyone wishing to buy tickets
may get them up until July 8th (if you want lunch) Day of the tour you may pay at the parking lot, no lunch available, provide your own transportation.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS? At the Beaver Island Rural Health Center M-F 8:30-5

Any questions call Leonor 448-2894 or Betty (BIRHC) 2275


Hazmat Days

As part of Charlevoix County Recycling the Beaver Island Transfer Station accepting Household Hazardous Waste-- Free of Charge --on June 4th and June 5th, 2012. Please refer to the Charlevoix County Recycling site for more details on what qualifies and/or look for the flyers which will be posted around town. The Charlevoix County Recycling site is:
If you have specific questions please call the Beaver Island Transfer Station at 448-2228.

Mark Your Calendar!

Beaver Island Christian Church will again be hosting a community Vacation Bible School July 10-12. More information later.

Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

August 16, 2012 Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall 12:30 PM

Beaver Island Bike Festival

June 21-23, 2012


Annual Meeting of the BIA

The Beaver Island Association will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22nd at the Community Center. At 4:30-5:00 an informal gathering will take place followed by a feature presentation by attorney and co-author David Fry... Saving the Family Cottage. He will share his extensive experience working with hundreds of families a across the United States in transitioning ownership of vacation property to families' younger generations. David will answer questions following the presentation. 6:15-7 p.m. will be the Annual Meeting. Open to the public, but seating is on a first-come basis.

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

Sharon will be offering classes in watercolor in either three-day or five-day sessions and welcomes students at all levels. She will provide all the supplies, and is willing to to teach both islanders and off-island visitors who book ahead.

The Laurain Lodge is holding five rooms for that week until June 15th so book them now to assure a place to stay as well as let Leonor Jacobson know if you plan to attend her classes. The space will be limited to insure favorable instruction time to all.

The price for each of the sessions is still being determined. Please visit her website slongwatercolors.com and call Leonor for more details (231-448-2894) and to hold a spot. after May 15th.

Natural Resources Dates

Invasive Species Summit June 14th from 2-5 p.m. Presentations from tribes, agencies and national organizations will address: Why should we care about about invasive species, effects of invasives on sportsmen, what is being done to address the situation, and how you can help. A free $10.00 invasive species manual will be available to all who attend. Event sponsored by the Beaver Island Association.

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church

June 10: Pastor Norm Ratering

June 17: Pastor Howard Davis

June 24 and July 1: Pastor Joseph Fox

July 8:  Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI

    July 15 and 22:  Pastor Eric Thorsen, Hudsonville MI

    July 29 and August 5:  Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC (nephew of Jan Hartle)



At Beaver Island community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago.

•  Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

•  Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses our islands now and for future generations.

•  Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

•  The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

July 21

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 9:30 a.m.



Monday, June 4: Rich O'Brien, Rich Gillespie, Any Pischner-Putman, Pamela Smith, Amy Green Yachcik

Tuesday, June 5: Mary Kay McPherson, Francis Pike, Claudia Schmidt

Wednesday, June 6: Bob Marsh

Thursday, June 7: Shawn Smith, Patti Left, John Skidmore, Kim Richelle Left, Chelsea Bossory

Friday, June 8: Lori White, Karen Frenchhall, Michael Satterthwaite

Saturday, June 9: Jake Drost

Sunday, June 10: Coley Wood

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the 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.

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

1. June 2, 10-4 pm, Peaine Township Hall (PTH), next MSU planning meeting; 7 pm: MSU-facilitated focus group with CMU/BIA.

2. June 18, 6 pm, PTH: Next Executive Committee meeting, if needed.

3. June 27, 3-5 pm : Brian Mastenbrook will present his overview about DNR & the Island – for the public. At Peaine Township Hall. (Community Ctr not available.)

4. At the NRESC meeting on May 21, it was decided to schedule a follow-up meeting in June at which NRESC, without MSU facilitators, will continue working on goals/objectives for natural resource planning. This is set for June 27, 6-9 pm . at Peaine Township Hall. We will serve pizza and beverages.

5. July 16, 6 pm, PTH – Executive Committee, if needed.

6. July 16, 7 pm, PTH -- NRESC regular bi-monthly meeting.

7. August 1-2: MSU facilitated community forum(s) for summer residents (details to be determined)

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Island Airways Hosts Emergency Management Tabletop Exercise

The gathering of many agendies and their representatives

Many members of the local emergency services organizations, county organizations, and federal agencies all met at the Island Airways hangar here on Beaver Island yesterday, May 31, 2012. The purpose of a tabletop exercise is to gather all the agencies that might be involved in a specific disaster in the same location at the same time to meet and greet, and work toward a solution to a situation that could happen in and around the waters of Beaver Island. The program also provided all participants an opportunity to discuss who could and would do what, when, and where. This is really an important part of planning for a serious situation that could happen.

The Scope and Purpose

The scenario that was worked on throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Gerald LaFreniere, Kevin White, Danielle Dedloff, Sheriff Don Schneider, Rick Speck, and Rich Gillespie

Donna Kubic, Sheriff Schneider, Jim Wojan, Neal Boyle, Travis Williams, and Gerald LaFreniere

The discussions continued from the immediate response through and toward a resolution of the disaster with all details considered.

Coast Guard representatives, Central Dispatch representative, Beaver Island Boat Company representatives

Tim McDonough, BIFD Fire Chief, would be the Incident Commander for Operations

This program began with refreshments; coffee, donuts, fruit, and snacks, provided by Island Airways prior to 10 a.m., and ended after 1:30 p.m. with some practical hands-on skills at the Beaver Island Boat Company. Thank you to all who participated in this important planning session!

Thank you to Island Airways for hosting this excellent event!

View Video of the beginning of this exercise

Water Transportation Essential to Beaver Island

While some may wonder about the necessity of water transportation in the age of short air transport time, it is pretty obvious that both are needed. One is needed for fast transport over the 32 miles of water between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. One is needed for the trasnport of freight to and from the island. It was interesting to be able to capture a photo of two of the companies involved in moving freight. Here are a few pictures.

Emerald Isle headed out of the harbor

Emerald Isle headed into the harbor

Emerald Isle headed in while the Wendy Anne is headed out

Osprey Build Much Larger Nest

While there has been some rumor that the ospreys are not nesting on the top of the microwave tower, such is just that, an unfortunate rumor. The ospreys have been nesting there season after season, and this year is no different. The birds are much more difficult to see when they are in the nest due to the much larger nest built this year by them. They are there, but you need to stop and take a few minutes to wait for a quick look at the ospreys.

BIRHC to Have Visiting Physicians This Summer

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center will be host to several family medicine and emergency medicine doctors this summer. Members of these departments at the University of Michigan will be visiting the island starting June 3, 2012, some with their families.

While here, they will have a chance to observe medical services in a rural setting while sharing information with our providers in their speciality areas, including women's health, prenatal care, wound care, strokes, diabetes, pediatric and adolescent care and more.

Visiting doctors include: Mike Johansen, Amanda Kaufman, Sahoko Little, William Meuer, Theresa Peters, James Pribble, Margaret Riley, Eric Skye, Ghazwan Toma and Philip Zazove.

For more information about these visitors, check the BIRHC website at birhc.org or call the Health Center at 448-2275.

CMU Nature Programs

Beaver Island , The Nation & Washington D C

“ Beaver Island displays, in microcosm, the qualities America must somehow recover if it is to survive as a nation,” wrote Broder in 1970.

The family of the late David S. Broder, Pulitzer prize-winning nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, has created a unique book of his “Beaver Island Columns.” Proceeds (100%) will benefit the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

The book features those wonderful columns (1970-2010) that reflect the history of our nation and how Beaver Island coped with national issues, but it is also full of beautiful color photographs. It's a limited edition book to cherish and will make a great addition to any northern Michigan collection.

David Broder first visited Beaver Island in 1949 with his future wife Ann Collar. The family owns a summer home on the Island . Broder visited regularly and deeply loved Beaver Island 's self-sufficient community. “ Beaver Island displays, in microcosm, the qualities America must somehow recover if it is to survive as a nation,” wrote Broder in 1970.

The Health Center will be hosting a reception with the Broder family present on July 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the St. James Township Hall. Family members will be available to sign books.

The book is $25, five for $100 and the proceeds will benefit the Rural Health Center . It is now available at the Health Center and at a number of Beaver Island merchants. The book can be ordered using a credit card by contacting the Beaver Island Rural Health Center at (231) 448-2275.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club

There will be a meeting of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club next Wednesday June 6th at the Peaine Township Hall, 7:00 PM. The public is invited as we have a special guest Heather-Sikes Hettinger, Fisheries Management Biologist, MI DNR. Ms. Hettinger will discuss the state of fisheries in the Beaver Island Archipelago. We hope you can attend and ask questions…yes the subject of perch in the harbor will be one topic.

Bob Tidmore, Secretary Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Memorial Day Service TODAY

The Memorial Day service took place at the Veteran's Memorial beginning at noon, today, May 28, 2012. Many were there to join the Island veterans in a sincere and heartfelt "Thank you!" to all our service men and women who served our nation, as well as to all those who gave their lives so that we could remain free.

Video of the Service may be viewed HERE

The veterans and the audience began to gather.

Main Street was lined with cars and trucks.

The program was to begin with a USCG Helo fly-over, so all waited for them.

The Octogenarians were seated, and also waiting.

Then the helicopter arrived and made its east to west pass.

Bob Tidmore began the program.

Then the USCG helicopter from Air Station Traverse City made a second pass

Jim Latta presented information about the history of this day

Alvin LaFreniere read off the list of Island connected service men and women

Bob Tidmore introduced the AMVETs Chaplain

Bob Hoogendoorn said a prayer for the service men and women

There was a rifle salute and taps was played by Paul Niehaus

Jim and Donna Stambaugh Win Early Bird Drawing

Jim and Donna Stambaugh won the $1000 drawing today, May 27, 2012. The drawing took place at Dahlwhinnie's with Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff Travis Williams pulling the winning tickit.

(Thank you to Frank Solle for these pictures.)

Gail's Walk

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2012, many gathered to participate in Gail's Walk, named after Gail Weede who had supported the BICS Sports Boosters. The group gathered and walked the following route: Public beach to the school and left to the Brother's Trail, then right on Karne's to the bike path. Then down to the Back Highway to the top of Gallagher Hill, down to Main Street, out to Whiskey Point, and then back to the public beach.

Gathering and beginning at the public beach.

Even stragglers wouldn't get lost..

Headed to the point.

Headed back toward the public beach

(Thanks to Phyllis Moore for these pictures.)

Paul Welke's Memorial Day Display

Informal video of Paul explaining the items in his collection


Pictures of the display of memorabilia

Uniforms: Marine, Navy, and Army

Two different rifles WWII and Vietnam

Go and check this display out at the Beaver Island terminal of Island Airways

AMVETs Memorial Weekend Sunday Breakfast

By the time this reported took the video and pictures and had eaten a small breakfast, the AMVETs had already served one hundred breakfasts. This is quickly becoming a very special and timely tradition.

AMVETs Sunday Breakfast, May 27, 2012.................

.........................In the kitchen


AMVETS Breakfast at the Holy Cross Parish Hall

Some of the first hundred to eat breakfast here

Some of the workers....

Some in the kitchen...

Some out of the kitchen....

BICS Career Day Final Schedule and Flyer

Career Day Schedule

Career Day Flyer

Broder Book Is Available

This book has arrived this past weekend and is available for sale at the merchants mentioned in a story below. This book will also be available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, which will receive the proceeds of the sale. The four Broder sons chose the pictures and the columns to be included in the book. The book will sell for $25.00. The title of the book is "The Beaver Island Columns" written by David S. Broder. There will be a "Book Party" on July 3, 2012, at the St. James Township Hall from 5-7 p.m.

NRESC Busy This Summer

1. June 2, 10-4 pm, Peaine Township Hall (PTH), next MSU planning meeting; 7 pm: MSU-facilitated focus group with CMU/BIA.

2. June 18, 6 pm, PTH: Next Executive Committee meeting, if needed.

3. June 27, 3-5 pm : Brian Mastenbrook will present his overview about DNR & the Island – for the public. At Peaine Township Hall. (Community Ctr not available.)

4. At the NRESC meeting on May 21, it was decided to schedule a follow-up meeting in June at which NRESC, without MSU facilitators, will continue working on goals/objectives for natural resource planning. This is set for June 27, 6-9 pm . at Peaine Township Hall. We will serve pizza and beverages.

5. July 16, 6 pm, PTH – Executive Committee, if needed.

6. July 16, 7 pm, PTH -- NRESC regular bi-monthly meeting.

7. August 1-2: MSU facilitated community forum(s) for summer residents (details to be determined)

Men's Golf League Results Week #3

Bob E. & Ron M.
Ron W. & Bob S.
Rob & Dan
Travis & Gerald
Francis & Larry
Howard & Joe
Frank & John
Ivan & Buck
Chuck & Ernie
Ron S. & David
Jeff & Ryan
Team #1 beat Team #12 19-1
Team #11 beat Team #2 14-6
Team #3 beat Team #10 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #4 13-7
Team #8 beat Team #5 12-8
Team #6 beat Team #7 14-6

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

The audience just before the presentation began.

Jack Gallagher introduced Robin Luce Herrmann.

An animated, educated, and knowledgeable presenter

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

A Note from Phragmities Administrator Lisa Welke

Plans for Invasive Species

On Monday, May 21, 2011, a meeting was held for pre-season planning of the control of invasive species on the Beaver Archipelago. Representatives from several different organizations used their combined knowledge to develop a plan for 2012.

We are very fortunate to have The Nature Conservancy (TNC) donating $ 70,000.00 to this program. Their representative, Shaun Howard outlined their plan of paying for a survey of 6000 acres which includes Hog, High & Beaver Island shorelines and some interior areas of Beaver Island. They are going to survey not only for Phragmites, but 23 other invasives. This is going to be invaluable for our island in deciding what our priorities should be in the coming years.

TNC is planning to fund treatment for High and Hog Islands, and the Odawa Tribe has pledged funding to treat Garden Island. The Beaver Island Association was awarded $ 8,500.00 from the D.N.R. Private Land Incentive Program for invasive species control and will work with the townships to fund treatment for Beaver Island. Many thanks to all of these organizations!

Todd Bowen from Cardno JFNew presented the plan for survey and detailed the steps for treatment. JFNew is very experienced in this field and has a lot of respect for the islands and their natural ecosystems. The surveys are slated to begin mid-June, so if you see their crews out & about, please show them our “island hospitality”.

The results of the survey will be available on the MISIN website so everyone can view them. This site has tons of information on invasive species throughout the entire Midwest.

If anybody has questions about the plan or the invasive species please contact:

Lisa Welke

Phone: 231-448-3164 Email: welke65@gmail.com

There is also an Invasive Species Summit on June 14 from 2-5 at the community center. Everyone is welcome. Please stop by and learn more about maintaining the natural beauty of our islands.

BICS School Newsletter for May 2012

Click here to view the four page newsletter

What's Going On Behind the Print Shop Museum?

Dorothy Feltner and Alanna Toro are the appointmented spokespersons for the archeological dig going on behind the Print Shop Museum today, May 22, 2012. The participants have come to Beaver Island from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. There are a total of seventeen students, ten female and seven male, who are participating in the Seminar in Archeological Field Methods. They are staying at the CMU Biological Station for four weeks. The assistant on site is Angie Campbell. This program is under Dr. Scott Demel.


NMU students working at the dig

Dorothy Feltner, Alanna Toro......Angie Campbell

Two NMU Students Explain


Bill Cashman, director of BIHS

Bill Cashman, BIHS Director, explains


Additional BIRHC Programs

If you were driving past the Beaver Island Rural Health Center today, May 22, 2012, you would have noticed a pretty full parking lot in front of the building. Figuring that there must be something important going on over there, the BINN editor went over to try to find out. Besides, Dr. Wendy White working in her office of dentistry and Sue Solle, FNP, seeing patients for the BIRHC, there were three others in the building providing services to the Island population. One of these comes over twice weekly and another comes twice monthly, and yet another comes twice yearly.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program


Physical Therapy


Mental Health Services

Dan Taylor

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm


BEAVER ISLAND – On Friday May 26 the M/V Beaver Islander will celebrate her 50 year anniversary with her first 2012 voyage. The vessel will depart Beaver Island at 8:20 a.m. and will be making her way through the Pine River Channel for a Charlevoix arrival about 10:30 a.m.

To celebrate the M/V Beaver Islander 's 50 year anniversary, in the month of June, the Beaver Island Boat Company will provide a free one-way passenger ticket to anyone who is celebrating their 50 year wedding anniversary or who was born in 1962. The passenger must provide a valid photo ID with birth date or a marriage certificate.

The Beaver Islander was built in 1962 by Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. out of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for service to Beaver Island. She is 95 feet in length, 27 feet wide, draws 8 feet with a top speed of 13.5 knots and a maximum capacity of 172 passengers and 10 vehicles. From 1962 to 1997 the Beaver Islander was the primary Beaver Island ferry. Although her work load has been lightened by the M/V Emerald Isle , this season she will still service the island for about 68 round trips! Be sure to check the schedule to ride this classic ferry!

From the CCSD

As Memorial weekend and summer approaches Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider would like to remind boaters of a change in the age requirements for operating personal watercraft (PWCs). Beginning October 2011, a person under the age of 16 shall not operate a personal watercraft on the waters of this state unless the person is not less than 14 years of age and 1of the following circumstances applies:

(a) The person is riding the personal watercraft with his or her parent or guardian or an individual 21 years of age or older designated by the parent or guardian.

(b) The person is operating or riding a personal watercraft at a distance of not more than 100 feet from his or her parent or guardian or an individual 21 years of age or older designated by the parent or guardian.

Michigan requires anybody born after December 31, 1978 to have a boating safety certificate to operate a personal watercraft.

Sheriff Schneider would like to see everyone have a fun and safe boating season. Charlevoix County will be teaching four boating safety courses this summer if anyone is interested in obtaining their boater's safety certificate. You can go to the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office website http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/sheriff.asp for a schedule of classes.

Mute Swan Presentation, Bike Trails, and Garden Island Indian Cemetary

At the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee meeting tonight, May 21,2012, there were three presentations lasting just over an hour all together. These presentations included the mute swan presentation that basically showed the invasive species designation, and how to tell the invasive from the native swans. The second presentation was a short presentation and discussion about designating some trails on Beaver Island as bike trails. The third presentation was an introduction to the Indian Cemetary on Garden Island and the destruction taking place.

Video of all three presentations can be viewed HERE

BICS Announces Class of 2012 Graduates

(Photo by Frank Solle)

2012 Graduates:

Jenna Battle- Salutatorian

Jamie Campbell

Agustust Connaghan

Matthew Cull

Brighid Gillespie-Cushman

Kaylyn Jones

Dan LaFreniere

William Lemmink

Brogan Maudrie

Michael McCafferty

Olivia Schwartzfisher-Valedictorian

Baroque on Beaver 2012 – Eleven Years of “Free” Concerts

For eleven years Baroque on Beaver has welcomed audiences to a series of outstanding classical music concerts with no charge for admission. In 2012, from July 25 – 29, musicians will perform at the Community Center, CMU, Holy Cross Parish Hall and Church, and at informal venues around town. The concerts are all free, but they are not without cost. Everyone who participates – musicians, audiences, and the Beaver Island community as a whole contributes to the festival.

The musicians give their talent and hours of their time for a small honorarium to help cover theirexpenses. It is obvious that they love coming to Beaver Island and that they enjoy the camaraderie of the festival because almost the entire Festival Orchestra is returning from last year. In 2011 the brass section asked to present its own concert in addition to playing in the orchestra. The Beaver Brass Quintet was born, and the enthusiastic audience at Holy Cross Church gave them a standing ovation!

Islanders and visitors give generously to support Baroque on Beaver. Local businesses buy advertisements in the program. In addition, they offer discounts for travel, accommodations and food for festival musicians. Many residents open their homes to directors, musicians and their families; often hosts and visitors become good friends who look forward to an annual reunion during the week of Baroque on Beaver. Soon after they arrive to begin rehearsals, the musicians are treated to a bountiful potluck dinner at the Christian Church Hall. Delicious food is organized and donated by the Holy Cross Altar Guild, the Christian Church, and other generous Beaver Island cooks.

A recent addition to the festival is the Opening Night Gala Benefit, the only event with an admission charge. Ticket sales for this performance raise money which helps fund the entire week of the festival. At each subsequent concert appreciative audiences donate to a free will offering, and throughout the year many people make financial contributions to the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association. This continuous financial support is crucial to Baroque on Beaver.

Each year as musicians depart on the Sunday afternoon boat, it is hard to know who should thank whom. Musicians are grateful to their hosts for a wonderful visit and to each other for a memorable musical experience. Islanders and visitors have enjoyed a week of outstanding classical music performed by these artists. Everyone who is a part of Baroque on Beaver has benefitted and everyone has contributed.

The Opening Night Gala Benefit Concert for 2012 will be held on July 24, at The Community Center. Additional Baroque on Beaver events are scheduled through July 29. Ticket information for the benefit and program information for all the concerts may be found at www.baroqueonbeaver.org. and on Facebook.

Museum Week Schedule

Although this information is pushed together to get as much information as possible in as little space as necessary, it looks as if the week called Museum Week on Beaver Island will be full of interesting sessions.Monday, July 16, 2012, beginsthis week with Antje Price, the Protar Lady, out at the Protar Home from 1-3 p.m., followed in the evening with Music on the Porch beginning at 7:30 p.m. Kathy Speck will be the Master of Ceremonies. Remember to bring a chair as the evening is usually crowded in the road in front of the Print Shop Museum.

Tuesday find the CMU's Great Lakes Research Station open for tours out in the former USCG Boathouse. Tours will take place all day with Don Uzarski, the Biological Station's director. Pinky Harmon will be running the Bingo games that are scheduled at 7 p.m., Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Wednesday begins the three day Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center including a weaver, spinner, and a new book from noon until five,. Wednesday is also the a day of Island archeology beginning at the Boyle Farm and ending with a presentation "Everything you want to know about Island archeology by Deb Rotman."

Thursday is a field trip for children with Jim Gillingham, The art show continues, followed by a 2 p.m. presentation on the South Fox Lighthouse. The evening will have "Biological Discoveries of the Little Traverse Band" with Bill Parsons.

Friday is the last day of the Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The Protar Home is again open from 1-3 p.m. with Antje Price. A CMU-TV film will be shown at 4:30 p.m. The evening brings a presentation of "What's Down There?" showcasing the underwater adventures of Ross Richardson in Lake Michigan,.

Saturday is the Pet Show at the Print Shop Museum plus all day there will be a "Demonstration of Blacksmithing Skill" at the Heritage Park. The evening will be the "Hey, Smith," a presentation of the art and life of modern artists-blacksmiths with Lance Olson and friends.

Sunday ends Museum Week with "The Dennis Banks Film Project" with Dennis Banks and Darren James.


Thanks to the careful planning, propagating, and caring over the winter, Heidi Vigill (BI Gardens) has put into the ground a new section of the Welllness Garden. Her Peace Garden, honoring our Angels in White (BI Hospice), and in memory of those they served with such love and devotion over the years, has come to fruition with the help of some of our gardening committee: Connie Wojan, Dana D'Andraia, Mary Jean Pike and Leonor Jacobson.
The beautiful pear tree, peonies, roses, as well as various perennials are provided by Heidi. She also will incorporate Ruth Igoe's white irises, Joyce Runberg's white phlox, Joyce Erber's shasta daisies and Joanne Cashman's white roses. Future plantings will also include hydrangeas from Jeff Powers, and annuals from Denise McDonough's and Cherl's flower sales. How nice to have the cooperation of many islanders on this project. Stop by and see what we have going on. Jim Wojan has dropped off the mulch, the Lighthouse schoolkids have spread it , as well as several CMU Masters students. The BICS Rangers are also prepping the Fairy Garden this week for your enjoyment. Things are growing in our Wellness Garden!!


Join in the July 4th Parade on Beaver Island.! Come in costume: we also welcome butterflies, fairy flowers, princes and princesses, as well as a few bunnies, frogs and snails! Young ones must be accompanied by adults. You will be lead through the parade route for as long as you'd like to walk (or bikeride) by a special leader . A banner will be hoisted by two more mature walkers . We encourage local school kids as well as visiting children, to
join in the fun! Support the Fairy Garden and have a good time doing it on July 4th. More information or questions call Leonor 448-2894.

AMVETs Post #46 Sets More Bricks at Memorial

Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, May 12, 2012, the AMVETs began the work on setting 60 more bricks at the Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial. There were some very emotional points in this process. A father setting a brick for his fallen hero son and a friend setting a brick for a fallen hero friend. This job was not easy to watch as the tears filled the eyes and the workers continued to work. This Veteran's Memorial will be used for the Memorial Day Service, so the bricks need to be in place before Memorial Day.

Here is a video of the veterans setting the bricks.

View from behind the memorial

Three of the special bricks placed next to one another....

Invasive Species Summit, June 14, 2012

At Beaver Island Community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago. The Beaver Island Association has gathered great speakers to help island property owners understand Invasives and the threats they present, watch for weekly bio postings.

? Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

? Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses of our islands now and for future generations.

? Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

? The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

To Register (this will help us have a more accurate idea of expected attendance) , please email your Name, Address , Affiliation or Organization (if applicable) and Phone number to: Beaverislandassocaition@gmail.com ( ONLY ONE NAME OR MARRIED COUPLE PER REGISTRATION PLEASE)

Violin Happenings

Irish Fiddle Violin Workshop

July 5th and 6th

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

This workshop is being sponsored by the Glen McDonough Memorial Fund. Trae McMaken will be instructing students for two sessions per day – morning and afternoon.

Details to follow.

Glen McDonough Mem. Concert

July 7th 7pm

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

Music on the Porch

Monday, July 16th

Music on the Porch begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Print Shop Porch

(Rain location is the Holy Cross Hall)

Private Lessons

Ms. Sheri will be offering private lessons this summer during summer school weeks. Details in the near future…

Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

The millage rates for the two townships are presented here for the joint operations, and you can draw your own conclusions based upon this side by side comparison:

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

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.