B.I. News on the 'Net, June 6-12, 2011

BICS Graduation Today, June 11, 2011 at 1 p.m. at B.I. Community Center

(First two photos by Frank Solle)

Levi Connor, Brontae Lemmink, Doug Campbell, and Jake Drost

The Class of 2011

Graduation Ceremony Video

Jon Bonadeo performed Pomp and Circumstance

Processional and Presentation of Flowers

Mr. Richards, Barb Schwartzfisher, Kathleen McNamara.......Juniors present flowers to seniors......Graduates pass out flowers to parents


Seniors back at their places

Doug Campbell Leads Pledge of Allegiance


Welcome Address by Kathleen McNamara


Farewell Address by Brontae Lemmink


Class Song "Symphonies"


Introduction of the Guest Speaker by Levi Connor


Commencement Address by Adam Richards


Presentation of Diplomas by Barbara Swartzfisher and Brian Cole


Turing of the Tassels and Recessional


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

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.

Talking Threads Quilt Guild Workshop

For many years, Sally Davis was an active member of the Talking Threads Quilt Guild.  As a memorial to her, the quilt guild is making valences for the windows in the Gregg Fellowship Center at the Beaver Island Christian Church.  We are having a workshop Monday, June 13, from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Fellowship Center to make the valences.  Anyone is welcome to help--we will need cutters, sewers, pressers, "go-fers", etc, and as Sally Lounsberry commented: "some of us can come to entertain!"
Bring a sewing machine if you have one.  The other equipment will be provided.  Bring a brown bag lunch.
Any questions, call Judi Meister (2963).
Hope to see you there!!

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.

Wonderful Story on 9+10 News About Brian Roman


Another wonderful story by Corey Adkins

Parking Tickets and Fines at Charlevoix Airport

Editorial by Joe Moore

This morning on the Beaver Island Forum, postings were placed that indicate yet another violation of trust by the City of Charlevoix's Airport. Several island residents have been ticketed for failure to have a name on their parking permit. This appears to be a change in policy at the airport related to parking. On March 23, 2011, BINN requested a list of all parking fees and any other fees for Beaver Island passengers. To this date, the only return email stated that the airport manager had been very busy, but nothing has been received. Here is a copy of the email sent this morning, June 9, 2011:

"I emailed you in March asking for a complete list of all parking fees and any other fees for residents of Beaver Island and visitors to Beaver Island.  I also asked for any changes that were expected in the near future.  I also explained that Beaver Island News on the 'Net, an Internet news service of which I'm the editor, would gladly publish this information for all at no cost to you.  I have yet to receive an answer to this email. 

It has now been brought to my attention that several cars in Charlevoix have been ticketed because they have not complied with some new parkiing rule.  Your failure to communicate any new rule(s) is outrageous and illegal.  These tickets have been placed on cars which have fully complied with all previously known rules, and the City of Charlevoix's Airport Manager has failed to communicate with island people that there was a change in these rules.  This is a perfect example of how the City of Charlevoix, and specifically the airport, find that taxing and ticketing Beaver Island residents and visitors is more important than providing service to them.

You should expect a certified letter that was mailed this morning, June 9,2011, with a Freedom of Information request for a copy of all airport rules related to Beaver Island passengers.  Accordingly, I will expect all related efforts of your attempts to get this information to Beaver Island passengers to be listed.  Before you follow through with this rule and fine people, you should know that there has been absolutely nothing in either newspaper that explains or notifies the island of any change in policy,

I would also like to know what issue of the Charlevoix Courier and what issue of the Petoskey News Review listed any change of rules for the parking at the airport.

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net "

Link to FOIA Request by BINN (This is a WORD document)

Email response from the City Manager:

"Mr. Moore,

As I have explained to other airport patrons, the City's intentions are not to write parking tickets but to enforce airport parking regulations.  If any airport user can show a valid parking permit attached to their windshield, the City will gladly revoke the ticket.  I invite any airport user that feels they have been somehow aggrieved to contact me immediately so we can discuss. 


Rob Straebel, City Manager"

The most interesting part of this is that most island residents will not even know that they have a parking ticket until they make the next trip over to Charlevoix and arrive at their car parked in the parking lot. This person will perhaps find a parking ticket under the windshield wiper. They will then have to take the time to try to fix this ticket or just go ahead and pay the ticket because it is easier to do that then try to get through the jumble of red tape to have it eliminated. It is the opinion of the editor of BINN that the City of Charelvoix should:

1. Admit to their mistake

2. Walk around the parking lot and remove and void the tickets for every person who has paid the proper parking fees.

3. Not expect the island residents to have to deal with this mistake in any way, manner, shape, or form.

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.

Barney's Lake in the Evening, June 7, 2011

No loons were here this evening. No ducks were here this evening. No sandhill cranes were here this evening. The only thing visible on the lake were turtles, mute swans, and gulls. This seemed quite unusual since last week there were all of the above seen.

Mute swan patroling the lake, back and forth, back and forth

Gulls were swarming, calling, and feeding on something

Lilacs and more lilacs and the odor was heavenly

One lone blackbird calling...

Sloptown Osprey Nest, June 7, 2011

Almost like a human interaction, the female osprey readied and cleaned the nest while the male osprey sat off at a distance and then decided to go fishing. After returning with some morsels for the mate, he sat off to one side and watched. Tired of watching after a while, he swooped into the nest, grabbed a piece and flew off to the tree to snack. Some of this was missed on the still camera due to a fascination by other living things in the area.


The Other Distractions

Besides the mosquitos, black flies, no-see-ums, horse flies, and bees, flying around and landing on the photographer, there were other more interesting things to look at, but look too long, and they were gone before the camera could come up for a picture or two.

Plenty of song birds singing and flying around in the latter part of the day just before sunset.


There continues to be evidence mounting that this specific species of birds is at least partially responsible for the demise of the sports fishing around Beaver Island. It is only in the last few years where serious efforts have been made to prevent the hatch of eggs from hundreds and hundreds of cormorant nests, that this fishery around Beaver Island has begun to come back very slowly. There have been some nice bass caught, and, of course, the carp have not been bothered much by the cormorants. Proof positive of the thousands of cormorants in the Beaver Island Archipelago was obtained in a video taken by Jeff Powers of the cormorants over Hat Island. Per a ruling made earlier this year, no one but CMU researchers are allowed on Hat Island. You don't need to be a researcher to see that this island is home to the cormorants and is completely overrun by them..


From Jeff Powers: Hat Island had over 5,000 cormorant nests on it last year that were successfully oiled to reduce cormorant numbers by USDA-WS.  Concurrently Dr. Seefelt from Central Michigan University was doing research on the Caspian Tern colony that is located on a section of the island away from the cormorant nests.  Despite the fact that the Terns successfully nested, Dr. Seefelt expressed concern to US Fish & Wildlife Service Personnel at Seney Wildlife Refuge (who manage the island) that the terns left the island early last year and her inference was that is was due to the work of USDA Wildlife Services.  Other factors should have been considered for why the Terns left early, foremost was the very early spring we had last year that caused many species to nest early.  Another reason was presence of Eagles that were seen repeatedly over Hat Island.  USDA-WS personnel were not allowed access this year to oil nests on Hat Island due to the concerns regarding the Terns and this is a setback to the Cormorant control efforts in the Beaver Island Archipelago. 

From Bob Tidmore: A video taken this year of the cormorants on Hat Island posted on the Wildlife Club Facebook page. Aerial photographs show that this once pristine island in Lake Michigan is all but denuded of vegetation. If this had been done by a business there would be a hue and cry for action to stop it.


Transfer Station News

Latex Paint is NOT a Hazardous Material

With a HazMat day just past, there seemed to be a necessity to explain the differences in paint as it relates to a hazardous material list. Latex paint or acrylic paint does NOT fit the hazardous material list while oil-based paint does fit the list and oil-based paint is ON the list. Latex or acrylic paint is NOT on the list. So how do you get rid of your latex or acrylic paint? There are really only two ways that acceptable to the transfer station on Beaver Island. You can take the lids off the the paint and let it completely dry up. That is the first and easiest, but more time consuming method. After the paint is completely dry, you can take it to the transfer station. Another method for disposal of latex paint includes purchase of kitty litter. You dump the kitty litter into a five gallon bucket and then add the paint slowly to get the litter to absorb the paint. Then you spread out the litter and let it dry completely. Then take the litter to the transfer station.

Mixed Golf Outing, June 5, 2011

“Pinehurst” Beaver Island Format

The first Mixed Team Outing was played this afternoon with using the “Pinehurst” format with a Beaver Island twist, i.e. after each player hit their partner's drive, the team played a scramble for the rest of the hole. This new “format” seemed popular with those who participated. Scores were lower, thus the “fun” factor was much higher.

The Winners!

The winners were asked to each comment on what the other person did to allow them to win this outing. Their answers in video:



1st Place: Nel Worsfold-Frank Solle 38

2nd Place: 3 way tie

Annette Dashiell-Joe Moore 42

Sharon Scamehorn-Ivan Young 42

Kathy & Ric Blaylock 42

5th Place Ruth & Pete Igoe 43

6th Place 2 way tie

Doris & Lars Larson 44

Mary Ann & Buck Ridgeway 44

8th Place 2 way tie

Carolyn & John Works 48

Angel Welke & Father Pat 48

The next Mixed Team Outing is scheduled for June 26, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.

Signup sheet will be in the clubhouse.

Uproar at Barney's Lake

The mute swans were herding their hatchlings very close to the adults, although they could not be heard on the north end of Barney's Lake. You could certainly hear the loons' warning calls about one call every three or four minutes. The loons also were down at the far end of the lake barely visible through a zoomed in camera lens. The loons' calls continue for almost 15 minutes before the predator flew from one side of the cove to the other. Now, at least, there was some explanation for the distress calls. What kind of predatory bird was harassing the mute swans and the loons? With all the leaves on the trees, there was no way to identify the predator. Then, all of a sudden, with no known reason, the predatory bird headed down the length of the lake, possible tired of the hunt for a swan hatching or bigger birds.

The adult eagle flew the length of the lake.

Then, again without any notice, a younger eagle also flew from the cove following the adult eagle. It was pretty obvious what all the uproar was about at Barney's Lake after seeing these two predators flying away.

The younger eagle followed the adult.

Nesting on Sloptown Road

With several watchers being very concerned about the lack of ospreys in the nest on top of the microwave tower, a sign of relief may finally be exhaled because the osprey having been reinforcing the nest over the last week and are finally in the nest. One osprey stays in the nest while the other goes off fishing. The lone osprey on the nest was calling the mate over and over again with no response. This is much like the stereotype of a wife nagging the husband to do something and get it done NOW! The osprey in the nest flapped and called to no avail!

Oblivious to the calls of his/her mate, the osprey appears in the air soaring and flying in every increasing circles beginning twenty feet off the ground and increasing in height with each circle. This mate is like a human male responding with the "I'm getting there and look what I've got. There isn't another osprey that has any better catch that I have."

OoooooKaaaay... I'm coming!

Are you happy now?

A little farther down the road closer to the intersection of Sloptown and Kings Highway, these sandhills appeared to be involved in a romantic dance. It may not have been anything of the kind, but that's what it looked like. Both sandhills were taking turns moving in circles around the other. Pretty fascinating to watch!

New Outhouse at Fox Lake Public Access and Boat Launch

Nearly complete, a new outhouse is being built by township employee Darrell Butler, assisted by Beaver Island Parks and Trails Chairman Doug Tilly. The Parks and Trails Committee received approval for this project in late 2010. This outhouse will be ADA compliant. The Parks and Trails Committee hopes to obtain approval for two additional outhouses at Cable Creek Bridge and Greens Lake Access.

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

New Visitor to Carlisle Road

Here is an interesting new visitor to the Kings Highway-Carlisle Road area. At least it's the first time that this bird has been captured with a camera. The lack of a resident ornithologist makes this identification less that perfectly accurate, but the amateur has decided that this is a Northern Flicker. Unlike most other woodpeckers, Northern Flickers are principally ground feeders, though they also forage on tree trunks and limbs. They have a strongly undulating flight pattern, and they can be easily identified in flight by this pattern and their prominent white rumps. Their whinny call sounds somewhat like laughter. They also give a distinctive call that is often transcribed as klee-yer. Northern Flickers feed principally on ants but also take other insects and some fruit, seeds, and berries.

If this has been misidentified, please do not hesitate to correct this. Please email to medic5740@gmail.com

Summer Fun and Summer Learning at BICS

A 21st Century Summer

This is a WORD document.

2011 Summer School

This is a WORD document

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop News

"When are you going to be open more?" 
Well, we are going to try to respond to this request starting on June 14, 2011. Our hours will remain the same, noon until 4:00. We will be open Tuesday through Saturday with a great crew of volunteers. This ambitious schedule is a bit of a leap of faith, so if you are interested in helping out, please stop in to sign up.

We have many interesting things for sale- baby stroller, new window shades , kitchen wares, beautiful clothing ( some new with tags), a poker/dining table, German crystal lamp, and much more. 

Thank you for your generous donations that benefit our Fire Department. 

I would also like to thank the faithful winter volunteers who worked during the "slow"days to keep our shop a cheery winter destination. 

Donna Stambaugh

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

Forest View Apartments Wish List


1 Computer

1 Printer

Common Area

1 42” wall mount HD TV

3 round dining tables

12 dining chairs

1 couch

2 loveseats

2 coffee tables

3 upholstered chairs

4 end tables

1 game table

2 game table chairs

Art Work from local artists

Donations are requested. Please contact Connie Wojan for further information. The cash donations will be used to purchase these items new.


Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011

F-May 27, Danny, Danny & Cindy S-May 28, Danny & Danny

F- June 3, Jason & Nick S-June 4, Jason & Nick

F-June 10, Flight Squadron Yon

T-June 16, DJ Tom

F-July 1, Danny, Danny, & Cindy S-July 2, Danny & Danny

M-July 4, Boyne City Remedy

T-July 7, DJ Tom

F-July 8, The Folk Ups

T-July 21, DJ Tom

F-July 22, The Folk Ups

F-July 29, Flight Squadron Yon S-July 30, Flight Squadron Yon

F-Aug 5, Jason & Nick S- Aug 6, Jason & Nick

T-Aug 11, DJ Tom

F-Aug 12, Boyne City Remedy S-Aug 13, Boyne City Remedy

F- Aug 19, The Folk Ups

F-Aug 26, Flight Squadron Yon S-Aug 27, Flight Squadron Yon

* Rigormortis and Paul Lamb too…dates to be set yet J

Please join us for some GREAT tunes Music starts at 9pm

Thursday June 2 , Stoney's Famous Baby Back BBQ Ribs
Friday June 3, Yellow Lake Perch AND Live Music with Jason & Nick
Saturday June 4, More Live Music with Jason & Nick 9-close
Sunday June 5 , Jim's PIZZA this Sunday from 4-9... AND then we're open for Stoney Dinner every Sunday
through the Summer 5-9pm. And as always, Danny's Pub will have Happy Hour all day & Our Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet will still be available.
Thank You for your Patronage!
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


Beaver Island Memorial Service

The community gathered together at the Beaver Island Veterans' Park, instead of the previous location at Holy Cross Church, to thank all the veterans and to honor all vetereans. What a wonderful day and a wonderful service it was!

Bob Tidmore began the service with these words:

"We want to thank all those here for attending the first formal ceremony at the Beaver Island Veterans Park . If you are interested in purchasing a brick for a veteran or a brick to support the park please see myself or others after the ceremony. We want to acknowledge and thank all those men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and especially those serving in harms way. We are honored to have a number of active duty personnel from Beaver Island and we all wish them the best and pray for their safe return to the USA and their families. At this time our Chaplin Bob Hoogendoorn has some comments and then will lead us in a prayer. After that Alvin Laferniere will read the names of those individuals from Beaver Island who gave their life in service to their country. We will close with the the playing of Taps. Thanks again for coming."

Bob Hoogendoorn read two sciptures and then a poem.

Alvin LaFreniere spoke about the Islanders who had died in service to their country, telling the names and a short history of how and when each had died as well as their age.

Then with all veterans at attention and present arms, Taps was played on a new bugle by Bob Hoogendoorn.

Bob Tidmore dismissed the AMVETs and the crowd was invited to come up and look at the bricks that had been placed in this memorial park.

God Bless OUR Veterans!

Three American flags were flown this weekend!

Video of Entire Service

(about 12 minutes)



Outdoor Writers Visit A Big Success

By Steve West

The national outdoor writers visit was a “HOME RUN” for Beaver Island according to Indigo Guide Kevin Morlock. The quote below is just the tip of the PR berg. Much more will follow in print and on the internet.

Kirk Deeter – Field & Stream says on his Blog ….. “Located in the northern waters of Lake Michigan , Beaver Island is home to some remarkable smallmouth bass fishing . But we were there to explore the flats fishing. And (I kid you not) I would rate the flats action on Beaver Island with any other flats experience in America . Yes, that also includes Florida , Louisiana , Texas , Nantucket , Hawaii ... it's absolutely insane around Beaver Island .”


The level of praise we heard from these guys (6) for Beaver Island and outdoor sports opportunity was over the top! They plan to return. - Well done Indigo Guides and Chamber of Commerce partners

NEWS FLASH - In Fisherman TV just arrived. (5-31-11 / AM)


Gail's Walk on May 29, 2011

1st "Gail's Walk"

The reporters were not made aware of the change in the route for the "Walk." This was a new route. This route started at the public beach, went up the church hill, and turned left. The route took a right turn at Ed Wojan's subdivision back towards the Brothers' Place. The trip through the subdivision left the outlet on Donegal Bay Road. The walkers and runners were to take the bike path out to the St. James Campground, do a turn around, and head back into town on the bike path. This distance was meant to be 5K.

Taken at the subdivision intersection with Donegal Bay Road

Shortly after, these were coming back from the campground.

At the finish line with the three leaders.

Video of the start, the intersection, and the leaders heading home.


Another Returning Hero

It's pretty difficult to surprise someone here on Beaver Island. It seems if one person knows, then everyone knows. With Facebook, it's even more difficult to surprise even the grandma and grandpa of a returning hero. Richie and Janet O'Donnell weren't surprised but were very happy to see their grandson visit Beaver Island. It was pretty difficult to pick him out amongst the Memorial Weekend ferry passengers, but pretty soon the "There he is!" was spoken. On Friday, May 27, 2011, Charlie Filipse walked down the steps on the side of the Emerald Isle to a fairly large crowd. Charlie had been serving in Afghanistan since November 2010, and will most likely return to Afghanistan in the near future..

Charlie Filipse coming down the ramp steps

Of those island people who met the boat, several were there simply because Charlie was on the boat, and they wanted to show their support to the O'Donnell family and to another returning hero. The special moments of greeting are those that bring tears to our eyes.

Two other returning heros were present to welcome Charlie to the island. Each had been welcomed by many island people, but these two came in by plane. Charlie came on the ferry.

Welcome to Beaver Island, Charlie Filipse!

Video Clips of Charlie Filipse arrival on Beaver Island


Hummers, Finches, and Other Visitors

Everyone had different ideas of what entertainment is. Imagine this 60+ year old editor sitting on his front deck waiting and watching the bird feeders. No, boredom was not the issue. No, there is plenty of other work to be done. No, the golf course was not too busy for a tee time. Just fascination with birds of any kind is the issue, predators, non-predators, and just about anything that flies into the field of vision. This is a short version of the two hours of watching the feeders. Of course, the cameras were inside when the Baltimore Orioles landed on the feeder, but you can't sit there all afternoon. Orioles are pretty skittish, so you have to sit very still and move very slowly, but finally a snapshot was taken.


The fact of the matter is that all of us were too tired after doing yard work all day to do much else except vegetate. Beautiful birds, satisfying afternoon!

Video of Hummers and Finches


Beaver Island History Adventure


Archeological dig..............Butter churn.............Caterpiller Walk............Food Station ...

5/27/11- Beaver Island, MI- This morning the students of BICS took part in an Island History Adventure. The students were put into “families” of about ten students of different ages. A three mile trail was set up starting at the school, going along the beach on the harbor, up a trail to Font Lake, to the Brother's Place, and back to school. Along the trail were different stops where the families would do historical activities. The stops included an archeological dig, a hay bale haul, crossing of a creek, difficult trail navigating, rolling wagon wheel, fish net knot tying, barefoot walk, fire starting, archery, split rail fence building, and crosscut sawing, all of which are activities that would have been encountered by early settlers of Beaver Island. Upon returning to the school, the families did a few other history based activities such as churning butter and memorizing poems. The event was organized by the BICS school staff and carried out with much support from parents and community members.


Father Pat's Photo Book

We are compiling a photo album for Fr. Pat. Anyone with family photos, island photos, etc... that you wish to submit contact Diane McDonough or Joan LaFreniere before June 1.

Ok everyone! Please don't wait until the last minute to get me your picture(s) to put in Father Pat's photo book! You can either e-mail them, send them through Facebook, mail them, drop any photos off at McDonough's Marke,t or call Joannie Banville to take a new photo at 231-448-2092:

PLEASE PLEASE take care of it today! Also date the photo if you know the date and please put names on it.

e-mail : mcdonoughdiane@hotmail.com
Diane McDonough P.O. Box 316 Beaver Island, MI 49782

Men's Golf League Competition Hot and Heavy

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. As you can see below, the first place team is Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman (38) with Frank Solle and John Runberg (37) a very close second. Next week pits the teams that are closest together in a play-off match.

1 9 Rob & Dan 40 12 38 117 39.00
2 10 Frank & John 37 9 37 120 40.00
3 7 Ivan & Buck 38 8 33 115 38.33
4 1 Ron & Bob 34 11 29 115 38.33
5 8 Howard & Joe 43 9 29 117 39.00
6 6 Bob & Ron 42 11 29 126 42.00
7 5 Chuck & Ernie 41 8 27 117 39.00
8 3 Francis & Larry 43 12 27 133 44.33
9 2 Jeff & Ryan 41 8 26 115 38.33
10 4 Larry & Joe 37 12 25 117 39.00
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #10 11-9
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #2 12-8
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #5 12-8
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #8 11-9
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #7 12-8


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.

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.  To show our appreciation for your past support, this year on May 29, 2011, at 12:00 Noon at Dahwhinnies, one name will be drawn from the “Early Bird” ticket sales.  The Early Bird winner will win a $1,000.00 cash prize!  The winner will  remain in the drawing for the car raffle on Sept. 5, 2011. Tickets may be purchased at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

CMU Group Produces Music Video

From the written description of the video on YOUTUBE........Legend has it that 32 miles off the coast of Lake Michigan for a week with the CMU Honors Program, Ben and Matt made a decision that would affect their final grade, and their lives, forever. With nothing more than a computer and a camera, they decided there was only one way they could complete their "Biking Beaver Island" class project - a music video. This is their story...

But in all seriousness, this was our presentation from Dr. Francek's class (a big thanks to him for letting us make this!). It was meant to be informational, but as you can tell, we got a little off topic at points haha. It turned out being more like a scrapbook of the trip, but hopefully you enjoy it and (maybe, but most likely not) learn something about America's Emerald Isle!

Access Video HERE

Life Line Screening

Some island residents may have received a letter in the mail from Life Line Screening in the last day or so. This program was scheduled to take place at the Peaine Township Hall on June 16, 2011. This program was to include stroke/carotid artery screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, peripheral artery disease screening, and an osteoporosis risk assessment. The cost of this program was to be $149.

This program is not affiliated with any hospital nor is it affiliated with our Beaver Island Rural Health Center. This program was offered by a private for-profit business. None of these procedures would have been covered by any insurance or by Medicare/Medicaid unless scheduled through a medical facility.

The editor called the 800 number, as well as spoke with the BI Rural Health Center. This event has been canceled.

If you call this number, which News on the 'Net urges you NOT to call, they will try to schedule you in Charlevoix or Petoskey. And as always, do not provide any personal information.

These medical tests are all important for our older residents to have, but the recommendation is to have them through your family physician or hospital. Another letter came in the mail on Friday from the same place. Interesting that the mailers did not know that the event on the island was canceled.

Special Waste Management Committee Meeting

In a meeting that took twelve minutes this morning at 7 a.m., May 24, 2011, the Waste Managment Committee elected officers to serve a two year term. The new chairperson of the committee is Angel Welke. The new secretary is Jim Birdsall. The committee also created a vice-chair position and elected Ed Troutman to that position. This was the sole purpose of the early morning meeting.

Video of the WMC Meeting



Who says you can't teach on old dog new tricks? Well I say you can!

In case you are wondering what this old dog is up to, you are about to be enlightened. Being enlightened is just what this is all about. It's really about a book and I suppose this could be considered a kind of book report.

Recently I finished reading The China Study , by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. and Thomas M. Campbell II. It is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and has startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health. The New York Times considered it the Grand Prix of epidemiology. Well now, that's a lot to say about a book about diet and health but this is not your usual book about diet and health. This is not about recipes, it's about nutrition and how it relates to health.

Did you ever wonder why we have the highest rate of coronary artery disease in the developed world? Ever wonder why our cancer rate is the highest? Why our rate of osteoporosis and hip fractures is the highest? Why we have the highest rate of obesity? Why Type II diabetes has reached epidemic heights? Read this book and learn the answers.

Did you ever wonder why diet information is so confusing? One year we shouldn't eat eggs then the next year they are good for you—eat all you want, they're high in protein and low and calories—why they're just a 75 calories snack! Then we learned we should reduce our fat so we went to low fat or fat free dairy and lower fat meat. Then we learned we should get more Omega 3 so we should eat more fish high in fat therefore Omega 3. Then we found out that Lypcopene might prevent prostate cancer and beta carotene might prevent macular degeneration. Then we went through the phase of seeking out free range chickens and beef to avoid antibiotics and chemicals. We were encouraged to drink milk, eat more yogurt to build better bones. Well, guess what, we still kept getting fatter, our heart disease rates kept getting higher, our type II diabetes now striking at a younger age and the cancer rate kept climbing. The grocery shelves screamed about all the fiber in processed cereal and all the fortification in bread and on and on it went. Did you ever wonder why we have a pill for this and a pill for that and why we need to take vitamins and supplements of every description?

You may ask at this point why we haven't heard about this China Study and its startling implications. That is covered in the book also. This was my first question to my oldest son when he handed me the book-- Why haven't I heard of this before now? I read an incredible amount of material about food, nutrition, diet, and recipes. I subscribe to several monthly food magazines and had yet to hear about the China Study. For years I have been interested in my own personal health and that of my family. I judiciously adhered to the “rules” of good health but my cholesterol still was reaching a mark higher than I wanted. My son, the epitome of health at 53 found his cholesterol rising along with his blood pressure. We questioned health professionals about this and were usually informed that it was hereditary. I have been enlightened. I have read the China Study .

This is a book about life-saving nutritional information. It is well written (it reads like a novel), well documented, peer reviewed and has overwhelming statistics to support a plant based diet. Wow! You can't be serious? I am. Personally I have never read anything that changed my life so drastically. Now the cat is out of the bag—I have become a vegan. Enough of cats though, this was supposed to be about teaching an old dog new tricks.

The last thing I wanted to happen was to be relegated to a life of “sticks and berries” which was my vision of being a vegan. The first thing I did was Google vegan and learn what kind of information was out there. Then I went to Amazon and browsed through fifty vegan cookbooks and chose two to start. One of the two turned out to be a fantastic find, Vegan Planet . I began to restock my pantry and revamp my thinking. For the last seven weeks we have began to become acquainted with some of the tastiest foods with flavors from all over the world. I found that some of the vegan stables are over 2000 years old—and I thought I was ahead of my time. One of the interesting concepts of a plant based diet is that you have no need to count calories and one of the unintended consequences is that you will loose weight. Even former President Bill Clinton found that out following his stent and subsequent change to a plant base diet.

I challenge you to read this book. After you read it, you decide what you want to do with the information.

That is my sermon from the kitchen.

Lois Williams

May 22, 2011

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Meeting Video

The Waste Management Committee minutes are available if you want to read about what happened at the meeting. This link below is video of the entire two hour plus meeting in which an employee issue was discussed in public with the employees consent. Meeting dates were set for the third Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. Also discussed was the possibility of a special meeting to elect officers. There are only two officers as shown in the document with a link below. The two officers are Chair and Secretary. It is interesting that the document was signed by Buddy Martin as Peaine Township Supervisor and Liz Clapham as St. James Supervisor.

Waste Management meeting video HERE

Waste Management Current Agreement of Two Townships

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

2nd Annual Bike Festival

The event starts with an optional dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge on Thursday June 23rd . The 2nd annual fest includes a secret destination beach party on Friday June 24th and registration Party at Laurain Lodge. The principal event, a Poker Run ride, is on Saturday the 25th.

The $50.00 registration fee includes snacks and refreshments, lunch at Bill Wagner Campgrounds, and a festival party with two drink tickets and music by The Galactic Sherpas. The first 250 to resister get a free t-shirt. Complete event information can be found on the festival web site www.BikeTheBeaver.com . A registration form can be downloaded from the site or picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office on the Municipal Marina property.

Island sponsors of this year's event are McDonough's Market, the Chamber of Commerce, Laurain Lodge, Beaver Island Boat Co, Fresh Air Aviation and Island Airways .

Beaver Island Bike Festival promoter John Sohacki says, "This year we've made the bike ride a fun poker run and are giving away a new Trek Cruiser along with other prizes to the best hands.  In addition to the Saturday poker ride and festival party we've added a Thursday night dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge , Friday beach party and a Friday evening registration party with live entertainment at the Laurain Lodge."

Peaine Township Meeting, May 11, 2011

Link to Video of Entire Meeting HERE

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Wildlife Club To Help Finance Food Plots

Attention: The BIWC is working on developing food plots for deer and turkey on Beaver Island. The BIWC program includes soil testing and soil improvement through the planting of buckwheat. This will require a two year commitment from private landwoners. It will entail during the first year, a soil test and initial planting of buckwheat and the second year, a second planting of buckwheat. The club will provide funding for the soil testing and buckwheat seeds. It will be the responsibility of the landowner to cultivate, plant seeds, and add fertilizer and lime, as needed, at their cost. The club has budgeted for a total of 9 acres to be funded. Private landowners wishing to participate in theprogram should contact Paul Johnson (448-2168). First come, first serve.

2011 May 14 Airport Commission Meeting Video

The Airport Commission met at the St. James Township Hall at 10 a.m. on May 14th. Mike Scripps was unable to attend due to bad weather. Present were Ray Cole, Colleen Martin, Jim Wojan, Elaine West, Don Vyse, and Airport Manager Rachel Teague. In the audience were Terry Saxton, Ken Taylor, and Joe Moore. The meeting proceeded quite quickly through the agenda which included fuel pricing, bill paying policy, a review of how legal fees would be paid by the airport, the appointment of the airport commission lawyer as Jim Young in old business. In new business, the airport manager gave a report, there was public comments and questions, commissioner comments, and then the meeting adjourned.

Video Clips of the Meeting HERE

FAA Air Ambulance Consultant Visits Beaver Island

Facts are facts

Michael Slattery, an FAA consultant, has visited Beaver Island, after approval from both St. James and Peaine Township governments. Mr. Slattery has a myriad of experience in the area of air medical transport including participation as an air medical provider in rural areas. His visit to Beaver Island was a fact-finding mission, and he met will all interested parties including Island Airways President Angel Welke, Fresh Air Aviation owners Keith and Rachel Teague, Beaver Island EMS providers, and other interested parties in the community. Mr. Slattery will be formulating a plan for providing air medical transport for island visitors and island residents. Mr. Slattery made it quite clear than his efforts will be to establish a completely legal, FAA-approved, Michigan-licensed, air medical transport service for Beaver Island. He is well-versed in the FAA requirements for air transport, and he is becoming familiar with the State of Michigan requirements. He is familiar with several other air medical transport operations in the State of Michigan.

One model of air medical transport includes a completely private business, where the owner-operator of the aircraft is licensed to operate by the state. Another model includes a contractual agreement between a medical provider and an aircraft owner-operator. The third type of model suggested included a governmental unit as owner-operator of the air medical transport service. All of these models are present in the State of Michigan.

In Michigan, a fixed wing air medical transport operation is not called an air ambulance in the Michigan legislation and administrative rules. In Michigan, a fixed wing air medical transport service is called an air transport vehicle. Only a helicopter is called an air ambulance by the State of Michigan. Only those portions of the legislation and rules that talk about an air transport vehicle and an air transport operation have any relation to Beaver Island's situation. (References are available for each statement in this report.)

Unless Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation wish to complete two operation's manuals, one for the FAA and another for the Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS Division, demonstrate 24/7 and 365 days per year medical coverage by paramedics and EMTs, as well as demonstrate availability of pilots and aircraft, then the only model that makes sense for Beaver Island is the model that includes a contractual agreement between the FAA Certified, Part 135 air ambulance with another service that already has the State of Michigan license, in this case, Beaver Island EMS. BIEMS will only have to add the aircraft to the existing license and demonstrate the liability insurance requirements to contract with the aircraft provider and become a licensed air transport agency.

Why can't we go back to doing things the way we have previously done them for the last 25 years? This simply is not legal. There is no way that a legally licensed EMS agency can turn a patient over to an unlicensed agency for medical transport. There is no way that a legally licensed EMS agency can continue to function in an unlicensed air transport vehicle. There is no way that a rural health center can send a patient with an unlicensed air transport vehicle either. The liability is too great. The chances of something going wrong medically is too great.

Here are a few more facts to consider. BIEMS paramedics, EMTs, and first responders are not currently covered by any liability insurance when they are in the aircraft. These same personnel are completely in violation of section 20931 of the EMS legislation and the EMS administrative rules in the aircraft. The protection from liability afforded the EMS personnel in the legislation is null and void if the EMS agency or EMS personnel ignore the legislation or the administrative rules and just continue to do things like they've been done for 25 years.

Let's be absolutely clear on another issue. It is Beaver Island EMS, the licensed EMS agency by the State of Michigan, the one responsible for the medical treatment of the patient, that needs to have the ten million dollars of liability insurance, NOT Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation. It is impossible to change the legislation in a reasonable period of time. It is not possible to change the administrative rules in a reasonable period of time. The only way that Fresh Air Aviation or Island Airways would need to have 10 million dollars of liability insurance is if they became the State of Michigan licensed EMS entity and became medically responsible for the patient. It would seem that, if they did that, it that would change the entire business plan for both of these businesses. It would make them responsible to follow the State of Michigan legislation and administrative rules, as well as follow the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority rules and procedures. It would make them responsible to follow the Health Information and Privacy Protection Act rules and procedures. It would make the companies in the air taxi business into EMS agencies responsible to the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH). They would have to comply with all the training requirements of the MDPH for all of their personnel above and beyond the FAA operations manuals required for their air taxi service. They would have to invest in the equipment required in the list of required equipment for a medical air transport operation. Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation could do this, but it seems completely unlikely that they would wish to comply with all these additional requirements.

33.20922 Use of terms “ambulance,”“ambulance operation,” or similar term; advertising or disseminating information; license required.

Sec. 20922.

(1) A person shall not use the terms “ambulance” or “ambulance operation” or a similar term to describe or refer to the person unless the person is licensed by the department under section 20920.

(2) A person shall not advertise or disseminate information leading the public to believe that the person provides an ambulance operation unless that person does in fact provide that service and has been licensed by the department to do so.

333.20931 Air transport operation; license required; application; fee; issuance and contents of license; renewal; compliance.

Sec. 20931.

(1) A person shall not establish, operate, or cause to be operated an aircraft transport operation unless it is licensed under this section.

333.20932 Aircraft transport operation; duties; prohibitions.

Sec. 20932.

(1) An aircraft transport operation shall:

(a) Provide an aircraft transport vehicle with proper equipment and personnel available for response to requests for patient transportation between health facilities, as needed and for life support during that transportation according to the written orders of the patient's physician.

(2) An aircraft transport operation shall not operate an aircraft transport vehicle unless it is staffed, with emergency medical services personnel or other licensed health care professionals as appropriate according to the written orders of the patient's physician.

From the current EMS legislation found here:


“Hold itself out” means the agency advertises, announces, or charges specifically for providing emergency medical services as defined in the code.

A life support agency, except a fixed wing aircraft transport operation, shall provide at least 1 life support vehicle for response to requests for emergency assistance on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis in accordance with its licensure level and medical control authority protocols.

A person shall not transport a patient by stretcher, cot, litter, or isolette unless it is done in a licensed ambulance or aircraft transport vehicle.

“Fixed wing aircraft” means a non-rotary aircraft transport vehicle that is primarily used or available to provide patient transportation between health facilities and is capable of providing patient care according to orders issued by the patient’s physician.

From the current EMS administrative rules found here:


These are the references referred to at the beginning of this article.

May 2011 Wildlife Club Meeting Video

Video Clips of the Entire Meeting HERE

Interlochen Public Radio News Radio Now Broadcasting From Harbor Springs

May 13, 2011---Interlochen Public Radio is now broadcasting 24-hour news and information in Harbor Springs, Petoskey and the Straits. WHBP 90.1 fm began broadcasting IPR News Radio at 11:30 this morning. News Radio also broadcasts from Traverse City on 91.5 fm and from Manistee on 89.7 fm. Interlochen Public Radio also serves northwest Michigan with three Classical music signals.

Currently, the radio station is transmitting at 600 watts. Next week, they hope to be up to 1200 watts. Shortly afterward, another tower about 12 miles north of Harbor Springs will be set up, and the transmission is to be a reportedly 12, 000 watts.

BICS May 10, 2001, Newsletter

This is a WORD Document

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.

Travel Costs This Spring

As everyone is concerned about the cost of gasoline to fuel their cars, lawn mowers, and boats this summer, there are other costs that are effected by the increase in fuel costs. At well above the national average, Beaver Island's cost of fuel is currently $5.399 per gallon. This increase in cost will also effect the cost of flights to and from the island. At this time the cost of a one way flight is $45 with Island Airways (IA) and $47 with Fresh Air (FA). There is another issue that visitors need to consider, and that is parking a vehicle in Charlevoix. Currently, the costs for parking are the following:

Days Cvx Airport FreshAir BIBCO
Public Private Parking
1 5 3 4
2 10 6 8
3 15 9 12
1 20 15 20
2 40 30 40
3 60
1 60 45 50
6 110 75 110 (April-Sept only)
12 200 125

So, you need to include the costs of parking in the cost of your trip. If you are on-Island for three nights, the cost of one person round trip flight and parking is $105 (flight $90, parking $15) flying with IA and $103 (flight $94, parking $9) with FA. If the stay is one week, then the costs are IA $110 and FA $109. If the stay is one month, then the cost is IA $150, FA $139. This does not take into consideration more than one person, nor any parking fees on the island.

If the cost of traveling is the issue, then the real savings will be obtained by taking the Beaver Island Boat Company ferry. Again, each of these is the cost of one person round trip.

Trip to BI
Days IA+park FA+park BIBCO+park
1 95 97 54
2 100 100 58
3 105 103 62
4 110 106
week 1 110 109 70
week2 130 124 90
week 3 150 139 100
month 1 150 139 100
month 6 200 169 160
month 12 290 219

No matter how you decide and who you travel with, the flight costs are comparable, and the ferry is the most economical, although it takes an extra couple of hours of travel time each way.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Newsletter, Spring 2011

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

Soccer Camp Signup for Summer

Click HERE for the flyer and registration

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

Official Program of Michigan Archival Association

for June 14 and 15, 2011, Conference HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

12: Howard Davis

19: Howard Davis

26: Howard Davis

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.

School Website Calendar

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

June COA Congregate Meal Menu

June Senior Center Activities

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

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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!