B.I. News on the 'Net, June 7-13, 2010

Flag Disposal Ceremony

Join the Beaver Island AMVETS for the annual flag disposal ceremony

If you have an American flag that is damaged or worn and would like it properly disposed of bring it to the ceremony. Or bring it to the drop box at the Community Center

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM

The Home of Doug and Jan Hartle, The Stone House across The Harbor

There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade provided by AMVETS Post 46 and the AMVETS Auxiliary


Aging Parents Presentation June 15, 2010

Legal Issues to be discussed

Peaine Township Meeting June 9, 2010

We seem to have a mystery that we can't solve. Perhaps someone reading this will be able to provide information about the missing tape. Levi Connor videoed the meeting while the editor was off the Island for some family business. The first tape of the first hour seemed to disappear. Levi believes he left it by the side door near some stacked chairs, but when the editor checked the township hall, there was no tape to be found. If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of this tape, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will be most grateful for the information. We may even offer a reward to the person who returns the tape to us.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has the second hour of the meeting with discussions about the airport committee, the township attorney process, Bill McDonough's trip to Lansing regarding the BIRHC, dust control, and the Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission discussion. We present that here.

Airport Committee Ordinance 1


Airport Committee Ordinance Composition 2


Airport Committee Ordinance Composition 3


Peaine Township Attorney 4


Peaine Township Attorney 5


Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism 6


Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism 7


Bill McDonough Trip to Lansing, BIRHC Funding Situation 8


Dust Control 9


Dust Control 10


Island Airways 11 (this one is not complete due to running out of tape)


John Zanella Involved in Molotov Cocktail Attack in Iraq

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq – Abbas Shevian Ntaiech, suspected of a Jan. 5, Molotov cocktail attack during which one U.S. Soldier was injured, was found guilty during a trail held at the Palace of Justice in Basrah province, Iraq, June 6.

Ntaiech is slated to be sentenced, June 20, for his involvement in the attack on Spc. Cameron Hebert, a gunner from Berry, Ala., and the Soldiers of Team 1, Brigade Maneuver Element, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Fires Brigade. The attack occurred in Timinyah located in Basrah.

"I'm innocent because I didn't do it," said Ntaiech.

During the trail, Ntaiech said he was unaware of who committed the crime, but that he would have turned that person over to authorities.

His statement was contradictory to the original report given to the investigating prosecutor, which stated that Ntaiech said he had indeed seen the person who had thrown the cocktail.

A Molotov cocktail, also known as a gasoline or petrol bomb, is composed of a glass bottle containing fuel usually with a source of ignition such as a burning cloth wick held in place by the bottle lid. Thickening agents such as tar, strips of tire tubing, sugar or other agents are added to the fuel to give it an adhesive affect ensuring extensive damage.

As the patrol began rolling out of the Timinyah neighborhood, Sgt. 1st Class John Zanella, a native of Beaver Island, Mich., and BME, HHB, 17th FiB non-commissioned officer-in-charge known throughout the brigade as simply Sergeant Z was first to notice the attacker approaching from the rear left-hand side of the patrol.

"I saw a man who looked to be in his mid-twenties running towards us with a Molotov cocktail in his hand," Zanella said.

Upon impact, the contents of the cocktail spread and immediately ignited, putting the life of Hebert in imminent danger.

"I just remember it getting very hot. I glanced around and then saw the flames climbing up the side of my right arm," Hebert said.

In shock, Hebert calmly said, "I'm on fire." Realizing the seriousness of his state he franticly repeated, "I'm on fire, I'm on fire!"

"I dropped down into the vehicle and I could feel the heat from flames climbing up my arm towards my neck," Hebert said. "That's when I saw Sgt. Dye with the fire extinguisher. He put out the flames and our medic, Spc. Frazier, immediately began treating my wounds," he added.

Moments later, Sergeant Z radioed back to the convoy that he and a few members of the team, with their Iraqi Army partners, had cornered the suspect in what he believed to be a mosque.

Members of the IA subsequently entered the mosque as U.S. Forces cannot enter Iraqi mosques and brought out several individuals matching the description of the attacker for Sergeant Z to positively identify.

Through the help of an interpreter, Sergeant Z identified Ntaiech as the attacker, but the IA was hesitant to detain the individual, as they did not witness the attack.

Sergeant Z then gave instructions to Sgt. Dustin Anderson, truck commander, to placed Ntaiech in wrist restraints and hand him over to the custody of the IA.

A couple of weeks later outside the HHB Lightening Battery HQ, an award ceremony was held in Hebert's honor. He proudly stood in front of a small formation where Col. Steven L. Bullimore, 17th Fires Brigade commander, presented him the Purple Heart medal by for wounds received in action.

"I'm honored to receive this medal, but no one aspires to get a Purple Heart," Hebert said. "I have to thank Sergeant Z for what he did that day. That guy would have had a clear shot at me and things could have been much worse had Sergeant Z not re-acted so quickly," he added.

Written by Sgt Francis Horton, 367th MPAD, Basra, Iraq

Letter to St. James Township

Link to letter sent to St James Township from Ken Taylor HERE

Free Bumper Sticker at Chamber Office

Free "B I" bumper sticker available at the new Chamber of Commerce office located at the Municipal Marina. Phil Hoffman donated them to the Chamber.


What Was That Helicopter Doing on the Island?

There were plenty of people wondering about why a helicopter was flying around the harbor area and later on flying around the golf course before heading back to the mainland on June 7, 2010. Bill Hobson and his crew were here preparing the way for a television show that highlights the Beaver Island Golf Course. The name of the show is Michigan Golf Live, and previous shows can be viewed on Fox Detroit or on the Internet at mgltv.com The Beaver Island Golf Course will be featured in the show which will air sometime in July. Beaver Island News on the 'Net was on the golf course with the producer and his crew for the entire day. The day was absolutely beautiful for a day on the golf course. The nine hole round was played with Frank Solle, John Works, Joe Moore, and Bill Hobson, producer. The video clip below was taken with Bill Hobson explaining the entire reason for the helicopter and for his trip to the Island.


The making of a Golf Live TV Show

Video of the behind the scenes work to get the video for the show to air in July 2010

This starts with the interview and continues around the course.

At Stoney's

Friday night June 11th celebrate the coming of Summer at Stoney!

Our 5th annual 'SPRING INTO SUMMER' event, with live music by Kevin, Miranda, & Joddy. Dig out your Summer clothing & Flip Flops and join in the FUN! We will also be holding a 50/50 Raffle on Friday, to benefit Beaver Island Food Pantry. B.I. Food Pantry's Open House is this Saturday June 12th from 1-2:30pm. It's a wonderful program that benefits many.

Join us for Great Music w/ Good Friends & Great Food @ Good Prices
Thursday June 10th CHICKEN ENCHILADAS (3) $10.95 Topped w/ a creamy green sauce, w/black beans & rice.
Friday June 11th YELLOW LAKE PERCH 5pc. Basket $10.95 or 8pc. Dinner $16.95
Fri & Sat...hand cut NY STRIP $17.95 12oz. W/Baked potato, veg & biscuit.
Saturday June 12th ALL YOU CAN EAT SHRIMP! $17.95 Grilled or Fried, choice of starch, & veg or slaw w/ biscuit.

Full Menu available daily. Please join us. Great Food at Great Prices!

Our best to you!
Liam & Marilyn

Nature Walks Are Back

The nature walks are co-sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society and Central Michigan Biological Station. The price for each nature walk is $25 and includes lunch. The first one is on Saturday, June 19, 2010. You should be at CMU Bio Station at 9:00 a.m. Reservations are necessary, so please call Pinky Harmon at 448-2461. The first nature walk will be done by Ed Leuck and is entitled "Early Summer Wildflowers."

There are other nature walks planned. On July 3, 2010, Jeff Scofield and Nancy Seefeld will take guest on a nature walk to Barney's Lake. The mysteries of the dunes at Cable's Bay will be revealed by Beth Leuck on July 15, 2010. There will be an adult nature walk on July 21, 2010, and a child nature walk on July 22, 2010. Dan Benjamin will show people the secrets of the inland lakes on July 31, 2010.

Be sure to call for reservations and get in on these wonderful opportunities to learn about the natural surroundings right here on Beaver Island!

Health & Human Services Fair Scheduled for September 16, 2010

The Beaver Island Human Services Commission is hosting a health and human services fair this fall. The event will take place at Gregg Fellowship hall on September 16, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mark your calendars so that you do not miss out on this great opportunity to get in touch with a wealth of information aimed at improving your health, happiness, and well-being.

Editor's Note: The Human Services Commission is working to get a wide variety of mainland services introduced to the needs of Beaver Island, a part of Charlevoix County.

How you can help support this effort, click HERE.

Jacob Hoogendoorn

(Bob Hoogendoorn's father)

Jacob (Jake) Hoogendoorn was born April 21, 1915, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 31, 2010. Jake was born the son of Nick and Jennie (Triesenberg) and Minnie (Dontje) Hoogendoorn. Jake was married to Lena Luteyn in 1936. They had three children, Jack (Janice) Hoogendoorn, Bob (Peg) Hoogendoorn and Faith (Pat) Comerford. He was preceded in death by his wife Lena in 1982 and also three grandchildren, LaNae Lynn, Todd Ronald and Joshua Hoogendoorn. Also preceding him were four sisters, Nellie, Jeanette, Juanita, and Agnita, and five brothers, Henry, Nick, Ben, Roy and Coolie; and
a sister-in-law, Marian Buckhout.

In addition to his children, Jake is survived by his wife, Gerry Bohs, whom he married in 1983, and Gerry's children, Pat Sykes, Don (Mary) Bohs and Janyce (Mark) Darrow; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Tricia and Willie; and two brothers, Wayne and Jack. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Wilhelmina and Vera Hoogendoorn, Margaret and Annabelle Luteyn; two brothers-in-law, Frank, Jr. (Pam) and Bob (Judy) Santman.

Jake owned and operated J & B Flowers (Hoogendoorn's House of Flowers) from 1946-1977 when he retired. Previous to that, he worked at and managed Vander Salm's Flowers for 17 years. Jake's love was for his family and extended family. The family will receive friends at the North Park Reformed Church, 1316 Barney Rd. on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Following a private family committal service, a Memorial Service will be held at the church on Thursday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul Fazio officiating. Those who desire may make donations to North Park Reformed Church or Heartland Hospice.

Mixed Golf Outing #1 of the Summer of 2010

The first of many Mixed-Partner golf events scheduled for this summer at the Beaver Island Golf Course was held Sunday, June 6, 2010. After a night and morning-long rain, the skies cleared just in time for the 1:30 pm ‘canon start’ and the six pairs teed off under very comfortable, partly-sunny conditions.

Leading the way and setting the standard for the season was the pairing of Howard ‘Deadeye’ Davis and Annette ‘Will you pick up my ball on your fairway’ Dashiell with a very respectable round of 49. For this first event the strict alternate shot format was used, with the men teeing off on the odd holes and the ladies hitting first on the even holes. This can be a very challenging format as it’s hard to get into the flow of the game only hitting every other shot (and then there’s the times your partner hits the ball into the tall grass for you …). But any score under 50 is a fine round and now we’ll see if Annette can repeat at the next event upon the return of her regular partner, Joe ‘Par’ Moore.

Nel Worsfold somehow managed to carry her partner (some guy called ‘Fairway’ among other things) around the course in a score of 52, which was good for second place. Jeff Mestelle and Taffy Raphael completed play with a 56 for third place, while Ruth and Peter Igoe claimed fourth at 57. Terry Meaney and Eric Jacovetti were fifth at 59, while Carolyn Works was saddled with Gerald LaFreniere and they did indeed finish the round.
The next event is scheduled for June 27 so mark your calendars. The cost is only $15/team plus green fees with the entry fee being divided among the top three teams.

For more information call the golf course at 448.2301 or Buck Ridgeway at 448.2680. (Written by Frank Solle)

Father Patrick Cawley's 40th Anniversary as a Priest


BICS Class of 2010 Graduates

The students in this year's graduating class are Kristy Bousquet, who graduates cum laude honors; Jenna Butler, salutatorian with cum laude honors; Lindsey Kenwabikise; Alex Kuligoski, valedictorian with summa cum laude honors; Cameron LaVasseur, Briana Maudrie, Dereck McDonough, and Bryan Timsak. The graduation ceremony began with Mr. Jon Bonadeo playing "Pomp and Circumstance" as the Class of 2010 processed under the flowered pathway formed by the junior class, the class of 2011. These flowers were then presented to the senior parents. Lindsey Kenwabikise and Briana Maudrie led the auditorium in the the "Pledge of Allegiance." Kristy Bousquet welcomed those present, and Kristy was followed by Ms. Kathleen McNamara, who also welcomed those present and spoke briefly about each graduate. Jenna Butler gave the Salutatorian Address and introduced the Valedictorian Alex Kuligoski. Alex gave the Valedictory Address with tears streaming down her face mixed with laughter. The class song was performed by Danielle Cary Scheller accompanied by Scott Kausbaum. Bryan Timsak introduced the commencement speaker, Mr. Adam Chittle. Mr. Chittle gave a wonderful commencement address that included laughter, philosopy, and true emotion. The Board of Education representatives, Barb Schwartzfisher and Karen Johnson presented the Class of 2010 their diplomas including hugs and handshakes in the Beaver Island tradition. Dereck McDonough and Cameron LaVasseur signaled the turning of the tassels, followed by an interesting rendition of "Pomp and Circumstance" in the style of an African dance rhythm.

Pictures and story may be found HERE including video of the event.

St. James Township Meeting of June 2, 2010

Video clips HERE

Dale Boyles Passes Away

Dale K. Boyles died at the age of 101 on June 4, 2010 at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns, Michigan. He was born in St. Louis, Michigan on October 30, 1908, the son of Claud J. and Mary E. (Keyser) Boyles; he graduated from Lansing Central High School in 1926, and from Michigan State University in 1932. On October 12, 1935 he married Gertrude J. Findlay, They were together for 68 years until her death on August 15, 2003. Mr. Boyles was a longtime employee of Parke-Davis, an accountant at the home office in Detroit, and business manager of the research facility in Ann Arbor from its opening in 1959 until his retirement in 1973. In 1996 he and his wife moved their residence to Beaver Island, Michigan and thereafter seasonally divided their time between the island and Ft. Myers, Florida. He was a member of the Christian Church on Beaver Island. Before retirement he was active in civic affairs in the Ann Arbor area. He was a reserve army officer on active duty for five years during World War II. For the last several years Mr. Boyles has been a resident of Clinton Commons, a retirement community in St. Johns, Michigan, where he has enjoyed the acquaintance and company of others of his own generation.
Surviving Mr. Boyles are his two daughters, Jane E. Boyles-Visel of Ann Arbor and Kay Barbara Flournoy of Waterford and his son, Fredrick J. (Barbara) Boyles of Grand Blanc. Also surviving are his three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A grandson, Jason Boyles passed away in 2000.
There will be a visitation at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns, Michigan from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on Thursday, June 10, 2010. At his request the only services will be held at the graveside in Lowe Cemetery, Essex Twp., Michigan following the visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Endowment Fund, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782.

Baroque on Beaver Seeks Singers

Osprey Pair Interaction

It would be really nice to see what is going on inside the osprey nest when these two ospreys are interacting. The first part of this video clip shows one osprey approaching the nest and the other responding to that approach. Sure wish there was more information available. It would be available with a little help from TDS Telecom and CMU. Maybe we'll get the help next year.

Osprey Interaction  

Hazardous Materials Disposal by Appointment Only

Birth Announcement

Ella Rose.Lounsberry was born on May 24, 2010, at 5:06 am. She weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. The proud parents are Jeff and Kathy Lounsberry. The big sisters are Grace and Ava, and the big brother is Blake. The proud Grandmas are Ama (aka Sally) Lounsberry of Beaver Island, MI, and Sheryl Dunlop, of West Bloomfield, MI.

4th of July Golf Tournament

The 4th of July Golf Tournament is really on July 3rd. See poster for more information

Garden Island Clean-up

One site with trash

(From the minutes of Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission) "Mike Weede presented the review of the Garden Island Clean-Up initiative. Earlier in May, Weede, Bruland, and Mastenbrook traveled to Garden Island to view proposed dump site clean-up areas. On May 20-21, 4 sites were inventoried and trash removed with the help of 8 volunteers. The majority of the trash was removed from the “3 Brother's”, behind the DNR building, and another old deer hunting camp site. The steel items were recycled. 25 trash bags, 17 bags containing beer cans and various large items were removed. Mike used his barge and 2 skiffs. The Transfer Station is expected to accept the trash without fees. In addition, Carol and John Runberg also removed 2 boat loads worth of trash from North Cut Bay. Signage will be developed by Ken Bruland and Brian Mastenbrook. Yellow tape was placed around the DNR dump site. Mike Weede stated that he will watch when transporting deer hunters/others that they pack out their garbage with each trip. Future work will require a bobcat and leveling the DNR site. Jeff Cashman from the Beaver Beacon was on hand to document the efforts with photographs. Mike indicated that a future vision be developed for Garden Island related to recreation activities such as mountain biking."

Link to more story and pictures HERE

Garter Snake Crosses Kings Highway

When the dogs begin barking loudly and emphatically, it is necessary to check out what they are barking about. These high strung dogs live at the corner of the Kings Highway and Carlisle Road. In the investigation, this snake was found crossing the Kings Highway. The snake was moving quite slowly until the photographer arrived and the vibrations on the road caused it to begin an immediate departure from the area. These two photos were snapped as the snake was on the 'run.' They can move quite quickly even if they are a little over three feet in length, and they seem to disappear when in the grass and junipers.

The snake was headed toward Font Lake. Was (s)he interested in food or mating? Was the snake just out sunning itself in the middle of the road or enroute to a specific destination? These answers will be unknown since the snake could not be found once it reached the woods.

A Memorial Day Remembrance at Holy Cross



Our Beaver Island resident veterans were on hand today, Monday, May 31, 2010, at 11 a.m. to help us remember the reason for the day. This was a reminder of the complete sacrifice that some of our veterams have made, so that we can continue to live in the freedom that our country stands for. Bob Tidmore brought the group to attentions as the bells tolled at the Holy Cross Church at 11 a.m.

Bob Tidmore provided an explanation of the itinerary for the celebration.


The celebration included a poem about veterans giving the final sacrifice.


John Runberg read the list of veterans from Beaver Island who gave the final sacrifice.


Kathy Speck led the group in singing "God Bless America."


Howard Davis led the group in prayer.


The program ended with the recorded music of "Taps."


Front District Library Garden Renewed

The beautifully flowering cherry tree was moved nearer to the parking area.

View of the renewal of the garden

Reminder of the reason for the gardens


Video clip of the front of the district library and garden

The BI Rural Health Center Holds Open House

The purpose of the open house day was to show the telemedicine hook-up with Charlevoix Area Hospital Emergency Room, and to also showcase the digital X-ray machine with the ability to send digital X-rays to the doctors and the radiologist at Charlevoix Area Hospital. The open house took place on May 30, 2010, from 11 am until 1 pm.

Donna Kubic, manager, shows the video and audio connection to CAH ER.

Sue Solle, FNP, demonstrated the digital X-ray

Frank Solle designed this poster for the BIRHC Car Raffle

Video clip of the telemedicine demonstration and the digital x-ray demonstration  

Sally Lounsberry was the winner of the drawing taken on this day from those already signed up for the car raffle. Sally won $1000 cash for her early purchase.

Cormorants Are Beginning to Be Seen

Several Cormorants were seen flying toward Beaver Island and a few settled in the Gull Harbor area on May 30, 2010.

Dragon Flies Abound on Barney's Lake

Dragonfly, or Darning Needle, the name for an order of large, beneficial insects that feed on harmful insects such as gnats and mosquitoes. Dragonflies occur in the swamps and streams of all temperate and tropical regions. There are two suborders—damselflies and true dragonflies

Dragonflies generally are brightly colored with yellow, green, blue, or red spots or stripes that stand out against darker backgrounds. A dragonfly has a large head, bulging eyes, and strong jaws. Three pairs of medium-sized legs are attached to a short thorax, behind which is a long, slender abdomen. Two pairs of transparent, veined wings are attached to the thorax. Wingspan is from two inches (5 cm) to seven inches (18 cm). Dragonflies can fly forwards, backwards, and sideways, because at any one time their wings can rotate, move up and down, or move forward and backward.

Damselflies are smaller and more fragile than true dragonflies. Damselflies hover over reeds and grasses bordering ponds, where they obtain food by seizing other insects. At rest, damselflies hold their wings straight up from their bodies.

True dragonflies pursue insects through the air and use all six legs to seize the prey, which they then crush with their jaws. At rest, true dragonflies spread their wings flat, at right angles to their bodies.

Damselflies lay their eggs on soft plant tissue just beneath the water's surface. True dragonflies drop their eggs on the surface of the water. Both damselflies and true dragonflies pass through an immature aquatic stage that lasts several years.

Dragonflies belong to the order Odonata. Damselflies make up the suborder Zygoptera; true dragonflies, the suborder Anisoptera.

(information from "How Stuff Works" website.)

Waxwings at Barney's Lake

There seemed to be a flock of waxwings feeding on something near the shore of Barney's Lake. These birds are not interested in human observation nor in photographs. Each time the photographer got up to move closer, they all flew away, only to return after the distance exceeded 20 yards.

Spring Flowering Trees and Bushes

This picture was taken right next door to the post office on the Gregg property. The horse chessnut tree and lilac are both in bloom. There are many flowering trees and bushes seen on a drive around the harbor.

Spring Hazardous Material Cleanup at Transfer Station

Spring Hazardous Material cleanup at the Beaver Island Transfer Station is June 5, 2010, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. If you want to bring anything you need to make an appointment. If you have questions or make an appointment you can call 448-2228.

From the Cape Dory Association Website

It's official: The Lake Michigan Cape Dory Rendezvous is scheduled for August 2-6 in St. James Harbor, Beaver Island. Mark your calendar and set aside the dates! Ariel and her crew will be anchored in the harbor and look forward to meeting up with other Cape Dorys and their owners.

For information about Beaver Island, visit the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce website, or read David VanDenburgh's harbor report .

For those interested in driving in, the Emerald Isle Ferry offers daily arrivals and there are a couple of motels for lodging. There may even be room aboard a boat.

If you are interested in attending and have questions, feel free to leave a comment here and someone will get back to you. Hope to see you there!

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 2nd Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 7 p.m. at "RED DEER" on the Kings Highway (the log cabin before the curves). All donations will go to the Glen McDonough Menorial Music Scholarship fund for young musicians. (From Eleanor McDonough)

Loons on Barney's Lake

Update: On June 1, 2010, the call of the loon could be heard on Barney's Lake again. Whether this is the same pair that was nesting previously or a different pair is unknown. Whether they will stay on the lake and nest is also unknown. It was wonderful to hear the warning call of the loon as the eagles flew overhead, apparently on their way to Font Lake. Rest assured that this website will keep you informed about the loons and nest on Barney's Lake. If you have other nesting sites, please make this editor aware.


Video clip of loons on Barneys Lake


AMVETS Post #46 has been placing flags on our veterans' graves at both cemeteries for quite a few years. We do the best we can to make sure every veteran has a flag at their grave by Memorial Day. However, there very well could be people buried that we don't know were veterans.

If you happen to be at either Holy Cross Cemetery or the St. James Township Cemetery and notice a veteran's grave without a flag, please contact Brian and Dee Gallagher, who are members of AMVETS Post #46 and Ladies Auxiliary, and members of the Holy Cross Cemetery Committee.


Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park

On May 21, 2010, Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor and Bob Tidmore, AMVETs, signed the agreement with Wolverine Power that will allow the construction of the Veterans Memorial Park at the old power plant site called the “Agreement to Develop Conservation Easement Property." The agreement states the Wolverine must approve the final plans before construction can commence. Fundraising for the project will now begin.

There will be three monuments.  One will provide information on Post 46. One will salute the veterans who served in the armed forces, One will provide with the names of those from Beaver Island who died in the service of their country.   There will be three flagpoles. Two will be 30 feet tall with a rotating service flag, and the center flag of 35 feet will have the American flag . 

The AMVETs wo;; sell 4 x 8 bricks with the name, service dates, and service affiliation that will be in one of the three areas in front of the monuments.  The AMVETs also are proposing to sell 8 x 8 bricks that will become the sidewalk to the memorial.  These will be sold to any business, individual or organization that wishes to make a donation.  The 4 x 8 bricks will be in the neighborhood of $50.00 each and the 8 x 8 will be around $100.00 each.  If anyone wants to donate a flag pole or bench please let the AMVETs know.

The AMVETs will organize the fund raising structure this week and hopefully have it in place by Memorial Day .   In the meantime if anyone has any questions they can e-mall the Post at amvetspost46@yahoo.com or write to them at Box 319 Beaver Island, MI  49782.


Men's Golf League Well Under Motion

The Men's Summer Golf League started on May 19, 2010. The league play takes place every Wednesday night throughout the summer. Ten two-man teams will play a "best ball" scramble format with each team playing each other team spread out throughout the summer. There are two 'position-night' matches scheduled, one on June 9 and the other on July 7, as well as a play-off night on August 4. These special nights have first place playing second place, third playing fourth, etc., to keep the league competitive throught the 12 week season. Buck Ridgeway puts in a lot of time working this schedule out and avoiding as many conflicts as possible.

Some new out-of-bounds markers have been place on the course. On hole number seven there was previously nothing considered out-of-bounds off the tee box, but this year there are posts marking the legal field of play. On number nine, there was also no out-of-bounds near the entry driveway to the course. This year, the parking areas have a line of posts for out-of-bounds. Another new rule involves the bunkers on the golf course. Previously, a ball in the bunker could be placed on a more level hitting area still within the bunker. This year, wherever the ball lands in a bunker, it must be played from that position. The only exception to this is the bunker on hole #4, which is considered casual water from the sprikler system, and relief of a drop away from the green is allowed.

With two weeks of the golf league past, the lead is being held by the team of Jeff and Ryan with 31 points, followed by Larry and Joe with 28. Rob and Dan are in third place with 44, Joe and Howard in fourth with 23, and Ron and Bob infifth with 21. This year's handicap scores range from 36.5 to 47 on a par 35 course. This year is starting out to be a very competive year.

Update: The men's league standings after three weeks show an interesting change in the standings. Wednesday, June 9, 2010, will find the closest teams playing against one another. Jeff and Ryan will play Howard and Joe (1st vs. 2nd); Ron and Dan will play Ron and Bob (3rd vs. 4th); Larry and Joe will play Chuck and Ernie (5th vs. 6th); Francis and Larry will Ivan and Buck (7th vs. 8th); and Frank and John will playBill and Bob. With two 33's and one 31 in last week's rounds of golf, this coming week will be very interesting.



1:30 START 

The first Outing will be our traditional Outing with the men hitting off of #1, #3, #5, #7, & #9 and the women hitting off of #2, #4, #6 & #8.

Entry fee for each team is $15.00 for the Outing + Green Fees if you are not a BIGC member.

Please sign up for the Outing on the signup sheet on the desk at the Clubhouse.

If you have any questions you may call the Golf Course, 448-2301 or Buck at 448-2680.


I will be off island to watch our grandkids play baseball and softball leaving June 3rd . Buck

Women's Golf This Summer

The Tuesday night women's golf league has been canceled this summer at this point. The Thursday morning lady's golf get-togethers are still taking place. This is a come one, come all, lady's Thursday morning golfing get-together that meets right now at 10:00 a.m. The golfing is followed by an 'out-to-lunch' gathering as well. As the season progresses, the time may go to one-half hour earlier, 9:30 a.m. There is a Lady's Golf Tournament scheduled for

Peaine Township Meeting on May 12, 2010

Discussions get hot, heated, and personal

Click here to view video clips of this meeting

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Announcements for June 2010

Click for Video Clips below:

Men's Health Screening Day-will be scheduled this summer

JUMPSTART to Wellness Starts --starts now with no deadline

Chiropractor and Opthamologists Visit the Island -Chiropractor every other Friday

Aging Parents and the Legal Issues Telehealth Presentation- coming June 15th

How Should We Plan for the Future of Beaver Island

The Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission (NRETC) is inviting all interested parties to make sure that Beaver Island remains the special place we all love and enjoy.  Please join the NRETC on June 28 th at the Community Center and help as we begin to discuss the future of our forests and wildlife resources. We have invited many excellent speakers to come and talk from 9-12. After lunch at the Community Center we will discuss forest and wildlife management objectives for Beaver Island . This is a time for people to voice what they enjoy about Beaver Island , what it was that drew them to the Island and their vision for the Island 's future. Please join us for the whole day, but if you can only attend at certain times please feel free to do so. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact me (Eric) via E-mail: E_R_Myers@yahoo.com . Or phone Jacque, 448-2220 or Pam 448-2314.

Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Commission

Part I of a Series of Symposiums on Understanding and Managing Beaver Island 's Ecosystems

For Sustainability and Economic Growth 

Symposium Number I

Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability

June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center 

8:15- 8:45a.m. Registration, coffee and snack – sign up for lunch at community center

8:50 am. Welcome, Keynote Address -- Eric R. Myers

9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today

•  Beaver Island Forest Resources – Past Impacts, Current Conditions and the Future Brian Mastenbrook -- MI DNRE

9:45 -- Our Forest of the Future / Effects of Land Management Decisions on Our Forests

•  Forest Succession and Sustainability Eric R. Myers -- Ph.D. Forestry, MSU

•  Unique Communities and Invasive Species Phyllis Higman -- MI Natural Features Inventory

•  Private Land Management (Forest Management and Conservation Easements) Tom Bailey -- Little Traverse Conservancy

Short Break

10:55-- Effects of Land Management Decisions and Wildlife Management. Discussions on Wildlife Species/ Habitats of deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wood duck, beaver.

Eric Ellis -- Conservation Resource Alliance

11:55 Song Birds and Eco-Tourism Kay Charter -- Saving Birds thru Habitat

12:30 -- Break for Lunch: Purchased from the Community Center or nearby restaurants.

Submit written questions for morning speakers.

1:30 -- Reading of Written Questions for Morning Session Speakers

2:00 -- Roundtable Discussions: Specific questions will be discussed in groups. The overall objective is to begin a dialog on working to reach island consensus for Beaver Island forests and wildlife

2:45 -- Roundtable Presentations- conclusions and new questions from each table

3:15 - 4:00 -- Panel Discussion by experts on issues raised –questions from roundtable and wrap up—where do we go from here?

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


To make an appointment for a Wellness Screening, call the BI Rural Health Center - 448-2275

You can schedule a screening Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm , or after hours upon request.  Beaver Island Health Wellness Screening Program is designed to emphasize the benefits of preventive medicine .

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Food Pantry Open House Planned

The Beaver Island Food Pantry in planning on an open house on June 12, 2010. The time has not yet been determined. The reasons to have an open house include the ability of Islanders to see the food pantry in its location, to see how food distribution works, to ask questions, and to offer suggestions. Mark your calendar for this date to visit the food pantry.

Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament Scheduled

Women golfers, mark your calendar for the annual Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Beaver Island Golf Course. Teams of four golfers will compete in a scramble format, and all levels of golfers are welcome. There will be lots of fun individual contests as well.

Sign up in advance at the Golf Course as a team or individually to be added to a team. The fee to play is $20 which includes lunch at the course following the tournament. Sign in at 8:30 and the shotgun tournament starts at 9 a.m. For further information, contact Jean Carpenter, 448-2893, Sharon Scamehorn, 448-2641 or Sandy Birdsall , 448-2982.

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

NEW Community Calendar Feature

New Events Scheduled!

At a request from a couple of emails, the BINN Community Calendar has been extended from one or two months to include the rest of the entire year of 2010. Several people wanted to schedule their events without having a conflict with another event. The BINN reply via email was, "Of course, we would be happy to include a full calendar year in the Community Calendar!"

Please send us your calendar of events for the the entire year. We will put all scheduled events on one calendar with one place to check!

This will only work if all those people with scheduled events send a quick email with those events to the editor of this website. We will gladly post them on a community calendar available to everyone. Please take the time to send your events to:


Beaver Island Bike Festival

How to Have Fun at the Bike Festival

Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival

Online registration information is now available for the 1st Beaver Island Bike Festival on June 26th. FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 250. The registration brochure will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center in early April.

On line registration is now available for the June 26 Beaver Island Bike Festival. Also, a brochure registration form is available at the Community Center.


Your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, Island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.
June 25 - 27, 2010

"The Beaver Island Bike Festival (June 25-27) is your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.

For complete information and registration information for the new Beaver Island event see the events section on the home page of The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web site www.BeaverIsland.org .

The new route map and course description for the second annual Beaver Island Marathon (September 4) is now available on the Chamber web site.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is a principal sponsor of both events.

Subscriptions to Expire

There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in June or that have already expired. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

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

June COA Menu HERE

June Senior Activities click HERE

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.

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 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)