B. I. News on the 'Net, June 8-14, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 14, 2014

Boy, Mother Nature's fog machine around the island is working very, very well this morning! It's either that or she's taken up smoking cigars and this is the resulting smoke! Right now it's 55°, wind is at 4 mph from the east, humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 1.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers in the morning, then isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.

On this date of June 14, 1834 - Isaac Fischer Jr. patented sandpaper.

Did you know that a baby fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks?

Word of the day: unquiet (uhn-KWAHY-it) which means 1) agitated; restless; disordered; turbulent: unquiet times. 2) mentally or emotionally disturbed; vexed or perturbed; uneasy: He felt unquiet and alone. Unquiet has been in English since at least the early 1500s. The prefix un- means “not” and the root word quiet derives from the Latin verb quiēscere “to come to rest.”

Birding Trail Update

Thanks to the island community and businesses, the 2015 Warblers on the Water event was a great success.  The Beaver Island Birding Trail, used for the event on Memorial Day weekend, was designed for birders to enjoy the island's natural bounty year round.  One hundred sixteen bird species were documented over the weekend and placed on Cornell University's eBird website.  Last year's top bird was a migrating Kirkland Warbler found at Gull Harbor.  This year's big observation was over 200 Whimbrels (a type of shorebird) flying north to nesting grounds.  Here are a few comments chosen to help capture excitement and enthusiasm about the event.

“I will be spreading the word and certainly plan to be back in future years.  Wish we could have stayed longer. ”

“I had a wonderful time, and I saw nothing but smiling faces among the other birders. I met a number of fantastic people.” 

“When I was at Gull Harbor I heard a Black-and-white Warbler singing and found it perched on a dead stub.  I got the bird in the scope and called to have some of the people take a look.  Two couples were there and when one fellow's wife saw it she called out to her husband and the other couple, "Ooh you've got to see this, what a cool bird!" and they all scrambled over to see it like fourth graders on a field trip.  I really enjoy it when you can get 40 to 80 year-olds excited by something new!”

For more information about the Beaver Island Birding Trail visit www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.  For more information about Cornell University’s eBird real time bird reporting website visit ebird.org/content/ebird/about/.

BICS Graduation 2015

The Beaver Island Community School Graduation Ceremony took place at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Beaver Island Community Center. Additions to the seating were required as all 120 seats filled up very quickly and additional chairs were placed between the theater seats and the stage. An additional twenty-seven (27) watched graduation via the live stream.

The four 2015 Graduating Seniors were Emily Kay Jines, Madelynn Danielle Martin, Hannah Marie Robert (Valedictorian), and Margaret Elaine Works (Salutatarian).

The adult participants processed up onto the stage. This group included Principal/Superintendent Riley Justis; School Board members Kathy Speck and Dusty Cushman; and Miss Emily Gray, the graduation speaker. The processional "Pompand Circustance" was played during the entrance of both groups by Judi Meister.

As the seniors of the graduating class entered, the juniors, members of the Class of 2016, held the flowers in a symbolic passing through the students to a new phase in their lives.

The seniors entered from back stage from the dark into the limelight of the front of the stage.

Maddie Martin, Meg Works, Hannah Robert, and Emily Jines

Then the Class of 2015 organized themselves into alphabetical order.

Emily Jines lead the entire auditorium in the "Pledge of Allegiance" to the the flag.

Mr. Justis welcomed the attendees.

Meg Works and Hannah Robert did a joint Farewell Address.

The class song was "Fly" by Maddie and Tae, performed by Miranda Rooy and John Rooy.

Meg Works introduced the Commencement Speaker, Emily Gray, former graduate of BICS in 2005.

Emily Gray spoke directly to the seniors.

Her address spoke to the seniors involving thanks and many changes in her ten years post graduation.

After the Commencement Address, Mr Justis, Mrs. Speck, and Mr. Cushman rose to present the diplomas.

Receiving diplomas: Emily Jines and Maddie Martin

Receiving diplomas: Hannah Robert and Meg Works

On the direction of Maddie Martin, the seniors turned their tassels

The Class of 2015 recessed out of the Community Center to greet guests outside to music by Judi Meister.

Video of the graduation ceremony is HERE

Reception Line Outside the Community Center

Everyone in attendance congratulates the graduates and most of the hundred thirty plus attendees get hugs.

Three posed pictures

Experiential Learning-Beaver Island Style

Seamus (Jim) Norgaard at Tara's Meadow

Read article HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 13, 2015

Happy Graduation Day to the 2015 graduates of the Beaver Island Community School! Emily Jines, Madelynn Martin, Hannah Robert, and Meg Works will be graduating at 1:00 today at the Community Center. Joe will be live-streaming the ceremony at this address when the event starts http://beaverisland.tv/ for those unable to attend.

Right now it's 49° outside, wind is at 3 mph from the east, humidity is at 97%, and pressure is rising from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 9.3 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of June 13, 1920 - The U.S. Post Office Department ruled that children may not be sent by parcel post. NOTE: Before the practice was banned there really are circumstances when children were sent by mail. In 1914, going through a divorce, a mother shipped her baby from Stillwell to its father in South Bend, Indiana. The child traveled in a container marked “Live Baby” for only 17 cents. That same year another case was recorded where parents shipped four-year-old May Pierstroff from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents to another part of the state for 53 cents (the going rate for mailing chickens). Instead of being shipped in a box she rode in the mail car with postage stamps attached to her coat. These, and other cases, prompted the Post Office Department to forbid sending humans by mail.

Did you know that recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for 3 hours?

Word of the day: shivaree (shiv-uh-REE) which means 1) a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple; charivari. 2) Informal. an elaborate, noisy celebration.

Open House for Island Museums

June 20, 2015

Schools Are Broken, But Teachers are Heroes

Says Retiring State Superintendent

Read his comments HERE

"I am so proud of our teachers... They are life-savers and life-builders. They give our children hope. Please take time today to thank a teacher you had, or one you know."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 12, 2015

This is looking to be one of those days where you'd like to snuggle up in a comfortable chair with a good book. Right now it's 50°, raining, wind is at 4 mph from the east south east, humidity is at 98%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Rain showers in the morning then a chance for more in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of June 12, 1897 - Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known as the Swiss army knife.

Did you know that there are over 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building?

Word of the day: spaniel (SPAN-yuhl) which means 1. A submissive or fawning person. 2. Any of several breeds of small to medium-sized dogs with long drooping ears and a silky coat. From Old French espaignol/espaigneul (Spanish dog), from Hispaniolus (Spanish), from Hispania (Spain). Earliest documented use: 1386.

Free Fishing Weekend-No License Needed

Don’t forget that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14! Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.

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

Various locations throughout Michigan will host scheduled events, including in more than 30 counties. Visit the Summer Free Fishing Weekend event chart online to see what’s going on in your area.  

For more information about the 2015 Summer Free Fishing Weekend please visit michigan.gov/freefishing.

Camp Quality Cruise

Camp Quality, a camp for children with cancer, is planning this to thank the community for its welcome and friendly environment here for their events here on the island.

AMVETS Bulletin Board

The AMVETS Post 46 bulletin board in front of the marina has been rebuilt and painted.  It’s available for posting of announcements and events.   Please use good judgment and taste in posting items.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Men's Summer Golf League Results

The Beaver Island Golf Course Summer Men's Golf League officially started last night, June 10, 2015, with nine teams of two men each. This is down a few teams from previous years. The afternoon and early evening was gorgeous weather for the opening day. The mosquitos and black flies were out in force, but a little bug dope kept them at bay. Here's to a great summer of golf!

PLACE: # TEAMS: Strokes Pts Total Points  T.S. S.AVE.
1 1 Ron W. & Larry L.
2 2 Jeff M. & Ryan
3 7 Ivan & Buck
4 3 Dan & Rob
5 4 Chuck & Ernie
6 5 Francis & Larry
7 6 Ron S. & David
8 8 Howard & Joe
9 9 Gerald & Kirk
Team #6 & Team #9 
  Will make up by Monday do to injury before Match started.
  * BYE Week!
Team #1 beat Team #3 13-7
Team #2 beat Team #4 13-7
Team #7 beat Team #5 13-7
Team #6 vs Team #9 will Make up by Monday
Team #8 BYE Week
Team #1 vs Team #2
Team #3 vs Team #4
Team #5 vs Team #6
Team #7 vs Team #8
Team #9 BYE Week

YMCA Camp Arrowhead – Beaver Island

Registration is now open for Camp Arrowhead! The YMCA of Northern Michigan is excited to extend our summer day camp program to Beaver Island. Camp Arrowhead runs from July 6th- August 7th (5 weeks). Families can sign up for one or more week(s) at a time. Camp runs Monday through Friday. Campers participate in activities such as sports & games, arts & crafts, archery, outdoor education, and so much more! Y camps foster a safe and nurturing environment where all children have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Registration forms are available at the Community Center and the Community School. Registration forms must be returned to the Community School.

More information: http://www.ymcanm.org/CampArrowhead.htm

Camp Hours/Prices
Half Day: 9:00-1:00 PM ($100/week)
Full Day:  9:00-4:00 PM ($135/week)

Explorers:     Ages 5 to 6                                                                            
Trailblazers:  Ages 7 to 8  
Pathfinders:  Ages 9 to 10
*Limited Counselor in Training (CIT) spaces available: Ages 11-15

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Excessive Alcohol Usage

Powers' Do-It-Best Hardware Drawing

Today, June 10, 2015, was the drawing at Powers' Do It Best Hardware for two $500 gift certificates .From March through May, we had entry forms to fill out with name and phone number, and drop in a box. Each household could enter once per day, no purchase necessary. The box had to be picked up on May 31st. Jeff Powers wanted to be on the island for the drawing, so instead of June 6, 2015, the drawing was held today.

Levi Connor and Erin Boyle handled the drawing of names.

The two winners are Mary Palmer and Emily Jines.

Jeff Powers, owner; Emily Jines, winner; Emily Boyle, employee

Video of the Drawing


Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled

BICS Board Meeting

June 8, 2015

Link to the school board packet and minutes HERE

Video of this meeting HERE

Glen McDonough Concert and Scholarships

First Mixed Doubles Golf Match Scheduled

What's New at the Library

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-50 ***

There are eight new bestsellers, one new children's book, and 20 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "Radiant Angel," "It's a Long Story: My Life," and "14th Deadly Sin."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 10, 2015

Two for the price of one today as I have an 8 am flight off-island in the morning. Right now it's 57°, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is at 95%, pressure is falling from 1003 mb, and visibility is at 3.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 50°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the evening becoming light.

Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds at 10 mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain in the evening then periods of rain after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds becoming east at 10 mph after midnight.

On this day of June 10, 1944 - The youngest pitcher in major league baseball pitched his first game for the Cincinnati Reds. Joe Nuxhall was 15 years old (and 10 months and 11 days).

Did you know that a violin contains over 70 separate pieces of wood?

Word of the day: charlatan (SHAHR-luh-tuhn) which means one making false claim to having a certain expertise; a fraud or quack. From French charlatan, from Italian ciarlatano, from cerretano (an inhabitant of Cerreto). Cerreto is a village in Umbria, Italy, once known for its quacks. Another etymology pins the origin of the term on the Italian ciarlare (to chatter), of imitative origin. Perhaps the word charlatan is a blend of the two, as charlatans are known for chattering. Earliest documented use: 1607.

Quilting Workshop

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 9, 2015

It's a sunshine morning and much brighter than yesterday was. Right now it's 46°, wind is at 3 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 1007 mb, and visibility is at 8.3 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of June 9, 1962 - Tony Bennett made his debut in Carnegie Hall.

Did you know that a Boeing 747 airliner holds 216,847 litres (57,285 gallons) of fuel?

Word of the day: podunk (POH-dungk) which means a small, unimportant town. Podunk is the name of a river and a native tribe in Connecticut. Over time the name came to be used for several small towns including a mythical small and insignificant town. Earliest documented use: 1657.

Beaver Island Community Survey 2015 by Homeschooled Children

Here are the Questions, and the Answers are given in the order of largest responses

Being a member of a small community, we decided to ask several people questions about the place we live in. Our questions included people who are residents as well as non-residents who frequent the island.
The occupations and age groups varied. The occupations included but were not limited to the following: Local Business Owners, Government Workers, Retirees, Educators, as well as the students themselves.

The goal of this project has 3 parts:
1. To test the students skill and ability to communicate with adults.
2. To teach the students the importance of considering other peoples opinions.
3. To encourage the students to develop and exhibit opinions of their own.

This is a summary of the questions and the answers received. The answers are listed with the most common listed first to the least common being last.

What do you like about the Beaver Island community?
1. Peacefulness
2. Friendly and helpful people
3. Small and safe
4. Everyone is familiar with each other
5. Beaches and sunsets

How do you help our community?
1. Helpful to others
2. Provides a needed service
3. Keeping the island beautiful
4. Keeping people safe

How long have you been in the community?
1. Answers ranged from 2 years to 87 years

How can we improve our community?
1. Improve the school
2. Improve the roads
3. By making the public better informed
4. Better public transportation
5. Helping each other more
6. Learning to accept each others differences
7. By making things cheaper
8. By keeping the island beautiful

What are things that hurt our community?
1. Prices of goods and services
2. Rude and uncaring people
3. Greed
4. Lack of communication
5. Dishonest people
6. Alcohol and drug abuse

Where is your favorite place to go in our community?
1. Beaches
2. Community Center
3. Visiting family and friends
4. Exploring the woods
5. Home
6. Transfer Station
7. Daddy Franks
8. Stoney Acres
9. Lake Geneserath
10. The Campgrounds
11. The Library

We wanted to share our school project with our community. We believe it will be helpful and informative as well as fun. We hope you enjoyed this as much as we did. Thank you to all who participated in the interviews.

Woodring Elementary Home School
Sierra (age 10)
Seth (age 9)
Shyeanne (age 7)

Barney's Lake Loon Nest Plus

Running deer in Sloptown fields

Loon on the nest at Barney's Lake

Video clip of Loon

Hunting for fish?? Osprey at Barney's Lake

Video clip of Osprey


Beaver Island & Midwest Flyer Magazine

A great Beaver Island feature story appears on page 26, 27 & 28 of the new issue (print & web) of Midwest Flyer magazine – see it here.


The Beaver Island Lodge and Beaver Island Marina / Car rentals partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to make this possible.

“With two great airports Beaver Island is a wonderful destination for private aircraft owners all around the mid-west. Their demographic profile is strong. Thanks Publisher Dave Weiman for a very nice Beaver Island story,” said Chamber of Commerce director Steve West.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 8, 2015

Foggy, foggy, did I mention that it's foggy? Right now it's 49°, wind is at 6 mph from the SW, humidity is at 98%, pressure is steady at 1004 mb, and visibility is at 2.1 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Isolated rain showers in the morning then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 10 mph.

On this date of June 8, 1869 - Ives W. McGaffey received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner.

Did you know that the smallest unit of time is a yoctosecond (1 septillionth which is 10 to the power of negative 24 )?

Word of the day: antimacassar (an-ti-muh-KAS-suhr) which means a piece of covering placed over the back or arms of a seat to protect from hair oil, dirt, etc. From anti- (against) + Macassar oil (a hair oil), said to be made from ingredients from Macassar (now spelled as Makassar), a city in Indonesia. Earliest documented use: 1852.

New BIRHC Provider Begins Work

We are pleased to announce that Carolyn Space, Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified, has joined our staff. Carolyn has experience in a wide range of clinical settings, most recently as Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has worked with all age groups in both medical and trauma situations. She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
She and her family will be settling in on the Island in the coming weeks. Carolyn will join Sue Solle, also a FNP-C, to provide medical care seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We will hold a welcoming event soon. But feel free to stop in to meet her at the Center if she is not busy seeing a patient.

Carolyn Space became a licensed EMT and a licensed EMT-Specialist in 2000 and 2001 respectively, but both of these licenses have lapsed. Carolyn became a licensed RN in 2015 after service in the USAF. She became a licensed Nurse Practitioner on March 31, 2015.

Video of short interview with Carolyn Space


Regarding Invasives' Treatments

by Cindy Ricksgers

Workers from Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions are here to begin spring treatment of invasive plants. They will be here for about ten days. Their plan is to start on the perimeter of the island and work their way inland. They will be treating state lands and conservancy property, and private properties where permission was given. More literature is available at the Library and the Community Center. Yellow signs will be posted wherever they are actively working. Questions or concerns can be directed to any of the crew if you see them out there (they are staying at the O'Donnell place), or to Cindy Ricksgers at 448-2960.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE.

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

View video May 21st Meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon �€“ Sat � 8am �€“ 5pm
Sun Closed� 

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


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

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.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting 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.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Bike Rodeo at BICS

The Bike Rodeo was set up inside the BICS gymnasium and took place yesterday, June 4, 2015. This event is organized every other year by Beth Croswhite, counselor at BICS, as part of a guidance class. The students really like this event, and a quote from Ms. Rooy's classroom was: "We love Bike Rodeo. We want to do it every day."

This even usually involves one of the parents and the Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff. This year, with the changeover in deputies, the deputy could not be part of the program. This year senior Emily Jines helped out with Mark Englesman as the parent. The Bike Safety portion of the program includes grades K-6 and includes hand signals, sizing of the bikes for each student helmet sizing and usage, as well as rules of the road including riding on the sidewalk.

The Bike Rodeo includes an inspection station manned by a parent where riders learn how to check out his/her bicycle to find any issues. It includes an obstacle course where they use the rules of the road. It includes a weaving course and a figure eight course for determining coordination and proper bike sizing. It also includes a "slowest race" in which the slowest time becomes the winner using elimination. In this race, the first one across the finish line is the loser.

And a good time was had by all!

Link to video clips of the Bike Rodeo

Sheriff's Department News Release

St. James Township Board Meeting

June 3, 2015

Fourteen community members attended the St. James Board Meeting last night, June 3, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. On the agenda of the meeting were approval of minutes and payments, correspondence, reports on dangerous structures, K. McNamara report on the township committee investigating the sewer system, and a yacht dock report. In old business, the topics were: Donegal Bay Road Project, Hiring of Sewer Billing Bookkeeper, board review of cover letter to sewer users and an update on progress, confirm the current REU rate for sewer billing, appoint board member to work with the attorney on collection options, board approval to re-post for 2014-2015 audit, and update on installation of sewer clean-outs by July 1, 2015.

Video of this can be viewed HERE

BICS Academic Awards and Elementary and Middle School Graduations

The Elementary school awards were at 12:30 p.m. and the Secondary awards were held at 7 p.m. on June 3, 2015. BINN video recorded both sessions.

You can view these HERE

Osprey in the Nest

Driving out to the microwave tower to get a look at the osprey, one was seen in the dead tree across the road, but nothing was seen in the nest. A short walk and the video camera was set up to record the sounds of what is thought to be the osprey young in the nest. At this time, one osprey stays in the nest with the young so that no eagle or other prey may take the young for prey. One adult osprey does the fishing while the other adult osprey guards the nest. In just a short time, these pictures were taken of the osprey returning to the nest with a fish, the other osprey leaving the nest while the returnee begins feeding the young.

Arriving to the nest, the second osprey adult is seen making room for its mate.

Landing an the mate leaving

One adult gone, another in the nest, possibly feeding the young.

Video of the osprey young peeps and the delivery


Loon on Nest at Barney's Lake

In the morning of July 4, 2015, the loon in on the nest at Barney's Lake.

Sandhills near Barney's Lake


The Walleye Pond

Harvesting Fry

Beautiful morning at the Walleye Pond, the nets are waiting the harvest.

On arrival the, Wildlife (Game) Club members, Don Tritsch, Ivan Young, and Gary Morgan were ready quickly and in their waders ready to pull the nets and harvest the walleye. Ivan and Gary were talking about how they had checked yesterday and found almost two gallons of the tadpoles, and they also had concerns that there might not be many walleye to harvest. There was also conversation about oxygenation of the water, and that the tadpoles may have used up a lot of the oxygen in the water.

Tadpoles and mating frogs, lots and lots of tadpoles

These were the reason for the harvest, but only fifteen total walleye out of two nets that were full of tadpoles. This was not such a successful harvest.

Video of the Harvest


BIRHC Newsletter-Spring 2015

Strawberry Moon

Full Strawberry Moon – June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

The strawberry moon on June 2, 2015.



7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

Bike Festival Scheduled

BINGO Announcement

BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon. � Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm. � Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

June 14--Steve Finch

21-Pastor Mark Milkamp, Grand Rapids;

28-Pastor Randy Weener, Grand Rapids

July 5--Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN

Bible study

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

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

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!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.


Spring is here and the Wellness Gardeners’ thoughts are turning toward the joys and tasks of maintaining and improving the BIRHC Wellness Garden.  The Annual Garden Tour Benefit, our sole fundraiser, celebrates its 5th year in 2015!  Again featuring gardens on the northern part of the Island, our tour includes six new gardens discovered with the aid and discerning eye of a well-known local landscaping professional.   This year’s tour builds on our successes -- access to unique and private spaces created by the hands of the gardeners themselves and described in their own words,  a presentation in a public space with its own unknown story, a delicious lunch at The Lodge, and a dessert tea at our final garden, all with transportation provided.  This year we plan to include a speaker with tips and information we all want to hear, either at lunch or tea.  So get your calendar out and mark the date:  Wednesday, July 15th (9:30 - 3 pm) the 5th Annual Garden Tour Benefit!  Tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1st at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 2:30. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015. Kids Carnival managed by Chamber VP Diane McDonough will start at 3:00 PM



Donna Gillespie Obituary

Donna Gillespie, age 58, of Beaver Island, MI, passed away peacefully with family surrounding her on Monday, June 1, 2015, following a long battle with cancer.

Donna is survived by her husband, Doug Gillespie; daughters: Lanette (Wayne) Leatch, Cristy, Michelle and Stephanie; grandchildren: Isabella, Nolan, Christian, Coby Jr. Aaiden, and Isaiah: brothers: Rodney (Jody) Gardei and Fred Gardei and sister Joyce (Gene) Davidson. As well as many sisters and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, William and Betty Gardei.

She truly loved everybody and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday June 6, 2015 at Hamilton CRC, 3596 47 th St. Hamilton, MI 49419. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm on Saturday at the church. Memorial contribution can be given to Hospice of Holland. The family is being served by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home. www.langelandsterenberg.com

7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

BICS Class of 2015

Individual Pictures and Video for this class of four HERE

Video from Sunday Ride

(See story below)

Video of some island locations on the West Side HERE


An Editorial by Joe Moore

Just a couple of other facts that I believe need to be considered in this conversation. The other day, one patient was being transported from the BIRHC to the airport when the pager went off again for a second patient with an emergent condition. The BIEMS had planned for this by having a second ambulance available, but a backup crew had not been determined. Our EMS providers managed to pull together a second crew for this second run that required advanced life support skills, and both patients were successfully transported to the definitive care that was needed.

With every bump of the road causing serious pain, Island Airways went out of their way to help by flying over to the township airport at the request of the paramedic on the call to lessen the pain of the ground transport, and the patient was taken directly to Charlevoix Airport and on to the hospital. This was a truly life-threatening emergency, and the entire team worked to make certain that this patient got the best care possible.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to those who were on-call and those that were NOT on-call for stepping up to serve the community with a needed service. Three more EMS providers gave up five hours of their day to help someone in need.

Thank you to Island Airways for providing quick, safe, and reliable transport of a severely ill patient!

These two words are too seldom used on Beaver Island:


Joe Moore

Protecting the Nest

Ospreys on Sloptown

Leaving the dead tree and heading back to protect the nest.

Not just one coming back to the nest, but a second one as well.

Must be a little crowded up there, so one adult osprey left the nest.

One adult left in the nest. Hard to see, but it's there.

Loon on Barney's Lake

Dragon Fly in flight

Water Lilly on the lake

Beaver Island Invasive Plant Control Notice

Beaver Island property owners are encouraged to attend a public township meeting regarding the control of documented invasive plants on private and public lands.
To learn more about the Sustain Our Great Lakes and Conservation Resource Alliance's invasive plant control efforts on Beaver Island, join us for hot dogs on Friday, June 5th, at 3:00PM, at the Peaine Township Hall.
Herbicide application will occur along the Great Lakes shoreline and interior wetlands, along roadsides and utility corridors of Beaver Island�  beginning in early June, and ending around the middle of September. Signs will be posted to indicate where work is being done at any given time.
If you are a property owner, you likely received a request for permission to treat your property. Hundreds of letters have been returned, with permission granted. Whether you readily signed, or hesitated to give permission, we would like the opportunity to explain procedures and answer questions.
Township officials, the herbicide contractor, and the Phragmites Administrator will be available to answer questions.
For further information contact:�  Cindy Ricksgers�  (231) 448-2960.


Joseph Edwin McCann Jr. Obituary

Joseph Edwin McCann Jr., 66, of Charlevoix, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. He was born November 23, 1948, in Petoskey to Captain Joseph Edwin and Margaret “Bowery” (Gallagher) McCann. He was a life resident of Charlevoix.

Joe was employed by the Medusa Portland Cement Company for over twenty-five years. He was a member of Saint Mary's Church and the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club. He was a life member of the NRA. Joe enjoyed riding motorcycles and belonged to the Loose Wheels Motorcycle Club. He was also a long time member of the Alano Club in Charlevoix.

He is survived by his sister, Kathryn (Robert) Tidmore of Beaver Island; brother, James O. McCann of New Orleans, La.; nieces and nephews, Anne (Jeff) Schramm, Brian (Jean Chi) Tidmore, Margaret (Rodney) Schreiner, Michael McCann; great-nieces and nephews, Jack, Joe, Caspian, and Abigail.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Tuesday, June 2, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be 11 am, Wednesday, June 3, at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Matthew Wigton officiating. Burial will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlevoix Alano Club, 106 Mason Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

Sunday Ride

An extended trip down the West Side Road to Miller's Marsh was in order today since it had been several months since the last trip that direction and that far away from town. The first stop was the Big Birch to verify what had been posted on facebook. It was so sad to see the destruction on the island's favorite tree. Someone had taken a chain saw and made some really big heart-shaped gouges in the tree with intitials. The person or persons responsible for this should receive some very stiff penalty, although it's unlikely that anyone will be caught unless they are turned in by another person.

The lens cap on the camera went into the chainsaw cut two centimeters, just shy of one inch.

Some wildflowers at Fox Lake.

The lake level is up with water covering the grass that you could walk on last year.

An unfortunate fisherman snag........the beauty of the water in the sun

More wildflowers on the way to Green's Lake on Green's Lake Road

Loon at Green's Lake

Coming in for a landing.....

Leaving and landing a short distance away, and then off for good.

Thought that this might be a rock, but it's not.

Geese and goslings at Miller's Marsh

Loon at Barney's Lake

Dragonfly at Barney's Lake

2015 Emerald Ash Borer Program Notice

Beaver Island remains under an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine along with Isle Royale and Charity Island.  “Don’t Move Firewood” signage is at all points of entry and under the watchful eye of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the island airlines.  On June 4th and 5th, volunteers will be working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to place Emerald Ash Borer traps around the island.  The large purple triangles with lures will be placed on ash trees and remain until August.
Emerald Ash Borers are native to Asia and are so aggressive that ash trees die within 2-3 years after they become infected. Millions of ash trees are being lost in the US and Canada. Through an intergovernmental agreement between the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Commission, technical and entomological services over the past 6 years have resulted in no Emerald Ash Borers being found. 

Doe and Newborn Fawn

This evening we were sitting in our living room reading, and this doe and very wobbly fawn spent over half on hour not fifteen feet from our window just off the deck.�  Very cool to be so close for so long!
Bob & Alana Anderson

Thanks for sharing this experience!

Emily Boyle Graduates from Interlochen Arts Academy

Emily Boyle, former BICS student and former member of the BICS class of 2015, attended Interlochen Arts Academy for her senior year to participate in creative writing programs not available at BICS. Emily graduated from Interlochen on May 30, 2015.

Congratulations, Emily! Congratulations, Judy and Kevin!

(Thank you, Kevin Boyle, for sharing your pictures)

Doug and Terry Meaney's Surprise Party

The results of a little under the table planning took place beginning at 6 p.m. on May 30, 2015. There was a little plotting and planning that went into putting together a Surprise Birthday Party for this Beaver Island couple, Doug and Terry Meaney. Doug had just turned sixty and Terry will turn sixty in less than three weeks, so this surprise party was put together under the auspices that Hannah Robert had wanted to have one last Jerry's Pole Barn Party. The plotting included having some of the off-Island relatives attend the party as part of the surprise. It seems like everybody knew the real purpose of this party except Doug and Terry.

Decorations included some family pictures depicting this couple when they were much younger.

Tammy LaFreniere made a wonderful cake.

There were some great hors d'oeurves to snack on.

Family and friends attended and a grand social was had by all!

Terry and Doug

Tammy and her dad

Congratulations, Doug and Terry Meaney!

Video clip of the surprise


Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting

May 28, 2015

Some of the audience

The five member board making up the ESA

The five member board is made up from three members from Peaine Township and two members from St. James Township. Left to right in the picture above are: Brad Grassmick, Jim McDonough, Bill Kohls, Donna Kubic, and Rick Speck.

The two items on the agenda were:

1. To consider and adopt a plan to manage the affairs of EMS.

2. To consider and take action with respect to a grievance.

Video of this event is available HERE

Museum Week Planned

At the Library

Coming this Summer

Vacation Bible School

BIRHC Early Bird Brochure

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