B. I. News on the 'Net, June 9-15, 2014

Fantastic Pants Sale

$ 1.00

We have jeans, dress pants, work pants, and fancy pants.
We have kids’ pants, big girls’ pants, and baby pants.
We have short pants, capri pants, and long pants.
We have lots of pants for men and boys.
Pantaloons ? Probably.
We offer free alterations for one legged pirates. ( One snip!)
Skinny pants and baggy pants are available.
Looking for sweat pants? Don’t sweat it We’ve got them!!
Our pants are the best on Beaver Island and
are on sale for only $1.00 for only one week !

June 17- 21 at Island Treasures Resale Shop

Starts on Tuesday

Congratulations to the BICS 2014 Graduates

Erin Yafen Boyle, Olivia Cary, Jewell Gillespie-Cushman, and Ron Marsh!

Great Valedictorian and Salutatarian Speeches!

Video of the graduation HERE

(video camera work by Kaylyn Jones)

Pictures of Graduation in the Community Center

Pictures outside the Community Center and at the Graduation Parties

Video of the Processional from a different angle


Video of the Outside Greet the Graduates


Video of the Graduation Parties


Tom Schraw Meet and Greet

June 23rd from 3-6 pm

Mary Beth Kur for Judge

Peaine Township Meeting, 6/11/14

Video of the meeting HERE

Some of the board members: Paul Welke, Colleen Martin, Larry Kubic

Bill Markey gave a report.

Nancy Ferguson did a presentation for the township board and voters

Cindy Ricksgers gave a report on Invasive Species and progress on Phragmities grants

Written by Kaylyn Jones: At the Peaine Township meeting on June 11, 2014, Cindy Ricksgers provided some phragmites updates. There has been good news and bad news for the program which works to rid the Beaver Archipelago with the invasive species of plants. A grant the group was hoping for has been put on hold. The federal government is worried about the herbicides affecting the endangered long-eared bats, causing some worry. Even more devastating, however, was Eric Ellis stepping down from his position. Ellis was a great supporter of Beaver Island and the phragmites program. Someone is temporarily filling his position, but it is said that she neither has great knowledge of Beaver Island nor invasive species, although she is interested in learning more. This year, the phragmites program is hoping to treat Beaver Island, parts of High Island and if possible, Garden and Hog Island. Cindy also brought up the possibility of having meetings specifically for phragmites before the township meetings, allowing those who are interested to gather more information of what is going on and what may be brought up to the township boards. We wish everyone the best of luck in their endeavors.


Bill Kohls, supervisor

Some of the attendees

Media Event Underway-Outdoor Writers

A group of Outdoor Writers is currently visiting and fishing with Indigo Guides. “Once again a big thank you to members who are supporting this event: Island Airways, McDonough’s Market/ Fisherman’s House, Stoney Acre, Indigo Guides” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Steve West.

Some of the groups work is already available on the net.


Much more will follow including print that will be months or even a year later.

Charlevoix County Commissioners Meet on Beaver Island

(Pictures and video by Kaylyn Jones)

The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners met at the Peaine Township Hall on June 11, 2014. There were approximately twenty island residents who attended this meeting, and when given a chance, asked several pointed questions.

The county board in the Peaine Hall. (Larry Sullivan on the left)

The attendees

Chair Joel Evans........Kevin Shephard.......Richie Gillespie

Sheriff Don Schneider.........County Clerk Cheryl Potter Browe..........Ron Reinhardt

Chris Christensen

Video of the meeting HERE

Sign-up for Veteran's Health Benefits at BIRHC

To “ALL” Beaver Island Veterans-Friday 6/13/2014
This Friday 6/13/2014 from 9am to 1pm we will have representatives from the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center out of Saginaw here to answer your questions and sign up veterans for health care benefits. A large turnout will certainly be to our advantage when it comes to services that we will be able to offer right here on the island so even if you have been ineligible to receive benefits in the past please take a few minutes to stop in and have a chat with these folks, let them explain the various programs and the eligibility requirements. Membership in other organizations is not required, an honorable discharge is.
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center has been working closely with the Saginaw VA to get to this point and now we need your help. Even if you currently have good health insurance and benefits, many island vets do not, and the more interest we can show, the more we will receive as this program sprouts wings.
Thank you and I hope to  see you Friday.
Denny Cook
BIRHC Director Emeritus
USMC 69/70

Outdoor Pictures

Enjoying the grass as a tasty morsel

One sandhill crane trying to draw the photographer away from the young ones that were hiding.

The osprey near the microwave tower

One monarch plus one monararch equals???

Ryan Tylor Bellinger


1974 - 2014

Ryan T. Bellinger age 40 of Belding passed away Sunday June 8, 2014 from injuries in an auto accident. He was born in Greenville February 13, 1974 the son of Terry L. and Vicki J.(Wood) Bellinger.

Ryan was a graduate of Greenville High School with the class of 1992 and worked in the construction field most of his life. He was a people person and enjoyed being with people and spending time in the outdoors. He was a licensed pilot and really enjoyed flying.

He was preceded in death by his mother Vicki in 2013 and both of his grandfathers, Thornton Bellinger and Robert Wood.

He is survived by his father Terry L.(Susan) Bellinger, his grandmothers, Evelyn Bellinger and Virginia Wood, his sisters, Tiffany MacIntyre and Monica Bellinger, his brother Brechen MacIntyre, nieces and nephews, Dillon, Isabell, Mitchell and Gabrielle, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A time of visitation and a memorial gathering will be held on Thursday June 12 from 4 to 5 PM with his uncle, Mick Bellinger leading the memorial at 5 PM at Hurst Funeral Home. A Private family inurnment of his remains will be in Two Rivers Cemetery, Isabella County, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of your choosing.

Marsh Thistle

by Cindy Ricksgers

from http://stoptheinvasives.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/marsh-thistle/

Marsh Thistle.

Cirsium Palustre.

European swamp thistle.

Marsh plume thistle.

Many names for yet another invasive plant species.

This one has been described, “like purple loosestrife, with spines”

Marsh Thistle is a member of the Aster family with origins in Europe.

It is an erect herbaceous biennial that can grow 3 to 5 feet in height. Once again, I go to the informative brochure, Top Ten Invasive Species, put out by the Beaver Island Association  for their excellent description:


[Marsh Thistle]has a rosette (circle) of leaves at the base that are long, spiny, and deeply lobed. The stem is thick, often reddish, and covered with hairy spines and equally spiny, hairy leaves. The pinkish-purple flowers appear at the top of the stem in a tight cluster, usually in June or July. On Beaver Island this plant is more likely to be found in moist areas than in dry sand.

The brochure goes on to warn that there are some similarities with the native Pitcher’s (beach) thistle, which is a federally threatened (and protected!) species. If in doubt, consult an expert.

The differences between a native plant and an non-native, introduced plant are vast, and have mainly to do with things that keep a plant in check. From things that slow a plant’s growth at a microbial level, to animals that may feed on it, to natural competition for light and nutrients, native species have checks in place. Invasive species do not.

When I spoke at the school, I compared an invasive plant’s advantage to the powers of Superman. If he had chosen to use his powers for evil, rather than for good, we wouldn’t have had a chance against X-ray vision, the ability to fly, super-strength, super-hearing and super-speed.

When invasive plants move in-usually the initial invasion is caused by the activities of man-there is nothing in nature to stop their progress. If left alone, they will forever change the landscape. We have to take control of the problem.

Marsh thistle forms a rosette the first year, and over-winters at ground level.

The next year, it sends up a stalk, flowers, and produces thousands of seeds…which are then dispersed by the wind.

Once introduced, “this plant can aggressively colonize natural areas, decrease biodiversity and compromise the ecological integrity of an area.” (USDA Forest Service)

Let’s not let that happen here!


by Cindy Ricksgers

I have to say, I’ve been pretty darn productive lately.

Knowing my usual patterns and accomplishments (or lack thereof), I am impressed.

In the ten days so far in the month of June, I’ve undertaken – and finished – more projects than would normally get done in an entire month.

I’ve kept up with all the usual stuff, like laundry and housework, evenings in the studio and my (several)jobs for pay.

In addition, I planted my garden, mowed the lawn, trimmed the pine tree, pruned the shrubs, cut back the roses, trimmed along the walkway, cleaned out several flower beds and dug post holes to move my clothesline poles. Dug up the poles from their current location. Hauled all the branches, trimmings and weeds away.

Maybe even more stuff I just can’t think of right now.

On top of that, I delivered artwork to a gallery that is opening for the season this week, and helped to plan a little after-hours reception.

On a social level, I attended a funeral, wrote two letters, visited with Aunt Katie and had two meals out with friends!

What’s the deal?

Where is all this energy coming from?

What happened to my usual lethargy?

As I was setting out to take the dogs for their walk today, my camera beeped, letting me know the little storage card was full. To be able to take more photos, I was going to have to make room. No problem. I transfer the photos to my computer pretty regularly, so it was just a matter of deleting them from the camera.

So, as we walked along, I clicked through and deleted images taken over the course of the last several months.



Gray trees in a pale landscape.

Gray trees against gray sky.




This was the world I saw, through the many long months of winter.

I looked up from my task to see sunshine weaving through many layers and shades of green. Blue sky! Brown path! Flowers!

I could feel the energy in all the wild color and brightness surrounding me.

That’s where it’s coming from!

Visit Cindy's blog HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

June 9, 2014

(Pictures and video by Kaylyn Jones)

The board discussing an issue

Mr. Cushman asking questions

Mr. LaFreniere also asks with Mrs. Swartzfisher answering

An interesting meeting

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Charlevoix County Commission to Meet on Beaver Island

The meeting will take place at Peaine Hall at 2 pm, Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Link to Agenda and Minutes of May meetings HERE

BI Historical Society Open House

Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 1 pm to 3 pm.



Community School Board Meeting, May 22, 2014

The meeting video is presented HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, 5/14/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

Video for this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee, May 20, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

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


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed 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 2013. 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.


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!

BICS Secondary (Grades 7-12) Awards Ceremony

The Secondary Awards Ceremony took place at 7 p.m. on June 4, 2014. Riley Justice welcomed the students, parents, and friends to the ceremony. Mrs. Connie Boyle gave out the 9-12 Scholar Awards and the 9-12 Northern Lights League Academic Awards. Mr. Justis presented the 9-12 Citizen of the Year Award and the 9-12 Citizen of the Year Award. Then Mrs. Beth Croswhite gave the information about those students who had received scholarships. Mr. Richards gave out the 7th and 8th Scholar awards and the Northern Lights League Academic awards. Mr. Justis gave out the 7-8 Citizen of the Year and 7-8 Student of the Year awards.

Erin Boyle, valedictorian of the class of 2014, gave an Address to the Class 2018. This was followed by the awarding of the 8th Grade diplomas by Riley Justis, Jessica Anderson, and Gerald LaFreniere.

Video of this ceremony is available HERE

Kathleen McNamara Scholarship Available

Beaver Island Community School would like to announce a new scholarship available to school alumni. It is the “Kathleen (Kitty) McNamara Scholarship”. Kitty was a teacher, principal and superintendent for Beaver Island Community School for over 30 years. She was dedicated to seeing students succeed in education, lifelong. In honor of her retirement, a scholarship fund was established in 2013 to provide educational opportunities for graduates of Beaver Island Community School who have, at minimum, completed their freshman year of college and continue to further their education at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in any field of study.
Please go to www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us for further information and the scholarship application.

BICS Elementary Awards Ceremony

Pictures by Deb Bousquet and video by Kaylyn Jones

The K-6 Elementary Awards Ceremony took place at 12:30 pm on June 4, 2014, in the school gym. The awards ceremony included the story below, about Ron Marsh's award, so it will not be repeated here. The group of parents and friends were welcomed by Mrs. Deb Robert.

The first awards were given to the K-2 grade group by Ms. Miranda Rooy, their teacher.

With mixed emotions, Mike Myers gave out the awards for the 3rd and 4th graders that he taught this year. Mike Myers is retiring this year, so gave each child a hug, since he won't be in school next year.

Next came the community-wide popular actors and actresses from the fifth and sixth grade. These awards were given by their teacher, Mrs. Deb Robert.

The 6th graders received the Northern Lights League Basketball Medals for winning the NLL Tournament for the 4-6 grade level from

The sixth grade graduation was next.

Here are those young students who graduated from kindergarten.

Video of the entire early afternoon ceremony is HERE

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

Holy Cross Mass Schedule-Summer 2014

4th of July Golf Tournament

AMVETs Meeting

Tuesday night at 7:00 PM , St. James Township Hall

Breakfast update, flag day, 4th activities...etc.

Holy Cross Baccalaureate Prayer Service

The Baccalaureate Prayer Service took place on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 10:00 am to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to fall upon our 2014 Graduates as they Go forth to LOVE and to Bring LIFE to our world which hungers for the gift their LOVE is sure to bring. Superintendent/Principal Riley Justis spoke at this service to share the best of hope and encouragement to our 2014 Graduates at this their Baccalaureate Prayer at Holy Cross.

Only fifty percent of the graduating class of 2014 attended the Baccalaureate Prayer Service. The male members attending were Jewell Gillespie Cushman and Ron Marsh. The two female members were off the Island attending different events. Olivia was running in a 5K race in Boyne City and Erin Boyle was helping as a staff member at a leadership camp.

Here are some pictures of the event:

Before the processional

Two graduates process

The service begins

Readings were read....Psalms were sung......Praises were presented

Gospel was read......Sermon was given......The gifts were presented.

A beautiful song was sung during Communion

Riley Justis, Principal and Superintendent spoke to the Class of 2014.

The Recessional took place at the end of the service.

Video highlights of the Baccalaureate Prayer Service are HERE


St James Township Board Meeting, June 4, 2014

Video of the meeting is HERE

Pet Licensing Enforcement to Start Immediately

It has come to the attention of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Animal Control that a large number of dogs on Beaver Island are NOT licensed through Charlevoix County.

The Sheriff’s Office is trying to find the best way for our islanders to comply with the law and get your animals up to date with their rabies shots and county licenses.

The cost for a County License ranges from $5.00 for a 1 yr up to $40.00 for a 3 yr and can be done by mail. In order to obtain a county license, your dog must be up to date on his/her rabies shot.

Jeff Powers has agreed to hold a one day clinic on Thursday, June 12th between 10am-4pm. During the clinic, a rabies shot will be reduced to just $17.00 (regular price $48.00)

Jeff will also have additional animal products at a reduced rate.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand with the proper paperwork needed to obtain a County Dog License.

Strict enforcement of any unlicensed dogs will go into effect after the completion of the clinic.

Please understand that our intention is to be able to quickly identify any loose dogs and to ensure the safety of our citizens.

I would also ask that anyone who has animal complaints/issues to please contact me directly (448-2700) or contact 911. Andy’s Grooming Barn (Andy Kohls) is not responsible for loose dogs, nor should be contacted to identify or take in any animals.


Due to the cold weather we had this spring, we are running about a month behind. We were originally supposed to get the first batch of chicks May 1st, but the fact that it was still so cold here made us have to postpone their arrival until the third week in May. In short, they will not be ready until about the second week in July. We apologize for the delay, but they will be worth the wait!!!

John Works and Staff

Church Schedule Changes

June 15-August 31, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service is at 9:30 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

St. James Episcopal Mission
Schedule of Clergy

June 8th & 15th  - Rev. Jonathan Sams

June 22nd & 29th - Rev.  W. Richard Hamlin

All of July & August 3rd - Rev. James Rhodenhiser

August 10th & 17th - Rev. Susan Bock

August 24th & 31st - Rev, Jeanne Hansknecht

September 7th - Rev. Michelle Meech

Sept. 14th & 21st - Rev. Bruce Campbell

September 28th - Rev. Ann Webber

Holy Cross Mass Schedule

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

(Imagination Stations, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 3rd
Details to follow.***
As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 (home) 231 675 7155 (cell)
Or email me at debbier@bics.us

This program is sponsored by: BI Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, ST. James Episcopal Mission & the BI Lighthouse Fellowship

***Volunteers Needed***
***Donations Welcome***

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 21

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 starting on May 7, 2014 Please support your Fire Department and EMS with your donations and purchases. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers for this summer. If you have questions or need help with your donation, call Donna at 448-2797.

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

B I Christian Church Ministers

May 2014

June 8:  Pastor Gerry Heyboer
June 15:  Chaplain Todd Thompson
June 22:  Pastor Howard Davis
June 29:  Pastor Joseph Fox

July 6:  Pastor Howard Davis

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.


Save the date of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, (RAIN OR SHINE!)

Where: Beaver Island North End Gardens  -- 9 am until 4pm

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

This years all day tour will be through the gardens of 6 unique residences starting early with a wake-up al fresco breakfast,  having lunch at the Beaver Island Lodge, then ending with a dessert tea and home tour. Each host will be showing us the highlights of their gardens; some being container gardens, some with elaborate decks and water systems. All of them as unique as their proud owners.

As usual the price will reflect the cost of the lunch and transportation as needed.  We ask you to remember that the ticket price will include a donation to the Wellness Garden and Forestview Apt. Landscape Project.

More details including price and transportation logistics will be in the June newspapers and at Beaver Island News on the Net starting June 1st.

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp onevery Wednesday!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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From Dr. Jeff Powers

Next Thursday June 12th, from 10-4 pm we will be conducting a low cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic at Beaver Island Veterinary Services on Main Street Downtown. This will be in part to support an effort by the county and the Friends of Beaver Island Animals to increase dog licensure on Beaver Island. Rabies vaccination will be at a cost of $17.00 and discounts will also be available on Distemper combination vaccines, heartworm testing and many other items.

This year is also a great time to get your pets on Heartworm, flea and tick control with many discounts available from a variety of suppliers. It has never been more economical that right now to get your pet protected and vaccinated.

Please contact us at 231-448-2860 or jpowers@tds.net for more details.

Thanks everyone,

Jeff Powers DVM

Voters to Decide Five School Board Trustees


Ron Marsh Receives Award

Ron Marsh received a surprise yesterday, June 4, 2014, by Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department's Don Schneider, Sheriff; Chuck Vondtra, Under-sheriff; Deputy Sheriff Travis Williams; and Charlevoix County Commissioner Rich Gillespie. Ron received an award for saving a life. Ron provided emergency care for a choking adult in April of this year. Ron was driving by, a little late returning to school after lunch, and noticed a man with his hands in the universal "I'm choking" position. Ron stopped and gave the man the Heimlach maneuver to clear the patient's airway. Congratulations, Ron, on your quick reaction and proper treatment to save this person's life!! Congratulations on your knowledge on how to save a life!

Ron is now in an Emergency Medical Technician class being taught right here on Beaver Island.

(L to R) Chuck Vondra, Rich Gillespie, Travis Williams, Ron Marsh, Don Schneider

Video of the surprise presentation


From Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department:

"June 5, 2014

Sheriff Don Schneider presented Ron Marsh, a senior at the Beaver Island Community School, a Life Saving Award, yesterday June 4, 2014 on Beaver Island.

On April 25, 2014, Marsh is credited with saving the life of Bob Banville, who was choking on something he ate.  Marsh saw Banville in distress and came to his aid.  He performed the Heimlich maneuver on Banville and was able to dislodge the item from Banville’s airway.

Marsh learned how to utilize the Heimlich maneuver through a Char-Em ISD-supported CTE Health Occupational class, as well as training he received from volunteering with the fire department and working for the Beaver Island Boat Company.'


Rob & Dan
Ivan & Buck
Francis & Larry
Ron W. & Larry L.
Howard & Joe
Jeff M. & Brad
Bill & Jeff P.
Gerald & Kirk
Riley & Chad
Frank & John
Ron S. & David
Travis & Jason
Team #1 beat Team #5 13-7
Team #4 beat Team #2 11-9
Team #13 beat Team #6 14-6
Team #7 beat Team #12 15-5
Team #8 beat Team #11 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #10 15-5
Team #3 had a BYE
Team #1 vs Team #13
Team #2 vs Team 12
Team #3 vs Team 11
Team #4 vs Team #10
Team #5 vs Team #9
Team #6 vs Team #8
Team #7 BYE

Museum Week Schedule

Transfer Station Seeks Bids

Early Elementary Writings from Ms. Rooy's Classroom

These were written throughout the year during our daily creative writing time. During this time, the students make writing plans, write a rough draft, the drafts are teacher and student edited, and then they create a final draft and publish in a word processing document. I started doing ‘workshop style’ creative writing (without writing prompts—they can write about whatever they would like) several years ago to try and improve student writing and to, hopefully, instill a love for it. This is one of their favorite times of the day so I think that in many ways, it has been successful!

And finally, I would like to do this on a more regular basis next year—just one or two a month or so. Let me know if you are interested!


Miranda Rooy, National Board Certified, at Beaver Island Community School Teacher in PreK-2nd Grade

Link to the writings HERE

Spotted Knapweed

by Cindy Ricksgers

Continuing the “countdown” of top ten invasive plants here on Beaver Island, let me introduce Spotted Knapweed.

This herbaceous (non-woody) perennial has a unique island story. I made several attempts to have my facts verified and clarified last week, which resulted in only delays. I am betting that-if I get the story wrong-I’ll quickly be given the corrections, so I’m going to tell it as I’ve heard it. Beaver Island is big on nicknames. Over the years we’ve heard names from “Tight” Gallagher to “Killer” Burke to “Red Pup” and “Hannah”.

This invasive plant has a Beaver Island nickname, too. Here, it is often referred to as “Denemy Thistle”. It was unintentionally brought to the island in a load of hay that William “Denemy” Boyle (a relative, by marriage, of “Harlem” Gallagher) shipped over. It came here when agriculture was still an important industry on Beaver Island, and was noticed right away as an aggressive and unwelcome weed. My grandfather, George Ricksgers, worked very hard to keep it out of his own fields and pastures, and was successful for a while.

Like all invasive plants, the Spotted Knapweed has advantages over native growth. Along with aggressive growth habit, prolific seed production and a long tap root, Spotted Knapweed is phytotoxic, meaning it is poisonous to other plants. That’s quite an advantage, in taking over an area! It thrives in what are called “artificial corridors”: gravel pits, roadsides, field margins, overgrazed pasture land and beaches. It can quickly take over an area, eliminating pasture, native growth and wildlife habitat. On our beaches, it is a big threat to the piping plover.

When pulling this weed, keep in mind that it looks similar, in some stages of it’s growth, to the endangered and federally protected Pitcher’s Thistle, which is an important part of our natural flora. When in doubt, do a bit more research or ask an expert. The other thing to be aware of is that Spotted Knapweed releases an irritant chemical, so gloves should be worn when in contact with it.

If you’d like more information about this, or any of our top 10 invasive species, the brochure put together by the Beaver Island Association is an excellent resource. Copies are available-free-in the lobby of the Community Center.

If you’d like to be involved in group projects to help control or eradicate invasive plants, please let me know!

Spotted Knapweed in its first year, rosette stage

...and here, quickly taking over a construction site.

Let’s continue gaining awareness and working together to protect our beautiful island!

View on the Invasive Species website

Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

BIRHC Newsletter

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Vacation Bible School Flier

From Holy Cross Catholic Church

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.


Sheriff Don Schneider wants teens in Charlevoix County to have a fun and memorable experience at this year’s prom and graduation open houses. To ensure that teens stay safe, he is reminding them and their parents that underage drinking is not only dangerous but it is against the law. “You can’t have a memorable experience at prom or graduation if you are unable to remember any of it because you have had too much to drink,” said Sheriff Schneider.

The consequences of underage drinking are serious. Every year underage drivers under the influence of alcohol kill or seriously injure themselves or others in crashes. In some communities a partnership between law enforcement and school officials prevents students who have been caught drinking from participating in extracurricular activities.

Sheriff Schneider offers the following tips to prevent underage drinking and keep this year’s prom and graduation open houses safe for everyone in the community:

  • Parents and other adults must remember that underage drinking is against the law. Not only is furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a crime, it sends the wrong message.
  • Parents and teens both need to understand that “everybody is doing it” is just plain wrong! Being liked should never mean giving up your personal responsibility or caving in to social pressures. Parents have an obligation to set boundaries that tell teens which behaviors are appropriate and which are not.
  • Everyone in a community is responsible for preventing alcohol-related injuries. At prom time retailers, limousine drivers, hotel owners, and others in the community have a responsibility to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Suspicious activity may include:
    • Drinking and/or visible intoxication of a youth
    • Someone purchasing a large quantity of alcohol, furnishing alcohol to a minor, or a teen using a false ID.
    • Prom parties hosted in hotel rooms

Sheriff Schneider warns, “Keep safe during your end of school celebrations. If you are a teen, don’t drink or use drugs. If you are a parent, remain vigilant about what your teen is doing. By making it inconvenient for kids to drink, you just may save a life.”

First of June on the Fox Lake Road

And now here it is, the second of June.

I had barely typed the title and was waiting for the photo to download when my little dog let out a cry. I don’t know what hurt or frightened her, but I picked her up, and she proceeded to fall asleep on my lap.

I have a simple “hunt and peck” method of typing that I developed myself (not that it’s much to brag about, really). I use both hands, and a total of three or four fingers to punch the keys; I’ve gotten pretty speedy at it.

Take away one hand, though-as when a dog is sleeping soundly with her little head cradled in the crook of my arm-and I’m useless.

I was tired, too.

I decided my “first of June” report could wait another day.

Wanting to capture the feeling of the first of June, I had taken a couple photos in the rain, from the shelter of the doorway. That alone limited the viewpoint. I couldn’t avoid the pallet leaning against the compost barrel or the white plastic five-gallon buckets filled with roots and weeds. On top of that, it was nearly dusk, and my little camera, set to automatically make those decisions, could not decide whether to flash or not. Raindrops on the lens altered the view.

I did not get good photos.

Still, I eschewed nice photos taken last week-in May-as terribly outdated in this ever-changing Spring. I decided that using photographs taken last June would be underhanded deceit, and I refused to resort to it.

I chose the best current photo to post, and started the download. That usually takes about 30 seconds. I had waited more than five minutes  when I decided to take my little dog and go to bed.

Beginning again this morning, that photo still refuses to come up.

Is my computer now making judgments about my photography skills?

Can I write a blog without an illustration?

We’ll see.

Yesterday, the first of June, was also Sunday, which marks the end of my work week in town.

Mondays, I can usually sleep in if I want to. I can write if I choose to. Then, I try to catch up on housework and yard work and laundry. Tuesdays, I devote to paperwork and phone-calls relating to my job regarding invasive species. Wednesday is for finishing up everything I didn’t finish on Monday and Tuesday, plus the day that I go to clean the floors at my aunt’s farmhouse. Evenings almost every day, from dinnertime until bedtime, I usually spend in the studio. Deadlines abound, and I’m usually behind with most of them.

The garden makes me feel anxious this time of year. So much to do! Soon, I know, it will be too late to plant. Soon, I will be too busy for it. The groundwork has to be laid early, for an easy-care growing space, or I will be frustrated all summer long, watching the weeds take over. I’ve been plugging away at it: digging and raking and hoeing, pulling weeds and hauling away debris. I rented a rototiller this year, and hired  a young man to work up the large vegetable area and the weed-choked pathways between the perennial beds.

Yesterday, with rain predicted for the first of the week, I was determined to plant.

I like to have my seeds in before the mosquitoes hatch. I have already missed that deadline this year, and the little vampires are out in force.

Sunday is a short work day; I could be home by three PM.

“My goal,” I told anyone who would listen, “is to get my entire garden planted today, before the rain comes.”

Some said, “You’ll never make it.” Others offered more hope, or at least, “Good luck!”

I went home armed with bug repellant, cedar stakes and garden twine I changed into short pants, a T-shirt and slip-on shoes. I put on a layer of sunscreen, then bug repellant oil to my face, ears and scalp, then an all-over spray of the “deep woods” formula.

I moved the outdoor table to my “staging” area. There, unloaded the twine, stakes and bug repellant. I brought the toolbox out, for hammer, tape measure and anything else I might find that I would need. I carried out the garden tote with hand tools and seeds. One big citronella candle, a reference book, a note pad and pencil and a pair of scissors. A big cup of coffee. My large tools leaned against the side, buckets and wheelbarrow at the ready. What else could I possibly need?

Time to get started!

First the rake, to smooth out the soil and remove the roots and weeds that the tiller turned under.

Measure. Stake. Link the stakes with garden twine. Make a furrow. Plant the seeds.

Every now and then a pause...to consult my book on companion planting, to reapply mosquito dope, to jot down notes, lest I forget what is where.

First, three hills of pumpkins against the back fence. The seed was old, so I over-planted, and used an area that wouldn’t take away from my staple vegetables.

Next, a row of onion sets. I planted thickly, as I’ll thin to use through the season, making room for some to grow into “winter-keepers.”

Then rain.

Wait a bit, to see if it will stop. Is it something I can work through?


Let the dogs in first: Clover’s terror of rainstorms makes the little dog nervous, too.

Bring in the toolbox, the garden tote, the books and papers. Make another run to grab the scissors and twine. One more for the coffee...now cold and diluted.

But the rain didn’t last! My heart soared!

Five-thirty...still a couple hours of daylight.

Out with the toolbox; out with the garden tote. Another fogging with mosquito repellent...add a hat...and a face net.

Try again.

A row of collards because they are easier to grow than head cabbage but offer the same flavor for soups.

A row of Swiss chard…because since Aunt Katie taught me how good it is, I can’t ever get enough.

Rake and measure for the next row.

Six-thirty. I looked at two miserable dogs: bored, too warm and bothered by bugs.

“Would you like to take a ride?”

They jumped at the opportunity!

Me, with a thick layer of garden dirt clinging to my skin and clothes, the dogs, with wagging tails and big doggy grins, loaded into the car and headed for water. Windows down for the rain-freshened air and the breeze, two and a half miles to the access point for Fox Lake.

We had the beach to ourselves. I enjoyed the breeze that was keeping biting insects away, the view, and the sight of the dogs in their glory. They explored. They sniffed around the fire pit and picnic area, every beached boat and ‘most every tree in the clearing. They chased a chipmunk and then a black squirrel. They waded in the lake.

When we headed home, tired and happy, I told myself, “I can plant tomorrow.”

It stormed through the night. It has rained already again this morning. Right now, the sun is peaking out. Maybe I can!

And now, finally, here’s that photograph!

Sunday Drive

Check on the Osprey and Loons and Others

Barney's Lake views of loons, turkeys, and sandhills

Ospreys on Sloptown

Beth Leuck's and Pam Grassmick's

Comments on Birding Trail Dedication

Way to Go Beaver Island!

So, how was the Beaver Island Birding Trail dedication?  The positive comments speak for themselves:
“Beaver Island is so beautiful...the water is so clear...the community was so welcoming...the staging area of pelagics [birds found on open water] is unprecedented. I have to travel all season to see an Olive-sided Flycatcher and we saw 4 in one spot...wow, the dedication meal, the Community Center setting and speakers were incredible...the drivers and field guides were so knowledgeable (thanks to our host drivers: Jim Gillingham, Ed and Beth Leuck, and Bob Tidmore)...we had 102 bird species in 24 hours....your birding habitats are great....nice to see miles of roads without invasive species...we saw a Kirkland warbler"...and the list goes on.

The Beaver Island community can be proud of hosting this inaugural event.  Many thanks to our corporate sponsors who transported, fed, and housed many of the speakers and field trip leaders.  Those sponsors were:  the Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Lodge, Dalwhinnies, Island Airways, McDonough’s Market, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant.  The Community Center and staff provided a welcoming gathering space, filled with birding information.  Doris Larson needs special recognition for her efforts in showcasing the fabulous art work by talented island artists during the dedication.  Brian Mastenbrook, Department of Natural Resources, placed interpretive signs at Oliver’s Point, Camp 3, Black Hills, Lake Geneserath, and across from the Wagner Campground at the Seven Bridges trailhead.

So now what?  The birders are busy blogging about the event, the island, and the birds.  As Brian Allan, one of the trip leaders remarked about e-Bird, an online reporting system for bird sightings, “we lit up Beaver Island like a Christmas tree.”  Some of the trip leaders are talking about offering an October fall birding trip.

The BIBT dedication and field trips will be archived on www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org along with birding photos from the Island event.  Birders year-round can enjoy online information about the island’s birding opportunities. Stay tuned for updates to the site.

Keep up the fantastic welcoming attitude, Beaver Island!  It will prove to be an economic boost to the island and provide birders with warm memories of their island adventure.

BIRHC Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is once again raffling off a car. This year so far they have sold 212 tickets, according to the sign outside the medical center. They also already had the Early Bird Drawing, and the winner of the $1000 prize was Pete LoDico. This year, some of the raffle profits will benefit the Forestview Apartments, the senior housing units east of the BIRHC and across the street from Stoney Acres.

Have you got your raffle ticket yet?

Miranda Rooy in Washington, D.C.

Miranda Rooy, a National Board Certified Teacher and teacher at Beaver Island Community School, had been selected as one of nineteen participants for a program in Washington, D.C. Out of over 100,000 National Board Certified teachers in the United States, this invitation was only sent to 19 teachers, and Miranda Rooy was one of the nineteen. Due to issue beyond Miranda's control, the invitation was postponed until March 2014.

Miranda Rooy, a National Board Certified Teacher and teacher at Beaver Island Community School, had been selected as one of nineteen participants for a program in Washington, D.C. Out of over 100,000 National Board Certified teachers in the United States, this invitation was only sent to 19 teachers, and Miranda Rooy was one of the nineteen. Due to issue beyond Miranda's control, the invitation was postponed until March 12, 2014. The video of this has just become available.

Here is video of Miranda's presentation in Washington, D.C on March 12, 2014:



The meeting was held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the Peaine Township Hall. In attendance were the two township-approved members of this authority.

These two members were Bill Kohls, appointed by Peaine Township, and Rick Speck, appointed by St. James Township. Also in attendance were Rachel Champenoy for BIEMS and Tim McDonough for BIFD. The meeting was held in the conference room of the Peaine Hall. Most discussion centered around first things to be accomplished and some goal-setting. The BIESA discussed the possibility of increasing the number of board members from the current one from each township to a total of five board members. Bill Kohls is working with the Peaine Township legal team to move in this direction. The goal would be to have some language ready to be discussed at the July township board meetings with the hope that the board could be constituted in August to begin the work of developing an organizational chart and by-laws.

It was pointed out to the ESA Board that medical direction was already in place for BIEMS. Each EMS agency in the County of Charlevoix is regulated and operated under the control of the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority. This MCA has been established by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, and the medical activities of BIEMS are determined by this CCMCA. Treatments of emergency patients are completed under the license of Dr. Mark Smith, who is the physician in charge of the CCMCA. Any medical decisions will be made in the prehospital care of patients based upon the standing orders or online verbal orders of the CCMCA.

There was no discussion of combining the two completely different departments into one organization. The organizational chart suggested would maintain the operations of the two departments, but bring the information about job descriptions and organization structure under the ESA board. The insurance and assets would then next be moved to the Authority, and operations would be handled by the appointees by the ESA board.

One of the first official acts of the ESA board was to officially appoint Tim McDonough as chief of the Beaver Island Fire Department and appoint Rachel Champenoy as the director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services. These appointments have now been approved by the ESA, the ESA Board has met for the first time, and some goals are being set to get this board up and running. Congratulations to both townships, and to the newly formed and appointed ESA board members as well as the ESA appointed fire chief and EMS director.

BIFD Chief Tim McDonough and BIEMS Director Rachel Champenoy

Video of this meeting HERE

Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

You know the routine! Please bring your handmade art pieces and craft items to the BIRHC lobby for summer bidding. We will accept decorated birdhouses (Betty has a few unfinished ones in the lobby for those who wish to decorate one), Garden signs, hand painted pots for decks or porches, framed photos and artwork of flowers, landscapes, birds, butterflies, etc. Any merchant wanting to support us can offer items such as work gloves, tshirts, tools, fertilizer, (all garden related). We will put them together in "packages" to auction off. The auction begins June 1st and ends after Homecoming. Betty Hudgins will put bidding sheets out with each donated item as well as a starting bid and end date. Please make sure she knows who has donated each item by signing the piece or contacting her ahead of dropping it off. The proceeds from your donations will be used to continue our Wellness Garden efforts as well as Forest View Landscape Project this year. Last summers auction of birdhouses alone brought in over $750!

Thank you again to all our participants. Connie, Leonor and the Wellness Gardeners

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

The 4th annual garden tour to benefit the Wellness Garden and Forest View Landscape project will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. We will be having a North End Event this year, visiting 6 gardens, which will begin early with an al fresco breakfast in our first garden. We then will visit 3 other gardens (one with a home tour!), dine at the Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant and end with a Victorian Dessert Tea at our last garden. This is an all-inclusive ticket. One price ($50) covers the entire day. As it is a benefit, we believe the price will reflect your interest in supporting our Wellness Garden Efforts, as well as two lovely meals, transportation and last but not least, comradery.

Tickets will be limited to 35 guests this year. Transportation will be arranged by the coordinators, and we hope that you "Friends of the Wellness Garden" will remember to purchase your tickets early in order to assure yourself a spot! Betty Hudgins, our BIRHC receptionist, will have the tickets available beginning June 30th.

This is going to be a fun event so be sure to mark your calendars and be ready to get your ticket as soon as possible! This will be a great day for gardeners and photographers alike. The mutual benefit will provide continued landscape improvements and maintenance around our BIRHC campus. Stop into our health center with any questions or email leonor.jacobson@gmail.com before June 4th, email or call Jan Paul (janetkaypaul@gmail.com, 448-2943) or Dana D'Andraia (448-2603) during daytime hours. Leonor will be available by phone in July also (448-2894).

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

Watercolor Class Schedule and Sign-up for September 8-12

September will bring watercolor artist Sharon Long to Beaver Island once again. With a generous mini-grant from Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association helping the community, the class fees have been reduced this year. Half-day sessions will cost $45 and full day sessions will be $90. The fees include 3 hour or six hour lessons including all supplies. There is a limit in class size due to her  teaching style Those of you who have taken classes with Sharon previously are urged to sign up by emailing me as soon as possible. New students need to be aware that the beginning of the week, Monday-Wednesday (Sept 8-10), will be more intensive class instruction (perfect for beginners), especially morning time sessions. The afternoons and latter week days (Thursday and Friday), are generally more relaxed creative time for individualized help, as well as intermediate and advanced artists participation. As a bonus (weather permitting) Sharon will be giving a photo walk on Sunday Sept 7th to teach you about using the lens as an artist's eye. This is free of charge to all class enrollees. Please go to sharin2art.com/blog for a look at her work. If you know you can participate in the classes or have any questions, please email me at leonor.jacobson@gmail.com. I will get back with you about scheduling after July 10th. Have a wonderful summer!!

BICS End of School Year Calendar

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Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

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