B I News on the 'Net, June1-7, 2009

Old Postcard Pictures of Hat Island

For more old postcard pictures and the cormorrant issue, click HERE

Historic Completion of BIFD Training 060509 Video Clips

Congratulations to all of the BIFD members in the Firefighter I and Firefighter II programs that took place on Beaver Island over the last 8-9 months. This historic program was the first in the State of Michigan to be approved for Internet video lecture presentations. All of our firefighters passed the practical skills component portion of the examination. They will now await the results of the written test, which may take as long as 6-8 weeks. Congratulations to you all!

You need Quicktime to view these clips.

BICS Graduation, Saturday, June 6, 2009, 1 p.m. Community Center

Graduation began promptly at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center for the five graduates: Caitlin Boyle, Patrick Cull, Deven Cook, Maeve Green, and Heather McDonough. The building was a nice setting for graduation with an excellent sound system and lighting system ably handled by Ann Partridge. An excellent crowd was on hand to witness the graduation of five BICS students. Pictures and more story HERE.

Beaver Island Community School Graduating Class of 2009

(A picture and one minute video clip interview of each of the participating seniors may be viewed here.)

Firefighters from Northern Michigan Arrive on the Island

There were firemen from several different departments around northern Michigan that got off the boat on Friday, June 5, 2009, to help the Beaver Island Fire Department. The BIFD members have been taking a class for several months in Firefighter I&II training using a historical video-over-the-Internet approach. This program was a pilot program for what is hoped to be the future of firefighter lecture training with practical, hands-on, training taking place right at the local level.

Two mainland fire trucks came off the boat on Friday, June 5, 2009

This is a historical photograph because no other city or county fire department has sent a fire truck to the Island in the past. Of course, years ago the DNR would send a vehicle or two over here for the resident DNR officer, but this is historic due to the vehicles and the firemen arriving on the same day on the same boat. It is also historic that the other departments are going to be available in case any fire or other accident happens on Beaver Island while the BIFD members are taking the Firefighter I&II exams this weekend.

The two trucks at the fire station in town. One is from Charlevoix. The other is from Boyne Valley.

The exam to be taken on Friday is the written exam for both levels of firefighter training. The BIFD members will then be tested on Saturday using the BIFD vehicles on the practical skills. Some of the skills include knot tieing, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), drafting water to load the tankers, pumping water from truck to truck, and actual fire suppression techniques. The back-up fire trucks and firefighters are essential since the BIFD trainees would not be allowed to leave the testing location, and this spring the fire hazard is quite high. Being prepared is the Boy Scout motto, and we are very glad to welcome these firefighters to the Island. Thank you one and all!

The visiting crew members gather at BIFD Station 1.

The BIFD Chief Tim McDonough discusses the location of trucks and personnel with two fire instructors, Jesse Silva and Joe Schwartzfisher who obviously enjoy this adventure.

Beaver Island Golf Course Announces Match Play Championship

The Serenity of a Running Cable's Creek

There is something very soothing about the sound of running water, unless your bladder is overflowing. The serenity of the spring run-off from Lake Geneserath to Lake Michigan can become quite habit-forming. Forget that just last week the suckers were running from Lake Michigan up the creek. Forget the dodging and soaring seagulls. Forget the planes flying over. Just sit there and listen to the bubbling creek.

Cable's Creek at the bridge over East Side Road

Cable's Creek at the mouth with Lake Michigan

Click on the icon for a Quicktime Streaming Video clip.

Beauty and Wonder in Your Own Yard

You really don't need to go very far to find some of the most gorgeous springtime gifts. These beautiful irises are just beginning to bloom. What more could you ask for?

Kayaking in the Springtime

Can you imagine a better way to spend an afternoon? These students from the Black River School certainly preferred this Beaver Island adventure to sitting in a classroom. The Inland Seas School of Kayaking prepared a week's worth of activities including hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activities. If interested, please call Ken Bruland at 448-2221 for your adventure.

Osprey Nesting Now

This osprey is perched in a tree on the Sloptown Road as the mate is in the nest at the top of the microwave tower.


Oh, Deer!

Photo and story by Frank Solle

This shot was actually taken last Friday, May 29. So they are out there, keep your eyes open, but always give them plenty of room. A doe may leave a fawn in place for 24-48 hours so you can't assume they have been abandoned. It won't be long and they will be out running around with their mothers and doing crazy things like crossing the roads. It's another good reason to slow down as you drive around the Island.

Island Treasure Resale News



Episcopal Mission Church Announces Summer Schedule


All Services at 10 a.m.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH, 26055 Pine Street (448-2241), Church on Gallagher Avenue, Beaver Island, MI 49782

June 21 & June 28 Rev. David Madsen

July 5 & July 12 Rev. Hugh Dickinson

July 19, 26, Aug 2 Rev. John English

Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Ted Sirotko

(Editor's note: All church service notices that have been directed to the public will gladly be posted here. Send them to medic5740@gmail.com)

Beaver Island Electric Vehicle Show


(Beaver Island, MI) Beaver Island will be invaded by electric cars on June 26 and 27 for the second Beaver Island Electric Car Show. Two mainland dealers will be showing 12 small cars and Jeff Connor from Inland Auto will be showing his newly converted Dodge Dakota electric pickup. All cars will be available for demo drives.

Many of the cars will arrive on the ferry on Friday morning at 10:45, and will be shown in front of the Shamrock Bar & Restaurant and Harbour Market who are co-sponsors of the event. Fox Motors of Charlevoix will be showing a selection of new and gently used GEM cars, and North Central ZENN will feature ZENN and Miles cars, both new and used. Dealer and bank financing will be available.

On Saturday at 1:30 pm there will be a free showing of the movie "Who Killed The Electric Car?" at the Beaver Island Community Center, sponsored by the Electric Car Show.

Last year's Electric Car Show was a success. Event organizer Dan Wardlow said "Over 400 people came out to see the cars, and over 200 test drives were taken. Six cars were sold which doubled the number of electric cars on the island. We're hoping people come out to see what's new and take a drive. We're especially excited by Jeff Connor's electric pickup conversion, built right here on the island. There will also be some very sharp pricing on used cars, and new cars qualify for a federal tax incentive this year."

Beaver Island's network of free public charging stations for electric cars continues to grow. Three new locations will join the existing six during June: the Beaver Island Community Center (back of building), Ed Wojan Realty (front of building), and the Beaver Island Trading Post (34545 Kings Highway). These charging stations allow EVs to take a short "convenience charge" which expands their practical range.

Hours for the Electric Car Show will be Friday 10:45 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For Photos of the Electric Vehicles, click HERE

Seney National Wildlife Refuge- U.S. Fish and Wildlife to Hold Open House Regarding Shoe, Hat, Pismire, and Gull Islands

Seney National Wildlife Refuge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, owns and manages four islands in the Beaver Island Group as part of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge.    The four Islands are Shoe, Hat, Pismire and Gull.   We are starting a planning process that will guide management on these four islands for the next fourteen years.   The start of the planning process is to host an Open House Event for people to come and learn about the planning process and ask any questions and give us feedback.   We will be hosting an open house event on Wednesday, July 22 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the CMU Biological Station.

Rich Gillespie Moves a House

The foundation sat empty and unused for quite a long time, probably due to the many woes of having your building burn down, and then a little thing like winter weather got in the way, but Rich Gillespie was not thwarted. He had every intention of moving this house and getting settled onto the new foundation.

More Pictures of the move HERE

Thanks to Jeff Powers, Phyllis Moore, and Jimmie Gillespie for help with the pictures..

ATV Training Course Offered

June 15, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

BICS Students Perform in Petoskey

Four of our BICS students played in the May 17th strings concert at John Hall in Bay View, Petoskey.  Katie LaFreniere and Erin Myers played in the beginner group, Michael McCafferty played in the Intermediate group, and Caitlin Boyle played in the Symphony.  These students should be very proud of their accomplishments and their dedication to playing music.

Katie and Erin..................Caitlin............Michael

Air Show Coming June 26-28, 2009

Where's This?

There were many correct answerers for this. The first three were Hilary Palmer, Kathy Brouard, and Pam Moxham.

The answer is that it's in a tree next to Tim and Denise McDonough's yard.

The Case Against the Cormorrants

There are several pictures and a DNR article located on this page which states pretty well the case against the cormorrants. The pictures are by Jeff Powers, and the article is part of a series of articles showcasing the DNR.. To view this information, click HERE.

Stoney Acre Serving Breakfast on Saturdays

The Saturday mornings on the Island will provide one more opportunity to get you moving. Stoney Acre will serve breakfast on Saturdays beginning early and will serve through the lunch hour. The Saturday breakfast hours will be 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. Lunch and breakfast will be available from 11 a.m. til 2 p.m.

Don't Forget the FREE Classified Ads

As a subscriber to this website, you get free classified ads posting for all subscribers to read. The classified ads are one of the perks for being a subscriber. Please check them once in a while, and please use them.

Men's Golf League to Start May 27, 2009 (Postponed to June 3rd)

If you are interested in playing in the men's golf league, you need to contact Buck Ridgeway right away. The teams will begin play on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, and continue through July every Wednesday night. This league start was postponed due to the nasty weather that took place this past week. The league will begin on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, weather permitting.

Transfer Station Announces Hazardous Materials Day

A Household Hazardous Material Disposal Day will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the transfer station. Doug Bugai stated that this would be by appointment only, so call to set up your appointment and ask any questions about what is considered a hazardous material, and, whether or not the transfer station can dispose of it. Doug stated that any waterbase paint is not acceptable, but that oil-based paint will be accepted on this day. If you have any doubts, call the transfer station.

News From Your Chamber Of Commerce

Beaver Island Marathon Work Needs for September 5, 2009, Marathon

1. Aid Stations: The marathon course will have 5 aid stations and should have a minimum of 3 really good individuals at each station to hand water, Gatorade, GU and candy to the runners. Aid station workers would call us if help is needed by any marathon runner. These workers will also have the responsibility of picking-up any cups/papers that may “hit the ground”. This is an opportunity for a sports team, band members or church organization to earn some extra cash. Hours would be from 9:00AM until approximately 3:00PM. Depending on the number of runners, each aid station will earn a minimum of $125 to $150 for the day.

2. Finish Line Volunteers: This position is for someone that “wants to be a part of” the first Beaver Island marathon. These volunteers (5 or so) will hand out the medals to the marathon and half marathon finishers, collect the timing chips, serve the beer and pizza at the awards party and generally help at the finish line. This is a volunteer type position.

3. Road “Pointers”: These 5 volunteers would be available from 9:00AM until 10:30 – 11:00AM. To be stationed:

a. Along Main Street (by the light house)

b. At Donegal Bay Road and Main

c. At the Marathon turn point

d. On Donegal Bay at the paved trail (both ends)

These volunteers would insure that the runners stay on course and that “all is well” between the aid stations. Possibly these volunteers would be on bikes and then be available as volunteers at the finish line.

4. Day worker(s): This individual will help with the set-up on Friday, the set-up early Saturday morning and the clean-up afterwards. This is a minimum wage per hour job and we may possibly need 2 day workers. At this point I am not sure if we will hire someone local or have someone we know come along to help. This person could be a graduating senior from high school, college student or a retiree with a strong back .

Contact Information

Ron Suffolk rsuffolk@sbcglobal.net (248.446.1315)

Sharon Suffolk Suffolk@sbcglobal.net (248.437.4524)

News from the Chamber of Commerce

Paid Marathon Workers & Volunteers Needed

    A number of paid workers and volunteers will be needed for the September 5 Beaver Island Marathon. (Prior story News on the Net) If you have questions contact Ron Suffolk  rsuffolk@sbcglobal.net   (248) 446-1315 - Sharon Suffolk Suffolk@sbcglobal.net (248) 437-4524. To date nearly 200 runners have paid their entry fees. Don't delay if you want to enter as 250 is the cap.  The weekend of September 5 is going to be a big one on Beaver Island. Complete marathon information can be found at: http://goodboyevents.com/ BeaverIsland.shtml  . Good Boy Events is a member of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce.

Accommodations For September 5 Marathon

    If your rental property has any openings September 4-6 please contact the Suffolk's, above. They will work to fill your openings. Home owners who rent primarily by the week may want to consider a 3 day minimum rate. If you would like to rent a spare room in you home please contact the Suffolk's.

 One More Air Show Sponsor Needed

     Air Show (June 27) sponsors signed to date are Richard Roane / Warner Norcross & Judd, Robert John's Service, TDS Telecom and Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways and Scripps Island Floors.  One more sponsor is needed! Please contact the Chamber of Commerce office to lend your support. A sponsorship is only $700 and includes a ride in the B-25D Yankee Warrior WWII bomber. (231) 448-2505 Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Chamber Community Center Volunteers

A big increase in visitors to the Chamber office in the lobby of the new Community Center is expected this summer. Two more volunteers to work one day a week between about 10:30 – 2:00 are needed.  Its fun meeting and helping visitors enjoy Beaver Island .

B.I. Transfer Station is "2008 Commercial Recycler of the Year"

Read about this wonderful accomplishment by our transfer station workers in this document copied from the "Bright Recycler," which goes to all transfer stations in Charlevoix County. Congratulations to the Beaver Island Transfer Station!

Our transfer station in the news

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

First Outing Story, Picture, and Results are HERE

The dates for the next "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings"

June 21st

July 12th

August 2nd

August 23rd

September 13th


Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Volunteers needed to work Chamber – Community Center

We are expecting a big increase in visitors to the Chamber office in the lobby of the new Community Center this summer. We need 3-4 additional volunteers to work one day a week between about 10:30 – 2:00 during busy boat times. It's very enjoyable meeting and helping visitors enjoy Beaver Island. To learn more please stop by the office or call Steve West at (231) 448-2505.

Friends of Beaver Island now on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/group. php?sid= 651b5d8e1689a8918b117078928abc cc&gid=81147045215&ref=search

Transfer Station Hours

Spring/Summer hours begin May 1, 2009, 8-5 Monday-Saturday

Ill Islanders Doing Well

Joan Vyse has announced that her cancer is in remission, and thank to all from medical center, EMS, and all thoughts and prayers.

Lauraine Dawson is home and feeling slightly better..

Paul Nelson is doing much better and has been moved to an assisted living center. His new address is

Paul F. Nelson, 1501 Woodworth St NE,  Apt. 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
He would love to hear from his Island friends.

Update on me (Paul Nelson).....As you know, I have been on the mend from my left leg fracture, pretty much housebound and at present very difficult to walk.  Tomorrow (May 28th) I will have surgery on the knee which was damaged in the fall I took that caused the fracture.  It will be a complete knee joint replacement, so I will again be pretty much "grounded" for at least a month.   I will still have a chunk of the summer left to enjoy when things are healed and I go thru "re-hab" to  strengthen the muscles and learn how to walk again.

UPDATED: Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE

Winds Farms Coming This Month(BIA)

Wind Farms will be the topic of a presentation on Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 7-9 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Dean Solomon, Charlevoix County Extension Director, will present an overview of wind energy development potential in NW Lower Michigan and Beaver Island . Citing issues related to wind towers, new state renewable energy legislation, planning and zoning issues for wind energy will be discussed. This lecture is being sponsored by the Planning Commissions of Peaine and St. James Townships along with the Beaver Island Association. Open to the public and free of charge. Please, join us as Dean Solomon shares his expertise. Light refreshments provided.

Beaver Island Community Center

8am - 9pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Click HERE for June Community Center Activities

All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this page.

Barney's Lake Pictures

Indian Paintbrush is out.

Loon is still on the nest...Hasn't been bothered by the swans..

Was the swan injured or just faking it? Faking it, of course, to lead attention away from the nest...

Follow-up: While wanting to get some pictures of the baby swans, there were plenty of other fascinating and interesting things going on at Barney's Lake or in the area. For some more pictures click HERE.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes