B.I. News on the 'Net, June14-20, 2010

Beaver Island Music Festival Schedule Announcement



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Men's Golf League Surprising Results

There were several interesting results this week in the men's Wednesday night golf league. The handicap league really is not very forgiving. A team has to be 'on' every single week because this handicap provides an opportunity for every team to "win once in a while." If your team is not 'on' for one particular night and the other team is playing very well, you can lose several points as well as your placement in the league standings. The handicap is 'fun' simply because it makes each team play their best.

"We played and tied the other team for score, but actually lost points because we lost one more hole than the other team," one player stated. "Another team won and gained a lot more points with a score that was much higher than ours. It isn't all about the total for nine holes. This makes it a more competitive game and gives each team a chance to win. If you never have a chance to win, it wouldn't be much fun."

Jeff and Ryan are in the lead in this league play with a nine point lead followed closely by Rob and Dan. The rest of the places from 2nd down to 6th are separated by a two point difference. This makes it quite easy for any team move up to second place very quickly. Larry and Joe are just two points out of second place. Howard and Joe are just four points out of second place. Ron and Bob, after having to give seven strokes handicap this week, are just six points out of second place. So there is an equal opportunity for any of these teams to move up in the standings.

Next week's matches could make a real difference in the standings with Rob and Dan giving Ron and Bob a competitive match if they are playing as well as they did this week. Frank and John could give Jeff and Ryan a really excellent competition next week if they play well. This editor thinks that the match between Howard and Joe against Buck and Ivan will be quite a competition, but friendly competition.

As more than one golfer stated last night after the games were over--"It's just a game, but a lot of fun."

Island Musicians Enjoy Participating in Baroque on Beaver

As plans are finalized for the ninth annual Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival, July 28 – August 1, musicians on the island are enthusiastic about rehearsing and performing in the Festival. Jayne Bailey, a member of the Festival Chorus, looks forward to singing with professional musicians under the direction of Kevin Simon, who will be returning to Beaver Island for the third year. “He is a choral director who makes it fun but also brings out the best in everyone. That is truly a gift,” Jayne said. She described the practices as “almost like a workshop - you get to be a better singer.”

The Festival Chorus is made up of approximately 30 singers, about two-thirds of whom are Beaver Islanders. Mr. Simon brings professional singers and soloists from his chorus in Saginaw. Jayne believes that many of the singers return each year because they enjoy working with Kevin and also because they love spending time on Beaver Island with friends that they have made here. Most of the musicians from off-island stay at the Brothers' Place during the festival; however, some artists, particularly those with families, stay in the homes of island residents. Several members of the orchestra have family connections to Beaver Island and enjoy returning each summer.

A newcomer to Beaver Island and to Baroque on Beaver, Sheri Richards is a native of Grand Rapids who has played the violin since she was four. Her musical career includes playing with numerous community orchestras and ensembles, most recently with the Grand String Quartet. Sheri began a Suzuki violin program at the Beaver Island Community School during the winter and will play violin in the Festival Orchestra this summer. She is excited about the opportunity to play in an orchestra for an intense, but short time. “Usually the commitment to an orchestra is for a long period of time. It will be a treat to be working as a serious musician every day – for a week!” she said. “Intense moments are few and far between in life, and I am really looking forward to those in store for me during this Baroque on Beaver week.”

Judi Meister, another talented Beaver Island musician, has participated in Baroque on Beaver in the past, as a member of the chorus and an accompanist at rehearsals. Now she serves on the board of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association and sits in the front row of the concerts! She and Jayne were both hopeful that with so many talented singers on the island, more people would get involved in the Festival Chorus. Judi emphasized, “Love of good music is more important than formal training.” Both women encouraged island singers to join and guaranteed that they would have a great time! They agreed that the choral music this year is particularly exciting.

Anyone interested in participating in the Festival Chorus or Orchestra should contact Managing Director Zac Moore by email at zac@baroqueonbeaver.org for more information.

Baroque on Beaver – 2010 – Made in Michigan

July 28 – August 1


Opening Night – Benefit Concert* - Going for Baroque, Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 pm, Beaver Island Community Center

Penelope Crawford, Harpsichord – Baroque instrumental and vocal classics with Claudia Schmidt, Martha Guth, and Annie Crawford

*Ticketed event, reserved seating: Phone 231-448-2022 for information

Chamber Music a la Carte, Thursday, July 29, 7:30 pm, Central Michigan University Biological Station – Gillingham Center

A sampling of engaging selections from Mozart to Stravinsky performed by chamber ensembles and soloists

Friends and Family Friday - An Introduction to the Orchestra Friday, July 30, 3:00 pm, Beaver Island Community Center

Family concert featuring pre- and post-concert activities including an Instrument Petting Zoo – fun for children of all ages!

Back to Bach – and a Few More Friends, Friday, July 30, 7:30 pm, Beaver Island Community Center

Sections of the orchestra present baroque influence across the centuries, from Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto to Mozart's Serenade no. 11 and Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks

Baroque Classics on Parade: Concerto, Oratorio, Symphony and More, Saturday, July 31, 7:30 pm, Holy Cross Parish Hall

Handel's Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 no. 11, Carissimi's Jephthe Oratorio, Shubert's Symphony no. 5 – offset by Barber's Knoxville Summer – presented by the Festival Chorus and Orchestra

Season Finale: Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan, Sunday, August 1, 2:00 pm, Holy Cross Parish Hall

Bach's Orchestral Suite no.1 in C, Copland's Old American Songs, plus the traditional Gaelic Blessing – a special Beaver Island finish to the Festival performed by the Festival Orchestra and Chorus

For more information about Baroque on Beaver – 2010 – Made in Michigan , please check the website www.baroqueonbeaver.org .

Beaver Island Artist on Diplay at Library

Daniel McDonough is the first Beaver Island artist on display at the Beaver Island District Library. His drawings are on display until the middle of July.

Island Treasurers Expands Days/Hours

Island Treasures Resale Shop is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 until 4:00. The volunteers will be there to accept" gently used, barely used, like new" items. We accept only seasonal clothing. Questions- call Donna at 448-2797. Thank you for supporting your Fire Department.

NRETC Meeting Canceled Due to Weather

Please be advised that the meeting scheduled for today with the DNRE, Parks and Recreation Division, has been canceled due to weather. Keith Cheli will e-mail tomorrow with other dates for our consideration.

Pam Grassmick

Checking out the Library

Summer isn't exactly here yet, but it sure has seemed that way. With some very hot days, the library was one place to cool off thanks to the air conditioning. Rainy days it's a great place to pass the time away while searching out all the videos, perusing the books and magazines, or just doodling around on the computers. Our number of visitors is growing every day!

Best seller books from the New York Times Best Seller List? How about The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest , by Stieg Larsson;   The Help , by Kathryn Stockett; Dead in the Family , by Charlaine Harris; War , by Sebastian Junger; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo , by Stieg Larsson; The Girl Who Played With Fire , by Stieg Larsson; Eat, Pray, Love , by Elizabeth Gilbert; . Three Cups of Tea , by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; or The Last Lecture , by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow just to name a few of the titles we have at the library.

Want to watch a movie instead? How about Avatar ; Alice In Wonderland (with Johnny Depp); Life (narrated by David Attenborough); Blind Side ; Invictus (with Morgan Freeman); Sherlock Holmes ; The Hangover ; Wolfman ; The Hurt Locker ; Planet Earth ; or for the kids how about Shaun the Sheep ; The Princess and the Frog ; or Up .

Did you know you can dig up old bones at the library? Just log on to Ancestry from the library and begin your search. Need a bit of help? Just ask a librarian and she can set you up with the basic pedigree charts and family group sheets to start you on your way to climbing your family tree. What may start out as a little interest can quickly become a hobby and turn into an obsession. Who knows, you just may find out you're related to someone famous!

We have some very special events coming up in July so keep your eyes peeled for the signs. Story Hour will begin on July 7 th at 10:30 a.m. with Mrs. Connie Wojan!

Hot or cold and wet outside, stop in at the Beaver Island District Library and check something out! If you don't have one of our new library cards, we can easily remedy the situation AND it's absolutely painless!

Beaver Island Featured on Golf TV Show

Beaver Island’s golf television show on Michigan Golf Live will be very different from the typical golf course feature. The focus is on the entire Beaver Island experience as a destination versus just golf.

The show will begin airing on July 3 on Fox Sports Detroit which is available on more than 50 cable TV systems state wide and on satellite via Dish Network channel 430 and Direct TV 663. The satellite times are: Saturday July 3rd at 9:30 am, Sunday July 4th at 8:30 am and Tuesday the 6th and Friday the 8th at 2:30 pm. Cable viewers will need to check their guide.

Once the Beaver Island show airs on cable and satellite you will be able to watch it on the internet at www.mgltv.com .

Beaver Island Golf course owners John and Carolyn Works paid the majority of the production cost of the show. Assistance was provided by the Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Island Boat Co., Island Airways, Beaver Island Lodge and Stoney Acre.

“The Chamber of Commerce was pleased to participate financially in the wonderful show about Beaver Island. We commend the investment made by John and Carolyn and encourage other members to bring similar Island wide promotional opportunities to our attention,” said Chamber President Kathy Speck.

(See video and story below)

Community Center Events Summer and Fall 2010

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The St. James Township Assessors, Dawn Plude and Amy Jenema will be available to answer questions at the St James Township Hall at 37735 Michigan Ave. on Monday, June 21st from 3pm to 7pm and Tuesday June 22nd from 9am to 1pm. The intent of this meeting is for the assessors to answer any questions or concerns about the reappraisal or the tax cycle process.

Rick Speck, Supervisor St James Township



150th Anniversary Picnic of Holy Cross Parish

The pig roast was the event that celebrated the anniversary of the Holy Cross Parish. A lot of hands went into preparation of this event and preparation of the food including the roast pig. The event took place on Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

It is absolutely one of the best things about Beaver Island. The public, all come, all welcome, to celebrations that take place here. There were many from all the churches on the Island. Many helping to serve. Many helping to cook. Many helping to provide music. What a wonderful tribute to the 150th year of the Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island! Congratulations!

Hard workers with the roast pig

In line to get some wonderful food and delicious roast pig

Danny Johnsten and Danny Gillespie along with Cindy (Gillespie) Cushman began providing the entertainment

The parish hall was packed with hungry and thankful people.

The band took a break to get something to eat...

Trae McMaken astounded the audience.

This young man is from a family of musicians. His home is China, Michigan, near Canada. He is studying folklore and folk music in Tennessee. A terrific fiddler and singer he definitely is!

Many stayed after eating to listen to the music.

Thank you to Jeff Cashman for these pictures.

Who is that old guy up there playing the bass guitar?

Free Varicose Vein Screening Event

Thursday, July 15, 2010


On Thursday, July 15, 2010, from 4-7 pm, Dr. Marc Lame will be hosting a free varicose vein screening to raise awareness for venous disease and available treatment options, including the VNUS Closure ® procedure.

An estimated 25 million people in the United States have varicose veins. A leading cause of varicose veins is venous reflux disease caused by incompetent or “leaky” valves in the great saphenous vein running from ankle to groin in each leg. In addition to varicose veins, other symptoms may include leg pain, fatigue, swelling and skin ulceration. This condition can be progressive if left untreated and symptoms may worsen with time.

•  It is estimated that in America , 72% of women and 42% of men will experience varicose veins by the time they are in their 60s.

•  Peak incidence of venous insufficiency occurs in women aged 40 – 49 years and in men aged 70 – 79 years.

•  Common risk factors for varicose veins and venous reflux include multiple pregnancies, family history, obesity, and standing professions.

Dr Marc Lame is hosting this free screening event in order to educate the community about venous disease, risk factors, prevention, and treatment options. Varicose veins frequently force people to dramatically change their lifestyles, especially when they have standing professions and can no longer tolerate being on their feet all day.

Multiple treatment options are available for this condition. Patients with venous reflux disease can now be treated with the VNUS Closure procedure, a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to treat the diseased vein. Patients treated with the VNUS Closure procedure typically resume their regular activities in approximately one day. Prior to the introduction of the VNUS Closure procedure, traditional treatment has been vein stripping surgery, which can result in significantly longer return to work recovery time. Patient satisfaction with the VNUS Closure procedure is high, with 95% of patients reporting that they would recommend the procedure to a friend. The procedure is widely embraced by physicians and is covered by most insurance companies.

Those interested in attending this free varicose vein screening event can contact

Charlevoix Surgeons at 231-547-2812 to make their free appointment.

Wellness Wednesdays at Charlevoix Hospital

Charlevoix Area Hospital's next “Wellness Wednesday” will be from 8 a.m.until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. The Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, ratio, and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. No fasting required. However, if you are fasting an LDL and triglyceride reading can also be obtained. Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health Consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made in advance by calling the office of Community Health Education at Charlevoix Area Hospital :

(231) 547-8906 or by email: kjacobsen@cah.org Walk-ins are always welcome.

Woodpecker in the Rain

Found a full bird feeder...

Plenty to See at Barney's Lake


wild irises.............................terns...............................more wild flowers...................................redwing blackbirds.

Perhaps a nature walk with someone who knows what, when, where, and why might be in order...

Tern fishing and diving into the water......

Gull Harbor Too!

Redwing Blackbirds galore.....young ducks................gulls, of course........both together

Homo Sapiens fishing

2nd Trip to Gull Harbor


This bird tried to hide from those walking the Gull Harbor Road. The bird was disturbed by the wake of the Beaver Islander first, and then was frightened by the wake of a power boat. The gulls were busy consuming the fish remains provided by the commercial fishermen and the Great Blue Heron just watched from a distance.

The Great Blue Heron is the largest North American heron , with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs). Notable features include slaty flight feathers , red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season. Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow.(From Wikipedia)

Flight is not graceful until the heron gets into the air. Landing isn't so graceful either.

Fascinating bird, the great blue heron...

2nd Trip Out Sloptown Road


There is a circle that gets attention from this editor almost every day and sometimes more than once per day. The trips include a ride around Gull Harbor, as you can see from the pictures above. The trips include a run out Sloptown Road to check on the ospreys near the microwave tower, and then a trip down to Barney's Lake and back to town on Barney's Lake Road to the Four Corners. These pictures were taken on the second trip of the day on this same route.

This sandhill crane was spotted in Charley Carey's field as the vehicle turned onto Sloptown.

This pair of sandhills were just trouping across the field from the east to the west..

The two ospreys were hanging out in the sunshine...

Flag Disposal Ceremony

Join the Beaver Island AMVETS for the annual flag disposal ceremony

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

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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

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


Aging Parents Presentation June 15, 2010

Legal Issues to be discussed

Peaine Township Meeting June 9, 2010

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

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

Airport Committee Ordinance 1


Airport Committee Ordinance Composition 2


Airport Committee Ordinance Composition 3


Peaine Township Attorney 4


Peaine Township Attorney 5


Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism 6


Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism 7


Bill McDonough Trip to Lansing, BIRHC Funding Situation 8


Dust Control 9


Dust Control 10


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


John Zanella Involved in Molotov Cocktail Attack in Iraq

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to St. James Township

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

Free Bumper Sticker at Chamber Office

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

What Was That Helicopter Doing on the Island?

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


The making of a Golf Live TV Show

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

This starts with the interview and continues around the course.

The interviewer from Golf Live TV

Frank, Trudi talk with the interviewer....cannon and helo......helo with cameraman waving......John being interviewed.......Cameraman at work....

John tee shot.....Frank swinging....Holding the flag to film a putt

Meg, John, and Caroline Works with a lead-in for the TV show

Dramatic golf shot filmed

Nature Walks Are Back

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

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

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

Health & Human Services Fair Scheduled for September 16, 2010

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

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

How you can help support this effort, click HERE.

Father Patrick Cawley's 40th Anniversary as a Priest


BICS Class of 2010 Graduates

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

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

St. James Township Meeting of June 2, 2010

Video clips HERE

Baroque on Beaver Seeks Singers

Osprey Pair Interaction

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

See info on video clip below...

Osprey Interaction  

The ospreys' behavior has changed. Instead of each taking a turn to protect the nest and the other moving into the trees to eat, one osprey is delivering food to the nest area, and then (s)he moves off to the trees to groom and rest. This video clip shows one osprey delivering the food to the nest.

Starts with the ospreys on the tower and then shows the delivery of food and the preening...  

4th of July Golf Tournament

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

Garden Island Clean-up

One site with trash

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

Link to more story and pictures HERE 

Front District Library Garden Renewed

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

View of the renewal of the garden

Reminder of the reason for the gardens


Video clip of the front of the district library and garden

It is unfortunate that many of the BIDL patrons are not happy with the moving of the cherry tree and the elimination of the many flowers and shrubs that were planted in this island. The efforts of the Langford family to improve things at the library was this time NOT appreciated. There was no malice in their efforts and work at the library, but this work is not appreciated by the majority of the patrons who have commented.

From the Cape Dory Association Website

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

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

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

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

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

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

Loons on Barney's Lake

The property owner near Barney's Lake has reported that the eagles got the eggs of the loons and the mute swans on Barney's Lake. It had nothing to do with the placement of the rocks. The good news is that the loons have returned to their nesting site on Barney's Lake and are protecting the nest constantly.

The loons protecting the nesting site and the nest....one swimming and distracting away from the nest...

Video of the loons on Barney's Lake



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

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


Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park

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

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

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

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



Men's Golf League Shows Major Shake-up in Positions

Updated on June 13, 2010: The standings play-off night on June 9, 2010, was a major shake-up and a major surpirse to most of those playing in this league. The first place team of Ryan and Jeff resoundingly defeated the second placed team of Joe and Howard (with Elwood subbing for Howard). Jeff and Ryan moved way out ahead with Joe and Howard falling to 4th place. Ron and Bob moved up into 2nd place with Rob and Dan moving into 3rd place. Larry and Joe are just one point behind Howard and Joe in fifth place. This next week should make the league standings more stable until there is another playoff or standings night. Congratulations to Jeff and Ryan who are now twelve points ahead of the rest of the field!

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

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

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Announcements for June 2010

Click for Video Clips below:

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

JUMPSTART to Wellness Starts --starts now with no deadline

Chiropractor and Opthamologists Visit the Island -Chiropractor every other Friday

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

How Should We Plan for the Future of Beaver Island

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Commission

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

For Sustainability and Economic Growth 

Symposium Number I

Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability

June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center 

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

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

9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today

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

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

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

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

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

Short Break

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

Eric Ellis -- Conservation Resource Alliance

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

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

Submit written questions for morning speakers.

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

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

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

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

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


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

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

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament Scheduled

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

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

NEW Community Calendar Feature

New Events Scheduled!

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

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

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


Beaver Island Bike Festival Coming Next Week

How to Have Fun at the Bike Festival

Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Subscriptions to Expire

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

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


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

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

June COA Menu HERE

June Senior Activities click HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)