B. I. News on the 'Net, March 10-16, 2014

Taekwondo Tournament, March 22, 2014

The students of Sport Taekwondo are going to be having a tournament next Saturday - March 22nd, beginning at 10am at the school gym. There will be forms, weapons, sparring and board breaking as well as synchronized forms and synchronized weapons.

This will be a chance for the students to prepare and practice for the Michigan Cup, as well as a fundraising event to help cover our costs to travel to the tournament in September.

Admission is a free-will donation and there will be an opportunity to sponsor a student during the board-breaking competition. If the student you sponsor wins in their category, you will win a t-shirt.

Concessions will be available.

If you are a martial artist and would like to compete, please call 2670 for a registration form. Registration closes on Friday, March 21st. There will be no walk-in registrations.

If you would like to volunteer and help out on the day of the tournament, please call Sue on 2670. We can always use the help!

From the Chamber of Commerce

"This is a great ad and step up to the plate for Beaver Island - full page April & May in Traverse Magazine. Maybe next year with more member participation we can do a two (2) page spread," said Chamber Director Steve West. "Thanks members for your support and best wishes for a great season."

Outdoor St. Pat's Day Celebration and Games

It was a mighty cold day on Saturday, March 15, 2014, to set up the live streaming for this outdoor celebration of St. Patrick's Day. The wind and cold caused a little windburn for all who were out on this particularly cold St. Pat's Day Games. The live stream went on and off twice and the second time was the end of the live stream from Beaver Island. The computer touch pads wouldn't work and/or the fingers too cold to get it back on for the third time.

The live stream lasted through the races and the tug-o-war, but quit working very soon after the the fish toss began. BINN apologizes to those who were watching, but there was literally nothing BINN could do to get another wireless connection. BINN tried, and then finally gave up trying. BINN appreciates the donations that came in from the non-subscribers. This will help pay the three video camera operators who braved the cold temperatures to bring you the livestream and the on demand video; Brenan, Tessa, and Kaylyn Jones were the video camera operators for the day's games and activities, leaving the editor to take pictures.

The shopping cart races began with a run, pushing the shopping cart down the road from the Shamrock driveway down to the property line of the Beachcomber and the Community Center. At this location, the driver or steerer of the shopping cart was required to 'chug' a liquid beverage. The cart was turned around and headed right back to the starting line. Four members of the team then had to use the team skis before once again heading down the road.

Down at the end of the game area, one of the team members had to do the 'street bowling' game. The team had to stay there until all ten bowling pins were knocked down with the 'bowling ball.'

The team then got the shopping cart moving again headed back toward the start. They had to stop and draw cards, one for each team member, with the hope of getting a jack, which would take 30 seconds off of their total time.

The team then had to line up, everyone including the driver or steerer, and play a game of St. Patrick Says.

The team then pushes the shopping cart back toward the tires. Each team member had to do this miniature coordination and speed run through just three pairs of two tires.

There were quite a few teams that participated. The pictures of these are shown below.

Close-ups of the cart............the bowling pins.........Reaching for the cards

Close-ups of the St. Patrick Says portion of the game

Clsoe-ups of the joint efforts with multi-user-skis

Concentrating on the bowling game

Another view of the St. Patrick Says game

Concentrate on the tires and take just enough time to get through without incident.

More Outdoor games pictures of shopping cart race HERE

Video of the Shopping Cart Race HERE

Start and Finish and Middle of the Race HERE

Trophy passed out, but team members missing.......Phyllis Moore got the winners' picture

On to the tug-o-war!

Tug-O-War Video


Men's Fish Toss

The cold began to take its toll on the spectators. Beginning with the tug-o-war and continuing on into the fish toss, many spectators began to move to their cars to warm up or move into the Shamrock to warm both their insides and their outsides. Only the dedicated, warmly dressed competitors, along with two Michigan DNR officers, braved the cold. The DNR officers wanted to know what kind of fish was being used for the fish toss. BINN never heard anyone answer their questions.

Throwing the fish.....Jeff Cashman get a different perspective......Let 'r GO!

The men were done. The winner was not a previous participant.

Women's Fish Toss

Fish Toss Video


And the Fish Toss Winners:

St. Patrick's Day Perspective

by Philip Michael Moore

It's funny how we romanticize periods of history. Sometimes I look at artwork, and just have to laugh. Some guy is all kilted up in the Scottish highlands with a dramatic sky, hands on hips surveying the moors. You don't see him swatting the mosquitos that flew up his kilt. Way back you could even die of dysentery. Death by diarrhea is about as bad as it gets. At least I hope so.

We do this with all sorts of stuff. Some Native American artwork, Medieval castle scenes- how about those dolphins jumping in a cove. You don't see any prop marks or net scars on their beaks as they breach in a rainbowed cove.

Which brings me in due course to St. Patrick's day. There's two schools of thought on this. One, would have us believe that he's a bad guy, sucking the life out of the perfection of Ireland. Seriously. How's that for a dolphin picture. I sure miss the days (that I never saw) of sacrificing animals and the occasional human to the god of the harvest. Then there's the green beer society that celebrates the color green. I obviously have much more patience for those folks.

So, I teach at a school dedicated to St. Patrick which is part of a church dedicated to St. Patrick. St. Patrick was a clever man, and a brave one. You've been taken from your home by force, and enslaved as a shepherd on a rainy cold hill. Then you escape. What do you do next? You go back to where they held you captive, and not only forgive your captors, but over the course of 40 years or so, you convert the whole country to a new way of living based on love and forgiveness. Oh yeah, and you do all this on foot.

Now, I'm sure that it wasn't a perfect arrangement, and St. Patrick would be the first to tell you that he was a sinner just like the rest of us. However, to say that he was a bad influence is nonsense. Those folks need to have a green beer. I wonder if they've ever noticed how a Celtic cross is designed to include the old culture with Christianity. Maybe they miss the days of worshipping the sun. Anywho, I'm sure we all romanticize things a bit. As for me, I miss the craic at home.

Mé cuireadh do gach duine againn ar fud Dímheabhraigh romanticized, a taitneamh a bhaint as beoir glas.
(I invite all of us idiots over romanticized, enjoy a green beer. Per Google translate)

BICS Early St. Patrick's Day Celebration Was Live Streamed Today

The music of Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim met the students as they began to enter the gymnasium at the Beaver Island Community School (BICS). The tradition of celebrating St. Patrick's Day is a very long one at the BICS. There were lots of kids dressed in green, white, and/or orange. The dress up day was not limited to the elementary students, secondary students participated as well, as did the staff.

Activities for the day included music played by Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim, followed by a sing-along. The music was pretty much Irish American or just Irish music. The sound system was quite good and the music could be heard above the clapping and stomping.

Students and staff were asked to learn some movements and some music to participate in the the program. Some of the students were responsible to lead the rest of the group with movements and hand signals.

Brother Jim talked the large group into coming out onto the gym floor, making a very big circle, and then dancing, somewhat like a folk dance and somewhat like a square dance.

Shortly after the dancing was organized, several small groups of students broke off and began dancing amongst themselves.

Then the limericks winners were announced and winning limericks were read by Mr. Richards.

The even numbered grades were pit against the odd number grades with adults jumping in on both sides for the tug-o-war.

And a good time was had by all!

Video of this event HERE

Boat Launch Project for St. James Township

The current plan for Phase I

The Grant Summary for Phase I

Project Budget

House Phones to Become Extinct?

While there are lots of people who have cell phones and while those cell phones usually work just fine most places on the mainland, cell phones do not work everywhere on Beaver Island. The Michigan Legislature is considering a bill to allow phone companies to stop service in certain areas. These regulations for phone companies ending the service after 2016 passed the House 71-39 this month. This becomes a matter of life and death on Beaver Island if the legislation would allow TDS to stop land line service on Beaver Island. The AP article explains the progress of this legislation. If you are concerned, please read this and contact your legislator.


Weekly Fishing Tip

Weekly Fishing Tip: Targeting walleye at the end of ice season
Walleye are a popular target for many ice anglers, particularly as the season wears on. Pursuing these aggressive fish can be a great adventure, especially if you follow some of these tactics.

Focus on using jigs with spoons or minnows or tip-ups with live bait to see the most success. You might want to use a few tip-ups and then jig around that same area.

Think about the depth of water as well as the time of day. Walleye fishing through the ice usually begins and ends in shallow water areas with deep water more productive during the heart of the winter.

Learn more about walleye fishing during Michigan’s winter by visiting their page on our Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them website.

Carole Bearss' Son Jeremy Receives Defense Award

Jeremy Bearss has received a medal and certificate from the Department of Defense which states: "This is to certifity that the Secretary of Defense has authorized the award of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal Major Jeremy J. Bearss, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious service for the Armed Forces of the United States." Congratulations, Jeremy, on your award dated February 3, 2014!

Ted Nicholas Videos on YouTube

Ted has been working on specific programs to help control his computer as well as provide some pleasant responses by the computer based upon your conversation with the computer. Here are links to Ted's videos:

Ted said,

"The first one Speakable Stuff 1, is a basic interface for navigating your computer and opening and closing Applications and documents. The second one Pleasantries 1, is just for fun. A way to chitchat with your computer while you're using the first one.
Thought you would enjoy seeing them. Please share whereever you wish."

My YouTube channel:
The Nicholas Tube

Speakable Stuff 1

Peaine Township Meeting

The Peaine Township Board met last night, March 12, 2014. The annual meeting date was set for March 29, 2014, at 11 a.m.

The topic that got the most discussion was related to the Kings Highway paving slated to start this summer. It was discussed if the stretch of road from the Four Corners should be paved to Welke Airport. Further discussion included paving the McCauley Road and paving the county road that goes from Donnell Mors Lane up to the new airport terminal building. These were only discussions, and questions from the taxpayers in the audience included whether this could lead to an increase in taxes. There was much discussion about the level of taxes now, and how any paving might be paid for. There was also a question about the location of the new Charlevoix County Road Commission building that will house three county agencies, the Road Commission, the Sheriff's Department, and the CC Transit. This discussion pretty much suggested that the county should pay for paving to this building location. The board received much feedback about how this paving would be paid for, and they were admonished that there should be a public hearing about any paving desired. Another point was that this discussion could take place at the annual meeting.

Joe Moore and Ernie Martin were approved as members of the Waste Management Committee by the Peaine Township Board.

Video of the meeting HERE

BI Honor Society Sponsors "Filling up This Food Pantry"

Continuing until March 27th, there is a Pizza Party in the competition

Island Time

by Paul Cole

My Aunt Elvira was not one of the most punctual people in the county of Charlevoix. She was known to be a bit late to celebrations or gatherings. (Every family has an Aunt Elvira,and that’s good!) One time when she gathered on the Island for St. Patrick’s weekend and my grams called up the hill to ask to us bring in wood. Therefore, down the hill we went and opened the door to Elvira was on the couch “resting” in her nightgown. My Grams and the others were starting to get “ready” to head down to the Shamrock. Grams was pushing Elvira to “get a going” to which Elvira replied, “Now Grace, I’m just deciding what to wear”. We hauled in the wood and grabbed a cinnamon roll out of the pantry and received lipstick kisses from “the ladies” as we walked through the kitchen. Elvira was still on the couch gazing at the oil stove on the cold winter’s day. I stopped to say hi and grams called from the bathroom, “Come on, Elvira, get your lipstick on.” Elvira replied, “Sorry Grace, I thought you were still playing cards (as she winked at us).” I am sure they made it all to the Shamrock sometime during the day. Elvira Supernaw had Island time down as many others.
A few years ago Danny Gillespie left the Circle M at closing hour and beckoned us to “across the street to the head stones” to sing “ a few.” We went to Rita’s and Jewels on to many others singing tunes till the wee hours on the morning.....a bit of Island time.
In my youth (a long time ago), John McCafferty was able to gather a few friends and fix the idle on his car for about “3 mpg”. It took the longest time to make it around the Island, but the beauty of it was you could walk out of the car and take a “leak” and walk back without needing to stop.....a bit of Island time.
Another time I was washing nets at the Marina and Phil Gregg stopped, asking me to help move Perry Gatliff's boat over to the other dock. I said sure welcoming a break. I walked over and listened to Perry and Phil proceeds to talk about fishing and a few stories....while I listened and laughed.....20 minutes later the boat was moved....a bit of island time.
Claire Cull would always “rally” a bunch of us to clean up the playground beach. We would pull weeds and rake and clean for the day, lots of laughs and marshmallows around a fire into the wee hours of the morning....as she would say “wonder what the poor people are doing today”.....a bit of island time.
Once I left my house on the Island to “get some milk” (honest truth), and did not return for three hours later. “Well, I bumped into this person etc.” Island time.
Last summer I was able to sit on my porch and laugh with my cousins Darren and SaSheen Clark Welsh as our kids grew to understand Island time and our challenges of raising teens.
It was never that Islanders did not work hard to make a living. Many a day Islanders would be busy building houses, haying, and baking, teaching, fishing, docking boats or running their business. We all worked very hard, but had the art of “playing hard“ figured out well also.
The concept of time is just that--a concept on the Island. Some say it is because of roots, others say it has to do with a slower pace.
I say it has to do with wisdom. We all recognize our lineage and carry its traits in one way or another, as an expression or gesture (waving at everybody). We all have a slower pace when we arrive on the Island, but it really is about the wisdom of the moment and recognizing its value.
Island time is about valuing people in the moment and not letting past or future interfere with it.
And that is a gift.



Donate to the Food Pantry

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Peaine Township Meeting, February 13, 2014

Video of the Meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Meeting, February 5, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee, 2/18/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

Movie Information Below

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!


A Walk from Charlevoix to Beaver Island

(Thanks to Island Airways for the pictures of the walkers on the ice! Thanks to Ann Willis for the information about previous walks)

The walkers pose for a picture across from Dahlwhinnie's

Facebook was lit up yesterday, March 8, 2014, about a group of three young men on the ice out from Charlevoix, possibly headed to Beaver Island. A lot of rumors were flying about this event.

The first report on facebook was from Island Airways. This picture was taken at approximately 9:30 a.m. about two and a half hours after the group started walking.

The next report was also by Island Airways where the walkers were spotted at approximately 3 p.m.

Several people spoke about others who had done this in the past. The first time the walk was done, it was Don and Ivan Whitley. The second time the walk was done, it was Ed and John Whitley, and Dave Swanson.

No matter how you feel about this walk, imagine the ability to have this answer to the question: Have you done anything crazy in your lifetime? How would you like to be able to say, "Yes, I walked on water. I walked all the way from Charlevoix to Beaver Island, approximately twenty miles. It took us from 7:00 am until about 9:45 pm to do this walk. A little over fourteen hours to walk twenty miles across rough ice and snow was a real challenge."

Less than ten people have ever walked this trip from Charlevoix to Beaver Island . Some of the old timers may have sledded or had a horse bring them across, but walking is one of those very special things that make this very interesting.

Andrew Whitley..............Paul Beauvais...............Nicholas Whitley

This time the walk from Charlevoix to Beaver Island included Nickolas and Andrew Whitley (John's sons), and Paul Beauvais, Andrew's brother-in-law. These young men spent a couple of months talking about making this walk and decided finally with one question asked, "Do you want walk or talk?" The answer was to walk from Charlevoix to Beaver Island.

When asked in an interview why did Andrew Whitley do this, his answer was, "I wanted to have a beer at the Shamrock for my twenty-fifth birthday, and we only had enough money for a one way ticket." The smile on his face was like the sunshine after a week of cloudy days.

The walkers posing in the Shamrock with John Matela and having that beer

Quite the walk

Video Interview of the ice walkers inside Dahlwhinnie's


Stoney Acre & Donegal Danny's PUB

have a Grand Weekend planned for St. Pat’s
Friday/Sat/Sun/Mon "Party On"'HAPPY ST. PAT'S'


Enjoy Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Lamb Stew, Perch, Cod, & Stoney’s Full Menu

Live Music. All Weekend!
Music Fri  8:30pm til Close w/Danny, Danny, Cindy, Br. Jim & Guests

Saturday-Jackie Mouse Benefit 9pm

Beaver Island at its Best!

Sat-Happy Hour Music w/Danny, Danny Cindy, Bro Jim & Guests

Then Rock & Roll w/Paul, Layla, Brandon, Cory & Guests!

Sunday Shenanigans

Danny's Best Ever BLOODY MARY BAR & Happy Hour AllDay!
PLUS....Campbell’s PIZZA Jim & Pam PIZZA from 4-8:30pm

(Call 448-3000 & Have Your PIZZA Ready When You Are to Eat In or Take Out!) ALSO...Stoney’s Complimentary HOT DOG BUFFET is Available!

Monday 'The Great Day'

A very Happy St. Paddy’s Day from Stoney & the PUB!

Irish Music, Irish Fare, Irish Beer in an Irish PUB............doesn’t get any better! We thank you for your patronage!

"A World of Ice"- Pictures by Frank Solle

View them HERE


by Paul Cole

Years ago my mom would laugh telling the story when my brother Brian first went to Charlevoix as a child. It was his first visit with my dad and he was quite young...six or seven. Back in my days, you did not get off the Island much and it was a bit adventurous to have a dentist appointment and a bite to eat at “Judy’s” before you walked back to the boat while Stanley harassed you as you walked down the dock. Loy Malloy would sell my Dad a ticket and say “which torture are you” and “you better listen to your dad” while Lawrence e Vesty waited while you boarded. When Brian returned mom asked him how it was and he responded...”to much cement, don’t know why they have so much cement, I don’t like it mom, not enough sand (and that would ring true for today!) I am sure it was amazing for his young eyes that were use to dirt roads to walk and see paved roads and the whole experience, but we had connections for sure.
I was not able to get off much growing up on the Island, but remember when Willie Nelson decided to stop in Castle Farms for a visit. Off we went at the age of 16, had a blast, and remembered so well singing along close to the stage with Mary Minor my godmother. Our postmaster was letting go and to Wille and I loved seeing that side of her. The place was great, but the connection was rich with people and music.
When I first went to Ireland with Kevin Green and we spent the night in Earlys Bar on Arranmore with Andrew Early (Jerry’s father) the experience was rich with stories and laughs. ….but Kevin made it far more alive with his presence. I will never forget when I was traveling in Ireland with Kevin, it was my birthday, and I was sick with a cold. Checked into the youth Hostel and wanted to go to bed. He woke me up and said, “Listen you son of bitch, a good hot toddy will do you good, get your arse out of bed and let’s go”. I did and he was right….a few more memories made again.
Picked up my kids at the airport. Big hugs, man I missed them. Smiles and loading the suitcases. As soon as we pulled away, we started talking and the tears came. They stated it was going to be hard to adjust and so sad to leave Belgium. They both cried at how much they would miss people. Mackenzie said, “I’m so lucky to travel, Paris was wonderful, but the village is where I want to return. “ They miss “Mami and Papi” (Enrico and Elisa Durino) and cried a lot of the way home. It was not about a small village in Belgium, it was the people that made them feel “connected”, and living a way of life. So if you in a village in Belgium or at Willie Nelson concert in Charlevoix or a pub on Aranmore life is much richer with our connections. May we all have some good “connections” on St. Paddy’s day and beyond. A big thank you to all in a small village in Belgium that made a big “connection” and took the time with my children to create some wonderful memories.

St.. James Township Meeting, March 5, 2014

The 7 p.m. meeting started with a public hearing for the boat launch project with the engineer presenting another pictorial view of the project with the costs. The public hearing was necessary to pave the way for an application for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The public hearing was the first step in the public application process. This grant-funded project also includes a grant application for a MDNR Waterways, a grant application for a MDEQ Coastal Zone Management, and other grants and foundations. The total cost of the project as currently determined by the township is $450,000 and includes a local match of $11,250. The resolution for this project would follow the public hearing as part of the regular St. James Township meeting.

The regular meeting followed immediately after the public hearing. The normal business followed with a call to order, the Pledge of Allegiance, the approval of the minutes from the February meeting, and the approval of payments. Jean Wierenga reported on the Waste Management Committee's progress and budget work continues.

Included in the new business portion of the meeting was the resolution for the grant application mentioned in the first paragraph above. Following this resolution was a Homestead Poverty Resolution. The board also approved an airport committee's request for support of a grant application to the Tribal Council, the reappointment of Jim Wojan to the airport committee as the St. James Township Board representative. There was a discussion of the need to post and fill two positions on the Board of Appeals and at least one position on the Planning Commission. Concern was voiced related to the immediate need to fill these positions since the Appeals meeting was to take place starting this next Monday with follow-up and the property owner appeals date of March 15, 2014.

It was reported that there was no response to the Library Board posting for a position. It will be reposted. A private road name was approved by the board making the name Connelly Lane a legal road name for this private road. Although located in the geographical area of Port St. James, this road and the subdivision planned is not part of the Port of St. James.

There was a lengthy budget discussion, March 29 at 1 p.m. set for Annual Meeting, followed by public comments and a presentation by Cindy Ricksgers on the progress of the Phragmites and other invasives. This meeting lasted approximately and hour and forty-five minutes.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

News from the Chamber of Commerce

The 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide with a three page Beaver Island feature “Strutting into Spring” is now in print. Your Chamber and supporting members made it happen. Your membership dues are at work for Beaver Island.

How to order the print 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide


Three page digital Beaver Island feature starts on page 73


Annual St. Patrick's Day Raffle

Drawing will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Donegal Danny's Pub for the annual raffle, this year on March 14, 2014. Tickets will available at the Shamrock and Donegal Danny's from 5-7 p.m.. Tickets cost $1 each or 6 for $5. The winner gets a basket of fixin's for an Irish Dinner and much more!



Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

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:

March 15

June 21

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)






Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

McDonough's Winter Hours

Moonday-Friday 8-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 11-1

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

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

Contact: Matt Miller or Gery Hartman, 989-731-0700, or 1029 Gornick Ave., Suite 105, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

B I Christian Church Ministers

pastors for March:

     2:  Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI
     9:  Pastor Howard Davis
    16:  Steve Finch, Lighthouse School
    23 and 30:  Pastor Harold Kruse

pastors for April

     6:  Pastor Don Sinclair
    13:  Pastor Howard Davis
    20 and 27:  Pastor Harold Kruse

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.

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

Planning for next summer's events can sometimes be tricky if you don't have any dates so we are announcing the date of our annual Garden Tour Benefit now. It will be on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Dana D"Andraia and Jan Paul are putting together a wonderful fun­filled day for you and your guests. Our vans and lunch seating gets filled up quickly so please mark you calendars and be ready to buy tickets in advance of that date. We will have more information for you next spring so keep reading the " news" and watch for flyers in June. Have a wonderful winter and we'll see you next summer! Leonor, Connie and the Wellness Gardeners.

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am


Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp on first and third 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.
April 15, 2014
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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Citizen of the Year Banquet Plans

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year banquet will be held on Saturday May 17 at Holy Cross Hall. The event will be catered by Stoney Acre Grill. Because the banquet has been moved from April to May the nomination deadline has been advanced to April 20. “Several great nominations have already been received,” said the Chamber’s Steve West. The nomination form can be found on the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org or a copy can be mailed to you by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 231.448.2505

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

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.

Michigan's Sleeping Bear, "America’s Most Beautiful Place," set to earn Congress' first wilderness designation in years

by Andy McGlashen on March 4, 2014

(Wednesday morning update! The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on a voice vote late Tuesday, and it is on its way to President Obama’s desk. Said U.S. Senator Carl Levin: “This is good news for all of us who cherish the matchless beauty and the ecological importance of Sleeping Bear Dunes.”)

Michigan’s iconic and globally rare freshwater dune system is on the verge of getting Congress’ first wilderness designation since 2009, capping more than a decade of discussion about how best to protect one of the region’s signature natural areas while keeping it open to hunters, anglers, beach lovers and others.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act would designate as wilderness 32,500 acres of the park that gained national attention in 2011 when Good Morning America viewers voted it the nation’s most beautiful place. The bill is set for a House vote this evening and is expected to land on President Obama’s desk for his signature.

The bill is a rarity for the polarized 113th Congress, which hasn’t designated a single acre for protection under the Wilderness Act. (Neither did the 112th – the first Congress not to add wilderness since 1966.)  It enjoys bipartisan support among Michigan’s congressional delegation—Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow co-sponsored the Senate version, which passed in June, while Republican Dan Benishek introduced the House bill—and has the backing of local residents and the National Park Service.

That wasn’t always the case. A 1981 wilderness proposal from the NPS included controversial recommendations such as closing county roads that provided access to beloved beaches. A 2002 plan to implement some of those recommendations touched off public outcry, and was quickly scrapped.

Park administrators started the process fresh, with more transparency and inclusion. The current legislation finally took shape after years of research and planning, and nearly 100 public meetings. (For helpful background, check out this recap from the Glen Arbor Sun.)

“Now the areas proposed for wilderness make sense, and will provide that the primitive, natural areas can remain as the local population wishes—in their natural state—without cutting off public access where it is needed,” said Jeannette Feehely, president of Citizens for Access to the Lakeshore, in a 2013 testimony before the House natural resources committee. “It is not a bill where the proponents give grudging, reluctant support, feeling compromised and unhappy about something. Rather, this is a bill wherein almost everyone involved has emerged quite satisfied.”

Tom Ulrich, deputy superintendent of the National Lakeshore, told Michigan Distilled that seeing the wilderness bill become law will provide clarity about future management of the area, marking a new chapter of cooperation between local residents and park administrators.

“It has been such a longstanding issue at the park, and at some times in the park’s history, a very contentious one,” he said. “It would be nice to put it to bed and not have this kind of institutionalized tension between us and the stakeholders who didn’t approve of the previous wilderness proposals.”

Ulrich added that the bill’s passage could help attract visitors looking for a particular brand of outdoor experience.

“One key to this is, once a place is designated as wilderness, that attracts visitors,” he added. “People go to places because they’re designated wilderness.”

Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest accepting entries through March 15

2013 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner Hannah Hu’s American wigeon

Calling all young artists! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2014 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest, administered by the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw.

The contest is held to raise education and awareness of North America’s waterfowl and wetland resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has hosted a Junior Duck Stamp contest in Michigan since 1995. Hannah Hu from Ann Arbor won the Michigan contest in 2013 with a drawing of an American wigeon.

Students may submit artwork featuring one of the following species: whistling ducks, swans, geese, brant, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails or Hawaiian ducks. A full list of permitted species is available online.

Judging will be open to the general public at Green Point Environmental Learning Center in Saginaw in the spring. Artwork entries will be judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1-inch by 1.5-inch stamp.

Students will be judged in four groups according to grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Three first-place, three second-place and three third-place entries, along with 16 honorable mentions, will be selected from each group. Contest judges select a “Best of Show” from the 12 first-place winners, which will be submitted to the Federal Duck Stamp Office and entered into the national Junior Duck Stamp contest, held in April in West Virginia.

The winner of the national Junior Duck Stamp contest, along with his/her parent or guardian and teacher, will receive a free trip to a First Day of Sale ceremony in late June/early July.

The first-place art from the national contest is used to create a national Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014. A downloadable entry form and information on contest rules, a list of permitted species and regulations for teachers and supervising adults can be found online at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

For additional information or questions regarding participation in the contest, please contact Junior Duck Stamp state coordinator Lionel Grant at 989-759-1669 or Lionel_Grant@fws.gov.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a partner in the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL), a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetlands and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow.

Adventure to Waugoshance

Waugoshance Lighthouse Over the Ice

by Jason Lome

Former Beaver Island Community School graduate Jason Lome is an adventurer much like the editor of BINN. The story that Jason has put together for BINN subscribers fits this same spirit of adventure. Here is a winter camping, ice walking, individually personal adventure to Waugoshance Lighthouse.

If you are interested in purchasing a picture, go HERE

Thank you, Jason, for sharing your adventure with News on the 'Net.

Visit Jason's website HERE

No BINGO This Wednesday

Community Center Info for March 2014

Movie Information Below

BICS MEAP Averages

BI Airport Terminal Progress

On a noon trip out to the township airport, BINN captured the video of a walkthrough of the terminal building that is under construction there. The opening of the terminal has been delayed from the previous opening of March 2014. The work progresses.

Photos of a walkthrough HERE

Video Walkthrough of the Terminal Building on Sunday, March 2, 2014


CBS News This Morning: Saturday Reports on Beaver Island

Travel editor Peter Greenberg joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" for a discussion of the best get away locations and deals in the continental U.S. This included Beaver Island. Although the geography was somewhat wrong in this report, it is definitely some national exposure for Beaver Island.

Full credit for this video goes to CBS News and Peter Greenberg.


From the Beaver Island Food Pantry

Wow! This has been a busy winter for the Food Pantry! We are very thankful that we have been able to help many Island families so far this winter--BUT our shelves are starting to look like “old Mother Hubbard’s” cupboard! And we can certainly use your help.

We can use just about anything you can think of:  canned fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, pasta, soup, cereal, tuna, rice, chili fixins, taco fixins, baking mix, or pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, catsup, mustard, other condiments, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry and dish detergent, personal hygiene items.

And, of course, cash donations are always welcome.

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.
We are unable to distribute expired or opened items.

There are donation boxes at the school, the community center, the medical center, both airports, Holy Cross Church and the Christian Church.\

Thank you very much for your support!
The Food Pantry Committee: Beth Croswhite, Judi Meister, Patrick Nugent

Michigan Audubon Partners on Beaver Island Birding Trail

From the Chapter Connection, March 2014

Michigan has another birding trail! Michigan Audubon is just one of many conservation partners who have joined a collaborative effort with corporations, researchers, and residents to create the Beaver Island Birding Trail (BIBT). A fantastic website has already been launched and the trail will be dedicated this spring with a slate of weekend activities May 23 - 25.

Beaver Island, the largest island in Lake Michigan, acts as a critical stopover site for migrating birds headed to or from their breeding grounds. Many birds also stay to make the island their summer home. The BIBT encompasses more than 12,000 acres of state and township lands and includes four Little Traverse Conservancy preserves.

"Beaver Island has great public access to a wide variety of high quality habitats which hosts a rich array of migratory and nesting birds," said Pam Grassmick, the project’s coordinator through the Beaver Island Association. "Over the past few years, we have discussed the potential of hosting a birding festival but recognized the huge personnel requirements and associated costs. A birding website seemed a natural solution. We worked with Kay Charter, Executive Director, Saving Birds Thru Habitat and other birders to develop the Beaver Island Birding Trail." You can learn about the BIBT at their website,www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

Beaver Island TV to Make Changes

The beaverisland.tv website is going through some very small, but important changes. When going to the beaverisland.tv website to watch the live streaming video from Beaver Island, you will have to register and make a donation in order to be directed to the video. Although it was never the intention of BINN to make money on the beaverisland.tv website, there is a limit to the money that can be lost for providing this service. BINN subscribers don't have to make any donations since the video can be viewed from the link above as part of this website. Non-subscribers will now only be directed to the video page after they have made a donation.

This will also allow BINN to determine who is viewing the video from outside of this website, and allow us to have access to these people's contact information. You can't be anonymous anymore with the viewing of the video unless you are a BINN subscriber. Nothing will change for subscribers. You just click the link on this main page where it says,"Subscribers, Click Here for LIVE streaming video." The donation page is required only for non-subscribers unless a subscriber wants to make a donation.

BINN hopes that this donation page requirement will help offset some of the expenses for the expansion of the beaverisland.tv project. Everything that is live streamed currently is done from one camera. BINN hopes to move to two or more cameras in the near future with a video mixing board. Stay tuned for these exciting changes. News on the 'Net is also moving to HD video in the near future as well. The opportunities for advertisement will also be viable for the video live streaming. If you are a business on Beaver Island and wish to consider this opportunity, BINN is very willing to talk to you about having your advertisement on the live streaming video page. This advertisement viewing will be opened up for both the video viewers that are subscribers, but also for those who are not subscribers.

If you are a Beaver Island business wishing to increase your exposure beyond the confines of a printed paper, you can take advantage of this opportunity to advertise on the live video streaming page. This live streaming video has been viewed from all fifty states in the United States and from ten foreign countries including Bermuda, Germany, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.

The cost of the video advertisement will be $400 per year, and can be changed every six months with another video advertisement. The live streamed video has been viewed in February 2014 by 500 unique IP addresses. If two people were viewing at each unique IP address, that would equal 1000 people seeing your advertisement.

Your advertisement is designed by you and videoed by us, converted by us, and posted on the live stream video page by us at no charge, or you can provide us with the video advertisement that you want posted. BINN reserves the right to place the video ad in a format that works on our video server.

Northern Michigan's 100 Men Campaign

Read about this HERE

Old B. I. Airport Terminal----Bids Accepted

See BIAC Bid Document

From the Chamber of Commerce

2013 Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

Here is the nomination form for 2013 Citizen of the year. The nomination deadline is April 4 and the awards banquet is set for May 17th. Additional banquet information will follow in late February. As usual there are many great candidates and the Chamber directors will have a challenge selecting one for the 2013 award. Now is a great time to start talking with friends about who would make a great nominee.

Nomination Form HERE

NEW Board Member

The Chamber directors accepted with regret the resignation from the board of long time director Pat Anderson. By unanimous vote the board wishes to thank Pat for her many years of service. Jean Kinsley was selected to replace Pat for the remainder of her term. Jean is a real estate broker with Prudential Preferred Properties.

Mary Beth Kur Running for Circuit Judge


Part Time Position: Operations Manager

Operations Manager
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association
Beaver Island, MI
BICAA seeks a festival Operations Manager: This part time position is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of all orchestra events (concerts, rehearsals, outreach programs and special events) run smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner. The position is very physical and involves the loading and unloading of instruments and the movement of pianos and other instruments and equipment on stage as necessary; and may require supervision and direction of volunteers. Some weekend and evening work is required particularly in July and early August leading up to and during the festival.
Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in performing arts-Required (Music-Desired); 2 years experience in stage management planning and coordination  or performing arts experience-Required; Knowledge of Orchestral Layouts-Required; Ability to Read Music-Required; Strong organizational abilities-Required; Ability to work both collaboratively  independently and multi-task under deadline-Required
A complete job description and a list of qualifications are available at http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/

Submit letter of application, resume with email address, and the names and mail/email addresses of three professional references to: BICAA Coordinator, PO Box 326, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Applications received on or before February 15, 2014 will receive first consideration. Later applications may be considered until position is filled.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)




Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

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

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

Contact: Matt Miller or Gery Hartman, 989-731-0700, or 1029 Gornick Ave., Suite 105, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Township Airport Terminal


Floor plan

Charlevoix County Transit

6:00 a.m.--7:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)
9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Saturday – except Holidays)

8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. (Monday thru Saturday - except Holidays)

11:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)

(Hours subject to change.)

Children under 6 years .50
Senior Citizen (60 and over) .50
Handicap: .50
Youth: (ages 6 to19) 1.00
Regular Fare: (ages 20 to 59) 1.50

Note:  All passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

(Fares subject to annual review.)

Mainland: (231) 582-6900
Beaver Island: (231) 448-2026
Toll Free (800) 918-3447

Jill Drury, Manager
Charlevoix County Transit
1050 Brockway Street
Boyne City, MI  49712

Since 1980, Charlevoix County Transit has been providing public transportation throughout the County, and Beaver Island a few years later. The transit system operates 20 ADA accessible buses and provides over 117,000 rides annually.

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired in March

Several family and business subscriptions expired in February and others expire in March. . This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv