B. I. News on the 'Net, March 12-18, 2012


The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who purchaseed tickets for the Corned Beef Dinner Basket which was raffled off on Friday, March 16 at Donegal Dan's. The Dinner included everything needed for a boiled corned beef dinner, as well as many ‘ Irish” items.

The lucky winner of this basket was Bob McDonough of Wyoming, MI. Proceeds from this raffle will be used to help the Auxiliary sponsor their community projects.

Citizen of the Year Banquet

The Shamrock will offer the following for the Citizen of the Year banquet on Saturday April 28 th . Please call The Shamrock (231) 448-2278 for reservations.

Dinner will include salad starter, meal and desert.

Grilled chicken breast with fresh mushroom risotto 19.00

Grilled Atlantic Salmon with asparagus and roasted potatoes 23.00

Prime Rib with asparagus and baked potato 24.00

The Beaver Island Comedy Club will be the featured entertainment with a special Chamber show at the awards banquet.

The last day for nominations is April 4 th .

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year nomination form is available here.


Two possible awards: Individual and Organization

The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.

Welcome Tyler Mathew Bousquet!

Tyler Mathew Bousquet was born this morning, March 18, 2012, to proud parents Kim Newport and Brian Bousquet. Tyler was 8 lb. 3 oz. and 21.5 inches long. He has reddish brown hair. Congratulations to all!



Open Letter from Kirk McBride

This open letter was read at the Peaine Township Board meeting on March 14, 2012. It was made public at this meeting.

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser

This crazy, hazy, lazy, histerical gathering of the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, and Beaver Island Law Enforcement to play against the co-ed members of the Lady Islanders and the Islanders was interspersed with some regular basketball play. You can view the entire game with some creative time out camera work at these links:

Introduction of players

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Score

BI Transfer Station Info

Mike Hurkmans' Winter Fest on Lake G Video 

Lady Islanders Beat Lady Lakers

On Saturday morning, February 4, 2012, the Lady Islander basketball team won playing against the Mackinac Island Lady Lakers. This was a hard fought game. The Islanders won the game by only two points, after losing the game the night before by one point.

You can watch the whole game by clicking on this link below:

Lady Islanders Beat Mackinac

Islanders vs Mackinac Boys' Basketball, February 3rd

It appears as is the the video for the girls' basketball game in Saturday is being viewed, so, in all fairness, one of the boys' games should also be available in its entirety. So, the Friday night basketball game of Beaver Island Islanders against the Mackinac Island Lakers is available also. Please click HERE to view the entire game.

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Senior Center Activities March

COA Menu for March

Ann Partridge made some COA announcements of activities coming up and introduced Pat Nugent who was to do sit-down "Stand-up" comedy.

The stuffed pork chops with vegetable and mashed potatoes and gravy were very tasty, and the efforts of Pat Nugent were very much appreciated.

Video can be viewed HERE

St. James Township Meeting, February 1, 2011

This meeting was longer than usual because the Five Year Recreation Plan was presented and discussed. The meeting began with a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. for this purpose.

Link to the public hearing for Five Year Recreation Plan

Immediately after this hearing, the regular meeting of the township board began. The link below takes you to the most important parts of this meeting. There was a glitch in the video of part of the meeting, and for that we apologize.

Link to regular St James Township Meeting


Pure Michigan Campaign

Chamber of Commerce and Boat Co pitch in with Charlevoix partners on Pure Michigan radio spot narrated by Tim Allen.

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

Revised St. James Recreation Plan as of January 30, 2012

Additional Comments on St. James Recreation Plan as of January 29, 2012

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

The BI Airport Commission met this morning at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss the term limits in Peaine Township, an Emerald Ash Borer sign, the 2012-2013 budget, and more. The budget appears to be very tight with very little Development Funds to be left for projects. The MDOT grant was approved and a discussion took place about whether the BIAC needed a DUNS number. Don Vyse mentioned a change in the FAA Terms and Conditions as part of an update. The BIAC will recommend to the the two townships the reappointment of Elaine West and Mike Scripps.

Rachel Teague was asked to explain the needs of the Men's restroom at the township airport terminal and she provided a written Airport Manager Report to the commission. There was some discussion about where and how to send Freedom of Information requests, and the determination was that these should go to the two township clerks. It was mentioned that emails are not sufficient to accomplish a FOI request. The recommended method is by US Postal Service where a return receipt can be obtained.

Video Clips of the majority of the meeting can be found HERE


CMUBS Job Opportunity

CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island is seeking a seasonal Custodial and Hospitality lead for the 2012 season, April 1 to October 31. 40 hours per week at $10.50 an hour plus 3 meals per day. Email a resume and cover letter to gordo2jj@cmich.edu

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

Island Airways provides year round air service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. The company has been working to grow its business with help from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Their business improvement efforts have earned Island Airways recognition as the Northwest Region SBTDC Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to Island Airways!

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the 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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

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

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!


Peaine Township Board Meeting, February 8, 2012

At the Peaine Township Board meeting, the Board passed the Airport Land Acquisition Grant, the Board passed the ability of residents to send protests in writing instead of having to attend the Board of Review in person, and they adopted the poverty exemption from property taxes. The Board also adopted resolutions to set board members salaries. The Annual Electors Meeting was set for March 31, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Public Budget Meeting, and Special Board Meeting to adopt the annual budget to follow immediately after the electors meeting. The Board of Review meeting dates were set: organizational on March 6 at 2 p.m., and Board of Review on March 14 from 10a-10p.

Video of the Meeting can be viewed HERE

Pulitzer Prize Winner David S. Broder's Columns to Benefit Beaver Island 's Rural Health Center

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

Beaver Island , MI - The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) Board has approved a unique offer and fund raising proposal from the family of the late David S. Broder. The Washington Post reporter and columnist died last year, ending a career covering national politics that spanned more than 50 years. He was often referred to as the “Dean of the Washington Press Corps.” Married to Ann Collar Broder, and son-in-law of Island historian Helen Hoffman Collar, Broder honeymooned on the Emerald Isle in 1951 and wrote about it often in his nationally syndicated columns that were carried in over 300 papers. Some of these columns, written from the Island, are the basis for the project to benefit the Health Center and the community it serves.

Ann and David's sons - George, Josh, Matt and Mike - have researched and compiled the Beaver Island columns, about three dozen in total. They are going to publish the collection in book form, and deliver copies to the Health Center by Memorial Day this year. Ranging from the early 1970s to this past decade, the columns provide wonderful snapshots and insights to Island moments as they simultaneously reference national issues of the day (at that particular time). The Health Center, with support from other civic leaders and marketing by the Chamber of Commerce, will manage the retail distribution and sale of the book.

The Broder family is underwriting the entire cost of the project, so 100% of all revenues collected from book sales will support the Health Center .

"This is a terrific gift from the Broder family, and great opportunity for the Health Center to improve its financial standing. As a facility that serves Islanders and visitors of all ages, 12 months a year, we are constantly under pressure to find new sources of money," said Health Center Board Chair Denny Cook. "We are honored and pleased to be the beneficiary of this truly one-of-a-kind fund raising project. We will do all we can to encourage Islanders, summer residents, their friends, and their guests to acquire copies to read and enjoy for years to come," Cook added.

The exact number of copies to be produced, and the cost, is still being considered by the Broders. These decisions will be made soon, with input from the Health Center, civic leaders and the Chamber of Commerce.

"This book is a tribute to our father, who embraced Beaver Island as our entire family has for five generations, since 1915. He admired and delighted in the people, the characters, and the community over his long adult life - its quirky independence, Irish heritage, self-reliance and patriotism," said oldest son George Broder. "This effort is a demonstration of his and our family's love of Beaver Island that we hope delivers for readers the same type of smiles, laughs and joy we experience when reading these gems."

For more information on how to support and participate in this project, please contact Donna Kubic at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Check out the following link to help with this project

Lady Islander Overtime Win Against Maplewood Baptist Video

Click HERE to View this Video Clip



Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

Video of the games

Remember Not So Long Ago

Obama 2013 Budget to Effect Beaver Island

The Traverse City Coast Guard Station may be overloaded with missions under the new 2013 budget, and could put an added burden on crews in Northern Michigan.

President Barack Obama's 2013 budget proposal eliminates the air facility in Muskegon and reduces USCG Air Station Traverse City's helicopter fleet by two.

Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the appropriations committee requesting that the senate reject these changes.

"We are concerned that if the President's proposal is adopted the Traverse City air facility will be left dangerously shorthanded." they wrote in the letter.

According to the Coast Guard, Michigan with it's significant Great Lakes' shoreline, has almost a million registered boaters.

USCG Air Station Traverse City currently has five helicopters. If the proposal passes it would leave them with three.

For Beaver Island, this could me that the helicopters out of Traverse City may be involved in other missions, and they may not be available to help do a medical evacuation from Beaver Island.

Peaine Township Meeting on March 14, 2012

The Peaine Township Board meeting on March 14, 2012, at 7 p.m. began as usual with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, but the next public comment was a surprising, but very eloquent statement by Keith Teague on behalf of Fresh Air Aviation. His statement was supportive of the process being undertaken by the BIEMS director Sarah McCafferty and director-in-training Danielle Dedloff, as well as BIRHC Manager Donna Kubic. After Keith's statement, he and wife Rachel needed to leave for a 7:30 p.m. charter flight.

Bill McDonough made some comments about the Air Ambulance process and was followed by Don Spencer who presented a resolution which spelled out a time frame for Michael Slattery's completion of the RFP and sample contracts. This resolution also spelled out a maximum amount of money to be spent on completion of this work. Link to Bill McDonough email made public at the Peaine Township Meeting.

Although there were moments in the meeting in which the business of Peaine Township was handled expeditiously, there were also moments in which the discussion seemed to run on and on and on. One of these was the Freedom of Information Act possible violations and the Open Meeting act possible violations by the Airport Commission. The request of Kirk McBride was to request all committees and commissions of the townships to have a copy of both of these legislative acts present at each meeting, so that differencesof opinion could be resolved more quickly. His second request in the open letter was to invite Charlevoix County Prosecutor Jarema over to the island to provide some direction and some education about what might be acceptable and what might not be acceptable. The board agreed that this couldn't do any harm.

Gary Morgan was reappointed to the Trails Committee. There was discussion about the Emergency Services Authority and the legal advice received by the Peaine Board from their lawyer. When questioned about this, Jack Gallagher replied that it was well worth the money. This information is covered by lawyer-client privilege, so none of this was public information at this time.

Donna Stambaugh was thanked for her fifteen years of service on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Video of the meeting can be viewed HERE

Peaine Parks and Trails Welcomes Gary Morgan

Hauling a culvert into the woods for a trail

The Peaine Township Parks and Trails Committee would like to welcome our newest member: Gary Morgan. Gary has been active in helping with the trails for many years and we are very glad he has officially joined our group!

We don't let the cold and snowy winter months stop us from doing trail work. The winter weather actually allows us to do some work, more easily then in the spring, (when there is, sometimes quite a bit of standing water and/or the trails are too wet and muddy to work on) such as hauling two culverts, over the snow, a distance of two hundred yards or better, to where they will be installed this spring, on the Camp 3 Trail.

Cutting branches and trees and hauling them

Doug was also able to drive out onto Fox Lake to trim branches, from the bed of his truck, that were hanging out over the lake and making it difficult for fishermen to cast. We also needed to establish the property lines at the Fox Lake Access so we did not trim anything on the adjoining private properties. These boundaries will be better marked for everyone's behalf.

Trail clearing can be hard work but it is very rewarding. We enjoy being out in nature and we love what we do but we are all getting older and hope that some of our younger members of the community will get involved, walk and learn the trails, (with us) and help to keep them open for future generations.

The trail committee also hopes to bring families and others together to walk and learn about our trails during some upcoming fun events, in the near future. If you are interested in joining the Peaine Township Parks and Trails Committee, please call Doug Tilly, chairman at: 448-2024.

(Pictures and story by Tina Walker)

Reprinted with permission from the Petoskey News Review:

Newspaper wins records lawsuit; Judge finds prosecutor 'arbitrary and capricious'

Freedom of Information Act cited by judge

PETOSKEY — Charlevoix County officials must release a pair of e-mails previously and wrongfully denied to the Petoskey News-Review under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, according to a judge's written order.

Emmet County Circuit Judge Charles Johnson listened to oral arguments in recent weeks from the county's civil defense attorney Gretchen Olsen, of Petoskey, as well as the newspaper's plaintiff attorney, Robin Luce Herrmann, of Bloomfield Hills. Johnson handed down his ruling on Friday.

"It's unfortunate that the Petoskey News-Review had to file a lawsuit to get answers to questions and access to public documents dating back to May of last year," Luce Herrmann said. "We're very pleased the court recognized the merits of many of our claims."

In August last year, the newspaper filed a lawsuit against the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners and the Charlevoix County Prosecutor's Office. The civil complaint alleged three violations of the state's Freedom of Information Act, following a freedom of information fight that carried on for several months.

The News-Review's suit sought to compel county officials to release e-mails Charlevoix County prosecutor John Jarema previously refused to reveal between himself and Chris Christensen, a county commissioner. The newspaper requested the e-mails to determine whether Jarema and Christensen communicated via e-mail during board meetings.

Johnson said that among the six e-mails in question from the newspaper's multiple FOIA requests, the first four will remain private because they are computer-generated real estate advertisements sent from Christensen to Jarema, also the county commission's civil counsel. While they aren't public records, Jarema could have released them, Johnson said.

"While Jarema was not required to produce personal e-mails under FOIA, he could have chosen to do so. This would have proven that he and Christensen were not communicating during the Commissioner's meeting in question. It would have shown candor and openness as to the workings of government, consistent with the spirit of FOIA," Johnson wrote.

The fifth and sixth e-mails are to be produced, even if it be in redacted form, the judge held.

More of the article may be read HERE

Isn't it Interesting?

The townships of St. James and Peaine recently received copies of a letter from Prosecutor Jarema to the Beaver Island Airport Commission that suggests that the Airport Commission had violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA). The Airport Commission isn't scheduled to have a meeting in the near future.

You can read this letter HERE and a second letter HERE.

These above two letters were made public at the Peaine Township Board meeting on March 14, 2012.

BINN is not taking a stand either on the side of Airport Commission or against the Airport Commission. It is the job of BINN to be objective and to present information for the reader to form his or her own opinion. It just seems that there are a lot of FOIA and OMA complaints, and that perhaps the idea of having a resource book handy to look things up MIGHT BE a really good idea in this world of litigation.

COA Sunday Dinner

A special event held once monthly took place on Sunday, March 11, 2012. The Commission on Aging of Charlevoix County puts on a Sunday Dinner once each month. This past Sunday was quite special since the Irish Dancing by Bridget Martin was featured after the dinner was over.

The dinner was well-attended....a nice social activity

Then Ann Partridge introduced the entertainment for the day:

Irish Dancing by Bridget Martin

Decorations, pictures, and video by Tina Walker. Thank you, Tina!


Chili Cook-Off Brushed Off

The 2012 Chili Cook-Off was unfortunately a less than successful event this year. Whether it was the fact that this took place during Lent or whether it wasn't advertised enough, their were only four entires in this fundraising event for the BICS Sports Boosters. Only four dedicated entrants produced the four chili offerings at this event. They were Chuck Carpenter, Jr., Kitty McNamara, the Adams family, and Elaine West. The winner was Chuck Carpenter, Jr. for his "Mostly Mild" chili.

Chuck's 'Mostly Mild' Chili winner

There were plenty of supporters and consumers, but, unfortunately, not enough chili. Compared to last year with many, many entries, this year's event was quite disappointing.

"Even though there were very few chili entries, the Booster Club made $500 thanks to the generous donations of our supporters. The Booster Club would like to thank everyone who came out to support our kids and apologize for the small amount of chilis to sample. We appreciate the community support of our sports program."

Kerry Smith,Administrative Assistant/ Athletic Director, BICS

Two participants in the sports' program at BICS, Meg Works and Emily Boyle, were the greeters.

Some of the attendees

Hopefully, future fundraising efforts of the Sports Boosters will be more successful because our kids need to have this participation in interscholastic sports.

Short Clip of Chili Cook-off


BIEMS and BIRHC Providers Renew Certifications

In a twelve hour marathon of education, tranining, and psychomotor renewal, that was interspersed with several emergent and non-emergent patients, some Beaver Island Emergency Medical members and the Beaver Island Rural Health medical team worked together in an intense weekend of educational efforts. On Friday night, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, twelve individuals worked and sweated to earn their Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support national American Heart Association (AHA) certifications.taught by Joe Moore and Sarah McCafferty, AHA instructors. "This is quite a rigorou training program," Joe Moore stated. "The testing portion is not for the faint of heart. This certification requires a lot of effort both inside and outside the classroom"

Participants in the programs had different licensure levels from Basic EMT, Paramedic, Paramedic student, Physician Assistant, and Family Nurse Practitioner. One participant took the advanced program even though he could not receive the certification due to his licensure level. "Now, that's interest in learning and dedication," exclaimed instructor Moore. "The island is fortunate to have these dedicated individuals."

Waterfall on East Side Drive

At the bottom of Gracie Martin's Hill on the East Side Drive, across from Jacobson's residence, is the prettiest waterfall on Beaver Island. Now, if you're looking for something 60 feet tall with a flow rate of tens of thousands of gallons of water per hour, you are not at the right place. But if you're looking to take a nice picture or two of run-off water of the melted ice and snow of a swamp pond, this is the right place to visit. Andrea Moore took these three pictures for BINN.

Up close and personal.........back a little way.......just a bit farther away

The photographer enjoying her trip around the island.

Bill Freese Passes Away

Bill Freese, owner of the Beaver Island Boat Shop, where he made wooden vessels including buckets that were works of art, has passed away here on Beaver Island on or about March 3, 2012.. In his honor, the AMVETs Post 46, which normally retires the flags at the Veteran's Memorial, has flow the flags at half mast for three days. Andrea Moore took these two pictures on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Thank you, Andrea!

Michael Slattery, Leading Edge Consulting Meets in Joint Township Meeting

Michael Slattery

Michael Slattery and Rick Speck-Jean Wierenga, Jim Wojan, Tim McDonough, Ray Cole

Jack Gallagher, Coleen Martin, Larry Kubic, Pete LoDico, Michael Slattery


On March 8, 2012, Michael Slattery met with St. James and Peaine Township Boards in the St. James Township Hall at 7 p.m. There was a good turn-out of EMS members and community member for this special joint township meeting to discuss the air transport of island medical emergency patients. Mr. Slattery provided a good summationof his Feasibility Study Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS version (23 January 2012). You can view this new version HERE.

Early picture of the attendees

There was a great deal of discussion of the issues that needed to be resolved before the Island can have not only an FAA certified air ambulance, but also a State of Michigan licensed Beaver Island EMS air transport operation.The discussion became heated after Mr. Slattery's presentation with open animosity seen at specific parts of the discussion. Many people had comments, so that labeling the video became difficult. The final outcome voted on by the two townships separately was the formation of a committee consisting of Danielle Dedloff, Donna Kubic, Gerald LaFreniere, Michael Slattery, and a representative from both Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation. Jack Gallagher stated that there should be other members included in this group, but was the only dissenting vote in either township. This is informative video for any that are interested.

Bill McDonough presented the legislation that is currrently being discussed at the state level to modify the State of Michigan EMS legislation to make the cost of the liability insurance reasonable. This proposed legislation may be viewed HERE.

The video of the entire meeting can be viewed HERE.

Great Lakes Letter to Members

More than 62,000 members were affected by last Friday's devastating snow storm. It has been called the worst snow storm we've experienced at GLE in the past 30 years. The damage from the snow caused many challenges for our crews and that took precious time.

A dedicated team of employees and contractors worked long hours for you in harsh conditions. We are proud of our employees and thankful for their dedication to restoring your power and working safely. Special thanks to our members for the tremendous patience and understanding you've shown throughout the week. It's our privilege to continue looking out for you.

AND, a great big THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our Beaver Island power team for your round the clock work to get Islanders back on the power grid!!

Beaver Island Cover - Michigan Travel Guide

You can order a print copy of the guide and/or see the cover and story (52-53) on the Pure Michigan web site. http://www.michigan.org/signup/travel-guide/

It is a shorter version of the Beaver Island story that ran in the July/August 2011 issue of Midwest Living magazine.

Michigan.org has been the most popular state travel website in the country for five years. It had nine million users in 2011. The Pure Michigan / Mid West Living Official State Travel Guide has distribution of several hundred thousand copies.

“This is fantastic for Beaver Island ,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve West. “The cost of three pages in this publication if purchased as advertising would exceed $100,000.”

St. James Township Meeting, March 7, 2012

The minutes and bills were approved. Rick Speck read a large quantity of correspondence including several topics. Joe Moore sent a letter requesting the townships check on the status of the payments made monthly by each electric customer at the rate of $12.25 per month. Kirk McBride and Ken Taylor had sent several emails related to the BI Airport Committee and its purported violations of the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. There were also thank-you letters and letters of interest for posted positions.

There was one report from Jean Wierenga of the Waste Management Committee (WMC) that a new manager had been hired for the Transfer Station. Don Welke, Jr. was hired to this position. There was some discussion about the authority of the WMC to make this decision. Intense discussion of this issue was completed, and Supervisor Speck announced the meeting with Michael Slattery, Leading Edge Aviation Consulting. The informational meeting regarding the Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS will take place March 8, 2012, at the St. James Township Hall at 7 p.m.

New business included a St. James Township Budget for 2012-13 was presented. This budget may be viewed HERE.

The date of March 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. was set for the St. James Township Budget Hearing for 2012-13 followed by the Annual Electors Meeting. Elaine West was reappointed to the BI Airport Committee. Linda McDonough was appointed to the Planning Commission to fill out the term of Jayne Bailey. The board passed the resolution for the Poverty Exemption. The board also voted to write a letter of support for the Charlevoix County Road Commission application for a TIGER grant. It was also discussed to schedule a joint township meeting with the Drain Commissioner and have him make a presentation about the new storm water ordinance.

There was board and public comment.

You can view the entire board meeting by clicking HERE.

One Day of Winter-Another Snowshoe Adventure

Vince Pickhardt and Joe Moore, the adventurers

Starting at the top of the bluff on Mrs. Reddings Trail and ending at the top of the bluff and all the way to the intersection of Bonner's Bluff and Buff Kett, the first shoreline snowshoe adventure of the year took place on March 6, 2012. The snow was already beginning to melt and the temperature beginning to rise as Vince Pickhardt and Joe Moore snowshoed the last half mile of this one day adventure. By the time the snowshoers were back at home recovering from the exercise, the temperature was up to forty-three degrees.

Video Clip of the Adventure


The tops of the snow covered trees were without snow at the end of our adventure.

Pictures looking from one point panning from south to north:

One of the many summer homes we passed.

Your Help-Broder Book-Our Health Center

Longtime Island summer visitor and Pulitzer Prize winner David S. Broder died last year. In tribute, and as a demonstration of the family's love of Beaver Island , his sons are self-publishing a collection of their father's " Beaver Island " columns in book form, with 100% of money generated from the sales of the books going to benefit the Beaver Island Rural Health Center . They intend to have 1,000 copies printed and sent to the Island by Memorial Day this year, with a price of $25 per book - five books for $100. The Broders are not taking any money from this, at the price point set it would not cover production costs regardless.

With the help of many Islanders, the book will include terrific Island photos so the product will have David Broder's insightful words, stories about the Emerald Isle between 1970 - 2010, plus pictures about Beaver Island . The Broder brothers - George, Josh, Matt and Mike - knowing that it will take "work" by retailers and other nonprofits to distribute copies and make sales to contribute to the Health Center, wish to recognize and reward this monetarily as requested. For those businesses and nonprofits that choose to do so, the Broders are pleased to commit to a payment equal to $1 per book sold. For those enterprises that help sell the books but choose not to submit for this, the Broders sincerely appreciate the gesture, as they express complete gratitude to everyone that embraces this project to support the Health Center .

With assistance from the Chamber of Commerce and Health Center Board of Directors, Donna Kubic and the Health Center will manage this program including getting books out for sale. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce if you wish to be part of this or have questions. ( Chamber@BeaverIsland.org – 231.448.2505 )

Participating retailers and nonprofits will be listed in two donated half page ads about the book in the NorthernIslander this summer and on www.BeaverIsland.org

Waste Management Offers Employment

The two member interviewing committee interviewed the candidates. Each of these members had planned to bring his recommendation to the Waste Management Committee (WMC), and have the WMC choose between the two recomended. Instead both, having interviewed the candidates, came back with the same recomendation.

"Motion by Jack Gallagher with second by Tim McDonough to accept the sub-committee recommendation and extend an employment offer to Mr. Don Welke at the recommended salary of $36,000 per year. Roll call vote yielded an affirmative vote by all present." (Paul and Angel Welke have not attended any meetings related to this process.)

Congratulations to Don Welke!

Snowy Beaver Island From the Air

Taken with a cell phone on the way back to the Island on Sunday, March 4, 2012




Easter Egg Scramble & Pictures with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center


Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Steering Committee
Monday, March 19, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. &
Tuesday, March 20, 7p.m. to 9 p.m.
Peaine Township Hall

Islanders --We need to hear from you. Come to one of the Community Forums and participate in Planning for our Natural Resources in a discussion led by two MSU facilitators.

Michigan State University facilitators have been provided by the DNR at no cost to the Island to assist the Steering Committee in developing an Island Natural Resources Plan. The Steering Committee has held two all day retreats to start the process and d needs more input from Islanders. These forums are the first step in on-going outreach to year-round and seasonal Islanders in planning for our natural resources. No decisions have been made, so NOW IS THE TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON & SHARE YOUR IDEAS.

NRESC Meeting Location Changed

Please be advised that due to the MSU facilitated community forums taking place on March 19th at the Peaine Township Hall, the Steering Committee will meet at the BI Rural Health Center's Board Room at 7 p.m. The Executive Board meeting is canceled for March 19th.
We will have conference call capability for participation by off island members. The Health Center's conference call number is: 218-632-0550 Participate Access Code: 138095#


1. Adoption of Minutes from January and February meetings.

2. Roundtable Sharing

3. Update from Executive Committee

a. 2012 Budget Request to Townships

4. Action Items

a. Proposal to establish subcommittee to develop Island-wide recreation plan

5. NRESC Web site

a. Upcoming Events (FYI)

6. April 14 Meeting with MSU

SUMMER POSITION–Beginning May 1, 2012

Responsibilities Include:
• Familiarity with past and current Phragmites objectives for archipelago
• Office work related to permission slips, filings, and letter mailings
• Returning calls and e-mails to those with questions
• Meeting with interested people at Township Hall and public updates to news media
• Coordinating a shoreline survey and reporting findings
• Overseeing targeted timeline for herbicide contractor bid
• Preparing for contractor visits and assisting as needed
• Assisting Township officials, residents, & visitors with Phragmites information, reports, and communications
• Interest in working with volunteer groups to control invasive species
• Willingness to participate in grant opportunities
• Work collaboratively with off island agencies and organizations.

This position is currently estimated to be around 8 hours a week and the hours flexible. The rate of pay is between $15 and $20 an hour—depending on qualifications and experience. All candidates will be evaluated on education, supervisory experience, communication skills, self-motivation, leadership, self
P.O. BOX #255, BEAVER ISLAND, MI 49782
By March 24, 2012

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church for March 2012

March 4: Pastor Howard Davis

March 11: Steve Finch, director of Lighthouse School

March 18: Pastor Harold Kruse

March 25: Pastor Harold Kruse

Spaghetti Dinner at the Shamrock

On Wednesday March 14, 2012, from 5:30-7:30 pm, Eric and Dana Hodgson are sponsoring a free will donation spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the purchase of new scoreboards for the school gym.

All proceeds from the dinner will go toward the scoreboards.

Coming April 27, 2012 The Alma Choir

Click Here for information


At Beaver Island community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago.

•  Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

•  Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses our islands now and for future generations.

•  Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

•  The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Letter from Eric Ellis

Hello Everyone,

For the fourth year in a row CRA is partnering with Saving Birds Thru Habitat and Fairmount Minerals to purchase and distribute over 4500 native trees and shrubs. These shrubs are available free of charge to landowners who will plant and protect them for future wildlife habitat. Species and sizes available are listed below. People are limited to 100 trees total and no more than 25 of a single species if available.

Red Osier Dogwood


Sugar Maple


Silky Dogwood


A. Bittersweet


Washington Hawthorn


A. Hazelnut


Red Oak


White Oak


Jack Pine


White Pine


Trees must be picked up in person at CRA's office between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Friday April 20th. If you have any questions or would like to reserve trees please reply via email or call 231-946-6817



2nd Annual Gail's Walk
Sunday, May 27th 2012 @ 3:00 pm

In honor of Gail Weede, each year we will have a Memorial Weekend Walk to raise money that will help Island families who experience unexpected or long term medical treatment. This fund would help with bills or expenses related to the condition.
A minimum donation of $10 per person is asked for this 5k untimed event. Children 5 and under are no charge.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. Shirts are available in adult sizes S-XL for $10 and XXL are $12.00;The deadline for ordering shirts is April 1st, 2012.

Please email Beth Croswhite or Kerry Smith for walk/shirt order forms or download one from this link HERE

This walk will begin and end at the Public Beach parking lot.

Any questions please call:
Beth Croswhite- 231-448-2820 email: bethjoddy@gmail.com
Kerry Smith 231-448-2601 email: ryanandkerry@tds.net
Joan Banville 231-448-2092 Lynn Cary 231-448-2575
Lisa Gillespie 231-448-2888 Dawn Marsh 231-448-2910

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Anyone can write a nomination, you don't have to be a member. Nominating forms as either a PDF or Word Doc are available on the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org .

“The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.”

The awards banquet will be held on April 28th at the Shamrock.

PDF: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.pdf

Word Doc: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-citizen-of-the-year.doc

Easter Brunch, Sunday April 8, 2012

The Beaver Island Christian Church Traditional Easter Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The community is invited to enjoy; Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Strata, and Ham. If you like fresh fruit, sweet rolls, or other items, you could bring them along. The event starts at NOON. Everyone is invited!

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 10 a.m.


Sunday, March 11: William Scott II, Marianne Brown Hayne

Monday, March 12: Mary Ellen Henry, Patrick Faust

Tuesday, March 13: Chris Petrak, Blythe Zajakowski Szafoni

Wednesday, March 14: Sarah Myers McCafferty

Thursday, March 15: Kayle Hisey, Ryan Novatny, Ian J. Becker

Friday, March 16: Patty Wojan-Brynaert, Alexandra Eckardt

Saturday, March 17: Antonio McDonough

Sunday, March 18: Milissa Fairbairn, Kathleen Richards

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the 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.

March 15, 2012

April 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

Human Services Commission Brochure

Mammograms Save Lives

With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,

at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without

a mammogram.

Please call the Beaver Island Health Center

for more information 


Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 for an appointment

This is made possible through a grant from the American Heart Association.

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

Entire Steering Committee to meet at 7 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall

March 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change

March 19, 2012 Canceled

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.

The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Expired Subscriptions

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GLE Power Access Surcharge Thirteen Years Later

Back on May 18, 1999, there was a joint township board meeting at the Peaine Township Hall. This meeting was the final meeting of several public meetings related to how to solve the power issues that the island was having at the time. On the board of the township of Peaine were John Works, Jr., Frank Blatt, Paul Nelson, Buddy Martin, and John McCafferty. On the board of the township of St. James were Don Vyse, Tim McDonough, Jim Wojan, Jean Palmer, and Gary Damstra. All five board members of both townships were sitting at a table with the joint township lawyer Jim Young, who was there to provide legal advice.

The meeting began with the township board members asking questions of the Great Lakes Energy representatives, the consultant for the townships, the townships' attorney, and a representative of the regulatory board for the State of Michigan. After quite a lengthy question and answer period, the public was given an opportunity to comment. Several community members commented and asked questions. Then the township boards asked their final questions and voted to grant a 30-year franchise to Great Lakes energy which included a three-phase cable and the power generators that exist now at the Four Corners.

It has been approximately thirteen years since this meeting took place and the two townships had granted this franchise. This is approximately one-third of the length of the warranty period for the cable and coming up soon will be the halfway point in the thirty year franchise period. As part of this agreement, island residents are required to pay more than an additional twelve dollars on their electric bill over a thirty year period to pay for the cable and the generators, with the amount on this February 2012 electric bill being $12.25 as a surcharge. In addition to this surcharge for every meter, there was to be a higher charge for any new meters added to the power grid on Beaver Island.

It might be a really good idea for the two townships to request an accounting of where this stands by finding out how many meters have been installed since the franchise has been granted, how many meters are currently being charged the surcharge, and whether the surcharge will continue the entire thirty years, seventeen more years from now, or whether the projected pay off will come sooner than that.

$12.25 x 1100 power meters x 12 months x 13 years = $2.102,100.00

Are these numbers anywhere close to correct?

Rich Gillespie took video of this very long meeting, and with his permission, BINN presents the final board discussions, the lawyer's summary of suggested changes, and the two townships as they voted.

Link to Video of this May 18, 1999 Joint Meeting

Waste Management Regular Meeting at Peaine Hall

The regularly scheduled Waste Management Committee meeting took place at 9 a.m., this morning, Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Members present were Ed Troutman (vice-chair), Jim Birdsall, Jean Wierenga, Tim McDonough, and Jack Gallagher. Absent from the meeting were Paul and Angel Welke.

The majority of the meeting was a discussion of the budget and development of the new lists of items and the possibility of changes to the costs for disposal of specific items. The Point of Sale equipment was also discussed and location of the invoice was determined to be the most likely way to determine which equipment was ordered,. Tiim Myers stated that the cash register portion of the equipment was not present although an older copy of the software for use was shown to the committee and to Jeff Powers who has offered to help with this.

Additionally, Tim Myers suggested that the committee look into the possibility of recycling shingles.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.