In a relative surprise this morning, March 18, 2010, the Wendy Anne tugboat and crew decided to make its maiden voyage of the year 2010 by pulling away from the dock. It began in an unproductive way, but ended with the barge in tow on the way out of the harbor. First of all, the water level in the harbor is down. The Wendy Anne went temporarily aground in the mud just off the its dock. Using wenches, the Wendy Anne was pulled free, and the icebreaking began from the Beaver Marine dock out to the open water near the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock.
Loading the barged.......the barge is loaded and ready to go...
Wendy Anne aground just off the dock...
Breaking ice open for the barge to fit through...
After breaking up the ice, the Wendy Anne returned to its home dock and came alongside the barge. The dockside portion of the barge was pull away from the dock in preparation for the trip. Pulling the barge loaded with logs, the Wendy Anne began its passage in the shipping lanes of the harbor, came to the BIBCO dock, and headed out of the harbor. All in all, quite an exciting morning for those that had the time to watch.
Headed out.......Safe voyage, Wendy Anne!
Tonight, March 16, 2010, both the St. James Township Board and the Peaine Township Board met at the St. James Township Hall. The meeting began promptly at 7:00 p.m. There was only one item on the agenda. This was a resolution entitled "A Joint Resolution authorizing the Acquisition of Property by Negotiation or Eminent Domain if Necessary and Declaration of Taking." Both township boards passed this resolution by unanimous roll call vote of those present. Those present for St. James Township were Rick Speck, Jim Wojan, Ray Cole, Tim McDonough, and Jean Wierenga. Those present for Peaine were Jack Gallagher, Colleen Martin, Pete LoDico, and Larry Kubic. Paul Welke was absent from the meeting.
ST. JAMES TOWNSHIP
Position: St. James Township Zoning Administrator
Immediate Supervisor: Township Supervisor – Rick Speck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BROAD STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBLITIES
Administers and enforces the township zoning ordinance. The administrator issues land use permits, performs inspections and is the ordinance enforcement officer.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
1. Issues zoning permits.
2. Enforce the provisions of the township zoning ordinance.
3. Review and investigate permit applications to determine compliance with the provisions of the zoning ordinance.
4. Maintain a working knowledge of all applicable township zoning ordinances.
5. Assist citizens and private or public agencies in determining what zoning forms and procedures, apply to proposed zoning requests and land use changes.
6. Attend meetings of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals as staff representative.
7. Review all site plans prior to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals and prepare
8. Maintain the official zoning maps, keep all text and office records up to date, by recording all amendments and retaining all official documents in a systematic filing procedure.
9. Attend seminars, workshops, and other continuing education classes, as appropriate and/or requested by the supervisor, with Township Board approval prior to attendance.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES DESIRED
1. High diploma or equivalent required.
2. Ability to understand and interpret drawings, diagrams and property descriptions.
3. Previous related work experience or training would be helpful.
4. Valid driver's license and personal vehicle required.
5. Good communication skills, both written and oral.
6. Good interpersonal skills, to interact effectively with citizens and township officials.
7. Ability to meet deadlines, to organize, prioritize and work independently.
The Zoning Administrator shall submit a report, summarizing his or her activities to the Township Board and the Planning Commission by February 1 st of each year. After receipt and review of the report, the Township Supervisor, shall meet with the administrator for an annual review of duties and performance. A summary of this review will be submitted to the Township Board members.
$5,968.00 – 4/1/10 to 3/31/11 – paid monthly
Submit a letter of interest by March 31, 2010, to:
Jean Wierenga, Clerk, or Rick Speck, Supervisor,
St. James Township , P. O. Box 85 , Beaver Island , MI 9782
On the morning of the "Ides of March" Skip Duhamel with Galen Bartels got the fish tug in the water. The ice was still around to the northern part of the harbor at this point, and the tug, under the direction of Skip, began busting ice along the shoreline from the Beaver Marine launch to the yacht dock and back and forth, in and out of the harbor. Finally Skip made several passes from the shipping lane of the harbor to his dock. The harbor is definitely open enough for most boats to get out of the harbor at this time depending upon where they are launched.
John Runberg took his boat out of the harbor yesterday according to rumor and facebook comments, so Skip was not the first one out, but he was the one to do most of the ice breaking in the harbor area.
There will be pictures and video clips here after they are processed. Good job, Skip! Good job, Galen! Good job, Brandon!
TDS® announces high-speed broadband availability to Beaver Island residents
For more information contact:
Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager – PR
TDS Telecommunications Corp.
608-664-4471 / email@example.com
(March 15, 2010) — TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) announces high-speed broadband Internet service is now available to the residents and businesses of Beaver Island. TDS will offer speeds ranging from 1.5Mb to 10Mb.
“We’re excited to make this announcement,” says Al Ripp, market manager for TDS. “Our customers have been waiting patiently for access to high-speed Internet service; they needn’t wait another minute.”
TDS’ new high-speed broadband service is available to nearly all businesses and residences on Beaver Island. Because high-speed Internet service is a distance-sensitive technology, speeds may vary and services may not be available to all TDS customers on Beaver Island.
Residential prices start at $39.95/month; prices for business customers begin at $49/month. For more information, or to sign up, call 1-888-CALL-TDS.
TDS Market Manager
Please visit our website and go to the Blog page for info on upcoming events.
There will be cookies, treat Bags and prizes! The Egg Scramble will be held in the gym so bring your empty Easter basket and bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny in the gym lobby.
Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community School
Beaver Island Trading Post, Central Drug Store, East Wind Spa
Fresh Air Aviation, Island Airways, Martin Gas & Oil
McDonough’s Market, Montaage, Powers Do It Best Hardware
The Shamrock, Stoney Acre Grill & Donegal Danny’s Pub
Whimsy, Jim Wojan Excavating Co.
Ron Wojan General Contractor
There will be a pancake breakfast on the St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration Saturday morning, March 20, 2010. It will run from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. The purpose is to raise funds for the "Cottage for Karen" project. It will be at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.
Beaver Island Community School
37895 King's Highway, Beaver Island , MI 49782
(231) 448-2744 – phone (231) 448-2919 – fax
Elementary Teacher Aide . High school diploma required. Two years of study at an institution of higher education or an Associate's degree is preferred .
Candidate should have a strong interest in working one-on-one with an elementary student who requires individual adult supervision due to physical limitations. Candidate will be trained to transfer student from wheelchair to other chairs/surfaces, and bathroom. Candidate may also assist with student's physical therapy. A pleasant, positive attitude and an ability to work cooperatively with others is imperative.
Support classroom teacher.
Assist student with daily tasks and assignments.
Willingness to attend off-island training, if necessary .
30 to 35 hours a week beginning April 13, 2010, through June 11, 2010. It is likely that this position will resume when school starts up again in September .
Starting salary is $12.63 per hour. Benefits per the Support Staff Benefit Schedule.
Submit a letter of interest and resume or job application by March 29, 2010, to: Kathleen McNamara, Principal/Superintendent, at the address above, or email firstname.lastname@example.org..us .
The Beaver Island District Library is now a subscriber to Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com which delivers over 4 billion records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
You can access Ancestry® Library Edition from any of our public computers or bring your laptop to the library because you can use it within range of our WiFi. The difference between this and the Ancestry you would subscribe to personally is that you cannot write to ours, but you can use any of the 4,000+ databases to gather that information you've been hunting for about Aunt Blanche or Great, great, great grandpa Higgins.
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And, with ongoing updates and new content always being added, you'll keep coming back to discover more. Popular and recently added collections include:
U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
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U.K. collections offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records; Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London; and more.
Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.
Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere; and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
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All this, plus an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, makes the Beaver Island District Library's subscription to Ancestry® Library Edition an indispensable resource.
Thomas M. Flynn, a Torrance California resident of 45 years, passed away on February 23, 2010, after a hard fought battle with lung cancer. He was born in Chicago, IL on July 10, 1931, to Michael and Helen (Schafer) Flynn and was the younger brother to Mary Lou. After his father passed way, his mother married Charles Kieran and he became an older brother to sisters Mary Ann and Patricia "Tishie". He attended grade school at Our Lady of Peace and was an extremely proud graduate of Mt. Carmel High School. He attended the University of Notre Dame and was a life long Fighting Irish fan. He finished his education at De Paul University and Loyola University of Chicago. Tom joined the United States Marine Corps in 1952 and served with the 1st Marine division during the Korean War. He truly was one of The Few.The Proud. After the 9/11 attacks, he began to wear his globe and anchor pins in honor of his fellow Marines.
Tom married Eileen Gatliff on December 26, 1955. They were married almost 50 years, until her death in 2005. They lived in Chicago until they moved to California in 1960, eventually settling to Torrance in 1965. Tom spent his career working in the drywall contracting business beginning as an accountant for USG and went on to own and operate Specialty Contractors. After his retirement, Tom became a dedicated blood and platelet donor and made over 200 aphaeresis donations to the American Red Cross. He said about his many donations "It's better to give than to receive!" Tom loved to travel, visiting many countries and several continents. He was also an active member of St. James Catholic Church and the Catholic Golden Age Group.
Tom is survived by his heartbroken family. He was a loving father to Barbara Flynn & Claude Posilovich of Nokomis, FL, and Marypat& Joseph Peña of Burbank, CA. He was a proud "Pop Pop" to his grandchildren Matthew, Amanda,& Brian Basnight and Kyle& Molly Peña. He was the "one and only" brother to his sisters Mary Ann Gorman of Chicago, IL and Tishie Haavig, of Orland Park, IL.
He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Lou Brosch of Excelsior, MN. Tom was also brother-in-law to Ernie Brosch, Ed Haavig, Jeanne Gatliff, Grace Doig, Audrey Smallwood, Kathleen Wood and Anne& Bayard Kurth. He was also "Uncle Tom" to over 50 nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd with a viewing at 4 p.m. and a Rosary 7 p.m. at Rice Mortuary. If you can join us, feel free to wear Notre Dame apparel in Tom's honor. A funeral mass will be held at St. James Church in Redondo Beach on Thursday, March 4th at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Beaver Island, MI. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society for lung cancer research or to Mt. Carmel High School, Chicago, IL.
An interment service will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island this summer. Times will be announced at a later date. The Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is serving the family.
The first three medical first responders to go down to Traverse City, Michigan, to take their National Registry Exam, have all three been successful. Danielle Dedloff became a nationally registered first responder on 3/8/10 followed quickly by Tammi LaFreniere and Deb Bousquet. Congratulations to these first three to take the exam. (Updated 3/17/2010) Kevin White and Garrett Cole have also been successful on the National Registry exam. Congratulations to both of you as well. Others have exam dates in the future. We look forward to congratulating those as well! Good Job! And kudos to their first responder instructor Sarah McCafferty as well!
St. James Episcopal Church will not hold Church Services on Easter Sunday, April 4 or the following Sunday, April 11.
We have been informed by Russ Mason, Chief of Wildlife Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources that it is MOST LIKELY, there will be a fall turkey season on Beaver Island. We hosted a public meeting on March 5, 2010 at St. James Township Hall to discuss various wildlife management subjects. I asked Brian Mastenbrook and Tim Reis at the time why Beaver Island could not be designated a unit separate from J (all of Charlevoix county). That was a matter that Brian has explored already but we were denied. Then Tim informed us that under unit J there would be no fall hunts here in 2010. I spoke up and asked the question, “If I showed up dressed in feathers do you think the powers to be would change their minds?” That did get a laugh and it just may have produced the result we wanted. Tim and Brian convinced Russ Mason to reconsider and it looks like we will receive a separate unit status in time for the fall hunt. This is good news to all of us turkey hunters although maybe not good news to the 800+ turkeys out there.
Lois Williams, secretary
While the ice may still be safe on the inland lakes for fishing and other activities, the ice on the harbor is definitely not. These pictures were taken on March 11, 2010. The first ones on Barney's Lake and the second on the harbor.
Paradise Bay almost looks like open water, but is very thin ice that you can see through. The ice is melted almost to the Emerald Isle dock.
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra visiting artist held assembly at Beaver Island Community School in the high school area this Wednesday, March 10th. Amalia, musician and teacher from Columbia, and Matt, music director of GLCO presented an assembly for the entire school from 2:25 -3:15 p.m. The public was invited. Parents, school board, and community members were welcome to come hear Amalia perform and speak about music and life in Columbia.
Laura Gibson introduced Amalia, musician and teacher from Columbia.
Amailia spoke to the the students about the culture, the music, the rhythms, and the dance of Columbia. She got the students involved in the dance as well.
Amalia got Doug Campbell in front of the group to do one of the Columbian rhythms while she did another.
The BICS Board of Education has rescheduled its meeting to March 15, 2010. The meeting is held at the Beaver Island Community School meeting room at 7:30 p.m.
There are lots of animals moving again. It's almost like springtime here with the warmer days. The deer are out of their wintering area and moving around. If you're not careful, you'll run over the black squirrels that are out running around as well.
This summer over 80 musicians from around the state will join artists on Beaver Island during the last week of July to present the ninth annual Baroque on Beaver classical music festival. For the first time the concerts will be “Made in Michigan,” as all participants will be either residents of the state or seasonal visitors to Beaver Island. The festival will be organized by a new managing director, Zac Moore, from Traverse City, who is also Managing Director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Robert Nordling, of Grand Rapids will be the new conductor of the Festival Orchestra. Kevin Simon, from Saginaw, will lead the Festival Chorus for the third year.
Baroque on Beaver will include concerts by the orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, and soloists. Featured artists will include Martha Guth, whose performances have been a highlight for the past two years, and Claudia Schmidt, who is new to Baroque on Beaver but well-known to island audiences. As in past years, concerts will be held in the Parish Hall, the Community Center, and Gillingham Hall at CMU; in addition, an outdoor family concert is being planned as well as mini-performances and open rehearsals at a variety of places around the harbor and town.
To involve more of the community in Baroque on Beaver, Zac Moore will schedule additional rehearsal time for island musicians. He will also work with Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Board Members Kitty McNamara, Miranda Rooy, and Jane Maehr to engage students in the concerts and in musical activities throughout the year. Details about concerts, rehearsals, and music will be available online at www.BICAA.org as soon as those plans are finalized. To learn about participating in the festival as a musician, host, or volunteer worker, contact Judi Meister, Jayne Bailey, or any member of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, or check the website. To enjoy four days of beautiful classical music in a gorgeous island setting, mark your calendars now – July 29 to August 1, 2010 – Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan!
There were six eagles on the ice this morning, March 12, 2010. They appeared to be watching something under the ice, but they were also eating something that appeared to be in the ice. Jeff Powers suggested that they might have been eating fish that had been frozen in the ice. There were also some carrion on the ice as well. It is not known if the eagles brought it to eat on the ice or whether another species of bird left it on the ice after being chased away by the eagles.
There were gulls and crows and/or ravens out on the ice as well the morning of March 12, 2010.
Ice Classic Results
The tower rolled over at 4:10 PM on March 18, 2010. There were 26 individuals that guessed that day including: Mark Lafreniere at 3:40 PM, Ed Wojan at 4:00 PM, Judy Gallagher at 4:09 PM, and Andy Kohls at 4:21 PM Judy is the winner and splits the total amount of tickets sales that amounted to $, 1570.00; her amount is $785.00 Thanks again to all that contributed.
Thanks to Beaver Island Marine for the use of their dock and Island Airways for the wind sock.
March 14, 2010 7 p.m.
Even though there appears to be lots of ice the tower could go in at any time. If you have tickets and have not filled them out you need to get them to McDonough 's or the Community Center as once it goes in we cannot accept any entries. Thanks for all your support.
March 13, 2010, 1:00 PM
The ice continues to turn black and as shown in the pictures there is a pool of water under the tower and lots of cracks.
Lots of ice in the harbor, and one “old timer” says it is at least 18 inches thick. The ice has turned black and there are some cracks as shown in the pictures. You still have lots of time to get your Ice Classic tickets filled out. They are available at the Community Center, McDonough's Market for from Community Center Board Members. Tickets are for sale until the first day of spring, March 21 .
When I went down to check the clock and tower I spotted the large beaver that is making a home in the dock. He doesn't seem to be afraid of humans and I was able to get close for these pictures.
I also included a never before picture of the high-tech secret control room with the clock.
The 2009 Beaver Island ice classis is under way after the indomitable launch team of Bob Banville, Ed Troutman and Don Tritsch placed the tower on the ice February 3 rd . The purpose ofthe contest is to guess the day, hour and minute when the tower will go through the ice. Last year the tower went into the water on March 29 th and the winner collected over $600!
Ticket proceeds will be shared 50/50 and the net proceeds go to help operate the Beaver Island Community Center.
Tickets are$5.00 each or 6 for $20.00 and are available from any PABI board member, the Community Center or at McDonough's market. If anyone off the island is interested tickets contact Bob Tidmore at 231-448-3088 or e-mail him at email@example.com .
Dana and Eric Hodgson have a new website up. They encourage you to go check it out. Particularly, if you go to the blog, you will be able to see new things that are going on at the Shamrock. The website address is:
There are those on both sides of this issue that want Beaver Island News on the 'Net to choose sides. This website will not allow either side to determine what is posted here and what is not posted here. The editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net wishes to provide information. Information is power only if it is shared in a timely manner! Beaver Island News on the 'Net will post information in as positive a way as can be determined by the editor. If you are looking for someone to post anything and everything, no matter in what form received, you have sent your information to the wrong place. If one side or the other decides that this website is not being fair, then there are other places to post your information.
Just like the Northern Islander and the Beaver Beacon, Beaver Island News on the 'Net will edit Letters to the Editor for length, but will also attempt to eliminate negativity without changing the facts. This website will NOT be dicatated to by either side of any issue including the BI Wildlife Club versus BI Conservation Club issue.
Now, to get back to the Quality Deer Management issue, Beaver Island News on the 'Net has posted educational video for its subscribers. The educational portion of that video will be made public (to non-subscribers) after a short period of time. All of this video is available on this website. Beaver Island News on the 'Net has posted a link to survey regarding deer management. Beaver Island News on the 'Net will publish the results of that survey if they are provided to us. Beaver Island News on the 'Net will await the consensus of the Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission (Committee) and will gladly publish the minutes of this meeting if they are to be made public. The March 23rd meeting is not an open meeting and only includes those invited by the committee, which includes officers from both of the above mentioned groups, but any minutes will be posted when and if received.
The Beaver Island Community Center Public Information Meeting on Quality Deer Management (QDM) took place on Saturday, March 6, 2010, from 4-6 p.m. featuring Bob DuCharme, the Regional Director of the Quality Deer Managemen Association (QDMA). This event is co-sponsored by the newly formed Beaver Island Conservation Club and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. A great deal of information was provided at this meeting and educational presentation. Video clips of the entire program will be available as soon as processed.
Thirty-six people attended this meeting that was held at the Beaver Island Community Center.
Gavin West, one of the founders of the Beaver Island Conservation Club made some opening remarks and then introduced Bob Ducharme. Mr. Ducharme, regional director of the Great Lakes Region of the Quality Deer Management Association, was the primary presenter. His presentation was educational and was the largest portion of the meeting. Mr. Tim F. Reis from the State Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, was also present at the meeting. Mr. Reis is the managment unit supervisor for the Northeastern Management Unit. He operates out of the Gaylord Operations Service Center.
Mr. Ducharme made a PowerPoint-like presentation in which he presented the composition, procedures, and benefits of Quality Deer Management based upon the QDMA agenda. His presentation suggested that the current method of managing a deer herd on Beaver Island needs to be modified in some different ways that are currently accepted in traditional methods of deer management. His presentation was educational and seemed to provide some reasons to consider embracing some of the theories presented at this meeting. QDM does provide a multi-faceted approach to managing a deer herd. You can find out more by watching the video clips presented below, or by going to http://michiganqdma.com/
The four main "cornerstones" or QDM are Herd Management, Habitat Management, Monitoring the Herd, and Hunter Management. Bob stressed the most difficult one to control was hunter management.
There was also a question and answer period after the presentation which appeared to get a little tense.
Mr. Bob Ducharme can be reached at (517)-238-5375 home or cell (269)-832-0486 or be email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Tim F. Reis can be reached at (989)-732-3541, exct. 5030 or by emal at: email@example.com
To: Joe Moore
From: Lois Williams
The time has come the walrus said to talk of many things. Today I want to talk about the Beaver Island Wildlife Club: what place do we have in the community; what are we doing for wildlife management; what is our stand on Quality Deer Management; what other roles do we play in the management of other resources such as fisheries.
The Beaver Island Wildlife Club has been in existence since the 1940's. It was organized for charitable, scientific and educational purposes—more specifically to preserve all wildlife on Beaver and Garden Islands. Upon review of years of minutes there is a thread that moves through the years: everything takes time and moves slower than we hoped and every project requires hours of physical labor and/or conferencing.
In 2005 we sponsored a Quality Deer Management (QDM) discussion at Peaine Township Hall. Perry Russo, North Central Regional Director spoke about measures aimed at improving herd quality. This is a three fold effort to let the little bucks go to grow, take a judicious number of does, and provide better habitat for our whitetail herd. We certainly can find no fault in those three concepts. Following this meeting the club decided to implement a volunteer effort to encourage non-harvest of small bucks in a campaign to “let ‘em go, let ‘em grow”. Most land owner deer hunters have implemented their own regulations to take only bucks that have at least 3 points on one side. The consensus was to keep it voluntary and what we like to call “Hunter's Choice”. We also agreed to continue drive by surveys and Jacque LaFreniere and Jeff Powers check our harvested deer for those hunters voluntarily bringing them in. This provides valuable information on health. Our continued liaison with the DNR through Brian Mastenbrook has given us direction and valuable advice.
Lately we have been bombarded with information about Quality Deer Management again. While we agree on the basic concepts (don't harvest little bucks, take some does, improve habitat) we do not want it to become a LAW. As a hunter I want to be able to choose because ultimately I am the one who controls what I harvest—I am the one who chooses to pass up that little guy even if it means I don't get a deer some years. We have been told there are no drawbacks to QDM—listen to this. Currently QDM is mandatory in Leelanau. It was at one time mandatory on Drummond Island. The DNR recently told us the hunters and landowners there were dissatisfied with it and voted it out at the evaluation period. When Jacque inquired about support in the UP she found out that the UPSA has a majority of members that do not support QDM under the method offered because they do not like to have the mandatory dictate that QDM presents. One of the largest constituents groups, U.P. Whitetails pushes a “let ‘em go, let ‘em grow” theme and they also promote “hunter's choice” and wish to leave the decision of what is harvested to the individual. Another comment was that mandated QDM is not very democratic nor is it a method that has any more scientific basis than the concepts of these two UP groups.
On a personal level I don't think it is a wise decision to drop QDM regulations that work on the mainland into Beaver Island. Islands are a very special entity. Our ecosystems are fragile and right now we are concerned with how to best handle this situation.
Resolutions are being made asking our townships to support QDM. Beware that what the townships are being asked is for a blanket endorsement of the principles of QDM as DEFINED by the QDM Management Association—and just what are these principles and who defines them and what do we have to say about them?
On March 5, 2010 we hosted a meeting at the St. James Township Hall featuring guest Brian Mastenbrook, Senior Wildlife Biologist, DNR Gaylord and Tim Reis, Supervisor, DNR Wildlife Division, Gaylord. This was not the first time we had Brian Mastenbrook on Beaver Island to talk about wildlife and other natural resource issues. Brian has worked very closely with our club for years. He was very involved in the war against Phragmities. He has been advising us for a long time and we respect his knowledge. The meeting on March 5 focused on deer health and management, habitat improvement and turkeys among other topics. He praised our efforts in providing important information about population of whitetail deer, ratio, health through our driving census and voluntary deer check. From 2004 to 2009 the beam diameter of 1 ½ year old bucks has increased showing better growth and development. At this time it appears that the population of the herd on the whole is down (that is true for all of northern Lower Michigan). Habitat has always been a concern of ours. We requested clear cutting as early as 2000 but it wasn't until 2006 that the first clear cutting was done. We have encouraged private owners to establish food plots on their acreage and that has moved along but we could use more.
The Wildlife Club will continue to endeavor to protect and preserve the treasures we have here. We have a very active, viable membership that donates countless hours of volunteer time. We do because we care.
I will only briefly touch on the issues of fishing and cormorants. Suffice it to say that our war against cormorant damage is moving ahead once again due to our persistence. This entire effort was spear headed by our president, Jeff Powers. We are confident that when the cormorants come under a manageable control, the small mouth bass fishing will rebound like the perch fishery rebounded in the Les Cheneaux Islands with control. Meanwhile, enjoy the walleye fishery we established on Lake Geneserath.
At a request from a couple of emails, the BINN Community Calendar has been extended from one or two months to include the rest of the entire year of 2010. Several people wanted to schedule their events without having a conflict with another event. The BINN reply via email was, "Of course, we would be happy to include a full calendar year in the Community Calendar!"
This will only work if all those people with scheduled events send a quick email with those events to the editor of this website. We will gladly post them on a community calendar available to everyone. Please take the time to send your events to:
One of the most fun and highly celebrated weekends on Beaver Island is the St. Patrick's Day Celebration Weekend. The games are fun, either to participate or to watch. The music and entertainment is non-stop from Friday night throughout the day on Saturday. March 20, 2010 is the day for this celebration on Beaver Island. That does not mean that a celebration will not take place on the BIG day itself, but the games will take place on the following Saturday.
This includes pictures from Emily Gray taken in Charlevoix as well and Andrea Moore's pictures on the Island. Thank you, Emily and Emmalee! There is also a video clip here.
What does this DVD document? It documents wildlife including eagles, ospreys, loons, and beaver; holiday celebrations, and news items that were completed in public places that do not need permissions. It documents Music on the Porch and some Museum Week presentations. It documents the first ever Beaver Island Marathon. It documents musical performances by Island musicians as well as visiting musicians. This DVD has a little something for everyone. It provides high quality video of events that have been previously viewed on Beaver Island News on the 'Net.
Three charities have been chosen to receive money from this project. They are: the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Beaver Island Food Pantry, and the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary. All money collected after costs are paid will be divided equally and given to these three organizations.
You can order your DVD today by sending $20 plus $5 postage to DVD, c/o Joe Moore, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or you can order yours over the Internet from the provided link.
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center announced this morning that Dr. Murray Cotter, Dermatologist, will be seeing patients at the rural health center beginning on April 23, 2010. Dr. Cotter is a member of the Dermatology Assoiciates of Northern Michigan, P.C. and the director of this group. Dr. Cotter completed medical school at the University of Michigan followed by a residency in Dermatology at the University of Utah. He has also completed fellowship training in the Mohs Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Cotter is board certified in Dermatology and is pleased to be back home in Michigan providing the full spectrum of skin care at their offices in Petoskey, Gayloard, St. Ignace, and Beaver Island.
To make an appointment with Dr. Cotter, call his office 231-487-2230. They will schedule you for your appointment here at the BIRHC. If you need further information, please call the BIRHC at 448-2275.
Dermatology Associates of Northern Michigan, P.C. has its office in Petoskey at 2240 Mitchel Park Drive. They have a website at: http://www.dermatologyassociatesonline.com
Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival
Online registration information is now available for the 1st Beaver Island Bike Festival on June 26th. FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 250. The registration brochure will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center in early April.
"The Beaver Island Bike Festival (June 25-27) is your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.
For complete information and registration information for the new Beaver Island event see the events section on the home page of The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web site www.BeaverIsland.org .
The new route map and course description for the second annual Beaver Island Marathon (September 4) is now available on the Chamber web site.
The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is a principal sponsor of both events.
The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary will raffle off a Corned Beef Dinner on Friday, March 19, 2010. The Dinner will include everything needed for a boiled corned beef dinner. Ticket sales will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Shamrock, Beachcomber and Donegal Dan's Pub, with the drawing shortly after 7:00 at Donegal Dan's Pub. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5. Look for these ladies to buy your chance on a good old-fashioned Irish meal. Sorry, you have to cook it yourself!
Proceeds from this raffle will be used to help the Auxiliary sponsor their community projects.
On a surprising note, the Peaine Township meeting of March 10, 2010, was just a little over 70 minutes. The topics that may have caused serious disagreement seemed to have been worked on quite a bit outside of the meeting, not by the board members necessarily, but definitely by the committees and commissions. This meeting was a pleasant and successful meeting with a great deal accomplished in a short period of time.
The appointments were made to the various organizations, the airport committee was discussed, the waste management committee was discuss, and this was all accomplished with only a small amount of questioning by the public and with excellent answers by the board or the board's representatives. Information was presented, shared, and decisions were made.
Update: The St. James Township Minutes of the March 3, 2010, meeting are posted on this website.
There was a St. James Township meeting on March 3, 2010, at the St. James Township Hall. Unfortunately, the editor was in Charlevoix doing some training, and the substitute videographer did not arrive at the correct hall to do the video. There will be no video of this meeting available.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Citizen of the Year banquet will be held at the Beaver Island Community Center on Saturday April 24, 2010. The price of the event will be $25.00 for an inclusive evening including appetizers, dinner, desert and entertainment. A cash bar will be available at the annual event to honor the Chamber of Commerce 2009 Citizen of the Year. Reservations will be accepted beginning in mid-March. Seating will be limited to 100.
Previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award:
2001 - Don Vyse
2002 - BIEMS
2003 - Connie Wojan & B I Hospice
2004 - Phil & Lil Greg
2005 - Jim Wojan
2006 - John Fiegen
2007 - Pam Grassmick & Father Pat
2008 - BI Fire Dept. & Jim & Mary Gillingham
For additional information about the banquet please contact the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce at (231) 448-2505. For reservations, contact the Community Center at (231) 448-2022.
Official 2009 Citizen of the Year
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.
My name is ______________________________________ Phone _______________
I would like to nominate ___________________________________________________
Please write 3 or 4 paragraphs, typed preferred, see criteria above
Mail to: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 5, Beaver Island, MI 49782 - Chamber@BeaverIsland.org
Deadline is Thursday April 1, 2010
Questions: Chamber@BeaverIsland.org or call Steve West, Mon. – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00, at (231) 448-2505
The Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 24, 2010
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