B.I. News on the 'Net, March 17-23, 2014

Please Join Us at Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Vacation Bible School (VBS)is for children ages 3 – 12. It will include Imagination Stations, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games and more! This program will be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church.
There will be a Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 3rd Details will follow. As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 (home) 231 675 7155 (cell) or email me at debbier@bics.us

This program is sponsored by: BI Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal Mission, and the BI Lighthouse Fellowship.

***Volunteers Needed***
***Donations Welcome***

Tae Kwon Do Tournament 10 a.m.-12:30 pm Saturday

The voluntary, donation-only admission event held at the Beaver Island Community School began at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, and continued for two and a half hours with a break in the middle to allow for lunch purchase. Refreshments were available thoughout the event. This event was a fundraising event for the BI Taekwondo Club. Donations were requested and individuals were sponsored for the tournament event today. The donations were to be used for the club to go to the tournament this coming September and for equipment for practice for that tournament.

Saturday's events were very well organized by Dave and Sue Avery. Beaver Island News on the 'Net live streamed the entire event from just before ten in the morning until about a quarter to one in the afternoon. A little more than twenty viewed the live streamed video for this event. Most were News on the 'Net subscribers. This event included many individual and group performances.

If you want to see the tournament, the video is available right HERE

Some of the scores on the forms and weapons were really close by tenths and hundredths.

Posing for a picture

Dave Avery does an introduction to the tournament.

The first group


The first group receives their medals

15 and under - white & purple belt
1.  John Robert
2. (tie)  Anne Slezak    Carl Slezak
3. Quinn Jones


The second group

The second group receives their medals

15 and under - green belt & higher
1, Forrest Avery
2. Sarah Avery
3. Ryan Boyle

Two more performances

Winners in this group

16 and older green belt & higher
1. Jewell Gillespie-Cushman
2. Levi Connor
3. Erin Boyle

Over 40 group

1. Kevin White
2. Susan Avery

Syncronized Group Forms

1.  Jewell, Sarah, Levi
2.  Erin, Anne, Sarah
3. John, Carl, Quinn

Forms Grand Champion: Kevin White


age 15 and under:
1. Forrest Avery
2. Sarah Avery
3. Carl Slezak

16 and older
1. Jewell Gillespie-Cushman
2. Sue Avery


15 and under - white & purple belt
1. John Robert
2. Quinn Jones
3. Carl Slezak
4. Anne Slezak

16+ - white & purple belt
1. Kevin White
2. Levi Connor

Green & Brown belt
1. Jewell Gillespie-Cushman
2. Ryan Boyle
3. Forrest Avery
4. Erin Boyle

Red belt
1. Sue Avery
2. Sarah Avery

Sparring Pictures and results can be viewed HERE

The winners of the t-shirts for the sponsor a breaker. Winners were: Dusty Cushman, Michelle Lafreniere, John Robert, Pam Moxham, Doug Campbell, Gerry Lafreniere


The Beaver Island Townships’ Planning Commissions are seeking feedback from the Beaver Island community and other stakeholders concerning a draft of the Beaver Island’s Master Plan. The draft was developed in response to state requirements to update the Master Plan every 5 years. This plan is intended to provide direction for both townships into 2025. The draft can be read or downloaded from the following website: http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/govern1085150.asp. Printed copies are available at the Beaver Island Library, Zoning Administrator’s office, and both Peaine and St. James Supervisors’ offices. Additions and/or changes to the previous Master Plan are noted in blue. All the original text has been retained in black. There are 7 chapters total for review. Chapter 4 will be forthcoming when we have current demographics provided by the County planning office. If you send in suggested changes, please identify the chapter insertion point in the document.
All comments must be received by April 15, 2014. The document will be reviewed by the Beaver Island Planning Commissions before public hearings of the Master Plan takes place and finally submitted to the township boards for adoption. There are several ways to provide feedback:

  1. Online: krys@kryslyle.com and/or Ed Troutman (St. James): beavertrout@comcast.net
  2. Send written comments to: Krys Lyle, P.O. Box 54, Beaver Island, MI 49782 and/or Ed Troutman, P.O. Box 249, Beaver Island, MI 49782

All comments will be made public. We appreciate your review of the Master Plan and providing input.
Peaine and St. James Planning Commissions

BICS Board Vacancy

Letter of Interest by April 4, 2014

Citizen of the Year Award Banquet

Stoney Acre to Cater at Holy Cross Hall – May 17

This year’s Citizen of the Year awards banquet will be held on Saturday, May 17th, at Holy Cross Hall and will be catered by Stoney Acre Grill. Cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the announcement of this year’s Citizen of the Year. It is always a wonderful evening to honor those who go above and beyond for the benefit of Beaver Island.

Please call Stoney Acre at 231.448.2560 for your reservation and please give them a menu choice from one of the wonderful meals listed below. The cost for the meal will be $25 and does not include tax and gratuity. Beverages are extra. A cash bar will be available with wine, beer and spirits. The Chamber of Commerce and select members will pick up the tab for beer and wine.

Menu Choices:

Sirloin Tips Gaelic - Braised Sirloin Tips w/ Shallots, Garlic and Seasoning, deglazed w/ Irish Mist and finished w/ Cream. Served over Penne Pasta and topped w/ Grated Ramano.

Roast Chicken Piccata Prcini-Roast - Bone-in Select Chicken Breast Topped w/ a Lemon-Parsley Sauce and accented w/ Porcini Mushrooms. Served w/ New Potatoes and Asparagus.

Baked Rainbow Trout Nantua-Whole - Butterflied Rainbow Trout topped w/ a Shrimp-Butter Sauce and Grilled Prawns. Served w/ Wild Rice Pilaf and Asparagus.

All dinners are served with Amuse, Small Garden Salad, Herbed Bread and Dessert.

Taekwondo Tournament

The students of Sport Taekwondo are going to be having a tournament tomorrow, March 22, 2014, beginning at 10am at the school gym. There will be forms, weapons, sparring and board breaking as well as synchronized forms and synchronized weapons.

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

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

Concessions will be available.

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

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

First Day of Spring?


This picture, taken by Greg Doig, purely makes the statement that answers the title question. Frequently, the season of Spring follows the season of Winter, but this year Winter has decided to stay with us a little bit longer than normal. Most of those in northern Michigan have just about had their fill of Winter. Even though the calendar says that this is the season of Spring, even though the daylight and the nighttime are supposed to be the same, even though we should be seeing signs of Spring, everyone will just have to be patient with Mother Nature, and be thankful that Spring will eventually get here.

On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length-12 hours-all over the world. This is the reason it's called an "equinox", derived from Latin, meaning "equal night".

However, even if this is widely accepted, it isn't entirely true. In reality equinoxes don't have exactly 12 hours of daylight.

The March equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator-the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator-from south to north. This happens either on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. On any other day of the year, the Earth's axis tilts a little away from or towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the Earth's axis tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun.

Thank You from the Food Pantry

If you have been considering a donation for the Beaver Island Food Pantry, it is not too late to get involved and send something: food, check, or online donation. Here is the response from Judi Meister:

"Facing the prospect of rapidly diminishing supplies and a winter that might never end, the Food Pantry Committee decided, less than 3 weeks ago, to send out a plea for help.

The response has been fantastic! People are so good!

Food and other supplies began showing up in donation boxes. Checks began arriving in the mail. Phone calls about freight arriving at local airport terminals brought more welcome news. Students in our local school stepping up to help others in a school-wide competition show the caring concern of a community that takes care of others' needs.

Donations from former Island residents, summer residents, "friend-of-a-friend", "read it in the Beacon"--and the list goes on!

From the bottom of our hearts,, the Food Pantry Committee (Beth Croswhite, Judi Meister, Patrick Nugent) thanks you all for your help. We CANNOT do this without you!"

Beaver Island Airport Terminal Update

A trip out to the Beaver Island Airport (SJX) was made yesterday, 3/19/14, to check on the progress of the new terminal building construction. It was noted that the woodwork appeared to be close to complete, the inside rockwork being done on the fireplace by Greg Carey was underway, and tile work in the restrooms was also underway.

Pictures of the walkaround are posted HERE

Here is the video walkaround done on 3/19/14:


From Island Treasurers Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will be closed March 20, 21, and 22

The pipes near our property remain frozen, so we do not have access to the shop this week. Thank you for your patience. Donna 448-2797

Where Am I?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Well, here I am.

I was away from home for two weeks. I attended a meeting in Lansing filled with interesting, knowledgeable and helpful people. I was able to connect and spend time with one daughter, two nieces, one grand niece, one brother and five sisters. Plus assorted and dear in-laws. I went to Nashville with my sisters! I came back from my vacation energized from new sights and sounds and adventures.

And then I ran out of steam.

I’ve been sick. We’re fairly protected, here on Beaver Island, from many of those things that make the rounds in the wintertime. When one manages to get away, it usually results in some sort of contagious nuisance grabbing hold. I came home with a bad head cold that-just when I’d decided a head cold was the worst ailment-moved down into my chest. I truly believe a broken leg would be easier to live with than a bad cold. But then, I’ve never had a broken leg.

My method of dealing with a cold is to mask all symptoms with as many over-the-counter medications I can manage: non-drowsy tablets to get me through the day, and the strongest drowse-inducing liquids for nighttime. So, I’ve been pretty drugged-up.

I came home to still Winter. Normally, the end of February is a good time to get away. Usually, by the first of March, signs of Spring are starting to show even when we’re still in Winter’s grip. The days are longer, the sun is brighter.....there is hope. This year, I believe Beaver Island recorded a temperature-or at least a wind chill -of something like 25 below zero on he first of March. And, it wasn’t just a fluke. That was just an average day in the mass of cold days we’ve had this month.....finishing off a winter that came early and hit us hard. In fact, today ,March 19th,-the eve of the first day of Spring-we are getting more snow! I am winter-weary.

I came home broke, and behind in everything. None of my jobs offer “vacation days.” We have a quaint old arrangement that an hour of work results in an hour’s pay. If it doesn’t interfere with business-or the plans of others-it is possible to get time away.....but it will not be compensated. This vacation has been on my calendar for months. The fact that this hard winter resulted in less business (so fewer hours of work), higher utility bills and a whole new idea of the cost of snow-plowing would not cause me to cancel this trip. I’d figure it out. I had a few obligations for articles coming up in the first couple weeks of March. I work well under pressure, I assured myself. I’d figure that out, too. So, I’ve been busy.....working, writing, turning in hours and paperwork, paying bills and filing taxes (while drugged up on over-the-counter cold medicine).

After two weeks out in the hustle and bustle of the mainland, a full week in the big city of Nashville and seven (twenty-four hour) days with my sisters, it might seem logical that I-the loner in the family-would be happy to get back to my little house on the Fox Lake Road on my little island away from the fray. The opposite is true! I have been so lonesome for my family, I wake up every day missing them! I wander this sad house alone every evening. I almost never suffer from loneliness, but now it has me in its grip.

I woke up this morning with the remnants of a dream still on my mind. It was filled with family, living and dead (though all very lively in my dream!), and busy with buying and selling houses and moving furniture. It was noisy with planning, friendly discussion and debate. As I awoke, I struggled to keep my Dad’s voice in my head. His words: "It’s good, then, you’ll be down here when it’s time to put in the garden."  Though tears were drying on my cheeks as I got out of bed, it was comforting to note that Dad-from his high perch-knows that Spring is coming.

And I’m here......waiting for it.

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Waste Managment Committee, March 18, 2014

The Waste Management Committee meeting began a little after nine a.m. Members present included Angel Welke, Paul Welke, Joe Moore, Jean Wierenga, Bill Haggard, and Bill Kohls. Member absent: Ernie Marting

The minutes of the February 2014 meeting were approved as presented. The committee then listened and discussed the manager's report. The maintenance items included snow and ice, the container was changed on March 14. The crew had to de-ice and clean the lading zone for the container due to the ice and snow. An awning over the north entrance to the building away from the East Side Road at the back of the building came down, no one was injured. This will be worked on as spring arrives. The roll-off truck has another set of eyes working for us including Michigan Kenworth in Gaylord. The prices so far that have been researched to cost between 40 and 60 thousand. Discussions have taken place with local contractors for preparing the store room to make it able to become a workshop. This will require electric and heating. It was noted that the dates on the Community Calendar for the Household Hazardous Waste collection were incorrect. They will be changed today.

The definition of full time employee was discussed, and included the policy of the townships in the discussion. The townships will need to determine the definition of full time employee. If an employee is full time, then medical insurance will need to be provided either by providing the full time employee the Affordable Care Act cost to the employee or by providing the employee insurance through the townships. The decision on this was tabled until discussion can take place at the township level to determine what number of hours that define an employee as full time.

The committee decided to put out the transportation of the full containers and the Gaylord boxes with some miscellaneous bundles of plastic, cardboard, etc. for bids by St. James Marine and the Beaver Island Boat Company.

Video of this meeting is HERE

Grand Traverse Band of Indians Awards Grant


The Beaver Island Community Development Corporation (BICDC) recently received a grant of $7000 to finish the installation of central air-conditioning throughout the entire Forest View apartment building. This was the third grant the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has awarded BICDC whose mission is to improve the quality of life of seniors and the disabled on Beaver Island by managing and maintaining comfortable, attractive, and affordable housing. The BICDC Board and the residents of Forest View thank the Grand Traverse Band for their very generous support over so many years. We also thank the Peaine and St. James Township Boards for their endorsements of our application.

Connie Wojan
Secretary BICDC

Taekwondo Tournament, March 22, 2014

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

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

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

Concessions will be available.

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

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

From the Chamber of Commerce

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



Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Peaine Township Meeting, February 13, 2014

Video of the Meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Meeting, February 5, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee, 2/18/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

Movie Information Below

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed HERE

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Outdoor St. Pat's Day Celebration and Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concentrating on the bowling game

Another view of the St. Patrick Says game

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

More Outdoor games pictures of shopping cart race HERE

Video of the Shopping Cart Race HERE

Start and Finish and Middle of the Race HERE

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

On to the tug-o-war!

Tug-O-War Video


Men's Fish Toss

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

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

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

Women's Fish Toss

Fish Toss Video


And the Fish Toss Winners:




Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd
9:30 – 11:30

For children ages 3 – 12.

(Imagination Stations, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church

***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 3rd
Details to follow.***
As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 (home) 231 675 7155 (cell)
Or email me at debbier@bics.us

This program is sponsored by: BI Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, ST. James Episcopal Mission & the BI Lighthouse Fellowship

***Volunteers Needed***
***Donations Welcome***

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 21

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

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




Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

McDonough's Winter Hours

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

pastors for March:

    23 and 30:  Pastor Harold Kruse

pastors for April

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

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

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

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am


Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp on first and third Wednesday!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
April 15, 2014
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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St. Patrick's Day Perspective

by Philip Michael Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And a good time was had by all!

Video of this event HERE

Boat Launch Project for St. James Township

The current plan for Phase I

The Grant Summary for Phase I

Project Budget

House Phones to Become Extinct?

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


Weekly Fishing Tip

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

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

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

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

Carole Bearss' Son Jeremy Receives Defense Award

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

Ted Nicholas Videos on YouTube

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

Ted said,

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

My YouTube channel:

Peaine Township Meeting

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

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

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

Video of the meeting HERE

BI Honor Society Sponsors "Filling up This Food Pantry"

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

Island Time

by Paul Cole

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

A Walk from Charlevoix to Beaver Island

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

The walkers pose for a picture across from Dahlwhinnie's

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quite the walk

Video Interview of the ice walkers inside Dahlwhinnie's



by Paul Cole

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

St.. James Township Meeting, March 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Video of this meeting is available HERE

News from the Chamber of Commerce

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

How to order the print 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide


Three page digital Beaver Island feature starts on page 73


Citizen of the Year Banquet Plans

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

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

BICS MEAP Averages

From the Beaver Island Food Pantry

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

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

And, of course, cash donations are always welcome.

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.
We are unable to distribute expired or opened items.

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

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

Beaver Island TV to Make Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Chamber of Commerce

2013 Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

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

Nomination Form HERE

NEW Board Member

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

Mary Beth Kur Running for Circuit Judge


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




Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

If you are interested in getting some asphalt work completed on your property, it appears that the contractors for the Kings Highway repaving project are searching for additional work or side jobs. While the asphalt plant is on the island, you could get your driveway paved, a parking lot paved, or other work completed. Here is the information for calling to set up an appointment in the spring for an estimate:

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

Contact: Mark Wagner or Jim Pemberton, 231-439-5757, or 06795 US-31 N, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

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

Township Airport Terminal


Floor plan

Charlevoix County Transit

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

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

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

(Hours subject to change.)

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

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

(Fares subject to annual review.)

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

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

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

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired in March

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


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