B. I. News on the 'Net, March 19-25, 2012

Soo Locks to open early for 2012 shipping season

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., will open at Noon on Saturday, March 24 – 12 HOURS EARLIER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED – marking the beginning of the Great Lakes shipping season.

The shipping community requested the Corps to open the locks early this year due to extremely mild weather and minimal ice conditions throughout the Great Lakes, which increased the likelihood of vessels arriving at the locks well ahead of their originally planned time. The Soo Locks closed Jan. 19 and underwent repairs and maintenance during the winter shutdown.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system that includes 94 harbors and the Great Lakes Connecting Channels that join lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie.

For more details, contact Lynn Rose, Detroit District public affairs officer, 313-226-4680 ; or Kevin Sprague, area engineer at the Corps' Soo Area Office, 906-635-3464 .

Book Show Award

As previously reported by BINN, it was announced that Gwen Marston had won a book show award. At the time of posting this previous article, it was not know the depth and importance of this honor. Below are pictures from the book as well as a summary of the news release sent out from the New York Book Show.

Gwen Marston has recently won a 2012 New York Book Show award for her book 37 Sketches. This is Gwen's 25th book.

With Michael Pollan and the American Museum of Natural History's book taking first and second place in Gwen's class, she was definitely keeping company with a prestigious group of competitors. According to Gwen, being in 4th place was just fine with her.

This handsome art book is beautifully crafted in the classical style and with attention to every detail. The 96 page hardcover book has a Smyth sewn binding, is printed on 120 lb Gallerie Art Silk, and includes 37 color plates and additional illustrations of quilt details. The book is published by award winning Six Mile Creek Press, Ithaca, NY; printed in the United States by Capital Offset, Inc., Concord, NH; and bound by Acme Bookbinding, Charlestown, MA.

37 Sketches has been enthusiastically received in the States and also has garnered international acclaim with glowing reviews in the French magazine Quilt Mania, and Australian Homespun's magazine calling it a “gorgeous little book” and saying “Certain to become a collector's item.”

Horizon Book Store in Traverse City is hosting a book signing for Gwen on Saturday, June 23, from 2:00-4:00, and you can find it here on the island at the Community Center and soon at Mary's Toy Museum as well.

An exhibit of the work shown in 37 Sketches will be shown the month of July, 2013 at the Taupo Art Museum in Taupo, New Zealand, during the 2013 New Zealand Quilt Symposium.

From the Beaver Island Boat Company


We will begin receiving freight in Charlevoix on March 26th
The dock receiving hours will be Monday thru Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm

We will begin receiving freight on Beaver Island on April 2nd.
The dock receiving hours will be Monday-Wednesday,-Friday 7:00am to 3:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am to noon.

If you need to schedule freight drops off outside of those hours please contact the Charlevoix office at 1-888-446-4095.

RESERVATIONS -- Please call our Charlevoix office at 888-446-4095 to make a reservation.

What we need from you:

Beaver Island Unusual Weather for March

Everyone knows that it has been exceptionally warm for these early days of spring and before the official onset of spring. Beaver Island had the warmest day ever for St. Patrick's Day Games. Can you tell what is the matter with this picture and describe the springtime event that is seen in it without reading the link name?

More EMS Training

This past Sunday, March 18, 2012, you may have seen a few cars parked at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center beginning at 9 a.m. when you were headed to church or out for a sunny afternoon drive. The program on for the day was the basic level program called Pediatric Education for PreHospital Providers (PEPP). This is a national program curriculum of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This program was available to all healthcare providers from medical first responder through paramedic, as well as RN, PA, and FNP. This is an eight hour program with a rigorous scenario and practical skills component. The attendees will be invited back to attend the advanced level program this coming Sunday, March 25, 2012, for five to six hours. These programs include an 'across the room' assessment tool called the Pediatric Assessment Triangle to determine just how sick the child may be without ever touching the child, and it follows that with an indepth assessment including what to do and what NOT to do.

This program is being put on by BIEMS Executive Director Sarah McCafferty, EMTP, IC, and Joe Moore, EMTP, IC, PEPP Course Coordinator.

On Monday, March 19, 2012, Danielle Dedloff and Kevin White, two NCMC paramedic students were taking a program on Infectious Diseases, as well as how to protect oneself from these diseases in an emergency situation. The following picture was taken of them all dressed up to take care of an imaginary patient, their instructor du jour, who was complaining of high fever, a stiff neck, and gastrointestinal issues. They were required to assess and treat the patient including starting two IVs on the patient. All managed to survive the scenario with successful outcomes all around.

Danielle and Kevin

Changes at the Transfer Station

There have been some changes to the Beaver Island Transfer Station, and you should expect some more changes as time progresses. Don Welke is the new manager. The first change that you will notice for any green bags purchased after April 1, 2012, is the cost. It will increase from $2.50 to $3.00 for the current 20-30 gallon 2 mil green bag. Coming this spring or summer will be a new larger 50 gallon, 2 mil, green bag that will hold two of the smaller bags volume for a price of $4.00.

Once the point of sale computer equipment is up and operating, you will also be able to purchase these bags at the Transfer Station.

There has been an increase in cost for transferring shingles off the island by the waste managment company on the mainland. This cost is to be passed on to the contractors. The new method of paying for Gaylord boxes is also in effect as of April 1, 2012. A link to the new prices can be viewed HERE.

The major change is the cost of Gaylord boxes of shingles. The contractors will have a couple of ways to handle these. No matter what the choices are, if you go to pick up a Gaylord box, you will have to pay for the box itself when it is picked up. This cost will be $25.00 no matter what is to be placed into the Gaylord box. If regular debris, such as construction debris, like drywall, is placed in the box, the cost on delivery of the Gaylord box will be an additional $65.00, bringing the total cost of debris in Gaylords up to $90.00. If the Gaylord box has shingles in it, the cost will be $100.00 on delivery to the transfer station, making the total cost of a Gaylord box of shingles $125.00.

Wait now, and don't get all bent out of shape. First of all, there has been no increase in costs to transfer the waste for consumers including contractors for the last five years.

The costs for the shingle disposal for the transfer station has increased as well. The transfer station staff, in conjunction with the Waste Management Committee, has been working on a plan to possibly get this cost down. This would make the method of disposing of shingles slightly different. Contractors would still need to purchase the Gaylord box(es) to put the shingles in for transport to the transfer station. The contractor would bring the shingles in the box(es) to the transfer station. These box(es) would then be emptied into a special roll-off container, and the contractor would keep the empty Gaylord box(es), and pay the old cost for the box of shingles of $80.00.

As usual, the months of May and October would continue as free months for disposal of yard waste including leaves, grass, and branches. If you are not sure of the costs, a simple phone call to the transfer station can help. Just call them during their open hours at 448-2228.

Phyllis Moore's St. Pat's Games Pictures

Phyllis was on ground level, so to speak, as she walked around the gaming area downtown St. James in front of the Shamrock. She was in a position to get some pictures from a different point of view. These are just a few of the pictures that she took on the special Beaver Island holiday.

Shopping cart race with the winners shown above

Video clips by Phyllis from ground level


Tug O' War

Fish Toss

Thank you, Phyllis, for sharing your video and pictures! You have a lot more on your facebook page. BINN chose these few pictures to give the on-the-ground view of the games.



WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

Open Letter from Kirk McBride

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

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser

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

Introduction of players

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Score

BI Transfer Station Info

Mike Hurkmans' Winter Fest on Lake G Video 

Lady Islanders Beat Lady Lakers

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

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

Lady Islanders Beat Mackinac

Islanders vs Mackinac Boys' Basketball, February 3rd

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

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Senior Center Activities March

COA Menu for March

Activities and Menu for April

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

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

Video can be viewed HERE

St. James Township Meeting, February 1, 2011

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

Link to the public hearing for Five Year Recreation Plan

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

Link to regular St James Township Meeting


Pure Michigan Campaign

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

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

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

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

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

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

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

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


CMUBS Job Opportunity

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

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

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

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Check out the following link to help with this project

Lady Islander Overtime Win Against Maplewood Baptist Video

Click HERE to View this Video Clip



Waste Management Prices to Change

At the waste manangement meeting on March 20, 2012, a new price list was approved. The Point of Sale equipment was authorized for immediate purchase, and monthly report will be presented by the new mananger Don Welke. The credit accounts will also be changed and those overdue stopped.

Two Parking Choices in Charlevoix

Mainland Parking & Shuttle Services provides hassle free service to meet your needs. For the same price as our competitor we'll provide you with twice the service. Parking packages include a pick up or drop off of passenger or car at requested location. We'll also do fluids check, tire check and have your heat or AC on and the car ready for you to go. We offer 24 hour emergency customer service. We are conveniently located 1/2 mile south of Charlevoix Airport and can drop off your car or pick you up and take you to our lot on short notice. Doesn't this beat getting off the plane and shoveling out your car only to find you've got a dead battery! Please consider MAINLAND PARKING for your mainland needs....we're here to serve YOU!


Our Parking Rates:
$3 Day
$5 Overnight
$20 Weekly
$60 Monthly
$110 6 Months
$200 Yearly

(The above information was provided by Mainland Parking.)

Parking at the Charlevoix Airport:

Contact the Airport Manager for parking rates.


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

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

Citizen of the Year Banquet

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

Dinner will include salad starter, meal and desert.

Grilled chicken breast with fresh mushroom risotto 19.00

Grilled Atlantic Salmon with asparagus and roasted potatoes 23.00

Prime Rib with asparagus and baked potato 24.00

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

The last day for nominations is April 4 th .

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


Two possible awards: Individual and Organization

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

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

Video of the games

The clan began gathering about noon on Saturday, March 17, 2012, downtown in front of the Shamrock, some had been waiting since 11:30 a.m. to get good seats to watch the games. Dick Burris was downtown a little before ten in the morning to set up a scaffold for BINN to try to get a better view of the games. This is the view from which all of the video and pictures were taken. Thank you, Dick, for you help at making this a better news' coverage for BINN. (And the editor thanks you for your encouragement)

Several people came over to say hello and wish BINN luck in covering the games from the scaffold. These pictures were taken before the games actually began.

There were the local news people, Jeff and Bill Cashman, Steve and Elaine West, and Phyllis and Joe Moore, but in addition to the regulars, there was a reporter from the Boyne City Gazette. You will see his picture in the many photos taken of this event.

Lots of old friends and many new friends were part of this wonderfully sunny day in the road in front of the Shamrock.

Then, the decision to begin the Shopping Cart Race was made by Kathy Maudrie and Denise McDonough.

It took a few more minutes to get the games underway, but Kathy and Denise continued to move things along,. Let the games begin!

Obviously enjoying the day.... Joanie Adams

From the young to the older, this day was for everyone on Beaver Island.

Then the traditional Island entertainment began to gather to perform a few tunes for everyone outside the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant.

Quite a few teams this year participated.

"Let's get our picture taken."

Some teams had a more difficult, yet hilarious time than others.

And the winners were:

More pictures HERE

St. Pat's Music at Night

Both of the venues that were open for the night were very busy with the crowds from the day, recovered, were ready for more socializing and dancing. Rigormortis was playing at the Shamrock, but there was more to this than what the sign stated. P-A-U-L also joined in with some members playing and singing. Cory Sowa joined for a few tunes, and Brandon Maudrie did too. Rick Scripps had made it to the Island after not making it to the Island the day before.

The traditional Beaver Island music was being performed at Donegal Danny's Pub. Danny Gillespie, Danny Johnsten, Edward Palmer, and Cindy Cushman were joined by Brother Jim, and also had some other guests joining them in the playing of the traditional style of music. Shaker Hites played guitar, and Joe Moore got up and played a little classical music before playing Just Because Polka with the group.

Video Highlights are available HERE

Remember Not So Long Ago

Obama 2013 Budget to Effect Beaver Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peaine Township Meeting on March 14, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Video of the meeting can be viewed HERE

Peaine Parks and Trails Welcomes Gary Morgan

Hauling a culvert into the woods for a trail

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

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

Cutting branches and trees and hauling them

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

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

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

(Pictures and story by Tina Walker)

Reprinted with permission from the Petoskey News Review:

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

Freedom of Information Act cited by judge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More of the article may be read HERE

Isn't it Interesting?

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

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

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

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





Movie Club

The 194l Classic romantic comedy, the Philadelphia Story, stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart. It is on the American Film Institute list of 100 great movies and won several oscars. James Stewart won best actor. Movie will be shown, Sunday, March 25 at the Community Center at 4 p.m.

Welcome Tyler Matthew Bousquet!

Tyler Matthew Bousquet was born this morning at 7:35 am, March 18, 2012, to proud parents Kim Newport and Brian Bousquet. Tyler was 8 lb. 3 oz. and 21.5 inches long. He has reddish brown hair. Congratulations to all!

Easter Egg Scramble & Pictures with the Easter Bunny

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


Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Steering Committee
Tuesday, March 20, 7p.m. to 9p.m.
Peaine Township Hall

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

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

SUMMER POSITION–Beginning May 1, 2012

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

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

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church for March 2012

March 18: Pastor Harold Kruse

March 25: Pastor Harold Kruse

April 1--Pastor Howard Davis

8: Pastor Don Sinclair

15: Steve Finch

22: Pastor Harold Kruse

29: Pastor Don Sinclair

May 6: Baccalaureate for graduates of Lighthouse School worship leader: Steve Finch

Coming April 27, 2012 The Alma Choir

Click Here for information


At Beaver Island community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Letter from Eric Ellis

Hello Everyone,

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

Red Osier Dogwood


Sugar Maple


Silky Dogwood


A. Bittersweet


Washington Hawthorn


A. Hazelnut


Red Oak


White Oak


Jack Pine


White Pine


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



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

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

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

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

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

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Brunch, Sunday April 8, 2012

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

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

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



Monday, March 19:Hilary Palmer, Kathy Runberg Lynch, and Buck Ridgeway

Tuesday, March 20: Danielle Cruikshank Petrak, Kathy Cull, Anne Lotte-O'Donnell

Wednesday, March 21: Tom Burke

Thursday, March 22: Scott James Stoops, Rory Connaghan, Erin DeVogel, Rick Speck, Jake Stipp, and Donna Stambaugh

Friday, March 23: Jake Stipp

Saturday, March 24: Jessica LaFreniere, John Matela, Clairissa Rose Kenwabikise, and Emma Jean Belfy

Sunday, March 25: Holly Burris, Cueto Marion, Bob Roloff, and Phatcharaphon Songsiri

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School

The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

April 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

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

Human Services Commission Brochure

Mammograms Save Lives

With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,

at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without

a mammogram.

Please call the Beaver Island Health Center

for more information 


Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

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

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

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

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

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

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

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

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

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

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

Expired Subscriptions

Please send us your email address.

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

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





Beaver Island Cover - Michigan Travel Guide

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

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

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

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

St. James Township Meeting, March 7, 2012

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

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

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

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

There was board and public comment.

You can view the entire board meeting by clicking HERE.

Your Help-Broder Book-Our Health Center

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

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

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

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

GLE Power Access Surcharge Thirteen Years Later

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

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

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

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

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

Are these numbers anywhere close to correct?

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

Link to Video of this May 18, 1999 Joint Meeting

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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