B.I. News on the 'Net, March 25-31, 2013


Emerald Isle Schedule Postponed

The first boat was scheduled for this Wednesday, April 3, 2013, but the US Coast Guard is unable to break away from the full time job of keeping the Soo Locks open for shipping. The BI Boat Company is hoping that the first run will be on Thursday, April 4, 2013. BINN will update this as soon as the information is known.

50th Year Celebrated by the Christian Church


From the very beginning of the Christian Church, some fifty years ago, the Gregg family have been participants in the Beaver Island Christian Non-Denominational Church. Fifty years ago, when Ron Gregg was just a newborn, the group gathered to worship. Before that they had attended Holy Cross, but it was time to get moving forward with another church on Beaver Island. Since that day of Easter, April 14, 1963, the Beaver Island Christian Church has changed its name, but none of the welcome spirit and love provided to one and all who come in the door. Perhaps a better name for this church is the Beaver Island Everyone Welcome Church, but the Beaver Island Multi-Denominational Church is identified to provide information that many denominations may meet in one building all for the same purpose--to worship together.

The original building was the parsonage building now. Even that building was quite a bit smaller in those early days. This building has had two additions over the years. Some of us remember the services in that little building, but the most important thing that hasn't changed is the feeling of being welcomed into the family in that building. When there were few in the small building, no one ever felt lonely. Today it is the same. Everyone is welcomed. Some of the greatest things to come out of the Christian Church are the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Easter Brunch where every member of the community is welcome to come and eat and share fellowship, friendship, and relaxed worship.

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March Live Streaming Report

The measurement unit for this live streamed video is the individual Internet Protocol address (IP). There were 195 unique IP addresses that viewed the live streaming in the State of Michigan, but there were others as well. These were 83 from Wisconsin, 30 from Alabama, and 8 in each of Illinois and Florida, and 7 from Missouri. Three each from Arkansas and Arizona, two each from Indiana, California, and Texas were watching. That left one each from each of these states: New Jersey, Montana, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.

The largest number of hits were for the St. Patrick's Day games with over 400, with several of these being repeat connections due to the outages that occurred during the games including the necessity to move equipment from outside on the deck of the Beachcomber to inside the Shamrock.

The Dedloff-Rooy Family

The Dedloff-Rooy family with Sawyer on the left, Elliot in the middle and Miles on the right.

These ladies are kept busy holding, changing, feeding, and bathing these three boys.

News on the 'Net Plan for the Day: Live Streaming Video from Beaver Island

March 30, 2013

Live streaming was successful at all these meetings. Thirty-five unique IP addresses viewed these meetings. Online, on demand video will be available when processed.

10 a.m. Public Hearing on Fox Lake Property at Peaine Hall.

11 a.m. Annual Meeting including budget hearing at Peaine Hall

2 p.m. St. James Annual Meeting including budget hearing at St. James Hall

Improvement in Downtown WiFi Access

Thank you, Chamber of Commerce!

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has made a step forward toward providing better wifi access in the Chamber/BIBCO area of downtown. With a little technology advice from Joe Moore and the professional installation by Darrell Butler, the wifi signals for the open access provided by the Chamber of Commerce is significantly improved. This improvement project was really prompted from the methods of providing wifi access by the former provider Central Solutions. While Central Solutions provided the Internet access to the downtown by radio signals from an out-of-town location and beamed the signal and using signal sharing, the Chamber of Commerce is using the TDS DSL modem, which connects the router in the Chamber office to the phone line. Outside the Chamber building, Darrell installed the wifi antenna made just for this purpose. The antenna is attached to one of the antenna connections on the TDS DSL modem/router by a specially made cable with low signal loss.

This wifi signal should significantly improve the Internet access for the Beaver Island Yacht Dock patrons. In addition, it may also provide Internet access using the wireless antenna for any boats anchored in the harbor area near the Chamber office as well as those with smart phones walking down the street. The improvement is obvious. There was nowhere outside a building in the town area where you could watch video using a public access wifi connection. Most of the inside connections would also cause slow, choppy video from the Internet. This is now changed with excellent video, including streaming live video, can now be viewed on a smart phone in the general area of downtown near the boat dock and the Chamber office.

Thank you Chamber of Commerce!

The Red Moon

Last evening, Thursday, March 28, 2013, at about 10 pm, the moon began to rise over the St. James harbor. It was about as red as a very red sunset. This reporter wanted to know why the moon was so red. The answer was found with a quick Google search:

A Red Moon is often caused by the same atmospheric process that makes sunsets red
(Link above provides source and credit for the information)

Just like the Sun, light from the Moon has to pass through a larger amount of atmosphere when it's down near the horizon, compared to when it's overhead. The Earth's atmosphere can scatter sunlight, and since moonlight is just scattered sunlight, it can scatter that too. Red light can pass through the atmosphere and not get scattered much, while light at the blue end of the spectrum is more easily scattered. When you see a red moon, you're seeing the red light that wasn't scattered, but the blue and green light have been scattered away. That's why the Moon looks red.

The red moon from the public playground.

The red moon from Whiskey Point.

No matter what causes the red moon, it still is just as pretty as a red sunset, and now we know it is caused by the same physics. Nice to be out and have a chance to capture this.

The Beaver Island Community Center Activities

Action Around the Yacht Dock

Normally, there would not be so much action around the Beaver Island Yacht Dock, the public marina. If you see more than two cars down at that location, you begin to wonder what is going on. On March 29, 2013, the number of vehicles down at this location was unusual for this time of year. First there was Chamber Steve's truck, which is normally there; next there was Gerald LaFreniere's work van, then Jim Wojan's plow truck, and Darrell Butler's township vehicle. In addition to these vehicles there were a couple of strangers, not meaning that they were strange, but instead people that were not easily recognized.

So what was going on down in this location with all of this equipment, and holes were being bored through the ice?

Bob Tidmore captured some work on video out on the ice. There was an auger digging holes in the ice and then someone pulling a sled with equipment on the ice also.

Bob Tidmore's Video (Thank you, Bob!)


Some pretty high tech equipment down there.

The answer to these an some other questions were answered by Jim Wojan. This group was down there helping to map the bottom of the harbor near the yacht dock for possible dredging. John Ferguson and Scott Papineau were the two strangers. They are using the above equipment to record the GPS coordinates of the holes and the depth of the bottom.

Scott Papineau working on equipment.....John Ferguson introducing their surveying business

Why the holes?


Plenty of action down around the yacht dock on this sunny morning kept people slowing down as they passed. Now you will know why these vehicles and people were down there and what they were doing.  

Easter Week Services at Holy Cross

Holy Thursday Service.....6:30pm ..Good Friday Service Noon...Easter Vigil Service 9:00 PM...Easter Sunday Service 10:00

Airport Commission Meeting, March 26, 2013

Audience and engineer............Architect and airport commission

The Beaver Island Airport Commission met at the Peaine Township Hall beginning at 1 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The members of the airport commission present were Colleen Martin, Pete Lodico, Elaine West, Don Vyse, Jim Wojan, and Rachel Teague. Mike Scripps was at home recovering from surgery. The meeting was live streamed by News on the 'Net and was viewed by tweenty-five unique IP addresses.

Architect Kendra Thompson and Engineer Jason VanBrocklin

The architect and an engineer attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the 95% complete plans for the terminal building, make a few changes, and give the architect the go ahead to prepare the plans for the construction bids. Architect Kendra Thompson presented the drawings, specifications, and recommended interior finishes. There are three bid alternates, which are options that the commission can choose from, one or none, after the bidding process. These three alternates are 1. Metal shingle roof (instead of asphalt shingles), 2. Fireplace construction, and 3. Snow-melt system at the entry areas.

The schedule for the bidding process was discussed with the following dates recommended:

Documents for bidding to be available April 8, 2013. A required pre-bid meeting for bidders on April 18, 2013. The bids to be received by May 8, 2013, with bid opening by two members of the commission at the existing airport terminal. The post office box for the airport will be checked and any mailed bids will be included in the opening of the bids. There will be a special meeting of the airport commission called the week after May 8th. The plans will be available for bidders with one set in Peaine Township and another set in St. James Township. They will also be available on the Traverse Reproduction website and the Builders Exchange website.

The pre-bid estimates for the cost of the terminal building is $711.026 without any furnishings.

John Delbert Belfy Passed Away in January

John Delbert Belfy, 91, of Charlevoix, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan from natural causes.

Delbert, as he liked to be called, was born on Jan. 30, 1921, on Beaver Island, the son of William and Alice (Johnson) Belfy. He graduated from Beaver Island High School in 1939.

He fished for his father and cut wood before he enlisted in the Merchant Marines when he was 19. He sailed all over the world hauling ammunition and bombs on the ammunition ships during World War II. He was as a lieutenant and served the country from 1940-1949.

On Dec. 27, 1947, in Detroit, John married Audrey Jean Williamson.

After serving in the Merchant Marines, he worked in construction in Detroit. Eventually he started his own company with a partner. He was most proud of building the Penguin building at the Detroit Zoo. He built firehouses, schools and churches. He sold his business and retired at the age of 50 and moved to Charlevoix where he built his home. Not one to sit around, he built homes in and around Charlevoix and did many remodels.

John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audrey Jean Belfy, of Charlevoix; five children, Lois Cummings (Virgil, husband) of Harrison Township, Mich., Sharon Hays of Harrison Township, Mich., John W. Belfy (Debbie, wife) of Santa Maria, Calif., Ron Belfy (Ruth, wife) of Charlevoix, William Belfy (Lori, wife) of Orange County, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Alice; two brothers, Erwin and Merrill; and one sister, Edna (McCann).

He had a long and great life. He is loved and will be missed.

Funeral for Delbert, will be 10:00am, Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. The Reverend Matthew A. Wigton of Saint Mary Catholic Church will officiate and burial will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery in Charlevoix, where military honors will be presented by the Charlevoix Area Veterans.

Avian Botulism and Beaver Island

For the past several autumns, island residents, part of the Beach Ranger force, have volunteered to walk some of the beaches of the island to identify and count dead birds that have washed up. This data is sent to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council to be included in their annual report.

The recently released report for 2012, Charlevoix and Emmett counties document over 950 bird fatalities including 420 common loons (118 on Beaver Island). The peak appears to be mid-October which corresponds to similar outbreaks in past years.

The Great Lakes host thousands of migratory loons from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan as well as Canada (Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) which may actually contribute tens or hundreds of thousands through the Great Lakes. Loons attached with satellite transmitters in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan show them arriving in Lake Michigan mid to late October through November, the same time that the Botulism E outbreak occurs.

Avian Botulism, aka Botulism Type E, is a naturally occurring toxin produced by a bacterium found in water and soil. When large amounts of algae and vegetation die and decompose the toxin is released to be absorbed into the food chain.

Scientists believe that the severity of recent outbreaks is due to changes in the environment. Invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, disrupt the natural nutrient cycle and concentrate nutrients, as well as improve the clarity of water. Both of these contribute to a higher growth of algae which, when it dies and decomposes, depletes the oxygen in the water allowing more toxin to be produced. Fish feeding on mussels and birds feeding on those fish are poisoned and die. Add in warm water temperatures and declining lake levels and the stage is set for an “avian botulism outbreak” as we have seen the past few years.

Common Coast, an upper peninsula nonprofit, has also been monitoring and studying Botulism Type E in Lake Michigan. Damon McCormick of Common Coast believes that westerly winds drift dead birds to the western shores of Michigan including the western shore of Beaver Island.

“The real wild card is the islands, especially the Beaver group. If carcasses get pushed south or north by weather, instead of west, many end up undocumented on those largely vacant shorelines.” Daman stated.

It then becomes important for us to document as many dead birds as we can each fall. Most of the beach ranger walking occurs on the bays- Sand, Donegal, Green's and Iron Ore. Little else is covered but if the die off is significant, large numbers could be found on the rest of the shorelines, including the outer islands.

So, if you are fond of walking in the fall, and don't mind doing a public service at the same time, become a Beach Ranger. It's really quite simple: walk a beach, tally the dead birds, and if you can, pick them up and bag them for disposal. Call (231-448-2220) or email (jacquel@tds.net)Jacque LaFreniere for details.

Triplets Are Born

The anxious and expectant Danielle Dedloff and pregnant Miranda Rooy are proud and excited to announce the birth of Sawyer Martin Dedloff-Rooy (4Lbs. 4oz 17 1/4in.), Elliott Charles Dedloff-Rooy (3Lbs. 11oz. 17in.), and Miles Wade Dedloff-Rooy (4Lbs 16.5 in.) were born. They were born on March 24, 2013, at Munson Medical Center at 32 weeks, 2 days of gestation.



Attempt to Live Stream St. James Township Meeting

With an investment for a new wireless antenna, News on the 'Net is attempting to live stream the St. James Township Board meeting tonight, March 6, 2013. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce has granted us permission to use their wireless connection at the Chamber office. The two antennas are over a half mile apart, so that's why this is called an attempt. Tonight is a test to make sure that this will work. If it works, you can view the meeting at http://beaverisland.tv

The live streaming from the St. James Hall worked quite well tonight. Pretty amazing! Lots of extra setup work, but the work was worth it.

If this works, the next plan is to attempt to live stream the outside games on St. Patrick's weekend as well as the games inside the Shamrock.

View St James Meeting Video HERE

Celebrity Basketball March 1st

(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.

If interested, you can watch it HERE

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013


Peaine Township Board Meeting Video

The Peaine Township Board was on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Items on the agenda included the Peaine Recreation Plan, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant, an Emergency Services Authority Update, a report on the Airport Terminal Project with lengthy discussion, a Human Services Commission request, appointments to Committees, Trails Committee extensive discussion about makeup and appointments, and the motion for salary for all board members.

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

NRESC Meeting Was Live Streamed

The NRESC members present

The audience

This meeting started at 10 a.m. today, March 2, 2013. You can view some of the paperwork that was presented in PowerPoint and vocal presentations HERE.

Video of the NRESC Meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting, January 15, 2013

Video of the Meeting can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Airport Commission Meeting Today

At 11 a.m. this morning, February 18, 2013, the Beaver Island Airport Commission is having a special meeting regarding the airport terminal project. The project is moving along quite quickly, so, if you are interested, please come to the St. James Township Hall at 11. The plans for the building will be finalized today, so that preparations can be made for the bids to go out. The project MUST be completed in 2013, and it must be finished before the end of the year.

The video for this meeting is available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting Video

You can view video of the whole meeting or parts of the meeting HERE

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Wondering About Invasive Species?

If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.

State of Michigan Website on Invasive Species

Contact information for Invasive Species

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!


Quiz Bowl Scheduled for April 22

Community Quiz Bowl Tournament 2013 is scheduled for Monday evening, April 22 !

Contact any Beaver Island High School National Honor Society member (senior Marissa C, juniors Erin B and Olivia C, sophomores Emily B, Hannah R, and Meg W) or adviser Connie Boyle to reserve a spot for your team. The tournament will consist of up to 8 teams, with 4-6 members on each team. 4 players compete at a time, but you can sub in for the lightening round or take turns playing in the various rounds. Donation is $15 per player. This is often the NHS's only fundraiser of the year. The competition will begin at 5:30 pm.

Call (school: 448-2744) or email ( connieb@bics.us ) if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to reserve a spot for your team. Thank you, in advance, for your support. It proves to be a fun event for all!

District Library Offers Director Job to Patrick McGinnity

Based upon the information posted on facebook, by Patrick McGinnity, he was offered the job as Library Director. No information was forthcoming from the President of the Board of Trustees of the Beaver Island District Library, even though the information seemed to be known throughout the community. BINN wishes Patrick success in his new position, and will post his facebook message in part here: "It seems I will be the new director of the Beaver Island District Library, and I quite literally could not be happier. I want to thank the board for selecting me from amongst the many highly qualified folks who applied....." More information will be posted when and if it becomes available.


The Peaine Township Board will conduct a Public Hearing on March 30, 2013 at 10 a.m., Peaine Township Hall, 36825 Kings Highway on Beaver Island.

The purpose of the hearing is to take public comment on the Draft Application for the Fox Point Park, to consider a Michigan National Resources Trust Fund Application for the acquisition of the property. Peaine Township is requesting Grant Funding to assist in the potential purchase of Fox Point Park on Fox Lake. The Draft Application and other available documents are available to be viewed at:

Beaver Island Public Library. Ask at the circulation desk.

Peaine Township Hall, on Thursdays during the office hours with the Supervisor, William Kohls, from 10:00 pm. To 2:00 pm...

Peaine Township Clerk: By Appointment. Colleen Martin,

Ph. 448-2007

Peaine Township Website, as a secured and printable document: http://www. charlevoixcounty.org/ peainetwp.asp

Beaver Island Community Center. Ask at the desk

NRESC Plan Nearing Completion

The NRESC quorum at work

With the NRESC at a quorum beginning at 10 a.m. this morning, March 23, 2013, the individual sub-committees presented reports, and with two and half hours of discussion and planning, the NRESC provided a plan for hopeful completion of a Natural Resources Plan for presentation to the townships for their May 2013 meetings with a fall-back date to the June 2013 meetings. Other specific dates were set including one meeting in Gaylord in the first week of April for previews of the sub-committees reports prior to presentation to the townships.

Pam Grassmick.............Pete Plastrik...............Dr. Jim Gillingham

All were reminded that there are many partnerships that can and should be made, but some of the partnerships will not necessarily be known until the beginning of implementation of the plan. It was also suggested that some concrete examples should be included with the report to the townships and included in the plan. These concrete examples would include whitetail deer, phragmities, and eagles as key species. These would only be examples, but they would be good examples of some of the key species categories to be part of the plan.

This meeting was live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv and was viewed by interested parties from not only Michigan, but Wisconsin as well. A total of 36 unique IP addresses view this meeting. The meeting was also recorded and the video is available HERE.

News from Great Lakes Energy

The Beaver Island Surcharge will end September 2013

Please note your board of directors took action March 22 on two important issues:

1. Approved residential rate changes included in the residential rate restructuring proposal. Changes will go into effect Sept. 1, 2013.

2. Voted to eliminate the Beaver Island surcharge, also effective Sept. 1, 2013.

Thank you for your comments.

Dave Guzniczak

Communications Director

Great Lakes Energy


Protect Our Shoreline Grant Application

This grant application named "Private Lands Stewardship" includes and action plan with a specific date of completion. It is a movement that includes support from many organizations. This item is being proposed to the NRESC for its comment and possible support.

This and the other drafts being considered at the NRESC meeting this Saturday, March 23, 2013, are good examples of the accomplishments for the benefit of the island, both economical and ecological.

Rosemary Burget, 70, Dies

Rosemary Burget has been coming to Beaver Island for many years. She volunteered at the Historical Society and frequently visited the district libary when on the island. Rosemary was a faithful subscriber to News on the 'Net, which is how she kept up on the happenings on the island. Rosemary passed away suddenly after visiting friends.

Rosemary E. Burget - 70
6/7/1942 - 3/21/2013

Muncie -Rosemary E. Burget, 70, passed away at home on Thursday, March 21, 2013. She was born in Vincennes on June 7, 1942, the daughter of Roy and Nellie (Shackelford) Kern.

She graduated from Monticello High School in 1960 and moved to Muncie. Rosemary graduated from Ball State University in 1964 and received her Masters Degree in 1968. She spent her career teaching at Riley, Lincoln and South View Schools, was a member of the Muncie Teachers Association, the Indiana State Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the First Baptist Church of Muncie.

Rosemary also enjoyed spending time at her second home in Beaver Island, Michigan where she enjoyed volunteering in the community.

Survivors include her children, Brendan Burget (wife, Nicole) and Bethany Burget; a granddaughter, Olivia Burget; a sister, Karen Kern and a half-sister, Stacey Millspaugh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Dale Burget in 2008 and her parents.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel with Rev. Betsy Whaley officiating. Cremation will follow.

Family and friends may call from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Beaver Island Community Center, 26215 Main Street, PO Box 494, Beaver Island, MI, 49782 or the Muncie Mission, 1725 S. Liberty Street, Muncie, IN, 47302.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

NRESC Meeting This Saturday

This Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 10 a.m., the NRESC will consider the goal for Economic Growth Goal. This document here is a Draft document including several recommended changes from the previous planning meeting. The agenda suggests that there may also be reports from the other committees as well.

"So Much To See"--a draft driving guide for the Island

Waste Management Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the 9 a.m. Waste Management Committee Meeting began at 9:30 a.m. The Chairperson arrived at 9:12, and the Peaine Supervisor arrived a little before 9:30 a.m. This established a quorum of four for the group of seven committee members. Beaver Island Transfer Station Manager Don Welke provided the committee with a report. The committee appointed Jean Wierenga as Secretary for the committee. There was discussion of the Transfer Station budget, which included some dramatic cuts due to the assessor's decreased evaluation of the properties in both townships.

Bill Kohls mentioned that the group was operating from a 1991 single page document, and he thought it might be important for the committee to perhaps get some legal help and write up a better document for the Transfer Station Committee, making it a joint committee of both townships with perhaps the following make-up: One board member from each township, one at large member from each township, and then the four would choose the fifth member. This would drop the number of committee members from seven to five.

There was a presentation of the costs of the wood chipper repair. Much discussion of possibilities took place, but the group basically decided that there was not any money in the budget to complete the repairs possibly costing more than $30,000. There was discussion of the vaccines that were required of the Transfer Station employees. The group assigned Angel Welke with the task of trying to investigate which vaccines were required, and whether the employees would have a right to decline these. The discussion of employee benefits was tabled to be discussed at the April 16th meeting.

The committee voted to cancel holiday pay for employees. The payment of time and a half for any hours worked was to replace this holiday pay. It was also discussed that lunch periods were not to be paid. Breaks were required to be paid, but employee lunch periods were not. A member of the audience suggested that the employee could not be required to stay at work during the lunch period if they were not paid. It was agreed that the employees would not be required to work during unpaid lunch periods, and that employees would have the right to leave the premises during this unpaid lunch period.

Video of the meeting can be viewed HERE

Why Care About Invasives

Written by Beth Leuck for the Beaver Island Association

St. Patrick's Games Inside the Shamrock

This was the first time ever for editor Joe Moore to be inside the Shamrock for the games that take place there. Although having performed music in the evening inside the Shamrock, Joe had never been inside for the games during the afternoon. This seems to be one of the mysterious insider pieces of information because there were also several others who had not been inside for these games. That was all to change on March 16, 2013, when the games inside the Shamrock were streamed live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv. One of the organizers stated that this was not nearly the amount of participation in the inside games compared to previouos years. The wires were run, the equipment was set up, and the live streaming took place, but, unfortunately, the limericks and the king and queen competitions were moved to the Beachcomber, making the effort to stream the games less complete because only the Shamrock was set up for this live streaming.

Game 1


Game 2



Game 3


Crankin T's Club Schedules a Return Visit

The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.

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




The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: March 23, June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.

Events at the BI Christian Church

Bingo March 20 with doors open at 6:15PM Bingo starts at 7PM

Easter Brunch starting at 11:30AM w/pancakes, scrambled eggs, Ham, French Toast delight, coffee, tea and Juice Community is invited to join us for the 50 year Celebration of the Christian Church

April 3 and 17 Bingo May 1 and May 15 Bingo.

May 18 Memorial for Jane Schmidt- time has not been set

Memorial for EB Lange May 26.

June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.

Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.

July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.

August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC

August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON

October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours

Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.

  1. St. James Government Building Wednesday's from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM

  2. Office telephone 448-2014

  3. Email address billhaggard.beaverisland@ gmail.com


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

March 21, 2013

April 18, 2013

May 16, 2013

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

Members: _______(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)


Christian Church Ministers


24: Pastor Harold Kruse

31: Pastor Harold Kruse

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

NRESC Meeting Schedule

At Peaine Hall:
March 23, 10 am

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

May 20, 2013

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

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!

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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.

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS

Effective February 28th 2013
Thursday's from 10am - 2pm
Peaine Township Hall
Office Phone: 448-2389
Email address: peainetownship@gmail.com

This is definitely plenty of lead time for those that might want to stop in and talk about some specific issue or issues in general.

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Nominations

Citizen of the Years Award nominations are now open for the 2012 award.

Every one is invited to send in a Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street , download one from the home page of www.BeaverIsland.org or call the Chamber of Commerce and request a form by mail.

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 Award Banquet will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Beaver Island Lodge.

Resource List for Emmet County



3rd Annual Gail's Walk



Kevin O'Donnell's New Album Available May 3rd

The long awaited return of singer-songwriter and author Kevin O'Donnell to the folk music scene.

After a 15 year hiatus from playing Irish music, Kevin O'Donnell now presents his first ever solo work. 3 years in the making, DEEP IS THE WELL is an ambitious collection of original songs telling the tale of an Irish-American family through multiple generations. These poignant, emotional songs are framed by extraordinary musicianship.DEEPS IS THE WELL is produced by Maurice Lennon (of Stockton's Wing) and in addition to Kevin features Jim DeWan, Finbar Furey, Larry Gray, Kathleen Keane, Bill Lanphier, Maurice Lennon, John Rice, John Williams, and Jessica Willis.

Listen to Deep is the Well, and follow the descendants of Michael Fagan, a 19th century Irish immigrant, through 170 years of struggle for the American Dream. Their experiences still echo in the places they called home – from the forgotten prairie towns of the industrial heartland to the insular steel mill culture rimming the lower Great Lakes; from Times Square in New York City to the San Joaquin Valley in California; and from the frozen copper country of Lake Superior to the rain-soaked suburbs of the Pacific Northwest.

More Than an Album

As the acclaimed author of Fad ó: A Memoir of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness , Kevin is known as more than a singer-songwriter but also an author and historian. DEEP IS THE WELL is a work of historical fiction drawing extensively from real-life events. Kevin has penned a novel-worthy history of the Fagan family, from 1837 through today, steeped in a real American past.

Upon purchase of the album, we invite you unlock interactive multimedia content at www.deepisthewell.com . From there, as you listen to the album you can become acquainted with each of the songs characters as you read their complex backstories , view their family photographs, and explore their family tree. Watch videos, listen to the author read a chapter from his book, Fad ó, download a bootleg bonus track, and gain access to the lyrics, chords, the author's personal notes from the album, and follow links to historical ties to the album's backstories. Those curious about the evolution of writing and recording a song, from the first lilt of the melody to the last day in the studio, will be especially interested in a short documentary on the making of one of Kevin's most intriguing songs.

The Irish-American Experience

While there are many strong connections and instances where American folk songs and tunes can be traced back to Ireland, and many fine songs written about the Irish experience abroad by Irish expatriates – especially in America, the experiences of their subsequent generations has gone virtually ignored. There has never been a collection of songs written exclusively from such a perspective.

This is the impetus behind the DEEP IS THE WELL project – uniquely American story-songs that are the specters of a common Irish past.

Making of

Kevin returned to the studio in 2012 when Maurice Lennon, of Stockton's Wing, agreed to produce an album of Kevin's material. Kevin and Maurice eventually settled on ten original songs for the project. Some were pulled from the drawer; while others - previously recorded by Kevin in the 80's and 90's - were retooled, rearranged, and in some cases, completely rewritten. The project inspired Maurice to write an original tune (A Letter Home) that serves as a prelude to the album.

The Album Release

Deep Is The Well will be released and available online Friday, May 3rd for purchase from iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. A music video for the song “Factory Girl” will be launched April 16th. Stay tuned for Album Release Events scheduled for May in the Chicagoland area, which will feature many of the guest artists on the album.


Prior to the release, preview the song “Factory Girl”, keep informed on the album and release events, and, beginning May 3rd, purchase your copy of Deep Is The Well on the web at www.deepisthewell.com .

For more information, promo requests or to set up an interview, please contact:

Noah Smulkis, Ceolwind Productions, promotions@ceolwind.com, 708-363-6616

The B.I. Transfer Station and Recycling Center

After a little bit of research and just a quick walk through the transfer station and recycling center, it became quite obvious that a large amount of money could be saved if more of the "trash" could be recycled. There is a large quantity of each green bag received by the transfer station that could be recycled. A figure given at a previous Waste Management Committee meeting was 75-80% of the contents could be recycled. Imagine if your family or your employees were provided the opportunity to save your family and/or your business some money?

The mathematics is quite convincing. If you could cut your trash quantity down to 25% of the current amount, you would pay $4.50 for a big bag of trash instead of four times that amount $18.00. This seems like something worth doing. The various categories of recyclable materials that are currently accepted is quite large. Perhaps the name of the building should be changed to emphasize the need for more recycling. Just a switch of the two names would do a lot. This suggestion would make the building name, The Beaver Island Recycling Center and Transfer Station. This would put the emphasis on recycling, which is where the island families and businesses could actually save money. The difference is just one of sorting the materials and placing them in the proper recycling boxes.

Here is a video of some of the items recycled HERE



Road sign..............Express lane

Lots of options for recycing!

Peaine Township Board Meeting

Tonight, March 13, 2013, the Peaine Township Board Meeting began at a little after 7 p.m. The Peaine Township Board of Review had been meeting all day, then came the Peaine Trails Committee Meeting, and then finally the Peaine Township Board meeting with two of these concurrent with the Board of Review going until 10 p.m. tonight.

The Peaine Township Board meeting was very efficent and the items on the agenda covered completely. The township business was completed in a little over half and hour. Besides the every meeting pledge, review of agenda and addition of items, and approval of minutes, the Global Partners lease for the south tower on the Kings Highway was recommended for five 5 year terms with a 3% increase per year with the expiration of 2040. The township would receive $7500 for this lease. The township supervisor was granted approval to sign this lease.

There was a short discussion of the Human Resources Commission request for the townships to cover the costs of flights for members to attend meetings on the mainland. There may be some legal issues with this. The township approved the request, based upon the legal issues not in conflict with this action.

The township airport committee had request three resolutions be passed for the township airport. The first was approval of the Lay-out plan. The second was for the design, construction of the site including tree clearing. The third was approval of the terminal building. All approved with the permission given to the airport committee chair or vice-chair to sign the agreements. It was reported that the bid for tree clearing was approved. There was an explanation of the bidding process with only one bidder meeting the requirements. Dave Schwartzfisher was awarded the bid for tree clearing in the amount of $20,000.

It was announced that Carol Burton had resigned as library board trustee. It was agreed to post this position with a deadline of 10-14 days. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needed to replace a position left by Adam Wirth with the understanding that those currently serving would continue. Pete LoDico was re-appointed to the Airport Commission for three more years.

There was discussion of the Waste Management Committee positions. Supervisor Kohls suggested that it was time to possibly redo the document creating the committee since they were not meeting on the required day and that no bylaws could be found. Supervisor Kohls also suggested that the committee be pared down to five instead of seven members. There will be more discussion on this.

The meeting was adjourned shortly after the Waste Management Discussion and the bill for payment being approved.

View video of the meeting HERE

Fedex Virus

If you receive an email message that appears to be from the store manager of Fedex, delete the email immediately. If you open the email, it will tell you that a package that you ordered was unable to be delivered. The message also states that you need to pick up that package at the local Fedex office. No address or telephone number is included in the email. Attached to the email is what appears to be a WORD document. DO NOT download it. The document that you download is an executable file that infects your computer with malware and/or virus that will not be prevented from infecting your computer by your antivirus program. The computer that has been infected is owned by the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. McAfee Security Center did not protect the computer from this malware. McAfee Security Center also would not remove this problem from the computer.

The program that did solve the problem was PC Tools Spyware Doctor, which was purchased and downloaded to the computer and run in Safe Mode. Spyware Doctor removed the malware and/or virus. Then when the computer was rebooted by the program a message appears that suggests that the previous antivirus program, McAfee Security Center, be removed from the computer. Don't do this request. Keep both programs on your computer. If problems arise with both running, you can always disable one of them later on.

News on the 'Net is considering a petition to have these malware producers charged with a 30 year felony charge with decisions made every year to renew the 30 year felony imprisonment every year. Talk about frustrating, and a complete waste of time. A total of two and a half hours wasted on this Fedex Virus issue today, March 12, 2013. This time could have been better used to prepare for EMT class tonight and/or prepare for the coming St. Patrick's weekend festivities.

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Newsletter #3, March 2013

Update: Contract with Emmett County Voted Out

In a vote of 4-2 with George Lasater and Larry Sullivan dissenting, the Charlevoix County Commission voted to end the contract with Emmett County and accept a bid from American Waste.

Read more at the Petoskey News HERE

Clean Up This Spring at Powers' Do It Best Hardware

One local winner will rake in $1000 worth of merchandise.

Beaver Island, MI—After one visit to Powers' Do It Best Hardware, you just might end up looking for ways to add to your home improvement to-do list. On February 26, 2013, Powers Do It Best will begin accepting entries for a $1000 Shopping Giveaway. One local winner, selected at random, will receive $1000 in merchandise from Powers Do It Best. The contest ends May 31, 2013.

Denni Cady-Stid says that the giveaway should create plenty of excitement among Powers Do It Best customers. "One of the best things about the drawing is that our customers have an opportunity to make a wish list and get the items they really want to use in their home improvement or garden project. And for one of our neighborhood customers, that wish list will come true. We're looking forward to helping make that happen."

Full details about the $1000 giveaway are available at Powers Do It Best Hardware. The giveaway will be promoted through the store's advertising materials, and entries will be accepted exclusively at Powers Do It Best, located at 26259 Main Street. There is a limit of one entry per household per day. One winner will be chosen from each participating store.

About Powers Do It Best Hardware:

Powers Do It Best Hardware is located at (26259 Main Street and has been serving customers in the Beaver Island area for 15 years. Powers Do It Best Hardware offers a complete line of merchandise offered: hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, gifts, paint and electrical supplies for everyone from the do-it yourself homeowner to the professional. Powers Do It Best Hardware has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2005.

About Do it Best Corp.:

Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S.-based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,000 member-owned stores in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.


Lodge To Open April 27 For Citizen of the Year Banquet

The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award banquet will be at the Beaver Island Lodge on Saturday April 27 th . "We are looking forward to Islanders enjoying our opening of the Beaver Island Lodge for the Citizen of the Year banquet. We are already working and planning to make it a special early season event and a culinary delight," said Lodge co-owner Eric Hodgson.

The Beaver Island Lodge released the following menu for the annual Chamber of Commerce event.

1st - Seasonal Salad

2nd - choice of
Tomato pesto crusted chicken breast with creamy cheddar polenta
Filet of beef with lobster and Boursin mashed potatoes and a merlot reduction
Grilled halibut with corn coconut curry sauce and cherry tomato chutney

3rd – Dessert, fresh fruit and sorbet parfait

Prices will range from $27-38 per person for the complete meal.

Citizen of the Years Award Nominations

Every one is invited to send in a 2012 Citizen of the Year award nomination. You can pick up a nomination form at your Chamber office on Main Street, download one from here http://www.beaverisland.org/2012-citizen-of-the-year.pdf You may call 231.448.2505 and request a form by mail. The nomination deadline is April 1st .

“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.”

Several Subscriptions Expire in March

Several family and business subscriptions expire in March 2013. 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.


Live View of the Ice Classic

Live view of the Ice Classic at McDonough's Market Webcam

Proposed Beaver Island Garage

For Charlevoix County Services on Beaver Island

Site plans and artist renditions may be viewed by clicking on the schematic above.

Airport Commission Live Streamed and Productive

The two ladies who visited were Kendra Thompson, architect, and Stephanie Ward from Meade and Hunt and these ladies participated in the meeting beginning at 11 a.m.. They will not be referred to by their names in this article.

Kendra Thompson and Stephanie Ward

There were two meetings today, January 26, 2013, the regular BI Airport Commission meeting, and a meeting with the architect and Meade and Hunt. The meetings today were very productive with decisions made that provided both visitors with the information that is needed to move forward, and stay on a good timeline toward completion of the airport terminal project.

Video of the Airport Commission Regular Meeting HERE

The first item that was passed as a motion was the determination of the location and shape of the parking areas. This was needed to be determined to allow bids for tree removal to get moving. The tree removal must be completed, at least the trees must be down on the ground, prior to the April 1st deadline to protect the nesting locations of migratory birds. "We don't want these birds to build a nest in the trees and then cut down the trees." The adopted parking plan with tree removal was to included a more square parking area with fewer drive areas instead of a very long rectangular parking area that would cause an almost 400 feet walk for the person parking in the furthest parking spot. The difference would cause approximately two acres of trees to be felled instead of 1.5 acres of trees. It was felt that this extra half acres of tree removal would be well worth it to make fewer plowing areas and shorter walking distances.

The second item that passed as a motion was the approval of the floor plan and elevations as presented and dated January 26, 2013. This presentation was the fourth decrease in square footage of the planned terminal since the 2008 plan was made. The board, as a whole, did not want to see any more cuts in the size of the building and accepted the multi-use concept of these drawings.

The third item determined by motion was the use of geothermal for heating and cooling. The payback time for the increased cost of geothermal when compared to conventional propane or electricity is approximately four or five years. The Meade and Hunt representative suggested that it might be possible for the geothermal work outside of the "four walls of the building" to actually be qualified as part of the federal grant for site preparation instead of the state grant for the building.

The first meeting began a little after nine a.m. This meeting was missing Mike Scripps because he was flying from off the island. Elaine West chaired this portion of the meeting. Included in this meeting were the listing of the questions that the BIAC wanted to ask of the architect and of Meade and Hunt. This meeting was suspended and went into recess for approximately fifteen minutes after the business was completed with the exception of the budget. Mike Scripps arrived at approximately ten a.m. and the meeting was resumed to work on the budget. This budget was completed and agreed upon by 10:45 a.m. and the first meeting was adjourned.

The second meeting included presentations by the architect and by Meade and Hunt and began at 11 a.m., the time posted. This meeting continued for approximately two hours with decisions being made as mentioned above. Lots of progress was made in the planning of the terminal building construction plans and the site preparation work as mentioned above.

The Airport Committee.......the audience early on

The work session with tables pulled together

Video of the Planning Session including decisions

Here is the plan.

The site plan presented by Meade and Hunt

The floor plan presented by the architect after four reductions in size

Conceptual plans for the four views of the building

Possible costs for parts of the plan

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Live Streamed the entire time from the beginning of the first meeting until the end of the second meeting. Video recordings of these meetings were also made and are available at links above.

Schematic Drawings from the Architect

(Click on each pictures below to see the full size schematic)

Floor Plan


Airfield View and Entry View

NRESC Produces Timeline

NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013

The NRESC intends to produce a full draft set of recommendations for natural resource management that will be submitted to the Township Boards and shared with the community/stakeholders for feedback by May 1, 2013. Once a draft is completed, the NRESC intends to hold a 45-day feedback process, after which it will revise the draft and submit final recommendations to the township boards.

Process/Timeline for Producing Recommendations


Time Line

Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations

Completed - January 21, 2013

Establish subcommittees to develop recommended Strategies for three Goal areas.

Co-chairs are:

Resource Management : Grassmick, Mastenbrook, Parsons

Economic Growth: Powers, Plastrik

Informed Public : Cashman, Tilly

(Plastrik will serve as liaison between the subcommittees, to ensure minimal duplication of effort, and coordination of recommendations)

Completed – January 21, 2013

Subcommittee co-chairs review input to date, gather additional input, and develop recommended Strategies for review by full NRESC

January 22-February 22

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees

February 23 (public session)

Subcommittees revise/redraft recommendations based on feedback

February 24-March 8

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft recommendations from subcommittees, and to assemble overall “unified” draft of recommendations

March 9 (public session)

Plastrik leads process of drafting unified recommendations for NRESC consideration

March 10-March 29

Working session of NRESC to review/revise unified recommendations draft

March 30 (public session)

Completion of draft recommendations (additional input, as needed)

March 31-April 30

Submission of draft recommendations to the community, stakeholders, and township boards for feedback

May 1

Feedback processes

May 1-June 15

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft based on feedback from various sources

June 22 (public session)

NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards

July 1

Stoney Acre Senior Meals

Stoney Acres began serving senior meals on January 2, 2013. These are a few examples of their menu. Here is a copy of their completed menu.

Half turkey reuben.....Small Cobb salad

Beef Nachos........Two piece chicken basket

Seniors' Meal Options

Besides the home delivered meals prepared by Dahlwhinnie, there are options currently at two restaurants, Dahlwhinnie's and the Shamrock. The menus are down below, but there are times where a picture is worth a hundred words. These pictures are not meant to depict the entire menu at either place, but just to give you an opportunity to see what some of the options look like. The editor can attest to the excellent meals that have been consumed over the last few months. The seniors, who have not participated, should seriously consider these wonderful meals. The seniors that have been participating should invite another senior to go with them.

Breakfast at Dahlwhinnie's is an excellent opportunity to sit down and socialize. The #1 breakfast at Dahlwhinnies was sampled by the editor and it received a two thumbs up, once the thumbs were done proving help to the hands in consuming this excellent meal. Here is a picture of the meal:

Eggs, hashbrowns, toast, orange juice, milk or coffee, and pears

Dahlwhinnie's is also participating in lunch. Breakfast runs from 7-10, and lunch from 11-2. The honey mustard chicken salad is another wonderful meal as is the tuna melt.

Downtown at the Shamrock Bar, there is no breakfast, but an excellent lunch is awating all seniors for a reasonable cost. These same senior menu items are available to the general public for $7.00. Here are a few pictures of the lunch items available at the Shamrock: Again, the senior lunch and dinner menu is posted below.

Soup and Salad is a wonderful combination of homemade soups and fresh salad with dressing, bread, and butter, Add coffee, tea, or iced tea as a beverage and a fruit cup and you have one excellent lunch.

This wonderful chicken salad is also available as one of the lunch or dinner items for seniors.

A hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, and fruit cup along with your choice of three beverages can't be beat.

Barbeque pulled pork sandwich with mashed potatoes

Chicken wings with French fries and cole slaw

Pasta and Meatballs, very nice

Taco salad, yum, yum

So, there are plenty of Dining Out menu options and, at this time, at least two places to go for lunch. What are you seniors waiting for? Meet you for lunch?

The Shamrock is also offering these same menu choices for dinner for all seniors. The Dining Out program is part of the services offered by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.

Dahlwhinnie's Dining Out Menu

The CC Commission on Aging's representatives have approved the menu submitted by Dahlwhinnie's to offer seniors an additional option when deciding to dine out. The addition of a a breakfast menu to a lunch menu provides another option for Dining Out seniors. The menu was available as of Monday, October 8, 2012, and is presented below exactly as presented to BINN with only one thing added. The thing added was the word 'and' in front of the word 'milk.' The following menu items are available from 7-10 a.m.:

#1 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, toast with butter, and milk

#2 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, oatmeal, and milk

#4 Egg sandwich with cheese, orange juice, fruit cup, hashbrowns

#5 1 egg vegetable cheese omelet, hash browns, orange juice

The Dining Out Lunch Menus available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. is:

#1 Fresh spinach salad with grilled chicken, red onion, honey mustard dressing, fruit, bread with butter, and milk

#2 Chili--(beef, chicken, or turkey) with tomatoes, beans, peppers, and onions, fruit cup, crackers, and milk

#3 Meat loaf, potatoes, vegetable, fruit, roll with butter, milk

#4 Open face pulled pork sandwich, vegetable, sweet potato, fruit, and milk

#5 Hot turkey or beef sandwich and potatoes with gravy, vegetable, fruit, and milk

#6 Tuna melt on wheat with cheddar, fruit, mixed vegetable

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

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