B. I. News on the 'Net, March 3-9, 2014

A Walk from Charlevoix to Beaver Island

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

The walkers pose for a picture across from Dahlwhinnie's

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quite the walk

Video Interview of the ice walkers inside Dahlwhinnie's


Stoney Acre & Donegal Danny's PUB

have a Grand Weekend planned for St. Pat’s
Friday/Sat/Sun/Mon "Party On"'HAPPY ST. PAT'S'


Enjoy Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Lamb Stew, Perch, Cod, & Stoney’s Full Menu

Live Music. All Weekend!
Music Fri  8:30pm til Close w/Danny, Danny, Cindy, Br. Jim & Guests

Saturday-Jackie Mouse Benefit 9pm

Beaver Island at its Best!

Sat-Happy Hour Music w/Danny, Danny Cindy, Bro Jim & Guests

Then Rock & Roll w/Paul, Layla, Brandon, Cory & Guests!

Sunday Shenanigans

Danny's Best Ever BLOODY MARY BAR & Happy Hour AllDay!
PLUS....Campbell’s PIZZA Jim & Pam PIZZA from 4-8:30pm

(Call 448-3000 & Have Your PIZZA Ready When You Are to Eat In or Take Out!) ALSO...Stoney’s Complimentary HOT DOG BUFFET is Available!

Monday 'The Great Day'

A very Happy St. Paddy’s Day from Stoney & the PUB!

Irish Music, Irish Fare, Irish Beer in an Irish PUB............doesn’t get any better! We thank you for your patronage!

"A World of Ice"- Pictures by Frank Solle

View them HERE


by Paul Cole

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

St.. James Township Meeting, March 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Video of this meeting is available HERE

News from the Chamber of Commerce

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

How to order the print 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide


Three page digital Beaver Island feature starts on page 73


Annual St. Patrick's Day Raffle

Drawing will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Donegal Danny's Pub for the annual raffle, this year on March 14, 2014. Tickets will available at the Shamrock and Donegal Danny's from 5-7 p.m.. Tickets cost $1 each or 6 for $5. The winner gets a basket of fixin's for an Irish Dinner and much more!

Citizen of the Year Banquet Plans

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

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Michigan's Sleeping Bear, "America’s Most Beautiful Place," set to earn Congress' first wilderness designation in years

by Andy McGlashen on March 4, 2014

(Wednesday morning update! The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on a voice vote late Tuesday, and it is on its way to President Obama’s desk. Said U.S. Senator Carl Levin: “This is good news for all of us who cherish the matchless beauty and the ecological importance of Sleeping Bear Dunes.”)

Michigan’s iconic and globally rare freshwater dune system is on the verge of getting Congress’ first wilderness designation since 2009, capping more than a decade of discussion about how best to protect one of the region’s signature natural areas while keeping it open to hunters, anglers, beach lovers and others.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act would designate as wilderness 32,500 acres of the park that gained national attention in 2011 when Good Morning America viewers voted it the nation’s most beautiful place. The bill is set for a House vote this evening and is expected to land on President Obama’s desk for his signature.

The bill is a rarity for the polarized 113th Congress, which hasn’t designated a single acre for protection under the Wilderness Act. (Neither did the 112th – the first Congress not to add wilderness since 1966.)  It enjoys bipartisan support among Michigan’s congressional delegation—Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow co-sponsored the Senate version, which passed in June, while Republican Dan Benishek introduced the House bill—and has the backing of local residents and the National Park Service.

That wasn’t always the case. A 1981 wilderness proposal from the NPS included controversial recommendations such as closing county roads that provided access to beloved beaches. A 2002 plan to implement some of those recommendations touched off public outcry, and was quickly scrapped.

Park administrators started the process fresh, with more transparency and inclusion. The current legislation finally took shape after years of research and planning, and nearly 100 public meetings. (For helpful background, check out this recap from the Glen Arbor Sun.)

“Now the areas proposed for wilderness make sense, and will provide that the primitive, natural areas can remain as the local population wishes—in their natural state—without cutting off public access where it is needed,” said Jeannette Feehely, president of Citizens for Access to the Lakeshore, in a 2013 testimony before the House natural resources committee. “It is not a bill where the proponents give grudging, reluctant support, feeling compromised and unhappy about something. Rather, this is a bill wherein almost everyone involved has emerged quite satisfied.”

Tom Ulrich, deputy superintendent of the National Lakeshore, told Michigan Distilled that seeing the wilderness bill become law will provide clarity about future management of the area, marking a new chapter of cooperation between local residents and park administrators.

“It has been such a longstanding issue at the park, and at some times in the park’s history, a very contentious one,” he said. “It would be nice to put it to bed and not have this kind of institutionalized tension between us and the stakeholders who didn’t approve of the previous wilderness proposals.”

Ulrich added that the bill’s passage could help attract visitors looking for a particular brand of outdoor experience.

“One key to this is, once a place is designated as wilderness, that attracts visitors,” he added. “People go to places because they’re designated wilderness.”

Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest accepting entries through March 15

2013 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner Hannah Hu’s American wigeon

Calling all young artists! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2014 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest, administered by the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw.

The contest is held to raise education and awareness of North America’s waterfowl and wetland resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has hosted a Junior Duck Stamp contest in Michigan since 1995. Hannah Hu from Ann Arbor won the Michigan contest in 2013 with a drawing of an American wigeon.

Students may submit artwork featuring one of the following species: whistling ducks, swans, geese, brant, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails or Hawaiian ducks. A full list of permitted species is available online.

Judging will be open to the general public at Green Point Environmental Learning Center in Saginaw in the spring. Artwork entries will be judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1-inch by 1.5-inch stamp.

Students will be judged in four groups according to grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Three first-place, three second-place and three third-place entries, along with 16 honorable mentions, will be selected from each group. Contest judges select a “Best of Show” from the 12 first-place winners, which will be submitted to the Federal Duck Stamp Office and entered into the national Junior Duck Stamp contest, held in April in West Virginia.

The winner of the national Junior Duck Stamp contest, along with his/her parent or guardian and teacher, will receive a free trip to a First Day of Sale ceremony in late June/early July.

The first-place art from the national contest is used to create a national Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014. A downloadable entry form and information on contest rules, a list of permitted species and regulations for teachers and supervising adults can be found online at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

For additional information or questions regarding participation in the contest, please contact Junior Duck Stamp state coordinator Lionel Grant at 989-759-1669 or Lionel_Grant@fws.gov.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a partner in the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL), a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetlands and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow.

Adventure to Waugoshance

Waugoshance Lighthouse Over the Ice

by Jason Lome

Former Beaver Island Community School graduate Jason Lome is an adventurer much like the editor of BINN. The story that Jason has put together for BINN subscribers fits this same spirit of adventure. Here is a winter camping, ice walking, individually personal adventure to Waugoshance Lighthouse.

If you are interested in purchasing a picture, go HERE

Thank you, Jason, for sharing your adventure with News on the 'Net.

Visit Jason's website HERE

No BINGO This Wednesday

Community Center Info for March 2014

Movie Information Below

BICS MEAP Averages

BI Airport Terminal Progress

On a noon trip out to the township airport, BINN captured the video of a walkthrough of the terminal building that is under construction there. The opening of the terminal has been delayed from the previous opening of March 2014. The work progresses.

Photos of a walkthrough HERE

Video Walkthrough of the Terminal Building on Sunday, March 2, 2014




Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Peaine Township Meeting, February 13, 2014

Video of the Meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Meeting, February 5, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee, 2/18/14

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

Movie Information Below

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

CBS News This Morning: Saturday Reports on Beaver Island

Travel editor Peter Greenberg joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" for a discussion of the best get away locations and deals in the continental U.S. This included Beaver Island. Although the geography was somewhat wrong in this report, it is definitely some national exposure for Beaver Island.

Full credit for this video goes to CBS News and Peter Greenberg.


From the Beaver Island Food Pantry

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

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

And, of course, cash donations are always welcome.

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

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

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

Michigan Audubon Partners on Beaver Island Birding Trail

From the Chapter Connection, March 2014

Michigan has another birding trail! Michigan Audubon is just one of many conservation partners who have joined a collaborative effort with corporations, researchers, and residents to create the Beaver Island Birding Trail (BIBT). A fantastic website has already been launched and the trail will be dedicated this spring with a slate of weekend activities May 23 - 25.

Beaver Island, the largest island in Lake Michigan, acts as a critical stopover site for migrating birds headed to or from their breeding grounds. Many birds also stay to make the island their summer home. The BIBT encompasses more than 12,000 acres of state and township lands and includes four Little Traverse Conservancy preserves.

"Beaver Island has great public access to a wide variety of high quality habitats which hosts a rich array of migratory and nesting birds," said Pam Grassmick, the project’s coordinator through the Beaver Island Association. "Over the past few years, we have discussed the potential of hosting a birding festival but recognized the huge personnel requirements and associated costs. A birding website seemed a natural solution. We worked with Kay Charter, Executive Director, Saving Birds Thru Habitat and other birders to develop the Beaver Island Birding Trail." You can learn about the BIBT at their website,www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

Beaver Island TV to Make Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arctic Plunge

Update: February 28, 2014, 8 a.m.: Temperature is -15 with a windchill of -24.

Update: February 27, 2014, 3 pm: Temperature is still below zero at -.5 degrees and a windchill of -18.

Update: February 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m.: Very windy with a temperature of -3 degrees with a windchill of -20; Not a good day for a snowshoe adventure; It is dangerously cold out there. Be safe!

This week's weather forecast from AccuWeather suggests that the temperatures are going to be quite a bit below normal once again. The temperature right now (9:30 am) at the Beaver Island Airport is 1 degree with a windchill of -10 with colder temperatures tomorrow. Make sure you are covered up with hat, scarf, gloves, and boots. A slip and fall for some of the older island residents could lead to a very serious situation. The high temperature today is forecast to be 10 degrees, but the windchill is going to make it feel like it is much colder.

Be careful out there if you have to go outside!

Coast Guard Air Crew Medically Evacuates 77-year-old Woman

from Beaver Island in Lake Michigan


CLEVELAND, February 22, 2014----A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medically evacuated a 77-year-old woman suffering from chest pain from Beaver Island, Mich., located in Lake Michigan, Friday afternoon.

At 1:45 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was contacted by personnel from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center who requested help transporting the woman to a hospital capable of providing a higher level of care.

A rescue air crew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., and picked up the woman at the Beaver Island Airport. The air crew transported her to the air station where emergency medical services personnel were waiting. EMS further transported the woman to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

The woman was last known to be in stable condition.

Robert Fullerton Jr., 64

Robert Fullerton Jr., 64, of Munro Lake, passed away on Feb. 21, 2014, at his home after an extended illness.

Bob was born on Sept. 8, 1949, in Detroit, the son of Robert and Anna (Dagwell) Fullerton Sr. and was raised in Detroit with summers spent on Beaver Island. Bob graduated from Redford High School.

On Feb. 4, 2010, in Hawaii, Bob married Rhonda Moyer, the love of his life. They spent 14 great years together.

In 1968, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served four years. He served two years at Arlington National Cemetery as a ceremonial honor guard, performing more than 1,000 military funerals. He served his remaining two years aboard the U.S.S. Claude V. Ricketts.

Upon returning from the service, Bob completed two years of college and was employed for 10 years with the United States Postal Service in Lansing. Bob moved to Northern Michigan and worked for 26 years at Federal Express in Pellston as a courier, mostly for the eastern Upper Peninsula. Bob also worked at Boyne Highlands as a security guard and loved to ski.

Bob loved his home on the lake and being outdoors. He also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, taking annual bicycle trips with friends from Lansing to Mackinaw City, enjoyed going to family hunting camp on Bois Blanc Island, and being a proud papa and uncle. He had a love for photography and nature and was an avid U of M fan. Bob was very passionate about politics, had a pilot license and diving certificate, and was a WWII buff.

Surviving are his wife, Rhonda; stepdaughter, Sonya (Gill) Mack, of Grand Blanc; stepson, Geoffrey Clabaugh, of Oregon; granddaughters, Natalie and Emily Mack; mother-in-law, Greta Moyer, of Harbor Springs; siblings, Candace (Gary) Conant of Mount Pleasant, Thomas (Pam) Fullerton of Hudson, Fla., Paul (Emily) Fullerton of St. Ignace, Sandy Fullerton of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Michael (MaryJo) Fullerton of Traverse City; brothers-in-law, Steve Moyer (Kate) of Cross Village, Greg Moyer (Stephanie) of Bliss, and Gary Moyer of Harbor Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved and loyal companion, Mallow. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Special thanks to his stepdaughter, Sonya, for all the extra caring, help and support.

The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday Feb. 28, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m., at Lintz Funeral Home in Indian River. The Rev. Larry Kirby will officiate. Burial will take place in the spring at Oak Hill Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Michigan, Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, or Tip of the Mitt Watershed in Petoskey.

Online condolences may be made at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com


Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

March 15

June 21

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

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






Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

McDonough's Winter Hours

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

pastors for March:

     2:  Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI
     9:  Pastor Howard Davis
    16:  Steve Finch, Lighthouse School
    23 and 30:  Pastor Harold Kruse

pastors for April

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

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

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

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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Perry E. Lanier 1934-2014

Lanier, Perry E; Brighton, MI
His Legacy...Age 80, passed away, January 31, 2014 in Brighton. Perry was born, January 14, 1934 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to James and Ruby Lanier. Perry graduated from Bethel High School, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. He then moved to California to work on his Master’s degree in Education from San Jose State University.
Perry moved back to Oklahoma to obtain his PhD in Education at the University of Oklahoma. He had a 35 year career at Michigan State University, teaching in the College of Education. He taught, wrote books and conducted research to improve the teaching and retention of math skills in the US and other parts of the world. This allowed him to travel to Nicaragua, Okinawa, Southeast Asia and Europe. He retired in 2001. Perry was always there to encourage family members working on their goals, from a pat on the back, a pep talk, financial help, even a place to stay for a while.
His Family...Perry is survived by his children Cindy (Jim) Nielsen of Brighton, MI; Mark (Tina) Lanier of Gold Beach, OR; Melanie Lanier of Albuquerque, NM; Liz Lanier of Beaver Island, MI; Evan (Michelle) Roth of Paris, France; Kelley Roth of Durham, NC former spouses, Mary Ann Lanier, Shawnee, OK; Judith Gallagher, Beaver Island, MI; and Kathy Roth, Colorado; and grandchildren Kirsten (Daniel) Pickworth, Dana (Ryan) Jennings, Paul Nielsen, Tim Nielsen, Forrest Lanier and Dustin Lanier; and siblings, Duane (Ginny) Lanier,Newton, KS; Darrel (Martha) Lanier, Oklahoma City, OK; Jim Lanier, Lucas, TX and Rozanne Lanier, Richardson, TX. Perry was preceded in death by his parents and son Ross Henderson.
His Farewell...A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice Care of Ann Arbor, Michigan Alzheimer’s Association or The Little Traverse Nature Conservancy.

Please leave a message of comfort to Perry’s family by calling 1-877-231-7900 or sign his guest book at www.borekjennings.com

Beaver Island on CBS TV--This Saturday

Peter Greenberg is slated to air an “Islands Story” that includes Beaver Island this Saturday March 1 on CBS Saturday Morning. His work is usually in the 8 am hour. After the show airs the clip will be posted on his website. www.PeterGreenberg.com

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce provided dozens of still photos and 30 seconds of video for the show. Prior to air the Chamber doesn’t know how long or what exactly is involved in the Beaver Island segment.

Peter Greenberg is a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer. He is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist.  Known in the industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.

Ice Mountains, Caves, and Blue Ice

Another relatively short snowshoe adventure was taken today, Monday, February 24, 2014. First a call was placed to Alan and Kathy Brouard to make certain that they did not mind if a car was parked in their driveway. Then a few questions were asked about where the ice mountains, caves, and beautiful blue ice would easily be found. They were very helpful in pointing out the direction and the distance. This map shows the the actual path followed on today's snowshoe adventure. Kathy suggested that this adventure should include snowshoes, and after the first step into a four foot snow drift with both legs, her wisdom was proven.

The most important thing that the reader should know is just this: If you have the physical ability to make a trip down the East Side Road, and if you think that this is not beyond your ability to walk in snowshoes, then you should make this trip or another trip like this to see this gorgeous natural wonder called ice mountains, ice caves, and blue ice. Here is a sample of the possibilities that are out there for you to explore.

The view into the bright sunshine from the front yard of the Brouard's

Snowshoeing out from the Brouard's to the ice mounds

Pictures from north of Brouard's to the East

Continuing from the East moving toward the South

These are the ones that have attracted the photographer. They are the ones to the south of the location and a hike on snowshoes away from the shoreline. Snowmobiles have been out here before, but they can't know the serenity and silence of the snowshoeing adventure with only your voice and the voice of the wind.

Closer and closer, but slowly as we admire nature's bounty and beauty

Almost there and WOW what a gorgeous sight!

A valley between the sets of hills and mountains, so peaceful and the scenery draws you farther and farther away from shore.

Finally right up next to the mountains and the beauty

This one picture was worth the trip. Amazing natural phenomena!

The beginning of the blue ice...

The sun was hitting the ice at just the right angle and the mountains became blue ice.

Miles of ice chunks pushed up into mounds, hills or mountains

On the right heading south are the caves.....

On the left heading south more beautiful crystal clear ice or blue ice

2nd Update: Several people were interested in finding out the size of these blocks of ice. The smallest that was seen was a 1x2x2 inch rectangular solid. The ones in this picture were not measured, but there were many in the area of 6x6x8 inch rectangular. The largest, not in this picture that was actually measured was approximately 52x40x24 as measured with a 52 inch walking pole.

Update: BINN sent the above picture on the left to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce for their facebook site. It was reported that there were over six thousand views of this picture on that one site. This was followed up with a note from the Chamber that suggested that others should link to the facebook picture on their websites to continue to provide great public relations, comments, and more views.

A cave that you can walk into and enjoy the relief from the wind and enjoy the sunshine

Blue ice on the left......Caves on the right

Caves filling in with the blowing snow from the weekend storm

Up close and personal......Some piles of ice were twenty feet tall....

Two hours of snowshoeing coming to an end with a return trip with a different route to break a snowshoe trail instead of just follow the snowmobile tracks.

Heading back in through the snow drifts along the shoreline.....The house just south of the Brouard's

Back to the starting point...

Thank you, Kathy and Alan Brouard for your advice and your help!

Video of the Ice Mountain, Caves, and Blue Ice


School Board Vacancy

Apply by March 3rd

Northern Michigan's 100 Men Campaign

Read about this HERE

Beaver Island Airport Terminal Progress

The trip out to the Township Airport on Thursday, February 20, 2014, was interesting to say the least. Then a look at the pictures revealed very little to report. Each and every picture looked pretty much the same. What can you say about drywall to make it interesting? Most of the drywall work is completed. All of the windows have plastic over them. The temperature in the building was in the middle 70's from the electric heaters. Here are a few pictures to illustrate the statement above.

Between the equipment and the drywall dust, it was a little difficult to get around the building, but here is the video walkthrough.


Islanders vs Polar Bears Video

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lady Islanders vs Lady Polar Bears Video

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Waste Management Committee, 2/18/14

Tuesday morning's Waste Management Committee meeting was very busy with lots of budget work. An excellent report was given by Director Brad Swearingen in which he provided information about the budget meeting held previously. His report included a request to put Bob Marsh on salary to have both of them working full time. He also reported that the USDOT HazMat training had been completed by all three employees, which included himself with a printed certificate to put in the files. The majority of the meeting was spent in budget discussions. The recommendations of the budget committee were discussed. The major expenditures for this next fiscal year would include the replacement forklift that did not get to the Island before the last boat, and a used roll-off truck. These purchases would come from the fund equity which was accumulated just for these purposes.

Discussion on the committee structure and operating agreement was deferred until the new fiscal year as was the Personnel Policy manual, with Brad requested to get some information from mainland operations. Brad also had mentioned that there might be a couple of phone calls about some southern islands in the U.S. that are looking to pattern their transfer stations after the Beaver Island model. Next meeting will be March 18, 2014.

Video of this meeting HERE

Old B. I. Airport Terminal----Bids Accepted

See BIAC Bid Document

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

This morning a little after 10 a.m., the representatives from Mead and Hunt arrived at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss several topics with the BIAC. The consultant firm Mead and Hunt's representatives had left Lansing in an aircraft flying to Beaver Island. The meeting was slightly delayed due to the weather and the desire to get as many airport commission members present as possible.

The first topic on the agenda of this meeting was the needed tree clearing to maintain the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport. It is difficult to get this approach back if it was lost. The example given was the fourteen month time frame for another airport that had lost their approach. This example was plenty to get the airport commission aware of the importance of this particular topic.

(Thanks to Rod Nettleman for the PDFs from Mead and Hunt and Elaine West for the forwarded documents)

PAPI Obstacle Clearance Surface(OCS) is one plane surface that must be accomodated to satisfy the Federal Aviation Administration. The PAPI OCS provides a pilot with a minimum approach clearance for the pilot landing at the airport. This is just one surface that the Mead and Hunt representative presented. To meet these requirements to maintain the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport, there are three trees that need to be cut down or topped. Two of these trees are on the property of the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, and one of these trees is on the property owned by Bob Banville. Mead and Hunt PDF HERE See graphic HERE

The second surface discussed was from FAR, Part 77, for the SAFE, EFFICIENT USE, AND PRESERVATION OF THE NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. This plane surface would require additional trees be removed or topped from the properties mentioned above and one tree from another property owner. The two trees from Paradise Bay Coffee Shop property would need to be removed or topped as above in the description above in the paragraph above. It would require additional three trees be removed or topped from Bob Banville's property and one from the Garthwaite property. Mead and Hunt PDF HERE. See graphic HERE

Perhaps everyone was amazed that this small number of trees were those that were required to be removed or topped. The total was only seven trees in the most demanding plan. This was certainly much less that most had thought. That statement does not minimize the rights of the property owners, but just relates that this is certainly not as many as thought. This process needs to be completed as soon as possible to prevent loss of the night approach at the Beaver Island Airport. It also must be completed so that this new information can be uploaded to the FAA. It also has to be completed before April 1st due to the Migratory Bird Act. The funding, if needed, for this removal or topping of trees must be funded from local funds because the federal process of funding takes too long.

These tree removals are necessary, not only to maintain the night approach, but also for any improvement, such as a WAAS approach, at the Beaver Island Airport. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is an air navigation aid developed by the Federal Aviation Administration to augment the Global Positioning System (GPS), with the goal of improving its accuracy, integrity, and availability. Essentially, WAAS is intended to enable aircraft to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, including precision approaches to any airport within its coverage area. The idea of this improved approach using WAAS is that it improves the ability to fly emergency medical patients off the island when the weather is bad.

Next, the representative from Mead and Hunt spoke about the airport apron expansion, its location, and the timing needed. This led into a discussion of the Kings Highway paving project, and how this would determine the timeline for the apron expansion. Also discussed was the new access road, to be completed by the Charlevoix County Road Commission, played into the timing of the apron expansion as well. One of the issues related to this apron expansion included the fact that no one really knows when the 2014 federal funds would become available.

Mead and Hunt PDF of Airport Apron Expansion

Also related to this apron expansion was that the existing terminal building sits on part of the apron for this expansion project. The BIAC was working on this and reported that progress on this moving along quite well. It was a complex contract that had to cover everything, and wasn't currently in final form.

Mead and Hunt also reported on the necessity of bidding out the airport commission consultant position. Mead and Hunt presented a draft selection process to the airport commission. It was noted that a consultant could be selected from a Statement of Qualifications, and that interviews were not necessary. The airport commission needs to determine a time frame for this process.

The meeting adjourned with another committee meeting to take place after this one.

BINN live streamed this meeting on beaverisland.tv, and recorded the meeting for on demand video viewing for subscribers.

View Video of this meeting HERE

From the Chamber of Commerce

2013 Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

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

Nomination Form HERE

NEW Board Member

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

Mary Beth Kur Running for Circuit Judge


Part Time Position: Operations Manager

Operations Manager
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association
Beaver Island, MI
BICAA seeks a festival Operations Manager: This part time position is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of all orchestra events (concerts, rehearsals, outreach programs and special events) run smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner. The position is very physical and involves the loading and unloading of instruments and the movement of pianos and other instruments and equipment on stage as necessary; and may require supervision and direction of volunteers. Some weekend and evening work is required particularly in July and early August leading up to and during the festival.
Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in performing arts-Required (Music-Desired); 2 years experience in stage management planning and coordination  or performing arts experience-Required; Knowledge of Orchestral Layouts-Required; Ability to Read Music-Required; Strong organizational abilities-Required; Ability to work both collaboratively  independently and multi-task under deadline-Required
A complete job description and a list of qualifications are available at http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/

Submit letter of application, resume with email address, and the names and mail/email addresses of three professional references to: BICAA Coordinator, PO Box 326, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Applications received on or before February 15, 2014 will receive first consideration. Later applications may be considered until position is filled.

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






Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

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

Township Airport Terminal


Floor plan

Charlevoix County Transit

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

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

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

(Hours subject to change.)

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

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

(Fares subject to annual review.)

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

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

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

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

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