B. I. News on the 'Net, March 31-April 6, 2014

Early Boats Canceled by BIBCO

The 2014 scheduled ferry runs for April 14, 16, and 18 have been cancelled due to extreme ice conditions on Lake Michigan between Charlevoix and Beaver Island.

Ferry service will begin when ice conditions permit, and we are able to safely operate our vessel. Please refer to our web page www.bibco.com  and Facebook page for any updates.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 5, 2014

It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the week of April 6-12, 2014.

BINN pays tribute to the dedicated and generous individuals that volunteer in our community.

It is with sincere gratitude that we celebrate BIEMS, BIFD, and Island Treasure’s volunteers during Volunteer Appreciation Week and every single day. They provide invaluable help to our community, to individuals, and families on Beaver Island. There are many other volunteers in many other groups on the Island as well. They help accomplish a wide variety of tasks with dedication and generosity. We would certainly not operate in the same manner without their donation of time, talent, and energy.

Please know that the contributions of BIEMS and BIFD, and all other volunteers make a significant and positive difference in these two Beaver Island Townships!

BIEMS Responds

As public knowledge, BINN reports this morning at approximately 9 a.m., BIEMS responded to an emergency in front of the post office. Several community members had reported that the individual in the vehicle was unresponsive. BIEMS arrived two minutes after the page. The patient was loaded into the ambulance with help of bystanders and transported to the BIRHC, where the patient received treatment. A second call for emergency responders was initiated, but no further transport was deemed necessary. The patient was released, the paperwork completed, and the ambulance readied for another response by quarter to twelve.

Thanks to our EMS responders who participated today to help a fellow community member.

From Ted Nicholas

I know that I promised to upload "I Dream of the Island", the original song, as the first of my island songs section. However, I decided that perhaps a more fitting song would be better for the beginning of spring on Beaver Island. I will be uploading the original "I Dream of the Island" next. Promise!

This song is an instrumental and features a cello, a stringed orchestra, a choir, and my rendition of the Beaver Island church bells. It is mixed with nature sounds, many of which were recorded right here on Beaver Island. It is dedicated to Beaver Island, and the islanders who work and play and raise their families here on the Island, many of them for generations.

I created this song almost 10 years ago, after first moving to the island. It is composed around a melody that we all know and love, and can be heard almost every morning over the entire north end of the island.The video that presents this song is about 10 minutes long. If you live on the mainland and you miss the Island, please take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule and have a listen.

The link to the song will be shared at the bottom of this post. But first, a bit of writing to help create the mood in which the song was composed.

The Island Bells

An imaginative writing about a very real place.


I awaken early, the lingering chill of coyotes yipping and warbling in the distance still echoing eerily from my dreams. The scent of steaming coffee accompanies me to my small cedar deck, where I await the rising sun, surrounded by tall pines and birch. The spring's first rays peek through the thick forest across the lane, warming the air. Sweet grasses and the growing leaves of spring dance slowly back and forth in the dappled sunlight, as if awaiting the melody to come. The scent of fresh growth drifts through the air, accompanied by the early songbirds calling to each other in the distance. As I sip the hot goodness in my cup, my mind wanders across the lane and through the towering trees, their shadows still clinging to the morning's chill. In my mind's eye, I escape the trees and emerge into a brilliant sunrise, sparkling over the big lake, crimson and gold dancing on the waves. I wander over the bluff and down to a remote rocky shoreline, the sounds of the rolling surf surrounding me. A gathering of white seagulls dart and call overhead, as if beckoning me onward, the booming of a ship's horn on the distant horizon their only accompaniment.

The first arriving pair of Loons thrum a path across the sky, their wingbeats softly drumming a rhythm as ancient as the island itself. I wonder how many people have wandered this same path, loggers, fishermen, or even the Island natives of the past? I cannot be the only one. And yet I feel as if I have discovered a newly created world, with each rising dawn. Even still, I know that I am not alone in my wonder. Many more have come before me, and have helped to shape this beautiful place, filled with the light and sounds of the Northern Lakes. The morning sun begins topping the trees, bringing me back to my small deck and steaming cup. The air begins to warm as the songbirds increase their calling. Loons echo in the distance as the soft ringing of the "Island Bells" drifts across the waves, filtering through the trees. I smile and sip slowly from my cup. I am home!

If you like what I am doing, please share!


Writings and the Island Bells song created by Ted Nicholas.

Look for "Island Bells" on my YouTube page.
The Nicholas Tube

Need A Cab in Charlevoix?

There is a new cab company serving the Charlevoix area. Apparently the older company went out of business. The new service is operated by Rob Reider and is called First Class Cab. You can contact them at the following number--231-675-7393

Cross Country Skiing from the Mainland to Beaver Island

(Photos and story by Mike Everts-Permission to use photos and story granted to BINN)

Contact email:



Hi my name is Mike Everts. Last Sunday,March 30, 2014, I skied across the ice from Waugoshance to Beaver Island. I live on the Charlevoix side of Petoskey just up from Bay Harbor. Here at my homestead, I have a artisan farm and catering company named Blackbird Gardens. In fair weather, when the leaves are down I can see the faint line of the south end of Beaver Island. With this year’s full on winter, I have been looking at
white snow and ice as far as the eye can see.  I am an avid cross country skier, and keep a close eye on spring snow (crust) conditions for my yearly pilgrimage to Wilderness State Park for a long day of skate skiing. With an ice crossing in mind, for some weeks now, I have kept an extra close look at the conditions and the weather.
Last Sunday was the day-sun, calm to 5 mph south wind, high temp 44.  The snow we got Thursday morning March 27, combined with the warm temp and light rain that night, made for a perfect skiable crust once it got cold on Friday and Saturday nights.

I packed extra water, food, and a light weight down jacket, in addition to usual map, compass, knife, waterproof matches, camera, etc.  There is allot of ice this year. The thinnest ice I saw around any of the pressure cracks was at least 8”. The biggest risk as far as I could see was not falling through the ice, but falling on the ice and breaking yourself or your equipment and having to deal with the distance, time, and the potential for hypothermia. The most stable technique for rough areas and glare ice, for that matter, is the good ole double pole.

It took about five and a half hours with about twenty stops for photos and a 45 min. lunch stop when I reached Hog Island. I started from Wilderness State Park at the base of Waugoshace point, where the plowed road ends. This ski ended across the street from the Shamrock. A total of about 34.5 miles best I can figure with my county map and ruler.  The ski skating conditions were excellent except for about four miles of rough and   drifted ice just west of Gray’s reef lighthouse, and mostly glare ice between Garden and Beaver islands. I started a little before 11:00 am and finished just after 4:00 pm.  The typical xc ski marathon race is 50 km. Average skiers like myself usually race this 30 mile distance in about 3 hours.  World cup level elite skiers, in good conditions can cover that distance in around 2 hours. Thats 4 minute miles or 15 miles per hour fast!

The day and the ice were beautiful. It was a unique experience to cover distance in that environment at that speed. You could see the east side of Hog island (barely) from Waugoshance island, but it took till about half way across to make out Beaver in the distance. I do wonder where all the sea gulls will find food till the ice breaks up. There were no droppings anywhere around their tracks, perhaps they just arrived on Saturday. I figure that it would probably be the only chance I would have in this lifetime to do this ski crossing as I am in my early 50’s and it hardly ever freezes up like it has this year.

I spent the night, and skied to the airport along the lake in the morning. As I cut in to the west from Sandy Bay just south of St. James, I thought; This is great skiing. I don’t need the lake to freeze up to ski here. Next year I will keep an eye on the spring crust conditions, when it is right I can catch a flight and ski the Beaver island Lake Michigan shore that way.

On the flight back I was honored to sit next to Barbara, an island matriarch on her way to an appointment. From the air that morning, the ice with its snowdrift lace was even more  beautiful. You could see formations from all the weather events, wind directions, flow pile ups etc. Easy to see when you have that bigger picture.

Take care, ski-ya later,

Mike Everts

Link to a few more pictures HERE

Cason J Calway First Freighter Through the Soo Locks for 2014

The Cason J Calway, with the help of the USCG Cutter Mackinaw and the Canadian Cutter Pierre Radisson, was the first loaded freighter to pass through the locks at the Soo opening up the 2014 shipping season between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan and Huron. You can follow the adventures of the "STORM WARRIOR" recorded by Great Lakes Sailor/Keith Baker on facebook. You can also view the ships on the Great Lakes at this link, http://www.marinetraffic.com/

The above picture was taken approximately 11:20 am today. The trip will probably be quite the adventure, so we suggest that you use facebook to follow this vessel.

Community Center Information for April


A WAKE for the WINTER of ‘14

Time to Bury the BI Winter that Almost Buried Us
Save Friday, April 11th-from 5 to ??? p.m.

We think the winter of ’14 has finally “passed”--and we survived--even as we broke the all-time record for snowfall on Thursday morning (March 27th). This was also among the coldest winters on record, setting a tough new target for generations. Now at 141 inches--2014 clearly beats the old accumulation of 138 inches--even as planet earth breaks the record for being the hottest year ever. Were we just lucky or what?

Either way, Beaver Island’s “year-rounders” survived and will tell tales about the winter of ‘14 for years to come. Many even thrived--though most now think it’s time to end this challenging winter with a “Congratulations--we made it” occasion. Why let our late-in-coming spring get us down when we can do what Beaver Islanders always do at such times--party-down! The BI Community Center staff, board and volunteers will host a “Come one-Come all-Good-by WAKE--a party to bury the Winter of 14 that tried to bury us. The Happy Paddle and McDonoughs Market will help sponsor the event.

But finding a good time to celebrate was a challenge. Joanne Cashman suggested the day the Coast Guard cutter comes in to break the ice. Everyone thought this was a good idea, but Barb Schwartzfisher assured us that there was no way to know when the cutter might show-up. With the ice as deep as it is this year--and so many places needing help--the Coast Guard may only come to Beaver when they’re in the area.

So we looked for the next available Saturday. But we couldn’t interfere with the school’s spring break, the Easter Egg Scramble, or Easter weekend, and the end of April seemed too far away. We needed to get our March grumbling and quarreling behind us as soon as possible--and get on with some good times--so we chose Friday, April 11th.

Mark Englesman (sometimes called Scuba Mark) suggested a pig-roast and community picnic for the WINTER WAKE and volunteered that his new business--The Happy Paddle--(a kayak and paddle board rental opening next to Daddy Frank’s this spring) would supply the pig. Mark went to Tim McDonough to order a pig--but found that we couldn’t get a pig or pig-roaster on time. To avoid stopping a good community party, however, they decided if we couldn’t have a pig roast, we could just roast pig. Tim agreed to order lots of roasts, find the recipe, and help cook. But since it is on a Lenten Friday, we’ll also have tuna-noodle casserole.

Then we spoke with the Center’s regular “game-players” (Betty Scoggins, Kathy Richards, and Karen Slanga) and they suggested we ask folks to bring a dish to pass like we do for other memorial occasions. One said it would be great to bring a memorial dish for a happy occasion for once. So now the Happy Paddle and McDonough’s Market (one of the newest and oldest Island businesses) will join the Community Center and the entire community in helping “put down” old man winter here.

So sign up for a dish to pass at the Community Center or McDonough’s Market. But call Liz Lanier at the Community Center (2022) or at home (2441) if you can’t get out to sign up or attend--she’ll see that you have transportation. The dish-to-pass sign-up lists will be on the counters--just as they are when any Islander has passed. The roast pork and tuna dishes are already provided--so just choose a vegetable, salad, dessert, or bread.

We’ll re-show the movie “Frozen” from 4 to 5:30. Set up and enjoy a great buffet-dinner from 5:30 to 7:00, Friday, April 11--accompanied and followed by good music, fun games, door-prizes, a great bonfire, and a few surprises. We’ll bury the “old 2014 Snowman” in style.

All community members are welcome and there is no charge (though our free-will donation box will be out since donations always help keep our Center “at the heart of a good community”). Hopefully, the WAKE will bring the community together once again in warmth, laughter, and fun--creating more good memories of Winter ‘14. We should have a blast, think spring, celebrate our new snowfall record--and revel in our hardiness as we forget our fatigue with it all. See you on April 11th.

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

The St. James Township Board met last night, April 2, 2014, the first meeting in the new fiscal year. It began with a moment of silence in memory of Joan Vyse.

The minutes and bills were approved after a few questions were discussed. The WMC report was given by Jean Wierenga, the most pressing issue being the search for a replacement roll-off truck. This truck is needed to move the containers that are shipped off the Island. The fund equity of the WMC will be used for this purchase. Rick Speck reported that the grant applications for the proposed boat launch was completed. Next will be applications for the additional grants needed to help with the local match required by the grants finished on time. Ernie Martin was approved as the member-at-large for the WMC finally getting the Waste Management Committee back to the seven member requirement of the founding document.

The District Library Board's recommendation, presented by Jean Wierenga and Sally Lounsberry, to replace Lil Gregg was approved. Welcome, Kimberly Mitchell, a volunteer at the library for story hour and participant in the Stategic Planning for the library, to the library board. Kathy Speck was appointed to the Board of Review.

Riley Justis made a presentation on the importance of the school operating millage since the BICS receives no state aid. The CTE occupations millage is also up for renewal. Mr. Justis stated that the local millage needed to provide the dollars that come to the island for these occupations' education programs would cost the local taxpayers almost twice as much if this program was funded locally. Instead the Intermeeiate District millage funds these programs. The millage on the May election will include a renewal of the 15.7908 operating millage and the .75 Voc/Tech millage. Mr. Justis also explained the programs at the school benefited by the Voc/Tech millage.

There was discussion of the gravel needed to be purchased for road improvements. The purchase for 22A or 23A gravel was approved for all the gravel needed.

The downtown sewer system has had serious problems this winter. The problem is the freezing of the tranfer pipe(s) going out the Donegal Bay Road. Several workers and Darrell Butler, both as a township employee and as a buisnessman, have been working hard attempting to fix the problem. Discussion took place about who would received the bill for these problems, as well as the discovered need for more clean-outs for this system. Jean Wierenga will contact the township attorney to determine if this agreement could be amended or whether those participants, whether required or voluntary, would be the the sole fund source for the frozen issue. To cover the extra expenses, the St. James Board voted to borrow from the road fund to cover the sewer loan payment.

The NRESC had sent a letter to the township requesting that Cindy Ricksgers be added to the membership of the NRESC. The St. James Board was not willing to make any appointments until such time as the issue of the NRESC's specific structure and by-laws issue was resolved. The decision had nothing to do with the appointee, but more related to the failure to resolve the paperwork issues of the NRESC. The St. James Board tabled this.

The retirement of Doug Tilly, effective June 1, 2014, was discussed. Doug is the Zoning Administrator for both townships, but specifically the St. James Township Zoning Administrator. The board decided to post for a zoning administrator with the requirements as posted when Doug was appointed, approximately three years ago.

The board asked Joe Moore to explain his retirement letter, a letter giving March 15, 2015, as the retirement date. Joe Moore explained some of the issues that needed to be resolved. The primary issue was the licensing of an island paramedic. There would be no additional paramedic classes taught on Beaver Island due to changes at the national level. It would be impossible to retain the Advanced Life Support level of Beaver Island EMS unless at least one island resident was licensed at the paramedic level. Joe stated that he had trained his replacement three times, and that it was unrealistic to expect an older paramedic to be on-call 120 out of the 168 hours in the week. Joe stated that he would do this for the summer of 2014, but would not do that after March 15, 2015. Moore also spoke on the age of the vehicles and equipment, the need to provide better pay and incentive to get the on-call list completed, and the need to assure that the agency had a good leader like Sarah McCafferty and Danielle Dedloff. If a good leader could not be found, then an authority with the ability to levy taxes should be put in place. The deadline for completion was restated as being March 15, 2015.

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association had requested use of the Lighthouse Park for 8/2/14. This would require access from 7/31 to 8/3 to allow for setup and teardown, and they would need electricity from the township hall. This was approved by the board.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Joan Vyse Passes Away

Joan Deary Vyse has passed away. Joan passed away yesterday, April 1, 2014.

Joan Carol (Deary) Vyse passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. She was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on June 18, 1931 to Roy Charles Deary and Daisy Irene (Player) Deary. She was married on July 30, 1955 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Detroit to Donald Gordon Vyse, who survives her.

Surviving are children: Carolyn Works (John); Jenifer Harless (James); Michael Vyse (Cathie); Suzanne Harasti (John); grandchildren Meg (Margaret) Works; Audrey and Henry Harasti; Kristin and Matthew Vyse; step-granddaughter Elizabeth Harless; great-grandson Connor Vyse; numerous nieces and nephews including her godchild Karen Piering Bass.

Joan is also survived by her brother, Roger Deary (Carol) of Jacksonville, FL.

She received a B.A. from Central Michigan University and also attended Wayne State University. She graduated from Denby High School, Detroit, in 1949. Joan especially enjoyed her work in the Detroit Public Library System as well as with the Bay County District Library System and the Beaver Island District Library. She was an avid reader her entire life; enjoyed crocheting gifts for her family and friends, playing Bridge, following international soccer, doing genealogical research and traveling.

In lieu of flowers, Joan requested that memorial contributions be made to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center at: P.O. Box 146, Beaver Island, MI, 49782.

A memorial service will be held this summer at St. James Episcopal Church on Beaver Island, MI.


Thanks very much for the kind words, they are much appreciated.

The Vyses

Two Special Community Center Events in April

End of Winter-Rest in Peace Potluck.........Easter Egg Scramble

Beaver Island Music Festival Reveals Line-up

The BIMF Graphic

St. James on April 1st

Beautiful bushes in blossom

Temperatures in St. James on April 1st suggested the arrival of Spring with temperatures in the 60's. Beautiful bushes were in bloom. The golf course was open and tee times were hard to get.

April Fool's!

Unfortunately, this is just one more April Fool's joke. It is not a lie. St. James Bay has plenty of warmth! Those of us not fortunate enough to be in St. James Bay and playing golf will just have to deal with the 40 degree days for now and the rain and snow mix forecast for this week. Wish we were with you in Carrabelle, Florida, and playing golf, Buck Ridgeway!



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,

March 12, 2014

Video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Meeting, March 5, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee, March 18, 2014

Video of this meeting is HERE

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

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!

Return of the Merlin

Earlier in the winter, there was posted some amazing pictures and video of the Merlin attack on another bird, probably a bluejay. Once again, the bluejays were a target of the merlin today, Sunday, 3/30/14, around 4:45 pm. The merlin was just a streak in the field of vision and had taken a bluejay out of the air. He landed in an opening in the cedar hedge and proceeded to remove the feathers from the bluejay after almost immediately killing the jay. If you are squeamish, then skip past these pictures.

There were no birds moving in the area of the cedar hedge nor the bird feeders with a merlin less than ten feet away for about twenty minutes. Then the chickadees returned to the feeders, and about five minutes later a few bluejays returned to the feeder. All this time, the merlin was still feasting on the kill less than ten feet away from the feeders. At 7:45 p.m., the merlin was finished with its dinner, and finally flew off.

Short Video Clip


A Little Longer Video Clip


'Amyg', NUTS, and Spring Break

(An Editorial by Joe Moore)

There are two nicknames for a portion of your brain called the Amygdala-Amy for the female brain and Amyg for the male brain. They are pronounced (Ae mee) and (Ah mig). The male anatomy shows a larger one than the female anatomy. You did notice that I made the male nickname larger than the female one. You will not find any of these nicknames on the Internet since they were just made up by the writer. This part of the brain is almond-shaped and has been shown in research to perform a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional reaction. perhaps part of the reason for calling illogical acts of a person, "NUTS."

Well, I can honestly say that my Amyg went on Spring Break yesterday, March 29, 2014. If Amyg had been asked last Friday, just two days ago, "what are you doing for Spring Break?" The answer, caused by the direct connection of the parts of the logical brain to the Amyg would have responded, "I don't have a Spring Break. I have two township meetings tomorrow, and I'm on-call all weekend."

That simple question must have taken the 'almond' part of my brain into the emotional realm of thought and decided that it was going on Spring Break, whether the rest of the brain did or not. In common terms, my Amyg decided to go nuts on me. I'll explain that a little bit later, but first let's talk about all the possible things that could have happened to keep the Amyg on task since I learned all about this in graduate school in a program called Life Space Crisis Intervention.

A quick explanation is simply this: If you want your students ( your body, your friends, your relatives, etc.) to engage the logical part of the brain, the amygdala (Amyg) has to have stimulation. Your job is to provide stimulation as often as necessary FOR your students in your classroom to keep them on task. Did you ever wonder why you drifted off in the middle of a sermon? It's because your Amyg has not had enough stimulation to keep your logical brain connected. When you watch a show like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" your Amyg is stimulated several times and very quickly, you laugh, and your attentive brain is literally standing at attention, paying attention, and giving quick electrical connections from Amyg to the reasoning part of your brain and the signals move back and forth very quickly. You won't find any of this type of explanation on the Internet either.

Simply put, your almond-shaped pieces of your brain need some kind of stimulation. This stimulation could be a laugh, a sadness, a happiness, or an anger-just about any emotion. Your brain goes on Spring Break whenever your Amy or Amyg is not making the connections inside your skull. Some of us are 'adrenalin junkies' and that is sufficient for the amygdala, but some days the amygdala simply goes on vacation with or without you.

Yesterday, this editor's amygdala, his Amyg, went on Spring Break for the entire day, with one exception. The exception was a trip to help out at the medical center for about five minutes.That short adrenalin dump kept the attention and kept the brain on the task. After that five minute period, the Amyg went back on vacation. I read a whole Western novel, and I cleaned out my desk.

Somehow, Amyg allowed a commonly logical and attentive person to forget several important meetings. Yes, this editor completely forgot the St. James Township Annual Meeting and the Peaine Township Annual Meeting. On Friday, I was even packing up the equipment and getting it ready for these two meetings and thinking that I would have to move quite quickly to get set up at the second meeting. What in the world could have caused me to forget these?

I have been video-ing township meetings for years now. If I were not able to video one, I got someone else to do the video for me. Yesterday, March 29, 2014, my Amyg went on vacation. I spent the entire day chasing squirrels away from bird feeders, working on a new set-up of video cameras and trying to get all three cameras to work simultaneously, while at the same time completely ignoring the two meetings that I was committed to attend. My brain was engaged and working during the video work that I was doing, but there was no connection being made to my memory related to the meetings. I didn't even remember them until later in the day when I got a phone call asking me why I didn't attend the meeting.

I have even discovered that this condition has several names: 'brain dead, attention issues, stressed out, silly, crazy, and/or nuts'; are commonly called names for this inactive portion of the brain. This nut-shaped piece of my brain even forgot what day it was this morning, and while writing this, remembered that today was Sunday and I had missed church. The Amyg is getting the better of me today, too!

If there is a moral to this somewhat involved story, it is very simple.

Keep your Amygdala stimulated!

Have a good laugh, smile, or whatever it takes! It DOES take more as you get older!

BINHS Food Drive Successful

Knowing that the Beaver Island Food Pantry was in need of donations, the Beaver Island High School National Honor Society readily agreed to help. They organized a food drive competition between classes in grades PreK-12. Principal, Mr. Justis, offered a pizza party to the winning class! The students and staff collected 416 pounds of food and household items!

The winning class was the PreK-2nd grade class that collected 138 pounds!

Thank you to all who participated in helping others.

April at the Community Center

Time Out For Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

I have come to the conclusion that I never jump into a project with as much enthusiasm as I do when I am doing it in avoidance of another project.

I didn’t just conclude this.

I probably first noticed it fifty years ago, when a homework assignment took on monumental urgency and importance when faced with the job of cleaning my room.

Or, vise versa.

I probably spent several years in denial…convincing myself of the necessity of one thing rather than the other…justifying the clear hierarchy of task importance.

I think I finally spent time pondering it long and hard – and thus finally concluding it – while trying to avoid some other pending deadline.

(Maybe I have A.D.H.D.!)

I have been pretty lax in my blog writing, lately. I planned a blog to say that I have recovered from my “funk” and thank you all very much for your kind and generous thoughts…but I went right from my “funk” into a “fit” of activity that left me no time for writing anything.


It started with a desire to get my bedroom in order.

No, it started with a string of writing commitments.

I had agreed to write an article for the Spring and Summer Newsletter of the Beaver Island Association. Another for the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative. Plus reports for the Northern Islander, the Beaver Island Forum, the Beaver Beacon and Beaver Island News on the Net on the Archipelago Meeting I attended in Lansing last month.

That got me thinking about getting my bedroom organized.

Which led to the necessity of digging out the (non-working) vehicle that I use for storage (a sort of garage-on-wheels), to get to the shelves I had stashed there. Which led to the decision that the shelves that really belonged in the bedroom were the ones holding cookbooks and gardening books in my kitchen. What followed was a scenario worthy of a full length feature starring Laurel and Hardy.

The kitchen bookcase went upstairs. The kitchen wall got a fresh coat of paint-which forced the decision to put up the nice white shelves that used to be on that wall (because weren’t they just the best?) despite the fact that three of those shelves were now working shelves in my studio, and two others were employed as my desktop in the dining area AND that fitting the shelves in the kitchen would involve moving the all-wood 32 drawer cabinet out of the kitchen (wasn’t it always too large for that small room anyway?) and ultimately out of the house (because there is not another spot it will fit!). Which means that I had to build a new desktop, cut new shelves for the studio and empty the contents from thirty-two drawers!! I have only two shelve up in the studio, as all of this re-structuring left me short on shelf brackets, and they won’t get to the island until the first boat runs in April. I have the contents of 32 drawers in boxes and bags on my kitchen floor. My dining room table is laden with overflow from drawers and shelves and desktop. Ditto, the kitchen counters. The bedroom is possibly the only room “in order” at this moment.


Soooo…faced with all that, of course I got very inspired to get busy in the studio…and then to blog about it.

I’ve been totally negligent about posting art on Thursdays for months now.

In fact, though I’ve had quite a few things underway, I haven’t gotten many things finished in the studio this Winter.

Faced with the disaster I’ve created around me, art-making took on epic importance.

It is Time Out for Art Thursday, after all!

Check out Cindy's blog HERE




Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

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




Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

McDonough's Winter Hours

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

pastors for March:

23 and 30: Pastor Harold Kruse

pastors for April

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

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

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

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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3rd Gear

by Paul Cole

My mom having a “gaggle” of kids would send us down the hill to Dicks for groceries. Off we would go with the “list” to give to Jean or Dick. We would pass Mary Duffy’s, and she would often invite us in for “a cookie”. I recall asking my mom why she talked so different as a young child, not knowing she was from Ireland and understanding what an accent was. I loved sitting in her warm, small kitchen as the sun moved in and she talked, giving us homemade cookies and asking us to stop again (and we did for sure!).We were in 3rd gear.
Sometimes we would pass Rita’s; she would be rocking on the porch and greets us with a friendly hello asking us to come in, but young and a bit shy we would not stop. Mable Cull would wave and ask how mom was doing as we squeaked by in our wagon. She would smile and try to get us to visit on the porch asking how mom was doing. We arrived at Dick's with our “list” and the shelves up high, using “grabbers.” as we called them to get cereal off the shelves. We always had some help and a kind comment of “did you get all that is on your list”. Jean or Dick would put some “penny candy” in our bag for the wagon ride home-we're in 3rd gear.
I did not know Bert McDonoughs all that well as but to “wave “as I walked to school. He always smiled at me when I walked on the sidewalk past the house and gave a wave. What I remember is his Chevy truck that would go up the hill chugging along in “third gear.” My brothers always said it was because “once he had it in third he liked it and why change.” He was always hauling something to somewhere, not sure to whom, but I always remember the chug of his truck up the hill. And it was on the go with people and “stuff.” I think he liked 3rd gear.
Years later he put it up for sale, and my dad bought it. We used it for hauling nets down to the dock, and to load a net on our boat. It was old and, it chugged along then for sure. That truck hauled fish, took my mom to the store, carried wood, and many a trip to the “dump” listening to Don singing “American Pie”.
In my high school years, I would drive down in the Chevy to my Grandma Connaghan’s weekly, talk and grab her grocery list, as we would visit. She would have her heat on 102 degrees as I sweated next to the oil stove...grams would be covered in a blanket and stating she was cold. I would grab her list and chug along in the blue Chevy to the store-in third gear.
I remember the “old “store” and its charm. Bud and Skip always had a smile and a friendly hello, and we would shop, always visiting and catching up with others-who were in 3rd gear, connecting.

When I would return to my grams, we would “visit,” and I was always amazed at her memory and what she knew about history. The stories she would tell me-I wish we could have recorded her-and I chugged along, in 3rd gear going home.
I believe 3rd gear is the best. 1st is a good start, 2nd is moving along, but 3rd gear is what creates memories with a wagon or a Chevy.
Good people will “shift” you into 3rd gear. Memories are always created with a 3rd gear,or a wagon-on my way to a store-with a bit of Mary Duffy.

May 2014 shift you into gear!

Have You Survived the Record Snowfall?

According to the social media, Beaver Island surpassed the 138 inch record at somewhere around 7 a.m. this morning. And, It's still coming down! Hopefully, you do not need to go anywhere today!

For those who are heading off for a Spring Break trip, we wish you flying airplanes to get off the Island, safe travels on the mainland, and a very enjoyable vacation, even if you are only staying in Michigan!

Spring Break has always been a very quiet time here on Beaver Island with many school children and parents traveling off Island for a reprieve from the Island's Cabin Fever. BINN and some of the rest are going to stay here and make sure the "Island does not sink." Some of us will make sure that everything stays safe here on Beaver Island for your return.

The BINN editor stated this morning, "I thought about going out to take a picture to start this short article, but I know that others, as well as me, are tired of looking at these winter photos."

Enough Said!

Healthy Michigan

BICS End of School Year Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

Posing for a picture

Dave Avery does an introduction to the tournament.

The first group


The first group receives their medals

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


The second group

The second group receives their medals

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

Two more performances

Winners in this group

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

Over 40 group

1. Kevin White
2. Susan Avery

Syncronized Group Forms

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

Forms Grand Champion: Kevin White


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

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



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

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

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

Red belt
1. Sue Avery
2. Sarah Avery

Sparring Pictures and results can be viewed HERE

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



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

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

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

BICS Board Vacancy

Letter of Interest by April 4, 2014

Citizen of the Year Award Banquet

Stoney Acre to Cater at Holy Cross Hall – May 17

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

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

Menu Choices:

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

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

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

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

Thank You from the Food Pantry

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

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

The response has been fantastic! People are so good!

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

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

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

Beaver Island Airport Terminal Update

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

Pictures of the walkaround are posted HERE

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


Grand Traverse Band of Indians Awards Grant


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

Connie Wojan
Secretary BICDC

From the Chamber of Commerce

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

Boat Launch Project for St. James Township

The current plan for Phase I

The Grant Summary for Phase I

Project Budget

Carole Bearss' Son Jeremy Receives Defense Award

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

Ted Nicholas Videos on YouTube

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

Ted said,

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

My YouTube channel:

Citizen of the Year Banquet Plans

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

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

BICS MEAP Averages

Mary Beth Kur Running for Circuit Judge


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




Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Payne and Dolan, Inc.

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

Township Airport Terminal


Floor plan

Charlevoix County Transit

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

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

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

(Hours subject to change.)

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

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

(Fares subject to annual review.)

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

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

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

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired in March and Will Expire in April

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