B.I. News on the 'Net, March 5-11, 2012

Chili Cook-Off Brushed Off

The 2012 Chili Cook-Off was unfortunately a less than successful event this year. Whether it was the fact that this took place during Lent or whether it wasn't advertised enough, their were only four entires in this fundraising event for the BICS Sports Boosters. Only four dedicated entrants produced the four chili offerings at this event. They were Chuck Carpenter, Jr., Kitty McNamara, the Adams family, and Elaine West. The winner was Chuck Carpenter, Jr. for his "Mostly Mild" chili.

Chuck's 'Mostly Mild' Chili winner

There were plenty of supporters and consumers, but, unfortunately, not enough chili. Compared to last year with many, many entries, this year's event was quite disappointing.

Two participants in the sports' program at BICS, Meg Works and Emily Boyle, were the greeters.

Some of the attendees

Hopefully, future fundraising efforts of the Sports Boosters will be more successful because our kids need to have this participation in interscholastic sports.

BIEMS and BIRHC Providers Renew Certifications

In a twelve hour marathon of education, tranining, and psychomotor renewal, that was interspersed with several emergent and non-emergent patients, some Beaver Island Emergency Medical members and the Beaver Island Rural Health medical team worked together in an intense weekend of educational efforts. On Friday night, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, twelve individuals worked and sweated to earn their Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support national American Heart Association (AHA) certifications.taught by Joe Moore and Sarah McCafferty, AHA instructors. "This is quite a rigorou training program," Joe Moore stated. "The testing portion is not for the faint of heart. This certification requires a lot of effort both inside and outside the classroom"

Participants in the programs had different licensure levels from Basic EMT, Paramedic, Paramedic student, Physician Assistant, and Family Nurse Practitioner. One participant took the advanced program even though he could not receive the certification due to his licensure level. "Now, that's interest in learning and dedication," exclaimed instructor Moore. "The island is fortunate to have these dedicated individuals."

Waterfall on East Side Drive

At the bottom of Gracie Martin's Hill on the East Side Drive, across from Jacobson's residence, is the prettiest waterfall on Beaver Island. Now, if you're looking for something 60 feet hall with a flow rate of tens of thousands of gallons of water per hour, you are not at the right place. But if you're looking to take a nice pictures of run-off water of the melted ice and snow of a swamp pond, this is the right place to visit. Andrea Moore took these three pictures for BINN.

Up close and personal.........back a little way.......just a bit farther away

The photographer enjoying her trip around the island.

Bill Freese Passes Away

Bill Freese, owner of the Beaver Island Boat Shop, where he made wooden vessels including buckets that were works of art, has passed away here on Beaver Island on or about March 3, 2012.. In his honor, the AMVETs Post 46, which normally retires the flags at the Veteran's Memorial, has flow the flags at half mast for three days. Andrea Moore took these two pictures on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Thank you, Andrea!

Michael Slattery, Leading Edge Consulting Meets in Joint Township Meeting

Michael Slattery

Michael Slattery and Rick Speck-Jean Wierenga, Jim Wojan, Tim McDonough, Ray Cole

Jack Gallagher, Coleen Martin, Larry Kubic, Pete LoDico, Michael Slattery


On March 8, 2012, Michael Slattery met with St. James and Peaine Township Boards in the St. James Township Hall at 7 p.m. There was a good turn-out of EMS members and community member for this special joint township meeting to discuss the air transport of island medical emergency patients. Mr. Slattery provided a good summationof his Feasibility Study Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS version (23 January 2012). You can view this new version HERE.

Early picture of the attendees

There was a great deal of discussion of the issues that needed to be resolved before the Island can have not only an FAA certified air ambulance, but also a State of Michigan licensed Beaver Island EMS air transport operation.The discussion became heated after Mr. Slattery's presentation with open animosity seen at specific parts of the discussion. Many people had comments, so that labeling the video became difficult. The final outcome voted on by the two townships separately was the formation of a committee consisting of Danielle Dedloff, Donna Kubic, Gerald LaFreniere, Michael Slattery, and a representative from both Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation. Jack Gallagher stated that there should be other members included in this group, but was the only dissenting vote in either township. This is informative video for any that are interested.

Bill McDonough presented the legislation that is currrently being discussed at the state level to modify the State of Michigan EMS legislation to make the cost of the liability insurance reasonable. This proposed legislation may be viewed HERE.

The video of the entire meeting can be viewed HERE.

Great Lakes Letter to Members

More than 62,000 members were affected by last Friday's devastating snow storm. It has been called the worst snow storm we've experienced at GLE in the past 30 years. The damage from the snow caused many challenges for our crews and that took precious time.

A dedicated team of employees and contractors worked long hours for you in harsh conditions. We are proud of our employees and thankful for their dedication to restoring your power and working safely. Special thanks to our members for the tremendous patience and understanding you've shown throughout the week. It's our privilege to continue looking out for you.

AND, a great big THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our Beaver Island power team for your round the clock work to get Islanders back on the power grid!!

Beaver Island Cover - Michigan Travel Guide

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

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

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

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

Spaghetti Dinner at the Shamrock

On Wednesday March 14, 2012, from 5:30-7:30 pm, Eric and Dana Hodgson are sponsoring a free will donation spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the purchase of new scoreboards for the school gym.

All proceeds from the dinner will go toward the scoreboards.

St. James Township Meeting, March 7, 2012

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

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

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

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

There was board and public comment.

You can view the entire board meeting by clicking HERE.

One Day of Winter-Another Snowshoe Adventure

Vince Pickhardt and Joe Moore, the adventurers

Starting at the top of the bluff on Mrs. Reddings Trail and ending at the top of the bluff and all the way to the intersection of Bonner's Bluff and Buff Kett, the first shoreline snowshoe adventure of the year took place on March 6, 2012. The snow was already beginning to melt and the temperature beginning to rise as Vince Pickhardt and Joe Moore snowshoed the last half mile of this one day adventure. By the time the snowshoers were back at home recovering from the exercise, the temperature was up to forty-three degrees.

Video Clip of the Adventure


The tops of the snow covered trees were without snow at the end of our adventure.

Pictures looking from one point panning from south to north:

One of the many summer homes we passed.

Your Help-Broder Book-Our Health Center

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

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

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

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

Waste Management Offers Employment

The two member interviewing committee interviewed the candidates. Each of these members had planned to bring his recommendation to the Waste Management Committee (WMC), and have the WMC choose between the two recomended. Instead both, having interviewed the candidates, came back with the same recomendation.

"Motion by Jack Gallagher with second by Tim McDonough to accept the sub-committee recommendation and extend an employment offer to Mr. Don Welke at the recommended salary of $36,000 per year. Roll call vote yielded an affirmative vote by all present." (Paul and Angel Welke have not attended any meetings related to this process.)

Congratulations to Don Welke!

Joint Township Meeting, March 8, 7 PM at St. James Twp Hall

Michael Slattery, Leading Edge Aviation Consulting

Informational meeting regarding the Feasibility Evaluation for

Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation

Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Sarah McCafferty 448-2578

St. Patrick's Day 12 days Away

St. Pat's is just over a week away
Stoney & Danny's have a Grand Week planned.
St. Pat's Theme this year, 'KISS ME I'M IRISH'
'KISS ME I'M IRISH' Shirts are available in Small-2XL. If you need a different size, let me know ASAP.
Stoney's St. Pat's PUB Schedule:
Mon. March 12th "Nice and Easy set the pace" Happy Hour 2-8
Tues/Thurs ..."Prime the pump" $2 Domestic & 10oz Drafts
Wed. "Lassies Night" $1 off all Drinks (Lad's Welcome too)
Friday/Sat "Party On" 'HAPPY ST. PAT'S' Enjoy Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage All Weekend, Liam's Homemade Irish Stew, and Yvonne's Traditional & YummY Stout Cake! and Live Music.
Fri- Happy Hour Music 6-8:30 with Danny, Danny, Cindy & Br. Jim Followed by Paul, Joey & Layla at 9pm
Sat -Happy Hour Session 6-8:30, followed by Danny, Danny Cindy & Br. Jim...Great Tunes, Including 'KISS ME I'M IRISH'!
Sun. 'The Morning After Cure'...Danny's Best Ever
Enjoy a Wonderful Weekend of Irishness at the PUB!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn



BI Transfer Station Info

Lady Islanders Beat Lady Lakers

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

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

Lady Islanders Beat Mackinac

Islanders vs Mackinac Boys' Basketball, February 3rd

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

BICS Newsletter, February 8, 2012

View newsletter HERE

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Senior Center Activities March

COA Menu for March

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

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

Video can be viewed HERE

St. James Township Meeting, February 1, 2011

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

Link to the public hearing for Five Year Recreation Plan

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

Link to regular St James Township Meeting


Pure Michigan Campaign

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

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

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

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

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

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

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

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


CMUBS Job Opportunity

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

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

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

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

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

Recreation Plan Comments

DRAFT-St. James Recreation Plan

St. James Recreation Plan Survey Results

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!


Snowy Beaver Island From the Air

Taken with a cell phone on the way back to the Island on Sunday, March 4, 2012

You Think You Had a Hard Day?

An editorial by Joe Moore

First of all, I appreciate the fact that there are still people out there with power outage due to the storm in Northern Michigan the last two days. It's now Sunday evening, and I know that there are still businesses without power in Charlevoix. For that I am truly sorry, but I think I can outdo some of those that are lucky enough to have power.

Downstate for a conference to maintain my paramedic licensure and paramedic instructor license, only an hour and a half from Charlevoix. I woke up this morning with the sinus headache from Hades, a stiff neck, and stuffy and achyall over. I probably picked up a virus down here since I've been here for four days. The first thing I try to do this morning is get rid of my headache.I'm searching through my bags looking for the prescription nose spray, and I spill the entire bag of stuff all over the bathroom floor. "Maybe I need a cup of coffee," I say to myself. It's not even eight a.m., and I'm already talking to myself out loud. The hotel room has in-room coffee thank goodness, so I get the paper cardboardcup, fill it up with water, and take it over to the one cup coffee brewing machine. "Nuts," I say; well, probably not that word, but one like it. The only coffee in the basket on the desk in the hotel room is decaffeinated coffee. Something is better than nothing, I think to myself. I make the coffee, and then walk back to see if the nose spray is still on the floor because it wasn't in the bag that I spilled. Sure enough, the bottle of nose spray is under the bathroom sink, and I reach back to grab it only to find that the fall had broken the glass bottle and leaked the contents all over the bathroom floor. That same word and a couple of others came out of my mouth before I knew what I was saying.

By this time, I'm really not interested in attending the Sunday morning session that I had signed up to attend at this conference. I convince myself to finish my decaffeinated coffee, check my email while I'm eating my oatmeal square for breakfast. I decide it would be a really good idea to take a shower, so I carefully, and I mean very carefully, put the safety mat into the tub-shower combination, and turn on the water. Let me tell you the water at this hotel is really hot even if they are on their own generating power. Thankfully, I only get a surface burn on the fingers of my left hand before I am able to adjust the water temperature to something tolerable. A safe shower, safe toweling, and even safe wardrobe donning, and I'm ready to drink the second cup of decaffeinated coffee from the one cup coffee maker. I find some motrin for my headache, and the hot shower has helped quite a bit with the stiff neck. Time to get myself moving, so I head down to the lobby and out into the parking lot to dig out the car.

I walk out from the lobby and discover that the vehicles in the last three rows are completely covered, yes, I mean completely, covered with snow. You can't even tell what color the smaller cars are because the snow covers the vehicle from the front bumper to the back bumper and down to the ground in front and on both sides. I start walking down the rows. "That's not it--too small. That's not it--look's like a pickup truck. Darn! I'm going to need to try something else." I say as I walk along. Other people are having to do the same thing, but some that have already completed their shoveling out say, "Good luck. I've been working on this for a half hour and I'm still not done."

Oh yeah, I better tell you that this is a rental car. I know it's a Ford Taurus, and that it's tan colored, but that's all I know. After walking past a little less than fifty cars, I suddenly have the "light come on." Use the trouble button on the car remote control, dummy!" I pushed the button and sure enough the vehicle is making noises from underneath the snowbank that covers it. It's two cars down from the middle of the parking area in the next to last row of cars. Good thing I left my bags in the room, I think. Now, how do I get down through the snow to open the door and get the scraper? Here's where the elbows and mittens and boots come into play. Climbing up onto the hood of the car, covered in nine inches of snow with a three inch crust, I manage to boot-shovel the snow away from the door and outside mirror enough to verify that the car is tan. Once breaking the crust, you'd think that it would help the snow just fall off. No such luck. I work for fifteen minutes and I can see the entire driver's side door. I begin to work to clear the snow off the back door, roof, and windshield. I think and probably spoke out loud "This would be easier if the car was warm. Then the snow would slide right off the windshield and the rest of the windows." It would probably make the entire job that much easier.

The door is frozen shut. Being very careful not to tear the seal of the door, I work my way around the entire perimeter of the door starting on top to prevent snow from falling down my neck as I work on the bottom of the door. Just as I pull the handle of the door, a snow plow comes up and the driver asks me if I need any help. I answer, "Thanks, not right now, but check back in about a half hour when I have the car cleared off." I jump into the drivers seat and start the car. "This should make it a lot easier," I think. I climb out of the driver's seat and shut the door. After a total of almost one hour, I am ready to climb into the car and to pull the car up, so I can check out of the hotel. I'm all sweaty, and my hands are sopping wet. I reach to grab the driver's door and the door won't open. I try all four doors. I am locked out of the car with the engine running. Up comes the plow driver. As he pulls up and opens the window, I explain my dilemma.He says, "We don't have anyone on staff here today that can do that, so we'll have to call you a wrecker. They'll come and unlock the car for you." The plow driver leaves, but less than five minutes later he comes back. "They want to know if you have any roadside insurance," he states.

"Okay, I'll head up to the office and give them a call," He tells me to climb into the cab and takes me up to the door. "Thank you, I'm worn out," I say. So, off to the lobby we go in a big plow truck, well just slightly bigger than a pickup truck with a plow. He drops me off, and off he went to help other people get their cars unstuck. I go inside, and the hotel staff calls the wrecker company again. They hand me the phone. "You will just have to charge me the cost, and I'll find out about any insurance after you get me in," I say, "and I'll be paying in cash, so I'll need a receipt."

"We'll be there in about twenty minutes," the dispatcher for the wrecker company stated. The plow driver returns, comes in to the lobby and says, "I cleared out the snow from behind the car." I figure there is enoughtime to go pick up my bags from the fifth floor and leave them in the lobby because checkout time is coming up pretty soon. A quick trip up to the fifth floor is accomplished, and the bags are brought down to the lobby and left there because about twenty minutes had passed as I packed the bags, checked out the room to make sure I didn't leave anything, and took an elevator ride down to the lobby. As I walk out the lobby door, I see a wrecker out in the area of the parking lot, but not near the rental car. Out I head. As I approach the rental car with the engine running, I stop, raise my hands in the air, and begin waving my arms in the air above my head to attract the wrecker driver's attention. I didn't think he saw me, so I took one step into a cleared area next to the rental car, still waving my hands above my head, and fell immediately and directly on my glutes. He can't possibly see me now is what I was thinking and after falling a second time, I crawl through the snow away from the ice and into the driving area before I stand up to see the wrecker stopped by my rental car. "I saw you disappear, not once, but twice, so I decided I better find out if you were okay," the wrecker driver says as he gets out. "Do you need any help getting up?" And after I don't immediately stand up, he said, "Are you okay?"

"I'm fine, just a little embarrassed," I reply. "I'll get up here in just a minute. Be careful. There's ice underneath the snow on the driver's side of the car. I mean it's really, really slippery!"

"I'm going to the passenger side," he said, and less than a minute later, the door is open, he pushes the unlock button. "There you go. You should be all set. I have to write up your bill."

I open the driver's side door, turn on the wipers for a short while, shut off the car, and pull the keys out of the ignition. Just then the driver hands me the bill. Sixty dollars for less than five minutes work, cash. I have sixty-seven dollars cash in my wallet. The wrecker guy says, "What's the matter with your wipers? While I was writing up your bill, I noticed the passenger side wiper wasn't on the arm." He walks down the passenger side of the car and says, "Yup, this wiper is broken. I can put it back on, but it's shot. There are a couple of places open today that can sell you another wiper blade. Now, why don't you start up the car and see if it stays on?" I do exactly as directed, and he says, "The other wiper blade is bad too. You better get both of them replaced." I get back out of the car, leaving it running, and hand him the other seven dollars from my wallet, thank him, and wait for him to pull the wrecker out of the way.

Rocking the car back and forth, I finally get out of the parking place, pull up to the front of the hotel, shut off the car, and take the keys with me. I'm not going to make that mistake again. I go in the front door and grab my bags, load them into the back seat of the car, and decide to head up to Charlevoix. I get to Elk Rapids before I realize that I forgot to check out of the hotel. I pull over to the side of the road near a gas station after turning right, away from downtown Elk Rapids, and call the hotel. I tell the front desk part of my morning's story, and then I explained that I forgot to check out. That turned out to be easily taken care of, and everything is fine after she finishes doing the paperwork. I decide to go into the gas station and get some Arizona Arnold Palmer tea and lemonade mix. I buy two of them and head back out on the road. At the corner, I turn right and head north.

Placing the Arnold Palmer between my legs, I reach to open the top of the can which opens just like a can of pop. The opener rips the skin off my index finger, and I pull over to the side of the road. After cleaning the blood off the top of the can with a Kleenex, wrapping the Kleenex around my finger, and saying a few choice expletives, I began to laugh. "You sure had an adventure today!" I hollered out loud, and pulled back on the highway headed to Charlevoix. Thank goodness there were no more mishaps on the way home to the island.

I'm finishing this story at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. I am so glad to be home. I ache all over. My backside hurts, my neck hurts, my muscles hurt all over my body. It's time for another hot shower or a hot bath. Have you stopped laughing yet?

Island Gets First Blizzard of the Winter of 2012

The back door of the Moore household with the snow coming off the steel roof. The back door won't open.

The front deck looking across the Kings Highway.....The car is buried in snow......The Kings Highway .....................

The date is March 1, 2012, and the month of March "comes in like a lion." There is lots of snow on Beaver Island on this date. The snowmobilers and the snowshoers should be very happy. Thank you, Phyllis Moore for these pictures of Beaver Island during the blizzard of 2012!


Letter from School Regarding the Guy McPherson Presentation

The Beaver Island Community School did not intend to sponsor Guy McPherson's message, or to promote his teachings. The school did not pay any fee or any other expense for this speaker. The School simply wanted to provide an opportunity for our students to hear from a nationally-known conservation biologist. The school's science curriculum exposes students to a variety of instructional materials relative to these topics.

Our intention was to allow our students the opportunity to hear this speaker and to use their own critical thinking skills to evaluate for themselves the validity of the views presented. After the presentation, secondary teachers took time to discuss the presentation with the students and to help them use critical thinking and reasoning skills in science, math, and social studies classes to draw their own conclusions.

The school has made arrangements with Cheri Leech of Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan to present a different view of the subject to the students. Cheri's presentations will focus on Climate Change, but tie it to the more optimistic long-term nature of change in the natural world.

Thank You, Kitty McNamara

Best Wishes,

Kitty McNamara

Kathleen McNamara, Superintendent & K-12 Principal, Beaver Island Community School, 37895 King's Highway, Beaver Island MI 49782



Island Treasures News

The Resale Shop is open Thursday, Friday , Saturday from noon until 4:00PM. We are eager to accept your donations of "gently used, barely used, like new items" during those times. There is a need for linens, kitchen wares, tools, and furniture. We accept furniture such as desks, dressers, tables, shelves- things that are NOT upholstered. Please call for help with your donations.
We will be open on St. Patty's Day. Anything in the shop that is GREEN will be half price on that glorious day!!
Donna 448-2797

Free Dining Room Table Posted on BINN Classified Ads

Check it out HERE

Visitors to the Moore Bistro

The Moore Bistro is located at the corner of Kings Highway and Carlisle Road. The clientele includes many bird species as well as turkeys, squirrels, and deer. In the morning there are three or four deer, and in the evening there have been five deer. The turkeys number between 60 and 100 when they visit. It is quite interesting to see them arrive and begin to decide who is going to get the corn at what location as the turkeys try to chase the deer away and vice versa. The squirrels are the smart ones. They don't arrive until the others are gone. Then the other birds species arrive also. Here are a few pictures and a video (above) of the morning of leap year day 2012.

St. James Opening to the Airport Commission

There is a posting for the St. James Township representative for a position on the Airport Commission. This current position expires on April 1, 2012. The new appointee or reappointee will serve for three years. Responses by interested parties should be addressed to Rick Speck at Box 29 or via e-mail at rickspeck@tds.net . This position will be filled at the March 7, 2012, Regular St. James Township Meeting.

BINN Explores Live Streaming Video for BICS Sporting Events

Beaver Island News on the ‘Net has determined that there might be some interest by community members on Beaver Island, at Grand Marais, Paradise, Mackinac Island, and other league members to view away games. An example will explain the main idea. Suppose that Grand Marais came to Beaver Island to play a sports game. It might be possible that some community members in Grand Marais may be interested in viewing the sports contest in a live viewing using streaming live video. The opposite might also be true. If Beaver Island is playing in Grand Marais, perhaps Beaver Island community members may be interested in viewing this sports contest as well. Beaver Island News on the ‘Net (BINN) is only interested in videoing games that involve Beaver Island Sports teams. Home games would be definitely included in this plan, but even these will have to be, at minimum, revenue neutral.

The BINN would need some specific access to wireless Internet or Ethernet Internet within the location of the sporting event. This Internet connection would have to be 800 kbs to allow live streaming video. BINN would provide the video equipment, the computer equipment, and the live streaming video vendor and software necessary to do the live streaming. BINN would determine the method of connection for viewers and the cost of viewing per person or per location. After costs per event are determined and paid, any profits would be shared with the sports boosters of the two schools.

So, the first research items would include the following:

•  Can a wireless Internet connection be made available by the host school?

•  Can a sponsor be found to cover the costs of transportation and lodging for the videographer and assistant?

•  Is there an interest in each of the Northern Lights League communities to view the sports events? If so, what is the reasonable charge per person for viewing the away games with streaming live video?

•  What are the costs of using live streaming video server for this project? What quality video will be acceptable and yet affordable?

•  What level of cooperation will be found at the league schools for this project?

•  Are there any MHSAA rules that prevent this? Fully informed, will the MHSAA approve of this project? Which games will be excluded?

Beaver Island News on the ‘Net would need to make the following investment in software and equipment:

•  Professional HD video camera capable of high speed connection such as firewire.

•  Laptop computer with high grade video card and fast processor speed as well as fast Wireless Internet capability.

•  Microphone such as “snowball” for audio and connector wires for connection to the laptop.

•  Software for the live streaming video.

•  Live streaming video server with capabilities of the live streaming on the Internet at suitable quality.

An email has been sent to BICS to find out if the school would be willing to allow this type of event to occur, if the Northern Lights League would be willing to allow this to occur, and to find out if there are any MHSAA rules that prevent this.

"I DARE YOU," Says Lois Williams.

A few weeks ago Joe and I watched a documentary DVD titled FORKS over KNIVES. It wasn't a long DVD but it was an eye opener. The subject matter is one that affects all of us, every day of our lives, determines our health and our well being. That subject is FOOD. The message is clear, what we eat determines our health. We in the United States of America are faced with a population that is getting sicker quicker than any other nation in the whole wide world. Isn't it time to take personal stock of you? Isn't it time to make some dietary changes that could change your life?

I dare you to watch this video. It is now available for your education at the public library.

Lois Williams

February 24, 2012

Lady Islander Overtime Win Against Maplewood Baptist Video

Click HERE to View this Video Clip

Mike Hurkmans' Winter Fest on Lake G Video


GLE Power Access Surcharge Thirteen Years Later

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

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

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

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

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

Are these numbers anywhere close to correct?

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

Link to Video of this May 18, 1999 Joint Meeting




Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church for March 2012

March 4: Pastor Howard Davis

March 11: Steve Finch, director of Lighthouse School

March 18: Pastor Harold Kruse

March 25: Pastor Harold Kruse

Chili Cook-off March 8 at the Shamrock

The Chili Cook-off will take place on March 8, 2012, at the Shamrock for a free will donation. Proceeds benefit the BI Sports Boosters.

Celebrity Co-Ed Basketball Game

There is a co-ed basketball game scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2012, at 6 p.m., adults versus BICS co-ed team. This is a fundrasier for the Sports Boosters. Concessions of chili and hot dogs will be available prior to and during the ball game. Come out and see who the celebrities are!

Coming April 27, 2012 The Alma Choir

Click Here for information

First Planning Meeting for 2012 BI Health and Human Services Fair

The first meeting of the planning group is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, at 11am, at the BICS. There are, of course, no pre-requisites--the interested need only to have the time and energy to commit to helping to make sure that the fair comes off well!

In the Navy




GREAT LAKES, IL 60088-7105

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

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

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

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

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

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Brunch, Sunday April 8, 2012

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

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

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


Monday, March 5: Jeff Cashman, Kristen Blumke, Shane Delamater

Tuesday, March 6: Peggy Kenwabikise, Pete Heather Castro

Wednesday, March 7: Katheryn Madeline Kenwabikise

Thursday, March 8: Nathan LaVasseur, Linda Supernaw Warner, Robert Turner, Samantha Drew

Friday, March 9:

Saturday, March 10: Steven Marinez, Duff Connor

Sunday, March 11: William Scott II, Marianne Brown Hayne


Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

March 15, 2012

April 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

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

Human Services Commission Brochure

Mammograms Save Lives

With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,

at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without

a mammogram.

Please call the Beaver Island Health Center

for more information 


Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

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

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

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

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

March 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

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

March 19, 2012

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

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

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

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

Expired Subscriptions

Please send us your email address.

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

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





Waste Management Regular Meeting at Peaine Hall

The regularly scheduled Waste Management Committee meeting took place at 9 a.m., this morning, Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Members present were Ed Troutman (vice-chair), Jim Birdsall, Jean Wierenga, Tim McDonough, and Jack Gallagher. Absent from the meeting were Paul and Angel Welke.

The majority of the meeting was a discussion of the budget and development of the new lists of items and the possibility of changes to the costs for disposal of specific items. The Point of Sale equipment was also discussed and location of the invoice was determined to be the most likely way to determine which equipment was ordered,. Tiim Myers stated that the cash register portion of the equipment was not present although an older copy of the software for use was shown to the committee and to Jeff Powers who has offered to help with this.

Additionally, Tim Myers suggested that the committee look into the possibility of recycling shingles.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting on February 16th

The Waste Management Committee met at the Peaine Township Hall at 9 a.m. this morning, Thursday, February 16, 2012. Members present at the meeting included Jack Gallagher, Tim McDonough, Jean Wierenga, Ed Troutman, and Jim Birdsall. Members absent were Paul and Angel Welke. In the absence of the chair, Ed Troutman chaired the meeting. Visitors present included Joe Timsak, Bob Marsh, Bob Tidmore, and Joe Moore.

The reason for this special meeting was to try to get some work completed due to the need to hire a new manager and an accountant. Even though the posting for the manager has successfully resulted in ten applicants, two from off-island, none of the applicants had access to a job description.

The committee decided to extend the posting for manager, and to make certain that the job description was available to any who had not applied, but still could apply. So, if you missed the first deadline, you still have until Friday, February 24, 2012, to apply for the position. At this meeting, the salary range of this position was discussed and agreed upon. The position was determined to be a salaried position and not a per hour position. The salary range is $31-45 thousand per year, determined on experience and performance, with health insurance, as well as an opt-out of Social Security option, in which the employee would donate 6% that would be matched by the employer, toward a retirement plan.

More on the meeting and video HERE.

Grand Traverse Band Grant Announced

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians awarded St. James Township $10,000 for exterior brickwork repair for the St. James Harbor Light tower on Beaver Island. This additional money will help the Lighthouse Restoration Committee begin the restoration project. The lighthouse is at Whiskey Point, and is known by many as the Whiskey Point Lighthouse.

Peaine Township Board Meeting, February 8, 2012

At the Peaine Township Board meeting, the Board passed the Airport Land Acquisition Grant, the Board passed the ability of residents to send protests in writing instead of having to attend the Board of Review in person, and they adopted the poverty exemption from property taxes. The Board also adopted resolutions to set board members salaries. The Annual Electors Meeting was set for March 31, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Public Budget Meeting, and Special Board Meeting to adopt the annual budget to follow immediately after the electors meeting. The Board of Review meeting dates were set: organizational on March 6 at 2 p.m., and Board of Review on March 14 from 10a-10p.

Video of the Meeting can be viewed HERE

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

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Check out the following link to help with this project

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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