B. I. News on the 'Net, May 10-16, 2010

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Announcements for May 2010

Click for Video Clips below:


Open House Sunday May 30th

Men's Health Screening Day-will be scheduled this summer

JUMPSTART to Wellness Starts --starts now with no deadline

Chiropractor and Opthamologists Visit the Island -Chiropractor every other Friday

Aging Parents and the Legal Issues Telehealth Presentation- coming June 15th

Beaver Island Gets ATV from Homeland Security Funds

Shirley Roloff on the ATV with Deputy Williams and Sheriff Schneider

Sheriff Schneider explains the funding was from Homeland Security. No Charlevoix taxes were involved in the purchase of this vehicle and its twin in Charlevoix.

Deputy Williams poses on the ATV.

Click for Video Clips below:

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider Explains the Reasons for the ATV

Deputy Williams Shows the ATV

Russell Green Passes Away

Russell Green passed away last night. Visitation will be 7 - 9 on Saturday at Holy Cross Church, Rosary at 7:30. Funeral Mass will be Sunday at 1:00. There will be no luncheon. The Green family thanks everyone who has brought us food and comfort the past few days. More information will be posted as it becomes available. (from BI Forum)

Russell J. Green, age 81 of Beaver Island, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at his home surrounded by his eight loving children.
He was born on Beaver Island on December 24, 1928, to Mary (Boyle) and Anthony Greene on the family farm, where he spent his childhood. Russell was very proud of his Irish heritage; all four of his grandparents came to Beaver Island from Ireland. Over the years, Russell became a storehouse of island traditions and family connections. He was one of the last of the Islanders to grow up on the numerous self-sufficient farms on the Island.
On September 15, 1956, Russell married the love of his life, Joy McDonough, who preceded him in death October 30th, 2007.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the 25th Infantry Division. He worked on Great Lakes freighters for several years before returning to Beaver Island to work for the boat company, captaining the Beaver Islander for many years. Russell often joked about how he spent 40 years on ships in the Great Lakes, but he never did learn to swim.
Russell is survived by his 8 children, Mike (Kitty) Green of Beaver Island, Mary T. Delamater, Bernadette (Dave) Cole, Rose Peters, Kathleen (Dana) Dvoracek, all of Charlevoix, Beth Anne (Steve) Lucas of Blanchard, Kevin (Snowe) Green of Chattanooga, TN, and Amy Bair of Chesterfield; 17 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Bernell Burke, Rose Connaghan, Anthony (Betty) Greene, Lill Left, and Mary Margaret (Ed) Breden, his great friend and sister-in-law, Skip McDonough, and countless nieces and nephews. Russell was preceded in death by brothers Dan, Peter, Hubert, and infant sister Francis.
Visitation will take place at the Beaver Island Holy Cross Catholic Church on Saturday May 15, 2010 from 7-9 PM with a rosary at 7:30 PM. The funeral mass will take place at 1PM Sunday May 16th, also at the Holy Cross Church. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Winchester funeral home of Charlevoix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund c/o Holy Cross Church, or Holy Cross Cemetery.

How Should We Plan for the Future of Beaver Island

The Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission (NRETC) is inviting all interested parties to make sure that Beaver Island remains the special place we all love and enjoy.  Please join the NRETC on June 28 th at the Community Center and help as we begin to discuss the future of our forests and wildlife resources. We have invited many excellent speakers to come and talk from 9-12. After lunch at the Community Center we will discuss forest and wildlife management objectives for Beaver Island . This is a time for people to voice what they enjoy about Beaver Island , what it was that drew them to the Island and their vision for the Island 's future. Please join us for the whole day, but if you can only attend at certain times please feel free to do so. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact me (Eric) via E-mail: E_R_Myers@yahoo.com . Or phone Jacque, 448-2220 or Pam 448-2314.

Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Commission

Part I of a Series of Symposiums on Understanding and Managing Beaver Island 's Ecosystems

For Sustainability and Economic Growth 

Symposium Number I

Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability

June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center 

8:15- 8:45a.m. Registration, coffee and snack – sign up for lunch at community center

8:50 am. Welcome, Keynote Address -- Eric R. Myers

9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today

•  Beaver Island Forest Resources – Past Impacts, Current Conditions and the Future Brian Mastenbrook -- MI DNRE

9:45 -- Our Forest of the Future / Effects of Land Management Decisions on Our Forests

•  Forest Succession and Sustainability Eric R. Myers -- Ph.D. Forestry, MSU

•  Unique Communities and Invasive Species Phyllis Higman -- MI Natural Features Inventory

•  Private Land Management (Forest Management and Conservation Easements) Tom Bailey -- Little Traverse Conservancy

Short Break

10:55-- Effects of Land Management Decisions and Wildlife Management. Discussions on Wildlife Species/ Habitats of deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wood duck, beaver.

Eric Ellis -- Conservation Resource Alliance

11:55 Song Birds and Eco-Tourism Kay Charter -- Saving Birds thru Habitat

12:30 -- Break for Lunch: Purchased from the Community Center or nearby restaurants.

Submit written questions for morning speakers.

1:30 -- Reading of Written Questions for Morning Session Speakers

2:00 -- Roundtable Discussions: Specific questions will be discussed in groups. The overall objective is to begin a dialog on working to reach island consensus for Beaver Island forests and wildlife

2:45 -- Roundtable Presentations- conclusions and new questions from each table

3:15 - 4:00 -- Panel Discussion by experts on issues raised –questions from roundtable and wrap up—where do we go from here?

Junior-Senior Banquet

(Pictures by Frank Solle)

The 2010 Junior Senior Banquet took place on Saturday, May 8, 2010. This is an event that is financed and put on by the junior class for the graduating senior class. As usual, the decorations were very nice.

Junior Class: Jacob Drost, Clairessa Kenwabikise, Doug Campbell, Brontae Lemmink, and Levi Connor

Class of 2010, graduating seniors: Alex Kuligoski, Lindsey Kenwabikise, Kristy Bousquet, Bryan Timsak, Dereck McDonough, Cameron LaVasseur, Jenna Butler, and Briana Maudrie

The tradition is that the seniors will sit at a special table and be served their meal first. Here is a picture of the senior table:

Daniel McDonough was the banquet speaker.

Another banquet and senior bash is in the history books. Here's to a safe graduation with lots of luck!

Happy Mother's Day to All the Mothers Out There!

There are many, many ways of saying this, but they all come down to this one statement. None of us would be here without the loving care and determination of our mothers. They have been there from the beginning. They have gone through pain and suffering. They have guided and chided us. They have done their very best to help get us through the good times and the bad times. We all owe them a great deal!

Enjoy this very special day set aside to honor you!

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


To make an appointment for a Wellness Screening, call the BI Rural Health Center - 448-2275

You can schedule a screening Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm , or after hours upon request.  Beaver Island Health Wellness Screening Program is designed to emphasize the benefits of preventive medicine .

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

St James Township Meeting May 5 2010

You can view the video clips of the whole meeting by clicking on this link below:

Meeting clips

Food Pantry Open House Planned

The Beaver Island Food Pantry in planning on an open house on June 12, 2010. The time has not yet been determined. The reasons to have an open house include the ability of Islanders to see the food pantry in its location, to see how food distribution works, to ask questions, and to offer suggestions. Mark your calendar for this date to visit the food pantry.

District Library Re-Opens

The Beaver Island District Library will re-open today, Saturday, May 8, 2010, at noon. The library has been closed for five days to remove old carpeting, put down new carpeting, and to refinish the floor tiles in the main area of the library. While only planned to be closed for four days, the removal of the older carpet took much longer than planned. Hence, the extra day to complete the job. The color of carpeting has changed as well as the style. You'll have to stop in and see the changes.

Specially Scheduled Hearings and Special Meeting in St. James Township

There is a hearing scheduled followed by a special St. James Township meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall. The hearing is to discuss the DNR property, a possible exchange of Whiskey Island for the DNR building and property on Beaver Island, and/or purchase of Whiskey Island for back taxes. Another hearing will take place on the same date related to the Charlevoix County Road Commission's fee to improve the Jiminy Crick Road that goes through the woods next to the St. James Campground. The special meeting is scheduled for after these two hearings to possibly make a decision about either of the two hearing's topics.

If you are interested in any of the above topics, it would be worthwhile to attend these hearings and special meeting.


The St. James Township Board of Trustees will be holding public hearings to consider the following items.
A. The possible purchase of Whiskey Island from Charlevoix County for the amount of back taxes.
B. The possible letting of bids by the Charlevoix County Road Commission to widen and upgrade 620 feet of Indian Point Road, where it connects to Donegal Bay Road.

The hearings will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:00pm at the St James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave, Beaver Island, Michigan.
A special meeting of the St James Township Board will follow the Public Hearings. Action may be taken on both of the hearing issues.

Rick Speck, Supervisor St James Township

Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament Scheduled

Women golfers, mark your calendar for the annual Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Beaver Island Golf Course. Teams of four golfers will compete in a scramble format, and all levels of golfers are welcome. There will be lots of fun individual contests as well.

Sign up in advance at the Golf Course as a team or individually to be added to a team. The fee to play is $20 which includes lunch at the course following the tournament. Sign in at 8:30 and the shotgun tournament starts at 9 a.m. For further information, contact Jean Carpenter, 448-2893, Sharon Scamehorn, 448-2641 or Sandy Birdsall , 448-2982.

Airport Committee (Authority) Meeting Scheduled

At its May meeting, St. James Township scheduled a meeting with the attorneys to discuss the airport committee (authority) issues for further clarification. This could possibly be a joint meeting depending upon Peaine Township's agreement. The date scheduled at the St. James meeting was Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

An Occasion To Remember

Creative Event / Party Planning & Decorating

Let “An Occasion To Remember” help you with your next event.

Whether it’s an Anniversary, Baby Shower, Birthday, Bridal Shower, Christening, Family Reunion, Fundraiser, Garden Party, Graduation, Holiday Party, Prom, Special Occasion, Sweet 16, Retirement, Wedding or a gathering just for the fun of it, I am here for you.

Whether the celebration is at your home, office, school, (indoors or out) or one of Beaver Island’s many wonderful venues, let “An Occasion To Remember” help you
make your event a memorable success!

I have you covered from A to Z. Your ideas, mine or a combination, “An Occasion To Remember” has many theme party packages to choose from:

Alien Encounter - Barnyard / Hoedown - Beach Party - Carnival - Casino Night - Circus
Construction Zone - Enchanted Forest - Fairy Fantasy - Fifties - Flower Power / Retro
Garden of Tranquility - Gothic - Hollywood - Jungle Safari - Kentucky Derby
King For A Day - Luau - Magic of the Night - Monster Madness - Nautical - Outer Space Odyssey Patriotic - Pirate - Princess - Queen For A Day - Rock Star - Tiki Party Tropical Sunset Escape - Under The Sea - Wildlife or Wetland Wonders - Western Round Up - Winter Wonderland - Zoo Day and more!
You are only limited by your imagination.

About myself:
My name is Tina Walker. I was born in Detroit, Michigan. When I was born, my eyes were not fully developed at birth and I have several eye complications. I was classified as being legally blind. As most of you know, who know me, this does not mean that I cannot see, but I do have some limitations. I have been a creative person all of my life and have been involved with and held events for over 25 years, with great success. I have held events, for the children of Beaver Island, for the past three years. These events were held at Easter with the annual “Easter Egg Scramble and Visits With The Easter Bunny”, a Halloween Carnival in 2009 and a Winter Carnival in January 2010 which, by high public request, will also become annual events as well. Since I still have all of my catering supplies, props and decorations, I have decided to start up an event / party planning & decorating business once again.

Your peace of mind is paramount so whatever I can do to accommodate your wishes is my top priority. Please call for a free consultation.

Tina Walker
An Occasion To Remember

Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan to Feature Two New Concerts


Three outstanding musicians will open this year's Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival on Wednesday evening, July 28, with a special benefit concert at the Community Center. Harpsichordist, Penelope Crawford will join Martha Guth and Claudia Schmidt for an evening of vocal and instrumental music.

Martha Guth, a professional opera singer, has thrilled Beaver Island festival audiences for the past two years. After making her Beaver Island debut many years ago at Music on the Porch, Martha has performed throughout North America and Europe and has been described as a “persuasive and passionate artist” in the international classical musical scene.

Claudia Schmidt, songwriter and jazz/blues vocalist, is also well known to Beaver Island audiences. Described by The Boston Globe as “a true artist” with “the fire of genius,” Claudia has toured internationally and made fourteen recordings. She will bring her exciting musical talents to Baroque on Beaver for the first time this summer.

Penelope Crawford plays both the harpsichord and pianoforte. She is a professor at the University of Michigan and is, according to the university, “one of America's master performers on historical keyboard instruments.” She has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York, and at The Smithsonian Series in Washington, DC. Having visited Beaver Island in the past, she is looking forward to returning this summer to play with Claudia and Martha.

In addition to the opening event, Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan will include five concerts with members of the Festival Orchestra and Chorus.

On Thursday evening a chamber ensemble concert entitled Just Among Friends will be presented at CMU. The program will feature a variety of artists, including Martha Guth and Claudia Schmidt, in an informal setting.

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy the other new concert in the festival this year – An Introduction to the Orchestra. This family concert will be held on Friday afternoon, July 30, at the Community Center. The program will introduce the audience to various instruments in the orchestra through music and activities before and after the concert.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform baroque pieces by Bach, Mozart, Gabrieli, and Piazzola on Friday evening at the Community Center. Saturday, July 1, the Festival Orchestra, Chorus and soloists will present a concert of baroque and American classics at Holy Cross Hall. On Sunday afternoon the full orchestra and chorus will perform in the Festival Finale at Holy Cross Hall. The Sunday audience will enjoy Aaron Copeland'sOld American Songs and the island favorite Gaelic Blessings.

In its ninth season, Baroque on Beaver has grown from its first concert in St. James Episcopal Church to a much-anticipated five-day classical music festival in a variety of venues on the island. Musicians from all over Michigan are looking forward to joining local Beaver Island artists in the festival orchestra and chorus this summer. More details about Baroque on Beaver 2010 – Made in Michigan are available on the web at www.baroqueonbeaver.org. .

Lonhilt and Peter Come to Help Recorder Group

Lonhilt and Peter Close show smallest and largest recorders present

The Recorder Workshop was completed with the help from a grant provided to the local recorder (flute) group. Funding for this event was provided by the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association. Lonhilt and Peter Close came from Brutus, Michigan. This husband and wife team lived in Germany during World War II. They moved to the United States and have been performing on recorders for more than 70 years.

They came to Beaver Island for the day on May 4, 2010. Part of the day was spent putting together a presentation to the 5th and 6th grade students, who are also learning to play the recorders. The adults and students performed music for each other. Students were given a lot of information about the recorder family and had an opportunity to see the main members of the recorder family of instruments from the picolo-sized instrument that is difficult to scrunch your fingers together to cover the holes to the much larger bass recorder. Besides the two mainland guests, who perform in Charlevoix and Petoskey and work with groups in both places, Beaver Island recorder performers also participated.

The Beaver Island recorder group consists of a soprano recorder played by Donna Stambaugh, an alto recorder played by Jayne Bailey, a tenor recorder played by Matthew Ritchie, and the bass recorder played by Joe Moore.

Six video clips of the workshop at BI Community School below:

Clip 1 Introduction, Adults play, then students play

Clip 2 Stories from Peter and Lonhilt

Clip 3 Students taught a round and play it, Adults perform a round

Clip 4 Adults perform and students perform

Clip 5 History of the Blockflute (wooden flute)

Clip 6 Adults perform, question and answer period

Clear View to the Mainland

This picture was taken from the area of Iron Ore Creek looking off toward the mainland. It's seems that the mainland is getting closer in this picture, but we all know it's just the clearness of the air and the direction of the wind.

The cement plant in Charlevoix from Iron Ore Creek

Editor's Note

This past weekend and the early part of this week from last Friday up to and including Tuesday were rather hectic with trips to the mainland to teach and to be taught, family commitments, and other things. We apologize for the late update, and only provide this as an explanation for those that are interested. We will endeavor to always do our best to get the website updated every Monday, but sometimes there are situations beyond our control.

Frank Solle's 5th and 6th Grade Play Pictures

"No Place Like Nowhere" at the Beaver Island Community Center on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM

For more pictures, click HERE

Wendy Anne and Barge Haul Logs and Metal

With the concept of getting logs and junk cars and metal off the Island, the Wendy Anne took another barge load over to the mainland. The idea was to get as many pictures from as many locations as possible. These are the results.

From the harbor

From Mike Boyle's Beach

From the mouth of the Jordan River


POSITION Boys Basketball Coach for 2010-2011 Season 

CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or higher


•  Demonstrate an interest in working with children ages 13-18 years.

•  Demonstrate an understanding of the role of interscholastic athletics and communicate it to athletes, parents and the public.

•  Knowledgeable about rules, regulations, skills of the sport and be able to communicate them to the athletes.

•  Willingness to attend off-island training as required.

•  Willingness to travel with and supervise students on away trips. 


SALARY: New coaches with 0-3 years of experience will be paid $1100 for the season; coaches with 3 or more years of experience will be paid $1500 for the season


STARTING DATE: November 2010



Beaver Island Community School


Smoke-Free Law Goes Into Effect

As of May 1, 2010, the smoke-free law has begun. These are some information pages sent to BINN from Pam Grassmick. Thank you, Pam. This provides most of the information that you might need to know.

Not Smoke, Just Insects

As we all are aware by just going outside this spring, there are hundreds of thousands of these insects flying around and congregating in swarms that resemble a column of smoke. Midges are what most have used to describe these non-biting, but get-in-every-exposed-human-body-opening bugs. They seem to fly up your nose, in your mouth, and even in your eye. Thank goodness they don't bite, or we'd all be riddled with bug bites.

Last Week's Nature Pictures

Mute swans, terns, deer, loons, turtles

Pictures may be found HERE

Run-off Creeks Very Low

With the lack of snow last winter and the lack of rain this spring, the creeks of the Island are all but dried up. Their is barely a trickle of run off water from most of the creeks as seen during the week of April 26, 2010. It will be very difficult for any fish to run up these very low creeks.

Iron Ore Creek quite low....

Cable's Creek low also....not much moving water from Lake Geneserath to Lake Michigan

The Jordan River is also just barely empying into the lake.

Sports Boosters Fundraising Chinese Dinner

May 14, 2010, at the Shamrock

  From the Beaver Island Conservation Club

The Beaver Island Conservation Club is pleased to announce its new partnership with Northern Development. Northern Development is owned and operated by island resident Paul Johnson. Paul has extended Northern Development's charter to include Wildlife and Habitat Management. Northern

Development will provide the following services for your property.

•  Food Plot / Crop planting and maintenance

•  Soil Testing and Preparation

•  Seed and Fertilization

•  Tractor Services

•  Trail Camera Placement and Reporting

•  Scouting and Stand Placement

•  Blind Construction

•  Other landowner / hunter needs

Northern Development has the most competitive rates for Tractor work and land management on the island. Moreover, through our partnership we have established reduced rates for BICC members. These rates can

Result in savings up to $100 for a complete 1 acre food plot. Paul Johnson can be contacted at 231-448-2168

Or via email at KPJohson@tds.net

For BICC membership information please visit our website at www.beaverislandconservation.org . You can also contact BICC leadership at the following email address and phone numbers.

Gavin West gavin.w.west@gmail.com 269-369-1788

Todd Ireland todd.ireland@immersi.com 616-340-3672

Donations and dues ($50 annually) can be sent to:

Beaver Island Conservation Club

PO Box 334

Beaver Island , MI 49782

For all information regarding this Press release please contact Gavin West at the above number or email.

Peaine Township Regular Meeting

The Peaine Township Board meeting took place on April 14, 2010, with four of the five members present. The missing trustee was Paul Welke. This meeting took only one hour and ten minutes, which seems to be a long time to some, but this was one of the shorter meetings in a long time. The business was conducted with great care, but also with efficiency. The sound system does make a very big difference in being able to hear the comments and the information provided. Even a short, small problem with the sound equipment didn't increase the length of the meeting by much.

The specific topics discussed at the meeting included a somewhat lengthy presentation by Don Spencer on the Beaver Island Rural Health Center finances and the almost desperate need of the full two mills of taxes to maintain the services at the current level. Explanations of the attempts at getting funding from the State of Michigan and grants awarded to the BIRHC were included in Don's presentation. Although lengthy, the presentation was quite complete, and his knowledge of BIRHC finances was obvious. The Peaine Board voted unanimously to put the full two mill renewal on the ballot.

Jack Gallagher reported on the progress of the airport committee formation negotiations with St. James Township. It is progressing however slowly. Perhaps another meeting in the next week may bring the two townships into an agreement about the method to govern the airport. Two possibilities are an airport authority and an inter-governmental agreement. These have both been discussed and some decision may be made in the near future.

There seems to be a shortage in the number of members on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and this has been posted for about 60 days. The public was encouraged to try to get someone to send a letter of interest for this position. There was an appeal by Donna Stambaugh in the public comment portion of the meeting for this need to fill this position.

Full video of the entire meeting and descriptions of the information provided may be found HERE.

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Commission

Part I of a Series of Symposiums on Understanding and Managing Beaver Island's Ecosystems

For Sustainability and Economic Growth 

Symposium Number I

Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability

June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center

8:15- 8:45a.m. Registration, coffee and snack

8:50 am. Welcome, Keynote Address -- Eric R. Myers

Each speaker will address the most important issue(s) concerning their topic.

9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today

•  A look at our existing forests (types of forests, soil types, tree species, habitat provided/GIS data

•  Regulations and Management Practices as they occur today ( Private land , state land, DNR compartments for logging, state land management)

9:45 -- Our Forest of the Future / Effects of Land Management Decisions on Our Forests

•  Forest Succession and Sustainability -- Eric R. Myers

•  Managing Threats: Differences between types of logging and their effect, Poor practices for sustainability, Invasive Species (garlic mustard and emerald ash borer) and disease (Beech Bark Disease)

•  Private Land Management (Decisions to Log, Contracts, Conservation Easements)

Short Break

11:00 -- Effects of Land Management Decisions on Wildlife Species/ Habitats of:

•  Deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wood duck, beaver (45 min)

•  Song birds and Ecotourism 

12:10 -- Questions for Morning Session Speakers 

12:30 -- Break for Lunch: On your own.

1:45 -- Roundtable Discussions: 1) Rank the most important forestry, wildlife, and ecotourism issues discussed in the morning. 2) List economic factors to be taken into consideration. 3) Recommend future management ideas including proven ways of monitoring resources. 4 Miscellaneous.

2:45 -- Roundtable Presentations- conclusions and questions from each table

3:15 - 4:00 -- Panel Discussion by experts on issues raised –questions from roundtable and wrap up—where do we go from here?

New Transfer Station Hours Started May 1st

The Transfer Station will go to spring/summer hours beginning May 1, 2010. The hours will be 8:00-5:00 Monday - Saturday. Closed Memorial Day and Labor Day.

“What Do We DO on Beaver Island?” DVD

DVD proceeds benefit the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Beaver Island Food Pantry, and the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary.

“What Do We Do on Beaver Island….when you're not here,” the important happenings on Beaver Island in the year 2009, is a LIMITED EDITION!

The DVD may be purchased online at the link below, or it may be purchased from stores and businesses on the Island.

You can order your DVD today by sending $20 plus $5 postage to DVD, c/o Joe Moore, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or you can order yours over the Internet from the provided link.

Order online using the secure PayPal server:

Health & Human Services Fair Scheduled for September 16, 2010

The Beaver Island Human Services Commission is hosting a health and human services fair this fall. The event will take place at Gregg Fellowship hall on September 16, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mark your calendars so that you do not miss out on this great opportunity to get in touch with a wealth of information aimed at improving your health, happiness, and well-being.

Editor's Note: The Human Services Commission is working to get a wide variety of mainland services introduced to the needs of Beaver Island, a part of Charlevoix County.

NEW Community Calendar Feature

New Events Scheduled!

At a request from a couple of emails, the BINN Community Calendar has been extended from one or two months to include the rest of the entire year of 2010. Several people wanted to schedule their events without having a conflict with another event. The BINN reply via email was, "Of course, we would be happy to include a full calendar year in the Community Calendar!"

Please send us your calendar of events for the the entire year. We will put all scheduled events on one calendar with one place to check!

This will only work if all those people with scheduled events send a quick email with those events to the editor of this website. We will gladly post them on a community calendar available to everyone. Please take the time to send your events to:


Beaver Island Bike Festival

Click each picture to view the brochure.

Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival

Online registration information is now available for the 1st Beaver Island Bike Festival on June 26th. FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 250. The registration brochure will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center in early April.

On line registration is now available for the June 26 Beaver Island Bike Festival. Also, a brochure registration form is available at the Community Center.


Your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, Island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.
June 25 - 27, 2010

"The Beaver Island Bike Festival (June 25-27) is your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.

For complete information and registration information for the new Beaver Island event see the events section on the home page of The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web site www.BeaverIsland.org .

The new route map and course description for the second annual Beaver Island Marathon (September 4) is now available on the Chamber web site.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is a principal sponsor of both events.

Subscriptions to Expire

There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in May or that have already expired in February and April 2010. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

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


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

January 2010

Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!


Mon – Thurs 10am-6pm

Fri – Sat 10am-9pm

Sunday – Closed


Every Friday and/or Saturday 7pm, PLUS Matinees!

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

May COA Menu click HERE

May Senior Center Activities click HERE

May Community Center Ad page

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.

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 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)