B. I. News on the 'Net, May 11-17, 2009

An Interesting Peaine Township Meeting

The regular meeting of the Peaine Township Board began slightly after 7 p.m. on May 13, 2009, with all five board members present and 29 residents in the audience. The beginning of the meeting was about as normal as any other board meeting with minutes approval, agenda approval, and bills approval, but Peaine
Township allow public comment at the beginning of the meeting and two proposals were suggested right at the beginning of the meeting. Pam Grassmick proposed two new commissions: Human Services Commission and the Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission. (You may click on either one to view a Quicktime streaming video of Pam's comments) Shortly after this presentation, Jack Gallagher reported on a letter received from Kirt McBride which suggested that the BIRHC Board had violated the Open Meetings Act in discussing a contract in closed session and by changing the beginning time of their meeting without notification. (A short clip of this is located HERE.)

The board went on to acting on the Committees, Boards, and Commissions appointments. There was one person who applied for the zoning Board of Appeals and this was quickly approved. (A video clip of this is located HERE.) The following three appointments to the Airport Committee began a 35 minute discussion that included disappointment, anger, and frustration, but ended in only two positions being filled on the Airport Committee: Mike Scripps and Terry Saxton were reappointed to their previous posts. What follow is a list of video clips that summarize the drama and emotion of the meeting at this point:

Colleen Martin presented a letter from the township lawyer that suggested in general terms that Paul Welke may have a conflict of interest when participating in a vote that pertains to the township airport. Martin and Welke disagree on lawyer letter (HERE) Martin and Welke disagree on lawyer letter 2 (HERE) Paul Welk categorically denies any conflict of interest. (HERE) Martin, Welke, and Gallagher discussed the lawyer letter. (HERE)

Jack Gallagher comments on the conflict of interest issue. (HERE 1) (HERE 2) Pete LoDico suggests no conflict of interest now on this vote. (HERE) Paul Welke stated he is open minded. (HERE) Paul Welke and Colleen Martin exchanged opinions. (HERE) Terry Saxton supported Paul Welke. (HERE) Gary Morgan suggest there could be a conflict of interest in some situations. (HERE) Jim Wojan asks Colleen if there is a conflict in this vote. (HERE) Rachel Teague stated she could see a conflict of interest on issue involving the township airport. (HERE 1) (HERE 2) Jack Gallagher responded to Rachel Teague's statements. (HERE) Bob Hoogendorn suggests tabling the issue until the township lawyer could give an opinion on it directly. (HERE) Jack Gallagher stated that no lawyer's opinion was needed. (HERE) Paul Welke asked if other board members might have a conflict. (HERE) Jack Gallagher supported Paul Welke's ability to vote. (HERE) (End of Round One dealing with conflict of interest.)

There were eight people who applied for the Airport Committee for only three positions. (HERE) Jack Gallagher then presented his recommendations for three positions on the Airport Committee. (HERE) Larry Kubic responded to Jack's recommendations. (HERE) From the audience Jim Wojan suggested reappointment of existing members. (HERE) Elaine West suggested that the township should keep at least one of the previous members for continuity. (HERE) Pete LoDico and Larry Kubic said let's vote and resolve issues later.. (HERE) The board voted one at a time for the existing three members of the Airport Committee. (HERE) Mike Scripps and Terry Saxton were approved by majority vote 3 to 2. Colleen Martin could not vote for herself, so was not reappointed to the committee due to a 2 to 2 tie. The other five applicants were also voted on with generally Welke and Gallagher voting "aye" and Martin, LoDico, and Kubic voting no, so the last position on the Airport Committee was not filled at this meeting.

The Cemetery Committee was awaiting a report from Joan Vyse who had been off Island to appointments, and no action could be taken at this time.

The Planning Commission had one opening at this time. There was only one applicant for this position, and Krys Lyle was reappointed. (HERE)

The Trails Committee had five openings with only four applicants, so all four were appointed. (HERE)

Jack Gallagher presented possible guidelines for Peaine Committees, Boards, and Commissions. (HERE 1 ) (HERE 2) Jack then also recommended a full review of the Beaver Island Tranfer Station operation including suggesting that the billing be done during regular hours instead of after hours. A review will take place.

Jack reported on the High Speed Internet project which included a large cross-section of the community in a meeting. The only likely funding is through the federal government. (HERE) There was a comment from several in the audience about DSL not being available, and one not happy with the service. (HERE) Jack Gallagher continue to explain the possibilities of high speed Internet using Cherry Capital. (HERE)

The position of Phragmities Administrator, which is a paid position, only had one applicant. The Board appointed Jacque LaFreniere to this position. The board also approved the part time position at the Transfer Station filled by Amy Burris.

There was also discussion about the DNR building and some plumbing changes are needed to include installing a tub-shower combination in the CCSD deputy's residence. He has a family of four and these changes need to be made to make the building more livable. (HERE) Jim Wojan commented on this request. (HERE)

The emergency generators will have to be decided upon at the next township board meeting.

The time for relaxation was over and the beginning of round three was begun with an introduction to the topic of dust control by Pete LoDico. (HERE) Paul Welke had also done some research on dust control by contacting two engineers, one of them Bob Welke, who was with MDOT. Paul's comments are HERE. Paul's comments continue HERE. And continued HERE. Terry Saxton commented about dust control by Robert Gillespie HERE. Jim Wojan had some comments about 38% versus 28% HERE. Doug Tilly also wanted to be heard about the application of the dust control during a rainstorm. (HERE) Paul Welke rephrases his opinion HERE. Jim Wojan responded to these comments HERE. In the end, the board gave the responsibility for the decision to Pete LoDico with an unanimous vote.

There was some discussion of the road gravel situation for 2009, and the board approved purchase of the road gravel at the requested priced from Rich Gillespie.

Jack Gallagher presented procedures and guidelines in a suggested framework for review by the rest of the board members. No decision was expected this night.

Jack Gallagher brought up the next item on the agenda which was the ORV Ordinance passed by Charlevoix County. Jack's comments are HERE. Hurkmans commented HERE. Gallagher continued his comments HERE. In the end the decision was made to have a public hearing on the issue on May 31, 2009, at 2 p.m.

There were a few other quick decisions made on lawn service and the meeting finally adjourned after two hours and twenty-two minutes.

Public Hearing on ORV Use Scheduled

The Peaine Township Board has schedule a public hearing on ORV use in Peaine Township for May 31st at 2 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Considering the fact that the Charlevoix County Board has already passed an ordinance which allows use on all county roads of Beaver Island except the road from the Whiskey Point Lighthouse to the Four Corners, the two townships must decide whether to honor the county ordinance or to write a township ordinance to supercede the county ordinance. At issue is whether or not Peaine Township will allow legal ORV use on the shoulder of the roads. Below is one person's opinion. We welcome other opinions as well.

The county ordinance may be viewed HERE

ORV Definition and Online Handbook HERE

"Peaine Township Meeting: At last nights meeting the operation of ORV's on township roads was brought up. A special meeting is to be held on May 31,2009, at 2:00 pm at the Peaine Township Hall for the purpose of discussion of ORV use on these county roads. Everybody interested in having the right to use the county roads as specified in the ORV Ordinance:No._9_ should attend this special meeting to let the town board know that you are in favor of having the right to operate your orv on the specified county roads pursuant to the County Of Charlevoix Ordinance : No._9_. This is an island wide meeting for everybody to express their opinions of ORV use on these roads. So everybody should come and show your support. This special meeting should be about our rights that the county has granted already for the use of ORV's on the far right side of county roads and not about potential violators and what they might do. The Ordinance spells out what will happen to potential violators. So Please come to this meeting to show your support. We Are All Responsible to Uphold the Law! Not Just Law Enforcement!"

Mike Hurkmans

(Editor's comments: While I support the responsible use of ORVs as suggested in this ordinance and in Mr. Hurkmans' opinion, I do not view ORV use as a right, nor do I think that the ordinance considers it a right. I believe the ordinance considers this a privilege, just like a driver's license, and not a right. I also believe that those who are not willing to protect the environment, (natural areas, endangered species, and wildlife habitat) should be denied the privilege to ORV use. The "whatever, whenever, and wherever I want" attitude is the problem and not the solution. Should ORV use be denied because of a few irresponsible ORV users? No, but all ORV users, as well as the public, must enforce the ordinance and report those who violate this ordinance.)

AMVETs Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Lillian Gregg

May 24th from 8:30 a.m. until noon

Thank You from the Gregg Family

The family of the late Phil Gregg would like to thank the island community, family and friends far away for their outpouring of love. Your prayers, hugs, flowers, cards, visits, phone calls, memorial gifts, food, use of motels and cars were such a help during this sad time. You made us realize that we not only lost a husband/father, but you lost a good friend. Very special thanks to the ladies at the Beaver Island Christian Church for the lovely luncheon after the services, to Paul Welke for the missing man fly-over and Mary Delamater for helping get Ron home in time to say good-bye, Heidi Conner for the water wreath, the AMVETS for their salute, and Ron Winchester for his kind help. You all helped make a difficult time much easier to bear. The love and support from all of you has, and continues to, ease our hearts. Thank you.

The Gregg family

Lillian, Phyllis and Joe Moore, Ruthie Gregg, Ron and Ann Gregg

BICS Newsletter Notes for End of Year Events

May 17th

Strings Concert at the John M Hall Auditorium in BayView at 3:00pm. Beaver Island strings students will be performing with several other area schools for this concert. The Crooked Tree Arts Council is sponsoring this event.

May 20 and 21st EMS Week

PreK – 2 nd Grade:  Talking about what to do in an emergency, staying safe, tour the ambulance

3rd & 4th Grade:  Same as above, plus handing out “I Know What to do in an Emergency” packets.

5th & 6th Grade:  Same as above, plus handing out “Practice Safety Every Day” packets.

7th & 8th Grade:  Friends and Family CPR.  This does not come with a CPR card, but students will be given the general knowledge and will receive the “Step by Step Emergency Guide”.

9th – 12th Grade:  Training in CPR and the use of the AED.  They will receive a certification that is good for two years.

May 23rd

School Dedication Ceremony 11:00-12:30; A picnic lunch will follow the ceremony.

May 25th Memorial Day -No School

May 26th

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony @ 12:30 School Gym; Three students will be inducted this year, Jenna Battle, Jenna Butler, and Olivia Schwartzfisher.

May 27th

Bike Rodeo

3 rd & 4 th grades – 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

5 th & 6 th grades – 1:05 – 2:00 p.m.

1 st & 2 nd grades – 2:05 – 3:05 p.m

May 28th Academic Awards Ceremony in the School Gym

12:30 Strings Performance

12:45 Grades PreK-6

2:00 Grades 9-12

7:00 Grades 7-8 including 8 th grade graduation

May 29th

School picnic in the afternoon followed by a concert at the Community Center at 2:00

June 6th

Graduation -1:00 pm at the Beaver Island Community Center

B.I. Transfer Station is "2008 Commercial Recycler of the Year"

Read about this wonderful accomplishment by our transfer station workers in this document copied from the "Bright Recycler," which goes to all transfer stations in Charlevoix County. Congratulations to the Beaver Island Transfer Station!

Our transfer station in the news

BICS Students Busy

With the Junior Senior Banquet happening last Saturday, May 9, 2009, and the 7th and 8th graders traveling to Washington, D.C., the 5th and 6th graders off to Camp Hayowentha, and the 3rd and 4th graders off to Charlevoix for swimming in the Charlevoix Pool, the students and staff of the Beaver Island Community School have been quite busy.

Banquet Story and Pictures by Frank Solle may be seen HERE.

New School Gets Exterior Work

The school is taking a different appearance now as well. The exterior painting and the exterior landscaping is putting a new look on the front of the school.

The East Elevation of the artists rendering doesn't show the darker contrasting brown in a picture of the real building.

More school pictures HERE

BICS Dedication Invitation

BICS Gets New Playground Started

The area behind the Palmers' and the "Mary Bert McDonough" home is being converted into a playground area for the elementary students of BICS. More on this story with pictures HERE.

Mixed Golf Outings for the Spring and Summer

The dates for the "Mixed Alternate Shot Outings

May 31st

June 21st

July 12th

August 2nd

August 23rd

September 13th


May 31st Mixed, Alternate Shot, Golf Outing

Little Blue Angels

The island is covered with these little blue wildflowers right now... Technically, they are a Monkeyflower...

Description: This native perennial plant is 1-3' tall, branching frequently to create a bushy appearance. The stems are hairless and 4-angled, but not conspicuously winged. The opposite leaves are up to 4" long and 1" across. They are lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, hairless, and serrated along the margins. The base of a leaf is either sessile or somewhat eared (auriculate); if the latter, it clasps the stem. Individual flowers develop from the leaf axils of the upper stems. These flowers are about 1" long, and have two-lipped corollas that are usually blue-violet (less often, pink or white). The upper lip of the corolla has 2 erect lobes, while the lower lip has 3 rounded lobes. The inner surface of the lower lip often has 2 small ridges. The throat of the corolla has a patch of yellow and is barely open because of an abundance of fuzzy hairs. The tubular calyx is green and has 5 long teeth that taper gradually to a point. The blooming period occurs from mid- to late summer and lasts about 1–1½ months. There is no floral scent. Each flower is replaced by a rounded seed capsule that contains numerous tiny seeds with a reticulated surface. The seeds are dispersed by wind or water. The root system consists of a taproot and rhizomes. This plant can spread vegetatively, but it isn't a strong colonizer.

Cultivation: The preference is full or partial sun, rich loamy soil, and wet conditions. This plant will also grow in soil that is consistently moist, particularly in partially shaded situations. The foliage isn't bothered by foliar disease to any significant degree, although it will turn yellow and shrivel away in response to droughty conditions. The size of a plant is strongly influenced by moisture conditions and soil fertility.

Range & Habitat: Monkey Flower is widely distributed throughout most of Illinois (see Distribution Map ). It occurs occasionally in the central and northern areas of the state, but is less common in the south. Habitats include floodplain forests (particularly in partially sunny areas), swamps, seeps, muddy borders of small streams or ponds, drainage ditches, and wet meadows. It typically occurs in areas that are prone to occasional flooding or standing water.

Faunal Associations: Bumblebees visit the flowers for nectar. They are one of the few insects that are strong enough to force their way into the partially closed throat of the corolla. The caterpillars of the moth Elaphria chalcedona (Chalcedony Midget) feed on the foliage. Some authorities state that the caterpillars of the butterfly Euphydryas phaeton (Baltimore) feed on Monkey Flower, but this has not been observed in Illinois to my knowledge. The seeds are too small to be of much value to birds, while little appears to be known about the food value of this plant to mammalian herbivores. The foliage is neither particularly bitter nor known to be toxic.

Weather Changes, Just Wait, It'll Change Again!

Beaver Island doesn't get a lot of fog, but it certainly rolls in once in a while...

When compared to the beautiful harbor picture from last week, this was a surprise...Will the relatives and friends get off the Island?

Full Moon Rising at Whiskey Point

(Another wonderful photo by Rory Connaghan)

School Board Election Results

Dana Hodgson 88

Karen Johnson 64

Brian Cole 51

Three were running for only two positions.

Chamber of Commerce Directors Select July 4th Parade Theme

This years July 4 th parade theme will be “Our Beaver Island Favorite (person, place, thing, time, etc).” The Chamber directors wanted to offer float builders and other parade participant's maximum flexibility this year. The Beaver Island July 4 th parade is one of the largest in the country for a small community. The parade stretches out for about a mile.

Island Airways will perform a missing man formation flyover during the parade slated to start at 2:00 PM on July 4 th . Lisa Gillespie will emcee the event. For additional parade information contact the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce at (231) 448-2505 or Chamber@BeaverIsland.org .

Another Guest at Gull Harbor Inn

Wandering around the wetlands is an enjoyable afternoon for this guest...The Great Blue Heron...

Volunteers needed to work Chamber – Community Center

We are expecting a big increase in visitors to the Chamber office in the lobby of the new Community Center this summer. We need 3-4 additional volunteers to work one day a week between about 10:30 – 2:00 during busy boat times. It's very enjoyable meeting and helping visitors enjoy Beaver Island. To learn more please stop by the office or call Steve West at (231) 448-2505.

Friends of Beaver Island now on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/group. php?sid= 651b5d8e1689a8918b117078928abc cc&gid=81147045215&ref=search

Volunteer Fire Department Continues Training

(These pictures were taken by Rory Connaghan. Thank you, Rory!)

Live Fire Burn and Extrication

This past weekend, May 9th and 10th, the Beaver Island Fire Department continued its education and training with a live fire burn and extrication training. The volunteers are preparing for their final practical examinations to happen in early June.

Live fire burning with a car on fire.....

More pictures by Rory Connaghan HERE

To the Beaver Island Community:

It is hard to believe the days, weeks and months are slipping by this quickly -- Could it have something to do with the fact that the weather has made us only remember winter?

But, the calendar does assure us that summer is coming – and so is “Baroque on Beaver” - July 30 -August 2, 2009. A lot of organizational work has taken place during the past months and the plans are developing for a wonderful combination of events and musical experiences.

This year, returning vocal director Kevin Simons from Saginaw, has carefully prepared to assure that many interested participants from the Island will be a part of the Festival Choir. And, to be certain that everyone involved feels comfortable with the musical selections and the performance, Kevin will come to introduce the music – Fri., 7:30 p.m., May 29 and Sat., 10 a.m., May 30 – both at the Community Church . By that time, the music --“Sheep May Safely Graze” by Bach, “The Heavens are Telling” by Haydn, a traditional work “Red is the Rose,” and Rutter's “Gaelic Blessing” -- will be available, both on the website, and also at the rehearsals. Following that thorough introduction, the choral group will determine and plan a schedule that works for them as they continue the preparation of the music.

Please extend this invitation to any/all people who enjoy singing and participating with others who also enjoy being a part of this exciting festival.

Please let me know if you have questions or if I can be of any help!

Jane Maehr

Swing Into Summer Update

Can You Help Identify These Girls?

This picture, given to Phyllis Moore, of a party in the Wojan home is an older one.

Front L to R is Ruthie Gregg, Angie Wojan, Phyllis Gregg; 2nd row Judy Lafreniere, Jeanne Wojan, Sandy LaFreniere and ?, behind Judy is Sarah Ken, Irene Palmer, Margaret Ken, two in back ?? (These are from Sandy LaFreniere Lodico.) Do you agree? Can you help?

Can you help us identify the people in the picture, please?

Please email your answers to medic5740@gmail.com

Swan on the Nest

The swan in these pictures is quite busy working on the nest while the mate is busy swimming around Barney's Lake. Who can resist a quick look whenever possible?

The Osprey

The osprey is still facinating to watch up close......


Here is a Quicktime streaming video clip of the osprey in the tree feeding--HERE

Turtles on the Move

But they are moving very far from this paradise that they've found next to Beaver Island Clean and Store...

Where's This?

You should see this almost every day.

Of course, someone who sees this every single day should get this one right. Good job, Dawn Mooney! Frank Solle also got it correct.

Transfer Station Hours Change May 1

Spring/Summer hours begin May 1, 2009, 8-5 Monday-Saturday

Beaver Island Trivia

Trivia Question:

How many years has the Easter Brunch at the Beaver Island Christian Church been occurring? When was the first one?

Trivia Answer:

No one answered this trivia question, but the answer is at the root of the history of the Beaver Island Christian Church. The first gathering of the founders of the B.I. Christian Church occurred at an Easter Brunch. Dr. Howard Hanes, his wife Bess, their daughter and her two children hosted an informal sunrise service at Harbor View I with an Easter Breakfast after the service in 1963. Attending wer Milt Bennett, Pete the Swede and his brother Axel, Olive and Gail Dillingham, Lillian, Phillip, Phyllis, Ruth Ann, and Ron Gregg. Thus began the Beaver Island Christian Church.

Ill Islanders Doing Well

Art Johnson:

Update: Word from Art's daughter is that for the first time since his stroke Art is able to move one of his legs and now recognizes names of people who send him cards. The family thanks everyone for their prayers, and Art would love to hear from all either by card or via his website.

Sue Oole (Art Johnson's daughter, emailed me with a website to update people on Art's conditionl. It is called www.caringbridge.org . You need to go to Art's personal website which is "ajj", He had a stroke in early April but is getting better, This was reported by John McNeil.

Art Johnson
Bronson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
99 Walker
Lawton, MI 49065

Lauraine Dawson is home and feeling slightly better..

Paul Nelson is doing much better and has been moved to an assisted living center. His new address is

Paul F. Nelson, 1501 Woodworth St NE,  Apt. 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
He would love to hear from his Island friends.

UPDATED: Information about Leone Schellenberg from her husband Chuck HERE

Island Treasures News



In the News from BICS

Open House Announcement with Dedication at BICS................Computer Class offered at BICS.................

Winds Farms Coming in June (BIA)

Wind Farms will be the topic of a presentation on Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 7-9 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Dean Solomon, Charlevoix County Extension Director, will present an overview of wind energy development potential in NW Lower Michigan and Beaver Island . Citing issues related to wind towers, new state renewable energy legislation, planning and zoning issues for wind energy will be discussed. This lecture is being sponsored by the Planning Commissions of Peaine and St. James Townships along with the Beaver Island Association. Open to the public and free of charge. Please, join us as Dean Solomon shares his expertise. Light refreshments provided.

Beaver Island Community Center


Welcome Center: Full Menu Available

Monday – Thursday 9am - 3pm

Friday – Saturday 9am - 9pm

Sunday – 10am – 2pm 

The Hangout: Snacks & Cold Beverages Available

Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Come check us out!

Click HERE for May Community Center Activites

All the information about meals, senior activities, and community activities are on this 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