B. I. News on the 'Net, May 11-17, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 18, 2015

We're starting out the week with a nice, clean, fresh Monday morning. All that rain last night, about 3/4 of an inch, washed away the dust. Right now it's 52°, wind is at 15 mph from the south, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 1009 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 18, 1652 - In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.

Did you know that per person France consumes the most cheese?

Word of the day: devolve (di-VOLV) which means verb tr., intr.: To transfer or be passed (duties, rights, powers, etc.) on to another. verb intr.: To deteriorate or degenerate. From Latin devolvere (to roll down), from de- (down) + volvere (to roll). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wel- (to turn or roll), which also gave us waltz, revolve, valley, walk, vault, volume, wallet, helix, and voluble. Earliest documented use: 1420.

Thank an EMT for National EMS Week


I see your people as you never see them.

Mighty and small they are beggars before me,
their faces all frightened, beseeching, bewildered and hopeful of help from one more frightened than any...

I see their pitiful nakedness, their limbs twisted,
their bodies tattered, their blood on the asphalt, their children crying. They trust me to help them. They know I will help them.

I see their illness too in your big cities. Their fevers I feel
as you dream at midnight in little towns. They call to me
whose hearts are aching and whose dreams are shattered
and they touch me with their weariness.

Sometimes they seek me who are simply alone and
who cannot bear the night, and I am their servant too.

Fallen from tractors in fields I find them, and in stilled cars they are silent and pale on cold rainy nights. The crunching of glass under black heavy boots tells my coming. I fold them in blankets.

My beacons light up your streets as their babies are born. My wail carries down your boulevards, past your shiny glass walls, your stockyards and quiet farms, and your people look up from their work as I go by.
Time is metered in heartbeats.

I fight the battles to keep them alive.
I cover their eyes when they breathe no more.

My partner is a hero, but no one knows his name.

Author Unknown

Michigan Rural EMS is proud to recognize and support the
efforts of EMS professionals across Michigan.

Thank you for all you do to provide the highest quality prehospital care to those in your community!

In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. At that time, EMS was a fledgling profession and EMS practitioners were only beginning to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.

EMS has evolved considerably over the years, and continues to expand its role to address thecurrent healthcare climate and meet community needs.  EMS Week is our opportunity to celebrate how far EMS has come, to remind communities  bout the professionalism, dedication

and sacrifice of EMS, and to look forward to the expanding role of the EMS profession in maintaining the health and safety of those they serve.

When Things Fall Apart

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 17, 2015

It's 49°, wind is at 9 mph from the SE, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Numerous showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 69. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

On this date of May 17, 1875 - The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.

Did you know that women are 4 times more likely to shoplift than men?

Word of the day: rubberneck (RUHB-er-nek) which means 1. to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head. 2. to gawk at. Rubberneck is an Americanism that emerged in the late 1800s. It is formed from the words rubber and neck.

Charlevoix County Deputy Shot

May 17, 2015

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider reports Cpl. Fred Hasty is recovering from a gunshot wound which occurred yesterday shortly after 6:00pm in Boyne Valley Township.

Hasty underwent about a two hour surgery to repair the damage incurred.  Even though the wound was not life threating, damage was extensive, which will take several months to recover.

Sheriff Schneider is humbled by the outpouring of concern and prayers from both the community and fellow Law Enforcement Officers.

The Michigan State Police continue the investigation into the incident.

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider reports that on May 16, 2015 at approximately 6:06 p.m. Charlevoix County Sheriff's Deputies were conducting an investigation into a stolen pick-up truck from Boyne City.  The stolen vehicle was found on Addis Road in Boyne Valley Township.  Cpl. Fred Hasty, an evidence technician, was processing the vehicle when another Deputy spotted the suspect in a second vehicle.

The suspect refused to stop and pursuit was engaged.  The car was eventually stopped on a two-track on Addis Road.  The suspect refused to get out of the vehicle.  At that time, it was noted the suspect was armed.  The suspect subsequently fired his weapon at Cpl. Hasty, wounding him.  Cpl. Hasty and other Officers returned fire wounding the suspect.

Both Cpl. Hasty and the suspect were transported to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital.

The Sheriff's Office requested the Michigan State Police conduct the investigation into the incident.  Sheriff Schneider commends all the Officers at the scene for their bravery.

Any questions regarding this investigation will be directed to the Michigan State Police.

St. James Township Job Posting

for Sewer Billing Bookkeeper

Ticks Are a Serious Problem This Year

BINN spoke with Jeff Powers, DVM, and he said, "I just recieved reports from the first round of ticks I submitted to the Michigan Department of Agriculture for identification. Over the last two years 100% of the ticks found on Beaver Island were Black Legged Deer Ticks, Ixodes scapularis. This underscores the importance of learning more about protecting yourself and your pets from lyme disease."

BINN Editor Joe Moore was bitten by a tick, but it was not on his skin for very long, just long enough to cause some concern on the part of the person bitten. The tick was removed, killed, and disposed of. This tick looked exactly like the ones shown below.

Thank you to Jeff Powers for these pictures and for the copy of the report below.

There is a scheduled tick presentation on Monday, May 18, 2015, at noon, at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Beaver Island Health Occupations Class Compete at State

In April 2015, Emily Burton and Emily Jines went down to the Health Occupations Students of America State of Michigan competition having moved forward from the regional competition. Their instructor is Kathie Ehinger, BIEMS paramedic and owner of Daddy Franks Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor


Emily Burton....................Emily Jines

Nothing quite like this on Beaver Island

Down in the big city..left, Emily Burton and Kathie Ehinger, right Emily Burton and Emily Jines

Congratulations to the two Emilys and their instructor for a job well done!

Students Attend CE Intermediate District Awards Banquet

Some additional students, besides the two above, attended the Charlevoix-Emmett Intermediate School District Career and Technical Education Banquet. These students and their parents were invited to attend the banquet where some additional awards were presented.

Katie LaFreniere and Courtney Smith received awards in Business Administration and Management.

Picture of Emily Burton and her mother Carol at the awards banquet

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 16, 2015

Well, at least the fog isn't as thick as it was yesterday. Right now it's 43°, no wind, humidity is at 98%, pressure is rising from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 8.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of May 16, 1965 - Spaghetti-O's were sold for the first time.

Did you know that the number 1 reason why people purchase a mobile phone is for safety?

Word of the day: legerity (luh-JER-i-tee) which means physical or mental quickness; nimbleness; agility. Legerity entered English in the mid-1500s from the Middle French term legerete. It can be traced to the Latin levis meaning "light."

Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

And the winner is.........

Approximately fifty people attended the dinner for the Citizen of the Year. The weather kept the speaker for the Citizen of the Year Banquet on the mainland due to the fog. Also kept on the mainland was President of the Chamber of Commerce Rachel Teague. Steve West, Executive Director of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce announced this information as well as giving accomlades to Frank Solle and Elaine West for their pictures in the Beaver Island Visitor's Guide

. He then introduced former Chamber President Kathy Speck who read Rachel Teague's descriptions of the nominees.

The nominees were:

  • Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids
  • Richard Gillespie
  • Ed Wojan
  • Fire Department Auxiliary
  • Bud Martin
  • Pete Plastrik
  • Bill McDonough
  • Darrell Butler
  • Donna Kubic

And the winner of this year's Beaver Island Citizen of the Year is the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary.

Congratulations to all the volunteers of the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Island Treasures Resale Shop!

BICS Special Board Meeting

on 5/15/15 at 2:30 pm

The main two purposes of this meeting were to appoint a board member to replace the leaving Dusty Cushman and to discuss the process of hiring an Interim Superintendent/Principal. There were fourteen people at the meeting in addition to the six board members.

The agenda of the meeting specified process and each individual interested in joining the Board of Education was given an opportunity to speak with five to eight minutes of time to be interviewed. The board of six then had the opportunity to discuss the qualifications of each candidate. Each member of the board of six then were asked to give the first two choices out of the five candidates. With the six board members, the individual with the most 'votes' was a prior member of the school board, Dawn Marsh, who received four votes with Mark Englesman and Andy Kohls each receiving three votes. So Dawn Marsh will be the individual to replace Dusty Cushman on the Board of Education.

There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education on May 21, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

Bill Kohls Requests Survey Completion

(This was posted on the Beaver Island forum, and I took it from there.)

On March 28th I distributed a memorandum to Peaine Township board which discussed the cost of paving approximately 7 miles of roads. That memorandum is available at http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/peainetwp.asp

The township board would appreciate your input on road paving and asks that you complete a survey which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PeaineRoadPaving

You may address any questions relating to the survey to peainetownship@gmail.com

Thanks for your valuable input.

Bill Kohls

Repeat Customers

by Joe Moore

How many times do you respond to a home where the same person has the same problem over and over and over again?  Doesn’t that make you angry that they call for the same thing time after time?  Don’t you get tired of helping people that don’t know any better than to get them into the same problem time after time?
The answers to these questions may be different for someone else, but my answers are really very simple.  “As many times as they ask for help, no, it doesn’t make me angry, and no, I don’t get tired of helping people who have health issues.”  I simply can’t believe that anyone purposely gets sick, is ill, or gets hurt on purpose.  That’s just not part of my make-up.

Read the rest of the story HERE

BICS Athletic Awards

(Codes MVP=most valuable player; MIP=most improved player)

2014-2015 Master List Athletic Awards
Bill Burns
Bill Burns Nominees: Emily Burton, Madie Martin, Simeon Richards
Bill Burns Recipient: Emily Burton

MVP Offensive: Nick Williams & Alex Williams
MVP Defensive: Meg Works
MIP Offensive: Forrest Avery
MIP Defensive: Simeon Richards
Hustle Award: Zack Bousquet
Rookie of the Year: Connor Williams

MVP: Madelynn Martin
MIP: Sarah Avery
Offensive Player of the Year: Hannah Robert
Defensive Player of the Year: Meg Works
Hustle Award: Emily Burton

Girls Basketball:
MVP: Meg Works
MIP: Emily Burton
Hustle Award:  Elsie Burton
Rookie of the Year: Elsie Burton

Boys Basketball
MVP Offensive: Simeon Richards
MVP Defensive: Zack Bousquet
MIP Offensive: Quinn Jones
MIP Defensive: Forrest Avery
Hustle Award: Austyn Oliver
Rookie of the Year: John Robert

Northern Lights League Awards:
Soccer All League 1st Team: Alex Williams, Nick Williams
Soccer All-League Honorable Mention: Simeon Richards, Meg Works
Volleyball All-League 1st Team: Madie Martin, Hannah Robert
Girls Basketball All-League Honorable Mention: Meg Works & Emily Burton
Boys Basketball All-League Honorable Mention: Zack Bousquet, Simeon Richards

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 15, 2015

It's a liquid sunshine sort of morning. Hopefully it will clear up and give us a wonderful weekend. Right now it's 45 along with drizzle, wind is at 7 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 87%, pressure is falling from 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Rain showers in the morning, then a chance of rain showers or patchy drizzle in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gust up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.

On this date of May 15, 1957 - Elvis Presley inhaled a cap on one of his teeth. He had to be taken to a Los Angeles hospital to have it removed from his lung.

Did you know that 85% of women wear the wrong bra size?

Word of the day: heimisch (HAY-mish) which means homey; unpretentious. From Yiddish heymish (domestic), from Old High German heim (home). Ultimately from the Indo-European root tkei- (to settle or dwell), which also gave us home, haunt, hangar, site, situate, and hamlet. Earliest documented use: 1964.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

At the Feeder

Peaine Township Meeting

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 14, 2015

It's a tad chilly this morning at 35, wind is at 3 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 01%, pressure is steady at 1031 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 30% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of May 14, 1804 - William Clark set off the famous expedition from Camp Dubois. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the "Corps of Discovery."

Did you know that 21% of people don't make their bed in the morning?

Word of the day: shicker (SHIK-uhr) which means as a noun: A drunkard; alcoholic liquor. As an adjective: Drunk. As a verb intr.: To drink or to get drunk. From Yiddish shiker, from Hebrew shikkor, from shakar (to be drunk). Earliest documented use: 1892.

At the Feeder

Hummer and Oriole

Wendy Anne and Barge Head Out Again

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for these pictures above

BINN picture of the Wendy Anne way out there.

AMVETS Request Help for Veterans Park

The Veterans Memorial Park needs the walk areas, the pads and the brick areas under the benches edged.  Does anyone have a power edger they could loan the AMVETS? or possibly do it for us?

Email at amvetspost46@yahoo.com or telephone at 231-448-3088

Bob Tidmore

What's New at the Library?


Bingo Tonight

Wednesday, May 13th

Bingo tonight at Gregg Fellowship Center! Doors open at 6:15, games start at 7:00. Your caller tonight is Ed Troutman. Come on out for an evening of fun and bring your friends because the powerball jackpot is still growing!

Bike Festival Scheduled

A little about the Bike Festival organizer:

I am a Traverse City cycling enthusiast and help organize a bike race called the Cherry-Roubaix which became a Michigan State Championship road race. I was looking to do something more fun I have visited Beaver Island a few times by boat.  A friend introduced me to Bill and Tammy Mcdonough 6 years ago and they thought the bike festival would be a great idea.  It started out with in 2010 with about 60-70 cycling friends and has grown to over 120. The locals on the island treat us like we are part of the family so I believe we will continue to do this as long as people are riding bicycles.

I am a technology sales rep currently working for Charter Communications.  A single father who will be 54 years old this year and have a special needs daughter who will be 14 this month.

John Sohacki

AMVETS Breakfast Canceled

The Memorial Day breakfast is cancelled for this year.   The individuals in charge of the breakfast concluded that we just don’t have enough people to conduct the event.  It takes over 30 people to cook the meals, serve the food and clean up the hall. 

Thanks for your support and we hope to have a breakfast July 5th.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 13, 2015

The sky is much brighter today, so hopefully warmer. Right now it's 37 and feels like 31, wind is from the northwest at 8 mph, humidity is at 87%, pressure is rising from 1024 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of May 13, 1967 - Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run.

Did you know that 90% people depend on alarm clocks to wake up?

Word of the day: tummler (TOOM-luhr) which means 1. A comedian, social director, or entertainer who encourages an audience or guests to partici-pate in entertainment activities. 2. One who incites others to action. 3. A lively, mischievous man. From Yiddish tumler (one who makes a racket), from tumlen (to make a racket), from German tummeln (to stir). Earliest documented use: 1930s. NOTE: Catskill resorts in the Catskill Mountains in New York State were a popular vacation destination for Jews during the last century. They were known as the Borscht Belt, after borscht, a type of beet soup popular with Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. Tummlers were a standard fixture in these resorts.

Special School Board Meeting

Plan for Replacement of Superintendent/Principal

Thank You, CMU Students

Once again the CMU honor students and their teachers proved their desire to serve our community by working diligently spreading mulch, raking leaves and loading debris (in cold pouring rain) to spruce up the garden area between the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Forest View Community. From both organizations, thanks so much for your hard work!

Connie Wojan, BIRHC, and the Residents of Forest View

Red Cross Blood Drive July 30th


The annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive will take place on July 30 beginning at 12:30 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.  Picture ID or Red Cross Blood card are now required in order to donate.
Both new and repeat donors are needed to make our goal.  The Red Cross will be sending two extra nurses this year to speed the process of donating. Calls to donors will be made in July. Please make time to save up to 3 lives with your donation. The life you save could be a child, a brother, sister, mother or father. Give something of the highest value that costs no money: the Gift of Life.

Connie Wojan

BICS Board Meeting

The May regular school board meeting took place on Monday, May 12, 2015, at the Beaver Island Community School. There were 28 adults present and 12 students present in the audience. The order of the agenda included a call to order and review of the goals for this night's meeting. This was followed by an opportunity for the public to comment on the agenda.

The students made a presentation about lunches and the request for approval of other liquids than water be allowed in the classrooms. The board created a committee to work on these issues.

Student make presentation.

The agenda was approved and the minutes of the previous meeting also approved. The school board president Judith Gallagher commented on the resignation of Riley Justis, the board of education vacancy, and the revised board of education goals and work on the administrator evaluation. This was followed by the finance committee report from April including a review of revenue and expenditures, consideration of new budget needs and realocations, and confirmation of the Char-Em ISD budget.

The policy committee reported on the policy of board policy adoption, the appointment of open board position policy, and the recommendation to pursue a comprehensive tutorial program. This was followed by the curriculum committee report regarding the Engligh language arts report and the next steps for implementation of the recommendations.

Riley Justis commented as administrator regarding Banquet, graduation, and spring events. This was followed by a public comment period, and the meeting then adjourned.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 12, 2015

It looks like a repeat of yesterday this morning, with dark, heavy skies, along with being chilly and damp. Right now it's 43 and feels like 36 out there, wind is at 14 mph from the southwest with gusts to 27 mph, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 1005 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Cloudy with scattered rain showers. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of May 12, 1978 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women.

Did you know that chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the world's almonds?

Word of the day: gunsel (GUHN-suhl) which means 1. A gun-carrying criminal. 2. A tramp’s young intimate companion. Alteration of the Yiddish genzel (gosling) influenced by the word gun. Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghans- (goose), which also gave us goose, gosling, and gander. Earliest documented use: 1914.

CMU Continues Smallmouth Bass Study

Central Michigan University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources continues their study of smallmouth bass population dynamics in northern lake Michigan.  CMU and MDNR began tagging smallmouth bass in the Beaver Archipelago in 2005.  The study now includes smallmouth bass at Wilderness State Park (since 2009) and Grand Traverse Bay (since 2014).  If you catch a tagged smallmouth bass or have any questions, please contact Tracy Galarowicz (CMU, 989-774-1336, galar1tl@cmich.edu) or John Clevenger (MDNR, 231-547-2914 ext. 236, ClevengerJ@michigan.gov). 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 11, 2015

Busy weekend with all the "Happy": birthday and Mother's Day. Both were terrific but it makes Monday even more Mondayish (note that new word). Right now it's 43 and feels like 35, wind is at 14 mph from the east with gusts up to 29 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is falling from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 6.0 miles. Today: Drizzle and periods of rain in the morning, then rain showers, and drizzle and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Areas of fog through the day. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of rain showers again after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph after midnight.

On this date of May 11, 1957 - The Everly Brothers made their debut on "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, TN.

Did you know that 44% of people have broken a bone?

Word of the day: shadchan (SHAHT-khuhn) which means a matchmaker or a marriage-broker. From Yiddish shadkhan, from Hebrew. Earliest documented use: 1890.

The More You Think You Know, the More You Have to Learn

by Joe Moore

We are paged to the medical center for a 60 year old female.  She had arrived at the medical center with severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, lower left back pain, and a fever.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but had not taken her medication for three days. 

Read more of this story HERE



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Friday, April 24, 2015, at 3:30 p.m

Video of the meeting is HERE

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE


Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

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.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Hummers are Back

Glad to see the hummingbirds back!

Another Wendy Anne Trip

Heading out

Heading out last Wednesday night.

Returning on Saturday night.

(Return photo by Bob Tidmore. Thank you!)

BICS to Search for New Superintendent/Principal

In a joint letter signed by Riley Justis and Judith Gallagher dated May 7, 2015, the letter announced the desire of Mr. Justis to search for another employment opportunity. The current superintendent, Riley Justis, will be serving BICS until August 11st of this year. Mr. Justis, we wish you success, happiness, and joy in your future endeavors. For the school board, we wish you success in finding a replacement.

From AMVETS Post 46

In Preparation for Memorial Day

This Memorial Day we want to continue with the tradition of remembering those Veterans from Beaver Island who passed away since the last Memorial Day.   We’ll try and remember everyone but if we can always use help so please send the name of those you want us to recognize to: amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Lets also take time to thank those men and women from the Island currently serving in the Armed Forces so please send the names, branch of service and current duty location to the above e-mail address and we will recognize them at the ceremony on Monday the 25th.

Vacation Bible School

Ted Hughes Presentation

May 16, 2015

Singers of United Lands

Program at BICS

The program done on May 7, 2015, by the group called Singers of United Lands, was completed at the Beaver Island Community School for the students in grades K-12. Pictures and video of this presentation were completed by Deb Bousquet. This group will perform at the Beaver Island Community Center on Friday night, May 8, 2015, beginning at 8 p.m. BICS students get in free, and their parents get half off!

Audience participation is expected and appreciated.

BICS and Lighthouse School students and staff together for this program.

Video is available HERE

Diane McDonough Volunteers for 4th of July Carnival

At the St. James Township Board meeting public comment at the end of the meeting, Diane McDonough spoke up and requested support by the St. James Township Board to once again provide a 4th of July Carnival after the parade on the 4th of July. Diane stated that she was not interested in getting paid for this, but felt it was something that the island needed to make the day better for the kids. Her request was for financial support for the carnival, but she had no idea what games might need repair, and no idea where the folder for the former Youth Consortium might be. Diane's announcement was met with applause by those in the audience.

Thank you, Diane, for your interest in bringing back the 4th of July Carnival!

St. James Township Meeting

The St. James Township Board met at the township hall beginning at 7 p.m. on May 6, 2015. The regular board meeting agenda included the call to order, the Pledge of Allegiance, and approval of minutes for April 1, 2015, and the special meeting on April 16, 2015. This was followed by the approval of payments.

Three letters were read in the correspondence section with some comments made by Township Treasurer Jim Wojan. The Donegal Road improvement was discussed in this portion of the meeting instead of under Old Business. The dangerous structures in the township were reviewed and discussed the process to follow for each. Kitty McNamara Green reported on the progress of financial review for the township including the sewer system billing, and Kitty made several recommendations.

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

The board agreed with Kitty's committee's recommendation for hiring a Sewer Billing Bookkeeper. The posting for this position should be available soon. The Request for Proposal for a township auditor was approved for posting. The bid for fuel oil and propane was rejected by the board and will be rebid in June. The pocket parks work was bid out, and the bid was awarded to L. Connaghan, whose bid included all labor as well as replacement plants. Bids for township lawn work were openen, discussed, and the bid was awarded to Jean Wierenga, the low bidder and the only one presenting the proper required insurance.

Under New Business, the board, after in depth discussion, agreed to approve the contract from the Michigan DNR for the computerized reservation system, which would pose no cost to the township. The board approved the contract for the fireworks for 4th of July. The board may be required to search for another person to take care of this project as Jim Wojan has done this for thirty-five years at no cost to the township. Thank you, Jim Wojan, for all you do for this community!

The use of the park area on the public restroom side of the road was approved for use by Camp Quality for a June 27, 2015, visit.

Public comment included the announcement by Diane McDonough to re-institute the 4th of July Carnival for kids.

Video of this meeting HERE

BICS Sports Awards

The BICS Sports Awards were presented on the evening of May 6, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. The program took place at the same time as the St. James Township Board meeting, and was videoed by Deb Bousquet.

The event began with a Welcome by Riley Justis, BICS Principal/Superintendent. Frank Solle presented a video of the fall and winter sports seasons. Kerry Smith, the Athletic Director, presented players with certificates and pins. Coach Mike Myers presented the soccer team awards for most improved offense and defense players, the most valuable offense and defense player, the "hustle award," and the Rookie of the Year award. Volleyball team awards were presented by Coach Kerry Smith and Assistant Coach Heather Cary. These included the "Hustle Award," the offensive player of the years, the defensive player of the year, the most improved player, and the most valuable player.

Girls Basketball Coach Tammy LaFreniere presented the girls basketball awards which included the most improved player, most valuable player, the 'hustle' award, and the Rookie of the Year award. Boys Basketball Coach Mike Myers presented the boys basketball awards. These included most improved offense and defense players, most valuable offense and defense player, the "hustle" award, and the Rookie of the Year award. All the coaches from basketball, soccer, and volleyball presented the Northern Lights League All-League Team Medals.

The sports awards ceremony ended with the presentation of the Bill Burns Memorial Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. The award was presented by Mike Myers and Meg Works.

Video of this event available HERE

Lonesome Paramedic

by Joe Moore

Even though I had two other paramedics on the island at this time, it seemed quite lonesome without my friends.  This is not to say that I wasn’t associating with the other two paramedics.  It’s just that for the last eleven years I had spent a great deal of time with these other two people.  One had taken medical first responder and basic EMT class from me, and together we all had taken the paramedic class.  So now without my good friends, I had to take over the business and the political end of BIEMS besides being the front man and a paramedic.

Read this story HERE

Tick and Lyme Disease Presentation

Dr. Jeffrey Powers has tested several dogs on Beaver Island, and there have been Beaver Island dogs that have tested positive for Lyme disease. This is a serious concern, not only for island pets, but also for island residents and visitors. Come to the presentation to learn about the ecology of ticks and Lyme disease on May 18, 2015, at noon at the Beaver Island Community Center.

New BIRHC Provider

The BIRHC is happy to announce that Carolyn Space, Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified, will be joining the staff. Carolyn and her family will be moving here from Ohio. She has experience in many clinical settings, most recently as Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. We will announce when she is available to see patients here. Carolyn will join Sue Solle, FNP-C, as the Island's providers. 
We also want to thank our wonderful Chris VanLooy, Physician Assustant, who came out of retirement last fall to help us out during our search for a new provider. 

Peaine Special Election Results

A total of 121 votes were cast.

The only proposal was the State Proposal: YES 22 NO 99

St. James Special Election Results

May 5, 2015

A total of 124 votes were cast.

St. James Township Operating Millage YES 72 NO 52

Beaver Island Airport Millage YES 75 NO 48

St James Landfill Millage YES 87 NO 33

St. James Vote for State Proposal YES 46 NO 78



BINGO Announcement

National Day of Prayer Service Scheduled

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 7, 2015. Please join your fellow community members for a brief 30 minute ceremony at 12:00 noon at the AmVets Memorial Park to pray for our Government Leaders on all levels, National, State, and Local.

The purpose is to petition God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us. No matter what political party you may or may not belong too, no matter what your agreements or disagreements may be please take a moment and stand neighbor to neighbor as we honor our leaders with prayer that they may remain safe, be encouraged to commit to the oaths of office of which they hold, and make decisions for the people of this great nation who have entrusted them with their duties.

The guidance for assembly on this day is to gather at “the prominent flagpole” of the town of the prayer group. In the event of inclement weather, we will gather at the Community Center.

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Contact Patrick Nugent for more information: 448-2329

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 1:00. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015


BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon.  Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm.  Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

10 a.m. service

May 10 – Baccalaureate for Lighthouse graduates – message by Steve Finch
May 17 – Baccalaureate for Community School graduates – message by Pat Nugent
May 24 – Pastor Howard Davis
May 31 – Pastor John Coney, LaGrange, IN

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

Back by popular demand, this seminar will introduce attendees to estate planning and its goals; wills; living trusts; probate court administration of decedents' estates; techniques used to avoid probate; using powers of attorney to plan for disability;  writing a letter of instruction to survivors; and how to get started with preparing an estate plan.
Theodore E. Hughes, Michigan Assistant Attorney General for Law (Retired), is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and has practiced in the area of estate planning,  a subject which he has taught at the Thomas Cooley Law School and the MSU Evening College.
Mr. Hughes has co-authored eight nationally-published books on estate planning and settlement. For 25 years he appeared as the guest estate planning attorney on WKAR radio's "Newstalk."
The Community Center and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Are you a parent of young children who would like to have a babysitter available during the presentation? Please call Audrey with Friends of the Library at 231 448-2280 to let us know.  If there is any demand for this, we will provide it.

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides. http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Thanks to our generous island sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 

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!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert guides.  


Thanks to our generous 2015 sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. 

The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Beaver Island Community Center, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Gail's Walk Scheduled

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

Road Rally

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m.


Spring is here and the Wellness Gardeners’ thoughts are turning toward the joys and tasks of maintaining and improving the BIRHC Wellness Garden.  The Annual Garden Tour Benefit, our sole fundraiser, celebrates its 5th year in 2015!  Again featuring gardens on the northern part of the Island, our tour includes six new gardens discovered with the aid and discerning eye of a well-known local landscaping professional.   This year’s tour builds on our successes -- access to unique and private spaces created by the hands of the gardeners themselves and described in their own words,  a presentation in a public space with its own unknown story, a delicious lunch at The Lodge, and a dessert tea at our final garden, all with transportation provided.  This year we plan to include a speaker with tips and information we all want to hear, either at lunch or tea.  So get your calendar out and mark the date:  Wednesday, July 15th (9:30 - 3 pm) the 5th Annual Garden Tour Benefit!  Tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1st at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 

Reverend Bobby Whitlock Injured in Accident

Reverend Bobby Whitlock, he was injured in an accident today when his van was rear-ended by a semi. He is in ICU at the hospital. His wife Nancy asks for no phone calls or visits at the present time, but please add him to your prayers.

MLive photo, read article here

Mailing address for cards for Bob Whitlock: 4512 S. Quarterline, Muskegon MI 49444

BIRHC Early Bird Brochure

New Michigan Pipeline Secrecy Bill Slammed;

Industry Proposal Would Hide Safety Records

Legislation Would Conceal Pipeline Inspections, Put Great Lakes At Risk

LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.  

The sweeping bill, House Bill 4540, which would amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, goes beyond federal rules governing pipeline records disclosure.  It would exempt virtually all oil and natural gas pipeline information from public disclosure and is being sought by Enbridge, responsible in 2010 for the nation’s largest inland oil spill near Kalamazoo.  

“Enbridge has a questionable safety record and desperately wants to keep critically important pipeline safety information from the public,” said Nic Clark, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action. “This bill exploits the public’s legitimate concerns over national security to cloak the real purpose for Enbridge, which is to keep secret its safety and other records.” 

Enbridge’s twin Line 5 pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac have been the subject of intense public interest since it was revealed in early 2014 that the Eisenhower-era lines pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes and northern Michigan communities and businesses.  A special task force of state officials assembled last June is expected to issue a report this month on the pipelines.  The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force, however, has been meeting behind closed doors, releasing only press releases and presentations.  Meanwhile, Enbridge and the task force have kept most documents secret under an elaborate arrangement involving a password-protected website fashioned by Enbridge. 

“Enbridge wants a blanket exemption from disclosing critical pipeline safety records and that’s not acceptable,” said Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW, a water policy and education center based in Traverse City. “At any moment, a pipeline spill could contaminate the Great Lakes and collapse the northern Michigan tourist economy.  We need to know more, not less, about the safety of Enbridge’s pipelines and all pipelines in Michigan.”

The proposed legislation was introduced today by state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth). An Enbridge lobbyist has been working behind the scenes in recent weeks to line up support to exempt pipelines from Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, which requires public disclosure of most public records.  

“What Michigan needs is more transparency about the pipeline’s safety, potential harm, and alternative routes, not less,” said David Holtz, Chair of the Michigan Chapter of Sierra Club.  “Pipelines leak, and as we saw in Kalamazoo, when there’s a breach, it can be catastrophic. Yet Enbridge refuses to release any documents related to pipeline inspections and now wants the State of Michigan to sanction that secrecy.”

Enbridge’s efforts to close off access to pipeline safety documents through an exemption to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act comes on the heels of a report revealing that a two-year-old pipeline operated in Missouri by TransCanada suffered major corrosion, with 95% corrosion in one section of the pipe.   The report was based on documents obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

“In Missouri you have a 21st Century pipeline that had to be shut down and the only reason we know the details is because the law required the documents to be released publicly,” said Jim Lively, Program Director, Michigan Land Use Institute.  “In Michigan we have pipelines running through the Great Lakes, under extremely volatile conditions, and these pipelines were constructed in 1953 during an era where color television was the newest technology.  Yet Enbridge wants to keep the safety of these pipelines secret.”

Thousands of Michigan residents and visitors have signed a petition urging Governor Rick Snyder to order open public hearings on the oil pipelines in the Straits and alternatives to eliminate the risk of a catastrophic spill.

“We expect openness and transparency,” said Peggy Case, President of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation.  “What we are getting from Enbridge in this proposed legislation is defiance.”

(Can you imagine what would happen to the Beaver Island economy and tourism if the pipeline going through the Straits of Mackinac began leaking, and the owner was not required to report it to anyone?)

NEW Print Visitors Guide

The all new colorful 2015-16 print Beaver Island Visitors Guide is now available. A link to see and print the complete guide is available on the Chamber web site. www.BeaverIsland.org You can request a print copy by contacting the office at Chamber@BeaverIsland.org . If you need multiple copies please stop by the office to pick up a supply M-F 10-4. 231.448.2505. A copy of the cover of the 27 page guide is below.

Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Friday May 15 at the Shamrock

Cocktails at 6, Dinner at 7, awards to follow

Reservations necessary - 231.448.2278

Guest Speaker State Rep Triston Cole


  • Prime Rib with au jus and baked potato $23
  • Roasted Half Chicken with mashed potato and gravy $18
  • Pan Roasted Salmon with tzatziki sauce and wild rice $22

The Nominees Are:

  • Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids
  • Richard Gillespie
  • Ed Wojan
  • Fire Department Auxiliary
  • Bud Martin
  • Pete Plastrik
  • Bill McDonough
  • Darrell Butler
  • Donna Kubic

Monday Night Ride

Hunting in the shallows of Barney's Lake

Traffic didn't bother this sandhill, just the sound of a car door opening.

Loons across Barney's Lake

Changing the buoys, the USCG Vessel Mackinaw

Length Overall






Full Load Displacement (LT)


Maximum Speed

15 kts

Crew Complement

9 Officers
5 CPO's
41 Crew


Outside Contractors & USCG

Mixed Gender Accommodations

2 Person Staterooms

Main Propulsion

Integrated Main Propulsion & Electrical Plant

Auxiliary/Emergency Generator



ABB Azipod®  - Fixed Pitch, 10' Diameter

Level Ice Capability (ahead) @ 3 kts


Level Ice Capability (astern) @ 2 kts


Refrozen Brash Ice Capability (ramming

Up to 10'

Ridge Ice Capability (penetrate in < 4 rams)

10' within 30 min

Law Enforcement

(2) Medium Size Machine Guns and Various Small Arms



Oil Spill Control


Fuel Oil Capacity (gal)


Shaft Horsepower (shp)

Rated: 9,119 (3.4 MW/pod) Bollard: 211 RPM Power: 4,460 hp (3.33 MW/pod)

Fresh Water Capacity (gal)

>27,500 (10 days for 50 man crew using 50 gpd)

Maximum Range

4,000 NM @ 12 kts 9000 NM @ 9 kts predicted

Stopping Distance

< 1000'

Circumnavigate Beset 1000' Vessel in Heavy Ice (32" solid level)

Yes-within 12 minutes

Sewage Treatment, Trash & Hazmat Storage

Hold for 10 days (base on 50 person crew):

All Grey Water All Black Water Trash Compactor, Retails all trashes and separate: glass, plastics, & paper Retail all HAZMATS

Gnats in the sunshine at Gull Harbor

Sandpipers and immature redwing blackbirds??

BI Music Festival Schedule

School Board Vacancy

May 17-23 is National EMS WEEK

May 17-23 is National EMS WEEK, sponsored by ACEP, NAEMT and NAEMSE. This year's theme is "EMS Strong."

The American College of Emergency Physicians, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators will celebrate "EMS Strong."

NAEMSE is very proud to partner this special week and give thanks to all of you and your tireless efforts in serving our communities.
BINN says,"Thank you to all of Beaver Island's Emergency Medical Service personnel!"

I Fall to My Knees

by Cindy Ricksgers

BIEMS Trains on New Ambulance Cot

Funding Provided by Island Treasures Resale Shop

The wonderful ladies at the Island Treasures Resale Shop have raised money for needs of the island emergency services, the Beaver Island Fire Department and the Beaver Island EMS. Island Treasures is a resale shop with a wonderful program of re-selling items that one family no longer needs to another family for a small fee. With a large number of items of one dollar each, it seems quite unlikely that the amount of fundraising and the quality of the equipment could be improved to such a level. So, just for fun, it was determined that if the items sold from the resale shop ranged in price from less than a dollar to two dollars for each item, just how many items would have to be sold to purchased a powered cot for our local emergency medical service?

With that question in mind, lets take a look at the cot and its features. The most difficult part of any ambulance run is the lifting necessary for older members of the emergency medical service. How do you get a two hundred plus pound patient on an ambulance cot up to the level of the back door of the ambulance? How is this accomplished with EMTs that are not capable of lifting one hundred plus pounds each?

The answer is the powered ambulance cot. The lifting of the patient is completed using a battery-powered, hydraulic-equipped ambulance cot. Instead of using people power to lift the patient, hydraulic power is used and electric energy from the battery produces the lift.

The back doors of a BIEMS ambulance.

The powered cot in the back of the BIEMS ambulance.

Deb Bousquet, Donna Kubic, Kevin White, and Joe Moore learn how to make the cot work for them.

More training opportunities will take place as the season gets into the swing of summer.

If each of these four EMS providers were to have to raise the money necessary to purchase the cot, they would have to raise approximately $4000 each. A pretty daunting task this would be! Instead, BIEMS wishes to thank the Beaver Island Island Treasures Resale Shop and its staff of volunteers for their efforts to protect the island's EMS patients and the island's EMS providers by selling 8,000 $2 items, or 16,000 $1 items, or more items than this if the price is less than one dollar. This is a pretty amazing gift to the Beaver Island Community by the resale shop ladies!

Thank you, Island Treasuers Resale Shop, for your incredible work!

Thank you Island Treasures ladies for your generous donation to Beaver Island EMS!

(This training took place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.)


This Old Cookbook--??+4

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Snappy Turtle Cookies

Sift together 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt: set aside

Cream 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed) with 1/2 cup of butter

Add 1 egg and 1 egg yolk (save the white of one egg)

Blend in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon of maple flavoring

Now add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Place in refrigerator to chill.

Arrange pecan halves in groups of 3 or 5 to resemble turtle head and legs.

Remove dough from refrigerator and shape dough into a ball. (a rounded tsp of dough)

Dip bottom of ball into egg white and press onto the nuts. Complete all the pecans with dough following these same directions.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Do not overbake.

Cool and frost backs of turtles.


2 squares of unsweetened chocolate or 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate bits

Mel chocolate in 1/4 cup of milk and 1 Tablespoon of butter in the top of a double boiler.

When smoothly blended, remove from heat.

Add 1 cup of powdered, sifted sugar and beat until smooth and glossy. If too thin for frosting add more powdered sugar.

Place frosting on backs of turtles.

by David Roosevelt, 7 years old

Placebos, Tricks, Disasters, and Other

by Joe Moore

I am not familiar with how often urban ambulance services are called to the scene or home or a situation where the person wants help, but doesn’t really want to go to the hospital.  The readings I have had involve mostly those people who want to use the ambulance like a taxi ride to get to their doctor, or, if they don’t have one, to the emergency room.  I read most every week about the ER’s of our cities being overburdened by the clinical, non-emergency patients.  I read about patients waiting hours upon hours trying to get diagnosed and treated.  We have some people who want to be diagnosed and treated right in their home or right at the scene of the emergency.  BIEMS does not carry a hospital laboratory or an x-ray machine in the back of the ambulance.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Funeral for Rod Nackerman

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

Eight interested community members and five authority members gathered at the Peaine Township Hall for the first meeting of the five members of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority. The board members are Bill Kohl, Rick Speck, (the first two on the formed ESA), Brad Grassmick, Donna Kubic, and Jim McDonough. The board set their regular meeting date as the last Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. The board has a large learning curve related to overseeing of the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service and the Beaver Island Fire Department.

View Video of this meeting HERE.

Tree Planting at Beaver Island Community School

Gathering after school on April 29, 2015, several volunteers and PTA members planted trees in the cleared area on the south side of the school. Lot of older adults, parents, and even a few really young children ended up outside to plant the trees.

There were trees left over. If you are interested, contact Jacque LaFreniere.

Short video clip of the planting


Important Information regarding Lyme Disease and Black Legged Ticks on Beaver Island

by Jeff Powers, DVM

Click the document above to read it.



Flag Again Flying Over BI Post Office

The flag at the post office was lost in a wind storm. The US Post Office on Beaver Island needed a flag. The flag has been replaced, courtesy of AMVETS Post 46, Mark (Happy Paddle) Englesman and his nephew Brian. Great job!

(Picture and info from Bob Tidmore. Thanks,Bob!)

A few more pictures of the United States Post Office for Beaver Island, Michigan

Job Opportunity with CC Road Commission

The Charlevoix County Road Commission will accept applications for Road Maintenance Worker/Truck Driver at their Beaver Island garage. Applicants shall be experienced in Construction and Utility Work, and shall possess a Class “A” CDL with Air Brake and Tanker endorsements. Applicants shall be required to take a road test in a Road Commission supplied vehicle. Applications shall be received at the Charlevoix County Road Commission office, 1251 Boyne Avenue, PO Box 39, Boyne City, MI 49712-0039 until 3:00pm May 15, 2015. Application forms are available at the Boyne City office, by calling (231) 582-7330 or online www.charlevoixcounty.org/ccrc.asp. The Charlevoix County Road Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Phil's Photos

Phil Becker had posted on the Beaver Island Forum that he had some really neat pictures of woodpeckers, but he didn't have anywhere to post them. Via private message the opportunity to post another photographer's pictures seemed fairly interesting, but this is definitely a great opportunity. Thank you Phil Becker for these photos! This is a standing invitation to continue to share your photos.

"The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens." (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pileated_Woodpecker/id)

BINN is happy to share these! Thanks!

Community Center (PABI) Job Available

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 1:00. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

This month's school board meeting was scheduled later than normal due to the Spring Break on the school calendar. Then the weather and illnes played a part in the rescheduling of the meeting this week. The board met on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. for approximately two hours.

Video of the meeting is HERE

BINGO Announcement

Beaver Island Men's Golf League Information

Charlevoix County Transit Spring 2015 Schedule

Beaver Island Birding Trail Presentation Update

Registration is not required for presentations; however, field trips do require registration and trips are nearing capacity.  All events are free. So if you haven't registered for a field trip, please do soon.  http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Following Greg Butcher's presentation on May 23rd at 4 p.m., Nancy Seefelt will be sharing her experiences related to bird research around the archipelago.  It is a fascinating presentation that she has shared with others around Michigan, so please mark your calendars.  

Nancy Seefelt is a Michigan native who grew up in Sterling Heights, near Detroit. After high school, she enrolled at Central Michigan University (CMU) and discovered Beaver Island when she took a class at the CMU Biological Station after her freshman year. Nancy received her M.S. degree from CMU and her doctorate from Michigan State University and currently holds a faculty position in the Biology Department at CMU During the summer field season, much of her research focuses on avian ecology, specifically the breeding biology of waterbirds (gulls, terns, herons and cormorants) in northern Lake Michigan and the stopover ecology of migrating songbirds along Michigan shorelines. The migration work involves censussing, mist netting, and remote acoustical monitoring; the acoustic monitors also track the sounds of migratory bats. In addition,Nancy monitors the breeding activities of the endangered Piping Plover as part of the recovery program for this species. As a vertebrate ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Nancy has been studying birds throughout the Beaver Island Archipelago for over 20 years.

Beaver Island Association's Newsletter 2015

This newsletter succeeds in proving information about activities and improvements of the island ecologies and non-native, invasive species. It provides information about changes in laws in Michigan. There is truly a lot of good information in this newsletter. It is presented here with permission of the BIA.

BICS Plans BI History Adventure

from Deb Robert

Preliminary information on the Beaver Island History Adventure!

BICS to Host Beaver Island History Adventure

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the students and staff at Beaver Island Community School will participate in a morning of fun, historical adventures based around local BI History.  Students will be broken into multi-age "families" and will hike an approximately 2-3 mile trek, competing in historical challenges along the way.  It is hoped that this day will give students a chance to learn about and experience some of the same things that their ancestors did.

If you are available on that day, and would be interested in helping out, have a historically-based talent you would like to share, or would just like to join in the fun, please contact school at 448-2744.

Volunteers are needed in the following capacity:

Walking the route with students

Running a challenge station along the route (Staff will plan and gather materials ahead of time.)

Helping out with a craft/game/activity at the beginning of the route

Taking pictures

Making food

Set-Up and/or Clean-Up

Contact Person:  Debbie Robert

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

Dr Cotter, Dermatologist
Will be Seeing Patients
Friday, May 15, 2015

Call his office for an appointment
866 400 3376

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275


Dr Jon VanWagnen, O.D.
Charlevoix Eye Center
Friday, May 29, 2015
9 am until 4 pm
Call his office for appointments
231 547 7800

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

Dr. Patrick Richmond, D.P.M., P.C., Petoskey Foot Specialists & Heel Pain Centers has offered to travel to Beaver Island to see patients if there is enough interest to make it worth Dr Richmond’s time.
Please call the Health Center 448-2275 if you would make an appointment to see Dr Richmond so we may determine if the need is great enough for Dr Richmond to make plans to see patients here on the island at the Clinic.

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv