B. I. News on the 'Net, May 12-18, 2014

Purple Loosestrife

by Cindy Rickgers

Some of these invasive plants can certainly be deceptive.

Unlike Phragmites, whose sharp, grassy stalks form an impenetrable wall, many herbaceous perennials are actually quite attractive. They seem quite soft and fluffy; often producing striking flowers.

Purple Loosestrife is another one.

First introduced to this country in the 1830s Purple Loosestrife came here as a contaminant of ship’s ballast. It was also brought here as a medicinal herb, for treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding, wounds, ulcers and sores. It was welcomed in gardens for its beautiful flowers; beekeepers appreciated the nectar it provided for their hives (though it did not result in a flavorful honey).

Let us not be deceived.

Like all invasive species, this plant does not “play well with others.” It does not co-exist with our native plants. It wants to take over.

Purple Loosestrife is an herbaceous,wetland perennial that can thrive in a wide range of habitats. By the 1850s it had taken over much of the eastern seaboard. It spread easily as we built and used more inland canals and waterways. Seeds are easily dispersed by water,and by mud adhering to aquatic wildlife, livestock and people. By 1996, Purple Loosestrife had invaded every single one of the contiguous states, except Florida, and every Canadian province!

Established plants grow six to seven feet tall and up to four feet wide. Each plant is made up of 30 to 50 stems, each stem topped with a large, seed-producing flower head. One mature plant can produce more than two million seeds annually! Plants quickly dominate the herbaceous canopy, causing a sharp decline in biological diversity. Infestations can result in a dramatic disruption of water flow. By crowding out native species, they effectively eliminate food sources for many birds and marsh animals.

In addition, note that there is no effective method to completely control this plant, except where it occurs in small, localized stands and can be intensely managed.

The brochure on Beaver Island’s Top 10 Invasive Plants, put out by the Beaver Island Association, offers this good description:


Purple Loosestrife.....is most often found in damp habitats. It has a square stem, like a mint, and the pairs of leaves that occur on the stems grow directly opposite each other. The leaves are lance-shaped and the stem and leaves are covered with fine hairs. It flowers from June until September and produces showy spikes of bright pink-purple flowers, sometimes with over 30 stems from a single plant.

The brochure goes on to say that purple loosestrife has been found in scattered clumps around the island, including along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Beaver Island is still in a position to be able to manage this plant. That alone sets us apart from most shoreline communities in North America! Let’s take advantage of it, with continued vigilance to take care of our wetlands.

View this at the Stop the Invasives blog HERE

Beaver Island Birding Trail Dedication Celebration

Beaver Island Birding Trail dedication celebration May 23-25

World-class birding now at your fingertips on Beaver Island

Beaver Island, the largest Lake Michigan island, will welcome birders from around the Great Lakes starting Friday, May 23, for a dedication celebration at the trailhead of the new Beaver Island Birding Trail (BIBT).
BIBT encompasses more than 12,300 acres of public land and four Little Traverse Conservancy preserves. Interpretive signage explaining DNR habitat management objectives and birds to be seen will enhance birders’ and non-birders’ appreciation of the island’s diverse habitats.
“This project shows how well strong partnerships can work,” said DNR Field Operations Manager Brian Mastenbrook. “It will help protect natural resources, ensure sustainable recreational use and help build Beaver Island’s natural resources-based economy.”
Migrant birds become exhausted flying into unfavorable weather conditions such as fog, heavy precipitation or strong winds from the north, and Beaver Island is a critical stopover and nesting site for migratory birds flying up the lake on their way north.
Jon Allan, director of the Office of Great Lakes, will be the keynote speaker at the Friday night dedication. (Speakers are expected to start after 6:30 p.m.) Guided field trips will be available all day on Saturday, May 24. All events are free and open to the public, but require registration. The BIBT trailhead is located at the Beaver Island Community Center.
Collaborative efforts supported by numerous organizations, corporations, researchers and residents developed the BIBT website which offers descriptions of hotspot sites, maps, a birding checklist, birding conservation materials and an eBird/BirdTrax component.
Additional information about BIBT and the dedication celebration is available at http://beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

Dedication of Historical Plaque at Holy Cross

All are welcome to attend this short ceremony after the AMVETS Breakfast at Holy Cross at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hear Me, America,

I am the EMT

(For 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 illnesses 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,
stabbed in dark alleys, shot on bright boulevards,
and in stilled cars they are silent and pale on
cold rainy nights.
The crunching of glass under my heavy black boots
tells of my coming.
I fold them in blankets.

My beacons light up your streets as their babies are born.
My sirens wail echoes down your boulevards,
past your shiny glass walls, your stockyards,
and the quiet rural farms,
and your people look up from their work as I go by.

I fight the battles to keep them alive.
I thank my god when I win,
I cover their eyes, when I lose,
and they breathe no more.

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

Author Unknown

Coming Home

by Paul Cole

Coming Home
I believe an Island creates a space of time that allows us to wait for the final arrival of those we love to come home. The person could have lived all their life on the Island , or settled in decades ago and “fell in love” with the place--Or the person left years ago to raise a family but always returned to the Island as family and friends always pulled them back.
Something is unique about this final journey home.....It allows all good friends and family to gather on the boat or dock to pay our deepest respects to them. As family travels on the boats and the waves take them home .....family members often recall fond memories , and create new stories connecting again with others who loved them.
I remember waiting for my grandmother “Katie Gus “ at the boat dock with family as we carried her off the boat. I was honored with being a pallbearer for my grandmother, that I I could carry her home. She had spent all her life on the Island and left for a short period due to health.....but we brought her home.....to a place she never wanted to leave. I talked with Anna Mae ( her only surviving daughter) today having a great visit at the age of 90. She was a “bit tired” and said she had to take a nap, laughed stating she is “slowing down”, but “make sure you get me home when “I’m called”. ....She wants to come home after.....90 years to her family. It is not her time, but she made sure her wishes.....about....”coming home.”
Years ago I lived in Arizona when Rita Gillespie passed away...I flew into Grand Rapids. Staying at Holiday's in Grand Rapids,.....driving to Charlevoix to catch the American Girl in the nick of time to carry Rita home. The family decided to bring her home on the American Girl as a tribute to her. It was beautiful to see many family and friends at the dock to welcome her home.
Mary Tom came home one day in the sun--all her children and grandchildren walked behind the casket as she was waked in her house on the hill--and a few stories were told that night with “Jug” and others at the Kitchen table. Gerry LaFreniere came home to family and friends and was “toasted “ in the “Beachcomber”.----I could go on----
This week is a busy week . My oldest daughter has baccalaureate on Tuesday and then graduates on Thursday. She is leaving home in the months ahead. Her home is in Grand Rapids now but often her heart rests on a Island in lake Michigan. She will make her home in other parts of the state, country, or world. -----I wish her the grand adventure of life, but hope some day she will and be buried next to me in the same beautiful space she has grown to love.-----and came home .
Until then we give thanks to our blessings and-----
I can hear Anna Marie Ricksgers saying “why hello how are ya”,or Mary Antrim (Bonner) with a kind “ how are you”----or Genie Vreeland with her big “why hello” ( red lipstick on) or Audrey Gatliff yelling “you hoo”---”anybody home”. They will be all home this weekend , resting peacefully. ---as they wished---beneath the green , green grass of home.

Baltimore Orioles

As seen on Carlilsle Road, Beaver Island

Baccalaureate at the Christian Church

(May 14, 2014) This morning's service at the Beaver Island Christian Church began at 10 a.m. The service included a wonderful message presented by Pat Nugent and a personal discussion with each graduate by Ed Troutman.

The seniors pose by the cake made in their honor.

Seniors Erin Boyle, Ron Marsh, Olivia Cary, and Jewel Cushman

Jean Carpenter and Kathy Speck dish out the cake after the service.

Each senior is interviewed by Ed Troutman

Emily Boyle interviewed......Olivia Cary interviewed

Ron Marsh interviewed.....Jewell Cushman interviewed

Link to the interviews HERE

DNR Seeks Input on Islands

DNR seeks public input on management of state-owned lands on Lake Michigan islands

Those interested in Lake Michigan islands have an opportunity to provide input on issues, challenges and opportunities associated with island management.

Three public meetings - in Charlevoix and Leland and on Beaver Island - will be held to gather feedback on a management plan the Department of Natural Resources is developing for state-owned lands on the many Lake Michigan islands.

“This new effort is an outcome of two recent projects,” said DNR Field Operations Manager Brian Mastenbrook. “The 'Recommendations for Natural Resource Management in the Beaver Archipelago,' produced by the Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee, and the DNR’s 'Managed Public Lands Strategy.'”

Recently, the Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee outlined a set of recommendations that focus on natural resource protection, economic development and an environmentally informed public The management plan for the Lake Michigan Islands will focus management efforts where the greatest impact can be made to help meet the goals of the governor, the DNR and interested communities.

“Perhaps most importantly, we are hopeful these discussions will translate into actionable items we can include in the plans,” said Mastenbrook. “We hope these meetings will bring people with interest in these great resources to the table.”

Meetings will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, May 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Leland Township Library, 203 E. Cedar St. in Leland

Wednesday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Charlevoix Public Library, 220 West Clinton St. in Charlevoix

Thursday, May 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Peaine Township Hall, 36825 Kings Highway on Beaver Island

Citizen of the Year Banquet Tonight

The Citizen of the Year Banquet was tonight, May 17, 2014, at the Holy Cross Parish Hall with dinner provided by Stoney Acres. Cocktail hour started at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and was followed by the announcement of this year’s Citizen of the Year.

Beaver Island Citizens of the Year

Eric and Dana Hodgson

Video of the evening HERE

The evening began with a relaxing hour of conversation and beer and wine

Steve West gave a short introductory speech

Steve West presented Pat Anderson with a dedication award.

Rachel Teague read excerpts from all the nomination letters

Each nominee was given a round of applause

Kathy Speck presented the Citizen of the Year Award

Dana and Eric Hodgson, the Citizens of the Year

Eric said, "...one of the only times my wife is speechless. Thank you!"

Posed pictures:

Congratulations Eric and Dana Hodgson!!


Memorial Service for Brian Cruickshank

There will be a Memorial Service for Brian Cruickshank, son of William "Bud" and Barbara, on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the St. James Episcopal Mission at 2:00 pm, burial to follow at the St. James Township Cemetery. Luncheon to follow at the Cruickshank home.

Beaver Island Turkey Hunt on Michigan Out of Doors

View program HERE

The first thirteen minutes of this clip is about the Beaver Island experience of two turkey hunters from Michigan Out of Doors.

Memorial Day Ceremony

The ceremony will be Monday, May 26, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the Veterans' Memorial Park

Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

You know the routine! Please bring your handmade art pieces and craft items to the BIRHC lobby for summer bidding. We will accept decorated birdhouses (Betty has a few unfinished ones in the lobby for those who wish to decorate one), Garden signs, hand painted pots for decks or porches, framed photos and artwork of flowers, landscapes, birds, butterflies, etc. Any merchant wanting to support us can offer items such as work gloves, tshirts, tools, fertilizer, (all garden related). We will put them together in "packages" to auction off. The auction begins June 1st and ends after Homecoming. Betty Hudgins will put bidding sheets out with each donated item as well as a starting bid and end date. Please make sure she knows who has donated each item by signing the piece or contacting her ahead of dropping it off. The proceeds from your donations will be used to continue our Wellness Garden efforts as well as Forest View Landscape Project this year. Last summers auction of birdhouses alone brought in over $750!

Thank you again to all our participants. Connie, Leonor and the Wellness Gardeners

An Overnight Visitor


On Monday, May 12, 2014, the BIBCO dock here on Beaver Island had an overnight visitor. This was a stop in the busy schedule of research of the lake trout in Lake Michigan by the vessel USGS Sturgeon.

BIBCO's Emerald Isle Captain Kevin McDonough was familiar with the captain of the Sturgeon and even offered use of his own truck to the visiting captain in case they wanted to get around the island a little bit.

The only visible female crew member asked for permission to get her bike of the vessel Sturgeon, so that she could do a little riding and getting around, which included a trip to McDonough's Market

Short video clip of the Sturgeon docked at BIBCO Dock


USGS Fisheries Research Vessel STURGEON

Commissioned August 12, 2004

Vessel Owner : United States Geological Survey
Vessel Builder: Basic Marine, Inc., Escanaba, MI
Engineer: Timothy Graul Marine Design, Inc., Sturgeon Bay, WI
Project Management Team: USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, MI in partnership with USACE Marine Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Vessel Operation Team: USGS Lake Michigan/Lake Huron Biological Station, Cheboygan, MI

Vessel Particulars
Length Overall: 101'
Breadth: 24'-9"
Hull Depth: 12'-9"
Load Line Draft: 10'-2"
Displacement: 180 Ltons
Max Speed: 12 MPH
Fuel Capacity: 7,990 Gal.
Endurance @ 10 MPH: 15 Days
Accommodations: 3 Crew, 7 Researchers
Year Renovated: 2004
Contract Cost: $2,700,000
Vessel Certification: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Class: A1 Great Lakes Service; AMS USCG and UNOLS Compliant

Holy Cross Baccalaureate Prayer Service

To our ‘very proud ‘ and dear parents, family members, teachers, classmates, and always special friends of our Beaver Island High School Graduates of 2014

From your little historic neighbor across the street, the Church of the HOLY CROSS

We warmly invite you and yours to join us Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 10:00 am to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to fall upon our 2014 Graduates as they Go forth to LOVE and to Bring LIFE to our world which hungers for the gift their LOVE is sure to bring.

I am most grateful for the special honor to have with us our Superintendant/Principal Riley Justis, to share the best of hope and encouragement to our 2014 Graduates at this their Baccalaureate Prayer at Holy Cross.

I am looking forward towards the joy of your presence on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 10:00 am.

God Bless and Peace,
Fr Jim Doherty and the Parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church

Peaine Township Meeting, 5/14/14

The Peaine Township Board meeting last night began in its usual manner with the pledge, the approval of minutes, and the approval of the agenda. It ended with a quite heated discussion of paving roads on the Island. There were lots of differing opinions about this idea, and there seemed to be almost a consensus to make certain that the process of discussion begin immediately for a possible return of paving equipment in the near future, as soon as two years from now. Paul Welke called for the development of a five year plan, but there were others that were adamant of getting additional roadways paved this summer or fall. This topic appears to be a continuation of a very long winter with many returns of the "cold shoulder."

The rest of the meeting moved along with the regular pace seen in previous Peaine meetings. The board discussed an item that appeared in the Beaver Island Association newsletter regarding fund balances. The supervisor was given the chore of writing the response letter to the BIA.

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority was finally, after many, many years of inactivity, had both of the positions filled. Bill Kohls was appointed to the Peaine Township position, and last week, Rick Speck was appointed to the St. James position. In addition to the positions being filled, there was a suggestion that the two members of the authority begin meeting as early as next week.

The Executive Director position BIEMS was filled with approval of Rachel Champenoy. Paul Welke asked if the position had been posted. Danielle Dedloff stated that the position opening was emailed to all current members of Beaver Island EMS. The only member of BIEMS who expressed an interest was approved almost unanimously be the members of BIEMS.

The assessor's contract was tabled until the June meeting.

The purchase of gravel was extensively discussed with the decision made to post for bids. The purchase agreement with Charlevoix County Road Commission was tabled until the position was posted and all given an equal opportunity to bid for the gravel. This apparently involves a one time purchase of gravel with a completion date of July 2014, and a three year supply of gravel stockpiled for future use.

Bill Kohls reported on the progress of the Fox Point acquisition and the work with the Natural Resources Fund. The process is one step closer to completion.

The Peaine Township board granted the PABI request to have some space in the old Peaine Township Hall building on King's Highway. Apparently, it was reported that the Verizon tower at this location would be the location of the Beaver Island Public Radio antenna and equipment.

Rick Speck was appointed to the position of Zoning Administrator for Peaine Township. Rick was also appointed to the position in St. James Township last week.

Some Peaine Township Hall improvements were discussed and Bill Kohls was asked to continue to move on these items including the entry doors including handicap access and a better outdoor display sign. It was suggested that the board also consider moving the location of the sign to make it easier to access in the winter.

The bill were approved for payment. There also followed a discussion of properties in Peaine Township that could be purchased for the cost of their taxes, the property owner defaulting on the payment of these taxes. The State of Michigan gets first chance at the properties, followed by the townships, then the County of Charlevoix, and, if not accepted by these entities, the properties would go up for bids.

Video of this meeting HERE

Obituaries and Updates

Mary E. Antrim

Mary E. Antrim, 77, of Grand Rapids, passed away Tuesday, December 17 at Emerald  Meadows.  A Funeral Mass will be 3 pm, Friday, May 16, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.  The Reverend James Doherty is officiating.

Mary is survived by her husband of forty-seven years, Ronald E. Antrim; her children, Rose Antrim, Monty “Mike” Wunkel, Dan Wunkel all of Grand Rapids, Cathe Wunkel of Loveland Co.; many grand children; brother, Robert (Nancy) Bonner of Lake Leelenau.  Mary's son, Patrick, preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Anna Marie Ricksgers

Anna Marie Ricksgers, 89, of East Jordan, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan. Funeral Mass will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 17, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. The Reverend James Doherty will officiate and burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Anna Marie was born December 2, 1924, on Beaver Island, the daughter of Henry Joseph and Bridget (McDonald) Sendenburgh. She grew up on Beaver Island and graduated from Beaver Island School Class of 1942.

November 20, 1943, she married Francis G. Ricksgers on Beaver Island. They moved to Detroit where Francis worked as a carpenter, and at Chrysler, and Anna Marie worked at home taking care of her family. They retired in 1980, and made their home in East Jordan in 1982. Francis preceded her in death on April 22, 2011.

Anna Marie is survived by her children, Donna Jean (Joseph) Gonzalez-Kohn of Shelby Twp., Joseph Anthony (Donna) Ricksgers of Lake Orion, Mary Ann Martinko of Warren, Erma Louise (Steven) Bridges of Rochester Hills, Susan Bridgetta (George) Dobaczewski of Grosse Pointe Woods; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; nephew William (Ricksgers) Lentini of Selby Twp.; niece, Annette (Paul) Wells of Beaverton; cousin and caregiver, Marilyn Malpass of Charlevoix; many nieces and nephews. Anna Marie's infant son Jude preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 6-8:00 pm, Friday, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30.

Contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church or Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Eugenia “Genie” Anne Vreeland

Eugenia “Genie” Anne Vreeland, 90, of Beaver Island, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Charlevoix. She was born May 16, 1923, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Geldersma) Setsma, and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1941. She attended Western Michigan University, and later taught high school. She retired from the Kindel Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, where she wrote ad copy.
On Feb. 14, 1952, she married Harold W. “Bucky” Vreeland in Caledonia. Bucky and Genie moved permanently to Beaver Island in 1980, where they had been part-time residents since 1956. For 16 years, they had spent half of each year in Feakle, Ireland. They were members of Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.
Bucky preceded Genie in death on Dec. 21, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ruth J. Korhorn.
Funeral will be 11 am, Friday, May 23, at the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Beaver Island Game Club, or to the charity of choice.

Jacqueline Ann Howard

Jacqueline Ann Howard, 82, of Charlevoix, formerly of Beaver Island, and Grattan, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.  She was born September 13, 1931, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Russell and Gertrude (Barry) VerDuin.

She married Martin L. “Lew” Howard on August 29, 1953, in Parnell.  They made their home in Grattan and owned and operated Greenville Farm and Garden. They moved to Beaver Island in 1991, where they had vacationed since the late 1950's. Lew died on December 22, 1997, and Jacqueline moved to Charlevoix in 2007.

She is survived by her children, Susan Howard of Charlevoix, Patricia A. (Bruce) Cull of Beaver Island, Robert Howard of Charlevoix; grandsons, Patrick and Matthew Cull, and Bobby Wilson.

A memorial service will be 1 pm, Saturday, June 7th, at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Please sign Jacqueline's guestbook at winchesterfuneralhome.com

Audrey I. Smallwood

Audrey I. Smallwood, 77, of Cheboygan, and Beaver Island, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey.  She was born September 13, 1931, on Beaver Island, to Thomas and Mary”Tom” (McDonough) Gatliff, and grew up there.  She served as a Dominican Nun for seventeen years, then attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids where she graduated as a Registered Nurse. 

Audrey worked in hospitals in northern Michigan as a vital care nurse.  On October 14, 1978, she married Thomas M. Smallwood, DDS, in Cheboygan where they made their home.  Tom died in May of 1989.  Audrey later married Laurence Ronald Driscoll, and he died on July 26, 2002. 

Audrey was a member of Saint Mary's Church in Cheboygan. 

She is survived by her step-son, Michael (Marget) Smallwood of Ann Arbor; step-daughter, Ann (Shawn) Sweeney of Ionia; grandchildren, Lehna, Liam, Owen and Keegan; sisters, Grace Doig of Chicago, and Kathleen Wood of Beaver Island.  Audrey was also preceded in death by her brothers, Corniel, Danny, Bob, and Perry; and sisters, Ellen, Margaret, Eileen, and Ann.

Burial will be Saturday, May 24, at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 3949 Sparks Dr. SE, Ste. 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Please sign Audrey's guestbook at winchesterfuneralhome.com

What: Women’s Resource Center Luncheon
When: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:00 am to 1:30
Where: Castle Farms, Charlevoix, MI

This year’s WOMEN CAN/WOMEN DO fundraising luncheon will be held  on June 18, 2014, in the West Garden Room at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. The luncheon will be catered by Grey Gables with Diane McMahon donating the desserts. Prior to dining, the Gailliard String Quartet will be providing a musical backdrop as guests reconnect after the long winter and enjoy viewing the creative table displays which are the focal point of the room. Each year this significant social event kicks off the summer season, combining pleasure with a powerful purpose. Dollars that are raised at the luncheon support the many programs and services of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) for the entire year.
Event organizers are in the process of reaching out to the community to find businesses that would like to participate by becoming one of the many Table Designers responsible for creating unique and interesting table designs to showcase their products and or services in a visually attractive way. Table favors for guests are included in the display at each table. Not only is this an effective advertising vehicle for the business, but a tangible way of participating in a community-wide fund raising effort for the WRCNM.
Another important aspect of the event planning is securing Table Captains. Table Captains are responsible for filling seats at one of the 30 prospective tables.
Both Table Designers and Table Captains are volunteer committee members who donate their services so that the venue at the Castle is transformed into a cheerful, spring-like garden party atmosphere. Floral arrangements and unique centerpieces, created by talented and generous designers, result in festive tables decked out to welcome guests and provide a visual and sensory delight.
The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan has been providing crucial programs and services to thousands of women, children and families in the community for more than 35 years. Women Can/Women Do Charlevoix County is one of three annual fundraising luncheons organized by this non-profit agency to help ensure the continuation of WRCNM services to those seeking and needing them.
There is still room for one or two more Table Designers and Table Captains at this writing. Those interested in becoming one of these or in reserving a seat for the luncheon may contact the Women’s Resource Center’s Administrative Office at (231) 347-0067.

Anne Kelly
Publicity for WRC Women Can/ Women Do Luncheon
atkrak68@gmail.com cell #: 231-330-0917

Here is a list of volunteer designers who have agreed to participate this year:

A Touch of Spring & Other Things, Beaver Island Boat Company, Boyne Mountain Solace Spa, Boynes' Beyond Borders, Castle Farms, Charlevoix Area Community Pool, Charlevoix Area Garden Club, Christ Episcopal Church, Connie Carr, Deer Creek Junk, Elements, Fanciful:  Eclectic Tableware Rental, L. Burnham and Associates, Magnum Hospitality/Red Mesa Grill/Cafe Sante/Pearl's, MerryMakers, MI Roots Wear, Panache Hair Studio, Petals Custom Floral Designs, Raven Hill Discovery Center, Straddle Books, The Bird, Upsy-Daisy Floral, Van Dam Custom Boats, Rabbit Hill Designs, Belvedere Golf Club Buddies

Wild Parsnip

Wild Parsnip, like many of our invasive plants, looks harmless enough.

It is an herbaceous (not woody) plant that grows about four feet tall in the full sun of fields and road-sides.

Wild Parsnip is a member of the carrot family, and has a long, thick and edible taproot.

The thick, ribbed stems look a bit like celery.

The compound leaves (many leaflets on a stalk) give it an airy, ferny aspect.

Yellow flowers, produced in July and August, grow in an umbel (think umbrella-shaped),and are similar in appearance to Dill, or Queen Anne’s Lace.

Quite pretty,actually.

Wild Parsnip is also a little bit famous.

It is listed, in some states, as a Prohibited Noxious Weed.

It was featured, last year, on a CBS News broadcast titled, Poisonous Plants Like Wild Parsnip Could Spoil Your Summer.

Not only does wild parsnip have all of the usual oh-so-annoying features of an invasive species (no natural enemies, crowds out native plants, makes areas uninhabitable to native plants and animals…we are starting to see a pattern here, aren’t we?!), but it is also classified as poisonous!

If the sap from cut stems or leaves of this plant gets on the skin, and is then exposed to sunlight, it can cause phytophotodermatitis. That’s a long name which basically describes painful reddening, burning and blistering of the skin. The CBS News report told of a man who was afflicted after mowing through a patch of wild parsnip growing near his home. According to the victim, the pain was tremendous, the blisters lasted for weeks, and the scars much longer. I’ve opted to not put photos of badly reddened, swollen and blistered extremities on this page, but be warned: this is nasty stuff!

Removal of plants by pulling is quite an effective method of getting rid of wild parsnip…but be careful!  Gloves, long pants and long sleeves should be worn when dealing with this plant.

Watch for wild parsnip in fields, road-sides, unmowed pastures, edges of woods and open areas, especially where the natural growth has been disturbed.

Awareness is the first step. With vigilance, working together, we can save and protect our island

View the Invasives blog HERE



Donate to the Food Pantry

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

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

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


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

This list was compiled by Eric Myers with help from others. If you know interested persons, please pass on this list of bird seen on Beaver Island. Perhaps a brochure could be compiled with the time of year and some likely locations. If anyone has an idea that could be posted electronically, please contact BINN via email at medic5740@gmail.com

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed HERE

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

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


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

The 4th annual garden tour to benefit the Wellness Garden and Forest View Landscape project will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. We will be having a North End Event this year, visiting 6 gardens, which will begin early with an al fresco breakfast in our first garden. We then will visit 3 other gardens (one with a home tour!), dine at the Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant and end with a Victorian Dessert Tea at our last garden. This is an all-inclusive ticket. One price ($50) covers the entire day. As it is a benefit, we believe the price will reflect your interest in supporting our Wellness Garden Efforts, as well as two lovely meals, transportation and last but not least, comradery.

Tickets will be limited to 35 guests this year. Transportation will be arranged by the coordinators, and we hope that you "Friends of the Wellness Garden" will remember to purchase your tickets early in order to assure yourself a spot! Betty Hudgins, our BIRHC receptionist, will have the tickets available beginning June 30th.

This is going to be a fun event so be sure to mark your calendars and be ready to get your ticket as soon as possible! This will be a great day for gardeners and photographers alike. The mutual benefit will provide continued landscape improvements and maintenance around our BIRHC campus. Stop into our health center with any questions or email leonor.jacobson@gmail.com before June 4th, email or call Jan Paul (janetkaypaul@gmail.com, 448-2943) or Dana D'Andraia (448-2603) during daytime hours. Leonor will be available by phone in July also (448-2894).

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

The Grandmother I’ve Become

by Cindy Ricksgers

This has nothing to do with the grandmother I am. I’ve been a grandmother for more than twenty-one years.

As evident in this photograph of myself with my daughters and my first grandchild, Michael, I was a young grandmother, just as I had been a young mother.

Not only young, but modern in thought and actions.

When preparing for my first daughter’s arrival, I painted her bassinet bright orange. No mind-numbing pastels for my child!

I was the mother who was also bohemian, defender of good causes, feminist, forward-thinker, hippie, raising children like no others---do you see how young I was??

As a grandmother, I was the woods-walker, snake catcher, story-teller, beach-lover, dune-climber who offered all the wonders of Beaver Island to my grandchildren.

When Mikey was a baby, I kept chickens. One glorious morning, with baby on my hip, we found our first two eggs in the chicken house. By the time his mother woke up, Michael and I had composed an entire bluesy song about it! When he and Brandon were youngsters, I’d pack a book, fruit and snacks and a thermos in the morning, and we’d go to the beach. I’d read and drink coffee while they built amazing structures in the sand. Madeline, Tommy and Patrick have had their share, too, of exploring the woods and fields and sand dunes.

For evenings, there were other activities. I hold firm to the idea that children like foods they help to make, so mealtime has always been a joint project. Like my own Grandma Florence, I taught them how to play "King’s in the Corner." As a nod to my father-in-law, Jack, I taught them how to play poker (complete with his wonderful repartee: “pair of deuces...pair of tens...pair-a-goric”). I kept an art case, for entertainment on rainy days, just as my mother always had.

The "grandmother" I’m referring to is the stereotypical grandmother---you know, the one "I would never become."

I’m referring to the grandmother who has rows of holy cards (from funerals, no less!) lining a mirror...

who has too many little vignettes featuring photos of children and grandchildren...

and doilies....

religious icons---little collections of succulents---and a fat little dog, sleeping wherever she chooses on a loud-patterned piece of furniture (should I say davenport?).


This, alas, is the grandmother I’ve become.

View Cindy's blog HERE

From BI AMVETS Post 46

Meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 St. James Township Hall

Memorial Day Breakfast
Veterans Park Update
Memorial Day Service
Flag Day Ceremony in June

Post 46

USCGC Buckthorn Sets Summer Buoys

USCGC Buckthorn is one of two members of the Bluebell Class of 100ft Inland Construction Tenders in service with the US Coast Guard, and operates as part of the US Coast Guard's 9th District, Sector Sault Ste. Marie. The Buckthorn came to Beaver Island today, May 11, 2014, to replace the ice buoys with the summer buoys, and to reset the channel buoys since the ice had moved one of them a short distance from the yacht dock. (Photos by Phyllis Moore)

The Buckthorn moves into position for the buoy at the harbor mouth.

Getting ready to pull the ice buoy at the point.

Finally the ice buoy is on the deck. Then the summer buoy is placed.

Having left Whiskey Point, it was work moving the channel buoys

Big anchors on the channel buoys pulled the stern down a bit.

Heading home

Buckthorn finishes the buoys in the harbor.

Two short video clips of the Buckthorn working


(video by Phyllis Moore)

Watercolor Class Schedule and Sign-up for September 8-12

September will bring watercolor artist Sharon Long to Beaver Island once again. With a generous mini-grant from Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association helping the community, the class fees have been reduced this year. Half-day sessions will cost $45 and full day sessions will be $90. The fees include 3 hour or six hour lessons including all supplies. There is a limit in class size due to her  teaching style Those of you who have taken classes with Sharon previously are urged to sign up by emailing me as soon as possible. New students need to be aware that the beginning of the week, Monday-Wednesday (Sept 8-10), will be more intensive class instruction (perfect for beginners), especially morning time sessions. The afternoons and latter week days (Thursday and Friday), are generally more relaxed creative time for individualized help, as well as intermediate and advanced artists participation. As a bonus (weather permitting) Sharon will be giving a photo walk on Sunday Sept 7th to teach you about using the lens as an artist's eye. This is free of charge to all class enrollees. Please go to sharin2art.com/blog for a look at her work. If you know you can participate in the classes or have any questions, please email me at leonor.jacobson@gmail.com. I will get back with you about scheduling after July 10th. Have a wonderful summer!!

Awaiting a Partner

Another Oral History Interview

Garrett Cole Interviewed by Jim Norgaard




Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 starting on May 7, 2014 Please support your Fire Department and EMS with your donations and purchases. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers for this summer. If you have questions or need help with your donation, call Donna at 448-2797.

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

May 2014

May 18:  Baccalaureate for BICS graduates; Pat Nugent will give message
May 25:  Pastor Howard Davis

June 1:  Pastor Don Sinclair
June 8:  Pastor Gerry Heyboer
June 15:  Chaplain Todd Thompson
June 22:  Pastor Howard Davis
June 29:  Pastor Joseph Fox

July 6:  Pastor Howard Davis

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.


Save the date of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, (RAIN OR SHINE!)

Where: Beaver Island North End Gardens  -- 9 am until 4pm

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

This years all day tour will be through the gardens of 6 unique residences starting early with a wake-up al fresco breakfast,  having lunch at the Beaver Island Lodge, then ending with a dessert tea and home tour. Each host will be showing us the highlights of their gardens; some being container gardens, some with elaborate decks and water systems. All of them as unique as their proud owners.

As usual the price will reflect the cost of the lunch and transportation as needed.  We ask you to remember that the ticket price will include a donation to the Wellness Garden and Forestview Apt. Landscape Project.

More details including price and transportation logistics will be in the June newspapers and at Beaver Island News on the Net starting June 1st.

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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TV 7&4 Visits Beaver Island

A Look Around the New Terminal Building at the Township Airport

The terminal siding being worked on.

Joe Charlevoix and Christina Burkhart

The waiting room centerpiece

The secondary waiting room/meeting room........The north entrance

Elaine West, BIAC Chair provides information about the new building

Ernie Martin looks at blueprints

The new Fresh Air Check-in Desk

Joe Charlevoix poses with the construction crew.

Short video clips of the visit and the building


Beaver Island “Bucket List” feature airs Tuesday, May 13, 2014 on 7&4 TV
Thank you Island Airways, Shamrock, Don Uzarski, Bill Cashman & Elaine West

Oral History Interviews

There was a Beaver Island Historical Society Museum project with Robert Cole as interviewer. These are presented with the permission of the Museum Director Bill Cashman. These two interviews are presented in their entirety as they were recorded by the interviewer.

Link to Glen Felixson interview at the Model Boat Shop

Link to Glen Felixson interview at the Yacht Dock

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

The St. James Board met in closed session prior to their regularly scheduled 7 p.m. township meeting. The topic of the closed session was not revealed at the open meeting that followed.

The board meeting lasted a little more than two hours with many topics opened for discussion. It began with the normal Pledge and approval of minutes from two previous meetings. There was quite a discussion about the payments made regarding the cost of the frozen sewer serving downtown. There were several reports on projects including the repair of the public restrooms downtown, the campground restroom, improvements to the Governmental Center building and grounds, the Yacht Dock roof, the Firehall siding and windows, the Firehall generator, the St. James gravel stockpile, the Donegal Bay road improvement, continuing discussion on sewer repairs, the tribal grant letter, and the township hall improvements were tabled.

St. James Township decided to appoint Rick Speck to the Emergency Services Authority with the intention of filling the positions and then working to develop a new document to include possibly five members instead of the original two. EMS staffing was reported by Rick Speck. Then Jean Wierenga gave a short report from the Waste Managment Committee regarding the planned purchase of a rolloff truck.

Rick Speck was appointed as the Zoning Administrator due to his experience on the Planning Commission. It was recommended that Steve Boyle, the other applicant, consider taking the open position being available for the Planning Commission to gain some experience.

After a lengthy discussion, a Policy and Procedure for Public Inspection and Copying of Public Records was approved. While the assessor's contract stipulated that the assessor purchase the software necessary to complete the assessments, the board did not believe that this meant purchasing all the upgrades required by the state, so they approved the purchase to be paid in two installments of $1400 each.

The board agreed to support the Human Services Commission grant application for hearing assistance equipment.

The common leter format to be used for the Dangerous Structure Ordinance enforcement was approved with a change from the seven days suggested for a response to a thirty day requirement for response.

St. James Township accepted the BIEMS membership recommendation to appoint Rachel Champenoy as the new Executive Director.

Jean't Lawn Service was approved to provide the maintenance, mowing and leaf clearing, for all the St. James Township properties, and Pam O'Brien was approved contingent on her price remaining at last year's level.

The board agreed to post for the District Library open position.

There was a great deal of public comment on many issues ranging from the sewer repair to the many reports given during the meeting.

Video for this meeting HERE

B. I. National Day of Prayer Service

Thursday at Noon

Update: Approximately thirty people gathered at Holy Cross Church to celebrate this special Beaver Island Day of Prayer. This was a wonderful gathering of all members of all the churches on Beaver Island for a common goal. If you missed it, think about placing this event in your calendar for next year, and thank Pat Nugent for his efforts in organizing this.

The Beaver Island National Day of Prayer Service is tomorrow, Thursday, May 8. It will be held at the flagpole at Holy Cross Church. If the weather does not cooperate, we will move inside the Church. The service will last approximately 30-minutes. Here is our program:

Opening Prayer: Patrick Nugent, Coordinator

Pledge of Allegiance: Bill Haggard, Township Supervisor

God Bless America: Lead by Kathy Speck, Beaver Island Christian Church

Prayer for our Government Leaders: John Works, St. James Episcopal Church

Prayer for our Churches: Fr. Jim Doherty, Holy Cross Church

Prayer for our Educators: Joe Moore, Lifelong Teacher

Prayer for our Military: Alvin LaFreniere, Beaver Island AmVets

Prayer for Families: Jean Kinsley, Beaver Island Friends of Veterans

Prayer for Personal Renewal and Moral Awakening: Bob Hoogendoorn, Beaver Island Lighthouse Church & AmVets Chaplin

Closing Prayer: Patrick Nugent, Coordinator

Amazing Grace: Lead by Kathy Speck, Beaver Island Christian Church


2014 BICS Sports Awards


Tuesday Evening, May 6, 2014
7:00 pm

Riley Justis, Principal/Superintendent

Video of Fall & Winter Sports Seasons
Courtesy of Frank Solle

Presentation of Certificates and Pins:
Kerry Smith, Athletic Director

Soccer Team Awards: Coach Mike Myers

Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Offense Defense, Most Valuable Offense Defense, Hustle Award

Volleyball Team Awards: Coach Kerry Smith & Asst. Coach Heather Cary

Rookie of the Year, Hustle Award, Most Improved Offensive Defensive Players, Most Valuable Player

Girls Basketball Team Awards: Coach Tammy LaFreniere & Asst. Coach Chris Heikka

Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Hustle Award, Rookie of the Year

Boys Basketball Team Awards: Coach Travis Williams & Asst. Coach Jenny Justis

Most Valuable Player, Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player, Coaches Award

Northern Lights League All-League Team Medals:
All Coaches/Asst. Coaches Soccer, Volleyball, & Basketball

Bill Burns Memorial Outstanding Sportsmanship Award:
Jewell Cushman & Coach Mike Myers


The winner of the Bill Burns Sportsmanship Award is:

This is the best reason to have a sports ceremony. Look at the smiles.

2013-2014 Master List Athletic Awards
Bill Burns
Bill Burns Nominees: Olivia Cary, Jewell Cushman, Ron Marsh, Simeon Richards, Meg Works
Bill Burns Recipient: Meg Works

MVP Offensive: Nick Williams
MVP Defensive: Jewell Cushman
MIP Offensive: Alex Williams
MIP Defensive: Meg Works
Hustle Award: Forrest Avery
Rookie: Riley Williamson

MVP: Olivia Cary
MIP Offensive: Hannah Robert
MIP Defensive: Meg Works
Rookie: Katie LaFreniere
Hustle: Madie Martin

Girls Basketball:
MVP: Meg Works
MIP: Katie LaFreniere
Hustle: Emily Burton
Rookie: Sarah Avery

Boys Basketball
MVP: Jewell Cushman
Best Offensive Player: Alex Williams
Best Defensive Player: Ron Marsh
Coaches Award: Simeon Richards

Northern Lights League Awards:
Soccer All League 1st Team: Jewell Cushman & Alex Williams;
Soccer All-League Honorable Mention: Nick Williams & Meg Works
Volleyball All-League 1st Team: Olivia Cary
Volleyball All-League Honorable Mention: Madie Martin & Hannah Robert
Girls Basketball All-League Honorable Mention: Meg Works & Emily Burton
Boys Basketball All-League All-League Honorable Mention: Jewell Cushman & Alex Williams

2014 BICS Sports Awards Video


Congratulations to all the athletes in soccer, volleyball, and basket ball!

A hearty congratulations to Meg Works, the recipient of the Bill Burns Sportsmanship Award!

If you watched this video for a while, you will notice that BINN is working toward a multi-camera approach to video for Beaver Island. This is part of our plan to upgrade the video eventually to HD video. This is not really possible right now with the slower speeds of Internet on the island until the bandwidth increases for upload and download.

Just a note for all interested in watching this video. You should note that you can move forward or backward in this video. For example, if you wanted to see just the Bill Burns Award, you could click play and then move the slider to the end of the video, and the video would catch up with where you moved the slider. You can move forward and backward and wait for the server to catch up. This is the benefit of streaming video instead of progressive play video.

School Election Results

(May 6, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.)

The St. James voters approved both the local millage for the school and the millage for the Intermediate School District Vocational Education with both being 87 Yes and 22 No. The Peaine voters approved both millages as well. The local millage was approved 49 Yes and 33 No. The Intermediate School District Vocation Education was approved 48 Yes and 35 No.

The BICS operational millage therefore passed 135 Yes to 55 No. The Intermediate millage is voted on throughout the Intermediate School District, so those results are not yet available. Beaver Island approved this millage 134 Yes to 57 No.

Garlic Mustard

by Cindy Ricksgers

Compared to some of the other invasive species here on Beaver Island, garlic mustard looks pretty benign.

It’s an edible herb, for heaven’s sake!

Well, if any of you have ever seen how quickly a mint plant can spread to take over the herb garden-or the lawn, for that matter-you know that some herbs can be terribly aggressive. Garlic mustard is one of them.

Add to that the fact that it grows in moist shade-like our woodland areas-and the damage it can do becomes evident.

“Garlic mustard poses a severe threat to native plants and animals in forest communities,” according to the Plant Conservation Alliance:


Many native widlflowers that complete their life cycles in the springtime (e.g., spring beauty, wild ginger, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, hepatica, toothworts, and trilliums) occur in the same habitat as garlic mustard. Once introduced to an area, garlic mustard outcompetes native plants by aggressively monopolizing light, moisture, nutrients, soil and space. Wildlife species that depend on these early plants for their foliage, pollen, nectar, fruits, seeds and roots, are deprived of these essential food sources when garlic mustard replaces them. Humans are also deprived of the vibrant display of beautiful spring wildflowers.

In addition, chemicals in garlic mustard appear to be toxic to the eggs of certain butterflies, evident in their failure to hatch when laid on garlic mustard plants.

AND, as appears to be the case with all invasive species, garlic mustard is terribly prolific. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds, which remain viable for several years, scatter and germinate. When pulled, it is important to get the entire root, as new plants can sprout from root fragments.

Fortunately, pulling is still-in the case of this particular invasive plant-a good method of control. Removing plants before they go to seed, or before the seed has scattered, will help to keep garlic mustard from taking over our woodland areas.

Let’s get to know the plant, so we can keep it away.

  • Garlic mustard is a cool season biennial herb.
  • Its leaves are triangular to heart-shaped, with scalloped edges and prominent veins.
  • Leaves give off the odor of garlic when crushed.
  • Plants produce clusters of small white flowers, each with four petals in the shape of a cross.
  • Garlic mustard plants stand 12 to 36 inches tall.
  • On Beaver Island, garlic mustard will be the only plant of its height flowering in the woods in May.

With concern and vigilance, we can protect our beautiful island!

Wendy Anne Makes First Trip of the Season

At about 4:15 p.m on Monday, May 5, 2014, the same person who called for the Shamrock trip also called for the Wendy Anne. This call was for the Wendy Anne and barge making the first trip of the season off the Island. The Wendy Anne and barge were already headed out past the BIBCO dock, so heading into town and to Whiskey Point didn't make any sense because it would be almost out of sight before arrival there. Instead a quick drive down Carlisle Road managed to get the cameras in position before the Wendy Anne was out side the harbor.

In actuality, the pictures caught the Wendy Anne and barge going past the Coast Guard Station and the Whiskey Point Lighthouse and then headed out into Lake Michigan probably enroute to Lake Charlevoix.

A short video clip of the Wendy Anne leaving on its first trip 

Shamrock Makes First Fuel Run of 2014

At about 1:15 p.m. today, Monday, May 5, 2014, the Shamrock left Paradise Bay headed out on the first fuel run of the year. As one old timer said, "There's Buddy sneaking out of the harbor." Quick moves by Joe Moore and Frank Solle got a picture of the Shamrock and the fuel barge in tow. It appeared that the Shamrock was headed to the UP for its first fuel run of the year. This is a complete surprise to most of the Island residents.

The phone rings and the person on the other side of the phone says, "Buddy is headed out of the harbor, but he hasn't gone past here yet." A quick jump into the car and a short trip into town, and the first picture was taken.

A quick snapshot on the way to the point showing Buddy's dock empty.

Then a quick run to the point to get a picture of the first fuel run of the year as they move out of the harbor. No such luck, but caught it fairly close.

A quick dash to Gull Harbor to see which direction Buddy is going. Looks like he's headed to the UP.

A close-up of the Shamrock and the fuel barge as they pass Gull Harbor.

First Run of the 2014 Season


2014 Men’s Summer Golf League!

It’s time to get signed up and ready to play.

The date for starting the league is still up in the air and depends on how quickly the weather improves. Right now we’re looking at June 4th as the latest date to start league play. Summer league play normally last to mid-August, but is dependent on the number of teams.

It looks like some of the teams from last year may have to be altered, due to some players being off island this summer for work.

If your team plans on playing this summer, please contact Buck (2680) or Frank (2162) and let us know.

If you played last year, but have a new partner or need a partner, please call.

If you have not played in the league before and would like to be on a team, or added to the sub list please call.

Player’s needing a new partner will be given the names of those who called to be added to the league substitute list.

BICS Junior Senior Banquet at Holy Cross Hall

The Banquet is the traditional gathering of students, staff, and family to celebrate the years of education and learning and social contact for the seniors of BICS who are graduating this year. The Holy Cross Parish Hall is decorated by the underclassmen with the the juniors in the design and leadership roles. The Junior Senior Banquest is the closest our BICS students get to a prom. The students have a wonderful dinner, listen to a speaker, (This year Sarah McCafferty), get a sunset ride on the boat, and then come back for a dance, and, normally for games. Unfortunately, the games were too large to fly over to the Island and the boat did not run to bring these games over for the Banquet.

The Senior Class of BICS takes the position of honor usually on the stage of the hall, and all others sit down on the dance floor portion of the hall. Dinner is prepared by junior partents and usually served by the 7th and 8th grade students.

Olivia, Jewell, Ron, Erin

(Thanks to Mary Palmer for this picture)

Here are the pictures of the Holy Cross Parish Hall all decorated and ready for the evening. The Banquet was held on May 3, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. These pictures were taken at about 4 p.m.

Video of the Holy Cross Parish Hall set-up for Banquet 2014

Keeping Them Alive

by Paul Cole

Growing up often my Mom and Dad would go to the cemetery for a “ride and visit”. They would go on Sundays in the afternoon to walk around and remember people that had passed on. I was lucky to go with them sometimes and realized how much they enjoyed recalling a story or memory of a friend and loved one who had passed, maybe a few years ago, or 50 years ago. The intent was always positive and a way to keep them alive with a funny story or "how caring" a person was. Sometimes they would talk about how one person was related to another, how many kids they had or who could sing and dance the best. My Dad still does this, and I was lucky to walk around two years ago while he told stories and memoires of people long ago.

For some it is a place of quiet comfort to talk to a parent or dear friend about life and its ups and downs. Still others go late in the night to sing a tune that a person loved, or to visit and tell stories about the person at 2:00 in the morning.

I remember a few years ago when Gina Gatliff had her family visiting from Belgium and we listened to some great tunes at the Circle M. After the night was over Danny Gillespie decided to "play a tune for a few" across the street at the cemetery. He visited Russell and Joy, his mother and father, then went to Aunt Georgie's to sing "Cab Driver" and ended up at Jerry’s with a bit of "Sam Hanks". Gina’s family had to adjust to this custom, but loved how we respect those who passed and kept them alive in our hearts. Once this winter I had a family member call me, complaining about the snow and how hard it was to visit the Cemetery. Now that is a die-hard.

I have already told my kids that when I pass on they had better visit me in the cemetery especially to sing a tune. I even asked them to dance a bit, as I love to dance. That will keep my memory alive a bit.

We have a beautiful cemetery and many memories. Keep in mind it takes money to keep it that way. If you have a "few nickels to rub together" as my mom would say, think about donating to the Cemetery. You can mail a check to Holy Cross Cemetery, P.O Box 357, Beaver Island 49782.

We have a way of honoring people when we bury them and a uniqueness in "visiting" them.........Keeping them alive.

Mary Beth Kur Visits BICS

Mary Beth Kur visited the freshman and sophomore class at the Beaver Island Community School in Mr. Adam Richards' classroom today, May 2, 2014. This visit included a very interesting presentation of a fictional court case in which the students were required to determine the sentence that they would give to a driver of vehicle in which three individuals were killed in an automobile rollover crash. They had to determine the sentence only by reading the newspaper article written about the case.

This was followed by a presentation and discussion of whether any other information should be considered and included those items that were required to be part of the decision-making process. The students were then given the example information that would be available to someone making this sentencing decision. After the information was read by the students, they were asked to choose the sentence that would be given after the additional information was given.

As was usual when this presentation is given, the sentences were decreased by the majority of the students in the classroom. It was an interesting and educational activity for the students and any adults present.

The Lesson Plan

Complete video of the presentation is available HERE

The following information was found online about Mary Beth Kur:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Detroit, BGS, University of Michigan
  • Former Prosecuting Attorney in Charlevoix County
  • Over 22 years of courtroom experience throughout Michigan with many high profile trials, including homicide and criminal sexual conduct cases. Has successfully handled over 100 trials-jury and non-jury.
  • Served 9 Years as Charlevoix County Corporation Counsel.
  • Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan.
  • Appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan to serve on the State Domestic Violence Prevention & Treatment Board.
  • Appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan to serve on the Michigan Executive Clemency Board.
  • Highly skilled, trustworthy, well respected and aggressive in Court.
  • Responsive to clients & recognizes the client's desire for good communication and a favorable outcome in each individual case.

    University of Michigan, B.G.S., 1985

    Law School
    University of Detroit, J.D., 1990 

    1991, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 

  • Emmet-Charlevoix County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Flint, Michigan

Tell Your Beaver Island Story

This is an open invitation for any Beaver Island resident. Beaver Island News on the 'Net is interested in your story. If you are interested in being a part of the BINN project, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com or call 448-2416. We are interested in finding out your family background. Where did your family come from? How and why did you (your family) move to Beaver Island? What kind of work do you (your family) do here on Beaver Island? What are some of your family stories that you are willing to share with BINN?

As part of a joint project with Ann Partridge, some Beaver Island people were willing to participate in the Shamrock City Project and came to the Community Center, yesterday, April 29, 2013. Some of these answered the questions related to their family history. Three of these were chosen at random to be worked on last night since the Shamrock City Project had a deadline of April 30, 2013. These three had the video processed and uploaded to a location that may be accessed for the Shamrock City Project. There was no guarantee that they will be used in this project, but BINN has processed this video and has the video links that can be accessed for this Shamrock City Project.

Here are the three interviews that were chosen at random, were uploaded to meet today's deadline, and can be considered for inclusion in the Shamrock City Project:. Click the link below to views the interviews with Garrett Cole, Glen Felixson, and Kathy Tidmore.

Video for Shamrock City Project HERE

Two Beaver Island Seniors Interviewed

Lillian Gregg, 89


Lawrence McDonough, 99


Bush Honeysuckle

I wish this plant looked a little less attractive.

It seems to have a lot going for it.

Bush honeysuckle is a nice looking plant: its glossy leaves are some of the first to emerge in the Spring, and hang on well into the Fall. Attractive, scented flowers blossom in June, followed by edible berries that remain on the bushes through the Winter. It can tolerate some shade, and its root system can help to stop erosion. No wonder they were deliberately and thoughtfully introduced to this country!

Sounds good, right?

In fact, of the four types of bush honeysuckle that grow on Beaver Island, two are native. On the surface, they are almost indistinguishable from the two types that we label “invasive.”

So, what’s the difference?

Not all non-native species are “invasive.” My hyacinths are not taking over the yard, no matter how much I encourage it. Many plants – though not part of our native vegetation – are welcome additions to our yards and gardens.

That is not the case when it is an invasive plant.

I just did an internet search of “attributes of invasive plants”, thinking I’d find a concise,  understandable list that I could share. I was humbled and horrified by explanations that were so far over my ability to make sense of them, I couldn’t begin to interpret them. I tried “characteristics of invasive plants” with similar results. If you’d like that information, it’s out there. Meanwhile, let me explain it as I understand it.

Invasive species have an advantage.

Maybe this advantage comes to them because our climate is even more favorable to their growth than their home climate was. Maybe our soil lacks the microbes that would slow their growth or reproduction. Perhaps the animals that might feed on the plant are not available here. Plants that would compete with them for nutrients, light and space do not grow here. This allows them to be a “bully” in our eco-system, taking over land and space so aggressively that our native species are crowded out.

According to the brochure of Top Ten Invasives (which is the source for my list), published by the Beaver Island Association (<www.beaverislandassociation.org>), invasive plants

  • decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching and other recreational pursuits
  • if left unchecked, will limit many uses of our islands now and for future generations
  • can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes and rivers

In the case of invasive Bush Honeysuckle, the plants have a “rampant and aggressive” growth pattern that forms dense thickets. They block the sunlight, preventing other plants from growing there. It is believed they also may release a chemical into the soil that is toxic to other plants. Though it was once believed that it would provide a habitat and food source for wildlife, the opposite is true. Wildlife was left more exposed to predators, and the berries produced have no nutritional value to the birds that eat them.

Though very similar to our native honeysuckle, the invasive plants can be distinguished by their flowers. Native honeysuckle have yellow blooms. The invasive strains (Tatarian, from Russia, and Morrow’s, from Japan) have flowers of pink or white. The older stems of the invasive honeysuckle are hollow; all stems are solid in the native plants. They are generally found in sunny areas, and form dense stands about 6 feet tall.

Cutting alone will not destroy the plant, as it can regenerate quickly from the roots. Pulling is effective in small stands or with young plants. Digging out older plants, being sure to get the entire root system, is one way to control them.  A glysophate herbicidal solution (Round Up)applied to the plants or cut stems can work to kill the plant. As always when using herbicide, care should be taken to protect surrounding plants, water and wildlife.

When purchasing decorative plants, make sure they are not species that can threaten the natural beauty of our island.

As we’re getting out and about this year, let’s all be aware and keep watch for the invasive plants that threaten our landscape.

From the Chamber of Commerce

Nominated For Citizen of the Year

The following nominations for the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce 2013 Citizen of the Year award were received prior to the deadline. The recipient of the award for 2013 will be selected soon by the Chamber board of directors. The winner will be announced on May 17 at the awards banquet.

Eric & Dana Hodgson

Don & Joan Vyse

Employees of the Beaver Island Boat Company

Doug Gillespie

Mike Myers

Andy Kohls

Father Jim Doherty

Beaver Island Airport Commission--past and present

Bill McDonough

Don Vyse

Citizen of the Year Award Banquet

Stoney Acre to Cater at Holy Cross Hall--May 17

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

Please call Stoney Acre at 231.448.2560 for your reservation and please give them a menu choice from one of the wonderful meals listed below. The cost for the meal will be $25 and does not include tax and gratuity.

Beverages are extra. A cash bar will be available with wine, beer and spirits. The Chamber of Commerce and select members will pick up the tab for beer and wine.

Menu Choices:

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

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

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

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


BICS End of School Year Calendar

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

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


Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Township Airport Site Plan

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired--Some Will Expire in May and June

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