Beaver Island News on the 'Net, May 14-20, 2012

From Beaver Island AMVETS

We want to recognize all the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces this Memorial Day who have a tie to the island. I have a list but we want to make sure we have everyone.

Please send us the name and branch of service of those who you know, don't worry about duplicates we just want to make sure we have all the names.

Munising Baptist Track Meet 19 May 2012

The Munising Baptist Track Meet, the Northern Lights League Track Meet, was held in Munising The teams participating were Munising Baptist, Beaver Island, Paradise, Crossroads Christian Academy, and Grand Marais. Results will be posted when received.

The BICS Track Team at Munising's Northern Lights League Track Meet

The Beaver Island Track Team placed very well in all the events that the team members participated in. As you can see in the picture, the team members were Erin, Brighid, Jenna, Nick, Alex, Kyle, and Jewell. Several island residents and parents attended the meet to cheer on the team.

Cindy Cushman.....Danielle Dedloff....Miranda Rooy

Sarah McCafferty.....Rick Speck..

Alex at the tape.....Alex and Erin handoff......Alex ahead....

Brighid and Jenna......Brighid at the tape.....and again...

Erin hurdles..............Erin running

Jenna running and is she fast.....

Jewell hurdles............... and again

Kyle running......Kyle hurdles

Nick running and running and running

(All of the above photos used with permission from owner Paul Gerard.)

Video of selected events

Memorial Day Ceremony

There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on May 28, 2012, at noon.

A Commune?

The male mallards

Two females with twelve and eight ducklings.

Waste Management Meeting of May 15, 2012

The minutes were approved after an introduction of the four committee members present to the Recycling Committee members from Charlevoix. Don Welke gave his manager's report, and Ed Troutman discussed the increases and additions to the fee schedule. The Point Of Sale computer is in place and working. Credit accounts for 23 of 33 have been completed. a presentation was made by the members of the Recycling Committee from Charlevoix and discussions on recycle items were discussed including a scheduling of a June 4 and 5 Household Hazardous Materials collection on the island.

Watch the video HERE

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

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2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM



Attorney Robin Luce-Herrmann of the law firm of Butzel Long will present information on the requirements of the Michigan Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts to members of Beaver Island's Township Boards, their Commissions, Committees and Boards and the public.

The information presented will include an explanation of the purposes of these Acts with a summary of the rights and obligations of government and the rights of the public under these Acts. The presentation will include opportunities for all those attending to ask questions and participate fully in discussions.

This meeting presents an important opportunity for all those attending to become more acquainted with the manner in which public knowledge and participation is encouraged at all levels of government.

Your attendance at this meeting is strongly encouraged.

Jack Gallagher, Peaine Township Supervisor

BIRHC Board Meeting May 19, 2012

Meetings will begin at 9:30 AM in the

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Community Room


Friday May 18th Yellow LAKE PERCH Basket or Dinner
Saturday May 19th $2 off ALL STEAKS Ribeye's, N.Y.'s, Sizzler's... ONE POUND PORTERHOUSE coming next week!
Sunday's Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet Noon-5pm
Happy Hour ALL Day & Jim & Pam's PIZZA 5-8:30
Munchie Monday Buy 2 Starters...and get 1/2 off the lesser of the two!
TEX-MEX Tuesday $2 off our Home made Tex-Mex Entree's...
(excludes Queso's & Nacho's) & $1 off Sangria's!
WINE Down Wednesday $1 off a Glass & $3 off a Bottle
PLUS...They're baaaaaack...
Stoney's FAMOUS Baby Back BBQ RIBS Every Thursday Night Starting May 24th! YUM! YUM!
Great Food, Good Times, Low Prices!
Our best to you,
Stoney & Staff

Spring Open House Saturday, June 2nd from 10am - 4pm

Everyone is invited to visit the participating business's and sign up for drawings at each location. Prizes include gift certificates, merchandise, event tickets, etc., and the more places you visit, the more chances you have to win! Pick up your map at the Community Center on or before June 2nd, and look for posters around town for any last minute changes.

Locations of each business will be listed using letters of the alphabet, but you can start and end anywhere you like. We can't wait to see you!

A Livingstone Studio *New work from all the artists and jewelry designers, gifts in every price range*

B The Beaver Island Toy Museum *Confusion at it's best & abundance in plastic*

C The Beaver Island Boat Shop *Watch artisans at work on a variety of new cherry wood products*

D Beaver Island Studio and Gallery *Visit Lois Stipp's new gallery, next door to the Boat Shop*

E Shipwreck Shirts *Come see our new scarves, bags and other fashionable items*

F The Blue Pearl *Celebrate Dads and Grads with little lovelies from The Blue Pearl*

G The Community Center *Pick up Spring Open House maps and check out our new brochure listing this seasons events*

H The Shamrock Bar and Restaurant *

I Powers Do It Best Hardware *Pruning demonstrations with Barb Rahn*

J Flat Tail Furs *Visit us at our new location next to Daddy Franks, and see our line of fur products and jewelry*

K Daddy Franks *View our newly renovated restaurant and kitchen spaces*

L Sticks, Stones, Feathers and Bones *(At Montaage) 1-4pm Air plants and mini-gardens*

M Island Artisans * Come and see our new look*

N Stoney Acre Grill and Pub *Great food at great prices*

O Beaver Island Gardens *Great selections of all your summer favorites*

BICS Announces Class of 2012 Graduates

(Photo by Frank Solle)

2012 Graduates:

Jenna Battle- Salutatorian

Jamie Campbell

Agustust Connaghan

Matthew Cull

Brighid Gillespie-Cushman

Kaylyn Jones

Dan LaFreniere

William Lemmink

Brogan Maudrie

Michael McCafferty

Olivia Schwartzfisher-Valedictorian

Antler Restrictions Proposed Across Northern Michigan

Island resident Paul Johnson is featured in this story.

Read about this story HERE

Baroque on Beaver 2012 Program Announced

Principal Conductor Robert Nordling and Choral Director Kevin Simons have announced plans for this year's Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival, which will take place on the island from July 24 to July 29. As in the past, concerts will feature music for orchestra, chorus, chamber groups and soloists, and the repertoire will include not only Baroque music but also selections from a variety of composers and styles.

The benefit concert on Tuesday, July 24, will feature The Choral Scholars from Grand Rapids, a group of eight talented graduates of Calvin College who perform throughout Michigan. They specialize in music of the early Baroque and Renaissance. Joining them will be Fitah Rasendrahasina, the young tenor from Madagascar who brought the audience to its feet when he sang at last summer's Night at the Opera.

Several changes in the program for this summer are the results of requests from festival goers and musicians. As the Conductor noted, “Musicians and audiences continue to play an important role in shaping our schedule and our repertoire.” Many people missed having a concert at the Biological Station; this summer on Wednesday, July 25, Baroque on Beaver will return to CMU for an evening of chamber music. This year the full Festival Chorus and Orchestra will perform on Saturday evening, July 28, at the Parish Hall. The concert, entitled “ Americana,” will include Copland's “Appalachian Spring” and choral selections from the Civil War era.

Robert Nordling is particularly excited about “The Soldier's Tale” by Stravinsky, which will be performed Thursday evening, July 26, at the Community Center. The mixed-media piece, based on an old Russian folk tale, features very demanding parts for seven solo instruments and three narrators, one of whom will be Beaver Island poet Robert Cole. The combination of the elements of neo-classicism and jazz, and the story-telling about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil is, according to Robert, “sure to thrill the audience!”

On Friday night, July 27, soloists and chorus members will join the orchestra to present pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Schubert and Vaughan Williams. The afternoon concert on Sunday, July 29, will feature Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and the Baroque on Beaver traditional finale, “A Gaelic Blessing” by John Rutter. Audience members will be invited to join the orchestra and chorus to sing this closing piece in the Festival. Anyone who is on the island during the Festival week can also look forward to hearing the Beaver Brass Quintet and other ensembles performing at various times and locations around town. Continuing another tradition of Baroque on Beaver, all events will be free, except for the opening night benefit concert. Baroque on Beaver has recently added a Facebook page and has updated its website: . Be sure to check these sites for further information. Then mark your calendar and invite your friends to enjoy a fantastic week of beautiful music in a gorgeous island setting.

Around the North End

What happened?

Four young mute swans...

Can you identify this bird?

Osprey on the nest

Herons on the harbor..

The cross that is really a tower..



The R/V Sturgeon is the newest ship to be added to the current GLSC fleet of 4 research vessels that are used to conduct fisheries and aquatic research across the Great Lakes basin. The R/V Sturgeon is a valuable addition to the GLSC vessel program. The 101-foot vessel is designed to operate with a crew of three and can support a scientific staff of seven for up to a 15-day mission. The R/V Sturgeon includes all of the necessary features to support a wide variety of aquatic science projects in the open waters of the Great Lakes. It uses state-of-the-art electronic navigational and scientific equipment as well as traditional sampling gear such as bottom trawls and gillnets. The R/V Sturgeon is currently stationed at the Cheboygan Vessel Base in Cheboygan, Michigan.

The primary mission of the R/V Sturgeon is to support fisheries related science in Lakes Michigan and Huron. Specifically, the R/V Sturgeon will aid our key science programs in Deepwater Science, Restoration Ecology, and Invasive Species. For over 30 years the GLSC has provided information on prey fish populations, such as alewife, rainbow smelt, bloater, and sculpin. This information helps state, tribal, and federal managers to make better-informed management decisions for top fish predators (e.g., lake trout, Pacific salmon, and other sport and commercial fish species) that feed on these prey fish. We also provide scientific information for the evaluation of management strategies to restore native fish species such as lake trout and to combat invasive species such as sea lamprey.

The mission of the Great Lakes Science Center is to advance scientific knowledge and provide scientific information to resource managers for restoring, enhancing, managing, and protecting the living resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. The GLSC is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with eight field stations strategically located throughout the Great Lakes region.

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

COA Sunday Dinner This Sunday

Museum Week Schedule

Although this information is pushed together to get as much information as possible in as little space as necessary, it looks as if the week called Museum Week on Beaver Island will be full of interesting sessions.Monday, July 16, 2012, beginsthis week with Antje Price, the Protar Lady, out at the Protar Home from 1-3 p.m., followed in the evening with Music on the Porch beginning at 7:30 p.m. Kathy Speck will be the Master of Ceremonies. Remember to bring a chair as the evening is usually crowded in the road in front of the Print Shop Museum.

Tuesday find the CMU's Great Lakes Research Station open for tours out in the former USCG Boathouse. Tours will take place all day with Don Uzarski, the Biological Station's director. Pinky Harmon will be running the Bingo games that are scheduled at 7 p.m., Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Wednesday begins the three day Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center including a weaver, spinner, and a new book from noon until five,. Wednesday is also the a day of Island archeology beginning at the Boyle Farm and ending with a presentation "Everything you want to know about Island archeology by Deb Rotman."

Thursday is a field trip for children with Jim Gillingham, The art show continues, followed by a 2 p.m. presentation on the South Fox Lighthouse. The evening will have "Biological Discoveries of the Little Traverse Band" with Bill Parsons.

Friday is the last day of the Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The Protar Home is again open from 1-3 p.m. with Antje Price. A CMU-TV film will be shown at 4:30 p.m. The evening brings a presentation of "What's Down There?" showcasing the underwater adventures of Ross Richardson in Lake Michigan,.

Saturday is the Pet Show at the Print Shop Museum plus all day there will be a "Demonstration of Blacksmithing Skill" at the Heritage Park. The evening will be the "Hey, Smith," a presentation of the art and life of modern artists-blacksmiths with Lance Olson and friends.

Sunday ends Museum Week with "The Dennis Banks Film Project" with Dennis Banks and Darren James.


First Annual Career Day

May 29, 2012

8:30-11:50 a.m.

Flyer for Career Day

Schedule for Career Day

News from the Chamber

Beaver Island was featured in both the print and online versions of Hour Magazine Detroit.

By unanimous vote The Faces of American Freedom was chosen by Chamber of Commerce directors as the July 4th parade theme.

Short Interview with Kay Charter The Bird Lady

What are you doing here on Beaver Island today?


What can residents of the island do to help?


BICS Students Find Scarlet Tanager

(Thanks to Frank Solle for the photo of the scarlet tanager.)

Kay Charter came over to Beaver Island to make a presentation and take them out into the field to actually use some of the skills that the students have researched over the last few days. The students had researched four birds, and, as amazed as the students were, so were the adults, as they sighted one of those four birds, the scarlet tanager. They were using the binoculars for the first time and looked up into the tree branches with the leaves coming out to search for these four bird types.

The 7th and 8th graders road in the transit bus out to Protar's Tomb. On the way they passed the osprey perched in a dead tree across the road from the microwave tower.

These pictures included the students looking and pointing, then posing, then Ms.McNamara poses with Kay Charter.

"There it is. You see it? A scarlet tanager. Cool!" and off they went in search of more birds

Kay Charter pauses to give BINN an interview.

All in all an excellent two hours in the life of a 7th and 8th grade BICS student


Thanks to the careful planning, propagating, and caring over the winter, Heidi Vigill (BI Gardens) has put into the ground a new section of the Welllness Garden. Her Peace Garden, honoring our Angels in White (BI Hospice), and in memory of those they served with such love and devotion over the years, has come to fruition with the help of some of our gardening committee: Connie Wojan, Dana D'Andraia, Mary Jean Pike and Leonor Jacobson.
The beautiful pear tree, peonies, roses, as well as various perennials are provided by Heidi. She also will incorporate Ruth Igoe's white irises, Joyce Runberg's white phlox, Joyce Erber's shasta daisies and Joanne Cashman's white roses. Future plantings will also include hydrangeas from Jeff Powers, and annuals from Denise McDonough's and Cherl's flower sales. How nice to have the cooperation of many islanders on this project. Stop by and see what we have going on. Jim Wojan has dropped off the mulch, the Lighthouse schoolkids have spread it , as well as several CMU Masters students. The BICS Rangers are also prepping the Fairy Garden this week for your enjoyment. Things are growing in our Wellness Garden!!

Letter from Charlevoix Airport Manager

Dear Airport Users and Patrons-

Airport and City Management are happy to announce that the repairs and upgrades to the jet fuel system are getting close to being completed.  The new jet fuel skid is scheduled to be installed and completed by the end of May, 2012.  The new jet skid will also be relocated closer to the underground storage tanks and away from its current location in the middle of the ramp (close to Island Airway's hangar).  This will help eliminate a bottleneck situation, improve safety/efficiency and upgrade to newer jet fueling equipment.  In addition, the Airport looks to long-term relocate the Avgas dispensers to the underground storage tank area as well.  When all of these improvements are completed it will completely eliminate the current above-ground dispensers that are currently bottlenecking ramp operations.   One of our current FAA FY2012 entitlement projects is to design, expand and improve the current ramp area.  This project will increase space for our corporate aircraft, correct deteriorating pavement that ponds water when it rains, create dedicated parking for our fueling trucks and add more ramp space for airport operations and commercial operators.

We are excited about these current and upcoming Airport projects.  Please feel free to contact me with any further questions you may have.


Matthew L Bailey

Airport Manager/Charlevoix Municipal Airport (CVX)


Join in the July 4th Parade on Beaver Island.! Come in costume: we also welcome butterflies, fairy flowers, princes and princesses, as well as a few bunnies, frogs and snails! Young ones must be accompanied by adults. You will be lead through the parade route for as long as you'd like to walk (or bikeride) by a special leader . A banner will be hoisted by two more mature walkers . We encourage local school kids as well as visiting children, to
join in the fun! Support the Fairy Garden and have a good time doing it on July 4th. More information or questions call Leonor 448-2894.

Mute Swan Eggs Hatch on Barney's Lake



Spring Serenade Solo Recital

This spring, string serenade of solos in recital format took place today, May 5, 2012, at the Beaver Island Community Center. It began at 3 p.m. Sheri Richards introduced each student as each performed. The music was diverse from folk songs through J.S. Bach with a George Harrison piece and a Seitz concerto.

You can view video of the recital HERE

Beaver Island Talent Show

This talent show was a fundraiser for the middle school students of BICS for a trip. There were many talented individuals who participated. There is video available for those who did not attend the evening event on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pictures and description of the programs will follow later.

Please view the video HERE.

Waste Management Committee Video of April 2012 Meeting

You can view the meeting video HERE

St. James Township Meeting, May 2, 2012

The audience and the board members were of equal number at this monthly meeting of the St. James Township Board. The meeting was calm and quiet with only a couple of issues that seemed to spark, smolder, and then go out, but that is a good thing. The board moved forward with its business in an orderly and fairly smooth and efficient process. You may view video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, April 11, 2012

View Video of the meeting HERE

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

This Central Michigan University program features the history of Beaver Island as told by museum director Bill Cashman as well as Deb Rotman, archeologist, from the University of Notre Dame. It includes Antje Price speaking about Protar. Father Dan Connaghan presented information about the history of the Catholic Church. John Runberg, president of the Historical Society, speaks about the history of the fishing industry. Bill Cashman speaks about the Irish connection on Arranmore and the Twinning Ceremony.

View the program HERE

Bike the Beaver

The Beaver Island Bike Festival is scheduled on Beaver Island from June 21-23, 2012

Check out the website HERE

Check out a poster of the event HERE

End of School Year Calendar

Thanks to Kerry Smith for this calendar that specifies the activities and events related to the school children all the way from April to graduation. Thanks, Kerry!

Click this link to see the end of school year calendar

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

Video of the games

More pictures HERE

St. Pat's Music at Night

Video Highlights are available HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser

This crazy, hazy, lazy, histerical gathering of the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, and Beaver Island Law Enforcement to play against the co-ed members of the Lady Islanders and the Islanders was interspersed with some regular basketball play. You can view the entire game with some creative time out camera work at these links:

Introduction of players

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Score

BI Transfer Station Info

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Check or the Community Center for listings

Pure Michigan Campaign

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

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

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

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

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

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

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

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

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

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

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(231) 448-2275

Check out the following link to help with this project




Iron Ore Creek and Bay

Working on the Creek Area


Iron Ore Creek

The Iron Ore Creek area looks a lot different than it did in years past. There is one large opening under the road to allow the creek to run out to the lake. It also has some serious issues with visitors moving the rocks that prevent erosion of the sand into the creek. It also is obvious that there are people who do not want to follow the rules on the sign at the creek.


The biggest issue revolves around the movement of the rocks that provide a pathway for draining water. The second issue is the fact that some ORV operators do not want to follow the Charlevoix County ORV Ordinance. Perhaps they don't know about the ordinance, but they should be able to read the sign, "No vehicles on beach."

In an effort to prevent vehicles on the beach, there has been a fence erected near the culvert and park area. This will hopefully be a visual warning to ORVs to stay off the beach. There is, however, another way for the ORVs to access the beach at Iron Ore Bay, from the east end of the bay.

There are three different pathways that can provide access on the east end of the bay. They are close together, but all three allow access to the beach.

Even though there is a fine up to $500 for driving an ORV anywhere except on designated trails, some operators of the ORVs aren't respecting the ordinance.

Sharing a Feeder

Between the many hummingbirdsthat we see by our feeders, the most beautiful bird sharing the feeder now is a Baltimore Oriole. The hummers weren't to happy to share, but they really didn't have any choice.

Baltimoe Oriole and Hummingbird Sharing a Feeder


Other visitors including a male and female duck


Another Use for PAM

This morning something absolutely hilarious happened in the front yard. A squirrel attempted to climb up the pole to get to the newest bird feeder in the yard. He climbed up a short distance and then hurled himself up to try to reach the new feeder. Well, he almost made it, and probably would have except for the idea of how to stop him from getting there came into a brain. So, out went the thinker, and she sprayed Pam on the pole. Yes, an aerosoled cooking oil was sprayed on the pole. The squirrel was foiled by the cooking spray. The squirrel jumped, but instead of reaching his goal of a new bird feeder full of seeds and berries, he ended up sliding right down the pole to the ground. He tried several times, and he was foiled several times. After setting up the video camera twice and two hours and forty minutes later, another attempt was was made by the same squirrel. Hope you enjoy watching the video of another use for the cooking spray PAM.

The Sliding Squirrel


Peter A. Phillips Dies

Peter A. Phillips, 70, of Charlevoix, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Charlevoix Area Hospital. A Rite of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 16, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix. Visitation will be from 6-8:30, Tuesday, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix where the Rosary will be recited at 8:30pm. Interment will take place at a later date at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Charlevoix.

Pete was born August 16, 1941, in Kalamazoo to Ivan and Helen (Gallagher) Phillips. He graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1959, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He was aboard the U.S.S. Randolph in 1962 when Astronaut John Glenn was retrieved after the Mercury-Atlas 6 three-orbit space mission.

Pete earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Western Michigan University. He worked as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service before returning to Charlevoix in 1976. In Charlevoix, he owned and operated Phillips Northside Service Station.

Pete was a member of Saint Mary's Church, the Knights of Columbus Pierre de Charlevoix Council, the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club, the Beaver Island Wildlife Club and the Men's Coffee Clutch at the Townhouse.

Pete is survived by his children, Owen (Laura Willis) Phillips of Charlevoix, Amber (Thomas Slovick) Phillips of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ethan (Tim Johnston) Phillips of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Ann Hanson of Grand Rapids; brother, Richard Phillips of Chicago, Ill; niece Elizabeth (Joseph) Fulsher; nephews Mark Hanson and Kevin (Robin) Hanson; grandnephews Jacob and Brody Fulsher and Kenneth and Nicholas Hanson. Pete also leaves behind numerous friends and will be dearly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the the Charlevoix Library, the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club, or the Beaver Island Wildlife Club.

If you want to share a memory of Pete, or condolences, please do so at

Iron Ore Creek Restoration Project

On Thursday March 11, 2012, at approximately 10 a.m., a group of volunteers met at Iron Ore Creek to build a wooden barrier to prevent damage and erosion from four-wheelers driving on the sand dune, which violates a Peaine Township Ordinance. The Peaine Township Board supports the Charlevoix County's ORV Ordinance, which will allow ORV operation on all township roads except Kings Highway from the four corners to the St. James Township line. There is no legal riding of an ORV off the road unless it is on private property and this written permission must be available if stopped.

The barrier will also serve to guide visitors down two designated paths to the water, which will also aid in erosion control. The steps were shoveled off so people can use them. Rocks were removed, that had been placed in the creek, to disrupt the natural flow of the water, from the creek into Lake Michigan. There is a new sign posted asking people to please leave the rip-rap in place. (the rocks) People have removed rocks from the culvert or "the tube," as it is referred to, and this can also cause erosion problems as well. Several volunteers planted beach grass over the entire area in the hopes of preserving this beautiful place for future generations.

CMU Students Assist in Clean-up Of Beach at Wagner Campground

This wonderful group of CMU students are pitching in with a small number of island people and are making this island a better place to live and vacation. This small group of CMU students cleaned up the beach area out at the Bill Wagner Campground. The beach area had several campfire piles of half burnt logs and other trash. These items were removed and the beach area was raked to provide a much nicer beach area for the visitors and campers who arrive at this campground.

This last picture indicate that there have also been vehicles driving down the beach here.

AMVETs Post #46 Sets More Bricks at Memorial

Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, May 12, 2012, the AMVETs began the work on setting 60 more bricks at the Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial. There were some very emotional points in this process. A father setting a brick for his fallen hero son and a friend setting a brick for a fallen hero friend. This job was not easy to watch as the tears filled the eyes and the workers continued to work. This Veteran's Memorial will be used for the Memorial Day Service, so the bricks need to be in place before Memorial Day.

Here is a video of the veterans setting the bricks.

View from behind the memorial

Three of the special bricks placed next to one another....

Loons Versus Swan Game

After the Spring Serenade, a quick trip on the loop from Barney's Lake Road to Sloptown Road and back to town, an interesting sight was observed. Although you can't be sure what the thought pattern of the two loon was, nor could you know what was going on in the mute swan's brain, to just sit and observe this game was hilarious. First the loons began a slight move toward the southern end of the lake, then the mute swan began swimming at a fast rate of speed to catch up and chase the loons away. When the mute swan got fairly close, the two loons would dive. The mute swan would glide to a stop and turn its head back and forth looking for the loons. One loon would pop up south of the swan, and one would pop up north of the swan. The swan would then appear, through the darkening images, to be confused and head at one or the other loon. This loon would dive and come up by the other loon. The swan would then head quickly toward the two loons and, just as he got there, both loons would dive again.

Where did they go?

There they are!

As you can tell, it was approaching the darkness of night. Staying right there and watching the game was a wonderful way to spend a moment with nature!

Spring Serenade Group Recital

Video HERE

Suzuki String Group

All together in one group

John Brady Robert receives the Outstanding Student Award

TDS warns businesses: Shut out hackers with a few basic security measures

For more information contact:
Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager of PR
TDS Telecommunications Corp.
608-664-4471 /

MADISON, Wis. (May 11, 2012)— TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS ® ) warns business owners of a serious issue facing those who own and operate their own phone systems. Voice mail and toll fraud is on the rise as hackers use corporate phone systems to find an open road to major telecom networks.

A private branch exchange telephone system, or PBX, is a phone system owned and operated by a private company. It is then connected with telephone lines purchased from a local telecom provider. TDS has been marketing PBX systems to its business customers for more than twenty years and is reminding businesses that security measures must be taken to prevent fraud.

Voice mail and long distance toll fraud are the most prevalent threats to businesses using a PBX. Hackers gain access to the phone system in order to place long distance calls directly from the business customer's lines, those charges are then billed—and could be costly.

Although no system is 100 percent protected, TDS suggests all businesses with a PBX take the following steps to help prevent PBX hacking:

  • Confirm no default or unchanged factory passwords exist in the PBX and/or voicemail system.
  • Check that no unauthorized or additional passwords exist in the system.
  • Use international call blocking in the PBX and at the local/long distance switch (unless your company actually needs/places international calls).
  • Delete or lock all unused mailboxes.
  • Require all employees to change their voice mailbox passwords to 6- or 8-digit non-trivial passwords. This includes administrative, general delivery, and system manager mailboxes.
  • Educate employees on the importance of strong passwords and maintenance.

Businesses are encouraged to contact their local telecom provider to discuss other preventive actions, too.

“By following these suggestions, along with other modifications recommended by your PBX supplier, you can make a significant difference in the security of your PBX systems,” said Tom Canfield, vice president of commercial marketing and product development at TDS. “In an era plagued with fraudulent and opportunistic people, basic prevention measures can really pay off.”

Unauthorized access to a system is usually gained through voice mail menus protected with simple passwords (1111, 2222, 1234, etc.) or unchanged factory default passwords. Once in the system, hackers use system commands to gain dial tone and place calls that appear just like any other call originating from the business.

Many savvy hackers also know the default passwords used by switch vendors. PBX hacking can occur when the PBX vendor, or the customer, fails to change these default passwords during initial installation. Good password management policy and practice is a strong protection step.

“While we work directly with our customers who purchase a PBX from us to take the necessary precautions, we also have business customers with existing PBX equipment from other vendors that could pose a security threat,” says Canfield.

Only customers can differentiate legitimate calls from fraudulent ones. Carriers, like TDS, do not have access or permission to stop calls from happening. Each carrier must pay a portion of the call that is handled by them, so when a call is placed to an international location the domestic carrier must pay the foreign carrier, regardless of any claim of fraud. Those charges are then passed back to the customer by the local carrier. Unfortunately, a large telephone bill could be the first warning a business receives.

“Business customers are responsible for protecting their own PBX equipment from fraudulent use,” adds Canfield. “Thankfully, some basic security measures can help prevent hacking of their equipment. While we normally help set up these security settings with TDS PBX customers, many companies who already own equipment from other vendors need to pay attention to new threats to protect their lines.”

For more tips and information to prevent PBX fraud, visit BusinessResourceCenter.aspx .

CMU Students Work at Heritage Park

While some students were busy raking leaves and putting into the back of a pickup truck, others were working to get the rails secured on the railroad ties. The purpose of this work is to get the site ready for the arrival of a steam engine rail engine that may arrive on the island as soon as July. The students were working quite hard at accomplishing this task.

Pre-drilling the holes and then hammering in the spikes was a great deal of work for these students,.

Railroad spike after railroad spike were hammered into the holes to hold the rails in place.

At the other piece of rail, other students were leveling the railroad ties, and beyond them raking was continuing.

Bill Cashman was present teaching and supervising...

The work continued until Dick Burris arrived with a real rail hammering tool, and Bill Cashman celebrated the job's almost completion.

The rails completed on the ties.

Rails with Music


The Tree House That Isn't

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has reported twice on the progress of the tree house that is being built off the Kings Highway and below the hill where the two buoys mark the driveway. The view from twenty foot high deck was absolutely gorgeous even when the picture was taken in the winter time. However, the tree house that was twenty feet off the ground is no longer a tree house as you will shortly see,

Here is a view of the tree house at about 1 p.m. on May 10, 2012 taken from Whiskey Point

This picture was taken from the driveway of the tree house shortly after the one above.

Later in the afternoon, this picture was taken from Whiskey Point using a zoom lens

It is pretty obvious that the tree house is no longer as tall as the trees that surrounded it,. The building is now much closer to the ground. All this took place in one afternoon, May 10, 2012.

The same location as the second picture above except that later in the afternoon the house is only six feet from the ground,.

Here is a view of the house taken fromthe beach area in front of it.

The view is nice, but not nearly as nice as it was when the deck was twenty feet in the air.

Tree House That Isn't Video Clip










WHAT: 2nd Annual Garden Tour to Benefit the Wellness Garden project takes place July 11th beginning at 9:00 am at
the public beach parking lot (in front of the Holy Cross Parish Hall)

HOW LONG : ½ day tour begins at 9 am and ends after lunch, in town
All-day tour will end at 4pm, going out of town in the afternoon

COST: $25 for the half -day tour plus catered picnic lunch at the Wellness Garden
including a ride
$40 for the full-day tour, catered picnic lunch , including ride , and dessert
at the final garden stop.

BIKERS OR THOSE WITH OWN TRANSPORTATION: $10 (No Lunch) May pay on the day of the tour
$20 (lunch included but must
buy ticket by July 8th)

TICKET SALES: Pre-sale to those who supported us last year will be available for purchase from June 15th until June 23rd. After that anyone wishing to buy tickets
may get them up until July 8th (if you want lunch) Day of the tour you may pay at the parking lot, no lunch available, provide your own transportation.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS? At the Beaver Island Rural Health Center M-F 8:30-5

Any questions call Leonor 448-2894 or Betty (BIRHC) 2275


Hazmat Days

As part of Charlevoix County Recycling the Beaver Island Transfer Station accepting Household Hazardous Waste-- Free of Charge --on June 4th and June 5th, 2012. Please refer to the Charlevoix County Recycling site for more details on what qualifies and/or look for the flyers which will be posted around town. The Charlevoix County Recycling site is:

If you have specific questions please call the Beaver Island Transfer Station at 448-2228.

COA Sunday Dinner, May 20

Island Merchants Plan Open House

To celebrate spring (and this quiet time before we are all working too hard again) join us on Saturday June 2nd from 10am - 4pm for light refreshments and drawings (for gift certificates, merchandise, etc.) at each participating location. Come browse while the shelves are fully stocked and the island is quiet. The more places you visit, the more chances to win one of the donated prizes! A map with locations will be available in late May, but some of the merchants involved include: The Toy Museum, Livingstone Studio, Beaver Island Gallery, The Boat Shop, The Blue Pearl, Shipwreck Shirts, The Shamrock Restaurant and Bar, Powers Do It Best Hardware, Sticks, Stones, Feathers and Bones, Island Artisans, Stoney Acre Grill and Beaver Island Gardens. Watch for posters late May, or phone 231-448-2975 after May 6th for more information, or if you are a business that would like to be included in our special day.

Mark Your Calendar!

Beaver Island Christian Church will again be hosting a community Vacation Bible School July 10-12. More information later.

Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

August 16, 2012 Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall 12:30 PM

Beaver Island Bike Festival

June 21-23, 2012

Annual Meeting of the BIA

The Beaver Island Association will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22nd at the Community Center. At 4:30-5:00 an informal gathering will take place followed by a feature presentation by attorney and co-author David Fry... Saving the Family Cottage. He will share his extensive experience working with hundreds of families a across the United States in transitioning ownership of vacation property to families' younger generations. David will answer questions following the presentation. 6:15-7 p.m. will be the Annual Meeting. Open to the public, but seating is on a first-come basis.

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

Sharon will be offering classes in watercolor in either three-day or five-day sessions and welcomes students at all levels. She will provide all the supplies, and is willing to to teach both islanders and off-island visitors who book ahead.

The Laurain Lodge is holding five rooms for that week until June 15th so book them now to assure a place to stay as well as let Leonor Jacobson know if you plan to attend her classes. The space will be limited to insure favorable instruction time to all.

The price for each of the sessions is still being determined. Please visit her website and call Leonor for more details (231-448-2894) and to hold a spot. after May 15th.

Natural Resources Dates

Swans-On May 21 a public meeting will be held by the MIDNR discussing the appearance of swans on our interior lakes. Learn the life cycle of the swans and how they impact our interior lakes both in terms of beneficial plants and endanger waterfowl.

Invasive Species Summit June 14th from 2-5 p.m. Presentations from tribes, agencies and national organizations will address: Why should we care about about invasive species, effects of invasives on sportsmen, what is being done to address the situation, and how you can help. A free $10.00 invasive species manual will be available to all who attend. Event sponsored by the Beaver Island Association.

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church

May 13 and 20 Pastor Harold Kruse

May 20: Baccalaureate for seniors at Beaver Island Community School

May 27: Pastor Howard Davis

June 3: Pastor Jim VanderMeiden

June 10: Pastor Norm Ratering

June 17: Pastor Howard Davis

June 24 and July 1: Pastor Joseph Fox


At Beaver Island community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago.

•  Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

•  Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses our islands now and for future generations.

•  Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

•  The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

Consultant Report Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any questions please call:
Beth Croswhite- 231-448-2820 email:
Kerry Smith 231-448-2601 email:
Joan Banville 231-448-2092 Lynn Cary 231-448-2575
Lisa Gillespie 231-448-2888 Dawn Marsh 231-448-2910

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

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



Monday, May 14:

Tuesday, May15: Eileen Wolford-Ballard, Crystal Manachino, Allan Biltz

Wednesday, May 16: Kristen LoDico

Thursday, May 17: Megan Lynn Heller,

Friday, May 18:

Saturday, May 19: Robin Rae Rue, Nicole Higdon, Cindy Cushman

Sunday, May 20: Derrick Burris, Catherine Graham

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

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

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

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

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

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

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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Men's Summer Golf League Underway

The first golf match of the men's summer golf league got underway last night May 16, 2012. The majority of the teams scores were expected to be around forty, and ten teams' scores were. Only two teams scored under that.

Bob E. & Ron M. 46 18 18 46 46.00
John-Doug 38 14 14 38 38.00
Rob & Dan 38 14 14 38 38.00
Travis & Gerald 41 12 12 41 41.00
Ron S. & David 42 12 12 42 42.00
Francis & Larry 47 11 11 47 47.00
Howard & Joe 42 9 9 42 42.00
Ron W. & Bob S. 42 8 8 42 42.00
Frank & John 43 8 8 43 43.00
Jeff & Ryan 43 6 6 43 43.00
Ivan & Buck 43 6 6 43 43.00
Chuck & Ernie 43 2 2 43 43.00

S=Score, P=Points, T,P.=Total Points, S.AVE.= Stroke Average

Peaine Township Board Meeting

Link to Video HERE

The Peaine Township Board took care of several appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commision, as well as approved the Codification of the Zoning Ordinance. Jack Gallagher reported that Verizon wants to replace the cell phone tower on Kings Highway, install another tower, and provide 4G service to the Island. CCE 911 Dispatch wishes to place equipment on the East Side Tower. The Board approved posting for bids on the township hall furnace as well. There was a somewhat lengthy discussion about when items needed to be submitted for inclusion in the written agenda. The Board agree that submission should be submitted one week in advance of the meeting to allow for processing and inclusion as well as posting of the meeting agenda online and in several places around town.

Mute Swan Presentation

Please join members of NRESC on May 21, 2012, at 7 p.m. for a mute swan presentation by DNR Wildlife Habitat Biologist, Brian Mastenbrook at the Peaine Township Hall.
Did you know that the mute swan population in Michigan originated from one pair introduced in Charlevoix County in 1919? Mute swans were introduced from Europe in the last 1800s and escaped from captivity and have established huge populations in a number of states. Mute swans are a problem for three primary reasons: they pose a threat to humans, endanger native wildlife and destroy wetland habitat. As the mute swan population continues to grow in Michigan, the damage and conflicts they create have long-term effects. Come explore the swan's life cycle and implications for our archipelago.

(Sent by Pam Grassmick)

Annual School Election

On May 8, 2012, the annual school election had two items on the ballot, local operating millage and special education millage.

Item #1 on the ballot: The Beaver Island Community School district requested a two-year renewal of 15.7908 mills on non-homestead property: this millage request level had not changed in at least 19 years. Revenue from this source generates approximately 72% of the district's general fund money. The general fund is used for day to day operation of the school; books, supplies, utilities, arts, sports, salaries etc. The election results were 110 yes and 46 no. This millage passed.

Item #2 on the ballot: The special education volte was for Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to support special education programs and services. This millage supports such professionals as speech therapists, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other specialized professionals who work with special education students in districts throughout Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The request was for a renewal of 1.16 mills for 4 years. Voters in the two counties had approved this same millage amount since 1981. The election results were 107 yes and 47 no. This millage passed on the island.

Paramedic Course Ends

.....................Danielle Dedloff..............................Kevin White.......paramedic candidates

The Beaver Island Paramedic program has come to an end, but the two island paramedic students' work has not. While the classroom portion of this intensive educational program is finished, the two students, Danielle Dedloff and Kevin White still have an internship to complete before they have the opportunity to take the national paramedic exam. This internship will require five to six weeks to complete. Each is required to work in four separate and distinct emergency medical services on the mainland spread over this period of time. The internship will be more intense than the classroom portion. Kevin and Danielle will be required to recall information and put that medical knowledge to work on real patients in real emergencies instead of staged scenarios.

Besides the regular paramedic curriculum, these two students have also successfully completed certification programs in several other specialties along with other EMS members.. These specialties are American Heart Association programs in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support; the University of Miami's Advanced Stroke Life Support; and the American Academy of Pediatric's program of Pediatric Education for PreHospital Providers.

These two students will have to continue to study and learn throughout this internship program because after the internship is over, they will be taking two examinations, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic written examination and the NREMT'S practical skills examination. Congratulations to Kevin and Danielle as they embark on yet another journey toward paramedic licensure!

Congratulations to their instructors Sarah McCafferty and Joe Moore who have dedicated many hours each week since September 2011 to teach this program on the island!

Beaver Island Fire Department Paged to Grass Fire

The Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department was paged to a grass fire down Carlisle Road past Stoney Acres. The pole barn belonging to Robert Gillespie was the location of the grass fire. The workshop building was saved from the fire by the hard work of the BIFD. Some building materials were scorched and burnt, but no one got hurt. Lisa Gillespie thanked everyone who helped out on BIEMS responds to all fire calls as well to stand by in case anyone get injured or suffers from smoke inhalation. This certainly is a wonderful and caring community to live in where everyone helps out in an emergency situation. Kudos to the BIFD volunteers for their excellent efforts during this situation! Good job!

Charlevoix County Cell Phone Scam

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to alert citizens of a recent telephone scam contacting many Charlevoix County citizens on their cell phones. The telephone number leaving the text message is 231-327-6468 and the message reads: THE CREDIT UNION CENTER ALERT: YOUR CARD HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED. PLEASE CONTACT US AT 231-327-6468 . This text message is fraudulent and was not sent by Bay Winds Credit Union. DO NOT call the number or provide them with any information. If you called the number and provided any information, please notify your local law enforcement or the Bay Winds Credit Union, their main number 231-547-4483 or toll free 800-638-1182 , so they can close your card to block fraudulent activity and issue you a new card.

Bay Winds FCU would like you to know:

1. Bay Winds does not send out text messages.

2. Bay Winds FCU staff does not know and will NEVER ask you for your PIN number.

3. We will never ask for your expiration date or CVV number on the back of the card.

4. Bay Winds already have your card number so they will not ask you for your full card number.

Please remember to NEVER give out any information over the telephone.

Invasive Species Summit, June 14, 2012

At Beaver Island Community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago. The Beaver Island Association has gathered great speakers to help island property owners understand Invasives and the threats they present, watch for weekly bio postings.

? Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

? Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses of our islands now and for future generations.

? Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

? The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

To Register (this will help us have a more accurate idea of expected attendance) , please email your Name, Address , Affiliation or Organization (if applicable) and Phone number to: ( ONLY ONE NAME OR MARRIED COUPLE PER REGISTRATION PLEASE)

Violin Happenings

Irish Fiddle Violin Workshop

July 5th and 6th

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

This workshop is being sponsored by the Glen McDonough Memorial Fund. Trae McMaken will be instructing students for two sessions per day – morning and afternoon.

Details to follow.

Glen McDonough Mem. Concert

July 7th 7pm

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

Music on the Porch

Monday, July 16th

Music on the Porch begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Print Shop Porch

(Rain location is the Holy Cross Hall)

Private Lessons

Ms. Sheri will be offering private lessons this summer during summer school weeks. Details in the near future…

In-Fisherman TV Show to Air

To view a five minute trailer, click the link below: (Very Nice if you like fishing)

Chamber & Pure Michigan Radio

The Beaver Island Chamber of Chamber has reached an agreement with the Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau to be part of the Pure Michigan campaign with 60 second radio spots. The commercial has been recorded by Tim Allen and will begin airing soon. More details at the story link below.

The final script of the message is:

Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau Pure Michigan Script (Final)

Talent: Tim Allen

"They say beauty is in the eye in of the beholder. That it comes from the inside out. Well some say it lives in a small town in northern Michigan where petunias blossom by the thousands , the water magnificently blue, and manicured streets lead to stunning views. Welcome to the beautiful city of Charlevoix where nature's stones have been crafted into one-of-a-kind homes , and a magnificent castle stands tall beyond its era. Where beauty lives in each hello, Every sun-soaked day on the beach, and in the simple delights. Take the ferry over to scenic Beaver Island. Hear the town's excitement, laughter and music blend into a beautiful summer symphony. And where happy people greet us in every shop, restaurant and hotel. Sharing smiles we're sure to pass on. Come enjoy the brighter side of life and feel the glow of Charlevoix's charm because embracing the beauty around us is Pure Michigan. Your trip begins at",0,2115028.story

Changes to the Little Sand Bay Trail

The familiar way to Little Sand Bay is blocked using large rocks. Now you have to drive up by the old farmhouse to park. The Little Traverse Conservancy intend to place a gate so vehicles will not be able to drive beyond this point. Currently, a portion at the beginning of the trail is marked by pink plastic ribbon. The LTC plans to mow or have the grass mowed, at some point.

You end up where the original parking area and trailhead was.

"The new trail is marked with a map at the trailhead by the Gallagher house, 4x4 posts along the trail where it goes through the open areas, and will be mowed sometime during the next week. We will continue to mow it as needed. The new entrance is marked with our preserve name sign (which we moved up from the old parking area), as well as a “Trailhead Parking” sign with an arrow pointing towards the new parking area. The old access road is now blocked off with a chain."

Why was the access trail changed? The following was the posting on the Beaver Island Forum:

Thank you for your questions about the Little Sand Bay trail. We did consider many aspects of the trail and the needs of trail users before making the changes to the parking area. We conducted an informal survey of preserve visitors, who indicated that they would not object to the change. We truly regret that the added distance will make it difficult for you to visit the preserve.

The condition and maintenance of the long access drive extending far into the interior of the preserve has been problematic over the years. (We have received complaints about low-clearance vehicles bottoming out, and cars getting scratched by the junipers.) In general, we try to locate our preserve parking areas near road frontage, in order to minimize interior road maintenance and vehicular impacts to the preserves. Little Sand Bay has always been an exception to this standard.

In Summer 2009, LTC was approached by the Beaver Island Historic Society (BIHS) about the possibility of acquiring and preserving the Gallagher house (also known as the Early/Doney Home), which is thought to be one of the oldest homes on the Island, dating from Mormon times. BIHS made a preliminary request to acquire and move the house to another site for restoration. Instead of moving the house, in February 2012 LTC's Stewardship Committee approved the decision to keep the house on site and reconfigure the trail head and parking for the preserve. Rather than have two parking areas on the preserve (with associated maintenance costs) we planned that the parking lot near the house would serve double-duty for both preserve and historic site visitors.

The reconfiguration of the trail adds .18 mile (950 feet) to the distance from parking lot to the beach. We designed the trail so it would go through open areas with smooth footing, and made sure to keep the “pedestrian” sized opening at the fence and gate wide enough for a wheelchair to pass (32”).

You may want to check out our new Petritz Preserve, located just north of town with a trail that starts at Lake Street (behind McDonough's Market.) There is a nice trail that goes 1,500 feet to the dunes at the lake shore, instead of the 2,300 foot walk to the beach at Little Sand Bay.

Thanks again for contacting us, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Cindy Mom
Stewardship Specialist
Little Traverse Conservancy
3264 Powell Road
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231-344-1011 phone
231-347-1276 fax

Daddy Frank's New Look

Daddy Franks has been sold and the new owners are putting a lot of work toward getting it ready to open. The most obvious change is the color of the building. It used to be blue. Now it's a bright read. The new owners have decided to build an addition and relocated the kitchen in the addition. The existing building will be used to seat customers. The new owners, Kathie and Mark Ehinger, and the family were up working on the addition this week. Their two sons, Anthony and Derek, were helping with the excavation for the new addition. Next week their daughter Stephanie and her husband Shawn Allen will be up to help. Their dog, an English Mastiff, and named Dozzer is also part of the family.

The new Daddy Franks' menu is available to view HERE.

Meet the Ehingers

Gail's Walk Reminder

This was received from Kerry Smith:

This is a reminder of Gail's Walk on Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 pm. We would like to thank everyone for their donations to this fund. Some of the funds from the 1st Gail's Walk helped a family in need with medical expenses. This is an annual event and we hope to continue building this fund. We appreciate the continued support. Registration will be open on the day of the walk, and we will have some extra shirts available the day of the walk.

There are some railroad tracks across the road from the district library called Heritage Park. These tracks have been placed there to prepare for this steam railroad engine called the DB Harrington.

DB Harrington Project

Tony Gatliff

April 20, 2012--Today at 10:00 I met Tony Gatliff and his brother and Bob Scheys from Phoenix Movers. We measured up the engine and talked to the representative from the Port Huron Museum about what would be involved in the moving of it.

•  The engine weights 24,000 pounds and the coal/wood tender is another estimated 6,000 lbs.

•  The height of the engine, after the removal of the upper portion of the stack (two bolts) is 8'-6”,

•  According to the movers this would require a single-draft lowboy trailer.

•  The parking lot is old asphalt so the movers will have to put down 8' x 10' steel plates to protect it.

•  Phoenix movers believe that they can pick up the engine by the frame with two large forklifts and place it on the lowboy.

•  Tony will assume responsibility for the dismantling of the plastic storage shed and the museum will take care of removing the “stuff” blocking access to the engine.

They (Phoenix) can provide the lowboy but as we discussed today it would be much simpler if we provided the trailer and tractor for the transport as they (Phoenix) would have to ship their equipment to the island, unload it and then return it to the mainland. That and delays for weather could add a significant amount to the project cost.

In summary the removal and loading up of the engine is not that big of a project. Phoenix estimates the transport cost would be in the $100/per hour range. I need to work up a final scope of work for Phoenix and that depends on if we can get a lowboy and trailer for the transport.

Tony and I measured the rail dimensions, they have to be a minimum of 36 inches apart (inside dimensions). The rails they have down here are 2 ¾” wide at the top so that would make the outside-outside rail dimensions for THESE rails 36+2 ¾ + 2 ¾ or 41 ½ inches.

Bob Tidmore (Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this information and the pictures!)

From posts by T.J. Gaffney:

"I have had more than a couple e-mails from those who had little or no idea that another steamer of Pere Marquette heritage existed.

This engine is a 36-inch narrow gauge Porter-Bell & Co. product, a 2-4-0 built for P.M. predecessor Port Huron & Northwestern in 1878. As far as I know, she is one of the few Porter-Bell engines left, and is a rare piece of Michigan's railroad heritage.

After being sold off by the Flint & Pere Marquette (succesor to PH&NW), she went to different lumber company operations around Michigan, until finally being purchased for a display on the history of the lumber industry in Traverse City, Michigan. She remained there until the 1960's, when she was purchased by the Cedar Point & Lake Erie in Ohio, where she was cosmetically restored but never ran. She was later donated to the Henry Ford Museum, who stored her in off-site facility in Navarre, Ohio.

We at the Port Huron Museum acquired her from the Henry Ford Museum in 1992, and have had her in protective storage at our main museum site since then. Future plans envision a display dedicated to the PH&NW with #1 (also known as the D.B. Harrington, after the president of the PH&NW), as the center piece

For others interested in surviving Pere Marquette structures, rolling stock, and the like, please check out the Pere Marquette Historical Society website at:

Fellow P.M.H.S. member Fritz Milhaupt runs what in the author's opinion is one of the most detailed and informative rail history sites on the web.



Taxpayer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

The millage rates for the two townships are presented here for the joint operations, and you can draw your own conclusions based upon this side by side comparison:

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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