The youngest group of string players appeared grown up as they individually walked onto the stage of the Beaver Island Community Center to perform in a recital today, Saturday, May 21, 2011. The editor was quite impressed at the stage presence of each and every one of these young people. The students walked to their positions on the stage and took a bow before and after their performance. It was well worth the time on this Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. The audience was full of proud parents and community members who presence indicated their support of this play-by-ear Suzuki program that is offered to the elementary students of the Beaver Island Community School.
This was an excellent program put on by some talented young students of the Beaver Island Community School and taught by Mrs. Richards, with help for this production by Laura Gibson. Video will be available soon.
After a week or so of patrons having to tramp around the building to find the furnace room door, the entrance is now open. Cary Concrete did a marvelous job of replacing the front side walk and adding cement to where the bike rack sat. Now when you park your bike, it won't be in dirt/mud. The back garden also has new concrete and the memorial plaques have been placed in it. It is lovely and pressed into the cement is the impression of leaves, matching the larger patio area.
A few other “sprucing up” projects are in the works. Island artistic woodworker, Dan Gentle, has made us two new wooden benches for the back garden area to replace the ones made by Tom Moreland more than twenty years ago. The new benches should be stunning – not to mention comfortable for those who use them. Their bases are made from old logs dredged from the harbor many years ago and topped by a slice of a varnished plank . Don and Amy Langford have a new garden in the planning stages to go near the parking area on the right side of the building. They are also replacing the crushed patio furniture from when the trees fell during the storm last winter.
We have a new computer affectionately nicknamed “Barbara” in the Langford Music Room that allows our patrons to watch the live eagle nest in Iowa. It's been hugely popular this spring as folks just pop in for a quick look-see to check on the babies. We were lucky enough to watch them from hatching point and are really enjoying seeing them grow and develop.
Just a reminder that the Beaver Island District Library has more than great books! We have a wonderful collection of recorded books, VHS tapes (and no, we are not accepting donations of VHS tapes this year), DVD movies, jigsaw puzzles, and games. Working on climbing your family tree? Stop in and use our Ancestry for Libraries and find more branches and twigs.
As you use the library this summer, please let us know if you've changed addresses so we can update you in our card file. Still don't have a library card? It takes under five minutes to get you all set up and you can put it to use immediately!
Have a collection or hobby you'd like to share? We have summer openings for our display case. Right now Moore's Frog Farm is the residing there to be followed on the 15 th of June by the Red Hats. Come the 15 th of July we'll need something new and again on the 15 th of August. Give us a call.
We have some fun – and educational – programs coming up this summer so keep your eyes peeled for the signs. Some are limited due to space constraints and will require sign-ups. Also, our summer story hour with Mrs. Connie Wojan will commence the first Wednesday after the 4 th of July (July 6 th at 10:30 a.m.), so plan on bringing your little one for a story, craft project and a treat. Story Hour will be every Wednesday morning through July and August.
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You never know what you will see if you take the time to drive slowly around the Gull Harbor Road. You might even consider stopping once in a while and taking the time to look around. While these pictures were taken three cars passed between the camera and the object of the picture. These drivers and passengers never even saw the deer. Getting a little closer was a challenge, but well worth it.
Stop, look, and listen, and you might see something almost close enough to touch.
Two different species of birds close together
Every two years, every Emergency Medical Service in the State of Michigan must be inspected and verified by this inspector. Brent Williams arrived on a 4:30 p.m. flight, checked out two ambulances and the echo car communications equipment, and left on the next flight off. The equipment is the same for BIEMS as it was for the last two inspections. It still works, and no further testing is needed. Mr. Williams was quite pleased with the equipment in the two ambulances which have the patient side radio mobile repeater that is no longer required by the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority.or the State of Michigan. He suggested that the 800 megahertz radios may become more useful in the future, and asked about BIEMS plan to upgrade the radios to the narrow band requirement that will be upon us in 2012.
Mr. Williams was teased that this picture was taken to prove that he had inspected the most rural EMS agency in the State of Michigan, the only EMS agency that is 32 miles from the mainland by transportation routes.
The Waste Management Committee minutes are available if you want to read about what happened at the meeting. This link below is video of the entire two hour plus meeting in which an employee issue was discussed in public with the employees consent. Meeting dates were set for the third Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. Also discussed was the possibility of a special meeting to elect officers. There are only two officers as shown in the document with a link below. The two officers are Chair and Secretary. It is interesting that the document was signed by Buddy Martin as Peaine Township Supervisor and Liz Clapham as St. James Supervisor.
Waste Management meeting video HERE
This is a simple agreement that was completed in 1991, the year for writing agreements.
The first annual "Gail's Walk" will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. 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. There will be commemorative long sleeve t-shirts available for $10 each (please pre-order your shirts). Be sure to include quantity and sizes.
Please make your check out to BIRHC (Beaver Island Rural Health Center) memo: Gail's Walk, and mail to Beth Croswhite, P.O.Box 143 Beaver Island, MI 49782.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. This walk would begin and end at the Public Beach Parking lot.
Any questions call Dawn Marsh at 231-448-2910.
It was a beautiful evening, and a trip to Barney's Lake was in order just to check out the birds, the bees, and whatever else might be seen and heard in this natural environment. Mike Crawford was there getting ready to go fishing, and the editor was sitting there watching and waiting for something interesting to occur. And, of course, the interesting thing happened quite quickly. There was this crane that flew over the middle of the lake headed for the southern, swampy shore.
Fascinating to watch....
As Mike pulled away from the boat landing with his aluminum boat and quiet electric motor, across the lake, directly west of the boat landing, there was an osprey in the top of a cedar tree.
The osprey was sitting very still, but his neck and eyes were moving back and forth along the shore of the lake on the far side. The next thing you know, you are observing the fishing of an osprey. Unfortunately, there was not time to turn on the video camera.
Into the water the osprey splashed
The first time, the osprey missed the fish, and back into the tree he went. The second time, he caught his fish and off he flew.
Could this be one of the ospreys from Sloptown Road? Better go and check this one out. A quick drive to the tower on Sloptown was rewarded by this picture of the same osprey eating its catch.
It was well worth the trip!
The event starts with an optional dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge on Thursday June 23rd . The 2nd annual fest includes a secret destination beach party on Friday June 24th and registration Party at Laurain Lodge. The principal event, a Poker Run ride, is on Saturday the 25th.
The $50.00 registration fee includes snacks and refreshments, lunch at Bill Wagner Campgrounds, and a festival party with two drink tickets and music by The Galactic Sherpas. The first 250 to resister get a free t-shirt. Complete event information can be found on the festival web site www.BikeTheBeaver.com . A registration form can be downloaded from the site or picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office on the Municipal Marina property.
Island sponsors of this year's event are McDonough's Market, the Chamber of Commerce, Laurain Lodge, Beaver Island Boat Co, Fresh Air Aviation and Island Airways .
Beaver Island Bike Festival promoter John Sohacki says, "This year we've made the bike ride a fun poker run and are giving away a new Trek Cruiser along with other prizes to the best hands. In addition to the Saturday poker ride and festival party we've added a Thursday night dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge , Friday beach party and a Friday evening registration party with live entertainment at the Laurain Lodge."
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Come out and support your local young musicians by attending their recitals at the Beaver Island Community Center this Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 12:00pm!
Saturday's recital will be individual and group performances from the pre-K through 4 th graders. Sunday's performance will be from the 5 th -12 th graders following the PABI dinner.
Cheers, Laura Gibson
Attention: The BIWC is working on developing food plots for deer and turkey on Beaver Island. The BIWC program includes soil testing and soil improvement through the planting of buckwheat. This will require a two year commitment from private landwoners. It will entail during the first year, a soil test and initial planting of buckwheat and the second year, a second planting of buckwheat. The club will provide funding for the soil testing and buckwheat seeds. It will be the responsibility of the landowner to cultivate, plant seeds, and add fertilizer and lime, as needed, at their cost. The club has budgeted for a total of 9 acres to be funded. Private landowners wishing to participate in theprogram should contact Paul Johnson (448-2168). First come, first serve.
The community awaits Brett Maudrie's flight.....Young and old....lots of smiles and lots of tears.. (Several pictures below by Phyllis Moore)
In true Beaver Island style, the community of our island headed out to the Welke Airport for the return of Beaver Island's own hero, Brett Maudrie. Brett had finished serving his first duty in Afghanistan after joining the Army. Of course this day must have been quite exhausting for Brett and his friends and relatives from off the island, as the trip from downstate began. With everything in place for a 4:30 p.m. flight donated by Island Airways, a large number of people made plans to be out there. With phone calls and Internet postings, the IA flight was set back to 5:30 p.m. Apparently there were weather issues downstate, and the flight from Chicago to Grand Rapids was postponed and changed to Kalamazoo. So the trip up by car was going to be longer. No big deal, right? Wrong! The trip up the west side of the state was to be eventful one with the breakdown of the the car near Cadillac. The flight was postponed, but Island Airways came through by sending the Britten Norman Islander and Pilot Ken Slough. Eventually, the flight was to be from Cadillac to Beaver Island with a suggested arrival time of 10:15 p.m., but, in all actuality, the flight landed on Beaver Island at the Welke Airport at approximately 11 p.m.
It would astound many in other areas of this fine state, but there was a crowd of people including AMVET Post 46 at the Welke Airport waiting for Brett Maudrie to arrive. Even though it was quite dark to video this event for the novice videographer, the observations of car after car after car arriving at Welke Airport will not ever be equaled in any other place. This is an example of one of the things that makes Beaver Island such a special place to live. "I can't believe all the people," one family member remarked.
"Here comes the plane. They're going to do a fly-over before they land."
The plane taxiing down the runway to the waiting crowd.
The first hug goes to Brett's mom, Kathy Maudrie
Then hugs for the rest of the family: Brandon, Broghan, and Briana
And then many, many more hugs
Ken Slough poses with Kathy and Brett
Brett salutes and then hugs the AMVETs
After the greetings, hugs, smiles, and tears, many went down to the Shamrock to celebrate. The band Rigormortis played all the favorites, and a good time was had by all. Some video will be available ASAP.
Regal mute swan...........Mute swan on the nest.......Loons farther down the lake........Osprey in the tree
Merlin, or Pigeon Hawk lies in wait for its next meal.
Merlin in flight
The Merlin, Falco columbarius , is the smallest of the European falcons. In America the American Kestrel is smaller. The adult male is about 11 inches long, slate-bluegrey above, with red-brown, heavily streaked underparts and an almost white throat. The female, measuring 13 inches with a wingspan of 25 inches, is brownish grey above, creamy below and has a rusty yellow nape. It inhabits northern Europe, Asia, and northern North America. In tundra and moorland it generally nests on the ground or on rocks. Unlike other birds of prey, true falcons do not build nests of their own but utilize other birds' nests or lay eggs in hollow trees, on cliffs or on the ground. The eggs, which usually number four or five, are thickly and evenly covered with reddish-brown stippling and are laid in early May, with only one brood.
The Merlin frequents sea cliffs and coastal dunes or, at times, open country and low-lying coastal areas. It occurs throughout North America on migration, wintering south to South America. The Merlin was formerly called the Pigeon Hawk.
Dan began scouting in 1st grade- as a cub scout, later as a Webelo. In 6th grade, the other boys involved decided not to continue in scouting, but Dan decided to go it alone. He set a goal of reaching Eagle Scout rank.
Dan has two cousins, Tom and Cory Gratsch, who have attained Eagle Scout rank. He refers to them as his role models and they encouraged him to continue. Cory did his Eagle Project on the island and Dan helped him. Dan has achieved this rank as a Lone Scout, a very difficult thing to do. He had no local troop for support, but he did have the support of our very own "Beaver Island Troop"- the community of Beaver Island.
Many folks bought popcorn from Dan each year- one year he received the honor of one of the top ten sellers in the whole Scenic Trails Council. Many others supported him by helping him earn Merit Badges. He had to earn 21 badges, 12 of which were required badges of specific topics. The remaining 9 could be of his choice. He earned an additional 7 badges beyond the required 21.
Some people supported him by serving on his boards of review for rank advancement. Those were Jim and Donna Stambaugh and Ken Bruland. Jim also attended his Eagle Board of Review in Charlevoix with the advancement committee made of four other scout leaders from Charlevoix and Petoskey who had not met Dan before May 14- the date of his Eagle Board of Review. Many businesses and individuals supported his Eagle Scout project last summer, donating food, tools, time or money towards the project which involved building bridges along the Eagle Trail by the East Side Dr. Fire station.
Dan was fortunate to have his Aunt Judy Gratsch involved with a troop (that both of his cousins were a part of at one time), who invited him to attend summer camp with them a couple of times and who came to the island to help with his Eagle Project last summer. They have made him an honorary member of their troop.
Because of all the help from this community, Dan was able to achieve his goal, but it was his own words at his Eagle Board of Review that earned him the rank. Dan has achieved his rank of Eagle Scout- one of only 2 Islanders to do so. This is quite an accomplishment. The first Eagle Scout from Beaver Island is Ryan Wojan.
Dan traveled to Charlevoix to meet with the advancement committee. He spent about an hour with them answering questions and discussing his experiences in scouting. Then after about another 15 minutes they announced that he had achieved Eagle Scout rank. We are all so happy and proud of him. Only 2% of all scouts do so and he did it "the hard way" as a lone scout.
Dan's family will be planning a court of honor for him in the near future, when grandparents and other relatives can come to celebrate his achievement with him. Of course the whole island will be invited also!
The Airport Commission met at the St. James Township Hall at 10 a.m. on May 14th. Mike Scripps was unable to attend due to bad weather. Present were Ray Cole, Colleen Martin, Jim Wojan, Elaine West, Don Vyse, and Airport Manager Rachel Teague. In the audience were Terry Saxton, Ken Taylor, and Joe Moore. The meeting proceeded quite quickly through the agenda which included fuel pricing, bill paying policy, a review of how legal fees would be paid by the airport, the appointment of the airport commission lawyer as Jim Young in old business. In new business, the airport manager gave a report, there was public comments and questions, commissioner comments, and then the meeting adjourned.
Michael Slattery, an FAA consultant, has visited Beaver Island, after approval from both St. James and Peaine Township governments. Mr. Slattery has a myriad of experience in the area of air medical transport including participation as an air medical provider in rural areas. His visit to Beaver Island was a fact-finding mission, and he met will all interested parties including Island Airways President Angel Welke, Fresh Air Aviation owners Keith and Rachel Teague, Beaver Island EMS providers, and other interested parties in the community. Mr. Slattery will be formulating a plan for providing air medical transport for island visitors and island residents. Mr. Slattery made it quite clear than his efforts will be to establish a completely legal, FAA-approved, Michigan-licensed, air medical transport service for Beaver Island. He is well-versed in the FAA requirements for air transport, and he is becoming familiar with the State of Michigan requirements. He is familiar with several other air medical transport operations in the State of Michigan.
One model of air medical transport includes a completely private business, where the owner-operator of the aircraft is licensed to operate by the state. Another model includes a contractual agreement between a medical provider and an aircraft owner-operator. The third type of model suggested included a governmental unit as owner-operator of the air medical transport service. All of these models are present in the State of Michigan.
Unless Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation wish to complete two operation's manuals, one for the FAA and another for the Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS Division, demonstrate 24/7 and 365 days per year medical coverage by paramedics and EMTs, as well as demonstrate availability of pilots and aircraft, then the only model that makes sense for Beaver Island is the model that includes a contractual agreement between the FAA Certified, Part 135 air ambulance with another service that already has the State of Michigan license, in this case, Beaver Island EMS. BIEMS will only have to add the aircraft to the existing license and demonstrate the liability insurance requirements to contract with the aircraft provider and become a licensed air transport agency.
Here are a few more facts to consider. BIEMS paramedics, EMTs, and first responders are not currently covered by any liability insurance when they are in the aircraft. These same personnel are completely in violation of section 20931 of the EMS legislation and the EMS administrative rules in the aircraft. The protection from liability afforded the EMS personnel in the legislation is null and void if the EMS agency or EMS personnel ignore the legislation or the administrative rules and just continue to do things like they've been done for 25 years.
Let's be absolutely clear on another issue. It is Beaver Island EMS, the licensed EMS agency by the State of Michigan, the one responsible for the medical treatment of the patient, that needs to have the ten million dollars of liability insurance, NOT Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation. It is impossible to change the legislation in a reasonable period of time. It is not possible to change the administrative rules in a reasonable period of time. The only way that Fresh Air Aviation or Island Airways would need to have 10 million dollars of liability insurance is if they became the State of Michigan licensed EMS entity and became medically responsible for the patient. It would seem that, if they did that, it that would change the entire business plan for both of these businesses. It would make them responsible to follow the State of Michigan legislation and administrative rules, as well as follow the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority rules and procedures. It would make them responsible to follow the Health Information and Privacy Protection Act rules and procedures. It would make the companies in the air taxi business into EMS agencies responsible to the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH). They would have to comply with all the training requirements of the MDPH for all of their personnel above and beyond the FAA operations manuals required for their air taxi service. They would have to invest in the equipment required in the list of required equipment for a medical air transport operation. Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation could do this, but it seems completely unlikely that they would wish to comply with all these additional requirements.
33.20922 Use of terms “ambulance,”“ambulance operation,” or similar term; advertising or disseminating information; license required.
(1) A person shall not use the terms “ambulance” or “ambulance operation” or a similar term to describe or refer to the person unless the person is licensed by the department under section 20920.
(2) A person shall not advertise or disseminate information leading the public to believe that the person provides an ambulance operation unless that person does in fact provide that service and has been licensed by the department to do so.
333.20931 Air transport operation; license required; application; fee; issuance and contents of license; renewal; compliance.
(1) A person shall not establish, operate, or cause to be operated an aircraft transport operation unless it is licensed under this section.
333.20932 Aircraft transport operation; duties; prohibitions.
(1) An aircraft transport operation shall:
(a) Provide an aircraft transport vehicle with proper equipment and personnel available for response to requests for patient transportation between health facilities, as needed and for life support during that transportation according to the written orders of the patient's physician.
(2) An aircraft transport operation shall not operate an aircraft transport vehicle unless it is staffed, with emergency medical services personnel or other licensed health care professionals as appropriate according to the written orders of the patient's physician.
From the current EMS legislation found here:
“Hold itself out” means the agency advertises, announces, or charges specifically for providing emergency medical services as defined in the code.
A life support agency, except a fixed wing aircraft transport operation, shall provide at least 1 life support vehicle for response to requests for emergency assistance on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis in accordance with its licensure level and medical control authority protocols.
A person shall not transport a patient by stretcher, cot, litter, or isolette unless it is done in a licensed ambulance or aircraft transport vehicle.
“Fixed wing aircraft” means a non-rotary aircraft transport vehicle that is primarily used or available to provide patient transportation between health facilities and is capable of providing patient care according to orders issued by the patient’s physician.
From the current EMS administrative rules found here:
These are the references referred to at the beginning of this article.
May 13, 2011---Interlochen Public Radio is now broadcasting 24-hour news and information in Harbor Springs, Petoskey and the Straits. WHBP 90.1 fm began broadcasting IPR News Radio at 11:30 this morning. News Radio also broadcasts from Traverse City on 91.5 fm and from Manistee on 89.7 fm. Interlochen Public Radio also serves northwest Michigan with three Classical music signals.
Currently, the radio station is transmitting at 600 watts. Next week, they hope to be up to 1200 watts. Shortly afterward, another tower about 12 miles north of Harbor Springs will be set up, and the transmission is to be a reportedly 12, 000 watts.
Charlevoix County Leadership Program Coordinator Exciting opportunity to coordinate and facilitate a comprehensive leadership program sponsored by the Charlevoix , Boyne City, East Jordan and Beaver Island chambers of commerce. Position is approximately 10 hours per week, year-round. Must be an enthusiastic self-starter with strong public relations experience , leadership skills and organizational ability. Familiarity with Charlevoix County a plus. Email resume and references by May 23 to Erin Bemis, firstname.lastname@example.org , at the Charlevoix Chamber.
The district library will have some construction going on this week. The cement sidewalks and the bike rack area are going to be getting some new cement. The library staff will still be opening the library during this time, so they ask you to :
|Due to construction work, the main doors to the library will be closed and patrons are asked to use the furnace room door on the right side of the library until the work is completed. Thank you for your patience while all the cement is being replaced.|
The loons playfully swimming and diving were not disturbed by the rain.
Neither was the nesting mute swan.
Or the returning Caspian Tern
Or the fishing osprey..
All of the above were taken at Barney's Lake....
And the partner osprey sitting in the tree on Sloptown Road
They all ignored the rain and went about their business as usual...
So the national drug companies are working very hard to get their prescription drug medication as over-the-counter medications to make them more available to the general population. Let's see how much it costs for an uninsured person to get a prescription for an allergy drug named Allegra. If you are uninsured, it will cost you for a doctor's visit, approximately $80, to get the prescription. Then it will cost you the full cost of the prescription. If the Allegra is available over the counter, you won't have to pay the $80 for the doctor's visit. You benefit!
What about the seniors on Medicare with supplemental insurance, and those who are fortunate enough to have insurance that includes prescription coverage? These "fortunate" people will also not to have to go to the physician's office to get a prescription for Allegra. Instead, they can call a pharmacy or purchase over-the counter medications just like the uninsured. The difference here is that, instead of the co-pay for the prescription, you now will also have to pay full price for the same drug you got before as a prescription. So who wins?
The answer is that the drug companies win. The drug companies have been getting exhorbitant rates for the drug as a prescribed drug, and now they are getting top dollar for the over-the-counter drugs as well. The uninsured seem to get an improvement, and the insured or Medicare seem to get the shaft. Wasn't government healthcare supposed to help? It is certainly not helping those who are insured in this instance.
Before Zyrtec became over-the-counter, retired teachers and Medicare enrollees would get this prescription for $7-10 a month or $84-120 per year. When it became over-the-counter, the cost leaped 300% or more for the exact same medication. The situation will happen with Allegra, now that it is over-the-counter. No matter what, the drug companies get their ridiculously high profits, and the people, insured or uninsured get to decide whether or not they can afford their medications this month.
The drug companies also contract with the insurance providers to make certain that you have to pay your copay amounts every 30 days. The copay on a specific drug for high blood pressure named Lisinopril costs $7 per month, and you have to get it refilled every month with a prescription. For a yearly maintenance prescription, this amounts to $84 per year. Without any insurance at all, you can get the same drug from Walmart pharmacy for $60 per year. At least you can now, before the drug becomes over-the-counter. This is the same with several prescriptions that have a generic equivalent. The cost is $15 for a ninety day supply.
Someone needs to take a serious look at the cost of medications in this country. The same medications in the same containers can be obtained in Canada for less than one-third the cost. Why are Americans having to pay so much for the same drug, in the same manufacturer's container?
Update: This morning, Wednesday May 11, 2011, on CBS were some warnings about counterfeit drugs. There certainly are counterfeit drugs out there, even ending up in the US pharmacies' drug supply. There are also warnings out there about purchasing drugs from Canada. How much of this is an effort by the US drug distribution companies to keep their profits up?
The Beaver Island Chamber Directors have selected "In Tribute to our Armed Service Men & Women" as the July 4th parade theme.
As everyone is concerned about the cost of gasoline to fuel their cars, lawn mowers, and boats this summer, there are other costs that are effected by the increase in fuel costs. At well above the national average, Beaver Island's cost of fuel is currently $5.399 per gallon. This increase in cost will also effect the cost of flights to and from the island. At this time the cost of a one way flight is $45 with Island Airways (IA) and $47 with Fresh Air (FA). There is another issue that visitors need to consider, and that is parking a vehicle in Charlevoix. Currently, the costs for parking are the following:
So, you need to include the costs of parking in the cost of your trip. If you are on-Island for three nights, the cost of one person round trip flight and parking is $105 (flight $90, parking $15) flying with IA and $103 (flight $94, parking $9) with FA. If the stay is one week, then the costs are IA $110 and FA $109. If the stay is one month, then the cost is IA $150, FA $139. This does not take into consideration more than one person, nor any parking fees on the island.
If the cost of traveling is the issue, then the real savings will be obtained by taking the Beaver Island Boat Company ferry. Again, each of these is the cost of one person round trip.
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No matter how you decide and who you travel with, the flight costs are comparable, and the ferry is the most economical, although it takes an extra couple of hours of travel time each way.
May 9, 2011
May 10, 2011
So the birds were not coming to the bird feeder, and the reason why seems to be this visitor who was spending the day hiding under the branches of the cedar hedge. So this looks like an owl, but not sure.. Some have suggested that this is a Merlin Falcon. Whatever it is, it had captured a robin on the morning of May 10th. Earlier in the day on the 9th, the geese in the back yard began making some really strong and insistent noise, and they were also in an unusual position and location, on the roof of Stoney Acre Grill.
A quick lap of the Barney's Lake Road and Sloptown Road provided these pictures and videos on the night of May 6, 2011. The BINN editor has never been closer to an osprey without even knowing that the osprey was there. At Barney's Lake, the call of the osprey was really, really close. Rolling down the window of the car, this picture was taken before the osprey sensed the presence of a human.
The osprey flew off down the lake and landed in a dead tree. It's pretty easy to see how this osprey could be mistaken for an eagle by the naked eye. This picture is taken with a zoom lens.
All these birds were seen on Barney's Lake in this short visit.
a loon, ducks, and mute swan seemed to ignore the osprey.
And still one lonely sandhill crane in the field on Sloptown Road.
A small group of ladies gathered at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant for an opportunity to go wild and decorate a hat for the Kentucky Derby or just for fun. These ladies produced some very interesting decorative hats from the materials provided by Tina Walker, the organizer of the event. This was the first official fundraiser for BICAF, (Beaver Island Community Activities Fund). Some of these participants will be wearing their hats to the Shamrock for The Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. Pictures and story by Tina Walker.
Here we are at The Shamrock for the Hat Decorating Day!
Tina Morgan is showing Doug Tilly how nice he would look with a few flowers on his hat! What do you think Doug?
Dorothy Willis, Tina Morgan and Sharon Cole have selected their hats and supplies.
Shirley Sowa likes pink on pink for a softer look.
Tina and Sharon are deciding on flower placement.
Dorothy is hard at work.
Penny Young and Audrey Beilman have chosen their hats and flowers.
Penny is doing a beautiful job!
Tina Morgan is one sophisticated lady!
Sharon's hat is very classy!
Shirley's adorable smile is as cheerful as her hat!
Dorothy is one classy gal!
Audrey looks as sweet as can be!
Penny looks like she's ready for the next royal wedding!
This hat was created for the bibabes, who could not attend. Hope you like it ladies!
Thank you, ladies, for helping to support the Beaver Island children's events, sponsored by BICAF. A BIG thanks to Eric and Dana Hodgson for allowing us to use the space at the Shamrock to make the hats! Special thanks to the ladies who could not attend but have donated so generously. The donations for this event totaled $60.00. This is BICAF's first event and we look forward to future fundraisers.
There were a total of thirty-six adults and a few children that gathered at the Holy Cross Memorial to celebrate with the rest of the nation for National Prayer Day. This was an ecumenical event with representatives from all four of the churches on Beaver Island. This event was organized by Kate Garland, and it was appropriate for her to do the introduction and the unity prayer, which is reprinted here:
"Dear God and heavenly Father, on this National Day of Prayer, we gather on behalf of our leaders in government and for those in authority over us, for our military men and women, the imprisoned and persecuted, for the media and service providers, the future of our children, and for our personal renewal and moral awakening. Please hear all our petitions of prayer as we join together as a community with unity in our hearts, to show our faith and trust in God the Father and Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen"
The next to do a reading and to do a prayer was John Works from the Episcopal Mission:
The participants were intent on providing the unity and the serious prayer for this unity as well as the specific prayers stated in Kate Garland's initial Unity Prayer.
The next two readings and prayers were provided by Bob Hoogendoorn, pastor of the Lighthouse Fellowship.
The next reading and prayer was offered by Pat Nugent representing Holy Cross Catholic Church.
The next reading and prayer was offered by Peg Hoogendoorn representing the AMVETs Ladies Auxiliary.
The next reading and prayer was offered by Bob Bass representing the B.I. Christian Church.
The conclusion and last prayer was offered by Jayne Bailey representing the B.I. Christian Church and the Unity of those present.
The statement for the day was this: "The family that prays together, stays together." What an exellent way to demonstrate the Christian Unity of our community and nations this was!
The St. James Township Board met on May 4, 2011, with all board members present. The agenda included monthly approval of minutes and bills to be paid. The supervisor had received several pieces of corresondence. Then under Old Business, a resolution was passed authorizing the township to enter into a three-party agreement with the company, the township, and the bank. This agreement was to allow an Installment Purchase Agreement for the rehabilitation of the WWT system septic tank. This resolution was passed unanimously. The appraisals for Whiskey Island and the harbor DNR property were discussed. The appraisal were put on hold for a couple of weeks to allow the approach directly to the DNR to see if this trade could be expedited without the cost of an appraisal. However, the supervisor was empowered to complete the appraisals if required. A position that was not filled on the Planning Commission is to be reposted. Under new business, Heather Cary and Kerry Smith made a presentation to the board about erecting volleyball court on the public beach playground property. A motion was passed to approve this volleyball court with Jim Wojan dissenting.
The suggested location of the volleyball area
It was agreed and a motion passed to post for the assistant harbormaster/ trash pickup/restroom cleaning position. The supervisor was empowered to hire this position after two weeks of posting. The board went into closed session to discussion the airport RPZ property.
The spring adult computer class will be BEGINNING LEVEL . Topics: basic computer operation , internet, email, Microsoft Word (letters, documents), Publisher (making signs, greeting cards…) If you have no experience, you will begin with the basics. If you have some experience, you will be able to start where you are comfortable. Should you miss a class, you will not “fall behind”. The classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesday s from 5:30 — 6:30 pm starting Monday, May 23rd — Wed, June 8 . No class Memorial Day . (Note: If these days/dates don't work, call Connie Boyle and depending on others who sign up, perhaps we can make changes to the schedule! The cost for the class is $20. Please make checks payable to “BICS” ( Beaver Island Community School ). You may bring your payment to the first class. Please call the school (448-2744) or email Connie at email@example.com to sign up for the class.
The answer can be determined by the following pictures that starts with pictures of the permits on the outside wall visible from the roadway.
Pictures from the yacht dock side
Pictures from the Nackerman/Cull side
Photos of the front yard
So what is Jon Bonadeo doing with this property? He is creating two boat slips. He is digging out the slips alongside the business building near the yacht dock. It's a pretty big job.
Due to the present absence of the insect, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has banned the transport of hardwood firewood to several locations including the Beaver Island Archipelago. This poster was made by the department to announce this to the visitors to Beaver Island who come by ferry or personal boat. Although Beaver Island is only one of several islands where this is banned, it is obvious that an attempt is being made to prevent the introduction of the emerald ash borer to these locations. The penalty can be quite expensive.
Thanks goes to the previous membership of the NREC and the previous officers of this organization for following up on this important issue.
It is with much sadness, but, at the same time, celebration for his fifteen year gift to Beaver Island and Holy Cross that BINN posts the following letter.
Don't miss the Enrollment Clinic, May 19th at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. McDonough's Market is accepting WIC Benefits. WIC provides free food such as cereal, juice, milk, formula, and fresh produce to women who are pregnant, women who are breast-feeding and infants and children up to age 5.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call
Beaver Island Rural Health Center
Indigo Guide Service and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce along with Beaver Island Lodge , The Shamrock, Harbor Market, Fresh Air Aviation and the Beaver Island Boat Co will host a group of national outdoor writers in late May.
“This visit has the potential to produce stories that if purchased as advertising would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West. “Flats style fishing for carp is growing in popularity very rapidly and Beaver Island is the finest location in the nation for it. Our members have teamed up and are going all out for this group of writers.”
“Now it seems that everyone in the outdoor media world has to do everything. I'm expecting that we will see these guys blogging from the island, creating immediate interest for the 2011 summer,” said Indigo Senior Guide Kevin Morlock. “Then we will see articles and videos from weeks to even a year to follow.”
Matt Dunn Indigo Guide Service Communications Director and Guide provided the following biographical information about the visiting angler / writers:
Kirk Deeter - editor at large for Field and Stream, editor of Angling Trade, co-editor of Field and Stream's Fly Talk blog, frequent contributor to Field and Stream magazine, published three books on fly fishing , contributed to numerous magazines and websites.
Tim Romano - photo editor for Fly Fish Journal, managing editor of Angling Trade, co-editor of Field and Stream's Fly Talk blog, frequent contributor to Field and Stream magazine, featured photographer on MidCurrent.com , his photography has appeared in numerous other magazines and websites including several cover shots.
Will Rice - contributing editor for The Drake magazine, written for the Denver Post, Saltwater Fly Fishing, the Fly Fish Journal, and is a regular contributor to Angling Trade.
Caleb Reinhold - creator and manager of Fishpornfix.com , very hip and popular fly fishing video blog, fly fishing filmmaker, will be shooting video at Beaver Island .
Jean Paul Lipton - creator and manager of Roughfisher, leading carp fly fishing blog, publishes regularly in US Carp Pro magazine, written for Bloodknot Magazine and others.
“This is a great example of partnering with members to leverage our marketing investment,” said Chamber of Commerce Vice President Rachel Teague. “Field and Stream is America 's premier outdoor sporting magazine. A one page ad cost $125,000. A typical 2-3 page feature story about Beaver Island fishing would exceed in value our Chamber marketing budget for a decade,” said President Kathy Speck.
PHOTO: Indigo Senior Guide Kevin Morlock prepares to release a large carp after a long fly rod battle in the Beaver Archipelago. His boat is equipped much like bone fish guide boats used in the Caribbean .
PHOTO: As the sun sets an Indigo Guide searches for “one more.”
PHOTO: Brent Pike and his son prepare to release an 8 pound small mouth bass. The Indigo Guides think the next Michigan state record smallie swims in Beaver Isle waters.
The Beaver Island District Library Board voted to set up a special computer to be able to view the eagle's nest webcam that is on the Internet. The webcam is set up out in Iowa, and some watched the hatching of the eggs as the new lives began. Now the two eaglets are too big to be hiding under the adults. You too can view our national bird's nesting habits. You can stop by the district library and view it on the twenty-two inch monitor, or you can go online with your own computer and view it at home. You do have to have Adobe Flash installed on your computer in order to view this webcam. Access the website HERE:
Click HERE for the flyer and registration
Priority Health is pleased to collaborate with the United Way and the Volunteer Centers of Michigan
for its Senior Impact Volunteer Recognition Program to honor volunteers who are age 63 and older.
This is an endeavor that offers another way to recognize the energy and commitment our seniors give to our community. Our senior volunteers demonstrate the power of giving and caring every day. This is your chance to nominate a senior who generously volunteers their time to improve lives and build a stronger community.
Our community volunteers step-up to mentor children, serve the hungry and the homeless, assist the elderly, prepare taxes for low income families and much more. Not sure who to nominate? Look around you and you'll see great volunteers. Stop a moment and think what your organization is able to accomplish because of your volunteers' efforts. It should be easy to take this opportunity to honor one of those special people in your organization.
Please complete and return the attached form to nominate that special senior volunteer. You may download additional forms or use the online form at priorityhealth.com; search for keyword “senior award” .
If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Pamela Mulliner at 616 464-8680, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in community,
Marketing Communications ConsultantPriority Health
All Island women are invited to attend the “All Beaver Island Women's Prayer Luncheon” on May 25, 2011. The event is being hosted by the Beaver Island Christian Church and will be held at noon at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The luncheon will be a salad bar and dessert potluck – please bring a dish to pass. Table service and a beverage will be provided. A brief inspirational and motivational talk will be given by Chairperson Kate Garland, followed by a unity prayer led by Davi Stein. The fabulous lunch will follow. This is first time in several years the Prayer Luncheon has been held. Garland hopes that it can become an annual event. Call her with any questions: 448-2056.
Saturday May 21, 2011 is the date to save
From 9 – Noon. at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.
Meet in the parking lot for Beaver Island's first out-of-your trunk or pick-up truck YARD SALE.
If you want to sell your wares – Call Judi Meister at 2963 or Judy Boyle 3189. $5 reserves a spot in the parking lot for you. $10 gets you a spot in the lot AND a table. (Bring your own table covering.) Either way, you sell your own stuff. Bring it, sell it, take it away. Will we have coffee? Probably. Baked goods? Probably. Get rich? Maybe. If you want to shop – just show up!
Floor plan of the entire building (large view)
Floor plan of just the common areas (large view)
Floor plan of one bedroom apartment
1 42” wall mount HD TV
3 round dining tables
12 dining chairs
2 coffee tables
3 upholstered chairs
4 end tables
1 game table
2 game table chairs
Art Work from local artists
Donations are requested. Please contact Connie Wojan for further information. The cash donations will be used to purchase these items new.
The link takes you to view the golf sign-up sheet that Buck Ridgeway has posted in the clubhouse. The total number of teams that sign up determines the length of the league play for the summer, so please call if you are unable to stop in and sign-up at the golf course.
Link to Men's Golf League form
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
for June 14 and 15, 2011, Conference HERE
After listening to several people and considering their diverse opinions, an idea occurred to me about how we might obtain a satisfactory and beneficial resolution to our recent purchase of Whiskey Island. St. James Township was very fortunate to obtain such a beautiful, pristine asset in the Beaver Archipelago. This island, the middle of three small private islands lying northwest of Beaver, consists of two lots, one of 43 acres and the other of 53. Many people have supported the possibility of trading Whiskey Island to the State for the property on Paradise Bay in St. James, which was intended to house Beaver Island`s DNR employee, but for the past 25 years has been home to our Deputy Sheriff. The lot starts at the water and extends across the road and back into the woods. It contains a building, which the two townships have contributed equal funds to maintain and improve.
Other people have suggested that this proposed trade would short-change Beaver Island because Whiskey Island has to be worth much more than a single lot.
My idea is that we band together and work hard and smartly to obtain some additional considerations for this trade. First and foremost is that we make it a joint effort between St. James Township and Peaine Township. Showing Island-wide support is necessary for this to be accomplished. Some other conditions would facilitate this plan:
l) We need to get Bud Martin and his supporters on board.
2) St. James and Peaine should be the co-owners of the new acquisition, with Peaine reimbursing St. James for half of its expenses to date.
3) The two Island Townships should collaborate on the development of this acquisition to enhance the likelihood of receiving grants.
Improvements to the harbor property could include:
a) The creation of a public launch ramp and fishing pier on the waterfront;
b) The installation of off-street parking for boaters and fishermen, far enough behind the home to not constitute a nuisance;
c) The building of a picnic area and restrooms on the property, which could be called “Larsen Park,” after Sybil and Big Art Larsen; and
d) The continuing joint-Township maintenance and improvement of the home used as the Deputy's quarters.
I believe the DNR lot and these improvements could be obtained in trade from the State, and that this could be done in exchange for one of the two Whiskey Island lots. Creating this facility in St. James would relieve our current congestion and allow us to offer greater boating and fishing opportunities, enhancing our appeal to tourists from all over the Midwest. My hope is that we can simultaneously trade the second Whiskey Island lot for a line item ten-year bequest from the State's Commtmity Health Budget of $50,000/year for each of the Rural Health Centers in the island consortium of Drummond, Mackinac, and Beaver. We can accomplish great things, but only if we overcome our differences and work together. This plan could be a turning point, and lead to several comparable future benefits.
~ Bill McDonough, 3-10-201 l
Many Thanks to Jeff Cashman for this wonderful conceptual drawing!
(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.
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.
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.
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