B.I. News on the 'Net, May 24, 2010


AMVETS Post #46 has been placing flags on our veterans' graves at both cemeteries for quite a few years. We do the best we can to make sure every veteran has a flag at their grave by Memorial Day. However, there very well could be people buried that we don't know were veterans.

If you happen to be at either Holy Cross Cemetery or the St. James Township Cemetery and notice a veteran's grave without a flag, please contact Brian and Dee Gallagher, who are members of AMVETS Post #46 and Ladies Auxiliary, and members of the Holy Cross Cemetery Committee.


Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park

On May 21, 2010, Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor and Bob Tidmore, AMVETs, signed the agreement with Wolverine Power that will allow the construction of the Veterans Memorial Park at the old power plant site called the “Agreement to Develop Conservation Easement Property." The agreement states the Wolverine must approve the final plans before construction can commence. Fundraising for the project will now begin.

Andy's Sandhill Pictures

Sometimes photographers, or those who wish they were photographers, will go to many lengths and many sacrifices to try to get the perfect picture. After spending many hours out in this same area, the editor decided that this was just taking too much time and too much effort to get pictures and/or video of the sandhills that were reportedly out in the fields near the old Sanctuary Farms property. Requesting permission to go back and try to get these pictures must have inspired Andy Kohls to keep an eye out for the sandhills because she has sent these wonderful pictures and wishes to share them with us. Thank you so much Andy. You have inspired us all to get back at the business of watching the wildlife around us.

So, if you see a graying old man wandering around the fields near these fields, you will know that you have re-inspired this older photographer-want-to-be. Thanks again, Andy!

Co-Ed Softball Sign-up

Co-Ed Softball Sign-up

Tuesday Nights starting May 25, 2010


Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park

Ages: 8 th grade- Adult

Please bring a mitt if you have one otherwise there are some extra mitts available.

Any questions call

Kerry Smith @ 448-2601


AMVETS Pancake Breakfast

Swing into Summer Shopping Event

Men's Golf League Get Under Motion

The Men's Summer Golf League started last night, May 19, 2010. The league play takes place every Wednesday night throughout the summer. Ten two-man teams will play a "best ball" scramble format with each team playing each other team spread out throughout the summer. There are two 'position-night' matches scheduled, one on June 9 and the other on July 7, as well as a play-off night on August 4. These special nights have first place playing second place, third playing fourth, etc., to keep the league competitive throught the 12 week season. Buck Ridgeway puts in a lot of time working this schedule out and avoiding as many conflicts as possible.

The intial night's handicap is determined from the 2009 league stroke average which ranges from 36.67 to 42.17 for nine holes on a par 35 course.

Some new out-of-bounds markers have been place on the course. On hole number seven there was previously nothing considered out-of-bounds off the tee box, but this year there are posts marking the legal field of play. On number nine, there was also no out-of-bounds near the entry driveway to the course. This year, the parking areas have a line of posts for out-of-bounds. Another new rule involves the bunkers on the golf course. Previously, a ball in the bunker could be placed on a more level hitting area still within the bunker. This year, wherever the ball lands in a bunker, it must be played from that position. The only exception to this is the bunker on hole #4, which is considered casual water from the sprikler system, and relief of a drop away from the green is allowed.

The first night of the golf league showed scores from one 35, three 36's, one 37, one 38, and one 39, to a high of 48. This high score was due to one player of a team being ill, and the other had to play without the benefit of a team mate. So the summer league is off to a good start! Play golf everyone! May all your shots be in the short grass, and all your golfs balls be located inside the out-of-bounds line.

Mixed Golf Outings This Summer

With the success of the mixed golf outings from last year, the decision was made to continue these gatherings and competition for the summer of 2010. These gatherings are listed on the Community Calendar of this website. The format is determined and organized by Buck Ridgeway, and this is an alternate shot outing. The men take the tee box and hit the first shot on the odd numbered holes. The women take the tee box and hit the first shot on the even numbered holes. After the drive the men and the women take turns hitting the ball until the ball goes in the hole. This is not a handicapped event. Lowest score wins. You can sign up at the Beaver Island Golf Course. Some advanced notice is required due to the need to schedule the shot-gun starting hole for each team.



1:30 START 

The first Outing will be our traditional Outing with the men hitting off of #1, #3, #5, #7, & #9 and the women hitting off of #2, #4, #6 & #8.

Entry fee for each team is $15.00 for the Outing + Green Fees if you are not a BIGC member.

Please sign up for the Outing on the signup sheet on the desk at the Clubhouse.

If you have any questions you may call the Golf Course, 448-2301 or Buck at 448-2680.


I will be off island to watch our grandkids play baseball and softball leaving June 3rd . Buck

St. James Township Hearings and Special Meeting Results

The St. James Township Board had a public hearing and special board meeting on two issues on May 18, 2010 at 7 p.m. The issues included improvement of the road going through the woods near the St. James Campground, fondly called Jiminy Cricket Road. This road, which is pretty much a slightly improved two track seasonal road will be widened and improved to allow for snowplowing in the winter and easier access to the Port St. James area. It connects the end of Indian Point Road to Donegal Bay Road near the St. James Campground. St. James Township will be paying the cost of this improvement for this project.

The second issue was the availability due to back taxes for the purchase of Whiskey Island. Charlevoix County has offered the property to St. James Township for the back taxes of a little over $13,000. To quote Jim Wojan, "If we can get Whiskey Island for this amount, I think we should get it." If St. James had not voted to purchase this property, it would have gone up for public auction. St. James Township voted to acquire this property for the cost of the back taxes. The township can not have some say on what happens over on this island. There is a possibility that this newly acquired property may be exchanged with the Michigan DNRE for the Beaver Island DNR building and property.

NOTE: The editor was unable to attend this meeting, so there is no video to view.


Join us Saturday, May 22, 2010.

We are in need of volunteers to help clean the headstones at our local cemeteries starting at 9 am at both Holy Cross Cemetery and the Township Cemetery .

If you can, bring NEW PLASTIC SCRAPERS, and brushes, as well as rags and a bucket. Help us to preserve, what we have before it is gone.

PLEASE CALL 448-2308 TO SIGN UP. Let us know which cemetery you want to help with. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Women's Golf This Summer

The Tuesday night women's golf league has been canceled this summer at this point. The Thursday morning lady's golf get-togethers are still taking place. This is a come one, come all, lady's Thursday morning golfing get-together that meets right now at 10:00 a.m. The golfing is followed by an 'out-to-lunch' gathering as well. As the season progresses, the time may go to one-half hour earlier, 9:30 a.m. There is a Lady's Golf Tournament scheduled for

From the Green Family

Dear Friends and Family,

No words can ever express the love and gratitude that we wish to extend to each and every one of you for the overflowing generosity shown to all of us these past few weeks. Dad sat back and watched the love and devotion of all of his family and friends come pouring our way and the smile on his face will forever remain in our hearts. For that too, we thank you all.

The food, the prayers, the wine, beer, and liquor---(you know us well!!!)----THANK YOU!! Our Dad left this earth with such a great journey ahead of him and he welcomed and embraced it to the fullest. Our hearts are heavy but our smiles are large knowing that Dad was reunited with Mom for eternity. Thanks again!

Our love and sincere gratitude,

The Green Family
Mike and Kitty
Mary T.
Bernadette and Dave
Beth Anne and Steve
Kevin and Snowe
Amy and Michael
Kathleen and Dana

Peaine Township Meeting on May 12, 2010

Discussions get hot, heated, and personal

Click here to view video clips of this meeting

District Library News

The Beaver Island District Library has reopened with a “new” look. Instead of the rose colored carpeting, we now have blue carpet squares that were made for a commercial building and it looks wonderful! Come on in and check it out!

While you're at the library, browse through the books. We have many of the NY Times bestsellers: The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; South of Broad by Pat Conroy; Wicked Prey by John Sanford; Last Song by Nicholas Sparks; Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson; just to list some of them.

We also have some of the newest videos on DVD : Avatar ; Blind Side ; It's Complicated ; Sherlock Holmes ; Extraordinary Measures; Iron Man; New Moon . Pre-ordered to arrive this summer are: How to Train Your Dragon; Jesse Stone – No Remorse ; and Life narrated by David Attenborough.

Come Memorial weekend the gardens should be planted and ready for the summer.

Please stop in and see the changes.

BI Community School Press Release

Results of May 4, 2010 Annual School Election: Results of the May 4, 2010 Annual School election showed strong support for renewal of the district's local operational millage and for renewal of Char-Em ISD's vocational-technical millage. Board member candidate Jessica Anderson was elected by a 6 vote margin and incumbent board member Barbara Schwartzfisher was reelected.

By a vote of 152 yes and 31 no, the school's operational millage renewal passed. The district wishes to thank the many voters who took time to make it to the polls and to thank the many citizens who are subject to payment of the non-homestead tax upon which the operational millage is levied. The distinct realizes that many of those who pay the non-homestead taxes are not year-round residents and do not have children in school. It is the desire of the school district to use the tax dollars to provide a top quality school system that all community members and property owners can be proud of.

By a vote of 134 yes and 38 no, the Char-Em Intermediate School District 's vocational-technical millage renewal passed. Thanks to Beaver Island voters for renewing this millage. Funding from this millage allows the district to run two state-certified vocational programs and helps with purchase of technology and internet connectivity costs. This is one regional millage where the amount the island receives back is actually more than is generated by the district's tax dollars.

With State of Michigan budget uncertainties, the Beaver Island Community School district is indeed grateful that the majority of its revenue is not dependent upon State funding – only 7% of the district's revenue comes from the State. Approximately 75% of the district's budget is funded by renewal of the two millage sources described above. Again, thanks to the community for continuing to support the school.

Contact: Kitty McNamara

Beaver Island Community School

37895 King's Highway

Beaver Island MI 49782


Phone 231 448 2744

Fax 231 448 2919


2010 May Stoneys and Donegal Dannys

Emily Gray Graduates from NCMC

Congratulations to Emily Gray on her graduation from North Central Michigan College with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Emily will qualify for the State of Michigan licensing exam for Registered Nurse. Great job! We are all proud of you and your accomplishments!.

Chamber of Commerce NEWS

Contact: Steve West – (231) 448-2505 – Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Ron Suffolk of marathon promoter Good Boy events reports that, after a slow start, entries for the September 4 Beaver Island Marathon hit 100. A new improved “13.1 out and back” course is slated to be certified in June.

July 4 Parade Theme

By unanimous vote the Chamber of Commerce directors selected “Beaver Island: Looking to the Future with Strong Traditions” as the July 4 parade theme.

New Chamber VP

Rachel Teague of Fresh Air Aviation was elected by the directors to fill the unexpired Vice President term.

Room Finders Program – Attn: Accommodations Members

The Chamber’s Room Finders program begins in June. Accommodations members should advise the office Chamber@BeaverIsland.org via email each Monday of any openings during the busy July / August season. Many calls are received June – August requesting help in finding a place to stay. “We do our best to match potential visitors with open locations,” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West.

A Beach Stroll Picture

(Picture by Frank Solle)

A pleasant point

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Announcements for May 2010

Click for Video Clips below:


Open House Sunday May 30th

Men's Health Screening Day-will be scheduled this summer

JUMPSTART to Wellness Starts --starts now with no deadline

Chiropractor and Opthamologists Visit the Island -Chiropractor every other Friday

Aging Parents and the Legal Issues Telehealth Presentation- coming June 15th

Beaver Island Gets ATV from Homeland Security Funds

Shirley Roloff on the ATV with Deputy Williams and Sheriff Schneider

Sheriff Schneider explains the funding was from Homeland Security. No Charlevoix taxes were involved in the purchase of this vehicle and its twin in Charlevoix.

Deputy Williams poses on the ATV.

Click for Video Clips below:

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider Explains the Reasons for the ATV

Deputy Williams Shows the ATV

Virginia L. Gatliff Passes Away

Virginia L. Gatliff, nee Fulk, 79, of Calumet City, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010. Cherished wife of the late Robert O. Gatliff; devoted mother of Dale Gatliff retired Chicago PD, Joan (Steve) Gilboy; beloved grandmother of Jason Gilboy, Kristine (Dan) Samardzic, Peter (Fiancee Rachel) Gilboy, and Robert Gatliff; dearest step-grandmother to Stephanie and Kristopher Gilboy; proud great-grandmother of Sofia Samardzic; loving sister of Ronnie (Joe) Novak, Martha Perry, Arthur Mezydlo, and late Frank (Barbara) Mezydlo; fond aunt of numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 17, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, 801 Michigan City Rd., Calumet City. Services entrusted to the OWENS-RUZICH FUNERAL HOME (corner of Rt.41 and Calumet Ave., at 119th St.), Whiting, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or PAWS. Further info (219)659-0417 or (219)659-0018.

Russell Green Passes Away

Russell Green passed away last night. Visitation will be 7 - 9 on Saturday at Holy Cross Church, Rosary at 7:30. Funeral Mass will be Sunday at 1:00. There will be no luncheon. The Green family thanks everyone who has brought us food and comfort the past few days. More information will be posted as it becomes available. (from BI Forum)

Russell J. Green, age 81 of Beaver Island, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at his home surrounded by his eight loving children.
He was born on Beaver Island on December 24, 1928, to Mary (Boyle) and Anthony Greene on the family farm, where he spent his childhood. Russell was very proud of his Irish heritage; all four of his grandparents came to Beaver Island from Ireland. Over the years, Russell became a storehouse of island traditions and family connections. He was one of the last of the Islanders to grow up on the numerous self-sufficient farms on the Island.
On September 15, 1956, Russell married the love of his life, Joy McDonough, who preceded him in death October 30th, 2007.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the 25th Infantry Division. He worked on Great Lakes freighters for several years before returning to Beaver Island to work for the boat company, captaining the Beaver Islander for many years. Russell often joked about how he spent 40 years on ships in the Great Lakes, but he never did learn to swim.
Russell is survived by his 8 children, Mike (Kitty) Green of Beaver Island, Mary T. Delamater, Bernadette (Dave) Cole, Rose Peters, Kathleen (Dana) Dvoracek, all of Charlevoix, Beth Anne (Steve) Lucas of Blanchard, Kevin (Snowe) Green of Chattanooga, TN, and Amy Bair of Chesterfield; 17 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Bernell Burke, Rose Connaghan, Anthony (Betty) Greene, Lill Left, and Mary Margaret (Ed) Breden, his great friend and sister-in-law, Skip McDonough, and countless nieces and nephews. Russell was preceded in death by brothers Dan, Peter, Hubert, and infant sister Francis.
Visitation will take place at the Beaver Island Holy Cross Catholic Church on Saturday May 15, 2010 from 7-9 PM with a rosary at 7:30 PM. The funeral mass will take place at 1PM Sunday May 16th, also at the Holy Cross Church. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Winchester funeral home of Charlevoix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund c/o Holy Cross Church, or Holy Cross Cemetery.

Russell Green's Final Trip on the Beaver Islander

Captain Mike Green and his father Captain Russell Green

Russ Green took the Beaver Islander out of the harbor accompanied by family and friends in early May 2010. Captain Russell Green had started as a deck hand on the Beaver Island ferry around 35 years ago. Russell jokingly said, "I was the head deck hand when I started." After a short pause, he said, "Then they got me some help." Russell continued to say that it took him about three years to get his 'papers'. When asked if he had to do some dirty jobs as deck hand, his reply was, "Yes." Short, sweet, and simply a smiling 'yes.' When asked if he had given some of the younger captain's any dirty work to do, Russell said, "H__ no. They already had their papers." He implied that they wouldn't have done it anyway. Someone else said, "Spoiled," and Russell just smiled.

It was quite a windy day for this trip outside of the protected harbor of Paradise Bay. More pictures and story HERE

Russell Green's Final Trip Home

As the Emerald Isle ferry approached the two mile buoy from more miles out, there was a gathering of vessels moving out to greet her. This gesture of honor and love came from several other captains of vessels.

Awaiting the Emerald Isle

The flag at Whiskey Point was lowered to honor Russell Green and family.

More story and pictures HERE

How Should We Plan for the Future of Beaver Island

The Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission (NRETC) is inviting all interested parties to make sure that Beaver Island remains the special place we all love and enjoy.  Please join the NRETC on June 28 th at the Community Center and help as we begin to discuss the future of our forests and wildlife resources. We have invited many excellent speakers to come and talk from 9-12. After lunch at the Community Center we will discuss forest and wildlife management objectives for Beaver Island . This is a time for people to voice what they enjoy about Beaver Island , what it was that drew them to the Island and their vision for the Island 's future. Please join us for the whole day, but if you can only attend at certain times please feel free to do so. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact me (Eric) via E-mail: E_R_Myers@yahoo.com . Or phone Jacque, 448-2220 or Pam 448-2314.

Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Commission

Part I of a Series of Symposiums on Understanding and Managing Beaver Island 's Ecosystems

For Sustainability and Economic Growth 

Symposium Number I

Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability

June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center 

8:15- 8:45a.m. Registration, coffee and snack – sign up for lunch at community center

8:50 am. Welcome, Keynote Address -- Eric R. Myers

9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today

•  Beaver Island Forest Resources – Past Impacts, Current Conditions and the Future Brian Mastenbrook -- MI DNRE

9:45 -- Our Forest of the Future / Effects of Land Management Decisions on Our Forests

•  Forest Succession and Sustainability Eric R. Myers -- Ph.D. Forestry, MSU

•  Unique Communities and Invasive Species Phyllis Higman -- MI Natural Features Inventory

•  Private Land Management (Forest Management and Conservation Easements) Tom Bailey -- Little Traverse Conservancy

Short Break

10:55-- Effects of Land Management Decisions and Wildlife Management. Discussions on Wildlife Species/ Habitats of deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wood duck, beaver.

Eric Ellis -- Conservation Resource Alliance

11:55 Song Birds and Eco-Tourism Kay Charter -- Saving Birds thru Habitat

12:30 -- Break for Lunch: Purchased from the Community Center or nearby restaurants.

Submit written questions for morning speakers.

1:30 -- Reading of Written Questions for Morning Session Speakers

2:00 -- Roundtable Discussions: Specific questions will be discussed in groups. The overall objective is to begin a dialog on working to reach island consensus for Beaver Island forests and wildlife

2:45 -- Roundtable Presentations- conclusions and new questions from each table

3:15 - 4:00 -- Panel Discussion by experts on issues raised –questions from roundtable and wrap up—where do we go from here?

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


To make an appointment for a Wellness Screening, call the BI Rural Health Center - 448-2275

You can schedule a screening Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm , or after hours upon request.  Beaver Island Health Wellness Screening Program is designed to emphasize the benefits of preventive medicine .

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

St James Township Meeting May 5 2010

You can view the video clips of the whole meeting by clicking on this link below:

Meeting clips

Food Pantry Open House Planned

The Beaver Island Food Pantry in planning on an open house on June 12, 2010. The time has not yet been determined. The reasons to have an open house include the ability of Islanders to see the food pantry in its location, to see how food distribution works, to ask questions, and to offer suggestions. Mark your calendar for this date to visit the food pantry.

District Library Re-Opens

The Beaver Island District Library will re-open today, Saturday, May 8, 2010, at noon. The library has been closed for five days to remove old carpeting, put down new carpeting, and to refinish the floor tiles in the main area of the library. While only planned to be closed for four days, the removal of the older carpet took much longer than planned. Hence, the extra day to complete the job. The color of carpeting has changed as well as the style. You'll have to stop in and see the changes.

Specially Scheduled Hearings and Special Meeting in St. James Township

There is a hearing scheduled followed by a special St. James Township meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall. The hearing is to discuss the DNR property, a possible exchange of Whiskey Island for the DNR building and property on Beaver Island, and/or purchase of Whiskey Island for back taxes. Another hearing will take place on the same date related to the Charlevoix County Road Commission's fee to improve the Jiminy Crick Road that goes through the woods next to the St. James Campground. The special meeting is scheduled for after these two hearings to possibly make a decision about either of the two hearing's topics.

If you are interested in any of the above topics, it would be worthwhile to attend these hearings and special meeting.


The St. James Township Board of Trustees will be holding public hearings to consider the following items.
A. The possible purchase of Whiskey Island from Charlevoix County for the amount of back taxes.
B. The possible letting of bids by the Charlevoix County Road Commission to widen and upgrade 620 feet of Indian Point Road, where it connects to Donegal Bay Road.

The hearings will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:00pm at the St James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave, Beaver Island, Michigan.
A special meeting of the St James Township Board will follow the Public Hearings. Action may be taken on both of the hearing issues.

Rick Speck, Supervisor St James Township

Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament Scheduled

Women golfers, mark your calendar for the annual Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Beaver Island Golf Course. Teams of four golfers will compete in a scramble format, and all levels of golfers are welcome. There will be lots of fun individual contests as well.

Sign up in advance at the Golf Course as a team or individually to be added to a team. The fee to play is $20 which includes lunch at the course following the tournament. Sign in at 8:30 and the shotgun tournament starts at 9 a.m. For further information, contact Jean Carpenter, 448-2893, Sharon Scamehorn, 448-2641 or Sandy Birdsall , 448-2982.

Airport Committee (Authority) Meeting Scheduled

At its May meeting, St. James Township scheduled a meeting with the attorneys to discuss the airport committee (authority) issues for further clarification. This could possibly be a joint meeting depending upon Peaine Township's agreement. The date scheduled at the St. James meeting was Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

An Occasion To Remember

Creative Event / Party Planning & Decorating

Let “An Occasion To Remember” help you with your next event.

Whether it’s an Anniversary, Baby Shower, Birthday, Bridal Shower, Christening, Family Reunion, Fundraiser, Garden Party, Graduation, Holiday Party, Prom, Special Occasion, Sweet 16, Retirement, Wedding or a gathering just for the fun of it, I am here for you.

Whether the celebration is at your home, office, school, (indoors or out) or one of Beaver Island’s many wonderful venues, let “An Occasion To Remember” help you
make your event a memorable success!

I have you covered from A to Z. Your ideas, mine or a combination, “An Occasion To Remember” has many theme party packages to choose from:

Alien Encounter - Barnyard / Hoedown - Beach Party - Carnival - Casino Night - Circus
Construction Zone - Enchanted Forest - Fairy Fantasy - Fifties - Flower Power / Retro
Garden of Tranquility - Gothic - Hollywood - Jungle Safari - Kentucky Derby
King For A Day - Luau - Magic of the Night - Monster Madness - Nautical - Outer Space Odyssey Patriotic - Pirate - Princess - Queen For A Day - Rock Star - Tiki Party Tropical Sunset Escape - Under The Sea - Wildlife or Wetland Wonders - Western Round Up - Winter Wonderland - Zoo Day and more!
You are only limited by your imagination.

About myself:
My name is Tina Walker. I was born in Detroit, Michigan. When I was born, my eyes were not fully developed at birth and I have several eye complications. I was classified as being legally blind. As most of you know, who know me, this does not mean that I cannot see, but I do have some limitations. I have been a creative person all of my life and have been involved with and held events for over 25 years, with great success. I have held events, for the children of Beaver Island, for the past three years. These events were held at Easter with the annual “Easter Egg Scramble and Visits With The Easter Bunny”, a Halloween Carnival in 2009 and a Winter Carnival in January 2010 which, by high public request, will also become annual events as well. Since I still have all of my catering supplies, props and decorations, I have decided to start up an event / party planning & decorating business once again.

Your peace of mind is paramount so whatever I can do to accommodate your wishes is my top priority. Please call for a free consultation.

Tina Walker
An Occasion To Remember

Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan to Feature Two New Concerts


Three outstanding musicians will open this year's Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival on Wednesday evening, July 28, with a special benefit concert at the Community Center. Harpsichordist, Penelope Crawford will join Martha Guth and Claudia Schmidt for an evening of vocal and instrumental music.

Martha Guth, a professional opera singer, has thrilled Beaver Island festival audiences for the past two years. After making her Beaver Island debut many years ago at Music on the Porch, Martha has performed throughout North America and Europe and has been described as a “persuasive and passionate artist” in the international classical musical scene.

Claudia Schmidt, songwriter and jazz/blues vocalist, is also well known to Beaver Island audiences. Described by The Boston Globe as “a true artist” with “the fire of genius,” Claudia has toured internationally and made fourteen recordings. She will bring her exciting musical talents to Baroque on Beaver for the first time this summer.

Penelope Crawford plays both the harpsichord and pianoforte. She is a professor at the University of Michigan and is, according to the university, “one of America's master performers on historical keyboard instruments.” She has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York, and at The Smithsonian Series in Washington, DC. Having visited Beaver Island in the past, she is looking forward to returning this summer to play with Claudia and Martha.

In addition to the opening event, Baroque on Beaver – Made in Michigan will include five concerts with members of the Festival Orchestra and Chorus.

On Thursday evening a chamber ensemble concert entitled Just Among Friends will be presented at CMU. The program will feature a variety of artists, including Martha Guth and Claudia Schmidt, in an informal setting.

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy the other new concert in the festival this year – An Introduction to the Orchestra. This family concert will be held on Friday afternoon, July 30, at the Community Center. The program will introduce the audience to various instruments in the orchestra through music and activities before and after the concert.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform baroque pieces by Bach, Mozart, Gabrieli, and Piazzola on Friday evening at the Community Center. Saturday, July 1, the Festival Orchestra, Chorus and soloists will present a concert of baroque and American classics at Holy Cross Hall. On Sunday afternoon the full orchestra and chorus will perform in the Festival Finale at Holy Cross Hall. The Sunday audience will enjoy Aaron Copeland'sOld American Songs and the island favorite Gaelic Blessings.

In its ninth season, Baroque on Beaver has grown from its first concert in St. James Episcopal Church to a much-anticipated five-day classical music festival in a variety of venues on the island. Musicians from all over Michigan are looking forward to joining local Beaver Island artists in the festival orchestra and chorus this summer. More details about Baroque on Beaver 2010 – Made in Michigan are available on the web at www.baroqueonbeaver.org. .


POSITION Boys Basketball Coach for 2010-2011 Season 

CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or higher


•  Demonstrate an interest in working with children ages 13-18 years.

•  Demonstrate an understanding of the role of interscholastic athletics and communicate it to athletes, parents and the public.

•  Knowledgeable about rules, regulations, skills of the sport and be able to communicate them to the athletes.

•  Willingness to attend off-island training as required.

•  Willingness to travel with and supervise students on away trips. 


SALARY: New coaches with 0-3 years of experience will be paid $1100 for the season; coaches with 3 or more years of experience will be paid $1500 for the season


STARTING DATE: November 2010



Beaver Island Community School


Smoke-Free Law Goes Into Effect

As of May 1, 2010, the smoke-free law has begun. These are some information pages sent to BINN from Pam Grassmick. Thank you, Pam. This provides most of the information that you might need to know.

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

“What Do We DO on Beaver Island?” DVD

DVD proceeds benefit the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Beaver Island Food Pantry, and the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary.

“What Do We Do on Beaver Island….when you're not here,” the important happenings on Beaver Island in the year 2009, is a LIMITED EDITION!

The DVD may be purchased online at the link below, or it may be purchased from stores and businesses on the Island.

You can order your DVD today by sending $20 plus $5 postage to DVD, c/o Joe Moore, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or you can order yours over the Internet from the provided link.

Order online using the secure PayPal server:

Health & Human Services Fair Scheduled for September 16, 2010

The Beaver Island Human Services Commission is hosting a health and human services fair this fall. The event will take place at Gregg Fellowship hall on September 16, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mark your calendars so that you do not miss out on this great opportunity to get in touch with a wealth of information aimed at improving your health, happiness, and well-being.

Editor's Note: The Human Services Commission is working to get a wide variety of mainland services introduced to the needs of Beaver Island, a part of Charlevoix County.

NEW Community Calendar Feature

New Events Scheduled!

At a request from a couple of emails, the BINN Community Calendar has been extended from one or two months to include the rest of the entire year of 2010. Several people wanted to schedule their events without having a conflict with another event. The BINN reply via email was, "Of course, we would be happy to include a full calendar year in the Community Calendar!"

Please send us your calendar of events for the the entire year. We will put all scheduled events on one calendar with one place to check!

This will only work if all those people with scheduled events send a quick email with those events to the editor of this website. We will gladly post them on a community calendar available to everyone. Please take the time to send your events to:


Beaver Island Bike Festival

Click each picture to view the brochure.

Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival

Online registration information is now available for the 1st Beaver Island Bike Festival on June 26th. FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 250. The registration brochure will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center in early April.

On line registration is now available for the June 26 Beaver Island Bike Festival. Also, a brochure registration form is available at the Community Center.


Your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, Island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.
June 25 - 27, 2010

"The Beaver Island Bike Festival (June 25-27) is your chance to experience the unique unspoiled beauty of Lake Michigan’s most remote island in a fun festival atmosphere. Bikers will ride at their own pace and enjoy incredible scenery, island monuments, historic sites, a beach picnic lunch, a downtown after party and all the friendly hospitality Beaver Islands residents are famous for,” says promoter John Sohacki.

For complete information and registration information for the new Beaver Island event see the events section on the home page of The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce web site www.BeaverIsland.org .

The new route map and course description for the second annual Beaver Island Marathon (September 4) is now available on the Chamber web site.

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is a principal sponsor of both events.

Subscriptions to Expire

There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in May or that have already expired in February and April 2010. We appreciate your support and ask you to renew your subscription as soon as possible. Emails have been sent out, but quite a few have been returned without delivery, which means that BINN does not have your current email address.

You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

January 2010

Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!


Mon – Thurs 10am-6pm

Fri – Sat 10am-9pm

Sunday – Closed


Every Friday and/or Saturday 7pm, PLUS Matinees!

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

May COA Menu click HERE

May Senior Center Activities click HERE

May Community Center Ad page

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)