B. I. News on the 'Net, May 19-25, 2014

Jeremy Bearss Receives Award

On the 3rd of February 2014, Major Jeremy Bearss was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as the Resident Training Officer at the Department of Defense Joint Pathology Center. His outstanding professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the Joint Pathology Center, the Department of Defense Veterinary Pathology Residency Program, and the DoD Military Working Dog Program. Subsequently, on the 14th of May, Major Bearss was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Major Bearss is currently assigned as the Chief of Pathology Laboratory Services at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Disease (USAMRIID).

Memorial Day Ceremony

at Veteran's Memorial Park

The island people gathered in memory of those who gave their all for the country. The gathering was full of enthusiastic people, several of them telling stories of their service to the country. This gathering was quite respectful as well as enthusiastic.

A very interested group of attendees

The Pledge was led by Erin Boyle...Then Bob Tidmore explained the flags

Short clip 1


One line of veterans

The second line of veterans

Jim Latta gave the history of Memorial Day

Short Clip 2-360 of the gathering


Preparation for the closing prayer

Closing prayer by Bob Hoogendoorn

Short clip 3


Video of the whole ceremony HERE

Gail's Walk

The 5k walk that began today, Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 3 p.m. started at the public beach and ended at the public beach. The approximate participation was in the neighborhood of fifty-five participants. The fundraiser is in memory of Gail Weede and benefited a BIRHC fund for helping those who needed to get to the mainland for medical appointments, but didn't have the financial capability to get to the appointment.

Gathering at the beach, and then the horn sounded starting the walk.

The participants were off and walking.

The last of the starters.

Video of the Start of the Gail's Walk 2014


The group that organized the event were down on the beach by a picnic table, so it was time to see about an interview.

They jokingly asked Bob Banville to be quiet while the interview was going on.

Lisa Gillespie and Beth Croswhite were interviewed.

Video of the Interview


Holy Cross Historical Dedication

Father Jim gave a short introduction, with Danny and Danny performing, and then Father Jim introduced the speaker.

The representative from the State of Michigan making his presentation.

The attendees to the dedication.

As the speaker finished up, Phil Hoffman and Greg McMaster spoke.

Father used holy water to bless the marker

Danny and Danny played a couple more songs.

The two sides of the commemorative historical marker.

View Video of the Dedication HERE

AMVETs Memorial Sunday Breakfast

This traditional breakfast took place today, Sunday, May 25, 2014, beginning at 8 a.m. and running until noon. This breakfast is a free will offering event with everyone invited. It was held this morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Jack Spanak poses for a picture

The pay as you enter free will offering table with Chuck Carpenter, Ron Stith, and Jack Spanak

Regular pancakes and blueberry pancakes........scrambled eggs with bacon......link sausage

Fruit cocktail and much more

Some of the AMVET workers

Coffee, tea, and more workers

The note on the board as you walked into the Parish Hall.

Just a few of the customers for this fundraising breakfast

Short Video Clip of the AMVETS Breakfast 

Catching Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

Wasn’t it less than two weeks ago that I mentioned we were getting more snow?

I know it was only last week that I woke up to icy frost covering everything.

Working outside today, it’s hard to believe we so recently left winter weather behind!

In the woods, the Spring Beauties, Trout Lilies and Trillium are glorious. Ramps are ready to be harvested; morel mushrooms are out there, though I haven’t found any yet. In my flower beds, hyacinth, narcissus and tulips are blooming. Asparagus is poking out of the ground, rhubarb is nearly ready to pull and I made a meal the other day with some kale that made it through the winter under all of that snow.

The birds are singing. Shrubs and trees are budding. Snakes are sunning themselves on the path. Two big flies are buzzing in my window, for heaven’s sake!

Spring has finally caught up with the calendar!

I’m working at getting caught up, too.

This winter was terribly hard on my house, and on my budget. The cost of heat alone was through the roof, with the combination of a long winter and extreme temperatures. Snow plowing was another major necessary expense. On top of that, I’ve had roof troubles, electrical problems and water issues that are just now getting ironed out.

Because the cold weather kept people away, and inside their warm homes, businesses were struggling, as well. My work hours were cut back or cut out. Even with six jobs, I wasn’t putting in forty hours a week.

When the first of May came around, I had annual car insurance, plus a mortgage payment and one credit card payment due. Telephone, propane and electricity bills were all over due. In addition, I had a bill from the hospital for lab work, from the Medical Center for a blood draw, and from the pharmacy for prescriptions. I had a winter property tax bill that was due on Valentine’s Day.

I had less than three hundred dollars in my bank account.

On top of all that, I had no drainage. When the washing machine emptied, it filled the bathtub; one sink backed up into another; the toilet overflowed. For over a month-waiting for the frost to go out of the ground and the snow melt that was saturating the field to dry up and the plumbers and septic workers to find time-I’ve been taking military showers, washing clothes at my aunt’s house, doing dishes in a bucket (that had to be then emptied outside)and allowing myself one flush per day.

But the weather is changing.

People are coming out of their homes and looking at Spring projects. Visitors are coming to Beaver Island. Business is picking up. With it, my hours at work are increasing.

Friday evening, money in the bank, I sat down to sort and prioritize bills. I couldn’t catch everything up, but it felt good to make progress.

Yesterday, water issues resolved, I spent the evening doing laundry, housework and dishes, relishing my ability to actually put water down the drain. I took a long, hot shower.

This morning, I took time to read. I truly enjoy all the blogs that I follow, and care about the people that write them. I like to know what’s going on with them, just as I do with family and other friends. With work picking up....and other issues to deal with....I’ve been sorely behind. My comments-when I have stolen the time to read and taken the time to comment-have been speedily composed and extremely brief. I have been very lax in acknowledging comments made to my own blogs. Today, I spent a lovely morning turning that around.

Finally, it seems like I am catching up!

Follow Cindy's Blog HERE


THOMAS QUENTIN THIEME, 70, died peacefully on Sunday, May 18, 2014, surrounded by family. He was a son of the late Wayne L. and Mary Louise (Rhamy) Thieme. A graduate of South Side High School, in 1962, he attended Indiana University and graduated from International Business College, in 1966. Tom's love of music led to a musical career starting at age 15 as a bass guitar player with local rock and roll bands before a 30+ year career as a producer/director at WPTA-TV 21.

He took great pleasure in travel, the art and science of film and television, hikes, beach bonfires, and sunsets on Beaver Island, Mich.

He was the devoted husband of Nita L. (Stomberg) Thieme; beloved father of Kimberley T. (Robert R.) Dixon and Tracey E. (Tim A.) Sheppard; and cherished "Poppers" to grandsons, Thomas Edward Dixon, Alexander Thieme Sheppard, Aidan Thomas Sheppard, and Luke Quentin Sheppard. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 West Wayne St., with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial to follow service in Lindenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beaver Island Community Center, www.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org, 26215 Main St., PO Box 494, Beaver Island, MI 49782; or Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, www.vnfw.org, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-quentin-thieme&pid=171085286#sthash.yIx2nZhM.dpuf

In Honor of the Birding Trail Dedication

A short drive out to Sloptown Road, around past Barney's Lake, and then to Willie Schmidt's Corner revealed some of the birds that catch this editor's eye. The short drive was worth the trip.

Osprey on Sloptown Road

Osprey, loons, and eagle at Barney's Lake

On the way to the car at Barney's Lake

At Willie Schmidt's Corner

Short Osprey Video Clip


Short Eagle Video Clip

Beaver Island Birding Trail Dedication

(Photos by Deb Bousquet and Video by Kaylyn Jones)

While the editor was busy teaching five community members in an emergency medical technician course the art of patient assessment, the videographer and the photographer were hard at work at the Beaver Island Community Center attending the birding trail dedication. The dedication of the Beaver Island Birding Trail was live streamed for subscribers and donators to Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island Live Streaming Project.

You can check out the website of the birding trail HERE. Here are a few pictures of the evening.

Meeting in the lobby of the Community Center

The auditorium...............the lobby...............the live stream setup

The food...

Inside at the tables

The place was packed with people

It must be time to drink some wine and begin getting some food.

Drs. Jeff Powers and Wendy White

While everyone was inside eating and getting ready for the presentation,

some quick pictures of the art work and items for sale were taken.

Listening very intensely to the presentation.

Pam Grassmick

The empty lobby

The presentations and information presented were quite interesting.

View video of the presentations HERE

BICS Track and Field Day

Today, Friday, May 23, 2014, the Beaver Island Community School had its Track and Field Day with teams made up students in grades K-12. The morning is a tradition with the school having taken place for many years. The weather for this track and field event was perfect with lots of sun and warm temperature. What a day this turned out to be!

(Pictures and Video by Deb Bousquet)

Mr. Justis demonstrates the shot-put

The blue team puts the shot

Jewell shows the method

Attempting the high jump

Waiting for a turn, but cheering on their team.....Getting ready for hurdles

The long jump pit, just run and jump

An excellent day outside, running, jumping and working as a team.

Video clips of the track and field day

Community School Board Meeting, May 22, 2014

News on the 'Net is working to expand its coverage of community events to include the Beaver Island Community School Board meetings. This should help anyone who is interested in what is going on at the school as well as provide information for those who are interested in the finances of the school. The expansion will require additional help in the video filming areas. Kaylyn Jones has been a helper for quite a while. Joining in with the learning process is the newest reporter for BINN, Deb Bousquet. We hope that the expanded coverage of local events will help make BINN subscribers more knowledgable in the news of Beaver Island.

The BICS Board of Education had postponed their regular board meeting, and moved it to a Thursday evening for the month of May 2014.

The meeting video is presented HERE

BICS Career Day, May 27, 2014

Sign-up for Veteran's Health Benefits at BIRHC

Barney's Lake for An Hour

Taking an hour out of the day today meant more than just an hour in front of the TV or working in the yard or garden. The question was: Are there any loons on Barney's Lake this year? The answer is yes, but whether they are visiting or actually going to nest on the lake is anyone's guess. The osprey nest on top of the microwave tower has some new branches added to it. It's obvious that they are new since the broken branches placed up there reflect the sun and shine making one think that there might be a bird in the nest. The osprey was not in the field across the street, so there was another reason to get to Barney's Lake and take a look around.

Loons exploring Barney's Lake

The osprey flew around the lake and then landed in a tree on the far side.

An eagle or two soaring high, moving in and out of the misty haze

A couple of the signs of Spring shown on the Barney's Lake shoreline

It was an hour well spent in the quiet and with the natural surroundings.

AMVETS Activities this Weekend

from Bob Tidmore

Sunday the 25th will be our pancake breakfast at Holy Cross Hall.  Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs (featuring John Haggards famous bacon/scrambled eggs), juice, fruit cocktail, coffee, etc. Free will donation. All proceeds go towards scholarships for graduates of our school, supporting island veterans, and the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park.

Monday at 10:00 we will have a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park

Please join us for these activities.

Online Certification Program Successful for One Island Resident

Susan Avery Gets DC Teacher Certification

The following information was received from Sue Avery:

I found the Teach-Now program last March and it is an online teacher certification program based in Washington DC.  A Bachelor’s degree is required to enroll. I found out about it on a Thursday, had an interview Saturday morning and started classes two days later – basically jumping in feet first.
I was in the initial cohort, and there were only two of us out of the ten students who started the program who were not in the classroom full time. Most of the students were teaching overseas in International Schools where a teaching certificate is not required.  I met some incredible people who are teaching in Venezuela, Guyana, Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Mongolia, and Ecuador, and I still stay in touch with a couple of them regularly, even though we have only met through cyberspace. We are going to have a graduation party in a Google Hangout now that we are all finally receiving our certificates - which will definitely be a bring your own snack and drink event!
The program was nine months long and was broken down into modules which were then further broken down into weekly activities – usually about 4 or 5 submissions a week and a lot of collaborative work – so juggling different time zones was a challenge at times. We met in a virtual classroom each week where we discussed any problems we were having, the coming week’s activities and we all took turns teaching each other.
The last three months of the program consisted of the student teaching portion of the program and I was fortunate enough to work with Debbie Robert at BICS who was my mentor teacher. She has an incredible group of students this year who were very supportive. Debbie would have to evaluate me each week based on the Washington DC Public School Teaching and Learning Framework, and submit her comments on my skills. Her constant feedback and support was immeasurable, and I think she was glad to have her classroom back, once I was done.
Teach-Now has also started a Master’s Degree through Pacific University in California, and again it is all online. Something I am considering doing once I am able to secure a full-time teaching position.

Waste Management Committee, May 20, 2014

The business of the WMC began with the Manager's Report. This included the report on the roll-off truck and a recommendation for purchase. The WMC voted to spend up to $20,000 for the acquisition and transport of this vehicle to the island. The new forklift is here and functioning at the the Transfer Station. Enough money was saved on the purchase of the roll-off truck and the forklift that the committee approved the pay-off of the stump grinder in the approximate amount of $29,000.

The use of the smaller container for construction sites including shingles was somewhat finalized with charges yet to be determined by the manager. Next meeting is scheduled for June 17, 2014, at 9 a.m. at the Peaine Hall.

Video of this meeting HERE

From Stoney Acres

STONEY SPECIALS Thru May 26th w/Happy Hour Daily 2-6 Fresh WHITEFISH <*))))>< All Week
Wed WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY $1 off a Glass
(In Stoney or the PUB) $2 off a House Btl, $5 off List Btl
ENJOY AN EXTENDED HAPPY HOURS 4-6 & 6-8 IN THE PUB Also.....Kansas City PORK SHANKS (as Tasty as our Ribs)
Fri. Yellow Lake PERCH <*))))>< Yum!
Sun. Bloody Mary Bar & Free Hot Dogs Noon-4 And.....
Jim & Pam's PIZZA...Homemade & Super YUMMY! 4-8:30
Mon. Stoney will be open.....
This Memorial Day, Please remember the men and women who died while serving our country. Our Thanks & Appreciation!
*Thanks for supporting our year round business, year round! 
We couldn’t do it without YOU!
Our Best to You, from Stoney & the PUB

Obituary for Ronald Eugene Antrim

Ronald Eugene Antrim

January 24, 1930 - May 18, 2014

Mr. Ronald E. Antrim, age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away May 18, 2014. He worked and retired from MichCon after many years. He is survived by his children, Rose, Cathe, Mike, and Dan; and brother, Ed (Donna) Antrim. Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Mary on December 17, 2013; and son, Patrick. There will be no services according to Ron’s wishes.

Christian Church Seeks Roof Bids

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Purple Loosestrife

by Cindy Rickgers

Some of these invasive plants can certainly be deceptive.

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

Purple Loosestrife is another one.

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

Let us not be deceived.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

View this at the Stop the Invasives blog HERE

Beaver Island Birding Trail Dedication Celebration

Beaver Island Birding Trail dedication celebration May 23-25

World-class birding now at your fingertips on Beaver Island

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

Dedication of Historical Plaque at Holy Cross

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

Hear Me, America,

I am the EMT

(For EMS Week)

I see your people as you never see them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Unknown

Coming Home

by Paul Cole

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

Baltimore Orioles

As seen on Carlilsle Road, Beaver Island

Baccalaureate at the Christian Church

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

The seniors pose by the cake made in their honor.

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

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

Each senior is interviewed by Ed Troutman

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

Ron Marsh interviewed.....Jewell Cushman interviewed

Link to the interviews HERE

DNR Seeks Input on Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings will be held at the following locations:

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

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

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

Charlevoix Public Library, 220 West Clinton St. in Charlevoix

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

Peaine Township Hall, 36825 Kings Highway on Beaver Island



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Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

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email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Citizen of the Year Banquet Tonight

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

Beaver Island Citizens of the Year

Eric and Dana Hodgson

Video of the evening HERE

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

Steve West gave a short introductory speech

Steve West presented Pat Anderson with a dedication award.

Rachel Teague read excerpts from all the nomination letters

Each nominee was given a round of applause

Kathy Speck presented the Citizen of the Year Award

Dana and Eric Hodgson, the Citizens of the Year

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

Posed pictures:

Congratulations Eric and Dana Hodgson!!

Memorial Service for Brian Cruickshank

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

Beaver Island Turkey Hunt on Michigan Out of Doors

View program HERE

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

Memorial Day Ceremony

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

Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

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

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

An Overnight Visitor


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

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

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

Short video clip of the Sturgeon docked at BIBCO Dock


USGS Fisheries Research Vessel STURGEON

Commissioned August 12, 2004

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

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

Holy Cross Baccalaureate Prayer Service

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

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

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

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

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

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



Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

May 2014

May 25:  Pastor Howard Davis

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

July 6:  Pastor Howard Davis

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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


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

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

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

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

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

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

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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Peaine Township Meeting, 5/14/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video of this meeting HERE

Obituaries and Updates

Eugenia “Genie” Anne Vreeland

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

Jacqueline Ann Howard

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

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

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

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

Please sign Jacqueline's guestbook at winchesterfuneralhome.com

Audrey I. Smallwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please sign Audrey's guestbook at winchesterfuneralhome.com

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

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

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

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

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

Wild Parsnip

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

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

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

The thick, ribbed stems look a bit like celery.

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

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

Quite pretty,actually.

Wild Parsnip is also a little bit famous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the Invasives blog HERE

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

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

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

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

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

The Grandmother I’ve Become

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

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

Not only young, but modern in thought and actions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and doilies....

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


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

View Cindy's blog HERE

USCGC Buckthorn Sets Summer Buoys

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

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

Getting ready to pull the ice buoy at the point.

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

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

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

Heading home

Buckthorn finishes the buoys in the harbor.

Two short video clips of the Buckthorn working


(video by Phyllis Moore)

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

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

Another Oral History Interview

Garrett Cole Interviewed by Jim Norgaard


Oral History Interviews

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

Link to Glen Felixson interview at the Model Boat Shop

Link to Glen Felixson interview at the Yacht Dock

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video for this meeting HERE

2014 Men’s Summer Golf League!

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

The date for starting the league is still up in the air and depends on how quickly the weather improves. Right now we’re looking at the 21st of May as the earliest and June 4th as the latest date to start league play. Summer league play normally last to mid-August, but is dependent on the number of teams.

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

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

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

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

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

Tell Your Beaver Island Story

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

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

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

Video for Shamrock City Project HERE

Two Beaver Island Seniors Interviewed

Lillian Gregg, 89


Lawrence McDonough, 99


BICS End of School Year Calendar

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Township Airport Site Plan

Site Plan

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

Several family and business subscriptions expired in March and others expire in April . This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


Donate to the Live Streaming Project


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

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