B. I. News on the 'Net, May 2-8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

One Lap to Barney's Lake and Back

A quick lap of the Barney's Lake Road and Sloptown Road provided these pictures and videos on the night of May 6, 2011. The BINN editor has never been closer to an osprey without even knowing that the osprey was there. At Barney's Lake, the call of the osprey was really, really close. Rolling down the window of the car, this picture was taken before the osprey sensed the presence of a human.

The osprey flew off down the lake and landed in a dead tree. It's pretty easy to see how this osprey could be mistaken for an eagle by the naked eye. This picture is taken with a zoom lens.

All these birds were seen on Barney's Lake in this short visit.

a loon, ducks, and mute swan seemed to ignore the osprey.

And still one lonely sandhill crane in the field on Sloptown Road.

Videos Taken on Sloptown Road of the Osprey and the Sandhill Crane


Patricia LaFreniere Passes Away

Patricia Lynn LaFreniere, 45 of Ludington passed away suddenly Thursday at Memorial Medical Center. She was born on July 30, 1965 in Ludington. She is survived by 1 son Kyle Neff of Fenton, 1 daughter Alysha Watkins of Freesoil, her mother Glory LaFreniere and her father John LaFreniere both of Ludington, a brother Ed (Julie) LaFreniere of Ludington, sisters Jeanette (John) Bogus of Ludington, Judy (Tom) Swartz of Ionia, Johnell LaFreniere of Ann Arbor and her longtime love, Terry Yarborough, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held on Monday at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to the family to help with final expenses. Friends and family may view and sign the online guestbook at www.alexanderrye.com .

Hat Decorating Day

A small group of ladies gathered at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant for an opportunity to go wild and decorate a hat for the Kentucky Derby or just for fun. These ladies produced some very interesting decorative hats from the materials provided by Tina Walker, the organizer of the event. This was the first official fundraiser for BICAF, (Beaver Island Community Activities Fund). Some of these participants will be wearing their hats to the Shamrock for The Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. Pictures and story by Tina Walker.

  Here we are at The Shamrock for the Hat Decorating Day!

Tina Morgan is showing Doug Tilly how nice  he  would look with a few flowers on his hat! What do you think Doug?

Dorothy Willis, Tina Morgan and Sharon Cole have selected their hats and supplies.

   Shirley Sowa likes pink on pink for a softer look.

Tina and Sharon are deciding on flower placement.

Dorothy is hard at work.

   Penny Young and Audrey Beilman have chosen their hats and flowers.

  Penny is doing a beautiful job!

Tina Morgan is one sophisticated lady!

Sharon's hat is very classy!

Shirley's adorable smile is as cheerful as her hat!

Dorothy is one classy gal!

Audrey looks as sweet as can be!

  Penny looks like she's ready for the next royal wedding!

This hat was created for the bibabes, who could not attend. Hope you like it ladies!

Thank you, ladies, for helping to support the Beaver Island children's events, sponsored by BICAF. A BIG thanks to Eric and Dana Hodgson for  allowing us to use the space at  the Shamrock to make the hats! Special thanks to the ladies who could not  attend but have donated so generously. The donations for this event totaled $60.00. This is BICAF's first event and we look forward to future fundraisers.

  All dolled up at the Shamrock to watch The Kentucky Derby!

National Prayer Day Celebration

There were a total of thirty-six adults and a few children that gathered at the Holy Cross Memorial to celebrate with the rest of the nation for National Prayer Day. This was an ecumenical event with representatives from all four of the churches on Beaver Island. This event was organized by Kate Garland, and it was appropriate for her to do the introduction and the unity prayer, which is reprinted here:

"Dear God and heavenly Father, on this National Day of Prayer, we gather on behalf of our leaders in government and for those in authority over us, for our military men and women, the imprisoned and persecuted, for the media and service providers, the future of our children, and for our personal renewal and moral awakening. Please hear all our petitions of prayer as we join together as a community with unity in our hearts, to show our faith and trust in God the Father and Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen"

The next to do a reading and to do a prayer was John Works from the Episcopal Mission:

The participants were intent on providing the unity and the serious prayer for this unity as well as the specific prayers stated in Kate Garland's initial Unity Prayer.

The next two readings and prayers were provided by Bob Hoogendoorn, pastor of the Lighthouse Fellowship.

The next reading and prayer was offered by Pat Nugent representing Holy Cross Catholic Church.

The next reading and prayer was offered by Peg Hoogendoorn representing the AMVETs Ladies Auxiliary.

The next reading and prayer was offered by Bob Bass representing the B.I. Christian Church.

The conclusion and last prayer was offered by Jayne Bailey representing the B.I. Christian Church and the Unity of those present.

The statement for the day was this: "The family that prays together, stays together." What an exellent way to demonstrate the Christian Unity of our community and nations this was!

St. James Township Meeting Video, May 4, 2011

The St. James Township Board met on May 4, 2011, with all board members present. The agenda included monthly approval of minutes and bills to be paid. The supervisor had received several pieces of corresondence. Then under Old Business, a resolution was passed authorizing the township to enter into a three-party agreement with the company, the township, and the bank. This agreement was to allow an Installment Purchase Agreement for the rehabilitation of the WWT system septic tank. This resolution was passed unanimously. The appraisals for Whiskey Island and the harbor DNR property were discussed. The appraisal were put on hold for a couple of weeks to allow the approach directly to the DNR to see if this trade could be expedited without the cost of an appraisal. However, the supervisor was empowered to complete the appraisals if required. A position that was not filled on the Planning Commission is to be reposted. Under new business, Heather Cary and Kerry Smith made a presentation to the board about erecting volleyball court on the public beach playground property. A motion was passed to approve this volleyball court with Jim Wojan dissenting.

The suggested location of the volleyball area

It was agreed and a motion passed to post for the assistant harbormaster/ trash pickup/restroom cleaning position. The supervisor was empowered to hire this position after two weeks of posting. The board went into closed session to discussion the airport RPZ property.

Beginner's Adult Computer Class

The spring adult computer class will be BEGINNING LEVEL Topics:  basic computer operation , internet, email, Microsoft Word (letters, documents), Publisher (making signs, greeting cards…) If you have no experience, you will begin with the basics.  If you have  some experience, you will be able to start where you are  comfortable.    Should you miss a class, you will not “fall behind”.  The classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesday s from 5:30 — 6:30  pm starting Monday, May 23rd — Wed, June 8 .  No class Memorial Day . (Note:  If these days/dates don't work, call Connie Boyle and depending on others who sign up, perhaps we can make changes to the schedule!  The cost for the class is $20.  Please make checks payable to “BICS” ( Beaver Island Community School ).  You may bring your payment to the first class.  Please call the school (448-2744) or email Connie at connieb@bics.us to sign up for the class.


FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Shamrock Restaurant

5:30-8:00 pm



Children 10 & Under- $9.95

Buffet includes: Beef & Broccoli; Chicken Cashew;

Sesame Chicken; Sweet & Sour Pork, Fried Rice,

White Rice, Egg Drop Soup, 1 Egg Roll

(Extra Egg Rolls are available for $2.00)

Proceeds to Benefit

Beaver Island Sports Boosters

School Election Results

There were 116 Votes Cast in the school election. Votes for School Board members were Brian Cole -- 94.... Jessica Anderson -- 109. These two were both elected. For the Char-EM ISD Board, the votes received were: Jane Roberts -- 66 Beverly G. Ostek -- 62, with both elected. Char-Emmet PT ISD Bd Thelma Chellis received 63 votes. The renewal millage for out school passed with votes of Yes -- 98 No -- 18.

What's Jon Bonadeo Doing Near the Yacht Dock?

The answer can be determined by the following pictures that starts with pictures of the permits on the outside wall visible from the roadway.

Pictures from the yacht dock side

Pictures from the Nackerman/Cull side

Photos of the front yard

So what is Jon Bonadeo doing with this property? He is creating two boat slips. He is digging out the slips alongside the business building near the yacht dock. It's a pretty big job.

Wendy Anne Returns

Walking outside from the St. James Township meeting last night, May 4, 2011, an attendee asked, "What's that boat out there? It looks like two boats. What are they doing out there?" Obviously the vessel(s) were quite a long way out at the time that these questions were asked. BINN set up a camera with a telephoto lens to get an answer to that question. It was the Wendy Anne returning with the barge full of freight.

These two pictures were taken a short time later.

On an interesting side note. The cargo going off and returning included two of the containers used to transport the garbage off the island from the transfer station. The full containers are picked up by a company called Waste Managment and then the containers are sent back empty. Two containers on this trip and two containers on the last trip were part of the cargo.


Sandhill getting a drink

Not so coordinated landing on the water

Northern Lights League All-League Basketball Press Release

First team members include Beaver Island player Olivia Schwarzfisher.

Second team include Beaver Island players include Olivia Cary and Jenna Battle.

5th and 6th Grade Play-"Putting on Heirs"

Video of the performance

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Newsletter, Spring 2011

Walleye Fry Release, Monday, May 2, 2011.

Wildlife club members Doug Tilly and Tina Walker, placing the bags of fry into the Walleye pond so that the temperature of the water, in the bags of fry, gradually equalize to the 20 degree lower temperature of the pond.

Doug checks to make sure the temperaturel is right.

Next, Wildlife Club president, Jeff Powers and Doug Tilly prepare to release the fry.

Jeff captures the event on video. They are all released! Ella and her new friend, Pippa, are curious about what is going on here.

Ella decides to get a cold drink of water. ...


No, Ella did not catch any fry! The excitement is over and it's time to leave.

(Pictures and story by Tina Walker)

Link to YouTube Video by Jeff Powers

Drew Goes to Prom

Through an absolutely wonderful program, Drew Garland has attended a prom on the mainland last year and this year. This is one of those fantastic things that people don't generally talk about, but that should be applauded wholeheartedly. Kimberly Read first found out about prom when she went over for a meeting last year with the transition coordinator for Char Em, John Murphy and Lisa Hammond (who is one of the amazing teachers at Taylor in charge of putting on prom for the kids at Taylor).  Taylor school is part the Char Em ISD and is a center based program for students with disabilities. Beth Croswhite and Kate Garland were also with Kimberly when Lisa Hammond told them about prom. Kimberly said, "We all decided to give it a go for Drew last year."

 It was such a great experience for Drew last year Kimberly and Kate decided he should go back again this year.  Kimberly thinks this year was even better. Drew interacted with a lot more students this year.  Kimberly thinks there were probably around 50 Students in attendance this year along with a lot of paraprofessionals and parent chaperones.  Kimberly believes the only schools there were Taylor and a school from Gaylord and our two kids.  Attending also was Brighid Cushman who is thinking about becoming a special education teacher.

Kimberly said, "It was a great experience for Drew with a lot of positive peer interaction.  There was dancing and limo rides and lunch provided.  I also brought Brighid Cushman with us this year to job shadow.  She is interested in becoming a special ed teacher someday."

Our two kids doing the train

Kimberly, Brighid, and Drew in the limo

Drew and Brighid doing YMCA

Michigan Bans Transport of Firewood to Beaver Island Archipelago

And Other Islands

Due to the present absence of the insect, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has banned the transport of hardwood firewood to several locations including the Beaver Island Archipelago. This poster was made by the department to announce this to the visitors to Beaver Island who come by ferry or personal boat. Although Beaver Island is only one of several islands where this is banned, it is obvious that an attempt is being made to prevent the introduction of the emerald ash borer to these locations. The penalty can be quite expensive.

Thanks goes to the previous membership of the NREC and the previous officers of this organization for following up on this important issue.

Resale Shop Closed Thursday

Island Treasures Resale Shop will be closed on Thursday, May 5 because Dawn is waxing the floor.  It will look beautiful and is worth the wait.  Thanks for your patience.  We'll see you on Friday and Saturday, noon until 4:00.

4th of July Golf Tournament Information

UPDATE: Hat Decorating Day!
Come and join us for an afternoon of fun!!

If there are any ladies wanting to decorate a hat, for Mother's Day or whatever you like, please join us at The Shamrock on May 3rd at 1:00 pm. You do not have to make a "Derby Day" hat.  Make a hat for yourself, for your grandmother, mom, sister,  daughter or granddaughter, for Mother's Day or any day!  ...or maybe make one as a special gift for a friend.
There will also be a limited number of butterflies and birds, that can be purchased separately, and added to your hat! Prices range from $1.50 - $3.99 

If you have a particular outfit, and you would like to try and create a hat that matches it, please bring it with you on Tuesday.

Prizes will be awarded, on Tuesday, for the best hats!!
To give you some idea of what we will be doing, here are links to a couple of YouTube videos, for decorating derby hats. 



Here is one woman's collection of hats that she made. 


From simple to the outrageous, your hat is your own creation! 
There are many flower color choices:  Reds - Pinks - Yellows - Purples - Whites You may have some things, stored away, to incorporate into your hat!
Don't forget, you can also wear your hat to the Shamrock for a chance to win a prize on "Derby Day" Saturday, May 7th!!

Thank you all, in advance, for helping to support: 
The Easter Egg Scramble and visits with The Easter Bunny 
The Halloween Carnival and The Winter Carnival

Congratulations to Pete LoDico

2011 Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

President Kathy Speck's Speech Outlines the Nominees

Welcome – our 10th Annual Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Acknowledgments – Stoney Acre Grill – Liam and Marilyn and staff--Ted Nicholas – new song/video

Steve West and Chamber Board – Rachel Teague, Sheri Timsak, Pat Anderson, Marijean Pike, and new directors this year – John Works, Diane McDonough, Tim McQueer

And now, I would like to present our nominees. These are people who do extraordinary things to improve their community. They were recognized in the many letters we received by the people who live and work with them right here on Beaver Island . In no particular order, I'd like to read some excerpts from these terrific letters:

The Yellow Ribbon Campaign Ladies:

Kate Garland, Mary Palmer, Marie LaFreniere, Tara Palmer

A group of Island women undertook a very special project this past year and one that was dear to the collective heart of Beaver Island . They organized a Yellow Ribbon Campaign, which allowed all to join in publicly recognizing and supporting those Islanders serving in the Armed Forces. They traveled around the Island taking photos of those whose homes sported the bright reminders of our patriotism and put the photographs in a beautiful bound book for two of our deployed Islanders. It was a heartwarming project and an excellent reminder of what makes Beaver Island such a special place to live, work and visit. By the end of the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, 200 ribbons bedecked our streets, lamp posts and trees and fences. It helped us all feel a connected part of the Beaver Island Community. Bless them all!

Donna Stambaugh:

One person wrote about her: I would like to nominate Donna Stambaugh as Citizen of the Year. Her efforts with managing Island Treasures Resale Shop and its activities toward raising money for support of the Beaver Island Fire Department should not go unnoticed. Donna's involvement here as well as other community activities should easily qualify her as an excellent candidate for Citizen of the Year.

(Actually, I would just like to personally comment that Donna was and still is the backbone of the Resale Shop. She has spent countless hours towards getting it started and keeping it running and she should be recognized for all of her efforts toward this very important part of our community.)

Ed Wojan:

This person wrote: I think it's time for Ed Wojan to be Citizen of the Year. He has served the Island for decades, often behind the scenes without recognition. Time and again he has provided his valuable professional assistance with a number of land purchases, trades, etc. that benefit Beaver Island and in addition he has cut or completely donated his real estate sales commission on these transactions. His development efforts are environmentally friendly. His contributions to the Chamber budget for many years have included major dues payments, advertising investment and wholesale map distribution rights. His money has helped increase Island awareness and helps all boats (even non-members) float higher. He has continued to do so even during a very difficult recession that has been most difficult for real estate and construction firms. He puts his money where his mouth is and puts Beaver Island first, and stands tall and speaks out for what he believes will make Beaver Island a better placed to live, work and visit. He has earned the title Citizen of the Year.

Pete LoDico:

A few comments written about Pete were: He is a true volunteer in the community as shown with his involvement with the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island Development Corporation, Beaver Island Boat Company, the Wildlife Club, AmVets, etc., etc. He has stepped up to a leadership role on the Peaine Township Board. A decade ago an Islander saw the very real need for affordable senior housing on Beaver Island . He envisioned a facility that would allow senior citizens to remain in familiar surroundings, with family and friends close by for their last years instead of having to move to the mainland. Because he is quiet and unassuming in nature, most will never know the many obstacles faced in the many years of bringing this project to fruition. He determinedly moved forward, always keeping in mind that the apartments were more than a building; that they represented the Island community's commitment to our seniors and others in need of such housing. A full decade of steadfast work and holding to that vision has resulted in the Forest View Community which will be opened this spring. He has persisted in his work for the Island and has proven to be a valuable asset and benefactor to the community.

Beaver Island Community Development Corp.

Someone wrote: The experience of work with Pete LoDico and this group has been a very exciting and inspirational one as I see the possibilities for Beaver Island expanding. A lot of people have great ideas but exceptional people make those ideas a reality. Beaver Island holds treasures for its residents because of the hard work of individuals like Pete and the BICDC organization.

Gail Weede:

The letter we received nominating Gail posthumously was signed by several people. They commented that the Boodle 5K Run/Walk was started by her – everything organized to perfection. All the money went to the Sports Boosters program of Beaver Island and will continue – her commitment to the youth of Beaver Island . She and husband Mike came to the Island with a business – Paradise Bay Dive/Scuba shop. She held a director position for four years on the Board of Education, was a substitute teacher which she loved and enjoyed, then when needed refereed some games. A real tribute to the youth of Beaver Island is the 21 st Century Learning Scholarship that was established in her memory. On the Library Board she gave her input on the rules and displays. A helping hand to everyone at Dalwhinnie's was her appearance. She would listen and laugh with the customers that would come back to hear her stories – so truthful and funny – they all loved her. Now the 1 st Annual “Gail's Walk” will be held Sunday, May 29 th to help raise money for Island families who experience long-term medical treatment. She always made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work and visit. Would you join me now in applause for this special person who meant to the community of Beaver Island , Gail Weede.

Bill McDonough:

Someone wrote: Never one to sit idle, Bill seems to work tirelessly in promoting the Island with our elected officials. He quietly travels about the state and makes phone calls to make sure that Beaver Island is never forgotten by Lansing . He has an uncanny ability to view heated Island politics from a distance and offer his guidance and influence to help bring everyone together. This was made very apparent during last year's QDM discussion. He had no interest in deer hunting, however, he saw the opportunity that QDM represented for the future of the Island . In March he attended a seminar about deer presented by Bob Ducharme in order to gather all the information he could about the subject. When tempers flared and discussion got heated Bill was always there to get to the bottom of the rumors and settle everyone down. Often a behind the scenes figure, Bill is a staple of Beaver Island, whether it's supplying the Island with needed groceries, meeting with state officials, lending his guidance and support to heated Island issues, remembering every person's name that he meets, or just always greeting Island newcomers with a firm handshake and a warm smile, Bill is the quintessential Islander.

Judy Boyle:

A few people commented: I think she is the perfect example of what we should all aspire to when living in a small community. In the short time that she has been here, her kindness and caring and hard work have made an impact on so many. She is involved in the Volunteer Core, Animal Fund, Cottage for Karen Group and Vice-President of the Sports Boosters. She has taken over the 4 th of July Carnival and purchased many items with her own funds to be used in coming years, so that these items that are costly to rent wouldn't have to be rented from across and brought over to the Island. Her willingness to get her hands dirty is well known when the time comes to quit talking and get down to work. She is involved with all things that concern her children, and sets such a great example for them, that they in turn are all such an asset to have in our community of young people. Her generous spirit is extended to everyone she meets, and she has such a great outlook on things that you always feel better after seeing her and talking to her. She has never expected thanks, praise or applause for anything she has done and she has done a lot in her short time here on the Island . Our community is so much the richer for her family having moved here.

Congratulations to all of our nominees! The letters that were written about all of you show that people have a great respect and admiration for all that you do in our community. Thank you.

I was amazed at the number of letters we received about one nominee. I think in the ten years I have been President of the Chamber this is the most letters we have received for a Citizen of the Year nominee. One of the letters was even signed by 12 people! Obviously the hardest part of my speech tonight was trying to sort out just few more comments from these letters. Believe me, we would be here all night if tried to read them all! We've already heard a lot about what this person does in this community, but here are a few more comments:

•  He moved to the Island with his wife to enjoy retirement and all the things they have always loved about Beaver Island . For at least the last dozen years I doubt that he has had much time to really enjoy his retirement because he has worked extremely hard as a volunteer and/or board member for many organizations and many projects.

•  He also has a carpet cleaning business and spends any free time he might have caring for and loving his four grandchildren.

•  He has been committed the past two years with some very controversial topics and has never lost sight of what is best for Beaver Island .

•  Unknown to many is his Agriculture College knowledge. Just ask John Works, Jr. about his corn.

•  He is a team player; he never lets his ego get in the way ofaccomplishing good for the Health Center . He is generous in giving credit to his fellow board members and is one of those people who possess the courage to speak up but know how to disagree without being disagreeable.

•  He is the kind of board member who never waits to be asked but always volunteers to do more than his fair share of the work.

•  Year after year he volunteered to research and negotiate the best possible deal for the Health Center raffle vehicle, sold more tickets than any other individual and donated his credit card reward points to reduce the cost of the vehicle.

•  He spearheaded the senior housing project and assisted by Nina Simpson-Jones, the non-profit Beaver Island Community Development Corporation was created.

•  Despite 10-plus years of tireless effort, despite many steps backward and some disappointments, the new senior housing building broke ground last year and is now almost complete. He will tell you he couldn't have done it without so many people believing in this project and the donations that have poured in over the years, but without his commitment to see this project through, it would never had made it to where it is now.

•  He is a man of great integrity, willing to listen to both sides of a problem, and weigh the pros and cons before he makes his decision.

•  In a very special letter received, one person commented that:

I have the opportunity to work with many different community leaders, property owners, and government officials throughout the state of Michigan , but he stands out because he is a direct part of his projects and his actions are driven by his beliefs. The Forest View apartment community project is bringing statewide attention to Beaver Island because of its renewable energy resourcing and its outreach to other areas.

There was so much more written, but a few words written in one of the letters we received sums it perfectly: There are many wonderful people on the Island that also deserve this recognition. He has made his mark as a most valued citizen and we would like him to understand that we truly appreciate his hard work and loyalty to Beaver Island .

Yes, we really do appreciate him, so please join me now in a standing ovation for our 2010 Citizen of the Year – PETE LoDICO

Pete walking to receive his award.....Steve West presenting a certificate

B.I. Citizen of the Year Pete LoDico posing with his wife Sandy, with Kathy Speck, and with his family Kristen, Sandy, and Nicole.

Citizen of the Year mementos...

Video of Steve West Introduction


Video of Kathy Speck's Speech on All Nominees


Video of Kathy Speck's Comments About Pete LoDico


Pete LoDico's Comments as Citizen of the Year


Father Pat to Retire

It is with much sadness, but, at the same time, celebration for his fifteen year gift to Beaver Island and Holy Cross that BINN posts the following letter.

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Midge Hatch

MIDGES : Have you ever noticed a large number of bugs squashed all at once on the grill of your vehicle? They probably were an unassuming swarm of midges. Other than dirtying your ever so clean hood, bumper, and windshield, these critters are a beloved staple of the diet of many prized angler fish.

The midge does not have anything in its anatomy that can bite you. These are not the no-see-ums that are quite able to bite you. You can definitely see these very social insects.

These rising columns of midge hatch were seen out at Gull Harbor.

Trout rely on the larvae to get them by early in the season. Even though larvae are exceedingly small, a hungry trout cannot be picky. Since it is such a common food for trout, the little bug makes an excellent fly fishing "fly".

WIC on Beaver Island

Don't miss the Enrollment Clinic, May 19th at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. McDonough's Market is accepting WIC Benefits. WIC provides free food such as cereal, juice, milk, formula, and fresh produce to women who are pregnant, women who are breast-feeding and infants and children up to age 5.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call

Donna Kubic
Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Wildlife Last Week

Searching and calling for a mate...

Nesting on Barney's Lake...

Meandering deer....Who is that?

Being distracted with all the traffic into the Graves' driveway...

Lots of squirrels hunting for food..

Beaver Island To Host National Outdoor Writers

Indigo Guide Service and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce along with Beaver Island Lodge , The Shamrock, Harbor Market, Fresh Air Aviation and the Beaver Island Boat Co will host a group of national outdoor writers in late May.

“This visit has the potential to produce stories that if purchased as advertising would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West. “Flats style fishing for carp is growing in popularity very rapidly and Beaver Island is the finest location in the nation for it. Our members have teamed up and are going all out for this group of writers.”

 “Now it seems that everyone in the outdoor media world has to do everything.  I'm expecting that we will see these guys blogging from the island, creating immediate interest for the 2011 summer,” said Indigo Senior Guide Kevin Morlock. “Then we will see articles and videos from weeks to even a year to follow.”

Matt Dunn Indigo Guide Service Communications Director and Guide provided the following biographical information about the visiting angler / writers:

Kirk Deeter - editor at large for Field and Stream, editor of Angling Trade, co-editor of Field and Stream's Fly Talk blog, frequent contributor to Field and Stream magazine, published three books on fly fishing , contributed to numerous magazines and websites.

Tim Romano - photo editor for Fly Fish Journal, managing editor of Angling Trade, co-editor of Field and Stream's Fly Talk blog, frequent contributor to Field and Stream magazine, featured photographer on MidCurrent.com , his photography has appeared in numerous other magazines and websites including several cover shots.

Will Rice - contributing editor for The Drake magazine, written for the Denver Post, Saltwater Fly Fishing, the Fly Fish Journal, and is a regular contributor to Angling Trade. 

Caleb Reinhold - creator and manager of Fishpornfix.com , very hip and popular fly fishing video blog, fly fishing filmmaker, will be shooting video at Beaver Island .

Jean Paul Lipton - creator and manager of Roughfisher, leading carp fly fishing blog, publishes regularly in US Carp Pro magazine, written for Bloodknot Magazine and others.

“This is a great example of partnering with members to leverage our marketing investment,” said Chamber of Commerce Vice President Rachel Teague. “Field and Stream is America 's premier outdoor sporting magazine. A one page ad cost $125,000. A typical 2-3 page feature story about Beaver Island fishing would exceed in value our Chamber marketing budget for a decade,” said President Kathy Speck.

PHOTO: Indigo Senior Guide Kevin Morlock prepares to release a large carp after a long fly rod battle in the Beaver Archipelago. His boat is equipped much like bone fish guide boats used in the Caribbean .

PHOTO: As the sun sets an Indigo Guide searches for “one more.”

PHOTO: Brent Pike and his son prepare to release an 8 pound small mouth bass. The Indigo Guides think the next Michigan state record smallie swims in Beaver Isle waters.

Dennis Cady Passes Away

Dennis Allen Cady, age 68, died April 27, 2011. He was born June 10, 1942, in Mason, MI, to Donald Stewart and Dorothy Dean (Rider) Cady. Mr. Cady honorably served 3 years in the US Marine Corps. He was a graduate of Mason High School, Lansing Community College, and attended a broad spectrum of tech schools related to his contract work. A heating and refrigeration contractor and Master plumber, he worked 25 years with his parents at Cady Mechanical Contractors.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; daughter, Amie Stid and husband, Paul; 2 sons, Dean Cady and wife, JodieAnn (Boyd), James Cady; grandchildren, Dennielle, Victoria, Thomas & Madalyn Stid; Declan and Maclaren Cady; and family of the heart, Pete, Stephanie & Addison Minott.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church of Mason, 131 E. Maple Street, Mason, MI 48854 with Rev. Michael Fredericks officiating. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 PM at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI, and Tuesday at the church from 10-11 AM.

In the spirit of Dennis, the family wishes everyone to wear bright colors to the visitation and Memorial Service.
Those desiring may make contributions to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, PO Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909-9986 or, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, 37304 Kings Highway, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
On-line condolences may be made at www.gorslineruncimanmason.com

Foggy Out There Today

The Emerald Isle left the Island at its normally scheduled time today, April 27, 2011, but this morning was just a little different. The Emerald Isle is blowing its horn every few minutes due to the fog that is really thick out there this morning. The webcams on the hardware store and the realty company are obviously having a difficult time even viewing past the end of the ferry dock let alone seeing the point. The dewpoint and temperature must be exactly the same at this point. The fog must extend quite a way, perhaps even from Beaver Island to Charlevoix. Most traveling plans will be put on hold unless you happen to have gotten on the ferry this morning.

April Showers Bring May Flowers and...

Lots of Run-off water

Frank Solle capture a picture of one of the small, yet beautiful water falls that can be seen on the Island during the spring run-off. Great picture, Frank1

Computer at District Library Views Eagle's Nest

The Beaver Island District Library Board voted to set up a special computer to be able to view the eagle's nest webcam that is on the Internet. The webcam is set up out in Iowa, and some watched the hatching of the eggs as the new lives began. Now the two eaglets are too big to be hiding under the adults. You too can view our national bird's nesting habits. You can stop by the district library and view it on the twenty-two inch monitor, or you can go online with your own computer and view it at home. You do have to have Adobe Flash installed on your computer in order to view this webcam. Access the website HERE:


Bernice V. Ruis Passes Away

Bernice V. Ruis, 99, of Ellsworth, passed away on April 22, 2011, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2011, at Hastings Funeral Home in Ellsworth. This is the mother of Marv Ruis and Lauraine Dawson.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Belltower Reformed Church with the Rev. Celia M. Hastings officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery.

Osprey Waiting

The osprey haven't begun their nesting season as of yet. They seem to be content to perch in the dead trees on the Graves' property. One had been fishing at Barney's Lake earlier, but did not have any fish in these pictures.

Barney's Lake Action

Of course there is lots of action out at Barney's Lake. The mute swans are hanging around the old boat landing when they are not sitting on their nest, located at the site of the loon's previous nesting site. The loons are on the lake also, but don't seem to be interested in nesting yet,. They spend a lot of time diving and swimming under water. They spend the majority of their time much farther out on the lake. There was yet another bird flying low over the reeds on the far side of the lake, but getting a good clear picture was not very easy.

The osprey was just flying off as the photographer arrived, so no picture was taken of the osprey at the lake. The deer were up on the top of the Barney's Lake hill near the Fogg property. And there were plenty of turkeys hanging around as well.

Gas Jumps Seventy Cents Per Gallon

Yesterday, gas in Charlevoix was $4.099 per gallon, the same price as in Cheboygan. Today, Monday, April 25, 2011, the gas price at the Station (Island Energies) on Beaver Island is $5.399, a seventy cent jump. The price underwent a sixty cent jump a little over two weeks ago. In just eighteen days, the price of gas on Beaver Island went up $1.30. Those electric cars are really starting to look like a good idea. In the last short article about the jump to $4.699 on April 7, 2011, it was predicted that the price would go over $5 per gallon; it just wasn't supposed to happen quite this quickly.

Bob Stoup, 3/4/1942 - 4/22/2011 Passed Away

Retired from Armco, Pittsburg. Longtime resident of Kelleys Island, OH; Beaver Island resident since 2006. More will be posted when availlable.

Jeff Powers DVM Powerpoint on Comorants

Management of Cormorants in the Beaver Island Archipelago 2010

Little Sand Bay Preserve Needs Help

Here is a list of known debris on the Little Sand Bay preserve.  We hope to clean up all of it, so we have not really prioritized it.  On Friday 5/13 I will be working with Bill Cashman from the Beaver Island Historical Society and a crew of about 12 students from CMUBS.  We will start cleaning the inside of the house, and work our way out to the exterior debris.  On Saturday 5/14, (I don't know who might show up to this cleanup) we'll try to clean up any remaining debris from the exterior, including demolishing the outhouse and the shed/wellhouse building.  I've talked with the transfer station and they know we're coming. 

I hope this gives you a better idea of what we will be doing. Please ask if you have any more questions.

Cindy Mom, Stewardship Specialist, Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

231-344-1011 phone

231-347-1276 fax


Here is a list of the stuff that needs to go to the Transfer Station. Looks like they may need some help. List Here.

Michigan / Beaver Island Rated # 1 in Nation by Field & Stream Magazine Editor Kirk Deter

Editor Kirk Deter is slated to visit Beaver Island for guided fishing this spring. The reference to “….best “flats” action in America ….” Is about the Beaver Archipelago. More information about a major team effort to bring national writers to our Island in will be available in early May.

" 1. Michigan . Another sentimental pick, for sure.  But the first brown trout in America was planted here.  Trout Unlimited started here.  You're never more than a few miles or so from a fly-fishable body of water .  There's bass, pike, panfish, steelhead, salmon... and the carp fishing can rival some of the best "flats" action in America , no joke."


Beaver Island to Be Monitored for Emerald Ash Borer

Several different organization are attempting to make certain that the Emerald Ash Borer does not get out to Beaver Island. In an attempt to measure this, sixteen monitoring sites are being identified. A trap will be placed at each site. The traps will be placed mid-May by an invasive species specialist and taken down in August as part of an EAB monitoring program that was discussed last August with the MDA.  Signs related to the Island's  quarantine  were sent out yesterday from the MDA for the boats, marinas and airports and should arrive shortly for distribution.  The EAB work was also discussed as part of the Nature Conservancy's planning meeting held on Beaver Island in February with Tribes, DNRE personnel, and island organizations.

This is what the traps will look like when they are placed. You can help in this monitoring attempt by leaving the traps alone and leaving them in place. Whether you think that they are an eye-sore or not, the organizations mentioned above have put a great deal of thought and effort into this project, and it is really important to keep this insect off the island.

Soccer Camp Signup for Summer

Click HERE for the flyer and registration

2011 Senior Impact Award

Honoring senior volunteers who make a difference in their communities


Priority Health is pleased to collaborate with the United Way and the Volunteer Centers of Michigan

for its Senior Impact Volunteer Recognition Program to honor volunteers who are age 63 and older.

This is an endeavor that offers another way to recognize the energy and commitment our seniors give to our community. Our senior volunteers demonstrate the power of giving and caring every day. This is your chance to nominate a senior who generously volunteers their time to improve lives and build a stronger community.

Our community volunteers step-up to mentor children, serve the hungry and the homeless, assist the elderly, prepare taxes for low income families and much more. Not sure who to nominate? Look around you and you'll see great volunteers. Stop a moment and think what your organization is able to accomplish because of your volunteers' efforts. It should be easy to take this opportunity to honor one of those special people in your organization.

Please complete and return the attached form to nominate that special senior volunteer. You may download additional forms or use the online form at priorityhealth.com; search for keyword “senior award” .

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Pamela Mulliner at 616 464-8680, pamela.mulliner@priorityhealth.com.

Yours in community,

PamMulliner sig

Pamela Mulliner

Marketing Communications Consultant

Priority Health

View flyer and application HERE

2011 College of Window and Wall Knowledge

Click HERE to Review the flyer

Island to Celebrate National Day of Prayer

The Island community is invited to a service to be held on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at noon by the flagpole at Holy Cross Church . The 30-minute service will include a welcome and opening prayer by organizer Kate Garland and scripture readings and prayers by: John Works Jr. (St. James Episcopal Church); Bob Hoogendoorn (Pastor of Lighthouse Church and AMVETS Chaplin), Patrick Nugent (Holy Cross Church), Peg Hoogendoorn (AMVETS Women's Auxiliary), Bob Bass (Beaver Island Christian Church), and Jayne Bailey (Beaver Island Christian Church) who will give the closing prayer. The purpose behind the National Day of Prayer is to hold community gatherings on behalf of their leaders - in government, the military and in families, and to pray that they may be granted wisdom, guidance and strength to fulfill their roles.

All Beaver Island Women's Prayer Luncheon to be held May 25

All Island women are invited to attend the “All Beaver Island Women's Prayer Luncheon” on May 25, 2011. The event is being hosted by the Beaver Island Christian Church and will be held at noon at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The luncheon will be a salad bar and dessert potluck – please bring a dish to pass. Table service and a beverage will be provided. A brief inspirational and motivational talk will be given by Chairperson Kate Garland, followed by a unity prayer led by Davi Stein. The fabulous lunch will follow. This is first time in several years the Prayer Luncheon has been held. Garland hopes that it can become an annual event. Call her with any questions: 448-2056.

2011 BICS Spring Musical

The 2011 Spring Musical by BICS Elementary students took place beginning at 7 p.m. on April 19, 2011. The location of the musical was the Beaver Island Community Center. Over one hundred people attended the musical in the auditorium at the community center. Many proud parents were members of the audience along with siblings and BICS staff in addition to the community members present. The name of the production was "The Earth Day Musical." The names of the musical numbers included "Project Rescue," "Disposable Society," "Overload," "Keep Our Waters Clean," "Polution Free," "Three R's of Ecology" and "Guardians of the Earth." Some of the students had solos. The Rap soloists were Erin Myers, Tessa Jones, Katie LaFreniere, and Brennan Jones. Musican soloists were Elsie Burton, Susi Myers, Tessa Jones, Katie LaFreniere, and Erin Myers. Several of the students were dressed up like animals with wonderful costumes. The animals represented were chipmunk, bunny, deer, caterpillar, frog, butterfly, parrot, ladybug, bee, flamingo, crab, starfish, dolphin, and turtle. The program thanked the following for their efforts toward this production: the Afterschool Program including Laura Gibson, Patti Cull, and Jacque LaFreniere; Elementary Parents and Teachers; Tina Drost for costume help; Tina Walker for prop help; and Ann Partridge for her lighting help during the rehearsals and the production.

Many comments were heard upon exiting the production, but by far the expression, "How cute," was heard more often than any other, and this express referred to the kids in their costumes as well as the entire production.

Video of the performance HERE

The Waste Management Meetings that Weren't Meetings

There appeared to be an unfortunate situation occur the last two months related to the Waste Managment Committee. In March, there were not enough members available to make a quorum, so this meeting did not take place. In April, on the 19th, all the members were present, but it became known that, for some reason not determined, the meeting had not been posted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act, so this second month in a row, the Waste Management Committee could not hold a meeting. The outcome of yesterday's meeting was that a Special Meeting was scheduled for April 26, 2011, at 9 a.m. to handle the business that has accumulated over the last two months.

Jack Gallagher Requests Items to Be Added to the Agenda

Discussion of these Additions and Discovery

What Do we Do, Special Meeting Scheduled for April 16 at 9 a.m., Budget Copies Requested


The April 16, 2011, was also canceled because there was not any quorum.

YARD SALE – First Annual at Gregg Fellowship Center

Bring it, sell it, take it away.

Saturday May 21, 2011 is the date to save

From 9 – Noon. at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.

Meet in the parking lot for Beaver Island's first out-of-your trunk or pick-up truck YARD SALE.

If you want to sell your wares – Call Judi Meister at 2963 or Judy Boyle 3189. $5 reserves a spot in the parking lot for you. $10 gets you a spot in the lot AND a table. (Bring your own table covering.) Either way, you sell your own stuff. Bring it, sell it, take it away. Will we have coffee? Probably. Baked goods? Probably. Get rich? Maybe. If you want to shop – just show up!

Forest View Apartments Construction

Floor plan of the entire building (large view)

Floor plan of just the common areas (large view)

Floor plan of one bedroom apartment

The work on the Forest View Apartments, a senior and handicapped living facility, is progressing on track according to Pete LoDico, member of the Beaver Island Development Corporation. The building should be completed by June 1, 2011.

The Senior Dinner on April 17, 2011, included dessert at the Forest View Apartments. Here is a picture of the coffee and cookies in the common area just inside the entrance to the building.

One Bedroom Walk-through Pictures

Kitchen in on the left as you enter the apartment......Living Room is ahead slightly left......Bedroom is to the right with the bathroom off the bedroom

Common Areas

Small TV viewing area................Kitchenette..............Laundry area

Two Bedroom Apartment

Hallway than shows the closet just inside the door......the kitchen is to the left..........the living room is also to the left

The two bedrooms and the bathroom are to the right of the entrance

Each apartment gets its own storage area off the main hallway.

Forest View Senior Housing Walk Through

Right after the Senior Dinner at the BI Community Center, the seniors were invited to have dessert at the Forest View Senior Housing facility, and to walk through the facility with a guided tour. The seniors at the dinner were quite curious about the progress of the building, the size of the apartments, and the building in general.

Interview of Pete LoDico


Video Walk Through of the Building


Forest View Apartments Wish List


1 Computer

1 Printer

Common Area

1 42” wall mount HD TV

3 round dining tables

12 dining chairs

1 couch

2 loveseats

2 coffee tables

3 upholstered chairs

4 end tables

1 game table

2 game table chairs

Art Work from local artists

Donations are requested. Please contact Connie Wojan for further information. The cash donations will be used to purchase these items new.

From Rags---To Rugs--For a Cause

A very dedicated group of people spent hours working on this project. Amy Burris was the organizer, and the results speak for themselves. Amy said, " First Rug Sold. Rag Rugs for a Cause." If you are interested in this project, please call Amy Burris.

Peaine Township Meeting, April 13, 2011

The Peaine Township Board Meeting began a little after 7 p.m. with four of the five board members present. Absent was Paul Welke. There was an addition to the agenda requested by Pete LoDico. Pete wanted the opportunity to contact the attorney related to the former NREC, how it could be constituted, and what the options were. The minutes for three previous meetings were discussed with changes requested by Supervisor Gallagher. Some changes were acceptable. Others were not. The work of the deputy officers was presented with little discussion. There were some comments by Jack Gallagher related to the bills and how certain bills were submitted for approval.

Following this somewhat controversial beginning, came the item that was in bold on the agenda: Reconsider treatment/payment of the Airport Agreement legal fees. A great deal of passionate discussion followed the introduction of this item on the agenda. The final outcome was a motion to submit the rationale for the suggested financial liability of St. James Township to St. James Township, its attorney, and the Peaine Township Attorney for comments and suggestions. After this item on the agenda was finished, the next agenda item was the approval of the assessor agreement. Lengthy discussion took place regarding the suggestion about hiring the assessor for four years. Many suggested two years was a good start. Other suggested that continuity was important, so they recommended four years. Finally a compromise of three years was concluded. The newly hired assessor for the 2011 year would receive a contract for the next three years.

The item on the agenda that took the least amount of discussion was the establishment of the monthly board meeting schedule for April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2011. Following this there was an extended discussion of the resolutions related to the Planning Commission. Eventually a resolution was passed disbanding the Planning Commission. Then another resolution was passed re-constituting the Planning Commission to make this body conform to the new requirements prior to July 2011. A one year appointment went to David Howell. Larry Kubic and Kathy Jones were appointed for two years. Krys Lyle and Bill Markey were appointed for three years. Each appointment ending at the end of February in their respective years. A relatively short discussion took place about posting the openings on the trails committee. The outcome was that these positions would be posted for the four openings.

The last item on the agenda was the discussion of the Air Ambulance Service. A short presentation was made by Sarah McCafferty with Donna Kubic and Joe Moore also speaking. Keith Teague also spoke regarding this item on the agenda. Noticeably absent were Paul and Angel Welke, so Sarah McCafferty brought everyone up to date to the best of her knowledge regarding the movement to FAA Air Ambulance Certification by Island Airways. The final outcome was the approval of the request made by Sarah McCafferty to hire an FAA consultant, the payment to be made from the BIEMS budget. The motion passed unanimously.

Public comment took place, and the meeting adjourned. Video of this entire meeting may be viewed HERE.

Men's Golf League Forming for Summer

The link takes you to view the golf sign-up sheet that Buck Ridgeway has posted in the clubhouse. The total number of teams that sign up determines the length of the league play for the summer, so please call if you are unable to stop in and sign-up at the golf course.

Link to Men's Golf League form

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

St. James Township Meeting, April 5, 2011

The St. James Board had a very intense conversation about the sewer system repairs that are necessary. The tanks out on Donegal Bay Road need to be coated on the inside with a substance that will prevent the acid in the waste from destroying the cement tanks at the the site. The tanks are approximately 42x12 (2 tanks) and one somewhat smaller. The cost to the users of the sewer system will be in the neighborhood of $60,000. St. James Board passed a motion for BIEMS and BIRHC to hire an FAA consultant to help resolve the emergency air transport situation. A change in the Michigan law required the townships to dissolve the Planning Commission and then recreate the Planning Commission under that new legislation.

Video of the Entire Meeting is HERE

Kentucky Derby Hat Decorating Day!

All you ladies who have always wanted a fancy hat for Derby Day,

Please join in the fun...

Tuesday May 3rd at 1:00 pm

at The Shamrock

There is a $20.00 donation to cover the cost of your hat, flowers and feathers.

(Additional flowers and feathers will be available for an additional cost).

$5.00 from each donation will go to benefit BICAF

(Beaver Island Community Activities Fund)

This activity is being held to raise funds

for the children's events.

Please bring your own hot glue gun and glue sticks,  if possible.

There is a sign up sheet at The Shamrock.

Please sign up by Tuesday April 26th

and don't forget to wear your hat to The Shamrock

on Derby Day, Saturday May 7 th,

for a chance to win a prize!!

Any questions, please call Tina Walker 448-2020

The Beaver Island Community Development Corporation

"The Beaver Island Community Development Corporation is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the quality of life for seniors and disabled adults residing on Beaver Island by providing and maintaining adequate, high-quality, cost-effective housing."

This grouip is the one that is responsible for the building the Forest View Apartments across the road from Stoney Acres and next to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. They have a very nice website that is up on the Internet that provides a great deal of information. You can view that website at this link HERE

Forest View Community - Grand Opening Celebration

The Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for July 11, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The building will be complete and the apartments will be occupied.

Please try to attend one or both of these events to help us celebrate!

Beaver Island Community Development Corporation
Affordable Housing for Seniors
PO Box 190
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Official Program of Michigan Archival Association

for June 14 and 15, 2011, Conference HERE

BICS School News

May 3, 2011 Annual School Election

Beaver Island voters will once again be asked to RENEW the school's operational millage. The requested millage renewal amount is 15.7908 on non-homestead property. It is the same operational millage amount that has been levied for more than 18 years. All of this money stays in the district to run our K-12 program. If you own just your primary residence (homestead property) or qualified agricultural property, you do not pay this tax. Proceeds from this millage account for approximately 75% of the school's general fund revenue.

The following people have been nominated to fill vacancies on the Beaver Island Board of Education: Jessica Anderson and Brian Cole, both current board members are running unopposed for two four-year school board terms. Also on the ballot will be the election of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District board members. The following people have been nominated to fill open seats on that board of education: Beverly Osetck, Jane Roberts and Selma Chellis.

A more complete informational flyer will be mailed to all P.O. box holders in late April. Voting for the school election is held at the St. James Township Hall.

An idea about how to maximize our benefit from our ownership of

Whiskey Island

After listening to several people and considering their diverse opinions, an idea occurred to me about how we might obtain a satisfactory and beneficial resolution to our recent purchase of Whiskey Island. St. James Township was very fortunate to obtain such a beautiful, pristine asset in the Beaver Archipelago. This island, the middle of three small private islands lying northwest of Beaver, consists of two lots, one of 43 acres and the other of 53. Many people have supported the possibility of trading Whiskey Island to the State for the property on Paradise Bay in St. James, which was intended to house Beaver Island`s DNR employee, but for the past 25 years has been home to our Deputy Sheriff. The lot starts at the water and extends across the road and back into the woods. It contains a building, which the two townships have contributed equal funds to maintain and improve.

Other people have suggested that this proposed trade would short-change Beaver Island because Whiskey Island has to be worth much more than a single lot.

My idea is that we band together and work hard and smartly to obtain some additional considerations for this trade. First and foremost is that we make it a joint effort between St. James Township and Peaine Township. Showing Island-wide support is necessary for this to be accomplished. Some other conditions would facilitate this plan:

l) We need to get Bud Martin and his supporters on board.
2) St. James and Peaine should be the co-owners of the new acquisition, with Peaine reimbursing St. James for half of its expenses to date.
3) The two Island Townships should collaborate on the development of this acquisition to enhance the likelihood of receiving grants.

Improvements to the harbor property could include:
a) The creation of a public launch ramp and fishing pier on the waterfront;
b) The installation of off-street parking for boaters and fishermen, far enough behind the home to not constitute a nuisance;
c) The building of a picnic area and restrooms on the property, which could be called “Larsen Park,” after Sybil and Big Art Larsen; and
d) The continuing joint-Township maintenance and improvement of the home used as the Deputy's quarters.

I believe the DNR lot and these improvements could be obtained in trade from the State, and that this could be done in exchange for one of the two Whiskey Island lots. Creating this facility in St. James would relieve our current congestion and allow us to offer greater boating and fishing opportunities, enhancing our appeal to tourists from all over the Midwest. My hope is that we can simultaneously trade the second Whiskey Island lot for a line item ten-year bequest from the State's Commtmity Health Budget of $50,000/year for each of the Rural Health Centers in the island consortium of Drummond, Mackinac, and Beaver. We can accomplish great things, but only if we overcome our differences and work together. This plan could be a turning point, and lead to several comparable future benefits.

~ Bill McDonough, 3-10-201 l

Proposed Conceptual Drawing

Many Thanks to Jeff Cashman for this wonderful conceptual drawing!

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers


8: Steve Finch (Baccalaureate for Lighthouse students)

15: Jim Vander Meiden

22: Bob Whitlock (Baccalaureate for BICS students)

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1st Annual "Gail's Walk"

The first annual "Gail's Walk" will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. In honor of Gail Weede, each year we will have a Memorial Weekend Walk to raise money that will help Island families who experience unexpected or long term medical treatment.  This fund would help with bills or expenses related to the condition. A minimum donation of $10 per person is asked for this 5k untimed event.  Children 5 and under are no charge.  There will be commemorative long sleeve t-shirts available for $10 each (please pre-order your shirts).  Be sure to include quantity and sizes.

To pre-register for the walk and/or t-shirt, please make your check out to BIRHC (Beaver Island Rural Health Center) memo: Gail's Walk, and mail to Beth Croswhite, P.O.Box 143 Beaver Island, MI 49782.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. This walk would begin and end at the Public Beach Parking lot.
Any questions call Dawn Marsh  at 231-448-2910.

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.

BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

There are lots activities going on at the Beaver Island Community School. If you have no connection with the school, you can find out what's going on using the calendar link below.

School Website Calendar

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

Expired Subscriptions

Please send us your email address.

There are quite a few subscriptions that will expire in May and some that have already expired. 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

Fall & Winter Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9 am - 9pm
Sundays: Closed (except for monthly COA dinners)

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

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

May COA Congregate Meal Menu

May COA Senior Center Activities

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

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 Commission Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!