A group gathered to hear the instructions of where to walk.
Gail's walk took place on Sunday, May 26, 2013, beginning at the public beach at 3 pm. The Walk is an annual event in memory of Gail Weede, who was very involved in the fundraising and support of the school sports programs. Gail was also on the school board. This walk has been developed to raise funds to be able to help take care of medical expenses for those in need.
Beginning at the public beach and heading up the hill to the school, the group walked and/or ran south on Kings Highway until they reached the Brothers Road. They made a turn onto the pavement on the right in the subdivision and continued on a walk on Donegal Bay Road. The group continued out to Whiskey Point. The event ended back up at the public beach.
Tickets for this raffle of this car are available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. They are also available on select days just outside of McDonough's Market where the car was parked on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Early Bird Drawing was to take place at noon on this same day.
The Early Bird Drawing for the BIRHC took place at Dahlwhinnie's at noon today, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The winner of the $1000 Early Bird Award was Terri Carey.
Many of you may be aware of the Victorian-style dollhouse complete with decor, furnishings, and family which has been donated by Bj and Phil Wyckoff and lovingly restored by Connie Wojan, BJ, Jean Kinsley, Cathy Jones, Phil , and Bruce Jacobson. It is now ready for the Wellness Garden Auction which is taking place at the Beaver Island Health Center from June15- August 15th. Silent bids will be taken in the lobby as well as online and over the phone.
Go to miniatures.com to see the value of this exquisite dollhouse and all the decor which are too numerous to mention. Considering all the care and hours of preparation that these volunteers have given over the winter months , need we say more? "Priceless" is the word that comes to mind! Please stop by the lobby to get a first-hand look at this lovely home. Many people plan to make such a dollhouse for their children or grandkids, but never accomplish the task. In bidding , and possibly winning it now, you would fulfill that dream!
For those of you who have already had the ability to make one of these dollhouses, we have some furniture, decor, and various extra building pieces that will suit a guesthouse for perhaps this home , or yours. We will have a "garage sale" after this main event to rid ourselves of these pieces so let us know if you are interested in anything in particular. We will show them online at biruralhealth.org later this summer so keep watching that space for news.
Since dollhouses are something of a hobby for "miniature" enthusiasts, we have sent an article regarding the auction to three off-island newspapers as well. The winner of this event will be named (and possibly photographed) in an article after the August 15th deadline.
Please keep in mind that the proceeds will be a donation to the BIRHC Wellness Gardens. No healthcare dollars or property taxes pay for the garden plantings, fertilizer, mulch, etc... or for any volunteer. We still have a wish list of some big ticket items to add, including a pergola, an entrance arbor, some hardscape, 2 more picnic tables and benches for the paths. We are hoping to start a stepping stone pathway near the main entry but need to think about weather- resistant cement stones. We will keep you posted on that subject. If you know of somebody or a company that makes permanent weather- resistant stepping stones please let us know, ok. More news to come, submitted by Leonor and Connie, and your Wellness Garden crew.
A virtual tour of the dollhouse will be available after June 1, 2013, on this website.
Some archelogical digging
The Sturgeon is a research vessel for the US Geological Service. This vessel's purpose is to do research on the fisheries in the Great Lakes.
"The R/V Sturgeon is the newest ship to be added to the current GLSC fleet of 4 research vessels that are used to conduct fisheries and aquatic research across the Great Lakes basin. The R/V Sturgeon is a valuable addition to the GLSC vessel program. The 101-foot vessel is designed to operate with a crew of three and can support a scientific staff of seven for up to a 15-day mission. The R/V Sturgeon includes all of the necessary features to support a wide variety of aquatic science projects in the open waters of the Great Lakes. It uses state-of-the-art electronic navigational and scientific equipment as well as traditional sampling gear such as bottom trawls and gillnets. The R/V Sturgeon is currently stationed at the Cheboygan Vessel Base in Cheboygan, Michigan."
The plans for Ellie's Walk are just about completed. In early May , Shawna Ross and her staff and CMU Honors Students arrived and worked in a team of 10 to complete the path through the wild-flower woods dedicated to Matt and Ellie Hohn. (Many of them also cleaned out the surronding areas of debris, washed windows of both the BIRHC and Forestview buildings and raked gravel out of the lawn areas). Late May then brought us Ed Leuck and his dedicated volunteer Jim Luteyn, in with the BI collection of native wildflowers. John Gordon, CMU station manager, had signs made and they are in the woods labeling the plants for visitors to see. The Lighthouse School jumped in with kids who made two benches for the pathway, Dan Burton is epoxying them for us, and they will be added to the path in early June. The last step is to highlight Ellie's sunny disposition with a bright area of native, colorful, prairie flowers and grasses. Heidi Vigil, Cheryl Podgorski, Jeff Powers, Denise McDonough, and the Wellness Gardeners will provide the plants for this which will be purchased and planted in the open sunny spot between the two buildings. Many people have donated memorial funds to this project which will be used for the purchases. We intend to highlight this project following the Wellness Garden Benefit luncheon in the gardens on July 10th. All attendees of the Garden Tour will be invited to stop by the presentation. (submitted by Leonor Jacobson)
The 3rd Annual Garden Tour is happening on two days this year. Tuesday July 9th will feature Peaine Twps. hide-ways. We will commence at 9 am and conclude at 1pm. No set luncheon on this day but "noshing" will take place at each garden. Wednesay, July 10th will be a St. James tour with 3-4 personal gardens , and one public garden. Afterwards, we will attend a sit-down luncheon in the Wellness Garden, provided by the Stoney Acres. They will also provide their bus for transportation that day. We still need drivers for the Peaine Twp. Tour so would appreciate you letting us know about your availablity to drive others. We are hoping to fill the cars to occupancy this year in order to cut down on gas emissions, cost, and parking around peoples' homes. Details including the price, lunch menu, and driver sign-up as well as ticket purchase will be available at the health center website biruralhealth.org or by calling Betty (448-2275) or Leonor(448-2894 ) after the 4th of June. We have to limit the tours to 50 people so please plan in advance if you want to be included. Both one -day and two-day tickets will be available. No tickets will be held without payment. Thanks for understanding. We sure hope to see you join us! (submitted by Leonor Jacobson)
Today, Saturday, May 25, 2013, is the opening day of bass season on the Great Lakes and all inland waters except Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River which do not open until the third Saturday in June. The early catch and release season has been excellent so the opener should be as well.
The DNR recently launched a new section of its website that will help inexperienced anglers find great spots to go fishing in Michigan. The Family Friendly Fishing Waters section of the website connects interested individuals with local fishing opportunities.
The Family Friendly Fishing Waters website can be found at www.michigan.gov/fishing and features a map of Michigan. Visitors can simply click on the county they are interested in fishing and be provided with a list of one or more family-friendly locations to fish. Every county in the state has locations featured.
The DNR designated water bodies as family-friendly based on their ease of access, high likelihood of success in catching fish, identified amenities, and other details. To build this section of the website the DNR asked for the public's help in submitting locations from throughout the state that would be easy for new anglers to access and use.
Each water body's online profile includes its geographic location, driving directions, parking information, hours of operation, species of fish available, typical bait used, and much more.
Potential locations will continue to be accepted by the DNR. Stay tuned to future editions of the Weekly Fishing Report for a link for submitting water bodies at the bottom.
Thursday May 23, LET'S GO REDWINGS!!!
Enjoy: Red Hot Wings, Red Draft, Red Devils, & Red Wing Shots...ALL Special Priced!
PLUS ... Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich/BBQ Fried Pork Wings/ Fresh Whitefish & Lake Trout!
Friday & Saturday ... LIVE MUSIC w/Danny, Danny, Cindy & Friends
PLUS ... Fresh Whitefish, Lake Trout & Yellow Lake PERCH AND...NY Strip!
Sunday -Happy Hour ALL DAY-Bloody Mary Bar, Complimentary HOT DOG Buffet (Until 5pm )
& PIZZA...PIZZA...PIZZA ! Campbell's PIZZA...Homemade Fresh & Hot! & the INDY 500 too!
Monday MEMORIAL DAY, we will be open. Our Thanks & Gratitude to All who have Served.
Dr. David Long from Michigan State University will be presenting data on toxicant levels in Michigan Lakes - including Lake Geneserath, at CMU Biological station on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 7 PM . Community members are welcome to attend.
The presentation was attended by twenty-four people on this short notice including residents of Lake G.. An additional twenty-five unique IP addresses viewed this presentation on http://beaverisland.tv for the live stream of the event. If you missed it, or are interested in viewing the video, the presentation about Toxicants in Lake Geneserath is available HERE
The presentation provided information about the levels of chemicals in Lake Geneserath, the how, and some of the why.
Both Dr. Long and Dr. Uzarski answered questions after the presentation.
Don Uzarski and David Long
With the rain pouring down on the Beaver Island Golf Course, those dedicated golfers that were standing inside the clubhouse were very glad to hear that the start of the Men's Summer Golf League was to be postponed until next Wednesday. The real issue was not the rain, no matter what anyone says. The real reason is that some of the dedicated golfers had another place to be at 4:30 pm in the afternoon after gettng out of work early. That other location is a complete secret, but those really savvy individuals will be able to guess it.
The AMVETS Post 46 will observe Memorial Day at the Veterans Memorial Park on May 27th at 11:00 AM. Please join us.
AMVETS Post 46, Box 319, Beaver Island, MI
Blanket making for the pet victims of the OK tornadoes. If you are able to donate dollars for fleece and or are able to make a blanket, please contact Mary Cook 2472 ASAP or e-mail email@example.com . Fleece will be purchased later this week. Blankets can be made at home or at a set location to be determined later. Hoping to get blankets shipped to OK by Monday. Thanks to all of you who helped previously with the Joplin Blanket Making Party. The shelter there was so grateful.
Video by Kaylyn Jones
Video by Kaylyn Jones
Sarah McCafferty, former director of Beaver Island EMS and Health Occupations Instructor at Beaver Island Community School, has successfully completed the nursing program at Lansing Community College. Sarah graduated this past week.
The pinning ceremony.....Sarah, Dan, and family
(Thanks to Donna Kubic for the photos)
The Staff and Board of Directors of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Forest View Community senior housing want to send a huge thank you to this year's CMU honor students and their instructors Shawna and Shelley for the collective 75 hours they donated to window washing and grounds clean up at our facilities. The 20 students arrived full of energy and smiles on May 6 th . For three hours all worked at a fast pace to wash all of the windows in both buildings, shovel gravel, spread a 10 yard load of wood chips and hand clear leaves from the entire front of the Health Center building. It was hard to get any of them to take a break and their leaders set a great example by working right alongside the students.
Friday May 10 dawned rainy and 38 degrees. Never-the-less the 4 students and staff member Shauna donned their long underwear, jackets and gloves to clear sticks, limbs and whole fallen trees from the perimeter of the Health Center grounds. While Health Center gardeners hoped a pick-up load of debris would be collected, the five hard working volunteers actually built a dump truck sized pile.
The budgets of both the Health Center and the senior housing are very tight. The cheerful help of these outstanding students saved at least $800 in labor costs which can instead be spent providing services to patients and residents. Thanks to CMU for sponsoring this program every year and to all the hard working participants.
We really appreciate your efforts!
Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 10, 2013
The Peaine Township meeting on April 10, 2013, starated right on time at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda had just a few items on it. There was no controversy, and the meeting went by quite quickly with the minutes and bills approved, there were only a couple of other items on the agenda. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needs one more person, a Peaine resident, to complete the commission. At this date, there have been no applicants. Some discussion took place and the supervisor will make some calls and contacts to see if this position could be filled. There was a letter from a taxpayer about the township possibly placing a dock at the boat launch on Lake Geneserath for boat launch and fishing off the dock by youngsters. Gerald LaFreniere was appointed to the library board, replacing Carol Burton who had resigned.
St. James Meeting of 4/4/13
This St. James meeting began with a reconvened Budget Hearing after the figures for 2012-2013 were verified by former Supervisor Rick Speck. His expertise was requested by the board in a previous meeting. The budget was the highest priority at this meeting, but there was an additional item on the agenda. The appointment to the library board took some discussion and one community member was very upset at the appointment made by the board. The decision made by unanimous vote by the St. James Board was to appoint Joe Moore to the Beaver Island District Library Board to replace Jean Wierenga who had resigned from the Board.
Celebrity Basketball March 1st
(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.
BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013
Peaine Meeting, May 8, 2013
Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial
5th and 6th Grade Play-"Born to Be Wild"
This play was very funny and quite well played by the 5th and 6th graders. It was live streamed from the Community Center. Each 5th and 6th grader played an animal or more than one animal.
St. James Township Meeting
There was some concern that the meeting would not have a quorum, but Jim Wojan got back on the Island so that the meeting could take place with a quorum. The meeting was live streamed. The trustees present were Tim McDonough, who chaired the meeting, Jean Wierenga, and Jim Wojan.
Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation
The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.
Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.
Beaver Island Community Center
BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
At the Heart of a Good Community
FALL & WINTER HOURS:
Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm
Sat 11am – 9pm
Beaver Island Community Center Events
Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings
Human Services Commission Resource Manual
You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.
The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.
Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted
Wondering About Invasive Species?
If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.
The minutes of all public meetings will be posted
as soon as they are received.
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Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!
NRESC Seeks Community Feedback
May 21, 2013
The Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee (NRESC) is seeking feedback from the Beaver Island community and other stakeholders concerning a draft set of recommendations for natural resources management. The draft was developed in response to a request from the Peaine and St. James Township Boards, which appointed the NRESC. The draft can be read or downloaded from the NRESC web site at http://binresc.org/?p=636 . Printed copies are at the Beaver Island District Library, Beaver Island Community Center, and the Governmental Building.
All comments must be received by June 27 2013 , and will be reviewed by the NRESC before a final set of recommendations is submitted to the township boards in July 2013.
The draft copy of the report can be found HERE:
There are several ways to provide feedback:
1. Online-- go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/ s/ZK7MVMX , fill in your name and comments.
2. Attend The NRESC community forums that will be held
i. June 5 , 630-7 pm. St James Township Hal--just before the St James Township Board meeting. (Plastrik will attend)
ii. June 12 , 630-7 pm. Peaine Township Hall--just before the Peaine Township Board meeting. (Birdsall will attend)
3. Send an email with your comments to NRESC chairman, Peter Plastrik, at email@example.com .
4. Send written comments to Plastrik, P.O. Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
5. Contact an NRESC member and tell him/her what you think.
- Peaine Township's appointee to the Commission--Sandra Birdsall
- St. James Township's appointee to the Commission--Peter Plastrik
- Peaine Township Planning Commission's appointee--Bill Markey
- St. James Township Planning Commission's appointee--Linda McDonough
- Beaver Island Association's appointee--Craig Schrotenboer
- Beaver Island Community Schools appointee--Dan Martell
- Beaver Island Wildlife Club's appointee--Jeff Powers
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources' appointee--Brian Mastenbrook
- Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians--Bill Parsons and Archie Kiogima, Sr.
- Peaine Township Trails Committee's appointee--Doug Tilly
- At-large members (appointed by the township boards): Bill Cashman, Jim Gillingham, Pam Grassmick, Seamus Norgaard
Giant Hogweed and Serious Outcomes
BINN hopes that there isn't any of this invasive species on the island. If you watch this video link and go to the other website, you will discover how serious this particular plant can be.
"Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard that ranks up there higher than poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac in respect to its potential to harm humans. The reason for concern is that the sap from this plant can cause a severe skin reaction known as photo-dermatitis or photo-sensitivity. The reaction can happen up to 48 hours after contact. After coming in contact with the sap, the skin blisters when exposed to sunlight. Contact with the eyes can lead to temporary or possibly permanent blindness. The weed can be especially troublesome for children that may find the long stems attractive to play with."
E.B Lange Memorial
Memorial for E.B Lange is next Sunday, May 26, 2013. There will be a short graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery at 12:30 . A luncheon at Gregg Fellowship Center (Beaver Island Christian Church) will follow at 1:30
.. and Finnegan said...
by Ron Gregg
(Ron Gregg is the son of Phil and Lil Gregg. Ron graduated from Beaver Island Community School and Lake Superior State. Ron is also a retired career Army veteran. He is currently working for Bridgestone.)
National Honor Society Community Quiz Bowl
Thank you to all who participated in this year's Community Quiz Bowl hosted by the Beaver Island High School National Honor Society chapter. Seven teams of adults competed in a tournament of 5 rounds of challenging questions. The funds generated from the quiz bowl help the students do service projects, travel to quiz bowls at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, leadership conferences, etc. Some of the service projects have been raking yards for senior citizens, running fun nights for the elementary students, and putt-putt golf for the older students. The NHS students also presented to the older students that it is important to NOT text and drive. There are two apps (AT&T and Verizon) on the itcanwait.com website for your cell phone. The app will send out an automatic reply to anyone texting or calling you that tells them you are driving and cannot answer them at this time.
The winning team was Wendy White, Laurel Kayne, Max Antinori, Denni Cady-Stid, and Cindy Riskgers. Congratulations!
Stained Glass Raffle
The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will be selling tickets on another stained glass window created by their own Jean Kinsley. The raffle will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:00PM at the Beaver Island Community Center. Tickets (at $1.00/each or 6/$5.00) can be obtained from any AMVET Auxiliary member, or call Dee Gallagher at 231-448-2262 . The window will be displayed in June and July in the window at Prudential Prefered Properties on Main Street. Good Luck to You All!!
From Stoney Acres
Jim & Pam's PIZZA is back Every Sunday 4:30-8:30 ... ALL SUMMER LONG!
From the AMVETs
The annual flag disposal ceremony will be June 14, 2013, (Flag Day) at Doug Hartle's house. The public is invited. We encourage those with flags to check them and if it is worn or frayed replace it and give the old one to an AMVET for disposal. A number of the yellow ribbons around town are looking pretty shabby and perhaps you could check yours, and if it's faded or worn, remove it. The Memorial Day breakfast is cancelled.
Island Treasures Resale Shop
BIRHC BOARD SETS 2013 MEETING SCHEDULE
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: March 23, June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.
3rd Annual Gail's Walk
Events at the BI Christian Church
Memorial for EB Lange May 26.
June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.
Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.
July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.
August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC
August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON
October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM
26: Pastor Harold Kruse
2 and 9: Pastor Gerry Heyboer, Grand Rapids MI
16: Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN
23 and 30: Pastor Howard Davis
7: Pastor Kurt Kirchoff, Lansing MI
14: Pastor Kathy Swearingen, Lansing MI
21 and 28: Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI
4 and 11: Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC
18 and 25: Pastor Ed Ross, Jackson MI
1: Greg Lawson, South Bend IN
8, 15, 23: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI
30: Pastor Harold Kruse
6: Pastor Harold Kruse
13: Pastor Howard Davis
20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt
3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt
10: Pastor Howard Davis
17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse
St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours
Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.
Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp!
Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule
At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
June 20, 2013
September 19, 2013
October 17, 2013
November 21, 2013
Members: _______(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)
From Holy Cross Parish Council
Effective May 23, 2012
Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church
Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am
Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following
Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am
Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm
NRESC Meeting Schedule
Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm
July 15, 2013
September 16, 2013
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Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!
New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS
This is definitely plenty of lead time for those that might want to stop in and talk about some specific issue or issues in general.
Resource List for Emmet County
TV 9 and 10 Web Producer Kalin Franks and Associate Editor of Photojournalism Stephanie Adkins came to Beaver Island On Monday, May 13, 2013, to do several interviews. BINN editor Joe Moore caught up with them and got them to do an interview for BI News on the 'Net.
The seagulls moved inland the year Bill Wagner planted corn on my Grandpa's island farm.
They left the harbor where their gliding watch decorated the landscape and dirtied the docks. They abandoned, temporarily, the fishing boats where they lazily waited to claim the discarded remains of each day's catch.
For the novel taste of earthworms and slugs, they came inland to follow the slow, gray tractor as it muddled over and plodded through the tough, overgrown fields, left fallow for thirty years.
My Dad noticed them first. “Get my gun,” he shouted to my daughters, “here's dinner!” They remembered his similar suggestions at holidays, that Santa's reindeer might make a good venison stew, or that the Easter Bunny might be good to eat. They knew he was teasing. Still, both responded with the squeals, looks of horror and groans he expected, and that made him grin.
Seeming more like one large, feathery organism than several hundred birds, the seagulls followed the tractor closely. Seagulls hovered overhead, flapped alongside and marched behind, like white rag ribbons bouncing along with the humming machine.
Bill led the parade daily, tilting over the broken soil with the birds, like bouquets of kite tails, in close attendance. They gave him the comic appearance of a balloon man.
The seagulls stayed when Bill went home at night, keeping watch over the tractor and the plow.
Impatient to get started each morning, the birds were already fluttering busily, vying for position, as the farmer made his early trek across the field to begin his work day.
Dragging the plow behind, the tractor slowly transformed the field. The first pass lifted the earth in clumps, pulled out the juniper, tossed up a few rocks. The second time over, the lurching machine turned the brittle grass under, exposed the roots and left a finer texture. With the disc attached the tractor made waves in the freshly turned, dark earth. Fertilizer next, then the planter left crooked rows of yellow kernels as the small machine moved grudgingly over the stony field. Another swipe covered the seeds, and a deposit of weed killer completed the job.
The work took nine days from start to finish.
Bill plowed one long day in the rain, and allowed the rain to keep him home the next.
The seagulls had perfect attendance.
We watched the progress from the house and yard.
Aunt Katie drank her morning coffee on the kitchen porch, to enjoy the smell of freshly plowed soil with the morning sun. After dinner she and Dad took their beers outside. Leaning back in their lawn chairs, they followed the tractor's path with their eyes as their voices and laughter filled the evenings with sound.
My daughters protested the change.
“Nothing's going to be the same!” they told me day after day.
“Now he's ruined our fort!”
“There goes the rock pile!”
“That was my favorite little tree!”
Every report was a sad one.
Each pronouncement, they thought, was the one that would finally raise me up and drive me out of the house, to throw myself in front of the tractor, if necessary, to stop Bill's wild destruction.
I understood their feelings.
I remembered, too.
In my own childhood, we made paths, piled stones, made forts and “hide-outs” in the tall grass. We found wildflowers and berries and caught fireflies as we roamed the fields morning and evening.
“Wait,” I told my young daughters, “you'll have great fun playing in the tall corn.”
“Watch the birds,” I said, “They're so funny!”
“Watch your Grandpa,” I told them.
That's what I was doing.
Every day Dad walked the field.
His long stride covered the rough ground easily. He seemed to be measuring with his steady pace.
He moved quickly, as if he had a specific destination, then stopped suddenly, and without plan, to study the changes around him.
Feet planted firmly in the soil, his legs formed a triangle with the ground. His broad shoulders rounded, back swayed and arms akimbo with thumbs hooked into his belt loops, hands resting on his hips.
He would stand for so long, surveying the daily progress, that his solid form could have looked like a statue.
Except for his head, nodding his grinning approval at everything he saw.
Now, that field has been planted nearly every year for more than twenty five years.
My cousin, Bob, has it planted this year with alfalfa and kale, in anticipation of pasturing his lambs there.
Aunt Katie still lives in Grandpa's farmhouse there, as she has since she retired. Though she's older and more frail, she still enjoys having a beer outside in the evening, to watch the activity on the farm.
Bill Wagner died many years ago; he's still remembered and respected as a good man and a hard worker.
My daughters are long grown and gone from home, with children that wander the fields when they come here.
My Dad, so hard to believe, passed away close to fifteen years ago.
Many things have changed, with the passage of time, but the memories flutter, like those long ago seagulls, so close and so vividly that I can almost hear the laughter.
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"On Friday, May 24th, 2013, the students and staff at Beaver Island Community School will participate in a morning of fun, historical adventures based around local BI History. Students will be broken into multi-age “families” and will hike an approximately 3-mile trek, competing in historical challenges along the way. In doing so, we hope to give students a chance to learn about and experience some of the same things that their ancestors did."
This was the first airport commission meeting in a long while to have no one in the audience. It's also the first one that took place the morning after the 5th and 6th grade play and began at 9 a.m. No live streaming video of this event took place, but it was recorded and is posted. You can view it by clicking the link above.
The tree clearing has been completed at the airport. It was completed by Schwartzfisher Stoneworks.
The area that is cleared.
The will be a bid opening on May 8th at 2 pm at the township airport. Two airport commission members will be meeting at 1 pm.
The BIAC approve the resolution for a $100,000 loan from the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.
Two airport committee members were appointed to a subcommittee to begin work on the new terminal lease and participate in the negotiations for that lease.
Jim Wojan reported on the road issue. Part of the road will have to be abandoned because the new terminal will be sitting on that location.
There was a new requirement discussed where Rachel Teague will be the back-up, but Travis Martin will be hire to do the new required inspections related to the fuel tank and the fuel pump. Travis has the Class A and the Class B license and Darrell Butler will be trained to do the Class C inspections. This hiring is already a part of the airport manager's job description, so this was only a report.
The next regular meeting of the BIAC is 8/3/13 at 9 a.m. at the Peaine Hall, but there will be other special meetings necessary to move forward with the site work and the new terminal building construction.
Purple triangles are returning to ash trees this summer in an effort to detect Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) activity on Beaver Island. This beetle was first discovered in 2002 in southeast Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. It was probably introduced through infested solid wood products. As of June 2009, Emerald Ash Borer infestations were known to be present in 12 states and two Canadian provinces. As you drive through Michigan, the visual devastation to the ash trees by this one insect is readily apparent and 30 million ash trees have been killed in southern Michigan alone. Beaver Island's 2011 EAB survey found no Emerald Ash Borers present in the 16 traps. Last winter, assistance for the 2013 trapping season was secured from John Bedford, Pest Response Program Specialist, with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Dr. James Buck with the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Federal funding has been severely cut for EAB monitoring in the Midwest; yet, these two agencies recognized the unique situation on Beaver Island and provided the quarantine signs, traps, lures, and entomology expertise to prevent the devastation from reaching here. Signs related to the archipelago firewood quarantine are in place at all points of entry in an effort to prevent EAB introduction. We appreciate the assistance of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the airlines in maintaining the firewood quarantine to protect our forests. The result of these efforts may make Beaver Island the final refuge for ash trees in the Midwest.
For additional information contact: Pam Grassmick, Beaver Island Association, 448-2314.
Everything you wanted to know from Island Cleanup, 5th and 6th boys bball, Awards ceremonies, and graduation. (Click on the image above.)
Based upon a document notarized on December 22, 1981, and witnessed by two year round residents, there IS NOT an easement for this trail that includes bikes or motorized vehicles or snowmobiles. The document states:
"A six-foot wide WALKING PATH EASEMENT from the (insert legal description)... The easement is intended to allow the continued use by members of the general of the old railroad grade now commonly referred to as 'The Kuebler Trail' as a nature walking path for walking and cross-country skiing use only....No vehicles of any kind are to be used by members of the general public over this walking easement."
This is about as clear any any legal document can be. No vehicles of any kind are allowed on this easement or on the privately owned property either. This particular easement can be revoked or changed by the majority of the owners of these properties.
While this article is not a popular one, it is factual. Let's assume that you own two pieces of property, but they are separated by another piece of property owned by someone else. Without the agreement of the person who owns that property, you could not legally walk, drive, ride a bicycle, or otherwise cross that property from A to B without the permission of the owner. This is very similar to the Keubler Trail situation. Even if most of the trail is open to public use, all it takes is one group of property owners that do not want bicycle traffic on their controlled portion of the Keubler Trail to effectively shut down bicycle traffic on the Kuebler Trail. Now it might be possible to ride your bike to that portion of the trail that is not allowing bicycle traffic, and then walk your bicycle through that section. There has to be a compromise here somewhere. This reporter is doing exactly what his job is, which is to report the information. If you have other information about other parts of the Keubler Trail, BINN is willing to consider posting it.
We have a lot of very intelligent people on Beaver Island, and most of them are resourceful. Let's have someone step up to the plate and get this compromise completed.
It was a dreary day for mid-September, cold and windy with an icy-like layer of fog hanging over everything. There were no passenger planes flying to or from the island this day, and conditions worsened as the day went on. The ladies in the office had been commenting on the growing storm all morning, worrying over plans they had made for the weekend and wondering how long the storm would last. Being in the middle of Lake Michigan, Beaver Island could claim some extremely heavy thunderstorms; and occasionally a random fog would settle for several days, but this storm was different. It was almost tangible, like there was an electric charge in the air. The storm was going to be massive once it decided to start.
I was stocking the ambulance jump kit in the office and contemplating whether I should run home to shut the windows or not when the emergency pager tones went off. I had been called out many times before in all sorts of weather. In fact, it is the only time I can walk through the rain and not feel wet. My concentration on the patient and the situation take over, and I find a separation between mind and body. As dispatch was relaying the situation we were headed toward, I tossed a handful of Bandaids back into the box and ran out to the ambulance garage carrying the jump kit. When I got into the garage, I unplugged the rig and jumped into the driver's seat. I radioed dispatch to let them know I was on my way, and that my time to the scene was about 6 minutes. Beaver Island is only fifteen miles long and about half that wide, but most of the roads are still dirt; so as close as everything is, it's still usually a slower response than one on the mainland. Several volunteer first responders also answered the call and said they were on their way, as well as our director who stated he was closer to the scene than anyone and would be there when we arrived.
My mind was doing its normal pre-emergency preparation and putting everything in order. Oxygen, small oxygen mask, jump kit----my mind starting to tick off the things I would need to take to the patient immediately and wondering at the same time how serious the situation was. The thought of treating pediatric patients always made me somewhat uneasy because of the precarious nature of a child to sustain normal function until they cannot physically maintain any longer. "Compensate, compensate, compensate, CRASH" was what I had been taught about children in my EMT class. My confidence wavered slightly as I pulled into the driveway, and I reminded myself that we had an excellent team and everything would be fine. The only issue was that the weather was not good, and planes were not flying.
As I walked through the front door with the oxygen and jump bag on my shoulder and announced myself, I saw our director, John, sitting on the floor next to a woman holding a small child. The child was gasping to get a breath and wheezing on expiration. My heart clenched, and I quickly unloaded the oxygen and a small mask. John took the jump bag from me and started an IV. We loaded the child onto the gurney and into the ambulance. This was a load and go.
On the ride from the house, I was driving and sitting next to me was the child's mother in the front of the ambulance. I kept wondering how we were going to get off the island while all the planes were grounded. The first stop would be the medical center where we would stabilize the child and get ready to fly off the island. The parents had tried both an inhaler and a breathing treatment with no luck. As we unloaded the gurney and wheeled the child into the medical center, I was concerned that the resources of our tiny medical center would not be sufficient for this case. There is no regular doctor on Beaver Island. The position was shared by a couple of physicians, each would come a couple days a week on an alternate week basis; but, because the planes were not flying, a doctor would not be coming. We had a physician's assistant (PA) and the emergency personnel. Since I was also the medical assistant to the PA during normal business hours, it was up to me to get a chart started for the child, take vitals, record emergency information, determine allergies, and take a chief complaint. The child was sitting on the gurney holding the mother's hand and doing another breathing treatment while I asked questions and filled in all the required information. I was half listening to the PA and John, our director, discussing what the best course of action would be to care for this child. On any other given day, the child would have been taken to the airport and flown to the mainland airport where the mainland ambulance would transport the child for further care. The weather was not going to allow normal procedures for this day.
In the course of filling out the medical history, the mother told me that the child had previously had asthma attacks that were sometimes controllable with the inhaler or a breathing treatment and occasionally needed to be in the hospital for more aggressive care. The child's mother stated that this attack was worse than normal and that an attack like this had only happened once before. The mother laid her hand on my arm, which somewhat startled me, so I looked into her face to see what was wrong. She looked me straight in the eye and very quietly said that the last time the child was this bad, the child coded. My insides went slightly jittery at this revelation, but I assured her we would work quickly and that we would do everything possible to help. I had seen adults code in the ER and there were always a lot of people and equipment available. I felt very inadequate just at that moment in the tiny medical center with three other people to help the child if something went wrong. I kept thinking in the back of my mind that the storm should pass and open the sky, so we could fly this poor child off to get better equipped assistance. Just about the time I was finishing with the child's chart, John came into the room and announced that the US Coast Guard was going to send a helicopter to the township airport for transport. I could see that the parents were starting to feel better because we had a plan and were finally able to take some action.
John and I loaded child and parents back into the ambulance amidst the dense fog and headed out to the airport. The weather was not getting better. The wind had picked up and the Coast Guard had radioed back telling us that the wind might be too much for the helicopter but they would try.
Thirty minutes later, the huge orange helicopter touched down and we loaded mother and child into the back. The father wanted to go, but there were weight restriction for the helicopter, so he had to stay on the island. As we were loading, John looked at me and asked if I was going. I did not hesitate. I wanted to see this child safe and the parents' concerns eased slightly. We had decided that the best position for the child would be sitting up, so we put the child in a car seat instead of on a gurney. The gurney would not fit in the helicopter in any case. I climbed in beside the child with the oxygen tank with humidifier and knelt down close to the child. One of the crew members, the swimmer, gave me a headset to speak to the crew in case I needed something during the flight. John leaned in and pulled the ear piece back to speak to me. He told me that I had all the equipment that I was allowed to take with this patient. He also said to make sure I kept breathing because I would be no good to the child if I fainted. He smiled at me and stepped back away from the helicopter so we could take off.
I have been in my fair share of planes living on an island for many years and working with the EMS for most of those years. I had never, until that moment, floated straight off the ground into the sky. The sensation momentarily released me from the worries of transporting this child through a churning storm across twenty plus miles of open water to what I felt was safety. As my mind reoriented and snapped back to the small child under my hands, I began to reevaluate the child's breathing and oxygen concentration. I laid my hand on the child's chest to feel any changes in breathing, praying at the same time that the little heart would keep beating. I could feel the wind from the storm pulling and bumping, trying to throw us off course. I kept my hand on the child's small chest feeling the fast, thumping rhythm of the heart and the labored, gasping breathing until we landed on the top of the hospital fifteen minutes later.
There were several nurses and a doctor waiting for us on the helicopter pad. I waited for one of the Coast Guard crew to open the side door, and then I climbed out to help put the child onto the hospital gurney. I gave my report conveying all of the pertinent information and vital signs to one of the nurses, and they whisked the child away. The child was safe .
I climbed back up into the helicopter and we headed to the mainland airport. The storm had worsened and the fog had finally been dissipated by the spattering rain. The storm had not fully engaged yet but it was fairly clear that I would not be going back to the island that day by any means. There were two people stuck---the father on Beaver Island, and me on the mainland. I would have given anything to trade places with the dad.
The US Coast Guard never brings us back to the island, but we are very glad that they will take our urgent patients to the mainland. Many thanks to the US Coast Guard for helping us get this severely ill young child to the hospital! At the same time, I was looking forward to that paramedic class that would start next year, so that we would be able to provide more advanced treatments which would shorten the time to needed treatments for our patients.
(As I look back on this experience, I am so proud to have participated. I am no longer on the island. The current Beaver Island EMS is an Advanced Life Support agency with a licensed aircraft for patient transport, an air ambulance, if you will. No matter how advanced the treatment, the family will still want to get their loved one in a hospital. The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is a much improved institution from the old medical center. There are two providers there now. This one child is now grown up and in college. Where did the time go? Keep improving the healthcare on Beaver Island because you never know when a severely ill child will need your help.)
The following information was provided by Buck Ridgeway from his winter hunting grounds. Since the weather has started to represent something that resembles Spring, it's time to get your men's golf league team on the board and ready to play the matches for the 2013 season.
Once upon a time this dollhouse was handmade with love by Phil Wyckoff for BJ's and his granddaughters.
As the house was erected BJ thought of everything she wanted in it. She shopped for the flooring, the wallpaper, the furniture, and all the extras including some figurines to inhabit the lovely home. She shopped at stores all over the state and then some, looking for items to make this a desirable miniature rendition of a victorian classic. As time went on, and she and Phil continued to lead their busy professional and social lives, the dollhouse was set aside for a "rainy day project" until it got moved. Phil's hangar seemed the ideal location to finish the house but alas, as time went on, the grandchildren grew, Phil and BJ became involved in BI projects ,and the Victorian dollhouse got pushed farther into the back of their minds.
Then this past fall, BJ and Phil decided to clean the hangar out and "Voila!" there was the dollhouse draped in it's covering waiting to be restored by somebody. The furniture and other decor were stacked neatly in boxes aplenty. BJ knew what she wanted to do with this item: give it a good permanent home. BUT it needed to be finished! For what home would sell without some fresh paint, wallpaper and flooring? And how best to offer this to the public??
An auction of course! The Health Center would be doing their Wellness Garden Auction in the summer and the team of Wojan/Jacobson would likely take this on. A quick call to Leonor and Connie to see if any interest was there. Yes! Yes!! they said. But who would be able to finish it? Well, you can bet Connie accepted that challenge and sure enough she worked all winter on this (thank goodness for the snowy days that kept her inside!!) And then, after the main house work was done, BJ inspired the knitters (Jean Kinsley and Cathy Jones) to join in the fun of finishing the decorations, placing the furniture and staging the home for "sale" . They added their personal touches of little hand- knit rugs, including some of BJ's mothers work. Leonor called on Mary Scholl to paint two miniature original pieces of art which will hang on the walls as a finishing touch of BI uniqueness.
The miniature landscaping around the house will be provided by some of the Wellness Gardeners and lastly, the home will go on display in the Health Center beginning in June. Stop in and see the work of our dedicated "crew" and then plan on making a bid on this one-of-a-kind auction item handmade by Phil and BJ and their BI friends and neighbors. The winner of this home will be featured in several area newspapers in late August/Sept. time period. Bids will be taken at both the BIRHC and online so please watch for more details !
Watercolor instruction will again be offered by Destin artist Sharon Long beginning the Thursday after Labor Day. Mark your calendars for Sept 5-10 (photo walk on the 8th) Classes will have limited space so book early to secure your spot. Already 3 people from off-island are coming for this. Remember that the materials will be provided so even if you come for one lesson and don't feel its your thing, you haven't purchased alot of supplies. This time period was chosen because many islanders said they had company, or kids at home and couldn't attend last summer's classes in August. So please give me a call 448-2894, or email me, leonor.jacobson @ gmail.com. I will be happy to take your booking! We had a such a nice time; looking forward to again seeing some of our hidden talents on BI. More details will be forthcoming. All levels welcome!
submitted by Leonor Jacobson
The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
After a little bit of research and just a quick walk through the transfer station and recycling center, it became quite obvious that a large amount of money could be saved if more of the "trash" could be recycled. There is a large quantity of each green bag received by the transfer station that could be recycled. A figure given at a previous Waste Management Committee meeting was 75-80% of the contents could be recycled. Imagine if your family or your employees were provided the opportunity to save your family and/or your business some money?
The mathematics is quite convincing. If you could cut your trash quantity down to 25% of the current amount, you would pay $4.50 for a big bag of trash instead of four times that amount $18.00. This seems like something worth doing. The various categories of recyclable materials that are currently accepted is quite large. Perhaps the name of the building should be changed to emphasize the need for more recycling. Just a switch of the two names would do a lot. This suggestion would make the building name, The Beaver Island Recycling Center and Transfer Station. This would put the emphasis on recycling, which is where the island families and businesses could actually save money. The difference is just one of sorting the materials and placing them in the proper recycling boxes.
Road sign..............Express lane
Lots of options for recycing!
Beaver Island, MI—After one visit to Powers' Do It Best Hardware, you just might end up looking for ways to add to your home improvement to-do list. On February 26, 2013, Powers Do It Best will begin accepting entries for a $1000 Shopping Giveaway. One local winner, selected at random, will receive $1000 in merchandise from Powers Do It Best.
Denni Cady-Stid says that the giveaway should create plenty of excitement among Powers Do It Best customers. "One of the best things about the drawing is that our customers have an opportunity to make a wish list and get the items they really want to use in their home improvement or garden project. And for one of our neighborhood customers, that wish list will come true. We're looking forward to helping make that happen."
Full details about the $1000 giveaway are available at Powers Do It Best Hardware. The giveaway will be promoted through the store's advertising materials, and entries will be accepted exclusively at Powers Do It Best, located at 26259 Main Street. There is a limit of one entry per household per day. One winner will be chosen from each participating store.
About Powers Do It Best Hardware:
Powers Do It Best Hardware is located at (26259 Main Street and has been serving customers in the Beaver Island area for 15 years. Powers Do It Best Hardware offers a complete line of merchandise offered: hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, gifts, paint and electrical supplies for everyone from the do-it yourself homeowner to the professional. Powers Do It Best Hardware has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2005.
About Do it Best Corp.:
Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S.-based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,000 member-owned stores in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.
With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
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NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013
The NRESC intends to produce a full draft set of recommendations for natural resource management that will be submitted to the Township Boards and shared with the community/stakeholders for feedback by May 1, 2013. Once a draft is completed, the NRESC intends to hold a 45-day feedback proc
Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations
Completed - January 21, 2013
May 1-June 15
Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft based on feedback from various sources
June 22 (public session)
NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards
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