B.I. News on the 'Net, May 23-29, 2011

Another Returning Hero

It's pretty difficult to surprise someone here on Beaver Island. It seems if one person knows, then everyone knows. With Facebook, it's even more difficult to surprise even the grandma and grandpa of a returning hero. Richie and Janet O'Donnell weren't surprised but were very happy to see their grandson visit Beaver Island. It was pretty difficult to pick him out amongst the Memorial Weekend ferry passengers, but pretty soon the "There he is!" was spoken. On Friday, May 27, 2011, Charlie Filipse walked down the steps on the side of the Emerald Isle to a fairly large crowd. Charlie had been serving in Afghanistan since November 2010, and will most likely return to Afghanistan in the near future..

Charlie Filipse coming down the ramp steps

Of those island people who met the boat, several were there simply because Charlie was on the boat, and they wanted to show their support to the O'Donnell family and to another returning hero. The special moments of greeting are those that bring tears to our eyes.

Two other returning heros were present to welcome Charlie to the island. Each had been welcomed by many island people, but these two came in by plane. Charlie came on the ferry.

Welcome to Beaver Island, Charlie Filipse!

Video Clips of Charlie Filipse arrival on Beaver Island


Memorial Holiday Weekend

The Beaver Island Boat Company got busy on Friday, May 27, 2011, and docked the Emerald Isle ferry with quite a few people on board. Some down at the dock were there just because Charlie Filipse was coming to Beaver Island to visit his grandparents Janet and Richie O'Donnell. Some were down at the dock to meet some family or friends coming in for the weekend.

Early picture of the crowd meeting the boat

Meeting the boat is one of those island traditions that make Beaver Island such a special place to visit and live. These people on the boat saw quite a few greeters on the dock.

Many of the passengers on the Emerald Isle outside for the docking procedure. Cool, but the sun was shining.

Lined up and waiting to put their feet on solid ground....The first ones off the boat!

Enjoy your stay! Don't forget your luggage!

Memorial Weekend Begins!

It takes almost five minutes for the passengers to get off the 1:50 boat arrival.


Beaver Island History Adventure


Archeological dig..............Butter churn.............Caterpiller Walk............Food Station ...

5/27/11- Beaver Island, MI- This morning the students of BICS took part in an Island History Adventure. The students were put into “families” of about ten students of different ages. A three mile trail was set up starting at the school, going along the beach on the harbor, up a trail to Font Lake, to the Brother's Place, and back to school. Along the trail were different stops where the families would do historical activities. The stops included an archeological dig, a hay bale haul, crossing of a creek, difficult trail navigating, rolling wagon wheel, fish net knot tying, barefoot walk, fire starting, archery, split rail fence building, and crosscut sawing, all of which are activities that would have been encountered by early settlers of Beaver Island. Upon returning to the school, the families did a few other history based activities such as churning butter and memorizing poems. The event was organized by the BICS school staff and carried out with much support from parents and community members.



Watering the Grass at the AMVETs Veteran's Memorial Park

Thanks to Tim McDonough for watering the newly planted grass seed at the Veteran's Memorial Park

A Hero's Welcome

Brett Maudrie came home to hero's welcome, and he invited one of his closest friends in his unit to come experience his home, his friends, his community, and his relatives. While Brett's welcome home event occurred at about 11 p.m. when it was really dark and difficult to take photos. (See story below) This welcoming occurred during the morning of May 26, 2011, a little after 10 a.m. There were lots of people including students form the Beaver Island Community School present to welcom Brett and his friend, Ryan Quattlebaum. Here are a few signs that were at Welke Airport this morning:

The students and community members gathered near the taxi-way to await the arrival:

The plane landed and taxied right up to its normal place to cheers and lights and sirens:

Then the first person off the plane was Ryan Q:

He was greeted and welcomed by everyone. "Welcome to Beaver Island, Ryan Q!"

It's quite possible that Brett's friend, Ryan Q was overwhelmed with his greeting:

Then the posed pictures took place, first Brett and Ryan, and then Ryan with one of the welcome signs:

Welcome to Beaver Island, Ryan Q!


Father Pat's Photo Book

We are compiling a photo album for Fr. Pat. Anyone with family photos, island photos, etc... that you wish to submit contact Diane McDonough or Joan LaFreniere before June 1.

Ok everyone! Please don't wait until the last minute to get me your picture(s) to put in Father Pat's photo book! You can either e-mail them, send them through Facebook, mail them, drop any photos off at McDonough's Marke,t or call Joannie Banville to take a new photo at 231-448-2092:

PLEASE PLEASE take care of it today! Also date the photo if you know the date and please put names on it.

e-mail : mcdonoughdiane@hotmail.com
Diane McDonough P.O. Box 316 Beaver Island, MI 49782

Stoney Events

Happy Beginning of the Season to All, and a Safe & Happy Memorial Weekend!
Stoney Events
Offered Daily.
Thurs. May 26th Our Tender BBQ BABY BACK RIBS
Fri. May 27th YELLOW LAKE PERCH & Fresh WHITEFISH ...ALSO, Live Music at 9pm w/ DANNY, DANNY & CINDY
Saturday May 28th Happy Hour Music 5-8pm w/Danny & Danny. Then music at the Hall...Our Best to Father Pat!
Sunday May 29th Danny's Happy Hour All Day, Bloody Mary Bar & a Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet!
Monday May 30th Happy Memorial Day!
....it's almost Summer! Enjoy!

Men's Golf League Begins

Tonight, Wednesday, May 23, 2011, was the beginning of the Summer Men's Golf League. With some of the golfers not yet on the island, it was necessary to have a few substitutes in to complete some of the teams. The first night went off without a hitch. Here are the standings and the schedule for next week.

1 7 Ivan & Buck 37 15 15 37 37.00
2 9 Rob & Dan 37 14 14 37 37.00
3 10 Frank & John 45 13 13 45 45.00
4 5 Chuck & Ernie 37 12 12 37 37.00
5 8 Howard & Joe 39 12 12 39 39.00
6 1 Ron & Bob 39 8 8 39 39.00
7 4 Larry & Joe 38 8 8 38 38.00
8 3 Francis & Larry 46 7 7 46 46.00
9 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 6 6 39 39.00
10 6 Bob & Ron 45 5 5 45 45.00
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #1 12-8
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #2 14-6
TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #3 13-7
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #6 15-5

The codes above are explained here. S-strokes for tonight's match. P-for points earned in the tonight's match. Total points will be the sum of the point earned each week. Since this is the first week the points for the night and total points are exactly the same. T.S. represent total strokes for league play. Since there has only been one match so far, stokes and total strokes are the same. S. Ave-is stroke average. Again, since this is the first week, the stroke average is the same as total strokes.

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze   

- Early Bird Drawing for "$1,000 Cash Prize"

For the third year, Beaver Island Rural Health Center is offering early bird ticket sales for the car raffle of a 2011 Chevy Cruze to be held September 5, 2011.  To show our appreciation for your past support, this year on May 29, 2011, at 12:00 Noon at Dahwhinnies, one name will be drawn from the “Early Bird” ticket sales.  The Early Bird winner will win a $1,000.00 cash prize!  The winner will  remain in the drawing for the car raffle on Sept. 5, 2011. Tickets may be purchased at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

BICS Beaver Island History Adventure

You may see groups of students with chaperones moving about the island on Friday as the BICS BI History Adventure begins. The following brochure-like pdf provides a lot of information.


CMU Group Produces Music Video

From the written description of the video on YOUTUBE........Legend has it that 32 miles off the coast of Lake Michigan for a week with the CMU Honors Program, Ben and Matt made a decision that would affect their final grade, and their lives, forever. With nothing more than a computer and a camera, they decided there was only one way they could complete their "Biking Beaver Island" class project - a music video. This is their story...

But in all seriousness, this was our presentation from Dr. Francek's class (a big thanks to him for letting us make this!). It was meant to be informational, but as you can tell, we got a little off topic at points haha. It turned out being more like a scrapbook of the trip, but hopefully you enjoy it and (maybe, but most likely not) learn something about America's Emerald Isle!

Access Video HERE

Life Line Screening

Some island residents may have received a letter in the mail from Life Line Screening in the last day or so. This program was scheduled to take place at the Peaine Township Hall on June 16, 2011. This program was to include stroke/carotid artery screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, peripheral artery disease screening, and an osteoporosis risk assessment. The cost of this program was to be $149.

This program is not affiliated with any hospital nor is it affiliated with our Beaver Island Rural Health Center. This program was offered by a private for-profit business. None of these procedures would have been covered by any insurance or by Medicare/Medicaid unless scheduled through a medical facility.

The editor called the 800 number, as well as spoke with the BI Rural Health Center. This event has been canceled.

If you call this number, which News on the 'Net urges you NOT to call, they will try to schedule you in Charlevoix or Petoskey. And as always, do not provide any personal information.

These medical tests are all important for our older residents to have, but the recommendation is to have them through your family physician or hospital.

Island Busy Getting Ready for the Summer Season

Cars, trucks, and more cars race down the Kings Highway to and from job sites, to and from the gas station, to and from wherever. The island people are getting ready for the Memorial Weekend with lots of activities planned. Check out the Community Calendar to see what you might like to attend. If you have an event going on that is not there, please email it to medic5740@yahoo.com.

There was work going on down at the Veteran's Memorial Park, where a Memorial Service will take place on Monday at 11 a.m.. Here are some cell phone pictures taken by Bob Tidmore of some of the activity down there.

Jim Wojan and his crew at work..Not all work done with machines...Enjoying the newly installed benches

Don't forget the AMVETS Breakfast at Holy Cross Hall on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. til noon.


Apparently this is a good year for morel mushrooms. There have been stories of people picking hundreds. This made the editor of BINN head out to the woods where, in years past, several morel mushrooms have been found. Three and one half hours later, only one morel mushroom was in the bag along with six 'beef steak' mushrooms. This morning Larry Robinson came knocking at the door. "Do you want to see one of the biggest morel mushrooms ever?" Larry said. "Where?" was the query. "Right under your apple tree," Larry said. Sure enough, right under the apple tree in our own yard were two large morel mushrooms. So much for a three and one half hour walk in the woods. When you have stopped laughing, please consider a moment of frustration that was felt by this editor.

When mowing the yard on Tuesday, more morels were found. The only problem is that they were found in pieces mixed in with the mowed grass.

Special Waste Management Committee Meeting

In a meeting that took twelve minutes this morning at 7 a.m., May 24, 2011, the Waste Managment Committee elected officers to serve a two year term. The new chairperson of the committee is Angel Welke. The new secretary is Jim Birdsall. The committee also created a vice-chair position and elected Ed Troutman to that position. This was the sole purpose of the early morning meeting.

Video of the WMC Meeting


AMVETS Breakfast on Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beaver Island Post 46 of the AMVETS will have their Memorial Weekend Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2011. The breakfast continues until noon. This breakfast will be pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage,  juice, milk, and a fruit cup . The AMVETS will have on display the full size prints of the monuments that will be at the Veterans Memorial, come and see what we are planning.  We will also have forms for those who wish to purchase a brick honoring a veteran, or any individual, organization or company can purchase a brick that will be placed in the sidewalk leading to the memorial site.

Memorial Day Celebration

The AMVETS will have a Memorial Day Celebration at the Veterans' Memorial location on the harbor. The Memorial Observance will take place Monday, May 30, 2011 at 11 a.m.

AMVETS Flying Three American Flags for Memorial Day Weekend

Senior Dinner, May 22, 2011

The dinner was well attended. The menu included ham steak, au gratin potatoes, a vegetable, and fruit, along with a special birthday dessert. Many stayed for the concert which followed the dinner.

Short Video Clip Pan of the Dinner


Spring Serenade 2, May 22, 2011

This Sunday Concert was scheduled so that the Senior Dinner participants could become part of the audience for this concert. On May 22, 2011, the fifth through twelfth grade Spring Serenade 2 began at 12 noon at the Beaver Island Community Center. The first soloist was Simeon Richards who performed Bouree by J.S. Bach.

Simeon Richards

Next on the program was the High School and Adult Crooked Tree Strings group with guest violinist Sheri Richards. They performed Hurricane Heroes by Deborah Baker Monday.

Jake Drost, Sheri Richards, Tammy McDonough, Brogan Maudrie, and Laura Gibson


The next piece was performed as a string quartet including two violins, one viola, and one cello. The piece was St. Anthony's Chorale--Traditional, after FJ Haydn, arranged by Sandra Dackow.

Jake Drost, Tammy McDonough, Brogan Maudrie, and Laura Gibson


Then came a solo that was not on the program. Simeon Richards, accompanied by Sheri Richards, performed Long, Long Ago on the cello.

Simeon Richards and his mother Sheri Richards


Laura Gibson and Sheri Richards Speak


Next on the stage was the Middle School Crooked Tree Strings performing Sneaking Suspicion by Doug Spata. They performed a second piece also by Doug Spata called Gargoyles.

Erin Myers, Tessa Jones, Simeon Richards, and Laura Gibson


Laura Gibson Speaks


All of the performers gathered together on the stage at the community center to perform the finale. The piece was Medieval Kings by Soon Hee Newbold.

Erin Myers, Tammy McDonough, Sheri Richards, Jake Drost, Tessa Jones, Brogan Maudrie, Simeon Richards, and Laura Gibson


Laura Gibson welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for coming.


Jack Cull Memorial Concert

The Jack Cull Memorial Concert will take place this coming Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the Holy Cross Hall


Who says you can't teach on old dog new tricks? Well I say you can!

In case you are wondering what this old dog is up to, you are about to be enlightened. Being enlightened is just what this is all about. It's really about a book and I suppose this could be considered a kind of book report.

Recently I finished reading The China Study , by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. and Thomas M. Campbell II. It is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and has startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health. The New York Times considered it the Grand Prix of epidemiology. Well now, that's a lot to say about a book about diet and health but this is not your usual book about diet and health. This is not about recipes, it's about nutrition and how it relates to health.

Did you ever wonder why we have the highest rate of coronary artery disease in the developed world? Ever wonder why our cancer rate is the highest? Why our rate of osteoporosis and hip fractures is the highest? Why we have the highest rate of obesity? Why Type II diabetes has reached epidemic heights? Read this book and learn the answers.

Did you ever wonder why diet information is so confusing? One year we shouldn't eat eggs then the next year they are good for you—eat all you want, they're high in protein and low and calories—why they're just a 75 calories snack! Then we learned we should reduce our fat so we went to low fat or fat free dairy and lower fat meat. Then we learned we should get more Omega 3 so we should eat more fish high in fat therefore Omega 3. Then we found out that Lypcopene might prevent prostate cancer and beta carotene might prevent macular degeneration. Then we went through the phase of seeking out free range chickens and beef to avoid antibiotics and chemicals. We were encouraged to drink milk, eat more yogurt to build better bones. Well, guess what, we still kept getting fatter, our heart disease rates kept getting higher, our type II diabetes now striking at a younger age and the cancer rate kept climbing. The grocery shelves screamed about all the fiber in processed cereal and all the fortification in bread and on and on it went. Did you ever wonder why we have a pill for this and a pill for that and why we need to take vitamins and supplements of every description?

You may ask at this point why we haven't heard about this China Study and its startling implications. That is covered in the book also. This was my first question to my oldest son when he handed me the book-- Why haven't I heard of this before now? I read an incredible amount of material about food, nutrition, diet, and recipes. I subscribe to several monthly food magazines and had yet to hear about the China Study. For years I have been interested in my own personal health and that of my family. I judiciously adhered to the “rules” of good health but my cholesterol still was reaching a mark higher than I wanted. My son, the epitome of health at 53 found his cholesterol rising along with his blood pressure. We questioned health professionals about this and were usually informed that it was hereditary. I have been enlightened. I have read the China Study .

This is a book about life-saving nutritional information. It is well written (it reads like a novel), well documented, peer reviewed and has overwhelming statistics to support a plant based diet. Wow! You can't be serious? I am. Personally I have never read anything that changed my life so drastically. Now the cat is out of the bag—I have become a vegan. Enough of cats though, this was supposed to be about teaching an old dog new tricks.

The last thing I wanted to happen was to be relegated to a life of “sticks and berries” which was my vision of being a vegan. The first thing I did was Google vegan and learn what kind of information was out there. Then I went to Amazon and browsed through fifty vegan cookbooks and chose two to start. One of the two turned out to be a fantastic find, Vegan Planet . I began to restock my pantry and revamp my thinking. For the last seven weeks we have began to become acquainted with some of the tastiest foods with flavors from all over the world. I found that some of the vegan stables are over 2000 years old—and I thought I was ahead of my time. One of the interesting concepts of a plant based diet is that you have no need to count calories and one of the unintended consequences is that you will loose weight. Even former President Bill Clinton found that out following his stent and subsequent change to a plant base diet.

I challenge you to read this book. After you read it, you decide what you want to do with the information.

That is my sermon from the kitchen.

Lois Williams

May 22, 2011

Special Waste Management Committee Meeting

This meeting was posted in the usual spots including the Beaver Island Forum. There will be a special meeting of the WMC at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. It's purpose is to elect officers of the WMC.

Spring Serenade on Saturday, May 21st

The youngest group of string players appeared grown up as they individually walked onto the stage of the Beaver Island Community Center to perform in a recital today, Saturday, May 21, 2011. The editor was quite impressed at the stage presence of each and every one of these young people. The students walked to their positions on the stage and took a bow before and after their performance. It was well worth the time on this Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. The audience was full of proud parents and community members who presence indicated their support of this play-by-ear Suzuki program that is offered to the elementary students of the Beaver Island Community School.

This was an excellent program put on by some talented young students of the Beaver Island Community School and taught by Mrs. Richards, with help for this production by Laura Gibson.

The Spring Serenade video of the elementary students was divided into four segments of approximately 10 minutes each, with on a little shorter. To arrive at the four+ clips of video that may be viewed HERE

May Library News

After a week or so of patrons having to tramp around the building to find the furnace room door, the entrance is now open. Cary Concrete did a marvelous job of replacing the front side walk and adding cement to where the bike rack sat. Now when you park your bike, it won't be in dirt/mud. The back garden also has new concrete and the memorial plaques have been placed in it. It is lovely and pressed into the cement is the impression of leaves, matching the larger patio area.

A few other “sprucing up” projects are in the works. Island artistic woodworker, Dan Gentle, has made us two new wooden benches for the back garden area to replace the ones made by Tom Moreland more than twenty years ago. The new benches should be stunning – not to mention comfortable for those who use them. Their bases are made from old logs dredged from the harbor many years ago and topped by a slice of a varnished plank . Don and Amy Langford have a new garden in the planning stages to go near the parking area on the right side of the building. They are also replacing the crushed patio furniture from when the trees fell during the storm last winter.

We have a new computer affectionately nicknamed “Barbara” in the Langford Music Room that allows our patrons to watch the live eagle nest in Iowa. It's been hugely popular this spring as folks just pop in for a quick look-see to check on the babies. We were lucky enough to watch them from hatching point and are really enjoying seeing them grow and develop.

Just a reminder that the Beaver Island District Library has more than great books! We have a wonderful collection of recorded books, VHS tapes (and no, we are not accepting donations of VHS tapes this year), DVD movies, jigsaw puzzles, and games. Working on climbing your family tree? Stop in and use our Ancestry for Libraries and find more branches and twigs.

As you use the library this summer, please let us know if you've changed addresses so we can update you in our card file. Still don't have a library card? It takes under five minutes to get you all set up and you can put it to use immediately!

Have a collection or hobby you'd like to share? We have summer openings for our display case. Right now Moore's Frog Farm is the residing there to be followed on the 15 th of June by the Red Hats. Come the 15 th of July we'll need something new and again on the 15 th of August. Give us a call.

We have some fun – and educational – programs coming up this summer so keep your eyes peeled for the signs. Some are limited due to space constraints and will require sign-ups. Also, our summer story hour with Mrs. Connie Wojan will commence the first Wednesday after the 4 th of July (July 6 th at 10:30 a.m.), so plan on bringing your little one for a story, craft project and a treat. Story Hour will be every Wednesday morning through July and August.

Where's This??

Bringing this feature back to the News on the 'Net has been fun. The first person to correctly guess this location will be able to send a 6 month gift subscription to anyone that is not currently a subscriber. If you are the winner, BINN will need the name, address, and email of the person who will receive the gift subscription. The winner will be determined by the time and date of the email received.

Send your answer to medic5740@gmail.com

Gull Harbor Road-An Island Treasure

You never know what you will see if you take the time to drive slowly around the Gull Harbor Road. You might even consider stopping once in a while and taking the time to look around. While these pictures were taken three cars passed between the camera and the object of the picture. These drivers and passengers never even saw the deer. Getting a little closer was a challenge, but well worth it.

Stop, look, and listen, and you might see something almost close enough to touch.

Two different species of birds close together

State Inspector Arrives for BIEMS

Every two years, every Emergency Medical Service in the State of Michigan must be inspected and verified by this inspector. Brent Williams arrived on a 4:30 p.m. flight, checked out two ambulances and the echo car communications equipment, and left on the next flight off. The equipment is the same for BIEMS as it was for the last two inspections. It still works, and no further testing is needed. Mr. Williams was quite pleased with the equipment in the two ambulances which have the patient side radio mobile repeater that is no longer required by the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority.or the State of Michigan. He suggested that the 800 megahertz radios may become more useful in the future, and asked about BIEMS plan to upgrade the radios to the narrow band requirement that will be upon us in 2012.

Mr. Williams was teased that this picture was taken to prove that he had inspected the most rural EMS agency in the State of Michigan, the only EMS agency that is 32 miles from the mainland by transportation routes.

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Meeting Video

The Waste Management Committee minutes are available if you want to read about what happened at the meeting. This link below is video of the entire two hour plus meeting in which an employee issue was discussed in public with the employees consent. Meeting dates were set for the third Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. Also discussed was the possibility of a special meeting to elect officers. There are only two officers as shown in the document with a link below. The two officers are Chair and Secretary. It is interesting that the document was signed by Buddy Martin as Peaine Township Supervisor and Liz Clapham as St. James Supervisor.

Waste Management meeting video HERE

Waste Management Current Agreement of Two Townships

This is a simple agreement that was completed in 1991, the year for writing agreements.


1st "Gail's Walk"

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

Please make your check out to BIRHC (Beaver Island Rural Health Center) memo: Gail's Walk, and mail to Beth Croswhite, P.O.Box 143 Beaver Island, MI 49782.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. This walk would begin and end at the Public Beach Parking lot.
Any questions call Dawn Marsh  at 231-448-2910.

Unique Experience

It was a beautiful evening, and a trip to Barney's Lake was in order just to check out the birds, the bees, and whatever else might be seen and heard in this natural environment. Mike Crawford was there getting ready to go fishing, and the editor was sitting there watching and waiting for something interesting to occur. And, of course, the interesting thing happened quite quickly. There was this crane that flew over the middle of the lake headed for the southern, swampy shore.

Fascinating to watch....

As Mike pulled away from the boat landing with his aluminum boat and quiet electric motor, across the lake, directly west of the boat landing, there was an osprey in the top of a cedar tree.

The osprey was sitting very still, but his neck and eyes were moving back and forth along the shore of the lake on the far side. The next thing you know, you are observing the fishing of an osprey. Unfortunately, there was not time to turn on the video camera.

Into the water the osprey splashed

The first time, the osprey missed the fish, and back into the tree he went. The second time, he caught his fish and off he flew.

Could this be one of the ospreys from Sloptown Road? Better go and check this one out. A quick drive to the tower on Sloptown was rewarded by this picture of the same osprey eating its catch.

It was well worth the trip!

2nd Annual Bike Festival

The event starts with an optional dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge on Thursday June 23rd . The 2nd annual fest includes a secret destination beach party on Friday June 24th and registration Party at Laurain Lodge. The principal event, a Poker Run ride, is on Saturday the 25th.

The $50.00 registration fee includes snacks and refreshments, lunch at Bill Wagner Campgrounds, and a festival party with two drink tickets and music by The Galactic Sherpas. The first 250 to resister get a free t-shirt. Complete event information can be found on the festival web site www.BikeTheBeaver.com . A registration form can be downloaded from the site or picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office on the Municipal Marina property.

Island sponsors of this year's event are McDonough's Market, the Chamber of Commerce, Laurain Lodge, Beaver Island Boat Co, Fresh Air Aviation and Island Airways .

Beaver Island Bike Festival promoter John Sohacki says, "This year we've made the bike ride a fun poker run and are giving away a new Trek Cruiser along with other prizes to the best hands.  In addition to the Saturday poker ride and festival party we've added a Thursday night dinner at the Beaver Island Lodge , Friday beach party and a Friday evening registration party with live entertainment at the Laurain Lodge."

Peaine Township Meeting, May 11, 2011

Link to Video of Entire Meeting HERE

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Since there are multiple Spammers out on the Internet attempting to purposely ruin multiple websites every single day, this SPAM blocker software is absolutley necessary. BINN apologizes for any inconvenience. We label these individuals as cyber terrorists, and beleive they should be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law. Again, sorry for any inconvenience. BINN can help resolve their issue. Please help your friend by giving them the email address or the telephone number found below:



Wildlife Club To Help Finance Food Plots

Attention: The BIWC is working on developing food plots for deer and turkey on Beaver Island. The BIWC program includes soil testing and soil improvement through the planting of buckwheat. This will require a two year commitment from private landwoners. It will entail during the first year, a soil test and initial planting of buckwheat and the second year, a second planting of buckwheat. The club will provide funding for the soil testing and buckwheat seeds. It will be the responsibility of the landowner to cultivate, plant seeds, and add fertilizer and lime, as needed, at their cost. The club has budgeted for a total of 9 acres to be funded. Private landowners wishing to participate in theprogram should contact Paul Johnson (448-2168). First come, first serve.

Brett Maudrie's Homecoming

The community awaits Brett Maudrie's flight.....Young and old....lots of smiles and lots of tears.. (Several pictures below by Phyllis Moore)

In true Beaver Island style, the community of our island headed out to the Welke Airport for the return of Beaver Island's own hero, Brett Maudrie. Brett had finished serving his first duty in Afghanistan after joining the Army. Of course this day must have been quite exhausting for Brett and his friends and relatives from off the island, as the trip from downstate began. With everything in place for a 4:30 p.m. flight donated by Island Airways, a large number of people made plans to be out there. With phone calls and Internet postings, the IA flight was set back to 5:30 p.m. Apparently there were weather issues downstate, and the flight from Chicago to Grand Rapids was postponed and changed to Kalamazoo. So the trip up by car was going to be longer. No big deal, right? Wrong! The trip up the west side of the state was to be eventful one with the breakdown of the the car near Cadillac. The flight was postponed, but Island Airways came through by sending the Britten Norman Islander and Pilot Ken Slough. Eventually, the flight was to be from Cadillac to Beaver Island with a suggested arrival time of 10:15 p.m., but, in all actuality, the flight landed on Beaver Island at the Welke Airport at approximately 11 p.m.

It would astound many in other areas of this fine state, but there was a crowd of people including AMVET Post 46 at the Welke Airport waiting for Brett Maudrie to arrive. Even though it was quite dark to video this event for the novice videographer, the observations of car after car after car arriving at Welke Airport will not ever be equaled in any other place. This is an example of one of the things that makes Beaver Island such a special place to live. "I can't believe all the people," one family member remarked.

"Here comes the plane. They're going to do a fly-over before they land."

The plane taxiing down the runway to the waiting crowd.

The first hug goes to Brett's mom, Kathy Maudrie

Then hugs for the rest of the family: Brandon, Broghan, and Briana

And then many, many more hugs

Ken Slough poses with Kathy and Brett

Brett salutes and then hugs the AMVETs

After the greetings, hugs, smiles, and tears, many went down to the Shamrock to celebrate. The band Rigormortis played all the favorites, and a good time was had by all. Some video will be available ASAP.

Welcome Home, Brett!

The sounds and the atmosphere, but not much sight of the homecoming


Another Beaver Island Predator

Merlin, or Pigeon Hawk lies in wait for its next meal.

Merlin in flight

The Merlin, Falco columbarius , is the smallest of the European falcons. In America the American Kestrel is smaller. The adult male is about 11 inches long, slate-bluegrey above, with red-brown, heavily streaked underparts and an almost white throat. The female, measuring 13 inches with a wingspan of 25 inches, is brownish grey above, creamy below and has a rusty yellow nape. It inhabits northern Europe, Asia, and northern North America. In tundra and moorland it generally nests on the ground or on rocks. Unlike other birds of prey, true falcons do not build nests of their own but utilize other birds' nests or lay eggs in hollow trees, on cliffs or on the ground. The eggs, which usually number four or five, are thickly and evenly covered with reddish-brown stippling and are laid in early May, with only one brood.

The Merlin frequents sea cliffs and coastal dunes or, at times, open country and low-lying coastal areas. It occurs throughout North America on migration, wintering south to South America. The Merlin was formerly called the Pigeon Hawk.

Congratulations, Dan LaFreniere, An Eagle Scout!

Dan began scouting in 1st grade- as a cub scout, later as a Webelo. In 6th grade, the other boys involved decided not to continue in scouting, but Dan decided to go it alone. He set a goal of reaching Eagle Scout rank.

Dan has two cousins, Tom and Cory Gratsch, who have attained Eagle Scout rank. He refers to them as his role models and they encouraged him to continue. Cory did his Eagle Project on the island and Dan helped him. Dan has achieved this rank as a Lone Scout, a very difficult thing to do. He had no local troop for support, but he did have the support of our very own "Beaver Island Troop"- the community of Beaver Island.

 Many folks bought popcorn from Dan each year- one year he received the honor of one of the top ten sellers in the whole Scenic Trails Council. Many others supported him by helping him earn Merit Badges. He had to earn 21 badges, 12 of which were required badges of specific topics. The remaining 9 could be of his choice. He earned an additional 7 badges beyond the required 21.

 Some people supported him by serving on his boards of review for rank advancement. Those were Jim and Donna Stambaugh and Ken Bruland. Jim also attended his Eagle Board of Review in Charlevoix with the advancement committee made of four other scout leaders from Charlevoix and Petoskey who had not met Dan before May 14- the date of his Eagle Board of Review. Many businesses and individuals supported his Eagle Scout project last summer, donating food, tools, time or money towards the project which involved building bridges along the Eagle Trail by the East Side Dr. Fire station.

Dan was fortunate to have his Aunt Judy Gratsch involved with a troop (that both of his cousins were a part of at one time), who invited him to attend summer camp with them a couple of times and who came to the island to help with his Eagle Project last summer. They have made him an honorary member of their troop.

 Because of all the help from this community, Dan was able to achieve his goal, but it was his own words at his Eagle Board of Review that earned him the rank. Dan has achieved his rank of Eagle Scout- one of only 2 Islanders to do so. This is quite an accomplishment. The first Eagle Scout from Beaver Island is Ryan Wojan.

Dan traveled to Charlevoix to meet with the advancement committee. He spent about an hour with them answering questions and discussing his experiences in scouting. Then after about another 15 minutes they announced that he had achieved Eagle Scout rank. We are all so happy and proud of him. Only 2% of all scouts do so and he did it "the hard way" as a lone scout.

Dan's family will be planning a court of honor for him in the near future, when grandparents and other relatives can come to celebrate his achievement with him. Of course the whole island will be invited also!

Congratulations to Dan LaFreniere for this accomplishment!

2011 May 14 Airport Commission Meeting Video

The Airport Commission met at the St. James Township Hall at 10 a.m. on May 14th. Mike Scripps was unable to attend due to bad weather. Present were Ray Cole, Colleen Martin, Jim Wojan, Elaine West, Don Vyse, and Airport Manager Rachel Teague. In the audience were Terry Saxton, Ken Taylor, and Joe Moore. The meeting proceeded quite quickly through the agenda which included fuel pricing, bill paying policy, a review of how legal fees would be paid by the airport, the appointment of the airport commission lawyer as Jim Young in old business. In new business, the airport manager gave a report, there was public comments and questions, commissioner comments, and then the meeting adjourned.

Video Clips of the Meeting HERE

FAA Air Ambulance Consultant Visits Beaver Island

Facts are facts

Michael Slattery, an FAA consultant, has visited Beaver Island, after approval from both St. James and Peaine Township governments. Mr. Slattery has a myriad of experience in the area of air medical transport including participation as an air medical provider in rural areas. His visit to Beaver Island was a fact-finding mission, and he met will all interested parties including Island Airways President Angel Welke, Fresh Air Aviation owners Keith and Rachel Teague, Beaver Island EMS providers, and other interested parties in the community. Mr. Slattery will be formulating a plan for providing air medical transport for island visitors and island residents. Mr. Slattery made it quite clear than his efforts will be to establish a completely legal, FAA-approved, Michigan-licensed, air medical transport service for Beaver Island. He is well-versed in the FAA requirements for air transport, and he is becoming familiar with the State of Michigan requirements. He is familiar with several other air medical transport operations in the State of Michigan.

One model of air medical transport includes a completely private business, where the owner-operator of the aircraft is licensed to operate by the state. Another model includes a contractual agreement between a medical provider and an aircraft owner-operator. The third type of model suggested included a governmental unit as owner-operator of the air medical transport service. All of these models are present in the State of Michigan.

In Michigan, a fixed wing air medical transport operation is not called an air ambulance in the Michigan legislation and administrative rules. In Michigan, a fixed wing air medical transport service is called an air transport vehicle. Only a helicopter is called an air ambulance by the State of Michigan. Only those portions of the legislation and rules that talk about an air transport vehicle and an air transport operation have any relation to Beaver Island's situation. (References are available for each statement in this report.)

Unless Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation wish to complete two operation's manuals, one for the FAA and another for the Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS Division, demonstrate 24/7 and 365 days per year medical coverage by paramedics and EMTs, as well as demonstrate availability of pilots and aircraft, then the only model that makes sense for Beaver Island is the model that includes a contractual agreement between the FAA Certified, Part 135 air ambulance with another service that already has the State of Michigan license, in this case, Beaver Island EMS. BIEMS will only have to add the aircraft to the existing license and demonstrate the liability insurance requirements to contract with the aircraft provider and become a licensed air transport agency.

Why can't we go back to doing things the way we have previously done them for the last 25 years? This simply is not legal. There is no way that a legally licensed EMS agency can turn a patient over to an unlicensed agency for medical transport. There is no way that a legally licensed EMS agency can continue to function in an unlicensed air transport vehicle. There is no way that a rural health center can send a patient with an unlicensed air transport vehicle either. The liability is too great. The chances of something going wrong medically is too great.

Here are a few more facts to consider. BIEMS paramedics, EMTs, and first responders are not currently covered by any liability insurance when they are in the aircraft. These same personnel are completely in violation of section 20931 of the EMS legislation and the EMS administrative rules in the aircraft. The protection from liability afforded the EMS personnel in the legislation is null and void if the EMS agency or EMS personnel ignore the legislation or the administrative rules and just continue to do things like they've been done for 25 years.

Let's be absolutely clear on another issue. It is Beaver Island EMS, the licensed EMS agency by the State of Michigan, the one responsible for the medical treatment of the patient, that needs to have the ten million dollars of liability insurance, NOT Island Airways or Fresh Air Aviation. It is impossible to change the legislation in a reasonable period of time. It is not possible to change the administrative rules in a reasonable period of time. The only way that Fresh Air Aviation or Island Airways would need to have 10 million dollars of liability insurance is if they became the State of Michigan licensed EMS entity and became medically responsible for the patient. It would seem that, if they did that, it that would change the entire business plan for both of these businesses. It would make them responsible to follow the State of Michigan legislation and administrative rules, as well as follow the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority rules and procedures. It would make them responsible to follow the Health Information and Privacy Protection Act rules and procedures. It would make the companies in the air taxi business into EMS agencies responsible to the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH). They would have to comply with all the training requirements of the MDPH for all of their personnel above and beyond the FAA operations manuals required for their air taxi service. They would have to invest in the equipment required in the list of required equipment for a medical air transport operation. Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation could do this, but it seems completely unlikely that they would wish to comply with all these additional requirements.

33.20922 Use of terms “ambulance,”“ambulance operation,” or similar term; advertising or disseminating information; license required.

Sec. 20922.

(1) A person shall not use the terms “ambulance” or “ambulance operation” or a similar term to describe or refer to the person unless the person is licensed by the department under section 20920.

(2) A person shall not advertise or disseminate information leading the public to believe that the person provides an ambulance operation unless that person does in fact provide that service and has been licensed by the department to do so.

333.20931 Air transport operation; license required; application; fee; issuance and contents of license; renewal; compliance.

Sec. 20931.

(1) A person shall not establish, operate, or cause to be operated an aircraft transport operation unless it is licensed under this section.

333.20932 Aircraft transport operation; duties; prohibitions.

Sec. 20932.

(1) An aircraft transport operation shall:

(a) Provide an aircraft transport vehicle with proper equipment and personnel available for response to requests for patient transportation between health facilities, as needed and for life support during that transportation according to the written orders of the patient's physician.

(2) An aircraft transport operation shall not operate an aircraft transport vehicle unless it is staffed, with emergency medical services personnel or other licensed health care professionals as appropriate according to the written orders of the patient's physician.

From the current EMS legislation found here:


“Hold itself out” means the agency advertises, announces, or charges specifically for providing emergency medical services as defined in the code.

A life support agency, except a fixed wing aircraft transport operation, shall provide at least 1 life support vehicle for response to requests for emergency assistance on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis in accordance with its licensure level and medical control authority protocols.

A person shall not transport a patient by stretcher, cot, litter, or isolette unless it is done in a licensed ambulance or aircraft transport vehicle.

“Fixed wing aircraft” means a non-rotary aircraft transport vehicle that is primarily used or available to provide patient transportation between health facilities and is capable of providing patient care according to orders issued by the patient’s physician.

From the current EMS administrative rules found here:


These are the references referred to at the beginning of this article.

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

May 2011 Wildlife Club Meeting Video

Video Clips of the Entire Meeting HERE

Interlochen Public Radio News Radio Now Broadcasting From Harbor Springs

May 13, 2011---Interlochen Public Radio is now broadcasting 24-hour news and information in Harbor Springs, Petoskey and the Straits. WHBP 90.1 fm began broadcasting IPR News Radio at 11:30 this morning. News Radio also broadcasts from Traverse City on 91.5 fm and from Manistee on 89.7 fm. Interlochen Public Radio also serves northwest Michigan with three Classical music signals.

Currently, the radio station is transmitting at 600 watts. Next week, they hope to be up to 1200 watts. Shortly afterward, another tower about 12 miles north of Harbor Springs will be set up, and the transmission is to be a reportedly 12, 000 watts.

BICS May 10, 2001, Newsletter

This is a WORD Document

Let's Celebrate----NOT!

Over-the-Counter Hoax

So the national drug companies are working very hard to get their prescription drug medication as over-the-counter medications to make them more available to the general population. Let's see how much it costs for an uninsured person to get a prescription for an allergy drug named Allegra. If you are uninsured, it will cost you for a doctor's visit, approximately $80, to get the prescription. Then it will cost you the full cost of the prescription. If the Allegra is available over the counter, you won't have to pay the $80 for the doctor's visit. You benefit!

What about the seniors on Medicare with supplemental insurance, and those who are fortunate enough to have insurance that includes prescription coverage? These "fortunate" people will also not to have to go to the physician's office to get a prescription for Allegra. Instead, they can call a pharmacy or purchase over-the counter medications just like the uninsured. The difference here is that, instead of the co-pay for the prescription, you now will also have to pay full price for the same drug you got before as a prescription. So who wins?

The answer is that the drug companies win. The drug companies have been getting exhorbitant rates for the drug as a prescribed drug, and now they are getting top dollar for the over-the-counter drugs as well. The uninsured seem to get an improvement, and the insured or Medicare seem to get the shaft. Wasn't government healthcare supposed to help? It is certainly not helping those who are insured in this instance.

Before Zyrtec became over-the-counter, retired teachers and Medicare enrollees would get this prescription for $7-10 a month or $84-120 per year. When it became over-the-counter, the cost leaped 300% or more for the exact same medication. The situation will happen with Allegra, now that it is over-the-counter. No matter what, the drug companies get their ridiculously high profits, and the people, insured or uninsured get to decide whether or not they can afford their medications this month.

The drug companies also contract with the insurance providers to make certain that you have to pay your copay amounts every 30 days. The copay on a specific drug for high blood pressure named Lisinopril costs $7 per month, and you have to get it refilled every month with a prescription. For a yearly maintenance prescription, this amounts to $84 per year. Without any insurance at all, you can get the same drug from Walmart pharmacy for $60 per year. At least you can now, before the drug becomes over-the-counter. This is the same with several prescriptions that have a generic equivalent. The cost is $15 for a ninety day supply.

Someone needs to take a serious look at the cost of medications in this country. The same medications in the same containers can be obtained in Canada for less than one-third the cost. Why are Americans having to pay so much for the same drug, in the same manufacturer's container?

Update: This morning, Wednesday May 11, 2011, on CBS were some warnings about counterfeit drugs. There certainly are counterfeit drugs out there, even ending up in the US pharmacies' drug supply. There are also warnings out there about purchasing drugs from Canada. How much of this is an effort by the US drug distribution companies to keep their profits up?

July 4th Parade Theme

The Beaver Island Chamber Directors have selected "In Tribute to our Armed Service Men & Women" as the July 4th parade theme.

Travel Costs This Spring

As everyone is concerned about the cost of gasoline to fuel their cars, lawn mowers, and boats this summer, there are other costs that are effected by the increase in fuel costs. At well above the national average, Beaver Island's cost of fuel is currently $5.399 per gallon. This increase in cost will also effect the cost of flights to and from the island. At this time the cost of a one way flight is $45 with Island Airways (IA) and $47 with Fresh Air (FA). There is another issue that visitors need to consider, and that is parking a vehicle in Charlevoix. Currently, the costs for parking are the following:

Days Cvx Airport FreshAir BIBCO
Public Private Parking
1 5 3 4
2 10 6 8
3 15 9 12
1 20 15 20
2 40 30 40
3 60
1 60 45 50
6 110 75 110 (April-Sept only)
12 200 125

So, you need to include the costs of parking in the cost of your trip. If you are on-Island for three nights, the cost of one person round trip flight and parking is $105 (flight $90, parking $15) flying with IA and $103 (flight $94, parking $9) with FA. If the stay is one week, then the costs are IA $110 and FA $109. If the stay is one month, then the cost is IA $150, FA $139. This does not take into consideration more than one person, nor any parking fees on the island.

If the cost of traveling is the issue, then the real savings will be obtained by taking the Beaver Island Boat Company ferry. Again, each of these is the cost of one person round trip.

Trip to BI
Days IA+park FA+park BIBCO+park
1 95 97 54
2 100 100 58
3 105 103 62
4 110 106
week 1 110 109 70
week2 130 124 90
week 3 150 139 100
month 1 150 139 100
month 6 200 169 160
month 12 290 219

No matter how you decide and who you travel with, the flight costs are comparable, and the ferry is the most economical, although it takes an extra couple of hours of travel time each way.

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.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Newsletter, Spring 2011

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.

4th of July Golf Tournament Information

Note time change on this new flier

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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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.

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:


Soccer Camp Signup for Summer

Click HERE for the flyer and registration

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.

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

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.

Men's Golf League Starts Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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

Official Program of Michigan Archival Association

for June 14 and 15, 2011, Conference HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

29: Bob Whitlock

June 5: Howard Davis

12: Howard Davis

19: Howard Davis

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.


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.

School Website Calendar

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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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

June COA Congregate Meal Menu

June Senior Center Activities

Activities Brochure 1

Activities Brochure 2

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!