B I News on the 'Net, May 24-30, 2010

Mary Ann Bendewald Dies

Mary Ann Bendewald, 72 of Lake Villa, Illinois, formerly of Oak Forest, Illinois; beloved wife of the late Guy; loving mother of Constance (Neal) Boyle and Deborah (Charles) Slack; dear grandmother of three; and fond sister of Barbara (Raymond) Rozhon and the late John (Susan) Stochmal. Memorial Mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010 at St. Peter Church, 557 Lake St. Antioch, Illinois 60002. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Strang Funeral Home, 1055 Main St. (Rte 83) Antioch, Illinois 60002. Interment of ashes in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.

Info 847-395-4000 or www.strangfh.com.

Donations to Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago appreciated. (Published in Chicago Tribune on May 28, 2010 and taken from the BI Forum.)

Chamber Moves To Former Harbor Master Office

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce office has moved from the office it occupied for two years in the Community Center to a newly redecorated office on the grounds of the Municipal Marina. The Chamber was in that location (former Harbor Master office) for eight years prior to moving to the Community Center.

According to PABI President Judy Gallagher, “The board voted to no longer rent or lease the space that the Chamber has used for the past two years. The board wishes to strengthen the Welcome Area, including concessions sales, donor recruitment and recognition area and visitor reception and accommodation area. We will continue to be an active member of the Chamber of Commerce.”

“Given the Chamber of Commerce's principal mission of marketing Beaver Island to potential visitors the less expensive new office will allow us to spend more on advertising the Island,” said Chamber President Kathy Speck. “We appreciate the good relationship we continue to have with PABI and are pleased that they plan to continue to distribute Chamber literature.”

“One of our key goals is to maximize the effective use of member's dues to market the Beaver Island Archipelago as a tourist / vacation destination by using all manner of current electronic and print media,” said Executive Chamber Director Steve West. “The new office is a good fit. My mission is to get new visitors to experience Beaver Island . Once they are here our Island 's friendly folks do a great job of making them feel welcome.”

Memorial Weekend at Stoney Acre and Dannys

Spring Hazardous Material Cleanup at Transfer Station

Spring Hazardous Material cleanup at the Beaver Island Transfer Station is June 5, 2010, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. If you want to bring anything you need to make an appointment. If you have questions or make an appointment you can call 448-2228.

From the Cape Dory Association Website

It's official: The Lake Michigan Cape Dory Rendezvous is scheduled for August 2-6 in St. James Harbor, Beaver Island. Mark your calendar and set aside the dates! Ariel and her crew will be anchored in the harbor and look forward to meeting up with other Cape Dorys and their owners.

For information about Beaver Island, visit the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce website, or read David VanDenburgh's harbor report .

For those interested in driving in, the Emerald Isle Ferry offers daily arrivals and there are a couple of motels for lodging. There may even be room aboard a boat.

If you are interested in attending and have questions, feel free to leave a comment here and someone will get back to you. Hope to see you there!

Sally Martin Dies

MRS. SARAH "SALLY" (Martin) DELIAI of Hesperia-- Sally Martin Delia, age 68, of Hesperia, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2010 at the Gerber Memorial Health Services in Fremont. Sally was born on Sept. 4, 1941, on Beaver Island. Her parents were Charles and Marion (McGuiness) Martin. She later married Michael Delia on Sept. 2, 1961, on Beaver Island. Michael preceded her in death on March 3, 2004.

Sally has been a longtime resident of the Hesperia area where she was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church and enjoyed visiting and traveling with her friends and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She had worked at Howmet Misco/Alcoa for 29 years until her retirement.

Sally is survived by her children, Rosemary (Tony) Moon of Saranac, Michele (Dave) Thomas of Holton, Theresa Delia of San Diego, CA, David Delia of Hesperia; her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren; her sisters, Margie (Bob) Armstrong of Beaver Island, Mary Jane Martin of Gaylord; her brothers, Bud (Colleen) Martin of Beaver Island, Michael Martin of Sparta; brother-in-law, Don (Gloria) Delia of Newaygo; many nieces, nephews, and special friends. Preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Erwin, Emmett, Ernie and James Martin.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 25, 2010, from 4-7 PM. Rosary will by at 7 PM on the same day at the Crandell Funeral Home - Fremont Chapel. The Mass of Resurrection will be May 26, 2010, at 2 PM at Christ The King Catholic Church and Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 11 AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. Interment wil be at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Memorial Contribution can be sent to the Commission on Aging - Newaygo County. CRANDELL-FREMONT 7193 W. 48th Street www.crandellfh.com 231-924-0800; 1-888-464-7837

Brett Maudrie in Georgia

Brett Maudrie is in Georgia and training in the U. S. Army. Recently, his family went down to visit him. What they found out was that he had matured a great deal in the nine weeks of his basic training. The military has some ways of changing a boy into a man, but Brett will always be Brett to the Island residents. He has 5 more weeks at Fort Benning which includes training on the field and a week out in the woods. After that he'll get to come home for 10 days, and he plans to visit with family and friends, ride his Harley and "take in the sound of the lake." He said Lake Michigan was what he seemed to miss the most. After that brief break he'll head on to Fort Campbell in Kentucky for Air Assault Training.

Before and After pics

Brett poses with his mom Kathy, his cousin Tara, and his friend

Thanks to Tara for the pictures and the information.

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 2nd Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 7 p.m. at "RED DEER" on the Kings Highway (the log cabin before the curves). All donations will go to the Glen McDonough Menorial Music Scholarship fund for young musicians. (From Eleanor McDonough)

The Are Turkeys Strutting Still

Coincidence or Human Intervention Gone Awry?

During this past week, there were several huge rocks placed across the public boat access to Barney's Lake on Barney's Lake Road. The question for those involved is very clear. Did your intervention help or hinder the loon nesting site on the lake? Did your intervention help or hinder the mute swan nesting on Barneys Lake also?

The day before the rocks appeared the mute swan was on the nest on the far left of the Barney's Lake, the southeast end. The day before the rocks were placed, the loons had built a nest less than 30 yards away from the public access site. The day after the rocks were placed no loons nor mute swans could be found on the lake including the small cove the farthest point away from the boat launch.

loon on the nest with the partner out swimming on the day before the rocks were placed

Video clip of loon nest

mute swans on the day before the rocks were placed

 Video clip of the mute swan nest

From a wonderful place to observe these kinds of wildlife, the placement of the rocks appears to have turned the lake into a place to watch turtles, frogs, and ducks. Is this possibly a plan to help wildlife that didn't please the wildlife? Did the heavy equipment scare these birds away? Only time will tell if the placement of the rocks will accomplish its purpose, but today, May 24, 2010, there are no loon or mute swan nests on Barney's Lake that had a nesting bird on the nest.

loon nest on 5/23 and on 5/24....no loons to be seen on the lake

mute swan nest on 5/23 and the same on 5/24...no mute swans seen on the lake

Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but just where did these nesting birds go?

A new theory comes to mind. With all of the turtles on the lake, is it possible that the turtles chased these birds out of the nests? There are articles on the Internet that suggest that many loon eggs are lost to turtles. With the huge population of turtles on Barney's Lake, could the turtles have just overpowered the loons and the mute swans?

Barney's Lake Pictures

Beautiful sun reflections.......dragon flies............ducks..............

turtle close up.....................turtles galore

Beautiful bird....what kind? .....Unknown...


The ospreys were perched in a dead tree on Sloptown. The little birds didn't seem to mind this bigger predator being in the same tree. Ospreys usually feed on fish, not other birds.

A trip down the road to visit the osprey nest on Sloptown Road was disappointing since there wasn't a bird in the trees on the north side of the road and no action or movement could be seen in the nest on top of the microwave tower. Shutting off the car and getting out allowed the ears to hear an unusual sound coming from up above in the sky. Looking up, nothing was seen. Where did that sound come from? Looking closer and squinting the eyes allowed the focus to show the ospreys high in the air seemingly playing on the air current and with each other.

What were they doing? Not sure, but it was fascinating to watch.

Caspian Tern Pictures

This bird can be seen flying over Font Lake sometimes and over Barney's Lake sometimes. There could be two birds or it could be the same bird fishing in two different locations. These pictures were taken at Barney's Lake.


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

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


Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park

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

There will be three monuments.  One will provide information on Post 46. One will salute the veterans who served in the armed forces, One will provide with the names of those from Beaver Island who died in the service of their country.   There will be three flagpoles. Two will be 30 feet tall with a rotating service flag, and the center flag of 35 feet will have the American flag . 

The AMVETs wo;; sell 4 x 8 bricks with the name, service dates, and service affiliation that will be in one of the three areas in front of the monuments.  The AMVETs also are proposing to sell 8 x 8 bricks that will become the sidewalk to the memorial.  These will be sold to any business, individual or organization that wishes to make a donation.  The 4 x 8 bricks will be in the neighborhood of $50.00 each and the 8 x 8 will be around $100.00 each.  If anyone wants to donate a flag pole or bench please let the AMVETs know.

The AMVETs will organize the fund raising structure this week and hopefully have it in place by Memorial Day .   In the meantime if anyone has any questions they can e-mall the Post at amvetspost46@yahoo.com or write to them at Box 319 Beaver Island, MI  49782.

Andy's Sandhill Pictures

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

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

Co-Ed Softball Sign-up

Co-Ed Softball Sign-up

Tuesday Nights starting May 25, 2010


Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park

Ages: 8 th grade- Adult

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

Any questions call

Kerry Smith @ 448-2601


AMVETS Pancake Breakfast

Men's Golf League Well Under Motion

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

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

With two weeks of the golf league past, the lead is being held by the team of Jeff and Ryan with 31 points, followed by Larry and Joe with 28. Rob and Dan are in third place with 44, Joe and Howard in fourth with 23, and Ron and Bob infifth with 21. This year's handicap scores range from 36.5 to 47 on a par 35 course. This year is starting out to be a very competive year.

Mixed Golf Outings This Summer

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



1:30 START 

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

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

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

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


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

St. James Township Hearings and Special Meeting Results

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

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

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

Women's Golf This Summer

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

From the Green Family

Dear Friends and Family,

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

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

Our love and sincere gratitude,

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

Peaine Township Meeting on May 12, 2010

Discussions get hot, heated, and personal

Click here to view video clips of this meeting

District Library News

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

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

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

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

Please stop in and see the changes.

BI Community School Press Release

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

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

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

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

Contact: Kitty McNamara

Beaver Island Community School

37895 King's Highway

Beaver Island MI 49782


Phone 231 448 2744

Fax 231 448 2919


2010 May Stoneys and Donegal Dannys

Emily Gray Graduates from NCMC

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

Chamber of Commerce NEWS

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

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

July 4 Parade Theme

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

New Chamber VP

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

Room Finders Program – Attn: Accommodations Members

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

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Announcements for May 2010

Click for Video Clips below:


Open House Sunday May 30th

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

JUMPSTART to Wellness Starts --starts now with no deadline

Chiropractor and Opthamologists Visit the Island -Chiropractor every other Friday

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

How Should We Plan for the Future of Beaver Island

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources/ Eco-Tourism Commission

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

For Sustainability and Economic Growth 

Symposium Number I

Managing our Forest and Wildlife for Sustainability

June 28, 2010, Beaver Island Community Center 

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

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

9:00 -- Our Beaver Island Forests Today

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

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

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

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

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

Short Break

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

Eric Ellis -- Conservation Resource Alliance

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

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

Submit written questions for morning speakers.

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

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

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

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

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


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

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

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

St James Township Meeting May 5 2010

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

Meeting clips

Food Pantry Open House Planned

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

District Library Re-Opens

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

Beaver Island Women's Golf Tournament Scheduled

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

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

Airport Committee (Authority) Meeting Scheduled

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smoke-Free Law Goes Into Effect

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

“What Do We DO on Beaver Island?” DVD

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

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

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

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

Order online using the secure PayPal server:

Health & Human Services Fair Scheduled for September 16, 2010

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

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

NEW Community Calendar Feature

New Events Scheduled!

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

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

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


Beaver Island Bike Festival

Click each picture to view the brochure.

How to Have Fun at the Bike Festival

Free T- shirts -1st Beaver Island Bike Festival

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Subscriptions to Expire

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

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


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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


Mon – Thurs 10am-6pm

Fri – Sat 10am-9pm

Sunday – Closed

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

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

May COA Menu click HERE

May Senior Center Activities click HERE

May Community Center Ad page

June COA Menu HERE

June Senior Activities click HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)