B. I. News on the 'Net, May 26-June 1, 2014


Sheriff Don Schneider wants teens in Charlevoix County to have a fun and memorable experience at this year’s prom and graduation open houses. To ensure that teens stay safe, he is reminding them and their parents that underage drinking is not only dangerous but it is against the law. “You can’t have a memorable experience at prom or graduation if you are unable to remember any of it because you have had too much to drink,” said Sheriff Schneider.

The consequences of underage drinking are serious. Every year underage drivers under the influence of alcohol kill or seriously injure themselves or others in crashes. In some communities a partnership between law enforcement and school officials prevents students who have been caught drinking from participating in extracurricular activities.

Sheriff Schneider offers the following tips to prevent underage drinking and keep this year’s prom and graduation open houses safe for everyone in the community:

Sheriff Schneider warns, “Keep safe during your end of school celebrations. If you are a teen, don’t drink or use drugs. If you are a parent, remain vigilant about what your teen is doing. By making it inconvenient for kids to drink, you just may save a life.”

First of June on the Fox Lake Road

Posted on June 2, 2014 by

And now here it is, the second of June.

I had barely typed the title and was waiting for the photo to download when my little dog let out a cry. I don’t know what hurt or frightened her, but I picked her up, and she proceeded to fall asleep on my lap.

I have a simple “hunt and peck” method of typing that I developed myself (not that it’s much to brag about, really). I use both hands, and a total of three or four fingers to punch the keys; I’ve gotten pretty speedy at it.

Take away one hand, though-as when a dog is sleeping soundly with her little head cradled in the crook of my arm-and I’m useless.

I was tired, too.

I decided my “first of June” report could wait another day.

Wanting to capture the feeling of the first of June, I had taken a couple photos in the rain, from the shelter of the doorway. That alone limited the viewpoint. I couldn’t avoid the pallet leaning against the compost barrel or the white plastic five-gallon buckets filled with roots and weeds. On top of that, it was nearly dusk, and my little camera, set to automatically make those decisions, could not decide whether to flash or not. Raindrops on the lens altered the view.

I did not get good photos.

Still, I eschewed nice photos taken last week-in May-as terribly outdated in this ever-changing Spring. I decided that using photographs taken last June would be underhanded deceit, and I refused to resort to it.

I chose the best current photo to post, and started the download. That usually takes about 30 seconds. I had waited more than five minutes  when I decided to take my little dog and go to bed.

Beginning again this morning, that photo still refuses to come up.

Is my computer now making judgments about my photography skills?

Can I write a blog without an illustration?

We’ll see.

Yesterday, the first of June, was also Sunday, which marks the end of my work week in town.

Mondays, I can usually sleep in if I want to. I can write if I choose to. Then, I try to catch up on housework and yard work and laundry. Tuesdays, I devote to paperwork and phone-calls relating to my job regarding invasive species. Wednesday is for finishing up everything I didn’t finish on Monday and Tuesday, plus the day that I go to clean the floors at my aunt’s farmhouse. Evenings almost every day, from dinnertime until bedtime, I usually spend in the studio. Deadlines abound, and I’m usually behind with most of them.

The garden makes me feel anxious this time of year. So much to do! Soon, I know, it will be too late to plant. Soon, I will be too busy for it. The groundwork has to be laid early, for an easy-care growing space, or I will be frustrated all summer long, watching the weeds take over. I’ve been plugging away at it: digging and raking and hoeing, pulling weeds and hauling away debris. I rented a rototiller this year, and hired  a young man to work up the large vegetable area and the weed-choked pathways between the perennial beds.

Yesterday, with rain predicted for the first of the week, I was determined to plant.

I like to have my seeds in before the mosquitoes hatch. I have already missed that deadline this year, and the little vampires are out in force.

Sunday is a short work day; I could be home by three PM.

“My goal,” I told anyone who would listen, “is to get my entire garden planted today, before the rain comes.”

Some said, “You’ll never make it.” Others offered more hope, or at least, “Good luck!”

I went home armed with bug repellant, cedar stakes and garden twine I changed into short pants, a T-shirt and slip-on shoes. I put on a layer of sunscreen, then bug repellant oil to my face, ears and scalp, then an all-over spray of the “deep woods” formula.

I moved the outdoor table to my “staging” area. There, unloaded the twine, stakes and bug repellant. I brought the toolbox out, for hammer, tape measure and anything else I might find that I would need. I carried out the garden tote with hand tools and seeds. One big citronella candle, a reference book, a note pad and pencil and a pair of scissors. A big cup of coffee. My large tools leaned against the side, buckets and wheelbarrow at the ready. What else could I possibly need?

Time to get started!

First the rake, to smooth out the soil and remove the roots and weeds that the tiller turned under.

Measure. Stake. Link the stakes with garden twine. Make a furrow. Plant the seeds.

Every now and then a pause...to consult my book on companion planting, to reapply mosquito dope, to jot down notes, lest I forget what is where.

First, three hills of pumpkins against the back fence. The seed was old, so I over-planted, and used an area that wouldn’t take away from my staple vegetables.

Next, a row of onion sets. I planted thickly, as I’ll thin to use through the season, making room for some to grow into “winter-keepers.”

Then rain.

Wait a bit, to see if it will stop. Is it something I can work through?


Let the dogs in first: Clover’s terror of rainstorms makes the little dog nervous, too.

Bring in the toolbox, the garden tote, the books and papers. Make another run to grab the scissors and twine. One more for the coffee...now cold and diluted.

But the rain didn’t last! My heart soared!

Five-thirty...still a couple hours of daylight.

Out with the toolbox; out with the garden tote. Another fogging with mosquito repellent...add a hat...and a face net.

Try again.

A row of collards because they are easier to grow than head cabbage but offer the same flavor for soups.

A row of Swiss chard…because since Aunt Katie taught me how good it is, I can’t ever get enough.

Rake and measure for the next row.

Six-thirty. I looked at two miserable dogs: bored, too warm and bothered by bugs.

“Would you like to take a ride?”

They jumped at the opportunity!

Me, with a thick layer of garden dirt clinging to my skin and clothes, the dogs, with wagging tails and big doggy grins, loaded into the car and headed for water. Windows down for the rain-freshened air and the breeze, two and a half miles to the access point for Fox Lake.

We had the beach to ourselves. I enjoyed the breeze that was keeping biting insects away, the view, and the sight of the dogs in their glory. They explored. They sniffed around the fire pit and picnic area, every beached boat and ‘most every tree in the clearing. They chased a chipmunk and then a black squirrel. They waded in the lake.

When we headed home, tired and happy, I told myself, “I can plant tomorrow.”

It stormed through the night. It has rained already again this morning. Right now, the sun is peaking out. Maybe I can!

And now, finally, here’s that photograph!

Sunday Drive

Check on the Osprey and Loons and Others

Barney's Lake views of loons, turkeys, and sandhills

Ospreys on Sloptown

Beth Leuck's and Pam Grassmick's

Comments on Birding Trail Dedication

Way to Go Beaver Island!

So, how was the Beaver Island Birding Trail dedication?  The positive comments speak for themselves:
“Beaver Island is so beautiful...the water is so clear...the community was so welcoming...the staging area of pelagics [birds found on open water] is unprecedented. I have to travel all season to see an Olive-sided Flycatcher and we saw 4 in one spot...wow, the dedication meal, the Community Center setting and speakers were incredible...the drivers and field guides were so knowledgeable (thanks to our host drivers: Jim Gillingham, Ed and Beth Leuck, and Bob Tidmore)...we had 102 bird species in 24 hours....your birding habitats are great....nice to see miles of roads without invasive species...we saw a Kirkland warbler"...and the list goes on.

The Beaver Island community can be proud of hosting this inaugural event.  Many thanks to our corporate sponsors who transported, fed, and housed many of the speakers and field trip leaders.  Those sponsors were:  the Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Lodge, Dalwhinnies, Island Airways, McDonough’s Market, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant.  The Community Center and staff provided a welcoming gathering space, filled with birding information.  Doris Larson needs special recognition for her efforts in showcasing the fabulous art work by talented island artists during the dedication.  Brian Mastenbrook, Department of Natural Resources, placed interpretive signs at Oliver’s Point, Camp 3, Black Hills, Lake Geneserath, and across from the Wagner Campground at the Seven Bridges trailhead.

So now what?  The birders are busy blogging about the event, the island, and the birds.  As Brian Allan, one of the trip leaders remarked about e-Bird, an online reporting system for bird sightings, “we lit up Beaver Island like a Christmas tree.”  Some of the trip leaders are talking about offering an October fall birding trip.

The BIBT dedication and field trips will be archived on www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org along with birding photos from the Island event.  Birders year-round can enjoy online information about the island’s birding opportunities. Stay tuned for updates to the site.

Keep up the fantastic welcoming attitude, Beaver Island!  It will prove to be an economic boost to the island and provide birders with warm memories of their island adventure.

BIRHC Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is once again raffling off a car. This year so far they have sold 212 tickets, according to the sign outside the medical center. They also already had the Early Bird Drawing, and the winner of the $1000 prize was Pete LoDico. This year, some of the raffle profits will benefit the Forestview Apartments, the senior housing units east of the BIRHC and across the street from Stoney Acres.

Have you got your raffle ticket yet?

Wetlands Month Features

Blanding’s turtle

May 30, 2014

May is American Wetlands Month, a month to appreciate and enjoy the wonders of wetlands! Take some time to experience this amazing native ecosystem by visiting one of Michigan’s Wetland Wonders. There you may find one of Michigan’s terrific turtles--the Blanding’s turtle.

The Blanding’s turtle is mostly yellow and black. The carapace, or upper shell, of the turtle is domed and dark brown or black with some light yellow spots. The plastron, or lower shell, is yellow with dark blotches on the outer edges. The Blanding’s turtle has a large, dark head with a yellow chin and an impressively long neck, which it uses to reach out and catch prey.

Blanding’s turtles may be found throughout the state, except for the extreme eastern and western Upper Peninsula. A turtle of quiet water, Blanding’s turtles prefer ponds, small lakes, wetlands and slow-moving rivers. They feed on crayfish, snails, insects, frogs, fish, worms and plants. This turtle can feed on land or water, unlike most other Michigan turtles that feed in the water only.

A long-lived turtle, the Blanding’s turtle can live to be more than 50 years old. This turtle lays up to 20 eggs in June. The female sometimes travels up to a mile from water to find a sandy site in which to lay her eggs. The young hatch in August or September and must travel to a nearby water source, dodging predators like raccoons, herons and egrets on the way.

Blanding’s turtles are considered a species of special concern in the state, meaning that this turtle is becoming increasingly rare. This is mostly due to habitat loss and road mortality, as the turtle often crosses roadways to get to nesting and feeding sites.

If you come across a Blanding’s turtle in the wild, please leave the turtle where it is. Do not attempt to collect it as a pet, and please do not move the turtle. Appreciate it with a photo or a long look and then let it be, as it is a protected species in Michigan.

The Blanding’s turtle can be found at many of Michigan’s state game and wildlife areas, including Fish Point, Maple River, Allegan and Shiawassee River.

Michigan’s state game and wildlife areas are free to wildlife watchers. Hunting license fees pay for habitat management at these areas. Even if you are not a hunter in the traditional sense, consider purchasing an $11 dollar base license to help the creatures you "hunt" with binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.

Also consider joining the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL). MWL is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow. To learn more about the MWL visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders or look for MWL on Facebook.

Miranda Rooy in Washington, D.C.

Miranda Rooy, a National Board Certified Teacher and teacher at Beaver Island Community School, had been selected as one of nineteen participants for a program in Washington, D.C. Out of over 100,000 National Board Certified teachers in the United States, this invitation was only sent to 19 teachers, and Miranda Rooy was one of the nineteen. Due to issue beyond Miranda's control, the invitation was postponed until March 2014.

From a September 2013 Beaver Island News on the 'Net story:

Riley Justis, Principal/Superintendent of Beaver Island Community School has just released a press release on 09/19/13:

"It is my pleasure to announce that Beaver Island Community School's Early Elementary Teacher, Miranda Rooy, hs been slected as one of 19 teachers acros the nation to represent the teaching profession and the Nation Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Washington, D.C. this October. These teachers have been selected to provide input and direction for the continued reform and growth of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Process. Miranda received her National Board Teacher Certification two years ago, an honor reserved for a small number of teacher across the nation and she is one of only 365 in the state of Michigan.

Beaver Island Community School has the honor and the privilege to maintain the highest level of teacher quality and Ms. Rooy's selection once again points to the quality and fidelity of the educational impact of the teachers here at BICS. Please join with us in honoring Miranda Rooy for her work and continued dedication to the craft and profession of teaching and learning in our community and beyond."

"An Invitation from Ron Thorpe to Attend Congressional NBCT Event

Dear Ms. Rooy:

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in an important bipartisan event being held in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2013.

United States Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is convening the other 18 board-certified doctors in Congress for a briefing on whether a fully scaled National Board Certification could support the teaching profession in the way a model centered on board certification has strengthened the medical profession. We have selected one NBCT from each of the districts represented in Congress by board-certified physicians to participate in this event. We hope you will accept this invitation to meet with these Congressional members and their staff, including your United States Representative, Dan Benishek of the 1st Congressional District of Michigan, a board-certified general surgeon.

A moderated panel of NBCTs will be at the center of the event.  As an accomplished teacher, you will be a member of this panel. The purpose of this panel is for Congressional members and their staff to learn more about the value of Board Certification, what it means to be an accomplished practitioner in teaching, and the pathways currently in place to move teachers toward such status.

The National Board will cover hotel and costs of your travel. We ask that you arrive at our offices by noon on October 9th. There will be a lunch at the National Board offices on October 9th, and a dinner held in your honor that evening. In addition, we are pleased to provide you with complimentary registration to attend the National Board’s Teaching & Learning Conference, scheduled for March 14-15, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

A century ago, the workforce in medicine bore little resemblance to what it is today. Among the several commitments the profession made to achieve this transformation was the development of board certification. Today board certification in medicine -- while still voluntary -- is nearly universal. In fact, the entire preparation path for physicians from undergraduate and graduate training through residency and into professional practice has been designed so that most physicians achieve such status.

When the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was created in 1987, the founders had the medical model in mind. The profession built the standards and the assessment process, but the essential missing piece is that we have not taken Board Certification in teaching to scale. Even in the face of growing evidence that shows students in classes with Board-certified teachers learn at a higher rate than students in other classes, the profession has done little to make its own measure of excellence an expectation for all those who move beyond the novice phase.

(Personal contact information was removed.) Once we hear from you, we will follow up with logistics and background information. Thanks for considering this invitation and for all that you do for students and the profession of teaching.


Ronald Thorpe"

Miranda Rooy, a National Board Certified Teacher and teacher at Beaver Island Community School, had been selected as one of nineteen participants for a program in Washington, D.C. Out of over 100,000 National Board Certified teachers in the United States, this invitation was only sent to 19 teachers, and Miranda Rooy was one of the nineteen. Due to issue beyond Miranda's control, the invitation was postponed until March 12, 2014. The video of this has just become available.

Here is video of Miranda's presentation in Washington, D.C on March 12, 2014:


It's a Boy!

Coulter Brody Thorson

The newest addition to the Thorson family arrived May 28, 2014, at 4:47 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs 8 oz and measured 22.5 in. long. He is the son of Kendra Wojan Thorson and Seth Thorson. His grandparents from Beaver Island are Jim and Karen Wojan.

Coulter Brody Thorson

Veteran's Memorial Sprinkler System Being Installed

The contractor installing the sprinkler system has run into some problems.  The area around the old building was full of stones, steel bars, etc. that will need to be filled in.   We will have that done after the system is installed and running.  It looks a mess now but bear with us as we work on the park. (from Bob Tidmrore)


The meeting was held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the Peaine Township Hall. In attendance were the two township-approved members of this authority.

These two members were Bill Kohls, appointed by Peaine Township, and Rick Speck, appointed by St. James Township. Also in attendance were Rachel Champenoy for BIEMS and Tim McDonough for BIFD. The meeting was held in the conference room of the Peaine Hall. Most discussion centered around first things to be accomplished and some goal-setting. The BIESA discussed the possibility of increasing the number of board members from the current one from each township to a total of five board members. Bill Kohls is working with the Peaine Township legal team to move in this direction. The goal would be to have some language ready to be discussed at the July township board meetings with the hope that the board could be constituted in August to begin the work of developing an organizational chart and by-laws.

It was pointed out to the ESA Board that medical direction was already in place for BIEMS. Each EMS agency in the County of Charlevoix is regulated and operated under the control of the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority. This MCA has been established by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, and the medical activities of BIEMS are determined by this CCMCA. Treatments of emergency patients are completed under the license of Dr. Mark Smith, who is the physician in charge of the CCMCA. Any medical decisions will be made in the prehospital care of patients based upon the standing orders or online verbal orders of the CCMCA.

There was no discussion of combining the two completely different departments into one organization. The organizational chart suggested would maintain the operations of the two departments, but bring the information about job descriptions and organization structure under the ESA board. The insurance and assets would then next be moved to the Authority, and operations would be handled by the appointees by the ESA board.

One of the first official acts of the ESA board was to officially appoint Tim McDonough as chief of the Beaver Island Fire Department and appoint Rachel Champenoy as the director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services. These appointments have now been approved by the ESA, the ESA Board has met for the first time, and some goals are being set to get this board up and running. Congratulations to both townships, and to the newly formed and appointed ESA board members as well as the ESA appointed fire chief and EMS director.

BIFD Chief Tim McDonough and BIEMS Director Rachel Champenoy

Video of this meeting HERE


More Bird Feeder Pictures

The elusive, fast-moving, bumblebee-sounding, hummingbird

Male Baltimore Oriole

Female Oriole

Memorial Day, 2014

updated speech by James Latta

Memorial Day, first officially observed on May 30, 1868, was proclaimed on the 5th of that month by General John Logan commander of the Grand Army of the Republic with these words: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of this country in the late rebellion and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet church yard in the land”. At that first “Decoration Day” flowers were placed upon the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The custom of decorating graves on May 30th each year led to the name Decoration Day; a name that was later changed to Memorial Day.

While General Logan may have been the first to formalize observances on May 30th through his General Order No. 11, the actual beginnings of Memorial Day are shrouded in history. Over two dozen cities and towns have claimed to be the birthplace of this special day. There is evidence too that the custom of remembrance started in the South even before the end of the Civil War. In one instance former slaves disinterred hastily buried Union soldiers, and reburied them with proper grave markings as a tribute.

In reality it is likely that the day and its meaning had many separate beginnings in town and village celebrations, either planed or spontaneous, where people gathered to honor the Civil War dead. These celebrations undoubtedly reflected the universal human need to honor our dead and find meaning in the warrior’s sacrifice. Each such celebration added its impetus to the growing movement that culminated in General Logan’s Order.

Ultimately, it is not important who was the very first. What is important is that in the 145 years since General Order No.11, we still come together at the end of May each year. And in reality Memorial Day is not just about old divisions or remembrance. It is about reconciliation. It is about coming together to honor those who gave “their all”. And it is about acknowledging all who by their service demonstrate a strong sense of community and a continuing willingness to ensure the safety and freedom of this land, regardless of the personal cost of that choice.

If Memorial day teaches us anything it is that there are three separate but intertwined threads of the human experience bound up in it; remembrance, reconciliation, and acknowledgement. We remember those who have died in battle and reconcile that loss to our continued existence. We also remember and acknowledge those who served and did not die in battle but have now passed on and again reconcile ourselves to our loss. And we acknowledge those who continue the tradition of service to this country and in a very real way to this island.

In this spirit of Memorial Day, then, Post 46 wishes to remember four of our veterans who have passed away since this day last year. They are:

        Dr. Frank Olney, U.S. Army
        Dick Durusha, U.S. Army
        Patrick LaFreniere, U.S. Army
        Paul Newman, U.S Army Air Force

Beaver Island’s long history of service is not only in the past. It continues to this day. According to our research, there are currently nineteen soon to be active duty or active duty military personnel either from the island or from families with connections to the island. By-the-way, if we have missed anyone that any of you know about, please tell us after this service. We want to have an accurate record of those currently serving.

Post 46, now, wishes to acknowledge our active duty family.

Of these twelve two are not in active service yet but have been sworn in and are waiting for orders to boot camp. They are:

  1. Kyle  Meintsma and
  2.  Kammeron Mientsma, grandsons of Shirley and Jerry Sowa. Kyle and Kameron have enlisted in the Army.
  3. Also currently serving in the U. S. Air Force and stationed in Hawaii is Shirley Sowa’s nephew Sgt. Nicklaus White.
  4. Air Crew chief in the North Carolina Air National Guard TSgt. Kathy McQuay is the daughter of Dee and Brian Gallagher.
  5.  U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Morgan is the son of Tina and Gary Morgan.
  6. U. S. Air Force Senior Airman Hanna Connor, daughter of Heidi Vigil and Jeff Connor and sister of Levi Connor, is currently stationed in Yakota, Japan.
  7. Coast Guardsman Nick Gould, son of Vicky and Al Gould, is assigned to the ice breaker Botany Bay berthed in Detroit.
  8. Seaman Jenna Butler, Machinists Mate, is the daughter of Nancy and Darryl Butler and sister of Trace and Dillon Butler.
  9. U. S. Air Force Major Eric Lathrop, the son–in-law of Tricia and Tim King, will soon graduate from test pilot school and will be assigned to the 413th test squadron at Eglin AFB.
  10. U.S. Army Major Jeremy Bearss, son of Carole and Jon Bearss, has recently received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and has been selected to be promoted to Lt. Col.
  11. Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Latta, Hull Technologist, the son of Caroline and James Latta, is assigned to the USS Wasp whose home port is Norfolk, Virginia.
  12. Petty Officer 1st class Seth Thorson, U.S. Coast Guard, Seth is the son-in-law of Karen and James Wojan.
  13.  Petty Officer 3rd Class Julie Sommer, Sonar Technician U.S. Navy, Julie is the daughter of Nancy and Roger Somer.
  14. Lt. Commander Megan Cull, U.S. Coast Guard, daughter of Kathy and Dennis Cull
  15. SSgt. Alan Newstead, U.S. Army is the son of Becky and Murtes Newstead
  16. Simon Kenwabikise is a member of the Michigan Army National Guard and is the son of Hermenia Hoffman and Johnny Paul Kenwabikise.
  17. Tristan Kenwabikise, son of Simon Kenwbikise, U.S. Army
  18. Cameron LaVasser U. S. Navy, son of Carol Burton. And
  19. Finally, after starting with the newest service members, it is only fitting that we end with, as far as we know, the longest serving current serviceman. Coast Guard Chief Brian T. Hanz, Air Maintenance Technician ALPAT (Alaska Patrol) assigned to Kodiak Island, Alaska, is retiring on June 13th after 29 ½ years of active service. Chief Hanz is the son of Maureen and Larry Hanz who will be attending the ceremony.

We at Post 46 ask that you keep in your prayers all these Beaver Island service people deceased and living. As a community we owe them, as we do all veterans, a very large debt.

Holy Cross Baccalaureate Prayer Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Bearss Receives Award

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

Memorial Day Ceremony

at Veteran's Memorial Park

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

A very interested group of attendees

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

Short clip 1


One line of veterans

The second line of veterans

Jim Latta gave the history of Memorial Day

Short Clip 2-360 of the gathering


Preparation for the closing prayer

Closing prayer by Bob Hoogendoorn

Short clip 3


Video of the whole ceremony HERE

Gail's Walk

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

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

The participants were off and walking.

The last of the starters.

Video of the Start of the Gail's Walk 2014


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

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

Lisa Gillespie and Beth Croswhite were interviewed.

Video of the Interview


Holy Cross Historical Dedication

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

The representative from the State of Michigan making his presentation.

The attendees to the dedication.

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

Father used holy water to bless the marker

Danny and Danny played a couple more songs.

The two sides of the commemorative historical marker.

View Video of the Dedication HERE



Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

AMVETs Memorial Sunday Breakfast

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

Jack Spanak poses for a picture

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

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

Fruit cocktail and much more

Some of the AMVET workers

Coffee, tea, and more workers

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

Just a few of the customers for this fundraising breakfast

Short Video Clip of the AMVETS Breakfast 

Catching Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

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

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

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

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

Spring has finally caught up with the calendar!

I’m working at getting caught up, too.

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

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

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

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

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

But the weather is changing.

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

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

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

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

Finally, it seems like I am catching up!

Follow Cindy's Blog HERE


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

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

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

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

In Honor of the Birding Trail Dedication

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

Osprey on Sloptown Road

Osprey, loons, and eagle at Barney's Lake

On the way to the car at Barney's Lake

At Willie Schmidt's Corner

Short Osprey Video Clip


Short Eagle Video Clip



Due to the cold weather we had this spring, we are running about a month behind. We were originally supposed to get the first batch of chicks May 1st, but the fact that it was still so cold here made us have to postpone their arrival until the third week in May. In short, they will not be ready until about the second week in July. We apologize for the delay, but they will be worth the wait!!!

John Works and Staff

Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

May 2014

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

July 6:  Pastor Howard Davis

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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


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

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

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

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

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

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

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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Beaver Island Birding Trail Dedication

(Photos by Deb Bousquet and Video by Kaylyn Jones)

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

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

Meeting in the lobby of the Community Center

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

The food...

Inside at the tables

The place was packed with people

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

Drs. Jeff Powers and Wendy White

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

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

Listening very intensely to the presentation.

Pam Grassmick

The empty lobby

The presentations and information presented were quite interesting.

View video of the presentations HERE

BICS Track and Field Day

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

(Pictures and Video by Deb Bousquet)

Mr. Justis demonstrates the shot-put

The blue team puts the shot

Jewell shows the method

Attempting the high jump

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

The long jump pit, just run and jump

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

Video clips of the track and field day

Community School Board Meeting, May 22, 2014

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

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

The meeting video is presented HERE

BICS Career Day, May 27, 2014

Sign-up for Veteran's Health Benefits at BIRHC

Barney's Lake for An Hour

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

Loons exploring Barney's Lake

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

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

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

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

Online Certification Program Successful for One Island Resident

Susan Avery Gets DC Teacher Certification

The following information was received from Sue Avery:

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

Waste Management Committee, May 20, 2014

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

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

Video of this meeting HERE

Obituary for Ronald Eugene Antrim

Ronald Eugene Antrim

January 24, 1930 - May 18, 2014

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

Christian Church Seeks Roof Bids

Purple Loosestrife

by Cindy Rickgers

Some of these invasive plants can certainly be deceptive.

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

Purple Loosestrife is another one.

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

Let us not be deceived.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

View this at the Stop the Invasives blog HERE

Hear Me, America,

I am the EMT

(For EMS Week)

I see your people as you never see them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Unknown

Coming Home

by Paul Cole

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

Baltimore Orioles

As seen on Carlilsle Road, Beaver Island

Baccalaureate at the Christian Church

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

The seniors pose by the cake made in their honor.

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

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

Each senior is interviewed by Ed Troutman

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

Ron Marsh interviewed.....Jewell Cushman interviewed

Link to the interviews HERE

DNR Seeks Input on Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings will be held at the following locations:

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

Peaine Township Hall, 36825 Kings Highway on Beaver Island

Citizen of the Year Banquet Tonight

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

Beaver Island Citizens of the Year

Eric and Dana Hodgson

Video of the evening HERE

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

Steve West gave a short introductory speech

Steve West presented Pat Anderson with a dedication award.

Rachel Teague read excerpts from all the nomination letters

Each nominee was given a round of applause

Kathy Speck presented the Citizen of the Year Award

Dana and Eric Hodgson, the Citizens of the Year

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

Posed pictures:

Congratulations Eric and Dana Hodgson!!

Memorial Service for Brian Cruickshank

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

Beaver Island Turkey Hunt on Michigan Out of Doors

View program HERE

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

Memorial Day Ceremony

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

Wellness Garden Summer Silent Auction Ready to Start

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

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

An Overnight Visitor


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

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

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

Short video clip of the Sturgeon docked at BIBCO Dock


USGS Fisheries Research Vessel STURGEON

Commissioned August 12, 2004

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

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

Peaine Township Meeting, 5/14/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video of this meeting HERE

Obituaries and Updates

Jacqueline Ann Howard

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

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

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

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

Please sign Jacqueline's guestbook at winchesterfuneralhome.com

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

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

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

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

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

Wild Parsnip

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

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

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

The thick, ribbed stems look a bit like celery.

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

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

Quite pretty,actually.

Wild Parsnip is also a little bit famous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the Invasives blog HERE

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

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

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

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

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

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

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

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video for this meeting HERE

BICS End of School Year Calendar

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Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Township Airport Site Plan

Site Plan

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